2015/07 4:19 AM
​Morning Co-Host Position Available At WBEE/Rochester

Entercom Country WBEE/Rochester, NY is moving around their on-air lineup, as veteran morning co-host Terry Clifford moves to middays. Clifford succeeds  Justine Page, who moves to nights. Previously that daypart has been joxless. 

OM Bob Barnett
is currently searching for a new morning team person to join existing hosts Steve Hausman and Jeremy Newman on the “Bee Morning Coffee Club.” Submit your materials here .

2015/07 4:02 AM
KUPL's 'Chunky, McKinzie, & Jake' Team Up With Lee Brice To Grant Listener's Wish

           Lee Brice
Alpha Media Country KUPL/98-7 The Bull/Portland, OR morning show "Chunky, McKinzie, & Jake" granted the wish of a listener whose brother was recently hit and killed by a drunk driver. Listener Josie e-mailed the morning show explaining how her brother loved his truck, Roscoe, and would never let her drive it. 

After he passed, she took it for one final drive only to hear Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" come on the radio. From that day on, all she wanted to do was tell Brice how grateful she was that he cut that song. Brice got together with the morning show to grant that wish.

2015/07 3:50 AM
​Casey James And Sony Music Nashville Split

        Casey James
There’s noise in Music City, that Sony Music Nashville and  Casey James  have parted ways. The FOX-TV "American Idol" alumnus departs Columbia Nashville, after being signed to the BNA imprint, after five Years and four radio singles. 

The split supposedly happened in June following James' recent single, "Fall Apart," did not make the Top 40. James website  reports an active touring schedule running through August, but James has not yet officially comment on this story or when, how, and if fans will have a chance to hear more music from his most recent sessions.

2015/07 3:29 AM
'Buckwild Saturday Night With B-Dub' Adds Affiliates

SuperRadio/Alpha Media's live, interactive Country party show "Buckwild Saturday Night With B-Dub" adds Digity WQSL/WQZL/The Wolf 92.3 and 101.1/Greenville-New Bern, NC; Community Broadcasters WPGI/100.9 The Wolf)/Elmira, NY; Cherry Creek KBBL 99.5 The Bull/Helena, MT; Radio Palouse KHTR/New Country 104.3/Pullman, WA; and Brooke Communications KRSB/Best Country 103/Roseburg, OR to its list of affiliates.

If you're ready for your Saturday nights to get Buckwild. Contact SuperRadio SVP/Programming Rich O'brien at 508.630.0344.

2015/07 3:13 AM
Ashley Monroe Sings 'Winning Streak' On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Warner Music Nashville recording artist  Ashley Monroe  appeared on NBC-TV's  "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"  Monday Night (7/27) to support of her recently-released sophomore album, "The Blade." 

Monroe performed "Winning Streak" for Fallon and the live studio audience. 

2015/07 3:06 AM
​The Johnny Cash Museum Premieres Bi-Monthly Songwriters Series with Woodstock and Pop/Folk Legend Melanie Safka & Friends

The Johnny Cash Museum continues to celebrate the history and future of great American music regardless of genre with the creation of the bi-monthly Johnny Cash Museum Cafe Songwriters Night. Twice every month, talented writers and musicians will be invited to play in a special presentation at the museum.
The first in this series will occur on Thursday, August 6 from 7-9 PM at the Johnny Cash Museum Café located at 119 Third Avenue South in Nashville. While the event is free to the general public, attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

“I’ve always found my most memorable concert experiences were when I got to see the artist or writer in an intimate setting,” says Bill Miller, founder of the Johnny Cash Museum. “That setting is what we will be presenting in the Johnny Cash Museum Café and we couldn’t be more excited to launch it with Melanie Safka.”

The full line up is below:

Melanie Safka found instant fame after she performed onstage at Woodstock in 1969. She made her debut on the Johnny Cash Show August 16, 1969, and eventually became one of only a few artists to make multiple appearances on the show. Melanie’s songs “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key” topped the charts in the 1970s and led to numerous awards, including Billboard’s “Top Female Vocalist.” More information on Melanie’s career and music can be found at  www.melaniesafka.com  .  

Leilah Hayman, Melanie Safka’s daughter, has performed at festivals such as Woodstock anniversaries and Isle of Wight in the U.K.  Leilah lives in Nashville, where she spends her time writing with renowned artists and performing music from her albumMake Believe. Leilah’s music and more can be found at  www.leilahmusic.com  .  

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Alissa Moreno’s music has been featured on hit television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “Days of Our Lives” (NBC) and “The Hills” (MTV). Her song Every Day, performed by Rascal Flatts, won CMT “Video of the Year” and was nominated for a Grammy.  For more information on Alissa,
visit  www.alissamorenomusic.com  .

Born and raised in Australia, Richie Scholl relocated to Nashville in 2007. His sophomore album, The Blacktop Junkie’s Guide to Richie Scholl, resulted in #1 and #5 singles on Country radio, and a #35 video on CMC Australia. Richie’s newest EP is expected to be released soon. Richie’s information and music can be found at  http://richiescholl.com/  .
Jess Leary’s songs have been recorded by the best of the best, including Blake Shelton, Pam Tillis, Tim McGraw and Melanie Safka. Her songwriting credits include two #1 hits: Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (Pam Tillis) and Where the Green Grass Grows (Tim McGraw). Jess’s songs are also featured on Grammy award winning albums including Tim McGraw’s Everywhere. More information on Jess’s music can be found at  www.facebook.com/jesslearymusic/  . 

For more information on the August 6th performance or future songwriter showcases at the Johnny Cash Museum, visit  www.johnnycashmuseum.com  .

2015/07 11:30 AM
Brian Thomas Heads To Chi-Town

PD Brian Thomas will leave his present post as PD at Cumulus country WNSH, Nash FM/New York to take over as PD of Classic Hits WLS-FM/Chicago effective August 1.

Thomas will fill Jan Jeffries position.  As was reported here, Jeffries tranferred to Top 40 WRQX/Washington.  Thomas will continue to serve as Corporate PD for the Country format, and now add oversight of Classic Hits for the company.

In a memo to staff, VP/Market Manager Peter Bowen said, "I've had the honor of working with Brian on several projects while he served as Program Director of WCBS-FM in New York. His experience and relationships with this format make him an incredible addition to our team."

SVP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said: "Brian's performance with Cumulus, and his prior experience, makes us confident that this is the right move for this station. He knows this format and how to maximize its potential."

SVP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said,m" Brian's performance with Cumulus , and his prior experience, makes us confident that this is the right move for this station. He knows this format and how to maximize its potential."

Thomas said, “Every kid from Chicago who grew up listening to WLS-F, as I did, dreams of working there. I’m proud that NASH-FM weekly audience hit an all-time high of almost 1.2 million and sales pacing +20% in a down market -- and I’m excited to continue to work with a handful of our Country stations, too.”

Back in New York, Cumulus AC WPLJ John Fox will become acting PD at WNSH.  He held the position for a short time after the station launched.  A search will be conducted for a permanent PD at NASH FM.


2015/07 11:15 AM
Get Your Tickets To The ‘9th Annual ACM Honors’ Beginning July 30

ACM A-Listers, your ticket pre-sale for the 9th Annual ACM Honors will begin Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) for one day only. Jake Owen is back as your host, so you know it's bound to be a fun night! 

ACM Honors
, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, is set for Tuesday, September 1st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 
ACM Special Award recipients to be honored that night include legends Loretta Lynn and Alabama, superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church, award-winning songwriters Bob McDill and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant(posthumously), ACM Awards executive producer and writer Barry Adelman and industry heavyweight and longtime ACM Board of Directors member Tim DuBois. Performers include Jason Aldean, Roy Clark, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Restless Heart. Presenters include Kelsea Ballerini, RAC Clark and The Swon Brothers

The evening also recognizes winners of the Studio Recording (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry Award categories, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Luke Laird.  The evening is sponsored by City National Bank. 

The special evening will include musical performances, award presentations and video tributes.  Tickets are priced at $42 and go on sale Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) at  www.ticketmaster.com  (search RYMAN for more detailed information).

Please use the pre-sale code 15HONORS to purchase tickets.

For more about ACM Honors and to see a complete list of honorees,  CLICK HERE

2015/07 10:45 AM
Chris Evans Leaves KXKS/Shreveport, LA

Chris Evans, afternoon host for WXKS/Shreveport has left to go across the street.  He is now with Cumulus/Shreveport, LA as a part timer.  Evans had worked for the Townsquare cluster for 14 years on and off.

At KXKS Gary Watson, promo director will take over afternoons for now.

2015/07 10:02 AM
AT&T To Activate FM Chips On Android Smartphones

The latest phone carrier to include FM chip activation is AT&T, agreeing to a deal with NextRadio for their 2016 Android smartphone device.

In response to the announcement,
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said, "Today marks a new beginning in mobile technology with the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners. America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!"

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan
, who has lead the usage of the NextRadio app said, "I am on cloud nine right now.  This was all part of a plan developed years ago and it's all coming to fruition.  The plan was to make a deal with a smaller carrier and Sprint helped us proved the concept.

"We are thrilled about AT&T coming aboard and now we are approaching other carriers and manufacturers. Our next step is to continue to build out the ecosystem.  The most important thing that broadcasters can do is to run the radio spots and promote the NextRadio app and have people to ask their manufacturers for the FM chip to be turned on."

Smulyan indicated that additional talks were on-going.


2015/07 9:33 AM
Westwood One Boosts Sales Team with Two New Hires

            Angela Codella   &   Roman Gwin
In its ongoing effort to build the best network sales team in the business,  Westwood One  announced that it has added two veteran sales executive to its burgeoning roster.  Angela Codella has joined the New York office as Director, National Partnerships, and reports to Ron Russo, EVP, Northeast Sales. Roman Gwin has joined the LA office, also as Director, National Partnerships, and reports to Kim Bryant, EVP, West Coast Sales.

“We are making very deliberate and strategic hires to enhance our sales force,” said Steve Shaw, Westwood One’s President.  “Angela and Roman join us with impeccable skill sets in developing opportunities and solutions for advertisers.  They will add more creative depth and expertise to our team.”
Codella comes with a wealth of local and satellite radio sales experience.  Before joining Westwood One she was an Account Director for SiriusXM, where she created integrated marketing and promotional campaigns for high-level clients on the talk, sports, and entertainment channels. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO/New York’s WWFS Fresh 102.7, WXRK 92.3 K-Rock, and KRock2.com. Before heading to CBS, Codella spent several years as a senior account executive at Greater Media’s WRAT 95.9 in Belmar, NJ. While at “The Rat,” she was the #1 Account Manager at the station for total billing, total number of clients, and total revenue generated for the company.
Gwin, a seasoned radio sales veteran with 17 years under his belt, joined Westwood One from the Los Angeles office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks, where he was the National Account Director.  He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeart’s LA stations KOST-FM 103.5, KBIG-FM 104.3, and KIIS-FM 102.7Gwin also worked as an account executive with CBS RADIO’s K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles

2015/07 9:03 AM
Eric Church Exhibit Opening At Country Music Hall of Fame® And Museum Sept 18

Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection. 

For those fans wanting to see and purchase unique Church memorabilia before September arrives, the acclaimed singer/songwriter will reopen his pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, on July 30-Aug. 1 in East Nashville. The Outsider’s Joint will also offer These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders. In addition, there will be a limited number of special edition posters commemorating the first Ascend Amphitheater show and Church’s regular line of tour merchandise, most available with concierge service to ship items to your home for free. Proceeds, excluding the Lucchese boots, will benefit the  Chief Cares Fund , a 501c3 non-profit organized by Church and his wife Katherine that serves more than 2.5 million people around the world. The Outsider’s Joint’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a smash success that raised more than $20,000 for Church’s Chief Cares Fund. 

The Outsider’s Joint will be located at 218 South 11th Street in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin Grocery Store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835, or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. The pop-up store hours are 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday. 

Church will christen Nashville’s new outdoor Ascend Amphitheater on July 30-31, making a rare second stop in Music City this year to perform two sold-out acoustic solo sets. He set a venue record in January when 18,411 fans crammed into Bridgestone Arena to catch The Outsiders World Tour, which is nearing one million tickets sold, has set five venue attendance records, and was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Tours recap in April. 

2015/07 8:29 AM
McAnally To Release AKA Nobody

Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Mac McAnally will release his self-produced performed and sung album A.K.A. Nobody on September 18.  It will be released on Mailboat Records.

The Nashville songwriter has writing credits on all but one song.  Contributors include Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson.  

“This selection of music made me stay up late and get up early for the last several years in between also working on musical projects with other artists, which I also love to do,” McAnally says. “I had the chance to give some long attention to the songs that demanded it. I’m very proud of both the work and that my fans continue to follow my little career. Small though it may be it’s one of the biggest blessings ever. I’m grateful… and to borrow one of the song titles ‘Proud To Be Alive.’”

McAnally has won numerous awards including Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards.  He has written for Chesney, Alabama, Sawyer Brown and Shenandoah.

He has been touring with Jimmy Buffet's Coral Reefer Band and will continue through December.  

2015/07 7:19 AM
Nielsen Flunks 'Let’s Make a Deal'

Paragon Media Strategies says,  Nielsen’s webinar on July 21st addressing the Voltair issue was very well done. The lab experiments Nielsen presented establish the ground rules for validly measuring a radio station’s encoded signals in the Portable People Meter (PPM) system. Yet, in the end, Nielsen is playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with radio receiving booby prizes behind all three doors.

Behind Door #1: Nielsen
said, in essence, “Voltaire doesn’t help ratings,” yet “we’re going to provide our own version soon.” It took Voltair to push Nielsen to change its encoding system of the PPM to accurately attribute what can be heard in environments with quite a bit of noise. Indeed, Nielsen’s excellent lab tests define what is audible and what is unintelligible.

Behind Door #2:
Nielsen is allowing radio operators’ continued or new use of Voltair. Nielsen’s “non-posiiton position” looks the other way as some operator may unfairly benefit from Voltaire even as Nielsen rolls out its own PPM encoding enhancements in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2016. To an outsider, it appears Nielsen is walking a fine legal line with its own clients and is choosing a safe legal harbor vs. taking a position on what is right for the ratings.

Behind Door #3:
Nielsen is openly accepting that ratings distortion is taking place on its watch. Nielsen is sanctioning operators using Voltair to gain listening credit for signals that are truly unintelligible (according to Nielsen). These are signals that Nielsen says should not be credited; i.e., this is how Voltair distorts the process. Nielsen’s own ‘Golden Ears’ experiment sent trained and untrained listeners to noisy environment to verify whether humans could or could not truly hear a radio station’s signal in those noisy environments. Voltair takes those signals that are out of bounds and sucks them directly into the PPM meters for attribution.

As a publicly traded company, I suppose that Nielsen is doing everything possible to protect its legal positions and its stock price.
They certainly chose to leave this sticky issue unresolved and open-ended, and it’s very possible they may take a different position on Voltair once they roll out their own encoder enhancements to PPM itself. The good news for Nielsen is nobody is talking about their anemic sampling anymore. Those issues still exist, by the way, behind Door #4.

2015/07 7:03 AM
The Cains Release New Music Video For Single, ‘Journey's End’

The Cains “Journey Ends” Music Video
Sibling harmony band, The Cains, have released a new music video for their single,  “Journey's End.”  Produced and directed by Fresh Films' Glenn Sweitzer, the music video is now available for viewing on The Cains'  Youtube  channel,  here .

Written by Taylor CainMadison Cain and Becki Devries, “Journey's End” is a sentimental ballad about love, family and hope. The track is currently playing On The Horizon on Sirius XM's The Highway, and is now available on  iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers. 

Of the new video, The Cains’ Taylor Cain commented"What we want to achieve in the music video for "Journey's End" is a sense of nostalgia for the viewer. No relationship is ever too far gone. No memory is ever too far out of reach. There is always hope. Just when you think you've reached your journey's end, you've only just begun!"

On July 21, the group dropped their new, self-titled EP, The Cains, which features songs co-written by the group’s own Logan, Madison and Taylor Cain, with additional writer credits, including Jaida DreyerStephony SmithBilly LawsonEd HillBecki Devries and Dave Thompson. The EP was produced and mixed by Daniel Agee, and was recorded at Nashville's Studio of Solitude.

The group recently partnered with  Bravo TV  to write and perform exclusive re-cap tracks for the network’s hit reality television show,  “Southern Charm.” The group wrote and recorded original tunes, all titled “Southern Charm,” that musically recount episodes within the series.  The “Southern Charm” music videos can be viewed on Bravo TV's website,  www.BravoTV.com here.

In March of 2015, hot off the heels of a successful radio debut and packed performances at Country Radio Seminar 2015, The Cains broke onto the U.K. Country music scene with their first international appearance at London'sCountry to Country (C2C) festival, Europe's largest and most well-attended Country music event of the year. Upon their return to the U.S., the group inked an exclusive booking agreement with Nashville’s  The Kinkead Entertainment Agency

Most recently, The Cains have announced their addition to Sasha McVeigh’s I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. The group will open for McVeigh on select dates in various clubs all over the U.K. Tickets can be purchased through www.SeeTickets.com .  
The Cains – I Stand Alone U.K. Tour Dates:
Sept. 11 – Culpepper Club – Basildon
Sept. 13 – Oran Mor – Glasgow
Sept. 15 – The Musician – Leicester
Sept. 17 – The Bullingdon – Oxford
Sept. 18 – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester
Sept. 22 – Water Rats – London

For more information on The Cains, view their website at www.TheCainsOfficial.com  and follow them on  Instagram Twitter  and Facebook .

2015/07 5:35 AM
​Sony Music CEO Doug Morris Touts Nashville up-and-comers

Doug Morris
        Doug Morris

Doug Morris , the global CEO of  Sony Music  last week threw his support behind two of the label’s up-and-coming Nashville artists, whom he played a direct role in signing to record deals.
In an exclusive interview with The Tennessean , Doug Morris predicted newcomer  Cam  would become “Nashville’s next big star,” and also touted country-rock band  Old Dominion . Morris, the 76-year-old music industry legend who oversees Sony’s record label operation, said he viewed Cam and Old Dominion as joining current superstar artists  Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood Brad Paisley  and  Garth Brooks  to provide a new foundation for the company’s country music division.

“What’s funny about the company is there’s five superstar acts and some very good artists underneath,” Morris said. “And these two new ones just make it look great. All of a sudden, there’s a shimmer to it.”
Such high praise for new artists is unusual from the head of a global record company. It's also noteworthy with the change in leadership at Sony Nashville.

Morris’s comments come on the heels of the hiring of new Sony Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman, who said in an interview after taking the job that breaking new artists would be the company’s top priority.
Regarding the hiring of Goodman, Morris said he just wants “him to do a great job and bring the company back to the place where it used to be” when Joe Galante ran the label in Nashville.

Morris made his high regard for Cam clear last year when he selected her as the artist to perform when he was honored by the  New York Songwriters Hall of Fame with the  Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award . Typically honorees at the prestigious annual event pick superstar artists, but Morris had been so impressed from an initial meeting inside his New York office that he picked Cam, who wasn’t even signed to Sony yet when he asked her to play.
“She’s going to be a big star,” Morris said. “She’s got a really lovely personality. She sparkles on stage, she’s funny. I think she’s absolutely the real deal. There’s a difference between just having a record and having the real deal.”
Cam said her initial connection with Morris played a key part in her choice to sign with Sony over other labels that made overtures. She described a meeting inside the Sony offices in New York with other executives, before it was suggested that she should meet Morris, which she had not planned to do. Cam played an acoustic version of her current single “Burning House.”
    Cam debut at Grand Ole Opry     


“They said we have to call up (to his office) and see if we can go see Doug," Cam said. “And we go over to this secret elevator and go up to Doug’s office, which was just gorgeous, he has a baby grand piano in there, and a couch. He kissed me on the cheek as I went in.

It was just me and my co-writer Anders Mouridsen on guitar and (my manager Lindsay Marias) - to save money when we play on the road we make her sing the harmony parts. The three of us are like a rag-tag team sitting in this fancy office and we sing ‘Burning House,’ just leaning over the arm of sofa kind of singing into Doug’s face. He’s closing his eyes and he starts
singing along by the second chorus, which I don’t know if that normally happens, but by the end of it he goes, ‘This is the reason why I got into the music business.’

Morris predicted that day that “Burning House” would be a hit for Cam and the song’s recent surge in popularity, thanks in part to early support from  syndicated radio show host Bobby Bones , seems to have proven Morris correct. The song has 5 million streams on  Spotify  and is surging up the radio charts.

Morris said he was really touched by Cam’s performance at the New York songwriters’ event, and proud of the progress she’s made.
Old Dominion
            Old Dominion

Nashville band Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey says fans like what the band is doing.   
While Morris’s early support for Cam has helped ignite her young career, he also played a key role in signing Old Dominion.

The band self-released an initial EP and toured heavily to build a following, while operating under the watchful eye of power player artist managers Clint Higham and Dale Morris, who is of no relation to the Sony Music CEO. The day after Doug Morris heard Old Dominion’s EP, Higham said Doug Morris called him to say he wanted to sign the band.

“And he wasn’t just excited, he was saying back lyrics to their songs,” Higham said.
Dale Morris, whose nearly 50 years in the music business include managing  Alabama and Chesney, said he appreciated the passion that the label has put into Old Dominion.

“Most of the heads of labels like that don’t have a lot to do with the acts, but every once in a while you get that special thing and it’s pretty great, and Doug is pretty good about stuff like that,” Dale Morris said.

Early into its career, Old Dominion has opened for Chesney on a stadium tour and garnered over 7.2 million streams for “Break Up With Him” on Spotify.

Morris said he likes the direction Country music is headed, calling it “the only genre that seems to be growing these days.” That’s why, he said it’s so crucial that Sony Nashville succeed.

He echoed Goodman’s belief that breaking new artists should be the Nashville label’s top goal.
“I expect (Goodman) to do a good job – simple as that,” Morris said. “Take care of the artists, be very proactive, just make sure everyone is comfortable and the artists feel like they’re getting 110 percent.”

  (Photo: of CAM Rachel Black/Grand Ole Opry) 
    (Photo: Old Dominion Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

2015/07 5:25 AM
Emmis Promotes Patrick Walsh To President/COO, Ryan Hornaday To EVP/CFO

Emmis Communications Corp. owners of Country 97.1 Hank FM,/Indianapolis and WTHI 99 The Country Station/Terre Haute and 22 other stations, promotes EVP/CFO/COO Patrick Walsh to President/COO and also has done the same to SVP/Finance and Treasurer Ryan Hornaday to EVP/CFO. Jeff Smulyan remains Chairman of the Board and CEO. In addition, the company has also upped Christopher Rickenbach to VP of Finance/Assistant Treasurer. The new appointments are effective August 1st.

Smulyan stated, “We have an outstanding team of senior leaders at Emmis. These moves are a natural evolution in our leadership process, allowing Ryan to take on additional responsibility for leading our finance team thereby enabling PAT to build on his impressive track record operating our business. We’re blessed to have a great team that makes such a difference in our performance and ability to innovate on behalf of Emmis and our industries.”

Walsh said, “Ryan is one of the most talented finance executives I’ve encountered in my career and I’m thrilled to see him take on the CFO role. In my new role, I look forward to working with my colleagues at Emmis and throughout the radio industry to find innovative ways to deliver growth in the coming years.”

Hornaday stated, “Throughout my 16 years at Emmis, I have been impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates all levels of this organization. I am excited about the opportunity to join the executive ranks at Emmis and help deliver long-term value for our shareholders and employees.”

2015/07 5:00 AM
Lew Dickey Says: Cumulus Launching Country 'American Idol,' New Label

Cumulus Media President/CEO Lew Dickey in an interview with the  New York Post , talked about how the company's forays into non-radio ventures will help it overcome sluggish over-the-air revenue. Chief among them launching NASH Next, an “American Idol” style online and on-air music competition, which would enable the company to sign the winners
to its newest record label, also called NASH Next.

Adding to its
38 Country-format NASH stations and 28 Classic Country-styled NASH ICON stations, Cumulus owns COUNTRY WEEKLY magazine and has TV partnerships with Music Choice and concert streamer Qello. Dickey also noted that Cumulus is close to consummating a merchandise deal for a new Americana-themed lifestyle brand.

Everybody is getting into everybody’s else’s business,” he told the Post, citing newspapers and TV stations that are morphing into multimedia. “You have to create multiple touch points.”

2015/07 4:55 AM
NYP Report: Will Record Labels Pull Music Videos From YouTube?

A war may break out between record labels and YouTube. According to an article in The New York Post ,  "YouTube’s exploding mobile traffic is creating a new source of friction between the world’s #1 content distributor and the music industry, numerous sources told the paper. Universal, Sony and Warner execs believe YouTube’s grip on free ad-supported music videos needs to be loosened, by supporting rival sites like Vessel and Snapchat."
The Posts report also says the labels could go as far as pulling YouTube's rights to their music videos. “They are not serious about monetizing music on behalf of creators and, as a result, music companies are realizing they have to reset the current relationship,” one senior industry source told the paper. “They are fed up with the lack of monetization,” another label source told THE POST. “When you look at how music is monetized from lowest to highest, YouTube is at the bottom.”

2015/07 4:23 AM
Moonshine Bandits' Blacked Out Lands in the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Albums Chart

Los Banos, California duo, Moonshine Bandits, land inside the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week at #13 with Blacked Out. The Bandits kick off their “Blacked Out” multi-city Tour August 5-August 28, 2015. 

The new Backroad Records' album, released July 17, has been garnering positive reviews by fans and critics alike. Fans continue to embrace
Moonshine Bandits' unique country sound as evidenced by attendance numbers at their live shows, and a corresponding increase in social media numbers (305,000 Facebook “Likes”).  In addition, this release marks a 50% increase in sales from the duo's previous album.

In celebration of the release of  Blacked OutMoonshine Bandits' Tex and Bird stopped by the local Walmart in Ceres, California for an in-store appearance. The duo met with and signed autographs for hundreds of their Shiner-Nation fans who showed up in support on Blacked Out.

The Moonshine Bandits Bird said
, "We are fired up that our CD made the Top #15  Billboard Country Albums Chart! The market for all CD sales has trended downward by 30% so for our album to trend upward is absolutely badass. This is proof that we are going to be around for a long time and how powerful our Shiner Family is, especially since we are charting next to artists that are on radio and TV daily," commented Tex. "It also proves that we don't have to change our style or conform to mainstream trends.  We did this without a million-dollar marketing budget, so this is a proud day for us and the Shiner Nation."

"Blacked Out breaks all boundaries and crosses many genres.  The other side is the Blacked Out theme portrays our go hard party lifestyle.  We make all-American drinking anthems".
Tour Dates:

Aug. 5 - DB's Steak Brew - Idaho Falls, ID 

Aug. 6 -  Pub Station - Billings, MT 
Aug. 7 - Pinnacle - Spokane, WA 
Aug. 8 - Canby, OR -   Wrangler's Western Bar
Aug. 9 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Aug. 12 - Cozmic - Eugene, OR
Aug. 13 - Revolution Concert & Event Center - Garden City, ID
Aug. 14 - Westerner - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug.  15 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
Aug. 16 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Aug. 19 - Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 20 - The Museum Club - Flagstaff, AZ
Aug. 21 - LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 23 - Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
Aug. 26 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Aug. 27 - B-Ryders, Bakersfield, CA
Aug. 28 - Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
For more information, visit  www.moonshinebandits.com . Follow the Moonshine Bandits on Twitter @moonshinebandit or Facebook at  facebook.com/moonshinebandits

2015/07 3:42 AM
Amy Wilcox Goes Behind-The-Scenes on Set of Music Video for New Summertime Single, “Summer In Slow Motion”

Amy Wilcox’s “Summer In Slow Motion” Behind The Scenes Video: 
Singer-songwriter Amy Wilcox has released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her music video for new single,  “Summer In Slow Motion.”  The behind-the-scenes video features exclusive interviews with Wilcox and fun-filled footage from the “Summer In Slow Motion” music video shoot, and is now available for viewing on Wilcox’s  YouTube  channel,  here .

Produced by Dusty Barker and directed by Justin Clough, the official music video is also available for viewing on  YouTube  and the song is available for download on  iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers.

Written by Wilcox, Lisa Goe and Jordan Schmidt, and produced by Schmidt, “Summer In Slow Motionis an upbeat party anthem about enjoying the long days of summer with friends.  

Of the new single, Wilcox commented, “Lisa, Jordan and I were all talking about how excited we were that summer was finally coming and how every year, we always say, ‘I’m really gonna make this one count,’ and then it just flies by. The idea behind ‘Summer In Slow Motion’ is that you have to do everything you can to make every second count. Do the things you truly want to do and have fun. Just remember to slow down, appreciate what you have and make every moment worth it.”  

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arlington, Va., Wilcox first moved to Music City to play Division 1 soccer at Vanderbilt University. While majoring in history and economics with a minor in communications, she topped the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a leader in shots-on-goal percentage for the Vanderbilt Commodores. 

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Wilcox took to the road to pursue music full time and began playing at bars and honky-tonks all over the U.S.  

Wilcox was also a featured cast member on A&E’s “Crazy Hearts: Nashville.” The show documented the lives of up-and-coming Nashville artists and Wilcox is featured on two tracks from the  Original Soundtrack , now releasing her highly anticipated single since coming off the show.   

For more information on Amy Wilcox, visit her official website at www.AmyWilcox.com  and follow her on  Instagram Twitter  and  Facebook .

2015/07 2:39 AM
The Kentucky Headhunters Announce 25 New Tour Dates

GRAMMY® award-winning Southern blues-rockers, The Kentucky Headhunters, have announced 25 new tour dates to wrap up the summer and bring their rowdy, high-energy shows to fans nationwide well into fall. Long considered "Southern Rock Royalty" and credited for creating a hybrid of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to listeners of both rock and Country music, The Kentucky Headhunters have tallied hits such as, "Dumas Walker," "Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine," and "Oh, Lonesome Me.”
The long-haired boys from Edmonton, Kentucky, Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin and Doug Phelps, hit the road August through December on the tails of their latest album release, Meet Me in Bluesland, which hit stores on June 2 and is a collaborative effort of previously unreleased, original material featuring late, great pianist Johnnie Johnson — a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and keyboardist for Chuck Berry. Meet Me In Bluesland showcases The Kentucky Headhunters' familiar blues influence on a whole new level, and the album has created a momentum, fueled by its No. 1 Billboard Blues Album debut and top placement on the Billboard Americana Chart, that continues to carry the group into the upcoming dates.
Touting longevity many other acts can only dream of, The Kentucky Headhunters will take their 47 years of experience on the road affording fans the chance to catch what Billboard calls, “The Great American Rock ‘N’ Roll Band,” at the following upcoming stops:
The Kentucky Headhunters – Fall 2015 Tour

8/05 Sturgis, South Dakota |  Broken Spoke Campground
8/06 Rapid City, South Dakota |  Main Street Square Concert Series
8/07 Sturgis, South Dakota |  Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
8/12 Nashville, Tennessee |  Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam
8/14 Barnum, Minnesota |  Carlton County Fair
8/19 Des Moines, Iowa |  Iowa State Fair
8/21 Miles City, Montana |  Eastern Montana Fair
8/22 Fort Pierre, South Dakota |  Bad River Music Series
8/23 Appleton, Minnesota |  Swift County Fair
8/27 Pulaski, Tennessee |  Giles County Lions Club Fair
8/29 Hamlin, West Virginia |  Heat ‘N the Hills Chilifest
8/30 Charleston, West Virginia |  L IVE on Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
9/05 Maryville, Tennessee |  The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidso n
9/06 Chillicothe, Ohio |  Ross County Fair
9/12 Arbyrd, Missouri |  Arbyrd City Park
9/19 Bardstown, Kentucky |  The Kentucky Bourbon Festival
9/25 West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma |  Cherokee Casino & Hotel
9/26 Cotter, Arkansas |  Bridge Bash 2015
10/04 Louisville, Kentucky |  Louder Than Life Music Festival
10/08 Helena, Arkansas |  King Biscuit Blues Festival
10/10 Appomattox, Virginia |  Appomattox Railroad Festival
10/17 Wyandotte, Oklahoma |  Bordertown Casino
10/23 Medina, Minnesota |  Medina Entertainment Center
11/07 Ashland, Kentucky |  Paramount Arts Center
11/13 Augusta, Georgia |  Imperial Theatre
For more information on The Kentucky Headhunters, visit kentuckyheadhunters.net  or follow them on Twitter at  @kyheads and Facebook:  facebook.com/kentuckyheadhunters .

2015/07 2:20 AM
Little Texas Announces Tour Dates

Country rockers Little Texas will hit the road in the coming months to support their latest studio album, Young For A Long Time. Since the album hit the streets in April, it's been creating a lot of buzz for the veteran group, and fans are excited about the tour.
"The songs on Young For A Long Time really reflect life in a lot of the places we visit,” said Little Texas member Duane Propes. "We're enjoying bringing this record to life onstage and listening to the reactions from both longtime fans and the new generation that are just discovering the band.”
Those journeys are what led the band to recently record “Slow Ride Home,” about the return of a fallen soldier to his Kansas hometown. The song—and the video that followed—were inspired when the band’s bus passed through miles of individuals lining the streets outside of Hayes, KS, where the soldier was from. “Slow Ride Home” was included on the band’s April 2015 release, Young For A Long Time.
Fans know Little Texas from the group’s more than 25 years of musical history, including 22 charting singles from the band’s ten albums. Little Texas reunited in 2004 after a hiatus, with original members Del Gray, Porter Howell, and Dwayne O'Brien joining Propes.
Up-to-date tour dates include stops in:
7/17/15- Fargo, ND- Windbreak Saloon
7/18/15- Sacred Heart, MN- Summerfest 30th Anniversary
7/23/15- Tooele, UT- Country Fan Fest
7/25/15- Prior Lake, MN- Mystic Lake Casino- Showroom
7/31/15- Pierre, SD- Hogwild on the River
8/1/15- Beach, ND- Home on the Range Fundraiser
8/6/15- Mannington, WV- Mannington District Fair
8/7/15- Front Royal, VA- Warren County Fair
8/8/15- Hartford, CT- Infinity Hall
8/14/15- Austin, TX- The Pavilion at Barton Creek
8/15/15- West Point, NE- Cuming County Fair
8/29/15- Cleburne, TX- Johnson County Market Square
9/5/15- Vienna, MO- Maries County Fair
9/10/15- Williston, ND- Bakken Energy Fest- Raymond
9/12/15- Arenzville, IL- Arenzville Burgoo Festival
9/18/15- Hazard, KY- Black Gold Festival
9/19/15- Fulton, KY- The Banana Festival
9/20/15- Black River Falls, WI- Ho- Chunk Gaming
9/25/15- Anderson, IN- Hoosier Park Racetrack & Casino
9/26/15- Shelbyville, IN- Indiana Grand Racing& Casino
9/29/15- Lexington, KY- Lexington Center
10/10/15- Lewisburg, TN- Goats, Music and More Festival
10/20/15- Laurel, MS- South Mississippi Fair/Magnolia
10/24/15- Bunnell, FL- Flagler County Fairgrounds With Clair Petrie
11/7/15- Wellinton, TX- Wellington Ritz Theatre
5/28/16- Roanoke, VA- Elmwood Park
With the release of Young For A Long TimeLittle Texas is poised to become more popular than ever. The new record received critical praise when it was released in April.  

For more information and to stay up to date on Little Texas and their tour, visit  littletexasonline.com

2015/07 9:41 AM
Shari Roth Leaving Valory

Shari Roth, Director/Northeast Regional Prmotion will leave Valory music Company at the end of August.  VP/Promo George Briner is looking for a Director/Northeast to succeed Roth.

Roth has been with Valory since 2012.  She previously had worked Northeast Midwest for Republic Nashville.  Get in touch with her here  .

George Briner is looking for someone with a winning attitude, passion for music, a creative mind, willingness to travle, ability to communicate with radio and the desire to win.  Send your materials to him here

2015/07 9:30 AM
Tom, Phil And Mark Entertain The Marines

(L-R):  Tom Green (Award-winning comedian), Phil Vassar and Mark Viera (Comedy Central Stand-Up Comedian) shared the stage together the evening of Friday, July 24th at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, NC.

Photo: Jay Levine

2015/07 9:24 AM
Brantley Hits The Top Spot

Congrats to Valory Music SVP/Promo George Briner and the promo team Ashley Sidoti, Shari Roth, Amy Staley, Brad Howell and Ellen Mundy on working their way to the top spot this week on Media Base Country singles chart with Brantley Gilbert's "One Hell Of An Amen."

This is Gilbert's fourth career #1 and follows "Country Must Be Country Wide," "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," and "Bottoms Up."

2015/07 8:18 AM
Jackson's Got The #1 Album

Congratulations to Alan Jackson and the UMG Nashville team for a #1 Country debut with "Angels and Alcohol."  The album sold 48,000 units in its first week out, according to Nielsen Music.

On the all-genre chart Jackson ranked #3.

2015/07 8:10 AM
Eric Church is First Headliner for Country Thunder Wisconsin 2016

Country Thunder Wisconsin came off without a hitch this past week and have already announced their first headliner for next year's event. will be performing at the festival which is scheduled for Thursday, July 21-Sunday, July 24, 2016.  Additional headliners will be announced in the coming months.

Early bird, four-day passes are available for $130 while supplies last.  For more information click here.  


2015/07 8:08 AM
Mike Kerr Leaving Community Broadcasters/Elmira NY

Mike Kerr is leaving Commmunity Broadcasters/Elmira, NY to join Entercom Top 40 WKSE, KISS 98.5/Buffalo.  He will be doing weekends.

His last day will be August 7. He has worn many hats at Community including nights on Top 40 WNKI, Wink 106; middays on Country WPGI, 100.9, The Wofl and nights on Top 40 WBDR, The Bordwer 106.7/Watertown.  

"I am very excited to be joining the team at Enterom/Buffalo for weekends on KISS 98.5.  I am so excited to join a station with such great history.  I have to thank OM Sue O'Neil for the opportunity.  My first day on the air will be August 15."

2015/07 8:02 AM
iHeartMedia Flips Richmond Big Time

iHeartMedia has flipped Talk W253b1/Glen Allen-Richmond, fed by the HD2 channel of Alternative WRXL, XL 102 to Country .  It will brand itself as "Big 98.5-Richmond's New Country" and will hit the air with 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row.

“A new generation of Richmond Country fans deserve a new Country radio station,” said IHeartMedia Richmond/Norfolk SVPP A.J. “Richmond now has a new destination for the music they love. BIG 98.5 will give our listeners a front-row seat to Country’s biggest artists and concerts.”

At this point no word on staffing.  

“We are excited to be able to provide our advertisers an audience that we have never been able to offer before,” said Regional Market Pres. Dave Carwile. “ Adding a Country music station to our now very well-rounded portfolio of stations is thrilling; six music stations, News/Talk, and Sports: iHeartMedia has something for everyone in Richmond.”

2015/07 7:53 AM
Garth's Tour #2 In Touring Revenue

Touring is big business this summer and many Country stars are in the Top 50 North American tours.  According to the trades, the top 100 tours generated a combined gross of $1.43 billlion, up 39 percent ($402 million) over 2014.  With the average ticket price at an all-time high of $76.20, the top 100 tours sold 18.8 million tickets, up nearly 23 percent (3.5 million) over last year.  The top 100 tours sold 18.8 million tickets, up near 23 percent (3.5 million) over 2014.

Country stars in the Top 50 Tours in North America were:

No. 2 Garth Brooks 79.9 gross millions
No. 4 Kenny Chesney 55.8
No. 12 Luke Bryan 25.9 
No. 15 Eric Church 24.4 
No. 25 Shania Twain 17.0
No. 28 Miranda Lambert 16.0
No. 30 Florida Georgia Line 14.9
No. 35 Jason Aldean 14.3
No. 48 Brad Paisley 10.2

See the full report here .

2015/07 6:35 AM
Sean Varicalli Goes To WQDR

Sean "Cash" Varicalli is the new midday person for WQDR/Raleigh.  He will begin Monday, August 10.  He succeeds JJ, who left the station for a position outside of radio.  Cash, most recently with CBS Radio/Detroit doing shifts for both Country WYCD nad Oldies WOMC. He was also handling afternoons for Townquare Media's Top 40 WJIM, 97.5/Lansing.

“I was looking for unique set of characteristics for this position including both a focused and playful on air sound, someone with a strong moral compass, good digital and video storytelling skills and someone who will treat our QDR listeners like they are family," said Curtis Media VP/Programming Lisa McKay.  "Sean fit the bill perfectly! Now all he has to do is make the right ACC team choice!”

2015/07 6:30 AM
Robert Ott To Receive Lonard T. Rambeau International Award

The Canadian Country Music Associaiton (CCMA) has announced that Robert Ott will receive the 2015 Leonard T. Rambeau International Award..This CCMA Award of Achievement recognizes an individual who has demonsrated extraordinary effort in assisting the aims and initiatives of the Canadian country music industry internationally.

“Robert Ott’s persistence and devotion to the acts he has worked with, along with his forward-thinking approach to music publishing, has benefited Canadian artists by putting them on a global scale and offering them new opportunities. His ability to innovate the Music Publishing model, along with his passion for the business of music, has built one of Canada’s most enduring companies. Robert’s long-time support not only of Canadian country music, but also the CCMA, is undeniable. He is an exceptionally worthy recipient of this CCMA Award of Achievement,” said Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors, Brian Hetherman.

Robert Ott is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ole, one of the world's largest independent music publishing and rights management companies.  He founded the company in 2004 and has operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.  They have a team of 100 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development nad worldwide rights management.  

Ott has over $450 million dollars in acquisitions and controls a catalogue of over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV/film music across all genres.  "I am very honoured by this recognition from my colleagues and peers in the CCMA,” said Ott. “As Canadians, we have to take our aspirations to the world in a unique way in order to be heard. That’s what makes Canadian talent so special. I look forward to many more years of supporting the CCMA and Canadian Country Music around the globe.”

ole has won the CCMA Award for Music Publishing Company of the Year for eight consecutive years (2007 – 2014), and is nominated again this year. BMG Music Publishing Canada also took home the award five times while Ott was General Manager. Ott is a five-time past President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and currently sits on the Board of Directors of CMRRA and SOCAN.

The 2015 Leonard T. Rambeau International Award will be presented to Ott during a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 10 – 13 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit ccma.org for event information


2015/07 6:28 AM
​Claire Petrie Keeps Getting Hotter

With her latest Playback single Somewhere Off The Map” already cracking the Top 20 in the U.K., Claire Petrie is heading for Nashville this weekend to do a Christmas CD, plus another video.
Also, Petrie’sYour Tall Timber Medicine Radio Showinterview will air this Saturday, August 1st at 10am CST. They will also play her songs along with the interview. Her first hit this year was “(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell” and her current hit is “Somewhere Off The Map.” You can stream and listen at www.nbrn.fm .

She’s also is set to headline the “Big Birthday Celebration for WRMZ” radio in Headland, AL in August.

2015/07 4:00 AM
Zac Brown Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with Westwood One

GRAMMY, ACM, and CMA award-winning artist Zac Brown becomes the latest music superstar to front one of Westwood One’s acclaimed holiday music specials.  Brown, leader of  Zac Brown Band , will gather some of his A-list Country friends to salute America’s workers in “Workin’ Hard Country,” a four-hour Labor Day special airing on Westwood One.
Besides songs from his band,  Zac will also play working songs including “Day Drinking”  by Little Big Town; Florida Georgia  Line’s “Round Here;”  “The Only Way I Know”  by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church; “Shiftwork” by Kenny Chesney and George Strait; Keith Urban’s  “Where the Blacktop Ends;” and  Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man” and more.   He invites several of his A-list friends--such as Kenny ChesneyFlorida Georgia Line,  Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church  and more--to join him and share stories about their pre-fame jobs and their current jobs as artists, musicians, and performers. 
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. Their latest album, JEKYLL + HYDE, marked the band's third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Together with their three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation, and their 2013 project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, the band has sold over seven million albums to date. On the radio, the band has earned a historic series of 13 #1 hit radio singles and with “Heavy Is the Head (featuring Chris Cornell), they became only the second artist to top both the country and active rock formats. That single, along with the #1 hit “Homegrown,” are from JEKYLL + HYDE.  The band’s current single, “Loving You Easy,” also from JEKYLL + HYDE, is Top 10 and climbing.  
Zac Brown Band are currently out on their largest North American Stadium Tour to date, which includes two history making performances--a first ever three-night run at Fenway Park--and the first ever concert at Coors Field. 
Stations can airWorkin’ Hard Country,” Westwood One’s Labor Day holiday special, any time Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight.
For more information, contact Donny Walker:  /Blog/  615.727.6987.
Photo: Southern Reel

2015/07 3:54 AM
WAVJ/104.9 The Wave/Princeton, KY Will Be Simulcasting WWKY/Howdy 97.7

Commonwealth Broadcasting will take the local programming of Classic Hits WAVJ/104.9 The Wave and Sports WPKY-AM/Princeton, KY off the air at the end of JULY, reports CBS affiliate  KFVS-TV/Cape Girardeau-Paducah .  WAVJ will flip to a simulcast of Country WWKY/HOWDY 97.7/Providence, KY-Evansville, IN.

Meanwhile, the AM station has gone to a simulcast of the FM side in preparation for the change and is now up for sale.

2015/07 9:28 AM
Gord Bamford Leads CCMA Nominations With Six

Even as American audiences warm to a new face
on the Country music scene, established
Canadian superstar Gord Bamford continues
to dominate in his native land.
The reigning Male
Artist of the Year also leads “2015 Canadian
Country Music Association Awards” nods.
The show airs September 13 on CBC-TV and
will be re-broadcast n CMT Canada.

Bamford is nominated for the Fans' Choice; Male Artist
of the Year; Single, Songwriter and Video of the Year

("Where A Farm Used To Be"); and Producer of the Year
("The Boom Chucka Boys Ramble"). In fact, Bamford and
his organization have 13 nominations across the CCMA's 34 categories. Voting for Fans' Choice is open now  here .

Meanwhile, Gord continues his rapid rise in the U.S., with debut single "When Your Lips Are So Close" now available at all digital music outlets. The song's radio campaign is now underway in the States, aiming at duplicating its north-of-the-border success as a gold-certified No. 1 hit.
As the single generates airplay, Bamford's U.S. launch includes opening for Reba in Bangor, Maine August 21 and for Josh Turner in Great Falls, MT on September 2. The performances precede a run of shows in the U.S. through late summer and into the fall. Limited 2014 touring earned high praise from local media outlets. National outlets are also taking notice, with Country Weekly recently proclaiming "the timing for Gord is about right" to make his run at American audiences.
Deeply committed to giving back, “Bamford's 8th Annual Charity Golf Classic” will be held August 12-13 in Lacombe. The event has raised more than $2 million for Gord's philanthropic passions - children's charities and music education.  
Learn more about the CMA's Global Artist of the Year and 19-time CCMA winner at  www.gordbamford.com .

2015/07 11:10 AM
AT&T-DirecTV Merger Approved By FCC

The FCC approves the merger of AT&T and DerecTV. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler joined Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel in the majority opinion; Republicans Mike O'Rielly and Ajit Pai concurred in part and dissented in part.

The Commission's release on the approval stated that the decision
"is based on a careful, thorough review of the record, which includes extensive economic analysis and documentary data from the applicants, as well as comments from interested parties. Based on this review, the Commission has determined that granting the application, subject to certain conditions, is in the public interest." 

The conditions on the merger include expansion of AT&T's deployment of high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations plus to E-rate eligible schools and libraries.

The merged company will be prohibited from discriminating against online video distribution services and will submit its Internet interconnection agreements for Commission 

2015/07 10:11 AM
This Week AAC Hot Tops From The Pros Features Gary Begin

This week, Gary Begin shares a short chapter from his new book: “Radio Programming and Branding—The Ultimate Podcasting and Radio Branding Guide.” It’s available on Amazon.com. Title Chapter is: “Where is my Time Spent Listening?”  Check it out here .

2015/07 9:40 AM
​Keith Urban Joins The Bobby Bones Show's ‘#ArtistToArtist’ Campaign for St. Jude

Premiere's syndicated "The Bobby Bones Show" host Bobby Bones launched an “#ArtistToArtist” campaign benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The original campaign began as a joke when Bones decided to auction off a self-portrait he painted, but after raising $3,400 for St. Jude, he decided to invite his Country music friends to paint their self-portraits to benefit the Hospital.

The first artist to join the cause is Capitol Nashville's Keith Urban. He recently called the show to accept the invitation. You can bid on Urban's self-portrait from now until Thursday, July 30th by here . You can also listen to Urban call in to the show  here .

2015/07 9:35 AM
Billboard Lists Nashville's 50 Top Power Players

Billboard has released its first lsit of Nashville Top 50 Power Players List.  

The article says that last year coutnry music accounted for $830 million (12%) of total US music sales and $397 million (15%) of touring business domestically.

The Top 10 Nashville Power Players are:Top 10 Nashville Power Players
1) Scott Borchetta, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group (right)
2) Mike Dungan, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville
3) Brian O’Connell, President, Live Nation Country
4) Coran Capshaw, Founder, Red Light Management
5) John Dickey, Executive vp content and programming, Cumulus Media
6) John Esposito, President/CEO, Warner Music Nashville
7) Jason Owen, President/CEO, Sandbox Entertainment
8) Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, Sony Nashville
9) Rob Beckham and Greg Oswald, Co-heads, Nashville office, William Morris Endeavor
10) Louis Messina, President, The Messina Group/AEG Live

For a full list go here  .

2015/07 9:32 AM
​Radio & Music Pro Ric Lippincott Needs Get Well Wishes

AllAboutCountry sends our best wishes to our great friend Ric Lippincott who is recuperating from gall bladder surgery and is now preparing for chemotherapy at Cedar Sinai Hospital, as he fights pancreatic cancer.

Click on Ric's site at  MyLifeline.org  and leave him a get well message.

2015/07 9:31 AM
​Watch Luke Bryan Attempt To Do The 'Watch Me' Dance Live On NASH Nights

Capitol Nashville's  Luke Bryan  stopped by NASH Nights Live Thursday night (7/23), as a fan asked Luke if he could do the "Watch Me" dance. NASH Nights Live Co-hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith decided to move Luke out of the studio to see if he could do the “Whip” and “NaeNae” dance moves.

Watch the video here :

2015/07 9:27 AM
The Swift ‘1989 Tour’ Is Loaded With Supermodels And Her New Clothing Line Is On The Horizon

Taylor Swift is making fashion a main item of this year’s ‘1989 Tour,’ not only with supermodels on stage, but also with plans of designing her own clothing, which will be  released next month in Asia.

Bloomberg is reporting, that Swift is teaming up with the second-largest e-commerce company in China, JD.com to offer dresses, sweatshirts, and tops designed especially for Chinese shoppers. The move comes just in time for the world tour’s swing through Shanghai in November.

JD.com is using the Swift connection to expand deeper into the apparel business, as the company is just behind China’s top e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holding, and is wooing some American brands instead of the knockoff merchandise that is often found in China’s marketplaces. The company is also designing a special area of its site devoted solely to American products.
ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

2015/07 6:50 AM
SEASAC Settles Antitrust Lawsuit

Nashville-based SESAC has settled an antitrust lawsuit from the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC), that subjected SEASAC to arbitration over its royalty rates.  This was the first time event.

The privately owned licensing company is not subject to regulatory agreements with the federal government (like ASCAP and BMI) over its licensing processes.

The two parties agreed on a settlement that will extend for 22 years and maintain license fees from commercial radio station until 2016, when they will begin to be subject to further agreements.  Final arbitration will be held in early 2017 and go on throughout the duration of the agreement.

SEASAC will pay no damages outside of paying back approximately $3.5 million in legal expenses.

Thousands of stations joined the RMLC and sued SESAC "over “anticompetitive practices in how that group licenses music” with accusations of being “a cartel that has illegally monopolized an essential repertory of copyrighted music.”

SEASAC says the settlement will give its management the ability to pursue the company's strategy under its new leadership team of a simplified and more efficient, multi right, multi-territory licensing model utilizing an ongoing focus on information technology and data science to meet the developing needs of music users, distributors, writers, composers, publishers and other stakeholders.

2015/07 5:35 AM
New Music Confab Set For Charleston SC

The New Music Confab will be held from August 27-29 at the Charleston Music Hall and The Music Farm.  It attracts new artists as well as managers, agents, record label execs, publishers, radio, TV and media professionals who will network with developing artists, as well as students who are focusing on careers in the music industry.
The 10 panels will be held covering various topics.  For more information go to www.newmusicconfab.com/schedule/.
Early VIP registration through July 31 is $75 with a standard registration badge thereafter priced at $100.  Showcase only and student badges are available for $50.  Individual showcase tickets are just $12 in advance and $16 at the door the day of the show.  For registration badges and showcase tickets go to www.NewMusicConfab.com.

2015/07 11:24 AM
What's Up With Labels and UTube?

According to the New York Post, battlelines are about to be drawn between labels and YouTube.  

The publication reports, "YouTube's exploding mobile traffic is creating a new source of friction between the world’s #1 content distributor and the music industry, numerous sources told The Post. Universal, Sony and Warner execs believe You Tube's grip on free ad-supported music videos needs to be loosened -- by supporting rival sites like Vesseland Snapchat.."

The labels may even go so far to pull YouTube's rights to their music videos.  

“They are not serious about monetizing music on behalf of creators and, as a result, music companies are realizing they have to reset the current relationship,” one senior industry source told the paper. “They are fed up with the lack of monetization,” another label source told The Post. “When you look at how music is monetized from lowest to highest, YouTube is at the bottom.”

2015/07 9:30 AM
More on Voltair Webinar

Harker Research and their clients are still not happy with what the heard ad saw during the Nielsen webinar on Voltair and the PPM.  In a posting on its Research Insights blog, Managing Partner Glenda Shrader Bos said that the conclusions drawn--that it doesn't support Voltair, although it does "gain and extend codes" and "increases crackles and pops and can impact quality for listeners," plus it believes in PPM's accuracy, even thought it's improving the PPM to supposdely do what Voltair does.  

Bos wrote "So the 'first' story from Nielsen is that Voltair extends codes and gain---making them audible, but Nielsen is now going to increase the codes and gain, but keep the code inaudible.  We need to 'trust' that this will happen.

The bottom line by Harker and Bos is that "We applaud Nielsen for telling us more than the old Arbitron Webinars, however according to our clients who watched the webinar, they saw a presentation that left them with more questions than answers."

2015/07 9:01 AM
Justin Case Looking for Morning Team

PD Justin Case is looking for a morning team for KFDI/Wichita, KS.  They will replace morning team Brian and Kellie when they leave next week.  

JJ Hayes will cover mornings in the interim iwth the interim with the opportunity to keep the shift.  

According to Case, the opening can be for a morning team or for a co-host and an afternoon personality. Anyone wanting to work for KFDI should apply.  Send materials to him here

2015/07 8:54 AM
Johnson & Johnson Join Cumulus

Former CBS Radio Country KMPS/Seattle morning show team Johnson & Johnson have joined Cumulus Country KUBL/KBull 93, Salt Lake City.  They will be doing mornings beginning Monday, July 27.  This is a return to KUBL for Tommy and Joe Johnson.  They joined the station in 1997 when it was owned by Citadel.

"Johnson & Johnson" spent 14 years there before exiting in January 2011. The duo joined CBS Radio Country KMPS/Seattle in October 2011 and  remained there until exiting last month.

"'Johnson & Johnson" played a huge part in building the KBull 93 brand during their 14-year reign and we’re excited to welcome them back home to Salt Lake City," said KUBL PD Shawn Stevens. "We’re looking forward to having more “Big Fun in the Morning” with 'Johnson & Johnson!”

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