Fall Preview

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Fall PreviewLast night, nearly two hundred WKAR fans and supporters came to Studio A for our annual Fall Preview. The evening at WKAR was filled with good company and an unveiling of upcoming programs and events.

We are entering the second year that WKAR is part of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at MSU and it was gratifying to show off a broad array of highlights and changes for the coming year! On September 10, WKAR will now be on-the-air 24/7 with an improved signal quality. We will also be producing our local series in high-definition and they will all be available as iPad apps.

We are featuring a Community Cinema series and will continue with our free and ever-popular “Evenings at WKAR.” Our screenings have been a huge success, bringing hundreds into the studios to preview programs such as “Sherlock,” “Hunting the Elements,” “Great Performances” and "The Small Matter of Big Science.”

We have ramped up our community engagement at mid-Michigan festivals and events and will continue to do so with the help of our world class street team and enthusiastic volunteers.

We are also striving to include more of the university community in our efforts, having professors and experts featured in our evening series and involving students in our production work and now in our new WKAR classes. WKAR is one of the top three participants in MSU’s on-campus intern program. We love involving students and faculty throughout the university—they add so much to our programming.

We’re excited to announce our new radio show featuring Mark Bashore, coming this fall. Also this fall during election season, WKAR offers commercial-free, up-to-the-minute election coverage on TV, radio and online from Michigan’s capital city, including "Off The Record" and national news from PBS "NewsHour" and NPR.

Coming this January is the return of the popular “Downton Abbey,” along with the new season of "BackStage Pass" in HD, which is now being filmed out in the community—still at no charge to our audience.

This Tuesday, we film our 24th season of "Quiz Busters" called Quiz Busters: Special Edition, which will be recorded in front of a live studio audience. Our special edition "celebrity" contestants were publicly announced last night, all of whom are all well known in the community.

Playing the first game for the Green Team are Scott Westerman, President, MSU Alumni Association; Jen Sygit, Michigan-based singer and songwriter; Sue Carter, MSU School of Journalism faculty member, author and intrepid adventurer; and team captain Guy Sanville, Artistic Director, Purple Rose Theatre.

Competing against them for the White Team are Lynn Jondahl, Board Member, Michigan League for Human Services and former State Representative; Greg Adaline, WLNS anchor; Mike Hughes, syndicated entertainment and television columnist; and team captain Molly Fillmore, MSU College of Music Voice faculty and member of the Metropolitan Opera.

Playing the second game for the Green Team are Jake Boss, Jr., MSU Baseball Head Coach; Bob Hoffman, Wharton Center communications manager and founder of ePIFanyNOW; Kat Cooper, host of “Moms Everyday” and a Michigan-based actor and blogger; and team captain Renee Canady, Director, Ingham County Health Department.

Competing against them on the White Team are Evan Pinnsonault, WLNS morning anchor, features reporter and local actor; Robin Miner-Swartz, Director of Communications for the Capital Region Community Foundation and board member of the Center for New Enterprise Opportunity; Chad Badgero, Communication Director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, co-founder and festival director at Renegade Theatre Festival; and Artistic Director of Peppermint Creek Theatre Company; and team captain Terry Braverman, public address voice for Spartan football and Spartan men’s basketball, voice of the Detroit Lions, and the original host of WKAR’s “High School Quiz Bowl.”

Matt Ottinger is the "Quiz Busters" series host, and was also the host for our Fall Preview. MSU’s renowned mascot Sparty will be in attendance on Tuesday as well. If you’d like to join Sparty in cheering the teams on, seating is free, but reservations are required.

We’re looking forward to a great year on campus and a great year of excellent programming from WKAR.

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