Earlene McMichael

Morning Edition Host

  Earlene McMichael became WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition in August 2012. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.

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Musiq Soulchild is an 11-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. He rose to be among the most influential voices of neo-soul in the early 2000s. He draws from jazz, blues, funk, rap, reggae, classic R&B, hip-hop and more. More than a decade later,  the self-described "hip-hop soul" artist continues to take musical risks. But he tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael that he will soon be releasing an album reuniting him with the soul flavor that launched his career, a sound he plans to bring to his Feb. 13 show at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Click on icon to hear our interview with him, with a bonus extended version as well.)


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On New Year's Day on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, WMUK continued its review of 2015 by re-airing Earlene McMichael's interview with Anita Hill. (Press now to listen.) Hill helped spur changes in thinking and laws about workplace sexual harassment with her nationally-televised testimony against her former boss Clarence Thomas during his U.S. Supreme Court judgeship hearings in the '90s. McMichael interviewed Hill  on the same night she spoke in Kalamazoo, Mich., on April 13. 


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On Christmas Eve Day, WMUK's WestSouthwest public-affairs show presents an encore presentation of Gloria Steinem's expansive interview with Earlene McMichael, the radio station's Local Host of Morning Edition. It first aired in October in advance of the history-making feminist's lecture before a full house at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium on Nov. 6. This rebroadcast includes previously unaired segments. WestSouthwest airs Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., with a repeat at 3:30 p.m.


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Note: Updated to include Saturday's Arts & More audio, with songs.

Imagine giving up your dreams of a music career in the belief that your first two albums didn't sell well.  So, you work in hard manual labor jobs for the next nearly 30 years only to find out that, all along, while not a hit in America, your albums had made you to a mega star in Australia and South Africa -- and you never see a dime. It happened to protest folk singer Sixto Rodriguez of Detroit. But a film about him has reversed his fortune. He performs Dec. 11 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

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Hear the second installment of WMUK’s Earlene McMichael’s exclusive interview with history-making feminist Gloria Steinem that aired today (11/3). Steinem speaks at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6 at Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The talk is free and open to the public. The co-founder of the iconic Ms. Magazine is on tour for her new memoir, "My Life on the Road." 


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