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Posted on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 : 4:43 p.m.

Michigan Radio, WEMU exceed fund-raising goals

By Staff

The public-radio operations at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University both wrapped up their fall fund drives recently, and both exceeded their goals.

WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern, notched its most successful fund drive ever.

In an announcement on its website, WEMU reports:

"Because of your generosity, WEMU surpassed it's on-air fundraising goal of $150,000, making Fall 2010 the most successful pledge drive in WEMU history!

"Thanks for believing in community public radio; for jazz, news, and blues. WEMU's success is a reflection of you and your community support."

Meanwhile, Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, exceeded its goal of $915,000. Michigan Radio encompasses WUOM (91.7-FM) in Ann Arbor along with additional stations based in Flint and Grand Rapids.

“We’re extremely grateful for the ongoing support that our donors provide,” Michigan Radio Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram said in a prepared statement. “It speaks to our listeners' regard for the programming we provide, and underscores the importance and relevance of our service as the state's leading public radio station."



Fri, Nov 5, 2010 : 7:51 a.m.

Thank you, Ms. Motherwell, for the information. Would Michigan Radio care to share their overage?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:22 a.m.

DBH, I can't speak for WUOM/Michigan Radio, but WEMU exceeded the goal by just over $400. Not a huge margin for error but it's the highest goal we've ever had and we're exceedingly grateful to all who helped us reach and exceed it in exactly the last minute of the pledge drive last Thursday. Molly Motherwell General Manager, WEMU


Sat, Oct 30, 2010 : 9:36 p.m.

I am curious by HOW MUCH did WEMU and Michigan Radio exceed their goals. I am happy for them, but how about letting us know what the excess beyong the goals was.

Ed Kimball

Sat, Oct 30, 2010 : 9:38 a.m.

One costly difference between WUOM and WEMU is that WUOM broadcasts a much more powerful signal. Furthermore, I don't know how efficiently WUOM runs, but I'm always amazed at how much WEMU gets out of each dollar.

Jeff Gaynor

Sat, Oct 30, 2010 : 8:54 a.m.

I can't answer Jim's question, but it is amazing what WEMU does on such a small budget, especially in terms of local knowledgeable hosts, local news, support of the arts locally, outreach to the community and outstanding music.

Jim Osborn

Sat, Oct 30, 2010 : 6:54 a.m.

Why does WUOM have such a large budget as compared to WEMU? $900k Vs $150k? Even if one divides WUOM's budget by 3 (three stations), it is still more than twice as large.