Crissy Zamarron | Michigan Radio

Crissy Zamarron

Marketing Assistant,

Crissy Zamarron is a U of M alumna and has been a part of the U of M community in a variety of roles since graduating in 2013. As a student she spent two years interning for Michigan Radio in the Operations, Production, and Marketing departments wanting to soak up all of the knowledge she could about public radio. She is currently finishing up her master’s in Strategic Communication at MSU.


Before returning to Michigan Radio as a Marketing Assistant, she worked in the College of LS&A as an Intercultural Programs Advisor, helping expand a global perspective to the next generation, while getting to travel the world. Crissy has explored Mexico, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, and more. She enjoys trying new foods, dancing, and spending time with her puppy.

Same Same Different Podcast Launch Party
October 7 @ 7 - 8 p.m.
Stella's Lounge, Grand Rapids

Help us celebrate the launch of our newest podcast, Same Same Different! Join host Bryce Huffman and guests for a night of storytelling and conversation as we bring the podcast to life on stage on October 7 at 7 p.m. at Stella’s in Grand Rapids. You'll also get a sneak preview of some of the episodes before they drop in your feed.

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When your buddies tell you “we like you because you’re not like most black people,” should you throw down or lay low? How do you support your transgender kid when their own sibling thinks transgender is a misguided choice? What makes someone an “other,” anyway?

Michigan Radio’s new podcast, Same Same Different, will tackle these issues and more over five episodes, starting October 7. Host Bryce Huffman and his guests will explore identity and how to survive “otherness” with our full humanity and sanity intact.

Issues & Ale: Go Big or Go Home - The Price and Payoff of College Sports
Monday, September 23, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ypsi Alehouse
124 Pearl St., Suite 100 Centennial Center, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

A strong athletics program can bring in cash, build student engagement, and generate publicity for colleges. But what impact does the investment in large-scale athletics have on the rest of a college? And what happens if it's not successful?

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“Vive le France!”

That’s what Michigan Radio travelers were saying during their two-weeks exploring the beauty, history and fabulous food of France this July.

Stateside host Cynthia Canty joined with Michigan Radio listeners for the France Magnifique tour. They were led by tour director Greg Hall. Along with being a West Michigander, Greg is a loyal Michigan Radio listener, a skilled guide with Collette Tours and a native French speaker. It was a perfect fit!

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There is something new greeting visitors to the Flint Institute of Arts. Beginning this week and running until September 4th, a shiny airstream trailer is outside the museum. It’s StoryCorps all set up in Flint and hoping to gather stories in its mobile booth for the next month.

August 1, 2019StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Flint from August 6 to September 6 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected over 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded. The StoryCorps MobileBooth will make its first ever visit to Flint to record, share, and preserve the stories of the city. 

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Issues & Ale traveled to the west side of the state on Monday, July 23 for an informative discussion covering the concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that many communities there share. On a beautiful summer day on the patio at Perrin Brewing Company, host Lester Graham and a panel of experts shared the science and history behind PFAS contamination in Michigan, as well as some advice for nervous residents.

The panel for the evening included:

Issues & Ale: Inside StoryCorps
Monday, August 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Flint Farmers’ Market
300 E. First St, Flint, MI 48502

Since 2005, the StoryCorps mobile recording studio, a converted Airstream trailer, has traveled the country recording the stories of the people who live there. They have heard and recorded amazing stories from extraordinary people from every part of America. Now, the StoryCorps MobileBooth will be in Flint from August 6 – Sept. 5 to help record, share, and preserve the stories of the city. Join Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham as we talk with StoryCorps’ staff about their visit to Vehicle City, life on the road with America’s oral history project, and some of the unique stories they’ve heard.

Issues & Ale: Michigan's Growing PFAS Crisis
Tues, July 23, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Perrin Brewing Co
5910 Comstock Park Dr NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Over the past two years, PFAS (or perfluoroalkyl substances) contamination  has emerged as a growing problem across Michigan. The chemicals have been found in more than 100 public water systems across the state and people are being advised not to drink, come in contact with or eat fish from bodies of water that may be contaminated. Join Lester Graham of The Environment Report as we discuss the scope of the problem, the heath concerns and what's being done about it.

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After a radio and TV career that has spanned more than 40 years, Cynthia Canty is announcing her retirement. The host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside talk show will leave her news desk for some well-deserved travel and time with family at the end of this year.

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Listeners can now download Michigan Radio's new and improved smartphone app. The Michigan Radio app has got a new look, making it easier to navigate, listen to the station, and find your favorite Michigan Radio podcasts. 

Michigan Radio’s Mornings in Michigan series has been awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award. The series installment, “The early birder gets the warblers, chickadees, and orioles,” was given the honor for excellence in sound in the large market radio category. Winners in the excellence in sound category demonstrate creative use of sound to tell a story.

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Michigan Radio’s Peabody award-winning reporters Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells have been recognized once again for their work on the Believed podcast.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Michigan named the pair winners of the 2019 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for “Local Reporting.” The awards honor reporting that advances civic engagement and bolsters the work of young reporters producing powerful storytelling in the spirit of a free press.

This August, Michigan Radio will welcome StoryCorps’ renowned Airstream-trailer-turned-recording-booth to Flint, Michigan to collect the stories of local residents. StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Flint as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

The Capitol Steps Comedy Showcase
July 4, 2019 @4 pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan Radio is a media sponsor of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, presenting The Capitol Steps at the Power Center. The comedy troupe makes its annual appearance at the festival, singing up-to-the-minute political parodies on during a celebration of Independance Day.

Evolution of a Sonero
June 29, 2019 @8 pm
Power Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan Radio is a media sponsor of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, presenting Evolution of a Sonero at the Power Center. Poet and singer, Flaco Navaja delivers an ode to his upbringing in the Bronx and Latino culture with a fusion of comedy, poetry and music.

Special onstage, black-box performance. Limited seating available.

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 -8:00 PM
Michigan Princess Riverboat
Grand River Park, Lansing, MI 48917

The divided political climate in the U.S has ushered in a new generation of leaders across the country. We're beginning to see more people of color, women, and young people running for public office. At our next Issues & Ale event, we'll discuss Michigan's next generation of leaders...where they're coming from, who they're representing, and what has motivated these first-time candidates to bring their voices to politics.

Join host Zoe Clark and our panel, as we talk about the potential impact these new faces are having on government. Have a pint, and let's talk politics as we cruise down the the Grand River for this special Issues & Ale on the Michigan Princess River Boat in Lansing.

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing our an informal atmosphere.

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Michigan’s wavering spring weather was in our favor this week as Issues & Ale took the discussion outside for the first time this year. Our panelists and listeners joined us on the patio of J.B.’s Smokehouse in Canton for a discussion on the state of child care in Michigan.

Michigan Radio’s Doug Tribou hosted the discussion, bringing his own experience as a father of two young girls who has encountered these issues firsthand. Doug was joined by fellow parents and experts in children’s education and care in Michigan:

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Michigan Radio reporters Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells have been named the 2018 Journalists of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Detroit). They were recognized for their collaborative work and coverage throughout the Believed podcast. The awards from SPJ Detroit recognize the highest quality journalism across metro Detroit.

Michigan Radio reporters Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells have been named finalists for the 2019 University of Michigan Livingston Awards for Young Journaists. The nomination of the pair in the “Local Reporting” category recognizes their work on the award winning podcast series, Believed.

The Moth GrandSLAM
May 29, 2019 @8 pm
The Ark, Ann Arbor

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Michigan Radio was presented with sixteen awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors this weekend. The awards recognize excellence in news coverage from Michigan media throughout 2018. The station was honored with eleven First Place awards, including Outstanding News Operation and Best Digital Presence. The station also received five 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. 

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 -8:00 PM
J.B.'s Smokehouse
225 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188

Join Michigan Radio's host of "Morning Edition" and father of two, Doug Tribou, for a discussion on the state of child care in Michigan. He and our expert panelists will talk about some of the current problems facing parents like affordability and quality of child care, and look for solutions.  Register to attend,  and join in the conversation.

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing our an informal atmosphere.

Michigan Radio has been recognized with five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The station won awards in the Continuing Coverage, Feature Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Hard News, 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 winning entries from Michigan Radio’s are as follows:

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has announced Michigan Radio’s Believed podcast as the winner of the People’s Voice Award for Best Podcast - Mini Series in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. The Webby Awards are the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.

Michigan Radio’s Believed podcast was named a winner of a prestigious Peabody Award today in the Radio & Podcast category. This is the first time that Michigan Radio has won a Peabody Award.

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Hosts of Michigan Radio’s That’s What They Say, Rebecca Kruth and Anne Curzan, took over the latest Issues and Ale event in Grand Rapids to discuss an ever important issue to many public radio listeners: language and grammar! The pair led our audience in an educational, enlightening, and often hilarious conversation about everything from the newest slang, to the impact of texting on language, to the ever-controversial, Oxford comma.

Michigan Radio’s Believed podcast has been awarded its first Dart Award from the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism. The Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognizes outstanding reporting in all media that portrays traumatic events and their aftermath with accuracy, insight and sensitivity while illuminating the effects of violence and tragedy on victims’ lives.

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The Issues & Ale series was glad to provide a special presentation on March 7th featuring a visit from our colleagues from the BBC Newhour staff from London.

Michigan Radio and BBC fans flocked to The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale to join in a thought-provoking conversation about international and U.S. politics with our panel. Our own Lester Graham hosted the discussion while our visiting guest speakers included...