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
12:48 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!

WRTI Spotlight
7:30 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Big Band Jazz: Viva Kenton! and Cuban Fire on July 29th

Stan Kenton's Cuban Fire!

It's the Latin side of Stan Kenton's band this Sunday, June 29th, 7 to 8 pm on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig.

Starting in the mid 1940s with "Tampico" and "Peanut Vendor" and with albums like Cuban Fire and Viva Kenton, this sound became a favorite with his fans.  Also featured: a few alumni from the band that went on to form their own groups - guys like Pete Rugolo, Maynard Ferguson, and Bill Holman.

WRTI Spotlight
12:40 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Big Band Jazz: The Sax Section on July 22 at 7 pm

This Sunday on Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig it's great sax players with standout solos.

You'll hear Zoot Sims with Stan Kenton's Band, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with Count Basie, and players from a few of the newer bands. Don't miss it!

WRTI Spotlight
12:59 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Stephanie Nakasian on Voices In Jazz: July 15 on HD-2

Stephanie Nakasian's new release: Show Me The Way

Join host Bob Craig during the 5 pm hour of his show as he interviews vocalist Stephanie Nakasian - it's in celebration of her new CD, Show Me The Way. You'll hear a few songs from the CD as well as a couple of her spot-on impersonations of Anita O'Day and Blossom Dearie.

WRTI Spotlight
4:01 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Big Band Jazz Goes Around The World...In Song: July 15 at 7 pm

Arturo Sandoval

Travel to some of the world's most "musical" places with your host Bob Craig. Big Band Jazz spends "A Night In Tunisia" with Arturo Sandoval, "April in Paris" with Count Basie, "A Foggy Day In London Town" with Maynard Ferguson, and more! It's this Sunday evening from 7 to 8 pm, and online around the world at wrti.org. Join us!

WRTI Spotlight
6:31 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Voices In Jazz on HD-2: A French Connection on July 8th at 3 pm

Join WRTI host Bob Craig for a celebration of some wonderful songs with a French Connection, including "April in Paris" by Ella Fitzgerald with the Basie band, a new version of "C'est Si Bon" by Halie Loren, and Karrin Allyson's vocalese of Clifford Brown's "Parisian Thoroughfare." Also, songwriter Jimmy McHugh is in the birthday spotlight ("I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Can't Get Out Of This Mood"). Plus, an interview with singer/pianist Patti Wicks.

WRTI Spotlight
6:21 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Big Band Jazz Does Some Name-Dropping: July 8th at 7 pm

Billy Eckstine

Join host Bob Craig to hear some well-known "jazz characters" get the Big Band Jazz treatment, including "Killer Joe," "Freddy Freeloader," and others. Also, in the birthday file this week are Billy Eckstine and Louie Bellson.

WRTI Spotlight
11:09 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Big Band Jazz on July 1st: Big Bands At Newport

Join WRTI's Bob Craig as he revisits some great moments at the Newport Jazz Festival from the '50s and '60s. You'll hear Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and others from well-known bands.

 

 

WRTI Spotlight
4:34 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Big Band Jazz With Bob Craig: Philadelphia Big Bands on June 17th

Tune in this Sunday from 7 to 8 pm for Philadelphia Big Bands. From Elliot Lawrence in the '50s to Sun Ra Jazz Arkestra in the '60s, through Temple University's Jazz Band with Terell Stafford today - we'll be swingin' all hour long!

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig
7:08 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Big Band Jazz with Bob Craig: Woody Herman, Harry James, Gil Evans

A great hour of music planned for Sunday, May 13th from 7 to 8 pm. Big Band giants in the birthday spotlight this week include Woody Herman and Harry James. We'll also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gil Evans. Plus, you'll hear a few exciting new releases. Don't miss it!

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