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Sleeping on studio floors, pep talks, and re-used satellite dishes: Micheline Boudreau, first president of DPM, discusses DPM’s beginnings 

Delaware Public Media
An article on Delaware Public Media and its first president Micheline Boudreau

It was 10 years ago today on August 17, 2012, that Delaware Public Media signed on the air for the first time.

But bringing Delaware its first and only NPR member station was no easy task. A small group dedicated to the idea made it happen, led in large part by DPM’s first president, Micheline Boudreau.

This week, Boudreau joins the show to reminisce about getting DPM up and running and what it took to make that dream a reality.

First president of DPM Micheline Boudreau discusses the station's beginnings


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Here are some of the memorable milestones that have marked our evolution into today’s DPM:

  • February 2012 - UD and DSU sign three-party sponsorship agreement
  • WDDE 91.1FM debuts – August 17, 2012 
  • The Green debuts and won a Delaware Press Association for best Talk Show in its first year – November 1, 2013 
  • WMPH starts simulcasting parts of WDDE broadcast day, creating “Delaware Public Media” – January 2014 
  • DPM staff begins working with students at Mount Pleasant HS, launching its educational mission through Generation Voice – Fall 2014 
  • DPM staff begins working with students at Thomas McKean HS, expanding Generation Voice – Fall 2018 
  • Tom Byrne receives the Communicator of Achievement Award from the Delaware Press Association. Spring 2019 
  • COVID-19’s impact on Delaware dominates our news coverage – March 2020 
  • Hometown Heroes Show debuts – June 28, 2020 
  • DPM debuts current logo – June 2020 
  • FCC reissues broadcasting license for another 10 years! - July 2022 


Watch highlights from Delaware Public Media's dedication ceremony (Dec. 3 , 2012):

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