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2014/10 2:50 AM
Marshall Tucker Band Lead Singer Doug Gray Makes Stop In Nashville For CMA Visit

On Tuesday, October 21, Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray made a pit stop in Nashville
to promote the iconic southern rock group's newly released vintage live album, Live! From Englishtown.  
Gray stopped by the CMA offices to meet staff members and deliver copies of the album.

Live! From Englishtown is available now and is distributed nationally through Sony Red.

Photo ID - Left to right back row:  
Brandi Simms, Mary Gellott, Brenden Oliver, Angela Brown, Justin Randall,
Kris Kennedy, Mary Ann Dicks, Ken Sanderson
 Left to right front row: 
Chris Crawford, Mandi Naylor, Mechalle Myers, Doug Gray, Diane Enright, Ben Balch, 
Don Murry Grubbs

Photo credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA

2014/10 10:12 AM
Tracy Lawrence To Host Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence

Tracy Lawrence will host "Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence" a three-hour, weekly syndicated show with music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. The show will also include special guests and audience interaction.

The project is a a collaborative effort between Compass Media Networks, Lawrence Music Group and Silverfish Media.

Programming vet and consultant Becky Brenner of Albright & O'Malley & Brenner will handle music with Patrick Thomas, Silverfish Director/Programming serving as producer.


2014/10 9:58 AM
Nashville No-Shave Participants Kickoff Photo Scheduled

Those soon-to-be hairy beasts participating in the Nashville-area No Shave November for St. Jude Kids are invited to "say  cheese" on Friday for the kickoff photo.  

The pictures will be taken at the CMA  (1 Music Circle S) at 9 a.m. Friday, October 31.  

If you are unable to attend please register teams and individuals now at  

2014/10 9:44 AM
Keymarket and Forever Broadcasting To Merge

Keymarket and Forever Broadcasting will merge into FM Radio Licenses, LLC.  The applications were filed this week with the FCC for transfer for 40 stations and a translator. It will all become effective December 31.

Keymarket's Country stations include WBGI and WOGH/Wheeling, WV , WOGI & WOGG/Pittsburgh.  Forever's include WFGI/Johnstown, PA, WFGE/State College, PA, WWGY/Grove City, PA and WGYY & WGYI/Erie, PA.

The intent, according to the owners is to "accomlish family financial planning and a redistribution of voting shares and equity." 

2014/10 9:05 AM
Vince Gill to Receive BMI Icon Award

Vince Gill will receive the prestigious BMI Icon Award at the 2014 BMI Country Awards on November 4 at BMI Nashville in Nashville.

The industry will honor Gill on with an all-star music tribute as well as present the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year crystals.  

BMI President and CEO Mike O'Neill will host the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Publisher Relations, Nashville, and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

2014/10 8:05 AM
Luke Sets Record Numbers With Tour

Luke Bryan has come in off the road wrapping up his 2014 "That's My Kind of Night Tour" with amazing numbers.

The tour hit 77 cities in luding four sold-out stadium shows with a total in attendance of 225,000.  He also did two Spring break shows in Panama City Beach, FL and the Farm Tour this fall adding to his attendance numbers for a total of 1.7 million. 

He also sold out Madison Square Garden twice and was the first Country artist to play Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

We have enjoyed seizing the moment every day on this tour," remarked Bryan.  "We've played all types of shows this year.  It's just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadium shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first time fan who may have never been to a concert until the 'Farm Tour' came to their small rural community.  I am so grateful to everyone on my team from my road crew to my fans that have made this year so amazing!  I'm having the time of my life."

As was previously announced, Bryan will tour this winter on his "That's My Kind of Night Tour" starting in Febraury 2015. He will be joined by Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.

2014/10 8:02 AM
Brantley Gilbert To Join Kenny In Big Revival Tour

Brantley Gilbert will be joining Kenny Chesney in  his "The Big Revival Tour" in 2015.  He will be a part of 15 shows during the tour next year.

Chesney had announced that he would be bringing in various support acts throughout his 55 show tour. As was previously reported, Jason Aldean will be joining him for ten shows.

"When you co-headline a tour with JASON ALDEAN, you've gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front," said Chesney.  "When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley's a part of, he's the man for the job.  He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock -- and he's not afraid to push the rest of us."

"The Big Revival Tour" starts Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Nashville.

2014/10 8:00 AM
Garth Headed to Little Rock

Garth Brooks has announced that another stop on his world tour will be Little Rock, AR on Friday, December 12 and Satruday, December 13.

Shows will be held at the Verizon Arena located in North Little Rock.  Currently the shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) but given the history, Garth may add more shows as tickets sell out.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.  There will be an eight ticket limit. Go to or for more information.

2014/10 7:08 AM
​First Ever Country Music Festival Set For New York City

Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley Set To Headline The New Festival

Tickets On Sale Next Week
Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment announced today during a press conference that they will launch the first-ever Country music festival in New York City.  FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26-28, 2015 and will feature Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley at the top of the all-star lineup.  

The first additional artists to be announced for the three-day festival include Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe, Randy Houser, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam with more to be revealed over the coming weeks.  Three-day passes start at $225 (plus applicable service charges and fees) and go on-sale Thurs., Nov 6 at 10 AM EST.  Fans will also have the option to upgrade to VIP three-day packages with access to Skyline Lounge featuring skyline views, private bars and more. For more information and pricing information, visit:
FarmBorough comes from the creators of premier country music festivals Watershed, Faster Horses and Route 91 Harvest, in partnership with Founders Entertainment, the force behind the ever-popular Governors Ball Music Festival.  Together they will bring an unrivaled list of country's most popular acts to the heart of New York City, as well as highlight some undiscovered talent with the "Next From Nashville" stage. 

“We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now.  We have the perfect partner in Founders and the perfect location on Randall's Island to really bring fans and artists something special," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. “New York City is a global destination.  Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best Country music acts too."

Co-founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz said. "We're thrilled to bring our hometown of New York City its first-ever Country music festival.  This has been many years in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to launch FarmBorough in June. Brian O'Connell and his team at Live Nation are the ideal partners for this venture, and together we form a festival dream team.  With Governors Ball, and now FarmBorough, New York City is host to premier, world class, music festivals." 

2014/10 4:00 AM
Bobby Bones & His Raging Idiots Help America’s Finest

Syndicated Country air personality Bobby Bones and his band, The Raging Idiots, rocked two sold-out benefit concerts in Albuquerque, NM and El Paso, TX. It raised their total charitable donations to nearly $600,000.

On October 24th, Bones and the band played to a packed house with special guest Lindsay Ell at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque.  Presented by Big I 107.9, the concert benefited Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter.

Then on October 25th, the band played a special show for U.S. soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso followed by a concert for 96.3 KHEY Country at the Sunland Park Casino, which benefited Wounded Warriors Project.

2014/10 2:45 AM
Radio Advertising Bureau Elects New Officers And Directors

Hartley Adkins
Hartlet Adkins
Hartley Adkins, EVP Major Markets of iHeartMedia, Inc. Elected RAB Board Chair. 

The Radio Advertising Bureau  held its annual Board of Directors Meeting in Baltimore, October 21-22. During the meeting a new slate of officers were elected, along with new incoming directors.

RAB Officers include:
Hartley Adkins, EVP Major Markets of iHeartMedia, RAB Board Chair
Ginny Morris, Chair/CEO, Hubbard Radio, RAB Vice Chair
Kim Guthrie, EVP/Radio, COX Media Group, RAB Finance Chair
Steve Newberry, Pres./CEO, Commonwealth Broadcasting, RAB Secretary
Bud Walters, Founder/Pres., The Cromwell Group, Immediate Past Chair

Newly Elected Directors:
Drew Horowitz, Pres./COO, Hubbard Radio
Bill McElveen, EVP/Southern Region, Alpha Media
Steve Wexler, EVP, Journal Broadcast Group

RAB President/CEO Erica Farber notes, "We are thrilled to have Hartley Adkins at the helm of the RAB Board of Directors. Hartley's experience at iHeartMedia, Inc. provides the RAB and the Board a tremendous strategic advantage as we continue to serve and advocate for the radio industry. We also must thank Bud Walters for his guidance, leadership and service over these last two years. He has ensured a smooth transition with Hartley Adkins and will continue to be an ally to the RAB and to our industry."

2014/10 2:06 AM
Legendary Restless Heart Performs 29 Shows at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas

Dinner Shows November 20 Through Christmas Day

Restless Heart  and Gaylord Opryland Resort announced the official dates for A Season of Harmony Dinner Show.  Beginning on November 20 and continuing through Christmas Day, Restless Heart will perform a total of 29 live dinner shows as part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.

Known for chart-toppers like "The Bluest Eyes in Texas," "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)" and "When She Cries," the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as fan-favorite hits.

"We are excited to be the artist-in-residence at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas," says Restless Heart's Dave Innis.  "We'll be doing nearly 30 shows starting November 20 through Christmas Day.  That's the most Christmas shows in Restless Heart's 30 year history!  We'll be coming out to say 'hi' and sign autographs after each show and we hope to see all of our great fans."
Larry Stewart notes, "We are honored to be the first band to be a part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.  Folks can expect to hear music from our new Christmas album as well as our hit songs."

Restless Heart's A Season of Harmony Dinner Show will be held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel's Tennessee Ballroom.  Each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland's award-winning chefs. 

For ticket information and a full schedule of shows, visit
*Photo Courtesy of Restless Heart

2014/10 10:20 AM
Hunter Hayes to Kick Off CMA Week With Free Concert

Hunter Hayes will kick off the 48th Annual CMA Awards week in Nashville with a free concert on November 3 at 10 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

The concert is part of his involvement with the USO's "Every Moment Counts" campaign.  The show will be presented by WSIX, the Big 98/Nashville and will honor Sgt. First Class Tyler Arnold and his family who will be in attendance with other service men and women who are stationed in nearby Ft. Campbell.

SFC Arnold has been deployed six times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He will be recognized by the USO for his service, sacrifice and strength during the times he missed with his wife and two young daughters.

Dan + Shay and The Railers will join Hayes for the show.  For more info go to

2014/10 9:59 AM
Revolution Pictures, Country Outfitter And Wrangler Offering The Ultimate Country Fan Experience

Warner Music Nashville has partnered with Music City Loft,  Country Outfitter and Wrangler and Revolution Pictures to offer the Ultimate Country Fan Experience for the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Fans are being asked by Country Outfitters to share their story via Instagram to be named the "Ultimate Country Music Fan." 

They will win a trip to Nashville for the award show, act as a "Blue carpet" correspondent leading up to the awards, receive a two-night stay at Music City Loft and have VIP guest passes to the labels after the party.  Learn more here.

2014/10 9:41 AM
Harley Davidson Joins WCOY/Quincy, IL

Radio vet Harley Davidson has returned to the business after being gone for 12 years.  He has joined Staradio Country WCOY, Coyote Country/Quincy, IL and will be doing middays.

Davidson has worked afternoons at XHCR/San Diego when it was Country.   

2014/10 9:14 AM
"Johnny V" Clements OM in Clarksburg

West Virginia Raido Corp has named "Johnny V" Clements OM of their Clarksburg operation including Country WBRB, 101.3 The Bear and Hot AC WWLW, Magic 106.5. He begins his position on Monday, November 3.

"We have the goal of having a superior programming and execution specialist leading the operation, and in Johnny we have found a successful candidate with the track record to lead our group," said GM John Halford.

 "What a privilege it is to have an opportunity to lead these award winning stations and work alongside West Virginia Radio Corp's legendary team of programmers and personalities," commented Clements.


2014/10 8:52 AM
Rick Baumgartner- Gone In A Puff Of Smoke

Industry vet Rick Baumgartner is leaving the business after 26 years.  He has taken a position as Regional Premium Cigar Sales Rep for Nat Sherman International.

"It just felt like it was time," he says. "I love cigars, I've been giving cigars to radio for 20 years and I'm passionate about it. It was the right fit." 

Baumgartner posted on his Facebook page over the weekend,“Most of you are aware of my passion for cigars and I am excited to be given this incredible opportunity. There are so many memories made through the years that I will take with me forever. Thanks for all the adds, conversions, dinners, shows, station visits and conference room performances. There isn’t enough space to name each one of you individually, but just know, you will always be a part of me and I appreciate everything we accomplished during my 26 years. Continued success to you all.”

Baumgartner is the former Hitshop Director/National Promotion and has also worked at Black River, Warner Bros., Decca, Atlantic, Broken Bow, Equity and others.  Get in touch with Rick at /Blog/.

2014/10 8:39 AM
More On False EAS Notifications

As was reported here, the Nashville-based Bobby Bones Show set off EAS notifications in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas and Texas on Friday (10/24).  It was part of a bit that aired EAS tones trying to explain the night before during the World Series when EAS tones interrupted the game.  

"This morning there was an inappropriate playing of the national emergency alert notification tones on a syndicated radio broadcast," said FEMA Dir./Public Affairs Rafael Lemaitre in a subsequent statement. "There is not a national emergency. Today's broadcast triggered alert notification in states where the alert has been played. Certain alerts, like the one broadcast today, are designed to be automatically picked up and rebroadcasted by other radio and TV stations. FEMA and the FCC are currently working with broadcasters to determine the full scope of the situation." 

According to iHeartMedia, "The tone should not have aired," says a company spokesperson. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are taking aggressive action to investigate this incident and prevent it from recurring. We deeply regret the error."

FCC could fine iHeartMedia.  They have fined Viacom, NBC Universal and ESPN for $1.9 million earlier this year for airing a promotion for the film "Olympus Has Fallen" that included sounds that sounded like EAS tones.  We'll see.

2014/10 8:26 AM
Condolences to Amy of Bobby Bones Show

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy of the Bobby Bones Show and her family as they mourn the loss of her mother, Judy who passed away yesterday (10/27) after a long battle with cancer.  Judy was talked about frequently on the Bobby Bones Show and inspired the #PIMPINJOY movement.

"With a heavy heart, I have to say that Amy's mom Judy passed away from cancer late last night/this morning," stated Bones on the show's Facebook page.  "She just wanted to bring some sort of joy to other people's lives as she fought her disease.  The same disease that so many of you and your family members have fought and are fighting.  Instead of sending things to the station, we ask that if you would like to #pimpjoy you donate here to St. Jude.  It's a wonderful place that helps so many kids with cancer.  Thank you for all the support."

Amy has requested that donations be made in Judy's honor at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There is also a link on the Bobby Bones Show website.  Services will be held on Saturday (11/1) in Austin, TX.

2014/10 8:08 AM
Deacon Goes to Muncie

WMDH, Nash FM/Muncie, IN has named Top 40 WZPL/Indianapolis' Deacon to mornings.  He takes over for Jeff Sloan who left the station earlier this month. He will be working with Amanda Rollen and Mike Lee will be doing news.  They have been handling the shift since Sloan left the station.

“Hosting a morning show has always been my dream,” said Deacon. “To get that opportunity in this area where my family is from, where I spent a large part of my childhood … why wouldn’t I come to Nash FM?”

Deacon has been with WZPL doing middays for the pst two years.  Prior to that he was with Top 40 WNOU.  


2014/10 3:05 AM
Beasley-CBS Swaps OK’d By FTC, DOJ

The FTC and Department of Justice clear the way for the Beasley-CBS Radio swaps in Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa and Charlotte, with the FTC Friday issuing early termination notices of its anti-trust inquiries in the swaps between the George Beasley Estate Reduction Trust and CBS Corporation Chairman Sumner Redstone.

CBS will be receiving Country WXTU and Top 40/Rhythmic WRDW/Wired 96.5/Philadelphia and Top 40 WPOW/Power 96, Country WKIS, and Sports WQAM-AM/Miami in exchange for CBS Radio's Urban AC WBAV/V101.9, Sports WFNZ-AM/610 AM The Fan, Top 40 WNKS/KISS 95.1 FM, Urban WPEG/Power 98, Country WSOC-FM, AC WKQC/K 104.7 and Sports WBCN-AM/CBS Sports Radio 1660/Charlotte; Sports WHFS-AM/CBS Sports Radio1010 AM, Sports WHFS-F (98.7 THE FAN), Top 40 /Rhythmic WLLD/Wild 94.1, Country WQYK-FM, Classic Hits WRBQ, and Tropical WYUU/Maxima FM/Tampa and Sports WIP-AM/CBS Sports Radio 610 AM.

2014/10 3:05 AM
iHeartMedia Reports Revenue Up Slightly In Third Quarter

iHeartMedia, Inc. third quarter 2014 consolidated revenue rose 3% to $42.5 million, with the iHeartEedia division up just 1% to $831 million, credited to core national broadcast radio, political advertising, and traffic and weather services offset by lower core local radio revenues.
Revenue at the American outdoor division fell 1% to $329.5 million, due to lower national account revenues offsetting higher digital revenues; international outdoor revenues rose 6% to $413.3 million. Consolidated net loss attributable to the Company widened from $102 million to $115 million, but narrowed when considered before income taxes from $166 million to $83 million, credited to higher revenue, lower corporate expenses and a non-cash gain from the swap that added 29 stations from Qantum in exchange for Aloha Trust's AC WALK-AM-FM/Patchogue, Long Island, NY, which ultimately went to Connoisseur Media.

Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said, “This quarter we became ‘iHeartMedia’ to better reflect who we are today -- the leading media and entertainment company in the digital age.  We are a one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company that delivers unparalleled reach, scale and impact while continuing to provide the most live entertainment -- with more content and more events in more places on more devices -- to the industry’s most engaged audiences, wherever they are. And last month, our fourth annual iHeartMedia Music Festival generated more buzz than ever with five billion social media impressions, more than double last year’s total, and on par with the Academy Awards. Our constantly expanding platform of assets enables advertisers and partners to engage seamlessly across all of our diverse media platforms -- broadcast, digital, outdoor, mobile, social and events.”

Pres./CFO Rich Bressler added, “We were pleased to continue to grow overall revenues while tightly managing our expenses through operating efficiencies to generate a 9% growth in OIBDAN this quarter.  We delivered year-over-year increases in revenues and Oibdanat iHeartMedia and our International Outdoor business. Our AMERICAS Outdoor segment continues to improve after coming off of a challenging first half of the year. We also continued to build our financial flexibility with three successful debt refinancing activities during the third quarter, as well as $57.1 million in discounted repurchases of our 2016 and 2018 debt that we have completed in October, further extending our runway and enabling us to keep focusing on our operations and growth.”

2014/10 3:02 AM
​SiriusXM In Third Quarter Scores Record Revenues

SiriusXM reported third quarter 2014 revenue jumping 10% to a record $1.057 billion, with net income up 117% to $136 million (2 cents/diluted share).  Adjusted EBITDA rose 29% to a record $381 million.  In addition, the service added a net of 432,817 subscribers for the quarter, increasing the total by almost 5% to 26.7 million, with self-pay subscriber numbers rising almost 7% to 22 million; subscriber acquisition costs fell 22% to $35, and free cash flow increased per diluted share from 3.9 cents to 4.5 cents.

CEO Jim Meyer said, "We are very pleased with the performance of SiriusXM in the third quarter, and we are entering the fourth quarter with tremendous momentum. So far this year we have added nearly 1.2 million subscribers, grown our Adjusted EBITDA margin by more than five percentage points, and increased free cash flow by 32%."

CFO David Frear stated, "Share repurchases in 2014 total almost $2.1 billion, 2.5 times the $825 million of free cash flow we generated in the first nine months of the year.  With the company's leverage at 3.4 times before the anticipated conversion of our 7% Exchangeable Notes in early December and over $1 billion of undrawn capacity under our revolving credit facility, we retain substantial balance sheet flexibility to continue our capital returns and to capitalize on strategic opportunities that may arise."

The company raised its 2014 revenue, free cash flow and total net subscriber additions guidance and reaffirmed its other financial and subscriber guidance.  The service is looking to add net self-pay subscribers of approximately 1.25 million, add total net subscribers of approximately 1.5 million, reach revenue of approximately $4.150 billion, hit adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.425 billion, and make free cash flow of approximately $1.120 billion.

2014/10 2:00 AM
The Stars Come Out For Tootsie's Birthday Bash on Nov. 12

Broadway Street Party Celebrates 54th Birthday with FREE Concert!
Platinum-selling powerhouse vocalist Randy Houser, multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winner Tracy Lawrence and one half of the fan-favorite Country duo Montgomery Gentry Troy Gentry are the latest additions to the star-studded Tootsie's Orchid Lounge 54th Birthday Bash line-up.
Hosted by America’s Morning Show host Blair Garner, the annual Broadway street party will also feature performances by Terri Clark,Chuck Wicks and Darryl Worley, with even more exciting artist announcements coming soon. “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Annual Birthday Bash” attracts some of the biggest stars in music, including surprise appearances by Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Dierks Bentley, Colt Ford and more. The event, which 

2014/10 1:50 AM
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Entertainer Amber Hayes To release her new 5-track EP, Running Out Of Memories Nov. 4th

The album, which is released through GMV Nashville/A-OK Entertainment, will be available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers. Running Out Of Memories features three new songs that are produced by Bobby Terry, a remix of her previously released tune, “Me & Loretta,” and a new rendition of “Cotton Eyed Joe,” which was in the family-film, Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer.
Hayes comments, “I am so ready to share new music with Country music fans. I've wanted to work with Bobby Terry for a long time and I'm so excited to do so on this project. He has always blown me away with his talent. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent looking for and co-writing these three new songs and I feel like they are just right for me.” 

Running Out Of Memories track listing: 
1.     "Running Out Of Memories" – Amber Hayes, Bill Diluigi, JP Williams
2.     "How Can I Feel" – Rebecca Lynn Howard, Elisha Hoffman, Jody Aaron Friedman
3.     "If I Were In Your Boots" – Adam Fears, John Northrup, Tiffany Jena Babson
4.     "Cotton Eyed Joe" – Dance Remix – Amber Hayes, Charlie Kelly
5.     "Me & Loretta" Remix (re-release) – Amber Hayes, Brady Seals, Brian Eckert 

A lyric video for “Cotton Eyed Joe” can be viewed here.  To preview the new music, visit Hayes' official YouTube page here

Over the past few years, the Oklahoma native has been touring and performing at fairs, festivals and performance venues across the country. She has performed as the opening act for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, and she has entertained fans overseas at military bases and International festivals, including the Country Gold Festival in Japan and the Scandinavian Country Music Festival in Sweden. She has also made multiple appearances performing the national anthem at NFL and NBA games. 

Amber Hayes made her first break at Country radio with her debut EP C’mon in 2010, which landed her two Top 40 singles (“C’mon,” “Wait”) on the nationalMusicRow Country Breakout chart.  In 2012, she released her sophomore album, titled Any Day Is A Good Day, which scored Hayes her first Top 30 record with the album’s title track.   

The multi-talented performer appeared in the major motion picture, Cowgirls N’ Angels. Three of her songs made it into the film, including her duet with Lonestar’s Richie McDonald, “Always There For Me.”  That same year, her music was also featured in four episodes of the hit CW television series, Hart of Dixie. 

No stranger to film, Hayes was also featured in the 2013 documentary Music City U.S.A., which took home the Golden Drover for Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Trail Dance Film Festival. Most recently, Hayes and her music are featured in the Cowgirls ‘N Angels sequel, Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer, which is available digitally, as well as, on Blu-Ray and DVD through Walmart.  

In addition to the release of her new music, Hayes has re-launched her website,  The site features new images, digital spotlights and more. 

2014/10 8:59 AM
Joe Schuld Exits Show Dog

Joe Schuld, Show Dog Universal's Director of Midwest Promo and Marketing is leaving Friday, October 31.  He will be announcing his new position soon.

He has been with the label since May after restructuring at Average Joes Entertainment.  His career includes stops at New Revolution and Columbia where he worked Top 40 promotion.  He also has worked in artist management with Jerrod Niemann and is currently working with Gunnar and The Grizzly Boys.

2014/10 8:51 AM
Jason #1 Again

Congrats to the promo team at Broken Bow Music Group and Jason Aldean as "Burnin' It Down" again hits #1 on the Mediabase Country singles chart.  This is the second consecutive week the song has reached #1.  

The single is off Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt" album that, as was reported here, also debuted at #1 on the all-genre and Country albums chart three weeks ago. This is Aldean's 14th career #1.


2014/10 8:23 AM
Miranda and Carrie Go Platinum

"Somethin' Bad" has done something very, very good!  The duet by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood has been officially certified as a Platinum digital single by RIAA.

The song is also nominated for two CMA Awards in the categories of "Musical Event of the YEar" and "Music Video of hte Year.  It is the second single released off Lambert's "Platinum" album.


2014/10 8:16 AM
Sales At iTunes Store Fall 13%-14%

The music industry continues to change and according to the Wall Street Journal there's more bad news ahead.  

They write "the growing availability of cheap music -- from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans -- is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, Apple Inc. Music sales at Apple's  iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% worldwide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. The decline is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from downloads fell 2.1% in 2013, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry."

Many blame the way listeners get their music and say that the availability of cheap music through streaming on Pandora or subscribing to streaming services such as Spotify eliminate the need to purchase CDs or download and pay for music.  

This helps explain why Apple bought the $10 a month Beats Music streaming service earlier this year.  According to WSJ "Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year as part of iTunes."

Although the record industry's business is stable they are still slowly recovering from the effects of illegal downloads.  The story says that those in the business "worry their industry could lurch back into decline after several years of relative stability, should download sales decline faster than streaming growth accelerates. A key part of that equation, executives say, is persuading enough users of online music services to pay a monthly subscription fee, usually $10 a month, rather than stick with free versions that carry advertising and generate much less revenue for record labels. Spotify offers such a free, ad-supported option; Beats Music doesn't."

How Apple offsets the loss in music sales on iTunes will become apparent soon.  The WSJ adds, "despite the slowing U.S. music sales, Apple reported this week that global iTunes sales -- including movies, apps and books -- increased to $4.6 billion in the third quarter, up from $4.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Apple didn’t break out figures for music sales."

2014/10 8:10 AM
Ryan Fox Hangs with FGL

Over the weekend Westwood One's Ryan Fox, host of "Now With Ryan Fox" on Hot Country and Mainstream Country local formats hung out with Brian and Tyler of Florida Georgia Line.  

Florida Georgia Line are hosting the American Country Countwdown Awards on Fox Monday, December 15. 

2014/10 8:08 AM
George Strait To Perform on CMAs

George Strait, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Years will once again perform on this year's CMA Awards.  This will be his 24th career performance-more than any other artist in CMA Awards history.  

Strait is nominated once again in the category of Entertainer of the Year and is the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83 nominations.  He has 19 nominations and three trophies just for Entertainer of the Year.

Other performers previously announced include Jason AldeanDierks BentleyLuke BryanKenny Chesney,Eric ChurchFlorida Georgia LineLady Antebellum,Little Big TownTim McGrawKacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake SheltonThe Band Perry,  Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban

The show will be televised Wednesday, November 5 on ABC Telelvision.  

2014/10 8:05 AM
Jordan Pettit Hospitalized

Good thoughts and prayers go out to WMN/Team WEA VP/Promo Jordan Pettit who suffered a mini-stroke on Friday (10/24).  He is at St. Thomast Hospital in Nashville and expected to fully recover.

Get in touch with him here. 

2014/10 8:03 AM
Kenny and Jason Aldean To Perform Together Next Summer

Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that they will play 10 stadium shows next summer.  The Burn It Down Tour and the Big Revival Tour will begin in San Francisco at Levi's Stadium on May 2, 2015.

“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney says. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!” 

Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums,” added Aldean.  “When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice.  We have a real friendship.  Don’t get me wrong…that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it easy to follow me every night…he’s gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before!”

The full schedule is:

5/2/15              San Francisco, CA                  Levi’s Stadium
5/16/15            Dallas, TX                             AT&T Stadium
6/20/15            Green Bay, WI                       Lambeau Field
6/27/15            Seattle, WA                            CenturyLink Field
7/18/15            Minneapolis, MN                    Target Field
7/25/15            Pasadena, CA                         Rose Bowl
8/1/15              Kansas City, MO                    Arrowhead Stadium
8/8/15              Denver, CO                            Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/15/15            E. Rutherford, NJ                    MetLife Stadium
8/28/15            Boston, MA                            Gillette Stadium


2014/10 8:00 AM
CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration Ends Friday (10/31)

The deadline for Early Bird registration for CRS 2015 ends Friday, October 31.  The $399 rate will increase to $499 on November 1.  

This is also the deadline to sign up to receive custom liners.  Generic digital liners will be available to all radio registrants.


2014/10 7:00 AM
CRS Early Bird Registration Ends This Friday

CRS 2015 Featured Speaker: Keith Urban
Keith Urban: Being Present is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Radio consistently says Keith Urban is known for "being present." He was one of the first to tear down the walls between the artist and their live audience. Being present has been his calling card. This is very important topic for not only on-air talent and programmers who now have multiple jobs, multiple air shifts, and management responsibilities. It is relevant to everyone in today's business environment who must be proficient in multi-tasking with many individuals. When your life has many different facets you need to manage. It’s how your present in "that moment," with an employee, listener, business colleague, and your audience.  
CRS 2015 Keynote Speaker: Todd Wagner
Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Todd Wagner's motivational address will take place Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

"Country music has grown to become the dominant genre in American radio due in large part to the passion and innovation of CRS and its attendees," Wagner said. "I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a few of the lessons I've learned as a successful entrepreneur."

2014/10 1:22 PM
EAS Code Makes U-Verse Subscribers In Atlanta, Detroit and Austin Mad

Question: Was this EAS code that interrupted the World Series For Viewers in Atlanta, Detroit and Austin caused Bobby Bones? 

iHeartMedia has no comment from anyone. Lots of action this morning and afternoon(10/25) at iHeartMedia/Nashville, due to activation of an EAN (Emergency Action Notification) code to U-Verse subscribers in the Atlanta, Detroit and Austin markets and thought to be accidentally sent by Premiere syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones.


It was the most dramatic point thus far in the World Series and the cable goes to an emergency alert test pattern.  This is only a test of the emergency broadcast alert system. It's just a really poorly timed one.
As it turned out, Infante launched a two-run home run that essentially iced the game for Kansas City. It also frustrated Strickland, who had just allowed his fifth home run in six post season appearances, and he let those frustrations get the best of him. As Salvador Perez rounded the bases ahead of Infante, he took exception to Strickland as he stomped around the mound and apparently uttered some less-than-flattering words. This led to the Royals bench clearing and a few more unflattering words.

The situation died down quickly and resulted in Bruce Bochy removing the 22-year-old right-hander, but it was arguably the most interesting minute or two in the World Series so far. Yet those poor fans were stuck with the message above. Needless to say, they weren't pleased.
MEDIA BISTRO quotes an AT&T statement, saying, “A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) investigation indicates that a nationally syndicated radio show not affiliated with AT&T accidentally sent a message over the National Emergency Alert System. This false message was carried on our network, as well as some other providers. We apologize to our customers.”

The message claiming to be an emergency alert triggered by the White House, told receivers their programming was being re-directed to another channel.

2014/10 11:00 AM
Taylor Swift Knows How To Take Center Stage

The 24-year-old Pop/Country star closed down LA’s Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night (10/25) as she shook the stage for a live outdoor concert on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." 

Swift, wore a skintight pair of black leather pants and a super sparkly crop top, and performed her new Pop hits "Shake It Off" (See it here)  and "Out of the Woods" (see it here)  to a crowd of nearly 15,000 screaming fans on a closed-down section of the infamous street.
Just before Swift’s act that stopped traffic, the superstar sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and discussed her first visit to his show almost 10 years ago.

"Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books the bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him. And he said, 'No, you can't be in the greenroom, we serve alcohol here. You're too young. You have to go.' So he threw her out," Kimmel kidded. "He threw Taylor Swift out of our building.'"

Luckily, there were no hard feelings between Kimmel and Swift and she promptly evened the score with a nice comment. "All's well that ends well because I think of it like this: I think you probably would have gotten in more trouble with Jimmy had he wandered out and been like, 'Why is there this unknown 14 year old kid sitting here with a guitar case? What's happening here?'"

Swift has come a long way since that instance. The 7-time Grammy Award winner told Kimmel she's feeling "more confident" than ever about the release of her fifth studio album.

Looking at the reaction of the audience on Hollywood Blvd, there’s no hard feelings.

2014/10 8:59 AM
New York Times Questions Taylor's Sales Ability

An article in the New York Times questions Taylor Swift's ability to her million -unit sale debuts after her "decision to break from Country radio" and her release of her upcoming album 1989.

WXTU/Philadelphia Mark Razz and Consultant Joel Raab are quoted.  Read it here. 

2014/10 8:50 AM
Let's Hear It For The Girls

Brad Paisley has put out a "special edition" of his latest video for his new single "Perfect Storm." 

Paisley and his band are playing as a rainstorm of pictures fly by of women in country music.  Those include consultant Becky Brenner, KAJA/San Antonio's Bree Wagner, KYCE Las Vegas' Kris Daniels, KKGO/Los Angeles' Tonya Campos, KSON/San Diego's Brooks O'Brian, WKLB/Boston's Ginny Rogers, WMZQ/Washington's Meg StevensThe Bobby Bones Show's Amy and WQIK/Jacksonville's Cindy Spicer are just a few.  

Check it out here.  

2014/10 8:34 AM
Condolences to Reba and Family

All About Country was saddened to hear about the passing of Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire's father yesterday (10/23) in Coalgate, OK.  He was 86.

Reba's Facebook page reads, "Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home."

He was a Champion steer roper in the late 50's and 60's and was a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1979.

2014/10 8:22 AM
Miranda's Going To The Dogs

Miranda Raises Over $600,000 For Cause For the Paws
Miranda Lambert raised $628,148 for Muttnation Foundation during her "7th Annual Cause For the Paws."
The charity event was held in Las Vegas and the money will be used throughout the coming year on projects such as Redemption Ranch, the frist Muttnation Foundation owned and operated shelter opening in Tishomingo, OK on Saturday, November 22.

2014/10 8:16 AM
Test Exits Adams/Las Cruces

MM Veronica Vaillancourt-Test has left after 14 years with Adams/Las Cruces, NM.  Stations she oversaw included Country KGRT and Classic Country KGRT-A.  Get in touch with her here.
Meanwhile, President/CEO Ron Stone is looking for her replacement.  Apply here

2014/10 6:39 AM
​Kenny Chesney Announces His 2015 Revival Tour

Kenny Chesney will play Stadiums Across The Country In 2015

Kenny Chesney is ready to reunite with No Shoes Nation on the road.  Chesney announced today   (10/24) on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" that he will launch "The Big Revival Tour" in 2015.

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate," explained Chesney.  "I've been ready to get out there for a long time.  Now that we're announced I'm fired up!  This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it's gonna take what we do to a whole other level."

No dates or cities have been revealed by Chesney, however he did indicate, that he will be bringing multiple acts on the road to hit stadiums across the country.  The tour is slated to officially kick off on Chesney’s birthday, Thursday, March 26th, 2015, in Nashville.

He said, "We're going to be mixing up the line-up, too: different markets will have different acts playing with us.  A few will be on all the stadium shows, some doing pieces -- but I promise everybody who's coming out rocks hard, and understands turning on a crowd. Because of the number of artists we're pulling into this tour, the roll out is a little trickier, but I think it's going to be worth the wait and the finding out.  Rather than locking in one thing, I want to make each market the best it could be. People will be fired up when they see who's playing where.  That means, there's more news to come...a lot of our favorite cities are on the list, so are some places we've never been.  Get ready!"

2014/10 6:20 AM
​Beasley Financials Show A 5% Decline In Revenue And They Explain Swap With CBS Radio

Beasley Broadcast Group announces operating results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014.

he company reports the $0.7 million, or 5.0%, year-over-year decline in net revenue during the three months ended September 30, 2014, "primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the Company's Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters, which more than offset net revenue increases at the Company's Las Vegas and Ft. Myers market clusters.

Station operating expenses in the 2014 third quarter increased by $0.2 million, or 1.8%, which coupled with the revenue decline resulted in a $0.8 million, or 18.9%, decline in third quarter 2014 station operating income to $3.6 million compared to the 2013 third quarter.

Chairman/CEO George Beasley stated, "We don't believe third quarter operating results from continuing operations reflect the strength, ratings and local relevance of our platform, as the lower level of reported net revenue from continuing operations is temporarily mis-matched with certain expenses that will be better amortized across the Company's larger revenue base once we complete the asset exchange with CBS Radio.

October 1st, the Company entered into an Asset Exchange Agreement with CBS Radio whereby Beasley will exchange a total of five radio stations in the Philadelphia and Miami-Fort Lauderdale markets for a total of fourteen CBS Radio stations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia markets.

Beasley remarks, "As a result of the proposed transaction, the Company is required to report the stations that CBS Radio will assume ownership of as 'discontinued operations' on its income statement and as 'assets held for sale' on its balance sheet. The reporting for discontinued operations includes net revenue, station operating expenses, depreciation and amortization, and attributable income taxes from the five radio stations. The assets held for sale include property and equipment, FCC licenses, and goodwill from the five radio stations. 

"We are very excited by the potential presented by the CBS transaction as we will exchange five stations in Philadelphia and Miami for fourteen stations in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia," said Beasley. "Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group's 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The planned asset exchange with CBS Radio addresses these strategic objectives and upon completion, we will expand our owned and operated station base by nine stations increasing Beaslet's portfolio to 53, including 33 FM and 20 AM stations, in twelve markets with approximately 7.7 million weekly listeners.  Importantly, we will add completed clusters in the Tampa and Charlotte markets which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence."

2014/10 3:00 AM
Fall 2014 Aristo International Report NOW AVAILABLE

The AristoMedia Group has released the Fall 2014 Aristo International Report, which is now available here

Highlights in this issue include:

• An update on the UK Country Music scene including the lineup for the C2C Festival in March of 2015 

• An overview of activities at the recent Canadian Country Music Week 

• The CMAA Lifetime Achievement Award winner 

• The latest news from Down Under, plus some insight into the recent APRA SongHubs event in Nashville 

• Tony Byworth writes a fond remembrance of George Hamilton IV 

• Some photo highlights of the Gstaad Country Nights Festival in Switzerland 

 Dobe Newton profiles another great year for Sounds Australia at the Americana Festival 

• Americana President bt discusses the global growth of the Americana Music Festival 

• Canada’s Gord Bamford receives the CMA Global Artist Award 

• Some updates on the Big Machine Label Group’s overseas activities 

This edition’s executive Q&A is with Milly Petriella, who is Director of Member Relations for Sydney-based APRA/AMCOS. This issue is also the largest Aristo International Report to date

The AristoMedia Group has issued a quarterly review of global activities since 2008. The report is distributed to executives, artists and media representatives worldwide. News items for the nextAristo International Report may be submitted to /Blog/

2014/10 2:18 AM
Ray Johnston Pens ‘Alabama Crimson Tide’ For University Of Alabama

Dallas-based Ray Johnston,  who has just released his new full length album “No Bad Days,” has just signed a one-year licensing agreement with the University of Alabama for the use of his originally penned song “Alabama Crimson Tide,” written specifically in celebration of the most storied and decorated college football programs in NCAA history.  “

Alabama Crimson Tide” will be played at the Bryant Denny Stadium during all the home games this season, and in radio broadcasts.  The song will also be included in the fan “playlists” for events such as “meet the players” and other fan events. Johnston is proud to have this opportunity to wave the flag of his Alma mater, and he will be donating 15% of his iTunes sales to the university during this one-year term. 

“I co-write this song with the goal of providing the University of Alabama, Bama fans, former players, and alumni with the best country song about our beloved Bama football team. I want this song to be played for generations at games, tailgates, and whenever a Bama person wants a great melody and lyrics about our proud tradition.”

Ray Johnston graduated from the University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was a member of the men’s basketball team.  Johnston is widely known for being drafted into the NBA in 2004 by the Dallas Mavericks off a free agent work-out, and now, he is becoming widely known for his successful music career. 

2014/10 2:06 AM
​Cap City/Seven Mountains Names JC Burton VP/Programming

Cap City Communications/Seven Mountains Media appoints JC Burton VP/Programming for its State College/Lewistown, PA cluster. The stations include AC WZWW, Top 40 WBHV, Rock WEMR, Classic Hits/Oldies WOWY, AC WLAK, AC WMRF and News/Talk WIEZ.
Burton, will also continue his programming duties at the Frankfort, KY cluster of Country WFKY, Country WVKY, AC WSTV, and Oldies WKYW.

2014/10 10:00 AM
Ginny Rogers Receives Rockwell Award

Ginny Rogers, Hubbard Radio Chair/CEO will receive the 2014 Rockwell Award during the 39th Conclave Learning Conference November 14-15 in Minnepolis.

Rockwell Award recognizes those who have contributed to the rich legacy of the radio industry, communicating, inspiring and mentoring," says Conclave Board of Directors Chair Mark Bolke. "Ginny has led Hubbard's radio division from a two-station Minneapolis-based group to one of the prominent and most respected radio companies in the country. We thank Ginny for her support of the Conclave over the years."

"On behalf of my family and the great people that I work with, I am honored to accept the Conclave's Rockwell Award," remarked Morris. "To join the ranks of so many people that I have long held in such high regard is truly a humbling experience."


2014/10 8:26 AM
Live Nation, Yahoo Launch New Interview Show And Feature Lady A

Live Nation, Yahoo and Citi Private Pass are kicking off a new interview web show on Yahoo Music starring Katie Couric.

Lady Antbellum will be the first guests when the show premieres today on Citi Private Pass.  The band will discuss their fifth album "747" which was released last month.  

"Katie is so good about digging in and really asking about the stories that inspire the music - from the studio to the stage," said Lady A's Hillary Scott. "We always love chatting with her and think it's a fun way to complement the concert experience for the fans!"

"We're excited to debut Citi's new behind-the-scenes interview series as we continue to bring high quality entertainment programming to our passionate audience," said Yahoo SVP Marketing Partnerships Lisa Licht.  "As a sponsor of Yahoo Live, Citi will share this exclusive video content with millions of music fans on Yahoo and also leverage targeted advertising across our network."


2014/10 8:08 AM
Pandora Announces Their Artist Marketing Platform

In a post yesterday, Tim Westergren, Pandora co-founder announced te Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) that will allow artists and managers to receive feedback from Pandora's listeners.  

Pandora plays more than 125,000 artists and more than 12,000 of those artists have more than 100,000 Pandora listeners who have given feedback.  This feedback is now available to artists in a visual-friendly format.  

The research information includes a break down of an artist's listeners by number and demographics.  It also gives information on how many fans have created a Pandora station based around them or a similary artist.  It gives an overview of the number of thumbs up or thumbs down an artist or song has received.  The AMP also provides an interactive heat map that tells where people are listening to their music

"With AMP, we hope to make the day in and day out for artists by eliminating the guesswork," Westergren said.  "From finding out what songs are performing well to inform singles or set lists, to mapping where an artist's fan base is to inform tour schedules, our ultimate goal is to help artists across the spectrum build and maintain their careers.",