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WRCJ and WKAR Join Forces for Classical Listeners

Partnership will bring DSO concerts to capital area listeners, MSU concerts to southeast Michigan.

Thanks to a new partnership between radio stations WKAR-FM in East Lansing and WRCJ-FM in Detroit, classical music lovers in the capital region will be able to hear Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts live, and listeners in Detroit will be able to tune in concert performances from Michigan State University’s College of Music.

“WKAR is thrilled about this new partnership between Michigan State University and WRCJ,” said WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf. “MSU College of Music performances represent some of the finest music making by renowned faculty and gifted student artists. And, of course, having live broadcasts of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will now bring world-class performances to thousands in the Capital Region.”

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Live debuted on 90.5 FM WKAR on April 21. The new monthly broadcast presented live concert performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from historic, acoustically acclaimed Orchestra Hall. The debut broadcast was hosted by WKAR’s Peter Whorf and WRCJ’s Dave Wagner.

Broadcasts go on hiatus after June 2, and return in the fall for a new season.

“We love to connect Michigan’s classical and jazz performers with wider audiences,” said WRCJ Station Manager Dave Devereaux. “This collaboration is in tune with that mission and brings new musical experiences to our listeners.”

Also, MSU in Concert will reach WRCJ listeners across Detroit and southeast Michigan and WKAR listeners in the capital region.

MSU in Concert is a new weekly hour of recorded concert performances featuring faculty artists, student ensembles, and guests from around the world, captured in performance at Cook Recital Hall, Fairchild Theatre and Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall on the MSU campus. WKAR’s Peter Whorf is the host.

“The College of Music is pleased to join in partnership with WRCJ and WKAR to provide excellence in classical and jazz programming,” said James Forger, dean of MSU College of Music at Michigan State University. “With our internationally acclaimed artist faculty and more than 500 talented and diverse students — 50% of whom come from Michigan, 30% from 36 states, and 20% from 24 nations — we are delighted to share the power of music with a wider audience!”

MSU in Concert airs 3 PM Fridays and Sundays on 90.5 WKAR East Lansing and at 9 AM Saturdays on 90.9 FM WRCJ Detroit.

Also new for WRCJ listeners will be the WKAR original, What’s New in Classical, featuring new classical releases hosted weekly by WKAR’s Peter Whorf. The program airs at 9 AM Sundays on WRCJ.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Live, MSU in Concert and What’s New in Classical can also be heard at each station’s live audio stream at the scheduled times, at and

WRCJ 90.9 FM, “Classical Days, Jazzy Nights,” is a listener-supported service of Detroit Public Television and Detroit Classical and Jazz Educational Radio LLC, and is heard worldwide on

WKAR 90.5 FM is a service of WKAR Public Media, a division of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. WKAR is funded in large part by community viewer and listener contributions with additional support from Michigan State University and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


WCMU Honored with Michigan Community Action Award

(L-R)  John Stephenson, Executive Director of the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency; Amy Robinson, WCMU News Director; Rick Westover, WCMU Program Director; Ken Kolbe, WCMU General Manager; and Kate White, Michigan Community Action Executive Director.

WCMU’s “Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” campaign has received the 2017 Community Service Award from Michigan Community Action (MCA). The award was presented May 9 at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Lansing.

“Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” is a partnership involving WCMU, Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank that provides home-heating assistance to families in need. The December 2016 campaign raised $68,000 to help pay heating bills for residence in central and northern Michigan.

The generosity of WCMU Public Radio listeners during the five-day campaign triggered a dollar-for-dollar matching donation from Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank who worked with Michigan Community Action to distribute the funds to those in need.

“Michigan Community Action has helped more than 10,000 families in each of the last three years keep warm,” Rick Westover, program director of WCMU, said. “The combined generosity of Consumers Energy, Isabella Bank and CMU Public Radio listeners allowed MCA to continue to meet the growing need for home-heating assistance in our listening area.”

This year’s Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign brings to $138,000 the funding provided for help with heating bills during the last three years.

“Thanks to MCA for the “Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” recognition, but it’s the feedback and generosity of our listeners that provides warmth in our hearts,” said Westover.

Listener feedback:

Atlanta: “I’m on social security and keep my thermostat at 60, but I know there are people worse off than me, I’m willing to help with what I can.”

Petoskey: “I am a beneficiary of the energy assistance program through the NMCAA. I cannot express enough my gratitude for this program, which is helping my family keep warm this winter.”

Saginaw: “I love the Warm Hearts idea. It’s so important to help low income residents – these heating funds always run out at the end of the winter”

Casting Call for WKAR Science Show Draws from Mid-Michigan and Beyond

Curious Crew Casting Call for season 4. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney, MSU-WKAR.

More than 240 aspiring scientists visited the MSU campus on Saturday (5/6) to audition for season four of Curious Crew, the WKAR original series exploring science, technology, engineering and math.

“It was wonderful to see so many kids excited about science and Curious Crew,” said Julie Sochay, WKAR promotion coordinator. “This year’s casting call brought in a lot of wonderful talent and we look forward to another great season.”

Cast hopefuls and their families came from areas near Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant and as far away as Indianapolis, Indiana!

“This year’s Curious Crew Casting Call was a great success! We had a fantastic turnout of excited and eager children – and supportive family members,” said Tim Zeko, WKAR TV executive producer.

Mini screen test during the Curious Crew Casting Call season 4. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney, MSU-WKAR.

Parents and guardians watched from afar as each child conducted a mini screen test for Zeko and Matt Ottinger, producer and host of WKAR’s QuizBusters. From there, participants were then grouped and tasked together for the Team Challenge led by Curious Crew Host Rob Stephenson.

“They all did a great job showcasing their love of science and interest in exploration,” said Zeko. “I’m confident we’ll have a terrific cast for season 4!”

Children worked together on the Curious Crew Casting Call Team Challenge. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney, MSU-WKAR.

Out of the large number of attendees, 45 will be chosen to participate in the TV show and will be notified in late May 2017. Once the cast is selected, season four will begin production during the summer of 2017 and is expected to debut on WKAR TV beginning January, 2018.

Curious Crew season four is made possible in part with support from MSU Federal Credit Union, ITEC and Capital Area District Libraries.

Fore more pictures of the event please visit WKAR’s Facebook and Flickr pages.

Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 7

View More: marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Two awards – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – will be presented during a banquet at the August 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.

The awards honor individuals for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan.

Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors, and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.

Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Visit the MAPB Award Page here for more information and to access the online nomination form.


WDET Welcomes Journalist Emery King on May 17

Emery King

WDET-FM (Detroit) is presenting “Essential Conversation with Emery King hosted by Ann Delisi” at the Detroit Historical Museum  on May 17.  The event is a fund-raiser for the public radio station.

Delisi is a program host at WDET and also works with former NBC White House Correspondent and former WDIV News Anchor Emery King and his production company, Emery King Communications. For the past 10 years they have worked on countless productions together, met with everyone from doctors to legislators and at one time, they shared an office down the hall from Detroit Medical Center CEO (and now Detroit Mayor), Mike Duggan.

Delisi will put her interview skills to work and interview her boss, Emery King, for the first Essential Conversation of 2017. They will talk about Mr. King’s time covering the White House, the press, race, his work with the Michigan Film Industry, Mayor Mike Duggan, Mr. King’s incredible personal story and how he and Ann Delisi came to work together.

Ticket and event information is available here.

Michigan Radio Reporter Kate Wells named Young Journalist of the Year

Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells with News Director Vincent Duffy (L) and General Manager Steve Schram.

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 April 19.

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.”

Kate Wells has been with Michigan Radio since 2012 and has won numerous awards for her reporting.

Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst and commentator Jack Lessenberry was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SPJ awards banquet. In addition to his work at Michigan Radio, Lessenberry is also head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University and a columnist for the Metro Times and the Toledo Blade.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the area’s top print, online, radio and television journalists. Winners are selected by a jury of veteran metro Detroit journalists from candidates nominated by their peers. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith received the Young Journalist of the Year award in 2014, with Jennifer Guerra winning in 2008.

Public Media Impact Award Nominations are Open!

View More: year marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Two awards will be presented – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet as part of the August 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI, which is attended by owners and operators of broadcast stations, lawmakers and other dignitaries.


  • To recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity.
  • To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.
  • To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.

Nomination Process
Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Visit the MAPB Award Page here for more information and to access the online nomination form.


Interlochen Public Radio Presents “Show & Tell”

As part of its recent fund drive, Interlochen Public Radio Executive Director Peter Payette wanted to offer listeners a chance to get to know their public radio hosts a little better.  So, he hosted an online round of Show and Tell on Facebook.  IPR staffer Kate Botello explained the subculture of Unicornos. Aaron Selbig showed how he prevents boredom at work. Morgan Springer suggested that IPR staff aren’t as funny as they used to be.  And wait, there’s more!

IPR’s David Cassleman shows their disciplined approach to avoiding clichés in their writing:

See more of Peter’s interviews with the IPR staff here.

Michigan Radio Staff Accepts Scripps Howard Award

Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio 

Michigan Radio staff accepting the Scripps Howard Award. (L-R) Zoe Clark, Rebecca Williams, Vincent Duffy, Steve Carmody

Members of Michigan Radio’s news team were in Cincinnati 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.

Of the station’s coverage of the Flint water crisis, which continues to uncover problems with the city’s tainted water, the judges wrote: “…a gripping, comprehensive account of local and state government malfeasance. Collectively, the station’s efforts are an inspiring work of public service that put necessary pressure on responsible authorities to do the right thing for a community with few resources of its own.”

Michigan Radio’s Flint water crisis team includes Reporter/Producer Lindsey Smith and Steve Carmody, Environment Report Host/Reporter Rebecca Williams, Digital Media Director Mark Brush and Senior Editor Sarah Hulett.

The Scripps Howard Foundation considered more than 860 submissions from across the country for the 2016 Scripps Howard Awards, which were established in 1953 to recognize outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories.

You can view video of the award presentation and Rebecca Williams’ acceptance speech below.

MAPB Partners with WGVU for LZ Michigan

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) has partnered with WGVU Public Media to present LZ Michigan, an event scheduled for September 23, 2017 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.  The event will honor all veterans, including those who were killed or declared missing in action.

In addition to MAPB and WGVU Public Media, PBS Stories of Service, ArtPrize and the West Michigan Whitecaps are coming together to sponsor the event, which is expected to draw hundreds of veterans from around the state.

“It is important and necessary to remember, honor and celebrate our community’s veterans and their families,” said Michael T. Walenta, WGVU Public Media general manager. “Since the success and tremendous turnout at the first LZ Michigan in 2010, I have been continually asked when we were going to host another program. We are privileged to once again bring this event to West Michigan.”

Walenta announced new partnerships with ArtPrize and the Human Hug Project, a national movement out of Nashville that is raising awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Todd Herring, director of communications for ArtPrize, said a veterans art competition will be held during the week leading up to LZ Michigan 2017, along with a preview screening of the film, “The Vietnam War,” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Ian Michael, co-founder of the Human Hug Project and a Marine Corps veteran, said volunteers with the group have hugged more than 20,000 veterans as they travel to VA hospitals across the country. “We offer a hug, a warm embrace, to remind veterans they are heroes,” said Michael. “We hope a hug can help unlock their stories because we need to celebrate their stories.”

The day-long September 23 program will include speakers, musical entertainment, military displays, historical artifacts and the WGVU Real Oldies Car and Motorcycle Show.

For more information, visit