Format luminates in Boulder for top-notch panels, performances
BOULDER, CO — The R&R
Triple A Summit, held Aug. 6-9 at the Millennium
Hotel, was a huge success, highlighted by a Radio
Executive Panel, various format sessions, the
Triple A Industry Achievement Awards and performances
by some 30 artists, including a special solo
by Dave Matthews.
Moving into its 11th year, the Summit kicked
off its sessions on Thursday morning with the “Triple
A Crystal Ball” panel
moderated by KINK/Portland, OR PD Dennis Constantine.
He and some of the format’s
leading programmers addressed issues that loom in the format’s
distant — and not-too-distant — future. The overall vibe
of the session was very bullish for Triple A’s future.
That same afternoon, SBR Creative Media’s John Bradley and Dave
Rahn conducted a creative problem solving workshop, and Media Positioning’s
Keith Cunningham led a panel discussion concerning the implementation
of big promotion and marketing ideas on a limited budget.
Rahn was back on Friday morning to present a Streaming For Dummies session
that brought the audience up to speed on the current issues regarding
the Internet and streaming music, while John Silliman Dodge hosted a
session on Managing Air Talent.
CEO/Publisher Erica Farber (l) moderates the Triple A Summit
Radio Executive Panel, Which Featured (l-r, seated) KBAC/Albuquerque
GM Ira Gordon; KINK/Portland, OR GM Stan Mak; KMTT/Seattle Station
Manager Chris Mays; broadcast attorney David Oxenford; and KFOG/San
Francisco GM Dwight Walker.
afternoon, convention registrants were treated to a special
sneak-preview screening of a VH1 documentary recently produced
about Warren Zevon, as well as an executive panel moderated
by R&R Publisher/CEO Erica Farber. She, along with KBAC/Albuquerque
GM Ira Gordon; KINK/Portland, OR GM Stan Mak; KMTT/Seattle
Station Manager Chris Mays; broadcast Attorney David Oxenford;
and KFOG/San Francisco GM Dwight Walker, addressed many of
the bigger issues such as cluster management, streaming issues
and promoting the growth of the Triple A format within the
ranks of the larger broadcast groups.
Triple A Achievement Awards luncheon was on Saturday, and among
the winners were KBCO/Denver and WXPN/Philadelphia for Triple
A Station of the Year (Commercial and Noncommercial, respectively),
WXPN’s Bruce Warren for Program Director of the Year
and Interscope/Geffen/A&M for Platinum Label of the Year.
Attendees also had some fun with the R&R Know-It-All Game Show, created in
conjunction with RateTheMusic.com. A radio team was pitted against a records
team, and both tried to guess the answers from a Triple A listener lifestyle
survey. There was also the annual Rate-A-Record session, which included over
25 KBCO listeners as a voting block in the audience.
A large part of the Summit is the showcasing of established Triple A artists
as well as the chance to spotlight emerging new talent. Among those featured
were Jonny Lang, Nickel Creek, Guster, Ziggy Marley, Shelby Lynne, The Mavericks,
Indigenous, and Blues Traveler, among others.