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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
Credit courtesy

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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Family Fun
11:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Literacy Coalition Event Draws Fans

WKAR's Beany Tomber meets a family at the Ready To Learn booth.
w.r.richards WKAR

Combine Curious George, Clifford, storytelling, a stage show and lots of opportunities to pick up information about childhood literacy. These ingredients made the Early Childhood Literacy Event a hit with mid-Michigan families. The event was held Sunday, March 17, at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center.

WKAR was on hand for the well-attended event. Beany Tomber, WKAR's education services coordinator said "People loved the performances, the storytellers, the characters and all the activities. They thought it was an awesome event for families!"

Michigan Public Television Station of the Year!
2:42 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots is Going On!

General Manager Gary Reid accepts the Michigan Public Television Station of the Year award.
Credit Susi Elkins

There's lots to like during this wild and wonderful week here at WKAR. On Wednesday I was pleased to be with members of our staff at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual awards. Three of our television programs (Off the Record, BackStage Pass and Beneath the Pines) received awards, as did two WKAR Radio features.

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Public Television Station of the Year!
10:52 am
Fri March 15, 2013

WKAR Wins Seven Awards from Michigan Association of Broadcasters

WKAR staff members accept MAB Awards (l-r: Jon Whiting, Mike Mihalus, Gary Reid, Luke Schwarzweller, Susi Elkins, Tim Elkins

WKAR was honored with seven awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), including the coveted “Michigan Public Television Station of the Year” award at the annual MAB Awards of Excellence ceremony held on Wednesday, March 13 in Lansing, Michigan.

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Midwife Marathon March 17!
3:01 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: The Midwives are Back!

The cast of "Call the Midwife"

One of the questions I seem to be hearing a lot these days is "When does Call the Midwife return?"

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RE-OPENED Limited Seats Available
12:06 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Mar. 21 | An Evening with WKAR at Studio C! Call the Midwife

Trixie, Cynthia, Jenny and Chummy return for a new season.
Credit WGBH

Update: March 18, 2013 - Reservations ARE RE-OPENED. Limited seats available.

FREE – Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. | Studio C! Theatre, Meridian Mall | See the first hour of the new season of the popular British drama series, "Call the Midwife." | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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With Curious George and Clifford
8:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mar. 17 | Storybook Characters & Performances -- All Free!

Curious George

1pm-3:30pm Sunday, March 17  - East Lansing Hannah Community Center |  Meet Curious George and Clifford in person at the annual Early Childhood Literacy Coalition Event.

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Susi Likes WKAR!
7:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Please Give Generously

Susi likes WKAR!
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR / WKAR

Over the past few days I've had the opportunity to be in warm and sunny Florida with my family. Like so many of you have in the past, we enjoyed plenty of amusement park fun, rides, lots of walking and some long awaited sun.

The public television station we saw while on vacation was getting ready for their annual TV membership campaign, just as we are here at WKAR. Ours begins tonight and continues through March 11, and during that time we'll ask you for your support.

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Family Tips
8:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Resources for Michigan's Military Families from Sesame Street and More

Credit Sesame Street/Facebook Page

This is the third in a series of articles from MSU Extension.

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 military children and youth in the state of Michigan? All branches of the military both active, guard and reserves are represented among Michigan’s military families. Chances are there is a military child or youth in the community or school where you live.

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Nominations are being accepted!
10:55 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Michigan Makers

Our Evening at WKAR event featured Makers.
Credit WKAR-MSU

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An Evening at WKAR
4:21 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Guests Enjoy Look at Women's Contributions in 'Makers' Screening

WKAR-MSU

An enthusiastic group bundled up on a cold winter's evening to enjoy an Evening at WKAR featuring a screening of the upcoming WKAR documentary Makers: Women Who Make America, with a follow-up discussion with Two Men and a Truck International founder, Mary Ellen Sheets.

The Documentary

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Raising Readers Workshop
10:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

WKAR Hosts Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop at Reo Elementary School

Family fun at Raising Readers Workshops.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Wednesday, February 27, at Reo Elementary School in Lansing.

The evening presents lively and interactive new ways to build reading skills while having fun with your child. Workshops are targeted to families and children 4-6 years, but siblings are welcome to attend with their families.

The evening includes a light supper. Families will receive learning activities they can do at home and each child will receive a free book.

Schedule and Registration

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Missed It? Watch Online Now!
8:44 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Downton Abbey Season Finale

Community Cinema
2:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

'Powerbroker' Inspires Audience

An enthusiastic audience attended WKAR's Powerbroker screening and discussion.
Credit Amber Taylor / WKAR-MSU

On February 13, WKAR welcomed guests to a Community Cinema screening and discussion based around the Independent Lens film Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. The film provides an inside look on the voices behind the scenes of the civil rights movement.

Powerbroker will air on WKAR-TV on Monday, February 18, at 10 p.m. as part of the Independent Lens series.

A Dialog

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An Evening at WKAR
12:04 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Amazing Michigan Women!

Next week on February 21, we hope you will attend our next Evening at WKAR event, featuring a preview of the documentary Makers: The Women Who Make America and a talk from Two Men and a Truck founder Mary Ellen Sheets. (REGISTER HERE)

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An Amazing Local Entrepreneur
11:05 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Mary Ellen Sheets to Speak at "Makers"

Mary Ellen Sheets

Mary Ellen Sheets, founder of Two Men and a Truck International, Inc.,  will be the guest speaker at an Evening at WKAR on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. | RESERVE SEATS HERE |

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Sign Up for Community Cinema!
7:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema Presents "Powerbroker"

Willard Walker

On Wednesday, February 13, we have a great treat in store here at WKAR. As part of our ongoing Community Cinema series of screenings and  discussions we will welcome Willard K. Walker, Tremaine Philips and Renee Canady to lend their insight onto the civil rights issues presented in The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights.

The documentary is very powerful but the experience and insight our panel brings to the topic will be significant and one well worth attending.

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You're Invited
3:55 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Feb. 21 | An Evening at WKAR: Makers -- Women Who Make America

Women March at a Convention in 1977

FREE – Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming documentary Makers: Women Who Make America with guest Mary Ellen Sheets | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Ticket Opportunity!
7:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots of Tickets!

Credit Cylia von Tedermann

Every so often, Cathy Zell, our Development Director, arrives and shares the news that we have a special ticket offer, courtesy of our friends at Wharton Center with whom we have a terrific partnership.

This week, we have a special offer. The first is tickets to the performance of Rain at Wharton Center.  This well-known group performs Beatles songs with the costumes, make up and spot-on voices of the Fab Four.

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Music Made in Michigan
5:38 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

WATCH: Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass

Brenda Loomis Band
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass. Broadcast premiere 1/27/13 | 8pm Saturday Feb. 2 on WKAR World | 11pm Saturday Feb. 2 on WKAR-TV World | Watch It Here Now

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