Nearly 200 guests filled Studio A on September 6 as the new season for WKAR Public Media was revealed.
In addition to meeting station managers Susi Elkins (TV) and Peter Whorf (Radio), guests also heard from Pamela Whitten, dean of Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts & Sciences and Gary Reid, WKAR's general manager.
- On September 11, WKAR-TV will begin broadcasting 24 hours a day on all three stations. As part of the change, WKAR World will move to channel 23.2. (More details are HERE.)
- Coming soon to WKAR Radio will be a new, hour-long daily talk/call-in show featuring Mark Bashore. Topics will include cultural activities, news and information and public affairs. Guests will be drawn from the mid-Michigan community, Michigan State University and special guests coming in to town.
- QuizBusters Special Edition guest participants were announced. The September 11 taping will have a large studio audience, cheering on area personalities and community leaders. A complete list of guests is HERE. (Reserve seats for this free Evening at WKAR HERE.)
- WKAR will launch a Community Cinema series of screenings, regarding sometimes-controversial films and often held at venues in the mid-Michigan region. The first offering will be "Half the Sky" based on the book by Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times.
Guests also saw video previews of upcoming programs in 2012-13 and had the opportunity to tour the Off the Record set and meet host Tim Skubick.
Among the programs highlighted for fall were BackStage Pass, Frontline: The Choice, Election 2012 Ken Burns' new offering The Dust Bowl and Call the Midwife.
Food for the guests was provided by Morton's Fine Catering; door prizes were courtesy of Schuler Books & Music.
Additional sponsors for Fall Preview were: MSU Health Team, Michigan Humanities Council and Levine Law Group.