Dye also names his top 5 essential funk songs
PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 12, 2018): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN will celebrate 25 years of Funky Friday, its popular Friday afternoon program of funk music, by presenting three free dance parties on November 1, 2 and 3. Funky Friday host David Dye will leave the WXPN studios to visit Ardmore, Lancaster, and Easton, Pennsylvania, where he will spin the funky tunes that mark the end of the work week on WXPN 88.5 FM.
Admission to each of the three Funky Friday dance parties is free with RSVP starting Monday at October 15 at xpn.org:
● Thursday, Nov. 1 at Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003)
7 pm to 10 pm
● Friday, Nov. 2 at Tellus360 (24 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602)
4 pm to 8 pm featuring live WXPN “Funky Friday” radio broadcast from 4 pm to 7 pm
● Saturday, Nov. 3 at the State Theater at Bacon Festival (453 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042)
6 pm to 9 pm
Since mid-1995, Dye has hosted Funky Friday, which was launched on a hot Friday afternoon in August 1993 by then-WXPN DJ Elise Brown. As the show grew in popularity, it has expanded in length, and can now be heard every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Dye, who hosted WXPN’s nationally-syndicated music program World Cafe from 1992 to 2017, was already widely known as “Mr. Friday Night” from hosting The Friday Flashback for more than a decade on Philly radio station WIOQ-FM before he joined WXPN. That show evolved into a weekly, live radio broadcast from West Philadelphia nightclub the Chestnut Cabaret, featuring Dye spinning rhythmic music. “So I feel like I understand listeners’ Friday night mindset pretty well by now,” he laughed.
For Funky Friday, Dye is liable to spin anything funky from the 1950s to brand new funk, but music from the predominantly funky 1970s is always well-represented (and requested). Dye creates special features for the show’s 6 pm hour, such as artist blocks, funk songs from specific years, and themes such as “brothers and sisters” (Sister Sledge and the Neville Brothers, for example). About 20 percent of Funky Friday content is listener requests.
When asked about the show’s enduring popularity with WXPN members and listeners, Dye takes little credit. “Funk is the ultimate party music because it’s so upbeat,” he said. “It’s about having fun, so it’s perfect for the transition from the work week into the weekend, and it gets everybody happy and moving. It's impossible not to dance, even in your car seat or in front of the stove. Over the years I have received many videos of kids and their parents funkin' out."
As part of the show’s 25th anniversary celebration, Dye has put together a “Funk Essentials” Spotify playlist and provided this “Top Five” list of funk songs that are guaranteed to get the party started:
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