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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.

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

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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.
 

http://www.jacobsmediaonline.com/wuom.htm

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.

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.

At Michigan Radio, our goal is simple - to best serve the communities and audiences that are within our coverage area, as well as those who are able to access our programming content using the many new digital tools that are now available.

With all of this abundant technology, however, we haven't lost sight of the relationship that forms between our station and you, our listener.  Below is a link to a brief survey that we asking you to fill out.

It will only take 7-10 minutes of your time, and we believe the results will be very important in our ongoing efforts to better understand the needs of our audience.

The survey is focused on the types of relationships that you desire with us, and how we can best fulfill your needs.  We realize this is an especially busy time of the year, but our goal is to hit the ground running in 2012, and this survey is an important piece of our planning for the coming year.

Just click the link below to take the survey, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Michigan Radio Listener Survey

Thanks in advance for your time and your thoughts, and best wishes for safe, happy holidays.

Bentley Historical Library

Edwin G. Burrows who was Michigan Radio's station manager from 1948-1970 passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

Burrows was one of the leaders involved in securing federal funding for public radio through the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Current.org has more on the interesting history of how radio was included in that legislation.

Below is the obituary from the family.

Michigan Radio and StoryCorps are celebrating the fourth annual National Day of Listening on Friday, November 25, 2011.

On the day after Thanksgiving every year, StoryCorps is asking all Americans to start a new holiday tradition: set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one, or someone in your community about his or her life.

To record your own National Day of Listening interview:

  1. Find a family member, friend, mentor or other person you’d like to interview
  2. Create your question list
  3. Sit down to record your conversation

This year, StoryCorps suggests that everyone reach out to their favorite teacher or mentor to say “Thank you for changing my life.”

Some may want to call, while others may dash off an email or a written note. Some may want to schedule time to record an interview, while others may prefer to write a post dedicated to their favorite teacher on Facebook or Twitter (@storycorps, #thankateacher).

How you say “Thank you” isn’t important. But taking the time to say it today will make all the difference in that teacher or mentor’s life!

Michigan Radio has created a special National Day of Listening website with more information.

Some have already thanked their teachers on YouTube:

FCC

Michigan Radio will participate in a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System today.

The test will last about 30 seconds and will happen today right around 2 p.m.

The test will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV.

Please do not be alarmed.

It will just be a test of the nationwide emergency alert system.

Again this test will take place today at 2 p.m.

As a Michigan Radio listener, we hope you enjoy our programming, and our ongoing efforts to provide new ways for you to interact with the station.

Part of that process is to survey listeners like you to get your opinions on a wide range of issues.

We'd love to hear what you think!

TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY

From Here and Now's Facebook page / WBUR

As a Thank You to all of the donors who helped to make our fall Membership Drive so successful, we are opening up our station for a thank you breakfast.

Please join us on Thursday, October 27th from 7:30a.m. - 9:00a.m for a continental breakfast with NPR's Here and Now host Robin Young, as well as our Michigan Radio staff. Feel free to drop by anytime between 7:30a.m. and 9:00a.m. to meet Ms. Young and our station staff, while you pick up a bite to eat on your way into work.

Michigan Radio is located at 535 W. William in the Argus I Building on the corner of W. William Street and Fourth Street in Ann Arbor, in suite 110. Parking is available along the streets.

Thank you again for allowing us to reach our membership goal this fall and we look forward to seeing you soon! This event is open to all current Michigan Radio members.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!

Michigan Radio will be presenting a live performance of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me in Detroit on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell and the cast will be making their first ever appearance in Detroit at the beautiful Fox Theater.

Tickets aren't on sale yet, but when you make a pledge to Michigan Radio right now, you can get a couple of the best seats in the house for the show - without the hassle of waiting in line.

  • For a pledge of $420 ($35 per month), you can get two great main floor tickets to the show before they go on sale to the public.

Make a pledge now at michiganradio.org to get your tickets for this live performance of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me in Detroit.

This special opportunity won't last long!

PLEDGE NOW!

Note: General public ticket sales for this show will begin in a few weeks. Michigan Radio e-newsletter subscribers will have an opportunity to purchase tickets prior to that. Sign up for our e-newsletter.

RTDNA

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Wednesday announced that Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy has been elected chair-elect of the national organization. He is the first public media news director ever elected to this position.  Members of RTDNA elected Duffy during the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, from Sept. 25-27. “I’m excited about this opportunity to represent electronic journalists, including digital journalists, and advocate on their behalf,” commented Duffy.

WUOM 91.7 will be going off the air at midnight in order to allow our engineers to safely perform some maintenance work. The work should take about two hours. This overnight repair work will only effect our 91.7 signal in southeast Michigan.

John Tebeau / Artist/Illustrator

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award.

The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Documentary in the Radio: Large Market category for “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future.

In the series, The Environment Report's Rebecca Williams, Mark Brush, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country and the true costs of our dependence on coal. The series explores the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future” takes listeners on a journey from their light switch back to America’s coal fields, and takes a closer look at the technologies that promise to deliver coal into the new green economy.

The Environment Report was the only news organization in Michigan to receive a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award, and one of seven public radio stations nationwide. This award is the third national Murrow Award that The Environment Report has received. The news service also received a National Murrow Award in 2010 for the five-part series “Dioxin Delays” and in 2002 for a story about the reproductive decline of mallard ducks in the Great Lakes region.