|City of license||East Lansing, Michigan|
|Broadcast area||Lansing, Michigan|
|Branding||Michigan State Radio|
|Slogan||NPR and Classical Music|
|Frequency||90.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||October 4, 1948|
|Format||Public: Classical, News/Talk: also airs jazz (Saturday evenings) and folk music (Sunday evenings)
HD2: All Classical
HD3: WKAR (AM) simulcast
|HAAT||269.3 meters (884 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||call letters are shared with WKAR-AM (WKAR-AM's call letters were assigned randomly in 1922)|
|Owner||Michigan State University|
|Sister stations||WKAR-TV, WKAR (AM)|
WKAR-FM is a public radio station in East Lansing, Michigan; broadcasting on the FM dial at 90.5 MHz. It is owned by Michigan State University, and is sister station to the AM radio and television stations with the same call letters.
The station airs classical music, plus several of National Public Radio's more popular programs, such as Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk. The former three are simulcast with WKAR-AM.
In January 2013, WKAR launched the daily news/arts radio magazine "Current State", an hour-long program of interviews and produced reports devoted Mid-Michigan and statewide politics, government, business, education, environment, science, technology, health, medicine and the arts. The program is broadcast Monday through Friday at 9am and 6pm on 90.5FM and weekdays at noon on AM870. "Current State Weekend" airs Saturdays and Sundays on both 90.5FM and AM870.
The station is also the primary Emergency Alert System (EAS) station for the state of Michigan, relaying emergency messages from the Michigan State Police to all media outlets in Michigan; WKAR-FM hosts statewide tests twice a year. WKAR-FM is also the secondary EAS station for Lansing and the South Central Michigan region (WFMK is the primary station for the region).
The station signed on for the first time on October 4, 1948 as the Lansing area's first FM station. Like most FM stations of the time, it simulcast its AM sister for several years during the AM station's sunrise to sunset broadcast hours. When WKAR-AM concluded its broadcast hours for the day, WKAR-FM would then carry its own signature programming which included classical music and other arts-related programs. The two stations split their broadcasting schedules on March 1, 1965, with the FM station airing fine arts programming.
The station's 85,000-watt signal, combined with a 269.3 meter antenna can be heard as far east as Flint and the Detroit suburbs, and as far west as Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. WKAR-FM is a "Superpower Grandfathered" Class B FM station, providing a signal 7.6 db stronger than would be granted today under current FCC rules.
HD1 provides a simulcast of the traditional FM analog signal. It is NPR and Classical Music, providing Public Media from Michigan State University.
HD2 is an "All Classical Music" format called Classical 24.
HD3 is a simulcast of WKAR (870 AM), continuing from local sunset to sunrise when WKAR (AM) is not broadcasting. HD3 provides 24 hour service of the News/Talk Format providing Public Media from Michigan State University.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WKAR
- Radio-Locator information on WKAR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WKAR
- Michiguide.com - WKAR-FM History