2015/08 9:16 AM
Judy Griffin Joins Nine North

Judy Griffin is the new Director/Promo and Marketing West/Southwest for Nine North/Turnpike Music effective 9/8/15, according to an announcement made by Jeff Davis, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville's VP/Promotion and Marketing.

"Throughout my work, I discovered a passion for developing artists and I will proudly continue this with Nine North/Turnpike Music," Griffin says.

"I'm very excited to add Judy to our amazing team," says Davis. "Her passion for the business, energy, experience, and creativity make her the perfect choice for this position!"

Griffin has worked with artists as diverse as Yes, Bad Company, Richard Marx and Aaron Neville.  She also collaborated with Ted Turner's WCW brand and the Atlanta Braves organization as a special events coordinator talent. She has also worked with KTXQ and WKHX in promotions and marketing.  She was most recently with Sidewalk Records and will be based in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

2015/08 8:52 AM
House Party Goes To #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, MCA Nashville VP/Promo Katie Dean, Dir/National Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Manager/Radio Marketing and Syndication Chris Schuler as well as the Promo team of Louie Newman, Miranda McDonald, Anna Johnson, Donna Jo Passuntino, Michelle Tyrrell and Julianna Underwood for landing in the top spot this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Sam Hunt's "House Party."

This is Hunt's third single from his debut album "Montevallo."  It also marks his third consecutive #1 from the album.

 

2015/08 8:46 AM
Scooter Braun To Judge Nash Next Challenge

SB Projects' Scooter Braun will be a guest judge during the upcoming Nash Next Challenge.

Braun will be a part of the Periscope Live Broadcast Challenge.  It will run Monday September 14-23 as a third phase of the competition.  He will be working with other judges John Dickey, James Stroud and Kix Brooks.

"Since the beginning of my career, I have been dedicated to discovering new talent across all genres of music," explained Braun. "With Nash and my fellow judges, we are going to find the best new acts in Country music at this year's competition and bring that music to fans through social and digital platforms."
 

2015/08 8:39 AM
Core Panel Moderators Set for Country Radio Seminar 2016

The core panel moderators have been announced for Country Radio Seminar 2016.  They are Beverlee Brannigan, RJ Curtis, Dan Halyburton, Gregg Lindahl and Bob Richards.

Lindahl, Brannigan and Halyburton are returning from 2015 CRS.  Bob Richards is a past moderator and RJ Curtis is new.

The core moderators will oversee and direct the educational panels throughout the seminar which will be held February 8-10 at the Omni Htel in downtown Nashville.

About The Moderators: 

Beverlee Brannigan is the Vice President of Radio Programming for The E.W. Scripps Company and. Beverlee oversees programming of the company’s 34 radio stations in addition to serving as VP/GM for Scripps Wichita operations.  Brannigan’s career includes successes as air talent, program director and operations director.  She encouraged three morning shows to wins for “Country Music Association Personality of the Year” as well as a win for KFDI as “CMA Station of the Year” in 2003. In 2012 Brannigan was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

RJ Curtis launched his radio career fresh out of high school and spent 30 years in the business, 27 exclusive to Country radio and a combined 17 years in three decades at Country KZLA/Los Angeles. His tenure there included every aspect of on-air and programming including weekends, mornings, APD/MD, PD and OM. In 2007, RJ transitioned to Radio & Records as Country Editor before joining Arista Nashville’s promotion team in 2009 after R&R ceased publication. A desire to return to trade publications united him with Country Aircheck in 2011 where he served as VP/Country. He is currently the Nashville Editor of All Access.

Dan Halyburton, a 40-year radio veteran, is currently with Falls Media Group. Most recently, he served as President of RadioTime. He has been a pioneer in country radio programming, management and digital media and is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Halyburton is a member of the ownership team for Falls Media Group with FMs in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Gregg Lindahl retired from a 40-year media career that began as a country music DJ at age 15, and ended as Senior Vice President for Digital and Strategy at Cox Media Group. Lindahl programmed country stations in Nashville and Oklahoma City, and he managed stations in Charlotte, Dallas, Portland and Chicago.  He led a consumer market research company and an Internet start-up.  Since retiring, he has become an inadvertent consultant to a handful of digital start-ups and is an angel investor.    

Bob Richards has nearly 25 years of experience in radio.  His career began in New Castle, Indiana at WMDH AM/FM as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1987 to 1996 and spent 14 years in Indianapolis at WFMS-FM (95.5) as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1995-2009. Since October of 2009, he has served as Ops Manager for Emmis Radio Indianapolis and PD of WLHK-FM. In addition, Richards owns Pinehurst Productions, a full service video production company. 

For more information go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.


2015/08 8:36 AM
Dave Kirth New Director/West Coast Promotions For Big Loud

The new Big Loud Records continues to add staffers.  Dave Kirth has been named the new Director/West Coast Promotion for Big Loud Records and will report directly to President Clay Hunnicutt.  He can be reached at 916-903-7865 or here .

His resume includes time at KTOM/Monterey, CA, Bigger Picture Group, Lofton Creek Records and New Revolution Entertainment.

"Dave is a great addition to the Big Loud Records team," said Hunnicutt. "His experience in both radio and record promotion make him a perfect fit for where this label is headed. He is unmatched in his relationships and will considerably impact all aspects of our business, especially our artists." 

2015/08 8:18 AM
Steven Tyler Featured in 2015 Radio Show "Music and Mimosas" Event

Steven Tyler will be featured in a one-on-one interview with Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase fo "Crook & Chase" during "Music and Mimosas" on Friday, October 2 at 9 am (ET).  

Tyler will discuss his journey to building his his career and brand, teh importance of developing as an artist and staying relevant, what it takes to have a hit and how radio plays into that goal.  To register for the event go here. 

 

2015/08 8:00 AM
A Busy Wedding Weekend

Weddings were in the air over the weekend.  Congratuations to Brian Hatfield and his new wife Nikole Netherton (right).  The couple got married in Las Vegas over the weekend.  Congratulate them here. 

Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and new wife Simone Staley (left) were also married over the3 weekend.  The couple tied the knot in Nashville.  They have known each other 27 years and just started dating in 2013.  "It's been a beautiful experience together,": said Golden.

2015/08 7:46 AM
Jim Shea Leaves WKTI/Milwaukee

WKTI/Milwaukee's Jim Shea is leaving the station and broadcasting to attend medical school.

He will be moving to Miami to attend med school at Barry University.  His 35-years in broadcasting took him to Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Harisburg, PA, Charleston, WV and Evansville, Indiana.  He also was on the Benztown team as a commercial copywriter.

 

2015/08 7:30 AM
Taylor Takes MTV's Video of the Year

Taylor Swift took home several awards at MTV's Video Music Awards including Video of the Year for "Bad Blood."

She was also awarded the Best Female Video for "Blank Space," saying "I wanna thank the fans for watching the video a billion times."

The winners included:
·         Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
·         Best Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
·         Best Female Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
·         Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman"
·         Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
·         Best Video with a Social Message: Big Seat featuring Kanye West and John Legend - "One Man Can Change the World"
·         Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Manaj - "Anaconda"
·         Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"
·         Song of Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer - "She's Kinda Hot"
·         Best Editing: Beyonce - "7/11"
·         Best Direction: Kendrik Lamar - "Alright"
·         Best Cinematography: Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me"
·         Best Choreography: OK Go - "I Won't Let You Down"
·         Best Art Direction: Tarylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
·         Best Visual Effects: Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber - "Where Are U Now"
·         Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West


 

2015/08 6:49 AM
BBR Launches New Imprint

RRB Music Group has launched the company's fourth imprint Wheelhouse Records.  It joins the imprint of Broken Bow, Stoney Creek and Red Bow.  The first two artists on the label are Trace Adkins and Granger Smith.

The Wheelhouse staff includes:

Teddi Bonadies, VP/Promo; Jennifer Shaffer, Midwest/Southwest; Brittany Pellegrino, Northwest; Kimmie Trosdahl, Southeast; Bill Snickers, West Coast; Nicole Nehrbas, Coordinator of Wheelhouse and Red Bow and Carly Ronayne, Coordinator of Promotion for Broken Bow and Stoney Creek.

“Commenting on the launch of Wheelhouse, BBR Music Group Owner/CEO Benny Brown said, “When the BBR Music Group makes a commitment to an artist, we intend to do our very best to help them live out their dreams. In order for us to do that, we have to add the support it’s going to take to gain the most airplay for each single. We’ve found that if we have more than four or five artists on one label, then someone isn’t going to get the fair shot they need. That’s why we started Stoney Creek in 2009, then Red Bow in 2012, and now Wheelhouse Records. We want to do everything we possibly can for each artist -- because we don’t give up easy.”

Benny Brown and I have always shared a vision of providing the artists on our roster with the individualized attention and strategic support they each deserve," said BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. "Recently, we’ve been fortunate to work with some extraordinary new talent. The formation of Wheelhouse Records -- and its additional promotion staff -- became a necessity so that we may uphold the vision that has made the BBR Music Group both a haven for artist development and for the continued growth of superstar acts.”

Contact information is listed below:

Teddy Bonadies- 615-496-6352,   Teddi@wheelhousebbrmg.com
Jennifer Shaffer-(904) 386-5050, /Blog/
Brittany Pelligrino-(248) 420-1125, /Blog/
Kimmie Trosdahl-615-598-0588, /Blog/
Bill Snickers-206-261-0588, /Blog/
Nicole Nehrbas-480-329-0718, /Blog/
Carly Ronayne-734-308-7026, /Blog/









 

2015/08 1:00 PM
​iHeartMedia Ups Three Programmers

iHeartMedia Promotes Brad Hardin To EVP/GM, Jon Zellner To EVP/Programming Operations, And Maynard EVP/Programming Strategy

iHeartMedia
's National Programming Platforms group has selected Brad Hardin as its EVP/GM, Jon Zellner as its EVP/Programming Operations and Maynard as its EVP/Programming Strategy.  All of these three will report straight to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, and will be based out of New York City.

Hardin
will work on the support for the local stations' programming efforts, overseeing iHeartMedia 's regional SVPs and EVPs/Programming and leveraging groups like the company's Brand Management in-house format team. He said, "I'm looking forward to working more closely with the amazing people on our National Programming Platforms team as well as programmers throughout our markets -- they are the very best in content creation and live event marketing.  I'm excited to have the opportunity to further contribute to our future growth, and continuing to demonstrate the power of iHeartMedia's local and national brands."

Zellner
will be managing the division's operations, guaranteeing that iHeartMedia's 858 local radio stations in over 150 markets are able to best utilize the company's national resources. " iHeartMedia continues to set the industry standard for innovation and one-of-a-kind content," he said.  "I'm honored and very excited to have the opportunity to work with Tom and the programming team on implementing new ideas and strategies for our incredible brands."

Maynard
will work with iHeartMedia's programmers to regularly review and fine-tune stations' on air products and oversee the company's team of on air creative directors led by VP/Imaging Kelly Doherty. "I've had an incredible experience since joining iHeartMedia," he said. "It's extremely motivating to work with a company that is committed to exceeding expectations both internally and with our millions of listeners. The people in this company are what make it great, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity and even more excited for what lies ahead."

Poleman
said, " iHeartMedia's strength is built on our great programmers working together to develop great content and experiences for our listeners utilizing our unmatched scale, Brad, Jon and Matnard each have a remarkable amount of hands-on experience programming some of the best local radio stations in the world, making them uniquely qualified to lead our company-wide programming initiatives."  

2015/08 12:03 PM
Big & Rich Holiday Inn Resorts & Five Lucky Winners

Big & Rich Partner With Holiday Inn Resort® Brand To Award Five Lucky Fans A Once In A Lifetime Weekened Getaway
 
IHG  (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces the Holiday Inn Resort® brand’s new collaboration with Country music sensation Big & Rich. The hotel brand teamed up with Big & Rich and awarded five of the band’s most die-hard fans the chance to “run away” with them to the Holiday Inn Resort ®  Pensacola Beach Gulf Front  for a once in a lifetime trip, which took place this past weekend.
 
The American country music duo Big Kenny and John Rich, who make up Big & Rich, are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists, known for explosive live performances and a devoted fan base across America. The Holiday Inn Resort brand joined forces with the band as part of the Holiday Inn®  Journey to Extraordinary  campaign, which was launched in the summer of 2014. The campaign celebrates the incredible stories of each and every guest who walks through the doors of a Holiday Inn hotel. The Journey to Extraordinary campaign continues this year with a focus on celebrating the connections that travelers make while on the road – be they with loved ones, new acquaintances or their favorite musical duo.

As part of the brand’s collaboration with the band, Holiday Inn Resort is also offering more than 40,000 free downloads of Big & Rich’s new single “Run Away with You,” available for download  here  and available through Tuesday, September 22. The  music video  for the single, released earlier this summer, follows the story of a young couple who hit the road to see Big & Rich perform in Myrtle Beach, SC. From their departure from Nashville, Tennessee, to the moment they arrived at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach hotel, viewers see the special moments the couple experienced and memories they created along their journey together.
 
Heather Balsley, Senior Vice President, Americas Brand Management, IHG said: “The Holiday Inn brand’s collaboration with Big & Rich embodies the spirit of the Journey to Extraordinary campaign by helping these super fans create new vacation memories while enjoying a last blast of summer fun with their favorite musicians. The lyrics of the band’s newest single, ‘Run Away with You,’ echo the sentiment of adventure and discovery that we strive to enable for our guests every day as they travel and create memories along their own journeys. Partnering with Big & Rich to create this unique experience for five of their biggest fans is just one example of how the Holiday Inn brand is connecting with our guests in new and different ways.”

The five winners, chosen from an essay contest launched on the band’s Facebook page in July, journeyed from their hometowns to the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front resort for a special weekend consisting of a private luau party, intimate acoustic concert and meet-and-greet with the band. Each of the winners is a long-time fan with a personal connection to the band:
 
The Winners Are:
  • Amy Waller Longmont, Colorado
  • Shayna Matthews Baltimore, Maryland
  • Holli Dillard-Cranfill Grasonville, Maryland
  • Ashley Eickhoff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Holli Dillard-Cranfill of Grasonville, Maryland, 
 

2015/08 9:55 AM
​Paesan Pellegrini Retires After 26 Years From WGTY/York, PA

Times & News Publishing Country WGTY/Great Country 107.7/York, PA afternoon air talent Paesan Pellegrini announces his retirement. Today (8/28) will be his last shift.

Paesan has been with WGTY since 1989. First as morning show host, then On Air/PD in 1991. Then in 2004, Paesan left his PD duties and made the switch to afternoons, where he has stayed.  
At the moment, there is no word a successor.

WGTY's  FaceBook  page explained,"It is with mixed emotions that today (8/28) we announce the retirement of our afternoon personality, Paesan Pellegrini.  His dedication, work ethic, and drive helped to lay the foundation of what we've become now. Though we'll miss him, we're happy that after almost 40 years in radio and 26 of them at WGTY, he'll get a much deserved break."

Well-wishes for his retirement and congrats for Paesan may be left on his FaceBook  here .

2015/08 9:44 AM
Apple Upgrades Comin' Down

Invites have been sent out for an upcoming press event for Apple at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Sna Francisco on September 9.

Speculation is that the announcement will icnclude new product updates including a new iPhone.  Other rumors include a larger iPad, an update for the company's Apple Watch operating system and iOS9 and OS X El Capitan.  The company has not confirmed specifics.

The invitations reads: “Hey Siri, give me a hint.”

Programmed responses included:

– “Look deep within yourself and you will find the answer. Especially on September 9.”

– “You’re cute when you’re desperate for information.”

– “The only hint I can give you right now is a hint of lime. And that there’s a big announcement on September 9.

– “I can neither confirm nor deny that I am not authorized either to confirm or deny that I cannot disclose anything that you would then have to confirm. In any case, I would deny it. Got it?”

2015/08 9:24 AM
Lady Antebellum Will Take A Break From Recording And Touring

Capitol Nashville trio  Lady Antebellum  has decided to take a pause from recording and touring. The hiatus will start immediately following the conclusion of their current "Wheels Up Tour," which is scheduled to wrap-up Saturday, September 19th in Camden, NJ.

Hillary Scott told E! News the group intends to step away from recording and touring in order to spend more time with their families and focus on writing songs for their next project. Since the group's initial debut album release, all three members have married; Scott and Dave Haywood are both parents, while Charles Kelley and his wife are expecting their first child. No timeline has been given for Lady A’s next studio project or tour.

For more information, visit Lady A's official website  and  FaceBook .

2015/08 8:49 AM
Ian Rogers Is Leaving Apple

Ian Rogers, Apple exec and former CEO of Beats Music is leaving Apple, according to Billboard after the first report from Financial Times.

Rogers was head of iTunes Radio in 2014 and prior to that was CEO of Topspin which was bought by Beats Music earlier than year.  He also served as manager of Yahoo! Music.

“According to Financial Times sources, Rogers will be taking a job in Europe in an unrelated industry,” reports the national industry trade publication. “Rogers was key to the development of the popular Beats 1 radio, as well as drawing Beats 1′s leader Zane Lowe away from his position at the BBC (which caused a bit of a trickle-down effect).”

2015/08 6:40 AM
Dave Hovel Tapped As PD, Mornings For WICL/Williamsport, MD

West Virginia Radio Corp. Country WICL/The Big Dawg 95-9/Williamsport, MD selects Dave Hovel for the PD/morning gig. Hovel most recently was handling a number of shifts on Country, Top 40, and Sports Talk formats for CBS Radio/Baltimore and prior to that he spent 24 years with Delmarva Country WXCY/Wilmington, DE. He will continue handling his current weekend shift for CBS Radio Top 40 WWMX/Mix 106-5/Baltimore.

WICL morning personality Danielle will move to do voice tracking for afternoon drive and continue to host a live midday show on AC sister station WLTF/Today's 97-5. WICL afternoon talent Rona will shift her focus to the morning show on WLTF, teaming up with staffer Jeff Adams.

Send your congrats to Hovel here .

2015/08 6:05 AM
'Project Runway' Guest Judge Is Carrie Underwood; And She Will ‘Make Fashion Week’ Debut

19 Records/Arista Nashville artist  Carrie Underwood will serve as a guest judge for the season finale episode of Lifetime-TV's "Project Runway." The finale episode will tape on Friday, September 11th and is scheduled to air Thursday, November 5th at 9 pm (ET/PT). Underwood will join other guest judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen alongside judges Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn to select the series winner.

Also, Underwood is slated to make her Fashion Week debut with her "Cali By Carrie Underwood" clothing line at the upcoming New York Fashion Week to present her fall collection.
For more information, visit Underwood's official  website .

2015/08 6:00 AM
Cumulus Shows Big Fan Engagement For 'Nash Next' Talent Search

Cumulus Media releases info from its NASH Next Challenge talent competition, which started in June, with a mission to discover and release music from new artists.

According to Cumulus, key fan engagement numbers from the  NASH Next  site and accompanying app reveal:

More than 40,000 fans enrolled in the first three weeks.


More than 1.2 million  NASHNextCountry.com  visitors per month
.

142 million total impressions in the past two months on social media.


12.6 million people reached by NASH Next on Twitter and Instagram alone.


More than 68% of total NASH Next traffic via mobile devices.


Cumulus EVP/Content and Programming John Dickey said,
“This extraordinary level of fan engagement, even in the early days of this innovative talent competition, demonstrates the passion and commitment Country music fans have to the NASH brand as they play a role in finding the next big superstar.”

2015/08 8:57 AM
Cindy Simmons: Ready To Roll

Former Entercom Hit AC WSTR/Atlanta morning personality Cindy Simmons is done with her non-compete and ready to take on her next opportunity.  She is open to all format options.

While she's been away she has launched her own "Surviving Mommy" website.  It covers numerous lifestyle topics including relationships, friendships, parenting, fashion and travel, among others. Check it out here .
  
Get in touch with her here  .

2015/08 8:07 AM
WBCM Radio Bristol Ready To Launch

The birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN is about ready to launch WBCM Radio Bristol at 4 p.m. ET today, three months after announcing plans for the station. The station will play American Roots music including bluegrass and Americana, in addition to Country.

They will broadcast live on 100.1 FM, as well as stream WBCM Radio Bristol-LP 100.1 FM, Radio Bristol Americana and Radio Bristol Classic via the Radio Bristol mobile app and media center on the station's website.

BCM Executive Director Leah Ross said, "WBCM is a radio station, an app, an interactive museum exhibit, and an online media center featuring free Americana and Roots programming, streaming for a worldwide audience.”
 

2015/08 7:46 AM
J.D. Power Says New Car Technology Is Not Used

Many stations are researching reaching listeners through new technology in their cars.  According to a new study by J.D.Power many of these new technologies aren't being used by owners.  

Autonews.com reports "J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20% percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured."

According to J.D. Power, 38% of new car owners haven’t used available mobile routers and 32% haven't touched their in-vehicle apps.

Autonews notes, "such technological features have a brief 30-day window for gaining acceptance among drivers. If owners don’t use certain features during that time, they probably never will," said J.D. Power  VP/U.S. Automotive Quality Renee Stephens. "Dealerships play a key role in the early stages of ownership. If a dealer doesn’t explain a feature, the study found that owners have a higher likelihood of never using it." 

There are 14 features that 20% or more of owners could live without in their next vehicles including Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

2015/08 7:40 AM
Clint Black is Back

Clint Black will release his frist all-new studio album in 10 years on September 25.  "On Purpose" is a self-produced 14-track album recorded at Black's studio in Nashville.  It will be released on Blacktop Records, in association with Thirty Tigers.

The album features "You Still Get To Me," Black's third duet with wife, actress Lisa Hartman Black.  “'On Purpose' comes from a line in the song ‘Better and Worse,’” notes Black. “It represents my attitude towards life, in that it’s never easy to ‘go your own way,’ but the rewards are greater when you follow your heart. I know that’s what my fans expect from me, and I hope that they hear that in the songs on this album. Musically, On Purpose is right where I want to be. I pushed myself hard for this album, doing more of the guitar work, even playing slide guitar for the first time.”

This is Black's 21st album overall, and 12th studio release.  He has sold more than 20 million albums and charted nearly two dozen No. 1 singles.

2015/08 7:35 AM
WRNS to Debut "Y2K Country" Weekend Programming

WRNS/Greenville, NC will debut "Y2K Country" hosted by Wayne Carlyle this Saturday, Aguust 29.  They will air the programming weekly from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (ET).

"Y2K Country" features the biggest hits from 2000-2010. is a familiar voice to Eastern North Carolina as he hosted the WRNS morning show for twenty years before leaving in 2011.

 

2015/08 7:30 AM
Phil Vassar Signs With Webster and Announces Fall Tour

Singer/songwriter Phil Vassar has signed with Webster Public Relations according to an announcement made by Kirt Webster, President.

"Phil is an extraordinary talent, both as a songwriter and an artist," says Kirt Webster.  "Our team is excited about the new partnership with Phil and excited to bring new opportunities to his career."

In other Vassar news, he is heading out on the fall leg of his 2015 #noPHILter tour;. He has an ambitious tour schedule with 20 dates remaining of the over 125 appearances in his 2015 tour schedule“I’m really looking forward to the fall leg of our 2015 tour", says Vassar. "We have never had so much fun as we have had this year with the crowd tweeting requests to #noPHILter. It keeps the shows real and interactive – we are like a live jukebox. The interaction with the crowd is amazing."

2015 #noPHILter Tour


Sep 04, 2015 – Millersport, OH – Sweet Corn Festival
Sep 05, 2015 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
Sep 06, 2015 – Virginia Beach, VA – American Music Festival
Sep 12, 2015 – Franklin, TN – Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Benefit Concert, Losers Bar & Grill
Sep 16, 2015 – Clarksville, TN – APSU Memorial Health Building (Red Barn)
Sep 19, 2015 – Seminole, OK – Seminole Nation Days - Mekuskey
Oct 02, 2015 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Ranch
Oct 03, 2015 – Port St. Joe, FL - 19th Annual FL Scallop & Music
Oct 09, 2015 – Manitowoc, WI - Capitol Civic Centre
Oct 10, 2015 – Columbus, OH - Hollywood Casino Columbus
Oct 15, 2015 – New York, NY - BB King Blues Club and Grill
Oct 16, 2015 – Foxborough, MA - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Oct 17, 2015 – Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
Nov 06, 2015 – Renfro Valley, KY – New Barn
Nov 07, 2015 – Fredrick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts
Nov 19, 2015 – Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
Nov 20, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Nov 22, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler
Dec 10, 2015 – Hanover, PA - Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
Dec 11, 2015 – Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
Dec 12, 2015 – Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey Performance Center
Dec 13, 2015 – Corning, NY - Corning Museum of Glass
Dec 18, 2015 – Franklin, TN - Franklin Theatre 
 
For more information, please visit  www.PHILVASSAR.com.


 

2015/08 7:11 AM
Emilee Gross Joins CDX

Emilee Gross, former 144 Entertainment Coordinator/Graphic Designer and Social Media has joined CDX as Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

"Having Emilee on board to oversee the social media marketing part of the equation will prove invaluable to CDX and, more importantly, to our clients," says CDX VP/GM Joe Kelly.

 "I am here to take the pressure off so they can focus on what matters – the music," says Gross.
 

2015/08 6:46 AM
Matt "Sparx" Ethridge Joins KUAD/Ft. Collins

Matt "Sparx" Ethridge, former KUPL/Portland ngiht personality has joined KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO in afternoons.  

​Ethridge takes over for Charlie Barnes who left earlier this week.  Sparx will also do middays on sister Top 40 KKPl and Asst. Brnad Manager duties on Alternative KMAX..

According to OM/Brand Manager Justin Tyler, "Matt is the type of talent we were looking for.  We can utlize him across multiple platforms and he'll excel at each one."
 
Sparx's resume includes stops at WAPE/Jacksonville (Top 40).  He will start on KUAD Monday, August 31.  Get in touch with him here.  

2015/08 5:01 AM
PD/Morning Host Needed In Panama City

If you're looking for a Morning Host/PD gig, this could be it!

WKNK/Panama City, FL is looking for a PD/Morning host to succeed Dave Fields.  Fields resigned recently.

"Strategic thinkers who want to be No. 1" are encouraged to send airchecks and resumes to RWPC Co-President and consultantScott Huskey  here.
 

2015/08 4:34 AM
Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush To Air in September

"Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush" will air over the first two weekends in September across more than 80 markets with TV stations nation-wide including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis and Nashville.  This is the debut documentary from the newly launched Cumulus NASH TV Films' series in partnership wtih Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“This is the story of my life and my career over the past twenty years – from my mother passing away to my divorce to the tragedy in Indiana – and the bands and the songs that came from those experiences,” said Bush. “I'm excited to be here at the start of this promising partnership, experiencing firsthand the way Cumulus and Sinclair are dreaming up the future of how stories will be told in the music business and helping artists like me share music with more people than ever.”


 
 

2015/08 11:05 AM
Mark Calandrello Leaves Beasley/Tampa

Beasley Broadcasting/Tampa Marketing Director Mark "Cali" Calandrello has exited.  He previously worked as Promo Director for CBS/Boston stations WBCN, WPBZ and WBMX.

Get in touch with him at /Blog/ and 617-407-1553.

2015/08 11:05 AM
Victoria Chaitoff Joins Warner Music

Victoria Chaitoff has joined Warner Music Nashville.  She is a recent graduate of College of William and Mary and was Executive Director/Alma Mater Productions nad also interned at Black River Entertainment. She will be working as PR Assistant.  Her first day was August 10. 

Get in touch with her here .

2015/08 10:44 AM
KSCS/Dallas Looking For Morning Co-Host

KSCS/Dallas is looking for a co-host to join longtime morning personality Mark "Hawkeye" Louis.  PD JR Schumann is looking for someone who has large or major market experience.

Send your materials to Schumann here .

2015/08 9:16 AM
Funeral Services Set for Jeff Walker

Services have been set for Aritsto Media Group CEO Jeff Walker.  Walker passed away Monday, August 24.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, August 28 at First Baptist Church of Nashville, 109 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.  Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. (CT ) with services at 2 p.m. (CT). A private interment will follow.  

A celebration of life is also being planned.  Details will be shared as soon as information is released.  

2015/08 7:11 AM
Curtis Flips WSSG-AM to Jack FM

Curtis Media has flipped Country WSSG-A(simulcasting WZKT, Katie Country 97.7)/Goldsboro, NC to Adult Hits along with FM translater W252CL as 98.3 Jack FM.

According to OM Joel Gillie, “We are so excited to bring this energetic format to Goldsboro and can’t wait for our listeners to make Jack their new best friend!... The new Jack FM has tons of personality, it’s fresh, it’s topical, and it takes you back!”

2015/08 7:00 AM
Wes Teska Joins Alpha

Wes Teska, formerly New POint Digital Director/Creative has joined Alpha as Director/Interactive Design and will manage the company's brand presence on the web, mobile, social and live events.

Teska's resume includes time with Oasis Radio Group/Ft. Wayne, IN.

""Wes is a talented visionary who brings an incredible eye to the team," says VP/Interactive Stefan Brock.

2015/08 6:57 AM
Charley Barnes Leaves KUAD/Ft. Collins

Afternoon personality Charley Barnes has left KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO.  At this point there is no word on plans to replace him.

2015/08 5:49 AM
Austin's In Mornings

WTHT/Portland, ME night personality Andy Austin (right) moves to mornings joining co-host Michelle Taylor and Paul Hunt.  Austin takes the place of Dave Winsor.  Winsor is leaving the station after 15 years in mornings.  

"This was a hard decision and one not taken lightly," says VP/GM Patrick Collins. "We have nothing but the highest regard for Dave." 

Weekender Jeremy Daniels takes over nights.  

2015/08 1:50 PM
Dayton Kane New PD/Afternoons at WKTI

Dayton Kane (left) has been named Program Manager/afternoons at WKTI, 94.5 KTI Country/Milwaukee effective Monday, August 31.  He previously worked at Top 40 WKSZ/Green Bay where he was PD/morning host.  Programming at WKTI was being handled by VP/GM Tom Langmyer.  In addition, Jillene Khan has been hired to do evenings.  She has been at WLLR/Quad Cities IA-IL.  

Kane and Khan are the first full timers who have been hired to join KTI Country.  The station was launched in May.

“Our search has centered greatly on people with local connections, hit music experience and a love of Country music. Hiring Dayton Kane, a Milwaukee native, who’s ready to come home and has been working just up the road, is a huge win for KTI Country,” said Langmyer.  “Jillene, who is also from the Upper Midwest, is an exciting, up-and-coming broadcaster with an infectious personality that will do a great job hosting our live, local evening show.” Both Kane and Khan ill be in-house on Monday, August 31 and hit the airwaves Tuesday, September 8th.. 

2015/08 9:57 AM
Jeff Walker Suddenly Passes

It is with a sad heart that All About Country reports the death of Aristo Media President/CEO Jeff Walker who died suddenly yesterday.
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Walker was well known in our industry and was a long time CMA and CRS board member.  He ran AristoMedia for more than 35 years.

He is survived by father Bill and stepmother Jeanine, wife Terri, son Jonathan, daughter Christy Walker-Watkins and grand-daughters Elle and Lucy.  Arrangements are pending.

2015/08 9:25 AM
Interview With Jeff Walker In Hot Topics From the Pros

With the passing of Nashville Icon Jeff Walker, AllAboutCountry.com thought it appropriate to feature an interview Walker did with Larry LeBlanc (left).

LeBlanc was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. LeBlanc has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times and the New York Times.

Read the interview here .
 
 
 
 

2015/08 8:31 AM
GSM Carole Bowen Exits 99.9 KISS Country/Miami

WKIS, 99.9 Kiss Country/Miami's GSM Carole Bowen has left effective yesterday (8/24).  Bowen has been a member of the CRS Board of Directors for the past 12 years and was recently re-elected as an officer for the organization and serves as Secretary.

Bowen has been in the Miami market for quite a while and is examining her options.  Get in touch with her here.  

2015/08 7:52 AM
MusicMaster Opens Dallas Corporate Headquarters

A-Ware Software, parent company for MusicMaster Scheduling, has announced the relocation of their corporate offices to Dallas.

MusicMaster was established in the greater Milwaukee area in 1983 by Joe Knapp who will open the new facility September 1, 2015.

In other MusicMaster news, they have hired Ryan Young as the new Sr. Accountant.  Young has over ten years of experience workingas a business analyst, Controller and Vice President of Finance for both large and small companies.

President/CEO Joe Knapp shares, "“I have mixed emotions about the changes, but I’m also focused on our exciting future. While nearly all of our employees work in different cities around the world, having day to day operations near my Dallas residence will allow me to work more closely with all aspects of the business. The new facility will also provide the space we need for our expanding business interests.”

MusicMaster's new address will be 8330 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1050, Dallas TX 75243. The corporate business phone number will remain 262-717-2220.
 

2015/08 7:38 AM
Underwood Most Added This Week

Congrats to the entire Arista Nashville promo team headed up by VP/Promo Lesly Simon and Director/National Promotion John Sigler as they earned 145 adds with Carrie Underwood's "Smoke Break."  This puts Underwood in the top spot this week for adds according to Mediabase.  It also breaks the record for highest-ever one-week add total.  The record was held by Florida Georgia Line's single "Dirt," which achieved 127 adds in one week last July.

The single "Smoke Break" is the first single from Underwood's upcoming album "Storyteller," which is scheduled to be released Friday, October 23.  

2015/08 7:13 AM
Jennifer Nettles Signs With BMLG

As was reported here, Jennifer Nettles left her previous label Mercury three weeks ago.  She has now signed with Big Machine Label Group. She joins the ranks of BMLG artists including The Band Perry, Tim McGraw, TAylor Swift and Glorida Georgia Line.

Nettles' split from UMG concerned about her solo material.  Sugarland is still with UMG.  

Since going solo Nettles had struggled to find the success she had with Kristian Bush as Sugarland.  She released her debut album "That Girl" that was well received bu thte highest charting single was the title track single that came in just inside the Top 40.  She then released her second single "Sugar" as the lead track from her second solo album.  At this point it is unclear as to whether BMLG will push for airplay on that single. There is also no word on which BMLG label she will be assigned.

As was also reported here, she is working on her acting career.  She made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago and is also working to star as Dolly Parton's mother in Coat of Many Colors that will air on NBC this December.

2015/08 7:09 AM
Kevin Stapleford Promoted to VP at Slacker

Slacker Sr. Director of Programming Kevin Stapleford has been promoted after two years with the company.  He will be be VP.

"Under Kevin's leadership, Slacker's radio team has developed into an amazing unit," says CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones. "Kevin has led the launch of an ongoing series of programming innovations and has been shaping Slacker's content strategy since his arrival in 2013."

Adds Stapleford, "I'm still waiting for my super secret VP decoder ring." 

Get in touch with him here.  

2015/08 7:02 AM
Blythe Heads To Big Loud

Stacy Blythe, former Republic Nashville Manager/Southeast Promo is the new Director/National Promotion for Big Loud Records.  She will be reporting directly to President Clay Hunnicutt.

"When we started Big Loud Records, we dreamed of having someone of Stacy's caliber on our team," says Hunnicutt. "Now it's happened and we could not be happier. We know that Stacy will play an integral role in the growth of our artists and company."

Adds Blythe, "I am beyond honored that Clay, Seth England, Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi and [Kevin] "Chief" Zaruk have invited me to be a part of building Big Loud Records from the ground up. Upon hearing the music that the label is set to release, I instantly knew that I had to be involved in delivering it to our friends at Country radio."

Blythe's resume includes Category 5, 1720 Entertainment and Stoney Creek.  She starts September 15 and can be reached here.

2015/08 6:44 AM
Wright Signs With Thompson

Michelle Wright has signed with Thompson Entertainment Group for management.  Songwriter, artist and author Wright has charted singles in the US and Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. She is based in Nashville and has a single "Laugh A Little" out from her album "Strong."

"We are honored to be a part of the successful musical brand that Michelle has created and look forward to working with her and to bringing her music to her lifelong fans as well to legion of new ones," says TEG President Chuck Thompson. 

2015/08 6:32 AM
CRS 2016 Offering Free Music Test

CRS is looking for your input on this question "Country Radio & Our Listeners: Are We Speaking The Same Language?"

Our your breaks right?  Are you reaching your target?  Is your messaging right?  

To find out, CRS  is going to be doing a custom focus group project among the Country Audience and Country PDs and they need your help. If you participate, you could win a  FREE 600 hook/100 screened sample Music Test!

Stations are being asked to submit up to 4 pieces of station audio via .mp3 file with no single bit being longer than 30 seconds.  Any of the following are fine to be submitted: Promos, Jock Breaks, Positioners, Sounders/Jingles, Bits, Live reads or anything else that you run on the station.

Submissions must be done no later than August 30, 2015.

At that point Country P1s from around the country will be rating a random selection of all audio submitted.  It will be judged on Relevance, Entertainment and Interest Level.

And then you and your fellow PDs will be evaluating all the audio submitted on the same scales.

One PD who submits audio will win a 600 hook/100 screened sample Music Test--FREE!

All results will becompared and shared at CRS in February.

Don't delay!  To upload your audio go to   http://www.nuvoodoo.com/crs/ .





 

2015/08 5:21 AM
Santana Joins Republic Nashville

PR consultant Elizabeth Gregg Santana will join Republic Nashville September 7.  She will take over the role of Director of Southeast Promotion.  The position was previously held by Stacy Blythe who is leaving for a soon-to-be-announced position.

"Liz has worked simultaneously with the media and a wide range of clients to connect artists and radio at events across the southeast to raise awareness and funds for some outstanding organizations," says VP/Promotion Matthew Hargis. 

Reach Santana  here  .

2015/08 4:53 AM
New Edison Research-AM/FM Still Rules TSL

According to Co-founder/President Larry Rosen (left) of Edison Research their Infinite Dial blog data confirmed that the misperception that streaming gets as much, if not more, TSL than AM/FM radio among Millennials.  The data, in fact, showed that AM/FM gets two times as much TLS as streaming.

The blog points out that it is an interesting time as you can divide the U.S. population into three equal demographic groups-Millennials (those between 13 and 34) being one third, 35-54's also one third and the 55+ being one third.
 
"Now some people are surprised that 'AM/FM Radio' gets twice as much listening than Streaming Audio does among Millennials -- because those who follow the hype might think that Streaming (meaning Pandora, Spotify, and the like) has surpassed AM/FM among these younger Americans.  (And to be clear - listening to the streams of AM/FM count in the AM/FM side of the ledger -- although that's a small portion of that total.)

"Once one travels beyond Millennials, the ratio of broadcast to streaming widens significantly," he continued. "As you can see the 'Generation X' types in the 35-54 age group spend five-fold more time with broadcast than with streaming, and those over 55 have a ratio of about 18:1." 

Get all the details here .

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