World Cafe, WXPN’s popular, Philadelphia based radio show, is turning 20. In celebration, their having listeners vote on their favorite “World Cafe Artists,” for their annual 885 Countdown. See a copy of the press release below for details, and get voting!

“Voting Begins for “Favorite World Cafe® Artists” for
Annual 885 Countdown
Listeners to vote for their top ten World Cafe® artists in the spirit of the program’s
20th anniversary

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. July 29, 2011 – Over the past 20 years, legends such as Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and more have joined host David Dye on the World Cafe®. Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, John Mayer and the Counting Crows are a few artists who launched their career on the program. In addition to these names, thousands of rockers, songwriters and musicians have been featured on the program which touches audiences from Philly to Guam. WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania which produces the World Cafe®, is now looking for listeners to share their top ten “Favorite World Cafe® Artists” for the annual 885 Countdown. Listeners may visit to cast their vote now through September 9th. WXPN will air the Countdown on September 26-30 as a special prelude to the month-long 20th Anniversary Celebration of World Cafe®.

Listeners who contribute to the Countdown have a chance to win a World Cafe® fan’s dream prize package that includes a World Cafe® special producer’s membership where the winner and a guest will be invited to attend six interview sessions hosted by Dye this coming year. In addition, listeners have a chance to win a 32 GB iPod Touch, courtesy of Springboard Media. The iPod Touch will be loaded with the entire Live at World Cafe® library which contains more than 500 exclusive live performance tracks, including the upcoming double disc special 20th Anniversary edition.

“We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Cafe® in October and this year’s Countdown will serve as a fun overture for the occasion,” said Dye. “We look forward to seeing which artists our listeners select as their favorites from the program.”

Since 1991, World Cafe® has emerged as the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk and alternative country. This two-hour daily program is nationally syndicated to more than 200 markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago. Live performances and intimate interviews with Dye’s musical guests highlight each day’s show. The show’s guest roster has included Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Dave Matthews, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney and more. The acclaimed program has received several awards including the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Radio Broadcasting and R&R Industry Achievement Award for Triple A Personality of the Year.

For more information about the 885 Countdown and the World Cafe®, please visit

WXPN, 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 also produces the alternative rock service, XPN2 ( as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at”