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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.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra on stage
Courtesy Detroit Symphony Orchestra. / WKAR-MSU

Partnership will bring DSO concerts to capital area listeners, MSU concerts to southeast Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. --- Thanks to a new partnership between radio stations WKAR in East Lansing and WRCJ in Detroit, classical music lovers in the capital region will be able to hear Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts live, and listeners in Detroit will be able to tune in concert performances from Michigan State University's College of Music.

Group portrait on stage
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

BackStage Pass, Faces of Flint, Flint news coverage among Best in Category winners

Portrait - Susi Elkins
WKAR-MSU

MARCH 3, 2017, EAST LANSING, Mich. --- Susi Elkins has been named director of Broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, effective immediately.

Sparty with kids holding "I heart WKAR" sign
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR Public Media from Michigan State University

Roughly 1,500 people visited the WKAR Public Media studios at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences on Saturday, January 14 to celebrate the launch of a new, free, localized 24-hour kids channel and multiplatform services from WKAR Public Media

WKAR and ComArtSci Present STEM Game Crew

Jan 9, 2017
STEM Game Crew website page
STEM GAME Crew / WKAR-MSU

Curious Crew fans can now further explore science and become a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scientist through the STEM Game Crew website. The new site is a companion to the WKAR original television series Curious Crew and is currently in the beta stages.

New ComArtSci and WKAR Research Encourages STEM Careers

Jan 9, 2017
Curious Crew cast and female host
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

A new research project asks how children can be encouraged to think of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as possible careers.

A collaboration between WKAR Public Media and the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci), the research explores the impact of a science program designed for elementary and middle-school students on their perceptions of science and a possible career in STEM.

And the 2016 TV GiveAway Winner is...

Sep 27, 2016
Guitar winner Joe B.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Evergreen Partner Marvin Dunn is the happy winner of a Les Paul Special II electric guitar signed by blues guitar great Joe Bonamassa. 

on stage accepting the award
courtesy / Michigan NATAS

WKAR's Susi Elkins and Mike Mihalus honored with Michigan Emmy® award for Children's Program.

Close Up of Emmy statue
courtesy / MI-NATAS

7p Sat. Jun. 18 Live from MotorCity Casino Sound Board Theater | WKAR and MSU are nominated for a total of 18 awards. WATCH LIVE HERE

Tim Busfield
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Emmy award-winning actor Timothy Busfield will join the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) as an artist in residence, effective June 15.

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The 38th annual Emmy® nominees have been announced by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Michigan, and both WKAR and Michigan State University (MSU) have received nominations.

Susi Elkins, WKAR television station manager, has been named interim director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University.

Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
file / WKAR-MSU

WKAR has learned that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, has passed away. According to family, Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016. 

Group posing with awards
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

For the fifth consecutive year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters has named WKAR as Public TV Station of the Year.  Across WKAR-TV and WKAR-FM 90.5, the stations also earned ten Best in Category awards and six Merit awards at the Broadcast Excellence Awards 2015 ceremony May 3, 2016, in Lansing, Mich.

EAST LANSING, MI; MAY 1, 2016 -- In a QuizBusters championship series of games seen on WKAR TV over the weekend [Saturday, 4/30/16], the Okemos Chieftains defeated the Hillsdale Academy Colts to take home the title of QuizBusters Grand Champion for 2016.

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