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

Low cost and modular NextGen TV receivers expected to accelerate NextGen TV adoption

Detailed illustration: 3.0 Services on 1.0 Satellite Station
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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

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A NextGen TV accelerator platform, Apollo PublicTV Platform enables public broadcasters to effortlessly conceive, design, and launch NextGen TV services for their local communities today.

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

El Chayo Named Among Top 25 LatinX in Michigan

Nov 1, 2019
portrait: El Chayo Cervantes
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

WKAR radio host El Chayo Cervantes has been named one of the 2019 Top 25 LatinX of Michigan by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. The 2019 recipients of the award were honored as part of the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Celebration held at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., on October 10, 2019.

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

Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Celebrating 10 seasons, the WKAR original series showcases nationally renowned acts.

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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
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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

'Serving Up Science’ from WKAR and Michigan State University explores the reasons behind the recipe and offers tasty tips on your favorite foods

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More than 1,500 fans and friends joined WKAR and Abrams Planetarium at the MSU MoonFest in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Meet Mary Ellen Pitney!

Jul 25, 2019
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Morning Edition has a new addition: it's the voice of Mary Ellen Pitney. Let's get to know her a bit with a quick Q&A:

The news team at WKAR Public Media has been honored with a national PRNDI Award for 2018.

"MSU's Moment of Reckoning," an hour-long radio special, was awarded second place in the News/Public Affairs category for Division B stations by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.


WKAR Public Media staff and associates at Michigan State University have been honored with four Regional Emmy® awards by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.