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Summer is upon us, FINALLY! Rejoice!

With the warmer weather and vacation season comes open inventory on the WKAR network of stations. For a very limited time, we are doing a special 50% off our rate card rates for anybody that signs up to sponsor our TV and Radio programming between 6/1/15 thru 8/31/15. BUT you need to hurry because this offer is only valid thru June 15th at 5:00 PM. Complete details and rates are located at the link below.

Give Us A Shout Out!

May 27, 2015

WKAR would not be where it is today without the generous contributions from our corporate supporters. Below are a few testimonials from businesses in the mid-Michigan area:

This month I participated in the the annual Women's Build for the Habitat for Humanity of Lansing. This event gives area women the opportunity to give back and make a difference by lending their hands at building a house.

'The Homestretch' Was Thought Provoking

Apr 14, 2015
Panel Homestretch
Amanda Pinckney / MSU/WKAR

WKAR Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR, offered an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly.

WKAR is excited to announce the upcoming second season of Forte, a WKAR original program about the practice, determination and preparation involved for high school band and orchestras going to the MSBOA competitions across the state.

In season two, WKAR will offer ten 30 minute episodes filmed at the following schools: East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Chelsea, Anchor Bay, Ann Arbor Huron, Jackson High School, Jackson Northwest, Manchester & Morrice. This program will be offered online for 24/7 viewing as well as to all Michigan PBS stations for airing on their station.

Bully Prevention Project Draws Diverse Audience

Mar 20, 2015
BullyProject-Panel
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

During the month of March WKAR held a community forum to address bullying behaviors, current policy and law, and the positive impact of student empowerment and community engagement.

Did you know that 8 out of 10 90.5 FM listeners have a bachelor's degree or higher?

Did you know that the median household income of  90.5 FM listeners is $83,700?

Did you know that 80% of 90.5 FM listeners own their homes at an average value of $285,521?

WKAR will be holding its annual Spring radio campaign on April 9-17. We are currently looking for up to 7 businesses that could offer us a gift or service that we can give away to donors. Examples of items needed are gift certificates, iPads, computers, event tickets, jewelry, etc. The minimum value of items needed is $500 and we plan to have one item each day of campaign.

In exchange for your item donation, WKAR will offer your business the following promotion for the particular date your business sponsors:

'American Denial' Explored Race in America

Feb 25, 2015
American Denial Panel
Amanda Pinckney / PBS

Despite the below freezing temperatures, WKAR Community Cinema returned in February with a screening and conversation featuring American Denial, a new documentary that sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans.

'A Path Appears' Provides Eye-Opening Dialog

Jan 26, 2015
Audience members
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Community Cinema returned in January with an informative screening and conversation featuring A Path Appears.

guests in period constume posing with cardboard cutouts
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Check out these photos from the WKAR Special Preview Screening of Downton Abbey Season 5.  Tag and share!

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There will be THREE showings at WKAR Studio A on Saturday, Dec. 13 - Showtimes at 2pm, 4pm, 7pm.

Thanks for Giving!

Nov 27, 2014

WKAR extends our warmest wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

This is the time of year we all give extra thanks to those that have made a difference in our community, and we'd like to say, "Thank You!"

We know that the entire mid-Michigan community benefits from your support, and so many are grateful to have WKAR to turn to as a trusted place for quality programming that can inspire, enlighten, entertain and expand horizons.

You make public media from WKAR possible.

Panelists at desk
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Did you know that Michigan is one of only nine states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults? Or that Michigan can prosecute, convict and sentence a youth of any age as an adult?

Thanks for Giving!

Nov 2, 2014

Thanks for Giving! November brings our national Thanksgiving holiday, and a perfect opportunity to give thanks to those who have made a difference in our community. 

New science show featuring local kids comes to mid-Michigan TV.

FREE – Thu. Nov. 13, at 7 pm | See a short preview of the new documentary and join the conversation. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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.

'Women in Space' Provokes Enlightening Conversation

Oct 17, 2014
Panelists at desk and audience members
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Community Cinema returned this season on Oct. 10 with an enlightening conversation spurred from the new documentary, "Makers: Women in Space." 

FREE – Thursday, Oct 9, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the new documentary and join the conversation about the crucial and often unsung role women have played in the U.S. space program. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

As Corporate Development Director at WKAR, part of my role is to reach out to businesses in the mid-Michigan community and try to sway  marketing or corporate support dollars to underwriting messages on one of our great stations. One of my main back-pocket selling tools is that our viewers and listeners at WKAR want to support businesses who support us. Well, this email just came across my desk and I thought I would share it with all of you as this statement has never rung more true than today.

Fri. Sep. 26 - 6pm in East Lansing | Look for your favorite WKAR stars and characters, as "Spartans Make Headlines" in the MSU Homecoming Parade.

Three women in kitchen
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

From garden to table with Linda Hundt. | GIVE NOW HERE for Special Offers

The new original series from WKAR debuts Oct. 4 with Owosso High School Symphony Band.

Man with accordian with lake and mountains in background
Courtesy of GUILHERME MOLENTO

Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony to air on PBS and WKAR.

Group on the TV production set
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

Classical Music, Global News, Local Stars, Kids & Science: all new, all original

portrait: Andre Watts
Steve Sherman

8pm Sat. Sept. 13 on 90.5 FM | The debut of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra LIVE from WKAR features piano legend André Watts performing an all-Beethoven program.

Poster: 2014 Old Town BluesFest
Brian Whitfield

Look for WKAR's award-winning production crew at the 2014 Michigan BluesFest in Old Town Lansing, September 19 & 20, recording for the next season of BackStage Pass.

WKAR will be recording several acts at the main stage each evening. For the full schedule and info about the artists, visit www.oldtownbluesfest.com

 

Large TV Studio with Audience
Rachel Tang / WKAR-MSU

Tuesday, September 9 at WKAR! Join fellow game show fans and meet some of mid-Michigan's most notable personalities as WKAR launches a new season of QuizBusters with two Special Edition episodes recorded with YOU in our live studio audience. FREE!

Truck with WKAR logo and collage of people, places and characters
WKAR

Join us Thursday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m. at the East Lansing Public Library. WKAR Curious Crew host Rob Stephenson will be there, and so will the WKAR Truck. See you there!

Event details are at
National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck | CityofEastLansing.com

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