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.


Station news
2:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Discussion in Detroit to focus on kids & breaking the cycle of violence

Credit: Dennis Hill / flickr

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?

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Station news
1:08 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Michigan Radio Wins PRNDI Award

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.

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Station news
3:13 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Michigan Radio wins 10 Michigan Associated Press awards

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. 

First Place

o   Best Spot News: "Detroit Bankruptcy," News Staff

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Station news
1:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Michigan Radio wins regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

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.

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Station news
1:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Michigan Radio Reporter named Young Journalist of the Year

Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith

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.

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Station news
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Tamar Charney named Chair of Public Radio Program Directors

Tamar Charney

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.  

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Station news
2:40 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Lindsey Smith finalist for Young Journalist of the Year

Reporter Lindsey Smith

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.

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Station news
3:12 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Moth Mainstage coming to East Lansing

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.   

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Station news
4:35 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Michigan Radio resumes spot as #1 station in Ann Arbor & top rated public radio station in U.S.

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.

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Station news
4:17 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Michigan Radio recognized as public radio station of the year

Michigan Radio's Best in Category awards.

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. 

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Station news
3:23 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Michigan Radio RDS breach

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.   

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Station News
1:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Michigan Radio Receives Detroit Journalism Cooperative Grant

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.

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Environment & Science
12:58 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Join in our discussion about the changing Great Lakes

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.

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Station news
11:36 am
Mon September 9, 2013

“The Story" to end eight-year run due to departure of host Dick Gordon

“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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2:07 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan Radio honored by the National Association of Black Journalists

Michigan Radio won two Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Credit Vincent Duffy / Michigan Radio

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.”

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3:51 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Michigan Radio receives national UNITY award for Infant Mortality documentary

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.  

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2:46 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Michigan Radio wins fourteen Michigan Associated Press Awards

Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith, Vincent Duffy and Rebecca Williams with the station's Associated Press awards.

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:

Station Awards

  • General Excellence Large Market Radio: Michigan Radio

First Place

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Arts & Culture
9:29 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Moth Mainstage Announces Lineup For Kalamazoo Show

Ophira Eisenberg

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.

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Environment & Science
5:23 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Fracktopia: A Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Fracking

Credit: World Resources Institute

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. 

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Arts & Culture
6:07 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Michigan Radio Presents "Snap Judgment" show in Ann Arbor on June 29

Snap Judgement host Glynn Washington

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.

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