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WGVU celebrates birthday

Posted on December 17, 2010

WGVU is celebrating its 38th birthday as Grand Valley celebrates its 50th anniversary. On December 17, 1972,  WGVU, then WGVC-TV Channel 35, officially signed on the air at 6:30 p.m. The station was made possible through the financial support of the West Michigan community and a matching grant from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

The inaugural program included President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers introducing the station to viewers. What started as four hours of daily broadcasting on one station in 1972, has now grown to include:

WGVU-TV, with all its digital channels;
WGVK-TV, with all its digital channels;
WGVU-FM, now available with multible HD channels;
WGVU-AM, with the most “Time Spent Listening” of an AM station in West Michigan and the first oldies station in the country;
WGVS-FM, serving the lakeshore;
WGVU-AM, serving the lakeshore;
A utilized satellite uplink system, used regularly by members of the US House of Representatives

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