In Recognition of Wemu 89.1’s 50Th Anniversaryby Representative Debbie Dingell
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate WEMU 89.1
radio station on their 50th Anniversary. As a Member of Congress and a
long-time listener and supporter, it is my honor and privilege to
recognize their commitment to providing first class news and
entertainment to our community.
Founded on December 8, 1965, WEMU 89.1 began its broadcasting service from the Quirk Building for Eastern Michigan University with the goal of delivering local news and showcasing jazz, blues, and community musicians. Since then, WEMU has grown into one of the most popular news and entertainment stations serving the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. WEMU is an affiliate of National Public Radio, which allows the station to provide first rate national news and programming while continuing to maintain its focus on the community and region it calls home.
WEMU has become a part of the fabric of our southeast Michigan community. Over the course of fifty years, they have transformed themselves from a small university radio station into a go-to destination for balanced, informative news and entertainment. In an age [[Page E1732]] of media consolidation, they have maintained their commitment to meaningful local news coverage focused on the people, issues and events that make our region tick. Their dedication to fair and honest reporting of the news and promoting local music and artists has had a profound positive impact on our region, and we cannot thank them enough for their commitment to this important work.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today to honor WEMU 89.1 on their 50th Anniversary and to wish them many more years of success.