July 2, 1987 |
The goings-on at WXPN (89.1/FM) have the makings of one of the many folk songs by such artists as Priscilla Herdman, Joan Baez, Pierre Bensusan and others the station is known for playing. There's drama, sorrow, protest, and misunderstanding, all over several proposed changes to the station's normal format. WXPN's loyal listeners consider the station a form of art that should be treasured as is - or changed only to enhance what's already there. However, WXPN's new station manager, Mark Fuerst, says he believes that if the station is considered art then it "does need to evolve.
June 21, 1989 |
Can a prime-time alternative rock show pull listeners away from mainstream stations to non-commercial radio? WXPN (88.9/FM) hopes to up its audience ratings with just such an offering, shifting two hours of its late-night "Beat Planet" show (perhaps with a new name) into a 9-11 p.m. slot Tuesdays through Fridays starting July 31. "It will be an attempt to do a contemporary rock show in a way that doesn't sound like college radio," WXPN music director Mike Morrison said from the University of Pennsylvania campus.
November 16, 1992 |
Major talent changes at WXPN (FM/88.5) go into effect today, clarifying the station's weekday focus as a "progressive rocker" just as new "modern rock" rival WIBF (FM/103.9) is warming up for its first live day. Longtime local radio personality Michael Tearson, recently sliced by WMMR in a cost-cutting, shift-eliminating measure, takes over the 10 p.m.-1 a.m. slot weeknights at WXPN - virtually the same hours he was working at the commercial rock station. Elise Brown, a vivacious fill-in at WXPN since summer, is being rewarded with the noon-4 p.m. slot.
April 29, 1992 |
Karin Begin, popular afternoon disc jockey on WXPN-FM (88.5), was suspended indefinitely with pay yesterday after she admitted exaggerating her teenage acting career, then falsifying documents to support her claim when suspicions arose. Begin, 24, a Canadian who joined the University of Pennsylvania's noncommercial, alternative music station in September, was to begin the suspension after her 4-to-7 p.m. shift yesterday. "WXPN has to maintain a standard of integrity, which Karin violated," station manager Mark Fuerst said yesterday.
May 13, 1992 |
Karin Begin, the WXPN-FM (88.5) afternoon disc jockey who has been on suspension for two weeks, was fired Monday by the alternative-music station. Begin, 24, was taken off the air April 28 after admitting that she falsified her resume. Yesterday, she described her dismissal meeting with station manager Mark Fuerst as "very brief, very impersonal. He talked a lot about the integrity of the station and said it was the only decision he could come to. " Fuerst, citing the privacy of personnel matters, declined to discuss the situation in detail.
January 17, 1994 |
Bert Wylen, host of Gaydreams, the gay-issues program aired Sundays on WXPN-FM (88.5), has filed a discrimination complaint against the station with the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission. In the complaint, filed last Monday, the freelance producer, who is gay, contends the station is discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation by allowing a Maryland station that has broadcast the 'XPN signal since September to exclude Gaydreams from its programming. Rather than air the one-hour Gaydreams and the lesbian-themed Amazon Country that precedes it, WKHS-FM (90.5)
October 2, 2002 |
Peering around the dark two-story first floor of the future home of radio station WXPN-FM (88.5), it's hard to envision funky loft-style offices and a three-tiered music stage with a restaurant and bistro tables. The place is a mess. The floor is part dirt. The steel beams are peeling concrete. The 25-foot-high ceiling has a massive hole that exposes the dilapidated second story. But a planned $15 million renovation of this former home of plumbing manufacturer Hajoca Corp. could turn 3025 Walnut St. into the next hip destination in University City.
June 10, 2010 |
After four years, WXPN has scaled back Y-Rock on XPN , canning the alternative-music show heard Wednesday through Friday nights on 88.5 FM. Y-Rock will continue at www.yrockonxpn.org and at XPN's HD-2 side channel. Operations manager Josh T. Landow was one of six people laid off this week from the University of Pennsylvania-owned station. Station manager Roger LaMay blamed the economy. "We delayed it as long as we could, but we have an obligation to balance our budget," he said.
March 8, 1994 |
The University of Pennsylvania's radio station, WXPN, is doing a song and dance routine these days. But they're out of tune and out of step. They're tap dancing around a complaint filed with the city's Human Relations Commission against them by gay producer Bert Wylan. Wylan is contending that the station discriminates against him every Sunday when a technician at WXPN switches off a transmitter for two hours from 8 to 10 p.m. so that WKHS - a station run by the Kent County school board on the eastern shore of Maryland - does not receive WXPN's gay and lesbian programming.
August 18, 1987 |
Fans of WXPN-FM (88.9), the University of Pennsylvania's eclectically programmed radio station, are in for big changes come Sept. 7. Not that the 24-hour, noncommercial station, perhaps best known for its devotion to traditional folk and electronic/rock music, won't continue to be eclectic. WXPN will still offer a bountiful mix of folk, Cajun, blues, Latin, African, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. But the station will considerably reduce its classical programming; discontinue Moonshine, the early-evening folk show now broadcast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and donate two of its popular jazz programs, Salt Peanuts and Library of Jazz, to Temple University's WRTI-FM (90.1)