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Sports
2:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Current Sports #251 | June 9, 2014

On today's Current Sports, Al invites Mark McElwee from the Lansing Curling Club to talk about the upcoming championship. He also touches on the sport of Curling and its popularity. Later, Matt and Alex join to discuss the dissapointment of California Chrome, and touch on the comments made by its owner. Finally, the NBA and NHL playoffs are discussed in detail.


Sports
2:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Current Sports #250 | June 6, 2014

Al opens the show with a controversial discussion with the NBA playoffs, and whether certain games in the playoffs are scripted. They also talk about the cramping of LeBron James. Later, the gang discusses the possibility of California Chrome taking the Triple Crown. Closing the show, the crew goes over the recent allegations from Chapel Hill.


Sports
2:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Current Sports #249 | June 5, 2014

Al invites Haslett girls tennis coach Henry Brunchweiler to take a few moments out of the classroom and talk about his love for tennis and the success of his team. Later, Al, Matt and Alex discuss the loss of the New York Rangers last night, and finally discuss the NBA all-team selections. They get into a heated debate on who the better point guard is between Chris Paul and Tony Parker. Listen in for some fiery debate.


Sports
2:14 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Current Sports #246 | June 2, 2014

Al invites Erin Davis, a representative from General Motors, and Nick Grueser, GM of the Lansing Lugnuts, to talk about the Field Makeover project at Lansing's Quentin Park. Later, Matt and Alex chime in to discuss the NHL and NBA playoffs, and give their weekend winners over a wild weekend of sports action. 


Sports
2:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Current Sports #245 | May 30, 2014

In wake of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, Al and the crew take their shot at becoming the best spellers on Current Sports. Listeners have a chance to win Lansing Lugnuts tickets by calling in and spelling the words correctly as well. Other topics discussed on the show are Jayru Campbell, NBA Playoffs, and MSU Football.


Sports
3:12 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Current Sports #244 | May 29, 2014

It's Throwback Thursday, and it was quite a busy day on May 29 for the crew. Al kicks off the show with a sneak peak of the Shilique Calhoun interview that airs tonight on Current Sports at 10 p.m. Later, Matt and Alex chime in on the Joe Nathan's blown save last night in Oakland, and lastly argue if the Pacers have any shot at beating the Miami Heat.


Sports
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Current Sports #243 | May 28, 2014

DeWitt girls assistant soccer coach Darus Ward joins All to discuss the upcoming postseason games, the last win over Williamston, and back story of his journey with soccer. Later, Matt and Alex weigh in on the recent comments by Dan Gilbert on moving the Detroit Pistons from Auburn Hills back to the city of Detroit. Finally, they team weighs in on the NBA playoffs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Sports
2:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Current Sports #242 | May 27, 2014

Coming off Memorial Day weekend, there was plenty to talk about on today's show. Al and Alex dive into the skidding Detroit Tigers and what they need to get back on track. The duo later debates where Gary Harris will go in this year's NBA draft, and finally give their top five worst excuses when it comes to sports.


Sports
5:23 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Current Sports #241 | May 23, 2014

For those that missed the latest Current Sports TV episode, Al has you covered! He gives you another look back on his interview with James Moore, a former Michigan State football fullback who went to the 1988 Rose Bowl. Later, the crew chimes in on the Tigers recent woes, and also the rumblings coming from team Mayweather.


Sports
2:15 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Current Sports #239 | May 21, 2014

Al kicks off the show with Dan Kilbridge from 247sports.com, who discusses the recent news of Russell Byrd and Alex Gauna, and touches on some of the latest recruiting news for Michigan State football. Later, Al and the crew discuss the misfortune the Detroit Pistons received in the NBA Draft Lottery, as they lost their pick to the Charlotte Hornets.


Sports
2:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Current Sports #237 | May 19, 2014

In the heart of NBA and NHL playoff action, Al and the crew break down the latest matchups. They also break down the latest NBA replay rule and what it means for basketball. Later, they get into a tussle regarding California Chrome and the Triple Crown quest. Al and Matt are sold on Chrome because of the recent addition of Nasal Strips, but Alex thinks otherwise.  Plenty of conversation for a Monday.


Sports
2:18 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Current Sports #236 | May 16, 2014

Today marks the evening of Lansing United's home opener, as the new minor-league soccer team for mid-Michigan. Owner Jeremy Sampson discusses the jitters behind opening day, as well as the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes leading up to the historic day. Later on, Matt and Alex join Al to discuss the NBA Draft Combine and the new Michael Sam documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


Entertainment
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mike Whorf's 'Kaleidoscope' gets revival on AM-870

Mike Whorf.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Mike Whorf interview, part 1.

Mike Whorf interview, part 2.

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.

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Sports
3:57 am
Sun March 16, 2014

MSU and Michigan Meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU topped Wisconsin on Saturday, moving on to the Big Ten Final! It's the first time in the 17 year history of the Big Ten Tournament that MSU and Michigan will meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon! WKAR's Al Martin reports from Indianapolis on just what this means to the Spartans and how this one could be a bit of payback for the team.

Sports
9:13 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

MSU Tops Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament

WKAR's Al Martin reports from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN as the Michigan State Men's Basketball team tops Northwestern, 67 to 51, moving on to play Wisconsin in the semifinals. Convincing victory for the Spartans to open up the post-season, but as Al reports, this is only step one of their "redemption song."

Sports
1:21 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU Falls to Michigan at the Breslin Center

WKAR's Al Martin gives his postgame report after MSU falls to Michigan this past weekend, 80 to 75. You would think head coach Tom Izzo would be disappointed after losing to his rival, but his reaction afterward was quite the opposite. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

WKAR-TV celebrates 60 years

WKAR General Manager Gary Reid and TV Station Manager Susi Elkins.
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Our television colleagues here at WKAR are celebrating a milestone today. Six decades ago today, WKAR-TV went on the air.

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Sports
7:04 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Can You Smell the Roses???

WKAR's "Current Sports" reporter, Al Martin, wraps up things from Indy as the Michigan State Spartans defeat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. They now get ready to head to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 1st at 5pm.

Sports
10:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Big Ten Championship Game - OSU vs. MSU Fan Reaction

WKAR's host of "Current Sports," Al Martin, hits the streets of Indy at Lucas Oil Stadium to get reaction from the fans on Michigan State's win over Ohio State to win the Big Ten Championship and book a ticket to go to it's first Rose Bowl since 1988! 

Sports
5:10 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Current Sports TV - Lansing Everett at Grand Ledge HS Fball Wk. 7

This week saw a battle in the CAAC blue conference as Grand Ledge hosted Lansing Everett. Grand Ledge pulled out a 41 to 19 win, propelling them to second place in the conference. Pretty remarkable, seeing as though the Comets started the season 0-3! Alex Scharg talked with Grand Ledge head coach Matt Bird afterward.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Neighbors in Action: WKAR's Radio Reading Service

WKAR's Radio Reading Service is an audio service providing content from newspapers and other materials to listeners who are blind or who have other disabilities that make reading difficult.
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On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature WKAR's Radio Reading Service, which will turn 40 next week.

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Sports
5:31 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Lansing Eastern vs. Holt 9/13

The Holt Rams entered week three of the high school football season looking for their first win of the season. They found it against a struggling Lansing Eastern team last week. The Rams rolled over the Quakers, 57 to 22. Here are the plays highlighted...

1. Eric Potter with the QB keeper to give Holt a 21 to 6 lead in the 1st QTR.
2. Ty Glover with the first down run toward the sidelines in the 2nd QTR.
3. Ty Glover with a run up the middle for a touchdown,... 28 to 6 Holt in the 2nd QTR.
4. Tim Cain with a big run to extend Holt's lead... 35 to 6 in the 2nd QTR.

Sports
5:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Youngstown St. vs. MSU 9/14

After sleepwalking through the first two weeks, the Michigan State Spartans' offense woke up in a big way, scoring 35 first half points en route to a 55-17 victory over Youngstown State. Connor Cook got the start and effectively ended the quarterback competition, completing 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Jeremy Langford added two scores on the ground and Nick Hill took a draw play 35 yards for another to bolster the Spartan running game.  The MSU defense turned in another strong effort, holding Youngstown State to 172 total yards and forcing three turnovers, including defensive end Shilique Calhoun's third fumble recovery of the season.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

WKAR’s Jeanie Croope bids adieu

WKAR TV Host and Communications Manager Jeanie Croope is retiring after 32 years of faithful service. Thanks for the memories, Jeanie. We'll miss you.
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We’re taking a moment today to bid adieu to a member of our WKAR family that many of you have come to know and love over the years. 

Jeanie Croope has been one of our TV hosts for years during broadcast specials and fundraisers.  She's also WKAR's communications manager, and she's retiring after 32 years of service.

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Sports
7:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

HS Football Wk. 2 - Monroe at Sexton Postgame

The Lansing Sexton Big Reds have started the season 2-0, with their latest victory coming from a 38 to nothing shutout win over Monroe. Big Red head coach Dan Boogan spoke to Current Sports' Al Martin after the victory. 

Sports
7:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Current Sports - MSU at USF Wrap Up

The Michigan State football team may have topped the University of South Florida, 21 to 6, but there are still many unanswered questions concerning the Spartan offense. WKAR's Al Martin explores the offensive confusion after the game.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

WKAR legend Dick Estell's rich radio history

Estell also did some TV work at WKAR. He hosted a program in the early 1980’s called 'Estell At Large.'
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Dick Estell is the longtime host of The Radio Reader on WKAR AM 870.  His program can be heard not just in mid-Michigan, but on dozens of public radio stations across the country.  

Next year, Dick Estell celebrates 50 years on the program. But his radio roots go back even farther.  He joined WKAR in 1955 as a student announcer, and by 1964, he was the station manager.

 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WKAR Welcomes New Radio Manager Peter Whorf

Mark Bashore WKAR

WKAR is welcoming a key new member to its management staff.  Peter Whorf joined our organization last week as manager of WKAR Radio--a total of six programming streams spread across FM, AM and the web.

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Top Stories
6:16 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

House Dems unveil ethics and campaign finance reform package

LANSING, MI –

State House Democrats say it's time to beef up Michigan's campaign finance and political ethics laws. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, critics say the Democratic proposals single out corporations and protect labor unions.

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In Michigan
6:12 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Shipwreck fragment found at Sleeping Bear Dunes

EMPIRE, MI –

A piece of a shipwreck that experts believe is from a schooner that sank 140 years ago has washed up along Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/ynmAuE) the hull piece was found Sunday by photographer Mark Lindsay of Kingsley, who was taking a walk through the dunes north of Empire along Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.

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