WNMU Public TV 13, a public service of Northern Michigan University
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Our locally-produced programs document the history and people of the Upper Great Lakes region.  DVDs are available for purchase and some programs are available to stream online.
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WNMU-TV produces live broadcasts of the Northern Michigan University graduation ceremony. The program includes featured speakers and scenes of individual graduates crossing the stage. Spring Commencement takes place each year in early May.  Mid-Year Commencement takes place in early December. Programs are aired live on Public TV 13, Channel 13.1.  DVDs are available for purchase and some programs are available to stream online.

Barnes-Hecker: Memories of a Misfortune

The Story of Marquette County's 1926 Mine Disaster. (2001)

The U.P. Recalls The WAR

People living in the Upper Peninsula recall World War II, sharing images and stories from the battlefields of Europe, and the home towns we know and love. (2007)

Copper, Iron & Gold: Upper Michigan's Legacy

Discover  the story of early mining towns in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (2006)

Lumberjack Life: U.P. Days of Yore

An account of the men and women who worked in the Upper Peninsula’s lumber industry, from the late 19th century to modern times. (2003)

Michigan’s Gray Wolf: Ghost of the Big Timber

explores differing points of view surrounding the resurgence of the Gray Wolf in the Upper Peninsula. (2004)

Anatomy ’59: The Making of a Classic Motion Picture

Behind-the-scenes documentary by John Pepin explores the making of Otto Preminger's classic 1959 courtroom thriller Anatomy of a Murder. (2009) [Not Available on DVD.]

From Mali to Michigan: A Musical Bridge

Documentary by the late NMU Professor Louise Bourgault details the visit of African pop diva Naïny Diabaté to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (2006)

One Room, Many Stories: Schoolhouse Memories

Hear stories of teaching and learning in one-room schoolhouses in the Upper Peninsula. (2002)

Lighthouse Legacy

The story of the Stannard Rock Lighthouse, and how its two-ton lens was rediscovered and brought back to the Marquette Maritime Museum. (2000)

A Superior Celebration ...of Structure & Sound

Three community choirs, separated by hundreds of miles of Lake Superior shoreline, unite to perform Handel’s “Messiah” oratorio. (1993)

Superior Destiny

The Mesquite, a Coast Guard buoy tender, ran aground in December 1989 off Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, and has since become a premiere diving attraction. (1990)

Northern at 100: A Century of Memories

NMU's Centennial video tells the history of Northern Michigan University from its creation in 1898 as Northern Normal. (1998)

Midnight Mushers

Behind the scenes at the first U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race in Marquette, Michigan, February, 1990.

The Osborn Incident

In 1884, the S.S. John M. Osborn, a wooden freighter, sank in Lake Superior. A century later, divers discovered her, virtually untouched. (1987)

When the Horses Leave: Metamorphosis at Mackinac

Winter on Mackinac Island brings dramatic changes to the lives of its 500 year-round residents. (1988)

The Enemy in Our Midst

The story of Nazi prisoner of war camps in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (2004)