June 22, 2015 |
After years at the mike for WXPN, Michaela Majoun, the voice of morning for thousands of music-hungry people locally and worldwide, is stepping over to her other love: writing. She came to what was then a pretty good college station in 1989, the first professional on-air host the station had ever hired. Since then, and largely thanks to her efforts, XPN has become a cultural hub, connecting fans to artists they might not have known about, organizing concerts, conventions, and events such as the XPoNential Music Festival, with an especially splendid lineup Wednesday through Friday.
November 2, 2014 |
Hello there Between affixing wristbands to WXPN members at the July 2007 XPoNential Music Festival, Wendy and Geoff kept noticing each other. Once the day's volunteer duties were done, Wendy joined her girlfriends. But two hours later came a tap on her shoulder. "Would you like to join me on my blanket?" Geoff asked. Her friends understood her decision to leave them. A few hours of listening and dancing later, Geoff put his arm around Wendy. It made her extremely curious.
August 15, 2014 |
You may know Philadelphia public radio station WXPN-FM as the sponsor of the annual star-studded XPoNential Music Festival. This year's XPoNential had a bit of a Southern kick, thanks to an appearance by CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Chenier is one of the founding saints of contemporary zydeco, and his performance - complete with accordion riffs - was for more than concertgoers' entertainment. Another reason Chenier was at the festival was to generate buzz about WXPN's latest endeavor, the ambitious, 15-month-long Zydeco Crossroads project.
July 26, 2014 |
The XPoNential Festival, now in its 21st year, revels in breadth and diversity. Ranging from Triple-A mainstays to zydeco torch-bearers, from child fiddlers to septuagenarian blues icons, from sensitive singer-songwriters to rowdy rock-and-rollers, it's a place for discoveries. The festival, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN, features more than 30 acts from Friday through Sunday on Camden's waterfront at Wiggins Park and the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center. "Every year I think the common experience at the festival is people go and they're really excited about seeing this band or that band, and they always come away talking about some band that they hadn't ever seen before," says Roger LaMay, WXPN's general manager.
March 15, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Two people were killed and 23 hospitalized early Thursday after a car crashed through temporary barricades into a crowd of pedestrians at the South by Southwest Music festival. The mood was dark at the Austin Convention Center, headquarters of the festival, later Thursday. SXSW managing director Roland Swenson issued a statement saying "the SXSW staff is stunned and deeply moved by the events of last night. " He said the festival planned "to carry on with our scheduled daytime events" and added, "We are contacting all of the venues to find out if they have made any decisions about our operations that impact our visitors.
September 6, 2013 |
Fittingly, WXPN's yearlong Mississippi Blues Project - an online interactive program with accompanying live shows - ends with a dance party Friday night at Theatre of Living Arts. In the hands of Jonny Meister, host of XPN's The Blues Show , and his longtime associate David Dye ( World Cafe creator and DJ for WXPN's "Funky Friday Dance Party"), that finale will celebrate all shades of blues. James Cotton is on board for Friday's live Funky Blues Finale and Dance Party at TLA. Throughout his career, the harmonica player, now 78, has played key roles in some of the blues' greatest recordings.
July 27, 2013 |
Three years ago, WXPN faced a crossroads for its annual summer music festival. The University of Pennsylvania's noncommercial radio station confronted an increasingly competitive market: The summer concert circuit was getting more crowded, and, given changes in the music industry, bands were relying more and more on tours for revenues so their fees were going up. The festival had grown since 1994, when it began with nine artists at the Singer Songwriter...
July 25, 2013 |
EMILY Robison and Martie Maguire gratefully jumped to the task when these Court Yard Hounds/Dixie Chicks were asked to give WXPN general manager Roger LaMay a happy-anniversary kiss for the camera. "Being at this radio station is such a treat," whispered Robison after last Friday's "XPN Free at Noon" show at the adjacent World Cafe Live music club, in University City, where she and Maguire led a punchy, 45-minute set of material from the just-unleashed Court Yard Hounds album "Amelita.
June 22, 2013 |
With the longest day of the year stretching before her like a field of sunflowers, or a tall glass of iced mint tea, or, let's be honest, an invitation to call in sick, Kathy Murphy got off the train from Chestnut Hill at 30th Street Station and began her daily trudge to work. It was 8 a.m., and she had to get to a meeting. Murphy, whose job as a program manager of the Diabetes Center at Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania obviously requires seriousness of purpose, is normally on task.
February 18, 2013 |
Some people are just the way you always pictured them. Kathy O'Connell, for instance. For 25 years now, thousands of kids (and their parents!) have listened to her show, Kids Corner , on WXPN (88.5 FM). And to mark the birthday, on Sunday morning there's going to be gala party, with O'Connell presiding over a kid-driven "news conference" at Union Transfer, followed by a Kids Corner Music Festival, starring two show favorites, the Not-Its! and Big Bang Boom. O'Connell, nicely, is pretty much as the longtime listener pictures her. A kid person, sparkly, full of stories, exclamations, and silly jokes, instantly empathetic and attentive.