On January 11, Michael Walenta, WGVU (Grand Rapids) General Manager, celebrated 30 years of leading the station. Under Michael’s leadership, WGVU has grown from from one FM station and one TV station (that was on four hours a night) to a multi-platform Public Media station with two FM NPR stations, two AM Real Oldies & NPR stations, two TV stations with five channels each, WGVU Digital Studios, and WGVU Engage. Under his leadership WGVU has become a vital piece of the fabric in the West and Southwest Michigan community.
Michael, a Petoskey native, is married to Nancy. Along the way, they’ve welcomed two children: Kevin, who is currently a Producer/Director at Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kristen, who is attending Law School in Grand Rapids.
Congratulations to Michael for 30 years at WGVU Public Media!