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This Thursday, Michigan Radio will mark seventy years on the air. The WUOM-FM signal in Ann Arbor began broadcasting for the first time on July 5, 1948. At the time, FM radio was extremely new. It was estimated that there were only eight other educational FM stations, and only about fifty FM stations of any kind, in operation across the country.

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On July 5, 1948, Michigan Radio signed onto the air as WUOM for the first time.

The station was on air for just 20 hours a week, and broadcast from a classroom in University of Michigan’s Angell Hall. In these earliest years at WUOM, the station included programming such as commentary on the news, “Record Collector,” and “Hymns of Faith.”  

Michigan Radio has been recognized with awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) for its 2017 news coverage.

Michigan Radio has been recognized with six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The station won awards in the Documentary, Investigative Reporting, Social Media, and Use of Sound categories. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. These were Michigan Radio’s winning entries.

Michigan Radio was the winner of fourteen awards for news coverage this weekend from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. The station was recognized with seven First Place awards, including Outstanding News Operation. The station also received seven Second Place awards. Michigan Radio competes in the large market radio category, which 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

Recently released audience rating information shows that NPR and Michigan Radio have largely upheld the record audience ratings recorded during the 2016 election, and continue to see large growth on digital platforms.

"Michigan Radio locally and NPR nationally have done a great job of maintaining the growth that we saw a year ago." said Executive Director-General Manager Steve Schram. "More than ever, people are searching for credible journalism and in-depth discussion of the issues, and they are turning to Michigan Radio and other NPR stations across the country for that.”

Michigan Radio will be introducing an updated weekend program schedule, effective Jan. 6, 2018. This includes the addition of three new shows, the departure of two others and revised times for half a dozen other current shows.

So why are you changing the lineup of some of your weekend shows?

Michigan Radio wrapped up a successful fall membership drive on Wednesday evening. The station received contributions from more than 3600 donors over the seven day drive. Of those contributors, almost 1300 of them became on-going sustaining members.

Michigan Radio added to its list of awards received in 2017 this weekend with recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Michigan Radio’s listening audience has grown substantially across the state. According to this spring’s Nielsen Audio Report*, the station’s weekly listening audience grew by 3% in Detroit, 12% in Grand Rapids, 21% in Flint, 24% in Ann Arbor, and 26% in Kalamazoo.  Michigan Radio continues to be the top NPR station in each of these markets.

Michigan Radio is announcing two changes to its news staff today. Lindsey Smith has started work as the station’s new Investigative Reporter. In this position, she will focus on news reports that may require a longer and more involved examination of the topic.

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-Nationally Edited Continuing Coverage category for the station’s on-going reporting about the Flint water crisis. Michigan Radio was among the first news organizations to report about contaminated drinking water in Flint and has been bringing this story to listeners across the state and the nation from the very beginning.

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In 2012, Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity (SOO) project started reporting on children in Michigan affected by poverty. This multi-year effort was designed to explore the barriers to success that low-income kids and families in Michigan face. 

In that time, State of Opportunity reporters have filed hundreds of reports examining the impact that healthcare, education, family, the local community, and public policy have on child development. They have traveled across the state interviewing diverse voices from the community, including young people, parents living in poverty, service providers, experts, and more.

Two Michigan Radio reporters from the station’s recently completed five-year State of Opportunity journalism project have been accepted into prestigious fellowship programs for the upcoming academic year.

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

Michigan Radio has been recognized with five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The station won awards in the Documentary, Feature Reporting, Social Media, Continuing Coverage and Use of Sound categories. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells the ‘Young Journalist of the Year.’ The award was presented at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet earlier this week.

In naming Wells ‘Young Journalist of the Year,’ the judges called her a “multi-talented journalist” who shows “research, organization [and] compelling storytelling,” and deemed her work “inspiring 21st century journalism.”

Members of Michigan Radio’s news team were in Cincinnati this week, on Wednesday, April 12, to accept the station’s first-ever Scripps Howard Award for the station’s on-going coverage of the Flint water crisis.

The Scripps Howard - Jack R. Howard Award for Radio Coverage honors the best in-depth and investigative reporting of a single event or issue that was broadcast or covered online by a radio station or radio network.

Michigan Radio welcomes NPR’s popular news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Detroit’s Fox Theatre for a live show on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30PM.

Now in its 20th season, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show.  Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news, along with the help of Judge and Scorekeeper Bill Kurtis.

Michigan Radio’s daily talk show, Stateside, hosted by Cynthia Canty, will travel to Flint on Saturday, April 22, 2017, for a special live show. The Flint show will be taped live at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 East Kearsley Street, on Saturday, April 22 from 7:00 -8:30 PM.  

Michigan Radio has been selected as a winner of a 2017 Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice by the Michigan Press Association Foundation.  The station was recognized for the series, “Michigan’s Juvenile Lifers: Who gets a second chance?” The series, which aired in December, 2016, took a close look at how Michigan is following up on a landmark U.S.

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For the second consecutive year, Michigan Radio has been recognized as Public Radio Station of the Year according to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The recognition was announced Wednesday evening at the MAB’s annual Broadcast Excellence Awards held in Lansing.

In addition to being named Station of the Year, Michigan Radio also received seven first place “Best in Category” awards and seven Merit awards in recognition of the station’s hard news and feature reporting, news series and newscasts, in addition to other categories.

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Recently released audience research from Nielsen Audio* shows that Michigan Radio’s weekly listening audience grew to the largest in station history this past fall. According to the Fall 2016 Nielsen Audio Report, the station’s weekly broadcast audience across Michigan exceeded 530,000 listeners per week. This represents a 21% increase in weekly listeners statewide compared to a year ago, with a 17% increase seen in Ann Arbor, a 34% increase in Detroit and a 42% increase in weekly listeners in Grand Rapids.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced that Michigan Radio is a winner of a 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for the documentary, Not Safe To Drink.

NPR today has announced the new show and host that will take the place of The Diane Rehm Show, with Diane's retirement at the end of the year. 1-A hosted by Joshua Johnson will debut on Michigan Radio at 10 am on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. 

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.

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