Classic Rock the Bear 95.1 - 98.1 - 95.3


Mark & Cali Mornings

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It started with a phone conversation and a dream between host Mark Pennington and Tim Logan; they decided, "Let's join forces and do a radio show." But alas, what to call this show? If there was only a simplistic mono-syllabic solution that would encapsulate the essence of who we are." 

After tens of dollars and months of focus groups and market research, we had a name, and the "Mark and Tim" show was born. We hope the show is like having friends in the car with you on the way to work, or at the very least, a non-chatty Uber driver who plays outstanding music. Join us on our epically non-epic journey weekday mornings from 6 am-10 am on 98.1 FM, 95.1 FM, and 95.3 FM The Bear. 

For those of you younger than 87, you can also stream the show at or download the "Black Diamond Broadcasting" app on your smart device. 



Cali- Nicole Smith

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Request hour "CALI'S LUNCH BOX" from 12 noon - 1:00 pm

They call me Cali Girl and YES, I am really from California! I came to beautiful northern Michigan, for the first time, on vacation in 2005 and I moved here in 2008. I absolutely love it here. Some people might call me a “fudgie”, but I prefer “perma fudgie!” I live in Traverse City with my significant other, my two boys, my two cats and our 4 dogs. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Michigan is my home now. 

I started my radio career as an intern on morning radio in 2012. Since then, I have grown over the years and have expanded my radio career. I enjoy hunting for Petoskey stones, painting and going to concerts. Believe it or not, I even like to golf. I have always had a love for music. 

My favorite bands are Aerosmith and Metallica. I love meeting my listeners. Each and every one of them is unique. I wouldn’t give up doing what I am doing, for the world. Broadcasting is my passion and I get to do it every day and now I get to rock your airwaves on Northern Michigan’s Classic Rock the Bear! Make sure to tune in every weekday from 10am to 3pm and Sundays 3pm-7pm and KEEP ROCKIN!!!! 



Jay Roberts


Jay in the Afternoon 3p-7p

"Today in Rock History" 4:20 pm
"Funnies" at 5:20 pm

Jay Roberts was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his radio career in 1995 while attending college, followed by stops in Minneapolis including KEGE-FM, Zone 105, and the legendary classic rock station KQRS. After stints with a national radio network, Jay landed at stations in Traverse City, Madison and Milwaukee, WI before returning to Northern Michigan.  

Jay has been happily married since 2001 and has two children. An exotic car enthusiast, Jay also enjoys fishing, hunting, and photographing/chasing tornadoes. Jay and his wife enjoy donating their time and support to organizations such as the Autism Society, Miracle League, Arthritis Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. 



Alice Cooper

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NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER begins February 4th and runs 7:00p - 12:00a on Mondays through Saturdays.

Alice Cooper pioneered shock-rock. Cooper was born in Detroit Michigan and moved to Phoenix with his family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. 

Cooper has brought his own brand of rock psychodrama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages of his die-hard fans since early 1970's.

In the new millennium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing, recording and spinning the radio air-waves as jock of his own show "Nights With Alice Cooper".

Cooper continues to tour regularly, year in and year out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally. His band which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

Cooper’s solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970’s, with a succession of hit singles, and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.

Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael, and the late Glen Buxton (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011.

With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards



2-hour Feature

Sundays 8:00p-10:00pm

Samuel Roy Hagar, born in California, is best known as a rock vocalist, songwriter, musician, and businessman. He is popularly known as The Red Rocker. In the 1970s he played with Montrose, a hard rock band. He might be best known for his popular hit in 1984 "I Can't Drive 55". Sammy replaced David Lee Roth - the lead singer of rock band Van Halen. In 2017, he began touring with supergroup The Circle. 

He founded the Cabo Wabo restaurant chain and developed Santo’s Tequila Blanco and Mezquila brands. Hager has two daughters and two sons, from two marriages.