A replay of the festival, broadcast at the exact time it took place 50 years ago, will air exclusively on WXPN PHILADELPHIA (AUGUS T 8, 2 019): In a 4-day exclusive radio event, Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM will present a minute-by-minute replay of the legendary Woodstock music festival exactly 50 years to the day and hour later.
Beginning at 5:07 pm ET on Thursday, August 15 on WXPN, “Woodstock - As It Happened - 50 Years On”
will immediately transport listeners to Max Yasgur’s upstate New York farm for four days of music
performed by 32 artists, in the 1969 event originally billed as the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair (now
known simply as Woodstock), which started at 5:07 pm on Friday, August 15 and ended on Monday,
The innovative “as if you were there” broadcast on WXPN will include all of the culture-changing festival’s
stage announcements, and even the breaks between artist sets, when bad weather stopped the original
concert, to stay in sync with the timing and length of the original event. It will incorporate content found
in Rhino Entertainment’s massive new collection, WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN - THE
DEFINITIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE, containing 38 discs and 432 tracks, along with 267
previously unreleased audio tracks.
“ From the movie that came out in March of 1970, to the numerous collections of recordings released
over the years, there has yet to be a full authentic musical account of the concert until now,” said Bruce
Warren, WXPN Associate General Manager for Programming. “WXPN is going to pay the most effective
tribute to the music, the way it was originally performed, at exactly the same times the sets were
performed to give our listeners a feel for how it all really went down. ”
Warren added that WXPN’s epic Woodstock broadcast - which will be broadcast only once, and not
archived - will be complemented by musical trips back to the year 1969 on Thursday, August 15 in
WXPN’s weekly #TBT (Throwback Thursday) feature and on Saturday, August 17 in its weekly 50/50
feature (music from 50 years over 50 weeks, with a specific year featured every Saturday).
“Woodstock - As It Happened - 50 Years On,” a WXPN radio exclusive, is made possible with support
from Haverford Trust Company and Main Line Health.
For more information about WXPN, visit xpn.org.
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