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Keith Brand (Host of Sleepy Hollow from 1998 to 2013)

Keith Brand

Sunday Morning Sleepy Hollow

Keith Brand hosted Sunday morning Sleepy Hollow from 1998 through May, 2013, and is an Associate Professor of Radio/TV/Film at Rowan University. Professor Brand teaches Radio Broadcasting I and Television Production I. He received his Masters in Education from Temple University, and his B.F.A. from West Virginia University and his interests include community media, low power FM, and regulation of the media. Keith was the artistic director of the Seven Stars Music Festival, and is a member of a local band called "The HIX," who have a deep affection for the traditional music of the rural American South, called Old-Time Music. The Hix play private parties, with Keith on vocals banjo, banjo-uke.

After 27 years at the mic, Keith retired from WXPN's Sleepy Hollow. You can listen to the entire 3-hour show, and check out the playlist here.

Keith Wants his Weekends Back and Bids A Fond Farewell to His Loyal Listeners

Dear Sleepy Hollow Listeners,

It is with both sadness and anticipation that I announce that I will be retiring from Sleepy Hollow after 27 years. My last show will be May 5th. When I began broadcasting at WXPN, it was still a community radio station with a small but dedicated listenership. Today, WXPN is a force to be reckoned with. I have been fortunate to quietly watch that transition over the past three decades.

I stayed at WXPN all these years because I believe that what Chuck Elliot and I created, along with a number of supplementary hosts, was unique. I often said that in my travels I never heard radio quite like Sleepy Hollow. That is as true today as it was 27 years ago. It seems like an appropriate time to go as Sleepy Hollow celebrates its 40th anniversary.

What I am most proud of has been presenting music that I found interesting to an eager weekend audience. Often, that music found its Philadelphia premier on Sleepy Hollow. Musicians like Sigur Ros, Damien Rice, Grizzly Bear, and Pink Martini found an early and welcome home on Sleepy Hollow. And I am just as proud to play lesser-known musicians like Jherek Bischoff, Anias Mitchell, Sam Amidon, and The Clogs. I never thought I was a great radio DJ, but I was passionate about different kinds of music and had a desire to find the connections between them.

The main reason I am retiring is that after 27 years it is time to do something else with my weekends. Hosting Sleepy Hollow required a lot of my time and I want that time back. I've recently been elected the Chair of the Radio Television and Film Department at Rowan University and that will require a lot more of my time and energy. The time devoted to producing Sleepy Hollow will be diverted to other creative outlets, including hopefully producing more stories for NPR programs. So I don't feel like I'm giving up on radio.

It's been a pleasure to wake up with you for so many Sunday mornings. Your phone calls of encouragement were always welcome. But it's time to sign off one last time. Keep that dial tuned to 88.5."

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