Station News

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Jul 30, 2012

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate on 'Off the Record'

Jul 26, 2012
portrait: Tim Skubick
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The three Republican candidates running for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat have agreed to do their one and only televised debate at WKAR-TV on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Hekman have agreed to a single moderator, no-rules format in a program to be anchored by senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

This special election-year edition of “Off the Record” will be broadcast by Michigan public television stations across the state as part of the “Off the Record” series.

Katie Wolf named Senior Communications Manager

Jul 23, 2012

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University announced today that Katie Wolf will join the College as Senior Communications Manager on August 6, 2012.  Katie Wolf has served as Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, where she has overseen grant awards and programs for many state and federally funded cultural programs.

Peter Whorf: WKAR Radio's New Station Manager

Jul 13, 2012

Michigan State University announced today that Peter Whorf will join WKAR as Radio Station Manager for the public broadcasting stations on August 27, 2012.  Whorf comes to WKAR from WFMT in Chicago, where he has served as Program Director and Vice President for Content for the past seven years.

Create Schedule Info!

Jul 12, 2012

Our phone has been ringing with calls from fans of WKAR Create who wonder what happened to their programs.

The Create service recently juggled the schedule around. WKAR members who receive our monthly program magazine, Stay Tuned, at home, would have seen a schedule on the back cover of this month's issue.  (Stay Tuned is sent to members of WKAR who give $40 or more to either WKAR-TV or Radio. You may donate HERE.)

'Market Warriors' Premieres July 16

Jul 12, 2012
The Market Warriors
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The producer of Antiques Roadshow -- a WKAR viewer favorite -- has a new treat for treasure seekers! Market Warriors premieres Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

Love from our Listeners!

Jul 12, 2012

We love getting feedback from you, whether it is on WKAR.org in the comments section, through letters, calls to Carolopedia or on our Facebook pages.

Recently 90.5 Classical host Mark Schwitzgoebel received a letter from a woman in New York City who listens to the WKAR Classical stream.

Dear Mark,

WKAR is pleased to congratulate our colleague, Dan Bayer, on receiving the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) Director Chair Award for 2012.

The award was presented by Lois Mummaw for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Advisory Board. The Director Chair award has been given since 2009 to recognize longevity, volunteerism, and passion for the annual event.  John McDaniel was also honored with the award this year.

Under the Radar Visits Lansing

Jun 29, 2012

"Under the Radar Michigan," the popular weekly series that visits sites throughout Michigan that are both known to all and known to few, came to Lansing. WKAR's crew met the "UTR" team in downtown Lansing, where host Tom Daldin recorded video promos and a fundraising video for WKAR.

Judging by the photos, it looks like this might have been the perfect way to spend a June day!

Watch "Under the Radar Michigan" on Sundays at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on WKAR World.

Cindy Herfindahl Retires

Jun 26, 2012

Cindy Herfindahl, WKAR’s development director for the past eight years (and 28 years at MSU and WKAR in total), is retiring at the end of June. Cindy is known to WKAR viewers and listeners for her appearances during our on-air membership campaigns and to many others, particularly members of Sound Vision Society, Legacy Society and those who have given endowments to WKAR.

Stop by at the Summer Solstice Jazz Fest!

Jun 21, 2012

We're excited to be part of the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival this weekend! It's the 16th annual festival and will take place Friday and Saturday (June 22/23) under a big tent in the Albert Street Parking Lot in downtown East Lansing.

Calling All Anglophiles!

Jun 15, 2012

I'd like to think everyone is as much an Anglophile as I am. While I know it's not true, I do know that there are a lot of WKAR-TV viewers who really are enjoying all things British on PBS this summer. If you count yourself in that number, here are a few shows coming up that you won't want to miss!

About Queens Elizabeth II and Victoria

Classical Tuesdays with 90.5 Community Concerts

Jun 15, 2012

The fifth season of 90.5 Community Concerts airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR. Hosted by Jody Knol, the series highlights performances by area orchestras and soloists. It is also streamed on 90.5 WKAR and on WKAR Classical on WKAR.org and repeated on the WKAR Classical stream Saturday at 6 p.m. 

Reporter Gretchen Millich Retires

Jun 15, 2012

One of WKAR's veteran reporters, Gretchen Millich, retired from WKAR on June 8.

Millich reported on the mid-Michigan community for 22 years, focusing on what listeners jokingly call “cops and critters.”  She was also heard occasionally as a substitute host for All Things Considered, and as a regular fundraising host on Morning Edition.  

The New Media Landscape

Jun 1, 2012

When I was young I had a fascination for all things technical. “Kind is it?”  “Size is it?” “What is it?” were the queries to my parents even before grammar and syntax became important. And while my parents did their best to answer my questions, my curiosity was both quelled, and stimulated, by broadcasting.

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