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WXPN Launches "Power of Song" During September to Highlight Music's Impact On Politics and Culture

Program will feature interviews with Billy Bragg, Ani Difranco, Dixie Chicks, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne, Merle Haggard, Gil Scott-Heron, and others.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2008 - WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Album Adult Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania will debut "Power of Song," a radio and Web based series highlighting music and musicians that have had an impact on society and culture.  In interviews and short-form profiles "Power of Song" explores the intersection between music and politics, tracing the history of music rich in social commentary.

Drawing on diverse styles from folk to funk to jazz and blues, Power of Song will both enlighten and entertain. It will be available to listeners on-air and online. WXPN will broadcast the pieces three times a day and the audience will also be able to listen and download the program from the station's Web site. The web component will offer related video and additional resources to complement each song profile. This unique program will only run during September.

"In the context of the election year we thought it would be an excellent public service to let the music do the talking about some serious political, cultural and social issues that in some part still impact our lives," said Bruce Warren, WXPN, program director.  "I don't believe you will find a more varied list of artists to talk about how songs have shaped or colored politics, culture and society in this country. Some of these songs have had an historical impact on this country or have been indirectly responsible for political or social change. It's an opportunity to understand how artists see culture and political change from the artists' perspectives."

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WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org and XPoNentialMusic.org.

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