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Maurice Browne, jazz host at WRTI

Maurice Browne

Jazz Host

Maurice Browne’s appreciation of jazz began as a teenager listening to a popular jazz station in New York City. This is where his admiration grew for the jazz greats like Count Basie, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Wes Montgomery.

His broadcasting career began at the Midwestern radio station KOWH-FM in Omaha, Nebraska, where he played R&B and jazz. He then traveled to Trenton, New Jersey and became program director at WTNJ-AM, and later moved to Philadelphia to work as an announcer at WDAS-FM. This is also where he first met and worked with WRTI’s legendary jazz host, Bob Perkins.

While at WDAS, Maurice introduced a segment called the "Midnight Special" that aired Sunday nights, where he featured interviews and the music of popular R&B artists including Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Lou Rawls, Phyllis Hyman, Ramsey Lewis, and others. After he left WDAS Maurice worked in television as a reporter and anchor in several cities including Philadelphia.

Maurice also worked in public relations for several large institutions where he produced training videos and presentations. But throughout the many facets of communications he has experienced, his first love has always been radio. And because of his appreciation of jazz, it is fitting that he has come full circle to work at WRTI.

Hear Maurice every Sunday night from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight when he hosts The Standard.