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Melinda Whiting, Veteran Public Radio Broadcaster, Is WRTI’s New Midday Classical Host

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Melinda Whiting will be on the air every weekday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

WRTI is proud to announce that Melinda Whiting, who is already a familiar voice to Philadelphia classical music listeners, will now be a steady presence on the air as midday classical host, weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

She’ll also host new broadcasts of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, beginning on Sunday, January 9th, 2022.

Melinda brings over 30 years of radio broadcasting experience to her role at WRTI, and multiple connections to the classical music world. Previously, she served as WRTI’s midday host on Mondays, and as a frequent fill-in host since 2017. Melinda replaces Debra Lew Harder, who is now the radio host/announcer for The Metropolitan Opera.

She began her career in classical music broadcasting at WFLN and WHYY, later gracing the airwaves of New York City's WQXR and numerous NPR programs, including Performance Today (as a primary guest host), weekly broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony, and New York Philharmonic Live!

“Melinda is a seasoned broadcaster and classical music veteran who knows our community well and is committed to the highest standards of excellence,” says WRTI General Manager Bill Johnson. “Her leadership and experience will be invaluable as WRTI continues to grow our service and outreach. I could not be more excited that she’s decided to join us full-time in our mission to champion music as a vital cultural resource.”

In addition to her extensive career as a broadcaster, Melinda spent a decade working for the League of American Orchestras, as their communications director and the editor-in-chief of Symphony magazine, and over a decade at the Curtis Institute of Music, serving as vice president for communications and senior editor.

“I am so looking forward to devoting my full creative energies to WRTI and its generous, devoted listeners,” says Melinda. “As I have become increasingly involved with a wonderful team of colleagues at WRTI, I’ve been impressed by their deep dedication to this rich and multi-faceted musical community. It’s an honor to share in their commitment.”

Congratulations to Melinda!