Kevin Gordon

Classical Host

A veteran broadcaster, Kevin garnered a wealth of experience in radio before taking the weekday classical host position from 2 to 6 PM at WRTI . He served as host on the classical music station WQXR in NYC for 15 years, on Classical South Florida WKCP in Miami, and on 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 latest 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.

February 24, 2020. As WRTI continues to mark Black History Month, we feature an album that celebrates, through contemporary music, the writings of the 19th-century Philadelphia abolitionist William Still

February 3, 2020. WRTI celebrates the beginning of Black History Month by spotlighting the Black Composers Series, which marks the achievements of African Americans and recognizes their role in U.S. history, and in the history of American and world music.

December 16, 2019. This week, we're celebrating Beethoven’s birthday! Although the big birthday, the 250th comes next year, we’re celebrating nonetheless, because 249 is nothing to sneeze at.

December 2, 2019. Erno Dohnanyi was only 17 when he wrote his Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, his opus 1. Johannes Brahms, who composed one of the great piano quintets, was so impressed by the work that he said, “I couldn’t have written it better myself.”

November 18, 2019. American Reflections, our Classical Album of the Week, has humble and typically American beginnings. The St. Charles Singers is a group of vocalists based in St. Charles, Illinois. It has four CDs to its name. The fifth was the result of the enthusiasm of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, which awarded a $6,500 grant to help pay for the choir’s current album of American choral works.

September 23, 2019. If you’ve ever visited Spain or Italy, you know how the quality of the sun and soil, the wind and warmth affect everything from the food to the art and the music. Especially the music.

Join us in the WRTI Performance Studio on Wednesday, September 4th at 12:10 PM as pianist Jennifer Blyth gives us a live preview of upcoming recitals at Jacobs Music in Ephrata and at Dickinson College. WRTI"s Kevin Gordon is host. Jennifer's new album, Vox, recorded with her Chicago-based trio Heare Ensemble, will be released in September.

The four winners of the Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival Piano Competition visit the WRTI Performance Studio on Wednesday, August 14th at 12:10 pm to play works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, and Liebermann. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

Listen to the winners of the 2019 Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), directed by Ching-Yun Hu, perform live in our studio. Kevin Gordon is host.

Listen to concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu, founder and director of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), plays works by Chopin, Albeniz, and Alkan live from our performance studio.

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