Monday, November 7, 2011

The Morning Grind mix

From left: Mike Johnson, Tiffany Coffins, Tom Rody and David Swan on The Morning Grind Saturday.
Audience members talk during The Morning Grind.
After two years on the air, Mike and Dave’s Morning Grind on WYVN-FM 92.7 is now The Morning Grind — still with Mike Johnson, still broadcasting 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays from The Annex coffee shop on Water Street in Saugatuck, still focusing on Saugatuck-area issues. Dave Mueller, though, recently left the show for a new job.

“Dave could come back,” said Johnson, who hasn’t’ settled on another on-air partner yet. Tom Rody, morning DJ on WYVN, has been sitting in. So has the Rev. Rob Brink, a.k.a The Padre, and Hope College intern Tiffany Coffins.

The show started Sept. 19, 2009, and mixes comedy, a free-flowing format that can jump from community events and sports to local politics. And there are the guests who are ushered in with the ring of the door bell and take a seat around the piano bar with the Kalamazoo River in the background.

Last week, guests were Alexander Fink of Simpatico Coffee Company; Jeff Wilcox, a local Vietnam veteran who spoke about Veterans Day; and David Swan, president of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance who talked about the recent court decision on 320 acres of duneland in Saugatuck Township.

In the background, a cast of regulars share stories and talk about what’s going on in the community while the barista mixes lattes, mochas and a constant flow of coffee for Johnson.

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