2014/09 10:47 AM
Toledo-Monroe to be Nashed on Friday

Cumulus WMIM, My 98.3/Toledo-Monroe (AC) will flip to 98.3 Nash this Friday, October 3 at 5 p.m. (EST). The station will feature local on-air personalities including PD/AM'er Chris King and Mark Benson and will be operated by current WMIM staff. 

 Regional Vice President Andy Stuart says, "We spent a great great deal of time analyzing what is the best format for Monroe, and it became quite clear that Nash Icon is ideally suited for the market. I really appreciate the time and effort that John Dickey, Mike McVay, Bob Raleigh and Charlie Cook have all provided and appreciate having this format available in the Cumulus family to bring to the Monroe community.” 

"Nash Icon is an exciting new format and the perfect fit for Monroe and Monroe Country, said Chris King. This station will proudly serve Monroe, Monroe County and Southeastern Michigan with the music that listeners love and our continued commitment to the community. I am very happy to be a part of this new chapter in Monroe radio."

2014/09 10:36 AM
Chris Michaels Remains at WKQK, 94.1 The Wolf

Despite the format flip from Classic Hits to Country at WKQK, 94.1 The Wolf/Memphis that we reported last Friday, Chris Michaels, Director/Branding and Programming and PD will remain in the same capacity for the now Country station.
 
"94.1 The Wolf will be locally focused on the music that country fans want," says Michaels. "We are excited to bring this great brand and the most new country to Memphis."
 
On-air staff for middays, afternoons and nights are in place but names have not been released. Michaels is looking for a local morning host. Send resumes and airchecks to him here

2014/09 10:30 AM
Have Gunn Will Travel

PD Derek Gunn of Cumulus' KBUL/Reno, NV is joining Stoney Creek as Director/Regional Promotion-West Coast following,15 years with the station, including the past 18 months as Program Director. Derek replaces Samantha Borenstein, who headed to Columbia this past month. Contact Derek at 775-287-1722775-287-1722 or here. KBUL, has no word yet on a replacement.

2014/09 9:26 AM
KNCO-A Hires John August

Weekender John August has left KNTY, 101.9 The Wolf/Sacramento and will be joining Nevada County Broadcaster New Talk KNCO-A/Grass Valley, VA. 
 
He will be filling in as host of the "Swap Shop" and other part time duties. August has worked 10 years in the San Francisco market and also worked at KZLA/Los Angeles.

2014/09 8:57 AM
KHAK/Cedar Rapids, IA Looking For Morning Co-Host

Townsquare KHAK/Cedar Rapids, IA is looking for a morning co-host following Scott Steele's recent resignation. Steele had been in the position for eight years and left to take an AE position with Woodard's four station cluster across town. 

 Co-host Ryan "Brain" Brainerd will be doing the shift solo for now. Send resumes and MP3 airchecks to Mgr/Brnad Bob James here

2014/09 8:52 AM
Mercury Hires Jack Christopher As Bruce Shindler Retires

Jack Christopher (left) is the new Director/Southeast Promotions effective today. He will take the place of Bruce Shindler (right) who will retire at the end of the year. 

“While we will miss Bruce tremendously, we could not be more pleased with the person we have hired to fill his shoes," said UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser. "Jack Christopher is a first-round draft pick for sure; an absolute killer promo vet who has never lost his passion or his drive to win. Damon (Moberly)and I both have worked alongside Jack, all at different companies, and both knew that he was the one to go after once Bruce made known his plans. Jack has always been one of those people you love to be around, who makes you smile, and all the while is getting results. We couldn’t be more pumped to add him to our squad.” 

Christopher's background includes 10 years in broadcasting at CBS Country WDSY/Pittsburgh. He also worked at Bigger Pictures, Equity Music Group, Columbia Nashville and worked most recently at RPM Entertainment. Get in touch with him here

Shindler is a 41 year promo vet. His career includes time at Associated Distributors in Phoenix when he started in 1972. He also worked Buddah Records in NYC, Elektra/Asylum Records, Infinity Records, MTM Records, RCA Records, Dreamworks Records, his own independent company Shindler-Turner Promotions and has spent the last 10 years with UMG Nashville. 

 “I made a decision a while ago that there are other interests in my life that I would love to pursue after 41 great years in record promotion,” said Shindler. “The time has arrived to spend more time with my family and to pursue a license in alcohol and drug counseling. Leaving the folks and terrific artists at UMG as well as my friends at radio and industry is not an easy decision as many have been an important part of my life in a business that I’ve loved. I want to thank Mike Dungan, Luke Lewis, Royce Risser, Damon Moberly and my family at UMG for the last 17 years. I will always value our relationship with all my heart.”

Get in touch with Bruce here 

2014/09 8:46 AM
Dean Warfield to WSM-A/Nashville

Dean Warfield, former WSIX/Nashville night talent and personality is the new PD/midday personality of WSM-AM/Nashville. He takes the place of Joe Limardi who left in June. Limardi took a position with Townsquare/Poughkeepsie, NY.

"I've had the good fortune to be a part of Nashville Country radio for 20 years," Warfield says. "The opportunity to work with a Hall of Fame air staff at the legendary 650 AM WSM is a true blessing." 

Get in touch with him here

2014/09 8:35 AM
Lisa Davis Purcell Goes to Country Music Hall of Fame

Lisa Davis Purcell, Hands on Nashville VP/External Affairs has joined Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She will be their VP/Development and oversee the museum's efforts that generate contributions and support its mission to preserve the hsitory and traditions of Country music and educate various audiences. 

Lisa the perfect fit for us at this juncture in the museum’s rapid and sustained growth,” said CMHoF Dir. Kyle Young. “She’s a mission-oriented executive and well integrated into both the non-profit and music industry sectors of Nashville."
  
“I am honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with the museum’s incredible team of professionals and with the generous volunteers and donors who dedicate their time, talent and treasure to sustain and advance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's important work,” Purcell said.

In addition to working for HON, Purcell has worked with the Frick Art & Historical Center, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission. Get in touch with her here.

2014/09 8:06 AM
Zac Davis New OM At iHeartMedia/Myrtle Beach

Zac Davis is the new OM at iHeart Media/Myrtle Beach. He will also be PD/Morning Show Host for WGTR, 107.9 The Gator. Davis was most recently with sister station Top 40 WDCG, G -105/Raleigh. He was PD/Afternoon talent there and had been in the job since June 2011. 
 
He has also worked the Denver, Modesto/Stockton, CA, Greensboro, NC, Melbourne, Fla and Salt Lake City markets. 
 
 "Zac's programming and on-air experience has been an exceptional asset to our team in Raleigh," said SVP/Programming Rod Phillips. "I'm confident he will take our Myrtle Beach cluster to the next level and be a great addition to mornings on The Gator."

2014/09 9:48 AM
Ford Moves To Greenville, SC


Ther
esa Ford, Streamsound Records Director./Regional Promotion and husband Loyd have moved to Greenville, SC.

Her new contact information is: 1805 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29609 Her office number is 704-543-1002 cell number 615-504-4865. Contact her here.

2014/09 8:51 AM
More Performers Announced for CMA Awards

The CMA Awards will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. on ABC-TV. 

Additional performers will include Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry. They will be joining Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underw
ood.
 

 Paisley and Underwood will again emcee the event for the seventh year.

2014/09 8:45 AM
Wedding Bells Were Ringing

It was a busy wedding weekend! 

Congrats to Arista Nashville PD/Promotion Lesly Tyson and her new husband Robert Simon. They were married on Saturday (9/27). Congratulate them here.   

Also congratulations goes out to WBWL, 101.7 The Bull/Boston PD Lance Houston and his partner Bradley Uhlmann who were also married on Satruday. Get in touch with them here. 

2014/09 8:42 AM
Is It Lonely At The Top?

Congrats to Warner Music's SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring, VP/Promo Kristen Williams, Director/National Katie Bright and the entire WMN promo team as Cole Swindell goes to #1 with "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight." 

 This is his second release off his self-titled debut album and his second #1 Mediabase hit. Great job!

2014/09 8:33 AM
Mike Scott New PD At WBTU/Ft. Wayne

Mike Scott, formerly with Adams Radio WWFW, Soft Rock 103.9 as morning drive host has moved to sister Country WBTU, Your Country US 93/Ft. Wayne. He will be their new PD. 
 
"I can't thank Adams Radio enough for their confidence in me," said Scott, "and I look forward to building two power house Country stations for Fort Wayne serving up today's best Country on 'Your Country US 93' and all the legends of Country on 'Great Country 103.3.’" 
 
Most recently Scott was PD/Middays at Cumulus' WNNF, Nash 94.1/Cincinnati. He has also worked WYCD/Detroit where he was APD/MD/middays for 12 years. 
 
 "It is very hard to ignore Mike's thirty years of major market programming, specifically a dozen years with Country great WYCD in Detroit," said Adams Radio CEO Ron Stone."His coaching skills and incredible on-air experience are exactly what we need in Fort Wayne to develop our Country stations into the market leaders they are capable of becoming!" 
 
 Scott will continue with WWFW but will eventually go over the WBTU. He is currently tracking nights there. 
 
 Get in touch with him here.

2014/09 8:26 AM
Angie Handa New APD/Middays NASH FM 92.3

Angie Handa, formerly KBBY/Ventura PD/air talent, is moving to sister KSJO, Nash FM 92.3/San Francisco. Her show will begin on Monday, October 20 and she will air weekdays from 10-3 Monday-Saturday. 

PD Mac Daniels said, "Angie brings a high degree of talent and broadcast experience on and off air with a fresh perspective that will continue to grow the Nash brand in the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose Bay Area. I am very proud and excited to have her joining the team." 

Her background includes programming stations in Cleveland, Tucson, Phoenix, Charleston and Fresno. 

 “I'm so grateful to Mike McVay, Mac Daniels and Brian Thomas for this amazing opportunity," said Handa. The Cumulus Nash platform is the most exciting thing happening in Country radio today, and I'm honored to be a part of this history-making team."

2014/09 8:22 AM
Jon Pinch-Back In The Saddle

It seems as though Cumlus' Jon Pinch has put off the good life to take the position of Atlanta Market Manager. 

Pinch, who had announced his retirement at the end of November has rethought that idea. According to the word on the street, Pinch will be named Market Manager for the Cumulus/Atlanta cluster including WWWQ, Q100-Top 40, WKHK-Country and WYAY-News.

More details to follow.

2014/09 11:41 AM
WKQK/Memphis Goes Country

Classic Hits WKQK/Memphis went Country Friday afternoon (9/26). Now known as "94.1 The Wolf" the station opened up with "This Is How We Roll." 
 
 This is the fourth Country station in the market. It joins WGKX (Cumulus), WEBL (Mighty Medfia) and Classic Country WUMY-AM.

2014/09 9:59 AM
Ralph Salierno To Add Interim GM Duties in Fredericksburg, VA

Director of Sales Ralph Salierno (left)will be doing interim GM duties for the Free Lance-Star/Fredericksburg, VA four stations including Country WFLS. He takes the place of Paul Johnson who exited to go to Alpha Media/Richmond, VA. 

Jeff Beck, sister Classic Rock WWUZ PD/morning host takes over PD duties for WFLS and will be doing middays. 

Get in touch with Salierno here and Beck  here

2014/09 8:22 AM
Carrera Leaves KFRG

Tommy Carrera aka "Tommy C" on KFRG/Riverside's "Frogmen in the Morning" show has left due to restructuring of budgets. 
Carrera had been with Scott Ward on the air for the past nine years. 

Carrera's  career includes time at KNLE AND KNIX/Phoenix, KBQI/Albuquerque, KKAT/Salt Lake City and KZLA/Los Angeles. Get in touch with him here

Heather Froglear will join Ward in the mornings and Christy McLeap will do middays. The midday shift was split with Froglear. 

Leapin' Lee will continue to do afternoons.

2014/09 8:18 AM
Carrie's Big Announcement

As promised, Carrie Underwood appeared on the "Today Show" this morning to say that she will release her first collection of hits. The album will be called "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." The album is due out Tuesday, December 9. 

The album will include Underwood's 18 #1 singles and feature new material including hte first single "Something in the Water." “I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I auditioned for 'American Idol,'" said Underwood. "Looking back at the songs I’ve released over the years lets me relive my amazing journey. Even better I get to include new music for the fans!” 

 For more info go  here.

2014/09 8:13 AM
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend On CMT Crossroads Tonight

Lee Ann Womack and John Legend will appear on "CMT Crossroads" tonight (9/26) at 10 (ET) pm on CMT -TV. The R & B and Country styles will blend as Legend's "All of Me" and "Green Light" and Womack's "I Hope You Dance" and "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" will make for some great viewing and listening. 
 
 Legend will also perform "You and I (Nobody in the World) with Womack during the program. The song is Legend's latest single.

2014/09 8:07 AM
Lady A Lands In NYC For 747 Launch

As was reported here yesterday, Lady Antebellum will be promoting "747," their new album release with a promotion for their fans and will also be appearing throughout NYC.

They will do a three-song performance on NBC's "Today Show" on Tuesday, September 30, the same day the album is released. They will then perform at the Gramercy Theater following the "Today Show" performance. The event will stream on Yahoo at 8 p.m. (ET) the same day. 

On October 1 they will perform "Bartender" on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon on NBC. 

For more information on the album release, the promotion or Lady A visit www.LadyAntebuellum.com.

2014/09 8:43 AM
"Front And Center" To Feature Country Artists

This season of public television's acclaimed music series "Front and Center" will include many country artists including Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and others.

“This season could be our best,” said Executive Producer Don Maggi. “We’re featuring some of the finest names in pop, rock and country music, who have collectively sold millions of albums, won numerous awards and are easily some of the best live entertainers in the business.”

Bentley
said, “The core of Country Music is its songs, and the CMA established the CMA Songwriters Series 10 years ago to recognize a really important part of our genre, the songwriters. We don’t typically take the time to thank the songwriters, so collaborating with the CMA and Front and Center was the perfect place — a night with five guys on stools sharing stories, songs and whiskey.” 

The 10 all-new shows will premier Sept. 30. 

Below are the list of shows scheduled:

Counting Crows (Sept. 30) 
John Hiatt (Oct. 7) 
Dierks Bentley (Oct. 14) 
Joe Satriani (Oct. 21) 
Lady Antebellum (Oct. 28) 
Keith Urban (Nov. 4) 
Paul Rodgers (Nov. 11) 
The Fray (Nov. 18) 
Richard Thompson (Nov. 25) 
Richie Sambora (Dec. 2)

2014/09 8:36 AM
Lady Antebellum To Launch 7FOR7

Lady Antebellum is launching 7FOR7, a week-long campaign where the band will travel across the country and surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fan s in seven days. The promotion coincides with the release of their latest album 747. The first surprise will happen Monday (9/29). 

 “We can't wait to see this idea come to life,” said Lady A’sHillary Scott. “We posted a note on our socials a few weeks ago asking for people to nominate friends or family who would love a surprise from Lady A, and a ton of great stories rolled in. There are so many inspiring fans out there who we want to celebrate! We have some HUGE plans up our sleeves, and you never know where we might pop up!" 

The album will be available in stores September 30. The lead single "Bartender" has gone platinum. To see a teaser video for the 7FOR7 promotion go here.

2014/09 8:17 AM
Kenny Chesney Guest Picker For ESPN

No one loves college football quite as much as Kenny Chesney. Growing up in East Tennessee as a University of Tennesse Vols' fan, football is in his blood. So after his week of appearances on shows including "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Entertainment Tonight" and the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," to promote the release of his album "The Big Revival," he will head to Columbia SC for the Missouri v. South Carolina game and serve as ESPN's Guest Picker for "College Game Day" on Saturday (9/27).

This isn't the first time as a Guest Picker. Chesney had the privilege of Guest Picker when he traveled to Knoxville in 2012. 

“If you wanna talk about people with spirit and heart, let’s talk about college football teams,” Chesney says with a laugh. “Heck, let’s talk about the fans! They are as wild and as passionate about those players as the guys out on the field... So I can’t think of a better song to play on a day like that.” 

 Having recorded “The Boys of Fall,” as well as producing three specials for ESPN over the past few years, knowledge of the game and its players is unparalleled. Still, he cautions, “Everything can change from week to week, the guys who make those calls study the teams pretty close. I’m just a guy who tries to keep up.”

2014/09 8:10 AM
Nashville Ratings Down From A Year Ago

The third season premiere of Nashville earned a 1.5 last night (9/24) in adults 18-49, down from a 2.0 of the same demo last year, according to zap2it.com. The show did rise from 1.3 adults 18-49 rating from last year. Total number of viewers are estaimed at 5.6 million. 

This season's premiere includes performances by Chip Esten (Deacon), Chris Carmack (Will) and a special live performance by Florida Georgia Line all from the Bluebird Cafe. 

 The top rated show last night for the 10 p.m. slot with a rating of 1.8 18-49 was NBC's Chicago PD with a total number of viewed at 8.4 million.

2014/09 8:08 AM
Buddy's Headed to Vegas

WBBN/B95/Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS, Buddy Baron is retiring after 14 years of doing mornings at the station.  His last day will be Friday, September 26.  

Baron's 45-year career includes stops at WQXI/Atlanta, WSAI and WWNK/Cincinnati, KEZY/Anaheim, KIMN/Denver, KOPA/Phoenix, KVIL/Dallas, KKHT/Houston and KFRC, KSAN and KYCY/San Francisco.

Allyson Scott, Baron's longtime morning co-host is also leaving the station.  She will be taking the ppositionof Director of Public Relations for the Jones County, MS Sheriff's Department.

Joe McCool, B95's midday person will switch to mornings.  No plans currently on the midday position.

According to Baron he and his wife are relocating to Vegas and will "continue to write screenplays and lose at poker."

Get in touch with him here.

2014/09 8:38 AM
Trisha's 12th To Debut November 17

Trisha Yearwood's 12th studio album and first release on RCA Nashville/Gwendolyn Records "PrizeFighter Hit after Hit" is due out November 17. The album will contain new material as well as Yearwood's hits including "XXX's and OOOs," "How Do I Live," and "Perfect Love."

The lead single and title track by Kelly Clarkson "PrizeFighter" was written by Sarah Buxton, Jessi Alexander and Ross Copperman.

Yearwood has not released an album since 2007. The digital version will be available only on GhostTunes and the album is currently available for pre-order for $11.98.

2014/09 8:01 AM
Tim Goes to #1

Congrats to Big Machine and Tim McGraw as his debut album "Sundown Heaven Town" went to #1 in its debut week according to Nielsen Soundscan figures. McGraw's "Sundown Heaven Town" sold more than 71,000 copies the first-week out. 

 It also ranked #3 among the all-genre albums behind Chris Brown and Barbara Streisand. Streisand's album "Partners" was #1 giving Steisand a #1 album in each of the last six decades. 

 This is McGraw's 15th album to go #1 including four Greatest Hits albums. This is his second album to be released since signing with Big Machine. "Two Lanes of Freedom" also debuted at #1. 

 Just behind McGraw was George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Again" selling 51,000 copies.

2014/09 7:58 AM
Garth Heading to Minneapolis

Rumors circulating that Minneapolis, Minnesota will be the next Garth stop on his world tour. 

He will play at Target Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 for two shows each night. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster on October 3.

2014/09 7:14 AM
ACM Looking For What Country Means To You

The Academy of Country Music is celebrating its first commemorative book "This is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards." Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Reba, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and others are among the artists featured in the book.  It went on sale yesterday (9/23). 

 They are holding a contest and encouraging fans to Instagram a photo of what "Country" means to them using #thisiscountry and submit their entry online for a chance to win a copy, plus an enlarged photo from the book.  All proceeds from sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives.

 Get more information here

2014/09 7:09 AM
Carrie Underwood To Make Announcement On Today Show

Carrie Underwood will appear on NBC's Today Show on Friday. She will be announcing some exciting news exclusively to them and her fans. 

She will also talk about the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday (9/27) on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The concert will be aired live on MSNBC TV. NBC News will produce a one-hour prime time special of the event to air on NBC TV at 9 p.m. (ET). 

 For more information go to www.globalcitizenfestival.com.

2014/09 7:03 AM
Big And Rich Get On The Bus

Ride of Fame will honor Big and Rich by having a bus dedicated to them in New York City. Each year Ride of Fame brings a new bus into its fleet for various pubic figures. 

As was reported here yesterday, Big and Rich just released their latest album "Gravity" and will be seen and heard on various media outlets throughout NYC in the coming days. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Big and Rich's Ride of Fame bus on Friday (9/26) at Pier 78 in New 
York at noon (ET). They will have a seat on the top deck of the bus and have a personalized message to their fans.

2014/09 10:30 AM
Jeff Walker Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeff W alker, President/CEO of Nashville-based AristoMedia Group has been presented with the Country Music Association of Australia's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding and sustained promotion of Country music, in particular encouragement and mentoring of Australian artists. 

 The award was presented to Walker by Dobe Newton, President of the CMAA, at an Australian event during the Australian Music Festival and Conference. Walker has run AristoMedia Group for 34 yeas and has also won this year's CMA Jo Walker Meador International Award, which is given to someone whose efforts have had an impact in expanding Country music globally. 

Walker has played a large part in Country music’s international reach, with honors including the CMA President’s Award, CCMA’s Leonard T. Rambeau International Support Award, Operation Troop Aid Certification of Appointment and being named an International Ambassador by International Country Music Day Organization.'
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CMAA President Dobe Newton presenting Jeff Walker, AristoMedia Group CEO the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association of Australia.

2014/09 9:59 AM
Big & Rich's Gravity Hits Stores Today

Big & Rich are hitting the airwaves this week to promote their newly released album "
Gravity" that contains 11 tracking including the current "Look at You." The album hits stores today (9/23).

 Fans can hear and see them on several shows including Today Show (9/25), ABC News Now (9/25), Imus in the Morning 9/26) Huckabee (9/27 and 28) and NASCAR Radio (9/24), to name a few. 

“Big & Rich have always marched to the beat of their own drum, but what is the most interesting part of that equation now is that the industry has kind of caught up with what they are doing. "Look At You" definitely echoes this... although in true Big & Rich style, there are more than a few surprises on the new album," says Billboard’sChuck Dauphin

Read more here as Chuck describes the new album as out-of-the-box and worth the wait.  In addition, Big & Rich grace the cover of this week’s issue of NASH Magazine, the bonus insert of Country Weekly. Read more here

For more information on Gravity or the latest tour updates, visit bigandrich.com.

2014/09 8:55 AM
Fitz In For Another Round

KKWF, 100.7, The Wolf/Seattle's "Fitz In the Morning" has extended its contract with the stations and Entercom.

"We're thrilled to extend our partnership with Fitz on 100.7 The Wolf/Seattle," said Entercom/Seattle VP/Programming Dave Richards. "Each day the 'Fitz In the Morning' team creates one of the most entertaining and engaging shows in American Country radio and it's a pleasure to go forward into the future." 

Get in touch with Fitz here.

2014/09 8:51 AM
Cliff Blake Goes to Arista

Cliff Blake, formerly Director/Northeast and Midwest Promotion for Republic Nashville, has joined Arista Nashville as Director/Regional Promotion. He will begin his new job October 1. 

He succeeds Andy Elliott who was promoted to Director/National Promotion. This is a return to the Sony music Nashville family. He spent more than five years working for Colungbia Nashville in their promotion department. He also has 25 years in broadcasting. 

"The sands of our business are constantly shifting, but with open eyes, you can learn a lot on every beach you walk," said Blake. "This is an incredible and timely opportunity to walk the journey with some of my best friends in the music business-- a rare and wonderful homecoming with colleagues at Arista, as well as at Columbia and RCA." 

Get in touch with him here.

2014/09 8:21 AM
Jude Walker New Brand Manager

Jude Walker, morning co-host at KMDL, 97.3 The Dawg/Lafayette, LA has been promoted to Brand Manager. Walker has been with the station since 1997 and began doing mornings in 2008. He takes the place of Bruce Mikells who will continue in his position of OM/morning host. 

Get in touch with Walker here or at 337-233-6000337-233-6000.

2014/09 10:24 AM
Boxer Exits

Boxer, midday host at WMZQ/Washington DC is leaving and going to sister station WCOL/Columbus on Monday, September 29. He will be doing afternoons live on WCOL. He was voicetracking the shift for the last five years. 
 
He will also continue voice tracking Premium Choice for iHeartMedia's Country stations. Boxer did mornings at WMZQ before going to middays when the Bobby Bones Show took over in March. 
 
He has also worked at WNCI/Columbis, WWHT/Syracuse and WBOB and KEEY/Minneapolis. Get in touch with him here.

2014/09 10:16 AM
Lauren MacLeash OM for KMNB and KZJK

Lauren MacLeash is the new OM for CBS Radio's KMNB, Buz'n 102.9 and Adult Hits KZJK, Jack-FM Minneapolis. She will take her new position Friday, September 26.She takes over for Rob Morris who was named VP/Programming for CBS Radio/Tampa last July. 

MacLeash is a programming vet wiht over 25 years experience as a PD. She has worked at WGFX/Nashville (Classic Rock), WAFX/Norfolk, Trip A WKOC/Virginia Beach, KTCZ, Cities 97 and KQQL/Minneapolis. 

“I’m excited for Lauren to assume the role of OM for KMNB and KZJK," said CBS Radio/Minneapolis VP/Market Manager Mick Anselmo. "MacLeash comes with a highly regarded industry reputation as a team leader, brand builder (with sales savvy), and community advocate all threaded with a fierce competitive spirit. Her many years as on air personality and PD for Cities 97, and recent role as PD of KQQL, sets the stage well for her new role on Jack and Buz'n. Included in her past, was the 'Cities Sampler' that has raised millions for local charities. KZJK will be 'Jacked' and Nashville will be 'BUZN' with her addition to our talented staff."

“The Twin Cities CBS Radio team is amazing. I look forward to helping them build a legacy on this rock solid foundation,” said MacLeash. Get in touch with her  here .

2014/09 9:29 AM
CRS Announces Keynote

CRS has announced that Todd Wagner is the keynote speaker for the Country Radio Seminar 2015. Wagner is an entrepreneur and philanthropist and will address the CRS attendees on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Nashville Convention Center. 

 "We are thrilled that Todd has agreed to join us for a unique discussion," stated CRS Exec. Dir. Bill Mayne. "We've been looking for the right person to speak on 'entrepreneurial spirit' in the marketplace for several years. When you consider his body of work with success in innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Todd Wagner is the perfect person to share his perspective with our industry!" 

Wagner is a full time entrepreneur in the Internet sector and went to work with Mark Cuban to launch Broadcast.com, which broadcasts live sporting events, corporate events and radio stations over the Internet. He is the CEO. Wagner took the company public is 1998, setting an opening day record with shares climbing 249%.

2014/09 8:34 AM
"Where It's At" Goes to #1 on Mediabase

Congrats to BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James, VP/Promotion Lee Adams and the BBR promo staff as they take the #1 spot this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Dustin Lynch's "Where It's At."

This is Lynch's first #1 song and is the first release from his album "Where It's At."

2014/09 7:37 AM
Thanks, Chili's!

Chili's Grill and Bar will donate 100% of the profits they make on Monday (9/22) to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

The "Donate Profits Day" is part of Chili's "More Hope Campaign" for St. Jude that they run every year. They have been running the event in September since 2004. At this point over $51 million for St. Jude.

2014/09 9:33 AM
Luke Brings Friends On Farm Tour 2014

Luke Bryan kicks off his "Farm Tour 2014" on October 1 in Knoxville, TN and will be bringing along several friends including Cole Swindell, The Peach Pickers, Chancie Neal and DJ Rock. 

Tickets are available through his website and VIP experiences are also available. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go to a local college students as a scholarship. The student must come from a farming family within the communities along the route. 

 For more info go to www.LukeBryan.com.

2014/09 9:26 AM
Andy Elliott New Director/National Promo at Arista Nashville

Andy Elliott, former Arista Nashville Manager/Regional Promotion has been promoted to Director/National Promotion. He will begin his new position on September 22. 

Andy has been an amazing part of the Arista family since he joined our team in 2011,” said VP/Promotion Lesly Tyson. “His 18 years as a PD, coupled with his innate leadership ability and respect in the radio and record communities, make him the perfect person to help lead Arista Nashville in the years to come. I am so proud to promote him to the role as one of our Co-National Dirs.” 

 He has been with the label since 2011. Prior to that we worked with New Revolution. He worked in radio at KHKI/KJJY/Des Moines for 18 years. 

“What a thrill and an honor,” said Elliott. “I want to thank Lesly Tyson for her faith in me. I love working with this amazing team and our unmatched roster of artists.” 

Get in touch with him here.

2014/09 9:09 AM
Angie Coonrod New Dir/NE Promo for Republic Nashville

Angie Coonrod, Executibe Asst. to President and BMLG EVP Jimmy Harnen is the new Director/Northeast Promotion. She takes the place of Cliff Blake who will be leaving at the end of the month. 

 Coonrod has spent more than 14 years in the Pharmaceutical industry. She has been with the label for three years and can be reached at 615-324-7904 or here.

2014/09 8:20 AM
"Big Stew" Sawyers New OM for Townsquare

"Big Stew" Sawyers is the new OM at Townsquare Media/Tyler-Longview, TX.

Sawyers will handle progrmaming for KNUE.  He takes the place of Scott Gaines who left last year.

"I am excited to join the Townsquare Media family and a great cluster of radio station in East Texas," said Sawyers.  "The people in and out of the station are great, and the products they put on the air are already top notch. The team they have assembled there is very talented and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of them.  No chance of me becoming a Longhorn, however.  Go Gators!" 

Sawyers has worked at WWKA/Orlando, Univeristy of Florida's WRUF/Gainesville, FL and WBAM/Montgomery.

Get in touch with him here .



2014/09 8:16 AM
Jessica Reeves Joins Makiin' Music and Foremost Records

Jessica Reeves, Girlilla Marketing intern and recent MTSU graduate has joined Makin' Music and Foremost Records. She will be National Head/Promotion and Marketing. She takes the place of Zack Nachman who has left. 

 Get in touch with her here.

2014/09 10:49 AM
Justine Paige Joins WBEE

Justine Paige, formerly with WBZA, 98.9 The Buzz has joined sister station WBEE/Rochester for middays. This marks a return to the station. She previously did nights in 2012 for the station. 

She replaces Jesse Jordan. Get in touch with her here 

2014/09 10:12 AM
Lee Brice Dances To #1

Congrats to the entire promo team at Curb and Lee Brice as his "I Don't Dance" album is the #1 Country album debut this week.  It also was ranked #5 on the all-genre ranker.

The album sold 38,000 copies last week according to Nielsen Soundscan.  

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