Changes in the Afternoon on WRTI


me; Kevin Gordon

[posted on 17 Apr 2016]

We have some big news to share! Kile Smith, who has been filling in as Afternoon Drive host since last summer, has been promoted to Director of Content for WRTI, in charge of all on-air programming, production, and digital content. Kile’s contributions to WRTI as a producer and host have been considerable. Perhaps even more important, though, is his absolute dedication to helping WRTI become the best possible public media station. His experience as curator of the Fleisher Collection and an award-winning composer are tremendous assets that he brings to this new position. In addition, Kile possesses a love of music that keeps him inquisitive and engaged in the people and organizations making music today. We are lucky to have such a qualified person help us pioneer this new role at WRTI.

After a nationwide search, Kevin Gordon has been selected as our new Afternoon Drive Classical Music Host. Kevin has a wealth of radio experience. At WQXR in New York City, Kevin was a classical music host for 15 years, and most recently was on the air at Classical South Florida WKCP, a station that served listeners in Miami, Naples, and West Palm Beach until it folded last year. He also served as a host for WINS, NBC News, and the RKO Radio Network, all in in New York. Additionally, Kevin is a fine artist and portrait painter with works on display at numerous universities, hospitals, and other institutions. As he puts it, he has been — at one time or another — “a television weatherman, a nightclub magician, a private pilot, and an amateur bullfighter.” We look forward to his newest challenge of charming listeners from 2 to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Kevin begins his new gig with WRTI on Monday, April 25th.

Congratulations to Kile and Kevin!


6 thoughts on “Changes in the Afternoon on WRTI

  1. David Gates

    So great to have a real composer in this new role @ RTI. Hope you’ll continue your “now is the time” show. Also hope you’ll feature Philly composers like yourself & Jennifer Higdon more frequently. But Kile, don’t forget the commitment RTI has made to be a great jazz station as well. All the best to both.

    1. Kile Smith Post author

      Thanks, David. One of the great things that fit WRTI & me together is my love of jazz. Love the composers of today, too, as you know! Many thanks…

  2. richnbar

    We will miss hearing your eloquence and knowledge of the classics. You open a new world for us who know little about the history of all these wonderful artist. We love you and Greg. Good luck 

    1. Kile Smith Post author

      Look for more eloquence & knowledge, and a great voice, with Kevin! Thanks for reminding us about what’s important to keeping WRTI a fantastic station that keeps getting better!

    1. Kile Smith Post author

      Hey thanks, Bob! We’re in good hands with Kevin, and I’ll enjoy my new responsibilities at this great station. Thank you so much!

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