Midday West Michigan

Retired Engineer keeps Romanian music alive in Grand Rapids

Sep 12, 2017

Constantin Calin is a retired mechanical engineer, who at the age of 76 is keeping the musical tradition of Romania alive.  Calin was born and raised in Romania, and worked as an engineer in Libya and Iraq and retired from the Amway Grand Hotel at the age of 62.  He's composed over 300 pieces of music, many of which have been featured on Romanian radio stations.  WGVU has this feature interview.

It leads the Hollywood movies opening this week

Sep 8, 2017

Stephen King's It is the big Hollywood movie opening, along with Reese Witherspoon returning in Home Again, plus a new slate of indie films.  WGVU breaks it all down with Jenny Garone from Celebration Cinema.

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Why has the Grand Rapids' downtown condominium market slowed? We take a closer look along with a new survey on business owner optimism.


Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan a story of corporate philanthropy. A west Michigan kayak manufacturer works with Walmart delivering kayaks and boats to first responders and residents in the Houston area conducting rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind returns to theaters

Sep 1, 2017

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is getting a 40th anniversary release today.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran about the re-release of the Steven Spielberg classic, plus a summary of the summer blockbuster season for 2017.

Logan Lucky leads the pack in movie theaters

Aug 18, 2017

Lucky Logan opens in theaters today to mostly positive reviews.  The Hitman's Bodyguard, Brigsby Bear, Wind River and Step all open in western Michigan today as well.  WGVU breaks it all down with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema. 

Blushing Monk to play GrandJazzFest

Aug 17, 2017

GrandJazzFest is this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle.  A variety of jazz acts will span the genre, from big band and latin jazz to student ensembles and smooth jazz.  WGVU spoke with Dutcher Snedeker about the student group he put together called Blushing Monk, featuring musicians from Michigan State University and Western Michigan University.

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Coming this Monday, August 21st North America's eyes will turn to the skies taking in the solar eclipse. Here in West Michigan, if the weather cooperates, you'll witness an 85 percent solar eclipse. For more on when and how best to view it we turn to Dave DeBruyn, Curator Emeritus at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium who also considers himself a coronafile.

An Inconvenient Sequel blows into town

Aug 11, 2017

Former Vice President Al Gore returns to the big screen with An Inconvenient Truth, plus two more sequels and a true story drama opens in theaters.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

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We discuss a movement backed by some Grand Rapids entertainment district establishment owners pushing for laws allowing for open containers. Also, health care consumerism backed by health insurance providers.