WXPN’s significant contributions to this project include all the content related to World Cafe®, the nationally recognized and award-winning program hosted by David Dye. The World official Web site for the show is now part of NPR Music and is where users can listen to show archives, retrieve previous playlists, read about the guest artists, and get WORLD CAFE podcasts. The station has also provided NPR Music with more than 100 live concert archives featuring artists such as Hall & Oates, Tegan and Sara, Rufus Wainright and Marc Broussard, and will provide new live concerts to the site every week. NPR Music also features three music streams from the station – WXPN, Y-Rock On XPN and XPoNential Radio – as well as the WXPN All About the Music blog, and daily downloads from WXPN.
“We're really psyched to be a part of this NPR Music project,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN program director. “WXPN has some incredible programming, including World Cafe with interviews and performances from some of the coolest new musicians around, as well as our weekly live concerts. If you're a fan of musical discovery, then the new NPR Music Web site will be a music lover's paradise."
“WXPN is a significant contributor to this partnership and is known as one of the leading Triple A music stations in the country,” said Maria Thomas, Senior Vice President, NPR Digital Media. “We’re delighted that our colleagues at WXPN are joining 11 other stations and NPR in this new public service. NPR Music evolves the high-quality music journalism, performance and presentation that have been the longtime trademark of WXPN, NPR and public radio.”
Specific sections of the site are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. In each genre, program and subject area, users can explore this new NPR Web site for renowned music journalism; intimate interviews and studio sessions with artists and bands; NPR’s and stations’ popular national and regional web concerts; reviews and news; original blogs from critics, experts and artists; and podcasts.
The site culls content from NPR’s and partner stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; the site’s Artist Index, an A to Z artist directory, will, in the beginning, offer content about more than 2000 performers. More than 200 new features will be added from NPR and partner stations monthly, joining thousands of hours of archived concert, story, review and interview pieces.
NPR Music also offers original video and audio features. Along with the Artist Index, some of the new elements are:
Project Song – a video feature challenging songwriters to write and record an original song in two days at the NPR studios. The first participant is songwriter Stephin Merritt, to be followed by indie band Georgie James
Studio Sessions – in-studio audio and video performances recorded at NPR and Member stations
Discover Songs – audio stories about, and recommendations for, individual songs
Music Lists – five-song listening sets curated by musicians and public radio music personalities
The site also features two new blogs. The “All Songs Considered” blog, written by producers Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, will go behind the scenes of the weekly music show. “Monitor Mix” will offer music picks and industry news from writer and musician Carrie Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney.
Coinciding with the launch of NPR Music is a media player exclusive to NPR, available across www.NPR.org The player allows users to create a playlist for audio or video (dating from May 2005 to present) on the site and makes dynamic recommendations for related content depending on a user’s selections. The playlist also offers persistent links to NPR’s 24-hour stream and the five-minute NPR News Summary./
Joining WXPN and NPR on this new service are Member stations KEXP and KPLU Seattle; KUT Austin; WBGO Newark; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFUV and WNYC New York; WGBH Boston; WGUC Cincinnati; WKSU/Folk Alley, Kent, Ohio; and American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio. All partners will provide content including live concerts, studio sessions, features and reviews. NPR Music also links to the live music streams of all participating stations. Additional stations and producers will join in the coming months.
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 the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN 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 and XPoNentialMusic.org.