Daniel Wanschura

Morning Edition host / broadcast director

Ever since he was young, Dan has been fascinated with radio. From hearing the dulcet tones of John Gordon broadcast Minnesota Twins games, to staying up late listening to radio theater, he was captivated by the imaginative medium. 

In 2012, Dan graduated from Thomas Edison State University. In 2015, he moved from the Twin Cities to northern Michigan to work at Interlochen Public Radio.

Dan has received numerous awards for his reporting including three Edward R. Murrow regional awards and one national PRNDI award. His work has also been heard on NPR, Minnesota Public Radio, Michigan Radio, and KFAI Radio.

Dan enjoys playing volleyball with his wife Erin, driving on Michigan’s renown M-22 highway, and volunteering as a leader in Grand Traverse Young Life. He is also a lover of the Oxford comma — much to the chagrin of his editors.

The Department of Health and Human Services office in Cheboygan.
Owen Goslin

Last fall the state changed the way it processes benefits like food stamps and emergency heating assistance.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services created a new system called the “universal caseload.” State officials said it would be quicker and more efficient, but that hasn't been the case.


Larry Martin puts another arrow on his bow string at FPS Archery shop in Cadillac.
Dan Wanschura

Deer hunting is declining in Michigan. In the late 1990’s, almost 800,000 people were hunting deer in the state. Twenty years later, that number has dropped by around 25 percent.

A new ban on deer baiting is likely to further that trend. 

But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the ban is necessary for the long-term health of the state’s deer herd.  


The Traverse City Pit Spitters revealed the baseball team's new name and logo Tuesday morning at the State Theatre.
Dan Wanschura

The new baseball team in Traverse City has a name. The 'Pit Spitters' was the name chosen from over four-thousand fan suggestions, including Dogmen and Dune Bears.

Conducter Ara Sarkissian leads the newly-formed Interlochen Contemporary Music Ensemble during a recent rehearsal.
Dan Wanschura

A new contemporary music ensemble has formed at Interlochen Arts Academy. On Friday night, the group will perform a piece called “Workers Union,” written by Louis Andriessen in 1975.

 


The Accidentals are made up of Katie Larson, Sav Buist, and Michael Dause. The band recently had their trailer stolen while on tour in Arizona.
Sony Music Masterworks

Fans of The Accidentals are stepping up to support the band after someone stole their trailer. The group lost the trailer full of merchandise, sound equipment and a drum set while on tour in Arizona earlier this week

 

Dave Mertz reaches for a spoonful of chili during The Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Hotel.
Dan Wanschura

Last Saturday, nearly 1,600 hungry people stopped by the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. It was the 28th annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off and this year visitors tasted 20 different varieties from local restaurants. 

Michigan's congressman Jack Bergman announced he will donate his salary during the federal government's partial shutdown.
Jack Bergman

Congressman Jack Bergman is donating his salary during the Federal Government’s partial shutdown.

In a statement yesterday, Bergman announced he’s giving his pay to local charities in Michigan’s First Congressional District.

A new documentary remembers Interlochen's glacial history to the present.
Chris Hintz

When the lumber industry moved into northern Michigan’s forests, settlements popped up everywhere. But when the trees were gone, the lumber camps moved on to new areas and the communities left behind would often fade away.

A new documentary tells the story of why the village of Interlochen was different.

 


Ludington has installed a new synthetic ice rink at the James Street Plaza.
Dan Wanschura

The city of Ludington recently installed a new synthetic ice rink downtown, right in the middle of James Street Plaza.


Nearly 100 people gather to hear the Benzie Central Chamber Choir perform at Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville on Saturday.
Dan Wanschura

A quarter mile into the woods at Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville, you’ll come across an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by tall trees. Around dusk on Saturday, the Benzie Central Chamber Choir filled the woods with Christmas songs.


Bill Church, theatre director at Interlochen Art Academy, performs a section of 'A Christmas Carol' at Interlochen Public Radio.
Dan Wanschura

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra performs its “Home for the Holidays” concert this weekend.

Bill Church, theatre director at Interlochen Arts Academy, will give a dramatic reading of a section from “A Christmas Carol.” 

Jeffrey Cobb leads the 40th Annual Messiah Sing at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City on Sunday.
Dan Wanschura

For the past 40 years, people have been gathering at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City to sing Handel’s Messiah. Last Sunday, about 600 people pushed through the doors for what’s become a northern Michigan Christmas tradition.


Lee Erck smokes his pipe in the basement of his home just outside Marquette.
Dan Wanschura

Just off U.S. Highway 41 outside of Marquette, there’s an old man who lives alone in a small, one-bedroom house. Most days he's upstairs sitting at his desk or downstairs in his workshop. There he makes some of the best tobacco pipes in the world.

 


The Clinch Park tunnel in Traverse City will soon be home to new public art. The city commission unanimously approved the location and $10,000 in public funding for the project on Monday. Artists around the country will now submit designs for the tunnel walls.

Republican Larry Inman appears to have won re-election in Michigan’s 104th state House District.

Inman beat Democrat Dan O’Neil by less than 1 percent of the vote. According to unofficial results from the Grand Traverse County Clerk’s office, Inman beat O’Neil by 349 votes.

Inman was surprised by how close the race turned out to be.

“This has been a very unusual race … and we don’t know the effect of the popularity of the president or not,” said Inman.

The Accidentals dropped a new single Friday titled "Heavy Flag" — a song the band says addresses the costs of societal apathy.

Uber Eats now delivers from select restaurants in Traverse City.
Dan Wanschura

People in Traverse City can now have Uber bring them food.

Uber Eats is a food delivery service that works just like the ride sharing service. Drivers pick up food orders from restaurants and deliver them to customers for a fee.

Robert Nordling is the artistic director of the newly formed Shoreline Music Society.
Elliot Mandel

On Friday night in Manistee, the Shoreline Music Society will host its inaugural performance at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. The group will perform pieces from Richard Wagner and Franz Schubert, but the concert will be different from what you might expect.


Author Loren Estleman will interview horror writer Joe Hill at the National Writers Series event at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
Deborah Morgan

When Traverse City author Doug Stanton met author Joe Hill at the Savannah Book Festival earlier this year, Stanton invited Hill to come talk about his new book "Strange Weather" at the National Writers Series.

 


Joe Chamberlin, CEO of the West Michigan Whitecaps, announces the purchase of the Traverse City Beach Bums and Wuerfel Park Wednesday.
Dan Wanschura

After 13 seasons in Traverse City, the Beach Bums are out. 

A group of investors led by the West Michigan Whitecaps announced the purchase of Wuerfel Park at a press conference Wednesday. They’ll start a new team that will play in the Northwoods League, a summer baseball league for top college players.


The Detroit Red Wings prospect team plays the New York Rangers prospect team on Monday afternoon at Centre Ice Arena.
Dan Wanschura

The Detroit Red Wings open up training camp today, and for the 20th year in a row, it’ll be in Traverse City.

 


The Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music’s Gregorian Schola performs at the Cross in the Woods Shrine in Indian River earlier this week.
Jack Conners

A Gregorian chant group from Rome wraps up a tour in northern Michigan Friday.

“The Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music is a Vatican institution founded by Pope Pius X for the need for sacred music," says Kirsten Trudeau.

Trudeau grew up in Lake Leelanau and is a member of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music’s Gregorian Schola. She lives in Italy. 

She says she’s been studying Gregorian chant since she was 12 years old.

“I was singing in the parish where I grew up - in Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar, Michigan, and I went to a sacred music colloquium put on by the Church Music Association of America at Loyola University in Chicago, when I was 12 years old,” she says. “That opened up my eyes to a whole world of early music, medieval music and Gregorian chant.”


The Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church will overlook East Grand Traverse Bay in Acme Township.
Father Ciprian Streza

Northern Michigan will soon have its first permanent Greek Orthodox church. The Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church started construction last week on property in Acme Township.

Update 8/3/18, 6:30 p.m.: In a written response provided to IPR, the Traverse City Film Festival writes, "In December 2017, after a unanimous vote by the Traverse City Film Festival Board of Directors, the executive committee of the board met with Deb Lake in-person to inform her that her employment was terminated."

The former executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival says Michael Moore is lying regarding her termination last year. 

The Traverse City Festival is celebrating it's 14th year in 2018.
Dan Wanschura

Update 8/3/18, 6:30 p.m.: In a written response provided to IPR, the Traverse City Film Festival writes, "In December 2017, after a unanimous vote by the Traverse City Film Festival Board of Directors, the executive committee of the board met with Deb Lake in-person to inform her that her employment was terminated."

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