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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 WalentaS

November marks a special month for me as my father served in the 8th Army Air Corps.  During World War II, the 8th Army Air Corps formed the greatest air armada in history. By mid-1944, the unit had a total strength of over 200,000, and it could send more than 2,000 four-engine bombers and 1,000 fighters on a single mission against enemy targets in Europe.  For this reason, the 8th Army Air Corps was commonly known as the “Mighty Eight”.  I want to extend a personal thanks to my dad and all veterans who have served and are currently serving.  

We are happy to announce that through a partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a grant-funded Inclusion Reporter position has been established at WGVU to explore inclusion and equity issues in our communities.

If you joined us at our Food, Wine & All That Jazz event in October, thank you for attending and helping to make this a great event for everyone.  Our next wine event, the Great Wine & Food Symposium, will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016.

We were excited to host Ric Burns, a six-time Emmy Award-winning director, at the Celebration of Service event held October 17.  If you were able to join us during the event, thank you!  Ric greeted and thanked many disabled veterans in the Kelly Family Sports Center during his visit.  Please join WGVU and PBS for an airing of Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History on Tuesday, November 10 at 9:00 pm on WGVU Channel 35.1 and 52.1.  The film will air again on November 13 at 3:00 am on WGVU Channel 35.1 and 52.1.  It will also be available online at www.wgvu.org.  Debt of Honor is a documentary that examines the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history. The film combines personal stories, told by distinguished disabled veterans, with deep history narrated by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history and psychology.  This film illustrates the human cost of war and the enormous sacrifices of military service.    

September was a busy month for WGVU and PBS!  Thanks to Alicia Levi, PBS Vice President of Education and Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager of PBS Children’s Media and Senior Vice President for visiting WGVU in conjunction with the 2015 Fall Preview events.



Michael T. Walenta
WGVU Public Media General Manager

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