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The Most Added list finds Chuck Prophet’s Night Surfer taking top honors with 13 stations making the commitment. Next is a tie between Dr. John and The Black Keys, each putting 11 adds on the board. Finally, Lake Street Dive, Hiss Golden Messenger and The Head and The Heart each post nine adds to tie for the last slot.
            As the AFA list grows and grows, you will want to take a listen to “Cecilia And The Satellite” by Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, “Stop Your Crying” from Lake Street Dive, and Paolo Nutini’s “Let Me Down Easy.” You’ll also want to spend time with two full-lengths, Bahamas Is Afie from Bahamas and Dr. John’s Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit of Satch. The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

2014 FMQB Triple A Conference: It’s A Wrap!
Last week, we were very happy to be back at the wonderful St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO for this year's FMQB Triple A Conference. After welcoming friends to the annual gathering, we kicked off the Conference on Wednesday afternoon with an entertaining and informative keynote interview featuring Alpha Broadcasting CEO Larry Wilson, who was interviewed by WTTS/Indianapolis PD Brad Holtz. The keynote event also featured a performance by Black Prairie, who got everyone warmed up for the exciting night of music ahead. After the keynote, the crowd headed outside for the Opening Reception to enjoy some libations and take in a performance from Liam Bailey, and then it was time for the first pilgrimage to the renowned Fox Theatre! At the venue, the Triple A community along with local music fans enjoyed sets from Ray LaMontagne, Paolo Nutini and London Grammar on the main stage, and Nicole Atkins, Bear's Den and Warpaint on the hill stage. After the party wrapped up at the Fox, we headed back to the St. Julien for even more music at the Pro.qb Late Night Lounge, which featured intimate performances from Panama and Zameer.
            The Conference continued on Thursday with a wealth of live music and productive discussions on how to keep Triple A radio thriving. The day began with our first panel, The New Dogs: The Evolution of Radio & Music, moderated by KGSR/Austin’s Haley Jones. After a performance by Tennis, Jones dug into the old adage that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and discussed how Triple A needs to change with the technological times, not to mention the change in consumer habits. Then it was time to move outside for the luncheon featuring live sets from Alex & Sierra and Ryan Corn. Thursday afternoon brought the panel Social Media: Steal This Idea, which was moderated by Ruth Presslaff of Presslaff Interactive Revenue. After attendees enjoyed a performance from Scars On 45, they also took part in a conversation about the many uses of social media and the best methods with which to form a bond between station and listener.
            Then once again it was time for a Cocktail Party with live music from Rachael Sage & The Sequins, as well as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Finally, we all converged again at the Fox Theatre for another amazing night of music. Ryan Adams headlined the main stage, along with supporting acts Father John Misty, Jeremy Messersmith and Nikki Lane. On the hill stage, we all enjoyed performances from Lucius and Run River North. Then it was back to the St. Julien Hotel for the Pro.qb Late Night LoungewithBahamas and Rob Drabkin.
The Triple A party was still going strong on day three of the Conference. Friday morning began with the panel Passion Is No Ordinary Word, moderated by WXRT/Chicago’s Norm Winer. After the audience was greeted by the sounds of Flintface, the panel delved into the way that longtime industry pros and veterans have managed to maintain their passion for music and creativity, while also adhering to business priorities and goals. Then it was time to break for lunch and take in live performances from Johnnyswim and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Following lunch, everyone went back inside for their favorite forum of musical debate: the annual Pro.qb Music Meeting, hosted by KXT/Dallas PD Mark Abuzzahab. The meeting also featured a live set from Lake Street Dive before everyone absorbed some new tunes and rated their favorites. After the music meeting the crowd gathered at the evening Cocktail Party to watch Anthony D’Amato and Brother’s Keeper perform, before making one more trip to the Fox Theatre. The final night at the Fox featured headliners Train on the main stage, along with The Both and Jake Bugg. Outside on the hill stage, everyone enjoyed the sounds of The Wind and The Wave and The Revivalists. Finally, we shuttled back to the St. Julien for one more Pro.qb Late Night LoungewithJohn & Jacob and Charlie Mars.
            Last but not least, Saturday morning marked the conclusion of this year’s FMQB Triple A Conference. The event came to an end with the annual Triple A Awards brunch, where some of our format’s brightest and most creative forces were honored by their peers. The brunch kicked off with live performances from Martin Harley and Falls before all of the awards were handed out to the winners. As always, FMQB would like to profusely thank everyone who attended this year’s Conference, as well as all of the record labels, promotion professionals, radio staffers, artists and others who help make it possible to put on this event year after year. We will see you again August 5-8, 2015!

The following is the list of FMQB’s 2014 Triple A Award winners:

PD of the Year                                      Promotion Person of the Year 
Markets 1-50                                         Major Labels
Chris Mays (KINK/Portland)                    Lisa Sonkin (Columbia)

Markets 50+                                          Independent Labels
Brad Savage (WCNR/Charlottesville)      Jill Weindorf (Concord Music Group)

Non-Comm                                           Label of the Year
Mark Abuzzahab (KXT/Dallas)                Major Labels
Warner Bros./Reprise/Nonesuch
MD of the Year                                    
Markets 1-50                                         Independent Labels
Laura Duncan (WTTS/Indianapolis)         Glassnote Records

Markets 50+                                          Independent Promotion Company
Dave Herold (KTHX/Reno)                     M:M Music

Non-Comm                                           Song of the Year
Dan Reed (WXPN/Philadelphia)              “Take Me To Church,” Hozier (Columbia)

Station of the Year                               Album of the Year
Markets 1-50                                         Morning Phase,Beck (Capitol)

Markets 50+                                          Artist of the Year
WXPK/Westchester                               Beck (Capitol)

Non-Comm                                           New Artist of the Year
KCMP/Minneapolis-St. Paul                   Lorde (Lava/Republic)

Triple A News Bites
KPRI/San Diego announced the appointment of Marc "Mookie" Kaczor as Music Director and Show Host. He is well known to listeners in the San Diego area for his work at stations Sophie 103.7, 91X, 94/9 KBZT. He joins KPRI from station KXRN Radio Laguna Beach, where he has been MD and afternoon host since 2012... KFOG/San Francisco will honor the last official concert played by The Beatles at Candlestick Park, commemorating the August 29, 1966 concert. On August 14, Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the venue's final event. All day on August 14, KFOG will become K-PAUL beginning at 6a.m. featuring back-to-back McCartney songs, spotlighting his vast Beatles, Wings and solo catalogue... Co-founding member of Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, has cancelled all remaining appearances for the rest of 2014 with his band Ratdog, as well as a show with Furthur. No reason was given for the cancellations.

FCC Commissioner Pai, NAB President/CEO Smith To Headline 2014 Radio Luncheon
The 2014 Radio Show will feature FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who will engage in a conversation with NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith at the Radio Luncheon, held Friday, September 12. The 2014 Radio Show, jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 10-12 in Indianapolis.
During the conversation, Pai and Smith will discuss communications policy and how it affects free, local radio broadcasting. The Radio Luncheon will also feature the presentation of the National Radio Award to Bud Walters, founder and president of the Cromwell Group.
            Pai joined the FCC as Commissioner in May 2012 and is focusing on creating a regulatory environment in which competition and innovation can flourish, for the benefit of American consumers. During his time at the FCC, Pai has made AM radio revitalization a priority at the Commission. Between 2007 and 2011, Pai held several positions in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, including Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining the FCC, he was a partner in the Communications Practice at Jenner & Block LLP and Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc.


Jeff Sottolano
Director of Programming
CBS Radio

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