Midday West Michigan

Bobby Rush headlines All Star Blues Bash in Kalamazoo

Feb 9, 2016

The All Star Blues Bash is this Friday, February 12, at the State Theater in Kalamazoo.  Bobby Rush and Joe Louis Walker headline the show, along with appearances from Ronnie Baker Brooks and Shawn Holt, the son of Magic Slim.  WGVU spoke with the legendary Bobby Rush for this feature report.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Feb 8, 2016

The Grand Valley State University football team announced 23 new Lakers on signing day last Wednesday.  Tom Cleary talks with head coach Matt Mitchell about this year’s class.   

The Coen Brothers return to the big screen with the comedy "Hail, Caesar!" starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, among others.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper about the latest mainstream and indie films.

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If you’re a fan, you are all too aware this is the final season of Downton Abby. What’s a viewer to do? There is a new PBS offering you can transition to. Every Sunday night on WGVU-HD following Downton at 10:00 is an American-based upstairs-downstairs period drama called Mercy Street exploring the medical and human side of the Civil War. I talk with actor McKinley Belcher III who plays character Samuel Diggs.

Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan how area employers are tapping into the veteran workforce for employment. Non-profits West Michigan Veterans Coalition and Goodwill Industries of Greater Grands recently hosted a Veteran/Employer Networking Event. We stopped in for the interviews at the Downtown Market to find out what employment barriers veterans returning to the civilian world face and how employers align veteran skill sets benefiting their workforce. 

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  Major Midwest bank mergers include Chemical Financial and Huntington Bank and Michigan's maturing venture capital market.   

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Jan 25, 2016

Grand Valley State University Athletic Director Tim  Selgo has led the Grand Valley State athletic program for 20 years and announced plans to retire at the end of this season.  Brent Ashcroft talked to him recently regarding a new scholarship in his name to benefit Laker student athletes. 

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Jan 25, 2016

The Grand Valley State University Swimming and Diving teams have created a family atmosphere with student athletes from all over the world.  The team spirit may be part of the reason The Men’s team is rated #3 in Division II while the Women are rated #4.  

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Four new movies are opening in theaters in west Michigan including The Fifth Wave, Dirty Grandpa, The Boy and Caged No More. 

WGVU sits down with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema for our weekly movie talk.

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The Mike Frost Project is performing Saturday night at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, from 7 until 10pm.

WGVU interviewed Mike Frost prior to last August's GrandJazzFest.  Here is an excerpt.

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