Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM, is now broadcasting 24 hours a day. The broadcasting change, which began at midnight on Oct. 11, comes after more than a year of fund-raising, technical evaluation and installation. Funding grants were received from Marquette General Hospital and the Mead Foundation. The grants will be used to buy the equipment to run automatically from midnight to 6 a.m. The new computers will automatically switch satellite feeds and insert station identifications and Emergency Broadcast System tests as required by the Federal Communications Commission. Sunday through Thursday, the midnight shift, will be hosted by Peter Van De Graaff with Classics Overnight. Van De Graaff began at KBYU-FM in Provo, Utah, where he was an announcer and senior producer for three years following his graduation from Brigham Young University. On the weekend midnight shift, Jim Wilke will host Jazz After Hours. Wilke was program director of Seattle’s KING-FM, where he started a classical format and hosted jazz programs. Public Radio 90 is a public service of Northern Michigan University.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Two days ago, several pedestrians narrowly escaped being knocked to the pavement on W. Washington St., in front of The Mining Journal, mid-morning today when a good-sized doe failed to observe a few simple rules of courtesy on the road. The doe came racing down the Fourth St. hill, ignored a stop light, brushed several persons on the street, and proceeded on through the Washington St. alley and headed for South Marquette. Several disconcerted observers regained their composure and reported “things happened so fast” they just didn’t know for sure where the deer had disappeared. Yesterday, the buck fawn who found civilization is now back in more familiar territory. Conservation Officer Alger Lahti said today that he and several men from Carroll Motor Supply caught the deer by Spear’s Dock in the lower harbor, tied it up, and took it to the woods near Kirlin Hill, where it was released.


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