Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2006




WYCD's Grunwald returns from Iraq

WYCDCountry 99.5 WYCD morning show co-host Steve Grunwald has returned from a 10 day good will mission to Iraq in association with the US Department of Defense to deliver messages from Detroit area residents with WYCD's “World's Largest Yellow Ribbon”. The giant ribbon, was more than 20 yards in length, had been signed by thousands of Detroit Area residents with well wishes for families and friends overseas, and Grunwald delivered those messages personally.

“This was the most rewarding things I've ever done in my entire radio career,” added Grunwald who wasl “embedded” with servicemen and women on duty. “What I did is nothing compared to what these people are doing for us and our freedom,” said Grunwald.

WYCD encouraged people to come and sign the Yellow Ribbon for weeks prior to the journey.

Steve Grunwald, part of WYCD's Dr. Don Show daily with Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Jason the 300 Pound Cowboy called in reports daily from Bagdad and elsewhere in Iraq daily on the WYCD morning show and also blogged his progress on as well as in the Oakland Press.

"The response to the WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon was absolutely overwhelming,” stated WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “So many people have family and friends overseas from the Detroit area, we wanted to do something memorable around Veteran's Day that shows our support for our loved ones.” “This is not about politics, it's about people we care about that we know doing their jobs and protecting us. The WYCD Country Audience couldn't have been more supportive as we recieved thousands of emails and phone calls” added Roberts.

“It was truly an experience that I will never forget” Steve said and, he is grateful for all the support he received from listeners, friends, family and co-workers.

To find out more about Grunwald's trip to Iraq, read the daily Iraq blogs and more about WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon, log onto

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