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WKAR Announces Endowment for Student Experiential Learning

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing), mid-Michigan’s source for PBS, NPR and award-winning original television and radio programming, has announced a $4,000 goal for “Give Green Day” on November 27.

Each year at WKAR, MSU student interns experience hands-on training, live production and the dynamic environment WKAR offers for nurturing tomorrow’s storytellers in an ever-changing media landscape. WKAR alums have gone on to work with some of the top media outlets in the country, such as the NFL, ESPN, NPR and in Hollywood.

The WKAR Endowment for Student Experiential Learning will open up more opportunities for Communication Arts and Sciences students to gain knowledge, skills and insights in preparation for their future. Funds will support expanded opportunities for paid employment and internships in television, radio and online media production; non-profit fundraising; media administration; and marketing and promotion.

For more information, click here.

Live From Here with Chris Thile is Coming to Detroit

Michigan Radio will welcome Live From Here with host Chris Thile to Detroit on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. (EST) for a special live broadcast performance. The show will take place at the historic Detroit Opera House in downtown Detroit, and marks the show’s first visit to Michigan.

Tickets are now on sale through the Detroit Opera House box office, through Ticketmaster (Phone: 800-745-3000) and online at

Tickets for the show are priced at $35 – $70. A limited number of special VIP tickets which include premium box seats and a private post-show meet and greet with Chris Thile and the Live From Here cast are also available. To purchase VIP tickets, click here.

Bringing audiences together on Saturday evenings with music and comedy has been a tradition in public radio since Garrison Keillor launched A Prairie Home Companion in 1974. Musician and songwriter Chris Thile continues that tradition with Live From Here, featuring a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction.

Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation. The Grammy winner started the band Nickel Creek and currently leads the acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Each week on Live From Here, Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience.

Live from Here is produced and distributed nationwide by American Public Media, and is heard by 2.6 million listeners each week on nearly 600 public radio stations. The radio variety show airs Saturdays at 6:00 PM on Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit, 104.1 FM West Michigan, and 91.7 FM Flint), and is repeated at 9:00 PM on Sundays.

Michigan Radio Tops Apple Podcast Chart with ‘Believed’

Via Steven Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

Apple podcast chart from 10/29/18

Believed, the new podcast from Michigan Radio and NPR, topped the Apple Podcast chart earlier this week, just one week after the series launched. Believed looks at how Larry Nassar was able to abuse hundreds of women and girls for decades. This timely and thoughtful limited-run podcast is an intimate look at how a team of women — a detective, a prosecutor and an army of survivors — won justice in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It’s also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.

Believed has earned a 5 (out of 5) rating on Apple Podcasts since it debuted. Here are just a few of the comments from listeners:

“So important for everyone to understand how this could happen.”

“This break down is fascinating and enraging – a very important listen.”

“This is must-listen reporting for everyone who has a child, knows a child, or was a child.”

Believed is hosted by award-winning Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith. Wells has extensively covered the Nassar story since allegations first surfaced against the former USA Gymnastics and MSU sports doctor in 2016. As Michigan Radio’s investigative reporter, Smith covered Nassar as well and led the station’s award-winning Flint water crisis coverage.

You can subscribe to Believed on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, NPR One, Pocket Casts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen at

Michigan Radio News: 1A Partnership and New Podcast Series

Michigan Radio Partners with 1A to Bring More Michigan Voices to National NPR Audiences

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.

Supported by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the 1A Across America project will be spearheaded by WAMU 88.5, Washington’s NPR station and the station that produces 1A. Over the course of two years, Michigan Radio will be an editorial partner to WAMU. Michigan Radio and five other public media stations will work closely with 1A’s production team to source stories, conduct live broadcasts and events, produce collaborative content and elevate local journalism.

“Michigan Radio is thrilled to partner with 1A as one of the flagship stations for the 1A Across America project,” said Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio Program Director. “We look forward to bringing more Michigan voices to the national dialogue.”

Zoe Clark will be a special guest on 1A this coming Monday, October 29 to discuss the 1A Across America project and the station’s involvement in more detail.

WAMU selected the six partner public media stations including Michigan Radio because of their deep community ties. Additionally, the participating stations represent a geographical and political cross-section of America. Through 1A Across America, the nuanced, diverse issues and concerns of the communities that Michigan Radio covers across the state will be brought to 1A’s 3.63 million weekly listeners on 335 NPR stations.

Other NPR stations participating in the project are WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama; KUNC in Northern Colorado; Houston Public Media in Houston, Texas; KMUW in Wichita, Kansas; and Minnesota Public Radio in Minneapolis.

“To host a truly national conversation, we must leverage our connections to the powerful grassroots network of public media stations around the country,” said Andi McDaniel, senior director of content and news, WAMU. “1A Across America gives 1A the opportunity to uncover critical local conversations, tap into the original journalism taking place at partner public media stations like Michigan Radio, and bring it forth to national audiences.”

Believed Podcast From Michigan Radio and NPR Tells The Story Of Survivors Who Won Justice Against Larry Nassar

On October 22, Michigan Radio and NPR debuted a new podcast called Believed. It’s an in-depth exploration of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. This podcast mini-series is not only an intimate look at how a team of female survivors, detectives, and prosecutors won justice, but also an unnerving exploration of how well-meaning adults can fail to believe. This timely coverage documents the survivors of one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history finding their power during an important cultural moment, when sexual abuse victims are still fighting to be believed, respected, and to get justice.

Believed is hosted by award-winning Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells, who has exhaustively covered the Larry Nassar story since 2016, and Lindsey Smith, who led Michigan Radio’s Flint water crisis investigative team.

The Believed podcast is being distributed by NPR, and it’s worth noting this is the first time that NPR is distributing a station-produced podcast. NPR is the leading publisher of podcasts in America, and has held Podtrac’s #1 spot since Podtrac began counting podcast audiences in May 2016.

For more information on the Believed podcast, click here.


MAPB/APTS/MAB Join forces at Emergency Managers Conference

On October 22, 23 and 24, the MAPB attended the International Association of Emergency Managers Conference in Grand Rapids to talk to emergency managers about the advantages of datacasting to supplement a program called “FirstNet,” which is currently being rolled out nationwide by AT&T.

FirstNet is a program that gives priority traffic to First Responders on the AT&T cellular network.  Despite this priority traffic, cellular sites still suffer from congestion during times of high use as well as failures during natural disasters. In conjunction with APTS (America’s Public Television Stations) and Spectrarep, public television stations in Michigan can use a portion of their assigned bandwidth to deliver high speed data, including video, images, files and other communication to First Responders in the field.

MAPB member stations have pledged to devote bandwidth to this datacasting effort.  Michigan’s public television stations cover nearly all of the state, including rural areas not served with adequate cellular coverage.  Also Michigan’s public television stations have hardened facilities with backup power and can stay on the air when cellular service is lost.

In Grand Rapids, MAB/MAPB’s Karole White and Dan Kelley manned the booth along with Gary Reid of WKAR/MSU, Michael Walenta, formerly of WGVU Public Media, and Al Catalano, representing APTS.  All five talked to members of the emergency management community and displayed video demonstrations of the technology in the exhibit hall.

The group was happy to meet with emergency managers, especially those from Michigan, to discuss the value of a strong cooperative relationship between emergency mangers and their local broadcasters.

This will be an on-going effort.  For more information, visit

WEMU to Hold New Donor Welcome Reception

On November 14, Eastern Michigan University’s WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti) will  hold a reception for new donors to the station.  Those who make a first-time donation of $200 or more can join the station at a New Donor Welcome Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Zingerman’s Greyline in downtown Ann Arbor.

New donors can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live jazz from the Doug Horn Trio, and the opportunity to meet WEMU’s air personalities, staff and local content partners.

For more information, check out the station’s event page on Facebook here.

WGVU Presents ‘Food, Wine & All That Jazz’

On October 26, WGVU Public Media will present its annual “Food, Wine & All That Jazz” fundraiser at Grand Rapids Public Museum from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

The event is presented by WGVU and D&W Fresh Market. Sample more than 400 domestic wine and beer selections all for one ticket price.  Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 at the door, if available. Tickets can be ordered by calling 800-442-2771, online at, or at any D&W Fresh Market store. $40 for WGVU members if ordered by phone before October 12th.

WKAR Partners with MET To Provide Books For Kids


(L-R) WKAR Education Director Robin Pizzo, MET’s Whoodini and MET Executive Director Robin Lott. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney/WKAR-MSU

Through 12 days in September, listeners of WKAR Radio (East Lansing) combined efforts with Michigan Education Trust (MET) to provide more than 600 books to capital region children in need.
The public radio station from Michigan State University recently concluded its annual fall on-air fundraising campaign encouraging listeners to support the capital region’s source for NPR News and classical music.

Through a special partnership with MET, every donation made to WKAR during the station’s fall campaign will provide a book for a child in need in our community. More than 600 books will be donated to children in the capital region.

“Each year, our listeners step up with financial support to provide news that matters and music that inspires for their community,” said ShaDonna Crosby, WKAR director of annual giving. “Partnerships like this can channel the generous energy of our audience back to the community in so many ways.”

“We’re so glad to partner with WKAR on this important project,” said Robin Lott, executive director of Michigan Education Trust, the state’s prepaid 529 college savings plan. “Reading plays such a vital role in every child’s education and their lifelong learning process.”

The fundraising drive concluded at midnight Sept. 30 and raised more than $97,000.

WDET/WRCJ’s Christopher Felcyn Passes

Christopher Felcyn

Christopher Felcyn, a longtime Detroit radio personality and host of “The Well Tempered Wireless” for classical music station WRCJ-FM (90.9), has passed away.

Felcyn, 67, died at his home on September 28.

“He was one of the best interviewers in the business, a talented pianist, and an ultimate professional with wit and creativity in sharing classical music,” Detroit Public TV, which manages WRCJ, said in a statement, announcing Felcyn’s death. “Chris and his passion will truly be missed.

A Detroit-native, Felcyn was the host of classical/jazz music program “The Listening Room” on Sunday mornings on WDET-FM (101.9), and later on WRCJ for more than 30 years. He hosted “The Well Tempered Wireless,” a mid-day weekday show up until his death.

WDET-FM, Feet in 2 Worlds Offers Food Journalism Fellowships

WDET-FM (Detroit) and Feet in 2 Worlds, an award-winning website and journalism training project, have teamed up to offer food journalism fellowships to four immigrant journalists and journalists of color in Metro Detroit. The fellowship reflects a shared commitment by the two organizations to bring greater diversity to WDET’s newsroom and to support the voices of emerging local journalists in shaping important narratives about Detroit.

“This is a unique opportunity for journalists to learn new skills while covering stories about critical issues in food including food culture in immigrant communities, child nutrition and education, labor and employment, anti-hunger efforts, sustainability, climate change, and government food policies,” explained Feet in 2 World’s Executive Producer, John Rudolph.

The four fellows named to the 2018 Feet in 2 Worlds/WDET Detroit Food Journalism Fellowship are:

  • Brittany Hutson, a freelance journalist who focuses on stories about food, culture, entrepreneurship and racial and social justice issues.
  • Dorothy Hernandez, copy editor and writer for Neighborhood Seen Magazine and Marketing and Communications Manager for the Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit.
  • Nargis Hakim Rahman, a contributing writer to Brown Girl Magazine and Metro Detroit Mommy.
  • Serena Maria Daniels, founder, publisher, and editor of Tostada Magazine, an online publication that celebrates the many communities that contribute to Metro Detroit’s food world.

During the fellowship, the participating journalists will be trained in all phases of audio reporting for broadcast and podcast, including story development, field recording, interview techniques and script development.

“I have been working in the print and digital world my entire career, so being a fellow with Feet In 2 Worlds certainly is a blessing in that I have the opportunity to brush up on my audio skills,” said Serena Maria Daniels. “As as a freelance journalist, I know the importance of expanding one’s skill set to be prepared for whatever assignment comes our way. This fellowship will allow me to expand upon my food and culture writing repertoire, and having the mentorship of Feet In 2 Worlds will be transformational in my ability to report on communities that too often are ignored by mainstream media.”

Feet in 2 Worlds’ highly successful training methods have helped advance the careers of immigrant journalists across the U.S. The heart of the program is a one-on-one mentoring arrangement that pairs fellows with experienced audio producers. Mentors for the Detroit fellows include:

  • Jerome Vaughn, News Director at WDET.
  • Rob St. Mary, award-winning writer, radio and podcast host/reporter/producer, journalist, filmmaker, and crowdfunding professional.
  • Sara Alvarez, founder of Outlier Media, a Detroit-based service journalism organization.
  • Zahir Janmohamed, co-host of the Racist Sandwich podcast and Senior News Editor at Hyphen magazine.

Stories produced under the fellowship will be part of WDET’s Detroit StoryMakers, an initiative that trains multimedia artists, journalists and producers and provides them with platforms to bring their stories to life. Stories will also be featured in Feet in 2 Worlds’ online food magazine at Follow this year’s fellows on Detroit StoryMakers page, the Feet in 2 Worlds’ website and on social media by searching the hashtag #food313.

Support for the fellowship comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and through matching gifts from station donors, the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ foundation, The Culinary Trust, and its Growing Leaders Food Writing program. The Food Writing Program is funded with the support of the Boston Foundation.

Support for Detroit StoryMakers initiative comes from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and through matching gifts from station donors.