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88.5 WXPN Receives Top Honors from Respected Music Industry Trade Publication

WXPN Picks Up Awards in the Categories of Non-Commercial Triple A
Station of the Year and Program Director of the Year

Philadelphia, PA 88.5 WXPN, the member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has once again won accolades from industry peers. At a music industry awards ceremony hosted by the radio trade publication Radio & Records, WXPN won Non-Commercial Triple A Station of the Year, while station program director, Bruce Warren, took home the award for Program Director of the Year, the only non-commercial radio programmer nominated in this category.

"I am overjoyed about the station winning Non-Commercial Triple A Station of the Year," said Warren. "The entire XPN staff should feel very proud because it's due to all of their hard work that we could achieve such a feat. Furthermore," Warren continued, "I am doubly overjoyed about winning the Program Director of the Year award. I had strong competition in this category including Program Directors from some of the best commercial radio stations in the country. This is truly an honor."

The awards process began during the spring when nominations were submitted in May of 2003. Ballots were then sent to Radio & Records' Triple A subscribers, a collection of music industry decision-makers, who voted in each of the award categories. The final winners were announced at an Awards Luncheon at the Triple A Summit, a music industry conference, held in Boulder, Colorado last weekend. In addition to the two awards WXPN won at the conference, David Dye, host of the nationally syndicated show World Cafe®, was nominated for "Personality of the Year."

WXPN is no stranger to the Triple A Awards. Last year, the station was nominated in five categories and received more nominations than any other commercial or non-commercial radio station in the country. Last year's nominations included: "R&R's Industry Achievement Award;" "Station of the Year;" "Program Director of the Year, Bruce Warren;" Personality/ Show of the Year, David Dye and the World Cafe;" and "Music Director of the Year, Helen Leicht."

88.5 WXPNis the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier public radio showcase for new music by the foremost recording artists of the singer songwriter era. WXPN's signature program, World Cafe hosted by David Dye, broadcasts daily on more than 160 public radio stations nationwide, and serves as a microcosm of the station's programming culture. World Cafeâ is distributed by Public Radio International and features a rich eclectic blend of contemporary rock, folk, alternative country, rhythm and blues, world beat and jazz. WXPN also produces Kids Corner, hosted by Peabody Award winner, Kathy O'Connell, and presents major musical events such as the annual Singer Songwriter Weekend. For more information on World Cafe and other WXPN background visit www.xpn.org or call WXPN at (215) 898-6677.

CONTACT:
Debby Appelbaum Seitz
88.5 WXPN
215-573-3342

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