When it comes to Matt Markham, you may recognize his voice long before you figure out what’s so familiar about him. As the morning show host on Q Country 107, his workday starts before the sun’s and his vocals are the soundtrack of morning routines across the Blue Water Area.
It was during his tenure as afternoon host at sister station Rock 105.5, one of four at RadioFirst in downtown Port Huron, when Markham found out about the BWYP. He was broadcasting live at a craft beer event in May of 2017 when he met a fellow YP member. He’s been active with the group ever since.
“I enjoy seeing the younger generation actually show that they care about what is happening or what they want to happen in our community,” Markham said. “When we have the monthly meetings, it’s great to see so many people who are all actively trying to see how they can better the Blue Water Area not just for us, but for everyone.”
Over the past year and a half, he has assisted with the YP’s annual fundraiser, Kegs N Ks, where participants ‘run’ and drink beer. He helped get race shirts made, with event setup the day of, passing out beers along the course and, of course, taste testing.
Markham wants the group to have a positive impact on the community. “Like mentioned before, it’s awesome to see so many faces that want to see the Blue Water Area do nothing but succeed,” he said. “You see and hear some negative talk a lot of our area, but the BWYP really strives to push the negative aside and show where we shine bright. By all of us working together, and working with local community leaders and partners, I think that the BWYP can do a lot of good for our area and help show those areas.”
He also promotes the community’s many positives during his day job, sometimes for hours, or even days, on end. Every year RadioFirst partners with Child Abuse and Neglect Council for its annual “Community Roof Sit”, which raises funds for the nonprofit and takes place for one week in September. It was a year of firsts for the event: the first time Markham hosted, and the first time in downtown Port Huron.
In his free time, you can find Markham outside enjoying Michigan’s four seasons and taking in how awesome of a state and area we live in.
“In the summer, I try to be by the water as much as possible, and in the winter, going up north to go snowmobiling is always a hoot,” he said. “If not by the water, landscaping and golfing are my other interests. For some reason, I love to cut lawns. Weird, I know.
You can also catch Markham on Q Country 107 during your morning commute. “Other than that, having a few Bud Lights is a great way to get to know me,” he said. “Facebook stalking might get boring, I don’t post much.”