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04/28/2017 1:40 PM
Nick Barnes Hooks-up With UTA As Digital Strategy Agent

United Talent Agency (UTA) has added Nick Barnes as Digital Strategy Agent based out of UTA's Nashville office. In this new role, Barnes will help build and execute digital and direct-to-audience strategies for clients across the agency, with a specific emphasis on music artists and the agency's growing Nashville presence.

"I'm elated to join the team at UTA and enter into a new chapter in my career," said Barnes. "UTA's commitment to digital growth is forward-thinking and progressive. With the contantly changing digital landscape, I look forward to keeping the company ahead of the curve and using my experience to attract new talent in Nashville and beyond." Added UTA Nashville co-head Nick Meinema, "As the agency continues to expand our suite of services across all areas, Nick will help bring our digital strategy practice to the next level and give us true digital boots on the ground in Nashville. His expertise at the intersection of music, digital, and marketing will serve as an invaluable tool as we continue to create new and innovative opportunities for our clients."

Barnes joins from Qprime where he served as Dir./Fan Engagement & Digital for EMI Nashville artist Eric Church. At Qprime, Barmes oversaw Church's growing fan club model, global digital strategy, and built proprietary technology to identify and mitigate ticket brokers' activity on the secondary market. Barnes also helped launch other verticals of CHURCH's business, such as "Highway To Home" with Rooms To Go and "These Boots" by LucchesE. Prior to joining Qprime, Barnes spent time at Sony Music Nashville as Arista Nashville Mgr./Digital Marketing.

04/28/2017 9:18 AM
Winter '17 Phase 2 Results Arrive From Nielsen Audio Today For These Martkets...

Honolulu; Bakersfield; Omaha; Tulsa; and Knoxville. Get the ratings for the subscribing stations FIRST in the in the AllAboutCountry News section   at 5p (ET).

Then, on Monday, May 1st look for: Albuquerque; El Paso; Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol; Harrisburg; and York.   

04/27/2017 12:35 PM
Nicole Sherrill Joins Little Extra Music

Little Extra Music has named Nicole Sherrill as Creative Director.  Sherrill will be responsible for pitching the Little Extra catalog, handling writer scheduling and continuing to assist President wiht the day-to-day operations of the company.  She is a graduate of Ole Miss, with a major in live performance.

Sherill is the daughter of award winning engineer Billy Sherrill who has worked with Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, The Dixie Chicks and Kenny Rogers.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Little Extra Music family! I’ve always had a passion for songs and the creative process of writers has always captivated me. Connecting a song with the perfect artist is the most rewarding feeling,” said Sherrill.

Nicole is a huge ball of energy, with a vast knowledge of country music history, and a passion for all kinds of music. She is the perfect gift to Little Extra Music and our writers. We’re so grateful to have her on board!” said Ramsey-Perkins.

04/24/2017 4:28 PM
Suarez and Kelly Leave Sun Broadcast Group

Sun Broadcast Group Manager/Affiliate Relations Gina Suarez (right) and Manager/Affiliate Operations Ryan Kelly are looking for their next opportunity after leaving the syndicator.

Suarez joined the company as Manager of Affiliate Relations over three years ago.  Her background includes wokring for ABC Radio Networks, Global Satellite Network and Raido Today Entertainment.  She spent 14 years in Atlanta handling regional promo duties for A&M, Almo Sounds and Columbia.  She was also Manager for Label Operations for Ryko Records.  Reach Suarez here or 404-401-3959.

04/21/2017 8:47 AM
Nielsen Audio Winter '17 Phase 2 Results Release Today

The markets include: Austin; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Providence; Raleigh-Durham; Norfolk; Nashville; Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Memphis; and Hartford. See the ratings for the subscribing stations FIRST in the in the News Section after 5p (ET).

Tuesday, April 25th look for Winter '17 Books for New Orleans; Puerto Rico; Oklahoma City; Louisville; and Baton Rouge. 

04/18/2017 6:31 PM
Carrie Underwood Surprises Predator and Hawks Fans

Carrie Underwood surprised a packed house at the Bridgestone Arena last nigh (4/17) when she performed an unannounced rendition of the National Anthem for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff game between Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks.

Underwood took the ice sporting her husband's jersey.  Predators' Captain Mike Fisher is her husband.  Check it out here.

04/18/2017 12:43 PM
Artists Share Their Musicall Inspirations For Pandora's New "Sounds Like You"

Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and others shared their personal inspirations for Pandora's new "Sounds Like You" campaign. Each of the artists has a photograph next to a Pandora "P" made out of album arti from music they love.  The images will be in digital ads inviting listeners to check out mix tapes.  They will also be on billboards around the country and on handpainted murals by Madstreez in L.A. and New York.

"Sounds Like You" will appear on multiple channels including artist and influence programs with Pitchfork and Vice's channel Noisey.  They will also be in digital shorts and Snapchat lenses and geofilters and a custom Pandora emoji on Twitter.

Pandora also announced that their new Premium service will now be available to all listeners via the App Store and Google Play or

"Music lovers today have more complex and eclectic tastes than ever. ‘Sounds Like You’ embodies Pandora’s unique ability to deliver a music experience completely personal to each listener,” said Nick Bartle, chief marketing officer at Pandora. “So whether you’re a long time listener of Pandora radio or enjoying Pandora Premium, we can help you find what you already love and reward your curiosity with never ending discovery.”

03/29/2017 4:55 PM
Thoughts With Steve Austin and Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with Beasley country WQYK/Tampa personality Steve Austin (left) and his family as they prepare to say goodbye to their 25 year old son, Ryan.

Ryan has been in a coma and on life support and the family has made the hard decision to end his care and donate his organs.  The medical expenses have been high and a GoFundMe page has been established.  Any amount donated will be extremely appreciated by Steve and his family.

Clustermade Orlando Davis who is PD of WLLD posted on his Facebook page yesterday (3/28): "Ryan loves music, made instrumental tracks fro artists and dared to go gator hunting with his dad.   Steve has done everything humnaly possible for him and now has to let him to with God.  Pray for his strength and we love, you brother."

03/22/2017 5:19 PM
Hoffmann Receives the Doan Award

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.”

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