WKAR Blog

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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Great Shows for July!
7:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Happy July 4!

It's been busy here at WKAR, but who isn't these days? We're wrapping up our fiscal year, looking forward to new productions and our upcoming festivals.

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In Our Community
9:02 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and WKAR

Cyrille Aimee

Look for WKAR at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, June 21st and 22nd in Downtown East Lansing.

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We're On the Road!
7:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Fun in the Field

The Hard Lessons Kick off BackStage Pass
Stacy Landry/WKAR-MSU

What a week! Earlier this week, music fans and friends of WKAR got the chance to be part of our BackStage Pass audience at Hannah Center in East Lansing. Six terrific bands -- ranging from hard rock to soul, funk to ska-punk and more -- took the stage over three evenings to record six of next season's BackStage Pass programs.

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Be in the TV Audience
9:10 am
Tue June 18, 2013

This Week! BackStage Pass Concert Recordings

BackStage Pass Concert recordings are this week!

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WKAR Blog
11:06 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: So Much Fun!

Susi Elkins

There's too much fun going on this week at WKAR!

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WKAR Blog
5:28 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

BackStage Pass Tickets Around Town

FREE Tickets for a chance to be in the TV audience for the June 18-20 BackStage Pass Concert recordings are available at these area businesses and locations. While they last!

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Please Renew or Become a New Member!
1:27 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Spring Pledge Campaign Is Here!

Please support COMMERCIAL-FREE programming on WKAR today!

As you know, WKAR-TV has four pledge campaigns each year and we have been successful in shortening them in the past year so that we can return to your favorites more quickly.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:05 am
Mon June 3, 2013

June 18-20 | BackStage Pass FREE Concert TV Recordings

It's more than a festival. More than a concert. It's your chance to be in the TV audience for live recording of great music, June 18-20 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

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Get Tickets Now!
7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: BackStage Pass Is Coming!

BackStage Pass is returning for a new recording season, starting off with a three-day concert extravaganza at Hannah Community Center, June 18-20!

We're excited to have a diverse group of bands on stage -- three nights, six bands! And best of all the tickets are free! Just get them online here. Seating is by general admission.

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Engaging Community Through Film
3:34 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Community Cinema Guests Engage in 'Love Free or Die' Conversation

WKAR's Beany Tomber with Penny Gardner, Gordon Weller and Judy Karandjeff
Jeanie Croope/WKAR

A nearly full house packed WKAR's auditorium for a Community Cinema preview of Love Free or Die, airing Monday, June 3, at 10 p.m. on WKAR. The event was the last this spring for the popular screening/discussion series at WKAR.

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