John Banther serves as a weekend host on Classical WETA 90.9. John is the tuba player of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. John has also performed with artists and orchestras like Larnelle Harris, Martina McBride, Delfeayo Marsalis, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra among others. With a passion for music, John received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music from the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Netherlands. When not on the radio or performing, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Zenas, and their dog Gabby.
This documentary charts the District's rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time.Learn more →
Explore the gamut of great burgers in Greater Washington, from greasy to gourmet. This documentary visits over a dozen burger joints in the area, showcasing classic burgers to exotic and quirky updates on this favorite All-American food.Watch now →
Inspired by the film Latino Americans, we decided to seek out a local perspective on the Latino experience in our community with our weta.org Digital Extras. Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.Watch now →
Enjoy this step through time charting WETA's history from its founding in the 1950s as an educational television station, the addition of a public radio station, and evolution into a major national producer for PBS.See timeline →