Jeanie Croope

TV Host and Communications Manager - Retired

Mid-Michigan viewers know Jeanie Croope as the WKAR host whose smile lights up the TV screen during local broadcast specials and brightens the scene at events throughout our community. In her role as Communications Manager for WKAR, she is also editor of StayTuned, social media author, and much more.

Jeanie Croope has degrees in Theatre and Public Relations from Michigan State University, and has been on the air and in our community with WKAR since 1981.

Jeanie retired from WKAR and MSU in September 2013.


Summer Recipes from the Test Kitchen
3:54 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Summer Recipes from the Test Kitchen!

Bridget and Chris offer recipes on "America's Test Kitchen" and "Cook's Country."

One of the fun things about working in WKAR's communications office is that we learn about all the terrific shows on WKAR-TV and links that can really enhance the experience!

As a WKAR Create fan, I'm fond of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country, so I was especially excited to see links to their never-fail recipes.

Here are a few you may enjoy!

Classic Egg Salad Sandwiches

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New Radio Reader Book This Week
2:46 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A New Book for Radio Reader

DIck Estell begins a new book on August 17.

Dick Estell begins reading Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner, on August 17. He will conclude The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher, on August 16. The Radio Reader is heard weekdays at 8:30 a.m., on AM/870.

On August 17, Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner begins. It is a lucid, page-turning account of the trials and death row appeals of Edward Lee Elmore, a quiet and mentally challenged African-American man accused of the murder of an elderly white woman in South Carolina in 1982.

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12:06 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

We're dancing at the Folk Fest!

WKAR will be at the Great Lakes Folk Festival dance tent! Look for us!
Courtesy MSU Museum

Come on out to the Great Lakes Folk Festival on August 10-12. 

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An Evening at WKAR
11:54 am
Tue July 31, 2012

"Big Science" Intrigues WKAR Audience

More than 225 people gathered at WKAR to see a preview of "The Small Matter of Big Science."
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If the attendance at "An Evening at WKAR" was any indication, "big science" is a big interest for WKAR fans. More than 230 people, coming from as far as Novi, crowded the Communication Arts & Sciences auditorium on July 30 to get a sneak preview of The Small Matter of Big Science and hear remarks by Konrad Gelbke and Douglas Gage.

Gelbke, director of Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, is also featured in the documentary, which airs Wednesday, August 1, at 8 p.m., on WKAR-TV.

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WKAR In Our Community
11:13 am
Mon July 30, 2012

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Peep will be at Lansing JazzFest Friday, 5:30-7:30p and Saturday 2-5p

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

Reservations Open August 23
10:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Save the Date - WKAR Fall Preview on September 6

Jeanie Croope

Please save September 6 on your calendar for a very special Evening at WKAR. On that Thursday evening in September we'll be hosting our annual Fall Preview.

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Election 2012 Special
3:25 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate on 'Off the Record'

Tim Skubick

The three Republican candidates running for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat have agreed to do their one and only televised debate at WKAR-TV on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Hekman have agreed to a single moderator, no-rules format in a program to be anchored by senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

This special election-year edition of “Off the Record” will be broadcast by Michigan public television stations across the state as part of the “Off the Record” series.

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An Evening at WKAR
10:05 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Molly Fillmore Delights WKAR Fans!

Molly Fillmore talks about performing at the Metropolitan Opera to WKAR guests.

WKAR's July 25 "Evening at WKAR" with Molly Fillmore was a great success with lots of great feedback. Molly was here to preview the Great Performances at the Met production of Satyagraha, airing Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. on WKAR World's "Summer Sundays at the Opera."

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7:23 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Katie Wolf named Senior Communications Manager

Katie Wolf

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University announced today that Katie Wolf will join the College as Senior Communications Manager on August 6, 2012.  Katie Wolf has served as Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, where she has overseen grant awards and programs for many state and federally funded cultural programs.

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Free Offer!
4:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Free Educational Offer!

Order this free literacy booklet with games for kids!

One of the programming services we take great pride in sharing with you at WKAR is our educational programming. Our children's shows teach so many things — science and math concepts, life skills like sharing and cooperating and literacy skills.
I have two kids of my own and I know that our children's programming is not only educational, but it's lots of fun, too. Kids learn best when they are having fun and our programs do exactly that — teach valuable lessons in a delightful way.

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12:20 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Peter Whorf: WKAR Radio's New Station Manager

Peter Whorf is WKAR Radio's new station manager. He'll begin on August 27.

Michigan State University announced today that Peter Whorf will join WKAR as Radio Station Manager for the public broadcasting stations on August 27, 2012.  Whorf comes to WKAR from WFMT in Chicago, where he has served as Program Director and Vice President for Content for the past seven years.

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WKAR Create Hints!
12:21 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Create Schedule Info!

Rick Steves' European travel series is seen daily on WKAR Create.

Our phone has been ringing with calls from fans of WKAR Create who wonder what happened to their programs.

The Create service recently juggled the schedule around. WKAR members who receive our monthly program magazine, Stay Tuned, at home, would have seen a schedule on the back cover of this month's issue.  (Stay Tuned is sent to members of WKAR who give $40 or more to either WKAR-TV or Radio. You may donate HERE.)

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Treasure Hunters, Take Note!
10:13 am
Thu July 12, 2012

'Market Warriors' Premieres July 16

The Market Warriors are John Bruno, Miller Gaffney, Bob Richter and Kevin Bruneau.

The producer of Antiques Roadshow -- a WKAR viewer favorite -- has a new treat for treasure seekers! Market Warriors premieres Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

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9:48 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Love from our Listeners!

90.5 Classical morning host Mark Schwitzgoebel

We love getting feedback from you, whether it is on in the comments section, through letters, calls to Carolopedia or on our Facebook pages.

Recently 90.5 Classical host Mark Schwitzgoebel received a letter from a woman in New York City who listens to the WKAR Classical stream.

Dear Mark,

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5:37 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Dan Bayer Recognized by Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

WKAR is pleased to congratulate our colleague, Dan Bayer, on receiving the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) Director Chair Award for 2012.

The award was presented by Lois Mummaw for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Advisory Board. The Director Chair award has been given since 2009 to recognize longevity, volunteerism, and passion for the annual event.  John McDaniel was also honored with the award this year.

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11:10 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Under the Radar Visits Lansing

WKAR student Maria Palmo, Tom Daldin (host of "Under the Radar Michigan"), WKAR producer Mike Mihalus and videographer Jason Vlahos.

"Under the Radar Michigan," the popular weekly series that visits sites throughout Michigan that are both known to all and known to few, came to Lansing. WKAR's crew met the "UTR" team in downtown Lansing, where host Tom Daldin recorded video promos and a fundraising video for WKAR.

Judging by the photos, it looks like this might have been the perfect way to spend a June day!

Watch "Under the Radar Michigan" on Sundays at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on WKAR World.

10:24 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Cindy Herfindahl Retires

Cindy Herfindahl

Cindy Herfindahl, WKAR’s development director for the past eight years (and 28 years at MSU and WKAR in total), is retiring at the end of June. Cindy is known to WKAR viewers and listeners for her appearances during our on-air membership campaigns and to many others, particularly members of Sound Vision Society, Legacy Society and those who have given endowments to WKAR.

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10:13 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Stop by at the Summer Solstice Jazz Fest!

Join us at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

We're excited to be part of the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival this weekend! It's the 16th annual festival and will take place Friday and Saturday (June 22/23) under a big tent in the Albert Street Parking Lot in downtown East Lansing.

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4:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Calling All Anglophiles!

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at a Royal Gala

I'd like to think everyone is as much an Anglophile as I am. While I know it's not true, I do know that there are a lot of WKAR-TV viewers who really are enjoying all things British on PBS this summer. If you count yourself in that number, here are a few shows coming up that you won't want to miss!

About Queens Elizabeth II and Victoria

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2:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Classical Tuesdays with 90.5 Community Concerts

Jody Knol

The fifth season of 90.5 Community Concerts airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR. Hosted by Jody Knol, the series highlights performances by area orchestras and soloists. It is also streamed on 90.5 WKAR and on WKAR Classical on and repeated on the WKAR Classical stream Saturday at 6 p.m. 

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10:47 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Reporter Gretchen Millich Retires

In a story that was picked up by other media, Gretchen Millich covered the rescue of an injured bald eagle that was rescued from the Saginaw River and treated at Michigan State University.

One of WKAR's veteran reporters, Gretchen Millich, retired from WKAR on June 8.

Millich reported on the mid-Michigan community for 22 years, focusing on what listeners jokingly call “cops and critters.”  She was also heard occasionally as a substitute host for All Things Considered, and as a regular fundraising host on Morning Edition.  

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6:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Curt, Gene and Nancy -- Signing Off!

When viewers heard Curt Gilleo and Gene Purdum during the April 2012 Spring into Action fundraising campaign, they were hearing the end of an era. After April 27, Curt and Gene take their well-deserved retirements from WKAR Radio.

Joining them on the retiree list will be Nancy Gilleo, WKAR’s business manager, who somehow manages to keep on top of the volumes of paperwork and grant materials required to keep a public broadcasting station on the air.

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3:44 pm
Wed April 11, 2012


FREE - Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. | Join WKAR for an evening of mystery  on the MSU campus.  Communication Arts & Sciences Room 147 | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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WKAR Hosts Educational Conference
4:21 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

"Picturing America" Conference for Teachers

The Lansing School District and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to invite area teachers to apply for participation in a NEH Picturing America Conference entitled “Mid-Michigan’s Legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy” in May, 2012.    

Facilitated by the Lansing School District, this second conference (the first identical conference in March was fully enrolled) will be hosted by WKAR at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, May 10 through May 12, 2012.

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Raising Readers Workshop | April 19, Lansing
2:52 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

WKAR Sponsors “Raising Readers” Workshop

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free “Raising Readers” Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, April 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will take place at Cumberland Elementary School, 2801 Cumberland Road, Lansing.

The workshop is targeted to families and children ages 4-6, although siblings are welcome to attend. Participants will learn activities that are fun but also offer a new way to build reading skills.

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8:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

WKAR Wins Public Television Station of the Year Award

March 20, 2012

WKAR Wins Public Television Station of the Year Award

(East Lansing, MI) WKAR-TV and Radio took home a collection of awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, including that of Public Television Station of the Year. Awards were presented at the Great Lakes Broadcast Conference during the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony March 14, in Lansing.

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Pledge Madness
11:04 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Pledge Madness Update!

As of Tuesday, March 6, at 10:45 a.m., WKAR-TV's Pledge Madness total is 50,979!

Thanks to those who have called or made an online gift! If you haven't -- there's no better time right HERE!

Tonight on WKAR, we have "TransSiberian Orchestra: The Birth of Rock" (8 p.m.), "Tony Bennett: Duets 2" (9:00)!

Dance Contest for Kids!
10:13 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Curious George Dance Contest!

Calling all parents! Does your child love Curious George? Do they love to dance? Have them show off their best monkey moves and exercise their creativity in the first‐ever Curious George Dance Contest!

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6:21 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

WKAR Kicks Off Annual Drive for Greater Lansing Food Bank

Jeanie Croope
(517) 432-3120, Ext. 424

October 27, 2011


WKAR Kicks Off Annual Drive for Greater Lansing Food Bank

(East Lansing, Mich.) – WKAR Radio and Television are hosting the stations’ annual drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank from November 1 through December 15.

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