NEWS NOTES and SPINS APRIL 1 2013

chrisk w new hat

April 1 2013.  This site hit a record number of unique visitors and page views for the month of March, year to year.  March was officially the 1st month of the 4th year of this blog.  So far it’s been a pretty cool ride all the way around, with the blog averaging some 1500 unique views a month and the show heard six days a week on five stations, across numerous broadcast radio frequencies throughout the state.

Thanks to the wise council of a very good friend in the broadcast world, the time has come for a change.  A build-out is happening as I write this.  I’ve decided to add another dimension in getting some of the best music in our state to you 24/7/365… on your pc, pad, or smartphone.  That said, I just moved into the realm of needing to raise revenue to support this build-out.

Beginning this month I’ll be doing outreach to fund this endeavor.  I will be accepting a limited number of for-profit and non-profit underwriting sponsorships, and will be researching grants and other forms of revenue.  Watch for a funding and sponsorship page to launch, as well as an updated station page in the next week or so.  In the meantime, here’s a taste of what’s to come…  check out cuts from this month’s TOP 40.

Thank you for the dozens of well wishes and kind thoughts I’ve received this past month.  I’ve received several invitations to do marathons and bike-athons and more when I hit 60 in two years LOL.  I totally intend to make it happen.

Speaking of well wishes and kind thoughts …it’s been kinda funny to have folks from NoCo call or text me that they heard my voice on a commercial for the Fort Collins’ Downtown Business Association.  I’ve been doing their voice-over work since February.  The spots air on several commercial stations in NoCo.

Have a green April 🙂

STATION NEWS

KUNC LOGOYou been listening at all to what KUNC has been up to?  I hope so. (click to open music page)

I was visiting my therapist (yes, goats do well under some therapy LOL) recently and mentioned KUNC.  Her reaction surprised me a bit actually — she said she didn’t like classical music, so didn’t listen to KUNC.  Not only has the station changed the sound of the daytime mix, with music director Benji McPhail and long-timer Wendy Wham rockin the desk from 9-2, they’ve also added an additional 3 hours of music programming Mon-Fri from 9-midnight.  This is some of the most adventurous adult format music programming we’ve had in this area for a very long time.  I think it best reflects what many of us old-timers recall as the best and more progressive years at stations like KBCO, KTCL (when they were still in Fort Collins), KYOU turned KDEN (about 1990), KFML and KCUV among maybe one or two more.  Add to that a statewide reach on multiple frequencies and popular NPR programming.

KVNF logoAward winning rural service network, KVNF Community Radio, seeks a forward thinking and creative General Manager to lead our mission driven broadcast organization into the future.  We are looking for a well-organized leader who combines strong communication and managerial skills with a vision for making community radio essential.  KVNF offers the General Manager an excellent opportunity to work with a committed Board of Directors and enthusiastic staff, while leading an outstanding community broadcast organization into the future.

 Established in 1979, KVNF provides eclectic music, news, public affairs, arts and entertainment programming 24/7 for a multi-aged audience that is culturally and economically diverse. Headquartered in the town of Paonia, KVNF offers a professional work environment in a 6,000 square foot, inspiring state-of-the art broadcast facility.  From spectacular alpine vistas to sandstone canyons and world class river rafting KVNF’s listening area offers high quality living.

For a complete description visit our website www.kvnf.org. No Phone calls please. KVNF is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a fair and diverse workplace.

KBUT-Colorado-public-radioKBUT Community Radio is seeking a year-round, part-time Underwriting Director. Primary job duty is to sell underwriting sponsorships of KBUT programs to Gunnison Valley businesses and organizations. Check www.kbut.org for a complete job description and more information.  Music and Web Director Grant McFarren is set to go full-time by adding Membership Director to his list of responsibilities. Grant has been a part-time KBUT employee since 2010, DJ since 2007, and was a Board Member 2008-2010.

KBUT has also announced that it will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month‐long initiative in April 2013 that celebrates public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.

cropped-prmm_webheaderPublic Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists and audiences in communities across the United States.  Throughout the month of April, public radio stations around the state will emphasize special music programming in support of Public Radio Music Month.

Please call, email, text, or message your local community radio station and thank them for supporting Colorado music as part of their programming.  It means a hellova lot when YOU make the call.  Not everyone contributes monetarily; we all know that – doesn’t mean you’re not supporting.  Thank you for listening.

cprLogoApril marks the 10-year anniversary of “Colorado Spotlight,” Colorado Public Radio (CPR) Classical’s flagship program that features the state’s major classical organizations through performances, interviews and live broadcasts. “Colorado Spotlight” is hosted by Charley Samson and airs Monday – Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

“When we first started ‘Colorado Spotlight’ in 2003, the classical community was much smaller, and we weren’t sure if we’d have enough local content to produce a daily show,” said Samson. “Now, we have literally hundreds of live and recorded performances to choose from, a true testament to the strength of the classical community here in Colorado and of the music enthusiasts who continue to support it.”

“Colorado Spotlight’s” long-lasting partnerships with the state’s leading classical organizations like the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Colorado Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Aspen Music Festivals provide a prominent statewide stage presence through recordings, in-depth interviews and live broadcasts.

Over 400 classical artists have visited the CPR Performance Studio, sharing intimate live and recorded performances and interviews that reveal personal insight and their own interpretation of the music. CPR’s Performance Studio features state-of-the-art recording capabilities, along with a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano that was funded by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Artists that have visited the space include Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway and Eugenia Zukerman.

To commemorate 10 years in the community, Samson will air a weeklong showcase of some of the program’s most memorable interviews and performances, beginning Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5. The celebration will culminate on Sunday, April 7 with a two-hour live broadcast from the CPR Performance Studio featuring the Ivy Street Trio, the Colorado Chamber Players and others.

“Colorado Spotlight” 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Schedule, April 1-5, 7 at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit www.cpr.org and follow CPR Classical on Facebook and Twitter.

TOP 6 VIDEO PICKS

Thom Chacon, Paper Bird, Esme Patterson, WhiteWater Ramble, Rachel and the Kings, Glowing House

TOP 40 SPINS MARCH 2013

254 titles tracked in March
160 titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(4) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Americana [1-Mar-12]
(3) 2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [20-Jan-13]
(1) 3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [1-Nov-12]
(6) 4. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP (Ruff Shod/Nettwork) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(D) 5. Paper Bird – Rooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [16-Feb-13](2) 6. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant (self) Rock/Pop [5-Jan-13]
(9) 7. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade (self) Americana [5-Jan-13]
(R) 8. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Folk [1-Jun-12]
(18) 9. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [1-Sep-12]
(D) 10. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row (self) Indie/New Alternative [28-Jan-13](11) 11. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round (self) Bluegrass [16-Jan-13]
(D) 12. Brad Goode – Chicago Red (Origin Records) Jazz [15-Feb-13]
(23) 13. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [1-Aug-12]
(R) 13. Trout Steak Revival – Flight (self) Bluegrass [22-Nov-12]
(D) 14. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove (self) Bluegrass/jamgrass [16-Feb-13]
(27) 15. Chris Daniels – Better Days     (self) Americana [1-Jul-12]
(22) 15. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [1-Apr-12]
(17) 16. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) Rock [1-Sep-12]
(R) 16. Wire Faces – King Cataract (Hot Congress Records) Rock [10-Jan-13]
(19) 17. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [1-May-12]
(13) 18. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana [1-Mar-12]
(21) 18. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(R) 18. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [1-Jun-12]
(R) 18. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self) World [1-Apr-12]
(R) 19. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock/roots rock [1-Apr-12]
(13) 20. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up (self) Americana [1-Jul-12]
(12) 21. Churchill – The Change EP (A&M) Rock/folk-rock [1-Mar-12]
(R) 22. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana [1-Apr-12]
(R) 23. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Blues/rhythm & blues [1-Apr-12]
(D) 24. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [6-Mar-13]
(R) 25. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative [1-May-12]
(25) 26. Catch Bees – Narratives from a Factory Town (On Joyful Wings) Indie/New Alternative [6-Feb-13]
(R) 27. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk [1-Jun-12]
(D) 28. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [19-Jan-13]
(R) 29. The Knew – Man Monster (self) Rock    [1-Jun-12]
(D) 30. Confluence – I Haven’t Really Been Living (self) Indie/New Alternative [28-Feb-13]
(5) 30. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange (self) Rock/adult alternative [1-Dec-12]
(D) 30. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP (self) Rock/soul [21-Mar-13]
(R) 30. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue) Jazz [1-Sep-12]
(33) 31. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [10-Jan-13]
(D) 31. Kristi Stice – Under the Willow (self) Indie/New Alternative [9-Jan-13]

MARCH ADDS
Ambassador Wolf – Tracks In The Woods
Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
Ben Hanna – We Were Like Whatever
Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues
Chauncey Crandall – Every Song Is About You
Confluence – I Haven’t Really Been Living
Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
Glowing House – The Down and Out [single]
KING – Need A Woman By Friday [single]
Michael Kirkpatrick – Key to My Cage
Nina Storey (CC) – Think Twice [single]
OneRepublic – What You Wanted [single]
Smythe & Taylor – These Rosita Hills
Take to the Oars – The Bow & the Stern
The Centennial – Nervous System
The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP
Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
Willie Houston – Live at Ziggies

STATION BY STATION

[X] = number of “current” titles reported as played in reporting period.  This is so you’ll not only see what the top five records getting the most spins are at any station, but also how many “current year” releases are getting played.

Elephant Revival It's AliveKAFM (Grand Junction) [19]
1. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade

WWRKBUT (Crested Butte) [15]
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Trout Steak Revival – Flight

Euforquestra_Let Us InKDNK (Carbondale) [18]
1. Euforquestra – Let Us In
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller

Farmington Hill KDUR (Durango) [17]
1. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
5. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed

devotchka_live with CO symKGNU (Boulder) [18]
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I

lumineersKOTO (Telluride) [6]
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days
3. Churchill – The Change

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (Colorado Springs) [11]
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

WWRKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1.  WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2.  Michael Kirkpatrick – Keys To My Cage
3.  Paper Bird – Rooms
4.  You Me & Apollo – You Me & Apollo
5.  Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro & the Elephant

otis taylor_my world is goneKUNC (Greeley) [13]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
5. Churchill – The Change EP

brad goode chicago redKUVO (Denver) [8]
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
4. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
5. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior

otis taylor_my world is goneKVNF (Paonia) [6]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
2. Glowing House – Days Run Out
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
2. SHEL – SHEL

poets rowOpen Air 1340 (Denver) [73]
1. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Wire Faces – King Cataract
4. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
5. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony

Gromet_BarrenThe Colorado Sound [57]
1. The Gromet – Barren
2. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. You Me & Apollo – You Me & Apollo
3. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
3. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

lumineersAmericana/Alt.country/Bluegrass
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
4. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
5. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
4. John Oates Band (CC) – The Bluesville Sessions
5. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be

Flobots_circleDance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
2. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
3. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
3. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
3. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live

Elephant Revival It's AliveFolk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
3. SHEL – SHEL
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
5. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}

devotchka_live with CO symIndie/New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
4. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
5. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader

brad goode chicago redJazz/Instrumental
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
3. Polarity – King of Hearts
4. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
5. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak

dennis wanebo running on gravityPOP / Contemporary Adult / Crossover
1. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
1. Rebecca Folsom – Reunion
2. Nina Storey (CC) – Think Twice [single]
3. KING – Need A Woman By Friday [single]
3. OneRepublic – What You Wanted [single]

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroROCK / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
2. Wire Faces – King Cataract
3. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
4. Mosey West – Merica

DISCLAIMER:  The following records were sent to radio/press by Chris Kresge, aka Chris K, dba Rocky Mountain Music Network
Chris Daniels – Better Days
Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

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