About Us

Tom Sumner

Tom Sumner was born and raised in Flint, MI. He was Executive Director for the Center City Association of Greater Flint, The Flint Children’s Museum and New Leash On Life in Los Angeles. Tom traveled the Midwest in the 70’s and early 80’s as a full-time musician playing drums in small concert venues for recording artists “The Diamonds.” “The Drifters.” “Freddy (Boom-Boom) Cannon,” “Del Shannon,” and many others. Tom took to the air in the 1990’s as a classical music host at Flint’s public radio station, and as media spokesperson in TV PSA’s for mid-Michigan Crimestoppers. He was a regular on-air host during pledge drives for Flint’s public television station. Sumner returned to Michigan in 2007. He hosted a morning show at Kettering University’s student run radio station WKUF 94.3 FM called “Off The KUF” before launching The Tom Sumner Program on Flint’s News Talk 1470 WFNT.

Andrea Sutton

Andrea Sutton has had many roles before becoming Co-host and Associate Producer for The Tom Sumner Program. She has been a stay-at-home Mom, legal secretary, retail and manufacturing employee, poll worker, public safety volunteer for security and active shooter live re-enactments in public schools and comedy show emcee. She joined the Tom Sumner Program in September of 2012. Her signature laugh (including the occasional ‘snort’) and her sense of humor and purpose has made her the ideal on-air complement to Tom and the quirky blend of serious and silly that The Tom Sumner Program is known for. Since joining the show, and in addition to being smart and funny on the air, she has become an important part of the production as well, by assisting with scheduling, screening phone calls and wrangling guests.

Dan Kurin

Dan Kurin is an engineer/entrepreneur with a passion for how companies work from the inside out. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in 2011. During his co-op education he worked in assembly line automation, photovoltaic research and development, and management/engineering consulting. For 3 years after graduating, Dan worked in the telematics division of Laird Technologies, a wireless systems company, but in 2014, he founded Swiftlet Technology, a Home Automation and Engineering Services company based in Flint, MI. Dan serves as the Chief Engineer for The Tom Sumner Program, ensuring that all of the bytes go to the right places.

Derrick T. Gillard

Derrick Gillard brings a sense of style and love for community to The Tom Sumner Program in his role as Underwriting Coordinator. He was born and raised in Flint, MI where he graduated from Powers High School. As Underwriting Coordinator, he brings the same standard of excellence he exhibited while living in Chicago where he held positions with Nordstrom as Personal Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant and at Luxury Motors as Director of Customer Service for its Bentley Division. He also served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Real Men Charities before returning to Flint to care for his Mother who passed away in 2015. Like so many returning Flint “ex-pats,” he decided to stay and use his talents to help revitalize his home town. He was introduced to Tom and The Tom Sumner Program through a mutual friend. Derrick will be working with area businesses and organizations to help develop financial support for The Tom Sumner Program and help sponsors and underwriters position themselves as part of Flint’s on-going re-birth.

Armchair Politics

ARMCHAIR POLITICS is a weekly round table discussion Wednesdays hosted by Tom Sumner with retired political science professor Paul Rozycki on the left, former Republican party official Henry Hatter on the right and a rotating third chair providing commentary and analysis about national politics and current events. ARMCHAIR POLITICS is a featured segment of The Tom Sumner Program. Past episodes are available in the show archives


No Limits Radio meets The Tom Sumner Program Fridays when NLR Host David Reid Christine and Tom open the phone lines for a “crossover episode” that encourages listener calls and participation. David grew up in Chicago during the Richard J. Daley era and became a licensed pilot for various companies and air ambulances. David credits his Chicago roots for his sardonic and often comedic view of life, politics and current events that has informed the No Limits Radio show success. From Chicago to Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, MI, the show has attracted audiences from all over the country. “Crossover” is a featured segment on The Tom Sumner Program. Past episodes are available in the show archives. As David would say, “Strap in.”