TechNotes

Technical updates, information and help for WKAR TV, Radio and Online.

ice on antenna
Gary Blievernicht / WKAR-MSU

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:26 AM: Some 90.5 FM listeners will have poor reception or no reception due to ice build up on the 90.5 FM main antenna.

Mon. Feb. 26, 2018: WKAR 94.5 FM goes off the air today. 'Round-the-clock news continues on AM870 and wkar.org. Coming soon – the new WKAR NewsTalk at 105.1 FM.

TECHNOTE: Changes ahead for antenna viewers

Jan 31, 2018
illustration / WKAR-MSU

If you are one of the many Michigan capital region viewers who rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, this information is for you.

TECHNOTE: AM870 Maintenance 8am Aug. 1

Jul 31, 2017

UPDATE 8:10 A.M.: WKAR-AM 870 returned to the air by 8:07 a.m. 8/1/17.

TECHNOTE: HD radio service discontinued

Jun 30, 2017

WKAR radio’s HD service has been discontinued as of June 30, 2017.

If you receive WKAR-TV over the air via antenna and have lost channels 23.1, 23.2 and 23.3, please rescan for channels on your TV. After a rescan, WKAR TV channels should return.

Wed. 5/4/16 3:30pm. For the past several days, WKAR-FM HD signals have been experiencing intermittent outages.

On June 18, 2015, this website was upgraded to a new responsive design. The fresh new design is intended to make it as easy as possible for you to discover and explore the rich content at wkar.org, whether you are using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

TechNote: WKAR Online Streams are Restored

Oct 28, 2014

UPDATE 7:15pm Online streams have been restored

7pm Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 |  All WKAR online listening streams are currently down.

UPDATE: Fri. Feb. 14, 8:47am | WKAR-AM is back on the air at full power. 

UPDATE Saturday 5:55pm: With Saturday's warmer temperatures clearing ice from the broadcast antenna, 90.5 FM returned to full power at about 5:30pm.

MONDAY 10:30am: 90.5 FM WKAR is operating at reduced power (approximately 32%) due to icing on the antenna.  Over-the-air reception may be poor for some listeners. Online listening will not be affected.

UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 2:50pm): Playlists for 90.5 WKAR are now available from links within the 90.5 WKAR Schedule, and also at the new page for Classical on 90.5

UPDATE: (Tue. Dec. 24 8:50am): The team at NPR Digital Services resolved issues in the system Monday evening, and the WKAR team is working now on getting the correct schedule and playlist information into place.

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UPDATE 5:50pm | WKAR listening streams have been restored.

Sunday - July 7 - 2:55pm | WKAR listening streams are currently unavailable. We are working to restore service. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE 5/23/13: The TV Schedules-All page and links to it have been restored.
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The area TV Schedules- All is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues. We expect to have this very popular page live again early in the week.

In the meantime, full TV schedules for each channel are available at these links for:

Jan 16: Work has been completed. All services are back and at full power.

Jan 15.: Over-the-air reception of WKAR TV and 90.5 FM may be poor during occasional brief periods this week while essential maintenance is performed on the station's broadcast tower. HD radio will be unavailable during these periods. Cable and online service will not be affected for most viewers and listeners.

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