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2014/10 3:01 AM
Nielsen Findings Show Young Listeners Pushing Country Music's Success

Taylor Swifts’s new album, "1989," is on track to sell 1 million copies by the end of its first week. The album is big news for the young artist, especially since it marks her official cross-over into pop after years of walking the tightrope of the Country music genre with her songs. Swift is not alone according to the Nielsen blog.

Sam Hunt, who has written hits for Country stars including Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, has seen the first hit "Leave the Night On" on his full-length debut album, MONTEVALLO, climb the BILLBOARD Top 100 singles chart. And music is crossing both ways. The upcoming November 5, 2014, TV broadcast of the CMA Awards will include performances from pop stars Ariana Grande as well as Meghan Trainor.

This is not a new trend. Country found its way to the pop charts many times over the past 50 years. These days, however, different genres are topping today’s charts, including rap and hip-hop, among others.

Similar to today's pop music fan base, which include women and young adults under 44 years old, many current Country listeners are young. Modern Country music audiences includes fans of artists such as CARRIE UNDERWOOD, RASCAL FLATTS and TAYLOR SWIFT, skews toward women under 49 years old. Meanwhile, Millennial males listen more to “Traditional Country Music,” from artists like Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, than the general population.

Radio wise, Country's loyal listeners also skew young. Country is the top national format among Millennials (aged 18-34) and Generation X’ers (aged 35-49). Over the last two years the audience share has grown 17% with teens (12-17 year-olds).
However, Country music has mass appeal. Among Boomers (aged 50-64), it’s the second most popular national format after News/Talk radio. The cross-over appeal of Country and Pop music extends the music beyond the typical audience.

As the younger audience increases, Country music's popularity is growing. Country is the #1 format radio genre in the U.S., and its audience has increased by 17% since 2006. This is what that means, a 15.2% share of all listening as of Spring 2014, that translates to 69.7 million listeners that tune into Country radio each week in the U.S. 

2014/10 2:55 AM
Kix Brooks Hits The Road For “Steak Out” Special Airing On Cooking Channel This Sunday

Multi-faceted entertainer Kix Brooks  is gearing up for his new Cooking Channel special, “Steak Out with Kix Brooks,” premiering this Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7:00P CT. Brooks is hitting the road on his tour bus to discover some of the country’s best restaurants in Chicago, Louisville and Nashville. This wildly entertaining culinary road trip promises to deliver on big steaks, big laughs and a prime cut of Americana.

“It doesn’t matter where you are in the country, steakhouses are in every small town to big city,” said Brooks. “I really think that local steakhouses say a lot about the personality of their community, so this show was a great way to get to know a few towns and their people better over a great steak dinner and a glass of wine."   

As one-half of country music’s most successful duo of all time, Kix Brooks continues his career as a solo touring/recording artist while simultaneously exploring new paths. Brooks, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the most versatile guys in Country music,” recently added lead acting credits and film producer to his already impressive resume that also includes three CMA
National Broadcast Personality of The Year winner for American Country Countdown, hosting Kickin It with Kix radio show five nights and regular columnist for Country Weekly.

2014/10 2:37 AM
Lady Antebellum Celebrate # 1 Hit "Bartender" In Nashville

Lady Antebellum and Rodney Clawson celebrated their multi-week No. one and Platinum certified "Bartender" yesterday with a Halloween themed party at the newly opened City Winery. Friends and family gathered to honor the writers for their smash hit and lead single off the trio's fifth studio album 747, which marked the ninth No. one of their career and Clawson's 15th chart-topper.
Photo L to R: Rodney Clawson, Leslie Roberts (BMI), Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Tim Fink (SESAC), Dave Haywood, Michael Martin (ASCAP) and Mike Dungan (UMG).

2014/10 2:00 AM
​Jimmy Wayne’s Book, Paper Angels, Becomes An Original Movie

Actor Rustin Gresiuk, Jimmy Wayne
Actor Rustin Gresiuk &Jimmy Wayne
Jimmy Wayne’s 2011 Christmas book, Paper Angels, is now an original movie, and will premiere on the UP network on November 16th, 2014 at 7:00 pm ET.  Howard Books will reissue the book on November 4th, featuring a refreshed cover that ties into the movie.

“Having my book become a movie is something I had always hoped would happen,” Wayne said.  “It’s an inspirational story, and one I hope will encourage people to keep in mind those children who have so little, not just during Christmas, but throughout the year.”

Wayne, who was himself a recipient of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program as a child, has a small role in the movie.   Observant viewers will note the denim jacket he carries – he wore the same jacket in his music video for the hit song “Paper Angels.”  It was given to him when he was a homeless teenager, living on the streets in North Carolina.

“I’ve always kept that jacket, just to remind myself of what my life was like back then,” Wayne said. “It was a hard life, but it helped me get to where I am today.”

In the movie Paper Angels, abused wife Lynn (Josie Bissett) leaves her alcoholic husband Darryl, with her two kids, Thomas and Sara, and moves to another town where she works as a waitress to make ends meet.  In that same town, we meet Kevin (Matthew Settle), whose marketing & design  company is on the brink of shutting down due to the economyPlus, Kevin’s wife Jenny is in a difficult pregnancy with twins.  Thomas starts a new school and becomes the target of a bully who is threatened by how well Thomas plays basketball.  Unable to join the high school team, Thomas goes to the community center where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games.  Little do they know the tremendous impact they will have on each other’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree ProgramInspired by the hit Country Christmas song featured in the movie, “Paper Angels,” by Country music star Jimmy Wayne and the same-titled book by Wayne with Travis Thrasher.  Wayne also has written and performed two new songs for the film.  Stars: Matthew Settle (“Gossip Girl”) and Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”).

2014/10 9:07 AM
Good Morning America To Broadcast Live From Nashville

ABC's "Good Morning America" will broadcast live from Nashville next Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 7 a.m. (ET). This is in anticipation of the 48th Annual CM Awards next Wednesday.

"What a great way to kick start the biggest night of the year for Country music, by having two of our top nominees jump-start the day on 'Good Morning America,'" commented CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.

Keith Urban will perform live for the "Good Morning America" audience and Miranda Lambert will stop by to talk with chief meterologist Ginger Zee and contributor Tim Tebow.  

Tebow will be doing hosting duties on the red carpet prior to the awards.



2014/10 8:58 AM To Feature Natalie Stovall and the Drive

Natalie Stovall and the Drive will be a part of a five-part digital series called "On the Road to the CMA Awards."  The show will be hosted by Stovall and will give fans a "behind the scenes" look at a day in the life of different Country artists as the CMA Awards approaches.  

The show is currently airing on "On The Road To the CMA Awards" will follow new artists as they prepare for the big night.  Leading up to the award show Stovall will create a backstage experience with fans to interview some of the artists in the JC Penney Lounge.  

The group will also have the own in-show moment when their first national television commerical airs for JC Penney during the telecast.  

"JC Penney encouraged us to be ourselves, which gave us the opportunity to do what we do best - to play our music and to have some good old fun - not to mention that they styled us with some really cool looking duds for the entire shoot!"

Streaming content, interviews, and pre-awards footage are all available online via

2014/10 8:42 AM
Albright O'Malley & Brenner Set Date For Pre-CRS Seminar

Consultants Albright & O'Malley & Brenner have announced that they will be holding their 21st Annual Pre-CRS Seminar on February 25 which will include the "Roadmap 2015" perceptual study.  

This will be the 10th edition of "Roadmap" that will look at trends in music, digital consumption, social networking and more. The data has been collected from Country P1s in the US and Canada.

“Over the past years our presenters have included branding experts, talent coaches, researchers and even a politician,” said Mike O'Malley. “It’s a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that help set the stage for CRS.”

The Pre-Semianr is free and open to all clients as well as those broadcasters in non-competitive situations.  RSVP here.


2014/10 8:41 AM
JJ Country 94.5 New Country Station in Vermont

Vermont Broadcast Associates has signed on a new country station.  Country WJJZ in Irasburg, VT is now branded as JJ Country 94.5.
According to Owner/GM Bruce James the station's music will emphasize a new Country mix.
"We've been getting many requests from Coutnry music listeners to build a radio station that can be heard where they work, travel and live, that plays popular Country music," said James.  This FM radio station on 94.5 is the answer to their wishes."
No word yet on staffing and currently the station is running jockless and is focusing on music.  It is operating with 6 kw at 30.1 meters and covers the Newport, VT metro.


2014/10 8:34 AM
Forcht To Buy Three Commonwealth Stations

Forcht is buying three stations from Commonwealth.  The stations are in Campbellsville and Greensburg, KY.  The sale includes Country WGRK.

The sale is pending FCC approval.

2014/10 8:24 AM
Jeff Andrews to Join WRTB/The Bull

Cumulus Top 40 WZRR/Birmingham PD Jeff Andrews will join Midwest's WRTB, The Bull/Rockford, IL.  He will be PD ane will take over his new position on November 3.

Andrews' resume includes time in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville and Chicago.  The station has been running without air talent since it flipped in February.

"In many ways, this is like the old Cold War days where we just went and bought a MiG-15 fighter jet," says GM Mike Paterson.

Reach Andrews here.


2014/10 8:11 AM
Country Jam To Add Keith Urban

Keith Urban has been added as a headliner for the 24th Annual Country Jam festival at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, CO.  The festival is scheduled for June 18-21, 2015.

He will be joined by Tim McGraw and The Band Perry.

Tickets are available now for Country Jam 2015.  General admision tickets starts at $130 for a 4-day pass with Silver and Gold passes also available. For more ticket information go to

“We’re so excited to add Keith Urban to this year’s lineup at Country Jam,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President of Live Events for Townsquare Media, Inc., the owner of Country Jam.  “While we continue to invest in all of the aspects of the festival experience, we’re focused first and foremost on making sure the best country music in the world is on our stage in Grand Junction.”

For more general information goto or go to Country Jam 2015 on Facebook or follow @CountryJamCO on twitter.


2014/10 3:45 AM
Justin Tyler Joins Townsquare/Ft. Collins, CO

Great Eastern Director/Programming Justin Tyler is joining Townsquare Media/Ft Collins, CO as OM for Townsquare Media-Northern Colorado, while doubling as Brand Manager for Country KUAD/K99 and Rock KMAX.

Tyler posted on his Facebook page yesterday (10/29), “For the last five years, I have worked with some of the best people in the business. From programming, to sales, to traffic/administrative, Great Eastern Radio renewed my passion for this crazy business. I am super-excited about this opportunity and looking forward to living in that part of the country. Also looking forward to continuing the success that K99 has had over the years.”

He begins his new duties Monday, November 10th and takes over for George King, who left Townsquare/Ft Collins to work with Westwood One as VP/Programming in September.

Great Eastern has not announces any plans for his successor.

2014/10 3:33 AM
​'Global Music Rights' Launched By Irving Azoff To Take On ASCAP And BMI

The New York Times is reporting, a new music publishing venture has launched, led by former Live Nation Chairman Irving Azoff. He says it will, "challenge the $2 billion market for performing rights dominated by ASCAP and BMI." The company, Global Music Rights, is part of Azoff MSG Entertainment, a joint venture established last year with the Madison Square Garden Company.

Currently, ASCAP and BMI, represent over 95% of the songs available in the US. Those two organizations, "are governed by decades-old regulatory agreements with the Justice Department that restrict how they negotiate with outlets that use music. Recently some big music publishers have complained that these rules lead to low royalty rates, and threatened to leave ASCAP and BMI if regulatory changes were not made," according to The Times.
“I vowed when I started this company that I was going to take care of artists,” Azoff told the paper. “So I tried to identify places where I felt that artists were not getting a fair deal, and the performance rights area jumped out at me. It was a place where I felt I could help our writers.”

Global Music Rights is claiming it can collect royalties up to 30% higher from radio stations and webcasters than are currently paid by ASCAP and BMI.

The Times continues article continues, "on Monday, the Madison Square Garden Company, which has committed $175 million in backing to Azoff MSG Entertainment, said it would consider splitting itself into two companies, one for its sports properties and the other for entertainment. MSG declined to comment about the future of Mr. Azoff’s venture. But if MSG is split, Azoff MSG Entertainment is expected to remain part of the entertainment unit."

2014/10 2:50 AM
Marshall Tucker Band Lead Singer Doug Gray Makes Stop In Nashville For CMA Visit

On Tuesday, October 21, Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray made a pit stop in Nashville
to promote the iconic southern rock group's newly released vintage live album, Live! From Englishtown.  
Gray stopped by the CMA offices to meet staff members and deliver copies of the album.

Live! From Englishtown is available now and is distributed nationally through Sony Red.

Photo ID - Left to right back row:  
Brandi Simms, Mary Gellott, Brenden Oliver, Angela Brown, Justin Randall,
Kris Kennedy, Mary Ann Dicks, Ken Sanderson
 Left to right front row: 
Chris Crawford, Mandi Naylor, Mechalle Myers, Doug Gray, Diane Enright, Ben Balch, 
Don Murry Grubbs

Photo credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

2014/10 10:12 AM
Tracy Lawrence To Host Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence

Tracy Lawrence will host "Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence" a three-hour, weekly syndicated show with music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. The show will also include special guests and audience interaction.

The project is a a collaborative effort between Compass Media Networks, Lawrence Music Group and Silverfish Media.

Programming vet and consultant Becky Brenner of Albright & O'Malley & Brenner will handle music with Patrick Thomas, Silverfish Director/Programming serving as producer.


2014/10 9:58 AM
Nashville No-Shave Participants Kickoff Photo Scheduled

Those soon-to-be hairy beasts participating in the Nashville-area No Shave November for St. Jude Kids are invited to "say  cheese" on Friday for the kickoff photo.  

The pictures will be taken at the CMA  (1 Music Circle S) at 9 a.m. Friday, October 31.  

If you are unable to attend please register teams and individuals now at  

2014/10 9:44 AM
Keymarket and Forever Broadcasting To Merge

Keymarket and Forever Broadcasting will merge into FM Radio Licenses, LLC.  The applications were filed this week with the FCC for transfer for 40 stations and a translator. It will all become effective December 31.

Keymarket's Country stations include WBGI and WOGH/Wheeling, WV , WOGI & WOGG/Pittsburgh.  Forever's include WFGI/Johnstown, PA, WFGE/State College, PA, WWGY/Grove City, PA and WGYY & WGYI/Erie, PA.

The intent, according to the owners is to "accomlish family financial planning and a redistribution of voting shares and equity." 

2014/10 9:05 AM
Vince Gill to Receive BMI Icon Award

Vince Gill will receive the prestigious BMI Icon Award at the 2014 BMI Country Awards on November 4 at BMI Nashville in Nashville.

The industry will honor Gill on with an all-star music tribute as well as present the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year crystals.  

BMI President and CEO Mike O'Neill will host the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Publisher Relations, Nashville, and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

2014/10 8:05 AM
Luke Sets Record Numbers With Tour

Luke Bryan has come in off the road wrapping up his 2014 "That's My Kind of Night Tour" with amazing numbers.

The tour hit 77 cities in luding four sold-out stadium shows with a total in attendance of 225,000.  He also did two Spring break shows in Panama City Beach, FL and the Farm Tour this fall adding to his attendance numbers for a total of 1.7 million. 

He also sold out Madison Square Garden twice and was the first Country artist to play Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

We have enjoyed seizing the moment every day on this tour," remarked Bryan.  "We've played all types of shows this year.  It's just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadium shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first time fan who may have never been to a concert until the 'Farm Tour' came to their small rural community.  I am so grateful to everyone on my team from my road crew to my fans that have made this year so amazing!  I'm having the time of my life."

As was previously announced, Bryan will tour this winter on his "That's My Kind of Night Tour" starting in Febraury 2015. He will be joined by Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.

2014/10 8:02 AM
Brantley Gilbert To Join Kenny In Big Revival Tour

Brantley Gilbert will be joining Kenny Chesney in  his "The Big Revival Tour" in 2015.  He will be a part of 15 shows during the tour next year.

Chesney had announced that he would be bringing in various support acts throughout his 55 show tour. As was previously reported, Jason Aldean will be joining him for ten shows.

"When you co-headline a tour with JASON ALDEAN, you've gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front," said Chesney.  "When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley's a part of, he's the man for the job.  He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock -- and he's not afraid to push the rest of us."

"The Big Revival Tour" starts Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Nashville.

2014/10 8:00 AM
Garth Headed to Little Rock

Garth Brooks has announced that another stop on his world tour will be Little Rock, AR on Friday, December 12 and Satruday, December 13.

Shows will be held at the Verizon Arena located in North Little Rock.  Currently the shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) but given the history, Garth may add more shows as tickets sell out.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.  There will be an eight ticket limit. Go to or for more information.

2014/10 7:08 AM
​First Ever Country Music Festival Set For New York City

Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley Set To Headline The New Festival

Tickets On Sale Next Week
Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment announced today during a press conference that they will launch the first-ever Country music festival in New York City.  FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26-28, 2015 and will feature Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley at the top of the all-star lineup.  

The first additional artists to be announced for the three-day festival include Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe, Randy Houser, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam with more to be revealed over the coming weeks.  Three-day passes start at $225 (plus applicable service charges and fees) and go on-sale Thurs., Nov 6 at 10 AM EST.  Fans will also have the option to upgrade to VIP three-day packages with access to Skyline Lounge featuring skyline views, private bars and more. For more information and pricing information, visit:
FarmBorough comes from the creators of premier country music festivals Watershed, Faster Horses and Route 91 Harvest, in partnership with Founders Entertainment, the force behind the ever-popular Governors Ball Music Festival.  Together they will bring an unrivaled list of country's most popular acts to the heart of New York City, as well as highlight some undiscovered talent with the "Next From Nashville" stage. 

“We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now.  We have the perfect partner in Founders and the perfect location on Randall's Island to really bring fans and artists something special," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. “New York City is a global destination.  Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best Country music acts too."

Co-founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz said. "We're thrilled to bring our hometown of New York City its first-ever Country music festival.  This has been many years in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to launch FarmBorough in June. Brian O'Connell and his team at Live Nation are the ideal partners for this venture, and together we form a festival dream team.  With Governors Ball, and now FarmBorough, New York City is host to premier, world class, music festivals." 

2014/10 4:00 AM
Bobby Bones & His Raging Idiots Help America’s Finest

Syndicated Country air personality Bobby Bones and his band, The Raging Idiots, rocked two sold-out benefit concerts in Albuquerque, NM and El Paso, TX. It raised their total charitable donations to nearly $600,000.

On October 24th, Bones and the band played to a packed house with special guest Lindsay Ell at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque.  Presented by Big I 107.9, the concert benefited Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter.

Then on October 25th, the band played a special show for U.S. soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso followed by a concert for 96.3 KHEY Country at the Sunland Park Casino, which benefited Wounded Warriors Project.

2014/10 2:45 AM
Radio Advertising Bureau Elects New Officers And Directors

Hartley Adkins
Hartlet Adkins
Hartley Adkins, EVP Major Markets of iHeartMedia, Inc. Elected RAB Board Chair. 

The Radio Advertising Bureau  held its annual Board of Directors Meeting in Baltimore, October 21-22. During the meeting a new slate of officers were elected, along with new incoming directors.

RAB Officers include:
Hartley Adkins, EVP Major Markets of iHeartMedia, RAB Board Chair
Ginny Morris, Chair/CEO, Hubbard Radio, RAB Vice Chair
Kim Guthrie, EVP/Radio, COX Media Group, RAB Finance Chair
Steve Newberry, Pres./CEO, Commonwealth Broadcasting, RAB Secretary
Bud Walters, Founder/Pres., The Cromwell Group, Immediate Past Chair

Newly Elected Directors:
Drew Horowitz, Pres./COO, Hubbard Radio
Bill McElveen, EVP/Southern Region, Alpha Media
Steve Wexler, EVP, Journal Broadcast Group

RAB President/CEO Erica Farber notes, "We are thrilled to have Hartley Adkins at the helm of the RAB Board of Directors. Hartley's experience at iHeartMedia, Inc. provides the RAB and the Board a tremendous strategic advantage as we continue to serve and advocate for the radio industry. We also must thank Bud Walters for his guidance, leadership and service over these last two years. He has ensured a smooth transition with Hartley Adkins and will continue to be an ally to the RAB and to our industry."

2014/10 2:06 AM
Legendary Restless Heart Performs 29 Shows at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas

Dinner Shows November 20 Through Christmas Day

Restless Heart  and Gaylord Opryland Resort announced the official dates for A Season of Harmony Dinner Show.  Beginning on November 20 and continuing through Christmas Day, Restless Heart will perform a total of 29 live dinner shows as part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.

Known for chart-toppers like "The Bluest Eyes in Texas," "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)" and "When She Cries," the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as fan-favorite hits.

"We are excited to be the artist-in-residence at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas," says Restless Heart's Dave Innis.  "We'll be doing nearly 30 shows starting November 20 through Christmas Day.  That's the most Christmas shows in Restless Heart's 30 year history!  We'll be coming out to say 'hi' and sign autographs after each show and we hope to see all of our great fans."
Larry Stewart notes, "We are honored to be the first band to be a part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.  Folks can expect to hear music from our new Christmas album as well as our hit songs."

Restless Heart's A Season of Harmony Dinner Show will be held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel's Tennessee Ballroom.  Each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland's award-winning chefs. 

For ticket information and a full schedule of shows, visit
*Photo Courtesy of Restless Heart

2014/10 10:20 AM
Hunter Hayes to Kick Off CMA Week With Free Concert

Hunter Hayes will kick off the 48th Annual CMA Awards week in Nashville with a free concert on November 3 at 10 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

The concert is part of his involvement with the USO's "Every Moment Counts" campaign.  The show will be presented by WSIX, the Big 98/Nashville and will honor Sgt. First Class Tyler Arnold and his family who will be in attendance with other service men and women who are stationed in nearby Ft. Campbell.

SFC Arnold has been deployed six times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He will be recognized by the USO for his service, sacrifice and strength during the times he missed with his wife and two young daughters.

Dan + Shay and The Railers will join Hayes for the show.  For more info go to

2014/10 9:59 AM
Revolution Pictures, Country Outfitter And Wrangler Offering The Ultimate Country Fan Experience

Warner Music Nashville has partnered with Music City Loft,  Country Outfitter and Wrangler and Revolution Pictures to offer the Ultimate Country Fan Experience for the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Fans are being asked by Country Outfitters to share their story via Instagram to be named the "Ultimate Country Music Fan." 

They will win a trip to Nashville for the award show, act as a "Blue carpet" correspondent leading up to the awards, receive a two-night stay at Music City Loft and have VIP guest passes to the labels after the party.  Learn more here.

2014/10 9:41 AM
Harley Davidson Joins WCOY/Quincy, IL

Radio vet Harley Davidson has returned to the business after being gone for 12 years.  He has joined Staradio Country WCOY, Coyote Country/Quincy, IL and will be doing middays.

Davidson has worked afternoons at XHCR/San Diego when it was Country.   

2014/10 9:14 AM
"Johnny V" Clements OM in Clarksburg

West Virginia Raido Corp has named "Johnny V" Clements OM of their Clarksburg operation including Country WBRB, 101.3 The Bear and Hot AC WWLW, Magic 106.5. He begins his position on Monday, November 3.

"We have the goal of having a superior programming and execution specialist leading the operation, and in Johnny we have found a successful candidate with the track record to lead our group," said GM John Halford.

 "What a privilege it is to have an opportunity to lead these award winning stations and work alongside West Virginia Radio Corp's legendary team of programmers and personalities," commented Clements.


2014/10 8:52 AM
Rick Baumgartner- Gone In A Puff Of Smoke

Industry vet Rick Baumgartner is leaving the business after 26 years.  He has taken a position as Regional Premium Cigar Sales Rep for Nat Sherman International.

"It just felt like it was time," he says. "I love cigars, I've been giving cigars to radio for 20 years and I'm passionate about it. It was the right fit." 

Baumgartner posted on his Facebook page over the weekend,“Most of you are aware of my passion for cigars and I am excited to be given this incredible opportunity. There are so many memories made through the years that I will take with me forever. Thanks for all the adds, conversions, dinners, shows, station visits and conference room performances. There isn’t enough space to name each one of you individually, but just know, you will always be a part of me and I appreciate everything we accomplished during my 26 years. Continued success to you all.”

Baumgartner is the former Hitshop Director/National Promotion and has also worked at Black River, Warner Bros., Decca, Atlantic, Broken Bow, Equity and others.  Get in touch with Rick at /Blog/.

2014/10 8:39 AM
More On False EAS Notifications

As was reported here, the Nashville-based Bobby Bones Show set off EAS notifications in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas and Texas on Friday (10/24).  It was part of a bit that aired EAS tones trying to explain the night before during the World Series when EAS tones interrupted the game.  

"This morning there was an inappropriate playing of the national emergency alert notification tones on a syndicated radio broadcast," said FEMA Dir./Public Affairs Rafael Lemaitre in a subsequent statement. "There is not a national emergency. Today's broadcast triggered alert notification in states where the alert has been played. Certain alerts, like the one broadcast today, are designed to be automatically picked up and rebroadcasted by other radio and TV stations. FEMA and the FCC are currently working with broadcasters to determine the full scope of the situation." 

According to iHeartMedia, "The tone should not have aired," says a company spokesperson. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are taking aggressive action to investigate this incident and prevent it from recurring. We deeply regret the error."

FCC could fine iHeartMedia.  They have fined Viacom, NBC Universal and ESPN for $1.9 million earlier this year for airing a promotion for the film "Olympus Has Fallen" that included sounds that sounded like EAS tones.  We'll see.

2014/10 8:26 AM
Condolences to Amy of Bobby Bones Show

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy of the Bobby Bones Show and her family as they mourn the loss of her mother, Judy who passed away yesterday (10/27) after a long battle with cancer.  Judy was talked about frequently on the Bobby Bones Show and inspired the #PIMPINJOY movement.

"With a heavy heart, I have to say that Amy's mom Judy passed away from cancer late last night/this morning," stated Bones on the show's Facebook page.  "She just wanted to bring some sort of joy to other people's lives as she fought her disease.  The same disease that so many of you and your family members have fought and are fighting.  Instead of sending things to the station, we ask that if you would like to #pimpjoy you donate here to St. Jude.  It's a wonderful place that helps so many kids with cancer.  Thank you for all the support."

Amy has requested that donations be made in Judy's honor at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There is also a link on the Bobby Bones Show website.  Services will be held on Saturday (11/1) in Austin, TX.

2014/10 8:08 AM
Deacon Goes to Muncie

WMDH, Nash FM/Muncie, IN has named Top 40 WZPL/Indianapolis' Deacon to mornings.  He takes over for Jeff Sloan who left the station earlier this month. He will be working with Amanda Rollen and Mike Lee will be doing news.  They have been handling the shift since Sloan left the station.

“Hosting a morning show has always been my dream,” said Deacon. “To get that opportunity in this area where my family is from, where I spent a large part of my childhood … why wouldn’t I come to Nash FM?”

Deacon has been with WZPL doing middays for the pst two years.  Prior to that he was with Top 40 WNOU.  


2014/10 3:05 AM
Beasley-CBS Swaps OK’d By FTC, DOJ

The FTC and Department of Justice clear the way for the Beasley-CBS Radio swaps in Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa and Charlotte, with the FTC Friday issuing early termination notices of its anti-trust inquiries in the swaps between the George Beasley Estate Reduction Trust and CBS Corporation Chairman Sumner Redstone.

CBS will be receiving Country WXTU and Top 40/Rhythmic WRDW/Wired 96.5/Philadelphia and Top 40 WPOW/Power 96, Country WKIS, and Sports WQAM-AM/Miami in exchange for CBS Radio's Urban AC WBAV/V101.9, Sports WFNZ-AM/610 AM The Fan, Top 40 WNKS/KISS 95.1 FM, Urban WPEG/Power 98, Country WSOC-FM, AC WKQC/K 104.7 and Sports WBCN-AM/CBS Sports Radio 1660/Charlotte; Sports WHFS-AM/CBS Sports Radio1010 AM, Sports WHFS-F (98.7 THE FAN), Top 40 /Rhythmic WLLD/Wild 94.1, Country WQYK-FM, Classic Hits WRBQ, and Tropical WYUU/Maxima FM/Tampa and Sports WIP-AM/CBS Sports Radio 610 AM.

2014/10 3:05 AM
iHeartMedia Reports Revenue Up Slightly In Third Quarter

iHeartMedia, Inc. third quarter 2014 consolidated revenue rose 3% to $42.5 million, with the iHeartEedia division up just 1% to $831 million, credited to core national broadcast radio, political advertising, and traffic and weather services offset by lower core local radio revenues.
Revenue at the American outdoor division fell 1% to $329.5 million, due to lower national account revenues offsetting higher digital revenues; international outdoor revenues rose 6% to $413.3 million. Consolidated net loss attributable to the Company widened from $102 million to $115 million, but narrowed when considered before income taxes from $166 million to $83 million, credited to higher revenue, lower corporate expenses and a non-cash gain from the swap that added 29 stations from Qantum in exchange for Aloha Trust's AC WALK-AM-FM/Patchogue, Long Island, NY, which ultimately went to Connoisseur Media.

Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said, “This quarter we became ‘iHeartMedia’ to better reflect who we are today -- the leading media and entertainment company in the digital age.  We are a one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company that delivers unparalleled reach, scale and impact while continuing to provide the most live entertainment -- with more content and more events in more places on more devices -- to the industry’s most engaged audiences, wherever they are. And last month, our fourth annual iHeartMedia Music Festival generated more buzz than ever with five billion social media impressions, more than double last year’s total, and on par with the Academy Awards. Our constantly expanding platform of assets enables advertisers and partners to engage seamlessly across all of our diverse media platforms -- broadcast, digital, outdoor, mobile, social and events.”

Pres./CFO Rich Bressler added, “We were pleased to continue to grow overall revenues while tightly managing our expenses through operating efficiencies to generate a 9% growth in OIBDAN this quarter.  We delivered year-over-year increases in revenues and Oibdanat iHeartMedia and our International Outdoor business. Our AMERICAS Outdoor segment continues to improve after coming off of a challenging first half of the year. We also continued to build our financial flexibility with three successful debt refinancing activities during the third quarter, as well as $57.1 million in discounted repurchases of our 2016 and 2018 debt that we have completed in October, further extending our runway and enabling us to keep focusing on our operations and growth.”

2014/10 3:02 AM
​SiriusXM In Third Quarter Scores Record Revenues

SiriusXM reported third quarter 2014 revenue jumping 10% to a record $1.057 billion, with net income up 117% to $136 million (2 cents/diluted share).  Adjusted EBITDA rose 29% to a record $381 million.  In addition, the service added a net of 432,817 subscribers for the quarter, increasing the total by almost 5% to 26.7 million, with self-pay subscriber numbers rising almost 7% to 22 million; subscriber acquisition costs fell 22% to $35, and free cash flow increased per diluted share from 3.9 cents to 4.5 cents.

CEO Jim Meyer said, "We are very pleased with the performance of SiriusXM in the third quarter, and we are entering the fourth quarter with tremendous momentum. So far this year we have added nearly 1.2 million subscribers, grown our Adjusted EBITDA margin by more than five percentage points, and increased free cash flow by 32%."

CFO David Frear stated, "Share repurchases in 2014 total almost $2.1 billion, 2.5 times the $825 million of free cash flow we generated in the first nine months of the year.  With the company's leverage at 3.4 times before the anticipated conversion of our 7% Exchangeable Notes in early December and over $1 billion of undrawn capacity under our revolving credit facility, we retain substantial balance sheet flexibility to continue our capital returns and to capitalize on strategic opportunities that may arise."

The company raised its 2014 revenue, free cash flow and total net subscriber additions guidance and reaffirmed its other financial and subscriber guidance.  The service is looking to add net self-pay subscribers of approximately 1.25 million, add total net subscribers of approximately 1.5 million, reach revenue of approximately $4.150 billion, hit adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.425 billion, and make free cash flow of approximately $1.120 billion.

2014/10 2:00 AM
The Stars Come Out For Tootsie's Birthday Bash on Nov. 12

Broadway Street Party Celebrates 54th Birthday with FREE Concert!
Platinum-selling powerhouse vocalist Randy Houser, multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winner Tracy Lawrence and one half of the fan-favorite Country duo Montgomery Gentry Troy Gentry are the latest additions to the star-studded Tootsie's Orchid Lounge 54th Birthday Bash line-up.
Hosted by America’s Morning Show host Blair Garner, the annual Broadway street party will also feature performances by Terri Clark,Chuck Wicks and Darryl Worley, with even more exciting artist announcements coming soon. “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Annual Birthday Bash” attracts some of the biggest stars in music, including surprise appearances by Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Dierks Bentley, Colt Ford and more. The event, which 

2014/10 1:50 AM
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Entertainer Amber Hayes To release her new 5-track EP, Running Out Of Memories Nov. 4th

The album, which is released through GMV Nashville/A-OK Entertainment, will be available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers. Running Out Of Memories features three new songs that are produced by Bobby Terry, a remix of her previously released tune, “Me & Loretta,” and a new rendition of “Cotton Eyed Joe,” which was in the family-film, Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer.
Hayes comments, “I am so ready to share new music with Country music fans. I've wanted to work with Bobby Terry for a long time and I'm so excited to do so on this project. He has always blown me away with his talent. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent looking for and co-writing these three new songs and I feel like they are just right for me.” 

Running Out Of Memories track listing: 
1.     "Running Out Of Memories" – Amber Hayes, Bill Diluigi, JP Williams
2.     "How Can I Feel" – Rebecca Lynn Howard, Elisha Hoffman, Jody Aaron Friedman
3.     "If I Were In Your Boots" – Adam Fears, John Northrup, Tiffany Jena Babson
4.     "Cotton Eyed Joe" – Dance Remix – Amber Hayes, Charlie Kelly
5.     "Me & Loretta" Remix (re-release) – Amber Hayes, Brady Seals, Brian Eckert 

A lyric video for “Cotton Eyed Joe” can be viewed here.  To preview the new music, visit Hayes' official YouTube page here

Over the past few years, the Oklahoma native has been touring and performing at fairs, festivals and performance venues across the country. She has performed as the opening act for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, and she has entertained fans overseas at military bases and International festivals, including the Country Gold Festival in Japan and the Scandinavian Country Music Festival in Sweden. She has also made multiple appearances performing the national anthem at NFL and NBA games. 

Amber Hayes made her first break at Country radio with her debut EP C’mon in 2010, which landed her two Top 40 singles (“C’mon,” “Wait”) on the nationalMusicRow Country Breakout chart.  In 2012, she released her sophomore album, titled Any Day Is A Good Day, which scored Hayes her first Top 30 record with the album’s title track.   

The multi-talented performer appeared in the major motion picture, Cowgirls N’ Angels. Three of her songs made it into the film, including her duet with Lonestar’s Richie McDonald, “Always There For Me.”  That same year, her music was also featured in four episodes of the hit CW television series, Hart of Dixie. 

No stranger to film, Hayes was also featured in the 2013 documentary Music City U.S.A., which took home the Golden Drover for Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Trail Dance Film Festival. Most recently, Hayes and her music are featured in the Cowgirls ‘N Angels sequel, Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer, which is available digitally, as well as, on Blu-Ray and DVD through Walmart.  

In addition to the release of her new music, Hayes has re-launched her website,  The site features new images, digital spotlights and more. 

2014/10 8:59 AM
Joe Schuld Exits Show Dog

Joe Schuld, Show Dog Universal's Director of Midwest Promo and Marketing is leaving Friday, October 31.  He will be announcing his new position soon.

He has been with the label since May after restructuring at Average Joes Entertainment.  His career includes stops at New Revolution and Columbia where he worked Top 40 promotion.  He also has worked in artist management with Jerrod Niemann and is currently working with Gunnar and The Grizzly Boys.

2014/10 8:51 AM
Jason #1 Again

Congrats to the promo team at Broken Bow Music Group and Jason Aldean as "Burnin' It Down" again hits #1 on the Mediabase Country singles chart.  This is the second consecutive week the song has reached #1.  

The single is off Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt" album that, as was reported here, also debuted at #1 on the all-genre and Country albums chart three weeks ago. This is Aldean's 14th career #1.


2014/10 8:23 AM
Miranda and Carrie Go Platinum

"Somethin' Bad" has done something very, very good!  The duet by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood has been officially certified as a Platinum digital single by RIAA.

The song is also nominated for two CMA Awards in the categories of "Musical Event of the YEar" and "Music Video of hte Year.  It is the second single released off Lambert's "Platinum" album.


2014/10 8:16 AM
Sales At iTunes Store Fall 13%-14%

The music industry continues to change and according to the Wall Street Journal there's more bad news ahead.  

They write "the growing availability of cheap music -- from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans -- is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, Apple Inc. Music sales at Apple's  iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% worldwide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. The decline is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from downloads fell 2.1% in 2013, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry."

Many blame the way listeners get their music and say that the availability of cheap music through streaming on Pandora or subscribing to streaming services such as Spotify eliminate the need to purchase CDs or download and pay for music.  

This helps explain why Apple bought the $10 a month Beats Music streaming service earlier this year.  According to WSJ "Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year as part of iTunes."

Although the record industry's business is stable they are still slowly recovering from the effects of illegal downloads.  The story says that those in the business "worry their industry could lurch back into decline after several years of relative stability, should download sales decline faster than streaming growth accelerates. A key part of that equation, executives say, is persuading enough users of online music services to pay a monthly subscription fee, usually $10 a month, rather than stick with free versions that carry advertising and generate much less revenue for record labels. Spotify offers such a free, ad-supported option; Beats Music doesn't."

How Apple offsets the loss in music sales on iTunes will become apparent soon.  The WSJ adds, "despite the slowing U.S. music sales, Apple reported this week that global iTunes sales -- including movies, apps and books -- increased to $4.6 billion in the third quarter, up from $4.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Apple didn’t break out figures for music sales."

2014/10 8:10 AM
Ryan Fox Hangs with FGL

Over the weekend Westwood One's Ryan Fox, host of "Now With Ryan Fox" on Hot Country and Mainstream Country local formats hung out with Brian and Tyler of Florida Georgia Line.  

Florida Georgia Line are hosting the American Country Countwdown Awards on Fox Monday, December 15. 

2014/10 8:08 AM
George Strait To Perform on CMAs

George Strait, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Years will once again perform on this year's CMA Awards.  This will be his 24th career performance-more than any other artist in CMA Awards history.  

Strait is nominated once again in the category of Entertainer of the Year and is the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83 nominations.  He has 19 nominations and three trophies just for Entertainer of the Year.

Other performers previously announced include Jason AldeanDierks BentleyLuke BryanKenny Chesney,Eric ChurchFlorida Georgia LineLady Antebellum,Little Big TownTim McGrawKacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake SheltonThe Band Perry,  Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban

The show will be televised Wednesday, November 5 on ABC Telelvision.  

2014/10 8:05 AM
Jordan Pettit Hospitalized

Good thoughts and prayers go out to WMN/Team WEA VP/Promo Jordan Pettit who suffered a mini-stroke on Friday (10/24).  He is at St. Thomast Hospital in Nashville and expected to fully recover.

Get in touch with him here. 

2014/10 8:03 AM
Kenny and Jason Aldean To Perform Together Next Summer

Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that they will play 10 stadium shows next summer.  The Burn It Down Tour and the Big Revival Tour will begin in San Francisco at Levi's Stadium on May 2, 2015.

“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney says. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!” 

Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums,” added Aldean.  “When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice.  We have a real friendship.  Don’t get me wrong…that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it easy to follow me every night…he’s gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before!”

The full schedule is:

5/2/15              San Francisco, CA                  Levi’s Stadium
5/16/15            Dallas, TX                             AT&T Stadium
6/20/15            Green Bay, WI                       Lambeau Field
6/27/15            Seattle, WA                            CenturyLink Field
7/18/15            Minneapolis, MN                    Target Field
7/25/15            Pasadena, CA                         Rose Bowl
8/1/15              Kansas City, MO                    Arrowhead Stadium
8/8/15              Denver, CO                            Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/15/15            E. Rutherford, NJ                    MetLife Stadium
8/28/15            Boston, MA                            Gillette Stadium


2014/10 8:00 AM
CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration Ends Friday (10/31)

The deadline for Early Bird registration for CRS 2015 ends Friday, October 31.  The $399 rate will increase to $499 on November 1.  

This is also the deadline to sign up to receive custom liners.  Generic digital liners will be available to all radio registrants.


2014/10 7:00 AM
CRS Early Bird Registration Ends This Friday

CRS 2015 Featured Speaker: Keith Urban
Keith Urban: Being Present is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Radio consistently says Keith Urban is known for "being present." He was one of the first to tear down the walls between the artist and their live audience. Being present has been his calling card. This is very important topic for not only on-air talent and programmers who now have multiple jobs, multiple air shifts, and management responsibilities. It is relevant to everyone in today's business environment who must be proficient in multi-tasking with many individuals. When your life has many different facets you need to manage. It’s how your present in "that moment," with an employee, listener, business colleague, and your audience.  
CRS 2015 Keynote Speaker: Todd Wagner
Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Todd Wagner's motivational address will take place Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

"Country music has grown to become the dominant genre in American radio due in large part to the passion and innovation of CRS and its attendees," Wagner said. "I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a few of the lessons I've learned as a successful entrepreneur."

2014/10 1:22 PM
EAS Code Makes U-Verse Subscribers In Atlanta, Detroit and Austin Mad

Question: Was this EAS code that interrupted the World Series For Viewers in Atlanta, Detroit and Austin caused Bobby Bones? 

iHeartMedia has no comment from anyone. Lots of action this morning and afternoon(10/25) at iHeartMedia/Nashville, due to activation of an EAN (Emergency Action Notification) code to U-Verse subscribers in the Atlanta, Detroit and Austin markets and thought to be accidentally sent by Premiere syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones.


It was the most dramatic point thus far in the World Series and the cable goes to an emergency alert test pattern.  This is only a test of the emergency broadcast alert system. It's just a really poorly timed one.
As it turned out, Infante launched a two-run home run that essentially iced the game for Kansas City. It also frustrated Strickland, who had just allowed his fifth home run in six post season appearances, and he let those frustrations get the best of him. As Salvador Perez rounded the bases ahead of Infante, he took exception to Strickland as he stomped around the mound and apparently uttered some less-than-flattering words. This led to the Royals bench clearing and a few more unflattering words.

The situation died down quickly and resulted in Bruce Bochy removing the 22-year-old right-hander, but it was arguably the most interesting minute or two in the World Series so far. Yet those poor fans were stuck with the message above. Needless to say, they weren't pleased.
MEDIA BISTRO quotes an AT&T statement, saying, “A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) investigation indicates that a nationally syndicated radio show not affiliated with AT&T accidentally sent a message over the National Emergency Alert System. This false message was carried on our network, as well as some other providers. We apologize to our customers.”

The message claiming to be an emergency alert triggered by the White House, told receivers their programming was being re-directed to another channel.

2014/10 11:00 AM
Taylor Swift Knows How To Take Center Stage

The 24-year-old Pop/Country star closed down LA’s Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night (10/25) as she shook the stage for a live outdoor concert on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." 

Swift, wore a skintight pair of black leather pants and a super sparkly crop top, and performed her new Pop hits "Shake It Off" (See it here)  and "Out of the Woods" (see it here)  to a crowd of nearly 15,000 screaming fans on a closed-down section of the infamous street.
Just before Swift’s act that stopped traffic, the superstar sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and discussed her first visit to his show almost 10 years ago.

"Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books the bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him. And he said, 'No, you can't be in the greenroom, we serve alcohol here. You're too young. You have to go.' So he threw her out," Kimmel kidded. "He threw Taylor Swift out of our building.'"

Luckily, there were no hard feelings between Kimmel and Swift and she promptly evened the score with a nice comment. "All's well that ends well because I think of it like this: I think you probably would have gotten in more trouble with Jimmy had he wandered out and been like, 'Why is there this unknown 14 year old kid sitting here with a guitar case? What's happening here?'"

Swift has come a long way since that instance. The 7-time Grammy Award winner told Kimmel she's feeling "more confident" than ever about the release of her fifth studio album.

Looking at the reaction of the audience on Hollywood Blvd, there’s no hard feelings.,