Peter Whorf

Radio Station Manager

Peter Whorf is station manager for WKAR Radio. He also oversees the news division of WKAR Radio, and is host of What's New on WKAR.

Peter Whorf joined WKAR in August 2012.

Peter arrived at WKAR from Chicago, where he was program director and vice president of content at WFMT, the only commercial classical radio station in the country. 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, studying the violin.

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Though they span three centuries, the three composers featured on Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra program speak similar musical languages. WKAR's Peter Whorf and LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt explain...

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February's 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month transports you to Vienna's famed Musikverein for the New Year's Day 2018 celebration.  WKAR's Peter Whorf brings you Sony Classical's newest from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic.

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"This is our fight song: No More Shadows. MSU Shadows protected Larry Nassar for more than 20 years."

Those were the words of MSU Associate Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon. 

Pegler-Gordon's stance was one variation on a familiar theme during Friday night's Michigan State University rally at The Rock. Hundreds gathered to honor the survivors of convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar, the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced this week to serve between 40 and 175 years for his crimes against scores of girls and young women.

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In case you missed it, you can still hear MSU In Concert on 90.5 Classical. It's still on Fridays - just a little later, with a 7pm start time. MSUIC's Sunday 2pm time has made way for broadcasts of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts.

WKAR's New Release of the Month feature takes over for the long-running What's New in Classical Music show starting this month. 

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While the Lansing area has experienced a recent influx of independent coffee houses, Ann Arbor is home to a variety of cafe fixtures.

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A new book about the Vietnam War focuses on the journey of one Midwestern man.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf and Traverse City, Michigan author Doug Stanton bring us a story of

the horrors of war and its aftermath…through one citizen soldier.

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Dr. James Niblock turns 100 on November 1st, and WKAR celebrates with the composer, musical friends and host Jody Knol and the special program James Niblock: The First 100 Years.


Tonight at 9:00, WKAR 94.5FM and WKAR NewsTalk at bring you an hour of special coverage from NPR. Tune in for a wrap-up of reports and analysis of last night's tragic shooting in Las Vegas, NV.


A recent symposium at MSU's College of Music struck up the idea of "building excellence" in different ways - and where varying disciplines might intersect. Director of Bands Kevin Sedatole brought together musicians, MSU composer David Biedenbender and California wine maker Pam Starr to seek common ground.

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Our show is always Great Lakes-focused. Today we sample music, food and art at this weekend's Great Lakes Folk Festival. We'll also find out how spring storms are still being felt in Lake Ontario and what that means for all our inland seas. Plus, Greening of the Great Lakes host Dr. Kirk Heinze looks at renewables in the Motor City.

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From Muskegon to Lansing to Detroit, today's Current State examines Michigan art, history, and our state's great outdoors.

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This week we speak with MSU Professor of Sociology Carl Taylor and Detroit Tiger legend Willie Horton - both at the intersection of Clairmont and 12th St during the city's violent outbreak of July, 1967.

WKAR's weekly radio news magazine brings you the sounds of Lansing, Williamston, Holt and the MSU campus today.  One of today's special guests is soon-to-be MSU football hall-of-famer Bob Apisa, All-American fullback of the 1965/66 Michigan State Spartan national championship teams.

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An exploration of the Michigan Capital Region's politics, education, arts and human interest stories of the week. We'll find out what went on at this week's MSU Trustees meeting, hear music from the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, tour a new electric school bus in Lansing and much more...