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30th Anniversary of WXPN’s Kids Corner radio show to be celebrated April 20-22 in Philadelphia

Special guest Dr. Demento will be part of KindieComm Trout Fishing in America will headline 30th anniversary concert

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 9, 2018): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its award-winning radio show Kids Corner later this month. Events will include the Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, April 22, and the biennial professional gathering of “kindie” (independent kids’ music) artists called KindieComm on April 20 & 21. Both events will take place at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.), the live music venue that shares a building with WXPN.

Kids Corner, America’s longest-running, daily call-in radio show just for kids, launched on WXPN January 4, 1988 with host Kathy O’Connell, who was joined by producer Robert Drake the following day. A grant from the William Penn Foundation helped to establish the unique program. In recognition of Kids Corner’s success in educating, entertaining and inspiring young listeners, it has earned more than 20 broadcasting awards for excellence and originality, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the Major Edwin Armstrong Award. In 2009, Philadelphia’s famed Mural Arts Program dedicated a Kids Corner mural made by Philly school kids at 43rd & Locust Streets in West Philadelphia.

“Kids Corner has sparked the imaginations and provided safe harbor for a generation of children who have grown up and have kids of their own who are now tuning in,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Kathy is a national treasure, and all of us in the XPN community applaud her impact.”

Broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday on WXPN and online at xpn.org, the show is known for its lively mix of stimulating topics, kids’ interactions with O’Connell (known as just “Kathy” to her listeners) and her special guests, and lots of fun music. KindieComm and the Kids Corner Music Festival, both produced by WXPN, have grown from Kids Corner’s role as a prominent and respected showcase for kindie music.

“We’ve invited some of our all-time favorite kindie artists to join us for these special 30th anniversary events because their music is loved by the listeners of Kids Corner - and me,” said O’Connell.

The kindie artists who will perform at the Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert (open to the public) are Trout Fishing in America, Lard Dog and The Band of Shy, The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, and Billy Kelly. Artists participating in an industry showcase and/or sessions as part of KindieComm (industry members only) are Trout Fishing in America, Billy Jonas, Little Miss Ann, Jason Didner and Jungle Gym Jam, Michael and the Rockness Monsters, Señor Fancypants, and The Microphone Doctors, among others. Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell will interview Dr. Demento, the legendary American radio broadcaster and novelty song producer, in one of KindieComm’s industry sessions.

The Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert starts at 10:15 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) on Sunday, April 22 at World Cafe Live. Tickets are available at here.

More about KindieComm can be found at http://kindiecomm.org.

More about Kids Corner can be found at the show’s website, http://kidscorner.org.

WXPN ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS PERFORMING AT 2018 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU - FRIDAY, JULY 27 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 29 IN CAMDEN, NJ

Performers at Wiggins Park include Bermuda Triangle feat. Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser /Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band / The Lone Bellow / Margo Price / / Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real / Femi Kuti & The Positive Force / Tank and The Bangas / JD McPherson / Hiss Golden Messenger / Phoebe Bridgers / Lo Moon / Mondo Cozmo / Sunflower Bean / Courtney Marie Andrews / Mt. Joy / Jupiter & Okwess / Devon Gilfillian / Hurry / Swift Technique

3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale TODAY, March 13 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 13, 2018): The initial lineup of artists performing at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront in the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru has been announced by WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania. The festival will take place from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion.

Artists who’ll perform at Wiggins Park’s two stages reflect WXPN’s commitment to the festival’s musical diversity, and include Bermuda Triangle featuring Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser; Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band; The Lone Bellow; Margo Price; Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real; Femi Kuti & The Positive Force; Tank and the Bangas; JD McPherson; Hiss Golden Messenger; Phoebe Bridgers; Lo Moon; Mondo Cozmo; Sunflower Bean; Courtney Marie Andrews; Mt. Joy; Jupiter & Okwess; Devon Gilfillian; Hurry; and Swift Technique. More artists will be announced.

WXPN previously announced that it has again teamed with promoter Live Nation to present XPoNential Music Festival performances at BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28 by David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Starting today, Tuesday, March 13:
- The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass that provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows will be available as of 10 a.m.
- 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: http://xpnfest.org
To become a WXPN member, go to https://xpn.org/donate

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.org. Join and share #xpnfest on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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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.

WXPN’S MULTI-PLATFORM GOSPEL ROOTS OF ROCK AND SOUL WILL ILLUMINATE GOSPEL MUSIC’S INFLUENCES

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and content-rich website, WXPN will explore the roots of gospel and its influence on secular popular music

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 15, 2018): Gospel music’s significant influence on American popular music will be explored in Philadelphia and beyond through Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, a new multi-platform project from Philadelphia public radio station WXPN that launches today on air and online. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project will offer free events and performances, and local and national radio broadcasts, including a national radio documentary. Online, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul provides an in-depth, interactive experience with interviews, music, videos, and other ongoing, exclusive contributions from some of the most acclaimed and authoritative voices in gospel and popular music.

“Our aim is to illuminate and educate, as well as to celebrate gospel music and its impact on secular music, as Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul brings together those who may be new to gospel music with faith-based audiences,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Listeners of WXPN and our nationally-syndicated music program World Cafe will embrace the gospel roots found in much of the pop, rock and soul music they have long enjoyed, while fans of gospel music will appreciate its wide-ranging influence on popular music.” LaMay and Bruce Warren, WXPN’s Associate General Manager for Programming, are the project’s executive producers.

These Gospel Roots events are scheduled, with more to be announced:

On February 25 at Prince Theater in Philadelphia (1412 Chestnut St.), the first Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul event will be a free screening of the new documentary film about gospel music’s role in the birth of rock and roll, How They Got Over, featuring a talk by Robert Clem, the film’s writer and director. The project’s first gospel music concert will take place on March 8 at First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.), featuring the church’s heralded choir. On March 29, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers will perform their historically significant songs of faith and hope at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.). The a capella singers Fairfield Four and the American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers will perform at World Cafe Live on June 9.

“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul will draw upon and highlight Philly's deep gospel history, contributions, and talented voices,” said Warren, who led a team that conducted extensive field work and research for the project. Future events will also showcase some of the most recognized gospel artists performing today, including Dixie Hummingbirds and The McCrary Sisters, as well as contemporary artists whose music is deeply influenced by gospel music, such as Luther Dickinson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded WXPN two previous grants for similarly deep musical investigations: one for the Mississippi Blues Project (2013), a series of Philadelphia-based live concerts featuring Delta blues artists, and Zydeco Crossroads (2015) a year-long musical project that included live performances, a radio series, a website, and a documentary film, Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities. Like these projects, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul supports WXPN’s mission to connect artists with audiences, and to expand the capacity, reach and value of its services to an increasingly diverse community.

More information will be released about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul concerts and activities through early 2019. For more information, visit its website (http://www.xpngospelroots.org) and xpn.org.
WXPN/Philadelphia brings new artist Mt. Joy to public radio listeners across the US through Slingshot emerging artist project
New collective effort with NPR Music and VuHaus drives music discovery

Videos and interviews at npr.org/slingshot2018

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 9, 2018): NPR Music and program directors from VuHaus’ public radio music station network, including WXPN/Philadelphia, today revealed a list of 20 artists being supported by Slingshot, the new collective effort among taste-making stations to elevate the profiles of exceptional emerging artists. The list includes the new Philadelphia band Mt. Joy, selected for inclusion by WXPN. The Slingshot video, interview and live event series launched in September and featured three artists selected by the collective: Lo Moon, Jamila Woods and Big Thief. As these artists traveled around the country, public radio stations including WXPN produced videos, conducted interviews, and recorded live performances that appeared both on-air and online at NPR.org/Slingshot.
In a larger effort for 2018, each member music station selected one new artist to include, with more to be added to the list throughout the year. Today, World Cafe, the daily two-hour music program produced by WXPN and distributed by NPR to more than 200 US radio stations, will introduce many of the new Slingshot artists. It will air at 2 PM ET on WXPN (check other local listings here). They will also be highlighted on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast.

WXPN’s selected artist, Mt. Joy, is from Philadelphia (their name is an ode to Mt. Joy, located in Valley Forge National Park) and currently based in Los Angeles. The band’s Matt Quinn (vocals/guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar) have been making music together since 2005, but it wasn’t until 2016 when they began writing songs that would become their streaming hits “Astrovan,” “Sheep,” and “Silver Lining.” The addition of Michael Byrnes (bass), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), and Jackie Miclau (keys) expanded the duo to a five-piece band, and their first full-length album, recorded in Los Angeles with Dualtone Records, is due early this year.

“Hearing Mt. Joy for the first time reminded me of the first time I heard August and Everything After, the debut album by Counting Crows,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager of Programming, who was instrumental in the formation of Slingshot along with WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Like the ‘Crows on their debut, Mt. Joy bring together elements of old school classic rock and Americana with well-crafted songs that drip with nostalgia, and lots of well-placed sing-along moments. Quinn is an emotionally powerful singer whose phrasing is filled with yearning and longing, yet offers plenty of redemption.”

MT. JOY

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In an additional sign of support, WXPN has also named Mt. Joy its “Artist to Watch” for January. Since 2003, the Artists to Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences more fully discover each artist.
“Music discovery is at the heart of what WXPN and World Cafe are about,” said Warren. “Through Slingshot, we’re excited to be working with our colleagues to help such talented new artists reach even more audiences.”

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About NPR Music
NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member Stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit NPR.org/music to find the complete Tiny Desk Concerts series, live music, extensive archives of performances, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres.

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. About VuHaus VuHaus (pronounced “view house”) is a collaboration of public radio and television stations from across the country, deeply rooted in their local music communities. We share a common mission to support artists and be a source of music discovery for audiences around the world. VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization, with an aim to be true partners to artists while providing a unique window into the country's most vibrant music scenes. The VuHaus network includes public radio stations WFUV in New York City, KCRW in Los Angeles, KXT in Dallas/Ft. Worth, WXPN in Philadelphia, KEXP in Seattle, KDHX in St. Louis, opbmusic in Portland, KUTX in Austin, KTBG The Bridge in Kansas City, Mountain Stage in West Virginia, WGBH in Boston, Houston Public Media, WMOT in Nashville, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Colorado’s KSUT, KVNF, KSJD, KRCC, KRFC and The Colorado Sound, Vocalo in Chicago and NV89 in Reno. VuHaus receives funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is operated by its founding partner, Public Media Company, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing the impact of public media through innovation and strategic partnerships.
WXPN AND LIVE NATION ANNOUNCE
DAVID BYRNE
SYLVAN ESSO
WILL PLAY THE 2018 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU
FRIDAY, JULY 27 - BB&T PAVILION IN CAMDEN, NJ
2018 XPo
Nential Music Festival dates are July 27, 28 & 29


Tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 AM

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 8, 2018): Another stellar night of live music will take place on Friday, July 27 as WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed up with promoter Live Nation to present performances at BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront as part of WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Performing on Friday July 27, 2018 at the BB&T Pavilion will be David Byrne and Sylvan Esso.

David Byrne (who will perform with a band) and Sylvan Esso join the previously-announced festival lineup at BB&T Pavilion for Saturday, July 28 featuring The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

David Byrne is founding member, principal songwriter, and lead singer and guitarist of the pioneering rock band Talking Heads, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also an Oscar, GRAMMY and Golden Globe winner. He is expected to release an anticipated new album early this year. The Durham, North Carolina-based electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso is singer-lyricist Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, whose 2017 sophomore album What Now is nominated for a GRAMMY award in the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” category.

The 2018 XPoNential Music Festival will take place Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved seat tickets for this Friday, July 27 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 12 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

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.

The complete lineup of artists performing at the festival will be announced and more details will follow at a future date.

All current information regarding the annual XPoNential Music Festival is located at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @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.
WXPN AND LIVE NATION ANNOUNCE
THE WAR ON DRUGS
STURGILL SIMPSON
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
WILL PLAY THE 2018 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU
SATURDAY, JULY 28 - BB&T PAVILION IN CAMDEN, NJ
2018 XPoNential Music Festival dates are July 27, 28 & 29

Tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 AM

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 13, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed up with promoter Live Nation to present performances at BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront as part of WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Performing on Saturday night July 28, 2018 at the BB&T Pavilion will be The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The War On Drugs
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sturgill Simpson

This will be the third appearance for the popular band The War On Drugs, who played the festival in 2008 and 2012. 2018 will mark the third consecutive year that Preservation Hall Jazz Band has played the event, and the first appearance by Sturgill Simpson, whose album A Sailor's Guide to Earth won the GRAMMY for Best Country Album earlier this year.

The 2018 XPoNential Music Festival will take place Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved and lawn tickets for the Saturday, July 28 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 15 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

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.

The complete lineup of artists performing at the festival will be announced and more details will follow at a future date.

All current information regarding the annual XPoNential Music Festival is located at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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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.

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.
Stephen Kallao PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 4, 2017):  WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, announced that Stephen Kallao has joined the program as Contributing Host, as of today. As Contributing Host, Kallao will assist in producing the program’s radio and digital special features and conduct interviews with a wide variety of musicians. He is based in Philadelphia.

  Kallao is a Chicago native with 20-plus years’ experience in hosting, programming, copywriting, and production for commercial and noncommercial radio stations, including WYMS and WLUM in Milwaukee; KUFO and KNRK in Portland, OR; and 91X in San Diego. He received multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Awards, including two for Best Radio Show, among others for Best Interview, Best Specialty Programming, and more. Recently, he was Director of Imaging, Radio Content for online music service Slacker, Inc., in San Diego.  

Kallao is a Chicago native with 20-plus years’ experience in hosting, programming, copywriting, and production for commercial and noncommercial radio stations, including WYMS and WLUM in Milwaukee; KUFO and KNRK in Portland, OR; and 91X in San Diego. He received multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Awards, including two for Best Radio Show, among others for Best Interview, Best Specialty Programming, and more. Recently, he was Director of Imaging, Radio Content for online music service Slacker, Inc., in San Diego.

“I’m so excited to welcome Stephen to the team here at World Cafe,” said host Talia Schlanger. “Not only is his passion for music infectious, but he has the experience, chops and drive to bring that passion to life on the radio. I know our listeners will love sharing in Stephen’s musical taste, and I can’t wait to do the same!”

"When I worked at Radio Milwaukee, we constantly name-checked WXPN and World Cafe as examples of 'the right way to do things,' said Kallao. “To be extended an invite from a group that ‘gets it’ is unbelievably humbling. I'm excited to work with an undeniable talent like Talia Schlanger, and to learn from her, Executive Producer Bruce Warren, and the entire team at WXPN. Thanks to Kevin Stapleford and Slacker Radio for giving me a near unlimited runway to build some great things. Can't wait to get started building again at WXPN." A unique daily program of musical discovery, World Cafe is where more than a half 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. Hosted by Talia Schlanger, it is recorded and produced at WXPN in Philadelphia with additional exclusive content gathered at its Nashville hub and from other locations across the globe. World Cafe is distributed to more than 200 U.S. radio stations by NPR.  
WXPN, the member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, announced today that media strategist Larry Ceisler has been named Chair of the WXPN Policy Board.

Ceisler will serve as Chair for a term of three years. The Policy Board advises the university president and administration, including the WXPN general manager, on broad policies and plans pertaining to the overall management and direction of the station. The Chair and members are appointed by the President of the University of Pennsylvania. The 23-member board focuses on issues including WXPN’s mission, long-range goals and objectives, fundraising, budget and finance, as well as university and community service.

While serving as a WXPN Policy Board member, Ceisler was co-chair of WXPN’s World Cafe Next campaign, which raised more than $1 million for the program’s future investment.

“Larry has been an active and insightful board member,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “He brings decades of media experience to his new role on the board.”

Ceisler is a national leader in strategic communications, with more than 25 years of experience executing public affairs strategies, grassroots efforts and issue campaigns. As principal of Ceisler Media, he closely manages the activities of the firm, serving clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to regional businesses and non-profits. These include Comcast Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, AmeriHealth Caritas, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Ceisler is also a respected analyst of politics and government, having worked on the campaign and administration of Mayor W. Wilson Goode.

This new appointment is especially fitting, as Ceisler has close ties to the University of Pennsylvania community. His wife, Dr. Lina Hartocollis, is Dean of Students and Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work Program at the university’s School of Social Policy and Practice. His daughter Hannah is a senior majoring in English and creative writing. Ceisler also attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law.

“I believe WXPN is a true cultural treasure of our city, and I am profoundly honored to be named Chair,” said Ceisler. “Thanks to the University of Pennsylvania, I will work with my board members and the university to ensure that WXPN remains a leader in providing quality programming, and that its music continues to impact its listeners.”

Ceisler also serves as a board member for MANNA, a non-profit organization that delivers nutritious, medically appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to patients across the Delaware Valley and South Jersey who are battling life-threatening illnesses like cancer and HIV/AIDS. A native of Washington, Pennsylvania, Ceisler is a graduate of American University and Duquesne University School of Law.
  • OFFA REX (THE DECEMBERISTS & OLIVIA CHANEY), FOXYGEN, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF and PINEGROVE join festival lineup
  • Also added: THE DOVE & THE WOLF, NO GOOD SISTER, SWIFT TECHNIQUE, HURRY and HARDWORK MOVEMENT


PHILADELPHIA (MAY 5, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced additions to the lineup of artists performing in its 2017 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. The annual 3-day outdoor music festival will take place from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Full event details are at www.xpnfest.org.

ARTIST LINEUP ADDITIONS Just announced are Offa Rex (The Decemberists & Olivia Chaney), Foxygen, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Pinegrove, performing at the two stages in Wiggins Park. Plus, Philadelphia-area artists just announced who will perform at the festival include The Dove & The Wolf, No Good Sister, Swift Technique, Hurry and Hardwork Movement.

These artists join previously-announced Wiggins Park performers Drive-By Truckers, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Angel Olsen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Strand of Oaks, David Bromberg Quintet, Joseph, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, Arkells, Davy Knowles, Brownout, Adia Victoria, and Xenia Rubinos. More Wiggins Park artists and the full festival schedule will be announced.

Artists who will perform at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion as part of the XPoNential Music Festival are Wilco, Conor Oberst, and Hop Along on Friday, July 28, and Amos Lee and Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Spoon, along with special guests The Suffers and Chicano Batman, on Saturday, July 29. For all artist updates, visit www.xpnfest.org.

TICKETS -The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows, with the option to upgrade to reserved seating at BB&T Pavilion for evening shows there on July 28 and 29. To purchase, visit www.xpnfest.org/#tickets -Anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $25 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes: http://xpn.org/support-xpn/discover-xpn-membership -Single-day tickets are available for the July 29 & July 30 shows at BB&T Pavilion. For tickets: http://xpnfest.org/#tickets. Single-day Go-Everywhere Passes and tickets for Wiggins Park shows will become available in July.

FESTIVAL PREVIEW!

Amos Lee joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band to play a surprise Midnight Preserves show together on April 30 In New Orleans. PHOTO: Marc Millan

Last Sunday, April 30 during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Amos Lee joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band to provide audience members with a preview of their XPoNential Music Festival show together on Saturday, July 29 at the BB&T Pavilion.

ABOUT XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 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 13th year at Wiggins Park and 6th 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 2017 XPoNential Music Festival information is at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest! Twitter @xpnfest, Facebook facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram @wxpnfm.

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Hi-res artist photos are available upon request

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, 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. www.xpn.org.
WXPN ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS PERFORMING AT 2017 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU FRIDAY, JULY 28 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 30 IN CAMDEN, NJ
Performers at Wiggins Park include Drive-By Truckers / Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires / Angel Olsen / Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Strand of Oaks / David Bromberg Quintet / Joseph / Dave Hause / The Arkells / Davy Knowles / Brownout / Adia Victoria / Xenia Rubinos

3-Day Go Everywhere passes are on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 21, 2017): The initial lineup of artists performing at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront in the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru has been announced by WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania. The festival will take place from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion.

Artists who’ll perform at the two stages in Wiggins Park reflect the Festival’s commitment to musical diversity, and include Drive-By Truckers, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Angel Olsen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Strand of Oaks, David Bromberg Quintet, Joseph, Dave Hause, The Arkells, Davy Knowles, Brownout, Adia Victoria and Xenia Rubinos. More artists will be announced.

As previously announced, WXPN has again teamed with promoter Live Nation to present these XPoNential Music Festival performances at BB&T Pavilion on July 28 & 29: Wilco, Conor Oberst, Amos Lee and Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Spoon, and more.

The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere pass that provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows will be available as of 10 a.m., Friday, March 24 with the option to upgrade to reserved seating at BB&T Pavilion for evening shows there on July 28 and 29. Starting today, anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $25 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

Advance ticket prices below will be available for a limited time. WXPN Members at any level pay half price for 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass3-Day Go Everywhere Pass Plus 100 Level Seats3-Day Go Everywhere Pass Plus 200 Level Seats
Public $140 $247 $229
WXPN Member$70 $177$159
Child age 2-12 $15$122 $104


To purchase these, go to http://xpnfest.org/#tickets
To become a WXPN member, go to http://xpn.org/support-xpn/discover-xpn-membership

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 13th year at Wiggins Park and 6th 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 2017 XPoNential Music Festival information is at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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Hi-res artist photos are available

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, 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. www.xpn.org.