Earlene McMichael

Morning Edition Host

  Earlene McMichael became WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition in August 2012. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

What do you know about Southwest Michigan First? Today, WMUK revisits the history of the 17-year-old regional economic development group in an interview with its CEO, Ron Kitchens, on the WestSouthwest public-affairs show, airing at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (click on the icon to listen now). It's a longer version of a conversation with Local Morning Edition Host Earlene McMichael that aired in October.


Kalamazoo College

After four months on the job, Jorge Gonzalez now has completed the final ceremonial step toward becoming Kalamazoo College's 18th president -- inauguration, which was held Nov. 5. Hear about his upbringing in Mexico, life-transforming study-abroad experience in America, what motivated him to pursue an academic career, higher education's role in addressing diversity, his leadership style, his goals, his link to Michigan through earning two degrees here, and more at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today on WMUK's WestSouthwest show (or click on the icon to listen now). It's a half-hour version of Earlene McMichael's shorter interview that originally aired in September. 


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Tim Terrentine, one of Kalamazoo County’s fastest rising young leaders who was recently named Western Michigan University’s vice president of development and alumni relations, is today's featured guest on WMUK's WestSouthwest public-affairs show. At age 37, he’s already been an executive director of a nonprofit organization, and now a vice president for a second time. But in a candid interview with Earlene McMichael, Terrentine shares that his many successes almost didn’t happen, even having once dropped out of college until mentors intervened.


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It was a time of plant closings and corporate downsizing when Southwest Michigan First formed in 1999 in Kalamazoo. SWMF CEO Ron Kitchens says the 14 business leaders who dreamed up the group wanted it to keep existing employers here and, draw new ones to the region. The organization has been successful in doing that, Kitchens tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show. In the last five years alone, Southwest Michigan has seen a net gain of about 37,000 jobs, and he says his group's efforts are one of the contributing factors in job growth.


Kim Willis / WMUK

Western Michigan University's new fundraising chief Tim Terrentine made his pledge to WMUK this morning in a live interview with General Manager Stephen Williams, and urged listeners to donate to the fall fund drive, too.

"I think public radio is one of those places that remains in America where you can have an elevated dialogue about issues," said Terrentine, WMU vice president for development and alumni relations. "The ability to have dialogue and banter about a topic in a respectful, thoughtful way, unfortunately, is not the norm in our media anymore." 

(Make your pledge. Click here.)


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