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It’s two weeks in a row that Phish flies to the top of the Most Added list, this time with 12 new adds on Big Boat. Next in line is Blind Pilot’s And then Like Lions, garnering 9 adds. The Avett BrothersTrue Sadness is Number Three Most Added, with eight new adds. Finally, Doyle Bramhall II, Kings of Leon and Pixies each get seven adds to tie for the last spot.
            Next week sees the return of Alejandro Escovedo with the single “Heartbeat Smile,” plus Paul Simon’s latest single, “The Werewolf,” along with Wynonna & The Big Noise with “Staying In Love.” 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.
WFUV Releases FUV Live 19

WFUV/New York has released FUV Live 19, a compilation CD featuring 19 artists. The latest compilation of songs were recorded in the studios of FUV with exclusive performances from artists including Lake Street Dive, Gary Clark Jr., Andra Day, Band of Horses, Josh Ritter and others.
            "FUV Live 19 showcases these great artists the way they should be heard, thanks to the superb acoustics in Studio A and the talents of our recording engineers," said WFUV PD Rita Houston. "That means Charles Bradley with his electric funk, Hey Marseilles with their synths and harmonies, Josh Ritter with just his guitar, and Dave Rawlings Machine jamming around one microphone all sound really good."
            FUV Live 19 is available with contributions starting at $9 per month during the station's Fall Membership Drive. The drive began on Saturday, September 24.

Triple A News Bites
KXT/Dallas was honored by the Dallas Observer's "Best Of Dallas" as the Best Music Radio Station... WFPK/Louisville's Waterfront Wednesdays will feature Nada Surf, OJR and Howell Dowdy, at the Louisville Waterfront Park. Doors open at 5 p.m... KXCI/Tucson's fiscal year ends soon with a $10,000 challenge running through the end of September to make this year the station's best fiscal year. Donors will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a pair of lawn tickets to see Neil Young at AVA Amphitheatre on Thursday, October 6... Buckwheat Zydeco, born Stanley Dural Jr., the Louisiana accordionist who shared stages with U2, Eric Clapton, and The Roots, has died at age 68, from complications of lung cancer. The Grammy nominee performed at Bill Clinton's inauguration and the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. His most important contribution to music was the introduction of zydeco music of the Creole Southeast to the world… Bob Weir will release his first album of all-new material in 30 years, titled Blue Mountain. The Grateful Dead member's last solo record came out a decade ago. Blue Mountain arrives on September 30 and will be supported with a short tour in mid-October.

Concord Appoints Tom "Grover" Biery SVP/Digital Marketing, Strategy and D2C
Concord Music Group has announced that Tom (aka Grover) Biery has been appointed Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing, Strategy and D2C, reporting to Concord Music Group General Manager, Jim Selby. In this position, Biery will oversee Concord's global digital strategy and will manage streaming, marketing, social media, and D2C business initiatives for the group's myriad of label imprints.
Biery, an industry veteran with deep experience in promotion and marketing, began his music company career as a local promotion and marketing manager for Warner Bros. Records in 1990. Rising quickly, Biery ascended to Senior Vice President of Promotion in 1998 and then to General Manager/ EVP of the label in 2005.
Biery oversaw the marketing and career development of scores of artists during his twenty years at Warner Bros., including The Black Keys, Madonna, Linkin Park, Muse, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jason Derulo and many more.  A few of Biery's key marketing initiatives include the early adoption of digital marketing and social media, the re-launch and development of vinyl, including the on-line vinyl store www.becausesoundmatters.com, and the creation of the first "pop up" stores for artists such as The White Stripes and Flaming Lips.  Biery was also instrumental in the development of the bi-annual, highly successful retail initiative, Record Store Day.
In 2011, Biery joined the music management firm The Collective and became a founding partner of Collective Sounds, the firm's in-house record label.  In this role, he was instrumental in the career resurrection of reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, developed early social media influencers and You Tube stars Megan and Liz, and released records by Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette and other notable artists.
Biery established akaGROVER, LLC in 2014, a management, marketing, and consulting company that advised artists, executives, and various music companies. Its clients included Hip-Hop Pop duo Kalin and Myles, Artist Partners Group, Loma Vista Recordings, Kobalt Label Services and Republic Records, to name a few.
Stated Biery, "I feel so fortunate to be joining Concord Music Group. Walking around the hallways reminds me why I got into the music business in the first place... great music and great people! As streaming becomes the # 1 source for music consumption I am excited to collaborate with Jim and the team to generate new levels of success for Concord."
"Grover is a senior executive with extensive experience navigating the digital marketing landscape," stated Concord Music Group General Manager, Jim Selby. "I look forward to his leadership in and creative direction for Concord."

New ASCAP Digital Team To Transform Services For Members, Licensees
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announces the Digital Team, which reports to Alice Kim, ASCAP’s Chief Strategy & Digital Officer.  The Digital Team, comprised of the Digital Product & User Experience Group, led by Dena Fletcher, as well as the newly created Data Strategy & Business Intelligence Group, led by David Frigeri, will harness ASCAP’s rich data and other assets to make ASCAP’s music licensing, royalty collection and distribution processes more transparent and efficient for members and licensees. The Digital Team has launched its first new tool, a redesign of ASCAP’s public repertory database, ACE.
“ASCAP continues to focus on creating a more efficient, transparent music marketplace, and this new Digital Team will play an essential role in developing tools and services that empower ASCAP members and licensees,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.
“We have a full digital product roadmap and the Digital Team has been hard at work at re-launching a modernized, intuitive ASCAP.com and Member Access experiences.  As the music landscape evolves, the Digital Team will build new experiences and re-engineer existing processes.  Additionally, together with the Strategy & Business Development Group, the Digital Team will look to create new partnerships that transform the way our members and licensees interact with ASCAP,” said Alice Kim.

Kim Guthrie Appointed President of Cox Media Group
Cox Enterprises has announced that Kim Guthrie will be appointed president of Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company. She will succeed Bill Hoffman who has announced he will retire at the end of the year after a distinguished 38-year career in media. Guthrie will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2017 and report to Cox Enterprises Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex Taylor.
"Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform," said Cox Enterprises President and Chief Executive Officer John Dyer. "She played a key role in the successful creation of Cox Media Group in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry’s most influential leaders. She is a natural fit to ensure Cox Media Group continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content.”
Guthrie joined the company in 1998 and currently serves as Cox Media Group’s executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, the country’s largest television advertising rep firm. She also oversees Videa, which provides sales automation solutions designed to simplify the buying and selling of television advertising.
She was previously responsible for all programming, operations and sales at Cox’s 59 radio stations located in 11 markets. Under her leadership, the stations won multiple honors for programming excellence and outstanding community service, including several Marconi awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, Crystal Awards, New York Air Awards and Gracie Awards.
She was elected to the National Association of Broadcasting board in 2014 and is a board member for the Metropolitan College of New York. She is a multi-year honoree as Radio Ink magazine’s “Most Powerful People in Radio” and “Most Influential Women in Radio.”
Hoffman assumed the role of president in 2013. Under his leadership, Cox Media Group launched Rare, one of the nation’s fastest-growing news sites with 45 million monthly visits, and expanded into new niche content vertical businesses. The company also grew its digital presence, investigative journalism and content creation, as well as transformed the way television advertising is bought and sold through the formation of Videa.
He joined Cox in 1979 as an account executive with TeleRep in Detroit and held a number of roles within the company, including vice president and general manager of WFTV/WRDQ in Orlando and at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Before assuming the role of president, he was Cox Media Group’s executive vice president of broadcast where he oversaw the majority of the company’s radio and television operations, as well as its corporate revenue efforts.
“Bill has done a tremendous job leading Cox Media Group through a rapidly evolving media environment,” said Dyer. “As a leader, he has always embodied the spirit of our company. He’s inspired and valued employees, anticipated and driven change and been a true community champion in every city he’s lived. We are grateful for his leadership and dedication.”


Jon Zellner
EVP/Programming Operations

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