89.1, WEMU wins Public Radio Station of the Year at Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual awards

WEMU staff/awardees at the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards
Pictured from left to right: Walter Kraft, Daniel Long, Russ Collins, Deb Polich, Molly Motherwell, John Bommarito, Mary Mathias, and Michael Jewett.

YPSILANTI --  89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station was named Station of the Year in Michigan for the Public Radio Group 1 category at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Saturday, April 29, in downtown Detroit.

"Every day #teamwemu works against the odds,” said WEMU General Manager Molly Motherwell. “Our market includes century old radio legends and public radio national leaders, all better resourced, with larger audiences and stronger funding. Yet WEMU consistently finishes among the top five in market rankings. Because what we lack in resources, we make up for in spirit, commitment, and passion.

#teamwemu makes it happen every day. Our team’s determination, commitment to quality, and devotion to our audience pays off in tangible and intangible ways. We raise each other up in times of celebration and hold each other up in times of challenge. Every #teamwemu member had a share in these awards. They belong to all of us."

In addition to Station of the Year, WEMU was also honored with 11 more awards in various categories.  The complete list is below:

Best in Category

2022 Station of the Year – Public Radio Group 1

Community Involvement:

Jazzistry Moments:  Duke Ellington’s Birthday    

Credits: Michael Jewett

Membership Appeal

Nik Thompson's WEMU Squirrel Plea    

Credits: Nik Thompson

Mini Documentary or Series

Issues of the Environment            

Credits: David Fair

News Special or Public Affairs Program

Washtenaw United: An historical and personal perspective on law enforcement

Credits: David Fair

Use of New Media

WEMU 89.1 Celebrates 45 Years of Jazz Programming         

Credits: Molly Motherwell


Hard News & Current Events Story

Incoming Speaker of the House lays out Michigan's environmental agenda          

Credits: David Fair, Lisa Wozniak

Marketing Materials & Promos

WEMU Celebrates 45 years of jazz        

Credits: Molly Motherwell

Musical Programming

Michael Jewett, Duke Ellington and Queen Elizabeth             

Credits: Michael Jewett


More Election Coverage with David Fair

Credits: David Fair

Special Interest and Cultural Programming

creative:impact - John Nick Pappas is a local legend of the third dimension          

Credits: Deb Polich

Use of New Media

As Time Goes By               

Nik Thompson


89.1, WEMU
WEMU is a listener-supported, NPR affiliate with a format of jazz, local news, and blues in addition to NPR news, information, and cultural programming.  The station
broadcasts to an eight-county area that includes all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Lucas (OH), and streams live 24
hours a day.

May 03, 2023

Written by:
Molly Motherwell

Media Contact:
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