Station News

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

The National Academy of Arts and Sciences  - Michigan Chapter
Karri Brantley Photography

WKAR Public Media staff at Michigan State University were recently honored with three regional Emmy® awards and three national Telly Awards.

Sparty Time! crew
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

"It's Sparty Time!" announces 9-year-old host Sailor, as popular Michigan State University mascot Sparty leads a group of kids through jumping jacks. 

Portrait: Emily Fox
Gil Aegerter / ​KUOW

WKAR listeners will soon hear a new voice delivering their trusted local morning news and information. Emily Fox will join WKAR as the Capital Region host and local producer for NPR's Morning Edition on 90.5 FM WKAR at Michigan State University.

FCC Commissioner
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University and WKAR have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancements and internet-based connectivity.

New WKAR-TV antenna atop the 1000-foot broadcast tower near Okemos.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, MI; June 5, 2018​ -- WKAR Public Media announced today that WKAR-TV is now broadcasting on a new frequency, as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Viewers who receive television free, over the air using an antenna, need to rescan their TV tuners to continue watching the PBS-affiliated station from Michigan State University. 

portrait: Kehler
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Judy Kehler has been named Director of Corporate Partnerships for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. Kehler steps into the role beginning May 31.  

portrait: McGuire
LWP

Melanie McGuire has been named Director of Development and Major Gifts for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. McGuire steps into the role beginning May 29.

Performers on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, MI; APRIL 27, 2018 – Have you made it to a BackStage Pass Concert recording yet? The amazing production team at WKAR has turned the 5500-square-foot Studio A into a unique and intimate concert venue for nine special performances taking place over three weeks.

Reginald Hardwick, Kevin Lavery, Jamie Paisley
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

WKAR, the NPR station for Michigan's Capital region, won seven awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Lansing.

Changes Ahead for Antenna TV Viewers

Apr 20, 2018
View of the tower from below
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Plan to rescan to continue receiving free TV. PBS affiliate WKAR will the first area station to move to new frequency under FCC plan.

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