Category Archives: MAPB

WKAR Welcomes Abigail Censky to Reporting Team

Abigail Censky

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that it is expanding its political and government reporting in mid-Michigan with the addition of Abigail Censky.

Censky joins the station from St. Louis Public Radio where she served as news intern and worked heavily with the politics team covering the 2018 midterms and the primary races there.  Prior to that she worked for the Gazette in Colorado Springs, covering Colorado politics.

She was also a Washington Desk Intern at NPR, attended George Washington University and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College.

Warm Hearts, Warm Homes Returns to WCMU

WCMU Public Radio has launched its fifth annual Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign to fuel home-heating assistance across central and northern Michigan.

An important collaboration continues with Consumers Energy, Isabella Bank and WCMU Public Radio listeners. Through this season of giving, WCMU listeners will support their community two-fold with access to quality public radio programming, while triggering home-heating assistance through the matching funds from Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank. Matching funds will be distributed back to the listener’s community through their local Michigan Community Action agency.

“As winter weather settles in across Michigan, the generosity and compassion of WCMU Public Radio listeners, combined with the financial support of Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank, will allow us to address a critical need facing the people living in the communities we serve,” said Ken Kolbe, general manager of WCMU Public Media.

“It’s sobering to think of having to choose between turning up the thermostat, and paying a car or medical bill. Any one of us could find ourselves in need of assistance through a series of unfortunate events. WCMU listeners should be proud to know that decision has been eased for thousands of families through the first four years of Warm Hearts, Warm Homes,” Rick Westover, radio director for WCMU Public Media, said.

Giving Tuesday (12/3) made for a great kickoff to the with over $25,000 in listener donations to WCMU Public Radio, matched by Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank that day. Matching funds make their way back to those in need of heating assistance through the Michigan Community Action agency. Nearly $40,000 in matching funds remain.

“Michigan Community Action deeply appreciates the commitment by Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank to help families and seniors stay safe and warm in their homes this winter,” Kate White, Michigan Community Action’s executive director, said. “The Warm Hearts, Warm Homes Campaign has been a wonderful and effective community collaboration.”

Warm Hearts, Warm Homes has provided over $200,000 in matching funds to assist with winter heating bills in its first four years, and is on track this year to crest a quarter of a million dollars in matching support for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. WCMU Public Radio received the 2017 Community Service Award from MCA for the December 2016 campaign.

For more information, see the station’s Warm Hearts, Warm Homes webpage here.

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 livefromhere.org.

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 michiganradio.org/believed.

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 publicTV4publicsafety.com.

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 wgvu.org, 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

via WKAR.org

(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.