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
12:29 pm
Sat August 11, 2007

Kimmel Center--Wilma Theater--Independence Hall--The Camden Children's Garden

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: A Profile.

Profiles of: The Wilma Theater located on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Historic Independence Hall.

The Camden Children's Garden. 

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Creatively Speaking
9:37 am
Sat July 28, 2007

Nathaniel Kahn Documentaries--The President's House at Independence Mall--Sand Sculpting

Nathaniel Kahn
Credit: Michal Manas

Documentary filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn: My Architect and Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story.

The excavation of the President's House at Independence Mall and the complicated nature of archeological digs in urban settings.

The gritty world of sand sculpting at the annual Cape May Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest.

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Creatively Speaking
12:21 pm
Sat July 21, 2007

Elissa Lee Koljonen--My Name is Asher Lev--StorySlams--German Postwar Art

Elissa Lee Koljonen

Elissa Lee Koljonen: Internationally renowned violinist .

Playwright  Aaron Posner's stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel<em> My Name Is Asher Lev</em>.

Philadelphia's First Person Arts' StorySlams--modern incarnations of the ancient art form of storytelling.

Philadelphia  Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo on postwar German exhibition <i>Notations: Kiefer, Polke, Richter.</i>

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Creatively Speaking
4:04 pm
Sat July 14, 2007

Simone Dinnerstein's Goldberg Variations--The World on Paper--The Independence Seaport Museum

Simone Dinnerstein's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein: Her recording of Bach's <i>Goldberg Variations</i> has won praise.

William H. Johnson's <i>World on Paper</i> at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia--the waterfront museum includes a working boat shop, an 1892 battleship used in the Spanish-American War, and a World War II submarine.

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Creatively Speaking
1:11 pm
Sat July 7, 2007

The American Composers Forum--Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture--Non-Profit Theater--Gershwin To Gillespie

Jim Jordan, Philadelphia chapter president of the American Composers Forum. 

Jason Peifer examines the nuances of funding non-profit theater. 

Hazami Sayed, the founder and president of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Susan Lewis visits Gershwin To Gillespie Portraits in American Music at the Michener Museum's New Hope.

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Creatively Speaking
11:22 am
Sat June 30, 2007

Rossen Milanov, Philadelphia Orchestra--Japanese Masters

Rossen Milanov, the Philadelphia Orchestra's artistic director at the Mann Center.

Susan Lewis: Japanese Masters of the Brush, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jason Peifer explores the theater scene on New Jersey's southern tip.

 

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Creatively Speaking
12:09 pm
Sat June 23, 2007

William Ranney--Delaware Folk Art Collection--American Philosophical Society--Carillon

William Ranney at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Jason Peifer: Delaware Folk Art Collection at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, DE. 

The latest exhibition at the American Philosophical Society. 

Susan Lewis considers the carillon.

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Creatively Speaking
4:02 pm
Sat June 16, 2007

Robert Jaeger, Partners for Sacred Places--Yellow Springs--The Liberty Bell Center

A conversation with Robert Jaeger, Executive Director of Partners for Sacred Places. 

Susan Lewis visits Chester County's Yellow Springs. 

Bernard Cywinski, the creator of the Liberty Bell Center in Philadlephia. 

Jason Peifer examines the role of the sound designer in theater.

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Creatively Speaking
12:43 pm
Sat June 9, 2007

Leah Stein Dance Company--The Picture of Dorian Gray--Boychoir & Girlchoir--Winterthur Museum

Leah Stein Dance Company at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

Center City Opera Theater: Lowell Liebermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray. 

Jason Peifer: Keystone State Boychoir, and Pennsylvania Girlchoir. 

Susan Lewis: Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

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Creatively Speaking
10:02 am
Sat June 2, 2007

Time for 3--West Chester University's Poetry Center--Egyptian artifacts--Light Design

A conversation with Time for 3 and the 19th century African American composer Francis "Frank" Johnson. 

Susan Lewis: West Chester University's Poetry Center. 

We go on a search for ancient Egyptian artifacts in Philadelphia. 

Jason Peifer examines the role of the lighting designer in theater. 

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