Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Anticipation is building for the 2017 Triple A NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia next week, May 17–19. The good news is that it is not too late to attend what is usually the most enjoyable public radio conference of the year.

All of the meetings and live music showcases will be held at World Café Live, adjacent to the XPN studios.

Father John Misty performing at World Cafe Live
There is a special low registration price ($150) for radio station employees. The rate for music industry folks is $250. Day rates are $125 for attendees. 

Hotel rooms are scarce but a few are available – inquire locally. ATO Records is providing a shuttle that will run a loop between the venue and hotels.

Never been to a NON-COMM? Check out this YouTube video about the 2014 conference:

The complete schedule is here

Some the best sessions and performances scheduled include:


4pm – 7pm             Opening Night Party

7pm – 11:30pm        NPR & PRX Music Showcases
(performers include Ani diFranco, Blondie and Bash & Pop)


9:15am – 10:15am    Session: The Role of the Record Label in 2017 – The View from Within the Industry

10:30am – 11:30am   Session: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk – Acting and Branding Local

Noon – 1pm           Music Showcase on The NPR Music Stage
                           (performers include The Pixies)

Dan Auerbach
The NON-COMMversation

WXPN’s Dan Reed and Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca interview Dan Auerbach, one-half of The Black Keys 

Auerbach is a very busy producer, a label entrepreneur, and a huge music fan. 

A Q&A session follows the discussion.

2:15pm – 3pm         Taping for NPR’s World Cafe

11:30pm – 2am        Co-Sign Late Night After Party

Radio Milwaukee, 89.3 The Current, and KUTX, Austin host a gathering for attendees to hear music from the fringes. There will be an open bar.

FRIDAY (5/19)

9:15am – 10:15am    Session: Public Radio Stations in the Digital Space

10:30am -11:30am  Concurrent Sessions

Community Station Breakout

Big Data: Metrics that Matter

Noon – 1pm  
Music Showcase on The NPR Music Stage

(featuring Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band)


People in Vermont love public media. Over the past four decades Vermont Public Radio (VPR) has leveraged this love into listening and citizen action. Though the state has only 650,000 people, Vermonters provide almost $9 million in support for VPR. Around a quarter of a million people listen to VPR in a typical week. Perhaps best of all, there may be a place for you to work at VPR.

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• Managing Editor of Vermont Edition, VPR’s award winning weekday news/talk magazine

Patti Daniels
Patti Daniels, current Managing Editor of Vermont Edition, is stepping down at the end of August. 

Under her guidance, Vermont Edition recently won a 2017 Gracie Award for a November 2016 show entitled Ladies, Let’s Talk.

Daniels invited folks to apply for the job and added:

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• Reporter/Editor to lead VPR’s investigative desk

Develop and lead VPR’s investigative reporting unit with projects for broadcast and digital platforms. Report short- and long-term project journalism and file stories for VPR.net and newscasts.

You can learn more about both jobs here

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