Celebrating jazz, blues, classical, Americana, alternative, folk, bluegrass and other regional and eclectic genres, public radio music stations play an essential role in connecting artists with new audiences and helping listeners discover new music.
The inaugural Public Radio Music Day will take place this Thursday, April 16 to highlight the special role that public radio plays both locally and nationally, and its service to listeners, artists, and communities across America. The event is the result of the bipartisan introduction of the Public Radio Music Day Act in both the Senate and House of Representatives designating this date as Public Radio Music Day.
Due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, Philadelphia public radio WXPN (88.5 FM) – widely recognized as a vital local music resource and connector – is shifting its originally-planned live events to focus on special online and on-air programming in celebration of Public Music Radio Day:
6 AM-10 AM: “All-Philly” XPN Morning Show with Kristen Kurtis and Robert Drake
- All-Philly music from classic soul like The O’Jays, to the power pop of Todd Rundgren to current indie rock by The War On Drugs, among many others whose music makes Philly special
- Interview with Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA 5th District), who co-introduced the bicameral, bipartisan resolution to designate April 16, 2020 as Public Radio Music Day
10 AM-7 PM: “Pop-Up” Throwback Thursday
- The popular WXPN summertime feature makes a special appearance to present a different retro musical theme each hour
- Testimonials from artists (including Bruce Hornsby, KT Tunstall, Mondo Cozmo, Pete Yorn and many more) sharing their love for public radio music and WXPN
- Testimonials from WXPN members about what public radio music (and WXPN) means to them
8 PM-10 PM: World Cafe
- Special two-hour presentation of the greatest songs about radio
All day on WXPN Facebook:
- A series of Facebook Live interviews and performances with artists including Hurry, Great Time, Strand of Oaks, Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick and Natalie Prass, and Camp Cope
- Follow and share using hashtag #LovePublicRadioMusic