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
10:03 am
Sat May 26, 2007

Simone Dinnerstein

A conversation with Simone Dinnerstein. Susan Lewis visits the Morris Arboretum. Jason Peifer at the Prince Music Theater for Hair. Camden Children's Garden.

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Creatively Speaking
2:36 pm
Sat May 19, 2007

Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Orchestra, music director

Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach. Susan Lewis on William H. Johnson's World on Paper at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Jason Peifer visits the Independence Seaport Museum.

 

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Creatively Speaking
11:28 am
Sat May 12, 2007

Jackie Ryan, jazz vocalist

A conversation with Jackie Ryan discusses her CD "This Heart of Mine." Jason Peifer talks with the creators and performers of "Lookingglass Alice" at the Arden Theatre this month. The Lookingglass Theatre production incorporates circus arts with the stories of Lewis Carroll; Susan Lewis spends time exploring stoop art. A community project on the banks of the Schuylkill canal.

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Creatively Speaking
10:23 am
Sat May 5, 2007

Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Orchestra

As the Philadelphia Orchestra prepares to release its latest CD, we speak with music director Christoph Eschenbach. Jason Peifer examines the role of the dramaturg in theater. Susan Lewis looks ahead to the Japanese Masters of the Brush, the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

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Creatively Speaking
12:18 pm
Sat April 21, 2007

Rossen Milanov

This week, a conversation with Rossen Milanov. The artistic director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center has created an innovative program for the ensemble's summer season. Susan Lewis takes us to the LA Theatre Works' touring production of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial. The radio play adapted for the stage come to Philadelphia this week. Jason Peifer visits Pennsylvania Ballet as they prepare to open their latest production, Modern Masters. We'll hear from the creators of Lambarena, a work combining classical ballet and West African dance.

Creatively Speaking
10:50 am
Sat April 14, 2007

Robert Jaeger, Executive Director of Partners for Sacred Places

A conversation with Robert Jaeger, Executive Director of Partners for Sacred Places; Jason Peifer takes a look at the legacy of Bertolt Brecht as The Wilma Theater opens a new production of The Life of Galileo; Susan Lewis takes a look at the history of musical theater.

Creatively Speaking
4:13 pm
Sat April 7, 2007

Robert Capanna, Executive Director of Settlement Music School

A conversation with Robert Capanna, Executive Director of Settlement Music School, celebrating its 100th anniversary; Susan Lewis considers the role of the Philadelphia Film Festival in the city's cultural community; Jason Peifer visits the Masonic Temple of Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
12:15 pm
Sat March 31, 2007

Daniel Gerber Exhibitions

Daniel Gerber at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts and the James A. Michener Art Museum. Susan Lewis: American Composers Orchestra. We look at one man's collection of films. Jason Peifer examines the role of the costume designer in theater.

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Creatively Speaking
2:28 pm
Sat March 24, 2007

Roxanna Panufnik, composer

We speak with Roxanna Panufnik the composer of a work commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits the Pig Iron Theater Company as they prepare to open their newest show, Chekhov Lizardbrain. A conversation with nationally renowned broadcaster and musician Bill McGlaughlin--recipient of this year's Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance Tribute Award. Susan Lewis takes a look at the Greenfield Competition: The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual contest for young musicians.

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Creatively Speaking
1:01 pm
Sat March 17, 2007

Simone Dinnerstein

A conversation with Simone Dinnerstein. Susan Lewis looks ahead to Bach Festival Week. Jason Peifer explores quilting, on National Quilting Day. We explore the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

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