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
11:43 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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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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