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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
Sa 6:00 am - 10:00 am

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Jojo Goes Sky Diving!! [Video]

On June 24, I had the thrill of a lifetime, tandem free fall sky diving over Lake Macatawa in Holland with Tony Gwinn from West Michigan Sky Diving.

I think it's something everyone should try at least once in their life, but watch that first step, it's a doozy.

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Gratitude Growing
Gratitude Growing
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Wee Difference For July: Gratitude Growing

Gratitude Growing is a West Michigan charity that honors seniors for their contributions to our lives.

"It's about who they are and how their lives have contributed to ours."  says Little John Behan, founder of the group.

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Throwback Thursday: Woodland Mall Fashion Show [Video]

It's time for another classic GR fashion show. This one is from 1993 at the Woodland Mall.

Remember the Sam Goody store in that mall? The best prices on CDs that year if I recall correctly, plus their comedy section was pretty deep.

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An All American Desert: The ‘Cherbluble’ [Video]

This Fourth of July, show your spirit by making a true American dessert: A red, white and blue cake stuffed with three kinds of pie.

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Fourth of July: Our Founding Fathers Drank Three Times as Much as We Do

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the best holidays for drinking. It’s hot out there. And, beer is cold.

But, this tradition is not new. In fact, the people in colonial times drank three times as much booze as we do now.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube
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Which Is The More Awkward Interview: Jim Harbaugh Or Eminem? [Video]

Michigan residents scored high on the cringe inducing interview scale this week, as both University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit rap legend Eminem (pictured) seemed they would rather be any where else on earth than be interviewed.

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Jon Bon Jovi Okay With Chris Christie Using His Tunes [Video]

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday he was running for president, several songs by Bon Jovi played in the background, but unlike the problems Donald Trump had with Neil Young, Christie got the okay to use the tunes before going on stage.

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Journey Drummer Charged With Rape

It looks like Deen Castronovo might have to stop believing he'll be a free man. The Journey drummer was arrested earlier this month on domestic violence charges and now rape and other crimes have been added to the list.

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America’s Favorite and Least Favorite Fast Food Chains

Although we’re always hearing about Americans eating healthier, there’s no denying some people are still chowing down on fast food. In fact, it is still a $208-billion industry.

But these days it’s getting harder and harder to satisfy customers, who want healthier options, and less chemicals, which is why some of the biggest names in the business are losing money.

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Watch As A Michigan Dirt Biker Hits A Black Bear [Video]

A fact of life about living in Michigan: wildlife is everywhere. So when you're riding in the woods at a high clip of speed, there's always a chance you may run into something.

A dirt biker near Baldwin did. Luckily, he lived to talk about it. And his friend caught the whole thing on his GoPro.

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Today Is One Second Longer, And Here’s How You Can Spend Your Extra Second

Today, we gain some time back, finally! But don't blink or you might miss it.

Today, June 30th, we get an extra second! At 8 p.m. Eastern time we'll gain an extra second to make up for the gradual slow down of the Earth's rotation. Instead of the usual 86,400-second Earth rotation, today it'll be 86,401 seconds long.

So what can you do with one extra second?

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Coheed And Cambria Sing A Pretty Catchy Song Set To Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court Dissension [Video]

Last week, there was a major decision on same sex marriage made by the Supreme Court that now makes it legal for same sex couples to wed in all 50 states.

And while that decision generated a lot of commentary, there’s one band who took a different approach to addressing the Supreme Court ruling. Ladies and gentlemen, we present Coheed and Cambria.

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