industry members
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter
Justin Brown
WWQM Afternoons/Imaging   Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Palmer Suk
President   Palmer Artists
Tereasa Hattaway
  LVProductions
Shelia Shipley Biddy
Director of Operations   Music Health Alliance




2014/07 9:46 AM
Edgehill Adds Banish

Kevin Mason/GM of Edgehill has announced that Jessica Cohen Banish is their new Director of Promotion and Marketing effective today. She takes the place of Adelle Borchetta who is leaving to reopen her own promotion company.

“We’re honored to have a person of Jessica’s intelligence and background agree to join us as part of the Edgehill team,” Mason said. “Now Edgehill Music Nashville is truly complete and aiming to be Nashville’s premiere company for promotion and social media services for Music Row and Secondary radio clients.” 

Banish studied Marketing and Communciation at Valdosta State University and she has spent 15 years on-air and as Promo Director at WQPW/Valdosta. She held the same positions at WGNE/Jacksonville, FL. She has also worked for WSIX and WNRQ as Promo/Marketing Director. Most recently she was Director of Marketing and Social Media for the Maria Chrissovergis Public Realations Agency. 

 Get in touch with her here. 

2014/07 8:57 AM
Clear Channel Partners with Ads Wizz

Clear Channel and AdsWizz have partners to develop a new way to target ads in live broadcast streams. The targeting will be based on gender, age, location, psychographics and more. 

 "Having the ability to serve targeted ads simultaneously to specific digital users during a live radio stream across our 840 Clear Channel stations nationwide on iHeartRadio presents a powerful platform for our advertisers and partners," says CC President/Technology & Digital Ventures Brian Lakamp

For more info go here

2014/07 8:28 AM
iHeartRadio Music Festival Set For September 19 & 20

Clear Channel has announced the lineup for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival set for September 19 and 20. Some of the Country artists who will appear include Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves. Others artists scheduled to perform include Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki and more.

"Each year we bring the music of the iHeartradio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide," 

Clear Channel Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said. "It's the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the Festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres." "Year after year the iHeartRadio Music Festival continues to deliver an unprecedented music experience for millions of fans nationwide. I couldn't be more excited to be part of it," said Ryan Seacrest. "The adrenaline-pumping performances by pop stars and legendary artists alike, the never-seen-before collaborations, the energy of the fans and the artists, this is truly an event like no other."

2014/07 8:08 AM
MusicMaster Adds Three Staffers

MusicMaster has added three new staff members. JVC PD Dave Tyler has been hired as a Music Scheduling Consultant. He has been on Florida radio for 25 years. 

 Tyler says,  "I have been with WTRS alone for 16 years and there are few gigs that could entice me away from my JVC Broadcasting family, but this is one that checked every box on my wish list, the most important of which is the chance to work with Joe Knapp, whom I've known and admired for a long time.” 

Digital technology expert, Jeff Schroeder joins MusicMaster team as Senior Technical Consultant for onsite installation, technical documentation, and automation interface expertise. 

Jeff shared, “I've known Joe Knapp and CTO Scott Wirt for almost 20 years, and I’ve been a fan of MusicMaster since then. I couldn't be more thrilled at the opportunity to work with them and the amazing team they've put together.” 

Lorie Robers joins the corporate office as Sr. Accountant. Lorie brings years of accounting experience to the buisness offices of MusicMaster. “I’m happy to be working with VP/Finance, Susan Averbeck. Joining an exciting, growing company like MusicMaster will allow me to utilize my talents and expertise,” said Robers.

2014/07 9:10 AM
Craig Morgan Raises $60,000

Craig M organ held his 8th Annual Charity event on Sunday, July 20 and raised $60,000 for the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization's primary goal is to help foster children in Morgan's hometown of Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. 

Fans saw a motocross exhibition and a group trail ride. Later that night a concert was held on the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. Chuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence joined Morgan onstage for acoustic performances including his latest hit "We'll Come Back Around," The night also featured a live auction.

2014/07 8:59 AM
Cumulus/Westwood One Help Boy With Cancer

Cumulus, Westwood One and "The Bert Show," "Nights Live with Adam Bomb," "Nash Nights Live," and "America's Morning Show" are working together to make a little boy's birthday a bit happier. 

Danny Nickerson of Foxboro, MA is suffering from a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. He will be turning 6 on Friday, July 25 and all he wants is a "Big Box of Birthday cards." 

Since his diagnosis last October he has had to stop going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. He says he gets lonely from time to time and is always happy to get cards with his name on them. Cumulus and Westwood One are asking listeners via social media and on-air to send birthday cards to Danny. The response has been overwhelming. Check out the Nash Nights facebook page here.


Listeners are being asked to mail birthday cards to Danny this week at: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.

2014/07 8:53 AM
Big And Rich Entertain While Filling Up

Big & Rich got a request when the stopped for gas following their "2014 Summer Concert Series" at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Rochester, NY.

According to Billy Kidd, APD of WBEE/Rochester, Big & Rich were headed back to the hotel from the show in a limo bus when they stopped for gas. A fan who had been at the show recognized them and asked when they hadn't played her favorite song "That's Why I Pray." 

John Rich saw the disappointment on the fan's face and ran to the bus to get his guitar. He performed for her right there next to the pumps. Check out WBEE'S Facebook page here. 

2014/07 8:47 AM
KKGO Celebrating 100th Show

KKGO, Go Country 105/Los Angeles is celebrating their 100th show if the "Revved Up Country" show this Friday, July 25. 

The show is produced by Allen Morgan and is broadcast on Friday nights on KGGO. You can listen to the show here

It airs weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m. (PT) and 9 p.m. (PT). Congratulate the staff here

2014/07 8:42 AM
Maddie And Tae Are Most Added

Congrats to Dot Records' GM Chris Stacey and Director/National Promo Kris Lamb and the whole Dot promo team as Maddie andTae are the most added this week.

Their single "Girl In A Country Song" earned 32 Mediabase Country adds. The duo was signed as the first ad of Big Machine's new imprint Dot Records.

2014/07 8:29 AM
Reba Asks "Pray For Peace"

Reba has released a new song and video titled "Pray For Peace" that is available for free on her website . The video can also be seen there.

She recently shared a post on Facebook about her idea to write the song "Pray For Peace." She explained that she was walking around her place in Gallatin, TN and for days she'd sing the words "Pray For Peace" over and over. Several months later she began to piece the other parts of the song together. She then went into the studio to record it and even then, it wasn't complete. 

"I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love," she writes. 

Many celebrities are supporting her in this effort including Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman (right), Amy Grant, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Band Perry, Montgomery Gentry, Melissa Peterman, Kristian Bush, Krystal Keith, Craig Morgan and Kelleigh Bannen.

Search Twitter for #prayforpeace.

2014/07 8:20 AM
Shania Leaving Vegas

Shania Twain has announced that she will end her show "Shania: Still the One" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Her final show will be Saturday, December 13, 2014. Twain has been in Vegas for two years and will have performed more than 100 shows come December. 

She was recently named "Best Resident Performer in the Las Vegas Weekly's annual "Best of Vegas 2014 issue. 

“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’,” said Shania. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”  

Tickets are on sale now for Oct. 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25; and Dec. 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13. Prices range from $55 to $250. Details at www.thecolosseum.com.

2014/07 7:49 AM
Playback Record's Jody Lynn Makes Enquirer Cover




















Aside from Joan and Melissa, look who else showed up on the The National Enquirer's cover...Playback Record's Jody Lynn!


2014/07 11:53 AM
Chris Young Goes To #1

Congrats to RCA SVP/Promo Keith Gale, Director National Promo Josh Easler and the RCA Promo team for making it to the #1 spot this week on Mediabase Country Singles chart. 

 Chris Young's "Who I Am With You" goes to #1 making it his first #1 single since "You" in February of 2012. The single is off his 'A.M." album. 

This is his sixth single that has gone to #1.

2014/07 11:23 AM
CMA Country's Night To Rock Announces More Acts

"CMA Music Festival Country's Night to Rock" has announced more acts for the television special.  Joining already announced artists Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley , Carrie Underwood Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lizzy Hale, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebeelum and Blake Shelton with special guest Gwen Sebastian.

The special will again be hosted by LIttle Big town.  The show ill air on Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC TV.



2014/07 11:06 AM
Bristol Broadcasting's WXBQ Celebrates 80th #1 Book

Congrats to WXBQ/Johnson City, Kingsport-Bristol, TN for their 80th consecutive #1 ranked book, based on Spring 2014 results that were released today (7/21). WXBQ went from 20.9-22.9 winter to spring persons 12+. 

Bill Hagy, PD says, "That's kind of a roll!" 

Hagy reported that the numbers for the station's 25-54 listeners were "somewhere in the mid-20's." The numbers date back to the fall book of 1992. Hagy has been PD of the station since the station launched in 1978. At that time they were using the syndicated "Country Lovin'" programming. 

Hagy hired Reggie Neel in 1980 when the station went live and he's still at the station doing middays. Get in touch with him here.

2014/07 10:57 AM
Powers and Corbin Form Star Farm Nashville

Label vets Michael Powers (left) and Matt Corbin (right) have launched Star Farm Nashville, a new label service company that will include a fully staffed radio promotion department. Both Powers and Corbin were with Bigger Picture. Powers will be the new company's President and Corbin will act as GM and EVP/Promotion. 

Star Farm will also include creative services, video production, marketing publicity and distribution. Staff and roster moves will be announced soon. 

"Our time at Bigger Picture was a learning experience," Powers says. "We learned what not to do. But more importantly, we learned about human beings – how tough and loyal they can be. The primary inspiration for starting this company grew directly out of the organic feeling of wanting to put this team back together and complete unfinished business." 

"Great music will not stop coming just because all of the slots at major labels are filled," Corbin says. "We have met with so many ... who deserve to have a real shot at being heard. We can take their music to radio or, if needed, we can put a deal together for them to have all of the services that have traditionally only been available through major label deals." 

Powers' background includes working senior promotion jobs for Mercury, MCA. Lost Highway and Universal South. Corbin has worked at seven labels including Universal South. Get in touch with Powers at 615-4389-6372 or here. Corbin can be reached at 615-330-2863615-330-2863 or here.

2014/07 8:50 AM
Drew Horowitz New President/COO of Hubbard

EVP/COO Drew Horowitz has been promoted to President/COO. Ginny Morris, Chairman was recently tapped as CEO and Bruce Reese went to Special Advisor. 

"Drew's passion for the radio business and for the people with whom he works is evident in how he approaches every opportunity and every challenge," said Morris. 

 Horowitz has been with Hubbard since 2011. He also spent time at Bonneville after time at Lakeshore Communications and WUSN/Chicago.

2014/07 8:42 AM
Jeff Davis Adds OM Duties for Greenville Cluster

Jeff Davis, OM  of CC's Asheville, NC cluster and PD of WKSF,99.9 Kiss Country will also now be handling OM duties for the Greenville, SC cluster. He will continue in all of his duties in Asheville. He has been with the Asheville cluster for 15 years. 

He was previously PD at WITL/Lansing and worked for Federated in Fort Wayne. 

 "I'm very excited to be working with the outstanding teams in Greenville while being able to continue to work with the great crew in Asheville. Thank you to John Rohm, Rod Phillips and Bill McMartin for the opportunity to work with both teams who will take us to the next level." 

"Jeff's leadership in Asheville has helped our cluster of stations be truly dominant here, making this an easy choice to expand his duties into Greenville," said Rod Phillips, SVP of Programming for Clear Channel. "We are excited to have him work day to day with two more terrific Country brands, WSSL and WESC."

2014/07 8:33 AM
Tige and Daniel To Launch New Syndicated Show

Tige and Daniel will launch a nationally syndicated evening show called "Tige & Danel."  WSIX/The Big 98/Nashville will be their flagship station. Other Clear Channel stations will be running the show. At this point other stations that are adding the the new show include WSCG/Augusta, GA, WKSL/Raleigh and WTNT/Tallahassee. All stations will retain the control of their playlists.

The Bobby Bones Show will take over at WTQR effective July 28.

2014/07 8:53 AM
Kenny's A Sell Out

As was reported yesterday, Kenny Chesney will be appearing at "Flora-Bama-Jama" show on August 16 at the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key, Florida. Wristbands became available this morning and were gone in less than five minutes.

"Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them," said Chesney. "Cause I can't wait to get out there and play. As I've said: I really miss not playing shows, seeing the people and having that exchange of energy that we have every night! The No Shoes Nation always brings it, and brings it hard -- and they push me to be a better artist."

For more information go to www.kennychesney.com/florabamajama

2014/07 7:46 AM
Route 91 Harvest Festival October 3-5

The first-ever "Route 91 Harvest" festival has been announced by Live Nation in partnership with MGM Resorts and it will be taking place from Friday, October 3-Sunday, October 5 in The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip. 

Artists performing include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert and many others and tickets will go on sale Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. 

"Las Vegas and Country music are synonymous with over the top events, and we know that 'Route 91 Harvest' will deliver the latest, greatest experience for fans from all over the world," stated Live Nation Pres./Country Touring Brian O'Connell. "After launching 'Watershed' and 'Faster Horses," this festival is the next step in the evolution of Live Nation's fan and artist friendly festival family. We're thrilled to have it land in MGM Resorts International's newest venue, The Lot."

2014/07 7:39 AM
Dixie Owen Joins Schmidt Relations

Publicist and owner of All The Buzz Dixie Owen has joined Schmidt Relations. Owen will continue to work All The Buzz and handle their clients including Pawn Shop Kings, Brian Davis, Stephanie Quayle and Billy Gilman

Schmidt Relations' client list includes Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan and the Grand Ole Opry. 

As of July 21 you can get in touch with Owen at 615-440-6171 or here.

2014/07 7:39 AM
Dave Pacula Joins BRE Publishing

Dave Pacula, most recently Director/Creative has joined BRE Publishing as Director/Creative. His resume includes Universal Music Publishing and BMG. 

Pacula reports to Black River VP/Publishing Celia Froehlig. He can be reached at 615-780-3070615-780-3070 ext. 6218 or here.

2014/07 7:25 AM
Kevin Richards Joins WKLI and WFFG

Kevin Richards, most recently with Townsquare WGNA/Albany doing middays, has joined Albany Broadcasting's WKLI, 100.9 The Cat and WFFG, Froggy 100.3/Glens Falls, NY doing middays and evenings.  

"We are extremely happy to have Kevin on Team Cat," says PD Jon Reilly. "He will make an immediate impact to our brand." 

Richards takes over for Suzanne on WKLI who will now be doing middays on Triple A clustermate WZMR. On WFFG he will take Ken Edwards' place in a few weeks. Edwards will move to middays and replace John Lawrence. Lawrence will not be on-air but focus on his responsibilities as Director of Production. 

Richards left Townsquare after 20 years with the company. Get in touch with Richards here

2014/07 7:19 AM
Sirius XM To Launch Y2 Kountry

Sirius XM is launching Y2 Kountry today at Channel 57. The channel will include country hits from the 2000's including Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw. 

The channel kicked off with a Clay Walker hosted "launch party," where he played some of his favorites from the era. In coming days other guest hosts including Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts will do the same. 

XM programmer Joey Black will do the programming and he will be overseen by Sr. Director/Country Programming John Marks.

2014/07 9:09 AM
Jake Treats Three Moms

According to People Magazine, Jake Owen is trying to convert non-country lovers. recently was performing in Uncasville, CT and was at the hotel pool that afternoon when he heard women talking about how they didn't like Country music. Owen decided he needed to set these gals straight. 

"We had a spa day for all of our birthdays then it was margaritas at the pool," said Ellen Casey, one of the three women. "We bonded because my son is in a band ... and Jake was saying how the best thing about what he does for a living is how proud his parents are of him." 

Owen bought lunch and drinks for the women and invited them to attend his show at Mohegan Sun that night. He left three floor seats at will call for the ladies. During the show Owen told the crowd about his overhearing the conversation that afternoon. 

Then he said "Where's Terri?" 

When the ladies indicated where they were sitting he asked them to join him on stage to enjoy the remainder of the show from his onstage tiki bar. 

And Terri Smith, the friend with the least interest in Country music is now a convert. "I am especially a fan of Jake Owen-a huge fan," said Smith. "It was a weekend we'll never forget!"

2014/07 8:57 AM
Kenny Announces Free Concert

Kenny Chesney has announced that he will perform a free concert on Saturday August 16 at the Flora-Bama Bar in Pensacola, FL. The show's name is the "Flora-Bama-Jama" as the show will be held between the Florida and Alabama state lines. 

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year," Chesney said "and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them. Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun." 

All details will be coming tomorrow (7/17) at kennychesney.com/florabamajama.

2014/07 8:53 AM
Marvin Kopman Named VP/MM of Montgomery Al Cluster

Marvin Kopman, former Dayton OH Clear Channel Director of Sales is the new VP/MM of Cumulus' seven station cluster in Montgomery, AL including Country WLWI. He replaces Donna Headley who left after 12 years. 

"Marvin has the experience, energy and drive to take our station to the next level," says Gary Pizzati, Cumulus SVP. Get in touch with Kopman here

2014/07 8:29 AM
John Paul Leaves Westwood One

Westwood One's VP/Programming John Paul is leaving to go to Longview, WA where he will be GM for a three-station cluster inlcluding Country KUKN a station he helped sign on in 1991. The move will allow him to eventually buy in as an owner and be closer to family. 

He has been with then-Dial Global since 2010 and prior to that he was PD at KUPL/Portland. 

 Reach him here. At this point there are no plans for his position at Westwood One.

2014/07 8:26 AM
WWYZ's Cory Myers Goes To Afternoons

WWYZ/Hartford's MD/morning co-host Cory Myers is moving to afternoons. She will fill the shift that was being covered by part-timer John Saville after Lance Tidwell left in April. 

"Am I excited about not waking up at 2:45am every weekday like I have for the last 20 years? Um, yes," Myers says. "Normal hours, seeing my kids off to school in the morning, eating eggs freshly cooked and not having to take off any days just to do my kids' hair for picture day at school? Yes! And I bring more hair than Lance Tidwell to afternoons so trust me, I know hair!" 

Broadway will be doing mornings for now.

Reach her here

2014/07 8:23 AM
Darlene Bieber Forms Bieber Public Relations

Publicist Darlene Bieber, formerly with Schmidt Relations has formed Bieber Public Relation. Darlene will represent Brad Paisley exclusively. She can be reached as of July 21 at 615-584-9060615-584-9060. Her address is P.O. Box 51863, Bowling Green, KY 42102.

2014/07 7:59 AM
Coyote Calls It A Day

WAMZ/Louisville's PD/afternoon personality Coyote Calhoun has announced he will retire at the end of 2014 ending a 35-year long career at WAMZ. He began with the station in 1979 when it went Country.

"I have loved every minute at WAMZ, especially spending time with the thousands of listeners I’ve met over the years," said Calhoun. "My health is great and now is the time to go out, travel, and have some fun. I’d like to thank the Country fans of Kentuckiana for all their friendship and support." 

Calhoun will be remain involved with the station and will serve as a Community Ambassador for the station. He will appear at local events including the Kentucky State Fair and St. Jude Radiothon. 

"Coyote Calhoun is one of a kind, a true original," said Clear Channel Regional Programming Manager Kelly Carols.  "Coyote is the only Program Director WAMZ has ever had. He truly personifies Country music in the Louisville area. We appreciate his years of tireless dedication to our community, our clients and our listeners. We cannot thank Coyote enough." 

Get in touch with him here.

2014/07 7:47 AM
Garth Blowing Into The Windy City

It is official. Garth Brooks is set to kick off his world tour and his first stop is Chicago. This is the first time in 17 years Garth has played the Windy City. 

“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’ Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list ALWAYS includes Chicago. It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!” said Brooks.

Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. CST. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000. Tickets are priced at $56.94 plus $8.56 tax and service charge. 

In other Garth news, he received news that the Dublin City Council could not change their earlier ruling to not allow licenses fo all of his five shows scheduled this week. 

 "So," he reported it is with a broken heart I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by Ticketmaster." 

Originally slated to start this week, the refund process will now start Thursday (7/17). "I really want to thank all the people around the world who continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen."

2014/07 7:17 AM
Chris Waters Joins WEA

Chris Waters, most recently with Columbia as Southeast rep has joined WEA as Manager of the Southeast Region. This makes two who are part of the new Warner Music Nashville team. Jordan Pettit will serve as VP. 

Waters joined Sony in 2008 his career includes stops at BNA, Arista and Columbia. He has also worked at WSM-FM/Nashville. Get in touch with him here.

2014/07 7:12 AM
Dwight Yoakam Signs With Warner

Warner/Reprise has signed Dwight Yoakam has signed with Warner/Reprise. This is a return to the label for Yoakam as he had many hits with them on his 1986 debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. 

Yoakam has just released his version of "Who'll Stop The Rain" recorded by Credence Clearwater. He will also be touring with Eric Church on his "The Outsiders World Tour" kicking off September 11 in Bossier City, LA.

2014/07 7:06 AM
iStreamMusic Gives A Sneak Peek

iStreamMusic, the new streaming music provider is giving listeners a chance to preview their new six streams in advance of their official launch. 

Currently available through their Android app are Active Rock, Classic Rock, The Hits (Top 40), Feel Good (Rhythmic AC/Top 40 Pop) Variety (Hot AC) and the affiliate Radio Domination Streaming Network's KXTO The Outlaw (Country). For more information go here.

2014/07 10:58 AM
Rob Morris Headed To Tampa

Rob Morris, OM/PD for Country WMNB and Adult Hits KZJK has been named VP/Programming for CBS Radio's Tampa cluster including WQYK and Classic Hits WRBQ. He will begin August 4. 

Rob is passionate about radio, competitive, a terrific strategic thinker and possesses outstanding leadership skills,” said Tampa SVP/Market Manager Steve Carver. “He is the perfect choice to take CBS Radio Tampa Bay to the next level.” 

“I'm thrilled to be given this great opportunity in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater!" Morris said. "I look forward to working with our team there. You win with people!” 

 Morris has been with CBS in 2012 after 17 years with Clear Channel/Minneapolis KDWB. Get in touch with him here

2014/07 8:58 AM
Tyler Farr Climbs To Top

Congrats to Columbia Nashville's Norbert Nix, David Friedman and RJ Meacham as they scored this week's #1 spot on the Mediabase Country singles chart. 

Tyler Farr's "Whiskey In My Water" is leading the pack and is his second consecutive #1."Redneck Crazy" made it to #1 last October.

2014/07 8:51 AM
Brooke Sanders Joins CRS

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) has hired Brooke Sanders as Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. She will begin her new job on Monday, July 21. 

She succeeds Bradford Hollingsworth who left last month. 

"We are very happy to announce that Brooke is joining our team," said CRS Executive Dir. Bill Mayne. "She brings a wealth of business experience, creative insight, and perspective that will greatly enhance our mission." 

 Sanders has worked as Director of Sales for Confirm Choice. Get in touch with her at 615-327-4487615-327-4487 or here.

2014/07 8:40 AM
Jennifer Shaffer Moves To Streamsound

Jennifer Shaffer, most recently Sidewalk Records Director/National Promotion has joined Streamsound and will be handling the Northeast. She begins her new gig on Monday, July 28. 

 This move has her working once again with VP/Promotion and Strategic Marketing Teddi Bonadies. The two worked together at Rodeowave Entertainment until the company shut down last September. 

"I am very happy to be reunited and working with Jennifer again," said Bonadies. "Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious. She will be a strong asset to the Streamsound promotion team." 

Shaffer will take over the position held by Eric Beggs who will continue with Streamsound as an independent rep. In addition to Sidewalk, Shaffer has worked with Warner Music Nashville, Lyric Street and Columbia. 

 She has been doing promotion for 20 years. Get in touch with her here

2014/07 8:33 AM
Laura St. James Adds Weekends

Laura St. James PD for Hot AC WLEV/Allentown will now be doing weekends on WNSH, Nash FM 94.7, New York. She will continue programming WLEV. 

 Her background includes four years at WWFS, Fresh 102.7/New York (Hot AC) and has also worked for WLTW (Hot AC) across town. 

Get in touch with her here.

2014/07 8:25 AM
Dan Stroud Passes

Condolences to friends and family of Dan Stroud, morning co-host at KXXY, 96.1 KXY/Oklahoma city. He passed last Thursday (7/10) at the age of 59. 

The station's Facebook post says, "Sad news to pass on to our KXY family --Dan Stroud passed away today at Mercy Hospital. I don't have all the details as of yet but please keep his wife Karla & their family in your thoughts & prayers. Dan, of course was here when we transitioned from 96X to Country back in 1982 -- he & Dave were the morning team for almost 25 yrs in OKC but he was more than that. He was a husband & father who was loved, a friend who was trusted and a colleague who was admired. He will be missed but his legacy will always live on in the hearts of those lives he touched!" 

Stroud was part of the Clear Channel 2012 layoffs. At that point he had been at the station for 31 years. He co-hosted "Dave and Dan" with Dave Murray and most recently was part of the"Bill, Patti and Dan" show with the late Patti Garrett and Bill Reed.

2014/07 8:21 AM
Ashley Monroe Out of Hospital

Continued recovery wishes go out to Ashley Monroe who was hospitalized in Nashville last week for a severe kidney infection. This resulted in the cancellation of multiple shows. 

 Monroe says, "I'm finally feeling some relief after spending two nights in the hospital. I'm very grateful to everyone for their prayers and understanding during this time." 

She will continue performing on Friday, July 18 in Cincinnati and then will have shows on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20 in Ashland, KY and Brooklyn, MI. 

 For further information go to www.ashleymonroe.com.

2014/07 8:10 AM
Kenny Comes With Unique Album Cover

Kenny Chesney has released his latest album cover for his forthcoming album "The Big Revival." Just following the release of the first single, "American Kids," Chesney wanted to continue to head towards something new and different. 

"I wanted a cover that was surprising ... that suggests anything is possible. That was the thing about the bus. It was so far beyond coloring outside the lines, yet what's more common than a school bus? We've seen them our entire life ... Yet, when you look at that bus after we were done painting it, it was a whole new notion! That's what I think everyone is striving for: be who you are, but be the person we dream, not end up," said Chesney. 

As it turns out Chesney is not just an artist musically, he is also a visual artist. He helped create the paint job for the bus that is featured in the video for "American Kids." 

"Rather than another picture of me, I figured, let's throw open our imaginations! Let's see what the bus, 'American Kids,' and the rest of the songs can mean. Look at the bus -- No! Get on the bus ... and take the ride for whatever it is you dream," commented Chesney. 

The album is due out Tuesday, September 23.

2014/07 6:00 AM
Voice Nominated For 10 Emmys

The Voice starring Blake Shelton was nominated for 10 Emmys. They were nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Interactive Program. 

Since the show started it has been garnered 19 nominations and two Emmys. The Emmys will be aired on August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC-TV.

2014/07 5:52 AM
WCYQ/Knoxville Looking For PD/Air Talent

WCYQ/Knoxville has openings for a PD/air talent morning host. Opie Joe has been handling mornings since Ken Anderson left in April. PD Mike Hammond will be leaving to take the job of Knox County Criminal Court Clerk. He will continue in a consulting capacity. 

If interested send resumes and airchecks to Rich Bailey, Director of Operatoins here.

2014/07 5:29 AM
Kevin Richards Leaves WGNA

Kevin Richards, midday talent at WGNA/Albany has left after 19 years. He is looking for his next opportunity. Reach him here . OD Stephen Guittari is looking for the person to succeed him. Ideal candidate will "love to connect with the Country audience on the air, on the street and digitally." 

Airchecks and resumes can be sent to Giuttari here.

2014/07 5:47 PM
David Coppock Leaves Clear Channel

David Coppock, Clear Channel's RMM for Mobile/Pensacola/Panama City/Biloxi has left the company after 17 years. 

As was reported, he has been replaced by Mike Scott. He has been with the company since 1997 and became the RMM the following year. He was with Colonial Broadcasting as President/CEO for 13 years.

2014/07 9:02 AM
Garth Announces Comeback Plans

The long-awaited announcement was finally made today when Garth Brooks and Sony Music Nashville held simultaneous news conferences announcing Brooks' upcoming album on the RCA imprint. The album should be released sometime around Thanksgiving and a new single will be released in August.

About 13 years ago Brooks left the music business to be a dad to his three daughters in Oklahoma.  Now his youngest daughter Allie Colleen has just graduated from high school.  He says he is ready to begin the second half of his career.

"It's a day of joy," Brooks said at the outset.  "Not going to be lying to you, it's also under a cloud right now."

Producer Allen Reynolds has retired and Brooks is working with Mark Miller who engineered the Reynolds-produced albums.  

"I've never had more fun in my life making music," he said. 

Despite the exclusive deal he had with WalMart for his "Blame In On My Roots" boxset, the album will be available in all retailers. 

"I'm getting my ass kicked by the songwriters right now," he said.  "We're cutting everything but Garth stuff right now. The level of songwriting stunned me."

Garth has always stayed away from digital but that's about to change. He announced that digital will be handled at GarthBrooks.com and will begin within the next two or three weeks. 

A worldwide tour will be announced on Monday, July 14.  Brooks will keep a promise to a young fan from Atlanta named Andy that he met during a show in Las Vegas and tell him first.  Then it will be announced to the public.  Garth originally announced this tour while appearing on Good Morning America in December.

He says he's seen the stage for the tour and describes it as "phenomenal."

"I was saying, are you kidding me?  This is what we're going to roll around the world with.  Our job is to whether you agree with bro country or hick hop or whatever, our job is to fly the flag for country music.  I want these people walking out of these arenas to go 'That's the best show I've ever seen.  That thumped harder than any rap show I've been to.  It was louder and more chaotic, it was just stupid.' That's what I want to hear."

He then spoke about the "cloud," his cancelled Ireland concerts that he alluded to earlier.  

"Ireland?  I don't have a clue," he said.  "I wish I could tell you I saw it coming...We don't' treat people different, so now what do I do with those 160,000 people and why are they treated different?" Brooks offered to fly to Ireland immediately and "get on my knees and beg" if the Prime Minister would meet with him.

He concluded by saying," Scared?  Yes. Old?  Yes.  I want to thank God and everybody that has given me the chance to look at the second half of a career. I don't know who many artists get this chance."



2014/07 8:55 AM
Blair Garner Picks Up 4 More

America's Morning Show hosted by Blair Garner has picked up four Country NASH stations including KSJO/San Francisco, KBBM/Columia, MO, WSJR/Wilkes Barre, PA and WJCL/Savannah.

"I love my Country," said Garner.  "We love our country.  That's what binds us together from hometown to hometown--our mutual, shared love of all things Country.  With "America's Morning Show" we celebrate those shared values.  It's who we are and it's how we live our lives.  We feel so blessed and so grateful to bring these four new hometowns into the fold."

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