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WKAR - TV: Fifty Years of Quality Programming at MSU

May 2 - October 31, 2005
Lobby Gallery, MSU Museum

50 YEARS AGO: January 15, 1954 brought the news that Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe had married. Michigan State College fans learned they would have a new athletic director that day-Clarence "Biggie" Munn. But for a small but steadily growing number of people in the Lansing/East Lansing area who happened to own a television set with a UHF tuner, January 15 was important for another reason. It was that day WKAR-TV, Channel 60, signed on the air. In the 50 years since, WKAR has grown from a small operation located in a Kalamazoo Street Quonset hut to a larger broadcasting service that has received numerous awards for its locally produced programming, the respect of political leaders throughout the state and industry leaders nationwide, and the love and admiration of its viewers and members who live throughout the mid-Michigan area. WKAR is the second-oldest still-operating public television station in the United States and the oldest east of the Mississippi River. The MSU Museum presents a special exhibition that traces changes in programming and technology in WKAR over the past 50 years.