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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Current Sports host Al Martin has weekend sports update

Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde (pictured above in 2012 spring training) gave up the game-tying run in the 9th running against the Cleveland Indians, blowing his first save of the season. The Tigers would go on to lose in 10 innings.
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Current Sports host Al Martin gives a rundown of this weekend's sporting events, including the NHL playoffs, NBA playoffs, The Players Championship and Tigers baseball.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 5/10/13

It’s Matt Ludtke’s last show, and he starts with the Detroit Red Wings last chance in game six.  He then moves onto issues with referees and the art of the human eye, and potential shot clock changes in college basketball.  Matt closes the show with a discussion on the rookie signings of the Detroit Lions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 5/9/13

Matt Ludtke starts today show off with the breakdown of the Big Ten and ACC challenge.   He then delves into the issues for Michigan State’s basketball team next season with the departing of Derrick Nix.  He touches on bench players stepping up, and who will have a breakout year.  He closes the show with the Detroit Red Wings loss in Anaheim.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 5/7/13

Matt Ludtke starts the show off recapping the overtime thriller from the Detroit Red Wings last night at Joe Louis Arena.  He then delves into the latest in the Derrick Rose decision, and NBA playoff matchups.   Matt closes the show with the induction of MSU linebacker Percy Snow to the College Football Hall of Fame, and then looks at the upcoming football schedule for next season.

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

Starts Monday! Current Sports with Al Martin

Al Martin
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Hank Greenberg: a Tiger Hall of Famer goes to war

A statue honors Tigers legend Hank Greenberg at Comerica Park in Detroit.
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Yesterday on Current State, WKAR’s Peter Whorf brought us part one of his interview with author John Rosengren about his new book, "Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes"

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s rookie season.

Peter and John’s Monday discussion focused on Hank’s early career and the socially and politically turbulent times of the 1930’s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism

Hank Greenberg debuted as a Detroit Tiger in 1933.
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In the spring of 1933, a young ballplayer from the Bronx named Hank Greenberg began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tiger legend’s first season. Greenberg's storied career is celebrated not only for his excellence on the diamond but also for the adversity Hammerin' Hank overcame during one of the world's most turbulent periods.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:37 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 5/3/13

Matt Ludtke hosts another addition of SportsTalk, and recaps the great night in sports. The Detroit Red Wings finish the Anaheim Ducks in overtime to even up the series, and Ludtke has all the analysis.  Draymond Green’s career high propels the Warriors past the Nuggets, and other NBA teams made a big splash.  Matt also discusses the possible strategy in the consulting hire of Phil Jackson for the Detroit Pistons.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 5/2/13

Matt opens the show with discussion on Big Ten Football security, in wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.  He also talks about the Big Ten divisions, and the difficulties that Michigan State will face.  NBA playoffs coverage is also a hot topic, and Matt delves in the discussion whether the Oklahoma City Thunder can hold on for the next round.  Matt closes the show with the potential draft choices for the Detroit Pistons, and the confusion that it could give fans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

SportsTalk | Wed 5/1/13

Matt Ludtke starts the show off with MSU football recruiting, and potential NFL talent on the current roster.  He switches gears to the Detroit Red Wings, as they drop their first game to the Ducks.  Plus, the NBA playoffs are in full swing, and "dirty play" is an issue looming with one NBA team.  He closes the show with the debate of the Redskins.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

New 'Sports Talk' host Al Martin joins WKAR

Allen Martin graduated with a bachelors' degree from the MSU School of Journalism in 2012. He was most recently a sports reporter for WLNS-TV in Lansing.
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Allen (Al) Martin is joining WKAR as the host of “Sports Talk 870.”  Al’s passion for sports journalism stems from his own experience on the court.  In high school he played basketball. In college he translated his love for the game into the field of journalism. Al joins Current State's Emanuele Berry to talk about his connection with sports journalism and the future of “Sports Talk 870.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 4/26/13

Matt Ludtke is back to recap last night’s NFL draft.  Ludtke analyzes the Ansah choice and other potential picks for the Detroit Lions.  He also looks into the possibility of a recent MSU basketball commitment becoming a recruitment advocate for Tom Izzo.  The Detroit Red Wings defeated Nashville last night, and the NBA playoffs are in full swing.  These topics are among others on today’s SportsTalk.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 4/25/13

It’s draft day, and Matt Ludtke offers analysis, predictions, and expectations for the big event.  The Detroit Lions can have a plethora of different situations and draft options, and Matt breaks it all down.  Matt also takes a closer look at Chicago basketball recruit, Alvin Ellis.  Matt caps off the show with the quest of the Detroit Red Wings, to keep the historic playoff streak alive.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/23/13

Matt Ludtke begins this Tuesday with the Detroit Red Wing’s race for eighth place, and the quest for a playoff birth.  Analysis on the teams and other division foes follow.  Matt then discusses the future of Adreian Payne, and dissects the two divisions in the Big Ten Conference.  JaMarcus Russell, Madden covers, NBA playoffs, and bowling are among other topics on the show.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 4/18/13

The heart of Boston showing their tenacity in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, as Matt Ludtke recaps the National Anthem that Bruins fans sang before the Sabres game.  He then gets into the decision of guard Gary Harris to return to MSU and continue his college career.  He closes the show with NBA playoffs discussion, and coaching changes around the NBA, including the breaking news of Detroit Pistons head coach, Lawrence Frank.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/16/13

Matt kicks off the show with the tragedy of the Boston Marathon.  He talks about what it has done to the world of sports, and its effect on athletes.  A few Michigan State University Spartan athletes received academic honors, and Matt covers the latest on who those award-winners are.   He then wraps around to the WNBA draft, and whether women basketball athletes can spark the sport to media prominence.  Matt closes the show taking callers regarding all of the local and national sports topics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:17 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 4/12/13

Matt Ludtke starts the show with Detroit Lions buzz, as they give YouTube phenomena Havard Rugland a chance to make the team, after signing David Akers.  Matt gets into Masters coverage, as Tiger Woods hopes to regain his glory, and two teams fight for the college hockey championship subsequent to the Frozen Four.  Detroit Tigers news and MSU Football rumblings close the show.

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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
2:09 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/9/13

Matt Ludtke kicks off the show with a recap of the NCAA Championship game last night.  He discusses potential referee changes in the NCAA, and key highlights from the game.  Ludtke continues with Spartan basketball discussion and takes callers opinions on what went wrong for the Wolverines last night.  He closes the show with MSU football talk, and which players are going to step up and be the new role models for a team that lost great leaders after last fall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 4/5/13

Matt closes out the week with NCAA Final Four Analysis and some more allegations against NCAA coaches and programs.  He also breaks down the legacy of Jason Hanson, as he retires after his 21-year career in the National Football League.  Finally, Matt closes the show with Opening Day baseball talk for the Detroit Tigers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 4/4/13

Matt and Alex welcome back former Tiger pitcher Jose Valverde with opinions and analysis, and also welcome another Pitino into a higher reigns of NCAA coaching.  The duo also discuss the possibility of a female in the NBA, and the recent allegations against the Auburn football program.  They end the hour discussing Detroit Tiger baseball and the future of women's basketball.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/2/13

Matt Ludtke continues his time in the host seat, as he analyzes more news around the coaching carousel of NCAA basketball and starts the hype of opening day baseball.  He also discusses the new Jay-Z business venture in sports, and the linking of Robinson Cano.  Matt later dissects the make-up of the Oakland Raiders, and more news around the NFL.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world. Today he discusses the Spartan's end of season performance and the upcoming NCAA Final Four games. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:38 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Sports check-in with FREEP's Joe Rexrode

Joe Rexrode gives Current State his predictions about the 'Sweet 16' face off between MSU and Duke, tonight at 9:45 p.m.
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The Detroit Free Press’ Joe Rexrode breaks down Friday night’s ‘Sweet 16’ contest between Michigan State and Duke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 3/29/13

Matt and Alex wrap up the week discussing the upsets and the shockers.  Wichita State shocks the world by moving one step closer to the Final Four, and Indiana looses their dream by the inability to convert against Syracuse's 2-3 zone.  The duo then discuss Michigan State versus Duke tonight, and Michigan's matchup versus Kansas.  They close the show with Verlander's contract deal, and take open lines.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 3/28/13

Alex joins Matt today to breakdown all of the NCAA tournament games tonight and Friday night.  The duo breaks down every team, and discusses all of the shockers like Witchita State who could potentially make a Cinderella run.  They also analyze the Miami Heat loss to Chicago, ending their impressive win steak, and cap off the show with the news of Tim McCarver.

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Sports
2:15 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

SportsTalk | Wed 3/27/13

Matt Ludtke made his way past security and found his way to the sports talk chair. Topics include Ndamukong Suh making a terrible splash on ABC's show "Splash", athletes being role models, Adreian Payne being a role model and the hatred towards the Duke Blue Devils. 


Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 3/26/13

Matt Ludtke continues the discussion on NCAA upsets, and also brings up the recent head coach firings from UCLA and Minnesota.  He also discusses the possibility of Tom Izzo coaching the USA Olympic team.  The Miami Heat are continuing their dominance, and MSU continues their tournament run.  Matt and Alex cover it all on the air, and have open lines all show.

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Sports
2:36 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

SportsTalk | Mon 3/25/13

Matt Ludtke, a sports fanatic and WKAR employee is this weeks host. It's March Madness and both Michigan State and Michigan are headed to the Sweet 16. Aaron Young and Emanuele Berry join Matt to break it all down.


Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Sports with Joe Rexrode of Detroit Free Press

 Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the NCAA tournament. 

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