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2014/12 11:28 AM
The News Never Stops Even Though The AllAboutCountry Offices Are Closed For The Holidays!

The offices of All About Country are closed through New Years’, and they will reopen on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

However, the news will be updated as it happens and the Jobs section, will be updated.

If you have NEWS to report during this holiday season send it to:

Bill Hennes /archive and/or Kim Hennes /archive

AllAboutCountry wishes you and yours a very happy and healthy Merry Christmas holiday and a super safe Happy New Year.

See you on January 2nd.

2014/11 6:47 AM
SoundExchange, VerStandig Broadcasting Fight In Court Over Geo-Fencing Case As Settlement

Verstandig Broadcasting and SoundExchange are battling over streaming royalty payments for "geo-fenced" Internet streams of broadcast stations continues, as SOUNDEXCHANGE attorney Michael B. DeSanctis, responds to a letter filed by the plaintiffs' attorney last week. He told Judge Michael F. Urbanski in a letter filed Monday (11/24) that Verstandig's "attempt to force SoundExchange to commit to a course of action on a hypothetical and ever-changing set of facts and legal theories" is unfair.

DeSanctis added that the plaintiff's argument that a controversy exists for the court "merely because SoundExchange would have standing to sue Plaintiffs depending on what exactly they might do, which of them might do it, and how they might do it" is wrong because standing is not enough to establish whether a controversy is ripe enough for the court under the law of declaratory judgments.

Verstandig attorney Davis Butler in a letter last week, said that SoundExchange "rejected plaintiffs' proposed covenant not to sue" and asserted that "In doing so, SoundExchange abandoned its theory that it is the wrong defendant in this declaratory judgment action."

Verstandig is in court to establish its theory that by limiting the online stream of its Active Rock WTGD/105.1 BOB Rocks/Bridgewater, VA to a 150-mile radius, it does not owe royalties to be collected by SoundExchange.

2014/11 11:57 AM
Beginning Tomorrow The 'CMA Country Christmas' Video Highlight Package Is Available

The Country Music Association (CMA) will provide preview footage and artist interviews from "CMA Country Christmas" as a video highlight package feed beginning tomorrow (11/25).

It is hosted by Jennifer Nettles and will feature performances from Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldridge, and many more. 

"CMA Country Christmas" will air their annual two-hour special on MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st beginning at 8p (ET) on ABC-TV.  The highlight package is approximately 15 minutes in length and will be re-run back-to-back to allow media outlets two opportunities for download.

Satellite coordinates for both feeds are as follows:
  • GALAXY 17 (Ku) Digital
  • Transponder 13 – Ch D
  • 9 MHz
  • Downlink Freq:  11973.5 (H)
  • Symbol Rate:  6.1113
  • FEC: ¾
FTP Download Site: www.vistaworldlink.com/CMAchristmas.

For more information contact Jim Bowling at 213-215-7822 or via email.

2014/11 12:42 PM
Vince and Lyle To Do Three Shows

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will be doing three acoustic shows starting January 27 in Glenside, PA.  Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories will feature both solo and duo performances.  They will be serving as their own accompanists.  

Other locations they will be performing include Englewood, NJ on January 28 and North Charleston, SC Jan. 30.  

2014/10 12:59 PM
New York Times Questions Taylor's Sales Ability

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.

Go here to read more.

2014/08 2:55 PM
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 12:13 PM
Garth Adds Atlanta Concerts

G art h 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.

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