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• Facebook In Talks with Major Labels for Music Video Trial - Billboard
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• KUSP (Santa Cruz) still considering options, but sale no longer among them - Current
Tracking Triple A: Jeff Penfield talks with VuHaus PD Mark Abuzzahab about the growing new collaborative non-comm video platform - Visit Programming
FACT: NPR revenue growth of podcasts is up 200% since 2013. The average podcast listener is 37 years old, while the average radio listener is 54. - Public Radio Listener Survey, Edison Research 2015
TripleARadio NEWS BRIEFS:
Ellena Osis has been promoted to Sr. Dir./Radio Promotion at RED Distribution after 7 years with the company. Ellena will continue to direct the RED Promo team on Triple A projects, reporting to Danny Buch and Scott Burton......Garrison Keillor has announced that he will move out of his role as host of A Prairie Home Companion during the long-running syndicated public radio show's 2015–16 season which starts in September. His replacement will be singer and mandolin player Chris Thile (Punch Brothers/Nickel Creek)......88Nine Radio Milwaukee PD Sean Demery has upped veteran host Ken Sumka to afternoon drive (3-6). He will also handle production/imaging, generate content for RadioMilwaukee.org and host Tiny Hits In A Perfect World, a new feature that will celebrate under-heard songs throughout history. Prior to joining Radio Milwaukee, Ken was a longtime host on WXRT (93.1) Chicago from '94 to 2013. He replaces Stephen Kalleo who moved to San Diego to work for Slacker Radio......Distiller Promo's Christine Sanley is leaving after four years to join co-sign as Dir. of Non-Comm AAA Promotion......KGSR (93.3) Austin PD/MD and midday host Kristen Kurtis has exited the Emmis station. Prior to joining KGSR four years ago, Kristen was PD at former Triple A KEZE (The River) Spokane. KGSR Brand Manager Haley Jones is on the hunt for a new MD and midday host. Candidates need to email a video cover letter (under a minute), resume and aircheck to Haley......Condolences to the family and friends of KPCW (91.9/88.1) Park City UT PD/MD and veteran host Andy Martin who passed away after a brief illness. He had been recently hospitalized for pneumonia and related heart conditions. Andy was a major market host (SLC, San Diego, S. Florida) who was also heard on regional and national radio/TV imaging and voiceovers. Mike Summers has been named Interim PD at the community station.
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. of stations.
"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
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
National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) Mini-Summits
June 11-13 Albuquerque
June 25-26 St. Paul, MN
July 16-17 Durham, NC
July 23-24 Olympia, WA
WXPN PHILADELPHIA MORNING HOST MICHAELA MAJOUN RESIGNS, POSITION OPENS
(5/20/15) WXPN (88.5) Philadelphia morning show host Michaela Majoun is leaving after over 25 years. The station is currently on the hunt for her replacement.
"I'm leaving to pursue writing," Michaela said. "I'm working on a couple of things right now. I'm finishing a screenplay to submit for a competition. I'm also working with a historian I recently visited in New Orleans to turn one of her books into a television series." Michaela has long had a passion for writing and radio. After hosting mornings on community radio WORT Madison after college, she moved to Los Angeles in the '80s to get into TV and wound up working for the show Designing Women and studying screenplay writing. Michaela eventually moved to Philadelphia and WXPN.
Reflecting on her long career at WXPN, Michaela said, "I couldn't have done the past 20 years without the joy of working with Bob Bumbera every morning. First of all, he made the coffee, wonderful coffee. Haha, most of all Bob's sense of humor and excellent newscasts and on air presence and collaboration have been the frosting on my cake." Bob said, "I am so truly happy for her as she enters the next phase of her fantastic career. I wish her nothing but success and good luck! No one will miss her more in the mornings than me."
GM Roger LaMay called her "an essential part of the XPN connection to our community." Roger added, "Hundreds of thousands of people have started their days with Michaela. And both they and the artists she championed are the better for it. She kept it real. I am happy that she's pursuing her passion but we will miss her."
Michaela's final day on the air will be Tuesday, June 30.
The morning host position opens and will soon be posted at xpn.org.
15TH ANNUAL NON-COMMVENTION REVIEW: CURATION AND CONTEXT
By Jeff Penfield
(5/19/15) Programmers, promoters, managers, and music industry members of all kinds descended upon WXPN and World Cafe Live as they hosted the 15th annual Non-Commvention in Philadelphia. Founder, producer, and WXPN Music Director Dan Reed scheduled three days of discussion, discovery, and, of course, terrific music.
Wednesday started with reconnections between returning Non-Comm attendees and introductions to first time participants at the opening night party hosted by CARS. Soon WXPN members filled the lobby to see the convention's first night of music.
Elle King kicked off the night on the PRX Stage upstairs with a lively performance of songs like "Exes and Ohs". Best Coast followed downstairs on the NPR Music Stage, charming the crowd with their California inspired rock and a new expanded band. Ryley Walker was one of the more buzzworthy new acts as he played to the packed house with a stripped down set. Buffy Sainte-Marie sent the room back in time as she performed her classic "Universal Soldier". Meg Mac's vocals showed why she is already a hit in Australia and is ready to take the U.S. By storm. Shelby Lynne's country sound energized the audience before Houndmouth's folk-rock set kept the good mood flowing. The final band of the night was Triple A favorite and Philly native Dr. Dog, who rocked the room to wrap up the musical performances. In a new twist, Rhythm Lab Live finished the first day of Non-Comm with dancing to DJ sets from Radio Milwaukee's Jordan Lee and Tarik Moody along with WFUV's Rita Houston.
Thursday began with the first panel of 2015, a lively discussion about competing with commercial stations for artists called "Competing With The Devil". Moderated by WXPN's Bruce Warren, Secretly Canadian Group's Hannah Carlen raised an issue with the name of the panel since the label can become the enemy of the programmer unhappy over losing an artist. Jim McGuinn of The Current described how his relationships suddenly changed with a new commercial Alternative station in town even though his station continues to have robust ratings. Jon Hart of The Bridge said programmers want to connect listeners to the artists and everyone agreed that the goal is to support the musicians. Carlen brought up that there are two goals for everyone involved, which is development and revenue and labels don't look at it in a linear way. Also, she stated bands have the final call on what they want to do when it comes to station promotions. Stations can still claim ownership of an artist in ways that creating meaningful opportunities for listeners. Warren described how WXPN had a meet and greet for listeners backstage even though the show went to another station. Hart also said that although a programmer may be angry at the other end of the phone, he or she should still trust that their station is being fought for.
Next up on the schedule was a discussion on how stations have connected with younger audiences. NPR Music's Executive Director Anya Grundmann went through the variety of ways that different age groups connect with their content. NPR News' radio programs tend to have listeners in their 50s, the website has followers in their 40s, podcasts are downloaded by people in their 30s, events are attended by people in their 20s, and Tumblr mainly sees followers in their late teens and early 20s. Hip hop and jazz blogs received the youngest visitors while classical has older visitors. She expressed a need to create a big tent, where radio delves into many platforms. Getting younger audiences depends on creating events, video content, app development, and content that encourages engagement. Kevin Cole of KEXP led the conversation toward how to program a station and he expressed that he does not program to a demographic. He instead focuses on attracting a music lover psychographic and for younger listeners that means learning about older artists. The goal is to put all the music played into a context, tell a story, and develop a trust with the audience no matter their age.
The first Free at Noon concert on the NPR Music Stage featured two women at different points in their career. Zella Day started with a lively set of songs from her upcoming debut album. Non-Comm veteran and favorite Brandi Carlile then took the stage with twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth as she captivated the audience with her incredible vocal talents and gorgeous harmonies from Firewatcher's Daughter.
This year's convention featured a number of big appearances, and of course the keynote conversation came from an influential man to all of radio, not just non-commercial Triple A stations. New NPR CEO Jarl Mohn - known to those in the commercial radio world as "Lee Masters" - covered a number of subjects ranging from his own career to what his current role is. He felt his experience in radio allowed him to connect with stations in unique ways as he spends 50% of his time on the road visiting NPR affiliates. Entering his second year, he expressed a desire to listen to what music stations' concerns were after focusing on NPR's News based stations. Some of his advice for stations included his four pillars of great radio: local, immediacy, personality, and promotion. One of the things that helped him in his career was the ability to adapt since most of his positions didn't really have a precedent set. Prioritizing and organization did not come easy along the way either.
One of the themes of his discussion was the importance of creative people to the success of NPR, and by extension non-commercial stations. Some of his initiatives have already found great success. He challenged stations running Morning Edition to play 100 promos a week through the Spark project to increase listenership to the flagship program by 10%. Although the project is ambitious, he feels that if people aren't laughing at your goals they aren't big enough. 90% of the show’s affiliates participated in the challenge and some stations have already seen great success with a 35% increase at KPCC in Los Angeles. He also stressed that young people still listen to the radio with over 90% still listening during any given week. The issue is that millennials don't see radio as an exciting platform like past generations. The way to get a younger audience is not dumbing it down, it's telling great stories in a way that's more informal, without a typical "announcer".
Among the more lofty expectations Mohn set as CEO is his goal to raise $1 billion to fund public radio in 5 years, $500 million each for NPR and the stations themselves, so that no matter what happens in Washington or elsewhere public radio can continue to thrive. After the broad conversation, everyone went off to dinner before another lineup of artists at 7p.m.
Son Little took the PRX Stage to show off his unique blend of blues, rock, and folk to draw in the audience. JJ Grey and Mofro turned up the tempo downstairs with their southern style blues rock. Michigan native and Los Angeles based BØRNS demonstrated why he's received so much buzz and even threw in a cover of Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets". Blues Traveler reminded the crowd why they were such a hit in the 90s while giving a taste of their latest music. Saun & Starr brought soulful energy to World Cafe Live with a little help from the Dap Kings. One of the more memorable moments of the conference came during Glen Hansard's set as he welcomed two street performers he saw earlier in the day to add strings to the mix. Fly Golden Eagle's set included sounds that could have come from Jack White's guitar. Heartless Bastards showed off their latest development as they continue to improve with every new record. Jarekus Singleton finished the night with a soul inspired blues set to leave everyone in a good mood heading into the final day.
Concurrent meetings kicked off Friday as newly appointed VuHaus Program Director Mark Abuzzahab presented the recently launched video platform introduced at last year's convention. He showed how it encourages musical discovery with content provided by the member stations. Rita Houston described how the site allows for more curation and keeps the focus on the best content. One of the concerns raised was how stations may have a lot of overlap, but Abuzzahab stated approximately 11% has overlapped so far. He also expressed his excitement with the ability to stream the entire Non-Commvention for the first time. The other early meeting was the yearly roundtable discussion among small community stations about issues that affect them that may not concern larger stations.
WEXT PD Chris Wink led the next discussion about specialty programming with Scott Mullins of WTMD, Kendall Stewart of WUMB, Larry Groce of Mountain Stage, and John McCue of WNKU. The panel started with the programmers covering the wide array of music their specialty shows covered. Groce then covered how Mountain Stage started a grew through the years. Mullins talked about how he had recently changed his programming to focus more on local music, including a show featuring Baltimore legend Weasel. Stewart had a similar host in Albert O, a former host at the famed WBCN, however WUMB had no plans to change many shows since they were still very effective fundraisers. Groce covered some of the benefits to carrying a syndicated show like his, which included interview and live performance segments, something many stations that carry the program cannot produce themselves.
The Friday Free at Noon began with Calexico's unique Arizona Tex Mex and indie rock mix, including their well known cover of "Alone Again Or". Then came Friday's big appearance from Beach Boy legend Brian Wilson. He hit the ground running with the sounds he incorporated throughout his career. The set featured mostly Beach Boy hits with songs interspersed from his latest album No Pier Pressure.
Up next on the schedule was a Non-Comm tradition: The Music Meeting with Sean Coakley of Songlines. This year's crowd appeared to have less agreement that previous years as a diverse set of songs led to a number of split votes. The most popular song appeared to be NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest winner the Fantastic Negrito with most scores 7 or higher. Liz Vice, Yukon Blonde, and Hælos also seemed to get mostly favorable score. The most disagreement came from Meg Mac's pop leaning track and the latest protest song from Neil Young. Coakley also presented Reed with a special "Reds" jersey to celebrate the conference's 15th anniversary.
After the break, Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James started the final evening music with some spectator involvement and his strong vocals. Next, James McMurtry displayed his ability to turn a phrase with captivating lyrics on the downstairs stage. The unique mother-son duo of Madisen Ward and Mama Bear played tunes just as infectious as their personalities. Downstairs, Natalie Prass used the power of her voice to draw in the crowd during her stripped down set. Leon Bridges brought the soul on the final night getting the packed house to dance. The ironically named Tallest Man On Earth wasn't short of talent as he showed off why "Sagres" is near the top of the Triple A charts. Anderson East introduced himself to the non-comm world with his terrific soul from his hometown Muscle Shoals before Israel Nash wrapped up downstairs with some soothing tunes.
In all, it was another very successful year, inspiring programmers at non-commercial stations to continue curating great music for all generations.
For video, audio and additional photos from NON-COMM music performances, visit WXPN.
WNKU CINCINNATI NAMES LIZ FELIX APD
(5/7/15) WNKU (89.7/105.9/104.1) Cincinnati-Dayton-Huntington WV Dir./Programming & Content John McGue has announced WAPS Akron MD Liz Felix as the new WNKU Assistant Program Director. Prior to joining WAPS in 2008, Liz was PD at KBXR Columbia, MO. She starts in her new job at WNKU effective June 1st.
Meanwhile, WAPS Akron is conducting a search for Liz's replacement (see Jobs).
In April, John McGue was promoted from WNKU MD to PD by GM Sean O'Mealy who joined the station in February.
WNKU, a service of Northern Kentucky University, serves a large multi-state region with the potential to become a top ten metro non-comm AAA. With the three frequencies, one can travel from Richmond, Indiana and listen to WNKU all the way to the outskirts of Charleston, West Virginia.
PD BRAD DOLBEER, MORNING CO-HOST DAN MERCHANT OUT AT KINK PORTLAND
(5/4/15) KINK (101.9) Portland Program Director and evening host Brad Dolbeer has suddenly exited along with morning co-host Dan Merchant. The two were let go amidst a flurry of corporate downsizing at the Alpha Broadcasting Portland cluster. Brad joined KINK in 2009 after a 14 year run as on-air MD at former Triple A KMTT (The Mountain) Seattle.
Veteran KINK PD Chris Mays resigned in November of last year.
WXRT CHICAGO'S FRANK E. LEE RETIRES AFTER 35 YEARS
(4/22/15) WXRT (93XRT) Chicago longtime afternoon host Frank E. Lee has announced his retirement after a record 35 years at the station. In addition to his weekday show, the Chicago native also hosts WXRT's Sunday Night Concert and The Vinyl Frontier. Frank's last day on the air will be May 8th.
WXRT PD Norm Winer wrote in a staff memo, "Frank's consistent contributions to the sound and image of the station cannot be easily summarized in the context of a memo like this. His wide-ranging love and knowledge of music, his remarkable verbal skills, his wry and sardonic sense of humor, impressive sense of professionalism and generous nature have distinguished him among Chicago's all-time great air personalities. I have often said that single handedly, Frank has kept the art of the 'segue' alive and that remains true to this day."
Norm added, "During the next two weeks, while we prepare for Frank's departure and celebratory send-off, we'll be combing our archives for memories of Frank's illustrious tenure here at XRT; some to be shared internally, and other elements, audio and digitally, to be shared with his many fans."
Norm's memo continued on a personal note, "I know you share my gratitude to Frank for being such a great colleague and comrade, and we wish him happiness, good health, and, yes, 'Satisfaction' as he enjoys the future with Martha and his lovely daughters, Kara and Jane."
Taking over for Frank on the Mon.-Fri. schedule beginning May 11th will be another WXRT veteran, Marty Lennartz. Marty, who has been Creative Assistant to Programming since 2008 and joined XRT back in '81, will end his new afternoon shift an hour earlier as the rest of the air staff pick up the slack, with Jason Thomas on 4:00pm-8:00pm and Ryan Arnold from 8-midnight.
WAPS/THE SUMMIT AKRON PD BILL GRUBER TO RETIRE, POSITION OPENS
(4/20/15) WAPS (91.3/90.7 The Summit) Akron-Canton/Youngstown GM Tommy Bruno has announced that longtime Program Director Bill Gruber is set to retire from the business this year after nearly three decades at the non-comm he helped to create. In 1999, Bill launched WAPS' rebranding as a fulltime non-comm Triple A, "The Summit," and is regarded as the early architect of the station's sound.
The Summit is searching for his replacement (see Jobs). In a statement, Tommy said, "Join us in Akron, Ohio - home to The Black Keys, LeBron James, Chrissie Hynde and maybe you!? The award-winning AAA all-music station serves Akron, Canton along with Youngstown, and western PA - worldwide at TheSummit.fm."
Liz Felix remains WAPS Music Director and Assistant Program Director.
WAPS/The Summit is owned and operated by the Akron Public Schools.
VIN SCELSA TO RETIRE FROM WFUV NEW YORK, SIRIUSXM'S THE LOFT
(3/31/15) Legendary New York rock radio voice Vin Scelsa has announced his retirement from non-comm WFUV (90.7) New York and SiriusXM Radio's The Loft. The 67 year-old made the announcement on his Saturday night "Idiot's Delight" show this past weekend on WFUV. His final show will air 8-10p on Saturday, May 2nd on WFUV while his last SiriusXM show on The Loft is April 30th. Meanwhile, an all-star farewell concert, "Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert" is set for June 8th at New York's City Winery.
Starting out his radio career in 1967 as an Upsala college student at WFMU in East Orange, N.J., Vin went on to enjoy long runs in a near five decade career at iconic New York stations WNEW, WXRK, WBAI, WABC-FM (WPLJ), and WLIR.
In a statement Vin said, "I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted. The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to all the stations I've worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together. It's hard to let go, of course, but I always promised myself and my audience that when the time was right I would stop. How lucky am I that I get to decide even this!"
WFUV GM Chuck Singleton said, "Calling this the end of an era is truly an understatement. We're honored that Vin made WFUV his radio home for 14 years, and we're all richer for the time he shared with us."
The New York Times recently called Vin "a master of free form radio" and "one of the pioneers of free-form radio, the style of loosely structured, highly personal programming that became associated with rock D.J.s on FM stations in the 1960s and '70s."
WKKN KEENE NH/WTHK WILMINGTON VT LAUNCH NEW TRIPLE A, "THE PEAK"
(3/16/15) A new commercial Triple A station for New England "from Mt. Monadnock to Mt. Snow" has launched on a pair of former Country signals as WKKN (101.9) Brattleboro-Keene NH and WTHK (100.7) Wilmington VT (Bennington valley) become "The Peak". Locally owned by West Lebanon NH-based Great Eastern Radio, the slogan for the new format is "True. Local. Radio."
In a statement, the station said they would be "playing album cuts and rarities side by side with familiar hits from U2, Police, Van Morrison, R.E.M, and Cold Play, with a side of contemporary and Indie mix including the Black Keys, Ray Lamontagne, Spoon and Modest Mouse." A sample hour of music (below) on The Peak's first day included a substantial number of current songs.
Matt Houseman is Operations Director. "John O." Oliphant will anchor mornings while Tonia hosts afternoons.
The station is webcasting live at thepeakradio.com.
WKKN/WTHK The Peak has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
The Peak Sample Hour 3/16/15 3pm-4pm
DIRE STRAIGHTS - Skateaway
VANCE JOY - Riptide
THE BEATLES - Norwegian Wood
JOHN LENNON - Imagine
PEARL JAM - Alive
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - What Kind Of Man
ANDREW McMAHON - Celia and the Satellite
STRAY CATS - Stray Cat Strut
MARK RONSON - Daffodils
SOFTCELL - Tainted Love
ALLMAN BROTHERS - Midnight Rider
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES - Call Me
POLICE - When the World is Running Down
KVMR NEVADA CITY COMPLETES MOVE INTO NEW FACILITIES
"Bridge Street Project" a collaborative effort with local historic theater
(3/9/15) KVMR (89.5) Nevada City CA has completed the move into new state of the art studios located in the town's historic downtown district at 120 Bridge (at Spring) Street, across the street from their former home. Eight years and 4 million later, the community non-comm station has finished the 8,000 square foot "Bridge Street Project," a collaborate construction effort amongst community groups and arts organizations and numerous volunteers. The new facility includes an expansion and renovation of the adjoining historic Nevada Theatre with a 1,600 square foot new backstage area for the 150-year-old theater, California's oldest.
KVMR's spacious new digs - vintage on the outside and high tech on the inside - contain multiple studios with video options and a multi-purpose community room/performance space for live broadcasts. The room was recently used as the media lounge for the town's annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
"This project is a shining example of community collaboration," said Mary Ross, president of KVMR's board of directors. Even much of the furniture was donated by a local company.
The station is in the process of fundraising approximately $2 million to satisfy construction loans. A public open house for listeners is set for March 14th.
KVMR covers a substantial chunk of Northeastern California via a series of transmitters and translators, including the Northern Sierra foothills (89.5), Truckee/North Lake Tahoe (105.1) and areas of Sacramento (KCPC 88.3) and Davis (104.7) and via KVMR.org.
KXT DALLAS PD MARK ABUZZAHAB JOINS PUBLIC MEDIA VIDEO PLATFORM "VUHAUS"
Amy Miller named Interim PD at KXT
(3/5/15) After nearly four years as PD of successful non-comm KXT (91.7) Dallas, veteran programmer Mark Abuzzahab (KGSR Austin/KBCO Denver/WNCS Burlington) has joined "Vuhaus" in the same capacity. "Vuhaus" (pronounced "view house") is the brand name for a new, non-profit video collaboration with some of public radio's top music discovery stations. Known by the code name "Music X" since its debut last May, the Boulder based VuHaus is a collaboration of founding stations WFUV New York, KCRW Los Angeles, WXPN Philadelphia, KUTX Austin, KTBG Kansas City and more TBA that have joined together to build a new service for audiences to discover emerging and established artists. The web and mobile sites will feature in-studio performances in intimate settings, interviews, and live performances, curated nationally and locally from America's music centers.
Mark will be responsible for the curation of videos and a platform POV for the VuHaus national website and national app and also serve as the liaison between VuHaus and the participating radio stations. He will work directly with VuHaus Sr. Creative Director and Paragon CEO Mike Henry, who said, "Mark is the ideal choice to be Program Director of VuHaus. He comes from a leading public radio music discovery station so he knows all the players. Mark has worked with the TV station facility for over four years, has a great eye for aesthetics, and is the ideal curator for VuHaus' national video platform."
"I'm thrilled to be joining VuHaus," Mark said. "Non- commercial radio is playing a bigger role in breaking new artists every year, and VuHaus is another way for stations to bring their unique programming to new audiences." Mark's last day at North Texas Public Broadcasting's KXT will be March 27th. The station has named KXT APD Amy Miller Interim PD.
VuHaus has received seed funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is operated by its founding partner Public Media Company, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing the impact of public media through strategic partnerships.
NEW CLEVELAND TRIPLE A INTERNET STATION "oWOW!" LAUNCHES
Veteran PD John Gorman behind startup with live airstaff, sales/marketing
(2/19/15) Veteran Cleveland rock radio programmer John Gorman (WMMS) is building a new Triple A internet radio station for Cleveland.
WOW Media, LLC has announced the launch of oWow!, "Northeast Ohio's first locally owned/programmed and independent internet rock station" serving Cleveland/Akron/Canton and Youngstown. John and Cleveland radio industry vet Jim Marchyshyn are principal partners in oWOW. John will serve as Chief Content Officer and Jim as Director of Sales and Marketing.
oWOW's temporary studios are in Cleveland in the W. 78th Studio Gallery in the Gordon Square Arts District.
John said, "oWOW is a brand new radio station. Our current music mix includes Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) staple artists and artists not getting exposure on terrestrial radio due to radio chain policies. Today, at most stations new and current - and even versions of older - music you hear are nationally selected - and even chosen through various pay-to-play schemes. The history of Cleveland rock and roll is more than the same 220 songs played over and over by terrestrial radio classic rock and classic hits formats. Our direction is playing the unique musical soundtrack of Greater Cleveland."
oWOW can be heard via Bluetooth, laptops, tablets and we will soon have our own app for easy operation and access to the connected dash. Social media will be a key ingredient of "connecting the dots" from the listener business and arts communities.
"Just as FM replaced AM, online radio will replace FM," said Jim. "Technology doesn't stop. People are connected, socialize and do business online; want to belong to an active part of a vital community. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has always been a leader in breaking new music. oWOW will super serve Northeast Ohio's seventeen counties, creating the 18th largest media market in the United States. We will specialize in providing results-oriented, personal customer service and the client need analysis local and national advertisers are looking for. It's back to basics with the latest in technology working for us."
Featured oWOW personalities include Ravenna Miceli, popular Cleveland radio personality on WMJI, former Triple A V-107.3 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Moonlight Groove," hosting middays. Cleveland native Steve Pappas will be heard in afternoons and Charlotte DeFranco, former morning host at WDJQ Canton, will host weekends. Susie Frazier, known as a tastemaker in Northeast Ohio's arts and music scene, will host Sunday morning's acoustic Naked Brunch.
John said, "Our personalities are knowledgeable and serve as passionate musical gatekeepers. They will provide the musical soundtrack for Northeast Ohio."
The original creator of the WMMS legendary buzzard logo, David Helton, designed the new oWOW logo.
oWOW was reportedly funded by a host of private investors, a local bank and a loan and grant from the City of Cleveland.
The station is currently in its testing phase and will begin officially webcasting live soon at oWownow.com.
oWow! Cleveland has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
WNKU CINCINNATI NAMES SEAN O'MEALY GM
(2/9/15) WNKU (89.7) Cincinnati has announced the hiring of Triple A radio veteran Sean O'Mealy as new General Manager. Sean, best known in the format for his tenure at WRSI Northampton, recently served as GM for Shamrock's three station cluster in Scranton, PA. He takes over at WNKU effective February 16, just in time to help kick off the station's 30th anniversary festivities.
"My desire to be in public radio directly relates to the core of why I love radio and why I chose radio as my lifelong career path some 25 years ago," Sean said. "Radio should represent something our listeners can't live without. Fewer commercial stations accomplish this." He added, "As WNKU gears up to celebrate its 30th anniversary, I'm honored and thrilled to help lead it and its passionate staff into the next 30 years by furthering our community engagement with great music. My Family and I are excited to call Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky our new home."
WNKU Interim GM Valerie Abbott said, "The fact that Sean's background is in commercial Triple A means he'll bring a fresh perspective to a public radio model that has, by and large, been driven by the more traditional NPR news formats."
A service of Northern Kentucky University, WNKU is a non-comm station with a large coverage area heard on 89.7 FM in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, 104.1 FM in Portsmouth, Ohio, and 105.9 FM in Middletown, Ohio.
KEXP SEATTLE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HOME
(1/28/15) KEXP (90.3) Seattle has begun construction on a new and bigger facility for the popular non-comm music station. An official groundbreaking ceremony took place today for the new state of the art KEXP facility located at Seattle Center in the Northwest Rooms. The building will house KEXP's planned new studios and offices, including indoor and outdoor performance spaces. The new home will open up more opportunities for additional public event collaborations and partnerships. With a goal of $15 million, the station has already raised $8.1 million to date since the fundraising campaign started two years ago.
Today's celebration features a remote broadcast of The KEXP Midday Show with Cheryl Waters and live performances by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, among other artists.
Next up, the acoustic "Pin Drop Benefit" for KEXP’s New Home with Brandi Carlile on February 20 at Seattle's Moore Theater.
Look for a large KEXP Grand Opening event to happen in late 2005/early 2016 following completion of the new digs.
KEXP is a service of the University of Washington, who holds the station's FCC license. As a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization, KEXP relies on investments from individual, foundation, business, and government supporters.
CPR'S "OPENAIR" DENVER AM BEGANS SIMULCASTING ON FM 102.3
"New Music From Colorado Public Radio"
(1/27/15) OpenAir, A three-year old AM and streaming Triple A music station run by Colorado Public Radio launched an FM signal today as KDSP (102.3) Greenwood Village-Denver began simulcasting sister signal KVOQ (AM 1340) Denver. CPR purchased the FM from Front Range Front Range Sports Network, paying a reported $5.75 million for the former ESPN Sports format station.
The new FM signal increases OpenAir's reach and signal quality in the Denver and Boulder metro areas. The market is Nielsen ranked at #18 with a population of over 2.5 million.
"This is the natural next step for OpenAir's evolution," said CPR 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, new albums and upcoming events - and to present bands that visit the CPR Performance Studio.
On a station blog, Mike Flanagan wrote to listeners, "I want to thank you for being a part of the journey so far. FM doesn't change any of that. OpenAir will still be an important part of your daily soundtrack, it'll just sound better."
Mike Flanagan is OpenAir PD. Jessi Whitten is MD/APD/host. Alisha Sweeny is a host and AMD. Former longtime KBCO Denver host Keefer Fulgham anchors the morning show (6-10am) and also serves as Promotions Coordinator. Scott Carney is a host and Music Librarian.
Check out the OpenAir Playlist.
OpenAir is one of three platforms operated by Colorado Public Radio 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.
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