Arts and culture has always had a home at WHYY in locally produced programs
and top-notch national offerings. WHYY-FMs
arts reporters captured the imagination and kept listeners informed
and educated on topics ranging from a piano concerto for the left hand
to the latest exhibit on Degas at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Even
national listeners heard about our regions cultural triumphs when
our reports were broadcast nationwide on programs such as Morning Edition
and All Things Considered.
WHYY-FMs own Sunday
Showcase completed its second year as the only regular broadcast
outlet of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The regional program also featured
Curtis Institute of Music concerts, Opera Company of Philadelphia broadcasts
and a Peter Nero and the Philly Pops special. We also presented a nationally
broadcast Christmas special on 91FM with The Philadelphia Singers. On
a daily basis, Radio
Times host Marty Moss-Coane often zeroed in on newsworthy cultural
topics as does Marty Goldensohn on Been
There/Done That. Movie critic Patrick Stoner, host of Quick
Pics and Flicks, seen on more than 100 public television
stations, continued his shorts about the silver screen.
Terry Gross unmatched interviewing skills shed new light on arts
and culture on Fresh
Air, the most listened to cultural program on public radio, which
is produced at WHYY and broadcast nationally on 425 radio stations. This
past year she received the Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the highest
honors in public broadcasting, for her formidable interviewing skills.
Again, Fresh Airs role as an undisputed arts and culture
leader was reaffirmed when Martin Scorsese, director of "Gangs of
New York," told producers to "get the Fresh Air interview"
for the movies DVD release.
Local and national programming and special reports on arts and culture are a critical part of the WHYY experience. And, we were honored this past year to be recognized for our leadership when the regions Dance Celebration awarded WHYY its Arts and Culture Award for Excellence.