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FORMAT NEWS BRIEFS
- WMSR (Star 94) Muscle Shoals AL relaunched this month as 94.9 The X airing an Alt-leaning Triple A format. According to PD/OPS Manager T.C. Kinkead, the repositioning is a nod to the former legendary heritage Alternative station WRAX (The X) Birmingham that used to be heard in Muscle Shoals via a translator.
- WYEP (91.3) Pittsburgh and sister public news WESA (90.5) will merge their governing boards to create a single nonprofit entity while maintaining separate programming, staffs and listener memberships. WYEP Board President Greg Joseph said in a statement, "Four years ago, the board of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corp. and WYEP seized an opportunity to expand and enrich public radio and Pittsburgh's media environment when it purchased the broadcast license for what became 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh NPR news station, from Duquesne University. The goal was to create a single entity after debt incurred in that purchase had been substantially reduced." Half the debt has since been paid down and refinancing was initiated. The stations will operate under the name, Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting.
- KCMP/The Current (89.3) Minneapolis has promoted Andrea Swensson to new host of The Local Show, heard Sundays 6 pm-8 pm. Andrea has been music reporter and blogger for the station, covering the Twin Cities' extensive music scene for the past four years. Andrea begins the new show effective Jan. 10.
- VuHaus has announced the addition of opbmusic, the musical arm of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), as a participating station in the VuHaus video network. opbmusic will join public radio stations WFUV New York, KCRW Los Angeles, KEXP Seattle, WXPN Philadelphia, KUTX Austin, KTBG/The Bridge Kansas City, and KXT in Dallas.
opbmusic has begun another new partnership this month as it simulcasts on KMUZ (100.7/88.5) Salem to provide Mid-Willamette Valley listeners with opbmusic programming midnight-6 am.
KEXP SEATTLE NEW $15 MILLION FACILITIES SET TO OPEN EARLY NEXT YEAR
"A handful of nonprofit music stations like KEXP with roots in college radio have never been doing better. They are using the Internet to reach bigger audiences around the globe, adding to their video programming and seeking to become in-person destinations for fans." – The New York Times
(11/20/15) KEXP (90.3) Seattle is planning to move from its old cramped building to shiny new $15 million studios and offices in Seattle Center in early 2016. The station is gearing up for a grand opening celebration. A quarter of KEXP's roughly 200,000 listeners a week stream the station over the Internet, making KEXP one of the most-listened to non-comm stations in the country. The station has tripled its listening audience in 15 years. The KEXP brand was bolstered by a recent New York Times article that extolled the virtues of non-comm radio and, in particular, the maverick Triple A/Alternative hybrid.
Anchored by a fishbowl-style DJ Booth, the new headquarters will feature a new $500,000 In-Studio Performance Space with viewing area to be used for production of podcasts, videos, broadcasts, and live streams. Also under construction, a 6,800 square-foot Gathering Space that will offer a centrally-located venue to host events and educational programs for partner organizations. In addition, the station is building an Artist Lounge, the "KEXP Artist Oasis," a welcome home for touring artists, complete with showers, storage lockers, laundry facilities, and sleeping rooms. There will also be an employee break room and kitchen. The new building will eventually host a cafe and even a record store.
After moving into its new digs, the station will consider expanding its online services with perhaps a second KEXP stream, an interactive MyKEXP online community, and an interactive multi-media music archive.
KEXP is on target to reach the campaign fundraising goal of $15 million. The KEXP Campaign Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Paula Boggs (Boggs Media LLC and a Seattle musician), Ashley O’Connor McCready (community advocate), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and Scott Redman (Sellen Construction). The station receives about half of its annual $6 million cash operating budget from listener pledges, while the remainder comes from grants, corporate underwriting and other sources. KEXP is an affiliate of the University of Washington.
Meanwhile, another major non-comm station, KCRW Santa Monica-Los Angeles plans to move out of its basement studio beneath the cafeteria of Santa Monica College to a new $48 million facility with a public performance space by the end of 2016.
KEXP Construction Photos KEXP Artist Rendering and Concept Drawings
WXPN PHILADELPHIA GM ROGER LAMAY ELECTED BOARD CHAIR AT NPR
(11/7/15) WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia GM Roger LaMay has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Chair of the Board. Recently re-elected to a second term on the Board, he will continue his three year term as Member Director and begin his term as Chair effective immediately.
In a statement, Roger said "It's a great honor and responsibility to be elected to lead one of the world's leading fact-based journalism organizations. NPR is peerless in its impact on our culture and democracy."
A 30-plus year broadcast vet, Roger joined the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN in January 2003 and has celebrated numerous accomplishments. He forged a long-term partnership/distribution agreement with NPR and NPR Music. He moved and expanded WXPN's annual summer eXPoNential Music Festival and launched its popular "Free at Noon" live weekly concert series, and oversaw construction of state-of-the-art studio and headquarters in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live®, the performance venue named for XPN's flagship program located in the same building. Roger acquired the annual NON-COMMvention, making WXPN the host station for the premier conference for non-commercial music stations. He worked to acquire new broadcast licenses in Central Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey/Northeast Pennsylvania, effectively tripling the station's geographical broadcast coverage. Roger also co-founded and was elected Chairman of VuHaus.com, the new music video website collaboration that launched in May on six non-comm stations.
KUSP SANTA CRUZ: NEW TRIPLE A NON-COMM LAUNCHES
(10/26/15) KUSP (88.9) Santa Cruz, under the direction of Interim GM Lee Ferraro, will evolve into a non-comm Triple A format starting November 1. The format change is based on a recommendation by Boulder-Based Public Media Co. (PMC) in a recent Assessment Report for the financially burdened community station. Lee, a veteran of Triple A radio, managed WYEP in Pittsburgh for 17 years.
In a statement, Lee said: "Much thought and consideration is given to the question 'how do we best serve the audience in our coverage area with high quality, well supported public radio programming?' Our programming mission evolves daily in response to many exploratory conversations. It is driven by an eclectic music vision, arts and cultural affairs, local voices, community stories and predominantly locally hosted. Fortunately there is much existing talent at KUSP and in our region.
We can do this and do this well. KUSP is changing to serve and to serve we must survive. You'll hear many familiar and favorite programs but you may also miss one or two as we make this transition. Some changes won't be easy but we believe KUSP will serve and will survive."
KUSP is owned and operated by the Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation.
The Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz market is Nielson-ranked #84 with a metro 12+ population of 595,200.
KUSP has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
Lee Ferraro via email
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Santa Cruz, CA. 95062
IT'S OFFICIAL: WXPN PHILADELPHIA BUYS WNTI HACKETTSTOWN, NJ
Centenary College Committed to Keeping WNTI Alive as Internet Station
(10/ 12/15) Centenary College of Hackettstown, NJ and WXPN (88.5), owned by the University of Pennsylvania, jointly announced a sales agreement and transfer of ownership for the broadcasting license of WNTI (91.9), the public radio station owned by Centenary College, to WXPN. WXPN's music programming will be simulcast on WNTI starting at 12 noon (ET) on Thursday, October 15. WXPN already serves a large area of Pennsylvania and the Northeast region through an extensive network of FM signals and translators: The greater Philadelphia/South Jersey and Wilmington area via 88.5, Lehigh Valley via 104.9, Worton/Baltimore via 90.5, Lancaster/York at 88.7, and Harrisburg at 99.7.
"We are pleased to reach this agreement with WXPN, which preserves a strong voice for great music in our region and opens new horizons for the WNTI community and for Centenary College," said Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College. "WXPN brings exceptional resources and expertise in public radio and a deep commitment to serving the needs of listeners and supporting local artists. Centenary will continue to operate its own Internet radio station at WNTI.org to enhance our curriculum and involve students and community volunteers in programming. Centenary students will be afforded opportunities to intern at WXPN at the University of Pennsylvania. We intend to reinvest the proceeds from the license sale in building Centenary's academic offerings, to support student recruitment and retention, and fuel Centenary's role as an economic engine in Warren County, New Jersey." WNTI PD/MD Spider Glenn told TripleARadio.com, "The plan is to re-emerge as an online streaming entity as soon as possible."
WXPN GM Roger Lamay said, "WXPN was approached with notification of the proposed sale of WNTI. Although we were not looking to purchase another radio station, we quickly realized that WXPN was the best option to preserve WNTI's long tradition of musical discovery for listeners in Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania. We will extend WXPN's demonstrated commitment to local artists, music and events in the communities we currently serve to the WNTI community, and will apply our deep experience in public music radio management to strengthen its overall operations. In the long term, we expect this transaction to benefit our artists and audiences, and strengthen WXPN's financial sustainability."
WXPN produces NPR's World Cafe, which was heard on WNTI twice daily and will remain part of its music programming.
The Public Service Operating Agreement will start at noon (ET) on Thursday, October 15. WXPN programming will begin at 91.9 FM at that time. FCC approval of the transaction is expected to take 60 to 90 days after the filing. Sale price is $1,250,000 in cash and another $500,000 in underwriting value over 10 years. Public Media Company represented WXPN/University of Pennsylvania throughout the transaction. Centenary College was represented by Patrick Communications.
WUMB BOSTON CHANGES: BRENDAN HOGAN UPPED TO MORNINGS, JESS PHANEUF JOINS FOR EVENINGS FROM MVYRADIO
(10/5/15) WUMB (91.9) Boston Dir. of Programming Jason Moberg has announced that UMass Boston's "folk, roots and world music" station has some changes set for the fall season as popular host Brendan Hogan moves from evenings to The Morning Show. Jess Phaneuf will take over 7-10 PM weekdays. Jess comes to WUMB after seven years at MVYRadio on Martha's Vineyard. He begins effective November 9.
Jason told TripleARadio.com, "I'm really excited about both Brendan and Jess. Brendan's Morning Show is truly unique and I think a breath of fresh air in Morning Drive. You’ll hear musicians from Woody Guthrie to Ray Charles and everything in between. Brendan does an amazing job of not only selecting great music but also giving you important information about each song or artist.” Jason added, "Jess is someone who's been on my radar for a while now coming to us from MVY, a station I truly respect and admire. Jess is not only an extremely hard worker who's built up a very good reputation around the industry but she's also wired into the Local Music scene in Boston which is incredibly important to WUMB."
KPRI SAN DIEGO FLIPS TO CHRISTIAN FORMAT
Heritage Station's Demise Leaves Market with No AAA Music Station
(9/28/15) KPRI (102.1) San Diego listeners were stunned by the news that their favorite radio station was going away. The independently owned longtime Triple A signal is selling to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) and has changed to a Christian AC "K-Love" syndicated radio format. Compass Radio owners Jonathan Schwartz and Robert John Hughes say the deal is expected to close in mid-January. The move leaves the market, Nielsen-ranked #17, effectively with no full time commercial or public Triple A music station.
In a current story on the station the San Diego Union-Tribune said, "With its guitar-pick logo, live events like the Green Flash Concert Series at the Birch Aquarium and a musical mix you couldn't find anywhere else on the local commercial dial, KPRI/102.1 FM was a singular presence on San Diego's radio landscape. As news of the sale began spreading across social media, the mourners began weighing in."
Jonathan spoke of the sale of the heritage station - which up until last year was programmed by current KGSR Austin PD Haley Jones - saying, "This is a step we take with very mixed emotions. We have loved the opportunity to serve San Diego for the last two decades, and we are grateful to our staff, listeners, advertisers, and the San Diego community."
Bob added, "KPRI has been a true labor of love. All I can say is: I thank each and every one who has helped us create and sustain a truly amazing radio station."
The entire airstaff has exited, including PD/MD and afternoon host Mookie, KPRI morning show host Chris Cantore with Producer Sean and Pamela Howe, midday host Laura Duncan, and weekenders Kelly Cole, Tommy Hough, and Jodina, among others.
No word yet on whether ex-staffers are considering options such as regrouping for a possible future online launch in one form or another. The call letters, KPRI, carry a rich rock radio legacy as an early progressive FM starting in the late 60s in San Diego.
KPRI is referenced in the 2000 film, Almost Famous written by San Diego native Cameron Crowe. There is a scene recreated in the movie where a teenage Crowe, listening on his transister radio, meets up with rock critic Lester Bangs at the original KPRI studios during an artist interview.
PUBLIC RADIO CONTENT CONFERENCE OPENS THIS WEEK IN PITTSBURGH
WFUV's Rita Houston, WXPN's Bruce Warren to Moderate Triple A Panels; Late Night Music Showcase at WYEP Studios
(9/28/15) The multi-format 2015 Public Radio Content Conference - previously known as Public Radio PD Conference (PRPD) - opens this week, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel. This year the Conference will increase its emphasis on the format with four Triple A panels. In a statement, Paragon Media Strategies station consultant Mike Henry said "The Public Radio Content Conference has really stepped up to give Triple A stations a full conference experience, including four panels, a format room, and a Wednesday night (10-midnight) music showcase at WYEP featuring Jewel and David Wax Museum. For the first time, the conference will also feature an artist performance, The Saint Johns, at the start of a daytime panel."
Triple A Panels:
-Harsh Realities in Artist Relations - Moderated by WXPN Philadelphia’s Bruce Warren
-Triple A’s Got Talent... Or Does It? - Moderated by WFUV New York's Rita Houston
-How Triple A Stations Drive Community Engagement - Moderated by KDHX St. Louis' Kelly Wells
-PDs Can Create Revenue Too: Event Fundraising Explored - Moderated by Paragon Media Strategies' Mike Henry
View the 2015 Public Radio Conference Full Agenda.
Look for this year's panelists to include KXT Dallas's Amy Miller, WYEP's Mike Sauter and Kyle Smith, WFPK Louisville's Stacy Owen, WTMD Baltimore's Scott Mullins, Jefferson Public Radio Ashland OR's Eric Teel, Alaska Public Media's Ann Alquist, Radio Milwaukee's Jordan Lee, The Current Minneapolis' Lindsay Kimball, and KCRW Los Angeles' Gary Scott, among others.
For additional information and to Register for the Conference, visit PublicRadioContentConference.
WXPN PHILADELPHIA PARTNERS WITH SLACKER RADIO FOR NEW ONLINE STATION
New Slacker Radio Station To Highlight WXPN's "Greatest Year in Music" Campaign
(9/18/15) WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia is teaming with online music service Slacker Radio for a new Slacker radio station launching on October 1. The new station will showcase WXPN’s "Greatest Year in Music" fall campaign.
The non-comm's partnership with San Diego-based Slacker Radio for the "Greatest Year in Music" station will feature 7-song segments devoted to music from individual years based on WXPN's current "Greatest Year in Music" on-air and online campaign, introduced by WXPN hosts and enlivened by audio of news actualities from that year. A new segment will be added each weekday throughout the month. WXPN hosts will promote the campaign on-air, adding more highlights and context to sets of music from individual years, and directing listeners to various WXPN sites for expanded "Greatest Year in Music" experiences. In addition, WXPN social media followers will also find links to Slacker's many enhanced, year-specific segments.
WXPN has recently been noting the year of release for much of the music it plays and asking listeners to weigh in on what they think is "the greatest year in music." A dedicated page at the WXPN website provides extensive music examples, commentary and information about specific years, albums, artists and more. In November, WXPN special programming will highlight the year (and years) that resonated the most.
WXPN Assist. Manager for Programming Bruce Warren said, "It is highly unusual for a public radio station to partner directly with a commercial, online music service in this manner. The folks at Slacker are huge fans of and supporters of public radio. This collaboration will provide a tremendous brand extension opportunity for WXPN, and Slacker Radio listeners will enjoy the kind of innovative music content and programming that WXPN is known for. Simply put, both XPN and Slacker have a huge love for music, and together we're building a unique experience that will get this music presented in this way to more people."
Jack Isquith, SVP, Content and Programming at Slacker Radio said, "We are enormous fans of WXPN and their take on radio - hand-crafted, intelligent and with a distinctive editorial voice. Slacker is thrilled that WXPN recognized our cutting edge technology platform and our highly engaged digital audience, to amplify The Greatest Year In Music." Slacker Radio will provide home page placement for the "Greatest Year in Music" station, along with Featured Music and Slacker Spotlight sections across its web and mobile sites, and via its newsletter, social media channels, and targeted advertising.
AMERICANA MUSIC CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE
Americana/Triple A Programmers from WRLT, WNKU, WDVX, KCMP/The Current and Sun Radio Network on Thursday Radio Panel
(9/14/15) The 16th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference is set for Tuesday through Sunday, September 15-20 in Nashville. The host hotel is the Hutton Hotel in midtown Nashville where 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.
On Thursday, an hour-long Americana radio panel is scheduled for 4 pm at the Hutton Hotel titled, Terrestrial Radio - Staying Relevant in a Streaming World. The panel will hear from veteran terrestrial programmers on how they maintain and gain new listeners despite ever increasing competition from Internet streaming services. Topics will include: using new media to enhance the old media, keeping on-air content compelling, and other tools of the terrestrial radio trade that keep it vibrant. Brad Paul of Brad Paul Media is Moderator while panelists will include: Nelson Gullett of WDVX Knoxville, Mike Henry of Paragon Media Strategies, Gary Kraen of WRLT Nashville, John McGue of WNKU Cincinnati, Jim McGuinn of KCMP Minneapolis, and Jessie Scott of Sun Radio Network.
Americana KHYI (95.3 The Range) Dallas will broadcast Chuck Taylor's morning show daily live from the Americana Fest & Conference.
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.
WAPS "THE SUMMIT" AKRON NAMES BRAD SAVAGE PD
Longtime Programming Architect Bill Gruber Retires After 30 Years
WAPS (91.3/90.7) The Summit Akron-Canton/Youngstown names Saga Communications WCNR (106.1 The Corner) Charlottesville PD Brad Savage as Program Director. Brad helped launch The Corner in 2006 and two years later he launched Saga sister Triple A 98.1 The River Asheville. He was previously PD at Triple A WQKL Ann Arbor.
Brad replaces longtime PD Bill Gruber at the Akron Public Schools non-comm Triple A who is retiring at the end of the month after a remarkable three-decade run. In 1999, Bill re-branded student-run WAPS as Triple A "91.3 The Summit".
Brad said in a statement to TripleARadio.com, "After nine years with WCNR 106.1 The corner, I'm so proud of the station, staff and the legacy brand we've built in Charlottesville. I was standing in the control room when we launched the signal in 2006, so I feel tremendously close to The corner. It's very difficult to move on from a world class company, area and station. But I've been eager to learn the non-comm Triple A universe for quite some time. The Summit is a well-established leader in non-comm AAA/music discovery, and I am also particularly excited about the HD/Streaming side-channels Summit Flashbacks, Kidjam! Radio and “Rock And Recovery".
"91.3 The Summit is positioned smartly for growth into the next 5-10+ years, thanks to their brilliant staff and vision across all platforms. Radio's future is yet unwritten and it will be this special tier of mission-based music discovery stations blazing the trail for the next steps. Local service and music curation is what makes radio remarkable and I am so proud to be the chosen to lead these stations."
Brad is on the hunt for a new MD/midday host at WAPS in the wake of Liz Felix’s exit in May to join Triple A WNKU Cincinnati.
WCNR, meanwhile, has an opening in Charlottesville for a fulltime on-air position and possible Brand Manager - See Jobs.
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 referenced 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.