industry members
Kamber Cain
singer/songwriter   Kamber Cain Music
Santos Vasquez
CEO   Back Home Management
Joe Kelly
John Libynski
Operations Manager   Globecasting Inc.
Ricky Roggow
  Chisholm Trail Broadcasting
rosanie dumapit
owner   music radio

2015/10 11:02 AM
94.5 KTI Country/620 WTMJ Milwaukee’s Tom Langmyer Named “General Manager Of The Year”

Tom Langmyer, GM for Country WKTI-FM and News, Talk, sports WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, received the “General Manager of the Year Award” at the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta. Both of the stations are part of The E.W. Scripps Company.
The annual Radio Wayne Awards, announced during the industry event in Atlanta of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau, presented by Radio Ink, honor the best in the radio industry for leadership, dedication, creativity and commitment to quality.
“Tom exemplifies what we value most in our leaders – vision, integrity and hard work,” said Steve Wexler, vice president of radio at Scripps. “I am proud of Tom and our Milwaukee radio team and grateful for his partnership as we build a bold and exciting future for radio at Scripps. Tom is building a culture where local talent can shine and impact our community in meaningful ways.”
WTMJ has long been recognized as “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” because of its powerful signal and its format of news, talk and sports. It is the flagship station for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks. In 2014, the station was the large market station of the year for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award.
The historic WKTI call-letters returned to Milwaukee on 94.5 FM and the station underwent a format change earlier this year, switching from adult hits to Country as “KTI Country.” 

“This is such a tremendous honor for our whole team,” said Langmyer. “Scripps is doing terrific things as we continue to grow as a leader in local content and advertiser results. When you work for a company that believes in people - and in doing good in the communities we serve, the road ahead is clear.  I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to be in a leadership role at Scripps - and to have such a tremendous team to lead in Milwaukee."
The awards are named in honor of "Radio Wayne" Cornils, who set a high example for professionalism in radio. A successful small-market radio broadcaster, Cornils also served as executive vice president of the Radio Advertising Bureau and SVP/Radio at the National Association of Broadcasters. 

2015/10 10:06 AM
Last Nights 'Marconi Radio Award' Winners

The 2015 NAB Marconi Radio Awards were givin’ out last night (10/1) at the annual dinner and show at the NAB and RAB's Radio Show in Atlanta, hosted by Rickey Smiley and featuring a performance by Gavin Degraw.

Hubbard Broadcasting stations took home six awards to lead all ownership groups this year, with COX Media Group next with five; CBS Radio News KYW-AM/Philadelphia, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, won Legendary Station of the Year honors.

Here Are The Winners
  • Legendary Station: CBS Radio News KYW-AM/Philadelphia
  • Network/Syndicated Personality Of The Year: Steve Harvey, Premiere Networks
  • Major-Market Personality Of The Year: Eric & Kathy, Hubbard Hot AC WTMX/101.9 The MIX/Chicago, IL
  • Large-Market Personality Of The Year: Gene & Julie Gates, Capitol Broadcasting AC WRAL/Mix 101.5/Raleigh, NC
  • Medium-Market Personality Of The Year: Dan Potter, COX Media Group News-Talk KRMG-AM-FM/Tulsa, OK
  • Small-Market Personality Of The Year: Brian Byers, Neuhoff News-Talk WSOY-AM/Decatur, IL
  • Major-Market Station Of The Year: Hubbard News WTOP/Washington, D.C.
  • Large-Market Station Of The Year: Hubbard Hot AC KSTP-FM/KS95/St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN
  • Medium-Market Station Of The Year: COX Media Group News-Talk KRMG-AM-FM/Tulsa, OK
  • Small-Market Station Of The Year: Lewanee Broadcasting AC WLEN/Adrian, MI
  • AC Station Of The Year: COX Media Group AC WDUV/Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
  • Top 40 Station Of The Year: Hubbard Top 40 KQMV/Movin 92.5/Seattle, WA
  • Classic Hits Station Of The Year: COX Media Group Classic Hits KONO/San Antonio, TX
  • Country Station Of The Year: Hubbard Country WUBE/B-105/Cincinnati, OH
  • News/Talk Station Of The Year: COX Media Group News-Talk WSB-AM-WSBB/Atlanta
  • Religious Station Of The Year: Radio One Gospel WPRS/Praise 104.1 FM/Washington, D.C.
  • Rock Station Of The Year: Hubbard Classic Rock WDRV/The Drive)/Chicago, IL
  • Sports Station Of The Year: CBS Radio Sports WFAN-AM-FM/New York, NY
  • Urban Station Of The Year: Emmis Urban AC WBLS/New York, NY
  • Noncommercial Station Of The Year: Michigan State University News-Talk WKAR-AM-FM/East Lansing, MI

2015/10 9:31 AM
CBS Radio’s Stars And Strings Concert Is Sold Out

CBS Radio today announced that Stars And Strings, a stripped-down acoustic concert with performances by Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and The Band Perry, is SOLD OUT.  This inaugural event will take place at The Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, November 11th with a portion of the proceeds benefiting  Folds of Honor  – an organization that provides educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers. 
An announcement regarding’s sweepstakes and how to win tickets to the sold-out concert will be made at a later date

More information on the event can be found on the show’s official website:

2015/10 9:15 AM
Abi Fishbone Joins Arista Nashville For Director/Northeast Duties

Arista Nashville has selected Abi Fishbone to be Director/Northeast Promotion beginning Monday, October 5th. "Abi is one of the most respected record promoters in the Northeast and is a wonderful addition to the Arista team!" remarked Arista
Nashville VP/Promotion Lesly Tyson.

A nine year promotion veteran, Fishbone is joining Arista from Stoney Creek Records, where she served as Director/Northeast Promotion since 2010, following a prior tenure with Curb. "I am truly excited to be joining the Arista promotion team!" said Fishbone. "Arista has such a remarkable history and an amazing roster of artists, and I feel thrilled, eager, and privileged to be a part of its future."

Shoot Fishbone congrats here
For now, Stoney Creek, VP/Promotion Chris Loss will handle the Northeast, but look for a new Stoney Creek Northeast rep to be named soon.

2015/10 7:43 AM
Steven Tyler And The Band Perry Close Out NAB/RAB Radio Show 2015

Steven Tyler W/ Crook & Chase
The NAB and RAB's 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta ended Friday morning With A "Music And Mimosas" Session Featuring An Interview By Premiere Networks Hosts Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase with Steven Tyler explaining his move into Country music. Some of the tings Tyler said were, "I'm not going to turn it into rock 'n' roll, but it's going to turn into a kind of rock 'n' roll and love of Nashville. There's all kinds of magic in this town". In addition, there were presentations by representatives of several label groups, and performances by The Band Perry and Marc Scibilia.

The music labels were well-represented at the event, with Capitol's Chris Siciliano and a performance by I.R.S. artist Marc Scibilia, Columbia's Lee Leipsner, promised that Adele's new album is "coming very, very soon" and that Jeff Lynne is planning his first U.S. tour in many years to support the new ELO Album, Def Jam's Rodney Shealey And Noah Sheer, Epic's Todd Glassman, and Disney Music Group's Scot Finck, and Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta introducing a live performance by The Band Perry.

2015/10 6:45 AM
Jana Kramer Performs For The 'Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour' Today

Jana Kramer
The "Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour" will hit Westover Air Force Reserve Base In Chicopee, Ma later today (10/2) with Warner Bros./W.A.R. aArtist  Jana Kramer .

The event will be hosted by "CMT After Midnite" host Cody Alan and marks the second stop of the newly-launched tour, which kicked off in July.

"Super 8 is proud to support our service men and women and especially those from the Westover Air Force Reserve Base and the surrounding area," said Super 8 Brand SVP Mike Mueller. "These individuals have made incredible sacrifices, and so it's truly an honor for us to be able to coordinate this effort for them here today. While it pales in comparison to what they've done for our country, this is one small way for us to show our gratitude and thanks."
To learn more, visit the Super 8 military appreciation  site .

2015/10 5:45 AM
Digital Pre-Orders For Old Dominion's Debut Album Meat And Candy Now Live

Fans of RCA Nashville’s group, Old Dominion, can now  pre-order  the much anticipated and high-energy debut album, Meat and Candy. With each pre-order fans will receive four instant song downloads which includes their current, and still rising fast, RIAA gold-certified hit, “Break Up With Him.”
Just in time for the pre-order, the band that Billboard, Huffington Post,Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles and Spotify said to be on the lookout for in 2015 released a performance video of  “Break Up With Him;” filmed in Boston, Mass. prior to the band’s last weekend on the “Kenny Chesney Big Revival Tour” in August.

Watch the performance  here .

No stranger to the road, by the end of 2015 Old Dominion will have performed over 170 shows which includes 18 stadium dates opening up for Kenny Chesney this summer on the Big Revival Tour. Furthermore, the band that’s comprised of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, drummer Whit Sellers, bassist Geoff Sprung and lead guitarist Brad Tursi will join Kenny Chesney again on tour in 2016. To stay up-to-date on all Old Dominion tour dates and appearances visit their website by clicking  here .

2015/10 5:12 AM
Rounder Label Group Artists Score 10 Wins at 26th Annual IBMA Awards

The Rounder Label Group, comprised of Rounder Records and Sugar Hill Records, won big at the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which were held last night at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Rounder Label Group artists took home a total of 10 awards, including six for the Earls of Leicester, whose eponymous debut is a loving paean to the music of Bluegrass pioneers Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
Alison Krauss paid poignant tribute to Bluegrass great Larry Sparks, whom she inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
Rounder Label Group President John Virant said, “All of us at the Rounder Label Group would like to offer our congratulations to the winners, who are among the very finest musicians in the world. It’s a great honor for them to receive this sort of recognition from their peers. We feel privileged and proud to get to work with so many exceptional artists on a daily basis.”
A complete list of winners is below.
Entertainer of the Year
The Earls of Leicester

Albu​m of the Year

The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester

Instrumental Group of the Year

The Earls of Leicester
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year
“The Three Bells,” Three Bells, Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, Rob Ickes  
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
“Who Will Sing For Me,” The Earls of Leicester
Male Vocalist of the Year
Shawn Camp  
Instrumental Performer of the Year, Dobro
Jerry Douglas
Instrumental Performer of the Year, Guitar
Bryan Sutton
Instrumental Performer of the Year, Mandolin
Jesse Brock
Distinguished Achievement Award
Steve Martin  

2015/10 4:56 AM
TBS Lights Up October with ‘Neighborhood Sessions’ Featuring Toby Keith

Music superstar Toby Keith is heading to TBS this fall as part of “Neighborhood Sessions”, an ongoing series of music specials created by State Farm. The televised event will include an intimate performance that Keith gave to remarkable neighbors in his hometown area of Moore, Oklahoma in September.

It will pair footage of the chart-topping star's rollicking local performance with powerful stories of perseverance and community from the neighbors who continue to impact his life and career. 

Neighborhood Sessions” featuring Toby Keith marks the second special in the “Neighborhood Sessions” series, which gives the biggest names in music a chance to thank the neighbors who inspired them, and who continue to inspire greatness in their communities every day.

The special is slated to premiere on TBS on Friday, October 16, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), in the midst of the network's Major League Baseball postseason coverage.

TBS's presentation of Neighborhood Sessions featuring Toby Keith highlights several of the award-winning singer-songwriter's biggest hits, including material from his upcoming album, 35 mph Town.

2015/10 3:14 AM
Country Recording Artist Stephanie Quayle Steps Out In Lane Boots

Rebel Engine Entertainment’s Country artist Stephanie Quayle and the high-end Western boot company Lane Boots of Arlington, TX have announced a perfect-fit partnership set to kick-off in style this fall.
Quayle is planning to make special appearances and will model Lane Boots in the company’s promotional materials.

Lane Boots will outfit Quayle for professional performances, photo and video shoots and personal wear with its stylistic and unique collection of quality footwear. The relationship will feature various fan giveaways pairing the loyal Lane Boots customers with the vibrant Stephanie Quayle fan base. Quayle is expected to sport Lane Boots at her upcoming photo shoot for her much-anticipated EP.

"I wore Lane Boots at a recent photo shoot for Montana Bride magazine,” said Quayle. “As soon as I saw the turquoise soles, I fell head over heels! I've worn them all across the country at performances and appearances, and even danced in my red Lovesick Studs for more than 4 hours straight at my wedding. This partnership is a natural fit and I am so excited to work closely with the passionate folks of Lane Boots.”

The Montana-born alluring entertainer, who is just as comfortable sporting a six-gun pistol riding atop a mustang as she is walking the red carpet, wore Lane Boots on the day she said: “I do.” The red boots stitched in gold are featured in September 7, 2015 issue of Nash Country Weekly.

“Stephanie’s passion, drive and focus to achieve her goals is inspiring,” said 
Lane Boots President, Justine Lord.
“We are so proud that she loves our brand and wears our boots–whether onstage or on the road. We look forward to a long lasting partnership with Stephanie to experiencing her journey through her music. We’re big fans.”

Lane Boots creates a unique collection of women's boots focusing on handcrafted details and trendy styles. My Lane Boots have become a staple in my wardrobe; the quality and comfort of the boots, not to mention the stunning designs, are just a few of the reasons why,” added Quayle

For more information on Stephanie Quayle, visit .

2015/10 2:08 AM
Country Artist Shatters Songwriting Stereotypes with Use of his 'Nose' and Releases Debut Album

Country artist Shane Michael Taylor has been writing songs since the day he taught himself to type with his nose at the tender age of five. Now, after decades of overcoming the daily challenges of living with severe cerebral palsy, Shane is releasing his highly-anticipated debut album. 

This project entitled I Will Stand is available today at .  

Shane co-wrote all of the album’s 13 songs, which have been brought to life with the help of top-notch Music City vocalists like MCA Nashville’s
 Clare Dunn and chart-topping pop icon Tiffany.  

Complete with upbeat honky-tonk tunes about a good night out (“Alcohol of Fame”), inspirational songs about not overlooking life’s tiny miracles (“Everyday Heroes”) and honest lyrics that celebrate traditional Country values and the importance of family (“We Get to Live It”), this album is already garnering positive industry reviews.

There are dozens and dozens of songwriters in Nashville but none with a story as inspiring as Shane Michael Taylor's. I Will Stand is an incredible, beautiful accomplishment." 
M.B. Roberts, Senior Features Editor, Parade Magazine 

has been defying odds his whole life. It was after earning bachelor’s degrees in Music Business and Sound Engineering that he began making many trips to Nashville from his hometown of Waterbury, CT to co-write with prominent songwriters and develop material for I Will Stand

“I’m so excited to finally share my songs and stories with the world,” says Shane, who navigates the world in a wheelchair and struggles to communicate verbally. “I hope I can inspire others to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they may face.” 

In addition to his music career, Shane travels the country as a motivational figure and has penned an inspirational audio book entitled Living This Rodeo, where he explains how learning to type with his nose changed his life and allowed him to build his career and live his dream.

For more information, please visit

2015/10 12:52 PM
Nielsen Audio showed plans for the rollout of enhanced CBET PPM encoding and results from early testing At The NAB Today

Recently Nielsen has been conducting "non-currency" tests in Washington DC and Baltimore. Those are also the first two markets launching with the enhanced CBET encoding this month. Other PPM markets will get the enhanced coding and go live in November and December, while delivery of enhanced coding monitors will begin in 2016.

They mentioned that the
enhanced CBET encoding "increases code detection rates and the detection per minute rate." The tests also showed that enhanced CBET encoding improves detection, especially in high-noise environments" and "credits 100% of quarter hours in challenging acoustic conditions."

A Nielsen engineer said that parallel testing against the "legacy" PPM encoding shows the enhanced encoding has a "positive impact on audience estimates." Among the findings from the enhanced coding non-currency tests:
  • A 39% overall increase for station/demo/dayparts.
  • The ratings impact was higher M-F, 6a-7p and for P35+.
  • The AQHP was 15% higher.
  • Overall, the AQHP share was .8 higher; the rating was .1 higher.
Nielsen will conduct a webinar to show the results for Washington and Baltimore, at which time they will also announce the next steps for the enhanced encoding rollout. The session was held at a large booth in the NAB's exhibit hall before a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. No questions were taken following the 31-minute presentation.

2015/10 11:30 AM
Changes in Programming For Cumulus Country Stations WFMS/Indianapolis, WKHX/Atlanta As Greg Frey Transitions To Corporate PD

Cumulus Country WFMS/Indianapolis names Townsquare Media Regional Country Brand Manager and Albany, NY Director/Operations Stephen Giuttari to the PD post, succeeding Scott Lindy, who will transition to Cumulus Country WKHX/Atlanta as PD, with additional duties as Corporate PD.

Also, Greg Frey will move from his PD position at WKHX/Atlanta to become Cumulus Corporate PD, a newly created position where he will focus on Cumulus' portfolio of Country stations and growing the Country product line.
"I am honored to be joining a company that truly understands how to connect with the listener in so many ways, and I thank Mike McVay and  Dave Crowl for this incredible opportunity,“ said Giuttari. “I am very much looking forward to working with the great staff at the legendary WFMS in Indianpolis.”

On his transition to Atlanta, Lindy said, “It’s rare to be given a chance to lead a team as dedicated as the group of professionals at the legendary WFMS. Saying that I will miss working with everyone at WFMS is a vast understatement, only offset by knowing that I can continue to be a resource for them and that they will be working with an extremely talented programmer, Steve Giuittari. My gratitude goes out to Mike McVay for the opportunity to return to Atlanta as a Corporate Program Director and as PD of the award-winning Kicks.”

2015/10 10:43 AM
Jake Owen Announced As Headliner For '4th Annual Taste Of Country Music Festival'

RCA Nashville’s Jake Owen  will headline the " 4th Annual Taste Of Country Music Festival " in June 2016. Owen joins previously announced headliner  Kenny Chesney at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, NY. The festival takes place Friday, June 10th through Sunday June 12th, 2016.

In 2015 the festival drew in 50,000 fans for headliners  Tim McGraw Keith Urban  and  Toby Keith , with performances from other Country stars.

For information on ticketing, VIP packages, accommodations, and more, visit  here .

2015/10 10:40 AM
​The Cost Of Change: New Cumulus CEO To Make $1.45M In Salary, Lew Dickey gets $4.35M Payoff, John Dickey $1.75M Payout

Cumulus Media files paperwork with the SEC that lays out the cost of all the recent executive changes in the leadership of the company.

In a  Form 8-K filing , Cumulus notes, "on September 29, 2015, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Ms. Berner. The agreement has an initial term of three years and contains a provision for automatic extensions of one-year periods thereafter, unless terminated in advance by either party in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, Ms. Berner is entitled to receive an annual base salary of $1,450,000, effective as of the commencement of Ms. Berner’s employment, and subject to increase from time to time by the Board."

Former CEO Lew Dickey moves into his new post as Vice Chairman with a package that includes an estimated $4.35 million and other benefits. Dickey had signed a multiyear extension in April, which included details about what he would get if he were removed as CEO. Dickey will get triple his current base salary of $1.45 million, 100% of any unvested Equity Awards and 18 months of company benefits, such as health and dental.

Former EVP/Content & Programing John Dickey has left the company with a few dollars in his pocket.  He is receiving double his base $875,000 salary, along with 18 months of benefits. His employment agreement dated as of November 29, 2011, allows for “immediate vesting of 50% of any unvested equity awards." The remaining 50% of such awards being forfeited,” the agreement specifies, unless there is a change of control at Cumulus within the next six months in which, “any unvested equity awards will become fully vested.”

2015/10 9:59 AM
Charles Kelley Of Lady Antebellum Announces Plans For Solo Album

Charles Kelley  yesterday (9/30) announced that he plans to release a solo album in 2016. Very recently the members of Capitol Nashville group  Lady Antebellum  announced that at the end of their “Wheels Up Tour” they were taking a hiatus before heading back into the studio.

Kelley debuted some cuts from the future album to an industry-only audience last night.
The exact album release date is still unknown, but Capitol will issue Kelley's solo project. His performance revealed the diversity of this project and a departure from his traditional, Lady Antebellum sound.

Kelley covered Tom Petty's "Southern Accents" and told the audience that the recorded track will feature harmonies by  Stevie Nicks . The album also will feature a song, co-written by renowned songwriter  Chris Stap;eton , which really illustrates the range of Kelley's abilities as an artist.

Despite the long hiatus and Kelley's new project and new sound, he insisted that the trio was very much still together.

2015/10 9:53 AM
​Rae Solomon Signed To Cold River Records Artist Roster


Cold River has signed singer/songwriter and native of Seattle Rae Solomon  to its artist roster, making her the first act signed to the label following a summer talent search by Cold River VP/Promotion Jim Dandy.

He said, "The Cold River team couldn't be more excited to have her as part of our family.  Rae is an electrifying performer, and she is headed directly into the studio to cut music for her first album on Cold River."

"My entire life, I've been an entertainer. I always dreamed of hearing my songs on Country radio and playing my music on stage," said Solomon. "I'm so grateful to Pete O’Heeron and the entire Cold River Records team for believing in my vision and allowing me to continue to be a dreamer, and I look forward to those dreams becoming realities."

2015/10 9:35 AM
KTWI/Liberal, KS, Picked as The BOOM Contest Winner For Best-Sounding LPFM Station

Liberal Music And Education Foundation Top 40/Country KTWI/MIX 94.3/Liberal, KS, along with engineer Tim Ingram, was the winner of the first annual BOOMAmerican LPFM Audio Processing Contest as "Best-Sounding Station" of the year.

The decision was voted on by judges Jerry Clifton, Tony Gray, Leif Claesson, Mike Erickson, Paul Hollings, Jesse Graham and Stephen Bishop.

The station will receive a DBX286S from BSW (Broadcast Supply Worldwide)  a licensed copy of Raduga Universal Radio Automation from Sprynet, two name, city or station shouts from Tony Griffin Productions, a page of voiceovers from Jeff Laurence and Diane Merritt. 

"Every station who participated is a much better-sounding station today because of our LFPM-supporting sponsors and judges and we are grateful," said event coordinator and LPFM-AG Executive Director Dave Solomon.  "This will be even bigger next year."

2015/10 9:25 AM
​AllAboutCountry Sending Dr. Ralph Stanley Get Well Wishes

Bluegrass legend  Dr. Ralph Stanley , who according to his FACEBOOK  page , is recovering from a small pelvic fracture. The post states, "He is doing great and expected to have full recovery."

2015/10 5:38 AM
Music Row selects Craig Shelburn As GM

Nashville’s industry publication “Music Row” names veteran music journalist Craig Shelburne to the newly created post of GM.

has been contributing on a free-lance basis to Nashville Scene, Nash Country Weekly and Rolling Stone. He also spent 13 years at CMT and worked with the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum’s “Words & Music” program.

Congratulate Shelburne here .

2015/10 5:28 AM
​Kelsea Ballerini Gets ‘Dibs’ On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Black River Entertainment’s Kelsea Ballerini  paid a visit to ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Liver" last night (9/30).
Ballerini sang her current single, “Dibs,” for the live audience. See her performance  here .  

She also treated the audience to a performance of her recent #1 hit “Love Me Like You Mean It,” and you can see that performance  here .

2015/10 5:06 AM
In December the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ Will Hit The Big Screen

Grand Ole Opry members  Brad Paisley Blake Shelton , and  Darius Rucker  will welcome guests  The Band Perry  and  Brett Eldridge  to the Opry stage on the big screen this December, when the feature film " American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry " previews in theaters nationwide.

The film, which will give audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass to the show that made Country music famous, is set for a limited special engagement at select Carmike Cinemas beginning Friday, December 4th with additional distribution following in January.

Opry Entertainment President Steve Buchanan, "We are excited about the opportunity to take the Opry and Country music into movie theaters across the country.  This partnership allows us to present the Opry to fans through a previously unutilized medium and is another way for the Opry to expand its reputation as a vehicle of discovery for America's music."

For more information, visit the OPRY movie's official  website .


2015/10 5:05 AM
Hunter Kelly Selected By 'Rare Country' As Senior Correspondent

Recently launched Country lifestyle and music website, "Rare Country," a subsidiary of COX Media Group's has tapped entertainment producer and music news correspondent Hunter Kelly as its Senior Correspondent based in Nashville. Beginning Saturday, October 10th, Kelly will be responsible for contributing editorial content on the "Rare Country" website.

Recently-hired “Rare Country” Chief Creative Office/GM Laurissa Phillips said, "Hunter is a brilliant, highly-respected member of the Country music community and we're thrilled to have him join the ‘Rare Country’ team. With his distinct personality and depth of experience, Hunter is uniquely positioned to help define and direct ‘Rare Country’s voice as we expand our editorial coverage in new and exciting ways."

Kelly's previous experience as an entertainment producer and news correspondent includes work with ABC Radio, ABC News, Premiere Radio Networks and contributions to Billboard magazine.

2015/10 5:05 AM
​KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO MD Brian Gary To Undergo Surgery

Well-wishes from to Townsquare Media Country KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO MD Brian Gary, who shared today on his station  blog  that he will be undergoing a surgical procedure on Tuesday, October 13th.

Gary explained, "I have a condition where my immune system is not the best, and I get infections that do not go away on their own. The only thing to do is to remove the trouble section of flesh.  I will be getting a section from just above the waist and then down towards the groin cut out. It should be an easy one day deal if all goes as planned."

Give Gary your good wishes here .

2015/10 5:00 AM
Celebration Of Life For Sharon Eaves

 There will be a ‘Celebration of Life’ for Fan Clubhouse CEO/Founder and St. Jude Children's Hospital Country Cares Advisory Council board member Sharon Eaves on October 14th from 5-7 pm at “City Winery” in Nashville.
Eaves, who passed Friday (9/25), ran her fan club management company for more than 25 years, working with artists including Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Scotty McCreery and Jerrod Niemann.

2015/10 4:47 AM
Ben Hayslip Get A Publishing Extention

Songwriter Ben Hayslip has extended his co-publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell
 and This Music. The two-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year's credits include "Honey Bee" and "It Goes Like This."

2015/10 3:00 AM
Android and iPhone Update

After almost four years, ACM Manager/Membership Addie Saloman has exited the organization as of yesterday (9/30).
Saloman joined ACM in November 2011 after graduating from Belmont University.
Contact her at 978-761-2366 or here

2015/09 2:07 PM
KSCS/Dallas Announces Morning And Afternoon Changes

Cumulus Country KSCS/Dallas PD/OM JR Schumann has made adjustments in the lineup on both stations. Beginning by adding Jasmine Sadry to “Hawkeye In The Morning.” Beginning today (9/30), Sadry combined with current morning talents Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and Katelyn “Connected K” Maida.

At the same time, KSCS morning show producer Trapper John Morris will move to afternoons, succeeding Schumann, who comes off the air to direct his attention on programming responsibilities for KSCS and now, KPLX. Mark Phillips had been handling KPLX programming, but now will work on his afternoon show, with added responsibilities of handling a shift on Westwood One’s "Real Country" format.

Schumann said, “I can’t begin to express how excited we are to have Jasmine join our team. She embodies the passion and creativity that is crucial to radio’s success in this market, and is already loved by tens of thousands of listeners in this market. As we’ve been continuously working on taking KSCS to the next level, I have no doubt in my mind that Jasmine is absolutely the next piece to that puzzle.”

Sadry is a radio veteran in Dallas, coming from iHeartMedia crosstown Alternative KDGE, where she was part of the “Jagger” morning show in various forms for more than 10 years.
“At the now 15-year mark of my radio career, I am thrilled to join the extremely talented team at KSCS, an iconic station that has carried such a tremendous heritage in the Dallas-Fort Worth community and beyond, said Sadry. “And I'm deeply honored to be able to work alongside Hawkeye, an extraordinary talent who I and so many others have admired for years!"

Shoot you congratulations here .

2015/09 1:01 PM
San Jose Gets The Garth Brooks Tour

Pearl/RCA Nashville's Garth Brooks  is taking his "World Tour" to San Jose, CA on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th. Brooks and wife/touring partner Trisha Yearwood will be on stage at the SAP Center at San Jose at 7 pm (PT) each evening. 

Tickets go on sale next Friday, October 9th at 10 am (PT) via  Ticketmaster .

For more information, visit Brooks' official  website .


2015/09 12:55 PM
Reba Headline’s ‘Mission Gratitude Benefit Concert’

NASH Icon artist  Reba  will be headlining the "Third Annual Mission Gratitude Benefit Concert" at Symphony Hall in Boston on Monday, November 9th at 7 pm (ET). The event benefits The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, the first and largest private-sector program in America solely focused on healing the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Benefactors of the program include service members, post-9/11 veterans, and military families.

"I am honored Home Base invited me to join Mission Gratitude in giving back to the service men and women who have done so much to serve our nation," said Reba. "I'm happy to lend my voice to a cause that works to heal the invisible wounds of war, and I hope to see more of the community join us."

For more information, visit the Mission Gratitude  website

2015/09 10:04 AM
American Trio, The Cains, Welcomed By UK Music Fans While On Multi-City European Tour

The Cains - photo: GetFlex'd
Country music trio,  The Cains , return to the U.S. after spending two exciting weeks on the I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. The group opened for U.K. artist, Sasha McVeigh, on select dates in various clubs that took them to London, Glasgow, Oxford, Manchester and more.

Sibling member, Logan Cain commented about the tour, "From start to finish, the U.K. has done for us what we want to do for others-- feel loved. Each and every person we encountered went out of his or her way to make us feel welcome. We have an extremely busy 2016 planned and to have this opportunity as one of our first touring experiences will impact the course of our career forever."

In March of 2015, hot off the heels of a successful radio debut and packed performances at Country Radio Seminar 2015, The Cains broke onto the U.K. Country music scene with their first international appearance at London’s Country-to-Country (C2C) festival, Europe’s largest and most well attended Country music event of the year. After their wildly successful C2C performances, the group landed a cover feature and four-page spread on the U.K.’s leading Country music magazine, Up! Country Magazine.

The group has also recently inked a booking agreement with Nashville’s  The Kinkead Entertainment Agency .

2015/09 9:15 AM
George Strait Adds December Dates To Las Vegas Run Due To Overwhelming Demand From Fans

The “King of Country Music” to play Las Vegas Arena on December 2 and 3, 2016; tickets for all dates to go on sale to the public Friday, October 2

As soon as George Strait announced that he would be taking the stage for select dates at the Las Vegas Arena in 2016, fans started lighting up social media with their plans to see the “King of Country Music” perform in Sin City. Due to overwhelming demand for the four shows announced last week, Strait will be adding December 2 and 3, 2016 to the schedule.
The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee will be among the first entertainers to perform at the Las Vegas Arena, with a series of exclusive worldwide concert engagements on April 22, April 23, September 9, September 10, December 2 and December 3, 2016. GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who recently released her second studio album Pageant Material to critical acclaim, will open for Strait on all dates.

“I said all along I wasn’t going to tour anymore, but I also said that I wasn’t retiring by any means and I still wanted to do some dates,” said Strait. “I’m very excited to be coming back out and playing for the fans out there. I’m looking forward to it so much, singing those songs that I love so much and haven’t done in a while. I’m really, really looking forward to being able to play in the new Las Vegas Arena. I hear it’s just unbelievable. I can’t wait.”
Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment and development for MGM Resorts International, said, “We always knew George was the King of Country, but the unprecedented fan reaction following last week’s announcement has been incredible.  It is exciting to be able to offer fans worldwide two additional opportunities to see this exclusive engagement during the National Finals Rodeo. These performances will add to the star power of the Las Vegas Arena’s opening season.”

Strait’s new album, Cold Beer Conversation, is available now at  Apple Music  and  Walmart  and features 13 songs including his latest single, “Cold Beer Conversation.” It is the first new studio album in two years from the MCA Nashville recording artist. His last studio album was the Gold-certified Love is Everything, which featured the Platinum-certified No. 1 hit (and 60th No. 1 hit of his career) “Give It All We Got Tonight” as well as the Gold-certified hit “I Got A Car.” Strait also released The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium CD and DVD in 2014, celebrating his mega-successful, two-year final tour.
Tickets for the 2016 concert series will go on sale Friday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT via  and range in price from $75 to $200 plus applicable fees. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for the December 2 and 3 shows before the general public from now until Thursday, October 1 at 10 p.m. PT.

2015/09 7:53 AM
Average Joes Entertainment’s Twang and Round, Celebrate the Global YouTube Premiere of Their New Video

Newcomers, Twang and Round, are thrilled to debut their brand new video, “Pour Another Round,” this Thursday, October 1 via cutting edge technology: an iPhone 5s :).Pour Another Round,” the stellar title track from their recently released debut EP, showcases the duo's unique musical style of Country, Hip-Hop, and
Twang & Round
Southern Rock. Opening with an acoustic guitar, the song crescendos into a storm of hooky riffs.

The duo is throwing a video premiere party starting at 5:30 pm at Nashville’s famous "Gold Rush Restaurant", first popularized in Robert Altman’s 1975 film, “Nashville.” Beer and onion rings will be served. Check out the trailer for “Pour Another Round”  here . 

Twang and Round
, consisting of Vernon Roach (“Kuntry Twang”) and Brad Davis (“Lil’ Round”) prove their impeccable talent for partying in “Pour Another Round.” The video, written, produced and cast by Twang and Round, was shot in their home state of Kentucky. Executive produced by Spielberg protégé Colby Gardner and directed by Badger,Pour Another Roundtells the story of a young couple choosing what’s important: alcohol. 

Twang and Round’s influences span across every genre ranging from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Crows, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to UGK, Outkast, Beastie Boys, to Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.
Teenage friends, the Kentucky natives have built a bridge between all these genres to create their own unique sound.
The duo is managed by Fly South Music Group.  For more information, visit

2015/09 6:51 AM Send Congrats To Barry Knox And Kristin Joyner

Barry Knox & Kristin Joyner
Barry Knox of the Stoney Creek Records group Parmalee and Kristin Joyner are now engage to be married.

Knox posted on his  Facebook
, "We're getting hitched!! Kristin Joyner has completely changed my life. She's the coolest, smartest, most badass girl I've ever met. She moved with me to Nashville and stuck by me through all the struggles, and I know I couldn't have done it without her!! I love you KJ!"

is the bass player in the 4-man group and Joyner owns  Caged Films .

2015/09 6:45 AM
This Afternoon At The Radio Show In Atlanta

This Afternoon's Schedule
  • 1-1:30p: Ask the FCC
  • 1:15-2p: An Integrated World (featuring Buzzword Bingo!)
  • 1:15-2p: Building a Winning Team
  • 1:15-2p: Radio and ROI: New Findings from Nielsen Spotlight the Value of Radio
  • 2-2:30p: Ask the FCC
  • 2:15-3p: If I Knew Then, Now... WOW!
  • 2:15-3p: What are Your Employees Saying About You?
  • 2:15-3p: Agencies Speak!
  • 2:30-3:30p: Modern Transmitter Architecture for FM and HD Radio Broadcasting
  • 3:15-3:45p: Coffee Break in the Marketplace
  • 4:00-5:30p: Unlocking Programmatic’s Potential
  • 5:30-7p: Marketplace Mixer

2015/09 6:41 AM
Studio A To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With October 3rd Open House

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the historic RCA Studio A complex, the Music Row landmark’s proprietors on Saturday, October 3, will host an “Open House” for fans and friends to see up close the studio that has served as a go-to recording destination for countless Country, pop, and rock legends.
The Studio A Open House will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, with live music, food trucks, and memorabilia on display that once belonged to the late Chet Atkins, the renowned guitarist and producer who helped found the famous studio. Grimey’s will set up an all-day record swap, accompanied by a lineup of indie bands, in the Studio A parking lot. At 12:30 p.m., Studio A’s proprietors will join with special guests — including platinum-selling artist/composer Ben Folds — to toast the studio’s 50th birthday, followed with a set by legendary guitarist Steve Cropper.
Studio A is a cornerstone in Music Row’s history,” said Aubrey Preston, who in 2014 joined fellow entrepreneurs Mike Curb and Chuck Elcan to save the landmark from the wrecking ball. “We’re proud to throw open our doors on this special occasion so friends and fans can step inside one of America’s greatest recording studios.”
Opened in 1965, Studio A’s client list — past and present — is a Who’s Who of music stars. Clients have included country legends such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, and George Strait as well as newer artists like Hunter Hayes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton. Pop and rock artists who have worked at the Studio A complex include Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys, and The Monkees as well as newer artists like Sara Bareilles and Kesha.
“Only a handful of studios in the world share the influence of Studio A,” said Dr. Carroll Van West, the state historian of Tennessee and director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. “Fans and the public will be treated with a rare opportunity to stand on truly hallowed musical ground.”
Last year, musicians and preservationists rallied around Studio A after a developer announced plans to demolish the building and replace it with condos and a restaurant. Led by Folds and songwriter-producer Trey Bruce, the “Save Studio A” movement garnered global attention, capturing hearts and minds across the music and historic preservation communities. Internationally acclaimed artists including Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, and Keith Urban weighed in with moral support.
In December, Curb, Elcan and Preston — operating as Studio A Preservation Partners — purchased the property to protect it for the next generation of musicians, songwriters, recording artists, and producers.
“A year ago, we were facing the heart-breaking prospect of losing an integral part of American music history,” Folds said. “Today, thanks to the support of the countless friends, fans, artists and musicians, Studio A will continue to be a special place where great music of all genres is created.”

2015/09 6:15 AM
​Kenny Rogers Raises Over $60K For Dolly's ‘Imagination Library’

Country icon  Kenny Rogers  announces his retirement and then returns to “Dollywood” to help his great friend and duet partner,  Dolly Parton , raise money and awareness for her “ Imagination Library ”.

Parton's “Imagination Library” is a book gifting program for kids from birth to age five. Rogers performed for a sold-out crowd at Dollywood's D.P. Celebrity Theatre, and raised over $60,000 for the “Imagination Library” program.

"You know, she's an amazing person," remarked Rogers of Parton. "She can take something and really grow it into something fantastic. Dolly has shipped over 70 million books! I think it's a great idea. I'm glad to be a part of this, and I hope it helps!"

Parton echoed the sentiments, saying, "I'm so grateful to Kenny for wanting to help my “Imagination library”.  He's always been such a great friend to me, and I'm so happy that he made time to come to Dollywood, and I know the fans just loved it. Kenny, if you're reading this, I want you to know just how much I appreciate you, and you know I'll always love you!"

2015/09 5:55 AM
Country Music’s Duo Dave & Whitney To Release Debut Single To Country Radio

Chelsea Creek Entertainment’s charismatic Country recording duo Dave & Whitney will officially introduce its debut single entitled “Alibi” to radio stations across the country on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. 

The delightfully dark and stormy single showcases sassy female vocals and male harmonies that are naturally complementary.  The cheeky hit-making lyrics and intriguing storyline parallel “Goodbye Earl” (Dixie Chicks), “Two Black Cadillacs” (Carrie Underwood) and “Gunpowder And Lead” (Miranda Lambert). The up-tempo tune is a testament to Dave & Whitney’s versatile artistic talents to paint a mystical picture and further proves this team can pull the trigger on any composition, ruckus or hushed.

Written by Rodney Clawson, Sarah Buxton
and Jamie Moore, and produced by Dan Frizsell, “Alibi” is the title track from the duo’s 4-song EP recorded at the historic Legends Studio in Nashville.

“The ‘little help from my friends’ tune offers up the perfect ‘
Alibi’ in a missing person mystery,” stateDave and Whitney in mutual sentiment. “A modern-day CSI musical, the track highlights eerie sounds reminiscent of the pedal steel featured in the TV series ‘Trueblood.

Russ Pahl was instrumental in lending his talents to the unnerving, ghostly pedal steel that appears throughout the track

ALIBI is the first national recording project released as a duo.  The EP boasts the talents of stellar musicians including Jimmy Sloas (bass), Steve Brewster (drums), Jim “Moose” Brown (piano and B3), Derek Wells (electric guitar), Biff Watson (acoustic guitar), John Willis (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, and banjo), Dan Frizsell (bass) and Dave played electric guitar on the project.
Dave & Whitney have shared stages with Country music’s most sought-after entertainers including Randy Houser, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Parmalee, Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Casey James, Dustin Lynch, Love and Theft and Frankie Ballard

As part of their show tour schedule this summer, the two incorporated impromptu stops at radio stations to make introductions as part of their itinerary.
  Without the assistance or aid of a record label, or management, Dave & Whitney independently entered the Music Row chart at 179.

Grassroots Promotion
has joined the Dave & Whitney team to spearhead the radio promotion campaign; Dave & Whitney will incorporate radio visits in their upcoming show schedule this fall.

, and the new single by the same name, are currently available via all major digital outlets.

For more information on Dave and Whitney, visit  or follow them on  Twitter Facebook  and  Instagram


2015/09 4:45 AM
Honoring Women In The Industry At The'13th Annual Source Awards'

The "13th Annual Source Awards" were held at the Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum in Music City last evening (9/29) honoring seven women and their achievements in the music business.
Hosted by Country legends Jeannie Seely and Brenda Lee, and with opening remarks from Nashville's newly-elected Mayor Megan Barry, the evening featured tributes to and remarks from the women of the evening.

Industry veterans
Phyllis Deen Hill, William Morris Agency's Gayle Holcomb, UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe, retired industry vet Mary Del Scobey, the Recording Academy's Nancy Shapiro, Ryman Auditorium's Sally Williams, and the late Terrell Tye were all honored for their contributions to the music industry in NASHVILLE, as well as their leadership and involvement in furthering women in the community.

Get more information at
Source Nashville and the "13th Annual source Awards," visit the Source  website .

2015/09 4:05 AM
CMT's 'Next Women Of Country' And Lindsay Ell Present 'Busking On Broadway'

Country Music Television (CMT)'s "Next Women Of Country" and Stoney Creek Records artist Lindsay Ell partner to present, “Busking On Broadway,” Thursday, October 1st to promote Ell's single, "By The Way." The free 24-hour concert will take place at 11 pm (CT) in downtown Nashville outside of the Opry Originals store on Broadway. She will perform both original songs and covers, with visits from surprise artist guests and live videos posted to Periscope by Ell.

will also meet with fans through 11 pm (CT) on Friday, October 2nd, and any tips made will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since the inception of CMT’sNext Women Of Countryin 2013, it has featured artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Jana Kramer, Kelsea Ballerini and more.

2015/09 4:01 AM
It’s Dierks Bentley’s 10th Anniversary As A ‘Grand Ole Opry’ Member

Capitol Nashville’s Dierks Bentley celebrated his 10th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry yesterday (9/29). Bentley performed his hits from the past decade and even brought his dog Jake out on stage during his set. Bentley was presented with a commemorative print by 54-year Opry member Bill Anderson.

Bentley said, "
The Opry is my home, this means the world to me tonight. We've been on the road so much of the past 10 years it's good to be home."

The Country Music Association (CMA) "Male Vocalist of the Year" nominee said he'll never forget his early days as a fan.
"We leave the door to our dressing room wide open, so people can come in and say 'hi.' And if we're not getting ready, then I want to be out on the stage watching the other bands -- just remembering what it feels like to be a part of the audience. I don't ever want to lose that feeling of being a fan."

2015/09 2:09 AM
Cumulus Update: At The Moment Mike McVay In John Dickey Out

Mike McVay
Cumulus SVP/Content & Programming Mike McVay is stepping into the company's top
John Dickey
programming job as EVP/Content & Programming as John Dickey exits.

This move is part of executive restructuring at Cumulus.

McVay joined Cumulus more than four years ago, following 28 years as the head of his own consulting and syndication company. He re-upped his deal with Cumulus in April of this year.

Dickey joined his brother Lew at Cumulus in 1998 after directing programming for Midwestern Broadcasting for seven years.

Congratulate Mike McVay  here .

2015/09 1:03 AM
​‘Takin’ the Country Back’ Tour is on the Road with Sammy Sadler, Ken Mellons and Jeff Carson

It’s the latest Country radio release from singer and survivor, Sammy Sadler . “No Place to Land” is available this week; the latest single from Sadler’s album, Heart Shaped Like Texas.

Still best known as the survivor of the 1989 shooting on Music Row that took the life of his friend, Cash Box chart manager Kevin Hughes, Sammy has never wavered in his devotion to traditional Country music, despite the tragedy that killed his friend, put his career on hold, and nearly took his life as well.

With his return to radio, and a straight up Country tour with some well-known hit-making-friends, Sadler brings his love for the music full circle.

has launched theTakin’ The Country Back Tour”, feeding the public’s fervor for a taste of more traditional Country music. The tour features music from Salder’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and Heart Shaped Like Texas albums. Sammy is joined by  Ken Mellons , who shares his own fan favorites, including “Jukebox Junkie,” “Rub-A-Dubbin” and “Working for the Weekend.” The team has begun touring at festivals, fairs and venues across North America, and is accepting bookings for 2016.

New to the tour is  Jeff Carson , whom fans will remember for his hit single “Not On Your Love” which shot to #1 in the mid-90’s and was followed by the Top 10 hit, “The Car.” Carson
stepped away from music in recent years, and joined the police force in Franklin, Tennessee, where he still works. He’ll join Mellons and Sadler on upcoming “Takin’ The Country Back Tour” dates.

No Place to Land” is available to radio through PlayMPE, and is also being released in Europe.

Early in his career, Sadler was signed to Evergreen Records and reached the Country charts in January 1989.
Sammy was enjoying a burgeoning career when, around the time of his 6th nationally charting record, ''Tell It Like It Is,'' he was involved in a life-changing tragedy. The singer was seriously wounded when he and his friend, Kevin Hughes, were approached and shot on Nashville’s Music Row. Hughes had been the target, as the result of his uncovering a chart-fixing scheme, and being unwilling to accept money to move undeserving songs up the chart. Sadler was just a bystander, but the incident nearly derailed his career and his life. It took Sadler more than 10 years to reestablish his career, but he was determined. Sammy released Hard on a Heart in 2004, and has continued to perform and record. His most recent album is Heart Shaped Like Texas. Now living in Texas, Sadler is also writing his autobiography, planned for release in 2016.

2015/09 12:19 PM
Cumulus Media Selects Mary G. Berner As New CEO, Lew Dickey Is Vice Chairman

With Cumulus stock as of 4:30 pm (ET), down to 68 cents, the board of directors of Cumulus Media announced that Mary G. Berner has been named CEO of the company, effective Tuesday, October 13th. Berner, a seasoned media business operator, joined the Cumulus board last May. She will succeed Lew Dickey, the company's founder and CEO, who has decided to serve as Vice Chairman and continue as a director of the company. 

Most recently, Berner served as President/CEO of The Association Of Magazine Media (MPA), the industry association for magazine media companies.

Cumulus Media Chairman Of The Board Jeffrey Marcus
, a Partner at Crestview Partners, which manages funds that own about 27% of Cumulus' outstanding stock, said, "
We are delighted that Mary has agreed to serve as our new CEO. She is a proven executive, with over 30 years of experience in media driving results in multi-platform advertising and content-driven businesses. Not only has she successfully built and transformed some of the best-known consumer and b2b media brands and companies in the world, she has demonstrated an ability to turn around a company's performance and build value for shareholders.

"Under Lew Dickey's leadership, the Cumulus team has built a formidable national and local footprint, becoming the second largest operator of radio stations in the country, with more than 460 stations across 90 markets, approximately 8,500 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels serving over 225 million listeners nationwide. However, maximizing the value of these assets requires making them work together effectively and efficiently. At a time when the media landscape continues to undergo seismic transformation, Cumulus needs a broad-based media operator who can leverage its outstanding resources – from its core strength in radio to its growing presence in digital, experiential and other emerging platforms – and capitalize on the industry's strong fundamentals. The board has had the benefit of seeing Mary in action and is fully confident that she is the right leader for Cumulus."

Berner said, "I am honored to have been asked to lead Cumulus Media and am eager to work with the board and the company's talented teams to implement Lew's vision of building the next generation multi-platform media company. As the director who led the Operations Review Task Force established by the board, I have insight into the issues that Cumulus faces, but I also know the operational leverage that can be generated by first focusing on execution. Radio is a powerful and unique medium – the number one mass reach medium in the U.S. – and Cumulus possesses all of the elements to be one of the industry's winners. I look forward to bringing a renewed focus on operating excellence at all levels and in all functions to help Cumulus realize its potential and generate improved financial performance and increased value for shareholders."

Lew Dickey, President/CEO of Cumulus stated, "When I founded Cumulus in 1997, my goal was to create the nationwide platform we have today, with 460 stations in 90 cities, the industry's most important network, and unique original content, such as NASH. After serving the company day-to-day for almost 19 years, and the last 16 as CEO, now is right time for me to transition from CEO to Vice Chairman. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to support our new CEO."

Over more than three decades, Mary Berner has established a track record of successfully leading media companies to drive financial performance and growth. In recognition of her work, she was named one of the "Top Women in Media" by FOLIO magazine in 2014.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive of MPA in 2012, Berner served as Chief Executive Officer of Readers Digest Association and a member of the board from 2007 to 2011, where she developed and executed a successful turnaround strategy, oversaw the restructuring of the company's acquisition-related debt (after which she and her team presided over the doubling of the company's stock price) and optimized its brands and assets including through the development of new digital revenue streams. Under her direction, the $2 billion global media and direct marketing company launched 83 websites and 31 mobile apps, and built AllRecipes into the world's largest food website.

From November 1999 until January 2006, she led Fairchild Publications, first as President/CEO and then as President of Fairchild and as an officer of Conde Nast, when Fairchild became a division of Conde Nast Publications. Berner and her team led the company to unprecedented portfolio and financial growth – from 31 magazines and businesses in 1999 to more than 60 in 2006 – by growing profitability on core and "mature" properties, reorganizing underperforming but well-positioned businesses, creating sustainable line extensions of existing brands, and starting new businesses and magazines. In recognition of her outstanding performance, leadership and innovative excellence, Advertising Age named Berner "Publishing Executive of the Year" in 2004.  


2015/09 8:19 AM
Miranda Brings Out The Pups For The Opry

Miranda Lambert will help celebrate the Grand Ole Opry's 90th birthday by puttin' on the dog.  On Saturday, October 3  she will try to find homes for rescue dogs at the free part on the plaza featuring ABC TV's "Nashville" cast members Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack and Aubrey Peoples.  

Lambert's Muttnation Foundation will be there with rescue dogs to be adopted.  The rescue organization will return to the Opry on Tuesday, October 6 when Lambert visits for two shoes with Marty Stuart and Alan Jackson, among others.  Throughout the month of October Opry guests may use the code "Paws" at check out to designate a portion of their ticket proceeds to Muttnation.

"What an honor that the Grand Ole Opry has invited Muttnation to its 90th Birthday Bash," said the foundation's co-founder Bev Lambert. "With its impeccable reputation, Miranda and I are aware the Opry could have selected any number of pet charities with which to work. We are extremely humbled that they've entrusted Muttnation Foundation to join arms and paws in October."

2015/09 7:36 AM
Hunter Hayes Tickets Fans

Hunter Hayes surprised fans on their way to the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam earlier this month.

By working with Panama City Beach Police Department and Officer Tommy Anderson he arranged to ahve the shuttle bus carying fans pulled over for a fake traffic stop.  Hayes then boarded the bus and issued tickets (actually upgraded seat tickets) to the fans aboard the bus.

Check it out here


2015/09 6:55 AM
30 Years And Counting For DeYoung

Laurie DeYoung is celebrating 30 years of hosting the morning show on WPOC/Baltimore today.  She began at the now iHeartMedia Country station September 29, 1985 and has been sitting in the seat waking up Baltimore ever since.  is very active in the Baltimore community and supports various charitable organizations.  Throughout her career she has been nominated for CMA and ACM Awards and was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2010.

DeYoung received flowers this morning from Taylor Swift and has been getting phone calls from the likes of Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and more.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declared it "Laurie DeYoung Day in the city of Baltimore.  Get in touch with DeYoung here .

2015/09 6:29 AM
All The Best To Dave Brainard

All good thoughts for recovery go out to Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard who was part of an assault on Sunday morning in downtown Nashville.  He was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw, facial lacerations and broken teeth.  

According to the Tennessean, Brainard was with friends in downtown Nashville when a car struck a member of his group.  The driver and passenger then got out and physically attacked Brainard and two other people in his group.  The attackers have not been apprehended.

Brainard has worked with Jerrod Niemann and Jamey Johnson and got a Grammy nomination for producing Brandy Clark's "12 Stories" album.

2015/09 6:07 AM
WQYK's Secret Sound No Longer Secret

We all know the Secret Sound game and many of us have executed it.  WQYK/Tampa's listener James Burgos finally cracked the code after 18 days, 71 guesses and 39 clues and won $15K!

On 'QYK the morning team (Dave & Veronica) announced a clue each day, that clue was repeated on the Cadillac Jack Show in the afternoon. Listeners had various chances to attempt a guess and every wrong guess would ratchet up the jackpot.

Burgos figured out that the secret sound was a VIP pass from a Tim McGraw meet and greet for his "Shotgun Rider Tour" when a lanyard was dropped into a glass flower vase filled with sea shells.

Really?  Check it out here .

2015/09 10:05 AM
This weeks AAC ‘Hot Topics From The Pros’ Features Legendary OM and PD Joel Burke

Veteran OM/PD Joel is currently PD at 90.9/KCBI-FM/Dallas, TX. He has spent many years in programing at such stations as KASE/KVET Austin, KYGO/Denver Regional PD for Sinclair Media and PD/OM for KKMJ/KAMX Austin, TX.
This week he brings his wealth of knowledge to with his programming article “Three Point Play”!
This article gives you a great perspective on reaching and maintaining your programming goals, in today’s radio markets.
If you have an article you’d like to share with AllAboutCountry’s readers, just email it to /Blog/ and /Blog/ along with your bio and picture
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