michigan radio http://michiganradio.org en Listeners in Detroit experiencing reception problems with 91.7 signal http://michiganradio.org/post/listeners-detroit-experiencing-reception-problems-917-signal <p>We are aware of the problem and have confirmed that our 91.7 signal is operating at full strength. The interference is coming from an unidentified source that is transmitting close to 91.7 MHz. We are actively working to identify the source and hope to eliminate the problem soon.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:36:41 +0000 Mark Brush 13527 at http://michiganradio.org Listeners in Detroit experiencing reception problems with 91.7 signal Happy Birthday, Michigan Radio! Celebrating 65 years of public service broadcasting http://michiganradio.org/post/happy-birthday-michigan-radio-celebrating-65-years-public-service-broadcasting <p></p><p>Sixty-five years ago today, WUOM aired its first broadcast from temporary studios in Angell Hall on the campus of the University of Michigan.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 13378 at http://michiganradio.org Happy Birthday, Michigan Radio! Celebrating 65 years of public service broadcasting The so-called names of so-called legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/so-called-names-so-called-legislation <p>It’s been quite a week in Michigan. Maybe you heard about it?</p><p>Our legislature introduced and passed so called “right to work” legislation in two days and Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed it within hours, dealing a harsh blow to the more than 12,000 union supporting protestors surrounding the building.</p><p>But – did you see what I did there? Did my bias jump off the page at you?</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:21:44 +0000 Vincent Duffy 10352 at http://michiganradio.org The so-called names of so-called legislation Where do Michigan Radio's story ideas come from? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-do-michigan-radios-story-ideas-come <p>When people find out I work in radio, there are usually a few <em>classic</em> questions they ask.</p><p>"How'd you get into it?" (I got my foot in the door as an intern.) "Are you related to Michelle Norris?" (Nope.) "Where do your story ideas come from?" (From different news outlets, TV Shows, books, people, press releases, conversations, and a lot of times from my own curiosity.)</p><p>But another place our stories come from is you. We read and listen to the letters and calls you send us, and occasionally, we bite.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:53:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 8983 at http://michiganradio.org Where do Michigan Radio's story ideas come from? Giving the bad guys ideas http://michiganradio.org/post/giving-bad-guys-ideas <p>Last week, a bomb threat called in from Canada shut down the tunnel that runs under the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor. The tunnel is the second busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. The busiest crossing is the Ambassador Bridge just more than a mile down river. The tunnel was closed to traffic for most of the afternoon while authorities from both countries inspected the tunnel and found no bomb.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:19:12 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8354 at http://michiganradio.org Giving the bad guys ideas Forget your conspiracy theories - chaos theory rules the newsroom http://michiganradio.org/post/forget-your-conspiracy-theories-chaos-theory-rules-newsroom <p>It happens. Sometimes my newsroom misses a story, or we don&rsquo;t staff a press conference. Every once in a while it&rsquo;s because we didn&rsquo;t know about it, but more often than not it&rsquo;s because we have a small group of reporters to cover the state of Michigan, and we can get spread pretty thin.</p><p>Every news director or assignment editor has to pick and choose between coverage opportunities. While the occasional slow news days exist, on most days there are more stories than we can cover and choices are made.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:06:15 +0000 Vincent Duffy 5758 at http://michiganradio.org Forget your conspiracy theories - chaos theory rules the newsroom WVGR 104.1 on Reduced Power http://michiganradio.org/post/wvgr-1041-reduced-power <p>There is ice on Michigan Radio&#39;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.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:14:39 +0000 Tamar Charney 5163 at http://michiganradio.org Maintenance work on WUOM signal tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/maintenance-work-wuom-signal-tonight <p>WUOM 91.7 will be going off the air at midnight in order to allow our engineers to safely perform some maintenance work. The work should take about two hours. This overnight repair work will only effect our 91.7 signal in southeast Michigan.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:38:38 +0000 Mark Brush 4328 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio revises Saturday program lineup http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-revises-saturday-program-lineup <p>Beginning Saturday, August 20th, we&#39;re making a few changes to our <a href="http://michigan-new.publicbroadcasting.net/program_changes.html">Saturday afternoon schedule</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/">This American Life</a> moves to 1:00 p.m., with <a href="http://themoth.org/radio">The Moth Radio Hour</a> returning to the schedule at 2:00 p.m.</p><p>View the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/guide.guidemain">grid here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:15:53 +0000 Mark Brush 3754 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio revises Saturday program lineup Michigan Radio's coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-coverage-2011-mackinac-policy-conference <p>The <a href="http://mpc.detroitchamber.com/">Mackinac Policy Conference</a> gets started this afternoon and several Michigan Radio reporters will be there to bring you the latest news. The conference will run through Friday.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/lester-graham">Michigan Watch&#39;s Lester Graham</a> will be keeping an ear to the ground and he&#39;ll also moderate two panel discussions for Detroit Public Television and Mi Vote&#39;s live coverage of the conference:</p><ol><li><strong>Environmental Panel: Reinvention vs. Redevelopment</strong>: A panel discussion looking into the current state of brownfield redevelopment in Michigan. In particular, Michigan&#39;s brownfield and historic tax credit programs - have they worked? And, what will happen if, as Governor Snyder has proposed, the tax credits are eliminated and replaced with a separate fund.</li><li><strong>Education Panel: Cutting the Costs of Educating Kids: </strong>A panel discussion looking into the current state of education in Michigan (K-12 and higher education): What needs to be done to improve it, how do we go about funding it, and what would be the implications of Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s reform ideas on school districts, teachers and students in the state, and the workforce of tomorrow.</li></ol><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/tracy-samilton">Tracy Samilton</a>, Michigan Radio&#39;s auto reporter, will cover discussions and talks from the conference related to the auto industry including Bill Ford&#39;s address.</p><p>Michigan Radio producer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark">Zoe Clark</a> will be blogging about the conference for michiganradio.org<br /><br /> And the Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta">Rick Pluta</a> will be reporting on policy from the Island. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:19:15 +0000 Mark Brush 2703 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference State of Desperation http://michiganradio.org/post/state-desperation <p>Earlier this week Wayne State University’s Alumni Association invited me and Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor of the Detroit News, to have a frank discussion with their members.</p><p>The theme was “Michigan at a Crossroads,” a look at the challenges facing our state today. I think some people expected a bitter debate. After all, Finley runs an opinion section which is profoundly conservative. My reputation is that of some sort of moderate liberal, though I prefer to think of myself as a common sense pragmatist with a bias towards things that work.</p><p>But people expected a verbal slugfest, they were disappointed. Oh, Nolan and I have our differences. I think a graduated income tax would be a good idea; he doesn’t, and I‘d be comfortable with a higher level of taxation, if the revenue were to be used for the right things, like education, roads and bridges.</p><p>Fifteen years ago, our views probably would have been far further apart. But now, Finley and I were virtually united in recognizing that the first thing we all must do is understand how big our predicament is. Michigan is engaged in a race to the bottom, in more categories than anyone would care to count.</p><p>We’ve gone from being a relatively rich state to a poor one.</p><p>Still, we have to somehow get competitive for the jobs and growth industries of the future. And that’s hard to do when we have crumbling roads and bridges and crippling deficits.</p><p>That’s even harder to do when school systems are failing, and when cities fail to meet their obligations and slip into emergency financial manager status, the equivalent, in the political world, of bankruptcy and receivership. Treasurer Andy Dillon said recently that five communities soon won’t be able to pay their employees.</p><p>This may be only the tip of the iceberg, and speaking of icebergs, there are other monstrous ones ahead. We both agreed that one of the most uncovered stories in this state is the fact that state pension funds have a staggering $15.5 billion dollars in unfunded liabilities. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:41:07 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1218 at http://michiganradio.org State of Desperation