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WXPN AND LIVE NATION ANNOUNCE AMOS LEE & FRIENDS FEATURING PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, SPOON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE SUFFERS AND CHICANO BATMAN

SATURDAY, JULY 29 | BB&T PAVILION, CAMDEN, NJ AS PART OF THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU

2017 XPoNential Music Festival is July 28, 29 & 30 Tickets for Saturday night concert go on sale this Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 8, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed 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 29, 2017 at the BB&T Pavilion will be Amos Lee & Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Spoon. The Suffers and Chicano Batman are special guests.

All join previously-announced Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along, who will play BB&T Pavilion during the first night of the Festival, on Friday, July 28. Philadelphia native and Festival favorite Amos Lee previously played the 2004, 2006 and 2008 XPoNential Music Festivals. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Suffers and Chicano Batman performed memorable sets at last year's Festival. It will be the first time playing it for Austin, Texas-based indie rock band Spoon.

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival takes place Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved and lawn tickets for the Saturday, July 29 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. The complete lineup of artists performing at the Festival will be announced when 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes go on sale. More festival details are 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 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.

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.

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 names Talia Schlanger as new host of World Cafe syndicated music radio program

Schlanger will succeed David Dye as host starting on April 3

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 24, 2017): 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 Talia Schlanger will succeed David Dye as the program’s host starting on Monday, April 3. The news was also revealed in a Philadelphia Inquirer article posted today at http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/dan_deluca/Celebrating-David-Dye-and-introducing-Talia-Schlanger-as-hosts-of-the-World-Cafe.html

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Schlanger joined World Cafe as Contributing Host and Radio Producer in October. She will become only the second host in the show’s 25-year history. Schlanger, age 31, was previously a radio and TV journalist, producer and host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), based in Toronto. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, she was also an actress in professional theater productions, including the first US national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot.

Of her new role, Schlanger said, “Like our listeners, I’m here as a music fan first. Discovering, sharing and connecting over artists is our collective passion, and it’s my mission to serve that as best I can on World Cafe. David Dye is so beloved and respected because for 25 years, audiences have been able to feel the genuine curiosity, excitement and care he has for the music he plays and for the artists who make it. I know this is a big change, but I hope our devoted World Cafe crowd will feel the same degree of passion and care coming from me as we charge forward with amps blaring.”

"Talia brings great storytelling, digital fluency, and a love and knowledge of music to our marquee program,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “She adds a fresh perspective to a program that continues to give new artists a national platform and audience."

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 contributor 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.

In November, David Dye announced that he would step down as World Cafe host and producer after March 31. He will, however, continue to contribute to the program on a part-time basis. Dye will also host a new, one-hour, weekend music program on WXPN starting on Sunday, April 2 called Dave’s World, that can be heard Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WXPN will pay tribute to David Dye for his 25 years as host and producer of World Cafe with a private special event in Philadelphia on March 1. The 25th anniversary of World Cafe will be celebrated by WXPN donors and members with two special concerts taking place on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

To learn more about World Cafe, visit http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe and http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/. Talia Schlanger can be followed on Twitter @TaliaSchlanger.

# # # 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.

2017 XPoNential Music Festival dates are July 28, 29 & 30

Tickets for Friday night’s performance go on sale this Friday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 21, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed 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 night July 28, 2017 at the BB&T Pavilion will be Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along.

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival will take place Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved and lawn tickets for the Friday, July 28 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 24 at noon through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. The complete lineup of artists performing at the Festival will be announced next month when 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes go on sale.

Wilco, always popular with XPN and Philly-area audiences, previously performed at the 2012 and 2013 XPoNential Music Festivals, and Philadelphia-based Hop Along played the Festival in 2015. Conor Oberst will be performing the Festival for the first time.

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 current information regarding the 2017 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 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 XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. 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 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 to honor Dye and World Cafe’s first 25 years of musical discovery with special events in March and the establishment of World Cafe Next Fund



ATTACHED PHOTO: World Cafe Host & Producer David Dye | Credit Joe del Tufo

PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 14, 2016): At 4 PM ET today, David Dye announced to listeners of WXPN-FM his decision to step back from his full-time role as World Cafe Host and Producer after Friday, March 31, 2017. Dye will continue in a part-time capacity as a regular contributor to the nationally- distributed music program. Dye was joined by General Manager Roger LaMay, who talked about 25th anniversary celebration events as well as the future of the show.

WXPN, which produces World Cafe, will pay tribute to Dye with two celebratory 25th anniversary concerts, scheduled for March 3 and 4, 2017 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. An invitation-only donor event in his honor will also take place at La Peg Brasserie at FringeArts in Philadelphia on March 1.

David Dye has been host of World Cafe since its launch on October 14, 1991. Distributed by NPR to more than 200 US radio stations and heard by nearly 600,000 listeners each week, World Cafe is known by artists, appreciative audiences, and the radio and music industries as an influential source for music discovery. The two-hour daily program features a signature mix of artist interviews with in-studio performances by both established and emerging artists, and a curated music selection that encompasses singer-songwriters, classic rock, indie rock, Americana, alt-country, blues, world music, R&B and soul. As the nation’s most listened-to public radio music program, its impact on the careers and audience awareness of thousands of artists is immeasurable.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards, including two NFCB Golden Reel Awards, five "Best of Philly” awards from Philadelphia Magazine, NARAS Philadelphia Chapter’s "Hero Award," the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and many radio industry trade citations.

Following an already extensive radio broadcasting career prior to World Cafe, Dye has been the voice and creative force of the show and its brand extensions. Among other significant events, he has shepherded the show through two studio locations, hosted visits by thousands of artists for exclusive interviews, performances, and recordings, overseen the issue of 40 Live at World Cafe CDs and two World Cafe books, visited 19 musical hotspots around the globe for the show’s “Sense of Place” series, and has seen two World Cafe Live restaurant-concert venues named for the show (located in Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE). Dye was recently identified by artist Bruce Springsteen in his new memoir as an influential early supporter of Springsteen’s music.

“On one hand, it is extremely hard to picture my life without hosting the World Cafe on a daily basis. It is the best job in radio, working with the most talented people,” said Dye. “For years I have had the opportunity to sit in the same room talking with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and thousands of others. Our 25th anniversary seems like the perfect juncture to get off the treadmill of daily radio and see what is next.”

LaMay said, “It’s impossible to measure the impact that David Dye has had on artists and audiences with World Cafe. The show’s tremendous success and high acclaim is due mainly to his efforts. We look forward to honoring him with some one-of-a-kind musical tributes and by making sure that his program has a long future of national musical discovery.”

“Across hundreds of public radio stations, David Dye has become a beloved national guide to great music and the creative artists who power our culture. He has built an important platform for music that will continue to benefit from his original and abiding vision,” said Anya Grundmann, NPR’s Vice President for Programming and Audience Development.

In addition to celebrating David Dye and the rich history of World Cafe with special events in March, WXPN will raise funds to build upon some of the elements that have made it successful, and to evolve and expand it to stay relevant and significant for years to come. The World Cafe Next Fund is intended to bring a wider array of voices and perspectives to World Cafe, and provide the means for it to impact a new generation of listeners.

A couple of recent initiatives are already helping to enable this effort: In October, radio and TV journalist, producer and host Talia Schlanger joined World Cafe as Contributing Host and Producer, bringing her enthusiasm, expertise and fresh perspective to the program. Also in October, a new Nashville hub for World Cafe was established in partnership with NPR Music, allowing for the deeper exploration of music emanating from that music hotbed and the surrounding Southern US region.

Dye also stated that he will continue to host the weekly WXPN Funky Friday program, and revealed plans to launch a new local weekend music show, with more details to come.

More announcements will be made about the March tribute events for David Dye and the 25th anniversary of World Cafe. For more information about World Cafe, visit http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe, http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/ and http://worldcafe.tumblr.com/. The website for WXPN is http://www.xpn.org.

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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, public 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 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.

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‘World Cafe Nashville’ celebrations Oct. 27 & 28 at City Winery, Nashville will feature performances by Eric Church, Steelism, more


PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 11, 2016): The NPR-distributed World Cafe music program and NPR Music have partnered to establish a new Nashville-based enterprise for creating content from Music City and the Southern US. The new entity, called World Cafe Nashville, will be launched with two special events at City Winery in Nashville featuring Eric Church, Steelism and other special guests on October 27 and 28.

With the establishment of World Cafe Nashville, the WXPN/Philadelphia-produced World Cafe music program and NPR Music will expand coverage of the depth and diversity of music emanating from Nashville and the Southern US, through artist recording sessions, interviews and other activities.

World Cafe, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017, is hosted by David Dye and presents interviews and performances with today’s essential and emerging artists. It is distributed by NPR and heard on more than 200 US radio stations, including Nashville-area public radio station WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5. World Cafe also produces two weekly podcasts: World Cafe Words and Music, featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians, and World Cafe Next, which highlights up-and-coming artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

NPR Music presents music features, streams, live concerts and music news covering rock, pop, jazz, classical, hip-hop, R&B/soul, folk, Latin, world and electronica/dance.

World Cafe host David Dye said, “This commitment to a deeper dive on World Cafe into the music of Nashville and places like Muscle Shoals, Memphis, Atlanta and New Orleans is central to our exploration of regional roots music, whether it be Americana, R&B, gospel, blues or rock. This will be musical discovery with a southern accent.”

Nashville-based critic and correspondent for NPR Music and World Cafe contributor Ann Powers said, “Living here, I've come to believe it's the most exciting music city in the country right now. Nashville has it all: an incomparably rich musical legacy; a core of working musicians who've made lives here and are behind many of the past half-century's most memorable recordings; and an ever-expanding group of younger musicians making the Nashville sound ever more wide-reaching and innovative, while still grounded in America's musical roots. World Cafe's commitment to musical eclecticism matches the spirit of the Nashville I've come to love, and of the South in general in this decade, where so many surprises emerge from the seedbed of tradition.”

Two special events at City Winery in Nashville will help celebrate the launch of World Cafe Nashville: On Thursday, October 27, a VIP reception for members of the music industry and media will precede a solo performance by acclaimed country singer-songwriter Eric Church. On Friday, October 28, the “The Intoxicating Sounds of Steelism and Nashville's Femmes Fatales” featuring instrumental band Steelism and Lera Lynn, Caitlin Rose, and Ruby Amanfu will be presented. Both shows are free, with tickets to be distributed via World Cafe and WMOT. For more information about World Cafe, visit http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe and http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/. For more about NPR Music, visit http://www.npr.org/music/.

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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, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. 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 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.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 3, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Joseph as its October Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, October 3 in the 4 p.m. hour.

The name Joseph may be misleading, as this trio happens to be a sister-act. Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner named their band after the Oregon town where their grandfather once lived. As an aspiring performer, Natalie had the idea to bring her sisters together to write. The group then quickly formed as they wrote their debut, self-titled album Native Dreamer Kin in 2014. Their sound can be described as mesmerizing and hypnotic. After touring with James Bay and playing big festivals this summer such as Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Pickathon and more they will set out on a European tour this winter with Michael Kiwanuka. They recently released their ATO debut, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, produced by Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes) which they describe as “a master class in pristine 3-part harmony, traversing melodies and rhythms that are indelible and ambitious”. Joseph was at NonCOMM in May and will return to play WXPN’s Friday Free At Noon concert series on Wednesday, October 19. Their recently released single “Blood and Tears” was featured in an article on The Key, WXPN’s music blog (read more here http://thekey.xpn.org/2016/08/16/new-joseph-single/). “The album is gorgeous, and their singing is revelatory.” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “Listen to their session and interview and watch a VuHaus video of their song `White Flag’.” http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/09/12/493624503/joseph-on-world-cafe

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://www.xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4802-joseph-october-2016

Since 2003, the XPN 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 XPN Artists To Watch 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 discover each artist.

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 XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. 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 and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

Canadian broadcaster brings multi-media experience to new position with the NPR-distributed music program



PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 8, 2016): WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the daily NPR-distributed music program World Cafe, today announced that Canadian broadcaster Talia Schlanger will join World Cafe as Contributing Host and Radio Producer. Schlanger will start in this new position on October 3.

Schlanger is widely known in Canada for her work as a host/interviewer/writer for popular CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) TV and radio programs. She is host, writer and technical producer of CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning, and interim host of the weekly national music program Canada Live. She is also the frequent guest host for Weekday Mornings with Tom Power, in addition to CBC Radio 1 programs q., As It Happens and Because News. For CBC TV, Schlanger is host and co-writer of CBC Music’s weekly Backstage Pass show, and has worked on several national network television specials, including CBC Music Festival. She won a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for producing CBC Music’s The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions.



“World Cafe listeners are going to love Talia,” said World Cafe Host and Producer David Dye. “She’s a true music lover who’s also interviewed a large number of artists in multiple genres, which is a required skill for World Cafe’s format and eclectic music mix.”

World Cafe, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the coming year, features a wide range of music genres alongside live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. The program is distributed to more than 200 US radio stations through NPR Music, and produces two weekly podcasts: World Cafe Words and Music, featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians, and World Cafe Next, highlighting up-and-coming artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

Before joining the CBC, Schlanger, a Toronto native, worked as an actress and singer in rock musicals, and spent a year performing across the US in the first national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. In Toronto, she spent a year performing in Mamma Mia at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and understudied the two leads, Scaramouche and Oz, in the original Canadian company of Queen’s We Will Rock You at the Canon Theatre. She has also done TV work and voiceovers for commercials. She is a 2013 graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program.

"It's an honor and a thrill to be joining World Cafe,” said Schlanger. “I've long admired the incredible work being produced by the WXPN team. I'm so grateful to the CBC for the experience and opportunity it has given me, and am eager to start on this new adventure in Philadelphia!"

To learn more about World Cafe, visit World Cafe and here. Talia Schlanger can be followed on Twitter @TaliaSchlanger
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, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. 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, PA – September 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Kyle Craft as its September Artist To Watch.

Kyle Craft grew up in a tiny Louisiana town on the banks of the Mississippi. He’s not the born product of a musical family, and bands never came through town–it was only a chance trip to K-Mart that gave him his first album, a David Bowie hits compilation that helped inspire him eventually to channel his innate feral energy into songwriting and rock and roll. That self-made talent drives every note of Dolls of Highland, Craft’s exhilarating, fearless solo debut. “This album is the dark corner of a bar,” he says. “It’s that feeling at the end of the night when you’re confronted with ‘now what?’’” And then there’s Craft’s unforgettable voice – ”I’m fully aware that I have a very abrasive, very loud voice, but Bob Dylan is the one that taught me to embrace that,” says Craft. With those influences as inspiration, Craft’s talent and singular creativity move the conversation into new and unpredictable places. And no question, this album is very much about moving forward. “After everything fell apart, it didn’t take very long for me to learn who I was and what I should be doing,” says Craft. Kyle Craft was most recently seen on the Free At Noon stage on Friday, August 12th, and his performance was featured in an article on The Key, WXPN’s music blog (read more here: http://thekey.xpn.org/2016/08/12/free-noon-flashback-kyle-craft/). “We’ve been playing the baroque-ish, Broadway-esque glam jam, ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ from Craft’s Sub Pop debut, Dolls Of Highland,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “Those of us who saw him play Free At Noon and his sold out show at Boot & Saddle were impressed with his live performance.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4778-kyle-craft-september-2016

Since 2003, the XPN 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 XPN Artists To Watch 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 discover each artist.

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 XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. 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 and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named The Marcus King Band its August Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, August 1, in the 4 p.m. hour. Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 20 years of age, hailing from Greenville, North Carolina, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout the young phenom’s 2nd full-length, self-titled LP, his first for Fantasy Records due to release on September 23. Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," the album highlights King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts. The Marcus King Band were most recently seen on the River Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival, which took place on the Camden Waterfront July 22-24, and their rockin’ performance was featured in an article on The Key, WXPN’s music blog (read more here: http://thekey.xpn.org/2016/07/24/xpnfest-marcus-king-band/). “What can you say?” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “When the audience reacts as passionately as they did, watching a relatively unknown band like The Marcus King Band at our music festival last weekend, then you have to pay attention. King is a guitar prodigy, along the lines of Derek Trucks, who sounds wise beyond his years. The band completely cooked at #XPNfest and they left the audience enthralled.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4734-marcus-king-band-august-2016

Since 2003, the XPN 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 XPN Artists To Watch 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 discover each artist.

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 XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. 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 and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Adia Victoria as its July Artist To Watch. Assistant General Manager of Programming Bruce Warren presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, July 1, in the 4 p.m. hour. Born in South Carolina and raised in the Seventh Day Adventist church, Adia Victoria is onto something very musically unique. There’s a spooky ambience to her music, and she’s been influenced by Fiona Apple and blues singer and songwriter Victoria Spivey. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying “You Are Here” and is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn. Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s Rebellious Call,” and her show at Johnny Brenda’s in August of 2015 was featured in an article on The Key, WXPN’s music blog. “I went to see Adia perform at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly and was blown away,” said Bruce Warren. “It was all there. A charismatic performance and confident stage presence. The engaging interaction she had with the audience. The way she weaves her love of the blues and her Southern upbringing into a unique mix of electric blues, garage and punk flavored rock, and dark roots and R&B. Adia is blazing her own path and it’s refreshing to hear and see.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://www.xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4698-adia-victoria-july-2016/

Since 2003, the XPN 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 XPN Artists To Watch 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 discover each artist.

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 XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. 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 and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.