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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 we have a few programs to highlight, another public service activity at WGVU, great programs in the PBS pipeline and an app or two.

GREAT PERFORMANCES SPECIAL: “Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden” on Monday, June 2nd at 8:00pm. WGVU Public Media will welcome Michael Buble to Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena on July 25th this summer.

FREEDOM SUMMER: American Experience on Tuesday, June 24th at 9:00pm. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer in 1964, over 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state.

WGVU NEWSMAKERS will interview Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong on Friday June 20th at 8:30 pm on WGVU Life (35-2 & 52-2), rebroadcast on June 22nd at 10:30am and then on Wednesday, June 25th at 6:00pm on WGVU HD 35-1 & 52-1.

CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY, starting Sunday, June 22nd at 5 pm and running for five weeks. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).

PBS programming is well respected and well recognized. This year we’ve gained 39 daytime Emmy Entertainment Award nominations.

If you enjoy apps, please download PBS KIDS Super Vision app. Free and designed specifically for parents.

A national survey from Smarty Pants confirms PBS KIDS is a trusted and vital resource in preparing children for school. A national survey of parents with young children age 2-6 has found that media and technology are an essential part of preparing children to enter elementary school.

PBS Digital Studios has just brought on-line two new series. Be sure to check these out.

WGVU has just put the finishing touches on Food. Finally information from all of the PBS cooking shows in one place. All the recipes, Pinterest, program schedules in one easy to locate, easy to access place. Check out PBS Food at wgvu.org

Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) has now been activated. The FCC requires non-commercial educational licensees like WGVU to distribute Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages over-the-air. WGVU will now pass these WEA messages from FEMA to local cellular service providers. Just one more way that WGVU Public Media is helping with potential life-saving services throughout all of West Michigan.

In May, WGVU recognized all the COOL TEACHERS and the students who submitted winning nominations with a great dinner event at WGVU Studios. This is the 19th consecutive year we’ve been able to recognize West Michigan’s COOL TEACHERS. Thanks for so many wonderful applications and thank you to our dedicated sponsors.

If you are wondering what to do this summer, consider adding a tour of WGVU Studios to your list. Contact Brad Gordon at 616-331-6526 or gordonbr@gvsu.edu to schedule your group.

Enjoy the great weather we’re having, finally a month without snow.

Signed, Michael T. Walenta



Michael T. Walenta, General Manager, WGVU

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