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Friday, April 18, 2014

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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

This month for your viewing pleasure we have In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul, also The Dave Clark Five – Glad All over, A Great Performance Special, and then The Address.

It is my pleasure to acknowledge WGVU’s latest gift. She would like to remain anonymous. With a twinkle in her eye, she mentions that perhaps her love of music & singing was inherited from her father who moved here from Slovenia. At an early age, she was fortunate enough to take singing lessons from a member of the Metropolitan Opera Choir. She has a very fond memory of performing with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Choir and walking off stage with the program’s narrator, Representative Gerald Ford. She would like her generous gift to ensure that WGVU continues to place an emphasis on music. She hopes her lasting gift will allow West Michigan locals a chance to enjoy “The Great Musical Artists” when they might not always have the fortune of seeing them in person. With this gift we are now able to establish the WGVU Television Music Program Endowment Fund.

In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul appears Monday, April 7th at 9:00pm. President and Mrs. Obama welcome Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by those remarkable women of soul. From Etta James to Diana Ross to Aretha herself.

The Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over, A Great Performance Special is being broadcast Tuesday evening, April 8th at 8:00pm. Featuring newly filmed interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the Cultural Revolution of 1964 changed their lives forever. The film also features never-before-seen footage from Clark’s personal archives featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others.

WGVU is Michigan’s Source for The Address. We’re also privileged to broadcast The Address on Tuesday April 15th at 9:00pm. Written and directed by Ken Burns, this film showcases the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont -- where students use the Gettysburg Address as a tool for success. Each student is tasked with memorizing & reciting Abraham Lincoln’s ten sentence masterpiece.

According to a recent study by CARAVAN ORC International in January 2014, PBS is #1 in public trust. This is the 11th consecutive year PBS has earned this distinction. Seventy-seven percent of respondents believe that funding given to PBS by individuals, corporations, and the government is money “well spent”. PBS and member stations are rated second only to military defense as an “excellent use of tax dollars (15% of WGVU Public Media’s budget). The full brochure is downloadable at http://to.pbs.org/most-trusted-2014.

Thanks for watching and thanks for listening.

Have a great month.

Signed, Michael T. Walenta



Michael T. Walenta, General Manager, WGVU

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