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: Kayle Roose and her son Aiden. She says Aiden's experience in school is improving., Credit: SARAH ALVAREZ
For a long time, kids with disabilities were mistreated in school or pushed out. Now, there are laws to make sure they have an equal shot at an edu...

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In early December, most college students are packing their bags and heading home for the holiday break. Except for those who've experienced foster ...

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Caption: Candice Sponaas was very close to being adopted out of foster care, but her adoption fell through before the papers were finalized., Credit: JENNIFER GUERRA / MICHIGAN RADIO
The goal for children in foster care is to find them permanent homes. For some, that might mean adoption. But the road to adoption can be bumpy, an...

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Caption: A tribal member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians., Credit: EVA PETOSKEY
Suicide is a major public health problem for American Indians. The suicide rate for American Indian teenagers is two-and-a-half times higher than t...

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Caption: Erick Moya and his family., Credit: COURTESY ERICK MOYA
This spring, a wave of children showed up at the southern border of the United States, with no adult to care for them. The children were labeled “u...

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Caption: Mr. Lopez goes to Washington., Credit: MICHELLE PAROLINI / PARK JOURNEYS, INC
We've heard it before: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. But for young people who come to the United States as immigrants, getting to know...

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Caption: Attorney Stephen Drew gives "survival tips" for police encounters during an event hosted by the Grand Rapids chapter of the NAACP., Credit: DUSTIN DWYER / MICHIGAN RADIO
At an ordinary community meeting in Grand Rapids, parents and kids joined in a stark conversation. The talk came with warnings and survival tips fo...

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Caption: One of the manufacturing lines at Peckham Incorporated in Lansing., Credit: SARAH ALVAREZ / MICHIGAN RADIO
There are upwards of two hundred thousand young people in Michigan who aren't working and aren't in school. For many of them, getting off the fring...

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Here's a story about the time one of the most famous television characters in history re-enacted one of the most famous psychology experiments in h...

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Caption: Joy Mohammed and Paris Brown, Credit:  DUSTIN DWYER / MICHIGAN RADIO
In 2014, we launched an occasional series on State of Opportunity that we’re calling “One Person Who Cared.” These are stories of how one person ch...

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