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Douris will succeed Talia Schlanger as host starting in October

PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019): WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, today announced that Raina Douris will become the new host of World Cafe starting on October 7.

Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, comes to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She is also involved with Canada’s highest music honors: since 2017 she has hosted the Polaris Music Prize Gala, for which she is also a jury member, and she has also been a jury member for the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News. She succeeds Talia Schlanger as World Cafe host, who was also a CBC broadcaster before joining World Cafe in 2016. Schlanger announced earlier this year that she is leaving World Cafe in order to pursue new creative endeavors.

Douris began her career at Toronto rock station 102.1 the Edge, and then continued on to CBC Radio 3, where she hosted daily music-focused shows. In 2013, she was part of the team that launched Central Ontario Broadcasting’s Indie88 radio station, and served as its music director and afternoon host before moving to the morning show. In both 2014 and 2015 she was chosen as the “Best Radio Personality in Toronto” by Now Magazine readers for her work. She is a 2009 graduate of Ryerson University's Radio & Television Arts program.

“Raina brings a lot to World Cafe, including a deep love and knowledge of music and a refreshing way of communicating that on the radio and social platforms to a national audience,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay.

“Music is one of the deepest, most meaningful ways human beings can connect to each other,” said Douris. “It's a connection that can seem transcendent; almost magical. I've spent my life chasing that magic and I'm thrilled that the chase has led me to World Cafe. I can't wait to discover and share music with World Cafe's passionate, curious audience - and I look forward to approaching conversations with the artists who create that music with that same passion and curiosity -- to bring you real, genuine, thoughtful conversations you can't hear anywhere else.”

A unique daily program of musical discovery, World Cafe is where more than half a million listeners each week are introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, through exclusive interviews, performances and special features. It is recorded and produced at WXPN in Philadelphia, with additional exclusive content from its Nashville contributors and gathered from locations across the globe. World Cafe is distributed to more than 200 U.S. radio stations by NPR, and can be heard on WXPN from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

To learn more about World Cafe, visit http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe and http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/. Follow Raina Douris on Twitter and Instagram.

### About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.
A replay of the festival, broadcast at the exact time it took place 50 years ago, will air exclusively on WXPN PHILADELPHIA (AUGUS T 8, 2 019): In a 4-day exclusive radio event, Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM will present a minute-by-minute replay of the legendary Woodstock music festival exactly 50 years to the day and hour later.

Beginning at 5:07 pm ET on Thursday, August 15 on WXPN, “Woodstock - As It Happened - 50 Years On” will immediately transport listeners to Max Yasgur’s upstate New York farm for four days of music performed by 32 artists, in the 1969 event originally billed as the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair (now known simply as Woodstock), which started at 5:07 pm on Friday, August 15 and ended on Monday, August 18.

The innovative “as if you were there” broadcast on WXPN will include all of the culture-changing festival’s stage announcements, and even the breaks between artist sets, when bad weather stopped the original concert, to stay in sync with the timing and length of the original event. It will incorporate content found in Rhino Entertainment’s massive new collection, WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN - THE DEFINITIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE, containing 38 discs and 432 tracks, along with 267 previously unreleased audio tracks.

“ From the movie that came out in March of 1970, to the numerous collections of recordings released over the years, there has yet to be a full authentic musical account of the concert until now,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Associate General Manager for Programming. “WXPN is going to pay the most effective tribute to the music, the way it was originally performed, at exactly the same times the sets were performed to give our listeners a feel for how it all really went down. ” Warren added that WXPN’s epic Woodstock broadcast - which will be broadcast only once, and not archived - will be complemented by musical trips back to the year 1969 on Thursday, August 15 in WXPN’s weekly #TBT (Throwback Thursday) feature and on Saturday, August 17 in its weekly 50/50 feature (music from 50 years over 50 weeks, with a specific year featured every Saturday). “Woodstock - As It Happened - 50 Years On,” a WXPN radio exclusive, is made possible with support from Haverford Trust Company and Main Line Health. For more information about WXPN, visit xpn.org. # # # About WXPN
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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe , public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner . WX PN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org . The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org. Media Contact:
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-30+ artists will perform on 3 stages at 2 adjacent riverfront venues -Fun activities for kids in the 4-acre ‘Kids Corner Garden’

PHILADELPHIA (JULY 12, 2019): The set times for artists who will perform at its 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, taking place July 26, 27, and 28, were announced today by member-supported, non-commercial Philadelphia radio station WXPN 88.5 FM. The 26th edition of the popular, family-friendly XPoNential Music Festival will take place at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, both located on the Delaware Riverfront in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets are available at xpnfest.org.

2019 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FRIDAY, JULY 26

Wiggins Park (gates open at 3:30 PM)

Marina Stage
4:00-4:30 Foxtrot & The Get Down
5:10-5:50 Rayland Baxter
6:50-7:35 Christone “Kingish” Ingram

River Stage
4:35-5:05 Nilüfer Yanya
5:55-6:45 Bettye LaVette
7:40-9:00 Dawes

BB&T Pavilion (doors open at 5:30 PM)

7:30-8:00 Killiam Shakespeare
8:30-9:15 Japanese Breakfast
9:45 Hozier

SATURDAY, JULY 27
Wiggins Park (gates open at 11:30 AM)

Marina Stage
12:00-12:25 The Vaughns
12:55-1:35 Y La Bamba
2:15-2:55 Caroline Rose
3:45-4:30 J.S. Ondara
5:30-6:15 The McCrary Sisters

River Stage

12:25-12:55 Ali Awan
1:35-2:15 Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
2:55-3:40 Low Cut Connie
4:35-5:25 The Wood Brothers
6:20-7:25 St. Paul & The Broken Bones

BB&T Pavilion (doors open at 6 PM)

7:30 Blondie
9:45 Elvis Costello & The Imposters

SUNDAY, JULY 28

Wiggins Park (gates open at 11:30 AM)

Marina Stage
12:30-1:00 Zeek Burse
1:50-2:35 The War and Treaty
3:30-4:10 Gregory Alan Isakov
5:15-6;00 Ruston Kelly
7:10-7:55 Sean Ardoin


River Stage
12:00-12:30 RFA
1:05-1:45 Dave Hause & The Mermaid
2:40-3:25 Lucy Dacus
4:15-5:10 Kathleen Edwards
6:05-7:05 Guster
8:00-9:15 Amy Ray Band (Indigo Girls)

    KIDS CORNER GARDEN

As part of the XPoNential Music Festival, kids can join WXPN’s award-winning Kids Corner program host Kathy O’Connell and her special guests inside the Kids Corner Garden for free face painting, glitter tattoos, and more on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from 11:30 AM to 5 PM. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play as well as shade trees, benches and a fun water “sprayground.”

TICKETS
• The 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass with access to both Friday and Saturday shows at BB&T Pavilion start at $170 for the general public and $15 for children ages 2-12.
• Single-day passes for Wiggins Park range from $45-60 for the general public and just $5 for children ages 2-12.
• Festival Pass Upgrades are available for Friday and Saturday and turns that night’s BB&T Pavilion ticket into one-day access to both venues for that one day. General public prices start at $55 on Friday and $69 on Saturday.
• WXPN Members save as much as 50% on festival tickets with a special offer code.

MEDIA INFO, ASSETS, CREDENTIALS
WXPN provides a limited amount of festival press passes to journalists on assignment. The application for press credentials is located at http://xpnfest.org/media-request. (Applications are requested by July 15.) All festival details can be found at www.xpnfest.org. Media inquiries may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ABOUT THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
This year’s festival is the 26th consecutive summer music festival produced and presented by WXPN. The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 15th year at Wiggins Park and 8th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All festival information can be found at xpnfest.org. Join and share #xpnfest on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

***** About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 27 | BB&T PAVILION
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS + BLONDIE

SATURDAY, JULY 27 AND SUNDAY, JULY 28 | WIGGINS PARK
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, AMY RAY BAND, GUSTER

Saturday Tickets Go Onsale to the General Public this Saturday, April 6 at 10am

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 2, 2019): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced the artists who will perform on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at its 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. The annual three-day festival will take place Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion, located next to each other on the Camden, New Jersey riverfront.

In partnership with promoter Live Nation, WXPN will present ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS and BLONDIE in evening performances at BB&T Pavilion on Saturday, July 27. Artists who will perform at Wiggins Park that day include ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, THE WOOD BROTHERS, LOW CUT CONNIE, J.S. ONDARA, SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS, CAROLINE ROSE, THE McCRARY SISTERS, ALI AWAN and THE VAUGHNS.

Then on Sunday, July 28 the following artists will perform at Wiggins Park: AMY RAY BAND (Indigo Girls), GUSTER, KATHLEEN EDWARDS, GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV, DAVE HAUSE & THE MERMAID, LUCY DACUS, THE WAR AND TREATY, RUSTON KELLY, SEAN ARDOIN, RFA, and ZEEK BURSE.

Tickets for the Saturday, July 27 performances at BB&T Pavilion with a “Saturday Festival Access” add-on option for Wiggins Park stages will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 6. See all ticket options including 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes available at xpnfest.org.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 15th year at Wiggins Park and 8th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the family-friendly XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders.

The XPoNential Music Festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current artist and ticket information for the XPoNential Music Festival including the previously announced HOZIER show at BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 26 is located at the festival website www.xpnfest.org. The festival hashtag is #xpnfest and can be found on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

***** About WXPN
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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion
The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 29 for Hozier, Dawes and more artists performing on Friday, July 26

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 26, 2019): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced the artists who will perform on Friday, July 26 at its 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. The annual three-day festival will take place Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion, located next to each other on the Camden, New Jersey riverfront.

In partnership with promoter Live Nation, WXPN will present Irish musician-singer-songwriter HOZIER with special guests JAPANESE BREAKFAST and KILLIAM SHAKESPEARE in evening performances at BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 26. Artists who will perform at Wiggins Park that day include DAWES, BETTYE LAVETTE, RAYLAND BAXTER, NILÜFER YANYA, CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM, and FOXTROT & THE GET DOWN.

Tickets for these Friday, July 26 performances at BB&T Pavilion with a “Festival Access” add-on option for Wiggins Park stages will go on sale this Friday, March 29 at xpnfest.org.

WXPN will release the Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 artist lineups for the XPoNential Music Festival over the next two weeks as additional ticket options become available.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 15th year at Wiggins Park and 8th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the family-friendly XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders.

The XPoNential Music Festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current artist and ticket information for the XPoNential Music Festival is located at the festival website www.xpnfest.org. The festival hashtag is #xpnfest and can be found on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

***** About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

About Live Nation Entertainment Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.
“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” will be broadcast by US public radio stations during Black History Month (February), including WXPN and WRTI

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 15, 2019) : A new radio documentary that explores the history of black gospel music and illustrates its significant influence on the formation of rock and soul music will be broadcast by US radio stations in February, during Black History Month. Hosted by GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN and distributed by NPR. Through in-depth interviews with artists and dozens of songs (including many archival selections), the four-hour documentary illuminates the profound impact that gospel music has made on popular music.

The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul documentary is the culmination of WXPN’s year-long project of the same name, that featured prominent gospel and contemporary music artists, historians, and experts contributing their research and insights to a media-rich website ( xpngospelroots.org ), in addition to a series of sold-out gospel music concerts, film screenings, and panel discussions. The project and radio documentary are supported by a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage . “The project demonstrated the enormous role that black gospel music played in the birth of rock and roll, and its continuing influence on popular music genres, including soul and R&B,” said Co-Executive Producer and WXPN Assistant Station Manager for Programming Bruce Warren. “The radio documentary explores these connections as a way of reinstituting gospel's central place within the history of American popular music.”

Host CeCe Winans said, “Gospel music’s influence on early R&B, soul, and rock and roll is significant, and the stories we tell and share in the documentary wonderfully illustrate that. It was a pleasure working on the documentary - there is so much richness, detail and respect for the history that went into the making of it. As a gospel musician myself, it’s important for music fans and listeners to learn how much gospel music serves as the foundation for so many other music genres.” The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul documentary consists of four one-hour segments, and starts with the history and foundation of black gospel from spirituals, and how those songs informed the music of the great gospel quartets. In examining how rock, soul and R&B grew from the roots of gospel, it highlights such highly influential artists as Sam Cooke, who transitioned from gospel to secular music; Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her early rock stylings; and Elvis Presley, who helped expose white audiences to gospel music. Examples of some of the most beloved contemporary pop music of the last 60 years from artists such as Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and Ray Charles illustrate gospel music’s influence. Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul also features exclusive live performances recorded by WXPN within the last year from gospel groups The Fairfield Four, The McCrary Sisters, and The Dixie Hummingbirds. In Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, North Jersey and the Poconos, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul will be broadcast by WXPN 88.5 FM in four parts, on February 4, 5, 6 and 7 (at 8 pm ET). It will also be broadcast by WRTI 90.1 FM to Philadelphia listeners in four parts, on February 10, 17, 24 and March 3 (at 8:00 am ET).

Other radio stations and markets where Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul can be heard during February include KALW (San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose), KUNC and the Colorado Sound (Denver), WMFE (Orlando), WEAA (Baltimore), and WKNO (Memphis), among others, while numerous radio stations will broadcast it at other times. It will also air during the World Cafe music program (produced by WXPN and distributed nationwide by NPR) during the first week of March. Executive producers of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul are Bruce Warren, who also is Executive Producer of World Cafe , and WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. It is produced by Alex Lewis, an award-winning independent radio producer and musician whose projects include Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio, among others.

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul , visit http://xpngospelroots.org. # # #
Dye also names his top 5 essential funk songs

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PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 12, 2018): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN will celebrate 25 years of Funky Friday, its popular Friday afternoon program of funk music, by presenting three free dance parties on November 1, 2 and 3. Funky Friday host David Dye will leave the WXPN studios to visit Ardmore, Lancaster, and Easton, Pennsylvania, where he will spin the funky tunes that mark the end of the work week on WXPN 88.5 FM.

Admission to each of the three Funky Friday dance parties is free with RSVP starting Monday at October 15 at xpn.org:

● Thursday, Nov. 1 at Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003) 7 pm to 10 pm

● Friday, Nov. 2 at Tellus360 (24 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602) 4 pm to 8 pm featuring live WXPN “Funky Friday” radio broadcast from 4 pm to 7 pm

● Saturday, Nov. 3 at the State Theater at Bacon Festival (453 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042) 6 pm to 9 pm

Since mid-1995, Dye has hosted Funky Friday, which was launched on a hot Friday afternoon in August 1993 by then-WXPN DJ Elise Brown. As the show grew in popularity, it has expanded in length, and can now be heard every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Dye, who hosted WXPN’s nationally-syndicated music program World Cafe from 1992 to 2017, was already widely known as “Mr. Friday Night” from hosting The Friday Flashback for more than a decade on Philly radio station WIOQ-FM before he joined WXPN. That show evolved into a weekly, live radio broadcast from West Philadelphia nightclub the Chestnut Cabaret, featuring Dye spinning rhythmic music. “So I feel like I understand listeners’ Friday night mindset pretty well by now,” he laughed.

For Funky Friday, Dye is liable to spin anything funky from the 1950s to brand new funk, but music from the predominantly funky 1970s is always well-represented (and requested). Dye creates special features for the show’s 6 pm hour, such as artist blocks, funk songs from specific years, and themes such as “brothers and sisters” (Sister Sledge and the Neville Brothers, for example). About 20 percent of Funky Friday content is listener requests.

When asked about the show’s enduring popularity with WXPN members and listeners, Dye takes little credit. “Funk is the ultimate party music because it’s so upbeat,” he said. “It’s about having fun, so it’s perfect for the transition from the work week into the weekend, and it gets everybody happy and moving. It's impossible not to dance, even in your car seat or in front of the stove. Over the years I have received many videos of kids and their parents funkin' out."

As part of the show’s 25th anniversary celebration, Dye has put together a “Funk Essentials” Spotify playlist and provided this “Top Five” list of funk songs that are guaranteed to get the party started:

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About WXPN
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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

Saturday, October 20 at African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 4, 2018): As part of its multi-platform Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul project, Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM invites the public to enjoy the St. Thomas Gospel Choir in concert at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151) in the city’s Overbrook section on Saturday, October 20. Doors will open at 6 pm for the 7 pm show, which is free for all ages to attend with RSVP.

One of Philadelphia’s best known and most active church choirs, the St. Thomas Gospel Choir currently consists of sixty musicians and singers who share their music at more than 100 services, programs, concerts and celebrations every year. Among other highlights, the choir has performed at the grand opening celebration for the Museum of the American Revolution, and for the “We Rise Nation Tour” with CNN’s Van Jones in partnership with Jay-Z's Roc Nation at the Fillmore Theater.

The choir won the “2016 Best in the Philadelphia Area in Gospel Music Category” in the PHL Live Event. In 2015, it was the featured choir for the Installation Services held at the Washington National Cathedral for the current Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American Presiding Bishop for the United States Episcopal Churches.

According to Bruce Warren, WXPN Associate General Manager for Programming and Co-Executive Producer of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, “It’s important for us to present and support some of the many talented gospel groups in Philadelphia alongside some of the nationally-known groups that are part of this project. We’re very pleased to bring WXPN members and listeners to St. Thomas to enjoy a fantastic gospel music performance.”

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores the history of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. In Philadelphia, the project’s concert series has previously presented the Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Fairfield Four, The Campbell Brothers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The McCrary Sisters, among others. All events are free and suitable for all ages. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

A maximum of two tickets are available per registrant for the free October 20 concert. To RSVP, visit XPN Gospel Roots RSVP.

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, visit XPN Gospel Roots. More about commercial-free, member-supported WXPN can be found at XPN.

# # # About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.


WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project presents “one of the most influential gospel groups of all time” at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AUGUST 8, 2018): A free, all-ages concert featuring gospel music legends the Dixie Hummingbirds will take place Wednesday, August 29 as part of Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s multi-platform Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project. Performance location is World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia), where doors will open at 7 PM for the 8 PM performance. Admission is free with RSVP.

The Dixie Hummingbirds

Among the longest-lived and most successful groups of their era, the Dixie Hummingbirds are world renowned for their imaginative arrangements, progressive harmonies, and all-around versatility. Their influence has spread not only over the world of spiritual music, but also inspired secular artists ranging from Jackie Wilson to Bobby "Blue" Bland to the Temptations.

The Dixie Hummingbirds group was formed in 1928 by James B. Davis in Greenville, South Carolina. Their recording debut was in 1939 on Decca, and their singles include "Soon Will Be Done with the Troubles of This World," "Little Wooden Church," and "Joshua Journeyed to Jericho." In 1942 the group relocated to Philadelphia, where Davis bought a house at 23rd and Girard Avenue, and used it as a rehearsal space. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia commemorated the the rich heritage of the Dixie Hummingbirds with a historical marker dedicated there.

“A celebration of gospel music would be incomplete without The Dixie Hummingbirds,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager for Programming and Co-Executive Producer of the Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project. “It’s extra special that such an important and significant part of gospel history has been based in Philadelphia for so many years, and we’re incredibly honored they will be performing a special concert for our Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project.”

Many know the Dixie Hummingbirds’ melodious voices from when they backed up Paul Simon on his 1973 hit "Love Me Like a Rock," and their own version of the song that later won them a GRAMMYⓇ award. They were the subjects of the critically-acclaimed 1995 film directed by Ashley James, We Love You Like a Rock. In 2000, they were ceremoniously deemed a "national treasure" by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. One of their uniforms and GRAMMY award is on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores the history of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. All events are free and suitable for all ages. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

To RSVP for this free concert, visit http://xpngospelroots.org/dixie-hummingbirds-rsvp/

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, visit http://xpngospelroots.org/.

More about commercial-free, member-supported WXPN can be found at http://xpn.org.

# # # About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.
PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 12, 2018): More artists have been added to the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru and the daily festival lineup has been announced. WXPN, the non- commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, produces the annual summer music festival, which will take place from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at Wiggins Park on the Delaware Riverfront in Camden, New Jersey. The festival also features Friday and Saturday night performances at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion.

Artists who’ll be joining the previously-announced lineup are Blind Boys of Alabama, Darlingside, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, &More (Donn T & Chill Moody), Greg Sover Band, Matt Cappy, and Harmony Woods.

The daily lineup of artists is as follows:

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Wiggins Park
Bermuda Triangle featuring Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser
The Lone Bellow
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
Greg Sover Band
Swift Technique

BB&T Pavilion
David Byrne
Sylvan Esso

SATURDAY, JULY 28

Wiggins Park
Margo Price
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Mondo Cozmo
Sunflower Bean
Courtney Marie Andrews
Jupiter & Okwess
Hurry
&More (Donn T & Chill Moody)
Matt Cappy

BB&T Pavilion
The War On Drugs
Sturgill Simpson
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

SUNDAY, JULY 29

Wiggins Park
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Blind Boys of Alabama
Phoebe Bridgers
Tank and The Bangas
JD McPherson
Hiss Golden Messenger
Lo Moon
Darlingside
Mt. Joy
Devon Gilfillian
Harmony Woods

TICKETS -The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to evening shows at BB&T Pavilion. -Anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $30 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes. -Advance ticket prices below will be available through July 11. WXPN Members pay half price for 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

3-Day Go Everywhere Pass
Public $150
WXPN Member $75
Child age 2-12 $15


To purchase these, go to the festival website: xpnfest To become a WXPN member, go to https://xpn.org/donate

ABOUT THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL This year’s festival is the 25th consecutive summer music festival produced and presented by WXPN. The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 14th year at Wiggins Park and 7th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current information can be found at xpnfest. Join and share #xpnfest on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.