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Bob Bumbera

News & Sports Director, XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
    (in no particular order)
    1. One Eskimo - Amazing
    2. JP Chrissie & the Fairground Boys - If You Let Me
    3. John Mellencamp - “No Better Than This
    4. Guster - Do You Love Me?
    5. Ray Lamontagne & the Pariah Dogs - Beg, Steal or Borrow
    6. Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard - Right to Complain
    7. Broken Bells & The Shins - The High Road
    8. Janelle Monae - Tightrope
    9. KT Tunstall - Fade Like a Shadow
    10. Tom Petty - I Should Have Known It
  • Albums
    1. JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys - Fidelity
    2. John Mellancamp - o Better than This
    3. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Mojo
    4. Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
    5. Ray LoMontagne - God Willin’ & the Creak Don’t Rise
    6. Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs of Love
    7. Trombone Shorty - Backatown
    8. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
    9. Lissie - Catching Tiger
    10. Broken Bells - Broken Bells

John Diliberto

Host of Sleepy Hollow, Sundays and Echoes

  • Songs
    1. Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
    2. Carmen Rizzo - Bring the Mountain Down
    3. Angus & Julia Stone - I'm Not Yours
    4. Black Angels - Bad Vibrations
    5. Nouvelle Vague - I'm Stranded
    6. Robert Rich - Ambergris
    7. Carbon Based Lifeforms - Frog
    8. Peter Gabriel - My Body Is A Cage
    9. Hungry Lucy - Bumble
    10. Laurie Anderson - Bodies in Motion
  • Albums
    1. Carbon Based Lifeforms - Interloper
    2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    3. Portico Quartet - Isla
    4. Robert Rich - Ylang
    5. Nouvelle Vague - The Best of Nouvelle Vague
    6. Hammock - Chasing After Shadows...Living With the Ghosts
    7. Willie Nelson - Satisfied Mind Country Music
    8. Nakai/Eaton/Clipman - Dancing Into Silence
    9. Carmen Rizzo - Looking Through Leaves
    10. Mark Preston - Nature and Design

David Dye

Host of World Cafe and Funky Friday

  • Songs
    1. Free Energy - Free Energy
    2. Dr Dog - Shadow People
    3. Broken Bells - The High Road
    4. Beach House – Zebra
    5. Janelle Monae – Tightrope
    6. !!! – AM/FM
    7. Ray LaMontagne - Beg Steal Or Borrow
    8. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Blue Skies
    9. The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Hit 'Em Up Style
    10. Modest Mouse – Satellite Skin
  • Albums
    1. Gorillaz-Plastic Beach
    2. The Black Keys – Brothers
    3. Arcade Fire-Suburbs
    4. Dr Dog-Shame, Shame
    5. Black Dub – Black Dub
    6. The National – High Violet
    7. Beach House –Teen Dream
    8. Phosphorescent-Here’s To Taking It Easy
    9. Soundways Presents The World Ends-Afro Rock and Psychedelia in 1970’s Nigeria
    10. Jim Lauderdale –Patchwork River

Dan Gutierrez

Weekend Host

  • Songs
    1. The Black Keys- Next Girl
    2. Broken Bells- The High Road
    3. Vampire Weekend- Cousins
    4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings- Money
    5. Gorillaz- Meloncholy Hill
    6. The National- Bloodbuzz Ohio
    7. Ray Lamontagne- Beg Steel Or Borrow
    8. Guster- Do You Love me?
    9. Beach House- Zebra
    10. Lissie- In Sleep
  • Albums
    1. Spoon- Transference
    2. Gaslight Anthem- American Slang
    3. Neil Young- Le Noise
    4. Delta Spirit- History From Below
    5. Ra Ra Riot- The Suburbs
    6. The Hold Steady- Heaven Is Whenever
    7. Mumford & Sons- Sigh No More
    8. Beach House- Teenage Dream
    9. Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers- Mojo
    10. LCD Sound System- This is happening

Helen Leicht

Host of XPN Midday, Leicht Lunch and XPN Local

  • Songs
    (in no particular order)
    1. Free Energy - Bang Pop
    2. Trombone Shorty - On Your Way Down
    3. Robert Francis - Nightfall
    4. Tom Petty - First Flash of Freedom
    5. Dawes - When My Time Comes
    6. The Black Keys - The Next Girl
    7. The Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
    8. Ray Lamontagne - Beg, Steal or Borrow
    9. Mumford & Sons - The Cave
    10. Local Natives - Sun Hands
  • Albums
    (in no particular order)
    1. Minus the Bear - Omni
    2. Ray Lamontagne - God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise
    3. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
    4. The Black Keys - Brothers
    5. Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
    6. Mumford & Sons - Sigh no More
    7. The National - High Violet
    8. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
    9. Ben Arnold - Simplify
    10. Kingsfoil - On Our Own Together

Michaela Majoun

Host of the XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
    1. K. T. Tunstall - Fade Like A Shadow
    2. Tracey Thorn - The Long White Dress
    3. The Black Keys - Next Girl
    4. Corrine Bailey Rae - Blackest Lily
    5. Ryan Bingham - Depression
    6. Alejandro Escovedo - Anchor
    7. Lissie - In Sleep
    8. Sade - Soldier of Love
    9. Citizen Cope - Healing Hands
    10. Ray LaMontagne - Beg Steal or Borrow
  • Albums
    1. K. T. Tunstall - Tiger Suit
    2. Tracey Thorn - Love And Its Opposite
    3. Ray LaMontagne - God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
    4. The Black Keys - Brothers
    5. John Legend and The Roots - Wake Up!
    6. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
    7. Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust
    8. Alejandro Escovdeo - Street Songs of Love
    9. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mojo

Jonny Meister

Host of The Blues Show and Blues and Beyond

  • Blues Songs
    1. Holmes Brothers - Edge Of The Ledge
    2. Teeny Tucker - I Live Alone
    3. Mose Allison - Modest Proposal
    4. Reverend K. M. Williams - When I Rise
    5. Eric Gales - When You've Got No Place To Go
    6. Eric Bibb - Sunrise Blues
    7. Guitar Shorty - Please Mr. President
    8. Daddy Mack Blues Band - Great Recession Blues
    9. Karen Lovely - Older Fool
    10. Eden Brent - In Love With Your Wallet
  • Blues Albums
    1. Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul
    2. Teeny Tucker - Keep The Blues Alive
    3. Mose Allison - The Way Of The World
    4. Reverend K. M. Williams - When I Rise
    5. Eric Gales - Relentless
    6. Guitar Shorty - Bare Knuckle
    7. Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles
    8. Karen Lovely - Still The Rain
    9. James Cotton - Giant
    10. Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love

Kathy O'Connell

Host, Kids Corner

  • Non-Kids Songs
    1. Trout Fishing in America - Safer Haven
    2. Gogol Bordello - Pala Tute
    3. Jonelle Monae - Tightrope
    4. Kenny White - Gotta Sing High
    5. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!
    6. Nellie McKay - Please
    7. Trombone Shorty - On Your Way Down
    8. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Paris (Ooh La La)
    9. Best Coast - Boyfriend
    10. Robert Plant's Band of Joy - Angel Dance
  • Non-Kids Corner Albums
    1. Trout Fishing in America - Lookin' at Lucky
    2. Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle
    3. John Legend & the Roots - Wake Up
    4. Mumford & Sons - Sigh no More
    5. She & Him - Volume Two
    6. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig
    7. Trombone Shorty - Backatown
    8. Various Artists - The Rounder Records Story (Boxed Set)
    9. Nellie McKay / Home Sweet Mobile Home
    10. Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season One

Dan Reed

WXPN Music Director; Host, Afternoons

  • Songs
    1. Retribution Gospel Choir – Working Hard
    2. Drive-By Truckers – Working This Job
    3. Dr. Dog – Shadow People
    4. Janelle Monae – Tightrope
    5. Neil Young – Hitchhiker
    6. Sade – Soldier Of Love
    7. Free Energy – Bang Pop
    8. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Blue Skies
    9. Best Coast – Boyfriend
    10. Ben Arnold – Simplify
  • Albums
    1. The Black Keys – Brothers
    2. Erykah Badu – New AmErykah Part Two: Return Of the Ankh
    3. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
    4. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
    5. Janelle Monae – The Archandroid
    6. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing
    7. Trombone Shorty – Backatown
    8. Sleigh Bells – Treats
    9. Bryan Ferry – Olympia
    10. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Mike Vasilikos

Assistant Music Director and Host, New Music Tuesdays

  • Songs
    1. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
    2. Beach House – Zebra
    3. Dr. Dog – Shadow People
    4. Best Coast – Boyfriend
    5. Ryan Bingham – Depression
    6. Lissie – In Sleep
    7. Kanye West – Power
    8. Ra Ra Riot – Boy
    9. J-Roddy Walston & The Business – Brave Man’s Death
    10. Delta Spirit – Ballad of Vitaly
  • Albums
    1. Delta Spirit – History From Below
    2. Vampire Weekend – Contra
    3. Beach House – Teenage Dream
    4. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
    5. The National – High Violet
    6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    7. Black Keys – Brothers
    8. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
    9. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
    10. John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!

Bruce Warren

Program Director

  • Songs
    (in no particular order)
    1. Bang Pop - Free Energy
    2. Helicopter - Deerhunter
    3. Shadow People - Dr. Dog
    4. Walk In The Park - Beach House
    5. Bright Lit Blue Sky - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
    6. The High Road - Broken Bells
    7. Repo Man - Ray LaMontagne
    8. Opposite Of Adults - Chiddy Bang
    9. Don't Do It - Sharon Van Etten
    10. When I'm Alone - Lissie
  • Albums
    1. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
    2. This Is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
    3. Gorilla Manor – Local Natives
    4. Halcyon Digest - Deer Hunter
    5. Shame, Shame – Dr Dog
    6. Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
    7. Teen Dream – Beach House
    8. Brothers – The Black Keys
    9. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
    10. Innerspeaker – Tame Impala

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