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Real, Honest News

for Michigan

Michigan News Source is dedicated to enriching the conversation with accurate, timely, and essential reporting.

We help citizens more fully understand the issues in our great state, one story at a time.

Cheryl Fritze

Cheryl Fritze

Director of News Operations

Cheryl Fritze is Director of News Operations for Michigan News Source as well a radio news anchor for the network. Cheryl also is a television commercial spokesperson, voice over artist and public speaker throughout the state of Michigan.

Cheryl is a former evening news anchor, reporter and assignment editor at WLNS TV 6, the CBS affiliate in Lansing. Cheryl is the former co-host of ‘The Morning Blend’ on Fox 47, and radio talk show host of ‘Fritze and Friends’ on WILS, as well as co-host of ‘The Michigan Gourmet’ on WKAR.

Cheryl has been called upon by the Ingham County Circuit Court to coordinate media for high profile trials. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Cheryl began her career in media as a disc jockey at WIBM in Jackson, Michigan.

Katie Heid

Katie Heid

Anchor/Reporter

Katie Heid anchor and writer. She’s been with the company since its launch in 2015.

She’s a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and holds a master’s degree from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Katie is a former disc jockey, television reporter, and college professor.

When she’s not scouring the state for news, she loves spending time with her husband and two sons.

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Adam Ledyard

Sports Reporter

Adam P. Ledyard grew up in the Midwest and has worked in collegiate athletics for over 20 years. He has worked two major bowl games in Orlando, Fla., and Shreveport, La. The athletic communications veteran helps promote colleges and universities athletic departments and student-athletes for awards and championships working with local and national media. His collegiate works have brought him to Florida, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree in general speech and broadcasting from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Business from East Texas Baptist. He and his wife, Thea, have four boy’s aging from 13 to six years old.

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Ron Rademacher

Travel Writer

Ron is a working author writing about Michigan since 1999. He has six books in print about road trips to out of the way destinations on the back roads of Michigan.

Ron maintains two travel websites, www.michiganbackroads.com and www.upnorthmichigan.com , and a web based monthly email newsletter, www.travelinmichigan.com .

He contributes monthly articles to the Michigan newspapers Great Lakes Pilot, the Drummond Island Digest.

You can listen to short podcasts on www.mibackroads.com and enjoy short videos of his explorations on the Michigan Back Roads YouTube Channel.

Ron travels regularly around the state for storytelling presentations to libraries, museums, and other groups.

He has been described as an explorer, writer, storyteller, and the man who holds the record for getting lost the most times on the back roads of Michigan.

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Tim Ellis

Reporter

Joining the team in November of 2021, covering the U.P. and Northern Lower Michigan.

He is a 1996 graduate of Central Michigan University, with his Bachelor’s in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts, and has been working in radio since then in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie.

In 2018, he and his wife decided to take the ultimate leap of Faith and bought a radio station in The Soo, Eagle 95.1 – WUPN – Your Home For Classic Hits.  You will find him hosting the Rise-N-Shine Morning Show, Monday through Friday from 6am – 10am.

Tim is a published author of two books, and currently working on his third.  And when he is not working in radio, or news, he enjoys being on the road speaking about his books.

He loves everything Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and Lions.

He is a proud Yooper and Michigander, and enjoys a nice cold Michigan Craft Beer.

Tim is married to his wife Lindsay Ellis and together they are the proud parents of five Fur-Babies (3 Dogs / 2 Cats).

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JP Isbell

Reporter

JP Isbell has been a graphic designer for 35 years and a freelance writer for about 20.
 
She currently resides in beautiful northern lower Michigan but grew up downstate near Lansing. In between those two places, she lived in Nashville, Tennessee and was a designer for the country music industry.
 
Her passions include politics, pet advocacy, veterans and Alabama football

Our Affiliates

WBCK FM 95.3 Battle Creek News Talk
WAAM FM 90.1 Chelsea News Talk
WAAM AM 1600 Ann Arbor News Talk
WFNT AM 1470 Flint News Talk
WGLM AM 1380 Greenville Country
WGLM FM 106.3 Greenville Top 40
WBCH AM 1220 Hastings News Talk
WBCH FM 100.1 Hastings News Talk
WMIQ AM 1450 Iron Mountain News Talk
WKMI AM 1360 Kalamazoo News Talk
WJNL AM 1210 Kingsley News Talk
WJIM AM 1240 Lansing News Talk
WLCO AM 1570 Lapeer News Talk
WLDN FM 98.7 Ludington News/ Sports
WLCS FM 98.3 N. Muskegon Classic Hits

WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee News Talk
WYPV FM 94.5 Mackinaw City News Talk
WDMJ AM 1320 Marquette News Talk
WMMI AM 830 Mt. Pleasant News Talk
WQXO AM 1400 Munising Oldies
WKLQ AM 1490 Muskegon News Talk
WVIB FM 100.1 Muskegon R&B
WLAW FM 92.5 Newaygo Country
WHAK AM 960 Rogers City News Talk
WJML AM 1110 Petoskey News Talk
WAKV AM 980 Plainwell Adult Standards
WWMN FM 106.3 Thompsonville News Talk
WJNL FM 101.3 Traverse City News Talk
WWSN FM 97.5 Whitehall Adult Contemporary
WCHY FM 97.7 Cheboygan News Talk/Hits