Midday West Michigan


The UICA Movie theater is a full service film theater located in downtown Grand Rapids.  It presents independent, international and documentary films.  Nick Hartman is the man who curates UICA movies.  WGVU visited UICA for a conversation with Nick on the process of curating contemporary film.

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The Michigan Municipal League is hosting public forums talking about the state’s system for funding municipalities that it believes is broken. The MML says mayors have consolidated services saving taxpayer dollars but more needs to be done.

During its Save MI City stop in Grand Rapids, WGVU spoke with Matt Bach, director of media relations with the Michigan Municipal League about the fallout from the Great Recession and how decreases in revenue sharing are impacting cities across the state.


Learning from Scratch was founded by Betsey Hamm in 1998. She collects large sums of commercially produced pieces parts that might otherwise end up in landfills. Hamm puts those industrial leftovers to work explaining, "All by themselves, these various remnants appear useless. But to a creative mind, it's part of something that evolves through an artistic or educational process." 

SF Jazz Collective performs the music of Miles Davis

May 1, 2017

The Sf Jazz Collective is based out of San Francisco and is composed of renowned leaders from around the world.  They're performing in Grand Rapids at St Cecilia Music Center Thursday, May 4th at 7:3pm.  WGVU spoke with pianist and composer Edward Simon, a member of the ensemble about the concert, which will feature the music of Miles Davis, along with original compositions, and his own album Latin American Songbook.

The Circle opens in theaters

Apr 28, 2017

Tom Hanks and Emma Watts star in The Circle, which opens in west Michigan theaters, along with Sleight, Colossal and How to Be A Latin Lover.  WGVU talks with Jenny Garone from Celebration Cinema.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Apr 26, 2017

Grand Valley State University softball pitcher Allison Lipovsky is dominating GLIAC Softball with four straight Pitcher of the Week awards. She is 12-3 with a 1.20 ERA and has struck out a lest 10 hitters in her last six outings. We feature the sophomore from Harrison, Michigan.

Movie Talk

Apr 21, 2017
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More than a dozen new movies opening this weekend in theaters across West Michigan. Celebration!  Cinema's Ron Van Timmeren stops by previewing Disney's Born in China, Katherine Heigl in Unforgettable and true-life drama, Lost City of Z just to name a few.

Local Blues Matters: Jimmie Stagger (Part II)

Apr 21, 2017
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The 8th Annual Local Blues Matters concert is Saturday.  The show celebrates WGVU’s Blues programming. West Michigan’s legend of the Blues, Jimmie Stagger is performing. 

Today we present the second part of the interview Scott Vander Werf conducted with Jimmie, where he talks about his musical evolution in the Blues

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A new study breaks down the effectiveness of Michigan's Right to Work law. We also discuss how local businesses are tackling the opioid epidemic and the impact proposed White House budget cuts could have on West Michigan's medical research.   

Jimmie Stagger at WGVU's Local Blues Matters (Part I)

Apr 17, 2017

Local Blues Matters returns to Billy's Lounge for the 8th annual concert celebrating WGVU's blues programming. Big Boss Blues Band and Detroit's Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis, will be performing along with West Michigan's legend of the blues, Jimmie Stagger.

In part of his two part interview, WGVU's music director, Scott Vander Werf, talks with Stagger who has been performing the blues for over a half a century.