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
12:55 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

An Interview With Giacomo Gates on Voices in Jazz: Sunday, April 14 at 5 PM

Critically acclaimed singer Giacomo Gates is Bob Craig's guest this Sunday at 5 pm on Voices in Jazz. He'll sing from his new CD, Miles Tones...Giacomo Gates Sings The Music of Miles Davis.

Voices in Jazz can be heard Sundays from 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all-jazz stream at wrti.org.

WRTI Spotlight
2:08 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Big Band Jazz Bites Into The Big Apple: Easter Sunday at 7 PM

It's a trip up to The Big Apple this Sunday night. From Broadway and Birdland - from Midtown to Uptown. Just hop aboard the "A" Train starting from 7 to 8 pm for a fantastic Big Band Jazz tour.

WRTI Spotlight
9:25 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Quincy Jones at 80: Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig

The man known as Q turned 80 on Thursday. Tune in on Sunday, March 17th at 7 pm to hear a few of his big band recordings from the '50s including his first with Lionel Hampton's band in 1951. Other birthdays this week: Les Brown, Grover Mitchell, and the 94th anniversary of Nat Cole's birth. You'll hear him with the Basie band, plus a few new releases.

WRTI Spotlight
4:38 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Got The Blues, Part One

Join us on the next two Sunday evenings, March 3rd and 10th from 7 to 8 pm, as Big Band Jazz has got the blues! You'll hear Big Band Blues from Count Basie, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington and many others. Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith will be adding their blues licks against big band arrangements.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig, Sunday, March 3rd and 10th, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
1:24 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Author Marc Myers' 'Why Jazz Happened' on Voices In Jazz

Join us on Sunday, February 24, 5 to 6 pm as host Bob Craig welcomes Marc Myers, author of a newly published book, Why Jazz Happened - a comprehensive insight, from an outsiders view, of how jazz flourished between 1942 and 1972.

You'll also hear vocal recordings to illustrate the book's theme.

Voices in Jazz with host Bob Craig can be heard Sundays from 3 to 6 pm on WRTI HD-2 and the all- jazz stream at wrti.org.

Big Band Jazz
9:59 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Big Band Jazz Pianist Tribute Part 2: Feb. 17 at 7pm

Jimmy Heath

This Sunday I'll present part 2 of our tribute to the great jazz pianists. We'll hear well-known classics like "Dat Dere", "Sister Sadie", "Round Midnight" and others played by bands lead by Jimmy Heath, Gil Evans, The City Rhythm Orchestra and more.

Join me for the second of two parts airing this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Big Band Jazz Pianist Tribute Part 1: Feb. 10 at 7 pm

Dave Brubeck

It's a two-part tribute to the great jazz pianists on Big Band Jazz. From Brubeck to Bud to Bill, you'll hear what happens when we put some brass to the keyboard classics.

Join me for the first of two parts airing this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
5:48 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Big Band Jazz: Top 40 Hits Of the '60s!

Some great Top 40 songs from the 1960s will get the Big Band Jazz treatment this Sunday. Stan Kenton adds his touch to the Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." The Basie Band takes on a huge Ray Charles hit. And Maynard Ferguson provides his magic to "MacArthur Park." Also, we'll celebrate Gene Krupa's birthday. Join us on Sunday, January 12 at 7 pm.

Big Band Jazz
4:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A Kenton Birthday Bash: Dec. 16th at 7 pm

We'll remember Stan Kenton's 101st birthday this Sunday with a focus on some of the great soloists with the band.  Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Vido Musso, and Maynard Ferguson were major players. You'll hear them and others on Big Band Jazz this Sunday evening, 7 to 8 pm.

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
5:56 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A Two-For-One Special on Big Band Jazz: Dec. 9th at 7 pm

Count Basie and Duke Ellington in 1961

This Sunday evening we'll prove that good things come in pairs - like two leaders putting together one great band. Like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis...like Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

It's a 2-for-1 special on December 9th, 7 to 8 pm. Join us!

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