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Tracking Triple A: KX 93.5 Laguna Beach is a music intensive LPFM startup with four full time staffers and major community backing. TripleARadio.com contributor Jeff Penfield talks with KX 93.5 MD Marc "Mookie" Kaczor about life on the beach. Visit Programming.
TripleARadio NEWS BRIEFS:
Paul McCartney has a new favorite radio station in LA! Sir Paul rang up KCSN (88.5) Northridge-Los Angeles PD Sky Daniels on Thursday in a show of support for the steady growing non-comm. The chat resulted in an hour long interview which is available on the KCSN site......Mavis Staples will be awarded "Artist of the Year," among other honorees, and will perform at the 7th annual WFUV (90.7) New York Gala station benefit set for May 8 at New York City's Gotham Hall......WMSV (91.1) Starkville MS GM Steve Ellis checks in to inform us that the Mississippi State Triple A station is celebrating 20 years on the air with two concerts and a staff reunion set for March 21-22. The Weeks, Big Country's Empty Bottle, Los Colognes, and John and Jacob will perform......NON-COMM Producer Dan Reed has announced three more artists Afghan Whigs, Hooray For The Riff Raff, and Asgeir - in addition to the previously announced The Both (Aimee Mann/Ted Leo), The Hold Steady, Hall of Famer Ian McLagan (of The Small Faces and Faces), Wild Cub, Jessica Lee Mayfield, and Benjamin Booker. With the host hotel the Sheraton already sold out, make your reservations now at the Club Quarters......KFOG (104.5/97.7) San Francisco-San Jose morning Host Greg Gory leaves for KYSR/ALT 98.7 LA's morning show as K-FOG midday Host/MD Renee Richardson joins OM/PD/Host Bill Pugh on The KFOG Morning Show while longtime Host Annalisa returns to middays from Classic Rock K-FOX. The changes should squash those reoccurring Cumulus SF "Nash FM" Country rumors......Condolences to the family and friends of former KFAT Gilroy and KPIG Santa Cruz longtime Host (and a key musical architect) Terrell Lynn Thomas who passed away (2/26) in Santa Cruz after an illness. Terrell Lynn was 62......Congrats to WFUV (90.7) New York Host (6pm-10pm) Darren DeVivo on celebrating 30 years on the station. An 18 year old confirmed music freak, Darren joined WFUV when he was a freshman at Fordham University. He wrote on 'FUV's site, "A lot had to happen a certain way, many things needed to fall into place and the planets needed to align in a once in a lifetime configuration for me to survive and thrive at WFUV. It all took place, and then some."
PUBLIC RADIO ROCKS SXSW: NON-COMM'S SET TO BROADCAST LIVE FRIDAY
Damon Albarn, Lucius,The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith, and Temples
(3/10/14) Leading public radio stations are joining together to host a live "Public Radio Rocks" radio broadcast and webcast once again from the SXSW Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center as part of the SXSW music convention on Fri., March 14, starting at 1 p.m. (ET). This year the performers will be a mix of American and British artists, who will perform in this order: Damon Albarn, Lucius, The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith, and Temples.
Participating public radio stations include WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia, KUTX Austin, KXT Dallas, and KCMP/The Current Minneapolis. Each station will broadcast and stream all day on Friday. WFUV PD Rita Houston said, "We were blown away by the success of our Day Stage last year. It really made a statement about the power of public radio in breaking artists. I'm particularly proud that three of the artists – Lucius, The Hold Steady, and Phantogram – are from New York and that we can share them with the world."
RADIO MILWAUKEE NAMES SEAN DEMERY PD
(2/27/14) WYMS/88Nine Radio Milwaukee has named veteran radio programmer Sean Demery Program Director. Sean replaces former Radio Milwaukee PD Mark Keefe who exited the non-comm in late November after three years at the helm.
Sean's broadcast background includes a variety of programming and on air positions, including PD at KITS/Live 105 San Francisco and APD at WRNX/99X Atlanta. He was also at KXRK Salt Lake City, KMTT Seattle, and Radio Central Networks San Francisco. Most recently, he served as PD/partner for the new Paragon/Sparknet Communications syndicated CHR offering, QuickHitz.
"We're very excited to have Sean join our team," Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Mary Louise Mussoline told TripleARadio.com. "Sean's experience and creativity will build on our commitment to deliver new and diverse music and quality programming. We're looking forward to adding his perspective to our solid team of DJs and story producers to continue our great selection of music and programs that engage Milwaukee."
Sean added, "The moment I met the team at RadioMilwaukee, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I can bring a lot to the table, but I'm more excited about learning from these engaging professionals. This is going to be fun!"
Paragon Media Strategies Mike Henry will continue to provide programming consulting services to Radio Milwaukee as he has since helping launch the station in 2007. Jordan Lee remains APD/MD. Sean begins in his new position at Radio Milwaukee effective March 3.
Radio Milwaukee recently moved into new state of the art facilities with new recording studios, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, a kitchen, and a newly-opened Stone Creek Coffee shop. The station celebrates their seventh anniversary today.
KCRW SANTA MONICA-LA BUYS SANTA BARBARA SIGNAL
Triple A/news non-comm now covers most of Southland
(2/20/14) KCRW (89.9) Santa Monica-Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Foundation have announced the acquisition of KDB Santa Barbara. As a result of the purchase, KCRW will air at 88.7 FM in Santa Barbara, while KUSC (previously at 88.7) will combine its broadcast with KDB to preserve classical music at 93.7. KCRW has partnered with Antioch University for a local studio on the Santa Barbara campus as the station is integrated into their broadcasting/media curriculum.
"This opportunity is very exciting. Santa Barbara is a natural home for KCRW. We've partnered with Santa Barbara institutions for years on music and culture initiatives," said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President/GM. "It has all the elements that have made KCRW a success in Los Angeles - a diverse and intelligent population interested in arts and culture who are passionate about their local community. We believe we can further amplify the voices of Santa Barbara in a unique and compelling way."
KCRW will create custom news, music and talk programming for Santa Barbara listeners. With plans to partner with local weekly The Santa Barbara Independent and hire two announcer/producers, KCRW will build a Santa Barbara edition of NPR's popular morning newsmagazine Morning Edition and afternoon news show All Things Considered. The schedule will also include syndicated public radio programming broadcast on KCRW, such as Marketplace, The World, This American Life, TED Radio Hour, and The Moth Radio Hour, in addition to over 100 hours of KCRW's originally produced content, including flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic with KCRW MD Jason Bentley.
The Santa Barbara station will benefit from KCRW's community engagement programs and digital platforms, including its events department, which will help build local partnerships in arts and culture. KCRW is committed to supporting local cultural institutions, and building on its already established partnerships with the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and other organizations.
KCRW will welcome two Santa Barbara residents to its Foundation Board in the coming year. An Advisory Board will also be formed, including philanthropic, arts and culture, academic and political leaders from the Santa Barbara community.
Look for the Santa Barbara broadcast to start airing soon at 88.7. Visit the KCRW coverage map.
KCRW's terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, and Kern counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is available worldwide, both live and on-demand, at KCRW.com, and through its smartphone apps (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry). KCRW is a community service of Santa Monica College.
KTAO TAOS UNDER NEW DIRECTION AS KATHERINE SPEIRS GAINS MAJORITY INTEREST
Deal includes two station cluster and K-TAOS Solar Center and Bar
(2/17/14) Longtime Triple A station KTAO (101.9 K-TAOS) Taos NM, "the World's first solar-powered radio station," has undergone a change in management. Veteran local radio personality and a founder of ASKK Media and related properties, Katherine Speirs has been named President as she acquires controlling interest in K-TAOS and sister station KLNN/Luna 103.7 along with the K-TAOS Solar Center and Bar. Katherine, whose radio career began at Triple A pioneer KBCO Boulder, plans to retain the legacy set forth by previous owner Brad Hockmeyer by being involved in the local and regional community. There are no changes planned for the format of KTAO or KLNN.
Brad told TripleARadio.com, "Katie's passion for the K-TAOS sound and her dedication to the Taos community is precisely why she was the first person I approached when it was time to sell the station in 2010. Katie understands K-TAOS and we are all very fortunate to have this wonderful radio station and venue in her capable hands alongside the magnificent and loyal staff. Congrats!"
As part of an employee-owned business, Katherine will assume the title of President but will remain K-TAOS Production and Music Director working with PD/Morning Show Host Paddy Mac on music selection and the general sound of the stations.
Launched in 1975 as KXRT by the owners of WXRT Chicago, Brad purchased the station license to create K-TAOS in 1986. Becoming the world's first solar-powered radio station in 1991, he continued the eco-friendly theme and moved the station into The K-TAOS Solar Center in 2004. Currently K-TAOS has a staff of 10 permanent employees. The station has garnered 14 consecutive positive growth quarters for the restaurant and multipurpose venue.
SXSW ANNOUNCES 2014 TRIPLE A "MUSIC MEETING" MARCH 13: PANELISTS TO INCLUDE WRNR'S BOB WAUGH, WORLD CAFE'S DAVID DYE, THE CURRENT MINNEAPOLIS' JIM McGUINN, WXRT CHICAGO'S NORM WINER, WFUV NEW YORK'S RITA HOUSTON
Music submissions currently being accepted from labels by Songlines Music
Dave Grohl at last's years SXSW
(2/10/14) The Triple A Music Meeting panel is set to take place during the 2014 SXSW Music Conference in Austin on Thursday, March 13 at 3:30pm. The programming panel for the Meeting includes Bob Waugh, OM/PD, WRNR Annapolis/Washington D.C.; David Dye, Host, World Cafe; Jim McGuinn, PD, The Current Minneapolis; Norm Winer, VP of Programming, WXRT/CBS Chicago, and Rita Houston, PD, WFUV New York. Meanwhile, Songlines Music Sean Coakley and Melanie Shrawder are again in the hunt for exceptional new music to play for the panelists and audience.
Sean recaps, "At a radio station, the programming staff meets regularly to decide which new songs they're going to add to their playlist. At these 'music meetings,' songs are presented that many of the participants are hearing for the first time. Adapting this tradition for the SXSW format, we dig deep to find exciting unreleased music to play for our esteemed panel of adult rock radio professionals. Audience members and panelists alike will rate each song 1-10 immediately after auditioning each track, and discussion about the potential of the music for radio airplay will ensue from both sides of the floor.
Here’s how it works: we only play music that has not been sent to radio so please only send releases coming in mid-March or after. We strongly prefer digital downloads but will accept streams, or even physical copies. (To avoid potential confusion, please make sure digital files are correctly labeled for iTunes.) Include pertinent information such as single/focus track, bio information, street date, when and how it will be serviced to radio, etc."
Please send your candidates via email to Sean and Melanie. The cutoff date for submissions is March 3.
The SXSW conference is March 7-16 in Austin. South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world's leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.
For more info, visit sxsw.com
COMMUNITY RADIO KDHX ST. LOUIS OPENS NEW DIGS
By Mike Henry, Paragon Media Strategies
(L-R) KDHX's former CCO Nico Leone, current Executive Director Beverly Hacker and CCO Chris Bay
(1/22/14) I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of the new facilities for KDHX-FM in St. Louis over the weekend. Their renovated new building is in the heart of St. Louis' entertainment district and sports four floors of radio station offices, on-air and production studios, a recording studio, a large in-studio performance room called The Stage and an in-station café/bar called the Magnolia Cafe. St. Louis' own Pokey Lafarge opened "The Stage" in the new KDHX building on Saturday night to a packed room of giddy station donors and supporters who could barely believe their eyes and ears. Their outside neon sign is huge and can be seen from miles away (and probably from planes!), making it easily the biggest radio station lighted signage I've ever seen. Commercial radio stations should be so lucky!
What makes their accomplishment so fascinating is that KDHX is a community radio and independent media center with over 1,000 volunteers, including 80+ show producers who man their own air shifts. The KDHX independent media volunteers include DJs, producers, writers, web editors, videographers, photographers, social media-ites and every facet of media one can imagine. If you ever wondered if crowd-sourcing can work for staffing radio and digital media, then look no farther than KDHX. KDHX now runs the independent Folk School, and is involved in numerous local and national partnerships that champion independent media. They have accomplished what few stations ever do, and that's to be true community radio with professional implementation.
Mike Henry is a consultant to KDHX with Paragon Media Strategies. Visit ParagonMediaStrategies.com
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2014 NON-COMMVENTION
WXPN hosts 13th annual event May 14-16 in Philadelphia
(1/13/14) Dan Reed, founder and producer along with host station WXPN Philadelphia, announce the opening of affordable Early Registration for the 2014 NON-COMMvention set for May 14-16. The 13th annual NON-COMM will again be held at the WXPN building at 3025 Walnut St. in Philadelphia and next door at World Café Live. The official host hotel is The Sheraton Philadelphia University City where a special event rate of $169 per night is available through April 14.
Dan invites you to "join key players from the Public Radio and Music Industry for three days of meetings and artist showcases." Launched in 2001 in Louisville, the NON-COMMvention has grown to become the premier annual conference for non-commercial Triple A radio. Originally created 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 NON-COMMvention is on networking, informative panels, and cutting-edge music showcases. Look for the artists and panels to be announced in the coming months.
Contact Dan regarding live music bookings.
Early Bird Registration Rates (expires April 15 at 8am)
Radio Employees: First Employee $110, All Additional Employees $60 (must all register at the same time)
Music Industry Employees: $200
Sheraton NON-COMM Rate: $169/night
Registration and Hotel Links, and additional info can be found at this industry site.
MUSIC ALLIES/CREATIVE ALLIES UPDATE: SEAN O'CONNELL TO RUN HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL, PAUL LANGTON HEADS UP RADIO PROMO
(1/7/14) Music Allies founder Sean O'Connell is in charge of operations for the Hangout Music Festival. Sean, who has been consulting various music festivals over the years, started in his new role with Hangout over the summer. He has been consulting the Gulf Shores, Alabama festival since its inception in 2010. In Sean's expanded role, he will oversee all aspects of the festival including booking, marketing and operations. Look for the May 16-18 festival to announce its lineup next week. Sean can continue to be reached via email.
Meanwhile, Sean also announced label veteran Paul Langton (Rounder) will be leading radio promotion efforts for Music Allies and consulting on festival marketing. Paul will remain based in Boston and can be reached via email.
Day to day operations of Sean's other company, Creative Allies, is being overseen by label veteran Kevin Carroll. Creative Allies recently launched a new mobile version and was featured in Forbes. The website gives emerging illustrators the opportunity to create art and merchandise for bands, festivals and sports teams.
NEW TRIPLE A FOR ALBANY AS WZMR FLIPS TO "104.9 THE PEAK"
(12/16/13) WZMR (104.9 The Peak) Albany switched from Country to Triple A over the weekend. PD and midday host is Jamie "Tanch" Tanchyk. Look for 104.9 The Peak to be streaming live soon at 1049thepeak.com. The station plans to add local hosts to the music mix next month. Tim Moore is consulting. 104.9 The Peak's format is similar to Pamal Broadcasting sister station WXPK (107.1 The Peak) White Plains.
WXPK PD Chris Herrmann told TripleARadio.com, "I'm very encouraged that Pamal Broadcasting thinks enough of The Peak in White Plains, and Triple A as a format, to put it on in Albany and make it successful. I'm pulling for them and of course happy to be a resource for Tanch and the team there."
WZMR/104.9 The Peak has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
Contact Jamie "Tanch" Tanchyk via email.
Labels, send music to:
WZMR/104.9 The Peak
6 Johnson Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
WXPN PHILADELPHIA NAMES GENNINE ULIASZ DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER
(12/16/13) WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia has named Gennine Uliasz to the newly created position of Digital Content Manager. Gennine will be responsible for collaborating with WXPN and World Cafe producers and staff to create engaging, shareable, multi-media content for WXPN's website, The Key blog, and World Cafe on xpn.org, in addition to editorial projects, special events and social media. She was most recently News Editor/Producer for CNBC.com, where she developed digital content for cross-platform distribution. Prior to that, she served as Digital Associate Producer/Television Associate Producer for CBS News' 60 Minutes TV show.
"We're incredibly excited that someone with Gennine's experience and passion for digital media has joined the team at XPN," said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager for Programming.
"XPN is a treasure trove of high quality content. I'm excited to work with the team to expand the station's digital footprint," said Gennine.
TRIPLEARADIO.COM WELCOMES JEFF PENFIELD FOR NEW COLUMN, "TRACKING TRIPLE A"
(9/19/13) Former WSGE Dallas-Charlotte APD/MD and Emerson College (WERS) graduate Jeff Penfield - who recently moved out West to join KCSN Northridge-Los Angeles as a programming assistant to PD Sky Daniels - has also joined up with TripleARadio.com to write a new weekly series titled, Tracking Triple A. Jeff will interview PD's, MD's, and Content Directors as he tracks the evolution of the format's fastest growing genre, non-comm music radio.
TripleARadio.com editor Dave Chaney said, "Count Jeff among the savvy new up and comers in our world; He is passionate about Triple A radio and fully understands new media. We're excited to have him as a contributor!"