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While the revitalization of Flint is real and happening with a synergy not seen in this town for many years, this momentum is expanding through the local radio waves of WFNT 1470AM. The “brainchild” of Flint native Gary L. Fisher, along with encouragement by radio host Dan Foley, “Fish and the Flint Chronicles” debuted last fall and is focused on educating the public, not only about our city’s rich history, but about the successful and influential residents who ultimately had an impact on the world.
Fisher is enthusiastic about the format and describes the show as “…telling stories about our incredible business innovations, creativity and arts, courage and athleticism, cultural and social leadership, and well…our pure hardscrabble grit and resilience.”
Fisher has been a self-admitted history buff since elementary school, when an uncle gave him a hat from the authentic USS Arizona. “I learned the significance of that hat and stayed passionate about history,” he says. “I’ve always been proud of Flint and never understood otherwise.”
Through his involvement with the Genesee County Historical Society, Gary gave a presentation during Flint’s Back to the Bricks Week at the venerable Durant-Dort Carriage Office titled “Boys Under the Hood” in reference to the local automotive pioneers Durant, Dort, Buick, Chrysler, Nash and others. One of the audience members was WFNT’s Dan Foley – host of his own news talk show “Dan Land.” Foley approached Fisher and said, “I’ve been waiting for somebody to tell the story of this town without any political agenda, without any biased negativity and without a narrow focus; I think you’re the guy!”
When Foley and Fisher were discussing titles for the new show, they did not want to copy other talk shows as this program was going to be predicated on storytelling. “I did not want to take calls from listeners,” Fisher recalls. “I wanted to tell a story so the ‘Flint Chronicles’ came up.” Since he’s always been known as “Fish,” Foley personalized the title and ‘Fish and the Flint Chronicles’ was launched. The innovative logo was created by his spouse of 25 years Tracy – a creative technologist avant-garde in her own right. Fisher adds, “Dan did not give me any hard and fast rules to follow, but my objective is to tell the unvarnished truth with a historical perspective in an entertaining way.”
Fisher realizes most stories about Flint and Genesee County have been told with a monolithic perspective as his show strives to appeal to a broader audience by covering the music, sports and cultural scenes along with our revered history, since nobody has cohesively brought all those related stories together. “Of course, there are some stories that are just flat-out entertaining, funny, moving, motivational and intriguing,” he says with a grin.
Currently, “Fish and the Flint Chronicles” airs every Wednesday from 11:00 a. m. to noon. Due to its popularity, the show will expand to two days a week very soon. (Inside scoop: watch for logo t-shirts too!) With Fisher’s unbridled enthusiasm and storytelling passion, the show seems to have fewer commercials, but every show can be heard any time on www.flintchronicles.com with no interruptions by ads.
Fisher realizes he is very fortunate to be able to express his passion for Flint as he expresses that same enthusiasm in his day job of 27 years at G.L. Fisher Capital Management company (www.glfishercapitalmanagement.com) specializing in personal and business financial planning, located in downtown’s Mott Foundation Building, the epicenter of Flint.
“The best aspect of the show is that I am telling an authentic and true story about the city I grew up in and loved with my family,” he says with reverence. “I’m telling the whole story without any hidden agenda in an entertaining way and I hope it inspires people after hearing the stories. I want to get people interested in our history because if it’s fun and entertaining, they will go on to learn more.”