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: Coverage from the Detroit Free Press in the mid-1970's questions court ordered busing , Credit: Ray Litt
Next week marks the 40th anniversary of a seminal Civil Rights case. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about busing and segrega...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2013
  • Length: 03:37
Caption: 'We're given all the materials we need to teach,' says Birmingham Public Schools teacher Nathan Cohen, Credit: Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio
Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Rasul Zakie, Chanel Kithen and Trevon Stapleton of Youth Voice, lead a workshop on the 'school-to-prison pipeline', Credit: Zak Rosen / Michigan Radio
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


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 03:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Sometimes a free education just isn't enough. On our special STATE OF OPPORTUNITY documentary – THE EDUCATION GAP – Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerr...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2013
  • Length: 50:25
Caption: A sixth grader wades into a shallow pond to collect water for testing., Credit: Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio
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


  • Added: Oct 25, 2013
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Young makers play a game of life-size chess at Detroit’s Mt. Elliott Makerspace., Credit: Zak Rosen / Michigan Radio
Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

  • Added: Oct 25, 2013
  • Length: 03:24
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Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

  • Added: Oct 25, 2013
  • Length: 03:16
Caption: Dental hygienist Julie Hilton cleans teeth in a corner of the school library at Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids., 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.

  • Added: Oct 25, 2013
  • Length: 03:23
Caption: The orange paint marks where one shooter stood during a gunfight last month in Muskegon. Three children were on the porch in the background, one of them is the daughter of Jim and Shannon Ridge. Their son was just inside the door., Credit: Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio
Support for State of Opportunity from Michigan Radio comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

  • Added: Oct 04, 2013
  • Length: 03:41
Caption: T.J. Chappel of the Muskegon YMCA leads a chant during a march to end violence in the city., 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.

  • Added: Oct 04, 2013
  • Length: 03:28