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Melinda Whiting

Classical Host

Melinda has over 30 years of experience in classical music public radio. As an award-winning broadcaster, she created and hosted classical music programs and reported arts news for NPR, WQXR—New York, WHYY–Philadelphia, and American Public Media. WRTI listeners may remember her years hosting classical music for WFLN and WHYY.

Melinda was also the radio voice of the New York Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony. For many years she was a frequent host, producer, and editor on the daily public radio program Performance Today. She also produced a concert series from the Marlboro Music Festival.

While continuing her radio career, Melinda was editor in chief of Symphony, the bimonthly magazine of the League of American Orchestras. During her decade-long tenure, Symphony won several ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism. She also sang professionally for two decades with early music ensembles and chamber choirs in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia.
Most recently, Melinda worked at the Curtis Institute of Music. There her roles included directing all of Curtis’s public relations, marketing, and branding strategies as vice president for communications; and editing a magazine, concert programs, and online communications as senior editor.   

After an 11-year hiatus, Melinda returned to the airwaves in Spring 2017. She is a member of the board of directors of the Presser Foundation and Network for New Music, a former officer of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and a former member of the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.
Hear Melinda on weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM, and as host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, Sundays from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Mondays from 7 to 9 PM on WRTI HD-2.