Joe Patti

Classical Host

It's his parents' fault. For Joe's sixth birthday, they gave him a transistor radio. All of a sudden, their dreams of having a doctor or lawyer (or even a fry cook) in the family went down the tubes.

For more than three decades, Joe has been defiantly disappointing his parents, to the benefit of radio listeners across the tri-state area. From Trenton to the Jersey shore, and from Philly to Wilmington, he's been programming, producing, and performing in almost every radio format, even winning an award or two along the way.

After having worked with such Philadelphia stars as Hy Lit, Sally Starr, and Johnny "Green Grocer" Lerro during his career, and having made some major noise as the operations and programming head for a South Jersey AM/FM combo, Joe thought it was time for a new challenge. Almost simultaneously, the opportunity to work as production manager at WRTI arrived. "Divine intervention," he says.

Joe is WRTI's production manager as well as a substitute classical host.

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A Holiday Tradition!
1:51 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Dec. 24th at 6 pm on HD-2

A program in song and word, this concert has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. Christmas Eve at 6 pm on the All-Classical Stream and HD-2.

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Annual Christmas Concert
1:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The NY Philharmonic Winter Holiday Special: Dec. 25th, 8 pm on HD-2

Don't miss the annual Winter Holiday broadcast from the New York Philharmonic. This year's program is culled from the ensemble's extensive recorded archives - music that's perfect for the season.  Skitch Henderson makes an appearance as well. Christmas Day at 8 pm on the All-Classical Stream and HD-2.

Highlights:

Mozart:  German Dance in C, K. 605, Sleigh Ride (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams

Arr. Henderson: Selections from Winter Holiday, 1961-62

A Holiday Special By The Dale Warland Singers
1:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Echoes of Christmas: Dec. 25th at 7 pm on HD-2

Echoes of Christmas is a program of moving choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as one of America's premiere choirs. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public-radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.

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Sacred Vocal Music for Christmas
1:20 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico: Dec. 25th at 6 pm on HD-2

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices! Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the Renaissance.

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A Holiday Brass & Choral Concert
1:12 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Music of the Baroque: December 24th at 8 pm on HD-2

Listen for Music of the Baroque's annual presentation of their Brass and Choral Holiday Concert on WRTI's all-classical stream and HD-2 on Christmas Eve at 8 pm. Host Peter Van De Graaff guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Michael Praetorius, Thomas Ravenscroft, Elizabeth Poston, Stephen Paulus, Herbert Howells, J. Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Peter Cornelius, among others.

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