Blue Lake Public Radio’s unique blend of programming mandates our on-air hosts are personally well-versed in the fine arts through performance and other means. We are proud to introduce you to our Blue Lake Public Radio hosts, as well as some of the nationally-recognized hosts of the fine arts network programming we broadcast. Thank you for your listenership and on-going support of the Blue Lake stations.
Steve came to Blue Lake as an announcer in 1985, and became the Program Director in 1997. As Station Manager since 2012, Steve is responsible for the programming and technical operations of Blue Lake Public Radio. His on-air work includes hosting “A Michigan Saturday Night” from 8:00-9:00pm, as well as various classical music programs. Steve oversees Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s summer recordings and broadcasts. In his private time, Steve loves all types of music, and plays banjo in a couple local bluegrass groups.
Bonnie hosts Blue Lake Public Radio’s weekday 8:00am-12:00 noon classical music, and Sunday 8:00-9:30am “Choral Traditions” programs. The Grand Rapids native earned a Music Education degree from the University of Michigan. Bonnie’s notable accomplishments as an Oboe player led to performing with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, teaching music in the Alpena Public Schools, and being a guest oboist for the Calvin College Oratorical Society, Civic Theatre, and area churches. She also performed with the West Michigan (formerly West Shore) Symphony, and teaches oboe to children and adults. Her long-time association with the Grand Rapids Symphony included hosting its weekly broadcasts on Blue Lake Public Radio for twelve years, the highlight of which was a live concert from Carnegie Hall marking the Symphony’s 75th Anniversary. Bonnie says, “What we do at Blue Lake Public Radio is very important. Sharing great music, keeping our listeners actively connected to the arts by encouraging them to attend as many live performances as possible – these are just some of the reasons I love my job so much.”
Encouraged by creative parents, Foley began his music career at age 7, studying violin with Jean Manning at North Muskegon Public Schools. As a Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp camper, he became Blue Lake Public Radio’s first high school intern. Foley earned an English Literature degree from Hope College, and Masters in Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson College. He has performed with the West Michigan (formerly West Shore) Symphony; served on the English Department faculty at Muskegon Community College, and been the Music, Art & Theatre reviewer for the Muskegon Chronicle. Foley received the 2014 Charles H. Hackley Commendation for Services to the Humanities Award, and was also recognized for his contributions to the community with the 2011 Richard Charles Ford Award for Individual Service to the Arts & Humanities. He follows his love of the arts around the globe, but says, “There is no place like the Blue Lake setting, sharing extraordinary music with our listeners.” Foley hosts Blue Lake Public Radio’s weekday 1:00-5:00pm Classical Music, and Sunday 9:30am-1:00pm “Sunday on Blue Lake” programs.
Blue Lake Public Radio’s “Jazz Director” Lazaro Vega started at Blue Lake in March of 1983, 8 months after Bob Hope spoke the first station I.D. ever heard on the air from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In 2018 Vega was nominated by JazzWeek.com as Programmer of the Year entailing The Bobby Jackson Award, which is voted on by people who promote jazz record airplay and keep Blue Lake in new releases. Also in 2018, Vega was interviewed for Ron Wynn’s column, “Giant Steps,” published by The Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society. Here’s the link: http://jazzblues.org/giant-steps-by-ron-wynn-junejuly-edition-part-ii/
Norm has been a part-time announcer at Blue Lake Public Radio since 2015. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Norm grew up with music in the household, as his father was an accomplished amateur violinist. Norm studied broadcasting at City College of San Francisco, and earned his B.A. in that field from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Norm hosts a Saturday afternoon classical music show, and occasionally fills in for Foley and Bonnie. When Norm is not working, he is an avid cyclist, and he also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and snowshoeing. Norm is an amateur musician, playing guitar, harmonica, and singing in a couple of local bands. Additionally, Norm serves as the CFO for the White Lake Fire Authority and is a member of the White Lake Community Library board.