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Artist Development   Walker Fitzgibbon
Gaylene Gibson
Owner   Third Eye Live
Layne Alltson
President   Creative Network Management
Denise Morgan
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Robert McCormick
Songwriter   Unsigned
James Chesser
  BIG-BIG Entertainment, LLC.




2016/08 8:56 AM
"Nashville" Season Five to Premiere On CMT-TV

As was previously reported here, the fifth season of "Nashville" will be seen on CMT-TV next year.  According to "Variety," the season will kick off on Thursday, January 5 with a two-hour episode beginning at 9 p.m. (ET).  

The report also says that the television streaming service Hulu will continue to carry "Nashville," with full episodes becoming available the day after the show airs on CMT-TV.

ABC TV canceled the show earlier this year.

 

2016/08 8:47 AM
Kelsea Ballerina Partners With Justice

Kelsea Ballerini has partnered with Justice, the largest between girl lifestyle brand retailer, to bring her debut album "The First Time" to select stores nationwide.

As part of the partnership, the Black River Entertainment artist will perform live during "The Concert at The Classic" presented by Justice at the 19th Annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in New Albany, Ohio.  

For updated tour dates and information on Ballerini's tour and fan club visit here.

2016/08 8:40 AM
Source Awards Honor Six Women In The Music Business

The 14th Annual Source Awards were given out last night at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.  Six women in the music business were honored including Sony Music Nashville's Alison Booth, industry veteran Tammy Brown, John Conlee Enterprises' Diane Cash, George Jones Management's Nancy Jones, "Nashville" creator/Executive Producer Callie Khouri and the late Gale Pollock.

The event was hosted by Country legends Jeannie Seely and Brenda Lee.  It was annotunced that in conjunction with the organization's 25 anniversary, the awards will now be known as "The Source Nashville Hall of Fame Awards."

Each of the women honored have made maor contirbutions to the music industy in Nashville and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement in furthering women in the community.

 

2016/08 8:37 AM
Danny Montana Taking Over Middays at 92.3 WIL/St. Louis

Danny Montana is the new midday talent on New Country 92.3 WIL/St. Louis effective immediately.

Montana has been with WIL since 1995 as t overnight DJ, then he served as daytime on-air talent and Show Host, as well as Music Director for the station.

In 2003 he was named WIL Asst. Program Director, with responsibilities that include managing all of the country artist meet and greet opportunities and producing all of the WIL country music concerts and shows like WIL's annual "Jinglefest" concert.  Even with his move to Middays on WIL Montana will continue in the APD and Music Director roles.

Montana says, "It has been such a pleasure to be back on the air full time.  The listeners of WIL are absolutely amazing and I feel so fortune to have the opportunity to connect with them on a daily basis.” Danny adds, “I’m blessed to work for a terrific company with some incredibly talented people at a legendary station.” 
 
WIL Program Director Scott Roddy notes, “Danny worked VERY hard to earn this position - and the competition was tough! Danny’s commitment to the WIL brand, new country, and our passionate followers make me proud to name him WIL’s new Midday personality. Danny compliments an exceptional team on the only live and local new country station in the ‘Lou’.”


 

2016/08 8:31 AM
Tyler Promoted at WICL/Hagerstown

Jason Tyler, afternoon personality at WICL, The Big Dawg/Hagerstown MD has been promoted to PD/morning host, effective Monday, August 29.  

Tyler has been with the station since last year after six years out of the busienss.  His radio resume includes time at WKHI/Saisbury, MD' WLXV, Traverse City, MI and WXCY/Wilmington, DE.  

Get in touch with him here

2016/08 8:12 AM
Alabama Exhibit to Open At Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


Pictured (L-R): Jeff Cook, Randy Owen,
and Teddy Gentry.
Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images
for Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
The exhibit Alabama: Song of the South will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tomorrow (8/25) and run through June 12, 2017.  On Monday a reception was held with a number of industry guests on the facility's spacious top floor.

Alabama lead singer Randy Owen told the audience, "Unlike so many things that we’ve been a part of, I actually wrote down feelings because I want to make sure. This might be the last thing I do like this.”

He thanked his father for buying him his first guitar and for teaching him the chords E, A and B.  He also thanked his mother, sisters, grandparents and cousins.  He also mentioned and thanked entertainers for allowing Alabama on the bill and the industry people who signed and managed them.

Teddy Gentry stated, "“I should have prepared something I guess. All I can say is, thanks to all our friends and the people who supported us over the years. This is an incredible honor to be here among people that we always looked up to, growing up.”

And Jeff Cook told attendees, "“Several years ago, I had an accident and a piece of glass cut a nerve and tendon, but I overcame that. And I thought that’s what I was put here to do, was to play the guitar. I figured somebody’s got to do it.”

He added, “I’d like to thank everyone that had anything to do with this at all. I’d like to thank all of the people for being here as our guests and people we invited, and the ones we didn’t invite but came anyway. It’s just a bit overwhelming and I want to say thank you to everyone out there.”

Museum CEO Kyle Young spoke about the band and Charlie Daniels played a tribute including "Mountain Music" and "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).

The exhibit traces the musical beginnings, challenges and successes of the cousins Cook, Gentry and Owens who formed the group as teenagers in Ft. Payne, Alabama.  They were trailblazers performing as a band because at that time in country music, this was revolutionary.  They went on to recruit Massachusetts-native Mark Herndon as their drummer and the band signed with RCA in 1980.  They would go on to have over 40 chart-tpping singles and sell more than 70 million albums worldwide.

 

2016/08 8:10 AM
Nik Krastins Joins Townsquare/Washington

Nik Krastins, formerly iHeartMedia/Seattle GSM has joined Townsquare a Regional Market President for Washington markets Yakima and Tri-Cities.  He will oversee Country KDBL/Yakima and KORD/Tri-Cities.  

He succeeds Cheryl Salomone who left for Adams/Salisbury, MD earlier this year.

"(Nik) has a track record of success and is the leader we have been searching for," says RVP Kevin Godwin. 

Krastins will begin his new gig in mid-September.
 

2016/08 8:00 AM
Sunday's Kind Of Country TV Program Expanding Into More Texas Markets

Sunday's Kind of Country Inc. TV Program has signed with TEGNA Media/The Lone Star Division.  Beginning September 4, 2016 Sunday's Kind of Country will launch into 6 new TV markets including Abilene, Brian, College Station, San Angelo, Waco and Temple.  The show will be a mainstay of Sunday morning broadcasting on various TEGNA Media Networks and their stations every Sunday.

Host and Producer Robby Lynn said, "Along with Sunday’s Kind Of Country Inc. Radio Program having been established within the Beaumont / Brian / College Station / Temple and Waco TX radio markets for over 10 years now. The combo radio & TV Markets open up many different advertising and promotional opportunities in the future.  The TV show will have a couple of night time slots across the state on Sunday nights, too. (There will be ) great videos, some are even exclusive to the Sunday’s Kind Of Country program. Along with wonderful interviews from time to time makes the show a great escape on Sunday’s. We are very excited about our TV broadcast growth and TEGNA Media partnership and their believing in what we are doing with the video show."

For more information contact Robby Lynn here

2016/08 7:50 AM
Aldean Celebrates Release of New Album With Nash FM 94.7/New York

NASH FM 94.7/New York and country artist Jason Aldean are celebrating the release of Jason's new album "They Don't Know."  The album will be available on September 9, 2016 and he will perform an intimate acoustic performance for some lucky NASH FM listeners.  

The private performance will be held at The Cutting Room on East 32nd Street on Monday, September 12 and be hosted by America's morning Show.  They will be introuding the new morning show co-hst Ty Bentli, who joins Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks on September 6.  Listeners can win tickets to this event.  Details are here.

2016/08 8:52 AM
Justin Cares About #1 Spot on Billboard Country Albums Chart

J
Big Machine Label Group President/CEO
Scott Borchetta and Justin Moore celebrate
Kinda Don’t Care with #1 Waffles at
Waffle House® in Indianapolis. 
Photo Credit: Sandra Wallbank
 
ustin Moore has spent a good deal of time at Waffle House lately.  His favorite breakfast haunt has been the scene of many of his promotional stops to promote the release of his fourth studio album "Kinda Don't Care." And, this week the album reaches the #1 spot this week on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

The project includes his new Top 5 single "You Look LIke I Need A Drink"

Moore is not slowing down at all and packed shows in his home state of Arkansas, Nashville, Charlotte, Harrisonburg, VA and Indianapolis.  In Indy he was joined on-stage by lablemate and good friend Brantley Gilbert for "More Middle Fingers," which is just one of the 16 tracks on "Kinda Don't Care."  He then headed to Waffle House where Big Machine Label Group President/CEO celebrated the album going to  #1 with a #1 Waffle. 

2016/08 8:47 AM
WEBG/Chicago Still Searching For Afternoon Talent

WEBG/Chicago's PD Steve Stewart is still looking for a dynamic, winning afternoon talent.  The airshift was previously held by Alabama who has officially joined the morning team of Mason and Remy.

 Stewart wants someone who is ready to hit the streets and be on socials 24/7.  Send your materials here
 

2016/08 8:40 AM
Alan Jackson Ready to Open Bar On Broadway

Alan Jackson is ready to open AJ's Good Time Bar on Broadway in Nashville.  Jackson recently purchased a three-story, 6,000 square foot building at 421 Broadway as well as The Wheel and The Wheel Cigar Bar.

AJ's Good Time Bar will open later this year.  Jackson is already a partner in Lower Broadway's Acme Feed & Seed.  Jackson will join other Country artists in the Nashville bar business including Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and John Rich's Redneck Riviera.

For more information go to website here

2016/08 8:37 AM
Justin Partners With Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN

Justin Timberlake has signed on as a partner and producer of the PIlgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN.  Currently he is not performing at this year's festival but will be working with Pilgrimage producers Kevin Griffin, Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan as well as Timberlake's creative director and fellow Franklin resident, Trace Ayala.  The festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN.

"I couldn't be more excited about becoming part of The Pilgramage Music & Cultural Festival," said Timberlake. "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the Festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."

Scheduled performers for the 2016 event include Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Anderson East and more.

2016/08 8:30 AM
WKTI/Milwaukee Names Lauer GSM

WKTI, 94.5 KTI Country/Milwaukee has named Eric Lauer GSM effective Monday, September 26.  Lauer was most recently with Cox Media in Jacksonville, FL where he was GSM for the six-station cluster.  He will also serve as Manager/National Sales for Scripps/Milwaukee.  

"We're pleased to have Eric join our Scripps/Milwaukee leadership team as KTI Country's GSM," said WKTI VP/GM Tom Langmyer. "He comes to us with tremendous experience -- and a thoughtful, customer-focused approach. Eric has worked with several much-admired stations -- and he hails from a company that shares many of the same principles and business philosophies as Scripps. He'll be a great fit to lead WKTI sales and drive national business for both WKTI and WTMJ. Eric will partner with Jason Bjorson, who is GSM of WTMJ and our sports properties."
"What a thrill to join Tom and his superb team," said Lauer. "Scripps has a fabulous reputation, and I have a deep admiration for these powerful brands and a contagious fondness for the communities they serve. It feels good to come home, and I'm grateful for the chance to help lead Milwaukee's Radio City into the future."

2016/08 8:16 AM
WQDR/Raleigh On The Hunt For Director of Promotions

Curtis Media Group's WQDR/Raleigh is looking for a Director of Promotions following the passing of Dede Wakefield.  

If you are "a promotions superhero, who has the abiliity to handle numerous projects simultaneously, while having fun doing it and spreading that fun among our event participants and attendees."

The ideal condidate will be organized, creative and proficient in all social media; flexible enough to work around the clock at all times when necessary; and have the ability to think with his/her heart when it comes to listeners.

Interested?  Send your resume and cover letter as well as salary history to Curtis Media Director of Human Resources Nancy Ginger here
 

2016/08 8:11 AM
Big Machine Featured in "The Nashville Business Journal"

Big Machine Label Group and its executive staff are the feature cover story for the latest "The Nashville Buisness Journal."

President/CEO Scott Borchetta, COO Andrew Kautz, SVP/A&R Allison Jones and SVP/Creative Sandi Borchetta were all interviewed for ths story.

The story chronicles the growth of the label and how it does things differently than other labels.  

Andrew Kautz, now Big Machine's chief operating officer says of Borchetta, "Scott is unique in that he is the founder and CEO of one of the most successful small businesses in the music industry, but he surrounds himself with people that he expects to not just say ‘yes,’” said Andrew Kautz, now Big Machine’s chief operating officer. “He challenges us to shoot holes in the big and crazy ideas, as well as complement them with our own ideas. If it just can’t work, he is the first to say it was a mistake, and we pivot.”

And, Borchetta himself explains how ideas are not limited to just senior-level meetings.  

“It doesn’t matter who comes up with the idea,” said. “It can’t be about me, or just the handful of top executives. Then we will make the mistakes that we’ve tried so hard not to make, and that other big companies have made. We just look for people who are passionate about this, to begin with, and it’s great when you get a bunch of 21-year-olds in here, nipping at your heels, and going, ‘Did you think of this?’”

Read the full article here

 

2016/08 8:11 AM
Blake Shelton and Toby Keith Added to "10th Annual ACM Honors"

Blake Shelton and Toby Keith have been added to the performance lineup for the "10th Annual ACM Honors."  The show will take place at the Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30th.  They will join Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley on stage for a special performance tribute to Glen Campbell.  

The show will be hosted by and the event will be televised on Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS.  Tickets are available to the general public via Ticketmaster.

2016/08 8:06 AM
"The Bobby Bones Show" Raises $85,000 For Louisiana Flood Victims

"The Bobby Bones Show" has raised $85,000 for the American Red  ross to benefit flood relief efforts in Louisiana.  Last week, announced that all proceeds from #Pimpinjoy merchandise, including limited-edition baseball shirts would be collected for the American Red Cross.  

"The Bobby Bones Show" listeners quickly snapped up items online, helping the total climb to $85,000 in just a few days. "I always think of our listeners as a tight knit group of friends," said Bones. "The immensity of their support this past week has only served to prove that point, as friends rally around friends in a time of need, and that's what our listeners have done. I couldn't be more thankful and humbled by the amount raised."

2016/08 6:57 AM
Big D On The Air At KWNR/Las Vegas

iHeartMedia Country KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas has added Big D for afternoons.  He replaces JoJo Turnbeaugh, who was promoted to SVP/Programming for the Nevada/Central California Region. His first day was yesterday.

Big D (not part of the "Big D & Bubba" duo) comes from Top 40 sister KPLV/Las Vegas, where he was ADP/morning host beginning in 2015.  Other radio stops include KDWB/Minnepolis, WZEE/Madison, KAJA/San Antonio, and WQEN/Birmingham.  Big D also did nights on KWNR.

"Big D
was a big part of 'The Bull' when he handled nights a couople of years ago," said Turnbeaugh.  "It's great to have him back home where I know he will take afternoons to a whole new level here in Las Vegas."

"Country radio is something I've grown to love over the last five years," said Big D. "I've been lucky enough to learn the format from amazing programmers like Travis Moon, Bree Wagner, Gregg Svedberg  and JoJo Turnbeaugh. Excited to step into my first full-time gig in Country radio with a stacked air staff on a massive station. I'm blessed for this opportunity and cannot wait to see where it brings me next. Horns up!"

2016/08 11:15 AM
KCYE/Las Vegas APD Todd Michaels Named To Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall Of Fame

Lots of AllAboutCountry congratulations to Beasley Country KCYE/Las Vegas APD/afternoon air-talent Todd Michaels, who was inducted in to the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NBA) Hall Of Fame on Saturday (8/20) during a gala at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas.

Michaels said, "I'm truly honored. For media peers to recognize me for doing work that I love all these years is very humbling."

Nevada Senator Harry Reid was on hand for the induction ceremony, as was Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen. The gala event also served to raise funds for the NBA's scholarship fund; a total of $44,000 was raised during the evening.

Email your congratulations to Michaels here.

2016/08 9:59 AM
Big Machine Music And Red Bull Records Sign Nathan Barlow For Exclusive Songwriting Agreement

Nathan Barlowe
Big Machine Music and Red Bull Records partner for a joint music publishing venture and signed Nathan Barlowe to an exclusive songwriting agreement, which expands upon previous arrangements Barlowe had with both parties. Barlowe has credits for Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, and more, and he is currently on the road as a member of Keith Urban's band for the "RIPCORD WORLD TOUR."

"I am so proud to say that I am a writer at Big Machine Music," said Barlowe. "The company's record of success speaks for itself. The partnership with Red Bull publishing is another component that will increase exposure and lead to more songs being heard. I look forward to what we can all do together in the future."
 

2016/08 9:03 AM
Country Stations Score Big At Kansas Association Of Broadcasters Awards

Congrats to the Country station winners of the 2016 Kansas Association Of Broadcasters (KAB) Awards presented recently. 

Winners included:
Dierking Communications Country KDNS/Russell, KS for Small Market Complete Sportscast and Station Website, which also secured second place honors for Sports Feature and third place for Hard News Feature/Enterprise
Country KAIR/Atchison, KS in Small Market for third place News Feature, second place Special Program.

Medium Market:

Eagle Communications Country KHOK/Great Bend, KS won for News Feature
Alpha Media Country KYEZ/Salina, KS took home third place for DJ Personality Air check for the "Y Wake Up Show" with Chad Allen and Hannah.

Large Market stations taking home prizes included
:

Cumulus Country KTOP/Topeka, which walked away with second place Commercial Sixty Seconds Or Less and second place Station Promotion Announcement
Scripps Country KFDI/Wichita, which landed second place honors for Complete Newscast, the winning spot for Spot News, top honors for Complete Severe Weather Coverage, second place in Special Program, and second in DJ Personality Aircheck for "Bobby Knight Afternoon Show
Alpha Media Country WIBW-F/Topkea, landing second place for Station Website; and Alpha Media Classic Country KTPK/Topeka, which grabbed third place for Station Website.

Get a full listing of winners in all formats and categories, visit the Kansas Association Of Broadcasters website.

2016/08 9:02 AM
Ronnie Dunn To Release 'TATTOOED HEART' In October

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) artist Ronnie Dunn will release his first solo project with the label, "TATTOOED HEART," on Friday, October 21st. The twelve-track collection will feature Dunn's current single, "Damn Drunk" with Kix Brooks, as well as his previous single, "Ain't No Trucks In Texas," and a collaboration with Reba entitled "Still Feels Like Mexico." Rascal Flatts' Jay Demarcus produced 11 of the 12 cuts, while Tommy Lee James produced the Reba collaboration.

"I had a lot of fun making this album," said Dunn. "Jay and I really clicked in the studio, and we were both really proud of the final product. I branched out of my comfort zone while writing and listening to a ton of music. At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album."
Look for "TATTOOED HEART" in October, with pre-orders beginning Friday, September 23rd.

2016/08 9:00 AM
​Nielsen Finds Problems In LA PPM Homes

Nielsen has informed L.A. audio clients that it had identified irregular compliance patterns in PPM homes in the Los Angeles metro area. An extensive investigation found that Nielsen’s quality standards were not followed. It's official statement:

"As part of Nielsen’s ongoing quality assurance program, we identified irregular patterns in select PPM homes in the Los Angeles metro area. Following an extensive investigation, we have determined that Nielsen’s quality standards were not followed. Out of an abundance of caution, we removed 35 installed households which collectively represented 55 average daily in-tab persons for the first two weeks of August. This accounts for 2% of the average daily in-tab in the LA metro area. Combined, the affected meters contributed less than 1% of the quarter hours of listening for these weeks.

"The August 2016 Week 3, Week 4 and monthly data releases will exclude these homes. The data will release as originally scheduled.

"We are conducting an impact analysis of 2016 data in Los Angeles to determine what, if any, actions may be required for prior months. We will be in constant communication with our Los Angeles clients to ensure they are kept updated on the results of the impact analysis and plans moving forward.
"We are also investigating all other PPM markets and conducting an aggressive review of protocols and will be taking a number of steps to prevent recurrence. Nielsen is committed to upholding the highest standards of data integrity and market transparency in order to provide the most effective audience measurement solutions to meet client needs."

Nielsen
cannot share any station-specific information on the irregularities; however, the preliminary analysis shows the tuning from these homes involved less than 1% of total listening for AUGUST Week 3.

Nielsen
is also conducting impact analysis for prior months in 2016; this information is expected to be available early next week. Further analysis is still ongoing.

2016/08 8:20 AM
Wednesday, August 31st The CMA Awards Nominees Will Be Unveiled

Final nominees for "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" will be unveiled on Wednesday, August 31st. As of now, no details have been provided about when, where, or how the nominees will be announced, but  AllAboutCountry will pass along those details as soon as they are made available.

2016/08 8:03 AM
RaeLynn Headlining Warner Music Nashville's 'Pickin' On The Patio'

Warner Bros./WMN artist Raelynn will headline Warner Music Nashville's "Pickin' On The Patio" this Wednesday, August 24th. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. (CT). The event is free, but proof of age is required, and only those of legal drinking age will be permitted to join the festivities.

2016/08 7:32 AM
Thomas Rhett Surprised In Irvine, Ca, This Weekend As Tangled Up Earns Platinum Treatment

The Sophomore Record’s Multi-Week No. One “Die A Happy Man” Marks Nielsen’s Most Streamed Song on 2016 Mid-Year List.

As Thomas Rhett continues “pushing up against Country’s music boundaries” (Associated Press), his sophomore release TANGLED UP on The Valory Music Co. follows the same path earning PLATINUM certification by the RIAA. On Saturday (8/20), before his set as direct support on Jason Aldean's “SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR” in Irvine, CA, Thomas Rhett was surprised backstage by his team and friends with news of the new benchmark. 

"It's crazy to think about all the fans who are taking this journey with me and are helping make things like this happen," said Thomas Rhett. "I've had an amazing year already, but finding out that the album went Platinum is one of the coolest moments so far."

“One of country’s perennial 'next big things”, continues to earn applause for TANGLED UP, with its newest "ultimate party song," “Vacation.” The album has already produced three chart-toppers including the newly minted “T-Shirt,” the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one and ACM award-winning "Die A Happy Man” as well as the PLATINUM “Crash And Burn." 

For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.thomasrhett.com.
 
Photo Caption (L-R): Manager Virginia Davis (G Major Management), “Die A Happy Man” co-writer Joe London, Thomas Rhett, The Valory Music Co.’s Amy Staley, “Die A Happy Man” co-writer Sean Douglas.

2016/08 6:37 AM
Kudos To 'Big Frank' Edwards

Addie and "Big Frank" Edwards
AllAboutCountry sends happiness to iHeartMedia Country KRYS/Corpus Christi PD Frank "Big Frank" Edwards who wed fiancée Addie Hanson over the weekend. They announced their engagement in May and were married on Saturday (8/20) among family and friends.

Send your congratulations to them here.

2016/08 6:17 AM
'Emblematic Superstar' Jason Aldean Tapped As Field & Stream Brand Ambassador For Company’s Stores And Product Line

As RIAA’s top digital Country male artist of all time and outdoor enthusiast Jason Aldean gears up to release his seventh studio album THEY DON’T KNOW on Broken Bow Records, available Sept. 9, he has been branded as the new face of the Field & Stream, an outdoor specialty brand owned and operated by leading omni-channel retailer DICK’S Sporting Goods. As the retailer's first-ever celebrity marketing partner, the new ambassador will be at the forefront of a new 360 marketing campaign, “Traditions,” includes TV, digital, social and customer experience. Beginning today, ESPN kicks-off the new TV ad spot putting Aldean at the forefront with his father Barry, as they celebrate their own outdoor traditions. The nationwide commercial will also air on the Outdoor Channel, Nat Geo, Discovery, History and more.

“Outdoor sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Aldean. “Whether it was hunting with my dad and granddad, or fishing with my girls, it’s always been a way for us to spend time together. So, I was naturally into what Field & Streams was all about when they approached me about it, and am looking forward to being part of their team."

“We’re honored to partner with Jason as Field & Stream’s first brand ambassador,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream. “It was a priority to form an authentic partnership with someone who is genuinely passionate about hunting and fishing, and believes in building traditions through spending time outdoors. Jason was an obvious choice for us.”

Aldean continues to be "One of Country music’s emblematic superstars(Hits Daily Double) after recently earning his 17th career No. One. Academy of Country Music’s “Entertainer of the Year”deploys “A Little More Summertime” to Country Radio serving as the second release from the multi-Platinum singer’s upcoming album THEY DON’T KNOW on Broken Bow Records. Teaming up with longtime producer Michael Knox on the forthcoming album along with the same band on-and-off stage for a full decade, the new music follows the coveted ACM Triple Crown winner's OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT which debuted at the No. One spot on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart, earned its PLATINUM certification only nine weeks after release and spawned three consecutive No. Ones. Aldean has "never been afraid to let his diverse musical interests influence his sound” (The Oklahoman) as each album released has earned PLATINUM or better tallying more than 14 million album sales. His SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR continues to “live up to his hype and record success” (Kansas City Star) as the multi-Platinum entertainer continues to host sold-out amphitheaters throughout the country.

For more information visit www.jasonaldean.com.

2016/08 5:45 AM
Old Dominion Unveils ‘Fall 2016 Meat And Candy Tour’

L to R: Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, Brad Tursi, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen:Credit: Dove Shore





















World-renown Stagecoach Festival launches inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour; taps Old Dominion
Band kicks-off week on ABC’s Good Morning America
Old Dominion

Old Dominion, a road-built band who has performed more than 200 dates over the last calendar year, surprised fans this morning with the announcement of 30+ new shows coast-to-coast on their fall Meat and Candy Tour with special guest Steve Moakler. Fifteen of the 2016 dates will be billed as the Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour, as the five-piece band is the first act selected by producers of the world-famous Stagecoach Festival for the inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour. For more information, visit  olddominionband.com/tour.
 

“It's a huge deal for us to have our own headlining tour and our name on the ticket,” evoked lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “Our fans have shown up in ways we never imagined and we can't wait to see what these shows will be like.  We've gotten a little taste of that energy this summer, so we are very excited for this fall!”
 
During this morning’s performance on ABC’s Good Morning America, the band talked about this unprecedented tour and performed current Top 30-and-climbing single, “Song For Another Time,” and fan favorite album cut, “Said Nobody.” Both songs are from their critically acclaimed RCA Nashville debut album, MEAT AND CANDY, which NPR hailed for its “first-rate craftsmanship” and Entertainment Weekly called “deceptively smart” and “infectious.”
 
Watch Old Dominion’s performance of “Song For Another Time” onGood Morning America here.
 
Upcoming dates for the fall 2016 Meat and Candy Tour are as follows:


Sept. 22, 2016 - House of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio ~
Sept. 24, 2016 - Kegs Canalside - Jordan, N.Y. ~
Oct. 1, 2016 - Ballpark Village – St. Louis, Mo. ~
Oct. 14, 2016 - Fourth Street Live - Louisville, Ken. ~
Oct. 20, 2016 - The Ritz - Raleigh, N.C. ~
Oct. 21, 2016 - The Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, Pa.* ~
Oct. 22, 2016 - PlayStation Theater - New York, N.Y.* ~
Oct. 26, 2016 – Brewhouse - Rome, Ga. ~
Oct. 27, 2016 - Orange Peel - Asheville, N.C. ~
Oct. 28, 2016 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, N.J. ~
Oct. 29, 2016 - The National - Richmond, Va.* ~
Nov. 4, 2016 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, S.C. ~
Nov. 10, 2016 - Track 29 - Chattanooga, Tenn. ~
Nov. 11, 2016 – Naval Air Station- Jacksonville, Fla. ~
Nov. 12, 2016 - FSU Stadium - Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov. 16, 2016 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, Mich. ~
Nov. 17, 2016 - The Bluestone - Columbus, Ohio ~
Nov. 18, 2016 - The Rave - Milwaukee, Wisc. ~
Nov. 19, 2016 – Joe’s Rosemont - Chicago, Ill. ~
Nov. 20, 2016 – Joe’s Rosemont - Chicago, Ill. ~
Dec. 1, 2016 - Livewire - Scottsdale, Ariz.* ~
Dec. 2, 2016 - Moonshine Beach - San Diego, Calif.* ~
Dec. 3, 2016 - The Novo by Microsoft - Los Angeles, Calif.* ~
Dec. 8, 2016 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, Calif.* ~
Dec. 9, 2016 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, Ore.* ~
Dec. 10, 2016 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, Wash.* ~
Dec. 14, 2016 - Revolution Concert House - Garden City, Idaho*~
Dec. 15, 2016 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, Utah*~
Dec. 16, 2016 - Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colo.* ~
Dec. 17, 2016 - Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, Mo.* ~
Dec. 18, 2016 - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland - Kansas City, Mo.* ~

* Denotes Stagecoach Spotlight Tour dates 
~ Denotes dates with Steve Moakler as special guest
 
For more information, visit www.olddominionband.com  and  www.facebook.com/olddominionband or follow @OldDominion on Twitter and @OldDominionMusic on Instagram.

 

2016/08 3:35 AM
Michigan Station Changes Hands

WGHN, INC. is selling News-Talk WKLA-FM (formerly WMLQ)/Ludington, MI to Synergy Media, Inc for $30,000.  Synergy Media has also restructured its ownership, with Craig Bowman transferring 17% of the company to 48% owner Richard Young, giving Young 95% of the stock, Bowman 1%, and Todd Mohr 4%.  Synergy owns Country WKZC/The Big Dog)/ScottvillE, MI.

2016/08 3:03 AM
It's # 1 For Dan + Shay With 'From The Ground Up'

Kudos to Warner Bros./WAR duo Dan + Shay for scoring the #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with their single, "From The Ground Up."

AllAboutCountry send congrats to the entire Warner Bros./WAR Promotion staff, as "From The Ground Up" becomes Dan + Shay's second #1 single, following "Nothin' Like You" in DECEMBER, and it is the lead single off their album, "OBSESSED." 

2016/08 2:32 AM
Kenny Chesney Rocks MetLife Stadium

“Oh, there you are,” said Kenny Chesney, standing onstage at MetLife Stadium, pointing into the far part of the crowd. “There you are.” Pausing for a moment, he took the 56,292 fans in, before announcing, “This is the most beautiful sight! Music and songs are the most powerful things we have in our lives… Just look around.”

With a few more words, he invited the full-capacity crowd to sing along – something they’d been doing all night anyway – then launched into 2004’s “I Go Back.” The crowd’s response was deafening as they sang along to the song-invoking smash about the way music watermarks people’s lives.
 
For Chesney, approaching the end of 2016’s Spread the Love Tour – complete with 14 major stadiums – it marks his love affair with the No Shoes Nation. With two hours of hits – from the truly vintage “Don’t Happen Twice” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” to the six-week No. 1s “When The Sun Goes Down” and “Summertime” to the brand new “Noise” – it was a truly loud love fest in Jersey that saw the crowd sing along to every song, almost louder than the headliner.
 
“That audience felt so honest, raw – and almost right there with us onstage,” Chesney marveled. “It was like walking into a buzz saw – in a really good way – they just cut right through us.”
 
New York metro’s passion for the songwriter/superstar rivals Boston’s in the way they turn out, sing out and throw their hands into the air in a way that truly drives the band. After last night’s show – his fifth at MetLife Stadium – took his accumulated attendance to 279,874 making him the only Country act in the Top 10 Performers in the MetLife/Giants stadium’s history, starting five decades ago. That ranking places him in the company of Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel and Elton John.
 
“You don’t think about stuff like that when you’re up there,” Chesney said. “You’re drinking it in, letting it wash over you. They were so loud, so there. Like I told them during the show – ‘It’s why this place is so special… why we keep coming back… year after year. Because I’ll be sitting at Thanksgiving dinner, and I’ll still hear the love in this stadium.’ That’s true…”

Chanting “Kenny Kenny! Kenny Kenny!” after the 8-time Entertainer of the Year left the stage, the crowd was rewarded with a grinding drum solo from Sean Paddock that saw guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell twist the melody line of “Don’t Happen Twice” around. Walking on stage to another seismic eruption of cheers, Chesney lifted his tumbler to the crowd before delivering an embrace-the-moment rendition of his 2001 chart-topper.

WithSetting The World On Fire,” his duet with P!NK, blazing up the Country Radio and Sales charts, Chesney’s fans' fervor remains unabated. Sitting at No. 12 at Billboard, the song that highlights the immediacy of the moment when like turns to love was also Chesney’s biggest first week of downloads ever – and it’s still only three weeks old. As Chesney heads into his tour’s final weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. where the No Shoes Nation was named, it has certainly been “one of those summers” for the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “the King of the Road.”

2016/08 11:40 AM
Ryan McKiddy Named APD/MD/Nights At WSIX/Nashville

COX Media Country KCYY/San Antonio MD/afternoon talent Ryan McKiddy has been picked for APD/MD/evening duties at iHeartMedia Country WSIX/The Big 98/Nashville effective Thursday, September 1st. McKiddy takes over the Kimsey Kerr slot in the APD/MD role, following her move to SiriusXM in June.

Ryan is a stand out on-air personality and radio pro whose competitive spirit and passion for winning, tremendous relationships, and love for Country music make him uniquely qualified to serve as our ambassador to both fans and the Nashville record label community,” said iHeartMedia Nashville SVP/Programming Michael Bryan. “I can’t wait to have him working his magic at The Big 98.”

McKiddy joined KCYY for afternoons in May of 2015, and quickly added MD stripes. He began his career as an intern at iHeartMedia Top 40 WKSC/Chicago, then worked Country at CBS Radio crosstown WUSN. “Words cannot even begin to describe how ecstatic I am to be joining the iHeartMedia/Nashville team,” said McKiddy. “A BIG 98 thank you to Tony Coles, Rod Phillips, Dan Endom, and Michael Bryan for making this happen.”

Congratulate him here.

Meanwhile KCYY PD Jeff Garrison is on the hunt for an afternoon personality. Send your materials here

2016/08 9:22 AM
​In a Vote The Seguin, TX School Board Oks Talks To Take Over KWED-AM

The Seguin Independent School District in Seguin, TX has voted to approve negotiations to take over Country KWED-AM/Seguin, the Seguin Daily News, and Seguintoday.Com from Guadalupe Media.

NBC affiliate WOAI-TV/San Antonio reports that the board voted 6-1 on THURSDAY to authorize Superintendent Stetson Roane to negotiate to take over the local media cluster under a five-year lease, the latest proposal of which includes a rate of $6,250/month or $75,000/year, with an option to buy at the end of the lease without additional payment.  The cost would be funded by ad revenue and a $3,825/month lease of space to Arlan's Market.

Mayor Don Keil, a critic of the move, told the San Antonio Express-News, “It’s something that really has the community incensed. I am really shocked by it.  I think it’s a ruse to say this is for training kids in journalism class... I think they’re trying to silence one of the critical voices in the community. I really think that’s what’s behind it.”

2016/08 8:26 AM
'CMT On Tour Presents The Cole Swindell Down Home Tour' Kicks Off In October

Warner Bros./WMN artist Cole Swindell has partnered with CMT for the launch of his third annual "Down Home Tour." This year's tour will be part of the "Cmt On Tour “series. The tour will feature opening artists Cole Taylor, Travis Denning, and Jon Langston.

"Cmt On Tour Presents The Cole Swindell Down Home Tour" will kick off Wednesday, October 26th in Tulsa, OK and run through Friday, December 16th in Greenville, SC. In conjunction with the tour, Swindell will release his "DOWN HOME SESSIONS III" EP on Friday, October 28th.

Get a complete listing of tour dates and more information, visit Swindell's website.

2016/08 6:40 AM
Singer-Songwriter Chely Wright Performing in New York City Tuesday, September 6th

Highlights Include Guest Background Vocals by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and The Milk Carton Kids

An award-winning, singer/songwriter, author, and activist, Chely Wright's heroic personal and creative journey has inspired millions while inalterably changing the world of Country music and beyond. Now, after more than five years away from the spotlight, Wright has announced the MRI/Sony release of her long anticipated new album. I AM THE RAIN will be available for pre-order beginning July 22nd before arriving in stores and online retailers everywhere on September 9th.
You can pre-Order on Chely.com (autographed CDs available here), iTunes or Amazon.
 
 
I AM THE RAIN is preceded by the new track release, "What About Your Heart." A series of videos combining studio footage and artist commentary are currently in production and will be released track by track via Wright's official YouTube channel and all social media leading up to and after the album street date. Wright will also herald I AM THE RAIN with a US headline tour, to be announced soon.

Wright's eighth studio album and first new musical release in more than half a decade, I AM THE RAIN was funded in large part by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign - the #1 most funded Country music Kickstarter project to date as well as the 11th most successful music campaign in the global benefit corporation's history.


"I believe I've given birth to a beautiful new baby," Wright says, "and I would like people who see my baby to think it's beautiful too. That's how much this new music means to me. I am so very lucky it all came true."

Chely Wright was named by the Academy of Country Music as 1995's "Top New Female Vocalist." Seventeen top Country chart hits followed, including classic singles like "Shut Up and Drive," "It Was," "Jezebel," "Never Love You Enough," the duet with Radney Foster "Scary Old World," and her #1 smash, "Single White Female."

For more, please visit chely.comwww.facebook.com/chelywtwitter.com/chelywright,http://www.youtube.com/user/ChelyWright, and likeme.org.

2016/08 6:10 AM
'Big D & Bubba' Launch 'Love Thy Neighbor' Shirts Benefiting Louisiana Flood Relief

The Silverfish Media syndicated "Big D And Bubba Show" launches a limited edition shirt with proceeds from sales benefitting Louisiana flood relief efforts via the Red Cross. 

The "Love Thy Neighbor" shirts feature an image of the state of Louisiana in place of the "L" and are selling for $20.

The shirts will be on sale through Wednesday, August 24th at the "Big D And Bubba Show" online shop.

2016/08 5:59 AM
WSJ Reports: Pandora close to Deals For ‘On-Demand Streaming’

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that PANDORA is about one month away from launching an ON-DEMAND MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE. According to the WSJ, the webcaster will be, "offering its hallmark free tier as well as two new monthly subscription options that will mark its foray into on-demand music streaming, said people familiar with the matter."

In addition the report states, "PANDORA
is close to inking deals with major record companies that will allow it to do so both in the U.S. and in new overseas markets, though the agreements haven’t been finalized, these people said."

Some people are surprised that major record labels have agreed to the move.
"In recent years, many label executives have shunned PANDORA for paying them far lower rates per user than services such as SPOTIFY under the terms of their compulsory government licenses, while competing with such services for music fans’ time and attention," added THE JOURNAL.

2016/08 5:43 AM
Financial Times Report: Vevo Looks To Raise Up To $500 Million In New Investment

VEVO is seeking to raise between $300 million and $500 million in new investment and has retained Goldman Sachs for the effort, the Financial Times reported FRIDAY (8/19).

The music video online service, founded by SONY Music and Universal Music Group, is looking for funding to help it expand internationally and develop new services; it is reportedly planning a paid subscription service.

2016/08 5:21 AM
Kelsea Ballerini Performs On 'Good Morning America And She also Hosted Benefit Event In Nashville

Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea Ballerini appeared on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" (GMA) this Morning (8/19). Ballerini talked with GMA's Robin Roberts about her current single, "Peter Pan," and her upcoming headlining tour, "THE FIRST TIME TOUR,” here.

Ballerini performed "Peter Pan," here as well as her debut #1 hit single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," here.

Ballerini also hosted a "pop up" benefit at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe on Wednesday (8/17), with all proceeds benefitting "Music Makes Us." Ballerini's event reaped $2,100 and featured performances from Dave Barnes, Luke Laird, Ingrid Michaelson, Trent Dabbs, and Tegan Marie. 

2016/08 5:02 AM
Viacom Saga Deal Reportedly Reached With Philippe Dauman Stepping Down As CEO

A settlement appears to have been reached in the dispute between Viacom, Sumner and Shari Redstone, and CEO Philippe Dauman, reports Bloomberg

Under the deal, approved by the Viacom Board, Dauman will step down as the Redstone's have desired, will become Non-Executive Chairman through September 13th, and COO
Tom Dooley will serve as Interim CEO through at least the end of September.  As Non-Executive Chairman, Dauman will be able to pitch the sale of 49% of Paramount Pictures, a move Dauman has aggressively championed and the Redstone's have opposed.  A sale of part of Paramount would require unanimous approval by the board.  Dauman will also receive a $72 million severance package.

Five new directors will be part of the deal, as proposed by the Redstone's in their purge of the Viacom board that prompted lawsuits by Dauman and George Abrams in Massachusetts and the board in Delaware; three present directors would leave after the next board meeting, according to Bloomberg sources, and new appointee Thomas May would become Chairman.

2016/08 5:00 AM
Kiefer Sutherland's Debut Album 'Down In A Hole' Available Now

Sutherland to Perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” August 24
Kiefer Sutherland’s debut album DOWN IN A HOLE, a passion project chock-full of 11 co-written tracks, is available now at all digital retailers and wherever music is sold! A special edition vinyl LP is also available exclusively at Barnes & Noble (click here to order online).


Sutherland is everywhere as he promotes DOWN IN A HOLE,including a guest appearance and musical performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” August 24. He’ll perform “Can’t Stay Away,” which recently premiered on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown (click here to watch).

DOWN IN A HOLE is also featured in People, Billboard, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player, The Boot, Vice/Live Nation TV, Closer Weekly, US Weekly, Sounds Like Nashville, Nashville Country Club, Taste of Country, The Pickup, Paste, Bella Magazine, Celebrity Page, Consequence of Sound, Associated Press and more!

Sutherland will also be on the cover of upcoming cover issues of Guitar Aficionado and Goldmine Magazine.

“This record is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on,” Sutherland said of DOWN IN A HOLE.

Sutherland recently wrapped up a North American tour where he sold out venues across the U.S. and Canada. Additional dates for this fall will be announced soon.

Sutherland, an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, is known for his starring role on the Fox series "24," starring roles in movies like ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘The Lost Boys,’ ‘Young Guns,’ Flatliners,’ and many more. Sutherland’s upcoming ABC series “Designated Survivor” premieres this fall on ABC.

Keep up with Sutherland on the road by visitingkiefersutherlandmusic.com or connect with Sutherland by following him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

2016/08 5:00 AM
Kiefer Sutherland's Debut Album 'Down In A Hole' Available Now

Sutherland to Perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” August 24
Kiefer Sutherland’s debut album DOWN IN A HOLE, a passion project chock-full of 11 co-written tracks, is available now at all digital retailers and wherever music is sold! A special edition vinyl LP is also available exclusively at Barnes & Noble (click here to order online).


Sutherland is everywhere as he promotes DOWN IN A HOLE,including a guest appearance and musical performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” August 24. He’ll perform “Can’t Stay Away,” which recently premiered on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown (click here to watch).

DOWN IN A HOLE is also featured in People, Billboard, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player, The Boot, Vice/Live Nation TV, Closer Weekly, US Weekly, Sounds Like Nashville, Nashville Country Club, Taste of Country, The Pickup, Paste, Bella Magazine, Celebrity Page, Consequence of Sound, Associated Press and more!

Sutherland will also be on the cover of upcoming cover issues of Guitar Aficionado and Goldmine Magazine.

“This record is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on,” Sutherland said of DOWN IN A HOLE.

Sutherland recently wrapped up a North American tour where he sold out venues across the U.S. and Canada. Additional dates for this fall will be announced soon.

Sutherland, an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, is known for his starring role on the Fox series "24," starring roles in movies like ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘The Lost Boys,’ ‘Young Guns,’ Flatliners,’ and many more. Sutherland’s upcoming ABC series “Designated Survivor” premieres this fall on ABC.

Keep up with Sutherland on the road by visitingkiefersutherlandmusic.com or connect with Sutherland by following him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

2016/08 2:04 AM
​Jeff Smulyan Makes Offer To Take Emmis Private

CEO Jeff Smulyan makes proposal to take EMMIS Communications Corp. private.
Smulyan has made a cash offer through his E Acquisition Co. at $4.10 per share to merge with EMMIS and sell or spin off its print magazine division, except for Indianapolis Monthly, Gospel WLIB-AM/New York, and the company's Terre Haute Radio Cluster. A Special Committee Of Disinterested Members of EMMIS' Board will consider the offer, which expires September 16th.

Moelis And Co. provided financial advice for the deal, and Smulyan has arranged financing with Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC. Other investors will be invited to join the deal by buying equity interests in the merged operation.

2016/08 2:00 AM
ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean to Host Westwood One’s Labor Day Special

“Workin’ Hard Country” to feature an Array of A-list Guest Stars
Summer will not go quietly, if RIAA’s top digital Country male artist of all time, Jason Aldean, has anything to say about it! The multi-platinum Country superstar will host Workin’ Hard Country, Westwood One’s Labor Day salute to America’s work force. Westwood One's holiday music specials have become a welcome tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers.  

Aldean will fire up the party with his signature wide-open sound, including his wistful new single "A Little More Summertime,” his 17th career #1, "Lights Come On,” and more new music from his seventh studio album THEY DON’T KNOW (Broken Bow Records), available September 9The four-hour music-intensive end-of-summer blowout will feature music from the Platinum singer/songwriter's A-list buddies, including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and more.
Stations can air Westwood One’s Labor Day holiday special Workin’ Hard Country any time Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5, 2016 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Donny Walker at (615) 727-6987 or /Blog/.
 

2016/08 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio released Today 8/18/2016 PHASE 1 SU 16







Chattanooga
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/18/16
      Subscribers Added:  8/18/16
           
Subscriber Format FA 15 WI 16 SP 16 PHASE 1 SU 16
WUSY-FM Country 11.2 12.1 10.7 10.0
WSKZ-FM Classic Rock 7.6 7.2 8.8 7.6
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.7 5.9 7.1 7.2
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 5.5 3.0 6.8 6.1
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 6.7 6.4 6.0
WGOW-FM News Talk Information 4.7 3.5 3.4 4.5
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.3 4.0 3.7
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 2.4 2.7 3.1
WLND-FM Adult Hits 2.8 2.5 1.6 2.1
WOGT-FM Country 0.9 2.4 1.0 1.2
WGOW-AM News Talk Information 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.0
WDEF-AM All Sports 0.5 * * *
WUSY-FM HD2 Classic Country * 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:  8/18/16
      Subscribers Added:  8/18/16
           
Subscriber Format FA 15 WI 16 SP 16 PHASE 1 SU 16
WDRM-FM Country 10.5 12.3 11.1 10.5
WZYP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.1 7.1 7.7 7.3
WHRP-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 4.4 3.1 4.8 4.5
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 3.6 3.4 3.6 3.9
WVNN-AM News Talk Information 3.1 4.8 3.1 3.4
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 4.6 3.3 2.9 2.6
WQRV-F2+ Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.1 1.5 1.7 2.0
WBHP-AM News Talk Information * 0.6 1.0 1.2
WWFF-FM Country 1.7 0.8 1.3 1.2
WUMP-AM All Sports 1.5 * 0.6 0.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
Jackson, MS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/18/16
      Subscribers Added:  8/18/16
           
Subscriber Format FA 15 WI 16 SP 16 PHASE 1 SU 16
WHLH-FM Gospel 8.4 8.9 10.0 10.3
WMSI-FM Country 4.8 4.3 3.6 4.1
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 3.0 3.6 2.8 2.6
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.8 2.6 3.2 2.0
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.3
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Madison
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/18/16
      Subscribers Added:  8/18/16
           
Subscriber Format FA 15 WI 16 SP 16 PHASE 1 SU 16
WMGN-FM Adult Contemporary 7.6 6.2 7.1 7.6
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 6.5 6.4 5.6 6.5
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.7 7.0 7.1 6.5
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 4.8 3.5 5.5 5.4
WWQM-FM Country 4.7 6.0 6.2 5.4
WJJO-FM Active Rock 4.1 3.3 4.3 3.9
WJQM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.0 3.1 4.1 3.9
WMAD-FM Country 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.3
WTSO-AM All Sports 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.7
WXXM-FM Talk/Personality 1.7 2.9 1.5 1.3
WHIT-AM Classic Country 0.7 * 0.6 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Shreveport
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/18/16
      Subscribers Added:  8/18/16
           
Subscriber Format FA 15 WI 16 SP 16 PHASE 1 SU 16
KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 11.7 12.5 11.1 10.7
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.8 8.7 7.2 7.5
KRMD-FM Country 3.1 4.3 4.7 4.4
KQHN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.1 2.4 3.2 2.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           

2016/08 11:18 AM
iHeartRadio Passes 90 Million Users

iHeartRadio has passed the 90 million registered user mark, according to iHeartMedia.  The app and site launched  in 2011 and passed the 80 million registered user mark seven years ago.

"Radio continues to evolve--and so does iHeartRadio," said iHeartRadio President Darren Davis. "We know our users want to listen to our broad range of content on the device of their choice -- and we also know they want to enjoy amazing stories that have emerged from the recent podcast boom or hear their hometown DJ wherever they travel. For those reasons and more, people continue to embrace iHeartRadio, and it’s reflected in the continued rapid growth of our registered user base.”

2016/08 9:49 AM
Brett Eldridge To Release Christmas Album

It's Official!  Brett Eldredge will release a Christmas album this fall.  for the past two years Eldredge has hosted an evening in Nashville performing his favorite Christmas songs and hinting at a future album.  Last night (8/17) he shared on Facebook that he will put out "Glow," an album full of his favorite Christmas classics.

"I've been inspired for this record from a very young age. I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid," said Eldredge. "I recorded those classics in New York City and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me -- Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles -- by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability." He added, "Everyone was so inspired to make this classic record. I think it really shows in the songs, and I can't wait for people to hear that magic we found." 
 

2016/08 8:38 AM
CBS' Ianniello Says CBS Radio Spinoff On Track

CBS Corporatioin COO Joseph Ianniello (left) told Nomura's 2016 Media, Telecom & Internet Conference Tuesday (8/16) that the spinoff of CS Radio is "on track" for an IPO of less than 20% of the division in first quarter 2017, with the split complete in third quarter.

Ianniello said the plan is to level the property up to "high-yield" but "probably not" investment grade status. Lesson learned from some other radio companies that are probably over-levered: we're not gonna do that, so I think a fair amount of leverage because it has a stable cash flow that can support that," Ianniello said. "We're unlocking value here... we've always been prudent, and we've always done the right thing for shareholders," he added, adding that the company is still investing in content and has "enough cash in the tank" to do so while still offering investors value.

When talking about the possibility of a recombination of Viacom and CBS, Iannello said that if it was to occur it would be "the same as (for) any other corporation," but he further said it's been a decade since the companies were together.

 

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