Kevin Gordon

Classical Host

A veteran broadcaster, Kevin served as host on the classical music station WQXR in NYC for 15 years, and most recently was on the air at Classical South Florida WKCP, a station with frequencies in Miami, Naples, and West Palm Beach, until it folded in 2015. He also worked as a host for WINS, NBC News, and the RKO Radio Network, all in New York.

In addition to his experience in radio, Kevin has performed comedy on the ABC Radio Network and narrated programs at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, Rochester’s Strasenbergh Planetarium and the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain.  He appeared onstage at the Kennedy Center in a two-person program about Pablo Casals, and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors as the host of A Salute to Old Time Radio. Kevin has been the host of New York City’s Bryant Park Festivals, and has appeared onstage in various theatrical productions.

When he’s not on the air, or on the stage, Kevin enjoys a prominent career as a fine artist and portrait painter with works on display at numerous universities — including Columbia, Dartmouth, and the University of Michigan — and at hospitals and private collections throughout the country. His illustrations appear in books of all types, including his own best-selling, The Good Cigar. He's quite a talented guy!

Kevin grew up in Rochester, New York in a home filled with music and art. Is he a musician? “I play piano and guitar badly,” he quips. “But I try.” How did he break into classical music hosting? At WQXR, he originally started out in the news department, and then developed a background and passion for classical music, and transitioned in the ‘90s to classical host.

Favorite composer? “Beethoven. I really connect with him.” Kevin is so fascinated with the composer that he went to Vienna to visit all of the apartments that Beethoven lived in. “He was a bad tenant – he got kicked out a lot, so I was busy!”

Kevin also wrote a book about conductor George Szell, filled with anecdotes.

As he puts it, he has been — at one time or another — a television weatherman, a nightclub magician, a private pilot, and an amateur bullfighter.  Kevin's wife is a licensed acupuncturist, and his son is an Emmy Award-winning actor.

He’s enthused about his newest challenge of charming listeners in the Philadelphia tri-state region. “I feel like I found my home at WRTI and in Philadelphia, and I’m really impressed with the rich backgrounds of my colleagues here at the station.”

Kevin can be heard on weekdays from 2 to 6 pm.

Join us as Curtis Institute of Music students perform live from the WRTI Performance Studio. It's a preview of their Saturday, November 17th two-part recital at the Gould Rehearsal Hall in Lenfest Hall at 1616 Locust Street in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flute Quartet brings its distinctive sound to our WRTI performance studio on Thursday, November 1 at 12:10 pm for a live broadcast of contemporary music. The quartet performs throughout the Philadelphia area as well as offering educational presentations and coaching to  fellow flutists.


Hear selections from two Beethoven sonatas recorded live from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. Host Kevin Gordon welcomed pianist Xun Pan and violinist Simon Maurer on September 18th.

Three pianists who are 2018 Tri-County Youth Festival winners play live in the WRTI performance studio and chat with Classical Host Kevin Gordon. Tri-County Concerts Association organizes one of the area's most prestigious competitions for aspiring young musicians living in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Youthful exuberance filled the WRTI performance studio when three young Steinway Junior Piano Competition winners performed.  Host Kevin Gordon welcomed pianists Michelle Wang, Anwen Deng, and Elizabeth Yang, in the third of our special live concert broadcasts with the winners of this inaugural Steinway competition.

Listen to an exciting live performance by the three finalists of the 2018 Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy International Piano Competition. The competition is in its second year and has brought talented young artists to Philadelphia from all over the world. Join host Kevin Gordon as he welcomes PYPA founder Ching-Yun Hu and these three wonderful pianists.

The WRTI performance studio was alive with the sound of young musicians this week when students from the Curtis Summerfest Young Artists Program visited us.

Listen to this very special broadcast, recorded live, featuring the winners of the inaugural Steinway competition for young pianists. You'll hear performances by Alyssa Gabrilovich (age 12), Chris Jung (age 16), and Emma Lo (age 15). WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

This is the second of our special live concert broadcasts with the winners of the inaugural Steinway competition for young pianists. You'll hear Emma Liu (age 10), Petrina Steimel (age 12), and Max Wang (age 14). WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

Pages