Interviews with news makers and discussion of topics important to Southwest Michigan. Heard Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30. With an afternoon rebroadcast both days at 3:30


Although he’s the son of a novelist, Benjamin Busch didn’t really find his voice as a writer until he was a marine sending letters home from Iraq. 


On WestSouthwest, Western Michigan University's new vice president of development and alumni relations Tim Terrentine. And the problem of light pollution and health benefits of darkness. 

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

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.

An aerial photo of Chicago at night
Jim Richardson/International Dark-Sky Association

We know that light pollution makes it harder to see the stars - about 66 percent of people living in the United States can't see the Milky Way at night. But you might not know that light pollution also causes health problems and wastes billions of dollars in electricity every year. J. Kelly Beatty is the award-winning senior editor of Sky and Telescope Magazine. On November 4th, he’ll give a talk as part of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s 80th anniversary celebration.

Tom Arthur/Wikicommons

Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District includes both Kent and Calhoun Counties. The three candidates on the ballot this fall met for a debate Thursday October 27th. It was held at the television studios of our public broadcasting partner WGVU