Midday West Michigan


Monday, September 12th @ 10 PM, WGVU-HD is airing POV's "All the Difference" following the lives of two South Side Chicago African-American males overcoming neighborhood pursuing their dreams to become the first in their families to graduate from college and live their professional dreams. WGVU interviews Robert Henderson, one of the documentary subjects, and Wes Moore the documentary's Executive Producer.    

Sully opens in theaters starring Tom Hanks

Sep 9, 2016

Tom Hanks portrays airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger in the new Clint Eastwood film Sully, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers.  That movie opens with three others, When The Bough Breaks, The Wild Life and The Disappointments Room.  WGVU discuss these movies with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema, but first this trailer for Sully.

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  Michigan companies evaluate rising health coverage costs and BarFly Ventures plan 2017  HopCat  expansions.

Van Andel Institute and its Purple Community are taping into the state's craft beer industry raising funds for cancer and Parkinson's disease research. Participating Michigan breweries will identify a beer on the menu and for each pint sold will donate one dollar to Hops for Hope.    

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Sep 6, 2016

Grand Valley State University's football team beat the Tiffin Dragons 45-7 in its home opener at Lubbers Stadium Thursday night.  The Lakers are rated number three in the country.  Tom Cleary talks with head coach Matt Mitchell about the teams depth and health as the season gets underway.    

Movie Talk

Sep 2, 2016

We preview "The Light Between Oceans," "Morgan," "The Sea of Trees," "Hands of Stone" and "No Manches Frida" along with Indie Series films.    

Pianist Joey Alexander releases "Countdown"

Sep 1, 2016

13 year old Indonesian pianist, Joey Alexander, has a new album scheduled for September release. "Countdown" features a variety of jazz standards and original compositions.     

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008. Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.

Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.

Guests mingle at a Heartside unity picnic held Thursday, August 18.
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The Heartside neighborhood in Grand Rapids is going through some pretty significant changes, spurred by redevelopment interests and talk of gentrification. 

Dennis VanKampen is the CEO and executive director of Mel Trotter Ministries. He spoke with WGVU at a neighborhood unity picnic earlier this month about the event’s goals - and how he sees solutions to community challenges.

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Low wages as one reason millennials are putting off new car purchases. Two independent physician groups are considering a merger forming Answer Health.