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
105 Pieces

What can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for the most disadvantaged children?


Latest Pieces

Caption: Keisha Johnson (left) graduated from a 15-week computer tech training program, something she's been aiming for since 2012., Credit: JENNIFER GUERRA / MICHIGAN RADIO
Making it to graduation is a given for a lot of people. It’s just one of the many steps on the path to a career. But for some it’s not that easy. O...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The fifth-grade students at Myers Elementary like to play basketball during recess., Credit: JENNIFER GUERRA / MICHIGAN RADIO
Our State of Opportunity reporter Jennifer Guerra spent months hanging out in a 5th grade classroom near Detroit. At the beginning of the school ye...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 03:35
Caption: Members of Jackson's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative get together to congratulate graduating seniors and welcome new peer educators into the program., Credit: SARAH ALVAREZ / MICHIGAN RADIO
The problems created by poverty can be so difficult to fix that cities with a lot of poverty, sometimes just don’t fix them. Jackson is a city with...

Bought by Delta College Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Karen Wang and her son when he was younger. She has lived in three different school districts looking for the right mix of services and culture., Credit: KAREN WANG
The federal government says Michigan’s education outcomes for kids in special education have to improve. But things like graduation rates aren't ba...

Bought by Delta College Public Radio


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Caption: The 6th grade students at Shabazz Academy in Lansing spent the semester studying the events surrounding the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride and Eric Garner., Credit: JENNIFER GUERRA / MICHIGAN RADIO
Teaching middle school students about what happened in Ferguson, or talking about choke holds and grand juries – that’s not part of common core, an...

Bought by WABE and Delta College Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 12, 2015
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rogelio (Roy) Almaguer works on a new tattoo. He says attending Kendall College of Art and Design makes him a better tattoo artist. He hopes to one day own a shop where customers can get tattoos, screen-printed clothing and other original artwork., Credit: Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio
Roy Almaguer and Raul Ortiz are both the first in their families to attend college. The two friends are now students at Kendall College of Art an...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
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Caption: Portrait of a family that overcame obstacles. Jamie Alexander, second from right, credits her Grandma Bobbie Lee, far right, with stepping in to help raise the kids when her mom, third from right, struggled through addiction., Credit: courtesy Jamie Alexander
Stories on State of Opportunity are all about ways to help disadvantaged kids find success in life. But when you meet a successful adult who grew u...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
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While the state minimum wage will go up to $8.15 an hour starting in September, tipped workers will only get a raise to 3 dollars and 51 cents an h...

Bought by Delta College Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 03:16
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Caption: Once a week, Idalis Longoria trades in her Catholic school uniform for scrubs as part of Cristo Rey's jobs program., Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
School is almost over for the year, and one Detroit high school has lots to celebrate. The entire graduating class has been accepted to college. Ne...

Bought by WAMC and WTJU


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Grace, Zariah and Molly eat lunch together at a "geekend" designed to bring students from neighboring districts together., Credit: Sarah Alvarez
Michigan’s schools are some of the most racially segregated in the country. The third most segregated, in fact. But would more diversity translate ...

Bought by Delta College Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 1