THURSDAY, Oct. 15 — East Lansing’s WKAR recently received national recognition for its achievements in radio and television. The public radio and television outlet offers a combination of news, education, classical music and fine arts programming.
The National Association of Broadcasters named radio station WKAR-FM Noncommercial Station of the Year at its 26th annual Marconi Radio Awards on Oct. 1. This prestigious award is granted based on a station’s innovative programming, audience reach and commitment to the community.
“The Marconi is the pinnacle award in the radio industry,” said WKAR Director of Broadcasting Gary Reid, who accepted the award at the Atlanta ceremony. “To be recognized by our commercial counterparts is truly an honor.”
Reid attributed the station’s success to the support of donors across Michigan and the staff’s commitment to success.
“WKAR is a key partner in offering internships and experiential learning that are integral to the educational mission of (the) college,” said Prabu David,dean of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “Winning the Marconi is a major score in my book.”
The National Educational Telecommunications Association also presented WKAR-TV with two awards on Oct. 5. The station received the Community Impact/Engagement Award for “Curious Crew”, an educational program for kids that focuses on scientific exploration, and the Local Culture Award for its original special, “Sweetie-licious: A Slice Of Life.”
“It just goes to show where the leadership at the station is taking WKAR,” said “Current Sports” producer and host Al Martin. “To know that (WKAR) competes against any other programming in the country is ridiculously mind-blowing.”