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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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

Credit NPR

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.

What's New on WKAR

Featuring the latest classical recordings from around the globe, across the country and here in mid-Michigan. WKAR's Peter Whorf is your host for the latest orchestral, chamber, choral and contemporary music, plus interviews with today's best-known and emerging artists.

James Forger
11:11 am
Tue October 23, 2012

College of Music Dean James Forger is Guest Host

Michigan State University College of Music Dean James Forger is our guest host on WKAR 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24 at 1:00PM. WKAR station manager Peter Whorf joins Dean Forger for 2 hours of his favorite music from Bach and Rachmaninoff to Joplin and Piazzola. We'll also hear the latest breaking music news from the recently opened Cook Recital Hall and upcoming College of Music faculty and ensemble performances. And we invite you to join the conversation with Dean Forger - live on WKAR - starting at 1:00pm.

Dean James Forger: 90.5 Classical Guest Host

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger is our guest host on WKAR 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24 at 1:00PM.  WKAR station manager Peter Whorf joins Dean Forger for 2 hours of his favorite music from Bach and Rachmaninoff to Joplin and Piazzola.  We'll also hear the latest breaking music news from the recently opened Cook  Recital Hall and upcoming College of Music faculty and ensemble performances.  And we invite you to join the conversation with Dean Forger - live on WKAR - starting at 1:00pm.

Support WKAR
8:29 am
Tue October 2, 2012

A Head Start - Keeping It Strong

The WKAR Fall 2012 membership drive takes to the air beginning Friday on 90.5 and AM870, with a goal of keeping your local public radio strong in mid-Michigan. You can help make a quick start toward the campaign goal when you Give Now at WKAR.org.

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