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City of license East Lansing, Michigan
Broadcast area Lansing, Michigan
Slogan Michigan State Radio
Frequency 90.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date October 10, 1948
Format Public: Classical, News/Talk
Power 87,000 watts
HAAT 273 metres
Class B
Facility ID 41683
Transmitter coordinates 42°42′8″N 84°24′51″W / 42.70222°N 84.41417°W / 42.70222; -84.41417
Callsign meaning Kollege of Agriculture
Affiliations NPR, PRI
Owner Michigan State University

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.

The station signed on for the first time on October 10, 1948 as the Lansing area's first FM station. Like most FM stations of the time, it simulcast its AM sister for several years before breaking off to air its own programming. It is not known when it began airing separate programming, in part because WKAR-AM must sign off at sundown.

The station's 86,000-watt signal can be heard as far east as Flint and the Detroit suburbs, and as far west as Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.


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