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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The NBA draft was held last week. Former Spartans Branden Dawson and Travis Trice now hope to make pro teams.


Author Doc Fletcher has merged his love for kayaking and baseball in his new book "Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them." Current State talks with Fletcher about the intersection of paddling our rivers and our national pastime.


Kirk Heinze talks with Mark Lichtenstein of the National Recycling Coalition about local, national and global recycling efforts.

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Veteran soccer coach Eric Rudland leads the Lansing United squad as head coach and general manager for a second season. In his first year at the helm, Rudland led the club to a 10-3-4 record and a Midwest Region championship.

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With summer upon us, more of us will be spending more time outdoors…some of it in Michigan’s deep woods. Smart campers, hikers and bushwackers know that a “tick-check” might be in order after some time in the wild. Ticks are known carriers of Lyme Disease – an affliction that’s widespread throughout the Eastern U.S.

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June in Michigan brings the sounds of ballgames, splashing waves, and summer music festivals. WKAR’s Jody Knol and Peter Whorf have a Current State preview of summer concerts around the Great Lakes State.

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From Celandine Poppy to Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Michigan wildflowers are in full bloom this time of year. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. you can look and learn all about Michigan blossoms in a class at Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center.

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Earlier this week, Valerie Brader, an attorney and former senior policy adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder, assumed her role as executive director of the new Michigan Agency for Energy. Brader will be the top energy adviser to Snyder and state department leaders. Snyder created the agency by executive order in March after setting it as a priority in January’s State of the State address.

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The Minnesota Orchestra is leaving today for Cuba where they will perform two historic concerts on May 15 and 16. WKAR 90.5 Classical with Classical Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media are thrilled to bring these performances to you live from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba! These are the first performances and broadcasts of an American orchestra from Cuba since President Obama moved to normalize relations in December 2014.

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“Usonian” is an architectural term attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright, describing some of his affordable family home designs beginning in the 1930s. Usonian homes were typically small, single story dwellings without a garage or much storage. But they were as thoughtfully designed as Wright’s commissions for far wealthier clients. A group of young professionals in Kalamazoo County was among the first to embrace Wright’s innovative idea.

90.5 Classical is very pleased to announce live broadcasts of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/16 season.  The A2SO's Main Stage events will kick off in September with an all-Beethoven program featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson with Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3 and the "Choral Fantasy" along with the UMS Choral Union.  As in past seasons, live WKAR/A2SO broadcasts will feature Saturday night performances from the Michigan Theatre and Hill Auditorium, with an encore broadcast the following Saturday at noon on 90.5 Classical

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From the New York Times to "CBS Sunday Morning" to PBS’s "Nova," David Pogue is one of media’s best known presenters and reviewers of tech topics. Among his many notable accomplishments, Pogue is also recently known as technology columnist for Yahoo Tech. Pogue’s acclaimed public TV series "Making Stuff" aired last year on WKAR-TV. His show combines his unique blend of humor and analysis of the latest consumer and scientific innovations.

Dr. Andrew Hoffman is the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. His new book "How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate" examines ways in which non-scientific views shape opinion on the subject of global climate shifts.

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This Sunday at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, four pianists on four grand pianos will fill the stage with the sounds of  Dvořák, Debussy and much more. It’s the MSU College of Music’s 4th annual "Piano Monster" concert featuring faculty artists Panayis Lyras, Derek Polischuk, Zhihua Tang and piano faculty chair Deborah Moriarty.

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From March Madness to April showers, the signs of spring have been making their arrival in Michigan these past few weeks. You’ve probably also noticed a few more bird songs accompanying those first rays of morning light. Bird enthusiasts such as Harris Nature Center bird naturalist Clare Bratton have been venturing out more and more lately, binoculars at the ready.

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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents its season finale at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium this Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live on WKAR 90.5-FM. The program features works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler.

The MSU College of Music presents its third annual "Latin IS America" series through May 2nd at various campus venues. Artistic director and associate professor of music Ricardo Lorenz oversees the festival.

This Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Molly Grove Chapel, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series presents a single work. It’s Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal keyboard composition, “Goldberg Variations”, a one-hour study in melody and invention unsurpassed since its 18th century creation.

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The fifth annual Capital City Film Festival is underway in Lansing this week.

One of the marquee events pairs classic silent film and classical music, courtesy of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

“Symphonic Cinema” takes place at the Lansing Center this Saturday night at 8 p.m.  Admission is Free.

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The MSU College of Music’s Cello Plus series returns to Fairchild Theatre this Monday night at 7:30. WKAR will be there with a live broadcast on 90.5 Classical. Cello professor, string department chair and series founder Suren Bagratuni presents four diverse programs over the course of the week.

This year, Kiwanis International celebrates its 100th birthday. Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in Detroit, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario the following year.

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Michigan’s Soo Locks opened on time yesterday as the mighty one thousand foot Edward H. Gott sailed through at 11:25 a.m. Ann Arbor’s Roger LeLievre is very familiar vessels like the Gott. LeLievre spent his childhood near the Soo and  grew up watching immense freighters sail the lakes and locks. At age 17, he spent a summer working aboard the Ernest R. Breech.

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George Frederic Handel's opera "Xerxes" comes to the Fairchild Theatre stage this week. The MSU College of Music opens the production tomorrow night, with additional performances Friday through Sunday.

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The classical concert season is in top gear right now, with old favorites and new music coming to our area this week. Current State's Peter Whorf sat down with the Dali Quartet yesterday to talk about their upcoming performance with the MSU Wind Symphony.  They’ll play Joel Puckett’s work entitled "Short Stories" tonight at the Wharton Center.

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Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we talk about an organization you might recgonize from the donation jar if you’ve picked up a Big Mac anytime lately: the Ronald McDonald House.

Grand Rapids celebrates the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach with its biennial Bach Festival this week at numerous venues throughout the Grand Rapids area.

Two of MSU music's first citizens join 90.5 Classical's occasional series, Music from Studio S,  Friday at 3pm.

Dean James Forger and Piano Chair Deborah Moriarty team up for a live preview of Monday's Fairchild Theatre all-Ravel concert. 

Don't miss this chance to hear Forger and Moriarty live on 90.5, Friday at 3pm with host Peter

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Big Dance, or Burst Bubble? That’s the question that will be answered this week at Chicago’s United Center as the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament gets underway.

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The Lansing Symphony performs music by Mozart, Elgar and local composer Marjan Helms at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wharton Center. Before the concert, WKAR classical music host Jody Knol will talk with Helms, who’s work “7 Ascents for Flute and Orchestra” will be performed. That PreView conversation is at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the Jackson National Lounge.

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For more than three decades, Lansing area elementary public schools have broadened student’s worlds by teaming with adults from around the globe. The greater Lansing area has a huge international community, with more than 100 countries represented on the MSU campus alone. Many of those people want to improve their English skills, and for many different reasons.

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