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2014/11 6:16 AM
Ray Stevens and Larry Gatlin Talk Elvis On Geraldo Rivera Reports This Thanksgiving Weekend

Country music legends Ray Stevens and Larry Gatlin will appear on Geraldo's Fox News Channel national television show, Geraldo Rivera Reports, this Thanksgiving weekend Friday, November 28 at 10:00 PM EST, repeated Saturday, November 29 at 1:00 AM, 4:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 30 at 1:00 AM EST, Monday, December 1 at 3:00 AM EST.

Geraldo recently visited Nashville to catchup with a few stars who actually knew and worked with the late Elvis Presley.
 
Geraldo's "Elvis at 80" special, featuring Stevens and Gatlin.  If still living, Elvis would celebrate his 80th birthday this January.

2014/11 1:10 PM
Recording Artists Amy Jack and Billy Dawson Perform At The Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

50/50 Global Muzik/Warner artist Amy Jack and iHeart Radio “Get DiscoveredNational WinnerBilly
Dawson will perform before the Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game on Thanksgiving.

Billy and his band will kick off the Salvation Army pre-game show with a 45 minute concert just prior to the Cowboys battle for the NFC East Division lead against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Amy will join Billy on stage for background vocals for “Born to Lead” and “Go to Guy.” Cowboys’ fans have come to love both songs, which have been played during home games throughout the 2014 season.

The concert will take place on The West Plaza Miller Lite Stage at AT&T Stadium. “Born to Lead” and “Go to Guy” are available oniTunes and other digital retail outlets

2014/11 7:38 AM
Sarah Kay Goes To Mornings and WQMX Looking For Night Talent

WQMX/Akron, OH has moved evening personality Sarah Kay (left) to mornings.  She will be working with Scott Wynn, Sue Wilson, news person Amani Abraham and producer James Smith.

“Sarah is a truly dynamic personality both on the air and out in public, and is an excellent example of what a personality in radio circa 2015 needs to be,” said Sue Wilson, who doubles as PD. “She is loved by clients, listeners and the artists. She is engaging in public. She has amazing social media chops, has taken on the taping and editing of our Rising Star Showcases and other station events -- which has helped to continue to build and expand our social media brands, especially our YouTube channel.”

Kay has been at the station for five years ad during that time has worked on the morning show's social media presence. Get in touch with her here

Currently there is a search on for a night personality.  Wilson is looking for  a talented communicator, air personality and content creator with strong social media skills and the ability to connect with 18-34 listeners on-air, online and in person. The right candidate will love connecting with the community, Northeast Ohio and country music.  

If interested send your materials here.  Please, no calls. 
 

2014/11 2:09 AM
Kent Dunn Now VP/Market Manager And Tee Gentry Is OM At Beasley/Tampa

Beasley Broadcast has transferred two company managers and veteran radio professionals, from the Augusta, GA market to  Tampa, Florida. Kent Dunn has been named VP/Market Manager and Tee Gentry has been selected as OM for the Tampa-St. Petersburg  cluster.

EVP/Operations Brian Beasley, who oversees the Tampa-St. Petersburg cluster, stated, “Kent Dunn is a strong leader with a unique skill set we believe to be vitally important as we establish our Beasley’s footprint in Tampa. He is an exceptional motivator. Over the past 20 years, Kent has proven to us consistently that he can build a cohesive team of radio professionals and then lead that unified group to the very top in ratings, revenue and community engagement.”

Brian continued, “Tee Gentry is a seasoned and award-winning radio programmer who excels in building and branding successful radio stations.  He has a knack for developing strong relationships with artists, labels and key clients. Tee will bring to Tampa an enthusiasm that is simply contagious and he will hit the ground running in an effort to meet Tampa listeners and members of the community at large.”

Dunn commented, “It has a privilege to be a part of the Beasley Broadcast group for over twenty years now.  At this time of my life, today seems like the perfect day to start a new challenge. Moving to Tampa represents an exciting opportunity to manage a cluster of stations in a larger radio market. I’m really looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and also Tampa/St. Pete businesses, professional groups and charities.”

Gentry stated, “The offer to work alongside my longtime colleague Kent Dunn in Tampa, Florida was hard to pass up. We have similar management styles and we both believe in local radio done right.  I’m looking forward to my next chapter in radio with a wonderful cluster of legendary stations. This is gonna be fun!”

2014/11 2:00 AM
​Beasley Names Chris O’Kelley OM For Beasley/Augusta

Beasley Broadcast/Augusta promotes Chris O’Kelley to OM. O’Kelley replaces Tee Gentry, who is leaving the market to be OM at Beasley/Tampa.  O’Kelley reports to VP/Market Manager Mark Haddon. Before this, O’Kelley was APD/MD for Country WKXC, positions he has held since joining Beasley Broadcast/Augusta.

Haddon said, “When you have a cluster like ours, with many long-term employees, you get to know the unique strengths that each person brings to his or her job. When positions open up and you can offer a dedicated employee a new opportunity to shine, it sure is rewarding. Chris O’Kelley is recognized and involved in our community. He is prepared to step into the role of operations manager for our cluster and I know he will do a fine job.”

O’Kelley stated, “I guess you could say I’m beyond excited. Following Tee Gentry is a tall order.  Tee has been my mentor, my colleague and my friend for 20 years. I can’t thank him, and our former market manager Kent Dunn, enough for all they have taught me over the years and for their belief in me with this new promotion. Beasley/Augusta has a new, strong management team in place with Mark Haddon leading the way. We’re family here and this place is home to me. I’m honored and ready to give it my all.”

2014/11 1:55 AM
​Envision Networks Offering 'Country Oldies Show Christmas Special' For Free

Envision Networks is offering its "Country Oldies Show Christmas Special" for free beginning Wednesday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 25th.

Steve Warren hosts the special, which will feature four hours of Christmas music from acts like Steve Wariner, Buck Owens, Reba, George Jones, George Strait, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, and more. Warren will also record custom liners and holiday greetings for all affiliates.

For more information, contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or here.

2014/11 1:34 AM
​Toby Keith Unveils Animated Video For His New Hit 'Drunk Americans'

Show Dog-Universal Music artist Toby Keith has put a non-traditional spin on his current music video for "Drunk Americans." 

Keith has a ton of fun with this semi-animated version of the song, which encourages everyone to lay aside their differences and pick up a beer. Check it out, only in a Toby Keith video would you expect to find a nun drinking with a panda.  View the video here

2014/11 8:52 PM
Music Row Ambassador Preshias Harris Hosts Annual Life Celebration ‘A Preshias Day In Music’

Twenty-four year music industry veteran, and one of Music Row’s most enduring music ambassadors, Preshias Harris, has announced she will host “A Preshias Day In Music” on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at The Listening Room Café. 217 2nd Avenue South, Nashville from 11:00AM-3:00PM. 
 
The annual celebration is commemorative to the 27th anniversary of Ms. Harris’ successful kidney transplant. The live music event is free and open to the public, however attendees are invited and encouraged to bring a “water donation” (12-pack or 24-bottle case) to be collected at the door by USO Nashville.  
 
“I received the kidney from my sister at Jewish Hospital in Louisville in 1987 and it was truly a gift of life,” stated Harris. “Being surrounded by music is the only way to celebrate my life—because it is my life!”
 
A Preshias Day In Music” is presented in partnership with Boulder Creek Guitars, DR Strings, CDX Nashville and Music City Media. 
 
The gathering will feature some of Music City’s most extraordinary, “must-hear” singer/songwriters. Among those scheduled to perform (along with special surprise guests) are:
 
From Kentucky, the 5-piece country-rock band, Borrowed Blue
Allison Bray--direct from the current season of NBC-TV’s “The Voice”
Contemporary AC-pop/blues/rock artist, Stephen Hunley 
Singer/guitarist Paul Thomas Mitchell from “America’s Got Talent”
From Glendale, KY, Americana/folk/blues trio Jess & Aaron
Indie recording artist Katie Kendall 
From Nashville, folk/pop/rock band, The Sifters
 
Singer/songwriters Dustin Bragg, Rye Davis, Rusty Dean, Demi Downing, Lindsay Harding, Emily Maygnn, Gyth Rigdon, Mike Short, Laurel Taylor, Clay Underwood, Ben Whisler and Jamie White will also be part of the celebration.
 
“Nothing motivates me more than the opportunity to work with new and emerging artists,” added Harris. “These young talented individuals are the very reason I am here.”
 
Joyce Aponte/Renegade Radio,who donated a kidney to her sister, will serve as honorary music industry guest.  As part of the brunch agenda, Harris will make a special announcement to introduce the publication of her new book, “I Know Country” featuring 366 days of Music Row trivia.

2014/11 10:12 AM
​CRS 'New Faces Show' Voting Remains Open Through Thanksgiving

CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne says that voting for the CRS 2015 "New Faces Of Country Music Show" lineup remains open to all Country radio station employees thru Thursday, Thanksgiving, day (11/27).

This year's performer nominees are: Frankie Ballard, Danielle Bradbery, Chase Bryant, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and The Swon Brothers. The five acts with the most votes will make the lineup for the already sold out show

Cast your vote, click here. The deadline was extended through Thursday after a tabulation glitch was discovered shortly after the voting process began on November 17th.

The "New Faces Of Country Music Show” will be held on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at the Nashville Convention Center.

2014/11 9:50 AM
​SiriusXM And WhyHunger HungerThon 2014 Team Up

SiriusXM will participate for a sixth year with WhyHunger's "Hungerthon 2014."  The online charity auction kicks off Today (11/25) and will run through Wednesday, December 10th.

This auction features memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes, and celebrities with proceeds going to WhuHunger's efforts to fight against the root causes of hunger and poverty in the United States and worldwide.  SiriusXM's support is part of its "Sound Of Change" initiative to generate awareness, action, and funds for designated charitable causes.

This year, the auction items include trips to meet Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, a Las Vegas getaway to see Willie Nelson, an autographed guitar from Big & Rich, tickets to Elvis Presley's Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry, and much more. Auction participants may also bid on the opportunity to sit in during SiriusXM shows with popular hosts or record guest DJ sessions for SiriusXM channels.

For additional information or to participate in WhyHunger's "HungerThon 2014," visit www.siriusxm.com/hungerthon.

2014/11 9:41 AM
​Groundbreaker Award To Be Given To Kenny Chesney

Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney will receive the "American Country Countdown Awards" Groundbreaker Award during the program on Monday, December 15th.

The Groundbreaker Award recognizes artists who push the boundaries of what is possible within the definitions of today’s Country music, honoring those trailblazing concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States.

The "American Country Awards" takes place at 8p ET/PT live from Nashville on Monday, December 15th on FOX-TV.

2014/11 8:26 AM
​Magic Mustang Music Of BBR Music Group Announces Changes To Their In-House Team

Magic Mustang Music has selected Lydia Schultz (left) L-R Schultz, Knippas their new Creative Coordinator.  Schultz makes the move from her position as Business and Legal Affairs Associate for BBR Music Group, where she has worked since May 2013.

"I've been a member of the BBR Music Group family for about two years, and throughout that time I've had the chance to really get to know Magic Mustang Music VP Juli Newton-Griffith and Creative Director Keithan Melton," said Schultz. "I'm so excited for the opportunity to work with them and the amazing songwriters at Magic Mustang Music."

In addition, BBR Music Group has hired Andrea Knipp  (right) to fill the role of Business and Legal Affairs Associate that was handled by Schultz.  Knipp was in an internship position with the department from August 2013 until May 2014. 

"The opportunity to work for BBR Music Group has been absolutely amazing," remarked Knipp.  "I can't think of a better place to launch my career."

Both new positions are effective immediately. Congratulate Schultz here or via phone at 615-610-2133; send congrats to Knipp here or contact her via phone at 615-610-2086.

2014/11 7:23 AM
$25,000 Raised By Leadership Music For Second Harvest Food Bank

A big congrats from AllAboutCountry to Leadership Music (LM), which raised more than $25,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee by rallying friends and alumni for contributions. That total translates to more than 100,000 meals to those in need and exceeded the organization’s initial goal of $5,000.

Leadership Music President Diane Pearson challenged all previous LM classes to a collegial fundraising competition. The self-proclaimed “Best class ever” alums of 2012 emerged as the winner, followed by ’03, ’07, ’08 and ’11 rounding out the top five.

Pearson said, “We are so proud to be part of an organization and an industry that lives by the creed ‘From those to whom much is given, much is expected. 

Although we framed this as a friendly competition among classes, it was really all about feeding the hungry.”

For those interested in helping, see more information here.

2014/11 6:15 AM
A Free Country Christmas Show Can Be Yours

SuperRadio syndicated Retro Country USA's award winning, commercial-free, four-hour Christmas Special is bigger and better than ever this year.

Guests include George Strait, Reba, Dolly Parton, The Bellamy Brothers and many more!

For more info and to get the show for your station, contact Rich O’Brien at /Blog/ or 508-630-0344.

2014/11 5:34 AM
Fourth Annual ‘No Shave November Beard Bash' Set For Dec. 1st

The “No Shave November” is fantastic, however now there’s an official event allowing all participants in the annual fund “razor” benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to have a hairy time.

It all takes place on Monday, December 1st at Nashville’s Music Row Kitchen & Pub, and iHeartMedia Country WUSY/Chattanooga air personalities Gator Harrison and Styckman will be your hosts for the evening.

Some of the awards that will be presented at the ‘Beard Bash’ are: “Radio Fundrazors” ( AKA Top Radio Fundraisers), “Label Fundrazors” (Top Label Fundraisers), “O-fur-all Fundrazor” (Top Fundraising Individual), “Herd It On The Radio”  (Largest Radio Station Team), “Look For The Label Union”  (Largest Record Label Team), “The Beard Al Yankovic Award” (Best Beard Parody), “MVB - Most Valuable Beard” (Individual Who Does The Most For NSN) and “Scraggle Rock” (Worst Beard). The event will also recognize ladies choice, best social media advocate and the granddaddy of ‘em all: “Beard of The Year.”

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood has been serving as 2014Chairman of the Beard.” Last year’s NSN campaign raised $220,000 for the organization, with $396,000 raised over the past three years to support St. Jude.

Donations raised will help St. Jude continue to find cures and save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Supporters are still encouraged to help the children of St. Jude by donating here or by texting LIFE to 50333, to donate $10. All proceeds benefit No Shave November for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

2014/11 2:00 AM
Mark Kassof Research: Country P1's Show Pride

Researcher Mark Kassof presents a report on today’s Country Listeners (11/25), he writes, "In terms of the way the station they listen to most makes them feel, Country P1’s don’t differ dramatically from listeners as a whole. Their 'my station always makes me feel this way' scores are all within single digits of all P1’s. But the overall picture that emerges is a group of listeners who are unusually comfortable and contented with their P1 station. They’re 'happy campers' for sure."

The top 10 terms Country P1's used to describe how their favorite radio station makes them feel:
1.Happy
2.Comfortable
3.Interested
4.Relaxed
5.Satisfied
6.Delighted
7.Cheerful
8.Connected
9.Contented
10.Proud

Kassof also found, "and they’re more than satisfied. Where Country P1’s differ most from listeners as a whole is that their Country station makes them feel proud."

How often does the station you listen to most make you feel proud?

  Total Country P1’s
Always     30% 38%
Often     29% 28%
Sometimes     25% 21%
Never       11% 8%
Don’t Know         5% 5%
Kassof sums it up this way, "Among formats’ P1’s, Country P1’s are tied for tops in pride with their Urban counterparts.  Country P1’s fall furthest (though not all that far) below average for qualities such as feeling wild, sexy and hip when listening to their Country station. Bottom line, what we find is great satisfaction and pride in their Country values."
 

2014/11 1:47 AM
SoundExchange, VerStandig Broadcasting Fight In Court Over Geo-Fencing Case As Settlement

Verstandig Broadcasting and SoundExchange are battling over streaming royalty payments for "geo-fenced" Internet streams of broadcast stations continues, as SOUNDEXCHANGE attorney Michael B. DeSanctis, responds to a letter filed by the plaintiffs' attorney last week. He told Judge Michael F. Urbanski in a letter filed Monday (11/24) that Verstandig's "attempt to force SoundExchange to commit to a course of action on a hypothetical and ever-changing set of facts and legal theories" is unfair.

DeSanctis added that the plaintiff's argument that a controversy exists for the court "merely because SoundExchange would have standing to sue Plaintiffs depending on what exactly they might do, which of them might do it, and how they might do it" is wrong because standing is not enough to establish whether a controversy is ripe enough for the court under the law of declaratory judgments.

Verstandig attorney Davis Butler in a letter last week, said that SoundExchange "rejected plaintiffs' proposed covenant not to sue" and asserted that "In doing so, SoundExchange abandoned its theory that it is the wrong defendant in this declaratory judgment action."

Verstandig is in court to establish its theory that by limiting the online stream of its Active Rock WTGD/105.1 BOB Rocks/Bridgewater, VA to a 150-mile radius, it does not owe royalties to be collected by SoundExchange.

2014/11 8:41 AM
​Jeff Hunt Upped To APD at WFGE; On-Air Lineup Shuffled

Forever Broadcasting Country WFGE/Froggy 101/State College, PA afternoon-drive talent and four-year station veteran Jeff Hunt (pictured) has been promoted to APD.

Hunt slides into middays, while Froggy OM/PD Chris Prospero, who is known as the “Boss Frogg,” is switching from AM drive to PM drive. Also, Jerry Valeri moves down the hallway from afternoon drive at AC sister station, WMAJ/Magic 99 and takes over for “Boss Frog” doing the wakeup trip.

You can congratulate Hunt here, Prospero here and Valeri here.

2014/11 8:11 AM
​The Highly-Anticipated CMT Crossroads: Bob Seger And Jason Aldean Premieres Black Friday, November 28

Legendary rock icon Bob Seger joins Country superstar Jason Aldean on the CROSSROADS stage when CMT CROSSROADS: Bob Seger And Jason Aldean premieres Black Friday, November 28 at 10 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.  The long-awaited pairing provides melodic magic for the all-new installment of CMT’s flagship music series.

The episode will feature the duo collaborating on chart-topping hits, and viewers will also take a look into the admiration Seger and Aldean share for each other and the impact their respective songs have on one another’s careers. The show will re-air Saturday, November 29 at 2 p.m., ET/PT.

Watch Seger and Aldean take on the classic “Turn the Page” on CMT.com.

2014/11 7:13 AM
Little Big Town's 'Day Drinking' Hits #1

AllAboutCountry sends congrat to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Steve Hodges, Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Shane Allen, and the Capitol Promotion Crew for landing Little Big Town's Day Drinking" as  this week's #1 single on the MediaBase Country singles chart.
 
The single marks LBT's second trip to the #1, the first was in September 2012 with "Pontoon" crusing to the top.  "Day Drinking" is the first single from LBT's current album, "Pain Killer," available at retailers nationwide.

2014/11 6:57 AM
Beginning Tomorrow The 'CMA Country Christmas' Video Highlight Package Is Available

The Country Music Association (CMA) will provide preview footage and artist interviews from "CMA Country Christmas" as a video highlight package feed beginning tomorrow (11/25).

It is hosted by Jennifer Nettles and will feature performances from Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldridge, and many more. 

"CMA Country Christmas" will air their annual two-hour special on MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st beginning at 8p (ET) on ABC-TV.  The highlight package is approximately 15 minutes in length and will be re-run back-to-back to allow media outlets two opportunities for download.

Satellite coordinates for both feeds are as follows:
  • GALAXY 17 (Ku) Digital
  • Transponder 13 – Ch D
  • 9 MHz
  • Downlink Freq:  11973.5 (H)
  • Symbol Rate:  6.1113
  • FEC: ¾
FTP Download Site: www.vistaworldlink.com/CMAchristmas.

For more information contact Jim Bowling at 213-215-7822 or via email.

2014/11 3:22 AM
Billy Joe Shaver Performing on Late Show with David Letterman 12/17 - City Winery Show Added

At 75 years old, Billy Joe Shaver will make his Network Television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman December 17th. He'll perform 'Hard to Be an Outlaw' alongside Willie Nelson (who also sang on the album version of the song).

Billy Joe has also just added a show the same evening at City Winery NYC.

2014/11 9:46 PM
Big Country Winners At The 2014 American Music Awards

Music's top artists were in LA last night (11/23) for the 2014 American Music Awards.  Country artists who took home awards included Carrie Underwood for Country Female Artist, Luke Bryan for Country Male Artist, Florida Georgia Line for Country Band, Duo or Group and Brantley Gilbert for Country Album with his "Just As I Am" album.

The Dick Clark Award For Excellence was presented to Taylor Swift in recognition of her accomplishments both Country and Pop. 

It was a big night for pop artists One Direction and Katy Perry

The show was hosted by Mr. 305, Pitbull and featured live performances from Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Selina Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj ,  Skylar Grey, Lil Wayne and Christiana Milian, Wyclif Jean and Magic! and Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea.

Here is the full list of winners 
  • Country Female Artist: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
  • Country Male Artist: LUKE BRYAN
  • Country Band, Duo or Group: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
  • Country Album: BRANTLEY GILBERT, "Just As I Am"
  • Artist of the Year: ONE DIRECTION
  • New Artist of the Year: 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
  • Single of the Year: KATY PERRY feat. JUICY J, "Dark Horse"
  • Pop/Rock Female Artist: KATY PERRY
  • Pop/Rock Male Artist: SAM SMITH
  • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: ONE DIRECTION
  • Pop/Rock Album: ONE DIRECTION, "Midnight Melodies"
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: IGGY AZALEA
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Album: IGGY AZALEA, "The New Classic"
  • Soul/R&B Female Artist: BEYONCE
  • Soul/R&B Male Artist: JOHN LEGEND
  • Soul/R&B Album: BEYONCE, "Beyonce"
  • Latin Artist: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
  • Alternative Rock: IMAGINE DRAGONS
  • Adult Contemporary: KATY PERRY
  • Contemporary Inspirational: CASTING CROWNS
  • Electronic Dance Music: CALVIN HARRIS
  • Soundtrack: "Frozen"
  • DICK CLARK Award of Excellence: TAYLOR SWIFT

2014/11 8:13 PM
Ronnie Milsap To Begin His Final Tour

Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap begins his final tour, "A Legend In My Time," Saturday, November 29th at the Country Music Hall Of Fame/Nashville.

Milsap said, "You get to a place where you still have your health, but you know it's not given. I've been blessed with so many great songs, so many wonderful memories and stories, and some of the very best fans in the business. Before I get to a place where it's not a celebration of the music, I want to go out and play all these hits for the people who love them as much as I do."

Tour dates are still in the process of being booked. Tickets to the Nashville show are $35/$55 and can be purchased here.

2014/11 7:05 PM
If You Are Ready To Ride The BULL...Then These Jobs May Be For You

Mid-West Family Country WRTB/The New 95-3, The Bull/Rockford PD Jeff Andrews is seeking multi-talented individuals for future 2015 openings that they are staffing up for at Rockford's hometown Country station. The ideally, candidates should have experience and skills on-air, in promotions, digital media, production, and event promotions. 
 
No phone calls. Email your resume and air-check with production samples to /Blog/.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Midwest Family Broadcasting is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

2014/11 1:07 AM
Toby Keith, Lady A Headline 'CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party'

Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldridge are ready to perform at the first-ever “CMT Ultimate Kick Off Party,” airing live on CMT Friday, January 9th at 9 pm (ET), from the College Football Playoff National Championship in Dallas.

The 90-minute live show will serve as the kickoff event for National Championship weekend and will be broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. More artists will be announced soon.

The College National Championship game will be played Monday, January 12th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

2014/11 11:21 PM
KTHK/The Hawk Kicks Off The 'Toys For Tots' Campaign

Congratulations to Riverbend Communications Country KTHK/The Hawk 105.5 & 105.9/Idaho Falls, ID for partnering with the US Marines and Petsmart for a toy and cash Christmas drive.

PD/Morning host Don Jarrett said, "Nine collection boxes and $250 in cash go a long way to help those children have something under the tree on Christmas morning.  We believe ‘Toys For Tots’ is the ultimate holiday charity. It's helps local kids, it defines the Christmas spirit of giving, and lets us work with our military; we love the ‘Toys For Tots' campaign!"

2014/11 7:45 AM
Suzanne Gordon Leaving GAC

Vice President of Programming for Great American Country Suzanne Gordon will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities.  Gordon has over 30 years of experience in broadcasting, syndication and cable television and has overseen all of the original commissioned productions and acquisitions for the network.

"I've had a great run the last eight years at GAC, and I am so proud of the many concerts, documentaries, red carpets and new artist specials we've produced," she said.  "I'm grateful for the many long-lasting realtionships I have made, and although I have enjoyed working for such a strong national brand, I am exciting to be starting a new chapter in my career."

Her production and director credits include a variety of project including documentaries, talk shows, music specials for cable and syndication includign PBS, Opry Live, Film House, The Nashville Network and more. As of January 1 she can be reached at /Blog/ or 615-585-8800.






 

2014/11 7:42 AM
Country Music Association Presents Music Discovery Research

The Country Music Association presented its Music Discovery Research findings regarding how music fans find music adn how that impacts their music purchasing.  This presentation was made to members of the CMA at their annual meeting in Nashville.

"An important part of our mission as a trade association for the format is to provide meaningful research and tools to help our constituents advance their business interests by gaining a better understanding of the general music consumer as well as the core Country fan,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The annual membership meeting was the perfect platform to present these important findings directly to our stakeholders in the industry.”
 
The research project asked 1600 Adults 18+who had "discovered" a new song within the last seven days when the research was conducted July 22-31.  The findings also include actions that happened within the same seven-day window.

Karen Stump, CMA Sr. Director of Marketing Research presented the findings.  

-New music discovery was higher amoung core Country music fans compared to rock, pop, hip hop or R&B regardlessof the way they discovered it.

-AM/FM radio ranked #1 as a source with 43% said that is where they heard it for the first time. this was followed by YouTube and streaming apps at 13%.  YouTube ranked significatnly higher (20%$) amoung 18-34 year olds.

-Discovery of music by "new artists" (those artists that listeneres had not heard of) was most common with 49% of the respondents.  Thirty-two percent said that their new discovery was by an artist they knew.

-While TV and streaming apps saw higher levels of new artist discovery, radio was the strongest in the discovery of "new releases."

-Nearly half (48%) of those who discovered new music looked for additional inforaiton about the song or artist via YouTune or the Internet.  If hte song was an older release from an established artist, this research was even higher (58%).  

-One in five (19%) of the fans that discovered either a new artist or release purchased it within a week.  Those who discovered it via streaming apps were the highest purchasers (25%).
 

2014/11 6:30 AM
​It’s Turkey Time For Tracy Lawrence On Nov. 25th

Tracy Lawrence has selected Tuesday, November 25th for his "9th Annual Mission Impossible Turkey Fry" at the Nashville Rescue Mission parking lot.

Lawrence has an incentive for the first 50 people who donate $100 to the mission: A fried turkey and autographed T-shirt.

The annual event is a mass turkey fry which feeds homeless Middle Tennesseans each Thanksgiving.
More info here.

2014/11 4:48 AM
​J.R. Jaus To PM Drive On WWKA As Drew Bland Takes Middays, And Jason Gellhause Into Nights

Cox Media Group Country WWKA/K92.3/Orlando names J.R. Jaus as the new PM drive host, as current host Drew Bland moves to mid-days and Jason Gellhause will go to nights.

Director/Branding and Programming Drew Bland said,J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team,” “We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.”

Before this, Jaus has worked in radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Jaus stated, "This is really an exciting opportunity for me. What Drew and his team are doing at K92.3 is so fresh and new. I am honored that they have invited me to be a part of it. It is going to be a challenging and fun adventure!"

2014/11 1:36 AM
RAB Report: 11% Digital Growth In Spite Of Flat Radio Growth

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) released data Today (Nov. 21) showing the industry continues to build on its digital profile as Digital revenue in Q3 showed growth of 11% over last year. In addition, despite a flat national advertising market across media, total Radio ad revenues showed signs of rebounding with improving trends over Q2 performance (-2% vs. -3%), and Off-Air revenue posted a 14% gain, for its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.

"The increasing strength of Radio’s digital platforms becomes more evident every quarter as advertisers recognize the unparalleled benefits of reaching Radio’s dedicated audiences on every device and platform they are using,” said RAB Pres./CEO Erica Farber. “In addition, the growth in off-air opportunities for advertisers is a clear indication that Radio is focused on continuing to deliver more innovative solutions to help them reach their consumers."

"As radio broadcasters continue their focus on reaching consumers and enhancing advertiser ROI through broadcast, digital platforms and new off-air opportunities, advertisers are recognizing that the best way to communicate with consumers and build brands has evolved far beyond simply running a Spot schedule on-air,” Farber continued. “On-air personality involvements, events, station websites and other digital options continue to generate support, use and results among major brand marketers as well as local businesses.

Growth Categories In Q3

There were upticks from Health Care (+4%), Professional Services (+5%), and Insurance Companies (+1%); these industries also showed increases in year-to-date spending, up 6%, 6% and 7% respectively. Nice growth signs while several of Spot Radio’s top tier revenue categories registered dips while facing very strong Q3 delivery last year.

Additionally, there was upward momentum from many categories in the next tier that helped improve Radio’s bottom line this quarter, many of which reflect the impact of increased consumer optimism and spending in the housing, travel and personal entertainment areas.
 
"Looking at this list of growth categories, much of the increased volume derives from locally-focused, Main Street businesses who can directly observe the impact of Radio advertising on their bottom lines,” states Farber. “Additionally, Radio’s ability to motivate listeners to action is reflected in the increased spending in such categories as Charitable/Religious/Non-Profit/Government Agencies, Entertainment, Sporting Events/Expos/Shows, and Recruitment/Employment - advertisers that count on Radio to help raise funds, fill seats, fill jobs and depend on results from their investments."

2014/11 10:59 PM
Brian Egan Named Executive Producer For 'NASH Nights Live'

Cumulus names Country WKWS/96.1 The Wolf/Charleston, WV PD/morning talent Brian Egan as Executive Producer for "Nash Nights Live."

Egan said, "My family and I couldn't be more excited to return to Tennessee, joining the 'Nash Nights Live' team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the Nash brand is an amazing opportunity. I'm grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen."

Before joining WKWS, Egan was co-host of the "Ben & Brian Show" at CBS Radio Country KMLE/Phoenix and iHeartMedia Country WMZQ/Washington, DC.

Send Egan congrats here.

2014/11 10:15 PM
​WAMZ 'Coyote’s Acoustic Concert 2014' Is A Sell Out

iHeartMedia Country WAMZ/Lousiville's "Coyote's Acoustic Concert 2014" has sold out 17,000 seats in just over an hour.

The show will feature Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie & Tae, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, and others.  It will take place Wednesday, December 3rd at the KFC Yum Center in Lousiville.  

Listeners can still win tickets from WAMZ. For additional information, visit the station's website.

2014/11 10:05 PM
Nate Green To Release Debut EP, Road Map, in 2015

Country newcomer Nate Green is releasing his much-anticipated, debut EP, Road Map, on Jan. 13, with a pre-sale date of today, Nov. 21. “Back Road,” the new focal track off of Road Map, and “Wild & Free” will be available for download following the pre-sale purchase. An official music video for “Back Road” has been shot and will be released in the coming weeks.

A true musician, Green traveled the world to study how music differs in various cultures and which instruments are prominent in various regions and why. His journey took him to Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Mexico, New York, Miami, L.A. and Nashville, which gives his music a truly unique sound. Road Map was written, recorded and produced during Green’s travels and is highly anticipated by his growing national and international fan base.

In addition to his musical sabbatical to perfect his craft, Green also single-handedly penned each track on the new EP.

"When I set out on my travels to complete this EP, I really just wanted to take in as much music as I possibly could and immerse myself in each culture. I learned so much about music and got a whole new perspective on what it means to 'be an artist,' and I'm so thankful that I got to have that experience while I was writing the new music," commentsGreen.

Combining real Country lyrics with a southern pop sensation, Green’s upcoming single, “Back Road,” pours out the connection between two lovers enjoying a night in the country. The release follows Green’s recent debut release, “Wild and Free.”

Green comments of the new track, The song “Back Road” is a progressive journey taking you away from the bright light, fast-paced city life, and showing you the way I live; the way I grew up in the country. The sound itself is as much of a contrast as the city is to the country. It's a fun song and a defining moment in my writing career.”  

2014 proved to be an exciting start to the newcomer’s career as he was featured on ZUUS Country’s On The Rise in September and was added to the network’s Country Hunks playlist.

Additionally, Green was named one of the 10 Hottest Guys You’ve Ever Seen in Country Music by Teen.com.
A seasoned performer and entertainer, Green has already opened up for acts such as Little Big Town on their A Place to Land Tour, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Latin sensation Gloria Trevi at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City.
 

2014/11 10:02 PM
Lia Hooks-Up With Soldiers’ Angels For ‘Holiday Heroes

Lia, the Westwood One Country show hosted by Lia Knight, has teamed up with Soldiers' Angels this year for "Holiday Heroes."  

Lia listeners are helping to raise money to purchase gifts, food, and clothing for the families of our active duty and retired servicemen and women.  You can make a donation and become a Holiday Hero HERE and read more at www.soldiersangels.org.

2014/11 9:50 PM
Cole Swindell Releases Down Home Sessions EP Exclusively on iTunes

Breakout Country music artist Cole Swindell released his brand new Down Home Sessions EP exclusively on iTunes this week, landing immediately in the No. 1 spot on the country chart and Top 10 all genre.

The five song digital collection includes previously unreleased tracks and follows up Swindell's debut album, which contains his latest single currently building at country radio “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey.

Recently announced as a performer on the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Swindell began his first headlining run last Thursday, which includes two upcoming sold-out Chicago stops at Joe’s Sports Bar December 10 and 11 before wrapping later in the month.

Swindell also introduced his new fan club on the tour, called The Down Home Crew, where fans gain exclusive access, discounts and get early information on all things Cole Swindell. Down Home Crew members will also get access to the “Chillin’ It” VIP experiences on select tour stops powered by The Coleman Company, Inc.


2014/11 11:32 AM
Radio Parties Jumps Into iHeartMedia

Promotional management company Radio Parties has formed a partnership with iHeartMedia Country WKKT/The Kat 96.9/Charlotte.

"Country radio is one of our most successful formats," explained Radio Parties President Ric Hansen.  "Country listeners are some of the most loyal fans and are always anxious for their station to reach out and be a part of their community. Radio Parties facilitates that connection and gives the station a high profile with fans and potential listeners."

Radio Parties offers human connection with listeners to compliment the station's online social media branding and connections.  The company currently works with stations in Houston, Tampa, Atlanta, Seattle, and many more.  Their management services are offered at no charge to the radio station. 

For information about Radio Parties, contact Ric Hansen here or by phone at 800-954-3535.
 

2014/11 10:13 AM
‘Taste Of Country Festival’ To Be Headlined By Toby Keith

Show Dog-Universal music artist Toby Keith will headline the "3rd Annual Taste Of Country Music Festrival" in June 2015.
Keith adds his talent to previously announced headliners Tim McGraw and Keith Urban at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Great Northern Catskills in Greene Country, NY. The festival will take place Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th, 2015.

"We are thrilled to add Toby Keith to our superstar lineup," stated Townsquare Media EVP/Live Events Dhruv Prasad.  "There is not a Country music festival in America that can boast Tim, Keith, and Toby as headliners.  And we're not finished yet. All I can say is there are more great acts to be announced, so stay tuned."

For information on ticketing, VIP packages, accommodations, and more, visit www.TasteOfCountryFestival.com.
 

2014/11 10:02 AM
​CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award Goes To Kix Brooks

Kix Brooks will be receiving the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award in JANUARY 2015.
"It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," said Brooks. "It's easy to look around and be inspired by people who do more. I'll keep trying-- this is very special."

The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism, and advocacy. Those recognized must be a Country music professional who has evidenced commitment to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Country music community.

Kix is a true ambassador, champion, and humanitarian for CMA and this industry as a whole,” said CMA Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee Rob Beckham. “His philanthropic efforts continue to make the world a better place.”

2014/11 9:45 AM
Billy Dawson Launches 45 Minute Pre-Game Show Prior To Cowboys/Eagles Game November 27

Rising Country star Billy Dawson  always dreamed of playing the Dallas Cowboy stadium as a football player but little did he know after 25 years he would be playing the stadium as a musical artist.  His childhood dream will come true when he plays a 45
minute set in West Plaza’s Miller Lite Stage at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on November 27th.  

The full band performance will kick off Salvation Army’s pre-game show for the Thanksgiving day battle between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.  Other entertainment at the game includes LeeAnn Womack performing the national anthem and Pitbull entertaining during half-time.

“My mom was praying the other day and the Lord reminded her of my desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys when I was a child.  She told me the story and it brought back memories of the time we went to a Cowboys game and I was able to play on the field.  It was so exhilarating running down the field and making a touchdown,” says Dawson.  “I am pumped and overwhelmed to be performing a concert at one of my favorite places. I’m so thankful and blessed for this incredible opportunity God has given me.”

Dallas Cowboys fans may be familiar with Dawson’s music as two of his songs have been blasted over the loud speakers at games this season.  “Go To Guy,” written by Amy Jack, Eddie Galan, Diana Williamson and Dawson and “Born To Lead,” the official theme song of the 2013 Lombardi awards, written by Amy Jack, Gannon Adams and Dawson, have become fan favorites at stadiums across the country including the world famous Cowboys Stadium, "Born To Lead" is available now on iTunes. Thousands of people are expected to be in attendance.

2014/11 9:33 AM
$66,000 Raised By Miranda Lambert For Her Muttnation Foundation

A big round of applauses for RCA Nashville's Miranda Lambert, who raised nearly $66,000 for herMuttnation Foundation through the auction of a customized RAM truck.

"I'm happy to see everyone come together to raise so much money for Muttnation Foundation through the auction of a customized RAM truck." said Lambert. "I appreciate RAM for donating the truck to me to auction off and for making this all possible. So many dogs will have happier holidays and lives thanks to this generosity."

The customized RAM Laramie Longhorn truck sold for $54,901; other items including signed CDs, guitars, and tickets to one of Lambert’s 2015 concerts brought in nearly $11,000.

 

2014/11 9:32 AM
Stephanie Holzer Promoted at Warner

Stephanie Holzer is the new Director/Regional Promotion for the Southwest territory. The is the final regional position to be added to Team WEA.

Holzer has been Promotional Coordinator since May.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership.

"We look forward to watching Stephanie develop into a top notch regional and airplay force in the Southwest region!" said Team Wea VP/National Jordan Petit.  "Shortly, we will announce Stephanie's replacement in teh coordinator role, which will round out Team Wea!"

She begins in Janaury and plans to relocate to Texas near the middle of the 2015.  Get in touch with her here.
 

 



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2014/11 7:09 AM
Bob DiPIero Gets CMA Chairman's Award

Bob DiPiero was given the CMA Chairman's Aard by CMA Board Chairman Ed Hardy during the CMA Board of Directors meeting in Nashville. 
 
"Bob has been a creative force and passionate supporter of songwriters and the CMA Songwriters Series in the US and Europe--expanding the genre and creating new fans everywhere  he goes," said Hardy.  bob is high regarded as a songwriter, but serving with him on the CMA Board, I have a much deeper appreciation for his business acumen, his absolute dedication to the creative process, and his trademark sense of humor."
 
The Chairman's Award is given annually at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. Hardy praised DiPiero's leadership and efforts on and efforts to expand the format and CMA Songwriters Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014.

"This award is truly a highight of my ongoing career," said DiPiero.  "To be awarded this by Ed Hardy in front of the CMA Board members humbles me.  The dream goes on."

 
 


2014/11 11:46 PM
WLIQ-AM Now Getting Their KICKS As Classic Country

Townsquare AC WLIQ-AM/Quincy, IL has switched to Classic Country, They are now known as “Classic Country KICK AM 1530” and using the Westwood One 24/7 format.

With this flip, “KICK AM” now joins their mainstream Country sister station KICK-FM.

2014/11 11:04 PM
Shazam Letting You Find The ‘Hits’ Earl

In 2002, Shazam began as a cool way for identifying unfamiliar songs, but after being downloaded more than 500 million times and used to identify some 30 million songs, THE ATLANTIC reports that label execs see Shazam as "an early-detection system for hits."

From examining 20 million searches every day, Shazam can identify songs that are catching on and where they're catching on. Sometimes it's possible to spot a song that's going to break out months before most people have even heard of it. Because of that, it has become a favorite app of music agents around the country.

This past February, Shazam announced it would be launching a new imprint under Warner Music Group for artists discovered through the app.

2014/11 11:00 PM
​Shining Up The Apple To Grow Beats Music Into iTunes

Back in May, when Apple bought Beats Music, people wondered what the long term plans for the service would be? Now, THE NEW YORK TIMES is reporting the plans that Apple has for Beats, the company it acquired for $3 billion, are coming into sharper focus."

The report states, "Apple plans to include its Beats music service in future versions of iOS, its mobile software system for iPhones and iPads, according to people briefed on the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans were not yet official."

Apple has be negotiating with labels since early fall, because it wants to license music at a price that would allow them to place their subscription-based music streaming offering under the standard $10 per month price that Spotify, Rhapsody and even Beats Music currently charge.

A paid subscription model would be popular with artists -- such as Taylor Swift, who have gone as far as pulling their music from free streaming offerings such as Spotify.

According to the New York Times, "when Apple released iOS 8, the latest version of its software system, the lack of a Beats Music app was a noticeable omission. Including the app is an obvious step to bring more attention to the streaming music service to Apple’s hundreds of millions of mobile device customers.  The timing of when Beats will appear in iOS is unclear, and it is likely that Apple will roll the product into its iTunes product as opposed to retaining the Beats Music brand."

2014/11 10:09 PM
Sammy Arriaga Announces The Release Of ‘That’s What I’m Talkin’ 'Bout For Download

Dubbed by the Miami Herald as “The next artist to emerge on the country music scene from Miami since The Mavericks," Cuban-Country artist Sammy Arriaga announces the release of his latest single, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout.” Through his partnership with Eckrich, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout,” accompanied by the acoustic music video, is immediately available on the Eckrich Facebook page as a free download.

In this catchy Country ballad, Arriaga’s “talkin’ bout” that unforgettable moment when an irresistible señorita finally gives him the green light by reciprocating with her coy cues.

Eckrich, a part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, has been giving fans the opportunity to experience Arriaga’s unique Latin-infused Pop Country sound by releasing a series of the songs from his up-and-coming EP. His debut single, “Lighter Up,” was the first to become available for download in May 2014.

Arriaga has quickly been captivating audiences across the nation with his infectious style, performing alongside popular chart-topping acts such as the ACM, CMA and CMT- nominated duo Love and Theft, NBC “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope and Country music staples Jana Kramer and Trace Adkins. Integrating his Latin heritage into his music, Arriaga incorporates various rhythmic elements that put a unique spin on today’s Country music

2014/11 8:16 AM
CBS 'Cool Workplace' According to Crain's

Crain's Detroit Busness has released its annual list of the coolest places to work in metro Detroit and CBS Detroit was one of those companies in the large workplaces category.  CBS owns and operates Country WYCD, Top 40 WDZH/98.7 AMP Radio, Oldies WOMC, WXYT, 97.1/The Ticket and WWJ-AM/Newsradio 950.

CBS was recognized for its staff parties and intra-company website that allows employees to nominate each other for recognition.  Employees can earn points that they can spend on tickets to big games, concerts, gift cards and more.  Crain's Detroit Business asked employees to submit "employee-friendly culture" companies and then chose the top 75.

2014/11 7:56 AM
Garth Goes to #1

"Man Against Machine," Garth's latest album sold more than 118,000 copies the first week out according to Nielsen Soundscan figures.  Congrats to RCA and the team at Sony Nashville.

This is Brooks' ninth studio album and his first since 2001's "Scarecrow."  This is his 14th #1 Country album debut.

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