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Listen back to Michaela Majoun’s final Morning Show broadcast on WXPN

Michaela Majoun | Photo by John Vettese
Michaela Majoun | Photo by John Vettese

Michaela Majoun’s final four hours on the WXPN airwaves were bittersweet: there was laughter, there were tears, there were surprise guests and a lot of emotion. Stationed on the upstairs stage at World Cafe Live, Majoun received on-air wishes from longtime XPN volunteers, from musicians, colleagues and friends. The Hooters phoned in from Germany; Lucinda Williams contributed a pre-recorded message. Christine Havrilla and Jonatha Brooke performed live.

And throughout the show, World Cafe host David Dye, Kids’ Corner host Kathy O’Connell, midday host Helen Leicht and morning show co-anchor Bob Bumbera all shared their memories with Michaela, as well as station General Manager Roger LaMay. Listen back to Majoun’s farewell broadcast below, and look at a gallery of photos from the event at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →

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Travel down Memory Lane with Michaela Majoun

Francis Dunnery and Michaela | Photo by Walt Hug | hugpix.photoshelter.com
Francis Dunnery and Michaela | Photo by Walt Hug | hugpix.photoshelter.com

This morning, longtime XPN host Michaela Majoun takes the mic for her final stint on the morning show. Last month, she announced that she was leaving the airwaves after 26 years. Today, thanks to local photographer Walt Hug (an XPN volunteer), we bring you a gallery of vintage Michaela photos from the early 90s. Check them out after the jump, and leave your wishes for Michaela in the comments. Continue reading →

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Michaelapalooza: Sending off XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun at World Cafe Live

Michaelapalooza | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Michaelapalooza | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

It’s the end of an amazing era; WXPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun will host her final shift on Tuesday, June 30th. Michaela started at WXPN on March 1, 1989. Last night at World Cafe Live, her time on the air and contributions to the Philly music, arts and culture scene were recognized during Michaelapalooza, a two and a half hour outpouring of love for Michaela. Continue reading →

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Listen to Michaela Majoun’s farewell announcement from the XPN Morning Show

Michaela Majoun | Photo by Doug Seymour | facebook.com/DougSeymourMusicPhotography
Michaela Majoun | Photo by Doug Seymour | facebook.com/DougSeymourMusicPhotography

WXPN’s Morning Show host, Michaela Majoun, announced today that she is leaving WXPN after 25 years. Her last day on the air will be June 30th.

If you missed the big announcement on the air this morning, listen to it below via Soundcloud, and check out our indepth interview with Michaela and some of her colleagues at the station here. Plans for a few farewell events are in the works; stay tuned for details as they develop. Continue reading →

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End Of An Era: Longtime Morning Show host Michaela Majoun will bid farewell to XPN next month

Michaela Majoun | Photo by Jaci Downs | jacidowns.com
Michaela Majoun | Photo by Jaci Downs | jacidowns.com

She plays many roles in the XPN community. Celebrator of women’s and other music. Champion of the Philadelphia arts scene. Lover of cats. And most significantly, host of the XPN Morning show for over 25 years. But that era is coming to an end as Michaela Majoun announced her departure from WXPN. Her final day on the air is Tuesday, June 30. Continue reading →

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Gene Shay, to be inducted into the Philadelphia Walk Of Fame tomorrow, talks with XPN’s Morning Show host Michaela Majoun

Gene Tomorrow, Thursday, October 24th, WXPN’s Folk Show host Gene Shay is being inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame. The ceremonies, free and open to the public, are scheduled at Noon on 10/24 in front of the Doubletree Hotel along the Avenue of the Arts. Other inductees include producer and label executive Joel Dorn (“Killing Me Softly”); songwriting team Madara & White (“At the Hop”); producer-songwriter-publisher Jerry Ross (“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” with Gamble & Huff; “Venus”); producer-arranger-conductor Vince Montana Jr., (whose work with TSOP and the Salsoul Orchestra is legendary) John Davis & The Monster Band (who had the 1976 disco hit with a cover of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,”) and Macy’s Grand Court organist Peter Richard Conte. Gene had a chance to talk with WXPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun about his career and told stories about his early years in the folk music scene, copywriting radio spots for Woodstock and an important phone call he made to Bob Dylan in the early Sixties.

Go here for more information about the events and awards luncheon.

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Punk legend Patti Smith recieves the Hepburn Medal at Bryn Mawr College

Patti Smith | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Most colleges consign punk rock to dorm rooms, obscure airwaves or an out-of-the-way venue. Maybe even a class or two. But when it comes to the top brass, not too many pledge allegiance to the punk flag. Then again, not too many Main Line schools get to salute a legend like Patti Smith.

“I suspect Bryn Mawr actually has a punk spirit,” college President Jane McAuliffe said Thursday night before presenting Patti Smith with the Katharine Hepburn Medal.

Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter, the night’s master of ceremonies, pointed to actress Katharine Hepburn and her mother, family-planning advocate Katharine Houghton Hepburn — both Bryn Mawr graduates — as “trailblazing women who defied convention.”

And while that description also fits Patti Smith, she’s not necessarily the first candidate you’d come up with for the Katharine Hepburn Medal, which was first awarded in 2006 to recognize achievement in film and theater, women’s health and civic engagement. The previous winners — actresses Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner, mural maven Jane Golden and HIV expert Helene Gayle — fit more neatly into the medal’s mission.

But Smith’s CV is anything but neat; you’ll run out of hyphens before she runs out of energy. She’s a rocker-memoirist-photographer-actress-model-playwright-muse-critic-painter-poet — and you know I’m forgetting something. Not bad for a South Jersey girl who dropped out of Glassboro State College to be somebody in New York City. Continue reading →