Dave Conant

General Manager, Classical Host

Dave has been on the air in Philadelphia for over four decades, and for many of those years his voice has been synonymous with classical music in the morning.

After a long gig as host of the morning broadcast at former classical radio station WFLN (where he also worked as program director and operations manager), Dave moved on in 1997 to become executive director of WRTI and host of the station's Morning Show. He's now the full-time general manager of the station, but on occasion you can still hear his resonant voice on the air - especially during Member Drives.

A native of Passaic, N.J., Dave has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, Dave taught high school English in Philadelphia and Camden, N.J.

Dave is delighted to work in a field that he loves, in the academic surroundings of an urban university with its seemingly endless diversity of people, music, and the arts.

 

Ways To Connect

Leroy Anderson has just the right touch with The Typewriter composed in 1950. It's one of many short, light orchestral works that the prolific composer wrote between 1946 and 1970. Many were performed by the Boston Pops under the direction of Arthur Fiedler.

Join us on Sunday, December 15 at 5 pm for this month's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia APPLAUSE broadcast, which highlights some of the orchestra's performances of newer music, under Music Director Dirk Brossé and Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and spotlights the strings of the orchestra.

Program:
JOHN WILLIAMS: Essay for Strings (from December 17, 2012)
Dirk Brossé, conductor

This month's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast is led by guest conductor and violinist Scott Yoo.  Yoo is music director and conductor of Boston's Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and leads a program here that includes the Concerto Grosso No. 1 of Ernest Bloch, and Georg Philipp Telemann's Don Quicchotte suite.

To celebrate WRTI's 60 years on the air, we've selected some of your favorite pieces and put them together in one fabulous collection as our thanks to you—our loyal listeners!

Our exclusive 60th Anniversary Commemorative Jazz Collection includes one great composition after another: straight-ahead, organ jazz, hard bop, and contemporary. Many of your favorite artists—Coltrane, Dizzy, Cannonball, Heath Brothers, and McCoy Tyner, just to name a few—are represented. It's the WRTI listening experience in a jewel case!

Contribute today at the $160 level and we'll thank you with our limited-edition WRTI 60th Anniversary Jazz 2-CD set. Pledge Here, and Thanks!

Check out the track list below:

Throughout the month, Dave Conant is offering advice on how to get the most out of the arts. Take a listen!


  

Happy 60th WRTI!

Jul 18, 2013

Every day the staff here at WRTI works hard to live up to the mission of giving you the best classical music and jazz experience public media can deliver.  Personally, I want you to know how gratifying it is to work with such a talented and dedicated group of people.  Moreover, I want to share how proud I am of the work they do.



This Sunday it's Symphony in C with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in a performance of Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation. This was the grand closing concert of the ensemble's 60th anniversary season. Rossen Milanov conducts. Join us! Sunday, May 26, 4 to 6 pm.

Program notes here.

Join us on Sunday at 5 pm for our monthly Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Music Director Dirk Brossé conducts, with soloists Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin, and Roberto Diaz, viola.

Program:

MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K.364
Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin
Roberto Diaz, viola
Dirk Brossé, conductor
 
ANTHEIL: Serenade for String Orchestra
Dirk Brossé, conductor

Tune in on Sunday, March 24th for our monthly broadcast of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Music Director Dirk Brosse will conduct the ensemble in the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff's Cello Concerto, featuring renowned Russian cellist Nina Kotova. The program also includes Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 1. Sunday, March 24th, 5 to 6 pm.

I came to Philadelphia in the autumn of 1964 and soon found WFLN.  The classical music format reminded me of WQXR, the station I had enjoyed in North Jersey growing up. But at 12:30 pm weekdays they broadcast a really interesting interview program hosted by this sophisticated, well-spoken and often humorous host named Ralph Collier. Seven years later after college, and a brief career as a high school teacher, I found myself with a job at that station where I met that same broadcaster.

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