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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 is also heard locally on 99.1 FM from 3am-3pm, broadcasting from the 100-watt Benson Polytechnic High School radio tower. 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
PRP Sample Hour of Music:
(12:30 pm-1:30 pm, 11/17/14)
TREY ANASTASIO - Shine
HALF MOON RUN - Call Me in the Afternoon
EO - Breathe
EMILIE SANDE - All The Young Girls Love Alice
CRAIG CAROTHERS - Schenectady
PARLIAMENT - Give Up The Funk
INGRID MICHAELSON - Girls Chase Boys
TOAD THE WET SPOCKET - Something's Always Wrong
CHRISSIE HYNDE - Dark Sunglasses
CURTIS SALGADO & THE STILETTOS - Blues Get Off My Shoulder
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - Stand
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.