Bill Richards

WKAR Communications Manager and Online Coordinator

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TV Made in Michigan
10:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Having a Ball on BackStage Pass

Mardra and Reggie Thomson with the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, recorded live at Lansing JazzFest
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Funktion on BackStage Pass

Funktion's Trademark (l) and Schrockalicous (r)
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass

Kevin Nichols
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass

Lowdown Brass Band
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk.

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TV Made in Michigan
8:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass

Big Llou with Nellie "Tiger" Smith appearing on Backstage Pass from WKAR.
Credit Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass

Phil Denny
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Zach Guy of Simien the Whale
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass

Maurice Davis
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Fri. March 28, 9 pm on WKAR-TV | Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WATCH NOW: The Hard Lessons on BackStage Pass

High-energy indie-rock from Detroit. WATCH NOW

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Your Support Makes it Possible
7:57 am
Fri March 14, 2014

WKAR Wins Public TV Station of the Year, Numerous Awards from Mich. Assoc. of Broadcasters

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.

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Ideas Worth Spreading
12:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

WATCH NOW: TEDx LansingEd 2014

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.

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You've Made WKAR a Winner!
9:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

BREAKING: WKAR Wins Public TV Station of the Year Award and more

At the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards in Lansing on Wednesday night, WKAR-TV took home the Public TV Station of the Year 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.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

WATCH NOW: Rodney Whitaker Quartet on BackStage Pass

Rodney Whitaker
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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. WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
9:33 am
Sun February 16, 2014

WATCH NOW: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones on BackStage Pass

Sugar Ray
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Sizzling blues harp from the legendary Sugar Ray. Recorded live at Lansing BluesFest 2013 in historic Old Town Lansing. WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
9:22 am
Sun February 16, 2014

WATCH NOW: Mustard Plug on BackStage Pass

Credit Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

Ska-punk dance party music from Grand Rapids. Recorded live in performance at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

WATCH NOW: Mardra and Reggie Thomas on BackStage Pass

Mardra Thomas
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Billie Holiday-inspired jazz vocals from Mardra Thomas, with the soulful, hard-swinging piano of Reggie Thomas and the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. | WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
3:55 am
Sat February 1, 2014

WATCH NOW: Elliot Street Lunatic on Backstage Pass

Elliot Street Lunatic appearing on WKAR's BackStage Pass
Credit Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

Indie rock from Michigan's capital city. Elliot Street Lunatic features selections from their latest CD, "Ghost Town Lullabies."  | WATCH NOW

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Events
10:49 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Jan 19 | SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere at Studio C!

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

FREE – Sunday, Jan 19, at 4 p.m. | See it on the big screen at Studio C! 6 hours before the national broadcast premiere | RESERVE SEATS ARE FILLED | STANDBY TICKET SIGN-UP CLOSED

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Thank You for Your Patience
5:57 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM at full power

UPDATE Saturday 5:55pm: With Saturday's warmer temperatures clearing ice from the broadcast antenna, 90.5 FM returned to full power at about 5:30pm.

MONDAY 10:30am: 90.5 FM WKAR is operating at reduced power (approximately 32%) due to icing on the antenna.  Over-the-air reception may be poor for some listeners. Online listening will not be affected.

WKAR Blog
2:54 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

TECHNOTE: Radio Schedule and Playlist Updates

UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 2:50pm): Playlists for 90.5 WKAR are now available from links within the 90.5 WKAR Schedule, and also at the new page for Classical on 90.5

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.

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In Our Community
11:34 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Hundreds Brave Cold and Snow to Preview Downton Abbey

WKAR's Susi Elkins greets Downton Abbey fans at Michigan Theatre of Jackson
WKAR

Despite the cold and snow of mid-December, hundreds of Downton Abbey fans from across mid-Michigan turned out for a sneak peek of the new season of the hit show from PBS Masterpiece and WKAR.

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TECHNOTE
2:58 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

UPDATE: WKAR Listen Links are Back Up 7/7/13

UPDATE 5:50pm | WKAR listening streams have been restored.

Sunday - July 7 - 2:55pm | WKAR listening streams are currently unavailable. We are working to restore service. Thank you for your patience.

TECHNOTE
8:07 am
Sun May 19, 2013

TechNote: 'TV Schedules - ALL'

UPDATE 5/23/13: The TV Schedules-All page and links to it have been restored.
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The area TV Schedules- All is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues. We expect to have this very popular page live again early in the week.

In the meantime, full TV schedules for each channel are available at these links for:

Election 2012
10:07 am
Tue November 6, 2012

MI First Election 2012

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: MI First Election is streaming full coverage of the election from WKAR studios throughout the day, at bit.ly/MIFIRSTELECTION

MI First Election is a project focusing on the viewpoints of college-age, first-time voters in Michigan.

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.

 

In Our Community
4:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

A Powerful Thing - Community Cinema: Solar Mamas

(l-r) Jayne Schuiteman, Judy Martin, Tashmica Torok and Gail Catron.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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.

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In Our Community
9:59 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Classics Conversation Continues

WKAR host Jody Knol shares a laugh with classical music fans at Pizza House in East Lansing.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

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.

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Election 2012
9:32 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 16

Tuesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

VP Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 11

Thursday's vice presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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Election 2012
9:47 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Debate Live Chat from NPR

Wednesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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