89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station won the 2015 Station of the Year award for Public Radio Group 1 at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) annual Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony Tuesday, May 4, 2016, at the Lansing Center.
WEMU also won three Best Awards for Mini Documentary or Series for the regular Wednesday feature, Issues of the Environment; Best Newscast, and for the narrative that accompanied the entry for Station of the Year consideration.
Three Merit awards were also awarded to the station:
Community Involvement for the Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Series (Editor's note: you can celebrate with WEMU at the 5:01 Jazz show this Friday at Rush Street featuring a lively Latin jazz quintet, Los Gatos)
Marketing Materials and Promos for the 2015 Holiday Promo campaign
New Media for the listener poll for the best jazz and blues from 1965 to 2015 that was part of the station’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2015.
“This is a 100 percent team win for WEMU,” said station General Manager, Molly Motherwell. “It was the work on air and in the community; and a focus on great content and listener engagement that brought this honor to WEMU. I couldn’t be happier for our programmers and all the station staff.”
“I'm proud to be a part of the WEMU team and honored to be recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for all of our hard work,” said Program Director, Patrick Campion. “ We have incredible listeners and supporters, some of the best on-air staff in the business, great support behind the scenes, a community that loves public radio and a host university that is committed to the importance of what we do every day. That's a recipe for many more great things to come!”
"WEMU is an important community asset for Eastern Michigan University," said Walter Kraft, vice president for communications. "The station's hyper-local focus, whether it is in news, coverage of the arts and entertainment, or traffic and weather, is central to its value to people throughout the Washtenaw region. At the same time, its wonderful and eclectic mix of great music -- jazz, blues and roots -- and the talented local hosts create a distinct blend of information and music that you don't find at many stations across the country."
Public Radio Group 1 includes public broadcasters whose operations budgets are less than $2 million. Other stations in the group are WCMU (Central Michigan University), WGVU (Grand Valley State), WKAR (Michigan State University), WNMU (Northern Michigan University), WUCX (Delta College), WMUK (Western Michigan University), and WIAA (Interlochen public radio).
89.1, WEMU, is a listener-supported NPR affiliate with a format of local news, jazz, 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), webcasts live 24 hours a day, and has a free downloadable app for iPhone and Android.
The MAB is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization representing radio and television broadcast stations in Michigan.