industry members
John Ortiz
Radio Development   ALSAC
Heather Stupeck
Secondary Promotions Manager   Jerry Duncan Promotions
gaylynn kiser
  consultant
Tim McFadden
Owner   Tim McFadden Mgmt and Consulting
Kurt Felt
  Magnum Broadcasting
wayne foster
President   Rock & Soul Mgmt




2014/11 7:45 AM
Suzanne Gordon Leaving GAC

Vice President of Programming for Great American Country Suzanne Gordon will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities.  Gordon has over 30 years of experience in broadcasting, syndication and cable television and has overseen all of the original commissioned productions and acquisitions for the network.

"I've had a great run the last eight years at GAC, and I am so proud of the many concerts, documentaries, red carpets and new artist specials we've produced," she said.  "I'm grateful for the many long-lasting realtionships I have made, and although I have enjoyed working for such a strong national brand, I am exciting to be starting a new chapter in my career."

Her production and director credits include a variety of project including documentaries, talk shows, music specials for cable and syndication includign PBS, Opry Live, Film House, The Nashville Network and more. As of January 1 she can be reached at /blog/ or 615-585-8800.






 

2014/11 7:42 AM
Country Music Association Presents Music Discovery Research

The Country Music Association presented its Music Discovery Research findings regarding how music fans find music adn how that impacts their music purchasing.  This presentation was made to members of the CMA at their annual meeting in Nashville.

"An important part of our mission as a trade association for the format is to provide meaningful research and tools to help our constituents advance their business interests by gaining a better understanding of the general music consumer as well as the core Country fan,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The annual membership meeting was the perfect platform to present these important findings directly to our stakeholders in the industry.”
 
The research project asked 1600 Adults 18+who had "discovered" a new song within the last seven days when the research was conducted July 22-31.  The findings also include actions that happened within the same seven-day window.

Karen Stump, CMA Sr. Director of Marketing Research presented the findings.  

-New music discovery was higher amoung core Country music fans compared to rock, pop, hip hop or R&B regardlessof the way they discovered it.

-AM/FM radio ranked #1 as a source with 43% said that is where they heard it for the first time. this was followed by YouTube and streaming apps at 13%.  YouTube ranked significatnly higher (20%$) amoung 18-34 year olds.

-Discovery of music by "new artists" (those artists that listeneres had not heard of) was most common with 49% of the respondents.  Thirty-two percent said that their new discovery was by an artist they knew.

-While TV and streaming apps saw higher levels of new artist discovery, radio was the strongest in the discovery of "new releases."

-Nearly half (48%) of those who discovered new music looked for additional inforaiton about the song or artist via YouTune or the Internet.  If hte song was an older release from an established artist, this research was even higher (58%).  

-One in five (19%) of the fans that discovered either a new artist or release purchased it within a week.  Those who discovered it via streaming apps were the highest purchasers (25%).
 

2014/11 4:48 AM
​J.R. Jaus To PM Drive On WWKA As Drew Bland Takes Middays, And Jason Gellhause Into Nights

Cox Media Group Country WWKA/K92.3/Orlando names J.R. Jaus as the new PM drive host, as current host Drew Bland moves to mid-days and Jason Gellhause will go to nights.

Director/Branding and Programming Drew Bland said,J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team,” “We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.”

Before this, Jaus has worked in radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Jaus stated, "This is really an exciting opportunity for me. What Drew and his team are doing at K92.3 is so fresh and new. I am honored that they have invited me to be a part of it. It is going to be a challenging and fun adventure!"

2014/11 1:36 AM
RAB Report: 11% Digital Growth In Spite Of Flat Radio Growth

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) released data Today (Nov. 21) showing the industry continues to build on its digital profile as Digital revenue in Q3 showed growth of 11% over last year. In addition, despite a flat national advertising market across media, total Radio ad revenues showed signs of rebounding with improving trends over Q2 performance (-2% vs. -3%), and Off-Air revenue posted a 14% gain, for its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.

"The increasing strength of Radio’s digital platforms becomes more evident every quarter as advertisers recognize the unparalleled benefits of reaching Radio’s dedicated audiences on every device and platform they are using,” said RAB Pres./CEO Erica Farber. “In addition, the growth in off-air opportunities for advertisers is a clear indication that Radio is focused on continuing to deliver more innovative solutions to help them reach their consumers."

"As radio broadcasters continue their focus on reaching consumers and enhancing advertiser ROI through broadcast, digital platforms and new off-air opportunities, advertisers are recognizing that the best way to communicate with consumers and build brands has evolved far beyond simply running a Spot schedule on-air,” Farber continued. “On-air personality involvements, events, station websites and other digital options continue to generate support, use and results among major brand marketers as well as local businesses.

Growth Categories In Q3

There were upticks from Health Care (+4%), Professional Services (+5%), and Insurance Companies (+1%); these industries also showed increases in year-to-date spending, up 6%, 6% and 7% respectively. Nice growth signs while several of Spot Radio’s top tier revenue categories registered dips while facing very strong Q3 delivery last year.

Additionally, there was upward momentum from many categories in the next tier that helped improve Radio’s bottom line this quarter, many of which reflect the impact of increased consumer optimism and spending in the housing, travel and personal entertainment areas.
 
"Looking at this list of growth categories, much of the increased volume derives from locally-focused, Main Street businesses who can directly observe the impact of Radio advertising on their bottom lines,” states Farber. “Additionally, Radio’s ability to motivate listeners to action is reflected in the increased spending in such categories as Charitable/Religious/Non-Profit/Government Agencies, Entertainment, Sporting Events/Expos/Shows, and Recruitment/Employment - advertisers that count on Radio to help raise funds, fill seats, fill jobs and depend on results from their investments."

2014/11 10:59 PM
Brian Egan Named Executive Producer For 'NASH Nights Live'

Cumulus names Country WKWS/96.1 The Wolf/Charleston, WV PD/morning talent Brian Egan as Executive Producer for "Nash Nights Live."

Egan said, "My family and I couldn't be more excited to return to Tennessee, joining the 'Nash Nights Live' team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the Nash brand is an amazing opportunity. I'm grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen."

Before joining WKWS, Egan was co-host of the "Ben & Brian Show" at CBS Radio Country KMLE/Phoenix and iHeartMedia Country WMZQ/Washington, DC.

Send Egan congrats here.

2014/11 10:15 PM
​WAMZ 'Coyote’s Acoustic Concert 2014' Is A Sell Out

iHeartMedia Country WAMZ/Lousiville's "Coyote's Acoustic Concert 2014" has sold out 17,000 seats in just over an hour.

The show will feature Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush, Montgomery Gentry, Maddie & Tae, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, and others.  It will take place Wednesday, December 3rd at the KFC Yum Center in Lousiville.  

Listeners can still win tickets from WAMZ. For additional information, visit the station's website.

2014/11 10:05 PM
Nate Green To Release Debut EP, Road Map, in 2015

Country newcomer Nate Green is releasing his much-anticipated, debut EP, Road Map, on Jan. 13, with a pre-sale date of today, Nov. 21. “Back Road,” the new focal track off of Road Map, and “Wild & Free” will be available for download following the pre-sale purchase. An official music video for “Back Road” has been shot and will be released in the coming weeks.

A true musician, Green traveled the world to study how music differs in various cultures and which instruments are prominent in various regions and why. His journey took him to Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Mexico, New York, Miami, L.A. and Nashville, which gives his music a truly unique sound. Road Map was written, recorded and produced during Green’s travels and is highly anticipated by his growing national and international fan base.

In addition to his musical sabbatical to perfect his craft, Green also single-handedly penned each track on the new EP.

"When I set out on my travels to complete this EP, I really just wanted to take in as much music as I possibly could and immerse myself in each culture. I learned so much about music and got a whole new perspective on what it means to 'be an artist,' and I'm so thankful that I got to have that experience while I was writing the new music," commentsGreen.

Combining real Country lyrics with a southern pop sensation, Green’s upcoming single, “Back Road,” pours out the connection between two lovers enjoying a night in the country. The release follows Green’s recent debut release, “Wild and Free.”

Green comments of the new track, The song “Back Road” is a progressive journey taking you away from the bright light, fast-paced city life, and showing you the way I live; the way I grew up in the country. The sound itself is as much of a contrast as the city is to the country. It's a fun song and a defining moment in my writing career.”  

2014 proved to be an exciting start to the newcomer’s career as he was featured on ZUUS Country’s On The Rise in September and was added to the network’s Country Hunks playlist.

Additionally, Green was named one of the 10 Hottest Guys You’ve Ever Seen in Country Music by Teen.com.
A seasoned performer and entertainer, Green has already opened up for acts such as Little Big Town on their A Place to Land Tour, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Latin sensation Gloria Trevi at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City.
 

2014/11 10:02 PM
Lia Hooks-Up With Soldiers’ Angels For ‘Holiday Heroes

Lia, the Westwood One Country show hosted by Lia Knight, has teamed up with Soldiers' Angels this year for "Holiday Heroes."  

Lia listeners are helping to raise money to purchase gifts, food, and clothing for the families of our active duty and retired servicemen and women.  You can make a donation and become a Holiday Hero HERE and read more at www.soldiersangels.org.

2014/11 9:50 PM
Cole Swindell Releases Down Home Sessions EP Exclusively on iTunes

Breakout Country music artist Cole Swindell released his brand new Down Home Sessions EP exclusively on iTunes this week, landing immediately in the No. 1 spot on the country chart and Top 10 all genre.

The five song digital collection includes previously unreleased tracks and follows up Swindell's debut album, which contains his latest single currently building at country radio “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey.

Recently announced as a performer on the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Swindell began his first headlining run last Thursday, which includes two upcoming sold-out Chicago stops at Joe’s Sports Bar December 10 and 11 before wrapping later in the month.

Swindell also introduced his new fan club on the tour, called The Down Home Crew, where fans gain exclusive access, discounts and get early information on all things Cole Swindell. Down Home Crew members will also get access to the “Chillin’ It” VIP experiences on select tour stops powered by The Coleman Company, Inc.


2014/11 11:32 AM
Radio Parties Jumps Into iHeartMedia

Promotional management company Radio Parties has formed a partnership with iHeartMedia Country WKKT/The Kat 96.9/Charlotte.

"Country radio is one of our most successful formats," explained Radio Parties President Ric Hansen.  "Country listeners are some of the most loyal fans and are always anxious for their station to reach out and be a part of their community. Radio Parties facilitates that connection and gives the station a high profile with fans and potential listeners."

Radio Parties offers human connection with listeners to compliment the station's online social media branding and connections.  The company currently works with stations in Houston, Tampa, Atlanta, Seattle, and many more.  Their management services are offered at no charge to the radio station. 

For information about Radio Parties, contact Ric Hansen here or by phone at 800-954-3535.
 

2014/11 10:13 AM
‘Taste Of Country Festival’ To Be Headlined By Toby Keith

Show Dog-Universal music artist Toby Keith will headline the "3rd Annual Taste Of Country Music Festrival" in June 2015.
Keith adds his talent to previously announced headliners Tim McGraw and Keith Urban at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Great Northern Catskills in Greene Country, NY. The festival will take place Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th, 2015.

"We are thrilled to add Toby Keith to our superstar lineup," stated Townsquare Media EVP/Live Events Dhruv Prasad.  "There is not a Country music festival in America that can boast Tim, Keith, and Toby as headliners.  And we're not finished yet. All I can say is there are more great acts to be announced, so stay tuned."

For information on ticketing, VIP packages, accommodations, and more, visit www.TasteOfCountryFestival.com.
 

2014/11 10:02 AM
​CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award Goes To Kix Brooks

Kix Brooks will be receiving the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award in JANUARY 2015.
"It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," said Brooks. "It's easy to look around and be inspired by people who do more. I'll keep trying-- this is very special."

The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism, and advocacy. Those recognized must be a Country music professional who has evidenced commitment to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Country music community.

Kix is a true ambassador, champion, and humanitarian for CMA and this industry as a whole,” said CMA Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee Rob Beckham. “His philanthropic efforts continue to make the world a better place.”

2014/11 9:45 AM
Billy Dawson Launches 45 Minute Pre-Game Show Prior To Cowboys/Eagles Game November 27

Rising Country star Billy Dawson  always dreamed of playing the Dallas Cowboy stadium as a football player but little did he know after 25 years he would be playing the stadium as a musical artist.  His childhood dream will come true when he plays a 45
minute set in West Plaza’s Miller Lite Stage at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on November 27th.  

The full band performance will kick off Salvation Army’s pre-game show for the Thanksgiving day battle between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.  Other entertainment at the game includes LeeAnn Womack performing the national anthem and Pitbull entertaining during half-time.

“My mom was praying the other day and the Lord reminded her of my desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys when I was a child.  She told me the story and it brought back memories of the time we went to a Cowboys game and I was able to play on the field.  It was so exhilarating running down the field and making a touchdown,” says Dawson.  “I am pumped and overwhelmed to be performing a concert at one of my favorite places. I’m so thankful and blessed for this incredible opportunity God has given me.”

Dallas Cowboys fans may be familiar with Dawson’s music as two of his songs have been blasted over the loud speakers at games this season.  “Go To Guy,” written by Amy Jack, Eddie Galan, Diana Williamson and Dawson and “Born To Lead,” the official theme song of the 2013 Lombardi awards, written by Amy Jack, Gannon Adams and Dawson, have become fan favorites at stadiums across the country including the world famous Cowboys Stadium, "Born To Lead" is available now on iTunes. Thousands of people are expected to be in attendance.

2014/11 9:33 AM
$66,000 Raised By Miranda Lambert For Her Muttnation Foundation

A big round of applauses for RCA Nashville's Miranda Lambert, who raised nearly $66,000 for herMuttnation Foundation through the auction of a customized RAM truck.

"I'm happy to see everyone come together to raise so much money for Muttnation Foundation through the auction of a customized RAM truck." said Lambert. "I appreciate RAM for donating the truck to me to auction off and for making this all possible. So many dogs will have happier holidays and lives thanks to this generosity."

The customized RAM Laramie Longhorn truck sold for $54,901; other items including signed CDs, guitars, and tickets to one of Lambert’s 2015 concerts brought in nearly $11,000.

 

2014/11 9:32 AM
Stephanie Holzer Promoted at Warner

Stephanie Holzer is the new Director/Regional Promotion for the Southwest territory. The is the final regional position to be added to Team WEA.

Holzer has been Promotional Coordinator since May.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership.

"We look forward to watching Stephanie develop into a top notch regional and airplay force in the Southwest region!" said Team Wea VP/National Jordan Petit.  "Shortly, we will announce Stephanie's replacement in teh coordinator role, which will round out Team Wea!"

She begins in Janaury and plans to relocate to Texas near the middle of the 2015.  Get in touch with her here.
 

 



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2014/11 7:09 AM
Bob DiPIero Gets CMA Chairman's Award

Bob DiPiero was given the CMA Chairman's Aard by CMA Board Chairman Ed Hardy during the CMA Board of Directors meeting in Nashville. 
 
"Bob has been a creative force and passionate supporter of songwriters and the CMA Songwriters Series in the US and Europe--expanding the genre and creating new fans everywhere  he goes," said Hardy.  bob is high regarded as a songwriter, but serving with him on the CMA Board, I have a much deeper appreciation for his business acumen, his absolute dedication to the creative process, and his trademark sense of humor."
 
The Chairman's Award is given annually at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. Hardy praised DiPiero's leadership and efforts on and efforts to expand the format and CMA Songwriters Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014.

"This award is truly a highight of my ongoing career," said DiPiero.  "To be awarded this by Ed Hardy in front of the CMA Board members humbles me.  The dream goes on."

 
 


2014/11 11:46 PM
WLIQ-AM Now Getting Their KICKS As Classic Country

Townsquare AC WLIQ-AM/Quincy, IL has switched to Classic Country, They are now known as “Classic Country KICK AM 1530” and using the Westwood One 24/7 format.

With this flip, “KICK AM” now joins their mainstream Country sister station KICK-FM.

2014/11 11:04 PM
Shazam Letting You Find The ‘Hits’ Earl

In 2002, Shazam began as a cool way for identifying unfamiliar songs, but after being downloaded more than 500 million times and used to identify some 30 million songs, THE ATLANTIC reports that label execs see Shazam as "an early-detection system for hits."

From examining 20 million searches every day, Shazam can identify songs that are catching on and where they're catching on. Sometimes it's possible to spot a song that's going to break out months before most people have even heard of it. Because of that, it has become a favorite app of music agents around the country.

This past February, Shazam announced it would be launching a new imprint under Warner Music Group for artists discovered through the app.

2014/11 11:00 PM
​Shining Up The Apple To Grow Beats Music Into iTunes

Back in May, when Apple bought Beats Music, people wondered what the long term plans for the service would be? Now, THE NEW YORK TIMES is reporting the plans that Apple has for Beats, the company it acquired for $3 billion, are coming into sharper focus."

The report states, "Apple plans to include its Beats music service in future versions of iOS, its mobile software system for iPhones and iPads, according to people briefed on the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans were not yet official."

Apple has be negotiating with labels since early fall, because it wants to license music at a price that would allow them to place their subscription-based music streaming offering under the standard $10 per month price that Spotify, Rhapsody and even Beats Music currently charge.

A paid subscription model would be popular with artists -- such as Taylor Swift, who have gone as far as pulling their music from free streaming offerings such as Spotify.

According to the New York Times, "when Apple released iOS 8, the latest version of its software system, the lack of a Beats Music app was a noticeable omission. Including the app is an obvious step to bring more attention to the streaming music service to Apple’s hundreds of millions of mobile device customers.  The timing of when Beats will appear in iOS is unclear, and it is likely that Apple will roll the product into its iTunes product as opposed to retaining the Beats Music brand."

2014/11 10:09 PM
Sammy Arriaga Announces The Release Of ‘That’s What I’m Talkin’ 'Bout For Download

Dubbed by the Miami Herald as “The next artist to emerge on the country music scene from Miami since The Mavericks," Cuban-Country artist Sammy Arriaga announces the release of his latest single, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout.” Through his partnership with Eckrich, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout,” accompanied by the acoustic music video, is immediately available on the Eckrich Facebook page as a free download.

In this catchy Country ballad, Arriaga’s “talkin’ bout” that unforgettable moment when an irresistible señorita finally gives him the green light by reciprocating with her coy cues.

Eckrich, a part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, has been giving fans the opportunity to experience Arriaga’s unique Latin-infused Pop Country sound by releasing a series of the songs from his up-and-coming EP. His debut single, “Lighter Up,” was the first to become available for download in May 2014.

Arriaga has quickly been captivating audiences across the nation with his infectious style, performing alongside popular chart-topping acts such as the ACM, CMA and CMT- nominated duo Love and Theft, NBC “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope and Country music staples Jana Kramer and Trace Adkins. Integrating his Latin heritage into his music, Arriaga incorporates various rhythmic elements that put a unique spin on today’s Country music

2014/11 8:16 AM
CBS 'Cool Workplace' According to Crain's

Crain's Detroit Busness has released its annual list of the coolest places to work in metro Detroit and CBS Detroit was one of those companies in the large workplaces category.  CBS owns and operates Country WYCD, Top 40 WDZH/98.7 AMP Radio, Oldies WOMC, WXYT, 97.1/The Ticket and WWJ-AM/Newsradio 950.

CBS was recognized for its staff parties and intra-company website that allows employees to nominate each other for recognition.  Employees can earn points that they can spend on tickets to big games, concerts, gift cards and more.  Crain's Detroit Business asked employees to submit "employee-friendly culture" companies and then chose the top 75.

2014/11 7:56 AM
Garth Goes to #1

"Man Against Machine," Garth's latest album sold more than 118,000 copies the first week out according to Nielsen Soundscan figures.  Congrats to RCA and the team at Sony Nashville.

This is Brooks' ninth studio album and his first since 2001's "Scarecrow."  This is his 14th #1 Country album debut.

2014/11 7:49 AM
Universal and Show Dog Restructure

Universal Music Group Nashville and Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville have announced plans to restructure the arrangement between the two companies.  Show Dog has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution and services agreement with UMGN. This will allow a closer association between the two companies. Universal will provide service for A & R, creative finance, marketing and sales to the independent label.  Show Dog will maintain a full promo team and Toby Keith will remain Principal of the company.  Toby's first album under the new agreement will be 35 MPH Town scheduled for release in 2015.

In making the announcement of the restructure, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman & CEO, Mike Dungan said,
“All of us at Universal Music Group Nashville are thrilled that Toby has chosen to stay within the Universal family.  And family it is, in this arrangement that allows Show Dog Nashville to remain independent, yet be fully integrated into our system and the great team of professionals that make up UMGN.”

Toby Keith added, “I look forward to this new chapter in Show Dog’s history and it will be great to work so closely with the folks at Universal.”


 

2014/11 7:42 AM
Vince and Lyle To Do Three Shows

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will be doing three acoustic shows starting January 27 in Glenside, PA.  Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories will feature both solo and duo performances.  They will be serving as their own accompanists.  

Other locations they will be performing include Englewood, NJ on January 28 and North Charleston, SC Jan. 30.  

2014/11 7:22 AM
Rick Parrish To Leave Cumulus/Youngstown

Rick Parrish, Market Manager for Cumulus/Youngstown including Country WQXK is retiring.  He has been with Cumulus since 2010.  Get in touch with him here.

There are currently no plans on his replacement.

2014/11 7:09 AM
Rick Hughes to Streamsound

Rick Hughes, formerly with Show Dog-Universal as Southeast regional has joined Streamsound as Southeast Manager/Promotion.  The positions was formerly held by Director/National Promo Tyler Waugh who has left.  

Hughes has been in the business for 25 years and his resume includes stops at Epic, MCA and has worked with Streamsound VP/National Promo and Strategic Marketing Teddi Bonadies at Universal South.

Get in touch with him here. Waugh can be reached at 615-870-2040. 

2014/11 10:54 AM
Bob Blasts to VP At Blaster

Bob Reeves (left) Blaster Director/National Promotion has been promoted to VP/Promo.  He takes the place of Gator Michaels (right) who has exited.  

Reeves has been with Blaster for a year and has more than 20 years in the label business.  His resume includes stops at Epic, Magnatone, Monument nad his own promo company Integrity Nashville.  Get in touch with him here .

Michaels has been with Blaster since 2012 and at that time brought his Instigator Entertainment staff with him to work in-house.  He has worked at Dreamcatcher and Warner Brothers.  

2014/11 8:45 AM
More Artists Pulling Off Spotify

As was reported here, Taylor Swift made news recently when she pulled her catalog off of Spotify.  Most recently if you search for Justin Moore's "Point At You," or Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" or Jason Aldean's "Burning It Down" you won't find them either.  The artist (or their representatives) have not released the albums to Spotify.

Aldean, who had three million Spotify streams for "Burning It Down" commented to the Associated Press, "the debate the whole music industry is having on streaming is complicated and while I’m definitely paying attention to the business side of things, I am first and foremost an artist.”  

He added, “I want everyone who is involved in making my music to be paid fairly. This about trying to do what is right for the people who gave me a great life."

Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek said in a blog post, "When I hear stories about artists and songwriters who say they’ve see little or no money form streaming and are naturally angry and frustrated, I’m really frustrated too. We will do anything we can to work with the industry to increase transparency, improve speed of payments, and give artists the opportunity to promote themselves and connect with fans.”



 

2014/11 8:42 AM
"Lonely Tonight" Most Added

Congrats to Warner Music Nashville SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring, VP/Promotion Kristen Williams, Director/National Promotion Katie Bright and the entire WMN team as they get 52 adds this week with Blake Shelton's "Lonely Tonight" featuring Ashley Monroe. The 52 adds made it the most added song of the week on Mediabase.

 

2014/11 8:34 AM
Garth Honored By ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented their ASCAP Centennial Award last night to Garth Brooks.  The award is only given once-in-a-century in recognition of an artist's accomplishment in their music genre.

Others receiving the award included Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder.

Trisha Yearwood spoke about Garth and then sang "If Tomorrow Never Comes." Garth performed his new song "I Am A Song" for the first time publicly.

The event is a fundraiser benefiting The ASCAP Foundation and its music education, talent development and humanitarian activities.  Funds will go towards efforts in safeguarding the future of music and affording opportunities for memorable music experiences to the disadvantaged.

For more information visit www.ascap.com.

2014/11 8:16 AM
Haddon Promoted At Beasley/Augusta

Beasley/Augusta, GA  Manager/National and Digital Sales and GSM for cluster including Country WKXC, Mark Haddon, has been promoted.  He will now be the VP/MM for the cluster.  He takes the seat of Kent Dunn who is leaving the company after more than 20 years.  

Haddon has been with the group since 1993 when he came aboard as WKXC GSM.  He took on the responsibility of Manager/National Sales and Manager Digital Sales in 2001 and 2011.  

At this point there is no word on filling his previous positions.  Get in touch with him here

2014/11 8:10 AM
Deadline Extended For New Faces Voting

After the announcement yesterday about voting for CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music show lineup, a glitch was found in the voting system.  The votes that were placed before 11:30 a.m. CT on 11/18 have not been accounted for. Therfore, the deadline to vote has been extended to November 27 (one more day) to amke up for this mishap.  Those who did cast a vote yesterday should re-vote at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  

Due to the error, the deadline has been extended to November 27 (one additional day).  Country radio station employees that processed a vote before this announcement was made are asked to return to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com to vote again. 

"In batching the votes from yesterday for counting and verification, our site host identified a software glitch that rendered all votes invalid.  To insure the integrity and fairness of the vote, we are extending the deadline by one day; we are contacting all qualified voters who attempted to vote already are asking they re-vote their choices now.  We appreciate our trusted partner, MCN Interactive, for quickly identifying and correcting the issue," states Bill Mayne, Executive Director of Country Radio Broadcasters.

Those who work in a commercial, full-time Country formatted radio station may vote for the 2015 New Faces of Country Music performers.  The five acts with the most votes will perform in the show.

Nominees include: Frankie Ballard, Danielle Bradbery, Chase Bryant, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Maddie and Tae, Scotty McCreery, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and the Swon Brothers. 

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2014/11 1:01 AM
Maverick Selected As Brand Manager At Combined Communications/Bend, OR

Former Cumulus Top 40 KEHK/Eugene, OR PD Maverick returns to radio and joins Combined Communications/Bend, OR as Brand Manager for Country KMTK and Top 40 sister station KWXS.

GM Christine Limburg stated, "Maverick is a very talented PD who brings a unique perspective to WILD 107.7 and New Country 99.7 The Bull. He has a multitude of great ideas and the boundless energy needed to compete at this level. We are thrilled to have him at the helm of the stations.”
Maverick will also handle afternoons on WILD 107.7.

“I took some time off and went back home to Los Angeles to be with my family and friends, catch some waves, and of course hang out at Disneyland,” said Maverick. “Now I’m looking forward to actually ‘living’ in Bend as well as being part of the team here at Combined Communications.”
Shoot your congratulations to Maverick here.

2014/11 12:26 AM
​​According to FCC's O'Rielly The New Congress will Be Actively Working On Communications Issues

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly told a meeting of the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce's Telecom and E-Commerce Committee that he looks for the new Republican controlled Congress and Senate to be "very active on communications-related issues."

O'Rielly, a Republican, expected that "My experiences from the last time Republicans controlled both institutions suggest that considerable time will be spent by the committees of jurisdiction considering how best to modify current law to reflect modern technology and the competitive marketplace or marketplace realities.  Call it a rewrite, an update, or just a modernization effort; everything is on the table right now."

He added that he expects the new Congress to "focus significant time conducting oversight of federal departments and agencies" rather than deferring to the White House, meaning "greater review of the Commission’s internal workings and scrutiny of its decisions.  Expect more oversight hearings to allow Members to express their views and examine issues closer.  Generally, I welcome their interest in communications policy and see more attention on this important sector of our economy as a positive outcome."

While speaking, O’Rielly called for regulatory reform, including a possible Communications Act update or other bills and asserting that the Commission "must review all our rules and eliminate those that are no longer necessary in light of the vast changes in technology and today’s converging and competitive communications marketplace.  Going forward, we must show regulatory restraint and act only when there is concrete evidence of market failure.  The Commission must resist regulating to prevent future, hypothetical harms that may or may not materialize." 

Also, he called for the Commission to use a "thorough cost-benefit analysis based on verifiable data" in formulating new regulations, and to get through proceedings more quickly, lauding Chairman Tom Wheeler's efforts to clear the Commission's backlog.  And he recommended that draft items be posted online in advance of agenda meetings.

2014/11 9:12 AM
Rascal Flatts Heading to Vegas

Rascal Flatts will be the artist-in residence at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas beginning in Ferbruary.

"A Rascal Flatts concert is the epitome of a good time," stated AEG Live Las Vegas VP Bobby Reynolds.  "The band knows how to get a crowd going, how to perform and they're passionate about their music and fans.  I can't wait to see these guys and their fans take over The Joint.  It will truly be unlike any other residency we've had."

They will play nine shows from Wednesday, February 25, 2015 to Satruday, March 14, 2015.  Tickets www.axs.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.  

"We are thrilled to be playing such a storied venue as The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas," siad Jay DeMarcus.  "We're so excited to do something so different for us.  You will experience Rascal Flatts in a way you've never seen us before -- up close, intimate and personal, and we promise you one thing, it's going to rock!"



 

2014/11 8:30 AM
​WWFF/Huntsville Gets '93.3 NASH Icon'

Cumulus debut Country WWFF/Huntsville, AL as "93.3 Nash Icon." The station previously operated under the brand "Journey 93-3."

Cumulus /Huntsville Market Manager Matt Tobin says,  “93.3 Nash Icon brings Country music fans the artists that made Country great, along with today’s Country stars. Country music fans can now reconnect with the iconic artists and music they fell in love with during the '80s, '90s and early 2000s, and the Country stars they love today.” 

2014/11 8:30 AM
Blair's Now Heard in Green Bay and Appleton-Oshkosh, WI

"America's Morning Show" hosted by Blair Garner can now be heard on Cumulus' WPKR, Nash FM 99.5/Green Bay and WPK, Nash FM 104.9/Appleton-Oshkosh, WI.  The show takes the place of Chris Carson who is moving on to opportunities outside of radio.

"Want to say it's awesome to be back with my friends in Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay," stated Garner.  "We've known each other for a long time, and I can't wait to be reunited.  These are some awesome Country fans."

Garner does his show with co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks.   Anchor Robin Meade does news updates and Erika Grace Powell provides the latest in Country music news.  The show is heard Monday through Friday on 30 stations across the country.

"Adding 'America's Morning Show' to the NASH-FM Wisconsin simulcast gives our listeners access to Nashville like never before," explained Cumulus Regional PD Eddie Ybarra.  "and company provide content that fits the lifestyle of our Northeast Wisconsin listeners."



 

2014/11 8:22 AM
Bobby Bones and Crew Donate $150,000 To St Jude

The Bobby Bones Show raised ove $150,000 recently in honor of Amy's mother, Judy who recently passed away after a brave battle fighting cancer.  Amy requested that in lieu of flowers that money be donated to St. Jude.  Listeners along with artists such as Dierks Bentley, LIttle Big Town and Lindsay Ell raised over $150,000 for St. Jude.  

Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Nada and Cruz went to St. Jude to present the donation.  While they were there they toured the hospital and decorated cupcakes with the patients.  Bones' band The Raging Idiots also played a show for the patients and their families.  St. Jude also presented Amy and the team with a plaque that will be displayed at the hospital.  It reads "In memory of Judy we choose joy every day."

"We've worked with St. Jude a lot in the past," explained Bones.  "They do such important work, so anytime we're able to support them, we jump at the chance."

For more information or to look at photos visit www.BobbyBones.com.
 

2014/11 7:59 AM
Lady A Gets 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award

The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Lady Antebellum as the recipient of the CRS 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 25, 2014.

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor those Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.  Past recipients of the annual award have included Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

CRS President Charlie Morgan stated, "It is always humbling and inspiring to learn of the great work that Country Artists do behind the scenes to share the many blessings and gifts that come with fame and stardom.  I would argue no format has a more generous group of artists than we do and at CRS 2015 we will pay special tribute to one of the best, Lady Antebellum with our Artist Humanitarian Award."

Since the beginning of their career, Charles, Dave and Hillary of Lady Antebellum have used their music and their likeness to make a difference in people’s lives. Whether it was their most recent week-long 7FOR7 campaign where they traveled across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days; to taking on rebuilding a flood damaged elementary school in Kingston Springs or lifting the spirits of the community of Henryville, IN by performing at their high school after tornadoes ravaged the town, raising more than $240,000 for them; to raising money for at-risk youth, Lady Antebellum has been there to lend not only their voices and time, but also their hearts and money to make a difference.

In December of 2012, Lady Antebellum established LadyAID, through which they continue to raise money and support kids in need on a local, national and global level through Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, and myLIFEspeaks. Armed with this overwhelming passion to help kids everywhere, Hillary Scott has spent time in Haitian orphanages helping to rebuild and serve the children. Charles Kelley has hosted his own golf tournament to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and his father’s John W Kelley MD Cardiovascular Endowment at University Health Care Foundation.  And Dave, along with Charles and Hillary, established a ping-pong challenge called Ping Pong & Songs during CMA Music Fest to benefit the children supported through LadyAID (a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee).

In addition, Lady Antebellum will be featured panelists on “How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum.”  The panel, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m., will discuss how the three balance their talents and creativity to form one song, one album, and ultimately, one band. The morning show hosts, PDs and OM/GMs in the seminar know how hard it can be to take a group of creative people and get them to work towards one goal. They will find out what Lady Antebellum does to achieve this every day. This is a rare opportunity to see how a group of very creative people successfully navigate this process and make decisions as one band.

Charlie Morgan adds about their panel participation, "Part of what makes CRS so powerful is the very unique relationship between radio and artists in the country format.  Nowhere does the interaction happen with more frequency and intensity than at CRS each year.  In 2015, will give us all rare access to their lives and their individual perspectives on being a part of one of the most successful bands in our format today”

2014/11 6:27 AM
Frankie Ballard Continues #1 Streak With 'Sunshine & Whiskey'

Photo Credit: Sam Eric’ksonWarner Bros. Records’ Frankie Ballard returns to the top with “Sunshine & Whiskey” taking the #1 spot on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts this week. The infectious anthem marks the singer-guitarist’s second consecutive #1 smash and has sold well over 500,000 copies to date.

“I’m so grateful to be here at the top again! We’re still celebrating “Helluva Life” and now we're back... I’m feeling VERY blessed! This is what you dream of and work for and I'm so grateful to Country Radio for playing my music and the fans for supporting me,” shares Ballard.

He will celebrate with fans nationwide on his first headlining trek LIGHT ‘EM UP Tour - as part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch tour with Skype. The run stops in 19-cities through December with upcoming shows in Houston, TX (11/19), New Orleans, LA (11/20), and San Antonio, TX (11/21).  Recently, Rolling Stone joined Ballard on tour to give fans an intimate look at his road life.

Ballard is basking in the success of “Sunshine & Whiskey” after making the move to Nashville in 2009 from Battle Creek, MI, to pursue music. Drawing on his working class values, he performed every chance he could and honed in his guitar and songwriting skills. He steadily built a loyal fan base and took the time to grow as an artist and an individual. All of these experiences culminated in the release of his current album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, which delivered his first #1, GOLD-certified smash “Helluva Life,” debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and was noted as ‘required listening’ by Rolling Stone. Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard), the album captures Ballard’s unique blend of blues-infused, Country rock and his undeniable guitar prowess on every song. Previously opening for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger, the talented showman will amp it up even further next year on the Florida Georgia Line 2015 ANYTHING GOES Tour.
Photo Credit: Sam Eric’kson

2014/11 2:32 AM
CRS 2015 New Faces Of Country Music Show Talent Voting Now Open

Click on this link CRS New Faces Voting Ballot and rank the artist you think should appear on the New Faces of Country Music Show 2015.  

Nominees include Frankie Ballard, Danielle Bradbery, Chase Bryant, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Chase Ricke, Cole Swindell and The Swon Brothers. The acts with the most votes will make the lineup for the already sold-out show.

Voting will continue through Wednesday, November 26.  The "New Faces of Country Music Show" will be held February 27, 2015 at the Nashville Convention Center.

 

2014/11 11:20 PM
​Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff Exiting

Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff announced via a memo to his staff on Friday (11/14), that he would be leaving the music video service at the end of the year. He had been running Vevo since 2009. Reports are leaning towards CFO Alan Price stepping in to run the company.

Recode.net is reporting, "In his memo to his employees, Caraeff says he doesn’t have immediate plans to find a new job. 'I will take a moment to clear my head,' and continues, "Caraeff’s departure won’t be a surprise to the music industry. His contract expired at the end of this year, and earlier this year he moved from New York to his native Los Angeles."

Caraeff wrote, "Team, Due to an ill-timed leak which has led to a pending story in the press, I have decided to send this letter out to the company in advance of my planned announcement on Monday so that you hear about it first from me directly.  There are times in life when there is no other way to say it other than to just come out with it. So here goes: After nearly 6 years, I have decided to depart Vevo at the end of this year."

Read the full memo here.

2014/11 11:31 AM
​WKLB/Boston Morning Co-Host Lori Grande Goes Public With Her MS Diagnosis

Greater Media Country WKLB/Country 102.5/Boston morning co-host Lori Grande has now gone public with her medical diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  The "JW & Lori In The Morning" co-host was diagnosed eight years ago but only recently came forward with the diagnosis.

Grande explained to the Boston Herald in a recent interview,  "I remember just thinking, 'I don't want this to be true.'  All I could think is, 'I'll be in a wheelchair in six months, and I won't be able to walk. Grande has since helped raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society while keeping her own diagnosis out of the spotlight.  She hopes that sharing her story publicly will help others facing the same diagnosis.

Grande even waited four years to tell her on-air co-host, John Willis, about the diagnosis, telling the Boston Herald, "I was afraid to tell anybody." Grande will now be one of the models, all of whom are living with MS, taking part in Friday’s (11/14) "10th Annual Fashion Plates” fundraiser benefitting the National MS Society’s New England chapter.

"If I could say anything to anybody, it would be that you don't need to be fearful. It's alright. You don't need to worry," Grande told to the Boston Herald. "It's going to be okay.  Why not be positive?  Why not expect the best thing to happen?

2014/11 10:35 AM
Scotty McCreery Musters Scores Three Platinum Singles

19/Interscope/Mercury singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery has recently picked up RIAA Platinum certification for "I Love You This Big," "The Trouble With Girls," and "See You Tonight."

"See You Tonight" marks the first Platinnum-selling single for McCreery as a writer in addition to being the artist.

2014/11 7:04 AM
Lowery Joins Townsquare

Jody Lowery, longtime Shreveport, LA television anchor and reporter has joined Townsquare's KXKX, Kiss Country 93.7. She will co-host alongside Gary McCoy.  She takes the place of Julie K who left for Cumulus' crosstown KRMD last month.

"She'll be the prettier, intelligent entertaining and more compelling half of the show," says McCoy who also acts as the station's PD.  "I'm in charge of the deer-hunting stories and bad jokes.  Can't wait to see where this partnership will take us and we're blessed to have her in the fold!"

Lowery has worked at KTBS-TV in Shereveport for 15 years.  She's also worked in Tampa and Monroe, LA.
 

2014/11 6:44 AM
Community Broadcasters Looking For OM/PD

Community Broadcasters/Ogdensburg-Watertown NY has a cross-cluster OM/PD opening.  Stations include WLFK, 95.3 The Wolf, WQTK (News/Talk) and WLSB-A (Sports).  The job includes a morning on-air shift at WLFK.  

Ray Knight held this position but is leaving.  Send your airchecks and resumes to Joel Raab here.

2014/11 6:43 AM
Pat Garrett on CNN Tonight


Pat Garrett will be on CNN tonight at 10 p.m. (ET) talking about Taylor Swift's early days.

She played with country band in 2001 at the Pat Garrett Amphitheater, the Bloomsburg Fair and the Knoebel's Park in Pennsylvania.

2014/11 6:41 AM
​It’s 'An American Country Christmas With Kix Brooks' from Westwood One

Kix Brooks will host his annual "An Amerocan Country Christmas with Kix Brooks," available from Westwood One. The 24-hour special will feature holiday memories from special guests such as Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley alongside timeless holiday standards and new Christmas favorites.

"An Amerocan Country Christmas" is available for air from Monday, December 22nd through Thursday, December 25th.  The content can be downloaded via the internet. 
For more information, please contact Donny Walker at 615-727-6987 or via e-mail.

2014/11 6:40 AM
Dan Seeman Promoted to VP/Regional MM

Dan Seeman, Hubbard Minneapolis VP/MM has been promoted to VP/Regional Market Manager of Minnesota Radio Operations.  Hubbard is purchasing 16 Omni stations in central and northern Minnesota including KIKV/Alexandria, MN; KBLB/Brainerd, MN; KBHP/Bemidji, MN; KKWS/Wadena, MN and Classic Country simulcast KWAD-AM/Wadena, MN and KNSP-AM/Staples, MN.

"Hubbard Broadcasting is deeply committed to local radio and to Minnesota, and this is a great opportunity to expand the company’s presence into some wonderful local communities," says Hubbard Chair/CEO Ginny Morris

Hubbard reports that there will be no programming or personnel changes. They are taking on 100 employees with the new stations.  The deal is currently pending FCC approval.  

2014/11 6:29 AM
Crusham Retires in Minneapolis

Market Manager Mike Crusham will retire after nine years with iHeartMedia in Minneapolis.

"The past nine years with iHeartMedia have been some of my most successful and personally gratifying years in the business," Crusham says.  "I will miss the job and the people tremendously.  However, it is time for me to do something different."

 

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