Susi Elkins

Interim Director of Broadcasting and General Manager

Susi Elkins is interim director of Broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. WKAR Public Media provides mid-Michigan and the global community with award-winning original programming and the best from PBS and NPR via television channels WKAR-HD, WKAR World and WKAR Create; radio broadcasts at 90.5 FM and FM-HD, AM 870 and WKAR Radio Reading Service; and online at and

Elkins was named to the position in May of 2016, after serving as WKAR television station manager for more than four years.

As WKAR television station manager, Elkins has overseen all programming, including original content production and partnerships for the station’s three broadcast channels and digital platforms.

Under her leadership, WKAR-TV has been named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Public Television Station of the Year for five consecutive years (2011-2015), and has earned numerous regional Emmy Awards and top awards from the MAB and the National Educational Telecommunication Association, among others.

Prior to her appointment as TV station manager, Elkins served as Content and Community Engagement manager for WKAR, where she oversaw the convergence of media and programming in TV and Radio and the ongoing growth of original content across platforms. Under her direction, WKAR increased capacity for providing experiential learning opportunities for MSU students, offering one of the highest number of student paid positions available on campus. Elkins also increased WKAR’s commitment to early childhood education and solidified its reputation as a community institution through strategic partnerships and collaborations.

Elkins holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunication and a master's degree in educational technology, both from MSU.

There are so many amazing festivals in the mid-Michigan area and we've been at a lot of them this year!

This week, Current State has been broadcasting live from Common Ground at 6 p.m., with an encore the following moring! I've been there a lot, too and am very excited to meet lots of new WKAR fans!

This is the 14th year of the festival. Our Street Team has been celebrating too, as they've been taking photos of many festivalgoers and handing our our WKAR flyers and buttons.

It's been busy here at WKAR, but who isn't these days? We're wrapping up our fiscal year, looking forward to new productions and our upcoming festivals.

Stacy Landry/WKAR-MSU

What a week! Earlier this week, music fans and friends of WKAR got the chance to be part of our BackStage Pass audience at Hannah Center in East Lansing. Six terrific bands -- ranging from hard rock to soul, funk to ska-punk and more -- took the stage over three evenings to record six of next season's BackStage Pass programs.

There's too much fun going on this week at WKAR!

As you know, WKAR-TV has four pledge campaigns each year and we have been successful in shortening them in the past year so that we can return to your favorites more quickly.

BackStage Pass is returning for a new recording season, starting off with a three-day concert extravaganza at Hannah Community Center, June 18-20!

We're excited to have a diverse group of bands on stage -- three nights, six bands! And best of all the tickets are free! Just get them online here. Seating is by general admission.

Next week Gary Reid and I will be headed to the PBS Annual Meeting. We'll be connecting with public broadcasting colleagues from around the country in an event that combines previews up of the upcoming season with valuable discussions on the state of the media landscape, funding updates, a look at our digital future and the latest research on public broadcasting.

There's always a lot of green here at Michigan State University, but today we are seeing much more of it! And I'm not just talking about the trees, which are beginning to show their Spartan colors, or the flowers that are at long last bursting.

Students from MSU's College of Communication Arts & Sciences will be graduating today -- Friday, May 3. We can't help but notice caps and gowns and plenty of Spartan spirit.

There's lots to like this week when WKAR is involved! Here's a quick calendar of what's keeping us busy.

I have just returned from the National Association of Broadcasters meeting, which I was privileged to attend with our general manager, Gary Reid, and several of our staff.

portrait: Steve Smith

I'm an MSU grad and Spartan through and through. So when I heard that the College of Communication Arts & Science and WKAR would host the first Spartan Sports Journalism Classic -- with hosts Steve Smith and Pam Whitten -- I was pretty excited!

Lots of Spartans remember NBA All Star and MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Steve Smith. He's now a sports journalist covering the NBA on television. When he comes back to MSU next week, he's bringing with him a number of the best sports journalists and industry professionals in the field to speak during a lively panel.

When it hits April, it finally feels as though spring is really here! And this week's temperatures and a few green bulb shoot sightings remind us that soon it will be festival season.

Here at WKAR we're looking ahead to the MSU Science Festival April 12-21 here on the campus. You'll find everything from interactive displays to speakers to activities for kids. On April 13 we're teaming up with MSU Extension to offer activities for children at the exhibition tent. It will be busy but fun!

You may have noticed the new "Family" tab on our web page. We are looking to increase the content we have here on WKAR that is related to families and education.

Susi Elkins

There's lots to like during this wild and wonderful week here at WKAR. On Wednesday I was pleased to be with members of our staff at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual awards. Three of our television programs (Off the Record, BackStage Pass and Beneath the Pines) received awards, as did two WKAR Radio features.