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It dropped on Monday and Beck’s “Dreams,” from his forthcoming, as yet untitled album, lands in the Most Added position with 45 stations sharing it. Michael Franti & Spearhead also dropped a single from a not yet named CD, and “Once A Day” is second, with 18 stations on board. The next spot is a tie between Richard Thompson and ZZ Ward, each with 11 adds, followed by a nine-add tie between Jackie Greene and James Taylor.
            Check out Best Coast’s “Feeling OK” in the next meeting, along with Boulder performers  The Bros. Landreth (“I Am The Fool”) and Kristin Diable (“Time Will Wait”). Other songs to consider include “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” by Death Cab For Cutie, Michael Franti & Spearhead with “Once A Day,” featuring Sonna Rele, and “Keep Going” by The Revivalists. The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

Boulder: Schedule Coming Soon
The FMQB Triple A Conference, August 5-8 in Boulder, CO is less than two months away and the full schedule will be released soon. Meantime, the artist lineup includes Alex Winston, Anderson East, American Authors, Brynn Elliott, Civil Twilight, Elle King, Galactic, George Ezra, GIVERS, Grace Potter, Holly Miranda, HoneyHoney, Houndmouth, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Jackie Greene, Jakob Dylan, Kaleo, Kristin Diable, Larkin Poe, Lord Huron, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Marian Hill, Meg Mac, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Rayland Baxter, ROMANS, San Fermin, Seinabo Sey, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Tai Burnett, The Bros. Landreth, The Freddy Jones Band, The Lone Bellow, The Saint Johns, The War On Drugs and Tor Miller. Registration is $429 and you can register at registration.fmqb.com and you can book your room at the St. Julien, which is almost sold out, with the special FMQB rates starting at only $219 by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.If you can’t get into the St. Julien, try the Best Western Boulder Inn (303-449-3800), Marriott Courtyard (303-440-4700) and Millennium Harvest House (303-443-3850), all which have comparable rates.

Triple A News Bites
WXRV/Boston and Rockland Trust are giving one lucky listener the chance to experience a Bob Schneider VIP soundcheck performance, with a meet and greet in the Foundation Room Boston at the House of Blues. The show is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at 1 p.m... WFUV/New York is once again broadcasting Summer Festivals including Bonnaroo, Celebrate Brooklyn, Clearwaterand others. Rita Houston and Alisa Ali presented a special edition of The Whole Wide World live from backstage at Bonnaroo, with festival coverage and guests... A new single from Beck, titled "Dreams," has arrived at radio. According to reports, Beck confirmed it is the first taste of his next record, which he described as the musical "opposite" of the Folk/Rock Morning Phase. He says the new album will be "pretty diverse," but didn't give a title or release date for it.

Hubbard Radio Adds Greg Strassell To Senior Programming Team
Hubbard Radio announced that veteran programming executive, Greg Strassell, will join the company as SVP/Programming. Strassell will work in partnership with current SVP/Programming, Greg Solk, to lead the programming, brand and content strategies for Hubbard Radio’s 28 radio stations in its seven largest markets.
“We are thrilled to bring someone of Greg’s talent on to the Hubbard team,” said Drew Horowitz, President/COO of Hubbard Radio. “The combination of Greg Strassell and Greg Solk gives us one of the most dynamic programming duos in the industry. As the importance of creating entertaining and compelling content across all platforms continues to be a critical ingredient of growth, this move strengthens the company for the future.”
Strassell believes Hubbard Radio is the perfect fit for his approach to programming and content. Commented Strassell, “I am proud and excited to join Hubbard Radio, as it expands the programming department for further audience engagement and content development. It will be a pleasure to team-up with Greg Solk and the management and programmers to make great radio and the most compelling brands available, regardless of the platform.”
Strassell joins current SVP/Programming Greg Solk to lead Hubbard’s programming initiatives. “I’m so proud to work for a company that is so committed to its brands and understands the need to heavily invest in talent and programming,” commented Solk.
“As the audio entertainment landscape continues to evolve we are doubling down on our investment in the content creation areas of our business,” said Hubbard Radio Chair/CEO, Ginny Morris. “Greg’s passion for the business and his track record of success in markets across the country make him an exciting addition as we continue to maximize our broadcast and digital brands in the Hubbard markets.”
Most recently Strassell was the SVP Strategic Services, National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. Prior to his position at iHeartRadio, Strassell spent ten years as SVP Programming for CBS Radio. Strassell will start his new position on June 15, 2015 and will be based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

Warner Music Group Settles Intern Wages Lawsuit
Warner Music Group has agreed to pay hundreds of former interns more than $4.2 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of underpaying them reports Reuters. The settlement was disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.
Warner Music in a statement said it was pleased to settle. "We continue to stand by our internship program as an invaluable educational experience for students looking to obtain hands-on, real-world training," it said.
According to Reuters "The settlement requires court approval, and covers interns who were paid nothing or less than minimum wage, in periods dating as far back as June 2007 for those working in New York." It also reserved the right to terminate the settlement if the number of claimants exceeds 1,135, according to court papers.

iHeartMedia and Unified Join For New Data-Driven Partnership
iHeartMedia and Unified, a marketing technology company, today announced a powerful new data-driven partnership that delivers unprecedented insights to advertisers across iHeartMedia’s portfolio of radio, digital, mobile, live events, social and on-demand entertainment and information services. 
         The companies’ strategic partnership will leverage Unified’s Social Operating Platform, the marketing industry’s leading data and analytics platform, to aggregate and unlock the massive data sets generated from iHeartMedia’s 858 radio stations; 70 million registered users of its iHeartRadio platform; 87 million monthly digital uniques; more than 20,000 annual events; and more than 75 million social media users across its network.  In addition, iHeartMedia will contribute data generated from its programming and consumer audiences to Unified’s award-winning data platform.  iHeartMedia has also invested in Unified to accelerate the company’s growth and expansion.
         This partnership makes iHeartMedia the first and only media company that can deliver measurable impact and results across broadcast, digital and mobile consumer marketing channels. The combination of iHeartMedia’s data and Unified’s analytics technology brings the power of attribution, audience identification, and impact analysis associated with digital marketing to the unparalleled scale of broadcast media. The companies will collaborate on a variety of data products and services designed to help iHeartMedia advertisers more effectively build campaigns, reach their target audiences and monitor results. Products will include the creation of audience segments generated from the meshing of iHeartMedia’s data, its clients' data and other sources of insight into consumer behavior; campaign effectiveness, attribution insights and the measurement impact on social; and the creation of ad products that work to reach a target audience across all iHeartMedia platforms and social media.
         “Data-driven solutions are transforming the way that we deliver new value to our marketing partners, providing the ease, measurability and precision of digital marketing at the incredible scale of broadcast,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Unified allows us to leverage big data in new ways that make our portfolio of products, technology platforms, content and personalities the most powerful marketing vehicles available today.”
         “Since its founding, Unified’s vision has been to truly ‘unify’ marketing data across all consumer touchpoints and marketing channels. The contribution of iHeartMedia’s data to our platform elevates the insights we can deliver to the next level, finally connecting the ubiquity of social with digital and offline channels,” said Calvin Lui, President, Unified. “Now CMOs and marketing teams can find efficiency and empower better investment decisions across their entire marketing supply chain, from consumer audiences and media channels to creative and execution partners.”
         “Unified has established itself as a clear market leader just three years after launching its first products,” said Tim Castelli, President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships for iHeartMedia. “We are very impressed with the Unified team and the technology they continue to deliver to drive true business results.  We look forward to helping accelerate the company’s continued growth.”


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Brian Mack, PD
WXXL/Orlando

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