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.

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Courtesy image / Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent experimental film festival in North America. We speak with the Festival’s executive director about bringing cinematic interactivity to downtown Ann Arbor.


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Courtesy photo / Dave Matchette

We speak with members of the Happendance Company of Okemos ahead of a performance this weekend and learn about translating the experience of PTSD into dance.


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Courtesy photo / GLCL

Remember what Iambic Pentameter is? We preview the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters sonnet competition, which closes appropriately on the Ides of March.


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Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Timothy Muffitt is bringing some "Mozart Mania" to the Lansing Symphony this weekend. We speak with the LSO’s music director about Saturday’s concert, which is designed to show off the various instrument families of the orchestra.


We speak with a mid-Michigan art teacher about Youth Art Month about ways to be involved, even if your school has nixed arts education.


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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

Genadi Zagor is a new professor this year at the MSU College of Music. We speak with the pianist ahead of his appearance in Old Town Lansing as part of the Absolute Chamber Music series, playing music by Robert Schumann.


It’s the week of the Academy Awards and we’ll try to help you get a leg up on your office Oscar pool with WKAR’s afternoon classical music host Jamie Paisley about the five Best Score nominees, including the 50th Oscar nomination for John Williams.


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Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Flint Symphony takes on an African-American composer in their concert this weekend, William Grant Still. It’s part of the “Black Classical Origins” series from the Flint Institute of Music. We speak with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about Saturday’s concert and its aim of engaging the African-American community in the classical arts.


This weekend, the Lansing Symphony becomes a Broadway band. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt, as well as Flint native & American Idol contestant, LaKisha Jones about Saturday’s “Broadway Rocks” concert.


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Courtesy image / Brian Fies

Brian Fees won an Eisner Award for his series "Mom’s Cancer." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with the cartoonist.


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Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Art Gallery

We visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum for a preview of their Valentine’s Day tie-in Art + Chocolate.


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Courtesy photo / Matthew Murphy

The Wharton Center will be alive with "The Sound of Music" this week as the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to East Lansing. We speak with two of the cast members of this North American tour, one of whom is Michigan’s former Miss Isabella County.


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Jamie Paisley / WKAR

This Friday marks the grand opening of a new art gallery over in Bath, Michigan. We speak with entrepreneurs behind the Eggleston Gallery about creating their new venture and the Michigan art at the center of Friday’s opening.


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Courtesy photo / Clayton Eshleman

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with a National Book Award winner and Guggenheim fellowship recipient, the Ypsilanti-based poet Clayton Eshleman, about his newly released ‘Sulfur Anthology.”


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Kent Philharmonic

We’ll head to Grand Rapids to visit a community-based orchestra, who’ll be performing a world premiere tomorrow night. Current State’s Jamie Paisley speaks with the Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic and the Florida-based composer of that world premiere: Trilogy for Organ & Orchestra.

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