West Michigan Weekend (A Public Affairs Program from iHeartradio)

West Michigan Weekend (A Public Affairs Program from iHeartradio)

Host Phil Tower brings you the latest news and developments from area non-profit organizations and their leaders, plus issues of importance nationally and globally with experts and authors. Tune in weekly for thoughtful conversation, inspiration and enlightenment.

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July 21, 2024 27 mins
During the program this week, host Phil Tower welcomes Bill Rayl, executive director of workforce solutions at The Michigan Manufacturers Association. Bill is MMA’s point person for efforts to develop sustainable talent ecosystems that serve the workforce needs of MMA members around the state. We’ve been hearing for years now that so many of the trades and businesses in Michigan that help to build things need talented workers…and T...
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On this week's program host, Phil Tower, welcomes Captain Paul Ryan, Vice-Chair, West Michigan Veterans Coalition, and Brad Dorland, founder and Director of Essential Patriot

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is a collaboration between local military-friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces and their Families, employers, and other organizat...
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In this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Bob Lepine, a marriage and family expert and author of a powerful book on marriage: Love Like You Mean It: The Heart of a Marriage that Honors God.  Bob Lepine is best known to radio and podcast listeners as the long-time co-host of FamilyLife Today® and as the on-air announcer for Truth for Life with Alistair Begg.  Bob is also the Lead Pastor at Redeemer Community Church in Little ...
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On the program this week, host Phil Tower speaks with Dr. Kevin Foley, MD, Medical Director of Trinity Health Medical Group Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Program in Grand Rapids.  Dr. Foley is also a teaching Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University.Dr. Foley is one of the preeminent experts on dementia and Alzheimer's disease in Michigan. ...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Mike Madrid, author of The Latino Century: How America's Largest Minority Is Transforming Democracy. In 2020, Latinos became the second-largest ethnic voting group in the country. Today, they make up the largest plurality of residents in the most populous states in the country, as well as the fastest segment of the most important swing states in the US Electoral College.  Mike is not...
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On this week's episode, host Phil Tower welcomes John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman, hosts of the popular Michigan travel show, “Behind the Mitten."  John and Amy joined Phil to highlight some hotspots for Michigan travel this summer and share some off-the-beaten-path places that are their favorites and highly worth checking out. Some of these places include northeastern Michigan on the Lake Huron shoreline, the Manistee area, and sever...
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In this segment, host Phil Tower welcomes Kerry Lynch, sales director with Shorts Brewing, and Richard Anderson, co-founder of Iron Fish Distillery.  Kerry and Richard joined the program to discuss the unique “Made In Michigan partnership with Iron Fish Distillery and Short’s Brewing regarding the return of the limited-release Soft Parade® Vodka. This special release celebrates a collaboration between two of Michigan's top craft be...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower speaks with Jon Conkling, Grand Rapids Gran Fondo event director, and Jocelyn Detloff, Major Gifts Director with Mary Free Bed Foundation.   West Michigan's signature and largest road cycling event,  The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo, presented by Key Bank returns to downtown GR on Saturday, June 22nd. The start and finish of the race begins in downtown Grand Rapids.  Jon told us that bike routes w...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes  Paul Beachnau, Executive Director of the Gaylord Tourism Bureau. If you ask Paul, he’ll tell you Northern Michigan summers are the best… especially in Gaylord, Michigan.  If you haven’t experienced one lately, Paul covered the “Top 7 Reasons To Enjoy Summer in Gaylord, Michigan." #1 Biking. Gaylord is recognized as a top biking destination! The biking scene is diverse, from single t...
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On this week's episode, host Phil Tower welcomes Tom Sinas, partner at The Sinas Dramis Law Firm.  Tom is a long-time advocate for those with head injuries and bicycle safety with the Lids for Kids bicycle helmet giveaway. Sinas Dramis Law Firm and community partners are hosting Lids for Kids, one of Michigan's longest-running and best-known free bike helmet giveaways.   Each year, events are held in Lansing and Grand Rapids, and t...
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On the program this week, host Phil Tower, welcomes Bill Coderre, president and CEO of Junior Achievement Michigan Great Lakes. JA's primary focus these days is helping students with financial literacy.  A big reason for that push with Junior achievement is that a new law passed in 2022 by the Michigan legislature requires that students must take a course in personal finance that is aligned with the personal finance content expecta...
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On this week's episode, host Phil Tower welcomes Rick Vuyst and Stacey Hirvela, hosts of the radio show and podcast Gardening Simplified from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs.

Rick and Stacey are life-long gardeners, and on every episode of Gardening Simplified, their passion is to share their love of plants and gardening. 

Rick and Stacey shared their backgrounds with Phil. They talked about the show in general, including many of t...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Nick Nerbonne, the Digital and Industry Relations Director with Travel Michigan. Nick joined us on the program to talk about the impact of sports and tourism on the state of Michigan.  Nick told us that sports tourism is a huge and very important part of the overall tourism picture for the state’s economy. The 2024 NFL Draft in downtown Detroit concluded in late April, and city offic...
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In this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes back Chad Livengood, politics editor and columnist at The Detroit News.   Chad joined us in this program to discuss a broad range of political topics, focusing first on Michigan politics and the recent criminal charges brought against former speaker of the house, Lee Chatfield, by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.  In mid-April, Nessel unveiled 13 criminal charges against former...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chair Gloria Lara.  The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is sponsoring the final of four statewide public hearings on housing discrimination right here in Grand Rapids at the Community Center for Transformation on Sunday, April 28, 2024. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will be hosting this special gathering for individuals to voice their hopes...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Dr. Meg Jay, Ph.D.  Meg Jay. Meg is a developmental clinical psychologist who specializes in twentysomethings. She is also the author of a brand new book…..The Twentysomething Treatment: A Revolutionary Remedy for an Uncertain Age, and the author of “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now”  and “Supernormal: The Secret World of the Family H...
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On this week's episode, host Phil Tower welcomes Taylor Olson, the Director of Marketing for The Detroit Tigers. We hit the road for this special segment and recorded live on location from Comerica Park as the Tigers rolled out the red carpet for the media to discuss “What’s New” at Comerica Park for the 2024 Detroit Tigers season. 
Taylor shared many exciting details about the upcoming Tigers season, including new food items, fan g...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes  Ava “Attari,” Higher Education Partnerships Director with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The State of Michigan has launched a new incentive program to retain and attract more college students to live here in the Great Lakes State after graduation. The new program promotes semiconductor, electric vehicle, and mobility careers.  It’s called The Michigander Scholars Pro...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Gary Schuler, the founder and president of GTF Technologies. Gary was recently featured on iHeartRadio's CEOs You Should Know Podcast Series. GTF Technologies was founded in 2014 and specializes in creating secondary applications for unused plant-based materials such as fruit and vegetable side streams and brewer's spent grain from larger juice food processors.    GTF Technologies us...
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On this week's program, host Phil Tower speaks with Chad Somerville, Outreach Manager with MI Student Aid with MiLEAP — Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential. For parents and students preparing for college, after a long delay and some mistakes on the newly released FAFSA form, the federal government has just released a new and revised FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid form at fafsa.gov...
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