12:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival

Shawn Pfautsch stars in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of 'Hamlet' at Jackson College through Aug. 17.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic.

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11:52 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Lansing dials up electronics extravaganza

The show will take place July 10-12 at the Best Western Plus Hotel on Cedar St. in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Antique Radio Club

The 29th annual Vintage Electronics Extravaganza gets underway this weekend in Lansing. The Michigan Antique Radio Club spearheads the gathering, which happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 200 to 300 sellers will have a diverse mixture of vintage radio, telephone and other electronic items on display and for sale.

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10:49 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Jan 19 | SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere at Studio C!

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

FREE – Sunday, Jan 19, at 4 p.m. | See it on the big screen at Studio C! 6 hours before the national broadcast premiere | RESERVE SEATS ARE FILLED | STANDBY TICKET SIGN-UP CLOSED

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In Our Community
4:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

A Powerful Thing - Community Cinema: Solar Mamas

(l-r) Jayne Schuiteman, Judy Martin, Tashmica Torok and Gail Catron.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's latest Community Cinema screening event featured an on-screen visit to Barefoot College in India, and in-person discussion with mid-Michigan women who are working to make a difference around the world.

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In Our Community
9:59 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Classics Conversation Continues

WKAR host Jody Knol shares a laugh with classical music fans at Pizza House in East Lansing.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

On a recent Monday evening, WKAR classical music hosts Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol, along with radio station manager Peter Whorf, met up with WKAR listeners at an East Lansing pizzeria to talk about classical music on the air and in our community in mid-Michigan.

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6:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Nov. 15 Evening at WKAR: The Dust Bowl

FREE – Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. | See a preview of the latest mini-series from Ken Burns. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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4:19 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Ed Slott Visits WKAR

l-r: Joseph Brooks, Fairhaven Financial Advisory Corporation; Matt Curfman, Richmond Brothers; Ed Slott; WKAR guests Scott and Margo Ross and Blake Ashdown at WKAR TV Studios, Oct. 16, 2012
w.r. richards/WKAR

WKAR was pleased to welcome IRA expert Ed Slott, host of Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue and other public television specials, to the station on October 16.

Guests attending not only had quality time with Ed Slott but also had the opportunity to see a live taping of QuizBusters, tour the set of Off the Record and get a first-hand look at what a green screen is like in the studio and what it looks like after it is used to create a virtual set.

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Free Workshop for Families!
3:17 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Nov. 8 | Raising Readers Workshop

Kids learn the love of reading at Raising Readers Workshops.

WKAR hosts a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, November 8, at Sycamore Elementary in Holt.

Families will learn new ways to build children's reading skills while interacting with their child. Although the workshop is targeted to families and children 4-6 years old, siblings are welcome to attend also. Each child will receive a free book to take home.

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10:50 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Fun for All at the Teddy Bear Picnic!

Susi Elkins at WKAR's booth at the Teddy Bear Picnic.
w.r. richards WKAR

WKAR was pleased to join in the fun at the Teddy Bear Hospital and Picnic, sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development on October 6.

Children came carrying their teddy bears and other stuffies to be stitched up by medical students. The idea behind the annual event is to make going to the doctor a little less scary for youngsters.

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3:33 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Sparty Visits QuizBusters Special Edition Taping

WKAR's Jason Vlahos introduces Sparty to the QuizBusters audience.
w.r. WKAR-Michigan State University

Tuesday night (9/11) Sparty dropped by WKAR Studio A in the Communication Arts and Sciences building to help kick off the 24th season of QuizBusters. Two Special Edition episodes kick off the 24th season of QuizBusters in primetime on Wednesday, September 19, at 8 p.m. ET on WKAR-TV.

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You Are Invited
10:51 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Evening at WKAR: Call the Midwife Sneak Preview

FREE – Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. | Get a preview of the new British series, Call the Midwife and view the first hour! | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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In Our Community
5:02 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

PHOTOS: Great Lakes Folk Festival 2012

Jeanie Croope, Tim Zeko, Kevin Lavery, Earle Robinson and the WKAR Street Team all had a great time at the 11th Annual Great Lakes Folk Festival this past weekend (August 10-12).

Did we see you there? Check out the photos on facebook, and be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

In Our Community
12:33 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

PHOTOS: Lansing JazzFest in Old Town

The WKAR Street Team met many fans of hot summer days, jazz and WKAR at the 2012 Lansing JazzFest in Old Town.

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An Evening at WKAR
11:54 am
Tue July 31, 2012

"Big Science" Intrigues WKAR Audience

More than 225 people gathered at WKAR to see a preview of "The Small Matter of Big Science."
w.r. richards/WKAR

If the attendance at "An Evening at WKAR" was any indication, "big science" is a big interest for WKAR fans. More than 230 people, coming from as far as Novi, crowded the Communication Arts & Sciences auditorium on July 30 to get a sneak preview of The Small Matter of Big Science and hear remarks by Konrad Gelbke and Douglas Gage.

Gelbke, director of Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, is also featured in the documentary, which airs Wednesday, August 1, at 8 p.m., on WKAR-TV.

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Reservations Open August 23
10:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Save the Date - WKAR Fall Preview on September 6

Jeanie Croope

Please save September 6 on your calendar for a very special Evening at WKAR. On that Thursday evening in September we'll be hosting our annual Fall Preview.

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An Evening at WKAR
10:05 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Molly Fillmore Delights WKAR Fans!

Molly Fillmore talks about performing at the Metropolitan Opera to WKAR guests.

WKAR's July 25 "Evening at WKAR" with Molly Fillmore was a great success with lots of great feedback. Molly was here to preview the Great Performances at the Met production of Satyagraha, airing Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. on WKAR World's "Summer Sundays at the Opera."

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In Our Community
12:11 am
Mon June 25, 2012

PHOTOS: Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

The WKAR Street Team met many, many fans of WKAR at the 16th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing. Did we see you there? Check out the photos on facebook, and be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

5:11 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

In Our Community - at the Zoo!

Connie Montague and her grandchildren at Potter Park Zoo.
w.r. richards/WKAR

WKAR celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, June 2, as part of the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event.

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8:48 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

PHOTOS: East Lansing Art Festival

I Love WKAR - in Our Community at East Lansing Art Festival. May 2012.
photo: Eric Fulton WKAR Street Team

The WKAR Street Team met many, many fans of WKAR at the 49th Annual East Lansing Art Festival. Did we see you there? Check out the photos on facebook, and be sure to tag yourself and your friends! You can also view the  slideshow right here.

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Special Free Music Event
3:36 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

TICKETS: BackStage Pass June Concert Series

June 26 and 27 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center, in the Albert White Performing Arts Theater.  Two free shows per night, featuring Home Again, Domestic Problems, Howling Diablos and Silent Lapse. These concerts are being recorded for BackStage Pass, the television series featuring music made in Michigan.

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3:05 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: WKAR's 'BackStage Pass' to Announce June Concert Recordings and Venue

Join WKAR as it reveals the line-up for the next Backstage Pass recording sessions, coming to East Lansing in June. The WKAR television series featuring music made in Michigan kicks off an all-new season of production at a brand new venue, with bands that have never been featured before by WKAR.

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12:40 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Look for WKAR at the East Lansing Arts Festival!

May 19-20. On the City Hall Main Stage, in the children's area, and all around, you'll find WKAR at the East Lansing Art Festival.

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12:47 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

BackStage Pass Update - Save These Dates

The third broadcast season of BackStage Pass just wrapped up, with TV featuring music made in Michigan from the Chenille Sisters, Larry McCray, Bowery, and many more great, original acts.  Those 10 shows will repeat on WKAR-TV beginning this week and continuing into the summer.

Fans are wondering: will there be a fourth season? and, how can I be in the TV audience for the next shows?  We are thrilled to announce that there WILL be a fourth season of BackStage Pass.

3:44 pm
Wed April 11, 2012


FREE - Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. | Join WKAR for an evening of mystery  on the MSU campus.  Communication Arts & Sciences Room 147 | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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4:38 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Hunting the Elements Preview Draws a Crowd at WKAR

Around one hundred fans of science programming on WKAR joined us Tuesday night (April 3) for our Preview Event featuring NOVA: Hunting the Elements.

The evening kicked off with a sneak peek at the special 2-hour program airing Wednesday, April 4, at 9pm on WKAR TV-HD/23. Guests also had an opportunity to hear direct from some of the researchers who explore questions about how our world works.

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LIVE from Austin
12:15 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Springsteen Live from NPR Music at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen provides the 'keynote' presentation today from the South by Southwest Conference - Live from Austin. Watch it here at 1pm EDT.

3:37 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Classical Roots - Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Friday, March 16, 10:35am
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Classical Roots

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12:49 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

WKAR Preview Event: Hunting the Elements

FREE - Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. | Join WKAR,  the Cyclotron Lab, and FRIB for an evening of adventure and extreme chemistry on the MSU campus.  Communication Arts & Sciences Room 147 | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Ready to Learn
12:54 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

March 18 | Early Childhood Literacy Coalition Event

Storybook characters, performers, authors and storytelling are combined in a way to help kids learn to love reading at a free special event on Sunday, March 18, from 1-4 p.m. The event will take place at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

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2:44 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Lansing Raising Readers Workshop March 15

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., at Gier Park Elementary School in Lansing.

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