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Legendary DJ Gene Shay Added To Folk Alley Host Line-Up
WXPN To Expand XPoNential Music Service

Philadelphia, PA - Folk Alley and WXPN today announced a partnership that will expand the reach of folk music on the Internet. WXPN will add the Folk Alley stream to XPoNential Music On Demand while Folk Alley will add WXPN folk DJ Gene Shay to their host line-up. FolkAlley.com will also promote XPoNential Music’s streaming Triple A radio format on its web site.

The Folk Alley stream will be up and running on XPoNential Music On Demand starting Monday, February 19. Beginning Saturday, February 24, Gene Shay will kick off his two-hour music show on Folk Alley, a 24-hour online music service produced by WKSU in Kent, Ohio. The show will air each Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. with the show replayed on Wednesdays, also from 5 to 7 p.m.

“This partnership is another step in XPoNential Music’s evolution,” said Roger LaMay, WXPN general manager. “Our listeners have varied and discerning tastes. Our mission is to provide them with a variety of good music choices that can not be found in commercial radio.”

Al Bartholet, WKSU executive director and general manager adds, “This is another step in the evolution of Folk Alley in its mission to be a comprehensive site for folk music on the web. We’re very pleased to be a partner with XPoNential Music.”

Gene Shay has produced folk music radio programs since 1962. Currently he can be heard weekly on Philadelphia’s 88.5 WXPN on Sunday nights from 8 to 11 p.m. In his 45 years on the folk scene Shay has been dubbed the “Godfather of Philadelphia Folk Music” and “the dean of American folk DJs.” Shay co-founded the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962 and continues to be an emcee at the festival. His early interviews with such greats as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt and Judy Collins are near-legendary.

“Gene Shay is greatly respected throughout the industry and by the Folk Alley staff,” said Linda Fahey, Folk Alley director of programming and marketing. “We are all very excited about Gene bringing his experience and knowledge about folk music to FolkAlley.com. This promises to be a very fruitful partnership. FolkAlley.com and XPoNential Music are the perfect Internet couple.”

“I look forward to connecting with folk fans all over the world through my new show on Folk Alley,” said Shay. “It’s thrilling to think that the show will be listened to by people in China, Finland, Ireland and the United States. The Internet has made it possible to bring folk music lovers together.”

WXPN 88.5 FM, 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 National Public Radio, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces Y-Rock On XPN, an online alternative rock music stream. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Harrisburg at 88.1 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.xpn.org and www.XPoNentialMusic.org.

Folk Alley brings the best in singer/songwriter, acoustic instrumental, Celtic, Americana, bluegrass, world and traditional folk styles to listeners across the U.S. and in more than 100 countries. Along with its 24-hour music stream, FolkAlley.com is the on-line source for Folk Alley playlists, artist interviews, folk music news, original performances and Open Mic, a virtual Internet “coffeehouse” that provides amateur and yet-to-be-discovered artists the chance to upload songs for consideration by Folk Alley’s nearly 70,000 registered users. FolkAlley.com is a member supported Internet venture produced by 89.7 WKSU, a service of Kent State University. From its main tower near Akron, four repeater stations and two translator signals, WKSU broadcasts to 22 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio and parts of Western Pennsylvania.