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.

Pysanky egg art photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Looking for a new way to decorate Easter eggs? Pysanky eggs use an old method to create intricate designs with wax and the etching of eggs. We take a dip in the Federated Polish Home of Lansing.


Photo/ Jamie Paisley

Examples of the Pysanky Egg Art feature from the Current State episode airing Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Photo/ Jamie Paisley

Examples of the Pysanky Egg Art feature from the Current State episode airing Thursday, March 24th, 2016

MSU China cultural exchange photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Thirteen students from the China Conservatory of Music are currently in East Lansing to mount an operatic production with their student counterparts from Michigan State. We take you behind the scenes for this landmark tenth year of a unique cultural exchange.


Emily Douglass photo
Courtesy photo / Jackson Symphony Orchestra

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra will bring some of the greatest hits from opera to this weekend's concert at the Potter Center. We speak with Maestro Stephen Osmond about the program.


78 Letters film image
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.


Happendance photo
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.


GLCL building photo
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.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / 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.


Genadi Zagor photo
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.


Maestro Enrique Diemecke & Jamie Paisley photo
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.


Mom's Cancer image
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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