WXPN will broadcast acclaimed American Routes radio program starting this Sunday, June 19
Show’s new public radio home in Philadelphia will air it Sundays from 3 to 5 PM
PHILADELPHIA (JUNE 15, 2016): WXPN, the member-supported, public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, announced today that it will broadcast the popular syndicated American Routes radio program starting on Sunday, June 19. The weekly, two-hour music program will be heard on WXPN 88.5 FM Sundays from 3 PM to 5 PM.
Produced in New Orleans and distributed by PRX (Public Radio Exchange), American Routes presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical - and incorporates documentary features and artist interviews. Since its launch in 1998, American Routes has explored the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music, and how they are distinguished.
Until recently, American Routes was broadcast by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. When the show needed a new home, WXPN decided to carry it.
“We welcome American Routes and its listeners to the WXPN community and airwaves,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager for Programming, WXPN. “So much of what American Routes does fits into what WXPN is about in the vibrant and broad continuum of roots music. Producer and host Nick Spitzer incorporates R&B, blues, soul, New Orleans funk, hot zydeco music from Louisiana, elements of jazz and folk into his musical mix. He always very thoughtfully and thoroughly tells great stories about the music with the musicians who create it.”
Warren noted that Spitzer was a program director for WXPN during the early 1970s, and also contributed some expert insights to WXPN’s recent year-long, multi-media Zydeco Crossroads project.
Spitzer is a folklorist and a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University in New Orleans who specializes in American music and the cultures of the Gulf South. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas in 1986, with his dissertation on zydeco music and Afro-French Louisiana culture and identities.
“It will be a pleasure to join XPN’s soundscape,” said Spitzer. “My hope is that in a small way, we can all remind radio stations and listeners in America and globally that songs and stories, music and culture help us appreciate life’s trials and triumphs, and the many ways to express our shared humanity. As the old hymn goes, ‘We’ll understand it better by and by…’ or as Roy Brown wrote (and Elvis sang), ‘Well I heard the news… there’s good rockin’ tonight!’”
For more about American Routes, visit http://americanroutes.wwno.org, and for more about WXPN, visit http://xpn.org.