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It’s another week at the top for Wilco’s Star Wars, this time with 28 adds. Next is So There from Ben Folds, scoring 19 adds. Keith Richards and Craig Finn tie for third with 12 adds each, while The Revivalists and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds round out the list with nine adds each.
            Next week sees Don Henley enter the music meeting with his new album, Cass County, along with a pair of Boulder performers, Larkin Poe with “Stubborn Love” and Rayland Baxter offering up “Yellow Eyes.” The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

Boulder: 3 Days To Save
The FMQB Triple A Conference, August 5-8 in Boulder, CO, is coming up fast and there are only 3-days left to register online and save! Registration is only $429 until July 31 and you can register at registration.fmqb.com until July 31, when registration closes and you can only purchase your registration at walkup ($480).  The full schedule has also been released and you can view the timing for all the festivities at FMQB.com. The music lineup includes Alex Winston, Anderson East, American Authors, Brynn Elliott, Civil Twilight, Clara-Nova, Elle King, Galactic, Gavin James, George Ezra, GIVERS, Grace Potter, Holly Miranda, HoneyHoney, Houndmouth, Jackie Greene, Jarryd James, Kaleo, Kristin Diable, Larkin Poe, Lord Huron, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Marian Hill, Meg Mac, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Rayland Baxter, ROMANS, Seinabo Sey, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Tai Burnett, The Bros. Landreth, The Freddy Jones Band, The Lone Bellow, The Saint Johns, The War On Drugs and Tor Miller.
The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5 with The Keynote Interview featuring author and former Grateful Dead Publicist Dennis McNally being interviewed by WFUV/New York PD Rita Houston and ends with the Awards Brunch on Saturday morning, August 8.
Friday, August 7 will bring on the annual Pro.qb Music Meeting, with Mark Abuzzahab from Vuhaus as your master of ceremonies. You can submit music to Mark at Abuzzahab@yahoo.com anytime up until July 24.
Remember, registration is $429 online until July 31 and you can register at registration.fmqb.com and you can book your room at the St. Julien, which is almost sold out, with the special FMQB rates starting at only $219, by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.If you can’t get into the St. Julien, try the Best Western Boulder Inn (303-449-3800), Marriott Courtyard (303-440-4700) and Millennium Harvest House (303-443-3850), all which have comparable rates.

Triple A News Bites
WYMS/Milwaukee APD Jordan Lee has been named PD, replacing Sean Demery, who is returning home to Park City, UT due to family matters. Demery will continue to consult the station. WXPN/Philadelphia celebrated its annual Xponential Music Festival presented by Suburu last weekend with beautiful weather and powerful performances spread across three stages. Many of the performances were broadcast on Vuhaus and a full recap, along with videos, can be found at thekey.xpn.orgWXRV/Boston ran a contest for one lucky listener and a friend to attend a VIP Meet & Greet before Vance Joy's sold out show on Friday, July 24 at Gillette Stadium... KSUT/Durango has begun a capitol campaign to Fund Our Future and raise $2.1 million, for a new, modern broadcast facility. The new center, The Eddie Bank Jr. Media Center will house both KSUT Four Corners Public Radio and Tribal Radio... AFA/Tracking Note: Due to the FMQB Triple A Conference next week, no add dates will be listed or new entries made to the tracking database between end of business on Thursday, July 30 and Monday, August 10. FMQB apologizes for any inconvenience.

AT&T To Activate FM Chips On Android Smartphones
In response to the announcement that AT&T will include FM Chip activation in their 2016 device specifications for Android smartphones, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith released a statement:

"Today marks a new beginning in mobile technology with the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners.
Gordon added, "America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!" AT&T's announcement today follows a 2013 announcement from Sprint to activate FM chips on select Android and Windows smartphones.

Pandora Listeners Receive More Uninterrupted Hours With Sponsored Listening
Pandora announced that its latest engagement-based advertising product, Sponsored Listening, is now available to all advertisers. The product gives Pandora users an hour of uninterrupted listening following their engagement with a brand’s video or rich media unit at the beginning of their session. This launch follows a beta period initiated in September 2014 during which Sponsored Listening received positive feedback from Pandora’s listeners and produced a measurable return on investment for advertisers.
During the beta testing period for the product, Sponsored Listening resulted in a 12 percent lift in brand awareness and a 30 percent lift in purchase intent for advertisers. Consumers also praised the product via Twitter and Facebook, stating that they loved the experience.
“As the competition for consumer attention continues to intensify, brands are looking for advertising products that can help them create a lasting impression and resonate with their target audiences,” said Lizzie Widhelm, Pandora’s SVP/Advertising Product Strategy & Sales. “Sponsored Listening enhances our suite of engagement-based advertising solutions by building on products such as Brand Stations, and is another manifestation of our philosophy that what’s good for the listener is good for the advertiser.”
In addition to being available for all Pandora advertisers, Sponsored Listening now also offers advertisers more creative opportunity. In the beta phase, video ad units or swipe-able slideshows initiated the hour of uninterrupted listening. Now, with general availability, a brand can also introduce additional rich media units, such as interactive 360-degree product views, in advance of the sponsored hour. In addition to advertisers like Land Rover North America that have extended from the beta phase to general availability, new brands leveraging Pandora’s Sponsored Listening solution post-beta include Corona Extra, Gatorade, truTV and Yuengling.
“The Sponsored Listening offering is unique, and we jumped at the opportunity to align with this attention-based service during the launch of the new Discovery Sport,” said Kim Kyaw, Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager at Land Rover North America. “Pandora’s Sponsored Listening product allowed consumers to engage with the vehicle – by watching a video or by interacting with a 360 degree unit – for at least 15 seconds. Opportunities to engage with our consumers around new vehicle launches within premium listening environments are difficult to find.”

iHeartRadio Joins Snapchat Discover
iHeartMedia has announced its brand new iHeartRadio channel on Snapchat Discover. The channel will feature custom created music, pop culture and entertainment news content. The channel is available today on Snapchat Discover.
This new partnership will allow Snapchatters to explore daily iHeartMedia editorial content, including behind-the-scenes artist videos, exclusive celebrity interviews and stories, photo galleries and more. To check out iHeartRadio’s Discover channel, Snapchatters can simply tap on the iHeartRadio icon and then swipe left and up to browse fun daily content.
“We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to connect fans with the artists they love and to bring iHeartRadio’s signature events directly to music fans even when they can’t be in the audience,” said Vanessa Adamo, SVP/Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. "Snapchat Discover really embraces the power of storytelling through an easy, immediate and mobile platform. It’s a valuable partnership, and is the perfect platform for iHeartRadio’s short-form content, which features unparalleled access to today’s hottest artists and celebrities.”
Snapchat Discover is a collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. Daily editions include full-screen articles, photos, videos, and vertical video advertising – all optimized for mobile viewing.
“iHeartRadio’s access to interviews with the biggest artists and celebrities is a daily bit of pop culture we think Snapchatters will love,” said Nick Bell, Head of Content at Snapchat. “At the heart of radio is live mobile entertainment and there’s no question that iHeart is a true innovator.”
Fans can also check out iHeartRadio’s organic Snapchat account by adding ‘iHeartRadio’ on Snapchat for instant access to iHeartRadio’s Snaps and Stories featuring artist takeovers and backstage concert event play-by-plays.

Radio Industry & SESAC Reach Settlement
The Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has announced terms of a settlement agreement that brings an end to almost three years of antitrust litigation commenced by the RMLC against SESAC relative to the public performance by radio stations of musical works in the SESAC repertory. The RMLC represents the vast majority of the nation’s commercial radio stations.
The settlement is historic insofar as it represents the first time in SESAC’s 85-year history with radio broadcasters that the performing right organization’s license fees will be subject to determination by a third-party arbitration panel.  The highlights of the settlement include:

In the absence of a voluntary agreement on industry rates, the parties will participate in binding arbitration to set reasonable license fees to be offered the radio industry through the RMLC. The binding arbitration period will encompass 22-years commencing 2016 and no historic SESAC rates may receive precedential value.


Mike McVay
SVP/Content & Programming
Cumulus Media

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