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PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named OJR as its February Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, February 1, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Originally from Virginia, OJR, or Oliver John-Rodgers, first drew influence from a bluegrass and country-infused childhood paired with an exposure to grunge rock artists like Nirvana. This distinctive combination reveals itself in his musical style. OJR’s vintage sound crosses genres from indie to psychedelic rock, with country and folk influence heard throughout – a sound uniquely dubbed “acid cowboy.” The independent artist moved to Nashville in 2014 after releasing his first two LPs, High School and Human Style. He spent the next year using Garageband and various bedrooms around the world to record and self-produce his third full-length album. Released in 2015, Nashville Demos showcases OJR as both a prolific songwriter and genre-straddling rocker. He is known for his swagger on stage and confidence in his one-of-a-kind sound. OJR is currently on tour supporting former XPN Free at Noon guest, Rayland Baxter.

“It’s fresh and refreshing,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming, speaking of Nashville Demos. “There’s a dual musical nature on this record that presents OJR as both the singer-songwriter and the rock and roller that is very impressive.”

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/4468-ojr-february-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.
Concert kicks off second year of live Latin music series

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 5, 2015): Two of today’s most acclaimed Latin music groups, Monsieur Periné and Buyepongo, will play a free, all-ages concert on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The concert, which will be webcast on xpn.org, kicks off the second year of the Latin Roots Live! concert series, featuring live performances inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on World Cafe®. Latin Roots explores and exposes to American audiences the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. World CafeⓇ, NPR’s syndicated popular music program, is produced by WXPN/Philadelphia. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Latin Roots Live! is produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

Monsieur Perinė is one of the leading bands in Colombia’s thriving new music scene, and is quickly becoming more popular worldwide since being voted “Best New Artist” in the 2015 Latin GRAMMYⓇ Awards. With its unique blend of sounds, the group has earned itself its own genre called “Suin a la Colombiana,” noting a cultural, artistic, and rhythmic fusion of traditional Latin American music, gypsy jazz, and a French adaptation of American swing music.

Afro-Latino Buyepongo’s sound was forged in the Compton area of Los Angeles in the 90s, reflecting the music of their culture and times. With deep roots in South and Central America, Buyepongo draw heavily from Latino musical culture, taking their cues from traditional roots music of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Buyepongo creates a vibrant, polyrhythmic sound by seamlessly fusing merengue, punta, and cumbia. The group's pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharaca, giving them an upbeat, tropical flare.

“There is no language barrier to the party with Latin Roots Live,” said David Dye, host of World Cafe. “Our first year featured packed houses for every act and attracted a cosmopolitan slice of Philadelphia music lovers. 2016 starts off with a super bill to keep things moving.” In 2015, its inaugural year, the Latin Roots Live! concert series featured GRAMMY-nominated Chilean artist Ana Tijoux, high-powered cumbia band La Misa Negra, Latin folk star Gina Chavez, Philadelphia’s own Eco Del Sur, and percussion ensemble with Venezuelan and Argentinian roots, Timbalona, to name a few.

The Latin Roots Live! concert on Tues., January 19 will take place at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m.. To RSVP for free admission, click here (http://xpn.org/latin-roots-live).

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About Latin Roots on World CafeⓇ Latin Roots on World Cafe, hosted by David Dye, explores the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese- speaking countries and people - from cumbia, mambo and son, to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Latin Roots Live! is produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

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, Hackettstown, NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.​

About AfroTaino Productions AfroTaino Productions focuses on arts and culture programming, event planning/execution, audience development, promotions/marketing, special events and campaigns targeting multicultural audiences.
Free concert at World Cafe Live will feature rare performance by The Forerunners

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 22, 2015): A long-overdue tribute concert celebrating lifelong Philadelphia jazz artist Jymie Merritt, the innovative double bass and electric bassist, band leader and composer, will be recorded for an upcoming edition of NPR’s Jazz Night in America program. The Music of Jymie Merritt and The Forerunners will take place Saturday, January 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission to the concert is free via RSVP.

The Music of Jymie Merritt and The Forerunners is being coordinated and supported by local non-profit music organizations WXPN-FM, WRTI-FM and the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation. Audio (as well as a video companion) from this concert will appear on Jazz Night In America in April. Jazz Night in America can be heard on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia on Sundays at 8 p.m.

The January 16 concert will feature The Forerunners, the progressive ensemble first formed by Jymie Merritt in 1962, performing compositions he wrote between 1964 and 2009. Now led by his son, bassist Mike Merritt, the other longtime members of The Forerunners who’ll be playing are Warren McLendon, piano and percussion; Colmare Duncan, piano; Alan Nelson, drums; Terry Lawson, tenor saxophone; and original member Odean Pope, tenor saxophone.

About Jymie Merritt Merritt is considered a pioneering figure in jazz for being one of the first to adopt the electric upright bass and the Fender electric bass. As a sideman, he is respected for his exploratory yet supportive style. Although Merritt’s legacy is often closely linked to his time with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, “his own music is more in tune with the ‘modernists’ than the traditionalists that many assume he’d be in league with,” said Homer Jackson, Director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project. Merritt’s five children all became musicians, most notably his son, renowned bassist Mike Merritt, who’s been a member of late-night TV host Conan O’Brien’s band since 1993.

Born James Raleigh Merritt in 1926 in Philadelphia, Merritt served in WWII from 1944-46 before being inspired by Duke Ellington bassist Jimmy Blanton. Merritt studied with Carl Torello, double bassist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at the Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia. In the ‘50s, Merritt started touring with rock and rollers Bull Moose Jackson and Chris Powell, and with bluesman BB King.

He moved to New York City in 1957 to play with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (through 1962), and along with Benny Golson, Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons, helped established the impactful Blakey/Messenger brand and a musical legacy. Of the 25 recordings Merritt played on as a sideman, 17 were with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Merritt then played with trumpeter-vocalist Chet Baker before joining drummer-composer Max Roach from 1965-68 as a player and composer, for which Merritt earned a “Best Jazz Composer” nomination for his “Nommo” in Downbeat magazine’s Critics Poll. His career also included working with jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie, and in 1970, he reunited with trumpeter Lee Morgan of the Jazz Messengers to record the Live at the Lighthouse album (Blue Note), featuring Merritt’s composition “Absolutions,” previously recorded by Max Roach.

The Forerunners & Mike Merritt With The Forerunners, active in Philadelphia’s cultural community from 1962 into the late ’80s, Jymie Merritt contributed to the expansion of the jazz vocabulary by developing new approaches to composition and form, and new systems of chord inversions and harmonics. The group also shaped the musical education of Mike Merritt, who, like his father, has toured and/or recorded with blues and R&B artists such as Johnny Copeland, Son Seals, Johnny Johnson, Ruth Brown, Al Kooper, and Hubert Sumlin. Mike’s deep body of work also includes Levon Helm, Phoebe Snow, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Osborne and many more, in addition to his weekday late night TV show performances. Mike has devoted a page on his website to his father’s impressive biography.

In 2009 Jymie Merritt was honored along with jazz organist Trudi Pitts with Philadelphia’s University of the Arts Jazz Heritage Award. In 2013, he was honored along with friend and fellow bassist Reggie Workman with the Clef Club of Philadelphia’s Living Legend Award. Approaching his 90th birthday, Merritt, who resides with his wife and dog in Center City Philadelphia, has had to limit his playing and touring over the years due to recurring illness. When possible, he continues to rehearse and perform with The Forerunners, which recently recorded a new album at Philly Sound Studios for release in 2016.

Jazz Night in America Now in its second season, Jazz Night in America is a partnership between WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center and NPR Music. The hour-long public radio program is hosted by jazz bassist Christian McBride, a four-time GRAMMY-winner and Philadelphia native. New episodes of Jazz Night In America are released on Thursdays. Every week, a one-hour program is sent to public radio stations throughout the U.S. and archived online. Every other week, a concert documentary video companion to that week's radio program, with other videos, is released online. Check local listings to hear the radio program, and visit npr.org/jazznight to watch episodes and other videos from the program.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 4, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Dylan LeBlanc as its January Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, January 4, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Dylan LeBlanc is a singer-songwriter whose soulful, bluesy voice and guitar style resonates with the sights and sounds of his musical youth. He learned a lot of his craft watching his father work at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. His father, James LeBlanc, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose songs have been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and many others. Dylan LeBlanc released his debut album, Paupers Field, in 2010 when he was 19, and his second album, Cast the Same Old Shadow, was released in 2012. Following his second release LeBlanc played with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, The Drive By Truckers, First Aid Kit, and Alabama Shakes. LeBlanc’s third album, Cautionary Tale, was produced by Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner and Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars) and will release on January 15. XPN Welcomes Dylan Leblanc to World Cafe Live on Tuesday, February 2.

“There’s some deep soul and bluesy emotion in LeBlanc’s Americana infused songs,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “He sounds wise beyond his actual age, and brings to the table excellent songwriting that’s unique enough to distinguish him from so many Americana- influenced artists of our modern time working on the same turf."

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/4437-dylan-leblanc-january-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.

NPR Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair

WXPN General Manager and Member Director Roger LaMay begins one-year term as Chair in November




November 4, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Roger LaMay, General Manager of WXPN in Pennsylvania, has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Chair of the Board. He was recently re-elected to a second term on the Board in September of this year. He will continue his three year term as Member Director and start his term as Chair at today’s Board meeting in Washington, D.C. LaMay will continue to be based in Philadelphia.

"It's a great honor and responsibility to be elected to lead one of the world's leading fact-based journalism organizations,” LaMay said. “NPR is peerless in its impact on our culture and democracy."

A 30-plus year broadcast veteran, Roger LaMay joined WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, in January 2003. He is responsible for the overall operations of the station including fundraising, programming and marketing. During his tenure, WXPN forged a long-term partnership/distribution agreement with NPR and NPR Music, moved and expanded its annual summer music festival, and launched its popular Free at Noon live weekly concert series.

Additionally, under LaMay’s leadership the station completed construction of the station’s state-of-the-art studio and headquarters that opened in 2004 in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live®, the performance venue named for WXPN’s flagship program that is located in the same building; acquired new broadcast licenses in Central Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey/Northeast Pennsylvania, effectively tripling the station’s geographical broadcast coverage; acquired the annual NON-COMMvention, making WXPN the host for the premier conference for non-commercial music stations; and championed community and business partnerships that have helped establish WXPN as an essential cultural component and resource in the greater Philadelphia area.

LaMay co-founded and was elected Chairman of VuHaus.com, the music video website collaboration launched by six public radio stations in May 2015. He was recently elected to a second term as Member Director of the NPR Board. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of Greater Public, public media's development and marketing trade association. Previously, he served as general manager and news director of Fox29/WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College.

NPR's 16-member NPR Board of Directors is comprised of 10 NPR Member Station managers (elected by their fellow Member Stations); five public members (elected by the Board and confirmed by Member Stations); the chairman of the NPR Foundation; and the president and CEO of NPR. The Board – chaired by Roger LaMay, General Manager of WXPN in Philadelphia, – guides the direction of NPR by setting policies and overall strategy, providing financial oversight and monitoring performance.

ABOUT NPR
NPR connects to audiences on the air, online, and in person. More than 26 million radio listeners tune in to NPR each week and more than 30 million unique visitors access NPR.org each month making NPR one of the most trusted sources of news and insights on life and the arts. NPR shares compelling stories, audio and photos with millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat; NPR News and NPR One apps, online streaming, podcasts, iTunes radio and connected car dashboards help meet audiences where they are. NPR's live events bring to the stage two-way conversations between NPR hosts and the audience in collaboration with the public radio Member Station community. This robust access to public service journalism makes NPR an indispensable resource in the media landscape.

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 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.

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PHILADELPHIA & HACKETTSTOWN, NEW JERSEY (OCTOBER 12, 2015): Today Centenary College of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5, owned by the University of Pennsylvania, jointly announced a sales agreement and transfer of ownership for the broadcasting license of WNTI 91.9 FM, the public radio station owned by Centenary College, to WXPN. WXPN’s award-winning music programming will be broadcast on WNTI starting at noon ET on Thursday, October 15.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with WXPN, which preserves a strong voice for great music in our region and opens new horizons for the WNTI community and for Centenary College,” said Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College. “WXPN brings exceptional resources and expertise in public radio and a deep commitment to serving the needs of listeners and supporting local artists. Centenary will continue to operate its own Internet radio station at WNTI.org to enhance our curriculum and involve students and community volunteers in programming. Centenary students will also be afforded opportunities to intern at WXPN at the University of Pennsylvania. We intend to reinvest the proceeds from the license sale in building Centenary’s academic offerings, to support student recruitment and retention, and fuel Centenary’s role as an economic engine in Warren County, New Jersey.”

Roger LaMay, WXPN General Manager, said, “WXPN was approached with notification of the proposed sale of WNTI. Although we were not looking to purchase another radio station, we quickly realized that WXPN was the best option to preserve WNTI’s long tradition of musical discovery for listeners in Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We will extend WXPN’s demonstrated commitment to local artists, music and events in the communities we currently serve to the WNTI community, and will apply our deep experience in public music radio management to strengthen its overall operations. In the long term, we expect this transaction to benefit our artists and audiences, and strengthen WXPN’s financial sustainability.”

WXPN produces NPR’s most popular program of popular music, World Cafe, which was heard on WNTI twice daily and will remain part of its music programming.

The Public Service Operating Agreement will start at noon ET on Thursday, October 15, 2015. WXPN programming will begin at 91.9 FM at that time. FCC approval of the transaction is expected to take 60 to 120 days after the filing.

Sale price is $1,250,000 in cash and another $500,000 in underwriting value over 10 years. Public Media Company represented WXPN/University of Pennsylvania throughout the transaction. Centenary College was represented by Patrick Communications.

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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 and the world via online streaming at XPN.org

About Centenary College Centenary College, with its main campus in Hackettstown, NJ, integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. For more information about Centenary College, visit www.centenarycollege.edu.

WNTI - WXPN TRANSACTION QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

  1. What is the nature of the WNTI transaction?
    As part of an ongoing strategic evaluation of its operations and assets, Centenary College decided to sell its FM radio broadcasting license and broadcast tower to WXPN, a respected operator that shares WNTI’s commitment to music discovery. Centenary will retain its WNTI on-campus studio for use as a student-run internet radio station at WNTI.org. Students and community volunteers will be able to participate on WNTI.org.
  2. Why did Centenary decide to sell the WNTI license at this time?
    WNTI was established over 50 years ago as a college radio station to serve the Centenary campus and to help its students gain first-hand experience in broadcasting. Over time, WNTI has evolved from a student-run station into a National Public Radio station serving a regional audience, with a dedicated team of community volunteers and many loyal listeners. Following a strategic review, it was decided that transferring WNTI’s ownership from Centenary to another NPR station operator would be the best way to serve the needs of its loyal listeners while focusing Centenary’s resources on its core academic mission.
  3. How long has this transaction been in the works? Where did the idea originate?
    Centenary College has been actively exploring this transaction for several months. The idea originated in its ongoing strategic review of how to best focus Centenary’s operations to deliver on its core mission – providing a quality liberal arts education with a strong career focus.
  4. How much compensation will Centenary receive for the sale of the FM broadcasting license?
    The sale price is $1,250,000 in cash and another $500,000 in underwriting value over 10 years.
  5. How is Centenary’s financial condition? Are there any financial issues that drove the decision to sell the station?
    The decision to transfer the college’s FM broadcasting license to another NPR station operator was driven primarily by long-term strategic considerations, not by financial needs. Centenary’s operating budget is on track, and the college has strengthened its reserve fund and built its endowment to support the college’s future growth and development. Its goal is to focus Centenary’s resources and assets on its core academic mission, while ensuring WNTI listeners continue to enjoy great music—commercial- free, over the air and online - for many years to come.
  6. What will happen to WNTI’s current over-the-air programming? Will listeners be able to hear the same programs when WXPN takes over?
    WNTI will continue to broadcast from the Centenary College studio until WXPN takes on programming responsibilities October 15, 2015 at 12 PM ET. Centenary will continue to operate its online radio station at WNTI.org.
  7. What is the timeline for completing the sale and transfer of the FM license to the new operator?
    Under the Public Service Operating Agreement, WXPN begins broadcasting at 91.9 FM on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12 PM ET. FCC approval of the transaction is expected to take 60 to 120 days after filing.
  8. Why didn’t Centenary involve WNTI community volunteers and listeners in this process?
    Centenary carefully considered the needs of a number of stakeholders, including students, alumni and the WNTI community. It was necessary to keep this process closely held to senior staff and board of trustees to ensure effective discussions of transaction terms with WXPN.
  9. How did Centenary find WXPN? What was the process?
    Centenary retained an expert advisor with deep experience in the broadcasting industry to help it find the right acquirer for WNTI. It focused on finding a non-commercial operator who shares its values and offers programming that will appeal to local listeners.
  10. WNTI sponsors local music festivals and helps promote local artists. Will this continue?
    WXPN has a strong track record supporting and promoting the work of local artists, which was one factor that attracted Centenary College.
  11. Why did WNTI shift to recorded programming on October 5? Why are WNTI programs and volunteers no longer heard live on the air?
    Centenary College needed to suspend live programs on WNTI so it could begin planning for the transition of station operations to WXPN.
  12. Is the WNTI Fall pledge drive still taking place?
    Given the circumstances, the WNTI Fall pledge drive has been postponed.
  13. Will the radio station call letters remain the same? Will the name of Centenary’s internet radio station change?
    Once Centenary transfers the FM broadcasting license, it will lose the right to the call letters WNTI. Centenary plans to offer student and volunteer run programming at wnti.org. WXPN intends to change the call letters of the broadcast signal.
  14. How will this transfer affect current WNTI members and underwriters?
    WXPN looks forward to welcoming all WNTI listeners, members, and sponsors. Current WNTI members will be welcomed as members of WXPN and will be contacted soon with information and details.
  15. Will the coverage area served by WNTI be affected when WXPN becomes its new owner-operator?
    No, the coverage area will remain the same. All listeners who received WNTI will be able to receive WXPN at 91.9 FM.
  16. Why did WXPN decide to purchase another radio station?
    Although WXPN was not searching for a new radio property/station to purchase, it was approached with this offer because Centenary College wanted to provide WNTI listeners with a new owner that shared its commitment to great music and has the resources to serve the needs of local listeners for many years to come. WXPN feels strongly that it is the best possible station to serve these needs: it has a demonstrated commitment to local artists, music, and events and is geographically contiguous to WNTI’s service area. Moreover, WXPN was eager to ensure that this important outlet for audiences and artists remained a source of musical discovery.
  17. How will WXPN, a non-profit, non-commercial public radio station, afford the purchase of WNTI?
    WXPN is using funds from its own reserves and a loan from its license owner, the University of Pennsylvania, to purchase WNTI at a fair, affordable price.


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PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 21, 2015): WXPN (XPN), the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (adult album alternative) music and non-commercial radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced that it has hired Kristen Kurtis as its new host of the XPN Morning Show. Her start date on-air will be in October.

“We’re really excited to have Kristen join our team,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager for Programming. “She’s a huge lover of music, radio, people and the Philly area, where she grew up.”

Most recently, Kurtis was the award-winning Midday Host, Assistant Program Director and Music Director at KGSR 93.3 FM in Austin, Texas, where she started in 2011. She was previously Midday Host and Music Director for KEZE 96.9 FM and Afternoon Host at KZZU 92.9 FM, both in Spokane, Washington. She began her radio career in Boston, where she graduated from Emerson College and was Morning Host at WERS 88.9, and later held on-air shifts at WBOS 92.9 FM.

"As one who was raised on Philadelphia radio, returning to the area via 88.5 brings my life and career full circle. I am ecstatic, proud, and honored to be joining the prestigious staff at WXPN,” said Kurtis.

In addition to on-air and programming expertise, Kurtis also brings to WXPN her skills in digital media, and experience in improv, sketch and stand-up comedy.

For more about WXPN, visit www.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 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 (SEPTEMBER 18, 2015): WXPN (XPN), the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (adult album alternative) music and non-commercial radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, is teaming with the prominent online music service Slacker Radio for a new Slacker Radio station launching on October 1 that showcases WXPN’s “Greatest Year in Music” campaign.

Slacker Radio’s “Greatest Year in Music” station will feature 7-song segments devoted to music from individual years based on WXPN’s current “Greatest Year in Music” on-air and online campaign. These will be introduced by XPN DJs and enlivened by audio of news actualities from that year, with a new segment added each weekday throughout the month. XPN hosts will promote the campaign on-air, adding more highlights and context to sets of music from individual years, and directing listeners to various XPN sites for expanded “Greatest Year in Music” experiences. XPN social media followers will also find links to Slacker’s many enhanced, year-specific segments.

WXPN has recently been noting the year of release for much of the music it plays, and asking listeners to weigh in on what they think is “the greatest year in music.” A dedicated page at its website provides extensive music examples, commentary and information about specific years, albums, artists and more. In November, XPN special programming will highlight the year (and years) that resonated the most.

WXPN Assistant Manager for Programming Bruce Warren said, “It is highly unusual for a public radio station to partner directly with a commercial, online music service in this manner. The folks at Slacker are huge fans of and supporters of public radio. This collaboration will provide a tremendous brand extension opportunity for WXPN, and Slacker Radio listeners will enjoy the kind of innovative music content and programming that WXPN is known for. Simply put, both XPN and Slacker have a huge love for music, and together we’re building a unique experience that will get this music presented in this way to more people.” "We are enormous fans of WXPN and their take on radio -- hand-crafted, intelligent and with a distinctive editorial voice,” said Jack Isquith, SVP, Content and Programming at Slacker Radio. "Slacker is thrilled that WXPN recognized our cutting edge technology platform and our highly engaged digital audience, to amplify The Greatest Year In Music."

Slacker Radio (www.Slacker.com) will provide home page placement for the “Greatest Year in Music” station, along with Featured Music and Slacker Spotlight sections across its web and mobile sites, and through its newsletter, social media channels, targeted advertising, and more.

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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 and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

About Slacker Radio (www.Slacker.com) Headquartered in San Diego, Slacker Radio has been adding a human touch to the digital music experience for listeners since 2007. Slacker Radio goes beyond music streaming to deliver an engaging, curated, and highly customized radio experience for people who love music and want a deeper connection. Millions of listeners across the United States and Canada tune into Slacker Radio each month.
WXPN WINS STATION OF THE YEAR AT 2015 FMQB TRIPLE A CONFERENCE Bruce Warren Wins Program Director of the Year

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. August 10, 2015 -- WXPN, the member-supported radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, and its Associate General Manager Bruce Warren won national "Station of the Year" and "Program Director of the Year," respectively, at the annual FMQB Triple A Conference last weekend.

The FMQB Triple A Conference has honored the best in the Triple A industry since 2010. Winners were selected by radio and record company executives as well as artist management companies throughout the nation.

"We're extremely proud and happy that we have won these coveted awards," said Roger LaMay, WXPN General Manager. "It is gratifying to have our industry acknowledge what our audience already knows. It's an honor to have our programming philosophy, artist selection and unfailing commitment to our listeners be so well rewarded."

The 2015 FMQB Triple A Conference was held August 5-8 in Boulder, CO. For more information visit FMBQ.com.
TWEET IT! Just announced! @wxpnfm adds @gracepotter, @george_ezra, @wailers and @Indigo_Girls to Sunday's #XPNFest Lineup! http://xpnfest.org/

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WXPN ADDS SUNDAY SBC SHOW WITH GRACE POTTER, GEORGE EZRA, AND THE WAILERS TO 2015 FESTIVAL, ADDS INDIGO GIRLS TO WIGGINS PARK LINEUP

Reserved seat tickets for the Susquehanna Bank Center show go on sale Friday, April 17 at noon

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 14, 2015) - Today WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, and promoter Live Nation announced additions to the Sunday lineup at the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru. GRACE POTTER, GEORGE EZRA, and THE WAILERS will perform at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Sunday, July 26. In addition, INDIGO GIRLS join the Sunday Wiggins Park lineup. Reserved tickets for the GRACE POTTER/GEORGE EZRA/THE WAILERS concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center will be made available to WXPN members via an online pre-sale this Thursday, April 16 starting at 10_a.m. Reserved tickets for the general public will be available this Friday, April 17 starting at noon through Livenation.com, the Live Nation box office, at the Susquehanna Bank Center, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The three-day XPoNential Music Festival returns to the Camden, NJ waterfront from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 featuring performances at both Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center. With the addition of GRACE POTTER, GEORGE EZRA, THE WAILERS, and INDIGO GIRLS, the festival lineup by day is as follows (subject to change):

FRI JULY 24
Dawes
The Word (Robert Randolph, John Medeski, North Mississippi Allstars)
JD McPherson
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Cole Redding
Milton

SAT JULY 25
My Morning Jacket*
St. Vincent*
Lord Huron
Delta Rae
First Aid Kit
Field Report
Son Little
Gina Chavez
Fly Golden Eagle
Vita and the Woolf

SUN JULY 26
Grace Potter*
George Ezra*
The Wailers*
Indigo Girls
Courtney Barnett
The Lone Bellow
Buckwheat Zydeco
Kopecky
Israel Nash
Bombino
Cheerleader
Pine Barons

*Performing at Susquehanna Bank Center
TICKETS AND PASSES
Available now:
New and renewing WXPN members who pledge $25 a month will receive two 3-DAY GO EVERYWHERE PASSES that include lawn admission to the MY MORNING JACKET/ST. VINCENT show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday, July 25 and GRACE POTTER/GEORGE EZRA/THE WAILERS show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday, July 26 plus the ongoing benefits of WXPN membership that include free beverages and artist meet-and-greets at Wiggins Park during the XPoNential Music Festival. Anyone who becomes a WXPN member at $6 a month or more can purchase a 3-DAY GO EVERYWHERE PASS at the early bird price of $65 (early bird price for non-members is $130). Pledges can be made by calling 1-800-565-WXPN or online. Also available is the 1-DAY KIDS PASS (for ages 2 through 12) at $5 (good for entry any one day at Wiggins, Garden, Saturday, July 25 or Sunday, July 26, and Susquehanna Bank Center lawn Saturday, July 25 or Sunday, July 26 when accompanied by a 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass holder. Passes are available at XPNFEST.org Tickets for reserved seats at the Susquehanna Bank Center show on Saturday, July 25 with MY MORNING JACKET/ST. VINCENT are available now at Livenation.com and do not include access to Wiggins Park shows and activities. Available April 17: Starting at noon on Friday, April 17, reserved seats for GRACE POTTER/GEORGE EZRA/ THE WAILERS at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday, July 26 will be available at Livenation.com, the Live Nation box office, at the Susquehanna Bank Center, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Reserved seat tickets are $45/$35/$25 and do not include access to Wiggins Park. Available starting July 14: Pending availability, on Tuesday, July 14, the 1-DAY WIGGINS & GARDEN PASS will be available at $30 for WXPN members and $60 for the general public (these do not include access to Susquehanna Bank Center shows on Saturday, July 25 or Sunday, July 26). Passes area available at XPNFEST.org. Prices for the 3-DAY GO EVERYWHERE PASS go up on Tuesday, July 14 to $75 for WXPN members and $150 for general public. ABOUT THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU Now in its 11th year at Wiggins Park and its fourth year at the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center, the XPoNential Music Festival is produced in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders and features a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists heard on the award-winning Philadelphia public radio station, along with a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the festival. Wiggins Park is located on the Camden Waterfront, between the Adventure Aquarium and the Susquehanna Bank Center, and features a promenade along the Delaware River with spectacular views of the river and Philadelphia skyline, a natural amphitheatre for great sound, easy access to public transportation, lush open green spaces and the nearby Adventure Aquarium.

For more information or to access festival archives, visit the XPoNential Music Festival website at www.xpnfest.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 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 stream as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

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/investors.

ABOUT SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
The Susquehanna Bank Center is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer's hottest touring acts. The Susquehanna Bank Center box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The Susquehanna Center opened in 1995 and has changed names multiple times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre to the Tweeter Center in 2001 and to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008. 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 the fall and winter. Some of the most popular Susquehanna Bank Center tickets have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.