Steve Chrypinski

Marketing Director

Steve has been Marketing Director at Michigan Radio since 2005. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, and community & media partnerships.

Steve has worked in the broadcasting business since the dawn of time (okay, since the ‘80’s) and in public media since the early 1990’s…. including time at public radio and television stations in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

In his free time, Steve enjoys travel, cooking, kayaking and spending time with his wonderful wife and children.

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Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of Car Talk, passed away Monday, November 3, due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

From Car Talk's website: 

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning, November 3, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”

Tom Magliozzi was born June 28, 1937, in an East Cambridge, Massachusetts neighborhood filled with other Italian immigrant families. It was there that he and his younger brother Ray picked up the uniquely Boston-Italian style of expressing affection through friendly insults and teasing. That style was at the heart of their banter with each other, and their listeners, on the radio show that made them beloved guests in millions of homes every Saturday morning.

Tom was the first in his family to attend college, enrolling at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. He applied that degree to research and consulting jobs until, in his late 20s, he was making his tedious 45-minute commute in traffic one morning, had a near miss with another car, and had a revelation that he was wasting his life. Upon arriving at work, he walked into his boss’ office and quit on the spot. He hated putting on a suit and working in the 9-to-5 world.

Through the 2014 election season, Michigan Radio is providing opportunities for listeners to learn about the important issues being discussed and hear from many of the candidates running for office.

Michigan Radio is teaming up with The Center for Michigan and MLive Media Group to bring voters a series of unique events this election season.

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Michigan Radio will air a special live call-in show with Gov. Rick Snyder this Friday morning. Gov. Snyder is seeking a second term as the Republican candidate and will take questions from a statewide public radio audience on Friday, Sept. 5 from 9-10 a.m. The broadcast is part of the Michigan Public Radio Network’s “Michigan Calling” series of 2014 election specials.

The show will air starting at 9:00 a.m. Friday on Michigan Radio and other Michigan Public Radio Network stations. Michigan Radio will also stream audio and video live online.

Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity initiative was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with a Salute to Excellence Award this past weekend. The station won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Radio Documentary category for “Race and Racism: A State of Opportunity Documentary.”

Michigan Radio has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for the news series “Shooting in Muskegon shed light on hero, and problems.” The series, which originally aired in August 2013, won a Clarion Award in the category of Best Radio Documentary Series.

Michigan Radio’s popular “Issues & Ale” discussion series will visit the Traffic Jam & Snug restaurant in midtown Detroit on Monday,  July 28th at 6:00 pm to discuss the issue of kids growing up in violence.  Many kids growing up in urban areas and poverty face high levels of crime and violence. What impact does crime have on their mental and psychological development and are there programs that really work in addressing the problem?

Michigan Radio was recognized this past weekend with an award from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. The station received a second place award in the Large Newsroom-Soft Feature category for the “Moving In, Moving Out” story. The feature, produced by reporter Sarah Cwiek, tells the story of two Detroit households moving in opposite directions — one that has recently moved into the city and another considering a move out of town.

Michigan Radio was honored this weekend with 10 awards for news coverage from the Michigan Associated Press. The station was recognized with seven first-place awards and three second-place awards in the large market radio category. The large market radio category includes both public and commercial radio stations that serve Michigan’s largest market of Detroit. 

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Michigan Radio has been recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the large market radio category. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has named Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith the Young Journalist of the Year. Based in Grand Rapids, Lindsey is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. She has worked at the station since 2010.

Michigan Radio Program Director Tamar Charney has been elected chair of the Public Radio Program Directors Association, the organization announced today. She succeeds Todd Mundt of Louisville Public Media (formerly of NPR Digital Services and Michigan Radio) who had reached his term limit.  She will assume leadership of the board at its annual retreat in Chicago later this month.  

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced today that Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith is a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year. Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter, and has worked at the station since 2010.

Other finalists for Young Journalist of the Year are Nathan Bomey of the Detroit Free Press, and Deepa Seetharaman of Thomson Reuters.

There was a time when stories were not shared on the singular screens of computers, but breathed into existence by living performers. Join Michigan Radio and Wharton Center in reveling within one of the most profound and ultimately human experiences of live storytelling through The Moth Mainstage: Twist of Fate coming to Wharton Center in East Lansing for one night only on Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.   

Following a two year hiatus, radio audience ratings have returned to Ann Arbor. Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) has resumed its audience measurements for the Ann Arbor market beginning with the Fall 2013 (Oct-Nov-Dec) survey period.

Michigan Radio was recognized Wednesday with eight awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for achievement in broadcasting in 2013. The station’s awards include recognition as Public Radio Station of the Year – Group 2, an award Michigan Radio has won every year for the past 11 years. 

On Monday afternoon, Michigan Radio became aware that our Radio Data System (RDS) had been hacked for our WVGR (104.1 FM) and WFUM (91.1 FM) transmitter sites. RDS is a system that allows radio stations to embed digital information in their broadcasts which can be displayed on RDS equipped radios. Typical RDS data includes station identification and program information.  This security breach allowed the hacker to post unauthorized messages that were displayed on RDS equipped radios in the west Michigan and Flint areas.   

Michigan Radio has been selected to receive a cooperative grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative for coverage of the city of Detroit as it moves through bankruptcy. The grant is intended to support news in the public interest and improve the quality and quantity of news coverage about Detroit. Data-driven journalism will explain the city’s financial issues and engage citizens in looking at solutions. Michigan Radio’s reporting will focus on the city’s bankruptcy and its impact on community life and the city’s future.

The Great Lakes are changing. Warming air and water, shorter winters with less snow and ice and more extreme weather are impacting the lakes and the fish that live there. In addition, harmful algal blooms are creating dead zones that are bad news for fish, and impact recreational users as well.

“The Story,” a nationally syndicated public radio news interview program hosted by the award-winning journalist Dick Gordon, with the final episode scheduled to air Friday, November 22nd. Gordon plans to return to his native Canada, where he started his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, to be closer to his family.

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Michigan Radio was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with two Salute to Excellence Awards this past weekend. The station won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Documentary category for “Infant Mortality in Michigan,” and Feature category for “Idlewild, the Black Eden, celebrates 100 years.”

The Radio Television Digital News Association has honored Michigan Radio with a RTDNA/UNITY Award for its recent “Infant Mortality in Michigan” documentary. Michigan Radio received the award in the large market radio category.  

Michigan Radio has won fourteen awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage, including the Overall Excellence Award for large market radio. The large market radio category includes both public and commercial radio stations in Michigan. In addition to the Overall Excellence Award, the station was recognized with six first-place awards and seven second-place awards. Michigan Radio received the following awards:

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  • General Excellence Large Market Radio: Michigan Radio

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The Moth has announced the lineup of storytellers for its Moth Mainstage  show in Kalamazoo on May 22.  “Between Worlds: The Moth in Kalamazoo” will feature a host and five storytellers, each of whom will tell a ten minute story live without notes.

Michigan Radio's Lester Graham will moderate a town hall meeting on the future of fracking in Michigan on Tuesday, April 16 at 7PM.  The event will be held at the Blau Auditorium at the UM Ross School of Business, and is presented by Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan College of Engineering. 

Michigan Radio will welcome NPR’s Snap Judgment, with host Glynn Washington, to Ann Arbor for a live performance at the Power Center on Saturday, June 29, as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people’s lives. The program’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another’s eye. Host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey that highlights people from across the globe who have put everything on the line. It’s storytelling… with a beat. The program airs on Michigan Radio, Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Michigan Radio received sixteen awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for achievement in broadcasting in 2012. The awards were announced Wednesday evening at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing. The station’s awards include recognition as Public Radio Station of the Year-Group 2, an award Michigan Radio has won every year for the past decade.  

Michigan Radio will present a live performance of The Moth Mainstage in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. After sold out performances in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor last year, The Moth Mainstage will return to Michigan with a line-up of writers, performers, and other unique national and Michigan storytellers, each with a ten-minute story to tell live without notes. The theme for this year’s Moth Mainstage show will be “Between Worlds.”

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder called for a "major budget commitment" to fund Michigan's free pre-school program for at risk children. Michigan Radio’s next Issues & Ale event will examine the benefits of early childhood education, not only for the poor, but for society as a whole. How valuable is early education to children in Michigan, and how does our cash strapped state pay for it?


  


Michigan Radio will be welcoming Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion" back to Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium on June 1, 2013. Tickets for this special performance will go on sale to the general public in April. However, you can be among the first to get tickets to this special show...without even having to wait in line.


A very limited number of seats are available now for a new pledge of $750 to Michigan Radio. This package includes two Gold Circle seats to the live show and a post-show reception with the cast.

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