Interlochen Public Radio Dominates Michigan Broadcasters Awards

Crescendo issue: April 2014
Interlochen Public Radio has proven, yet again, that it is firmly ensconced in the everyday life of Northern Michiganders, and beyond.

Their commitment to quality reporting, programming and excellence was put on display once more during the recent Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards ceremony.

During that ceremony, IPR took home the coveted Public Radio Station of the Year Award, as well as “Best” in Hard News and Current Events Story: Dangerous Currents; Mini-Documentary or Series: 50th Series; Musical Programming: Remembering Dave Brubeck; and News Special or Public Affairs Program: Asian Carp Dinner.

IPR also scored “Merit” awards in Community Involvement: In House Community Guest; Hard News and Current Events Story: Festival Fatigue; News Special or Public Affairs Program: Alan Lomax; and Special Interest and Cultural Programming: Radio Collage​​.

“The awards are a result of IPR's daily commitment to present news and music programming that is useful and relevant to radio and online listeners,” says IPR General Manager Thom Paulson. “IPR news reporters operate within a strong ethics policy, carefully reviewing and editing each piece so that stories are told with maximum clarity and accuracy. Music programming often features Interlochen students, guest artists, faculty, and alumni, highlighting the extraordinary artistic influence that Interlochen has in the world. IPR has won Michigan Association of Broadcasters' 'Station of the Year' award for four of the last ten years, and several other awards from the Associated Press, and the Public Radio News Directors, Inc.”

Moving forward, Paulson says that IPR’s focus will remain trained on excellent story telling, through news and music.

“​We intend to serve IPR listeners with the best possible news and music programming, based in Northern Michigan and at Interlochen Center for the Arts. We've never really set out to produce an award-winning program or tell a story for the purpose of winning awards. But, it sometimes happens when others evaluate the service that IPR provides.”

“IPR is a continuous source of trustworthy news, unparalleled arts and cultural programming, and excellent music for listeners across Northern Michigan and around the world,” Paulson continued. “IPR presents the only continuous classical music broadcast service in Michigan. It provides an important link between Interlochen and the community, and connections among the community itself. The station's main source of financial support each year comes from its listeners and underwriters -- more than $1 million per year -- to ensure the station continues to serve the community."

More information on IPR, including the ability to stream the stations live online or how to support the stations, can be found by visiting here.