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WXPN AND LIVE NATION ANNOUNCE
THE WAR ON DRUGS
STURGILL SIMPSON
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
WILL PLAY THE 2018 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU
SATURDAY, JULY 28 - BB&T PAVILION IN CAMDEN, NJ
2018 XPoNential Music Festival dates are July 27, 28 & 29

Tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 AM

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 13, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed up with promoter Live Nation to present performances at BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront as part of WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Performing on Saturday night July 28, 2018 at the BB&T Pavilion will be The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The War On Drugs
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sturgill Simpson

This will be the third appearance for the popular band The War On Drugs, who played the festival in 2008 and 2012. 2018 will mark the third consecutive year that Preservation Hall Jazz Band has played the event, and the first appearance by Sturgill Simpson, whose album A Sailor's Guide to Earth won the GRAMMY for Best Country Album earlier this year.

The 2018 XPoNential Music Festival will take place Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved and lawn tickets for the Saturday, July 28 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 15 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 14th year at Wiggins Park and 7th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

The complete lineup of artists performing at the festival will be announced and more details will follow at a future date.

All current information regarding the annual XPoNential Music Festival is located at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion
The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.
Stephen Kallao PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 4, 2017):  WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, announced that Stephen Kallao has joined the program as Contributing Host, as of today. As Contributing Host, Kallao will assist in producing the program’s radio and digital special features and conduct interviews with a wide variety of musicians. He is based in Philadelphia.

  Kallao is a Chicago native with 20-plus years’ experience in hosting, programming, copywriting, and production for commercial and noncommercial radio stations, including WYMS and WLUM in Milwaukee; KUFO and KNRK in Portland, OR; and 91X in San Diego. He received multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Awards, including two for Best Radio Show, among others for Best Interview, Best Specialty Programming, and more. Recently, he was Director of Imaging, Radio Content for online music service Slacker, Inc., in San Diego.  

Kallao is a Chicago native with 20-plus years’ experience in hosting, programming, copywriting, and production for commercial and noncommercial radio stations, including WYMS and WLUM in Milwaukee; KUFO and KNRK in Portland, OR; and 91X in San Diego. He received multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Awards, including two for Best Radio Show, among others for Best Interview, Best Specialty Programming, and more. Recently, he was Director of Imaging, Radio Content for online music service Slacker, Inc., in San Diego.

“I’m so excited to welcome Stephen to the team here at World Cafe,” said host Talia Schlanger. “Not only is his passion for music infectious, but he has the experience, chops and drive to bring that passion to life on the radio. I know our listeners will love sharing in Stephen’s musical taste, and I can’t wait to do the same!”

"When I worked at Radio Milwaukee, we constantly name-checked WXPN and World Cafe as examples of 'the right way to do things,' said Kallao. “To be extended an invite from a group that ‘gets it’ is unbelievably humbling. I'm excited to work with an undeniable talent like Talia Schlanger, and to learn from her, Executive Producer Bruce Warren, and the entire team at WXPN. Thanks to Kevin Stapleford and Slacker Radio for giving me a near unlimited runway to build some great things. Can't wait to get started building again at WXPN." A unique daily program of musical discovery, World Cafe is where more than a half million listeners each week are introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, through exclusive interviews, performances, and special features. Hosted by Talia Schlanger, it is recorded and produced at WXPN in Philadelphia with additional exclusive content gathered at its Nashville hub and from other locations across the globe. World Cafe is distributed to more than 200 U.S. radio stations by NPR.  
WXPN, the member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, announced today that media strategist Larry Ceisler has been named Chair of the WXPN Policy Board.

Ceisler will serve as Chair for a term of three years. The Policy Board advises the university president and administration, including the WXPN general manager, on broad policies and plans pertaining to the overall management and direction of the station. The Chair and members are appointed by the President of the University of Pennsylvania. The 23-member board focuses on issues including WXPN’s mission, long-range goals and objectives, fundraising, budget and finance, as well as university and community service.

While serving as a WXPN Policy Board member, Ceisler was co-chair of WXPN’s World Cafe Next campaign, which raised more than $1 million for the program’s future investment.

“Larry has been an active and insightful board member,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “He brings decades of media experience to his new role on the board.”

Ceisler is a national leader in strategic communications, with more than 25 years of experience executing public affairs strategies, grassroots efforts and issue campaigns. As principal of Ceisler Media, he closely manages the activities of the firm, serving clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to regional businesses and non-profits. These include Comcast Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, AmeriHealth Caritas, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Ceisler is also a respected analyst of politics and government, having worked on the campaign and administration of Mayor W. Wilson Goode.

This new appointment is especially fitting, as Ceisler has close ties to the University of Pennsylvania community. His wife, Dr. Lina Hartocollis, is Dean of Students and Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work Program at the university’s School of Social Policy and Practice. His daughter Hannah is a senior majoring in English and creative writing. Ceisler also attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law.

“I believe WXPN is a true cultural treasure of our city, and I am profoundly honored to be named Chair,” said Ceisler. “Thanks to the University of Pennsylvania, I will work with my board members and the university to ensure that WXPN remains a leader in providing quality programming, and that its music continues to impact its listeners.”

Ceisler also serves as a board member for MANNA, a non-profit organization that delivers nutritious, medically appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to patients across the Delaware Valley and South Jersey who are battling life-threatening illnesses like cancer and HIV/AIDS. A native of Washington, Pennsylvania, Ceisler is a graduate of American University and Duquesne University School of Law.
  • OFFA REX (THE DECEMBERISTS & OLIVIA CHANEY), FOXYGEN, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF and PINEGROVE join festival lineup
  • Also added: THE DOVE & THE WOLF, NO GOOD SISTER, SWIFT TECHNIQUE, HURRY and HARDWORK MOVEMENT


PHILADELPHIA (MAY 5, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced additions to the lineup of artists performing in its 2017 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. The annual 3-day outdoor music festival will take place from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Full event details are at www.xpnfest.org.

ARTIST LINEUP ADDITIONS Just announced are Offa Rex (The Decemberists & Olivia Chaney), Foxygen, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Pinegrove, performing at the two stages in Wiggins Park. Plus, Philadelphia-area artists just announced who will perform at the festival include The Dove & The Wolf, No Good Sister, Swift Technique, Hurry and Hardwork Movement.

These artists join previously-announced Wiggins Park performers Drive-By Truckers, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Angel Olsen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Strand of Oaks, David Bromberg Quintet, Joseph, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, Arkells, Davy Knowles, Brownout, Adia Victoria, and Xenia Rubinos. More Wiggins Park artists and the full festival schedule will be announced.

Artists who will perform at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion as part of the XPoNential Music Festival are Wilco, Conor Oberst, and Hop Along on Friday, July 28, and Amos Lee and Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Spoon, along with special guests The Suffers and Chicano Batman, on Saturday, July 29. For all artist updates, visit www.xpnfest.org.

TICKETS -The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows, with the option to upgrade to reserved seating at BB&T Pavilion for evening shows there on July 28 and 29. To purchase, visit www.xpnfest.org/#tickets -Anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $25 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes: http://xpn.org/support-xpn/discover-xpn-membership -Single-day tickets are available for the July 29 & July 30 shows at BB&T Pavilion. For tickets: http://xpnfest.org/#tickets. Single-day Go-Everywhere Passes and tickets for Wiggins Park shows will become available in July.

FESTIVAL PREVIEW!

Amos Lee joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band to play a surprise Midnight Preserves show together on April 30 In New Orleans. PHOTO: Marc Millan

Last Sunday, April 30 during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Amos Lee joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band to provide audience members with a preview of their XPoNential Music Festival show together on Saturday, July 29 at the BB&T Pavilion.

ABOUT XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 13th year at Wiggins Park and 6th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All 2017 XPoNential Music Festival information is at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest! Twitter @xpnfest, Facebook facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram @wxpnfm.

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Hi-res artist photos are available upon request

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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.
WXPN ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS PERFORMING AT 2017 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU FRIDAY, JULY 28 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 30 IN CAMDEN, NJ
Performers at Wiggins Park include Drive-By Truckers / Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires / Angel Olsen / Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Strand of Oaks / David Bromberg Quintet / Joseph / Dave Hause / The Arkells / Davy Knowles / Brownout / Adia Victoria / Xenia Rubinos

3-Day Go Everywhere passes are on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 21, 2017): The initial lineup of artists performing at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront in the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru has been announced by WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania. The festival will take place from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion.

Artists who’ll perform at the two stages in Wiggins Park reflect the Festival’s commitment to musical diversity, and include Drive-By Truckers, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Angel Olsen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Strand of Oaks, David Bromberg Quintet, Joseph, Dave Hause, The Arkells, Davy Knowles, Brownout, Adia Victoria and Xenia Rubinos. More artists will be announced.

As previously announced, WXPN has again teamed with promoter Live Nation to present these XPoNential Music Festival performances at BB&T Pavilion on July 28 & 29: Wilco, Conor Oberst, Amos Lee and Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Spoon, and more.

The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere pass that provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows will be available as of 10 a.m., Friday, March 24 with the option to upgrade to reserved seating at BB&T Pavilion for evening shows there on July 28 and 29. Starting today, anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $25 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

Advance ticket prices below will be available for a limited time. WXPN Members at any level pay half price for 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass3-Day Go Everywhere Pass Plus 100 Level Seats3-Day Go Everywhere Pass Plus 200 Level Seats
Public $140 $247 $229
WXPN Member$70 $177$159
Child age 2-12 $15$122 $104


To purchase these, go to http://xpnfest.org/#tickets
To become a WXPN member, go to http://xpn.org/support-xpn/discover-xpn-membership

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 13th year at Wiggins Park and 6th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All 2017 XPoNential Music Festival information is at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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Hi-res artist photos are available

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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

WXPN AND LIVE NATION ANNOUNCE AMOS LEE & FRIENDS FEATURING PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, SPOON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE SUFFERS AND CHICANO BATMAN

SATURDAY, JULY 29 | BB&T PAVILION, CAMDEN, NJ AS PART OF THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU

2017 XPoNential Music Festival is July 28, 29 & 30 Tickets for Saturday night concert go on sale this Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 8, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed with promoter Live Nation to present performances at BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront as part of WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Performing on Saturday night July 29, 2017 at the BB&T Pavilion will be Amos Lee & Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Spoon. The Suffers and Chicano Batman are special guests.

All join previously-announced Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along, who will play BB&T Pavilion during the first night of the Festival, on Friday, July 28. Philadelphia native and Festival favorite Amos Lee previously played the 2004, 2006 and 2008 XPoNential Music Festivals. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Suffers and Chicano Batman performed memorable sets at last year's Festival. It will be the first time playing it for Austin, Texas-based indie rock band Spoon.

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival takes place Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved and lawn tickets for the Saturday, July 29 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. The complete lineup of artists performing at the Festival will be announced when 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes go on sale. More festival details are at xpnfest.org.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 13th year at Wiggins Park and 6th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All 2017 XPoNential Music Festival information is at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

About Live Nation Entertainment Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.

WXPN names Talia Schlanger as new host of World Cafe syndicated music radio program

Schlanger will succeed David Dye as host starting on April 3

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 24, 2017): WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, today announced that Talia Schlanger will succeed David Dye as the program’s host starting on Monday, April 3. The news was also revealed in a Philadelphia Inquirer article posted today at http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/dan_deluca/Celebrating-David-Dye-and-introducing-Talia-Schlanger-as-hosts-of-the-World-Cafe.html

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Schlanger joined World Cafe as Contributing Host and Radio Producer in October. She will become only the second host in the show’s 25-year history. Schlanger, age 31, was previously a radio and TV journalist, producer and host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), based in Toronto. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, she was also an actress in professional theater productions, including the first US national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot.

Of her new role, Schlanger said, “Like our listeners, I’m here as a music fan first. Discovering, sharing and connecting over artists is our collective passion, and it’s my mission to serve that as best I can on World Cafe. David Dye is so beloved and respected because for 25 years, audiences have been able to feel the genuine curiosity, excitement and care he has for the music he plays and for the artists who make it. I know this is a big change, but I hope our devoted World Cafe crowd will feel the same degree of passion and care coming from me as we charge forward with amps blaring.”

"Talia brings great storytelling, digital fluency, and a love and knowledge of music to our marquee program,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “She adds a fresh perspective to a program that continues to give new artists a national platform and audience."

A unique daily program of musical discovery, World Cafe is where more than half a million listeners each week are introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, through exclusive interviews, performances, and special features. It is recorded and produced at WXPN in Philadelphia, with additional exclusive content from its Nashville contributor and gathered from locations across the globe. World Cafe is distributed to more than 200 U.S. radio stations by NPR, and can be heard on WXPN from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

In November, David Dye announced that he would step down as World Cafe host and producer after March 31. He will, however, continue to contribute to the program on a part-time basis. Dye will also host a new, one-hour, weekend music program on WXPN starting on Sunday, April 2 called Dave’s World, that can be heard Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WXPN will pay tribute to David Dye for his 25 years as host and producer of World Cafe with a private special event in Philadelphia on March 1. The 25th anniversary of World Cafe will be celebrated by WXPN donors and members with two special concerts taking place on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

To learn more about World Cafe, visit http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe and http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/. Talia Schlanger can be followed on Twitter @TaliaSchlanger.

# # # 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

2017 XPoNential Music Festival dates are July 28, 29 & 30

Tickets for Friday night’s performance go on sale this Friday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 21, 2017): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed with promoter Live Nation to present performances at BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront as part of WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Performing on Friday night July 28, 2017 at the BB&T Pavilion will be Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along.

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival will take place Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved and lawn tickets for the Friday, July 28 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 24 at noon through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. The complete lineup of artists performing at the Festival will be announced next month when 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes go on sale.

Wilco, always popular with XPN and Philly-area audiences, previously performed at the 2012 and 2013 XPoNential Music Festivals, and Philadelphia-based Hop Along played the Festival in 2015. Conor Oberst will be performing the Festival for the first time.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 13th year at Wiggins Park and 6th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current information regarding the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is located at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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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 XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

About Live Nation Entertainment Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.