Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

Hello! I'm Scott Pohl, a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews for Current State and an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

I've been working for WKAR since 1984. Previously, I've worked with the Michigan News Network, WFMK, WKHM in Jackson and WALM in Albion (along with Concord, my home town). I'm a 1979 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications.

My family keeps me busy with acting performances and dance recitals, and I enjoy travel and sports (I'm a decent tennis player and a less accomplished golfer).

I'm also an annual day sponsor on WKAR!

Thanks for listening!

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David G. Smith is our Live Music Friday guest ahead of a couple of Friday gigs in East Lansing. The Iowa-based singer-guitarist has a new album is called “First Love.”

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light was recently the subject of a cyber attack. We talk with Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley about the utility's recovery efforts.


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An Australian man has come forward as the creator of the online currency Bitcoin. Current State talks with David Smith, the founder of Startup Grind Lansing and an avid proponent of Bitcoin, about the story and how Bitcoin is being used in Michigan.


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We talk with one of the candidates for Sheriff in Ingham County this year. Eric Trojanowicz is a captain in the department. He’s running as a Republican to replace the retiring Sheriff, Gene Wrigglesworth, and his opponent is the Sheriff’s son, Scott Wrigglesworth.


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Our Live Music Friday guests are Doug Mains and Josh Michels of Doug Mains and the City Folk. The group is coming off a lengthy hiatus with a Lansing concert and a new album, “These Broken Members,” in May.

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Everybody loves The Beatles. This weekend, The Henry Ford opens an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia called "The Magical History Tour."


“Ink Trails” chronicled the lives and writings of more than a dozen Michigan authors. It was a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. Now, a new edition has been published. Scott Pohl talks with Dave and Jack Dempsey about “Ink Trails II.”


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We talk with Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel about criminal charges filed in connection with the Flint water crisis and his call for Gov. Rick Snyder to leave office.


In part two of our conversation with author and critic Touré, the discussion centers on the Black Lives Matter movement and presidential politics.


Today on Current State: James Redford, the interim director of the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs; morel mushroom hunting season in Michigan; author and critic Touré discusses music ahead of a visit to Grand Rapids; nordic walking; and Current Sports host Al Martin on the Pistons and the Red Wings in the playoffs.


Touré has written about music in a notable career that landed him on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee. He’ll be in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Ahead of that appearance, we open a two-part conversation with Touré on the Hall and his most recent book about Prince.


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Our Live Music Friday guest today is Chris Zehnder. The singer-songwriter has a new EP called “Goin’ Through the Motions.” He’s worked extensively with Donny Brown, a former member of The Verve Pipe who has been a previous Live Music Friday guest.

Pop-Up Stories: ‘The Gate Crasher’

Apr 12, 2016
Al Martin Pop-Up Story
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We have another Pop-Up Story from our most recent storytelling event. The theme was “lucky break.” This one is from WKAR’s Al Martin, and it’s about avoiding trouble at a former workplace.


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MSU Jazz Studies professor Randy Napoleon is our Live Music Friday guest. He has a new CD called “Soon.” You can see him at Lansing’s Robin Theatre on April 29th.

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Randy Napoleon. He’s a professor of guitar in the MSU Jazz Studies Program. His new CD is called “Soon.” On the CD, he’s joined by Rodney Whitaker on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

Randy has a Lansing concert coming up at the Robin Theatre in REO Town on April 29th.

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Our Live Music Friday guest is Peter Harper of Harper and Midwest Kind. The band will perform at The Robin Theatre in Lansing Saturday night to release a new CD, “Show Your Love.”


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