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
11:04 am
Sat July 29, 2006

Lucy the Elephant

July is one of the wettest months in this region. If you've discovered this while down the shore recently or are planning a trip soon, you should check out the next Creatively Speaking! for some activities ideas away from the beach! We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate to learn about her past and see what's on the inside of this 125 year-old attraction; Wildwood is using a 1950's musical label to name and protect the town's distinctive 50's urban landscape.

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Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Sat July 22, 2006

Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music

We revisit four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We look back at the history of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. We'll take a walk through Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum, while Susan Lewis visits the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the Fairmount Water Works.

Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Sat July 15, 2006

Anne D'Harnoncourt on Andrew Wyeth

This week, with the latest regional flurry of Andrew Wyeth fever dying down, we speak with Director Anne D'Harnoncourt about the Philadelphia Museum of Art's hugely successful Wyeth retrospective.

Creatively Speaking
3:54 pm
Sat June 24, 2006

Viva la Diva!

Viva la Diva! Renee Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa. CultureFiles: Marian Anderson Historical Residence and Museum. Clue:"What makes a good voice, a great voice?"

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Creatively Speaking
2:28 pm
Sat June 17, 2006

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Season at The Mann Center

This week we look ahead to the opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra's season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and speak with new artistic director Rossen Milanov; Jason Peifer visits the Contemporary Stage Company in Wilmington as they celebrate the work of the South African writer, Athol Fugard; We take a look at two dance events opening in Philadelphia this week: Dance Boom! and the New Festival; and in our regular dip into the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Susan Lewis visits Independence Hall.

Creatively Speaking
4:15 pm
Sat June 10, 2006

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

We visit the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. It's just won a national award for innovation in education for doing things the old-fashioned way! Susan Lewis explores truth, memory, and the murkiness of memoir with artists from this week's First Person Arts Festival. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com, Jason Peifer visits the Wilma Theater.

Creatively Speaking
4:15 pm
Sat June 3, 2006

Philadelphia's Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum

On this week's Creatively Speaking! with Jim Cotter, we listen back to four recent features from the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com. We'll visit Philadelphia's Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum. Almost thirty years after they created Franklin Court, we take a tour of the 1976 "ghost house" with architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown. Susan Lewis visits Camden's Adventure Aquarium and explores Historic Yellow Springs.

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Creatively Speaking
3:01 pm
Sat May 27, 2006

The Cape May Music Festival

We're 'down the shore'. Susan Lewis takes a look at the Cape May Music Festival. We speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author on Boardwalk of Dreams--a history of Atlantic City. Jason Peifer examines Cape May's vibrant theatre scene and we pay a visit to the Noyes Museum in Oceanville.

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Creatively Speaking
3:11 pm
Sat May 20, 2006

Daughters of Genius

Jason Peifer takes a look at Daughters of Genius, a new comedy from 1812 Productions in Philadelphia. The play is about 17th century poet, John Milton, and his three daughters. Susan Lewis finds her way to The Salon, an underground concert series of classical, jazz and multicultural new music with an increasingly large following. And in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section of GoPhila.com, we visit the neighbors at Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in the nation.

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Creatively Speaking
12:09 pm
Sat May 13, 2006

Ted Libbey

This week, a conversation with Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music. His book has broken new ground in publishing by having a companion website where readers can listen to full length examples of musical works cross-referenced in the book. Tom Dinardo explains how he spent six years trying to organize a performance of a work for organ by legendary Hollywood composer David Raksin. Susan Lewis explores Betsy Ross House. And Jason Peifer previews the world premiere of Some Men, a Terrence McNally play set to open at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

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