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WKAR began broadcasting in 1922 on WKAR AM, with WKAR FM following in 1948 and WKAR TV in 1954. WKAR serves the mid-Michigan market with public broadcasting on WKAR Radio and WKAR-TV, with its reach expanding to an even wider audience with WKAR.org. Programming on WKAR’s public radio stations, WKAR AM/870 and 90.5 WKAR, includes news and information, sports and classical music with National Public Radio programming supplemented with programs produced at WKAR, reflecting the community.
WKAR-TV has three television stations that not only broadcast programs from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) but also reflect the mid-Michigan community with a number of locally-produced series and specials. As part of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at MSU, WKAR works closely with the next generation of broadcasters.
In addition to programming on WKAR Radio and Television, WKAR offers a robust website, WKAR.org, that includes live streaming of 90.5 WKAR and AM/870, plus three online-only streams, WKAR Classical, WKAR Folk Alley and WKAR Jazz.
Off the Record - Michigan public affairs and discussions with newsmakers featuring anchor Tim Skubick.
QuizBusters - Weekly academic game show, where 64 students compete for scholarships to Michigan State University.
BackStage Pass - Concerts series, recorded live in studio and at community venues and aired by public television stations in 82 markets across the country.
Forte - Heartwarming stories of Michigan high school band and orchestra programs as students prepare for elite competition.
Curious Crew - Award-winning educator Rob Stephenson and a cast of inquisitive kids take a hands-on approach to scientific exploration.
Current Sports - In-depth weekly interviews of leading sports figures from the college, professional and high school ranks.
90.5 Classical - Classical music with local hosts and commentary that adds insight into the selections played.
Current State - Daily talk hosted by Mark Bashore and covering a variety of topics relevant to both the mid-Michigan and Michigan State University communities.
Current Sports with Al Martin - Weekday sports call in show.
90.5 Community Concerts - This weekly classical music program hosted by Jody Knol features selections from concerts performed by regional symphony orchestras and musical ensembles.
What’s New on WKAR - Hosted by Peter Whorf, this weekly series features selections from new releases recently added to WKAR’s music library.
MSU Faculty Recitals - This periodic series of recitals feature faculty from Michigan State University’s College of Music.
Local News Breaks - News and features across a broad spectrum of topics air in newsbreaks during the popular NPR flagship news programs, “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
WKAR Ready To Learn Service - Focuses on early childhood literacy and includes strategies to help parents learn how to enhance their child’s literacy.
WKAR Radio Reading Service - This free service offers audio of local newspapers, advertising supplements, books and more on a special radio for those who cannot use the printed page due to vision or other physical problems.