TechNotes

Technical notices and help about WKAR services

TECHNOTE: TV and FM broadcast reception

16 hours ago
Milestone! Sunday, May 20, the new antenna is raised and mounted on top of the tower.
photo: Rick Thomas / WKAR Illustration

TUESDAY 5/29/18 is the target date for WKAR TV to return to full power broadcasting, on the new channel. 90.5 FM will go to full power 1-2 days after that. Technical complications and additional weather delays could move that date. Please check this page daily for updates. | About this project

UPDATE: 5/24/18 3:10pm: 90.5 FM returned to full power at 3:05pm today. TV will go back on the air at reduced power when tower work finishes for the day.

UPDATE 5/24/18, 7:35am: TV and 105.1 FM will be off the air for portions of the day today. The projected date to rescan TVs is Tue. 5/29.

Winds permitting, today's work includes removing the gin pole from the tower, lowering the rigging to a position below the FM antenna, and installing the new TV standby antenna.

Workers on the tower.
Rick Thomas / WKAR-MSU

As you’ve probably noticed, our radio signal has been a lot harder to tune in recently. So we sought out some answers. 


illustration / WKAR-MSU

If you are one of the many Michigan capital region viewers who rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, this information is for you.

Gary Blievernicht photo with new WKAR-TV transmitters
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In a couple of weeks, television viewers who use an over-the-air antenna to watch WKAR-TV will need to re-scan their equipment in order to continue watching.


ice on antenna
Gary Blievernicht / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: 90.5 returned to full power at 5:32p on Thursday. 4/19

Mon. Feb. 26, 2018: WKAR 94.5 FM goes off the air today. 'Round-the-clock news continues on AM870 and wkar.org. Coming soon – the new WKAR NewsTalk at 105.1 FM.

TECHNOTE: AM870 Maintenance 8am Aug. 1

Jul 31, 2017

UPDATE 8:10 A.M.: WKAR-AM 870 returned to the air by 8:07 a.m. 8/1/17.

TECHNOTE: HD radio service discontinued

Jun 30, 2017

WKAR radio’s HD service has been discontinued as of June 30, 2017.

If you receive WKAR-TV over the air via antenna and have lost channels 23.1, 23.2 and 23.3, please rescan for channels on your TV. After a rescan, WKAR TV channels should return.

Wed. 5/4/16 3:30pm. For the past several days, WKAR-FM HD signals have been experiencing intermittent outages.

On June 18, 2015, this website was upgraded to a new responsive design. The fresh new design is intended to make it as easy as possible for you to discover and explore the rich content at wkar.org, whether you are using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

TechNote: WKAR Online Streams are Restored

Oct 28, 2014

UPDATE 7:15pm Online streams have been restored

7pm Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 |  All WKAR online listening streams are currently down.

UPDATE: Fri. Feb. 14, 8:47am | WKAR-AM is back on the air at full power. 

UPDATE Saturday 5:55pm: With Saturday's warmer temperatures clearing ice from the broadcast antenna, 90.5 FM returned to full power at about 5:30pm.

MONDAY 10:30am: 90.5 FM WKAR is operating at reduced power (approximately 32%) due to icing on the antenna.  Over-the-air reception may be poor for some listeners. Online listening will not be affected.

UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 2:50pm): Playlists for 90.5 WKAR are now available from links within the 90.5 WKAR Schedule, and also at the new page for Classical on 90.5

UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 8:50am): The team at NPR Digital Services resolved issues in the system Monday evening, and the WKAR team is working now on getting the correct schedule and playlist information into place.

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