Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Current State #513 | April 8, 2015

Today on Current State: an update from the co-producers of "Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration", a documentary chronicling the 'Keep GM' campaign in Lansing during the 1990s; we learn about the Life as a Zebra Foundation, which funds research and education efforts for rare diseases; a new mural will soon commemorate the Lansing's Diamond REO plant; and former executive at Kellogg's tells us what life of a lobbyist is really like. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Current State #496 | March 13, 2015

Today on Current State: Interim BWL chief Dick Peffley weighs in on the controversy surrounding "hidden costs" of a capital project; Lil Darlins Vaudeville revives a classic American art form; a mid-Michigan man receives the Purple Heart and opens his home to his Afghan colleagues; and live music from Donny Brown and company. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sayonara, Schwitzgoebel

Credit WKAR

For nearly 3 decades, WKAR’s morning music host Mark Schwitzgoebel has been a fixture for thousands of mid-Michigan classical music listeners. This week, Mark hangs up his microphone and retires from WKAR. Mark’s last day on the air is this Wednesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Current State #405 | October 22, 2014

Today on Current State: 7th congressional district Democratic candidate Pam Byrnes; a new book explores Michigan county by county; the Small Talk Children's Assessment Center and a preview of the MSU Wind Symphony's upcoming performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Russ White with then MSU football coach George Perles and J.P. McCarthy at WJR in August 1992.
Credit 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.

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The Radio Reader
3:46 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Radio Reader May Update

Dick Estell is reading "The Cove," by Ron Rash through May 21.

"Mile Marker Zero" by WIlliam McKeen will begin May 22.

For more on The Radio Reader, visit Dick Estell's Website.

Debut on May 13
1:17 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Starts Monday! Current Sports with Al Martin

Al Martin
Credit WKAR

Current Sports with Al Martin premieres Monday, May 13 at 1 p.m.  The new radio talk show from WKAR tackles sports topics in depth, with special guests and listener interaction, while exploring new ground.

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Sports News!
5:25 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Allen (Al) Martin Jr. Joins WKAR as Sports Producer/Host

Al Martin, WKAR's new sports producer/host

Allen (Al) L. Martin Jr. has joined public broadcasting station WKAR as its new sports producer and host.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Apr. 25 | MSU Wind Symphony on MSU Faculty Recital Series

Kevin Sedatole, MSU Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and Chair of the Conducting Area
Credit Courtesy / MSU School of Music

WKAR Radio will wrap up its debut season of MSU Faculty Recital Series with the MSU Wind Symphony on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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Support WKAR
12:58 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

WKAR Radio Membership Campaign

Gretchen Millich in the WKAR studio and volunteer center.

WKAR Radio's annual April on-air membership campaign continues with a goal of $150,000.

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More Local Classical
4:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

WKAR Radio Brings Local Classical Music to Saturdays

Ralph Votapek

Peter Whorf's What's New at WKAR  and Jody Knol's 90.5 Community  Concerts can now be heard twice each week as WKAR expands it's local classical hours to include Saturday afternoons. | Give Now Online to support local classical music on the air in mid-Michigan.

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NEW on 90.5!
5:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

New Classical Radio Programs Debut in December

Peter Whorf

Brand New on 90.5 WKAR!  MSU Faculty Recital Series premieres Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. What’s New on WKAR, premieres Friday, December 7, at 2 p.m.

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WKAR Radio Sonic IDs
9:51 am
Fri November 30, 2012

My Community. My WKAR. Your Voice.

Our WKAR news team will come to your place of business, a park, school, shopping area or another area site to record the sounds of your world and you!

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WKAR Radio Special Conversation!
10:29 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Peter Whorf-Timothy Muffitt On the Air!

Timothy Muffitt will be Peter Whorf's guest on 90.5 WKAR.
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf will host 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 3, from 10-12 with special guest Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The two will preview the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's 2012/2013 through discussion and various recordings. Some of Maestro Muffitt's favorite compositions will be included in the segment.

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Hot off the Press!
10:47 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Fall Preview Brings Exciting Changes to WKAR!

Gary Reid, WKAR general manager, addresses the Fall Preview audience
Madalyn Kaltz WKAR

Nearly 200 guests filled Studio A on September 6 as the new season for WKAR Public Media was revealed.

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Happpy Birthday to Us!
12:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

WKAR Radio Celebrates 90 Years!

WKAR AM/870 celebrates 90 years on August 18.

Saturday, August 18, marks 90 years of broadcasting on WKAR.

Although the station's first "official" broadcast was a founder's day speech on May 13 of that year, it wasn't until August 18, 1922, that WKAR was granted a federal license.

J.B. "Jimmy" Hasselman was the station's first director, and its first transmitter was built by electrical engineering students in 111 Olds Hall. Until then it was a student radio station.

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New Radio Reader Book This Week
2:46 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A New Book for Radio Reader

DIck Estell begins a new book on August 17.

Dick Estell begins reading Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner, on August 17. He will conclude The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher, on August 16. The Radio Reader is heard weekdays at 8:30 a.m., on AM/870.

On August 17, Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner begins. It is a lucid, page-turning account of the trials and death row appeals of Edward Lee Elmore, a quiet and mentally challenged African-American man accused of the murder of an elderly white woman in South Carolina in 1982.

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