NPR Expands Partnership With WXPN/Philadelphia
January 24, 2006 at 6:34 AM (PT)
NPR MUSIC and UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Non-Com Triple A WXPN/PHILADELPHIA expand their existing programming partnership, as NPR will stream four of WXPN’s weekly “Free At Noon” shows, hosted by HELEN LEICHT, live on the Internet beginning JANUARY 27th.
SHAWN MULLINS will perform on JANUARY 27th, followed by ROSANNE CASH on FEBRUARY 3rd, and THE WOOD BROTHERS on FEBRUARY 10th. The 45-minute performances will originate at WORLD CAFE LIVE, a state-of-the-art performence venue that shares a building with the WXPN studios. The concerts will air and stream at 12 noon (ET), then be permanently archived for on-demand listening at www.NPR.org/music.
This new feature expands the NPR/WXPN relationship, which commenced in JULY 2005 when NPR began national distribution of the station’s daily, highly-influential music program THE WORLD CAFE®, hosted by WXPN's DAVID DYE. In Fall 2005, NPR launched the 24/7 XPONENTIAL RADIO, designed for HD RADIO multicasting channels, tapping into WXPN’s influential Triple A format to present unique mix of emerging and heritage musicians.
WXPN’s “Free At Noon” series was launched FEBRUARY 11th, 2005 and has featured DAVID GRAY, CITIZEN COPY, HALL AND OATES, O.A.R., BEN FOLDS, BUDDY GUY, and many others. The concert series has drawn more than 15,000 attendees. More information on the series can be found at www.xpn.org.