Jamie Paisley

Radio host and fine arts producer

Jamie Paisley is a radio host and fine arts producer, contributing to music programming, Current State fine arts features, station promotions and WKAR's online presence.

He is also an accomplished singer and TV trivia game show winner.

Paisley joined WKAR in August 2015.

Jamie Paisley arrived at WKAR from LA, where he worked for KUSC-FM and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.  At KUSC, in addition to his duties as music director and host, Jamie built the station's Twitter platform and social media presence.

Paisley is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York with a degree in music education.

YouTube - Black Violin

During Black History Month, WKAR will be exploring issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

They meld two seemingly diverse musical styles: classical music and hip hop. Meet one of the members of Black Violin, the string duo coming to the Wharton Center this Friday Night.


Inlet Dance Company

The Wharton Center’s new production, Among The Darkest Shadows, deals with the issue of human trafficking. Yesterday, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with some of the creators (which you can explore by clicking here) and today, brings us deeper into the fictional setting of the show: Shadowtown.


Bob Hoffman

It’s about as far away from Swan Lake as you can get. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the creators of a stage work about human trafficking, and a warning that some of the following deals with sex trafficking.


Jimmy Katz

All this week, the MSU College of Music has welcomed an Israeli jazz musician to jam with their students and do a tour around Michigan schools. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with Anat Cohen.


Credit: J. Henry Fair — Timothy Muffitt

An extended interview with guitarist Sharon Isbin and Maestro Timothy Muffitt about her upcoming projects, creating unique concert opportunities, and learning more about why Maestro Muffitt chose the pieces he did for the upcoming "From Spain to the Americas" concert February 11th at the Wharton Center.
The original version can be found here.


Photo by J. Henry Fair

For the first time in 87 seasons, the Lansing Symphony will be joined by a guitar soloist, and she ranks amongst the greatest guitarists of all time.


Jamie Paisley

Only 6 states in the U.S. do not have a Poet Laureate, and Michigan is one of them.
After attempting to make that happen a few years ago, a group of mid-Michigan organizations have shifted to a smaller scale.


This weekend marks another opportunity to see the new music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Marcelo Lehninger. In addition, February marks an important moment for many performing arts organizations: announcements for the next season.


Jamie Paisley

Tuesday night, January 31st, the MSU Wind Symphony presents a concert of American composers at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who leads the ensemble about to perform two pieces of music centered on periods of American strife: The Civil War & 9/11.


Jamie Paisley

Two American pieces anchor the MSU Wind Symphony's January 31st concert at the Wharton Center, Aaron Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait' and David Del Tredici's 'In Wartime.' Both of them deal with America during times of turmoil: The Civil War and 9/11.


Image courtesy of Artists International Management

New MSU College of Music Artist-Faculty member Margarita Shevchenko is intricately linked to the works of Frederick Chopin. But in her Absolute Chamber Music concert this Thursday, she adds a complimentary composer.


Courtesy / Grand Rapids Art Museum

500 years of art go on display today at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Chief Curator Ron Platt gives some insight to "Prints and Processes."


Colin Bell

By the time she was 10, she had already played with the New York Phil and Philadelphia Symphony, AND released her first album. Violinist Sarah Chang is making two Michigan appearances this week; at the Wharton Center in East Lansing on Wednesday, and at Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium.


Jamie Paisley

Last year, 50 African-American women from Flint were selected to have their portrait taken as part of a project meant to, in the words of photographer Jerry Taliaferro, “reveal the beauty and souls of black women.” The exhibit opening this weekend at the Flint Institute of Arts is called “Women of a New Tribe."


Colin Bell

At the age of 9, violinist Sarah Chang played with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, AND recorded her first CD. Now, in her mid-30’s, Sarah Chang has cemented her reputation as an “A-list” violinist. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with her ahead of a couple of Mid-Michigan appearances the virtuoso is scheduled to make this week.


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