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.