industry members
Jason Garte
President   The Mix Group
Kris Underwood
Midday Air Personality   Federated Media
Jamie Dickerman
Program Director   Ingstad Family Media
R.C. Pickens
president   r.c. pickens roadshows
John Chaffee
Chief Copywriter   Drifting Spirit Songs LLC
Steph Peters
Morning Show Producer   Lincoln Financial Media

2015/05 10:05 AM
​CBS Radio/Phoenix Ups Tim Richards To VP/Programming

CBS Radio/Phoenix promotes Tim Richards to VP/Programming for the cluster that includes: Country KMLE, Classic Hits KOOL FM and Top 40 KZON/LIVE 101.5, effective immediately. Richards will continue to serve as PD of KMLE and LIVE 101.5; Dave Shakes will continue to serve as PD of KOOL and will work under the direction of Richards.

Tim has certainly earned the VP/Programming stripes here at CBS Radio/Phoenix,” CBS Radio/Phoenix SVP/Market Manager Tim Poleman said. “I am excited to see his talents applied to the heritage brand of 94.5 KOOL-FM.”

“I’m thrilled to work with Tim Pohlman, Dave Shakes and our team in this new capacity,” Richards said. “We will continue to grow our brands with great local content as the epicenter of our mission.”

2015/05 9:44 AM
Country Radio Reports On Record Rainfall And Floods

Record-setting heavy rainfall doused parts of Texas, Oklahoma and lots of Midwest states over the weekend, which caused major flooding that has forced thousands from their homes and claimed several lives.

Houston and surrounding areas were hit hard, as CBS Radio Country KILT/The BULL/ Houston PD Bruce Logan reported, “We did the typical morning scramble getting everyone in. Roads were impassable. Most of THE BULL staff lives outside the city but that made it difficult. People were turning around and going the wrong way on freeways to escape the water, which was scary because that meant they were headed into oncoming traffic. We took calls from people stranded in their cars. Lots of people slept at the Toyota center last night after the Rockets game. The water came up very fast. Luckily it appears we mostly have property damage right now. We will know more as the water subsides.”

Austin was also hit hard, as iHeartMedia Country KASE PD JT Bosch said, "It's mostly ok in the city, but with some flooding. Hayes County was hit the hardest, with thousands in shelters. We are working on relief efforts now, but pushing everyone to donate to the Red Cross since Sunday."

Meanwhile, Tyler Country KJKE/Oklahoma City MD Owen Pickard stated that, Severe weather is expected this time of year. What hit everyone hard was the flooding. We covered the tornado warnings on Saturday (5/23) and have kept the listeners informed with the flooding issues. Some smaller communities were hit hard with ponds and lakes overflowing.”

Watrch for more reports.

2015/05 9:14 AM
​Mysti Meese To Exit Dot Records Promo Coordinator slot

DOT Records Coordinator/Promotion person Mysti Meese is departing the label to pursue new career opportunities. Meese joined DOT in January after serving as Marketing Coordinator for the Country Radio Seminar.

Her last day at DOT will be this Friday, May 29th. No word yet from DOT on plans to fill the position.

2015/05 6:29 AM
Carrie Underwood to Help Kick Off CMA Fest

Carrie Underwood will be performing at LP Field during the 2015 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts. This marks her 10th anniversary of her first performance in 2005 after she won "American Idol" that same year. 

The CMA Music Festival will take place June 11-14 in Nashville and Underwood will perform Saturday June 13.  She joins previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum,Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Neal McCoy, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker,Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Urban, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. This year’s National Anthem singers include Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Kellie Pickler, and Restless Heart.

Tickets sold out to the nightly concerts at LP Field in November.  There are many free and low-cost entertainment options for fans in downtown Nashville as part of the Festival.  

2015/05 6:07 AM
During CMA Music Festival Week The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Hosts Performances And Artist Signings

The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum will celebrate the CMA Music Festival starting Wednesday, June 10th with a full slate of autograph signings, performances, and special programs presented by XFINITY.

Daily performances and autographs signings will include legendary acts such as the
Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, and Brenda Lee alongside contemporary artists and newcomers to the format including Trisha Yearwood, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Pasley, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, and many more.
Museum admission is not required for autograph signings; however, a purchase of artists' merchandise from the Museum Store is necessary to participate. KODAK will offer complimentary photos with artists during the signing sessions, and performances will be free of charge. Interviews and other special sessions and programs will be included with Museum admission and are free to Museum members. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum  website .

2015/05 4:21 AM
​Birthplace Of Country Music Museum To Launch WBCM Radio Bristol

The Birthplace Of Country Music (BCM) launching a new radio station, WBCM/103.5 Radio Bristol/Bristol, TN this Summer. This new station will focus on playing American roots music, including Bluegrass and Americana in addition to Country music. The station will broadcast from the BCM in a restored studio outfitted with historic and vintage equipment as a fully functional radio station and will also serve as a working exhibit for Museum visitors. In addition to the on-air broadcast, the BCM  website  will offer three separate streams and a mobile app for listeners.

BCM Executive Director LEAH ROSS
stated, "WBCM Radio Bristol is an exciting new way that we can share our music heritage as the Birthplace Of Country Music with listeners worldwide.  Following the years of success of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music fest, and revival and the opening of the Birthplace Of Country Music Museum last fall, this new radio station will allow us to promote Bristol to audiences year-round, as well as provide up-and-coming artists a new platform to be heard. WBCM is a radio station, an app, an interactive museum exhibit, and an online media center featuring free Americana and Roots programming, streaming for a worldwide audience. We are working diligently to get the station ready to launch this Summer and looking forward to the impact the station will have on our community."

2015/05 3:13 AM
​KLBC/Durant, OK Morning Show Co-Host Bob McKinzie Dies At 66

AllAboutCountry sends condolences to all the family and friends of Texoma Broadcasting Country KLBC/Durant, OK morning show co-host Bob McKinzie, who died unexpectedly Saturday, May 23rd. McKinzie was 66.

Services are set for Wednesday (5/27) at Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant starting at 2pm (CT).

Get more information and read a memorial tribute to him at the KLBC  website .

2015/05 3:00 AM
Jana Kramer Marries Michael Caussin

Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Warner Bros./W.A.R.'s Jana Kramer on her marriage to Michael Caussin this past weekend. The two were married in Virginia with family and friends attending.

The two were engaged this past December following a full day of celebrating Kramer's birthday.



2015/05 2:55 AM
​Billy Currington ‘Does It’ With 'Don't It' At #1

AllAboutCountry send congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion  Royce Risser , Mercury Nashville VP/Promotion  Damon Moberly  and the full Mercury promotion team for hitting this week’s #1 slot on the MediaBase Country singles chart, with  Billy Currinton ’s "Don't It."

This lead song from Currington’s forthcoming "SUMMER FOREVER" album is his tenth career #1

2015/05 2:36 AM
​Cat Country/Harrisburg Friends Plan A ‘Dandy Celebration Day’ For The end Of May In Harrisburg, PA

Gwyneth “Dandalion” Seese AKA Dandy, her old friends Randy Stewart and Margaret Dodd-Strausser from CAT Country/Harrisburg days are putting together a "Dandy Celebration Day", May 31st between 2-5pm in the Off Seasons Lounge - East Holiday Inn - Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA.  It’s a Cash bar - this will be a day to share stories, memories, photo albums and just to celebrate her life and times with all of the Harrisburg/Lancaster radio folks and friends - Please think about joining us that day

At her memorial service, her Granddaughter Kelsey spoke for the family, and LeeAnn, Jen Shade, and Tim Michaels spoke on their working together, the significance of her being the first woman to break into Country radio, and words on behalf of the Country music/radio associations.
Her best friend, Pinky Pinkham, spoke about the years of working together, our many travels, the cookbook for Willie’s fans, Farm Aid, and the "soul sister" friendship they shared even into her last days with us and then Pinkham quoted by name from all the tributes and condolence messages received. The entire congregation thanked each one of them personally.

Pinkham said, “The service was light, the music gave people chills. and Dandy would have loved it.”
Following the service there was a lunch in the community park by the church, it was a huge buffet and half of the Canadians cooked for the occasion.

“We are in the process of establishing a Communications/Journalism/Broadcasting scholarship at Millersville University in her honor,” stated Pinkham.  “We’re still working on the details as there will be fundraising and our going to many folks for their contributions.  There will be a donation page soon. 

2015/05 1:16 AM
​Eric Paslay Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement with Warner/Chappell

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Eric Paslay.

He has penned #1 singles for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Love And Theft and the Eli Young Band, while his own self-titled debut album produced three Top 20 singles, including the #1 hit “Friday Night."

Pasley said, “I’ve always had great relationships with everyone at Warner/Chappell. I’m glad that I get to hang my songwriting hat there and can’t wait to catch some great songs with the team.”

2015/05 1:05 AM
Virginia Morning Show Host Needed


If you have years of on air experience and know the importance and value of smaller market morning shows. If you can handle production and some web content. If you work well with others and your on air approach is real, not affected or forced.  We want to talk to you.

This morning drive slot on BAY-FM in Virginia’s coastal Northern Neck puts your high profile responsibilities to use in a community where local radio truly dominates. Plus it can provides security and a great working and lifestyle. Our morning talent leaves for Saga, our first staff change in 7 years. Sound interesting?  We should talk soon. EEO

Send an email only with resume and Mp3 aircheck attachment to:

2015/05 1:03 AM
Reports Claim: Blues Legend B.B. King May Have Been Poisoned

Over the weekend, many reports have an unsettling claim coming from two of B.B. King’s 11 surviving children that the blues great was “poisoned.” King died Thursday night, May 14th in Las Vegas, he was 89.

Reportedly, authorities in Nevada will launch an investigation.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said, “At this point, we don’t have evidence that these allegations of foul play will be substantiated. However, we are taking them very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation. We are coordinating our investigative efforts with the Homicide Division of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. I expect the investigation will take a minimum of six to eight weeks.”

2015/05 1:00 AM
Sandbox Entertainment Hires Leslie Cohea

Sandbox Entertainment brings on Leslie Cohea  to its management/marketing team, effective immediately. Cohea will be responsible for overseeing touring aspects including routing, ticketing, and budgeting for all Sandbox clients. She comes onboard fresh from AEG Live/The Messina Group, where she has spent the past decade.

Sandbox President/CEO Jason Owen stated,
"I have had the pleasure of watching Leslie excel in her field with AEG Live/The Messina Group.  We are thrilled to have such an amazing person and asset join the Sandbox family. Touring is one of the most important parts of an artist's career and having her expertise in-house is invaluable."

2015/05 4:37 AM
OM/Host Chuck Collins Of WAKR/Akron Passes At 62

AllAboutCountry sends condolences to family and all friends of Rubber City Radio Group News-Talk WAKR-AM/AKRON host and cluster OM Chuck Collins, who passed away Thursday evening (5/21) after a battle with brain cancer. He was 62. Collins became OM in in 2007, overseeing Country WQMX and Rock WONE in addition to WAKR-AM. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.

Collins' long career in northeast Ohio included stops programming WKDD/Akron and production honcho at WMMM/M105, which is now WMJI/Cleveland and OM at Clear Channel/Akron.  He also was a writer and wrote two "Radio Murders" mystery novels and served as a trustee at the Iinterval Brotherhood Home and Greater Akron Musical Association-Akron Symphony.
Check out more on Chuck and look at the video of Collin' return appearance on Ray Horner's show from 2013 here .

2015/05 4:00 AM
Kelsea Ballerini Hits The Stage At NBC-TV's 'Today Show'

Pictured: Hoda, Kathie Lee, and Kelsea Ballerini
Black River Entertainment artist  Kelsea Ballerini  hit NBC-TV's "TODAY Show" Yesterday (5/21) to play her debut single, "Love Me Like You Mean It" for Kathie Lee and Hoda. Ballerini's debut album, "THE FIRST TIME," was released earlier this WEEK.
Check out Ballerini’s performing "Love Me Like You Mean It"  here .

2015/05 3:15 AM
​Andy Webb And Jessica Chandler Begin Mornings on WCKN May 26th

APEX Broadcasting Country WCKN/KICKIN' 92.5/Charleston, SC makes its new morning show official, as Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler kick the live and local airwaves starting Tuesday, May 26th. The duo succeed Dale Desmond, who left in December.

The station hired Webb and Chandler originally in January 2015, but no start date was selected at that time, as Chandler was required to sit out her non-compete clause after she departed Cumulus Country WIWF/NASH-FM 96.9, where she did mornings. Webb joins KICKIN’ from Blakeney Communications Classic Rock WXRR/ROCK 104/Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS where he was the OM/PD/MD for the entire cluster, including Country WBBN/B95.

2015/05 3:14 AM
Big Machine Has Big Presence At Indy 500 With Stars And Cars

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) once again will have great visibility at this weekend’s Indianpolis 500, with artists Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett all adorning the bright yellow and black #8 Chevrolet car, piloted by Sage Karam.

Also, Big Machine Records artist Danielle Bradbery will sing “America The Beautiful” during the pre-race festivities. BMLG is a season-long sponsor of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team for both NASCAR and INDYCAR; the label has sponsored two Indy-winning cars in the past four years.

2015/05 3:10 AM
Stephanie O'Donnell's Daughter Poppy Goes Viral

Thirty Tigers promo rep  Stephanie O’Donnell  and her baby daughter Poppy have gone viral, as video of Poppy appeared on NBC-TV’s “TODAY Show.” Host Willie Geist played the video of O’Donnell tearing pages of a magazine and Poppy demonstrating an infectious, adorable laugh.

Thirty Tigers VP/Promotion Pam Newman says that the Lincoln Financial Country KSON/San Diego morning team “John and Tammy” requested a phone in from Stephanie following the video’s online popularity.
Here’s your chance to see Poppy on the "TODAY Show" appearance  here .


2015/05 3:09 AM
​WEBB/Augusta, ME, Radio Personality Will Shave Her Head For Food Bank Fundraiser

Radio Personality Renee Nelson of Townsquare Media Country WEBB/B98.5/Augusta, ME, is raising money to help food banks in nearby Maine counties, according to a report in , dubbing the drive, “Hair For The Hungry.”

Nelson, the news and public service director for the station, has promised to shave her head on May 30th if she has raised at least $2,500 in donations for area food banks. Super Cuts, who will do the honors, has agreed to match that figure, for a total of $5,000. Nelson
, who has raised more than $1,300 to date, said the money will be distributed to 21 local food banks that the station supports during its annual fall Thanksgiving fundraiser, which has featured personalities broadcasting from a tank outside Camp Keyes in Augusta.

“I don’t want to stop at $5,000,” Nelson said. “I want to raise as much money as I can.”
Nelson's dramatic news is a way of celebrating her birthday in August, and doing a good deed.
“It started as a joke,” she said. “But as I thought about it and realized I could do this and do some good, it was a no-brainer to say I would do it. But I did not want to wait for my birthday. It was important to me to do it so some of my hair would grow back by then.”

Abigail Perry, Director of the Augusta Food Bank
, says the donation couldn't come at a better time because food stocks have decreased in the spring, when there is less focus on feeding the hungry.
Perry Added:  “It’s raising awareness of the issue in a way some other, more traditional, fundraisers or events may not be able to do.”

Those who wish to donate to “Hair For The Hungry” can do so online at  or at any Super Cuts in Maine, including Augusta and Waterville

2015/05 3:05 AM
PD Don Gosselin Departs iHeartMedia’s KAJA & KRPT/San Antonio

iHeartMedia’s KAJA & KRPT/San Antonio PD Don Gosselin has leaves after only seven months.
Gosselin said, “iHeartMedia/San Antonio and I have mutually agreed to part company.  I wish all the people there nothing but the best and I look forward to watching Randy Carroll be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in June. I'm going to take some time off before deciding what is next in my career." He joined the San Antonio cluster in June, after three years at iHeartMedia/New Orleans, where he was cluster OM and PD of Country WNOE

Gosselin served iHeartMedia and formerly Clear Channel for non-consecutive periods of 13 years in cities like: Detroit, Toledo, Providence and Springfield, MA.

At the moment there is no word on a replacement.

Reach Gosselin here

2015/05 3:00 AM
Elice Cuff Joins The GreenRoom

Elice Cuff joins The Greenroom as a publicist on behalf of an artist roster that includes Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kix Brooks, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, and Rascal Flatts.

Cuff makes the move to The Greenroom following 18 months in a similar capacity with Sweet Talk Publicity. Cuff said, "I feel like I hit the jackpot! I'm so lucky for this new opportunity to work with this awesome group of people with an amazing team comradery." She has been on the job since Monday (5/19).

Give her congrats  here .

2015/05 2:24 AM
Jason Aldean Pulls From His Clock-Punching Days For New ‘Tonight Looks good On You’ Music Video

Three-time and reigning ACM "Male Vocalist of the Year" Jason Aldean will exclusively premiere the music video for his intoxicating Top 20 single, “Tonight Looks Good On You” during  CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday (5/23) at 8:00A CT. Following the premiere, it can also be seen across all of CMT’s digital platforms including  , the CMT Artists app, and  CMT Pure and will be available at all other digital partners Monday (5/25).

Directed by Mason Dixon and shot in Nashville earlier this month, the video includes a signature Aldean performance and features him as a support actor in a couple's love story as they struggle to juggle everyday demands of supporting a family. 

“It definitely wasn’t hard for me to go back to my clock-punching days,” shares Aldean. “It wasn’t that long ago that I was a Pepsi delivery guy racing the clock hoping to get home before sundown. So, it was easy to put myself back in those shoes and kinda cheer for the guy who works his ass off to get home to his girl.”

Fans can also catch Aldean perform the hit on the   2015 CMT Music Awards  on June 10
, where he is also nominated for three awards including "Performance of the Year", "Male Video of the Year" and "Video of the Year.”
Before hitting the CMT stage, he will continue his headlining BURN IT DOWN TOUR next weekend with dates scheduled in Charleston, WV (5/28), Hartford, CT (5/29) and Hershey, PA (5/30). For more information and for a full list of tour dates, visit

2015/05 2:00 AM
Nationwide Club Concerts Raise Almost $30K For ACM Lifting Lives

Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Pasley, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers have all donated a portion of their ticket sales from club shows over the past five months to “ACM Lifting Lives.” Together, the artists raised nearly $30,000 to help organizations that are improving lives through the power of music. 

Clubs that participated in the fundraising effort include Coyote Joe's in Charlotte, NC; Gilioz Theatre in Springfield, MO; Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO; Joe's Bar in Chicago, IL; Midnight Rodeo in Springfield, MO; The Bluestone in Columbus, OH; The Rave in Milwaukee, WI; and Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA.  
Get more information here

2015/05 8:29 AM
Sloane Cavitt Logue Joins Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster/Nashville has named former Show Dog Director/Digital Marketing Sloane Cavitt Logue as Manager/Client Relations and Artist Services.  

Logue will be the provide local artists and managers access to and advice on how to best use Ticketmaster's developing list of artist programs.  

“I look forward to helping artists super-serve their fans," said Logue. "In this role, I will be able to share all the great products and services Ticketmaster has to offer to Nashville's exploding music community.” Congratulate her at (615) 932-5216 or  here.

2015/05 8:24 AM
Ryan Fox Hangs With Kenny

Ryan Fox, host of Westwood One's "Now With Ryan Fox" and morning host of "Hot Country" and "Mainstream Country Local" got to spend some time with Kenny Chesney backstage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  

Aldean and Chesney shared teh stage as the Big Revival and Burn It Down tours came together.

2015/05 7:04 AM
Michael Martin New VP At ASCAP

ASCAP has promoted Michael Martin to the newsly created position of VP for its Nashville membership office.

Martin, formerly Director of Membership/Creative worked with Leeann Phelan who has recently left.  He will now report directly to ASCAP EVP/Membership John Titta.

comes to ASCAP from Extreme Writers Group where he was Partner and Co-Founder with Jason Houser.  He has enjoyed numerous #1 including Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" and George Strait's "I Saw God Today." 

"ASCAP's Nashville community of writers and publishers is a rich vein of musical creativity, collaboration, and success," stated Titta. "While ASCAP transforms itself to offer innovative new services to our members, we are fortunate that Michael has been at the vanguard of this change in his previous ASCAP role. Moving forward, we need a strong leader in Nashville that understands the dynamics and needs of this valuable community. Michael's expertise in fostering close bonds with our Nashville membership and his vision for enhancing ASCAP's relationship with both emerging and established writers and publishers make him the perfect choice to lead our talented Creative team in Music City."

2015/05 6:51 AM
Joe O'Donnell To Retire

Curb Records/Nashville West Coast regional Joe O'Donnell has announced his retirement.  He will be leaving the record business at the end of May.

In an open letter to friends O'Donnell (who was called "Jod") said, "“To my fellow West Coast Regionals, Nationals and VPs: It's been a great (or mostly great) 25-plus years in the record biz. I'm retiring at the end of May. I'll be hanging out with my wife and dogs in New Mexico. The cell won't change, be in touch (505) 249-9799. Travel safe. Peace and love, adios amigos! JOD.” 

He can be reached here .

2015/05 6:48 AM
Hank Cochran's Family Creates The Pen Fund

The family of Country Music Halll of Famer Hank Cochran has created The Pen Fund.  This organization, in conjunction with The Nikki Mitchell Foundation will help songwriters with pancreatic cancer and support awareness and research for early detection.  You can donate here. 

2015/05 9:32 AM
Billy Sexauer New APD/Afternoons at KWEN/Tulsa

Bill Sexauer has been naamed APD/Afternoons at Cox Media's KWEN, K95/Tulsa.  He will begin his new gig on Monday, June 1.  

He was most recently with Top 40 WZNF, 95.3 The Gorilla/Biloxi, MS and did mornings/PD.  He succeeds Kristina Carlyle who left to join KTGX, 106.1 The Twister in April..

This is a return to Cox/Tulsa for Sexauer who worked for News/Talk KRMG and K95 last year before going to WZNF.  He's also worked at Gulf South's Top 40 WKMX/Dothan, AL.  He worked there for five years and three of them he handled PD duties.


2015/05 8:53 AM
Brad Paisley To Open For The Stones

Brad Paisley will open for the Rolling Stones in Nashville on June 17 at LP Field.  Zip Code, the band's 15-city North American stadium tour, kicks off in San Diego on May 25 and will be making stops in Coluimbis, MInneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlanddo, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrappingin Quebec.

The Zip Code tour will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-7's "A Bigger Bang Tour.

May 24, 2015                   San Diego, CA                    Petco Park
May 30, 2015                   Columbus, OH                    Ohio Stadium
June 3, 2015                      Minneapolis, MN                TCF Bank Stadium
June 6, 2015                      Dallas, TX                           AT&T Stadium
June 9, 2015                      Atlanta, GA                         Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12, 2015                    Orlando, FL                        Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17, 2015                    Nashville, TN                      LP Field
June 20, 2015                    Pittsburgh, PA                     Heinz Field
June 23, 2015                    Milwaukee, WI                   Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27, 2015                    Kansas City, MO                Arrowhead Stadium
July 1, 2015                       Raleigh, NC                        Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4, 2015                       Indianapolis, IN                   Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8, 2015                       Detroit, MI                          Comerica Park
July 11, 2015                     Buffalo, NY                         Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15, 2015                     Quebec, QC                        Le Festival D’Été de Québec

For ticket information go to

2015/05 8:18 AM
Lady A, Miranda And Keith To Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Country ON The Coast

Lady A, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will headline the on the Coast in Panama City Beach, Florida over Labor Day weekend Friday, September 4-Sunday, September 6.

They will be joined by Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery, Gary Allen, Ronnie Milsap, Kellie Pickler, Tyler Farr, Darryl Worley, Kristian Bush, The Swon Brothers, and more.  

The tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $119.  Prices will go up once the current tickets have been sold.  For more information go to the Gulf Coast Jam website here

2015/05 8:02 AM
United Station Radio Networks Adds "Serving Your Country"

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN) has added "Serving YOur Country" to its weekly Country music programming.  The two-hour weekly program will be part of American Forces Network.  The show will be hosted by WUSN/Chicago morning man Ray "Ramblin 'Ray" Stevens (left) and will feature Country music and report on all the activities of the US military.

"I'm very proud of this show," said Stevens. "It's our way of saying thanks to those folks who provide our freedom. It's just huge, and I know they love the gesture!" USRN EVP/Programming Andy Denemark echoed, "We're quite proud of this show, which has been on the air for over two years now. So many Country stations cite support for our troops and veterans as a key part of their community services, so it's very gratifying to have this program not only exist and grow on US radio stations, but to now be transmitted to our service personnel overseas is fantastic."


2015/05 7:25 AM
Katie Arminger Launches "Girls With Dreams"

Katie Arminger is launching "Girls Wtih Dreams," a national songwriting compeittion that gives young songwriters the chance to win $10,000 college sholarship and have their music recorded with her.The winner will fly to Nashville to recird their song with Katie and two time Grammy-winning producer Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift). For contest rules go to 

“My entire career started by winning a contest,” says Katie, “And now I’d like to give other young ladies an opportunity like the one I had.”

Arminger began her career at 14 and completed her first album by the time she was 15.  She has shared the stage with some of country music's biggest artists including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, LIttle Big Town, Eli Young Band, Daius Rucker, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler, to name a few.  

2015/05 7:17 AM
ASCAP Announces Promotions and Appointments

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has named Beth Brinker (right) as their new Creative Manager.  The Texas native has served as Creative Director for LaTigo Shore Music and has worked with Thirty Tigers and The National FFA Organization.

Brinker has also spent time on-air in roles with Spike TV, Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour and "The Marty Stuart Show."  She has worked with GAC-TV, RFD-TRv and others.  She will begin her new job immediately.

ASCAP also announces that both Robert Filhart and Evyn Mustoe has been promoted.  Filhart is the new Creative Director after serving as ASCAP Creative Manager for five years.  Mustoe has been promoted to Associate Creative Director.  He has been working as Creative Manager for two years.  

"Robert and Evyn are such an integral part of the ASCAP Creative staff," said ASCAP/Nashville's Michael Martin. "They helped build the foundation of the excellent team we have in place in Nashville, and we are so excited to welcome Beth as the newest edition to that team. Her energy and enthusiasm for the job are off the charts, and we can't wait for her to get started!"

2015/05 7:10 AM
John Rich and Friends Set To Perform For St. Jude

On Tuesday, June 9 "St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends" will take place at Cannon Cneter for the Performing ARts in Memphis, TN.  John Rich is bringing a number of friends to help him raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Those joining Rich include Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee, Frankie Balland, comedians Williams and Ree and Big Kenny.

"I'm incredibly proud that the 'St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends" charity event has grown into an amazing entertainment event over the past four years, while continuing to support the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," explained Rich. "It's a blessing to be part of an industry that has supported St. Jude so passionately for the past 30 years." 

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2015/05 9:02 AM
Big D and Bubba Extends Contract

Big D & Bubba have extendded their contract with Compass Media through 2020.  They launched Silverfish and teamed up with Compass in 2014 after leaving Premiere.  

"In our first 16 months of working with Compass Media Networks, we have seen explosive growth in both affiliates and sales," says Bubba. This extension was a no-brainer." 

Says Big D, "(Founder/CEO) Peter Kosann is the best at what he does. We don't know what that is, but he's great at it. Seriously, we couldn't be happier." 

2015/05 8:51 AM
CMT Music Awards Name Artists

Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Alden, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line are all scheduled to take the stage at the 2015 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 10.  The show will broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. (ET) on CMT TV.

CMT TV will also air nominated videos during morning music hours while CMT Pure will feature nomination blocks throughout each day. CMT Radio will also feature interviews with "CMT Music Awards" performers on its "CMT After Midnite" and "CMT Radio Live" broadcasts.  

For more information and to participate in voting visit

2015/05 8:39 AM
Curly Clark To Leave KTTS/Springfield

Curly Clark (right), MD/Afternoon personality is leaving KTTS/Springfield, Mo for an opportunity with a local ad agency.  She has been with the Scripps Country station for 27 years.  

PD Mark Grantin expressed both "his sadness and excitement" for Curly and is now looking for her replacement. Describing the position as a "rare, fulltime opening in afternoons and possible MD duties for the right candidate."

If interested apply here.


2015/05 8:38 AM
Does Country Have The Smartest Lyrics?

According to a Seatsmart blog, popular music lyrics are dumb. Believe it or not, Seatsmart has done some research and there apparently some real science behind this statement.

The study sets out to find which genre of music is the most sophisticated. Genres measured include Country, Pop, Rock and R&B/Hip Hop. Readability scores were found by using writing analysis tools like Flesch-Kincaid grade index and others to create an average US reading level of a piece of text. Song lyrics of those songs that hit and stayed (for at least three weeks) at #1 on the Billboard charts between 2005-2014 were then put in.  An average grade level, word count and other metrics were calculated. Over 225 songs were analyzed in 4 different datasets resulting in over 2,000 individual data points.  

It's important to note that this data didn't deal with the meaning, metaphors, how the words connect with the artist, etc.   

The findings are in and Country does indeed (by comparison) have the "smartest" lyrics.

And, overall, this research is great news for third graders.  That's right.  Only in the years 2005 and 2006 songs would third graders have had a tough time interpreting these lyrics.

If you average out all the hit songs in each genre the median reading level by grade is: 

Country 3.3
Pop 2.9
Rock 2.9
R&B/Hip Hop: 2.6

There are many reasons for this.  When you consider word length, Country is the only genre without words like "oh" or "yeah" repeated many times in a row. Yes, indeed, if you say it in the song, it's counted as a lyric.

Country music is full of multi-syllable words.  Think of  the number of songs that use words like Hallelujah, cigarettes, hillbilly or mention locations like Carolina, California, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Pop and R&B/Hip Hop usually stick with places like LA and New York.

When looking at Top Country Artists and their "song intelligence metric,"  the highest artist with a 3.72 average grade level  is Carrie Underwood.  She is closely followed by Blake Shelton with 3.61 and Brad Paisley with 3.54.  Florida Georgia Line are at the bottom with an average grade level of 2.93.

And, Country also comes in with 5 out of the top 10 smartest songs in this study.  Blake Shelton's All About Tonight   is at #1 with with a 5.8 grade level.  Other Country artists' songs include Craig Morgan's That's What I Love About Sunday at #5, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert with Were Were Us at #6, Carrie Underwood with Before He Cheats at #9 and Miranda Lambert's The House That Built Me at #10.

And, listen to this!  Country doesn't even show up on the 10 worst songs of the last 10 years.

Below are listed the top Country songs ranked by grade level.  And, again those longer words and longer sentences played a part (thanks, Keith Urban!).  

Top Country Songs Ranked By Grade Level
Average Grade Level Song Title Artist Year Weeks at #1 Word Count Syllables per Word Characters per Word
5.8 All About Tonight Blake Shelton 2010 3 311 1.3 3.9
4.9 That’s What I Love About Sunday Craig Morgan 2005 4 254 1.2 3.7
4.9 We Were Us Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert 2013 3 283 1.3 3.9
4.7 Before He Cheats Carrie Underwood 2006 5 304 1.2 3.8
4.6 Good Directions Billy Currington 2007 3 303 1.2 3.8
4.6 The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert 2010 4 310 1.2 3.7
4.5 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift 2012 9 376 1.3 3.8
4.4 The World Brad Paisley 2006 3 248 1.3 3.6
4.4 Summertime Kenny Chesney 2006 5 294 1.2 3.6
4.1 Beer In Mexico Kenny Chesney 2007 3 242 1.3 3.7
4 I’m Still A Guy Brad Paisley 2008 3 364 1.1 3.5
4 Making Memories Of Us Keith Urban 2005 5 247 1.2 3.5
3.9 So Small Carrie Underwood 2007 3 274 1.2 3.9
3.9 Take Me There Rascal Flatts 2007 3 256 1.2 4
3.7 She’s Everything Brad Paisley 2007 3 358 1.3 3.5
3.7 Consider Me Gone Reba 2010 4 303 1.2 3.4
3.7 If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows) Rodney Atkins 2006 4 362 1.1 3.6
3.6 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 2013 5 371 1.2 3.6
3.6 Something In The Water Carrie Underwood 2014 3 340 1.2 3.6
3.6 Watching You Rodney Atkins 2007 4 398 1.2 3.5
3.5 Wasted Carrie Underwood 2007 3 343 1.2 3.6
3.5 Better Life Kieth Urban 2005 6 325 1.2 3.4
3.5 Shutgun Rider Tim McGraw 2014 3 277 1.3 3.7
3.4 Letter To Me Brad Paisley 2008 4 450 1.2 3.4
3.3 Don’t Blink Kenny Chesney 2007 4 383 1.1 3.8
3.2 Stay Florida Georgia Line 2013 6 410 1.2 3.4
3.2 Somewhere With You Kenny Chesney 2011 3 374 1.2 3.4
3.2 Drink A Beer Luke Bryan 2014 5 176 1.2 3.6
3 Don’t You Wanna Stay Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson 2011 3 222 1.2 3.6
3 Why Don’t We Just Dance Josh Turner 2010 4 230 1.1 3.5
3 Living In Fast Forward Kenny Chesney 2006 3 235 1.2 3.6
3 Play It Again Luke Bryan 2014 9 436 1.2 3.5
2.9 Honey Bee Blake Shelton 2011 4 355 1.2 3.3
2.9 Jesus, Take The Wheel Carrie Underwood 2006 6 307 1.1 3.4
2.9 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 2013 24 421 1.2 3.7
2.9 Bless The Broken Road Rascal Flatts 2005 5 239 1.2 3.7
2.8 What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts 2006 4 280 1.2 3.6
2.7 This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan 2014 6 383 1.2 3.6
2.7 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean 2014 14 436 1.2 3.7
2.7 That’s My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan 2013 12 390 1.1 3.6
2.6 Never Wanted Nothing More Kenny Chesney 2007 5 352 1.2 3.3
2.6 Felt Good On My Lips Tim McGraw 2011 3 326 1.2 3.4
2.5 Big Green Tractor Jason Aldean 2009 4 368 1.1 3.3
2.5 Need You Now Lady Antebellum 2009 5 237 1.2 3.3
2.5 Our Song Taylor Swift 2008 6 386 1.2 3.6
2.5 You’re Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins 2008 3 317 1.2 3.5
2.5 Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band 2012 4 287 1.2 3.4
2.3 It Won’t Be Like This For Long Darius Rucker 2009 3 317 1.1 3.4
2.2 God Gave Me You Blake Shelton 2011 3 274 1.1 3.3
2.2 Then Brad Paisley 2009 3 285 1.1 3.5
2.1 The Man I Want To Be Chris Young 2010 3 266 1.1 3.2
1.5 As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith 2005 6 380 1.1 3.2

Apparently, Toby Keith and Chris Young didn't do us any favors mentioning God and their baby. Just think where we'd be if they'd traveled to Senatobia, Mississippi a bit more?

Read the entire blog here. 

2015/05 8:22 AM
Tatum Allsep Named 2015 Health Care Hero

The Nashville Business Journal has named Tatum Allsep, Founder and Executive Director of Music Health Alliance as one of their 2015 Health Care Heroes.  She is the first recipient of the Healthcare Hero Advocate Award.

Allsep will be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Omni Nashville Hotel and also in a special publication in the May 22 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

Allsep first began to understand the music industry’s need for healthcare support while working with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and after her own struggles with health care coverage. Through a process of exploring profit-based alternatives, Allsep became convinced that the only way to put client’s needs first was to remove the profit motive. The result was Music Health Alliance (MHA), a 501(c)3 non-profit that engages a completely new and unique model that provides a full spectrum of health care services and support. Today Music Health Alliance provides healthcare solutions to the music industry based solely on the client’s specific needs in a safe and trusted environment.

The mission of Music Health Alliance is to provide access to healthcare through services that protect, direct and connect music professionals with medical and financial solutions.

For more information on Music Health Alliance visit

2015/05 8:21 AM
FCC Comes Down On iHeart Communications

The FCC has come down hard with a fine for iHeart Communications, Inc., parent of iHeartMedia fining the company $1 million in a consent decree arising from the airing of false Emergency Alert System tones.  Bobby Bones sounded the alert on his nationally syndicated show on iHeartMedia Country WSIX-FM, The Big 98/Nashville. The company has agreed to paying hte civil penality and has come up with a three year agreement and a reporting plan and elimination of the EAS tones from its production libraries.

The incident occured on October 14, 2014 when Bones was talking about teh soundeing of an EAS test that aired during the World Series.  He played a recording of an earlier test that was then sent to over 70 affiliates and resulted in a "Multi-state cascade of false EAS alerts on radios and televisions in multiple states."

“The public counts on EAS tones to alert them to real emergencies,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “Misuse of the emergency alert system jeopardizes the nation’s public safety, falsely alarms the public, and undermines confidence in the emergency alert system.”

This fine is among several that have been issued over the last six months for misuse of EAS tones.  Fines have been levied against Viacom, ESPN, Univision, Pathfinder Communications, and SM Radio Productions totally almost $2.5 million.

Get the full FCC statement here

2015/05 8:06 AM
Alpha Media To Purchase Morris Commuincations' Stations

Alpha Media will purchase Morris Communications' 36 stations in eight markets including Country stations WIBW-FM & KTPK/Topeka, KS; KYEZ/Salina,KS; KGNC-FM/Amarillo, TX; KBRJ/Anchorage, AK; KAYO/Wasilla, AK; KXXK/Hoquiam, WA and KWIQ/Moses Lake, WA.  

When the transaction is complete Alpha will operate 135 stations in 28 markets.  

Get more information here. 

2015/05 8:55 AM
CMA Accepting Nominations for CMA Broadcast Awards

The Country Music Association is now accepting applications online for 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards.  The awards are for Broadcast Personality, Station and National Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year.  All categories include four different market sizes, (major, large, medium and small).  Entries will be accepted until Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m. (CT).  

The entries must be performances that happened between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.  They will be judged by radio and industry professionals.  Broadcast winners will be notified in early October and recognized at the "49th Annual CMA Awards."  Submit your materials here .

2015/05 8:53 AM
Cumulus Launches A Talent Competition

Cumulus is launching a talent competition for new Country artists called "Nash Next."  Fans will help find and choose winners through online voting and interaction.  Submissions will be taken through and promoted on over 200 Cumulus stations.  This will be the "largest online talent search ever undertaken."

The website will open on June 15 and fans will judge the entrants as they go through challenges through November.  A panel  of three music professionals will judge along with a "Spin Index" of social media activity and fan voting at the website.will help choose the winner of the competition. The entrants will be judged in various categories including a cover song, original jingle (with fans choosing the last five words via Twitter), an original song broadcast on Periscope, an original video on Instagram, original content on PicCollage and a fully produced original music video including animation.

The winner will get a record deal with Cumulus' Nash Next record label and the top 10 will be a part of a national tour in 2016.  

According to John Dickey, EVP of Content and Programming, "“Country is firmly established as the most popular music format and through Nash Next we are connecting directly with the fans and talent who are most engaged with the Country lifestyle."

“We are thrilled to partner with Nash in launching Nash Next,” said Ron Berryman, Founder and CEO of Sum, Nash Next's   technology partner. “This has to be one of the most innovative approaches in finding emerging modern Country talent, and engaging their fan base through the use of social media.”

2015/05 8:43 AM
Lunchbox Gets Hitched

Congrats to Lunchbox, co-host of "The Bobby Bones Show," who got married over the weekend.  His engagement was announced live on the show in November.  He invited his co-hosts to the festivities in Texas on Saturday, May 16th.  

Photos of his big day can be found on the Bobby Bones website at or you can search social media using hashtag #BoxAndTheFox. 

2015/05 8:40 AM
Neilsen Analysis Shows Country Dipping But Strong

Neilsen Audio's analysis has just been released on Arpi l 2015 PPM results.  News Talk is #! of all formats for persons 6+ at 8.8%.  Pop CHR decreased from 8.7% to 8.5% amoung Persons 6+ from March but still is strong when compared to its percentages in April 2013 and 2014 (8.2%).  It remains the same and the top format with 18-34 year olds compared to March (12.8%). 

Country experienced a slight decrease putting it in second place 6+ with 7.8%, 19% with 18-34 year olds and 7.6% with 25-54 year olds.  These numbers were a bit down looking year to year but summer tends to be very strong for Country.

Classic Rock did very well with year-to-year grown in Persons 6+ (4.7-5.3%).  It also included with 18-34 year olds (3.9-4.8%) and 25-54 year olds (5.1-6%).  Hot AC also did well reaching 6.7% for 6+, 7.5% for 18-34 year olds and 7.4% for 25-54 year olds.  

Get the full story here

2015/05 8:30 AM
Taylor's Big Winner in Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift walked away with eight awards last night at the Billboard Music Awards. Jason Aldean won two awards while other Country artist winners included Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood.  

Little Big Town a
lso performed "Girl Crush" with Faith Hill during the show.

The show took CBS to a #1 rank for the night winning 18-49 and 18-34 demos in rating and share.  The show had 9.9 million viewers for the night. 

Below are the full list of winners:
·         TOP HOT 100 SONG: MEGHAN TRAINOR, "All About That Bass"
·         TOP RADIO SONG: JOHN LEGEND, "All of Me"
·         TOP RAP SONG: IGGY AZALEA featuring CHARLI XCX, "Fancy"
·         TOP SOUNDTRACK: "Frozen"
·         TOP RAP ALBUM: J. COLE, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
·         TOP COUNTRY ALBUM: JASON ALDEAN, "Old Boots, New Dirt"
·         TOP ROCK ALBUM: COLDPLAY, "Ghost Stories"
·         TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM: LECRAE, "Anomaly"
·         TOP DIGITAL SONG: MEGHAN TRAINOR, "All About That Bass"
·         TOP COUNTRY SONG: JASON ALDEAN, "Burnin' It Down"
·         TOP ROCK SONG: HOZIER, "Take Me to Church"
·         TOP CHRISTIAN SONG: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, "Something in the Water"

2015/05 8:23 AM
Ryan McKiddy Heads To KCYY/San Antonio

Ryan McKiddy, most recently a part timer with WUSN, US 99/Chicago is moving to KCYY, Y 100/San Antonio.  He will be doing afternoons starting May 16th.  

Jeff Garrison, KCYY Director of Operations said “We’re taking Y100 to new heights and are excited to have Ryan join the Y team.  We also look forward to him taking his first River Walk ride.”

McKiddy said, ",  “I am so pumped to be joining the Y100/Cox San Antonio staff.  I thank KCYY’s Jeff Garrison, as well as CMG San Antonio's VP and General Manager Ben Reed, for bringing me onboard. I plan on gaining at least 15 pounds within my first two weeks in San Antonio from all the amazing TexMex food and BBQ.”


2015/05 8:17 AM
Russ Fender Retires

WGFG/Kat Country 105.3/Orangeburg, SC's OM/Morning host Russ T. Fender (aka Russ Wood) is retiring after 27 years in the business.  

In his farewell to listeners in the local paper he said, "Now is the time for this amazing ride to come to an end. I am respectfully laying my headsets down, pushing the microphone away and stepping into the shadows. Time to, in theater parlance, 'Exit Stage Left.'

"I look forward to a cup of coffee at sunrise, not refracted through a studio window, and enjoying the sounds of rain on a tin roof without worry about lightning striking a radio tower. Attempting to live a normal life will be the biggest challenge yet and, who knows, before long I may be reaching out my hand to another venture saying, 'You can’t do this without me!'" 

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