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What's new at WKAR, mid-Michigan's source for PBS, NPR, and award-winning original shows for television, radio, and online.

Ahead from WKAR and PBS in 2020/2021

Jul 31, 2020
Courtesy / PBS

During the 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, WKAR and PBS announced new educational, inspirational and entertaining programming for 2020/2021.

w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Retired WKAR Public Media trailblazer Ilene “Beany” Tomber has been honored with the 2020 Public Media Impact award, presented by the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters. During her time at the Michigan State University-based public broadcasting station, Tomber created and led the corporate development division and launched and led numerous education and community engagement programs that continue to impact Michigan’s capital region community today.

NewsTalk adds Spanish Language Programming

May 15, 2020
Radio Bilingue / National Latino Public Radio Network

Starting Monday, May 18, WKAR NewsTalk (AM870/105.1FM) will devote two hours each weekday afternoon to Spanish language news and information.

Karel Vega, All Things Considered host for Michigan's capital region, has been named radio news managing editor for WKAR Public Media. Sophia Saliby joined WKAR in April and will take over as ATC host this month.

portrait: LaDonna Mask

LaDonna Mask recognized by WKAR and PBS as leader in the Lansing education community

WKAR WORLD adds five hours daily for grades 6-12, two hours of K-5 programming added to WKAR main channel beginning Monday, Mar. 30, 2020

portrait: Susi Elkins
Lindsay Wilkinson / LWP

WKAR has shifted resources and adjusted priorities so we can launch a number of new initiatives to help our Capital Region and Spartan community through these difficult times.

Meet the Creator Behind Reba to the Rescue!

Feb 19, 2020
A father takes a picture of a young boy and the creator of Reba.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR talks with Cicely C. Mitchell, the creator and voice behind the animated children’s show. 

Family Fun at PBS Kids Day 2020

Feb 19, 2020
Amanda Pinckney  / WKAR-MSU

The 4th annual PBS Kids Day at WKAR drew more than 1100 visitors for family fun with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dr. Rob and the Curious Crew, and explorations with community partners. 

Detailed illustration: 3.0 Services on 1.0 Satellite Station
Illustration / GAIAN

NextGen Broadcast (NGB) as a Service, from Apollo PublicTV Platform, allows Broadcasters to begin their NextGen TV journey today on an OpEX model using their current 1.0 spectrum and air-chain