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.


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.

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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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.

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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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,

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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12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Lansing priest considers Vatican stance on gay, divorced Catholics

Fr. Mark Inglot

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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9:06 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Rexrode re-caps MSU-IU game, previews U-M

Spartan Stadium will be the site of Saturday's Michigan State-Michigan game.
Credit Flickr - CedarBendDrive

The 8th-ranked Michigan State University football Spartans had a great afternoon Saturday. They downed Indiana 56-17 in a game that saw 21 points scored in the fourth quarter alone.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

A2SO on 90.5 FM WKAR

Credit courtesy / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Sat. Oct. 18 - noon on 90.5 | The second concert in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's Main Stage series comes to 90.5 Classical this Saturday at noon.  The A2SO's Made In The USA program features works by Bernstein, Barber, Daugherty and Gershwin with violin soloist Joan Kwuon and local ensembles Boychoir of Ann Arbor and Vocal Arts Ensemble.  Arie Lipsky conducts and previews the next broadcast concert of the Main Stage series with WKAR's Peter Whorf.

This special broadcast is available exclusively over-the-air on 90.5 (no online streaming).

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Farewell, Current State producer Joe Linstroth

Joe Linstroth
Credit WKAR

Current State bids a reluctant but fond farewell today to the founding producer of our program. Joe Linstroth returns to his Ann Arbor alma mater as he leaves WKAR for a position at the University of Michigan's public radio station.

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Hear This
11:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Have You Heard What's New from WKAR?

Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager

We're building on the programming you love, to bring you more choices for music, news and conversation.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Premier string quartet comes to Ann Arbor

The Emerson String Quartet
Credit Courtesy - Lisa Mazzucco

It’s safe to say that the Emerson String Quartet is among the top such ensembles on the planet. In their more than three decades of existence, the Emerson’s  achievements include more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. The Emerson Quartet performs as part of the University Musical Society series at Ann Arbor’s Rackham Auditorium this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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10:57 am
Tue September 23, 2014

PROFILES: Leading supply chain professor recounts life from Turkey to MSU

Dr. Hakan Yildiz, an assistant professor of Supply Chain Management at MSU's Eli Broad College of Business.

Dr. Hakan Yildiz is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. He's the first guest in Current State’s new Profiles series, a monthly extended interview feature with educators, artists, actors and other cultural figures in our community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Muffitt Previews LSO Season

Timothy Muffitt and the LSO

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Music Director Timothy Muffitt is known not only as a brilliant conductor, but also as one of Michigan's finest classical music communicators and educators.  Maestro Muffitt will take you inside the music tomorrow as he previews the remainder of the 2014/15 LSO season with WKAR's Peter Whorf.  Join Timothy starting at 2:30 Tuesday for an intimate look at the favorites and surprises in store for you this year at the Wharton Center.

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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

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 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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11:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bats play crucial role in Michigan ecology


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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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11:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Native plants promote state's environmental health


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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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.

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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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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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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1:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

West Michigan's mysterious Mr. Rover


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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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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