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WKAR is part of Michigan State University Broadcasting Services, a division of MSU Communication Arts & Sciences. It includes WKAR-TV, WKAR Radio, WKAR.org, Radio Reading Service, WKAR Ready To Learn Service and Interactive Video Services.
The mission of MSU Broadcasting Services is to connect people to powerful ideas that inspire personal growth, exploration of our world and positive change.
It's a mission carried out every day by a staff of over 60 full- and part-time employees with expertise ranging across news reporting, electrical engineering, media production, graphic arts, bookkeeping, videography, audio recording and much more.
The work of these talented and dedicated individuals touches the lives of more than a half-million mid-Michigan residents each week, and shapes the educational experience of Michigan State University's 40,000-plus student body.
MSU Broadcasting Services is part of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and is headquartered with offices and studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the southwest part of the MSU Campus.
WKAR-TV, broadcasting on channel 23, is mid-Michigan's Public Television station. The station produces numerous programs about state and local issues and broadcasts a diverse schedule of programs from PBS and other sources. WKAR-TV broadcasts in high definition/stereo, with closed captions for the hearing-impaired. Descriptive Video Service (DVS), which describes visual action for the sight-impaired, is also provided when available. More than 100,000 households served by Comcast cable system can watch the station 24-hours-a-day.
WKAR-TV broadcasts a three-channel multicast of programming via digital channel 40. WKAR (23.1) features a mix of performance, drama, science, news and daytime children's television from PBS and other trusted sources of quality TV programming; and WKAR World (23.2) programming explores all facets of our world, from history and geography to documentary and public affairs, along with encores of favorite WKAR programs. WKAR Create (23.3) features how-to and lifestyles programs.
MSU's digital television station began broadcasting on January 15, 2004. The three-channel multicast launched on November 4, 2007.
AM 870 WKAR, broadcasting at 870 KHz, is the area's news and information station with local and national programs, including those from National Public Radio (NPR). The station operates during daylight hours. WKAR-AM offers webstreaming of much of its program schedule at the web site, WKAR.org.
90.5 WKAR, broadcasting at 90.5 MHz, provides classical, jazz and folk music and "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" from NPR. The station operates 24- hours-per-day. The full WKAR-FM schedule can also be heard on the Internet at WKAR.org.
Interactive Video Services (IVS) assists MSU faculty and academic units in creatively applying the most advanced technologies for instruction, research and service. IVS connects faculty and learners throughout the nation and world via the Internet, satellite, fiber optics, digital phone networks and other technologies.
Radio Reading Service (RRS) , is a 24-hour-per-day, specialized broadcast service that provides timely and useful information to those who are print handicapped or otherwise have difficulty reading the printed page. Listeners who qualify are given special receivers, free of charge, which are needed to receive this service. Programs come from national, satellite-delivered services, or are provided by hundreds of volunteers who read from the WKAR studios.
WKAR.org, is the web site companion to the WKAR radio and television stations. The site hosts schedules and additional information about programs and activities, and features 24-hour streaming of WKAR-FM and most of the WKAR-AM program schedule. Archives of many WKAR-originated television and radio programs can also be played on-demand at WKAR.org. Podcasting is available for select programs.
PBS TeacherLine, provides high quality online professional development courses for PreK-12 teachers in Michigan. More than 130 top-quality graduate-level accredited courses span the curriculum from Reading/Language Arts to Math, Science, Technology and more. WKAR supports Mid-Michigan educators by providing help and information related to course schedules, graduate credits, SB-CEU availability and district-wide or individual enrollments.
Ready to Learn, is a service for families, teachers and caregivers. WKAR-TV provides support to use its extensive schedule of children's television as an additional resource to prepare pre-school children for learning.