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 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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