Dick Valentine of Electric Six
Cortney Armitage

Electric Six Makes Decades Long Career Out Of "Not Being Cool"

It’s been 16 years since Detroit rock and disco band Electric Six released the hit single “Danger! High Voltage.” The band’s front man, who goes by the stage name of Dick Valentine, attributes the band’s early success to Jack White of The White Stripes — who sang on the single. But while White may have opened the door, Valentine says the band has kept it open.

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Jazz Currents: Vocalist Sunny Wilkinson and Matthew Fries

Sunny Wilkinson , a beloved jazz vocalist in Michigan who has trained a generation of singers at both Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities, recently decided to take a little time for herself and her trio in the recording studio, which resulted in her new album, Into The Light .

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Suspect in CMU Shooting Arraigned

Mar 6, 2018
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The suspect in last week’s shooting at Central Michigan University was formally arraigned from his hospital bed Tuesday afternoon.

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A new fund is launched to help people in Kalamazoo impacted by last month's flooding. A dozen people were arrested at Michigan State University as fights broke out among protestors outside an event featuring a white nationalist. WMU advances to the quarterfinals of the MAC women's tournament, but the Bronco men's team is eliminated from the tourney in a heart breaking loss. 

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Nearly 80 years after its dedication in Bronson Park, the City of Kalamazoo plans to remove the sculpture and reflecting pools known as the Fountain of the Pioneers.

The fountain is a historic work created by noted sculptor Alfonso Iannelli. But its depiction of a white settler in a position of power over a Native American has led many people to condemn it as racist and as an embodiment of white supremacy.

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A new fund has been created to help victims of severe flooding in the Kalamazoo area in February.


Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema says his recommendation to remove the Fountain of the Pioneers from Bronson Park fits in with other efforts at the city. His plan calls for removing the fountain sometime this year, and turning the area to green space.

A threat against the high school closes Hastings Area Schools. A look at how police responded to a shooting at Central Michigan University. WMU softball and baseball win in Florida. Two games at University Arena Monday to start the MAC basketball tournaments. 

Michigan State University campus
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(MPRN-East Lansing) A white supremacist, Richard Spencer will speak at Michigan State University Monda evening – much to the dismay of many in the community. Spencer’s request to speak was initially denied by the campus, but a lawsuit resulted in a compromise between the two sides. Spencer is permitted to use the MSU pavilion on the outskirts of campus during spring break. Many in the East Lansing community aren’t happy with Spencer’s appearance, but there’s a divide between how people plan to respond to Spencer’s visit.

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Update: read the DEQ's Violation Notice and view the Complaint Inspection file.

A Portage company that is poised to receive a violation notice for washing ink-manufacturing waste into its septic system is suing the former employee who brought the issue to regulators. American Inks and Technology on Shaver Road says that Stephen Ferguson, who left the company last year, has defamed the company to customers.

Courtesy photo | Steven Loring

The Portage Senior Center launched speed dating last summer for people 50 and older. It got the idea from a documentary about older adults who reduced their loneliness that way. Now the center brings the director of the "The Age of Love" film, Steven Loring, to the Kalamazoo area on Monday, March 5 for a free screening of his movie. (Click icon to listen now to an interview with Loring airing Monday on WMUK 102.1 FM at 9:30 a.m. on WestSouthwest, with a 3:30 p.m. rebroadcast).

Ryan Cunningham

Detroit native Michael Ferro wrote his novel, Title 13 (Harvard Square Editions, 2018), years before the Trump administration. But he found, years later, that he'd written a story strangely prophetic about today’s political atmosphere.