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
1:28 pm
Sat October 7, 2006

Joanne Falletta

This week,  a conversation with JoAnn Falletta. Susan Lewis visits Look Again. We examine the fate of artists and arts organizations that'll lose their work spaces to accommodate the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We speak with architect Bernard Cywinski, the creator of the Liberty Bell Center.

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Creatively Speaking
11:31 am
Sat September 30, 2006

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Clarice Assad

This week we speak with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and composer Clarice Assad. Salerno-Sonnenberg is the soloist for performances of Assad's violin concerto by the Philadelphia Orchestra; We look ahead to the 215 Festival: Philadelphia's unique celebration of writers and words; Jason Peifer previews a Palestinian/Jewish Israeli Theater Initiative that will be touring the region.

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Creatively Speaking
9:35 am
Sat September 23, 2006

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

This week, we look ahead to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season opening celebration of the Shostakovich centenary and speak with Music Director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Susan Lewis takes us through Treasures: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre Company as they open their season with an adaptation of the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.

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Creatively Speaking
12:23 pm
Sat September 16, 2006

The 3rd Street Art Gallery

We look at a show where anonymous personal confessions collected in drop boxes on the street, are displayed at the 3rd Street art gallery in old city Philadelphia; Jason Peifer visits People's Light & Theater Company in Malvern, PA as they open Moliere's last play, The Imaginary Invalid; Susan Lewis previews "Look Again," a new exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library exploring African American history as integral to American history.

Creatively Speaking
11:56 am
Sat September 9, 2006

The Brandywine River Museum

This week, we look ahead to a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum. Factory Work examines the relationship between Pop artist Andy Warhol and realist painter Jamie Wyeth and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jason Peifer speaks with the composer of "Windy City," the first show of the Walnut Street Theater's new season; Susan Lewis looks back on two weeks accompanying the Philadelphia Orchestra on its recent tour of Europe's summer music festivals.

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Creatively Speaking
11:45 am
Sat September 2, 2006

Bryant Simon

As the summer season comes to a close, we pay a final visit to the Jersey shore. We'll speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author of Boardwalk of Dreams - Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America. Susan Lewis explores a movement to preserve the so-called DooWop Architecture in Wildwood. We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate, and Jason Peifer explores Cape May's vibrant theater scene.

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Creatively Speaking
1:08 pm
Sat August 26, 2006

The 2006 Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival

On this week's Creatively Speaking! with Jim Cotter, we look ahead to the 2006 Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival and speak with co-founder and Producing Director Nick Stuccio. Jason Peifer previews a comedy of manners called P's & Q's. Its creators spent time at a school of protocol and etiquette in South Carolina; the piece will be performed at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse Square.

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Creatively Speaking
9:28 am
Sat August 19, 2006

The CultureFiles at GoPhila.com

Favorites from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, featuring visits to some of our regions great cultural destinations. As it approaches its 5th anniversary, we tour the Kimmel Center. Jason Peifer visits the Wilma Theater. Susan Lewis explores Independence Hall, and we spend a sunny afternoon at the Children's Garden in Camden.

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Creatively Speaking
9:52 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Derek Gillman

This week, a conversation with Derek Gillman, the newly appointed President of the Barnes Foundation. Gillman's written a book called The Idea of Cultural Heritage. Jason Peifer examines the art craft and science of set design, and Susan Lewis takes a look at the world of fine art photography. In our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com we visit Historic Fallsington.

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Creatively Speaking
3:16 pm
Sat August 5, 2006

The Irish Tenors

This week we speak with The Irish Tenors, who are in Philadelphia this week to perform at the Mann Center. Jason Peifer explores the role of the Theater critic. We speak with James Undercoffler. He takes up the presidency of the Philadelphia Orchestra this month. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com we speak with Bernard Cywinski, the creator of Philadelphia's most visited attraction; the Liberty Bell Center.

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