Andrew Robins

News Director

Andy Robins has been WMUK's News Director since 1998 and a broadcast journalist for over 24 years. He joined WMUK's staff in 1985. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting.

Email: andrew.robins (at) wmich.edu     Phone: (269) 387 5717

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3:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

BC Picks New Police Chief

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City officials say Jim Blocker, who had been serving as interim chief, was the "outstanding" choice for the permanent position.
After a 90-day trial run, Jim Blocker was named Thursday as Battle Creek police chief. Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole announced her decision to appoint Blocker to replace Jackie Hampton who retired in January. The appointment is immediate. "I believe Jim best meets the needs of the department, organization and community," Bedsole said in a prepared statement.
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2:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

WMU's School of Music Gets New Director

WMU School of Music Director Bradley Wong
Credit WMU University Relations

Western Michigan's School of Music has a new director. Bradley Wong replaced former director David Colson earlier this month.

Wong, who is a professor of music, joined Western's faculty 30 years ago as a professor of clarinet. Colson returns to the faculty after heading the School of Music for the last seven years.

Wong is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earlier attended the Interlochen First Arts Academy. He's also been a member of the Western Wind Quintet.

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12:12 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Free Press: Charter Schools Not Held Accountable

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The paper says its year-long investigation found significant problems including poor student performance, wasteful spending and cronyism.
Michigan spends $1B on charter schools but fails to hold them accountable The Free Press found wasteful spending, schools allowed to operate for years despite poor academic records, and management companies that refuse to detail how they spend taxpayers' money. A link to this page will be included in your message.
12:09 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Palisades Nuclear Plant Off-Line Again

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Plant officials say the outage will be "brief" but haven't said when it will return to service.
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - Palisades Nuclear Power Plant was removed from service at 11:30 p.m. Friday, (June 20). That is being done to conduct a "planned maintenance outage" to replace a primary coolant pump seal, says Lindsay Rose, spokeswoman for Entergy Corp., which owns Palisades.
12:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Calhoun County officials consider local road taxes

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Township officials in the county say they're frustrated by the lack of action in Lansing on the road repair issue.
Want your township roads fixed? It'll cost you $284 million. With more than three-fourths of township roads in poor condition, Calhoun County officials say necessary improvements needed to upgrade all roads in the 19 townships to a "good" rating will require $284,664,930. Township supervisors will have to overcome more than the hefty price tag.

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