Station News

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

WKAR WORLD adds five hours daily for grades 7-12, two hours of K-6 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

Refresh of Iconic Logo Modernizes Brand to Better Connect with Viewers in the Digital Age

Julie Sochay / WKAR-MSU

WKAR held two screenings on October 15 around the VOCES film The Pushouts as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. 

Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR welcomed community members for a free screening and discussion around the VOCES and American Masters film Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage. More than 65 people attended the evening event at the WKAR studios on Thursday, October 10, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. 

portrait: Susi Elkins
Lindsay Wilkinson / LWP

Susi Elkins, WKAR Public Media general manager and director of broadcasting, has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the board of directors for PBS.

Group cutting ribbon
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

ATSC 3.0 Technology Combines Broadcast and Broadband, Expanding Potential for Education, Mobility, Emergency Alert Systems, Telemedicine and More