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WXPN radio telethon

  • Feb 9, 2014 · 10:45 AM

WXPN 88.5 is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and  the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk.

This station depends on membership support, and several times per years holds week-long fundraising telethons. We're going to help with the Winter 2014 telethon by answering phones and taking pledges over the phone. No previous experience necessary.

I've done this before, and it's fun (though sometimes slow). The radio DJ usually broadcasts live from the volunteer room.


• Our shift is 11am - 2pm, but they ask that all volunteers arrive 10-15 mins early.

• Meet in the lobby of WXPN (inside the entrance of World Cafe Live).

• We will be answering phones and taking pledges. We will be "trained" on site (it's not hard, I promise).

• Lunch will be available for volunteers (probably pizza).

• Public transportation: this location is only 3 blocks from 30th Street Station.

• If you are driving, here's a link to to parking info for World Cafe Live: There is also a World Cafe Live parking lot (under the building) which is usually free on weekends. There are also parking meters all around, not sure if Sunday is free parking or not.


We are limited in our group size, so please only sign up if you are 100% sure you can attend. 


ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER SHIFTS ARE AVAILABLE ... but not with Give to Get. If interested to sign up on your own or with your own group, click here.


About WXPN

WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio stream as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/Lebanon at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at

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  • christina

    Thank you Jan for another successful event! Well done!

    February 9, 2014

  • Yvonne

    Great meetup event. This was my first time doing a telethon and I am thankful for the experience. WXPN was very encouraging and was able to walk you thru the process. Everyone there was pleasant to be around. And of course Jan, our organizer, was awesome!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Jan

    Was a fun experience ... not terribly busy with calls during our shift, but still interesting. Thanks to all who attended!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Yvonne

    Hi I still plan to show

    February 7, 2014

  • Daria

    I really want to participate in this bit unfortunately it is scheduled at exactly the same time as a previous engagmemt that I have to go to. Does anyone know if/when this event will be happening again?

    February 5, 2014

  • Jan

    Bad weather is a definite possibility for this event. Please decide by Friday if you want to cancel so that I can give a new headcount to WXPN an they can find others to fill our spots. Thanks!

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hate to do it, but between forecast and a special Spanish service at church (last minute), I'm bailing.
    Hopefully, next time 'round!

    February 5, 2014

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