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.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:08 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

It's A Basie Birthday Bash On Big Band Jazz! August 18, 7 Pm

On this year's Basie Birthday Bash we'll feature the arrangements and compositions of Neil Hefti. His association with Basie began in 1950. In 1952, when the Count reorganized his band, Neil contributed to it. Then, in 1957, The Atomic Basie was recorded. Neil arranged and composed the whole album, which included the popular "Li'l Darlin'." Two more albums for the Basie Band followed, plus Sinatra-Basie in 1962.

Don't miss this third annual b-day party on WRTI. Sunday, August 18, 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
4:49 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Takin' To The Streets

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

Big Band Jazz hits the big music streets this Sunday evening, August 4th at 7 pm. From "Green Dolphin" to "Basin Street" to "Broadway" there's a lot of ground to cover...including  a couple of appearances from Louis Armstrong on the 112th anniversary of his birth.

WRTI Spotlight
3:15 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Down By The Riverside: Big Band Jazz On July 7th At 7 PM

Gil Evans

We'll be "Wading In The Water" with big band favorites from "Down By The Riverside" this week. As you wind down the long July 4th holiday weekend, bands like Oliver Nelson, Gil Evans, and Count Basie will be splashing about when we set sail at 7 pm this Sunday, July 7th on Big Band Jazz.

Big Band Jazz With Bob Craig
10:03 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Summer Things on Big Band Jazz, Sunday June 23

Christian McBride

With the help of Duke Ellington, Gerald Wilson, Christian McBride, and others, it's nothing but the sounds of summer on Big Band Jazz, Sunday June 23rd at 7 pm. Bob Craig dials up songs about the birds, songs about the bees, and maybe even songs about the flowers and the trees!

Happy Summer from Bob Craig and all of us at WRTI on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, every Sunday night at 7 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
9:37 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Big Band Jazz and The Jones Boys, Sunday Night

Hank Jones

This Sunday evening at 7 pm, Big Band Jazz presents The Jones Boys. That's Jones as in Quincy, Thad, Hank, and Elvin.

All-everything composer, arranger, and winner of just about every award Quincy Jones led bands in the '50s and '60s. Although some know him mainly as a record producer of stars new and not so new, it's always good to hear a taste of his jazz band chops.

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
11:39 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Miles Davis: Big Band Jazz Style On May 26 At 7 PM

Sunday is the 87th anniversary of the birth of Miles Davis. Big Band Jazz has an hour tribute planned featuring songs associated with Miles. Harry James, the GRP All-Star Big Band, and others will take you from Bebop to beyond. Sunday, May 26th, 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
1:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Woody Herman's 100th on Big Band Jazz!

Woody Herman's centennial birthday is Thursday May 16th. And this Sunday evening at 7 pm, Big Band Jazz will spend an hour with some of "Woody's Goodies."

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Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
11:14 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Mostly Maynard On Big Band Jazz: May 5 At 7 PM

On the anniversary of his 85th birthday this Sunday, we'll remember bandleader and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on Big Band Jazz. Stan Kenton added the Canadian born trumpet titan in 1950 to his Innovations in Modern Music band. A few years later, he started his own band. We'll feature recordings from his Birdland Dream Band to Be Bop Nouveau. And of course those famous high-end solos! Sunday, May 5, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
11:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Brazilian Jazz Duo MINAS on Voices in Jazz

Tune in on Sunday, April 21st at 5 pm on our HD-2 channel when the popular Brazilian vocal duo MINAS stops by the station. Orlando Haddad and Patricia King will fill you in about their current project to complete a fabulous CD that they started work on in 2004 when they had teamed up with arranger and orchestrator, Bill Zaccagni to present “Symphony in Bossa,” a music program enhanced by Bill’s arrangements written specifically for MINAS - featuring original compositions and traditional Brazilian repertoire. "Symphony in Bossa" was halted due to Bill's sudden, tragic passing.

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WRTI Spotlight
5:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Clark Terry and Bill Evans On Big Band Jazz: Sunday, April 14, 7 PM

Swing and bop trumpeter Clark Terry

On a few occasions in his long life, the famed nonagenarian trumpeter Clark Terry has lead a big band. Listen to some wonderful recordings with Terry as conductor, and a couple of pianist Bill Evans' compositions this Sunday evening on Big Band Jazz, 7 to 8 pm. And in the birthday spotlight, it's Henry Mancini and Shorty Rogers. Join us!

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