Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Public radio favorite Ira Glass brings dance show to East Lansing

Ira Glass (center) brings 'Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host' to East Lansing this weekend.
Credit 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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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Lansing-based "Audio Air Force" revives theater of the mind

Credit Courtesy Audio Air Force

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Tue February 10, 2015

"Okemos Brewing Company" serves up classic rock online

Dan Kelley, whose Okemos Brewing Company online radio program offers 'handcrafted quality rock 24/7'.
Credit 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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12:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NPR defector finds niche as podcaster

Former NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca left the network to seek out a new avenue in podcasting with
Credit Mike Pesca/twitter

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."

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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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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mike Whorf's 'Kaleidoscope' gets revival on AM-870

Mike Whorf.
Credit 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Current State #214 | December 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Son performs tribute to radio legend Karl Haas

Radio legend Karl Haas' show 'Adventures in Good Music' was syndicated to public and commercial radio stations all over the world .
Credit Wikimedia Commons


Radio host Karl Haas would have turned 100 on Dec. 6. Many may remember him from the classical radio program “Adventures in Good Music.” It aired for 44 years, first on Detroit’s WJR and later in syndication on public and commercial radio stations around the world. His son, Jeff Haas, shared his father’s passion for music, but Jeff found his home in the world of jazz.


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Radio Made in Michigan
1:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Vintage radio appreciation club hosts 'Extravaganza' in Lansing

Thousands of vintage radios and classic audio equipment will be on sale Saturday in Lansing.
Credit Peter Whorf

Mark Oppat lives for radio. He is an avid vintage radio collector, restorer and owner of the online company Old Radio Parts, a supplier of replacement components for other antique radio enthusiasts.

He is also active in the Michigan Antique Radio Club, an organization dedicated to preserving the history and knowledge of radio, television and related disciplines. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 3/19/13

MSU alumni Don Gonyea from NPR joins the airwaves, as Russ White and Kirk Heinze discuss their affinity for the Detroit Tigers and reliving pastimes.   Director of Broadcast services for WKAR Gary Reid joins the panel to present Don an award.  Finally, Scott Meier from Cumulus joins the group to discuss radio audiences and the changing future of radio.

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