The Michigan Radio Network (MRN) will begin distributing Chris Holman's one-hour "Michigan Business Beat" on Saturday, February 3rd.
Holman has been producing the program - in some form - for more than 10 years. He decided to expand the program to one hour because he believes residents need to know what's happening in Michigan business.
"Arguably, 100 percent of the net jobs in Michigan are coming from small business," Holman said. "That's why we need to pay attention to it, to understand it, and know exactly where it is and how it's functioning."
The show will include various people involved in Michigan business, including Governor Jennifer Granholm and representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan and the Michigan Manufacturers Association, among other organizations. It will include statistical data from throughout the state and geographic updates on projects from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula.
"Business is the driver for our way of life and our community fabric," commented Holman. "That's why we intend to be the most comprehensive radio connection for that business information."
Holman, host of the "Chris Holman Morning Show" on WILS AM 1320 Lansing and "Business Today with Chris Holman" on Lansing's WILX-TV Channel 10, has been involved in Michigan business for decades. The former teacher and coach started The Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine out of the trunk of his car in 1987, which he continues to publish. A business owner himself, Holman has served on various business and community boards and has received many awards for his outreach in the Michigan business community.
MRN president Dennis Mellott looks forward to distributing the program after a long history of working with Holman.
"This type of program should pique interest on several levels," Mellott said. "It deals with Michigan issues, the host is a solid broadcaster, and the function of the show will inform listeners on one of today's key interests, especially in this state."
Lansing based MRN provides news and sports information to more than 60 radio stations across the state and will distribute "Michigan Business Beat" on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Stations may broadcast the program at any time.