Michigan Radio expands Lansing service to 89.7 FM, WLNZ

Michigan Radio, the state’s most-owned public radio service, is expanding its coverage in the Lansing area to 89.7 FM, WLNZ. Through a partnership with Lansing Community College, licensee of WLNZ, Michigan Radio will provide public radio programming for Lansing station, with a simulcast of its NPR news and information programs and award-winning nationwide coverage. Michigan Radio will begin broadcasting the station on Monday, November 15 at 8:00 am

Lansing listeners can now listen to popular public programs such as Marketplace, BBC Newshour, The World, On The Media and The Moth Radio Hour, as well as Michigan Radio’s list of national journalistic content, led by Stateside, the station’s award-winning broadcaster, daily News program. Overall, this partnership will bring Lansing listeners over 100 hours per week and unreproduced public radio programs. The full program schedule for Michigan Radio can be found here.

As part of this partnership, Lansing Community College will continue to broadcast locally produced programs weekly on WLNZ on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m. starting January 2022. Produced by LCC, this broadcast will contain news, information and interviews relating to the college’s academic programs and various community engagement events that benefit the community and serve the public interest.

“LCC is very excited to enter into this broadcasting agreement with Michigan Radio,” said LCC President Steve Robinson. “We understand the vital role community radio plays for our neighbors and we look forward to bringing vital news and information, as well as cultural and public service programming, to the greater Lansing area.”

In 2020, the Lansing Community College Board of Directors formed a task force to investigate alternatives for long-term operation of the station. In March of this year, Michigan Radio submitted a formal proposal for the operation and programming of the station, which was completed this fall.

“Michigan Radio is excited to add WLNZ 89.7 FM to our greater Lansing presence,” said Steve Schram, executive director and general manager of Michigan Radio. “This innovative partnership with Lansing Community College will enable more people to access news and information through a clear and local FM signal. It underscores our stronger commitment to Lansing as the heart of Mid-Michigan and an important center for education, culture, government and business. “

In September 2018, Michigan Radio entered into a similar agreement with the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency to broadcast Michigan Radio programs on WRSX – 91.3 FM in Port Huron. This change has resulted in significant audience growth for WRSX and brought public radio programming to a wider audience in the Blue Water area.

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