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Press Release Archives


New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis headlines 5-hour event at Lincoln Center in New York…

Elvis Costello, Norah Jones and Paul Simon are some of the many musicians scheduled to perform during Higher Ground: A Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. Philadelphia-area public radio stations WHYY (90.9 FM), WRTI (90.1 FM) and WXPN (88.5 FM) will simultaneously broadcast the five-hour music event, which is a fundraiser to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Higher Ground will also be broadcast on WHYY TV12 at 8 p.m.

WXPN Picks Up Awards in the Categories of Non-Commercial Triple A Station of the Year and Program Director of the Year

PHILADELPHIA, PA - 88.5 WXPN, the member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has once again won accolades from industry peers. At a music industry awards ceremony hosted by the radio trade publication Radio & Records, WXPN won Non-Commercial Triple A Station of the Year for the third consecutive year, while assistant general manager for programming, Bruce Warren, took home the award for Program Director of the Year, a category that included nominations from commercial radio stations.

New Partnership Will Build Audience, Create New Media Opportunities For Critically Acclaimed Programs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Public Radio Station; NPR Expands Commitment to Cultural and Arts Programming

WASHINGTON—NPR has acquired exclusive national distribution rights to WXPN Philadelphia’s World Cafe and Conversations from the World Cafe, two of radio’s most popular, influential contemporary music shows. The agreement was announced today by WXPN and NPR.

Patti Smith and Her Band, Indigo Girls and Rodney Crowell are among the more than 27 acts scheduled for WXPN's biggest annual music event ever happening July 22-24 at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN (88.5 FM), the noncommercial public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, announced the line up for its 2005 "WXPN - All About The Music - Festival" presented by Subaru at Camden County's Wiggins Park, located on the Camden Waterfront.

Recipients of the Business/Arts Partnership Award (Small or mid-size business with an arts organization).

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, and World Cafe Live, a live performance venue and restaurant, were presented with the Business/Arts Partnership Award by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at an Awards Luncheon on May 11. WXPN received a $1,000 donation as part of its award.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Public Radio International (PRI) announces that the 2005 PRI Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been presented to Vinnie Curren and Roger LaMay (bios below) for their joint success in establishing triple-A station WXPN/Philadelphia as an essential cultural resource in that community.

WXPN puts spotlight on Philly Local fave starting May 2.

PHILADELPHIA, PA WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, names Jim Boggia its May pick for Artist To Watch. On Monday, May 2 in the four o'clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month's daily on-air segments featuring this long-time Philly Local.

Fastest growing non-commercial radio industry event will bring hundreds of musicians, record label execs, and public tastemakers to Philadelphia. Public performances Saturday evening by West Indian Girl, Bob Mould, Son Volt, Jason Mraz, and My Morning Jacket.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio service from the University of Pennsylvania, is hosting one of the leading music conferences in the AAA (Adult Album Alternative) industry - the 5th Annual Non-COMMvention - to be held May 19-21. The conference is sponsored by the Public Radio Partnership, WFPK, TripleARadio.com, and WXPN.

Folk-rock couple gets month-long spotlight starting Monday, April 4.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, has selected Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion as the XPN Artist To Watch for April 2005. On Monday, April 4 in the four o'clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month's daily on-air segments featuring this harmonious duo.

Limited copies of “XPN Philly Local-Right On Track” are now for sale online and at select retail stores. Proceeds benefit WXPN Musicians On Call.


PHILADELPHIA, Pa.
— WXPN (88.5 FM), the noncommercial public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, announced that it is making its recent CD release “XPN Philly Local – Right On Track” available online at WorldCafeCDs.com and at area retailers for $15 starting March 29.