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The Mission of WGVU

WGVU's continued mission is to provide educational, informative, and entertaining programs and events to the West Michigan community as a service of Grand Valley State University.

An open letter to you, our loyal viewer


Michael WalentaSummer is certainly upon us. Remember just a few months ago when you wondered if we would break the largest snowfall record?

 PBS ONLINE is well underway with this year’s Film Festival.   Simply go to pbs.org/filmfestival and select WGVU as your home PBS station.  You’ll have 25 films to watch, vote for and share with friends. For twitter users the hashtag for this PBS event is #PBSolff and please remember to always include #WGVU.

 We have some great television programs for you throughout the month.

 CAPITOL FOURTH airs on July 4th at 8:00pm and will be repeated again at 9:30pm.  This will be the 34th annual broadcast of the special.  The program will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the US Army Presidential Salute Battery.  This PBS program is also broadcast on American Forces Network to our troops currently serving around the world.

 TIME SCANNERS airs Tuesdays, July 1st, 8th and 15th at 8:00pm.   Using cutting-edge 3-D laser-scanning technology to unlock the secrets of how the world’s most iconic engineering creations were constructed. Locations include the Colosseum, Petra, Machu Picchu, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Pyramids and Jerusalem.

 WGVU’S FAMILY HEALTH MATTERS “Transforming Loss” airs on Sunday, July 13th at 3:00pm.

Suffering loss and going through grief is a part of the human experience. There’s not one of us who will skate through life without having to cope with losing someone close to us. But sometimes that loss is sudden and horrifying. How can someone possibly climb back out of that pit of grief?  Through this program, you will meet six Michigan families who have managed to triumph, transform and grow despite indescribable heartbreak.

 AL CAPONE:  ICON airs Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:00pm.   Tommy Guns, pinstripe suits and ruthless murders are the images people tend to associate with the mention of Al Capone.  More than 80 years after the height of his power, this program explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and examines why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.


Have a great rest of summer.


Michael T. Walenta
WGVU Public Media General Manager

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