PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 16, 2013): One of the most popular public radio programs in the U.S., The Moth Radio Hour, will be broadcast by WXPN starting on Tuesday, September 17 at 10 pm ET.
The Moth Radio Hour features the best in storytelling from "everyday raconteurs," as cited in its 2011 Peabody Award, the highest honor in broadcasting. The radio program grew from the acclaimed non-for-profit organization The Moth, which is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.
Founded by poet and novelist George Dawes Green in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth Radio Hour program debuted in 2009 and currently can be heard on more than 200 radio stations nationwide. It is distributed by PRX (Public Radio Exchange).
WXPN is adding The Moth Radio Hour to its program schedule because "XPN is engaged and supportive of the arts, and there's a growing local storytelling and spoken word community here in Philly that we want to help support," said WXPN Assistant General Manager for Programming Bruce Warren. "The Moth Radio Hour, its podcasts and live events are tremendously popular, and it's an excellent, high-quality, well-produced program that we think will hold great appeal for our listeners."
To accommodate The Moth Radio Hour on Tuesday nights at 10 pm, XPN Local with hosts Helen Leicht and John Vettese will air from 8pm to 10pm, instead of from 8pm to 11pm.
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WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Cornerhosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio stream as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.