Public Radio

Don Hicks
Ann Arbor District Library / aadl.org

The owner of Ann Arbor's Blue LLama Jazz Club, Don Hicks, agress the mutual support between his club and WEMU helps keep jazz music alive.  He describes WEMU as a "key partner" for the club that brings world class jazz artists to Ann Arbor where he says they serve world class food.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Don Hicks about the importance of our connection that helps keep the community connected and the music playing.


Ken Burns
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns went to high school in Ann Arbor and worked at a local record store to earn money to pay for college.  Music has always been a big part of his life and many of his documentaries, including one about jazz.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the impact of music in art and on our lives and the importance of supporting your local NPR station on  "Public Radio Music Day."


Mr. B
Mr. B / mrbpiano.com

It's Public Radio Music Day, and WEMU is celebrating with a one-day fundraiser.  One of many musicians who has benefited from WEMU's jazz and blues programming is boogie-woogie piano player Mark "Mr. B" Braun.  He joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about what public radio has meant to him, his career, and why having access to live and local music programming, presented by members of his hometown community, is so vitally important. 


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.


Fred Jacobs
Jacobs Media / jacobsmedia.com

Today, we mark Public Radio Music Day by celebrating the hosts that bring you 43 hours of live and local music programming every week on WEMU.  Every host and every program is paid for out of funds contributed by WEMU listeners.  You can support the jazz , blues and more  with a donation during this one-day fundraiser.  Throughout the day, you will hear conversations with a number of great minds and artists who also have an appreciation for Public Radio Music.  Fred Jacobs is founder and president of Jacobs Media Strategies, a media consulting firm that has impacted your life in more ways than you know, including working with WEMU and NPR.  He joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on Public Radio Music Day. 


89.1 WEMU
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

In the second half of WEMU's Lisa Barry's interview with news director David Fair and jazz and blues host Michael Jewett, the conversation picks up as they look back at their lengthy on-air careers at WEMU.


89.1 WEMU
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Lengthy on-air careers are pretty rare in the radio business.  Here at WEMU, a number of on-air hosts have been on the air entertaining and informing listeners for decades!

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with jazz and blues host Michael Jewett and news director and local Morning Edition host David Fair about their careers and memories on the air at WEMU.


Breaking into a career in radio, whether it's commercial or public, takes a lot of work, talent, drive, and a little luck as well.  In this week's "creative:impact," Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich learns about the personal journey to a career in radio with David Fair, who is celebrating 25 years at WEMU in 2019. 


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.

For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew with a pair of tickets for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Laith Al-Saadi.  The concert and picnic will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain).  Note: due to the potential for record attendance, tickets will be mailed after pledge is paid instead of the traditional names at the door. Please indicate the barbecue as your premium choice when you make your gift as this is a ticket event, rather than a bonus.

When Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal goes on vacation, there's only one person who can replace him: Tom Hanks. The two-time Oscar-winning actor will guest host an episode of the NPR news quiz, taped in front of a live (and, let's be frank, very lucky) audience in Chicago.

Donate to WEMU
89.1 WEMU-FM

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.

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.

If Ellen Can Do It, So Can WEMU

Mar 17, 2014

This photo raised $3 million for charity.

Maybe $3 million is a stretch, but we must have your support now to reach our $200,000 spring pledge drive goal by Thursday evening. It might not be an Academy Award but you'll definitely feel like a winner!

89.1 WEMU's David Fair chats with StoryCorps Founder, David Isay about the value of intimate storytelling on public radio. Programs like StoryCorps provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

State of the Union

Feb 11, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, the first address of his second term on WEMU. You can listen in on the coverage here on 89.1 FM (or online) and follow the live-blog in real time, below.