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WKAR-TV changed its broadcast frequency on May 29, 2018 as required by the FCC. If you're an antenna TV viewer, have rescanned for channels to tune in the new frequency, and are still not able to receive WKAR, here is some information that we hope can help you find WKAR or another PBS station broadcasting in your area.

WKAR-TV Coverage Area

UPDATE: Wed. 6/13/18, 8am - Most listing services are now feeding correct program schedule information  to channel guides and recording devices.

TECHNOTE: WKAR TV Now at Full Power!

Jun 1, 2018

June 1. We have good news for our broadcast viewers and listeners! The work at our broadcast tower is done! Antenna TV viewers: If WKAR is not in your channel line-up, please RESCAN for channels now.

TECHNOTE: Rescan TVs Now

May 31, 2018
WKAR Illustration

Please check this page daily for updates. | About this project

UPDATE THU. 5/31/18, 11:00pm: On Friday, WKAR TV and FM will be off the air for portions of the day during testing of the TV main antenna and transmission line. If testing is successful, TV and FM could be returning to the air at full power by the end of the day. If you've been unable to receive WKAR TV this week, please try a scan for channels Friday evening. Follow here for updates.

The channel 33 antenna in place, gin pole and rigging removed
WKAR Illustration / photo: Amanda Pinckney WKAR-MSU

For updates later than 5/26/18, visit: TECHNOTE: Rescan TVs May 29

UPDATE SAT. 5/26/18, 10:30am:
90.5 and 105.1 FM

90.5 FM has returned to full power operation across its normal coverage area. 105.1 FM has also returned to full service for its usual coverage area. There will still be some brief periods on and after May 29 when the FM stations may be off the air or at reduced power during final tower work.

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.

ice on antenna
Gary Blievernicht / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: 90.5 returned to full power at 5:32p on Thursday. 4/19

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.

One of the largest and most reliable sources of operating revenue for WKAR Radio is individual donors – thousands of members who give year after year to support their favorite programs.

WKAR Radio has three on-air fundraising campaigns each year. They are unique opportunities to use our broadcast signal to reach out and directly ask our listeners for support. Each campaign is vital to our overall funding and the most efficient way to gain new supporters. Our next campaign will be held on October 20-25, 2015.


Have a family, friendly event coming up in the mid-Michigan area?

Looking for a unique way to get more families involved?

WKAR will be airing the buzzed-about Ken Burn's documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. We are looking for 6 businesses that would like to sponsor this important topic and show.

Below you will find a link to the sales sheet. The show will air in 3 parts on March 30, 31, and April 1 from 9-11 PM.


Check out my video on how WKAR Radio can help your company or organization connect with our over 53,000 radio listeners on 90.5 FM.

NPR News Sponsor Tag

Jan 15, 2015

Looking for an affordable way to reach the WKAR 90.5 FM radio audience?

WKAR is excited to announce a new special seven second news sponsor tag to be read at the top of each hour during NPR News programming. Best of all, it is extremely affordable!

Click on the link below for more information on this program, but act fast. These sponsorships are limited to one per hour. First come first served!


Brian Town, President of Michigan Creative, a local marketing firm with a goal of providing expert creative services to Michigan business, is a small business located in Lansing's NEO Center. They decided to underwrite during NPR and Current State on WKAR's 90.5 FM as a means to be philanthropic and give back to the community. Below is the message they currently have running 3 times per week for the next three months.

This year WKAR is offering businesses a unique way to reach the vast WKAR audience for the holidays.

For a gift of $1,500 you can reach our TV audience using WKAR holiday specials including Silver Bells In the City, Home for the Holiday's, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir along with our holiday classical music listeners during the live hosted classical music hours of 10 AM to 4 PM weekdays.