WKAR Blog

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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Engaging Community Through Film
1:19 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

'Wonder Women' Guests Appreciate Community Cinema Events

WKAR's Susi Elkins with panelists Jess Knott and Gary Hoppenstand
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

Guests at WKAR's April 25 Community Cinema screening of Wonder Women: The Story of America's Superheroines were not only able to see a segment of the film but hear from speakers Gary Hoppenstand and Jess Knott.

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TECHNOTE
8:07 am
Sun May 19, 2013

TechNote: 'TV Schedules - ALL'

UPDATE 5/23/13: The TV Schedules-All page and links to it have been restored.
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The area TV Schedules- All is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues. We expect to have this very popular page live again early in the week.

In the meantime, full TV schedules for each channel are available at these links for:

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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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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