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.
November 9, 2011
"My one great idea is, in this time of diminishing resources, to provide an opportunity to see live music for high school kids throughout the region. "Here in this wonderful space, World Café Live, we do two things: Every Friday, we have a Free at Noon concert where everybody can come for free, and we also record special sessions for the World Café , where I interview the artist. And my idea would be to have a sponsor, who would be acknowledged on WXPN, pay for the buses for kids from Philadelphia, kids from outside the area, to come in, 30 at a time, to be able to come to either of those sessions and to see live music and actually get a chance to talk with the musicians.
October 31, 2011 |
Musicians offered plenty of perspective about Philadelphia's top radio export as WXPN's World Cafe program celebrated its 20th anniversary at the World Cafe Live over the weekend. Various artists who have particularly benefited from airplay "on the Cafe " (as genial host David Dye is wont to say) performed at the W.C.L. The venue is independent, but not unrelated to its namesake radio show, which is produced in the Walnut Street building the club shares with the music-oriented National Public Radio station.
October 31, 2011
BROADWAY'S ORIGINAL "Annie" belts a 48 not tomorrow, but Saturday. Oxford Circle native Andrea McArdle once wore a curly wig, palled around with a dog named Sandy and, at age 13, became the youngest Tony Award nominee ever. Back in the day, McArdle also graced the halls of Melrose Academy and laid out on the beaches of Ocean City. These days, she's based in New York. Her recent causes have included stumping for an African-American headliner for the Great White Way's 2012 revival of "Annie," and playing her one-time nemesis Miss Hannigan in repertory theater productions.
October 30, 2011 |
Musicians offered plenty of perspective about Philadelphia's top radio export as WXPN's World Cafe program celebrated its 20th anniversary at the World Cafe Live over the weekend. Various artists, who have particularly benefited from airplay "on the Cafe " (as genial host David Dye is wont to say), performed at the W.C.L. The venue is independent, but not unrelated to its namesake radio show, which is produced in the Walnut Street building the club shares with the music-oriented National Public Radio station.
October 2, 2011
After listening to David Dye's mellifluous baritone host America's best singer-songwriters for two decades on WXPN's World Cafe, we know he's one of the great taste-makers in adult rock. Now he's a beer guru, too? He had serious help from his friends at the Philadelphia Brewing Co., which recently launched a limited October seasonal called Broadcaster Brown Ale in honor of the World Cafe's 20th anniversary. But Dye insists that if he did decide to brew, "it would definitely be a brown ale. " Turns out this one is like the D.J. himself - approachably malty, with a modest alcoholic punch, but also a surprising pep from hops just when that creamy, oat-rich head risks getting too mellow.
July 10, 2011 |
Among other things, Theodore Aronson , boss at Aronson Johnson Ortiz , the $20 billion Philadelphia investment house that counts Shell Oil Co., SEI Investments , and the City of Philadelphia as clients, is known for: His $12 million Rittenhouse Square apartment: "Our 'vast fortune' is tied up in real estate for the moment," he says. His long-ago training at the vanished Philadelphia investment house of Drexel Burnham , where fellow employees included future junk-bond schemer Michael Milken , and his intern, who grew up to be Comcast boss Brian Roberts . His answer to a reporter who wanted to know why he doesn't call on the CEOs and CFOs of companies whose stocks he buys: "They lie. " And, lately, his passion for college radio.
May 20, 2011
Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers Band: You can't close the Doors of perception or take the blues-rockin', ominous hipster ways away from Manzarek. The keyboardist and songwriter for the psychedelic supergroup has kept stirring the pot in songwriting collaborations with neuvo-beat poets like Jim Carroll and Michael McClure. Now he's aligned his vamping piano and ominous growl with seasoned slide/blues guitarist Rogers, for a jamming new album called "Translucent Blues," out Tuesday, and a tour bringing them hither with Steve Evans on bass, and Kevin Hayes on drums.
August 20, 2010 |
HARD TO BELIEVE it was 40 summers ago that Richard Thompson first played the Philadelphia Folk Festival . Still one of the most vibrant and prolific of folk-rock composers and performers - and widely regarded as one of the world's greatest guitar players - he returns to the festival this weekend with a new album ("Dream Attic") to tout and the mission of closing the event, all by his lonesome. "Whoa, that's great, fantastic," Thompson murmured in a recent chat when told of his honor as Sunday night's concert capper, on a bill that includes his friend and former bandmate Iain Matthews , the Great Groove Band , Joe Pug , Susan Werner (in a new configuration with Natalia Zukerman and Trina Hamlin )
July 15, 2010 |
It's Y Rock, 2.0. Five years ago, after Y100 was wiped off the Philly radio dial, laid-off station programmers Josh T. Landow and Jim McGuinn launched an alternative-music station on the web called Y-Rock. A year later, WXPN (88.5) bought the idea, hired Landow and McGuinn, and branded it as Y-Rock On XPN, adding over-the-air programming, But last month brought layoffs to WXPN, and seven employees, including Landow, were riffed. (McGuinn had since departured for a job in Minnesota.