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KNDD Adds Two Minute Promise

107.7 The End KNDD Seattle Two Minute Promise New Music DiscoveryEntercom Alternative “107.7 The End” KNDD Seattle has revamped its identity as it launches as “2 Minute Promise” to never have commercial breaks longer than 120 seconds.

The station will have more frequency stopsets, but promises to have a spotload half as long as the rest of the commercial music stations in Seattle, while playing more music. KNDD is not the first station to hype shorter stopsets, but one of the first to follow in the path of streaming services such as Pandora and ITunesRadio that have short commercial breaks on consistent basis.

As part of the revamp, which also includes a new logo for the station, KNDD is placing additional emphasis on its #NewMusicDiscovery program to introduce new songs to its playlist.

Entercom’s 107.7 The End, whose groundbreaking approach defined alternative music when it hit the airwaves in 1991, today announced an unconventional move to redefine how it presents radio to its listeners and its advertisers. Re-imagining the radio experience entirely, The End has unveiled the “2 Minute Promise.” The End will not only play half the commercials compared to other radio stations in Seattle, but will also play the most music of any station in the market.

“Since its inception, The End has been a leader in new music discovery and a radio innovator. The time has come for a radio station to make a stand for our listeners and our advertisers,” said Garett Michaels, Program Director of 107.7 The End. “The End’s ‘2 Minute Promise’ gives our listeners exactly what they’ve asked for, more music with fewer breaks, and is a groundbreaking new way to showcase our advertisers with less clutter and more music.”

Jack Hutchison, Vice President and General Manager, said, “We are proud to be the first station in the United States to offer this bold, innovative approach to radio. We know our listeners will be more than excited about this change and we are just as excited we can provide our clients an incredibly unique platform to showcase their message to our End listeners.”

107.7 The End has played a pivotal role in the history of the Seattle music scene. A leader in new music discovery, the station helped launch the careers of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Weezer, Beck and more. Deck the Hall Ball, The End’s annual holiday concert, is in its 22nd year and features the biggest artists in alternative music. Since 1997, The End has recorded more than 250 EndSessions, including performances from Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Muse and Arctic Monkeys.

For more information about the “2 Minute Promise” and 107.7 The End, visit www.1077TheEnd.com.

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    Their sister Alt- station 96.5 The Buzz (KRBZ- Kansas City) did this for a while. It unfortunately didn’t seem to do much for the ratings at the time.

    Then again, that was at the tail end of the “RAWK” era of Alternative, and the Buzz was definitely not of that mold.

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    I think Sean Ross wrote about this approach being tried in Canada with poor results. Conventional wisdom says that audiences prefer longer music sweeps to shorter more frequent stopsets.

    The difference here is they say they’re cutting their spot load. So if they’re going to a max of, say 8 minutes an hour with 4 two minute breaks and the rest of the market is running 16 minutes an hour, they’re going to stand out in a good way.

    The other trend that I’m seeing now is everyone wants to buy :15 spots. Remember when everyone bought :60’s and you’d occasionally see a :30? Now you can get breaks with a bunch of :15’s and they make the break seem longer. So maybe we will see that 2:00 is just the right amount and conventional wisdom is lagging behind.

    I’m hoping it works, because both listeners and advertisers win. Do you think the advertiser wants to be the 16th unit in an 18 unit stopset any more than the listener wants to sit through it?

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    One look at their Facebook page shows that they have some very dedicated DJ’s/PD’s. They answer to every fan’s comment on their 2 minute ad guarantee, negative or positive. Including one that mentioned a competitor’s station. I’m quite glad that they are listening to their audience directly and not basing everything off “research”.

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