Peter Whorf

Radio Station Manager

Peter Whorf is radio station manager for WKAR Public Media. He oversees the news and music divisions of WKAR Radio, and is host of MSU In Concert, numerous live broadcasts and the 90.5 New Release Of The Month feature.

Peter joined WKAR in August 2012.

Peter arrived at WKAR from WFMT, where he was radio program director and vice president of content for the Chicago commercial classical station. He was previously with public stations WNYC, New York; KBIA, Mid-Missouri Public Media; and WBEZ, Chicago.

Peter Whorf graduated from Eastman School of Music with a degree in violin performance.

Ways to Connect

This is the time of year when many of us pick out new books to read on summer vacation or visit the library with little ones home from school. In celebration of great books, WKAR invites you to take part in the Great American Read.


NPR

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason  set social media abuzz immediately after his royal wedding performance last month. But many classical music lovers had already set eyes and ears on the talented English musician. WKAR’s Peter Whorf has more on Kanneh-Mason and his newest recording - 90.5 Classical’s New Release of the Month.


  

On this edition of Current State: Michigan teachers who say they are leaving the classroom because they cannot afford to remain in the profession; PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger talks about why more Americans are tuning into public media for news content and the network's expanding education role; perspective on an MSU alum who will help pick the next president; and the return of "Ondas en Espanol" host Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes. 


WKAR

Tonight at 8:00, WKAR 90.5 Classical and wkar.org brings music listeners the first-ever live broadcast of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Timothy Muffitt leads the program which includes the world premiere of MSU composer Zhou Tian's Trace, plus Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Llewellyn Sanchaez-Werner (2014 Gilmore Young Artist winner) and Mussorgsky/Ravel's colorful and thrilling Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Lansing Township

The May 7, 2018 "Mondays with the Mayor" guest was Lansing Township supervisor Dion'trae Hayes. 


NPR

Jordi Savall's newest recording with his group Hesperion XXI explores two centuries of European Baroque masterpieces. WKAR's Peter Whorf guides us through May's 90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month...


This weekend's Current State updates you on school walkouts, Adado Park in Lansing, Michigan roads, the next generation of veggie burgers and memorable moments from past Michigan State University commencement speakers. 


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A grand finale to this year’s MSU College of Music concert season takes place on stage at the Wharton Center tomorrow night. Professor David Rayl, director of the college’s choral programs, speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf about the Felix Mendelssohn masterwork...


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WKAR, the NPR station for Michigan's Capital region, won seven awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Lansing.

On the April 21-22, 2018 edition of Current State: a new bill to make thousands of Medicaid recipients in Michigan work for their benefits, an MSU professor gives his thoughts on the controversy at Starbucks, Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer, a new place to watch glass-blowing in Michigan and meet the "last keeper of the light" in Ireland. Saturday at 11:00 a.m. & Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 FM. 


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Danielle Cusson, mayor of Linden in Genessee County. She talked about the "quiet and quaint" nature of her city. Mayor Cusson joined Peter Whorf on WKAR's Morning Edition program. 


On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

NPR

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in their newest release - the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann. WKAR's Peter Whorf gives us a first listen to the 4-symphony set, as MTT brings us on a journey to Schumann's time and place.


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Michigan Attorney General

Current State - the latest on the arrest of an MSU dean; a talk with one of Larry Nassar's survivors and her plans to help Meridian Township; Bridge Magazine's profile of the 39 gun bills in the state legislature; Plus YMusic.


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From Ben Folds to John Legend to Paul Simon - the chamber music group yMusic collaborates with a list of artists as wide ranging as its own style.

It's nearly impossible to categorize the sound of yMusic. Listeners can decide for themselves when the group comes to our area the first week in April. WKAR's Peter Whorf has the story...


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