Jamie Paisley

Radio host and fine arts producer

Questionnaire:

Hometown(s)?
Lansing, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Brookline, MA; Ithaca, NY; Avondale, PA

To what faults do you find yourself most indulgent?
Cheesesteaks

How do you spend your free time?
Old movies & TV shows with a sprinkling of boardgames

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to instantly transport myself anywhere in the world. I love travel, but hate the traveling.

What sound or noise do you love?
An audience singing along impromptu with a performance.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The scraping of chalkboards... fortunately, chalkboards are on the way out.

Do you like sports?
No... but I like feigning ignorance about sports.

Who is your favorite composer?
NOOO! Too hard! Top 5 of the moment, at least: Stravinsky; Brahms; Dowland; John Adams; Stephen Sondheim
 

On this week's Current State: how the Larry Nassar & Flint Water Crisis are now part of the Michigan governor's campaigns; how the political marriage gap is closing; enthusiasm among young voters; resources for sexual assault victims triggered by Dr. Ford's testimony; grey wolves relocated in the UP; and a movie cameo by the Jackson Symphony music director.


Courtesy: Dr. Aubin

Saturday, Sept 29th, the Jackson Symphony begins their 69th season at the Potter Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more on the concert from the J.S.O.’s music director, Dr. Matthew Aubin who could recently be seen making an on-screen cameo for the film "Bel Canto."


On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

If you’ve gone walking around Lansing over the past couple of weeks, you might have seen something on the sidewalk: Poetry. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more about this public art, the Lansing Sidewalk Poetry project.


Harmonia Mundi


Jamie Paisley

August 25th, 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of composer, conductor, and great communicator of music, Leonard Bernstein. So, WKAR checked in with Leonard Slatkin, recently retired music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and asked what the most important works of his friend Leonard Bernstein were. His answers went much deeper than West Side Story or Candide.


Cedille Records - Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco

Chicago's Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour team up to record Sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and it has been chosen as the 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month for August, 2018.


Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

Throughout August, the classical music world will be celebrating a century since the birth of Leonard Bernstein. In the upcoming 2018-19 Jackson Symphony Orchestra season, rather than a concert dedicated to Lenny, music director Dr. Matthew Aubin had a grander question to answer.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Summer will be over before we know it and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has a season of goodies starting in the fall. Maestro Timothy Muffitt sat down with Jamie Paisley to talk about them.


Jamie Paisley

For the next 3 weeks, royalty arrives in East Lansing: Disney’s The Lion King ascends to the throne at the Wharton Center, where it's nice to get the first word in. For The Lion King, South African actress Mukelisiwe Goba gets to use her original language, Zulu, to announce that the Lion is on its way.


Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center in East Lansing is making way for the King this week… “The Lion King,” that is, the final show of their 2017-18 season. Disney’s Broadway classic also helps the Wharton Center prepare for some summertime improvements, as WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned.


From Michigan’s outdoor and historic attractions to tasting the foods of farmers, today’s show is dedicated to exploring summer adventures here in the Great Lakes State. 

Jamie Paisley

If you walk along Lansing River Trail over the next few months, you may see a few new objects along the way which catch your eye and maybe your ear. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more about Lansing’s new ARTpath.


On this edition of Current State: Michigan teachers who say they are leaving the classroom because they cannot afford to remain in the profession; PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger talks about why more Americans are tuning into public media for news content and the network's expanding education role; perspective on an MSU alum who will help pick the next president; and the return of "Ondas en Espanol" host Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes. 


Roy Saper in 2016, with Hebron glass
Katie Cook / WKAR

For many businesses, hitting one full year can be a big milestone. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with one owner who just reached 4 decades of operating in East Lansing: Saper Galleries.


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