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 editor. And since 2003, he's been the host and producer of Creatively Speaking, WRTI's much-acclaimed Saturday morning arts and culture program.

Creatively Speaking has been the recipient of several awards and commendations including two Philadelphia A.I.R (Achievement In Radio) awards and an Excellence in Broadcasting award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

Jim traveled to Europe in 2004, and to Asia in 2005 to report on Philadelphia Orchestra tours for WRTI. He is married to Claire and they have a daughter, Norah, born in 2006.

Jim can be heard on Saturdays from 11 to 11:30 am as host and producer of Creatively Speaking, and throughout the week for arts and culture reports.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 25, 2008

Concertmaster David Kim--PA Ballet In Training--Pianist Andras Schiff--Sacred Harp Singing

David Kim

Jim Cotter speaks with David Kim. The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates his 10th anniversary as its concert master in a series of performances this week.

As Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to open its 45th season, Susan Lewis looks at the company's summer excursion to a prolific training ground for new dancers in rural Pennsylvania.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Andras Schiff and his current Beethoven sonata odyssey.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat October 18, 2008

One Book, One Philadelphia--Delaware Art Museum--Traditions of Folk Art--OCP's Fidelio

One Book, One Philadelphia has chosen The Soloist, by Steve Lopez as the 2009 featured book.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is this year's selection for One Book, One Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the Delaware Art Museum, a museum of stories with its own tale to tell.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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Creatively Speaking
11:41 am
Sat October 4, 2008

Philly's Arts & Culture Czar--The Demuth Museum--Fidelio at Opera Company of Philadelphia

Gary Steuer

Jim Cotter speaks with Gary Steuer as he begins work as director of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

We listen back to Jason Peifer's feature on the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, PA.  The museum's permanent collection highlights the life and works of early 20th century painter Charles Demuth, a lifelong resident of Lancaster County. The museum is currently featuring The Philadelphia Ten On The Road: The Rotary Exhibit until November 2.

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Creatively Speaking
4:08 pm
Sat September 27, 2008

The Wanamaker Organ in Concert--In Search of Missing Masters--Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll

Ahead of a historic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Macy's Center City Philadelphia, Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ, and co-host of WRTI's Wanamaker Organ Hour.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the history of the Wanamaker Organ and explores the workings of the world's largest functioning musical instrument.

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Creatively Speaking
9:54 am
Thu September 18, 2008

Frank Stella--Fulfilling a Prophecy at Penn Museum--Candide--Quilt Exhibition at PMA

Frank Stella, 1964

Jim Cotter speaks with Frank Stella, the prolific painter, printmaker, sculptor, and muralist.

Susan Lewis takes us to a new Penn Museum exhibition - Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

In the second of a two-part series, David Patrick Stearns looks at the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide and a production now at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
2:12 pm
Sat September 13, 2008

Vanished Gardens--Bernstein's Candide revamped--America's Oldest Theatre

Jim Cotter speaks with writer Sharon White. The Temple University professor's latest book Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia, is published this month.

In the first of a two-part report, David Patrick Stearns examines the history of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. A production opens this week at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Jason Peifer explores the rich history of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, which is now in its 200th season.

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Creatively Speaking
12:24 pm
Sat August 30, 2008

Pianist and Broadcaster Christopher O'Riley--Traditions of Folk Art--All About the Philadelphia Zoo

Gus is a new arrival at the Philadelphia Zoo

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist and broadcaster Christopher O'Riley.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

Susan Lewis considers the history and contemporary mission of the Philadelphia Zoo, the nation's first zoological garden.

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Creatively Speaking
2:18 pm
Sat August 23, 2008

Musicians from a Different Shore--Charles Demuth Museum--Ocean Grove Pipe Organ--Rhythms of India

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with Mari Yoshihara, author of Musicians from a Different Shore.

Jason Peifer visits the Charles Demuth Museum in Lancaster.

David Patrick Stearns looks back on the 100-year history of the Grand Pipe Organ in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Susan Lewis takes a walk through Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose, an exhibition currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
2:16 pm
Sat August 16, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--The Chinese Friendship Gate--Sound Design in Theater

Detail from the Friendship Gate in Philadelphia's Chinatown

Jim Cotter takes a walk through The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers' Prices at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan Lewis considers the significance of Philadelphia's Chinese Friendship Gate, now being repainted and restored. 

In our continuing series on what it takes to bring theater to life, Jason Peifer examines the role of the sound designer.

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Creatively Speaking
3:08 pm
Sat August 2, 2008

Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry

Necklace, c. 1943. Alexander Calder. Silver wire, string, and ribbon. Inscription: "Calder". Private Collection, New York. Photo by Maria Robledo.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.

Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition Patchwork Politics: From George to George W. at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.

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