Rebecca Thiele

Announcer & Producer

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also 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.

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Local Music
10:40 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Local band blurs the lines between funk, rock, jam and punk

From left to right: Bassist Evan Kincaid, drummer Matt Curtis, and guitarist Jason Curtis. Keyboard player Chris Kauffman is not pictured.
Credit Pleasant Drive

Hear the on-air cut of Pleasant Drive

Kalamazoo band Pleasant Drive will play Friday night at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Band members Jason Curtis and Evan Kincaid describe their music as dynamic. From song to song, you could hear influences from Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, or The White Stripes.

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Local Music
11:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Inflatable Best Friend: Fuzzed-out, punk garage rock

From left to right: Bassist Austin McQuater, guitarist Tanner Boerman, and drummer Ian Howell
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear from the band

The Kalamazoo band Inflatable Best Friend has just come out with their first album called DMT Bike Ride. Guitarist Tanner Boerman, drummer Ian Howell, and bassist Austin McQuater say the band has come a long way from when they started it in high school. 

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Theatre
11:36 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Musical follows the downfall of Jackie Kennedy's relatives

Credit The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Hear a preview of the musical

Jackie Kennedy Onassis is one of the most iconic first ladies in history. She was born into a wealthy family and continued to live a life a luxury even after John F. Kennedy’s death. But the lives of her aunt and first cousin turned out very differently.

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4:15 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Snyder may discuss campaign finance in State of the State

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Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his State of the State address Wednesday night and, among other things, he is expected to talk about campaign finance reform. Gongwer News Service reports the governor will likely advocate raising the limit on how much money can be given to candidates running for state office. Snyder is also expected to call for more frequent campaign finance reports from candidates. To watch a live stream of the State of the State address, go here: http://www.livestream.com/snyderlive
Governor Rick Snyder is expected to propose a broader package of tax changes to boost revenues for Michigan's roads during his State of the State address on Wednesday, sources indicate, which could include shifting the state's fuel tax to one based on a percentage of fuel's wholesale price and a local registration tax option, as well as increasing registration fees.
3:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Japanese auto suppler could add 400 Michigan jobs

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A Japanese auto supplier might hire 400 new workers in Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reports that Denso could add manufacturing and engineering jobs at its Battle Creek and Southfield plants that make radiators and air conditioning units. The company will make the move if tax incentives are approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and by local governments. A spokesman from Denso International America says Michigan’s Right-to-Work law won’t affect the company’s choice.
Denso International America Inc. announced Tuesday plans to invest $750 million in the U.S., creating more than 1,200 jobs, including more than 400 in Michigan. The automotive supplier announced the four-year plan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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