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
5:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

B-Day Memories of John Coltrane, Frank Foster, & Ray Charles: Big Band Jazz on Sept. 23rd at 7 pm

John Coltrane

Three major names in Jazz get to share most of the Big Band Jazz hour this week. There's a rare Coltrane performance with Art Blakey, Ray with Quincy Jones, and Frank with his own band as well as with Basie. Tune in this Sunday, 7 to 8 pm.

Voices In Jazz
5:09 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Sarah & Ella Sing Gershwin: Sept. 23rd, 3 to 6 pm, Voices In Jazz on HD-2

Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald

Both Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan recorded Gershwin songbook albums in the late 1950s. The first hour of Voices in Jazz this week will feature recordings from both of these famous jazz singers.

Each will sing stunning versions of "Embraceable You" - and even Louis Armstrong gets to squeeze in a couple of duets with Ella. Also, a rebroadcast of an interview with Carolyn Nelson, a Philadelphia-area singer performing songs from her Come A Little Closer CD. Sunday, September 23rd, 3 to 6 pm on the all-jazz stream and WRTI HD-2.

WRTI Spotlight
9:35 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Big Band Jazz Presents: Movie Title Songs on Sept. 16th at 7 pm

We'll take a "Walk On The Wild Side" of "Green Dolphin Street" and perhaps bump into "Laura," "Emily" and "Alfie." What's it all about?  Movie title songs...our feature presentation. You bring the popcorn and I'll get the horns a-poppin' on Sunday evening from 7 to 8 pm on Big Band Jazz. See you then!

WRTI Spotlight
6:26 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Eleven Pieces Of Silver: A Horace Silver Birthday Tribute on Big Band Jazz, Sept. 2nd at 7 pm

Pianist/composer Horace Silver

It's a Big Band Jazz 84th birthday tribute to Horace Silver. The pianist/composer was able to mix blues, funk, and soul into some of our best-known jazz standards. We'll feature 11 bands cookin' on "Sister Sadie," "Doodlin'," "Nica's Dream," and eight others. Don't miss it! Sunday, September 2nd, 7 to 8 pm.

Here's one of Silver's most popular standards...do you recognize it?

WRTI Spotlight
4:18 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

"Shorter" Songs And Sambas: Big Band Jazz, August 26th, 7 pm

Tune in to hear some of Wayne Shorter's compositions done Big Band style to note his August 25th birthday. We'll also shake out a few sambas from bands including Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis and Bobby Sanabria. Don't miss it! Sunday, August, 26th, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
1:41 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The Johnny Hartman Story: Voices in Jazz, August 26th, 5 pm on HD-2

Author Gregg Akkerman has penned a much talked-about biography on the life of jazz singer Johnny Hartman. The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story traces the journey of the Grammy-nominated vocalist from his big-band origins with Earl Hines and Dizzy Gillespie to his storied career as a solo recording artist.

WRTI Spotlight
7:25 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Basie By The Numbers On Big Band Jazz: August 19 at 7 pm

Celebrate the Count's birthday with "Basie by the Numbers" this Sunday, August 19, 7 to 8 pm. From the "One O'Clock Jump" to "Jive At Five" to the "9:20 Special," there'll be "Sixteen Men Swingin' " all hour long. Can we "count" on you to join the fun?

WRTI Spotlight
12:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Trombone Treats On Big Band Jazz: August 12 at 7 pm

This week we'll slide into the trombone section on Big Band Jazz. You'll  hear from Tommy Dorsey, the man whose band set new ideas in motion for the instrument, a beauty from Stan Kenton using just trombones and piano, and a few new big bands with trombone high notes. That's this Sunday, August 8th, 7 to 8 pm.

WRTI Spotlight
7:55 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Jeri Southern Birthday Celebration: Voices in Jazz on HD-2, August 5th

We'll remember singer Jeri Southern on the anniversary of her 86th birthday on Sunday, August 5th on Voices in Jazz, 3 to 6 pm on HD-2 and the jazz stream It'll be a special hour with her songs and special guest Dick LaPalm, her one-time manager back in the 1950s. He'll share stories and remembrances of this much-admired lady of music in the 5 pm hour.

WRTI Spotlight
12:48 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Guitarist Kenny Burrell with Singers on Voices in Jazz: July 29 on HD-2

This Sunday, July 29th, 3 to 6 pm, it's a birthday celebration for jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. You'll hear Mr. Burrell accompanying many singers...including himself.

Also on the birthday calendar: Annie Ross, Karrin Allyson, Kevin Mahogany, and Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer among others. Join us!

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