It would seem that WEMU, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, brought Peter Sagal’s weekly NPR quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me to Michigan. The thing is, the show ended up being all about the University of Michigan, and nary a mention was made of Eastern Michigan University or WEMU. In fact, Sagal and his staff were adorned in U-M merchandise throughout the show, and spent a good deal of their time talking about U-M football with U-M lecturer and author John U. Bacon. Following is the note sent out to the EMU community last night by WEMU General Manager Molly Motherwell.
This was apparently especially hurtful to Motherwell, as WEMU had been an early and enthusiastic supporter of the show. “WEMU has always had a special bond with Wait Wait,” she said in a press release announcing last night’s show. “We hosted Peter Sagal’s very first station visit in 2005, have presented the live show three times, and have taken a busload of donors to the Chicago live show for the last four years. We couldn’t be more thrilled that they are coming to celebrate our 50th anniversary with us in October.”
Apparently that history doesn’t mean as much to Sagal and his staff now that they’re big enough to fill venues in Ann Arbor.
[Readers of the Ann Arbor News, not surprisingly, don’t see why people would be upset.]
update: It’s been brought to my attention by WEMU’s Molly Motherwell that the station did not pay for the show to come. They did, however, set everything up. I will edit the post accordingly.