TODAY'S INDUSTRY LINKS
• Early Registration Rates End at 11:59pm (Eastern) Tonite - NON-COMMvention
• Who Makes the Most Money in Non-Commercial Radio? - ACR
• Father of 'Austin City Limits' Bill Arhos Dies - Billboard.biz
• Current host Mary Lucia: Man in stalking case 'unstable and delusional' - Minneapolis StarTribune
FACT: Reflecting a switch to smartphones and other gadgets, PC makers are estimated to have shipped 71.7 million computers in the first quarter of 2015, down 5.2% from a year earlier. - Gartner Research
TripleARadio NEWS BRIEFS:
WFUV (90.7) New York is preparing to unveil a new web site over the upcoming weekend (4/25). Meanwhile, the station - and its temporarily stripped-down looking site - remain focused on their Spring Member Drive......KTAO (101.9) Taos has added a new frequency at 96.3 to better serve the upper elevation Taos mountain communities......Popular longtime KFOG San Francisco morning host Dave Morey, who retired from the station about 6 years ago to move back to the shores of beautiful Lake Huron in his home state of Michigan, is about to celebrate the first year anniversary of his free form low power station, WXTF-LPFM (WTF 97.9) Harrisville-Alcona County MI. Listen to WTF......The Current (89.3) Minneapolis popular afternoon host Mary Lucia is taking a leave of absence after dealing with a troubling stalker at work and at her home for much of the past year. PD Jim McGuinn and other staffers will be filling in on her show until she returns. Mary, a Twin Cities radio vet (Rev 105), is the younger sister of Paul Westerberg.....Michele Clark's 2015 Sunset Sessions artist showcase is set for April 29-May 3 in the Caribbean resort of Talum, Mexico. Michele has announced that this will be her "Grand Finale" final Sunset Sessions as she shifts her energy to other endeavors, including a book on the music/radio biz. This year's Sessions will again feature a film/TV Music Supervisor panel along with radio panels moderated by KMMS (The Moose) Bozeman's Michelle Wolf ("The Passion Panel") and WNCS (The Point) Burlington's Zeb Norris ("Triple A Radio: What It Is and Where It's Going")......WNKU Cincinnati/Dayton/Huntington WV has upped MD John McGue to Dir. of Programming & Content. John is on the hunt for his replacement for the MD position.
Tracking Triple A: Jeff Penfield talks with founder/producer Dan Reed about the upcoming 15th annual NON-COMMvention - Visit Programming.
WAPS/THE SUMMIT AKRON PD BILL GRUBER TO RETIRE, POSITION OPENS
(4/20/15) WAPS (91.3/90.7 The Summit) Akron-Canton/Youngstown GM Tommy Bruno has announced that longtime Program Director Bill Gruber is set to retire from the business after over two decades at the non-comm he helped to create. In 1999, Bill launched WAPS' rebranding as a fulltime non-comm Triple A, "The Summit," and is regarded as the early architect of the station's sound.
The Summit is searching for his replacement (see Jobs). In a statement, Tommy said, "Join us in Akron, Ohio - home to The Black Keys, LeBron James, Chrissie Hynde and maybe you!? The award-winning AAA all-music station serves Akron, Canton along with Youngstown, and western PA - worldwide at TheSummit.fm."
Liz Felix remains WAPS Music Director and Assistant Program Director.
WAPS/The Summit is owned and operated by the Akron Public Schools.
DEADLINE TO SAVE ON NON-COMM EARLY REGISTRATION: MONDAY, APRIL 20
(4/13/15) One week from today, Monday, April 20th is the deadline to save on Early Bird Registration for the upcoming 2015 NON-COMMvention May 13-15 in Philadelphia.
Founder and producer Dan Reed has set the lineup of artists for the 15th Annual NON-COMMvention May 13-15 in Philadelphia at WXPN and World Cafe Live: Brian Wilson, Shelby Lynne, Blues Traveler, Leon Bridges, Israel Nash, Jarekus Singleton, and Saun & Starr, in addition to the previously announced Heartless Bastards, Best Coast, Houndmouth, James McMurtry, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, legendary artist/activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, Calexico, Glen Hansard, Elle King, Borns, Fly Golden Eagle, Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Son Little, Tallest Man on Earth, and Zella Day.
Dan has also announced that this year's "NON-COMMversation" will be with NPR CEO Jarl Mohn.
Registration: Early Bird Rates through April 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST with first radio station employees attending for just $120, and subsequent employees from the same station just $60 (when registering together). Music Industry attendees get an Early Bird rate of just $200. Two (2) meals are included each day, Breakfast and Lunch.
Hotels: The official host hotel again is the Sheraton Philadelphia University City.
The host hotel is however now sold out so Club Quarters Philadelphia and The Windsor Suites Philadelphia have been added as overflow hotels.
Registration and Hotel Links, and additional info can be found at this industry site.
Note: The NON-COMMvention Music Meeting is set for Friday, May 15th. Sean Coakley's Songlines is rounding up new music submissions for the 10-12 songs to be played. The cutoff date for submissions is May 8th. Contact Songlines via email.
WEDNESDAY MAY 13
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases
ELLE KING BEST COAST
RYLEY WALKER BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
MEG MAC SHELBY LYNNE
12-2 AM - "Rhythm Lab" (late night dance party - sponsored by co-sign) (upstairs)
THURSDAY MAY 14
12-1 PM - "Free At Noon" - music showcase (downstairs)
ZELLA DAY BRANDI CARLILE
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases
SON LITTLE J.J. GREY & MOFRO
BORNS BLUES TRAVELER
SAUN & STARR GLEN HANSARD
FLY GOLDEN EAGLE HEARTLESS BASTARDS
FRIDAY MAY 15
12-1 PM - "Free At Noon" - music showcase (downstairs)
BILLY BRAGG CALEXICO
2:30-4 PM - "The Music Meeting" with SEAN COAKLEY of Songlines (upstairs)
7 PM-12 AM - music showcases
GAVIN JAMES JAMES McMURTRY
MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR NATALIE PRASS
LEON BRIDGES TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
The NON-COMMvention has grown to become the premier annual conference for North America's non-commercial Triple A radio. Originally created by Dan Reed as an alternative to the annual commercial Triple A radio convention in Boulder, the NON-COMM now hosts numerous adventurous commercial Triple A stations as well. The focus of the event is on networking, informative panels, and cutting-edge music showcases.
VIN SCELSA TO RETIRE FROM WFUV NEW YORK, SIRIUSXM'S THE LOFT
(3/31/15) Legendary New York rock radio voice Vin Scelsa has announced his retirement from non-comm WFUV (90.7) New York and SiriusXM Radio's The Loft. The 67 year-old made the announcement on his Saturday night "Idiot's Delight" show this past weekend on WFUV. His final show will air 8-10p on Saturday, May 2nd on WFUV while his last SiriusXM show on The Loft is April 30th. Meanwhile, an all-star farewell concert, "Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert" is set for June 8th at New York's City Winery.
Starting out his radio career in 1967 as an Upsala college student at WFMU in East Orange, N.J., Vin went on to enjoy long runs in a near five decade career at iconic New York stations WNEW, WXRK, WBAI, WABC-FM (WPLJ), and WLIR.
In a statement Vin said, "I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted. The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to all the stations I've worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together. It's hard to let go, of course, but I always promised myself and my audience that when the time was right I would stop. How lucky am I that I get to decide even this!"
WFUV GM Chuck Singleton said, "Calling this the end of an era is truly an understatement. We're honored that Vin made WFUV his radio home for 14 years, and we're all richer for the time he shared with us."
The New York Times recently called Vin "a master of free form radio" and "one of the pioneers of free-form radio, the style of loosely structured, highly personal programming that became associated with rock D.J.s on FM stations in the 1960s and '70s."
WKKN KEENE NH/WTHK WILMINGTON VT LAUNCH NEW TRIPLE A, "THE PEAK"
(3/16/15) A new commercial Triple A station for New England "from Mt. Monadnock to Mt. Snow" has launched on a pair of former Country signals as WKKN (101.9) Brattleboro-Keene NH and WTHK (100.7) Wilmington VT (Bennington valley) become "The Peak". Locally owned by West Lebanon NH-based Great Eastern Radio, the slogan for the new format is "True. Local. Radio."
In a statement, the station said they would be "playing album cuts and rarities side by side with familiar hits from U2, Police, Van Morrison, R.E.M, and Cold Play, with a side of contemporary and Indie mix including the Black Keys, Ray Lamontagne, Spoon and Modest Mouse." A sample hour of music (below) on The Peak's first day included a substantial number of current songs.
Matt Houseman is Operations Director. "John O." Oliphant will anchor mornings while Tonia hosts afternoons.
The station is webcasting live at thepeakradio.com.
WKKN/WTHK The Peak has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
The Peak Sample Hour 3/16/15 3pm-4pm
DIRE STRAIGHTS - Skateaway
VANCE JOY - Riptide
THE BEATLES - Norwegian Wood
JOHN LENNON - Imagine
PEARL JAM - Alive
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - What Kind Of Man
ANDREW McMAHON - Celia and the Satellite
STRAY CATS - Stray Cat Strut
MARK RONSON - Daffodils
SOFTCELL - Tainted Love
ALLMAN BROTHERS - Midnight Rider
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES - Call Me
POLICE - When the World is Running Down
KVMR NEVADA CITY COMPLETES MOVE INTO NEW FACILITIES
"Bridge Street Project" a collaborative effort with local historic theater
(3/9/15) KVMR (89.5) Nevada City CA has completed the move into new state of the art studios located in the town's historic downtown district at 120 Bridge (at Spring) Street, across the street from their former home. Eight years and 4 million later, the community non-comm station has finished the 8,000 square foot "Bridge Street Project," a collaborate construction effort amongst community groups and arts organizations and numerous volunteers. The new facility includes an expansion and renovation of the adjoining historic Nevada Theatre with a 1,600 square foot new backstage area for the 150-year-old theater, California's oldest.
KVMR's spacious new digs - vintage on the outside and high tech on the inside - contain multiple studios with video options and a multi-purpose community room/performance space for live broadcasts. The room was recently used as the media lounge for the town's annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
"This project is a shining example of community collaboration," said Mary Ross, president of KVMR's board of directors. Even much of the furniture was donated by a local company.
The station is in the process of fundraising approximately $2 million to satisfy construction loans. A public open house for listeners is set for March 14th.
KVMR covers a substantial chunk of Northeastern California via a series of transmitters and translators, including the Northern Sierra foothills (89.5), Truckee/North Lake Tahoe (105.1) and areas of Sacramento (KCPC 88.3) and Davis (104.7) and via KVMR.org.
KXT DALLAS PD MARK ABUZZAHAB JOINS PUBLIC MEDIA VIDEO PLATFORM "VUHAUS"
Amy Miller named Interim PD at KXT
(3/5/15) After nearly four years as PD of successful non-comm KXT (91.7) Dallas, veteran programmer Mark Abuzzahab (KGSR Austin/KBCO Denver/WNCS Burlington) has joined "Vuhaus" in the same capacity. "Vuhaus" (pronounced "view house") is the brand name for a new, non-profit video collaboration with some of public radio's top music discovery stations. Known by the code name "Music X" since its debut last May, the Boulder based VuHaus is a collaboration of founding stations WFUV New York, KCRW Los Angeles, WXPN Philadelphia, KUTX Austin, KTBG Kansas City and more TBA that have joined together to build a new service for audiences to discover emerging and established artists. The web and mobile sites will feature in-studio performances in intimate settings, interviews, and live performances, curated nationally and locally from America's music centers.
Mark will be responsible for the curation of videos and a platform POV for the VuHaus national website and national app and also serve as the liaison between VuHaus and the participating radio stations. He will work directly with VuHaus Sr. Creative Director and Paragon CEO Mike Henry, who said, "Mark is the ideal choice to be Program Director of VuHaus. He comes from a leading public radio music discovery station so he knows all the players. Mark has worked with the TV station facility for over four years, has a great eye for aesthetics, and is the ideal curator for VuHaus' national video platform."
"I'm thrilled to be joining VuHaus," Mark said. "Non- commercial radio is playing a bigger role in breaking new artists every year, and VuHaus is another way for stations to bring their unique programming to new audiences." Mark's last day at North Texas Public Broadcasting's KXT will be March 27th. The station has named KXT APD Amy Miller Interim PD.
VuHaus has received seed funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is operated by its founding partner Public Media Company, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing the impact of public media through strategic partnerships.
NEW CLEVELAND TRIPLE A INTERNET STATION "oWOW!" LAUNCHES
Veteran PD John Gorman behind startup with live airstaff, sales/marketing
(2/19/15) Veteran Cleveland rock radio programmer John Gorman (WMMS) is building a new Triple A internet radio station for Cleveland.
WOW Media, LLC has announced the launch of oWow!, "Northeast Ohio's first locally owned/programmed and independent internet rock station" serving Cleveland/Akron/Canton and Youngstown. John and Cleveland radio industry vet Jim Marchyshyn are principal partners in oWOW. John will serve as Chief Content Officer and Jim as Director of Sales and Marketing.
oWOW's temporary studios are in Cleveland in the W. 78th Studio Gallery in the Gordon Square Arts District.
John said, "oWOW is a brand new radio station. Our current music mix includes Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) staple artists and artists not getting exposure on terrestrial radio due to radio chain policies. Today, at most stations new and current - and even versions of older - music you hear are nationally selected - and even chosen through various pay-to-play schemes. The history of Cleveland rock and roll is more than the same 220 songs played over and over by terrestrial radio classic rock and classic hits formats. Our direction is playing the unique musical soundtrack of Greater Cleveland."
oWOW can be heard via Bluetooth, laptops, tablets and we will soon have our own app for easy operation and access to the connected dash. Social media will be a key ingredient of "connecting the dots" from the listener business and arts communities.
"Just as FM replaced AM, online radio will replace FM," said Jim. "Technology doesn't stop. People are connected, socialize and do business online; want to belong to an active part of a vital community. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has always been a leader in breaking new music. oWOW will super serve Northeast Ohio's seventeen counties, creating the 18th largest media market in the United States. We will specialize in providing results-oriented, personal customer service and the client need analysis local and national advertisers are looking for. It's back to basics with the latest in technology working for us."
Featured oWOW personalities include Ravenna Miceli, popular Cleveland radio personality on WMJI, former Triple A V-107.3 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Moonlight Groove," hosting middays. Cleveland native Steve Pappas will be heard in afternoons and Charlotte DeFranco, former morning host at WDJQ Canton, will host weekends. Susie Frazier, known as a tastemaker in Northeast Ohio's arts and music scene, will host Sunday morning's acoustic Naked Brunch.
John said, "Our personalities are knowledgeable and serve as passionate musical gatekeepers. They will provide the musical soundtrack for Northeast Ohio."
The original creator of the WMMS legendary buzzard logo, David Helton, designed the new oWOW logo.
oWOW was reportedly funded by a host of private investors, a local bank and a loan and grant from the City of Cleveland.
The station is currently in its testing phase and will begin officially webcasting live soon at oWownow.com.
oWow! Cleveland has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
WNKU CINCINNATI NAMES SEAN O'MEALY GM
(2/9/15) WNKU (89.7) Cincinnati has announced the hiring of Triple A radio veteran Sean O'Mealy as new General Manager. Sean, best known in the format for his tenure at WRSI Northampton, recently served as GM for Shamrock's three station cluster in Scranton, PA. He takes over at WNKU effective February 16, just in time to help kick off the station's 30th anniversary festivities.
"My desire to be in public radio directly relates to the core of why I love radio and why I chose radio as my lifelong career path some 25 years ago," Sean said. "Radio should represent something our listeners can't live without. Fewer commercial stations accomplish this." He added, "As WNKU gears up to celebrate its 30th anniversary, I'm honored and thrilled to help lead it and its passionate staff into the next 30 years by furthering our community engagement with great music. My Family and I are excited to call Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky our new home."
WNKU Interim GM Valerie Abbott said, "The fact that Sean's background is in commercial Triple A means he'll bring a fresh perspective to a public radio model that has, by and large, been driven by the more traditional NPR news formats."
A service of Northern Kentucky University, WNKU is a non-comm station with a large coverage area heard on 89.7 FM in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, 104.1 FM in Portsmouth, Ohio, and 105.9 FM in Middletown, Ohio.
KEXP SEATTLE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HOME
(1/28/15) KEXP (90.3) Seattle has begun construction on a new and bigger facility for the popular non-comm music station. An official groundbreaking ceremony took place today for the new state of the art KEXP facility located at Seattle Center in the Northwest Rooms. The building will house KEXP's planned new studios and offices, including indoor and outdoor performance spaces. The new home will open up more opportunities for additional public event collaborations and partnerships. With a goal of $15 million, the station has already raised $8.1 million to date since the fundraising campaign started two years ago.
Today's celebration features a remote broadcast of The KEXP Midday Show with Cheryl Waters and live performances by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, among other artists.
Next up, the acoustic "Pin Drop Benefit" for KEXP’s New Home with Brandi Carlile on February 20 at Seattle's Moore Theater.
Look for a large KEXP Grand Opening event to happen in late 2005/early 2016 following completion of the new digs.
KEXP is a service of the University of Washington, who holds the station's FCC license. As a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization, KEXP relies on investments from individual, foundation, business, and government supporters.
CPR'S "OPENAIR" DENVER AM BEGANS SIMULCASTING ON FM 102.3
"New Music From Colorado Public Radio"
(1/27/15) OpenAir, A three-year old AM and streaming Triple A music station run by Colorado Public Radio launched an FM signal today as KDSP (102.3) Greenwood Village-Denver began simulcasting sister signal KVOQ (AM 1340) Denver. CPR purchased the FM from Front Range Front Range Sports Network, paying a reported $5.75 million for the former ESPN Sports format station.
The new FM signal increases OpenAir's reach and signal quality in the Denver and Boulder metro areas. The market is Nielsen ranked at #18 with a population of over 2.5 million.
"This is the natural next step for OpenAir's evolution," said CPR President Max Wycisk. "It meets an expressed listener need to strengthen the quality of the service while also making it more accessible across the Front Range." OpenAir's programming will continue to focus on highlighting Colorado's music community, new albums and upcoming events - and to present bands that visit the CPR Performance Studio.
On a station blog, Mike Flanagan wrote to listeners, "I want to thank you for being a part of the journey so far. FM doesn't change any of that. OpenAir will still be an important part of your daily soundtrack, it'll just sound better."
Mike Flanagan is OpenAir PD. Jessi Whitten is MD/APD/host. Alisha Sweeny is a host and AMD. Former longtime KBCO Denver host Keefer Fulgham anchors the morning show (6-10am) and also serves as Promotions Coordinator. Scott Carney is a host and Music Librarian.
Check out the OpenAir Playlist.
OpenAir is one of three platforms operated by Colorado Public Radio including a statewide Public News/Talk network based at KCFR-FM (90.1) Denver and a Classical network based at KVOD-FM (88.1) Lakewood.
NEW FLAGSTAFF TRIPLE A DEBUTS AS KVNA-FM FLIPS TO "ARIZONA'S ADULT ALTERNATIVE"
(1/6/15) KVNA-FM (100.One) Flagstaff AZ has switched from a longtime AC format to Triple A as "Arizona's Adult Alternative" under OM Rich Malone. Covering a large chunk of Northern Arizona, the station is locally programmed and owned by Yavapai Broadcasting.
Rich told TripleARadio.com, "Our Triple A is commercial, blending singer-songwriter, alternative and deep classic rock cuts. We flavor it with a little blues and occasionally, a little of the 'modern' sound."
KVNA features a full-time staff of local radio veterans: Rich in mornings, Juli Page in middays and Steve Benning in afternoons.
KVNA-FM has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station stream live at KVNA.
Rich Malone (via
1800 S. Milton Road, Suite #105
WXRT CHICAGO APPOINTS KELLY RANSFORD MD
(12/22/14) WXRT (93) Chicago PD Norm Winer has named former KMTT/KNDD Seattle Promo Director Kelly Ransford as the new WXRT Music Director, effective January 5. Kelly, a Chicago native, is a major market MD/APD and air talent veteran, most recently at KFOG San Francisco. She replaces outgoing MD John Farneda who recently resigned (see below) after 31 years at the heritage CBS Radio Triple A station. John also served as WXRT OM, a post that CBS Radio/Chicago's Mitch Rosen has recently assumed.
Norm released the following statement on Kelly:
"Kelly has impressive major market experience at some of the leading Adult Alternative stations in the country, including KBCO Denver-Boulder, KFOG San Francisco, and KMTT Seattle. She has an excellent reputation throughout the industry for her integrity, her work ethic, easy-going personality, her knowledge and passion for music and radio, and her straightforward approach as a communicator. She is accomplished and experienced in multiple skill-sets, with her background including decision-making roles in programming as KFOG APD and Music Director (2005-2011), as well as serving as Marketing & Promotions Director for KNDD & KMTT Seattle (2011-13), KFOG (2000-2005), and KOA Denver (1997-2000).
Kelly rose through the ranks at every station she has worked, reflecting both her ambition and her vast potential. As a native Chicagoan, ready to move into a new job, a new office, and back into her old apartment in Lakeview, I'm confident that her transition to life at XRT will be virtually seamless. Especially with all of us making her feel right at home. Please join me in welcoming Kelly to the XRT family."
OPBMUSIC NAMES JERAD WALKER MUSIC DIRECTOR
(12/8/14) OPBMusic Program Director David Christensen has announced the appointment of Jerad Walker to the position of Music Director. Jerad comes from public radio WAMU (88.5) Washington, D.C. where he was a news reporter and Production Coordinator/MD and host for WAMU's music service, Bluegrass Country.
Reach Jerad at OPBMusic via
email or at 503.293.4014.
Labels, please send music to the above email address or directly to the studio at:
c/o Oregon Public Broadcasting
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
Launched in 2007 by Oregon Public Broadcasting, OPBMusic streams 24-hour "indie, alternative and pop music with an emphasis on Northwest artists." The station also features Studio Sessions with artists. Along with its online stream, OPBMusic is also heard in Portland on HD Radio via 91.5-2 and Digital TV via the second audio program channel of OPB's two DTV channels (SAP).
Listen to OBPMusic streaming live at: opb.org/opbmusic/