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What's new at WKAR, mid-Michigan's source for PBS, NPR, and award-winning original shows for television, radio, and online.

MSU in Concert Reaches Northern Michigan Listeners

Jan 12, 2018
MSU Faculty Recital
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

The WKAR original classical music series MSU in Concert can now be heard by music lovers in Michigan's northern lower peninsula! The weekly series featuring Michigan State University concert performances now airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on Classical Interlochen Public Radio (IPR).

kids sitting with Playtime Pads
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

More than 1,000 Lansing School District kindergartners now have a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad! The final deliveries were made on Wednesday, December 20 under sunny skies and with hundreds of smiling, excited kindergartners seated on colored carpet squares.

Kindergartners holding their PSB Kids Playtime Pad at school
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

A new, fun, engaging way for kindergartners to learn math and for researchers to explore how students learn launched this week in the Lansing School District.

On Monday, Nov. 13, kindergartners at Lansing's Kendon Elementary School each received a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad loaded with educational games.

Download the New WKAR Mobile App!

Nov 17, 2017
phone screen shot of apps
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Watch and listen anytime, anywhere!

Truscott, Rossman, Elkins, David with award in front of OTR set.
Ken Merley / WKAR-MSU

Truscott Rossman was recently recognized by WKAR and Michigan State University for its long-time, continuous philanthropic support of MSU.

Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, hosted by Peter Sagal. Each week listeners test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up. Sagal talked with WKAR Station Manager Peter Whorf about what makes the show so much fun. 


Portrait: Richard Hellinga
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR sustaining radio donor Richard Hellinga is the happy winner of the Grand Hotel GiveAway!

New shows include Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, This American Life, Hidden Brain, It's Been a Minute

Watroba to Host New Folk Music Radio Show

Sep 21, 2017
portrait: Matt Watroba
Courtesy / Matt Watroba

Matt Watroba and WKAR bring locally hosted folk, blues and bluegrass to Capital Region listeners. Sundays at 6pm beginning Oct. 1 on 90.5 FM

WKAR Receives $250K From MSUFCU

Sep 14, 2017
Clifford on the red cedar river bridge holding I heart WKAR button
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

Gift from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to support WKAR Family, MSU student experiences. "This is a transformative gift for WKAR," says Susi Elkins.

Portrait: Karel Vega
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

You've heard him as weekend host and WKAR news reporter since he first joined WKAR in January. 

Celebrate 95 with TOP 95 Countdown!

Jul 10, 2017
WKAR Top 95 Countdown
Courtesy / WKAR-MSU

WKAR and Michigan State University entered the era of radio broadcasting on August 18, 1922! Join us this August as we celebrate 95 years making a difference in your capital region. 

Portrait: Matt Ottinger
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Celebrating mid-Michigan’s long running high school game show with season full of surprises.

And the 2017 TV GiveAway Winner is...

Jun 23, 2017
Amanda Pinckney/WKAR-MSU

WKAR Evergreen Partner Julie Pierce is the happy winner of an Epiphone PR-150 acoustic guitar signed by blues guitar great Joe Bonamassa.

Julie is a longtime WKAR donor and has plans to begin taking guitar lessons soon. The TV GiveAway was part of a recent fundraising campaign that raised over $60,000 in support of quality television for mid-Michigan.

WKAR-MSU

The WKAR News staff won several awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. 

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