Stephen Kallao Joins World Cafe

World Cafe 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia NPRUniversity of Pennsylvania AAA 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia has tabbed Stephen Kallao as a contributing host for the NPR distributed World Cafe.

Kallao’s duties will include producing on-air and digital special features and interviews with musicians while based at WXPN’s Philadelphia studios. He joins the show from Slacker Radio, where he has served as Director of Imaging since May 2015. Previously he hosted mornings and served as Imaging Director at AAA “Radio Milwaukee” 88.9 WYMS Milwaukee and had a long run on-air and imaging at commercial Alternative stations including 102.1 WLUM Milwaukee, 91.1 XETRA-FM San Diego, 92.1 KFMA Tucson, 94.7 KNRK Portland, and 100.3 KQXR Boise.

Kallao joins original World Cafe host David Dye as a contributing host behind lead host Talia Schlanger.

WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, announced that Stephen Kallao has joined the program as Contributing Host, as of today.

As Contributing Host, Kallao will assist in producing the program’s radio and digital special features and conduct interviews with a wide variety of musicians. He is based in Philadelphia.

Kallao is a Chicago native with 20-plus years’ experience in hosting, programming, copywriting, and production for commercial and noncommercial radio stations, including WYMS and WLUM in Milwaukee; KUFO and KNRK in Portland, OR; and 91X in San Diego. He received multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Awards, including two for Best Radio Show, among others for Best Interview, Best Specialty Programming, and more. Recently, he was Director of Imaging, Radio Content for online music service Slacker, Inc., in San Diego.

“I’m so excited to welcome Stephen to the team here at World Cafe,” said host Talia Schlanger. “Not only is his passion for music infectious, but he has the experience, chops and drive to bring that passion to life on the radio. I know our listeners will love sharing in Stephen’s musical taste, and I can’t wait to do the same!”

“When I worked at Radio Milwaukee, we constantly name-checked WXPN and World Cafe as examples of ‘the right way to do things,’ said Kallao. “To be extended an invite from a group that ‘gets it’ is unbelievably humbling. I’m excited to work with an undeniable talent like Talia Schlanger, and to learn from her, Executive Producer Bruce Warren, and the entire team at WXPN. Thanks to Kevin Stapleford and Slacker Radio for giving me a near unlimited runway to build some great things. Can’t wait to get started building again at WXPN.”

A unique daily program of musical discovery, World Cafe is where more than a half million listeners each week are introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, through exclusive interviews, performances, and special features. Hosted by Talia Schlanger, it is recorded and produced at WXPN in Philadelphia with additional exclusive content gathered at its Nashville hub and from other locations across the globe. World Cafe is distributed to more than 200 U.S. radio stations by NPR.

To learn more about World Cafe, visit and Stephen Kallao can be followed on Twitter @stephenkallao.

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