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June, 2013
Elizabeth McCall, a sustaining Member from Glenside, PA will be attending the Dave Matthews Band Concert on June 28, and meeting Dave Matthews!

Karen and Ken Bubar, sustaining members from Elkton, MD won the Steely Dan Front Row tickets!

May, 2013
Michele Stambaugh, a sustaining member from Yardley, PA, won front row tickets to see Joan Biaz & Indigo Girls at the Mann Music Center on Thursday, June 20.

Richard and Sharon Dunoff, members from Havertown, PA won Front Row tickets to see the National at the Mann on June 7!

Barbara Bassett & Jon Gluckman, Sustaining Members from Haddonfield, NJ won the front row seats to see Patty Griffin at the Kimmel Center Thursday, June 6!

Kriste Lindenmeyer, a Sustaining Member from Philadelphia, won two VIP Passes for the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware from June 21 – 23!

Mark Stern & Susan Seifert, sustaining members from Philadelphia
Won two Passes to the 2013 NonCOMMvention which allowed them to attend all the music events and special listener conferences.

April, 2013
Cheryl Seelig an XPN Member from Medford, NJ
Cheryl attends the XPoNential Music Festival every year with her family has won the front row tickets for the Lumineers and Dr. Dog Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 27, 2012!

March, 2013
Caris Baliles from Harleysville, PA, a sustaining member of WPXN since December, 2012 won two front row tickets with parking passes to the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster show at the Mann Center on July 18, 2013!

February, 2013
Scott Campbell of Berwyn, PA won a pair of tickets to the sold out Feb 16 Mumford and Sons Show at SBC!


December, 2012

Pam Magidson from Ardmore, PA
won the 2012 Year In Review Contest, which included a 32GB iPod Touch loaded with the Top 200 songs from the best-of countdown and a $200 Gift Certificate to the XPN Shop.

Cynthia & Jim Naughton XPN Members from
Philadelphia, PA

The Naughtons won tickets for two to the Rolling Stones show at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, December 8, 2012 overnight hotel accommodations, and round trip train fare from Philadelphia to New York City. Prize courtesy of Interscope Records and WXPN. November, 2012

Five XPN listeners won tickets for two with a pre-concert Meet 'N Greet with jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers at the Trocadero on November 8!
Lisa Brown of Cheltenham
Joel Clelan of Harrisburg
Mark Horwitz of Haddonfield
David & Susan Pingree of Philadelphia
Jamie & Jeanine Alesi of Delran

"The show was great. My sister is a rabid Bob/Little Bob fan and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jakob and the band. She's an artist and has actually painted many a picture of Bob Dylan. She hasn't painted the Wallflowers yet but perhaps I will recommend it to her. Coincidentally, soon after the show I got an email from my Dad about tickets to the Bob Dylan/Mark Knophler show that were being offered for $20 a pair as part of a Sandy relief effort. So after not seeing a show in six months, I went to three shows (I also saw Ray Lamontagne at the Tower) in two weeks, and my sister saw both of her favorite Dylans. Thanks again for the tickets!" -Jamie & Jeanine Alesi October, 2012

Marykate & Larry Johnson Sustaining members from Richboro, PA
Won the World Cafe Travel Adventure Trip to Memphis!

I would like to extend to Roger LaMay, David Dye, Kim, Video Bob and all those at WXPN a heart felt THANK YOU for the trip to Memphis, TN and Clarksdale, MS. My husband Larry and I were captivated from the moment we touched down in Memphis. The live music and the local history was phenomenal. Although the music was at the forefront, the history behind the music, artists and region was no less spectacular. The diversity of opportunities provided was a true expression of the mission of WXPN. As was stated as we were leaving Memphis, "what other trip begins with Grace Potter and ends with music in a juke joint".
A special thank you to Collette Travel, our tour guide Derek and our driver Arthur.
I have attached a photo of us at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS. It was a truly special way to end our trip and celebrate my birthday as well!
Please pass along my message to all those involved. We look forward to supporting WXPN in the future.
Marykate Johnson

September, 2012

Anthony (Tony) Filipowicz, Sustaining Member from Trenton, NJ
Won the trip for two to Belfast, Ireland to see Van Morrison perform on October 20!

Beth Brogan of West Chester, Pa
Won a pair of BOX SEATS and VIP LOUNGE Passes to the Bon Iver concert at The Mann on September 16 with free parking and an autographed vinyl album.

David Pilaitis, a sustaining member from W. Deptford, NJ
Won the Golden Electric Factory Concert Ticket, giving him a pair of tickets to a dozen concerts at the Electric Factory this fall, starting with the Afghan Whigs on Sep 27!

Jeff Pargeon, Philadelphia
Won the trip for two to Chicago to see David Byrne & St. Vincent celebrate the release of Love This Giant at the Chicago Theater, PLUS tickets to their September 27th show at the Tower.

August, 2012

XPN Member Michael McKenna from New Park, PA (York county)
was the winner of the 885 Greatest Rock Songs Countdown Contest. Michael and his wife Sally stopped by the station to pick up their prize – an iPad2 plus a pair of tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Sunday, September 2 at Citizens Bank Park. When asked about the list he submitted for the contest, both Michael and his wife had selected a Springsteen song as their number 1 favorite rock song!

Visit Ithaca Contest
Ten lucky winners - who all happen to be Sustaining Members of WXPN, are going to Ithaca, NY for a great weekend of music and dining! The trip includes two nights hotel stay, two dinners including one with the group at the famous Moosewood Restaurant, Wine tasting at the Finger Lakes Wine Center, a trip to the Farmers Market, lunch at Fine Line Bistro, and a concert with Josh Ritter.

Mark Cofta, Ridley Park, PA
Paul Manley, Locust, NJ
Geri & Mike Flannery, Audubon, NJ
Chris Lawrence, Mechanicsburg, PA
Ariel Ben-Amos, Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer & Dan Comer, Camden, NJ
Thomas Wyatt & Patti Byrd, Duncannon, PA (Volunteers extraordinaire!)
Josh Buchanan, Devon, PA
Carol Finkle, Philadelphia, PA
Casey Snyder & Benet Donnelly, Conshohocken, PA

Patti and Tom wrote ... "We can’t even express how excited we are…we didn’t plan a vacation this year and most our weekend “getaways” are based on festivals that we are volunteering for…With my layoff looming at some unknown point between now and the end of year, we didn’t make plans for that or for Friendfest this year… This trip is so special to us! We couldn’t have planned it better! Membership absolutely has it benefits and its serendipitous surprises too! We love XPN and YOU!" Patti and Tom

Mark Cofta wrote..."Dear Deb, Sorry I didn't reply sooner -- we had to recover from the shock, and adjust our life-long "we never win anything" attitudes. We're thrilled to join you on this adventure. I spent the summer of 1983 in Ithaca, interning at the Hangar Theatre, so I'm looking forward to seeing the town again." Sincerely, Mark & Kate Cofta

Kate Falen, a member from Philadelphia
Won the Peach Festival Three Day Pass happening August 10 – 12 at Montage Mountain with the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more! Congratulations, Kate!

July, 2012

Nicki & Justin Bruton, a sustaining member from West Chester, PA
Won the front row tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at Citizens Bank Park on September 3rd!

Justin wrote...Thanks so much again, Deb! I just completed the forms and will drop them in the mail this afternoon. You made my 4th! I LOVE XPN! Justin

June, 2012

Carolyn & Tom Spencer
Members from Glenside PA

Won the McCartney Monday Contest with a grand prize of 20CDs and special editions to celebrate the re-issue of RAM and Paul McCartney’s 70th Birthday.

Joanne White
A long time member from Harrisburg

has won a pair of front row seats for Coldplay at the Wells Fargo Center on July 5th!

Eric Weiner
XPN Sustaining Member from Philadelphia

Eric won the Spend two nights with Grace Potter Contest! He’ll be seeing Grace Potter and the Nocturnals open for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at Lincoln Financial Field on June 16, and again at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on June 17 with a Meet and greet at the Queen and an autographed CD.

Lynell Pastormerlo
Longtime member from Philadelphia

Won a pair of box seats for "An Evening with FURTHER: Phil Lesh & Bob Weir featuring Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker, Jeff Pehrson" on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Mann!

Rebecca Moscia
Mew member from Philadelphia

Won a pair of 3-Day passes to the Phish Concert in Atlantic City and hotel accommodations at the Tropicana!

Robin Weiss from Lindenwold, NJ
Won two VIP Passes to the Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain, August 10 - 12, featuring the Allman Brothers Band, Zac Brown Band, OAR, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more. Plus a camping pass.

May, 2012

Brian and Tina Phillips
XPN Members from Lebanon, PA

Won front row seats to see Norah Jones at The Mann on June 28.

Kevin Carragher
Brand new member from East Norriton, PA
Finally took the membership plunge hoping to win the Roger Waters Contest! Kevin sat in the 5th row at the July 14 show at Citizens Bank Park.

Kevin wrote..."Deb, Mind-boggling seats and a sensational, creative, and exhilarating show. Thanks again." Kevin

Tom Hughes
XPN Member from Lansdowne, PA

Long time member, Tom Hughes won the pair of tickets and meet & greet with Bonnie Raitt at the Academy of Music on June 16! Tom has been a member of WXPN for over 20 years!

Lisa & Jim Hersh
March 10, 2012
Lisa & Jim Hersh won a pair of (front pit) tickets for the March 10 concert of The Black Keys at the Wells Fargo Center!

Lisa & Jim Hersh (center) with The Black Keys at Wells Fargo Center
March, 2012

Mike Bailer
XPN member from Ridley Park

Mike won the front row tickets to see the Beach Boys on June 16, 2012 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Mike became a member of WXPN for the first time this year – what a great way to welcome him to membership!

Patricia Webb
XPN Member from Telford PA

Patricia won a pair of tickets to see Bruce Springsteen on March 28th at the Wells Fargo Center!

James Alvare
Jim won tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at the Wells Fargo Center.
"Thank you (Deb) and WXPN very much for the Springsteen tickets. My wife, Michelle and I, had a great time and wanted let you know how much we appreciate WXPN and all that you and the staff do to provide quality music radio in Phila.. I attached a photo with smiles. Keep up the good work." ~ Jim Alvare

Linda Harris
XPN Member, Havertown

Linda won the trip to New York City for two to see The Shins perform at Poisson Rouge in NYC on March 7, 2012, to celebrate the release of The Shins new album, Port of Morrow. An exclusive NPR First Listen live streaming event!

"I just got back from NY and had a great time. The Shins were really great and the hotel was a very nice boutique hotel in Soho. Thanks to you and WXPN. My guest and I had a really wonderful couple of days. I took some pictures at the Shins event inside the club but Le Poisson Rouge was very dark so I don't know if they will come out. If they are any good, I will email them to you. Thanks." ~ Linda Harris

April, 2012

These 5 lucky XPN listeners each won a pair of tickets to see Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band on September 2 at Citizens Bank Park!
Joel Clelan, a member from Harrisburg, PA
Tom Ueker, a member from Dover, PA
Lois Cassisi, a member from Vineland, NJ
Leslie Truluck, a member from Chester, PA
Paul Toepel, a member from Mt Laurel NJ

Joel Clelan wrote ..."WOW! Thank you so much! I renew each year and also love coming to the XPN festival each summer."

John Ihlenfeldt

March 10, 2012
John won a pair of (front pit) tickets for the March 10 concert of The Black Keys at the Wells Fargo Center!

March, 2012

Bob Galindo, Turnersville, NJ

Bob won the Springsteen Prize Pack Contest in February, 2012, which included 2 Reserved Seats Tickets to the March 28, 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band Concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, Two Nights Hotel Accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, two tickets to the XPN Beggars Banquet on March 31, two passes to the From Asbury Park to the Promised Land, The Music of Bruce Springsteen Exhibit and a year's membership to the National Constitution Center, an iPad loaded with Bruce Springsteen studio albums and theBruce Springsteen In Concert MTV Unplugged DVD. He sent this post from Beggars Banquet...
"Nicole's (Atkins) friend tried several times to take a shot of Nicole (Atkins) and I with my iphone, to no avail. Nicole grabbed the iphone and held it at arms length for that grab shot....Can't thank XPN enough for a great week and the ongoing gift of the Constitution Center, ipad and Bruce albums...My wife and I had a great time at the Springsteen exhibit. Again, another prize."

Karen Hartley
May, 2011

Karen won the trip to Key West with airfare for two, Florida including four nights stay at the Ambrosia House Bed and Breakfast with bike rentals, a bottle of welcome champagne and breakfast included, dinner and lunch at the Rum Barrel and live music and complimentary beverages at the Green Parrot Bar.

"We are having a fantastic time! Didn't have to call John at all - the Ambrosia is taking care of everything. We visited the Green Parrot Bar for early evening drinks Sat. night - they treated us like VIPs! We biked around on Sunday - toured a non-profit artist studios and gallery and explored the Eco-discovery center to learn about the reefs.

Had a delicious dinner at the Rum Barrel Restaurant Sunday night on their second floor deck. Lazed on the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and celebrated the sunset at Mallroy Square yesterday. Today it was snorkeling on the reef...Here are some photos if you see any you'd like to use. Will send a few more photos in a day or two - we are returning to Rum Barrel & Green Parrot tonight!"
~ Thanks, Karen Hartley

Connie DiVincenzo, XPN Member
February - March, 2011

Connie won the trip to New Orleans for two, as part of the World Cafe Travel Adventure to New Orleans, one of the most musically rich cities in the world, with David Dye. Trip included round trip air for two to New Orleans, LA to see Amos Lee and the Decemberists at New Orleans JazzFest (4/29/11 to 5/1/11); 3 nights hotel accommodations and a pair (2) of tickets to the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

"The call came to my desk at work. I was unbelieveably shocked... you can ask Deb Ashmore. She said..."it was the best call she had all day". I remember saying "omg,omg are you sure..laughing and crying at the same time, What a day. I wanted to go on that trip from the moment it was announced. Still can't believe I won....Winning was only the beginning. The World Cafe, WXPN and the entire staff planned such a wonderful time for all the travelers. The music, the food, the culture of New Orleans we did it all. The tapings, the casual discussions about music and the station really gave insight to the happenings behind the scenes. But, by far when we paraded with the kids in the ROOTS OF MUSIC marching band down the streets of the French Quarter what a moment.... I will never forget the Soul Rebels..Preservation Hall...Frenchman Street...etc, etc...Oh yea and cups to go...! Hopefully the Cafe will return to NOLA.

Gary Gallo
XPN Member from Hatboro, PA

January, 2012

Gary won a pair of front row tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers on May 11 at the Wells Fargo Center!

Don Groff from Narberth, PA
January, 2012

Don won a pair of tickets to see Bela Fleck & The Flecktones on Sunday, March 25 at the Sovereign Center in Reading.

"Thanks to Deb & XPN for free fix to Bela Fleck! Concert Sunday in Reading was spectacular! XPN rocks."