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DMDS Newsletter: 25% off Top 100 Rock Radio lists, CMT Canada accepts DMDS music video, Profile of Lee Evans at Evans Media, Street Idol 2011 Finalists Announced


CMT Canada and regional outlets like JBTV now accept DMDS

Country  labels, artists, and promoters now have one more cable network to send their latest music videos for airplay. DMDS just finalized its integration with Country Music Television Canada and now all new music video can be sent directly for ingestion into CMT Canada’s Master Control room. This means that you’ll be able to get your video from your editor to the airwaves even faster. Country Music Television (CMT), CMT Pure Country, and in the US have been receiving music videos from DMDS since last April.

At the regional level, DMDS is proud to announce that JBTV in Chicago and Video Vision in San Francisco have both signed up to digitally receive videos on DMDS. Both of these music video shows have been broadcasting in their markets for many years and collectively reach audiences of several million households. You can find both Video Vision, VideoHIVE, and JBTV by searching in Organizations or adding Music Video Outlets – Hip Hop / Urban (USA) list to your next release.

Add destinations in one click with Featured Destinations buttons

Deliver a music video or a song in one click? Yup, it’s possible. Coming in May, DMDS senders will have access to featured destination buttons to add a destination to a release in DMDS with just one mouse click.

These are some of the most relevant destinations receiving content from DMDS. They include commercial and college radio airplay lists, publicity outlets, and regional and national music video broadcasters. Try it out yourself! Sign into your DMDS Pro account, create a release, and click on the Destinations tab.

Featured Destination buttons let you add destinations to your releases in one click

Finding Your Favourite Destinations in DMDS Just Got Easier

We’ve heard a lot of feedback from our growing number of users sending music to radio and videos to local broadcasters. You’ve told us you want a faster and easier way to sift through the thousands of Destinations now online with DMDS. Well here it is. The Destination pop-up has been replaced by an inline page with a series of filtering options to narrow down the stations you want to receive your media. Current filters include Country, Market, State/Prov, Format and Monitoring Service.

The filters window offers a number of great features. ‘Intelli-sense’ typing narrows the results as you type. Looking for all the Monitored Rock stations? Simply click the Monitored Filter, type ‘rock’ into the filter windows and Voila! To make it even easier, we sub-group the information on the page by the name of the monitoring group.

Of course, the search works as easy as ever – so you can also just enter your criteria and watch the list quickly and easily filter down. You can then use the checkboxes to select the destination and the scroll bar to page through all of the results.

Want to learn more about a destination you’re selecting? No problem, we’ve added an ‘I’ information button for each station – simply roll over it to see a Description (if available) of the Destination in question.

Losing track of all the great stations you’ve selected on previous pages? No problem. Click the ‘View Selected Destinations’ button to see a list of all the Destinations you’ve selected so far.

As before, all the Destinations you select will appear just below. You can still expand to view the contact, add or remove specific destinations or alter the Access Level for the Destinations added.

We always appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing what you think. Email us at

Exclusive DMDS Newsletter Discount: Get the Top 100 Rock Outlets for 25% of the cost

During  the month of May, DMDS Newsletter subscribers save 25% on deliveries to our Rock radio lists. How much extra gas will that buy for the tour bus this summer? Just enter promotion code ROCKOUT on your next DMDS Direct release when you send to any of the following lists:

  • USA - Active Rock Top 100
  • USA - Alternative Rock Top 100
  • USA - Mainstream Rock Top 100
  • USA - Classic Rock Top 100
  • Canada - Rock Top 50
  • Canada - Rock (full format)

Included on these airplay lists are some of the top radio reporters in the country. These stations hit some of the hottest and largest rock markets in the country so if you can get airplay on them you’ll have a lot of people listening to your music. Plus, many of these stations are airplay reporters on charts like BDS Radio and Mediaguide, so many smaller market stations will also hear about your rise to the top when you send to our Airplay Reporting Services (US & Canada) list on DMDS Direct.

If you want an even better deal, just call one of our reps about DMDS Pro and see what a membership can do for you. Our number, in case you don’t have it and want to know the difference right now, is 1-855-534-0607.

Street Idol 2011 Final Ten Announced!

After careful selection and deliberation, the Street Idol judges have narrowed the 100+ talented artists who submitted singles down to a final ten. Congratulations to:

  • Amy Heffernan
  • Billy White
  • Brad Payne
  • Breaching Vista
  • Ian Herculson
  • Jen Lane
  • Mandie C
  • Last Bullet
  • Leah Daniels
  • Tenille

Only one of these ten will be chosen as the 2011 Street Idol, and win the $5,000 prize package including national radio distribution, tracking, and much more. Stay tuned to find out who is your Street Idol.

Profile: Lee Evans

Video Vision and VideoHIVE

What made you originally start Evans Media and how have your stations changed over the years you’ve been in business ?

Evans Media started out of a desire to be involved in music and communications. I wanted to do something that I controlled, that I had whole responsibility and ownership of, and something that was unique. The music video television market at the time consisted of nationals that played a very limited selection of music videos, mostly major label established national artists. There were only a few local shows and although they offered some variety it still wasn’t ‘what I would do’ if I had a show. I spoke with some friends to generate some startup cash and our first show Video Vision was born.

What kind of videos do you play on Video Vision and VideoHIVE? Do you work with certain labels more than others? How do your two shows differ from each other?

Video Vision first aired a weekly half hour show in October of 1996 and by July of 1998 we were broadcasting an hourly program 5 nights a week. Our programming model offered unsigned, indie, and developing acts an opportunity to be seen alongside popular music videos. We also did many artist interviews to include with the video programming. By 2002 the music industry had imploded along with the dot com bomb and we scaled back operations to our modest beginnings, focusing on visually expressive videos provoking a much brighter, shinier, interesting dialog for us and our viewers. In 2004 our second brand VideoHIVE was created, catering to a broader landscape of artist that included a mix of fresh new acts, established names, and mega-stars, allowing our viewers to locally access their favorite music. With both Video Vision and VideoHIVE currently running we are able to offer, on average, approximately 150 video plays per week (our peak playback in one recent week was 302 actual spins).

The next step for us in 2011 is a return to daily broadcasts in the San Francisco Bay Area reaching approximately 1.5 Million households while utilizing the great variety of new releases to incorporate with our current library of 11,000+ music videos. The brand tag line of “Music Video Is Local Again” tells our viewers that they can participate in what goes on air.

How has accepting music video from DMDS changed the way that you do business?

Accepting music video via DMDS is great. My favorite feature is that DMDS can function as a one stop shop, and everything is organized into one interface that I use to manage my intake. I still work separately with MiniDV tapes, DVD’s, and one-off digital downloads from multiple third party locations, but it’s certainly a challenge to manage so many formats, links, passwords, etc on a daily basis. Another plus using DMDS is that I am able to receive a standardized format digital file directly into our ingest/programming system, with the ability to use it immediately. Tapes, DVD’s, and non-standard digital files require a laborious time consuming log and capture or file conversion process prior to being available for us to program. DMDS has allowed me to spend more time working with programming the content and focusing on growing my business vs. administratively managing and preparing content for our systems.

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