Tamar Charney

Program Director

Tamar joined Michigan Radio in 1997 as a newscaster and was soon charged with launching the station's now award winning Arts and Humanities Radio Project. She produced the station's 2007 documentary Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots which won a Murrow Award, a Clarion, a PRNDI, and numerous regional and state awards.

Tamar also produced the station's documentary Foreclosing on the American Dream Over the years Tamar has worn multiple hats at Michigan Radio as the managing editor for cultural reporting, a fill-in news anchor, talk show founding producer, interview and podcast producer, and reporter.

Before joining Michigan Radio, Tamar worked at public radio stations in Detroit and Ypsilanti, and did a variety of voice-over and freelance work including documentary production for NPR. Her Louis Jordan documentary was recently rebroadcast on NPR's Jazz Profiles. She has a masters in telecommunications from Michigan State, but did her undergrad work here at U of M.

Tamar is the chair of the Public Radio Program Director's Board of Directors.

Free Press

Yesterday, terrorists walked into an editorial meeting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and started shooting. Twelve people died.

The whole world finds this horrific attempt at media intimidation in Paris unacceptable, but there remains an acceptable form of intimidating the media that we operate under every day.


One of the books making many of the best books of 2014 lists was set largely in Michigan. But a book about life in Michigan after a pandemic might not be what you want to read when you are sick.


I found this book when I was Up North on a rainy weekend with only 100 pages left in the last book on my reading list.


Luckily, Petoskey has a real bookstore.

"Can I help you?" asked the guy working at McLean and Eakin.

"I don't know what to read next."

Learning the new clocks.
Tamar Charney / Michigan Radio

There’s a structure to what you hear on Michigan Radio that’s about to change.

Each show on the station is governed by a “clock.” These graphical representations of each hour lay out what happens in a program and when.  

Tamar Charney


Facebook has decided I have a weight problem – a big weight problem.

It's been helpfully suggesting diet pills, plus-sized swimsuits with tummy-control panels, and affirming articles about body image as I apparently struggle with the motivation to battle my obesity.

The thing is I'm petite, not plus

You're probably aware that Michigan Radio has been working hard for the past couple of years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the media landscape.

Now we need your opinion about how we're doing!

Our goal is to continue to provide the news & information you want the way that you want it, so I'm inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey.

Tamar Charney / Michigan Radio

When I realized I was vacationing less than an hour from Lac-Mégantic last week, I grabbed my passport and went.

I somehow needed to see for myself what happened there.

As a Michigan Radio listener, we hope you appreciate the station’s news reporting, our community focus, and our ongoing efforts to improve our service.  A part of that process is to survey listeners and website users like you - to hear your opinions on a wide range of issues.  This input has been a valuable resource for us in our short and long-term planning.

Thank you for your patience over the last few weeks as we made some much needed updates to the ways you can stream Michigan Radio online. We know that some users have experienced problems in listening to the station on their computer or smartphone and we've been working hard to correct the problems.

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You're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past couple of years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio landscape.

I'm writing now to ask for your opinion.

Our goal is to continue to provide the news & information you want the way that you want it, so I'm inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey.

You are invited to participate and tell us how you use your conventional radio, Facebook, iPods, smartphones, tablets, streaming and the Web to stay connected to entertainment, news, and updates from Michigan Radio and other sources.

Whether you use all these devices/platforms or not, we value your opinion.

Your responses will be kept completely confidential, and we will never share your personal information with anyone. We'll only use the information you provide to enhance our service.

Just click the link below to participate in the survey. It’s a fairly long survey, but your input is important to help us determine where to allocate resources.


Thanks in advance for your time and for your support of Michigan Radio.

Please be aware that the survey is comprehensive and may take as long as 15 minutes to complete.  We need this information in order to better serve our listeners.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Michigan is now the nation’s 24th right-to-work state. The law took effect yesterday. Opponents of the law held vigils yesterday and vowed to continue to try to repeal the law in court and through legislative action.  Supporters of the law say there’s no reason to fear right-to-work.

Michigan's new emergency manager law also went into effect yesterday. The Reverend Al Sharpton’s "National Action Network" is joining the fight against the law. The group joined unions, clergy, and other civil rights groups in filing a federal lawsuit.

Over the past year, we’ve been making some changes to the Michigan Radio schedule. I know that for some, these changes have been for the better, while others wish we’d left well enough alone. Over the next few years, there will likely be more adjustments to our mix of shows as we work to determine what will best meet the needs of our listening audience in the years to come.

We're making some changes to our program schedule starting this weekend. Beginning on Saturday, "The Moth Radio Hour" will move to its new time at noon. While "Ask Me Another" is an exciting new offering from NPR, we heard from many of you that noon wasn’t the right time slot for this new show, it will now air Saturdays at 4pm.

As a Michigan Radio listener, we hope you appreciate the station’s news reporting and our ongoing efforts to improve our service.  Part of that process is to survey listeners like you - to get your opinions on a wide range of issues.  Listener input has been a valuable resource for us in our short and long-term planning.

We’d like to better understand economic conditions in Michigan, and how our station can better provide programming that meets your needs on this topic.

Beehive Recording Company

If you ran into Stephen Nawara nine years ago, he was probably off touring as the bassist of the Detroit-based band, Electric Six. Some of their top 10 hits include songs like “Danger High Voltage,” and most recently, “Gay Bar.” But now he volunteers 40 hours of his time outside of his day job to work on his record label, The Beehive Recording Company.

Michigan Radio's 91.7 WUOM signal in Ann Arbor and Detroit will be operating on reduced power  between 11a.m. and 2p.m. This interruption is necessary in order to allow our engineers to safely perform required annual maintenance work on the tower lighting. We apologize for the disruption. 

Engineers will be doing repair work on Michigan Radio's broadcast tower in Goodrich. As a result, WFUM 91.1 will be off the air for several hours starting at 10 a.m. Listeners in the Flint area may be able to receive Michigan Radio's 91.7 signal or listen online at http://www.michiganradio.org/

We apologize for the disruption, but the outage is required in order to allow our engineers to safely make repairs to F.A.A and F.C.C. required tower lighting.

At Michigan Radio, our goal is simple - to best serve the communities and audiences that are within our coverage area, as well as those who are able to access our programming content using the many new digital tools that are now available.

With all of this abundant technology, however, we haven't lost sight of the relationship that forms between our station and you, our listener.  Below is a link to a brief survey that we asking you to fill out.

It will only take 7-10 minutes of your time, and we believe the results will be very important in our ongoing efforts to better understand the needs of our audience.

The survey is focused on the types of relationships that you desire with us, and how we can best fulfill your needs.  We realize this is an especially busy time of the year, but our goal is to hit the ground running in 2012, and this survey is an important piece of our planning for the coming year.

Just click the link below to take the survey, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Michigan Radio Listener Survey

Thanks in advance for your time and your thoughts, and best wishes for safe, happy holidays.

There is ice on Michigan Radio's WVGR 104.1 West Michigan tower. The ice has reduced the output of the transmitter meaning people in West Michigan may be experiencing bad reception of the station. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Michigan Radio will participate in a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System today.

The test will last about 30 seconds and will happen today right around 2 p.m.

The test will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV.

Please do not be alarmed.

It will just be a test of the nationwide emergency alert system.

Again this test will take place today at 2 p.m.

As a Michigan Radio listener, we hope you enjoy our programming, and our ongoing efforts to provide new ways for you to interact with the station.

Part of that process is to survey listeners like you to get your opinions on a wide range of issues.

We'd love to hear what you think!


Our Flint area signal, WFUM 91.1, is off the air. A pole fire has interrupted electrical service to the transmitter. Consumers Energy says they expect power will be restored by 10:30a.

WFUM 91.1 off the air

May 27, 2011

Our technical staff is making electrical repairs at our WFUM transmitter. This work means WFUM 91.1 in the Flint area will be off the air for about an hour.

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Protesters headed to Lansing yesterday to voice their displeasure with the budget cuts in Governor Snyder's budget proposal.  People were also there yesterday in support of the cuts.

Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry discussed the protests on Michigan Radio this morning.

Casey West

(By Kyle Norris) Gerry Bose has worked as paint contractor for much of his life in new construction. He actually painted the insides of a lot of new mc-mansions. But when the housing bubble burst a few years ago, Bose lost 80% of his work. Since then he's laid off his two employees, and he's had to scramble for work as a painter.

But he's also had more time and energy to book jobs as a juggler.

Gerry Bose is setting up his show at the Grant Public Library, about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids. Bose cracks-open what looks like a pirate chest.