Warren is the founding host and producer of WRTI's gospel music program, Ovations. A Philadelphia native, he's been a musician since he was nine years old and grew up "in church" and "in jazz" - often sneaking off as a child to participate in jazz jam sessions on Saturday nights, and then singing hymns and gospel songs in the choir on Sunday mornings.
After studying at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Warren emerged as a trend-setting pioneer within the genres of jazz worship and sacred jazz. As an arranger, composer, director, performer, and producer, he has been called "...an innovator who has taken significant strides in the fusion of gospel music and jazz...making all things new, and raising the bar in vocal jazz and praise performance..." by the Philadelphia Tribune.
I. Robin "Bobbi" Booker is an award-winning Philadelphia-based multi-media journalist and radio personality whose work appears regionally in the Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Tribune and nationally via NPR Books. Ms. Booker has completed two prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships at the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism (2005) and Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (2008).
In 1981, I. Robin launched her professional broadcast career with WRTI as a news reporter, and in 1999 was named co-host of Ovations.
It was inevitable that Zivit Shlank would land a career in the music industry. Since growing up in Brooklyn, New York, she's always been immersed in a musical world; she played vibes, flute, and xylophone in school bands and orchestras, and has been singing in jazz, gospel, and traditional choirs, and performing in talent shows throughout her life.
Also known as "BP with the GM," (translation: "Bob Perkins with the Good Music"), Mr. Perkins has been in the broadcasting industry for more than four decades as an on-air host, and is now commonly referred to as a Philadelphia jazz radio legend.
BP broke into the radio business in 1964 when he landed an on-air job in Detroit. In 1969, his hometown of Philadelphia beckoned him back with a gig at rhythm-and-blues station WDAS, where he worked for the next 19 years. He joined WRTI in 1997.
In addition to his job as jazz host, BP writes numerous columns and commentaries on jazz for local publications in Philadelphia. He also hosts concerts at jazz clubs and at regional festivals.
Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.
Mike first ventured into radio as a result of being frustrated with the lack of progressive, diverse, and adventurous music on the airwaves. His first program, Is That Jazz?, debuted on West Philly based WPEB in 1993 and ran for more than three years. Mike joined WRTI in 1994 and The Bridge, which is a local forum for progressive music and poetry, began in1996.
Music is Michael's sanctuary, and a kind of therapy for him. "Music is a passion," he explains, " a reason to live, and a bright moment."
Philadelphia Magazine awarded The Bridge its 2002 Best of Philly prize for "Best Radio Program."
Mike can be heard on Fridays from 10 pm to 2 am.
Jeff's eclectic taste in music ranges across jazz, R&B, zydeco, gospel, classical, and funk. Born and raised in New Orleans where he began his radio career at WWOZ-FM as a morning drive-time announcer, Jeff graduated from Tulane University in 1996 and then moved to Philadelphia. He immediately became involved with the WRTI jazz scene. Jeff has volunteered at community and public radio stations for over 15 years.
In addition to his radio show, Jeff has developed a jazz studies program that is used to teach fourth and fifth graders at Bluford Elementary School in West Philadelphia about the history of jazz.
Jeff can be heard on Fridays from 6 to 10 pm, on Saturdays from 6 to 9 pm, and on Sundays from 8 pm to midnight.
Bob joined WRTI's on-air staff in 2005. His well-rounded radio career began in 1963 as a studio engineer at WBZ in Boston. Throughout the '70s, he was an announcer and programmer at Hartford's WDRC and Boston's WHDH.
He made radio headlines in 1976 when he helped format one of the first soft rock stations in the U.S., at WWYZ in Hartford. A huge success, he was then recruited to Philly to revamp WMGK into an adult contemporary format, which also turned out to be a winning decision. Additionally, Bob introduced the market to "Smooth Jazz," hosting a popular Sunday morning show on WMGK. In the '90s, Bob put his headphones back on to host the popular Solid Hour of Sinatra on Philadelphia's WPEN and also served as music director for the adult standards station.
As one of New York City's most popular radio personalities, Gregg delighted listeners as WQXR FM's chief announcer and on-air host of the morning drive-time show for over 20 years. His credentials are lengthy - he is the former national voice of live broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic and the commercial voice of The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Former host of live intermission features for The Metropolitan Opera Radio Network, Gregg also narrated the PBS special Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, Classic Views video magazine, the feature film Royal Kalibur, and the documentary Montserrat Caballe, Beyond Music. Gregg performed with F.