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PR 2013

WXPN will present the annual WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert hosted by Helen Leicht on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, featuring Matt Nathanson in a duo performance. Chris Kasper will open the show, with doors opening at 7pm and showtime at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at http://xpn.org/events/musicians-on-call-benefit.

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 16, 2013): Gennine Uliasz has joined WXPN,

Uliasz is responsible for collaborating with WXPN and World Cafe producers and staff to create engaging, shareable, multi-media content for WXPN’s website, The Key blog, and World Cafe on xpn.org, in addition to editorial projects, special events and social media.

Special Steel City broadcast on Wednesday, December 11

PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 27, 2013): For a special one-day edition of its Sense of Place series, the syndicated World Cafe radio program will explore the music of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring exclusive interviews and music performances that will be broadcast on Wednesday, December 11.

Also encourages donating to charitable organizations that “give” all year long

PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 25, 2013): WXPN is participating in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 3 by conducting a one-day, on-air fund drive. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities, and support of nonprofit organizations that give to our communities all year.

PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 21, 2013): The music elves at WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and the noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, are once again expanding the definition of holiday music. Starting on Friday, November 29, WXPN will treat listeners to a dedicated stream of eclectic holiday music, local artists performing holiday music, and the 20th anniversary of host Robert Drake’s annual live, 24-hour Christmas Eve music marathon.

Free app is available now for Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices


PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 18, 2013): WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, has introduced a new app for smartphones and other mobile devices that features Philadelphia-area concert and club listings, WXPN streaming audio, playlists, and much more.

Major upcoming WXPN events in 2014 you won’t want to miss

APRIL 2014: Public Radio Music Month - Support your local public radio music station!

MAY 14-16, 2014: 14th Annual Non-Commvention (World Cafe Live, Philadelphia)
The leading national gathering of non-commercial music radio stations and music industry reps also features a full lineup of artist showcases.

Motor City's music history and current scene is explored in series' 8th edition

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 17, 2013): For the eighth edition of its quarterly Sense of Place series, the syndicated World Cafe radio program visits Detroit, Michigan, with exclusive artist interviews and music performances that will be broadcast from Monday, October 21st through Friday, October 25th.

World Cafe Fiesta And Live Broadcasts Will Feature East LA’s La Santa Cecilia

PHILADELPHIA - WXPN will present the free World Cafe Fiesta and Live Broadcast with East LA's La Santa Cecilia, starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia (doors open at 7 p.m.). This free concert and live broadcast will further connect concertgoers and listeners with Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on the syndicated World Cafe radio program.

Nearly 2,000 XPN listeners submitted the 885 songs to be broadcast October 14-18

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 8, 2013): WXPN will launch its much-anticipated annual "885 Greatest Songs" countdown special broadcast on Monday, October 14 at 6 a.m., which will run through Friday, October 18. This year's theme is the "885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium," and all songs that will be heard from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the massive, five-day programming feature were submitted by WXPN listeners. To be eligible, all songs submitted must have been released after January 1, 2001.