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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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:

Station Awards

  • General Excellence Large Market Radio: Michigan Radio

First Place

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.

Michigan Radio and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival will welcome America's favorite storyteller, Garrison Keillor, to Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. for a special live performance of A Prairie Home Companion. The show will take place at Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan, as part of that historic venue’s 100th anniversary celebration. The celebrated radio variety show regularly airs Saturdays at 6:00 PM on Michigan Radio, and is repeated at 12:00 PM on Sundays.

Michigan Radio would like your participation in a brief survey we're conducting about public radio and local programming. 

As always, your responses will be kept completely confidential, and we will not share your personal information with anyone. We'll only use the information you provide to enhance our service.

To participate in the survey, please click here.

We appreciate your time and your participation in this survey.

Michigan Radio has been awarded a major three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to report on the many issues related to childhood poverty. The $995,000 grant, the largest in the station’s history, will allow Michigan Radio to move beyond traditional radio reporting to reach a wide variety of audiences about the plight facing Michigan’s most vulnerable children.

Steve Chrypinski / Michigan Radio

A full house turned out to hear Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry lead a discussion on the state’s emergency manager law last night.

The event was part of the station’s Issues & Ale series, and was held at Blackstone’s Pub & Grill in downtown Flint.

Panelists included:

  • Fred Leeb, former Emergency Financial Manager for the city of Pontiac,
  • Dr. Eric Scorsone, Co-Director of the State & Local Government Program at Michigan State University,
  • and Brandon A. Jessup, Chairman and CEO of Michigan Forward

The panelists fielded questions from both Lessenberry and the audience on a variety of subjects related to Public Act 4, including the impact of state revenue sharing cuts, the constitutionality of state appointed emergency managers, and alternatives for cities in financial crisis.

We also surveyed the audience to get their opinion on the Emergency Manager law.

Of those responding,

  • 47% opposed the law, 23% were in favor, and 30% were undecided.
  • Of those opposed to the law, 36% felt it was unconstitutional, 26% objected because it gives emergency managers too much power, 18% opposed because emergency managers can modify/terminate contracts, and 13% because it strips local elected officials of their authority.

The event took place only hours after the Michigan Court of Appeals put a stay on a lower court ruling and reinstated Michael Brown as Flint’s emergency manager.  

Issues and Ale is an event series co-sponsored by Michigan Radio and the Center for Michigan designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan... in an informal atmosphere.

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law has sparked debate, national news coverage, and a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot this November. Michigan Radio’s Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry will host a discussion on this controversial measure at Michigan Radio’s next Issues & Ale event on Monday, March 26 at Blackstone’s Pub in downtown Flint. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Michigan Radio received fourteen awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for achievement in broadcasting in 2011. The station’s awards include recognition as Public Radio Station of the Year, which Michigan Radio has won nine out of the past ten years. Michigan Radio also won seven First Place awards and six Merit awards.

Michigan Radio's investigative reporter, Lester Graham, has been selected as a winner of the 2012 State Bar of Michigan Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice. Graham was recognized for his five-part series on Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which aired in October and November, 2011.

Michigan Radio has won eleven awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage. This includes the award for General Excellence in the Non-Commercial Radio category, which the station has won four out of the past five years. The station was also recognized with six First Place awards and four Honorable Mentions.

Michigan Radio received the following Michigan AP Awards:

Station awards

  • General Excellence – Michigan Radio

First Place

As part of the station’s ongoing efforts to cover news across the state, Michigan Radio has established a new mid-Michigan news bureau. Based in Jackson, Reporter Steve Carmody will be covering stories in that city, as well as Lansing, Battle Creek and other mid-Michigan communities.

Last summer, Audie Cornish took over as the new host of Weekend Edition Sunday, following Liane Hansen’s retirement. This January, Audie is making another change as she takes on a one-year assignment as co-host of All Things Considered. This change follows Michele Norris’ decision to step away from that post until after the 2012 presidential campaign because her husband has taken a senior position with President Obama's re-election effort.

UPDATE: The books have been located in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, but you can still win the Flint book.

*Click the photo above to launch a slideshow showing all of the photo clues

NPR recently launched the Backseat Book Club, which encourages young readers to read a selected book and send in questions for the author to answer on-air. 

In December, we’re adding a new twist. Three copies of the Backseat Book Club selection, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, have been hidden in Michigan Radio’s listening area. If listeners can track down the book based on our clues and take a photo of themselves with it, their treasure hunt story may be featured on the Backseat Book Club webpage.  Plus, the first person to find the book wins the book and other prizes!

If you find the book, email your photo to: Remember, the first person to send in a photo of themselves with that book wins!

The books have been hidden in easily accessible locations in Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids. Use our photo clues shown above to locate the book in your area. You can also check back for further clues later. Good luck!

Here are some hints to help you:

Ann Arbor – The other books in the photo should be a big hint.

Flint – This location is a real Whizbang!

Grand Rapids – A great place for coffee…and books in Grand Rapids.