Every day the staff here at WRTI works hard to live up to the mission of giving you the best classical music and jazz experience public media can deliver. Personally, I want you to know how gratifying it is to work with such a talented and dedicated group of people. Moreover, I want to share how proud I am of the work they do.
In this article from Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer, Music Critic Peter Dobrin shares his views about the current state of classical music radio and WRTI's role in bringing this format to listeners throughout our region.
With contributions from listeners like you - before June 30th - we'll raise the money needed to end the year successfully. What's success, you ask? It's the ability to pay for all the things you'd expect: electricity, maintenance, equipment, salaries, supplies, and the like. BUT, it's also having the money to create new and exciting programming, like our new radio series featuring live, recorded performances of The Philadelphia Orchestra, our Diamond Sessions broadcasts, and our new Knight Foundation-funded "Music Makers" series.
Congratulations to John Modric of West Chester, PA, and Herbert Barndt of Pottstown, PA. They will join other organ enthusiasts on an exclusive tour of the Longwood, Wanamaker, and Kimmel Center organs. Although the contest is over, it's not too late to experience some world-class organ performances at Longwood.
Jim Cotter accepts Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant award on behalf of WRTI. Pictured here with Knight Arts Philadelphia Program Director Donna Frisby-Greenwood at Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 29, 2013.
Great news! We’ve been awarded a $50,000 challenge grant from the Knight Foundation to fund our new WRTI Music Makers series. WRTI is one of only 43 recipients to be chosen out of several thousand applicants.
Show everyone you know that you're a member of WRTI! Pledge today and choose one of our thank-you gifts that feature the WRTI 60th anniversary award-winning design.
We have a variety of limited-edition items to choose from, including a beautiful ceramic mug ($120 pledge), and a stylish T-shirt available in sizes Small to XX-Large ($150 pledge). Get them while you can! Pledge online now or call 1-866-809-9784. Thanks!
WRTI is thrilled to partner, once again, with Longwood Gardens for this year's Wine and Jazz Festival. The date is Saturday, June 1st from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. The Branford Marsalis Quartet will headline this year's festival as part of a superb lineup that will make for a full afternoon of first-class music. Other performers include the Anat Cohen Quartet, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, and jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.
WRTI is celebrating 60 years on the air this year with a special, ongoing 60-part series: Where Music Lives. Each week, explore stories from across the entire WRTI broadcast area of musicians, students, teachers, presenters and others that highlight the profound impact music has in our communities every day.
Here's a super idea for a tax deduction! Donate a vehicle to the WRTI Vehicle Donation Program. It's very easy! Just call 1-877-308-2408 or Donate Securely Online Here. We’ll have your vehicle picked up for free. And after it's sold, we’ll send the paperwork you'll need for your tax deduction.
WRTI's vehicle donation program accepts a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and scooters. Donate today and support the music you love at the same time.
I came to Philadelphia in the autumn of 1964 and soon found WFLN. The classical music format reminded me of WQXR, the station I had enjoyed in North Jersey growing up. But at 12:30 pm weekdays they broadcast a really interesting interview program hosted by this sophisticated, well-spoken and often humorous host named Ralph Collier. Seven years later after college, and a brief career as a high school teacher, I found myself with a job at that station where I met that same broadcaster.