WXPN, University of Pennsylvania

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Big George Brock lying down on the stage playing harmonica at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Photo courtesy of WXPN.

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WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads. Photo by Hope Helmuth, courtesy of WXPN.

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WXPN’s Zydeco Crossroads. Photo by Matthew Shaver, courtesy of WXPN.

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WXPN's Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul concert: "An Evening of Spirituals and Spiritual-Inspired Song" with Mother Bethel AME Mass Choir and the First Unitarian Church Choir. Photo courtesy of WXPN.

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WXPN's Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul concert: "An Evening of Spirituals and Spiritual-Inspired Song" with Mother Bethel AME Mass Choir and the First Unitarian Church Choir. Photo courtesy of WXPN.

WXPN (88.5 FM) is a nationally recognized public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on rock, blues, roots, and folk music. The station is known for its World Cafe music program, which is distributed by National Public Radio to many non-commercial stations across the US. Center-supported projects include several live performance and multimedia series exploring the roots and present-day influences of musical genres, including Mississippi Blues Project (2012), Zydeco Crossroads (2014), and Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul (2017). In 2019, WXPN received a Center Project grant to produce Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans, featuring concerts and radio programming that examine and celebrate the Haitian influence on New Orleans music and culture.