Susi Elkins

Susi's Station Notes: The Great Michigan Read

Sep 18, 2013

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.

Susi's Station Notes: Got a Clunker?

Sep 13, 2013

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.

Susi's Station Notes: Two New Shows!

Sep 6, 2013

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

Susi's Station Notes: WKAR Fall Preview

Aug 30, 2013

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.

Susi's Station Notes: Great Shows This Week!

Aug 23, 2013

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.

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

Aug 16, 2013

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.

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.

Susi's Station Notes: Please Volunteer!

Jul 26, 2013

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!

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

Jul 19, 2013

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

portrait: Steve Smith

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.

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!