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Happy New Year! The first week of reports finds Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter on top of the Most Added list, with 39 adds coming in. Next is Strangers To Ourselves by Modest Mouse, scoring 28 adds, tying it with The Black KeysTurn Blue. Ryan Bingham’s Fear and Saturday Night, which picks up adds from 23 stations. Finally, JD McPherson scores 22 adds on Let The Good Times Roll.
            Next week finds Blackberry Smoke’s “Too High,” “Congregation” from Foo Fighters, “Everything Is Wrong” by Interpol and the aforementioned JD McPherson’s “Let The Good Times Roll” competing for slots. The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

. KCMP Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
KCMP/Minneapolis celebrated its 10th Anniversary with 10 Days Of Random Acts of Musical Kindness. The station offered a series of musical events that features local music, Current deejays at some of Minnesota's best Rock venues. Festivities included record shopping with deejays at Electric Fetus, sound check parties, and events that will happen throughout January 2015.
"You only turn 10 once, so we decided to go for it with a series of events that capture the spirit of the listeners and members of The Current and connect audiences to artists in unique ways, with once in a lifetime collaborations and accessible fun that celebrates not so much The Current, but the musicians and community that made it possible," said PD Jim McGuinn. "We're grateful to the artists, venues, sponsors, press, and of course the listeners-everyone who's been with us along the way-that have made these first ten years so much fun."

. Triple A News Bites
Don’t forget you can save on Early Bird Registration for the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 5-8, 2015, through March 15. Registration is only $269 until then at registration.fmqb.com and  you can now book your rooms at the St. Julien, with the special FMQB rates starting at only $219 per night. To book rooms either go to https://www.phgsecure.com/IBE/bookingRedirect.ashx?propertyCode=DENSJ&group=GRPFMQ&arrivalDate=08/05/2015&numberOfNights=3&numberOfAdults=1 or call (877) 303-0900 and mention FMQBWFUV/New York announced the appointment of Alexis Harrigan as Director of Development. Harrigan comes to WFUV from the Menil Collection, a visual arts museum in Houston, where she served as Interim Director of Advancement and Director of Development. GM Chuck Singleton said, "Alexis is uniquely qualified for this position, not just because of her fourteen years of fundraising experience, but also her passion for music, and belief in the values of public radio"... Long-time Folk deejay and impresario Gene Shay has announced his retirement from WXPN/Philadelphia, with his last show coming on February 1. Shay began his radio career at Philadelphia’s WHAT in 1962 and launched a Folk show on WDAS/Philadelphia in 1968. From that humble beginning Shay took his Folk show to some Philly’s most notable radio stations, including WMMR, WIOQ, WHYY and finally  to ’XPN in 1995. Shay will be spending more time with his family and devote more time to the many organizations he already works with, including The Recording Academy and American Composers Forum… In other ’XPN news, registration is now open for The 15th Annual NON-COMMvention, May 13-15 at the station’s Philadelphia facility and its next door neighbor, World Café Live. All the info is at thetop22.com
WTTS/Indianapolis is in A-Z mode until January 23. Normal reporting will resume then… WSGE/Charlotte held their annual Socks For Seniors holiday drive, with listeners dropping off socks, toiletries and cosmetics at the radio station's on air studios. WSGE on air personalities Joe Mayes (Santa), Dave Hodges (The world's tallest elf), and Morning Drive host Tim Greene, stopped by shelters and rehabilitation centers to help spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate... The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its 2015 inductees. The honorees include Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Lou Reed (solo artist), Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr will be honored with the Award For Musical Excellence... Singer Joe Cocker passed away last month at the age of 70. Cocker had a number of hit songs but was best known for his epic cover of The Beatles' classic "With A Little Help From My Friends," further immortalized as the theme song to The Wonder Years. He scored a top ten hit in 1975 with "You Are So Beautiful." Cocker's duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong," was a #1 hit in 1983, earning both an Oscar and a Grammy. Cocker had been battling lung cancer. A number of artists paid tribute to Cocker on Twitter today, with Ringo Starr writing, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love."

. Kim Bryant Promoted To EVP For Westwood One
Westwood One announced that it has promoted Cumulus/New York Market Manager Kim Bryant to Executive Vice-President, West Coast Sales, effective immediately. In this newly-created role, Bryant will oversee West coast sales operations across all Westwood One assets, including network sales, spot sales, platform, digital, and events. She will be based in Los Angeles and report directly to Westwood One President Steve Shaw. An announcement is expected soon on the Cumulus New York Market Manager position.
This is a homecoming for Bryant, who was the Regional Vice-President of Western Ad Sales for Westwood One from 2009-2011. An industry veteran, Bryant has more than 25 years’ experience in broadcast radio and television. Prior to joining Cumulus two years ago, she served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for international cable channel CineMoi. She also served as President/Market Manager of San Francisco for Clear Channel. Bryant has been awarded the Radio & Records Industry Achievement Award for Market Manager/General Manager of the Year and was placed on Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in Radio list for 2006, 2007, and 2014.
“Kim is a superb seller and a born leader,” said Steve Shaw, Westwood One President. “She will enhance the quality of our leadership team as we build the industry's foremost sales organization.
Adds Bryant, “The opportunity to get back to the west coast and to work with Steve Shaw and Westwood One again is a dream. The NY Cumulus experience—including the people I have worked with over the last few years--has been terrific; a real once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I am thrilled to continue to work for Cumulus in this different capacity and I look forward to having and building success in the West.”

. Universal Music Group Appoints Andy Fixmer VP/Global Communications
Universal Music Group (UMG) has named veteran business journalist Andy Fixmer to the role of Vice President, Global Communications, effective immediately.
Fixmer, who previously worked at Bloomberg Businessweek and Mashable, among other news outlets, will be based at UMG’s Santa Monica headquarters and report to Will Tanous, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Communications. He will work with UMG’s corporate team, its labels and operating companies around the world on helping communicate the company’s business strategy, public policy initiatives and financial performance, as well as on internal communications.
"I’m very pleased to welcome Andy to our communications team,” Tanous said in making the announcement. “His vast experience as a business journalist combined with a deep understanding of news reporting in the digital age provides us with a unique perspective and skill set that will be a valuable addition to our team.”
“Universal Music Group is leading the music industry in developing exciting new ways for fans to listen to their favorite artists, while at the same time redefining the business models that make that increased access possible,” Fixmer said. “This is an incredibly exciting time to join UMG and I look forward to applying my many years of experience as a journalist to help the company communicate that narrative.”

. Report: Streaming Music Failing To Meet Industry Needs
Taylor Swift's recent move to leave Spotify has intensified the debate around the impact of streaming on the music industry. Strategy Analytics has issued a new report, Will Royalty Crisis Defeat the Music Streaming Industry, and found that despite continuous growth in adoption of music streaming services, current players are having difficulty turning music streaming into profit.
"Technology is evolving and changing the way consumers discover, listen to, share, and interact with music, but it is also a significant factor in the decline of music industry revenues. Many artists feel they are under compensated by streaming services, but as currently structured the underlying economics won't support higher royalty payments by these service, particularly for free ad-supported services" noted Leika Kawasaki, Digital Media Strategies (DMS) Analyst and author of this report. "As a result, we may never see the same levels of spending on music as we did a decade ago".
Key findings from the report include:
- Despite significant growth in revenue and a lower net loss, Spotify average monthly revenue per user (ARPU) has actually declined for both subscription and advertising. Monthly subscription ARPU in 2013 was down 2 percent, while monthly advertising ARPU was down 37 percent from 2012.
- Most companies benefit from economies of scale; however, Pandora and Spotify's content acquisition costs increase in parallel with subscriber growth, preventing them from getting ahead of the cost curve.
- Pandora earns the vast majority of its revenue from advertising (82 percent), whereas Spotify earns the majority of its revenue from subscriptions (91 percent).
Strategy Analytics predicts that overall global recorded music revenue declined 1 percent, from $22.8 billion in 2013 to $22.5 billion in 2014, as digital music growth failed to offset losses in packaged music revenues. Streaming music (subscription and ad-supported) accounted for about half of digital music revenue in 2014, up 14 percent year-over-year.
"The industry must increase music streaming services ad revenue while simultaneously transitioning users to paid services" comments Kawasaki. "With too many competitors already in the space, music-centric companies are facing growing competition from tech giants that have a distinct advantage in terms of leveraging their vast product ecosystems to drive growth in the music space. Current music-centric services may not be able to overcome inefficiencies in music streaming economics and increased competition. As a result, we very well may soon be seeing changes in the balance of power."


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Alicia Tyler, PD
WZNE/Rochester

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