Jim Rademaker named GM for WGVU Public Media

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Jim Rademaker was hired as GM for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, Mich. Rademaker most recently worked as GM for WCMU Public Media in Mount Pleasant, Mich.


It is the second time he has succeeded Ken Kolbe in a GM position in Michigan. Kolbe was GM of WCMU before Rademaker became interim GM in 2019. Kolbe, who left WCMU for WGVU in 2019, is retiring.

Rademaker held several development positions for WGVU from 2002–2015. He joined WCMU in 2015 for development positions before becoming WCMU’s GM last year.

“Since 2015, Jim Rademaker has been an instrumental part of WCMU Public Media,” said Courtney Jerome, a spokesperson, in an emailed statement. “He has kept our staff connected through the pandemic, fostered countless connections with our members and community, and even within his last days at WCMU, has led our team through the development of a strategic plan that will be influential to our successes over the next five years.”

Rick Westover, WCMU’s director of radio, has been appointed interim GM.

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