In Banner Year for Broadcast, WKAR Earns Station of the Year Honors for TV and Radio

Accepting BEA Awards for WKAR are (pictured from left to right) Melanie McGuire, Tim Elkins, Julie Sochay, Brant Wells, Susi Elkins, Peter Whorf, Reginald Hardwick, Kevin Lavery, Carol Yancho, and Amanda Pinckney.

From an article on WKAR

WKAR was named both Michigan Public Television Station of the Year and Public Radio Group One Station of the Year for 2018 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Lansing Center on Wed., Mar. 6, 2019.

The stations serving Michigan’s capital region also won numerous awards, including twelve Best in Category awards and six Merit awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and our peers,” said Susi Elkins, WKAR director of broadcasting and general manager. "Our best work is made possible because of the support of our audiences and community partners, and we strive every day to serve them with the quality content they deserve.”

This year marks the seventh time in eight years that WKAR has been named Public TV Station of the year, and the first time the public broadcaster has been named Public Radio Station of the Year.

More than 940 entries from 83 Michigan stations and companies were judged this year by members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

In the Public Television division, the WKAR Best in Category awards are:

  • Community Involvement - In Our Community
  • Marketing Materials & Promos - BackStage Pass
  • Mini-Documentary or Series - WKAR Family
  • Station of the Year - WKAR-TV
  • Membership Appeal - Give Green Day
  • Cultural Programming - BackStage Pass - The Go Rounds
  • Use of New Media - Interns Instagram Takeover

The TV Merit awards are:

  • Marketing Materials & Promos - Family Fun Day with Julia
  • Sports- Outdoor or Recreation - Sparty Time!
  • Special Interest - Curious Crew
  • News or Public Affairs Special - Off The Record

In Public Radio Group One, the WKAR Best in Category awards are:

  • Station of the Year - WKAR News That Matters, Music That Inspires
  • Feature/Use of Medium - Return of "El Chayo"
  • Marketing Materials & Promos - Morning Edition Campaign
  • Mini-Documentary or Series - Making The Grade In Michigan 2018
  • News Special or Public Affairs Program - MSU's Moment of Reckoning

The Radio Merit awards are:

  • Hard News & Current Events Story - Evacuation Orders Marketing
  • Materials & Promos - Classical Spark Campaign

WKAR Public Media is a division of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. WKAR provides Michigan’s capital region and the global community with award-winning original programming and the best from PBS and NPR via television channels WKAR-HD, WKAR World, WKAR Create and WKAR PBS Kids; and radio broadcasts at 90.5 FM, AM 870 and WKAR Radio Reading Service.

At and, the network offers live audio streaming, plus local news features, TV original full episodes and the best from NPR and PBS on-demand. The WKAR provides additional community outreach with WKAR Ready to Learn Service and PBS LearningMedia. WKAR is funded in large part by community viewer and listener contributions with additional support from Michigan State University and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

MSU NAMED Station of the Year