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02/20/2015 12:28 PM
CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast Scheduled

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) will hold a "CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast" on Friday, February 27 at 8 a.m. (CT) at the Nashville Convention Center. This is a new agenda item.

It will be hosted by Futuri Media and will be an open breakfast discussion with the industry's tech thought leaders.  They will discuss your most important digital goals for your brand this year.  Get answers to questions such as," How will you eausre your revenue and engagement success on social and mobile in 2015?" "How do you know you're 'moving the needle' on social and mobile in a meaningful way for your company?"  Goal setting and compensation for sellers, brand managers and the digital team will also be discussed.

“This session is designed to create an open forum for broadcasters and marketers to compare notes on social and mobile strategy, discuss the future of digital for Country music fans, and gather new ideas for their local markets,” said CRS Exec. Dir. Bill Mayne.

For more information go to


01/19/2015 12:33 PM
St. Jude Welcomes Country Radio and Record Pros

Over the past weekend nearly 800 Country radio and records professionals visited St. Jude for a seminar to kick off the 26th annual "Country Cares for St. Jude Kids" program.  The event was held in Memphis, TN, home of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"There are some really special people here," stated MCA Nashville recording artist Sam Hunt.  "I had heard a lot of good things about St. Jude, but coming her far exceeded anything I'd heard.  Immediately, although you know there is a huge struggle going on here with children fighting for their lives, there's a happiness here.  St. Jude has done a great job of creating an environment that exudes happiness and joy.  Country music is an extension of country culture, and it's all about family.  Family is a huge when someone's sick, you pull together.  The Country family, while not blood, is still family, and when asked to help St. Jude, the family joined the fight."

The event was held January 15-18 and many new artists attended including Chase Bryant, Logan Mize, Kelsea Ballerini, Jackie Lee, Sam Hunt, Mickey Guyton, Steven Lee Olsen, Seth Alley, Mo Pitney, Craig Wayne Boyd, Native Run and many more. Veteran artists included Craig Campbell, Randy Owen, Gloriana, the Band Perry and others. 

The "Country Care For St. Jude Kids" seminar allows St. Jude patients to interact with artists and radio and recrods partners. Country radio, recrods and artists have raised more the $500 million over the past 26 years to help St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  For more information visit www.stjudeorg/countrycares .



01/13/2015 12:08 PM
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Signs with Little Extra Music

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Carolyn Dawn Johnson has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Little Extra Music. "I met with Carolyn Dawn not long after she came to Nashville and was an instant fan," said Little Extra Music President Lisa Ramsey Perkins.  "She's not only an amazing singer and songwriter, she's one of the first women I met who produced her own records.  I always wanted to work with her and am thrilled she's now a part of the Little Extra Music family!"

Johnson wrote Chely Wright's #1 "Single White Female."  That success paved the way to other opportunities including publishing deals with artists including Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina and others.  
She signed a record deal with Arista Nashville in 2000.  She was named "Top New Femal Vocalist" in 2002 by The ACM and the American Music Awards named her "Favorite New Country Artist" in 2003.

She is currently on the road with Miranda Lambert singing backup vocals. 


01/13/2015 12:02 PM
Darius Hittin' the Road

Darius Rucker appeared last night on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and announced that he is set to hit the road with his "Southern Style Tour" on May 14 in Holmdale, NJ.  

At this point there are 30 scheduled stops for the tour.  The tour will support his new album "Southern Style" to be released on March 31, 2015.

He will be touring with Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses who will open for him.

The cities currently scheduled include: 

(Dates to be announced)
Holmdel, N. J.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alpharetta, Ga.
Tampa, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Scranton, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Detroit, Mich.
Toronto, Ontario
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
St. Louis, Mo.
Indianapolis, Ind.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Gilford, N.H. 
Mansfield, Mass.
Wantaugh, N.Y.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Denver, Colo.
Albuquerque, N.M.
Mountain View, Calif.
Irvine, Calif.
Chula Vista, Calif.
Cleveland, Ohio
Darien Lake, N.Y.
Columbia, Md.
Raleigh, N.C.
Charlotte, N.C.
Virginia Beach, Va.


01/13/2015 12:56 PM
Voting Now On For ACM Awards

The semi-finalists for the 50th ACM Awards New Artist of hthe Year fan-voted award are Brett Eldredge,
Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip More, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Dan + Shay.

The ACM and CMT  have teamed up for the voting beginning on January 27. Vote here. 

01/13/2015 12:34 PM
2nd Annual Tailgate Party Hosted By Cumulus/New York

Cumulus/New York cluster including stations WNSH, Nash FM 94.7, WPLJ (Hot AC), WABC-A (Talk and WNBM, Raido 103.9 (Urban) held their "Ultimate Tailgate Party" on Saturday, January 10 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Over 2,000 people were in attendance for a day of fun including with drinks, food, interactive games, great music and live performances.  Tiki Barber, former New York Giants was on hand to meet everyone.

On-air personalities from Nash FM 94.7, 95.5 PLJ, Radio 103.9 and 77 WABC all hosted a listener competition on stage and sent the winner to the Ultimate Fan Experience.  The evening ended with a concert by Meghan Trainor and Nick Jonas.  

01/13/2015 12:23 PM
Allie Birchfield New Dir/Media Marketing at UMG/Nashville

Ailie Birchfield has been named Director/Media Marketing for UMG/Nashville.  The position was previuosly held by Fount Lynch who left to work for Sony/Nashville as VP/Media.  Birchfield was most recnelty with Slate PR in Los Agneles.  

"I am so impressed with Ailie's work ethic and professionalism," says VP/Media Marketing Lori Christian. "She carved an impressive publicity career for herself in Los Angeles and we are thrilled to have her enthusiasm and expertise for our UMG/Nashville roster of artists."

Reach Birchfield here .

01/13/2015 12:16 PM
Radio & Record Reunion At 102.1 WDRM/Huntsville

iHeartMedia's 102.1 WDRM/Huntsville hosted their 2nd Annual Radio & Record Reunion recently.  

The day was filled with activities including a field trip to the Redstone Arsenal Military Base (where cell phones weren't allowed...imagine...record reps without cell phones!), a trip to NASA's International Space Station and a hometown hockey game with the Huntsville Havoc.

Seen here (l-r) WBRM's Erich West, Broken Bow's Scotty O'Brien, Black River's Megan Boardman, Dot Records E.J. Bernas, Arista's Ructy Sherrill, Mark Anthony Yuhas, Republic's Stacy Blythe, Southern Ground's Neda Tobin, RCA's Parker Fowler,WDRM's A.J. McCloud and Tyler Waugh.

01/13/2015 1:49 PM
Chicago's New WEBG FM 95.5 Completes Line Up

Chicago's new country station WEBG FM 95.5, Big 95.5 has completed its local talent lineup. Amber "Alabama" Cole (left) will be hosting afternoons and Eric Zachary (right) will be doing evenings. 

As was reported here, the iHeartMedia station flipped WNUA to Country Monday, January 5 and last Friday announced the hiring of Mason Schreader and Zach "Remy Honesly who will be doing mornings and Steve Stewart as PD and midday host. 

The lineup will broadcast from iHeartMedia stations in Chicago (their other stations do not) underscoring their effort in competing with WUSN FM 995 who has been doing Country in Chicago for 33 years.

Cole, who goes by "Alabama" on the air has most recenetly been music director at iHeartMedia's WNOH/Norfolk, VA.  She's been there since last September.  She has also worked at WJIM/Lansing, MI as promo director and afternoon host and also worked part time at WKZH/Detroit.

Alabama is incredibly talented and fiercely competitive,” Stewart said in a statement. “She not only does a great show but is also nonstop in the community and on all social media platforms. Alabama will be seen all over Chicago!”

Cole, in her excitement about her new gig, counted down the hours to the announcement of her move to Chicago no her Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday (1/12).  “5 hours and I get to share the biggest news of my life ever!”; “2 hours 30 minutes! AHHHHHHHHHHH” and “Less than 30 minutes. The count down begins and I’m dying!”

Zachary is a Chicago native and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and began as an intern at iHeartMedia Chicago working on theiar at Top 40 WKSC FM 103.5.  He has been with the station since 2012.  Stewart called him "one of the most energetic air talents in Chicago."

“To say that I’m ecstatic would be a severe understatement,” Zachary was quoted as saying. “I’ve grown up in the Chicagoland area and when I first got called to be on-air at 103.5 Kiss FM, I thought nothing could ever beat that feeling. I was wrong. Not only do I have the opportunity to talk with Chicago country fans five nights a week, but I get to be a part of launching what is guaranteed to be a BIG station. The country format is one that I’ve grown extremely passionate about, so to be given the chance to work every day with a team of the industry’s absolute best in my hometown. That is simply unreal.”

The lineup Monday through Friday on Big 95.5

6 to 10 a.m.: Mason and Remy
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Steve Stewart
2 to 7 p.m.: Alabama
p.m. to midnight-Erik Zac  

Stream them here .


01/12/2015 1:42 PM
Nash Icon Records Signs Ronnie Dunn

Rumors have been confirmed.  Ronnie Dunn has been signed by Nash Icon Records.  

"This is the best possible scenario that I can imagine," said Dunn. "The Big Machine and Cumulus combination is a force, and I am proud to be included in this innovative venture."

As was reported here, Dunn recently announced will be joined by his former partner Kix Brooks along with Reba for a residence in Vegas a recent announcement tat Caesars Palace. 

"Ronnie Dunn has one of the smoothest, most-recognized dan dmost-popular voices of the last twenty five years in Country music," said Big Machien Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta.  "I'm truly honored to have him join us and take his rightful place as an ICON.  Great music is on the way!"

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