Stephen Schram, Michigan Radio executive director, announces retirement

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Michigan Radio Executive Director Stephen Schram will retire after more than 16 years leading the University of Michigan–owned station. 


Schram, who has led the Ann Arbor station since 2006, will retire Nov. 30, according to a Tuesday press release. 

“I have had the opportunity to be a part of many remarkable organizations throughout my media career,” Schram said in the release “But leading Michigan Radio and working for the University of Michigan has been the privilege of a lifetime.”

During Schram’s tenure, he led Michigan Radio’s expansion of service to Lansing and Port Huron, grew the station’s news team and started the first fully endowed and compensated internship program at the station. 

“Under Steve’s leadership, Michigan Radio expanded its reach and influence with consistently exceptional journalism on the most important topics of the day,” said Kallie Bila Michels, a VP for communications at the university, in the release. “I am grateful for the commitment of Steve and the stellar team at Michigan Radio.”

Schram currently serves as board president of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, board chair of the Radio Research Consortium and VP of the board of Public Radio in Mid America.

The university will begin a national search for Schram’s successor in the fall.

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