Peter Whorf

Radio Station Manager

Peter Whorf is radio station manager for WKAR Public Media. He oversees the news and music divisions of WKAR Radio, and is host of MSU In Concert, numerous live broadcasts and the 90.5 New Release Of The Month feature.

Peter joined WKAR in August 2012.

Peter arrived at WKAR from WFMT, where he was radio program director and vice president of content for the Chicago commercial classical station. 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 with a degree in violin performance.

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A grand finale to this year’s MSU College of Music concert season takes place on stage at the Wharton Center tomorrow night. Professor David Rayl, director of the college’s choral programs, speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf about the Felix Mendelssohn masterwork...


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WKAR, the NPR station for Michigan's Capital region, won seven awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Lansing.

On the April 21-22, 2018 edition of Current State: a new bill to make thousands of Medicaid recipients in Michigan work for their benefits, an MSU professor gives his thoughts on the controversy at Starbucks, Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer, a new place to watch glass-blowing in Michigan and meet the "last keeper of the light" in Ireland. Saturday at 11:00 a.m. & Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 FM. 


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Danielle Cusson, mayor of Linden in Genessee County. She talked about the "quiet and quaint" nature of her city. Mayor Cusson joined Peter Whorf on WKAR's Morning Edition program. 


On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

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San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in their newest release - the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann. WKAR's Peter Whorf gives us a first listen to the 4-symphony set, as MTT brings us on a journey to Schumann's time and place.


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Current State - the latest on the arrest of an MSU dean; a talk with one of Larry Nassar's survivors and her plans to help Meridian Township; Bridge Magazine's profile of the 39 gun bills in the state legislature; Plus YMusic.


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From Ben Folds to John Legend to Paul Simon - the chamber music group yMusic collaborates with a list of artists as wide ranging as its own style.

It's nearly impossible to categorize the sound of yMusic. Listeners can decide for themselves when the group comes to our area the first week in April. WKAR's Peter Whorf has the story...


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British violinist Daniel hope leads a grand tour through several eras of great music. WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us through Hope's newest release, Journey to Mozart. It's WKAR's March New Release Of The Month.


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With the Grand and Red Cedar rivers continuing to rise throughout Thursday, crests are expected to reach several feet beyond flood stage sometime late Thursday/early Friday.

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Though they span three centuries, the three composers featured on Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra program speak similar musical languages. WKAR's Peter Whorf and LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt explain...


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February's 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month transports you to Vienna's famed Musikverein for the New Year's Day 2018 celebration.  WKAR's Peter Whorf brings you Sony Classical's newest from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic.


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"This is our fight song: No More Shadows. MSU Shadows protected Larry Nassar for more than 20 years."

Those were the words of MSU Associate Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon. 

Pegler-Gordon's stance was one variation on a familiar theme during Friday night's Michigan State University rally at The Rock. Hundreds gathered to honor the survivors of convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar, the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced this week to serve between 40 and 175 years for his crimes against scores of girls and young women.

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In case you missed it, you can still hear MSU In Concert on 90.5 Classical. It's still on Fridays - just a little later, with a 7pm start time. MSUIC's Sunday 2pm time has made way for broadcasts of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts.

WKAR's New Release of the Month feature takes over for the long-running What's New in Classical Music show starting this month. 


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