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Abstract
Division within the Office of the Vice President for Communications; comprised of Michigan Radio and the Michigan Channel and also responsible for content contributed to other outlet. Includes three seasons of Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference, a program that originally aired on the Big Ten Network as well as archived websites.

History
Michigan Public Media (MPM) is a division Office of the Vice President for Communications at the University of Michigan. As of 2012, the office was led by Director Stephen Schram and was comprised of Michigan Radio, a National Public Radio news station broadcasting in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Flint; and “The Michigan Channel,” the University’s cable channel devoted to lifelong learning. Michigan Public Media is also responsible for content contributed to other outlets, including the Big Ten Network (BTN), a joint project between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Entertainment Group. MPM previosuly produced Michigan Television (WFUM-TV, Flint), but the station was acquired by Central Michigan University in 2009. MPM has won numerous state and national awards for excellence in reporting and innovative programming. Michigan Radio received six awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists for news coverage in 2005 and eight awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2005.

From 2008-2011, Michigan Public Media contributed three seasons of the program Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference to the Big Ten Network. The show, presented by the Office of the Vice President for Communications and produced by Michigan Productions, aired on the Big Ten Network and was dedicated to highlighting the people, research, outreach, and events that make the University of Michigan a premier institution of higher learning. Each episode consisted of three separate segments focusing on the people, research, outreach, programs, or events at the University of Michigan. During the segments, field reporters conducted interviews with the person being highlighted or the people involved in the story being highlighted.

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