Bob Craig

Jazz Host

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.

Bob has recorded numerous audio books for the nationally renowned Hachette Publishing Group in New York, and also teaches at Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Cherry Hill, NJ. At WRTI, he's delighted to present, in his well-informed and engaging way, one of his true loves: jazz.

Bob can be heard on Sundays from 7 to 8 pm as host of Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, on WRTI HD-2 on Sundays from 3 to 6 pm as host of Voices in Jazz, and as a substitute host.

Ways To Connect

Join WRTI's Bob Craig for a special 100th birthday tribute to the great jazz singer Billie Holiday, who was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, and died on July 17, 1959 in New York City at age 44.

You'll hear two hours of Holiday's rare, live performances from the 1930s through the 1950s, plus an hour of other singers performing songs closely associated with "Lady Day."

That's Sunday, April 5th from 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-jazz stream at WRTI.org.

How does this sound? A fabulous singer, known for championing the Great American Songbook, performing with the ultra-amazing Temple University Jazz Band led by Terell Stafford - in a free concert! Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway and the TU Jazz Band will knock your socks off on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 pm, Temple Performing Arts Center at 1837 North Broad Street.

The Big Band side of the influential baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan will be featured on Big Band Jazz this Sunday, April 13 at 7 pm. An arranger with Gene Krupa, Elliot Lawrence, and Stan Kenton in the '40s and '50s, to his own Concert Jazz Band in the '60s, it's an 87th birthday tribute to the one-time Philly resident.

Spring songs get the Big Band Jazz treatment this Sunday! Listen to Basie and Kenton, as well as the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Marty Paich. Grow an hour of Spring Fever this Sunday evening at 7 pm on WRTI.

Join WRTI's Bob Craig this Sunday night to hear music composed and arranged by Neil Hefti for a number of band - especially Count Basie and Woody Herman. You'll hear several of his songs such as  "Girl Talk," "Lil' Darlin'" and "Cute."

That's on Big Band Jazz, Sunday, March 9, 7 to 8 pm. Don't miss it!

Some of the big-name jazz pianists will have their compositions played Big Band Jazz style this week. You'll hear Duke Ellington plays George Shearing's "Lullaby Of Birdland," Gil Evans plays a Thelonious Monk classic, and more. Sunday, January 19th, 7 to 8 pm on WRTI. Join us!

Spend this Sunday afternoon with a sleigh full of holiday favorites by some of the great voices in jazz. You'll hear Ella and Louis, Diana Krall, and new releases from The New York Voices and Karrin Allyson. From Santa and snow to mistletoe - come and enjoy the show. Voices in Jazz, Sunday, December 22, 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-jazz web stream at wrti.org.

Stan Kenton (December 15, 1911 - August 25, 1979) would have turned 102 on Sunday. And Big Band Jazz pays tribute with an hour of live concert recordings. From the Hollywood Bowl in 1948 to the popular Road Show at Purdue University in 1958 to the European tour in the 197's, it's the Kenton band...live and lively!! Sunday, December 15, 7 to 8 pm. Bob Craig is host.

Some of the popular Big Band Classics from the 1940s get a 21st-century makeover on Big Band Jazz - this Sunday, November 24 at 7 pm. You'll hear a brilliant reworking of Duke Ellington's "Take The A Train" by the 2013 One O'Clock Lab Band from North Texas State University, Jeff Hamilton and the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble with an update on Woody Herman's theme "Blue Flame," and lots more. Join us!

Philadelphia-born singer Sandy Stewart and her son, renowned pianist Bill Charlap, will share some musical moments with Bob Craig on Sunday, October 20 at 5 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-jazz stream at wrti.org

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