Interviews with news makers and discussion of topics important to Southwest Michigan. Heard Wednesday mornings at 9:20. 


On WestSouthwest, a conversation with the long-time leader of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo who retires at the end of the year. And a look at the primary races for Kalamazoo County Commission on next month's ballot.

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

Robert Ezelle, one of Kalamazoo County’s longest-serving nonprofit executives, is retiring from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo after 30 years as executive director. His last day is Dec. 31. Ezelle, 68, tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on Thursday's WestSouthwest public-affairs show that he spent his formative years in foster homes. He says it wasn't until around age 12, when he was moved to a boy's residence and met a mentor, that he experienced genuine caring. That's why, Ezelle says, he strives to make every child coming through his doors feel "that they do belong" and insists his staff welcome them by name. (Click on icons to hear the interview, plus longer version.)


There will be at least three new members on the Kalamazoo County Commission after the November election. Two years ago six incumbents decided not to run for another term. 


Western Michigan University President John Dunn joins us on WestSouthwest. And we hear about the federal investigation into the Flint water crisis.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

Great Lakes Echo Commentator Gary Wilson says there are federal investigations into the Flint water crisis, but he says not much is known beyond that.