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Kalamazoo City Budget
12:06 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell says state's funding of cities needs to change

Bobby Hopewell - file photo

The city of Kalamazoo has a public hearing scheduled for Monday December 17th regarding the budget for fiscal year 2013. The city’s schedule calls for the spending plan to be adopted January 7th. WMUK’s Gordon Evans spoke with Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell. Hopewell calls it “a holding pattern budget” because fourth quarter financial reports will tell the city how much its early retirement program has affected the bottom line. He says the city also has to adjust to the state’s recent actions to phase out the personal property tax. 

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WMU President John Dunn
9:02 am
Wed December 19, 2012

WMU President John Dunn discusses East campus, security and more

John Dunn File Photo
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University President John Dunn sat down on Tuesday with WMUK’s Gordon Evans and Mlive/Kalamazoo Gazette reporter Ursula Zerilli to discuss a wide range of issues. 

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Local Music
12:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Jazz pianist and composer Ron Di Salvio talks about his career, new Christmas album

Ron Di Salvio photo from '24 Days of Christmas'
Credit Ron Di Salvio

Listen to the on-air cut of Ron Di Salvio

Local jazz pianist and composer Ron Di Salvio is a renaissance man. He teaches jazz at Kalamazoo College, runs his own heat treating business out of Homer, Michigan, and even made up his own shorthand called Deltadiatonics. Di Salvio taught himself piano, but before that he played accordion.

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Science Fiction
12:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Sci-Fi fans say sometimes short stories and anthologies tell it best

Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear about Wenger and Johnson's short Sci-Fi picks

Wenger: Short stories have always been the heart of Science Fiction. Sci-Fi is a genre of ideas and even though some novels and series span galaxies, ideas can often be shared best in short form. Some stories you just can't get over, like Ray Bradbury's The Sound of Thunder, when, while hunting dinosaurs in the distant past, a hunter steps off the trail onto a butterfly and changes everything. Or the haunting last line of Arthur C. Clarke's The Nine Billion Names of God, when a computer has calculated all the possible names of God and the programmer looks up and "overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."

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Local Music
11:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Regional music veterans come together as The Hired Hands Band

Hear about The Hired Hands Band

The Hired Hands Band of Kalamazoo plays what they describe as “honestly Americana” music. They have three public performances coming up between now and the end of the year.

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