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.

Ways to Connect

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on December 12, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen.  It's a holiday jazz edition packed with great holiday music

The first hour features tracks from City of New Orleans, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson
Billie Holiday, Vince Guraldi Trio, Ray Brown Trio with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Botti, The Manhattan Transfer with Tony Bennett, Oscar Peterson, and Frank Sinatra.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as broadcast on November 29, 2014 and hosted by Adam McMillan.

The first hour features tracks by Chuck Berry, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, The Bellfuries. Bill Withers, Scott H Biram, Mississippi John Hurt, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs. Etta James, Billy Boy Arnold, Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Bettye Lavette
Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jim White, ZZ Top, The Staple Singers, The Southern Wonders Quartet, and Pete Molinari

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on November 14, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen.

The first hour features tracks from, Abbey Lincoln, Andrew Distel, Anita O'Day, Dakota Staton, Harry Connick, Jr.,  Jane Monheit & Peter Eldridge,  John Pizzarelli, Kristen Gustafson, L M Pagano and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on October 17, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen.

The first hour features tracks from, Lionel Hampton and the Golden Men of Jazz, Donna Byrne,  Earl "Fatha" Hines, The Duke Ellington Orchestra,  Ella Fitzgerald, Ellis Marsallis, and Gary Burton and Paul Bley.

In the second hour, hear performances by Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Maynard Ferguson, Modern Jazz Quartet, Nancy Reed & David Leonhardt, Ray Brown, Stan Getz, and the George Coleman Quartet.

WPSU Signal Problems

Oct 14, 2014

WPSU is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our Kane (90.1) transmitter.  That, in turn, affects the signals in Bradford (100.9) DuBois (92.1) and Treasure Lake (95.1).  We are working to restore service as quickly as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  You can always listen to us online at wpsu.org.

Update:  (6:01pm)  We have isolated the problem to a microwave relay station at our Clearfiled, Pa. facility.  We are workiing to correct the problem and hope to be back on the air as soon as possible.

Whitehurst
Whitehurst photo from rollingout.com; Gray image by Kate Lao Shaffner/WPSU

In August, Terrell Jones, Penn State’s Vice Provost for Educational Equity and a well-known expert on diversity issues, passed away after a bout with cancer. Marcus Whitehurst, who worked with Jones for many years, was appointed the Acting Vice Provost for Educational Equity. We talked with Whitehurst about the legacy that Jones left behind for Penn State, diversity and equity issues, and Terrell Jones as a mentor. For the second half of our show, we talked to Penn State Senior Vice President for Finance and Business David Gray about Penn State health care.

Terrell Jones
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Walter Terrell Jones (know as just "Terrell" to everyone) was the vice provost for Educational Equity at Penn State and was instrumental in diversity initiatives and equity for faculty, staff and students at Penn State.  He passed away in August after a bout with cancer at age 64.  He began his Penn State career in 1980 as a residence hall coordinator.

A service was held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Oscar Peterson
Public Domain

An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on September 19, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen.

The first hour features tracks from Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Kirsten Gustafson, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson
and the Ron Affif Trio.

The second hour features Shirley Horn, Stan Getz, The Taylor-Grisman Jazz Quartet
Louis Armstrong with Velma Middleton, Kenny Barron Trio, Joshua Redman
Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond, and Annie Ross.

John Hurt
Library of Congress

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as broadcast on August 23, 2014 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

The first hour features tracks from Woodbrain, The Blues Brothers, Eric Bibb, Elmore James, The Taj Mahall Trio, Roy Book Binder, Mississippi John Hurt, Willie Dixon, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and others.

The second hour features Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, Crescent City Gold, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Willie McTell, Rev. Gary Davis, Albert Collins, and more.

Dianne Reeves
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on August 22, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen. This special edition features all jazz singers.

The first hour features tracks from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Harry Connick, Jr., Hellen Merrill with Stan Getz, John Pizzarerlli, Kat Parra, The Manhattan Transfer rand more.

In the second hour, hear performances by Melissa Morgan, Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Michael Bublé, Patricia Barber, Tony Bennett, Ann Hampton Callaway with Liz Callaway
Janis Siegel, and others. 

Jazz Band
Greg Petersen

An encore presentation of a Jazz@ThePalmer concert recorded in October 2013 in the Lipcon Auditorium at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus of Penn State.  The 2013 series was supported in part by Fred and Judy Sears and Jeff Kern and Jerilyn Muth Kern.

The group features Kate Anderson on saxophone, Shawn Durkin on trombone, Sam Heppleman on bass, Sam Dante Ford on piano, and Yergin Eingud on drums.

Ella Fitzgerald
William P. Gottlieb - Library of Congress

An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on July 25, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen.

The first hour features tracks from Duke Ellington & Orchestra, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Ella Fitzgerald, Earl Klugh Trio, Ernestine Anderson and more.

In the second hours, hear tracks from Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond, Harry Connick, Jr.,  J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington and others.

Political satirist Mark Russell will be performing at the State Theater on Sunday, July 27.   WPSU's Greg Petersen talks with Russell about his career and today's audiences.

Cleo Laine
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on July 4, 2014, hosted by Andrew Belmonte.

The first hour features Richard Hyman, Lee Morgan, Duke Ellington & Orchestra, Dollar Brand Trio, George Benson Trio, Nat King Cole Trio, and the Ray Brown Trio.

In the second hour, hear Louie Anderson Big Band, Cleo Laine, The Bill Evans Trio, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Louis Armstrong & The All-Stars, and music by Irving Berlin.
 

Abbey Lincoln
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on June 27, 2014, hosted by Greg Petersen.

The first hour features tracks from Abbey Lincoln, Alvin Batiste, Art Pepper, and Anita O'Day.

The second hour features performances by Benny Carter,  Ann Hampton Callaway, the Bill Evans Trio with Stan Getz,  Bobby Hutcherson, Diana Krall and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong.

Also included, two track from saxophonist Tim Warfireld from his newest CD "Inspire Me."

Whitney Chirdon and Greg Petersen host a special edition of the WPSU Jazz Show ... a lounge music edition!  Music from Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Mondo Exocita, and much more.  Listen for a musical performance by Robert Mitchum.  It's a fun two-hour throwback to a different time!

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