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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Drew Emmitt “Take The Long Way Home” from Long Road (2008)
John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
Kim Jones “Everything’s Frozen” from Lucky Girl (2011)
The Still City “Punk Rock Kids” from Brittle Bones (2011)
Patti Fiasco “Nobody’s Girl” from Patti Fiasco (2011)
(D) Air Dubai “Summer Solstice” from Day Escape (2011)
Purpose Found “Gotta Make It (Hallelujah)” from Blue Flame (2011)
Vices I Admire “Sweetest Girl” from The Politics of Apathy (2009)
Saints “Dark Country” from Dark Country (2011)
Finnders and Youngberg “Sold On You” from FY5 (2011)
Hickman Dalton Gang “Mr. Wrong” from Hickman Dalton Gang Vol 2 (2011)
Andrew Vogt “Phil Woodshed” from Cats Afoot (2010)
Lionel Young Band “Bring It On Home” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
John McVey “Lay Your Burden Down” from Unpredictable (2010)
Bare Bones “Last Dance” from Bare Bones (2011)
Andy Palmer “Lawless” from Sometime Around (2011)
(D) Neil Haverstick “Blues Ain’t Nothin’” from Hide and Seek (2011)
Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “Soul Train” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
(D) Samples (Ben Samples) “Shadow of Love” from Malbec (2011)
Beats Noir! “Not For You” from 13 Tracks From the Dark Side of The Beat (2011)
Rose Hill Drive “Telepathic” from Americana (2011)
Lindsey O’Brien Band “Broke My Heart” from As Long As It Matters (2008)
(NT) Stephanie Pauline and Joe Uvegas “Unbroken” from When the Smoke Clears (2011)
The Quiet American “Talk Is Cheap” from Quiet American, Vol II (2011)
Lois Lane “Yodelers’ Polka” from The Best of Lois Lane (2004)
Greg Garrison “Blackwell’s Reel” from Low Lonesome (2011)
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Clear Channel Firing Timeline
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By Jerry Del Colliano
It’s hard to know exactly when the bomb will be detonated but there are indications of how and when the massive firings I reported weeks ago will occur.
Here are some circumstances that may help to predict the onset of the firings:
1. No firings in this round, at least, will occur without regional managers getting their shooting orders from Radio President John Hogan. So if you’re in a market where your regional has not received the dreaded flash drive from Hogan, you have several more weeks to work on your resume and become familiar with your state’s unemployment laws.
2. The elapsed time between when a Regional Market Manager gets his or her flash drive and initiates the firings could be two to four weeks. It is unlikely that firings in this round would begin later than one month after an RMM gets their flash drive. Again, the flash drive has corporate targets and expectations for regional honchos to consider where they can cut costs.
3. If you’re in programming, consider yourself three times as likely to come under the gun than someone in a non-programming position. Keep in mind that this is my estimate based on what I am hearing on the ground within Clear Channel.
4. Most if not all of the Clear Channel firings for 2011 will be completed by the beginning of December. They will likely avoid the holiday and New Years firings that rival Cumulus customarily conducts. As massive as this round of cost reductions are, it is not the last and maybe not even be the biggest. I will address this in future updates.
5. Managers are safe for the most part, but they are going to face a challenge of their own that they may not see coming. Clear Channel is not just firing on-air people; it is creating a company that has minimal management structure and virtually no costs compared to stations that are operating today.
Notice how you have not heard a word out of new CEO Bob Pittman’s mouth lately.
He’s booked speeches for the Country Radio Seminar and an Arbitron event but he’s mum on the dirty work that henchman Hogan is carrying out – some say, even enjoying.
Pittman’s job is Spinmeister-in-Chief.
You’ll soon hear another dramatic announcement about that little app he thinks is an Internet initiative called iHeartRadio.
The plan is to make local radio not much different from an app.
Cheap programming – but instead of streaming it online, it is broadcast on-air.
Then mix it in with customizable radio – not exactly a hit in and of itself – and you’ve got what seems to investors to be the future of radio.
What it really is is the end of local radio.
Today, one of the largest purges of local radio talent commences and nobody is home to stop it.
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NEWS & NOTES:
(D) Casey James Prestwood “Different Kind of Flower” from Suburban Home Presents Denver Mixtape Vol 7 Aug/Sept 2011 (2011)
(D) Tennis “Tell Her No” from Tell Her No (2011)
Roger Green “John Lennon” from Harder to Tell (2011)
Ian Cooke “Fortitude” from Fortitude (2011)
Hearts of Palm “Tip Your Glasses” from the bridge e.p. (2008)
Bare Bones “Come In/Stay Out” from Bare Bones (2011)
(D) The Ghost of Michael Clark “Clear Water” from Bound to Break (2011)
The Broken Everlys “Sweet Disorder” from Stoned In Juarez (2010)
Cassie Taylor “Keys” from Blue (2011)
Pat Murphy “Heart of America” from The Paul Howard Project (2011)
The Autumn Film “Always the Same” from The Ship and the Sea (2010)
Wendy Woo Band “Drunk in Love” from Austerity (2011)
Ego vs Id “Landmine” from Taste (2010)
Peter Sommer “Mushi Mushi” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)
John-Alex Mason “Riding On” from Jook Joint Thunderclap (2011)
John-Alex Mason “Gone So Long” from Jook Joint Thunderclap (2011)
(D) Signel-Z “Theme for Julienne” from Io Rise (2011)
Yo, Flaco! “Rent” from The Skinny (2004)
My Body Sings Electric “Rings” from Changing Color (2011)
Petals of Spain “Working 9 to 5” from Late Night Visitor (2011)
(NT) Dubskin “Warrior Stomp” from Release from Fear (2011)
Johnny Hickman “The Great Decline” from Palmehenge (2005)
(D) Katey Laurel “Two Birds” from Two Birds (2011)
(D) Stephanie Pauline and Joe Uvegas “I Don’t Dance” from When the Smoke Clears (2011)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Tear It Down” from Sinners & Saints (2010)
Jim Stranahan “Leaves Must Fall” from Free For All (2011)
Two quick items to cover today. I love reporting on good news. I am happy to report a great career advancement for Scott Aller, who I believe I remember as a teenage musician in Fort Collins. I wish I did not have to report on the passing of a great friend in music here in Colorado, John-Alex Mason.
According to already published reports, John-Alex Mason passed away on Monday Oct 17. He had gone into the hospital to have a benign cancer removed, began to bleed internally, suffered cardiac arrest, slipped into a coma and never recovered. John-Alex gave us some of the most emotionally direct and original blues in the state. His most recent album, Juke Joint Thunderclap, has been among the most popular in-state blues releases of 2011 since it came out.
Scott Aller (Boulder Acoustic Society, 5280 Live) sent out an early morning email detailing upcoming changes in his professional life. Congrats to all of Scott’s successes … here’s the text of the email he sent out.
Hey Friends and Family
Some of you may have been aware that I have spent the last month working for Colorado Public Radio as the Promotions Director for their new indie-rock station called OpenAir. However, over the weekend I accepted an incredible offer from Live Nation/Ticketmaster for their Business Development Manager position. My immediate responsibilities will be to lead strategic vertical mergers, acquisitions, and/or partnerships. Though I will remain based in Denver, I will be required to travel quite a often.
What Will Happen To 5280 Live?
Michael Schenkelberg and I will continue to operate our arts consulting firm as a side project; similar to the way it’s always been. For the next few months I will be taking a step back from its operations until I can get acclimated with the new position. Landon Hornbeck will be stepping in my place and taking over contacts and RFPs. I will still be leading our next two major projects: 3D Video Mapping at Macy’s in Loveland’s Centerra Shopping Center on November 4th and 5th, and Denver Arts Week “Under The Glasstop” performance on November 6th at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. You may reach Michael and Landon at Mschenkelberg@5280live.net or Landon@5280live.net.
What Will Happen to Boulder Acoustic Society?
Neil, Scott, Aaron and I have collectively decided that we wanted to tour less coast-to-coast. This decision was made before the Ticketmaster offer. We will continue to play regionally on weekends and travel to festivals on occasion. We still love playing together, but we we’ve lost our compassion for 24 hr drives, fast food, and couch surfing. SOOOOO stay tuned for local/regional shows near some of you.
NEWS and NOTES:
Great American Taxi “Blair Mountain” from Paradise Lost (2011)
Otis Taylor “Ten Million Slaves” from Below the Fold (2005)
(NT) El Toro de la Muerte “God Alone” from Dancer These Days (2011)
(D) The Don’ts and Be Carefuls “Sun Hits” from Sun Hits (2011)
(D) Sun Red “Tectonymous” from Breathes Ages (2011)
Andrea Ball “Dial Tone” from Dial Tone (2010)
Kyle Hollingsworth “She” from Then There’s Now (2009)
The Raven and the Writing Desk “Tiny Terrors” from Bonedale (2011)
Devotchka “The Common Good” from 100 Lovers (2011)
(D) Ben Lewis “Devil’s Train” from Blackbeard’s Dream (2011)
(D) Grass It Up “Constellation of Blue” from Grass It Up Live (2011)
Brad Goode “Reverse the Charges” from Tight Like This (2010)
(D) The Fray “Heartbeat” [single] (2011)
Air Dubai “Soul & Body” [single] (2011)
(NT) Andy Monley and the High Horses “Rosa” from Pull (2011)
Bare Bones “Last Dance” from Bare Bones (2011)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Children of the Lord” from Cipher (2008)
(D) Lara Ruggles “Birds and The Bees” from Out of An Eggshell (2011)
Dave Sonner “Artists Heart” from The American Campus (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Nobody But You” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) Reckless Red “Cold Black Devil” from Reckless Red (2011)
(NT) Lizzie Huffman “Next Time Around” from Pretty Old Soul (2011)
The Subdudes “Poor Man’s Paradise” from Street Symphony (2007)
Adam Bodine Trio “Up ‘N Hear” from Up ‘N Hear (2011)
Jerry Del Colliano is radio’s equivalent to blogger Bob Lefsetz … at least in so much as he’s the dominant voice in the blogoshere when it comes to radio. This blog post of his has been making the rounds recently.. .with his permission attached at the end that’s it’s okay to share it. Enjoy.
The Radio Station of the Future
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
By Jerry Del Colliano
KCRW has it right. The Los Angeles public radio station is not really a radio station, which is why it has a bright future. Think about it.
The top ten radio groups fight every day to promote on-air radio even as they are cutting back programming resources and firing talent. To them, radio today is almost exactly what radio was ten, twenty or more years ago – except worse. That is, of course, insane because the world has changed a lot lately.
Technology grows exponentially now. No one can stop it. And some, like Steve Jobs at Apple, have harnessed technology to actually lead the consumer change. But most radio stations look to the past for solutions.
Add to that the downsizing of radio caused by consolidators and their Wall Street investment bank owners and you have the present formula for failure or as I like to call it, “Too Big To Care”. But there is hope for radio. Not in the past, but by embracing the future as KCRW has done. Others have as well.
National Public Radio has learned to become a content machine for the mobile Internet even as much as it is a national radio syndicate. A little less crowing about 230 million weekly radio listeners and a little more innovation to find the next 230 million fans. Here’s how:
Create content not radio. That may sound awful to radio people but consumer behavior has changed and focusing on just the on-air programming will have predictable results. Radio can’t be depending on over the air broadcasting when consumers are depending on their mobile phones and tablets to hook them up with content and information on-demand.
Apps and iPad-friendly websites are two good ways to endear yourself to listeners and join them in the digital space. Apps are very specific to an area of focus such as music discovery, local news or anything local for that matter. The iPad-friendly websites I suggest you create are more universal and cover a larger body of your entertainment content. Yet you cannot find one radio broadcasting company willing to invest even 3% of its annual operating budget in things like this. To them, apps and websites are add-ons to radio and that thinking is getting them in trouble.
The radio broadcast will be more vital when what happens on the air stays on the air. That is, create a free broadcast experience for listeners who want to tune in and hear your content in real time. Unfortunately, radio groups have been compromising what they put on the air to save money and please Wall Street investors. Think about it. Non-commercial stations such as KCRW and others have to ask their listeners to support them.
Here’s a great litmus test for a radio operator. If you removed all commercials and asked your listeners to be 100% of your financial support, would you be out of business? If the answer is yes, fix it. KCRW gets 40% of its operating revenue from underwriters or what we would call advertisers. The rest from member donations and a small amount from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting the later of which is threatened by Washington politics.
Social networking is not just Twitter and Facebook although broadcasters see it that way. You are creating a social network built around your brand or format. In fact, before the Internet radio was in a sense a social network – albeit a one-way line of communication. The goal should be to gather “fans” not P1s and offer these fans something special for being part of what you do – your group, your “clubhouse”. Just as KCRW offers supporters “fringe benefits” or discounts at thousands of LA area stores, you can offer your listeners a deal far better than any couponing competitor because yours are club members, fans that can build repeat business something Groupon has not been able to do.
Curation or expert narration of music discovery is the absolute consumer need that is not being satisfied because ratings conscious radio programmers know better than listeners. Anyway, short playlists get higher People Meter ratings, right? Right on ratings. Wrong in winning fans.
To be blunt, more and more people don’t own radios. Truth to be told, when was the last time you (a media person) bought a radio – just a radio?
I caught Jennifer Ferro, KCRW’s General Manager, talking with Mark Ramsey on what makes KCRW so potent a threat in the digital future. She said radio is the method of delivery not the content.
Go back and read that line again. Radio is the method of delivery not the content. Ferro continued – if you think of yourself as a radio station, you live and die by the technology.
I have not heard a smarter explanation of why traditional radio is failing and what it takes to build the radio station of the future in the same breath.
Think about it.
That’s how to turn radio around.
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October 13, 2011 – Denver, CO – The estate of legendary singer and songwriter John Denver is proud to introduce a new series of previously unreleased live recordings, which will be available exclusively for purchase as downloads on http://www.JohnDenver.com via Bandcamp. The first release will be available beginning this Saturday, October 15th.
The first release, “John Denver Live In Saratoga Springs, August 5, 1990,” has been digitally transferred from its original cassette format and mastered for high quality download.Many of Denver’s live concerts were recorded directly from the sound board, which results in the highest possible quality audio recording. With today’s technology, it is now easier than ever before to make these amazing, never-before-heard recordings available directly to fans. To purchase and download, please visit http://bit.ly/qGhSCk.
Denver was an American folk singer and songwriter who became one of the most popular singers of the 1970s. In his early career he toured the folk circuit, and in 1965 joined the Chad Mitchell Trio. By 1969, he had decided to pursue a solo career and released his first album, “Rhymes and Reasons,” including the original track “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” which was previously a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary. He released two more records in 1970, and then in 1971 came his breakthrough album, “Poems, Prayers and Promises,” which contained the instant classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” After that, the hit singles really started to flow, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on my Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “Calypso.”
Denver undertook a large amount of television work in support of his music, and formed a special association with The Muppets, with whom he appeared several times. He released sixteen albums at the height of his career in the 1970s and went on to release nine more in the 1980s and seven in the 1990s. Until his death in 1997, Denver remained committed to the issues that interested him most, including ecology and human rights. He was an committed spokesman for causes he believed just, and his musical voice remains equally eloquent today, whether he’s telling us how good it feels to be home or how important it is to keep reaching for higher ground.
“John Denver Live In Saratoga Springs, August 5, 1990” track listing:
Rocky Mountain High
Home Grown Tomatoes
Sunshine On My Shoulders
Will I Ever Catch Another Butterfly
Leaving On a Jet Plane
Wild Montana Skies
I’d Rather Be a Cowboy
Seasons of the Heart
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie
The Flower That Shattered the Stone
The Soul Thieves “Starting Tonight” from Microphone In the Sugarbowl (2000)
Cassie Taylor “Keys” from Blue (2011)
(D) The Aunteaters “If the Tele Took Teardrops” from Marionette (2011)
(D) The Bimarinal “Move Me” from The Bimarinal (2011)
(D) Constitution “Broken Down” from Wrestling with the Daylight (2011)
Bop Skizzum “Beauty Queen” from Beauty Queen (2011)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Everything’s Alright” from Spools of Thread (2010)
Post Paradise “The Ghost in the Airwaves” from New Normal (2011)
(D) Juno What?! “Late Night” from Late Night Live (2011)
(D) Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen “When It Started to Rain” from Tippy’s Barn (2011)
Julie Hoest “Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight” from Where I’m Standing (1996)
Andy Ard “That’s What She Did to Me” from What She Did (2009)
Carmen Sandim Sextet “Feliz” from Brand New (2011)
Mercury Project “Refuge” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
Beats Noir! “Bad Beats” from 13 Tracks From the Dark Side of The Beat (2011)
(NT) SHEL “Ruby Slippers” from The Dragon Came Down (2011)
(NT) Spring Creek “Evening Turns to Ashes” from Hold On Me (2011)
(NT) Great American Taxi “Poor House” from Paradise Lost (2011)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
(NT) Andy Palmer “I Died Today” from Sometime Around (2011)
(D) INCA “Eye of the Storm” [single] (2011)
(D) Andy Monley “Anything” from Pull (2011)
Jim McTurnan & the Kids That Killed the Man “Don’t Count Me Out” from Joie De Vivre (2011)
Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck “Queen of this Mess” from Queen of This Mess (2009)
Zach Heckendorf “All the Right Places” from The Cool Down (2011)
Jim Stranahan “Hip Street” from Free For All (2011)
From Radio Online, here are the way the stations lined up in the metro in Sept. See link for more detailed information.
1 KOA-AM News/Talk Clear Channel Communications Inc.
2 KQKS-FM Rhythmic CHR Lincoln Financial Media Company of CO
3 KQMT-FM Classic Rock Entercom Inc.
4 KOSI-FM AC Entercom Inc.
4 KXPK-FM Regional Mexican Entravision Communications
4 KYGO-FM Country Lincoln Financial Media Company of CO
7 KTCL-FM Alternative Clear Channel Communications Inc.
8 KBCO-FM AAA Clear Channel Radio
9 KIMN-FM Hot AC CBS Radio Inc
10 KXKL-FM Variety Hits Wilks Broadcast Group
11 KPTT-FM Rhythmic CHR Clear Channel Communications Inc.
12 KRFX-FM Classic Rock Clear Channel Communications Inc.
13 KHOW-AM News/Talk Clear Channel Communications Inc.
14 KLDV-FM Christian CHR Educational Media Foundation
15 KCFR-FM News/Talk Public Broadcasting of Colorado
16 KBPI-FM Active Rock Clear Channel Communications Inc.
17 KALC-FM Modern AC Entercom Denver LLC
18 KJMN-FM Spanish Variety Entravision Communications
19 KWOF-FM Country Wilks Broadcast Group
20 KJHM-FM Rhythmic AC Denver Radio Co.
21 KKFN-FM Sports Lincoln Financial Media Company of CO
22 KVOD-FM Classical Public Broadcasting of Colorado Inc.
23 KDHT-FM CHR Emmis Communications
23 KKZN-AM Talk Clear Channel Communications Inc.
25 KEZW-AM Adult Standards Entercom Denver LLC
26 KJAC-FM Variety Hits NRC Broadcasting Inc
27 KBNO-AM Regional Mexican Latino Communications
28 KNUS-AM News/Talk Salem Communications
28 KUNC-FM NPR Community Radio for Northern Colorado
28 KUVO-FM NAC/Jazz KUVO Public Radio
31 KRWZ-AM Oldies Lincoln Financial Media
32 KMXA-AM Spanish CHR Entravision Holdings LLC
33 KPOF-AM Religious Bi-Coastal Media LLC
34 KEPN-AM Sports Lincoln Financial Media Company of CO
34 KLZ-AM Talk Crawford Broadcasting Co.
34 KRKS-FM Religious Salem Web Network
34 KXWA-FM Christian CHR WAY FM Media
38 KYEN-FM AOR Cochise Media Licenses LLC
40 KUAD-FM Country Regent Communications Inc.
40 KXGR-FM Religious Calvary Chapel Aurora