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Tracking Triple A: KZFR Chico CA GM/PD Rick Anderson is another commercial programmer who left "the dark side" behind for public radio. We talked with Rick about the challenges and rewards of overseeing a heritage community radio station. - Programming.
TripleARadio NEWS BRIEFS:
Longtime PD Rob "Blaze" Brooks has been let go at KTHX (100.1) Reno due to budget cuts at the Wilks Broadcasting heritage Triple A station......Longtime Austin on-air vet Kevin Connor (KGSR/KUTX) has joined Americana/Texas Music non-comm KDRP (100.1) Dripping Springs-Austin for a Saturday midday show. Texas's only solar-powered radio station - home of veteran Austin host Bo Chase in mornings and veteran Americana programmer and host Jesse Scott (XM) in afternoons - has been gaining traction since it expanded its signal to reach into the crowded Austin market and the Texas Hill Country over a year ago. The station's curated blend of Triple A and roots music, not necessarily Americana per se, includes plenty of currents......The artist lineup has been announced for the Boulder Triple A Conference coming later this summer, August 6-9. Appearing on the outdoor stage will be Bear's Den, Lucius, Nicole Atkins, Run River North, The Wind and The Wave, and The Revivalists, joining Fox Theatre performers Birds Of Tokyo, Father John Misty, Jeremy Messersmith, London Grammar, Paolo Nutini, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams and The Both......NEA has announced that Echoes will receive an National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant. Echoes is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support daily production of the syndicated specialty music radio show distributed by PRI and heard on over 120 public radio stations nationwide......New Canadian Triple A CHPK (95.3 The Peak) Calgary will launch on Friday, April 25. The station is part of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group which owns Triple A CKPK (102.7 The Peak) Vancouver. Calgary's new Peak will feature "World Class Rock" with 40% Canadian content between 6am-6pm and 15% of programming dedicated to emerging artists. Listen to the launch at 95.3thepeak.
NEW AUSTIN INDEPENDENT COMMERCIAL TRIPLE A LAUNCHES: "105.3 THE FRINGE"
(Update: 4/21/14) JB Hager & Sandy McIlree have officially been named as morning hosts for the new Fringe FM Austin. The new independent commercial Triple A station debuted Saturday (4/19) morning at 105.3. Genuine Radio Austin PD and afternoon host is market veteran Ray Seggern.
According to Ray, a veteran local radio and ad exec and former longtime host of Alt KROX (101X) Austin's Sunday morning specialty show, Chillville, the new station will share workspace with sister "Alternative Country" station KOKE (99.3) Austin, run by Bob Cole and Jason Nassour, veteran local broadcasters and the main owners of Fringe who recently resurrected the iconic KOKE. The influential KOKE was a legendary irreverent progressive "outlaw" country station that arguably launched Americana radio in the early 70s, inspiring stations such as KFAT (now KPIG) in Northern California.
Cole and Nassour also own Austin's Sports/Classic Hits 104.9 The Horn, KTXX/1260 KWNX, Christian Talk 1490 KLGO, and numerous translators in the market.
The station is utilizing KOKE translator K287FG Austin at 105.3 with 75 watts at 331.8 meters from the West Lake Hills tower farm west of Austin.
Fringe Radio has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations. Listen to the station streaming live.
Fringe Radio's first hour music debut:
The Clash – London Calling
Mowglis – San Francisco
Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry
Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
The Black Keys – Fever
White Stripes – My Doorbell
Krayzie Bone f/ Pozition – Pop Life (Grandad Remix)
The Cars – Hello Again
HALEY JONES LEAVES KPRI SAN DIEGO TO PROGRAM KGSR AUSTIN
(4/4/14) KGSR (93.3) Austin has announced that veteran programmer Haley Jones is set to be the new Program Director of the Emmis station. Haley exits as PD of Compass Radio Groups' KPRI San Diego after four years at the helm. Prior to KPRI, Haley was APD/MD at KSWD (The Sound) Los Angeles, and held the same position at the former KMTT (The Mountain) Seattle and KFOG San Francisco. She also served as Sr. Dir./Artist Development & Promotion for Sony RED.
Emmis VP of Programming and Operations Chase Rupe said, "I am extremely excited to have Haley join our incredibly talented team at Emmis Austin Radio and 93.3 KGSR. We scoured the country and spoke with some of the most talented PDs in every situation across America. When we found Haley, we knew she had exactly what we needed to continue building on the success of our beloved KGSR brand."
Chase told TripleARadio.com that Kristen Kurtis remains as KGSR midday host and MD.
A native of both the Bay Area and Texas, Haley begins in her new role at KGSR effective May 5.
THREE ANNUAL PUBLIC RADIO CONFERENCES SET FOR SUMMER/FALL: NFCB, PMDMC, PRPD
Annual conferences attracting more public radio Triple A programmers
(3/31/14) While many in the format are busy making plans to attend the NON-COMMvention and the Boulder Triple A Conference this year, there are three additional separate public radio conferences of note also set for this summer and fall.
• The annual NFCB Community Media Conference is May 28-31 in Reston, VA (DC metro). The conference attracts community public radio stations, including many part time or block-programmed Triple A music stations. Visit NFCB.
• The annual Public Media Development and Marketing Conference is set for July 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. The PMDMC is public radio's "money conference," and is the largest annual meeting in public radio and media. There is a full slate of pre-conference workshops on Wed., July 9. Visit PMDMC.
• The annual Public Radio Programming Conference (PRPD) is scheduled for September 9-11 in Portland, OR at the Hilton Portland. Last year's attendees included reps from a number of Triple A music stations, such as WFUV New York's Rita Houston, KUTX/KUT Austin's Hawk Mendenhall, WYEP Pittsburgh's Abbey Goldstein, and KXT Dallas' Mark Abuzzahab. Visit PRPD.
COMMUNITY KRCB-FM SANTA ROSA MAKING INROADS AS "THE NEW 91"
Former KRSH morning host Brian Griffith is MD/mornings
(3/19/14) KRCB-FM (91.1) Rohnert Park-Santa Rosa, a community music/news and information station for Sonoma and Napa Counties, has softy relaunched as a Triple A and Americana/roots music non-comm, rebranding as The New 91. Two years ago, Classical station KDFC in San Francisco boosted its signal in Sonoma County, pulling the local audience away from Classical KRCB-FM. The station completed the transition to a music intensive Triple A format over the past few months.
KRCB-FM - sister to North Bay Public Media's KRCB-TV Channel 22 - features two live and local music magazine shows in the morning and afternoon: Brian Griffith, former morning host at crosstown commercial Triple A KRSH Santa Rosa, has returned to KRCB-FM to host the 9-noon slot while longtime KRCB PD/Host Robin Pressman holds down early afternoons from noon-2pm. World Cafe with David Dye airs late afternoons. Evenings feature various hosts, including the indie Mindy's Mix on Monday nights with Mindy Berrett. Greg McVicar's Undercurrents Radio music show airs overnights 1-6. The New 91 schedule is rounded out by local and syndicated specialty programming like eTown and Thistle and Shamrock. The station's new releases show Connections with Doug Jayne airs Wednesday evenings at 7. Robin Pressman also hosts a Sat. afternoon show from 1-5, Your Roots Are Showing.
The Wine Country of Sonoma/Napa has numerous live music venues, from concert halls to nightclubs to winery amphitheatres. The combined population of Sonoma and Napa Counties is over 600,000.
Listen to the station stream live.
The New 91 has been added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
Contact: Brian Griffith via email or call him during his music call times on Tuesdays from noon-2 at 707.584.2000.
Labels, please send music to:
KRCB-FM/The New 91
5850 Labath Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA. 94928
NEW TRIPLE A "106.7 THE RIVER" FOR LEBANON-HANOVER NH
(3/14/14) Great Eastern Radio debuted a new commercial Triple A on Friday as "106.7 The River" launched on WHDQ HD2-Lebanon-Hanover. The River serves the New Hampshire and Vermont communities of Lebanon-Hanover-Norwich-Woodstock. The station will stream online at River1067.com.
"This is a very exciting time for radio in the Upper Valley," said Great Eastern Radio VP of Programming Justin Tyler. "After evaluating the entire media landscape in the Lebanon-Hanover market, we came to the conclusion that a locally focused AAA station that cares about our immediate listening area instead of a market 100 miles away would be the best thing to do for the community."
Look for an on-air lineup of personalities to be announced in the coming weeks.
106.7 The River has ben added to our extensive TripleARadio.com Panel of stations.
Contact: Justin Tyler via email or at 603.298.0332
Labels, please send music via email or regular mail to:
106.7 The River
106 North Main St.
West Lebanon, NH 03784
RADIO MILWAUKEE NAMES SEAN DEMERY PD
(2/27/14) WYMS/88Nine Radio Milwaukee has named veteran radio programmer Sean Demery Program Director. Sean replaces former Radio Milwaukee PD Mark Keefe who exited the non-comm in late November after three years at the helm.
Sean's broadcast background includes a variety of programming and on air positions, including PD at KITS/Live 105 San Francisco and APD at WRNX/99X Atlanta. He was also at KXRK Salt Lake City, KMTT Seattle, and Radio Central Networks San Francisco. Most recently, he served as PD/partner for the new Paragon/Sparknet Communications syndicated CHR offering, QuickHitz.
"We're very excited to have Sean join our team," Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Mary Louise Mussoline told TripleARadio.com. "Sean's experience and creativity will build on our commitment to deliver new and diverse music and quality programming. We're looking forward to adding his perspective to our solid team of DJs and story producers to continue our great selection of music and programs that engage Milwaukee."
Sean added, "The moment I met the team at RadioMilwaukee, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I can bring a lot to the table, but I'm more excited about learning from these engaging professionals. This is going to be fun!"
Paragon Media Strategies Mike Henry will continue to provide programming consulting services to Radio Milwaukee as he has since helping launch the station in 2007. Jordan Lee remains APD/MD. Sean begins in his new position at Radio Milwaukee effective March 3.
Radio Milwaukee recently moved into new state of the art facilities with new recording studios, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, a kitchen, and a newly-opened Stone Creek Coffee shop. The station celebrates their seventh anniversary today.
KCRW SANTA MONICA-LA BUYS SANTA BARBARA SIGNAL
Triple A/news non-comm now covers most of Southland
(2/20/14) KCRW (89.9) Santa Monica-Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Foundation have announced the acquisition of KDB Santa Barbara. As a result of the purchase, KCRW will air at 88.7 FM in Santa Barbara, while KUSC (previously at 88.7) will combine its broadcast with KDB to preserve classical music at 93.7. KCRW has partnered with Antioch University for a local studio on the Santa Barbara campus as the station is integrated into their broadcasting/media curriculum.
"This opportunity is very exciting. Santa Barbara is a natural home for KCRW. We've partnered with Santa Barbara institutions for years on music and culture initiatives," said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President/GM. "It has all the elements that have made KCRW a success in Los Angeles - a diverse and intelligent population interested in arts and culture who are passionate about their local community. We believe we can further amplify the voices of Santa Barbara in a unique and compelling way."
KCRW will create custom news, music and talk programming for Santa Barbara listeners. With plans to partner with local weekly The Santa Barbara Independent and hire two announcer/producers, KCRW will build a Santa Barbara edition of NPR's popular morning newsmagazine Morning Edition and afternoon news show All Things Considered. The schedule will also include syndicated public radio programming broadcast on KCRW, such as Marketplace, The World, This American Life, TED Radio Hour, and The Moth Radio Hour, in addition to over 100 hours of KCRW's originally produced content, including flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic with KCRW MD Jason Bentley.
The Santa Barbara station will benefit from KCRW's community engagement programs and digital platforms, including its events department, which will help build local partnerships in arts and culture. KCRW is committed to supporting local cultural institutions, and building on its already established partnerships with the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and other organizations.
KCRW will welcome two Santa Barbara residents to its Foundation Board in the coming year. An Advisory Board will also be formed, including philanthropic, arts and culture, academic and political leaders from the Santa Barbara community.
Look for the Santa Barbara broadcast to start airing soon at 88.7. Visit the KCRW coverage map.
KCRW's terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, and Kern counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is available worldwide, both live and on-demand, at KCRW.com, and through its smartphone apps (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry). KCRW is a community service of Santa Monica College.