Susi Elkins

Listen Tuesday on Current State
12:02 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: The Great Michigan Read

I am so pleased to tell you that this month WKAR will join with the Michigan Humanities Council when it launches its fourth Great Michigan Read.

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Consider a Vehicle Donation
7:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Got a Clunker?

Condition doesn't matter! We'll take it -- old or broken beyond repair is fine!

Every now and then, I think we all get the urge to get a new vehicle. We may have outgrown our old one with expanding families (that's what happened to the Elkins car!). Or, our old car may just be on its last legs -- or wheels.

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QB Special, Current Sports
7:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Two New Shows!

QuizBusters host Matt Ottinger

Last week I wrote about the new fall season at WKAR. But some of that new season is recorded right here -- and it all begins next week!

QuizBusters Special Edition

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Three Great TV Specials!
12:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: WKAR Fall Preview

Earthflight is a special Nature presentation that takes viewers around the world with birds of six continents.

Can you believe that it is almost September and Labor Day weekend is here? The summer has flown by, leaving behind plenty of good memories -- and great anticipation for the fall.

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March, Silk and More!
7:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Great Shows This Week!

Courtroom drama in 'Silk.'

I have to admit that one of the things I love about public television is that even in summer, a lot of our programs are new and they run the gamut in diversity, from drama to documentary to cinema.

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Current Sports Coming to WKAR-TV!
8:28 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: A Big Night in Studio F

Greg Kelser and Al Martin with the WKAR crew

We had a great night last evening in WKAR's Studio F when we welcomed special guest, Greg "Special K" Kelser, to WKAR as the guest on the premiere episode of Current Sports.

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Please Renew or Become a New Member!
7:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: August Pledge Nearing Conclusion

Gloria Estefan

We'll be wrapping up WKAR's summer membership campaign on Monday, August 12 with two terrific specials -- the popular The British Beat and the mellow Gloria Estefan: The Standards.

But these two specials are far from the only ones we have over the next few days -- on Friday, celebrate the sounds of the 1960s girl-groups with '60s Girl Grooves.

Saturday we'll offer Daniel O'Donnell from the Heartland and Ed Sullivan's Top Performers.

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August 2-12
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Please Volunteer!

Members of the WKAR Street Team

As you might imagine, volunteers play a large role here at WKAR. We’re looking for those who would like to spend time between August 2-12 in our air-conditioned Volunteer Center!

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Red Green, Lawrence Welk and more!
7:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: We Asked, You Answered!

Red Green

Our recent survey to members asking them for feedback on the Red Green Show and Lawrence Welk brought a terrific response. Whether you like these shows or not, you all had a lot to say!

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11:06 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: So Much Fun!

Susi Elkins

There's too much fun going on this week at WKAR!

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PBS Annual Meeting
11:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Hitting the Road

Ken Burns

Next week Gary Reid and I will be headed to the PBS Annual Meeting. We'll be connecting with public broadcasting colleagues from around the country in an event that combines previews up of the upcoming season with valuable discussions on the state of the media landscape, funding updates, a look at our digital future and the latest research on public broadcasting.

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Spring is Finally Here!
8:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Happy Graduation!

There's always a lot of green here at Michigan State University, but today we are seeing much more of it! And I'm not just talking about the trees, which are beginning to show their Spartan colors, or the flowers that are at long last bursting.

Students from MSU's College of Communication Arts & Sciences will be graduating today -- Friday, May 3. We can't help but notice caps and gowns and plenty of Spartan spirit.

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MSU Science Festival: April 12-21
7:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Science Is Everywhere!

At the NAB -- Randy Jackson

I have just returned from the National Association of Broadcasters meeting, which I was privileged to attend with our general manager, Gary Reid, and several of our staff.

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Spartan Sports Journalism Classic
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: NBA Star Steve Smith at WKAR!

Steve Smith
Credit courtesy

I'm an MSU grad and Spartan through and through. So when I heard that the College of Communication Arts & Science and WKAR would host the first Spartan Sports Journalism Classic -- with hosts Steve Smith and Pam Whitten -- I was pretty excited!

Lots of Spartans remember NBA All Star and MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Steve Smith. He's now a sports journalist covering the NBA on television. When he comes back to MSU next week, he's bringing with him a number of the best sports journalists and industry professionals in the field to speak during a lively panel.

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A Busy Season is Coming Up for WKAR
9:44 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Festival Season is Coming!

Susi Elkins introduces acts at the Old Town Blues Fest

When it hits April, it finally feels as though spring is really here! And this week's temperatures and a few green bulb shoot sightings remind us that soon it will be festival season.

Here at WKAR we're looking ahead to the MSU Science Festival April 12-21 here on the campus. You'll find everything from interactive displays to speakers to activities for kids. On April 13 we're teaming up with MSU Extension to offer activities for children at the exhibition tent. It will be busy but fun!

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10:26 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Families!

Denise Walker is WKAR's Teacher Core representative

You may have noticed the new "Family" tab on our web page. We are looking to increase the content we have here on WKAR that is related to families and education.

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Midwife Marathon March 17!
3:01 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: The Midwives are Back!

The cast of "Call the Midwife"

One of the questions I seem to be hearing a lot these days is "When does Call the Midwife return?"

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Nominations are being accepted!
10:55 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Michigan Makers

Our Evening at WKAR event featured Makers.

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Sign Up for Community Cinema!
7:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema Presents "Powerbroker"

Willard Walker

On Wednesday, February 13, we have a great treat in store here at WKAR. As part of our ongoing Community Cinema series of screenings and  discussions we will welcome Willard K. Walker, Tremaine Philips and Renee Canady to lend their insight onto the civil rights issues presented in The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights.

The documentary is very powerful but the experience and insight our panel brings to the topic will be significant and one well worth attending.

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New Time!
5:48 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: BackStage Pass Premieres!

Silent Lapse
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

BackStage Pass premieres on January 20, at a new time! Look for us every Sunday at 7 p.m., with encore broadcasts at 8 p.m. the following Saturday on WKAR World and at 11 p.m. that Saturday on WKAR.

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Thanks for a Great Evening!
11:11 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Soul Food Fascination!

WKAR's Soul Food Junkies panelists prior to the screening.
Credit Amber Taylor

Last night WKAR hosted another fantastic Community Cinema event featuring the Independent Lens film "Soul Food Junkies."  I'd like to thank everyone who came out and participated in a fun and interesting discussion around food and culture.

I'd particularly  like to thank our panel of guests: Andrea Collier, Lorraine Weatherspoon and Laura DeLind.  They each brought an interesting perspective, including history, health and community.

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Have a safe and beautiful holiday
9:35 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Holiday Wishes

Susi Elkins
Credit Jeanie Croope/WKAR

I don't know about you but at this time of year it seems as though our senses are stretched in every direction. Beautiful trees and cheerfully wrapped gifts share the stage with crowds at the mall and the frenzy of writing cards or standing in post office lines.

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the holidays are really the time to hold our loved ones close and share moments with them that will be remembered long after the toys under the tree have been left behind.

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Sweetie-licious Special Premieres This Week!
10:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Something Sweetie!

Susi Elkins and Linda Hundt
Credit Jeanie Croope/WKAR

About a week ago I had the chance to step into Linda Hundt's kitchen at Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe. While we taped a wonderful cooking special that premieres Saturday, December 1, at 10 a.m., I also soaked up everything I could about making a perfect pie crust, pie, gingerbread men and a coffee cake to die for!

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Take Us With You!
7:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Take Us With You!

WKAR is everywhere you go! No matter where you are, chances are that you can watch a WKAR program, listen to WKAR Radio or find out what's happening here on our social media sites.

If you are an iPad user, you may not yet know about a wonderful new feature for your iPad or mobile device.

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Visit our Facebook Pages!
1:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: We're Very Social!

Did you know that this week WKAR's Public Media Facebook page is hovering at nearly 2,000 friends who "like" the page? This is by far our page with the most "likes," but it certainly isn't our only one!

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