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 wkar.org and video.wkar.org.

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.

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