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

It's an afternoon of Barber, Copeland, and Williams on our monthly Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Dirk Brosse conducts the ensemble in performances recorded live at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater in December 2012. Sunday, January 20th, 5 to 6 pm. Join us!


BARBER: Serenade, Op.1

WILLIAMS: Essay for Strings

COPLAND: Quiet City

Rodney Mack, trumpet; Geoffrey Deemer, English horn

COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Suite

Welcome to 2013.  Besides being the year of the snake and the UN's International Year of Water Cooperation (who knew!), it bears mentioning that WRTI turns 60!  On July 9, 1953, WRTI became a licensed FM radio station operating at 10 watts from Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia.  Thanks to you, over the years we've grown into the largest classical music and jazz media outlet in the tri-state area.

It's an afternoon of works by Beethoven and Brosse on our monthly Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Dirk Brosse conducts his own work, SIRE. Then, it's Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major with soloist Lorenzo Gatto. Sunday, November 18th, 5 to 6 pm. Join us!

Brossé: SIRE
Dirk Brosse, conductor & composer

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Lorenzo Gatto, violin
Dirk Brosse, conductor

It's an afternoon of Chopin, Rodrigo, and Lutoslawski on our monthly Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia broadcast. Dirk Brosse conducts Chopin's Piano Concerto, No.2 in F minor. Then, it's Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez led by Andrew Grams, and finally Lutoslawski's Funeral Music led by Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Sunday, October 21st, 5 to 6 pm. Join us!

WRTI’s longtime morning News Anchor and News Director Windsor Johnston tendered her resignation earlier this month. Windsor’s affiliation with the station began while she was a student at Temple University. She covered many local, national, and international stories while at WRTI, including the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. She was also one of the few reporters on the scene of the violence that followed the presidential election in Kenya in December, 2007, and filed reports for both WRTI and NPR.

Don't miss this month's broadcast on Sunday, April 15th, from 5 to 6 pm, featuring David Kim (soloist) leading The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Dirk Brossé conducts the American premiere of Frederic Devreese's Valse Premiere.