Basement Revolver
Heavy Eyes (Sonic Unyon)
Candi Staton
Unstoppable (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Carl Broemel
“Starting From Scratch” (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Click Hear for audio sample of CarlBroemel-StartingFromScratch
Chance The Rapper “Work Out” (Independent)
Charlie Walmsley
Chevy Town (Independent)
That Santa Fe Channel (ATO)
“The Matador” (Independent)
Dragon Inn 3
Double Line (American Laundromat)
Freya Ridings
“Lost Without You” (AWAL/Kobalt)
“Baby Let’s Go” (Independent)
Honey River
I Miss America (Independent)
Hope Waidley
“Closure” (Independent)
JD & The Straight Shot
“I Should’ve Known” (Independent) Click Hear for audio sample of JD&TheStraightShot-IShouldveKnown
Jordie Lane “America Won’t You Make My Dreams Come True” (Independent)
Joshua Hedley
“Weird Thought Thinker” (Third Man)
Lisa Lambe
“Beautiful Thing” (Blue Elan)
Matt Simons
“We Can Do Better” (AWAL/Kobalt)
Mike Edel
“31” (Independent)
Milo Greene
“Move” (Nettwerk)
Mother Hips
“It’ll Be Gone” (Blue Rose)
Nakia “Yonder Wall” (Independent)
Wheel Walkers
“I Once Had A Dream” (Independent)
Will Hoge
“Gilded Walls” (Independent/Thirty Tigers)

The 2018 FMQB Triple A Conference Is a Wrap!

It’s hard to believe that we have completed another Conference at our home away from home, the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO. As always, it felt invigorating to be in the Rocky Mountain State as we reunited with all of our friends and colleagues from this great format! After welcoming everyone at the St. Julien on Wednesday afternoon, we kicked off the Conference with a performance by Katie Toupin, as well as a keynote interview with Thirty Tigers President/Co-Founder David Macias, who sat down for a chat moderated by The Current‘s Jim McGuinn. After that, the opening reception featured a set from Freya Ridings, and then everyone headed to the legendary Fox Theatre for a night of music featuring The Devil Makes Three, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Israel Nash on the main stage, as well as Rayland Baxter and Matt Costa on the lovely outdoor Hill stage. Finally, it was back to the St. Julien for the Pro.qb Late Night Lounge offering more libations, late night snacks, and good music from Kurt Vile and William Prince.

After a successful opening night, the attendees at the Triple A Conference were ready to rock on Day Two. We began the morning with a performance by Rich Krueger as well as the first panel of the day: Triple A: The Foundation and Future, moderated by Norm Winer of Winer Idea Group/Fort Knox Network. In this panel, Triple A professionals shared their thoughts and concerns about the fundamentals of the format and the principles of programming and audience engagement in today’s media landscape. After that we took a break in the lunch tent and watched performances by St. Paul & The Broken Bones and The War & Treaty, before moving on to the next panel. The second panel of the day, Young Americans moderated by Ruth Presslaff, took a look at how to keep millennials and young Americans engrained in the Triple A tribe. It also featured a live set by Sam Morrow. Following that insightful conversation, the crowd attended a cocktail party to take in live music from Caroline Rose and Aaron Lee Tasjan, before taking another trip to the Fox Theatre to see the lineup of Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog and Natalie Prass on the main stage, as well as Naked Giants and Parker Millsap on the Hill stage. Lastly, we went back to the St. Julien for another Pro.qb Late Night Lounge, featuring performances by Mikaela Davis and DeVotchka.

The fun continued on Friday as we began the morning with a live performance from WORTH, as well as another panel moderated by Norm Winer. This panel, titled Eternal Life: Growing and Sustaining The Triple A Audience, examined strategies for appealing to new listeners while not alienating the current audience base. We also discussed how a station’s brand, playlist, on-air and online identities reflect the goal of building and maintaining listener loyalty. Friday’s luncheon featured live music from Nalani & Sarina and Elle King, and then everyone filed in to the always-popular Pro.qb Music Meeting, hosted by Mark Abuzzahab of VuHaus, to check out the latest new music that will be coming our way. The audience enjoyed a performance by The Spencer Lee Band before the musical taste test took place. After that, it was time for more drinks at the evening cocktail party, where we were entertained by Blue Water Highway and Wilderado. Finally, we made one last pilgrimage to the Fox Theatre to see the lineup of Greta Van Fleet, Moon Taxi and Lewis Capaldi on the main stage, as well as The Mother Hips and Allen Stone on the Hill stage.

Saturday morning brought us to the final hours of this year’s Conference, and it was once again a truly memorable event. The Conference concluded with the annual Triple A Awards brunch, where some of our format’s best and brightest leaders were honored by their peers. The brunch kicked off with a live performance by Michael Blume before all of the plaques were handed out. As always, FMQB would sincerely like to congratulate all the award winners and to thank everyone who attended this year’s Conference, as well as all of the record labels, promotion people, radio staffers, artists and others who continue to make it a successful and enriching event year after year. You can find the Award winners on the Triple A Conference page of FMQB.com.

Klaiman Exits Columbia
Veteran label executive Joel Klaiman exited Columbia Records at the end of last week. Klaiman has been the label’s EVP/GM since his arrival in 2012.  Klaiman commented,” I am leaving my role after an incredible six year run at Columbia Records.  I want to thank Rob Stringer for the opportunity and the support. Thank you to (Chairman/CEO) Ron Perry. I wish continued success to him and the Columbia team. I am excited for my next chapter.”

Stringer remarked, “Joel has been an integral and key part of the success of Columbia over the past six years. He is a great executive and I know he will succeed in his next endeavor. I would like to thank Joel for his contributions to the Columbia team. I wish him continued success in his next phase.”

Prior to his arrival at Columbia, Klaiman held various executive positions at Epic Records, 550 Music and Republic Records where he exited his EVP of Promotion post to assume the Columbia role.

Franklin Said To Be In Hospice
According to many reports out of Detroit, legendary singer Aretha Franklin is seriously ill and has reportedly entered hospice care. Franklin, who has been battling health problems in recent years, most recently canceled a series of shows “under doctor’s orders,” but had said she was resting up and would still perform at select events. No more information is currently available.

Updated: 6.20.18


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