Michael Linville

Underwriting Account Executive & Former Host of Morning Edition

Michael was WVPE’s Morning Edition host from August 2003 through February 2020. On Mar. 2, 2020, Michael takes his talents and love of public radio to WVPE's underwriting department to become a station account executive. In making the move, Michael says, ""It's been a real privilege to be invited into people's homes and businesses for the last 16 years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. But in addition to our great listeners, there are other important partners that make what we do here possible. Those are the organizations and businesses that underwrite with the station. I'm looking forward to meeting these members of the WVPE family to personally thank them for their support and to see how we can work together to assure that folks who tune into the station remain informed, entertained and inspired."

Michael has won numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.  A native of the Midwest, he grew up outside of Chicago, went to school at The University of Iowa and previously worked in radio in Minneapolis and elsewhere in Minnesota. As a previously self described “morning person,” Michael required a weekday wake up time of 3:15 a.m. He now will enjoy a kinder, gentler start to his weekdays. Michael continues to enjoy outdoor sports where he has to paddle, pedal or in other ways get off the beaten path.

Ways to Connect


Ahead of his concert on Friday, August 23 at The Lerner in Elkhart, ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro took some time to talk to WVPE's Michael Linville.  Listen as Jake reflects on how he got interested in the ukelele in his home state of Hawaii and went on to become a YouTube sensation. 

Book cover photo credit: Logga Wiggler

WVPE's Michael Linville spoke recently with Larry Feldman, M.D., and Sandy Feldman, M.S.W.

They are the authors of Building Bridges Across The Racial Divide.  They are also adjunct instructors at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, in addition to working as practicing psychotherapists. 

Upcoming book discussions focusing on Building Bridges Across The Racial Divide:


Monday, August 19th, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Phoenix Coffeehouse in Benton Harbor, MI

Tuesday, August 27th, 7 to 8:30 pm at Forever Books in St. Joseph, MI

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Jay Jackson, the executive director of Abate Indiana, about how motorists can safely share the road with motorcyclists during the summer.

Trinity Haven

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Jenni White the Executive Director of Trinity Haven - Indiana's first residential facility with LGBTQ youth with no safe place to live.

In case you missed comedian Lewis Black's performance at The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Morning Edition host Michael Linville has you covered. He spoke with Black about his career as a stand up comedian. Give it a listen.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with John Allen Jr, of the independent news site Crux about his upcoming talk at Holy Cross college and the church's handling of the child sexual abuse scandal.

Morning Edition Host Michael Linville speaks with Jennifer Henecke of The Saints Joseph County Public Library about this year's One Book One Michiana event.

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Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth and WDET's Jake Neher recap Governor Gretchen Whitmer's inaugural state of the state address.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese has announced the resignation of Police Chief Ed Windbigler. Neese's office says Windbigler announced his immediate resignation yesterday at the request of the mayor. Windbigler served as police chief for about three years after being appoinyted by Neese in Janurary 2016.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Kyle Hupfer, Chair of the Indiana Republican Party about the results of Tuesday's midterm election.

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WVPE's Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with the Democratic candidate for Indiana's 2nd district seat in the U.S. House about the issues on voters minds ahead of the midterms, including immigration, trade, healthcare and more.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Mark Mow about his decison to return his old post  as the district searches for a permanent replacement for Rob Haworth who retired earlier this year.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Dave Freeman about the book he and his wife wrote about their year in one of our nation's largest wilderness areas and about their efforts to stop sulfide ore copper mining near The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with the active Democratic candidates for the second district seat in the US House.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Reyna Grande, the author of The Distance Between Us, this year's book for One Book One Michiana the Saint Joseph County Public Library's community wide reading program.

The headliner for the 31st annual Elkhart Jazz Festival will be guitarist Lee Reitnour, a Grammy Award winner, and 19 time Grammy nominee, who’s recorded more than 40 albums.

Also on this year’s lineup is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band- a New Orleans style septet that’s currently on tour with Arcade Fire.

David Smith is the Executive Director of the Lerner Theatre and festival co-chair. He’s said while they typically look for local, regional and national acts, this year they’re expanding their reach.

Here's a heartfelt (and, yes goofy) thanks from your friends at WVPE for all the support during our recently concluded Spring Membership Campaign. The real heartbeat of any public radio station is listener members, and if you didn't get a chance to make a contribution during our campaign you can do so by clicking the green button up there in the right hand corner. 

We made this video (and made absolute fools of ourselves) to say thank you! Enjoy :)

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Alan Hamlet, an assistant professor of civic and environmental engineering and earth sciences at The University of Notre Dame, about the affects climate change could have on Indiana.

Morning Edition Host Michael Linville speaks with Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus about her early tenure as Goshen College President and her inauguration ceremony tomorrow morning at 10 in Sauder Concert Hall.

Alicia Thomas and SaeJin Lee / Bethany Christian Schools

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher about her experience in a concentration camp, and a play about her experience being performed next week by the students at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with David Smith - co-chair of the 30th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with WVPE's Norm Mast about his 31 years hosting our Sunday evening acoustic music program "The Back Porch".

A look at some of the events at this year's River Bend Film Festival in Goshen

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speak with WVPE's new announcer and reporter Jennifer Weingart.

Elkhart Area Career Center Commercial Photography

Tamara Ashley retires from WVPE after devoting more than twenty years of service to the station. First, she volunteered at various station events for more than a decade. Since the early 2000s, she has been an underwriting account executive. Thank you, Tamara, for your dedication. All the best in your retirement. 

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) shares his thoughts on the first week of the Trump Presidency and other issues.