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30th Anniversary of WXPN’s Kids Corner radio show to be celebrated April 20-22 in Philadelphia

Special guest Dr. Demento will be part of KindieComm Trout Fishing in America will headline 30th anniversary concert

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 9, 2018): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its award-winning radio show Kids Corner later this month. Events will include the Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, April 22, and the biennial professional gathering of “kindie” (independent kids’ music) artists called KindieComm on April 20 & 21. Both events will take place at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.), the live music venue that shares a building with WXPN.

Kids Corner, America’s longest-running, daily call-in radio show just for kids, launched on WXPN January 4, 1988 with host Kathy O’Connell, who was joined by producer Robert Drake the following day. A grant from the William Penn Foundation helped to establish the unique program. In recognition of Kids Corner’s success in educating, entertaining and inspiring young listeners, it has earned more than 20 broadcasting awards for excellence and originality, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the Major Edwin Armstrong Award. In 2009, Philadelphia’s famed Mural Arts Program dedicated a Kids Corner mural made by Philly school kids at 43rd & Locust Streets in West Philadelphia.

“Kids Corner has sparked the imaginations and provided safe harbor for a generation of children who have grown up and have kids of their own who are now tuning in,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Kathy is a national treasure, and all of us in the XPN community applaud her impact.”

Broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday on WXPN and online at, the show is known for its lively mix of stimulating topics, kids’ interactions with O’Connell (known as just “Kathy” to her listeners) and her special guests, and lots of fun music. KindieComm and the Kids Corner Music Festival, both produced by WXPN, have grown from Kids Corner’s role as a prominent and respected showcase for kindie music.

“We’ve invited some of our all-time favorite kindie artists to join us for these special 30th anniversary events because their music is loved by the listeners of Kids Corner - and me,” said O’Connell.

The kindie artists who will perform at the Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert (open to the public) are Trout Fishing in America, Lard Dog and The Band of Shy, The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, and Billy Kelly. Artists participating in an industry showcase and/or sessions as part of KindieComm (industry members only) are Trout Fishing in America, Billy Jonas, Little Miss Ann, Jason Didner and Jungle Gym Jam, Michael and the Rockness Monsters, Señor Fancypants, and The Microphone Doctors, among others. Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell will interview Dr. Demento, the legendary American radio broadcaster and novelty song producer, in one of KindieComm’s industry sessions.

The Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert starts at 10:15 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) on Sunday, April 22 at World Cafe Live. Tickets are available at here.

More about KindieComm can be found at

More about Kids Corner can be found at the show’s website,