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Bobby Wild
Morning Host   Steckline Communications
Teresa Williams
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Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter
Justin Brown
WWQM Afternoons/Imaging   Mid-West Family Broadcasting




2014/08 1:29 PM
MIke Scott Goes To WWFW/Ft. Wayne

Mike Scott is headed to AC WWFW, Soft Rock 103.9/Ft. Wayne. He will be doing morning drive. He has over thirty years of experience and most recently was PD/afternoons for WNNF, Nash FM 94.1/Cincinnati. 

"My thanks to Ron Stone and Rob Mack for this opportunity to be a part of this new team in Fort Wayne. I am looking forward to waking up Ft. Wayne on the new Soft Rock 103-9 and helping to move the Fort Wayne community and our great company forward. I can't wait to start on September 15th!"

2014/08 8:39 AM
Little Big Town Joins Darius for CMA Announcements

On Wednesday, September 3 Darius Rucker will be joined by Little Big Town to announce the nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC TV's Good Morning America. 

"We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," said Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman.  

"The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking forward to unveiling all of the nominees with our buddy Darius." 

Following the announcement at 10 a.m. (ET) Little Big Town and Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for "Personality and Radio Station of the Year" in four categories. 

They will also be announcing the finalists for the CMA "National Broadcast Personality of the Year." That night the CMA Songwriters Series will take place at the Best Buy Theater and Rucker along with songwriters Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford, Luke Laird and series host Bob Dipiero for an in-the-round presentation of their songs. 

2014/08 8:34 AM
Core Moderators Announced For CRS 2015

Core panel moderators for CRS 2015 have been announced. They include Journal Broadcast Group VP/Programming Beverlee Brannigan, RAB/New York President/CEO Erica Farber, Falls Media Group's Dan Hayburton, Country Aircheck Editor/Publisher Lon Helton and radio vet Gregg Lindahl. 

The core moderators will oversee and direct the bulk of the educational panels throughout the seminar. 

"Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years,” stated CRS Executive Dir. Bill Mayne. “These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees!"


 CRS will be held Wednesday, Febraury 25-Friday February 27 at the Nashville Convention Cneter. For more information go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

2014/08 9:34 AM
Lance Houston Headed to WBWL, 101.7 The Bull

Programming vet Lance Houston is moving from CC's WPOC/Baltimore to PD of the newly launched WBWL, 1010.7 The Bull/Boston. Lance will also be doing middays. 

 “101.7 The Bull has found its visionary! Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist and successful on-air talent,” said CCM+E/Boston VP/Programming Dyland Sprague. “His vision, creativity, positive attitude and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.” 

 Lance's resume includes six years as APD and PM Drive at WUBL/Atlanta. He has also worked as PD of WBAM/Montgomery, AL and WYGC/Gainesville, FL. He began his career in 1995 at CC's WTXT/Tuscaloosa, AL. 

“I am excited to be back riding the Bull," said Lance. “I’m ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle, much like we did successfully in Atlanta. America's greatest city deserves a young and hip Country station.” 

 Get in touch with him here.

2014/08 8:55 AM
CC/Jacksonville Looking for Digital PD

Clear Channel/Jacksonville including Country WQIK, is looking for a Digital PD for the cluster. This person will also be responsible for the afternoon shift on WKSL (Top 40). The position was held by Bryan LaRoche who is leaving.

The right candidate will have two years experience on-air and digital experience. They must be proficient with HTML, CSS, Javascript and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Apply here. 

2014/08 8:44 AM
ASCAP Hosts ASCAP Music City Retreat

ASCAP's Nashville office recently held a retreat for songwriters of all genres to provide an intimate and focused setting for songs to be created and to build bonds and friendships between songwriters. Songwriters were hand picked by the ASCAP staff and came from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and across the country to participate. 

 Songwriter-artist participants included Mike Gossin of Gloriana, Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three, Love and Theft, Mickey G. Priscilla, Dan+Shay and David Nail. 

Music songwriters included Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brett James, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, as well as songwriter-producers Chris DeStefano and Jimmy Robbins. 

Those in the pop field included AC, DJ Whiteshadow, Robopop and Kyle Shearer.

These songwriters have written hits for a diverse group of artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lana Del Ray, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and more.

Pictured above (l-r): Evan Trindl of ASCAP, Dan+Shay's Dan Smyers, Brett James, Dan+Shay's Say Mooney, Robopop and Ryan Beuschel of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Photo: Ed Rode




2014/08 8:25 AM
Rick Andrews Leaves Townsquare/Amarillo

Rick Andrews, Townsquare's Amarillo OM and PD for AC KMXJ and Adult Hits KPRF and also oversaw Country KATP has left after seven years. He is looking for his next opportunity. Andrews has 30 plus years in the business and has held numerous programming positions and worked multiple formats. 

Cities worked include Bangor, ME, Albuquerque and San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time with Townsquare he launched KATP and KWFS/Wichita Falls, TX as Blake FM. 

 Get in touch with Andrews here. Bruce Sheets, Market Manager is looking for till the KMXJ and KPRF PD positions. You can reach him here

2014/08 8:11 AM
Dierks Still Flying High

For the second consecutive week Dierks Bentley is at the top of the Mediabase Country charts with "Drunk On A Plane." 

Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their entire team for continuing to stay on top. This is the second #1 single off his "Riser" album and Bentley's 12th career #1. The album was released this past February.

2014/08 8:01 AM
Florida Georgia Line Kick Off Georgia Florida Week

Flo rid a Georgia Line will headline the "Anything Goes Tailgate 2014" to kick off Georgia-Florida weekend. The annual concert will take place at the shipyards in Jacksonville, FL on Friday, October 31. The show will open with acts including Clare Dunn, John King, The Cadillac Three, Cole Swindell and others. 

The event will be produced by Orange Peel Entertainment and AEG Live. 

"How can you get any more relevant than Florida Georgia Line at the Georgia Florida game?" asked Orange Peel Etnertainment Principal Billy Catlin. "Eight bands with FGL headlining on a forty four acre riverfront property...it can't get much better than this for locals, as well as Florida and Georgia fans." 

Ticket bundles will go on sale Saturday, August 30 at 10a (ET). They will be available via www.JaxTailgate.com.

2014/08 9:21 AM
O'Malley Says Programmers Hope Taylor Returns

In an "admittedly unscientific straw pool," of more than 60 Country PDs, MDs talent and station execs, Michael O'Malley of consulting partners Albright, & O'Malley & Brenner published in his blog today feedback he got when asked about Taylor Swift and her latest single going "pop." 

O'Malley says that in a margin of four to one, Country programmers hope Taylor Swift will once again return with a Country song. Thirty percent said they will miss her in the format. The results also showed that 89% of those asked were familiar with her just released single/video "Shake It Off" and 41% said they had played part or all of the song on their station. 

Comments included "She's been a crossover artists for some time" and 'Her music wasn't any more or less Country than what's being played on Country radio now." Some who were asked indicated that they thought she would record something Country in the future. 

O'Malley goes on to talk about a Facebook post that he loves from J.R. Schumann at Cumulus in Dallas.  Schumann talks about how every time Swift comes out with a new song/album how amazed he is at the hate speak she receives.  

"Grown men and women say terrible things about a girl making music-music with a positive message, mind you...Let's just hope the kids of today listen to her lyrics and not what the adults around them are saying," Schumann writes. 

Read it all here.

2014/08 8:46 AM
Gosselin Leaves WNOE/New Orleans

CC/New Orleans OM nad WNOE PD Don Gosselin has exited after more than three years. '

"The OM position and the Urban Dir./Programming position were eliminated within the cluster," he explains. "But Clear Channel has been great in trying to keep me within the company because we've done some great things together. And we'll see what happens." 

Gosselin was moved from CC's Springfield, MA cluster in Spring of 2011. He was OM and PD of then Country WPKX. He has also worked for CC in Detroit, Toledo and Providence. 

 His resume also includes time at Greater Media/Philadelphia and Citadel/ Baton Rouge, LA. Get in touch with him here. In New Orleans Bob Murphy has added OM duties permanently and is handling WNOE programming for now. 

 Get in touch with him here. At this point there are no plans for the WNOE PD position.

2014/08 8:37 AM
Hunter Hayes Announced Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

Following his performance on the Today Show this morning Hunter Hayes officially announced his fall tour, the Tatto (Your Name) Tour is set to kick off Thursday, October 30 in University Park, PA. He will be joined by Dan +Shay and The Railers. “

"This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we'’ve ever done before…and maybe anyone has ever done. It's a lot of firsts not only for us, but even for the fans who have seen our show before,"” said Hayes. “"Every tour is all about the fans, but this one proves it. Not only are they going to be part of the show, they are the show… you’ll see what I mean!" 

Dates for the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour are as follows: 
Oct. 30, 2014 Bryce Jordan Center | University Park, Penn. 
Oct. 31, 2014 Times Union Center | Albany, N.Y. 
Nov. 1, 2014 Thomas M. Ryan Center | Providence, R.I. 
Nov. 13, 2014 BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, Wisc. 
Nov. 14, 2014 iWireless Center | Moline, Ill. 
Nov. 15, 2014 Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo. 
Nov. 20, 2014 Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo. 
Nov. 21, 2014 Sears Centre Arena | Chicago, Ill. 
Nov. 22, 2014 The Palace of Auburn Hills | Detroit, Mich. 
Dec. 4, 2014 Lakefront Arena | New Orleans, La. 
Dec. 5, 2014 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena | Jacksonville, Fla 
Dec. 6, 2014 Arena at Gwinnett Center | Atlanta, Ga. 
Dec. 11, 2014 Wolstein Center | Cleveland, Ohio 
Dec. 12, 2014 Rogers K-Rock Centre | Kingston, ONT Canada 
Dec. 13, 2014 Budweiser Gardens | London, ONT Canada

For more information go to www.hunterhayes.com/tour

2014/08 8:26 AM
Luke's Crash My Playa Concert Announces LIne-Up

Luke Bryan has announced the line-up for his upcoming four-day concert event "Crash My Playa" taking place next January on the Barcelo Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell will be on stage all four nights with Bryan. 

Guests artists include Kelleigh Bannen, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, DJ Rock and Chris Stapleton. 

The day-by day line up looks like this: 

January  23: Cole Swindell featuring Dustin Lynch 

January 24: Luke Bryan featuring Kelliegh Bannen

January 25: Florida Georgia Line featuring Eric Paslay 

Janaury 26: Luke Bryan featuring Chris Stapelton 

For more information, visit www.crashmyplaya.com

2014/08 8:23 AM
Hunter Greene Headed For Houston Zoo

Hunter Greene, promo director of KKHH, Hot 95.7 and KILT, 100.3 The Bull/Houston is leaving. After almost 13 years he's taken a job as the Sponsorship Manager for the Houston Zoo. 

 His last day at the station will be August 27.

2014/08 8:17 AM
"Where It's At" Goes Gold

Dustin Lynch's single "Where It's At" has been certified gold by RIAA. This is the first single from Lynch's album of the same title. Broken Bow will release this, his second album on Tuesday, September 9. 

 Lynch had his single "Cowboys and Angels" certified gold in September 2012.

2014/08 10:31 AM
Paisley's Still Leaking

Brad Paisley continues to leak information about his forthcoming album "Moonshine in the Trunk." The album is due to be released next Monday, August 25.

He's pulling the power struggle between record label folks and the artist and Paisley has been playing the hero releasing all sorts of information to fans on social media and various other means. His original leak has now been banned on YouTube. Instead various hints about content is being fed to YouTube.

The Ellen Show released the lyric video to his track "Shattered Glass." Paisley says this is his favorite song as it has to do with women fighting the glass ceiling. Check it out here.

Paisley has also gotten several of his celebrity friends to help "leak" the secret. With the hashtag #leakingmoonshine, friends who have helped spread the word include racecar driver Jeff Gordon, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, Bobby Bones, Jenny McCarthy, Kermit the Frog, NASA, Dave Ramsey and Ludacris.

Fans can preorder "Moonshine In the Trunk" and will immediately receive singles “River Bank,” “Crushin’ It,” “Perfect Storm,” “Country Nation,” and “Shattered Glass,” which are available for individual purchase. The album will be available in-full the day after Sunday’s (Aug. 24) Rising Star season finale on ABC-TV that includes Paisley as a guest expert. 

2014/08 9:57 AM
Garth to Receive ASCAP Centennial Award

ASCAP will honor a select group of artists with its once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Awards. The award recognizes accomplishments of various artists in all genres.

One of this year's recipients is Garth Brooks. Brooks along with Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder will be honored on Monday, November 17 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The event will also be celebrating ASCAP's 100 anniversary.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the ASCAP Foundation which supports music education, talent development and humanitarian activities.

“Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe. It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year and, as important, to raise funds to perpetuate the important work being done by The ASCAP Foundation,” said Paul Williams, ASCAP president and chairman.

2014/08 8:28 AM
Scripps Files to Acquire Journal

Scripps filed its application to the FCC to buy Journal radio stations. Although no one at Scripps is confirming this, it may mean the company may lose its grandfathered status for ownership and may be forced to sell one of its five stations in Wichita. Country properties they own include KFDI and Classic Country KFTI.

Scripps also faces another hurdle as a Journal investor has tried to stop the merger saying that the company "breached fiduciary duties owed to ... stockholders" by trying to sell at a very low price by an unfair process.

Go here to read more.

2014/08 8:17 AM
KGRT-AM Rebrands

KGRT-AM/Las Cruces, NM has rebranded as "Great Country AM 570."

"Almost every caller told us 'this is the greatest country of all time,'" says CEO Ron Stone. "It seemed only natural to rebrand Classic Country as Great Country since our listeners were defining it that way." Reach Ernesto Garcia OM/PD here.

2014/08 8:11 AM
Sun Broadcast Group Fastest Growing According to Inc.

Inc. Magazine has named Sun Broadcast Group as one of the fastest growing companies in the country. Sun produces Nashville Music Minute.

Inc. just released their 5000 List and Sun was listed due to their 520% increase in revenue over the last three years.

2014/08 8:06 AM
Slacker Radio Looking For Talent

Slacker Radio is looking for anything but slackers! They have positions open for hosts on its Country stations and also have potential full-time openings.

Kevin Stapleford, Director of Programming explains,"Engage with our 32 million registered users while keeping your day job."

More in Slacker here. Send airchecks and resumes to Stapleford here .

2014/08 8:05 AM
Rural Media Group Creates More Jobs on Music Row

Rural Media Group, the parent company of RFD-TV cable network will sublease space at 49 Music Row (where GAC was located) and relocate the majority of their executives from Nebraska.

The move will mean up to 150 new jobs in Nashville and production will begin no later than first quarter 2015. In addition to television and radio production jobs, the company will be adding marketing, accounting and other positions. Rural Media Group also owns Rural TV, Familynet and Rural Radio on SiriusXM.

2014/08 9:53 AM
Jim Horn Goes to WYZB/Fort Walton Beach, FL

Jeff Horn, most recently OM with Clear Channel/Tallahassee and PD for Country WTNT has joined Cumulus' WYZB, Nash FM 105.5/Fort Walton Beach, FL as PD/afternoons. Skip Davis, who was in the PD seat will be sitting in the Production Director's seat for the Fort Walton Beach cluster. He will also be doing middays on Nash FM 105.5.

RVP Pete Desimone said, “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the Nash FM 105.5 lineup and the Fort Walton /Destin programming team. We’re very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions to Nash FM 105.5.”

“I couldn't be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. Thanks to Pete Desimone, Bob Raleigh, Mike McVay and John Dickey for this great opportunity. Nash is an exciting new brand. I look forward to much success.”

Horn was with Clear Channel for nine years.

2014/08 8:25 AM
Brooks Announces Another Show in Chi-Town

Garth has added another Chicago show at 10:30 p.m. on September 5. This makes a total of 11 shows in Chicago.

"After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," he says. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people [who] wanted tickets and could not get in the system now have a chance to see the show, and [can] get their tickets at face value and not have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."

The tickets go on sale Saturday (8/23) at 10 a.m.  Go here for more information.

2014/08 8:16 AM
KMIT Adds The Rooster

KMIT, Hot Country/105.9, Mitchell, SD has added Envision Network's The Rooster morning show content resource platform.

"The Rooster gave us that added punch we were looking for in our morning show," stated KMIT Brand Manager Renee Robbins. "We are glad to be on board!"

The Rooster is overseen by radio programmers Mike Marino and Jason Hillery. They gather hot news, pop culture and lifestyle stories as well as daily topic starters and produced bits.

Get more Rooster information here.

2014/08 8:12 AM
Carrie's Ready for Sunday Nights

Carrie Underwood is coming back for her second season of singing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the memorable theme for NBC TV's Sunday Night Football.

Viewers will be able to see Underwood's new intro at the beginning of the game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 7. The piece was shot in June and includes eleven NFL players.

2014/08 8:07 AM
Trisha Signs with Sony/Nashville

Trisha Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville (RCA imprint) and soon will be releasing her first project on the label.

“Trisha Yearwood
is one of Country music’s brightest stars. Her versatility and passion have put her at the forefront of countless industries -- she is a best-selling author, a culinary maven, and an Emmy award winning television personality, but first and foremost, Trisha is an unparalleled recording artist who has sold millions of albums and is respected as one of the greatest female vocalists in Country music," said SMN Chairman/CEO Gary Overton. "We’re honored to welcome her to the RCA Nashville family, and look forward to her fans hearing her highly-anticipated new music.”

"Prize Fighter" will be Yearwood's first album on the label. "I can't even find the right words to express how excited I am to be releasing new music!," said Yearwood. I chose the title 'PrizeFighter' because it feels like an anthem for all of us. It's about fighting for what you believe in, and never giving up, even when it's hard. It's a message we all need to hear. I'm so looking forward to working with the amazing staff at Sony. Music is what feeds my soul, and I'm grateful to them for giving me the chance to share what I love.”

2014/08 8:04 AM
Morgan Carson New Promo Director In Lewiston, ID

Morgan Carson is the Promotions Director for Ida Vend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Inc.in Lewiston, ID. Carson graduated from Lewis-Clark State College and has been at Ida Vend since graduating in May.

She will oversee promotions, marketing , branding and public relations for the 3-stations.

2014/08 10:08 AM
Taylor Coming With 1989

As was reported, Taylor Swift took to her Yahoo! live stream yesterday and played her new song "Shake It Off."  Swift again worked with collaborators Max Martin and Shellback who worked with her on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." She also debuted the video at the end of the live stream.

Her new album "1989" will be released October 27. The album is named after the year she was born and will include packs of 13 Polaroids.  It will also allow fans to enter a "Swiftstakes" ("it's like a sweepstakes, but we made it annoying") that will be held awarding 1,000 tickets and 500 meet-and-greets to her upcoming tour.

"For the record, this is my very first documented, official pop album," she said.

According to The Tennessean, Swift said she was inspired by "A lot of late '80s pop" when she wrote for this album.  She says she loved "the chances they were taking in that era."

A deluxe version will again will be available exclusively through Target.  This version will add three songs and three songwriting voice memos that will give insight into Swift's songwriting process.  It will also include a code to enter the Swiftstakes.  Pre-orders are currently available at www.Target.com and the deluxe edition will be available in stores on Monday, October 27.

"1989" is her fifth album since her breakthrough into country music in 2006. 

For more details go to her website here.

2014/08 8:53 AM
Pat And AJ Join WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint

Pat and AJ, formerly with NRG Media's Country WYTE, Y106.5/Wausau-Stevens Point, WI have joined AC WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint, MI.

Pat and Jenny Clark(AJ), the husband and wife team spent four years at WYTE before leaving in June.

2014/08 8:50 AM
'Deana Ryan' New Midday Talent on WBTU

Ericka Bostwick ("Deana Ryan") is the new midday talent on WBTU (US 93.3) Kendallville, IN.

Her career includes stops at Hoosier Country WCJC, Your Country 99.3/Van Buren where she did afternoons and WQHK,K 105/Ft. Wayne where she did mornings.

2014/08 8:26 AM
Borenstein Joins Columbia

Stoney Creek Manager/West Coast Promotion Samantha Borenstein has joined Columbia as Manager/Regional Promo. She begins her new job today (8/19).

"Sam's background – both in Country radio promotion and in prior roles working with artists, events and logistics – is stellar, and I'm very proud to welcome her to the Columbia Nashville family," says VP/National Promotion Norbert Nix.

In addition to two years with Stoney Creek, Borenstein has worked for City of Hope and with Jordin Sparks' management team. Chris Loss at Stoney Creek will be handling her duties until a successor is named.

Get in touch with her here.

2014/08 8:21 AM
Barry, Hackett and Venema Leave Westwood One

As part of the consolidation going on with Westwood One's 24/7 formats as part of the merger with Cumulus, three staffers have left.

Westwood One 24/7 Formats SVP/GM Phil Barry and promotion people Sassy Hackett and Sarah Venema have exited the company.

Barry's position will not be replaced and the promo positions will be handled in the New York offices.

2014/08 8:16 AM
More Icon Stations Added

Joining previously reported Nash Icon stations WWWQ-HD2/Atlanta and its 250W FM translator W255CJ, WSM-FM/Nashville, 250W FM translator K273BZ/Kansas City, WZRR/Birmingham, KBZU/Albuquerque, KJJY/Des Moines, WJBC/Bloomington, IL, WNUQ/Albany, GA and WZAT/Savannah, GA, Cumulus has flipped more.

The latest Nash Icon stations are KRRF/Oxnard, CA, KLSZ/Fort Smith, AR, KRMW/Fayetteville, AR, KQLK/Lake Charles, LA, WLAW/Muskegon, MI and WDRQ-HD2/Detroit.

Cumulus has not commented on staff changes.

2014/08 9:00 AM
Dierks' Drunk On A Plane #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville's SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their promo team for the #1 spot on Mediabase Country singles this week. 

Dierks Bentley "Drunk On A Plane" flew to the #1 spot this week making it his 12th career #1. This is the second single off the "Riser" album that has made #1. The album was released last February.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” said Bentley. "First, 'I Hold On' came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to 'Drunk' has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own. I'm just trying to live in every minute and soak it all in. In the few quiet minutes I've got, I spend a lot of time thinking about how grateful I am to be here doing this and how many people have supported me and my music. The guys in radio are first on that list…I'm beyond thankful for those relationships. 12 No. ones…crazy!"

2014/08 8:37 AM
George Strait To Release 20 Tracks of The Cowboy Rides Away

George Strait will be coming with a 20 track live album that was recorded at his last concert at A T&T Stadium in Dallas. The album will be in stores September 16. 

Special guests include Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. 

 Tracks from the album include: 
1. Check Yes Or No 
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill) 
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait) 
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church) 
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do 
7. Marina Del Rey 
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow) 
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne 
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride) 
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill) 
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson) 
13. The Chair 
14. Give It All We Got Tonight 
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert) 
16. I'll Always Remember You 
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney) 
18. Troubadour 
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) 
20. The Cowboy Rides Away 

As was previously announced, George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away concert special will air August 29 on CMT.

2014/08 8:37 AM
Kerry Wolfe Celebrates 25 Years With WMIL

Congrats to Kerry Wolfe, CC Milwaukee OM and Country WMIL PD who is celebrating 25 years with the CC/Milwaukee cluster. 

CCM+E's Regional VP Jeff Tyler said, "I have had the pleasure to work for and with some of the best people in this business over 30 years and Kerry Wolfe ranks high on that list, he’s one of the best. He is professional, knows his listeners, his brand and his staff. Kerry is respected by his peers, artists and the people who work with him. He is certainly one of the top Country Music Program Directors in our business and it is truly my honor to work with him."

Wolfe's career started in Greensboro, NC at WBIG in 1987 when he was MD/Midday talent. He joined WMIL in August 1989. He acts as PD for the Country station and oversees the programming of WRIT (Oldies 95.7), Top 40 WRNW (97.3 Radio Now), Urban (WKKV)V100.7, News Talk 1130 WISN and Sports WOKY (The Big 920).

Get in touch with him here

2014/08 8:31 AM
George King To Westwood One

George King, former Townsquare Regional OM and Brand Leader/Country for the Western Region has been named VP/Programming for Westwood One's Network Formats. He'll oversee all the Country shows including Mainstream Country, Hot Country, Classic Country and Real Country. 

"George’s experience in markets large and small, along with his position in the country music world, makes him a perfect fit for this role at Westwood One," says President/Network Programming Kirk Stirland. "He’s joining an all-star programming management team, and he will be working with a first-rate air staff, on our biggest format category." 

"The way Westwood One is able to integrate local content into a national feed will continue to be an essential way our business moves successfully into the future," King says. "I’m truly excited to work with this remarkable technology, and on the team creating radio with it." 

He will start his new gig September 15 and be based in Denver. Get in touch with him here.

2014/08 8:26 AM
Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Opens

Hundreds of fans and friends joined the Johnny Cash family for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at the grand opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home last Saturday (8-16). 

The house that Cash lived in from 1935-1953 has been restored thanks to funds raised by four years of concerts.

“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” said Rosanne Cash at the dedication ceremony. 

The dedication followed the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center on Friday evening. The sold-out concert featured Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn and Reba (seen in photo left to right).

The next morning people were shuttled from the University to Cash's home not far away. The Cash family were the first to tour the home newly furnished with retrieeved family items nad donations. 

“Many people approach me about starting Johnny Cash projects and I usually say no,” Rosanne Cash explained during a press conference. “But, in talking to Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Arkansas State University, I realized several things and one is that my children need to know their family legacy. It’s so beautiful."  

“From when I saw the house in 2011 and to see the progress today is overwhelming,” Rosanne said. “Ruth and the family aimed for authenticity when it came to furnishings. When you add the pieces in the house, it gives it resonance. The whole project caused a real shift in my life.” 

Photo Credit: Mike Chojnacki 



2014/08 8:16 AM
Kenny Rocks Flora-Bama-Jama

When Kenny Chesney took the beach behind the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge this weekend the crowd of over 40,000 was ready for him. 

“Man, when those people kicked in and started singing ‘Flora-Bama’ back to me, that just hit me in the heart,” says Chesney. “A year without touring takes me away from that, and those fans... whether they know it or not... inspire me. So having spent the year writing and recording, that was like plugging into the source.” 

Chesney sang 32 songs for two and a half hours. He even brought out frequent co-writer David Lee Murphy as a surprise trading verses on Murphy's hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd." 

“Since David Lee wrote ‘Flora-Bama’ with me, I know he knows about the heart and the soul of the people down here, how much they love music and love life,” Chesney says of the walk-on. “There’s a real vibe when people connected with the moment experience something that moves them... and David Lee had’em singing along his songs, too.” 

 The show was filed for a TV special this fall.

2014/08 8:03 AM
Brad Paisley Partners with Taillight, ARC Entertainment and WME to Build New Channel

Brad Paisley, Taillight, ARC Entertainment and WME are working together to build "My Country Nation" (MYCN), a new OTT channel for Country music fans. 

“My Country Nation is a great concept and I'm glad to be working with a few of my friends to make it a reality,” said Paisley. 

My Country Nation will launch this month and serve as a digital platform for the Country music lifestyle. The Omni channel will have feature many original series with new episodes being seen daily in the first six months. They will be seen on social media including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and www.mycountrynation.com. 

Shows will feature topics like hunting, concert road trips, comedy, outdoor grilling, VINE and YouTube stars and more. Fans can see the shows on any device. According to ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater, "Distribution is morphing rapidly. Traditional means of producing and distributing content are being redefined daily. My Country Nation will provide a distribution and content creation platform for content creators to deliver great programming to a mass audience. In our partnership with Walmart will have an opportunity to create an ecosystem to maximize value and awareness for MYCN artists and labels.” 

For more information go to www.mycountrynation.com.

2014/08 7:49 AM
Al Brock Launches Riverfront Promotions With David Loving

Industry vet Al Brock has launched a new promotional venture, Riverfront Promotions for exclusive clients. 

One of Riverfront's first projects is Tall Horse Records' David Loving's new single "Angel Girl." The song combines great musicianship and harmonies showing off Loving's incredible talent. 

The single is set for official release on August 25 and is now available on PlayMPE. If you are a member of PlayMPE you can go to the song at AllAboutCountry.com's New Releases sections and click on YouTube. You will then be able to download the song. 

If your stations require a physical disc please contact Riverfront Promotions Nashville at 615-329-3375 or email /Blog/ You can also call Tall Horse Records at 423-538-3000.

2014/08 11:45 AM
Nash Icon Officially Launches Nationwide

It started when Cumulus flipped Country Christian hybrid WWWQ-HD2/Atlanta and its 250W FM translating W255CJ as well as Sports WZAT/Savannah/GA to Country as Nash Icon 98.9 and Nash Icon 102.1. These stations were the first to flip since it was announced in May.

Then came the speculation.  And, indeed today was a big day for the Nash Icon brand.

Following Atlanta and Savannah changes, Cumulus then launched the Icon brand on WSM-FM Nashville, 250WFM translator K273BZ/Kansas City, WQRR/Birmingham, KBZU/Albuquerque, KJJY/Des Moines, WJBC/Pontiac/Bloomington, IL  and WNUQ/Albany, GA.

Only two of these stations were programmed country prior to the Icon switch--WSM-FM and KJJY.  Kansas City and Birmingham are the only markets Cumulus did not run a Country station.

According to the buzz, other Icon flips that could still happen today include  KQLK/Lake Charles, LA (Top 40), KLSZ/Ft. Smith, AR (Sports) and KRRF/Oxnard, CA (Classic Hits). 

All programming will be based at the Nash campus in Nashville. 

Nash Icon will be programmed to play more of the iconic artists and will not play the more contemporary artists as much as the Nash-brand stations.  All Nash stations will be a multi-media platform that will, in addition to radio, offer advertisers TV, digital, magazine and events.

2014/08 11:34 AM
Florida Georgia Line Announce New Album

Florida Georgia Line is coming with a new album "Anything Goes" on Tuesday, October 14.

Tyler and I’ve been really blessed to have an amazing team – an extended family – who push us continually to be better and think differently," said FGL’s Brian Kelley. "Whether we’re home or out on the road, we’re doing things the FGL way and it feels like with our recording, our writing, our lives...'Anything Goes'...and we can’t wait to see where it leads next." 

Tyler Hubbard, the other half of the duo added, “There have been a lot of changes in our lives over the past couple of years but we’re still the same guys from Florida and Georgia who drove from show to show in BK’s Tahoe. We’re really excited about what we’ve learned on this journey and can’t wait to give our fans new music they can crank up just as loud as the tunes they sing back to us every night. 'Anything Goes' is a natural progression of where we’re at and what we’ve learned getting here.” 

For more information, visit www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com

2014/08 10:55 AM
Chris Carr & Co. Heading to Minneapolis

Former WUBE/Cincinnati morning show "Chris Carr & Co" is heading to Clear Channel's KEEY (K102)/Minneapolis. They will begin their new morning gig on Tuesday, September 2.  This is a return to KEEY for Carr.  He did afternoons there until he moved in 2008 to WUBE.

Chris Carr and Jeff "Maverick" Bolen will take over for the current morning team Mike "Muss" Mussman and Donna Valentine. Valentine will move to evenings and Muss will move to afternoons. Muss takes the place of JD Greene who is now PD at CC's WPGB/Pittsburgh. 

“I’m so excited that Chris is coming home to K102,” said Clear Channel Minneapolis VP/Programming Gregg Swedberg. “I think it’s safe to say he and Maverick are one of a handful of brilliant Country morning shows and we are so fortunate to have them.” 

As was reported here, Maverick and Carr announced their resignation from WUBE on Monday. 

“When I told my wife that we had an opportunity to move back home to Minnesota, I witnessed the brightest smile I have seen from her since our second child was born,” said CARR. “We’re all excited to reconnect with family, friends, lakes, ice skates and the awesome audience of K102! Plus, I get to do it with one of the most talented and genuine people on this planet, Maverick – I’m excited for everyone to meet him!” 

Swedberg is currently searching for an MD to succeed Greene. If interested send your materials here

2014/08 10:49 AM
Top 40 and Hot AC To Air Taylor's Live Yahoo Stream

Taylor S wift's WorldWide Live Stream on Yahoo Monday (8/18) at 5 p.m. ET will be aired by Top 40 and Hot AC stations across the country. 

At this point it is still a question as to what she will announce. She has been tight lipped on recent television appearances including her recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon'sTonight Show, despite his persistent inquisitiveness. 


 She did have a similar event in August 2012 and announced the Red album and Red Tour. Time will tell.

2014/08 10:45 AM
McCreery Extends Tour

Scotty McCreery has just announced he has extended the "See You Tonight Tour" into the fall. He will be joined with Danielle Bradberry. 

"The fans have really been incredible at all of our shows so far," shared McCreery. "I'm excited to keep all the momentum going with Danielle coming out with us; it's going to be great. We're going to have a blast on the road!" 

He will kick off on Friday, October 17 in Fayetteville, NC and end on Thursday, December 4 at Wallingford, CT. 

For more information go to www.scottymccreery.com.

2014/08 10:45 AM
Kicker Stampede Features Blake and Florida Georgia Line

Kicker Country 2015 is already gearing up for their next show. They have just announced that they will be headlining Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton. 

Early bird, weekend, VIP and Reserved tickets are on sale along 700 reserved camping spots for June 25-28, 2015 inTuttle Creek State Park, Manhattan, Kansas. 

For more information on tickets go to  www.countrystampede.com or call 800-795-8091800-795-8091.

2014/08 9:41 AM
iHeart Adds Kenny's No Shoes Radio

Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Radio is the new platform on iHeartRadio. 

No Shoes Radio began in 2009 as a station that programmed a blend of album rock, alternative, singer/songwriter, raggae and live tracks from Chesney. 

"When the people at iHeartRadio said they wanted to help us take it out to even more people, I realized it's not just my hardcore fans, but a lot of folks who like variety in their music,"explained Chesney. "Things aren't cut-and-dried. People want places they will be surprised -- and find music they'll love. iHeartRadio gets that, so it's a pleasure to team with them to share what we've been doing the past five years."

2014/08 9:25 AM
Darius To Announce Final CMA Nominees

Darius Rucker will announced the final nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on Good Morning America Wednesday, September 3 at 8:30 a.m. He will also perform his new single "Homegrown Honey." 

"I know what it feels like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news to my friends in the industry," said Rucker. "Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for." 

Following his announcement he will announce the finalists in seven categories that are left as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards. This will take place at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. The four categories for the CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year include small, medium and large market as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. The announcement can be streamed at www.CMAAWARDS.com. 

Later that night Rucker will join other songwriters Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford and CMA Songwriters Series host Bob Dipiero for the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series. They will perform in the round at the Best Buy Theater. 

To stream the Songwriters Series visit CMASongwriterSeries.com.

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