Bill Richards http://wkar.org en Having a Ball on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/having-ball-backstage-pass <p><strong>Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD</strong> | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:05:24 +0000 Bill Richards 53665 at http://wkar.org Having a Ball on BackStage Pass Funktion on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/funktion-backstage-pass <p>Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. <strong>WATCH NOW</strong><br /> Sun, 04 May 2014 16:33:37 +0000 Bill Richards 53173 at http://wkar.org Funktion on BackStage Pass Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/kevin-nichols-and-blue-tuesday-backstage-pass <p>Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.<br /> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 52849 at http://wkar.org Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/lowdown-brass-band-backstage-pass <p>Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:48:56 +0000 Bill Richards 52331 at http://wkar.org Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/big-llou-and-bluesville-revue-backstage-pass <p>South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. WATCH NOW Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:55 +0000 Bill Richards 52150 at http://wkar.org Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-phil-denny-backstage-pass-0 <p>Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 51761 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/simien-whale-backstage-pass <p><strong>Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD</strong> | Break-beat rock and indie-pop. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 51427 at http://wkar.org Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/maurice-davis-quartet-backstage-pass <p><strong>Fri. March 28, 9 pm on WKAR-TV</strong> | Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:16:42 +0000 Bill Richards 51343 at http://wkar.org Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: The Hard Lessons on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-hard-lessons-backstage-pass <p>High-energy indie-rock from Detroit. <a href="http://video.wkar.org/video/2365203885/">WATCH NOW</a> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 50952 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: The Hard Lessons on BackStage Pass WKAR Wins Public TV Station of the Year, Numerous Awards from Mich. Assoc. of Broadcasters http://wkar.org/post/wkar-wins-public-tv-station-year-numerous-awards-mich-assoc-broadcasters <p></p><p>WKAR was honored this week with numerous awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), including the coveted Public TV Station of the Year award, at the annual MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 13, in Lansing, Mich. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:57:59 +0000 Bill Richards 50647 at http://wkar.org WKAR Wins Public TV Station of the Year, Numerous Awards from Mich. Assoc. of Broadcasters WATCH NOW: TEDx LansingEd 2014 http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-tedx-lansinged-2014 <p>Eight speakers — educators, creative thinkers, students and adventurers — present their ideas worth spreading as they explore education and creativity in its myriad forms: from texting to canine therapy to the testing of physical limits.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 50578 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: TEDx LansingEd 2014 BREAKING: WKAR Wins Public TV Station of the Year Award and more http://wkar.org/post/breaking-wkar-wins-public-tv-station-year-award-and-more <p>At the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards in Lansing on Wednesday night, WKAR-TV took home the <strong>Public</strong> <strong>TV Station of the Year</strong> award, WKAR-TV and WKAR-FM combined earned nine Broadcast Excellence awards, and WKAR Technical Services Manager Gary Blievernicht was honored with the Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:08:06 +0000 Bill Richards 50575 at http://wkar.org BREAKING: WKAR Wins Public TV Station of the Year Award and more WATCH NOW: Rodney Whitaker Quartet on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-rodney-whitaker-quartet-backstage-pass-0 <p>Jazz from a true master of the double bass, with some of the best players in the land and featured guests Rockelle Fortin and Terrell Stafford. <a href="http://video.wkar.org/video/2365189947/">WATCH NOW</a><br /> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 03:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 49792 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Rodney Whitaker Quartet on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-sugar-ray-and-bluetones-backstage-pass-0 <p>Sizzling blues harp from the legendary Sugar Ray. Recorded live at Lansing BluesFest 2013 in historic Old Town Lansing. <a href="http://video.wkar.org/video/2365172971/">WATCH NOW</a></p><p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bill Richards 48962 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: Mustard Plug on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-mustard-plug-backstage-pass-0 <p>Ska-punk dance party music from Grand Rapids. Recorded live in performance at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. <a href="http://video.wkar.org/video/2365184890/">WATCH NOW</a></p><p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:22:28 +0000 Bill Richards 49453 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Mustard Plug on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: Mardra and Reggie Thomas on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-mardra-and-reggie-thomas-backstage-pass <p>Billie Holiday-inspired jazz vocals from Mardra Thomas, with the soulful, hard-swinging piano of Reggie Thomas and the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. |<a href="http://video.wkar.org/video/2365172878/"> WATCH NOW</a> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 48810 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Mardra and Reggie Thomas on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: Elliot Street Lunatic on Backstage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-elliot-street-lunatic-backstage-pass <p>Indie rock from Michigan's capital city. Elliot Street Lunatic features selections from their latest CD, "Ghost Town Lullabies."&nbsp; | <a href="http://video.wkar.org/video/2365166654/">WATCH NOW</a> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 08:55:23 +0000 Bill Richards 48469 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Elliot Street Lunatic on Backstage Pass Jan 19 | SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere at Studio C! http://wkar.org/post/jan-19-sherlock-season-3-premiere-studio-c <p>FREE – Sunday, Jan 19, at 4 p.m. | See it on the big screen at Studio C! 6 hours before the national broadcast premiere | <strong>RESERVE SEATS ARE FILLED</strong> | <strong>STANDBY TICKET SIGN-UP CLOSED</strong></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:49:15 +0000 Bill Richards 47835 at http://wkar.org Jan 19 | SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere at Studio C! TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM at full power http://wkar.org/post/technote-905-fm-full-power <p><strong>UPDATE Saturday 5:55pm:</strong> With Saturday's warmer temperatures clearing ice from the broadcast antenna, 90.5 FM returned to full power at about 5:30pm.</p><p><strong>MONDAY 10:30am:</strong> 90.5 FM WKAR is operating at reduced power (approximately 32%) due to icing on the antenna.&nbsp; Over-the-air reception may be poor for some listeners. Online listening will not be affected.</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:57:39 +0000 Bill Richards 47082 at http://wkar.org TECHNOTE: Radio Schedule and Playlist Updates http://wkar.org/post/technote-radio-schedule-and-playlist-updates <p>UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 2:50pm): Playlists for 90.5 WKAR are now available from links<a href="http://wkar.org/schedule/wkar"> within the 90.5 WKAR Schedule</a>, and also at the new page for <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/classical-905-wkar">Classical on 90.5</a></p><p>UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 8:50am): The team at NPR Digital Services resolved issues in the system Monday evening, and the WKAR team is working now on getting the correct schedule and playlist information into place.</p><p>------------------</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:54:14 +0000 Bill Richards 46916 at http://wkar.org Hundreds Brave Cold and Snow to Preview Downton Abbey http://wkar.org/post/hundreds-brave-cold-and-snow-preview-downton-abbey <p>Despite the cold and snow of mid-December, hundreds of <strong>Downton Abbey</strong> fans from across mid-Michigan turned out for a sneak peek of the new season of the hit show from PBS Masterpiece and WKAR. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:34:55 +0000 Bill Richards 46967 at http://wkar.org Hundreds Brave Cold and Snow to Preview Downton Abbey SLIDESHOW: Lansing JazzFest 2013 and BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/slideshow-lansing-jazzfest-2013-and-backstage-pass <p><object height="300" width="400"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwkar%2Fsets%2F72157634964622521%2Fshow%2Fwith%2F9454256551%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwkar%2Fsets%2F72157634964622521%2Fwith%2F9454256551%2F&amp;set_id=72157634964622521&amp;jump_to=9454256551"><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwkar%2Fsets%2F72157634964622521%2Fshow%2Fwith Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:08:36 +0000 Bill Richards 40374 at http://wkar.org UPDATE: WKAR Listen Links are Back Up 7/7/13 http://wkar.org/post/update-wkar-listen-links-are-back-7713 <p>UPDATE 5:50pm | WKAR listening streams have been restored.</p><p>Sunday - July 7 - 2:55pm | WKAR listening streams are currently unavailable. We are working to restore service. Thank you for your patience. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:58:55 +0000 Bill Richards 38734 at http://wkar.org UPDATE: WKAR Listen Links are Back Up 7/7/13 TechNote: 'TV Schedules - ALL' http://wkar.org/post/technote-tv-schedules-all <p><strong>UPDATE 5/23/13:</strong> The TV Schedules-All page and links to it have been restored.<br>------------------------------------------</p><p>The area <strong>TV Schedules- All</strong> is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues. We expect to have this very popular page live again early in the week.</p><p>In the meantime, full TV schedules for each channel are available at these links for:</p> Sun, 19 May 2013 12:07:26 +0000 Bill Richards 36094 at http://wkar.org MI First Election 2012 http://wkar.org/post/mi-first-election-2012 <p>TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: MI First Election is streaming full coverage of the election from WKAR studios throughout the day, at <a href="http://bit.ly/MIFIRSTELECTION">bit.ly/MIFIRSTELECTION</a></p><p>MI First Election is a project focusing on the viewpoints of college-age, first-time voters in Michigan.</p><p>Over 200 journalism students at Michigan State University provide MI First Election coverage online throughout election day. WKAR's evening PBS NewsHour broadcast will feature reporting from MI First Election, along with updates from the WKAR NewsRoom.<br><br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:07:20 +0000 Bill Richards 26487 at http://wkar.org MI First Election 2012 A Powerful Thing - Community Cinema: Solar Mamas http://wkar.org/post/powerful-thing-community-cinema-solar-mamas <p>WKAR's latest Community Cinema screening event featured an on-screen visit to Barefoot College in India, and in-person discussion with mid-Michigan women who are working to make a difference around the world. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:39:46 +0000 Bill Richards 26451 at http://wkar.org A Powerful Thing - Community Cinema: Solar Mamas Classics Conversation Continues http://wkar.org/post/classics-conversation-continues <p>On a recent Monday evening, WKAR classical music hosts Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol, along with radio station manager Peter Whorf, met up with WKAR listeners at an East Lansing pizzeria to talk about classical music on the air and in our community in mid-Michigan. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:59:03 +0000 Bill Richards 26270 at http://wkar.org Classics Conversation Continues Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 16 http://wkar.org/post/debate-live-chat-npr-oct-16 <p>Tuesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:32:58 +0000 Bill Richards 25450 at http://wkar.org Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 16 VP Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 11 http://wkar.org/post/vp-debate-live-chat-npr-oct-11 <p>Thursday's vice presidential debate live chat from NPR.<br> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 25181 at http://wkar.org VP Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 11 Debate Live Chat from NPR http://wkar.org/post/debate-live-chat-npr <p>Wednesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:47:53 +0000 Bill Richards 24852 at http://wkar.org Debate Live Chat from NPR