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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
Jim Rademaker

JIM RADEMAKER

Jim Rademaker ended up working at WGVU quite by accident. It all started when a neighbor asked him if he would like to be a volunteer auctioneer during WGVU’s TV Auction in the spring of 2001. He had such a great time he continued to volunteer for TV membership drives and again for the TV auction in 2002. He started as an employee on May 6, 2002.

For his first 4½ years, Jim was in our Underwriting Department, now known as our Business Development Department, working with businesses in West and Southwest Michigan to support the station. In January of 2007, he moved over to become the coordinator of fundraising, handling the auction, WGVU wine events, TV and Radio membership drives and more.

Jim has been a PBS and NPR junkie for most of his life and says “I have never loved another job as much as this one. I love what PBS and NPR stands for and the difference we can make in our community.”

Jim is married to his wife, Debbie, of nearly 20 years. He has 2 sons, Connor and Jacob, and a 12 year old Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix dog named Oberon. Their family is also hosting an exchange student, Florian,from Germany this school year. Jim’s favorite hobbies are backpacking, riding his road bike, scouting and volunteering with the teens at his church.

Other staff spotlights

DAVID MADISON BARB PLUMB RICK BIERLING JANET MILLS HARVEY MCKNIGHT KIM BRUMMEL BRADLEY GORDON AMANDA READER DAVID OLIVER JACKIE SIRIANNI STEVE CHAPPELL MICHAEL KLUCYZK KEN KOLBE MARK EPSTEIN CHELSEA DUBEY STEVE SAVASKY BILL BAILEY 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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