Playing to its strengths and folky roots, WXPN (88.5 FM) launched a new “Singer Songwriter Radio” stream this morning, available for listening on line at xpn2.org and also broadcast to digital HD Radios as 88.5-2.
Supplanting what had been an alt-rock stream (originally called Y-Rock), the new xpn2 aims to be your go-to place for artists like Mumford and Sons, Lumineers and the Avett Brothers who’ve grown huge in the last year, thanks in part to their embrace by style-diversifying teen pop stations like Philly’s Q 102 (Jeez, Ed Sheeran even showed up at the Jingle Ball).
Of course, more seasoned singers/guitar strummers (think Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams and Steve Earle) also are in the mix.
Singer-Songwriter Radio will time shift the XPN staple “World Café” weeknights from 7 to 9 p.m. and deliver “Mountain Stage" on Saturdays at 11 a.m. One prior streaming show – Fred Knittel’s “Folkadelphia” - will be slotted Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m . with a rebroadcast Monday from 9 to 11 p.m. A four hour block of the folk music service Folk Alley hosted by XPN’s legendary Gene Shay takes over Sunday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m.