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Michigan State University is working on a video project that will unite the voices of Spartans all over the world in singing the MSU Fight Song. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Kevin Epling about the Spartan Virtual Choir.


Lou Anna Simon photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Current State talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon about the school’s recent tuition increase, its new office handling all investigations of discrimination including sexual assaults and harassment, and making Michigan State a tobacco-free campus.


Current Sports #488 | June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015

On today's "Current Sports" Al Martin talks about last night's NBA Finals Game 4, in which the Golden State Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers to tie the series at two games. Al addresses why LeBron James haters still exists today. We also bring to you a "Flashback Friday" chat with David Thomas and Amaka Agugua of the MSU women's basketball team. The show closes out with "Reflection Friday" and a tribute to wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes.

Current Sports #486 | June 10, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

  James Moore is in the house! The former MSU fullback and founder of "Speaking with a Purpose" talks about his upcoming youth football camp. Al Martin also talks about the Cleveland Cavaliers taking a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, giving big props to gritty guard Matthew Dellavedova. Al also briefly touches on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who is being sued for a tweet posted on social media. 

Current Sports #484 | June 8, 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Vacation is over and Al Martin returns to the mic with a hot "Current Sports." On today's show Al breaks down why last night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals was LeBron James' greatest performance to date. Also, Simone Jardim, head coach of the MSU women's tennis team, joins Al to talk about Serena Williams capturing her 20th major championship this weekend at the French Open. Then, Al closes out the show with "Weekend Winners" and special guest Ryan Slocum of ABC12 in Flint, MI.

Indigo and Minkel | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Matt Argillander

EAST LANSING - Waddling around the wrestling room at IM Sports West is MSU wrestling head coach Tom Minkel’s “child”. However, Indigo is no ordinary child – she is Minkel’s 17-year-old female hyacinth macaw.

“She’s smart, she’s fun, but she’s like having a permanent three-year-old child forever. They don’t grow up, they don’t mature,” Minkel said.

Let's Play Ball: Cuban Style | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Lia Kamana

I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.

She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.

Current Sports #468 | May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015

Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.

"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?

Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday." 


The White team defeated the Green, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium for the annual Spring Game. A total of 48,000 fans showed up for the afternoon exhibition matchup, just shy of Mark Dantonio's goal of 50K.

Love Match on MSU Softball Diamond | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 22, 2015
Andrea Harrison

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One phone call changed everything for Andrea Harrison.

After a two-time, All-America softball career at UCLA, Harrison coached softball for two years at Norman High School in Oklahoma at age 23.

It was her first coaching gig, an exciting new start doing something she loved. It was a job where she could use her knowledge from winning a national championship as a sophomore at UCLA and help teach young people how to succeed.

Shortly after she started coaching, Harrison received a call that threw her plans in a loop.

Current Sports #456 | April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

Al Martin begins today's "Current Sports" by talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. comments about the famed boxer believing he is better than the great Muhammad Ali. Al invites callers to join the conversation.

The Detroit Tigers move their record to 11-2 after topping the New York Yankees last night. Al talks about how this team has been able to get off to the right track and believes a "closer controversy" will ensue if Joakim Soria continues his hot play in the absence of Joe Nathan.

MSU Swimming Looking to Build for Future | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 7, 2015

As Michigan State’s swimming and diving teams look forward to the 2015-16 season, they see this past one as a foundation.

In 2015, the women’s team scored 65 points at the Big Ten championship, placing them in 13th. The men’s team, had slightly better results, with 82 points and a 10th place finish.

And although Michigan State produced no NCAA qualifiers in the 2015 season, Matt Gianiodis, MSU’s head swimming coach, feels 2016 holds promise.

Courtesy Wharton Center for Performing Arts

"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.

Portrait: Dr. Scott Sampson
MSU Science Festival / MSU/WKAR

April 15 - 19 at Michigan State University | The MSU Science Festival is a FREE multi-day celebration of science, fueled by some of the basic elements essential to scientific inquiry: curiosity, wonder, and discovery.

A Season of Improbability | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 6, 2015

The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. 

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