Current State #144 | August 16, 2013

Aug 16, 2013

Today on Current State: a look at how the Affordable Care Act would impact small business owners; Michigan fans remember Elvis Presley; legendary broadcaster George Blaha and his career experience; the winning script of this year's 'One Book, One Community' program - 'The Yellow Bird;" Lansing's first rowing regatta and remembering WJR personality J.P. McCarthy.


Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance.  

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Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.

Legendary broadcaster George Blaha reflects on career

Aug 16, 2013
Courtesy of NBA.com

Broadcasting legend George Blaha is the long-lasting television and radio play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons. He is also the play-by-play voice of Spartans football.

Recently, he spoke with the Current Sports host Al Martin to talk  about his past, the NBA during the 80's and 90's and the upcoming season for the Pistons.

Courtesy of 'One Book, One Community' program

The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Aug 16, 2013
Russ White

Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.