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 host Mark Bashore anchors WKAR's local Election 2016 coverage for 90.5FM and

, joining in with all-night NPR coverage and PBS NewHour on WKAR TV.  Here, Mark and political analysts Dennis Denno and Tom Shields discuss national, state and local races of high interest...

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With early returns coming in, Democratic Eaton County Sheriff candidate Tom Wright held a slight lead over Republican McPhail.  Mark also checks in with Mi First Election's Troy Hale and journalism student Caitlin DeLuca.

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MSU School of Journalism director Lucinda Davenport and graduate student Pechulano Ali discuss their efforts with the university's MI First Election efforts.

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MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences Dean Prabu David sat down with WKAR's Mark Bashore to open 90.5's election coverage on Tuesday night.  As Michiganders await election results, Dean David and MSU J-School student Skyler Ashley discussed their experiences with the university's 300+ -strong MI First Election project...

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WKAR Morning Edition host Brooke Allen went to Meridian Mall today to speak with Michigan voters  awaiting election results.  One of those casting his ballot was Ahlan Mediterranean Cuisine owner Yousef Al-Sadi.  Mr. Al-Sadi chose not to reveal his choice, but is hopeful that his 2016 selections will spur economic growth.  Al-Sadi arrived at his polling place early this morning...


MSU grad Don Gonyea is one of NPR's veteran political reporters.  Don has remained one of radio's go-to voices throughout his career...and through Election 2016.  He took a moment to call into WKAR last week for a few final thoughts on this year's presidential race...

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Cameroonian journalist Pechulano Ali and Sterling Heights, Michigan, native Erin Gray bring a different perspective to Election 2016 in their Mi First Election conversation today at MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences. 

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Voters turned out this morning at the Cornell Elementary School polling location in Okemos, Michigan.

At 8:30am Tuesday morning, approximately 70 people were present to make their choices for national, state and local elections.

Michigan polls close this evening at 8:00pm.


The final touches are being made on the MSU School of Journalism's state-of-the-art media center and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  WKAR TV and 90.5FM will be with you to provide live PBS NewsHour and NPR special coverage along with the MI First Election team starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing through the night.

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More than 300 WKAR news producers and MSU journalists are prepared to bring capital region, Michigan and national election results and analysis to listeners and viewers this November 8th.

WKAR 90.5FM  joins NPR's special Election 2016 coverage starting at 8pm and takes you through the night. NPR's Morning Edition and WKAR's Brooke Allen grab the baton at 5am with election discussion for your early morning and drive time hours.

WKAR TV joins in the political coverage, teaming locally with the national reach of PBS NewsHour.

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MSU grad Don Gonyea is known to millions of news listeners across the country and around the world through his work as NPR political reporter.  Don checked in with us today to touch on some of his Election 2016 experiences.  Here's an excerpt - hear the rest later this week on WKAR...

Mingzhe Wang is one of MSU's most recent additions.

Wang is the new clarinet professor at the College of Music.

He recently arrived from Tennessee where he taught at Austin Peay State University and
performed with numerous professional ensembles in the Nashville area.

Ming Zhe Wang is settling into Michigan life now... and preparing for his first MSU recital
tomorrow night at Cook Hall. He'll be joined by pianist Zhi Hua Tang.

Scott Pohl talks with Jim DeWitt, a Trump supporter in Dimondale. Peter Whorf talks with Eric Stinson of Okemos, who is backing Clinton. Both men are veterans.

MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe previews this Friday’s lineup of 20th century masterworks at the Wharton Center.

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This Sunday night at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a new Spartan sound comes to the stage. The Beaumont Brass and friends unveil “Spartan Fanfare.” Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.