Greg Petersen

Director of Broadcasting/Station Manager

Greg Petersen was the director of broadcasting for WPSU/Penn State Public Media. He is still a host of the WPSU Jazz program and occassionally fills in as on-air host during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  He is also now a member of WPSU's board of trustees. He worked in various positions at WPSU for more than 25 years.

Before 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 created 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 a life-long Cubs fan.

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on November 17, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

It’s a all vocal edition this week and in the first hour, hear tracks from Abbey Lincoln & Hank Jones, Anita O’Day, Cassandra Wilson, Tony DeSare, The Tierney Sutton Band, Susie Thorne, New York Voices, Melissa Morgan and more.  

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on October 20, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lionel Hampton & His Just Jazz All Stars, Branford Marsalis, Joe Pass & John Pisano, Keith Jarrett, Patricia Barber and more.

In hour two, hear Miles Davis, Jimmy McGriff, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Betty Carter, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington and more.

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on September 29, 2017 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In part one, hear tracks from Jimmy Rushing, Jon Hendricks, Melba Liston and Her 'Bones, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Lester Young, Dr. John, and more.  

In the second hour hear Chet Baker & Art Pepper, Duke Ellington, Anat Cohen, Roger Williams, and more. 

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on September 22, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Dexter Gordon, Dianne Reeves, Ed Wiley Jr., Frank Sinatra, George Coleman Quartet, Herbie Mann & Phil Woods, Kitty Margolis and more.

In the second hour, hear Stan Getz, Tierney Sutton, Brad Mehldau, Louis Armstrong, Matt Nelson Trio, Red Garland, Slide Hampton & The World of Trombones, Joe Pass Quartet and more.

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on August 25, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Red Garland, Rebecca DuMaine, Ron Affif Trio, Maynard Freguson, Anita O’Day, Art Pepper, Billie Holiday and more.  

In the second hour hear Carla Bley & Steve Swallow, Cassandra Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, George Coleman Quartet, Ann Hampton Callaway, David Murray, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington and more. 

 

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on July 28, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear tracks by. Dave Brubeck Trio & Jerry Mulligan, Ellis Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Jerry Gonzalez, Kristin Korb. Lionel Hampton & The Golden Men of Jazz and more.

In the second hour, hear Oscar Peterson, Roy Hargrove, & Ralph Moore, Rick Hirsch's Big Ol’ Band, Patricia Barber, Paul Desmond, Ray Brown, Rhiannon Giddens & The Silk Road Ensemble, Robert MacGregor, Louis Armstrong and more.

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This is my second This I Believe essay. The first was in 2008 when I extolled the virtues of the Chicago Cubs as a metaphor for the game of life. You may have setbacks, but like the Cubs you have to persevere. Now that my Cubbies have reached the pinnacle of baseball, it’s time to set new sights.

I’ve just retired from a 45-year career in public broadcasting and to say I believe in pubic media, would be an understatement. Besides having a mission to inform, educate and even entertain, public media’s role in today’s society is more essential than ever. 

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on June 23, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear tracks by Miles Davis, Rebecca DuMaine & The Dave Miller Trio, The Ray Brown Trio, Terence Blanchard, Tony Bennett,  Stan Getz, Diana Krall, and more.

In the second hour, hear Rick Hirsch's Big Ol’ Band, Vicky Wyman, Al Grey, Art Pepper, Brad Mehldau, Cannonball Adderley, Susie Thorne, Louis Armstrong with Oscar Peterson, and more.

Michael Black has been borough resident since 1991 and is a local business owner. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Springfield College and his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a student affairs professional at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and pursued a doctorate degree at Penn State in higher education. He is a graduate of the of the Leadership Centre County program. Black was once a volunteer on-air host for WPSU. 

Janet Engeman was elected to the State College Borough Council in 2015. She is a graduate of State College High and Lock Haven University with a degree in economics. Engeman left the area for many years after high school before returning with her husband in 1995. Engeman was a labor market analyst for the New Jersey Department of Labor, and worked on multiple projects with Applied Data Research, Mathematica Policy Research, and Computer Associates.

Don Hahn is a Centre County native, and graduated from State College High and Penn State. He holds a law degree from Villanova University, and is currently an attorney at Stover-McGlaughin Law firm in State College. Hahn has held numerous public service positions including member and president of the State College Borough Council, a member of Centre Region Council of Governments and has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Municipal League, and the State College Community Land Trust. 

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on April 28, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen. The show pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald who would have been 100 on April 25th.

In the first hour, hear Rick Hirsch's Big Ol’ Band, Ella Fitzgerald, The George Coleman Quartet, George Benson, Herbie Hancock with Norah Jones, John Coltrane, The Taylor/Grisman Jazz Quartet, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong and more.

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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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