Michigan Radio Executive Director and General Manager
We are beginning 2018 with enthusiasm and appreciation for the success you helped to build for Michigan Radio in the past year.
Our corporate support sponsors are a vital component in providing the financial support that allows Michigan Radio to serve its primary allegiance– to our audience– as a most trusted source of journalism, focused on the state of Michigan. We know that you, too, care about our state and want trustworthy journalism to thrive and expand.
Our mission statement articulates those core values and focus:
The mission of Michigan Radio is to produce and distribute trusted content to inform, educate and entertain people who care about the State of Michigan and the world around them.
In 2017, we experienced our most successful year yet with corporate sponsorship participation, representing 24% of the station’s annual revenue. Audiences have found public radio news and information content to be more essential than ever. Over 524,000 weekly broadcast listeners tune in across the state, once again positioning Michigan Radio as the state’s most listened to public radio service. (Nielsen Audio, Spring 2017, National Regional Database, Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6a-12M)
Also, our continued audience development and growth in Grand Rapids set a new record as our WVGR 104.1 FM service is now the # 1 station in the market with Adults 25-54. (Nielsen Audio, Grand Rapids, MI – Spring 2017, Adults 25-54, Mon-Sun 6a-12M). In addition to the station’s over-the-air broadcast audience, more than 100,000 people across the state listen to Michigan Radio’s online audio stream each month, available at michiganradio.org and our station app.
We share these results with you proudly because they demonstrate the positive momentum and prospects for continued growth for Michigan Radio. The increases in broadcast and digital platform listeners place our corporate sponsors in a receptive, clutter-free environment, to communicate their services and products to our highly engaged and influential audience.
If you were part of the Michigan Radio corporate sponsorship family in past year, I thank you for your support and welcome you to expand your presence this coming year. 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.