The 14th Annual NON-COMMvention Schedule of Events

All events take place at WXPN / World Cafe Live – 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA. 19104

Note – there will be a shuttle van service between overflow hotel Club Quarters and WXPN / World Cafe Live


2 p.m. Registration open (World Cafe Live/XPN lobby)

4 – 7 p.m. Opening Night Party hosted by Columbia Records featuring HAIM

Music Showcase Downstairs – The NPR Music Stage

7 – 7:25 p.m. Asgeir
8 – 8:25 p.m. Elbow
9 – 9:40 p.m. The Afghan Whigs
10:20 – 11:00 p.m. The Hold Steady

Music Showcase Upstairs

7:30 – 7:55 p.m. Matt Andersen
8:30 – 8:55 p.m. Grizfolk
9:45 – 10:15 p.m. The Districts
11:05 – 11:35 p.m. No Sinner


8:o0 a.m.  -  Registration Open (World Cafe Live/XPN lobby)

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast (Upstairs) Compliments of ATO Records

9:30 – 10:25 a.m. – Meeting (Upstairs) Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Triple A PD Opinions Unveiled

The Public Radio Program Directors Association recently sponsored an online survey of more than 75 pubradio Triple A PDs to find out what they’re thinking about their station, competitive situation and the future of the format.

If you’re curious about how Triple A PDs define their target audience, how they feel about local and national content, how they define their local mission, how they use new digital platforms, and their interest in moving forward as a peer group to help each other, then this panel will provide the answers.  This is the first time these questions have been asked of this group of Triple A PDs, making this the first look into the mirror of non-comm Triple A stations nationally.  Paragon’s Mike Henry conducted the survey for PRPD and will present the results hot off the presses.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  – Meeting (Upstairs) See Me, Hear Me: Radio and Video

This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities in committing to video. Does the impact justify the hassle and expense?  What are stations doing for distribution, quality, quantity, rights and level of investment.  XPN’s Roger LaMay will moderate.

11:45 a.m. – Lunch Served (box lunches) Compliments of ATO Records

Music Downstairs – The NPR Music Stage

12 – 1:15 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: Jessica Lea Mayfield; The Both (featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

1:30 – 3: 00 p.m. Meeting (Upstairs) The Tori Dilemma: Core Artists and Building New Audiences

To play the new Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan and Richard Thompson records or not? Where do heritage core artists fit into the format? As our stations are attempting to reach new, younger audiences, where do older, heritage AAA artists fit into the mix?  Rita Houston of WFUV/New York will moderate…

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Music: Sharon Van Etten (World Cafe Taping with David Dye)

4:00 – 8 p.m. Open Dinner Period

Music Showcase Upstairs – Rock’s Not Dead! Night Hosted by Ian McLagan

8 – 8:25 p.m. Those Darlins
9 – 9:25 p.m. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
10 – 10:30 p.m. Ian McLagan
11:20 – 11:45 p.m. Benjamin Booker

Music Showcase Downstairs – The NPR Music Stage

8:30 – 8:55 p.m. The Felice Brothers
9:30 – 9:55 p.m. Hozier
10:35 – 11:15 p.m. Counting Crows
11:50 – 12:20 p.m. Shovels and Rope


8:00 a.m. – Registration open (World Cafe Live/XPN lobby)

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast (Upstairs) Compliments of Atlantic Records and Capitol Records

9:30 – 10:25 a.m. – Meeting (Upstairs) Digital Dopplegängers: Carrying the Mission on Other Platforms

How do stations achieve their missions with content on digital platforms including our station’s websites, social platforms and mobile initiatives. This panel will be composed of station digital managers and producers to discuss how our brands are reflected online, how our airwaves and commitment to musical discovery is translated into the digital experience for our audiences.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Concurrent Meetings (Upstairs) The Music Call

A lot of our stations are playing fewer records, but the feeling is that we have been taking more and more music calls.  What is the relationship between stations and promoters in 2014?  What should it be?  Has the influx of technology and available data meant that this relationship is just not up-to-date?  When does a music call become a laundry list?  What kind of info do the stations need to make their decisions?  What do the promoters need to know from the stations?  It’s bound to be a lively conversation, indeed… XPN’s Mike Vasilikos will be on hand.

(XPN’s Curren Conference Room) Community Radio Roundtable

It’s our yearly get-together of community radio stations and their particular challenges and opportunities.  WFHB/Bloomington’s Jim Manion returns this year to lead this open-ended discussion.

11:30 a.m. Lunch Served (box lunches) Compliments of Mascot Label Group and True North Records


12 – 1:15 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: The Porch at 30th Street Station: Hamilton Leithauser, Chet Faker

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Meeting (Upstairs) The Music Meeting

Join a group of always-opinionated XPN members in another listen to some groovy new sounds.  Have a beverage.  Watch our friends in the record business nervously bite their nails as we play their hot new product.  Hold up your cards and argue with one another.  Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions from WBEZ/Chicago will be guest critics. Hosting this grand old meeting for the 47th consecutive year is Songlines’ Sean Coakley.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Music: Puss N Boots (featuring Norah Jones)

3:30 – 8 p.m. Open Dinner Period

Music Showcase Downstairs -The NPR Music Stage

8 – 8:20 p.m. Strand of Oaks
8:50 – 9:20 p.m. Nicole Atkins
9:50 – 10:20 p.m. Lykke Li
11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Hurray for the Riff Raff

Music Showcase Upstairs

8:25 – 8:45 p.m. Paul Burch
9:25 – 9:45 p.m. Lydia Loveless
10:25 – 10:55 p.m. Parquet Courts
11:35 – 12:00 a.m. Cheetah Chrome


No events scheduled.

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