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Earlene McMichael / WMUK

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.


bookofmormonbroadway.com

You may, or may not, see Leonard Sullivan on stage next Tuesday when the Book of Mormon opens at Miller Auditorium. That's because he's a kind of elite understudy, ready to fill in for five different roles if needed.

The Book of Mormon is one of Broadway's biggest success stories in the last decade. Opening in 2011, it won nine Tony awards, including the award for Best Musical.


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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.)


Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University has decided that the campus would be easier to navigate if the streets didn’t change their names so often. On Tuesday Western’s Board of Trustees voted to drop many of the street names in place when campus was built.

WMU School of Music

The Western Michigan University Symphonic Band performs in Miller Auditorium this Sunday at 3 pm in a free concert. Director of Bands Scott Boerma stopped by to talk about the program of new and classic works for winds.


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