The Michigan Association of Broadcasters presented WEMU with eight awards last night at the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards event. This record breaking number of awards for the station came just days after receiving news that WEMU had registered the largest total audience estimate in the station's history.
WEMU staffers had a great time Wednesday night in Lansing as they were honored for the hard work done in our community during 2016. Walter Kraft, Molly Motherwell, Patrick Campion, David Fair, Lisa Barry, Jorge Avellan and Patrik Holubik were on hand to receive BEA awards for eight separate projects:
This is just a small sample of all the incredible work WEMU did during 2016, and you, as a community, responded by listening in greater numbers than ever before. As of the end of the Fall 2016 ratings period, 60,500 people are estimated to be listening to WEMU each week. This is the largest audience estimate in the station's history. (Data Copyright Nielsen Audio. All Rights Reserved.)
According to WEMU Program Director Patrick Campion, "We are proud to serve our community in so many ways, every day. These awards show the commitment that our professional staff has to creating great content and diverse programming that our audience relies on. Honors like these aren't possible without the tremendous support of our listeners, donors, underwriters, content partners and, of course, the management and administration of Eastern Michigan University."
This record breaking award total comes just one year after WEMU won a 2015 Station of the Year honor from the MAB. That was also a first in the station's 51+ year history. WEMU has won more BEA awards in the past two years then in the combined history of the station.