Mary Beth's BIO
Although Mary Beth grew up in Detroit, it is Toledo that feels like home, especially since she and her husband, Terry, are raising their family here. Their children, Tara, Derek and Cullin were all born here and are all in school now. With grade school, high school and college tuitions all looming, it's no wonder Mary Beth looks forward to many more years working on 101.5 the River. "Miles to go before I sleep!"
Rick Woodell was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, attended the community college there and eventually the University of Georgia before embarking on a 38 year broadcasting career. Rick has worked in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas and been a part of the programming of radio stations in Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado and California.
Before moving to Toledo, Rick was a highly rated morning show host in Greenville, South Carolina for 15 years and was co-host of "Talk of the Town," a 30 minute television travel show for Charter Communications that covered Georgia, North and South Carolina. Rick and his wife Carla moved to Toledo so he could rekindle his love for morning radio.
Rick and Carla have 4 "kids." One is Siamese...Cyan, 6 pounds of furry fury, Grayson, a loveable Gray stray from the Humane society, Frank a mini Dachshund rescue and the latest addition, Bill Blitzen, a rescued Greyhound.. Rick's son, Alex, graduated college in South Carolina and is continuing his education at the Medical College of South Carolina-Charleston.
Rick's continued love for charity work and civic pride keeps him active in the community.
"We've been here for over 7 years now. As Carla and I continue to travel the area, we're amazed at the eagerness of people to welcome us Southerners. We feel like actual Mid- westerners now! We really feel at home."
Chrysler is doing well and it's having a major impact on the area!
Chrysler today announced it is investing more in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and adding another 1,250 jobs on top of thousands it has added since emerging from bankruptcy three years ago.
The automaker, which is owned by Italian automaker Fiat and the United Auto Workers healthcare trust, and markets Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands, will invest $240 million at three Michigan plants to increase production of Ram pickup trucks, as well as engines.
Check out our review of the new Ram 1500 here
"Today is another important milestone in living up to the commitment we made more than three and a half years ago to our employees, this city, this region and our country to transform this company," Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said. "Together, and with the support of our UAW partners, we are committed to building something that will have a long-lasting, direct impact on this community."
A hot-button issue during the presidential campaign, Marchionne said the investment is proof that the federal government's decision to lend Chrysler money in 2009 as it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy was a good one.
"Those who still doubt that we would use the second chance taxpayers granted to us to build something better and long lasting...only have to come here and see for themselves how seriously we have taken our responsibility," Marchionne said today at Chrysler's engine plant in Detroit.
The investments, first reported by the Detroit Free Press, include:
• $198 million at Chrysler's Mack Avenue Engine I plant where Chrysler will add about 250 workers to build its V6 Pentastar engine. This is especially welcome as it is investment in downtown Detroit, which sorely needs it.
• $40 million at Chrysler's Trenton North engine plant to build Pentastar and Tigershark four-cylinder engines.
• The addition of a third shift at Warren Truck in Warren to build more Ram 1500 pickups.
With this announcement, Chrysler's investments at it U.S. plants since it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 now tops $4.75 billion. The company also has added nearly 6,000 hourly jobs in the U.S.
Marchionne entered the political fray last month when former White House hopeful Mitt Romney began running ads in swing-state Ohio suggesting that Chrysler was moving jobs out of Ohio to build Jeeps in China. Marchionne fired a rebuke at Romney for misleading the public.
Chrysler is considering investments in China that would enable the company to sell more Jeeps to Chinese consumers. Automakers have to build in China to sell to the Chinese or face stiff tariffs that would make a Jeep Grand Cherokee cost the equivalent of about $75,000.