industry members
Levi Stein
Publicity Coordinator   PLA Media
Kamber Cain
singer/songwriter   Kamber Cain Music
Santos Vasquez
CEO   Back Home Management
Joe Kelly
John Libynski
Operations Manager   Globecasting Inc.
Ricky Roggow
  Chisholm Trail Broadcasting

2015/10 11:27 AM
Blake Shelton Announces Tour

Blake Shelton will be heading out on tour beginning in February.  The "Blake Shelton Presented by Gildan Tour" will play selected dates through March of next year.

Shelton announced the tour through his website sayin, "Man, I'm just so excited about 2016. We've got a new album coming, and I can't wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans. As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I've missed it, and it's gonna be like old times. So y'all get ready to party, 'cause Blake Shelton is comin' to see ya!" 

Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m.  For more info go to Shelton's website here.  

2015/10 11:13 AM
Today's Nielsen Audio Ratings

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/8/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/8/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
KISV-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 8.2 7.0 8.0 7.9
KUZZ-FM Country 10.0 9.4 9.6 7.2
KEBT-FM Mexican Regional 2.0 3.1 4.0 6.9
KIWI-FM Mexican Regional 5.7 7.0 4.8 6.6
KKXX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 3.8 3.8 5.2
KGFM-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.3 2.5 2.2 4.1
KDFO-FM Classic Rock 4.3 4.3 2.8 4.0
KKBB-FM Rhythmic Oldies 5.5 3.8 5.1 4.0
KNZR-AM News Talk Information 3.8 5.2 4.8 3.6
KPSL-FM Spanish Adult Hits 4.3 3.9 4.0 3.2
KBFP-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.9 3.3 3.2 3.0
KLLY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.4 3.0 3.9 3.0
KRAB-FM Alternative 2.6 1.7 3.6 2.2
KRJK-FM Adult Hits 2.3 3.4 2.4 1.9
KCWR-FM Classic Country 2.3 2.3 1.9 1.8
KERN-AM News Talk Information 1.3 1.6 1.1 1.4
KVMX-FM Country 1.2 0.8 1.2 1.4
KCHJ-AM Spanish Oldies 1.3 1.0 1.5 0.8
KHTY-AM All Sports * 0.8 0.6 0.6
KBFP-AM Comedy * 0.5 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/8/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/8/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
KSSK-FM Adult Contemporary 11.1 8.6 16.1 13.1
KINE-FM Adult Contemporary 8.0 7.8 7.4 7.1
KRTR-FM Adult Contemporary 6.2 6.3 8.4 7.1
KDDB-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 6.6 4.9 6.5
KDNN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.9 6.2 6.2 6.5
KUMU-FM Rhythmic AC 4.6 5.2 6.4 5.6
KPHW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.2 4.7 3.8 4.6
KCCN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.2 3.4 3.0 4.0
KQMQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.3 2.3 2.8 3.0
KUCD-FM Alternative 2.3 1.9 2.6 2.9
KHJZ-FM Rhythmic AC 1.8 2.3 1.7 2.2
KKEA-AM All Sports 3.6 3.3 2.6 2.2
KPOI-FM Alternative 1.6 0.9 1.9 2.0
KHVH-AM News Talk Information 2.1 1.9 2.5 1.8
KHKA-AM All Sports 0.6 * 0.6 0.6
KIKI-AM Talk/Personality 0.9 0.7 * 0.6
KKNE-AM Adult Standards/MOR 0.9 0.8 0.5 *
KSSK-AM Adult Contemporary 3.2 3.4 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/8/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/8/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WIVK-FM Country 16.9 17.1 13.9 14.5
WIMZ-FM Classic Rock 7.8 7.9 9.0 10.1
WJXB-FM Adult Contemporary 8.3 7.4 8.0 8.8
WWST-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.9 9.1 8.5 8.4
WKHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 5.2 6.1 5.9
WNOX-FM Classic Hits 4.1 3.3 4.3 4.3
WCYQ-FM Country 5.3 3.4 5.0 4.0
WOKI-FM News Talk Information 3.6 5.1 4.2 3.4
WDKW-FM+ Country 1.7 3.3 2.7 2.3
WMYL-FM Country 1.4 1.5 2.3 2.1
WNML-FM All Sports 2.2 2.3 2.0 1.8
WNML-AM All Sports 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5
WYSH-AM Classic Country * * 0.5 0.5
WGAP-AM Classic Country 0.5 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/8/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/8/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
KRMG-FM News Talk Information 5.8 6.4 7.0 8.6
KJSR-FM Classic Rock 5.0 4.3 5.9 6.5
KWEN-FM Country 6.8 6.1 7.1 5.9
KMOD-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.9 5.7 6.8 5.7
KVOO-FM Country 4.6 6.2 4.5 4.7
KXOJ-FM Contemporary Christian 4.1 3.4 4.2 4.6
KHTT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.4 5.3 4.7 4.3
KRAV-FM Adult Contemporary 3.8 4.3 4.2 4.3
KXBL-FM Classic Country 5.8 4.6 5.6 4.1
KBEZ-FM Classic Hits 4.2 4.3 4.2 3.9
KTBT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.6
KTGX-FM Country 3.9 4.6 4.3 3.4
KFAQ-AM News Talk Information 2.3 1.6 1.9 2.9
KMYZ-FM Alternative 3.2 3.5 3.3 2.9
KTSO-FM Adult Contemporary 2.2 2.7 2.6 2.3
KIZS-FM Spanish Variety 2.3 * 1.1 1.2
KYAL-FM All Sports 1.1 1.1 1.4 0.8
KTGX-FM HD2 Oldies 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.7
KTBZ-AM All Sports 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.5
KAKC-AM All Sports * * 0.7 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
Omaha-Council Bluffs
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/8/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/8/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
KFAB-AM News Talk Information 8.8 9.9 8.3 8.3
KXKT-FM Country 9.4 9.2 9.9 8.0
KGOR-FM Classic Hits 7.5 8.0 7.6 6.6
KQCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.2 5.7 6.1 6.4
KEZO-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.6
KKCD-FM Classic Rock 4.7 3.1 4.3 5.4
KOPW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 4.3 4.1 5.2
KSRZ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.2 4.5 5.0 4.3
KISO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.5 3.1 4.1 4.0
KQKQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.9 3.9 3.5 4.0
KFFF-FM Classic Country 2.5 3.1 4.1 3.2
KOZN-AM All Sports 3.1 2.1 1.9 2.4
KOOO-FM Adult Hits 1.8 1.7 2.4 2.1
KOIL-AM News Talk Information 1.2 1.6 0.8 1.3
KXSP-AM All Sports 1.6 1.9 1.5 1.1
KBBX-FM Mexican Regional 1.3 1.2 0.9 1.0
KMMQ-AM Mexican Regional * 0.8 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
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2015/10 9:08 AM
Early Bird CRS Registration Ends Friday, October 16

If you're planning on attending CRS 2016 now is the time to get registered!  Friday, October 16 marks the deadline to purchase $429 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar.  The registration will then increase to $529.  Reistratoins are available through or by callion CRS at 615-327-4487.

October 16 also marks the last day in which registered stations will be signed up to receive custom digital liners.  

The three day event will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Omni Nashville hotel. The event is the premiere educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals.

2015/10 8:23 AM
Warner Signs High Valley

Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic has signed brother duo High Valley to a recording contract.  The pair are Brad and Curtis Rempel who have a large fan base on the Canadian Country circuit.

2015/10 7:58 AM
Nash Not Going Anywhere

Incoming Cumulus CEO Mary Berner was quick to respond to speculation that Cumulus' Country brand "Nash" will be phased out under her leadership.  According to a Cumulus spokesperson, first trip--on the third day with the company--will be the Nash campus in Nashville to reinforce the company's commitment to Nash.  

The Nash umbrella includes synidated "Nash Nights Live," "America's Morning Show," "Kickin' It with Kix" and numerous stations branded as "Nash FM" or "Nash Icon."

2015/10 7:52 AM
Rascal Flatts To Perform On Today Tomorrow

Rascal Flatts will head to NYC to debut their new single "I Like The Sound of That," tomorrow (10/9)on Today at 8 a.m ET on NBC. This is off their ninth studio album "Rewind."

In other Rascal Flatts news, the trio recently wrapped up their Riot Tour 2015.  The title track of their album "Rewind" was just cerified platinum by the RIAA.  

2015/10 7:48 AM
Scotty McCreery To Debut His Book

Scotty McCreery will be releasing his debut book "Go Big or Go Home:The Journey Toward the Drea​m" May 3, 2016.  The book will be available for pre-orders beginning November 15. More details will be announced soon.

The book tells the journey of McCreery imitation Elvis on the school bus to 30 million viewers across America tuning into see him win Season 10 of "American Idol" and building a successful country music career.  Now on the even of his 22nd birthday (tomorrow October 9) as he completes his eagerly awaited fourth album, McCr​eery shares his story of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on him.

2015/10 7:21 AM
Horton Joins KFSA/Ft. Smith, AR

"Big" John Horton, formerly with KOMS/Ft. Smith AR as afternoon talent and internet radio personality has joined Star 92 Co. KFSA/Ft. Smith, AR doing afternoons.

Horton is the first to hold the shift since the station launced this summer.  His resume includes five years at KTCS and he has worked in Marlow and Ardmore, OK.  He will continue his online show.  Listen here . Get in touch with him here

2015/10 7:08 AM
Steven Meyers Promoted

Steven Meyers, Director of Digital Strategies for Greater Media has been promoted to Director of Digital Operations.  

He has been with the company since 2012.  His resume includes stops at Slamm and Unisys where he was VP/Products and Development and Engineering Director.   will be based in Philadelphia. He can be reached here

2015/10 7:00 AM
Playback Records Nashville proudly announces the signing of Country artist Diane Pari

Diane Pari was in Nashville last week recording her debut album produced by Jack Gale, for Playback Records Nashville.

Pari also appeared at the world-famous Tootsie’s, and completed shooting the video for her rockin’ new singleI Saw Red”.

The Video will hit YouTube next week, with the single shipping to radio world-wide November 14.

2015/10 6:44 AM
Hollingsworth Joins Valory

Bradford Hollingsworth is the new Director of Northeast Promotion for Valory Music Co.  He succeeds Shari Roth who left to go to Warner's Team WEA in August.

Hollingsworth's first day was Monday (10/5).  He is working with the Valory roster including Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett and more.

"I could not be more pumped to join Big Machine Label Group and The Valory Music Co. at a time when Valory is on fire. The leadership, staff and roster and BMLG is unparalleled, and I look forward to being on this already successful team."

Valory SVP/Promotionm George Briner said, "We'reall excited to have Bradford join us at The Valory Music Co. He comes to us with a vast background of experience including serving in our country's military, working with the Detroit Pistons  and Nashville Predators, as well as Country Radio Broadcasters and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce."

2015/10 6:32 AM
Fregoso Joins Big Loud Records

Roger Fregoso has joined Big Loud Records as Director of Midwest Promotion.  He will report directly to Clay Hunnicutt.  Fregoso has worked with Curb and Sidewalk Records for the last three years.  

is the right guy at the right time to complete our Big Loud Records promotion squad," said Hunnicutt. "His training, background, and passion for his artists is already well known, and we have no doubt he'll bring that same level of engagement to the label. Now we're fully loaded and off to the races!" 

Get in touch with Fregoso at 760-532-8521 or here

2015/10 12:23 PM
Bill Cahill Climbs To SVP/Programming At iHeart

iHeartRadio & iHeartMedia Networks President Darren Davis has promoted Premiere Networks VP/Programming Bill Cahill to the new role of SVP/Programming.

In a memo to staffers, Davis writes, "Bill will be responsible for helping us create new, exciting digital channels on iHeartRadio -- and also for continually improving the channels we already have. We’ve been experiencing unprecedented cume and TLH growth on iHeartRadio, and our goals for 2016 are even more lofty!  I’m excited we’ll have Bill’s experience and expertise focused on our platform.  He’ll report to Chris Williams.  Bill will also continue to work with Jennifer Leimgruber on important Premiere programming projects.  And, because he loves to keep busy, he’ll continue serving as iHeartrMedia’s Classic Hits/Oldies Brand Manager."

Davis added
, "Kudos to Bill on all his great work. He has decades of successful broadcast programming under his belt, and he’s one of the original programmers of the Premium Choice Network. I rely heavily on Bill for a bunch of important projects, and we look forward to many more awesome years ahead!"

2015/10 11:09 AM
Today's Nielsen Audio Ratings

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/7/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/7/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WODE-FM Classic Rock 8.7 9.9 9.9 10.9
WCTO-FM Country 10.5 10.3 9.5 9.8
WAEB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.8 10.7 13.4 8.9
WZZO-FM Mainstream Rock 5.5 5.4 6.2 6.5
WLEV-FM Adult Contemporary 7.6 6.3 6.4 6.4
WAEB-AM News Talk Information 4.1 4.2 4.1 3.8
WWYY-FM Alternative 0.8 1.3 0.7 0.7
WEEX-AM All Sports 0.7 1.0 0.5 0.6
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/7/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/7/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WGNA-FM Country 8.1 8.8 8.0 7.3
WGY-AM News Talk Information 6.4 4.9 6.2 7.0
WFLY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 5.5 6.9 6.8
WPYX-FM Classic Rock 6.1 5.4 5.8 5.6
WYJB-FM Adult Contemporary 5.8 5.9 5.6 5.5
WTRY-FM Classic Hits 5.7 5.0 5.2 5.3
WRVE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.1 4.6 5.0 4.7
WROW-AM Oldies 2.7 3.2 2.8 3.9
WKLI-FM New Country 3.3 3.3 4.7 3.3
WQSH-FM HD2 Urban Contemporary 1.8 1.8 2.2 3.1
WQBK-FM Active Rock 2.4 2.7 3.8 2.7
WAJZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.5 4.1 3.5 2.2
WKKF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.4 2.5 2.6 1.6
WGDJ-AM News Talk Information 2.2 1.7 1.5 1.4
WFFG-FM Country 0.9 0.8 1.0 1.3
WQSH-FM Adult Hits 1.4 1.2 1.0 1.1
WNYQ-FM Classic Hits * * * 0.5
WOFX-AM All Sports 0.8 0.7 * *
WZMR-FM Album Adult Alternative 0.9 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
Grand Rapids
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/7/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/7/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WBCT-FM Country 10.4 9.4 9.5 9.6
WLAV-FM Classic Rock 4.2 5.1 6.0 6.5
WOOD-AM News Talk Information 5.5 6.0 5.4 5.6
WGRD-FM Active Rock 6.3 6.3 5.7 5.5
WSNX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 5.4 6.0 5.0
WLHT-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.2 4.7 4.5 4.9
WSRW-FM Adult Contemporary 5.2 4.7 4.5 4.9
WTNR-FM Country 3.1 3.2 3.6 3.9
WHTS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 4.6 4.4 3.6
WBFX-FM Classic Rock 2.9 2.0 3.2 2.9
WTRV-FM Soft Adult Contemporary 2.7 3.2 2.1 2.6
WFGR-FM Classic Hits 2.4 3.3 2.3 2.5
WJQK-FM Contemporary Christian 2.1 1.8 1.8 2.0
WMAX-FM All Sports 1.6 1.5 1.6 1.5
WBBL-FM All Sports 2.2 2.2 1.7 1.4
WHTC-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.6 1.0 1.0
WNWZ-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 0.6 0.5 * 0.7
WJRW-AM News Talk Information * * 0.9 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/7/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/7/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WHKO-FM Country 12.8 12.0 9.6 10.5
WDHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 6.8 6.8 7.7 8.0
WROU-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.7 6.3 6.9 7.1
WHIO-AM News Talk Information 6.5 7.3 7.1 6.2
WMMX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.6 7.1 6.0 6.2
WCHD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.6 4.2 4.9 5.1
WTUE-FM Album Oriented Rock 6.1 5.5 6.1 5.0
WRZX-FM Classic Hits 4.2 3.0 3.2 2.8
WCLI-FM Country 1.4 2.0 2.4 2.3
WZLR-FM Classic Rock 1.8 1.8 1.6 2.3
WXEG-FM Alternative 2.5 1.5 1.9 2.1
WGTZ-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 4.2 3.4 1.9
WING-AM All Sports 1.2 1.5 0.9 1.6
WYDB-FM Country 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.4
WONE-AM All Sports 0.6 * * 0.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
Wilkes Barre-Scranton
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/7/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/7/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WKRZ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.3 9.7 10.3 10.4
WGGY-FM Country 7.2 6.9 7.8 9.0
WMGS-FM Adult Contemporary 8.9 9.1 7.2 6.9
WEZX-FM Classic Rock 5.8 6.3 5.4 6.6
WILK-AM News Talk Information 6.8 5.4 5.2 6.3
WBSX-FM Active Rock 4.3 3.9 3.2 3.9
WBHT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 3.2 3.3 2.5
WSBG-FM Adult Contemporary 1.0 1.3 1.1 1.8
WSJR-FM Country 1.7 2.0 2.0 1.8
WWRR-FM Classic Hits 3.0 2.1 3.0 1.7
WMQX-FM+ Adult Hits 0.5 * 1.2 1.6
WTRW-FM News Talk Information 0.9 1.0 0.6 1.5
WFUZ-FM Alternative 2.6 1.0 3.9 1.3
WEJL-AM All Sports 0.5 0.6 1.1 0.6
WICK-AM All Sports * * * 0.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/7/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/7/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
KBOS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.6 8.3 8.3 7.2
KWYE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.2 5.2 5.4 6.0
KMJ-AM News Talk Information 7.3 6.2 5.3 5.5
KSKS-FM Country 4.9 4.4 4.9 5.3
KLBN-FM Mexican Regional 4.6 3.6 3.4 4.9
KMGV-FM Oldies 4.1 4.1 3.4 4.5
KSOF-FM Adult Contemporary 5.2 4.4 3.9 3.9
KSEQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.6 5.1 4.7 3.8
KHGE-FM Country 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.6
KOND-FM Mexican Regional 2.9 2.7 3.8 3.5
KJFX-FM Classic Rock 3.4 4.5 3.6 3.2
KRDA-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.0 1.2 1.9 2.7
KALZ-FM News Talk Information 2.3 2.6 3.1 2.6
KFSO-FM Spanish Adult Hits 1.4 2.2 2.8 2.4
KKBZ-FM Active Rock 2.2 2.7 2.4 2.2
KFBT-FM Rhythmic AC 2.1 2.4 2.0 1.9
KFRR-FM Alternative 1.9 1.6 1.5 1.7
KJWL-FM Album Adult Alternative 1.8 1.9 1.8 1.2
KLLE-FM Spanish Contemporary 1.3 1.7 1.0 1.2
KJZN-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio * * 0.7 1.0
KYNO-AM Classic Hits 0.9 0.6 1.0 0.9
KFIG-AM All Sports 1.1 0.5 1.1 0.7
KAAT-FM Mexican Regional 1.0 1.2 1.0 0.5
KGST-AM All Sports * * 0.6 0.5
KCBL-AM All Sports 0.6 * 0.6 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

2015/10 7:57 AM
Two Suspects Apprehended In Music Rows Dave Brainard Assualt

Dave Brainard
A Columbia, TN couple has been charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault following an altercation involving Nashville record producer Dave Brainard and a friend last month.

Allegedly Dustin Carl Hargrove and Nichole M. Hargrove attacked Brainard and Deborah Deloach during the morning hours of Sunday, September 27th, leaving Brainard unconscious and in need of facial reconstructive surgery, which he successfully underwent last week.

The  Tennessean is reporting, Brainard released a statement following the arrest, which included, “We are humbled by the outpouring of care and support from not only friends and family, but what feels like the entire city. A huge thanks to everyone involved. I'll be sleeping more soundly knowing this part of the process is over."

Brainard and Deloach were pedestrians in a cross walk when a vehicle driven by Dustin Hargrove struck Deloach, then continued to drive into her. Both Hargroves got out of the car and the assault begin. The couple posted bail totaling $8500 following their arrest.

2015/10 7:24 AM
Westwood One Adds Karen DeFriez to NASH Affiliate Sales Team

Veteran station rep Karen DeFriez will be joining Westwood One as an Affiliate Sales Manager responsible for clearances and on-air maintenance for the company’s Country properties, including the NASH entertainment brand programming platforms--America’s Morning Show, NASH Nights Live, Kickin’ it with Kix, and American Country Countdown. DeFriez is based in Nashville and reports to Donny Walker, Senior Director, Affiliate Sales.
Prior to joining Westwood One, DeFriez spent nearly 17 years as an Affiliate Sales Director for Premiere Networks. While at Premiere she also served as a Project Manager on several longform shows and as an Affiliate Sales Trainer who mentored new hires. For six years before that, DeFriez was an on-air host and Promotions Director for Nashville’s WJXA/WRMX. She also spent time as a Record Rep for Tandem Promotions in Nashville and as a Midday Host/Music Director for WAYZ-FM in Waynesboro, PA.
Dennis Green, Westwood One’s SVP, Affiliate Sales, said, “We considers ourselves lucky to have an exceptional pro like Karen on our team as we continue to grow and develop more NASH affiliates. She has extensive contacts in markets from coast to coast, and her expertise will help us to deliver outstanding service to our stations.”
DeFriez added, “Westwood One is home to some of the brightest media talent in the Country format and I’m thrilled and excited to be on the team that Dennis and Donny have created. I’m especially looking forward to working closely with the NASH brand and promoting its assets to stations across the U.S.”
DeFriez can be reached at  /Blog/ .

2015/10 7:11 AM
​Agenda Preview Announced For CRS 2016

Country Radio seminar (CRS) publicizes an advance version of its agenda for CRS 2016, set for Monday, February 8th through Wednesday February 10th at the Omini Hotel in downtown Nashville.

Sessions on the agenda during the three-day seminar include: “Radio as The Insurgent: What if ‘They’ Were Here First?” “Women in the Industry: Breaking Barriers and Balance,” “Put Me In Coach! The Best Talent Coaches Converge” and, “From the Outside Looking In: Other Formats Give Their Take On Country.”

“Our 2016 Agenda Committee has been working hard since our initial meetings in June to deliver world class content for CRS 2016,” said Agenda Chair Tom Hanrahan. “I’m continually amazed by their hard work and dedication. This preview of the agenda demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver our best to CRS attendees. I can’t wait for February to get here!” A more detailed version of the agenda with panel descriptions is available  here .

The preliminary schedule details were released in advance of the CRS 2016 Early Bird Registration Rate deadline, which is Friday, October 16th. The regular rate will take effect on Saturday, October 17th, increasing registrations from $429 to $529 per person.  Registrations are available for purchase  here  or call CRS offices at 615.327.4487.

2015/10 6:54 AM
Thomas Rhett At 'The 49th Annual CMA Awards' Will Perform With Fall Out Boy

Rhett          Fall Out Boys
The Country Music Association (CMA) launches "One-Of-A-King Wednesdays” leading up to "The 49th Annual CMA Awards," to celebrate the one-of-a-kind tradition of CMA Awards collaborations. Today (10/7), CMA announced that Valory Music Co. artist  Thomas Rhett  will perform with Rock band  Fall Out Boys  live at the CMA Awards.

The show airs live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 4th at 8 pm (ET) on ABC-TV. Look for a weekly announcement of this year's collaboration performances, and for more information, visit the CMA Awards website  here .

2015/10 6:05 AM
KKGO/Los Angeles Unveils The 'Go Girls'

Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO/GO Country Los Angeles has debuted “GO Girls,” a social group described by the station as “A fun new group from GO Country 105 for women who love Country music.” GO Girls will include exclusive events, online content and other features, and will be hosted by local singer/entertainer Amie Mangola.

“We are excited about the launch of 'GO Girls' and the ability to work with a uniquely qualified talent like Amie Mangola, to connect with female listeners in the Southern California area,” said KKGO Station Manager Michael LeVine.

Mangola stated,
"From the time I was little, I was glued to our local Country radio station and that's how I fell in love with this music. Today, no one does it better than GO Country 105 and that's why I'm so excited to be working with them in this fun new way. I cannot wait to meet female listeners face to face and hang out doing some really cool things as well as introducing girls to some pretty big artists; it's going to be a whole new up-close experience for listeners and I couldn't be more thrilled!"

2015/10 6:02 AM
Arista, Legacy Recordings To Release 'Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story' 3-CD Anthology

Arista Nashville and Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division, Legacy Recordings will release "Genuine: The  Alan Jackson  Story" to a three-CD anthology on Friday, November 6th. The Walmart-exclusive set will feature 59 classic recordings spanning all phases of Jackson's career at Aarista Nashville and incorporates eight previously unreleased tracks.

"Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story" will also feature an exclusive booklet with all-star tributes to Jackson and his music, as well as a poster of a panoramic shot of the entire visual exhibit from the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum's "Alan Jackson: 25 Years Of Keepin' It Country" exhibition. Pre-order for the three-CD set is available  here .

2015/10 5:44 AM
Industry News: Ellen K Exits Ryan Seacrest Show For Mornings At KOST/LA, Mark Wallengren Moves To KOST PM Drive

Radio industry shocker today (10/7) at iHeartMedia Top 40 KIIS/102.7 KISS-FM/Los Angeles, as longtime morning co-host Ellen K announced that she was moving down the hall to sister station AC KOST.

“The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5” will debut on October 19th at 6 am. At the same time, long time KOST air talent Mark Wallengren moves to host afternoon drive.

Ellen K is a major marquee radio talent, and we saw a real opportunity to bring her to KOST, building a great roster that also includes one of L.A.’s most beloved personalities, Mark Wallengren, now leading our afternoons,” said SVP/Programming Andrew Jeffries.  “Ellen’s personality and life experience make her extremely relatable to the adult KOST audience, and she will bring a real sense of personal connection for the listeners to the morning show at KOST.  At the same time, Mark Wallengren is part of the foundation of this legendary radio brand, so having him at the helm in afternoons makes this a one-two punch for the station.”

“For over a decade, I've had the privilege to co-host “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on KIIS FM,” said Ellen. “It's been an amazing ride, and I'm extremely grateful.  I am also thrilled to announce that my new adventure will be on the legendary KOST FM hosting my own morning show-“The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5.” The listeners, along with the hard working KOST staff, will make hosting this show a dream job.  Thank you to iHeartMedia for their continued support that inspires me to do a job that fascinates me every day.  I am looking forward to continuing my interaction with Southern California listeners in a positive & informative way with great music, great prizes, fun topics and more. Thank you in advance Socal --for letting me be a part of your mornings on KOST!!!"

, who has been the host of mornings for 30 years, says “I have always said that KOST 103.5 FM has the greatest listeners and my relationship with them is why I’ve been doing mornings this long. I am so proud to have been a part of Southern California's morning routine for all these years and being a part of our listeners’ lives on a daily basis is something precious and special. I am excited to announce that very soon, I will be moving to afternoon drive, where I will be with Southern California parents picking kids up from school and taking them home from work as opposed to the reverse. I’ll continue to bring many of the same things our listeners have come to know and love about my show to the afternoons. See you on the way home!!!"

2015/10 2:59 AM
​Country and Pop Singer Billy Joe Royal Yesterday

Sympathies from AllAboutCountry to all the friends and family of Country and Pop artist Billy Joe Royal, who passed away yesterday (10/6) at his home in North Carolina.  Royal was 73.

He first gained popularity in 1965, with “Down In The Boondocks,” a top 10 Pop hit. Follow up hits included “I Knew You When” and “Cherry Hill Park,” the latter of which was his last Pop success, in 1969.

Country fans probably remember Royal best from his late 1985 single, “Burned Like A Rocket,” which shot up the charts and had landed in the top 10 by January of 1986. But late in that month, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, killing the entire crew. Sensitivity over the title of the record forced radio to back off airplay, and the song quietly went away. Royal was back in 1989, covering the 1966 classic “Tell It Like It Is,” which reached #2 on the Country charts.

At this time services are pending.

2015/10 2:50 AM
​Pandora Acquires TicketFly

Pandora has entered into an agreement to acquire Ticketfly, Inc., a leading live events technology company. The company said, "the move is the latest step toward achieving Pandora’s mission to help artists find their audience and help listeners find the music they love -- whether it’s coming through their earbuds Or Live On Stage."
Ticketfly Provides ticketing and marketing software for approximately 1,200 venues and event promoters across North America.

The transaction is valued at approximately $450 million, subject to certain purchase price adjustments, with a nearly equal balance of cash and stock.

“This is a game-changer for Pandora -- and much more importantly -- a game-changer for music,” said Pandora CEO Brian Mcandrews. “Over the past 10 years, we have amassed the largest, most engaged audience in streaming music history. With Ticketfly, we will thrill music lovers and lift ticket sales for artists as the most effective marketplace for connecting music makers and fans.”

“Pandora’s entry into live events is a watershed moment for the music industry and will Forever Change The Landscape For Artists, Promoters And Fans,” Said Ticketfly Co-Founder/CEO Aandrew Dreskin. “TicketflY and Pandora are a perfect fit: two companies that are extraordinarily passionate about music and improving the experience for the entire ecosystem. The combination of Ticketfly and Pandora will be a marketing and event discovery powerhouse, giving venues and promoters unprecedented access to a massive and targeted audience of nearly 80 million music fans.”

2015/10 1:41 AM
CBS Radio Selects Sam Rogers VP/National Sales

CBS Radio names Sam Rogers VP/National Sales and Corporate Partnerships, effective Monday, October 12th. Most recently VP/National and Corporate Sales at Radio One, Rogers will work with the Division’s National Sales Managers and rep firm, as well as strengthen relationships with key decision makers at the client and agency level.

Sam has been a formidable competitor who has created winning sales campaigns for some of the biggest brands advertising on 
radio,” SVP/Dir./Sales Bob Philips said. “He has the ability to bring together the creative energy of a sales team to meet the needs of a client using a variety of cross platform solutions and assets. Our markets will greatly benefit from his experience and vision.”

2015/10 12:04 PM
Bryan Thompson Leaves WXMK-WRJY/Brunswick GA

Bryan Thompson has voluntarily left WXMK/WRJY/Brunwick GA for an undisclosed reason.  He handled Promotions/APD and was the afternoon host.  His last day was September 30.

More information on where he lands as it becomes available.

2015/10 11:24 AM
Today's Nielsen Audio Ratings

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/6/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/6/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WKJS-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 8.6 7.7 10.3 9.2
WBTJ-FM Urban Contemporary 7.4 8.5 7.9 8.1
WKHK-FM Country 9.2 8.1 4.6 6.5
WPZZ-FM Contemporary Inspirational 6.2 5.9 5.7 6.2
WCDX-FM Urban Contemporary 5.2 5.1 5.4 5.6
WTVR-FM Adult Contemporary 6.2 5.1 5.2 5.0
WRVQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.5 4.8 5.0 4.7
WRVA-AM News Talk Information 4.9 5.5 5.2 4.6
WRXL-FM Mainstream Rock 4.4 3.8 3.6 4.2
WKLR-FM Classic Rock 3.2 3.8 2.5 3.8
WURV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.5 3.3 4.1 3.5
WWLB-FM Classic Country 1.4 2.1 1.7 2.2
WLFV-FM New Country 1.7 2.2 2.1 2.1
WBBT-FM Classic Hits 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.0
WRVQ-FM HD2 Classic Rock 1.1 0.8 1.0 1.1
WRNL-AM All Sports 1.3 0.6 0.9 0.5
WURV-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.6 0.8 1.2 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/6/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/6/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WBHK-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.6 12.5 10.0 9.2
WBHJ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.8 8.3 7.7 7.9
WZZK-FM Country 5.6 6.0 7.2 6.5
WBPT-FM Classic Hits 5.3 4.7 5.7 5.9
WQEN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.9 5.9 5.8 5.4
WDXB-FM Country 4.5 5.2 5.5 5.0
WJOX-FM All Sports 6.4 4.4 4.4 5.0
WUHT-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 4.0 4.9 3.5 4.4
WMJJ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.1 3.2 3.0 3.8
WERC-FM News Talk Information 3.4 3.4 3.8 3.5
WAGG-AM Gospel 2.7 2.6 3.1 2.7
WEZZ-FM Soft Adult Contemporary 1.8 2.1 2.3 2.7
WERC-FM HD2 Contemporary Inspirational 2.6 2.2 2.8 2.6
WMJJ-FM HD2 Urban Contemporary 2.1 1.8 1.8 2.2
WZRR-FM Country 1.5 2.2 1.7 1.7
WQEN-FM HD2 Mainstream Rock 1.4 1.2 1.4 1.5
WEZZ-FM HD2 Album Adult Alternative 0.5 0.7 0.8 1.1
WAPI-AM News Talk Information 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.7
WJQX-FM All Sports 0.6 0.6 * 0.5

Buffalo-Niagara Falls
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/6/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/6/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WYRK-FM Country 12.8 11.3 10.1 12.5
WBLK-FM Urban Contemporary 7.5 8.4 8.7 8.8
WBEN-AM News Talk Information 9.1 9.0 9.8 7.6
WGRF-FM Classic Rock 6.5 6.4 6.2 6.8
WHTT-FM Classic Hits 6.3 6.9 6.6 6.6
WKSE-FM News Talk Information 6.2 4.7 5.8 5.2
WTSS-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.4 4.7 4.8 4.5
WEDG-FM Active Rock 3.1 3.8 4.0 4.1
WMSX-FM Adult Contemporary 4.3 4.6 4.2 4.0
WGR-AM All Sports 6.1 4.8 4.0 3.6
WBUF-FM Adult Hits 2.8 2.2 3.1 2.9
WLKK-FM Alternative 1.2 1.4 1.5 1.9
WWWS-AM Rhythmic Oldies 1.1 0.8 1.2 1.2
WWKB-AM All Sports 0.4 0.5 0.6 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/6/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/6/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WSSL-FM New Country 7.5 6.6 8.1 9.6
WJMZ-FM Urban Contemporary 11.3 9.6 9.9 8.6
WESC-FM Country 6.0 8.1 7.9 7.0
WROQ-FM Classic Rock 5.4 6.0 4.8 6.0
WFBC-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.0 6.2 6.1 5.9
WHZT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.4 5.0 4.5
WRTH-FM Classic Hits 2.9 2.6 3.0 4.1
WMYI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.3 3.3 3.3 3.9
WYRD-FM News Talk Information 4.6 3.9 4.1 3.8
WTPT-FM Active Rock 4.3 3.6 3.5 3.7
WSPA-FM Adult Contemporary 5.2 4.3 4.7 3.4
WGTK-FM News Talk Information 1.3 2.0 1.3 1.4
WJMZ-FM HD3 Adult Hits 1.0 1.4 1.5 0.9
WROO-FM Classic Rock 1.1 0.9 1.0 0.8
WJMZ-FM HD2 Alternative 0.8 1.3 1.2 0.7
WORD-AM All Sports 0.6 * 1.0 0.7
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
Rochester, NY
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/6/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/6/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
WBEE-FM Country 11.3 10.0 11.2 10.3
WHAM-AM News Talk Information 6.8 7.2 6.0 8.2
WDKX-FM Urban Contemporary 8.0 7.5 9.6 7.8
WPXY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 4.8 4.6 5.1
WCMF-FM Classic Rock 5.0 2.9 4.3 4.9
WAIO-FM Classic Rock 5.2 4.9 5.3 4.0
WBZA-FM Classic Hits 3.5 3.0 2.7 3.6
WDVI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.3 3.9 3.8 3.2
WKGS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.4 2.7 3.9 3.2
WHTK-AM All Sports 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.9
WROC-AM All Sports 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.7
WVOR-FM Adult Contemporary * 0.6 * 0.5
WNBL-FM Country * 0.8 0.6 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  10/6/15
      Subscribers Added:  10/6/15
Subscriber Format FA 14 WI 15 SP 15 SU 15
KIIM-FM Country 8.7 7.5 6.8 9.4
KMXZ-FM Adult Contemporary 7.4 7.8 6.7 7.2
KHYT-FM Classic Hits 5.5 5.8 5.7 7.1
KRQQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 8.3 8.4 6.4
KLPX-FM Classic Rock 4.6 4.0 4.7 5.8
KFMA-FM Alternative 4.4 2.4 3.7 3.8
KSZR-FM Rhythmic AC 1.8 2.4 3.2 3.7
KCMT-FM Mexican Regional 3.1 4.9 3.7 3.2
KNST-AM News Talk Information 4.3 4.6 4.0 3.1
KOHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.9 5.5 5.5 2.4
KTGV-FM Rhythmic Oldies 2.0 2.5 3.3 2.1
KTKT-AM Spanish Adult Hits * 1.4 1.9 2.1
KTZR-AM Spanish Adult Hits 2.0 0.9 1.1 2.1
KZLZ-FM Mexican Regional 2.0 2.5 2.1 2.1
KMIY-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.4 3.0 3.2 2.0
KTUC-AM Adult Standards/MOR 1.4 1.9 2.3 1.8
KQTH-FM News Talk Information 2.2 1.5 1.2 1.3
KYWD-FM Country 1.4 0.8 1.4 1.2
KFFN-AM All Sports 0.9 0.8 0.7 1.1
KCUB-AM All Sports 1.3 1.2 * 0.7
KXEW-AM Tejano 1.1 2.1 1.1 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

2015/10 9:23 AM
Full Time On-Air Gig Open at WMDH/Muncie, IN

Cumulus' WMDH/Muncie, IN is looking for an unspecified full-time on-air talent.  

"Experience with Country format is not just preferred – we're looking for someone who lives for Country radio and community service," says PD Chris Carter. Airchecks and resumes to him  here .

2015/10 9:12 AM
Oak Ridge Boys Ready For Their 26th Christmas Tour

The Oak Ridge Boys will embark on their 26th annual Christmas Night Out Tour on November 17 in Branson, MO.  The final stop of the tour will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

“There is nothing quite like an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show. This tour has become an Oak Ridge Boys tradition and is a tremendous experience for the entire family. With a revamped stage and a fresh approach, this year’s show will be a dynamic mix of music representing every aspect of Christmas from presents and snow, to romance and Santa Claus, on to the real meaning of the season celebrating the birth of Jesus,” said The Oak Ridge Boys Joe Bonsall.

“Folks can expect to hear old favorites like ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ mixed with some very poignant newer songs like ‘Getting Ready for A Baby’ and ‘Mary Did You Know.’ A highlight of the evening is the much-loved ‘rocking chair’ segment where each Boy rocks by the fireplace and shares personal thoughts about Christmas. So we hope you’ll come out and see us… and Merry Christmas!” Bonsall added.’ 

The group will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this month.

Christmas Night Out Tour dates are listed below:

Nov. 17-19: Branson, Mo.; The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre

Nov .21: Canton, Ohio; Canton Palace Theatre

Nov. 22: Newport News, Va.; Ferguson Center For The Arts

Nov. 24: Portsmouth, Ohio; Vern Riffe Center For The Arts

Nov. 27: Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Paramount Theater

Nov. 28: Sioux Falls, S.D.; Washington Pavilion

Nov. 29: Des Moines, Iowa; Hoyt Sherman Place

Nov. 30: Topeka, Kan.; Topeka Performing Arts Center

Dec. 1: Cheyenne, Wyo.; Cheyenne Civic Center

Dec. 2: Colorado Springs, Co.; Pikes Peak Center

Dec. 3: Richfield, Utah; Sevier Valley Center

Dec. 4: Boise, Idaho; Morrison Center at Boise State University

Dec. 5: Kennewick, Wash.; Toyota Center

Dec. 6: Lewiston, Idaho; Clearwater River Casino Event

Dec. 7: Spokane, Wash.; INB Performing Arts Center

Dec. 8: Eugene, Ore.; Hult Center

Dec. 10: Shelton, Wash.; Little Creek Casino Resort

Dec. 11-12: Lincoln City, Ore.; Chinook Winds Casino

Dec. 13: Redding, Calif. Redding Convention Center

Dec. 15: Deadwood, S.D.; Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel

Dec. 16: Saint Joseph, Mo.; Civic Arena

Dec. 17: Paducah, Ky.; Carson Center

Dec. 18: Manistee, Mich.; Little River Casino Resort

Dec. 19: Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Crystal Grand Music Theatre

Dec. 20: Merrillville, Ind.; Star Plaza Theatre

Dec. 21: Evansville, Ind.; Old National Events Plaza

Dec. 22: Atlanta, Ga.; Philips Arena

Dec. 23: Nashville, Tenn.; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


2015/10 8:57 AM
Congrats to Rachele Lynae

Congratulations go out to artist Rachele Lynae who recently got engaged to her boyfriend Tim Creedon.  Lynae wrote on Facebook, ""He's the love of my life and most amazing man in the world, and I am SO EXCITED!"

The two met three years ago when Creedon joined Lynae's band.  He is a drummer.  He now is traveling as lighting director for Sam Hunt.  They are planning a Spring 2016 wedding.

2015/10 8:48 AM
Six Songwriters Up For Songwriters Hall of Fame Ballot

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has unveiled the 2016 ballot recognizing talent from all genres.  Six Country songwriters have been among the nominees. They are: Dallas Frazier, John D. Loudermilk, Bob McDill, Curly Putnum in the non-performing songwriters category; Tom T. Hall is nominated in the performing songwriters category and Roger Miller is nominated in the deceased songwriters category.

Inductions will take place on Thursday, June 9 in New York City.  To see a full list of nominees go here.  

2015/10 8:35 AM
ACM Announces Voting Timelines

The Academy of Country Music (ACM has announced the voting timelines for the "51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," scheduled to air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in April 2016.  Exact date to be announced.

New membership applications and existing membership renewals must be completed by Friday, October 30 to be eligible to vote during the 2016 Awards cycle.  The first round of nomination ballots will being on Wednesday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 9.  The second round of ballots open Monday, Janaury 11 and close Tuesday, January 19.  Final rounds will open Monday, March  and close Monday, March 14.

2015/10 8:22 AM
Michael Slone Joins Hill Entertainment Group

Michael Slone has joined Hill Entertainment Group.  He will oversee digital marketing strategy as Hill adds digital to its in-house services.

Sloane's resume includes work with artists such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line as Big Machine Label Group Director/Interative.  He also was involved with campaigns for various Pop artists including Echomusic and Live Nation.  He will be working with Hill Entertainment's roster that includes Jana Kramer, Rodney Atkins, The Swon Brothers, Naomi Judd, and more.

2015/10 7:29 AM
Paslay Most Added

"High Class" was the most added song this week with 38 adds.  

Congrats to UMG Nashville promo team SVP/Promo Royce Risser; EMI Nashville VP/Promo Jimmy Rector; Sr. Director Southeast Trudie Daniel; Sr. Director of West Coast Ron Bradley, Director of Southwest John Trapane, Director Midwest Chris Fabiani, Director/Northeast Mike Krinik and Promo Coordinator Jamie Graves.

2015/10 6:15 AM
Alpha Media Raises Money For South Carolina Flood Relief

Alpha Media is raising money for the Red Cross to help them provide flood relief in South Carolina.  

VP/Programming Scott Mahalick said,  “All of us here at Alpha Media are in shock and devastated by the loss our fellow Alpha family members are experiencing. Words cannot begin to describe what they are going through, it’s unbelievable. We are appreciative of the Red Cross and what they are doing and want to continue to ask everyone to help out any way they can; by texting RedCross to 90999 or by helping run PSAs to support the efforts of the Red Cross."

2015/10 11:41 AM
Island Time Music and Fishing Fest Announces Line Up

The island paradise of Isla Mujeres will welcome some of Nashville's finest for The Island Tiem Music and Fishing Fest February 15-20, 2016.  A partial list of performers include Kellie, Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Blackjack Billy, Love and Theft, LOCASH, Lucas Hoge, Kyle Jacobs, American Young, Nick Norman, Natalie Stovall, Lewis Brice, Joel Rush, Hailey Steele, Rob Hatch and Ryan Rickman.

"These artists musicians and songwriters are donating their time for this cause," says Skip Bishop of Studio 1Bee Entertainment, one of many "Isla-Holics" who live in Nashville and visit the island several times a year.  "And unless they're family members, music fans will never have access to performers of this caliber like they will have this week."

The event raises money for the Little Yellow Schoolhouse, which provides services to the special needs children of Isla Mujeres at no charge.

The event's six day schedule features a series of intimate, live performances in local venues (including a luxurious private residence) along with a fishing tournament that coincides with the winter migration of sailfish to the local waters.

"There's not another gathering like this anywhere else in the Caribbean," says Chris Shannon of island-based Mundaca Real Estate. The Canadian businessman has made his home in Isla Mujeres for over a decade and heads up fundraising for the school.  

Bundled tickets for the event range from $199 to $249 per person and additioanl pricing for select evetns is also available.  Complete information can be found at

2015/10 9:33 AM
Larry Gatlin Tapped By The Donald

Photo by Chris Barnes
rry Gatlin was tapped by his longtime friend and presidential hopeful Donald Trump.  The Trump campaign has asked Larry and brother Rudy and Steve to perform at Trump's campaign stop in Nashville last Saturday. Gatlin also served as MC of the event.

In front of The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, Larry and the Gatlin Brothers performed the national anthem along with several of their hit songs before Trump took the stage.

"I was the MC and the brothers and I sang at the Donald Trump event over the weekend in Nashville.  It was good to see my old friend, Donald," says Larry.  "I honored my commitment to Governor Bush and Governor Huckabee, also old friends, that I would not tell anybody who to vote for---I do not have the right to do that.  I would advise everyone to do their homework. Listen, read, study, pray… then vote their hearts.  GOD BLESS AMERICA!"

2015/10 9:24 AM
Craig Morgan Adds To Charity Line Up

Craig Morgan has announced that Jenelle Arthur, Adam Sanders and Halfway to Hazard have been added to the lineup of Craig Morgan's 9th annual charity event Saturday, October 17.  The family-friendly music festival begins at 2:30 (CT) at Dickson's War Memorial Lawn and closes with a special performance by Morgan at 7 p.m. (CT). 

The music festival follows a golf tournament in the morning at Greystone Golf Course. There will a silent auction going on throughout the day.  All proceeds benefits the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation which supports foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.  For more information go to .

2015/10 9:20 AM
Lady A Talks About Hiatus

Lady Antebellum appeared on ABC TV's "Good Morning America" to talk about their hiatus and Charles Kelley's upcoming solo album.  Kelley talked about his decision to pursue a solo project and promoted his new single "The Driver."  The song features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay.

"Lady Antebellum is always going to be my priority," he said, "and it was perfect timing."

Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood talked about their plans while the band is on hiatus.  

"We're going to be just really digging into songwriting and working on the next record," said Scott. "We don't know how long that's going to take, you know. We want to have a little time at home, get some good family time for a bit," said Haywood. 

For more information go to

2015/10 9:12 AM
Don't Miss A Second of CMA Awards

Fair warning.  If you don't see the first 15 minutes of the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 4 you will not "get it" the rest of the night.

"If you don't see the first 15 minutes of the 'CMA Awards' live, you will be grasping for straws at the proverbial watercooler the next morning," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.  "It is tht good, and it is just the beginning of a great night of entertainment."

The CMA Awards will kick off with a performance from CMA Award nominee Eric Church and Hank Williams, Jr who will world-premiere his new Nash Icon release.  Following the performance Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will take the stage with their much anticipated monologue.  

Depending on who you voted for, this may be the biggest 15 minutes of hte three-hour extravaganza.

2015/10 8:52 AM
Stagecoach Fest Announces Headliners

Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will headline Stagecoach Festival 2016 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on Friday, April 29 through May 1, 2016.  They will be celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Other performers include Chris Young, Sam Hunt, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch, Little Big Town, Joe Nichols and more.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. (PT).  For more information go to .

2015/10 8:13 AM
Don Henley #1 Album Sales

Congrats to Capitol's Don Henley who went to the #1 spot on both the Country album sales and all-genre album sales with his new release "Cass County."  This is Henley's first studio album in 15 years and his first album to be classified Country.  It sold 87,000 is actual album sales according to Nielsen Music.  Coming in a close second is George Strait with his "Cold Beer Conversation."  This extends his record of being the Country artist with the most top 10 albums on the charts.  This is his 20th album to go to #1.

Thomas Rhett also made some noise with his second full studio album "Tangled Up" that generated 63,000 in album sales in its first week out.  His #1 single "Crash and Burn" and "Die A Happy Man" helped propel the sales of the album.

2015/10 7:57 AM
Ticketmaster Introduces Revamped System

According to the New York Times, Ticketmaster will introduce a new system for handling VIP tickets and early allotments.  They will be trying this new system out at a New York City event today (October 5).  

They hope to gather managers of musicians and try to do away with the accepted practice of allowing acts to sell around eight percent of tickets through fan clubs, etc.

“A growing number of managers say Ticketmaster has lately been enforcing archaic rules about what counts as a fan club, making it harder for bands to obtain these tickets and work with third-party companies that specialize in these packages,” says the paper’s Ben Sisario talking to Traci Thomas, manager of Jason Isbell. “Among Ticketmaster’s more irksome requirements, several managers said, were that an artist’s website must have a chat room — which they say is an anachronism in the age of social media.

“For Ticketmaster, which last year sold $23 billion in tickets, these fan club sales represent a negligible amount of income, particularly for midlevel acts like [Isbell]. But they are part of a growing market of ticket services that Ticketmaster and Live Nation have moved into aggressively.”

Since merging with Live Nation in 2010, Ticketmaster has been trying to capture more revenue from the ticketing sphere.

At this point there have been just a few complaints mainly from smaller acts and only a few managers willing to speak publicly.


2015/10 7:55 AM
Opry Celebrates 90 Years

It was a big weekend for the Grand Ole Opry as it celebrated its 90th birthday.   Four sold-out shows helped mark the date.  Friday's (10/2) Opry included a surprise on-stage with the Oak Ridge Boys and Little Big Town.  After the performance they were presented with Opry member 90th anniversary gifts by Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher who said, "Moments like these connecting generations of great Country artists are what the Grand Ole Opry is all about."

Saturday (10/3) Robin Roberts from "Good Morning America" introduced Opry member Carrie Underwood.  That evening The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Trace Adkins, Underwood and more put on two shows.  The Opry Plaza hosted fans for free performances and there was an Opry salute to the stars of ABC's "Nashville."

The celebration will continue Tuesday, October 6 with appearances by Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart and many others.

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2015/10 6:54 AM
Cumulus' Financial Future Questioned

Following last week's executive changes at Cumulus Media, the rumors started flying about the future of the company.  Some say bankruptcy court might be in the future for the company given that the new CEO Mary G. Berner brings experience of leading companies (Readers Digest) through the Chapter 11 process.

According to Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Marcus, a partner at Crestview Partners, which manages funds that own approximately 27% of Cumulus' outstanding stock.  The New York Post says Marcus, "has been telling industry influences that isn't the case,"  Instead, the report "found private-equity folks who think t here's some value to be extracted despite its $2.4 billion debt load."

2015/10 6:26 AM
Saga Looking For PD/Brand Manager in Harrisonburg, VA

Are you looking for a great opportunity as a PD/Brand Manager?  This may be it.

Saga Communications is looking for a unique person to handle PD/Brand Managing for Top 40 WQPO, Q101 and Classic Hit WWRE, Rewind 105.1.  They will also act as OM for Classic Country WSIG and AC WJDV, More 96.1.

VP/Programming Bob Lawrence said, "if you know how to make magic come out of the speakers with more than just the music, you still enjoy being on the air, can coach an amazing new morning show, love creating exciting promotions, and are passionate about writing imaging that says more than just "The Best Hit Music," then the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains await you.  Great people, great stations, great benefits, great money, great company!"

If you're interested, send your resume and audio of you and your station to Lawrence at /Blog/ .  
Saga is an EOE.  No phone calls please. 

2015/10 6:07 AM
28th Time's A Charm

Congrats to Kenny Chesney and the Columbia Nashville promo team including VP/Promo Norbert Nix, Director/National RJ Meacham, Director/Northeast Cliff Blake, Director/West Coast Samantha Borenstein, Manager/Southwest Brooke Meris, Manager/Midwest Bo Martinovich, Promo Coordinator Mary Allison and the entire Columbia team for taking the #1 spot this week on Mediabase Country singles chart with Kenny Chesney's "Save It For A Rainy Day."

This is Chesney's fourth release from his "The Big Revival" album and his 28th time at the top of the Mediabase chart.  The lead single "American Kids" went to #1 last September.  The second single "'Til It's Gone" went to #1 in January.  The third single "Wild Child" was #1 in June.


2015/10 11:02 AM
94.5 KTI Country/620 WTMJ Milwaukee’s Tom Langmyer Named “General Manager Of The Year”

Tom Langmyer, GM for Country WKTI-FM and News, Talk, sports WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, received the “General Manager of the Year Award” at the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta. Both of the stations are part of The E.W. Scripps Company.
The annual Radio Wayne Awards, announced during the industry event in Atlanta of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau, presented by Radio Ink, honor the best in the radio industry for leadership, dedication, creativity and commitment to quality.
“Tom exemplifies what we value most in our leaders – vision, integrity and hard work,” said Steve Wexler, vice president of radio at Scripps. “I am proud of Tom and our Milwaukee radio team and grateful for his partnership as we build a bold and exciting future for radio at Scripps. Tom is building a culture where local talent can shine and impact our community in meaningful ways.”
WTMJ has long been recognized as “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” because of its powerful signal and its format of news, talk and sports. It is the flagship station for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks. In 2014, the station was the large market station of the year for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award.
The historic WKTI call-letters returned to Milwaukee on 94.5 FM and the station underwent a format change earlier this year, switching from adult hits to Country as “KTI Country.” 

“This is such a tremendous honor for our whole team,” said Langmyer. “Scripps is doing terrific things as we continue to grow as a leader in local content and advertiser results. When you work for a company that believes in people - and in doing good in the communities we serve, the road ahead is clear.  I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to be in a leadership role at Scripps - and to have such a tremendous team to lead in Milwaukee."
The awards are named in honor of "Radio Wayne" Cornils, who set a high example for professionalism in radio. A successful small-market radio broadcaster, Cornils also served as executive vice president of the Radio Advertising Bureau and SVP/Radio at the National Association of Broadcasters. 

2015/10 10:06 AM
Last Nights 'Marconi Radio Award' Winners

The 2015 NAB Marconi Radio Awards were givin’ out last night (10/1) at the annual dinner and show at the NAB and RAB's Radio Show in Atlanta, hosted by Rickey Smiley and featuring a performance by Gavin Degraw.

Hubbard Broadcasting stations took home six awards to lead all ownership groups this year, with COX Media Group next with five; CBS Radio News KYW-AM/Philadelphia, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, won Legendary Station of the Year honors.

Here Are The Winners
  • Legendary Station: CBS Radio News KYW-AM/Philadelphia
  • Network/Syndicated Personality Of The Year: Steve Harvey, Premiere Networks
  • Major-Market Personality Of The Year: Eric & Kathy, Hubbard Hot AC WTMX/101.9 The MIX/Chicago, IL
  • Large-Market Personality Of The Year: Gene & Julie Gates, Capitol Broadcasting AC WRAL/Mix 101.5/Raleigh, NC
  • Medium-Market Personality Of The Year: Dan Potter, COX Media Group News-Talk KRMG-AM-FM/Tulsa, OK
  • Small-Market Personality Of The Year: Brian Byers, Neuhoff News-Talk WSOY-AM/Decatur, IL
  • Major-Market Station Of The Year: Hubbard News WTOP/Washington, D.C.
  • Large-Market Station Of The Year: Hubbard Hot AC KSTP-FM/KS95/St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN
  • Medium-Market Station Of The Year: COX Media Group News-Talk KRMG-AM-FM/Tulsa, OK
  • Small-Market Station Of The Year: Lewanee Broadcasting AC WLEN/Adrian, MI
  • AC Station Of The Year: COX Media Group AC WDUV/Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
  • Top 40 Station Of The Year: Hubbard Top 40 KQMV/Movin 92.5/Seattle, WA
  • Classic Hits Station Of The Year: COX Media Group Classic Hits KONO/San Antonio, TX
  • Country Station Of The Year: Hubbard Country WUBE/B-105/Cincinnati, OH
  • News/Talk Station Of The Year: COX Media Group News-Talk WSB-AM-WSBB/Atlanta
  • Religious Station Of The Year: Radio One Gospel WPRS/Praise 104.1 FM/Washington, D.C.
  • Rock Station Of The Year: Hubbard Classic Rock WDRV/The Drive)/Chicago, IL
  • Sports Station Of The Year: CBS Radio Sports WFAN-AM-FM/New York, NY
  • Urban Station Of The Year: Emmis Urban AC WBLS/New York, NY
  • Noncommercial Station Of The Year: Michigan State University News-Talk WKAR-AM-FM/East Lansing, MI

2015/10 9:31 AM
CBS Radio’s Stars And Strings Concert Is Sold Out

CBS Radio today announced that Stars And Strings, a stripped-down acoustic concert with performances by Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and The Band Perry, is SOLD OUT.  This inaugural event will take place at The Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, November 11th with a portion of the proceeds benefiting  Folds of Honor  – an organization that provides educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers. 
An announcement regarding’s sweepstakes and how to win tickets to the sold-out concert will be made at a later date

More information on the event can be found on the show’s official website:

2015/10 9:15 AM
Abi Fishbone Joins Arista Nashville For Director/Northeast Duties

Arista Nashville has selected Abi Fishbone to be Director/Northeast Promotion beginning Monday, October 5th. "Abi is one of the most respected record promoters in the Northeast and is a wonderful addition to the Arista team!" remarked Arista
Nashville VP/Promotion Lesly Tyson.

A nine year promotion veteran, Fishbone is joining Arista from Stoney Creek Records, where she served as Director/Northeast Promotion since 2010, following a prior tenure with Curb. "I am truly excited to be joining the Arista promotion team!" said Fishbone. "Arista has such a remarkable history and an amazing roster of artists, and I feel thrilled, eager, and privileged to be a part of its future."

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For now, Stoney Creek, VP/Promotion Chris Loss will handle the Northeast, but look for a new Stoney Creek Northeast rep to be named soon.,, /Images/AACNew/banners/SH_AAC_BottomBanner.jpg