Station Contest

The Capitol Steps
Monday, July 4 at 7 PM
The Power Center, Ann Arbor

 Perfectly timed for an election year, America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July appearance at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

These former Congressional staffers “mock the vote,” poking fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies like “Deleter of the Facts” and “All About the Base.” If you are sick of hearing about the candidates, Bill Cosby, and Brian Williams, you’ve come to the wrong place.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on June 15, 2016.

Billy Elliot
June 11 – 26
Croswell Opera House
129 E. Maumee St.
Adrian, MI 49221

 Set during the British coal miners’ strike in the 1980s, Billy Elliot is the inspiring story of a boy who defies all odds to fulfill his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. See why reviewers called Billy Elliot “electrifying,” “triumphant,” and “as good as it gets”!

With a powerful story, catchy tunes by Elton John, and spectacular show-stopping dance numbers, this is a musical that simply must be seen to be believed!

Jason Isbell:

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 16, 2016 

Jason Isbell
Monday, October 3
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

“With his unrivaled knack for lyrical detail, Jason Isbell is arguably the most revered roots-rock singer-songwriter of his generation.”

– Rolling Stone.

David Sedaris: 

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 11, 2016

An Evening with David Sedaris
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers.

This contest has ended. Winners were drawn May 2, 2016.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Valid through September 30, 2016

  Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 158-acre main campus may take up to two, four, or eight hours to walk through depending on what you choose to explore. With a large variety of art and plants, Meijer Gardens has something to pique any interest.

For more information, click here

Moth GrandSLAM:

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 27, 2016

The Moth GrandSLAM Championship
Tuesday, May 3, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)
The Ark, Ann Arbor

 Michigan Radio and The Moth are hosting the next Michigan GrandSLAM Championship on Tuesday, May 3rd at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The event features the winners of the past year’s Ann Arbor Moth StorySLAMs. Tickets go on sale April 7 at TheMoth.org.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 18, 2016

An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor
Thursday, April 28 – 7:30 PM
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Clinton Township

 Join master storyteller and award-winning radio host of A Prairie Home Companion, as he shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor (and sometimes with music), Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma, and wisdom.

For more information about the show, please click here. Michigan Radio Contest Rules are here.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 14.

The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 15-20, 2016
The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

 The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

Diane Rehm: "This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 9."

Diane Rehm in conversation with Cynthia Canty
Thursday, March, 17, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium
915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, 48109

Literati Bookstore and Michigan Radio are thrilled to welcome NPR host Diane Rehm to Ann Arbor for a reading and conversation in support of her latest book, On My Own. Joining Diane for a post-reading conversation will be Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 7.

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
March 21, 2016 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
March 22, 2016 - Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
March 23, 2016 - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
March 24, 2016 - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 2.

The Odd Couple
Thursday, March 17 – 8:00 PM
Purple Rose Theatre – Chelsea, Michigan

Two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a neat freak news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Feb. 12

Paula Poundstone
Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Wharton Center, East Lansing

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 20

Michigan International Auto Show
January 28-31, 2016
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

Discover What Drives You!

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 11

Ira Glass
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Miller Auditorium

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.

NPR Presents: Water ±

November 19, 2014, 8 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit

Click here for tickets

 On November 19th at 8 p.m., Michigan Radio will welcome NPR Presents: Water± to the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. This live, journalism-based theatrical event explores the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water.

Directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon, NPR Presents: Water± combines the excitement of live performance with the substance of NPR journalism — compelling stories from NPR coverage interwoven with imagery, information, music and dramatic storytelling by an award-winning cast.

"NPR Presents Water± brings together NPR's journalistic rigor with the artistic and poetic nature of theatrical storytelling, amplifying local stories about water issues that are significant to each region and have a global resonance," said Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents.

The show will start an eight-city tour on October 25 in New Orleans. The tour will also visit New York, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco, Cleveland and other cities before coming to Detroit on November 19.