Station News

Specials Rock on WKAR!

Aug 20, 2012

Do we have great specials for you this week, as our August membership campaign continues!

For those interested in information, check out "Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue" on Tuesday, August 21, at 9:30 p.m. Learn how your gift can bring you tickets to our Ed Slott meet-and-greet in October!

If you like all-star concerts with performances by such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and lots more, check out Pegi and Neil Young's "Concert for the Bridge" on Sunday, August 26, at 10 p.m.

WKAR Radio Celebrates 90 Years!

Aug 14, 2012

Saturday, August 18, marks 90 years of broadcasting on WKAR.

Although the station's first "official" broadcast was a founder's day speech on May 13 of that year, it wasn't until August 18, 1922, that WKAR was granted a federal license.

J.B. "Jimmy" Hasselman was the station's first director, and its first transmitter was built by electrical engineering students in 111 Olds Hall. Until then it was a student radio station.

Summer Recipes from the Test Kitchen!

Aug 13, 2012
Bridget Lancaster and Chris Kimball
WGBH

One of the fun things about working in WKAR's communications office is that we learn about all the terrific shows on WKAR-TV and links that can really enhance the experience!

As a WKAR Create fan, I'm fond of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country, so I was especially excited to see links to their never-fail recipes.

Here are a few you may enjoy!

Classic Egg Salad Sandwiches

A New Book for Radio Reader

Aug 13, 2012

Dick Estell begins reading Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner, on August 17. He will conclude The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher, on August 16. The Radio Reader is heard weekdays at 8:30 a.m., on AM/870.

On August 17, Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner begins. It is a lucid, page-turning account of the trials and death row appeals of Edward Lee Elmore, a quiet and mentally challenged African-American man accused of the murder of an elderly white woman in South Carolina in 1982.

The WKAR production team heads to Lansing JazzFest this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan.

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Jul 30, 2012

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate on 'Off the Record'

Jul 26, 2012
portrait: Tim Skubick
WKAR

The three Republican candidates running for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat have agreed to do their one and only televised debate at WKAR-TV on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Hekman have agreed to a single moderator, no-rules format in a program to be anchored by senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

This special election-year edition of “Off the Record” will be broadcast by Michigan public television stations across the state as part of the “Off the Record” series.

Katie Wolf named Senior Communications Manager

Jul 23, 2012

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University announced today that Katie Wolf will join the College as Senior Communications Manager on August 6, 2012.  Katie Wolf has served as Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, where she has overseen grant awards and programs for many state and federally funded cultural programs.

Peter Whorf: WKAR Radio's New Station Manager

Jul 13, 2012

Michigan State University announced today that Peter Whorf will join WKAR as Radio Station Manager for the public broadcasting stations on August 27, 2012.  Whorf comes to WKAR from WFMT in Chicago, where he has served as Program Director and Vice President for Content for the past seven years.

Create Schedule Info!

Jul 12, 2012

Our phone has been ringing with calls from fans of WKAR Create who wonder what happened to their programs.

The Create service recently juggled the schedule around. WKAR members who receive our monthly program magazine, Stay Tuned, at home, would have seen a schedule on the back cover of this month's issue.  (Stay Tuned is sent to members of WKAR who give $40 or more to either WKAR-TV or Radio. You may donate HERE.)

'Market Warriors' Premieres July 16

Jul 12, 2012
The Market Warriors
WGBH2012

The producer of Antiques Roadshow -- a WKAR viewer favorite -- has a new treat for treasure seekers! Market Warriors premieres Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

Love from our Listeners!

Jul 12, 2012

We love getting feedback from you, whether it is on WKAR.org in the comments section, through letters, calls to Carolopedia or on our Facebook pages.

Recently 90.5 Classical host Mark Schwitzgoebel received a letter from a woman in New York City who listens to the WKAR Classical stream.

Dear Mark,

WKAR is pleased to congratulate our colleague, Dan Bayer, on receiving the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) Director Chair Award for 2012.

The award was presented by Lois Mummaw for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Advisory Board. The Director Chair award has been given since 2009 to recognize longevity, volunteerism, and passion for the annual event.  John McDaniel was also honored with the award this year.

Under the Radar Visits Lansing

Jun 29, 2012

"Under the Radar Michigan," the popular weekly series that visits sites throughout Michigan that are both known to all and known to few, came to Lansing. WKAR's crew met the "UTR" team in downtown Lansing, where host Tom Daldin recorded video promos and a fundraising video for WKAR.

Judging by the photos, it looks like this might have been the perfect way to spend a June day!

Watch "Under the Radar Michigan" on Sundays at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on WKAR World.

Cindy Herfindahl Retires

Jun 26, 2012

Cindy Herfindahl, WKAR’s development director for the past eight years (and 28 years at MSU and WKAR in total), is retiring at the end of June. Cindy is known to WKAR viewers and listeners for her appearances during our on-air membership campaigns and to many others, particularly members of Sound Vision Society, Legacy Society and those who have given endowments to WKAR.

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