Category: MAPB

WKAR Public Media GM Susi Elkins Accepts Position at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Susi Elkins, WKAR Public Media General Manager and Director of Broadcasting at Michigan State University, will leave the station to become chief community development officer at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) in East Lansing. Elkins, who began her career at WKAR as a student employee and became general manager in 2017, made the… read more

Winners Announced in 2021 MAPME Broadcast Contest

The annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors broadcast competition has announced winners in the 2021 Michigan APME awards. In the broadcast category, General Excellence awards for 2021 went to WDIV-TV (Detroit), WDET-FM (Detroit) and WKAR-AM/FM (East Lansing). Michigan’s Public Radio stations dominated the radio categories in all market sizes.  In television, Michigan’s commercial stations placed… read more

Melorie Begay Joins WKAR News Team

WKAR Public Media has announced the arrival of a new voice delivering trusted and essential information for Michigan’s capital region. Melorie Begay has joined WKAR’s news team as local Weekend Edition host and general assignment reporter. “We’re thrilled to welcome Melorie to our award-winning news team,” said Karel Vega, WKAR News Editor. “Melorie’s strong community… read more

PBS and Member Stations Named “Most Trusted” Media Organization for 19 Consecutive Years

WKAR Public Media alerts us that PBS was recently named the most trusted media organization for the 19th year in a row, according to a nationwide survey. PBS continues to outscore government institutions and media sources— such as broadcast, cable, streaming and social media— in both value and trust, respectively. According to survey results, 80%… read more

Matt Shafer Powell to join Michigan Radio as Program Director

Michigan Radio has announced the hiring of Matt Shafer Powell as the station’s new Program Director. As the Program Director, Matt Shafer Powell will help lead the station’s on-air hosts, manage the station’s program schedule and be responsible for the overall sound of Michigan Radio, the state’s largest public radio service. He will also engage… read more

WKAR-TV adds Spanish Language Audio, Improved Image Quality

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced a recently completed major project to improve television service for the mid-Michigan community. With installation of a new broadcast server for WKAR-TV, over-the-air and many cable and satellite viewers will now see higher quality video images and have a Spanish language option when available. The upgrade expands access… read more

WKAR’s Julie Sochay, Brant Wells in the News

This past week brought national news with two of WKAR Public Media’s staff.  WKAR’s Senior Director of Content and Communication Julie Sochay has been selected to participate in Public Media Diversity Leaders Initiative (PMDLI), a program of the Riley Institute at Furman University offered in partnership with South Carolina ETV and modeled after the Institute’s… read more

Sehvilla Mann Named WMUK News Director

Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has announced that Sehvilla Mann has been appointed the station’s new News Director. Mann came to WMUK in 2014 and has produced award winning journalism for the last eight years, including two regional Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. She has covered a wide range of stories… read more