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Michigan Radio’s Coverage of Flint Water Emergency

By: Kristen Loszewski, Michigan Radio Marketing

Over the past few weeks, Flint’s water crisis has exploded as a huge national news story. Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 Flint, 104.1 West Michigan) has been covering the story from the very beginning, including the April 2014 water supply switch to the Flint River, the first citizen complaints about the smell and taste of the city’s tap water, and the first reports of lead in the drinking water last July.

Michigan Radio reporters have also been explaining the story to listeners nationwide on shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Rachel Maddow Show, Here & Now, The Diane Rehm ShowOn Point, and many local public radio station shows around the country. Lindsey Smith’s documentary about the crisis, “Not Safe to Drink”, was distributed nationally by The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal to public radio stations all over the country. And, last week, Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody and Tracy Samilton provided NPR’s newscasts and newsmagazines with reports on the investigation into who knew what and when they knew it.

Michigan Radio continues to report on the latest developments in this ongoing news story.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Detroit Public Television Announces Partnership with the Detroit Historical Museum to Expand Coverage of Detroit’s Stories

DPTV (Detroit) has recently signed a two-year trade agreement with the Detroit Historical Museum for over 1,100 square feet of editorial office space. DPTV will be able to expand its already robust coverage of the city’s successes, struggles, and re-emergence; and The Detroit Historical Society receives a promotional package to utilize DPTV’s available broadcast and online platforms to bring additional awareness to its exhibits and programs.

“This is a mutually beneficial partnership,” said Bob Bury, Executive Director and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society. “We are excited about both the opportunity to interact with Detroit Public Television staff at the Detroit Historical Museum on a daily basis ,and enjoy the increased exposure that comes with originating local programming from our unique exhibit spaces that tell our region’s story.”

“The Detroit office will allow DPTV to expand our growing number of production initiatives in Detroit,” said Rich Homberg, President and CEO of Detroit Public Television. “We want to tell stories of the people of Detroit by assisting the Detroit Historical Society in collecting living memories of the city. The offices will serve as a vital base for both organizations as we convene conversations with leaders and citizens about the revitalization of Detroit and visualizing the city’s future.”

Ralph Hauenstein Passes Away

Ralph HauensteinWGVU Public Media joins the community in mourning the death of Ralph W. Hauenstein.

After a career in newspapers in Grand Rapids, Hauenstein served in intelligence during WWII under General Eisenhower. After a distinguished military career, he became a business leader in the import-export business. Hauenstein went on to become a leading philanthropist in the region.

WGVU Public Media broadcast Ralph Hauenstein: A Celebration of Life on January 13, 2016. The program was a live feed of the funeral on WGVU Life (35.2/52.2), WGVU FM (88.5/95.3), and a live stream via the WGVU website.

“Ralph Hauenstein was a great man, a man who has impacted many throughout our community,” said Michael T. Walenta, WGVU General Manager. “We are honored and humbled to share the celebration of his life with everyone in our community.”

Jennifer White Leaving Michigan Radio for WBEZ

Jennifer White
Photo Credit: Michigan Radio

All Things Considered host Jennifer White has left Michigan Radio for Chicago, where she has accepted a position as on-air anchor and host at Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ.

Jennifer had been the local host of Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered since September 2010, and had led many community-focused projects, local discussions, and political forums. Her former position at Michigan Radio will now be filled by Christina Shockley, who will move from hosting Morning Edition to hosting All Things Considered. Michigan Radio will be undergoing a search for the next host of Morning Edition.

MSU & DPTV Announce Partnership

WKAR-TV (East Lansing) has announced a new partnership with Detroit Public Television on January 11.

“This collaboration gives us the opportunity to become a national model in providing quality educational content in public television,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It will provide opportunities consistent with our land-grant mission for unique partnerships that will lead to much broader outreach and engagement, both in Detroit and statewide, and a significant platform for faculty work and innovation across several colleges.”

According to DPTV’s press release:

One of the first initiatives will be a 24/7 children’s broadcast and online channel serving not only Detroit and Lansing but also the entire state. That initiative will build off DPTV’s Ready To Learn program, supported by a PBS grant. It focuses on engaging and strengthening early learning experiences for children ages 2-8 at home, in preschool and in other out-of-school settings.

Watch video of the press conference here.