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.

Tonight at the Wharton Center, 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 performers from 12 countries will arrive on stage for the touring production of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze." But it will also be a homecoming performance for one member of the troupe. We speak with the Holt High School graduate working behind the scenes for this upcoming theatrical production of "Cirque Dreams."

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony’s holiday concert comes up this weekend and has some very special guests. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt as well as one of the high school students performing with the LSO this weekend.


The Expedition Denali Team photo
Courtesy photo / 'An American Ascent'

Flint has a new series dedicated to highlighting films of African Americans. We speak with an organizer of their next film, "An American Ascent." We also talk with some of the folks behind this documentary about the first African-American team to try to climb the highest mountain in North America, Mt. Denali.


This weekend, the MSU College of Music presents Handel’s "Messiah." We speak with conductor David Rayl about the difficulties of leading 200 singers and the timelessness of Handel’s masterwork.


Karen Finley photo
Courtesy photo / Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker series

Performance artist and author Karen Finley is coming to Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater on Thursday Night. We talk with Finley about her decades-long career, including taking the National Endowment of the Arts to the Supreme Court.


Gregory George photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Children’s Ballet Theater of Michigan is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year of productions here in Mid-Michigan. We speak with Artistic Director and choreographer Gregory George ahead of their annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved "Nutcracker," which leaps onto the Wharton Center stage this weekend.


Rune Bergmann photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

After the difficult reporting from Europe and the Middle East this week, the Grand Rapids Symphony takes some time to heal in a performance of the Brahms "German Requiem." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with Rune Bergmann, who will lead the program.


Room with a View set photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

You may know the 1985 Merchant-Ivory film “A Room with a View,” but later this week the MSU Opera Theater will open their season with an English-language opera based on the beloved E.M. Forster novel. We speak with the MSU opera’s director and cast.


Melissa in Studio
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Today was "Morning Edition" host Melissa Benmark's last day at WKAR, and her friends and colleagues send her off with this retrospective.


Enrique Diemecke photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Symphony Orchestra

We chat with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about the Flint Symphony’s concert this weekend, where the maestro will break down Mahler’s superstitious "Ninth Symphony" into bite-size pieces.


woman posed as rosie the riveter
Courtesy of Wild Swan Theater

Current State speaks to the creators of a new musical about those women of World War Two who came from all over to work manufacturing jobs in Michigan. The iconic Rosie The Riveter gets her own musical at the Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Depression glass photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State speaks with members of the Michigan Depression Glass Society on the eve of their annual show in Dearborn. It’s one of the oldest and largest glass showcases in the U.S.

Twyla Tharp Dance photo
Ruven Afanador / Twyla Tharp Dance

Current State talks with dance legend Twyla Tharp ahead of her 50th anniversary tour coming to the Wharton Center tonight.


Chris Thile photo
Courtesy photo / Chris Thile/Facebook

Mandolinist Chris Thile performs in Kalamazoo on Friday night. Thile talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about his music and his next big project: replacing Garrison Keillor next year on “A Prairie Home Companion.”


Courtesy Michigan Theater

We sit behind the organ at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, where a screening of the 1922 classic silent horror film Nosferatu will be accompanied by the Michigan’s grand Barton organ.


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