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Welcome to the CMC

For over 25 years the Community Media Center has acquired and maintained technology tools, media services and community venues to benefit the Grand Rapids community. Explore this site to discover how CMC's television, radio, IT, education and live theatre resources are here to help you.

Recreational Debut

Posted: 07/06/2008

Recreational Debut

The CMC IT team is proud to announce the launch of, the homepage for Recreational Debut, a non-profit recruiting service that helps student athletes obtain exposure that leads to an athletic scholarship. Make sure that you check out the custom video system which links up with youTube to seemslessly display videos accross both sites, and the PayPal integration which allows site users who purchase the program to instantly download their product.

The Quality Of The Experience

Posted: 06/10/2008

The Quality Of The Experience

In my 6/3/08 Wealthy Theatre blog I detailed an experience at a local arena, making the point that size does matter.  

That same week, the honorable John Sinkevics wrote a GR Press blog in the same spirit, containing emails and letters from fans, critical of the arena concert experience.  

Mr. Sinkevics has written on this topic several times.  GR Press is often ahead of the curve.  This may signal a renewed interest, by concert-goers, in the quality of the experience.  

Currently, however, two things get in the way of such a revolution:

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The Wave Awards : Excellence in Hospitality

The CMC IT team along with the Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau are proud to bring you the website for the Wave Awards. This is the first annual wave awards, which was created to recognize excellence in hospitality in Grand Rapids and Kent County. When you have a great experience, show your appreciation by nominating the service provider for a Wave Award Launch

Posted: 06/03/2008 Launch

The CMC IT team is proud to announce the launch of the new website.

Working in conjunction with design firm Plenty Creative, we've given the previous site a complete face lift, while keeping all of the wonderful features that makes the site the best place to plan your night out on the town. With interactive maps, business listings, and parking tips (including where to find free and cheap parking) this site is sure to find its way to the bookmark folder of any downtown patron's web browser.

Top Ten Reasons Why It's Better Here

Last Van Andel Arena ticket I bought: a Tool concert, scheduled for September 11, 2001.  

Seven years later, I got tickets to another show at Van Andel Arena: Tom Petty, May 30.  

No evil-doers struck, no catastrophe occurred.  Well, I did bump into Corey Ruffinwhile walking to the show.

The Tom Petty concert was excellent, Iā€™m sure.  Couldnā€™t say from where I sat.  Seats weren't bad; it's just a lot of real estate.  Seemed like people up front were having fun.

All due respect to arenas, amphitheaters, coliseums, stadiums and other small...

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