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WRTI Celebrates 100 Years of Lady Day on April 7th

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Billie Holiday (1915—1959)";

Join us on Tuesday, April 7th during jazz hours for our centennial tribute to Billie Holiday, who was born in West Philadelphia, on April 7, 1915, and went on to become a musical and social phenomenon who changed the face of music forever.  

As part of Vintage Week on WRTI, we'll present anecdotes about Lady Day and continue to play vintage jazz favorites from our jazz staff in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

WRTI jazz hosts Bob Perkins and Bob Craig have some great Billie Holiday stories to share with you. Check them out below!

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Though Billie was raised in Baltimore, she was born right here in Philadelphia. BP sets the story straight

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A tale of irony from BP regarding Billie's legal troubles in Philadelphia.

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Did you ever wonder why Billie wore that iconic flower in her hair for performances? BP knows how it all started!

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.