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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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...


Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this Thursday, June 8,  at 10:00 AM.

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One of MSU's greatest boosters of the arts turns 100 this month. Sunday afternoon brought community members together at Michigan State's Cowles House for a celebration.

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The Capital region's weekly news magazine explores Lansing and beyond this week with travels all around town and in-depth conversation in our studios.

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Courtesy / James Ehnes

FRI MAY 26 at 10:45AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Virtuosic Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns in the first Detroit performances of a concerto by celebrated orchestral and film composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games series), and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Rachmaninoff's romantic Second Symphony.

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FRI JUNE 2 at 10:45 AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Having just performed its debut with the London Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim, guest conductor James Gaffigan and violin sensation Nicola Benedetti present a new concerto by jazz phenom Wynton Marsalis! The DSO's incredible 2016-17 Season then comes to a celebratory finale with Tchaikovsky's majestic Fifth Symphony.

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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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From the Disney film G-Force to the movie trailer from Paul Blart: Mall Cop...from Carlton Beer to Domino's Pizza.

Decades of media appropriation have placed Carl Orff's O Fortuna opening to the scenic cantata Carmina Burana among classical music's greatest cliches. However, hearing the more than 60 minutes of music you may not know from this sprawling work will bring a startling freshness to the experience.

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This week on Current State: Review and commentary on the Sanctuary City debate within Lansing City Council, MSU's new archaeological techniques in Greece, Wharton Center's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, MSU's new hockey coach Danton Cole, Holy Week in Lansing and more.