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• NPR One is a hit, but digital unease remains - RAIN
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FACT: 98 million people in the US are listening to podcasts every year, with an average listening time of more than four hours per week. 92% of podcast listeners are on social media. – Edison Research
FORMAT NEWS BRIEFS
- Entercom Madison has named WNTR Indianapolis PD/MD Chase Daniels to the position of Operations Manager for the Madison Entercom cluster which includes WMMM (105.5 Triple M).
- Label promo veteran Dave Lombardi (Caroline, Astralwerks) has joined In2tune Music as SVP Promotion of Rock Formats. Dave will oversee and develop promotion strategies at Triple A, Rock, and Alternative. He starts in the new job effective June 16.
- WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia will broadcast the popular two-hour syndicated American Routes program beginning Sunday, June 19th from 3 PM-5 PM. "We welcome American Routes and its listeners to the WXPN community and airwaves," said Bruce Warren, WXPN AGM for Programming. "So much of what American Routes does fits into what WXPN is about in the vibrant and broad continuum of roots music. Producer and host Nick Spitzer incorporates R&B, blues, soul, New Orleans funk, hot zydeco music from Louisiana, elements of jazz and folk into his musical mix. He always very thoughtfully and thoroughly tells great stories about the music with the musicians who create it." American Routes was previously broadcast on WHYY.
LABEL PROMO VET ART PHILLIPS PASSES AWAY
(6/20/16) Label promotion and radio veteran Art Phillips Boxman has died after a year-long battle with cancer of the appendix. He died in hospice care near his home in Cambria, CA. Art was 66. In an email (6/19) to the industry, KCSN Los Angeles PD Sky Daniels said, "Jon Scott gave word that we lost a brother. Art lost his battle with cancer on Sunday at 3:30 AM. Prayers go out to his wife Jill. I loved that man, but then, who didn't?"
The Philadelphia native graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Art began his career in radio in the mid '70s as Music Director and on-air host at rocker KILO-FM Colorado Springs for eight years. He then moved to Los Angeles where he spent seven years as editor at the Album Network, five years as VP Promotion at Hollywood Records, and five years as VP Promotion at RCA Records. More recently, Art served as VP/Promotion & Artist Development for the Welk Music Group for over a decade, which included Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records. He started Art Phillips Music Marketing in 2012.
When Art left the Welk Music Group he told AllAccess.com, "I've been fortunate to work with some of the greatest, most talented people in the business. We have all been working through the great upheavals rocking the industry for some time now, and change may be the only common denominator we can expect. To have had 36 amazing years in this biz may just be my best record yet!"
KFOG SAN FRANCISCO NAMES ALICIA TYLER ON-AIR MD
(6/8/16) KFOG (K-FOG 104.5/97.7) San Francisco-San Jose has named Alicia Tyler on-air Music Director. Alicia is a 17-year programming and on-air veteran. Most recently she was PD and midday host at Alt WZNE-FM (94.1 The Zone) Rochester. Previously, Alicia worked MD and middays at KLCK-FM (Click 98.9) Seattle, and held the same position at Alt KKDO (Radio 94.7) Sacramento. She was also on-air at KLLC (Alice) San Francisco.
The move comes a little more than two months after Cumulus Media fired nearly the entire KFOG airstaff - including MD and morning co-host Renee Richardson - in a heavily promoted "New Evolution". New KFOG PD Bryan Schock has since brought back former KFOG morning show co-host Irish Greg and longtime KFOG Acoustic Sunrise host Rosalie Howarth. The station has seemingly evolved into a '90s leaning Triple A/Mod AC/Rock-Alt hybrid.
Bryan said: "When it came to finding the right On-Air Music Director there were many boxes to be checked and that meant searching in every part of the country for just the right person. There's no doubt in my mind that in the case of Alicia, all the boxes were checked. I'm looking forward to having her, and all of the skills that she brings to the table, on the KFOG team!”
Alicia added: “When I first heard about this opportunity, my heart skipped a beat. Bryan Schock has such a great reputation and with a team like Matt Pinfield, Irish Greg, and No Name, it’s really a no brainer for me. I’m excited to be a part of the future of KFOG and can’t wait to get out there!! Thank you to my new Cumulus family, including Troy Hanson, Justin Wittmayer, and Bryan Schock for believing in me.”
Alicia begins in her new job at KFOG effective June 22.
40TH ANNUAL NFCB COMMUNITY MEDIA CONFERENCE COMES TO DENVER JUNE 8-11
(5/24/16) The 40th Annual NFCB Community Media Conference is set for June 8-11 in Denver at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at the Denver Convention Center. The multi-format community radio conference, including stations that air Triple A, will focus on programming, development, operations and administration. Thursday’s spotlight is on content while Friday focuses on development. Look for summits on Latino Public Radio, rural stations, and low-power FM (LPFM). Friday night features a music event hosted by NFCB member host station KGNU Boulder.
For more info and to register, visit NFCB.
NON-COMM WRAPS UP IN PHILADELPHIA
(5/22/16) WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia Ops Manager/MD and NON-COMMvention founder and Producer Dan Reed welcomed non-comm Triple A radio and the music business to the 16th Annual NON-COMMvention May 18-20 in Philadelphia with meetings and live music showcases at World Café Live, adjacent to WXPN studios. 30 artist showcases were set for World Café Live. For additional info, visit TheTop22.com.
DEAL IS OFF FOR NEW NON-COMM TRIPLE A: KUMT "THE MOUNTAIN" SALT LAKE CITY
Mike Summers: "We Were Unable to Come to an Agreement with Community Wireless"
(5/9/16) Update: Just two weeks after signing on, KUMT (107.9 The Mountain) has not been able to negotiate an agreement with Community Wireless. Please refer to KUMT PD Mike Summer's Facebook page for an update on this story.
(4/26/16) KUMT (107.9 The Mountain) Salt Lake City has debuted a new non-comm Triple A format. The station, owned by Community Wireless of Park City, Utah has named veteran market Alt programmer Mike Summers PD. In an article on the new station, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, "Dipping into the station the first day, one could hear a mix of Mumford and Sons, Queen & David Bowie, Simple Minds, U2 and Of Monsters and Men."
Mike was recently Interim PD at KUMT sister station community Talk/News KPCW (91.9) Park City. Prior to KPCW, Mike was PD at KJQN, KENZ and founded Alternative KXRK (X96).
In December of last year, Salt Lake's Broadway Media entered an agreement to turn over their 107.9 signal to Community Wireless. The call letters KUMT and "The Mountain" branding have been resurrected from the 1990s when the commercial Triple A station was at 105.7 in Salt Lake City from 1992-1999. The former '90s incarnation of The Mountain was consulted by veteran AAA programmer Dennis Constantine with current WNCS/The Point Burlington PD Zeb Norris programming The Mountain from '95 to '98.
Look for KUMT (The Mountain) to be streaming soon from their site presently under construction. The station has a Facebook presence. Contact info is forthcoming. KUMT (The Mountain) will be added to our TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
WWOZ NEW ORLEANS REALIGNS OPERATIONS STAFF, ANNOUNCES DIGITAL PRIORITIES
(4/18/16) WWOZ (90.7) New Orleans' board of directors has announced shifts in management as longtime GM David Freedman transitions into the role of Chief Strategic Officer while Arthur Cohen has been named Chief Operating Officer. The GM position previously held by David will apparently remain vacant for now at the popular Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Zydeco and roots music community station.
Station plans call for a renewed emphasis on updating equipment, improving audio and video (on-demand) streaming, adding new program channels, updating all web and app platforms, and stepping up the station's social media presence.
WWOZ's streaming and mobile app now attracts listeners from the world over. These international listeners also help to support the station, which according to a handful of staffers who have exited in recent months, is in conflict with the heritage station's local community programming initiatives.
WWOZ volunteer staff turmoil over various changes in recent years has been the subject of high profile coverage in local media, culminating with the March resignation of its longtime Program Director Dwayne Breashears while The Times Picayune reported that staffers fear the station is "losing touch with the gritty hyper-locality that gave WWOZ its cachet."
In the wake of Dwayne's exit, WWOZ has reassigned staff for new roles. Jorge Fuentes has been named Operations Director. Scott Borne is Director of Audio Content. Carrie Booher is Digital Content Editor.
Originally set to exit the station by now, Dwayne has agreed to remain on an additional month to produce live station coverage of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
WWOZ musical hosts are all volunteer while management and operations duties are handled by paid staff.
WWOZ is operated by Friends of WWOZ, a nonprofit established in the late ‘80s by owners the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
KEXP SEATTLE HOSTS NEW HOME CELEBRATION
$15 Million Capital Campaign Funds New Studios, Offices, Public Gathering Space
(4/11/16) KEXP (90.3) Seattle is welcoming the public to the non-comm Triple A station's new Seattle Center facilities on Saturday, April 16th from noon-9 pm in a free all ages Grand Opening. Numerous bands will be performing on indoor and outdoor stages, including Bob Mould, Strand of Oaks, Deep Sea Diver, Hey Marseilles, and Icelandic trio Samaris. "Over the years, KEXP has broadcast live sessions with me from all over the US: studios in NYC, clubs in Portland OR, and festivals such as Bumbershoot and Sasquatch," said Bob Mould. "I'm thrilled to be part of the grand opening of the new KEXP location." The shows will be broadcast on KEXP and KEXP.org.
"KEXP connects people through music," said Kyle Gaffney, lead designer and co-founder of SkB Architects. "As designers, our goal was to translate and amplify that idea into architecture and physical space. Now, KEXP not only connects with their global audience over the airwaves, but physically at an individual and community level."
For the first time, KEXP's 400+ in-studio performances every year will be open to the public, and its public Gathering Space offers a centrally-located venue to host additional shows and educational programs.
To celebrate the opening of KEXP's New Home, KEXP worked with Microsoft to create a unique, interactive music experience using Microsoft technology including Kinect, an environment and experience will invite participants to enter and "remix" songs by four KEXP artists.
In addition to the confirmed bands, guest performers from Teatro Zinzanni and Cornish College for the Arts will also perform. Seattle Center neighbors Vera Project, SIFF, and Pacific Science Center will offer additional live music, films, and other activities.
KEXP’s New Home Grand Opening is made possible by Microsoft, Boeing, the Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle Center, SkB Architects and Sellen Construction. Additional partners providing support include the Vera Project, SIFF, Pacific Science Center, EMP, Cornish College of the Arts, Teatro Zinzanni, La Marzocco, Costigan Integrated, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and Athena’s Food Truck. Grand Opening Beer Garden presented in collaboration with Redhook, with proceeds to benefit KEXP.
Since KEXP launched its $15million capital campaign in 2012 to finance the project, 7,987 listeners have donated their support to help build KEXP's New Home.
CUMULUS MEDIA FIRES ENTIRE KFOG SAN FRANCISCO AIRSTAFF, BRYAN SCHOCK NAMED PD/OM
Market Manager Justin Wittmayer: "A Transformational Time for KFOG"
(3/31/16) With little warning, Cumulus Media dismissed the entire airstaff at KFOG (104.5/97.7) San Francisco-San Jose today, including The KFOG Morning Show. The station is currently running jockless with promo sweepers promising "A New Evolution on 4/20".
Meanwhile, veteran Triple A programmer Bryan Schock is in place as the new PD/OM of KFOG and sister Classic Rock KSAN (107.7 The Bone), replacing Jim Richards who recently exited. Bryan's three decade programming career includes PD and MD stints at WRXP New York, KGB San Diego, 91X San Diego, and KCUV Denver, among others.
Airstaff fired included morning host and Music Director Renee Richardson and co-hosts "Irish Greg" McQuaid and Mike 'No Name' Nelson, midday host Annalisa, afternoon host Webster, and evening host Dread Scott. All are Bay Area market veterans.
Weekend staffers cut included Steve Rockwell and veteran KFOG host Rosalie Howarth, host of the popular long running Sunday Acoustic Sunrise and Acoustic Sunset. Rosalie has spent a remarkable 34 years at KFOG, during which she was fulltime host and MD/APD.
Cumulus Media also fired the entire news department and talk hosts at sister station KGO-AM today. The legendary news/talk station once dominated the market, rated #1 for an unprecedented three decades.
Cumulus Media San Francisco VP/Market Manager Justin Wittmayer said in a statement, "Bryan’s vision and passion for KFOG and KSAN are unrivaled. This is a transformational time for KFOG. We are confident that his plans will exceed the expectations of both of our audiences."
JOHN McGUE EXITS WNKU CINCINNATI, LIZ FELIX UPPED TO PD
(3/28/16) WNKU (89.7) Cincinnati has parted ways with PD John McGue. John was promoted to PD last year after serving as MD since 2002. In the wake of John's exit, APD/MD Liz Felix has been named PD of the non-comm Triple A.
Prior to joining WNKU Liz was the MD/APD at WAPS Akron. Before that she was PD at KBXR Columbia, MO.
WNKU GM Sean O'Mealy commented, "Liz is a smart, passionate, strategic thinking programmer who totally gets that content, talent and creative execution make for an engaging experience for our members, listeners and community. WNKU is poised for greatness and I couldn't be more excited to have her steering the bus.” Lizz added, "The WNKU team has gotten off to a great start in revitalizing the station over the last year. I'm excited to lead our air staff as we continue to serve Cincinnati with top-notch music programming. I'm grateful to Sean O'Mealy and Northern Kentucky University for the opportunity."
KCSN LOS ANGELES NAMES MARC "MOOKIE" KACZOR NEW MD
(3/3/16) KCSN (88.5) Northridge-Los Angeles PD Sky Daniels has named Marc "Mookie" Kaczor new Music Director. Marc replaces Mark Sovel who recently moved on to crosstown KLOS. KCSN APD Jeff Penfield has been serving as KCSN Interim MD. Marc starts in his new role at KCSN effective March 14th.
Marc, most recently APD of the former KPRI San Diego, is a veteran of 91X, KBZT, and KSCF in San Diego. He also helped launch KX-93.5 Laguna Beach, CA.
In a statement, Sky said "KCSN was fortunate to have many wonderful professionals interested in joining this team. We knew we needed someone who would make this more than a job. We were looking for some who regarded building a Los Angeles station that exists to supports musicians a true calling. Marc had the experience and the fervor we hoped for."
KCSN is a service of California State University, Northridge.
WXRT CHICAGO'S NORM WINER RESIGNS AFTER 36 YEARS
(3/2/16) WXRT (93.1) Chicago longtime programming architect Norm Winer will exit the CBS Radio outlet on Friday, March March 4th after an unprecedented 36 years at the heritage Triple A station. After the PD post was recently eliminated, Norm, 67, was reassigned from Director, Programming to the newly created position of Music Initiatives and Special Programming. Mitch Rosen remains Operations Director while Kelly Ransford remains Music Director.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events awarded Norm the prestigious Fifth Star Award last year, stating "Few program directors are as closely identified with a major market commercial radio station. In a radio world often focused on playing the hits, WXRT has for decades brought new artists and music to the ears of Chicagoans. While others regularly change format and personnel, WXRT has remained remarkably consistent while remaining at the forefront of new music in Chicago and the world, and no one is more responsible for this than Winer."
Norm released the following memo to his WXRT staff:
I have never attempted anything like this. For me, this is uncharted territory.There is only so much that I can express in words.
I have decided to leave WXRT and CBS Radio.
I have been exceptionally fortunate to have been here, surrounded by people who mean so much to me. People with whom I have shared so much.
For many, many years, we have stood together, defying conventional "wisdom" governing the way we execute our collective responsibilities. Against all odds, our positive impact has been indisputable. Few in our industry have chosen to relate to their audience with the style, humanity and lofty ideals to which we have aspired.
I am grateful that our employers, first Dan Lee at Diamond Broadcasting, then Westinghouse, CBS, Infinity, and, of course, CBS, appreciated and supported our efforts and acknowledged our successes. The inspirational leadership that they provided us has made this all possible. And has enabled us to have so much fun in the process!
It would be impossible to summarize all the thoughts and memories that are racing through my mind right now. Luckily, I'll soon have plenty of time to start writing my memoirs while I can still remember all the names, places, and punchlines that have given me so much pleasure – or at least adrenaline – for so long.
Honestly, I never imagined I would be here for even three years – let alone three dozen! But I wouldn't have had it any other way.
I've chosen to keep this brief, because, like I said, I'm a few years behind schedule. Before closing, I want to express my profound gratitude and abundant respect for XRT listeners, colleagues, clients, co-conspirators, all the immensely talented artists we’ve discovered and supported, and even our competitors, who certainly helped elevate our game if we ever lacked motivation. (Though I don't believe we ever did.)
In some ways, I still like to think we made it up as we went along, with mutual support from the people of Chicago and each other. With honesty, humility, and humor. So proud to have been a part of this station and this great city!
Wishing you happiness and good health in the future.
KUNC LAUNCHES "105-5 THE COLORADO SOUND"
(2/29/16) KUNC/Colorado Sound President and CEO Neil Best welcomed listeners at 6 am on Monday, announcing "Today is a truly exciting and historic day in our history. For over 49 years, KUNC's goal has been to be the best possible service we could be. This morning, we are changing, expanding, and doubling our service. KUNC is now news, information and storytelling 24-hours a day. 105-5 is now The Colorado Sound, blending music styles, sharing emerging artists and well known favorites."
105-5 The Colorado Sound covers the Front Range, which includes Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, and Greeley. The Triple A non-comm station is streaming live at a new web site: ColoradoSound.org.
The Colorado Sound's weekday lineup includes Ron Bostwick from 6-10 am, Margot Chobanian from 10 am-3 pm, Keefer Fulgham 3-7 pm, and Benji McPhail 7-midnight. Ron is a veteran morning show host and producer from eTown, KFMU Steamboat Springs, and KBCO Denver while Margo is the former Program Director at Dave FM Atlanta. Margo will assist The Colorado Sound in building digital initiatives. Keefer, a longtime afternoon host at KBCO and CPR's Open Air, and Benji, The Colorado Sound's Music Director, move over from their midday KUNC music shifts to The Colorado Sound.
Billed as Colorado's Home for Music Discovery, the new music format expands the music previously heard on KUNC. The station will 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.
Mike Henry, CEO of Paragon Media Strategies, is the programming consultant for The Colorado Sound. Director of Marketing is Robert Leja.
Prior to airing ESPN, 105.5 KJAC was known as Denver's "Jack FM". The station purchase was made possible by a major gift from Amy and Paul Hach, along with station reserves and financing. Listener supported KUNC is owned and operated by Community Radio for Northern Colorado.
KJAC/The Colorado Sound
1901 56th Ave., Suite 200
Greeley, CO. 80634
The Colorado Sound Debut Hour (2/29/16):
Lumineers - Ophelia
Wilco - I Might
Leon Bridges - Smooth Sailin’
Alt-J -Left Hand Free
Bob Dylan -Subterranean Homesick Blues
Arcs - Put A Flower In Your Pocket
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five
My Morning Jacket - Compound Fracture
Violent Femmes - Memory
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Fortune Teller
Record Company - Off The Ground
Lucinda Williams - Right In Time
Squeeze - Cool For Cats
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. 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.