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.

Ways to Connect

Neil deGrasse Tyson / Facebook

Michigan Radio is pleased to welcome Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to Michigan for four live multi-media events in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Detroit, March 21-24, 2016. Dr. Tyson will present an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it.

Michigan Radio is pleased to welcome comedian Paula Poundstone to Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! where she gets to match wits with some of the country’s leading pundits.

Michigan Radio expanded its list of honors in 2015 with two recent awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Michigan Radio has won three national Clarion Awards from The Association for Women in Communications. The awards were received in the Best Radio Documentary Series, Radio Documentary-One Time, and Major News Event categories.

american flag in autumn with car and fence
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Over 70,000 people in Michigan served in the U.S. armed services during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Beginning Monday, July 6,  Michigan Radio’s Beyond the Battlefield project will take a look at how those post-9/11 vets are faring. Through news features, interviews, and online video profiles, Michigan Radio will explore issues like employment, entrepreneurship, and reintegration into civilian life.

Michigan Radio, The Grand Rapids Press and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters  will host a Grand Rapids mayoral candidate forum at the Grand Rapids Public Museum at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. All four mayoral candidates, including Rosalynn Bliss, Robert Dean, John George and Willard Lee, will participate.

Michigan Radio was recognized this past weekend with three awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Commentary category for “Michigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies,” by John U. Bacon.  The commentary explored the controversial policies of former University of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon that had alienated many students and fans.

Michigan Radio received nine awards for news coverage this weekend from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. The station was recognized with six 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.  Here is the complete list of Michigan Radio winners from the Michigan Associated Press award competition:

First Place

As part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, Michigan Radio will extend its exploration of Detroit’s financial issues and engage citizens in finding solutions to challenges facing the city. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has agreed to provide an additional $500,000 in support for the five nonprofit news partners in the project throughout 2015 and 2016.

Wine Tasting Menu

May 7, 2015

An Evening of Wine Tasting with Michigan Radio – June 13, 2015 Menu

Sparkling Wine

Paired with Swedish Herb Crusted Gravadlax Salmon with Wasa Crackers & Home-made Horseradish Cream Sauce and Cold Cucumber and Mint Soup Shooters


Paired with Artichoke/Talegio Cheese Dip with Home-made Milanese Crispy Flat Bread

Canavese Rosato

Paired with Pea and Mint Pesto Bruschetta with Crème Fraiche and Cherry Tomato

Royal Canine Wine, Red

Michigan Radio has been recognized with four 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 station won awards in the Investigative Coverage, Documentary, News Series and Website categories. All four winners will now be eligible to win a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Michigan Radio and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival will welcome The Moth Mainstage back to Ann Arbor for a live performance on Tuesday, June 30th at the Michigan Theatre.

The Moth is dedicated to old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes. 

All next week, Michigan Radio will air a special series of reports looking at teaching and how well Michigan’s colleges and universities are doing at turning out effective teachers.

There is wide agreement among education experts that teacher quality is the most important school-based factor in how students do in school. But how do we define what makes a good teacher? 

Beginning this Thursday, Michigan Radio will begin a new series called Bringing Up Detroit, focusing on the challenges of raising healthy, successful children while navigating the city’s often unpredictable school systems, economy, transportation networks, and neighborhoods.

Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project is kicking off National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) with a special "Day of Opportunity" on Saturday, April 11. On this day, we're encouraging our listeners to spend some of their time with us volunteering in their community.

Michigan Radio received eleven awards last night from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for achievement in broadcasting during 2014.  Several of the awards recognized Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity project, the station’s multi-year initiative looking at what can be done to improve opportunities for Michigan’s most disadvantaged children.

Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity team has been selected as a winner of the 2015 State Bar of Michigan Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice.

Gov. Rick Snyder
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will take questions from a statewide public radio audience at 9 a.m. this morning as part of the Michigan Public Radio Network’s “Michigan Calling” series.

The hour-long program will be hosted by Rick Pluta, MPRN’s managing editor and state Capitol bureau chief, and will originate from Michigan Radio’s studios in Ann Arbor.

Michigan Radio and Olympia Entertainment will welcome America's favorite storyteller, Garrison Keillor, to Detroit on Saturday, May 30, 2015 for a special live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion.  The show will take place at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.

The May 30 show will feature live performances and comedy skits by Keillor and the Prairie Home cast. Keillor will weave local humor into the show and share his signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon," with Detroit audiences.

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.

Gov. Rick Snyder

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. 

First Place

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

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.