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Election 2012
10:07 am
Tue November 6, 2012

MI First Election 2012

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: MI First Election is streaming full coverage of the election from WKAR studios throughout the day, at bit.ly/MIFIRSTELECTION

MI First Election is a project focusing on the viewpoints of college-age, first-time voters in Michigan.

Over 200 journalism students at Michigan State University provide MI First Election coverage online throughout election day. WKAR's evening PBS NewsHour broadcast will feature reporting from MI First Election, along with updates from the WKAR NewsRoom.

 

Making New Friends at NETA!
1:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Learning and Sharing

9 Network welcomed us to their studios at the 2012 NETA conference.
Credit Jeanie Croope

This past week I’ve been at the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) meeting in St. Louis with several of my colleagues. We have had an inspiring week of workshops combined with thought provoking talks from PBS’ president Paula Kerger, Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison and others.

Events like this fill us with inspiration as we learn from our colleagues in public broadcasting and share some of our own successes.

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WKAR Blog
4:30 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Forger Favorites!

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was 90.5 Classical co-host with Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

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WKAR Blog
2:30 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ready To Learn Receives GM Grant

Bill Reed and Greg Pratt present WKAR's Deb Dunham with a $5,000 check.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service was presented with a $5,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation with the help of GM Lansing Plants.

The gift was accepted by Deb Dunham of WKAR from Greg Pratt, assistant plant manager and Bill Reed, UAW Local 602 president at General Motors’ Delta Township Assembly Plant.

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Check WKAR.org for more!
9:35 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: On the Radar!

Susi Elkins
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

Every month I meet with our programming team and look ahead to some of the new programs or initiatives coming up for WKAR-TV. I thought you might enjoy hearing a few things on our radar.

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College of Music faculty featured
3:29 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Exploring the Language of a Musical Moment

Deborah Moriarty and Joe Lulloff are featured in

How does a musician reach deep within to discover the language of a musical moment? This answer to this question is revealed in Saxophone and Piano: A Conversation.

Producer/director Bob Albers takes viewers inside the minds of three MSU College of Music musicians as they explore this question. A side excursion explores the connection between the musical moment and the instant the racquet strikes the ball in tennis.

The program airs Sunday, October 28, at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m., on WKAR World.

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Guest Host Shares Picks!
2:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Forger Favorites!

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was 90.5 Classical co-host with Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

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Community Cinema
10:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

'As Goes Janesville' -- Stimulating Discussion

Moderator Ray Tadgerson with panelists (l-r) David Hollister, Jack Davis, Mike Green.
Jeanie Croope WKAR-MSU

Approximately 60 community members attended WKAR's Community Cinema screening of "As Goes Janesville" on October 18, and engaged in a discussion with four guests who addressed the similarities and differences of the issues presented in the film and those in Lansing when the General Motors plant threatened to close.

The Independent Lens film followed the events in Janesville, Wisconsin after the city's GM plant closed. Lansing faced this situation as well, but the GM plant in Lansing remained open, if reduced in scope.

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Take Us With You!
7:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Take Us With You!

WKAR is everywhere you go! No matter where you are, chances are that you can watch a WKAR program, listen to WKAR Radio or find out what's happening here on our social media sites.

If you are an iPad user, you may not yet know about a wonderful new feature for your iPad or mobile device.

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Live in Studio!
4:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

College of Music Dean Forger on 90.5 Classical

James Forger, MSU School of Music dean
w.r. richards WKAR-MSU

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger will join WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf as a guest host on 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24, from 1-3 p.m.

How to Participate

Forger will share some of his favorite recordings, news from the MSU College of Music and take your questions and comments on WKAR's 90.5 Facebook page and through e-mail to peter@wkar.org.

An Accomplished Saxophonist

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Online and On-Air!
10:54 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Wild Kratts Offers New Online Content

Fun with bees!

PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

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Thanks for Giving!
1:27 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

WKAR Radio Campaign Exceeds Goal!

WKAR Radio volunteers in action! Thanks!

WKAR Radio wrapped up its fall membership campaign with a grand total of $139,527, surpassing the pledge goal of $110,000 by nearly $30,000.

The total reflects gifts of 1,065 individuals, with 80 percent of the gifts being new members or those who had returned after more than 13 months since their membership inspired.

Challenge Grants Make a Difference!

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Community Cinema
10:52 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Our Next Community Cinema

WKAR is doing so many things this month, it is hard to keep up! One I am particularly excited about is the second in our series of Community Cinema screenings and follow-up community discussions.

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Take the Quiz!
9:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Which Midwife are You?

Which of these four "Call the Midwife" characters are most like you?

It's not too late to get into the terrific new PBS series, Call the Midwife, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on WKAR (with repeats Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WKAR World and Fridays at 10 p.m. on WKAR).

If you haven't discovered this touching, funny, dramatic show yet, give it a try. And if you have, take this quiz to see which midwife is most like you!

WKAR Blog
9:28 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Teddy Bear Picnic

Children get their stuffed bears repaired at the 2011 Teddy Bear Picnic.
MSU

When I hear the words "Teddy Bear Picnic" I think of the delightful children's song. But the Teddy Bear Picnic that I'm most looking forward to isn't "in the woods at night," but right here at MSU during the middle of the day.

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WKAR Blog
12:42 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Timothy Muffitt's Play List

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf was joined in the studio by LSO's Timothy Muffitt for two hours. Muffitt shared some of his favorites, along with insights.
Jeanie Croope

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt and WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf had a terrific conversation on 90.5 WKAR on October 3 about the conductor's favorite music and insights.

We thought we'd share his playlist with you!

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Online and On-Air!
11:37 am
Wed October 3, 2012

WKAR Coverage of Election 2012

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage Election 2012.

WKAR promises to bring you an extensive amount of Election 2012 coverage, using the resources of PBS, NPR, the WKAR Radio Newsroom and Off the Record on WKAR-TV.

Presidential Debates

The action continues tonight with the first presidential debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer. The debate is televised at 9 p.m., and streamed live here at WKAR.org.

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Follow Election Coverage on Twitter with the Best!

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage Election 2012.

Get trusted, in-depth and independent election coverage with correspondents from PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Frontline and more.

WKAR's Election 2012 coverage includes TV, radio, online, and social media.

Here's how you can follow favorite PBS and NPR correspondents on Twitter. Use the hashtag #pbsElection:

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WKAR Radio Special Conversation!
10:29 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Peter Whorf-Timothy Muffitt On the Air!

Timothy Muffitt will be Peter Whorf's guest on 90.5 WKAR.
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf will host 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 3, from 10-12 with special guest Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The two will preview the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's 2012/2013 through discussion and various recordings. Some of Maestro Muffitt's favorite compositions will be included in the segment.

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Community Cinema
2:28 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

'Half the Sky' - Community Cinema Kicks off with Full House

Judy Karandjeff moderates the "Half the Sky" panel that includes Betty Okwako, Amy Jamison and Lynn Paine.
Erin Cullen

More than 80 people attended WKAR's first Community Cinema event held on Thursday, September 27, at WKAR. The topic of the first discussion was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

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Visit our Facebook Pages!
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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