WXPN is a public radio station centered out of the University of Pennsylvania, broadcasting at a range of 88.5 on the FM dial locally; they also have additional broadcast centers in the areas of Harrisburg, the Lehigh Valley, and Baltimore. They have a presence on at least three iPhone/iPod apps (two of which are dedicated to playing one of their streams) and, of course, you can stream the station live from their website.
Unlike many public radio stations, they can adequately be described as Adult Album Alternative in format, rather than news or talk.
Every summer since 2004, they have solicited their listeners for submissions into a countdown that would ultimately become, in October, the 885 Greatest (something). With the exception of the list in 2006, the submissions went like this:
Vote for ten of whatever they were looking for. What you gave the “number 1” spot, would get ten points in the data. Number 2 would get 9 points and so on. Then they’d sort the data from all of the votes and play back the top 885 starting with whatever had the lowest raw score, culminating in a final playback of the “number 1” item.
In 2006, they asked for 20 votes. The top ten things you voted for would get the same treatment as in other years. The other ten each got 1 point each.
So let’s talk about what the topics were, and what I voted for in each year…
|Year||Topic||What I voted For||How many of my items made the list?|
||None of them|
|2007||Most Memorable Musical Moments||I didn’t vote||N/A|
|2008||Essential XPN songs||I didn’t vote||N/A|
|2009||Desert Island Songs||
|2010||Road Trip Songs||