Al Martin

Host, Current Sports

Al Martin is the host of Current Sports, the daily radio call-in program from WKAR NewsTalk.  Al is also on the Current State team as a regular sports contributor and plays a key sports reporting and content role on all other WKAR media platforms.

Prior to joining WKAR in April 2013, Martin was a sports reporter at WLNS-TV/6 in Lansing, Michigan.

The Detroit native is a 2012 graduate of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. His passion for sports journalism began as a high school student when he was sports editor of his school paper.

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Max Bischel
Derek Brookmeyer

Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling. The federal ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in 2018.

The bills approved will expand options for gamblers in Michigan, which will become the 20th state to authorize sports wagers and the fifth to allow casino-style games to be played online.

Current Sports host Al Martin invited Max Bischel of Gambling.com to discuss how big of an impact this could have on the state’s economy.


Erik "Doc" Love
WKAR-MSU

When it comes to knowing the local Lansing area scene in high school football and basketball, Erik "Doc" Love is the go-to man. The high school sports analyst and broadcaster joins Current Sports with Al Martin, previewing the top talent in high school boys basketball. Doc breaks down the names and teams that you should know and who could make it all the way for a possible state title. Also, listen as Doc recaps the incredible high school football seasons of Lansing Catholic and Pewamo-Westphalia, who both won state championships over Thanksgiving break at Ford Field! 


Horse Racing
DeWayne Minor

DeWayne Minor, now a horse trainer in Florida, became the first African-American driver in the richest event in harness racing, the Hambletonian, back in 2000. The race is equivalent to the likes of what The Kentucky Derby is to Grade I stakes racing. Joining Friday's Current Sports with Al Martin, Minor talks about taking pride in helping pave the way for other minorities in the sport. 


After a one-day hiatus, today's Current Sports with Al Martin dives into a recap of what occurred on Tuesday night inside the Breslin Center, as Michigan State men's basketball fell to Duke. 

Mark Dantonio
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

Current Sports host Al Martin gives his thoughts on the Michigan State win over Maryland this past Saturday, which made the program bowl eligible for the 12th time in 13 seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio. But, how much is the accomplishment really worth and how soon can the Spartans be a legit competitor in the Big Ten East? That, and more, in this segment! 


Malik Hall
MSU Athletics

FACEBOOK LIVE ONLY SHOW; Michigan State men's basketball win over Seton Hall; Final MSU / Michigan football preview 


Charles Rogers
MSU Athletics

Cody Tucker is a former features reporter for the Lansing State Journal who got the opportunity to fly down to Florida and spend intimate moments with former MSU football great Charles Rogers, who sadly died on Monday morning. Tucker details what it was like getting to know the once revered football star, telling of how his meteoric rise led to a dark ending away from the gridiron. 


MSU Michigan
Matt Radick / Flickr Creative Commons

We ask the question on Current Sports with Al Martin if Michigan State football fans care about this Saturday's rivalry matchup against Michigan, in light of the down season the Spartans have had? 


Erin Eschels
Erin Eschels

Erin Eschels is a Michigan State University graduate who has already had quite the road in her young sports broacasting career. She has gone from the National Football League to now Major League Baseball, honing her video production talents into a gig with the World Series bound Washington Nationals. Eschels joins Current Sports host Al Martin, telling of her journey, which now places her on the grandest stage of baseball!


Jeremy Sampson
Michael Duke

Vice president / general manager, Jeremy Sampson, of Lansing Ignite, joined Current Sports host Al Martin on Tuesday to discuss what led to the folding of the football club after just one season. Sampson addresses the disappointment he feels as ownership decided to pull the plug, shocking many soccer fans in the Lansing area. Does Sampson personally believe the dream of men's pro soccer in the area is dead? Listen to this candid interview. 


Marshall Hollingsworth photo
Lansing Ignite

Lansing Ignite midfielder Marshall Hollingsworth joins Wednesday's Current Sports with Al Martin and discusses a Monday morning meeting in which the team was notified that the football club would be discontinued. Hollingsworth says that club president Nick Grueser delivered the news to the team and that head coach Nate Miller and vice president / general manager Jeremey Sampson were also present. After Grueser spoke, Hollingsworth says that he voiced his displeasure in front of everyone in the room and was met with an understanding response. 

Listen as Hollingsworth talks with Al about the unexpected news and how it will impact the players, employees of the team, and the Lansing community. 


Tom Izzo
MSU Athletics

Michigan State men's basketball Media Day; Tom Izzo press conference; Marshall Hollingsworth of Lansing Ignited on possible ending of franchise


Detroit Lions
Mike Morbeck / Flickr Creative Commons

Detroit Lions lose to Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football; Officiating blunders; How good are the Lions?


Kate Nye
Katherine Nye Instagram

Today's Current Sports Segment of the Day is centered on an interview with our very own Al Martin and Kate Nye, who, at the age of 20, just became the youngest American woman to become a World Champion in weightlifting. Competing in the 71kg category at the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, Nye swept all three gold medals, breaking multiple records in the process.


Money
Gabriel Martinez / Flickr / Creative Commons

Current Sports host Al Martin talks with our own Karel Vega about the new California law that requires major financial reforms in college athletics. California governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that allows college athletes to receive endorsement deals from outside bidders. For the first time, players will be allowed to sell their rights to their names, images, or likeness to outside bidders. They can even hire an agent. The law doesn't go into effect until January 2023. 


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