Did you enter our "Opera Lover's Dream Contest" on WRTI's spectacular Opera Day on November 16th? It was a great day, filled with 12 hours of really wonderful opera programming. The prize package for the contest included subscriptions to select Academy of Vocal Arts and Opera Philadelphia upcoming productions, and lots of must-have opera CDs.
And the contest winner is...Muriel Gordon from Wycombe, PA. Muriel has been a WRTI member since 2009. Congratulations! Brava!
The WRTI Fall Member Drive is over, and we're happy to report that: it ended early, and we raised over $303,000. How? Because of the generosity of our dedicated members who believe in what we do and care deeply about keeping classical music and jazz on the radio in our community. If you haven't pledged yet, there's still time. Your support keeps WRTI accessible to SO many people. Pledge Here or call 866-809-9784. Remember that 80% of WRTI's funding comes from the community - including members, businesses, and cultural organizations supporting classical music and jazz programming. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Great news for our York, PA listeners! As promised, we have successfully relocated our 90.7 FM frequency to 99.7 FM. Please spread the word to your family and friends! And thank you so much for listening to and supporting WRTI.
The PECO Building in Center City, Philadelphia lit up the skyline on July 9th with 60th birthday wishes for WRTI. Here's the view of the electronic light display that scrolled around the building on a beautiful summer night.
You can also wish WRTI a happy 60th! Become a member for the first time, renew your yearly membership, or make an additional gift to the station in honor of our special anniversary. Thanks!
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.
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.