Station News

Forger Favorites!

Oct 30, 2012
James Forger, Peter Whorf
w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

Ready To Learn Receives GM Grant

Oct 28, 2012

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service was presented with a $5,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation with the help of GM Lansing Plants.

The gift was accepted by Deb Dunham of WKAR from Greg Pratt, assistant plant manager and Bill Reed, UAW Local 602 president at General Motors’ Delta Township Assembly Plant.

Exploring the Language of a Musical Moment

Oct 25, 2012

How does a musician reach deep within to discover the language of a musical moment? This answer to this question is revealed in Saxophone and Piano: A Conversation.

Producer/director Bob Albers takes viewers inside the minds of three MSU College of Music musicians as they explore this question. A side excursion explores the connection between the musical moment and the instant the racquet strikes the ball in tennis.

The program airs Sunday, October 28, at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m., on WKAR World.

Forger Favorites!

Oct 25, 2012
James Forger, Peter Whorf
w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

'As Goes Janesville' -- Stimulating Discussion

Oct 19, 2012
Moderator and panelists in auditorium
Jeanie Croope / WKAR-MSU

Approximately 60 community members attended WKAR's Community Cinema screening of "As Goes Janesville" on October 18, and engaged in a discussion with four guests who addressed the similarities and differences of the issues presented in the film and those in Lansing when the General Motors plant threatened to close.

The Independent Lens film followed the events in Janesville, Wisconsin after the city's GM plant closed. Lansing faced this situation as well, but the GM plant in Lansing remained open, if reduced in scope.

College of Music Dean Forger on 90.5 Classical

Oct 18, 2012
Jim Forger at microphone
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger will join WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf as a guest host on 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24, from 1-3 p.m.

How to Participate

Forger will share some of his favorite recordings, news from the MSU College of Music and take your questions and comments on WKAR's 90.5 Facebook page and through e-mail to peter@wkar.org.

An Accomplished Saxophonist

Wild Kratts Offers New Online Content

Oct 16, 2012

PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

WKAR Radio Campaign Exceeds Goal!

Oct 15, 2012

WKAR Radio wrapped up its fall membership campaign with a grand total of $139,527, surpassing the pledge goal of $110,000 by nearly $30,000.

The total reflects gifts of 1,065 individuals, with 80 percent of the gifts being new members or those who had returned after more than 13 months since their membership inspired.

Challenge Grants Make a Difference!

Which Midwife are You?

Oct 11, 2012

It's not too late to get into the terrific new PBS series, Call the Midwife, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on WKAR (with repeats Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WKAR World and Fridays at 10 p.m. on WKAR).

If you haven't discovered this touching, funny, dramatic show yet, give it a try. And if you have, take this quiz to see which midwife is most like you!

Timothy Muffitt's Play List

Oct 3, 2012
Peter Whorf, Timothy Muffitt
Jeanie Croope

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt and WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf had a terrific conversation on 90.5 WKAR on October 3 about the conductor's favorite music and insights.

We thought we'd share his playlist with you!

WKAR Coverage of Election 2012

Oct 3, 2012

WKAR promises to bring you an extensive amount of Election 2012 coverage, using the resources of PBS, NPR, the WKAR Radio Newsroom and Off the Record on WKAR-TV.

Presidential Debates

The action continues tonight with the first presidential debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer. The debate is televised at 9 p.m., and streamed live here at WKAR.org.

Follow Election Coverage on Twitter with the Best!

Oct 3, 2012

Get trusted, in-depth and independent election coverage with correspondents from PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Frontline and more.

WKAR's Election 2012 coverage includes TV, radio, online, and social media.

Here's how you can follow favorite PBS and NPR correspondents on Twitter. Use the hashtag #pbsElection:

Peter Whorf-Timothy Muffitt On the Air!

Oct 2, 2012
Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf will host 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 3, from 10-12 with special guest Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The two will preview the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's 2012/2013 through discussion and various recordings. Some of Maestro Muffitt's favorite compositions will be included in the segment.

Community Cinema Panel
Erin Cullen

More than 80 people attended WKAR's first Community Cinema event held on Thursday, September 27, at WKAR. The topic of the first discussion was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold

Sep 27, 2012
Ralph Votapek Hugs Lady
Courtesy of Gene Gordon/Van Cliburn Foundation

Every four years, a group of the finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In the midst of the drama, the beauty, the nerves and the excitement, they know one thing is true — what happens there can change their lives. They strive to feel the joy of victory and achieve their utmost goal: to become a performer on the world stage. The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold airs Friday, September 28, at 9 p.m. on WKAR.

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