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 

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. 

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Creatively Speaking
10:13 am
Sat August 22, 2009

The Amish Cindy Woodsmall--SPECTACLES AND SKYSCRAPERS at the PMA--Fulton Opera House

Jim Cotter speaks with author Cindy Woodsmall, a preeminent writer of Amish fiction - one of the fastest growing literary genres.

Jason Peifer explores the rich history of the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - the nation's oldest continuously operating theater.

Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.

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Creatively Speaking
11:38 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Marcel Duchamp--American Swedish Historical Museum--Nat'l Constitution Center Exhibition

An exhibition about Marcel Duchamp?s enigmatic assemblage ?tant donn?s: 1. La chute d?eau, 2. Le gaz d??clairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) 1946-1966, is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until November 29th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, the curator of a new Marcel Duchamp exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the ways American architects are using recycled materials to address social issues.

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Creatively Speaking
12:42 pm
Wed August 5, 2009

Pianist Christopher O'Riley--Hopewell Furnace--Napoleon Exhibition at National Constitution Center

From the Top's multi-talented host Christopher O'Riley is an artist, a performer, and a media personality.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist and broadcaster Christopher O'Riley. His latest CD will release on August 18th.

Jason Peifer explores Hopewell Furnace. The colonial era "iron plantation" - now a National Historic Landmark - recreates the business, technology, and lifestyle of America's nascent industrial age.

Susan Lewis explores the "French connection" between America and the Emperor of early 19th-century France in an exhibition on Napoleon at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
4:15 pm
Thu July 30, 2009

New Director of PMA Timothy Rub--Illustrator Ellen B.T. Pyle-duPont's Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Timothy Rub is leaving the Cleveland Museum of Art to succeed the late Anne d'Harnoncourt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jim Cotter speaks with Timothy Rub. The Philadelphia Museum of Art's new director and CEO will take up his position in mid to late September.

Susan Lewis visits the Delaware Art Museum, where a new show explores the art of Ellen B.T. Pyle, a popular cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post of the 1920s and '30s.

Jason Peifer visits the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. The 300-acre estate was home to the industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont and recently completed a $39 million restoration.

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Creatively Speaking
3:17 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Frank McCourt--Simeone Foundation Museum--Village of Arts & Humanities--Germantown's History Hunters

Jim Cotter interviewed the late Frank McCourt in 2008.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's 2008 interview with Frank McCourt. The acclaimed author died on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at age 78.

Jason Peifer takes us to the Simeone Foundation Museum, home to a world-class collection of historic sports and race cars.

Susan Lewis visits North Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities, which evolved from the creation of art parks on abandoned lots into a community-based arts program.

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Creatively Speaking
11:09 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Painter Elizabeth Osbourne at PAFA--The City of Nutterly Love--Out on a Limb at Morris Arboretum

We listen again to Jim Cotter's interview with Elizabeth Osborne. Her work is the subject of The Color of Light, an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jason Peifer previews The City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell! A new review by the world-famous Second City comedy company at the Philadelphia Theatre Company opens this week.

Tom Keels takes us Out on a limb - a new installation at the Morris Arboretum takes audiences on a journey through the tree tops.

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Wed June 24, 2009

Curtis with the Phila. Orch.--Skyscapers Spectacles--Ephrata Cloister--Patrick Dougherty's Sculpture

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Patrick Dougherty about his unique creation at the Morris Arboretum

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Curtis Institute of Music students making debuts as concerto soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer.

Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.

Jason Peifer visits the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, one of America's earliest religious communities and a National Historic Landmark.

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Creatively Speaking
9:33 am
Thu June 18, 2009

Painter Elizabeth Osbourne--A Visit to Winterthur Museum--Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival

Elizabeth Osborne
Blaze III, 2004
Oil on canvas; 60 x 60 in.
Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Jim Cotter speaks with Elizabeth Osborne. The veteran painter is the subject of The Color of Light, a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Susan Lewis visits the Brandywine Valley's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the former home of collector and horticulturalist Henry Francis DuPont.

And Jason Peifer visits the Hidden City Philadelphia Arts Festival. The month-long event brings performing and visual art to historic architectural gems in the Philadelphia area.

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Creatively Speaking
9:34 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Actor Yves Jacques--Philadelphia's Swedish Origins--Community-Based Public Art--Composer David Lang

Jim Cotter speaks with French-Canadian actor Yves Jacques. He stars in the East Coast premiere of Robert Lepage's latest one-man show, The Andersen Project.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the power of community-based public art in a newly completed Fairmount Park Art Association project in North Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
10:13 am
Tue June 2, 2009

David Hayes--Secret Lenape Ancestry--The Rape of Lucretia--Independence Seaport Museum

Ceremonial Lenape Meesing ring from Penn Museum's Fulfilling a Prophecy exhibition

Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Singers Music Director David Hayes. His group is hosting the Chorus America Conference - the annual gathering of choirs and choral groups from around the country.

Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.

David Patrick Stearns previews the latest production from the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Baritone Nathan Gunn and tenor William Burden star in Benjamin Brittens' The Rape of Lucretia.

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