farm director of KLGR-AM-K240DJ/Redwood Falls, MN has received The Doan Award from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. It is the highest honor from the NAFB and recognizes excellence in reporting skill, thoroughness and attention to audience interest.
"The Alpha Farm stations are important to the ag communities they serve," said Alpha Media EVP/Midwest Region George Pelletier. "Dustin does an excellent job of providing key information on a daily basis. His passion for agriculture and for his listeners is second to none. We are proud to see him receive this recognition and acknowledgement."
"I'm truly humbled and honored to receive this award," commented Hoffmann. "Thinking of the great broadcasters who have received this award before me, it's a compliment I don't take lightly."
03/20/2017 2:18 PM
Futuri Media Launches Alexa Skills For Radio Stations
Futuri Media is offering clients access to customized Alexa Skills for their radio stations. With Alexa Skills, stations can deliver their streaming and on-demand content to devices like the Amazon Echo, Tap, and Dot.
“Amazon Alexa-enabled devices have exploded in popularity this year," said Futuri Media Ceo Daniel Anstandig. "Seeing the potential audience and revenue lift associated with this rapidly-expanding audio distribution channel, we’ve made development in the ‘smart speaker’ space a priority. It’s a tremendous opportunity for broadcast brands to stay on the cutting edge.”
03/13/2017 11:02 AM
Additional Performers Announced For 'Jamboree In The Hills'
Brothers Osborne, The Cadillac Three, Raelynn, Kane Brown, Brett Young, High Valley, Aaron Tippin, Waterloo Revival, Davisson Brothers Band, and Dee Jay Silverhave been added to the lineup for "Jamboree In The Hills" music festival in Belmont County, OH in July.
The artists join previously announced performersThomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young, and Kelsea Ballerini for the 41st "Jamboree." Slated for Thursday, July13th through Sunday, July 16th, tickets are already on sale here.
03/03/2017 4:00 PM
Lieberman Adds President to His Title
Entravision COO Jeffery Liberman has added President to his title and will report to Chairman/CEO Walter Ulloa.
Liberman has been with Entravision since 2000 and has 40 years of experience in Spanish-language media. The company owns 54 television stations and among its 49 radio stations is Country KNTY/Sacramento.
02/25/2017 7:15 AM
Garth Brooks Celebrated The Five Millionth Ticket Sold On The Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood
Garth Brooks celebrated the five millionth ticket sold on “The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” and nine sold out concerts last night at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB. On the 1996-1998 tour the five millionth ticket was in College Station, TX during November 19 - 22, 1998 at Reed Arena. It was the 100th city on the tour. This time, it has only taken 60 cities. The tour is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited.
The surprise presentation began as Trisha interrupted her own set to invite upJared Smith, President of Ticketmaster and Michael Evans, President of Arenas for Live Nation.They presented Garth with a commemorative plaque honoring the five million tickets sold in 100 cities during the 1996-1998 world tour but they then presented Garth with a second plaque honoring the five millionth ticket sold in just 60 cities during the current tour. Garth Brooks and Ticketmaster have been working together for more than twenty years to ensure tickets get into the hands of real fans.
As Garth tried to leave the stage so Trisha could finish her set, Trisha stopped him and invited up Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair and Susan Darrington, General Manager of Rogers Place. They ascended the stage to unveil a new banner hanging from the rafters, celebrating the five millionth ticket sold and nine sold out concerts played at the new Rogers Place in Edmonton. The banner will hang alongside the championship banners of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings.
Garth tried to leave again but Trisha stopped him one more time for a very special video message from Wayne Gretzky that played on the big screen. What followed was roaring applause as Garth took in the newly hung banner.
Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales.Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. In just over two years the tour has sold over 5 MILLION tickets, making it the biggest tour in the world.
Garth has also launched "Inside Studio G", a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 7:00 PM EDT.
Byerly Promoted to Director of Sales and Associate GM for Neuhoff
GSM Kathy Byerly has been promoted to Director of Sales and Associate GM for the Neuhoff/Decatur, IL cluster. This includes Country stations WFMB and WDZQ. She joined the station as GSM in 2014 when she transferred from Neuhoff/Springfield, IL.
"Kathy is a wonderful success story" says COO Mike Hulvey. "She has grown a career from the front desk to market leadership. You can't get much better than that."
"We just put a new coat of paint on the station," PD Scott Roddy says.
WIL competes with iHeartMedia's KSD. The stations posted a 4.7 (8) and 3.3 (10) in Nielsen Holiday 2016 PPM survey. All staff will remain.
01/09/2017 7:01 AM
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12/21/2016 3:46 PM
On Pre-1972 Performance Fees NY Court Makes New Ruling In Favor Of SiriusXM
Good news was received by SIRIUSXM from New York's Court Of Appeals, which ruled the satcaster can play music recorded prior to 1972 without paying any royalties.
The NY State Court of Appeals handed down an opinion in the Flo and Eddie V. SIRIUSXM Radio Inc., case yesterday afternoon (12/20). The case was referred to New York’s highest form, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and this opinion will direct a final decision in the case. The question before the court was whether New York’s common law recognized a right to a performance fee for music recorded prior to 1972.
In a 4-2 decision, the Court ruled in favor of local radio and television stations. Writing for the majorityJustice Leslie Stein stated, “New York’s common-law copyright has never recognized a right of public performance for pre-1972 sound recordings.”
The President of the New York State Broadcasters Association, David Donovan stated, "We are delighted that the court agreed with our amicus brief that New York law does not recognize a right to a performance fee for music recorded prior to 1972. The majority expressly recognized, '[T]hat the record companies and artists had a symbiotic relationship with radio stations and wanted them to play their records to encourage name recognition and corresponding album sales'.”
Donovan continued, "The court recognized NYSBA’s concerns that both broadcasters and the public would be harmed if it created such a new right. The majority found that 'radio services may choose to limit or cease their broadcasts of pre-1972 music. The public will then be deprived of this music and artists will be deprived of their interest in their performances that is generated by radio broadcasting. While the case directly involved SIRIUSXM, it was clear that the decision could affect broadcasters. This is an important decision that will have national implications."
11/18/2016 10:17 AM
In The Real Estate Market?
The property in Hendersonville, TN once owned by Johnny and June Carter Cash is up for sale. Teh Cash home burned in 2007, but a swimming pool, tennis court, garage, guard house and covered boat dock remain. There's a one-bedroom apartment seller James Gresham created it. Originally the building was the Cash's former wardrobe building where they stored their stage costumes.
Gresham bought the estate for $2 million in 2014 from Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. There is no asking price for the property.
"In my mind, it would be some person (who) is a huge Johnny Cash fan," Gresham tells the Wall Street Journal. Photos and more are here.