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TODAY'S INDUSTRY LINKS
• Audience Engine creator merges with radio playlist company Spinitron - Current
• KRCC Colorado Springs Drops Music in Weekday afternoons for news programming - Spark
• Radio Station (WYEP) Pranks Listeners By Repeating Its Playlist on Groundhog Day - MentalFloss
• L.A.'s Smallest Radio Station, 97.5 KBUU, Broadcasts Out of a Malibu Bedroom - LAWeekly
FACT: Of the three main morning network TV shows, last place CBS This Morning has gained nearly a million viewers over four years while the second-rated NBC Today show has lost about 300,000 viewers in the same time period. Meanwhile, top-rated Good Morning America on ABC is trending down, having lost 400,000 viewers in the past year. – Nielsen TV Research
FORMAT NEWS BRIEFS
- WNKU (105.9/89.7/104.1) Cincinnati/Dayton/Huntington WV GM Sean O'Mealy has announced that musician Freekbass (as nicknamed by his mentor Bootsy Collins), collaborator with artists like Mike Gordon of Phish, has debuted Funky Fridays on WNKU Friday evenings 6-9 pm on the Northern Kentucky University non-comm. The station is also celebrating Black History Month with Funky February featuring "the roots and branches of funk, from the R&B and jazz that first shaped the genre to modern-day hip hop that was influenced by it." With a powerful signal that extends through four states, WNKU boasts they can be heard on a road trip all the way from Richmond, IN., to the outskirts of Charleston, WV.
- VuHaus (pronounced "View House"), public radio's new music discovery platform has received a second-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for an additional $430,000 in funding to enable expansion this year. Denver-based VuHaus aggregates music videos and streams live shows and events produced by non-comm affiliate stations like KCRW Los Angeles, KTBG Kansas City, KUTX Austin, WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia, KEXP Seattle, OPBMusic Portland, and KXT Dallas. Vuhaus launched last May with an initial $750,000 grant from CPB to support the buildout of the platform. The digital service has enjoyed steady growth in station affiliate members and audience. The VuHaus initiative includes unique video channels with curated custom playlists. Visit VuHaus.
- North Texas Public Broadcasting has rolled out a new aural and visual brand package for its media properties, including non-comm Triple A KXT (91.7) Dallas. The platforms will feature new common logos and will be branded under the "Go Public" moniker complete with a new distinct audio theme performed by local musicians. A new brand awareness campaign is planned with print, digital, outdoor and train/bus advertising to promote the stations.
NEW TRIPLE A FOR TRI CITIES WA: KQFO "100.1 THE OASIS"
(2/8/16) KQFO (100.1 The Oasis) Pasco-Richland-Kennewick WA is a new Triple A launch for the Tri-Cities of Southeastern Washington. The station is the area's first ever Triple A.
"We've had a chance to run The Oasis in an incubator setting for the last 18 months on an HD-fed translator in the Walla Walla area, 50 miles away." PD Chris Gilbreth said in a release. "Alexandra Communications president Tom Hodgins was kind enough to give the format a shot on a newly-acquired full-market station in the Tri-Cities. I'm excited to unleash all this great music that's been missing from Tri-Cities radio."
The Oasis is running commercial free and without personalities for now but plans a live presence soon. The station is currently streaming live. Visit: TheOasis.fm
Walla Walla-based Alexandra Communications Inc. owns radio stations in Walla Walla and Kennewick, WA as well as Tillamook, OR. With a metro population of over a quarter million (Nielsen market ranked #182), the Tri Cities is Washington state's fourth largest market after Seattle, Spokane, and Vancouver.
KQFO/100.1 The Oasis has been added to our TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
Chris Gilbreth via email
KQFO/100.1 The Oasis
45 S. Campbell Rd.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
2016 CONFERENCE PREVIEW: SXSW, NON-COMM, NFCB, BOULDER, PMDMC, AMERICANA, PRPD, CMJ
'Non-Comm' is format's most affordable, cutting-edge, and networking-friendly
(1/28/16) With the arrival of the new year, the 2016 conference season is underway for Triple A radio. Here is the rundown on relevent conferences and conventions to consider:
SXSW 16 is March 11-20 in Austin. This massive artist showcase and convention features hundreds of performances throughout the city playing to thousands of fans from around the world. The event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to over 50,000 with the steady growth of SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive. David Bowie producer Tony Visconti has been announced as SXSW opening Keynote Speaker. NPR Radio and numerous non-comm Triple A stations will be hosting various artist showcases and broadcasting live at SXSW. The date and panel for the lone Triple A session at SXSW is TBA. Visit SXSW.
WXPN presents the 16th Annual NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 18-20 at WXPN/World Café Live. The premier conference for Triple A non-commercial radio, the "Non-Comm" is the format's most affordable, cutting-edge, and networking-friendly. Meetings are TBA. Artist showcases will be held throughout the day and night at World Cafe Live. Early registration has opened at just $120 for radio station employees ($60 for each additional employee) and $200 for music industry employees. The price includes some breakfasts and lunches. Hotel reservations are available at the host hotel, the Sheraton Philadelphia University City (215.387.8000) at a special rate of just $159 per night. (Tip: This hotel sells out early although other area hotels are available). Visit TheTop22.
Read our TripleARadio.com archive review of last year's NON-COMM "Curation And Context" by Jeff Penfield.
Community Media Conference
The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) has set June 8-11 for the 40th Annual Community Media Conference June 8-11 in Denver at Embassy Suites by Hilton at the Denver Downtown Convention Center (303.592.1000). The NFCB caters to public community stations, many of which are part-time Triple A music stations. The event will feature breakout sessions, panel discussions, and individual summits for Rural, Latino, Native, African-American and LPFM stations. Visit NFCB.
Boulder Triple A Conference
The mother of all conventions for the format, the venerable, commercial-leaning FMQB Triple A Conference will celebrate its 25th year in beautiful Boulder as "Triple A Summer Camp" opens August 10-13 at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa (720.406.9696). The first conference for the handful of early pioneer Triple A stations (like KBCO, WXRT, and KINK), the Summit was presented in Boulder in 1993 by former radio trade mag The Gavin Report. Daytime artist showcases will be held outside the St. Julien and at The Fox Theatre at night. Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz is Keynote Speaker this year, to be interviewed by WFUV New York PD Rita Houston. Early registration has opened for $269. Visit FMQB.
Public Media & Development Conference
Public radio's "Money Conference," the Public Media Development & Marketing Conference (PMDMC) is August 10-12 in Boston at the Sheraton Boston (617.236.2000). With lots of round table discussions, the conference will focus on underwriting, fundraising, and marketing - in particular, "Monetizing Digital". Over 1,250 in public media attended PMDMC last year, including many in public television. Visit PMDMC.
Americana Music Fest & Conference
The Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference rolls through Nashville September 20-25 based at the host Hutton Hotel (615.340.9333). The gathering, which features the prestigious Americana Honors & Awards ceremony Sept. 21, has seen incremental growth in recent years just like the rest of the city. Daytime artist showcases will be held throughout Nashville with packed nighttime showcases at nine key downtown venues. The conference is attended by managers, labels, artists, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business execs, merchandisers, new media, and Americana and Triple A radio stations from throughout the region and the country. Visit Americana Fest.
Public Radio Programmer's Conference
The multi-format Public Radio Program Director's Conference (PRPD), "the Content Conference," is upcoming Sept 20-22 in Phoenix at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (602.252.1234). The PRPD has increased its profile in the Triple A community of late with more Triple A staffers attending each year and more specific Triple A sessions. WFUV PD Rita Houston and WXPN Philadelphia PD Bruce Warren each moderated Triple A sessions at last year's PRPD, co-hosted by WYEP Pittsburgh which presented an artist showcase. Visit PRPD.
CMJ Music Marathon
The 36th Annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York City presents college radio-oriented sessions and workshops along with extensive new music showcases in New York City October 13-17. Over 1,400 shows are planned throughout NYC. Visit CMJ.
VETERAN NORTHWEST PROGRAMMER BRAD DOLBEER JOINS KXT DALLAS AS APD
(1/14/16) KXT (91.7) Dallas has announced that veteran Triple A programmer Brad Dolbeer has joined the Triple A non-comm as APD effective January 19. Brad was most recently PD at KINK (101.9) Portland. Prior, he was on-air MD at the former KMTT (103.7 The Mountain) Seattle for 14 years. Brad follows a long line of commercial programmers who have migrated to non-comm in recent years.
Mary Anne Alhadeff, President and CEO of North Texas Broadcasting said in a statement, "Brad’s extensive radio experience and passion for music discovery will make him a valuable addition to KXT." Brad added, "This is truly an exciting adventure for me. The people at KXT have put together an incredible brand, and I can't wait to help them grow."
Brad will be assisting PD Amy Miller and working with Music Coordinator and host Gini Mascorro.
KXT is a service of North Texas Broadcasting.
MARK SOVEL DEPARTS KCSN FOR KLOS LOS ANGELES, MD POSITION OPENS
(1/12/16) KCSN (88.5) Northridge-Los Angeles MD Mark Sovel has exited the Triple A non-comm after 3 years. The market veteran (Indie 103.1) is leaving for an expanded role at crosstown KLOS. Mark, a.k.a. "Mr. Shovel," was host of the Saturday evening KCSN local music specialty show, "City Of Night".
KCSN is seeking a new Music Director. KCSN GM/PD Sky Daniels said, "In the interim, APD Jeff Penfield and I will continue to work with the label community to discover and support artists in Los Angeles."
KCSN is a service of California State University, Northridge.
UNDERCURRENTS LAUNCHES "UNDERCURRENTS WEEKEND"
(1/7/16) Gregg McVicar, Producer of UnderCurrents syndicated public radio program, has announced the debut of UnderCurrents WEEKEND, a new weekly, two-hour program designed for Triple A stations to transition into their weekend entertainment programming. The program launches on January 14 and will be distributed on PRX's SubAuto system. Hosted by Gregg and Gabriela Castelán, UnderCurrents WEEKEND will be a mix of new music and deep favorites along with interviews, cooking, and conversation.
Greg told TripleARadio.com, "Weekends are about, kicking back, sharing a meal with friends, taking in a film or live music, getting outdoors and having some fun. UnderCurrents WEEKEND will ease public radio listeners from the hectic news cycle into a playful weekend state of mind."
UnderCurrents WEEKEND will feature an eclectic music mix similar to UnderCurrents, "a multi-cultural celebration of Alternative, Roots and Rock artists that gathers the generations together around the excitement of music discovery." Support is provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
UnderCurrents is heard on 160 stations, including multiple hours of programming each day on KXT Dallas, KUTX Austin, WNKU Cincinnati, WSGE Dallas-Charlotte, Iowa Public Radio, Jefferson Public Radio (Northern Cal/Southern OR), Wyoming Public Radio, and via networks and translators that covers large swaths of Texas, Alaska, Southern Colorado, Northern Arizona, and Northern New Mexico.
KUNC GREELEY TO EXPAND AAA MUSIC FULLTIME WITH NEW SIGNAL AT 105.5
Non-Comm Set To Re-Launch With Full Denver Coverage on February 29
(12/7/15) KUNC (91.5) Greeley-Fort Collins/Denver, Community Radio for Northern Colorado, has announced an agreement to buy KJAC (105.5) from Front Range Sports Network. KJAC, currently an ESPN Sports format, was previously "Jack FM" Denver, the first Jack station in the country.
The purchase of KJAC will allow KUNC to concentrate on expanded news and information programming on 91.5 while launching its non-comm Triple A music format full time on the new 105.5 frequency.
The new music format will expand the music discovery format currently heard on KUNC. The station will continue to play a combination of emerging and established artists, blending rock, blues, soul and more, reflecting Colorado's unique lifestyle. Music from Colorado artists past and present will be prominently featured.
Benji McPhail remains KUNC Music Director and midday host. KUNC morning host is market veteran (KBCO) Keefer Fulgham. Former Dave FM Atlanta APD/MD and EAVRadio Atlanta founder Margot Chobanian will be added to the on-air lineup for the KUNC re-launch.
The purchase of KJAC (105.5) is made possible by a major gift from Amy and Paul Hach, along with station reserves and financing.
KUNC serves listeners along the Front Range at 91.5, 102.7 in Boulder, and 91.7 in Golden and the west metro area, along with a network of stations and translators around the state including Breckenridge, Buena Vista, Estes Park, Grand County, Haxtun/Holyoke, Julesburg/Ovid, Leadville, Morgan County, North Park, Salida, Steamboat Springs, Sterling, Vail/Minturn & Eagle Valley, Wray, and Yuma.
The new fulltime music format on 105.5 will launch February 29. Visit KUNC.
NEW COMMUNITY STATION WERA "RADIO ARLINGTON" DEBUTS
(12/7/15) Community radio platform WERA-LP (96.7) Radio Arlington debuted over the weekend. The new public station serves Arlington, Northern Virginia and most of Washington, D.C. WERA is owned by community access cable TV non-profit, Arlington Independent Media (AIM).
WERA kicked off its programming on Sunday evening with Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." WERA programming is an evolving "work in progress," currently consisting of block programming of news and music features produced by volunteers. The station's music programming appears diverse and includes Folk, World, Roots, Reggae, and Ska music.
Plenty of listeners and industry observers are anxious to see a vibrant non-comm Triple A in the District, rather than more passive community access-type programming. In a recent article on WERA and its large potential in the community, public radio blogger Ken Mills (Spark) suggested that the new signal "would be a great place for a non-comm Triple A station."
AIM Executive Director Paul LeValley says the new station will most definitely draw from the community. "We’re working to ensure the programming is compelling, and we hope people will be open minded about giving us a shot."
WERA receives funding from member contributions and business underwriting. The station is already utilizing a new state-of-the-art production room.
Check out the new station at WERA/RadioArlington.
Arlington Independent Media
2701-C Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
KEXP SEATTLE NEW $15 MILLION FACILITIES SET TO OPEN EARLY NEXT YEAR
"A handful of nonprofit music stations like KEXP with roots in college radio have never been doing better. They are using the Internet to reach bigger audiences around the globe, adding to their video programming and seeking to become in-person destinations for fans." – The New York Times
(11/20/15) KEXP (90.3) Seattle is planning to move from its old cramped building to shiny new $15 million studios and offices in Seattle Center in early 2016. The station is gearing up for a grand opening celebration. A quarter of KEXP's roughly 200,000 listeners a week stream the station over the Internet, making KEXP one of the most-listened to non-comm stations in the country. The station has tripled its listening audience in 15 years. The KEXP brand was bolstered by a recent New York Times article that extolled the virtues of non-comm radio and, in particular, the maverick Triple A/Alternative hybrid.
Anchored by a fishbowl-style DJ Booth, the new headquarters will feature a new $500,000 In-Studio Performance Space with viewing area to be used for production of podcasts, videos, broadcasts, and live streams. Also under construction, a 6,800 square-foot Gathering Space that will offer a centrally-located venue to host events and educational programs for partner organizations. In addition, the station is building an Artist Lounge, the "KEXP Artist Oasis," a welcome home for touring artists, complete with showers, storage lockers, laundry facilities, and sleeping rooms. There will also be an employee break room and kitchen. The new building will eventually host a cafe and even a record store.
After moving into its new digs, the station will consider expanding its online services with perhaps a second KEXP stream, an interactive MyKEXP online community, and an interactive multi-media music archive.
KEXP is on target to reach the campaign fundraising goal of $15 million. The KEXP Campaign Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Paula Boggs (Boggs Media LLC and a Seattle musician), Ashley O’Connor McCready (community advocate), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and Scott Redman (Sellen Construction). The station receives about half of its annual $6 million cash operating budget from listener pledges, while the remainder comes from grants, corporate underwriting and other sources. KEXP is an affiliate of the University of Washington.
Meanwhile, another major non-comm station, KCRW Santa Monica-Los Angeles plans to move out of its basement studio beneath the cafeteria of Santa Monica College to a new $48 million facility with a public performance space by the end of 2016.
KEXP Construction Photos KEXP Artist Rendering and Concept Drawings
WXPN PHILADELPHIA GM ROGER LAMAY ELECTED BOARD CHAIR AT NPR
(11/7/15) WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia GM Roger LaMay has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Chair of the Board. Recently re-elected to a second term on the Board, he will continue his three year term as Member Director and begin his term as Chair effective immediately.
In a statement, Roger said "It's a great honor and responsibility to be elected to lead one of the world's leading fact-based journalism organizations. NPR is peerless in its impact on our culture and democracy."
A 30-plus year broadcast vet, Roger joined the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN in January 2003 and has celebrated numerous accomplishments. He forged a long-term partnership/distribution agreement with NPR and NPR Music. He moved and expanded WXPN's annual summer eXPoNential Music Festival and launched its popular "Free at Noon" live weekly concert series, and oversaw construction of state-of-the-art studio and headquarters in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live®, the performance venue named for XPN's flagship program located in the same building. Roger acquired the annual NON-COMMvention, making WXPN the host station for the premier conference for non-commercial music stations. He worked to acquire new broadcast licenses in Central Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey/Northeast Pennsylvania, effectively tripling the station's geographical broadcast coverage. Roger also co-founded and was elected Chairman of VuHaus.com, the new music video website collaboration that launched in May on six non-comm stations.
KUSP SANTA CRUZ: NEW TRIPLE A NON-COMM LAUNCHES
(10/26/15) KUSP (88.9) Santa Cruz, under the direction of Interim GM Lee Ferraro, will evolve into a non-comm Triple A format starting November 1. The format change is based on a recommendation by Boulder-Based Public Media Co. (PMC) in a recent Assessment Report for the financially burdened community station. Lee, a veteran of Triple A radio, managed WYEP in Pittsburgh for 17 years.
In a statement, Lee said: "Much thought and consideration is given to the question 'how do we best serve the audience in our coverage area with high quality, well supported public radio programming?' Our programming mission evolves daily in response to many exploratory conversations. It is driven by an eclectic music vision, arts and cultural affairs, local voices, community stories and predominantly locally hosted. Fortunately there is much existing talent at KUSP and in our region.
We can do this and do this well. KUSP is changing to serve and to serve we must survive. You'll hear many familiar and favorite programs but you may also miss one or two as we make this transition. Some changes won't be easy but we believe KUSP will serve and will survive."
KUSP is owned and operated by the Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation.
The Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz market is Nielson-ranked #84 with a metro 12+ population of 595,200.
KUSP has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
Lee Ferraro via email
203 8th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA. 95062