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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.

portrait: Gary Blievernicht

Gary Blievernicht, highly respected engineer in the broadcasting industry in Michigan and nationwide, has announced his retirement from WKAR and MSU, effective early February 2021. Blievernicht is senior director of engineering for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University.

sample of items to be included in learning kits
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Impression 5 Science Center announced this week that it has received a $35,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to fund at-home, play-based learning kits, which will be delivered to more than 1,600 Ingham County Head Start families each month from July through December 2020.

Ahead from WKAR and PBS in 2020/2021

Jul 31, 2020
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During the 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, WKAR and PBS announced new educational, inspirational and entertaining programming for 2020/2021.

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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.

Emmy Awards
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WKAR Public Media staff and associates have been honored with four regional Emmy® awards by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WKAR Receives 2020 Regional Emmy® Nominations

May 20, 2020
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WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University has received ten regional Emmy® nominations, as announced today by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WKAR is a PBS affiliate serving Michigan's capital region.

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.

On Monday, May 18, WKAR welcomes a new host to All Things Considered.

Sophia Saliby, comes to us from Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta where she’s spent the last couple of years as the producer of All Things Considered.

Due the coronavirus pandemic, Sophia is still living and working in Georgia.

WKAR's Karel Vega spoke with her about her background and how she's making the transition.

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