industry members
Mike Buxser
  Independent
Carole Mendoza
Marketing / Sales   Besley Broadcasting
Jeff Schroeder
Senior Technical Consultant   Music Master
Peter Z
Program Director WZRR-FM   Cumulus Media
dave young
PD/MD/on air   kdkd radio
Dave Tyler
Consultant   MusicMaster




2015/03 8:55 AM
KBEB, 92.5/Sacramento Looking For A Midday Person

KBEB, 92.5/Sacramento is looking for a midday personality.  

"Can you connect in an exciting way with the Country audience? Interested applicants should possess exceptional on-air talent coupled with dynamic social media acumen. We’re expecting next level content and personality, contemporary and localized, designed to engage wild B92.5’s target audience on-air and on-line. This is a position for a personality, not a DJ. Minimum 6 months Commercial On-Air Experience. Must be plugged into pop culture and the lifestyle of the 18-49 demographic. No prior Country experience is required to apply."

If interested apply here  
 

2015/03 7:58 AM
WNSH/New York And KSCS/Dallas Make Major Music Adjustments

Cumulus Country WNSH/New York PD Brian Thomas and his KSCS/Dallas PD JR Schumann are keeping their lips sealed, but the industry is buzzing about some huge musical adjustments on their respective stations this week. It appears to be a tactical move by adding mass appeal texture on both Country outlets, with the inclusion of highly familiar, non-Country titles from #1 ranked pop stations in their markets.

For KSCS/Dallas, they have added a handful of Top 40 titles already found on iHeartMedia’s crosstown KHKS. Looking at Mediabase, it shows KSCS featuring such titles as Magic’s  “Rude,” Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound,” Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” Ed Sheeran’s “Don't” and “Thinking Out Loud,” in addition to a number of songs from Taylor Swift’s self-declared pure pop, “TS 1989” album. Right now, KSCS is committing one slot per hour to these songs. A look back at the station’s list from 30 days ago shows these slots formerly had been a Country Gold song.

Meanwhile, in New York, WNSH appears to be using music from iHeartMedia AC WLTW. Looking at yesterday’s (3/25) NASH playlist we found such songs as Kelly Clarkston’s “Mr. Know It All,” Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life,” John Mayer’s “Daughters,” Sister Hazel’s “All For You,” Blues Traveler’s “Run Around,” Eagle Eye Cherry “Save Tonight,” appearing once per hour between 10 AM-5 PM (ET).

In Dallas and New York respectively, KHKS and WLTW are ranked #1 in both share and cume. WLTW’s weekly cume tops five million according to February PPM figures and KHKS’ weekly cume is just under the two million mark for February.

Since October, WNSH has been trending in the mid-one share level, and the cume is just short of 800,000 weekly persons; Meanwhile, KSCS has been trended 4.3-3.8-3.6 in the past three PPM monthlies, with weekly cume this side of 800,000.

Check the stations out here, listen to WNSH  here  and KSCS  here .

2015/03 7:40 AM
Tess Connell Is Now WPAP/Panama City Morning Co-Host

iHeartMedia Country WPAP/Panama City, FL adds radio veteran Tess Connell as morning co-host, effective immediately.
Connell joins the station’s longtime morning host Dr. Shane, who commented, “It's exciting to begin this new chapter of The WPAP Morning Show! Tess is so talented and is a great addition to the WPAP family!”

Her radio resume includes time with Journal Country WCYQ/Knoxville and most recently, a three-year stint in middays at Summit Media WZZK/Birmingham.

“I am honored to be a part of the legendary Dr. Shane show,” said Connell. “Being on the morning show with Shane and living in one of the most beautiful parts of this country feels like a dream come true for me. I am excited to see what this adventure has in store.”

Wish Connell well here .

2015/03 7:30 AM
Dallas Reese Back At WKRO/Daytona Beach

Hometown Country WWNQ/Columbia, SC Director/Promotions/Morning talent Dallas Reese is back in the PD chair at Southern Stone Country WKRO/Daytona Beach, FL for the second time in four months.

Reese joined WKRO originally from WWNQ in December, however he quickly returned to WWNQ for personal reasons. Now it appears those problems are worked out and Reese is back in Daytona Beach  with additional PD responsibilities for Classic Rock sister station WHOG and an air-shift yet to be  determined.

Congratulate Reese  here .

2015/03 7:10 AM
​Jo Dee Messina Co-Authors New Book

JoDee Messina co-authors a new book, "Chicken Soup For The Soul: Thanks To My Mom." Messina wrote the introduction and first chapter, a tribute to her own mom, re-telling her mother’s lifelong message to her that there would always be a string attaching their hearts no matter how near or far, through good or bad, in life and, when the time comes, even in death.

The mother of two small boys, it is a lesson Messina will pass along to them. Author of the book, Amy Newmark, and Messina personally each selected the other 100 stories by men and women from across the country honoring their moms through wonderful memories of experiences and the lessons that have helped to guide their lives.

“This book is a gigantic 'thank you' to my mom and yours – with stories that will make them smile, laugh out loud, and even tear up a few times,” shared Messina.


2015/03 7:04 AM
Deadline For Making ‘Leadership Music’ Application Is Getting Close

The deadline to apply for  Leadership Music  to participate in the class of 2016 is coming fast. Applications will only be accepted through next Tuesday, March 31st at 5 PM (CT).

The eight-month music industry leadership education program kicks off its class schedule in September, and qualified applicants chosen to participate in the program will be notified in late May.

Accepted participants for the class of 2016 will be required to attend opening and closing retreats, an orientation, and day long Friday sessions once monthly throughout the eight month academy.

The program exposes participants to every phase of the music industry, and the one-time tuition for Leadership Music is $1000.

To apply, visit  www.LeadershipMusic.org/apply .

2015/03 2:12 AM
Toby (TK) King Signs Exclusive Deal With Nine North Records Label Group

From L-R (back row); Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North Records Label Group, Angel Jennings, Director/Secondary Markets for Edgehill Music Nashville, Tim Svedlund, president, Red Zebra Music. Front row: Red Zebra Music's Toby King.
 
Edgehill Music and The Nine North Record Label Group announces the signing of Red Zebra Music's Toby (TK) King to an exclusive deal, which includes promotion, Marketing, and Social media management for his single “I Ain’t Stupid.” 
 
"After a lot of research and discussion we felt that Larry Pareigis and his Edgehill Music Nashville team were the perfect fit to help position Toby in today's changing world of Country music," remarked Red Zebra Music's Tim Svedlund
 
"These are exciting times for the Nine North Records Label Group and Edgehill Music Nashville in particular," says Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville. "Now it's time for the industry to meet the man behind the music - the great Toby King!"  
 
"To relate to a song, you have to be able to paint a picture that others can see, feel, and relate to in their own lives. I needed a team beside me that could help me paint that picture for country music listeners," says Toby King.  "I've found that team wth Edgehill."  
 
“I Aint Stupid” is impacting Country radio now and available via Play MPE. 
 
For more information on Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville, click here .
 
For more information on Toby King, click  here .

2015/03 2:05 AM
NY Times Report: Apple Is Targeting Spotify With Beats Relaunch

The New York Times reports, "Apple is moving forward with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify."

The report explains, "almost a year after agreeing to pay $3 billion for Beats, the maker of hip headphones and a streaming music service, Apple is working with Beats engineers and executives to introduce its own subscription streaming service. The company is also planning an enhanced iTunes Radio that may be tailored to listeners in regional markets, and, if Apple gets what it wants, more splashy new albums that will be on iTunes before they are available anywhere else, according to people briefed on the company’s plans."

Apple executives want the music industry to fight back against free streaming, according to a report by Recode 's Peter Kafka, planning to offer the relaunched Beats service at $8/month without a free version as rivals Spotify and YouTube offer.

Apple has been working behind the scenes to relaunch Beats, and, "in a sign of how important Beats is in reshaping Apple’s digital music, the company has made a musician a point man for overhauling the iPhones’s music app to include the streaming music service, as opposed to an engineer. Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman who was the chief creative officer for Beats, is playing a major role in redesigning the music app, according to two Apple employees familiar with the product, who spoke on the condition they not be named because the plans are private."

The big question that remains is what will the price be. Will Apple offer a free version? The The Times writes, "According to several music executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private, Apple recently tried but failed to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs that would have let Apple sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month -- a discount from the $10 that has become standard for services like Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio." 
 

2015/03 11:03 AM
Lady A Honored With Icon Award

Lady Antebellum was honored by the National Publishers' Association when they were given their Icon Award.  

The Award recognizes the group for their contributions to songwriting and advocacy for those in the industry.  Lady A also accepted several Platinum awards for their various songs.  The presentation was made at 101 Constitution in the Capitol.  They were standing alongside previous honorees including Steven Tyler and Jon Bon Jovi.

2015/03 9:52 AM
Another Calhoun Joins WAMZ/Louisville

Corey Calhoun has joined WAMZ/Louisville for APD/afternoon drive.  He will begin immediately.  He succeeds vet Coyote Calhoun for the afternoon-drive slot.  Calhoun retired from WAMZ after 35 years.

"Corey has big shoes to fill, but we are thrilled to welcome him to the WAMZ staff and Louisville," said WAMZ PD Michael Jordan. "Corey's energy and enthusiasm is contagious, he is a great addition to the WAMZ team and will be a big help to me as the APD."

Corey (who is not related to Coyote) has worked in Atlanta, GA, Ithaca, NY, Brunswick, GA nad Lexington, KY.  He will host on WAMZ Monday thorugh Saturday from 3-7 p.m.

"What an amazing opportunity this is, I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!" remarked Calhoun. "To be a part of a station with such an impressive history and to follow in the footsteps of a legend like Coyote, is what you work for your entire career. Huge thank you to Michael Jordan, Kelly Carls and Bill Gentry for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Get in touch with him here

 

2015/03 8:59 AM
Carly Evans Joins KORA FM As PD

Carly Evans, most recently PD/Midday Host and former MD and Promo Director at Manhattan Broadcasting's Hot Country B104.7/Manhattan, KS is the new PD for KORA-FM/Bryan-College Station, TX.  The announcement was made today (3/25) by John Seigler, GM of Brazos Valley Communications, LTD.

Evans takes the place of Bo Woods who steps down due to a medical condition.  

“We’re excited to announce that Carly Evans joins KORA-FM as Program Director of our legendary, heritage country station in Bryan-College Station.  Ms. Evans brings a passion and appreciation for local radio and its role in bringing communities, organizations, and people together.  That same passion and understanding have guided the efforts of the many talented personnel that have worked for KORA and the Brazos Valley communities it’s served for nearly 50 years. Carly has a wonderful love and understanding of country music, both Nashville and Texas Country. We’re excited for her to join the talented group of radio professionals at 98.3 KORA,” Seigler said.  

“I’m truly excited to be offered this position with KORA-FM, a great Texas Country radio station," said Evans. As most know, I’m a huge Texas Country fan and to have the opportunity to join KORA-FM and to build on its legacy of opening doors for Texas artists is an absolute thrill.  KORA is a market leader proudly involved in the community it serves. I’m looking forward to working with General Manager John Seigler and the terrific team assembled at KORA.”

Evans has also worked as PD of KKQY-FM, The Bull and Producer and PM driver at KJLS-FM, Mix 103 both in Hays, Kansas.

She has also served as a volunteer in the communities she's worked in and participated in Relay for Life, Cattle Baron's Ball beneiftting American Cancer Society, the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, the KAW Valley, Kansas State University Rodeos and Leadership Hays.

Carly can be reached at 785-776-1350.

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2015/03 8:47 AM
Kuzz Looking For MD/Evening Host

Owen One's KUZZ AM/FM/Bakersfield is looking for an MD/evening host to replace Toni Marie. She is leaving for a yet to be annonced opportunity. Get in touch with Toni Marie here .

PD Tom Jordan is looking for someone who knows Selector and skils in imaging, promotions,
web and social media skills.  Send your airchecks and resumes to Tom here .  

 

2015/03 8:13 AM
ACM 50th Anniversary Milestone Winners Announced

The winners for the Academy of Country Music Awards 50th Anniversary Milestone were announced and those that will be honored include Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn. The Milestone Award is given to commemorate groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history.

The honorees will each receive a trophy (right) created by jewelry designer David Yurman during  the "50th Academy of Country Music Awards" airing Sunday, April 19 beginning at 8 p.m. from AT&T Stadium in Dallas.  

"The history of the ACM Awards and Country music would not be the same without the incredible achievements by these seven superstars," explained ACM CEO Bob Romeo. "We are so thankful to David Yurman for partnering with us and creating such a perfectly crafted trophy that memorializes these amazing milestones."

Garth Brooks is being honored as Most Awarded ACM Entertainmer of the Year.  He has earned six ACM Entertainer of the Year awards and a total of 21 ACM Awards in total.  The First Fan-Voted ACM Entertainer of theYear was Kenny Chesney and he previously won 11 ACM Awards including four for Entertainer of the Year.  Miranda Lambert will be honored for Most Awarded Solo Female Artist having taken home a total of 18 ACM Awards. Reba will be given the Most Awarded ACM Female Vocalist of the Year having won a total of 13 ACM Awards with a record seven for Female Vocalist of the Year.  The winner of the ACM Winner Over Four Decades will be given to George Strait to commemorate his 21 ACM Awards spanning the course of four consecutive decades.  Taylor Swift will he honored as the Youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year.  She won her first award when she was 21.  Brooks and Dunn will be given the Most Awarded Artist.  The duo have won 27 times in the past 50 years, including three Entertainer of the Year trophies.

For more information go to www.ACMcountry.com.


 

2015/03 7:59 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2015 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame include The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown and Grady Martin.

The CMA announced the inductees today (3/25).  The ceremony was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Brenda Lee announced the inductees.

Inductees were divided into three categories including Modern Era, Veterans Era and Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980.  Modern Era inductees are eligible twenty years after they achieve National prominence.  The Veteran Era candidates are eligible forty years after they achieve National prominence.

The Oak Ridge Boys were a Modern Era inductee.  The members include Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban and William Lee Golden.  The group was founded in 1943 and went through a number of members before the current members joined in the 60's and 70's.  Their hits include "Bobbie Sue," "Thank God For Kids," and their best known hit "Elvira."

Jim Ed Brown and the Browns are a Veteran Era inductee and were a sibling group in the early 1950s.  They are best know for their Grammy-nominated hit "The Three Bells." Jim Ed went on to have other hits after the group broke up.  Brown currently hosts syndicated Country shows and has hosted Country television shows as well.

Recording and/or Tour musician active prior to 1980 inductee Grady Martin play guitar on hits such as Marty Robbins' "El Paso," Lorretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter," and "Help Me Make I Through the Night."  He has had a career that has lasted nearly fifty years.

“Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor achievable for a Country Music artist, songwriter, or industry leader and this year’s inductees are all highly deserving,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

The induction ceremonies will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater.
 

2015/03 8:53 AM
Eric Church To Be Inducted Into NC Music Hall of Fame

Eric Church will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 15 in Kannapolis, NC.

Others being inducted include Allman Borthers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, R&B Pop singer Chuck Jackson, Manhattans singer Gerald Alston, the band The Fantastic Shakers, Late musician/Arranger Jay Spell, singer Nappy Brown and late Gospel singer/songwriter The Reverend F.C. Barnes.

For more information go to www.northcarolinamusichalloffame.org.

2015/03 8:41 AM
Miranda To Host Westwood One's ACM Special

Miranda Lambert, who is nominated for eight ACM Awards this year will be hosting Westwood One's ACM nomination special.  It will lead into the ACM Awards. Stations may air the two-hour special which will feature interviews and music from the nominees.  It will be available to stations either Saturday, April 11 or Sunday, April 12.  Westwood One's ACM Nomination Special With Miranda Lambert will also air as the final two hours of hte NASH Nights Live Weekend Show that will air on Saturday, April 11 from 10 p.m.-midnight.

For more information contact Donny Walker here  or at 615-727-6987.

2015/03 8:37 AM
McCracken New OM For Cumulus/Lake Charles, LA

Gerry McCracken is the new Cumulus OM for Lake Charles, AL five-station cluster includling Country KYKZ and KQLK, Nash Icon. He will also be doing the PD tasks for the Country stations. Other stations in te group are KKGN (Classic Rock, KBIU (AC), KAOK-A (Talk) and KXZZ-A (Sports).

McCracken takes the seat of Eric Nelson who retired at the end of last year.

His experience includes nearly 20 years with Cox Media.  He served as the Country format captain and worked as PD at the company's Country KWEN/Tulsa and WHKO/Dayton.  He's also worked WSOC/Charlotte, WCOS/Columbia, SC and KBBG/San Francisco Most recently he was PD for WKRO, Coast Country/Daytona Beach, FL.

“Gerry adds to our growing roster of great programmers in the company,” said Cumulus Corporate PD Bob Raleigh. “We needed someone exceptional to take over the legacy left behind when Eric retired, and Gerry is the perfect fit for such a heritage station as KYKZ and our new Nash Icon KQLK.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Mike McVay, Bob Raleigh and the whole Cumulus team to drive the growth and success of these great stations,” said McCracken, who added “Laissez le bons temps rouler!” (or..."let the  good times roll.")

Get in touch with him here .


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2015/03 8:33 AM
iHeartRadio Country Festival Lineup

The lineup for the 2015 iHeartRadio Radio Country Festival has been announced for the event that will take place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Saturday, May 2.

The lineup will include Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr.  Bobby Bones will host the show.

"Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting genres in music today," said iHeartMedia President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman. "I love that our iHeartRadio Country Festival gives us an opportunity to showcase such an amazing lineup of incredible artists and music not only live in Austin, but across the country on our stations, Yahoo and NBC."

The entire festival will stream exclusively on Yahoo Live for fans nationwide and braodcast live on iHeartMedia Country stations across the US on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m.  It will be televised in a two-hour broadcast special on NBC-TV on Wednesday, May 27 from 9-11 pm.

For more information go to www.iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.


 

2015/03 8:25 AM
Keven Kennedy Lands At WKLB/Boston

Keven Kennedy has joined Greater Media's WKLB, Country 102.5/Boston.  He will be doing afternoons and go on the air on Thursday, March 26.

"It's exciting to welcome a personality of Keven's  caliber to Country 102.5," said WKLB PD Mike Brophey. "We know he'll feel right at home on the air in Boston and we expect to see him everywhere in the community!"

Kennedy most recently worked as host of "Kennedy int he Morning" on Rhythmic AC WMOV, Movin' 107.7/Norforlk VA and "Nudge in the Morning" on Adult Hits KVDU-FM, Voodoo 104/New Orleans.  He has also worked on Dial Globa's syndicated "Nudge at Night" as well as on the "Hits Now" format.  

Other markets he's worked include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis and Atlantic City.

"Ecstatic doesn't begin to describe how I feel about joining Greater Media Boston on one of America's pre-eminent Country radio stations," said Kennedy. "I'm so grateful for the opportunity to host a show in one of the greatest cities on the planet!"

Kennedy takes over for Steve Kelly who is leaving.  Get in touch with Kelly at 508-207-6801 or here /Blog/
 

2015/03 8:24 AM
John D'Amico Takes On Promo Mgr. For WDSY/Pittsburgh

CBS Radio's John D'Amico, Promotion Manager for WBZZ, 100.7 Star/Pittsburgh (Hot AC) will now wear the Promo hat at sister WDSY, Y108.

Jeff Davidson previously held this position and he took a position outside the radio industry.

D'Amico has worked at the statoin since 2007 when he began as an intern.  He worked part-time in Promotions and was hired full time as an Assistant in 2009.  He was promoted to Promo Manager for WBZZ in 2012.  Get in touch with him here

2015/03 9:24 AM
Walker In The Morning To Hit WOKN

Casey Walker is moving to Tower Broadcasting's WOKN/Southport, NY beginning Wednesday, March 25.

"Walker In The Morning" will take over the Michael "The Original Radio Cowboy" Williams. He will be leaving the morning show after nine years.  Walker has been retired from radio for six years.  

Get in touch with Walker here.

2015/03 8:55 AM
Brad Paisley Wins Attendance Record at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Brad Paisley has won the buckle for the highest Country attendance at this year's "The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo."

The crowd count totaled 75,167 and gave the highest attendance record for any Country act this year.  He also drew the second highest crowd overall for the 2015 Rodeo and is the ninth highest single concert in the history of "The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo."

2015/03 8:41 AM
Eric Church Sets Records In Chicago

Eric Church set a new live attendance record over the weekend at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on Friday 93/20).  Fans totalled 18,626 at "The Outsiders World Tour" show.  This broke the attendance record held by Vicente Fernandez in 2007.

"Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe's Bar," remarked Church. "Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000."
 

2015/03 8:28 AM
Cole Goes to #1 With "Ain't Worth The Whiskey"

Congrats to SVP/Promo Kevin Herring, VP/Promotion Kristen Williams, Director/National Katie Bright and the entire WMN promotion team as Cole Swindell's "Ain't Worth The Whiskey."

This is Swindell's third consecutive #1 single off his self-titled album.
 

2015/03 8:16 AM
KFFF, 93.3 The Wolf Adds Ritch Cassidy

Ritch Cassidy has joined iHeartMedia Classic Country KFFF, 93.3 The Wolf/Omaha-Council Bluffs.  He will be doing the 6 a.m.-noon shift.  This is the first air personality since the station changed format the "Country's Greatest Hits."

His first day was today (3/23).  This is a return to the company for him as he worked middays for sister KXKT.  

“Ritch is a walking encyclopedia of Country music trivia,” said Johnson. “Our listeners love him and his passion for the format. We are excited to have him add his talent to 93.3 The Wolf. He launched the show by giving away tickets to see Garth Brooks in Omaha on May 8th and 9th.”
 

2015/03 8:05 AM
KTPK's Skeeter Adds PD Duties

KTPK/Topeka, Kansas' morning host Skeeter (right) has been named PD.  He takes over from Roger Price who left March 10 and is looking for her next opportunity. Skeeter (Tim  Goodrich) joined the station six months ago.

He is looking for Price's successor in afternoons. The right candidate will have one to three years of on-air experience and a track record of ratings success.  Get your resume, cover letter and 4 MB max MP3 airchecks to Goodrich  here .

Roger Price can be reached here

2015/03 8:00 AM
Jason Aldean Gets Married

Congratulations to Jason Aldean and his new wife Brittany Kerr.  The couple got married in Mexico on Saturday (3/21) surrounded by friends nad family.

The couple got engaged in September.  Aldean proposed during a private tour of the San Diego Zoo.

2015/03 12:05 PM
​Ed Shane CEO Of Shane Media Has Passed Away

AllAboutCountry is very sad to have to report the passing of Shane Media CEO Ed Shane, Today (3/21), following a brief battle with colon cancer.

Shane’s long radio career included many years as Program Director for Talker KTRH/Houston (1980-84), and most recently Ed ran the Best In Texas Magazine and lead the headed the Texas Music Chart, as well as being the consultant and serving as project manager for Radio One News KROI/Houston.

Ed and his wife Pam announced his illness less than a month ago. Ed was placed into hospice care earlier this week.

You can condolences to Pam Shane here . And you may post your thoughts on Ed's Facebook page .
 

2015/03 8:36 AM
Get Well Wishes For Mark McKay

Sending out all good wishes to WGH/Norfolk-Virginia Beach's PD Mark McKay who has been dignosed with a treatable form of sarcoma.

"It's NOT a death sentnece, but I have cancer," McKay said.

He's in New York today at Sloan-Ketterin Cancer Center starting his treatment. Reach McKay here

Meanwhile Cluster Director of Programming John Shomby is handling music and programming until McKay returns.

2015/03 8:27 AM
Reba-The Face of Outnumber Hunger

Reba will serve as the face of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America's fourth annual "Outnumber Hunger" campaign this spring.

Reba and other BMLG artists will be on more than 60 million General Mills packages, including Cheerios, Pillsbury, YoPlait and Nature Valley.  The campaign will run from April through January 2016.  Consumers participate through Feeding America by entering General Mills product codes at www.OutnumberHunger.com, which will secure five meals for their local food bank.

Reba will also perform in a kick off concert event, "Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger."  Other performers will include Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie and Tae.  The concert will be shown on local Gannett affiliates beginning Friday, April 17 and will air on CMT-TV. 

"I was raised to treat others with compassion," explained Reba. "Knowing that one in six Americans struggle with hunger means my fans and people I see every day need help. The 'Outnumber Hunger' campaign is such a simple way to help your neighbors, so how could you not? I'm so proud to lead the charge with Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America."
 

2015/03 8:17 AM
Zac Brown Adds A Third Night At Fenway

Zac Brown Band has added a third night at Fenway Park in Boston.  This makes the Zac Brown Band the first to perform a three-night run at Fenway.

The group also will be the first to ever play Coors Field in Denver.

For more information and tour dates visit www.zacbrownband.com. 

2015/03 7:48 AM
Jay Cruze Promoted to SVP

Jay Cruze, iHeart Media's WSCG/Augusta, GA PD has been promoted to SVP/Programming for the six station cluster.  This position was held by iHeartMedia's Charleston SVP/Programming Travis Dylan.  Dylan left the market a year ago.

"Jay's vast experience and knowledge in the radio and music industry has proven to be a huge asset to our team," says Market Pres. Ivy Elam. "I'm confident that he is prepared to lead our cluster of stations to continued success." 

Cruz joined the station last summer.  His resume includes stops at Bigger Picture and Clear Channel stations in Lexington, Panama City and Chattanooga.  He also previously worked in Augusta.  Get in touch with him here

2015/03 7:01 AM
New York Post Declares Terrestrial Radio To Be Turned Off In Cars

An article in the New York Post declares that "Video didn’t kill the radio star, but SiriusXM and streaming services like Pandora are taking it apart piece by piece. Terrestrial radio, after years of maintaining its vise-like grip as the dominant in-car entertainment provider, will soon see thousands of motorists turn it off, a Wall Street report on Wednesday forecasted."

The report goes on to say "While terrestrial radio still owns an 80 percent share of car listenership, it will start to lose up to 1.5 percentage points a year of that market share as streamers like Pandora enter the market."

As we all known technology is changing the choices drivers have in their cars.  Cars with 4G wireless broadband technology is expected to account for 39% of all vehicles shipped this fall.  By 2018 this number will be close to 60%.

Read the entire article here
 

2015/03 9:09 AM
Pierre Bouvard Joins Cumulus

Pierre Bouvard, most recently Tivo SVP/Sales has joined Cumulus.  He is the new CMO and will oversee marketing strategy for Cumulus and Westwood One, including local and national brands.

"Pierre is one of the radio industry’s most effective advocates," says Dickey. "He understands the power of our great medium and is uniquely positioned to leverage audience insights to help advertisers take full advantage of our platform to deliver national scale with local activation." 

He will report directly to President/CEO Lew Dickey.  Bouvard's career includes stops at Arbitron and Coleman Research. He will be based in New York.

2015/03 8:21 AM
Bubba Off 103.1 The Wolf/Orlando

WOTW, 103.1 The Wolf/Orlando has stopped running the syndicated "Bubba The Love Sponge" in mornings.  The show, according to JVC Media, was incompatible with the station's format.

Bubba will remain on the company's Rock WBGF/West Palm Beach and Country WTRS/Gainesville-Ocala outlets.

WOTW put the show on two months ago following their flip to Country.  JVC bought the station early in December.

At this point there is no news about the direction of mornings on WOTW.  

 

2015/03 8:13 AM
Spring Break #1

Congratulations to Luke Bryan and the team at UMG/Nashville and the Capitol team as Bryan's Spring Break...Checkin' Out debuts at #1 on the Country albums chart.  

According to Nielsen Soundscan, the EP sold more than 88,000 copies in its first week.

2015/03 8:07 AM
Rick "RJ" Jordan Hired as Promo Manager

Grassroot Promotions has added Rick "RJ" Jordan as Music Row Promotion Manager.  He was most recently PD and PM drive with WCJW/Warsaw, NY.  His first day on the job will be March 23.

”We are extremely excited to have RJ join our team as he is a passionate, persistent, detail oriented, experienced promoter," said Grassroots Managing Partner Nancy Tunick. "You don’t find that combination often!”

Jordan's career includes 30 years working in the broadcast and record industry.  He has worked at radio stations including WBBS/Syracuse and WPOR/Portland.  He also has held regional promotion jobs at 903 Music Nashville, Country Thunder Records, Stroudavarious and Golden Music Nashville.

Jordan will be based in Rochester, NY and can be reached at 615-335-0718 or at /Blog/

No decisions have yet been made about his replacement at WCJW.

2015/03 8:02 AM
KCLR Looking For PD/Midday Person

Zimmer's KCLR/Columbia, MO has an opening for a PD/midday personality.  This person will also handle programming for Top 40 KTXY.  

According to Jamie Mac, Director of Programming and New Media who has been handling the responsibilities, the right person will have a great attitude, stron on-air delivery and writing skills, PD experience and a working knowledge of Top 40.

Send resume, maximum three-minute aircheck, programming philosophy and current photo to /Blog/

2015/03 4:11 AM
Maire Mason Promotion To VP/GM For WNSH

Cumulus has announced that they have promoted Maire Mason to VP/GM for Country WNSH, Nash FM 94.7/New York.  Mason was serving as GSM.

Her career includes positions in New York City for Merlin Media and for Univision Radio.  She was also VP/GM for CBS Radio/New York for over 29 years.  

“Maire is a terrific leader and a talented broadcaster," said President/CEO Lew Dickey. "We’re excited to have her take on a larger role with our company as we build Nash into America’s leading lifestyle and entertainment brand for Country music fans.” 

It has been a privilege to contribute to the success and growth of Nash-FM. Watching listeners rediscover Country music and advertisers embrace the format has been exhilarating. I’m excited about this new role. It’s an honor to have been asked by Lew Dickey to take the vision of Nash-FM to the next level.” 
 


2015/03 12:30 PM
CRS Opens Full Content Streaming To All CRS 2015 Registrants

Video and audio recorded from panels and sessions that took place during CRS 2015 are now available for streaming at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com . The educational material and event highlights were captured during the three-day event, which took place Feb. 25-27, 2015. Panel streaming is only available for 60 days.

Bill Mayne, CRS Executive Director commented
, “There was so much great content shared during the three-day event. We understand that it is impossible for our attendees to make it to every session, so in an effort to avoid any of our attendees missing anything, we are offering access to all of the valuable panels and discussions that took place at CRS 2015. Go to website, log in, and enjoy sessions and panels on demand. We hope that all of this year’s registrants will log on and learn today!”

To stream panels, CRS 2015 attendees must go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com and login using the username and password they created when registering for the seminar. Once logged in, materials will be available for download and viewing.


Panel handouts, photos and videos do not require a login and are available for public viewing here .


For any technical issues or more information, please contact the CRS offices at 615-327-4487 or by emailing Ashley Silver at /Blog/

2015/03 8:10 AM
Broadcasters Fight to Remove Sponsored Song Notices Off The Airwaves

As was reported by the New York Times, a group of nine broadcasters including Beasley, Cox, Cromwell, Emmis, Entercom, First Natchez, Greater Media, Henson Media and iHeartMedia (Cumulus is not a part of this group) have filed with the FCC requesting that they be allowed to move disclosures about sponsored songs off the air to online.  

The broadcasters claim the change will give "offer “far greater and more accessible sponsorship information to listeners.”  They then contend that it is a “consumer-friendly” move with “fewer interruptions.” They go on to say that online disclosures would protect the public because they can be consulted anytime and run at a much greater length than disclosures on the.

Currently the law states that statons must identify sponsored programming.  This is done to prevent payola, which would then make it fair to those competing for airtime. 

The petition was revealed Friday, March 13 and the FCC is accepting public feedback through April 13.

Read the petition here an the New York Times story here .

2015/03 8:08 AM
Mike Vincent Joins WSJR, Nash FM 93.7/Wilkes-Barre PA

Mike Vincent, most recently Director/National Broadcast for Snocountry,  has joined WSJR, Nash FM 93.7/Wilkes-Barre, PA as PD/afternoon host.  He will begin his new gig immediately and succeeds Mark Stevens who left in February.

Vincent's career also includes working with KBWF/San Francisco and WFLS/Fredericksburg, VA.

“I am forever grateful for Cumulus Media to bring me back home to the East coast, and for giving me a shot to serve the wonderful community that is Wilkes-Barre, PA,” said  “I am looking forward to working with the amazing talent and staff, and can’t wait to blast the lava through the radio volcano that’s been sitting dormant since 2011.”

 Get in touch with him here .




 

2015/03 8:04 AM
Luke Bryan's New 'Spring Break' Collection Tops The Country Album Chart

Congratulates fromAllAboutCountry.com to Capitol Nashville’s Luke Bryan and the entire crew at UMG Nashville on getting a #1 Country album chart debut for Bryan’s “SPRING BREAK … CHECKIN’ OUT,” which sold more than 100,000 first week units, according to Nielsen Music reports.

This gives Bryan his fifth career #1 album debut.
In fact, three of those five chart-toppers have been from his ongoing “Spring Break” themed series.

Also, Bryan hits #3 on the all-genre
albums chart, just behind the # 1“Empire” soundtrack, which sold 130,000 and Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” at #2 selling at 120,000.

2015/03 4:03 AM
'Boots On The Beach Vacation' Headlined By Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, And Tyler Farr

Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and Tyler Farr are headlining "Boots On The Beach Vacation" at Sandels Resorts in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Friday, May 22nd through Tuesday, May 26th.

Sony Music Nashville newcomers Casey James, Cam, Josh Dorr, and Logan Mize
will also perform at the event.
Proceeds from "Boots On The Beach Vacation" will go towards The Boot Campaign, which provides assistance to military personnel and their families during and post-service.

Get more information here .

2015/03 4:00 AM
​Ron Bee Passes This Morning 3/18

AllAboutCountry passes along condolences to the family and friends of former iHeartMedia Country WBBS/B 104.7, Syracuse, NY morning co-host Ron Bee, slipped away early this Morning (3/18).

Bee had been fighting a very aggressive form of Leukemia, after already having serious medical complications from a 2007 automobile accident that badly injured his spine. Due to complications, Bee lost his voice, eventually retiring to Phoenix.

Bee was formerly teamed with Rick Gary for the "Rick And Ron show" on WBBS.

2015/03 2:05 AM
Bloomberg Reports: Les Moonves Discussed A CBS-Time Warner Merger

The report says that CBS CEO Les Moonves sat down with Time Warner Inc. and discussed the possibility of a merger. According to Bloomberg.com , "Moonves and his counterpart at Time Warner, Jeff Bewkes, discussed the idea of combining their companies in meetings last year, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Beweks wasn’t interested, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private."

However, numerous reports have speculated about the future of CBS, as Moonves plans for a future after controlling shareholder Summer Redstone takes a less active role or passes.

Blomberg also notes, "with the Redstone era winding down, some investors have called for CBS and Viacom to reunite. The trustees who will eventually oversee the interests in both companies include Philippe Dauman, CEO of Viacom, and Redstone’s daughter, Shari. She owns 20% of National Amusements Inc., the family company that holds 80% voting stakes in CBS and Viacom."

2015/03 2:00 AM
Rivers Rutherford Added To First And The Worst Event April 1 At 3rd & Lindsley

Hit songwriter, Rivers Rutherford of “Ain’t Nothing Bout You”/Brooks & Dunn, “Living In Fast Forward”/Kenny Chesney, “Real Good Man”/Tim McGraw, has been added to the star-studding songwriter lineup for the “First And The Worst” event, which will feature some of Nashville’s most recognized songwriters coming together to perform the first and the worst songs they ever wrote, as well as their songs that have become top-selling records recorded by superstar artists.  The inaugural First and The Worst is scheduled for April 1, 2015 at 3rd and Lindsley. 
 
Hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and music critic Peter Cooper, the evening will also feature Richard Leigh, who wrote“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and “I’ll Get Over You”/Crystal Gayle, “The Greatest Man I Never Knew”/Reba McEntire), Liz Rose “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops On My Guitar,” and "You Belong To Me"/Taylor Swift, Phil Barton "A Woman Like You"/Lee Brice, “She Rides Away”/David Nail, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”/Dustin Lynch, Roxie Dean "When I Think About Angels"/Jamie O'Neal, “Why They Call It Falling”/Lee Ann Womack, and Wynn Varble Waitin’ On A Woman”/Brad Paisley, “Have You Forgotten”/Darryl Worley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That”/Easton Corbin.  
 
All event proceeds from sponsorship tables, ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit Music Health Alliance. The non-profit’s work assists songwriters, artists and music industry professionals in finding affordable health solutions and financial resources at every stage of their career. The mission of Music Health Alliance is to Heal the Music by providing access to healthcare through services that PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT music professionals with medical and financial solutions. In two short years, they have saved over $5.5 million dollars in insurance premiums, reduction of medical bills, and prescription savings.  
 
Tatum Hauck Allsep , MHA’s Founder/Executive Director said, “The First and The Worst will enable Music Health Alliance to provide life saving healthcare access to the music industry in its most vulnerable time of need.  MHA is thrilled to be the beneficiary of such an incredibly clever and entertaining evening of music.”
 
First and The Worst is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated songwriter, Sandy Knox “Does He Love You,” "She Thinks His Name Was John," and "Why Haven't I Heard From You"/Reba McEntire and her own early gems “Upchuck” and “Mr. Phone”. “The First and The Worst is an event I have dreamed about for close to 20 years…a night in which the audience is allowed to peek inside the brilliant minds of hit songwriters long before they had ever written a hit,” explains Knox about the idea becoming a reality. “And, having it benefit the Music Health Alliance makes it all about giving back to our community.”
 
Doors to the event will open at 5:00 p.m. and the show will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase through http://thefirstandtheworst.com/ . Tickets are $20 for balcony and $75 for reserved seating. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500, and $10,000 for the title sponsorship.  There are a limited number of tables available for sponsorship.  Please contact Shelia Shipley Biddy at /Blog/ for more information. 
 
For more information on Music Health Alliance, visit their website, www.musichealthalliance.com , or view this video that serves as an introduction to the non-profit organization, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter . Follow The First and The Worst’s official Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the upcoming charity event.

2015/03 12:10 PM
Alpha Media Snatches Country KLLL Lubbock, TX From Wilks And Three Other Stations

Alpha Media agrees to purchase four Lubbock, TX stations from Wilks, including Country KLLL.

The stations include Country KLLL/Lubbock, Classic Rock KONE/ROCK 101.1 and, Urban KBTE/104.9 THE BEAT/Tulia, and Hot AC KMMX/MIX 100/Tahoka. The deal has not yet appeared in the FCC database.
 
Michael Bergner of Bergner And Co. served as exclusive broker to Wilks while Eiseman, Assor, Bell and Peskoe served as legal advisor to Wilks.
 
Alpha Chairman Larry Wilson makes mention that these are the four best radio properties in Lubbock, TX, and that they have great signals along with super people. This cluster is annually the highest rated cluster in the Lubbock area. Alpha will own 96 stations in the U.S when this deal closes.

2015/03 12:00 PM
Former WBBS/Syracuse, NY Morning Co-Host Ron Bee Is In a Seattle hospital Following A Failed Stem Cell Transplant

AllAboutCountry’s thoughts and prayers are with former WBBS/Syracuse, NY morning co-host Ron Bee, who is in a Seattle hospital after a failed stem cell transplant that is related to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Bee’s son, Jonathan Bee tells Syracuse.com , "The doctors have stopped all medications related to his transplant. He's still getting medications to combat fevers and nausea to keep him comfortable and the morphine to take away any pain he has.

Bee spent more than 30 years on air in Syracuse, most recently partnered with Becky Palmer. He was forced into retirement in 2007 after a car accident. His family has established a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses’ here .

2015/03 8:48 AM
Willie Releases "It's A Long Story My Life" Soon To Be Released

Willie Nelson has more than six decades in the music industry and accomplished much.  He's released over 100 albums, received 10 Grammys, has received Kennedy Center  Honors and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  He is a high-profile activist for the legalization of marijuana and hemp, the founder of a groundbreaking philanthropic organization and overall has had a much publicized personal life.

It's now in his memoir "It's A Long Story: My Life" due to be available May 5, 2015.

Born in 1933, Nelson grew up in the depths of the Great Depression. He was raised by his grandparents in a small town of Texas and began singing in honky-tonks at the age of 13 to escape the work of picking cotton in Texas fields.  

But he overcame the adversity and more than a half-century ago firmly established himself with his voice and songwriting.  He has written some of the most popular and enduring songs of our time including "On The Road Again," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," "Crazy," "Night Life," and "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Bring Me Sunshine," and "Always On My Mind."  

The book shares his highs and painful lows as well as many never-before-told stories.

 

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