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As the smoke from the fireworks clears, the second half of the year kicks off with Shovels & Rope topping the Most Added list with 10 adds on Little Seeds, followed by seven stations adding Bastille’s Wild World. At Number Three you’ll find both Case/Lang/Veirs and The Legend Of Tarzan OST tied with six adds each. Finally, with five stations each committed, Angel Olsen, Phantogram, The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses and Passenger round out the list.
            Headed into next week, check out “Rain On A Strange Roof” by Anthony D’Amato, Kurt Vile’s “I’m An Outlaw,” “The Changing Man/While It Still Beats” from Ray LaMontagne and “I Know” from the aforementioned Shovels & Rope album. You’ll also want to spend some time iwht Boo Ray’s full-length Sea Of Lights. 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. Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Boulder Only Five Weeks Away
The FMQB Triple A Conference is only five weeks away, August 10-13 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, and the lineup is set, with performances by American Young, Amos Lee, Augustines, Band of Horses, Barns Courtney, Blind Pilot, Boo Ray, Brian Fallon, Castro, Cobi, Dan Layus, Declan McKenna, Foy Vance, JD & The Straight Shot, Graham Nash, Hannah Gill & The Hours, Jamestown Revival, Joseph, Lake Street Dive, Maybird, Moon Taxi, Muddy Magnolias, MUNA, My Jerusalem, Norah Jones, Paper Bird, Passenger, Paul Loren, Rachael Sage, Sara Hartman, Sara Watkins, SHEL, The Marcus King Band, The Record Company, The Wind + The Wave, Tom Odell, Warpaint and Wynonna & The Big Noise on the schedule. You can register at registration.fmqb.com, with the $429 rate in effect through July 31. There are also just a few rooms left at the St. Julien at special FMQB rates starting at only $229/night, so reserve yours now by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB. Keep checking FMQB.com for all the up-to-date info.

Triple A News Bites
WTTS/Indianapolis's Rock On the River returns this summer, presented by Arni's Restaurant for one important local cause. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Indiana Children's Wish Fund. The show happens on Monday, July 25 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Artists scheduled to perform include The Head & the Heart, Brett Dennen and Kaleo... WYEP/Pittsburgh announced the appointment of Terry O'Reilly as CEO of the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation. O'Reilly has roots in Pittsburgh, and has had a long international career in public, commercial and entrereneurial media. O'Reilly joins the station on Thursday, August 1... KAXE/Grand Rapids' 12th Annual KAXE/KBXE River Festival is scheduled for Friday andSaturday July 15 & 16, featuring musical guests Mayda Miller, The Jimmys, Shel, Bones & Becker, David Wax Museum and Cory Medina & Brothers... KSUT/Durango and Music in the Mountains will present the 2016 Party in the Park Saturday, July 16 at Buckley Park, in downtown Durango. This year's event is an all-day affair, featuring nearly eight hours of live music from different genres including classical and chamber music, flamenco, funk and jazz. The New Orleans-based Stooges Brass Band headlines the show... Veteran bassist Rob Wasserman has passed away at the age of 64. Wasserman was a member of Bob Weir's band Ratdog and worked with an impressive list of artists over the years, including Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Van Morrison and many, many more. 

Reports: Apple Courting Tidal, Blocking Spotify
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire streaming service Tidal, founded by Jay Z and a number of other musicians. Recode confirms that the two parties are in discussions and that Tidal has been shopping itself for a while. Tidal competes with Apple Music, not just for the streaming music market, but for exclusivity from artists. Beyoncé, Kanye West and many others have released material on Tidal first this year.
Recode notes that Tidal has approximately four million paying subscribers currently, compared to 15 million for Apple Music. An acquisition would also give Apple the clout that Jay Z brings, alongside Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor and other big names who came aboard during the Beats acquisition in 2014. The Verge adds that the deal could further position Apple as an artist-friendly company. It would also up the ante between Apple Music and Spotify.
Speaking of Spotify, the streaming music service is accusing Apple of blocking an update to its app for iPhones. According to Recode, Spotify's general counsel Horacio Gutierrez sent a letter to Apple this week saying that the tech giant is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by rejecting an update to its app for iOS. According to Spotify's letter, Apple declined the app updated citing "business model rules" and insisted that Spotify use its billing system if it wanted to "acquire new customers and sell subscriptions."
Gutierrez added that this behavior "continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify." The company sent a copy of the letter to some members of Congress, leading Sen. Elizabeth Warren to criticize Apple's practices earlier this week. Warren said in a speech that "Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music."

iHeartMedia Names Tony Banks Director of Talent Development for Central Division
iHeartMedia has announced that Tony Banks has been named Director of Talent Development for the Central Division, effective immediately. iHeartMedia’s Central Division has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than 300 radio station brands spanning 52 markets, such as 106.1 KISS-FM and 102.9 Now in Dallas, Sunny 99.1 in Houston, KOA News Radio in Denver and 101.3 KDWB in Minneapolis - and produces legendary marquee events including 94.5 The Buzz’s Buzzfest in Houston and KDWB Jingle Ball in Minneapolis.
iHeartMedia’s success is built on its unmatched portfolio of talent and Banks will be responsible for discovering and recruiting new on-air talent as well as coaching, training and mentoring existing talent within the Central Division.  Banks will work closely with Tony Coles, Executive Vice President of Programming for the Central Division, and Dennis Clark, Vice President of Talent Development for iHeartMedia, to continue to foster the best on-air talent in the industry.
“The role we created for Tony Banks reflects iHeartMedia’s continued commitment to investing in and growing our on air talent,” said Coles. “Banks’ experience as both a major market talent and a programmer makes him a natural choice. He is a gifted and passionate talent coach, and Dennis Clark and I look forward to working closely with Tony to maximize the potential of our talent.”
“Working with talent has always been my favorite part of the job and I am beyond excited to join Dennis Clark and Tony Coles to focus exclusively on talent development,” said Banks. “For on-air personalities there is no bigger stage than iHeartMedia’s radio stations, and I look forward to working with these great shows.”  
“Tony Banks has been instrumental to the growth of individual personalities and morning show teams in all formats in several markets for many years,” said Clark. “Tony’s commitment to coaching talent on a daily basis will grow more shows and benefit stations immediately.”

jācapps Cracks The Connected Car Code For Radio
In a webinar broadcast last week, mobile developer jācapps announced a major breakthrough for radio stations, podcasters, and Internet radio stations – the ability to appear in even more automobile audio entertainment systems via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and the SmartDeviceLink system for Ford and Toyota vehicles.
jācapps President Paul Jacobs noted, “For us, it’s always been about how radio could have presence on the beachfront property known as smartphones. Today, that valuable real estate includes the car dashboard.”
“Over the past six years, we have focused on the changing in-car entertainment environment, and its impact on the radio industry,” remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “Today’s entertainment systems provide drivers with myriad options, many of which are accessed from their smartphone. And now, we can get radio broadcasters on the valuable screens of these vehicles to ensure that millions of consumers can enjoy hearing their favorite stations while driving.” jācapps has created App EverywhereSM, where mobile apps for radio stations can now be coded to appear in automobiles that have Android Auto, SmartDeviceLink, and pending approval from Apple, their CarPlay system.
“It’s exciting to be first. Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainment systems,” commented jācapps COO Bob Kernen. “It’s a major priority for us. Jacobs Media has invested a lot of time in this space, including the DASH Conference. This is an incredibly important opportunity for broadcasters and we’re extremely pleased that we were able to crack the code.”
jācapps is in the process of releasing a beta app for Apple CarPlay for WMMR, the Greater Media-owned radio station in Philadelphia. The app is awaiting final approval and will be released in the iTunes app store soon as an update to their existing app. Videos showing how radio station apps appear in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available by emailing jācapps at sales@jacapps.com.


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