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Michigan Radio’s statewide talk show, Stateside, hosted by Cynthia Canty, will travel to Traverse City on Saturday, September 17, 2016, for a special live audience show.

Michigan Radio and AEG Live will present a live performance of the popular public radio show Snap Judgment in Royal Oak on Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Michigan Radio was recognized this past weekend with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Interview category for “Living through the Flint water crisis” by Jennifer White. In the interview, Michigan Radio host Jennifer White sat down with three women raising kids in Flint amidst the city’s water crisis.

Michigan Radio has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

The award, in the Large Market Radio – News Documentary category, was received for “Not Safe to Drink.

The documentary series traced the history and story behind the Flint water crisis.  “Not Safe to Drink” aired on Michigan Radio in December, 2015.

Michigan Radio received ten awards for news coverage this weekend from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. The station was recognized with five First Place awards and five 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:

First Place

After conducting an extensive national search, Michigan Radio is pleased to announce that Doug Tribou has been named as the station's new Morning Edition host.

From 2008 until August 2015, Tribou worked at NPR member station WBUR in Boston. During that time, he served as a reporter and producer for “Only A Game,” NPR’s weekly sports show. From 2006-2008, he served as a news anchor and on-air host at WBUR. In September 2015, Tribou came to the University of Michigan after being awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has named Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith as a finalist for Journalist of the Year. Based in Grand Rapids, Lindsey is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Over the past year however, she has reported extensively on the Flint water crisis, including producing a special documentary about the crisis, “Not Safe to Drink.”  

Program Director Tamar Charney departs Michigan Radio after 19 years for a new position at NPR.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

It's so easy to think that the big important news stories are the ones happening in cities like London or Washington DC or countries like Syria and China.

I’ve heard many people dismiss local news as parochial “not in my backyard” disputes or worse, merely coverage of the latest house fires. But there are many local stories that should, and do, become national and even international news when they are told right.

The water crisis in Flint is an example.

All Things Considered host Jennifer White is leaving Michigan Radio for WBEZ.
Michigan Radio

Changes are coming to what you hear on Michigan Radio later this month.  

Host Changes

Jennifer White, Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered  host, has announced that she will be leaving the station later this month.

Michigan Radio finished its first December membership drive on Tuesday evening with over $400,000 raised from more than 3400 donors. The additional drive this month was the result of a need to get more first time contributors. Station donors have been extremely generous over the years, however the number of people giving (about 6% of the station’s total listeners) hasn't risen fast enough to produce the funding needed to address the increases associated with a multi-platform news organization.

In November, StoryCorps launches The Great Thanksgiving Listen, its most ambitious initiative to date.

This Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29) StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews over Thanksgiving 2015 than it has in the 12 years since its founding.

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.

We are doing some maintenance on our tower in Grand Rapids today. As a result, our WVGR signal (104.1 FM) has been reduced by 50%. We'll be back at full power later today.

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.

Moiz Karim is a visiting journalist from Pakistan, working in the Michigan Radio newsroom for three weeks.
Reem Nasr / Michigan Radio

I am Moiz Karim, a journalist from Pakistan.

I work for Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as Radio Pakistan, as an editor in Islamabad.

Before Radio Pakistan I had worked for different regional and national newspapers and a newswire. I started my career at a local weekly newspaper and worked my way up to national dailies.

Participate in the Michigan Radio Tech Survey

May 27, 2014

You're probably aware that Michigan Radio has been working hard for the past couple of years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the media landscape.

Now we need your opinion about how we're doing!

Our goal is to continue to provide the news & information you want the way that you want it, so I'm inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey.

You can help shape the future of public radio

Mar 27, 2014

Click here to participate   

Do you listen to Morning Edition or All Things Considered on Michigan Radio? If so, we need your help. We are looking for listeners to participate in a 40-minute online listening study in April. If you're interested in listening to audio and providing feedback, please answer a few questions about your current listening so that we can include you in this opportunity.

We are making some structural improvements to the Peach Mountain tower that require us to reduce power. As a result, our 91.7 FM signal will not reach as far. Our West Michigan signal (104.1 FM), and our Flint signal (91.1 FM) will not be affected by this work.

Bob Skon / Michigan Radio

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.

Celebrating 65 years of broadcasting.
Michigan Radio

Sixty-five years ago today, WUOM aired its first broadcast from temporary studios in Angell Hall on the campus of the University of Michigan.

U of M was one of the first educational institutions to apply for an FM license. The station's first broadcast went on out on the brand new, high fidelity FM band at 91.7. It has been broadcasting on this signal ever since. Today, the station broadcasts on two more signals (WVGR 104.1 FM in Grand Rapids, and WFUM 91.1 FM in Flint).

Mervi Eskelinen / Flickr

You're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past couple of years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio landscape.

I'm writing now to ask for your opinion.

Our goal is to continue to provide the news & information you want the way that you want it, so I'm inviting you to share your opinions about technology in our annual survey.

You are invited to participate and tell us how you use your conventional radio, Facebook, iPods, smartphones, tablets, streaming and the Web to stay connected to entertainment, news, and updates from Michigan Radio and other sources.

Whether you use all these devices/platforms or not, we value your opinion.

Your responses will be kept completely confidential, and we will never share your personal information with anyone. We'll only use the information you provide to enhance our service.

Just click the link below to participate in the survey. It’s a fairly long survey, but your input is important to help us determine where to allocate resources.

Thanks in advance for your time and for your support of Michigan Radio.

Please be aware that the survey is comprehensive and may take as long as 15 minutes to complete.  We need this information in order to better serve our listeners.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Update 4:30 p.m.

WFUM is back on the air. We'll continue to watch the signal.

2:58 p.m.

Our Flint signal, WFUM 91.1 FM is off the air due to a power loss. We are working on the problem and will keep you updated on our progress.

The tower carrying our WFUM signal is undergoing maintenance today. WFUM signal outages are expected throughout the day.

Michigan Radio Fall Program Changes

Sep 19, 2012

We're making some changes to our program schedule starting this weekend. Beginning on Saturday, "The Moth Radio Hour" will move to its new time at noon. While "Ask Me Another" is an exciting new offering from NPR, we heard from many of you that noon wasn’t the right time slot for this new show, it will now air Saturdays at 4pm.

Steve Carmody and Kyle Norris talk with a listener in Jackson during our #opennewsroom event.
Michigan Radio

Normally we have a news meeting every weekday morning here in the office.

But this time, we decided to fan out around the state to, as Amy Witzke put it on Facebook, put the 'public' in 'public radio.'

Our goal was to hear what you had to say about the stories that are important to you and your communities.

For those folks who couldn't meet up with one of our reporters at a Biggby Coffee location, we chatted them up on Facebook and Twitter.

Our 91.1 FM signal out of Flint will be off the air after 10 am this morning while workers repair a beacon.  The signal will be powered back up once the work is complete. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

Starting at 11 a.m. this morning, Michigan Radio's WFUM signal, 91.1 FM in Flint, will experience some outages throughout the morning and afternoon. The tower in Flint is undergoing maintenance.

Attention Michigan Radio news e-mail subscribers:

In the last two days we have experienced technical difficulties with our daily news e-mail.

We have been editing story tags in some of our older stories which has resulted in a database error.

These older stories were re-entered into the database as new stories.

We regret the problem and apologize for any confusion it may have caused. We're working to resolve the issue.

Thanks for your patience!

Since yesterday morning, we've been experiencing intermittent problems with our website. NPR Digital is working on the problem and hopes to have them resolved soon. In the meantime, if you're trying to to make a year-end pledge to the station and having difficulty connecting online, please call our pledge line at 888-258-9866. Thank you for your patience.