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WRTI logo.png
City of license Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Delaware Valley
Slogan "Your Classical and Jazz Station"
Frequency 90.1 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) See list below
First air date 1953 (originally carrier current 1948-53)
Format Classical/Jazz
Language English
ERP Horizontal: 12,000 watts
Vertical: 10,500 watts
HAAT 308 meters
Class B
Facility ID 65190
Callsign meaning We're Radio Training Institute
Owner Temple University
Webcast Listen Live

WRTI is a member-supported radio service of Temple University in Philadelphia. It broadcasts on a frequency of 90.1 MHz and is repeated on several relay radio stations throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. The station's schedule is divided between classical music during the day and Real Jazz in the evening and over-night period. (The station's HD-2 subchannel reverses this pattern, playing jazz by day and classical by night.) The Arbitron ratings service reports the station has the second largest audience among Philadelphia's public radio stations.



WRTI began in 1948 as a carrier current station. It was founded by John Roberts, professor emeritus of communications at Temple and long-time anchorman at WPVI-TV. He'd helped found the School of Communications and Theater at Temple. It received a full license in 1953. After years of serving as a student laboratory, WRTI switched to an all-jazz format in 1969. It added classical music in 1997 after Philadelphia's commercial classical music station, WFLN, changed formats.


The station features hosts Dave Conant, Jack Moore, Jill Pasternak, Bob Perkins, Bob Craig, Maureen Malloy-the jazz director-, Mark Quinlan, Jeff Duperon, Tim Johnstone, Zivit Shlank and Frank McCloy. WRTI also has a special program on Friday evenings 10pm-2am entitled "The Bridge," with host J. Michael Harrison. This program explores the merging platforms of popular music and jazz. WRTI has one of the country's strongest broadcast arts units. The award-winning Creatively Speaking! arts magazine show, hosted by Jim Cotter, features contributors Jason Peifer, David Patrick Stearns, Susan Lewis and Tom Di Nardo among others. These arts writers also file arts reprts for WRTI News. News updates are done from 6–9 am, 12 pm, and 3–6 pm by such anchors as Windsor Johnston, Jim Hilgen and Meridee Duddleston. Its transmitter is located in the Roxborough section of the city.

The Temple University Board of Trustees holds the FCC license of the station.

WRTI network

Frequencies in bold are full-power.








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