Meridee Duddleston

News Reporter, Arts & Culture Reporter

Meridee began reporting in the newsroom at WRTI in 2003 while working toward a master's degree in journalism at Temple University.  Since that time, her duties have expanded to news anchor and contributor to WRTI's arts and culture series, Creatively Speaking.

A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, Meridee grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and practiced law before making a major leap into the world of journalism. She also holds a graduate degree from New York University School of Law and received a B.A in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In 2011, Meridee was recognized for outstanding public affairs reporting by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (PAPBA) with awards for two News & Views stories. She received 1st place for "Baby Boomers Becoming Seniors: A Growing Population in Philadelphia," and 2nd place for "TUNE UP PHILLY: Classical Music Instruction as a Vehicle for Social Change."

Meridee can be heard weekday mornings between 6 and 10 am.

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Creatively Speaking
11:35 am
Mon February 17, 2014

A Young Composer's Musical Mirror to Iraq War Veteran's Haunting Novel

Composer Alyssa Weinberg

Curtis graduate student Alyssa Weinberg read and re-read this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia choice as she composed Prayer, her work inspired by The Yellow Birds. With war as its setting, the novel by Kevin Powers makes a zigzag journey in time and place between Iraq, Fort Dix, a base in Germany, and Virginia - the place a young Private Bartle leaves, and returns to, profoundly changed.

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Creatively Speaking
10:26 am
Tue February 11, 2014

"One Book" We're Reading This Year in Philadelphia: The Yellow Birds

The Free Library of Philadelphia's One Book, One Philadelphia selection for 2014 is The Yellow Birds, written by Kevin Powers, an Iraq War veteran. He says he didn't set out to write a sweeping epic about the war, but rather tried to create a complete picture of the psychological, emotional, and physical experience the war has on 21-year-old Private Bartle. 

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Creatively Speaking
7:38 am
Mon January 20, 2014

How a Music Education Program Is Transforming Lives in Philadelphia

Play On, Philly is a vehicle for social change

Play On, Philly is an innovative music program modeled after Venezuela’s network of youth orchestras known as "El Sistema." Curtis Institute of Music graduate Stanford Thompson first brought the program to 4th through 8th graders attending St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia in 2010. Two years later, it expanded to include students at Freire Charter Middle School in Center City.

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Creatively Speaking
12:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Where is the Largest Sheet-Music Retailer In The World?

The J.W. Pepper building on Vine Street

Founded in Philadelphia in 1876, J.W. Pepper has a long history connected to its seminal role in the proliferation of music to bands, churches, choirs, orchestras, and school ensembles across the United States. Its publication of sheet music extends from the day of the town band, through the birth of jazz and rock, to the present.

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Creatively Speaking
5:51 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Pasta, Pesci, and Puccini at The Victor Cafe

Cities beyond Philadelphia may have restaurants with operatic themes and even singing servers, but how many are the outgrowth of a gramophone shop?  The walls of The Victor Cafe are full of reminders of a time when recording artists signed autographs at the shop or came in to sing.

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Creatively Speaking
8:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Jazz Is...Drummer Charlie Rice

Charlie Rice

Steady work is a coveted and rare prize among many jazz musicians. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston visits a force in the local jazz scene who never had a problem getting gigs. Recognized by Mayor Michael Nutter for his enduring contribution to the city’s jazz scene,  jazz drummer Charlie Rice has been keeping the beat for more than 70 years and counting.

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Creatively Speaking
5:48 am
Mon December 2, 2013

All About Handel's Water Music

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Handel's Water Music stands alongside his Messiah and Music for the Royal Fireworks as one of the best-known works of a composer who went from operas to oratorios. The now-famous Baroque suite commissioned for a king’s ceremonial boat ride on the River Thames was first performed during the summer of 1717.  Five years later, it was brought inside to London’s Stationers Hall. But whether the audience heard all or just part of the hour-long suite remains a mystery.

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Where Music Lives
7:02 am
Mon November 18, 2013

A Ballerina's Pointe Shoe Paradise...Where Music Lives

The Rosin Box is a little shop on Sansom Street for ballet dancers and anyone looking for ballet accoutrements.

The artistry and athleticism of the ballet dancer can soar with a well-fitting pointe shoe. On a given weekend, members of three generations of the Jenkins family might be on the scene at The Rosin Box,  a jewel-like shop on Sansom Street in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, where ballet slippers and pointe shoes are sold - and, where music lives.

Dave and Angela Jenkins opened this niche business in 1977, and it has remained family-owned and operated since. Their son Len Jenkins spoke with WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston about this facet of dance that contributes to the beauty we see on the stage.

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Creatively Speaking
9:39 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Fun Fiddlers of Time for Three: Not Your Average Classical Music Trio

The musicians of Time for Three are (left to right) Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer, and Nick Kendall.

Three former Curtis students have been winning over audiences with their chemistry, virtuosity, and ability to think outside the classical music box for over a decade. Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall play violin; Ranaan Meyer plays double bass. Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon composed Concerto 4-3 with "Time for Three" (tf3) in mind.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with Meyer recently while the trio was in Utah to perform at a benefit for the Utah Symphony.

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Creatively Speaking
9:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Can You Hear Me Now? The “Reverb” Makes A Difference

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center

Lovers of classical and jazz music, musicians and composers, are acutely tuned in to the acoustics of a performance space.  WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the acoustical demands of a concert hall.

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