Academy Awards

Even before "talking pictures," a piano or small orchestra played a key role in the movies.  And long after the era of silent films, the importance of music remains. WRTI’s hosts and arts reporters recount some of the soundtracks and movie tunes that linger.

Meet Oscar and Tony Winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul!

Jun 12, 2017
Credit: Matthew Murphy

Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—won a 2017 Academy Award for writing the lyrics to the song "City of Stars" from the hit film La La Land. They're also Golden Globe winners! And now... they can add Tony awards to the mantle, including the 2017 Tony for Best Musical.

When songwriter and Ardmore native Benj Pasek accepted an Academy Award in February for writing the lyrics (with songwriting partner Justin Paul) to "City of Stars" from the movie La La Land, he gave an unforgettable shout-out to his mom, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.

We're cooking up a treat for all of our WRTI night owls and morning birds! WRTI jazz host Ross Amico kicks off the Academy Awards weekend on Saturday morning from 2 to 6 AM with jazz tunes from famous films.

And The Oscar Goes To ... Mr. 'Star Wars' Or Arcade Fire?

Feb 27, 2014