The second “Saturday Six Pack with Mark Maynard,” this Saturday evening at 6:00, on AM 1700


As it looks as though the FCC has opted not to intervene, we will be back on the air this Saturday, taking calls from around the world, and quietly narrating the goings-on outside the window of Ypsilanti’s AM 1700. And you, of course, are welcome to tune in and join us.

While I’ve got a few things planned, there’s only one that I’m prepared to talk about right now, and that’s my guest during the 6:00 hour, local historian Matthew Siegfried, who will be taking your questions about the men and women who proceeded us in Ypsilanti, and the traces they left behind. So, if you’d always wanted to know about a particular person, place or artifact from Ypsilanti’s past, here’s your chance. Just call 734.217.8624 between 6:00 and 7:00, and ask away. Nothing is off-limits…

For those of you who might not be familiar with Matt’s work, here are links to two conversations that he and I have had in the past on Ypsilanti’s Native American past and the lives of former slaves in Ypsilanti. I think they should give you a pretty good sense of how knowledgeable he is about this odd, little town that we call home.

If you can’t call in, but would still like to be a part of the show, feel free to print a copy of this week’s poster and wear it around Ypsilanti on a sandwich board.

Oh, and here, again, for those of you living more than a block away from our 100 microwatt antenna, is information on how to tune-in online, etc. You can stream the show directly from the AM1700 website. (Just select your desired format.) Or, you can listen by way of If you want, you can even download the TuneIn ap and listen on your phone. As I understand from station management, you can also listen through your television, if you have something called Roku. Or, if you want, you can just stand on Washington Street and press your good ear against one of the station’s windows. So, really, there’s no excuse not to listen.

There’s also been a Facebook event page set up for this episode, which you can invite your friends through. As of right now, 24 people say they’re going to be listening, which is one more than last week. If I’m not mistaken, that should leave us with a few milliwatts to spare, but they’re going fast, so reserve your space today.

If, before committing, you’d like to try out the Saturday Six Pack, episode one is now available online… Enjoy.

And remember to call me between 6:00 and 8:00 on Saturday evening at 734.217.8624. And your call doesn’t have to be about history. I’m willing to talk about almost anything.

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  1. Steve
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I would like to know about labor history in Ypsilanti. I would also like to hear what information Matt has on Ford enforcer Harry Bennett, who lived on the river and is though to have killed people on his property.

  2. blueeyedpupil
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    sounds like a good time. as for pressing my ear against the glass. too bad no audio outside the station. maybe a friend with a fancy phone will accompany me

  3. site admin
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I’m told that the outside speakers were on, but perhaps they could be turned up this week.

  4. Bob Krzewinski
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Maybe after Mark’s show is over, there could be a rebuttal show with some zombie smiling face Republican like the one after the State of the Union speech. Are there any flags at the station?

  5. idea man
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Have you thought about doing in studio paternity tests?

  6. Too Far From Ypsi I Guess
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Can you tell me the local radius in which one may tune into this AM1700 station?
    I tried to listen an Ann Arbor, nope. I thought maybe I was closer at Arborland, nope. 94 & US-12, nope. I mean, the static does have a certain appeal but I’d rather listen to the music and words. I will be in Depot Town proper later today so I will try then. Many thanks.

  7. Topher
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Super excited for the second one. I’ll be listening from the south side of Ann Arbor.

  8. Posted January 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    On the AM broadcast band, these devices are limited to an effective service range of approximately 200 feet (61 meters). See 47 CFR Sections 15.207, 15.209, 15.219, and 15.221.

  9. Posted January 23, 2015 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Yup, the broadcast range, as I understand it, is pretty limited. My hope, however, is that most people have access to other devices. As I’m new to the radio business, I don’t know a lot about the rules. I suspect, however, that it becomes more complicated and costly as your broadcast footprint increases. And, as most people have the internet these days, my sense is that it’s difficult to justify that expense, when you can just broadcast online. With that said, however, I love the idea of real, traditional radio, and I’d very much like to have it so that the show can reach people in their cars 100 miles away. I don’t think that’ll ever happen, but it’s a beautiful vision to aspire toward.

  10. Posted January 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    As for paternity tests, yes, I would to have lovely scenes like this one unfold on the show every week.

  11. PrincessTinyMeat
    Posted January 24, 2015 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Don’t you mean preceded?

  12. Posted January 24, 2015 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    This should be an interesting time.

  13. Posted January 24, 2015 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Pete, I just received the song you wrote for the show. It’s awesome. I can’t wait to play it tonight. Thanks.

  14. Posted January 24, 2015 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    And be sure to hang some posters for the show in Kenya. We should have more than one listener in Africa.

  15. Posted January 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

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  16. Posted January 25, 2015 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Great show tonight! Let us know the link to the audio when it is up, as a bunch of people are looking forward to hearing it. Thanks for all you are doing. :-)

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