industry members
Dawn Santolucito
Promotions Director   WKLB
Bobby Wild
Morning Host   Steckline Communications
Teresa Williams
Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter

2014/08 9:10 AM
Brian Mo Moves To WFRE

Brian Mo, most recently with Mel Wheeler Country WSLC/Roanoke is joining WFRE/Frederick, MD. He'll be doing afternoons "Free Country Free Ride." He starts his new gig Monday, September 8. 

 He succeeds Dave Conrad who will be his co-host and do traffic. Paula Young was doing that job and she's leaving after six months to pursue other opportunities. 

"Paula was only with us for a brief time but she and Dave Conrad helped us rebrand our afternoon drive as the Free Country Free Ride ," says PD Don Brake . "The response to more music and more traffic updates for our commuters has been amazing ... [and] I'm excited to add a dynamic talent like Brian Mo to our staff." 

Mo and Brake previously worked together ten years ago in Hagerstown. Mo has been with WSLC since 2010. Get in touch with him here.

WSLC OM/PD Brett Sharp is looking for Mo's replacement. If interested send airchecks and resumes to Director/HR Cheryl Skinner here.

2014/08 8:32 AM
Destination Daytona Feature Shelby County Line

Destination Daytona is scheduled to take place September 26-27 in Daytona Beach. The event will be featuring Shelby County Line a group comprised of four 17 year olds. 

 Their new single "Somethin' 'Bout You" recently shipped to radio. The event is expected to draw up to 15,000 people.

2014/08 8:20 AM
WSKX/Portsmouth Flips To Country

WSKX/Portsmouth, NH flipped formats to country from Adult Hits today (8/29). They are launching 95.3 The Bull, The Seacost's New Hit Country and are running commercial-free through the holiday weekend. "The Bobby Bones Show" will debut on Tuesday, September 2.

"This station is for the new generation of Country music fans and will give our Seacoast listeners a front row seat to Country music," said Clear Channel/New Hampshire Market Manager Joe Graham. "Plus, adding Bobby Bones makes “95.3 The Bull” even stronger and I'm confident we will provide great radio to our listeners and outstanding results for our advertisers." 

 WSKX PD Tim Moore will remain with the station and program it. 

 “Country music draws in everyone from teens to people in their 80’s," said Moore. "But this is definitely not your grandfather’s Country radio station. 95.3 The Bull is built for the new breed of Country listeners—and we’re excited to fill that void." 

 Stream the station here.

2014/08 8:56 AM
ACM Elects New Officers For 2014-15

The new ACM officers for 2014-15 have been announced. They are as follows: 

Darin Murphy (CAA)-Chairman of the Board (4th from left)
Paul Barnabee (Sony Music Nashville) -President (2nd from right)
Ken Tucker (Beats Music)-Vice President (far right)
Duane Clark (FBMM)-Treasurer (2nd from left)
Paul Moore (PGM Connections)- Parliamentarian (3rd from left)
Tiffany Moon (ACM)-Secretary (far left)

The ACM Board of Directors will be ratified in the Fall. At that time Board members will be announced.

2014/08 8:52 AM
PR Company Different Drummer Opens in Nashville

Different Drummer, a Los Angeles based PR company that specializes in entertainment is opening a new Nashville office. They have hired Andy Peterson (left) to open the office and Chris Youngblood to oversee digital/media strategies.  Jeneal Bernhart will manage digital publicity. 

Peterson has worked has Sr. VP and Creative Director at creative agency Propeller. He has also worked for Warner Bros. Records in Nashville as Sr. Marketing Director and also served as Director of Marketing for Rocketown Records. 

 Youngblood was formerly a Director of Communications for the non-profit "To Write Love on Her Arms" and Bernhart was part of LA-based publicity company Ginsberg Libby.  

 “We are thrilled to launch this new chapter for Different Drummer. With the head- snapping shifts in audiences today, the growth of our team will allow us to stay ahead of the curve to ensure that Different Drummer remains the leader in activating aspirational audiences and cause-conscious consumers,” said Corby Pons, co-founder of Different Drummer. 

2014/08 8:48 AM
Greg Smith New VP/Sales For Nash FM/Detroit

WDVD/Detroit has announced that Greg Smith the new VP/Sales at Nash FM/Detroit and Hot AC WDVD. His background includes 17 years at CBS Radio's Detroit stations. 

Greg has the market equity we needed to lead the sales for WDVD and Nash in Detroit. He has the relationships and respect from the ad community in the Motor City to make an immediate impact. We're thrilled to have Greg as a part of the Cumulus family in Detroit,”said SVP Gary Pizzati. 

"I started my radio sales career nearly 20 years ago at 93.1 WDRQ, and now I have the tremendous opportunity to return and help the teams at both NASH-FM and 96.3 WDVD excel and succeed," said Smith.

2014/08 8:45 AM
Les Acree Services Announced

Industry vet Les Acree's services have been announced. He passed on Tuesday (8/26). 

Visitation will be 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (CT) tomorrow at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave., Memphis TN 38119. Funeral services will be held on Saturday (8/30). 

The family is asking for donations in Acree's name to St. Jude Childrens Hospital in lieu of flowers.

2014/08 8:38 AM
Brooke Eden Signs Wtih Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music

Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music have signed singer-songwriter Brooke Eden in their first co-venture publishing deal. 

Eden, a native Floridian has been writing and performing since she was five. She has recently opened for Alan Jackson, Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch and others. 

According to Magic Mustang Music VP/Publishing Juli Newton-Griffith, "This is going to be a wonderful, wild ride, and we are happy to be partnering with Warner/Chappell for this venture." 

"I'm so thrilled to be signing my new publishing deal, a co-venture with Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music. I've admired both of these companies for a while and really feel I've found the best of two worlds. The fact that this is my first publishing deal and this is their first co-venture together makes it even more special," said Eden. 

Eden's current single "American Dream" is being played on SiriusXM's The Highway. She co-wrote the song with Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeaux.

2014/08 8:18 AM
Paisley's Everywhere

To help promote the release of his new album "Moonshine in the Trunk" Brad Paisley will be seen on the media over the holiday weekend. Tomorrow (8/29) he will appear on "Good Morning America" for their Summer Concert Series. He will then go over to ABC's "The View." 

He has released two singles from the new album namely "River Bank" and his latest release "Perfect Storm." He will be playing both during his televised appearances. 

On Labor Day, September 1 he will appear on "Good Morning America."

2014/08 8:00 AM
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend On New CMT Crossroads

Lee Ann Womack and John Legend will appear in the new CMT Crossroads set to air Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT. 

“Having John and Lee Ann join us at CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing—they are both among the most respected singers in their genres,” says John Hamlin, Sr. VP Music, Events and Talent, CMT. “This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration.” 

Legend has earned several Grammy honors including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 2006 "Get Lifted" album. He then released the album "Once Again" and that won him another Grammy for Best Male R&B Performance. His latest single "All Of Me" was at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and sold more than four million in the US and six million worldwide. 

Womack has earned the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for "There's More Where That Came From. She also won for Single of the Year for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "I Hope You Dance."

2014/08 8:38 AM
Les Acree Passes

Condolences go out to friends and family of Hall of Famer Les Acree who passed away yesterday (8/26) after he had a stroke on Sunday (8/24). Acree suffered a stroke in 2007 that affected his speech and motor functions. He was living in a care facility in Nashville. 

His radio career included time at WIVK/Knoxville, WKDF/Nashville, WNOE/New Orleans, KRMD/Shreveport and WGKX/Memphis. He was inducted into the 2007 Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and was honored by the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

2014/08 8:33 AM
Grassroots Looking For Promo and Social Media People

Grassroots Promotion is looking to expand their staff and are looking for a radio promotion person and social media specialist. 

The promotion person will serve as a secondary person with strong organizational and communication skills and excellent follow-through. The social media account manager will have strong writing skills, graphic abilities and experience with major social media platforms. Both people need to be self-motivated and disciplined time managers. 

 If interested send your resume to Managing Partner Nancy Tunick here.

2014/08 8:26 AM
Nash FM 93.1's Already In Labor Day

WDQR, Nash FM93.1/Detroit will be running "I'm Already IN Labor-Day Weekend" starting Friday, August 29 thorugh Monday, September 2. 

The promotion will give away 93 diapers to every listener who has a baby over the weekend and gives their baby either the first or middle name of Nash. All births must be reported to the radio station prior to close of business on Tuesday, September 3. 

 For more information go to

2014/08 8:19 AM
Paisley Pulls Another Fast One

Brad Paisley has been up to some pranks lately and they haven't stopped even after the release of his latest album Moonshine In The Trunk" last Monday.   As was reported, Paisley was leaking tracks from the album and the label decided to "one up" Paisley and gave out what they said was his actual email address. 

Then Paisley went on the air with KILT (The Bull)/Houston and told listeners Sony/Nashville's Gary Overton's phone number. He said that if anyone thought they had talent that this might be a great way to get a label deal. 

Listen to the interview here.

2014/08 1:29 PM
MIke Scott Goes To WWFW/Ft. Wayne

Mike Scott is headed to AC WWFW, Soft Rock 103.9/Ft. Wayne. He will be doing morning drive. He has over thirty years of experience and most recently was PD/afternoons for WNNF, Nash FM 94.1/Cincinnati. 

"My thanks to Ron Stone and Rob Mack for this opportunity to be a part of this new team in Fort Wayne. I am looking forward to waking up Ft. Wayne on the new Soft Rock 103-9 and helping to move the Fort Wayne community and our great company forward. I can't wait to start on September 15th!"

2014/08 8:39 AM
Little Big Town Joins Darius for CMA Announcements

On Wednesday, September 3 Darius Rucker will be joined by Little Big Town to announce the nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC TV's Good Morning America. 

"We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," said Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman.  

"The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking forward to unveiling all of the nominees with our buddy Darius." 

Following the announcement at 10 a.m. (ET) Little Big Town and Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for "Personality and Radio Station of the Year" in four categories. 

They will also be announcing the finalists for the CMA "National Broadcast Personality of the Year." That night the CMA Songwriters Series will take place at the Best Buy Theater and Rucker along with songwriters Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford, Luke Laird and series host Bob Dipiero for an in-the-round presentation of their songs. 

2014/08 8:34 AM
Core Moderators Announced For CRS 2015

Core panel moderators for CRS 2015 have been announced. They include Journal Broadcast Group VP/Programming Beverlee Brannigan, RAB/New York President/CEO Erica Farber, Falls Media Group's Dan Hayburton, Country Aircheck Editor/Publisher Lon Helton and radio vet Gregg Lindahl. 

The core moderators will oversee and direct the bulk of the educational panels throughout the seminar. 

"Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years,” stated CRS Executive Dir. Bill Mayne. “These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees!"

 CRS will be held Wednesday, Febraury 25-Friday February 27 at the Nashville Convention Cneter. For more information go to

2014/08 9:34 AM
Lance Houston Headed to WBWL, 101.7 The Bull

Programming vet Lance Houston is moving from CC's WPOC/Baltimore to PD of the newly launched WBWL, 1010.7 The Bull/Boston. Lance will also be doing middays. 

 “101.7 The Bull has found its visionary! Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist and successful on-air talent,” said CCM+E/Boston VP/Programming Dyland Sprague. “His vision, creativity, positive attitude and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.” 

 Lance's resume includes six years as APD and PM Drive at WUBL/Atlanta. He has also worked as PD of WBAM/Montgomery, AL and WYGC/Gainesville, FL. He began his career in 1995 at CC's WTXT/Tuscaloosa, AL. 

“I am excited to be back riding the Bull," said Lance. “I’m ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle, much like we did successfully in Atlanta. America's greatest city deserves a young and hip Country station.” 

 Get in touch with him here.

2014/08 8:55 AM
CC/Jacksonville Looking for Digital PD

Clear Channel/Jacksonville including Country WQIK, is looking for a Digital PD for the cluster. This person will also be responsible for the afternoon shift on WKSL (Top 40). The position was held by Bryan LaRoche who is leaving.

The right candidate will have two years experience on-air and digital experience. They must be proficient with HTML, CSS, Javascript and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Apply here. 

2014/08 8:44 AM
ASCAP Hosts ASCAP Music City Retreat

ASCAP's Nashville office recently held a retreat for songwriters of all genres to provide an intimate and focused setting for songs to be created and to build bonds and friendships between songwriters. Songwriters were hand picked by the ASCAP staff and came from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and across the country to participate. 

 Songwriter-artist participants included Mike Gossin of Gloriana, Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three, Love and Theft, Mickey G. Priscilla, Dan+Shay and David Nail. 

Music songwriters included Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brett James, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, as well as songwriter-producers Chris DeStefano and Jimmy Robbins. 

Those in the pop field included AC, DJ Whiteshadow, Robopop and Kyle Shearer.

These songwriters have written hits for a diverse group of artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lana Del Ray, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and more.

Pictured above (l-r): Evan Trindl of ASCAP, Dan+Shay's Dan Smyers, Brett James, Dan+Shay's Say Mooney, Robopop and Ryan Beuschel of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Photo: Ed Rode

2014/08 8:25 AM
Rick Andrews Leaves Townsquare/Amarillo

Rick Andrews, Townsquare's Amarillo OM and PD for AC KMXJ and Adult Hits KPRF and also oversaw Country KATP has left after seven years. He is looking for his next opportunity. Andrews has 30 plus years in the business and has held numerous programming positions and worked multiple formats. 

Cities worked include Bangor, ME, Albuquerque and San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time with Townsquare he launched KATP and KWFS/Wichita Falls, TX as Blake FM. 

 Get in touch with Andrews here. Bruce Sheets, Market Manager is looking for till the KMXJ and KPRF PD positions. You can reach him here

2014/08 8:11 AM
Dierks Still Flying High

For the second consecutive week Dierks Bentley is at the top of the Mediabase Country charts with "Drunk On A Plane." 

Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their entire team for continuing to stay on top. This is the second #1 single off his "Riser" album and Bentley's 12th career #1. The album was released this past February.

2014/08 8:01 AM
Florida Georgia Line Kick Off Georgia Florida Week

Flo rid a Georgia Line will headline the "Anything Goes Tailgate 2014" to kick off Georgia-Florida weekend. The annual concert will take place at the shipyards in Jacksonville, FL on Friday, October 31. The show will open with acts including Clare Dunn, John King, The Cadillac Three, Cole Swindell and others. 

The event will be produced by Orange Peel Entertainment and AEG Live. 

"How can you get any more relevant than Florida Georgia Line at the Georgia Florida game?" asked Orange Peel Etnertainment Principal Billy Catlin. "Eight bands with FGL headlining on a forty four acre riverfront can't get much better than this for locals, as well as Florida and Georgia fans." 

Ticket bundles will go on sale Saturday, August 30 at 10a (ET). They will be available via

2014/08 9:21 AM
O'Malley Says Programmers Hope Taylor Returns

In an "admittedly unscientific straw pool," of more than 60 Country PDs, MDs talent and station execs, Michael O'Malley of consulting partners Albright, & O'Malley & Brenner published in his blog today feedback he got when asked about Taylor Swift and her latest single going "pop." 

O'Malley says that in a margin of four to one, Country programmers hope Taylor Swift will once again return with a Country song. Thirty percent said they will miss her in the format. The results also showed that 89% of those asked were familiar with her just released single/video "Shake It Off" and 41% said they had played part or all of the song on their station. 

Comments included "She's been a crossover artists for some time" and 'Her music wasn't any more or less Country than what's being played on Country radio now." Some who were asked indicated that they thought she would record something Country in the future. 

O'Malley goes on to talk about a Facebook post that he loves from J.R. Schumann at Cumulus in Dallas.  Schumann talks about how every time Swift comes out with a new song/album how amazed he is at the hate speak she receives.  

"Grown men and women say terrible things about a girl making music-music with a positive message, mind you...Let's just hope the kids of today listen to her lyrics and not what the adults around them are saying," Schumann writes. 

Read it all here.

2014/08 8:46 AM
Gosselin Leaves WNOE/New Orleans

CC/New Orleans OM nad WNOE PD Don Gosselin has exited after more than three years. '

"The OM position and the Urban Dir./Programming position were eliminated within the cluster," he explains. "But Clear Channel has been great in trying to keep me within the company because we've done some great things together. And we'll see what happens." 

Gosselin was moved from CC's Springfield, MA cluster in Spring of 2011. He was OM and PD of then Country WPKX. He has also worked for CC in Detroit, Toledo and Providence. 

 His resume also includes time at Greater Media/Philadelphia and Citadel/ Baton Rouge, LA. Get in touch with him here. In New Orleans Bob Murphy has added OM duties permanently and is handling WNOE programming for now. 

 Get in touch with him here. At this point there are no plans for the WNOE PD position.

2014/08 8:37 AM
Hunter Hayes Announced Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

Following his performance on the Today Show this morning Hunter Hayes officially announced his fall tour, the Tatto (Your Name) Tour is set to kick off Thursday, October 30 in University Park, PA. He will be joined by Dan +Shay and The Railers. “

"This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we'’ve ever done before…and maybe anyone has ever done. It's a lot of firsts not only for us, but even for the fans who have seen our show before,"” said Hayes. “"Every tour is all about the fans, but this one proves it. Not only are they going to be part of the show, they are the show… you’ll see what I mean!" 

Dates for the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour are as follows: 
Oct. 30, 2014 Bryce Jordan Center | University Park, Penn. 
Oct. 31, 2014 Times Union Center | Albany, N.Y. 
Nov. 1, 2014 Thomas M. Ryan Center | Providence, R.I. 
Nov. 13, 2014 BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, Wisc. 
Nov. 14, 2014 iWireless Center | Moline, Ill. 
Nov. 15, 2014 Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo. 
Nov. 20, 2014 Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo. 
Nov. 21, 2014 Sears Centre Arena | Chicago, Ill. 
Nov. 22, 2014 The Palace of Auburn Hills | Detroit, Mich. 
Dec. 4, 2014 Lakefront Arena | New Orleans, La. 
Dec. 5, 2014 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena | Jacksonville, Fla 
Dec. 6, 2014 Arena at Gwinnett Center | Atlanta, Ga. 
Dec. 11, 2014 Wolstein Center | Cleveland, Ohio 
Dec. 12, 2014 Rogers K-Rock Centre | Kingston, ONT Canada 
Dec. 13, 2014 Budweiser Gardens | London, ONT Canada

For more information go to

2014/08 8:26 AM
Luke's Crash My Playa Concert Announces LIne-Up

Luke Bryan has announced the line-up for his upcoming four-day concert event "Crash My Playa" taking place next January on the Barcelo Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell will be on stage all four nights with Bryan. 

Guests artists include Kelleigh Bannen, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, DJ Rock and Chris Stapleton. 

The day-by day line up looks like this: 

January  23: Cole Swindell featuring Dustin Lynch 

January 24: Luke Bryan featuring Kelliegh Bannen

January 25: Florida Georgia Line featuring Eric Paslay 

Janaury 26: Luke Bryan featuring Chris Stapelton 

For more information, visit

2014/08 8:23 AM
Hunter Greene Headed For Houston Zoo

Hunter Greene, promo director of KKHH, Hot 95.7 and KILT, 100.3 The Bull/Houston is leaving. After almost 13 years he's taken a job as the Sponsorship Manager for the Houston Zoo. 

 His last day at the station will be August 27.

2014/08 8:17 AM
"Where It's At" Goes Gold

Dustin Lynch's single "Where It's At" has been certified gold by RIAA. This is the first single from Lynch's album of the same title. Broken Bow will release this, his second album on Tuesday, September 9. 

 Lynch had his single "Cowboys and Angels" certified gold in September 2012.

2014/08 10:31 AM
Paisley's Still Leaking

Brad Paisley continues to leak information about his forthcoming album "Moonshine in the Trunk." The album is due to be released next Monday, August 25.

He's pulling the power struggle between record label folks and the artist and Paisley has been playing the hero releasing all sorts of information to fans on social media and various other means. His original leak has now been banned on YouTube. Instead various hints about content is being fed to YouTube.

The Ellen Show released the lyric video to his track "Shattered Glass." Paisley says this is his favorite song as it has to do with women fighting the glass ceiling. Check it out here.

Paisley has also gotten several of his celebrity friends to help "leak" the secret. With the hashtag #leakingmoonshine, friends who have helped spread the word include racecar driver Jeff Gordon, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, Bobby Bones, Jenny McCarthy, Kermit the Frog, NASA, Dave Ramsey and Ludacris.

Fans can preorder "Moonshine In the Trunk" and will immediately receive singles “River Bank,” “Crushin’ It,” “Perfect Storm,” “Country Nation,” and “Shattered Glass,” which are available for individual purchase. The album will be available in-full the day after Sunday’s (Aug. 24) Rising Star season finale on ABC-TV that includes Paisley as a guest expert. 

2014/08 9:57 AM
Garth to Receive ASCAP Centennial Award

ASCAP will honor a select group of artists with its once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Awards. The award recognizes accomplishments of various artists in all genres.

One of this year's recipients is Garth Brooks. Brooks along with Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder will be honored on Monday, November 17 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The event will also be celebrating ASCAP's 100 anniversary.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the ASCAP Foundation which supports music education, talent development and humanitarian activities.

“Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe. It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year and, as important, to raise funds to perpetuate the important work being done by The ASCAP Foundation,” said Paul Williams, ASCAP president and chairman.

2014/08 8:28 AM
Scripps Files to Acquire Journal

Scripps filed its application to the FCC to buy Journal radio stations. Although no one at Scripps is confirming this, it may mean the company may lose its grandfathered status for ownership and may be forced to sell one of its five stations in Wichita. Country properties they own include KFDI and Classic Country KFTI.

Scripps also faces another hurdle as a Journal investor has tried to stop the merger saying that the company "breached fiduciary duties owed to ... stockholders" by trying to sell at a very low price by an unfair process.

Go here to read more.

2014/08 8:17 AM
KGRT-AM Rebrands

KGRT-AM/Las Cruces, NM has rebranded as "Great Country AM 570."

"Almost every caller told us 'this is the greatest country of all time,'" says CEO Ron Stone. "It seemed only natural to rebrand Classic Country as Great Country since our listeners were defining it that way." Reach Ernesto Garcia OM/PD here.

2014/08 8:11 AM
Sun Broadcast Group Fastest Growing According to Inc.

Inc. Magazine has named Sun Broadcast Group as one of the fastest growing companies in the country. Sun produces Nashville Music Minute.

Inc. just released their 5000 List and Sun was listed due to their 520% increase in revenue over the last three years.

2014/08 8:06 AM
Slacker Radio Looking For Talent

Slacker Radio is looking for anything but slackers! They have positions open for hosts on its Country stations and also have potential full-time openings.

Kevin Stapleford, Director of Programming explains,"Engage with our 32 million registered users while keeping your day job."

More in Slacker here. Send airchecks and resumes to Stapleford here .

2014/08 8:05 AM
Rural Media Group Creates More Jobs on Music Row

Rural Media Group, the parent company of RFD-TV cable network will sublease space at 49 Music Row (where GAC was located) and relocate the majority of their executives from Nebraska.

The move will mean up to 150 new jobs in Nashville and production will begin no later than first quarter 2015. In addition to television and radio production jobs, the company will be adding marketing, accounting and other positions. Rural Media Group also owns Rural TV, Familynet and Rural Radio on SiriusXM.

2014/08 9:53 AM
Jim Horn Goes to WYZB/Fort Walton Beach, FL

Jeff Horn, most recently OM with Clear Channel/Tallahassee and PD for Country WTNT has joined Cumulus' WYZB, Nash FM 105.5/Fort Walton Beach, FL as PD/afternoons. Skip Davis, who was in the PD seat will be sitting in the Production Director's seat for the Fort Walton Beach cluster. He will also be doing middays on Nash FM 105.5.

RVP Pete Desimone said, “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the Nash FM 105.5 lineup and the Fort Walton /Destin programming team. We’re very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions to Nash FM 105.5.”

“I couldn't be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. Thanks to Pete Desimone, Bob Raleigh, Mike McVay and John Dickey for this great opportunity. Nash is an exciting new brand. I look forward to much success.”

Horn was with Clear Channel for nine years.

2014/08 8:25 AM
Brooks Announces Another Show in Chi-Town

Garth has added another Chicago show at 10:30 p.m. on September 5. This makes a total of 11 shows in Chicago.

"After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," he says. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people [who] wanted tickets and could not get in the system now have a chance to see the show, and [can] get their tickets at face value and not have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."

The tickets go on sale Saturday (8/23) at 10 a.m.  Go here for more information.

2014/08 8:16 AM
KMIT Adds The Rooster

KMIT, Hot Country/105.9, Mitchell, SD has added Envision Network's The Rooster morning show content resource platform.

"The Rooster gave us that added punch we were looking for in our morning show," stated KMIT Brand Manager Renee Robbins. "We are glad to be on board!"

The Rooster is overseen by radio programmers Mike Marino and Jason Hillery. They gather hot news, pop culture and lifestyle stories as well as daily topic starters and produced bits.

Get more Rooster information here.

2014/08 8:12 AM
Carrie's Ready for Sunday Nights

Carrie Underwood is coming back for her second season of singing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the memorable theme for NBC TV's Sunday Night Football.

Viewers will be able to see Underwood's new intro at the beginning of the game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 7. The piece was shot in June and includes eleven NFL players.

2014/08 8:07 AM
Trisha Signs with Sony/Nashville

Trisha Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville (RCA imprint) and soon will be releasing her first project on the label.

“Trisha Yearwood
is one of Country music’s brightest stars. Her versatility and passion have put her at the forefront of countless industries -- she is a best-selling author, a culinary maven, and an Emmy award winning television personality, but first and foremost, Trisha is an unparalleled recording artist who has sold millions of albums and is respected as one of the greatest female vocalists in Country music," said SMN Chairman/CEO Gary Overton. "We’re honored to welcome her to the RCA Nashville family, and look forward to her fans hearing her highly-anticipated new music.”

"Prize Fighter" will be Yearwood's first album on the label. "I can't even find the right words to express how excited I am to be releasing new music!," said Yearwood. I chose the title 'PrizeFighter' because it feels like an anthem for all of us. It's about fighting for what you believe in, and never giving up, even when it's hard. It's a message we all need to hear. I'm so looking forward to working with the amazing staff at Sony. Music is what feeds my soul, and I'm grateful to them for giving me the chance to share what I love.”

2014/08 8:04 AM
Morgan Carson New Promo Director In Lewiston, ID

Morgan Carson is the Promotions Director for Ida Vend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Lewiston, ID. Carson graduated from Lewis-Clark State College and has been at Ida Vend since graduating in May.

She will oversee promotions, marketing , branding and public relations for the 3-stations.

2014/08 10:08 AM
Taylor Coming With 1989

As was reported, Taylor Swift took to her Yahoo! live stream yesterday and played her new song "Shake It Off."  Swift again worked with collaborators Max Martin and Shellback who worked with her on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." She also debuted the video at the end of the live stream.

Her new album "1989" will be released October 27. The album is named after the year she was born and will include packs of 13 Polaroids.  It will also allow fans to enter a "Swiftstakes" ("it's like a sweepstakes, but we made it annoying") that will be held awarding 1,000 tickets and 500 meet-and-greets to her upcoming tour.

"For the record, this is my very first documented, official pop album," she said.

According to The Tennessean, Swift said she was inspired by "A lot of late '80s pop" when she wrote for this album.  She says she loved "the chances they were taking in that era."

A deluxe version will again will be available exclusively through Target.  This version will add three songs and three songwriting voice memos that will give insight into Swift's songwriting process.  It will also include a code to enter the Swiftstakes.  Pre-orders are currently available at and the deluxe edition will be available in stores on Monday, October 27.

"1989" is her fifth album since her breakthrough into country music in 2006. 

For more details go to her website here.

2014/08 8:53 AM
Pat And AJ Join WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint

Pat and AJ, formerly with NRG Media's Country WYTE, Y106.5/Wausau-Stevens Point, WI have joined AC WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint, MI.

Pat and Jenny Clark(AJ), the husband and wife team spent four years at WYTE before leaving in June.

2014/08 8:50 AM
'Deana Ryan' New Midday Talent on WBTU

Ericka Bostwick ("Deana Ryan") is the new midday talent on WBTU (US 93.3) Kendallville, IN.

Her career includes stops at Hoosier Country WCJC, Your Country 99.3/Van Buren where she did afternoons and WQHK,K 105/Ft. Wayne where she did mornings.

2014/08 8:26 AM
Borenstein Joins Columbia

Stoney Creek Manager/West Coast Promotion Samantha Borenstein has joined Columbia as Manager/Regional Promo. She begins her new job today (8/19).

"Sam's background – both in Country radio promotion and in prior roles working with artists, events and logistics – is stellar, and I'm very proud to welcome her to the Columbia Nashville family," says VP/National Promotion Norbert Nix.

In addition to two years with Stoney Creek, Borenstein has worked for City of Hope and with Jordin Sparks' management team. Chris Loss at Stoney Creek will be handling her duties until a successor is named.

Get in touch with her here.

2014/08 8:21 AM
Barry, Hackett and Venema Leave Westwood One

As part of the consolidation going on with Westwood One's 24/7 formats as part of the merger with Cumulus, three staffers have left.

Westwood One 24/7 Formats SVP/GM Phil Barry and promotion people Sassy Hackett and Sarah Venema have exited the company.

Barry's position will not be replaced and the promo positions will be handled in the New York offices.

2014/08 8:16 AM
More Icon Stations Added

Joining previously reported Nash Icon stations WWWQ-HD2/Atlanta and its 250W FM translator W255CJ, WSM-FM/Nashville, 250W FM translator K273BZ/Kansas City, WZRR/Birmingham, KBZU/Albuquerque, KJJY/Des Moines, WJBC/Bloomington, IL, WNUQ/Albany, GA and WZAT/Savannah, GA, Cumulus has flipped more.

The latest Nash Icon stations are KRRF/Oxnard, CA, KLSZ/Fort Smith, AR, KRMW/Fayetteville, AR, KQLK/Lake Charles, LA, WLAW/Muskegon, MI and WDRQ-HD2/Detroit.

Cumulus has not commented on staff changes.

2014/08 9:00 AM
Dierks' Drunk On A Plane #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville's SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their promo team for the #1 spot on Mediabase Country singles this week. 

Dierks Bentley "Drunk On A Plane" flew to the #1 spot this week making it his 12th career #1. This is the second single off the "Riser" album that has made #1. The album was released last February.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” said Bentley. "First, 'I Hold On' came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to 'Drunk' has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own. I'm just trying to live in every minute and soak it all in. In the few quiet minutes I've got, I spend a lot of time thinking about how grateful I am to be here doing this and how many people have supported me and my music. The guys in radio are first on that list…I'm beyond thankful for those relationships. 12 No. ones…crazy!"

2014/08 8:37 AM
George Strait To Release 20 Tracks of The Cowboy Rides Away

George Strait will be coming with a 20 track live album that was recorded at his last concert at A T&T Stadium in Dallas. The album will be in stores September 16. 

Special guests include Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. 

 Tracks from the album include: 
1. Check Yes Or No 
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill) 
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait) 
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church) 
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do 
7. Marina Del Rey 
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow) 
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne 
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride) 
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill) 
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson) 
13. The Chair 
14. Give It All We Got Tonight 
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert) 
16. I'll Always Remember You 
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney) 
18. Troubadour 
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) 
20. The Cowboy Rides Away 

As was previously announced, George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away concert special will air August 29 on CMT.,