Peter Whorf

Radio Station Manager

Peter Whorf is radio station manager for WKAR Public Media. He oversees the news and music divisions of WKAR Radio, and is host of MSU In Concert, numerous live broadcasts and the 90.5 New Release Of The Month feature.

Peter joined WKAR in August 2012.

Peter arrived at WKAR from WFMT, where he was radio program director and vice president of content for the Chicago commercial classical station. 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 with a degree in violin performance.

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San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in their newest release - the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann. WKAR's Peter Whorf gives us a first listen to the 4-symphony set, as MTT brings us on a journey to Schumann's time and place.

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Current State - the latest on the arrest of an MSU dean; a talk with one of Larry Nassar's survivors and her plans to help Meridian Township; Bridge Magazine's profile of the 39 gun bills in the state legislature; Plus YMusic.


From Ben Folds to John Legend to Paul Simon - the chamber music group yMusic collaborates with a list of artists as wide ranging as its own style.

It's nearly impossible to categorize the sound of yMusic. Listeners can decide for themselves when the group comes to our area the first week in April. WKAR's Peter Whorf has the story...


British violinist Daniel hope leads a grand tour through several eras of great music. WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us through Hope's newest release, Journey to Mozart. It's WKAR's March New Release Of The Month.

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With the Grand and Red Cedar rivers continuing to rise throughout Thursday, crests are expected to reach several feet beyond flood stage sometime late Thursday/early Friday.

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Though they span three centuries, the three composers featured on Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra program speak similar musical languages. WKAR's Peter Whorf and LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt explain...

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February's 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month transports you to Vienna's famed Musikverein for the New Year's Day 2018 celebration.  WKAR's Peter Whorf brings you Sony Classical's newest from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic.

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"This is our fight song: No More Shadows. MSU Shadows protected Larry Nassar for more than 20 years."

Those were the words of MSU Associate Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon. 

Pegler-Gordon's stance was one variation on a familiar theme during Friday night's Michigan State University rally at The Rock. Hundreds gathered to honor the survivors of convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar, the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced this week to serve between 40 and 175 years for his crimes against scores of girls and young women.

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In case you missed it, you can still hear MSU In Concert on 90.5 Classical. It's still on Fridays - just a little later, with a 7pm start time. MSUIC's Sunday 2pm time has made way for broadcasts of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts.

WKAR's New Release of the Month feature takes over for the long-running What's New in Classical Music show starting this month. 

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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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A new book about the Vietnam War focuses on the journey of one Midwestern man.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf and Traverse City, Michigan author Doug Stanton bring us a story of

the horrors of war and its aftermath…through one citizen soldier.

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Dr. James Niblock turns 100 on November 1st, and WKAR celebrates with the composer, musical friends and host Jody Knol and the special program James Niblock: The First 100 Years.


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.