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A tie for Most Added finds David Bowie back atop the list, along with The James Hunter Six, both scoring 20 adds. Big Head Todd & The Monsters land in the next spot, with 16 adds posting on the single “Wipeout Turn.”  Number Four is The Record Company, with 13 adds coming in for Give It Back To You. Finally, Pete Yorn and Mavis Staples each pick up 12 new adds to tie for the last spot.
            Some songs to check out in the next meeting include “A Well Adjusted Man” by Coastgaard, Esperanza Spalding’s “Good Lava,” and the new one from Pete Yorn, “Lost Weekend.” 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.

WXRT Structure Changes
WXRT/Chicago has announced changes to its management structure, with 37-year PD Norm Winer shifting into the newly created role of Director of Music Initiatives and Special Programming. No new PD will be named, while OM Mitch Rosen will take over the marketing, promotions and administrative duties of the position and MD Kelly Ransford will continue in that role while overseeing the imaging of the station.
“When you think of Norm words like visionary and innovator in the Rock formats come to mind,” said Rosen in a statement. “For more than 35-years, he has led XRT with a precise focus not only on what goes out over the air but how the station interacts with music fans at live experiences and community events. We’ve asked Norm to take his amazing strengths of industry relationships, gift of discovering new bands and artists, and skill at producing events and concentrate on those responsibilities full-time – all the exciting elements that make XRT a very special radio station and Chicago institution.”\
“I give CBS Radio, on both the corporate and local levels, credit for creating this unprecedented position,” adds Winer. “I’m excited to move into this role and hope the results will surpass everyone’s expectations.”
In other XRT news, career Midday-er Terri Hemmert has recently has surgery to deal with an unspecified stage one cancer and will be out for 4-6 weeks. The retired Frank E. Lee has come back to helm his old afternoon drive shift while Marty Lennartz moves into middays during Hemmert’s absence.

Brad Dolbeer Joins KXT As APD
KXT/Dallas announced that Brad Dolbeer has joined the station as APD. Dolbeer brings 25 years of experience in a variety of on-air and behind-the-scenes roles for radio station in the Pacific Northwest, including his most recent position as PD at KINK radio in Portland, Oregon.
"Brad's extensive radio experience and passion for music discovery will make him a valuable addition to KXT," said Mary Anne Alhadeff, president and CEO of North Texas Broadcasting, the parent organization of KXT 91.7.
"This is truly an exciting adventure for me," Dolbeer said. "The people of KXT have put together an incredible brand, and I can't wait to help them grow.
Prior to joining KXT, Dolbeer also served as APD for KLTH/Portland, and APD for KMTT/Seattle in its Triple A days. Dolbeer will assist PD Amy Miller, and will work with Music Coordinator and host Gini Mascorro, as well as on-air hosts.

Triple A News Bites
The FMQB Triple A Conference is August 10-13, 2016 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, marking Triple A’s 25th trip to Boulder. Early Bird Registration is available for only $269 through March 15 only at registration.fmqb.com. 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… KCSN/Los Angeles MD Mark Sovel exits to join KLOS. Music duties have been assumed by Jeff Penfield, who will take music calls on Wednesdays between Noon-3 p.m. PT at (818) 677-5578. You can also reach him at jeff@kcsn.org... WERS/Boston has new music coordinatior, Nina Ortiz. She’s taking calls on Wednesdays between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at (617) 824-8084… Concord Bicycle Music has announced the acquisition of independent Americana, Folk and Blues label HighTone Records from Shout! Factory. HighTone’s catalog includes masters from artists such as Buddy Miller, The Blasters, Robert Cray, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and many more. In a separate deal, Concord Bicycle has also acquired the catalog of George JonesBandit imprint.

Eagles' Co-Founder Glenn Frey Passes Away At 67
Glenn Frey, singer/songwriter, guitarist and co-founding member of the Eagles has passed away. He was 67. The Frey family along with group members and management issued a statement on band's web site eagles.com.
It Is With The Heaviest of Hearts That We Announce…...the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.
            Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.
            The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.
            Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey |
Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff

Don Henley issued a personal statement paying tribute to his fellow founding member of the group:
"He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry -- and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved is wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year 'History of the Eagles Tour' to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some."

Starbucks Announces Deal With Spotify
Starbucks has teamed with Spotify to launch launched a new digital music service, allowing Starbucks Mobile App customers to immediately discover music playing overhead in their stores, as well as save Starbucks-curated songs to a playlist on Spotify and listen to the music anywhere they go.
"Music has played a pivotal role in our stores for over forty years and we have been at the forefront of how to integrate it into a retail environment," said Starbucks Chairman/CEO Howard Schultz. "Today is the next era in that experience. We are merging the physical and digital, providing new access points for Spotify as they continue to grow globally, placing more control into our customers’ hands and giving artists the world’s largest stage for them to share their talent."
The new Starbucks music platform is available to both iPhone and Android users within Starbucks Mobile App. In addition to being able to discover music playing overhead at a participating Starbucks store, Starbucks Mobile App users will now be able to view recently played songs, save songs to a personal playlist on Spotify, "Love" songs to influence future Starbucks playlists as well as share these songs on social networks and "Play on Spotify." Spotify users can also find new playlists from Starbucks as well as Starbucks most popular music from the past 20 years on Spotify. These features are accessible on Spotify’s Free and Premium services.
"Starbucks shares our passion for music and desire to create the best, personalized experience for users and customers," said Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify. "Together with Starbucks, we’re creating a unique new digital music experience that offers Starbucks customers and Spotify users the ability to discover even more music at Starbucks and enjoy that same music and more on Spotify, whenever they want and wherever they are."
Starting in January, Starbucks will also begin a new weekly feature in the Starbucks app highlighting both established and emerging artists, as well as curated playlists giving musicians a new way to reach millions of customers across the U.S. Starbucks partners have also begun influencing the music played in their stores by choosing from a variety of Starbucks curated playlists and creating "Store Favorites" playlist. This is made possible via a mobile app, powered by a new, PlayNetwork CURIO hardware device that delivers branded entertainment and media to retail stores.


Mike “OD” O’Donnell, OM
Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA

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