Triple A
Week Of: April 21, 2008

KPIG Radio = World Domination

Many of us knew Laura Ellen Hopper as a somewhat quiet person, but when she was passionate about something we learned that you had better get out of the way. Sadly, we lost this visionary programmer of KPIG Radio last Memorial Day, but her legacy lives on through her station.

Today, KPIG, currently owned by Mapleton Communication, is a successful radio station celebrating 20 years on the air. It was Mapleton, under the urging of Hopper, that facilitated the expansion of KPIG Radio's reach, first adding KPYG/San Luis Obispo, Calif.'s signal over three years ago, then the KPIG-AM signal in San Francisco two years ago. KZAP/Chico, Calif., was added last year; and it was recently announced that KPIG Radio would be available in Redding, Calif., on KNRO-AM. Plus, KPIG Radio is available nationally via Dial-Global with three affiliates set to be named any time now.

This week's column honors KPIG as I talk with operations manager Frank Caprista, San Francisco market manager Ed Monroe and Mapleton president Adam Nathanson.

Be sure to check out these great
new album releases:

ERSI ARVIZU Friend For Life (Anti-Epitaph)
Jenny Scheinman (Koch)
Bending The Light (Froggiestyle)
Uncharted Destiny (MWS)
Stolen Apples (Appeal)
The Evangelist (Yep Roc)

Triple A Summit Heads-Up
As a reminder, the 16th annual R&R Triple A Summit will take place Aug. 6-9 at the St. Julien Resort & Spa in Boulder, Colo. Early-bird registration is now up and running -- the rate is $350, which is good through June 27. The hotel rate this year is $209, available until July 8 or until the room block is full. Just visit for details.

This also means that all you label and management folks can now "officially" start beating me up for acts you would like considered for this year's event. I am also open to all suggestions and ideas for panel topics. Just give me a call at 323-954-3429, or e-mail me at
— John Schoenberger

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