David De Busk, former Shazam VP/Strategic Objectives has joined Sun Broadcast Group. He will be working as their Digital Development Advisor and will be working on its Shazam for Radio project. His resume includes BMI and Landmark Digital Services.
"He truly understands the power of Shazam and all that it can offer radio," says Sun CEO Jason Bailey. "Not to mention, he's a data nut, and in our world today the ability to use data to personalize our terrestrial messages is the holy grail."
Elizabethany, iHeartMedia Top 40 WIHT/Washington DC/evening personality will now voice-track for evenings for KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas. She takes the place of Big D. Get in touch with her
Big D is moving to mornings on Top 40clustermate KPVL. He's been with the station for more than two years. Get in touch with him
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.
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
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.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
St. Louis, Mo.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mountain View, Calif.
Chula Vista, Calif.
Darien Lake, N.Y.
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
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."
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.