2014/10 8:58 AM
Fan Gets Naughty In Niceville

Dustin Lynch got an unwanted surprise last Friday when he appeared at the Mullet Festival in Niceville, FL.  Just as he was finishing his rendition of Garth's "Friends in Low Places" a beer can came flying at him on stage and cut his face.

 "I was walking down the catwalk and wham, out of nowhere this beer can just nailed me in the face," Lynch told People after the incident. "It was a completely full can, and it felt like a baseball had hit me."

With a bloody face he finished the show and was taken to the hospital.  The cut required stitches but Lynch will not that keep him from performing.

"The moral of the story is don't throw beer cans, period,"  Lynch told People.  "It's not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that's why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn't want to get off the stage until I had to."

Although fans pointed out the aggressor and Lynch called him out from the stage, the accused got away.


2014/10 8:48 AM
Jason's Back At #1

Congrats to Jason Aldean and the promo team at BBR Music Group including EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James and VP/Promo Lee Adams as Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" goes to this week's #1 on Mediabase Country Singles chart.

This is his first single from his "Old Boots, New Dirt" album.  As was reported here, it debuted #1 on the All-genre and Country album charts two weeks ago.  

2014/10 8:35 AM
The ACM Accepting Submissions For Radio Categories

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) will be accpeting submissions for the "50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" for Country radio beginning Monday, November 10 at 4 p.m.

Membership is required for nomination submissions and voting privileges.  New members and current members can register or renew before October 31 to be eligible to vote.  Nominations are being taken between Monday, Novmeber 10-Monday December 8 for On-Air Personality of hte Year and Radio Station of the Year for each market size

The ACMs will be televised Sunday, April 19 on CBS-TV and the winners will be announced during the telecast. The live broadcast will be originating from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

For more information visit www.ACMCountry.com.

2014/10 8:34 AM
Jordan Rager Signs With BBR Music Group

Jordan Rager has signed with BBR Music Group.  Rager has appeared in the Atlanta market and has appeared on iHeartMedia Country WUBL, 94.9 The Bull's Backyard Country consistently for the last five years.  He has more than 22,000 fans on UTube.

"The first time I saw Jordan perform I had the same feeling as when I first saw Jason Aldean," said BBR Music Group Group Pres./Owner Benny Brown. "He is an exceptional young artist, and we're excited to have him as the newest member of our label family."

2014/10 8:07 AM
KWOF/Denver Looking For Morning Host

If you're looking for a morning gig, this could be it.

KWOF, 92.5 The Wolf/Denver has an opening for a morning host.  They are looking for three years on-air experience and knowledge about social media.  Both teams and solo announcers will be considered.  

Those with Top 40 and Hot AC experience are encouraged to apply.  Send airchecks and resumes here. 

2014/10 7:45 AM
BMI Names Lauren Branson Director PR

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announces that Lauren Branson has been named Director, Public Relations.

In this role, she will be responsible for creating and implementing the public relations strategies for many of the company’s wholly owned and sponsored songwriter-based events, including BMI’s Country and Christian Awards shows, BMI No. 1 Parties, Austin City Limits Festival, LouFest, SXSW and the Key West Songwriter’s Festival.

Branson will report to Robbin Ahrold, BMI Senior Advisor, interim head of BMI’s Corporate Communications and Marketing department. She will also work closely with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations. Branson is based in BMI’s Nashville office.

Lauren’s music industry background both in Nashville and New York and her experience with cutting-edge digital music technology gives her an invaluable perspective to position BMI and its affiliates for both the media and the music community,” said Ahrold.

"Lauren brings passion, instinct and drive to this position,” said Williams. “Her strong public relations background makes her an important asset to our organization. Lauren will help accentuate BMI’s many songwriter-based events in Nashville as well as company-wide.”

Prior to joining BMI, Branson was most recently the lead Publicist at Yep Roc Records where she contributed to the marketing strategy and oversaw the public relations campaigns, including national and tour press, for the label’s extensive roster of artists. Her prior posts include stints at Zenph Sound Innovations as Label Operations Manager, Epic Records as Publicist, and Sony Nashville as Publicity Coordinator. 

Branson holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University.
Follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

2014/10 7:38 AM
Little Big Town Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry

Little Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last Friday, October 17.  Opry members Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill welcomed them in to the Opry family.  The group was originally invited to become a member by Reba on October 3.

LBT's Karen Fairchild said, "I'm so excited about sharing this moment with the band. We've been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets."

The group played "Bring It On Home" the same song they played during their Opry debut.  They played then with a borrowed guitar.  After they performed "Boondocks" Dickens, Gill and Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher took the stage to present them with their Opry Member Award.  

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”


2014/10 7:00 AM
CRS 2015 Agenda Preview Released

$399 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends Oct. 31, Rate Increases To $499 Nov. 1

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has revealed an early version of its agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2015, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2015, at the Nashville Convention Center.  The preliminary agenda details were released in advance of the CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration Rate deadline, which is Oct. 31.

Every year, Country Radio Seminar is packed full of great performances, educational seminars, networking opportunties and intriguing panels that will cover all areas of the radio and records industry.

CRS Agenda Committee chairman Jeff Green states, “The Agenda Committee wanted to create for 2015 not only something for everyone, but a lot for everyone. We’re excited about showcasing more than 20 first-time presenters, panelists and participants – new faces to go with the New Faces! Experts in technology, social, imaging, talent and programming are all part of the focus on practical, professional productivity that will provide information to take home and put to work immediately. We’re working hard to make next year’s CRS the best program ever.”  

The CRS 2015 Agenda-At-A-Glance includes:*
(*schedule subject to change*)
Wednesday, February 25
8:30 - 7:00 P.M.         Registration Opens
3:00 - 3:30 P.M.         Opening Ceremonies Sponsored by ALS Therapy Development Institute
3:30 - 4:00 P.M.         Artists Humanitarian Award Presentation
4:00 - 5:00 P.M.         Keynote Speaker-Todd Wagner Sponsored by Fisher House Foundation
5:30 - 7:00 P.M.         Welcome Reception
7:00- 9:30 P.M.          Grand Ole Opry
9:45 P.M.                   CRS After Hours  

Thursday, February 26
8:00 -      9:00 A.M.     Programming Mentoring Breakfast
9:00 –     9:50 A.M.     Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     How To Use Real Time Research to Think Like Your Target
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     State of the Music: When a Style Becomes a Movement
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     The Connected Car Info Panel
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     CRS Research Presentation
12:00 –   1:50 P.M.      Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Capitol Records
2:00 –     2:50 P.M.      Artist Profile Panel
2:00 –     2:50 P.M.      CRS Recap
2:00 –     2:50 P.M.      How to Move People in Order to Move the Needle
3:00 –     3:50 P.M.      Get Your Unfair Share of the Digital Pie: Secrets of Top AEs in Digital Sales
3:00 –     3:50 P.M.      Want a Winning Team? Get a Killer Coach
3:00 –     3:50 P.M.      From Zero to Hero: Successful Promotions with No Budget
4:00 –     5:00 P.M.      Gensetters: 18-34 Listening Trends and How They Will Shape Our Future
7:00 –   11:00 P.M.      CRS After Hours  

Friday, February 27
8:00 -     9:00 A.M.      Managers Breakfast
9:00 –    9:50 A.M.      Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     Social Media Bootcamp: Track 1 - How To Speak in Your Brand’s Voice and Get Content Shared
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     How to Create a Win – Win for Radio Music Events
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     Imaging from Both Sides of the Mic
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     Social Media Bootcamp: Track 2 - Finding & Engaging Your Consumers in Real-Time
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     Behind the Numbers: The Insider’s Guide to Nielsen Data
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     Unlocking the Secrets to Successful Music Scheduling
Noon –   1:50 P.M.     Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Black River Entertainment
2:00 –    2:50 P.M.       #CRSTrendingNow
2:00 –    2:50 P.M.       C’mon, Get Apply! The Latest in App Technology for Radio
2:00 –    2:50 P.M.       The Stars Come Out in the Morning
3:00 –    4:00 P.M.       Artist Superstar Interview
5:30 –    6:15 P.M.       New Faces Cocktail Reception
6:30 -   10:00 P.M.       New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Performance
                                      After Hours
Friday, Oct. 31 marks the deadline to purchase $399 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2015.  The regular rate will take effect on Nov. 1, increasing registrations to $499 per person.  Registrations are available for purchase throughwww.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.

Nov. 1 also marks the last day in which stations can sign up to receive digital liners. The digital liners program was introduced in 2010 to replace the on-site Artist Radio Taping Sessions and has proven to be a solid success with stations and artists alike.

Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest radio event. The event is always packed full of great performances, educational seminars, intriguing panels and networking opportunities.

2014/10 6:38 AM
Alpha Media Shuffles Formats and Frequencies In Richmond

Country WLFV/93.1 The Wolf, transitions from 93.1 to 98.9.

Market Manager Paul Johnson
says, “This gives us full coverage in the Richmond metro, something we didn’t have on 93.1. In addition, the station will simulcast on 100.3, which covers the southern end of the market. This is a station that performs really well where it’s heard, and now it has 100% penetration.”

Adding to their Country presence, the group also brought in the "Hank, Legends of Country" format from Envision Networks to run on 93.1. This will give them a full Country spectrum with the combo, and each station will be able to focus on specific demos.

WBBT, which is the group’s third station, has gone from Oldies to Classic Hits. The stations changed the positioning to “Richmond’s Greatest Hits”, and they have evolved the music into a 70’s base. To make this change, Alpha is merging its Liberty, “We Play Anything” station with WBBT to play “Richmond’s Greatest Hits” This station will play the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The station will be heard on 107.3.

Scott Mahalick, Alpha Media EVP/Programming commenting on the changes stated, “In order to increase our competitive edge in the Richmond market, we needed to turn up the heat and shake things up. Not only will these improvements provide a more contemporary opportunity for revenue, they will give our listeners what they’ve been asking for.”

2014/10 2:32 AM
Sarah McGrady Of BMLG Is Engaged

Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Big Machine Sr. Manager/Partnership Marketing Sarah McGrady on becoming engaged to Vector Management's Jon Rpmero.
Check out McGrady’s FACEBOOK page. Where she says, "I can't stop staring.  Or smiling.  Or crying.  Or smiling.  We're Getting Married!"
Congratulate Ms McGrady here.

Jon Romero and
BMLG's Sarah McGrady

2014/10 7:37 AM
Paul Simon To Perform in "A Tribute To Phil Everly"

"A Tribute to Phil Everly" benefit concert will take place on Wednesday, October 29 to raise money for The COPD Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Phil Everly, one half of the iconic Everly Brothers, died due to complications of COPD in 2014.

The event will be held at the home of Sylvia Roberts located at 1358 Page Road, Nashville.  The festivities will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will feature a rare acoustic performance by 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon.

Phil Everly, along iwth his brother Don Everly, formed one of the most  influential duos in music, the Everly Brothers. Their influence is evident in the work of the Beatles, The Hollies, Simon and Garfunkle and countelss solo artists including Paul Simon.  

“I wish I’d have met him earlier.  He was such a good friend,”  remarked Simon.

Most of the Everlys' hit singles — "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" — merged Nashville's clean instrumental country style with innocuous teenage themes, and were smoother than other contemporary country-rock hybrids like rockabilly. 

For ticket and sponsorship opportunities go to http://copdf.co/PhilEverlyBenefit


2014/10 7:35 AM
Nick D Diakun Named PD of WRJY/Brunswick, GA

"Nick D" Diakun will join Golden Isles/Brunswick, GA as PD of Country WRJY and AC WXMK.  He will begin his new gig on October 27.  

This is his first programming job.  He has worked WTQR/Greensboro and WKKT/Charlotte.

Get in touch with him here.

2014/10 6:59 AM
Blizzard Buys KBCR/KBCR-A

Blizzard has bought Country simulcast combo KBCR and KBCR-AM/Steamboat Springs, CO.  Cool Raddio LLC was the seller.  

Blizzard has been running things via LMA since August.  The broker was Jody McCoy of Media Service Group. The station sold for $500,000.  

2014/10 6:55 AM
GAC Ed Hardy Named to Music City Music Council

Former GAC President Ed Hardy is the new co-chair of hte Music City Music Council.  Mayor Karl Dean has been serving as co-chair since 2009.  

Hardy most recently served CMA's Interim EO.  He is currently chairman of hte CMA's Board of Directors.  

"Ed has a wealth of experience that will help us continue to promote our Music City brand and attract entertainment companies to our city," said Mayor Dean. "Ed is well liked and highly respected, and with his work with two giants in the music industry – the Country Music Association and Great American Country – we are fortunate to have him lead the efforts of our Music Council."

2014/10 6:45 AM
Kennedy To Be Inducted Into Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Mike Kennedy OM/PD of KBEQ/Kansas City will be inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Sunday (10/19).  The ceremony will take place in Wichita. Kennedy has been a broadcaster for 36 years and 35 of those years have been with KBEQ.  

Kennedy was also named 2014 Kansas City Media Legend by MediaMix Kansas City.

Congratulate him here. 

2014/10 5:43 AM
Chattanooga Country WUSY's Benjamin 'Bearman' Martin Passes

Condolences from AllAboutCountry to the family and friends of iHeartMedia’s Country WUSY/US-101/Chattanooga morning co-host Benjamin "Bearman" Martin, who passed away yesterday (10/16) from complications following a long battle with liver disease. He was 61.

"Bearman" was in radio for 39 years, with 27 of those spent at WUSY. The "Bearman and Ken" morning show has garnered multiple ACM and CMA nominations, and won Country Radio Broadcasters "Small Market Personality of the Year" in 2010.

The founder of "Chattanooga Radio And Television" David Carroll wrote a tribute to "Bearman" on the company's website. Read it hereWUSY also posted a tribute to "Bearman," which you can be read here.

As of know, services are pending.

2014/10 3:25 AM
​CMA New Artist Of The Year Nominee Thomas Rhett Headlining Talladega Post-Race Concert This Saturday

In the race for CMA's New Artist of the Year award, first-time nominee Thomas Rhett will head to NASCAR’s most competitive track on Saturday to headline Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-race concert at Talladega Superspeedway (10/18).  

"Talladega is one of those iconic places that you grow up knowing about, whether you follow NASCAR or not,” said Thomas Rhett. “So, to be able to go there and perform…that definitely goes on the 'Things I'll tell my Grandkids' list." 

The Platinum-selling singer/songwriter was also recently tapped as direct support for Florida Georgia Line on their upcoming ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015, which kicks off Jan. 15 in Toledo, OH. The new tour will follow runs with some of Country Music’s biggest stars including Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert.

Thomas Rhett just released the new single “Make You Wanna” from his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS on The Valory Music Co., which has already spawned two consecutive Platinum-certified No. one hits, spending a total of four weeks in the top position in the last year.

2014/10 3:04 AM
​Julie Haskell Gade Appointed GM At Digity/Lincoln, NE

The Lincoln Journal star’s Jeff Korbelik reports that former Three Eagles Communications Country KZKX/ KX96.9 and Classic Rock KTGL/The Eagle 92.9/Lincoln, NE Station Manager Julie Haskell Gade has returned to the cluster, which is now owned by Digity Media Media, as GM. Gade replaces Joy Patten, who moves to head-up sales for the stations.

Gade, who left Three Eagles Communications in 2008 and since then has served as VP of Business Development at Leadership Resources, will oversee her former stations plus Sports KLMS-AM, News-Talk KFOR-AM, and Active Rock KIBZ/104.1 The Blaze.

2014/10 3:00 AM
Mediabase Holiday Schedule

The final Mediabase published charts of 2014 using recurrent rules will be on Sunday, December 14th.
Final add dates for 2014 are Monday, December 15th and Tuesday, December 16th, 2014.

The Mediabase charts will post on the web site, but without any recurrents being removed, on Sunday, December 21th and Sunday, December 28, 2014.

First Mediabase published charts of 2015 with recurrents being removed will be on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

The Add board will reopen on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, with the first add deadlines being Monday, January 5th and Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

2014/10 9:36 AM
Tanya Tucker Exhibit To Open At Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a special exhibition entitled  "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend" on Friday, November 14th.

Tucker rose from poverty in Texas, Arizona, Utah and Nevada to become a best-selling Country artist.  She signed with Columbia at 13 and her first single "Delta Dawn" went to the top of the charts in 1972.

In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Tucker continued her success.  She received her first CMA in 1991 for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.  

Tucker dealt with private issues in a public spotlight.  Her relatoinship with Glen Campbell who was 22 years older than she made big news with the tabloids.  She checked herself in to Betty Ford Clinic for substance abuse in the late '80s and a few years later became a single mother.

Her life and career will be detailed in the Country Msuic Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend" that will run through May 2015.


2014/10 9:32 AM
Classic Country Comes To Dayton

Alpha Media flipped WCLI, Click 101.5/Dayton (Hot AC) to Classic Country today (10/16).  Two days ago they begin playing all Christmas and a format flip seemed inevitable.

According to the statoin "101.5 Hank FM" will play artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba, Shania Twain and Brooks and Dunn--those artists that made Country popular.

"The wise decision to add Hank FM in Dayton becomes part of the foundation to help increase our value as a cluster in the market," said Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahallick. "The icons of Country format connects us to a passionate and underserved audience that continues to grow."

The PD willl remain Brad Waldo.  The station is currently running 10,000 commercial free songs.  Stream it here


2014/10 9:12 AM
Register For 2014 No Shave November

Register for the "2014 No Shave November for St. Jude Kids" is now open.  

The 4th annual event will raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital beginning Saturday, November 1.  Participants will post their clean-shaven photos on the start date and stop shaving for the month.  Their facial hair progress will be seen on social media and can be used to encourage donations to St. Jude.  Final photos will be posted on Sunday, November 30.

Country music industry professionals and Country Cares radio stations are encouraged to participate.  You can regster as teams with listeners or as individuals.  Everyone should encourage donations revolving around "No Shave November" using the hashtag #NSN4SJK.

The honorary Chariman of the Beard this year is Lady A's Dave Haywood.  Stations who raise the most money may get a phone call with Haywood and funds they raise add to the Country Cares toteboard

For more information or to register go to nsn4sjk.com.

2014/10 6:09 AM
Michael Jordan Selected To Succeed Coyote Calhoun As WAMZ PD

iHeartMedia/Lexington, KY OM Michael Jordan, is PD for the cluster’s Country WBUL has been named PD for Country sister station WAMZ/Louisville.

Jordan takes over for 35 year vet of WAMZ and Country Radio Hall of Famer Coyote Calhoun, who early this year announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year.

Michael was born and raised in in Kentucky,” said iHeartMedia RPM Kelly Carls. “He has distinguished himself with the outstanding success of WBUL and signature community events like the annual '4TH OF JULY RED, WHITE AND BOOM' festival. We’re thrilled to see him bring that expertise to WAMZ.”

Jordan will continue his current responsibilities for Lexington in addition to assuming the PD chair at WAMZ.

Coyote Calhoun built WAMZ into a legendary brand,” said Jordan. “We want to continue his legacy of great Country music, concerts, and a tireless dedication to the community. I’d like to thank Kelly Carls, Bill Gentry, and iHeartMedia’s senior leadership for this amazing opportunity.”

Send Jordan your congrats here.

2014/10 5:31 AM
Here’s What’s Happening At DASH Day One

Millennials Want To Be Social and Consumers Want Seamless And Personal

At the opening of DASH in Detroit yesterday (10/15), VP of Measurement Innovation at Nielsen Audio Dr. Ed Cohen gave attendees a first look at new research that showed how college students have intertwined digital into their lives.

He gave managers a look into the type of listener they will soon be dealing with: one with a much shorter attention span that wants more and more control.

The study showed the role of cars, the "connected car," and what personal transportation means in their lives today and their plans for the future.

Cohen was part in a three-year study at the University of Florida called "The Class of 2015." That study uncovered was that these college students did consume radio and television, but they connected more strongly with forms of two-way communication, namely social media.

In another session called "It's All About the Experience" of DASH, Day 1 in Detroit, Slacker Radio's Mike Kasparian said user experience is top priority, especially in the auto world. With laptops and mobile, the experience is clearly defined. In the automobile there's still work to be done on the dash. Keynoter Gary Shapiro spoke about driver distraction still being a major issue and looked more in the future toward the driverless vehicle.

The opinion of this panel was that a lot more needs to be done.

2014/10 3:07 AM
​Julie K Of KXKS Does A Dash to Nash KRMD Shreveport

Townsquare Country KXKS/Shreveport, LA morning co-host Julie K crosses the street for afternoons at Cumulus Country KRMD/NASH FM beginning Monday (10/20).  Congrats to Ms Julie K here.

PD Gary McCoy has already begun the search for her replacement. Interested candidates may send materials to McCoyhere.

As Julie K arrives at NASH FM the on the air line up is changed at Country KRMD. Moving to middays is PD and current afternoon driver James Anthony. He is succeeding 26 year station veteran John Fox, who continues to program Top 40 sister station KQHN and does the morning show.

2014/10 3:05 AM
​Roger Garrett Retires From 98.3 KORA

Brazos Valley Country KORA/Bryan-College Station, TX Veteran PD/Morning talent Roger “www” Garrett announces his retirement, as of Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Brazos GM John Seigler
stated, “We’re saddened that Roger’s leaving KORA and Brazos Valley Radio, but extremely thankful for the many years of entertainment and service he’s given our stations and the Brazos Valley communities we serve. Roger’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years. His strong relationships with community leaders and organizations on our behalf will be missed.  We’re excited for him as he explores a new phase of life.  We’ll miss him greatly, but he’ll always be welcome on air at 98.3 KORA."

Garrett is a veteran of 45 year radio vet with market stops that include Shreveport, Austin and Houston. He’s spent over 23 years in Bryan-College Station, working at four stations there, including the last 15 years at KORA.

“It’s been a good ride, well over 45 years of my life, and I am not done yet,” said Garrett. “This ‘retirement’ is a transition to creating an internet radio station and a bible study series with ‘No Boundaries.’ And, there will be a ROGER ‘WWW’ GARRETT Oldies show coming to Oldies 107.3 in 2015!” 

Brazos General Partner Tommy Vascocu is on the hunt for Garrett’s replacement. Qualified and interested candidates send your materials to Vascocuhere.

2014/10 3:03 AM
Another Judge Rules In Favor Of Artists

“…Rock and Roll and every other genre before 1972 deserve to be compensated..”

This time a California state judge, Mary Strobel, hands down a major legal victory in the expanding campaign to secure compensation for pre-1972 recordings from services like SiriusXM and Pandora.

Last year, a group of independent and major record labels sued SiriusXM in California state court for using songs recorded before 1972, including standards from the 40s and 50s, rock and roll from the 50s and 60s, and Motown music, without paying the artists and rights holder’s royalties.

Strobel granted the plaintiffs’ motion for jury instruction, ruling that California lawmust be interpreted to recognize, public performance rights in pre-1972 sound recordings.”

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman stated, “Two courts have now handed down landmark decisions which confirm what should be obvious, the pioneers of rock and roll and every other genre before 1972 deserve to be compensated when their music is used by companies like SiriusXM.  It’s increasingly clear that SiriusXM, Pandora and other digital music firms who refuse to pay legacy artists and rights holders are on the wrong side of history and the law.  It’s time for that to change.

2014/10 2:06 AM
Nick D Now PD At Country WRJY And AC WXMK Brunswick, GA

Golden Isles Broadcasting Country WRJY/104-1 The Wave and AC WXMK Magic 105.9/Brunswick, GA has named NICK D as PD, effective October 27. Nick previously held air gigs at Top 40 WKZL and  WMKS/Greensboro, NC and WIBT/Charlotte, NC. 

Nick had this to say, "First off, a big thanks to my KZL family.  I'm truly honored I had the opportunity to work for and with such great people and wish them nothing but unprecedented success. I've learned so much from them and I am beyond excited for this wonderful opportunity to take what I've learned and program these two awesome radio stations! Big thanks to GIB owners Eddie Esserman, Sanders Hickey and Ed Steel; GM Bryan Steele and Keith Clark. These folks are true pros in the industry with a great vision for these stations.  We're going to have a great time taking them to new heights and I can't wait to get started!" 

2014/10 2:03 PM
Stephen Chadwick: The Emerging Voice In Texas

New Album “Let’s Do This Thing” Is True Country Personified


While most 7-year-old boys are getting ready for their first attempt at little league, Houston-based Stephen Chadwick was getting paid to sing and perform on stage: booking agent and all.  And while most 15-year-old boys are deep in the throes of adolescent rebellion and existential discovery, Stephen and his band were regularly on stage at local bars and honky tonks: still getting paid to sing and perform.  Some might consider Stephen Chadwick a phenom, a natural born entertainer who earned on-stage credibility and a working musician’s credentials long before a high school diploma. On November 18th, with the release of his brand new album “Let’s Do This Thing,” many more are sure to consider him a remarkable descendent of the true Country music pedigree.

Let’s Do This Thing” is produced byTommy Detamore, acclaimed steel guitarist known for his work on over 100 albums for performers including George Strait and Grammy Award winner Bobby Flores. The true country sound that is inherent in both Chadwick and Detamore made it impossible for them to emerge with anything less than one of the most authentic country music albums to be released in some time.  Although Chadwick’s vocal chops have been cultivated by years of cross-harvested genres like R&B and Rock and Roll, his pure country tone is the power source that brings the songs to life.

The album kicks off with the first single “Hell Of A Time To Go Crazy,” and as soon as the first few chords erupt from the speakers, you know you are going to take the journey through this album to the very end.  Track after track, the buoyancy and consistent quality of “song” just keeps on coming. Beautiful originals including “She Just Might Be A Love Song” and “Waiting On You” are two towering examples of what Chadwick is capable of with a pen in his hand.  Other perfectly penned tunes like “What Goodbye Does” written by Adam Hood, “Here We Are” written by Bob DiPiero and the title track written by Trent Summar make it a little bit easier to believe that this album was recorded in a mere 3 days.  

In the mainstream world where hip-hop Country seems to govern, Stephen Chadwick feels confident waving the old school Country music flag.  Out on the road Chadwick can testify to the fact that younger audiences want to hear the likes of George Jones and Merle Haggard just as much as the newer generation, and Chadwick is proud to have shared stages with some country music royalty including Ray Price, John Anderson, Earl Thomas Conley, John Connelly and Chris LeDoux.  Stephen Chadwick’s band features Chris Loring (guitar), Bubba Scherer (bass) and Marshall Black (drums). www.stephenchadwickmusic.com

2014/10 12:45 PM
NBC News Dropped By Westwood

Cumulus, who owns Westwood One earlier this year announced it would not be distributing ABC Radio News as of the end of 2014. Cumulus had just signed an agreement with CNN. Now today, Westwood One notified their affiliates that it is also dropping NBC News.

They sent this letter below to their affiliates:

Dear Westwood One Affiliate,

We will soon begin providing Westwood One News, our locally branded and full-service news network powered by CNN that offers stations enhanced programming, correspondent reports and news features. Westwood One news is designed to help stations integrate their local branding into newscasts with greater flexibility, including selecting one to five minute newscasts based on affiliate needs and preferences.

As part of our commitment to providing innovative flexibility for stations, this next-generation news product will include headlines, special reports, correspondent two-ways, newsmaker sound bites and other news elements your listeners expect -- all powered by CNN and featuring your local branding.

Effective as of 12am ET Monday, December 15, 2014, NBC News Radio, including radio newscasts and other programming and elements, will no longer be produced and distributed by Westwood One.  To ease in your transition, satellite channels will not change for stations switching to Westwood One News. Your announcements, news reports, and actualities will be available at news.westwoodone.com.  

We look forward to bringing the exciting Westwood One News product to market. If you have any questions, please contact your Westwood One News representative Jim Jones at 202-895-2339.  Otherwise, we will be in touch over the next few weeks to discuss your affiliation.

As always, thank you for your continued affiliation with Westwood One.


Dennis Green
Senior Vice-President, Affiliate Sales 

2014/10 8:57 AM
Eric Church Outsiders Tour Goes On

Eric Church will soon take the Madison Square Garden Stage by storm just as he did eight years ago-a performance that changed his career forever. The Chief will appear on October 17, 2014 in celebration of his top selling album "The Outsiders" and his rising single "Talledega." 

He has also announced that he will be going on the second leg of Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour. New York City is just one of the cities he will visit. The second leg of the 2015 will include the following stops: 
Jan. 8| New Orleans, LA| Smoothie King Center 
Jan. 9| Tupelo, MS| BankcorpSouth Arena
Jan. 10| Nashville, TN| Bridgestone Arena 
Jan. 14| Oklahoma City, OK| Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jan. 16| Las Vegas, NV | The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 
Jan. 17| Las Vegas, NV| The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 
Jan. 18| San Diego, CA| Valley View Casino Arena 
Jan. 22| Fresno, CA| Save Mart Center 
Jan. 23| Los Angeles, CA| Staples Center 
Jan. 24| Phoenix, AZ| US Airways Arena 
Jan. 27| Denver, CO| Pepsi Center 
Jan. 29| Spokane, WA| Spokane Arena 
Jan. 30| Boise, ID| Taco Bell Arena
Jan. 31| Salt Lake City, UT| EnergySolutions Arena 
Feb. 4| Sacramento, CA| Sleep Train Arena 
Feb. 5| San Jose, CA| SAP Center 

Church will also appear on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (10/15). Visit www.ericchurch.com for more information.

2014/10 8:56 AM
Garth's Next Stop- St. Louis

Garth's next stop for his record-breaking world tour is St. Louis at the Scottrade Center for 7 p.m. (CT) on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10 a.m (CT). The total ticket price will be $71 after taxes and fees.

Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster.

2014/10 8:18 AM
Macy Martin Launches Holiday Toy Drive

Kent Wells Productions artist Macy Martin is launching her 2014 Winter Wonderland-Gift of Hope Toy Drive. The drive has become a tradition for the the Texas-native, who established Macy's Toy Box in 2006, when she was just eight. The foundation collects new and gently used toys for underprivileged children. 

"I don't know what it means to not receive gifts at Christmas," said Martin. "Growing up, the holidays were always so magical. I wanted to create an opportunity for others to experience that same holiday magic. While a toy isn't a necessity, for children it's a new friend. It's excitement. It's hope." 

Last year’s toy drive proved a big success, coming to the last-minute aid of Nashville’s Bridge Ministries. 

"I received a last minute call from The Bridge – they’d had a shortage of toys for their kids. Just a few days before Christmas, we shipped 600 toys their way. I was crossing my fingers and praying they’d make it on time – and they did!” 

Toys can be donated by placement in designated bins at College Station, Texas-area Kroger grocery stores, as well as the following businesses: 

Robertson County Cowboy Church 3470 W FM 1644 Franklin, TX 77856

Emily's JimS Boutique 110 N Main St. Bryan, TX 77803 

Toys can also be shipped to: Macy's Toy Box 18101 FM 974 Bryan, TX 77808 

Cash donatons are accepted and will be distributed to a number of charities including The Soup Mobile, Children's Miracle Network Facilities, Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and The Bridge Ministries. 

With the purchase of Tumbles the bear (pictured above) found at macymartinmusic.com, a portion of proceeds will also be donated and the buyer will be given the option to donate the bear back to Macy's Toy Box to be given to a child. Each Tumbles purchase provides the equivalent of three toys, four if the bear is donated back. 

To learn more about Macy's Toy Box, visit facebook.com/MacysToyBox

Martin released her first self-titled EP as well as her first single You With Me to country radio and it just hit #68 on the Music Row Country Break Out chart this week.

2014/10 8:13 AM
Jason Aldean "Old Boots, New Dirt" #1 Album

Congrats to Jason Aldean and the entire Broken Bow Records team for their #1 debut of "Old Boots, New Dirt" on both the all-genre and Country albums chart, according to Neilsen Soundscan figures. 

The album sold 278,000 copies last week making it 2014's third largest sales debut behind Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" (selling 383,000) and Eric Church's "The Outsiders" (selling 288,000). This first week result is his second consecutive #1 album after 2012's "Night Train."    

Also noteworthy is that this is the first time in more than a year that Country albums have ranked #1 back-to-back weeks. Lady A's "Golden" and Kenny Chesney's "Life On A Rock" did it in May 2013.

2014/10 8:09 AM
Jeff Bates Releases Conway Twitty Tribute

For years, radio DJs and the Country music industry have raved about the vocal similarities of Country singer Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty. On November 11, 2014, Bates will finally satisfy those who have said it for years, when he releases "Me And Conway" (Sony RED / Red River Entertainment), his tribute to the Country legend.

 "People always told me I sounded like Conway and though I never agreed, I always took it as a compliment," explains Bates. "I think it's because we were both from Mississippi, enunciated similarly and we both have that gravel sound in our voices. In 2002, when I met with Joe Galante and Renee Bell at RCA for the first time, I performed 'Long Slow Kisses' and 'I Wanna Make You Cry' for them and I learned that Renee had been Conway's A&R rep at MCA and she had called the meeting to find out who the guy was that reminded her so much of her friend, Conway. I went to great lengths to explain that I really didn't sound as much like him as she thought I did and if she would just A/B our voices side by side and listen she would hear huge differences. She just smiled her sweet Renee smile and said, 'Honey, it's not a bad thing at all. Yes, you sound like you but when you sing I hear Conway's soul in your voice!"

It was a battle Bates would continue to fight at radio for years. He heard, "You sound like Conway Twitty" and even "You sound too much like Conway Twitty!" Finally he decided to let it go.

"If people wanted to think that I sounded like him then so be it," he says. "I could spend my life arguing about it or I could just continue to write songs and sing what I felt. Then about three years ago I decided I would 'own it.'"

Bates decided to record a new album with six Conway songs and six others so that fans could hear the differences and similarities for themselves. On "Me And Conway," Bates has included renditions of Conway Twitty classics, "Don't Take It Away," "Lost In The Feeling," "I'd Love To Lay You Down" and "That's My Job."

was honored beyond comparison when Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn agreed to sing with him on her classic Conway duet, "After The Fire Is Gone." Lynn, who has not recorded the song with anyone since the original version with Conway, agreed after she heard Bates sing the song at her Hurricane Mills Tennessee Ranchannual Conway Twitty Weekend. It's been 43 years since the song was released in 1971 when it went to Number 1 on the charts for two consecutive weeks. Now, more than four decades later, the song will be heard again, introducing a new generation of fans to one of the greatest Country music duets ever recorded.

says of Bates, "He is one of the best singers I've ever heard in my life. I love him and Conway Twitty would have loved him!" "Conway just always seemed to say the things I needed to say or wanted to say when I couldn't find the words," says Bates. "I would sing his songs in nightclubs and at shows throughout my career because those songs, his songs, meant something to me personally. I never met the man but he absolutely had a major impact on my career. I hope he would be proud of this tribute to him."

Pre-sales for "Me and Conway" are available now through release day at www.jeffbates.net. The album will be available in all retail stores and Amazon.com, as well as digitally on iTunes.

2014/10 8:07 AM
Country Thunder Announces Headliners

The Country Thunder festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin has announced that Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton will headline. The festival will take place Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26, 2015. 

Addiitional performers will be announced in the future. Country Thunder sells four day passes for $160 each. A select number of preferred camping sites are also available for $160. 

 For more information go to  www.CountryThunder.com or call 866-802-6418866-802-6418.

2014/10 7:33 AM
Boot Barn Launches Moonshine Spirit By Brad Paisley

Boot Barn®, America’s largest western and work wear store, announced today that it has partnered with country music superstar, Brad Paisley, to develop an exclusive line of boots, jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts. Called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley, the new line will blend Boot Barn’s western heritage with a modern, Country music edge.

"We specifically chose Brad Paisley to create this line, because his values align beautifully with those of our customers and employees," said Jim Conroy, Boot Barn's chief executive officer. "He is authentic, and that's the essence of every Boot Barn customer."

"Boot Barn attracts customers from all walks of life, from ranchers and cowboys to those in the construction and energy industries,” said Jayme Maxwell, Boot Barn’s vice president of marketing. “Generally speaking, those customers also love country music. Add to that Brad Paisley's appeal, and Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley is the perfect union of those influences. This partnership is an exact fit for Boot Barn and a very exciting expansion of our product assortment."

Aimed at males aged 18-40 seeking clothing with a contemporary fit, Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley, his first foray into clothing, will feature casual and dressier merchandise, including boots, shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, T-shirts, ball caps and a leather jacket. Prices range from $20 for baseball caps to $299 for the leather jacket.

"Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing," said Paisley. “It’s hip, modern, progressive, rugged and Country—ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town. It’s a great time to launch Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. It embodies the enthusiasm of my new album, 'Moonshine in the Trunk.'"

"Like Brad Paisley’s music, Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley conveys the historical roots inherent in boots and western wear along with the modern edginess Brad is known for," said Bill Costa, Boot Barn's director of product development and design. "Brad appeals to fans of many music genres, and this line is a reflection of that. This line definitely stretches Boot Barn's merchandise aesthetic."

The Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley collection will debut at the grand opening of the Nashville, Tenn., Boot Barn store on October 24, 2014, and will be online and in all Boot Barn stores December 1. 

2014/10 6:10 AM
​Steve Kramer Of KMLE/Phoenix And His Wife Featured On 'Conan'

CBS Radio Country KMLE/Phoenix morning talent Steve Kramer and his wife Shannon were on last nights (10/14) Conan O’Brien Show on TBS-TV, after Shannon held up a sign saying Conan was her "3rd crush."

Responding to the sign O’Brien asked Shannon, who the first two crushes were.

Check it all out here.

2014/10 12:44 AM
​The CMA Announces The 2014 CMA Broadcast Award Winners

Country Music Association (CMA) has announced the 2014 'CMA Broadcast Award' winners. These winners, will be honored before the broadcast of the "The 48th Annual CMA Aawards" live on ABC-TV from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 5th at 8 pm (ET).

And...the winners are:

CMA Broadcast Personality Of The Year

"Country Countdown USA" with Lon Helton, Westwood One

Laurie DeYoung, Mark Williams, Jeff St. Pierre, Claire Scattergood, "Laurie DeYoung Show ", WPOC/Baltimore

Chris Carr, Jeffrey "Maverick" Bolen, Jason Statt, "Chris Carr & Company", WUBE/Cincinnati

Buzz Jackson, KIIM/Tucson

Gator Harrison, Greg "Styckman" Owens, Kyle Croft, "Gator & The Styckman", WUSY/Chattanooga





Congrats to all!

2014/10 12:01 AM
​The World Biggest Country/Pop Star Taylor Swift Performs Two Epic Concerts

On the eve of her highly anticipated album,1989,”  Taylor Swift takes ABC by storm.  She will appear on ABC’sJimmy Kimmel Live October 23 as well as “Good Morning America” October 27 and 30, and “The View” October 29
On Thursday, October 23, she will close down Hollywood Boulevard for an exclusive concert before thousands of fans onJimmy Kimmel Live.” Taylor will also be the late-night host’s in-studio guest in her first late-night appearance to promote her highly anticipated new album “1989” featuring the No. 1 international hit “Shake It Off,” which has topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and exceeded sales of two million downloads.

On Monday, October 27, the release day of “1989,” Taylor will appear on “Good Morning America” for a sit-down interview with ABC News anchor Robin Roberts. Later that week, on Thursday, October 30, the superstar returns to GMA for an epic concert in the heart of New York City, where she will perform multiple songs from “1989.”
On Wednesday, October 29, Taylor will be the featured guest on “The View,” where she will talk with Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace about the success of her new album and her career. Taylor writes all of her own songs and is the youngest artist in history to win the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at No. 1 with three consecutive studio albums.

On the day that Taylor unlocked “Out of the Woods,” it immediately shot to No. 1 on iTunes. 

Video of Swift discussing the song here.

2014/10 12:00 AM
​New Morning Show Announced, As Jeff Sloan Departs WMDH/Muncie, IN

Cumulus Country WMDH/NASH 102.5/Muncie, IN will debut a new morning crew on Monday, October 27th, following the departure of station vet Jeff Sloan. He is leaving the radio business. 
Until the October launch of the "Nash Mornings Now, show, midday talent Amanda Rollen and News anchor Mike Lees will continue doing the morning show.  
Weekender personality Phil “Dash” Dashler will handle middays.

2014/10 11:49 PM
Rhonda Towns To Perform At 2014 Join The Tribe Ball Benefit Concert New Guinea

Country music recording artist and inspirational talk radio show host, Rhonda Towns and Dawn Records have announced that they will be headed to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Towns accepted a personal invitation as a hand-selected guest and will perform before members of the Papua New Guinea government and prominent business leaders.  She will be featured  at the2014 Join The Tribe Ball to be held at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby the evening of Friday, October 24.  She will also headline the corresponding benefit concert on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

“I am overwhelmed in this invitation; it is an incredible honor,” stated Towns. “The message and work of the PNG Tribal Foundation parallels my voice to be inspiring and encourage unity for all mankind. I am humbled to be a part of such an incredible foundation; this will be a lifetime experience.”

The 2014 Join The Tribe Ball was created with the objective to empower women and end gender-based violence--a poignant message that Towns works diligently to support and deliver in her music.Towns will also perform at a charity concert event benefiting the Hohola Youth Development Center--a school for disadvantaged youth. 

Hosted by the PNG Tribal Foundation and The Voice Inc., this inspiring benefit concert will be held at the Hohola Youth Development Centre Hall in Hohola on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with festivities commencing at 1:00PM.  Other performers include R&B singer Bianca Noka and Papua New Guinea’s own Fife Bay. Concert tickets are thirty kina each and are available through the PNG Tribal Foundation, The Voice Inc. and at Moresby Arts Theatre locations.

“One of the primary focuses of the Tribal Foundation is to empower women,” added GT Bustin, President, PNG Tribal Foundation. “Having a talented woman—in music and business—such as Rhonda Towns is a natural pairing for these events, as she is a genuine representation of our message.”

The announcement of Towns’ journey to Papua New Guinea comes on the heels of her return to digital airwaves. Towns’ feel good radio show “Plenty More Love” re-launched October 4 on “Faith Talk 1360.”

Listeners from around the globe can tune into the “Plenty More Love” show via her website or visit: www.faithtalk1360.com. For more information on Rhonda Towns and her new music visit: www.rhondatowns.com

2014/10 11:40 PM
Average Joes Entertainment’s Lenny Cooper Partners With Monster X Tour

Average Joes Entertainment’s Lenny Cooper and Monster Truck Entertainment have joined forces for the 2015 season of the Monster X Tour.  Cooper is set to be the musical entertainment for five shows on the upcoming Monster X Tour kicking off January 9 in Augusta, GA.  Cooper’s concerts will feature the new Monster X Tour theme song, “Flex That X,” found on Cooper’s recently released third studio album, THE GRIND, available now.  Listen to the song here

Monster Truck Entertainment’s Monster X Series provides quality, safe, family entertainment that features all the top Monster trucks battling it out. In addition to appearances by Lenny Cooper, these extreme live events also includepit parties and driver autograph sessions, freestyle motorcross, quad wards and truck rides.

“I'm so happy to say I'm going to be a part of the Monster X Tour,” states Lenny Cooper. “It's going to be fun to be able to play in front of thousands of people and give them some great music. I’m ready to turn it up and 'Flex That X!'”

"Teaming up with Lenny was such a natural fit," said Monster X Tour COO, Tony Maderazzo. "We all have the same passion for BIG trucks with BIG tires and a ton of Mud Slingin’ action!”  

Cooper’s Monster X Tour appearances include the following dates:

January 9-10 - Augusta, GA

January 16-17 - Jackson, MS

February 6-7 - Estero, FL

February 20-21 - Montgomery, AL

February 27-28 - Asheville, NC      

For more information, visit www.lennycoopermusic.com.  

2014/10 10:19 AM
Garth Breaks His Own Record

Garth has added an eleventh show in Minneapolis. This means that he has now broken his own single-city/ticket records that he just set in Chicago. Garth appeared in Chicago in September and set a single-city ticket record of 180,000 for his eleven shows at Allstate Arena. So far Brooks has sold 180,000 ticket in Minneapolis and tickets are still selling. 

Prior to his stop this year in Chicago Minneapolis held the record of selling the most tickets in 1998.  His show at the Target Center then sold 162,833 tickets.

2014/10 9:37 AM
Mimi Wheeler Named MD At WNCB

Mimi Wheeler, midday host has been named the new MD at WNCB, B93.9/Raleigh. She will continue doing middays. 

Mimi has been instrumental in the early success of B93.9 during the station's first year on the air," said WNCB PD Todd Nixon. "Mimi's creativity, determination and love for great new Country music are what's going to help continue B93.9 as the new Country radio leader in Raleigh-Durham." 

 Get in touch with Mimi here. 

2014/10 8:57 AM
Kimmie Trosdahl New Promo Coordinator For Broken Bow

Kimmie Trosdahl has joined BBR Music Group as Promotion Coordinator for Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records. She will begin her new position immediately. 

Trosdahl has worked as Sr. Director of Promotion for Bigger Picture before it closed in May. She takes the place of Chelsey Flick who was promoted to Manager/National Syndication.

2014/10 8:12 AM
Peter Cooper New Museum Editor for Country Music Hall of Fame

Peter Cooper is the new Museum Editor for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum beginning Monday, November 10. Cooper, who has been the music columnist for The Tennessean since 2000 will leave his position Friday, November 7. During his time with the newspaper he has written about the lives and careers of many of Country's finest including George Jones and Taylor Swift. 

Cooper is also a Grammy-nominated producer and a singer-songwriter. He also serves as a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. He also teaches a course in the "History of Country Music" at Blair. 

 The Tennessean is in talks with the CMHOF about the possibility of sharing content. They are also looking for Cooper's replacement.

2014/10 8:03 AM
Luke Bryan Extends "That's My Kind Of Night Tour"

Luke Bryan has extended his "That's My Kind of Night Tour" adding a winter leg in early 2015. During 2014 the tour has produced sell-outs in each market and set attendance records. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will join Bryan on the 2015 Winter leg beginning on Tuesday, February 10th in Grand Rapids. 

Dates for ticket sales will begin Saturday (10/18) and will vary by show. For more information go to www.LukeBryan.com.

2014/10 7:45 AM
Gigs Galore

A few primo gigs have opened up. Here are the details: 
Cumulus Country WPKR, Nash FM/Appleton/Oshkosh/Green Bay, WI is looking for a morning personality to be on the simulcast of the Nash brand on 99.5 and 104.5. They are looking for a person who can stand out and entertain Northeast Wisconsin both on the air and in person.  If you're interested send materials here with the subject "Nash-FM Mornings Green Bay/Appleton-Oshkosh."
Entercom's KKWF/Seattle is looking for a weekend talent with three to five years experience in a mid-major market.  They would prefer someone local.  Send resumes and airchecks to /Blog/ with "Howl" in the subject line.
KBUL/Reno has an opening for a morning co-host to work wtih interim PD/morning host Bob Richards.  "If you love getting in front of listeners, have fresh ideas to grow the morning show and want to live and work in a 24/7 town, this is your place to be," says Richards.  Send airchecks and resumes here

2014/10 6:52 AM
​WestwoodOne Presents A Salute to our Military Veterans with Kix Brooks

 Westwood One continues its tradition of high-end holiday music specials with a Veterans Day salute to our troops, as Top Country Stars Share Their Appreciation.

In honor of all the men and women who serve, who have served, and those who sacrificed their lives to keep our nation safe, award-winning County superstar Kix Brooks, host of Westwood One’s American Country Countdown and NASH’Kickin’ it with Kix, will host his annual two-hour Veterans Day holiday music special.  A Salute to our Military Veterans with Kix Brooks will feature songs that symbolize the spirt of American pride and patriotism, like  Zac Brown Band’s “Free,” Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream,” Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America,” Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This,” Keith Urban’s “For You” and more.  
In addition to the music, fellow Country stars Tim McGraw, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, and others will share their appreciation for our military veterans
Stations can air A Salute to our Military Veterans with Kix Brooks from Saturday, November 8 through Tuesday, November 11 between 6:00 am and 12 midnight.
For more information, contact Donny Walker: /Blog/ (615) 727-6987.

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