Radio Made in Michigan

Current State #549 | June 3, 2015

Jun 3, 2015


  Today on Current State: Michigan House Republican Majority Leader Kevin Cotter joins Mark Bashore and MPRN's Rick Pluta to talk about budget negotiations over education, roads; the Andromeda Community Theatre in Charlotte puts on a production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in the city's historic courthouse; farmers in Michigan are upset with new federal water rules; and our "Neighbors in Action" segment features the Greater Lansing Food Bank's Lansing Roots program.

Current State #541 | May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015


Current State #513 | April 8, 2015

Apr 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. 

Current State #496 | March 13, 2015

Mar 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. 


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.

Current State #405 | October 22, 2014

Oct 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.

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Aug 16, 2013
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.

Radio Reader May Update

May 23, 2013

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.

Starts Monday! Current Sports with Al Martin

May 7, 2013
portrait: Al Martin

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.

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

Portrait: Kevin Sedatole
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.

WKAR Radio Membership Campaign

Apr 5, 2013

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

WKAR Radio Brings Local Classical Music to Saturdays

Mar 27, 2013

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.

New Classical Radio Programs Debut in December

Nov 30, 2012

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.

My Community. My WKAR. Your Voice.

Nov 30, 2012

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!