An article in the New York Times questions Taylor Swift's ability to her million -unit sale debuts after her "decision to break from Country radio" and her release of her upcoming album 1989.
WXTU/Philadelphia Mark Razz and Consultant Joel Raab are quoted. Read it here.
2014/10 2:03 PM
Has Country Radio Listening Peaked
Country definintely is a huge ratings getter. In fact it is the format that gets the second-largest share of all radio’s biggest demos.
However, for the first time since the summer of 2011 Country radio has put out two back to back months of declines in overall listener shares.
This latest Nielsen data, based on PPM markets, infers that the Country format may have hit its peak. The next few months will tell the real story. Stay tuned.
2014/08 12:28 PM
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.
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 12:13 PM
Garth Adds Atlanta Concerts
Garth Brooks has added two additional shows to his stop in Atlanta. This brings the total to five shows at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Ticketmaster had problems keeping up with the requests when tickets went on sale last Friday (8/8) and sales were suspended. He has now added a show at 10:30 (ET) on Saturday, September 20 a 7:30 p.m. (ET) show to Sunday, September 21.
Tickets for those two shows will go on sale this Saturday, August 16 at 9 a.m. (ET) via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.
2014/07 9:47 PM
David Coppock Leaves Clear Channel
David Coppock, Clear Channel's RMM for Mobile/Pensacola/Panama City/Biloxi has left the company after 17 years.
As was reported, he has been replaced by Mike Scott. He has been with the company since 1997 and became the RMM the following year. He was with Colonial Broadcasting as President/CEO for 13 years.
2014/07 9:29 AM
Kevin Richards Leaves WGNA
Kevin Richards, midday talent at WGNA/Albany has left after 19 years. He is looking for his next opportunity. Reach him here . OD Stephen Guittari is looking for the person to succeed him. Ideal candidate will "love to connect with the Country audience on the air, on the street and digitally."
Airchecks and resumes can be sent to Giuttari here.
2014/07 5:46 PM
Hannah Rupert Named Dir/Marketing and Promotions
Hannah Rupert, marketing consultant has been named Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Adams Radio/Ft. Wayne cluster including Country WBTU.
"Hannah is the perfect candidate for this opportunity," says Market Manager Shel Leshner. "She is highly efficient and extremely focused." Reach her here.
2014/05 12:36 PM
Thomas Rhett Goes To #1
Congrats to Thomas Rhett and the promo team under VP/Promo George Briner for going to #1 this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart with "Get Me Some of That."
This is Rhett's second #1 and it follows "It Goes Like This." That single went to #1 in October.
2014/05 12:41 PM
KPXR/Spokane Becomes KIX 96.1
Clear Channel's Top 40 KPXR/Spokane switched to Country and is now known as "Kix 96.1."
"The Bobby Bones Show" will be in mornings with KEEY/Minneapolis' Amy James will be tracking middays. Tyler Reese from WSIX/Nashville will track afternoon and Spokane promo person Cole will do nights.
The station was Country before switching to Top 40 two years ago.
OM Brad Miller says while the weekday airstaff is all lined up, he's "always looking for good part-time talent or even voice trackers from out of the market." Reach him here.