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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

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Bruce Warren

Program Director and On-Air Host, Saturday mornings

Things You Might Not Know About Bruce Warren

Born & Raised


First Record Purchased

It was a 45 of "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour).

First Concert

The Supremes at the old Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ. My parents took me and my sister!

Favorite Bands/Artists

There are too many to mention here. However, I'll list The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Radiohead, Jackson Browne, and Wilco as go-to bands. I have always loved the rock, but growing up in Philly, have also always been a fan of soul and R&B. My all-time favorite song is "La La Means I Love You" by The Delfonics.

Favorite Local Bands

From the past: Todd Rundgren/Nazz, Electric Love Muffin, Ben Vaughn, Nixon's Head, and Dead Milkmen. Current Bands: Dr. Dog, Drink Up Buttercup, Papertrigger, and Man Man.

Bands Bruce has Played In

The only band I ever played in was at Freddie Cohen's Bar Mitzvah when I was 13. Freddie played drums, I played guitar. We were a band with no name, but we sure did rock.

Favorite Movie

When push comes to shove, Goodfellas is my all-time favorite movie. Of all the amazing movies of that genre (such as Godfather, Scarface, etc) Goodfellas stands out; Ray Liotta's performance in that movie is just amazing.

Musician Most Excited to Meet

It's a tie between Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Helen, Matt, Bruce, Bob Bumbera, Jared

How Bruce Got into Radio:

I started at XPN as a volunteer. Back in the 80's I was writing about the Philly music scene for a local newspaper. I got to know the then-Music Director at XPN, who was in a band called The Johnsons. One night we were all hanging out in a bar watching some bands and the director told me there was an overnight spot open at XPN, then asked if I wanted to be a DJ. I started on overnights at XPN, and the rest is history.

Previous Jobs

WXPN is the only radio station where I have ever worked. Prior to getting in the music biz, I was in the restaurant business working for Steve Poses in the late 70's at The Commissary and then opening the chain of restaurants I created, Eden. I was with that company for many years working as both a cook and in the front of the house. My last restaurant job was at Roller's in Chestnut Hill, still one of the best restaurants in Philly.


Temple. I recently got my Masters in Organizational Dynamics from Penn.

Bruce's Blog:

Some Velvet Blog, and of course, my many posts on XPN's Music Blog.

A few more things you may not know about Bruce:

I ran twice in the Philadelphia Marathons in the early 80's.
I have an incredible comic book collection.
Sang Kee is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Philly!

Bruce's Best of 2009 List from XPN's Year In Review