call_letters = WGVU-TV / WGVK
city =
station_slogan = West Michigan Public Broadcasting
station_branding = WGVU
analog =
WGVU: 35 (UHF)
WGVK: 52 (UHF)
digital =
WGVU: 11 (VHF)
other_chs =
affiliations = PBS
network =
founded =
airdate = WGVU: December 17, 1972
WGVK: October 1, 1984
location = WGVU: Grand Rapids, Michigan
WGVK: Kalamazoo, Michigan
callsign_meaning = WGVU:
Valley State
WGVK: WGVU Kalamazoo
former_callsigns = WGVU: WGVC (1972-1987)
WGVK: none
former_channel_numbers =
owner = nowrap|Grand Valley State University
licensee =
sister_stations =
former_affiliations =
effective_radiated_power = WGVU:
1320 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
44.7 kW (analog)
10 kW (digital)
261 m (analog)
238 m (digital)
125 m (analog)
169 m (digital)
class =
facility_id = WGVU: 24784
WGVK: 24783
coordinates = WGVU:
homepage = [http://www.wgvu.org/tv/ www.wgvu.org/tv]

WGVU-TV is the PBS member station for West Michigan, broadcasting on channel 35 in Grand Rapids. It operates a full-time satellite, WGVK, channel 52 in Kalamazoo.

Its studios are located in the Meijer Public Broadcast Center, located in the Eberhard Center on the GVSU Pew Campus, and have been there since 1986. Prior to that, they were located in the basement of Manitou Hall on GVSU's Allendale campus.

The call letters refer to its owner, Grand Valley State University. WGVU-TV signed on in 1972 as WGVC-TV. It became WGVU in 1987 when Grand Valley State was elevated to university status.

WGVK signed on in 1984 to serve portions of the market that couldn't receive a decent signal from WGVC.



* "Ask The..." is a live call-in show about a specific topic. Shelley Irwin is the host. It airs Thursdays at 6:00pm.
* "Grand Valley State Sports Report" (formerly "GV Sports"), hosted by Steve Lloyd-Jones, covers Grand Valley State University athletics. During the sports seasons it airs Mondays at 6pm and 11pm. It doesn't air during the summer.
* "West Michigan Week" discusses the week's news. Peter Ross (WZZM) hosts the show. Panelists Gordon Gould of WOOD Radio, Carole Valade of Grand Rapids Business Journal and WGVU's Fred Martino are joined by a wide range of guests each week. It airs Fridays at 9:30pm.
* "WGVU Newsmakers" profiles people and issues. Hosted by Fred Martino, it airs Wednesdays at 6:00pm.


* "Fly Fishing with Glen Blackwood"
* "WGVU Community Connection" is a monthly program hosted by Shelley Irwin. It spotlights non-profit agencies in West Michigan.
* "WGVU Family Health Matters" covers health issues.


*WGVU produces documentaries. Notable documentaries are "Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History," "Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah" and "Defying Hitler."


*WGVU holds regular pledge drives with PBS.
*"Auction" is an annual fundraising event.

Digital TV

WGVU-HD airs high-definition programming.

WGVU-DT2 is a digital simulcast of its analog channel.

WGVU Create airs cooking and travel programs.

External links

* [http://www.wgvu.org/ WGVU Broadcasting]
* [http://www.wgvu.org/gvssr/index.html Laker Watchbox]
* [http://www.wgvuauction.org/ WGVU Online Auction]

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