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Some longtime Triple A friends are at the top of the Most Added list, with Tori Amos landing on top with 16 adds on Unrepentant Geraldines, followed by a 12-add each tie between Jack White and Sarah McLachlan for the Number Two slot. The rest of the list consists of a tie between Nickel Creek and The Black Keys, each scoring 10 adds.
The coming week is the official impact date for The Afghan Whigs’ “The Lottery,” as well as “Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes” by Moe., “Scare Away The Dark” from Passenger, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Tune-Yards’ “Water Fountain.” The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.
           
Jones To Program KGSR/Austin
Haley Jones, currently PD at KPRI/San Diego, has been named as the new PD for KGSR/Austin.  Jones will be leaving KPRI and making her way to Austin on May 5.  She previously held programming positions at legendary Triple A stations KFOG/San Francisco and KMTT/Seattle. 
Chase Rupe, VP of Programming & Operations for Emmis Austin Radio states, “I am extremely excited to have Haley join our incredibly talented team at Emmis Austin Radio and 93.3 KGSR.  We scoured the country and spoke with some of the most talented PDs in every situation across America.  When we found Haley, we knew she had exactly what we needed to continue building on the success of our beloved KGSR brand.”
 “Holy guacamole!” says Jones.  “As a Texas girl, I feel like I’m coming home to work with the inspiring team that is KGSR.  Thank you to Chase Rupe and everyone at Emmis Radio Austin for the invitation.”

More Fox Acts Announced
More performers have been announced for the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 6-9 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO. Appearing at the Fox Theatre will be Ryan Adams, Paolo Nutini and Birds Of Tokyo, joining the previously announced Father John Misty, Jeremy Messersmith, London Grammar, Ray LaMontagne and The Both, with one more headliner to be announced, along with hotel and outdoor stage performers, in the coming weeks.
The Conference kicks off at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6 with The Keynote Interview featuring Alpha Broadcasting CEO Larry Wilson, with the first of the Fox shows later that night. Early Registration of only $319 is now available at http://registration.fmqb.com through April 30. You can also still reserve a room at the special FMQB price of only $219/night just by calling (877) 303-0900 and mention FMQB. And keeping watching your inbox and checking FMQB.com as more artists and info are released!

Triple A News Bites
KINK/Portland announced that veteran radio host and current MD Brad Dolbeer has been named APD and signed to a multi-year deal. Dolbeer remains on air in the midday slot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays... WFUV/New York's Rita Houston will celebrate her 20th anniversary with the station with a special retrospective on Friday, April 11, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a special live broadcast of her weekly program, The Whole Wide World with Rita Houston, from the City Winery in New York City. "It's going to be an old-fashioned remote broadcast-variety show-celebration,"said Houston who is WFUV's PD. "I'll be playing favorite songs from the past 20 years, welcoming guest performers and chatting with some long time colleagues and radio greats."... WXRV/Boston welcomes back former PD Dana Marshall to host mornings on The River. Marshall had returned to The River in 2012 to host its Sunday morning Brunch By The River WCOO/Charleston names Kelly Bazzle as cohost of mornings, joining BOX.  PD Laura Lee had been holding down that spot and moves to middays… Congrats to Columbia RecordsSusan Karlic and her husband, Elvis, who welcomed Mila Willow Karlic into the world this past Saturday, April 5. Both baby and mom are happy and healthy… As Kirtland moves away from releasing new music to focus on events and management, Head of Promotion Frank Higginbotham exits the company. He’s looking for his next opportunity and can be reached at (818) 317-0354 or at musicpromo@hotmail.com.

SNL Kagan Releases Report On Q1 Radio Station Sales
SNL Kagan has released its report on broadcast station transactions for 2013, with overall M&A volume reaching $3.65 billion in Q1 2014, up from $2.68 billion in Q1 of 2013. A total of 309 stations were traded, of which 202 were radio and 107 were TV stations. The average TV station price in Q1 was $31.1 million, vs. $1.6 million for radio stations.
Radio deal volume exceeded $300 million for only the third time in the last eight quarters. The top deal was the $131 million / 8.5x cash flow sale of New York's WBLS-AM/FM from YMF Media LLC to Emmis Communications Corporation, followed by the $74 million sale of ten stations from South Central Communications Corporation to SummitMedia, LLC. Compared to the 2013 average of 7.0x, the average radio cash flow multiple rose by half a point in Q1 14.
      The outsize radio deal volume in 2011 was due to the Cumulus/Citadel deal valued at $2.28 billion and the Hubbard/Bonneville transaction at $505 million.

UMG Acquires Eagle Rock Entertainment
Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired UK-based Eagle Rock Entertainment, an independent producer and distributor of music programming. The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. Eagle Rock's library includes nearly 2,000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles. In its announcement, UMG added that "the addition of Eagle Rock's experienced team will assist UMG in producing video content and creating unique artist-based bundles in a variety of physical and digital formats, including on new and emerging mobile platforms."
Eagle Rock Chairman/CEO Terry Shand will continue to lead the company from its headquarters in London.
      Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO of UMG, said, "As we continue UMG's transformation to a music-based content company, expanding our audio-visual catalog and production expertise is critical. We're thrilled to welcome Terry and the Eagle Rock team to the UMG family. Terry has built Eagle Rock into a world-class content company and a leading force in distributing top music-based audio-visual programming."
      Shand said, "I am delighted to bring Eagle Rock into the UMG family and look forward to growing Eagle Rock in the coming years by producing more great content and benefiting from the digital revolution that is taking the audio-visual space by storm. I'd like to personally thank Lucian Grainge, Boyd Muir and Max Hole for their vision and confidence, Beringea for their support over the last few years and Geoff Kempin, Simon Hosken and all the team at Eagle Rock for the tremendous work they have done to date and their dedication to the future."

60 MINUTES/Vanity Fair Music Poll: Americans Still Listen To The Radio
Americans would rather take their daughters to see Taylor Swift than Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber. Many agree this decade has the worst music in the 45 years since Woodstock. Baby Boomers would prefer their children study The Beatles than Mozart. And 49 percent say they still listen to the radio. That’s what Americans are saying in the 60 MINUTES/Vanity Fair music poll, the results of which can be found in the May issue of Vanity Fair, or at 60Minutes.com or VF.com.
      If forced to, Americans are more likely to choose Taylor Swift as the artist whose concert they’d most like to see with their daughters from a list of five artists popular among teenaged girls. Thirty-nine percent pick Swift, ahead of Katy Perry (26 percent) and the pop boy band One Direction (11 percent). Last on the list are two performers who have recently taken on a less squeaky-clean image than they had when they first began. Just 5 percent pick Disney-darling-turned-twerker Miley Cyrus, and just 3 percent pick Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who has been arrested twice in recent months for various legal offenses.
      Which decade had the worst music in 45 years? Americans think it has never been worse than this decade, even with just four years to choose from. 42 percent say “this decade” has the worst music, far ahead of (or behind) the 2000s (15 percent), the 1990s (13 percent), the 1980s (14 percent), or the 1970s (12 percent). Nor is it simply a matter of nostalgia for older Americans: those under 30 are also most likely to think that this decade, at least so far, has had the worst music since 1970.
      If they could have their child study the music of just one artist, Americans are divided between classical and rock. 33 percent say they would pick the Beatles as the one artist they would have their child study, while nearly as many—32 percent—choose composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  These are the top two choices from a list that also includes Michael Jackson (14 percent), Billie Holiday (9 percent), and Jay Z (5 percent).  Baby Boomers, those ages 45 to 64, pick The Beatles (40%) over Mozart (27%).
      Even with all the new ways one can listen to music, it’s the radio that Americans turn to the most. Forty-nine percent of Americans say they listen to music most often on the radio, more than every other method combined. A distant second choice are digital music services like Spotify, Pandora, or Last.fm (17 percent), which in turn are more listened to than iPhones, iPods, or other mp3 players (15 percent). CDs are now picked by just 9 percent of Americans as the way they listen to music the most. 6% most often listen to mp3s on their computer, while just 1 percent of Americans most often listen to music on those spiral-grooved, rotating disks that produce analogue sound—vinyl records. Radio is king now, but change may be afoot. While older Americans listen to radio most often, it comes in only third among Americans under the age of 35 (24 percent). Instead, the top choice among Americans aged 18-34 is some form of digital music service (35 percent) followed by iPhones, iPods, and mp3 players (29 percent).


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