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Kids Corner Brings Family Fun to WXPN Singer Songwriter Weekend

July 17 and 18
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. June 22, 2004 - Music lovers come in all sizes and for the smallest fans, the Independence Blue Cross WXPN Singer Songwriter Weekend offers the Kids Corner area. Based on the Peabody-award-winning program, which is heard Sundays through Thursdays on WXPN between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., this space features its own stage with music specifically created for the entire family. Running from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Kids Corner area will offer free face painting from Jean's Crafts and free giveaways from Astra Zeneca. Host Kathy O'Connell will be on hand to meet and greet listeners both days until 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, performing 30 minute sets at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., it's the wacky style of Bubboon and Bubbles. Perpetrators of the Kids Corner cult classic "The Cheese Song," this husband and wife team of William and Jennifer Winegardner offers a full complement of comic characters including Bubboon, the Royal Fool; the Medium Welldone; and Twitchy Von Squigmond. And with performing credits that include the American Family Theatre, Off Broadway and New York's Lincoln Center, this pair is sure to make even the crankiest child (or the most harried parent) let go of their cares and laugh, laugh, laugh.

On Sunday, it's Milkshake, who'll be performing the same set at both 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. One of the newest bands heard regularly on Kids Corner, this duo of Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl play pop-rock songs similar to their adult rock band alter ego, LOVE Riot. And with songs that have been featured on network television programs like All My Children, JAG and One Life To Live, as well as MTV, Disney's ZGames 2000 and the Showtime Network, it's certain they'll be able to keep even the most distracted children utterly enthralled.

And on both days there's a very special surprise! To commemorate the launch of the new Celebration of Space full-color free booklet that's a partnership between Kids Corner, NASA and Lockheed Martin, NASA astronaut Ken Reighter, Jr. will be at the Kids Corner booth on both days between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with visitors. Ken was the pilot of the Space Shuttle Discovery for two missions. The first was in September 1991 when the crew successfully deployed the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), designed to provide scientists with their first complete data set on the upper atmosphere's chemistry, winds and energy inputs. More recently, he served as pilot on Discovery's historic first joint US/Russian Space Shuttle Mission, launching from the Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1994.

WXPN Singer Songwriter Weekend opens on Friday evening with performances by Fountains of Wayne and Rachael Yamagata. The event will be held at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, located at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Tickets are $10.00 for Friday night (advance or at the gate), Saturday or Sunday $10.00 in advance ($15.00 at the gate). For WXPN members, tickets for Friday night are $5.00 (advance or at the gate), Saturday or Sunday $5.00 in advance ($10.00 at the gate). Children 2-12 are $5.00 at all times. Tickets are available online at www.xpn.org and at various CD store outlets in the Philadelphia area.

Penn's Landing is Philadelphia's Waterfront district, running along Columbus Boulevard from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street. The two main sites for the more than 75 festivals, concerts, and events at Penn's Landing are the Great Plaza, located along the Delaware River at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street, and Festival Pier, home of the Blue Cross RiverRink on Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street. Independence Blue Cross is the presenting sponsor of the 2004 Summer Season at Penn’s Landing. For general information call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.pennslandingcorp.com.

WXPN-FM is the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier radio showcase for contemporary music that spans the progressive edges of rock, folk, rhythm and blues, and American roots. WXPN can be heard in the greater Philadelphia/South Jersey area on 88.5 FM. in the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, in Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, and in Harrisburg at 88.1 FM. WXPN is also available worldwide via streaming audio at www.xpn.org. The station produces programming for national syndication. Its signature series World Cafe with David Dye is distributed by Public Radio International and broadcasts daily on more than 160 public radio stations nationwide. WXPN also produces the Peabody-Award winning Kids Corner, hosted by Kathy O'Connell. For more information visit www.xpn.org, www.WorldCafe.org, www.kidscorner.org, or call WXPN at (215) 898-6677.

Coverage is invited.

CONTACT:
Kim Winnick
WXPN-88.5
(215) 573-3339

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