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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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Epic MSU Symphony season highlights Mahler, Beethoven

MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe
Credit http://music.msu.edu

Orchestral works of epic proportion dominate this year’s MSU Symphony Series. Mighty Symphonies by Mahler, Beethoven and Prokofiev will be featured on the stage of the Wharton Center as conductor Kevin Noe leads his Michigan State musicians.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:21 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ann Arbor Encore

Credit Jody Knol

Miss last weekend's live Ann Arbor Symphony broadcast?  Were you there and want to hear it again?  Tune in for WKAR's Ann Arbor Symphony Live encore broadcast on 90.5 Classical.  It's this Saturday at 3:00pm and the show features music from the all-Beethoven program including the Leonore Overture #3 and Symphony #5...plus music director and concert guide Arie Lipsky in conversation with WKAR's Peter Whorf.  Don't miss your final chance to hear this special hour from A2's historic Hill Auditorium.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:19 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony Live on WKAR

Music Director Arie Lipsky and the A2SO

Last spring, WKAR brought you its first live broadcast of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.  Tonight at 8:00, 90.5 Classical kicks off an entire season of live Main Stage concerts from the A2SO.  It's an all-Beethoven show from A2's historic Hill Auditorium 

  this evening.  Not only that, but famed pianist Andre Watts joins Arie Lipsky and the A2SO for Beethoven's mighty "Emperor" Concerto.  It's an honor and a thrill for WKAR to launch a complete broadcast season of the A2SO...the first of what we hope will be many to come.

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Environment
11:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bats play crucial role in Michigan ecology

Credit batconservation.org/

Which of the following is true about bats? They’re blind; they get tangled in your hair; they’ll drink your blood as you sleep; or none of the above?

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History
11:06 am
Wed August 27, 2014

A Michigan Ojibwe chief's historic journey

Konnie Lemay's story about Chief Buffalo appears in Lake Superior magazine.

One hundred sixty years ago, the U.S. government agreed to land rights with Michigan's Ojibwe people after discussions in Washington D.C. The Ojibwe delegation was led by 93-year-old Chief Buffalo, who traveled with the group from Lake Superior to negotiations in the nations capitol.

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History
11:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Lake Superior agates remnants of Michigan's prehistory

Lake Superior agates in a display case.
Credit Flickr - Ryan Somma

We often presents stories of Michigan history, and this is one of our state's oldest. Before the existence of life on our planet, geologic forces were working to form the stuff of our world, the very earth beneath our feet. It's the passion of Lake Gitchee Gumee Museum of Agate and History director Karen Brzys.

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Business
12:12 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Legwork powers green Lansing business

Lansing's Go Green Trikes has even facilitated an apartment move with their green delivery service.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

On last April’s Earth Day, the Lansing company Go Green Trikes launched its all-electric vehicle local delivery service. Go Green Trikes is the brainchild of Yvonne LeFave. She joined us on Current State’s Neighbors in Action segment this past spring to talk about her Earth-friendly service.

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History
12:15 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Archivist explores MSU's multimedia trove

Wilcox has digitized Stevie Wonder's 1989 commencement speech at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Nan Palmero

Lansing resident Matthew Wilcox is a graduate student in Library Science at Wayne State University, with an emphasis on video and audio preservation. His practicum work has led to a number of projects at the MSU Archives.

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History
3:16 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

The death-defying feats of Stratosphere Man

Makowski's story on Selden appears in Michigan History magazine.
Credit Courtesy - Historical Society of Michigan

Lansing-born Arzeno Selden may not be a household name today, but for several decades in the early 20th century the death-defying aerialist thrilled thousands at state fairs and traveling circuses.

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RoadBelly offers colorful coverage of Michigan food and drink

The cover of RoadBelly Magazine's fourth edition.
Credit roadbelly.com

The passions of farming, cooking, brewing and much more are all a part of RoadBelly Magazine. The Grand Rapids based publication is about to enter its second year as it expands its scope beyond western Michigan.

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Environment
12:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Magazine highlights the best of Lake Superior

Lake Superior Magazine’s September issue will includes its annual Best of the Lake list. The article highlights reader favorites in dozens of categories, from best spectacular views to best boat ride to best fish sandwich.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Native plants promote state's environmental health

Credit www.wildtypeplants.com

MSU Grad Bill Schneider operates Wildtype Native Plant Nursury in Mason, Michigan. Current State’s Peter Whorf has been taking us there this summer to hear about Schneider’s work and expertise in the field.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tilted Axes to shred Detroit

Credit Courtesy of Patrick Grant

Detroit-area native, composer and musician Patrick Grant has created seasonal musical celebrations in his adopted home of New York City. His event titled "Tilted Axes" rung in the winter equinox of 2012 with dozens of electric guitarists hooking portable amplifiers to their belts and walking the streets of Manhattan to observe winter's arrival.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers

Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘Detroit Mass Mob’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future.

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Economy
1:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

From baseball to manufacturing: role of supply chains in global economy

Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Assistant Professor Hakan Yildiz.
Credit msu.edu

One of the biggest developments in world economies in recent years has been Supply Chain Management. Wikipedia defines “supply chain” as a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to costumer.

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Events
11:52 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Lansing dials up electronics extravaganza

The show will take place July 10-12 at the Best Western Plus Hotel on Cedar St. in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Antique Radio Club

The 29th annual Vintage Electronics Extravaganza gets underway this weekend in Lansing. The Michigan Antique Radio Club spearheads the gathering, which happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 200 to 300 sellers will have a diverse mixture of vintage radio, telephone and other electronic items on display and for sale.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge

Peter Whorf/WKAR

Bill Schneider has operated Wildtype Native Plant Nursery in Mason for the past 17 years. As a true native Michigander, Schneider has degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He moved to northern California in the 1980’s where he further developed in his growing interest in native plants.

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History
1:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

West Michigan's mysterious Mr. Rover

Credit http://prezi.com/zqnksk12yjsm/mr-rover-visits-grand-rapids/

Harry Wyckom was a turn of the 20th century Grand Rapids insurance salesman...and model. Wyckom posed as the character “Mr. Rover”, a traveling dandy who was pictured in scenes all around Grand Rapids and Western Michigan in front of notable buildings and scenic areas.

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History
12:24 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

When Detroit made cars ... and tanks

Dr. Charles Hyde's book brings readers nearly 300 archival images of wartime Detroit.
Credit Wayne State University Press

  

  

Dr. Charles Hyde is a former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book Images from the Arsenal Democracy. The book follows the wartime transformation of the Detroit auto industry into the war machine of the late 1930's and early 40's.

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History
12:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

What happened to Northwest Flight 2501?

NWA Flight 2501 went down over Lake Michigan 64 years ago today and is still missing. This memorial service took place in 2008.
Credit flickr - msra images

On June 24th, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 left New York City for Seattle. The state of the art DC-4 aircraft was to stop in Minneapolis for refueling, before proceeding to the west coast. Monitoring the plane in threatening weather over Lake Michigan, air controllers lost track of the flight. The aircraft was never recovered, nor were any passengers or crew. Further wreckage discovered some days later indicated a total loss.

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Music
11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

Credit Flickr - Alice Carrier

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra and music director Timothy Muffitt recently announced their 2014-15 season. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Lansing State Journal classical music writer Ken Glickman for a preview.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Ahead on Current State: Michigan Remembers D-Day

Michigan veteran Earl Harmon, Sr., (1921-2011) was part of the D-Day invasion.

Fri. June 6 - 9am - 90.5 WKAR | Today's Generation Honors the Greatest Generation. Current State from WKAR presents a special 30-minute audio documentary commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Local bird watching opportunities

Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

May is an important month for birdwatchers. "Birdwatching in our Parks" is a series of walks presented by Meridian Township Parks and the Capitol Area Audobon Society. The final walk of the season takes place Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Davis Foster Preserve on North Van Atta Road.

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mike Whorf's 'Kaleidoscope' gets revival on AM-870

Mike Whorf.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

WKAR comes to the East Lansing Art Festival this weekend, with a live Current State broadcast on Saturday, May 17th  from 11am to 1pm.  Join host Mark Bashore and watch the show as it unfolds with musical guests Wisaal, and more music and conversation with festival artists of all kinds.  Come see us this weekend right in front of East Lansing City Hall on Abbott Road...

Radio Made in Michigan
9:51 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Mike Whorf's Kaleidoscope comes to WKAR

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of Kaleidoscope. The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

Starting in May, Mike Whorf's Kaleidoscope makes its return to Michigan audiences and listeners worldwide on WKAR AM870 and wkar.org.

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Arts
12:33 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Richard Sherman, Minsoo Sohn to perform live on 90.5FM

Pianist Minsoo Sohn

MSU faculty musicians Richard Sherman and Minsoo Sohn will perform live on WKAR this afternoon, Friday, April 18th at 2:00pm.  The flute/piano duo will premiere the new occasional 90.5 Classical series, Live from Studio S.  Sherman and Sohn will perform selections from their Saturday, April 19th Fairchild Theatre program of 20th century French music for flute and piano.  Hear Sherman and Sohn with music and conversation joined by WKAR's Peter Whorf .

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Arts
3:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A2SO Encore

Violinist Itamar Zorman, cellist David Requiro and A2SO music director Arie Lipsky with the Double Concerto by Brahms
Credit Czarnecki-Dempsey Photos

Miss it last Saturday?  Tune in this weekend.  Heard it in person?  Hear it again!

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Marriner at 90

Founder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields...first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra...hundreds of best-selling recordings.  Sir Neville Marriner has remained one of the most important classical artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In tribute to the great conductor (and violinist), WKAR's Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol will feature wall-to-wall Marriner tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.  Be sure to join Wolfgang, Johann, Mark, Jody and the rest for Tuesday's musical celebration!

Music
11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms

90.5 Classical will broadcast Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert live at 8 p.m.
Credit Ann Arbor YSO / flickr

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert.

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