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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Michigan’s foster care system is the sixth biggest in the country, with more than 13,000 kids. Many of them have a parent or relative who feels jus...

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Our State of Opportunity project has been following the story of a little boy named Charlie. His dad was scheduled to be deported this week and his...

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Caption: Boggs School student Zoe Walker, posing for a Detroit Future Schools project, Credit: Detroit Future Schools
A program in Detroit is pairing digital media artists with classroom teachers in a handful of city schools. It’s called Detroit Future Schools. I...

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Caption: A student, at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, in her class t-shirt., Credit: Andrea Claire Maio / Series: Back to Your Senses
The James and Grace Lee Boggs School opened at the beginning of this school year. It’s a K-through-4 charter school on the near east side of Detroi...

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Caption: Here, the kids line up outside Congress on their first day., Credit: Credit Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio
For this special documentary, Dustin Dwyer spent six weeks in the fall following a group of third grade students at Congress Elementary in Grand Ra...

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We wrap up our State of Opportunity coverage for the year with a conversation between two women whose paths crossed after hearing a story on the ra...

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Caption: The Blackman family has managed to climb up one rung on the economic ladder through a combination of hard work, education and savings, Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
Climbing out of poverty is incredibly tough. But some manage to do it. With State of Opportunity, Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra reports.

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Caption: Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School provides services to kids and their families and stays open until 7 p.m., Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
At most low-income urban schools, once the bell rings at the end of the day, kids have to go home…often to less than ideal situations. But what if ...

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Reporter Jennifer Guerra has been thinking a lot about names lately: what they mean, what they project and what assumptions people make when they h...

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Caption: Coverage of desegregation in Detroit's public schools in the Detroit Free Press, Credit: Ray Litt
Schools were more diverse when segregation in Detroit was challenged at the Supreme Court 40 years ago than they are today. Now only four percent...

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