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.


2:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 16

Cerutti Quartet plays Debussy

Baroque,  Impressionist and diverse 20th century styles make for a wide variety of sounds on this edition of What's New...

Bach/Keyboard Concerto in d/Pierce, Capella Istropolitana/MSR Classics

Debussy/String Quartet/Cerutti Qt/MSR Classics

Barber/Violin Concerto/Schiff, MAV Sym, Eisenberg/MSR Classics

Bloch/Concerto Grosso/Pierce, Slovak Radio/MSR

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:15 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

WKAR at World Tournament of Historic Baseball

Greenfield Village "La-Dee-Dahs" take in a game
Peter Whorf

This coming week, Current State takes you to this year's World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village.  Teams from around the Great Lakes region and beyond squared off this weekend for 19th century baseball supremacy.   Tune in for the sounds of the games, cheering crowds, brass bands, steam trains and more.  Plus, an inside look at 19th century baseball from one of the members of the Saginaw Old Golds - 2012's championship squad   The historic baseball season continues throughout Michigan into the fall...

2:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 9

Pianist Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

An historic new release of the 1973 Adrian Boult classic recording of Gustav Holst's The Planets highlights today's show.  The flip side of the new BBC Magazine release features the brilliant and prolific pianist Paul Lewis with Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1.  A new Mahler disc and Bach round out this edition of What's New on WKAR.

Holst/The Planets/BBC Sym/BBC Magazine

Mahler/Das Lied von der Erde excerpt/Martingale Ensemble, Selden, Zeller/MSR Classics

Beethoven/Piano Concerto #1/BBC Sym, Lewis/BBC Magazine

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Living History aboard the USS Silversides

Garry McKeen shows us the Silverside's forward torpedo room
Peter Whorf

As part of Current State's ongoing coverage of Michigan culture and history, we've been exploring a number of the fascinating  year-round and seasonal events and exhibits across the Great Lakes.  Join us next week in Muskegon, Michigan as we explore the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at its beautiful Lake Michigan location.  You'll hear the remarkable docent (and fellow former Chicagoan) Garry McKeen with moving and personal stories of the all-volunteer submariners who served aboard the Silversides beginning just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

WKAR at Great Lakes Folk Festival

Mark Bashore, Emanuele Berry, Aaron Young and Joe Linstroth at Common Ground in July...join us at the GLFF this week.
Credit Peter Whorf

You've joined us at the East Lansing Art Festival, Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and five days at 

  Lansing's Common Ground.  Now join Current State at the Great Lakes Folk Festival as Mark Bashore and company broadcast live on Friday, August 9 at 6pm.  Hope to see you there!

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12:38 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 2

Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio plays Brahms with pianist James Winn

The giants of Germany and Scandinavia figure prominently on this edition of What's New.  The BBC Symphony of Wales brings two high-voltage live recordings of fifth symphonies by Sibelius and Nielsen.  Plus, new chamber music from MSR Recordings of Brahms and Beethoven.

Brahms/Sonata #3 for violin and piano/Sant'Ambrogio, Winn/MSR

Nielsen/Symphony #5/BBC Sym. Wales/BBC Magazine

Sibelius/Symphony #5/BBC Sym. Wales/BBC Magazine

Beethoven/Sonata in D for Cello and Piano/Carr, Sauer/MSR

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7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 26

Pianist Anne Marie McDermott highlights todays's What's New - with two concertos from her latest all-Mozart release.  You'll also hear recent performances from here in Mid-

  Michigan  with excerpts from the MSU Symphony's 2013 Honors Concert and the MSU Chorale.

Mozart.Piano Concerto #13/McDermott, Calder Quartet/Bridge

Debussy/Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans/MSU Chorale, Rayl/MSU Recording

Ravel/Tzigane/Bezuglov, MSU Sym/MSU Recording

Mozart/Piano Concerto#14/McDermott, Calder Quartet/Bridge

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4:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 19

Today's show features both local and international releases from the MSU College of Music and Lansing Symphony to the Quartet of Cremona and Bela Fleck's Virtuosic banjo!

Prokofiev/Romeo and Juliet/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU Recording

Beethoven/String Quartet op 95 "Seriosos"/Quartto di Cremona/Audite

Fleck/Night Flight Over Water/Fleck, Brooklyn Ryder/21C Media

2:49 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 12

Today's program features MSU's Suren Bagratuni and Minsoo Sohn, plus new releases from the Gewandhaus Orchestra,

the Zofo piano duo and more...

Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Current State at Common Ground

Current State broadcasts live again tonight from Common Ground in Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park.  Host Mark Bashore will be there at 6pm each night through Friday.  Hope to see you there!

12:54 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 28

The Emerson Quartet's newest release Journeys is featured on this week's show - with incredible recordings of music by Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg.  And MSU pianist Minsoo Sohn plays Kreisler/Rachmaninoff from his late 2012 joint concert with cellist Suren Bagratuni - plus Beethoven and Gershwin...

Beethoven/Piano Sonata #28/Masi/Consezio

Schoenberg/Verklartenacht/Emerson, Neubauer, Carr/Sony

Gershwin/Three Preludes/Cockrell/Troy

Tchaikovsky/Souvenir de Florence/Emerson, Neubauer, Carr/Sony

Radio Made in Michigan
9:16 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lansing's Vintage Radio Expo on Current State


Plymouth's Mark Oppat is an avid vintage radio collector, restorer and owner of the on-line company Radio Parts...a supplier of replacement components for other antique radio enthusiasts.

Mark is also active in the Michigan Antique Radio Club. It's an organization dedicated to preserving the history and knowledge of radio, television, and related disciplines...with a special emphasis on contributions originating in the state of Michigan.

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Support WKAR
9:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Classical Music Endowment - Give Now

On Monday, WKAR Radio is holding a one-day pledge drive to support the classical music you love. Your pledge will be dedicated to WKAR's commitment to classical music and will become part of the WKAR Classical Music Endowment.

You enjoy and depend on classical music here on WKAR. Give Now Online or call 517 353-5000  to donate to the Classical Music Endowment -- where your donation can be used only to support classical music in mid-Michigan from WKAR.

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2:54 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 14


/Piano Concerto #1/Lansing Sym/O'Reilly/Muffitt/MSU recording

Respighi/Berceuse/Pine, Hagle/Cedille

Chopin/Piano Sonata #3/Kolesnikov/Honens

Thompson/Alleluia/Ying Quartet/Sonos Luminus

Hanson/Concerto Da Camera/Ying Quartet, Neiman/Sonos Luminas

Barber/Adagio/Ying Quartet/Sonos Luminus

Barber/Souvenirs/Zofo/Sonos Luminus

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12:41 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 7

Mei-Ann Chen leads the Chicago Sinfonietta

This week brings new releases of solo piano, chamber and orchestral music.  The brilliant young pianist Conrad Tao plays Rachmaninov and Ravel from his latest disc...and fellow Illinois musicians of the Chicago Sinfonietta perform an exciting new arrangement of Bernstein's beloved West Side Story.  Plus, more Beethoven from the latest cycle by Quartetto Di Cremona.

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3:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

LSO's Timothy Muffitt live on WKAR

WKAR's Peter Whorf with Timothy Muffitt last fall in the studios of 90.5 Classical
Credit Bill Richards

Join 90.5 Classical this Thursday at 2pm when Lansing Symphony music director Timothy Muffitt joins us as guest host on WKAR. Timothy will share several of his favorite classical recordings and preview some of the 2013-14 LSO season. You... can also join in on the Mid-Michigan classical conversation on WKAR's Facebook page - or email. That's guest host Timothy Muffitt along with WKAR radio station manager Peter Whorf, Thursday at 2pm on 90.5 classical...


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1:08 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 31

Trio Solisti

Two Midwestern groups figure in this edition of What's New.  The Jackson Symphony plays a suite from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet from their May 4th concert at Potter Center Music Hall.  We'll also sample some of the Winnetka Illinois-raised Ying Quartet's new all-American release entitled American Anthem.  Plus, chamber music from the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition and a Dvorak Trio from Trio Solisti.

Dvorak/Piano Trio No. 3/Trio Solisti/Brideg

Mendelssohn/Sonata for Cello and Piano/Kolesnokov, Moser/Honens

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10:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 24

Conrad Tao

We explore the world of new classical recordings outside of Michigan on this edition of What's New.  The Midwest is represented by both the Indianapolis Symphony with Antonin Dvorak's tone poem The Water Goblin and Illinois native Conrad Tao's new disc of music by California composer Gordon Getty.  Also, Portugal's Dryads Duo and pianist Edward Auer and the Shanghai Quartet play Chopin.

Chopin/Piano Concerto #1/Auer, Shanghai Quartet/Culture Demain

Janacek/Sonata for Violin and Piano/Dryads Duo/Fundacao

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:32 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

The Current State team prepares for the show's January 2013 launch
Credit Peter Whorf

Join us at the East Lansing Art Festival tomorrow as Current State broadcasts live from in front of City Hall from 11a-1p. 90.5FM will be there live with music, interviews and arts coverage all day...

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2:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR May 17

MSU Symphony and Kevin Noe
Credit Peter Whorf

Hector Berlioz's monumental Symphonie Fantastique dominates our 23rd edition of the show - Kevin Noe conducts a November 2012 performance from the Wharton Center.  Also, more of Pavel Kolesnikov's new release of his performances fom the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition....and the Moscow Quartet with Beethoven.

Berlioz/Symphonie Fantastique/MSU Sym, Noe/MSU recording

Beethoven/String Qt No.11/Moscow Quartet/Finer Arts

Beethoven/Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"/Kolesnikov/Honens

Telemann/Sonata in A minor/Field and Franz Duo/Yellow Tail

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10:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 10

Quartetto di Cremona

We venture outside of Mid-Michigan for much of this edition.  First, NYC-based pianist Steven Masi plays Beethoven's 15th Sonata - Steven is recording the complete piano sonatas.  We'll also have Beethoven's early Quartet op18.#6 from the Quartet of Cremona.  These fellas are also recording a Beethoven complete cycle.  From home, the MSU Symphony and Kevin Noe play Debussy's La Mer, and we fill out What's New with Corelli and Krommer....

Beethoven/Piano Son #15/Masi/Concezio Prod.

Corelli/Sonata #3 in C/Trio Corelli/Bridge

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:15 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Current Sports with Al Martin launches Monday

Current Sports intern Mike Koury, producer and engineer Aaron Young and host and producer Al Martin

Al Martin and the Current Sports crew has been preparing for the debut week of Mid-Michigan's newest daily sports talk show...starting Monday, May 13 at 1pm on 870AM.  Al will also be a special guest and regular sports contributor for the daily news/arts radio magazine, Current State.  Be sure to tune in to 870AM next week for special guests including a few Spartan legends, Fox Sports Southwest executive and MSU grad Jeff Genthner...and a special familiar friend to kick of Al's premiere!

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

Come see Current State's Mark Bashore and Emanuele Berry at our City Hall location during this year's East Lansing Art Festival on May 18th.  Watch Mark and Emanuele create your show in this 2-hour special edition of Current State from 11a-1p...then stay with us for classical music live from the festival from 1-5.

Hope you can be there with us - or listen in between 11 and 5 on 90.5, WKAR-FM...

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3:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 3

Hope you enjoy program 21 - dominated by local recordings from Lansing and Jackson.

Mozart/Fantasy in d minor/Sergei Kvitko/Blue Griffin

Mussorgsky/Trepak/Kvitko/Blue Griffin

Chopin/Piano Concerto #2/Auer, Shanghai Qt/Culture/Demain

Barber/First Essay for Orchestra/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU recording

Dvorak/Sym #7/Jackson, Osmond/Jackson Sym recording

10:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 26

Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony and Timothy Muffitt headline our latest What's New with Antonin Dvorak's beloved Symphony #9 "From the New World"...and two selections from Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov feature piano music of Robert Schumann and another crowd-pleaser...Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1.

Schumann/Kinderszenen excerpts/Kolesnikov/Honens

Dvorak/Sym #9/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU recording

Tchaikovsky/Piano Concerto #1/Calgary Philharmonic, Kolesnikov, Minczuk/Honens

Dvorak/Cypresses excerpts/Cypress String Qt/Avie

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3:42 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 12

Local, live recordings once again highlight this week's edition of What's New, from the MSU Symphony, to the Jackson 20th and 21st century music from both ensembles.

Beethoven/Symphony #1/MSU Symphony, Noe/MSU recording

Adams/The Chairman Dances/MSU Symphony, Noe/MSU recording

Schumann/Overture, Scherzo and Finale/Atlantic Classical Orchestra/Artek

Dvorak/String Quartet #13/Cypress String Quartet/Avie

Mozart/Quintet for Piano and Winds K452/JSO members/Jackson Symphony Recording

3:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 5

Three MSU performances highlight today's What's New.  First, Richard Sherman and A Ram Lee bring you a February performance from the Jackson Symphony's Classical Cabaret series of Richard Strauss' Flute and Piano Sonata.  Then, Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony in a brilliant reading of Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid Suite.  And the MSU Wind Symphony plays Percy Grainger's Colonial Song.

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8:40 am
Fri March 29, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 29

Kevin Noe conducts Beethoven's Symphony #1 this week on What's New on WKAR

Musicians from two of Mid-Michigan's most prominent ensembles highlight this week's program.  First, David Rayl's Lansing Symphony performance of excerpts from Johannes Brahms German Requiem comes to you for Good Friday.  Then, Kevin Noe and the MSU Symphony Orchestra bring you a performance of Beethoven's Symphony #1 from their February 2013 concert.  The King's Singersperform more sacred music for the season and Zuill Bailey plays Dvorak's beloved Cello Concerto in b minor.

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9:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 22

This week we have two new releases from eastern Europe and two from the eastern U.S.  The Moscow Quartet plays one of Beethoven's most popular chamber works, the string quartet #10 called the "Harp" quartet.  Then, Bulgarian pianist Hristo Kazakov plays selections from Claude Debussy's Images.  The rarely heard Robert Schumann Violin Concerto comes to you in a new live performance by Elmar Olivera and Boca Raton's Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble celebrates 60 years with a new Stravinsky disc.

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3:01 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 15

This week on What's New:

Mozart/Piano Concerto #24/Alessio Bax, Southbank Sinfonia/Signum Classics

Dvorak/Trio #4/Trio Solisti/Bridge

Beethoven/Eroica Variations/Ax/Sony