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WXPN Launches New One-Hour Jam Progam and Improved Weekend Programming Lineup!

WXPN LAUNCHES NEW ONE-HOUR JAM PROGRAM AND
IMPROVED WEEKEND PROGRAMMING LINEUP!

PHILADELPHIA, PA WXPN 88.5-FM, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced changes to its weekend lineup effective August 2nd and the creation of a new weekly evening program called Jamnation that will premiere on August 4th at 8:00 p.m.

Weeknight on-air personality Ali Castellini will host Jamnation. The program will air every Monday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and features an hour of both legendary and up-and-coming jam bands from a variety of music genres. Each week Castellini will serve up jam session and interviews with leading jam bands culled from the World Cafe archives. The Grateful Dead Hour will move from Sundays to Mondays at 9:00 p.m. following Jamnation.

"I'm looking forward to hosting Jamnation," said Castellini. "We've heard from lots of XPN listeners who love jam bands - now they can tune in each week for an hour of the best jam bands in the country."

WXPN is changing its weekend lineup effective August 2nd. On Saturdays, Michaela Majoun's blend of the XPN mix will be extended one hour to 7 p.m. The Blues Show with Jonny Meister will follow airing one hour earlier and ending at midnight. The one-hour Sounds Eclectic will move from Sundays to Saturdays at midnight. Mountain Stage moves from Saturdays to Sundays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. following Helen Leicht's extended XPN mix. The new Kids Corner Music Hour hosted by Kathy O'Connell will debut on August 3rd airing weekly at 7 p.m. The long-standing Folk Show with Gene Shay will follow from 8 p.m. to 11p.m. Q'Zine and Amazon Country will alternate each week during the 11:00 p.m. hour.

Long time folk fans may notice that Gene Shay is returning to a favorite time slot. "I was on Sunday evenings for years and I look forward to being back on during a time when I find my audience is really focused on the music," said Shay. "Returning to this time also hold great memories for me because it was during evening programs when I interviewed some amazing legends like Joni Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, and Jim Croce."

Sundays also bring Kids Corner, the Peabody Award-winning children's show, back to a five-night schedule with the music-focused Kids Corner Music Hour.

The new WXPN weekend lineup is as follows:

Saturdays (effective August 2, 2003)

5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Echoes
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Sleepy Hollow with Chuck Elliott
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. World Cafe with David Dye
1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Conversations from the World Cafe
2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. XPN Mix hosted by Michaela Majoun
7:00 p.m. - Midnight The Blues Show with Jonny Meister
Midnight - 1:00 a.m. Sounds Eclectic

Sundays (effective August 3, 2003)

6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sleepy Hollow with Samantha Sullivan and Keith Brand
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. XPN Mix hosted by Helen Leicht
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Stage
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Kids Corner Music Hour with Kathy O'Connell
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The Folk Show with Gene Shay
11:00 p.m. - Midnight Alternates weekly between Q'Zine with Robert Drake and Amazon Country with Debra D'Alessandro

88.5 WXPN is 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 broadcasts daily on more than 150 public radio stations nationwide, and serves as a microcosm of the station's programming culture. World Cafe 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 vist WorldCafe.org, or call WXPN at (215)898-6677.

CONTACT:
Kim Winnick / Debby Appelbaum Seitz
WXPN - 88.5 FM
(215) 573-3339 / (215) -573-3342

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