What's new? Tune in and find out

It being spring, the season of renewal, it's only fitting for "The World Cafe" to feature several emerging new artists over the next two weeks. But that doesn't mean that you won't hear old favorites as well.

  • Thurs. April 1 Almo Sounds recording artist Gus talks with host David Dye and performs music from his latest album, "Word of Mouth Parade"

  • Fri. April 2 XTC performs music from "Apple Venus I," plus Jeff Beck in the Album Spotlight

  • Mon. April 5 An encore presentation of Cry, Cry, Cry's visit

  • Tues. April 6 "Meet the New Guys": performances by Colin O'Brien, the Willard Grant Conspiracy and Martin's Folly

  • Wed. April 7 Jocelyn Montgomery visits for a performance and interview featuring music from "Lux Vivens"

  • Thurs. April 8 Rykodisc recording artists the Hank Dogs play music from their debut, "Bareback"

  • Fri. April 9 Adrian Belew performs music from his latest release, "Salad Days"

  • Mon. April 12 An encore presentation of Solas' studio visit

  • Tues. April 13 Southern California's Ozomatli performs music from its self-titled debut

  • Wed. April 14 More from four glorious decades of psychedelia

"The World Cafe", which is heard on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide, is produced by WXPN-FM (88.5) and airs locally from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. All live appearances air during the 3 to 4 p.m. hour.

A quarter-century of gay radio

A quiet revolution began here at Penn 25 years ago this month, when "Gaydreams" and "Amazon Country" made their debut on WXPN. The two shows, produced by volunteers, offered information and support for the city's emerging gay and lesbian community.

Today, "Amazon Country" and "Q'zine" (as "Gaydreams" is now called) are among the longest-running gay and lesbian/feminist radio shows in the country. Both shows will feature special segments this month looking back at their history. "Amazon Country" and "Q'zine" air Sunday nights beginning at 9 p.m. on WXPN-FM (88.5).

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Originally published on April 1, 1999