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PR 2005

WXPN Honors Its 2005 Artist To Watch Roster With Daylong World Cafe Interviews and Performances On December 17

PHILADELPHIA, PA December 15, 2005 – WXPN, the recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, will showcase its 2005 Artists To Watch picks on Saturday, December 17 with back-to-back previously aired World Cafe® shows featuring interviews and performances from 10 of the 12 named artists.

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Outstanding Night of Live Music by Local Philadelphia Artists on December 21 to Benefit WXPN Musicians On Call Program

“PHILLY BANDS TOGETHER” TO SHOWCASE OVER 15 LOCAL GROUPS AT WORLD CAFE LIVE WITH ALL PROCEEDS DONATED TO UNIQUE OUTREACH PROGRAM THAT HELPS PATIENTS WITH THE HEALING PROCESS THROUGH LIVE BEDSIDE PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL MUSICIANS

PHILADELPHIA, PA – An extraordinary night of local music will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at World Cafe Live as “Philly Bands Together” to benefit WXPN Musicians On Call, a weekly community outreach program that has been bringing live music to the bedsides of patients in area healthcare facilities, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, since October 2004.

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WXPN Names ALO Its Final Artist To Watch in 2005

PHILADELPHIA, PA December 2, 2005 – WXPN, the recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, has selected ALO – Animal Liberation Orchestra to cap off its yearlong list of Artists To Watch in 2005. On Monday, December 5 in the four o’clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month’s on-air segments profiling the four-piece “rock/funk/jam” band as the station’s December pick.

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WXPN Partners With Penn’s Critical Writing Program to Give Students Hands-on Broadcast Writing Experience

Philadelphia, PA November 9, 2005 - This fall WXPN, the recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, is giving Penn students hands-on exposure to features writing for radio through a newly-created seminar in the University’s Critical Writing Program. “Arts and Culture Writing for Radio” teaches students how to produce stories for broadcast and includes instruction from the WXPN staff in classes held at the station’s state-of-the-art broadcast facility in University City.

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WXPN Names Brandi Carlile Artist To Watch for November

PHILADELPHIA, PA October 28, 2005 – WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, has selected Brandi Carlile for its November pick for Artist To Watch. On Monday, October 31 in the four o’clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month’s on-air segments profiling the 23-year old native of Washington State.

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To Mark First Anniversary in New Studios, WXPN 88.5 Begins Playback of the “885 All Time Greatest Albums” Countdown

PHILADELPHIA, PA The results of an online survey are in and listeners of WXPN 88.5 FM, the member-supported radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, will hear the news when the station begins its playback of the "885 All Time Greatest Albums." The countdown, which begins at 6:00 a.m. on September 27 and concludes with the number one album being played on October 13, marks the one-year anniversary of WXPN's move to its new studios at 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. WXPN shares the building with the independently-owned and operated World Cafe Live, a performance studio and restaurant named for the station’s flagship program, World Cafe®.

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Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert "Higher Ground" Simulacast Live on Philadelphia Public Radio

New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis headlines 5-hour event at Lincoln Center in New York…

Elvis Costello, Norah Jones and Paul Simon are some of the many musicians scheduled to perform during Higher Ground: A Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. Philadelphia-area public radio stations WHYY (90.9 FM), WRTI (90.1 FM) and WXPN (88.5 FM) will simultaneously broadcast the five-hour music event, which is a fundraiser to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Higher Ground will also be broadcast on WHYY TV12 at 8 p.m.

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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 for the third consecutive year, while assistant general manager for programming, Bruce Warren, took home the award for Program Director of the Year, a category that included nominations from commercial radio stations.

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NPR To Provide National Distribution for Groundbreaking WXPN Contemporary Music Programs World Cafe® and Conversations From The World Cafe® Starting July 1

New Partnership Will Build Audience, Create New Media Opportunities For Critically Acclaimed Programs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Public Radio Station; NPR Expands Commitment to Cultural and Arts Programming

WASHINGTON—NPR has acquired exclusive national distribution rights to WXPN Philadelphia’s World Cafe and Conversations from the World Cafe, two of radio’s most popular, influential contemporary music shows. The agreement was announced today by WXPN and NPR.

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Singer Songwriters, Rockers, and More to Perform at the WXPN - All About The Music - Festival

Patti Smith and Her Band, Indigo Girls and Rodney Crowell are among the more than 27 acts scheduled for WXPN's biggest annual music event ever happening July 22-24 at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN (88.5 FM), the noncommercial public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, announced the line up for its 2005 "WXPN - All About The Music - Festival" presented by Subaru at Camden County's Wiggins Park, located on the Camden Waterfront.

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WXPN and World Cafe Live Honored By Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Recipients of the Business/Arts Partnership Award (Small or mid-size business with an arts organization).

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, and World Cafe Live, a live performance venue and restaurant, were presented with the Business/Arts Partnership Award by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at an Awards Luncheon on May 11. WXPN received a $1,000 donation as part of its award.

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2005 PRI Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Presented Jointly to Vinnie Curren and Roger LaMay

Full Text of PRI Press Release

CONTACT:
Dan Jensen
PRI
612.330.9212
djensen@pri.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Public Radio International (PRI) announces that the 2005 PRI Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been presented to Vinnie Curren and Roger LaMay (bios below) for their joint success in establishing triple-A station WXPN/Philadelphia as an essential cultural resource in that community.

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