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