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: A street in southwest Detroit., Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
Gang life is a reality for a lot of kids who live in poor neighborhoods. There are parts of Detroit, for example, where gangs run the blocks. For M...

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Caption: In Teen Court, a jury of high school students asks questions of the offender to come up with an appropriate sentence., Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
When a teen commits a crime, that record can affect them for years. But a diversion program gives some first-time offenders a way to keep their r...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
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Caption: "He would bless our school.", Credit: Zak Rosen
Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and Delta College Public Radio


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Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

Bought by Delta College Public Radio


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Caption: This chart represents scores for African-American child well-being. Michigan is all the way on the right, third worst in the nation., Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Race for Results report
Our State of Opportunity team looks at many statistics and reports about child well-being in Michigan. Recently, the Annie E. Casey Foundation rele...

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Caption: A group of Grand Rapids teenagers discusses their idea for a new app during class at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology., Credit: Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio
Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

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Caption: Renee Howard, third-grade teacher at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids, coaches her students on writing., Credit: Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio
If you want to hear our full documentary on Congress Elementary, you can find it by clicking on the State of Opportunity tab at michiganradio.org. ...

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Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

Bought by WAMC and Delta College Public Radio


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Caption: Teachers from Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids participate in the district's fall teacher development day., Credit: Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio
Teacher evaluations have become a hot political topic in Michigan. Chances are if you’ve heard anything about them, the discussion has been about...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2014
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Caption: One of the changes ahead for Michigan school assessments: switching from paper and pencil to computer-based tests, Credit: Kees Romkes / Flickr
Schools in Michigan will face a big change next year in student testing. After more than four decades in use, the Michigan Educational Assessment P...

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