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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
Harvey McKnight

HARVEY MCKNIGHT

Harvey McKnight hosts Jazz and Blues programs here at WGVU and currently is the host of “Jazz Spotlight,” which airs Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM on WGVU 88.5 and 95.3 FM. Harvey has been hosting this show for the past 13 years.

He began his broadcasting journey in radio at the early age of 10 or 11 and would often pretend to do his own radio program while listening to the radio in his bedroom.  Harvey had dreams that he would be in radio and knew that if he dreamed it, he would do it. Shortly after high school he completed a course in radio broadcasting and then went on to work at WPON in Pontiac, MI as well as WGPR in Detroit, MI.   

He is a connoisseur of all types of music but his primary passion is Jazz. Harvey also plays the saxophone, flute, and piano and will sometimes have a live set on his show with local musicians. “Jazz has been called America’s classical music, and for good reason. Along with the blues, its forefather, it is one of the first truly indigenous music’s to develop in America,” says Harvey, who believes jazz is making a comeback - although it never really went anyway.      
 
Harvey comes from a musical family, his mother is a well known vocalist in Gospel circles plus he has other relatives who have performed professionally. Harvey has a 14 year old daughter, Maiya, who has been practicing clarinet at school for a few years, and also accompanies him to many jazz musical performances. “Seeing the youngsters being encouraged to get in and stay involved in music will make sure the future of Jazz is certain.”  He looks at all the new music received weekly here at WGVU and realizes there is no way he will ever be able to listen to it all. So he plays what he can to entertain his listeners.

Other staff spotlights

DAVID MADISON BARB PLUMB RICK BIERLING JANET MILLS JIM RADEMAKER 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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