industry members
Jerry Lembo
President   Jerry Lembo Entertainment Group
Jason Toy
OM/PD   WDGG-FM
Christina Serrano
Promotion Coordinator   WKLB-FM
Allyson Gelnett
  Varsity Brands. Inc.
Brian Hall
Afternoon Drive Host/Production & Imaging Director   Adams Radio Group - Delmarva Peninsula
Greg Green
On-Air   Jackson Radio Works




2016/02 10:05 AM
Dave Universal Departs Townsquare Media/Buffalo

Townsquare Media AC WMSX/MIX 96/Buffalo PD Dave Universal exits. He had been with the station since June 2014. The Buffalo market veteran is also held PD posts at Top 40 WKSE from 1998-2005 and CKEY from 2005-2012.

SVP/Operations Rob Williams
is looking for an OM/Brand Manager for his Buffalo cluster. Reach him about 
the job at /Blog/.


Stations in the cluster include Country WYRK, Urban WBLK, AC WMSX and Adult Hits WBUF
.
 

2016/02 10:01 AM
Toby Keith And More Added To 'The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson' Lineup

Kris Kristofferson
Toby Keith
Hank Williams Jr., Jennifer NettlesMartina McbrideLee Ann Womack and JACK INGRAM have been added to lineup for "The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson" tribute show honoring Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson, who will be on hand for a special appearance and performance. They join the previously announced lineup of Lady AntebellumEric ChurchTrisha Yearwood and more.

For more information on the show, set for Wednesday, March 16th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, visit the event website.

 

2016/02 9:39 AM
Singer/Songwriter Michael Tyler Signs With Reviver Records

Reviver Records has signed singer-songwriter Michael Tyler to its roster. Tyler has penned album cuts for label mates Locash as well as for Jason Aldean. His first single as a writer is the current Dierks Bentley release, "Somewhere On A Beach."

Reviver Records Pres. David Ross said
, "In signing Michael, we feel that we have landed an artist who has his ear very much in tune with where the Country music format is headed. The industry is quickly find out about Michael as a songwriter, and we believe that soon people are going to become huge fans of his as an artist."

2016/02 9:04 AM
Darius Rucker Leave McGhee Entertainment

Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker parts ways with management company McGhee Entertainment after the contract expired. Rucker joined McGhee Entertainment in 2002 as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, and continued with the management company as a solo artist, when he signed with Captiol Records Nashville in 2006.  

No word yet on a new management deal for Rucker.

2016/02 9:00 AM
Scotty McCreery And Lauren Alaina Perform On ‘American Idol’

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina appeared on FOX-TV's "American Idol" last Night (2/11). The former "American Idol" Season 10 winner and runner-up returned to offer advice and sing alongside this season's final 24 contestants.

McCreery sang his hit song, "See You Tonight" with Idol contestant Jenna Renae, and then performed Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," with contestant Jeneve Rose Mitchell. Check out his "See You Tonight" performance here, and "Gone" here.

Alaina performed Carrie Underwood's "Flat On The Floor" with Idol contestant Emily Brooke, and then with contestant Mackenzie Bourg she sang Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." Check out her full performance for "Flat On The Floor" here and "I Hope You Dance" here.

2016/02 6:01 AM
​Is Pandora For Sale?

According to an article in The New York Times, "The largest Internet radio service has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks. Pandora is working with Morgan Stanley to meet with potential buyers, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The talks are preliminary and may not lead to a deal, the people said."

Reacting to this news, Fortune.Com commented
, "Would you like to buy a streaming music service? It has annual revenues of about $1 billion or so, and about 250 million registered users. Unfortunately, this company also happens to be losing about $10 million monthly, and there’s no sign of when the red ink is likely to stop."

The hoopla follows yesterday's release of Q4 and full year 2015 financial reports, which showed full year revenue was $1.164 billion, growing 26%, while Q4 revenue was $336.2 million, a rise of 25% over the previous year's period.


So why would Pandora consider a sale? “It has lots of users but can’t grow revenue quickly enough,” said Ross School Of Business At The University Of Michigan Professor Erik Gordon to The Times. “It is another stumbling pioneer.”

2016/02 5:20 AM
Recording Superstar Jason Aldean Headlines International Contingent to Play in Front of Capacity Australian Audience in March 2016

Rob Potts, Entertainment Edge, and Chugg Entertainment announced today that the 2016 CMC Rocks QLD Country Music Festival, to be held in Queensland, Australia, March 11-13, 2016 has sold out of all tickets.  This is Australian music history in the making as it is the first Country music festival to have ever sold out in Australia.  

This year’s festival has some of the biggest names in Country music charts going to Australia, with ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean being this year’s festival headliner. RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time has headlined stadiums in The States and will continue the momentum when playing in front of a capacity crowd in Queensland. His “most ambitious album to date” OLD BOOTS NEW DIRT has been certified PLATINUM and has yielded three consecutive number one hits.

“I’ve heard Australians know how to have a good time,” said Aldean. “I have been looking forward to heading down under, but to hear it's sold out already without ever playing Australia is really cool. We’re going to be sure those fans are talking about our show until the next time we make it over!"

Other big international names performing this year include Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert and more.  They will be joined by some of Australia’s most successful and exciting country music stars during the three-day country music festival.     

“We started this festival 9 years ago with a real belief that if we could deliver an exciting format and world’s best festival standards and practices, Australian and indeed, country fans from across the world, would come out and support the event,” says festival promoter Rob Potts. “We have seen the festival evolve and grow, and the move last year to Willowbank near Ipswich in Queensland was the final piece in its evolution to maximum SOLD OUT capacity. It is truly exciting to be making music history with the first ever sold out country music festival in Australia. We look forward to delivering many more great local and International line-ups as CMC Rocks Aussie country music for many years to come.”   

"We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time in the festivals history, CMC Rocks has completely sold out. We couldn’t have achieved this incredible milestone without the support and loyalty of passionate country music lovers from across Australia and New Zealand and thank them for their on-going support," says promoter Matthew Lazarus Hall of Chugg Entertainment.  "We look forward to hosting some of the biggest names in country music next month and putting on one of the best country music festivals Australia has ever experienced."

From the first incarnation of the festival in 2008, CMC Rocks has grown and evolved to become the key event on the Australian Country music calendar.  Attracting the biggest global names in country music over the last nine years and now one of Australia’s most recognized annual music events, audience numbers have kept growing year after year.  Massive international stars from Taylor Swift to Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw to Lady Antebellum, have traveled from the other side of the world to headline the festival, and lineups have seen the Aussie debuts of both legends and rising stars.   

Preceding the festival on the evening of the 10th March, 2016 will be Foxtel’s 6th Annual CMC Music Awards, the only viewer voted country music awards in the southern hemisphere.  It will be held at QPAC Brisbane and broadcast LIVE on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel (‘CMC’) at 8.30pm AEDT. The awards will feature a star-studded lineup including performances by Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, and Australian artist Adam Harvey.  It is hosted by CMC Rocks ambassador and Australian country superstar Morgan Evans. 

CMC Rocks QLD 2016 will be held on Fri March 11 - Sun March 13, over three days and nights in Ipswich, Queensland. Located within a one hour drive from Brisbane and Gold Coast domestic and international airports, the site allows for fantastic camping and glamping and a variety of travel options for festival goers as well as added accommodation options within a multitude of price categories to suit all budgets.

For more information please go to cmcrocks.com

CMC ROCKS QLD 2016 ARTIST LINEUP 

Jason Aldean (USA) – Florida Georgia Line (USA) – Lee Brice (USA) –Brantley Gilbert (USA) - Kip Moore (USA) – Sam Palladio (UK) –Morgan Evans – Blackjack Billy (USA) – Kelsea Ballerini (USA) –Chase Rice (USA) – The Cadillac Three (USA) – The Road Hammers  (Can) – Tim Hicks (Can) - CAM (USA) – Drake White and the Big Fire(USA) – The Sisterhood (USA)

The Sunny Cowgirls – Adam Eckersley Band – Travis Collins –Buddy Goode – Jody Direen (NZ) – Cam Scott (NZ) – Kaylee Bell(NZ) – The Hillbenders (USA) – Melanie Dyer – Caitlyn Shadbolt –Deep Creek Road

MCs

Storme Warren (USA)
Mike Carr & Darren Car

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2016/02 4:48 AM
Songwriter Kim Williams Dies

Condolences from AllAboutCountry.com to family and friends of songwriter Kim Williams, who passed Yesterday (2/11) at the age of 68.

Williams wrote a ton of hits. Most prominent are Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses," Kenny Chesney's "Fall In Love," and numerous Garth Brooks’ hits, such as "Ain't Goin' Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up," and more.
Williams was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame In 2012.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis and daughter Amanda. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

2016/02 2:42 AM
Kip Moore Premieres The Cinematic Music Video For “Running For You” On Vevo Today

Hailed as a “career song” by Billboard, Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore premiered the emotion-driven music video for “Running For You" on VEVO today.  Moore is cast as the male lead in the passionate and fiery video that follows him and his leading lady as they face the individual challenges of their respective career paths, culminating in a dramatic Hollywood-style ending.  Moore tapped his longtime friend PJ Brown to direct the video, though he had never been in the director's chair before. 

“I've been friends with PJ for years, he was the main one pushing me to chase my passion and move to Nashville," said Moore. "He's been able to document some of my concerts here and there, but we haven't worked together on this level before.  This song is unlike other songs I’ve released before and so I wanted the video to be really different from any of my other videos.  PJ was able to bring our vision to life and I'm glad that the label let me take a chance on him."

Moore
continues to make an impression overseas as demand in Europe has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK and Dublin, IE following venue capacity increases in Manchester, UK and Glasgow, UK almost immediately following on-sales, ahead of his stint in April. This fervent fan-following was established during Moore's first visit across the pond last year when he "led the 20,000-capacity through a singalong” (Rolling Stone) at the O2 Arena in London. Moore continues his headlining WILD ONES TOUR this weekend with stops in Denver, CO (2/12) and Salt Lake City, UT (2/13) followed by a string of dates in Canada.  

For a full list of dates and more information visit www.kipmoore.net

2016/02 2:06 AM
Red Dirt Rocker Rich O'toole Releases Highly Anticipated New Single ‘Back To Back’

Following the exclusive streaming premiere on The Boot, Red Dirt rocker, Rich O'Toole, releases his most intimate single to date, "Back to Back," today, Friday, Februrary 12 just in time for the Valentines holiday. The Aggie Alum kicked the release weekend off by serving as a judge for “Aggieland Idol,” a singing competition put on by Texas A&M Baseball to find National Anthem performers yesterday at Olsen Field. A single release party will be held tonight where O'Toole will perform alongside the Josh Abbott Band at Hurricane Harry's in College Station, Texas.  "Back to Back," mixed by Billy Decker, known for his work producing Sam Hunt and Kenny Chesney, is available now and can be purchased on iTunes here
O’Toole recently joined Morey Management, LA based management team known for their work with Miley Cyrus andDolly Parton, and has moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting skills. 

The singer-songwriter's prior single "Talk About the Weather," climbed the Texas Radio Charts quickly breaking into the top 10, becoming the rocker's 15th top ten hit on the Texas Radio Charts. The Texas Titan also recently released the highly anticipated emoticon keyboard, TexMoji, with business partner and social media mecca "Sorry, I'm Texan," which was featured on People.com and debuted #2 on Top Paid Apps. The app features Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole, "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!"  Having garnered fifteen top ten hits on Texas radio, over million plays on Spotify,100,000 downloads on iTunes and over half a million views on YouTube, Red Dirt Rocker Rich
O’Toole continues to take the Country music scene by storm. 


After receiving rave reviews from Country Weekly, The Boot, Taste of Country, and Texas Music Times for his fifth studio album, “Jaded,” the Texas Titan prepares to share new music in early February with the release of his new single, “Back to Back,” mixed by Billy Decker, known for his work with Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and George Jones. New to Nashville O’Toole continues to expand his brand nationally with the launch of his new clothing line  17 Army , which donates a portion of proceeds to benefit entrepreneurs within the artists.

The Country rocker has captivated fans with his Springsteen-flavored sound while performing with Country music heavyweights Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Randy Rogers Band and more.  O'Toole hit the road again early this year with performances alongside Shooter Jennings and The Josh Abbott Band.

 For more information and tour dates visit www.richotoole.com.
 

2016/02 11:07 AM
WKLB Boston Morning Duo JW & Lori Out

Longtime Greater Media Country WKLB/COUNTRY 102.5/Boston morning duo JW Willis & Lori Grande, known as JW & Lori left the station Today (2/11).

Greater Media/Boston VP/Market Manager Mary Menna released this statement: “We are grateful to JW and Lori for their contributions to ‘COUNTRY 102.5’ over the years and wish them the very best. A new show will be unveiled in the near future. Lori will continue to be a Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) employee providing traffic reports.”

2016/02 10:21 AM
CRS 2016 Attendance Up; Dates For 2017 Seminar Announced

As the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2016 came to a close late last Night (2/10), attendance and dates were announced for CRS 2017.  

Mark the calendar for Wednesday, February 22nd through Friday, February 24th
, once again at the OMNI Hotel in downtown Nashville. The new dates mark a return to the traditional late February date for CRS, as well as a Wednesday-Friday schedule, after this year's first-ever Monday through Friday cycle.

Attendance figures for this year's seminar, which show an increase over CRS 2015 totals - the eighth consecutive year CRS has experienced growth. All in, 2,510 registrants attended CRS 2016.


See a complete llist of panels for this year’s seminar, click here.


 

2016/02 9:32 AM
CRS 2016 Wrapped Up With The 'New Faces Show'

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2016 ended with the annual "New Faces Of Country Music Show" on Wednesday Night (2/10) at the OMNI Nashville. Arista Nashville artist Cam began the show and performed the title track from her album, "UNTAMED," as well as her current single, "Mayday," "Runaway Train,” and her #1 hit single, "Burning House," and the crowd sang along with her.

The Brothers Osborne the  EMI Nashville duo  hit the stage second, and performed songs from their recently released album, "PAWN SHOP," including "Ain't My Fault," "21 Summer," and their #1 hit single, "Stay A Little Longer," which featured a fantastic guitar solo.

Black River Entertainment
artist Kelsea Ballerini performed next, and sang her current single, "Dibs," and more, off her album, "THE FIRST TIME,"  including her #1 hit single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," where she used a small gospel choir.

RCA NASHVILLE
group Old Dominion followed Ballerini, and they played songs off their album, "MEAT AND CANDY," including "Said Nobody," "Nowhere Fast," "Song For Another Time," their current single, "Snapback," and their #1 hit single, "Break Up With Him,” as the room sang along.

Warner Bros./W.A.R.
artist Chris Janson closed the “New Faces Show" with a moving video and performance. He sang "White Trash," "Holdin' Her," his #1 hit single, "Buy Me A Boat," and more. Janson received a standing ovation from the crowd, and said, "Thank you for putting food on my table and letting me feed my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

2016/02 8:53 AM
Update: ‘Rumble On The Row'

It’s the annual "Rumble On The Row" the music industry boxing matches. ARISTA Nashville Director/South and Southwest Promotion Rusty Sherrill will no longer fight due to an injury; however, DITTO Music's Stephen Grand will take his place in the match up against Jake Owen's Director/Tour Marketing/Sponsorships Jon Andolina. The other matchup remains EMI Nashville Director/Midwest Promotion Chris Fabiani against RCA Nashville Director/National Promotion Josh Easler.

The "Rumble" takes place Friday, March 4th in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, TN, and benefits the Charley Foundation. See the teaser video here.

2016/02 6:24 AM
Cam Will Present At 58th Annual Grammy Awards

Arista Nashville artist Cam is set to be a presenter at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Monday, February 15th at 8p (ET) on CBS-TV. In addition, she is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for her #1 hit single, "Burning House".
Tomorrow (2/12), CAM will also appear on "CBS This Morning" for a GRAMMY spotlight feature segment.

2016/02 6:07 AM
Congrats To Alpha Media WXCL/Peoria, IL

AllAboutCountry.com salutes ALPHA Media Country WXCL/104.9 The WOLF/Peoria, IL, whose recent St. Jude Children's Research Hospital radiothon raised $64,881 and brought in 127 new Partners In Hope. This year marked the 26th anniversary of "John And Jaymie's Radiothon For St. Jude," hosted by WXCL morning team John Young and Jaymie Gordon.

WXCL PD "DR." CHRIS MICHAELS said,
"I can't say enough about the family we are, and the families we strive to help. "When you think about it, they are all our family, and we have their backs. We heard success stories that made us smile and laugh, and we heard stories where we couldn't stop crying...but most of all, we heard stories of hope."

2016/02 4:27 AM
Guitarist Rick Wright Dies In Car Accident

Condolences from AllAboutCountry.com to the family and friends of Rick Wright, guitarist for Country Music Hall Of Famer Connie Smith, who was killed in a car accident near his Tennessee home on Sunday, February 7th.

Wright passed away after a two-car accident while driving near his house in White House, TN. He had served as Smith's guitarist for many years. Wright was 57 years of age.

2016/02 4:18 AM
PD Opening at KAYD/Nash FM/Beaumont, TX

CUMULUS Country KAYD/NASH FM/Beaumont, TX has an immediate PD opening for candidates who can schedule music, manage an air staff, oversee promotions and think strategically. Current PD Jammer will continue doing afternoon drive on NASH, along with his role as APD at Top 40 sister, KQXY.

All interested candidates should send resumes, ratings history, references and mp3 in confidence here, with subject line “Beaumont NASH PD.”

2016/02 4:00 AM
Hats off To Charles Kelley And Wife Cassie

Congrats from AllAboutCountry.com to  Capitol Nashville artist Charles Kelley and wife Cassie, who welcomed their first child, baby boy Ward Charles Kelley, this Morning (2/11).

The newest 'Baby Antebellum' was born at 9:20 a.m.(CT) weighing in at 7lbs. 9oz. and measuring 20 inches long.


The couple shared via Womanista, the website Cassie founded, "
We can't stop staring at him, and he hasn't stopped chitchatting with us since he arrived.  He's got momma's nose and daddy's eyes and vocal chords and a head full of blond hair."

2016/02 3:43 AM
Most Added: Dan + Shay With 'From The Ground Up'

Congrats to Warner Bros./W.A.R. duo Dan + Shay for earning 47 Mediabase adds this week with their song, "From The Ground Up."

AllAboutCountry.com salute to Warner Bros./W.A.R. SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring, VP/Promotion Chris Palmer, Director/National Promotion Tom Martens, Director/Radio Marketing & Sponsorship Chad Schultz, Director/Northeast/Midwest Promotion Anna Cage, Director/Southwest Promotion Ray Vaughn, Director/West Coast Promotion Raffaella Braun, Director/Southeast Promotion Tom Starr and Promotion Coordinator Jessica Rouse.

2016/02 3:46 PM
Living Large Larry ON KGHL/Billings

Livin Large Larry is now on Classic country KGHL, The Mighty 790/Billings, MT.  This is in addition to his live  Internet talk show in the morning here and YouTube and TuneIn. Larry is on now on KGHL doing afternoons live 3-6 p.m.

"Thank you to owner Taylor Brown for giving me this opportunity to work with some of the region's best talents includling morning man Nick Taylor."
 

2016/02 12:26 PM
Beasley Promotes Mike "Mad Dog" West

Mike "Mad Dog" West has been promoted to morning co-host from evenings at  KCYE/Las Vegas effective Monday, February 15.  Joining him in the mornings will be co-host Kris Daniels.  He takes over the seat held by Rick Kelly who left in December.

“It’s rewarding to grow such tremendous talent from within, and Mike West has truly earned this opportunity,” said . “I had been searching carefully, trying to find my perfect co-host. After an extensive interview process, it quickly became clear that the ideal fit for my morning show was working right here, within our Vegas on-air staff!”

“This is an amazing offer, and I am so excited to work with Kris Daniels," said West.  "I have been working nights with Beasley since 2010, just waiting for my big chance. It’s a dream come true for me.” 
 

2016/02 11:01 AM
Wednesday's CRS 2016 Highlights

 Today's (2/10) CRS sessions ranged in topics from coaching to promotions to understanding your listener's language.

The "Promotions Start to Finish" was a fast moving, interactive session where various promo pros were given various situations and asked to build the promotion given the parameters (randomly picked out of a bucket!).  One situation involved giving away two CMA Award Show tickets and having a budget of $500 while another promoting a major concert with no budget.  

Some of the takeaways included getting partners on board as much as possible so that you don't try to carry the entire load.  Getting your sales department involved is always helpful and having potential sponsors in your back pocket can be a life saver.  Doing pre-planning with these potential sponsors and knowing what advertisers are currently promoting is also helpful in those tight deadline/low budget promotions.

Everything from a tail gate party to renting an RV and having a private concert inside the RV for a VIP experience were mentioned.  Renaming the radio station the day of the event (with the artist's name) is essential.  If you are going to have a pre or post event at the venue, pay particular attention to location. If your competition is there, make sure you're more front and center (close to the entrance gates). 

If you don't have a budget for a particular concert, get the second or third act (especially if they're local) on the air or in the studio for a day or two before the event.  Have some signed memorabilia to give away, try to tie into the community or charity or get free publicity via newspaper or TV through fun stunts or events.  This also gives talent content to talk about on air. Always remember to use digital as it is typically inexpensive. If you have a station app, use that to your full advantage.

Cash is king.  Although you may not always be able to swing it, to give cash away is a big plus.  If not, get sponsors on board for things like travel expenses

Be mindful of having a relationship with your local ABC TV affiliate so that you can work with them to make the Country award shows have more of an impact in your market.  If you have not established one, make that phone call now!

In the "Listeners Are You Speaking Their Language" session Beverlee Branigan and Brian Thomas compared what PD and consumers thought of the content between the songs--audio, slogans, promotions, imaging, jocks, breaks, etc.

The information was gathered from 1174 Country P1s 21-49. The information was rated on whether the breaks between songs were informational, entertaining and whether listeners would tune out.

Differences between the PDs and listeners were sometimes subtle but other times great.  

The panel thought that overall, we are in a very Twitter oriented society and  listeners' attention span is approx. 7-8 seconds.  It was also mentioned that sometimes we may be losing listeners due to the effects we use in breaks.  Women, in particular, have too much chaos in their lives and these over processed, loud bits may cause more irritations than not.  It is also hard to concentrate or focus on what the message is. 

When it comes to information (weather, traffic, etc) done between the songs listeners are listening carefully. Weather and traffic have a major impact on our listeners' lives.  It was concluded that information is under utilized and frequently in the car we are our listeners only source for important information.  They expect it from radio and we need to deliver. We need people to feel safe...thanks to the car radio.

When doing promos, that the listener benefit needs to be mentioned first.  What is in it for them?

Artists' voices and endorsements rate highly with listeners.  It is as if they are endorsing our station and when we transition into a song from the artist after the break, even better. 

In the session "From the Outside Looking In, Other Formats Give Their Take On Country" various programmers from other formats talked with R.J. Curtis about the differences between their formats and Country.    Those on the panel included Troy Hanson, Corporate PD/Rock Format Cumulus; Doc Winter, Sr. VP of Urban Programming, iHeartMedia; Gillette, PD WPLJ, NY and John Ivey, Sr. VPof Progamming CHR Brand Manager, iHeartMedia;

Dependent upon their market, Country typically shares audience with Hot AC/AC and shares the commonality with the Urban format as our listeners are both passionate about the music and live the lifestyle.  We also have cross over artists.  Both AC and Country share the lament about the "no mans land" for records where songs are not moving up or down and programmers are not sure what to do with them.  The conclusion was that other songs will bump them out or programmers will be forced to decide dependent upon the competition from other songs coming up.

Discussions about rotations, relationships between labels, artist and radio were all discussed.  The Country format was envied by other formats for their label/artist/radio relationships.  Spin count needs to be higher if targetting a younger demo and John Ivey emphasized the importance of constantly working on your music (he works on it daily...if not hourly) and taking a chance on what you hear as a hit, if it will mesh with your station overall--whether it will or will not stereotypically fit your format.   Ivey also talked about moving songs down and up in your rotation categories..."there are no rules... only those programmers put on themselves."  Sound was also discussed and the need to balance your station.  If you don't have enough of something or too much of something else...go look for something to balance it with something you feel is a hit musically (even it doesn't fit into your pre-conceived notion of what should be on your station).

Establishing one-on-one relationships between radio and artists (without labels/publicists) and encouraging them to contact you etc., will serve you well.  They will remember that you were there and cared about them when they were coming up.

When asked what Country radio should do in the next year or so the suggestion was made that Country get back into the "Taylor business".  

"That's expensive real estate and you're just going to let it go?"

Registrants were also treated to a fabulous lunch hosted by BMLG featuring Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Drake White, Tara Thompson and Tucker Beathard.  

Tim McGraw drew the sessions of CRS 2016 to a close when he talked with R.J. Curtis and Beverlee Brannigan about his insights about his career.

 


2016/02 9:13 AM
iHeartMedia Promotes Sr. Programming Execs

Meg Stevens, Steve Geofferies, Andrew Jeffries, Tony Coles and Thea Mitchem has all been promoted to Division EVP/Programming for iHeartMedia National Programming Group.

They will join current Division EVP/Progamming Gene Romano and will report to Naitonal Programming Gruop EVP/GM Brad Hardin.

The company is currently made up of four geographic divisions, each led by a new Division President.  The Divisions are organized into 36 Regions that are led by Region Presidents.  Each member of the new Division EVP/Progrmaming team will work with a Divison President to work with each region.  Jeffries and Geoffries will work with Greg Ashlock and the West Divison; Coles will work with Matt Martin and the Central Division and Mitchem and Stevens will work with Hartley Adkins and the Northeast Divison and Romano with work with Tom McConnell and the Midwest Southeast Division.

Great programming is the foundation of our stations, and we're fortunate to have an amazing group of local program directors leading our brands." said iHeartMedia Pres./National Programming Group Tom . "The collaboration between local programming and the iHeartMedia National Programming Group unlocks the unparalleled scale and assets of iHeartMedia, providing us with unmatched resources which benefit each and every one of our stations."      

2016/02 7:54 AM
Scott Meier New Midwest Family GM

Scott Meier has joined Midwest Family Broadcasting/Springfield MO as Gm for Country KOMG, Bob 105.1.  Other stations he will be overseeing include Classic Rock KKLH, The Cave, Top 40/$ KOSP, The Beat and Active Rock KQRA, Q 102.  He was most recently RVP/Market Manager with Cumulus/Detroit.

Entering Missouri's third largest market that is rich with heritage, broadcasting leadership, and a top performing team of air talent, sales representatives, and support staff is an exciting adventure. Midwest Family Broadcasting/Springfield is vibrant with an unmatched discipline for excellence and sound quality in the market" said. “These radio stations live and breathe Southwest Missouri!"

 

2016/02 7:50 AM
Star Farm Promotes Helton and Borchetta

Star Farm has promoted Brad Helton (left) and Chris Borchetta (right).  Helton, former Sr. Director/Promotion has been promoted to VP/Promotion for the company and Borchetta, former Director of West Coast Promo is the new Sr. Director. Helton has been with the label since it launched in 2014.  Borchetta joined a month later and came from Nine North Records/Turnpike Music.

"These guys have kicked ass for us the last 18 months, and we are proud to give them the rewards they deserve,” said Corbin.

Helton said, “Looking back, we are incredibly proud of the work we have done with LoCash, Love and Theft, Toby Rainey and Olivia. We’re very excited about the future with David Ray, Adley Stump, Stephanie Quayle, Lucas Hoge, Avid Ray, Adley Stump, Stephanie Quayle, Lucas Hoge, Trailer Choir and Davisson Brothers Band, and we’re also pumped to start working with the next group of great promotion executives who want to grow things in Nashville, Tennessee.”

 

2016/02 7:34 AM
Noah Galloway Addresses CRS

Noah Galloway, former US Army soldier, motivational speaker and ABC-TV "Dancing With the Stars" season 20 contestant spoke to CRS participants this morning (2/9).  Galloway fought in the Iraq War and durng his second deployment he lost an arm, a leg from above the knee, injuries to his other leg and had a hole in his jaw.

He talked about how he dealt with his depression and pain both mentally and physically.  He stressed the importance of physical fitness, working out and running races.  Galloway said that despite the fact that you never want to be outwardly cocky, you do have to be cocky in your head.  He told himself that he was special and he is doing what most people can't.  

The importance of hard work and how many talk about what they want but they are not willing to put in the work.  And, if you don't do your best there are others who will and take your job.

He ended his talk with a reference of artist Chris Janson asking the audience if they thought he was "out on a boat..." No was the answer to his own question.  

"...he is pushing it.  This is a city full of starving talent wanting to get to where he is and they will take it from him if he's not constantly moving and working."

 

2016/02 7:30 AM
Vince Gill Pop-Up Shop Offers CRS Attendees Album Discount

Vince Gill will release his latest studio album "Down to My Last Bad Habit" to all CRS attendees at a 20% discount.  Gill has opened a pop-up shop in downtown Nashville on Lower Broadway and all attendees who show their badge will get the discount.

The pop-up location is at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop at 417 Broadway, Nashville.


 

2016/02 7:19 AM
Edison Media Research Presents "Ear Wars"

Edison Research presented another enlightening research presentation "Ear Wars" this morning at CRS 2016.  The presentation based on Star Wars and creatively used many graphics and references to explain their findings. Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovik explained to the audience how radio can compete with other audio sources that are "invading" radio's listeners.

The two shared results of their research after interviewing 1560 listeners on line as well as in-person interviews in Philadelphia, Knoxville and Terre Haute, IN.

They found that those interviewed spend 4 hours per day listening to audio and of that 54% of those are listening to AM/FM.  This was followed by 16% owned music, 15% streamed music and 7% SiriusXM. As expected, subscribers to SiriusXM listen to their satellite service 52% in their cars and interestingly, 39% of subscribers listen to AM/FM due to radio's ability to personalize and connect with them.

And, that personalization and ability to connect and localize for our listeners is our big advantage.  The two researchers explained F.O.M.A., their acronym for "Fear Of Missing Out".  Listeners, they explained, don't want to miss out on any important local stories, happenings, news, traffic and weather.  They are listening because this is something they can't get listening to Pandora, satellite, Spotify, internet radio, podcasting, Apple Music, You Tube, Music Choice, etc. They also want to hear their favorite songs and also want to hear new music but they want to connect with those behind the mic.  

Radio use is strong, they emphasized, because of its ability to connect and we need to use that to our full advantage. Of those participants 63% said they listen to radio because they know they will be informed when news breaks, 55% said they like radio's community involvement and 46% citing personalities. More than half of listeners feel it is important for stations to give back to their communities as well as other causes.

Rosin also touched on commercials and told the audience that stations need to stop demonizing the advertising.  He said that listeners don't hate commercials they can just become mildly annoyed.  He also asked the question of whether it isn't time that radio stations begin to take control of the quality of the commercials.

In closing, Rosin shared the importance of connections with listeners; prove to them that you are always present and will be there to let them know of important events, news or happenings; engage listeners and never forget  your listeners have F.O.M.O.    

2016/02 7:10 AM
Knight to KFDI/Wichita

Bobby Knight has been hired by KFDI, 101.3 today's KFDI/Wichita.  He will be doing afternoons and will be at the station tomorrow (2/10) with an on-air date to be determined.  

His radio career has includerd doing mornings and afternoons at Country stations in Savannah, Des Moines, Ft. Dodge, IA and Manhattan, KS.

"Bobby's personality is exuberant!  I know our lsiteners will wear a smile heading home each afternoon listening to KFDI," said OM Justin Case.  "I'm thrilled to welcome him to our family."

"I'm excited to join the team and such a community minded station like KFDI," said Knight.  "They do so many good things--I can't wait to get started.  I'm ready to see my first SHOCKER basketball game too, but I found out they're always sold out.  I should have made two tickets a part of my deal."

 

2016/02 7:03 AM
Team UMG Hits The Ryman

Once again CRS 2016 participants were treated to othe annual "Team UMG At the Ryman" luncheon today (2/9).  the lineup included Little Big Town, Canaan Smith, Kacey Musgraves, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Charles Kelley, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Eric Paslay, Chris Stapleton, Lauren Alaina, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Little Big Town took the stage first and played a song they said was dedicated to the people in the room who has supported their career. The song "From The Beginning" expressed gratitude to those who have been them from teh beginning.  

Another highlight was Darius Rucker who sang an emotional rendition of "So I Sang." The crowd was so moved that they gave Rucker the first standing ovation of the day. Charles Kelley came out with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay to sing "The Driver" and David Nail shared the story behind his song "Fighter" that was dedicated to his wife who was home taking care of his twin babies.

Chris Stapleton debuted a new song "I Won't Love You Either Way" and brought the crowd again to their feet.  Always a Ryman favorite, Vince Gill received a standing ovation both when he took the stage and when he lift the stage.  He recalled that he made his first record 42 years ago and then sang a song dedicated to the late George Jones called "Sad One Comin' On."

Luke Bryan demonstrated his ability to tickle the ivories when he sat at the grand piano and sang "to The Moon and Back" saying that he had never had a chance to play piano at the Ryman.  Keith Urban followed Bryan with his current single "Break On Me," followed by jamming to "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" that he debuted at last year's Ryman luncheon.

2016/02 1:41 AM
Emotional Connection: Hot Topics From The Pros

During CRS week, Brian Wright one of the very successful longtime Program Director, Operations Manager, VP of programming and programing consultant, shares his thoughts about how you can get your listeners to become "Emotionally Attached to your product. ”

Wright joined the Audience Development Group 15 years ago and has successfully been consulting individual radio stations and clusters. Wright has enjoyed building alliances with scores of stations in the US & Canada helping them grow in ratings and revenue.

See Brian's thoughts here.

2016/02 8:10 AM
Travis Moon To Return to iHeartMedia /Austin/San Antonio

Travis Moon, former St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Raido Programmer Liason will return to radio.  He is going to work for iHeartMedia as Director of Country Operations for the Austin/San Antonio, TX region and oversee Coutnry stations KASE, KVET/Austin, KAJA and KRPT/San Antonio.

Moon, former KAJA/San Antonio PD left for St. Jude in 2014.  In Austin he replaces JT Bosch and in San Antonio he replaces Lance Tidwell.

"St. Jude is country music's charity of choice and one of my strongest passions.  I was honored that they asked me to join their talented radio team.  I contributed to their on-air product and helped them serve radio station partners across the country.  Everybody understands that it's our listeners, country fans, who keep that place going through thick and thin.  There really is no other place like St. Jude and I will always be involved," said Moon. "I want to thank iHeartMedia because I am so pumped at the huge opportunity ahead.  I am very excited to return to Texas and have an awesome challenge in programming some of hte ost storied Country stations in America!  I can't wait to work with the amazing teams at KASE and KVET in Austin and, once again, with my friends at KAJA in San Antonio.  Country radio will be having fun and making lots of noise from The Lonestar State!"

"Our goal is to leverage these powerful and legendary brands to better serve our listevers, our clients and the community," said EVP/Programming Central Tony Coles. "Travis has the vision, the experience and the leadership skills necessary to maximize the potential of these iHeart Country stations, while maintaining the strengths of their unique identities."

Get in touch with Moon here
 

2016/02 7:30 AM
Roger Price Named 2015 Radio Personality of the Year

Congrats to KICM/Ardmore, OK morning host Roger Price who was named 2015 Radio Personality of the Year (Non-Metro division) by the Oklahoma Assoc. of Broadcasters.  Price will be honored Friday, April 1at  the association's annual convention and awards ceremony at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Tulsa.  Send congrats to /Blog/

Other Country honorees include KTFX/Muskogee for Sports, Weather and General Image promotion; KNID/Enid for Station Event Promotion and Community Service.  Also recognized for community service are KXXY/Oklahoma City and Cox Media Group/Tulsa which includes Country KWEN.

 

2016/02 7:13 AM
Ashley King Named APD/MD at KSSN/Little Rock

Ashley King has been named APD/PD  for KSSN/Little Rock.  She will also be doing middays.

"We are very excited to have Ashley join the team," said iHeart/Littel Rock SVP/Programming Chat Heritage.  "She is extremely talented and brings a ton of passion for the Country format.  Our listeners know and love her, and she's just one more reason KSSN 96 is Arkansas' most listened to radio station."

"I'm so excited to be a part of this great team at KSSN 96," said King.  Country music has always been a passion of mine and I feel like KSSN is a great fit for me...the listeners, the music, my home station, and a very talented, creative and positive team.  KSSN has all the ingredients necessary for a big, successful Country stations as it has always been, and I'm so glad that I'm a part of it."

2016/02 6:52 AM
Reviver Records Announces New Promo Team For 1608

David Ross, President and CEO of Reviver Records has named the new promo team that will be working the company's newest imprint, 1608, which is part of the expansion announced last week as part of Reviver Label Services.

Bob Reeves (upper left) will be the Vice President of Promo and will also cover the West Coast in terms of radio promotion.  Reeves comes to Reviver with a long line of success in the industry.   Reeves was with Warner Music Nashville for six years and also recently at Blaster Records.

Paul Williams (lower left) will serve as the Regional Director while heading up promotinal campaigns in the Northeast and Midwest.  Williams has enjoyed a long career in the industry with time spent at Sony and radio powerhouse KPLX in Dallas.

Tyler Waugh (upper right) will be Regional Director for the Southeast.  Waugh comes to Reviver from Soundstream Records and began his career at Arista Nashville where he worked for four years.

Glenn Noblit (lower right) will work in the Southwest as Regional Director.  Noblit's experience includes time as Warner Music Nashville and Lost Highway. He's been in the industry since the late 1990's.

"I'm excited that these four seasoned executives were available to help launch our newest imprint.  they all bring the energy, creativity and drive that we want to be a trademark of Reviver Label Services," says David Ross.  "I know that with the experience of our staff, the sky is the limit."

Webster Public Relations will handle the publicity for Reviver Label Services.
 

2016/02 6:20 AM
Luke Bryan Scores #1 Spot on Mediabase Again

Congrats to Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan who lands again this week in the #1 position on the Mediabase Country singles chart for the second consecutive week with "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild.

Great work by the promo team including UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, VP/Promo David Friedman, Capitol Nashville SVP/promo Shane Allen, National Director/Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Mgr/Radio Marketing and Syndication Chris Schuler, Sr. Director/Southeast Promo Bobby Young, Sr. Director/West Coast Prom Paige Elliott, Director/Southwest Promo Jeremy Guenther, Director Midwest Promo Brent Jones, Director/Northeast Promo Diane Lockner, Promo Coordinator Ashley and the entire Capitol staff.

2016/02 5:28 AM
Nashville Gears Up For CRS 2016

CRS begins today (2/8) at its new home, Omni Nashville and AllAboutCountry.com is in Nashville and will be reporting on all CRS happenings. 

CRS 2016 will provide many different educations and networking opportunities and the agenda is packed full of instructive discussions, intriguing panels and exciting performances from some of country music's biggest stars as well as some of hte most talked about emerging acts of 2015-16.  Several favorites from past yearss are back again including Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley's Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at the Ryman luncheon and more.

Big Machine Label Group will host their first CRS-sanctioned luncheon.

Exciting new discussions and panels taking place at CRS 2016 are the "New Views From the Top" keynote discussion, CRS research presentation "What Content Makes Country Radio Matter," presented by Edison Research and "Programmers Boot Camp" series, sponsored by Benztown.  This year's seminar will also include an appearance from Tim McGraw and former US Army soldier and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Noah Galloway.

CRS also will have a number of after-hour destinations and sponsored events including The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Reception and Gallery Tours, Mix Lounge, Nashville-Access Superpick Showcase, Reviver Records After Hours Party, SSM Nashville Beer Garden, Stallions Entertainment Showcase, Smith and Wesley Performance at Barlines, Thirty Tigers at The Stage, the SMG CRS Fest 2016 at Margaritaville (sponsored by Spin Doctors) and more.

Stay tuned!

2016/02 9:37 AM
Country Radio Seminar Announces After Hour Entertainment

Country Radio Seminar 2016 is next week and All About Country.com will be there!  Can't wait to see you there.

And, CRS has a number of entertainment options at this year's seminar, includling networking, on-site showcases, after-hours events and performances.

“I think people are going to be surprised at the number of entertainment possibilities we are offering at CRS 2016,” said CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne. “We are continuing to raise the bar at Country Radio Seminar and, without question, we are providing a total 360 experience for all that attend this great event each and every year.”

Located at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, restaurant and music venue Barlines willl be open throughout the seminar and will be an area where attendees can relax and netowrk, while enjoying award-winning southern comfort food and hand-crafted Tennessee brews.

The New Faces of Country Music show is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., will wrap up the three-day seminar with a packed evening of entertainment. Prior to the show the New Faces Cocktail Reception is sponsored by Big Spark Music Group and will offer beer and wine as well as feature a high energy performance by Olivia Lane.  The reception is scheduled for 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

The dinner and performance is sold out lbut those who do not have tickets are invited to attend the live feed viewing party of the artist performances in Barlines. Those performing include Brothers Osborne, Cam, Chris Janson, Kelsea Ballerini and Old Domnion.  

Following the New Faces Show, the grand lobby of the CRS Performance will turn into the official New Faces of Country Music After Party, sponsored by Warner Music Nashville. Guests will enjoy drinks as WMN introduces the Last Bandoleros.

CRS also welcomes a number of after-hour destinations nad sponsored events including Bob Kingsley's Acoustic Alley, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Reception and Gallery Tour, the Mix Lounge, in2une/Momentum Label Group Showcase, Nashville-Access Superpick Showcase, Reviver Records After Hours Party, SSM Nashville Beer Garden, Stallions Entertainment Showcase, Smith & Wesley Performance at Barlines, Thirty Tigers at The Stage, the SMG CRS Fest 2016 at Margaritaville (sponsored by Spin Doctors) and more.

For a full list of already announced afterhour activities, download the CRS 2016 app through the app stores on iPhone and Android.  A full agenda is also available on www.countryradiosseminar.com.

 

2016/02 9:03 AM
Kelsea Ballerina Gives Chicago WEBG Listeners A Big Surprise

Kelsea Ballerini surprised WEBG, Big 95.5/Chicago listeners with a Big surprise performance during WEBG's "Big Elevator Concert" series.

While visiting the station Ballerini took her place on a stool in the corner of the elevator at the station.  

According to WBEG PD Steve Stewart they invited listeners to our station for an intimate performance with Kelsea.  What the listeners got was way more than they expected! 

Check out the video here. 

2016/02 8:55 AM
Josh Brolin to Play George Jones

Josh Brolin recently revealed during an interview with Conan O'Brien that he will star as Country legend George Jones in a movie adaptation about Jones' life and career.  He also said the Jessica Chastain is going to take on the role of Jones' former wife and duet partner, Tammy Wynette.

No release date has been set for the film.  Oscar-nominated writer Alan Wenkus will write the screenplay.  Jones' widow, is involved in the production which currently is being called "No Show Jones."

2016/02 8:17 AM
Scotty McCreery Returns to American Idol

Scott McCreery returned to his roots earlier this week when he taped an episode of the Farewell Season of "American Idol."  For three days the Season Ten champion mentored two of the Top 24 ontestants and shared lessons learned from both his experience on teh show and in his ACM and CMT award-winning career.  He also performed duets with both singers.  The episolde will air next Thursday, February 11 at 9 p.m. ET on the Fox Television Network.

"I remember how important it was to me during my time on 'Idol' to meet and learn from all the great artists who visited the set and offered their advice," said .  "I was proud to be able to come back and offer whatever guidance I could to my two talented contestants.  This is their season and their show.  I was there to them shine...and I believe they both did!"

2016/02 8:16 AM
Kristian Bush Signs with BBR Music Group

Kristian Bush has signed a publishing, production and label deal with the BBR Music Group.  He joins the songwriters at Magic Mustang Music and label deal with Wheelhouse Records.  The reunites him with VP/Promo Teddi Bonadies who worked with him on his debut album "Southern Gravity" at Streamsound.

"As both a recording artist and a songwriter, I am honored to be a part of the BBR Music Group/Magic Mustang family," said Bush. "I'm in love with making music, and I'm humbled every day that I get to do this job. My train runs on believers, and I found some incredible supporters in this building. There's no telling what can happen when like-minded people get together, so to be surrounded by this team and given this opportunity makes me feel like a rocket sitting on a launchpad. I can't wait to take off."

Bush is in the studio working on the follow-up to "Southern Gravity." That was his first solo effort after his time with Sugarland.
 

2016/02 8:01 AM
​Smith & Wesley: Live at CRS!



Smith & Wesley will hit the stage this Tuesday night (2/9) at 8:00, performing live from Barlines inside in the Omni Hotel. You'll experience the twin guitars and soaring sibling harmonies from brothers Scott & Todd as they perform their chart debut "Need Somebody Bad" as well as their new single, "Sweet Life."
They’ll also be giving away copies of their album, Choices & Chances

 

2016/02 2:29 AM
Turnbeaugh SVP Programming iHeartMedia/Las Vegas

KWNR/Las Vegas PD JoJo Turnbeaugh has been named SVP/Programming for the four-station cluster.  He will continue to program WNR and also handle afternoons on-air.

"JoJo's energy, depth of knowledge in multiple formats and intense desire to win will continue to drive revenue and ratings for our Las Vegas clutser," says Regional President Glynn Alan.

Turnbeaugh has been with the Vegas cluster since 2012.  His career has taken him to KYGO/Denver and KCCY/Colorado Springs.

"I am humbled that Glynn Alan  and Steve Geofferies have put their trust in me to lead the great team here in Las Vegas," said Turnbeaugh. "The staff and properties here are poised for great success and I am proud to be a part of it."

Congratulate him here. 

2016/02 12:00 PM
Triple Play Awards Awarded

The Country Music Association presented the CMA Triple Play Awards at the Seventh Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon yesterday (2/3).  Those honored have written three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period.

Awards were given to Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Tyler Hubbard, Sam Hunt, Brett James, Jaren Johnston, Brian Kelley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsley, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi.

We are very pleased to recognize these talented songwriters and songwriting artists for this impressive accomplishment and significant contribution to Country music," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. "Their craft evokes emotion and we are grateful they've chosen the Country format to share their rare talents with the world." 

For more information on the Triple Play Awards, visit the CMA website here.

 

2016/02 11:51 AM
Wilde Creates COP

KWOF/Denver PD Jonathan Wilde (left) has created a new Country/Pop hybrid radio format.

"With so many listeners it's not about what format they prefer, but more about the songs they like," Wilde explains. "Those songs come from multiple genres and build the playlists of millions of listeners. With musical textures sounding more and more alike, this concept finally blends the two together." COP is 60-70% Hot AC and 30-40% modern Country.  Core artists inlucd Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Pink, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, One Republic, Carrie Underwood and Adele.

Listen here .

2016/02 9:21 AM
Dierks Bentley: Every Mile A Memory To Open At Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Dierks Bentley will be featured in a new exhibit at Country Radio Hall of Fame and Museum beginning Friday, March 4.  The exhibit will run through Tuesday, September 6.  

The launch of the exhibit will feature a special appearance by Bentley on Saturday, March 12 in the Museum's CMA Theater.  Bentley will talk about his career and perform acoustically beginning at 2 p.m. (CT). The program is free to members nad included in Museum admission.

"It's crazy to be considered for something like this," said Bentley. "The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential Country artists of all time. Just being in the building as a visitor is humbling, but to actually be featured in one of the Museum's exhibits is something I never would have believed if you'd suggested it back when I started chasing this dream down on Broadway. I'm going to have to go down there to see it for myself to really make it sink in."


 

2016/02 8:31 AM
Greater Media Promotes Buzz Knight To SVP/Program Development

Greater Media has promoted Buzz to SVP/Program Development.  In this new role he will oversee program development for all Greater Media's radio properties and collabroate with the stations to build winning content, digital and brand management strategies.

Buzz has done an outstanding job overseeing our programming brands across the company over the past 14 years,” said Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter H. Smyth. “His insight and leadership plays an important role in the continued success of our company.”

"It's amazing to wake up every day to meet the challenges and opportunities of our business working for such a crown jewel of a company as Greater Media," said Knight.  "I'm grateful to Peter Smyth and the Bordes family for their continued support."
 

2016/02 8:02 AM
Merle Haggard Cancels Concerts

Merle Haggard has cancelled all concert dates through February while he continues to fight pneumonia.  He has been battling this since December.  Last week he cancelled all performances set for the weekend.  

Now a spokesperson from his camp says it may be a much longer break saying, "Merle is hopeful he will be back on the road later in this Spring.  Fans can go to his website for updates. 

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