From Public Broadcasting
to Public Media
The first station, WGVC-TV 35 signed on the air on December 17, 1972 with one channel for four hours per day. In 1984, our Kalamazoo station, WGVK-TV, Channel 52 began operation. In 1987, the call letters of 35 were converted to WGVU-TV, reflecting Grand Valley State College's transformation to Grand Valley State University.
From one channel to four;
from four hours to twenty-four
WGVU's television signal proudly serves over 2.5 million viewers in 28 counties, 24 hours a day. WGVU Productions produces several local series and programs including Ask The, WGVU Community Connection, WGVU Newsmakers, West Michigan Week, and Grand Valley State Sports Report.
You can now watch your favorite PBS and WGVU television shows anytime online at video.wgvu.org.
A broad spectrum of information
WGVU-FM 88.5 & 95.3
WGVU-FM 88.5 & 95.3 Reaches over 1.3 million listeners from Grand Rapids to the Lakeshore. WGVU-FM is your local NPR station and source for local news, jazz and blues, traffic and weather.
WGVU Real Oldies 1480 & 850
With a playlist of over 7,000 titles, WGVU Real Oldies 1480/850 AM is meant for anyone who enjoys listening to early rock and roll, doo-wop, Motown, soul, the British Invasion, the surfer sound or even bubblegum music. Found on the AM dial, Real Oldies is oldies music the way they are meant to be.
Continuing a strong tradition of community involvement
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 with 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.
Share your photos
and stories about WGVU
During this next year we will be posting our own archival memories with station photos and staff stories but more importantly we are asking you, the viewers, listeners and supporters of public media, to send us your own memories for us to share.
Please email your stories and photos HERE or mail them to:WGVU 40th Anniversary
301 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504