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About Our Staff


Brian Rondeau

Phil Heimerl

Darrel Kelly

Mark Roberts

Brian Rondeau

Wave Morning Show Host & Production Dept.


Brian loves Northern Michigan…especially fishing with his beautiful wife, Tina, and their children, Karlee and Hunter. Brian is a graduate of both Alpena High School and Alpena Community College.You can catch Brian, along with his trusty sidekick Ray, weekday mornings from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM playing the “Greatest Hits of All Time” on 99.9 The Wave. Brian says, “We play loads of great music, check out the news with Phil, find out what’sgoing on with the weather, play a little trivia, oh and we cook. Nothing better than cooking up something crazy like dilly taters’ at 6:45 in the morning!!!!”

He always keeps you up-to-date on silly things going on in the news and lets you know what’s going on in and around Northern Michigan.

As head of TNRN’s production department, Brian is responsible for writing and assigning many of the commercials you hear on 107.7 The Bay, 99.9 The Wave, and 100.7 Thunder Country

Phil Heimerl

News Director


Phil moved to Alpena in August of 2001 from a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up in a small town, about 45 miles northwest of Milwaukee. When not attending meetings, investigating story leads, or giving 107.7 the Bay’s Darrell Kelly a hard time each morning, Phil enjoys hanging out with his dog Bella, friends, dinner & drinks, music, concerts, vacations, thunderstorms, movies and antiques.

Darrel Kelly

General Manager / Morning Show Host

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True North Radio Network’s General Manager, Darrel has been in radio for almost 30 years. He graduated from Alpena High School and has a degree in electronics from the Cleveland Institute of Electronics. Besides fulfilling his duties as General Manager of TNRN, Darrel does the morning show with Phil Heimerl on 107.7 the Bay. He enjoys getting his listeners up and ready for another day each morning.

Darrel has spent his entire life in Alpena and enjoys the quality of life in Northeast Michigan. He has been married to Marcia for over 20 years and has 2 daughters, Ali and Ami, a dog “Zoey” and a cat “Kitty”. His hobbies include golf, helping out at the high school with basketball games, watching his daughters play various sports, and playing with the pets. Darrel decided in grade school that he wanted to be on the radio and still feels like a kid when he is on the air.


Mark Roberts

Sound Board Operator

Mark is a graduate of Alpena High School and Alpena Community College and a soon-to-be graduate of Baker College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Mark’s love of music and the radio business comes naturally as his mother is a retired elementary music teacher and his brother is a recording artist whose Christian rock band just played at the Cherry Festival in Traverse City.

Mark keeps extremely busy with his wood manufacturing business of 25 years, his part-time construction business, studies, and helping out at the radio station when needed. He has been married for over 15 years and has four active children, a dog named Molly, four cats, and a horse named Sally. His spare time is spent remodeling his home and running the kids to their activities which include karate, dance, bowling, golf, basketball, and soccer.

You can catch Mark running the sound board for sports events and remotes and helping out during the summer concerts at the band shell. Mark loves playing the WILDCAT GROWL! GRRRRR!

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