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Lauren

Originally from Allegan, I have lived in Grand Rapids since 2007. I’m a Grand Valley State University grad. I remember taping songs off the radio and making mixtapes as early as fifth grade, and I have been collecting vinyl albums since I was 16! My favorite bands are Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan and T.Rex. Catch me playin’ the classic hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays on Classic Hits 98.7 WFGR!
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Michigan Man Among First to Get Bionic Eye [video]

Roger Pontz, of Reed City, was diagnosed with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager- a disease that slowly robbed him of his vision. He has been completely blind for several years.

Now 55, Pontz is one of four people in the U.S. to receive a bionic eye.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m a space nerd. I love anything having to do with celestial phenomena!

Last week there was a total lunar eclipse which, unfortunately, we missed out on due to cloud coverage. This week the annual Lyrid meteor shower will reach its peak just before dawn on Tuesday, 4/22.

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My Top 5 Record Stores in West Michigan

When I was 15 I found my dad's copy of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I thought that was SO cool, but there was one problem- I didn't have anything to play it with! So when I turned 16 a few weeks later my mom surprised me with a record player and I've been amassing a collection of records ever since. I'm now 25 and my collection has grown to over 200 records.

With Record Store Day happening tomorrow, here's a review of some of my favorite places to shop for records in West Michigan.

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Since the Stinkin’ Snow Messed Up Watching the Lunar Eclipse

 

I'm a big space nerd, so I was all over last night's total lunar eclipse.

I was prepared to stay up until 4 a.m. to watch the entire eclipse. I had my telescope set up and everything!

Unfortunately, those stupid clouds brought that stupid snow and blocked our view of the eclipse!

What a bummer.

Since we couldn't

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Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight 4/14

I’ve always been fascinated with space. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be an astronomer, but that involves too much math! I also share a birthday with Nicolas Copernicus, the Polish astronomer who said the Earth goes around the Sun, and I own both a telescope and a star wheel. Like I’ve said before- I’m a nerd.

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Led Zeppelin Issues Teaser Trailer of Unreleased Live Tracks [Video]

I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan- they’re my number one favorite band of all time!

So, of course I was excited when I found out that Led Zeppelin is re-releasing their first three studio albums, completely remastered and with bonus material, this June.

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