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Apple Monday Spring Pledge Drive Winners

Apr 22, 2015

Update:

We have our four iPad winners and our grand prize Apple Watch winner.

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 Thanks to the generosity of WEMU's community champions and everyone who has given so far, WEMU reached the first $100,000 of our $200,000 pledge drive goal yesterday afternoon.  As promised, today is pledge drive free -- no interruptions, just the wonderful Sunday programs you look forward to every week.  Every program you hear on the weekend is supported 100% by donor contributions.

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If you gave $150 or more to WEMU this spring, your admission for two is a bonus premium and your name is on the guest list for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center (In the atrium in case of rain). 

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You probably know that we are in the middle of the Spring Pledge Drive as you've been listening to WEMU this week. This morning, there's approximately $25,000 to raise by 7 pm today keep our weekend pledge free and uninterrupted.  Your gift will help us reach the halfway point of our $100,000 goal. 

 

You may not know it but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off.

The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there.

Mlive reports that eight protesters were arrested during the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, known as BAMN, violently rushed through a table of barricades with chants of "open it up or we'll shut it down."

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It's fundraising time at WEMU and we are asking you to rise to the challenge and help shrink WEMU's pledge drive.  Our goal this spring is $200,000 and here's the deal.  As soon as we reach the midpoint of $100,000 we will stop fundraising until Monday morning.   Just stop entirely.

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The campaign to ban the drilling process known as “fracking” plans to launch a petition drive next month. This will be the third time the anti-fracking campaign has tried to get lawmakers or voters to adopt a ban.

  Earlier efforts fell short, but LuAnn Kozma of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan says the ongoing controversy about drilling has helped the cause.
 

“I think people are getting it,” she said. “When they hear about fracking, they don’t want it.”

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How would you like to help jump start WEMU’s spring pledge drive and see a really great show too?

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents held a special meeting today to announce Kim Schatzel, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts a national search for the successor to President Susan Martin. Provost Schatzel will begin her role following President Martin’s announced final day of July 7, 2015.

Rain Garden
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Rain gardens can help reduce the risk of flooding, in an eco-friendly manner.

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Even though there are no "teams" from Michigan playing in tonight's  NCAA championship game , the Ann Arbor area will be represented. WEMU's Lisa Barry recently sat down with local, Emmy-winning singer-songwriter David Barrett, to talk about how he connects with the NCAA Championship.

Energy Policy is front and center at the Michigan Capitol, with competing proposals under consideration. Where are we, and where are we headed? Lisa Wozniak seeks answers to those questions from Valerie Bader, the Executive Director for the Michigan Agency for Energy. Listen below. 


Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

In a surprise announcement at a public University Strategic Plan and Financial Update session, Eastern Michigan University President, Susan Martin, stated she will step down, on July 7, 2015, and return to teaching. WEMU's David Fair has a complete interview with President Martin.


Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Susan Martin is the first-ever female President at Eastern Michigan University. On July 7th, the seventh anniversary of assuming the Presidency, Martin will step away from the job.


Of course there's more than 8 reasons, but here's a fun list of some great things you can find in and around Ypsilanti, from our friends at Visit Ypsi.

MPRN

  There were celebrations in four Michigan counties where a year ago same-sex couples crowded into courthouses to get married. That was right after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

"Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style" will premiere at the Detroit Institute of Art at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 as part of the Free Press Film Festival.   


$50,000 Community Challenge

Mar 17, 2015

  Help us celebrate WEMU's 50th anniversary by participating in our $50,000 community challenge for our Spring Pledge Drive that begins Thursday, April 16th. 

We're challenging fifty WEMU donors to pledge a minimum of $1,000 each to help us challenge others to give during our pledge drive - and we are only $2000 away.  Step up to the challenge and make your $1,000 gift today. 

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Eastern Michigan University
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Chants of "The E.A.A. is killing us. Black Lives Matter" cut the March 17th Board of Regents meeting.

Karyotype
National Human Genome Research Institute

The biggest challenge is finding a way to deal with the amount of data the sequencing creates.


Celebrate WEMU's 50th anniversary in style with this gorgeous commemorative tile - yours for a contribution of only $50.

Crafted by Ann Arbor's Motawi Tile Works, and designed by local graphic artist, Guillermo Flores, this distinctive tile is a unique reminder of WEMU's service to the community, bringing you the best of NPR, local news, jazz, and blues for 50 years.

We only have 150 of these so don't delay -- make your $50 gift today for this piece of WEMU history.

 

U.S. Ecology
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Free program allows residents to safely dispose of devices containing the hazardous material

Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.michiganlcv.org

Lisa Wozniak explores issues facing the Great Lakes in the near and long term. Her guest on 89.1 WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment is Mike Shriberg, the newly appointed Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center. 


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.).

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