Community policing post Ferguson, Modern Lady Fitness, and running for your life in Ypsilanti… on this weekend’s edition of The Saturday Six Pack

As the owner of AM 1700 has apparently made a deal to rent out the entire station next weekend for a “Golden Age of Radio” themed bat mitzvah, this will be our last show for a while. So, if I were you, I’d be sure to tune in this Saturday evening, when I’ll be joined by Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson, musician Blake Elliott, owner of the Ypsi Running Company Mike Nix, the band Modern Lady Fitness, and photographer Chris Stranad, as well as a few of our regulars, like Wurst Bar manager Brigid Mooney. I know I’ve lied to you in the past, but this really will be a great show. I promise.

If you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing. Or, better yet, print out a few copies of this new poster, designed by AM 1700 staff designer Kate de Fuccio, and nail them to the front doors of all the houses on your block.


As for what we’l be discussing, it’ll be all over the place. I suspect, with Derrick Jackson, we’ll primarily be talking about his work within the Sheriff’s Department to both build trust with citizens and equip deputies with the skills necessary to do the job of community policing in an increasingly complex world. And, with Mike Nix, we’ll be talking about how he got into running (I’m told it’s an inspiring story), and what possessed him to open the Ypsi Running Company. And, with Chris Stranad, we’ll be discussing our collaborative Six Pack Portrait Project (which was just featured on the cover of The Ann magazine), and our plans to show the portraits that have been captured thus far during the Ypsi First Friday event on June 5. And, of course, we’ll be talking music, life, food, sex, politics, travel, and any number of other things, with Blake Elliott and the folks in Modern Lady Fitness.

Oh, and after you listen to the show, be sure to head on over to Bona Sera, where Blake Elliott, who hails from Traverse City, will be performing with the Robinson Affair.


Unless you live really close by, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing. We love phone calls. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’re doing time in… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening.

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  1. tommy
    Posted May 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Derrick is a good human being. And was a very good track athlete back in the day at EMU.

  2. Bee
    Posted May 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Does Kate get any compensation for the amazing work she does? The posters, the photography… Man.

    I mean, maybe it’s easy for you guys, but the work and care and consideration that goes into every episode is beautiful.

  3. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    We validate her parking, Bee.

  4. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    And we discount her tickets to the shows.

  5. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    And we once allowed her to bring her cousin into the studio.

  6. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m working on my questions now.. We go live in just about an hour… I’m also making chicken noodle soup.

  7. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I bet Rush Limbaugh doesn’t make his family soup before going on the air.

  8. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    And I’m talking good soup, too… the kind where I spend six hours tending to the stock, which is full of chicken backs and vegetables… not the kind you heat up out of a can.

  9. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I even make noodles from scratch. Does Larry King do that? I bet he doesn’t.

  10. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    If you want to talk about soup, call in tonight.

  11. Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Last week, we only had one caller. It made me sad.

  12. Tom
    Posted May 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Make sure to ask Derrick about his letter.

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