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WGVU has a long tradition of reaching out to audiences and a mission to serve the public both on-air and off. WGVU Engage works with our Outreach and Community Engagement programs to connect to the community. From Preview Screenings and Events to stimulating public discussion, WGVU Engage is there.

The Mission of the Engage Committee is to extend the outreach of WGVU through local events and programs in an effort to better serve the community.

WGVU Staff Spotlight
Bill Bailey

BILL BAILEY

Bill Bailey was born and raised in Chicago and comes from a family of school teachers. “I had the mumps at the age of nine and had to stay home from school and in bed for about a week.  My father would let me listen to his portable radio, to keep me company.  That was the beginning of my love of radio.”

Bill served as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  On air and Program Director opportunities have given Bill the chance to live in several large markets including New York, Detroit, Washington D.C., and Chicago.  “Working nights at WLS in Chicago in the 70s gave me the ability to talk to 48 states and 3 countries!”  

“The effort of preserving the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s at Real Oldies 1480 and 850 AM is a unique opportunity that doesn’t exist yet anywhere else in the nation.  The response has been tremendous. Many in broadcasting have been watching our performance and it’s very exciting to be part of something that is this unique.”

“When we came here, in 1997, I felt like this was the place to stay. Besides, Michigan golf courses are the best.  Links courses are nice but I really appreciate the trees. Golf is a passion for me but forces me to watch a lot of movies. Of course a lot of those are golf movies!”  Radio promotions have given Bill a chance to indulge in a bit of car racing.  “I drag raced in Chicago and won, I Stocked Car raced and won and was in a Demolition Derby in Detroit but nobody really wins those!  I came in second to last!”

“Working Mornings on Real Oldies 1480 and 850 AM has been an extreme pleasure.  I’m delighted to be able to entertain as well as inform and to do it in an atmosphere of enlightenment at WGVU,” said Bill.

Other staff spotlights

DAVID MADISON BARB PLUMB RICK BIERLING JANET MILLS JIM RADEMAKER HARVEY MCKNIGHT KIM BRUMMEL BRADLEY GORDON AMANDA READER DAVID OLIVER JACKIE SIRIANNI STEVE CHAPPELL MICHAEL KLUCYZK KEN KOLBE MARK EPSTEIN CHELSEA DUBEY STEVE SAVASKY CAROLINE MACGREGOR KELSEY ROSS JIM VANDER MAAS NICHOLAS DEVRIES BARBARA CHRISTL

Thank you to the following sponsors of WGVU Engage

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Inclusion sponsored by
GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs PNC Bank
 
Health sponsored by
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital  
 
Arts sponsored by
Centennial Securities  
 
Veterans sponsored by
On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina Michigan National Guard
 
Education sponsored by
PNC Bank On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina
 
 
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