Gregg Whiteside

Classical Host

Gregg has been a fixture on WRTI since 2004. He has been the host of the morning drive show since 2012, and producer and anchor of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts since 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018.

Before arriving in Philadelphia, Gregg was the national voice of live broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, and produced and hosted intermission features at The Metropolitan Opera, while hosting the morning show at WQXR in NYC for many years.

Gregg also narrated the PBS special Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, Classic Views video magazine, the feature film Royal Kalibur, and the documentary Montserrat Caballe, Beyond Music.

Gregg hosted live, national 9/11 tributes from Riverside Cathedral in New York, and Manhattan’s Pierpont Morgan Library, along with F. Murray Abraham and George Plimpton.

In addition to Hong Kong, Gregg has produced and hosted live broadcasts abroad from London, Venice, Vienna, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.

Gregg Whiteside can be heard weekdays from 6 to 10 am. He is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts heard on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm. Sign up for Gregg's Sousalarm Club online! Fill out a brief form here.

Ways to Connect

Join us this Easter Sunday at 1 pm to hear a joyous concert broadcast of Handel's oratorio, Messiah, with a world-class roster of vocalists, a chorus of talented voices from throughout our region, and the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, all conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Frans Jansen

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is a fast-rising star in the classical music world, and she’ll be on the podium conducting Mozart and Mahler in this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1.

Here's a delicious addition to your weekday mornings! By popular demand, I will now bring you music by Johann Sebastian Bach every weekday at 8:06 AM on WRTI 90.1.

Luca Piva

Former Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is soloist.

Dario Acosta

WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, March 11th brings to the airwaves the final week of the Orchestra’s British Isles Festival conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Philadelphia Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang is soloist on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 in a performance of Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, as WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast airs Week 2 of the Orchestra’s British Isles Festival!

Credit: Art Streiber

Join us on Sunday, February 25th from 1 to 3 pm to hear guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conduct the Philadelphians in a performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the mighty "Eroica," which proved to be not only a turning point in the composer’s career, but in the history of orchestral music.

Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast takes us back to October of 2012, and a live broadcast on WRTI from the first year of our concert broadcasts.

The Philadelphia Eagles, my childhood team, last went to the Super Bowl in 2005—just months after my arrival in Philadelphia, after twenty years in New York City. My timing was amazing; four years later the Phillies would win the World Series.

It's so easy to find oneself attracted to the music of Franz Schubert. His unmatched gift for lyricism makes him so approachable, so comprehensible; and we feel ourselves being pulled into his musical world—in my case, at a very early age. 

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