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Hazen Schumacher passed away this Saturday morning in Ann Arbor. 

  The name Hazen Schumacher means many things to many people.  He was a family man first of all – loving husband, father and grandfather.  As a public figure Hazen is remembered with respect at The University of Michigan as a professor of communications and as one of the early pioneers of WUOM, now known as Michigan Radio.  Along with providing guidance to WUOM management, Hazen Schumacher brought national recognition to the station for his syndicated program Jazz Revisited.  It was distributed by WUOM and NPR from 1967 through 1997.  

Tens of thousands of people are coming from across the country to visit Ann Arbor's annual Art Fairs. And while most fair-goers are interested in seeing what sort of artwork and other items people have brought with them, there's another issue at hand once it all wraps up.

For a gift of just $250 you and a friend can take the bus to Comerica Park, enjoy a picnic party in the stadium, receive a free TRUEMU Tigers baseball hat, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Seattle Mariners.  

As WEMU gets ready for this Wednesday’s trip to Comerica Park to see the Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners, I drew up a baseball-themed playlist to get you fired up.  If you do a google search for baseball tunes, you’ll find many that are on this list.  However, enlisting the advice of fellow jazz programmers around the nation for their suggestions yielded many more creative ideas.  Adding pieces with a definite WEMU-Ann Arbor, and Detroit connection gives this list an ultra-special distinction.  I picked one song per inning as well as the seventh-inning stretch and tossed in one more in case our game requires an extra inning for a total of 11 favorites.  

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new phone scam. In this latest one, a person calls claiming they're a lawyer trying to collect on a defaulted loan.

Former Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin has found a new job. San Jose State University has named her its Interim President, effective August 18. 

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Parking is always at premium in Ann Arbor. It can be near impossible to find during the Art Fair. The four day Ann Arbor Art Fair begins at 10 this morning and there are options for getting to and from without having to spend a portion of your day looking for a place to park. 

Ann Arbor celebrates itself tonight. The 11th Annual Townie Street Party runs from 5pm to 9:30pm tonight. The annual event has become the traditional kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. With as many as a half-million visitors making their way to the closed streets of the city, it's one way to celebrate local residents and some of the inconveniences the Art Fair creates every year. 

The New WEMU Mobile App

 The best jazz, news, and blues are even easier to use with the new WEMU app, now out in iTunesGoogle Play, and Kindle! You can listen to our live streams and music programs on demand, browse the local news, share a story with a friend and so much more!

Florida is a state with nearly a half million more registered Democrats than Republicans. You wouldn't know it, though, from the state's seats in Congress — 17 of the 27 congressional seats are held by Republicans.

A lot of factors play into that: the concentration of Democrats in urban areas, the talent Florida's Republican Party has for turning out its voters. But another factor is how the congressional district maps are drawn.

In a momentous ruling Thursday, Florida's Supreme Court has scrambled those maps just over a year before the next election.

An era came to an end on Friday, as South Carolina State Troopers removed the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.

We've covered the news in a separate post. Via NPR member station SCETV, here's video of the moment:

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   July 7th, 2015 is Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin’s last day in office.  She leaves EMU 7 years to the day she started in the position.  She says it has been an emotional and moving experience as she steps down but after a one year sabbatical will return as an Eastern professor.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with President Martin, and you can hear the interview here:


Dear WEMU Friends: We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year.

We are delighted to announce the signature event of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Big thanks to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for co-presenting this incredible night with us.

YPSILANTI: 89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station, presents its 50th anniversary signature event, a live recording of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus.  The performance is co-presented by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Find out how deeply Michigan's environmental and economic future  are tied to the health and abundance of our waters. 


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Almost everyone  has been touched by cancer either themselves or through a friend or family member.  A renowned University of Michigan cancer researcher, Dr. Max Wicha was just appointed to the National Cancer Advisory board by President Barack Obama.  

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Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is pleased with today's US Supreme court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. Listen to her thoughts and reaction in an interview with WEMU.

 Join WEMU listeners and donors on a special trip to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, July 22, as part of TruEMU night.  

When you hear the words "green brewery," you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 millionheadquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn't quite as sexy.

"The place you have to start is the building envelope," says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

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When he started the Robert Glasper Experiment, the pianist was trying to blend hip-hop, jazz and R-and-B into a new sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHERISH THE DAY")

Ypsilanti storms, tree damaged.
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The sirens blared, winds howled, lightning lit the sky and rains blanketed the area. If the storms awoke you early this morning, that's the environment that existed just beyond your walls.  High winds caused by a suspected tornado caused damage to several residences near Manchester, but also knocked down trees, branches and power lines throughout the region. 

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The National Weather Service will have its assessment team in Washtenaw County today to try and confirm an early morning tornado near Manchester.  

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With the departure of Eastern Michigan University's president less than 3 weeks away the search for a permanent replacement is getting underway.

 

 

89.1 WEMU's David Fair  reports on the budget and tuition action taken by the EMU Board of Regents. 


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