9:55 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Radio Pledge Challenge Grants

One of the largest and most reliable sources of operating revenue for WKAR Radio is individual donors – thousands of members who give year after year to support their favorite programs.

WKAR Radio has three on-air fundraising campaigns each year. They are unique opportunities to use our broadcast signal to reach out and directly ask our listeners for support. Each campaign is vital to our overall funding and the most efficient way to gain new supporters. Our next campaign will be held on April 9-17, 2015.


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9:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies

WKAR will be airing the buzzed-about Ken Burn's documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. We are looking for 6 businesses that would like to sponsor this important topic and show.

Below you will find a link to the sales sheet. The show will air in 3 parts on March 30, 31, and April 1 from 9-11 PM.


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3:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

VIDEO: Raise Your Company Profile with WKAR Radio

Check out my video on how WKAR Radio can help your company or organization connect with our over 53,000 radio listeners on 90.5 FM.

1:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

NPR News Sponsor Tag

Looking for an affordable way to reach the WKAR 90.5 FM radio audience?

WKAR is excited to announce a new special seven second news sponsor tag to be read at the top of each hour during NPR News programming. Best of all, it is extremely affordable!

Click on the link below for more information on this program, but act fast. These sponsorships are limited to one per hour. First come first served!


3:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Is WKAR A Part of Your Marketing Mix?

Brian Town, President of Michigan Creative, a local marketing firm with a goal of providing expert creative services to Michigan business, is a small business located in Lansing's NEO Center. They decided to underwrite during NPR and Current State on WKAR's 90.5 FM as a means to be philanthropic and give back to the community. Below is the message they currently have running 3 times per week for the next three months.

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2:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Giving Tuesday Holiday Promotion

This year WKAR is offering businesses a unique way to reach the vast WKAR audience for the holidays.

For a gift of $1,500 you can reach our TV audience using WKAR holiday specials including Silver Bells In the City, Home for the Holiday's, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir along with our holiday classical music listeners during the live hosted classical music hours of 10 AM to 4 PM weekdays.

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4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Silver Bells In the City 3rd Annual Broadcast

Silver Bells Fireworks Show

The holiday season is upon us and we are almost exactly three months away from Christmas. Yikes!

One the many things we at WKAR look forward to each year is the airing of WKAR's Emmy Award winning broadcast of Silver Bells In the City's Electric Light Parade. This year will be the 3rd year that WKAR will air this special live broadcast with our very own Susi Elkins hosting along Fox-47's Bob Hoffman, and WLNZ's Mark Buzzita.

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1:49 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Political Campaigns Got Your Media Buy Down?

The leaves are turning, the temperatures are dropping, and the local cafes smell of pumpkin spice. Yes, my friends, we have entered fall.

Another thing that happens in the fall is elections. All of those signs littering lawns across America, along with politicians bashing each another can be very tiresome while watching or listening to your favorite shows. And if you're a business owner or media buyer trying to get a jump start on holiday promotions, good luck getting a TV spot on a major network or favorite cable station or during radio drive times.

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Join Us!
2:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Join WKAR at the 40th Annual Kaleidoscope

Featuring Jessica Fellowes, worldwide best-selling author of The World of Downton Abbey and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey.

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2:12 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

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Heard BackStage
6:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

John Douglas - Interview for BackStage Pass

John Douglas Quintet
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

John Douglas Quintet on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

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8:08 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Current State Staffers Plan Show Launch

Current State plans first week's shows and world domination.
Credit Peter Whorf

WKAR's Current State staff is preparing for the launch of Mid-Michigan's new radio news and arts magazine from MSU.  Our first show brings you Governor Rick Snyder, a discussion of East Lansing public schools, Mid-Michigan business, sports and more.  Left-right: WKAR News Director Kevin Lavery, Current State host Mark Bashore, Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry, Current State producer Joe Linstroth, WKAR Reporter and host Scott Pohl.

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New Year's Eve Special
9:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch
Credit Stephanie Berger

8pm Monday Dec. 31 | The New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve gala

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9:17 am
Sat December 8, 2012

WKAR Classical Now on HD Radio

There's a new way to listen to WKAR Classical, the online stream featuring classical music 24/7.

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11:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Specials on WKAR World

WKAR World 23.2 Comcast 288 & 904

TV Specials this weekend on WKAR World feature health and fitness, music and more.

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10:47 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Specials on WKAR Create

WKAR Create 23.3 Comcast 287 & 903

TV specials on WKAR Create this weekend feature Rick Steves, Wayne Dyer and more.

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Step behind the scenes!
5:28 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The Making of War Horse

Sunday, November 25, at 10:30 p.m.

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New Special with Favorite Stars!
5:10 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Doo Wop Discoveries

Frankie Lymon

Saturday at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV | Sunday at 9 p.m. on WKAR World

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Election 2012
2:48 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Today - WKAR Election 2012 | Mon. 10/22

The focus today week is on the third and final presidential debate between Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

Listen during drivetime to All Things Considered on 90.5 FM for preview coverage, and join the live NPR chat online tonight beginning at 8:30.

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2:33 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Michigan Calling: The Senate Race

Last week, Michigan citizens had the opportunity to question U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) on "Michigan Calling," a radio special airing on 90.5 WKAR.

This week, her challenger, former Representative Pete Hoekstra (R), will respond to listener questions during a "Michigan Calling" special on Friday, October 26, at 9 a.m.

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7:03 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Nov. 1 | Community Cinema: Solar Mamas

Rafea and her son

FREE – Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. | WKAR presents a Community Cinema event with a preview screening of "Solar Mamas” and follow-up discussion with Judy Martin, Gail Catron and Tasmica Torok, moderated by Jayne Schuiteman. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Election 2012
6:16 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

MI First Election Coverage Launches with Debates

Over 200 MSU students collaborate to form the state's largest election team, as MI First Election covers the 2012 election beginning Wednesday night with the first presidential debate.

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2:34 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Meet Jody and Peter for Classics and Coffee

Jody Knol

90.5 Classical music host Jody Knol and new WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf will be talking the classics over coffee at Schuler Books & Music, at the store's Okemos location.

In addition to discussing the mid-Michigan classical music scene, Jody and Peter want to hear listener hopes for classical music on 90.5 and and get feedback on some of the station's classical music initiatives over the coming months.

Classics and Coffee

  • Monday, October 1, 9-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2-4 p.m.
8:21 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Community Cinema: Half the Sky

FREE – Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. | WKAR launches Community Cinema for mid-Michigan with a preview screening of "Half the Sky" and community discussion moderated by Judy Karandjeff.

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12:06 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

We're dancing at the Folk Fest!

WKAR will be at the Great Lakes Folk Festival dance tent! Look for us!
Courtesy MSU Museum

Come on out to the Great Lakes Folk Festival on August 10-12. 

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1:21 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

LISTEN Links are Back

8/1 Wednesday early afternoon | Our Listen links were restored today around 12:30 p.m.

You can now listen again to:

  • 90.5 WKAR
  • AM870 NewsTalk
  • WKAR Folk
  • WKAR Jazz
  • WKAR Classical
  • WKAR Radio Reading Service

using the Radio - Listen Live menu on the right side of the page.

Thank you for your patience.

9:06 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Trouble: Listen Links are Down

8/1 Wednesday | Listening links for all streams this morning are broken, yielding a 'page not found' error. We are working to correct the problem as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, if you have listened to one of our streams recently, please try:

  • Open your preferred audio player (such as iTunes, Windows Media player)
  • Find a WKAR stream in a list of recent connections
  • Connect

Thank you for your patience.

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programs
1:59 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

WKAR Create: Thu 7/5 Update

THU JULY 5, 5pm: WKAR Create has returned to the regular program schedule. Thank you for your patience!

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6:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Curt, Gene and Nancy -- Signing Off!

When viewers heard Curt Gilleo and Gene Purdum during the April 2012 Spring into Action fundraising campaign, they were hearing the end of an era. After April 27, Curt and Gene take their well-deserved retirements from WKAR Radio.

Joining them on the retiree list will be Nancy Gilleo, WKAR’s business manager, who somehow manages to keep on top of the volumes of paperwork and grant materials required to keep a public broadcasting station on the air.

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