Suzanne Belanger | Michigan Radio
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Suzanne Belanger

Marketing Associate

Suzanne Belanger is a Marketing Associate at Michigan Radio, coordinating community and media partnerships, public relations, special events, and more. She started working in radio when she was 14 years old at her hometown station in Delphos, Ohio. Throughout her radio career, she’s worked at a number of stations in Ohio, Florida and Michigan. She was most recently with CBS/Entercom as Marketing Director of WOMC and WYCD in Detroit.

Suzanne is a long-time South Lyon resident and has two children, daughter Jessie (a grad of Kendall College of Art & Design) and son Andrew (2nd Lt./Army, a graduate of West Point USMA) who is soon to be stationed in Guam.

In addition to radio, her favorite things are her granddaughter Nyah, her dogs, bike riding and macaroni and cheese. She is also a huge fan of Paul McCartney and of her alma mater’s (Ohio State) Football team.

The Moth Mainstage
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Live story telling returns to Detroit! Michigan Radio and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will present a live performance of The Moth Mainstage in Detroit, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. The show was originally scheduled for June 5, 2020. 

Issues & Ale @ Home 
Detroit's Olympic Dreams - Lessons Learned
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 7:00 PM
A Michigan Radio Free Virtual Event

Many Michiganders may not be aware that the city of Detroit has made multiple bids to host the Olympic Games. With the Summer Olympics set to start in Tokyo after being delayed because of the pandemic, a new online exhibition looks at Detroit’s own Olympic history. We'll talk with the curators and Michigan historians about the city's attempts to host the games amid a backdrop of local, national, and international politics.   

Michigan Radio and ARISE Detroit! have announced that they will be working together to form a Community Reporting Engagement Council.  The mission of the group is to strengthen networking with communities of color, serve as a sounding board and inform news coverage that is for and about Detroit. A key goal of the initiative is to strengthen Michigan Radio’s relationships with diverse communities throughout the city and to bring their stories and perspective to life to the station’s 800,000+ monthly listeners across the state. 

The council will be made up of Detroit residents from neighborhoods throughout the city, as well as Highland Park and Hamtramck. The Community Reporting Engagement Council is expected to meet for the first time this fall.

Michigan Radio’s Executive Director and General Manager Steve Schram has announced that Talisha Reviere-Winston will be joining the station as Director of Human Resources and Finance. 

Issues & Ale @ Home:
That's What They Say
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 7:00 PM

A Michigan Radio Virtual Event - Free

Does it drive you crazy when someone uses "literally" to mean "figuratively," or "impact" as a verb? Join University of Michigan English professor and Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Anne Curzan and Michigan Radio’s Rebecca Kruth, the hosts of That’s What They Say, for this fun evening discussing our changing English language.

Michigan Radio has been recognized with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The station won awards in the Breaking News, Feature Reporting, Investigative Reporting, and News Series 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 are as follows:

The Moth Mainstage Drive-In Show
All These Wonders
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 9:15 PM
Lansing & Grand Rapids

Michigan Radio was presented with fifteen awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors on Wednesday. These awards recognize excellence in news coverage throughout 2020. The station was honored with six First Place awards, including Best Documentary and Best Investigative Reporting.  The station also received nine Second Place awards.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is announcing the winners of their annual Broadcast Excellence Awards during Awards Week, this Monday through Friday, March 22 – 26, 2021.

Today, Wednesday, March 24th, Michigan Radio received notice that the station had won in the following categories: 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is announcing the winners of their annual Broadcast Excellence Awards during Awards Week, this Monday through Friday, March 22 – 26, 2021.

Today, Tuesday, March 23, Michigan Radio received notice that the station had won in the following categories: 

Issues & Ale @ Home: The Future of the Republican Party in Michigan
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7:00 pm
Host: Zoe Clark     

An Evening with 1A Host Jenn White
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7 P.M.
A Michigan Radio Virtual Event

Join Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for an evening of conversation with Jenn White, the host of NPR's 1A program. They'll discuss what it's like behind the scenes at a national NPR talk show, as well as White’s long career in public media and podcasting. We'll also welcome your questions.

Michigan Radio is introducing Minutes, a new way for the public to stay informed about local government. The project is designed to provide greater access to happenings in local government, especially in areas that are underserved by local news media.

Minutes from Michigan Radio automatically downloads city council meeting videos as they’re posted. The video file is then converted to audio and available in an easy to find podcast format. The audio from these public meetings is unedited and ad free.

An Evening with NPR White House Correspondent Franco Ordoñez
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 7:00 PM
A Michigan Radio Virtual Event

Cheers to Mardi Gras!
Virtual Craft Cocktail Evening
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 7:00 PM

You may not be heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this February but you can still celebrate Fat Tuesday with your friends at Michigan Radio. Join the hosts of Michigan Radio’s popular Cheers! segment, Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen, for an evening of Mardi Gras craft cocktails.

Win a ticket to The Moth National Mainstage virtual event coming up January 27 at 7 p.m. 

Michigan Radio is giving away five tickets (links) to the show. Each ticket is good for one household online admission. Deadline to enter is Monday, January 25, 2021. Winners will be notified by email or telephone on Tuesday, January 26,  Contest rules available here

Issues & Ale @ Home - COVID Vaccine Update
Tues, Jan 26, 2021
7-8 PM


The availability of a vaccine for the coronavirus means there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but many issues and questions remain. What has caused the delays in vaccine distribution in Michigan and what’s being done to speed up the process.  Plus, we'll discuss the new British variant of the disease and its impact. 

Join Stateside host April Baer at our next Issues & Ale @ Home for a discussion on what you need to know about COVID-19 and the vaccine. 

Beenish Ahmed, Nisa Khan, Erin Allen
Courtesy photos

In a time when many news operations are being forced to cut back on staffing, Michigan Radio is pleased to announce the hiring of three new members of our journalism staff.  

Cheers for the Holidays
Virtual Craft Cocktail Evening
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

While most holiday parties and gatherings may be on hold this year you can still celebrate the season with your friends at Michigan Radio!

Join the hosts of Michigan Radio’s popular Cheers! segment, Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen, for an evening of holiday craft cocktails - in the comfort of your own home. 

Michigan Radio’s documentary Not Safe to Drink has been nominated by the NYU School of Journalism as a finalist in the Top Ten Works of U.S. Journalism of the Decade

Michigan Radio has been awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award for its feature Exposed to lead in infancy, now Flint’s youngest students face challenges in school. It was given the honor in the Large Market Radio - Hard News category.

Issues & Ale @ Home: It's Just Politics Election Preview

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Voters across America go to the polls on November 3 in the most highly anticipated election in a generation. Besides the presidential contest, voters in Michigan will be casting ballots in hotly contested races for the U.S. Senate and several House seats. And a record number of voters casting absentee ballots could delay when we'll know who the winners are.

Win a ticket to The Moth Michigan Virtual StorySLAM coming up October 6, 2020 at 7: 15 p.m. 

Michigan Radio is giving away five tickets to the show. Each ticket is good for one household online admission. Deadline to enter is Sunday, October 4.  Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone on Monday, October 5.  Contest rules available here

Issues & Ale @ Home: Kids These Days
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
7:00 PM 

Millions of teens are experiencing a social disruption like never before: global pandemic, remote school, nationwide protests. 

Michigan Radio's latest podcast, Kids These Days, is a collaboration with Community High School in Ann Arbor. The show not only captures what life is like for teens right before COVID-19, it also sheds light on how young people are dealing with this new normal. 

Issues & Ale @ Home
Keep Calm and Teach On: Back to School during COVID
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 7 PM

 Teachers, parents and school administrators face unprecedented challenges this fall trying to educate students in the midst of the pandemic.  Some schools plan to combine digital learning with in-person instruction while others are going all online. How can schools keep students and teachers safe while still providing a quality education? 

Win a ticket to The Moth Michigan Virtual StorySLAM coming up August 4, 2020 at 7: 15 PM. 

Michigan Radio is giving away 5 tickets to the show. Each ticket is good for one household online admission.  Deadline to enter is Thursday, July 30. Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone on Friday, July 31.  Contest rules available here.  

Issues & Ale @ Home
Reforming the Police
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 PM

After the death of George Floyd and other Black people at the hands of police,  many are saying it's time for major reforms in the way police departments operate. This has included calls to demilitarize and defund police departments while increasing community policing. What are the options being discussed and how could these ensure more equitable treatment for everyone? 

Michigan Radio has been recognized with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The station won awards in the Hard News, News Series, Documentary and Multimedia 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 are as follows:

Issues & Ale @ Home: Getting Back to Business Safely in Michigan

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 6:00-7:00 PM

While we can’t gather in person for our usual Issues & Ale discussions, you can join Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham for this live online discussion about how we go about getting stores, restaurants and small businesses in the state open and back to work.

Michigan Radio's presentation of The Moth Mainstage at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts has been rescheduled and will now take place on October 23, 2020. 

Tickets for the The Moth Mainstage purchased for the original date of June 5 will be honored for the October show.  

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