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2015/04 12:46 PM
Country 97.1 Hank FM's Dave O'Brien Celebrates With Zac Brown Band

Dave O'Brien, morning talent for Country 97.1 Hank FM/Indianapolis celebrates the release of Zac Brown Band's new CD  "Jekyll + Hyde" with ZBB at the Sounterhn Grounds Headquarters in Peahtree City, GA.  Zac joined Dave to talk about he CD and Camp Southern Ground.

2015/04 12:15 PM
Bobby Bones Puts His Signature On A Deal To Release Memoir

Bobby Bones, Premiere Networks Network syndicated host has made a deal with Dey Street Books/ HarperCollins / to write his memoir. The "Bobby Bones Show" nationally broadcast show is heard on more than 80 iHeartMedia Country outlets and is based out of WSIX/Nashville.

Bones, who comes from the rural lumber mill town, of Mountain Pine, Arkansas, grew up in a single-parent home. Bones is candid on-air with his listeners regarding his upbringing and the work it took to bring him to the level of success he currently enjoys. Bones' memoir is not yet scheduled for a release date.

"I'm not a traditional Country music guy," said Bones, "but the music reflects where and how I grew up, and yes, you could say my life has been like a Country song, full of highs and lows and some crazy stuff along the way. I aim to tell it from the front seat of this roller coaster ride."

2015/04 11:38 AM
Zac Brown Band Most Added

Congrats to Southern Ground VP/Promo Chuck Swaney, VP/Promo Mara Sidweber and the entire promo team for getting 73 adds on ZBB's newest single "Loving You Easy."  

This is the second single from ABB'S "Jekyll + Hyde album that hits the street tomorrow (4/28).  

 

2015/04 11:16 AM
Scott Simon Leaves Cumulus/Albuquerque

Scott Simon, morning personality for KMGA/Albuquerque (AC) has left after two years.  He joined the station to work for Country clustermate KRST.
 
Simon began working doing mornings on KMGA when KRST re-branded as NASH-FM as mornings are "America's Morning Show" hosted by
 
His resume includes morning and afternoons on Alpha KUPL/Portland and Entercom's crosstown KWJJ and CBS Radio WKIS/Miami.
 
He is available immediately and can be reached at 503-998-6336 or here .

2015/04 10:26 AM
Todd Michaels Promotes KYCE/Las Vegas

KCYE has promoted Todd Michaels, afternoon personality to APD effective immediately.  He will report to PD Kris Daniels and keep his afternoon drive shift.  Michaels has been with KCYE in December for nights and began doing afternoons in February. 

Todd Michaels is a perfect fit for ‘The Coyote,” said Daniels. “His natural abilities behind the microphone, his knowledge of, and commitment to, the Las Vegas community and his past accomplishments with Beasley Media/Las Vegas made this decision an easy one.”

2015/04 10:05 AM
iHeartMedia Des Moines Debuts 96.5 Country

iHeartMedia/Des Moines, IA debuted 96.5 Country today (4/27).  The station is on the HD channel of Adult Hits WKRB and launched with 10,000 songs in a row and a "save the date" for Tuesday, May 26 when Premiere's syndicated "The Bobby Bones Show" can be heard in the mornings. They will compete with 92.5 Nash Icon KJJY and 97.3 Nash FM KHKI. They placed fourth and fifth in the Fall Phase 2 Nielsen Audiotrends with a combined 10.6 share.

“96.5 Country" provides an amazing opportunity for Des Moines by offering a wider variety of music and entertainment,” said iHeartMedia/Iowa  Regional Market Pres. Joel McCrea.“iHeartMedia Des Moines has completed the step that advertisers and agencies have been asking us to take for years -- and that is to add a Country -station to our platform portfolio, and now we’ve done it.  We’re truly one-stop shopping for all radio advertisers in Des Moines.”
 

2015/04 8:54 AM
Carey Edwards Leaves KCYY

Carey Edwards, KCYY/San Antonio MD/afternoon personality has left the station after two years.  He is looking for his next opportunity.  He says he would love to stay in the San Antonio area.

His resume includes programming and on-air positions in multiple formats in Seattle, Austin, Portland, Phoenix and Tucson.

Get in touch with him at 281-660-1277 or here .

2015/04 8:31 AM
Momentum Partner With Alexander

Momentum Label Group has teamed up with John Alexander of Alexander Music Marketing and Management who will oversee marketing, branding and strategic initiatives for the label's flagship artist Rachele Lynae.

"I'm thrilled to have John become part of our team," says Momentum Label Group's Managing Partner, Jimmy Murphy. "I've long been impressed by his creativity in marketing and branding. His passion and energy for recognizing and developing unique artists is a great fit for MLG."
 
"When I was first introduced to Rachele's music, I was immediately impressed with her catchy songs and even more impressed with her stage presence," says Alexander, President/CEO Alexander Music Marketing & Management. "She is a great songwriter, powerhouse vocalist, and an incredible high-energy live performer. She has the potential to be an arena act, she's that good! I am very excited about working with Rachele and the entire Momentum team."

Alexander
discvoered Patti Loveless in the early 80's in a North Carolina nightclub before she was signed to MCA.  Most recently as VP Strategic Marketing/Artist Management at Black River Entertainment, he discovered Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini and brought her to the company in July 2012.

Alexander has also held executive positions at Jones Media Networks, Great American Country and Scripps Networks where he was responsible for advertising, artist/brand integration, sponsorship sales, and developing successful cross platform campaigns for Music Row clients.

For more information on Momentum go to MomenturmLabelGroup.com.  Reach Alexander at ​(615)480-8121 or here .

 

2015/04 8:23 AM
CMA to HIghlight Country's International Reach AT CMA Fest

The CMA Music Festival will again highlight country music's international reach with the CMA World Global Live!, a free showcase of international talent in downtown Nashville's Walk of Fame Park on Monday, June 8 from 6-11:15 pm. CT) just trhree days before the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience."

This event will be open and free tot he public and eature performances by country artist from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the U.K. (full list below). Previously known as the Global Artist Party after beginning in 2004, the concert has grown to a capacity crowd of fans and press from around the world.

“This event continues to grow in attendance and popularity with our fans,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Each of the artists performing has already achieved a high degree of notoriety abroad and GlobaLive! provides these performers a platform to reach and cultivate domestic fans, as well as garnering attention from the music industry.”

The lineup includes:

Australia/New Zealand
Adam Eckersley Band – CRA Country Choice winner, selected by Australian radio professionals
Morgan Evans – 2014 CMA Global Artist Winner
Cam Luxton – New Zealand Horizon Award Winner
Mickey Pye – CMAA StarMaker Winner

Brazil
Indiana – Members Annah and Dino Scarpelli have been performing for more than 10 years on live, No. 1-rated TV show, Panico na Band

Canada
MacKenzie Porter – Juno nomination for Country Album in 2015
The Lovelocks – Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Winner
The Road Hammers – Multiple CCMA Award-winning group headling GlobaLive! for the first time

Netherlands
Stringcaster – Critically-acclaimed touring group on the European and Scandanavian circuit

U.K./Ireland
Pauper Kings – Toured with Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Reba, and Dwight Yoakam
The Shires – Featured in BBC Radio 2 documentary “Nashville U.K.”; signed to Decca Records
Ward Thomas – Featured in the Sunday Times Culture supplement, playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and performed on the 2015 C2C satellite stage



 

2015/04 7:48 AM
Lee Brice Goes to #1

Congrats to Curb Records VP/Promo Ryan Dokke, National Director/Promo Mike Rogers and the entire Curb Promo team as they land in the #1 spott this week on the Mediabase Country Chart.

Lee Brice's "Drinking Class" is the #1 songs this week.  This is Brice's fifth #1 single.  In August 2014, his most recent #1 he was at the top with "I Don't Dance."

Congrats to all!

2015/04 6:59 AM
IHeartRadio App Available On Apple Watch

The Apple Watch began shipping on Friday (4/24) and the iHeartRadio app is now available on the watch.

The app uses the device's speech techology to play music when the user says either an artist or station name. The app lets users listen on line to live radio. sports, news, NPR, podcasts and streatming music stations based on their favorite artists, songs or albums.

"Think of the Apple Watch as a remote control that's always on your wrist and easily allows you to access all your favorite iHeartRadio stations and features," says iHeartRadio Chief Product Officer Chris Williams. 

2015/04 6:31 AM
Cornbread Goes Out With A Bang

As was reported on AAC's Facebook page, 92.3 WIL/St. Louis morning man Cornbread threw himself a retirement pajama party last Friday morning.  All St. Louis listeners came out to wish Cornbread a happy retirement.  

Local celebrities and VIPs stopped by to wish him the best after 11 years in St. Louis radio.  He also received several framed Proclamations designating Friday, April 24, 2015 as office "Cornbread Day," including the City of St. Louis, citing his tremendous contributions to the St. Louis area.

Pictured above Cornbread (l) is partying with the morning team and Louis of the St. Louis Blues and Fredbird from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Check out the local coverage here

 

2015/04 10:34 AM
Bush Exits WSM-AM

GM Randy Bush has left WSM-AM/Nashville.  He joined the station last February and has been with the station for more than a year. His resume includes stops at Journal/Tulsa, Signal Media/Little Rock and Cherry Creek/Great Falls, MT.

Get in touch with him here . No word on replacing him.

 

2015/04 8:19 AM
Swifty Gillock Passes

Condolences go out to friends and family of WSLC's George Lee "Swifty" Gillock who passed Wednesday (4/22) after just being diagnosed with cancer.  Swifty was doing shifts on Country WSLC, Star Country 94.9/Roanoke, VA until six weeks ago.

He had been with the station for over 40 years.  He was with WSLC-AM 610 in the 70's.  Funeral arrangements have not been released but his obituary is available on The Roanoke Times.

2015/04 7:13 AM
WKOS Is The Newest "Nash Icon" Station

WKOS/Tri Cities, TN has flipped from Nash FM to 104.9 Nash Icon.  WKOS PD J.B. Stone will continue to program the station.  The Nash Icon staff includes Marty McFly (5-9 a.m.), Lisa Manning (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), Scott Gaines (2-7 p.m.) Darlas Rai (7 p.m.-12 a.m.) and Kim Stewart (12 a.m.-5 a.m.).

"Nash Icon continues to grow as an extension of our Nash Country music brand," said Cumulus Corporate PD Greg Frey. "We’re excited to bring this unique Country listening experience to the Tri-Cities on 104.9 Nash Icon.” Listen to the station here.   www.greatcountry1049.com .

2015/04 7:00 AM
SiriusXM Introduces New Mobile App

SiriusXM has launched a new mobile app that will give subscribers "an enhanced and personalized user experience via iPhone, Android smartphones, and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com."

The new app is available for download to compatible smartphones and tablets from the App Store and Google Play.  It is included for all customers with a satellite radio trial in their new cars.  The service is also included in most satellite radio trials in pre-owned vehicles.

The service includes a new search feature, improved navigation that get customers to their customized channels, better social features and personalized recommendations of channels, shows anc content available to each listener and improved speed and performance in low-bandwidth areas. 

“It’s now easier and better than ever to listen to our curated and exclusive content on just about any mobile device on the go and online at home or at work.  We are thrilled by how enthusiastically our subscribers have embraced the new features that give them more control of when and where they listen to the content they love,” said SiriusXM EVP Operations, Products and Connected Vehicles Services Enrique Rodriguez.  “This reengineering and redesign inspires subscribers to search and discover even more of the content they enjoy, and allows a deeper engagement with their favorite SiriusXM shows and hosts on social media, all right in the app.”

SiriusXM will also give listeners recommendations created from the channels, shows and On Demand content they are listening to. Subscribers can see what's happening on the Facebook and Twitter feeds of SiriusXM hosts and shows and reply, retweet, or comment right in the app.Listeners can also use the Custom Mix button to create variations of more than 70 channels.

For more information and to try SiriusXM for 30 days visit here .



 

2015/04 6:51 AM
Levi Jessen Adds Duties At KEEY

Promotion Director Levi Jessen has added APD duties at KEEY, K 102/Minneapolis.  This job was previously handled by Jason Moffett who left the station last Monday.  

"Levi will be a great ambassador to our friends in Nashville," said iHeartMedia/Minnepolis SVP/Programming Gregg Swedberg.

K102 is still looking for the right person to fill Digital PD duties .  The station is looking for a social marketing synamo to take an already great digital portfolio to even higher levels.Interested candidates should send resumes to Jesse Bewley, iHeartMedia Digital lead here
 

2015/04 6:45 AM
Shawn Reed New PD For WWHX

Shawn "Reed" Kozlowski, formerly APD/afternoon talent at Alpha Medica's WXCL, The Wolf/Peoria is the new PD of connoisseur Media's Top 40 WWHX, Hit s 100.7/Bloomington, IL.  He replaces Chris Ryan, who is now PD at sister Top 40 WRTS, Star 104/Erie.

"We are pleased to have Shawn join our team and look forward to his leadership on hits," said GM Carol Floyd. "He brings a wealth of music knowledge along with his great passion for community service."
 

2015/04 4:40 AM
Tiffany Brown Joins Alpha Media/Richmond

Alpha Media/Richmond has hired Tiffany Brown to fill their newly created position of Director of Promotions for their four station cluster including Country WLFV and WARV and WWLB.  She formerly worked for the Fox TV affiliate's promotions and events department.

"From hanging banners to executing massive client-driven events, she operates at full passionate throttle all the time," says MM Paul Johnson. "We can't wait to watch her dash off the starting line."
 
 

2015/04 12:53 PM
David De Busk Joins Sun Broadcast Group

David De Busk, former Shazam VP/Strategic Objectives has joined Sun Broadcast Group.  He will be working as their Digital Development Advisor and will be working on its Shazam for Radio project.  His resume includes BMI and Landmark Digital Services. 

 "He truly understands the power of Shazam and all that it can offer radio," says Sun CEO Jason Bailey. "Not to mention, he's a data nut, and in our world today the ability to use data to personalize our terrestrial messages is the holy grail." 

Get in touch with him here

 

2015/04 11:16 AM
Charese Fruge New VP/Programming and OM for CBS/Houston

CBS Radio/Las Vegas VP/Progamming Charese Fruge is the new VP/Programming and OM for its six stations in the Houston market. The cluster includes Country KILT,100.3 The Bull/Houston.    Other stations she will oversee include for Hot AC KHMX (MIX 96.5), and Top 40 KKHH (HOT 95-7), as well as oversee Country KILT (100.3 THE BULL), KLOL (MEGA 101) and Sports stations KIKK-A and KILT-A.

Charese is a talented programmer and leader,” CBS Radio/Houston SVP/Market Manager Sarah Frazier said. “Her longstanding relationships in the music industry, passion for radio, and ability to create special experiences for the listener are an integral part of why she’s such a great fit for Houston.  We are thrilled to have her join the Houston team, as we continue to grow and build upon our brands under her guidance.”

“This role is the opportunity of a lifetime and a chance to finally be back in the South,” said Fruge.  “I’m honored, and looking forward to working with Bruce Logan and the Houston team to help take these amazing brands to the next level. I have made lifelong friends and memories in Las Vegas and appreciate them always making me look good.”







 

2015/04 10:05 AM
Eric Church First Act At New Ascend Ampitheater

Eric Church will be the first performer for Nashville's new Ascent Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.  He will perform on Thursday, July 30 and will give a solo acoustic  performance providing fans with a unique experience.  Ticket go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaste r. 

“The newest addition to Music City's live music scene will get off to a great start with a concert from Eric Church, who represents what’s great about Music City," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “His songs can’t be confined to just one genre; he draws from Country, Rock and other types of music that help make the scene here in Nashville so vibrant and eclectic.”

2015/04 8:43 AM
Buddy Lee Attractions Add Two Indie Artists

Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA) has announced the addition of two talented, up-and-coming music entertainers.  Shawn Lacy (left) and David Adams Byrnes join the list of BLA acts including Rhett Akins, Darryl Worley, Daryle Singletary, Millennial, Radio Romance, Sonia Leigh, Kristin Kelly and Brooke Hogan, to name a few.

“These two guys are covered in raw talent; a live talent that audiences crave,” said Amy Aylward, who will act as their representing agent. “We have so much faith that these two will go far and we are honored to be a part of their team to help them get there.”

For more information on Shawn Lacy, visit:  shawnlacy.com.  For more information on David Adam Byrnes, visit:  davidadambyrnes.com.    


 

2015/04 8:36 AM
Chris Janson Signs With Warner Music Nashville

Singer/songwriter Chris Janson has signed with Warner Music Nashville.  He will be features as part of iHeartMedia's "On the Verge Artist" programming.

Janson recently released his independent song "Buy Me A Boat" climbed to number one on  the iTunes Country chart after Bobby Bones Show gave it some airplay.

"Artistry, passion, and hard work are the driving force here at Warner Music Nashville, and Chris Janson exemplifies those very qualities," explained WMN President/CEO John Esposito. "The guy played 16 hours a day at Tootsie's for a year, and he's played the Opry almost a hundred times. Man, that's dedication and playing for the love of the music. Our VP/A&R Cris Lacy has been championing and following his decade-long path in Nashville, and we're ecstatic to welcome such a unique talent to the WMN family."

2015/04 8:31 AM
3 Ring Circus Signs Parker Welling

Songwriter Parker Welling has been signed by 3 Ring Circus, the independent company founded by Jeffrey Steele.

Parker Welling  is Nashville-born and raised.  Her voice has been influenced by Bluegrass, Americana and classic country.  She will join the 3 Ring Circus Music Family  in Key West for BMI's Key West Songwriter's Fest May 6-10.

Seen here Welling (center) with the 3 Ring Circus (l-r) Music Director of A&R Management Casey LeVasseur, GM Darrell Franklin, Parker Welling, President Jeffrey Steele, BMI Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Leslie Roberts.

Photo Credit: 3 Ring Circus Music

2015/04 8:30 AM
Jay Michaels Exits WAWC

OM Jay Michaels is leaving WAWC/Warsaw, IN has left the statoin after more than eight years.

He is looking for his next opportunity and can be reached here .

At this point there are no plans to fill his position.

2015/04 8:20 AM
Elizabethany To Track KWNR/Las Vegas

Elizabethany, iHeartMedia Top 40 WIHT/Washington DC/evening personality will now voice-track for evenings for KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas.  She takes the place of Big D.  Get in touch with her here .  

Big D is moving to mornings on Top 40clustermate KPVL.  He's been with the station for more than two years.  Get in touch with him here

2015/04 8:00 AM
Justin Moore Teams With Cabela's For Disconnect Day

Justin Moore has teamed with Cabela's for Disconnect Day.  This encourages people to put down their mobile devices for one day and enjoy outdoor activites instead. .

"When our children grow up, they aren't going to remember how many likes they got on a status update, but they will remember their family camping trips and the first fish they caught," says Cabela's CMO Scott Williams. 

2015/04 3:56 AM
ACM Party For A Cause 2016 Announces Headliners

The Academy Of Country Music (ACM) announces the headliners for its PARTY FOR A CAUSE 2016. The stars are Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, and Kenny Chesney. The event is taking place in Las Vegas next year. 

The three-night festival begins Friday, April 1st, 2016 and continues through Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at the MGM Resort Festival Grounds.

Tickets for ACM A-LIST members begins tomorrow (4/24) and tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, April 27th via Ticketmaster . Additional performers will be announced closer to the festival date. For more information, check out the ACM website .

2015/04 12:31 PM
CMA Music Festival's Riverfront Stage Lineup Announced

Free Shows Kick Off Thursday, June 11th
The  CMA Music Festival  unveiled the lineup Today (4/22) for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage performances beginning Thursday, June 11th. Gary Allan will kick off the performances as the featured opener, and throughout the four-day Festival, many others will take to Riverfront Stage.

Legendary artists including Tanya Tucker, Restless Heart, Clay Walker, Lonestar, and Lorrie Morgan will be featured alongside some of today's hottest acts like Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Eric Pasley, The Swon Brothers, and Chase Rice, Ashley Monroe, Canaan Smith, Charles Esten of ABC-TV's "Nashville," Dan + Shay, Montgomery Gentry, and many more will perform on the free stage from Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th. For more information and a complete lineup, visit  www.CMAFest.com .

2015/04 12:16 PM
What’s Country’s Number 1 Album? Reba’s ‘Love Somebody’

AllAboutCountry gives congrats to the Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) and its
NASH ICON Records imprint for this week’s #1 Country albums chart debut on
Reba’s “LOVE SOMEBODY.”  This is Reba’s first studio album in five years and
27th overall. It sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen
Music sales numbers. This mark’s Reba’s 12th career Country album chart-topper;
on the all-genre album chart, “LOVE SOMEBODY” ranked #3 overall this week. 


LOVE SOMEBODY” has been jump-started by the first single,  “Going Out Like That,”
plus numerous media appearances and a strong live performance on Sunday (4/19) on the
“50thAnnual ACM Awards,”
during which Reba was one of seven Milestone ONE Award recipients.

2015/04 11:33 AM
​StubHub Reveals Top Searched Artists For Stagecoach

StubHub has pulled Stagecoach info leading up to the festival this weekend, looking at the top 15 most popular Stagecoach artists by search.

Holding the number one spot is Miranda Lambert, followed by Tim McGraw at number two, and Alternative Country artist Sturgill Simpson rounding out the top three. Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, and Kip Moore make the top 10, while The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, and Blake Shelton fall in to the top 15. StubHub also mentions that nearly 88% of fans attending Stagecoach  are Cali residents.

2015/04 11:17 AM
Little Big Town Sets Sales Streak with 'Girl Crush'

AllAboutCountry sends big congrats to Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town for setting the largest one-week sales figure of a Country track thus far in 2015, selling 97,456 in digital sales of “Girl Crush” last Week (week ending 4/19), according to Soundscan.

Sales of the “ACM Group of the Year” winner’s latest single improved 126% from the previous week, while soaring from a #29 to the #7 slot, besting the likes of Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran and Jason Derulo.

Release-to-Date sales total for “Girl Crush” is up to 521,911 – 97,456 of which came last week. According to Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Shane Allen, the single sold 30,000 copies on Sunday night (4/19), which corresponds with LBT’s live performance of “Girl Crush” on Sunday’s nationally televised “50th Annual ACM Awards.” As AllAboutCountry reported following the show, the performance was the evening’s most Shazamed of the entire ACM broadcast.

2015/04 10:42 AM
'AmeriCountry' Now On WHKO/Dayton

COX Media Country WHKO/K99/Dayton has added Envisions Networks' " AmericanCountrty " to its programming. "AmericanCountry" gathers audio and content for radio stations including: hard news, Country chatter and stories that tug at the heart strings, written in a rip-n-read style and ready for air.

It also features: "Nashville 60," an exclusive daily entertainment report by Becca Walls; "Today’s 10," a daily breakdown of the top 10 most important stories of the day; one-on-one guest interviews; and various content for affiliate station blogs.

For more information, contact Amber Wade at (216) 831-3761 or at  /Blog/ .

2015/04 8:48 AM
First Mega Truck Series And Average Joes Music Festival A Sold-Out Event

Attendees of the first-ever “Mega Truck Series” and “Average Joes Music Festival” that took place this past weekend at Rush Off-Road in Rush, KY were treated to a weekend full of action-packed extreme motorsports and a one-of-a-kind live music festival. This first of many events quickly sold out with an estimated 4,800 fans in attendance, with an additional 2,000 fans hoping for a ticket, and proved to be an exciting kick-off event for the 2015 racing season. Check out highlights  here .

Facing multiple off-road obstacle courses along with several determined and competitive drivers, the overall winner of the Mega Truck Series Race was Florida-based Scott Sweat of No Sweat Racing with a combined time of 34.025 seconds. To cap off the  day of off-road family entertainment, Saturday’s concert included stellar performances by Average Joes Entertainment’s Twang and Round, Sarah Ross, Charlie Farley and headliner Bubba Sparxxx.

 
The 2015 Mega Truck Series and Average Joes Music Festival continues with more dates this season:
  • 5/9/15 – Triple Canopy Ranch – Lake Wales, FL
  • 6/13/15 - *Twitty’s Mud Park – Ulmer, SC
  • 8/1/15 –  King Knob Offroad Park, Philippi, WV
*Does NOT Include Average Joes Music Festival
 
For more information and tickets, go to  www.megatruckseries.com  or email /Blog/ . Ticket bundles include MTS T-shirts, hats or the exclusive "Mega Truck Series 2015 Soundtrack" only available with ticket purchases online or at race events.    

2015/04 5:22 AM
​Matt Sneed Now has Fulltime Swing Position At WWFS

In order for Matt Sneed to handle his increased New York City duties at CBS Radio Hot AC WWFS/102.7 FRESH-FM/New York and add a second weekend shift, he will leave sister station Country WXTU/Philadelphia.
 
Sneed had been splitting his time between New York and Philadelphia for the past year, including airshifts on the same day in both markets.

2015/04 2:14 AM
Artists and Celebrities Come Together For Ty Herndon’s Concert For Love And Acceptance, Supporting At-Risk Youth

June 12th, 2015, artists and celebrities from across the country will come together for the inaugural “Concert for Love and Acceptance” at City Winery, 609 Lafayette St. in Nashville.

Herndon
, along with political commentator and author Meghan McCain, will host the event, which will feature performances by nationally acclaimed artists that will be announced over the coming weeks.

Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Ty Herndon created the “Concert for Love and Acceptance” in partnership with “GLAAD,” which has evolved from being his 20th anniversary fan club party into a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing in support of at-risk youth in the Nashville community. The driving force behind the event is Herndon’s desire to bring about a positive change in the world; to help young people who are at risk find help and lead full and productive lives, and to encourage them to make good choices.

The event will be commemorated by the presentation of the first RALY Awards (Rescue A Life Y’all), which will honor and celebrate individuals and businesses that have demonstrated their support of at-risk youth and saving lives.

Herndon comments, “I truly hoped that the day would come when I could host an event encouraging an environment that would make it easier for young people at risk to get help and feel comfortable about who they are, and not have to go through the same struggles that I have faced.”

Herndon made Country music history last November when he became the first male Country music artist to come out as openly gay.  For years, he had kept this secret because he believed that in order to live his dream of being a country music singer, he could not live his life in the way that he would have chosen.  Since his announcement, he has been overwhelmed with the positive support and feedback from his fans and the Country music industry.

The “Concert for Love and Acceptance” marks Herndon’s first Nashville concert appearance since late last year. 

Doors to the event will open at 2:00 p.m. and the show will start at 3:00 p.m. Tickets on-sale now and are available for purchase at Concert For Love and Acceptance .


 

2015/04 2:06 AM
Country Radio is Graced with a Timeless Classic Tune From Country Artist Claire Petrie

Playback Records Country artist Claire Petrie’s latest single, “(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell,” is a hot track on Country radio. Originally sung by the pioneer of rock and roll Chuck Berry and by Grammy-award winning country icon Emmylou Harris, Petrie put her own original contemporary Country flair to this song and is her debut release to Country radio. She is receiving high praise from radio and industry executives across the country, commenting on her vocal delivery and fresh sound.

Newcomer Petrie attacks this Chuck Berry/Emmylou Harris chestnut with gusto. Whoever that is working out on the squeeze box and the fiddle also do an outstanding job.” – Robert K. Oermann, renowned music critic, Music Row  

I really loved listening to her album, especially the song The One. That song is sweet and remains faithful to the Celtic roots, but takes on the character and flavor of Nashville. It’s rocking. What a talented artist!” – Ralph Murphy, Vice President of International Membership at
ASCAP Nashville
  

“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is a perfect example of Petrie’s powerhouse vocals. The entire album is the kind of collection that makes for putting the album on and playing all the way through, letting it tell a tuneful story of the artist and the listener, too. Well performed, well produced with lovely song choices. This project is a winner.” – Digital Rodeo  


“There are a lot of releases that come across the desk and this song stuck out! Our listeners love the song!”
– Phil Nee, Program Director, WRCO-FM in Richland Center, WI  

FINALLY, this timeless classic song has been sung right. Claire Petrie hit it way outta the park. With a blend of the perfect voice and not overpowering blend of Cajun and country music, she delivers “(C’est la Vie)” to a young Country audience with a real country ‘zing.’ I’ve heard Chuck Berry sing it, I’ve heard Emmylou Harris sing it, and even Hugh Lawry sing it. And they’ve all done a great job, BUT, not right, and Claire got it right!” -  Jerry Proctor, Program Director, WTYS AM-FM in Marianna, FL

Claire brings an enthusiastic, fresh, upbeat performance of a well-known song that makes it fun to listen to again.” – Cathy Horton, Operations Manager, WEBQ AM-FM in Harrisburg, IL
“We are playing more Country classic. I’m glad to hear contemporary country flair to an old country hit!” – Greg Breeden, General Manager, WKTR-AM in Quinque, VA  
 
“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell” is off her newest album, THE ONE, which was produced by Country music industry veteran, Jack Gale. It includes 11 tracks that profiles her impressive vocal range and pushes the boundaries of both ends of her musical scale. Her ability to belt out an up-tempo tune with both power and precision is evident on the debut single.

With a musical mission to bring passion and purpose to the genre she loves, Claire has crafted her signature sound when she was on tour with her family. Raised in a large musical family in Saratoga Springs, New York, and currently in West Palm Beach, FL, she was born to musical parents who instilled a love of melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme deep within her.

For more information on Claire Petrie, please visit  www.ClairePetrie.com  or on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clairepetriecountry .

2015/04 2:00 AM
Boulder Creek Music Instruments, LLC Announces New Line Of Remington® Series Guitars

The Line Consists of 5 Models Including 2 Mini Guitars
Boulder Creek Musical Instruments, LLC,(Boulder Creek), manufacturer of unique acoustic guitars featuring their patentedSuspended Bracing System™, announced a marketing alliance with theRemington Outdoor Company (ROC) to create a Remington line of acoustic guitars. With this announcement, ROC connects the love of the outdoors with the love of music.

“Guitars are a natural fit for Remington, because so many outdoorsmen and women are musicians and music lovers," said Gary Keffer, Director, Media & Partnerships at ROC. "I can picture sitting around the campfire after a day in the field and happily strumming a Remington guitar or listening to one of my campmates play for us.”

The collaboration resulted from a song by Boulder Creek artist Larry Gatlin titled, “An American With A Remington.” Mr. Gatlin made a short video performing the song on his Boulder Creek guitar. The video went viral and was viewed by millions.
Keffer saw the video, recognized the guitar and contacted Boulder Creek CEO 
Jeff Strametz.
After initial talks, the two companies entered into a licensing agreement and the Remington line of guitars was born.

“We are excited to be working with Remington to bring music to its audience of outdoor enthusiasts,” remarked Mr. Strametz.
The Remington guitar line will initially feature five acoustic models: Stagemaster (dreadnought body), Lodge (jumbo body) and Field models (mini guitar body). All models will feature Boulder Creek’s patented Suspended Bracing System™ (SBS) as well as a side ported sound hole. The sound hole placement projects the instrument’s sound to the player’s ear.

The guitars will be available summer 2015. Consumers will be able to purchase the guitars through authorized Boulder Creek dealers. Visit the Boulder Creek website for more details and to sign up to be notified when the guitars become available B oulder Creek Guitars .  The company also welcomes dealer inquiries.  

According to 2005 data, the fretted instrument segment accounted for $1.4 billion in global musical instrument sales. Americans purchased 3.4 million guitars. Overall, Americans were responsible for 42.7 percent of global musical instrument sales making them the largest consumers. Japan was second at 15.6 percent.

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2015/04 10:17 AM
Cornbread To Leave WIL/St. Louis

WIL/St. Louis morning personality Cornbread will be leaving the station to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family.  He announced this via his Facebook page.  His final show will be this Friday (4/24) and as is typical Cornbread, we will leave in a big way by hosting "Cornbread's World's Largest Farewell Pajama Party" at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.

He has been with WIL since 2004 and has established himself as a morning force to be reckoned with. He has received some big ratings and been recognized by winning awards from the CMA, ACM and he has also won a  Marconi.  He has constantly given back to the community by raising money for various charities.  His "Team Cornbread" has supported the "Komen St. Louis Race For the Cure and "Cornbread's Kids Crusade" on behalf of St. Louis Children's Hospital.

 “While we respect Cornbread's decision to put his family first, we really hate to see him go,” said Hubbard/St. Louis  VP/Market Mgr. John Kijowski. “The entire team at Hubbard Radio St. Louis wishes him well in his future endeavors.” 

The farewell pajama party will be held from 6-10 a.m. at Ballpark Village on the Fox Sports Midwest Live Stage in downtown St. Louis.

It will include Free breakfast for the first 92 loyal listeners at the door and a special $4.92 breakfast deal for the general public. Cornbread's favorite "adult" beverage Natty Light" will be served.  Teh last 11 years of Cornbread's time on teh air will be up on the big screen and listeners will be able to sign the giant going away card.  A whole host of "surprise" guests will make an appearance to wish Cornbread adios!

2015/04 8:33 AM
Heather Stevens To Leave WQXK/K105/Youngstown

Heather Stevens, afternoon-drive personality will be leaving Country WQXK/K105/Youngstown, Ohio after 12 years.  He last day will be Thursday, April 23.  "I am resigning from the afternoon-drive position having spent the last 12 years here at K105 and have enjoyed every minute," said Stevens. "I was born and raised here, and I've been blessed to spend all of these years, in this market, getting to do a job that's more like play than work. It's hard to say exactly what's next, outside of graduating from college in the Fall, but I'm definitely still available for voiceovers and can be reached via email ."

The station will soon be undertaking a nationwide search for her successor.

2015/04 5:48 AM
Johnson Goes to Hubbard

Joel Swanson, formerly GM of KMOM/Aberdeen, SD has joined Hubbard in Bemidji, MN as GM.  The cluster includes KBHP.  He takes the place of Lou Buron and Mary Campbell who owned Omni Broadcasting.  Swanson knows this area as he spent more than 20 years in management rolesin northern Minnesota working for Leighton and Border States.  

2015/04 5:38 AM
The ACMs Win Rating for CBS

The ratings for the 50th ACM Awards on Sunday drew 15.77 million viewers and earned a 3.6 rating/11 share with Adults 18-49, according to Zap2It.com.  Last year's show drew 14.14 million viewers and 3.3 rating, 9 share. This is the highest rating in 17 years.  

For the night CBS won the ratings war with 3.0/9, ABC came in at 1.4/4, Fox was at 1.1/3 and NBC trailed with 0.8/2.

The November CMA Awards had 16.14 million viewers and a 4.5 rating/14 share.

2015/04 4:01 AM
Linda LIttle Named President Of Phoenix Market for iHeartMedia

Linda Little has been named President of iHeartMedia's Phoenix market.  The cluster includes Country KNIX.  Other stations are KYot, 95.5 The Mountain (Adult Hits), KMXP, Mix 96.9 (Hot AC), KEXZ (AC), KZZP, 104.7 KISS FM (Top 40), KFYI-A (News-Talk) KOY-A, KFY12 (News-Talk) and KGME-A , Fox Sports 910 AM/Sports.

"I have had the privilege of building my media career in Phoenix and am very fortunate to have worked for a company that has given me many opportunities to grow while constantly evolving with the industry," said Little.  "Our team's history of creating custom designed campaigns, deeply integrated in digital, social, mobile and broadcast has helped us earn the reputation for consistently delivering results for our clients.  I am honored to take this next step to Market President and know that working together with the fantastic team in Phoenix, we will continue to achieve even higher levels of success."
 
"Linda has been on my team for several years and I have personally witnessed her transform iHeartMedia/Phoenix into the digital leader it is today," said EVP/Ops Hartley Adkins. "This is a well-deserved promotion and I am confident in her ability to drive results by amplifying the success and momentum Phoenix has experienced in recent years."

2015/04 1:34 PM
Willie Starts New Enterprise

And Willie and Merle Haggard Release A New song "It All Going To Pot"

Willie Nelson
is launching a unique American enterprise, Willie's Reserve, a cannabis brand reflecting Nelson's own longstanding expeirence and his committment to regualted, natural and high quality strains for Marijuana in U.S. legal markets. As one journlaist has already noted, "The marijuana world is about to get its first connoisseur brand, edging it farther from an illegal substance and closer to the realm of fine wines."

Willie's Reserve is an extension of Willie's passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant's qualities.  The product will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington and will become available in other markets once it's legalized.

"I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market," stated Nelson.

Nelson has been an outspoken supporter of the  front line efforts of store owners, growers and citizens who have been pioneers and advocates of cannabis policy improvements.  The company will work with businesses that are making smart and sustainable choices for the environment, have demonstrated leadership in their markets and are committed to encouraging safe, legal use.


 

2015/04 8:32 AM
Most Shazamed Moments Of ACM Awards

Shazam data is in and show how viewers interacted with the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night.  Little Big Town's performance of "Girl Crush" was the most shared moment on Shazam with the collaboration between Rascal Flatts' and Christina Aguilera ("Riot) coming in #2. 

Below are Shazam lists:

ACM Awards Most Shazamed Moments
1.      Little Big Town - Girl Crush (pictured right)
2.      Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera - Riot
3.      Garth Brooks - All American Kid
4.      Blake Shelton - Sangria
5.      Dierks Bentley - Riser
 
Most Shazamed Artists
1.      Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera
2.      Dan + Shay and Nick Jonas
3.      Reba
4.      Eric Church and Keith Urban
5.      Kenny Chesney
                
Most Explored Artist
Little Big Town
 
Most Watched Video
Video of Dierks Bentley discussing "Riser" - the title track from his latest album.

For more information go to  http://www.shazam.com/charts/genre/country/global
 

 

2015/04 8:26 AM
Randy Travis Moved By ACM Acknowledgement

Randy Travis was acknowledged at last night's ACM Awards for his career contributions to the Country music industry.  The presenter Lee Brice spoke of Travis' accomplishments and Travis was obviously moved.  This morning he posted a note  saying "It was an amazing gift to feel all the love form you tonight," he wrote.  

Travis suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013.

"It has been a hard fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago, and I have gained a greater understanding of GOD’s grace and how quickly events can change us." 

Read the entire note here  

 

2015/04 3:05 AM
Big Winners At '50th Annual ACM Awards' Last Night: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean

Miranda Lambert was the biggest winner at last Night's (4/19) "50th Annual Academy Of Country Music (ACM) Awards" held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. She took home three trophies, plus special recognition as one of seven first-ever Milestone awards recipients.

Other Milestone winners were Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Reba, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Brooks & Dunn.

Fans attending the event totaled 70,252, making it the highest attendance in broadcast history.  It broke the Guinness World Record for "Highest Attendance at an Awards Show Broadcast."
 
Winners of the night:
  • Entertainer Of The Year:  LUKE BRYAN
  • Male Vocalist Of The Year:  JASON ALDEAN
  • Female Vocalist Of The Year:  MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • Vocal Duo Of The Year:  FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
  • Vocal Group Of The Year:  LITTLE BIG TOWN
  • New Artist Of The Year:  COLE SWINDELL
  • Album Of The Year: " PLATINUM " BY MIRANDA LAMBER T and produced by CHUCK AINLAY, FRANK LIDDE LL , and GLENN WORF
  • Single Record Of The Year: " I Don't Dance " -- LEE BRICE , written/produced by LEE BRICE
  • Song Of The Year: "Automatic" -- MIRANDA LAMBERT , written by NICOLLE GALYON, NATALIE HEMBY , and MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • Video Of The Year: " Drunk On A Plane " -- DIERKS BENTLEY , directed by WES EDWARDS , produced by CLARKE GALLI VAN
  • Vocal Event Of The Year: " This Is How We Roll " -- F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE with LUKE BRYAN , produced by JOEY MOI
Next year’s “ACM Awards” will return to the MGM in Las Vegas. Tickets for the show will go on sale next MONDAY, APRIL 27th via  TICKETMASTER .

2015/04 2:36 AM
Mimi Wheeler Gets MD Duties and WTQR Adds Andie Cooper

iHeartMedia Country WTQR/Greensboro, NC has promoted weekend personality Mimi Wheeler (pictured left) to MD, and is adding Andie Cooper (pictured right) as Executive Producer/Middays.

Wheeler will continue her weekend shift on WTQR as well as middays for Country sister WNCB/B93.9/Raleigh. Cooper will handle the 1 pm-4 pm (ET) shift on WTQR in addition to assisting Todd Nixon, who serves as PD for both WTQR and WNCB. She succeeds David Dean, who left last January for the PD position at iHeartMedia Country WNOE/New Orleans.

"I'm really excited about the talent and character that Andie and Mimi bring to Q104.1," said Nixon. "They're extremely passionate about Country music and what this radio station means to the Triad. Andie and Mimi are the perfect ambassadors for Country music and THE NEW Q 104.1."

2015/04 1:56 AM
​Sam Hunt Scores #1 With 'Take Your Time'

AllAboutCountry congratulates UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, MCA Nashville VP/Promotion  Van Haze and the entire MCA promotion staff for snatching this week's #1 single on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Sam Hunt’s "Take Your Time."

This RIAA Platinum certified single is Hunt's second release from his Gold selling "MONTEVALLO" album. 

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