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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.
WKAR

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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Sunday/Monday 8pm
12:34 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns

A family takes shelter during the Dust Bowl period.
Florentine Films

The latest film by Ken Burns airs on WKAR-TV on November 18 and 19, at 8 p.m.  and repeating at 10 p.m. each night.

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You Can Help
10:49 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Food Bank Drive at WKAR and MSU Library

Jeanie Croope and Susi Elkins with 978 pounds of food.
w.r.r./WKAR

WKAR is pleased to again host a drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15.

The drive is a tradition at WKAR, with last year's collection weighing in at 978 pounds. The goal for this season's drive is to surpass 1,000 pounds of food and personal products.

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Festival Ends November 15
4:32 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Last Days of East Lansing Film Festival 2012

If you haven't had time to get out to the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival yet -- go soon! This popular event continues through November 15.

The festival offers an assortment of documentaries, features and shorts, along with films from up-and-coming filmmakers. It is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

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Schuler Books, Eastwood
1:12 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Classics and Conversation | Tue. Nov. 13

WKAR 90.5 Classical continues  Classics and Conversation series on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30.

Join WKAR's Peter Whorf at Schuler Books Eastwood Town Center for a discussion of upcoming classical music initiatives on WKAR – and share your hopes for music on 90.5 Classical.

WKAR has some fun and exciting new programs on the agenda and they are starting in December! Be the first to know what's coming up! Enjoy a cup of coffee and get to know the newest member of WKAR Radio's team.

This event is free; reservations are not required.

 

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5:01 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: On the Town

A Silver Bells float, 2011

It may seem early to talk about the holidays but here at WKAR, we get a head start on everything! So, this week I'm headed on location to record some video billboards promoting WKAR's involvement in the annual Silver Bells in the City Electric Light Parade. I'll be announcing along with Mark Buzzita and Michael Patrick Shields and we'll be airing the parade live on November 16 from 6-8 p.m.

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Home for the Holidays!
4:56 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

"Silver Bells" Parade Broadcast Kicks off WKAR's Home for the Holidays

Silver Bells fireworks, 2011

WKAR-TV will broadcast Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City Electric Light Parade live at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 16. WKAR’s Susi Elkins will emcee the televised coverage, along with Michael Patrick Shiels of Fox 47 and Mark Buzzitta of WLNZ.

The event kicks off WKAR’s “Home for the Holidays” – a six-week period of seasonal specials for adults and children alike. Between November 16 and New Year’s Day, WKAR will offer 25 seasonal broadcasts, plus specials from regular WKAR series.

TV Highlights

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Support Your Favorites
11:01 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Show Your Luv for Britcoms

Saturday Britcoms on WKAR include the popular 'As Time Goes By'
BBC

Britcom fans -- please join us for a special evening on WKAR, Saturday, November 10!

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The Dust Bowl
2:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Sandra Clark Joins Evening at WKAR Line-up

Sandra S. Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center, will be the featured speaker at the "Evening at WKAR" preview of Ken Burns' "The Dust Bowl." The event will take place Thursday, November 15, at WKAR.

Clark has been the director of the historical center since 1991. Her history degrees are from Michigan State University.

"As someone who grew up in Kansas, it’s [the Dust Bowl] a topic I’ve long been interested in," she said.

Guests will see a 40-minute preview of the film, followed by Clark's talk.  The event is free.

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3:19 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

On November 7, 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law.
Credit Fritz Miller, SDPB

November 7, 1967 -- A date for public radio and television stations everywhere to celebrate! It was on this date that Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law, allowing for broadcast excellence, education for viewers and listeners via content and independence and freedom of spirit for producers.

These are words worth reading and remembering! Thanks, LBJ!

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Fest Runs Nov. 7-15!
12:58 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

WKAR Sponsors East Lansing Film Festival

WKAR is a proud sponsor of the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival which begins on November 7 and continues through November 15.

The festival is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

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