Eastern Michigan University’s WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti) has announced that beginning August 6, the station will begin airing an extra hour of NPR’s Morning Edition with David Fair anchoring the additional hour of coverage from 9 to 10 a.m. with a focus on an expansion of local content.
The station reports that locally-produced Civic Matters with host Mary Morgan will be heard Monday at 9:50 a.m. Airing Tuesdays at 9:50 a.m. will be a new feature with host Deb Polich titled creative:impact, which will explore how the creative industry helps keep the community moving forward. Wednesdays at 9:50 a.m., the station will air updates on their partnership with Concentrate Media’s On the Ground project currently underway in Ypsilanti.
Thursdays at 9:50 a.m. will feature a replay of WEMU’s long-time feature, Cinema Chat. And, Art and Soul with Lisa Barry will be replayed Friday mornings at 9:50 a.m. while the station works on developing a feature focused on issues important to our community.
In a post on the station’s website, the move is being made for two reasons: to allow Music Director/On-Air Host Linda Yohn time to focus more on her transition to retirement and to bring listeners and supporters even more great local news content focused on topics that aren’t being covered thoroughly enough by other media. Yohn will move to a 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. air shift while Michael Jewett will move to 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm. Yohn announced her retirement in February, but will remain with the station until early December.