Jim Cotter

Arts & Culture Editor

Jim was born and raised in Ireland. He began his radio career in Dublin before moving to the U.K. where he worked for BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. He lived on the island of Crete in Greece for 10 years before moving to the United States.

Since 2002, Jim has been the station's arts and culture reporter, and then the arts and culture editor.

Jim traveled to Europe in 2004, and to Asia in 2005 and 2008 to report on Philadelphia Orchestra tours for WRTI and to Scotland in 2005 with Pennsylvania Ballet.  

In 2013, Jim was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Grant to produce "Philadelphia Music Makers," a new artist-hosted music program he created. The series will begin airing on WRTI in Fall 2014. 

Jim can be heard throughout the week in Creatively Speaking arts features and in Sunday Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts. 


Philadelphia Music Makers on WRTI
7:40 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Daniel T. Peterson: Aspiring and Inspiring

Dan Peterson, jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and music professor, hosts Philadelphia Music Makers on WRTI, November 2, 6 PM

Daniel T. Peterson’s passion for music began early, but it took a long and winding path before it manifested as his career.

As a young child, Peterson exhibited some talent - singing shyly from the backseat of the car, but mostly engaged with music as a fan. His father’s extensive record collection captivated him, and Peterson spent much of his young life digging through a veritable treasure trove of albums where he was exposed to everything from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix.

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Philadelphia Music Makers
12:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Putting On Good Vibrations

Vibraphonist Tony Miceli

Vibraphonist Tony Miceli tells of his musical journey as if it were a love story, one filled with joy and tribulation, optimism, and sincerity.

His tale begins in 1960s New Jersey, where his family would tune in to hear Frank Sinatra over every Sunday breakfast, starting what would become a long romance with jazz, but also radio. During his teenage years he would turn again to the radio for a kind of early-musical mentorship, following the tastes of trusted deejays for guidance.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

A Grand-Old Seasonal Tradition

It’s been more than 50 years since The Philadelphia Orchestra recorded one of its best-selling albums - The Glorious Sound of Christmas with Eugene Ormandy. Each year the orchestra reprises that album in a series of perennially popular concerts.

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Philadelphia Music Makers
11:44 am
Fri December 12, 2014

David Hughes: Taking Time

Pianist David Hughes

What David Hughes seems to love best about music is the journey. As an artist, he embraces the growth process of taking on difficult pieces. As a performer, he delights in guiding audiences through a complete musical experience. He didn’t always know how to pace himself, though.

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Creatively Speaking
5:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Bebe Neuwirth's First and Other Loves

Bebe Neuwirth is probably best known for her portrayal of Lilith Sternin-Crane in the TV sitcom Cheers, and more recently for co-starring in CBS TV series Madam Secretary. Yet, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, her roots are not in television or film, but on the Broadway stage. 

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Creatively Speaking
4:55 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Vibraphonist Tony Miceli: Staying Late

Tony Miceli

Despite having arrived a little late for the peak of the city's live music scene, a Philadelphia jazz musician  has kept himself busy for almost four decades. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.

Vibraphonist Tony Miceli caught the tail-end of the hay-days of live jazz when he first began playing professionally in the 1970s.

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Philadelphia Music Makers, November 30 at 5 PM
1:48 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

All In The Family at Curtis

Pianist and composer Andrew Hsu

For pianist and composer Andrew Hsu, music and family go hand in hand. From an early age, his father made sure that Andrew and his two siblings were each instilled with a love of good music. Classical was the household’s preferred genre, and the family piano its most beloved medium. Initially enraptured by the wonders of the instrument’s mechanics, by age seven Hsu began learning how to play properly, to replicate what he heard on the radio. 

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Creatively Speaking
7:33 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Zenos Frudakis: A Philadelphia-Based Sculptor Breaking The Mold

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis with "Freedom"

It's rare for living artists to be compared to the greats. Yet a Philadelphia-based sculptor has been given such an honor. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports on the man who brought "freedom" to the world.

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Philadelphia Music Makers on WRTI, Nov. 23, 5 PM
2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Hear More from Seymour

Cellist Tessa Seymour is on the road to star status.

Tessa Seymour is in her final year at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was selected out of hundreds to fill the only spot for a cellist the year she applied. In addition to an unparalleled legacy of greatness, Curtis also offered her the personalized instruction she craved that a large r conservatory could never have offered.

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Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Catch a Khachaturian

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

A Soviet-era piano concerto that put an Armenian composer on the map, being performed by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, is one of the highlights of this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports.

Aram Khachaturian wrote his only piano concerto in 1936 in the USSR . It was a hit both at home and abroad, especially in the U.S. So much so that, a 1946 recording by William Kapell with the Boston Symphony Orchestra became so popular that it was often referred to as the "Khachaturian Kapell.”

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