WXPN has added a new face to its World Cafe program, announcing today that radio veteran Stephen Kallao has joined on as contributing host. Kallao, a Chicago native now based out of Philly, will produce radio and special features for the program, as well as conduct musician interviews. World Cafe host Talia Schlanger said via a release that she was “excited” to welcome Kallao to the show. “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,” Schlanger said. “I know our listeners will love sharing in Stephen’s musical taste, and I can’t wait to do the same.” Read more: Celebrating David Dye, and introducing Talia Schlanger, as hosts of ‘World Cafe’ A radio industry veteran, Kallao first got involved in the business more than 20 years ago, and has worked at stations including WYMS and WLUM in Milwaukee, Tucson’s KFMA, KNRK in Portland, Oregon, and San Diego’s 91X. Positions have included everything from hosting and programming to copywriting and producing. He comes to the University of Pennsylvania-owned WXPN from online music service Slacker, which is located in San Diego. Kallao said via a release that he “can’t wait to get started” at WXPN. He also greeted his new home city via Twitter: Hi Philadelphia. Let’s have fun and do good. ❤️ — Kallao (@stephenkallao) December 4, 2017 A program distributed to more than 200 radio stations throughout the US via NPR, World Cafe attracts more than 500,000 listeners weekly. The show is recorded and produced here in Philadelphia. We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines Commenting policy | Comments FAQ Comment policy: Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option. Please note that comments are