2015/01 8:11 AM
Ram Truck and Miranda Kick Off New Marketing Plan

The Ram Truck brand is launching a new marketing campaign that will feature
Miranda Lambert.  She has written a song "Roots and Wings" that will be used exclusively for the campaign. They partnered originally in November 2014,

This campaign includes television, print, digital, social media and long-form video elements.  “Ram has become the fastest growing truck brand by challenging the status quo, and our partnership with Miranda Lambert does just that,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global.

“Building a new marketing campaign around the hugely successful and popular country music artist, and her original song inspired by the characteristics of our brand, is a first for Ram. It is courageous, just like Ram and Miranda. It will broaden the appeal of both of our brands beyond our core audiences as we connect with our respective fans in new, meaningful ways.”

The spots include live action video combined with illustrations, animation and other vintage styling that includes actual locations that are part of Lambert's life as well as photos that are her personal family photos.

“I am very inspired by what the Ram brand stands for – being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots,” Lambert said. “I wanted to write a song that would represent all of those things. ‘Roots and Wings’ is personal to me about where I come from and where I am going. The guys at Ram really made the lyrics come to life with the imagery and I hope it speaks to people the way it does to me.”

our will include Ram Truck branding.  The 60-second "Roots and Wings" video will beplayed just before Lambert takes the stage after intermission and in-venue creative displays.  A silver Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is the Official Truck of her Platinum tour and will tow her Airstream trailer, "Wanda the Wanderer."


2015/01 7:04 AM
CRS Announces Special Rates

Single day, panel and unemployment pass rates are now available for CRS 2015.  

Day passes, that will include access to panels, speakers, luncheons and networking events,  will be priced at $200.  The only exclusion will be the Friday, February 27 at the New Faces Show.  It will not be included in the Friday single-day pass. Individual panel passes will be $40 and will allow attendees to select one or more panels at the rate of $40 each.

Unemployment passes are available to those in the industry currently not employed at a rate of $99, subject to proof of unemployment as verified by CRS.  

For additional information or to purchase passes go to www.countryradioseminar.com or call 615-327-4487.


2015/01 6:03 AM
Tommy Chuck Is The New PD Of Country WPOC and Top 40 WIHT

iHeartMedia/Washington, D.C. selects Tommy Chuck as their new PD of Country WPOC/Baltimore and  Top 40 WITH/HOT 99.5/Washington, D.C. as of February 9th.

joined iHeartMedia at WKXJ/Chattanooga in 2000. Since then he’s programmed WQEN/Birmingham, WXXL/Orlando and spent the past eight years as PD/Digital Director for WFLZ and WMTX/Tampa.

VP/Programming Meg Stevens said,
Tommy's track record of success at WFLZ and WMTX as well as exceptional leadership skills make him uniquely qualified to program HOT 99.5 and 93.1 WPOC.  We’re excited to have him as part of the team.”

Chuck said, "Country music has always been a personal favorite of mine, I am honored to lead one of America's most legendary and award winning Country stations, WPOC! And Joining the iHeartMedia team in D.C. is an exciting next step for me and my family. I am thrilled to be HOT 99.5's next leader, build on my long relationship with The Kane Show and work with the talented team already in place. I'd like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow my career with iHeartMedia."

2015/01 6:02 AM
MusicMaster and AllAboutCountry.com Host The Legends At Legends

MusicMaster, the music scheduling giant and AllAboutCountry.com 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 who said "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

2015/01 3:38 AM
Peter Z Takes On Programming Of 99.5 FM Nash Icon Birmingham

Cumulus hires veteran programmer Peter Z to be PD of Country WZRR/99.5 FM NASH ICON/Birmingham. Z joins Cumulus from St. Augustine, FL, where he was a Principal and Director of Operations for WYRE. Before that, he programmed CBS Radio Classic Hits KLUV/Dallas.

Cumulus SVP/Programming Mike McVay stated
, “We’re thrilled to add yet another big brain to our programming team. Peter brings multi-format experience to the table that should be beneficial to NASH ICON in Birmingham”

“I think the lead is that I finally made a long-time dream come true and I get to program Country, said Peter Z. “I’ve always loved Country music and have had a desire to program the format since Garth showed up on the scene the first time.”

2015/01 7:53 AM
Shania Coming With CD/DVD of Vegas Show

Shania Twain will be releasing a live CD and DVD called "Shania: Still the One From Vegas" on Tuesday, March 3.  The CD and DVD will include highlights of her residence in Las Vegas during her show "Shania: Still the One."

"This show has been a labor of love for over three years," explained Twain. "It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!"

The project will include 19 tracks on the CD and 25 performances on DVD.  For more information go to Twain's website .

2015/01 7:43 AM
More On CRS 2015

The "Programming Mentoring Breakfast" that will be held Thursday (2/26) will include iHeartMediaEVP/GM National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt and WUSN/Chicago PD Jeff Kapugi.  

Friday's (2/27) "Manager Breakfast" will include consultant Joel Raab and Great Media/Boston VP/MM Rob Williams.  

Bobby Bones, Top 40 WNCI/Columbus Dave & Jimmy and Classic Hits WCBS/New York's Scott Shannon are panelists on Friday afternoon's "The Stars Come Out In the Morning."  

Register for CRS here


2015/01 7:19 AM
Tony Waitekus Named OM For NRG

Tony Waitekus, formerly with Midwest as Brand Manager of Top 40 WIFC/Wausau, WI has joined the crosstown NRG cluster that includes Country WYTE as OM.  

He takes the place of R.W. Smith who left in December to be close to family.

Waitekus' resume includes jobs in Green Bay and the Quad Cities.  He left Midwest in 2013 and has been waiting out his non-compete.  Get in touch with him here .

2015/01 7:02 AM
Miranda Lambert Added to Grammy Performers

Miranda Lambert will be performing at the "57th Grammy Awards." She is nominated for four Grammys includling "Best Country Solo Performance" and "Best Country Song" for her hit single "Automatic." She is also nominated for "Best Country Album" for "Platinum," nd "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" for her song "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood.

For more information go to www.MirandaLambert.com .

2015/01 6:20 AM
KKGO’s Afternoon Co-Host Larry Morgan To Leave –Station Exploring Options

According to Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO/Go Country/Los Angeles Station Manager Michael Levine, that station is currently exploring all options for afternoon drive, following the news yesterday (1/21), that Larry Morgan, the afternoon drive co-host is departing to join CBS Radio across town Oldies/Adult Hits KRTH for APD and Swing duties.

Not a word yet on what role Ginny Harmon, the existing PM drive co-host will have after Morgan departs on Monday, February 16th.

Following just a short gig together in evenings, KKGO just recently teamed Morgan and Harmon for the afternoon drive. Before that, Morgan was doing morning drive at Go Country from January to October of 2014, when the station decided to change direction and hired Graham Bunn and Debra Mark for morning duty.

2015/01 2:01 AM
Country KBOB To Air Quad Cities River ‘Bandits Baseball’

Townsquare Media Classic Country KBOB-AM/Davenport, IA will be airing Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball this season.  The River Bandits Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations Marco Lanave will call the action for his fourth season with the club.

Team owner Dave Heller stated, "We are delighted to work with our great partners at Townsquare Media Quad Cities to broadcast all of the exciting action of River Bandits baseball on one of the Quad Cities' most popular Country stations.  Radio remains an effective and beloved medium, and at a time when other teams are discontinuing radio, we are really happy to be ramping it up. The Quad Cities loves Country music, and they love their Bandits, so our new partnership with K-BOB Real Country and Townsquare is a perfect match!"

River Bandits GM Andrew Chesser said, "As an organization, our goal is to grow the connection of our fans to our players, and Townsquare continues to be a critical partner in doing so with enjoyable, high-quality broadcasts.  This new broadcast partnership with Townsquare will bring the media experience of River Bandits baseball to its highest level ever."

Lanave added, "I have been blessed to be part of many memorable moments and historic achievements in the Quad Cities; having the River Bandits broadcast all of their games, not merely on the radio, but on the most-listened-to station in River Bandits history, is among the most exciting for me.  Broadcasting sports with Townsquare has been a highlight of my broadcasting career, and I am thrilled that will continue with River Bandits games this spring."

2015/01 1:50 AM
​Jon Wolfe Announces New Album, Natural Man, And Sets March 31 Release Date

Natural Man Available for Pre-Sale March 3, Single “Smile On Mine” Available on iTunes Feb. 3
Country artist  Jon Wolfe  will release his much anticipated album, Natural Man, on March 31.  

Natural Man, produced by Wolfe, Lex Lipsitz and Billy Decker and recorded at Nashville’s Westwood Studios and Ronnie’s Place, is a 13-track collection of songs that merges Wolfe’s signature traditional sound, influenced by some of Country music’s greatest legends, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam, with an edgy, modern energy.  

Wolfe describes the album as a personal journey, saying, “Natural Man is a concept that I have wanted to record for a few years. This album stretches me as an artist and as a vocalist, while staying true to who I am. I have known how I wanted it to sound, and how I wanted it to look for some time now. I’ve been visualizing this album for such a long time, and it feels great to finally bring it to life!”  

Fans can preview Natural Man on its pre-sale date of March 3 through iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers. 

The leadoff single, “Smile On Mine” hits radio in late January and be available for download on all the major major digital retailers on Feb. 3, 2015. The up-beat tune features Wolfe’s familiar traditional sound while showcasing a new modern flair. With its catchy hook and foot-tapping melody, “Smile On Mine” tells the story of budding romance on a first date.

Of the new single, Wolfe comments, “My new single “Smile On Mine” really clicked with me the first time I heard it. It represents this important bridge between traditional country and the more edgy, modern melodies we're hearing on the radio these days. That's what I feel like my whole new album is doing - I'm staying true to my roots and my traditional voice, but also growing and adapting with the times. I think my fans are going to love it!”

From his native small town in Miami, Oklahoma to the bustling Texas dancehalls and honky-tonks; Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles incvluding: “Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.

His 2010 release
It All Happened In A Honky Tonk, became such a regional success that it was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard Album Chart and has collectively sold 25,000 units. 

A seasoned performer, Wolfe has opened for some of Country’s biggest stars and has played more than 400 live shows over the past four years. He has a busy 2015 tour schedule on the horizon. Details surrounding the forthcoming tour will be released in the coming weeks. 
For interview and mp3 requests, contact Sharilyn Pettus at /Blog/ . 

2015/01 1:40 AM
​Norfolk’s Long Time Morning Team Jimmy Ray & Jen Seeking Next Radio Opportunity

Former Max Media Country WGH/The Eagle/Norfolk morning duo Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jen Lewis, of the “Jimmy Ray & Jen” show are looking for their next big radio gig, following their Monday (1/19) exiting after more than a 20 year run with “The Eagle."

Reach out to Dunn here and Lewis   here .

At the moment, WGH PD Mark McKay is doing wake up duties, while the station conducts a search for a new morning show.

2015/01 1:35 AM
Toby Keith Announced As Headliner For '24th Annual Country Jam'

Show Dog-Universal's Toby Keith has been added as a headliner for the "24th Annual Country Jam" at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, CO. Toby joins previously announced headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and The Band Perry.

“We are very happy to add Toby Keith to our superstar lineup,” said Townsquare Media EVP/Live Events Dhruv Prasad. “This is going to be an incredible 4-day experience for our Country Jam attendees! And we’re not finished yet –all I can say is there are more great acts to be announced, so stay tuned.”

"Country Jam” will take place Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 21st. General admission tickets start at $140 for a 4-day pass and VIP packages start at $640 for a 4-day “Silver Pass,” with “Gold Pass” packages available as well.
For more information, visit www.countryjam.com .

2015/01 1:11 AM
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, FGL Will Headline 'Faster Horses' Festival

The " 3rd Annual Faster Horses Festival " will be featuring headlining acts including: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Florida-Georgia Line. The three-day Country music and camping festival will take place in Brooklyn, Michigan from Friday, July 17th through Sunday, July 19th.

"The entire Faster Horses team and I can't believe we are already approaching year three of this festival," said Live Nation President/Country Touring Brian O’Connell. "We take pride in listening to you, the Faster Horses community, for your feedback and together we are growing this festival each year. We have the best fans who have been coming since the very first year, and new ones ready to embrace what makes this festival so unique. This year, we'll be debuting lay-away plans for ticket purchases at your request, along with a lineup that is second to none."

Additional performers will include Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Frankie Ballard, Kristian Bush, Raelynn, Mickey Guyton, The Cadillac Three, Lonestar, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt, Dwight Yoakum, and many more.

Three day passes go on sale Monday, February 2nd at 10 am (ET).  For additional information and pricing, visit www.FasterHorsesFestival.com .

2015/01 7:32 AM
Marshall Tucker Band "Searchin' for a Rainbow Tour" Coming

The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) will be touring again this year for the 44th year.  They will make nearly 50 live concert appearances in their Searchin' For A Rainbow Tour, kicking off in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The title of the new tour is a throwback to the band's 1975 album of the same name. 

"It’s looking like 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest tour schedule in years," says MTB lead singer Doug Gray.  “We’re adding new concerts to the books nearly every day and our booking agent can't answer the calls fast enough.  We are so thankful that our fans have stuck with us for over four decades and continue to pack our shows.  We’re still out there Searchin' for that Rainbow."

The schedule for 2015 Searchin' for A Rainbow Tour:

Jan 23 - Cone Denim Entertainment Center - Greensboro, NC 
Jan 24 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
Jan 25 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Jan 31 - Medina Entertainment Center - Medina, MN
Feb 6 - Monroe County Community College - Monroe, MI
Feb 7 - Tailgaters Bar & Grill - Bolingbrook, IL
Feb 18 - Lafayette’s Music Room - West Palm Beach, FL
Feb 19 - 23 - Rock Legends Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 27 - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL
Feb 28 - The Moon - Tallahassee, FL
March 6-7 - Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
March 18 - Sellersville, Theater - Sellersville, PA
March 19 - Vapor Night Club - Saratoga Springs, NY
March 20 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
March 21 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
April 1-2 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
April 3 - Rusty Nail Bar & Grille - Stowe, VT
April 4 - Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center - Woonsocket, RI
April 9 - Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX
April 10 - One World Theatre - Austin, TX
April 11 - Private - Richmond, TX
April 11 - Venue TBA - Snook, TX
April 23 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
April 24 - MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC
April 25 - Venue TBA - West Helena, AR
May 2 - MDA Ride for Life - Tannersville, PA
May 14 - Venue TBA - Marion, SC
May 23 -Venue TBA - Skiatook, OK
June 6 - Venue TBA - Ballwin, MO
June 27 - Paramount Theatre Hudson Valley - Peekskill, NY
June 28 - Venue TBA - Augusta, NJ
July 10 - Venue TBA - Emmetsburg, IA
July 11 - Venue TBA - Arthur, IL
July 23 - Venue TBA - Morgantown, WV
July 24 - Fraze Pavilion - Kettering, OH
July 24 - Venue TBA - Northfield, OH
Aug 1 - Venue TBA - Council Bluffs, IA
Aug 19 - Venue TBA - Fairlea, WV
Sept 19 - Venue TBA - Westbury, NY
Sept 20 - Venue TBA - Salem, CT
Oct 10 - Venue TBA - Colonial Beach, VA
Oct 16-17 - Venue TBA - Steelville, MO

Additional 2015 Marshall Tucker Band tour dates are in the works.  Go to www.marshalltucker.com for tour updates. 


2015/01 7:25 AM
Westwood One Promotions

Westwood One has promoted SVP/Southeast Sales Jim Daunais (left) and Cumulus Southwest Director/National Sales Tim Walker (right).  Both have been named EVP of their regions for Westwood One.

Daunais has been with the company since 2004.  Walker was with Westwood One between 2000-2002 when he served as account executive in the Dallas office. He has also worked with CBS Radio/Dallas.

2015/01 7:19 AM
Julie K Adds OM Job

Julie K, KRMD, Nash FM/Shreveport, AL APD/afternooner has added OM responsibilties for the cluster. 

She's been at the station since October and came from KXKS across town.  There she did mornings.  Get in touch with her here.  

2015/01 7:16 AM
iHeart Country Fest Set For May

iHeart Country Festival is set again this year for May 2 in Austin.  Initial artists on the roster include Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley.  More artists will be announced soon.

“This is truly a night of Country's All-Stars” said iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises President John Sykes.  “Every single one of these artists can headline an arena or stadium on their own, but on this night they will share the stage to celebrate the amazing music on our iHeartRadio Country stations and the iHeartRadio app.

The first iHeart Music Festival took place last year and that was followed by the company's popular multi-genre Las Vegas events.

“The Country format has great talent and on-air personalities who have such a strong bond and loyalty with their fans, and there is no better way to celebrate that relationship than at a live event," said iHeartMedia President/Programming Platforms Tom Poleman.  “With our more than 120 Country stations nationwide we have the ability to bring the biggest events and one-of-a-kind experiences to our loyal listeners that no one else can provide.”

Premiere syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones will host the May 2nd show and iHeartMedia's Country stations will broadcast the show in their markets or it can be heard on iHeartRadio.com.

Tickets go on sale to the public March 28.


2015/01 7:04 AM
Cumulus and Music Choice To Launch Nash TV

Cumulus Media and Music Choice will formally launch the NashTV on-demand video platform on Monday, January 26. 

At this point NashTV includes 12 programs, including Nash Lash, cooking shows Grits and Hits and BBQ Tricks as well as American Music Overseas and Real Live Performances, Proud: Everyday American Heroes and sports programming Hick Xtreme and Picks From the Sticks.

There will also be content from radio programs America's Morning Show, Nash Nights Live and Kickin' It with Kix.  

Everything will be available on-demand and via musicchoice.com, as well as Music Choice's iOS and Android apps.

To check out a preview go to nashtvpreview.com

2015/01 6:21 AM
Buckwild Saturday Night With B-Dub Adds Stations

"Buckwild Satruday Night with B-Dub!," a live Country party show has added KMLE/Phoenix, WGGY/WGGI, Froggy 101/Willkes Barre, KIOK, 94.9 The Wolf, Kennwick, WA, WKXD, 106.9 Kicks Country/Cookeville TN and KUPI/Idaho Falls, ID.  

If you would like to get your Saturday nights rockin', get in touch with Superadio SVP/Programming Rich O'Brien at 508-630-0344 or /Blog/


2015/01 6:11 AM
Rascal Flatts To Sing Anthem at Kobalt 400

Rascal Flatts will sing the National Athem at the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series on March 8 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We’re pleased to have one of the top Country music groups of the 21st century perform the National Anthem for the Kobalt 400,” said Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayA President Chris Powell. Rascal Flatts joins a long list of A-list celebrities who’ve participated in our NASCAR weekend over the years. We look forward to the band’s upcoming residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and we can’t wait to hear Rascal Flatts perform the anthem here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8th."

For tickets and more information on the Kobalt 400 or Las Vegas Motor Speedway go to www.lvms.com or call 800-644-4444.


2015/01 5:57 AM
Luke Bryan's Latest News

Luke Bryan has just announced he will be heading out on his 2015 "Kick The Dust Up Tour" beginning in May.  "Kick The Dust Up" will also be the title of a track from his upcoming album.  The tour will take him to thirteen cities including Washington D.C., Dallas, St. Louis, West Palm Beach, Chicago, Philadelphia and others. He will extend his time in each city dependent upon demand.

"The ability to go in to a city and stay two nights is something I only ever dreamed of," stated Bryan. "We are excited about the doubles. We are very blessed to be in a situation where we can camp out."

The seven cities that will host stadium shows include Denver, St. Paul, Nashville, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Cleveland and Detroit.  Bryan will also play Nashville's Vanderbilt University's stadium, making him the first country artist to do so.

He will be touring with Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser.  For stadium shows he will also be joined by Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.

He will again do his Spring Break show and this will be Bryan's last Spring Break show in Panama City, Florida..

"Last year was just amazingly over the top. I think there were over 200,000 people on the beach," explained Bryan. "It will be a two day event this year, and we want to end it on a big bang. It has been an amazing run. It's not because we're tired of doing it. Last year we started talking about it and wondering how many more years we should do it. It doesn't mean I'll party any more or any less, it just means that maybe somebody else can come in and keep having that fun and put their stamp on it, too."   

The Country Music Hall of Fame will make Luke Bryan the subject of their next major exhibition. "It's a huge honor," said Bryan. "We are so excited and already brainstorming how we want the exhibit to look and making it tell the story of how you move up to Nashville chasing dreams, meet some songwriters, meet some wonderful record people, and then you're off and rocking with all of your dreams coming true. We'll take it very seriously and try to make it a fun, interactive experience for fans."  The exhibition will open in May and is scheduled to close in November.

For more Luke Bryan information go to www.LukeBryan.com.



2015/01 11:25 AM
Panhorst New PD at KSD/St. Louis

KSD/St. Louis APD/midday personality Dusty Panhorst is the new PD of KSD/St. Louis.  He will succeed Steve Stewart who will be going to Chicago as PD of the newly launched WEBG/Chicago.  

"It's exciting to recognize our high-performing talent by promoting them within iHeartMedia," says RPM Tony Banks. "Dusty has been a key player in KSD's success and he will be a great leader."

Panhorst started at the station as an intern in 2005.  He has been PD since 2012.  Get in touch with him here .

2015/01 10:33 AM
Vuolo Recovering From Knee Surgery

Get better quick wishes go out to "Radio's Best Friend" (and one of ours!) Art Vuolo who is
recovering from knee replacement surgery.  

The surgery was done January 13.  

Reach out to Art here

2015/01 8:56 AM
Coleman Releases When Is A Hit A Hit Research

Coleman Insights has just released the first in a series of studies about how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms.

Radio has debated the question of how fast stations should move their contemporary music.  In the 70's stations began holding on to hits longer than in the 60's and then realized listeners still loved and listened to songs weeks after they stopped buying the record.  Ever since, the question comes up when music consumption or audience measurement emerge, such as the introduction of PPM or streaming media.

Coleman reports that three questions their clients have are 
1. How long should I give new songs to catch on with my audience?
2. At what point do new songs reach teir peak with typical listeners?
3. At what point should I consider a song no longer a hit, no matter how much listeners love it?

How does radio vary from the songs music lovers play for themselves when they are in control of what they hear?

Coleman analyzed 26 consecutive weeks of Billboard Top 10 On-Demand Songs (those songs that rank the highest of on-demand streaming services) to determine the age of the songs listeners play most when they're in control of their music.  They noted the date the song first entered the Billboard Hot 100 so that they knew when it first entered the public's mind, not when the record company released it.  They then took a look at Billboard Top 10 Radio Songs in each of the same 26 weeks.

The results showed that the vintage distribution of on-demand's biggest hits were very similar to the vintage distribution of radio's biggest hits.  On demand's curve leads radio's curve, but the difference is measured in days not weeks.

While there are slight variations between on-demand streaming and broadcast radio exposure, a comparable pattern emerges for both media.  

1. Songs are typically growing in their first 8 weeks.
2. The majority of the biggest songs are between 9-20 weeks old
3. Songs are typically on the way down after 20 weeks.

There are of course, variations but for the most part of the 45 songs examined, they were similar on radio and on-demand services.


2015/01 8:46 AM
KXLW, 96.3 The Wolf/Anchorage Repositions as "Today's New Country"

Ohana Media Group's KXLW, 96.3, The Wolf/Anchorage, AK has repositioned itself and will now be known a "Today's Hot Country." They were previously playing a gold-based, 90's musical format.

"This is the next logical step for "The Wolf," said Ohana VP/Programming Tom Oakes.  "The station is now perfectly positioned to compete for the 18-49 year old adults with a full slate of today's new Country music.  The new approach brings an increased level for commitment to today's Country music, further community involvement and a new focus on excitement in our presentation.  For our listeners, "The Wolf" will be heavy on the newest Country music mixed with recent hits and the biggest chart-toppers of the 2000s."

According to Oakes, The Wolf is running no more than eight minutes of commercial content each hour.

The station is running jockless with station staff ready for a February return.  That will coincide with the debut of the new morning show that is currently being developed.  

2015/01 8:02 AM
The Voice's Kristen Merlin Releases Debut EP

Country newcomer Kristen Merlin has released her debut EP, "Boomerang" today (1/20).  Merlin finished 4th on season  6 of NBC's "The Voice."

"Boomerang" is available in iTunes, Amanzon and other major digital retailers.  The EP features four songs written by Merlin, while the title track "Boomerang" was co-written by Corey and Kara Britz

Merlin commented of the project, I am super excited to take this next step in my career and finally release some original work to my fans! This EP is filled with heartfelt tunes that listeners will be able to relate to. Many thanks to all those who were involved in seeing this project through from start to finish! I couldn't be more proud of the finished product.” 

Merlin's music career began in first grade where she sang "Never Never Land" at her elementary school's rendition of Peter Pan.  In her junior year in high school her mother gave her an acoustic guitar and in a few short months, she was a self-taught guitarist and began writing.

She earned her BA in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.  She learned performing skills by travelling all over Massachusetts with her self-titled band.  Her talents landed her on The Voice and performing Sugarland's "Something More."

For more informatoin visit her website www.KristenMerlin.com.  


2015/01 7:52 AM
Rascal Flatts To Kick Off Riot Tour

Rascal Flatts announced plans today for their "Riot Tour" that will kick off May 29 in St. Louis, MO.  They will be touring with Scotty McCreery.  Tickets will be available beginning January 26 for select cities as part of tour promoter Live Nation's Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com .  Additional information will be available at www.rascalflatts.com.

Before they kick off their tour they will be the first-ever country residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from February 25-March 14.  The latest Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd will be opening for them."2014 was such a great year for us on the radio and on tour," said Jay DeMarcus.  

"We had a few weeks off at the holidays, and now we're getting ready for the first-ever country residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock in Vegas," said Jay DeMarcus.  "Those shows are going to be the ultimate way to kick off our 2015 tour, where we can try new things and pretty much do whatever the hell we want.   We're having a blast with it, and we'll be counting the days til the buses pull back out of Nashville for opening night."

Riot Tour 2015 Cities are:
Cozumel, MX*
Atlanta, GA*
Forest City, IA*
St. Louis, MO 
Indianapolis, IN 
Hershey, PA 
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC 
Hartford, CT 
Columbus, OH*
Cadott, WI*
Dallas, TX 
Pittsburgh, PA 
Charlotte, NC 
Raleigh, NC 
Holmdel, NJ
Philadelphia, PA 
Boston, MA 
Detroit, MI*
Brownsville, OR*
Toronto, ON 
Cleveland, OH 
Darien Center, NY
Jones Beach, NY
Cincinnati, OH 
Chicago, IL 
Albuquerque, NM 
Phoenix, AZ 
Irvine, CA 
Mtn. View, CA
W. Palm Beach, FL 
Tampa, FL 

*Denotes Festival


2015/01 7:45 AM
Chesney Goes For Two in Nashville

Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour has added another date to his kick-off to "The Big Revival Tour" in Nashville. The two shows will be March 26 or 27.  

“When you take a year off and you’re as far into a career as I am,” Chesney says, “you don’t wanna assume they’re still as hungry for you. But I’ve also always said I never want a real fan not to be able to come to the show, so I’m glad I’m able to do two nights in Nashville.”  

"The Big Revival" has prompted a new wave in Chesney's music and the fans have responded.  As was reported here, "'Til It's Gone" just topped this chart this week to give Chesney his 26th #1.

“I’m so lucky to have the team I have around me. They understand my idea that just ‘cause it hasn’t been done, why can’t we? They made the Flora-Bama-Jama happen with almost no notice – and that was basically a stadium show on the beach! More than 42,000 people, all loving the music and having a blast doing it.  

“So when the response (to the Nashville show) was so strong and it looked like people would be left out, I hated that – especially for the for the first show of the year. Once again, they acted fast, revamped some plans and made a second Nashville show happen! I can’t wait.”  

Another full summer lies ahead, with 20 stadiums, countless arenas, the occasional amphitheater and a few festivals to come. But right now, is gearing up to kick it all off with not one but two shows in Nashville due to the demand and his desire to get out there and play.

“I’m glad we were able to make it work so everyone who wants to come can! That’s always been the way we’ve tried to do this – and I see no reason to change now.”            


2015/01 7:40 AM
Paul Stone Joins WKDR, Nash FM 103.3/Nashville

Paul Stone has joined WKDR, NASH FM 103.3/Nashville.  He will be doing afternoons.  

"We were lucky to find Paul so close to Nashville where he cuold easily sugue to Nash-FM" said Cumulus/Nashville OM and 'KDF PD Charlie Cook.  "He's a super on-air tlanet who understands social media and how to interact with the listeners."

Stone has worked at WKXD, 106.9 Kicks Country/Cookeville, Greenville, SC and WTNR/Grand Rapids, MI.

Get in touch with him at  /Blog/ .

2015/01 7:13 AM
Local Radio Networks Launch Six New 24/7 Music Formats

The new Local Radio Networks (LRN) has announced that they have launched six new 24/7 music formats and have formed a partnership with AdLarge Media for national ad sales.  The formats they have launched include AC, Hot AC, Mainstream Country, Classic Country, Classic Rock and Oldies.  AdLarge will provide national ad sales representation.
They have also announced their latest staff additions including former Westwood One VP/Finance Chad Seng who will serve as LRN's CFO.  Rick Honea, also a former Westwood One staffer who worked as Format Sales Manager for 24/7 Formats will serve as Regional Affiliate Sales Manager.  More staff announcements will be made soon.
LRN CEO and Swick Broadcasting owner Steve Swick said, "As an independent broadcaster, I know first hand that stations have suffered from bland cookie-cutter programming and deteriorating service as a result of consolidation. I knew there was a better, more efficient way to conduct the business of format broadcasting, and that's who LRN was born.
"When searching for a national advertising sales partner, I knew innately that AdLarge would be a good fit for LRN.  I have an affinity for Gary andCathy's entrepreneurship, and their reputation for customizing national campaigns to maximize the benefits of specific radio formats is in alignment with LRN's needs."
"As a station group we were dissatisfied with the flexibility, usability and increasing stagnation of the existing 24/7 Formats technology," added Swick.  "We leveraged our considerable engineering and programming expertise to build our own system to share music, personalities ,commercials and other essential localized elements."
On LRN's new VPN-based delivery technology, "RVC-Radio Velocity Control," LRN CIO/Co-Founder Will Mashione said, "RVC is an extremely compelling alternative to costly and outmoded satellite delivery and puts control back int he hands of radio station owenrs and operators. RVC provides 100 percent redundancy, flexible clocks with no mandatory fill positions, and non-compressed music libraries.  RVC can be utilized in a complete automation system provided by LRN or seamlessly with other automation systems."


2015/01 7:54 AM
WGH Looking For Morning Show Talent

Max Media Country WGH, The Eagle/Norfolk, VA is looking for a new morning show.  According to PD Mark McKay he's looking for a show to replace Jimmy Ray & Jen after they left after 20 years.

McKay will temporarily move from afternoons to mornings while looking for the right candidate.  

He says, "Wanna live at the beach and work for a privately-owned local company?  Got the PPM-friendly goods?"

Send Mike McKay your resume and aircheck  here .

2015/01 7:33 AM
St. Jude Welcomes Country Radio and Record Pros

Over the past weekend nearly 800 Country radio and records professionals visited St. Jude for a seminar to kick off the 26th annual "Country Cares for St. Jude Kids" program.  The event was held in Memphis, TN, home of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"There are some really special people here," stated MCA Nashville recording artist Sam Hunt.  "I had heard a lot of good things about St. Jude, but coming her far exceeded anything I'd heard.  Immediately, although you know there is a huge struggle going on here with children fighting for their lives, there's a happiness here.  St. Jude has done a great job of creating an environment that exudes happiness and joy.  Country music is an extension of country culture, and it's all about family.  Family is a huge when someone's sick, you pull together.  The Country family, while not blood, is still family, and when asked to help St. Jude, the family joined the fight."

The event was held January 15-18 and many new artists attended including Chase Bryant, Logan Mize, Kelsea Ballerini, Jackie Lee, Sam Hunt, Mickey Guyton, Steven Lee Olsen, Seth Alley, Mo Pitney, Craig Wayne Boyd, Native Run and many more. Veteran artists included Craig Campbell, Randy Owen, Gloriana, the Band Perry and others. 

The "Country Care For St. Jude Kids" seminar allows St. Jude patients to interact with artists and radio and recrods partners. Country radio, recrods and artists have raised more the $500 million over the past 26 years to help St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  For more information visit www.stjudeorg/countrycares .



2015/01 7:28 AM
Chesney Has Gone To the Top

Congrats to Columbia Nashville VP/Promo Norbert Nix, Director/National David Friedman and RJ Meacham as well as the entire promo team as Kenny Chesney's "'Til It's Gone" goes to the top of the Mediabase Country singles chart.

This is the second release from Chesney's "The Big Revival" album.  "American Kids" hit #1 last September.  This is Chesney's 26th time on the top of the mediabase chart.

2015/01 7:22 AM
Bogey Broadcasting Rebrands KBSO

Bogey Broadcasting, Corpus Christi, TX has rebranded Country KBSO as "The New 94.7, The Rig."  

"This radio station is for much more than the music; it's about everything Texas,” said Bogey owner Scott Holt. “The music, the way of life and embracing the true spirit of Texas.”

The core artists include Pat Green, Reckless Kelly, Whiskey Myers, Robert Earl Keen, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Dirty River Boys, Roger Craeger and Randy Rogers.

John Willyard will be the station voice for "The Rig."  According to Holt the station stream will be up this week.


2015/01 8:56 AM
Tyler With Blaster

Tyler Waugh, seasoned promo vet with over 15 years in the business, is now working with Blaster Records as Director/Northeast Regional.  He was most recently with Streamsound as Director/National and Southeast Regional Promo. 
Bob Reeves, Blaster VP/Promo reports that Waugh is currently on the job and working out of their Nashville offices.  Get in touch with Waugh here  or by phone at 615-870-2040. 

2015/01 8:48 AM
Karen and Ralphie Coming to WQRC

Ralphie Marino, morning show host of WKPE, Cape Country 104 will join Karen Blake of WQRC, Hot AC to host the Karen and Ralphie Morning Show on WQRC.

Karen and Ralphie worked together doing mornings at WQSM, Star 93.7/Boston. "That Girl" Wilson, afternoon talent will replace Ralphie in mornings at WKPE.

2015/01 7:57 AM
WVVR/Clarksville TN Looking for Morning Co-Host

Saga's WVVR/Clarksville, TN is looking for a morning co-host.  Fletch, who held the position is leaving for another opportunity.

They are looking for a strong talent that is creative, topical and personality driven who can develop and deliver dynamic content.  Additional duties will include voicetracking, production, appearances and maintaining an interactive presence, including social media.  On-air experience is required.  Airchecks and resumes should be sent here.  

2015/01 7:56 AM
APD/Air Personality Needed at WTQR/Greensboro

iHeartMedia's WTQR/Greensboro is looking for an APD/air personality.  David Dean, who held this position, will be leaving to be PD at WNOE/New Orleans next month.  He was also WTQR's MD.  The MD responsibilities will be handled internally.

According to PD Todd Nixon, "You'll be the buzzfeed for the station throughout the day bringing together on-air, online/social content and iHeartRadio.  Send me your resume, very short aircheck and anything else that slaps me in the face and says you're the one."

Send materials here  /Blog/ .

2015/01 7:49 AM
Davis to Expand Duties

iHeartMedia's Patrick Davis has taken on the responsibility of the Austin market as VP/Programming. He will now oversee all programming in both Dallas and Austin.  He has been overseeing the Dallas cluster since 2011. 

"We are pleased to have Patrick leading the programming and brand strategies for both the Dallas and Austin clusters," said EVP/Programming Brad Hardin.  "This is a well-deserved and great opportunity for b-- he has a proven track record and I know he will drive results and lead both markets to even greater ratings success."

"I'm delighted to have the chance to work with the legendary brands and the amazing team in Austin," remarked Davis.  "A big thank you to Brad Hardin, Kelly Kibler, Pam McKay and Deidre Richter for this incredible opportunity."

"I am confident that Patrick's reputation for success, thorough understanding of our business and extensive Top 40 experience will help boost the Austin stations to a heightened level of performance," said Austin Market President Pam McKay.  "I am extremely excited to have him as my programming and business partner."


2015/01 7:29 AM
Vince Gill to Join America's Best Communities

Vince Gill will join the America's Best Communities partnership to help revitalize small towns across the country.  The partnership will reward communities with the best business plans for economic development and improved quality of life in a $10 million prize competition.  Winners will share best practices and ideas for growth among all communities.

"There's a lot of small town community in me.  I have a small town mentality," said Gill during a press event.  "This is where I want to make it better.  I want to be part of a team focused on supporting the backbone of America."

America's Best Communities has already drawn more than 200 registrations across the 27 states served by Frontier Communications.  Fifty quarter-finalists will be selected in April 2015 and awarded development funds for their proposals.

Teh competition will end in 2017 and the top three applicants will share $6 million in prize money--$3 million to the winner, $2 million for second place and $1 million for third place.  That money will be used to continue their plans in their communities.

The idea was conceived by Frontier Communications and co-sponsored with DISH Network and CoBank.  This is s a competition that will fund economic development opportunities for the winners and share their ideas for progress with all the communities that enter.



2015/01 7:15 AM
McBride To Be Honored with Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award

Martina McBride will be given the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award during The Music Business Association's (Music Biz) 2015 Award Luncheon on Thursday, May 14.  The award will be part of  new Music Business Association's convention. Scott Borchetta, Big Machine label president will also be honored.

McBride's philanthropic efforts include work with the National National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Tulsa Domestic Violence. She also aligned with Loveisrespect and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Her songs, most notably “Independence Day,” “A Broken Wing” and “Concrete Angel,” have also brought light to the issue.

She has also worked to support other organizations including the Middle Tennessee's YWCA Celebrity Auction every year since 1995.  She has raised more than $500,000--and working with the Kids Wish Network to fulfill the wish of a young girl with Muscular Dystrophy.  

She has also worked through Team Martina, a charity group that has raised over $275,000 to make the world a better plce through music.  She and her team raised over $40,000 for cancer research at Vanderbilt University adn her Atlanta group raised $33,000 to help the city's green space for urban kids.  Team Martina also raised money for music education and a shelter for orphaned and abused girls in Guatemala.

"I believe that anyone blessed enough to achieve success has a responsibility to help those in need," said McBride.  "While my goal was never to be recognized for my chairtable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others.  I hope this recognition will encourage more peopel to support worthy causes that speak to their hearts.

Registration for the upcoming convention with early bird discounts is available until March 8 at MusicBiz2015.com .





2015/01 2:33 AM
​Country Newcomer Allie Louise Set To Debut New Music Next Week

Fifteen-year-old Country music newcomer Allie Louise is set to make introductions with her first single “ It’s Gettin’ Old”, from her self-titled debut album, ALLIE LOUISE from Sixth Beat Productions, Rochester Hills, MI with an anticipated Spring 2015 release. The single, written by Allie Louise alongside Doug Kahan, was produced by Kahan and seven-time Grammy award winner, John Jaszcz at Blackbird.

Her song which has been downloaded on
PlayMPE was Top 5 in both streaming and downloadinh January 10 2015. Jerry Duncan Promotions will spearhead the radio campaign. 

A high-energy, up-tempo, track, “It’s Gettin’ Old,” is the ideal first single release as an I.D. to Allie’s confident, carefree and honest character.  The storyline, written with her gal pals in mind, reveals mutual experiences and relationships with “a jerk” that becomes a habitual, unhealthy attraction. Packed with relatable lyrics, the song is a must-hear to empower young women to be confident, to trust intuition and to walk away from relationships untrue.

“I am very excited to introduce my music to radio and the country music audience,” noted Allie Louise.  “I feel like the combination of the high energy, sass and ‘women-stand-your-ground’ message is the perfect introduction to my music and the new album.  I’m excited to show folks what I’ve got!”

The corresponding music video “It’s Gettin’ Old” was directed by Robby Melling and produced by Sixth Beat Productions and The Greene Group Detroit.  Allie appears in a true-to-life depiction.  The video can be seen on YouTube .

Allie Louise is an artist, songwriter and musician from Rochester Hills, Mich., and the youngest of six children.  Walking in her siblings’ footsteps, she began playing piano at the young age of five, and soon after added guitar and vocals to her list of talents.  As evidenced by her performance on the new single, young Allie Louise has undeniable natural talent and vocal range and the ability to captivate her audience with the very first note.  She has been described as an “old soul with a little sass” and her influences include a long list of country music’s favorite women such as Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Leann Rimes and, most notably, Patsy Cline.

A performer in the studio and on stage, Allie Louise has opened for national recording artists Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Austin Webb, Justin Moore, Josh Turner and David Shelby.  She performs regularly as an acoustic solo act at venues in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  Allie has also been involved with various charity events supporting autism, downs syndrome, St. Jude and Relay for Life. 

She will make personal introductions with music industry executives and radio at
Country Radio Seminar in February.

It’s Gettin’ Old” will be available via all major digital outlets iTunes/Rhapsody/Amazon on January 22, 2015. For more on Allie Louise, please visit: www.allielouiseofficial.com

2015/01 1:44 AM
​Jake Gear Upped To Creative Director For Sea Gayle Music

Effective immediately, Sea Gayle Music Creative Manager Jake Gear has been elevated to Creative Director.

Gear has been a part of Sea Gayle since October 2013. His other gigs include Magic Mustang Music, where he served as Creative Assistant, and CMT.

Send Jake Gear congrats here .

2015/01 9:10 AM
Angela Borchetta White Launches Willing Nashville Label

Angela Borchetta White will be serving as President and CEO of a new full-service record label Willing Nashville.  It will partner with White House Promotion and Marketing's Borchetta White to form the US imprint.

Dayna Laverick will be doing the marketing and artist development while Jeffrey R.W. Rath will be Chairman and General Counsel for the label.

Bobby Wills, 2013 CCMA Rising Star winner is the first artist to be signed to the label.  They will be promoting his current LP Crazy Enough.

"Jeff sent me a copy of Crazy Enough last summer and it was one of the best collections of songs by a new artist I'd heard in a while," says Borchetta White.  "Bobby has an exciting sound and the production of this album convinced me that this was an artist and a project that US Radio needed to hear and would be ready to embrace.  Jeff has a clear vision for this project which is what intrigued and convinced me to accept the charge of introducing  Willing to the US and ensuring everyboyy has the chance to hear our music.  Bobby Wills is a talented singer, songwriter and live performer and I'm excited for us to be partnering together!"

Willing Nashville will produce and reocrd with its partners in Nashville, Calgary, Toronto Vancouver, Los Angeles and Muscle Shoals.  The company has offices in Nashville, Atlanta and Calgary.


2015/01 9:07 AM
AllAboutCountry.com Now Gives You All The Music Tools You Need

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2015/01 8:24 AM
BBR Music Group adds Shaina Botwin As Digital Marketing Manager

BBR Music group hires Shaina Botwin to be Digital Marketing Manager, effective immediately.

Botwin will create, manage and execute digital marketing ideas and strategies that engage online music fans and drive consumer interaction on social sites and artist websites; as well as, spot digital trends, understand new technologies and social media behavior in order to create new and compelling experiences between the fans and BBR Music Group artists.

2015/01 8:01 AM
Beasley Announces Beasley Media Group And A New Logo

Beasley Broadcast Group is now rebranding its 53 radio stations: 33 FM’s and 20 AM’s located in 12 both large-and mid-size markets in the U.S., as Beasley Media Group.

According to the company, "the name reflects the broad and expansive reach of on-air, digital and collateral radio products that are available to Beasley’s listeners and advertisers."

2015/01 7:06 AM
Country Stars Kick Butt in Pollstar's 2014 Best Selling Tours

Pollstar releases its year-end report of top 200 North American tours for 2014. Country artists really scored big:

1.  LUKE BRYAN  earned $62.8 million from 72 shows in 59 cities

2.  GEORGE STRAIT  earned $61.8 million from 26 shows in 26 cities

3.  JASON ALDEAN  earned $52.5 million from 70 shows in 60 cities

4.  GARTH BROOKS  earned $51.0 million from 51 shows in 8 cities

5.  ZAC BROWN BAND  earned $4.1 million from 63 shows in 54 cities

6.  BRAD PAISLEY  earned $24.0 million from 57 shows in 57 cities

7.  ERIC CHURCH  earned $23.6 million from 42 shows in 39 cities

8.  LADY ANTEBELLUM  earned $22.8 million from 67 shows in 67 cities

9.  BLAKE SHELTON  earned $22.2 million from 26 shows in 26 cities

10.  KEITH URBAN  earned $21.6 million from 37 shows in 37 cities

These numbers reflect gross numbers for ticket sales only and do not account for merchandise sales or overhead expenses. 
George Strait's average of $2.37 million per show for his "Cowboy Rides Away Tour," as well as Garth Brooks' return to touring with 51 total shows in only 8 cities earning him an average of $6.37 million per city.

Get the complete listing of acts from all formats from Pollstar’s report  here .

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