Today in Radio History: Listen to the legendary WIBG’s final broadcast sign off

If you grew up during the glorious days of AM radio in Philly in the 50s and 60s, there were four AM radio stations that you probably listened to for music. For R&B and soul music, you could listen to the incredible WDAS and WHAT. For rock and pop, one option was Famous 56, WFIL. The other was “Wibbage,” WIBG, located at 990 on the AM dial.

These two pop radio behemoths ruled the airwaves during the Sixties. Both stations were very personality-driven, with larger-than-life DJs who played the Top 40 smash hits of the moment, and depending on your favorite boss jock, you were either glued to 560 or 990 AM.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the final hour of WIBG, hosted by two of the greatest DJs ever – Hy Lit and Joe Niagara – who signed off for the last time on September 10, 1977. Continue reading →


Listen to a new song by Sam Smith, “Too Good For Goodbyes”

Sam Smith | Courtesy of Capitol Records

British singer songwriter Sam Smith just released “Too Good For Goodbyes,” his first new music since the release of his Oscar winning and Golden Globe winning James Bond theme for Spectre, “Writing’s On The Wall,” in 2015. The new song was Written with his longtime collaborator Jimmy Napes, as well as Stargate – the Norwegian record producing and songwriting team composed of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Soulfire” by Little Steven

Photo by Danny Clinch for Rolling Stone

If you’ve never been to the Jersey shore, don’t worry, because Steve Van Zandt, one of rock and roll’s most incredible sidemen, is bringing the sounds of the shore directly to your speakers on his new album, Soulfire. On his first new solo album in 18 years, out on his own Wicked Cool Records, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul embody the best of East Coast rock and soul. Fans of The Boss, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Richard, Ronnie Spector, The Drifters: rejoice! Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Dreaming in the Non-Dream” by Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Chris Forsyth | photo by Maria Dumlao | courtesy of the artist

You like those intricate Richard Thompson solos? How about those sprawling, yet literate ones Jerry Garcia plays? Are you a fan of Television’s Marquee Moon? Then look no further for inspired, awesome guitar jams than Philly’s Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and their new album, Dreaming In The Non-Dream. Continue reading →