industry members
Carole Mendoza
Marketing / Sales   Besley Broadcasting
Jeff Schroeder
Senior Technical Consultant   Music Master
Peter Z
Program Director WZRR-FM   Cumulus Media
dave young
PD/MD/on air   kdkd radio
Dave Tyler
Consultant   MusicMaster
Leo Ashcraft
ceo   KTSQ Radio




2015/03 8:35 AM
The Legends at Legends Was Legendary

The Legends at Legends lunch hosted by All About Country and Music Master went down in history as one of the highlights of last week’s CRS. 

Held on Wednesday, February 25 at Legends Corner in Nashville the legends who performed included Mel Tillis (left), Bobby Bare, T. Graham Brown, James Otto, Mel Tillis Jr., Zane Williams and Sharla Ross.

The “Honorary Mayor of Music Row” Charlie Monk emceed the event as only Charlie Monk can while the hundreds in attendance chuckled, enjoyed the great music, ate Jack’s Bar-b-Que and drank their favorite beverages.

As Monk commented, "I'm the only Legendary host they could find to host the Legends at Legends."

“It was a great turnout and a fabulous way to kick off CRS 2015! Everyone who attended had a terrific time and got the chance to see some fabulous talent,” said Kim Hennes, AllAboutCountry.com President.

2015/03 7:44 AM
Colleen Valkoun Named Permanent Market President

Colleen Valkoun, interim iHeartMedia/Milwaukee and Madison market president now has the position permanently.  She will oversee 12 stations including Country WMIL/Milwaukee and WMAD/Madison.

When Jeff Tyler left the position to transfer to Minnepolis in January, Valkoun was appointed. She has served as VP/Sales for Milwaukee and Madison prior to that.  She's been with iHeartMedia since 2003 when she joined as National Sales Manager in Milwaukee.  Get in touch with her here  

2015/03 7:36 AM
Donna Baker Promoted to RVP/Midwest For Cumulus

Cumulus Chicago VP/MM Donna Baker has been promoted to RVP/Midwest for Cumulus.  She will oversee stations in Minneapolis, Des Moines nad Kansas City, where she'll be based.  Country stations she will be overseeing include KHKI and KJJY/Des Moines.  

She has worked as VP/MM in Houston and Kansas City for Cumulus.  "Donna is an extremely talented broadcaster and has made a tremendous contribution to our success over the past eight years," says President/CEO Lew Dickey. "We are excited for her to grow with Cumulus as she takes on increased responsibilities in her new role." 

In Chicago Peter Bowen will take her place.

2015/03 7:28 AM
WVVR's Dave Myers Moves to Mornings

Dave Myers (left) afternooner at WVVR, Beaver 100.3/Clarksville, TN has moved to mornings.  He will take the place of Fletch who is leaving in two weeks to pursue a career outside radio.  

"Fletch has 13 years tenure at the Beaver and is a community treasure," says Myers. "I realize how big the shoes are that I'm filling."

Myers came from WKDF/Nashville in late 2012.  Get in touch with him here

Fletch will work out his last two weeks of his contract in afternoons.  OM Jared Mims will take over after Fletch leaves.

2015/03 7:20 AM
The Things We Do For Thin Mints

WLHK, Indianapolis (Country 97.1 Hank FM) morning guy Dave O’Brien helped 7-year-old Lily, a local Indianapolis Daisy Scout, sell her 1000th box of Girl Scout Cookies!

Lily sold 990 boxes and asked Dave to help her reach her goal of 1000 boxes so Dave brought Lily in the Country 97.1 Hank FM studio and surprised her by personally buying the final ten boxes! Dave donated nine of them to the Cookies For Our Troops program and kept one box of Thin Mints for himself!

Dave gave up cookies for Lent so the Thin Mints will go into the freezer until Easter morning when Dave plans to binge eat all of them in one sitting.

2015/03 7:11 AM
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Welcome Isaiah

Congrats to Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher as they welcome their first child Isaiah Michael Fisher.  Isaiah was born last Friday (2/27).  Underwood announced his birth on Instagram today (3/3).

"Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed us with an amazing gift!" said Underwood.  Isaiah Michael Fisher--born on February 27.  Welcome to the world, sweet angel!"

 

2015/03 8:59 AM
Chad Lopez New VP/Mkt Manager At Cumulus/NY

Congrats to Chad Lopez, formerly GSM for CBS Radio News WINS-A and WCBS-A New York who is joining Cumulus WINS, 94.7 Nash FM, WABC-A, News Talk WABC-A, Hot AC WPLJ and Urban AC WNBM Radio 103.9 as VP/Market Manager.  He succeeds Kim Bryant who left in January to become eVP/West Coast Sales of Westwood One.


Lopez has be en with CBS New York for 14 years.  He worked a Sr. Media Buyer for DOM Camera and Associates.
 

Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati said, “Chad is a highly talented and experienced sales leader behind several legendary brands in New York City radio. The relationships he’s built and the respect he has developed with the ad community over the last 15 years are unprecedented. This was clearly the next and natural step in his career. We are extremely excited to have Chad on our team and as a member of the Cumulus family.”     
 

Lopez said, “After 15 years in sales leadership in New York, this was clearly my next step. Cumulus presented me with a tremendous opportunity to further my career and run an iconic group of stations in my hometown. I couldn’t be more excited and ready to take on this challenge."  


2015/03 7:58 AM
Paul Laseter New PD for WSTH, South 106.1

Paul Laseter has been named PD of the iHeartMedia's WSTH, South 106.1 and sister Country WOBB100/Albany, GA. He will also be handling afternoons beginning to day (3/2).  

Previously Laseter had been working as Promo Director/APD at Golden Isles Broadcasting/Brunswick, GA.  Laseter takes the place of Kathy White.  She left in October.  Get in touch with Laseter at /Blog/ .

2015/03 7:50 AM
Attendance Up 4% For Country Radio Seminar 2015

The attendance to CRS 2015 was up 4% from 2014.  This is the sixth year the event has experienced growth.  A total of 2,424 full registrants  (attendees, exhibitors, panelists and sponsors) attended this year's event, which was held February 25-27 at teh Nashville Convention Center. In 2014 the total was 2,335.

The three day event kicked off on Wednesday with the announcement that next year's event will be held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.  Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to announce the Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees.  The seminar included sessions on various topics that apply to the Country Radio business and closed last Friday with the New Faces Show.


 

2015/03 7:32 AM
Leadership Music Accepting Applications

Starting today (3/2) Leadership Music is accepting applications for the Class of 2016. Online applications will be accepted through the month of March for the Nashville-based learning program.  The program begins in September.

The program gives the participants a chance to learn about every phase of the music industry.  Those who are selected must be able to attend all-day sessions one Friday per month for an eight month period in addition to a two-day orientation and a two-day closing retreats. The one-time tuition for hte program is $1000.

"When we enter into the selection process, our uppermost goal is to select a passionate, balanced and diversified class of professionals, how are, individually adn collectively, the best and brightest leade3rs in their field and represent all segments of the music industry," said Leadership Music Executive Director Debbie Schwart Linn.  "Each year, the selection committee has the difficult task of determining the class slate from far more qualified applicants than we have slots.  We are seeing a record level of interest in Leadership Music, which means there are more qualified candidates from which to choose.  That's a good problem to have, but it is often frustrating for those who have applied multiple times.  Each year varies depending on how many applicants apply from each category. We strongly encourage applicants to keep applying if not selected.  It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and well worth the efforts."

Applications must be submitted via the online process  no later than Tuesday, March 31. To apply visit www.leadershipmusic.com/apply.




 



 

2015/03 7:21 AM
Old Dominion Seals The Deal with RCA Nashville

Old Dominion has officially sealed with a deal with RCA Nashville.  The five band members include Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi.  They have been playing and touring together for ten years.

"There has been a very loud buzz about Old Dominion around the Sony Music Nashville offices for some time now, so much that the three imprints were all fighting for the chance to work with the band," said Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton.  "I am pleased to announce the signing of Old Dominion to RCA Records Nashville."

The group signed with Morris Highman Management about two years ago.  They also released its self-titled debut EP recently, will be touring with the upcoming Kenny Chesney tour and are watching their current single "Break Up With Him" go up the Mediabase charts. SiriusXM had the tune on "The Highway Hot 45 Countdown" for six weeks.

"We couldn't be more excited to join the RCA Nashville family," said Ramsey.  "As a band, we are eager to start our next chapter and we are grateful for the opportunity to do that support of an amazing promotion and marketing team in RCA."

 

 

 


2015/03 7:12 AM
Eric Church Launches Outsiders Radio On SiriusXM

Eric Church has launched a monthly radio show on SiriusSM's the Highway.  "Outsiders Radio" will air on the last Friday of each month at 10 p.m. (ET).  Listeners will hear new music from Church, some of his favorite tracks, music from his own collection, his music influences and more.

The first show was aired last Friday and is avaiable on Sirius XM on The Highway Channel 56 or through the smartphone app and connected devices, online at siriusxm.com or on damand at www.siriusxm.com/ondemand .  The who will be re-broadcast on Mondays at 12 am (ET) and Wednesdays at 11 p.m.(ET).  For more information goto the SiriusXM website .

2015/02 3:55 PM
Gigs Open Now

KWEN/Tulsa has an opening for a morning person.  This person will replace Jim Carey who will soon be announcing where he's headed. 

According to Director/Operations Steve Hunter, "Tulsa is a great city to live, play and raise a family!"  

Send airchecks and resumes to Hunter here /Blog/ or to Director/Branding and Programming Matt Bradley here. matt.bradley@coxinc.com. 

And...


RWPC, Inc (formerly Rusty Walker Programming Consultants) is looking for an afternoon person at WKNK/Panama City, FL.  

"You can join the fastest-growing radio group in Panama City," says RWPC Co-President Scott Huskey. "If you think radio is the best job there is, can follow a plan, love the listeners, have production skills and love country music," send airchecks and resumes   here    


 

2015/02 8:47 AM
Lady A-When 3 Become 1

Capitol's Lady Antebellum hit a CRS panel today discussing how they balance the differences between the three of them to achieve consensus and balance to their band.

Hillary Scott talked about how she and Charles Kelley were pursuing a single career (and she was close to securing a big label deal) when they all met each other at a venue in Nashville. 

Something just "felt right" and the three (including Dave Haywood) made a decision to try it together as Lady Antebellum.  

According to Kelley, who readily admitted he is the one most frequently to speak his mind louder than the other two, they tried to have them all acknowledged rather than have one be "the star."  Once they went forward as a group it was  a priority to communicate directly with one another.  Each member of the group communicates differently and each needed to be aware to make listening part of the communication process.  It was so important that at one point the trio went to a communications mediator and in just one session, they had it knocked.    They've even used these techniques to communicate effectively with all of their teams.

When it comes to fighting for the singles they believe in and working with their label they believe that decisions made out of fear have not worked.  Also decisions made "systematically" rather than listening to their guts, have been disappointing.

The label, they readily admit, do have the band's best interests in mind and they have learned to listen to outside voices.  

"Even though you're going to have your own opinion of what would have worked better, we really try to get to the place where everyone feels like they're winning in a way, so that if does succeed, hopefully, we can all relish in that success together," said Scott.

The band talked about the various life changes they have been through (babies, marriages, etc.)  and the fact that they have overcome and worked through these challenges.  

"I think we took comfort in knowing that we would make a decision, and in three to six months it might change, and having to renegotiate things," shared Scott. "But talking about it every time is the takeaway," concluded Haywood.





 

2015/02 8:02 AM
Edison Research Wake Us Up With Their Research

Edison Research presented their latest research study today at CRS.  The focus was about morning listening.  While radio relies on morning listening as a stronghold we may not be doing enough as broadcasters to encourage and grow that listening.  

Edison's Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovick spoke about how they divided mornings into four parts--waking up, getting ready, time on the road and once at work.

Interviews were done in-home, on the street and through a national online study of 1540 country listeners 18-54 about their weekday morning habits.

Accoding to Rosin, radio has a "hardware problem."  We need to get radios back in people's bedrooms. Right now bedroom TVs out number radios.  Within the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. the average respondent did one third of 60 morning activities .This makes them very busy in the first hours of their day.

Three out of four people stay in bed (after their cell phone alarms go off)  and 58% check phone/mobile service and 40% check their social media. How can radio become part of these first few hours? Perhaps having our morning shows help make our listeners' lives more efficient and simpler. Quite a few respondents mentioned that they are movitivated to get out of bed with the thought of a great cup of coffee.  Can radio use the old Michelob TV spot "Weekends Were Made For Michelob" as an example and get themselves associated with mornings?

Overall, the peak hour for respondents in the caris between 7-8 a.m.  Rosin suggested that perhaps we look at our clocks during that hour and revise them to prevent tune-out? And, by 9 a.m. most people are at work.  Given that, should we reduce the time the morning shows are on?

Respondents said that what they want from radio in the morning is news at 88% followed by finraomtion (86%), water cooler topics (81%) and local events (70%).  

The full results will be posted on Edison's site .





 

2015/02 7:35 AM
Kris Lamb Promoted to VP/Promotion

Kris Lamb, Dot Records of National Promotion has been promoted to VP/Promotion effective immediately.

"Kris always steps up to the plate with incredible passion, creativity, energy and execution,” said BMLG Pres./CEO Scott Borchetta. “It’s no surprise to me that his very first as a National Director single (Maddie and Tae "Girl In A Country Song") went straight to #1. He is now properly announced as one of the new young stars in the promotion world and is awarded with VP stripes.”

Lamb came to Dot last year.  She was West Coast Regional for Big Machine Label Group sister label BMLG.  

"I'm honored and beyond grateful to extend my tenure with the mighty BMLG and Dot Records,” said Lamb. Scotty B and (Dot GM), Chris Stacey have provided the forum to continue Dot's pursuit of strategically differentiating our promotion efforts through innovative partnerships with a fresh perspective. Together, with our exceptional staff of promotion executives, Dot  will continue to super-serve our incredible roster of artists and our friends and partners at Country radio.”

Get in touch with Lamb here

 

2015/02 9:58 AM
Radio Hall of Famers Named

The new inductees to the Country Radio Hall of Fame have been announced.  They are KBEQ/Kansas City PD/morning host Mike Kennedy, consultant Joel Raab, KAJA/San Antonio morning host Randy Carroll, WMIL/Milwaukee morning host Karen Dalessandro and former Clear Channel/Chattanooga, TN GM Sammy George.

They will be inducted on June 24.  The dinner and awards will coincide with CRB's annual boardand agenda committee meetings.  

2015/02 9:43 AM
Omni On For 2016

The announcement was made today at CRS 2015 that next year's CRS 2016 will be held February 7-10 at Nashville's Omni Hotel. Registration for the event will begin in mid-July 2015.

CRB's President Charlie Morgan says, “CRS and downtown Nashville have both enjoyed enormous growth and energy over the past decade. Now, as the landscape of downtown Nashville continues to evolve, CRS is moving to a space that is arguably the epicenter for Nashville, the new Omni Hotel.”

“This move to the Omni culminates years of planning and work to set the future for a completely new CRS Experience,” says Bill Mayne, Executive Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Country Radio Seminar. He adds, “We are very excited about what's to come!”
 

2015/02 7:55 AM
ACM Radio Winners Announced

The ACM radio winners for the 50th ACM show have been announced:

National Personality: Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, The Big D & Bubba Show (Silverfish/Compass).
Major Market Personality: Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray, WUSN/Chicago.
Large Market Personality: Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman, WUBE/Cincinnati.
Medium Market Personality: Steve Lundy, Gina Melton, KXKT/Omaha.
Small Market Personality: Gator, Styckman, Cowboy Kyle, WUSY/Chattanooga.
Major Market Staton: WUSN/Chicago.
Large Market Station: WWKA/Orlando.
Medium Market Station: WQMX/Akron
Small Market Station: KCLR/Columbia, MO

The ACMs will be held April 19 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

2015/02 5:34 AM
Bryan Promoted to SVP/Programming For iHeartMedia/Nashville

Michael Bryan, OM and PD of WSIX/Nashville has been named SVP/Programming for the cluster.  He is also going to be the Executive PD of The Bobby Bones Show and Tige and Daniel show.  Both shows are heard on WSIX in mornings and afternoons.  

Bryan joined the company eight years ago as PD of Top 40 WXXL/Orlando and as Digital PD for that cluster.  He moved to Nashville in early 2012.  He added PD duties soon thereafter.  He began as Digital Brand Coordinatory for the Country format last summer.

2015/02 9:02 AM
Join Us For A Free Lunch Wednesday Before CRS At Legends!

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?  

MusicMaster, the music scheduling giant and AllAboutCountry.com are out to debunk that myth!

Prior to the official kick off of CRS we will host "The Legends at Legends," a CRS kickoff party featuring Country Music Hall of Fame members Mel Tillis and The Statesiders, Grammy nominee T. Graham Brown, MuzikMafia member James Otto.  The entire event will be emceed by the "Honorary Mayor of Music Row" Charlie Monk.  

As Monk commented,  "I'm the only Legendary host they could find to host the Legends at Legends".
 
MusicMaster President/CEO Joe Knapp says," At last year's CRS, we hosted a live music event which stimulated many exciting ideas.  This year we're thrilled to launch CRS week with an exclusive lunch even for CRS attendees at Legends Corner.  We're honored to feature iconic country artists in such a unique Nashville venue for country radio's finest programmers."
 
"What a great way to kick off CRS!  We're excited to be a part of "The Legends At Legends" with MusicMaster and hope everyone will join us for some lunch, a chance to met the Legends and network," remarked AllAboutCountry.com President Kim Hennes.
 
"The Legends at Legends" will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Legend's Corner, 428 Broadway.  Lunch from Jack's Bar-B-Que and refreshments will be provided.  There will also be photo ops with Legends as well as fun surprises and prizes.
 
"The Legends at Legends" is by invitation only to registered CRS attendees.  Please RSVP here

2015/02 6:44 AM
Glen Campbell's I'll Be Me To Premiere on CNN

CNN has gotten domestic broadcast rights for Glen Campbell's documentary "I'll Be Me" from PCH Films.  It will premiere this June and again run in November.  Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta is an executive producer of the film and soundtrack.  For more info go here .

2015/02 6:36 AM
Katlyn "Connected K" Maida Joins KSCS/Dallas

Katelyn "Connected K" Maida, most recently KKBQ/Houstons' off-air Social Media Producer and Host will join KSCS/Dallas as morning personality.  She will co-host with Mark "Hawkeye" Louis and "Trapper" John Morris.  Her new gig begins March 9.  She will also be leading the station's social media efforts.  

"Social media gives us such an amazing marketing tool and it can dramatically increase brand awareness," says Maida. "There's definitely a secret sauce and we're about to spread it all over Dallas/Fort Worth!" 

OM/PD J.R. Schumann is looking to expand the morning show with another co-host.  Get your materials to him here. jr.schuman@cumulus.com  Plans to fill the Houston position are pending.

2015/02 5:51 AM
Get Well Ed Shane

Get well wishes go out to Shane Media's Ed Shane who was recently diagnosed with a colon tumor.

According to Pam, his wife and business partner, "This will be an interruption for Ed and me during the next few months. We appreciate the support from friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

Send well-wishes to the couple via email here  or snail mail to 2500 Tanglewilde, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77063.

2015/02 7:55 AM
Nashville Gears Up For CRS 2015

Country radio's biggest event of the year, Coutnry Radio Seminar will kcik off this week at the Nashville Concent Center in downtown Nashville.  The three day conference is scheduled for February 25-27 and again provide numerous networking opportunities for attendees and an agenda full of seminars, panels and performances by some of Country's hottest acts.  

There will be a combined number of 26 panels, sessoina nd educational presentations that will focus on many idfferent areas of the Country radio industry.  This year's CRS will also include an appearance form featured speaker Keith Urban at his event, "Being Present," and Lady Antebellum will be featured panleists on "How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum."

AllAboutCountry.com will be there to report to you all that is going on and will also host a luncheon (along with our friends at Music Master) on Wednesday the 25th from 11-2 p.m. prior to the official kick-off at Legends Corner on Broadway, just a short walk from the Convention Center..  All registered CRS attendees are welcome and can RSVP here.  

For more information on CRS go here .We will see you there!

2015/02 7:36 AM
Blake And Taylor Nominees For Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

Both Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift were nominated for 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.  Shelton was nominated in Favorite Male Singer and was nominated for Favorite Female Singer.  "Shake It Off" was also nominated for Favorite Song of the Year.  

2015/02 7:13 AM
Moore Helps Get More For St. Jude

iHeartMedia's WTNT/Tallahassee had an unexpected visitor while they were Radiothon for St. Jude recently.  Kip Moore showed up unexpectedly and offered a meet-and-greet passes at his concert for those listeners who called in to donate. 

"Kip is in town for a concert, heard we were doing the radiothon and came by the radio station to get on the air with us and share his passion for St. Jude with our listeners," says Digital PD Jason Taylor

 

2015/02 7:12 AM
"Make Me Wanna" Goes To Top Spot

Congrats to Valory's VP/Promotion George Briner and the Valory Promo team for scoring the #1 song on Mediabase Country singles chart with Thomas Rhett's "Make Me Wanna."

This is Rhett's third #1.  He took "Get Me Some of That" to the top spot last May and "It Goes Like This" was #1 in October of 2013.  

 

2015/02 6:47 AM
UMG Nashville Offers Shania Special

UMG Nashville is offering the non-exclusive two-hour Shania: Still the One Live From Las Vegas special for air February 28-March 21. Lines are provided for the local talent to host.

The show centers around Shania and her residency in Vegas and includes personal thoughts and stories.  Contact UMGN Director/Radio Marketing Donna Hughes here .

2015/02 5:56 AM
Gary Overton Tells Tennessean It's All About Country Radio

Sony Nashville's Chairman/CEO Gary Overton gave Country radio major kudos when told the Tennessean in an interview that came out yesterday, “I can't think of one star, much less superstar in Country music, who wasn't broken by Country radio,” said Overton. “It's just a fact. That's where the active audience is. That's where they go to listen to it."

The interview was done in anticipation of the upcoming CRS.  Overton oversees all the Nashville divisions for Arista, Columbia and RCA.  He talked about the importance of CRS and how unique it is to the Country radio genre as well as his upcoming roster.  He also talked about the new artists he will be introducing this year including Josh Door, Cam Logan Mize and Chase Rice.  And he also said that Chris Young and Jake Owen are both currently in the studio and will have new music coming this year too. 

For the complete interview go here .
 

2015/02 1:57 PM
Mike Scott-Looking For Next Opportunity

Veteran programmer Mike Scott is looking for his next opportunity.  Most recently he held several positions including PD of WBTU, US 93.3 and Classic Country, Great Country 103.3.  He also served as morning show host for sister AC WWFW-FM Soft Rock 103.9 (Adams Radio Group-Fort Wayne). 

Prior to joining Adams, Scott as PD/PM Drive for Cumulus/Cincinnati's WNNF, Nash FM (2011-2014) and from 1999-2011 was at WYCD/Detroit (CBS Radio) as Assistant Operations Manager, APD/MD and top five Midday talent.  He also worked at several other Detroit area stations and has several years of experience in major market programming, operations, on-air, talent coaching and PPM experience. 

His preference is to remain in the Midwest (Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, etc.) but is open to opportunities that will allow him to continue to challenge him and allow him to grow in our business. IMMEDIATELY available. Get in touch with Scott at  /Blog/

Meanwhile, APD Randy Alomar will handle the progrmaming duties for now.  VP/MM Chris Monk says inquiries for the job can be sent to him here .  
 

2015/02 7:28 AM
CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast Scheduled

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) will hold a "CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast" on Friday, February 27 at 8 a.m. (CT) at the Nashville Convention Center. This is a new agenda item.

It will be hosted by Futuri Media and will be an open breakfast discussion with the industry's tech thought leaders.  They will discuss your most important digital goals for your brand this year.  Get answers to questions such as," How will you eausre your revenue and engagement success on social and mobile in 2015?" "How do you know you're 'moving the needle' on social and mobile in a meaningful way for your company?"  Goal setting and compensation for sellers, brand managers and the digital team will also be discussed.

“This session is designed to create an open forum for broadcasters and marketers to compare notes on social and mobile strategy, discuss the future of digital for Country music fans, and gather new ideas for their local markets,” said CRS Exec. Dir. Bill Mayne.

For more information go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

 

2015/02 7:16 AM
Cumulus Worcester Knocked Off The Air

It appeared as if Mother Nature had finallly win.  The winter storms hitting the northeast came down hard and the Cumulus Worcester stations paid the price yesterday (2/19).  

According to Fox-TV/Boston the three "radio stations were knocked off the air for several hours after a burst pipe flooded their building and sent people scrambling to safety.  "The cluster includes Country WORC, Hot AC WXLO and Classic Hits WWFX.

The report went on to say, "The mishap sent water throughout the building.  Ceiling tile and debris crashed into a vacant first-floor storefront.  WWFX personality Bruce Palmer says the crashing sounds were so loud that he heard them in a soundproof studio.  Fire officials say the burst pipe was frozen and gave way near the building's top floor."

The worst hit was the WXLO studio that may be a total loss.  The other two statoins have minor damage.

Check out the scene here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1MYgqTvJ6E
 

2015/02 7:15 AM
More ACM Awards Ticket Available

The Academy of Country Music has announced the availability of additional ticket packages for the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 19, 2015 at the AT&T Stadium and ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music and Memories on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, in Arlington, TX.  The ticket packages will be available at ticketmaster.com . They previously had been sold out.

There are also a limited number of VIP packages available. For more information please call 817-892-4400.

"In April we sold out faster than ever and now we're excited to be able to open up the 50th ACM Awards and Party for a Cause Festival. This year's staging is being designed to be interactive and dynamic, and making the production change opened up space ot accommodate as many fans as possible to the Country Music's Party of the Years," said Tiffany Moon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Academy.

The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast live for the first time from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX with Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton returning as co-hosts.

 

2015/02 7:06 AM
Compass To Launch Paul Deen

Compass Media Networks will now be distributing daily radio vignettes with Paula Deen.as well as a weekly podcast.  The vignettes, "Get Cooking With Paula Deen" and teh podcast "What's Cooking With Paula Deen" will debut May 1 and be marketing and distributed exclusively through Compass Media Networks. The vignettes will be targeted to Country stations.

Deen said "“I am so thrilled to partner with Compass Media Networks on my new radio shows. Get Cooking With Paul Deen will be a one minute daily tip to help you in both the kitchen and life. What's Cooking With Paula Deen will be a live thirty minute weekly show with myself and my Creative Dir. Brandon Branch. And one thing is for sure: the two of us together can cook up a mess of fun! Can't wait to be back in your homes daily and weekly!”

 

2015/02 6:20 AM
2015 Nashville Universe Awards proudly announce Beaman Buick-GMC As The Official Presenting Sponsor For The Third Annual Award Show

The Nashville Universe Awards announces Beaman Buick-GMC as the official presenting sponsor for the third annual award show with performances by Sirius XM radio sensations   Kristen Kelly  and  Chasin’ Crazy  at the  World-Famous Wildhorse Saloon  Monday, February 23, 2015. Additional award show sponsors include Famous Records Global, Gretsch Guitars and The Willett Agency.   

Hosted by television and radio iconStorme Warren (pictured), who was dubbed “Mr. Nashville” by Country legend Charlie Daniels, the evening will include performances by the down-home duo Trailer Choir, Country chanteuse Annie Bosko, Nashville Unplugged songwriters Travis Howard (Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine”) and Earl Bud Lee(Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places”), as well as presentations by RCA Nashville recording artist Dee Jay Silver,industry professional Ashley Worley, award-winning producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry)Nashville Unplugged creator Aaron Benward and many more.  Also debuting during the evening will be the trailer for the new Lionsgate film "Where Hope Grows," premiering in theaters May 15, 2015. 

Dubbed by CMT as one of the “Next Women of Country” and a regular Grand Ole Opry performer, Kristen Kelly will take the stage with her current single “Kiss by Kiss.” Later in the night, Country boy band Chasin’ Crazy will take the stage with their contagious five-part vocal harmonies on their latest single “Smack Dab.” 

Established in 2012, the Nashville Universe was created to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming artists – from musicians to filmmakers – while also introducing them to industry veterans. The inaugural Nashville Universe Awards were held in 2013 to give recognition to artists, industry leaders and organizations who are blazing new trails in the entertainment industry. Moving into its third year, the Nashville Universe Awards is sure to offer fans an exciting evening of cutting edge Country music.

2015/02 5:25 AM
Corey Smith Signs With sugar hill / Welk Music Group His Debut Slated For Summer 2015

 
Sugar Hill Records announces it has signed Corey Smith. The artist’s eagerly anticipated tenth album and label debutWhile the Gettin’ Is Good, is slated for release Summer 2015. The signing was announced yesterday on  Rolling Stone Country .

Smith says
, “I've poured more blood, sweat, and tears into it, this album, than all of my other records combined. It has taken a tremendous toll on me both emotionally and financially. So I can't stress enough how relieved and excited I am to have finally found the right label partner to release it with. In the end, it's Sugar Hill's high level of enthusiasm and commitment to putting the art ahead of the marketing that makes them the obvious choice. I'm grateful to call Sugar Hill home and looking forward to working with them."

Smith’s self titled release was produced by Keith Stegall
, best known for his work with fellow Georgians Zac Brown Band and Country icon Alan Jackson, and recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, and Ronnie's Place in Nashville, TN, with all songs written solely by Smith.  

Born and raised in the bucolic town of Jefferson, Ga., just a few miles northwest of the musical hotbed of Athens, Corey has carved out a successful career by writing and singing not about the idealized Country imagery of trucks and bonfires, but by depicting truthfully the experience of growing up far from big-city sidewalks.


“Country music is all those things that art is supposed to be. It’s populist, it’s infectious and, most importantly, it’s about people,” says Smith. “So Country music should be about artists holding a mirror back to themselves to reflect what they’re experiencing in their own little towns.”
Clearly, Country fans feel the same way. Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is. He has also previously released nine albums—including 2011’s Top 20 release The
Broken Record
—all written and produced by Smith himself
. And his concerts, documented on 2012’s live release, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.” Smith already has an extensive list of tour dates planned for early 2015 to support While the Gettin’ Is Good

Sugar Hill’s General Manager and Senior Vice President Cliff O’Sullivan
, says, “Over the past twelve years Corey Smith has been building an incredibly loyal following all over the country. We are delighted to welcome him to Sugar Hill.”
Sugar Hill is thrilled to join Smith’s team, and be a part of his tenth album release While the Gettin’ Is Good
 
Pictured above (from l-r): Kendall Durkee - The Collective Office Administrator, Craig Dunn - The Collective Manager, Brinson Strickland - President of The Collective, Cliff O’Sullivan - Sugar Hill General Manager andSenior Vice President, Rachel Cunningham - The Collective Manager, Corey Smith,  Megan McNair - Sugar Hill Director of Marketing and Media Relations,  David Newmark - Sugar Hill Senior Director Promotion and Field Marketing, Ashley Moyer - Sugar Hill Manager of Artist and Media Relations, Shannon Blauer - Sugar Hill Manager of Marketing Administration, Cass Scripps - APA Booking Agent
 
 

2015/02 8:39 AM
Todd Michaels Promoted to Afternoon Drive

Night host Todd Michaels is moving to afternoon drive at Beasley's The Coyote 102.8 KCYE/Las Vegas.  Michaels will begin his new shift on Monday, February 23 and report to KCYE PD Kris Daniels.

Michaels joined the station last December.  Prior to that he had hosted, produced and written syndicated shows for Westwood One, Radio Express, Premiere Networks and TeshMedia.  As the newly-appointed KCYE afternoon host, he fills the vacancy that was left by Cadillac Jack who was relocated to Beasley's WQYK/Tampa-St. Petersburg.  This is a return to Vegas as he worked for KWNR-FM and KSNE-FM from 2000-2003.

Michaels said, "A big thanks to Kris Daniels and Beasley Media Group VP and Market Manager Tom Humm for making this possible. They are true visionaries with a passion for the local community.  The entire Beasley Las Vegas team has been incredibly helpful and supportive; they are a great group or people."

Commenting on the promotion, Kris Daniels says, "Todd Michaels is a perfect fit for The Coyote.  His natural abilities behind the microphone, his knowledge of, and commitment to, the Las Vegas community and his past accomplishments with Beasley Media Las Vegas made this decision an easy one. Did I mention that Todd sounds incredible on the air? We are excited to make him a bigger part of The Coyote!”
 
Congratulate Todd Michaels at 702-730-0300 and  /Blog/ .
 


 

2015/02 8:05 AM
Sandra Westerman Joins Sandbox Entertainment

Sandra Westerman has joined Sandbox Entertainment where she will continue to work as the day-to-day manager for Faith Hill who signed a deal with Sandbox in September.

Westerman has been Hill's day-to-day manager since 1994 and handles her corporate sponsorships, projects including Sunday Night Football and Nashville Rising.  She has over 25 years of music business experience and has worked with ICM and APA in Los Angeles. She has worked in artist management with Borman Entertainment.

Get in touch with her here .
 

2015/02 7:58 AM
Brad Paisley Teams with Guinness and Leary Fire Fighters Foundation

Brad Paisley has partnered with Guinness USA and the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) to release a series of limited-edition, firefighter-inspired-shirts to honor firefighters everywhere.

These t-shirts will be available for $20 donation at more than thatn 1700 in-bar events held across the country and at www.GunnessGivesBack.com.  They are now available through St. Patrick's Day.  All net proceeds will go towards the LFF to provide funding and resources for fire departments across the country.  It will help in paying for equipment, technology and training necessary for the health and well-being of firefighters.

“My father was a volunteer firefighter and showed me at an early age the sacrifices made every day by firefighters and how important what they do is to their communities,” said Paisley, who gave some artistic input on one t-shirt’s design. “I’m so excited to be a part of the Guinness initiative knowing their work with the LFF has such an impact on the safety, effectiveness and overall lives of firefighters.”




 

2015/02 7:53 AM
Toby Keith to Be Inducted To The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed songwriter of his era and he is now being inducted into the Songwrtiers Hall of Fame.  From his first number one "Should've Been A Cowboy" to "How Do You Like Me Now?!,"  "As Good As I Once Was," "I Love This Bar" and "Beer For My Horses," his success is strongly due to his songwriting, which includes having written a number one song for 20 consecutive years.

He has been honored with the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction and is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. His albums have sold more than 40 million copies, and his tours have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last 14 years.  He is set to continue on the road with the Toby Keith Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series which will begin in May 2015. 

Toby will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with other musicians including Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon and the Grateful Dead writing duo of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia.

"I write songs everyday. When someone writes their own things, to me they release their character in their music and that character shines through in all their songs. It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. It means the world to me and it is the only award that I will display on my desk."  Toby Keith

"P.S.-And it was mostly hard rhymes."

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2015/02 7:46 AM
Scott and Stu Head to KASH

Scott Dooley and Bill Stewart know as Scott and Stu on iHeartMedia's Top 40 KGOT/Anchorage are moving across the hall.  They will be taking over mornings on sister Country KASH starting Monday February 23. They will be taking the place of Jimmy O'Brien who left the station in December.

On KASH's Facebook page, the station posted "The past few months we have been searching high and low for a new morning show to bring to you on KASH Country 107.5.  Well, we found them right here in Alaska...So, get ready Alaska, starting next Monday at 5 am a new chapter begins with Scott an Stu Mornings on KASH Country 107.5!"

 



 

2015/02 7:37 AM
Mitch Morgan To Do Afternoons on WMBZ

WMBZ, 92.5 Buzz Country/West Bend-Milwaukee has named Mitch Morgan their new afternoon (working 2-6 pm CT) personality. Morgan has been in the Milwaukee radio market for 33 years most of which was spent at iHeartMedia Country WMIL.  Morgan's resume also includes stops in Miami and NYC.

As was reported here, WMBZ  has recently rebranded.

I'm truly excited about my new opportunity to work with (Magnum Media owner) owner Dave Magnum and his family at Magnum's West Bend/Racine cluster," said Morgan. "The group now owns 19 radio stations in Wisconsin from shore to shore, LaCrosse on the Mississippi River to Milwaukee-area stations on Lake Michigan. Dave is bullish on the future of radio, and so am I."



 

2015/02 7:28 AM
Ginny Harmon Leaves KKGO/LA

KKGO, Go Country/Los Angeles is shuffling their on-air lineup.  Evening personality Paul Freeman will move to afternoons following the departure of Ginny Harman (left) yesterday (2/18)..  This is a return to afternoons for   Freeman as he's been there since the launch of KKGO in 2007.

Harman has been with the station for seven years and was joined by Larry Morgan for nights in October.  He was moved from mornings when Graham Bun and Debra Mark took over.  After a month together Harmon and Morgan were promoted to afternoons, swapping shifts with Freeman in December.

Morgan left KKGO last January to join crosstown Oldies/Adult Hits KRTH for APD/swing duties.

Harman said to LARadio.com, "If you know anyone looking for a fun, Harley-riding, cat-loving talent, please let me know!  Will back-sell for food! LOL!"

2015/02 7:21 AM
Rascal Flatts Announcer A $150,000 CMA Foundation Grant

Rascal Flatts announced a CMA Foundation grant of $150,000 to the national non-profit "Little Kids Rock" yesterday.  

They were at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles.  The school is one of nearly 1300 public schools across the country supported by "Little Kids Rock, which donates teacher training, instruments and educational resources to public schools who face elimination of music programs due to budget cuts. 

"With all three of us having children ourselves, organization like "Little Kids Rock" really resonate with us," said Joe Don Rooney. "To be able to give back to young music makers and do it with our friends at the CMA Foundation is really humbling and the best part of what we do."

2015/02 7:10 AM
Bobby Bones Partners With Ask Anything

Sounds a bit risky to us, but The  Bobby Bones Show has partnered with Ask Anything, a chat platform created to maximize an artist's social media fanbase through exclusive interviews to Country music fans across the country.  The Bobby Bomes Show will connect wtih Ask Anything's fan-driven video chats with today's top Country artists and bands by driving awarement, on-air, online and across social media. In addition, www.bobbybones.com will now host these exclusive, candid converations featuring fan-submitted questions.

Bobby Bones will host his first chate with Dierks Bentley on Tuesday, March 3 at 9 a.m. EST.  Fans can tuen in to the video chat on www.BobbyBones.com to see if their questions get answered.  Kip Moore and Cannan Smith are also scheduled to participate on March 3.

We love any opportunity to get our listeners closer to the artists, and Ask Anything is another great opportunity," said Bones.


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2015/02 7:57 AM
Conclave 40 To Take Place July 16-17 Minneapolis At Park Place

Conclave 40 has been set at the Doubletree Minneapolis Park Place on July 16-17.  The Keynote Address and panel members have yet to be announced, but overall The Conclave will be focusing on fine-tuning each station's on-air product, ways to innovate beyond "commercial" hours, how to operate digital and social platforms effectively, examples of how your other stations are managing a media brand in a very busy landscape, all of course, with fewer resources to get it done.

"The Conclave is not just an organization that holds a radio gathering, it’s a mission,” Conclave Chair Lori Lewis said. “And Conclave takes our mission seriously; to give everyone access to the different, incredible minds in the business, showcasing today’s managers, programmers, sales leaders, and talent that are creating unique ways to ensure our brand’s stay in the hearts and minds of the fans.

The presenters who have been confirmed include Edison Research Founder/President Larry Rosin, who will share Edison's Share of Ear study, Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs, who will reveal Techsurvey 11 results, and a Speed Mentoring Breakfast including CBS Radio SVP/Programming Jim Ryan, NRG Media President/CEO Mary Quass, Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Ginny Morris, Cmulus Media SVP Mike McVay and All Access.com President/Publisher Joel Denver.

For further information go to http://www.theconclave.com/

 
 

2015/02 7:57 AM
Garth and Trisha To Host ACM Lifting Lives "One NIght, Two Cities, All Music"

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will host the first-ever ACM Lifting Lives "One Night, Two Cities, All Music" fundraising gala on Friday, April 17.
 
The gala will consist of two shows that will take place in two places--The Omni Dallas Hotel and the Ft. Worth Zoo.  The Dallas gala will feature Lady Antebellum and a special performance by Hunter Hayes.  The Ft. Worth Zoo will feature Keith Urban and a special performance by Little Big Town.  Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell will join Brooks and Yearwood to co-host the Ft. Worth gala.
 
The funds raised will go to seven Texas-based organizations including Garth's charity, Teammates for Kids and the Child Life Zones in Children's Hellth of Dallas and Cook Children's of Ft. Worth. 
 
"The Academy has an almost 50-year history of charitable giving and wonderful relationships with Garth and Trisha," said ACM CEO Bob Romeo.  "When Garth called about hosting this event, it was the culmination of years of heard work, and furthers the missions of our organizations--healing through the power of music, and improving lives by connecting fans, artist and the industry."

For more information on the gala contact ACM Lifting Lives at /Blog/
 
 

2015/02 7:53 AM
Claire Petrie To Appear on "Music Under The Stars"

Up-and-comer Claire Petrie has been signed to appear on  "Music Under The Stars" in Pompano Beach, Fl this July.

Petrie's new smash single on Playback Records "(C'est la Vie") You Never Can Tell has broken in England, France, Spain and has just been added to Top Country Hits playlists in Mexico, Uraguay and fourteen other countries. The single will be shipped to US radio on Friday (2/20).

2015/02 7:50 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Promotions

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has promoted several members of its executive team.

Sharon Brawner, VP/Sales and Marketing, Nina Burghard, VP/Financial Servcies and Operations and Carolyn Tate, VP/Museum Services have all been promoted to SVPs of their division.  Jo Ellen Drennon McDowell has been upped to VP Events Manager.  She previously held the position of Sr. Director/Events Management.

“Each of these leaders has been with us for over 12 years and each has watched her responsibilities and staff sizes grow beyond any of our wildest dreams," said Museum Dir. Kyle Young. "To have the stability of our core senior team and our new VP/Development, Lisa Purcell, working in lock-step with each other, we’re realizing a new era of opportunity.”



 

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