2014/09 7:37 AM
Thanks, Chili's!

Chili's Grill and Bar will donate 100% of the profits they make on Monday (9/22) to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

The "Donate Profits Day" is part of Chili's "More Hope Campaign" for St. Jude that they run every year. They have been running the event in September since 2004. At this point over $51 million for St. Jude.

2014/09 9:33 AM
Luke Brings Friends On Farm Tour 2014

Luke Bryan kicks off his "Farm Tour 2014" on October 1 in Knoxville, TN and will be bringing along several friends including Cole Swindell, The Peach Pickers, Chancie Neal and DJ Rock. 

Tickets are available through his website and VIP experiences are also available. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go to a local college students as a scholarship. The student must come from a farming family within the communities along the route. 

 For more info go to www.LukeBryan.com.

2014/09 9:26 AM
Andy Elliott New Director/National Promo at Arista Nashville

Andy Elliott, former Arista Nashville Manager/Regional Promotion has been promoted to Director/National Promotion. He will begin his new position on September 22. 

Andy has been an amazing part of the Arista family since he joined our team in 2011,” said VP/Promotion Lesly Tyson. “His 18 years as a PD, coupled with his innate leadership ability and respect in the radio and record communities, make him the perfect person to help lead Arista Nashville in the years to come. I am so proud to promote him to the role as one of our Co-National Dirs.” 

 He has been with the label since 2011. Prior to that we worked with New Revolution. He worked in radio at KHKI/KJJY/Des Moines for 18 years. 

“What a thrill and an honor,” said Elliott. “I want to thank Lesly Tyson for her faith in me. I love working with this amazing team and our unmatched roster of artists.” 

Get in touch with him here.

2014/09 9:09 AM
Angie Coonrod New Dir/NE Promo for Republic Nashville

Angie Coonrod, Executibe Asst. to President and BMLG EVP Jimmy Harnen is the new Director/Northeast Promotion. She takes the place of Cliff Blake who will be leaving at the end of the month. 

 Coonrod has spent more than 14 years in the Pharmaceutical industry. She has been with the label for three years and can be reached at 615-324-7904 or here.

2014/09 8:20 AM
"Big Stew" Sawyers New OM for Townsquare

"Big Stew" Sawyers is the new OM at Townsquare Media/Tyler-Longview, TX.

Sawyers will handle progrmaming for KNUE.  He takes the place of Scott Gaines who left last year.

"I am excited to join the Townsquare Media family and a great cluster of radio station in East Texas," said Sawyers.  "The people in and out of the station are great, and the products they put on the air are already top notch. The team they have assembled there is very talented and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of them.  No chance of me becoming a Longhorn, however.  Go Gators!" 

Sawyers has worked at WWKA/Orlando, Univeristy of Florida's WRUF/Gainesville, FL and WBAM/Montgomery.

Get in touch with him here .



2014/09 8:16 AM
Jessica Reeves Joins Makiin' Music and Foremost Records

Jessica Reeves, Girlilla Marketing intern and recent MTSU graduate has joined Makin' Music and Foremost Records. She will be National Head/Promotion and Marketing. She takes the place of Zack Nachman who has left. 

 Get in touch with her here.

2014/09 10:49 AM
Justine Paige Joins WBEE

Justine Paige, formerly with WBZA, 98.9 The Buzz has joined sister station WBEE/Rochester for middays. This marks a return to the station. She previously did nights in 2012 for the station. 

She replaces Jesse Jordan. Get in touch with her here 

2014/09 10:12 AM
Lee Brice Dances To #1

Congrats to the entire promo team at Curb and Lee Brice as his "I Don't Dance" album is the #1 Country album debut this week.  It also was ranked #5 on the all-genre ranker.

The album sold 38,000 copies last week according to Nielsen Soundscan.  

2014/09 9:50 AM
Congrats to Ron Colman

Congrats to Ron Colman of iHeartMedia Country WNCO/Ashland, OH who celebrated his 30th year on the air yesterday hosting "Colman in the Morning." He was attending an Oak Ridge Boys when the concert stopped to present a radio station 30 Year award to Colman

He wrote on Facebook "… I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for listening each morning over these last 30 years. And thanks to (Market Manager) Margie Tasseff, (Regional Director of Programming), Keith Kennedy, Ashland County Fair manager Steve Englet,Kathy Christian,Gene Davis and the rest of the radio station staff, my adorable redhead (who kept the secret) and the man who put it all together, Matt Appleby. It is a night I will never forget.” Check out photos on the website here

2014/09 9:30 AM
RADAR Quarterly Report Released

Nielsen released the RADAR (Radio's All Dimension Audience Research)September 2014 report and it shows that the audience hearing a network radio commercial during an average week stayed consisten at 180.4 American's 12+. That translates to nearly 70% of Americans aged 12+ hear these spots. 

In the top 25 DMAs network radio reached 93.8 million listeners almost 70 percent of the 12+ population in those markets. 

For more information go to www.nielsen.com.

2014/09 8:59 AM
Ron Bee Battling Leukemia

The family of Ron Bee, former morning co-host of WBBS/Syracuse are asking for help to help pay for medical costs due to his battle with an aggressive form of Leukemia. 

Bee had medical complications due to a 2007 automobile accident that damaged his spine and required surgery. Bee then lost his voice and retired to Phoenix. Last February started his latest setback. 

 Contributions can be made at GOFUNDME here.

2014/09 8:48 AM
WRTB/Rockford, IL Looking For Programming/Brand Mgr.

Mid-West Family's WRTB/Rockford, IL is looking for a Programming/Brand Manager. The station flipped from Adult Hits in February. According to GM Mike Paterson that isn't going to change soon. 

The right candidate will have experience with Selector, have the ability to write, create and produce imaging and be a strategic and tactical planner. 

"Be ready to discuss your wins and failures," Paterson says. "If you haven't failed, you haven't been trying hard enough." 

 No airchecks needed; resumes to Paterson here.

2014/09 8:39 AM
More News On iHeartMedia

To celebrate the name change of Clear Channel to iHeartMedia, New York's Empire State Building will change from "Clear Channel blue" to iHeartRadio red" today at 9 p.m. ET. 

According to Bob Pittman the change reflects the company becoming a "one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company with unparalleled reach and support." He adds, "iHeartMedia was created by the strongest broadcast radio stations in the country, and we will continue to build this company the same way on the country's strongest radio stations." 

 Pittman also told the LA Times that the new name is "a recognition of who we really are today and the transformation this company has made. We have a company that's doing progressive stuff, and yet we're named after AM radio stations." 

 Clearchannel.com email addresses will still work but they will be redirected to @iHeartmedia.com addresses.

2014/09 8:23 AM
Eli Young Plays For First Nash Country Under The Stars

The first annual "Nash Country Under The Stars" concert was held last Saturday (9/13) for WRKN, Nash 92.3/New Orleans. The event was attended by more than 6,000 listeners.

"What a great way for Nash-FM 92.3 to introduce itself to the Country music fans here in Southeast Louisiana!" stated NASH-FM 92.3 PD Ray Mariner. "Watching thousands of our listeners singing and dancing with Eli Young Band was amazing. I can't wait to announce our next big event!"

2014/09 5:18 AM
Kenny Hits 25th #1

 Columbia Nashville's Norbert Nix, VP/Promotion, David Friedman and RJ Meacham as well as the entire promo team as Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" hits #1 this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart. 

 This is Kenny's 25th time at #1 of the chart. "Come Over" went to the top in  August 2012.

2014/09 5:09 AM
Clear Channel Becomes iHeart Media

Clear Channel is the new iHeartMedia. The new name reflects "the company's company's success in becoming a one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company with unparalleled reach and impact." 

The company includes a range of media businesses including 859 radio stations in over 150 markets, iHeartMedia Digital with 90 million digital monthly uniques, Premiere Networks syndicating 90 radio programs and services to more than 5600 radio affiliates, the total Traffic and Weather Network, 20,000 live music events (all generating interest on social media platforms) and related companies including Katz Media Group and Clear Channel Outdoor. 

"iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices," said Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. "We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence -- more than 60% of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30% for other mobile devices -- and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises. Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor's reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it¹s clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms." 

 Effective today (9/16) CC Media Holdings Inc will become iHeart Media, Inc. The ticker symbol will change effective September 17. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will become iHeartMedia. Other brands will retain their current names.

2014/09 10:54 AM
Justin Wittmayer Joins Cumulus/San Fran

Justin Wittmayer, former CC/Miami VP/Sales is now with Cumulus in San Francisco as VP/MM. He will oversee Country KSJO, Nash FM/San Jose. He replaces Steve Sklenar who left in June.

Wittmayer
is from the San Francisco area and has worked in management at CC/San Francisco and San Jose as well as CBS/San Jose.

2014/09 9:49 AM
Gosselin Heads To San Antonio


Don Gosselin,
former CC New Orleans OM and WNOE PD has joined CC's San Antonio cluster. He will now be PD of KAJA and Classic Contry KRPT. He takes the palce of Travis Moon who left to join St. Jude in April. 

 KAJA MD Bree Wagner is now APD/MD of both stations. Her first day is September 29. Get in touch with Gosselin here and Wagner here.

2014/09 8:00 AM
Jonathan West Joins WWJO

Jonathan West, former KZPK/St. Cloud, MN Director/Imaging and afternoon personality has joined Townsquare's WWJO. He will be doing afternoons. He takes the place of Jen Jacobs who left last month to take a reporter position with CBS Radio WCCO-A/Minneapolis. 

West has been with WZPK six months ago and has also worked at KCYE/Las Vegas and KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO.

 KZPK PD JJ Holiday is looking for a replacement for West.  Send your information here.  

Get in touch with Westhere.

2014/09 8:23 PM
Carson Joins WPGB/Pittsburgh

Top 40 WDCG/Raleigh afternoon personality Carson (left) has joined recently launched WPGB, Big 104.7/Pittsburgh. She will be doing middays. 

JD Greene, PD reports that nights will now be voice-tracked by Brody, WFLZ/Tampa's (Top 40)night talent. Both are slated to start Monday (9/15).

2014/09 12:15 AM
Congrats KKBQ and KCYY

Congrats to KKBQ/Houston and KCYY/San Antonio as they were honored Major Market Station and Country Station of the Year at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show in Indianapolis. 

 Get in touch with KKBQ PD Johnny Chiang  here and KCYY PD Jeff Garrison here.

2014/09 12:28 PM
KXKW "Mustang"/Lafayette, LA Adds Simulcast

Delta Media's KXKW, Mustang/Lafayette, LA is now simulcasting on KOGM. 

"Mustang's weakness has been the frequency," says OM/PD/morning host Erik Tobias. "At 87.7 FM, most new car and home radios cannot tune the station. Because of the popularity of the station and a steady rise of digital and streaming numbers, we decided to simulcast on 107.1 to better serve our fans and clients." 

Stream them here . Reach Tobias here .

2014/09 12:06 PM
Music Masters Hit The NAB!

Five radio and record legends gathered in the MusicMaster suite at the NAB Fall Radio Show yesterday (9/10).

Seen here (l-r) Sean Ross (Ross On Radio), Steve Resnick (RAMP), Scott Shannon (CBS-FM/New York), Joe Knapp (MusicMaster) and Art Vuolo (Radio's Best Friend).

2014/09 11:20 AM
WODX/Rochester Flips To Country

Classic Hits WODX has gone country as of noon today (9/11). "Rochester's New Hit Country, 107.3 The Bull" is kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row. The Bobby Bones Show will be heard in mornings following the kick off and the calls may change to WNBL, pending approval. 

Rich Lauber, Clear Channel RPM and WBBS/Syracuse OM/PD says a permanent PD has not been named.

Listen to the Bull here.

2014/09 9:57 AM
Lane Goes to KHGE, 102.7 The Wolf

Greg Lane, former KSKS/Fresno evening talent will be headed crosstown to KHGE, 102.7 The Wolf to do middays tomorrow (9/11). He will be replacing Billy Greenwood, Premium Choice talent. After 22 years Greenwood left in January when the station was acquired by Cumulus and "Nash Nights Live" was put on the air.

Get in touch with Lane here.

2014/09 9:34 AM
Mike Wilson Upped At Black River

Mike Wilson, Director/National Promotion for Black River Entertainment has been promoted to VP/Promotion effective immediately. Bill Macky will remain as Sr. Director/National Promotion and Strategy. 

"We relentlessly pursue excellence,” stated BRE CEO Gordon Kerr. “In doing so, we are continually identifying the strengths of our staff and providing them opportunities to grow, both individually and as a company.” 

Wilson's career includes stops at RCA, Universal South and Streamsound. Get in touch here.

2014/09 9:04 AM
Tim Closson and Todd Alan Join Westwood One

Tim Closson and Todd Alan have joined Westwood One. The industry vets will be working in the affiliate sales team. Closson will be responsible for developing syndicated partnerships for WW1 offerings including Nash Nights Live, Kickin' It With Kix, Nash Icon, American Country Countdown and Country Countdown USA . Closson's experience includes time with Time Warner Cable Media/Cincinnati and Chancellor Broadcasting where he was VP/Country Programming. 

 Alan most recently was with Focus 360. He did spend more than a decade with Westwood One and worked his way up to VP/Affiliate Sales and Programming and will now be working for the The Bob & Tom Show, Pop Crush Hosted By Billy Bush , Nights Live With Adam Bomb and Flashback , among others

2014/09 8:26 AM
30 Under 30 Named

Edison Research has put out their 2014 edition of "30 Under 30" list of those who they believe are the next young men and women “to represent the next generation of radio and audio.” 

Country radio had two representatives namely "Taste of Country Nights" host Sam Alex and KSD/St. Louis afternoon co-host Remy

 Alex began his radio career in Chicago at WLIT when he was in high school. He has since been a morning show Producer and weekend personality at WMZQ/Washington. He has also owrked at AC WRRM/Cincinnati and Top 40 WBWB/Bloomington, IN.

2014/09 8:11 AM
Academy of Country Music Hosts 8th Annual ACM Honors

The Academy of Country Music hosted the "8th Annual ACM Honors" last night at the Ryman. The event recognizes special honorees and off-camera category winners from the "49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards." 

Performances included a song by Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Hillary Scott performing "Merry Go Round," "Tie It Up," and "Downtown" as a tribute to Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally. 

 Hunter Hayes sang "I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World" as a tribute to Ronnie Milsap. Milsap received the Career Achievement Awards. Toby Keith also shared that award. 

 Tony Joe White sang "Polk Salad Annie" and Brenda Lee gave the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to the family of the late Bob Beckham. 

Other awards were given for the winners in the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award categories. Both Dierks Bentley and Dwight Yoakum sang a tribute to Buck Owens as he was posthumously given the Poet's Award along with Jack Clement, Dean Dillon and Kirs Kristofferson

The Oak Ridge Boys were on hand to sing "Elvira" and they dedicated it to Mae Boren Axton Award recipient Paul Moore.Carrie Underwood was given the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award and the Swon Brothers sang "See You Again" and "Wasted" in honor of her. 

 For a full list of winners go here www.ACMCountry.com.

2014/09 8:56 AM
Eric Church To Hold Benefit For Grammy Foundation

Eric Church will be holding a benefit concert for The Grammy Foundation on Wednesday, October 8 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI. The concert "An Evening with Eric Church" will include a full band concert and no opening act. 

The Grammy Foundation cultivates understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to the culture in America. They try to instill this through various programs and activities that include the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. General admission tickets and a limited number of VIP tickets will be available. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m. For more information go to ericchurch.com.

2014/09 8:53 AM
Lady A Takes #1 Again


Congrats again to UMG Nashville's SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and the Capitol Nashville promo team for their #1 again with Lady A's "Bartender" on Mediabase Country Singles chart. This is their second week in a row at the top spot. 

 The single is the first release off their "747" album releasing September 30.

2014/09 8:42 AM
Nikki Montgomery Moves Up At Midwest

Midwest Communication/Wausau, WI promoted Nikki Montgomery from Asst. Brand Manager and Country WDEZ to Brand Manager of sister Rock WOZZ. 
 
"Nikki has done a great job at WDEZ," said OM Derek Moran. "She is very deserving of her first Brand Manager position and will do a great job continuing Rock's recent success." 
 
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to take on my first Brand Manager position!," said Montgomery. "I'm passionate about the Active Rock format and the Rock 94.7 brand. A big thank you to VP/Programming Jeff McCarthy, Market Manager Brett Lucht and Operations Manager Derek Moran for the chance to take Rock 94.7 to the next level."

2014/09 8:33 AM
Kenton "KT" Kelley Joins KQBR/Lubbock, TX

Radio vet Kenton "KT" Kelley has joined Townsquare's KQBR/Lubbock, TX. They have recently rebranded as "Lonestar 99.5." 

Kelly will be the Director of Production and afternoon personality. He takes the place of Jerry Brownlow who has retired. In the afternoons Kelley will take the place of the syndicated "Radio Texas Live With Buddy Logan" which will still be heard on Saturday nights. His background includes working Top 40 and has worked for Clear Channel and Citadel. 

 Get in touch with him here .

2014/09 8:13 AM
The Bull's In Biloxi

Alpha Media Sports WUJM/Biloxi MS flipped to Country last Friday and is now known as "96.7 The Bull, Gulf Coast's New Hit Country. Future plans call for a call letter change to WGBL. 

The station is promising 10,000 commercial free songs in a row and started with Kenny Chesney's "American Kids." Former afternoon personality on KUPL/Portland Mark (TicTak) Allen will be the new PD. 

“Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent,” said Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahalick. 

 TicTak's resume includes stops in Chicago, New York and Detroit. 

“We are extremely excited to launch “The New 96.7 The Bull” on The Gulf Coast and add New Country to our cluster of great stations,” said Biloxi OM Kenny Vest. “I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station's new PD. His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of The Bull brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”

2014/09 8:06 AM
Figueroa To Assume Exec Producer Role

Rumors are circulating that former WWKA/Orlando's morning personality Ashley Figueroa will take over as Executive Producer for "America's Morning Show" (AMS) hosted by Blair Garner. Figueroa will also be on-air with the show. 

Ian Zak and Heather McBee were doing the Exec Producer duties. They left last week. Figueroa has been acting as off-air support for AMS since she joined last March. 

Get in touch with Figueroa here.

2014/09 7:22 AM
Drew Williams Joins KNDE-HD4/College Station, TX

Today (9/8) is the first day doing afternoons for Drew Williams  first day doing afternoons for  Bryan's KNDE-HD4/College Station, TX. The station kicked off two weeks ago and is also heard via FM translator K274CM. 

Williams' resume includes Top 40 WKMX/Dothan, AL.

2014/09 9:59 AM
Garth Emerges In Chicago

Garth staged his comeback concert last night to 20,000 fans at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL (Chicago). He played his familiar favorites including including “The Dance,” “Friends In Low Places,” “The River,” “Ain’t Going Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up,” “Calling Baton Rouge,” as well as a few newer songs, including “Man Against Machine,” and his current single, “People Loving People.” 

Trisha Yearwood was also on the bill and came out halfway trough the show for a duet of "In Another's Eyes" and "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," "How Do I Live," "Wrong Side of Memphis," and her latest "Prizefighter. 

Karyn Rochelle, singer/songwriter opened the show. She has written songs for Kellie Pickler including "I Wonder," "Don't You Know You're Beautiful," "Red High Heels" and Yearwood's "Georgia To," and "Cowboys Are My Weakness." Rochelle will be coming with her self-titled album September 2. It will be available on iTunes.

Photo: Bev Moser/Moment By Moser

2014/09 8:57 AM
Hollingsworth Goes to Nashville Chamber

Bradford Hollingsworth former Country Radio Broadcasters Director/Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships is now Director of Sponsorships for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

He can be reached at /Blog/. His mailing address i 211 Commerce St., Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37201 and phone is 615-743-3114615-743-3114.

2014/09 8:50 AM
Journal and Scripps Get OK From FCC

The merger between Journal and Scripps got some good news from the FTC this week. They were issued an early termination notice of the Hart-Scott-Rodino anti-trust review and were given the permission to move forward with the merger. 

Both companies hope to merge. The print entities  will go to Journal and broadcast to Scripps. They still have to pass FCC approval.

2014/09 8:46 AM
WEBL/WUMY-A/Memphis Looking For Talent

Mighty Media's WEBL and WUMY-AM/Memphis has openings for full and part time talent. To qualify for the full time position you must have five years experience and three years for the part time position. Part time help must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays. 

Interested? Send airchecks and resumes here.

2014/09 8:00 AM
KBUL/Reno Looking For Morning Co-Host

Cumulus' KBUL/Reno, NV is looking for a morning co-host to work with host Bob Richards. This person will replace Tanner who left recently. 

 "If you’re ready to join a station with a long tradition of serving the community and winning, we want to hear from you," says PD Derek Gunn

Airchecks and resumes here . 

2014/09 7:57 AM
WYCT/Pensacola Looking For Midday Talent

ADX's WYCT/Pensacola, FL is looking for a midday talent.  This person will replace Kevin King who is now OM/PD.  
 
If interested send your aircheck and resumes here

2014/09 5:14 AM
Grand Ole Opry Presents 25th Anniversary of Country Cares

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids in a show on September 23, 2014. Performers will include The Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Paslay, The Opry debut of Maddie and Tae and Brad Paisley who will close the show with a 30-minute set of his latest music from his newest CD Monshine in the Trunk

 The show will be a tribute to the 25 years of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales will go to Country Cares for St. Judes. Packages are available that include Opry tickets and the new Paisley CD. Tickets are available at opry.com or by calling 800-SEE-OPRY800-SEE-OPRY

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989 after Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama met Danny Thomas. Since its inception Country Cares has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation. Money raised helps families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food while they are worried about keeping their child alive.

2014/09 10:22 AM
Garth Launches New Digital Music Service

Garth Brooks has made his announcement about the release of his music digitally and ITunes will not be handling his business. Brooks has founded GhostTunes, a full-service music store that allows listeners the ability to listen to listen on any platform or device they choose. He will release his full catalog including music and videos as well as pre-orders for his 2014 and recently announced 2015 upcoming album ($29.99) on GhostTunes.

Through GhostTunes artists will be able to control the release of their own music. Brooks will offer a mega-bundle, including all of his eight studio album with full digital updates, a new "Double Live 25th Anniversary Edition" featuring 30 songs and 30 videos and an instant download for his new single "People Loving People." A bonus track and other songs from his upcoming album will arrive in the listener's "locker" as the tunes become available prior to the release on Friday, November 28.

"When I decided to 'go digital' I didn't find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it," stated BROOKS. "I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special -- GhostTunes. This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect, where our job every day is to offer music the way the artists want to share it to the listeners who live for and love it. That's a job I hope I can do every day."

The concept of the "locker" is new and will allow users to listen to music without downloading to a device. Purchases can be downloaded to a phone, tablet or computer and will interact with the player of the listener's choice. Artists will now be able to present music to fans in the way they would like whether it be a full album, singles only are a variation. Artists of various genres will be able to make music available besides Brooks between now and the holidays.

In addition, GhostTunes will offer a catalog of songs from the larger labels including UMG, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

Visit www.GhostTunes.com for additional information.

2014/09 10:17 AM
Cumulus Restructures Leadership Positions

Cumulus has announced a new leadership structure to "Enhance the company's strategic and operational focus an leveral its business platform." This follows the integration of Citadel and Westwood One. 

Both the Co-COO positions will be eliminated.  They were held by Jon Pinch and John DickeyPinch will leave the company in November. 

Newly created positions will report to Chairman/CEO Lew Dickey. The new positions are:

EVP/Radio-TBD. This position will provide day-to-day operations nad stretgic leadership to Cumulus' radio stations.

EVP Content/Programming-John Dickey who will focus on developing and maximizing content and programming across Cumulus stations, The Westwood One network and other media platforms including Nash and Rdio.

President/Westwood One-Steve Shaw who will oversee all national and digital sales for both Westwood One, Cumulus stations and Rdio.

"Our vision has been to build the radio company of the future and that is exactly what we are achieving," says Lew Dickey. "Towards that end, we have strategically broadened the Company's scope and now have in place differentiated distribution channels and multiple content development platforms. To accelerate our plans, we are putting in place a new organizational structure to reflect the Company's strategic evolution, bringing clarity, focus and accountability to key leadership roles in both our station and network groups."

 

2014/09 10:12 AM
Promotions Announced at KEEY, K102/Minneapolis

Gregg Swedberg, VP/Programming at CC/Minneapolis has announced that KEEY, K102 Digital PD Jason Moffett will now serve as APD and Director of Promotions Kia Becht will sit in the MD seat. They will add these new responsibilities while holding on to their previous positions.

 The promotions were prompted by the move of JD Greene to WPGB, Big 104.7/Pittsburgh where he will serve as PD.

“With JD Greene's departure and ascension into Pittsburgh programming brilliance, we need to make sure we’re able to keep our communications with Nashville and the music community up to date,” said Swedberg.Jason and Kia will split Nashville down the middle, and each has a roster of labels that they will be dealing with and talking to every week. We’ll let the labels know who their contact will be, and of course, I’ll still be dealing with as many of our long-time friends as I can.”

Moffett and Becht will add the new responsibilities to their current jobs. Get in touch with Moffett here and Becht here .

2014/09 9:09 AM
ACM Adds Performers

The ACM has announced they have added performers for the 8th Annual ACM Honros to be held on Tuesday, September 9. Jake Owen, Tony Joe White, Billly Burnette and The Swon Brothers will be joining previously announced performers Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and others. 

The show will take place at the Ryman Auditorium and Nashville and tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

2014/09 9:01 AM
Moonshine Goes to #1

Sometimes leaks are a great thing!  Just ask Brad Paisley.

His much tweeted and talked about new CD "Moonshine In The Trunk" is #1 on the Country album chart after selling more than 53,000 the first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Paisley's not new to the #1 spot as he's had four consecutive #1 Country album debuts since 2009 when he came with "American Saturday Night." The album came in #2 on the all-genre chart this week behind Ariana Grande's "My Everything." 

 Congrats to Paisley and the Arista Nashville team.

2014/09 8:56 AM
Paul Johnson Leaves WFLS

GM of WFLS/Fredericksburg, VA, Paul Johnson has left for another opportunity. He has been overseeing the four-station cluster including WFLS since December. 

 He also served as OM/PD/midday personality prior to the GM position. His last day will be September 12. No word on where he is headed. Reach him here. At this point there is no word on replacing him.

2014/09 8:51 AM
Phil Vassar Signs With PLA

PLA Media has signed Phil Vassar and will handle all public relations and marketing for him. Vassar is best known for his songwriting and has written songs such as Tim McGraw's "My Next 30 Years," Alan Jackson's "Right On the Money," Jo Dee Messina's "Bye-Bye" and I'm Alright" and many more. 

He is also an artist in his own right and his songs "In A Real Love and "Just Another Day In Paradise" have made it to the top of the charts.  

For more information go to www.PhilVassar.com.

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