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

Luke Ratray

Join us on Sunday, November 15th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, November 16th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, for one of the highlights of the 2019-2020 season, as we revisit Gil Shaham’s performance with the Philadelphians at Verizon Hall a year ago – on November 30th, 2019 – of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto!

We’ve been waiting for this one! For his new DG release, star pianist Lang Lang has tackled a major work by J.S. Bach for the first time. Yes, he has recorded short samples for a few collections, but never anything like Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations.

November 3, 2020. Knowing how much you love the music of Antonio Vivaldi, an all-Vivaldi Classical Album of the Week would seem a natural! And since the gifted Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst’s new disc, Vivaldi, from Sony Classical has him playing a handful of Vivaldi “clarinet concertos,” my interest was piqued.

Werner Kmetitsch

It was back in February, 2016 at Verizon Hall, that The Philadelphia Orchestra  gave a performance of Dvorak’s 7th Symphony that glowed with interpretive elegance in the hands of guest conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. In this same concert, we were treated to Augustin Hadelich’s splendid reading of Johannes Brahms' D major Violin Concerto.

Giorgia Bertazzi

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. And WRTI was there in Verizon Hall when he directed the Philadelphians in a program of Johann Strauss II, Mozart, and a riveting performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony! Listen to this stellar concert broadcast on Sunday, November 1st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, November 2nd on WRTI HD-2.

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It's enchanted and enchanting music played by The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Sunday, October 25th at 1 PM on 90.1 and Monday, October 26th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Jeff Fusco/The Philadelphia Orchestra

It was only this past January (which seems so long ago) that the Philadelphians performed Vivian Fung’s Dust Devils for the first time, coinciding with the Orchestra’s return to the Academy of Music for its first subscription concert there in nearly 20 years. We're re-broadcasting that concert, conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin, on Sunday, October 18th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, October 19th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

Mathias Bothor

On Sunday, October 11th at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, October 12th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, one of the most beloved musicians of our time, pianist Emanuel Ax—who made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1975—performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a broadcast from a February 2020 concert at Verizon Hall.

Credit: Benjamin Ealovega

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony highlights this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from 2016 on Sunday, October 4th at 1 PM on WRTI and Monday, October 5th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. But there’s so much more. The Violin Concerto of John Williams and Ravel’s well-loved Pavane round out a brilliant program conducted by Stéphane Denève, who recently finished his tenure as the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.

Here's a delicious side dish to your weekday mornings! By popular demand, Gregg Whiteside brings you music by Johann Sebastian Bach every weekday at 8:06 AM on WRTI 90.1.

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