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
1:57 pm
Sat March 10, 2007

Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor, Philadelphia Orchestra

A conversation with Charles Dutoit, chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2008; Susan Lewis reports on Pennsylvania Ballet's brand new work based on Carl Orff's Carmina Burana; Jason Peifer takes a look at a theater company that recently relocated to Philadelphia after losing their New Orleans home to Hurricane Katrina.

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Creatively Speaking
1:06 pm
Sat March 3, 2007

Eduard Schmieder directs iPalpiti

Eduard Schmieder, the Temple's Boyer School of Music and Dance, professor directs iPalpiti. Susan Lewis reports on Intercultural Journeys, a Philadelphia based nonprofit that this month brings together Arab and Jewish musicians. Jason Peifer examines the role of the sound designer in theater productions.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Sat February 24, 2007

Thomas Chimes Retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A conversation with Thomas Chimes: the subject of a new retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jason Peifer speaks with the creators and producers of several family-oriented productions in Philadelphia. Susan Lewis looks at neighborhood art film houses.

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Creatively Speaking
4:56 pm
Sat February 17, 2007

Julian Rachlin, violinist

A conversation with Julian Rachlin. Susan Lewis explores the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer takes a look at "Holding Up: A New Prison Legacy."

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat February 10, 2007

Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

A conversation with conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Jason Peifer: Masonic Temple of Philadelphia--one of Philadelphia's architectural gems. Susan Lewis: Opera Company of Philadelphia, Porgy and Bess.

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Creatively Speaking
4:54 pm
Sat February 3, 2007

Pennsylvania Ballet's Giselle

Pennsylvania Ballet's "Giselle." Jason Peifer Philadelphia New Play Festival. We speak with two teenagers who help parents navigate their families through local cultural events. Susan Lewis: Temple Theater--"The Importance of Being Earnest."

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Creatively Speaking
2:09 pm
Sat January 27, 2007

Daniel Garber at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts

Daniel Garber at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts and the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Susan Lewis looks at a celebration of 150 years of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Jason Peifer visits Art-Reach, part of its mission is to help underserved audiences experience arts and culture.

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Creatively Speaking
4:50 pm
Sat January 20, 2007

Renee Fleming: the Age of the Diva

The entire program with Renee Fleming, We'll also listen to songs from her latest CD Homage--The Age of the Diva.

Creatively Speaking
10:41 am
Sat January 13, 2007

Haddonfield Symphony

Haddonfield Symphony's latest performances. Susan Lewis on Ella Fitzgerald. Jason Peifer: Arden Theater Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree. CultureFiles at GoPhila.com: James Michener Art Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
4:34 pm
Sat December 30, 2006

2006 in review. A look back at the past year in the arts in our region.

2006 IN REVIEW! We look back at the past year in the arts in our region and bring you the highlights of the news, issues and events, and the people who made them happen. And what a year it's been. Together we've witnessed great performances and exhibitions and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. 2006 was a great year for the arts and together we'll remember it on the next Creatively Speaking!

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