The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show

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The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show is a syndicated talk radio show based at WGRD in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The show is hosted by Gregg Neuenfeldt (known professionally as Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels[1]), Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels, "Producer" Joe Gassman and Steve.[2][3] The show is syndicated throughout America, and is distributed by Compass Media Networks.

In early 2016, Eric Zane was fired from the show following what turned out to be numerous disagreements with the parent company.

The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show has also guest hosted The Dan Patrick Show on multiple occasions.[4]

Holiday Break-in[edit]

Each December, the show solicits the nomination by their listeners of needy families to be the recipients of the Holiday Break-in for those unable to buy holiday gifts. Once the recipients are selected, participating radio affiliates break-in to the houses of these families (with the assistance of the nominator, a locksmith, and local police) and bring the holidays where there would be none.[5] They decorate and leave presents - in the past, the gifts have included toys for the children, gift cards, paid rent, appliances, and cars. A few of the break-ins occur on the air - most do not. No notification is left as to who the gifts came from; the recipients rarely determine who was responsible for the seemingly random act.

Inspired by the work done by the show, in 2008 local high schools in West Michigan began conducting their own break-ins for needy families. In 2009, representatives of each school appeared on the show and shared stories about the recipients and how the break-ins went.


The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters award in 2005[6] 2006,[7] and 2007.[8]

In 2009, Hotwings won the "Tiny Nuts" competition held in one of their biggest markets, Nashville.

Free Beer and Hot Wings won the RadioContraband Rock Radio Award for "Syndicated Morning Show of the Year" in 2013 and 2014


Station Location Notes
WGRD-FM 97.9 Grand Rapids, Michigan Flagship station as of September 2004 [9]
WBUZ-FM 102.9 The Buzz Nashville, Tennessee[10][11] Replaced The Bob and Tom Show
WCHR-FM 105.7 The Hawk Manahawkin, New Jersey[12][13][14] First station to carry the show when it became syndicated.
WPNH-FM 100.1 The Planet Plymouth, New Hampshire
WHXR Rock 106.3 Portland, Maine Replaced The Howard Stern Show
WQBK-FM 103.5 / 103.9 Q-103 Albany, New York
WKZQ-FM 96.1 KZQ Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Swapped morning shows with WYAV-FM 104.1 Wave
WBSX-FM 97.9x Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Replaced Jim Bone In The Morning
KZRV-FM REV 96.7 St. Cloud, Minnesota
WWBN-FM Banana 101.5 Flint, MI Replaced The Bob and Tom Show
WZOR-FM 94.7 Razor 94.7 Appleton, Wisconsin
KROG-FM 96.9 The Rogue Medford, Oregon Replaced The Rogue Morning Show with Beefcake & Laura
WPXC-FM 102.9 PIXY 103 Cape Cod, Massachusetts
WZGM-AM 1350 Asheville, North Carolina
KRNA-FM 94.1 Iowa City, Iowa
W276BQ/WQEN-HD2 103.1/103.7 HD-2 103.1 the Vulcan Birmingham, Alabama
WMYK-FM 98.5 Kokomo, Indiana
WWTH-FM 100.7 Oscoda, Michigan
99.9 K-Bat Midland, Texas
KTUX 99X (98.9 FM) Shreveport, LA Replaced The Bob and Tom Show
WQCK 105.9 QWiK Rock State College, PA
JaCKson's 102.3 The Rocket Jackson, TN
106.7 'ZZL Rocks Paducah, Kentucky Replaced The Bob and Tom Show

Past affiliates[edit]

Station Location Reason
WQLZ-FM Real Rock 97.7 Springfield, Il Wes Styles wanted his own morning show.
WJZJ-FM Real Rock 95.5 Traverse City, MI Poor ratings
Rock 94.7 Wausau, Wisconsin Poor ratings
KMXN-FM X 92.9 Lawrence, Kansas Station changed format in 2009
WDRK-FM 99.9 The Carp Eau Claire, Wisconsin[15] Station changed format in August 2009.
WXTT-FM eXtra 99.1 Champaign, Illinois
WYAV-FM 104.1 Wave Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Swapped morning shows with WKZQ-FM 96.1 KZQ
WODE-FM 99.9 The Hawk Allentown, PA
KERX-FM 95.3 The Rebel Fort Smith, Arkansas
WTHK-FM 97.5 The Hawk Trenton, New Jersey Station changed format in November 2006
WEGE-FM 104.9 The Eagle Lima, Ohio[16]
KBZZ-AM The Big Buzz 1270 AM Reno, Nevada
WAVF-FM 96.1 WAVE FM Charleston, South Carolina
WLKZ-FM 104.9 The Hawk Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
WBVX-FM B92 Lexington, KY
WLPA-FM 92.7 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Station changed format on September 3, 2014.
WVIC 94.1 The Edge Lansing, MI Station changed format March 16, 2015
WDKW 95.7 The X Knoxville, Tennessee Station changed format May 7, 2015
WFTK-FM 96.5 96 Rock Cincinnati, Ohio Poor ratings
WXBN-FM 105-5 The Bone Winchester, Virginia Station changed format to country in 2013


  1. ^ "Swapping embarrassing college stories on the air". Centralight (Central Michigan University Alumni Association): 11. 
  2. ^ "Free Beer and Hot Wings Cast and Crew". Free Beer and Hot Wings. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Free Beer and Hot Wings - facts, questions, and information". Funtrivia. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Barkley, Simms, Harbaugh on tap for Thursday's DP Show". CNN. 
  5. ^ Free Beer and Hot Wings embrace the Holidays
  6. ^ "Michigan Association of Broadcasters". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Michigan Association of Broadcasters". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Michigan Association of Broadcasters". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  9. ^ "The Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Slack, Chris (2006-11-24). "Red Meat and Boobies". Nashville Scene. 
  11. ^ "The Buzz Homepage". April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (2004-06-14). "WBIX Sold (Again)". NorthEast Radio Watch. 
  13. ^ "The Hawk's Free Beer and Hot Wings Page". April 8, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  14. ^ "From Animation to Streaming Radio, Cable Interconnect to Web, Region's Diamond Specialist Takes to the Airwaves in a New Way for a New Generation". MyWire. 2006-03-03. 
  15. ^ "The Carps Show List". April 8, 2008. Archived from the original on March 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  16. ^ "Free Beer and Hot Wings Info". April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 

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