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.

Ways to Connect

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WKAR and American Public Media Reports present a new four-part series of education documentaries — topics of interest to educators, parents, students, and anyone concerned with our country’s future. WKAR NewsTalk at 105.1FM and AM870 present the series Sundays at noon in October.

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Romantic era classical composers - Brahms, Dvorak and others - were captivated by the Romani sounds of Hungary, Romania and the Balkans. Chicago musicians and WKAR’s Peter Whorf have 90.5 Classical’s New Release of the Month.

On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.

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90.5 Classical celebrates great Michigan music with a live broadcast of the 2018-19 season opening concert by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium.

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Fairchild Fanfare shows off a wide array of musical styles from the MSU College of Music . It's this Saturday, September 15 at 8pm at MSU's Fairchild Theatre.

From Michigan’s outdoor and historic attractions to tasting the foods of farmers, today’s show is dedicated to exploring summer adventures here in the Great Lakes State.

Ecstatic Songs is the new release from Mirabai Women's Choir led by MSU's Sandra Snow. Dr. Snow assembled the group of MSU women alumnae in their premiere recording. It's WKAR's July feature.

Peter Whorf

If you’ve ever called WKAR with a question, you probably found your answer from our own “Carolopedia”.  She closes the book on her MSU career this week.

This is the time of year when many of us pick out new books to read on summer vacation or visit the library with little ones home from school. In celebration of great books, WKAR invites you to take part in the Great American Read.


Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason  set social media abuzz immediately after his royal wedding performance last month. But many classical music lovers had already set eyes and ears on the talented English musician. WKAR’s Peter Whorf has more on Kanneh-Mason and his newest recording - 90.5 Classical’s New Release of the Month.


On this edition of Current State: Michigan teachers who say they are leaving the classroom because they cannot afford to remain in the profession; PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger talks about why more Americans are tuning into public media for news content and the network's expanding education role; perspective on an MSU alum who will help pick the next president; and the return of "Ondas en Espanol" host Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes. 


Tonight at 8:00, WKAR 90.5 Classical and brings music listeners the first-ever live broadcast of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Timothy Muffitt leads the program which includes the world premiere of MSU composer Zhou Tian's Trace, plus Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Llewellyn Sanchaez-Werner (2014 Gilmore Young Artist winner) and Mussorgsky/Ravel's colorful and thrilling Pictures at an Exhibition.

Dion'trae Hayes
Lansing Township

The May 7, 2018 "Mondays with the Mayor" guest was Lansing Township supervisor Dion'trae Hayes. 


Jordi Savall's newest recording with his group Hesperion XXI explores two centuries of European Baroque masterpieces. WKAR's Peter Whorf guides us through May's 90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month...

This weekend's Current State updates you on school walkouts, Adado Park in Lansing, Michigan roads, the next generation of veggie burgers and memorable moments from past Michigan State University commencement speakers.