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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.

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.

The craft cocktail scene in Michigan is flourishing, with dozens of new distilleries and craft cocktail bars, as well as mixologists with a passion for creating drinks using these Michigan-made spirits. 

Join the hosts of Michigan Radio’s popular Cheers segment, Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen, as we celebrate Michigan’s craft cocktail movement and the publication of their new book, "Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers" on Thursday, December 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at The Circ Bar in Ann Arbor.  

Sounding Like A Reporter — And A Real Person, Too

Aug 15, 2019

What comes to mind when you imagine an "NPR voice"? You might hear the rich baritone of Bob Edwards. You might think of Terry Gross' velvety timbre. Or you might hear the hushed monotone parodied in Saturday Night Live's iconic "Schweddy Balls" sketch. Whatever you think of, you're not alone: Many listeners have an idea of what an NPR voice should sound like.

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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.

Download Michigan Radio's New App

Jun 25, 2019
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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. 

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.

'Believed' Hosts Named SPJ's Journalists of the Year

May 6, 2019
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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 Wins Five Regional Murrow Awards

Apr 24, 2019

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:

Michigan Radio's "Believed" Wins Webby Award

Apr 24, 2019

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.

Believed Wins 2018 Peabody Award

Apr 23, 2019

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.

We're gearing up for our mid-March membership drive, but this time it comes with a special twist. 

When we hear from 300 first-time sustaining members between now and March 11, we'll shave one day of pitching from our airwaves. Want to get started? 

A sustaining gift allows you to support the programs you rely on through secure, automatic monthly payments from your bank account, credit card or debit card.

Michigan Radio will begin bringing more stories from across Michigan to the national audience of the daily weekday public radio program 1A through 1A Across America, a two-year collaborative effort. Leading up to the 2020 general elections, 1A Across America introduces a fresh model for strong community-based coverage of critical issues.

Michigan Radio will make changes to its environmental coverage beginning in October. 

The Environment Report, which has explored the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan for nearly twenty years, will no longer air at fixed times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons.

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