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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History
11:21 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Shipping out for the summer: life on a Great Lakes freighter

Roger LeLievre on the deck of the Ernest R. Breech.
Credit Courtesy Roger LeLievre

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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Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

MSU Opera director preview's Handel's "Xerxes"

Melanie Helton is directing the MSU Opera production of Handel's 'Xerxes'.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

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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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Classical music schedule includes Ann Arbor Symphony, Dali Quartet

The Dali Quartet
Credit http://www.daliquartet.com/

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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Community
10:48 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan

The stories of families like that of Sonya Webster, aided by the Ronald McDonald House of mid-Michigan, can be found at rmhmm.org.
Credit http://rmhmm.org/

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Grand Rapids celebrates Bach in bars and cathedrals

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

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:07 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Forger, Moriarty on Music from Studio S

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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Sports
11:14 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Martin, Rexrode on B1G men’s tourney, March Madness

Al Martin hosts 'Current Sports' on WKAR.
Credit WKAR

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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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Thu March 5, 2015

LSO concert debuts new work by local composer

LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt. The 'Masterworks 5: Enigma Variations' concert with guest artist Richard Sherman on flute is at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Cobb Great Hall of MSU's Wharton Center.
Credit Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

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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Education
12:19 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Okemos kids help adult English language learners

Kids in Okemos are helping adults improve their English language skills.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

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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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Bagratuni, Votapek collaborate on variations, sonatas

Suren Bagratuni and Ralph Votapek perform together on Thursday.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU College of Music’s Cook Recital Hall, cellist Suren Bagratuni and pianist Ralph Votapek collaborate for a performance of four works. The duo will play sonatas by Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms, and variations by Beethoven and Martinu.

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History
11:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rwandan genocide survivor brings story to Fowler

Immaculee Ilibagiza
Credit http://www.immaculee.com/

Nearly 21 years ago, an airplane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down, killing all on board. The crash ignited a four-year-old Rwandan civil war into what would become the Rwandan Genocide, a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority.

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History
12:11 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Michigan's Merze Tate was civil rights champion, education pioneer

Sonya Bernard Hollins is writing a biography on pioneering African American scholar Merze Tate.
Credit http://www.michiganhistorylectures.com/

Merze Tate is a Blanchard, Michigan native and one of our state’s most distinguished citizens.

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Sports
12:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Tight MSU victory continues Spartan upswing

The Spartans beat the Illini 60 to 53 at Sunday's game in the Breslin Center.
Credit Wikimedia: Chlopeck

MSU men’s basketball turned a glaring weakness to an impressive strength last night in Champaign, Illinois, beating the Illini 60 to 53, and avenging a loss at the Breslin Center.

 Current State talks to to Detroit Free Press writer Joe Rexrode about the Spartan's victory.  

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History
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

"Kaleidoscope" marks 50th anniversary of Malcolm X assassination

Credit Flickr - Cheikh.Ra Films

Tomorrow marks 50 years since African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated at New York City’s Audubon Ball Room.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Malcolm X Remembered on Kaleidoscope

Saturday marks 50 years since African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated at New York City’s Audubon Ballroom.

Malcolm X’s Michigan roots are well known to many in our state. His family moved from Nebraska to Lansing in 1928. Malcolm lived here for more than a decade.

His life and work is the subject of Mike Whorf’s Kaleidoscope - airing Saturday at 4:00pm on WKAR AM870. On the program, Mike remembers how he was called on as a last-minute fill-in to interview Malcolm - at a radio station in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Arts & Culture
11:43 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Non-music majors find outlet in MSU Concert Orchestra

Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The MSU Concert Band and Concert Orchestra perform tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Wharton Center.

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Arts & Culture
11:43 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Bassist Whitaker leads Professors of Jazz performance

Rodney Whitaker is director of Jazz Studies at MSU’s College of Music.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Rodney Whitaker is professor of double bass and director of Jazz Studies at MSU’s College of Music. He’ll lead the Professors of Jazz in an 8 p.m. performance tonight at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall. Current State's Peter Whorf got together with Whitaker this week to talk about Friday’s performance and some other jazz events in the coming months.

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History
11:36 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Post-Civil War commerce from Vernor's to cheese at state museum

Visitors can see a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Abraham Lincoln's hand at the Michigan Historical Center.
Credit Flickr - Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

A special exhibit that focuses on the end of the U.S. Civil War and post-war Michigan opened this fall at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. "Conceived in Liberty" focuses on themes from President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The exhibit features artifacts from Michigan soldiers and stories of their key roles at the war’s crucial battles.

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Arts & Culture
11:18 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Photo exhibit explores China's changing landscape

Fredrik Marsh's 'Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China' is part of the new photo exhibit at the MSU Museum.
Credit courtesy MSU Museum

Economic, environmental and cultural changes are transforming today’s China. These ideas are central to the new photography exhibit at the MSU Museum entitled, "Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints". MSU Professor of Photography Howard Bossen is one of the curators.

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History
11:25 am
Thu February 5, 2015

When cholera struck Detroit

Influenza, measles, ebola. Infectious disease is ever present in our headlines and in our lives. Epidemics and pandemics are linked with Man’s ability to travel. Cholera’s road from India to the Great Lakes is the subject of the recent Michigan History Magazine article, "When Cholera Came to Detroit".

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Community
11:36 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole breaks down the snowstorm

The MSU campus is digging out from around a foot of snow.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

We are all digging out from the first major snow storm of the winter season. Winter Storm Linus has now passed us and is hitting New England.

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Business
11:29 am
Mon February 2, 2015

East Lansing tops college football towns

Credit Photo: Melissa Benmark / WKAR

This post-Super Bowl Monday gives the New England Patriots NFL bragging rights for the coming year. But who’s number one in the combined professional and college football world? According to the personal finance-social media network WalletHub, it’s East Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Ann Arbor Symphony celebrates Mozart's birthday

Jeanette Vecchione and Timothy Michling will be featured in Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert.
Credit http://www.a2so.com/

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday week this Saturday at the Michigan Theatre. 90.5FM broadcasts the concert live at 8 pm. The all-Mozart program showcases the great composer’s talent in everything from opera to symphonic form.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:59 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bashore, Van Buren Step Up on Current State

Mark digs deep for another story idea while April plans for tomorrow's show during the daily Current State editorial huddle...
Credit Peter Whorf

Congratulations to Current State's Mark Bashore and April Van Buren who take on new roles for WKAR's flagship local news and arts hour.  In addition to continued hosting, Bashore will assume the position of Current State's Managing Editor.  Mark  expands on his content creation, project planning and editorial and policy roles in his new duties.  Since mid-September of 2014, April Van Buren has become an integral member of the Current State team.  She joins WKAR as a full-time producer effective immediately.  April

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

GRSO plays Wagner

David Lockington leads the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://grsymphony.org/

David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra music director, is passionate about the music of Richard Wagner. Wagner’s work is the focus of this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony performance, "Inspired By Wagner".

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Business
11:20 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: the electrics

The Chevy Bolt electric vehicle on display at the Detroit Auto Show.
Credit Mark Bashore/WKAR

The Detroit Auto show is in full swing in downtown Detroit. Two very different automakers are grabbing a lot of the electric vehicle attention at the Cobo Center this week. Current State's Peter Whorf has the latest on the electric cars on display at the North American International Auto Show through Sunday.

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Business
11:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

New Buick convertible, concept car shown off at Detroit Auto Show

The Buick Cascada is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

What’s made in Poland and is named after the Spanish word for waterfall? It’s the newest convertible from Buick, the Cascada, unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The North American International Auto Show is in full swing at Detroit’s Cobo Center this week. Current  State will bring you all the latest these next few days in our NAIAS series.

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Business
11:40 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: trucks lead the way

The Chevy Colorado is the Motor Trend 2015 Truck of the Year.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

More than one auto writer has taken to calling the Big 3 automakers “truck companies that also make cars”. Trucks and SUVs have become the most successful categories for automakers in recent years, particularly for General Motors and Ford.

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History
12:44 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Guy Lockwood: the comrade from Kalamazoo

Guy Lockwood was a prominent socialist in Kalamazoo, MI in the early 20th century.
Credit Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Artist, teacher, writer, politician. 

Kalamazoo’s Guy Lockwood was all these.

Lockwood’s early 20th century Socialist Party views were the focus of his political cartoons. His confrontational work challenged the American status quo in his regular pamphlet entitled  “The Billy Goat”. 

Guy Lockwood was soon butting heads in the political arena. He became one of the first Michigan Socialists voted to office. Guy served as a Kalamazoo alderman after his 1912 election.

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Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Violinist Gandelsman performs Bach cannon at MSU

Violinist Johnny Gandelsman performs the complete catalog of Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin tonight and tomorrow at MSU.
Credit http://johnnygandelsman.com/

Violinist Johnny Gandelsman was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a professor of viola here at Michigan State University.  His mother Janna is a pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well.

Johnny Gandelsman is well known for his roles in the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and the multi-faceted Silk Road Ensemble, two of today’s notable stereotype-defying music groups.

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