Mike Sinclair - Program Director / WTCM Mornings
Mike Sinclair has been with WTCM since the Spring of 2004. He fell in love with Northern Michigan! Mike wakes you up along with Christal & Joel. Tune in mornings for great country music, news, weather, sports, traffic and an occasional laugh. (Mike thinks he's funny, so play along, ok?) The Morning Show features things like WTF (What the Florida) and your Country Roundup at 7:50. Mike is a Tigers & Lions fan and a tech & gadget geek. He thinks the Eagles are the greatest band ever. Mike is a fan of a lot of different genres of music and really likes country music, especially good harmonies. He has a son, Jason and Mike met his wife Kim in Traverse City and thinks he might keep her around for a little while. Mike runs a successful mobile DJ business specializing in Weddings. And, like the line in "Kill Bill", Mike says "I'm not bald, OK? I shaved my head". Although, if Mike were to let his hair grow out now, there'd be a little more salt than pepper these days. That's OK, Mike understands that growing old is mandatory, but growing UP is OPTIONAL!
Christal Frost - WTCM Mornings
Christal Frost has been with WTCM since 2012, working mostly on our sister station, AM 580, until joining WTCM FM in the spring of 2018. Christal and her husband live in Traverse City with their two sons, Trey and Logan, their cats, Beans and Beans' Brother and their incredibly energetic rat terrier, JoJo Mario. When Christal is not working, she is a student at NMC studying everything she can get her hands on and she's involved in many not-for-profit organizations, including the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center, Goodwill Northern Michigan, Parallel 45 Theatre and veterans organization Charlie Golf One.
In addition to WTCM and her charity work, Christal is a weekly columnist for GT Pulse and a regular contributor to Michigan Country Lines magazine. Christal's favorite country artist is Dolly Parton, and, if she ever met Dolly, she says she might actually pass out while crying tears of sheer joy.
Joel Franck - News Director/WTCM Mornings
Joel is a radio veteran, having worked in Oregon & Wisconsin prior to coming to Michigan in 1992. He became News Director for Midwestern Broadcasting in 1996. Joel is the morning news anchor on WTCM FM and part of the morning team with Mike & Christal. He is a graduate of Brown Institute of Radio & Television Broadcasting in Minneapolis, MN. Joel was Sports Director in Portland Oregon for nearly 13 years. His play-by-play experience includes High School Basketball, Football and Hockey, plus Class A minor league baseball. He's been the leader of the "A-Team" announcing Traverse City Central and West High School football games for the past 24 years. Joel is married to Debbie and lives in Traverse City.
Carey Carlson - WTCM Middays
Carey says her job is her therapy! For many years, you have saved her heaps in counseling fees! Carey has been in radio all of her adult life. She worked from town to town and up and down the dial. She is so happy to be in Northern Michigan, working with the premiere radio company in the north, Midwestern Broadcasting. As WTCM's Music Director, Carey talks with talented musicians, artists & writers, and communicates each week with the labels, promoters & management reps about their artists. It is exciting to be able to highlight some of these new acts that are working so hard to catch your ear, that is why she created The Back Burner, which runs Sunday nights at 6pm, all we need is your brave ears to do the listening. Catch Carey middays (10a-2p). She loves your phone calls at The Corner Diner, birthdays, anniversaries, joy, sorrow, and strength...all kinds of everyday life. YOU (the listeners) are the favorite part of her job.
David Hayes - WTCM Afternoons
David was born and raised in Michigan having grown up in the Detroit area. Some people from downstate are not fond of snow, David is! He’s into fat tire biking and who knows, maybe some cross country skiing this season? David loves watching movies, and has a new passion, binge watching TV shows, watching sports, and pretending he’s participating (LOL) is a passion as well. He’s a fan of the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, and is hoping for better days for Lions too (sigh). He got into radio because he loves all types of music and often has the studio speakers blaring during his afternoon show on WTCM! David also has a huge sweet tooth, just ask his dentist! You can often find him around the station with a donut, candy bar, cookies or other sweet snacks!
Michelle Perez - Afternoon News
Michelle has been working in the WTCM News department for almost 20 years. She says "Having been involved in theater my entire life, radio is an absolute dream job. Being a news junkie, it doesn't feel like work most of the time." Michelle is a southern California native who studied acting and performance professionally before moving to Northern Michigan in the mid 90s. This area was going to be a "few year stop" for Michelle, but after a brief stop in New York, she came back and says Northern Michigan is truly one of the most spectacular places in the country." Michelle is married to Brian. They have two children, Samuel & Piper, and a sweet little puppy named Diablo... oh, and a cat named Twinkle (that's the name you get when you let a 10-year old name the kitten). Michelle is heavily involved in the local theater scene and is a proud volunteer with the Old Town Playhouse. Michelle & her husband also own Riverside Shakespeare, LLC, which has been doing outdoor Summer Shakespeare shows for the last 20 years. Michelle gives you your afternoon news updates at 4 and 5pm.