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WXPN and Musicians On Call Bring The Healing Power Of Music To Hospitalized Children in Philadelphia

Partnership between WXPN and Musicians On Call makes Philadelphia the first expansion city for a unique outreach program that helps patients with the healing process through live, bedside performances by local musicians.

Philadelphia, Pa. July 19, 2004 Today WXPN announced the launch of ‘WXPN Musicians On Call,’ a non-profit initiative that will help patients in Philadelphia hospitals feel better through the healing power of live music. The pioneering program demonstrates WXPN’s commitment to community involvement and the Philadelphia region. WXPN Musicians On Call is the non-profit partnership between WXPN and Musicians On Call, which was founded in New York in 1999 to use music and entertainment to promote healing. Philadelphia is the first expansion city for the non-profit Musicians On Call program.

WXPN also announced today that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has agreed to be the first participating area hospital in the WXPN Musicians On Call program. This breakthrough charitable program will deliver a weekly program of live performances by local volunteer musicians and occasional appearances by major artists to Children’s Hospital, cheering patients and their families in groups and at bedsides.

WXPN has announced that three popular area artists, Lauren Hart, Jim Boggia, and Mutlu, have signed on for the first performances. Other participating regional healthcare organizations will be announced soon.

"We're thrilled to bring this uplifting program to Philadelphia, and can't wait to lift the curtain on the first live performance at Children's Hospital," says WXPN on-air personality Helen Leicht, spokesperson for WXPN Musicians On Call. "We strive to make a difference in the community, through the music and programming we share with our listeners, and through innovative public service initiatives such as WXPN Musicians On Call. Indeed, WXPN Musicians On Call demonstrates how our commitment to community events and involvement continues to grow."

Established in 1999, Musicians On Call has a successful track record of involvement with eight New York hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and the New York University Medical Center. Now, through WXPN’s support, interest, and involvement, this innovative augmentative approach to healing is coming to Philadelphia, the first such expansion in Musicians On Call’s history.

Future initiatives of WXPN Musicians On Call will include providing participating healthcare facilities with complete CD listening libraries and CD players for patients’ use, through the organization’s ‘CD Pharmacy’ initiative. Another initiative, ‘Project Playback,’ will provide patients the opportunity to have their own original music recorded by volunteer engineers and producers. Lastly, providing free tickets to area concerts and live events for patients and their families.

“WXPN Musicians On Call will help hospitalized patients in the Philadelphia region improve their quality of hospital life, and ultimately create better living and healing environments,” says Dr. Leslie Faerstein, Musicians On Call’s Executive Director in New York. “The Musicians On Call program is extremely rewarding to patients, their families, the hospital staff, and the artists. WXPN’s commitment to local musicians, their strong volunteer base and past demonstration of innovation made them the perfect partner for the program expansion.” WXPN Musicians On Call will launch in October at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Volunteer musicians and guides are needed for the weekly programs.

ABOUT WXPN-FM
WXPN-FM is the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier radio showcase for contemporary music that spans the progressive edges of rock, folk, rhythm and blues, and American roots. WXPN can be heard in the greater Philadelphia/South Jersey area on 88.5 FM. in the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, in Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, and in Harrisburg at 88.1 FM. WXPN is also available worldwide via streaming audio at www.xpn.org. The station produces programming for national syndication. Its signature series World Cafe with David Dye is distributed by Public Radio International and broadcasts daily on more than 160 public radio stations nationwide. WXPN also produces the Peabody-Award winning Kids Corner, hosted by Kathy O'Connell. For more information visit www.xpn.org, www.WorldCafe.org, www.kidscorner.org, or call WXPN at (215) 898-6677.

ABOUT MUSICIANS ON CALL
Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of using music to promote and complement the healing process in healthcare facilities. Additionally, Musicians on Call seeks to raise awareness of the beneficial effects of music and entertainment for people in healthcare facilities. To date, MOC has accomplished this through room-to-room hospital performances by both local musicians and national celebrities, weekly music lessons, CD Pharmacies and Project Playback. Among the artists who have supported Musicians on Call through ticket donations and hospital visits are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Hanson, Def Leppard, Sting, Britney Spears, The Who, Bon Jovi, Levon Helm of The Band, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Dave Koz, Barenaked Ladies, Kermit the Frog, Melissa Etheridge, Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, John Mellencamp, Alice Cooper, David Gray, Peter Frampton, The Allman Brothers, Kelly Rowland, Destiny's Child, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Jason Mraz, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, to name a few. Musicians On Call was chosen as Z100's Official Charity for Jingle Ball 2002. MOC was named Organization of the Year 2003 by the New York State Therapeutic Recreations Association and Volunteer of the Year 2003 by the Metropolitan New York Recreation and Parks Society. Please visit Musicians on Call for more information.

For more information about Musicians On Call please contact Paula Witt at Shore Fire Media at (718) 522-7171 or pwitt@shorefire.com.

NOTE TO PRESS:
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