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Benefit Concert Raises $30,000 to Support WXPN Musicians On Call Program

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Josh Ritter performs at the WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert at World Cafe Live on March 6. The concert raised $30,000 for the WXPN Musicians On Call program.

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(Left to right): XPN Local artists Allison Taylor, Scot Sax, Suzie Brown, Lizanne Knott, Kuf Knotz and Blaqmel perform at the WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert at World Cafe Live on March 6.


WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay (left) and U.S. Senator for Delaware Tom Carper at the WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – WXPN (http://www.xpn.org), the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, raised $30,000 for the WXPN Musicians On Call program during a benefit concert at World Cafe Live on March 6. The concert featured an acoustic performance by Josh Ritter and an "in the round" performance by XPN Local artists Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax and Kuf Knotz.

“We are incredibly thankful for the support of our members and the talented musicians and guides who make the WXPN Musicians On Call program possible,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “The proceeds raised through this benefit concert will help us continue to bring live music to and brighten the lives of so many patients at local hospitals.”

Nearly 500 people attended the event. In addition to money raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and donations, Josh Ritter donated $600 in merchandise proceeds to the program.

WXPN Musicians On Call is a non-profit initiative that brings musicians to local hospitals to perform at patients’ bedsides. Since 2004, the program has touched the lives of more than 30,000 patients and their families in healthcare facilities throughout the Philadelphia region. Over the past six years, 135 volunteer musicians and 38 volunteer guides have regularly participated in the program by providing weekly performances for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. In addition to live music, the program also provides local hospitals with CD Pharmacies featuring a CD listening library and CD players for patients’ use.

Anyone who would like to support WXPN Musicians On Call can make a donation online at anytime at ww.xpn.org/moc. For more information, contact Kim Winnick, WXPN Marketing Director, 215.573.3339 or visit www.xpn.org/moc.

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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 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 (yrockonxpn.org) 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.

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