Tracking Triple A: Portland Radio Project (PRP) founder Rebecca Webb chats about the growing online station and its plans for an FM signal with TripleARadio.com's Jeff Penfield in Programming.
WNCW ASHEVILLE UPS JOE KENDRICK TO PD/OM
(1/14/15) WNCW (88.7) Spindale-Asheville has promoted midday host Joe Kendrick to Director of Programming and Operations. A veteran staffer at the powerful public radio station for 20 years, Joe started as a volunteer then hosted overnights before moving to mornings in 2006 and midday host in 2008.
Among his plans for the station, Joe pledges to make more content available and to partner and share content, and present more video on the station's social media and YouTube channel.
Joe will be replaced on his Midday Music Mix by Scotty Robertson, host of WNCW's Rhythm Theorem heard Saturday nights at 11pm.
Martin Anderson remains WNCW MD.
Contact Joe via email.
WNCW serves the region with the following signals: Charlotte (99.1/100.3), Boone (92.9), Greenville SC (97.3), and Wilkesboro (90.9). The station is a service of Isothermal Community College.
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 email)
1800 S. Milton Road, Suite #105
COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO'S "OPENAIR" BUYS DENVER 102.3 FM SIGNAL
(1/5/15) Colorado Public Radio has announced the purchase of Sports "ESPN 102.3" KDSP Greenwood Village-Denver from Front Range Sports Network. After paying a reported $5.75 million for the station, CPR is set to go live effective January 27 with a simulcast of its Triple A OpenAir format heard on KVOQ (1340 AM) Denver since late 2011. The new FM signal will significantly improve OpenAir's presence in the Denver and Boulder metro areas.
"This is the natural next step for OpenAir's evolution," said Colorado Public Radio 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, with hosts offering insight and commentary about local musicians, new albums and upcoming events. OpenAir will also continue to present recordings from local, national and international bands that visit the CPR Performance Studio.
Mike Flanagan is OpenAir Program Director while Jessi Whitten remains Music Director/APD. Alisha Sweeny is a host and AMD. Former longtime KBCO Denver host Keefer Fulgham anchors the morning show (6-10am) and is also Promotions Coordinator. Scott Carney is a host and serves as Music Librarian.
OpenAir is one of three platforms operated by CPR 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.
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/
ONE YEAR ON: FAMILIAR FORMER KINK VOICES HELP GROW AUDIENCE FOR "PORTLAND RADIO PROJECT"
(11/17/14) As staff changes beset commercial heritage Triple A KINK in Portland, the Portland Radio Project (PRP), an online community music and news/information station that started up one year ago, is steadily growing listenership with programming that features several former high profile KINK personalities. Along with a streaming platform, PRP hopes to eventually secure a fulltime low power transmitter and frequency.
PRP's veteran Portland on-air crew includes PRP founder, former KINK morning news anchor Rebecca Webb, and former KINK voices Sean Marten and Inessa Brunins. Inessa serves as PRP Music Director.
Portland Radio Project streams a "24/7 commercial-free mix of local, national and international rock/folk/blues music, focusing on singer-songwriters and emerging artists." The station also broadcasts a mix of news and public affairs programs. PRP partners with Oregon Public Broadcasting, sharing news stories as part of OPB's new statewide news program. PRP airs a daily Mon. through Fri. series called "Community Voices" that focuses on the work of local nonprofits.
PRP also streams local live music concerts, events and station fundraisers.
PRP has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station streaming live at prp.fm/.
Portland Radio Project
P.O. Box 820024
Portland, OR 97282
PRP Sample Hour of Music:
(12:30 pm-1:30 pm, 11/17/14)
TREY ANASTASIO - Shine
HALF MOON RUN - Call Me in the Afternoon
EO - Breathe
EMILIE SANDE - All The Young Girls Love Alice
CRAIG CAROTHERS - Schenectady
PARLIAMENT - Give Up The Funk
INGRID MICHAELSON - Girls Chase Boys
TOAD THE WET SPOCKET - Something's Always Wrong
CHRISSIE HYNDE - Dark Sunglasses
CURTIS SALGADO & THE STILETTOS - Blues Get Off My Shoulder
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - Stand
WXRT CHICAGO OM/MD JOHN FARNEDA RESIGNS AFTER OVER THREE DECADES
(11/11/14) WXRT (93.1) Chicago has announced the resignation of key staffer John Farneda after a remarkable 31 year career at the heritage CBS Radio Triple A station. A Chicago native and graduate of Columbia College, John started at WXRT as an intern in 1983 and became Terri Hemmert's morning show producer, then later OM and MD.
In a statement John said, "I realized that I have achieved all my goals at the radio station and it is now time to set new ones. In 1983, I was hired as an intern to type public service announcements and schedule interviews. This past weekend, I successfully managed the conversion of our antiquated DOS music scheduling system to MusicMaster Realtime for Windows.
Between these two dates, I have been trusted to program one of the most respected, unique and influential radio stations in the country. I have served as APD, MD and OM. I have produced/co-produced all 16 volumes of OnXRT: Live From The Archives (a compilation CD of exclusive live performances that has raised close to $1 million for various charitable organizations both locally and globally). Won a lifetime achievement award from FMQB, three Music Director of the Year awards from Radio & Records and Album Network, and have been nominated for a dozen others.
In 2015, I look forward to exploring new adventures in the music industry. I hope to share my decades of programming experience with friends wanting to innovate and entertain. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy some well-deserved time off by traveling and spending more time with friends and loved ones. Check me out on Facebook!"
Longtime WXRT PD and CBS Radio VP of Adult Rock Programming Norm Winer called John the "heart and soul" of the station for "the warmth, sensitivity and thoughtfulness that John conveyed to everyone with whom he interacted. His professionalism and sense of responsibility to the station and his colleagues were among his most admirable qualities."
John's last day at WXRT is November 26.
CHRIS MAYS RESIGNS PD POST AT KINK PORTLAND
(11/4/14) KINK (101.9) Portland PD Chris Mays has left the building at the Alpha Media heritage Triple A station after four years. Prior to KINK, the veteran programmer and manager held similar positions at KMTT Seattle and KLLC-CBS/Alice in San Francisco. Chris wrote on her Facebook page:
"I am extremely proud to have worked at some of the finest, most influential stations in the Triple A format and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to lend my talents and years of expertise to help those stations achieve unprecedented successes.
Working in Portland has been no exception. During my four years here, KINK was nominated for the Marconi Award for Best Rock Station in the nation in both 2011 and 2012. We won in 2012! I have been honored as Best Programmer in the Triple A format for the past two years. And KINK received the award for best station of the Year by our peers at the Triple A Conference this summer. KINK has produced over 600 Bing Lounge performances during my tenure. We have enjoyed very high ratings in the format for much of my four years here.
However, situations do change. While I will always cherish my time at KINK and Alpha Media, I feel it's time for a change. And so it's with mixed feelings that I've decided to move on. I'm going to take some time off to enjoy traveling and seeing family. After that, we'll see what the future holds. You can stay in touch with me via email or see my adventures on Facebook. I'll miss you - and the Bing Lounge!"
Brad Dolbeer remains KINK Assistant Program Director and Music Director.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO EXEC JODY EVANS NAMED PRPD PRESIDENT
(11/3/14) Veteran non-comm exec and programmer Jody Evans has been named President of the Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD) Board of Directors, succeeding veteran broadcaster Arthur Cohen who is retiring. Jody is Executive Director of Western North Carolina Public Radio which operates WCQS Asheville. Prior to joining WNCPR four years ago, Jody was PD at KUT Austin and Vermont Public Radio.
Chris Bannon, VP of Content Development and Production at WNYC New York was recently elected Secretary of the PRPD Board of Directors replacing Gabe DiMaio.
The Hamilton, NY-based PRPD Association is known for its growing multi-format annual Public Radio Programming Conference (PRPD), recently held in Portland, Oregon. Next year's PRPD Conference is set for September 29-October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
NEW COMMUNITY STATION KXNV RENO DEBUTS
(11/3/14) A new non-commercial community station has launched as KXNV (89.1) Reno has hit the airwaves. KXNV, "Radio Free Nevada," is broadcasting with full power from a tower on Virginia Peak, 16 miles N.E. of the city at an elevation of nearly 9000 feet. The station is also streaming live. KXNV is the area's only local non-comm station besides the mostly Classical music formatted KUNR which broadcasts from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Staffed by volunteers, KXNV airs a mix of recorded and live music, including Americana, acoustic roots, folk and blues - along with local news, information, interviews, and local arts and cultural events coverage.
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, headed by Executive Director Bob Fulkerson, began work on "The Nevada Radio Project" in 2011. On the station's launch Bob said, "This is an important moment for Reno/Sparks and the beginning of something great for Nevada."
Project board member and spokesperson is veteran Reno programmer Steve Funk (KUNR/KTHX/KOZZ) who has been busy coordinating operations and programming. Steve credits the local radio industry for helping to make the station happen, "You might think our project would be seen as just one more competitor, but local radio executives are committed to our community and understand the power of their medium to make change, so they have joined with us to help create this station in the public interest. Some have even pledged to donate equipment."
KXNV continues to raise funds to build equipment and build studios.
KXNV has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station currently streaming live at kxnv891.fm.
NEW TRIPLE A LAUNCHES IN FARGO, "THE CITY 94.5"
(Update: 10/31/14) To avoid a potential trademark claim by SiriusXM, K234BX/KBVB-HD2 Wahpeton-Fargo has rebranded "94.5 The Loft" as "The City 94.5". XM launched acoustic Triple A channel "The Loft" in September 2001.
(10/27/14) A new commercial Triple A station has launched as Radio Fargo-Moorhead cluster owner James Ingstad, under the name North Dakota Free Airwaves, has debuted "The City 94.5" for the Fargo metro on translator K234BX Wahpeton-Fargo, ND and via 95.1 KBVB-HD2. The City 94.5 PD/MD is John Austin.
With the slogan "Where Music Comes First," the station has listed the following core artists: Adele, The Black Keys, Sara Bareilles, Train, Gavin Degraw, Counting Crows, Ingrid Michaelson, Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, Grace Potter, Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz, and Brandi Carlile. "The City 94.5" has begun with "10,000 songs commercial free".
The City 94.5
2720 7th Ave. S
"The City 94.5" has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Their new site is under construction.