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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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Give Now • Get Tickets
12:21 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tickets! Celtic Woman - April 4

Give Now - Get Tickets. Celtic Woman

With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you and a guest in the audience for Celtic Woman. 7:30p Thursday April 4 at Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall | Give Now, Get Tickets Here

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Tickets Include "Meet-and-Greet"
12:21 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tickets! Experience the Beatles with RAIN - March 29

Give Now - Get Tickets. Experience the Beatles with RAIN

With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you in the audience for Experience the Beatles with RAIN and a meet-and-greet opportunity. 8p Friday March 29 at Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall | Give Now, Get Tickets Here

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New Time!
5:48 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: BackStage Pass Premieres!

Silent Lapse
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

BackStage Pass premieres on January 20, at a new time! Look for us every Sunday at 7 p.m., with encore broadcasts at 8 p.m. the following Saturday on WKAR World and at 11 p.m. that Saturday on WKAR.

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WKAR Blog
5:38 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Current State Visits Auto Show

The new Camaros at the NAIAS at Cobo in Detroit.
Credit Peter Whorf

Tune to Current State every day next week as Scott Pohl and Peter Whorf report from the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  We'll also take you on a tour of classic cars at Lansing's own RE Olds Museum of Transportation.  

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UPDATE
10:27 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Radio Reader - January Update

Continuing through January 30 is Defending Jacob, a novel by William Landay.

Beginning January 31 is Life Itself: A Memoir, by film critic Roger Ebert.

Special Broadcast
1:44 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Wednesday - Michigan State of the State 2013

7pm Wednesday on WKAR-TV, 90.5 FM and at WKAR.org
 Watch Live | Listen Live

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Thank you for your patience
10:38 am
Tue January 15, 2013

TechNote: TV and FM Reception

Jan 16: Work has been completed. All services are back and at full power.

Jan 15.: Over-the-air reception of WKAR TV and 90.5 FM may be poor during occasional brief periods this week while essential maintenance is performed on the station's broadcast tower. HD radio will be unavailable during these periods. Cable and online service will not be affected for most viewers and listeners.

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Engaging Community Through Film
1:28 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Soul Food Junkies Fascinates Guests

Panelists Lorraine Weatherspoon, Laura DeLind and Andrea King Collier enjoy a short break before the presentation begins.
Amber Taylor

An enthusiastic group of 70 guests gathered at WKAR on January 10 to see a preview from the Independent Lens documentary "Soul Food Junkies" and learn more about the cultural legacy and health-related issues connected to this culinary tradition.

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Thanks for a Great Evening!
11:11 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Soul Food Fascination!

WKAR's Soul Food Junkies panelists prior to the screening.
Credit Amber Taylor

Last night WKAR hosted another fantastic Community Cinema event featuring the Independent Lens film "Soul Food Junkies."  I'd like to thank everyone who came out and participated in a fun and interesting discussion around food and culture.

I'd particularly  like to thank our panel of guests: Andrea Collier, Lorraine Weatherspoon and Laura DeLind.  They each brought an interesting perspective, including history, health and community.

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All-New Mid-Michigan Radio News Program
3:22 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Introducing 'Current State'

Premieres Monday, January 14 - Three chances to catch the hour-long show each weekday: at 9 a.m. on 90.5 WKAR, noon on AM/870, and again at 6 p.m. on 90.5.

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Give Now • Get Tickets
2:46 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Tickets! Billy Elliot The Musical

With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you in the audience for BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL. 7:30p Tuesday Jan. 15 at Wharton Center - Cobb Hall | Give Now, Get Tickets Here

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