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
9:40 am
Thu July 31, 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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Creatively Speaking
3:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2008

Steve Lopez on Nathaniel Ayers--Laurel Hill Cemetery--Fashioning Kimono--The Ephrata Cloister

Woman?s Kimono, Japan, 1912?26 (Taish? period), Machine-spun silk plain weave with stencil-printed warp threads (meisen), The Montgomery Collection, Lugano, Switzerland

We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with writer Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is now being made into a major Hollywood movie.

Tom Keels explores how Laurel Hill Cemetery, a Victorian-era burial ground, is helping local area residents to grieve for those lost to war and urban violence.

Susan Lewis looks at modern art in the Japanese kimono, in an exhibition now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Creatively Speaking
3:03 pm
Sat July 5, 2008

Colonial Philadelphia Furniture--Independence Hall--Composer Charles Strouse, creator of Annie

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

We listen back to a feature on Independence Hall by Susan Lewis.

Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Charles Strouse, creator of the musical Annie.

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat June 28, 2008

The State of Local Arts--Art of Nandalal Bose--Kutztown Folk Festival--Composer Harry Donald Hewitt

Annapurna, 1943, Nandalal Bose, Indian, Wash and tempera on paper, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794

Jim Cotter hosts a round-table discussion recorded at the Kimmel Center. The panelists are Kimmel Center President and CEO Ann Ewers, Philadelphia Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Producing Director Nick Stuccio, and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Michael Scolamiero.

Susan Lewis reports on a new Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition of the work of Nandalal Bose, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The artist is widely considered as India's father of modern art.

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Creatively Speaking
1:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2008

Mark Dion at Bartram's Garden--Americans for the Arts Annual Convention--Demuth Museum in Lancaster

Aviariste, 1912, Charles Demuth, watercolor on paper, Demuth Museum Collection

Jim Cotter speaks with artist Mark Dion. He's just spent seven months retracing a four-year voyage made by the celebrated botanist William Bartram in the 1770s. An exhibition of art Dion created from objects found on his journey opens at Bartram's Garden in West Philadelphia this week.

Susan Lewis looks at the intersection of politics, business, and the arts at the annual convention of Americans for the Arts in Philadelphia this weekend.

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Creatively Speaking
1:34 pm
Sat June 14, 2008

Kimmel Center's Ann Ewers--Pottstown Symphony--The Role of Theater Directors--Local Carillons

Carillon at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Jim Cotter speaks with Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Ann Ewers.

David Patrick Stearns on the rise and fall of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes a look at the historic role of the theater director. We'll hear from the Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka, and Seth Rozin of the InterAct Theatre.

Susan Lewis visits several area carillons; they're large musical instruments consisting of bells that live at the top of tall towers.

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Creatively Speaking
4:35 pm
Sat May 31, 2008

Paul Taylor--West Chester Univ. Poetry--I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document--Brandywine Baroque

David Ingram and Miriam Hyman in I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda
Photo by Mark Garvin

Jim Cotter speaks with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His world-renowned dance company will visit Philadelphia for a series of performances at the Annenberg Center.

Susan Lewis looks at the upcoming West Chester University Poetry Conference, now in its 14th year.

Jason Peifer visits the People's Light & Theatre as it stages I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda. The play was written in response to playwright Sonja Linden's interactions with refugees of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Creatively Speaking
2:39 pm
Sat May 24, 2008

The Historic Boyd Theatre--Settlement Music School's Centennial--The Arden Theatre's Our Town

Boyd Theatre, 1928

Jim Cotter on Philadelphia's Boyd Theater. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the art deco building on its 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It will be sold to a private investor next week who could, under an existing demolition permit, order its destruction.

Susan Lewis looks at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, now celebrating its centennial.

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat May 10, 2008

Student Exhibitions at PAFA--Cirque du Soleil's Kooza--Reconsidering Telemann

Annual Student Exhibition at PAFA

Jim Cotter takes a walk through the Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jason Peifer visits the Cirque du Soliel village in Philadelphia, as the Quebec-based company stages their latest touring work, Kooza, on the Avenue of the Arts.

Susan Lewis considers 18th century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, said to be the most prolific composer in music history.

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Creatively Speaking
4:05 pm
Sat May 3, 2008

Conductor Christoph Eschenbach -- <em>Eurydice</em> at the Wilma -- Delaware Museum of Art

Christoph Eschenbach

Jim Cotter speaks with Christoph Eschenbach -- now in his final weeks as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jason Peifer takes us to the underworld of Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. An original score from Toby Twining was composed for the Wilma's production of the play.

Susan Lewis visits the Delaware Art Museum which uses art to both tell and inspire stories.

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