Former WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchor and Detroit news legend, Bill Bonds, passed away last weekend. WEMU remembers him as the dominant force that he was in Southeast Michigan for nearly thirty years. Today he will be memorialized fondly as he is laid to rest.
I had an opportunity to sit down with a longtime coworker of Mr. Bonds, Eastern Michigan University's VP for Communications Walter Kraft, to talk about his life and legacy.
Walter Kraft shares his memories of Bill Bonds with Patrick Campion on WEMU.
Listen to all of your favorite weekend programs from Saturday 11/22/2014 and Sunday 11/23/2014. This includes full versions of The Roots Music Project, The Groove Yard and The In Crowd with Jessica Webster that are only available online.
Lisa Wozniak, the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, speaks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network about money that poured into our state during the latest election cycle.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss his 14 years in office, what led him to politics in the first place and what his plans are now that his time as Mayor is coming to an end.
As University of Michigan alumni return to campus for tomorrow's homecoming game, they will find a different former football player leading the athletic department. President Mark Schlissel accepted the resignation of Dave Brandon this morning and named Jim Hackett the Interim Athletic Director. Hackett is the former Chief Executive of Steelcase and was Brandon's teammate at Michigan in the 1970's.
In this edition of "Focus On EMU," Patrick Campion sits down with Professor Ed Sidlow from Eastern Michigan University's Political Science Department.
They talk midterm politics and then look back at the changing political face of the student body over the past 40 years. Sidlow shares his insight from his years as a student at EMU (1970 - 1974) and as a member of the Eastern faculty (1995 - present).
After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Projectmore time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three. Starting Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.
"Jeremy has a great following in this community," said Patrick Campion, WEMU Program Director. "Moving the program to a little later time on Saturday opens it up to an even larger potential audience and lets us more easily expand it to an additional hour. This also gives us a chance to move some other local programs around that pair up well with The Roots Music Project."
"Wendy's blues selections are a great lead in to the rest of our new Saturday lineup," Campion continues. "Again, this gives her an opportunity to be exposed to a new and wider audience with a program we believe has a lot of potential for growth."
Public radio station 89.1, WEMU has added the syndicated program Jazz 24 to its week night programming from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday though Friday, replacing ‘Evening Sounds’ with Evelynn Hawkins which was canceled for budget reasons. Jazz 24 is also WEMU’s current overnight service.
A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.
The coal ash and byproducts will be repurposed to pave roadways and enrich farmland, but environmental watchdog organizations warn that the mercury that is trapped in the ash could eventually leach into groundwater and soil.