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1:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: We're Very Social!

Did you know that this week WKAR's Public Media Facebook page is hovering at nearly 2,000 friends who "like" the page? This is by far our page with the most "likes," but it certainly isn't our only one!

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Local Pianist Featured
10:38 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold

Ralph Votapek, gold medalist of the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1962, with General Chairman of the Competition Grace Ward Lankford.
Courtesy of Gene Gordon/Van Cliburn Foundation

Every four years, a group of the finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In the midst of the drama, the beauty, the nerves and the excitement, they know one thing is true — what happens there can change their lives. They strive to feel the joy of victory and achieve their utmost goal: to become a performer on the world stage. The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold airs Friday, September 28, at 9 p.m. on WKAR.

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WKAR Blog
11:53 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema

Nicholas Kristoff visits women and girls facing extreme challenges in "Half the Sky."

You may have noticed WKAR is busier than ever, with frequent screenings, like last night's Call the Midwife. Thanks to all who came — we hope you enjoyed the show!  Our “Evening at WKAR” events have been a huge hit, so I am especially excited to announce our newest initiative, kicking off next week.

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Event Update!
11:01 am
Fri September 21, 2012

"Call the Midwife" Preview Enchants Guests

Susi Elkins takes questions from the audience at an Evening at WKAR

Our Evening at WKAR presentation of Call the Midwife attracted more than 75 guests who laughed and yet were touched by the moving first episode of the new PBS series. Call the Midwife premieres Sunday, September 30, on WKAR.

When WKAR station manager Susi Elkins asked "What do you think?" after the screening, there was plenty of audible approval and conversations with guests after only reinforced that fact.

High Praise from Guests

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"QB" Guests are the Best
10:40 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: QB Special = Great Fun!

Sparty cheers on the teams!

Some things make my job even more fun than it already is. WKAR's taping of our QuizBusters Special Edition on Tuesday, September 11, was one of them.

We had 16 special guests — all well known in the community — playing our popular QuizBusters game. They were lively, fun and smart – and they all seemed to be having a great time. It was fun to see all the Facebook chatter after the show.

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Hot off the Press!
10:47 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Fall Preview Brings Exciting Changes to WKAR!

Gary Reid, WKAR general manager, addresses the Fall Preview audience
Madalyn Kaltz WKAR

Nearly 200 guests filled Studio A on September 6 as the new season for WKAR Public Media was revealed.

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Important News!
9:46 am
Fri September 7, 2012

WKAR TV Broadcast Goes 24/7 on September 10

Beginning Monday, September 10, WKAR TV over-the-air viewers will be able to watch WKAR, WKAR World and WKAR Create 24 hours a day.

There will also be a change in channel allocation for WKAR World. It will move to channel 23.2, placing the older standard definition version of WKAR. WKAR will remain on 23.1 in high definition; WKAR World will be at 23.2 and WKAR Create will remain at 23.3.

What Does This Mean for You?

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QB Guests Announced!
8:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Community Celebrities Compete in WKAR "QuizBusters" Special Edition

Participants in WKAR’s upcoming “QuizBusters Special Edition” competition were revealed on Thursday, September 6, at the station’s fall preview.

Playing the first game for the Green Team are Scott Westerman, President, MSU Alumni Association; Jen Sygit, Michigan-based singer and songwriter; Sue Carter, MSU School of Journalism faculty member, author and intrepid adventurer; and team captain Guy Sanville, Artistic Director, Purple Rose Theatre.

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Susi's Station Notes
8:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: We're Everywhere!

Rob Stephenson leads the "Curious Crew" through experiments in a recent pilot shoot at Impression 5 Science Center.

WKAR-TV is proud of its PBS national schedule, which offers you the best in drama, documentary and news. But we are equally proud (maybe a little more so) of the terrific work done right here at WKAR, including BackStage Pass, Off the Record and QuizBusters.

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Election 2012
11:23 am
Mon August 27, 2012

UPDATE: Convention Coverage on WKAR-TV

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage of the Republican and Democratic Conventions.

WKAR-TV will cover the Republican Convention from 8 to 11:30 on Tuesday and until 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Support WKAR
3:54 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Membership Update from Barb Beers

Barbara Beers

Thanks to those of you who have already given to WKAR-TV's August membership campaign. We are moving toward our goal of $95,000 with almost $43,000 pledged as of Friday morning. This is a little less than half of our way to the total we'd like to reach by Sunday, and we're about two-thirds of the way through the campaign.

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WKAR Blog
3:17 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Specials Rock on WKAR!

Ed Slott

Do we have great specials for you this week, as our August membership campaign continues!

For those interested in information, check out "Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue" on Tuesday, August 21, at 9:30 p.m. Learn how your gift can bring you tickets to our Ed Slott meet-and-greet in October!

If you like all-star concerts with performances by such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and lots more, check out Pegi and Neil Young's "Concert for the Bridge" on Sunday, August 26, at 10 p.m.

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Support WKAR
7:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Shorter Pledge Campaigns!

Susi Elkins, WKAR TV station manager

You may have noticed that WKAR's fundraising campaign began on Thursday. We're trying something new this year. Instead of having our regular 16-day campaigns four times a year, we are hoping to have those events go only eleven days.

You might say, "Don't you need the money?" and the answer is "Yes! We do!" Our goal is to do a better job of reaching out to more WKAR viewers with the opportunity to become WKAR supporters -- making WKAR and public broadcasting stronger in our community.

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Happpy Birthday to Us!
12:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

WKAR Radio Celebrates 90 Years!

WKAR AM/870 celebrates 90 years on August 18.
  • Thank You, Mid-Michigan, for 90 wonderful years of service!

Saturday, August 18, marks 90 years of broadcasting on WKAR.

Although the station's first "official" broadcast was a founder's day speech on May 13 of that year, it wasn't until August 18, 1922, that WKAR was granted a federal license.

J.B. "Jimmy" Hasselman was the station's first director, and its first transmitter was built by electrical engineering students in 111 Olds Hall. Until then it was a student radio station.

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Summer Recipes from the Test Kitchen
3:54 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Summer Recipes from the Test Kitchen!

Bridget and Chris offer recipes on "America's Test Kitchen" and "Cook's Country."
WGBH

One of the fun things about working in WKAR's communications office is that we learn about all the terrific shows on WKAR-TV and links that can really enhance the experience!

As a WKAR Create fan, I'm fond of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country, so I was especially excited to see links to their never-fail recipes.

Here are a few you may enjoy!

Classic Egg Salad Sandwiches

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New Radio Reader Book This Week
2:46 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A New Book for Radio Reader

DIck Estell begins a new book on August 17.

Dick Estell begins reading Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner, on August 17. He will conclude The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher, on August 16. The Radio Reader is heard weekdays at 8:30 a.m., on AM/870.

On August 17, Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner begins. It is a lucid, page-turning account of the trials and death row appeals of Edward Lee Elmore, a quiet and mentally challenged African-American man accused of the murder of an elderly white woman in South Carolina in 1982.

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Susi's Station Notes
11:26 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: In Our Community!

Susi Elkins greets guests at the Lansing JazzFest

It's hard to believe we are into August and the summer days are counting down.  I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun – and we’ve definitely been having fun at all the summer festivals!

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Big Week for WKAR!
11:52 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: What a Week!

It's been another busy week for us, both in the studio and out! On Thursday we recorded the only debate that U.S. Senate candidates Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Heckman will hold before the primary. This Off the Record Special was moderated by Tim Skubick and with the no-rules format, it made for some lively conversation.

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In Our Community
11:19 am
Mon July 30, 2012

BackStage Pass at Lansing JazzFest

The WKAR production team heads to Lansing JazzFest this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan.

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WKAR In Our Community
11:13 am
Mon July 30, 2012

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Peep will be at Lansing JazzFest Friday, 5:30-7:30p and Saturday 2-5p

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

WKAR Blog
12:04 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Check Out an Evening at WKAR

Susi Elkins introduces Molly Fillmore at At Evening at WKAR.

Every day I am more and more impressed with the incredible talents of people who live right here in our mid-Michigan community.

Earlier this week, WKAR welcomed Molly Fillmore as our guest for an "Evening at WKAR." Two years ago, Molly appeared on BackStage Pass with some of her colleagues from the voice faculty at MSU's College of Music. Little did we realize back then that we were working with a woman who would appear on one of the great stages of the world — the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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Election 2012 Special
3:25 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate on 'Off the Record'

Tim Skubick
WKAR

The three Republican candidates running for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat have agreed to do their one and only televised debate at WKAR-TV on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Hekman have agreed to a single moderator, no-rules format in a program to be anchored by senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

This special election-year edition of “Off the Record” will be broadcast by Michigan public television stations across the state as part of the “Off the Record” series.

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WKAR Blog
7:23 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Katie Wolf named Senior Communications Manager

Katie Wolf

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University announced today that Katie Wolf will join the College as Senior Communications Manager on August 6, 2012.  Katie Wolf has served as Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, where she has overseen grant awards and programs for many state and federally funded cultural programs.

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Free Offer!
4:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Free Educational Offer!

Order this free literacy booklet with games for kids!

One of the programming services we take great pride in sharing with you at WKAR is our educational programming. Our children's shows teach so many things — science and math concepts, life skills like sharing and cooperating and literacy skills.
 
I have two kids of my own and I know that our children's programming is not only educational, but it's lots of fun, too. Kids learn best when they are having fun and our programs do exactly that — teach valuable lessons in a delightful way.
 

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Welcome!
12:20 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Peter Whorf: WKAR Radio's New Station Manager

Peter Whorf is WKAR Radio's new station manager. He'll begin on August 27.

Michigan State University announced today that Peter Whorf will join WKAR as Radio Station Manager for the public broadcasting stations on August 27, 2012.  Whorf comes to WKAR from WFMT in Chicago, where he has served as Program Director and Vice President for Content for the past seven years.

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WKAR Create Hints!
12:21 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Create Schedule Info!

Rick Steves' European travel series is seen daily on WKAR Create.

Our phone has been ringing with calls from fans of WKAR Create who wonder what happened to their programs.

The Create service recently juggled the schedule around. WKAR members who receive our monthly program magazine, Stay Tuned, at home, would have seen a schedule on the back cover of this month's issue.  (Stay Tuned is sent to members of WKAR who give $40 or more to either WKAR-TV or Radio. You may donate HERE.)

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Treasure Hunters, Take Note!
10:13 am
Thu July 12, 2012

'Market Warriors' Premieres July 16

The Market Warriors are John Bruno, Miller Gaffney, Bob Richter and Kevin Bruneau.
WGBH2012

The producer of Antiques Roadshow -- a WKAR viewer favorite -- has a new treat for treasure seekers! Market Warriors premieres Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

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WKAR Blog
9:48 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Love from our Listeners!

90.5 Classical morning host Mark Schwitzgoebel

We love getting feedback from you, whether it is on WKAR.org in the comments section, through letters, calls to Carolopedia or on our Facebook pages.

Recently 90.5 Classical host Mark Schwitzgoebel received a letter from a woman in New York City who listens to the WKAR Classical stream.

Dear Mark,

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WKAR Blog
5:37 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Dan Bayer Recognized by Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

WKAR is pleased to congratulate our colleague, Dan Bayer, on receiving the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) Director Chair Award for 2012.

The award was presented by Lois Mummaw for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Advisory Board. The Director Chair award has been given since 2009 to recognize longevity, volunteerism, and passion for the annual event.  John McDaniel was also honored with the award this year.

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Susi's Station Notes
9:52 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: An Anniversary

Susi Elkins out in the community recording video breaks with the WKAR crew.

On July 1, WKAR celebrated its first anniversary as part of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at MSU.  During a staff meeting this week, Dean Pamela Whitten and Gary Reid, WKAR's general manager, congratulated the staff on an amazing year of hard work and major accomplishments.  As they gave us a snapshot of how far we’ve come in just twelve months, it struck me that each point of pride was in direct relation to how much we have opened ourselves up to our community.

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