Live outside the The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, celebrations have begun!
ABOUT THE SHOW: West Michigan's Morning News on WOOD Radio is the regions only all news and information morning show. Each morning’s show is fast-paced …to keep up with your busy morning and features live news updates four times an hour from the Award-winning WOOD Radio Newsroom. The show’s ensemble cast is captained by Steve Kelly, and includes local sports champion Bret Bakita, legendary political reporter Rick Albin, and multi-station winner Lauren Smith a.k.a. “Shmitty”. You'll hear traffic with Kevin Richards, and Storm Team 8 Weather every ten minutes, the most important local and national news of the day, along with plenty of fun mixed in. Join the West Michigan Morning News Team weekdays from 5am to 9am on 106.9FM, AM 1300, WOOD Radio.com, or via your iHeart Radio app.
STEVE KELLY: Steve is a family man, first and foremost….married for over 25 years to Sandy, an educator with GRPS. Together they've raised two beautiful daughters, Caitlin and Madison, who are out of the nest pursuing their dreams. Just ask and he'll be happy to show you pictures. Steve has been a morning show host in West Michigan for over 20 years, sharing his radio passion with audiences from WSNX, Star 105.7 and now WOOD Radio for almost a decade.
BRET BAKITA: In West Michigan, Bret is Mr. Sports. He’s covered sports in West Michigan on the radio for 20+ years, plus he does play-by-play for ESPN 96.1’s High School Football and Basketball Games of the Week, and has also served as radio play-by-play voice of the Grand Rapids Drive. Bret’s a won multiple awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters while covering sports for both radio and TV in Grand Rapids. Bret also covers high school sports for Fox 17/ WXMI. Bret is a proud graduate of Central Michigan University , with a degree in Broadcasting & Cinematic Arts. RICK ALBIN: Rick Albin joined West Michigan’s Morning News in July of 2013. He has been associated with WOOD TV for more than 20 years. Broadcasting has been a Rick has been involved in radio, television and politics since high school.
Covering Presidential campaigns since 1976, Rick has interviewed dozens of women and men running for the nation’s highest office including every person to hold the office from Ford to Obama.
In addition to covering politics and government Monday through Friday, Rick host a half hour Sunday morning political talk show called “To The Point”.
LAUREN “SHMITTY” SMITH: Lansing born...but Chicago sports bred! I've been living in GR for over 10 years now & waking up before 4AM for about 6 of them. Cocktails on a patio is my heaven and I wouldn't leave West Michigan for anything. Seriously, Lake Michigan right here? This is the best life!