John Lotysz is fighting prostate cancer, he has a message for you

John Lotysz

John Lotysz formed half of “The Low Down” radio show that aired on KNOX-AM in Grand Forks with the other half being his son Greg.  John joined MacTalk to discuss his fight with prostate cancer and to give every man some advice relative to prostate health.

With the mass shooting in Las Vegas so recent in our memory, we’ll talk to John (an avid gun owner and hunter) about his thoughts on current discussions about new gun legislation.


Teach your kids to run and other thoughts on Las Vegas

Las Vegas Shooting Geometry
Washington Post

The nation reels from yet another mass shooting and we talk about all the things we don’t understand as authorities continue to investigate and look for answers.

Greg Lotysz joins MacTalk to talk guns, converting semi-automatic rifles into automatic rifles, concealing weapons in luggage, shooting and what to teach kids to do when someone starts to shoot or when something explodes.

Mac also answers questions about how “mass casualties” are handled on the receiving end and a whole bunch more from the mailbag.

Bill Chase talks coping with youth suicide

Bill Chase
Counselor, South Middle School
Head Coach, Red River HS Varsity Hockey Team

Lot’s of parents struggle with how to approach youth suicide when it rocks a community.  Bill Chase is a longtime counselor in the Grand Forks School District and South Middle School, he joined us to talk about some basic advice for parents as they attempt to broach such a delicate subject.

Bill also recommended this website that contains guidance specifically for parents addressing the issue of suicide with their children.

Thoughts on the The Vietnam War series on PBS: Jeff Bakke

Jeff Bakke
Captain, US Army
Vietnam, 1969
Jeff Bakke
Captain, US Army
Vietnam, 1969

Jeff Bakke dropped out of college in 1967 and joined the US Army.  After accepting an Army offer to go to Officer Candidate School and a tour in Germany, Jeff headed to Vietnam in 1969.

After a year in Vietnam he returned to the United States, left the Army and enrolled in the University of North Dakota.  His post-Army life took him to teach in East Grand Forks and a career as an educator and coach.

Jeff joined us to discuss his thoughts on the Ken Burns documentary airing on PBS — The Vietnam War

Eliot Glassheim talks Congress & Polling Stations

Eliot Glasshiem
Politician, Entrepreneur, Newspaper Columnist

Longtime Grand Forks politician and now a columnist for the Grand Forks Herald Eliot Glassheim joins us to talk (1) Federal Assistance after disasters and the requirements that need to go with that aid, (2) what “regular order” means in Congress, (3) the challenge that Senator Heidi Heitkamp ahead of her as she seek reelection to the US Senate and (4) his frustration at the Grand Forks City Council’s decision to have only one polling station for the November 2017 Sales Tax vote.

Mike Berg talks NFL protests & UND Football after two big losses, what’s next?

Mike Berg
Former Football Coach
Grand Forks Central HS

Coach Berg joins us to talk about the controversy surrounding national anthem protests in the NFL and UND (1-3) Football after two big losses, including an opening Conference loss to Montana State last Saturday in the Alerus Center 49-21.  We’ll talk to the former Grand Forks Central coach about what to do with so many injuries so early in the season.


Bruce Nelson
Associate Principal
EGF Senior High School

There is excitement in the air at Senior High in East Grand Forks,  Associate Principal Bruce Nelson joined us to talk about the new facilities that are now in use at Senior High.

We’ll also talk about enrollment as East Grand Forks continues to build it’s numbers.


Randy Sattler
Rydell Collision Center

Randy Sattler and Kathy Lind joined us to talk cars.  Kathy updates us on the Rydell Car & Bike Show that was held last Sunday and Randy gives advice on the finer points of window tinting and some things to consider if you’ve been in an accident.

Kathy Lind
Guest Experience Mgr