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Triple A has Heartworms! At least on the air, as 16 stations add the new one from The Shins, giving it the Number One Most Added honor. Next is Laura Marling’s Semper Femina, scoring 15 adds to be Number Two. Ron Gallo – who is featured as an Artist To Watch in February’s Pro.qb – gets 13 adds on his Heavy Meta to lock up the third spot, with Spoon and Tift Merritt each posting 12 adds to tie for the last slot on the list.
            A few things to put at the top of the huge pile of music looking for adds next week includes The Arkells’ “My Heart’s Always Yours,” Brent Cobb’s “Black Crow,” “The Put A Body In The Bayou” by The Orwells, Sting’s “One Fine Day” and “Radio Kids” from Strand of Oaks. The full list of impacting records will always be found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.
             
Pinfield Takes Leave from KFOG
KFOG/San Francisco morning show host Matt Pinfield announced that he will take time off to address his drinking problem.  PD Brian Schock has stated he and the station are fully behind Pinfield's taking the time he needs to find help via rehab and anything else he needs to address the problem.
            While Pinfield is gone, Schock and Alicia Tyler will continue with the KFOG Morning Show along with producer Arthur Ballesteros. Pinfield is also the author of a new book titled All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.

Triple A News Bites
Early Bird Registration for the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 9-12, 2017 in Boulder, CO is now available. Register by March 15 and you’ll be able to take advantage of the lowest 2017 rate of only $269. You can register at registration.fmqb.comKGSR/Austin's Woofstock will happen at the Oskar Blues Brewery on Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m. Woofstock was created in 2015 by the KGSR staff who were brainstorming ways to help Austin animal shelter. Most of the KGSR staff have adopted shelter pets and wanted to give back to these shelters. This year a concert featuring Jamestown Revival will help, with anyone who brings items to donate for animals receiving a pair of tickets. Donations may be monetary, canned food, litter, leashes, beds, toys and other pet supplies... Michelle Wolfe, Brand Manager of KMMS/Bozeman (the Moose), will leave the station after 22 years in early March. In a Facebook post, she said,"I have made the huge decision to take some time off from my career to pursue some personal goals." In the interim, station GM Scott Southrada is accepting resumes for candidates for Wolfe's replacement... WERS/Boston Music Coordinator Nina Ortiz has changed her call hours. She will now be available on Tuesdays between noon-2 p.m. at (617) 824-8084… The LMA of Davis Media LLC/ Local Voice Media's WXTG-A/Hampton, VA ends soon and the signal will simulcast Davis Media's sister station,Triple A WXTG-F (102.1 The Tide)… Green Day has announced a new leg of North American touring in support of 2016's Revolution Radio. The summer tour begins on August 1 in Auburn, WA and wraps up on September 13 in Chula Vista, CA. Catfish and the Bottlemen will open all dates. Additionally, Rolling Stone reports the rockers will play Chicago's Wrigley Field and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena later this year, with dates yet to be revealed. Green Day's spring tour of North America kicks off March 1 in Phoenix.

Pandora Expects To Exceed Q4 2016 Guidance, Citing Subscription Momentum and RPM Growth
Pandora has announced it expects to exceed previously announced Q4 2016 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance ranges given strong advertising performance and has surpassed 4.3 million in paid subscription customers.
“During the fourth quarter, we accelerated our core advertising business, increased advertising RPM and saw strong improvements in adjusted EBITDA,” said Tim Westergren, CEO of Pandora. “Now, with all of the elements of our strategy in place, we are in the best position possible to expand our listener base, drive engagement and deliver significant value to all of our stakeholders.”
As a result of its direct deals with music labels and publishers, Pandora introduced Pandora Plus along with new features and functionality on its ad-supported tier to listeners at the end of the third quarter. By the end of December 2016, the product generated more than 375,000 net new subscribers.
“The initial response from both new and existing listeners to the enhancements on the service is extremely encouraging,” Westergren continues. “This excitement and engagement bodes well for the introduction of Pandora Premium later this quarter.”
Pandora is also undertaking operational efficiency measures to reduce overall operating costs in 2017. It plans to reduce its U.S. employee base (excluding Ticketfly) by approximately 7 percent by the end of Q1 2017. Additionally, the company is leveraging its analytics platform and ad insertion logic to drive additional revenue and realize leverage in content costs. Taken together, these measures are designed to ensure the company can execute on its core strategic initiatives without additional capital and enable further investments in product innovation to drive advertising revenue and subscription growth.
“2016 was a year of significant investment for Pandora. In 2017, we will manage the business toward full year adjusted EBITDA profitability,” said Westergren. “While making workforce reductions is always a difficult decision, the commitment to cost discipline will allow us to invest more heavily in product development and monetization and build on the foundations of our strategic investments.” Fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results were released on Thursday, February 9.

Mark Kassof & Co. Launches Mobile Music Test
Research firm Mark Kassof & Co. has announced the launch of its Mobile Music TestTM – a smartphone and tablet app-based tool for radio station music testing.
The MMT – available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play – is designed specifically for mobile devices. It uses the familiar swipe right/swipe left approach for respondents to indicate their interest (or lack of interest) in listening to specific songs on radio.
The MMT has important advantages over traditional auditorium music testing. It allows listeners located throughout radio metros to participate where and when they want to. And they’re typically given a week or more to complete their surveys, so they don’t get “burned out” evaluating hundreds of songs in one sitting.
The MMT was developed and tested for hundreds of hours throughout 2016. Respondents in pilot testing consistently described it as intuitive and easy to use. More information can be found at kassof.com, where radio executives can also request download links and login credentials.
Mark Kassof states, “It’s become increasingly difficult and expensive to get respondents to show up for auditorium music tests. With over 80 percent of 18-54 year olds in the U.S. now owning smartphones, it was the right time to give the radio industry a better way to engage them with a music test that goes where listeners live – in their phones.”

U2 Announces Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour
U2 has announced a stadium tour of North America and Europe celebrating the 30th anniversary of its smash album The Joshua Tree. The band will play the entirety of the record each night, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1988. The Joshua Tree features three of U2's most iconic hits, "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name," but in an interview with Rolling Stone, The Edge confirmed they will play the deeper cuts from the record, including the never-before-played "Red Hill Mining Town."
Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will open the The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in North America, with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds opening the European shows. The tour includes an appearance at Bonnaroo, U2’s first time ever headlining a U.S. music festival.
U2 - The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour dates are: May 12 - Vancouver, BC; May 14 - Seattle; May 17 - Santa Clara, CA; May 20 - Los Angeles; May 24 - Houston; May 26 - Dallas; June 3 - Chicago; June 7 - Pittsburgh; June 8-10 - Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo - exact date TBA); June 11 - Miami; June 14 - Tampa, FL; June 18 - Philadelphia; June 20 - Washington, D.C.; June 23 - Toronto; June 25 - Boston; June 28 - East Rutherford, NJ; July 1 - Cleveland; July 8 - London; July 12 - Berlin; July 15 - Rome; July 18 - Barcelona; July 22 - Dublin; July 25 - Paris; July 29 - Amsterdam; August 1 - Brussels. Tickets for European dates went on sale on January 16, with North American dates on sale January 17.

U2, Chili Peppers, The Weeknd & Chance the Rapper Headlining Bonnaroo
The complete lineup for the 2017 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was revealed this morning. As previously announced, U2 will be one of the headliners, as part of their tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper are the other headliners for this year's edition of Bonnaroo. Other notable acts at the top of the bill include Lorde, Cage the Elephant, The Head and the Heart, Travis Scott, Major Lazer, The xx and Flume. Some of the other acts playing the four-day event include Tegan & Sara, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, Cold War Kids, Milky Chance, Kaleo and Jon Bellion. For the complete lineup, visit www.bonnaroo.com.
Bonnaroo runs June 8-11 in Manchester, TN.



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