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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. 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:

Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System today

Nov 9, 2011

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.

Take the Michigan Radio listener survey

Nov 2, 2011

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!


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.


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 to get your tickets for this live performance of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me in Detroit.

This special opportunity won't last long!


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.


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.