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.
Welcome to 2013. Besides being the year of the snake and the UN's International Year of Water Cooperation (who knew!), it bears mentioning that WRTI turns 60! On July 9, 1953, WRTI became a licensed FM radio station operating at 10 watts from Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia. Thanks to you, over the years we've grown into the largest classical music and jazz media outlet in the tri-state area.
Congratulations to Dori Spector! She's the winner of WRTI's 60th Anniversary Commemorative Artwork Competition. Dori lives in Newtown Square, PA and is a sustaining member of WRTI. She submitted an etching that, our judges felt, was a beautiful expression of WRTI's diverse cultural community and its ongoing connection to Philadelphia's tri-state region.
“All of the submissions received were truly outstanding,” says WRTI General Manager Dave Conant. "We're thankful to everyone who participated in the competition."
Does this image look familiar? This photo was taken at around 8:30 pm on Monday night while one of our members in Blue Bell was listening to jazz on WRTI in the dark by candlelight. A good ol' transistor radio did the trick! A Wes Montgomery tune ("Come Rain or Come Shine") and Zivit's friendly voice, kept her and her family company when the electricity first went off and the wind was howling outside. "It was very comforting for all of us," she said in an email.
Regular readers of this site know that we both support and enjoy a good relationship with WXPN. But the fact is, we have never really mentioned our fondness for one of Philly's other public-ish radio stations, WRTI 90.1FM. Yes, the Temple University-based jazz and classical station that you - yes, probably YOU - totally take for granted.
Temple University Emeritus Professor of Social Work Dr. Jean Moore has been an invaluable and accomplished member of the University faculty since 1969, and an award-winning radio journalist at WRTI since 1997. It is with immeasurable gratitude that we announce that University Forum, the highly regarded public-affairs program that Dr. Moore hosts and produces, airs for the final time on Saturday, September 15th at 6 am.
(Originally published in April, 2000, in Tempo magazine) Dr. Jean Moore is the host and executive producer of the award-winning WRTI public affairs program University Forum. The show addresses pertinent social issues: mental and physical health, violence, women’s issues, and more. She brings to the airwaves the vast and varied experience she accumulated in the public domain as a social worker and social welfare administrator.
How many times have you stayed glued to the seat of your car - refusing to turn the radio off even though you've arrived at your destination - because you just had to hear the end of that piano concerto or jazz tune you were listening to on WRTI?
For everyone who owns an iPhone or an iPod Touch, those days are over. With the free Public Radio Player Application, you can take the music with you!
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