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.


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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12:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

What happened to Northwest Flight 2501?

NWA Flight 2501 went down over Lake Michigan 64 years ago today and is still missing. This memorial service took place in 2008.
Credit flickr - msra images

On June 24th, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 left New York City for Seattle. The state of the art DC-4 aircraft was to stop in Minneapolis for refueling, before proceeding to the west coast. Monitoring the plane in threatening weather over Lake Michigan, air controllers lost track of the flight. The aircraft was never recovered, nor were any passengers or crew. Further wreckage discovered some days later indicated a total loss.

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11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

Credit Flickr - Alice Carrier

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra and music director Timothy Muffitt recently announced their 2014-15 season. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Lansing State Journal classical music writer Ken Glickman for a preview.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Ahead on Current State: Michigan Remembers D-Day

Michigan veteran Earl Harmon, Sr., (1921-2011) was part of the D-Day invasion.

Fri. June 6 - 9am - 90.5 WKAR | Today's Generation Honors the Greatest Generation. Current State from WKAR presents a special 30-minute audio documentary commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Local bird watching opportunities

Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

May is an important month for birdwatchers. "Birdwatching in our Parks" is a series of walks presented by Meridian Township Parks and the Capitol Area Audobon Society. The final walk of the season takes place Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Davis Foster Preserve on North Van Atta Road.

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mike Whorf's 'Kaleidoscope' gets revival on AM-870

Mike Whorf.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

WKAR comes to the East Lansing Art Festival this weekend, with a live Current State broadcast on Saturday, May 17th  from 11am to 1pm.  Join host Mark Bashore and watch the show as it unfolds with musical guests Wisaal, and more music and conversation with festival artists of all kinds.  Come see us this weekend right in front of East Lansing City Hall on Abbott Road...

Radio Made in Michigan
9:51 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Mike Whorf's Kaleidoscope comes to WKAR

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of Kaleidoscope. The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

Starting in May, Mike Whorf's Kaleidoscope makes its return to Michigan audiences and listeners worldwide on WKAR AM870 and

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12:33 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Richard Sherman, Minsoo Sohn to perform live on 90.5FM

Pianist Minsoo Sohn

MSU faculty musicians Richard Sherman and Minsoo Sohn will perform live on WKAR this afternoon, Friday, April 18th at 2:00pm.  The flute/piano duo will premiere the new occasional 90.5 Classical series, Live from Studio S.  Sherman and Sohn will perform selections from their Saturday, April 19th Fairchild Theatre program of 20th century French music for flute and piano.  Hear Sherman and Sohn with music and conversation joined by WKAR's Peter Whorf .

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3:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A2SO Encore

Violinist Itamar Zorman, cellist David Requiro and A2SO music director Arie Lipsky with the Double Concerto by Brahms
Credit Czarnecki-Dempsey Photos

Miss it last Saturday?  Tune in this weekend.  Heard it in person?  Hear it again!

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Marriner at 90

Founder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields...first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra...hundreds of best-selling recordings.  Sir Neville Marriner has remained one of the most important classical artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In tribute to the great conductor (and violinist), WKAR's Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol will feature wall-to-wall Marriner tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.  Be sure to join Wolfgang, Johann, Mark, Jody and the rest for Tuesday's musical celebration!

11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms

90.5 Classical will broadcast Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert live at 8 p.m.
Credit Ann Arbor YSO / flickr

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert.

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Arts & Culture
12:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration

The MSU Percussion Ensemble is part of the 'Latin IS America' music festival.
Credit Courtesy of MSU College of Music

The second MSU "Latin IS America" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts.

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11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU

La Boheme opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Andrea Puggioni

MSU Opera Theater perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with director Melanie Helton and music director Daniel Beckwith, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

MSU prof recaptures iconic African images

Darcy Greene's photos were taken in 2012. The MSU Museum exhibition runs through April 27.
courtesy of Darcy Greene

The exhibit Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: A Photographic Contrast is currently on display at the Michigan State University Museum. The show presents a comparison of the images of Pierre Verger, the French photojournalist who immersed himself in the lives, customs, and beliefs of the people of Dahomey, now Benin, West Africa.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony Comes to WKAR

WKAR and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will team for their first live broadcast together on Saturday April 12 at 8pm.  The all-Brahms season finale concert will feature violin soloist Itamar Zorman and cellist David Requiro in a program which comes to you from the Michigan Theatre.  Also on the bill are Brahms's Symphony No. 1, Academic Festival Overture, and U of M professor Bright Sheng's "Black Swan" - a ravishing arrangement of one of the piano intermezzi by Brahms.

Don't miss this 90.5 Classical broadcast premiere of Michigan's A2SO!

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Walk like a Nordician: Meridian offers class on Nordic walking

Eric Ederer says nordic walking can be done on paved surfaces, grass...anywhere you can normally walk.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR


Eric Ederer instructs Mid-Michiganders in techniques of Nordic Walking at the Harris Nature Center in Meridian Township on Saturday March 22.

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1:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cello takes center stage at MSU music series

The Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival at MSU runs through Sunday.
Credit Flickr - red.sideburns

MSU’s College of Music Cello Plus series has grown into one of Michigan’s largest chamber festivals. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Cello Plus founder Suren Bagratuni and visiting composer Vache Sharafyan about this Wednesday’s concert at Fairchild Theatre.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:17 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Current State honored by Michigan Association of Broadcasters

Current State's Joe Linstroth and Mark Bashore
Credit Peter Whorf

WKAR's daily radio news and arts magazine, Current State was awarded Best in Category for Community Service at last night's Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards at the Lansing Center.  Current State host Mark Bashore and producer Joe Linstroth created and produced the weekly 2013 series which continues to feature listener-nominated individuals and organizations who serve the Mid-Michigan community.  

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12:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

A preview of summer concerts from mid-Michigan to Interlochen

Interlochen's art camp for grades 3-12 performing over the summer.
Credit Courtesy of

As we dream of warm days to come, summer music festivals around Michigan are releasing their summer schedules. Among the performances are the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, Interlochen and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Documentary celebrates legacy of Lansing's Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments was founded by Stan Werbin.
Credit Flickr/brianhef

If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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1:34 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

When will it end? Spring weather preview

Provenzano says that Michigan can expect one more heavy snowstorm before spring arrives in March.
Credit Flickr - Yannick Bammert

How much longer?  That’s the question on most of our minds as March 1st and “meteorological spring” arrive.  Current State got a spring forecast preview from WILX’s Andy Provenzano.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic thrills Wharton Center listeners

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic rehearses at MSU's Wharton Center
Credit Peter Whorf

If you enjoy virtuoso orchestral playing at the highest level, I hope you were able to hear the St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the Wharton Center last night.  The orchestra led by Yuri Temirkanov heated up the hall on a freezing February evening with Rachmaninoff's electrifying Symphony No. 2 and an excellent collaboration with Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang in Prokofiev's second concerto.  For good measure, the group opened with a crisp Rossini Barber of Seville

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12:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers

Musician Vilde Frang
Credit Flickr - Olavsfestdagene


From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:14 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Primarily Piano | March 2014

In March, Primarily Piano features five superstars of the keyboard. Solo piano music, chamber groups and concerto performances are all part of five recent releases by masters of the instrument featured this month.
Saturdays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR.

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