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.


Creatively Speaking
1:44 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Beethoven's Masterpiece: A Symphonic Swan Song

Bass-baritone Shenyang

This Sunday on WRTI, the new season of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts launches with  one of music's most iconic works. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, Beethoven’s final symphony, completed almost two centuries ago, is still one of the most well-regarded and often-performed works.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:54 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

The Crossing In Concert on WRTI: An American Premiere, November 3, 4 PM

The Crossing

This Sunday on WRTI, The Crossing Choir performs the American premiere of a major work from the composer John Luther Adams. Canticles of the Holy Wind is a multi-movement, concert-length work of breadth and depth.

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Creatively Speaking
11:20 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Yannick's Long Relationship with Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)

This Sunday at 1 pm on The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI - Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin takes to the podium to conduct a symphony by one of the composers who is closest to him.  WRTI’s Jim Cotter has more.

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Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Serbian-Language Opera in a Quirky Setting: The Launch of OPERA IN THE CITY

Opera Philadelphia's SVADBA-WEDDING

Opera Philadelphia launches its new Opera In The City series on November 2nd, presenting unusual opera productions in unconventional spaces. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the first production treats audiences both as spectators and guests at a Balkan wedding celebration.

Details and ticket information: Svadba-Wedding

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Creatively Speaking
2:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Halloween And The Human Need to Be Scared

As the days draw in and winter approaches, people throughout the world are preparing for festivals that end the harvest time, say goodbye to summer and prepare the spirits for the dark days ahead. WRTI’s Jim Cotter explores the links between early winter festivities and our love of being spooked.  

As part of celebrations of Halloween, WRTI will be playing a selection of bewitching music all day on October 31st.

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Creatively Speaking
7:47 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Newtown Square Physician Performs With Yo-Yo Ma

Dr. George Horner

Dunwoody Village Retirement Community in Newtown Square has a unique resident - a retired physician who performed in concert this week with the internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, this is but one achievement in a life that has been a series of struggles and successes.

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Creatively Speaking
7:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

150 Celebrated News Photographs: The Pulitzer Winners On Display in Philadelphia

Slava Veder's BURST OF JOY, 1974 Pulitzer winner

The National Constitution Center's new exhibition includes many of the world's most celebrated journalistic photographs. WRTI's Jim Cotter reports.

The Pulitzer Prizes were originally established by a bequest from newspaper baron Joseph Pulitzer, a century ago, to recognize exceptional contributions to journalism and literature.  Prizes for music and photography were added in the early 1940s.

The Constitution Center's Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs is a moving exposition of prize-winning images from the past 70 years.

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Creatively Speaking
2:34 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Music (and Art) at the Museum: Art After 5 on Friday Nights

Sara Moyn, left, is producer of evening programs and curator of the popular music program ART AFTER 5, held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every Friday night.

Philadelphia’s largest fine art museum - over the past decade - has also become one of the city’s premiere performing arts presenters. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, it’s attracting widely diverse audiences.

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Creatively Speaking
9:27 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

The Public Votes On PA's 10 Most Valuable Historical Artifacts

Passmore Williamson’s visitors’ book contains the signatures of Frederick Douglass and hundreds of notable supporters of the imprisoned activist, a hero of the abolitionist movement.

The term Endangered Artifacts is most associated with objects from ancient civilizations. Yet, in Pennsylvania - as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports - there’s now a statewide effort to preserve some of the Commonwealth's own, most vulnerable, historical treasures.

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Creatively Speaking
7:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Philadelphia's Premiere Contemporary Choir Opens Expanded Season

The Crossing

The Crossing, Philadelphia’s foremost contemporary music chorus, begins a newly expanded season this Sunday, September 15th. The choir will now perform throughout the year. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports that though the group is growing its output, its artistic vision will not change.

Philadelphia-area native Donald Nally has had a varied and storied career. In addition to  a term as artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Nally has also been chorus master of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Spoleto Festival, Welsh National Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Nally stepped down from Lyric at the end of the 2010-2011 season to fully dedicate himself to what he acknowledges as his greatest passion: The Crossing. The Philadelphia-based chamber choir is dedicated to performing new and contemporary choral music; its popularity with audiences is growing and growing...

The Crossing’s season begins this Sunday at the Icebox at Crane Arts Center in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties with the American premiere of Canticles of the Holy Wind by John Luther Adams.

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