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Every day, thousands of people listen to Michigan Radio on the internet. Now, hear the best of Michigan Radio and NPR on-demand on your PC or sync them on your MP3 player and listen to them on-the-go.
Here's a list of podcasts produced by Michigan Radio.
Michigan Radio News-News, features, and commentaries from Michigan Radio Subscribe: NPR.org - iTunes -
Jack Lessenberry - Essays and interviews with Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's Senior Political Analyst Subscribe: NPR.org - iTunes -
Artpod - Our review of the region's arts and culture, presented by Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra Subscribe: NPR.org - iTunes -
The Environment Report - Revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people Subscribe: NPR.org - iTunes -
- WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit
- WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids
- WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint
The stations of Michigan Radio are licensed to the Regents of the University of Michigan.
Radio began at the University of Michigan in the early 1920s, when the University began producing programs for WWJ in Detroit. The University's strategy at the time wasn't to own stations, but to produce programs for other stations throughout the state. By the early 1940s, the University changed direction and tried to apply for an AM frequency. All AM frequencies were unavailable, so in 1944, Michigan applied for a station at 43.1 MHz in the experimental FM band. The Federal Communications Commission eventually granted a license to Michigan for 91.7 in the newly-designated FM band and WUOM began broadcasting from Angell Hall on the Michigan campus in 1948. The station moved into its new home in the LS&A Building in 1949, where it stayed until 2003.
WVGR began broadcasting in December, 1961. WFUM-FM followed in 1985, serving the Flint area. (There was an earlier version of WFUM in Flint for a few years in the 1950's, repeating WUOM from Ann Arbor.)
Michigan Radio was a pioneer in educational broadcasting, producing programs in the 1950s and '60s that were heard throughout the country on educational, and some commercial, stations. The station was a charter member of NPR in 1971.
From its first days on the air, Michigan Radio's program service consisted of music, news, discussion programs, lectures, dramas and documentaries, most of which were produced in the station's four large studios at the LS&A Building. On July 1st, 1996, Michigan Radio inaugurated a new era, entering its second half-century of broadcasting with a news/talk format. Since then, Michigan Radio has grown to become one of the largest public radio stations in the country, with 451,000 weekly listeners to the stations (Fall 2005).
Michigan Radio continues to receive recognition for its reporting.
Michigan Public Media
Michigan Public Media represents all of the University of Michigan's broadcasting services, including Michigan Radio, Michigan Television, Michigan TelevisionThe Environment Report, Michigan Channel and Michigan Productions.