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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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Sure, a lot of the things we took for a cold back then are now illegal (I'm lookin' at you, codeine), but they sure were effective.

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Grand Rapids’ Mayor’s 100 Campaign Hits Critical Mass [Video]

Lynn Heemstra and Shannon Harris, of Our Community's Children, joined The Jojo Show this morning to talk about Grand Rapids Mayor George Hartwell's doubling of the number of businesses taking part in the Mayors' 100 Campaign.

The Mayor's 100 Campaign is hoping to have 100 area businesses in the program to hire and train young Grand Rapids residents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

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Kristen Knauss from Michigan Blood and Erik Wolenberg from Gilda's Club joined "The Jojo Show" to talk about this unique pairing and how you can take part.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Blooper Reel [Video]

As a huge fan of HBO's Game of Thrones, I am anxiously awaiting the fifth season debut in April.

In the meantime, the producers have been whetting our appetite with releases like this blooper reel from last season. 

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We all had a small chuckle and went back to work.

Then, someone in Kentucky upped the stakes. They issued a warrant for Elsa, the ice queen from Disney's hit musical "Frozen". Now it needs to stop.

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Traverse City Man Advances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ [Video]

Joshua Davis auditioned on NBC's hit talent show "The Voice" Monday night, choosing to go with Team Blake after wowing the panel with his rendition of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".

Joshua currently resides in Traverse City, but has toured the state with the Lansing based band Steppin' In It for years.

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Grand Rapids Couple Wins $100,000 in The Great Home Giveaway [Video]

An average trip to their real-estate agent's office turned into a huge moment last week for Justin and Ashley Kribs.

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People Who Get Up Earlier Are More Successful [Video]

I knew it! After 30 years of waking up early, I've always felt that audience members who were up in the earlier hours of the show were sharper, smarter and seemed more together than those who called later in the show.

Now I have proof.

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Gilda’s LaughFest Announces Fifth World Record Attempt [Audio]

Four years, four world records.

Can Gilda's LaughFest 2015 make it five?

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Great Lakes Ice Coverage Tops 80 Percent For Second Year In a Row [Video]

Get your shanty on the water! 

Ice coverage on the Great Lakes hit 85 percent last week, marking the second year in a row it exceeded 80 percent, The Weather Channel reported.

The last time that happened was from 1977 through 1979 when it did it three years straight.

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