Radio Fall GiveAway 2016
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Our WKAR Radio Fall Fundraiser has wrapped up for 2016, but there is still one more chance to win a Fall GiveAway for anyone making a gift online at

Radio Fall GiveAway 2016
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When you Give Now Here, you're supporting music and news that make a difference!

Radio Fall GiveAway 2016
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When you Give Now Here, you're supporting music and news that make a difference!

Radio Fall GiveAway 2016

When you Give Now Here, you're supporting music and news that make a difference!

2016 Radio GiveAway

When you Give Now Here, you're supporting music and news that make a difference!

Looking ahead with WKAR general manager Susi Elkins

Sep 29, 2016

Current State talks with WKAR interim director of broadcasting and general manager Susi Elkins about public radio and television at MSU.

Pop-Up Stories: Turning Over a New Leaf

Sep 14, 2016
Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thur. Sept. 29 at 6pm at Reach Studio Art Center in Lansing, MI | Have you ever had a fresh start? A clean slate?

J.P. McCarthy photo
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For three decades, Detroit radio legend J.P. McCarthy dominated the airwaves of southeast Michigan and beyond. A nostalgic new public television documentary explores McCarthy’s impact and legacy. We talk with Detroit Public TV producer Oliver Thornton.

David Bazemore

If you’re a public radio fan, chances are you know and love Ira Glass, host of the popular weekly show and podcast "This American Life". The show started at WBEZ in Chicago in 1995, and in the 20 years since has become one of the world’s most popular public radio programs. It’s even made its way into pop culture, showing up on tv shows like "Saturday Night Live", "30 Rock", and "Orange is the New Black".

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When you think of the golden days of radio, you might think of fancy productions like “The Lone Ranger” or “The Shadow”. These programs have often been referred to as “theater of the mind.”

One local radio veteran is starting up a new troupe that he hopes will stage live audio-based productions for fans of not only the old-time shows, but more modern efforts like “A Prairie Home Companion.”  It’s called the Audio Air Force. There’s an organizational meeting at 7 p-m tonight at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Radio has many attractive qualities: its immediacy, its scope, its personal touch. Others in our profession feel that way, too, and some have even made that passion their hobby. Dan Kelley, technology manager with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, is one of those people.

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NPR is a top-level platform for any radio reporter. But for some, leaving NPR has led to projects in the online world of podcasting.

One of those reporters who left NPR to launch a podcast is Mike Pesca. He’s hosting a daily show for the Slate website. It’s called “The Gist."  The show typically includes one or two interviews on subjects in
the news and topics that interest Pesca, and then Mike wraps up each episode with a monologue he calls “The Spiel."

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.

Peter Whorf/WKAR

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.

Current State #214 | December 5, 2013

Dec 5, 2013

 Today on Current State: new book examines the turbulent times in East Lansing during the 1960s; a lawsuit strives to give 'personhood' to chimpanzees; a tribute to radio legend Karl Haas at Wharton Center; and one MSU class puts out a cultural guide for international students.