Mark Bashore

Host, Current State

Mark Bashore is managing editor and host of Current State, WKAR's daily news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

Mark Bashore joined WKAR in May 2007. Prior to his arrival at WKAR, he hosted a talk show on WJIM AM in 2005 and previous to that was morning show host and producer at WFMK in Lansing for 14 years.

Ways To Connect

Are the state’s small businesses healthy or hurting? And why? Current State speaks with Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO Rob Fowler.


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Courtesy photo / Rep. Todd Courser

With phony claims of sex for hire and allegations of bugged offices and blackmail, the Courser-Gamrat affair is the craziest story to hit state government in a while. As the fallout continues, Current State talks with MIRS News editor Kyle Melinn to get the latest.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Medical cases involving the use of heroin are on the rise in Lansing. Current State talks with police chief Mike Yankowski about efforts to deal with the increasing usage of heroin use in the city.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

There will be at least one new face on 2016’s Lansing City Council. Current State talks with a couple of candidates who survived Tuesday’s primary, Emily Dievendorf and Patricia Spitzley.


There used to be a pair of Civil War era cannons on the grounds on the State Capitol building. On Saturday, there will be a ceremony to mark the installation of two replica cannons. State Senators Mike Kowall and Steve Bieda worked across the aisle to raise private money for the project. Current State talks with them about the project.


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