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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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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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Fri January 9, 2015

A visit with "Downton Abbey" composer John Lunn

The 'Downton Abbey' cast. The music of John Lunn has become a key component of one of public television's all-time biggest hits.
Credit Courtesy NPR

For those who missed out on Sunday’s Downton Abbey season opener: It’s “advantage Tony” where Mary is concerned; the wily Barrow once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat; and the surprise star of Season 5/Episode 1 was Moseley’s hair. The runaway PBS hit from England continues to captivate US TV audiences.

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Environment
11:28 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Meteorologist expects no polar vortex repeat

WILX-TV 10 meteorologist Andy Provenzano
Credit http://www.wilx.com/

Much of the Midwest is finally caught in the grip of Old Man Winter. This week brings the lowest Mid-Michigan temperatures since last year’s infamous “polar vortex”. What do the next weeks have in store?

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History
11:06 am
Tue January 6, 2015

MI historian explores life of pioneering African-American scholar

Sonya Bernard Hollins
Credit http://www.michiganhistorylectures.com/

Blanchard, Michigan native Merze Tate remains among our state’s most distinguished citizens. By any measure, she was a trail blazer not only in Michigan but across the U.S. and internationally. Tate was the first African-American graduate of Western Michigan Teachers College and the first African-American woman to attend the University of Oxford.

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StayTuned Update
5:35 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

SPECIAL: At Home with John Lunn: Composer of the Downtown Abbey Soundtrack

Credit NPR

Fri. Jan. 9 at 2pm and Sat. Jan. 10 at noon on 90.5 FM | Celebrated film composer John Lunn talks  about his life and career, composing for Downton Abbey, the Edwardian era, and some of his favorite music from that period.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

PROFILES: LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt's music career

Timothy Muffitt leads the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Credit WKAR file photo

Timothy Muffitt has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006. Muffitt has filled those same roles with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 1999.

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Sports
12:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Book recounts Detroit Lions storied past

Joe Schmidt. Yale Lary. Alex Karras. Lem Barney. Just a few of the legendary names and stories in the 2012 book "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die."  It’s a collection of Detroit Lion history by Oakland Press sports writer Paula Pasche.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Tue December 9, 2014

"William Tell": an opera, not just an overture

Teatre Reggio Turin Orchestra will perform 'William Tell' tonight in Ann Arbor.
Credit Courtesy Teatre Reggio Turin Orchestra

Tonight at 7:30 at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, artists from Teatro Regio Torino perform a concert version of Rossini’s famed opera "William Tell". Music Director Gianandrea Noseda leads the performance, which makes stops in Chicago, Toronto and New York City.

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History
11:14 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Snowboarding's Michigan roots

We may be headed into the deep, dark winter, but Michiganders are well-known for thriving in the snow. Our state has made an industry of winter activities. The sport of snowboarding itself was born in Muskegon. Native son Sherman Poppen got it all started during Christmas of 1965.

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

MSU College of Music concert brings holiday cheer to EL

MSU’s "Home for the Holidays" concert comes to the Wharton Center stage this Saturday at 4 p.m. Kevin Noe and Kieran McMillan are the creators of the production, based on last year’s successful program.

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Sports
11:32 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Spartan women run to national crown

MSU's Leah O'Connor was the Big Ten Conference cross country athlete of the year. MSU won the national championship over the weekend.
Credit http://www.msuspartans.com/

The MSU Women’s Cross Country team stood on college running high ground Saturday, capturing the NCAA National Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was the university’s first national championship since MSU men’s hockey in 2007, and the second women’s national championship in school history.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sayonara, Schwitzgoebel

Credit WKAR

For nearly 3 decades, WKAR’s morning music host Mark Schwitzgoebel has been a fixture for thousands of mid-Michigan classical music listeners. This week, Mark hangs up his microphone and retires from WKAR. Mark’s last day on the air is this Wednesday.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Wed November 19, 2014

MSU Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte"

MSU professor and opera director Melanie Helton
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Romance, intrigue, deception, and great music. All the ingredients for memorable opera are in the mix in Mozart’s classic,  "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sundance winner at MSU explores "The Heart of Cambodia"

'A River Changes Course' will be shown Thursday night in room B115 of Wells Hall at MSU. Filmmaker Kalayanee Mam will take questions after the movie.
Credit http://ariverchangescourse.com/

Michigan State University celebrates Geography Awareness Week with multiple campus-wide educational and entertainment opportunities through this Sunday. One event includes a screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "A River Changes Course".

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Good Luck, Mark!

Credit WKAR

Mark Schwitzgoebel, your favorite WKAR classical music morning host, hangs up his microphone next week.

After nearly three decades of service to WKAR, MSU and countless thousands of listeners over the years, Mark will bid farewell to his radio audience and retire from 90.5 Classical.

Mark's last official day on the air will be next Wednesday, November 26th.  WKAR will have a number of special broadcast celebrations for him in the next week, including a profile on Current State, and an in-studio "open house" show with station colleagues on Monday, November 24th.

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Environment
11:38 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Michigan landowners improve deer habitat

Credit Flickr - Ray Dumas

Many Michigan deer hunters consider the opening day of firearms season a state holiday. Thousands of sports-people joined the hunt starting this past Saturday. Last year 43-percent of Michigan hunters were successful, for a total of about 385,000 deer harvested.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri November 14, 2014

GR Symphony accompanies classic Gene Kelly movie

Gene Kelly stars in the classic movie musical 'Singin' in the Rain'. The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will accompany screenings of the film this weekend.
Credit http://grsymphony.org/

Tonight through Sunday, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor come to life on the big screen in the Hollywood classic "Singin' In The Rain". The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to the HD screening at Grand Rapids’ De Vos Theatre.

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Community
11:09 am
Mon November 10, 2014

PROFILES: MSU prof and graphic artist Karl Gude

Karl Gude
Credit Courtesy / MSU Dept. of Communication Arts & Sciences

Karl Gude is the former Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and The Associated Press. Gude left Newsweek after a decade to spearhead the first information-graphics program at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LSO Jazz Band takes flight with "Homage" to Charlie Parker, others

Ron Newman
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Ron Newman leads the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, in classic tunes by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Sy Oliver, his own composition entitled Homage, and more.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Violin virtuoso joins Russian symphony for Wharton concert

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com/

This Sunday night at the Wharton Center, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch. The multi-talented Salerno-Sonnenberg has performed with just about every major symphony orchestra on the planet.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

New Live Music Series Comes to 90.5 Classical

WKAR's newly restored 1936 Steinway eagerly awaits the first live Music From Studio S broadcast...
Credit Peter Whorf

Music From Studio S, WKAR's newest live music series premieres this Friday, November 7th, just after our 3pm NPR newscast. MSU College of Music faculty preview their upcoming Schubert concert with commentary by piano professor and chair Deborah Moriarty.  On the opening broadcast are Franz Schubert's A flat Impromptu and excerpts from a Schubert Sonatina, plus Dr. Moriarty's Schubert insights and a quick trip into the "Trout" Quintet...also on the program during this weekend's West Circle Series concert.

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Economy
11:01 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Planners eye faster Detroit-Chicago rail service

Passenger rail service between Detroit and Chicago could become much faster in the future under a plan being considered by officials in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
Credit Flickr - Bernt Rostad

Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation along with Indiana and Illinois presented a proposal for passenger rail improvements on the Detroit to Chicago line. When running on time, the "Wolverine Line" takes riders from the Motor City to the Windy City in about five and a half hours. New plans hope to cut travel time considerably, and increase ridership significantly.

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History
11:29 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Exhibit highlights Michigan's Civil War era Company K

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 month at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. The “Conceived in Liberty” exhibit focuses on themes from President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The display features artifacts from Michigan soldiers and stories of their key roles at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and other historic battles.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Battle of MI's great pumpkin gladiators

That's a big pumpkin at the Harnica Pumpkin Farm and Great Pumpkin Weigh-off.
Credit www.facebook.com/harnicapumpkins

Just in time for Halloween week, Current State’s Peter Whorf brings us this monstrous tale. It's a tale of competitive pumpkin growing in Michigan.

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Sports
11:49 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Spartan runners ranked number one in nation

MSU's women's cross country team has moved into the nation's top ranking.
Credit http://www.msuspartans.com/

MSU Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth was last season’s Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The coach and his runners have won many honors during Drenth’s tenure in the Big 10, MAC and Pac 12 conferences. Now the Spartan Women’s Cross Country team has brought new national accolades to MSU.

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History
11:51 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New exhibit highlights Michigan's role in the Civil War

One item in the 'Conceived in Liberty' exhibit is a copy of the Gettysburg Address, in Abraham Lincoln's hand.
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 month at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. The "Conceived in Liberty" exhibit focuses on themes from President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

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Community
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Lansing priest considers Vatican stance on gay, divorced Catholics

Fr. Mark Inglot
Credit http://elcatholics.org/

This past weekend, the Extraordinary Papal Synod on the Family convened to discuss issues regarding the Catholic Church’s gay and divorced members.

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