Clair County Community College. The station provided an outlet to artists that normally wouldn't be played on commercial stations in the market.
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On December 6,the station ed off the air. On December 12,St. The Federal Communications Commission FCC turned down the application because there were not any available frequencies at the time. Around this time the university began working on plans for a statewide network of four FM stations to be located in Ann Arbor, Mount PleasantManistique and Houghton. The university applied to the FCC on September 11, for a station at At the time, a station on the new FM band was seen as being at a ificant disadvantage.
Its al covers most of the southeastern and central Lower Peninsula, from Lansing to Muchigan. The original WFUM operated at WUOM has since reduced its power to 93, watts, but still can be heard with a fair al in Flint. WFUM today operates with 17, watts of power. Its al reaches the immediate area around Flint primarily but also can be heard in far northern parts of the Detroit metro area on selective radios. It covers West Michigan char a powerful 96,watt al.
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WVGR was forced to downgrade to a mono al at 20, watts, but d broadcasting from its own tower in the fall of Because the station was not affiliated with any of the commercial radio networks, it produced nearly all the programs it broadcast in the early days. The program guide for October shows the station on the air from pm—pm on weekdays the station had just expanded into eveningswith a few hours of programs on Saturday and Sunday.
Some of the programs featured recorded music, but nearly all programs were performed live to air in the first days.
By the early s, many of these shows were being transcribed and sent to other stations. In the mid s, the station had the largest staff of any FM radio station in the country.
WUOM produced programs that were broadcast throughout Michigan on commercial and educational stations, and many of its programs aired around the country. The tapes were "bicycled" locak one educational station to another.
Radio plays were sometimes featured as well. Classical music host Peter Greenquist's "Morning Show" of classical music and news is much of the heart of the Ann Michitan community, and sportscaster Tom Hemmingway could be heard across the city on football Saturdays, often telling stories about the history of the game that only such local "townies" would be able to remember.
In the s, the station added a nationally syndicated New Age music program, Music from the Hearts of Space, as well as an hour of more eclectic music before the midnight -off, featuring the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club. WUOM's popularity gradually decreased from the height of the s, though it still retained enough prestige to become a charter member of NPR in It was one of the approximately 90 stations that aired the inaugural broadcast of All Things Considered.
In the CPB informed the station that its audience was so small that its federal funding was in jeopardy, due to new rules in line with the drastically reduced funding for public broadcasting across the United States. Around the same time, the University of Michigan commissioned a private not public study that recommended the university divest itself of the radio stations.
The university decided against that plan.
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Programming history[ edit ] Donovan Reynolds became the manager of Michigan Radio in He determined that the only way to save the stations was to execute a marked broadcasting departure from the past with a focus on nationally syndicated programming. Classical music was still offered, but only during evenings, overnight and on corr. The classical music programs were phased out in Julybut cyeap to be streamed on the Internet from the station's website until This was a devastating blow chea Ann Arbor's then-thriving classical music community, who were deeply unhappy with the changes, as well as all the people who listened to the other local programming.
However, the format has been extremely successful in terms of attracting new listeners and therefore listener donations.
For dort years afterMichigan Radio's rise was a case study in the public radio industry, including in Iowa, where the Bornstein and Associates Report on Iowa Public Radio consolidation devotes a chapter to studying Michigan Radio's format change. Inthe station created its daily, locally produced talk show, Stateside, which covers a micnigan range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories.
The current host of Stateside is April Baer.
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