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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When it comes to music, there is something to be said about perfectionism. Maurice Duruflé was a composer whose severe self-criticism allowed him to only publish 14 works during his lifetime. David Rayl with the MSU College of Music talks about preparing for one of these intricate masterpieces for a performance coming up this weekend: the Duruflé Requiem.

The MSU College of Music travels off-campus this Saturday for a concert at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing.  The venue was chosen because the musicians need one particular instrument for this concert: the organ.

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We’ll go to the top of MSU’s Beaumont Tower to explore the bells which have been chiming out both music & the time since 1928.

The professor who plays those Beaumont Tower carillon bells wants you to play them as well.

Suren Bagratuni
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

We speak with the MSU Artist-Faculty cellist Suren Bagratuni about the upcoming week-long "Cello Plus" concert series.


Wait Until Dark photo
Rita Diebler / Riverwalk Theatre

We find out from the lead actress of the Riverwalk Theater’s new production “Wait Until Dark,” why she has bruises on her shins.


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: 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.


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.


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