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2017/09 8:40 AM
Scripps Radio KTTS To Host Country Music Awards Show

Scripps Radio Country KTTS/Springfield, MO will host the fourth annual "Country Music Awards Show" on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall.

​Listeners are invited to vote for their favorite songs and artists, with local and national category winner announced during the show. Performers include Columbia Nashville's Maren Morris and Triple Tigers' Russell Dickerson.

​Cast votes and purchase tickets at http://www.ktts.com  A portion of proceeds will go to the station's "Christmas Crusade for Kids.

2017/09 8:30 AM
Nashville Concert For Hurricanes Harvey And Irma Relief

Nashville music artists are joining forces to raise money for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief with Beautiful Voices of Nashville/Nashville Artis Unite on Friday, Oct. 6 at  the 3rd and Lindsley venue. Emily West ​spearheaded the event, which will feature covers of '80s ballads.

​Performers will include West, Alyssa Bonagura (The Sisterhood), ​Emerson Hart, Gabe Dixon, Jenny Gill, Kree Harrison, Larissa Murphy, Leigh Nash, Leroy Powell, Matthew Perryman Jones, Mindy Smith, Ruby Stewart, Sam Hunter, Sam Stephens, Scott Mulvahill, Tim Jones​ and special guests.

​Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 day of show and can be purchased at http://3rdandlindsley.com 

​A Go Fund Me campaign has been created for those who cannot attend to lend their support: http://gofundme.com/NashvilleArtistsUnite

2017/09 8:25 AM
Thomas Rhett Kicks Off Leg Two Of Home Team Tour With sold-Out Stop At Los Angeles' Greek Theatre

The Multi-CMA Nominee Opens Pop Up Store With Hundreds Of Fans Wrapping Around The Block. 
ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett performed for a packed crowd Friday night at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, with fans snatching up every ticket within minutes of going on sale upon making the announcment.
The night’s show proved he "certainly knows how to work an audience" (OC Register) and included his chart-topping hits as well as new favorites from his latest album LIFE CHANGES on The Valory Music Co., which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. 

2017/09 7:43 AM
Elaina Smith Visits Dolly Parton

Elaina Smith​, co-host of nationally-syndicated radio show ​NASH Nights Live, visited Dolly Parton's​ Nashville studio Monday to discuss Dolly's​ first-ever album for children, "I Believe in You."

​The ladies also talked about women in Country radio, Dollywood, being small women, working on ​Miley Cyrus'​ new album, and more.

2017/09 6:45 AM
Lori Garcia-Marsella Has Died

Condolences to the family and friends of Cumulus Country KSKS(93.7 Kiss Country)/Fresno, CA Mgr/National Sales ​Lori Garcia-Marsella​, who died Sunday, Sept. 17 of breast cancer at 55.

​A memorial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in New Harvest Church in Clovis, CA.

​Donations may be made to the Community Cancer Center of Clovis, CA or to Susan G. Komen in Central Valley, CA.

2017/09 6:30 AM
Trump Calls WZZK's Rick And Bubba

President Trump made a rare phone-in to the syndicated ​"Rick and Bubba" show on Summit Country WZZK/Birmingham, AL, according to http://al.com

​The call was made on Monday, just days after the President appeared in Huntsville, AL at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange​.
 

2017/09 6:00 AM
Midland Has Most Added Single

Congratulations to Big Machine Records' Midland​, which this week earned 48 Mediabase adds with new single "Make A Little," the most adds of a single at country radio.

Props to Big Machine GM Jim Weatherson, VP/Promotions Kris Lamb, Dir./National Promotion ​Erik Powell, Dir./West Coast Promotion Bill Lubitz​, Dir./Southwest Promotion James Marsh, Dir./Midwest Promotion Alex Valentine​, Dir./Southeast Promotion AJ Calvin, Dir./Northeast Promotion Brooke Diaz, Specialist/Southeast Promotion Jeff Davis, and Coord./Promotion Nicole Hunt​.

2017/09 5:45 AM
Melissa Miller Added To WWLY Lineup

Magic Broadcasting Country WWLY (Wild Willie 100.1)/Panama City, FL, hired veteran Melissa Miller​ for afternoons, going live during the day for the first time since the station's March opening. Wild Willie has continued to build staff in recent months, adding syndicated Wilhite and Wall​ to mornings in August.

2017/09 12:57 PM
A-Z 9/25/2017 Nielsen Audio For Subscribing Stations AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 2 SU 17 ***Today's News Below The Ratings***







CHATTANOOGA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/25/17
      Subscribers Added:  9/25/17
           
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WUSY-FM Country 12.3 11.5 12.3 13.6
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 9.6 6.9 8.3 8.9
WSKZ-FM Classic Rock 7.5 7.1 8.6 8.3
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.9 6.8 6.2 6.2
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 5.6 6.1 5.8 5.8
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.9 3.1 2.9 3.1
WGOW-FM News Talk Information 3.9 3.1 3.0 2.9
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.8 3.8 3.8 2.9
WGOW-AM News Talk Information 1.7 0.8 1.3 1.6
WLND-FM Adult Hits 2.2 2.0 1.9 1.5
WOGT-FM Country 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.5
WUSY-F2+ Urban Contemporary 0.6 1.1 1.1 1.0
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
HUNTSVILLE
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/25/17
Subscribers Added:  9/25/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WDRM-FM Country 12.2 11.1 12.8 11.0
WZYP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.2 6.7 6.4 5.2
WAHR-FM Adult Contemporary 3.4 4.2 4.2 5.0
WHRP-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.8 4.5 5.3 4.9
WRTT-FM Active Rock 5.0 5.3 5.5 4.9
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 3.0 3.6 3.6 4.3
WVNN-AM News Talk Information 5.8 4.0 4.0 3.7
WLOR-AM Urban Contemporary 4.2 3.8 3.2 2.8
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 3.2 3.8 3.2 2.6
WQRV-F2+ Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.7
WWFF-FM Country 0.6 1.3 1.3 1.5
WBHP-AM News Talk Information * 0.5 0.6 0.6
WUMP-AM All Sports * 1.3 0.9 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
JACKSON, MS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/25/17
Subscribers Added:  9/25/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WHLH-FM Gospel 9.5 10.1 10.0 9.6
WMSI-FM Country 2.9 3.2 3.6 3.7
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 3.5 4.4 3.6 3.3
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.2
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.3
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
MADISON
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/25/17
Subscribers Added:  9/25/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 6.7 7.6 7.2
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 5.3 5.9 5.3 5.6
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 5.5 5.9 5.5 5.6
WMAD-FM Country 3.7 2.7 3.5 3.0
WTSO-AM All Sports 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.8
WXXM-FM Classic Hits 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
SHREVEPORT
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/25/17
Subscribers Added:  9/25/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 9.7 11.6 12.7 10.5
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 9.9 7.7 7.8 7.5
KRMD-FM Country 3.5 5.2 5.1 3.5
KQHN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 2.2 2.4 1.9
KRMD-AM All Sports 0.5 0.6 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Copyright © 2005-2017  The Nielsen Company
 

2017/09 12:11 PM
Lady Antebellum: Live ‘From The Artists Den’ Begins Broadcast Nationwide

Multi-PLATINUM trio Lady Antebellum brings New York City to life during a new episode Live from the ‘Artists Den’, which begins broadcast across public television stations nationwide. Continuing to roll out in select markets throughout the fall, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood deliver special performances of their smash singles along with fan-favorites from the No. One album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), in front of 1400 fans at the historic United Palace Theatre.

Additionally, Lady A sits down for a candid interview to discuss the creative process behind their CMA “Album of the Year” nominated record, with behind the scenes footage from the studio process. Fans can check their local listings here.


Click here to o watch Lady Antebellum: Live from the Artists Den episode trailer


The empowering call of independence found in the title-track of of Lady Antebellum's No. One selling album HEART BREAK, serves as the new single from the multi-PLATINUM trio.


For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Live from the Artists Den is a critically acclaimed television and digital music series best known for presenting secret concerts by extraordinary artists in non-traditional, often historic settings, for the television show Live from the Artists Den. The show connects fans with unique and intimate musical experiences from some of the industry’s finest artists.

2017/09 11:49 AM
CMA New Artist Of The Year Nominee Brett Young Announces Additional Dates For Debut Headlining Caliville Tour September 25, 2017

CMA New Artist of the Year Nominee Brett Young announces seven new cities today for his debut headlining CALIVILLE TOUR, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, VA.

Featuring rising singer/songwriter Carly Pearce, additional dates have been added to the highly-anticipated trek including Norfolk, Va., Cleveland, Oh., Nashville, Tn., Grand Rapids, Mi., Dallas, Tx., Chicago, Il. and Rosemont, Il, with new dates going on sale Friday, 9/29.


Young
will perform songs from his self-titled debut on BMLG Records, which highlights his "melodic craftsmanship" (Billboardwith No. One hits, PLATINUM Certified “Sleep Without You” and 2X PLATINUM selling “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “one of this year’s most impressive pop songs” (New York Times) along with the recently-released fast-rising single "Like I Loved You."

Kentucky native Carly Pearce has never known a moment that Country music wasn’t her destined path and as the only solo female currently in the Top 10 at Country radio with her soul-bearing single “Every Little Thing,” her dreams are coming to fruition. Life experiences and tenacious spirit chronicle her 13-track debut album EVERY LITTLE THING, out October 13 on Big Machine Records, with sought-after producer/songwriter busbee (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson), emphasizing Carly’s textured vocals and emotive songwriting prowess.
visit CarlyPearce.com and follow along at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
Young has been on the road performing for packed crowds on Lady Antebellum's YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, as fans "sing along to almost every word." 
For tickets and additional CALIVILLE TOUR information, visit BrettYoungMusic.com
 
 
CALIVILLE TOUR
10/14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater 
10/21 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman 
10/28 - Sarasota, FL - White Buffalo Saloon 
11/2 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm 
11/3 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live 
11/4 - Charlotte, NC - Coyote Joe's 
11/5 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva *
11/11 - Knoxville, TN - Cotton Eyed Joe's 
11/16 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
11/17 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *
11/18 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 
11/29 - Oxford, OH - Brick Street Bar-Miami U
11/30 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection *
12/1 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre 
12/2 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater 
12/7 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
12/9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Texas Club 
12/13 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's 
12/14 - Chicago, IL - Joe's Sports Bar *
12/15 - Rosemont, IL - Joe's Live *
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
 
*Newly announced dates

2017/09 11:22 AM
Sara Evans To Reprise Limited Engagement ‘At Christmas Tour’ For 2017

Multi-platinum-selling country entertainer SARA EVANS will reprise her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour this year, with seasonal shows created to deliver the holiday spirit to young and old. Tickets are available now at SaraEvans.com where fans can also upgrade to a VIP package, including a Meet and Greet to chat and take a photo with Sara plus an exclusive merchandise item. Check out Sara’s full list of tour dates including stops in Branson, MO, Wetumka, AL, Florence, AL, Huntingdon, TN (Sold Out) and Renfro Valley, KY HERE.
 
                                                                                                               Sara Evans – At Christmas Tour
DATE CITY VENUE
December 1 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino
December 2 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino
December 7 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theatre
December 8 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Casino
December 9 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Theater
December 14 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
December 15 Norfolk, NE Divots Event Center
December 16 Mayetta, KS Prairie Band Casino & Resort
 
 
 
At Christmas, released in 2015, is Sara’s first full-length Christmas recording. The 10-song collection features well-known holiday classics including “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” plus a seasonal original song and
 
Evans released her eighth studio album, Words, this summer and it quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart. The 14-song project, released on her own Born To Fly Records.

2017/09 9:45 AM
Wedding Bells For Ashley Greninger

Congratulations are in order for Bicoastal Media Country KRWQ (Q 100.3)/Medford, Ore. PD/morning host Ashley Greninger, who married Lucas Main​ last Saturday, Sept. 23, in Gold Hill, Ore.

You can reach her as ​Ashley Main ​on Facebook.

2017/09 9:30 AM
Triple Tigers GM Norbert Nix An Ironman

Congratulations to Nashville's Triple Tigers GM Norbert Nix for completing the Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Georgia on Sunday, Sept. 24. The race was a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1-mile run.

Nix​ competed in honor of his late friend ​Scotty "Miami" Yonkovich. Nix's ​time was 6:24.26, good enough for 66th in his division.

​Contact Nix ​with well wishes at /Blog/

2017/09 9:15 AM
Old Dominion To Guest On KKGO

Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO (Go Country 105)/Los Angeles continues to feature midday guests, with RCA Nashville's Old Dominion​ scheduled this October. The band will be live on air on Monday, Oct. 2 and continue until Friday, Oct. 27.

Old Dominion ​follows Thomas Rhett​, September's guest host.

​Fans around the globe can hear Old Dominion ​each day at http://www.gocountry105.com​ and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.

2017/09 9:00 AM
Darius Rucker Guest Stars In All-New Blaze And The Monster Machines ‘Wild Wheels’ Special, Tuesday, Sept. 26, At 12 P.M. (Et/Pt) On Nickelodeon

 “Wild Wheels” Inspired App, Blaze Obstacle Course Challenge, Available Today on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android. Click HERE to download the app preview video, app icon and episodic art.

Blaze and the Monster Machines’ animal adventures continue in an all-new “Wild Wheels” special featuring Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling musician Darius Rucker as the voice of a tough-talking falcon-truck named Thunderwing.


Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT), the third “Wild Wheels” special showcases Blaze and friends as they transform into animal-trucks and meet new friends on Animal Island, an incredible place where everyone is a talking monster truck animal.
 Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the adventures of the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ, and it’s the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in every episode. 

2017/09 8:15 AM
Aaron Watson To Headline at Ryman Auditorum

Aaron Watson​ will headline at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 4. Joining him will be fellow Texan stars Jon Wolfe, Mickey Guyton, Jim Collins and Leslie Satcher​ for "A Night of Texas Music," to benefit the American Red Cross efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://monarchpublicity.us.1.list-manage.com

2017/09 8:00 AM
Exile To Play Fan Appreciation Concert

Pop/Country crossover stars Exile​ will conduct a fan appreciation concert at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Oct. 17. Special guests (to be announced) will assist the band in kicking off their 2018 55th-anniversary "No Limit Tour." WSM-AM is partnering in the show, which begins with guest stars at 4 p.m. and Exile performing at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit http://WildhorseSaloon.com

2017/09 6:30 AM
Condolences To CRS Exec Bill Mayne

Condolences to CRS ED Bill Mayne, following the loss of his sister Debbie Abrams​, Sunday in Austin, Texas. ​Abrams​ succumbed after a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

​No services are planned at this time. You may send sympathies to Mayne​ at /Blog/

2017/09 6:15 AM
Another #1 For Jon Pardi

Congratulations are due to Capitol Nashville's Jon Pardi, who reached #1 on the Mediabase Country Singles chart with "Heartache on the Dance Floor." It's Pardi's​ third consecutive #1, after "Dirt on My Boot" in March and "Head Over Boots" in August 2016.

2017/09 6:00 AM
Jim King Joining KXXF In Beaumont TX

After eight years away from commercial radio, King's Country internet radio host Jim King​ returned to the air middays at John Walton Classic Country KXXF (105.3 Free)/Beaumont, Texas, last week. The station changed formats from Rock to Classic Country.

​King will continue to run his production company and host his Fox 4 KBTV/Beaumont, Texas/CW-TV's "King of the Road" Show.

​You can reach King at /Blog/

2017/09 6:00 AM
Karen Dalessandro Unretires; Joining WKTI/Milwaukee This Wednesday

Former iHeartMedia Country WMIL/Milwaukee morning personality and Country Radio Hall of Fame member Karen Dalessandro​ will join Scripps Crosstown Country WKTI/Milwaukee for midday afternoons, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. A 19-year member of WMIL and two-time CMA Personality of the Year winner, Dalessandro​ had announced her retirement earlier this year.

As a tribute to her arrival, WKTI is using the call "94.5 Karen​ Country" during the countdown to her Wednesday start.

2017/09 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 9/22/017 Phase 2 SU 17

COLORADO SPRINGS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/22/17
Subscribers Added:  9/22/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
KKMG-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.2 6.7 7.6 7.5
KVUU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.3 6.2 5.5 6.2
KKFM-FM Classic Rock 7.1 6.7 5.3 5.7
KATC-FM Country 4.6 5.4 5.6 5.3
KKPK-FM Adult Hits 4.8 5.8 5.6 4.6
KIBT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.0 3.6 4.0 4.1
KVOR-AM News Talk Information 3.5 2.6 3.5 4.1
KKLI-FM Adult Contemporary 4.3 4.5 4.0 3.7
KBIQ-FM Contemporary Christian 3.4 2.8 2.0 2.9
KGFT-FM Religious 1.2 0.7 0.9 1.2
KVUU-F2+ Contemporary Christian 1.1 1.3 1.1 1.1
KZNT-AM News Talk Information 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.7
KCSF-AM All Sports 0.5 * 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
 
DES MOINES
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/22/17
Subscribers Added:  9/22/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WHO-AM News Talk Information 7.6 6.2 6.3 7.7
KKDM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.7 7.0 7.1 7.1
KDRB-FM Variety 7.6 6.3 7.0 7.0
K HKI-FM New Country 5.9 6.5 6.0 5.7
KJJY-FM Country 5.5 4.5 4.2 4.9
KGGO-FM Classic Rock 4.4 4.7 5.2 4.7
KXNO-AM All Sports 1.7 2.2 2.1 2.6
KDXA-FM Alternative 2.1 2.9 2.4 2.4
KWQW-FM Rhythmic Oldies 2.4 1.7 1.7 2.0
KCYZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.6
KBGG-AM News Talk Information 0.6 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
MOBILE
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/22/17
Subscribers Added:  9/22/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WDLT-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.1 14.2 13.2 11.7
WBLX-FM Urban Contemporary 9.3 10.4 10.3 11.4
WKSJ-FM Country 6.4 7.2 6.7 6.9
WRKH-FM Classic Rock 6.6 5.1 6.4 6.4
WABD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.8 5.0 5.1 5.3
WMXC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.7 5.6 5.3 4.7
WGOK-AM Gospel 4.2 2.3 2.5 2.7
WMXC-F2+ Urban Contemporary 1.1 2.7 2.4 1.9
WNTM-AM News Talk Information 1.9 2.3 1.3 1.3
WXQW-AM News Talk Information * * * 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
SPOKANE
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/22/17
Subscribers Added:  9/22/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
KKZX-FM Classic Rock 8.2 5.6 6.5 6.3
KHTQ-FM Active Rock 5.9 5.3 5.3 5.8
KXLY-FM Country 4.8 4.9 5.5 5.4
KZZU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.0 5.8 5.5 5.4
KQNT-AM News Talk Information 6.6 5.8 5.7 5.1
KEZE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 3.6 3.9 4.2
KCDA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.9 3.9 4.0
KXLY-AM News Talk Information 2.5 1.9 2.9 4.0
KISC-FM Adult Contemporary 3.9 5.4 3.8 2.8
KIIX-FM Country 2.0 1.2 2.2 2.6
KXLX-AM All Sports 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9
KVNI-AM Classic Hits * * 0.5 0.7
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
WICHITA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  9/22/17
Subscribers Added:  9/22/17
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
KZSN-FM New Country 4.8 5.0 6.3 6.6
KZCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.1 5.5 5.5 5.5
KTHR-FM Alternative 2.6 4.0 3.3 3.9
KRBB-FM Adult Contemporary 5.2 4.7 4.4 3.7
KKGQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Copyright © 2005-2017  The Nielsen Company. 

2017/09 10:36 AM
​Carson Blackley Headed To WNCB/Raleigh for MD/Middays

Carson Blackley
iHeartMedia Country WPGB (BIG 104.7)/Pittsburgh MD/midday personality Carson Blackley is headed to Country sister WNCB/Raleigh for similar duties. The MD role is newly-created, with WNCB PD Carletta Blake shifting  to afternoons from Andie Cooper, who was doing the shift Point-To-Point from iHeart's Greensboro facility. Blake says, “Cooper will stay on for weekends. Basically, girls rule the world in Raleigh now."

Blackley's
move is a return to Raleigh and the iHearMedia cluster there; previously, she handled afternoons at Top 40 WDCG. She arrived in Pittsburgh for middays in 2014, and was promoted to MD in 2015.

No word yet on who will take on MD stripes at WPGB, but PD JD Greene says that Blackley will continue in middays there, tracking from Raleigh.
Blackley posted on her Facebook page today,"The last three-plus years have been my most memorable ...I didn't know where Pittsburgh was on the map before I moved ... I didn't know I'd meet my future husband here, and I definitely didn't know I'd love this city as much as I do."

Send her your congratulations here

2017/09 10:00 AM
​Former RAB CEO Gary Fries Dies

The message about the death of former RAB CEO Gary Fries was passed along this morning by his son Todd. 

"I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers," he wrote. "This morning at 12:13 a.m. Arizona time my father peacefully passed away. In leaving this world for a better place, he did it in typical Gary fashion. His determination and heart astounded the entire hospice staff.

"In their process they would most likely have notified the family on Saturday that it would be soon, but in typical Gary mentality he proved them all wrong, going until Friday. For this particular group of people, I thought it would might put a small smile on your face to know that he left on his terms."

AllAboutCountry.com will have more on this story throughout the day, as well as comments from the many people who knew Gary Fries throughout the industry. 
 

2017/09 9:27 AM
​SiriusXM Closes Om Pandora Deal

Named To Pandora’s Board: Greg Maffei, Jim Meyer, David Frear
SiriusXM has purchased $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, at $10.50 per share, completing the $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9th.

A subsidiary of SiriusXM  which purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9th, purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series A preferred stock today.


Upon the closing of this second investment, SiriusXM Chairman Gregory B. Maffei, CEO James E. Meyer and Sr. EVP/CFO David J. Frear were named to the Pandora Board of Directors, with Maffei also being named Chairman of Pandora. Simultaneously, Elizabeth Nelson concluded her tenure on Pandora's board, effective immediately, leaving the board with nine directors.

SiriusXM
may require Pandora to redeem the Series A preferred stock beginning on September 22nd, 2022, the fifth anniversary of the closing, for an amount equal to its liquidation preference plus all accrued and unpaid dividends. Pandora may also redeem the Series A preferred stock at any time after September 22nd, 2020, the third anniversary of the closing, if the daily volume weighted average price of Pandora's common stock is greater than or equal to 175% of the then applicable conversion price for a period of at least 20 days during a 30-day trading window prior to the notice of redemption.

2017/09 9:07 AM
Michael Monks Named News Director/Morning Anchor

Grant County Broadcasters Classic Country WNKR/Williamstown, KY and its newly acquired WNKN/Middleton, OH (which will change from noncommercial Triple A WNKU to a commercial format on Thursday, Sept. 28) have named Northern Kentucky news website River City News Founder-Editor-Publisher Michael Monks​ as News Director and morning anchor.

​The appointment is the result of a new content-sharing agreement between the stations and the website, through which Monks​ hosted Sunday mornings' "Northern Kentucky Focus."

2017/09 7:15 AM
​Luke Bryan Shares His Night At The Opry

Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan joined the Grand Ole Opry in celebrating "Country Cares For St. Jude Kids" last week to raise awareness and work towards a cure for childhood cancer. Performances included Bryan, Alabama's Randy Owen, and CMT-TV's "Nashville" stars Clare Bowen and Charles Esten.

As part of his "LBTV 2017" YOUTUBE series, Bryan shared a behind-the-scenes video that gives fans a glimpse into his night at the Opry with St. Jude patient Kael, what the organization means to him, and more.

Check out the episode here.

2017/09 6:51 AM
Hanging with Darius!

It’s not every day you get to hang with Darius Rucker. Westwood One/NASH got to spend quality time with the artist at a party celebrating his #1-charting “If I Told You.” The event took place at Top Golf in Nashville, the first party ever hosted there.


(L-R) Westwood One’s Lonnie Napier, Audrey Brensing, Nikita Palmer, Bryan WebbNASH Nights Live co-host Shawn ParrDarius RuckerNASH Nights Live co-host Elaina Smith, Westwood One’s Becky Bennett, Ryan Kershner, and Benztown’s Justin Case.

 

2017/09 6:01 AM
​Chris Janson Joins Ty, Kelly and Chuck on Album Release Day!

In his interview with Ty, Kelly and Chuck at Nashville's NASH Campus this morning, Country's Chris Janson talked about being part of Bass Pro Shop’s Wonders of Wildlife Grand Opening, his new album "EVERYBODY" and he performed songs from his new album!

Hear the Full Interview and see the videos here

Chris Janson Performs "Drunk Girl" LIVE & Tells the Story Behind the Song 

Chris Janson Performs "Who's Your Farmer"

Chris Janson Talks about Being a Songwriter 

Chris Janson Dishes on Touring with Sam Hunt 
 

2017/09 11:45 AM
WIL/St. Louis Moves Jocks Shifts

Hubbard Country WIL (New Country 92.3)/St. Louis evening jock ​JT Holleman and midday/APD/MD Danny Montana​ have swapped places in the station's lineup. The move has two purposes: to increase midday ratings through the popularity of Holleman's country format, and to allow Montana flexibility in the wearing of his many hats.

​Montana has been with WIL for 22 years. Holleman ​arrived in 2016 from CBS Radio Top 40 WDZH/Detroit.

​To reach Holleman, mail to ​/Blog/  To reach Montana, mail to /Blog/

2017/09 10:45 AM
Cumulus Media And Improving Culture Strategy's Success

Mary Berner​ (left) became CEO of Cumulus Media two years ago. The company was struggling. Money was tight. Morale was low. Here's how ​Berner​ and her leadership turned things around.

As she recalls, Berner ​took the reins of a company with four straight years of decline in listenership and revenue, three straight of EBITDA falloffs, as well as underperforming acquisitions creating heavy debt. Employee dissatisfaction was high; terms like "dysfunctional" and "toxic" were frequently heard.

​Cumulus had almost 6,000 employees at stations in 90 markets. Among the rank-and-file, raises were unheard of, working conditions poor to untenable. Top management, by contrast, was living high on the hog, with large and visible perks.

Berner ​turned to a tried-and-true playbook featuring six key strategies.

1. Redefine the culture.​ Start by looking in the mirror, assess the problems, admit the mistakes, re-tool. The words Cumulus chose made for a nice acronym: FORCE (FOcused, Responsible, Collaborative and Empowered), and the framework for change.

​2. Plan.​ Put your goals in writing, with key points spelled out and backed with realistic improved performance goals. Measure the progress within the plan regularly, fairly and weekly.

​3.  Communicate clearly. ​Make sure everybody's on the same page. Where are we, where are we going, why it matters, what's my/your role, what's in it for me/you. Leadership must be accountable and available. Show up. Visit those far-flung forgotten markets. Take notes of everything said in those meetings. Summarize and pass it on to the leadership team. Let people know they are heard.

4. Push the new agenda.​ Take action on the changes you've chosen to make. Actions change the culture exponentially. Cumulus made a merit increase in wages (and in a very nice touch, sold the corporate plane to finance the hike). Show leadership by acknowledging the employees' contributions and loyalty: thank them personally. Set a deadline for corporate response to station issues and questions: then enforce it -- on yourselves.

​5. Walk the walk. ​Any leader who fails to lead by example and follow the new culture, is out. Performance isn't enough to save you, progress as a teammate must be demonstated as well or the message is meaningless and fails. Give employees the opportunity to rate and grade management -- then listen to and act on their critiques.

6. Refresh it.  ​Cultural change is organic. Without food and water, it withers. Stick to the changes. Acknowledge the efforts of others. Respect seniority and loyalty that is healthy and engaged. Respect new ideas and input. Don't stand pat.

Berner ​has seen good progress in just two years. Turnover is down to 24%. Ninety-two percent of employees say they are proud to be at Cumulus and 91% believe the corporation is improving.

​Over the two years, ratings and revenue have stabilized, then grown. Revenue and EBITDA are both up again.

​Berner ​admits there are still big issues to be met and conquered, but also sees an engaged and energized culture which has people offering their very best. And this, Berner​ believes has turned Cumulus into the FORCE she envisioned.
 

2017/09 10:03 AM
Dierks Bentley And Bon Iver’s S. Carey Team Up For “Hold The Light” From Upcoming Film ONLY THE BRAVE SONG Available Now

The CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee Writes and Records Song for Film and it’s based on Home State of Arizona’s Granite Mountain Hotshots. Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s ONLY THE BRAVE in Theaters Nationwide October 20.

The distinctive vocals of multiplatinum singer/songwriter and Arizona native Dierks Bentley resonate throughout “Hold The Light,” his first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture. Also featuring Bon Iver’s S. Carey, “Hold the Light” is featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave, in theaters nationwide October 20. The song was written by Bentley, Carey, Joe Trapanese and Jon Randall. 
 


Bentley
first acted in 2013 when he organized and hosted the Country Cares Concert in Arizona, which raised more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The new song honors and embodies the spirit of the true heroism depicted in the film and is available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners.
 
In composing the song, Bentley and Carey worked closely with ONLY THE BRAVE composer Joe Trapanese.  In the collaboration, the songwriters worked Trapanese’s film theme into the music of the song, providing a seamless transition between song and score and resulting in a song that is integral to the film itself.
 
“This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” said Bentley. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of. Over the last couple years, I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes. But, our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.” 
 
Joseph Kosinski, the director of the film, added, “This story resonated deeply with Dierks from the beginning – he was one of the first to raise money to support the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and his commitment has been unwavering since then. The theme comes from the score and the lyrics come from the heart, so it was a natural fit for the film.
 
S. Carey said, "Working on this song with Joe, Dierks, and the whole crew was a true honor. My brother-in-law has been a wildlands fire fighter for the last several years so I had a somewhat personal starting point for the creative process. I'm extremely thankful to be able to honor these men, these true heroes, in the form of a song in a beautiful, powerful film."
 
For a first listen of the track exclusively on USA Today and to hear more about what it meant to Bentley, Carey and survivor Brendan McDonough to honor the sacrifice of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, visit: https://usat.ly/2fedbvs
 
To learn more about ONLY THE BRAVE, see a testimonial video in which Bentley, Carey and survivor Brendan McDonough describe honoring the sacrifice of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and find out how you can support the wildland firefighter communities through The Granite Mountain Fund, go to OnlyTheBrave-Movie.com.
 
His hit songs this years have been "Somewhere On A Beach" and “Different For Girls.” His 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR,  claimed the top spot on Billboard's Hot Tours selling over 750 million tickets.
For more information visit www.dierks.com.

2017/09 7:45 AM
Willie Nelson Classic To Be On Orbison Orchestra Album

Willie Nelson's​ holiday classic "Pretty Paper" has been added to "A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra." The album will be released on Nov. 3, through Sony Music's Legacy Recordings in partnership with Roy's Boys LLC, the company founded by Orbison's sons to administer and safeguard his legacy. The album will be available on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats.

​A Love So Beautiful can be preordered in all formats at https://orbison.lnk.to/ALSB

2017/09 5:55 AM
Florida Georgia Line To Headline Taste of Country Music Festival

BMLG Records' Florida Georgia Line (FGL)​ will be one of the headliners for the "6th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival," Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, NY.

​Florida Georgia Line ​joins fellow headliners Eric Church and ​Sam Hunt.​ Tickets for the "6th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival" are on sale now.

2017/09 5:45 AM
Little Big Town On Tonight Show

Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town​, Big Machine Records' Midland, and Mercury Nashville's Kacey Musgraves​ appeared on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon​" last night (Sept. 20). They performed a medley, starting with Midland's hit "Drinkin' Problem," moving into Musgraves' "Merry Go Round," and finished with Electric Light Orchestra's ​"Don't Bring Me Down."

​The appearance celebrated Little Big Town's ​"The Breakers Tour," which features all three acts and will begin in 2018.

2017/09 1:30 PM
KWNR/Las Vegas Adds David Dean As PD

iHeartMedia Country KWNR/95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas names David Dean PD. Dean fills the slot created when JoJo Turnbeaugh was promoted to iHeartMedia /Denver Regional SVP/Programming in May. Dean joins KWNR from iHeartMedia Country WNOE/New Orleans where he served in a similar capacity.

"David brings lots of experience along with a winning track record to the 95.5 The Bull brand," said iHeartMedia /Central California-Nevada Regional SVP Tony Matteo, to whom Dean will report. "The station has emerged as the market leader, and Dean's energy and passion will be a perfect fit to take it to the next level. He'll thrive here in the Entertainment Capital Of The World."

Deam added
, "I'm excited and honored that the iHeartMedia /Las Vegas team is giving me this amazing opportunity to help lead 95.5 The Bull. Being able to work with 101.1 WNOE and the iHeartMedia/New Orleans team has been an incredible three years, but I'm looking forward to joining 95.5 The Bull and the team in Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!"

Send congrats to Dean here.

2017/09 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 9/20/17 Summer '17 Phase 2 Results ***More News Follows The Ratings***







COLUMBIA, SC
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/20/17
      Subscribers Added:  9/20/17
           
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WWDM-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.3 11.4 10.6 11.8
WNOK-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 6.2 6.6 6.4
WHXT-FM Urban Contemporary 5.5 6.6 5.9 5.0
WCOS-FM Country 5.8 5.0 4.7 4.5
WMFX-FM Classic Rock 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.1
WLXC-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.8 3.8 3.5 4.0
WTCB-FM Adult Contemporary 4.3 4.1 3.5 3.8
WOMG-FM Classic Hits 2.5 3.9 3.8 3.6
WLTY-FM Variety 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.3
WARQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.5 2.9 2.5 2.6
WVOC-AM News Talk Information 3.6 3.3 3.0 2.4
WNKT-FM All Sports 2.7 2.6 2.1 1.8
WOIC-AM All Sports * 0.5 0.4 0.4
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
GREENVILLE-NEW BERN-JACKSONVILLE
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/20/17
      Subscribers Added:  9/20/17
           
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WIKS-FM Urban Contemporary 11.6 13.3 11.9 11.1
WRNS-FM Country 7.8 7.3 9.2 10.1
WERO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 6.1 7.0 7.7
WSFL-FM Classic Rock 5.8 4.7 5.9 6.1
WMGV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.1 3.5 2.5 3.1
WXNR-FM Active Rock 3.0 2.1 1.7 2.9
WQSL-FM Country 1.9 2.9 1.7 1.5
WXQR-FM Active Rock 1.4 1.8 1.1 1.1
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
LITTLE ROCK
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/20/17
      Subscribers Added:  9/20/17
           
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
KLAL-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.1 8.7 7.9 8.3
KIPR-FM Urban Contemporary 7.5 7.5 8.9 7.0
KOKY-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 6.6 7.2 7.3 7.0
KSSN-FM Country 5.3 6.5 6.3 6.0
KMJX-FM Country 5.3 5.9 5.4 4.9
KDJE-FM Active Rock 4.1 4.1 4.4 4.2
KURB-FM Adult Contemporary 5.0 3.9 3.8 3.9
KARN-FM News Talk Information 4.4 4.1 3.5 3.8
KHKN-FM Classic Hits 3.0 4.2 3.6 3.1
KPZK-FM Contemporary Inspirational 2.9 2.6 2.5 2.8
KARN-AM All Sports * * * 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
SPRINGFIELD, MA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/20/17
      Subscribers Added:  9/20/17
           
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WMAS-FM Adult Contemporary 7.3 9.5 9.6 9.3
WHYN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.9 6.1 5.6 5.1
WRNX-FM Country 5.2 4.5 4.7 4.5
WHYN-AM News Talk Information 3.3 4.8 4.5 4.3
WUCS-FM All Sports 0.8 1.1 0.9 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
TOLEDO
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  9/20/17
      Subscribers Added:  9/20/17
           
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17 PHASE 2 SU 17
WKKO-FM Country 8.3 10.1 9.2 8.8
WVKS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.2 7.8 8.2 8.1
WRVF-FM Adult Contemporary 6.1 5.1 6.0 7.0
WRQN-FM Classic Hits 7.2 7.3 7.0 6.8
WIOT-FM Album Oriented Rock 6.5 6.6 6.5 6.5
WSPD-AM News Talk Information 3.9 4.2 4.9 4.7
WXKR-FM Classic Rock 4.3 4.7 3.9 4.1
WQQO-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.3 3.4 3.6 2.5
WCKY-FM Country 1.9 1.5 1.5 1.4
WTOD-FM All Sports 1.5 0.7 0.9 0.9
WMIM-FM Country 1.1 1.2 1.0 0.7
WCWA-AM All Sports 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.5
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Copyright © 2005-2017  The Nielsen Company.

2017/09 11:57 AM
RIAA: Subscriptions, Streaming Fuel 17% H1 2017 Music Revenue Growth

The Golden $tream$!
The music industry continued its revenue rebound in the first half of 2017, thanks once again to significant growth in paid-subscription streaming. According to RIAA data, estimated retail revenues from recorded music in the U.S. grew 17% in the first half of 2017 to $4 billion. At wholesale value, the industry was up 14.6% to $2.7 billion. Total revenues from streaming music services, which accounted for 62% of the total market for H1 2017, rose 48% to $2.5 billion.
Paid subscriptions were the biggest driver of growth, jumping 61% to $1.7 billion in estimated retail value, accounting for 43% of total revenue. Paid subscriptions reached a record high 30 million averaged for the first half of the year, a growth of nearly one million new subscriptions per month as compared to the prior year.

However, revenues from sales of digital tracks and albums continued its decline to $757 million, down 24% versus H1 2016. Individual track sales revenue fell 23%, and digital album revenue dropped 26% compared with the previous year. Digital downloads, the largest format by revenue in 2015, only accounted for 19% of total industry revenues in H1 2017.


We may be seeing the bottom on physical sales, as the total value of shipments of physical products decreased just 1% to $632 million. Revenues from shipments of CDs were down 3% to $431 million, while vinyl albums were up 3% to $182 million. Vinyl albums comprised 29% of total physical shipments at retail value –- their highest share since the mid-1980s.

2017/09 11:31 AM
Lanco’s Brandon Lancaster Writes His Own ‘Greatest Love Story During Intimate Nashville Wedding Ceremony

Sony Music Nashville band LANCO's lead singer/guitarist Brandon Lancaster married his college sweetheart, Tiffany Trotter, on Sunday (9/17) during an intimate sunset ceremony outside of Nashville. Surrounded by 200 of their closest family and friends, Tiffany walked down the aisle to Coldplay's "Til Kingdom Come" in a form-fitting off the shoulder gown by Maggie Sottero, while Brandon stood patiently decked out in a custom Kenneth Cole suit next to his groomsmen, including LANCO bandmates. The couple exchanged personalized vows as they were officiated by hometown parish, Justin Walker, who served as a teacher's assistant in the college philosophy class where the two first met.

See some of the wedding party as exclusively reported by Entertainment Tonight.

Brandon and Tiffany left the evening in a blue 1949 Cadillac, ahead of jet-setting to Mexico for their honeymoon.
Photo: Christian David Photo

2017/09 10:49 AM
​David Lee Murphy Signs To Reviver Entertainment Group, To Release Kenny Chesney And Buddy Cannon-Produced Album








Reviver's David Ross and Gator Michaels with Murphy and Chesney

Country artist David Lee Murphy has signed with Reviver Entertainment Group and has teamed up with Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon to produce his fifth studio release, "No Zip Code." Murphy has spent most of his career penning hits for Chesney, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Jake Owen, and more.


“I didn’t think I’d ever get out here and do this again,” Murphy explained. “You focus on writing, and that’s its own kind of great. But, Kenny and I got to talking, and it seemed like something worth doing. Then when we got in the studio, it felt so good; every day was more exciting than the one before.”
Chesney added, “David Lee is the original, and the last of, the hillbilly rock stars. His groove, the way he lays into a melody, is so smooth, yet he uses the words for shaping the rhythm. He knows the life, and he bottles it up in song. Making this record showed us what Country music can be in the 21st century.”

2017/09 9:47 AM
Memorial Service Set For Don Williams

Services have been set for Country Music Hall Of Fame member Don Williams, who passed away earlier this Month. A memorial service will be held at the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum (CMHOF)'s CMA Theatre on Wednesday, September 27th. The memorial will be open to family, friends, and the music industry, with doors opening at 4p (CT) and services starting promptly at 4:30p (CT).

The CMHOF is located at 222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Musicares, Music Health Alliance, or the charity of your choice.

2017/09 7:00 AM
Aldean Concert For The Cure Set For Louisville

ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean ​will put on his annual "Concert for the Cure" when his "They Don't Know" tour stops in Louisville at the KFC YUM Center on Oct. 20. Featured artists include ​Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver. ​A portion of all ticket sales generated by ​Aldean​ in 2017 will be donated to Susan G. Komen, a longtime partnership of Aldean's.

Aldean​ lost a close friend to breast cancer in 2004, and since then his efforts have raised more than $3 million to benefit the charity.

​For tour information, go to http://www.jasonaldean.com

​To learn more about Susan G. Komen,​ go to http://komen.org

 

2017/09 6:04 AM
Shore Fire Media Moves Nashville Offices

Address book update: Shore Fire Media has relocated its Nashville offices to a new address, 1017 17th Avenue South, Suite 4, Nashville, TN, 37212.
All mailings should be sent there.

2017/09 5:59 AM
Tracy Lawrence's 12th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry

Country artist Tracy Lawrence is set to host his 12th annual "Mission:Possible Turkey Fry" on Tuesday, November 21st at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon.
Performances include Luke Combs and Halfway To Hazard, with more to be announced at a later date. The event benefits Nashville Rescue Mission to provide a warm meal and needed items for those less fortunate during Thanksgiving.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 22nd at 11am (CT) here.



"It started off with me and a handful of guys," Lawrence explained. "We wanted to get together and do something for the Mission. We never expected it to turn into this. We got a handful of fryers and turkeys, and came down here to cook, donated our time, and do our part. It's been amazing to watch."

2017/09 5:30 AM
Little Big Town To Tour

Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town will begin its "The Breakers Tour"​ on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Oklahoma City. Big Machine Records' Midland and Mercury Nashville's Kacey Musgraves will be the openers.

​Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at http://www.littlebigtown.com/tour

2017/09 4:49 AM
​29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration To Be Streamed

Dave Ramsey
National Radio Hall of Famer Dave Ramsey will host the 29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration. The event will be streamed live via TuneIn Nov. 2. “We’re honored to have Dave, a world-class speaker who regularly addresses audiences of 10,000 at his live events, serve as our master of ceremonies," says Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin. "And thanks to TuneIn, fans everywhere can catch the on-demand audio of the special evening.” More here.

2017/09 2:51 AM
Nielsen Audio Summer '17 Phase 2 Results Post at 5 PM (ET)



Today’s (9/20) markets are: Springfield, MA; Little Rock; Greenville-New Bern; Columbia, SC; and Toledo. Find the ratings first for subscribing stations right in the News section of AllAboputCountry.com after 5 PM (ET).


There are no markets scheduled for release tomorrow (9/21) in observance of Rosh Hashana.

But on Friday, September 22nd  look for  Colorado Springs; Des Moines; Mobile; Spokane; and Wichita.  

2017/09 2:45 AM
Phone It In For The Florida Disaster Fund


RCA's Jake Owen has joined Florida Governor Rick Scott to assist Hurricane Irma victims with the “Bring Back the Sunshine” campaign, where 100% of money raised will help disaster-related response and recovery through the Florida Disaster Fund.

Watch a video from Owen here; text the word "SUNSHINE" to 20222 to make a $10 donation.

2017/09 1:42 AM
​CMT's Calvin Gilbert Exits


CMT.com Managing Editor Calvin Gilbert has exited after 15 years as the network undergoes a strategic shift toward social media platforms
.
Before CMT, Gilbert worked as a producer for Westwood One and Assoc. Editor at Radio & Records. Reach him here.

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