Molly Motherwell

General Manager

Today we are announcing that veteran Detroit broadcaster Lisa Barry has joined the WEMU news team as the local anchor for NPR’s All Things Considered (weekdays, 4-7 p.m.).

Vote For WEMU!

Oct 17, 2014

Analysts predict the cost of the 2014 election will exceed billions of dollars. Most of these dollars are being spent advertising in print, on television and radio, and online.  I know my inbox has been flooded with campaign ads and fundraising appeals and yours probably has too. Beyond the election advertising we are also bombarded by an endless news coverage cycle of sound bites, quips, spin and misstatements.    

Linda Yohn
W. Streety

89.1, WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, Wins National Jazz Programmer Of The Year For The Fifth Time

   89.1 WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, was named ‘Jazz Programmer of the Year,’ in a major market Friday, August 8, at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in San Jose, CA.   This is the fifth programmer of the year award for Yohn who was nominated  in 2006 and 2008 and won four years  in a row; 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She was nominated again in 2013 and won again in 2014

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.

Get Involved

Oct 17, 2013

Two years ago, jazz trumpeter, Terence Blanchard stood in front of members of the southeast Michigan jazz community to talk about his role as the artist-in-residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival.  He marveled at how, in the face of so many challenges, the Detroit Jazz Festival had remained so viable when many other festivals had gone under.

What resonated with me is that he said that in order for this free festival to continue, its stakeholders had to get involved.

Dear Friend of WEMU:

In January of 2011, WEMU took a leap of faith. We promised EMU that we could cut our general fund budget by $250,000 over three years to help offset the 15% cut to higher education the University was facing from the state. We were confident that WEMU’s listeners would step up to the challenge and help offset that cuts that we incurred. And, so far, you have. In 2012 we were able to offset that $50,000 with increased donations from listeners. This year WEMU took a $100,000 cut to our general fund appropriation.

With two strong pledge drives in fall and spring, we are again poised make it up through listener and corporate contributions. But, we can’t do it without your financial gift. We have until June 25 to raise approximately $35,000. $35,000 that goes directly to the programs and people you count on from WEMU. $35,000 that helps us maintain our daily operations and our strong focus on community through local news and local music programming. Without that $35,000 we will be faced with some tough decisions.

Will we be able to continue to bring you the specialty music programs you look forward to each weekend? Will we be able to remain live on weekday evenings? Or will we be forced to go to syndicated programming, which may fill the hours with music, but that lacks the soul, vibrancy, and community connection you get with WEMU? 

As the year comes to a close, it’s a tradition to both look back and anticipate what lies ahead. I’m excited to share just a few highlights that your support of WEMU made possible in 2012, and with your continued support, what’s ahead in 2013.

  •  2012 had the most expensive Presidential election in history.  WEMU brought you thoughtful and thorough coverage throughout the election cycle, not only on the national level but on the state and local levels as well.
  •  WEMU covered Washtenaw County  more throroughly than any other local station; from city council to county commssion, from the devastating Dexter tornado to the record-breaking summer heat wave, from transit to traffic.  WEMU will continue to be your best and most trusted local news source in 2013.
  • WEMU was in your community; onstage at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, marching in the Fourth of July Parade, hosting free 5:01 Jazz shows in downtown Ann Arbor, running shuttle buses to the Detroit Jazz Festival and so much more.

We know you are asked to support many worthy organizations at this time of year. Please take a moment to consider the value that WEMU adds to your life and to the life of the community. Your tax-deductible year-end gift will go a long way toward helping us achieve our goals in the coming year.

 Please make your secure online gift at by clicking the green DONATE button. 

On behalf of the staff of WEMU and our public radio partners, I wish you a joyful holiday season, thank you for your support this year, and look forward to serving you in 2013.