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Over 100 Visitors Tour WKAR for Take Your Child to Work Day

A parent takes photos of her children posing on the set of Curious Crew in WKAR Studio A.
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A parent takes photos of her children posing on the set of Curious Crew in WKAR Studio A.

WKAR offered tours for Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 11, giving faculty and staff from different departments on Michigan State University’s campus an in-depth look at the station. Over 100 guests visited the WKAR-TV and radio studios located in MSU’s Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

Guided by WKAR staff and student interns, visitors had an enjoyable time while learning about WKAR and its history throughout the past 102 years.

In the TV studios, guests had the opportunity to visit the Curious Crew set and camera set-ups where kids could pose and play the role of camera operator. The Off The Record set gave families the opportunity to learn about how the current events program is filmed live to tape. Kids also got to experience the interactive green screen in the infinity wall studio and get a free book from the WKAR Education table.

The radio studio tour offered fun activities for families. Kids colored headphones and other radio equipment on activity sheets, and even partook in actual live recording. Kids were able to test sound bites and pretend that they were a WKAR radio host. Drew Henderson, senior director of broadcast operations at WKAR, gave guests a demonstration of how the recording technology works.

Over 50 departments on MSU’s campus offered a variety of tours for staff, faculty, and their kids. Visitors had the opportunity to explore the different participating departments, providing families with goodies, information, and a space to spend time with their children. This was MSU’s 30-year anniversary of hosting Take Your Child to Work Day.

Sumeya Osman is a Communications Intern in the WKAR Experiential Learning Program
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