2017 NON-COMM Schedule of Events

All meetings and showcases take place at World Cafe Live, either upstairs or downstairs, unless otherwise noted.
Times, events artists all subject to change. Updates as they occur.

Events in Bold are open to both industry attendees and XPN listeners; all others are industry-only.

Wednesday, May 17

4 – 7 p.m.  Opening Night Party (upstairs) Sponsored by NPR’s World Cafe

Enjoy drinks and snacks courtesy of National Public Radio’s World Cafe as the program celebrates its 25th anniversary! Meet new host Talia Schlanger and find out about plans for the future, World Cafe Nashville, and more. Some fun Philly-centric activities are planned.

7 – 11:30 p.m. Music Showcases

The NPR Music Stage (downstairs)

Brent Cobb
Ani DiFranco

Chicano Batman

The PRX Stage (upstairs)

The National Reserve
The Districts
Bash & Pop
Greg Graffin

Thursday, May 18

8-9:15 a.m. – Breakfast – (upstairs) Sponsored by Sub Pop / Secretly Group / Partisan / Fat Possum / Mute / Saddle Creek / Anti- / Insubordinate Media / Dauntless Promotion / No Quarter / Domino

9:15-10:15 a.m. – Meeting (upstairs) – The Role of the Record Label in 2017 – The View from Within the Industry

We’ll hear from label representatives and artist managers about the new rules and realities of the music business from their perspectives, and how the changes affect NON-COMM music stations. What are the challenges and the opportunities for artist development, getting radio airplay, streaming, touring? What is the ongoing impact of the digital world – from the label and artist perspective?

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Meeting (upstairs) Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk – Acting and Branding Local

We’ll explore what it means to be local and brand local. Whether it’s local events, artist engagement, digital initiatives, or branding ourselves as local, what are stations doing strategically and tactically to ensure we are locally engaged? We’ll talk ROI – what is the best use of resources and investment?

11:30 a.m. – Lunch available (upstairs) Sponsored by VuHaus

12 – 1 p.m. Free at Noon –  Music Showcase on The NPR Music Stage (downstairs)

Nancy and Beth
The Pixies

1:15-2:10 p.m. – The NON-COMMversation – (upstairs) – WXPN/Philadelphia’s Dan Reed and Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca interview Dan Auerbach

He’s one-half of The Black Keys, a very busy producer, a label entrepreneur, and a huge music fan. His new solo album, Waiting on a Song, drops June 2nd. This far-ranging conversation will include a Q&A session and is being recorded for the Dan & Dan Music Podcast – a weekly music discussion production of WXPN.

2:15 – 3 p.m. Taping for National Public Radio’s The World Cafe with trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, with new host Talia Schlanger. (upstairs)

3 – 7 p.m. Open Dinner Period

7 – 11:30 p.m. Music Showcases

The NPR Music Stage (downstairs)

Kyle Craft
Mondo Cozmo
The Mavericks
Gov’t Mule

The PRX Music Stage (upstairs)

Laura Marling
Real Estate
Ron Gallo

11:30 – 2 a.m. Co-Sign Late Night After Party (upstairs)

It’s that time of year again! Your friends at co-sign, along with a little help from our family at Radio Milwaukee, The Current, and KUTX bring you the latest and greatest releases on the fringe of Triple A Radio. Come listen to what’s bubbling at the fringes of the format – aka new tunes you could/should be playing — with a little bit of an electronic, hip hop, or international lean. These records may be new to you, but they will most definitely work on-air next to your favorite Triple A staples and rotation records. Tunes brought to you by Jordan Lee and Tarik Moody (Radio Milwaukee), Deidre Gott (KUTX), and David Safar (The Current).

OPEN BAR (for radio and attendees only) Sponsored By – Ninja Tune, Counter, Partisan Records, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Innovative Leisure, Mexican Summer, Ineffable Music Group, and co-sign.

Friday, May 19

8-9:15 a.m. – Breakfast – (upstairs) Sponsored by Concord Music Group

9:15-10:15 a.m. – Meeting (upstairs) – Public Radio Stations in the Digital Space

Many of our stations offer robust digital content on our sites, and are heavily engaged with audiences through audio, video, podcasts, and social media. Where are we getting traction? Our we developing the revenue to cover the investment? Where does collaboration make sense? We will tackle these and other questions as we showcase a variety of NON-COMM station digital initiatives.

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Concurrent Meetings (upstairs & Curren Conference Room at WXPN)

CURREN CONFERENCE ROOM – Community Station Breakout – Jim Manion of WFHB will moderate our annual gathering of community stations with discussion topics that directly pertain to these organizations.

WORLD CAFE LIVE – (upstairs) – Big Data: Metrics that Matter – As programmers, we’ve got access to a wide range of data and metrics to help inform the decisions we make to better serve our audiences and communities. Which metrics are important? What data can we use to “move the needle?” How much weight should we give to data when it comes to forming our station strategies? This panel will explore a wide range of metrics related to programming, music, social media, streaming, and more.

11:30 a.m. – Lunch Available (upstairs) Sponsored by WXPN’s The Key

12 – 1 p.m. Free at Noon –  Music Showcase on The NPR Music Stage (downstairs)
Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band

1:30-3:00 p.m. “The Music Meeting” with Sean Coakley of Songlines (upstairs)

It wouldn’t be the NON-COMMvention without Mr. Coakley and his collection of brand new music! Listen, judge, and comment (please) on a selection of fresh tunes — complete with a panel of WXPN members!

3:00 – 7 p.m. Open Dinner Period

7-11:30 PM – Music Showcases

The NPR Music Stage (downstairs)

Holly Macve
Lo Moon
The Dream Syndicate
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

The PRX Stage (upstairs)

The Growlers
Benjamin Booker
Hurray for the Riff Raff

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