Midday West 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.


The Fate of the Furious is the spring blockbuster crashing movie screens and 20 years after Trainspotting comes T2.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema about these films, plus a slate of new independent movies and documentaries.

Thornetta Davis talks about new album Honest Woman

Apr 13, 2017

Thornetta Davis is Detroit's reigning Queen of the Blues.  She's one of the finest living American R&B singers and she's released a new album, Honest Woman.  A renowned songwriter and performer, Davis is performing at Billy's Lounge in Grand Rapids at the annual Local Blues Matter concert, along with The Jimmie Stagger Band, and the Boss Blues Band.  Doors open at 6pm.

WGVU spoke by phone with Thornetta Davis and asked her about the songs on Honest Woman.

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Grand Rapids has a new poet laureate! The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation announced today that Marcel Price, better known as Fable the Poet, will be our new ambassador of letters. However, more interesting is that he is the first laureate of color, the first one under age 40 and the first one without a college degree. Yet, his career speaks for itself, as he tours the country regularly with his poems. For WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, Mariano Avila brings us this extended interview with Fable.


The Grand Valley State University Lakers Track & Field teams travel throughout the country during the outdoor season giving student athletes the best chance to qualify for the NCAA Finals. We preview the GVSU Track & Field outdoor season.

WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema about movies opening up this week, including the comedy Going In Style, with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.  Plus, the animated kids picture Smurfs: Lost Village and faith based The Case of Christ are also appearing on west Michigan movie screens.

The Boss Baby and Ghost In The Shell on Mid Day

Mar 31, 2017

WGVU's Scott Vander Werf with Ron  Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.  It's movie talk on Mid Day with The Boss Baby and Ghost In The Shell, among others.