Special Features

New Year's Special Programing 2018

Dec 25, 2017

Tune in New Years Eve and New Years day for special holiday programming on 89.1 WEMU. 

Happy Holidays!  Join WEMU this Christmas and New Years for your holiday cheer.  We'll be broadcasting familiar voices, and some new ones as well....

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You're the head of athletics at a mid-major university, and the football team has been struggling.  29 years without a conference title, 21 years since the last winning season.  Conversations on campus range from eliminating football to dropping a level to Division II. That's the situation facing Eastern Michigan University's Athletic Director.  How does she respond?  We find out. 


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If HBO has it right, the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics has lost well over $50 million over the past two years.  That doesn't sit well with many on campus.  Now that the program "Real Sports" on HBO has highlighted EMU sports, the conversation is expanding nationwide.  We caught up with the vocal critic of athletic spending highlighted in the cable news report, Howard Bunsis.  


Eastern Michigan University is being criticized for spending too much money on athletics and not enough of academics. 

 


Meet The Staff - Patrik Holubik

Apr 1, 2016

WEMU lives in a digital world.  Laptops, smartphones, connected cars, oh my!  We're firmly committed to making our content available wherever you may roam on the information superhighway, and that takes people like Patrik to make it all "work."  When you support WEMU, you're helping us to bring what we do to a worldwide audience, 24/7.  

Meet The Staff - Marc Taras

Mar 30, 2016

Marc Taras surrounds himself with records for a living.  In his "day job" he's the proprietor of a local record shop.  Saturday evenings he spins tunes for all of us during Cuban Fantasy. He's a prime example of how WEMU's hosts turn their passion for music and community service into great radio.

Meet The Staff - Joe Tiboni

Mar 29, 2016

  Joe Tiboni has spent most of his life as a devotee to the blues.  You get to experience that experience and passion every Sunday evening when he steps in to host Big City Blues Cruise.  That's what you support when you give to WEMU - passion.  Shows like these are slowly disappearing from the radio landscape, but, at WEMU, they're an important part of our schedule because that's what our community has told us is important. 

Meet The Staff - Jorge Avellan

Mar 18, 2016

When Jorge Avellan joined WEMU's staff he had never spent time working in public radio.  His background as a professional news man, however, impressed us enough to know that he'd do a great job for you.  What you've heard over the past few months is his commitment to news coming through in his reports.  Jorge loves telling the stories of our community, and when you support WEMU you support those efforts.  

 

Meet The Staff - Jeremy Baldwin

Mar 17, 2016

Jeremy Baldwin is another man of few words on the WEMU staff.    That just leaves him more time to listen to great music and share it with you every Saturday during The Roots Music Project.  His passion for discovering new tunes and sharing them with you is what you support when you give to WEMU.  Let's learn a little about what makes him tick, a few words at a time.

Meet The Staff - Nik Thompson

Mar 16, 2016

Have you ever met someone at their "day job" and wondered what they do for a hobby?  We wonder how many people have bumped into Nik Thompson during the week would know that he gets his groove on with you every Sunday morning on WEMU.  Get to know a little more about the host of "The Sunday Best" and his passion for bringing you the very best music he can find.  That's what you support when you listen and donate to WEMU - the passion of folks just like Nik.  

Meet The Staff - Jessica Webster

Mar 15, 2016

If you listen to WEMU, then you're automatically part of the "In Crowd."  Our listeners and supporters make the station hum, and our hosts know and love this energy.  That's where Jessica Webster comes in.  She's been with WEMU for a few years, but recently she's come to Sunday afternoons and taken possession of the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. time slot as the host of "The In Crowd."  Here's a glimpse into what makes her tick.

Meet The Staff - Mat Hopson

Mar 14, 2016

Weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m., most people are still soundly sleeping in their beds.  Mat Hopson is already in the WEMU studios, getting things ready to bring you the best possible Morning Edition he can produce.  Your reward for supporting WEMU is the dedication of people like Mat.  We sat down with him to learn a little about what makes Mat tick. 

Meet The Staff - Wendy Wright

Mar 10, 2016

Here's another example of great passion for public radio and performance leading to a long term love affair with WEMU.  Wendy Wright hosts "From Memphis To Motown" every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  But that's not where she started.  Wendy followed the path from listener to volunteer to host that many of our staff have been on.  Your passion for and support of WEMU helps us keep weekends "live and local" with great hosts like Wendy.

Meet The Staff - Marilyn Gouin

Mar 8, 2016

One of the most important jobs at any public radio station is taking care of the people that take care of the station - donors and volunteers like you!

Marilyn does a great service for WEMU by taking of a lot of the "behind the scenes" work that keeps the station moving forward.

Meet The Staff - Daniel Long

Mar 7, 2016
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One of the great things about WEMU is that we have passionate and loyal fans/listeners/supporters.  Some of them are so passionate that they just have to get involved.  This is what led today's featured staff member to WEMU.  As of last year, Daniel Long has been handling hosting duties on The Groove Yard.  He continues a long tradition of audiophiles, passionate about sharing their passion for jazz, working for you on the airwaves of WEMU.

Meet The Staff - Linda Yohn

Mar 4, 2016

What you hear on the air on WEMU is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Your donations to WEMU keep things moving on both fronts. Our next "meet the staff" interview is with a hard working woman that never stops trying to make the best WEMU possible.  She's our Music Director and host of 89.1 Jazz, Linda Yohn.

Meet The Staff - Lisa Barry

Mar 3, 2016
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Every afternoon you rely on WEMU to get you news, traffic, weather and more. We entertain you, inform you, and make you laugh. When you support WEMU, you fund the hard work that goes into making all of that possible. We will be spending some time with several of the people that make WEMU "go" over the next couple of weeks.  Today we sit down with our newest on-air host, radio veteran, Lisa Barry.

Meet The Staff - Michael Jewett

Mar 2, 2016

When you listen to WEMU, you spend time with the great people that work on and off the air.  And, when you support WEMU, you help keep them moving forward.  We will be spending some time with several of the people that make WEMU "go" over the next couple of weeks.  Today we're chatting with the man behind "Bluestime," Michael Jewett.

Meet The Staff - David Fair

Mar 1, 2016
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  When you listen to WEMU, you spend time with the great people that work on and off the air.  And, when you support WEMU, you help keep them moving forward.  We will be spending some time with several of the people that make WEMU "go" over the next couple of weeks.  First up is a familiar voice to anyone who wakes up with WEMU - David Fair.  

African-American History in Washtenaw County

Feb 29, 2016
Washtenaw County

To wrap-up our Black History Month coverage, we spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor of Africology and African-American Studies, Ronald Woods.

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This morning Democratic candidate for Michigan, Democrat Mark Schauer joined Rick Pluta on a statewide call-in show via the Michigan Public Radio Network.

You can listen to the full program here:  

This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.

This Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!” 
 
The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes!  There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” when it comes to running for President.  It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!
 

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced its 2014 Mainstage lineup.

Executive Director Amy Nesbitt sat down with WEMU's Michael Jewett Monday afternoon to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.

See the complete schedule here: http://a2sf.org/desktop/

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Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell is came to the Michigan Theater Monday evening.

89.1 WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Gladwell about his latest book, "David and Goliath - Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants."

— Bob Eccles is a reporter and the host of 89.1 WEMU's All Things Considered. Contact him at 734.487.3363, email him reccles@emich.edu, or follow him on Twitter @BobEcclesWEMU

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Sub-zero temperatures and  frigid wind chills have once again forced many schools to close throughout the region. The record cold temperatures may cause many in the WEMU listening area to develop cold-weather injuries like frostbite and hypothermia.

For road conditions and frequent weather updates, stay tuned to 89.1 WEMU for the latest developments.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted its tips on how to be "prepared to stay safe and healthy in winter." For instance, if you have to go outside be sure to do what mom always said:

 

"Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots."

We simply suggest: Stay inside if you can.

Cold weather safety tips include: 

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Governor Rick Snyder issued his 2014 State of the State Address Thursday, January 17, 2014 and 89.1 WEMU carried it live as a partnership with Michigan Public Radio Network.  This is their coverage of the event and the Democratic response.  

SEE ALSO: Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address

The documentary explores the rich history of the longest-running live performance radio show on public radio.  Featuring interviews with the show's founders, band members and guest artists (including Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Jason Isbell, Billy Bragg, Bela Fleck and more), WV Public Broadcasting's Dave Mistich retraces the earliest steps of the show in 1983 all the way to the 30th anniversary in 2013.  In addition, this hour-long special also attempts to identify the multifaceted identity of the program and explores its reach and meaning to listeners all across the world.  

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This month on 89.1 WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment, we we will explore  a growing threat in the region - Asian Carp. We look into its growing threat of expanding territories to the world's greatest freshwater resource, the Great Lakes.

The Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission, Tim Eder joins us to talk about the issue and what can be done to establish a long-term solution.


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