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Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc.


February 22, 2016


For immediate release


Contact: Maureen Barkume, (989)


New Name, Format and Date for Black Bear Cycling Race, But Q100’s JJ Is Still All-in


They can change the name of Grayling’s great Black Bear cycling race, and even the format and the date, but it won’t deter Q100’s JJ, of JJ’s Morning Jams, from competing in one of Northern Michigan’s great sporting events.

The annual the Black Bear cycling event, organized by the Grayling Rotary Club, becomes the Black Bear Gran Fondo in 2016, with a new route, new weekend and new format that will challenge riders of all skill levels. 

The Black Bear Gran Fondo starts and finishes at Hanson Hills Recreation Area, 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling, the hub of all Black Bear Gran Fondo activities on race day, Saturday, July 9.  Riders will choose the option of one of two chip-timed, looped routes: 101-plus miles (starting at 8 a.m.) and 53-plus miles (starting at 8:30 a.m.) traversing the scenic landscape of Northern Michigan around beautiful Higgins Lake and back north through the Au Sable River Valley. 


Well-stocked rest stations will allow for breaks on both loops, and a celebration meal will await riders after crossing the finish line – and fans can follow the race as it happens on Q100.3, the only place for rock & roll.

JJ has been working out like a demon at the Graying Fitness Center so that he can compete in this race as well as the Iceman Cometh Race in Kalkaska in November.

Farm Bureau Insurance Company – Katie Olson Agency, in Grayling, presents the 2016 Black Bear Gran Fondo, a Grayling Rotary Club event. To register, visit: To learn more about the event and view maps, visit: . Direct questions to:

For updates on JJ’s progress listen to Q100.3 weekday mornings from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. or visit JJ’s Blog at



PHOTO CAPTION:  JJ (JJ Rowell) of Q100.3’s JJ’s Morning Jams has begun working out at The Grayling Fitness Center under the direction of Owner/Trainer Rich Ferrigan.  JJ has committed to participating in the Black Bear Gran Fondo and the Ice Man Cometh bicycle races. 


For more information please contact Maureen Barkume, VP Operations at Blarney Stone Broadcasting, 989-348-6171 or cell 248-229-8476 or  For more information on Q100.3 and Y101.1 visit  Stream Q100.3 live at or download the free mobile app to your iPhone or Android. Search Blarney Stone Broadcasting on Facebook.


Blarney Stone Broadcasting, co-owned by Sheryl and Jerry Coyne, operates: WQON (100.3 FM) Rock & Roll – 60,000 watts (Detroit Lions, University of Michigan Football and Basketball, Grayling Viking Football and Basketball); WGRY (101.1 FM) - 3,400 watts and WMQU AM 1230 – 750 watts, YOUR Sports Talk Station (Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons). Blarney Stone Broadcasting assumed ownership of the three stations based in Grayling, MI on October 2, 2012. Blarney Stone Broadcasting is a community orientated media resource in Northern Michigan dedicated to providing local information, entertainment and promotions focused on the needs of the audience and the businesses that serve the audience. With over 28 years of experience in broadcast and marketing, Blarney Stone Broadcasting is committed to growing local business in Northern Michigan

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