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Canadian broadcaster brings multi-media experience to new position with the NPR-distributed music program

PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 8, 2016): WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the daily NPR-distributed music program World Cafe, today announced that Canadian broadcaster Talia Schlanger will join World Cafe as Contributing Host and Radio Producer. Schlanger will start in this new position on October 3.

Schlanger is widely known in Canada for her work as a host/interviewer/writer for popular CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) TV and radio programs. She is host, writer and technical producer of CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning, and interim host of the weekly national music program Canada Live. She is also the frequent guest host for Weekday Mornings with Tom Power, in addition to CBC Radio 1 programs q., As It Happens and Because News. For CBC TV, Schlanger is host and co-writer of CBC Music’s weekly Backstage Pass show, and has worked on several national network television specials, including CBC Music Festival. She won a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for producing CBC Music’s The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions.

“World Cafe listeners are going to love Talia,” said World Cafe Host and Producer David Dye. “She’s a true music lover who’s also interviewed a large number of artists in multiple genres, which is a required skill for World Cafe’s format and eclectic music mix.”

World Cafe, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the coming year, features a wide range of music genres alongside live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. The program is distributed to more than 200 US radio stations through NPR Music, and produces two weekly podcasts: World Cafe Words and Music, featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians, and World Cafe Next, highlighting up-and-coming artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

Before joining the CBC, Schlanger, a Toronto native, worked as an actress and singer in rock musicals, and spent a year performing across the US in the first national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. In Toronto, she spent a year performing in Mamma Mia at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and understudied the two leads, Scaramouche and Oz, in the original Canadian company of Queen’s We Will Rock You at the Canon Theatre. She has also done TV work and voiceovers for commercials. She is a 2013 graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program.

"It's an honor and a thrill to be joining World Cafe,” said Schlanger. “I've long admired the incredible work being produced by the WXPN team. I'm so grateful to the CBC for the experience and opportunity it has given me, and am eager to start on this new adventure in Philadelphia!"

To learn more about World Cafe, visit World Cafe and here. Talia Schlanger can be followed on Twitter @TaliaSchlanger
About WXPN WXPN, 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, public 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 NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.