industry members
Chrystal Heidemann
Affiliate Relations   ReelWorld
Rebeka Griffin
Promotions Director   Alpha Media USA
Tom Starr
  Warmer Nashville
Ann East
  Grass Roots Records
Mike Todd
Owner   Wind & Mercy Music
Danny Montana
APD/MD   Hubbard Radio




2016/04 12:33 PM
Pepper Daniels Selected Director Country & NT Programing For AMG/San luis Obispo

AMG/San Luis Obispo, CA Director/Programming Pepper Daniels has been upped to Director/Country
& News/Talk Programming for the cluster and the company's recently acquired Santa Maria, CA cluster,
which includes Country KSNI
.

Dave Daniels exits after four years. His bio includes 21 years at KJUG/Visalia, CA
Dave Daniels is seeking his next gig and you can contact him here.

Cluster talent Jay Thomas will assume KSNI mornings and assist with programming.

2016/04 12:01 PM
Jamie Patrick Grabs The Asst. OM Position At Mapleton Communications/Spokane

Mapleton Communications/Spokane has upped Country KDRK APD/MD/morning man Jamie Patrick to Asst. OM, effective immediately. Patrick will maintain his APD/MD duties and continue his morning shift with KDRK while adding oversight of the remaining stations in Mapleton's six-station Spokane cluster. PATRICK has been with the cluster for 15 years, the last six of which he has handled MD duties with KDRK. His entire career has been in his hometown of Spokane. He also worked for CHR KZZU, Rhythmic/KYWL/WILD 103.9, and Sports KGA-AM.

"I am excited for this next adventure in my career," said Patrick. "I am anxious to get started in helping our cluster reach new levels of success. Now, if they give me the key to the executive washroom, I really know I've made it!"

Mapleton/Spokane OM Greg Tillotson said, "Jamie has earned this. Since my arrival in the building, he has done everything asked of him and more. His passion and thirst for learning is refreshing."
Sent Patrick Congrats here.

2016/04 11:12 AM
Dan + Shay’s Forthcoming Album OBSESSED available For Pre-Order Now

Chart-topping duo release companion video for “Already Ready” to Facebook as featured Artist of the Day
Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay’s brand new forthcoming album Obsessed, produced by Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks, due June 3 on Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville, is available today for pre-order.

Fans who pre-order OBSESSED will receive instant downloads of Dan + Shay’s latest Top 25 single “From The Ground Up” as well as “Already Ready”. As Facebook’s current Artist of the Day, the pair released a special companion video for “Already Ready” to their page. The video, conceived and created spur of the moment last weekend and filmed in just a single shot at a Nashville house party, is also featured on the Facebook Music page.
  
The duo gives credit where it’s due. In fact, they attribute the title of the album to their supporters who they teamed up with [their fans] to reveal the track listing. “We love our fans and feel like [they] are a huge reason we’ve had the success we’ve had,” Smyers told People Now. “Our fans are very involved in everything we do. We’re more like friends with them… We know their names, they know our names. To let them reveal the track titles has been really fun.” Dan + Shay also revealed the OBSESSED album cover directly to fans earlier today.

In addition his writing credits on OBSESSED, Mooney co-wrote Rascal Flatt's recent No. 1 hit, "I Like the Sound of That," which " wins with subtleties and sharp songwriting" (Taste of Country), along with Jesse Frasure and pop singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.

Dan + Shay are currently on the road and will join Darius Rucker on his Good for a Good Time Tour this summer, kicking off June 3 in Tampa, Fla.

OBSESSED TRACK LISTING 

1. "All Nighter" (Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, David Hodges)
2. "Road Trippin’" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Martin Johnson)*
3. "From The Ground Up" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Chris DeStefano)
4. "Already Ready" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins)
5. "How Not To" (Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni, Kevin Bard)
6. "Lipstick" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Nicolle Galyon)
7. "Round The Clock" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Jesse Frasure, David Hodges)**
8. "Lately" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Martin Johnson)*
9. "Sway" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Liz Rose, busbee)
10. "Obsessed" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Nolan Lambroza, Breyan Isaac) 
Obsessed was produced by Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks.
*Produced by Dan Smyers and Martin Johnson
**Produced by Dan Smyers and Jesse Frasure


For tour dates and more information, visitwww.DanandShay.com and follow @danandshay onInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

2016/04 10:55 AM
IEBA Board Of Directors Makes two moves

The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) has elected United Talent Agency's Jbeau Lewis to its Board of Directors for 2016. He will serve the remainder of the term of outgoing director Kevin Neal.

Also, the Board has appointed Flood Bumstead Mccready & Mccarthy Agent David Boyer to the position of Treasurer. IEBA will host its 46TH Annual Conference at the OMNI Nashville and Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum this October.

2016/04 9:12 AM
Trailer Choir's Big Vinny and Butter Visit Sirius/XM's Studios

Average Joes Entertainment's Trailer Choir stopped by the Sirius/XM studios yesterday in Nashville to record this weekend's "On The Horizon" show with Buzz Brainard. "On The Horizon" airs on Siriux/XM's The Highway channel throughout the weekends. Trailer Choir's brand new single, "Ice Cold Summer," can be heard now on Sirius/XM's The Highway.

Pictured L-R: S/XM's The Highway's PD JR Schumann, Trailer Choir's Big Vinny, S/XM's Buzz Brainard, Trailer Choir's Butter

2016/04 8:34 AM
Jerrod and Lee Release a Duet

Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice released a duet "A Little More Love" today (April 29).  It will be the lead single from Niemann's upcoming album on Curb Records, which is also Brice's label.  

Niemann is co-producing the album with Jimmy Lee Sloas.  "A Little More Love" was written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann.

Brice and Niemann have been friends since 2002 and written songs together including the track "Shinin' On Me" from Niemann's Free The Music project, as well as "You'll Always Be Beautiful," recorded by Blake Shelton.

"Lee and I have always talked about recording some music together,” Niemann said. “We hope this tune will have our fans smiling and singing along with their windows down and the radio up all summer long!”

2016/04 8:11 AM
Old Dominion Partners with LIDS

Old Dominion has partnered with sports retailer LIDS and headwear manufacturer New Era for a partnership coinciding with the country band's latest hit, "Snapback."

A hat design content will be the first ever music partnership for LIDS and a first corporate brand partnership for Old Dominion.

From now until June 20 shoppers can design a hat for the band and submit their design via Twitter or Instgram by tagging LIDS and Old Dominion while including the hashtags #OldDominionLids and #contest. A design image can also be uploaded through LIDS' dedicated contest microsite.  Old Dominion is supporting the design contest through social prmotion to fans and vignettes now playing a stores.

A winning hat design will be selected each week and the entrant will receive two free tickets to a show agreed upon between the winner and LIDS to see Old Doinion on Kenny Chesney's 2016 Spread the Love Tour.  After eight weeks of winners, those eight designs will be put to a fan vote the determine the grand prize winner.  Teh winning fan will receive a VIP ticket and travel package to a tour stop complete with an Old Dominion meet-and-greet backstage.

The winning hat will be put into production and sold at participating stores throughout the country.  

“Working with a company like LIDS just makes sense for us,” said Old Dominion’s lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “Every night we play a song we wrote that has now become a hit and was inspired by seeing so many of our fans wearing Snapbacks. Our fans are LIDS customers and we are excited to partner up and bring them into the Old Dominion family.”

“We are excited to partner with a group of musicians that exemplify the core values of our brand,” said LIDS co-founder Glenn Campbell. “This band is known for its passion and commitment to the music, the same way our patrons are known for their dedication to their favorite sports teams. Their ambition and love of ‘snapbacks’ makes Old Dominion the perfect partner for LIDS.”

2016/04 7:55 AM
Changes At CBS Corporation?

According to Reuters, execs at CBS Corporation are looking at ways to buy the company's voting shares from Sumner Redstone's National Amusements, Inc. and end the company's dual-class share structure to give Executive Chairman/CEO Leslie Moonves more control of the company.

The report says that CBS has met withlenders in "preliminary and ongoing" talks to see if a deal to buy out the 80% of voting shares held by Redstone is possible.  Redstone's mental state is the subject of an upcoming trial in the lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer over her dismissal as his healthcare representative.  The shares will be held in a trust including Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and Redstone's daughter Shari upon Redstone's death or a declaration of his mental incompetency.

At this point no one is commenting on the report.

2016/04 7:28 AM
American Country Countdown Awards This Sunday

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam will open the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards this Sunday (5/1).  Martina will sing "This One's For the Girls."  

The show will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Fox TV.

2016/04 6:41 AM
WBOJ-A/Columbus, GA Flips To Country

PMB Sports WBOJ-AM/Columbus, GA has flipped to Classic Country and will be known as "Kissin' Country Legends."  The station will be simulcast via 250W FM translator W286BE.  

The signals are a brand extension fo the company's WKCN, Kissin' 99.3, the market's highest rated Country statoin in Nielsen's Fall 2015 diary survey with a 4.9 (5).  iHeartMedia's WSTH received a 4.2 (7).

2016/04 6:32 AM
ASCAP Distributions Increase

ASCAP has posted their 2015 revenue and it totals $1.014 billion.  They have disbursed $867.4 million to its 560,000 songwriter, compser and publisher members. This inlcudes $716.8 million in domestic revenue and a record  high of $573.5 million in domestic distributions, a 6.2% increase over 2014.

They also report a 12.3% expense ratio in tracking, matching and processing payment for 570 billion music performances.  Details here

2016/04 6:04 AM
Knutson Joins Digital Relab

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) Director/Label Resources Megan Knutson has been named Director of Entertainment and Management for Virginia-based tech company Digital Relab.  

Knutson has been with BMLG after a year with Broken Bow Records Music Group.  She was promoted to Dir./Label Resources in 2013.  

In her new position she will remain based in Nashville.  Get in touch with her here. At this point BMLG has no plans to fill her position.

2016/04 6:00 AM
Ryan Nelson Hired At iHeartMedia/Tampa and Sarasota

Ryan Nelson has returned to iHeartMedia/Tampa as APD/afternoons for WFUS/Tampa and PD at WCTQ/Sarasota.  This is a return for Nelson after leaving in 2012.

He will succeed Catfish in afternoons. Catfish will now be handling middays after SVPP/PD Travis Daily was promoted and will continue in his programming role.  WFUS MD Launa Phillips will stay on and assist Daily and Nelson with programming.

Get in touch with Nelson here.

 

2016/04 1:01 PM
Urban Headed To Canada With "Ripcord World Tour 2016" ***Nielsen Audio Ratings Below***

Keith Urban will tkae his "Ripcord World tour 2016" with Dallas Smith and Maren Morris to Canada in September.

The Canadian leg will begin in Vancouver on Saturday, Setpember 10 and run through Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon.  He will be performing in  Kelowna and Prince George for the first time.

"Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties," said Urban. "From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that's only grown stronger over the years. I can't wait to bring the 'Ripcord World Tour' to everyone this year."

For a list of dates and ticket information, visit website here.

2016/04 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio Ratings of Subscribing Stations AQH Share P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid WI 16






Chattanooga
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  4/28/16
      Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
           
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WUSY-FM Country 12.3 11.1 11.2 12.1
WSKZ-FM Classic Rock 5.8 8.2 7.6 7.2
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.3 6.0 6.7
WJTT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.5 7.2 8.2 6.2
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.3 7.6 8.7 5.9
WMPZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 2.9 3.5 3.6 4.1
WGOW-FM News Talk Information 4.0 3.9 4.7 3.5
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 5.8 7.4 5.5 3.0
WLND-FM Adult Hits 2.5 1.6 2.8 2.5
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.4
WOGT-FM Country 1.9 1.4 0.9 2.4
WGOW-AM News Talk Information 2.5 1.2 1.4 1.4
WPLZ-FM Classic Hits 1.9 2.3 2.1 1.1
WALV-FM All Sports 2.1 1.4 0.6 1.0
WPLZ-FM HD2 Other 2.3 0.6 0.5 0.8
WUSY-FM HD2 Classic Country * * * 0.5
WDEF-AM All Sports * * 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Huntsville
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WDRM-FM Country 13.2 12.4 10.5 12.3
WRSA-FM Adult Contemporary 7.8 5.8 6.7 7.9
WZYP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.2 6.4 6.1 7.1
WVNN-AM News Talk Information 3.5 3.2 3.1 4.8
WLOR-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.9 2.8 1.3 3.4
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 3.6 5.5 3.6 3.4
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 3.5 3.6 4.6 3.3
WHRP-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.5 3.6 4.4 3.1
WAHR-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 3.8 2.9 2.9
WRTT-FM Active Rock 3.6 3.0 4.0 2.7
WQRV-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.5
WWFF-FM Country 1.0 0.9 1.7 0.8
WBHP-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 * 0.6
WUMP-AM All Sports * * 1.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Jackson, MS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WJMI-FM Urban Contemporary 12.0 11.8 8.6 12.6
WKXI-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 8.8 10.0 7.6 9.6
WHLH-FM Gospel 7.8 11.3 8.4 8.9
WYOY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.1 6.9 7.8 5.7
WJKK-FM Adult Contemporary 3.2 4.9 3.2 5.3
WUSJ-FM Country 5.3 4.4 7.1 4.7
WMSI-FM Country 3.5 3.7 4.8 4.3
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 3.7 3.0 3.0 3.6
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.8 2.5 2.8 2.6
WJXN-FM Classic Country 3.5 3.0 2.6 2.3
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.8 1.4 1.7 1.5
WRKS-FM All Sports 0.9 * 1.5 1.1
WOAD-AM Gospel 0.9 1.6 0.6 0.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Madison
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WOLX-FM Classic Hits 6.3 6.4 7.1 8.2
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 8.2 6.7 7.0
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 6.7 6.2 6.5 6.4
WMGN-FM Adult Contemporary 8.5 6.7 7.6 6.2
WWQM-FM Country 6.3 5.1 4.7 6.0
WMMM-FM Album Adult Alternative 4.1 2.7 4.5 3.9
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 5.0 6.0 4.8 3.5
WJJO-FM Active Rock 3.9 4.7 4.1 3.3
WJQM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.9 3.5 3.0 3.1
WMAD-FM Country 2.8 4.4 3.2 2.9
WXXM-FM Talk/Personality 1.8 2.2 1.7 2.9
WMHX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.8 2.5 2.4 2.3
WTSO-AM All Sports 1.5 1.5 2.0 1.8
WHIT-AM Classic Country 0.7 0.7 0.7 *
WLMV-AM Spanish Variety * 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Shreveport
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 10.8 12.9 11.7 12.5
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.5 7.7 7.8 8.7
KRMD-FM Country 4.0 4.1 3.1 4.3
KQHN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.1 2.3 2.1 2.4
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
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2016/04 10:08 AM
Stations That Enhance With Visuals Increase Tune-Ins

A study of 11 million NextRadio listening shows that radio stations that use visuals and related content to enhance their terrestrial broadcast increase their tune-ins by nearly 2 hours more listening, per listener, per month, in NextRadio vs. stations which only display their station logo.

“Today consumers are part of an ever evolving app-world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune-in, NextRadio provides a compelling new listener engagement option,” said NextRadio Pres. Paul Brenner.

“Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio—making listeners more engaged and loyal. Not only does the data show that these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not,” said Brenner.

2016/04 9:56 AM
Do Radio Traffic Reports Create Distraction?

More findings on the topic of distracted drivers reveals that radio traffic reports may also be a culprit.  According to ScienceDaily, a study presented to the British Psychological Society conference in Nottingham on Wednesday (4/27) by Gillian Murphy of University of College Cork and Dr. Ciara Greene of University College Dublin who were examinging Perceptual Load Theory adn its effect on driving had 36 people use a driving simulatory while listeneing for a traffic report.

Half were asked to listen for a simple task (listening for a change in gender) while the other half were asked to listen for a more complex task (pay attention to a reports about a particular road).  

Only 23% of the drivers in the complex task noticed an elephant or gorilla by the side of the road, as compared to 71% listening for the simple task.  Those listening for the complex task also were worse at obeying road signs and everyday driving tasks.

According to Murphy, "The fact that we found this using a simple, naturally occurring task like listening out for a traffic update on the radio suggests that the load on our hearing may be an important and overlooked contributor to driver distraction."

 

2016/04 8:38 AM
Bobby Bones and Brooklyn Decker Co-Host 2016 iHeartCountry Festival

The iHeartCountry Festival taking place this Saturday, April 30 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX will be hosted by syndicated host Bobby Bones and actress/model Brooklyn Decker.  

Performers on the Main Stage will include Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.  The Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival will feature Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane and Maren Morris.

The festival will video stream live on iHeartRadio online beginning Satruday, April 30 at 8 p.m.  iHeartMedia Country outlets will broadcast the event live.   It will also be broadcast on the AT&T Audience Network on Friday, May 13 at 9 p.m. (ET via DirectTVchannel 239 or U-verse channel 1114.  For more information visit iHeartCountry Festival homepage.
 

2016/04 8:27 AM
KRMD (Nash FM 101.1) Julie Kansy Gets PD Job

Julie Kansy, Top 40 KQHN, i97.3/Shreveport has named July Kansy as PD.  Kansy joined Cumulus Media/Schreveport in 2014 as Afternoon Driver/APD at sister Country KRMD, Nash FM 101.1.  In 2015 she was named OM of the cluster.

She has also served as PD of Sports KRMD, 100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.

According to VP/MM Brandon Beard, Since joining Cumulus in October of 2014 to host an afternoon show on KRMD, Jules has done an incredible job of going above and beyond for our cluster. In 2015, Jules was elevated to Operations Manager and has shined in that role. Jules shows the type of passion that every GM across America would love to have. We are proud to announce that Jules will now lead our Top 40 station KQHN i97.3 as the PD and also begin the search for a local morning show. Jules will continue in her role as the OM and will continue to host her afternoon show on KRMD. We are proud to call Jules part of the Cumulus family in Shreveport.”

“Cumulus has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.  I have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears (don't believe me - check out my Facebook page) into radio and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is my first love and passion. I look forward to collaborating further with Cat Thomas and Brandon Beard to take i97.3 to the top," remarked Kansy.



 

2016/04 8:23 AM
Band Perry's Song Chosen as Team USA's Olympic Anthem

The Band Perry's "Live Forever" has been chosen by Team USA's official song at the 2016 Summer Olympics August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

Watch the "Olynpics Edition" video for the song here

2016/04 6:16 AM
Garth Back in Vegas For Fourth of July

Garth Brooks and tour mate/wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking their World Tour to Vegas Friday, June 24, Satruday, June 25, Satruday July 2, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4.

Go here for ticket information

2016/04 6:10 AM
Here’s A List Of The Nielsen Audio Winter '16 Books Arriving Today

Chattanooga; Madison; Huntsville, AL; Shreveport, LA; and Jackson, MS.  You will find the ratings for subscribing stations in the AllAboutCountry.com News section after 5 p.m. (ET).

The April '16 PPM Monthly results will be released starting May 9th.
Spring '16  Phase 1 Arbitrends arrive starting May 16th.

2016/04 12:59 PM
Ten New Members Added To 2016-2017 Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee

The individuals that will serve on the 2016-2017 Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee have been announced. Ten new members will join twelve returning members to plan agenda items and events surrounding Country Radio Seminar 2017.

New members added to the 2016-2017 CRS Agenda Committee are: Kristina Carlyle (iHeart Media), Andrew Curran (DMR Interactive), Steve Hodges (Sony Music), Scott Lindy (Cumulus Media), Billy McKim (Texas A&M), Zack Massey(iHeart Media), Eric Michaels (Emmis), Kris Rochester (United Stations), Terry Phillips (CBS) and Kristen Williams (Warner Music Nashville).

Returning to the committee are: Lee Adams (Broken Bow Records), Sam Alex(Townsquare Media), Jay Cruze (WSCG), Timothy Gerst (ThinkSwell), Carolyn Gilbert (NuVoodoo Media), Ed Green (Red Light Management), Jeff James (Signet Interactive), Bruce Logan (CBS Radio Houston), Stew Sawyers (Sawyers Media Group), Jenny Sheilds (Premiere Radio), JR Schumann (Sirius/XM) and Brook Stephens (KZPK).

The CRS Agenda Committee is comprised of volunteer professionals from all areas of the Country radio and record industries. The committee is responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. Heading up this year’s agenda committee are Tom Hanrahan (WDXB/iHeart) as Chariman andGreg Frey (Cumulus Media) and Judy Lakin (Cox Media Group) as Co-Vice Chairman.

“Tom, Greg, and Judy did an outstanding job with the big challenge of leading the 2016 Agenda Committee and the content of CRS 2016 clearly was one of the BEST in our 47 years of service to the industry” said Executive DirectorBill Mayne“The board was unanimous in welcoming the trio to their leadership roles once again!”

Hanrahan adds, “I am beyond excited about this year’s CRS Agenda Committee! We have a group of rock stars returning who have demonstrated their commitment to our industry and we're adding a stellar group of fresh faces who will add further diversity of thought as we craft the learning tracks for an even more successful CRS in 2017.”

Please direct agenda committee inquiries to Sheree Latham at (615) 327.4487 or /Blog/.
The Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2017 will be held Feb. 22 – 24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017).
Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. 

2016/04 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio For Subscribing Stations 4/27/2016 AQH Share P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid WI 16









Colorado Springs
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  4/27/16
      Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
           
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KVUU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.4 7.1 6.0 6.0
KKLI-FM Adult Contemporary 4.6 4.7 5.1 5.8
KKMG-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 4.9 4.8 5.8
KKPK-FM Adult Hits 5.8 4.2 4.5 5.8
KVOR-AM News Talk Information 3.6 4.6 4.3 4.8
KKFM-FM Classic Rock 2.6 5.1 4.3 4.6
KATC-FM Country 6.2 3.6 5.0 4.2
KIBT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.3 4.2 4.6 4.2
KBIQ-FM Contemporary Christian 4.0 3.9 5.0 2.8
KVUU-FM HD2 Contemporary Christian 1.3 1.4 2.1 1.8
KGFT-FM Religious 0.9 1.4 * 1.0
KCSF-AM All Sports * * 0.7 *
KZNT-AM News Talk Information 0.9 1.0 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Des Moines
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WHO-AM News Talk Information 7.1 7.5 9.3 8.0
KKDM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.8 6.5 8.1 6.9
KDRB-FM Variety 6.5 5.8 7.2 6.3
KSTZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 7.1 5.5 6.4 5.7
KHKI-FM New Country 6.2 5.9 5.6 5.6
KIOA-FM Classic Hits 7.1 6.6 4.6 5.3
KJJY-FM Country 4.8 5.4 3.6 4.9
KMYR-FM Adult Contemporary 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.4
KGGO-FM Classic Rock 4.9 5.0 3.8 4.3
KAZR-FM Active Rock 3.5 5.1 4.2 3.4
KWQW-FM Rhythmic Oldies 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.9
KXNO-AM All Sports 2.5 2.0 2.4 2.3
KDXA-FM Alternative 2.3 2.8 2.4 2.2
KIOA-FM HD2 Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.2 1.9 1.9 2.2
KCYZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary * 0.8 * 0.9
KBGG-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.5 0.5 *
KRNT-AM Talk/Personality 1.4 0.9 0.7 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Mobile
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WDLT-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 10.0 12.4 12.8 10.7
WBLX-FM Urban Contemporary 11.9 13.5 13.1 10.5
WKSJ-FM Country 7.6 8.6 6.5 8.1
WABD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.8 5.9 6.4
WMXC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.8 4.1 6.6 5.3
WRKH-FM Classic Rock 6.8 4.7 5.9 5.0
WAVH-FM News Talk Information 2.3 1.7 1.7 3.5
WGOK-AM Gospel 5.4 3.8 3.8 3.5
WNTM-AM News Talk Information 1.5 1.7 0.9 1.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Spokane
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KKZX-FM Classic Rock 7.8 9.1 6.2 6.3
KQNT-AM News Talk Information 2.9 4.0 5.0 6.3
KZZU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.4 6.4 6.0 6.3
KEYF-FM Classic Hits 6.4 5.3 5.5 5.2
KXLY-FM Country 5.2 5.5 6.0 4.8
KBBD-FM Adult Hits 4.2 3.8 3.8 4.1
KEZE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 3.8 3.2 4.1
KHTQ-FM Active Rock 4.4 5.0 4.1 3.9
KDRK-FM Country 5.1 4.8 5.0 3.5
KZBD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 4.0 3.6 3.5
KISC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.7 4.0 5.0 3.3
KCDA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.9 2.2 3.1 2.9
KXLY-AM News Talk Information 2.4 3.4 4.4 2.8
KIIX-FM Country 1.9 2.6 2.6 1.7
KXLX-AM All Sports 1.0 1.5 2.2 1.5
KGA-AM All Sports * * 0.5 1.3
KEYF-AM Adult Standards/MOR 2.5 2.1 1.2 0.9
KZFS-AM Contemporary Christian * * * 0.9
KJRB-AM Classic Country 0.8 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Wichita
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KFDI-FM Country 10.5 11.7 9.4 8.5
KEYN-FM Classic Hits 6.9 7.2 6.8 7.3
KDGS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 7.0 5.4 5.8
KZSN-FM New Country 5.3 5.6 5.4 5.6
KRBB-FM Adult Contemporary 3.2 4.3 5.2 5.4
KZCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.4 5.1 4.8 4.9
KFXJ-FM Classic Rock 4.4 4.7 5.0 4.7
KTHR-FM Alternative 3.3 3.2 2.8 4.4
KNSS-AM News Talk Information 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2
KVWF-FM Country 2.5 1.8 2.6 4.2
KIBB-FM Adult Hits 2.6 2.9 3.0 4.0
KICT-FM Mainstream Rock 5.8 4.0 6.3 4.0
KFBZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.4 3.8 3.0 3.4
KFH-FM All Sports 1.9 2.2 2.2 2.9
KYQQ-FM Mexican Regional 2.1 1.6 1.8 1.3
KFTI-AM Classic Country 1.8 2.0 1.3 1.1
KKGQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.9 1.4 2.6 0.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
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2016/04 8:28 AM
Townsquare Media/Quad Cities Brand Manager Kevin Walker Departs After 2 1/2 Years.

Walker was PD and also was part of the Joni And Kevin morning show on Country KQCS/104.9 The Hawk, as well as doing 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Top 40 KBEA/B100. Previously he did mornings at B100 and  afternoons Monday-Friday at Classic Rock WXLP/97X.
Walker is looking for his next opportunity as soon as possible.
Contact him at 563.343.1762 or /Blog/

2016/04 7:31 AM
Apple Revenues Slide Down 13%, Stock Slips 8% On Earnings and Revenue News

Apple released financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26, 2016 Yesterday (4/26). The numbers missed analysts' estimates, and its guidance for the current quarter also fell shy of expectations. Apple reported fiscal Q2 earnings of $1.90 per diluted share on $50.56 billion in revenue. Wall Street projected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue.

CNBC mentioned, "that revenue figure was a roughly 13% decline against $58.01 billion in the comparable year-ago period — representing the first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003. Shares in the company fell more than 8% in after-hours trading, erasing more than $46 billion in market cap. That after-hours loss is greater than the market cap of 391 of the S&P 500 companies. Importantly, the company announced a 10% dividend increase and a $50 billion increase to its capital return program. Under that new plan, Apple expects to spend a total of $250 billion of cash by the end of March 2018, it said."

CEO Tim Cook said, “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic. We are very happy with the continued strong
growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the APPLE ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices.”

“We generated strong operating cash flow of $11.6 billion and returned $10 billion to shareholders through our capital return program during the March quarter,” said CFO Luca Maestri. “Thanks to the strength of our business results, we are happy to be announcing today a further increase of the program to $250 billion.”

2016/04 7:15 AM
Adams Radio/Las Cruces Market Manager Tom Nankival Exits

Tom Nankival exits as Market Manager for Adams Radio/Las Cruces, NM, which owns and operates Country KGRT/103.9, Classic Hits KSNM/Classic Hits 98.7, Top 40 KHQT/HOT 103 and Sports KWML-AM/Fox Sports 570 The Ticket.

President/CEO Ron Stone is the interim GM and is interviewing for a new GSM and GM.

2016/04 6:50 AM
Charles Esten And Clare Bowen From Hit Tv-Series 'Nashville' join Country Cruising Lineup

Fans of the ABC seriesNashville will want to make sure they take part in the Country Cruising experience, set for January 14-19, 2017. Fans will be travelling aboard the Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, cruisers will never be at a loss for an incredible view.
 
Country Cruising will set sail on January 14, 2017 from Tampa, and will stop in Key West before making its’ voyage to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will arrive back in Tampa on January 19. Among the artists participating in the cruise include Nashville stars Charles Esten and Clare Bowen.
  
Country Cruising offers the Country Music fan an amazing experience – a five-night cruise, with accommodations and all meals taken care of during the event, as well as autograph sessions, photo opportunities, daily musical performances, and songwriter workshops. For more information about tickets, call 800.376.2504 or visit www.CountryCruising.com.

2016/04 6:49 AM
Cox Media Group Talent Call In All Formats

It doesn’t matter what format you are in, COX Media is seeking superstar talent to join the company and help bring exciting content on and off-air to their millions of listeners.

If you a personality with great social media skills, not afraid to go out and meet your public, and take your talents to the next level, send your package to COX VP/Programming Steve Smith via email for these EOE posts.

2016/04 6:43 AM
The Heartland Network Preps World Broadcast Premiere Of Texas Swing By Teen Songstress & Social Media Sensation Bailey James

Premiere Coincides with WHERE IT ALL BEGINS Album Release on April 29th
The Heartland Network, a cable network available in over 38 markets across the U.S, will host the world broadcast premiere of teen songstress Bailey James’ debut music video Texas Swing April 29th at 11 PM CT. The video premiere launches on the same day that her EP WHERE IT ALL BEGINS hits online retail centers.  You can find full details on the weekend video spotlights in the graphic below:
“I am so happy and cannot wait to see this video air on TV,” says Bailey. “The Heartland Network will share my music with a whole new audience of all ages.  I have so much fun connecting with my social media ‘friends’ as I call them and I look forward to getting to know the new ‘friends’ as we push out this album.  We’ve worked on this album for over a year and I am so nervous and excited to see if others like it.”
 
Bailey James, a 13-year-old rising country songstress, transports listeners of all ages to the days when folks were “swinging real slow to the radio” on her premiere single, Texas SwingWith over 70,000 fans across her social media platforms, Bailey is introducing and drawing her swiftly growing young audience to a new adaption of traditional country music merged with lyrics that connect with her fans.
 
“It’s Country, spunky and sassy,” says Bailey.  “As a teenager who loves country music, it was hard to relate to the lyrics of songs that I heard on the radio.”
 
Texas Swing is a throwback tune with contemporary lyrics that pays homage to the traditional side of country that was founded on hits of Patsy Cline and continues to find fans with artists like Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark. Bailey has established a strong fan base through her YouTube and social media profiles and has appeared at middle and elementary schools across the nation. Consequently, it comes as no coincidence that she is releasing her full EP leading into teacher appreciation week May 2nd -6th.
 
“We’ve had the opportunity to perform in several schools and talk about balancing school with your interests and hoping to inspire kids my age to follow their dreams,” says Bailey. “I know that teachers and principals can be such great role models. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my 6th grade teacher Mr. Neuman.  He would show my videos or talk about the contests I had won in class and I became much more comfortable with this idea because of his support.”
 
Fans can visit www.giftfrombailey.com, where the debut single will be available for free and they can sign-up to stay updated on her launch into the country scene. Her full length debut album WHERE IT ALL BEGINS features six songs, five of those were co-written by Bailey. 
 
To stay updated on Bailey James, visit the following:
 
Website: www.baileyjamescountry.com
Instagram: BaileyJamesGang    
Twitter: @BaileyJamesGang
YouTube: Click Here
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singerbaileyjames
Snapchat: BaileyJamesGang

2016/04 6:01 AM
Nielsen: Smartphones Have Become An Essential Of The U.S. Media consumtion Diet

When it comes to technology, sometimes there is a world of difference between wanting something and actually needing something. In the case of smartphones, the devices’ ubiquity in terms of U.S. penetration of 82% and cross-platform functionality definitely put them in the latter category.

According to Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Comparable Metrics Report, smartphones across all adult demographic groups are the most used platform, in terms of days per week among users of each medium—with adults 18+ using their devices nearly every day in the week (5.8 times per week), followed by television (5.5 times per week) and radio (5.1 times per week). Smartphone owners within the age range of 35-49 use their phones most often. (This includes app and web usage, not talk, text or email).

“Smartphone penetration is nearly as high as TV set and radio ownership, and consumers carry their phones everywhere.  High penetration plus portability and customized functionality have made them a staple of consumers’ media diet,” said Glenn Enoch, SVP of Audience Insights at Nielsen.  “Smartphones provide advertisers and marketers with the opportunity to reach consumers with information throughout the day.”

2016/04 5:55 AM
​Maren Morris visits NASH FM 94.7 in New York City

Maren Morris performing at NASH FM 94.7 Studios
Up-and-coming artist Maren Morris stopped by the NASH FM 94.7 studios
Maren Morris with NASH FM 94.7 PD John Foxx
 
yesterday in New York City to chat with Shila.
Maren’s debut album, HERO, comes out on June 3, and she performed a couple of songs off the album including 80’s Mercedes and My Church. 

Maren is from Arlington, Texas, and says her deep Texas roots have influenced her music. Maren was on Good Morning America yesterday and is touring this summer on Keith Urban’s “Ripcord Tour” along with Brett Eldredge.
      
 

2016/04 5:44 AM
Prai$e To WKKT/Charlotte

iHartMedia Country WKKT/96.9 The Kat)/Charlotte for raising over $20,000 to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in its "Kat Country Jam" earlier this month. Performers included Kip MooreDan + ShayBrandy Clark, and High Valley.
"The night was an outstanding social and music event for our listeners, and it made a significant contribution to the good work of St. Jude," said WKKT morning show host Paul Schadt. "That's a heck of a night!"

2016/04 5:40 AM
Big Loud Records Taps Tyler Waugh For Dir./Southeast Promotion

Big Loud Records selects Tyler Waugh for Director/Southeast Promotion duties, replacing the recently-departed David Clapper.
Waugh comes on board from the recently launched Reviver Records imprint, 1608, where he handled similar duties. Previous he worked for Blaster Records, Streamsound Records, Arista Nashville, RCA Music Group, Roadrunner Records, and BMG Distribution.

"Tyler’s background is very versatile, with success in multiple genres and promotion roles," said Big Loud Records President Clay Hunnicutt. "He will be an invaluable asset to our BLR team. He will hit the ground running immediately to continue our success with Chris Lane, 'Fix,' and all the other projects we have coming out soon." 

Waugh
will report directly to Hunnicutt.

Contact Waugh via phone at 615.870.2040 or by email here
.

2016/04 5:10 AM
Sending Thoughts And Prayers To Vanessa Ryan At WDEZ/Wausau, WI

AllAboutCountry  sends best wishes for a complete and quick recovery to Midwest Communications Country WDEZ/Wausau, WI morning co-host Vanessa Ryan, half of the “BS and Vanessa” show with Bryan Scott. Ryan suffered a severe allergic reaction to a medication, and has spent time in intensive care after going into anaphylactic shock.

Scott has launched a GoFundME page for Ryan, which partially outlines the challenges that lie ahead for her: “It's going to be a long road to recovery, she will be dealing with side effects for a long time to come, so prayers for strength and your generosity are appreciated greatly.”

Ryan also faces unbelievable medical bills, which Scott is asking friends and fans to contribute toward, if possible. Learn more here.

2016/04 5:00 AM
Hot Topics From The Pros with Brian Wright

Brian Wright is a 30-year radio veteran who’s successfully worked for many companies over the years as Program Director, Operations Manager and VP of programming. Then, Wight Joined one of the most trusted consulting firms in the country, Audience Development Group.
For the past 15 years he has enjoyed building alliances with scores of stations in the US & Canada helping them grow in ratings and revenue.
Today, he shares his thoughts in Hot Topics From The Pros: “Facts Over Feelings”

2016/04 4:11 AM
​Congratulations To Native Run's Rachel Beauregard, Musician Dean Berner

Rachel Beauregard & Dean Berner
From AllAboutCountry Congrats to Rachel Beauregard, one-half of Country duo Native Run, and musician Dean Berner, formerly of Eden's Edge, who were engaged last night (4/27). The two shared the news via personal social media accounts this Morning (4/28).

"We're so excited to share our happiness [with] all our family, friends, and loved ones around the world and elsewhere," said Berner. "We're so excited and are currently celebrating over our favorite and most important meal of the day, breakfast. So, to sum it up... love and breakfast. But the greatest of these is LOVE!"

2016/04 4:01 AM
Dolly's Homecoming Parade To Be Streamed Live On Facebook, Direct From Dolly's Float

 
Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to hometown superstar Dolly Parton, regularly attracts tens of thousands of spectators, but this year’s potential audience could be exponentially larger because it will be one of the first live stream feeds presented on Facebook.

Facebook launched live video streaming earlier this month, and this event will feature one of the world’s most recognized personalities.

Dolly will lead the parade atop a float themed for her new theater in Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show , and the live stream will chronicle the entire event.

The parade steps off at 6 p.m. on May 6 (Friday) on a route that covers three miles of the famous Parkway through the heart of Pigeon Forge. The live stream will be from Dolly’s float and will show Dolly, the crowds along the Parkway, and views of the city and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.

This will be the 31 st presentation of Dolly’s Homecoming Parade and the first time it will be streamed live on the Internet.

The stream will be on Dolly Parton’s Facebook page and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show Facebook page. Streaming information is at LumberjackAdventure.com and DollyParton.com.

Every year, the parade adds a Norman Rockwell atmosphere to Pigeon Forge, a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It features high school marching bands, equestrian units, veterans’ groups, twirlers, antique tractors and much more. There are 125 groups in the 2016 parade.

This year’s high school bands are from Sevier County High School (Dolly was a member in her high school days), Pigeon Forge High School, Fyffe High School from Fyffe, Alabama, and Cheatham County Central High School from Ashland City, Tennessee.

2016/04 4:00 AM
​Jessica Frost Promoted At BMI To Executive Director/Industry Relations

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has upped Sr. Director/Industry Relations Jessica Frost to Executive Director/Industry Relations. In her newly-expanded role, she will continue to develop and cultivate relationships with industry associations and businesses across the country. Based in

Nashville, Frost will report to VP/Licensing/Industry Relations Dan Spears.

"Jessica's ability to both educate business associations on the importance of having a music license and explaining the value that music brings to each establishment is second to none," said Spears. "She has strong relationships in the industry and is a true advocate for our songwriters who rely on the licensing fees we collect so they can get paid for the music they create."

2016/04 3:25 AM
Condolences To Steve Stewart On The Loss Of His Grandmother

Condolences from AllAboutCountry to iHeartMedia Country WEBG/Chicago PD Steve Stewart, whose grandmother, Mary Stewart, passed away this week.

Stewart shared via Facebook, "I could write a million pages about her and how much she meant to so many. I'll just say that without her love and guidance, I don't know what I would be doing today."

Viewing will take place Thursday, April 28th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. (ET) at Avery-Storti Funeral Home located at 88 Columbia Street, Wakefiled, RI 02879. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. (ET) at Christ The King Church at 180 Old North Road, Kingston, RI 02881.

You may send your condolences to Stewart here.

2016/04 1:00 PM
McCarten to Over iHeartMedia/Albany NY ***Nielsen Audio Below***

Randy McCarten has been promoted to OM for the iHeartMedia cluster/Albany, NY.  Most recently he was PD Top 40/Mainstream WKKF, Kiss 102.3/Albany's PD.

He will now over see the entire seven station cluster including Country WRVE-HD.  Other stations include WKKF , WRVE-FM (Variety), WTRY (Oldies), WPYX (Classic Rock), WGY A (N/T) and WOFX-Z (Sports).  

Terry O'Donnell will succeed him at WKKF as PD/afternoons.  

2016/04 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio Ratings Subscribing Stations AQH Shares P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid 4/26/16 I 16

Columbia, SC
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WWDM-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 10.4 9.2 8.7 10.7
WNOK-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.1 8.4 5.6 6.4
WHXT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.5 6.0 7.5 6.3
WCOS-FM Country 5.4 6.1 6.9 5.5
WLTY-FM Variety 3.6 4.1 3.8 4.5
WLXC-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.1 4.9 5.7 4.0
WTCB-FM Adult Contemporary 3.6 7.1 5.4 4.0
WNKT-FM All Sports 2.4 1.9 3.3 3.4
WMFX-FM Mainstream Rock 3.2 3.8 5.0 3.3
WVOC-AM News Talk Information 4.9 3.8 4.7 3.1
WARQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.2 1.6 1.7 2.1
WOMG-FM Country 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.0
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WIKS-FM Urban Contemporary 12.3 12.0 12.7 11.2
WERO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.6 7.6 8.1 9.2
WRNS-FM Country 9.9 10.4 9.0 8.1
WNCT-FM Classic Hits 5.5 5.7 6.2 4.9
WSFL-FM Classic Rock 5.3 4.9 4.0 4.4
WMGV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.0 5.0 3.9 4.1
WQSL-FM Country 1.7 1.3 2.2 2.0
WXNR-FM Active Rock 2.3 2.1 2.0 2.0
WXQR-FM Active Rock 1.2 0.9 1.9 1.8
WNCT-AM Rhythmic Oldies 0.9 1.4 1.6 1.2
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Little Rock
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KLAL-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.4 7.3 5.8 8.5
KIPR-FM Urban Contemporary 6.9 6.6 9.1 7.9
KOKY-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 6.8 8.2 8.5 7.6
KMJX-FM Country 6.8 6.4 5.2 7.2
KSSN-FM Country 6.3 9.1 7.2 6.1
KKPT-FM Classic Rock 6.2 5.4 5.5 5.5
KDJE-FM Active Rock 2.9 4.5 3.6 5.1
KURB-FM Adult Contemporary 4.6 5.1 5.3 4.9
KARN-FM News Talk Information 4.3 3.0 3.1 4.5
KHKN-FM Classic Hits 2.9 3.3 4.5 3.7
KABZ-FM All Sports 4.6 4.3 5.6 3.4
KPZK-FM Contemporary Inspirational 2.3 2.8 2.7 3.3
KHLR-FM New Country 3.4 2.4 2.4 1.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Springfield, MA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WMAS-FM Adult Contemporary 9.3 8.7 8.6 9.3
WHYN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.9 5.8 6.4 5.8
WHYN-AM News Talk Information 3.7 3.7 4.8 5.3
WRNX-FM Country 5.6 3.7 4.3 4.7
WWEI-FM All Sports 2.9 3.7 3.0 2.4
WUCS-FM All Sports 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Toledo
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WKKO-FM Country 8.9 8.5 8.3 9.5
WRVF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.0 8.8 8.8 8.2
WIMX-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.7 5.6 6.9 7.8
WRQN-FM Classic Hits 6.0 5.6 4.9 6.8
WVKS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 7.8 7.5 6.3
WIOT-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.5 6.7 6.7 5.2
WSPD-AM News Talk Information 3.8 4.4 4.1 4.3
WXKR-FM Classic Rock 5.2 4.4 4.4 3.6
WWWM-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.0 2.6 3.4 3.5
WJZE-FM Urban Contemporary 4.0 4.2 3.1 2.6
WCKY-FM Country 1.2 1.5 1.8 1.0
WLQR-FM All Sports 1.0 0.8 1.0 1.0
WCWA-AM All Sports 1.0 0.5 0.7 0.7
WMIM-FM Country 1.2 1.0 0.7 0.5
WLQR-AM News Talk Information 0.5 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           

2016/04 10:15 AM
Reed Leaving iHeartMedia/Toledo

Nathan Reed, SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia/Toledo is leaving.  He has been with the company since April 2008 when he was PD of Top 40 WVKS, 92.5 Kiss FM/Toledo.  He rose to OM of the seven-station cluster which includes Country WCKY.  Other stations include WVKS (Urban), WRVF (AC) WIOT (Rock), WSPD-A (N/T) and WCWA-A (Sports). He was then promoted to SVP.

Expect an announcement about his next move soon.

Get in touch with him here.

2016/04 9:02 AM
Chris Stapleton Postpones Show

Chris Stapleton has had to postpone his show tonight (4/26) at the Santa Barbara Bowl after losing his voice.

"Dear fans and friends, I am torn up about having to postpone tomorrow night's show in Santa Barbara," Stapleton shared via Instagram (link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEpy4-BTI6Q/?taken-by=castapleton) late last night (4/25). "I've lost my voice and am headed to the doctor first thing in the morning. Please know we are working hard to find the earliest possible date we can to get back to you guys. I truly regret having to do this and any inconvenience it may cause. Thanks for your support and understanding. You guys mean the world to me. Sincerely, Chris."
 

2016/04 8:53 AM
CMA To Release Consumer Research Findings

The Country Music Association (CMA) will release findings from their consumer research initiative to members in three webinars beginning Tuesday, May 3.  "Understanding Today's Shifting Consumer Landscape and Changing Country Music Audiences, Music Choices and Behaviors" will be a weekly series.

Each one-hour webinar will looking at changes coming from the new generation of Country fans and how this will affect music preferences and behaviors.

"Empowering our members and the industry with timely information about our consumers is central to our mission," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. "CMA is a resource and a valuable repository for information that supports the business interests of all our constituents."

For more information go here or email here

2016/04 8:45 AM
Shelton To Launch CMHOF's Activities During CMA Music Fest

Blake Shelton will kick off the Country Music Hall of Fame's (CMHOF) activities with an acoustic set and interview on Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. (CT).  The CMHOF will host songwriter sessions, autograph signings, performances and more during the CMA Music Fest in June.  It will run Monday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12 and provide fans the chance to get up close with artists including Shelton, Craig Morgan, Gary Allan, Aubrie Sellers, Bill Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Scotty McCreery, Mickey Guyton, Margo Price, Brandy Clark and more.

Shelton will appear to support his CMHOF exhibition "Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story."

Tickets will be available to museum members and Shelton's fan club  members via Ticketfly.  The general public can reserve tickets beginning Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m.

2016/04 8:39 AM
Stark New Contributing Editor of CMA Close Up

Congrats to Phyllis Stark as she has joined CMA Close Up as Contributing Editor.  Stark is a veteran editor and journalist who worked as the Nashville Bureau Chief and Sr. Editor for Billboard.  She will continue to write a weekly column for its Country Update.

Get in touch with her here

2016/04 8:35 AM
Congrats to Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band has earned 58 adds this week with their single "Castaway," making them the most-added single to Country radio this week according to Mediabase.

Congrats to Dot GM Chris Stacey, VP/Promo Kris Lamb, Director/Southwest Promo James Marsh, Director/Southeast Promotion AJ Calvin, Director/West Coast Promotion Bill Lubitz, Director/Northeast/Midwest Promo Michelle Kammerer and Promo Coordinator Brooke Nixon.

 

2016/04 7:50 AM
The Country Network Returns

The Country Network (TCN) is bac?  The music network has been purchased from ZUUS Media by Texas-based coporation, TC Country LLC.  It will relaunch under its original branding.TCN will be providing fans with quality Country music programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across multiple digital platforms.  It will be supported through traditional ad revenue and be broadcasting via www.tcncountry.com.  It currently broadcasts in 34 markets with over million DMA households across digital subchannel tiers.

It will focus on mainstream Country as well as Americana, Texas and Red Dirt music from both label and independent artists.

"One of the goals of The Country Network will be to provide an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for ALL great Country artists, including independents," explains Tim Eaton, President & CEO. "With this in mind, we will renew fan-favorite shows, such as the 'On the Rise' and 'Live from The Couch' series and produce new shows to highlight and introduce the wide array of amazing artists in today's marketplace," states Eaton. 

With an office in Nashville and a 43,000 ssuqare foot recording/production facility and three sound studios in Ft. Worth, TX, artists will have two ways to connect with the network's viewers.

"We want all artists to feel at home as equally in Texas as they have throughout the years in Tennessee," explains Cary Rolfe, VP of Programming & Artist Relations." Artists can sit down in either location and tape an interview or performance. In Texas, they can grab a shower or even record a music video or album. That's the kind of service that is second to none and we look forward to providing."
 
For more information on The Country Network, please visit www.tcncountry.com.   
 

2016/04 5:16 AM
Kid Rock Finds Assistant Dead on Property

According to The Tennessean, Kid Rock discovered the body of his assistant on his Nashville property Monday following an accident on an ATV.

Michael Sacha, 30, is believed to have died after taking guests to a cookout at Rock's proerty and then taking them to an Uber at the driveway around midnight on Monday.  According to police, we lost control of the vehicle and crashed on his way back to the resident.

Rock, in a statement said he is "beyond devastated."

"He was a member of our fmaily and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with," he said.  "I know I speck for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family.  I cannot imagine how they must feel."

Brian Hass, a public ifnomration officer with the Nashville Fire Dept., said they responded to a call Monday morning and found a man lying down on the side of the driveway.  The man was already deceased by the time they arrived.

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