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This marks Mike Doughty’s second consecutive week with Stellar Motel getting Most Added honors, with 20 new adds posting. Justin Townes Earle celebrates his Vagrant debut by scoring the second slot, as 12 stations commit to Single Mothers. Old format friends Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams tie for the next position, thanks to 11 stations adding each of them. Finally, 10 adds is enough to put Joe Bonamassa’s Different Shades Of Blue in the last spot.
            The music meeting comes before the Labor Day weekend, so check out “Days Go By” by Brother’s Keeper, Fitz and The Tantrums’ “Fool’s Gold” and look for that Counting Crows full-length, entitled Somewhere Under Wonderland. The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com. Have a great holiday weekend!

Triple A Scores Big In C-ville
Triple A’s WNRN and WCNR in Charlottesville were both honored by this year’s C-ville Best of Awards. WNRN took the Number One spot as Radio Station of the Year in the reader’s poll, with WCNR being the runner-up. Both stations have been battling it out for years in friendly competition.
Additionally, WCNR PD Brad Savage won this year’s Top Radio personality, with WNRN’s Anne Williams  coming in as runner-up. Marc Smith, who host’s WNRN’s Grateful Dead & Phriends  received an honorable mention.
The last time WNRN won Best Station honors was in 2006.

Triple A News Bites
Dave Rossi has left the PD chair at WRLT/Nashville, with parent company Tuned In Broadcasting citing “professional differences.”  VP Operations & Programming Gary Kraen tells FMQB that, “No plans are being made to fill the program director's position.  For the time being, I will be overseeing the continuation of our programming strategies using our talented programming/on-air staff.”... KBCO/Denver-Boulder is set for its 31st Annual A Taste of Colorado, held Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1, at Denver's Civic Center Park. The four-day event is free, and will feature artists Chris Daniels & The Kings, The Yawpers, Thumpin', Jon Romero, The DeLeon Brothers, Johnny Rodriguez y Los Diamantes, The Mighty Nice Band and more... WFPK/Louisville will host the WFPK Reggae Block Party on Sunday, September 7. World Force Reggae hosts Benny and Ibuka, will broadcast live from Headliners beginning at 2p.m... WTTS/Indianapolis is digging into its archives Labor Day Weekend and will be playing live tracks from Sun King Studio 92, powered by Klipsch Audio. All weekend the station will play exclusive live tracks and some of the most memorable sessions each evening at 7p.m. Scheduled to perform include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Doobie Brothers, Train, The Head and the Heart, and others… KSUT/Durango's Fall Fund Drive is underway with an earlybird drawing for a VIP experience at the Four Corners Folk Festival. The festival takes place Thursday, August 29 through Saturday, August 31... U2 is set to release its twelfth studio album in October 2014, titled No Line On. The album marks the end of a five-year recording hiatus between albums... Before Ed Sheeran took the stage at MTV Video Music Awards to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. Singer/Songwriter told Billboard that he's been in the studio with French producer David Guetta. "Two days ago, I wrote and recorded two songs with David Guetta, for some other people to sing," Sheeran told Billboard on the red carpet. "I'm going in tomorrow to do some stuff for myself." Meanwhile, to celebrate his latest hit song "Don't," Sheeran digitally released the four-song Don’t EP. The EP includes a Rick Ross-featured remix of "Don't," two brand new songs called "Friends" and "Everything You Are," and a live version of "Be My Husband" that was recorded at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Sheeran will perform "Don't" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Thursday, August 28.

CBS Radio, Townsquare Media Partner To Create The Michigan News Newtwork
CBS Radio and Townsquare Media announced today the creation of the Michigan News Network (MNN), which will provide affiliated stations across the state with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS Radio stations WWJ-AM (Newsradio 950) and Sports WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket). MNN will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 2 on nearly 20 affiliates throughout the state, including stations in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor.
As the state’s preeminent news and information source, MNN will offer top-of-the-hour broadcasts weekdays from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. and 60-second sports updates three times per day during the same time period. The CBS Radio content will be licensed by Townsquare Media, which will serve as the exclusive syndication partner and manage affiliate relationships.
“CBS Radio’s Detroit stations have served as the authoritative voice of the community for many years, establishing themselves among the market’s most credible brands and news sources,” said CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason. “We are excited to be working with Townsquare to distribute our award-winning programming to listeners across the entire state of Michigan, while also realizing the highest value for our content.”
“Townsquare Media has a constant focus on providing live, local and vital information to the communities we serve,” said Townsquare Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Price. “We are thrilled to partner with CBS Radio to provide important statewide content to the residents of Michigan. The Michigan News Network will also offer a new and impactful environment for clients who want to reach Michigan consumers on a statewide basis.”

NuVoodoo Ratings Prospect Study Reveals Broadcast Radio Beats Pandora For Music Satisfaction
NuVoodoo Media Services announces additional findings from its fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study. The company interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets to update NuVoodoo’s insights on the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora. The findings indicate that 62 percent of Pandora users listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes. But the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease.
Leigh Jacobs, Vice President, Research for NuVoodoo said, “What we wanted to learn was whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that Broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It’s Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience.”
“Our data show that Broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats,” continues Jacobs. “While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities. What it sets up is a massive number of swing voters – consumers whose time we could pull back from Pandora with the right promotional tactics or lower commercial loads.
Carolyn Gilbert, NuVoodoo President said, “Radio’s on a bigger stage than it’s been since the advent of TV, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We’ve known for years that most people don’t want to program their own music or design their own cars, for that matter. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.”
Leigh Jacobs continues, “We know that many Pandora listeners are also heavy users of broadcast radio, but we’re interested in whether those using Pandora begin to pull away from broadcast radio over time. These latest results validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora doesn’t equate to less listening to broadcast radio. While those who’ve spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.”
Mike O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Marketing for NuVoodoo Media Services said, “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio. Our marketing clients benefit directly from the intelligence we glean from our Ratings Prospect Studies and other proprietary indicators, as we develop well-crafted station promotions and marketing targeting those people who use Pandora, and those most likely to carry meters. This research validates so many parts of our unique product formula, and we’re eager to rack up more successes for our clients this fall based on these and other proprietary results.”

SoundExchange Q2 Digital Radio Report Highlights Digital Radio Transformation
Currently, there are more than 2,500 digital radio services taking advantage of the statutory license that SoundExchange administers. SoundExchange pays royalties to the musicians and labels that created the music these services play.
SoundExchange Q2 2014 highlights:
* $161 million paid directly to artists and labels
* 8 percent increase in payments from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014
* 22,343 payees in Q2 2014
* 34 percent increase in number of payees from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014
* $323.6 million paid directly to artists and labels YTD
* 45 percent of royalties paid directly to the recording artist
* 5percent of royalties paid to backup musicians and session players via AFM and SAG–AFTRA


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Jeff Sottolano
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CBS Radio

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