Philadelphia’s WXPN converts alt-rock stream to singer-songwriter format

By Mike Janssen

Philadelphia’s WXPN-FM has converted a long-running alternative-rock stream into XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio, the broadcaster announced last week. The new stream, which can be heard online and as an HD Radio channel in the Philadelphia area, highlights music by performers “rooted in the singer-songwriter tradition,” the station said in a press release.

The stream had launched in 2006 as Y-Rock on XPN, a reincarnation of alternative rock station Y100. That former FM station went online-only in 2005 after falling victim to a format change. It then adopted XPN’s brand.

In 2011 WXPN rebranded the stream as XPN2.

The new Singer-Songwriter Radio features in-studio performances and an additional broadcast of WXPN’s World Café, as well as Mountain Stage and four hours of music from Folk Alley, a web stream programmed by WKSU in Kent, Ohio.

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