Station News

FCC Commissioner
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University and WKAR have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancements and internet-based connectivity.

New WKAR-TV antenna atop the 1000-foot broadcast tower near Okemos.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, MI; June 5, 2018​ -- WKAR Public Media announced today that WKAR-TV is now broadcasting on a new frequency, as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Viewers who receive television free, over the air using an antenna, need to rescan their TV tuners to continue watching the PBS-affiliated station from Michigan State University. 

portrait: Kehler
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Judy Kehler has been named Director of Corporate Partnerships for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. Kehler steps into the role beginning May 31.  

Performers on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University has received twelve regional Emmy® nominations, as announced today by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WKAR is a PBS affiliate serving Michigan's capital region.

portrait: McGuire
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Melanie McGuire has been named Director of Development and Major Gifts for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. McGuire steps into the role beginning May 29.

Performers on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, MI; APRIL 27, 2018 – Have you made it to a BackStage Pass Concert recording yet? The amazing production team at WKAR has turned the 5500-square-foot Studio A into a unique and intimate concert venue for nine special performances taking place over three weeks.

Reginald Hardwick, Kevin Lavery, Jamie Paisley
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

WKAR, the NPR station for Michigan's Capital region, won seven awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Lansing.

Changes Ahead for Antenna TV Viewers

Apr 20, 2018
View of the tower from below
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Plan to rescan to continue receiving free TV. PBS affiliate WKAR will the first area station to move to new frequency under FCC plan.

WKAR NewsTalk now at 105.1FM

Mar 9, 2018
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

Attention newshounds! You can now hear 24/7 radio news from WKAR at our new frequency - 105.1FM.

MAB BEA Awards 2018
WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. --- WKAR was honored to receive the 2017 Michigan Public Television Station of the Year award along with multiple other awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony last night.

Jody Knol Returns to 90.5 Classical Next Week

Mar 6, 2018
WKAR-MSU

WKAR listeners can look forward to the return of 90.5 Classical host Jody Knol this month, following a period of bereavement. Jody can once again be heard bringing music that inspires to the capital region, weekday mornings beginning Monday, March 12. See you soon, Jody!

start by believing - volunteer
WKAR-MSU

In February, WKAR Public Media launched WKAR Connects, a new multiplatform community service campaign that strives to connect the community with local resources and services on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and much more.

Mon. Feb. 26, 2018: WKAR 94.5 FM goes off the air today. 'Round-the-clock news continues on AM870 and wkar.org. Coming soon – the new WKAR NewsTalk at 105.1 FM.

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.

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