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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Ronald Mann
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day we pay tribute to one of our most memorable guests; amputee MMA fighter Ronald Mann. Mann was a former United States Army emergency room medic who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident during time off duty. Mann captured the Korea-wide Army Tae Kwon Do championship for his division, using martial arts as his release and main purpose in life. 

High School Sports
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

The annual participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Assns. has shown a decline in sports participation for the first time in 30 years for the 2018-19 season. 


Detroit Lions
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Michigan State football defeats Western Michigan; Michigan football avoids upset against Army; Detroit Lions tie against Arizona Cardinals; More Antonio Brown drama


Jay-Z
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Today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day dives into the NFL partnership with music and business mogul Jay-Z. Al tells you why the partnership won't be viewed as a step in the right direction until something happens. Al also weighs-in on Jay-Z's comments concerning kneeling in the NFL and "actionable items" being taken by the league to help with race relations. Take a listen at this compelling conversation. 


Detroit Lions
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On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day, we dive into what happened last night in the embarrassing opening preseason loss for the Detroit Lions against the New England Patriots. Al tells you why Lions fans need to relax, for one pretty obvious reason. Is this game any indication of what's to come for the franchise in the 2019-20 season? We break it all down, and highlight some of the breakout players from last night's game. 

Michael Lynn III
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day, we invite former Lansing Catholic football player Michael Lynn III, who decided to kneel during the national anthem two years ago as a form of protest against inequality in America. Kneeling during the anthem as a former of protest was first started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Lynn III, along with three other teammates, knelt in honor of Kaep's decision, sparking outrage throughout the mid-Michigan community. 

Listen as Al talks about how Lynn's life has changed since the kneeling controversy, and how the invite from Presidential candidate O'Rourke came to fruition. 


Al Martin
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

It's the unofficial start of the 2019 Michigan State football season for,...the media. That's right, MSU football held media day on Monday inside of the North End Zone at Spartan Stadium. Listen to what head coach Mark Dantonio, along with his coaching staff and players had to say concerning the upcoming 2019 football season!

Lansing Lugnuts
Greg Monahan

Lansing Lugnuts in-stadium host Greg Monahan stops by Current Sports with Al Martin to talk about his time in Lansing coming to an end. Monahan has accepted a new job in Minnesota and discusses the transition, voicing a heartfelt goodbye to all of the fans who showed him love throughout the past few years at Cooley Law School Stadium. Monahan also updates us on the positive turnaround during his battle with ulcerative colitis. That, and more, on today's Current Sports Segment of the Day. 

Detroit Lions
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Malik McDowell Detroit Free Press Profile; New acquisition of Mike Daniels for Detroit Lions; Weekend Winners and Current Sports callers


Maxim Dadashev
Flickr / World Series Boxing

On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day, we discuss the death of 28-year-old boxer Maxim Dadashev, who collapsed as he was leaving the ring after his 11 round defeat to Subriel Matias this past weekend. He was taken to the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly for bain surgery. On Tuesday he died from his injuries. 


Earle Robinson
Al Martin

Listen to the Celebration of Life for WKAR broadcasting legend Earle Robinson. The event took place on Saturday at Reno's East in East Lansing, MI, featuring almost 30 speakers who shared in remembrance of Robinson. Some of the featured guests included legendary MSU track and field coach Jim Bibbs, former MSU basketball great Mike Robinson, and even MSU / NBA basketball icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson. The event was emceed by Current Sports host Al Martin and local sportscaster Jack Ebling. 


Earle Robinson photo
WKAR-MSU

This year, the capital region lost a local sports broadcasting legend and WKAR lost a close friend. For 39 years, Earle Robinson was the host of WKAR’s SportsTalk until his retirement in 2013. Robinson passed away at the age of 71 in May. WKAR's Karel Vega was joined by Al Martin, host of WKAR’s Current Sports to discuss Robinson's upcoming Celebration Of Life and his legacy.

Mark Dantonio
MSU Athletics

On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day, we tell you why this is a critical college football year for the Big Ten Conference as a whole. The College Football Playoff drought for the Big Ten has many fans confused and hopeful that this will be there year we see a team / teams go far. What are the chances? Also, listen to what Mark Dantonio, head coach of MSU football, had to say at the podium during his media availability.


Spartan Stadium
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day, we dive into Big Ten football media days, which begin tomorrow in Chicago. Al gives his thoughts on what he would like to hear answered from MSU football coach Mark Dantonio, along with defensive players representatives Joe Bachie, Kenny Willekes, and Raequan Williams. Al tells you why all of the questions lie on the offensive side of the football. Also, how many more years do Spartan fans have left with Dantonio as the head coach?

Basketball
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On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day we dive into the enlightening, and troubling, ESPN piece by Baxter Holmes centered on the injury threats involved with youth basketball in America. Why are we seeing so many injuries when it comes to young players who play on the hardwood? Listen and find out what every parent should know when it comes to allowing their children to lace up the sneaks. 


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