HOW MANY SONGS????

February 7, 2013 “Apple announced a pretty mind-boggling stat: The 25 billionth song had been downloaded on iTunes.”  Additionally there are OVER 26 million individual songs available on iTunes.

Stop and think about that if you’re complaining that a radio station won’t or doesn’t play your music.

In any 20 min segment of listening to the radio, how many songs can you POSSIBLY hear?

ANSWER:  less than 4 on avg.  

IN any given hour, with NO commercials, you might get in 12 or 13 songs …

How many hours a day does anyone person listen to any one radio station?

How many songs do you actually get to hear, when you look at the math?

FACT … in a world of MILLIONS, perhaps BILLIONS of songs, the chances of YOUR song getting measurable listens is pretty low … really low … if you’re getting THOUSANDS of listens, you’re ahead of most .. .hell, if you’re getting hundreds of listens you’re doing good.

Keep it up gang .. you’re on your way :)

Love,
goat


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HELP WANTED: Development Support Rep Rocky Mountain PBS

Rocky Mountain PBS’ Western Colorado operations is looking to fill the position of Development Support Representative.

This position would provide support to underwriting and major giving through handling all production orders and scheduling of clients, along with assisting with donor prospecting, managing volunteers, organizing events and securing event sponsorships.

To apply and read the full job description, go to http://www.rmpbs.org/jobs/

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Understanding Radio & Music Genres

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I had to LOL the other day, literally.  One of the things I do almost daily anymore is create one sheets for bands to send to radio, tv, print, and buyers.  In each case, I have to take care to describe the music (as yet unheard) in ways that make sense to the person receiving the one sheet.

So, I got like three cds in a row where the band identified themselves as “indie” when in fact they were rock bands, with music based in early 90s alternative rock ala Nirvana/STP/Soundgarden, etc.  Most folks would wonder what I was laughing about – indie is after all an accepted term that means … exactly what to radio people like me?

Radio understands things differently than a person looking to put on a local city sponsored event who may not go out more than a couple of times a year, and whose only exposure to music is via traditional FM radio formats. These buyers tend to be over 40, and represents a fairly narrow target demographic audience that typically listens to radio that reinforces their nostalgic yearnings.

Try defining “indie,” “alternative,” or Americana to these folks.  How are they different from rock, blues, country, or funk?  How is tradtional Rhythm & Blues different from R&B in the modern urban contemporary context?  Hmmmm.  That’s a debate I actually had recently, with some professional music industry types here in Colorado.

Radio is programmed to attract specific audiences, measured demographically, and in some cases psycho-graphically (lifestyle analysis).

Here are the TOP music based stations in the Denver metro, with applicable format and audience targets

KQKS-FM aka Mix 107.5
Format: Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop/R&B
Primary target: Teens & Adult ages 20 to 24
Popular artists: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Robin Thicke
NOTE: this station has been known to air some CO artist cuts by established acts.

KTCL-FM aka 93-3 The Adventure
Format: Alternative/Modern Rock
Primary target: Men, 18-34
Popular artists: Chevelle, 311, Blink 182
NOTE: this station does air and break some CO artist cuts / has local music show

KYGO-FM
Format: Modern Country
Primary target: adults/hvy female 25+
Popular artists: Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift
NOTE: this station has not shown evidence of playing any CO artist cuts

KBCO-FM aka 97.3 World Class Rock
Format: AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
Primary target: M/F 25-44
Popular artists: Dave Matthews, Ray Lamnotagne, Beck, Cold Play
NOTE: this station airs a wkly Sun nite local music program and supports CO bands that break out nationally.

KOSI-FM
Format: AC/Adult Contemporary
Primary target: Women / 25-54
Popular artists: Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Katy Perry
NOTE: this station occasionally brings in local talent to showcase on the air, esp during the holidays

KALC-FM – aka “Alice”
Format: Hot AC/ Hot Adult Contemporary Hits
A more up-tempo, contemporary hits format, with no hard rock and no rap
Target: Adults/HVY FEM, ages 25 to 34
Popular artists: OneRepublic, the Fray, One Direction
NOTE: this station has occasionally supported local artists who have broken out nationally.

KBPI-FM
Format: AR/Album Rock/active rock
Mainstream rock & roll, which can include guitar-oriented “heavy metal”
Primary Target: Men ages 25 to 44
Popular artists: SevenDust, Metallica
NOTE: this station has a history of supporting local music in genre/format.

Block programming refers to “…programming content that appeals to various demographics in time blocks, usually corresponding to the top or bottom of the hour or the quarter-hour periods. For example, various musical genres might be featured; a country music hour; a three-hour afternoon block of jazz or a four-hour Saturday night ’70s disco show.” (wikiepedia)

This type of programming is representative of most community/public radio stations in the state, only two of which use uniform programming methodologies. KUNC (Greeley) uses a AAA format wrapped inside of mostly news and information programming, and KCFR in Denver, a news/information format.

Generally speaking, block programming does not work for commercial broadcast formats, where “…listeners expect a certain type of music when they tune into a radio station, and breaking from that format will turn those listeners away from the station; likewise, a station that airs its programming in hodgepodge blocks will have difficulty building listener loyalty, as listeners’ music will only be on for a few hours of the day.” (wikipedia)

Each of the following Colorado stations employ block programming
KGNU (Boulder)
KAFM (Grand Junction)
KCSU (Fort Collins)
KBUT (Crested Butte)
KDUR (Durango)
KVNF (Paonia)
KDNK (Carbondale)
KOTO (Telluride)

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Zephyr – Heartbeat – A Lost Classic


One of the greatest bands in Colorado music history was Zephyr.  By the time lead singer Candy Givens died in 1982, the band was a trio that featured Candy (vox, harmonica), David Givens (bass, guitars), and Eddie Turner (guitar, backup vocals) with a rotating cast of drummers and other sidemen that included Ken Lark, Gordon Ray Pryor Jr, and others.

Along the way from 68-82, the band also featured the likes of Tommy Bolin on guitar, Jock Bartley (Firefall, Gram Parsons) on guitar, Otis Taylor on bass, Eddie Turner on guitar, Bobby Berge on drums and other local heroes.

wpid-img_20140415_084004_674.jpgIn 1982, the band released their final record – “Heartbeat.”  In 1982, Candy died – and with her death, so too the album.  Until now.

 

eddie turner, chris k, heartbeat recordMonday – April 14, 2014 – Eddie Turner and me at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids with a sealed original copy of “Heartbeat.”  I’d been waiting for 20 years to get a copy.  As far as I know, I’ll be the first radio dj in CO to play cuts from this album since 1982 – if ever.

Interestingly, the band also recorded a couple of videos, as that was the early years of MTV – and Zephyr was prepared to move into the 80s with Heartbeat …

So, here’s what to expect.  Over the next couple of months “Heartbeat” will be the featured “New Album” of the month selection … for us history types, of course ;)

More to follow so stay tuned.

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MMMM – Monday Morning Music Meeting – April 14 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012Monday morning.  MMMM .. Monday morning music meeting … traditionally, that’s the day we music directors used to sit down with the program director to discuss what new music we wanted to add to the playlist.  That also meant discussing what we wanted to drop from the currents – that just weren’t “working.”  There are sure some myths about radio programming floating around the populace, including among many of my musician friends.

We’re in a new era now – pads, tablets, streaming, smartphones, cloud services, and increasingly a fractured listener base.   Yet in all of this, traditional broadcast radio listenership remains strong.  Want the Facts & Figures?

Radio Facts and Figures
Here are the Facts:

  • Radio today reaches more than 90 percent of people in the U.S. on a weekly basis; 
  • Radio reaches more than 68% of U.S. consumers ages 12 and older on an average day;
  • 242 million people listen to the radio each week;
  • There are more than 16,000 radio stations across the United States, covering 50 different formats;
  • Audio consumers are listening for more than 2 ½ hours every day; and
  • More than two-thirds of the weekly radio audience works full-time, tuning in during the working day, away from home.

One of the most interesting debates taking place today is the one concerning non-physical / non-owned music, and how it’s distributed and monetized.  Many of my peers over 50 think of anything internet related, other than iTunes, Amazon, or CDBaby direct downloads, as piracy intended to steal whatever direct commission revenue the band/artist/songwriter may be entitled to.  So let me set the record straight.

No, streaming is not piracy.  No, streaming is NOT a one-to-one sale.  Sales of single units (or eps, or albums) are fast becoming something we boomers are holding onto.  Streaming via your smartphone is the future.  AT&T signed onto Beats.  Spotify signed on with Sprint.  Rumors abound that Verizon will sign on with iTunes.  Rumors also abound that iTunes will be offering 24bit hi-res audio.

 Following a report that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes, an overlooked rumor from March suggests the company may also be planning an entry into the high-definition music industry with 24-bit tracks.”

NEW MUSIC MONDAY

bonnie and the clydes - Music for the People Pt 1

Bonnie & the ClydesMusic for the People Part I EP


 … a marked improvement from the band’s debut, in songwriting, arranging, and vocal performances shared by husband/wife team Bonnie & Taylor Sims, with Taylor displaying an eerie similarity to Gordon Lightfoot’s vocal performance on the wonderful classic The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Evening Turns to Ashes.  Bonnie sounds perfectly and splendidly classic in her lower-mid range tones on Open Road.  Colorado country is different than country music in most parts of the US – with touches of West Texas permeating our own unique flavors and textures, which makes sense considering that Bonnie & Taylor are both from that region, along with other transplants like Andy & Jessica Eppler, aka Prairie Scholars .. or Austin transplants like Matt Skinner or Beth Williams — we sure do share a lot with our sisterly state to the south.   Music for the People indeed – this one scores an OTB ADD (out of the box add) – straight to The Colorado Sound Live365 mornings and afternoons (until it breaks TOP 40 statewide).

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The Colorado Sound – S8 EP14 April 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012Which city really has more places to play?  Austin, Denver, or Nashville?  Well, if it’s between Denver and Austin – Denver wins hands down … check out this great article in Westword with Gov. Hickenlooper  Interview: Governor Hickenlooper on why (and how) he wants to support Colorado music

UPDATE on Johnny O.  See pics here.    Much love was shared – much music played – much money raised.  From what I can see online, it looks like our brothers and sisters in the scene managed to raise somewhere around 5g for Johnny’s medical care, and loss of income while recovering.  Much love to all our friends who contributed, and to Johnny O.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I have tried numerous times now to send SCI Fidelity a request for submission of the new String Cheese Incident record, since I see it getting airplay nationally, and on some of our local non-comms … but noooooooooooo … HEY SCI HELLO!!!!?? Anyone home?

Screw it .. here are two audio videos of new tunes from the bros

PLAYLIST S8 EP14 APRIL 2014

Beast “Spaceman” from “Beast” (1969)
Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady`[single] (1970)
Acoustic Junction “Oh Me Oh My” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Crucifix “The Dreamer” from The Beginning (2014) Garuud Effekt “Cut me” [single] (2014)
Kristina Murray “Rough Corners” from Unravelin’ (2014)
the Railbenders “The Outlaw Way” from Showdown (2006)
SHEL “On My Way” from SHEL (2012)
Damon Wood’s Harmonious Junk “Queen of My Dreams” from Sirens and Pipers (2013)
Head for The Hills “Blue Ruin” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Yonder Mountain String Band “East Nashville Easter” from Yonder Mountain String Band (2006)
(N) Aakash Mittal Quartet “Jeeju’s Jeeju” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)
String Cheese Incident “Walk This Way” from The String Cheese Incident (1997)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “It’s Alright” from E-Town Live (1996)
Leftover Salmon “Euphoria” from Winter Tour 2013 (2013)
Soul School “Out of Your League” from Chapter One (2014)
Chemistry Club “Navigator” from Navigator (2013)
Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “YOU!” from Live and Learn (2011)
Monocle Band “Can’t Get By” from Monocle Band (2013)
(N) Katey Laurel “Thanks for Loving Me” from Periscope (2014)
Toad In the Hole “FireGirl” from APT 203 (2013)
Petals of Spain “Love (Really Breaks)” from Petals of Spain (2013)
Chain Station “Don’t Build Me Up” from Dancin’ With the Law (2014)
Julie & Andy Monley “Samba Saravah” from And You Could Be The Sun (2008)
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Head for the Hills | Pickin’ on the Poudre – Mishawaka Amphitheatre | May 17th, 2014

Head for the Hills will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, CO on May 17th as part of their annual gathering, “Pickin’ on the Poudre.” This will be the 10th consecutive year the quartet has opened the concert season at the historic mountain venue. Grant Farm with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gispy Moon will support the evening, presented by The Colorado Sound. Tickets are on sale now at www.themishawaka.com and www.headforthehillsmusic.com.

Head for the Hills has confirmed several festival and event appearances this summer in support of their studio album “Blue Ruin,” including:Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL) and Revival Festival at Harmony Park, (Clarks Grove, MN), Botanic Gardens for a co-bill with Steep Canyon Rangers (Denver, CO) and many more.

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SSpokesBuzz Fort Collins logopokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

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The Colorado Sound Presents – Head for the Hills

Head for the Hills | Pickin’ on the Poudre – Mishawaka Amphitheatre | May 17th, 2014

Head for the Hills will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, CO on May 17th as part of their annual gathering, “Pickin’ on the Poudre.” This will be the 10th consecutive year the quartet has opened the concert season at the historic mountain venue. Grant Farm with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gispy Moon will support the evening, presented by The Colorado Sound. Tickets are on sale now at www.themishawaka.com and www.headforthehillsmusic.com.

Head for the Hills has confirmed several festival and event appearances this summer in support of their studio album “Blue Ruin,” including:Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL) and Revival Festival at Harmony Park, (Clarks Grove, MN), Botanic Gardens for a co-bill with Steep Canyon Rangers (Denver, CO) and many more. 

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Saturday May 17th, 2014

Head for the Hills’ Pickin’ on the Poudre
Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue, CO
With: Grant Farm with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gispy Moon
Tickets and additional information at:

 

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