Midday West Michigan


Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble cracked NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017 with its song Glass Surface composed by Daniel Rhode.

What is it about the music drawing national praise?

We talk with Bill Ryan who is director of GVSU's New Music Ensemble.


Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for religious celebrations. It’s a time to be with family and to remember those who are no longer with us.

Remembering the nation’s fallen heroes this time of year is the mission of local Blue Star Mothers who are presenting wreaths at their grave sites.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters

Dec 15, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters.  WGVU's Scott Vander Werf talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema, who has seen the movie.  They also hash it out on Ferdinand and Wonder Wheel the latest from Woody Allen


Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

GVSU President Tom Haas
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During a recent Grand Rapids Rotary Club luncheon, Dr. Thomas Haas, Chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Education Commission and President of Grand Valley State University explained Michigan students are underperforming.

Haas spoke with WGVU about the report and the commission tasked with making recommendations for revamping the state’s education delivery system.

Mark Sanchez
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Despite gains made by early-stage startups, MiBiz senior writer Mark Sanchez takes a closer look at funding gaps making it difficult for these startups to find capital.

Coco brings the Land Of The Dead to life

Nov 22, 2017

Disney/PIXAR's Coco opens, celebrating Mexican mythology and music in a critically acclaimed family picture.  Denzel Washington returns as Roman J. Israel, ESQ.  And Lady Bird opens in western Michigan, one of the most anticipated directorial debuts in cinema by Greta Gerwig.  Plus, Dickens Christmas Carol is celebrated in The Man Who Invented Christmas.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

Mark Sanchez
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State and local governments debate who should regulate short-term rental properties. Also, a new survey indicates a strong M&A market.

Christian McBride returns to St. Cecilia with new trio

Nov 14, 2017

Christian McBride brings his new trio Tip City to Grand Rapids, for a performance at St. Cecilia Music Center.  WGVU's Scott Vander Werf spoke with the jazz master and has this feature interview.

WGVU honors our nation’s veterans this weekend paying tribute to South Haven’s Specialist Five James C. McCloughan. Specialist Five McCloughan served as a medic in the Vietnam War, saving 10 American lives over a 48 hour period and tending to countless others. He is the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump. Sunday, November 12th at 10 AM WGVU Public Television airs Veterans Stories: West Michigan Medal of Honor Recipient Specialist Five James C. McCloughan.