Liggett Communication’s News-Talk-Sports WPHM-AM 1380 (Port Huron) once again provided start to finish coverage of the 94th annual Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The annual sailboat race starts in Port Huron and ends at Mackinac Island and is organized by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club. Coinciding with the race is the Blue Water Festival in Port Huron. Blue Water Fest kicked off Wednesday, July 11 with the Rotary International Day Parade in Downtown Port Huron.
WPHM Morning Show host Paul Miller anchored coverage of the event along with the Rotary Club’s Matt Wallace live from Downtown Port Huron with Program/News Director Caleb Gordon on the street interviewing parade participants. The following morning, Paul Miller hosted his show from Tio Gordo’s Cocina in Downtown Port Huron in the heart of Blue Water Fest. On Friday, July 13, personalities Paul Miller, Caleb Gordon and Dennis Stuckey provided 12 hours straight of all-local talk dockside along Black River during the festival. They were joined by yacht race officials, local governmental and business leaders, festival organizers, and race participants.
(left) WPHM’s Caleb Gordon with street level parade coverage. (right) WPHM’s Paul Miller and Ted Everingham on the starter boat
On race day Saturday, WPHM broadcast live from the starting line of the Mackinac race in lower Lake Huron. Sports Director Dennis Stuckey anchored coverage from the studio with WPHM’s Paul Miller and Bayview Yacht Club’s Ted Everingham live on the starting line boat. Due to lack of wind delays, it took over five hours for the all Mackinac boats to begin the race. Miller and Stuckey then headed north to Mackinac Island to broadcast their shows live from the Grand Hotel July 16-17 as boats crossed the finish line.
Gordon, WPHM Director of News and Programming , said “The Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race and the Blue Water Fest are the most anticipated events of the year for our community. Race participants, race fans, festival goers and the community as a whole trust WPHM to bring them the most in-depth coverage of both events. We are so thankful for our relationship with Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron Yacht Club, the City of Port Huron and, of course, our sponsors who make our coverage possible.”
WPHM and it’s sister stations broadcast hourly reports of the race updated by Dennis Stuckey. These reports were also shared on the WPHM Radio Facebook page.