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WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
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First Record Purchased

Soundtrack to Fiddler on the Roof

First Concert


Bands you've played in (if any)?

None, but I always got the lead in the musicals at Camp Taconic.

Musicians you were most excited to meet?

Patti Smith, T-Bone Burnett, and Nick Lowe

Favorite Local Bands

Bitter Bitter Weeks, The Dixie Hummingbirds

How did you get into radio?

I got an internship on "Voices in the Family" (formerly called "Family Matters") on WHYY-FM.

All-Time Favorite Bands/Artists

Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Talking Heads, Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Prince, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Joseph Arthur, Jim White, Nick Lowe.

Favorite Movies

Godfathers I & II, The Graduate, M, Hannah and Her Sisters, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Do the Right Thing, Annie Hall

Favorite People

Watch your biases. As the memoirist Colette once said, "Time spent with a cat is never wasted".

Three random things about me

1. I modeled for JCPenney when I was fourteen.
2. I have a gorgeous backhand (in tennis).
3. I go to open houses regardless of whether I'm looking for a home.

Born and raised in?

New York City

College Info

Oberlin College, University of Pennsylvania (graduate school)

What you do in your spare time?

Chase a four-year-old, try to read novels and bathe.

Favorite TV Shows

"Dexter", "Six Feet Under", "Celebrity Chef", "Big Love", "30 Rock", "The Flintstones"

Favorite Books

We Have to Talk about Kevin and Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver; Memoirs of a Geisha, Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahari)... way too many to list!

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