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T-Rex Inspires Flint Residents

Aug 18, 2016
T-Rex
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Earlier this month, Flint residents experienced T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold in the place where it all began, Flint, Michigan.

Susi Elkins, WKAR television station manager, has been named interim director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University.

Dick Estell reading at WKAR microphone
file / WKAR-MSU

WKAR has learned that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, has passed away. According to family, Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016. 

Group posing with awards
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

For the fifth consecutive year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters has named WKAR as Public TV Station of the Year.  Across WKAR-TV and WKAR-FM 90.5, the stations also earned ten Best in Category awards and six Merit awards at the Broadcast Excellence Awards 2015 ceremony May 3, 2016, in Lansing, Mich.

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

WKAR's classical music has a "whole lotta new" going on! In August, Jamie Paisley joined WKAR as our new Fine Arts Producer. Jamie not only contributes to the  great fine arts programming we discuss on Current State, he also hosts a live classical music show weekdays from 1-4 PM on 90.5 FM

WKAR will be holding its annual Fall radio campaign on October 20-25. 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:

WKAR is not only an asset to the mid-Michigan broadcast community, we are also a strong advocate for our local non-profit community partners. This year I had the privilege of co-chairing the annual Tee It Up for KIDS golf outing for Child & Family Charities.

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.

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