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After the sudden release of U2’s Songs of Innocence last week, it’s no shock that it is also Most Added this week, with 43 stations on board. Robert Plant’s full-length Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar lands at radio and garners 13 adds to take second place. Banks’ release Goddess picks up 10 adds to land in third, while Lucinda WilliamsDown Where The Spirit Meets The Bone adds nine more stations to land in the fourth slot. Finally, Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The USA ties with Walk The Moon, each getting eight adds.
            You can start the next meeting with Broken Bells’ “After The Disco,” then check out Old 97’s’ homage to the Rock & Roll life, “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” along with “I’m Not The Only One,” by Sam Smith, Sons of Bill with “Bad Dancer” and Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up And Dance.” The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

WYEP's Backstage Bash
WYEP/Pittsburgh continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary year, with a Backstage Bash on Thursday, November 6 at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel. Guests will enjoy acoustic performances representing the past, present and the future of the local music scene, with performances by the legendary Bill Deasy, Jessica Bitsura, and Scott Blasey from The Clarks will take place. Food and refreshments will be served.
Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive silent auction items, including Guest DJ sets on WYEP, House Concerts, and one-of-a-kind signed memorabilia. The Backstage Bash will be followed by a performance at the Byham Theater by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Triple A News Bites
WXRT/Chicago announced its first XRT Concerts for the Kids, featuring a broad range of talent, including The Head And The Heart on Saturday, December 13, Johnny Marr on November 25, and Alex Clare on November 18. Attendees are asked to bring a new toy or book for kids at Chicago's childrens hospitals… WXPN/Philadelphia OM/MD Dan Reed has announced the NON-COMMvention will return to Philly May 13-15, 2014. In other station news, WXPN will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of World Cafe Live. Throughout the month of October a number of special events are planned to mark the anniversary... Ethan Minton is leaving the Brand Manager position at WCLZ/Portland, ME to go to work for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick, ME. His replacement is ’CLZ afternoon host and sister station WMGX Brand Manager Randi KirshbaumWOXL/Asheville, NC has withdrawn from the FMQB Triple A Panel… Alex Cortwright exits the MD/Morning Host post he’s held at WRNR/Annapolis for 15-years. You can reach him at alex@rightonalex.com... Joe Swank is vacating the radio promo chair at Bloodshot to form his own Swank Promotions, and will continue to work some Bloodshot titles. You can reach him at joeswank@thejoeswank.com. His replacement at Bloodshot, Mike Sosin, will begin work on October 1 and can be reached at sosin@bloodshotrecords.com.

Clear Channel Rebrands As iHeartMedia
Following the success of Clear Channel's iHeartRadio initiative, the company announced today that it has become known as iHeartMedia. The newly named company still includes a wide range of businesses, including 859 radio stations in over 150 markets; iHeartMedia Digital; Premiere Networks, which syndicates 90 radio programs and services to more than 5,500 radio affiliates; the Total Traffic and Weather Network; 20,000 live music events; its related companies, including Katz Media Group; as well as Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings will retain the Clear Channel brand.
"iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices," stated Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. "We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence – more than 60 percent of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30 percent for other mobile devices – and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises.  Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor's reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it's clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms."
iHeartMedia is intended to reflect both the success of the iHeartRadio business formed three years ago, and the evolution of the company's local radio station brands and franchises to include mobile, social and events.
"iHeartMedia was created by the strongest broadcast radio stations in the country, and we will continue to build this company the same way – on the country's strongest radio stations," said Pittman. "We are especially excited because our digital platform extends the reach and impact for our wildly popular on-air personalities – and it's a platform that only iHeartMedia provides."
Pittman continued: "In a world where 2x ROI is judged as successful, Nielsen has shown that radio delivers 6x ROI on average. It's because we combine the power and predictably of mass reach with the immediacy and relevance of live programming and the unique and powerful engagement that consumers have with their favorite radio stations and personalities. The opportunity for the new iHeartMedia is to use all of these industry-leading assets together in new ways -- extending our massive reach and cultural influence across radio, outdoor, digital, social and live events to make it easier for advertisers to deliver the most relevant, real-time messages across all our platforms at scale, amplified by social media and mobile, to get a superior ROI to other media."
Effective today on Wall Street, CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCCB: CCMO) will become iHeartMedia, Inc. The company's ticker symbol will also change, effective September 17. Of the company's major businesses, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will become iHeartMedia; other company brands, including iHeartRadio, Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, Katz Media Group and RCS, will retain their current names.           

Pandora Strikes US Licensing Deal With BMG
Pandora and BMG have announced a multi-year agreement for a U.S. license for its complete BMI and ASCAP catalog of musical works. The direct publishing deal creates marketing and business benefits for Pandora, BMG and the songwriters it represents.
"Millions of Pandora's listeners have long enjoyed the great music from BMG's songwriters," said Brian McAndrews, CEO of Pandora. "Our agreement with BMG ensures that we can continue expanding the audience for one of the world's most storied music catalogs and demonstrates that collaboration between the music industry and Pandora creates opportunities and value for publishers and songwriters."
"BMG looks forward to a prosperous relationship with Pandora in which our songwriters can benefit from their platform," said Laurent Hubert, President, Marketing & Creative at BMG Chrysalis North America. "We also want to take this opportunity to emphasize our strong, continuing relationship with the US performing rights organizations as they play a vital role for songwriters and music publishers alike."

Republic Records Names Rick Krim EVP, Artist Development
Republic Records welcomes Rick Krim in the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Artist Development as announced today by the company's Co-Founders and Chief Executives Monte and Avery Lipman.
Krim steps into this recently created role with over 30 years of experience in the music industry. He will be responsible for fostering and encouraging the development and growth of various artists on the company's roster. His primary focus remains uncovering diverse and untrodden avenues to break these acts, further magnifying their respective impact and encompassing everything from marketing and promotion to television, film, and digital.
Krim will report to both Monte and Avery Lipman along with Executive Vice President, Republic Records Charlie Walk, all of whom with which Krim has had long historic ties. Krim will also work closely with all of the executive staff to execute his various initiatives.
About his addition to the company, Monte states, "Rick's passion for music and devotion to the artist community has always been his greatest trademark. His illustrious career supporting the development process of many of today’s biggest artists, has earned him the respect of the entire music community.”
Avery agrees, "We've admired Rick's work from afar for quite a long time. It's incredible to formally join forces with him in this new position."
"It's incredible to join a company that’s driving the next era of music," adds Krim. "I want to find innovative and creative ways to expose and break new artists. That's what always inspired me. I'm excited to work hands-on with the entire roster, get creative, and find different avenues to introduce them to the world."
            From 2001 until 2014, Krim remained a linchpin amongst VH1's executive staff, holding the position of Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming for VH1. Prior, he served as Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisitions and Marketing for EMI Publishing, signing and helping to break Goo Goo Dolls, Good Charlotte, Train, and more. He kicked off his career at MTV Networks in 1982 as a business manager eventually working his way up to Vice President of Talent and Artist Relations in 1992. He graduated from Bucknell University.


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Marissa Lanchak
APD/MD
WFLY/Albany

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