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For immediate release
January 23, 2006

NPR MUSIC AND WXPN PHILADELPHIA EXPAND PARTNERSHIP WITH FOUR LIVE ONLINE CONCERTS

New Concerts Available Fridays at 12:00 PM (ET), January 27 – February 17 And Archived at NPR.org for On-Demand Streaming; Series Includes Shawn Mullins, Rosanne Cash, The Wood Brothers

Washington, D.C. – NPR Music and WXPN Philadelphia are building on their existing programming partnership with a series of four live online concerts, to be available weekly beginning January 27.

The series expands the reach of WXPN's weekly "Free At Noon" shows hosted by Helen Leicht. The first three performers are Shawn Mullins on January 27, Rosanne Cash on February 3, and The Wood Brothers on February 10. The 45-minute performances will be held at World Cafe Live, the premier contemporary music venue located in the same building as the WXPN studio facility in Philadelphia.

The concerts' audio will be available for live online streaming at 12Noon (ET), then will be archived permanently for on-demand listening as streaming audio on www.NPR.org/music

This series adds another dimension to the music offerings by NPR and NPR member station WXPN. In July 2005, NPR began national distribution of the station's daily series World Café®. Hosted by David Dye since its premiere in 1991, World Café is one of radio's most popular, influential contemporary music programs. In Fall 2005, NPR launched the 24/7 XPoNential Radio channel for the emerging technology of HD Radio. XPoNential Radio taps into WXPN's leadership in AAA format music with programming featuring a unique mix of emerging and heritage contemporary musicians.

WXPN's "Free At Noon" series was launched February 11, 2005 and has featured David Gray, Citizen Cope, Hall and Oates, Shemekia Copeland, Mary Gauthier, O.A.R., Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Charlotte Martin and Laura Cantrell, among others. The concert series has drawn more than 15,000 attendees; more information on the series can be found at www.xpn.org.

These four special programs will also add to NPR.org's successful slate of online concerts. NPR.org has featured 17 live concerts produced under the All Songs Considered (www.npr.org/allsongs) banner, starting in January 2005. The concerts have showcased an eclectic group of past performers, including James Brown, the White Stripes, Wilco, Sigur Ros, Sinead O'Connor, Death Cab for Cutie and David Gray. The previous concerts on NPR.org have been listened to more than 1 million times, and concert-related NPR.org web pages have been viewed more than 2 million times, with listener response coming from around the world. All of these past concerts can be heard anytime at www.NPR.org/music

The upcoming concerts:

January 27: Shawn Mullins. Atlanta-based folksinger and songwriter Shawn Mullins is on tour to promote his upcoming record, 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor.

February 3: Rosanne Cash. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter has a new CD, Black Cadillac. Cash's Save the Country performance is featured on the "I heard it on NPR: One World Many Voices" compilation CD available at www.shop.npr.org.

February 10: The Wood Brothers. The guitar/bass duo of Oliver and Chris Wood blend blues, folk and rock music. They are on tour to promote their upcoming debut album, Ways Not To Lose.

For information on the upcoming concerts and to hear the archived concerts please visit www.NPR.org/music

Press contacts:
WXPN - Kim Winnick, 215.573.3339, kwinnick@xpn.org
NPR - Chad Campbell, 202.513.2304, ccampbell@npr.org

About WXPN

WXPN 88.5 FM, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Harrisburg at 88.1 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.xpn.org.

About NPR

The NPR Music brand extends through broadcast, satellite radio, original online content, merchandise and, most recently, the successful NPR Podcasts. A podcast version of All Songs Considered has consistently ranked as one of the most-downloaded offerings on such directories as iTunes and Yahoo. NPR's broadcast programming slate has the trend-setting contemporary music series World Café as well as performance series showcasing jazz, classical, opera, symphony and Celtic. The NPR Shop (www.shop.NPR.org) offers a wide variety of compilation, themed and holiday CDs.