Steve Chrypinski | Michigan Radio

Steve Chrypinski

Marketing Director

Steve is Michigan Radio’s Marketing Director. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, car donation program and community & media partnerships.

Steve has working in the broadcasting business since the days of analog radio and reel-to-reel tapes and in public media since the early 1990’s… including time at public radio and television stations in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

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Michigan Radio was recognized with three awards from the Public Media Journalists Association on Thursday evening for the station’s news reporting. The station won First Place in two categories for coverage related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Cwiek has been selected as a winner of the 2021 Wade H. McCree Advancement of Justice Award, sponsored by the Michigan Press Association Foundation.

Cwiek was recognized for her investigation “Tax foreclosure lawsuit asks: How much can government take from property owners?

Issues & Ale @ Home:  Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Host: Lester Graham - Reporter/Host of The Environment Report

The Great Lakes region is often touted as one of the more climate-resilient places in the U.S., in no small part because of its enviable water resources. But climate change also threatens our water quality, availability, and aging infrastructure by exposing existing vulnerabilities and creating new ones.

As part of the station’s Strategic Plan, Michigan Radio is committed to ensuring that the station's staffing composition reflects the diverse communities we serve. Among the steps the station has taken has been changing our hiring practices - from pre-screening job postings to ensure bias-free language; to expanding search committees to include more diverse evaluators; and standardizing our processes to ensure an equitable experience for all candidates.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has recognized Michigan Radio as Public Radio Station of the Year for the sixth consecutive year. The recognition was announced Friday morning at the conclusion of the MAB’s Broadcast Excellence Awards Week.

In addition to being named Station of the Year, Michigan Radio also received 12 other awards, including five “Best in Category” awards as well as seven Merit awards in recognition of the station’s reporting, use of new media, community involvement, membership appeals, in addition to other categories.

Michigan Radio offers paid internships for college students and other interested individuals throughout the year. Internships are specifically designed to provide training and experience for people interested in public broadcasting and journalism. Please be aware that not all of these internships are available at all times. Michigan Radio is licensed to the University of Michigan, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Check our website ( for complete information on employment opportunities at Michigan Radio.


  • 2 oz rye
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup* 
  • 4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Rinse: Absinthe or Herbsaint
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Chill rocks glass by storing in fridge/freezer. Rinse chilled glass with absinthe. Combine all ingredients in mixing vessel with ice. Stir well, strain into glass. Garnish.

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Caregivers are in short supply due to a rapidly growing older population that is living longer and requiring more assistance. The caregivers who step up, both family members and those who are paid to do the job, face many physical, emotional and financial challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Depression and anxiety among teens have gone up over the past decade. Same goes for the number of teens admitted to hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts. Suicide for 10-24 year olds is now the second leading cause of death, up one spot from just a decade ago. Some say today’s teens are in the middle of a mental health crisis. 


In the fall of 2019, Michigan Radio began the process of developing a new strategic plan and articulating a refreshed vision, mission and values statements for the station. This was done to help guide the organization’s forward path and ensure the station’s relevance in the rapidly changing media and journalism landscape. A central focus was to develop a path to diversify the station’s audience to better represent the Michigan population that we serve, and help ensure the station’s long term financial stability.

In a Jam
1 tbsp jam*
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz lemon juice
3 oz sparkling wine
Garnish: lemon twist
Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine in shaker with ice. Shake, strain into champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine, garnish.

*Any kind of jam will do – looser is better than super chunky

michigan state capitol building in lansing, mi
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The Washington Post’s The Fix politics blog has named three public radio reporters in Michigan as “outstanding politics reporters to follow” in the state. They include Michigan Radio’s Zoe Clark, Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network, and Abigail Censky from WKAR.

The speculation about Governor Whitmer as a potential vice presidential candidate has been put to rest, but Michigan is still in the national political spotlight for the November election.  Tuesday August 18, Jenn White, host of NPR’s national 1A program, will be taking over Michigan Radio’s Stateside show to talk with Michigan listeners about the state’s battleground status in the presidential election.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Radio’s presentation of the Moth Mainstage in Detroit has been rescheduled from October 23, 2020 to the same date in 2021. The October 23, 2021 show will take place at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts in downtown Detroit.

For Michigan Radio, increasing diversity is an existential pursuit.

Diverse stories and perspectives have the power to expand thinking and challenge assumptions - both of which are central to our mission, especially in an increasingly polarized world. When paired with an equally thoughtful and inclusive approach to community outreach, this type of content also has the potential to diversify and expand our audiences, which is essential to the station’s long-term sustainability.

Michigan Radio was recognized with two awards from the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA). The station won first place in the documentary category for Life on the Inside and second place in the interview category for “Jackson corrections officer talks about mental health toll of working in a prison.”

Beginning on Saturday, July 4, Michigan Radio will be introducing a revised weekend and weekday evening on-air schedule. This includes the addition of a new show to the line-up and revised times for several other programs. 

Weekend changes/Revised times


Michigan Radio is changing its style guide, and as of today will capitalize the word “Black” when referring to a person or group’s race, culture or ethnicity.

Michigan Radio relies on the AP Style Guide and NPR usage for guidance on most usage questions, but because language is dynamic and rules change as language and societies change, we are including this change among the short list of stylistic rules we have that differ from the AP and NPR styles.

American Public Media announced Tuesday that they are ending production of Live from Here with Chris Thile.

“As a result of COVID-19, the current economic climate has pushed us to make some challenging decisions,” said Chandra Kavati, Vice President of Distribution and Underwriting at American Public Media.

WAMU 88.5 announced today that Jenn White has been selected as the new host of the nationally syndicated NPR show 1A. No stranger to public media, White comes to 1A from WBEZ Chicago, where she hosts the station's midday talk program Reset with Jenn White. She also hosted WBEZ’s critically acclaimed podcasts Making Oprah and Making Obama. Her first day on 1A is July 6.

 Michigan Radio and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will present a live performance of The Moth Mainstage in Detroit, Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. The show has been rescheduled from its previous date of June 5, 2020.  Additional info is forthcoming.  

Moth Mainstage features a line-up of writers, performers, and other unique national and Michigan storytellers, each with a ten-minute story to tell live without notes.

Win a pair of tickets to Drum TAO 2020 coming to Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center in East Lansing on March 13, 2020.  Michigan Radio is giving away 3 pair of tickets to the show.  

Win a pair of tickets to the upcoming Cottage and Lakefront Living Show!  The Show will be at the Suburban Collection Showpace in Novi, February 27-March 1, 2020 and at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids from March 27-29, 2020.  Michigan Radio is giving away 5 pair of tickets to each show.  

Whether you own a cottage, are looking to purchase, or rent, or your primary home is on the water, this show is for you. Shop and compare designers, furnishings, builders, realtors, boats and more, all in one place. 

Issues & Ale:  Michigan’s Presidential Primary 
Mon, March 9, 2020   6:30-8:00 PM 
Lansing Brewing Co.
518 E Shiawassee St, Lansing, MI 48912

Michigan is considered one of the key swing states that could decide the 2020 presidential election. The race for president rolls into Michigan with the state’s presidential primary on Tuesday, March 10. 

Win a pair of tickets to the Grand Rapids Boat Show coming to DeVos Place, February 19 -23, 2020! 

In its 75th year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show is launching into an era where we will be showing our broadest array of power boats ever…5 acres of them, especially for the Great Lakes! The array of Motor Yachts, Cruisers, Runabouts, Fishing Boats, and Ski and Wakeboard Inboards is exceptional. Pontoon Boats continue to excel in new designs, features and cruising abilities. 

Show Dates & Hours:

Who taught you black history? In some schools, black history is only taught during February, and is often treated like an elective rather than part of the standard curriculum.  

Same Same Different host and creator Bryce Huffman will host three live events around the state that will explore the importance of black history in America --- how it's being taught and its impact on black identity.  

Win a pair of tickets to the Michigan International Auto Show, January 30 - February 2, 2020 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. 

This is a great annual opportunity to view your "next new car!" 

Listen to audio from this event below.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her second “State of the State” address on Wednesday, January 29th.  She called for $3.5 billion in new bonds to fix Michigan's crumbling roads, and new initiatives in health care, early childhood education and more.

While Stateside takes a holiday break, tune in for these special shows. All of these programs air at 3 p.m., with a 10 p.m. repeat.

Monday, Dec. 23The Great Listen by Story Corps

Hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish, this show highlights the importance of documenting family history, and gives instructions on how you can record conversations over the holidays and preserve them for future generations.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Friday, Dec 27 
2019 Best of the Best from Third Coast:

believed podcast
Emma Winowiecki, Jodi Westrick, Kasey O'Dea, Nicole Bolineaux / Michigan Radio

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced that Michigan Radio is a winner of a 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for the station’s podcast series, Believed.