industry members
Jason Toy
OM/PD   WDGG-FM
Christina Serrano
Promotion Coordinator   WKLB-FM
Allyson Gelnett
  Varsity Brands. Inc.
Brian Hall
Afternoon Drive Host/Production & Imaging Director   Adams Radio Group - Delmarva Peninsula
Greg Green
On-Air   Jackson Radio Works
Karen McKelvey
  CBS Radio




Archive Articles


02/03/2016 5:11 PM
WSM-AM Nashville Shuffles Lineup

GAC TV's Nan Kelley will join with Devon O'Day, former producer of "Gerry House and the House Foundation" for afternoons on WSM-A/Nashville.  They will begin Tuesday, March 1 and will host a local lifestyle program, succeeding Mike Terry who goes to middays taking over for Frank Seres.  

Seres and WSM-A PD Dean Warfield will be working on off-air projects in teh future.  In other WSM news, Richard Thomas is returning to the station for traffic duties.  Thomas retired in 2010 after 35 years with WSM-A.

01/22/2016 11:10 AM
Vince and Keith Host "All For the Halll"

Keith Urban and Vince Gill will again return for the sixth "All For the Hall" benefit concert.  The event will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashvile and will benefit teh Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHOF).

Those appearing in this year's show will be Luke Bryan, Peter Frampton, Florida Georgia Line, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae and Maren Morris, in addition to music directors Urban and Gill.

“Nashville has become a dynamic and diverse musical melting pot,” said Urban.  “While it remains the home of Country music, an unbelievably talented community of songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, singers, bands and solo artists are rapidly changing the entire musical landscape in “Music City USA”. Our sixth All For the Hall event - 'Nashville: The Music City in 2016' - will celebrate that!”

Tickets go on sale Friday, Janauary 29 at 10 a.m. (CT) via Ticketmaster.




 

01/11/2016 6:48 PM
Apple Music Now With 10m Paying Subscribers

Apple Music now has more than 10m paying subscribers.  This Spotify competitor is only seven months old after launching last June 30.

When subscribers originally signed up they received a three-month free trial.  Then they were asked fro $9.99/month beginning September 30. These numbers were confirmed in the Financial Times. In October Apple said that it had kept 6.5m customers that were now paying and that number has now grown 54% in three months.

Spotify, however, launched as a Swedish startup in 2008 and they took six years to reach 10m paying subscribers.  That happened in May 2014. As of June of 2015 they confirmed their customer numbers saying that it had 75m total active users and 20m paying customers.

“It’s good news that Apple is making streaming work but it is also going to accelerate the decline of downloads,” said Mark Mulligan, music industry analyst, who was talking to the Financial Times.  He also predicted that told that Apple's current growth rate meant that it had “the potential to be the leading music subscription service sometime in 2017”.
 

12/11/2015 2:34 PM
It’s Platinum! Chris Janson's 'Buy Me A Boat'

Chris Janson
AllAboutCountry sends congrats to Warner Bros./W.A.R. artist Chris Janson, for receiving RIAA Platnium certification for his single, "Buy Me A Boat,” which hit # 1 on the chart in September.
 
"It's been surreal with 'Buy Me A Boat' going to number one and getting to perform the song on stage every night," said Janson. "Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. We're so thankful for God’s blessings, Country radio, fans, friends and family, and my amazing team."

12/08/2015 6:35 PM
Winners Announced For SRO Awards

The winners of the SRO Awards were announced last night (12/7).  The SRO Awards honor those in the touring industry.  Trophies were presented by Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.

"Our touring industry members are on the frontline, every day taking our music directly to the fans in small clubs, stadiums, and everything in between," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. "Their hard work and many contributions to the success of the format deserve attention and a standing ovation."

Winners include:

Business Manager Of The Year
MARY ANN MCCREADY - FLOOD, BUMSTEAD, MCCREADY & MCCARTHY, INC.

Coach/Truck Driver Of The Year
KELLEY BECK - BLAKE SHELTON

FOH (Front Of House) Engineer Of The Year
JAMES MCDERMOTT - DIERKS BENTLEY

Lighting Director Of The Year
PHILIP EALY - KENNY CHESNEY

Manager Of The Year
KERRI EDWARDS - KP ENTERTAINMENT

Tour Manager Of The Year
DAVID FARMER - KENNY CHESNEY

Monitor Engineer Of The Year
BRAD BAISLEY - BLAKE SHELTON

Production Manager Of The Year
ED WANNEBO - KENNY CHESNEY

Publicist Of The Year
EBIE MCFARLAND - ESSENTIAL BROADCAST MEDIA, LLC

Talent Agent Of The Year
DARIN MURPHY - CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY

Talent Buyer/Promoter Of The Year
BRIAN O'CONNELL - LIVE NATION

Tour Caterer Of The Year            
DEGA CATERING

Touring Musician Of The Year
JENEE FLEENOR - BLAKE SHELTON

Venue Of The Year
RYMAN AUDITORIUM - NASHVILLE, TN

Tour Video Director Of The Year
JAY COOPER - KENNY CHESNEY
 

12/07/2015 5:20 PM
Miriam Friday Promoted at Splash! Public Relations

Splash! Public Relations has promoted Miriam Friday to Sr. Publicist and Office Administrator.

"Miriam first came to us as an intern and then officially joined our staff two years ago. With her positive attitude, adept instincts and skills, she has become a great asset to the company," says Vanessa Davis/President and Owner of Splash! Public Relations.  

She will handle day to day press and overall publicity for clients of Splash! PR.  She will also be securing coverage in all the media.

She is a native of England and ventured "across the big pond" to join her husband in Tennessee seven years ago.  She studied at Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia and finished up her Bachelor's IN PR at MTSU.  She was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Senior in PR Award while at MTSU.

She can be reached at /archive
 

12/03/2015 4:37 PM
Bumstead and Esposito Recognized For Service

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(l-r) John Esposito, CMA Board
President and Incoming Chairman,
Sarah Trahern and CMA Board
Chairman Frank Bumstead
 
e CMA Board of Directors recognized both outgoing CMA Chairman Frank Bumstead and current President and incoming 2016 CMA Chairman John Esposito for their volunteer service. Both were given crystal gavels and globes.  Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer oversaw the presentation.

ABC Sr. Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming Rob Mills addressed the CMA Board in a meeting at the Omni Hotel on Tuesday (December 1).  He was joined by Robert Deaton, Executive Producer of CMA's television programming.

Discussion included ABC promotion, synergy, ratings and future aspirations for CMA's Three primetime TV properties-The CMA  Awards, CMA Country Christmas and CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock.  ABC will air the programs through 2021.
 

11/20/2015 12:23 PM
SiriusXM and YouTube Launch YouTube Country Spotlight

Sirius XM and YouTube have launched a weekly radio show highlighting a tremding Country song based on YouTube viewship data.

"YouTubeCountry Spotlight" will air on SiriusXM's "the Highway" channel as part of the "On The Horizon" show.  It will begin Saturday, November 21 with Kane Brown's "Used To Love You Sober" song being the first "YouTube Country Spotlight song.

"Collaborating with YouTube to offer SiriusXM listeners a Country music features based on YouTube data is a logical next step that builds on the great response to 'The YouTube 15' show on our SiriusXM "HITS 1" channel, and the 'YouTube EDM 15' show on our BPM Dance music channel," said SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein. "We are thrilled to team up once again with YouTube to launch this all new feature that highlights an emerging Country song each week from the world's largest video platform."

11/09/2015 3:25 PM
'People's Choice Awards 2016' Nominees Unveiled and Luke Bryan Leads Pack

Capitol Nashville’s Luke Bryan  leads the list of Nominated Country Artists for the "People's Choice Awards 2016." Bryan got nominations for Favorite Male Country Artist as well as for Favorite Male Artist. He is the only Country artist represented in the latter category.

Favorite Male Country Artist
nominees are Bryan, Brad PaisleyDierks BentleyKeith Urban and Blake Shelton.


Favorite Female Country Artist
Nominees Include Carrie UnderwoodMiranda LambertCassadee PopeKacey Musgraves and Reba Mcentire.

Favorite Country Group
nominations are The Band PerryFlorida Georgia LineLady AntebellumLittle Big Town, and Zac Brown Band
.

Get the full list of nominees here.

The "People's Choice Awards 2016" will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 6th at 9p (ET) on CBS-TV.

11/06/2015 7:18 AM
Mark Van Allen Now OM At Mid-West/Rockford And Justin Brown Adds As WRTB MD Stripes

Mark Van Allen hired in the newly created job of OM for Mid-West Family Broadcasting/Rockford, IL. The group includes Country WRTB/95-3 The Bull, Rock WXRX/104.9 THE X, Hot AC WGFB/B103), Classic Hits W263BJ/Mighty 100.5 and Latino WNTA-AM/1330 Lamovida.

Additionally, Van Allen will serve as PD of B103 and oversee The Bull. He was Assistant OM at the sister Madison cluster.
Justin Brown has been hired as Programming Coordinator/MD for WRTB/95-3 The Bull and assisting Van Allen with the day-to-day operations of WRTB. His past work experience includes 15 years with WJVL/Janesville, WI, recently as APD.

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