Tracking Triple A: Kyle Meredith is MD at WFPK Louisville and also the creator and host of the syndicated new music show, The Weekly Feed - Read the interview with our Jeff Penfield in Programming.
SXSW TRIPLE A "MUSIC MEETING" SET FOR MARCH 20: PANELISTS TO INCLUDE THE CURRENT'S JIM McGUINN, WXRT'S NORM WINER, KCRW'S ARIANA MORGENSTERN
(2/24/15) SXSW has announced that the annual Triple A Music Meeting is set for Friday, March 20 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Austin Convention Center, Room 17B. Songlines' Sean Coakley is the Moderator along with panelists that will include The Current Minneapolis PD Jim McGuinn, WXRT Chicago PD Norm Winer, KCRW Santa Monica Morning Becomes Eclectic Managing Producer Ariana Morgenstern, and High Road Touring's Matt Hickey.
NEW CLEVELAND TRIPLE A INTERNET STATION "oWOW!" SET TO LAUNCH
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.
FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE OPENS IN KANASAS CITY
(2/17/15) Over 3000 attendees are expected at The 27th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference, "the world's largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community," opening Wednesday through Sunday (2/18-22) in Kansas City, MO at The Westin & Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center.
Music showcase performers include emerging artists such as the Milk Carton Kids, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Kawehi, Trad. Attack, QuiQue Escamilla, Annika, I Draw Slow, Mélisande, and Pirates Canoe, along with over 200 other artists both established and new.
For more information, visit FolkAlliance.org.
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.
15TH ANNUAL NON-COMM MAY 13-15 IN PHILADELPHIA, INITIAL ARTIST SHOWCASES SET
NPR CEO Jarl Mohn announced as this year's "NON-COMMversation" with Dan Reed
(1/27/15) Founder and producer Dan Reed has announced the initial early lineup of artists for the upcoming 15th Annual NON-COMMvention May 13-15 in Philadelphia at WXPN and World Cafe Live. Dan has also announced that this year's "NON-COMMversation" will be with NPR CEO Jarl Mohn.
Five artist showcases have been set so far: Brandi Carlile, Dr.Dog, The Tallest Man on Earth, Son Little, and Zella Day. Look for additional artists and panels to be announced in the coming months.
REGISTRATION: Early Bird Rates for NON-COMM 2015 are now in effect with first radio station employees attending for the affordable rate of just $120, and subsequent employees from the same station just $60 (when registering together). Music Industry attendees get an Early Bird Rate of just $200. Two (2) meals are included each day, Breakfast and Lunch.
HOST HOTEL: The official host hotel again is the Sheraton Philadelphia University City and is now taking reservations. Rates are $155/night (Approx. $179 w/ taxes).
The NON-COMMvention has grown to become the premier annual conference for North America's non-commercial Triple A radio. Originally created by Dan Reed as an alternative to the annual commercial Triple A radio convention in Boulder, the NON-COMM now hosts numerous adventurous commercial Triple A stations as well. The focus of the event is on networking, informative panels, and cutting-edge music showcases.
WNCW ASHEVILLE UPS JOE KENDRICK TO PD/OM
(1/14/15) WNCW (88.7) Spindale-Asheville has promoted midday host Joe Kendrick to Director of Programming and Operations. A veteran staffer at the powerful public radio station for 20 years, Joe started as a volunteer then hosted overnights before moving to mornings in 2006 and midday host in 2008.
Among his plans for the station, Joe pledges to make more content available and to partner and share content, and present more video on the station's social media and YouTube channel.
Joe will be replaced on his Midday Music Mix by Scotty Robertson, host of WNCW's Rhythm Theorem heard Saturday nights at 11pm.
Martin Anderson remains WNCW MD.
Contact Joe via email.
WNCW serves the region with the following signals: Charlotte (99.1/100.3), Boone (92.9), Greenville SC (97.3), and Wilkesboro (90.9). The station is a service of Isothermal Community College.
NEW FLAGSTAFF TRIPLE A DEBUTS AS KVNA-FM FLIPS TO "ARIZONA'S ADULT ALTERNATIVE"
(1/6/15) KVNA-FM (100.One) Flagstaff AZ has switched from a longtime AC format to Triple A as "Arizona's Adult Alternative" under OM Rich Malone. Covering a large chunk of Northern Arizona, the station is locally programmed and owned by Yavapai Broadcasting.
Rich told TripleARadio.com, "Our Triple A is commercial, blending singer-songwriter, alternative and deep classic rock cuts. We flavor it with a little blues and occasionally, a little of the 'modern' sound."
KVNA features a full-time staff of local radio veterans: Rich in mornings, Juli Page in middays and Steve Benning in afternoons.
KVNA-FM has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station stream live at KVNA.
Rich Malone (via email)
1800 S. Milton Road, Suite #105
WXRT CHICAGO APPOINTS KELLY RANSFORD MD
(12/22/14) WXRT (93) Chicago PD Norm Winer has named former KMTT/KNDD Seattle Promo Director Kelly Ransford as the new WXRT Music Director, effective January 5. Kelly, a Chicago native, is a major market MD/APD and air talent veteran, most recently at KFOG San Francisco. She replaces outgoing MD John Farneda who recently resigned (see below) after 31 years at the heritage CBS Radio Triple A station. John also served as WXRT OM, a post that CBS Radio/Chicago's Mitch Rosen has recently assumed.
Norm released the following statement on Kelly:
"Kelly has impressive major market experience at some of the leading Adult Alternative stations in the country, including KBCO Denver-Boulder, KFOG San Francisco, and KMTT Seattle. She has an excellent reputation throughout the industry for her integrity, her work ethic, easy-going personality, her knowledge and passion for music and radio, and her straightforward approach as a communicator. She is accomplished and experienced in multiple skill-sets, with her background including decision-making roles in programming as KFOG APD and Music Director (2005-2011), as well as serving as Marketing & Promotions Director for KNDD & KMTT Seattle (2011-13), KFOG (2000-2005), and KOA Denver (1997-2000).
Kelly rose through the ranks at every station she has worked, reflecting both her ambition and her vast potential. As a native Chicagoan, ready to move into a new job, a new office, and back into her old apartment in Lakeview, I'm confident that her transition to life at XRT will be virtually seamless. Especially with all of us making her feel right at home. Please join me in welcoming Kelly to the XRT family."
OPBMUSIC NAMES JERAD WALKER MUSIC DIRECTOR
(12/8/14) OPBMusic Program Director David Christensen has announced the appointment of Jerad Walker to the position of Music Director. Jerad comes from public radio WAMU (88.5) Washington, D.C. where he was a news reporter and Production Coordinator/MD and host for WAMU's music service, Bluegrass Country.
Reach Jerad at OPBMusic via email or at 503.293.4014.
Labels, please send music to the above email address or directly to the studio at:
c/o Oregon Public Broadcasting
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
Launched in 2007 by Oregon Public Broadcasting, OPBMusic streams 24-hour "indie, alternative and pop music with an emphasis on Northwest artists." The station also features Studio Sessions with artists. Along with its online stream, OPBMusic is also heard in Portland on HD Radio via 91.5-2 and Digital TV via the second audio program channel of OPB's two DTV channels (SAP).
Listen to OBPMusic streaming live at: opb.org/opbmusic/
ONE YEAR ON: FAMILIAR FORMER KINK VOICES HELP GROW AUDIENCE FOR "PORTLAND RADIO PROJECT"
(11/17/14) As staff changes beset commercial heritage Triple A KINK in Portland, the Portland Radio Project (PRP), an online community music and news/information station that started up one year ago, is steadily growing listenership with programming that features several former high profile KINK personalities. Along with a streaming platform, PRP hopes to eventually secure a fulltime low power transmitter and frequency.
PRP's veteran Portland on-air crew includes PRP founder, former KINK morning news anchor Rebecca Webb, and former KINK voices Sean Marten and Inessa Brunins. Inessa serves as PRP Music Director.
Portland Radio Project streams a "24/7 commercial-free mix of local, national and international rock/folk/blues music, focusing on singer-songwriters and emerging artists." The station also broadcasts a mix of news and public affairs programs. PRP partners with Oregon Public Broadcasting, sharing news stories as part of OPB's new statewide news program. PRP airs a daily Mon. through Fri. series called "Community Voices" that focuses on the work of local nonprofits.
PRP also streams local live music concerts, events and station fundraisers.
PRP has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station streaming live at prp.fm/.
Portland Radio Project
P.O. Box 820024
Portland, OR 97282
WXRT CHICAGO OM/MD JOHN FARNEDA RESIGNS AFTER OVER THREE DECADES
(11/11/14) WXRT (93.1) Chicago has announced the resignation of key staffer John Farneda after a remarkable 31 year career at the heritage CBS Radio Triple A station. A Chicago native and graduate of Columbia College, John started at WXRT as an intern in 1983 and became Terri Hemmert's morning show producer, then later OM and MD.
In a statement John said, "I realized that I have achieved all my goals at the radio station and it is now time to set new ones. In 1983, I was hired as an intern to type public service announcements and schedule interviews. This past weekend, I successfully managed the conversion of our antiquated DOS music scheduling system to MusicMaster Realtime for Windows.
Between these two dates, I have been trusted to program one of the most respected, unique and influential radio stations in the country. I have served as APD, MD and OM. I have produced/co-produced all 16 volumes of OnXRT: Live From The Archives (a compilation CD of exclusive live performances that has raised close to $1 million for various charitable organizations both locally and globally). Won a lifetime achievement award from FMQB, three Music Director of the Year awards from Radio & Records and Album Network, and have been nominated for a dozen others.
In 2015, I look forward to exploring new adventures in the music industry. I hope to share my decades of programming experience with friends wanting to innovate and entertain. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy some well-deserved time off by traveling and spending more time with friends and loved ones. Check me out on Facebook!"
Longtime WXRT PD and CBS Radio VP of Adult Rock Programming Norm Winer called John the "heart and soul" of the station for "the warmth, sensitivity and thoughtfulness that John conveyed to everyone with whom he interacted. His professionalism and sense of responsibility to the station and his colleagues were among his most admirable qualities."
John's last day at WXRT is November 26.
CHRIS MAYS RESIGNS PD POST AT KINK PORTLAND
(11/4/14) KINK (101.9) Portland PD Chris Mays has left the building at the Alpha Media heritage Triple A station after four years. Prior to KINK, the veteran programmer and manager held similar positions at KMTT Seattle and KLLC-CBS/Alice in San Francisco. Chris wrote on her Facebook page:
"I am extremely proud to have worked at some of the finest, most influential stations in the Triple A format and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to lend my talents and years of expertise to help those stations achieve unprecedented successes.
Working in Portland has been no exception. During my four years here, KINK was nominated for the Marconi Award for Best Rock Station in the nation in both 2011 and 2012. We won in 2012! I have been honored as Best Programmer in the Triple A format for the past two years. And KINK received the award for best station of the Year by our peers at the Triple A Conference this summer. KINK has produced over 600 Bing Lounge performances during my tenure. We have enjoyed very high ratings in the format for much of my four years here.
However, situations do change. While I will always cherish my time at KINK and Alpha Media, I feel it's time for a change. And so it's with mixed feelings that I've decided to move on. I'm going to take some time off to enjoy traveling and seeing family. After that, we'll see what the future holds. You can stay in touch with me via email or see my adventures on Facebook. I'll miss you - and the Bing Lounge!"
Brad Dolbeer remains KINK Assistant Program Director and Music Director.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO EXEC JODY EVANS NAMED PRPD PRESIDENT
(11/3/14) Veteran non-comm exec and programmer Jody Evans has been named President of the Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD) Board of Directors, succeeding veteran broadcaster Arthur Cohen who is retiring. Jody is Executive Director of Western North Carolina Public Radio which operates WCQS Asheville. Prior to joining WNCPR four years ago, Jody was PD at KUT Austin and Vermont Public Radio.
Chris Bannon, VP of Content Development and Production at WNYC New York was recently elected Secretary of the PRPD Board of Directors replacing Gabe DiMaio.
The Hamilton, NY-based PRPD Association is known for its growing multi-format annual Public Radio Programming Conference (PRPD), recently held in Portland, Oregon. Next year's PRPD Conference is set for September 29-October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
NEW COMMUNITY STATION KXNV RENO DEBUTS
(11/3/14) A new non-commercial community station has launched as KXNV (89.1) Reno has hit the airwaves. KXNV, "Radio Free Nevada," is broadcasting with full power from a tower on Virginia Peak, 16 miles N.E. of the city at an elevation of nearly 9000 feet. The station is also streaming live. KXNV is the area's only local non-comm station besides the mostly Classical music formatted KUNR which broadcasts from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Staffed by volunteers, KXNV airs a mix of recorded and live music, including Americana, acoustic roots, folk and blues - along with local news, information, interviews, and local arts and cultural events coverage.
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, headed by Executive Director Bob Fulkerson, began work on "The Nevada Radio Project" in 2011. On the station's launch Bob said, "This is an important moment for Reno/Sparks and the beginning of something great for Nevada."
Project board member and spokesperson is veteran Reno programmer Steve Funk (KUNR/KTHX/KOZZ) who has been busy coordinating operations and programming. Steve credits the local radio industry for helping to make the station happen, "You might think our project would be seen as just one more competitor, but local radio executives are committed to our community and understand the power of their medium to make change, so they have joined with us to help create this station in the public interest. Some have even pledged to donate equipment."
KXNV continues to raise funds to build equipment and build studios.
KXNV has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station currently streaming live at kxnv891.fm.
NEW TRIPLE A LAUNCHES IN FARGO, "THE CITY 94.5"
(Update: 10/31/14) To avoid a potential trademark claim by SiriusXM, K234BX/KBVB-HD2 Wahpeton-Fargo has rebranded "94.5 The Loft" as "The City 94.5". XM launched acoustic Triple A channel "The Loft" in September 2001.
(10/27/14) A new commercial Triple A station has launched as Radio Fargo-Moorhead cluster owner James Ingstad, under the name North Dakota Free Airwaves, has debuted "The City 94.5" for the Fargo metro on translator K234BX Wahpeton-Fargo, ND and via 95.1 KBVB-HD2. The City 94.5 PD/MD is John Austin.
With the slogan "Where Music Comes First," the station has listed the following core artists: Adele, The Black Keys, Sara Bareilles, Train, Gavin Degraw, Counting Crows, Ingrid Michaelson, Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, Grace Potter, Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz, and Brandi Carlile. "The City 94.5" has begun with "10,000 songs commercial free".
The City 94.5
2720 7th Ave. S
"The City 94.5" has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Their new site is under construction.