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Dave Benson

Been doing this a long time. At KFR since '87. Had an awful lot of fun through the years here. This is one special radio station. Also, since coming to Kalamazoo, both my sons were born here, and are living here now. Michael works for the schools, and David is wrapping up a degree at Western. Proud to say they're my best friends as is the love of my life, Kathy, the hottest woman alive.
TGIF Fridays Kalamazoo Closes
The now close TGI Friday's on West Main in Kalamazoo (TSM/Mark Fricke)

Kalamazoo TGI Friday’s Closes Its Doors

Do restaurant closings happen in threes? TGI Friday's shut it's doors today. Coming on the heels of Wendy's on West Michigan Ave, and earlier, Kentucky Fried Chicken on West Main, this is the third franchise restaurant to close in recent months.

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Portage Family Fishing Fair 2017
Portage Family Fishing Fair 2017 (Dave Benson/TSM).

Portage Family Fishing Fair Pics Show Family Fun, Teaching Fishing

It's always fun to see kids laughing, smiling, and also learning something new. The 7th Portage Parks and Rec. Family Fishing Fair does all that. Saturday was a bit overcast, but the kids, the families sure had fun at Ramona Park.

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Derek Jeter Ceremony
Former New York Yankees great, Derek Jeter stands by his plaque during a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter and retiring his number 2 at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

It’s A Long Way From Cumberland Street in Kalamazoo – Derek Jeter’s Career Gets Its Exclamation Point

I have a friend who was a freshman when Derek Jeter was a senior at Kalamazoo Central. She says he was a nice guy, but nobody knew his baseball career would skyrocket to the level it did. Sunday night, was the exclamation point, the "cherry on top" cap to a two decade career.

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