After twelve years at Michigan Radio, I am stepping down from my position as Director of Corporate Support. While I would love to stay “in the game,” it is time for me to hand off the reins and return to my home and family in Portland, Oregon.
Over my 30-year fundraising career, I have had the privilege of working with some fabulous people at public broadcast stations around the country- and at NPR and PBS. These extraordinary individuals and the opportunities I have had the honor of being associated with will always remain close to my heart.
As I wrap things up, it is hard to say goodbye to the wonderful team of talented people here at Michigan Radio. Most especially to the Corporate Support team, which is the best I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Their unflagging commitment to making every sponsor relationship the best it can be never fails to inspire me.
I am very pleased to welcome Holli Eaton as our new Director of Corporate Support. She is taking on her new responsibilities with great energy and enthusiasm. In addition to her wealth of talent and experience, Holli’s generous spirit and intuitive intellect is sure to inspire and endear her to all those who are fortunate to meet and work with her.
I encourage you to reach out to Holli in the coming weeks and welcome her. I promise you will be glad you did.
Finally, I would like to express my deep appreciation to all who have contributed to the financial vitality of Michigan Radio and public broadcasting stations across this country.
Your financial support has a greater impact than you might imagine on the state of public service journalism and the communities of people who rely on fact-based news.
On behalf of all my public broadcast colleagues, Thank You!
With warmest regards,
Retiring Director Corporate Support
“Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.” –Native American Proverb
We are ringing in 2019 with excitement for what is to come and gratitude for the successes we’ve realized at Michigan Radio in the last year. Our corporate sponsors are essential to providing the financial support that allows Michigan Radio to serve our audience as a trusted source of journalism in Michigan. In 2018, our corporate sponsors provided 23% of our annual revenue.
We are also reflecting on our accomplishments from 2018, most notably and recently, the resounding success of the Believed podcast produced and hosted by Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Lindsay Smith. Believed told the story of the sexual assault of hundreds of girls by USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and explored how those young women found their power when well-meaning adults failed them. Believed is also the first podcast that has been entirely produced by a member station and distributed in partnership by NPR. The nine episode podcast has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by listeners across the country. In its October 2018 debut, Believed became the # 1 podcast in the U.S. (source: itunescharts.net)
Now, we look forward to 2019, to more groundbreaking reporting and partnerships. For example, Michigan Radio will be participating in the new initiative 1A Across America. Over the course of two years, Michigan Radio and five other public media stations will work closely with 1A host Joshua Johnson and their production team to source stories, conduct live broadcasts and events, produce collaborative content and elevate local journalism here in Michigan.
Corporate sponsorship is an essential part of how Michigan Radio is able to continue to excel. YOUR support helps us remain the most listened to public radio service in the state. If you were part of the Michigan Radio corporate sponsorship family in 2018, I thank you for your support. If we have yet to host your corporate message on the station, I invite you to make that commitment for a better, brighter and prosperous year ahead.
Thank you for your support of Michigan Radio.
Steve Schram, Executive Director and General Manager at Michigan Radio
By Tim Marshall, President & CEO
Bank of Ann Arbor
As a locally owned and operated bank, we truly appreciate Michigan Radio. From morning traffic reports to local news and programs, Michigan Radio keeps its listeners informed, educated and entertained 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Bank of Ann Arbor is proud to continue its support of Michigan Radio. We share one very important value—we both help our communities.
While we’ve expanded beyond Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, Saline, Plymouth and Birmingham, our mission remains the same—helping local people and businesses thrive through our time, effort and financial resources, and by making customers our top priority.
Since 1996, Bank of Ann Arbor has been steadfast in our local support. We’ve contributed over $5.4 million to help support area nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, the arts and others. Each year Bank of Ann Arbor supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations and charities throughout Southeast Michigan.
From our recent Birminghelps campaign that donated $75,000 to Oakland County nonprofits to our free Sonic Lunch concert series, which fills downtown Ann Arbor every summer, we love to help.
So does Michigan Radio. Its listeners can count on our support in the years ahead.
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By Carolyn Bloodworth, Secretary and Treasurer, Consumers Energy Foundation
Every hour of every day, Michigan Radio links communities across Michigan by sharing information and stories about our state and the people who make it a great place to live. The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to continue our support of Michigan Radio because it shares our mission of building and bringing our state’s communities together.
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. We fulfill our company’s mission to deliver hometown service by investing in and supporting good, thoughtful work that goes on across the state.
That takes many forms, whether it’s dollars to help Flint high school students attend college, to preserve environmental habitats, or to build recreational trails that get people outdoors. We’ve put our support behind initiatives that enhance the culture of the places we live, from expanding children’s museums to renovating historic theaters. Our impact touches all of our state’s residents, even the penguins and polar bears at the Detroit Zoo!
We value Michigan Radio’s efforts to inform people, to give a voice to everyone in our communities and to shape public policy. Michigan Radio and its listeners can count on us to continue our support for their important mission.
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