David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dye launched his distinguished broadcasting career as host of a progressive music show on WMMR 93.3 FM, a pioneering progressive rock station in Philadelphia. During his four-year tenure, Dye won accolades for his taste and laid back presentation. After a five-year stint programming radio stations in Maine, he returned to Philadelphia where he gained public radio experience at WHYY before being recruited in 1981 by alternative rock station WIOQ 102.1 FM where he made his mark on the music scene for nearly a decade.
In 1989, Dye took his musical quest to WXPN where he hosted the station's Sleepy Hollow radio program. Two years later, Dye was asked to spearhead research on the viability of a new public radio program. The research revealed an audience need for a new kind of musical format - one that was intelligent, diverse and would give musical guests a showcase for their artistic expression. Based on the findings, Dye went to work to create a unique program of musical discovery where listeners would be introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from legendary and up-and-coming artists. World Cafe was born.
Since launching World Cafe in 1991, Dye has served as the host of this nationally acclaimed show, now syndicated on more than 250 public radio stations across the United States. Every week, Dye brings out the best in interviews with internationally known artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joni Mitchell. He has conducted nearly 4,500 interviews during his 20 years with the program. He introduces a half-million listeners each week to newcomers like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, PJ Harvey, Sheryl Crow, Beck, LCD Soundsystem and Amos Lee.
World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," five Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARAS "Hero Award," the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations. In 2006, Dye was named the "Triple A Air Personality of the Year" by Radio & Records.
Steven Van Zandt is a musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, human rights activist, and international radio DJ. He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a well known musician in his own right.
Along with recording and performing with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Van Zandt is also a critically acclaimed producer for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Artists United Against Apartheid, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, The Chesterfield Kings, The Cocktail Slippers, and The Breakers.
His other music production credits include Musical Director and Band Organizer for the Monday Night Football theme on ESPN featuring Hank Williams Jr. and the All-Star Band, 2007. He also acted as Film Music Supervisor and Soundtrack Executive Producer for Christmas with the Kranks, released by Sony Pictures, 2003.
Van Zandt’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Southside Johnny, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer, and Black Uhuru.
Adding acting to his repertoire, Van Zandt became an original cast member on HBO's hit television series The Sopranos in 1999, playing the role of Silvio Dante from the show’s inception through the final season.
His television production credits include Executive Producer of ESPN’s New Year’s Eve with Little Steven’s Underground Garage (2005), and Executive Producer of the Cheap Trick or Treat Halloween Ball (2006).
In 2002 Van Zandt created the nationally syndicated radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage, which now reaches over 1.2 million listeners in North America, with affiliates across Europe, and broadcasting to over 45 countries around the world via Voice of America and American Forces Network. Van Zandt also created and programs two formats on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Sirius 25, XM 59) and the Outlaw Country channel (Sirius 63, XM 12).
2006 marked the beginning of Wicked Cool Records, the imprint Van Zandt started to further support traditional Rock and Roll, now called Garage Rock. Wicked Cool is home to twenty bands including The Chesterfield Kings, The Woggles, The Breakers, The Urges, The Len Price 3, and the Cocktail Slippers. Among the label’s releases are the critically acclaimed compilations featuring the best music from the contemporary Garage Rock scene, and the Halloween and Christmas A Go-Go collections.
Van Zandt is also chairman of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation which is developing a history of Rock and Roll curriculum for all grades in all schools scheduled to pilot in 2012.