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September 10, 1997 | BY AMBER D. NOBLE
In the wake of one of the most monumental changes in Philadelphia radio since Evergreen Media's acquisition of a handful of commercial radio stations, Temple University Public Radio/WRTI again comes under much scrutiny. The media have typically been uninterested in our station unless, of course, it involves some controversy. For instance, when Ted Eldridge retired as general manager, we were harassed with inquiries for weeks. However, when four WRTI student news broadcasters beat out students from dozens of universities to win regional honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the media didn't care.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter and Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The new WRTI-FM (90.1) schedule, which combines classical and jazz programming, has been released, and many popular 'RTI programs have fallen by the wayside. Catharsis, Under One Sun, Salt Peanuts, Congo Square, Library of Jazz, Sunday Morning Mellow and Philadelphia Jazz Showcase are all gone. Classical-music programs that used to be carried by WFLN but won't be picked up by WRTI include The Philadelphia Orchestra: A Sound Retrospective, The Ormandy Legacy, and From Curtis Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1986 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
WRTI (90.1/FM), Temple University's jazz station, has become eligible to receive funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and is expected to get $82,000 in October. The only other radio station in the city to receive CPB funding is WHYY (91/FM). "This recognition by the CPB represents a major milestone in the growth of WRTI," said H. Patrick Sygert, vice president for Temple University Administration. "It will have a profound effect on the future operation of our station.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Jazz composer and musician Duke Ellington has been gone since 1974, but his music continues to thrive around the world. In honor of the Duke's birthday Wednesday (he was born in 1899), WRTI (90.1/FM) will showcase music written by Ellington and performed by him and other artists. The 24-hour salute begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. A MATTER OF FACT The 32nd annual edition of the Nielsen Report on Television, released last week, shows just how much the ratings folks know - or think they know - about you. According to the report: Exactly 98 percent of all the homes in the United States have at least one television set. Television use varies by season, with more people watching in the winter than in the summer.
NEWS
July 15, 1999 | BY LINN WASHINGTON JR
Is my weekly reggae music respite due for aural extinction? If the rumor is right (reported in the Daily News, June 25), program managers at WRTI (90.1-FM) will cancel the popular "Caribbean Rhythms" program at the beginning of next month. Reportedly, the reason for canceling the highly regarded "Caribbean Rhythms," plus WRTI's venerable "El Viaje" salsa show on Saturday evenings and its "Ovations" gospel program on Sunday mornings, is to provide more airtime for jazz - WRTI's trademark music programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 1986 | By Francis Davis, Special to The Inquirer
Some prominent members of the local jazz community are worried that WRTI-FM (90.1), the Temple University radio station, is suffering from a calculated homogenization that will deprive Philadelphians of contemporary jazz on the radio. W. Theodore Eldredge, the station's general manager, acknowledges that WRTI's music has changed since the university appointed him to his post in September, but defends the new programming, with its "fusion," "crossover" and "new age" emphasis, as a natural consequence of Temple's desire to give more students on-air experience.
NEWS
November 30, 1988 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
Live jazz will be aired from 8 to 9:45 tonight on WRTI (FM/91), Temple University's all-jazz station. Featured in the concert from the Nite Owl Pub in Mitten Hall are vocalist Evelyn Simms, backed by pianist Sam Dockery, saxophonists Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna and other local all-stars. Maureen McFadden, senior editor of Memories, discusses how the new nostalgia magazine combines news, gossip and history of the past 50 years at noon today with Diane Raymond on WWDB (FM/96.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Jazz 90 (WRTI) is gearing up for an extensive reshaping of its programming schedule next month - but not without some internal dissent. Upset at the scheduled shifting of the popular "Caribbean Rhythms" from Saturday mornings to Friday nights, show host Terry Lee Barrett spent time on his last three shows urging listeners to write the station in protest - and finally wound up being escorted out of the Temple University-based station last weekend...
NEWS
January 10, 1986
The Jan. 3 article by Francis Davis about radio station WRTI was timely and well-balanced journalism, but may have left some readers - those interested in music, but not jazz aficionados - a little confused. Lumping together "fusion," "crossover" and "new age" music on one hand and contrasting them against "the intellectual gristle of real jazz" set up an unrealistic and oversimplified image. At the same time, the article seemed to shy away from a key aspect of WRTI's controversy: race (again)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are two ways you can gauge the success of a public radio station's fund drive. First, of course, is by tallying the money the drive brings in. Another way is by looking at the station's phone banks and seeing how many listeners have volunteered to take pledge calls, as well as seeing or listening to prominent members of the community who come in to lend support on- or off-air. By one of these measures, WRTI-FM's fall fund-raising event, which kicked into high gear Saturday morning, has been very successful.
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BUSINESS
May 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Columnist
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
NEWS
September 2, 2013
Because of erroneous information from the station, the wrong start time for WRTI's Sunday Philadelphia Orchestra rebroadcast appears in the Arts & Entertainment section. The broadcast will begin at 1 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013
For the first time in more than 13 years, WRTI-FM (90.1) will broadcast the Philadelphia Orchestra live in concert on Friday afternoon. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in works by Schumann, Janacek, and Dvorak, and violinist Gil Shaham performs Brahms' Violin Concerto . The 2 p.m. concert in Verizon Hall is dedicated to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died in February, and opens with the Adagio espressivo from the Symphony No. 2...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
It's not the restoration of a national radio presence, but starting Feb. 24 the Philadelphia Orchestra will return to regional radio under the terms of a new deal with WRTI-FM (90.1). Through the end of the 2012-13 season, the Temple University station will air a series of regular Sunday-afternoon delayed broadcasts of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, with rebroadcasts over the summer. The series is expected to resume next season, said David S. Conant, WRTI's general manager. But first, this Sunday at 2 p.m. WRTI-FM will rebroadcast WQXR-FM's recording of the orchestra's Thursday Carnegie Hall performance of Ravel's La Valse , Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 , and Leonidas Kavakos in Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2 . Conant said he had been talking with the orchestra for several years about the radio series, which required the approval of musicians and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
NEWS
March 10, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John B. Roberts, 94, founder of the Temple University radio station, WRTI-FM, in 1953 and a teacher of communications at Temple from 1946 to 1988, died Thursday, March 8, of a spinal infection at his home in the retirement community of Rydal Park. Mr. Roberts was also the weekend news anchor at WFIL-TV (Channel 6) from 1952 to 1972, according to the website of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, which named him its person of the year in 1987. Paul Gluck, a former TV executive now on the Temple faculty, said Friday: "For people like me, who worked as practicing journalists and transitioned into the academic world, he is a near-perfect role model.
NEWS
April 21, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack V. Buerkle blended careers as though he were playing jazz, weaving one melody into another. After serving as chairman of the Temple University sociology department in the 1960s and '70s, the former jazz musician hosted shows about music on the Temple radio station, WRTI-FM (90.1), into the 2000s. In 1961, he coauthored "Altruism, Role Conflict, and Marital Adjustment" in the journal Marriage and Family Living. In 1973, Oxford University Press published Bourbon Street Black: The New Orleans Black Jazzman , which he coauthored with the musician Danny Barker.
NEWS
February 23, 2009 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Harrison Ridley Jr., 70, Philadelphia's sagacious jazz musicologist and radio host who expressed approval for a song with his on-air trademark "Yes, indeedy," died Thursday of complications of a stroke. Mr. Ridley, who was born and raised in West Philadelphia, educated and entertained jazz devotees listening to Temple University radio on Sunday nights. A proud and discriminating collector of jazz, Mr. Ridley often played songs from his personal collection of more than 8,000 recordings (most of them vinyl)
NEWS
January 8, 2008 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
American composers often seek audiences by turning back the clock, writing music that strives for relevance while pretending that much of 20th-century music never happened. And if there was ever an invitation to go even further than that - ignoring large parts of the past millennium - it's in the first-ever new-music commission by Renaissance music wind band Piffaro. Yet the synthesis devised by Philadelphia-based composer and WRTI radio personality Kile Smith for his ambitious 80-minute Vespers, premiered in two concerts over the weekend, updated the clock, with music that joined hands with centuries-old Lutheran hymns without the fakery of attempting some sort of musical time travel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2007 | By SHAUN BRADY For the Daily News
For its first six months, J. Michael Harrison's Friday night show on WRTI (90.1 FM) went nameless. There were a number of ideas, concepts devised and rejected, friends consulted for their input. But Harrison kept coming back to "The Bridge. " There are, of course, the obvious musical connotations. And fittingly for a show that prides itself on an adventurous and eclectic mix of music, "The Bridge" is also the title of a 1962 album by iconoclastic saxophonist Sonny Rollins. But most of all, the name encapsulates what Harrison set out to accomplish with his weekly program.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2007 | By SHAUN BRADY For the Daily News
For the past decade, "BP with the GM" ("Bob Perkins with the Good Music" for the uninitiated) has been the voice of Philly jazz on WRTI. Beginning his career in Detroit, Perkins returned to Philly in 1969 and spent 19 years at WDAS, much of that doubling as news and editorial director. Tomorrow, Perkins will be presented with proclamations from Mayor Street, City Council and the state House of Representatives. He reminisced over the phone recently. Q. What was your introduction to radio?
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