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The reunited Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals celebrate release week by seeing Call It What It Is back on top of the Most Added list with 11 new adds. Sturgill Simpson and Barns Courtney each use the strength of 10 adds to tie for second place. Another returnee to the list is Iggy Pop, with nine new commitments on Post Pop Depression. Finally, Hayes Carll scores seven adds on Lovers and Leavers to land in the last slot.
            If you haven’t found your way to these songs yet, check out “I Can’t Give Everything Away” by David Bowie and “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)” from Sturgill Simpson before you do next week’s adds. As always, the full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

Abuzzahab Joins Custom Channels
Veteran Triple A programmer and current VuHaus PD Mark Abuzzahab – who has also spent time at KXT/Dallas, KGSR/Austin, KBCO/Denver, WNCS/Montpelier and other stations – has just gotten busier as he adds music programming duties for in-store music service provider Custom Channels. He’ll work closely with current music programmers John Bradley and Jason Lucero.                                                        "All my life I've subjected people to my mix tapes and mix CDs. Custom Channels is the next logical step for creating playlists on a much bigger level," said Abuzzahab.
“He’s so knowledgeable in a broad range of music. He knows how to put together great playlists. Plus, we connect on music trivia, beer, cycling, food…it’s a natural move,” said John Bradley, Chief Music Officer for Custom Channels.
Abuzzahab will continue to oversee programming for VuHaus, an online video collaboration of leading non-comm Triple A stations.

Triple A News Bites
Early Registration rate of $329 is now available for the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 10-13, 2016 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, only at registration.fmqb.com. This year marks Triple A’s 25th trip to Boulder, and the celebration starts with WFUV/New York PD Rita Houston interviewing Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz at the Keynote Interview to open the Conference on August 10. You can also reserve your room at the St. Julien at special FMQB rates starting at only $229/night by calling (720) 406-9696 going to stjulien.com and using the group code GRPQB6… FMQBheard from Always Mountain Time Director of Programming & Talent Dan Cowen and he assures us the company is committed to continuing local Triple A programming on KFMU, KSMT and KSPN. Cowen will be spending the next few weeks tightening up the playlist and increasing rotations in order to, “better support the artists we commit to.” He will be announcing call times soon. The three stations’ playlists will be frozen until the reporting week ending April 4-5, when Cowen expects to file his first reports… Former WWNU/Columbia PD Mike Allen is looking for his next opportunity and can be reached at rockdocradio@gmail.com or (843) 343-8500… WXPN/Philadelphia's latest edition of Live At The World Cafe Volume 40 is now available to members who make a pledge in support of the station. Artists appearing on the CD include Lucero, Wolf Alice, Josh Ritter, The Arcs, JD McPherson, Gary Clark Jr., Patty Griffin, JJ Grey & Mofro and more.

Beasley Broadcast Group Announces Medical Leave Of Absence For CEO George G. Beasley
Beasley Broadcast Group announced that George G. Beasley, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, will be on a medical leave of absence, effective immediately. The Company also announced that Caroline Beasley, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer during Mr. Beasley’s absence. Mr. Beasley will continue to serve as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Beasley commented, "George’s passion for radio and entrepreneurial spirit have made a positive and lasting impact on the industry and in the development and long-term success of Beasley Broadcast Group. On behalf of Company employees, family, friends and business associates, our heartfelt thoughts are with George during his medical leave. Out of respect, we will be honoring his request for privacy and will not be commenting further on his condition at this time.
“Given the life-long participation in the radio industry and at Beasley Broadcast Group of President and Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Beasley; Vice President of Operations, Brian Beasley; myself, and our strong team of corporate and local management and personnel, I am confident that our operations will remain completely on course during George’s leave.”

NAB Hires Ray Baum as Vice President of Government Relations
The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that Ray Baum, formerly senior policy advisor to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, will join the organization as vice president, Government Relations on March 31. He will report to NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations Curtis LeGeyt.
"I'm pleased to have Ray Baum joining our talented government relations department,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "He brings extensive policymaking experience on the federal, state and local levels as both a legislator and staffer. Broadcasters will benefit greatly from having Ray advocating on our behalf in Washington."
Baum joined the staff of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in January 2011 as a senior policy advisor. In July 2013, he took on an expanded role of senior policy advisor for the full committee, and served as its chief strategist on state initiatives, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and technology.
Prior to joining the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Baum was appointed as a commissioner on the Oregon Public Utility Commission in 2003, and served as chairman in 2010 until coming to Capitol Hill. He also served as chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Telecommunications Committee from 2008-2010. Originally an attorney in private practice, Baum was elected to the Oregon State Legislature in 1989 and served until 1997.
He was the House Majority Leader in 1995 until leaving the legislature. Baum holds a B.A. in Financial Planning and Services/Agricultural Economics from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

Nielsen Launches Digital Audio Ratings
Nielsen has announced the launch of Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings, the new solution to measure over-the-air radio listening, across mobile apps and web players, regardless of ad model and device—smartphones, tablets and computers. The service will provide the industry with the ability to assess the value of digital inventory and clarify return on digital investments, while aligning with established broadcast and digital currencies. Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings is a component of Nielsen's Total Audience, an initiative that provides comparable metrics across all linear and digital platforms.
The Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings service, which is currently collecting data on more than 2,500 station streams across all 48 personal people meter (PPM) markets, measures the extension of broadcast radio to streaming environments. Initially, Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings will report the listening of digital streams of AM/FM radio stations and e-radio stations in the 48 PPM markets. Measurement for custom-curated and on-demand audio, including podcasts, is currently in development.
"With the way people consume content in a continual state of change, it's critical to capture all of the platforms where people are listening to audio, whether on the radio, computers or smartphones," said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. "To achieve Total Audience for audio, we must provide a comprehensive view of listening behavior across all platforms and what better way to start than with radio. Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings allows broadcasters, advertisers and marketers to better understand the dynamics of a station's over-the-air and online audiences."
Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings employs Nielsen's proprietary software development kit (SDK), which is integrated into mobile apps and web players. This method uses big data, a census-style measurement approach and demographic information from third-party data providers, which is calibrated with Nielsen's PPM panel.
The product combines digital audio measurement with clear, industry-standard methodology, allowing clients to measure the total reach of radio listening. Additionally, Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings gives radio stations the insight buyers and marketers need to quantify the size and nature of a station's online audience on smartphones, tablets and computers. The result is a seamless audio measurement that allows broadcasters and marketers to easily plan, buy and sell all audio content.
The service will formalize a two-month pre-currency preview period covering data from the February and March 2016 surveys, available in mid-March and mid-April, respectively. Beginning with the April 2016 survey data, released in mid-May, clients must license Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings to access data related to their own media properties and the data of other subscribers.
Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings audience estimates will include both an average quarter hour (AQH) and average minute audience (AMA) metric for digital streams. In the near future, Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings will expand reporting to include diary markets, as well as regional and national views.
"Radio is a crucial format to reach audiences and must be an integral part of Nielsen's Total Audience initiative," said Kelly. "With Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings we will be able to capture broadcast radio's total reach and begin laying the groundwork to measure other audio platforms where people listen to music, syndicated programs or news/talk and sports content."


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