Michigan Radio

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Michigan Radio is a service of Michigan Public Media, the public broadcasting company at the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio is:

  • 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).


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The Environment Report's Rebecca Williams traveled to Isle Royale to meet the researchers who have been watching how wolves and moose interact for 54 years. The research project is the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world.

Caption: State of Opportunity from Michigan Radio
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What can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for the most disadvantaged children?

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Caption: Students start their day with story time on the big blue rug , Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
What if there was a program for kids in poverty that guaranteed at least a seven dollar return on investment for every dollar spent. And what if th...

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The Teen Parent Center is a housing shelter in Grand Rapids for teen moms with nowhere else to stay. The shelter is run by the Salvation Army, and ...

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Our State of Opportunity team has spent the last several months reporting on preschool. But there’s one aspect of preschool we haven’t touched o...

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Caption: Keisha Johnson walks her kids to school., Credit: Jennifer Guerra
As part of our State of Opportunity project, we’re following parents as they struggle to get off public assistance and make a better future for the...

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Caption: A family photo of Keisha Johnson and her three children, Credit: Keisha Johnson
When it comes to the “cycle of poverty,” the brutal truth is more than forty percent of children raised in poverty stay in poverty as adults. Among...

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A special documentary of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project

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Caption: Moosewatch volunteer Dave Beck holds up a marked antler. Team leader Jeff Holden looks on. They mark the antlers and hang them in a tree so others know the antler has been found and documented., Credit: Mark Brush
Wolves and moose are at the heart of the world’s longest running study of a predator and its prey. The drama unfolds on Isle Royale National Park ...

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Caption: Rolf Peterson on Caribou Island, one of more than 450 smaller islands in the national park's archipelago., Credit: Mark Brush
Researchers have studied the wolves and moose on a remote island archipelago in Lake Superior for 54 years. These days, the wolves are in trouble.

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Infant mortality rates in Michigan are better than they used to be, but still not good enough. Seven out of every 1,000 babies born in Michigan w...

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Caption: Bing Goei came to the United States as a child. Now he runs a company with 60 employees and more than $5 million in annual revenue., Credit: Dustin Dwyer
Here in the Midwest, people are looking for any way to help the economy be strong again. But there’s one asset in our economy that is sometimes ove...

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