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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Current State's Peter Whorf and MSU professor Marsha MacDowell discuss the art of Chinese Quilts at the MSU Museum.

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The MSU campus is the setting for countless activities, including the recently arrived sport of Nordic Walking. Peter Whorf talks a walk with Eric Ederer.

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While the Detroit Pistons dropped their first game in the playoffs this weekend, a Spartan basketball star realized one of her big hoop dreams. After losing twice to the Lightning, the Red Wings beat Tampa Bay in their playoff series last night. We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin.


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Spring football is here for the Spartans. We hear about what kind of shape the 2016 team is in from Current Sports host Al Martin.


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He composed 8 operas, 4 ballets, music for 13 plays and many dozens of orchestral and vocal works.

But Gustav Holst is best known for a single masterpiece.

His seven- part suite, The Planets was completed 100 years ago.  The audio astrological tour has been a mainstay of the concert repertoire ever since.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performs the work this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Michigan Theatre.

It’s also a live broadcast on 90.5 Classical...and it’s streamed at wkar.org.

April 2016 is a big month for live broadcasts on WKAR.  With MSU's College of Music presenting concerts nearly every day, WKAR joins in the fun by broadcasting /live streaming a program each week throughout the month.  This is the first month ever that WKAR and the College of Music have undertaken such a partnership.  90.5 FM and wkar.org will feature faculty, student and guest artists in everything from chamber ensembles to jazz to the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

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MSU Jazz professor Ron Newman showcases the keyboard in an upcoming Fairchild Theatre concert.


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Sportswriter Joe Rexrode has covered MSU sports for the Lansing State Journal and the Detroit Free press for years. He's leaving Michigan for a job in Tennessee.


From continental droughts to failed city water systems, Charles Fishman has been studying and forecasting global water challenges for years. Dr. Kirk Heinze of Greening of the Great Lakes talks with the author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water".


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March Sadness.

It’s running rampant through this year’s NCAA tournament brackets.

Falling in their first round games this weekend were Baylor, Cal, West Virginia...and a certain number two team that’s been the talk of the men’s tourney for unexpected reasons.

The MSU women also came up just short in a back-and-forth thriller against Mississippi State yesterday.  Mark talks with Current Sports host Al Martin about the weekend’s double stunner.

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Courtesy photo / Wharton Center

The Motown sound is the star of "Motown the Musical" this week at the Wharton Center. We talk with Jesse Nager, who stars as Smokey Robinson.


Spartans Big Ten Champs
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Michigan State's men's basketball team won the Big Ten Conference tournament yesterday and earned a number two seed in the NCAA tournament. We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin about Spartan basketball.


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Current State talks with Arie Lipsky of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra about their Saturday concert.

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Dick Estell's lengthy run as WKAR's Radio Reader is coming to and end. In an interview a couple of years ago, he reflected on the personal significance of the show.


Aerial Powers
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The MSU men’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season this weekend with a win over Ohio State. The MSU women made it to the finals of the Big Ten tournament before falling to Maryland. We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin about Spartan basketball.


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