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Helen Leicht will host new program spotlighting local talent every Tuesday evening at 9pm.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN (88.5 FM), the noncommercial public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, captures the growing breadth and depth of Philadelphia's music scene with a new weekly one-hour show entitled Philly Local. Hosted by longtime Philadelphia deejay Helen Leicht, Philly Local premieres Tuesday, March 15 at 9pm.

WXPN has booked Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden County for the WXPN - All About The Music - Festival scheduled for July 22-24.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN (88.5 FM), the noncommercial public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, announced plans to hold the "WXPN - All About The Music - Festival" at Camden County's Wiggins Park, located on the Camden Waterfront, a venue that will provide waterfront views, lush open green spaces, and a variety of local attractions.

Aussie based John Butler Trio gets month-long spotlight starting Monday, February 28 PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, has dubbed Australian sensation John Butler Trio as the XPN Artist To Watch for March 2005. On Monday, February 28 in the four o'clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month's daily on-air segments featuring John Butler Trio.
"XPN Philly Local-Right On Track" is a special limited edition collection available to new and renewing members during the WXPN Winter Fund Drive now through February 8.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN (88.5 FM), the noncommercial public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, offers up the diversity and depth of Philadelphia's music scene on a new limited edition CD titled "XPN Philly Local - Right On Track." Featuring 20 tracks from musicians showcased on WXPN, the CD is available now through February 8 exclusively as part of the WXPN Winter Fund Drive.

Blue Merle featured segments begin airing Monday, January 31.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the non-commercial radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, has selected its second in the XPN Artists To Watch series for 2005 - the Nashville-based band Blue Merle. On Monday, January 31 in the four o'clock hour, host David Dye will present the first of the month-long series of on-air segments showcasing Blue Merle to the WXPN audience.

Danielia Cotton kicks off 2005 as the first month's featured artist.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Long recognized as an incubator for nurturing talented emerging musicians, WXPN the non-commercial radio from the University of Pennsylvania, underscores its commitment to seeking and showcasing the best new musicians with the launch of a monthly XPN Artists To Watch series. Today around 4pm host David Dye will announce January's pick - the self-proclaimed "alternative soul" singer Danielia Cotton.

Location: Hajoca Building -- 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Size: 40,000 square feet
Project Cost: $15 Million
Developer: Dranoff Properties
Architects: Bower Lewis Thrower Architects, DAS Architects and Meyer Associates
Contractor: INTECH Construction

The new venue, World Cafe Live, features a live music cafe and a 350-person music hall, both with full food and beverage service. It also shares the building that is the new home for WXPN, the public radio station that produces World Cafe®.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Mural Arts Program announces an exciting collaboration with WXPN (88.5 FM) to create Sounds of Philadelphia, a series of murals paying tribute to Philadelphia’s great musical heritage. Each mural will have a distinct theme including blues and jazz, rap and spoken word, sounds of the 1950s and 60s, and the singer-songwriter movement.

Partnership between WXPN and Musicians On Call makes Philadelphia the first expansion city for a unique outreach program that helps patients with the healing process through live, bedside performances by local musicians.

Philadelphia, Pa. July 19, 2004 Today WXPN announced the launch of ‘WXPN Musicians On Call,’ a non-profit initiative that will help patients in Philadelphia hospitals feel better through the healing power of live music.