Midday West Michigan


This Veteran’s Day travel with Southwest Michigan’s Talons Out Honor Flight and more than 70 World War II veterans to Washington D.C. visiting the WWII Memorial. For these veterans, it’s an emotional journey revealing haunting, decades old memories with a son or daughter traveling at their side. From the fanfare arrival at Reagan National Airport to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo homecoming, this is for many veterans their final mission, a Mission Accomplished: Talons Out Honor Flight. 

  Today on “Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan” the Grand Rapids Community Foundation honors Armen Oumedian with this year's Chaille Award for Community Philanthropy.

Our Brand Is In Crisis and two other movies opening

Oct 30, 2015

Three new movies opening in area theaters, including the dramatic comedy Our Brand Is In Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton, Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather, and Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema about those and a new slate of Indie flicks.

Start Garden and Emerge West Michigan discuss a merger further developing the West Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem. Also, what Michigan Chamber CEO, Rich Studley, thinks about the legislature's delay reaching a road funding plan.

The Steve Hilger Band: Food, Wine and All That Jazz

Oct 29, 2015

Food, Wine and All That Jazz is Friday night at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  Enjoy samples from over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers along with gourmet food selections, all for one ticket price. The entertainment will be provided by the Steve Hilger Band.  WGVU's Scott Vander Werf spoke with the group's leader. 

Hilary Farrell

About 700 refugees resettled in west Michigan this past fiscal year - a number that's stayed fairly consistent in recent years, with some expecting an increase coming into 2016.

Inside that number is a diverse group of individuals and families, from at least a dozen different countries and cultures. On this month's Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan, WGVU's Hilary Farrell speaks to a number of non-profit agencies providing initial resettlement as well as longer-term support.

Christian Howes releases American Spirit

Oct 19, 2015

Ohio native Christian Howes is one of the greatest living jazz violin players.  He has a new CD out American Spirit, exploring iconic songs from American culture through the years.  Here's a preview.


September was childhood cancer awareness month, a time for children and families fighting pediatric cancer to be honored.  WGVU's Jennifer Moss talked with Dr. James Fahner, Division Chief for pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen Devos Children's Hospital.  Dr. Fahner says it's important to draw attention to the strides being made in the fight against pediatric cancer.

MiBiz senior writer, Mark Sanchez, talks about the demand for skilled workers and how it's spurring the debate over the merits of drug testing. Also, West Michigan M&A activity is heating up and the state's tourism industry experienced an outstanding year.

Big Box Art

Sep 29, 2015

Imagine you’re walking through a big box store. You turn the corner… and in front of you is tower of perfectly stacked objects…randomly placed in the middle of the aisle. The tower is made up of different store products that are all the exact same color—say bubble gum pink. There are pink plastic crates and jewelry containers and Barbie boxes and helmets. The tower doesn’t make sense in the middle of the aisle…and yet it fits in almost perfectly.