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Program brings bedside music to local veterans

Philadelphia, PA -- WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced that it will expand its Musicians On Call program to the Philadelphia VA Medical Center located in West Philadelphia at 3900 Woodland Ave on September 15. This addition marks the 5th anniversary of WXPN Musicians On Call and brings the total number of participating hospitals to five.

The launch will feature a special visit from singer-songwriter and Philadelphia native, Amos Lee, and local soul and R&B artist, Mutlu, who was one of the first musicians to participate in the program when it launched at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2004. Amos and Mutlu will visit VA Medical Center patients and perform live for them at their bedsides. The program will continue with weekly live performances by local volunteer musicians each Tuesday evening.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand our Musicians On Call program to the VA Medical Center,” said WXPN mid-day host Helen Leicht, spokesperson for WXPN Musicians On Call. “Music’s ability to heal is real and powerful, and the Musicians On Call program makes a positive impact on so many people’s lives. Veterans have provided the ultimate service for our country, and this program allows local musicians to give back to them in a special way.”

WXPN Musicians On Call is a non-profit initiative that brings musicians to local hospitals to perform at patients’ bedsides. Since 2004, the program has touched the lives of more than 20,000 patients and their families in healthcare facilities throughout the Philadelphia region. Over the past five years, 107 volunteer musicians and 25 volunteer guides have participated in the program by providing weekly performances for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. In addition to live music, the program also provides local hospitals with CD Pharmacies featuring a CD listening library and CD players for patients’ use.

“This program will help improve our patients’ quality of hospital life, and ultimately create better living and healing environments,” said Kathy Brill, chief of recreation therapy for the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. “The Musicians On Call program is extremely rewarding to patients, their families, the hospital staff and the artists, and we are incredibly excited to bring it to our facility.”

Anyone who would like to support WXPN Musicians On Call can make a donation online at anytime at XPN.org/moc. For more information, contact Kim Winnick, WXPN Marketing Director, 215.573.3339 or visit XPN.org/moc.

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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 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 also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.