Station News

Sandra Clark Joins Evening at WKAR Line-up

Nov 8, 2012

Sandra S. Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center, will be the featured speaker at the "Evening at WKAR" preview of Ken Burns' "The Dust Bowl." The event will take place Thursday, November 15, at WKAR.

Clark has been the director of the historical center since 1991. Her history degrees are from Michigan State University.

"As someone who grew up in Kansas, it’s [the Dust Bowl] a topic I’ve long been interested in," she said.

Guests will see a 40-minute preview of the film, followed by Clark's talk.  The event is free.

LBJ and writing
Fritz Miller, SDPB

November 7, 1967 -- A date for public radio and television stations everywhere to celebrate! It was on this date that Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law, allowing for broadcast excellence, education for viewers and listeners via content and independence and freedom of spirit for producers.

These are words worth reading and remembering! Thanks, LBJ!

WKAR Sponsors East Lansing Film Festival

Nov 7, 2012

WKAR is a proud sponsor of the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival which begins on November 7 and continues through November 15.

The festival is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: MI First Election is streaming full coverage of the election from WKAR studios throughout the day, at bit.ly/MIFIRSTELECTION

MI First Election is a project focusing on the viewpoints of college-age, first-time voters in Michigan.

Over 200 journalism students at Michigan State University provide MI First Election coverage online throughout election day. WKAR's evening PBS NewsHour broadcast will feature reporting from MI First Election, along with updates from the WKAR NewsRoom.

 

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.

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