Host Bios

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - Jingle Jams

XPN's own Kris Kringle, (Robert Drake) is presenting a unique mix of seasonal songs celebrating both the holiday and winter seasons.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

XPoNential Radio

Kathy O'Connell

Host of Kids Corner

Born & Raised

Born in Queens, NY, raised in Huntington, Long Island

First Record Purchased

"Hey Baby" by Bruce Chanel

First "Cassette" Owned

Pearl by Janis Joplin

First Concert

Murray the K’s Holiday Show at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre

Favorite Bands/Artists

Trout Fishing in America, The Beatles, Nellie McKay, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Cook

Favorite Local Bands

Hoots & Hellmouth

Favorite Movie and/or Book

Movies: All About Eve and The Producers. Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)

Musician You Were Most Excited to Meet

Pete Seeger

Favorite People

Soupy Sales, Carol Burnett

How You Got Into Radio

I started volunteering at WBAI in New Yorkthe day of the Three Mile Island accident.

Weirdest Boss t
The guy at WNYC whose walking off the kids' show sparked my career in kids' radio.


Three Things You Don't Know About Me:

1) I saw John F. Kennedy in person; 2) I saw The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965; 3) I went to secretarial school.

Previous Jobs, Stations, Work History You Want Listeners To Know About?

WBAI (New York), KBOS ("the most powerful rock & roll station in the San Joaquin Valley"), KFAT (Gilroy, CA), KWSS (the sappy station that bought KFAT), WNYC (New York)


Currently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania. If I live to be 90, I might get enough credits to get my BA.