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The 20-year gestation period was worth it, as Pink Floyd’s The Endless River scores the Most Added honors with 13 stations making the add. Next is a song with a much shorter history, as The Lone Bellow’s new track, “Then Came The Morning,” picks up 12 adds to land in second place. The New Pornographers and Robert Plant each garner 11 adds to tie for the third slot, while Damien Rice’s My Favourite Faded Fantasy sees 10 stations come on board to round out the list.
            Among the records to find its way into the next music meeting is the next single from The New Pornographers, “Dancehall Domine” and Ani DiFranco’s full-length Allergic To Water. The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

KCSN's Fall Benefit Concerts
KCSN/Northridge has announced the line-up for its annual Fall Benefit Concerts, which have been expanded to two nights this year. The 2014 Benefit Concerts at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University at Northridge, will feature performances by Sarah McLachlan and Laura Marling on Friday, December 5. The second night, Friday, December 12, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and David Gray will perform.
"KCSN's commitment to the music community is reflected in the great support of these artists," said Sky Daniels, GM/PD for KCSN. "We are excited to be able to have these artists perform in the crown jewel of concert venues in Los Angeles, the Valley Performing Arts Center."

2014-15 Reporting Schedule
The end of the year is closer than you think, so it’s time to mark your calendars with the all-important dates for 2014 reporting to end and 2015 reporting to begin. The last week that FMQB will accept airplay reports this year is the reporting week of December 8/9. After the calendar flips to 2015, we will begin accepting reports again for the reporting week of January 12/13.

Triple A News Bites
WXPN/Philadelphia is in the midst of its Fall Fund Drive this week with reduced spins... WTTS/Indianapolis’ 2014 Fall New Music Sampler is now available for a limited time. The CD features new music from Spoon, Robert Plant, Guster, Scars On 45, Gary Clark Jr., Nikki Lane, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and more... WFPK/Louisville has set a goal of $400,000 for its Fall fun Drive. With five days left in the drive, $98,000 has been raised so far... All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984 are now available for streaming on Spotify. The streaming service has also added three Lennon compilations that came out in 2010: Power to the People, Gimme Some Truth, and the John Lennon Signature BoxBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals will reunite for four concerts at San Francisco's famed Fillmore Auditorium on March 25, 26, 27 and 28 of 2015. These will be the group's first live performances since disbanding in 2008. On sale ticket information for the March Fillmore dates will be announced soon. "I have always loved the Fillmore and its history," commented Harper. "San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world and it felt like the right place for us to set sail." Fans can also expect more action from the band since they have converged in a Los Angeles studio to rehearse and record new music. There will be a string of additional concert appearances in 2015 and beyond.

Alpha Media To Purchase Buckley Broadcasting of California, LLC, Buckley Communications, Inc. Radio Stations
Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Buckley Broadcasting of California, LLC and Buckley Communications, Inc. Buckley Broadcasting and Buckley Communications own six radio stations; four stations located in Bakersfield, California which include KKBB, KLLY, KNZR and KNZR-FM and two radio stations in Merced, California; KHTN and KUBB.
Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Buckley clusters to the seventy stations (which includes two under LMAs) currently in the Alpha Media portfolio when all pending deals are completed, bringing the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to seventy-four. Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “The Buckley clusters in California will be a great addition to the west coast footprint. Merced is a unique city with a thriving arts scene and adventurous community. As one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, Bakersfield is a rich and vibrant city full of live and local opportunities.”
Joseph Bilotta, President and CEO of Buckley Broadcasting and Communications said, “In Alpha we will pass the mantle and stewardship of our broadcast facilities in Bakersfield and Merced, CA. We have owned these wonderful stations for over 20+ years and our employees, audiences and advertising partners will benefit from the energy and considerable resources of this multi-dimensional media and entertainment company headed by Larry Wilson.”
This transaction will be filed with the Federal Communications Commission shortly and is subject to their approval.

Capitol Music Group Names Ambrosia Healy SVP/Head Of Media Strategy & Relations
Ambrosia Healy has been named Senior Vice President, Head of Media Strategy & Relations, Capitol Music Group (CMG), it was announced by CMG Executive Vice President Greg Thompson, to whom Healy will report. In her new position, Healy will utilize her industry-renowned experience and extensive skill set to oversee the design and execution of all publicity plans for CMG artists and projects spanning the company’s portfolio of labels, including Capitol, Virgin, Motown, Harvest, Blue Note and Astralwerks. All CMG label publicists will report to Healy, who will be based in Hollywood in the company’s iconic Capitol Tower.
Healy comes to CMG as a 20-year industry veteran and one of music’s most highly regarded PR executives. As an independent publicist for most of her career, Healy has built and maintained strong relationships with some of music’s most acclaimed and commercially successful artists, guiding the media strategies for Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Phish, Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, Azealia Banks, Robyn and many others. In 2001, Healy accepted the position of Vice President of Publicity for Capitol Records (when the company was under different ownership and management), helming the company’s PR efforts for its artists for five years. Upon exiting the company in 2006, Healy once again became one of the most respected independent publicists in music with a mix of long-time and newly-forged client relationships.
According to Steve Barnett, Chairman and CEO of CMG, “It takes more sophistication than ever to work with the media and secure the right opportunities for our artists, and Ambrosia is remarkably talented and skilled at her job. She is adept at seeing the big picture as well as executing the day-to-day aspects of the job, and her contributions to CMG will be vital to our success.”
Thompson added, “I’ve had the great pleasure of collaborating with Ambrosia on numerous CMG projects over the past several years, and find her sense of media strategy to be impeccable and her relationships with the media to be second to none. It is great to have her with us full time as an integral member of CMG, and all of us welcome her wholeheartedly to the company.“
Healy said, “Getting to know Steve and seeing his vision for Capitol Music Group and its artists come to life has been truly inspiring. He has transformed the company into a place where the best artists want to be and the best people want to work. I’ve enjoyed working with Greg these past years as the independent publicist for artists including Coldplay, Bastille and Emeli Sandé, and I couldn’t be more excited to now be officially joining his and Steve’s team.”

The Who Hits 50!
THE WHO HITS 50! tour will kick off its spring run on April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 17 at 10 a.m. at www.thewho.com. $1 from each ticket sold on THE WHO HITS 50! tour will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org).
The classic songs fans can expect to hear on tour will appear on the band's forthcoming WHO HITS 50! collection, which is set for release on October 27. This is a definitive collection of The Who’s greatest tracks, from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track "Be Lucky," which is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary tour.
"This is the beginning of the long goodbye," says Roger Daltrey of the upcoming tour.


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Chris P, PD
KRQQ & KMIY/Tucson

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