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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Arts
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 Symphony...plus 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

Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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

Arts
12:06 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 8

Pianist Minsoo Sohn plays Brahms on What's New on WKAR

MSU assistant professor and pianist Minsoo Sohn is not only one of our state's most-talented musicians, he's also a rising star on the global classical music stage with recent acclaimed recordings and a Carnegie Hall debut.  What's New features one of our newest "in-house" recordings  - from Minsoo's January recital at Cook Hall.  Also, Daniel Barenboim conducts Bruckner's epic 7th Symphony, plus Beethoven and Handel...

Brahms/Variations on a Theme by Handel/Minsoo Sohn/MSU archive recording

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Arts
12:41 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 1

This week on What's New, Peter brings you more from the Vienna Philharmonic's 2013 opener.  The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra crosses over to Brahms, the San Francisco Ballet performs Delibes and pianist Rosa Antonelli plays Granados from her new release, Remembranza.

Wagner/Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin

Verdi/Prestissimo from Don Carlo/Vienna Phil, Most/Sony Classics

Brahms/Serenade #1 in D op. 11/Philharmonia Baroque, McGegan/PBP

Granados/Allegro de Concierto/Antonelli/Albany

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: Pontoons

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show wraps up this Sunday at Cobo Center.  Dozens of dealers are on-hand with the latest and greatest for cruising the Great Lakes.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf spent some time at the expo earlier this week and brings us his last in a series of reports from Cobo. This time, Peter speaks with Bill Rose of Rose Marine Service about a boat that’s close to home.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
4:04 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: The Quadski

Unveiled at the Detroit Boat Show, the Quadski quickly transitions from land to water.
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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show continues at Cobo Center through this weekend.

WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product.  Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.

 

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Music
3:54 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Hill Auditorium hosts the New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is back at Hill Auditorium since its last show there in 2009.
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This weekend the New York Philharmonic comes to Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium.

Sunday’s program features an all-Russian lineup, with Saturday’s bill devoted to Mozart and Brahms.

This year marks the centennial of Hill Auditorium and WKAR continues to celebrate with the occasional series, “Hill at 100.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:39 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Current State at Detroit Boat Show

Gibbs Sports and Amphibians' new QuadSki
Peter Whorf

This week on Current State, WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us to Cobo Center for the Detroit Boat show.  The expo runs through Sunday.  Tune in for Current State with Mark Bashore  weekdays at 9a and 6p on 90.5FM and noon on 870AM.  Emanuele Berry brings you Current State Weekend Saturdays at 11a and Sundays at noon on 90.5.  You can also hear our show Saturday and Sunday on 870AM.  Here are a few of the many things you might find at Cobo...

Arts
5:02 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

What's New on WKAR this Friday

The next edition of Peter Whorf's What's New on WKAR features one of the great pianists of our age - Emanuel Ax.  He plays music on his new Sony Classical disc by Haydn and Beethoven - and this week's What's New feature, Robert Schumann's Symphonic Etudes. Also, the Banff Competition award-winning Cecelia String Quartet and more...

What's New on WKAR/Friday, February 22 at 2pm:

Schumann/Symphonic Etudes/Emanuel Ax/Sony Classical

Bach/Brandenburg Concerto #1/Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra/Hanssler Classics

History
11:40 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Detroit Boat Show also features Great Lakes naval history

The American fleet of nine vessels, commanded by Oliver H. Perry, was outgunned by the British heading into The Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.
 

Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813.  The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry:  “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”
 

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Arts
10:02 am
Sat February 16, 2013

Downton Abbey Comes to 90.5 Classical

Today at noon (Sat. 2/16), celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series welcomes WKAR listeners into his home. Join 90.5 for the encore presentation of At Home with John Lunn: Composer of the Downton Abbey Soundtrack.

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Arts
4:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

What's New on WKAR, February 15

This week at 2pm on What's New - MSU's Verdehr Trio celebrates 40 years, Lansing-based pianist Sergei Kvitko looks forward to Carnegie Hall as he releases the new disc, Ad Libitum...and we hear new releases from the Cecelia String Quartet and the Claremont Trio's new Beethoven Triple Concerto.

Beethoven/Triple Concerto op. 56/Claremont Trio, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

Haydn/Variations in F Minor/Sergei Kvitko

Granados/Escenas Romanticas excerpt/Sergei Kvitko

Bruch/Four Pieces, op. 83/Verdehr Trio

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History
12:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Radio legend Mike Whorf on life, love songs

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio.
Credit Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mike Whorf on WKAR

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio
Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's 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.

 

Kaleidoscope brought listeners an hour-long journey into people, places and events - woven together with period music, archival news recordings, and Whorf's distinctive narrative.

 

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:16 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Prowling for owls in the dark Michigan woods

The Harris Nature Center's "Owl Prowl" gives people of all ages the chance to spot an owl in Michigan's woods.
Credit John Hollingsworth (Wikimedia Commons)

Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center offers a variety of winter evening tours, including walking tours, by snowshoe and by cross country skis.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf takes us on a recent Saturday night “Owl Prowl," where guided night tours through the Center's woods could lead to an owl-spotting.  

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Sports
12:48 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The MSU band's role in a big game

John Madden is associate professor of music, associate director of bands, and director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. Professor Madden and the Spartan Brass will be embedded in the Izzone tonight as the Spartans square off against the Michigan Wolverines for their first-ever meeting as Top-10 ranked teams.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Year Of The Snake, Night Of The Owl

Saturday's Chinese New Year Festivities at Meridian Mall
Peter Whorf

Coming up this week on Current State, you'll hear the sounds of Chinese New Year in Mid-Michigan from Saturday's Meridian Mall festivities.  Hundreds gathered for music, dance, painting, games and many other Chinese arts and traditions in celebration of the Year of the Snake.  Later in the week, a visit to the Harris Nature Center's  Owl Prowl with Park Naturalist Katie Adams.  Just how many kinds of owls call Michigan home?  What do they sound like?  Katie tells all.

Arts
10:10 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Downton Abbey Comes to 90.5 Classical

Carson enjoys some Elgar

Friday, February 15 at 7pm and Saturday the 16th at noon, celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series welcomes WKAR listeners into his home.  

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Arts
3:43 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Downton Radio Special on 90.5 Classical

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If you've watched the series, then you'll know that the soundtrack is amazing, and if you've not seen this series, then you should, because it is amazing as well.

Friday, February 15 at 7pm and Saturday the 16th at noon, celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series welcomes WKAR listeners into his home.  Lunn talks with former BBC host and producer Jon Tolansky, about his life and career, composing for Downton Abbey, the Edwardian era, and some of his favourite music from that period.

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Music
12:17 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

WKAR’s music team breaks down Classical Music Grammy nominees

The 55th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night at 8pm on CBS. Millions of eyes and ears will be turned to some of the world’s most popular music that evening.

Classical music, as usual, will be somewhat of a sidebar. The classical Grammys are typically announced off-camera in a separate awards ceremony. But the fact remains that the breadth and depth of classical music leads to a large number of categories, nominations and awards.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The history behind the murals at Shanora's Beauty and Barber Supply

The murals at Lansing's Shanora's Beauty and Barber Supply, 829 W. Saginaw St., celebrate figures in African American culture.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Just a few blocks northwest of the Capitol building is Shanora’s Beauty and Barber Supply at 829 West Saginaw Street. Shanora’s was established by its owner Ora Fuller 29 years ago today.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

New exhibit shows off graphic artist's work at 'Newsweek' magazine

Karl Gude is the Graphics Editor in Residence at MSU.  Before MSU, Gude was the director for information graphics at Newsweek magazine and his professional work is currently on display at the Michigan Historical Museum.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf spoke with Gude about information graphics and the creative process.

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Arts
7:37 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Mozart

Salzburg morning, January 2006
Peter Whorf

This Friday on What's New on WKAR we anticipate Mozart's January 27th birthday.  Actually, our entire morning and afternoon of music will be dedicated to Mozart.  Mark Schwitzgoebel starts the festivities at 10am, and Peter Whorf brings the party home on What's New from 2-4pm.  What's New also showcases five audio Postcards from Salzburg - sonic tours of the many historic musical locales from Mozart's home town produced by Peter at Mozartwoche 250 in 2006.

WKAR Blog
5:38 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Current State Visits Auto Show

The new Camaros at the NAIAS at Cobo in Detroit.
Credit Peter Whorf

Tune to Current State every day next week as Scott Pohl and Peter Whorf report from the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  We'll also take you on a tour of classic cars at Lansing's own RE Olds Museum of Transportation.  

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Blogs
8:08 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Current State Staffers Plan Show Launch

Current State plans first week's shows and world domination.
Credit Peter Whorf

WKAR's Current State staff is preparing for the launch of Mid-Michigan's new radio news and arts magazine from MSU.  Our first show brings you Governor Rick Snyder, a discussion of East Lansing public schools, Mid-Michigan business, sports and more.  Left-right: WKAR News Director Kevin Lavery, Current State host Mark Bashore, Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry, Current State producer Joe Linstroth, WKAR Reporter and host Scott Pohl.

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WKAR Blog
2:19 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Mozart from WKAR & A2SO

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Music Director Arie Lipsky joins WKAR radio station manager Peter Whorf to preview the A2SO's January 19th Mozart Birthday Bash.  Tune in for music and Mozart merriment, Tuesday, January 15th at noon on 90.5 Classical.

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