Kile Smith hosts the contemporary American music program Now Is the Time on Sundays at 10 pm on HD-2 and the classical stream, and co-hosts Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection on the first Saturday of every month at 5 pm with Jack Moore. Discoveries takes a fresh look at music in the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where Kile was curator for 18 years. He also fills in as an on-air classical host.
 

A Philadelphia native, Mark grew up in Roxborough and has followed in the footsteps of his father who once hosted a music program on WRTI in the '50s.

As an undergraduate at La Salle University, Mark hosted their radio station's only classical music program. He went on to become the weekend overnight host at WFLN-FM during the last seven years of the station's existence.

Jill joined WRTI in 1997 after working at the former WFLN for ten years. Her background is impressive: she's a professional harpist, a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music, and a former Fulbright Scholar.

Jack has been in the broadcasting biz for over 30 years, and his career has covered every aspect of the radio industry from on-air hosting to programming, and from sales to management. His many years of experience include stints at radio stations in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and upstate New York, including six years at WFLN. Jack joined WRTI in 1997 as a classical host and has been program director since 2002.

At Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Jack majored in music. He still maintains an active professional career as a violist and conductor and has been music director of the Ambler Symphony since 1996; principal conductor of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia since 1997; and music director of the Olney Symphony since 2002.

Dave has been on the air in Philadelphia for over four decades, and for many of those years his voice has been synonymous with classical music in the morning.

After a long gig as host of the morning broadcast at former classical radio station WFLN (where he also worked as program director and operations manager), Dave moved on in 1997 to become executive director of WRTI and host of the station's Morning Show. He's now the full-time general manager of the station, but on occasion you can still hear his resonant voice on the air - especially during Member Drives.

Crossover
4:52 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg is Jill's guest. The world-famous violinist, a Curtis grad and winner of the Naumburg Violin Competition in 1981, launched her own recording label (NSS Music) in 2005, and is also concertmaster and music director of her own orchestra, the NEW CENTURY Chamber Orchestra based in San Francisco.

NSS Music released Together, Nadja's first recording collaboration with NEW CENTURY, in 2009.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:50 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

The Musical World of Bela Bartok

The Hungarian Fine Arts Commission told Bartok in 1911 that his opera, the only one he would ever write, was no good, not suitable for the stage. With only two singers and no set changes, Bluebeard's Castle just wasn't operatic. He'd later tinker with it some, but the immediate effect of the rejection was that, for four years, he almost completely stopped writing music. Now recognized as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Bela Bartok--just entering the height of his powers--went into a composing blackout.

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Creatively Speaking
4:23 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Yannick!--Percussionist Alan Abel--A Star Tenor and His Teacher

Alan Abel

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, music director designate of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis profiles the legendary percussionist Alan Abel.

David Patrick Stearns examines the relationship between star tenor Stephen Costello and his coach Bill Schuman, an Academy of Vocal Arts faculty member who is considered to be one of the great voice builders - and re-builders - in the business.

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Jazz Stories
10:44 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Wynton Marsalis Group: Live in Concert

The world-renowned trumpeter leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the music of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver on New Year's Eve.

It's an hour and a half of New Orleans Ragtime jazz!--From NPR Music
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A New Year's Jazz Celebration from New York City! Enjoy...

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