Bill Richards

WKAR Communications Manager and Digital Lead

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.

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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Susi Elkins on stage with Downton Abbey on screen behind
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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.

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.

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:

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.

 

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