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Bob Bumbera

News & Sports Director, XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
  • Son Volt - Down to the Wire
  • Avett Brothers - I & Love & You
  • Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
  • U2 - Magnificent
  • Mark Knopfler - Cleaning My Gun
  • East Hundred - Passenger
  • Monsters of Folk - Say Please
  • Phish - Backwards down the Number Line
  • Moby - Pale Horse
  • Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
  • Albums
  • Son Volt - American Central Dust
  • Avett Brothers - I & Love & You
  • Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
  • U2 - No Line on the Horizon
  • Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky
  • East Hundred - Slow Burning Crimes
  • Monsters of Folk - S/T
  • Phish - Joy
  • Moby - Wait for Me
  • Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

John Diliberto

Host of Sleepy Hollow, Sundays and Echoes

  • Songs
  • Moby - Wait for Me
  • Loner - Already Numb
  • Morgan Doctor - Show Me How
  • IAMX - Think of England
  • Horrors - Do You Remember
  • Inbar Bakal - Song of Songs
  • Mandrake Project - And Five Makes Twenty
  • Baaba Maal - Tindo Quando
  • Decemberists - The Rake's Song
  • Great Northern - Houses
  • Albums
  • Moby - Wait For Me
  • Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street
  • Bill Frisell - Disfarmer
  • Loner - Western Sci-Fi
  • Solar Fields - Movements
  • IAMX - Kingdom of Welcome Addiction
  • Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze - Sira
  • Phil Keaggy & Jeff Johnson - Frio Suite
  • Mandrake Project - A Miraculous Container
  • Aerosol - Airborne

David Dye

Host of World Cafe and Funky Friday

  • Songs
  • Bell X1 - The Great Defector
  • The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
  • Glasvegas - Geraldine
  • Miike Snow – Animal
  • Camera Obscura – French Navy
  • Wilco – You and I
  • Fruit Bats - Ruminant Band
  • Roman Candle - Eden Was a Garden
  • Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is the Move
  • Freelance Whales - Hannah
  • Albums
  • Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears –
    Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
  • Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
  • Eels - Hombre Lobo
  • Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
  • The Clientele - Bonfires on the Heath
  • Allen Toussaint - Bright Mississippi
  • Silversun Pickups - Swoon
  • Staff Benda Billili - Tres Tres Fort
  • Bubbling Under
  • Alberta Cross – Broken Side of Time
  • Fanfarlo - Reservoir
  • Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
  • Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
  • The Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
  • Various Artists - Dark Was the Night
  • Extra Golden - Thank You Very Quickly
  • Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
  • Bell X1 - Blue Lights on the Runway

Dan Gutierrez

Weekend Host

  • Songs
  • Sun Volt - Down to the Wire
  • Meat Puppets - Sown Together
  • Major Lazer - Hold the Line
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
  • K'Naan - Wavin' Flag
  • Phoenix - Lisztomania
  • Diane Birch - Fire Escape
  • Dinosaur Jr. - Pieces
  • Pete Bjorn & John - It Don't Move Me
  • Brendan Benson - A Whole Lot Better
  • Albums
  • Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
  • The BPA - I Think We're Are Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
  • Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
  • Bell X1 - Blue Lights on the Runway
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros -
    Up From Below
  • Dead Weather - Horehound
  • Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 11:11
  • McCoy Tyner - Solo: Live from San Francisco
  • Bob Dylan - Together through Life

Josh T. Landow

Host, Y-Rock on XPN

  • Songs
  • Silversun Pickups - It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
  • Muse - Uprising
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Soft Shock
  • The Prodigy – Omen
  • The Big Pink – Dominos
  • Foo Fighters – Wheels
  • Art Brut – DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake
  • Lily Allen – Everyone's At It
  • Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About
  • Smashing Pumpkins – LAN
  • Albums
  • Silversun Pickups - Swoon
  • Muse - The Resistance
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
  • Art Brut – Art Brut Vs. Satan
  • Lily Allen – It's Not Me, It's You
  • Miniature Tigers – Tell It To The Volcano
  • Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
  • Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart
  • Electric Six – Kill
  • Julian Casablancas –
    Phrazes For The Young

Helen Leicht

Host of XPN Midday, Leicht Lunch and XPN Local

  • Songs
  • Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
  • Death Cab for Cutie - Meet Me on the Equinox
  • Dan Auerbach - Heartbroken, in Disrepair
  • A.C. Newmann - The Palace at 4 AM
  • Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons - Born Again
  • James Maddock - When You Go Quiet
  • Pearl Jam - Amongst the Waves
  • Bat for Lashes - Daniel
  • Bell X1 - The Great Defector
  • Phoenix - 1901
  • Albums
  • Moby - Wait for Me
  • Rosanne Cash - The List
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Up from Below
  • Serena Ryder - Is it OK
  • James Maddock - Sunrise on Avenue C
  • The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
  • Various Artists - The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack
  • Fanfarlo - Reservoir
  • Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey & The Groogrux King
  • Gomez - A New Tide

Michaela Majoun

Host of the XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
  • Melody Gardot - Who Will Comfort Me
  • Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back
    to Memphis
  • Rosanne Cash - Heartaches by the Number
  • Moby - Pale Horses
  • One Eskimo - Kandi
  • Wilco - You Never Know
  • Dan Auerbach - My Last Mistake
  • Andrew Bird - Fitz and the Dizzyspells
  • Bell X1 - Great Defector
  • Bob Dylan - It's All Good
  • Levon Helm - When I Go Away
  • Albums
  • Melody Gardot - My One And Only Thrill
  • The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
  • Leonard Cohen - Live in London
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 11:11
  • Rosanne Cash - The List
  • Rickie Lee Jones - Balm In Gilead
  • Moby - Wait for Me
  • Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back
  • Bell X1 - Blue Lights on the Runway
  • Birdie Busch - Pattern of Saturn

Jonny Meister

Host of The Blues Show and Blues and Beyond

  • Songs
  • Elizabeth & The Catapult - Taller Children (Taller Children)
  • Joe Louis Walker - If There's A Heaven (Between A Rock And The Blues)
  • Shemekia Copeland - Broken World
    (Never Going Back)
  • Linda Waterfall - Welcome To The Dark (Welcome To The Dark)
  • Maia Sharp - Death By Perfection (Echo)
  • Lynn Biddick - Devil's Lake
    (Ghost In The Bed)
  • Guy Davis - Words To My Mama's Song (Sweetheart Like You)
  • Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me (Revolution)
  • Quintus McCormick Blues Band - There Ain't No Right Way To Do Wrong (Hey Jodie!)
  • Johnnie Bassett - Nice Guys Finish Last
    (The Gentleman Is Back)
  • Albums
  • Samuel James - For Rosa Maeve & Noreen (NorthernBlues)
  • Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back (Telarc)
  • Joe Louis Walker - Between A Rock And The Blues (Stony Plain)
  • Boo Boo Davis - Ain't Gotta Dime
    (Black & Tan)
  • Blackburn - Brotherhood (Make It Real)
  • Saffire The Uppity Blueswomen - Havin' The Last Word (Alligator)
  • Zora Young - The French Connection (Delmark)
  • Guy Davis - Sweetheart Like You
    (Red House)
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Twisted (Alligator)
  • Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History (Raisin' Music)

Joey O.

Host, Y-Rock on XPN

  • Songs
  • Metric – Gimme Sympathy
  • Art Brut – DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
  • Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch
  • Wilco – You Never Know
  • Spinnerette – Ghetto Love
  • Pearl Jam – The Fixer
  • Metric – Sick Muse
  • Spoon – Got Nuffin
  • Muse – Uprising
  • Albums
  • Metric - Fantasies
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It's Blitz!
  • Silversun Pickups - Swoon
  • Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
  • Art Brut – Art Brut Vs. Satan
  • Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
  • Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart
  • Rancid – Let the Dominoes Fall
  • Muse – The Resistance
  • Lily Allen – It's Not Me, It's You

Kathy O'Connell

Host, Kids Corner

  • Kids/Family Albums
  • They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science
  • Lunch Money - Dizzy
  • Peter Himmelman - My Trampoline
  • Yosi & the Superdads - Super Kids Rock!
  • King Pajama - Something Sweet
  • Rocknoceros - Pink
  • Hullabaloo - High Roller
  • Billy Jonas - Happy Accidents
  • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family - Go Waggalo
  • Ziggy Marley & Friends - Family Time
  • Non-Kids & Family CDs
  • Jill Sobule - California Years
  • Hoots and Hellmouth - The Holy Open Secret
  • John Flynn - America's Waiting
  • Rosanne Cash - The List
  • Susan Werner - Classics
  • Barbara Cook - The Essential Barbara
    (boxed set)
  • Los Lobos - Los Lobos Goes Disney
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Up from Below
  • Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Bare Bones
  • Songs
  • Hoots & Hellmouth - Root of the Industry
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home
  • John Flynn - The Passunder (New Orleans)
  • Jill Sobule - Mexican Pharmacy
  • Christine Lavin - Attractive Stupid People
  • Moby - Pale Horses
  • Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double or Triple
  • Erin McKeown - Santa Cruz
  • Langhorne Slim - Say Yes
  • Zee Avi - Poppy

Dan Reed

WXPN Music Director; Host, Afternoons and Highs in the Seventies

  • Songs
  • The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart -
    Everything With You
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
  • Monsters of Folk - Dear God
    (Sincerely M.O.F.)
  • Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band
  • Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears -
    Get Yo Shit
  • Girls - Lust for Life
  • Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double Or Triple
  • Lissie - Little Lovin'
  • Mos Def - Life In Marvelous Times
  • Stephaniesid - Bullet Train
  • Albums
  • Passion Pit - Manners
  • Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
  • The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart -
    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
  • Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
  • Mos Def - The Ecstatic
  • Animal Collective - Merriwether Post Pavilion
  • Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
  • Them Crooked Vultures -
    Them Crooked Vultures
  • Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Gene Shay

Host of The Folk Show

  • Folk Songs
  • Carsie Blanton - Itches and Tugs
    (Buoy)
  • Tom Russell - Criminology
    (The Company You Keep)
  • Jonathan Byrd - Galveston
    (The Law and the Lonesome)
  • Joe Crookston - Logical Song
    (Able Baker Charlie and Dog)
  • Danny Schmidt - Swing Me Down
    ( Instead The Forest Rose To Sing)
  • Alison Brown - Forky On The Water
    ( The Company You Keep)
  • The Greencards - Crystal Merchant
    (Fascination)
  • Maria Dunn - Tell Her I Was Brave
    (The Peddler)
  • Antje Duvekot - Long Way
    (The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer )
  • Eric Taylor - The Pomegranate Tree
    (Hollywood Pocketknife)
  • Folk Albums
  • Tom Russell - Blood and Candle Smoke
  • Joe Crookston - Able Baker Charlie and Dog
  • Tom Rush - What I Know
  • Steve Martin - The Crow
  • Guy Davis - Sweetheart Like You
  • Alison Brown - The Company You Keep
  • John Flynn - America's Waiting
  • Danny Schmidt - Instead The Forest Rose To Sing
  • Various Artists - Singing Through The Hard Times (Tribute to Utah Phillips)
  • Antje Duvekot - The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer

Tracey Tanenbaum

Producer, A Musician's Life

  • Songs
  • The Swell Season - Low Rising
  • Neko Case - People Got a Lot of Nerve
  • Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
  • Slaid Cleaves - Cry
  • Mason Jennings - Pittsburgh
  • Justin Townes Earle - Mama's Eyes
  • John Forte - Nervous
  • Cory Chisel - Born Again
  • Gary Louris & Mark Olson - When the Wind Comes Up
  • Tim Easton - Stone's Throw Away
  • Vic Chesnutt - I Flirted with You All My Life
  • Albums
  • Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will be Taken Away
  • Tim Easton - Porcupine
  • Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
  • Steve Earle - Townes
  • The Swell Season - Strict Joy
  • Gary Louris & Mark Olson - Ready for
    the Flood
  • Mason Jennings - Blood of Man
  • Rosanne Cash - The List
  • Joe Henry - Blood from Stars
  • Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies

Lauren Valle

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  • Songs
  • U2 - Breathe
  • The Avett Brothers - Kick Drum Heart
  • Passion Pit - The Reeling
  • Rickie Lee Jones - Wild Child
  • Derek Trucks Band - Down In The Flood
  • Pearl Jam - Amongst The Waves
  • The Swell Season - Low Rising
  • Teddy Thompson - In My Arms
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Gunpowder
  • One EskimO - Kandi
  • Albums
  • U2 - No Line On The Horizon
  • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
  • Derek Trucks Band Already Free
  • Various Artists - Daptone Gold
  • Monsters Of Folk - Monsters Of Folk
  • The Swell Season - Strict Joy
  • Rickie Lee Jones - Balm In Gilead
  • Pearl Jam - Backspacer
  • The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
  • Wilco - Wilco

Mike Vasilikos

Assistant Music Director and Host, Jamnation

  • Songs
  • Dave Matthews Band - Why I Am
  • Jay Z - Empire State Of Mind
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
  • Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
  • Jay Z - Run This Town
  • Will Hoge - Even If It Breaks Your Heart
  • The Veils - The Letter
  • Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
  • Starsailor - Tell Me It's Not Over
  • AA Bondy - When The Devils Loose
  • Albums
  • Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey & The Groogrux King
  • Jay-Z - The Blueprint, Vol. 3
  • Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • Passion Pit - Manners
  • Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
  • K'Naan - Troubadour
  • Pearl Jam - Backspacer
  • Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost
  • Phish - Joy
  • Ryan Bingham - Roadhouse Sun

Bruce Warren

Program Director

  • Songs
  • Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
  • The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
  • Heartless Bastards - The Mountain
  • Animal Collective - My Girls
  • Passion Pit - Little Secrets
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
  • Girls - Lust For Life
  • Phoenix - Lisztomania
  • Atlas Sound - Walkabout
  • Monsters of Folk - Dear God
  • Albums
  • The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
  • Passion Pit - Manners
  • Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Girls - Album
  • Jay-Z - The Blueprint, Vol. 3
  • Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
  • The xx – XX
  • Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
  • The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa
  • The Antlers - Hospice

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