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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!