In the 1950s heyday of network television - some call it TV's "Golden Age"- there were many people prepared to write radio's obituary. Everyone from Ozzie and Harriet to The Lone Ranger had migrated to the living room screens. Yet radio survived, and thrived.
Now, through the first decade of the 21st century, radio is still with us, and in many ways, more flexible, more valuable, and as ubiquitous as ever. Read More...
The 30 Rock Actor Has a New Gig with the New York Philharmonic
Have you noticed anything slightly unusual when listening to WRTI's Sunday Afternoon Concert broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic? A familiar voice, perhaps? But not one you'd associate with Mendelssohn or Mahler or Mozart? Yes, that's the Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin you're hearing - he's now the official announcer of the New York Philharmonic's weekly radio broadcasts.
New York Magazine recently covered the breaking-news story. Read more...
Are you curious about the legendary "BP with the GM" who keeps you company throughout the week? Read all about the life and times of our beloved Mr. Perkins in a very interesting article on the popular jazz website All About Jazz.
Did you know that our very own host Kile Smith is also a celebrated composer?
You probably recognize his mellow, intelligent-sounding voice from Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, and from his contemporary American music show Now is the Time on WRTI HD-2. When he's not on the radio, he's most likely at home writing music - his first love.
Mary Bachman, Warrington, PA WRTI Member Since 1998 "Although lucky in love, I've never had luck winning a thing...that is, until now! I love WRTI and have listened for many years. I'm really looking forward to enjoying my Classical Music iPod. Thank you, WRTI!"
The Philadelphia jazz community has showered WRTI's Bob Perkins with a bevy of honors.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the preservation of jazz, Bob was an honoree at the 18th annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival. He was presented with the Paul Robeson Freedom Fighter Award by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance at the Jazz at the Lansdowne Concert. And the City of Philadelphia awarded him with an official Citation signed by Mayor Michael Nutter for over 40 years of service as jazz radio host, jazz historian, and jazz advocate.
Jersey girl. Juilliard grad. Fulbright scholar. Professional harpist. Magazine editor. Radio host and producer. Jill Pasternak's path is unique.
In the June issue of Philadelphia Music Makers magazine, our own drivetime diva discusses the circuitous route that led her to the WRTI studios, and the birth and evolution of her award-winning program Crossover.
WRTI jazz hosts Bob Perkins and Harrison Ridley, Jr., were honored by the Black Entertainment and Music Association (BEMA) for their contributions to the art of jazz on June 28 at the Philadelphia Clef Club. BEMA also designated WRTI a 2008 Media Honoree.
The ceremony included the awarding of citations, announcements of Perkins' and Ridley's honorary lifetime memberships to BEMA, and the screening of a video highlighting the accomplishments of each honoree. Both jazz hosts were also added to BEMA's Hall of Fame and archival library.