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.

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A  movement opposing a possible sale of WKAR-TV spectrum has strengthened noticeably in recent days.

Participants are upset over the chance Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon will decide to participate in a federal auction of that broadband spectrum that could lead to an end of over-the-air WKAR-TV broadcasting.  

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with two members of that opposition.

Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

A new study says Asian carp could make up one-third of the fish weight of Lake Erie if the species make their way into the lake. Despite that ominous sounding statistic, the study also suggests the impact may  be less destructive than expected. We talk with study co-author Ed Rutherford of Ann Arbor’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.


WKAR File Photo

In 2014, federal officials investigated MSU’s response to campus sexual harassment and assault. They ordered reforms. Two new university officials recently assumed leadership positions in the school’s effort. Current State talks with Ande Durojaiye and Jessica Norris of MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity.


tales of a wandering youkai / flickr creative commons

Analysts are forecasting Michigan’s six-year economic upswing will continue in 2016, but not as noticeably as in recent years. Matt Dolan of the Detroit Free Press spoke with those analysts and shares some details.


Rich Weingartner in radio studio
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

Viewers of WKAR-TV learned recently there’s a chance the station could stop broadcasting in 2016. MSU will decide soon whether to offer the station’s broadband spectrum in a federal auction that could make millions of dollars for the University. We talk with stakeholders about the upcoming decision.


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