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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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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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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2:19 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Mozart from WKAR & A2SO

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Music Director Arie Lipsky joins WKAR radio station manager Peter Whorf to preview the A2SO's January 19th Mozart Birthday Bash.  Tune in for music and Mozart merriment, Tuesday, January 15th at noon on 90.5 Classical.

New Season Begins Jan. 6!
7:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Downton Abbey Arrives!

Shirley MacLaine joins the Downton Abbey cast.

We had a terrific time meeting so many Downton Abbey fans last night at Studio C! theatre when we previewed the first hour of the new season. It was great fun to meet old friends and new and have such a grand turnout that we had to add a third show!

I want to toss an extra kudo or two to the folks at Studio C. They had to do some rearranging of their schedule to fit in the third screening. We were grateful and so, too, were those who were unable to get a seat when the first two screenings were sold out.

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End of Year!
7:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Busier than Ever!

On location with our terrific crew doing pledge breaks. (June)

While life in other places of business might slow down between the holidays, here at WKAR we are busier than ever processing year-end gifts to WKAR. I have to tip my hat to our membership team and say thank you to all of you who are keeping them so busy!

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Have a safe and beautiful holiday
9:35 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Holiday Wishes

Susi Elkins
Credit Jeanie Croope/WKAR

I don't know about you but at this time of year it seems as though our senses are stretched in every direction. Beautiful trees and cheerfully wrapped gifts share the stage with crowds at the mall and the frenzy of writing cards or standing in post office lines.

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the holidays are really the time to hold our loved ones close and share moments with them that will be remembered long after the toys under the tree have been left behind.

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Welcome Home!
2:59 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Holiday Specials on 90.5 FM and WKAR-TV

A scene from MSU's Home for the Holidays concert special
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Celebrate the holidays with these TV and Radio specials. Welcome home for the holidays with WKAR!

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880 Pounds!
4:15 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Food Bank Results! Thank you!

WKAR's drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank brought in a grand total of 880 pounds, which was picked up and weighed on December 19.The total packed three filled-to-the-brim laundry carts.

A large amount of this food came from the drop-off point at the MSU Library. Thanks to Ruth Ann Jones, Holly Flynn and student Adam for collecting it and then bringing it over here to add to the grand total. This is our second year partnering with the library and their collection really makes a difference.

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Online Special!
5:06 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Downton Abbey Q&A

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: PBS and MASTERPIECE bring you a Downton Abbey Q&A with the cast and producers.

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Thanks for Giving!
7:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Welcome Home for the Holidays with WKAR

Joan Javitz with Joseph Lulloff (Santa) and MSU Jazz Combo. Coming to WKAR TV in December 2012 - MSU's Home for the Holidays - Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Our annual December pledge campaign wraps up on December 10 and I just wanted to take a minute to thank those of you who have contacted us already with your renewal, new pledge or additional gift. Your dollars really do make a difference to what you see on WKAR-TV and how we can serve you. Thank you so much.

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NEW on 90.5!
5:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

New Classical Radio Programs Debut in December

Peter Whorf

Brand New on 90.5 WKAR!  MSU Faculty Recital Series premieres Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. What’s New on WKAR, premieres Friday, December 7, at 2 p.m.

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Sweetie-licious Special Premieres This Week!
10:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Something Sweetie!

Susi Elkins and Linda Hundt
Credit Jeanie Croope/WKAR

About a week ago I had the chance to step into Linda Hundt's kitchen at Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe. While we taped a wonderful cooking special that premieres Saturday, December 1, at 10 a.m., I also soaked up everything I could about making a perfect pie crust, pie, gingerbread men and a coffee cake to die for!

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WKAR Radio Sonic IDs
9:51 am
Fri November 30, 2012

My Community. My WKAR. Your Voice.

Our WKAR news team will come to your place of business, a park, school, shopping area or another area site to record the sounds of your world and you!

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Home for the Holidays!
3:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

WKAR Baking Special with Sweetie-licious!

Susi Elkins and Linda Hundt in the kitchen!
Jeanie Croope/WKAR

If you are anticipating the season of baking that’s just around the corner, get a few tips and recipes from Linda Hundt, best known as “Sweetie-licious.” The local entrepreneur and owner of Sweetie-licious Bakery Café in DeWitt will share her baking secrets in a new WKAR-TV special, Sweetie-licious: A Taste of the Season.

Home For the Holidays!

The program is part of WKAR’s “Home for the Holidays” array of specials airing in December on the public television station.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
7:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Giving Thanks

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I know that as I was giving thanks for my family and all the other things that matter in my life, I couldn't help but thinking of WKAR and the many thanks due from us to you.

Thank you for your gifts of support that allow us to bring you the best public broadcasting programming available into your home each and every day of the year.

Thanks to our volunteers who tirelessly answer phones and help us in so many ways.

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Home for the Holidays!
4:14 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

For Kids: Top Holiday Gifts are Downloadable This Year!

New apps for kids are Super Duper!

In its annual holiday survey of parents of 2 to 10-year-olds, PBS KIDS found that the leading trend in gifts for kids this year will be downloadable such as apps, games, e-books and digital music. Fifty-eight percent  of parents reported that they will “most likely” or “definitely” be purchasing downloadable gifts this season. Of these parents, more than half (55 percent) plan to spend more or the same as last year on downloads.

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A Conversation with Former Governor, First Lady
10:07 am
Tue November 20, 2012

The Milliken Legacy

The Millikens at their Traverse City home.

The Milliken Legacy airs Friday, November 23, at 9 p.m. on WKAR-TV.

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5:17 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

WKAR and Willow Elementary Host Family Fun Workshop

WKAR and Willow Elementary School in Lansing will host a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Tuesday, November 27. Registration and light supper will be from 6-6:20 p.m. The program will follow at 6:20 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m.

Raising Readers workshops offer parents the opportunity to have fun with their children while learning new ways to build reading skills. Workshops are targeted to families and children 4-6 years, but siblings are welcome to attend also.

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Five Reasons to Watch
2:41 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Doo Wop, Downton, War Horse, Create, World

The Chiffons on Doo Wop Discoveries

There are five special reasons to watch WKAR this weekend!

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An Evening at WKAR
11:58 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Dust Bowl Discussion Intrigues Guests

Sandra Clark talks about "The Dust Bowl" at An Evening at WKAR
Elizbeth Izzo/WKAR

After what was one of the hottest and dryest summers the United States has experienced in many years, the topic of Ken Burns' new film The Dust Bowl took on particular relevance. Seventy-nine guests gathered for An Evening at WKAR on November 15 to see a preview of the film and hear a talk about its implications from Sandra Clark.

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Holiday events are coming up!
7:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: We're Getting in the Spirit!

Susi Elkins (third from right) with the Sweetie-licious team, including Linda Hundt (fourth from right)

If you aren't already excited about the holidays, I'm certain this weekend will get you in the mood.

On Friday, we'll be broadcasting the Silver Bells in the City parade live on WKAR-TV. Michael Patrick Shiels, Mark Buzzitta and our own Melissa Nay will host. We'll have it all, from the first float to the last firework! That starts at 6 p.m., so if you are home, tune in and if you're at the parade, be sure to give a wave to the cameras.

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