Features

Radio Features on WRTI 90.1

Composers Datebook
Weekdays at 1:58 pm; Weekdays and Weekends at 9:58 pm on WRTI HD-2
Tune in every afternoon for this two-minute feature, with host John Birge, noting significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present—with music related to each.

Sousalarm
Weekdays at 7:15 am
Rise and shine with marches by a variety of composers including John Philip Sousa at the stroke of 7:15 every weekday morning. Join the Sousalarm Club and receive an official member certificate! Fill out this form today to request a day and time for membership induction. Don't forget to include your name and postal address!

Stardate
Weekdays at 7:40 am and 3:40 pm; Weekends at 7:40 am
Announcer Billy Henry shares enlightening facts about astronomy from the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas. Listen to daily features here.

Breakfast with Bach
Weekdays at 8:06 am
Here's a delicious side dish to your morning muffin and coffee. By popular demand, WRTI brings you music by Johann Sebastian Bach weekday mornings after the 8:00 NPR news. Enjoy your daily helping of the "King of Baroque" every day. "It is the special province of music to move the heart." —J.S. Bach

The Morning Mediation—Music for Calm, Hope, and Renewal
Weekdays at 11 am
In these times of uncertainty, we are reminded of the importance of music. It’s a source of solace and inspiration like no other. We turn to music to reflect and help us understand the most fundamental thing of all — ourselves. In response, WRTI dedicates one moment each weekday at 11 am for a special selection for calm, hope, and renewal. The comforting and joyful sounds of the finest choral masterpieces, beloved reveries and adagios, and songs for quiet contemplation and lifting the spirit — all of these are part of this daily weekday feature, shared with you by host Debra Lew Harder from Tuesday to Friday, and host Melinda Whiting on Mondays.

Midday Mozart
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 1:05 pm
Need some extra cheer during the workday? How about a little Mozart? We bring you a Mozart favorite every weekday a little after 1 pm, except for Wednesdays when we present At Your Request. Midday Mozart is the perfect pick-me-up to ward off those post-lunch doldrums. So be sure to join us for a breath of fresh air on Mondays with host Melinda Whiting, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with host Debra Lew Harder. "I choose such notes that love one another."—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Friday Choral Connection
Fridays at 1:30 pm
Philadelphia is full of musical riches, not least its wonderful choral tradition. In the time of Corona and continued distancing, however, choirs are among the most dramatically impacted music makers. With live performance in front of audiences on pause, finding other ways to celebrate the joy, the power and the beauty of choral singing is vital. In response, WRTI is proud to present the Friday Choral Connection, on air every Friday at 1:30pm, from September 2020 through June 2021. Launched in partnership with local ensembles, Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Crossing and the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia, the Friday Choral Connection features a curated set of live recordings from these choirs’ archives, airing across more than 30 weeks. Every Friday, host Debra Lew Harder selects one performance to spotlight, showcasing the outstanding artistry and versatility of the voices that have graced our local stages in recent years. New ensembles added and complere schedule is here!

Flix@5
Weekdays at 5:05 pm
What’s better than a cozy-up to the nearest screen for the latest blockbuster, those MGM classics or a binge of British period drama? Well, maybe Flix@5 with host Kevin Gordon! Every weekday, as afternoon closes and the evening begins, we celebrate music composed for film and television in Flix@5. From Bernard Hermann’s iconic Hitchcock scores and Ennio Morricone’s unforgettable Westerns, to Rachel Portman’s and John Williams’ signature soundtracks from the ‘80s to today, there’s something in the mix for every cinematic fan.