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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.


Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

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

Mike Whorf.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

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.'
Credit WKAR file photo

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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In Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Wayne State board OKs tougher admissions policy

DETROIT –

Wayne State University's board has approved a tougher new admissions policy aimed at boosting the school's graduation rate.

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report the proposal was approved Wednesday.

Under the plan, incoming freshmen would be evaluated differently. Applicants will either be accepted by the school, told they need to complete an eight-week summer program first or be encouraged to do something else like community college.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Suspected diesel spill found in Kalamazoo River

BATTLE CREEK, MI –

Authorities say a suspected diesel fuel spill has been found in the Kalamazoo River at Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports (http://bcene.ws/yarExx) the spill was found Wednesday in a drainage ditch that's fed by storm sewers. Officials in the southern Michigan city searched Thursday for the source.

Brian Kelly, an on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, estimated that several hundred gallons of suspected diesel fuel was in the system that empties into the river.

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In Michigan
6:31 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Snyder questions approach of fellow GOP governors

WASHINGTON –

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is questioning the approach of his fellow Republican governors in the upper Midwest.

He said in an interview with The Associated Press that their efforts to push through divisive legislation may make governing more difficult in the long run.

Snyder says he sees large protests in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana about anti-union laws as unfortunate. He says pushing the contentious legislation means those states will have to overcome divisiveness and hard feelings in the future.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Secretary of state paid $1,325 in campaign fines

LANSING, MI –

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whose job includes enforcing Michigan's campaign finance laws, paid $1,325 in fines last year for failing to file her campaign's own information in a timely manner.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/zs3DFu) the fines were revealed Tuesday in campaign finance reports filed with her office.

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In Michigan
6:03 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Snyder: 2012 not the time for right to work

WASHINGTON –

A law signed Wednesday makes Indiana the first right-to-work state in the industrial Midwest. That has stirred discussions in Michigan on the topic. And - as we hear from Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta -- Governor Rick Snyder was asked for his thoughts on right to work as he testified in Washington D.C. before a congressional committee.

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In Michigan
4:25 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Wayne State proposes tougher admissions policy

DETROIT –

Wayne State University officials are proposing a tougher new admissions policy that could reduce the student population by about 5 percent.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/Agxnuq) the proposal was to be presented Wednesday to the school's Board of Governors.

Under the plan, incoming freshmen in 2013 would be evaluated on their entire academic record, along with an essay, instead of the current policy of using a student's grade point average and ACT score for determining admissions.

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In Michigan
4:14 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Community college baccalaureate degrees before Senate panel

LANSING, MI –

Community college students may soon be able to get a bachelor's degree without transferring to a four-year college or university. As Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, a bill before a state Senate panel would allow community colleges to offer the degrees in a few fields.

The measure would allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in culinary arts, maritime studies, concrete technology, energy production, and nursing.

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In Michigan
11:40 am
Wed February 1, 2012

MSU continues national children's study

East Lansing, MI – One year ago, researchers at Michigan State University began a sweeping 21-year national study of childhood health. The MSU team is leading a statewide an effort to document environmental health effects among children in Wayne County. The study will ultimately involve up to 100,000 families in 30 sites across the country. Four thousand families are in Michigan alone.

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WKAR Features
7:55 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Suzy Bogguss leads sing-along at Mid-Winter Singing Festival

Suzy Bogguss will lead a sing-along of her favorite folk songs at the Mid-Winter Singing Festival.
Photo: Courtesy of Suzy Bogguss

East Lansing, MI – Suzy Bogguss is best known as a country music singer. She's had top ten hits on country music radio, and she's won Grammys and CMA awards, but Bogguss always loved folk music. Last summer, she put out a CD of traditional folk songs called American Folk Songbook.

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In Michigan
6:47 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Snyder re-pays himself $825,000 from campaign fund

LANSING, MI –

An end-of-the-year campaign finance statement shows Governor Rick Snyder accepted more than $800,000 from his campaign account last year. He used the money to partially re-pay himself for cash he lent the campaign when he was running for office. We have more from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta.

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In Michigan
6:39 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Ingham official opposes immunity for banks

LANSING, MI –

An Ingham county official says a proposed multi-billion dollar settlement between the states and banks guilty of foreclosure fraud should not offer immunity. WKAR's Mark Bashore reports.

The tentative deal follows an investigation into some banks' use of bogus documents to seize homes.

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