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08/22/2016 6:32 AM
Kenny Chesney Rocks MetLife Stadium

“Oh, there you are,” said Kenny Chesney, standing onstage at MetLife Stadium, pointing into the far part of the crowd. “There you are.” Pausing for a moment, he took the 56,292 fans in, before announcing, “This is the most beautiful sight! Music and songs are the most powerful things we have in our lives… Just look around.”

With a few more words, he invited the full-capacity crowd to sing along – something they’d been doing all night anyway – then launched into 2004’s “I Go Back.” The crowd’s response was deafening as they sang along to the song-invoking smash about the way music watermarks people’s lives.
 
For Chesney, approaching the end of 2016’s Spread the Love Tour – complete with 14 major stadiums – it marks his love affair with the No Shoes Nation. With two hours of hits – from the truly vintage “Don’t Happen Twice” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” to the six-week No. 1s “When The Sun Goes Down” and “Summertime” to the brand new “Noise” – it was a truly loud love fest in Jersey that saw the crowd sing along to every song, almost louder than the headliner.
 
“That audience felt so honest, raw – and almost right there with us onstage,” Chesney marveled. “It was like walking into a buzz saw – in a really good way – they just cut right through us.”
 
New York metro’s passion for the songwriter/superstar rivals Boston’s in the way they turn out, sing out and throw their hands into the air in a way that truly drives the band. After last night’s show – his fifth at MetLife Stadium – took his accumulated attendance to 279,874 making him the only Country act in the Top 10 Performers in the MetLife/Giants stadium’s history, starting five decades ago. That ranking places him in the company of Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel and Elton John.
 
“You don’t think about stuff like that when you’re up there,” Chesney said. “You’re drinking it in, letting it wash over you. They were so loud, so there. Like I told them during the show – ‘It’s why this place is so special… why we keep coming back… year after year. Because I’ll be sitting at Thanksgiving dinner, and I’ll still hear the love in this stadium.’ That’s true…”

Chanting “Kenny Kenny! Kenny Kenny!” after the 8-time Entertainer of the Year left the stage, the crowd was rewarded with a grinding drum solo from Sean Paddock that saw guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell twist the melody line of “Don’t Happen Twice” around. Walking on stage to another seismic eruption of cheers, Chesney lifted his tumbler to the crowd before delivering an embrace-the-moment rendition of his 2001 chart-topper.

WithSetting The World On Fire,” his duet with P!NK, blazing up the Country Radio and Sales charts, Chesney’s fans' fervor remains unabated. Sitting at No. 12 at Billboard, the song that highlights the immediacy of the moment when like turns to love was also Chesney’s biggest first week of downloads ever – and it’s still only three weeks old. As Chesney heads into his tour’s final weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. where the No Shoes Nation was named, it has certainly been “one of those summers” for the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “the King of the Road.”

08/11/2016 6:01 AM
Justin Moore Celebrates Release Of KINDA DON'T CARE On Fox & Friends' All-American Summer Concert Series - August 12

Critics Praise Moore’s New Music Chart-topping Country starJustin Moore will celebrate the release of his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE (The Valory Music Co.), with the first national television performance of his Top 10-and-rising single “You Look Like I Need a Drink” tomorrow, August 12.
The Platinum-selling artist will take the stage on the Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series to sing the infectious hit as well as some of his other #1 smashes – “Point at You,” “Lettin’ the Night Roll” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” – beginning at 7am ET on Fox News Channel.

KINDA DON’T CARE solidifies Moore’s position as a continued force in the ever-changing landscape of Country music. He describes the album and its first single, “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” as a return to “Country Country music.” The deluxe album, available for preorder now features “...a collection of [16] tracks that blend Moore’s customary rockin’ country style with more contemporary elements for a fresh new sound
CMT notes, “Justin Moore says in his liner notes that his new album KINDA DON’T CARE is meant to be a feel-good record. But it is so much more than that. When you listen, you will feel good. But you’ll also feel regret, heartache, courage and nostalgia.”

Moore will also perform his first-ever iHeart LIVE show, with a video stream across iHeart digital platforms on August 12 at 8pm in all time zones. A radio on-air simulcast of the first 30 minutes will broadcast nationwide on all iHeart Country stations between 9am-9pm local time on August 14. On-demand video content will be released across iHeart later this month. His set will showcase tracks off the new album such as “Somebody Else Will” and “More Middle Fingers,” which features tour mate and Platinum-selling artist Brantley Gilbert (album version only).

Additionally, tune-in to cmtcody.com August 12 at 12am ET to hear Cody Alan catch up with Moore for his Ask Anything segment as they discuss the album launch festivities from New York. On Thursday, August 18, Moore will sit down with SiriusXM The Highway’s Storme Warren in Nashville for a morning show takeover. Moore will also join Bobby Bones and crew later this month to chat about the new music and life on the road.

For more information visit justinmooremusic.com.

07/29/2016 9:55 AM
​Morgan Wallen Signs With Big Loud Records

Morgan Wallen
Big Loud Records is celebrating its one year anniversary as a label with the signing of its second artist, singer/songwriter Morgan Wallen. Wallen has released his five-song debut EP via iTunes and Spotify and has already hit the road on a radio tour to introduce himself and his single, "The Way I Talk" to Country programmers. 

"We're so excited to have Morgan and his entire family be a part of the Big Loud family," said Big Loud Records President Clay Hunnicutt. "His distinctive voice, undeniable talent, and great character caught us all from the very first meeting. He can capture and deliver a song as only few can. We can't wait to deliver it to the world."

07/28/2016 4:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio S16 7/28/2016





Albany, GA
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WJIZ-FM Urban Contemporary 21.7 22.7 24.3 25.4
WMRZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 14.3 11.7 10.1 13.9
WOBB-FM Country 6.2 6.1 7.7 6.4
WGEX-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 3.7 3.6 3.5
WJAD-FM Classic Rock 5.0 4.3 3.6 3.5
WJYZ-AM Gospel 3.7 4.3 4.7 3.5
WKAK-FM Country 3.1 4.3 5.3 3.5
WQVE-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 6.2 5.5 4.1 2.9
WALG-AM News Talk Information 1.9 2.5 1.8 1.7
WEGC-FM Adult Contemporary 2.5 1.8 1.8 1.2
WNUQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.2 1.2 0.6 0.6
           
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Ann Arbor, MI
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WWWW-FM Country 5.6 5.5 7.7 7.9
WQKL-FM Album Adult Alternative 2.8 3.8 3.1 3.6
WTKA-AM All Sports 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.1
           
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Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
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KTCX-FM Urban Contemporary 16.6 16.1 19.0 19.3
KCOL-FM Classic Hits 6.6 8.5 7.9 7.4
KQXY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.9 6.1 6.6 6.6
KYKR-FM Country 6.1 6.6 6.1 5.6
KKMY-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.4 6.3 5.3 4.8
KLVI-AM News Talk Information 2.8 3.4 4.0 3.7
KIOC-FM Active Rock 3.8 4.5 4.0 3.2
KAYD-FM Country 2.3 1.9 1.6 1.9
           
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Bloomington
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WBNQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 9.7 11.1 12.0 9.9
WBWN-FM Country 9.0 7.6 7.5 7.7
WIBL-FM Country 5.2 4.9 4.5 6.3
WBBE-FM Adult Hits 5.2 4.9 4.5 5.6
WJBC-AM News Talk Information 7.1 6.9 5.3 5.6
WWHX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.9 4.9 4.5 3.5
WIHN-FM Active Rock 3.9 5.6 2.3 2.8
WJBC-FM Country 0.6 0.7 0.8 2.1
WRPW-FM Talk/Personality 4.5 3.5 5.3 2.1
WZIM-FM Adult Contemporary 1.9 1.4 2.3 2.1
           
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Dothan, AL
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WOOF-FM Adult Contemporary 12.3 11.8 12.2 12.6
WTVY-FM Country 13.9 12.9 11.8 11.0
WDJR-FM Classic Country 5.2 6.7 6.1 8.3
WKMX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.3 6.7 6.5 7.1
WDBT-FM News Talk Information 5.2 5.1 4.2 4.7
WOOF-AM All Sports 2.4 1.2 1.9 2.0
           
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Hilton Head, SC
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WUBB-FM+ Country 4.4 * 6.8 8.5
WLHH-FM+ Oldies 2.9 * 6.2 5.9
WRWN-FM+ Classic Hits 5.4 * 5.0 4.6
WFXH-FM Active Rock 3.9 * 3.1 3.3
WVSC-FM+ Adult Hits 2.0 * 3.7 3.3
WGCO-FM Country 0.5 * 0.6 1.3
WHHW-AM+ Adult Standards/MOR 1.0 * 1.2 1.3
           
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Killeen-Temple, TX
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KIIZ-FM Urban Contemporary 5.4 7.0 9.0 8.4
KLFX-FM Active Rock 5.7 5.8 5.5 8.1
KRMX-FM Country 0.6 0.9 1.2 0.8
KOOV-FM Country 0.6 0.6 * *
KTON-AM All Sports * 0.6 0.6 *
           
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LaSalle-Peru, IL
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WALS-FM Country 8.3 7.8 7.8 7.9
WIVQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.7 6.6 6.6 7.3
WYYS-FM Classic Hits 7.1 7.2 7.2 7.3
WLWF-FM Country 3.0 3.6 5.4 6.1
WAJK-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.1 3.6 4.2 5.5
WGLC-FM Classic Country 3.0 3.0 3.0 4.9
WLPO-AM Classic Hits 4.7 4.2 4.8 4.9
WBZG-FM Classic Rock 4.1 3.6 3.0 2.4
WCMY-AM News Talk Information 2.4 1.8 2.4 2.4
WRKX-FM Adult Hits 2.4 1.8 2.4 2.4
WSPL-AM Adult Standards/MOR 1.2 1.8 1.2 0.6
           
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Lake Charles, LA
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KZWA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 12.7 13.3 12.3 10.5
KJMH-FM Urban Contemporary 7.7 6.6 7.8 8.9
KYKZ-FM Country 9.4 7.8 7.8 7.9
KHLA-FM Classic Hits 7.2 5.4 6.7 6.8
KNGT-FM Country 5.0 4.2 6.1 5.3
KTSR-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.3 3.6 4.5 4.2
KKGB-FM Classic Rock 5.0 5.4 4.5 3.7
KQLK-FM Country 5.0 3.0 2.8 3.2
KAOK-AM News Talk Information 1.7 2.4 1.7 2.6
KBIU-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.3 3.0 2.2 1.6
KLCL-AM Variety 1.7 3.0 2.8 1.6
KXZZ-AM All Sports 0.6 * * *
           
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Peoria
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WPBG-FM Classic Hits 8.0 6.5 11.1 10.1
WSWT-FM Adult Contemporary 10.2 6.2 7.5 7.1
WXCL-FM Country 7.7 7.6 8.3 6.7
WZPW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.9 8.8 5.8 6.4
WMBD-AM News Talk Information 5.9 8.2 6.1 6.1
WFYR-FM Country 4.6 5.1 3.9 4.9
WIXO-FM Active Rock 5.6 5.1 3.9 4.9
WGLO-FM Classic Rock 4.3 5.1 5.0 4.0
WIRL-AM Oldies 4.6 3.7 3.1 2.5
WNGY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.5 2.0 1.9 2.1
WVEL-AM Gospel * 0.6 1.1 *
           
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Quad Cities (Davenport-Rock Island-Moline)
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WLLR-FM Country 17.5 15.8 15.5 18.1
WXLP-FM Classic Rock 7.7 12.9 9.9 10.5
KMXG-FM Adult Contemporary 8.3 7.2 8.1 6.5
WOC-AM News Talk Information 5.3 4.6 6.2 5.4
KCQQ-FM Classic Rock 6.2 7.2 6.2 5.1
KUUL-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 7.2 5.9 5.1
KBEA-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 4.6 3.4 3.7
KQCS-FM Country 3.0 2.9 1.9 2.0
KJOC-FM All Sports 1.2 1.1 1.9 1.1
WFXN-AM All Sports 0.6 0.6 0.6 *
           
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Salisbury-Ocean City
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WWFG-FM Country 10.6 9.2 7.9 6.6
WSBY-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 4.7 6.5 6.7 6.1
WZBH-FM Active Rock 4.1 3.7 5.5 4.6
WOCQ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 6.7 6.5 4.6 4.4
WAVD-FM Classic Hits 2.8 5.5 3.7 4.1
WQHQ-FM Adult Contemporary 6.7 8.2 5.3 4.1
WGBG-FM Classic Rock 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.4
WJKI-FM Classic Rock 1.0 0.7 0.9 2.9
WXDE-FM News Talk Information 4.1 2.0 1.4 2.7
WKZP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.8 3.2 3.9 2.2
WKTT-FM Country 3.1 1.5 2.8 1.7
WAFL-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.0 0.7 1.6 1.5
WNCL-FM Classic Hits 0.5 1.0 0.9 1.5
WICO-AM News Talk Information 0.5 * * 1.0
WKHI-FM Country 0.5 * 1.2 1.0
           
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Savannah
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WEAS-FM Urban Contemporary 9.5 11.0 8.6 6.9
WLVH-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 6.7 6.6 6.4 6.9
WAEV-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.8 6.3 6.6 6.3
WQBT-FM Urban Contemporary 7.3 7.2 8.0 5.8
WUBB-FM Country 5.3 3.0 2.5 5.5
WRHQ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.5 3.6 5.0 5.0
WSOK-AM Gospel 5.6 4.2 6.1 4.4
WGCO-FM Country 2.5 2.4 3.6 3.9
WIXV-FM Classic Rock 3.4 3.3 3.9 3.9
WRWN-FM Classic Hits 2.8 2.4 2.8 3.9
WJCL-FM Country 5.0 3.9 2.8 3.3
WTKS-AM News Talk Information 3.1 2.7 3.9 3.3
WTYB-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 4.8 4.8 3.6 3.0
WFXH-FM Active Rock 3.1 3.3 2.5 2.8
WYKZ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.8 4.8 5.0 2.5
WZAT-FM Country 1.4 1.5 0.8 1.9
WBMQ-AM News Talk Information * * 0.8 *
           
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Springfield, MO
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KTTS-FM Country 10.8 13.0 11.2 8.2
KSPW-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.4 6.0 8.9 6.0
KKLH-FM Classic Rock 5.9 4.1 3.1 5.7
KSWF-FM Country 4.4 5.4 6.1 5.7
KTOZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.6 4.9 6.1 5.2
KXUS-FM Classic Rock 2.8 4.6 3.1 5.2
KQRA-FM Active Rock 4.1 3.5 4.3 5.0
KGBX-FM Adult Contemporary 5.6 4.9 4.3 4.2
KRVI-FM Variety 3.6 3.5 4.1 4.0
KOMG-FM Country 3.6 3.0 4.1 3.5
KSGF-FM News Talk Information 5.6 3.0 5.6 3.2
KOSP-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.6 3.8 3.6 2.7
KGMY-AM All Sports 1.0 * 0.8 0.5
KADI-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.8 * *
           
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06/24/2016 2:50 PM
Florida Georgia Line Announces 'Dig Your Roots' Album, Reveals Album Artwork

FGL's Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard
Republic Nashville duo Florida-Georgia Line (F-GL) revealed both the album artwork and release date for their third studio album, "DIG YOUR ROOTS," which hits the street Friday, August 26th.

The album's throwback cover was unveiled to fans through FGL's #DigYourRoots social

The duo is currently headlining their "DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR" with Cole SwindellThe Cadillac Three, and Kane Brown through the end of 2016.

06/24/2016 10:03 AM
'Country Top 40' Producer Reveals How To Vote For National Radio Hall Of Fame

Nationally syndicated "Country Top 40" producer KEN HALFORD wants to show everyone just how easy it is to vote for Bob Kingsley to be inducted into the National Radio Hall Of Fame. Voting opened on Monday (6/20) and runs through next THURSDAY (6/30). To vote, simply text the word BOB to 36500.

Still not sure if it's quick and easy? Halford shows you just how easy it is.
Check out the video here.

06/24/2016 10:46 AM
​Chase Rice Releases Rallying Anthem, ‘Everybody We Know Does,’ Today, June 24

New single available at digital retailers now; arriving at country radio on June 28.
Chase Rice has built his Country music career one fan at a time, honing his vigorous live show by playing everywhere from dive bars and fields to amphitheaters and sheds, listening to peoples’ stories and tapping into the common pulse that brings them together night after night: Music.
 
With four headlining tours, opening runs for stadium superstar Kenny Chesney and  entertainer Dierks Bentley, a chart-topping album and two Top 5 radio hits now under his belt, Rice has ridden the highs and lows right alongside his fans and supporters and harnessed that collective energy in recording music for his forthcoming album. 
 
With his new single “Everybody We Know Does,” available at digital retailers today, June 24 and arriving at country radio on Tuesday, June 28, Rice delivers an authentic anthem that reflects the values and lifestyle he shares with his core supporters while also nodding to their diversity.
 
“These last few years have been a whirlwind, being out on the road building our live show and working on new music for the next record. I’ve lived a lot and had some incredible experiences and opportunities, but I’ve also been spending some time out at my farm, just unplugging for a bit and reflecting on what music means to me and what it means to all of the people who have shown up and supported me over the years,” said Rice. “That’s why this song, ‘Everybody We Know Does,’ is really special to me. We went in and recorded it with some of Nashville’s top studio musicians, so it’s our sound and our lives reflected in this song. It’s who we are, and that’s ultimately what brings us all together.”
 
“Everybody We Know Does” was written by Jeremy Bussey and Travis Denning and is available at all digital retail partners now at http://smarturl.it/everybodyweknowdoes
 
Rice’s IGNITE THE NIGHT was released on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart. That album produced a pair of
For more information, visit www.chaserice.com or follow on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic and www.Facebook.com/ChaseRiceMusic.

06/20/2016 5:28 PM
CMA Foundation and Artists Go To Capitol Hill

Country Music Association (CMA) CEO Sarah Trahern, CMA Foundation Chairman and CMA Board Member Joe Galante and CMA Board Member Jennie Smythe as well as Country artists Kristian Bush and Charlie Worsham will be heading to Washington DC for the National Association for Music Educatoin (NAFME)'s annual "Hill Day" for music educaiton on Thursday, June 23.

The Country representatives will be on Capitol Hill advocating for the critical need for complete, high-quality music programs for all students.

"NAFME appreciates CMA Foundation Board members and artists bringing their voices and stories to the table as we urge legislators to fully fund provisions that benefit music education programs," said NAFME Deputy Exec. Dir. Christopher Woodside. "Action does not end with ESSA's passage -- ensuring proper implementation takes place matters to the efficacy of ESSA. And we thank CMA Foundation  Kristian Bush and Charlie Worsham for joining NAFME members in advocating for music education."

06/16/2016 4:08 PM
WNEX-FM/Macon Flips To Americana

WNEX-FM/Macon, GA was recently sold and is flipping from Oldies to Americana.  New owners Brad Evans, Wes Griffin and Rob Evans' Creek Media have announced that the station will be known as "The Creek 100.9 FM."

The new owners are also buying New-Talk WNEX-AM and News-Talk WPGA-A for $790,000 from the court appointed receiver for Register Communications.  They will take over the station on July 8 and will program the station locally along with Rob Evans' Star Motel Records and Brad Evans' 11th  Hour alternative biweekly newspaper.

There will also be new studios planned for the second floor of 533 Cherry Street in Macon, adjuacent to the restaurants owed by Wes Griffin's Moonhanger Group.

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“Celebrating Macon's heritage, promoting a sense of pride for community and enhancing its cultural offerings have and continue to be my primary goals as a downtown business owner,” said Griffith. “The Creek, which is named for the mound-builders that first settled our area, will celebrate our heritage and all things Americana. We believe it will be an agent for artistic development in our community and fill a need to share local, regional and national artists who otherwise have no platform to be heard on a stage of this size.”



“We want to bring back real community radio to Macon,” said Brad Evans. “This won’t be canned content. Our goal is to broadcast the best of Central Georgia to the world with authentic live music, lifestyle programming and compelling stories from our area. This will be curated by local deejays with a deep knowledge of music and passion for sharing it..... We are in the process of developing over 15 different live shows, including a morning and afternoon drive. From ‘Honky Tonk Hell with Aaron Irons’ to a segment all about the bar and restaurant industry with Chelsea Hughes called ‘Served,’ we’re having a lot of fun celebrating our regional flavor and personalities as community radio. The Creek 100.9 FM will live and breathe our region.”



“This extension fulfills my desires to develop artistic talent and get new music out there to the public,” said Rob Evans. “Creek Media creates more synergy to capitalize talent. We now have the place to record and perform live but also the media presence to put the record on the air, as well as the 11th Hour and online. This creates opportunity for artists to not only come to Macon but to stay here.”

 

06/14/2016 3:13 PM
Winchester Promoted at WRTB/Rockford, IL

Travis Winchester, evening personality of WRTB/Rockford, IL,  has been promoted to MD after Justin Brown announced his departure to WJVL/Janesville, WI.  

Winchester has been with the comapny for more than sevent year.  He took over nights six months ago.

Currently the search is on for WJVL's next PD/airpersonality.  If you have strong on-air skils and promotions and production expeirence, send your materials to Mark Van Allen here. Van Allen will oversee the programming in the interim.

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