Current State

Posted on: January 11, 2013

current-stateWKAR radio is a station on the move. The newest adventure for MSU's public radio station is the launch of a daily radio program that is “essential listening” for the Mid-Michigan area, as station manager Peter Whorf likes to say.

On Monday, "Current State" premieres on WKAR. The new show is hosted by WKAR's Mark Bashore. It kicks off with an interview with Governor Snyder this coming Monday at 9 a.m. on 90.5 FM.

"Current State" is fresh, smart, insightful news. The hour-long show airs daily Monday through Friday at 9-10 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. on 90.5 and at noon on AM 870 each day. The show will be in a magazine format with in-depth features covering the arts and entertainment, to science, the environment, politics, sports and more. It will also include daily news updates, as well as a variety of in-studio guests.

Many people already know the voice of Mark Bashore as the host of the popular “All Things Considered.” WKAR’s Brad Walker will become the host of “All Things Considered" as Mark transitions to his new role.

This is Peter Whorf’s third new program since joining WKAR as our radio station manager in August. In addition to Mark’s new role, new to WKAR is Joe Linstroth who is the producer for “Current State.” WKAR sports director and AM 870 “SportsTalk” host Earle Robinson will report on sports.

We will also be hosting a weekend edition of the new show, called “Current State Weekend,” hosted by MSU and WKAR’s Emanuele Berry—beginning the weekend of January 19 and 20. It will air on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at noon on 90.5.

The weekend edition will include encore reports in addition to segments focusing on arts and culture. It’s no surprise that Berry is a CAS alum—she studied journalism and liberal arts here, and graduated in May. She was a scholarship recipient and award-winner as a student, and we know she’ll win over the mid-Michigan audience with her fantastic reporting skills.

We’re really excited to bring a fresh show to Mid-Michigan. Love all things MSU but don't live in the mid-Michigan area? You can still tune in online at

If you have any news tips for the show, email We’d love your feedback!

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