Susi Elkins http://wkar.org en Susi's Station Notes: The Great Michigan Read http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-great-michigan-read <p>I am so pleased to tell you that this month WKAR will join with the Michigan Humanities Council when it launches its fourth <a href="http://www.michiganhumanities.org/programs/tgmr/">Great Michigan Read</a>. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:02:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 40852 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: The Great Michigan Read Susi's Station Notes: Got a Clunker? http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-got-clunker <p>Every now and then, I think we all get the urge to get a new vehicle. We may have outgrown our old one with expanding families (that's what happened to the Elkins car!). Or, our old car may just be on its last legs -- or wheels.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 41324 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Got a Clunker? Susi's Station Notes: Two New Shows! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-two-new-shows <p>Last week I wrote about the new fall season at WKAR. But some of that new season is recorded right here -- and it all begins next week!</p><p></p><p><strong>QuizBusters Special Edition</strong></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 41323 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Two New Shows! Susi's Station Notes: WKAR Fall Preview http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-wkar-fall-preview <p>Can you believe that it is almost September and Labor Day weekend is here? The summer has flown by, leaving behind plenty of good memories -- and great anticipation for the fall.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 40853 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: WKAR Fall Preview Susi's Station Notes: Great Shows This Week! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-great-shows-week <p>I have to admit that one of the things I love about public television is that even in summer, a lot of our programs are new and they run the gamut in diversity, from drama to documentary to cinema.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 41046 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Great Shows This Week! Susi's Station Notes: A Big Night in Studio F http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-big-night-studio-f <p>We had a great night last evening in WKAR's Studio F when we welcomed special guest, Greg "Special K" Kelser, to WKAR as the guest on the premiere episode of <strong>Current Sports</strong>.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:28:49 +0000 Susi Elkins 40840 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: A Big Night in Studio F Susi's Station Notes: August Pledge Nearing Conclusion http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-august-pledge-nearing-conclusion <p>We'll be wrapping up WKAR's summer membership campaign on Monday, August 12 with two terrific specials -- the popular <strong>The British Beat </strong>and the mellow <strong>Gloria Estefan: The Standards</strong>.</p><p></p><p>But these two specials are far from the only ones we have over the next few days -- on Friday, celebrate the sounds of the 1960s girl-groups with <strong>'60s Girl Grooves</strong>.</p><p>Saturday we'll offer <strong>Daniel O'Donnell from the Heartland </strong>and <strong>Ed Sullivan's Top Performers</strong>.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 40319 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: August Pledge Nearing Conclusion Susi's Station Notes: A Jazzy Weekend! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-jazzy-weekend <p>If you're in the Lansing area this weekend, come on over to Old Town!</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 40067 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: A Jazzy Weekend! Susi's Station Notes: Please Volunteer! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-please-volunteer <p>As you might imagine, volunteers play a large role here at WKAR. We’re looking for those who would like to spend time between August 2-12 in our air-conditioned Volunteer Center!</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 39703 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Please Volunteer! Susi's Station Notes: We Asked, You Answered! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-we-asked-you-answered <p>Our recent survey to members asking them for feedback on the <strong>Red Green Show </strong>and <strong>Lawrence Welk </strong>brought a terrific response. Whether you like these shows or not, you all had a lot to say! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 39357 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: We Asked, You Answered! Susi's Station Notes: At Common Ground and In Your Home http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-common-ground-and-your-home <p>There are so many amazing festivals in the mid-Michigan area and we've been at a lot of them this year!</p><p></p><p>This week, <strong>Current State </strong>has been broadcasting live from Common Ground at 6 p.m., with an encore the following moring! I've been there a lot, too and am very excited to meet lots of new WKAR fans!</p><p>This is the 14th year of the festival. Our Street Team has been celebrating too, as they've been taking photos of many festivalgoers and handing our our WKAR flyers and buttons.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 38985 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: At Common Ground and In Your Home Susi's Station Notes: Happy July 4! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-happy-july-4 <p>It's been busy here at WKAR, but who isn't these days? We're wrapping up our fiscal year, looking forward to new productions and our upcoming festivals.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 38299 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Happy July 4! Susi's Station Notes: Fun in the Field http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-fun-field <p>What a week! Earlier this week, music fans and friends of WKAR got the chance to be part of our <strong>BackStage Pass </strong>audience at Hannah Center in East Lansing. Six terrific bands -- ranging from hard rock to soul, funk to ska-punk and more -- took the stage over three evenings to record six of next season's <strong>BackStage Pass </strong>programs.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 37873 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Fun in the Field Susi's Station Notes: So Much Fun! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-so-much-fun <p>There's too much fun going on this week at WKAR!</p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:06:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 37533 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: So Much Fun! Susi's Station Notes: Spring Pledge Campaign Is Here! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-spring-pledge-campaign-here <p>As you know, WKAR-TV has four pledge campaigns each year and we have been successful in shortening them in the past year so that we can return to your favorites more quickly.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:27:53 +0000 Susi Elkins 37205 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Spring Pledge Campaign Is Here! Susi's Station Notes: BackStage Pass Is Coming! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-backstage-pass-coming <p><strong>BackStage Pass </strong>is returning for a new recording season, starting off with a three-day concert extravaganza at Hannah Community Center, June 18-20!</p><p>We're excited to have a diverse group of bands on stage -- three nights, six bands! And best of all the tickets are free! Just get them online <a href="http://www.wkar.org/post/june-18-20-backstage-pass-free-concert-tv-recordings">here</a>. Seating is by general admission.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 36734 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: BackStage Pass Is Coming! Susi's Station Notes: On the Road -- with Exciting News! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-road-exciting-news <p style="margin-left:10.0pt;">What a week!</p><p></p><p style="margin-left:10.0pt;"> Fri, 17 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 35974 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: On the Road -- with Exciting News! Susi's Station Notes: Hitting the Road http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-hitting-road <p>Next week Gary Reid and I will be headed to the PBS Annual Meeting. We'll be connecting with public broadcasting colleagues from around the country in an event that combines previews up of the upcoming season with valuable discussions on the state of the media landscape, funding updates, a look at our digital future and the latest research on public broadcasting.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:30:08 +0000 Susi Elkins 35636 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Hitting the Road Susi's Station Notes: Happy Graduation! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-happy-graduation <p>There's always a lot of green here at Michigan State University, but today we are seeing much more of it! And I'm not just talking about the trees, which are beginning to show their Spartan colors, or the flowers that are at long last bursting.</p><p>Students from MSU's College of Communication Arts &amp; Sciences will be graduating today -- Friday, May 3. We can't help but notice caps and gowns and plenty of Spartan spirit.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 35247 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Happy Graduation! Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Everyone! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-lots-everyone <p>There's lots to like this week when WKAR is involved! Here's a quick calendar of what's keeping us busy.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:35:21 +0000 Susi Elkins 34529 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Everyone! Susi's Station Notes: Science Is Everywhere! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-science-everywhere <div>I have just returned from the National Association of Broadcasters meeting, which I was privileged to attend with our general manager, Gary Reid, and several of our staff.<p></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 34052 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Science Is Everywhere! Susi's Station Notes: NBA Star Steve Smith at WKAR! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-nba-star-steve-smith-wkar <p></p><p>I'm an MSU grad and Spartan through and through. So when I heard that the College of Communication Arts &amp; Science and WKAR would host the first Spartan Sports Journalism Classic -- with hosts Steve Smith and Pam Whitten -- I was pretty excited!</p><p>Lots of Spartans remember NBA All Star and MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Steve Smith. He's now a sports journalist covering the NBA on television. When he comes back to MSU next week, he's bringing with him a number of the best sports journalists and industry professionals in the field to speak during a lively panel.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 33792 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: NBA Star Steve Smith at WKAR! Susi's Station Notes: Festival Season is Coming! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-festival-season-coming <p></p><p>When it hits April, it finally feels as though spring is really here! And this week's temperatures and a few green bulb shoot sightings remind us that soon it will be festival season.</p><p>Here at WKAR we're looking ahead to the MSU Science Festival April 12-21 here on the campus. You'll find everything from interactive displays to speakers to activities for kids. On April 13 we're teaming up with MSU Extension to offer activities for children at the exhibition tent. It will be busy but fun!</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:44:26 +0000 Susi Elkins 33492 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Festival Season is Coming! Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Families! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-lots-families <p></p><p>You may have noticed the new "Family" tab on our web page. We are looking to increase the content we have here on WKAR that is related to families and education.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:26:46 +0000 Susi Elkins 33112 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Families! Susi's Station Notes: Lots is Going On! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-lots-going <p></p><p>There's lots to like during this wild and wonderful week here at WKAR. On Wednesday I was pleased to be with members of our staff at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual awards. Three of our television programs (<strong>Off the Record, BackStage Pass </strong>and<strong> Beneath the Pines</strong>) received awards, as did two WKAR Radio features.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:42:32 +0000 Susi Elkins 32765 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Lots is Going On! Susi's Station Notes: The Midwives are Back! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-midwives-are-back <p>One of the questions I seem to be hearing a lot these days is "When does <strong>Call the Midwife </strong>return?" Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:01:01 +0000 Susi Elkins 32329 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: The Midwives are Back! Susi's Station Notes: Please Give Generously http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-please-give-generously <p>Over the past few days I've had the opportunity to be in warm and sunny Florida with my family. Like so many of you have in the past, we enjoyed plenty of amusement park fun, rides, lots of walking and some long awaited sun.</p><p>The public television station we saw while on vacation was getting ready for their annual TV membership campaign, just as we are here at WKAR. Ours begins tonight and continues through March 11, and during that time we'll ask you for your support.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 31699 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Please Give Generously Susi's Station Notes: Michigan Makers http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-michigan-makers <p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:55:48 +0000 Susi Elkins 31698 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Michigan Makers Susi's Station Notes: Amazing Michigan Women! http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-amazing-michigan-women <p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:04:37 +0000 Susi Elkins 31226 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Amazing Michigan Women! Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema Presents "Powerbroker" http://wkar.org/post/susis-station-notes-community-cinema-presents-powerbroker <p></p><p>On Wednesday, February 13, we have a great treat in store here at WKAR. As part of our ongoing Community Cinema series of screenings and&nbsp; discussions we will welcome Willard K. Walker, Tremaine Philips and Renee Canady to lend their insight onto the civil rights issues presented in <strong>The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights</strong>.</p><p>The documentary is very powerful but the experience and insight our panel brings to the topic will be significant and one well worth attending.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Susi Elkins 30763 at http://wkar.org Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema Presents "Powerbroker"