Greg Petersen

Director of Broadcasting/Station Manager

Greg Petersen is the director of broadcasting for WPSU/Penn State Public Media. He is a host of the WPSU Jazz program and contributes to Take Note Radio, and fills in as on-air host during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has worked in various positions at WPSU for over 25 years.

Before coming to WPSU, Greg worked at KRWG-TV/FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico and at KNME-TV/Albuquerque.  He graduated in 1977 from New Mexico State University with a degree in journalism and mass communications.  He also worked at KASK-FM/Las Cruces and was a photography stringer for the Associated Press in New Mexico.

His television work has been nominated for several Emmy awards and he is the creator and executive producer of WPSU-TV's "Our Town" series which began in 1996.

He has served on numerous national boards and committees in public broadcasting.

Greg is a native of Chicago and is a life-long Cubs fan.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on March 31, 2017, hosted by Greg Petersen.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Silk Road Ensemble & Rhiannon Giddens, The Ron Afiff Trio, Russ Kassoff, Teri Roiger. Tim Warfield, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Maria Muldaur and more.

In the the second hour hear The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Kitty Margolis, Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, and more.

A spokesperson for Rep. Glenn Thompson says that as it stands now, the Congressman is not fully committed to voting in favor of the new health care bill scheduled for a house vote this week.

Thompson is one of a number of Republicans who has said they can’t support the American Health Care Act, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Thompson’s major concern is the anticipation of premium increases to older populations above and beyond what they are already facing under the current healthcare law.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on March 10, 2017, hosted by Greg Petersen.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, John Pisano with Ron Afiff, Stan Getz, Ann Hampton Callaway, Keith Jarrett, Max Roach & Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday and more.

In the second hour, hear Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Barron, Betty Carter, Joe Pass Quartet,  Stan Getz & Kenny Barron, John Pizzarelli and more.

Are Pennsylvania’s minimum wage earners likely to see a pay increase? What of Governor Tom Wolf’s current budget will make it through the Pennsylvania House—what won’t?   WPSU’s Greg Petersen talks about the next state budget with Democrat Mike Hanna, the house minority whip who represents Pennsylvania’s 76th district.    

WPSU’s Greg Petersen talks with Republican Pennsylvania Senator Jake Corman about Governor Tom Wolf’s just-released state budget.  Corman represents the 34th Senatorial District, which includes all of Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties and part of Huntingdon County.  Senator Corman serves as the majority leader in the State Senate.   

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, February 10, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Abbey Lincoln & Hank Jones, Willie Nelson, Vicky Wyman, Tony DeSare,  k.d. lang, The New York Voices, Nat King Cole, The Mills Brothers and more.

In hour two, hear Melissa Morgan, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick Jr., Cheryl Bentyne, Louis Armstrong with Duke Ellington, Diana Krall and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, January 13, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear a Buck Clayton Jam Session, Carmen McRae, Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dexter Gordon, Ellis Marsalis, Billie Holiday and more.  

In the second hour, hear Art Pepper with Duke Jordan, The Brad Mehldau Trio, Louis Armstrong, Milt Jackson, Diana Krall and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, December 16, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. This week, it’s a holiday jazz edition, featuring several tracks from a new album by Jon Baptiste, “Christmas with Jon Baptiste.” 

In the first hour hear tracks from Baptiste as well as Chris Botti, Harry Connick Jr., James Taylor with Natalie Cole, The Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jimmy Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Nancy Wilson, The Manhattan Transfer and more.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, October 21, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour hear tracks from Cassandra Wilson, Christian McBride. Ryan Kauffman, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ellis Marsalis, Norah Jones, and Wes Montgomery.

In the second hour, hear Branford Marsalis, John Pizzarelli, The Kenny Barron Trio, Maria Muldaur, Oscar Peterson, Al Grey, Gretchen Parlato, and Coleman Hawkins.

Few issues in contemporary democracy are so important as the future of public education. Democracy, our founding fathers believed, can thrive only if the citizens who consent to be governed are educated and engaged, and are capable of understanding the challenges that we all face together. When education fails, so does democracy. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, September 23, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour hear tracks from Dexter Gordon, Donna Byrne, The Earl Klugh Trio, Gerry Mulligan, Helen Merrill with Stan Getz, Herbie Mann & Phil Woods, Jerry Gonzalez and more.

In the second hour, hear Kitty Margolis, The Marsalis Family, The Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, The Monty Alexander Trio, The  Ron Affif Trio, Diana Krall and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, August 26, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour hear tracks from Dexter Gordon, Diana Krall, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Eddie Daniels, Ellis Marsalis, Kristen Gustafson and The Matt Nelson Trio.

In the second hour, hear Milt Jackson with Joe Williams, Paul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet, Ray Brown, Louis Armstrong with Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, The Taylor/Grisman Jazz Quartet, Melissa Morgan, The George Coleman Quartet, and The Nat King Cole Trio.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show of July 29, 2016, hosted by Greg Petersen. This edition features jazz vocalists.

 

In the first hour, hear Abbey Lincoln, Anita O’Day, Ann Hampton Callaway, LM Pagano, The Manhattan Transfer, Maria Muldaur, Melissa Morgan, Michael Bublè & Nelly Furtado. and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

In hour two, hear Jane Monheit & Peter Eldridge, Janis Siegel, John Pizzarelli, June Christy, Harry Connick Jr.. Helen Merrill with Stan Getz. Tony Bennett, The Tierney Sutton Band, and 

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  An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, June 3, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

 

In the first hour hear Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Aaron Copeland and Benny Goodman, Cleo Laine, Jimmy Smith, and Brad Mehldau.

 

In the second half, hear Diana Krall, Art Pepper, Louis Armstrong, The Benny Golson Quartet, Catherine Dupuis, Charles Mingus, Ellis Marsalis, and Ann Hampton Callaway.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, May 13, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen.  This week, a special edition featuring jazz singers. 

 In the first hour hear Susannah McCorkle, Tony Bennett, Teri Roiger, Sarah Vaughn, The Manhattan Transfer, Kristin Korb, Harry Connick Jr., LM Pagano, Freddy Cole, and Annie Ross. 

In hour two, hear Vicky Wyman, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli, Nina Simone. Tim Warfield with Herb Harris, Patricia Barber, Tony DeSare, Janis Siegel, Norah Jones, and Fred Astaire.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on April 16, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

 In the first hour, hear tracks from Catfish Keith, Rev. Utah Smith, Roy Bookbinder, Tampa Red, Eric Clapton, The Missing Person Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet, Julia Lee, Canned Heat, Warren Haynes, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and more.  

In the second hour, hear Bill Bill Broonzy, The Mississippi Marvel, Roosevelt Sykes, Spider John Koerner, Tom Rush,  The Soggy Bottom Boys, Furry Lewis, Sonny Terry, John Paul Jones, and more.    

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, April 8, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. This week, the soundtrack to the film “Miles Ahead,” a biopic about Miles Davis is featured. 

 In the first hour hear Abbey Lincoln, Stan Getz & Kenny Barron, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson,  Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald,  Lionel Hampton, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander & Russell Malone, and more.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, February 26, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. This week, a new album by Willie Nelson, singing songs by George & Ira Gershwin, is featured. 

In the first hour hear Dexter Gordon, Willie Nelson with Cindi Lauper, Wes Montgomery, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, The Manhattan Transfer, Steve Kuhn, Willie Nelson, and The Ray Brown Trio.

 In the second hour, hear Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, Branford Marsalis with B.B. King, Joshua Redman, Russ Kassoff, Wayne Wallace, Diana Krall, Earl Klugh and more.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, January 22, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

 In the first hour, hear performances by Abbey Lincoln, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Billie Holiday, Brad Mehldau Trio, Cassandra Wilson, The Earl Klugh Trio, Gerry Mulligan, John Pizzarelli, and Tony Bennett. In the second hour, hear Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Ernestine Anderson, Al Grey, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Ray Brown Trio, Melissa Morgan, and Stan Getz with Charlie Byrd. 

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on December 18, 2015 and hosted by Rana Glick.

In the first hour, hear music from The Ahmad Jamal Trio, Aaron Goldberg, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, The Allan Dean Quartet, The Beatles, and more.

In hour two, hear Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Bettye LaVette, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Carmen McRae, and more.
 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on December 11, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen. This week’s show is an all holiday jazz show.

In the first hour, hear The Vince Guaraldi Trio, Ella Fitzgerald,  Dave Grusin, The Ray Brown Trio with Nancy King,  Joe Pass,  Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, The Manhattan Transfer with Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr.,  Marcus Roberts,  Nancy Wilson,  and Diana Krall.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on November 13, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen. Included in this week’s show is a salute to New Orleans jazz great Allen Toussaint who passed away this week at the age of 77.

In the first hour hear Buck Clayton, Michael Buble & Nelly Furtado, Allen Toussaint, Alvin Batiste, Ann Hampton Callaway, Art Pepper and Billie Holiday.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on October 16, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour hear performances by the USAF Airman of Note,  Abbey Lincoln & Hank Jones. Al Grey, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Cheryl Bentyne, Christian McBride, Cleo Laine and more.

In the second hour, hear Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond, Kristen Gustafson, Louis Armstrong with Velma Middelton, Milt Jackson with Joe Williams, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown Trio, the USAF Airman of Note, and Wes Montgomery.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on September 18, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen.  This week, a special edition featuring jazz singers.

In the first hour, hear Donna Byrne,  Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Helen Merill with Stan Getz, Freddy Cole, Janis Siegel, Kristin Korb, Fred Astaire, and Patricia Barbara.

In the second hour, hear The Tierney Sutton Band, Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, Melissa Morgan, Maria Muldaur, Harry Connick Jr., Ernestine Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, and Diana Krall.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on August 21, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Art Pepper, Billie Holiday, The Bill Evans Trio with Stan Getz, The Brad Mehldau Trio, Dianne Reeves, Count Basie, and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong.

In the second hour, hear Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond, Jane Monheit, The Kenny Barron Trio, Lionel Hampton, Tony DeSare, Eddie Daniels, The David Murray Quartet, and Shirley Horn.

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WPSU’s Greg Petersen interviewers Pennsylvania State Senator and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre County) who talks about the prospects for an on-time budget, pension reform, state liquor reform, his support for a higher minimum wage in the Commonwealth, and work to close a tax loophole that currently allows hundreds of Marcellus Shale companies to avoid taxes by registering in Delaware.
 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on May 29, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen.  

The first hour features tracks from The Dave Brubeck Trio & Gerry Mulligan, Diane Schuur, The Earl Klugh Trio. Ellis Marsalis, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett,  Herbie Mann & Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell, and The David Leonhardt Trio.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on May 1, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen.  

The first hour features tracks from Lionel Hampton and His Just Jazz All-Stars, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Brubeck Quartet Tim Warfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Ryan Kisor, Ron Affif Trio, Norah Jones, and Ray Brown Trio

In the second hour, hear performances by Herbie Hancock, Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & His Orchestra, Brad Mehldau Trio, Bill Evan Trio, Maria Muldaur, Miles Davis, Kenny Barron, Louis Armstrong with Velma Middleton, Ray Brown and Diana Krall.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as broadcast on February 28, 2015 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

The program includes performances by The Black Keys, Victoria Williams, Andre Williams, Bob Brozman, R.L. Burnside, Clothesline Revival, Alabama Shakes, Idris Muhammad, Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder, Rory Block, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Jorma Kaukonen, Robert Johnson, Etta James and more

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on March 13, 2015, hosted by Greg Petersen. It's a special edition of WPSU Jazz featuring jazz singers.

In hour one, hear performances by Abbey Lincoln, Vicky Wyman, Anita O'Day, k.d. lang, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony Bennett, Betty Carter, Susie Thorne, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, and Cheryl Bentyne.

In hour two, hear LM Pagano, Louis Armstrong, Diana Krall, Kristin Korb, Harry Connick Jr., John Pizzarelli, Janis Siegel, Jane Monheit, Freddy Cole and Norah Jones.

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