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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Shay, a Philadelphia native, has been named "The Dean of American Folk DJs" by the Philadelphia Daily News and "The Godfather of American Folk" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, among other accolades. At age 78, he is still as enthusiastic about sharing new folk music and artists with XPN listeners as he was when he first started playing folk music on Sunday nights on Philly's airwaves during the early 1960s.

Bruce Warren, WXPN'S Assistant General Manager for Programming, said, "Gene Shay has guided and enlightened WXPN and its listeners over many years, and we're proud that he can be heard every week on two XPN broadcast platforms. In addition to entertaining folk music lovers and XPN listeners, he is also a constant source of inspiration for those of us who are fortunate enough to work with him."

WXPN and Gene Shay have a long history together: For more than 20 years, Shay has hosted the Folk Show, which can be heard Sundays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. He can also be heard on Folk Alley, a 24-hour XPN music stream, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. And it was Gene Shay who coined the name 22 years ago for a new XPN program, World Cafe, that has grown into the station's acclaimed music and interview program now syndicated nationwide by NPR.

Shay founded and still emcees the renowned annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, now in its 52nd year, and was the first promoter to bring Bob Dylan to perform in Philadelphia, fifty years ago to the day after his PMA Walk of Fame induction on October 24. He's a Charter Board Member of the International Folk Alliance, and has won numerous awards for his advocacy and support of folk music, including his efforts to expose new artists and bring folk music to more audiences.

The PMA inducts Philadelphia music legends into the Walk of Fame to highlight their incredible contributions to the world of music, and to highlight Philadelphia's rich musical legacy. One of the city's top cultural attractions, the Walk of Fame is located along the Avenue of the Arts (Broad Street, between Walnut and Spruce Streets).

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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 Cornerhosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio stream 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