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Jill joined WRTI in 1997 after working at the former WFLN for ten years. Her background is impressive: she's a professional harpist, a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music, and a former Fulbright Scholar.
As staff harpist at Radio City Music Hall, and with the City Center Ballet in New York, Jill performed with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in recordings, on radio, and on Broadway. She also worked for the Rockefeller Foundation developing the New World Records label, and was an assistant editor for Stereo Review magazine and Nonesuch Records. Her work as a writer and producer of training videos led Jill to earn a graduate degree in public media and also to start hosting at classical radio stations including WMHT-FM in Schenectady, N.Y., and WQXR in New York City.
Along with varied speaking engagements, Jill continues to "harp" on all things musical in the Delaware Valley. She is the proud mother of a son, an international businessman, and a daughter, a professional chef.
Jill can be heard weekdays from 2 to 6 pm, and on Crossover on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Listen to recordings by Peter Richard Conte, Macy's Grand Court organist, from Macy's in downtown Philadelphia. Peter chats about his music with Jill Pasternak back at the WRTI studio. The Wanamaker Organ Hour is produced with the cooperation of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.
CBS News feature about the Wanamaker Organ:
This is your opportunity to request the classical pieces you want to hear. Join the fun! Send an email to: Requests@wrti.org
Just tell us: the name of the classical work, the name of the composer, your name and the city you live in, if you're a WRTI Member, and any comments you may have about why you're requesting this particular piece.
This is how it works: From the 50 to 60 requests received each week, Program Director Jack Moore selects 10 to 15 pieces that balance each other when played during the three-hour program. The three hours sound very similar to regular classical music programming - the exception being that the host mentions the name of the person requesting the music.
Join Jill Pasternak every Saturday for her weekly interview show spotlighting notable music and musicians from the classical and jazz worlds - and the periphery as well! Totally un-scripted and spontaneous, Crossover sounds like nothing else on the dial -- more like friends chatting over coffee than a broadcast interview.
WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.
Playlists are at the bottom of this page.