MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on AM 870

MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White.  Conversations with Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis are featured, too.  And Dr. Kirk Heinze shares his sustainability-focused Greening of the Great Lakes conversations.  MSU Alumni Association leader Scott Westerman shares his observations on living the Spartan Life.

by Kathleen Alexander

Consumers Energy is responding to its customers’ interest in renewable energy with their Solar Gardens project and Green Generation program.

“Right now about 10 percent of the energy our customers use comes from renewables,” says Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy vice president of energy supply operations.

MSU Today | September 25, 2016

Sep 25, 2016

MSU Turfgrass guru Kevin Frank offers his Fall lawn care tips.  Jack Ebling and Joe Rexrode with their new book "The Perfect :10." All the details on MSU Homecoming 2016, too, and an encore presentation of Kirk Heinze's conversation with Charles Fishman on lessons learned from the Flint water crisis.

The Perfect 10 was a situation Michigan State had prepared for and executed perfectly at the end of a perfect opportunity to beat Jim Harbaugh in year one and to flex its muscle in the series that matters most,” says Jack Ebling, co-author of “The Perfect :10” with fellow Spartan alumnus and journalist Joe Rexrode.

MSU Homecoming 2016: Spartans for Life

Sep 20, 2016

Homecoming is the time of year when Michigan State University’s campus feels particularly exciting.

Alumni and friends return, and they join in with students to celebrate what it means to be a Spartan. No matter how far a Spartan is from East Lansing, there will always be a link to this university that, in big and small ways, changed their lives for the better.

“For many people, this summer was a reality check for their lawns,” says MSU turfgrass guru Kevin Frank

Frank is an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.

MSU Today | September 18, 2016

Sep 18, 2016

Kirk Heinze talks with the leaders of Detroit’s restaurant of the year and Ford Motor Company’s autonomous vehicles unit.  And Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk about keeping student-athletes healthy, both physically and mentally, with MSU’s lead athletic trainer Sally Nogle and Spartan Football team physician and MSU neurologist David Kaufman.  Scott Westerman encourages you to “Live in the Now.”

by Kirk Heinze

Regular Greening of the Great Lakes listeners know I am a staunch advocate of genetically modified organism (GMO) technology.  As with other salient sustainability issues like climate change, wildlife habitat preservation, alternative energy technology and so on, I try to stay abreast of the undergirding science that I believe should inform discussions of such topics.

MSU Today | September 11, 2016

Sep 11, 2016

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with the new director of MSU's Broad Museum Marc-Olivier Wahler and with Hall of Fame broadcaster Paul W. Smith.

“The healthcare of our athletes is very important – including their mental health,” says MSU Athletics’ lead trainer Sally Nogle.  “It’s probably the best healthcare they’re ever going to have in their life because we’re readily available.  They can’t stay on the field or on the court or in the pool without their health being there and allowing them to compete.”

by Kathleen Alexander

The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on.

MSU Today | September 4, 2016

Sep 4, 2016

CATA’s clean commuting options, and Kirk Heinze discussions on GMOs and our important honey bee population.  Don Gonyea’s award-winning Lost and Found Sound segment on MSU’s Vincent Voice Library.  Scott Westerman on reciprocators.

Marc-Olivier Wahler is the new director of Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum.  He talks with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis about the challenges in presenting contemporary art, including the language used to describe it, and about the opportunity to “continue bridging the community and the university.”

Russ White

“I don’t do what I do for the awards, but I certainly appreciate them,” WJR’s Paul W. Smith tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  “And after going into the National Radio Hall of Fame a couple years ago in Chicago, it is truly an honor to now be recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.”


“We focus on transportation options that are better for the environment than driving around in your car every day,” CATA’s clean commute options coordinator Chloe White says on Greening of the Great Lakes.  “We try to educate people on how their daily transportation habits really affect our community’s air quality and our public health.”

MSU Today | August 28, 2016

Aug 28, 2016

Tailgating tips and trends from MSU’s Chef Kurt, details on MSU’s tobacco-free campus, the MSU Shadows project that’s turning downed trees into furniture and works of art, Broadcasting Hall of Fame-bound MSU alumnus Steve Schram, and Scott Westerman’s Career Quick Reference.