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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.

WKAR takes home national awards

Feb 8, 2018
(l-r) Robin Pizzo, WKAR director of education; Susi Elkins, WKAR director of broadcasting and general manager; and Julie Sochay, WKAR content and community engagement manager all honored to accept two awards at the 2017 NETA conference on January 23.
Courtesy / WKAR

WKAR was honored to receive two awards at the 2018 National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) Conference on January 23 in Washington, DC.

Curious Crew Returns for Fourth Season

Feb 1, 2018
Group photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Curious Crew returns for its fourth season on Monday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. on WKAR HD 23.1.

The community celebrates the birthday of WKAR Family and the PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel!
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

On Saturday, January 27 nearly 800 children, parents and families celebrated the first birthday of WKAR Family and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel at PBS KIDS Day at WKAR!

Michigan State of the State 2018

Jan 22, 2018
Governor Snyder at podium
WKAR-MSU

WATCH IT HERE NOW | Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's annual address to the Michigan Legislature and Democratic response.

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. 

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