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4:39 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

The Graduates/Los Graduados | WKAR Community Cinema

WKAR's Susi Elkins with Dr. Ruben O. Martinez, director of Julian Samora Research Institute; Jose Gallo, Lansing Eastern High School senior; and Yvonne Caamal Canul, Lansing School District superintendent.
WKAR-MSU

A new season of WKAR Community Cinema kicked off recently (October 29) with a screening and discussion of "The Graduates/Los Graduados." The new documentary series from Independent Lens explores education today through the eyes of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future.

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Thanks for Giving
12:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Bank Drive with WKAR

Credit WKAR

WKAR is pleased to again host a drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15.

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You Are Invited
2:37 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Nov. 7 | Eisenhower's Secret War - An Evening at WKAR

FREE – Thursday, Nov 7, at 7 p.m. | Film students and history buffs are invited to an Evening at WKAR featuring Eisenhower's Secret War with historian and independent producer Dr. George A. Colburn. | RESERVATIONS ARE CLOSED

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Community Cinema Broadcast
1:01 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WATCH NOW: The Graduates/Los Graduados - The Boys | WKAR-TV

The Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six students from across the U.S., concluding with three young men.

WATCH HERE

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Community Cinema Broadcast Feature
9:48 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Graduates/Los Graduados - The Girls | WKAR-TV

WATCH IT ONLINE | Part 1 of 2. The Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six students from across the U.S., beginning with three young women.

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WKAR Blog
9:56 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

WATCH: Can't Hold Me Back | American Graduate - Indepenent Lens

Can't Hold Me Back follows Detroit teen Fernando Parraz as he overcomes a mountain of roadblocks to become the first in his family to earn a high school diploma.

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WKAR Blog
12:20 am
Wed October 23, 2013

WKAR and PBS Now on Xbox 360

New PBS App provides on-demand access to WKAR originals QuizBusters, Off the Record and BackStage Pass and PBS favorites including Austin City Limits, Frontline and Masterpiece.

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WKAR Blog
12:54 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

From Jeanie Croope: I’ll be seeing you...

Jeanie Croope

As I wrap up editing this month’s issue of Stay Tuned, I am also saying farewell to many of my friends and associates at WKAR. After more than 32 amazing years here, I am retiring from WKAR and MSU.

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TV Made in Michigan
5:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WKAR's BackStage Pass at 2013 BluesFest this Weekend

A scene from 20120 BluesFest. WKAR is recording again this year at 2013 BluesFest
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

The WKAR production team heads to 2013 BluesFest in Old Town this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

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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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WKAR Blog
4:50 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Radio Reading Service - A Wonderful Feeling

Serving as director of Radio Reading Service is a privilege. Every day I work with dedicated volunteers who care about expanding the world of our listeners.

Those who use Radio Reading Service and their families are always grateful to know that WKAR cares about them and strives to meet their needs.

Knowing that what I do every day makes a big difference in the lives of many is a humbling but wonderful feeling.

-- BRAD WALKER
bradw@wkar.org

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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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A Talk with Matt Ottinger
2:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

QuizBusters Host Reflects on 25 Years

Matt Ottinger

WKAR’s weekly series QuizBusters kicks off its 25th season with a Special Edition airing in prime time on Wednesday, October 2, at 9 and 9:30 p.m. The Special Edition will feature local personalities who play for bragging rights in the academic game show.

On Saturday, October 12, the 25th season of weekly high school competition will begin. Host Matt Ottinger will welcome teams from 64 mid-Michigan high schools who will compete for scholarships to Michigan State University.

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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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9p Each Night
11:22 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

WKAR Fall Preview - 3 Nights

WKAR General Manager Gary Reid and TV Station Manager Susi Elkins

9pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on WKAR-TV | Join WKAR General Manager Gary Reid and TV Station Manager Susi Elkins for a three-night preview of exciting new offerings to expand your world with WKAR.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:18 am
Wed August 28, 2013

QuizBusters Special Edition - Be in the Studio Audience - Sept. 9

QuizBusters host Matt Ottinger
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

FREE – Monday, September 9. 6:45pm | Be in the TV studio audience when WKAR records two Special Edition episodes of QuizBusters, featuring local personalities and community leaders. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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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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Lots to Like!
1:35 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

PBS Announces New Programming During Summer Press Tour

The cast of The Bletchley Circle returns for a second season.

Today at the Television Critics Association meeting, PBS announced a new slate of programs to air in the fall of 2013 and beyond. 

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JazzFest: August 2-3
7:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: A Jazzy Weekend!

At JazzFest 2012!

If you're in the Lansing area this weekend, come on over to Old Town!

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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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Give Now and Get Tickets
11:24 am
Thu July 25, 2013

TICKETS! A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour

Coming Sunday, August 4 to East Lansing. Give Now and Get Tickets Here!

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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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We Need You!
10:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Volunteer at WKAR!

Our August pledge drive is coming up, and you can help make it a success.

August 2-12: WKAR-TV's August Pledge Drive


Answer call-in pledges of support from the WKAR-TV Volunteer Center.
See the schedule and sign up here

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WKAR Blog
11:23 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Kids' Club Birthday Greetings

Parents and grandparents! Learn about birthday greetings on the air -- visit the Kids' Club page.

Lots to Like on WKAR!
7:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: At Common Ground and In Your Home

Look for Current State at Common Ground

There are so many amazing festivals in the mid-Michigan area and we've been at a lot of them this year!

This week, Current State has been broadcasting live from Common Ground at 6 p.m., with an encore the following moring! I've been there a lot, too and am very excited to meet lots of new WKAR fans!

This is the 14th year of the festival. Our Street Team has been celebrating too, as they've been taking photos of many festivalgoers and handing our our WKAR flyers and buttons.

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TECHNOTE
2:58 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

UPDATE: WKAR Listen Links are Back Up 7/7/13

UPDATE 5:50pm | WKAR listening streams have been restored.

Sunday - July 7 - 2:55pm | WKAR listening streams are currently unavailable. We are working to restore service. Thank you for your patience.

Following Current Sports
9:06 am
Sat June 29, 2013

WKAR to Provide More Midday News with Addition of 'Here & Now' on AM870

Here & Now hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young,
Credit Liz Linder

Mon-Thu at 2pm on AM870 - New NPR program offers listeners live, updated news from around the world, nation and here in mid-Michigan.

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