On Tuesday, July 16, Midwestern Broadcasting’s WTCM-AM (Traverse City) morning host Ron Jolly and Mike “The Professor” Sheehan will broadcast the 900th edition of their weekly radio program, “Words to the Wise” live from the stage of the Traverse City Opera House.
Words to the Wise is believed to be the longest-running radio program of its kind,
featuring a weekly look at words and the English language. The program started
in 1999 as “Grammatically Incorrect” with Jolly and co-host Steve Cook. Sheehan
replace Cook in 2001 and changed the name to Words to the Wise.
For eighteen years, every Tuesday morning between 9-10 a.m., The Professor has
fielded questions from WTCM listeners about the language: What’s the
difference between a colon and semi-colon? A dash and a hyphen? What is the
origin of the phrase “the whole nine yards?” What’s the difference between a
couch, davenport and sofa? And so on – enough material for Sheehan to have
three books published with material from the program. (Words to the Wise, On
the Lamb in a Doggy Dog World, and More Words to the Wise).
Tickets for the July 16th live broadcast are $5.00 with all proceeds to benefit the
Opera House. Tickets are available at the box office or by calling (231) 941-8082,
or online at cityoperahouse.org.