WKAR Blog

News from the PBS Annual Meeting
7:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: On the Road -- with Exciting News!

Thomas and Friends are coming to PBS this fall!

What a week!

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Three programs selected!
3:18 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

WKAR Receives Michigan Emmy Award Nominations

Seth and May on BackStage Pass
w.r.richards

WKAR is pleased to announce that three programs produced and one presented by WKAR have been nominated for Michigan Emmy Awards. Nominees for the 35th Michigan Emmys were announced Wednesday, May 15.

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PBS Annual Meeting
11:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Hitting the Road

Ken Burns

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

Come see Current State's Mark Bashore and Emanuele Berry at our City Hall location during this year's East Lansing Art Festival on May 18th.  Watch Mark and Emanuele create your show in this 2-hour special edition of Current State from 11a-1p...then stay with us for classical music live from the festival from 1-5.

Hope you can be there with us - or listen in between 11 and 5 on 90.5, WKAR-FM...

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WKAR Blog
1:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

“Off the Record” Continues Discussion on Legislation to Change No-Fault Insurance Law

On May 3, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made headlines on “Off the Record,” taking Michigan’s GOP Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger, to task for his tactics to pass legislation that would change Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance law (House Bill 4612). Patterson opposes the legislation, which would cap the lifetime benefits for catastrophic auto injuries at $1 million.

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Debut on May 13
1:17 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Starts Monday! Current Sports with Al Martin

Al Martin
Credit WKAR

Current Sports with Al Martin premieres Monday, May 13 at 1 p.m.  The new radio talk show from WKAR tackles sports topics in depth, with special guests and listener interaction, while exploring new ground.

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Teams Hoping for Championship Bid!
3:25 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

QuizBusters Semi-Finals Begin

QuizBusters host Matt Ottinger
Credit w.r. richards

Youth from mid-Michigan will get one step closer to winning tuition scholarships to Michigan State University in the QuizBusters semi-finals, airing over two weekends beginning May 11.

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Spring is Finally Here!
8:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Happy Graduation!

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.

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FRIDAY MAY 3
11:47 am
Thu May 2, 2013

WATCH LIVE: MSU Commencements

1pm Friday - Spring Convocation for graduating seniors,  featuring actor Timothy Busfield.  | 3:30pm Friday - Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, featuring author Richard Ford. WATCH LIVE HERE

Happy Earth Day!
4:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day Links for Learners of All Ages

Celebrate Earth Day with The Environment Collection curated by American Experience. This site brings together great environment-related content from across public television and radio. From full-length streaming films to kids' games, history, science interactives, and more--there are plenty of “green” resources.

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Events
9:35 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Everyone!

There's lots to like this week when WKAR is involved! Here's a quick calendar of what's keeping us busy.

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Support WKAR
5:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

1,000 Pledges - 1,000 Trees

Your pledge to WKAR on April 22 -- our celebration of Earth Day -- can help make our Earth greener. Pledge here to Radio | Pledge here to TV

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In Our Community
1:36 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

TICKETS: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! On the Big Screen!

8pm Thursday, May 2 LIVE | 7:30pm Tuesday, May 7 ENCORE at Celebration! Cinema, Lansing Mall Cinema, Studio C! Cinema

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Spartan Sports Journalism Classic
11:53 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Friends Say Farewell to Earle Robinson

Earle Robinson (center) flanked by his wife Yvette and WKAR general manager Gary Reid.

Friends of Earle Robinson said farewell to the SportsTalk/870 host and WKAR sports director at a gala dinner following the Spartan Sports Journalism Spectacular on April 11.

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WKAR Blog
8:58 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

VIDEO SHORT: Spartan Sports Journalism Classic

On April 11, 2013 the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences and WKAR hosted a day of events with professionals in the sports journalism world including people from Milwaukee Brewers, CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports Detroit, Big Ten Network, The Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, Yahoo! Sports, Fox 17 TV (Grand Rapids), USA Today, Fox Sports South, Detroit News, and more!

MSU Media Sandbox put together this look at the day.

MSU Science Festival: April 12-21
7:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Science Is Everywhere!

At the NAB -- Randy Jackson

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.

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You Are Invited!
1:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

April 25 |Community Cinema: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America's Superheroines

FREE – Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. | See a short segment from the Independent Lens documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines and learn more from a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Sports News!
5:25 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Allen (Al) Martin Jr. Joins WKAR as Sports Producer/Host

Al Martin, WKAR's new sports producer/host

Allen (Al) L. Martin Jr. has joined public broadcasting station WKAR as its new sports producer and host.

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4:45pm-6pm
9:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

WATCH LIVE: Spartan Sports Journalism Classic

4:45 – 6 p.m. WATCH LIVE AT WKAR.org

Live Webcast from WKAR Studio A

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Apr. 25 | MSU Wind Symphony on MSU Faculty Recital Series

Kevin Sedatole, MSU Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and Chair of the Conducting Area
Credit Courtesy / MSU School of Music

WKAR Radio will wrap up its debut season of MSU Faculty Recital Series with the MSU Wind Symphony on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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Find out how to be a member!
11:45 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Kids Club Members: Swing into Spring with Curious George

Swing into Spring with Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.

Kids' Club Member Event! April 19, Fenner Nature Center

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Spartan Sports Journalism Classic
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: NBA Star Steve Smith at WKAR!

Steve Smith
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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.

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Spartan Sports Journalism Classic
3:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

NBA's Steve Smith Hosts All-Star Roster of Sports Journalists at Spartan Sports Journalism Classic

Thursday, April 11, 4:45 p.m. | WKAR Studio A | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Get Ready to Be Wowed!
2:19 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The MSU Science Festival

MSU Science Festival | April 12-21, MSU Campus | Free

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A Busy Season is Coming Up for WKAR
9:44 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Festival Season is Coming!

Susi Elkins introduces acts at the Old Town Blues Fest

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!

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More Local Classical
4:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

WKAR Radio Brings Local Classical Music to Saturdays

Ralph Votapek
Credit WKAR-MSU

Peter Whorf's What's New at WKAR  and Jody Knol's 90.5 Community  Concerts can now be heard twice each week as WKAR expands it's local classical hours to include Saturday afternoons. | Give Now Online to support local classical music on the air in mid-Michigan.

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For a Good Cause!
1:59 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

“Get Swabbed!” at Communication Arts & Sciences Bone Marrow Drive

“Get Swabbed” – It’s that simple to participate in the Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS) Bone Marrow Registry Drive next week. The event will take place on Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in CAS Room 191.

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An Evening at WKAR
12:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

'Midwife' Fans Enjoy Sneak Peek!

There's Lots to Like at WKAR screenings!
Jeanie Croope WKAR

Fans of the popular British drama Call the Midwife enjoyed a special sneak preview when they attended An Evening with WKAR at Studio C! on March 21.

It may have been very cold outside but hearts were warmed within as guests saw the first episode of the new season, which premieres on March 31 at 8 p.m. on WKAR.

London, 1958

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WKAR Blog
10:26 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Families!

Denise Walker is WKAR's Teacher Core representative

You may have noticed the new "Family" tab on our web page. We are looking to increase the content we have here on WKAR that is related to families and education.

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Recognized By Her Peers
4:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Kim Geiger Honored with WKAR Crystal Award

Kim Geiger
Credit Jeanie Croope / WKAR

Kim Geiger, a member of WKAR’s Information Technology team since 2001, was honored with the WKAR Crystal Award on March 18, 2013.

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