It has been announced that Gordon Bolar, General Manager of WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) (Western Michigan University), will retire on June 30, 2016. A search is currently underway for a new General Manager for the station.
Bolar has served as WMUK’s General Manager for the past five and a half years. Prior to that he was the station’s Development Director for five years. He has more than 21 years of experience in public radio and public television, and served as Development Director for KAKM and KSKA in Anchorage, Alaska and for WGVU TV and Radio in Grand Rapids.
WKAR Radio and Television, along with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, have put together a series of stories focusing on the people of Flint affected by the water Crisis.
“Faces of Flint” debuted on radio and television this week. Radio featured daily segments on “Current State with Mark Bashore” and TV featured documentary video shorts aired daily immediately following “PBS NewsHour.” All “Faces of Flint” stories are available online at wkar.org.
Among the people we meet in “Faces of Flint” are Pastor Jeffrey Hawkins, at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, who uses his spirituality to craft sermons centered around the Flint water crisis; second graders at St. John Vianney Catholic School, sharing stories on how their life has changed; volunteers at the Hispanic Technology and Community Center, providing food, water, and testing kits to undocumented immigrants; the MacIntyre family, who aren’t ready to give up on their hometown yet; and hip-hop artist Mama Sol, who uses her music to bring attention to and give voice to Flint residents struggling in the midst of the continuing water crisis.
The reporting and production team of “Faces of Flint” is made of top journalism and media students and recent graduates working alongside WKAR Network professionals. The team is headed up by MSU faculty Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, WKAR Television Producer Nicole Zaremba and WKAR Radio Producer April Van Buren.
Work of the student journalists was funded in part by ComArtSci, School of Journalism, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, MSU Office of Outreach and Engagement and MSU Alumni Association. Funding is being sought to support production and marketing of “Faces of Flint,” and to extend the series
as a weekly feature beyond April 15.
Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith also received a first place award in the Radio: Documentary category for “Not Safe to Drink,” which told the story of the Flint water crisis. Lindsey Smith was also a finalist for the Journalist of the Year award, which was presented to Ron Fonger of the Flint Journal.
The awards were presented April 12 at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet. The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the Detroit area’s top print, online, radio, and television journalists.
The Longtime Lansing market radio personality and present Managing Editor and Host of WKAR-FM’s (East Lansing) “Current State” program was the spotlight of a recent article in Greater Lansing Business Monthly. In the article, Bashore discusses his career, the changes he has observed in the radio industry over the years, and his current program at WKAR.
Bashore started his career in 1971 doing campus radio at Michigan State University, later went to WWCK-FM in Flint, WILS-AM in Lansing, WEEI-FM in Boston, and back to Lansing at WFMK-FM for 19 years. He joined WKAR in 2007.
Read the Greater Lansing Business Monthly article here.
Interest in Cuba has surged since the Obama administration’s announcement of a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations. Tourism is up 15% since just last year, and American businesses are eyeing opportunities to build trade with the communist island nation. With this in mind, Michigan Radio is sending two journalists to Cuba to tell some of the stories of Michigan’s connections to the Caribbean nation. Michigan Radio reporters Tracy Samilton and Mercedes Mejia will travel to Cuba from April 8-17, and will file stories that will air on Michigan Radio and online at michiganradio.org.
Among the stories Samilton and Mejia intend to pursue are efforts that may allow Michigan farmers to sell produce, meat and other products in Cuba; accompanying a group of Michigan State University medical students on the school’s first ever study trip to observe the country’s highly-regarded health care system; and a Michigan company overseeing a project to construct an Ernest Hemingway archival laboratory near the author’s historic Havana home.
“Michigan has a surprising number of cultural connections to Cuba,” said Michigan news director Vincent Duffy, “and international trade is a big part of our state’s economy. As Cuba begins to open up for business in the future, there may be opportunities for Michigan businesses. We want to find out what these opportunities may be, and share them with our audience, and hopefully be able to tell some fascinating history and cultural stories too.”
The Pure Cuba reports will be heard on Michigan Radio beginning the week of April 18. Listeners can follow the station’s Cuba coverage here. They can also join in the discussion on twitter using #PureCuba, and on Michigan Radio’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
With the departure of Jake Neher for WDET-FM (Detroit), Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN) has an opening for a State Capitol Correspondent. The person in this position is responsible for reporting news stories for use by stations within the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB). The MAPB is seeking an experienced multi-platform journalist to cover the state legislature, state government and politics.
Major duties and responsibilities:
News reporting, including coverage of the Michigan state house, major state departments, the courts, politics and elections and other timely issues of statewide interest.
Production of content for broadcast and web, including spots, features, and interviews.
Production of digital content including: web stories that may include images and video; possible podcasts, social media posts and other content as directed by the Bureau Chief/Managing Editor.
Live event coverage which may include hosting Public appearances as approved by Bureau Chief/Managing Editor.
Excellent reporting, writing and editing skills, with an ability to convey the human story behind public policy issues.
A passion for breaking news.
The ability to work on tight deadlines and meet them.
A degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience.
For consideration: Please send cover letter, resume, writing and audio samples to:
MPRN Managing Editor Rick Pluta
Michigan Public Radio Network
819 N. Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48906
Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM) has announced that The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has named Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith as a finalist for Journalist of the Year. Based in Grand Rapids, Smith is Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter. Over the past year, however, she has reported extensively on the Flint water crisis, including producing a special documentary about the crisis, “Not Safe to Drink.”
The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the Detroit area’s top print, online, radio and television journalists. Finalists are selected by a jury of veteran journalists and educators from several news media outlets outside of Metro Detroit. Other finalists for SPJ Detroit’s Journalist of the Year include Ron Fonger, The Flint Journal; Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press and Keith Naughton, Bloomberg News. The winner will announced at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet on April 12.
Original story by Steve Chrypinski, Marketing Director, Michigan Radio
In the last several weeks, we’ve noticed a couple of instances that are reminiscent of the days when radio stations featured live musicians in their studio. Both WKAR-FM (East Lansing) and Interlochen Public Radio (Interlochen) shared some examples recently through social media and regular websites.
On March 24, WKAR-FM presented a performance of Brahms Scherzo in c-minor as part of the station’s “Live From Studio S” series. The performance featured Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s assistant concertmaster Hai Xin Wu & Michigan State University College of Music collaborative piano professor Zhihua Tang (who is hidden from view in this video):
Also on March 24, Interlochen Public Radio hosted siblings Penny and Radel Rosin of Grayling, who perform under the name “Oh Brother, Big Sister.” While the duo has already released two albums, they treated Interlochen listeners to a new song titled “Michigan Daydream.”
On March 23, WGVU Public Media hosted national PBS talent Alice Ferris during their recent TV Membership Drive. Alice joined the station team for its presentation of Michigan Hometown Stories: Saugatuck/Douglas, a local WGVU production highlighting the history and story of the local west Michigan community.
During the night, the station announced that the series will be available via PBS LearningMedia, so everyone could learn about this great Michigan community. The program can also be viewed online here.
The night was a great success with phones being answered by the Grand Valley State University Football Alumni Association.