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TODAY'S INDUSTRY LINKS
• Is Subscription Streaming Making Fourth-Quarter Blockbuster Albums Obsolete? – Billboard.biz
• Road Congestion Increases the Importance of In-Vehicle Listening - Spark
• Money in the music streaming business keeps mysteriously disappearing. Here’s why. - Fusion
FACT: Pay-TV providers had their worse three-month period ever from April-June 2015, losing more than 600,000 subscribers. But 83% of homes are still connected. - SNL Kagan
TripleARadio NEWS BRIEFS:
KINK (101.9) Portland announces Salt Lake City (KENZ) and Portland radio/TV vet Cort Johnson as new APD and morning co-host with Sheila Hamilton ......In the wake of Jordan Lee’s recent promotion to PD (after Sean Demery stepped down for family reasons to consult the station), Radio Milwaukee (88nine) has upped Justin Barney to Music Director. New afternoon host Ken Sumka has been named APD. Meanwhile, midday host Marcus Doucette has taken on the title of Imaging Manager while morning host Dori Zori has been named to the new position of Community Outreach Manager. The station has posted p/t openings for Assist. Audio Producer/Community Stories and Video, and Photography Producer/Digital. The application deadline is Monday Aug. 31. Details on the positions and applying are available at RadioMilwaukee......Louisville Public Media has promoted Classical WOUL PD Daniel Gilliam to Dir./Radio. Daniel will oversee programming at the three LPM stations and streams, working with Triple A WFPK (91.9 Radio Louisville) PD Stacy Owen......Triple A WLCE (Alice 97.7) Springfield is now heard online only as Mid-West Family Broadcasting has replaced the station with a Rock simulcast at 97.7......Longtime WMMM (105.5 Triple M) Madison Music Director and 7-mid evening host Gabby Parsons is set to retire after 13 years at the heritage Triple A station. Gabby has won plenty of accolades and local and national awards along the way as Best Air Personality and MD of the Year. A tireless booster of the Madison music scene, she will continue to host the "Live & Local Hour" Sundays at 8 pm. APD and morning co-host Jonathan Suttin will now also serve as MD. In other station news, Jesse Garon has been named new Triple M midday host while Entercom Milwaukee GM Chuck Sullivan has been named GM at Entercom's Madison cluster, which includes Triple M.
NEXT UP: THE AMERICANA MUSIC CONFERENCE SEPT. 15-20 IN NASHVILLE
Music Showcases Set Throughout the City to Include Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Los Lobos, Ricky Skaggs, Valerie June
(8/28/15) The 16th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference is set for September 15-20 in Nashville. The host hotel is the Hutton Hotel in midtown Nashville where the daytime events take place. Evening music showcases will be held throughout Nashville.
The conference features numerous panels, seminars, and networking as "Nashville's most educational music industry forum". The thousands of attendees will include artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals - presented by leaders in the music industry. See the full Americana Music Daily Schedule.
Among the numerous Americana and Triple A radio stations making the trek to Music City is Americana KHYI (95.3 The Range) Dallas. KHYI will broadcast Chuck Taylor's morning show daily live from the event.
Hundreds of Americana artists will perform during the event, including the legendary Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Valerie June, Pokey Lafarge, Nikki Lane, Anderson East, James McMurtry, Glen Hansard, Jewel, Hot Rize, Jay Farrar, Patty Griffin, Watkins Family Hour, Sam Outlaw, Tift Merritt, Emmy Rose Russell, and many others. See the full Americana Music Showcase Lineup.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
The Americana Music Association announces the selection of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Don Henley, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Ricky Skaggs and Los Lobos as Lifetime Achievement Award winners to be presented at its 14th Annual Honors & Awards ceremony, presented by Nissan, on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The artists will perform and the show will be taped for air on PBS later in the year.
Conference Registrants are invited to attend all events during the Americana Music Festival & Conference. Registration includes one Honors & Award Show ticket. No Day Passes are available. For additional info on the conference, festival, hotel, airfare, and more, visit: AmericanaMusic.org.
WFUV NEW YORK KILLS "THE ALTERNATE SIDE" INDIE CHANNEL
Alisa Ali Moves into 6-10 Evening Slot, Darren DeVivo Moves to 10pm-2am
(8/20/15) WFUV (90.7) New York has announced some significant changes to its streaming and on-air programming. Effective August 21, the Triple A non-comm station is cancelling the younger-leaning 24 hour indie music service and stream The Alternate Side due to budget concerns. The Alternate Side debuted over four years ago on WFUV, heard nightly on WFUV and daily on WNYE (91.5) New York from 6am-noon. The service was also heard on the station's HD3 signal and streamed continuously at TheAlternateSide.org.
Meanwhile, The Alternate Side Content Dir. and host Alisa Ali moves into the nightly 6pm-10pm slot while veteran host Darren DeVivo moves to 10pm-2am. World Café follows 2am-4am.
Alisa was recently voted "Best FM Radio Personality" in the 2014 Village Voice Reader's Poll.
The Alternate Side will continue as an expanded specialty show, hosted by Russ Borris, from 9pm-midnight. The Whole Wide World with Rita Houston will now be heard Fridays from 6pm-9pm.
WFUV has adjusted the weekend schedule and specialty show times as well. The station has dropped the long running syndicated concert show Mountain Stage. For complete details on the schedule changes, visit WFUV.
MVYRADIO MARTHA’S VINEYARD MAKES MAJOR SIGNAL UPGRADE AT 88.7(8/17/15) Over the weekend, mvyradio powered up its newly upgraded 88.7 fm signal to 12,000 watts giving the station its largest potential audience in its 30+ year history. Two years ago, the commercial heritage Triple A lost their terrestrial signal at 92.7. Loyal listener’s responded and brought the station back via a highly successful “Save MVY Campaign” which raised over $600,000 to enable the by then streaming only station to acquire the 88.7 frequency in May of last year.
Commercial Turned Non-Comm Triple A Reaches Its Biggest Audience Yet
Boosting the transmitter from 480 to 12,000 watts, the signal reach is now extended on Martha’s Vineyard in places like Chilmark, Aquinnah and Katama. Mvyradio will also be stronger to the north and east for listeners in Sandwich, Nantucket and the Mid-Cape and Lower Cape, as well as both the South Coast (New Bedford) and South Shore of Massachusetts (Plymouth/Duxbury).
Mvyradio is heard in Newport, RI at 96.5 and 102.7HD2FM in cooperation with Rhode Island Public Radio. Additionally, the station enjoys a substantial online audience at mvyradio.com.
"We’ll be reaching more people, locally, than we ever have in our 30 year history," said Friends of mvyradio Inc. Exec Director Louisa Gould. “Being able to reach more listeners, and serve more Underwriters, puts the station on a sustainable path to better serve the community.”
By raising over $150,000 in capital from Major Donors this past March and April, the station was able to take advantage of an FCC approval to increase power and purchase and install a new transmitter and antenna.
Mvyradio is owned and operated by a Massachusetts-based 501c3 non-profit, Friends of mvyradio, Inc., with local governing and advisory boards. The station is now funded by local underwriting, listener support, and grants, including recently awarded grants from The Permanent Endowment Of Martha’s Vineyard, The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, Newman’s Own Foundation and The Farm Neck Foundation. MVYradio has become an NPR member station, as well as a Corporation For Public Broadcasting grantee.
KFLY EUGENE FLIPS TO TRIPLE A “WORLD CLASS ROCK 101.5"
(8/5/15) Update: KFLY is now simulcasting the former KZZE, KYVL (The Valley 106.3) Medford. Former longtime KINK Portland PD Carl Widing is consulting.
(7/31/15) Bicoastal Media has flipped KFLY (101.5) Eugene to Triple A as "World Class Rock 101.5" debuts with the slogan "Eugene’s Sophisticated Rock Station". The entire airstaff was dismissed on Wednesday (7/29) before the format change from Active Rock including PD/midday host Carl Sundberg and afternoon hosts "Drew and Marcus". Larry Rogers is Market Manager and Stu Allen is PD/MD.The station is currently running without live hosts.
Bicoastal Media owns and operates 50 Radio Stations in 10 markets in Northern California, Oregon and Washington, including Triple A hybrid stations KTEE (The Tee 94.9/95.7) Coos Bay OR and KNTI (The Tee 95.5/99.5) Lakeport-Ukiah CA.
KFLY serves the Willamette Valley markets of Eugene-Springfield (Nielsen Audio Ratings Market #152) and Albany-Corvallis, a population of over 600,000. The area is home to the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.
Listen to the station streaming live at WorldClassRock.fm. .
KFLY/World Class Rock 101.5
1500 Valley River Dr., Suite 350
Eugene, OR 97401
World Class Rock 101.5 Debut Hour:
Houndmouth – Sedona
Tom Petty – Feel A Whole Lot Better
Broken Bells – After The Disco
My Morning Jacket – Big Decisions
Michael Franti & Spearhead – I’ll Be Waiting
One Republic – Counting Stars
Pearl Jam – Sirens
U2 – Every Breaking Wave
Kopecky – Real Life
The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart (Happy)
Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird
Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive
KFLY/World Class Rock 101.5 has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations
KCSN LOS ANGELES TO OPEN STUDIO AND PERFORMANCE VENUE IN MAJOR SUBURBAN MALL
Fishbowl Studio and Adjoining Live Outdoor Stage Will Boost Non-Comm Station’s Profile
KCSN (88.5) Northridge-Los Angeles is set to open a state of the art remote studio and live performance venue in a new San Fernando Valley outdoor retail destination as “The Village at Westfield Topanga” announces a unique partnership with the non-comm station.
KCSN’s studio at The Village will broadcast live daily with a programming slate including "Mornings with Nic Harcourt" (Monday-Friday), Les Perry’s "Saturday with The Beatles" and Jim Nelson’s "Music Mix" (Saturdays), Lisa Finnie’s "Dylan Hour" and "Masters Of Song" programs, and Pat Baker’s "Tangled Roots" show (Sundays). The station will showcase music sessions at The Village throughout the week, including live performances from one of L.A.’s top local artists every Sunday afternoon.
KCSN GM/PD Sky Daniels, who has presented a series of top name artist fundraiser concerts for the station since his arrival four year's ago, said “KCSN is excited to have been chosen by the Village at Westfield Topanga as its curator of popular music and entertainment. We know that Westfield has already attracted some of LA’s most iconic retail brands to The Village and we are honored to be part of that mix.”
Larry Green, Westfield’s Sr. VP of Development added, “This partnership not only will provide the opportunity for Westfield’s visitors to engage with their favorite DJs and artists, but allows them to become part of the music experience itself which further complements the overall vibe we are creating at The Village.”
KCSN’s remote studio at the Village at Westfield Topanga has been designed by Harman/JBL. In addition, engineers from Harman/JBL also supplied and installed staging and audio design sound systems throughout The Village property.
The KCSN studio will feature large, transparent windows for visitors to watch hosts and in-studio guests with a portable 16x24 foot wide performance stage located just outside the studio, also designed by Harman/JBL.
The venue is set to open this fall.
KCSN is a service of California State University, Northridge.
KXT DALLAS PROMOTES AMY MILLER TO PD
(7/10/15) KXT (91.7) Dallas has upped veteran Triple A programmer Amy Miller to
Program Director. She had been serving as Interim PD since the departure in March of former PD
Mark Abuzzahab to the non-comm online video platform, VuHaus.
joined KXT last year after nearly five years of launching and programming Triple A WTYD Williamsburg, has been active recently booking KXT's "Live
Sessions" and "Barefoot At The Belmont" concert series in addition to
expanding the station's online presence.
said, "I'm looking forward to contributing to KXT and the local music
community in this new role. There's a bright future for KXT and I'm
happy to play a part in it and work with such a wonderful team."
KXT Dallas is owned and operated by North Texas Public Broadcasting.
NEW TRIPLE A FOR STATE COLLEGE PA: "98.7 THE FREQ"
(7/3/15) WEMR (98.7) State College, PA is flipping from Rock to a Triple A or adult rock format effective Friday, July 3. The station known as "Eagle 98.7" will become "98.7 The Freq" and use the positioning slogan, "College Radio... All Grown Up". Seven Mountains Media acquired WEMR late last year. New call letters have been requested.
The new station promises "music from The Beatles to Radiohead to The Rolling Stones to Indigo Girls."
WEMR Market Manager and acting PD/MD Don Bedell told TripleARadio.com that The Freq will be heavily involved in community issues with live and local morning show host Roger Corey. The station also plans to hire a live and local afternoon host.
The Freq is committed to supporting the local music scene. The station has built a custom performance studio complete with a mini-stage for local artists and touring musicians.
Contact Don via email or at:
98.7 The Freq
160 W. Clearview Ave.
State College, PA. 16803
Look for a new web site to debut soon when 98.7 The Freq will be added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
LEGENDARY K-ZAP SACRAMENTO SET TO RE-LAUNCH JULY 4
Original Voices Return Online at KZAP.org and at 93.3 LPFM
(6/22/15) A former 70s/80s heritage rock station that once enjoyed a 15 share at its peak is reborn - online and as a non-comm Low Power FM - and brings back the original staff. Welcome to one of the latest trends in radio and webcasting.
K-ZAP Sacramento is the latest station to hit the comeback trail. When K-ZAP debuts live at KZAP.org and at 93.3 FM on July 4, the legendary iconic free-form station will join a growing number of like minded broadcasters such as oWow! Cleveland which recently resurrected the popular "The Buzzard" under the direction of longtime WMMS PD John Gorman. Other recent successful online start-up's include PRP - the Portland Radio Project, which features owner Rebecca Webb and former KINK voices, and EAV Radio Atlanta, run by former WZGC/Dave FM MD Margo Chobanian.
And like the aforementioned stations, K-ZAP has garnered a flood of local press, including SacTown Magazine, the Sacramento Bee, and KXTV/Channel 10. New K-ZAP PD and coordinator Dennis Newhall, who began at KZAP in 1972, said that the new station is about more than just nostalgia. The idea is to create a new community station that "curates" music "in the spirit of the old KZAP that plays old and new music and mixes it all together." The station's Triple A or adult rock fare will focus on "deep” and secondary tracks from established artists along with new music, with an an emphasis on blues. Dennis has references artists such as Little Feat, Janis Joplin, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr, Jimi Hendrix, and Bonnie Raitt. The station will highlight Northern California artists in particular and ultimately hopes to showcase local live performances.
As with the original K-ZAP, the 24-hour station will feature familiar names with DJs like Dennis, and Jon Russell (KFOG), Robert Williams, Ace Young (former KMET LA), Bob "The Godfather" Galli, Tom Cale, and Diane Michaels (MD at KPND Sand Point ID/Spokane), among others.
"Sacramento's K-ZAP" will target the Sacramento metro with 100 watts from a downtown tower on Richards Boulevard. Since the actual KZAP call letters are being used by a station in Chico, the new station is technically known as KZHP (93.3) Sacramento and will operate as a non-profit affiliated with Process Theater Inc., a local based media-education organization. With a volunteer staff, K-ZAP will be accepting listener donations, grants and underwriting.
Along with KMPX and KSAN in San Francisco and KPPC and KMET in Los Angeles, KZAP was one of the original progressive FM rock stations on the West Coast. In its heyday, the powerful KZAP was a fixture in the region from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe with its catchy call letters and ubiquitous bumper sticker of a cartoon grinning orange cat. The new K-ZAP has obtained the rights to use that logo.
123 Cat Lane
Sacramento, CA 95814
K-ZAP has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
UPCOMING SUMMER/FALL CONFERENCES: PMDMC, BOULDER AAA, AMERICANA, PRPD, NFCB
(6/3/15) Now that the 15th Annual NON-COMMvention is a successful wrap, we turn our attention towards the remaining conferences on the busy summer/fall calendar:
The Public Media Development And Marketing Conference (PMDMC) is set for July 9-11 in Washington, D.C. With over 1000 attendees, public radio's 'money conference' is public media's most well attended conference. Most PMDMC attendees are "station personnel working on the front lines of individual giving, corporate support, foundation fundraising, marketing, and management."
FMBQ presents the long-running annual Triple A Conference August 5-8 high in the Rockies (what room number was that again?!) in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with numerous music showcases at the Fox Theatre and host hotel - plus panels, meetings, and the "Triple A Awards Brunch" for stations, labels/indie promoters. Longtime Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally is Keynote Speaker for the conference which is heavily attended by mostly commercial AAA stations and music biz. Discounted registration is in effect until June 15.
The annual Americana Fest and Conference rolls into Nashville Sept. 15-20. Americana music's premier annual event attracts roots music fans alongside music biz and radio/media from the U.S., Canada, and the world over to an on-fire Music City for six days and nights filled with hundreds of music showcases. Daytime hours feature seminars, panels and industry networking. The "Americana Honors & Awards Show" brings top names in the genre to the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The multi-format Public Radio PD Conference (PRPD) with panels, meetings, and networking is set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Pittsburgh. Attendees in recent years have included reps from a number of high profile non-comm's, like WFUV New York PD Rita Houston, KUTX Austin GM Hawk Mendenhall, WYEP Pittsburgh GM Abbey Goldstein, WTMD Baltimore PD Scott Mullins, and former KXT Dallas PD (now VuHaus Denver) Mark Abuzzahab.
And lastly, a series of National Federation of Community Broadcasting (NFCB) regional Mini-Summits with panels and workshops continues through June and July in various locations. (see below) The Mini-Summits are attended by listener supported community public radio stations, including many part time or block-programmed Triple A music stations.
2015 Summer/Fall Conference Calendar:
Public Media Development & Marketing Conference (PMDMC)
Washington DC, Omni Shoreham Hotel
Annual Boulder Triple A Conference
Boulder CO, St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Americana Music Festival & Conference
Nashville, Hutton Hotel
September 29 - October 1
Pittsburgh, Omni William Penn Hotel