Bobbi I. Booker

Program Host

Bobbi is is an award-winning Philadelphia-based multi-media journalist and radio personality whose work appears regionally in the Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Tribune and nationally via NPR Books. Ms. Booker has completed two prestigious  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships at the Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism (2005) and Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (2008).

In 1981, Bobbi launched her professional broadcast career with WRTI as a news reporter, and in 1999 was named co-host of Ovations.

Ms. Booker can be heard on the "Spirit Soul Music" edition of Ovations on Sundays from 6 to 9 AM, and on Jazz Through the Night, weeknights from midnight to 6 AM.

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Abigail Feldman

January 20, 2020. Trumpeter, educator, and composer Joe “Mags” Magnarelli has been on WRTI’s radar for years. So of course the WRTI Live Sessions team was thrilled to film the Joe Magnarelli Quartet at the Temple Performance Arts Center (TPAC) in April of 2019.

Derrick Woodyard

Listen to an improvised, savory, and sonic tasty treat as dessert is served live from the WRTI Performance Studio on Facebook Live by the ensemble Taste & Sound, which includes Philly-based chef and culinary instrumentalist Ben Miller and Amsterdam-based percussionist Shakoor Hakeem. WRTI's J. Michael Harrison is your host.

Sandlin Gaither

January 13, 2020. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra sessions—filmed as part of the noncomMUSIC Alliance's debut of the 2019 Public Radio Music Sumit—showcase the band’s impressive and unexpected instrumental charms that weave elements of funk, soul, R&B, jazz, Latin, fusion, and more.

Christopher Andrew McDonald

NPR's recent debut of its new microsite, Live Sessions From NPR Music Stations Across America, now features “Philly Jazz,” a mix of music videos curated by WRTI. J. Michael Harrison is executive producer of WRTI’s jazz series.

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