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.
WRTI's classical and jazz CD collection will soon be transferred to a central, searchable repository of digital music thanks to the Argus Fund, a Bucks County-based family foundation committed to music education as well as local and global humanitarian issues.
In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, WRTI will feature recorded vignettes about various jazz musicians that can be heard throughout the month of April, 6:00PM to 6:00AM, daily.
In April of 2002, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History launched the first annual Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Jazz Appreciation Month is celebrated by paying tribute to jazz music and its history through concerts, programs, museum collections, and by spotlighting the current jazz scene to encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz.