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Jojo Girard hosts “The Jojo Show.”

Born into a working-class Irish family in Saginaw, Mich., Jojo Girard learned how to talk at an early age, and hasn’t shut up since.

Challenged by Sister Margaret at Cathedral High School, Jojo set out to prove to her that her admonishment that “you’ll never make a living making prank phone calls and listening to that rock and roll music” was wrong.

After brief careers as an auto worker, a truck driver and a fast-food burger chef, Jojo enrolled at Central Michigan University, hoping to find his way as a commercial artist. Following several shifts at the college radio station, he changed his major to broadcasting and was soon waking up the cows in Gaylord, Mich., at country station WATC.

The next stop was Mexico, where he woke up the San Diego market from Tijuana’s high-powered XHRM-FM, a groundbreaking station that helped pioneer the freestyle music format which broke such acts as Exposé and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.

When it came time to have kids, Jojo quickly decided the drug war-riddled Mexico really wasn’t the place to raise them, so he moved to West Michigan. While manning morning drive on 104.5 Sunny FM, he became known for taking listeners on adventures like sky diving and bungee jumping.

While on vacation in Maryland, Jojo was offered the morning a lot at Mix 106.5 in Baltimore, where he finally made Sister Margaret eat her words, as his “birthday wake-up call” pranks on unsuspecting listeners became well known.

After 18 years, Jojo was let go. He taught college for a spell as program director in Columbia, Md., for Howard Community College’s online radio station The Dragon.

That was before returning home to Michigan last spring to take over the early hours once again at 98.7 WFGR.

Jojo has three grown daughters, who are spread out over the world, from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh to Shanghai in China.

He currently lives in northeast Grand Rapids with his TV remote.

Schedule

M-F 5:30 am - 10:00 am

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There is, of course, an obvious exception to this rule, but first things first.

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Watch As A Pilot Makes An Emergency Landing On A Freeway [Video]

A small plane experienced technical problems while on a flight over Quebec, which left them with only one option: they had to land on a very well traveled Highway 10.

Luckily the on-board camera was rolling and we got to be in on the excitement.

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The Music World Remembers Mike Nichols [Video]

Tinseltown lost a legend when director Mike Nichols died on Wednesday, but the music world lost a hero too. Nichols was able to create soundtracks for his movies from popular music, a practice that at the time of movies like "The Graduate," was not common. 

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Michigan Woman Arrested With A Gun Outside Of The White House

In the wake of so many breaches and a Congressional spanking, the Secret Service was bound to get serious about protecting President Obama at some point – and making sure we know about it.

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State Football Playoff Games Moved Due To Bad Weather

West Michigan has fared well in this year's state football playoffs, with five teams still in the running to win their respective Division titles.

But the early blast of lake effect snow has played havoc with the schedule, and two teams have been told their games have been moved to sites away from the massive snowfall.

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Dad Has Hard Time Staying Serious With Painted Kids [Video]

Kids are cute. Kids and paints are cuter, well, sometimes. This mischievous pair has gotten into their Dad's paints and made a mess of the house, and Dad is mad.

Until he sees how funny they look, and then he can't keep a straight face. And we don't blame him.

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Mike Nichols: ‘The Graduate’ Director Dead at 83 [Video]

One of Hollywood's great filmmakers has passed away -- "The Graduate" director Mike Nichols has died at age 83.

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Adorable Grandmas Try Smoking Weed for the First Time [Video]

I'm no Bill Clinton, when I was growing up, I inhaled. Eventually, life gets real, and things like jobs and responsibilities and kids make you give up the weed.

I always wondered why senior citizens didn't blaze up all the time, because they had no kids or jobs to hold them back. After seeing the following video, they might start.

Here's three three elderly grandmas doing bong hits and settling in to stoner behavior quicker than you can say "Jeff Spicoli".

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Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Offers Children’s Grief Program [Video]

When you buy a ticket to see your favorite comedian at any LaughFest event, the money stays here in the area, and is put to use by Gilda's Club Grand Rapids to put together programs that aid families going through the pains of having lost a loved one with cancer.

Thursday, November 20, is National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, and children who have lost a parent or sibling need support to work through the grieving process.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, located at 1806 Bridge Street NW, will host programming for Children’s Grief Awareness tonight, Wednesday, November 19 beginning at 6 p.m.

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Trailer For Next Years ‘Peanuts’ Movie Released [Video]

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The trailer remains true to the comic strip, as Snoopy's fantasy of being a World War I fighter pilot battling the Red Baron plays out, while Woodstock and friends decorate his dog house.

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Jeff Musial The Animal Guy
Jeff Musial The Animal Guy
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Jeff ‘The Animal Guy’ Musial Talks Monkeys, Marriage and Snow with ‘The Jojo Show’ [Audio]

Jeff "The Animal Guy" Musial stopped by the Jojo Show this morning, and as usual, Jojo had a weird animal story to share with Jeff, but only after finding out Jeff had survived the massive snow attack on Buffalo.

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Lake Effect Storm Rolling Into Buffalo Is Scary And Awesome At Once [Video]

Lake Effect snow is something few understand outside of the Great Lakes, and while we certainly have been feeling it early weight this week, nothing compares to the six feet of snow dumped on the Buffalo area.

This video shows the storm gathering moisture and rolling in off Lake Erie, much like "The Fog" from the Stephen King novel.

This is the video Jojo referenced when talking with Jeff Musial, the Animal Guy, Wednesday morning.

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