Molly Motherwell

General Manager

Ways to Connect

On March 18, 2015, WEMU sponsored the legendary blues guitarist and singer, Buddy Guy, at the Michigan Theater.  He put on his usual spectacular show, which always includes engaging with the audience.

At one point he looked out at us and said "This music ought to be more popular.  But do you know why it isn't?  Because they don't play it on the radio."

About six rows behind me came a shout, "They do at WEMU!"

It was one of my proudest moments at WEMU.

Debbie Dingell
Rep. Debbie Dingell / Facebook

Longtime Congressman John Dingell was one of the architects of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  His widow is the current 12th District Representative  from Michigan.  Debbie Dingell continues his mission to keep public broadcasting alive in this country.  She joined WEMU's David Fair and Molly Motherwell to discuss John Dingell's legacy and why WEMU is worth supporting on Public Radio Music Day.

Since the pandemic began, WEMU has been unable to produce traditional on-air fundraisers; usually 7 to 8 days that included dozens of guests from the community and hundreds of volunteers.

One year has passed since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.  Thousands of lives were lost, businesses were forced to close, and any sense of normal life was changed forever.  WEMU's own David Fair, Molly Motherwell, and Michael Jewett sit down and talk about this past year's events and how WEMU itself found ways to continue serving the public.

Typically at this time of year, WEMU presents its annual State of the Station message at a special breakfast for key stakeholders, elected officials, and major donors. Since we're unable to do that in person this year, we've shared it here.

It's WEMU's 55th anniversary!

From reel to reel and razor blades to multi-track digital editing, from 78s to digital downloads, from typewriters to iPhones, WEMU has been part of our community since we signed on December 8, 1965.

In that time we have grown from a 10-watt in-dorm service for sports and news to a community mainstay with a format of NPR news and information, local news, and jazz, blues, and world music.  Thanks to streaming, WEMU is now available worldwide and has listeners across the globe.

89.1 WEMU

Today marks 55 years since 89.1 WEMU first went on the air.  On this day of on-air celebration, WEMU's news director David Fair, general manager Molly Motherwell, and weekday jazz host Michael Jewett get together to discuss WEMU's legacy and what they hope the future will bring.

Dear WEMU Friends:  Six months. It was six months ago that our community and our world changed.  Six months since we have had the opportunity to see you in person at one of our events.  Six months since we have seen our WEMU colleagues who have been broadcasting from home.  

Dear WEMU Listeners, Donors, and Friends:

A huge THANK YOU to the thousands of you who donated to WEMU over the past fiscal year.  Thanks to you, we met and exceeded our annual financial goal.

It's eerily quiet at WEMU. Those of us who are here are keeping our distance while we continue to work to keep you updated, educated, informed, and entertained.

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, the national day of philanthropy that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

Thank you for listening to 89.1, WEMU.  Thanks to you, WEMU recently recorded its biggest audience ever in our 54 year history.  More than 67,000 people have listened to WEMU every week.  A community of like minded people who believe in authentic radio, independent fact-based journalism, and the cultural hub that is created with a vibrant music and arts scene.

Last January we began a yearlong celebration of 40 years of broadcasting jazz on 89.1.  And what a year it's been. We celebrated with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and at the Detroit Music Awards with a distinguished service award. With Laith Al Saadi at our Blues Barbecue and onstage at the Detroit Jazz Festival with a special tribute.  And even with a halftime show by the EMU Marching Band.

Linda Yohn
Jessica Webster / 89.1 WEMU

It seems a little bit early to be fundraising but, here we are, right in the middle of the fall pledge drive.  By 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, we need to have raised $220,000 to keep WEMU healthy and sustainable.  You can help us by making your gift right now at 888-299-8910 or donate online.

Just One Week!

Jun 22, 2017

What a difference WEMU can make to your week… with news that keeps you connected… ideas that keep you interested… and music and conversation that brings you into the heart of the matter. One week can mean a lot to WEMU too – particularly this week!

 That’s because just one week from today, WEMU’s budget year ends and our goal right now is to raise $12,000 to hit our $100,000 summer fundraising goal.

Update: Big thanks to everyone who gave to WEMU recently. Thanks to you, we raised over $81,000 toward our goal of $100,000.

The Administration's FY 2018 budget blueprint released yesterday proposes to elimnate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) end future funding for public broadcasting. This step by the Administration is one of the first in a long process to decide funding levels for the federal government. Ultimately,  Congress will make final decisions on continuing the annual federal investment in WEMU and the public broadcasting system. We recognize the seriousness of this moment and also know of the long-standing, bipartisan congressional support for public broadcasting.

Molly Motherwell
Towne Courier

Today I celebrate my 25th anniversary at WEMU.  It hardly seems possible.  I’m so grateful to have been given the amazing opportunity to be a part of something I love and believe in so strongly. 

Students at Eastern Michigan University gathered once again to protest the racist graffiti that was recently discovered on campus. 

89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station won the 2015 Station of the Year award for Public Radio Group 1 at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) annual Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony Tuesday, May 4, 2016, at the Lansing Center.

WEMU also won three Best Awards for Mini Documentary or Series for the regular Wednesday feature, Issues of the Environment; Best Newscast, and for the narrative that accompanied the entry for Station of the Year consideration. 

For a gift of $100, you and a guest will receive film tickets for two to see a special screening of Miles Ahead Ann Arbor premier, plus admission to a special pre-show reception at the Necto Nightclub (across from Michigan Theater) from 5 to 6:30 p.m on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The reception will feature light snacks, a cash bar, music from Big Fun, a 5 piece band led by Mark Kirschenman and Stephen Rush, and a special souvenir ($50 for one ticket and admission if you're unable to commit to a pair of tickets).

March Madness takes many forms; from spring fever to the NCAA basketball tournament.  At WEMU, March Madness means pledge time.  It's Day Three of WEMU's spring on air pledge drive and we are looking for your pledge of financial support so we can win OUR bracket - the one that brings you outstanding local news, the best of the best in jazz and blues, and superb national perspective from NPR every single day.

To the WEMU/Eastern Michigan University community:

On behalf of WEMU, please accept my sincere apology for the UM-centric Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me live show last evening.  We are extremely disappointed in the overall focus of last night’s production and have expressed our serious concerns to the program’s management.

We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year. We are delighted to partner with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for one of the signature events of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration: the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Tickets for the show have been sold out for months. But, because you are a friend of WEMU, we an option available just for you. This event has sold out and there are no tickets available!

YPSILANTI: 89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station, presents its 50th anniversary signature event, a live recording of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus.  The performance is co-presented by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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It's fundraising time at WEMU and we are asking you to rise to the challenge and help shrink WEMU's pledge drive.  Our goal this spring is $200,000 and here's the deal.  As soon as we reach the midpoint of $100,000 we will stop fundraising until Monday morning.   Just stop entirely.

Today we are announcing that veteran Detroit broadcaster Lisa Barry has joined the WEMU news team as the local anchor for NPR’s All Things Considered (weekdays, 4-7 p.m.).

Vote For WEMU!

Oct 17, 2014

Analysts predict the cost of the 2014 election will exceed billions of dollars. Most of these dollars are being spent advertising in print, on television and radio, and online.  I know my inbox has been flooded with campaign ads and fundraising appeals and yours probably has too. Beyond the election advertising we are also bombarded by an endless news coverage cycle of sound bites, quips, spin and misstatements.    

Linda Yohn
W. Streety

89.1, WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, Wins National Jazz Programmer Of The Year For The Fifth Time

   89.1 WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, was named ‘Jazz Programmer of the Year,’ in a major market Friday, August 8, at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in San Jose, CA.   This is the fifth programmer of the year award for Yohn who was nominated  in 2006 and 2008 and won four years  in a row; 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She was nominated again in 2013 and won again in 2014

This Is It

Mar 21, 2014

Dear WEMU Friends:    This is it.  The last day of  WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive.  More than $140,000 has been pledged since March 13; if yours was among them, please accept our grateful thanks.  If you have not yet made your gift to WEMU, please do so now to help us raise the last $58,000.

 It will take a record day to meet that last chunk of our goal but we have been here before and we have been successful.