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Detroit Tigers fans are again wrapped up in the drama of October madness, as the Tigers pursue another American League pennant against the Red Sox. Author John Rosengren talks with Current State's Peter Whorf about how past and recent Detroit Tiger baseball teams have provided inspiration and unity for the Motor City during trying times.

The guest is Al Slamer, head football coach at Holt High School.

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Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.

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On the premiere of Current Sports TV, host Al Martin talks in depth with former Spartan and NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser.

Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU

Aug 7, 2013
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All this week, 395 athletes from 17 nations have been competing in 14 events all over the MSU campus and the Lansing area as part of the 2013 World Dwarf Games.

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A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.

Current Sports #20 | June 10, 2013

Jun 10, 2013

We kick off our discussion of violence to referees by welcoming Daniel Jimenez, who has coached in high school and college sports for 40 years and former Lansing Eastern High School basketball head coach. Al runs through the latest in sports including the NBA Finals, the Pistons head coaching search and Spartan baseball players drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. And Al and the team give their take on who will win some games on Pick'em Monday.

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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.

SportsTalk | Fri 5/10/13

May 10, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Thu 5/9/13

May 9, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Tue 5/7/13

May 7, 2013

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.

Starts Monday! Current Sports with Al Martin

May 7, 2013
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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.

Hank Greenberg: a Tiger Hall of Famer goes to war

May 7, 2013
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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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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.

SportsTalk | Fri 5/3/13

May 3, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Thu 5/2/13

May 2, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Wed 5/1/13

May 1, 2013

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.

New 'Sports Talk' host Al Martin joins WKAR

Apr 29, 2013
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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.”

SportsTalk | Fri 4/26/13

Apr 26, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Thu 4/25/13

Apr 25, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Tue 4/23/13

Apr 23, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Thu 4/18/13

Apr 18, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Tue 4/16/13

Apr 16, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Fri 4/12/13

Apr 12, 2013

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.

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

SportsTalk | Tue 4/9/13

Apr 9, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Fri 4/5/13

Apr 5, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Thu 4/4/13

Apr 4, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Tue 4/2/13

Apr 2, 2013

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.

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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