Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Technology Reporter, host of "Arts & More"

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also reports on issues related to the environment and technology in Southwest Michigan. She assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

​Twitter: @beckythiele

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

The 2008 Latvian Song Festival in Riga, Latvia
Dainis Matisons

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Latvian independence, Western Michigan University is hosting two days of Latvian music and art this weekend. 

A Wearable Collections clothes recycling bin is seen inside EPIC Residences, Thursday, July 1, 2010, in New York. Wearable Collections is not one of the company's accused of misleading labels.
AP Images/Summer Moore

Texas clothing bin operator ATRS agreed to pay a fine of $75,000 for misleading labels on its clothing donation bins benefiting the Michigan Humane Society. 

Dick Valentine of Electric Six
Cortney Armitage

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. 

From left to right: Will Benoit, Matthew Milowe, Andrew Saliba, and Jarad Selner aka 'Saxsquatch'
courtesy of Saxsquatch & Bridge Band

Kalamazoo’s eclectic musical group Saxsquatch & Bridge Band is coming out with a new album called “Apogee.” They’ll have a release show on Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m. at Bell’s Brewery. Their sound is a mix of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, and more. 

Saxophone player Jarad Selner — nicknamed Saxsquatch for his height and bushy beard — officially started the band with his brothers in 2011. Selner is also the owner of Selner Bros. Music.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Updated Thursday 6:25 a.m. There's now a centralized place for flood victims to find out the latest information on what resources are available, or to report damage and recovery needs--just call 2-1-1, reports the City of Kalamazoo's Facebook page. Meanwhile, only two Kalamazoo roads remain closed due to flooding, according to the city's website. They are E. Crosstown Parkway between Mills St. and S. Pitcher St., and Sheldon St. between S. Pitcher St. and E. Vine St.

Updated Wednesday 7:25 a.m. All but one flooded road has reopened in the downtown Kalamazoo area, according to a map posted on the city's website this morning. Still closed is E. Dutton St. between Jasper and Portage streets. Also, flood victims can pick up free cleanup kits and a few tools from noon to 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Lakewood Fire Station, 3100 E. Lake St. in Kalamazoo, says a Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office press release. The project is a partnership between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. For information, email