PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – WXPN (http://www.xpn.org), the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and a noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, today debuted a new quarterly series entitled “Sense of Place” on its flagship program, World Cafe. Sense of Place, made possible by the Wyncote Foundation, gives listeners an insider’s view of a city’s music scene through the eyes of musicians and other prominent community figures. The first installment will feature Dublin, Ireland and run on-air through Friday, December 2 and live online here.
Sense of Place kicks off with the history of Dublin’s music scene and its evolution from the 1970s to present day. The segment will feature interviews with musician Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season; Niall Stokes, Editor of Ireland’s legendary music publication Hot Press Magazine and Conor O’Brien of the indie band Villagers. Throughout the week, listeners will learn about traditional Irish music, busking in Dublin, the best pubs and clubs to see live music, up-and-coming Irish musicians and more.
Sense of Place features a highly interactive digital experience on XPN’s website. The site includes a map with videos, important clubs, pubs, restaurants, historical sites and recommendations for what to see and do in a particular city. For Sense of Place: Dublin, the website features the best places to go to fully experience the city’s music scene and a video documenting World Cafe host David Dye’s trip to record the series.
“Music brings a city’s culture to life,” said Dye. “In Sense of Place, we showcase a city’s culture through the unique point of view of those who live and breathe the city’s music scene. We’re excited for our listeners to experience Dublin’s rich history and current musical landscape through the first installment of our new series.”
Future Sense of Place installments will highlight Portland, Ore., London and New Orleans. For more information about Sense of Place, please visit xpn.org/place. World Cafe airs at 2 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on WXPN. The program is also nationally syndicated by NPR and the full broadcast schedule is available online. For more information about World Cafe, please visit XPN.org/worldcafe.
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 the alternative rock service, XPN2 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.