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iGEN by Ted Volk
The Place Where Radio and Records come Together Without Talking

In another tight battle, Imagine Dragons' “Whatever It Takes” (KidinaKorner) is dueling with Portugal The Man’s “Live In The Moment" (Atlantic) for the top spot next week. Robert Delong’s “Favorite Color Is...” (Glassnote) enters the Top 20, up 175 spins. Jack White’s “Over And Over And Over” (Columbia) makes a strong move #39-28. Bishop Briggs' “White Flag” (Island/Republic) and Pearl Jam’s “Can’t Deny Me” (Republic) make their chart debuts. 



Jack White's "Over And Over And Over" (Columbia) was this week's Most Added record. Other winners included Robert DeLong's "Favorite Color Is…" (Glassnote), Cold War Kids' "Can We Hang On" (Capitol), Jukebox The Ghost's "Everybody's Lonely" (Caroline) and James Bay's "Pink Lemonade" (Republic).




James Bay, "Pink Lemonade" (Republic)
Coin, "Growing Pains" (Columbia)
Wolf Alice, "Sadboy" (RCA)


This is a true story. Sometime in late 2013, I get a call from Nerf who programs KTCL Denver. He quickly tells me that we’re choosing the wrong single for KONGOS. I go on to tell him that we have one station in America playing “I’m Only Joking” and they’re getting an incredible response to it. I’d be crazy to want to change that. He again insists that it’s a mistake and goes onto to say he’d prove it to me. 

A week or so later, out of nowhere, he adds “Come with Me Now.” As we ended that year, it became clear from KTCL’s airplay that “Come with Me Now” looked liked something special. As soon as 2014 started, the buzz was on and we never looked back, and “Come with Me Now” became a #1 record. 

Sometime around Labor Day 2017, our boss Lenny Beer says to Karen Glauber and me, “Have you noticed Nerf playing AJR’s “Sober Up”?” One call to Nerf was all it took to find out he loved the track and that it was getting an immediate reaction. He was indeed correct; the song actually ranked in the market with Shazam, and the local streaming looked great. 

It was unusual. I couldn’t think of another band that started at Pop and made their way back to Alternative. Of course, that’s happened many times in reverse, just not this way. At this point, we all thought the song could really be something, and it looked liked Nerf found another jewel. 

The big challenge was finding a couple stations that would give it a chance and prove it could be more than an isolated hit in Denver. If that could happen, we figured a run at the format may be possible. The buzz from KTCL’s airplay had started, and very quickly, a few stations started adding it each week. The response was immediate in markets all over America—from Buffalo, Corpus Christi, Philadelphia, Rochester, Kansas City, Sacramento, Springfield, Tampa, Miami Milwaukee, and San Francisco, to name a few. 

As a promo exec you’re often asked to predict the outcome of songs you’re involved with. When it came to the conversation of AJR’s “Sober Up” at Alternative, I thought it could possibly be a Top 10 record if everything went right, but even that would be a successful run. 

I’m happy to report “Sober Up” went #1 this week, thanks to Nerf and the Modern Rock community. We couldn’t be happier for the band and the format that decided to take a chance on them.


Imagine Dragons' "Whatever It Takes" (KidinaKorner) rises to #1. Killers (Island/Republic) enter the Top 5 with "Run For Cover." Moon Taxi's "Two High" (RCA) arrives in the Top 10. AWOLNATION's "Handyman" (Red Bull) makes a nice move to #13, up 150 spins. Robert DeLong's "My Favorite Color Is…" (Glassnote) makes an impressive debut at #28, up 250 spins. Jukebox The Ghost's  "Everybody's Lonely" (Caroline) also makes its chart debut.




This week in streaming AJR's "Sober Up" goes over 2 million in audio streams which is saying something considering it's currently being played only at Modern Rock radio. Foster The People's "Sit Next To Me" sees big jumps as the other formats jump in. Lovelytheband's "Broken" continues to climb. Bishop Briggs has an impressive debut with her new single "White Flag."  Other winners include Two Feet, Moon Taxi and Chvrches.

ROBERT DELONG-"My Favorite Color Is"....

It's great to have Robert DeLong back as his new single "My Favorite Color Is"....f/K.Flay is off to a fast start. It will debut in the 20's at Modern Rock next week! I don't have a video yet but here is the track to check out!


Bishop Briggs new single "White Flag" was this week's most added record at Modern Rock with over 25 new stations!  The first week of streaming looks great as this looks like another hit for her!