industry members
Chris Oliver
  JMB Entertainment and Sports Group
Darren Taylor
Artist/President   Turn It Up Records
Deston Rogers
Music Director   Great Country Broadcasting
Randy Stark
  Trax Report
Korneliusz Pacuda
presenter   Polish Radio
Michael Chase
Music Director   Star 94 Radio

2017/08 1:00 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio ***Today's News Below***

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/17/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/17/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
KUZZ-FM Country 9.1 8.8 10.1 10.5
KIWI-FM Mexican Regional 7.0 8.3 7.3 7.2
KDFO-FM Classic Rock 3.1 3.5 4.7 5.0
KCWR-FM Classic Country 2.4 2.6 3.1 3.7
KPSL-FM Spanish Adult Hits 3.8 5.1 2.7 3.5
KRAB-FM Alternative 3.5 3.1 2.7 2.6
KBFP-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.6 2.6 2.7 2.3
KCHJ-FM Spanish Oldies 1.2 2.8 1.5 1.5
KRJK-FM Country 2.0 * 1.3 1.5
KHTY-AM All Sports 0.5 * 0.5 0.8
KWAC-AM Spanish Sports 0.5 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

2017/08 12:42 PM
Marci Ryvicker Says There Are 'No Outs' In The Entercom/CBS Radio Deal

Wells Fargo Sr. Analyst Marci Ryvicker writes in a new newsletter, "Our investor meetings (NYC, 8/16) with David Field (CEO) and Rich Schmaeling (CFO) were packed - which says a lot re. investors interest esp. given the mid-August summer doldrums. Our attendees comprised a mix of CBS shareholders looking to learn more about the radio industry and pro forma (PF) company as well as small and mid-cap investors who've gained organic interest given the current valuation and potential upside."

Ryvicker notes that while discussions spanned a number of topics, the most prominent were on the opportunities and risks posed by the CBS Radio deal. She wrote, "Interestingly, the current ad environment was pretty much an afterthought," adding, "To clarify, there are no 'outs' in the CBS Radio deal. This has been somewhat miscommunicated to the Street for whatever the reason, so we will clarify it here. CBS Radio and ETM [Entercom] are contractually obligated to get this deal done -- regardless as to ETM's stock price.

We stress that both parties are fully committed but we thought it relevant to highlight the contractual obligation as well."
The deal is still on target to close in '17, notes Ryvicker, pointing to the fourth quarter as the likely target. 

2017/08 12:20 PM
​iHeartMedia Names Keith Hotchkiss Region President For North Ohio

iHeartMedia has tapped Keith Hotchkiss as Region Pres. for North Ohio, which includes the Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Lima, Ashland, Mansfield, Marion, and Defiance markets. He will report to Pres./Midwest-Southeast Division Tom Mcconnell. 

Keith is a natural leader and has a proven track record of success,” said Mcconnell. “His experience as a Market President and as a Regional Senior Vice President of Sales in iHeartMedia’s Virginia/Carolina Region, combined with his first-hand knowledge of the NORTHERN OHIO markets makes him the perfect choice for this important role.”
“My first job in radio was as an intern at WMMS/Cleveland more than 20 years ago, so the ClevelanD market and I have a long history,” HOTCHKISS said. “I’m looking forward to serving the communities in the North Ohio region, and to working closely with our advertising partners to help grow their businesses."

2017/08 10:51 AM
WCKN/Charleston, SC PD/Afternoon Host Andy Webb Exits

It has been confirmed that APEX Media Country WCKN/Charleston, SC PD/afternoon host Andy Webb has departed the company for a soon-to-be-announced opportunity. WEBB was upped to PD last November. "I really have learned a lot and met so many fantastic folks along the way these past  years," shared Webb via Facebook. Webb will be relocating to his hometown of Meridian, MS.

APEX/Charleston, SC OM Stephen Crumbley said. that the search is on for Webb's replacement. Crumbley and morning co-host TJ Phillips will handle programming responsibilities in the interim, and afternoon hosting duties will rotate among the staff to keep the station live and local.

If you are interested in the position should email resume and airchecks to Crumbley here.

2017/08 9:59 AM
Shania Twain Announces Tour, Performs On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Mercury Nashville's Shania Twain visited NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last Night (8/16) to perform "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed" from her forthcoming album, "NOW," which is slated to street on Friday, September 29th.

Check out TWAIN's full performance here.

Fallon also announced that Twain will hit the road in 2018 for the "NOW TOUR." Tickets will go on sale beginning next Friday, August 25th.

For complete tour dates and ticketing information, visit Twain's website here.

2017/08 7:15 AM
Dustin Lynch Pays A Visit To Ty, Kelly and Chuck This Morning (8/17)

Dustin Lynch stopped by Ty, Kelly and Chuck's studios in Nashville this morning for a jam-packed visit! He joined Ty, Kelly and Chuck in playing “Strip or Strike” and “Who Wears the Pants?”, and talked about his new album CURRENT MOOD-- and he even performed!

See all the fun in the videos at this link:

Picture at NASH Campus (L-R) Ty Bentli, Dustin Lynch, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks

2017/08 6:40 AM
Charlie Daniels Announces 4th Annual The Journey Home Project Palm Dinner September 19

SiriusXM's Storme Warren Returns As Emcee with David Rutherford; Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan and Scooter Brown Set To Perform
For the 4th straight year, The Journey Home Project, founded by Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels and his long-time manager David Corlew, will host their annual charity dinner event on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6pm to 9pm at The Palm Restaurant located at 140 5th Ave South, Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets can be purchased through Paige Dixon at (615) 742-3193 or /blog/, proceeds benefit The Journey Home Project.

The evening is a collection of guest speakers and performers. 2017 will bring together an array of guest speakers and performers, which will include featured speakers, American combat veteran, Kyle E. Lamb, along with former New York City’s Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik and performances by Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, and Scooter Brown. Marisa Wayne, Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tiegen are special guests and Storme Warren and David Rutherford are set to co-host the special event.

"Every year this event grows, which allows us to continue to broaden the reach The Journey Home Project has, in supporting the many needs that returning veterans are faced with," says David Corlew. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to share our appreciation for the men and women who have, and do serve our great country."

Ticket Information:

VIP TABLE for 8 (Main Floor): SOLD OUT

Schedule of Events:
6:00 PM VIP Cocktail Reception for Sponsors
6:30 PM Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins
7:00 PM Palm Signature Surf & Turf Dinner
8:00 PM Program & Live Auction

For more information, visit

2017/08 6:24 AM
How To Add Emotional F.U.E.L To Your Station

Brian Wight is a longtime partner of the Audience Development Group that consults and advices some of the best radio stations in America. He has years of experience in Country, CHR. In this week’s article, Wright show you how to add “Emotional F.U.E.L.” to YOUR Radio station. You’ll find his article in Hot Topics From The Pros. 

2017/08 5:26 AM
Cumulus Promotes Danni Bruns to Operations Manager for Memphis Radio Stations

Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Danni Bruns, a native Memphian and 21-year industry veteran, to the newly created position of Operations Manager for Cumulus Media-Memphis’ four-station cluster. In her new role, Bruns will oversee operations for KIX-106/WGKX-FM, 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM, 103.5 WRBO, and 98.9 The Vibe/WKIM-FM. She will continue to serve as Program Director of 98.1 The Max and will also continue to co-host 98.1 The Max’s Afternoon Drive show, “Danni and The Jar” with on-air partner Chris Jarman.
Bruns began her radio career while in college as an intern for a local station, then went on to co-host the morning show at Country station 98.1 WTXT in Tuscaloosa, AL, followed by time on-air at Q107.5/WHBQ-FM in Memphis. She joined 98.1 The Max in 2007 and has continued to develop her programming and on-air skills while leading 98.1 The Max to total domination in Memphis ratings as Program Director.
Morgan Bohannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Memphis said: “Danni is a solid leader and a bright, talented programmer with infectious energy. I’m excited to be working with her on a daily basis in this new capacity. She understands our market and I’m highly confident she will lead our programming team to achieve our goals and serve our community with excellence.”
Bruns said: "I want to thank Morgan Bohannon, John Dimick and Mike McVay, who really made this new opportunity a reality simply because they believed in me. My mission will always be to allow our all-star staff the freedom and direction that generates our incredible reputation in the marketplace. If you play the Cumulus-Memphis record backward, you'll hear our people are the secret to our success."

2017/08 4:51 AM
Nielsen Begins Its Own Ratings Academy

Nielsen has just launched the Nielsen Ratings Academy, an online, interactive, one-stop shop for understanding Nielsen measurement, including the types of media consumers access, as well as how the company measures viewership and derives ratings. Nielsen measures audiences across TV, digital, and audio and provides insight into these audiences through Nielsen ratings, which play a pivotal role in providing both content creators and advertisers with a single data set to operate and evaluate opportunities to reach the right consumer.

Considering the vast evolution of the media landscape, understanding audience viewership across platforms has never been more important. “Measuring media consumption is a very complex process today,” Nielsen SVP/Product Leadership Eric Solomon said. “Accurate, comprehensive measurement requires extensive, scientific, and constantly evolving technologies and methodologies in order to deliver the level of quality the market expects. Given these complexities, we felt it was useful to give a peek ‘under the hood’ to provide insight into how ratings are derived. Ratings Academy does just that.”

Over time, the website will include a series of modules, each of which will cover a different element of the media landscape. The first module explores the overall media realm, laying the foundation for additional modules diving into TV, Audio, and Digital.

2017/08 3:56 AM
Lexi Carter Joins WSM-AM/Nashville

Radio veteran Lexi Carter has joined Ryman Hospitality Properties Classic Country WSM-AM/Nashville as producer for the Devon O'Day-hosted "Nashville Today" program. Carter previously worked with Nashville-based Internet Country station Renegade Radio.

Her resume also includes time with Press Communications Country WKMK/THUNDER 106)/Monmouth-Ocean, NJ, where she served as MD/midday until 2011.

Send congratulations to Carter here.

2017/08 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 8/16/17 For subscribers AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 1 SU 17

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WPYX-FM Classic Rock 5.3 5.5 5.8 6.7
WGY-AM News Talk Information 5.5 5.1 6.9 6.3
WFLY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.7 6.0 5.0 5.7
WYJB-FM Adult Contemporary 7.0 5.0 5.7 5.5
WRVE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.6 4.0 4.9 5.0
WTRY-FM Classic Hits 5.5 4.8 4.5 4.0
WKLI-FM New Country 3.1 3.0 4.5 3.9
WAJZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.9 2.5 4.0 3.6
WROW-AM Oldies 2.7 2.5 3.1 2.9
WKKF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.5 2.5 2.3 2.7
WFFG-FM Country 0.7 0.7 * *
WNYQ-FM Classic Hits 0.7 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WAEB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.1 10.5 10.9 11.1
WCTO-FM Country 10.5 9.7 8.6 9.4
WODE-FM Classic Rock 11.6 8.6 9.9 9.4
WLEV-FM Adult Contemporary 5.1 6.6 6.7 7.9
WZZO-FM Mainstream Rock 6.7 6.7 6.1 5.4
WAEB-AM News Talk Information 4.2 5.1 3.9 4.6
WWYY-FM Alternative 1.3 1.4 0.8 0.9
WEEX-AM All Sports 0.9 0.5 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 6+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
    Data Released:  8/16/17
    Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17
KBPA-FM Adult Hits 7.4 8.5 8.7
KUT-FM News Talk Information 6.2 6.8 6.1
KVET-FM Country 6.1 6.2 6.1
KKMJ-FM Adult Contemporary 6.3 5.4 5.8
KHFI-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 5.2 5.2
KASE-FM Country 4.6 4.5 5.0
KLZT-FM Mexican Regional 4.9 5.4 4.6
KAMX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.5 3.8 4.3
KLBJ-FM Classic Rock 3.7 3.6 4.3
KPEZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 4.7 4.3
KLBJ-AM News Talk Information 4.0 4.1 4.1
KLQB-FM Mexican Regional 3.1 3.3 3.8
KFMK-FM Contemporary Christian 4.0 3.6 3.7
KROX-FM Alternative 4.0 3.9 3.2
KLJA-FM Spanish Variety 2.8 2.6 2.8
KGSR-FM Album Adult Alternative 2.2 2.4 2.7
KOKE-FM Country 1.8 1.8 2.0
KLZT-FM HD2 Spanish Contemporary 2.4 1.7 1.7
KTXX-FM All Sports 2.2 2.0 1.6
KUTX-FM Album Adult Alternative 1.7 1.9 1.6
KKMJ-FM HD3 Urban Adult Contemporary 2.2 1.7 1.5
KDRP-FM Album Adult Alternative 0.9 0.9 0.9
KTXX-FM HD4 Classic Hits 0.8 0.9 0.9
KVET-AM All Sports 0.8 0.6 0.7
KASE-FM HD2 Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 0.2 0.3 0.3
KJCE-AM News Talk Information 0.3 0.3 0.3
KTAE-AM+ All Sports 0.1 0.2 0.2
KVET-FM HD2 Spanish Contemporary 0.3 0.1 0.2
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WHKO-FM Country 11.3 10.4 10.5 11.3
WTUE-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.5 7.3 6.6 7.6
WHIO-AM News Talk Information 8.2 7.3 6.8 7.3
WMMX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 7.7 5.8 6.6 7.2
WDHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.6 6.5 7.3 6.7
WROU-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.5 5.9 5.6 5.1
WCHD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 4.0 4.8 4.5
WZDA-FM Alternative 2.2 3.3 2.5 3.2
WGTZ-FM Adult Contemporary 2.2 2.4 2.7 2.9
WRZX-FM Classic Hits 2.9 2.7 2.8 2.6
WCLI-FM Country 2.1 2.7 2.2 2.4
WZLR-FM Classic Hits 2.6 2.0 2.0 1.7
WYDB-FM Country 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.3
WING-AM All Sports 1.2 0.7 0.9 1.0
WHKO-F3+ Urban Oldies 0.6 0.9 * 0.6
WONE-AM All Sports * 0.7 0.5 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 6+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
    Data Released:  8/16/17
    Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17
KYGO-FM Country 6.0 6.6 6.5
KQMT-FM Classic Rock 6.2 5.9 6.4
KBCO-FM Album Adult Alternative 5.5 5.7 6.0
KOSI-FM Adult Contemporary 5.4 5.0 5.5
KRFX-FM Classic Rock 4.3 4.5 5.2
KCFR-FM News Talk Information 4.5 4.0 4.9
KXKL-FM Classic Hits 4.1 4.6 4.8
KTCL-FM Alternative 5.2 4.7 4.7
KOA-AM News Talk Information 4.7 5.0 4.6
KPTT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 3.8 4.4
KQKS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.6 3.9 4.3
KALC-FM Modern Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.8 3.9
KIMN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.8 4.3 3.9
KBPI-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.6 3.1
KLDV-FM Contemporary Christian 3.2 3.3 3.1
KXPK-FM Mexican Regional 2.8 2.7 2.9
KWOF-FM Country 2.0 2.2 2.4
KKFN-FM All Sports 3.9 3.2 2.3
KJMN-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.6 2.4 2.1
KVOD-FM Classical 2.4 2.2 1.9
KHOW-AM News Talk Information 1.9 1.8 1.8
KQKS-FM HD2 Comedy 1.7 1.6 1.6
KJHM-FM Rhythmic AC 1.6 1.6 1.2
KUVO-FM Jazz 1.4 1.4 1.2
KFCO-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 1.4 1.3 1.1
KEZW-AM Oldies 0.8 0.7 0.7
KVOQ-FM Alternative 0.6 0.6 0.7
KUNC-FM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 0.6
KCKK-AM Variety 0.7 0.6 0.5
KJAC-FM Album Adult Alternative 0.6 0.7 0.5
KMXA-AM Spanish Contemporary 0.3 0.2 0.3
KEPN-AM All Sports 0.2 0.1 0.1
KDSP-AM All Sports * 0.1 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 15 SP 16 FA 16 SP 17
KFGO-AM News Talk Information 11.7 9.5 11.3 8.4
KPFX-FM Classic Rock 10.2 9.5 5.9 7.1
KVOX-FM New Country 5.1 6.0 6.3 7.1
KBVB-FM New Country 5.9 6.0 5.9 6.7
KEGK-FM Classic Hits 4.3 4.4 5.0 6.7
KLTA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.6 5.6 5.0 6.7
KOYY-FM+ Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 6.7 6.8 6.3
KMJO-FM Classic Country 3.1 4.4 2.3 3.4
KQWB-FM Active Rock 3.9 4.4 4.5 3.4
KRWK-FM Adult Contemporary 2.7 3.2 4.1 3.4
WDAY-AM News Talk Information 5.1 4.0 3.6 3.4
KLTA-FM HD2 Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.3 2.4 2.7 2.9
KNFL-AM+ All Sports 3.5 1.6 2.3 2.9
KBVB-FM HD2 Album Adult Alternative 0.4 1.2 0.9 0.4
KQWB-AM All Sports * * 0.5 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
KBOS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 6.1 6.9 7.1
KWYE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.6 5.3 6.4 6.3
KSEQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 6.1 5.4 5.9
KSKS-FM Country 3.9 4.7 5.3 5.0
KMJ-AM News Talk Information 3.6 5.3 4.3 4.9
KLBN-FM Mexican Regional 2.8 5.9 3.9 3.6
KMGV-FM Oldies 3.8 3.6 3.0 3.4
KSOF-FM Adult Contemporary 4.9 4.9 2.8 2.9
KHGE-FM Country 3.4 3.4 3.5 2.8
KALZ-FM News Talk Information 3.4 3.7 3.2 2.7
KOND-FM Mexican Regional 4.1 2.1 3.0 2.5
KFBT-FM Rhythmic AC 3.5 2.5 2.3 2.1
KLLE-FM Mexican Regional 1.2 1.0 1.8 2.1
KFSO-FM Mexican Regional 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.8
KKBZ-FM Active Rock 2.4 2.0 1.6 1.8
KRDA-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.3 2.6 1.5 1.7
KCBL-AM All Sports 0.7 * 0.5 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WBCT-FM Country 8.4 7.2 8.5 9.4
WOOD-AM News Talk Information 6.5 6.5 7.5 7.4
WLAV-FM Classic Rock 6.3 6.5 6.1 5.9
WSNX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.3 4.7 5.5 5.8
WSRW-FM Adult Contemporary 4.9 3.7 4.3 4.5
WHTS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.7 2.8 3.3 3.6
WTNR-FM Country 2.6 3.2 3.0 3.4
WBFX-FM Classic Rock 3.1 2.4 1.9 2.1
WBBL-FM All Sports 1.3 1.7 1.0 1.3
WMAX-FM All Sports 2.5 1.8 1.5 1.2
WJRW-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WEZX-FM Classic Rock 7.4 6.1 6.8 7.5
WMGS-FM Adult Contemporary 8.1 5.6 6.6 5.6
WBSX-FM Active Rock 5.7 3.9 4.1 3.6
WBHT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.7 4.0 3.6 3.3
WFUZ-FM Alternative 1.4 1.6 2.5 2.1
WSJR-FM Country 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8
WEJL-AM All Sports * 0.5 0.6 0.8
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
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2017/08 6:19 AM
​Former CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador Dies At 93

The Tennessean is reporting the death of longtime Country Music Association (CMA) Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador Today (8/16), following a stroke. She was 93.

Walker-Meador was the organization's first full-time member, starting as an office manager in the late 50s. She went on lead the CMA for 29 years, retiring in 1991. During her leadership, the organization grew in size and influence. Walker-Meador oversaw creation of the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum, the CMA Awards, and Fan Fair, which has since evolved into CMA Fan Fest.

In 1994, the CMA created the Jo Walker-Meador award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an individual or organization in supporting and advocating for Country music outside the US. Walker-Meador was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame  in 1995.

No information on services has been released.

2017/08 5:36 AM
Country Music Artists Take the Stage with Red Eye Radio at the 2017 Great American Trucking Show

Westwood One’s  Red Eye Radio   program will kick the Great American Trucking Show  (GATS) into high gear with live performances, meet and greets, prizes and more! The Red Eye Radio Rendezvous Booth will be the hub of celebrity central in Dallas with live appearances and musical performances from Country artists Tyler Farr, Jerrod Neimann, Janie Fricke, Tony Justice, Jayne Denham, and Bill Weaver.
The Great American Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 500,000 feet of exhibit space, will take place August 24-26, 2017 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.  Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, hosts of Red Eye Radio, will be on site in the lobby to introduce attendees to the sizzling lineup of Country music artists and celebrities. The special guests will visit Red Eye Radio’s lobby booth to sign autographs, take photos, talk with drivers, and perform live. For specific days, schedule, and details visit
Visitors to the booth will also be able to register to win Cobra Electronics Products, CB Radios, GPS Units, ToughTested Gear, and much more.  Support for Red Eye Radio’s 2017 Great American Trucking Show events and activities include Pilot Flying J, Mercer Transportation, ToughTested, Chevron Delo, The St. Christopher Fund, Motel 6, and Uniroyal Commercial Truck Tires…Affordable and Dependable.
Red Eye Radio, hosted by Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, is the longest running nationally syndicated radio program focused on the needs of the trucking industry.  The show airs on over 220 stations nationwide Monday-Friday, 1a-6a EST. For 50 years, the show has been a part of the fabric of the trucking industry. Red Eye Radio has done this by consistently providing professional drivers up-to-the-minute news, information and entertainment that creates a positive in-cab experience while helping truckers become more efficient and stay entertained while on the road. The audience includes shift workers, travelers, truck drivers and others who embrace the new 24/7 lifestyle, with many restaurants, retailers and other business establishments open round the clock.

2017/08 3:04 AM
WSJ: It’s Been 40 Years Since Elvis Left the Building For Good

Bob Green has written in the Wall Street Journal, it’s Been 40 Years Since Elvis Left the Building For Good.

Everything I felt wrong that sorrowful August afternoon. Just being inside his home: Graceland was supposed to be for Elvis Presley and his prank-loving Memphis buddies. A place for his friends and family, as locked-down and exclusive as the White House. You didn’t get in unless you knew him and he invited you. 

But on that day he was in an open casket in the foyer, which of course was what felt the most wrong of all. He had died the day before—Aug. 16, 1977—and his father, Vernon Presley, had decreed, against expectations, that Elvis’s home would be open to anyone who cared to visit. The plan turned out to be a mess. More than 70,000 people tried to get onto the street in front of Graceland, and in the sweltering crush only a relative few made it inside the gates. 

He lived just 42 years, and as of this week he has been gone for 40, so now the idea of his death is taken for granted. Today there are millions of adults who have no recollection of Presley as a living man. On that summer day in 1977, though, it was all new, present tense, and the overwhelming thought as you stood in Graceland’s foyer was that you could not, should not, be seeing what you were seeing. But there he was.

The secret of great stardom, its defining alchemy, is a mysterious ability to make hundreds of millions of men and women believe they know a person they have, in fact, never met. All the strangers filing through that day had counted Elvis a sustaining part of their lives, but he would not have recognized any of them. Now they—we—were in his home. The stillness of him, after a lifetime of constant motion, was shattering.

Who was he? The full answer, in the end, he had kept to himself, which is all a man can do when he has led a life so public. For all his fame, Presley undoubtedly understood his frailties and fallibilities better than anyone. Out of view on that day, upstairs in his bedroom, was the artifact said to have meant the most to him, an unlikely item that may provide a clue to what he cherished, or at least to what he sought.

It was a trophy. His friends would later say that more than any other tangible accolade from his career—the framed gold and platinum records, the keys to hundreds of cities presented by hundreds of mayors, the honorary badges from local police and sheriff’s departments—the trophy is what he always kept physically close. He took it with him wherever he traveled, slept near it in his hotel rooms

Elvis’ life filled from the beginning with ceaseless controversy. Early on he was reviled by much of adult America, condemned as a dangerous influence, a toxic presence. That kind of sting doesn’t go away, no matter how much success you later attain.

Thus, the trophy. It was presented to him by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, and it proclaimed him one of the nation’s Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1970. He was said to have been surprised, even startled, by the honor, and by those words. 

Most of us, in our private hearts, hold a picture not of who we are, but of who we would most wish to be. An outstanding young man: Elvis fell asleep each night, everywhere he went in the world, with that reminder within reach.

When Bob Green finally left Graceland on that steamy afternoon, he needed to get to downtown Memphis, around a nine-mile distance, and he didn’t have a way. The street was shoulder to shoulder with shoving people. I saw a limousine, moving at a crawl but with no passengers. I knocked on a window, which the driver then lowered. 
He told me that he often had been hired to drive Elvis and his friends to the airport when they embarked on tours. Indeed, he said, he had been contracted to do that for the next leg of late-summer concerts, the shows that now would never happen. He had decided to drive by the property that day simply because he didn’t know what else to do.

He asked if I needed a lift. He told me it was on the house.  So I got in, and before we drove away we each took a last look. The address was 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd., but we both knew, without having to say it out loud, where we really were: down at the end of Lonely Street.

Mr. Greene is completing a new novel, “Yesterday Came Suddenly,” about an America with no internet.
Appeared in the August 16, 2017, print edition as 'It’s Been 40 Years Since Elvis Left the Building for Good.'

2017/08 2:42 AM
​Condolences To Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry

AllAboutCountry sympathies to Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry, whose father, Lloyd Gentry, passed away Sunday, August 13th in Nicholasville, KY.
Services will be set at a later date.
The family has requested, that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation.
You can make your donations here and mention it is in honor of Troy and Lloyd Gentry. 

2017/08 2:26 AM
David Mueller Speaks Speaks About The Taylor Swift Trial With Lamont & Tonelli On KSAN/107.7 The Bone/San Francisco

Monday 8/14, AllAboutCountry reported that an eight-member jury had ruled in favor of Taylor Swift's counter-suit of former KYGO/Denver personality David Mueller, finding he did assault and batter the entertainer. As Swift's suit requested, the jury has awarded her $1. Also, the jury found that Andrea Swift, the singer's mother, and Frank Bell, her radio liaison did not intentionally interfere with Mueller's employment.

Yesterday 8/15, Mueller spoke out about the ruling on Cumulus Media Classic Rock KSAN/107.7 THE BONE/San Francisco's Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show.

Here's that interview:

: Give me the parameters around this, what exactly happened (at the meet and greet where SWIFT accused you of groping her)?

: We stood in line, we eventually made it to the point where you go into a tented off area, it’s about 10 x 10. My girlfriend went in first; my tall beautiful girlfriend that I was in love with, she went in first and she said hi, I said hi. TAYLOR shook our hands. The two ladies started talking and I kind of stood near where we came into that tented area and abruptly TAYLOR said, ‘How bout a picture?’ and she put her arm around my girlfriend and pulled her tight and turned her toward the photographer. That’s when I realized ‘Hey were going to take a photo right now’ and I tried to get into the photo. No one said anything, no one did anything. By the way, there was a 350-pound body guard standing two feet away from me. No one said anything, then they thanked us for coming, shook my hand, they gave me a couple autographed headshots.

: What was your hand doing by her butt?

My hand was closed and my palm was facing down. I’ve been saying that since that night. I tried to get my hand behind her back while looking at the photographer and trying to slide into the shot. I tried to lean into the shot. I was never looking at her. Her hand came into contact with my hand. Our arms crossed. There was I call it ‘jostling’…our hands sort of ‘going back and forth.’ Eventually my hand went inside her arm and her arm went behind my arm and her hand went behind me.

:  So what you’re saying it’s one of those awkward moments where you’re trying to take a picture real quick and you guys were trying to jostle around and it just was at the perfect time that your hand was behind her butt when the picture was taken?

:  Chasta, what I can tell you that when I found out the photo had been taken, I was hoping the photographer would say, ‘that guy wasn’t ready,’ let’s do another one. Nobody said a word and I walked out of the tent. She thanked us for coming…then we left the photo area. I ended up outside. Then I went back in and that’s when they finally had some guy talk to me. He said, ‘Do you want to tell me what happened earlier tonight?’ I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about’…I plainly get to the point where he’s telling me I grabbed Taylor’s butt. I said, ‘No I didn’t’ and he said, ‘Listen I can get the police.’
I said, ‘That’s a great idea, get the police’ and from that point on I kept asking them to ‘Get the police’ because they just kept trying to put words in my mouth and they kept accusing me of this stuff that I didn’t do.

: How long has this been going on for you from the start of the incident to yesterday when Taylor Swift won $1 from you?

: It’s been over 4 years I’ve been dealing with this. Right now I want to talk to people and tell my side of the story because, in civil court, there are certain things…I can’t talk about. For instance, my spotless police record, I’ve never been in trouble in my life. You can go all the way back to when I was a teenager and I was stupid. I never did anything. There’s nothing on my police record. I can’t talk about that in civil court.
Another thing is that I submitted myself to two polygraph tests. Two, independent polygraph tests and I passed them both. You can’t mention that in civil court or it’s an immediate mistrial. To everyone listening, all those people out there that are sending you hate mail, just listen to this: I passed two polygraphs, what else can I do? If anyone has an idea for me, how I can prove I’m innocent, I’ll do it.

: Did you accuse her of lying during the trial?

: I’m not going to make accusations.
I can tell you right now if you want to look at my motive, what’s my motive? I had a great career. You guys knew me 15 years ago, I’ve been building my career since I met you guys, and ‘I’m going to walk into a tent with my beautiful girlfriend and a 350-pound body guard and I’m going to grope a celebrity?’ That’s insanity, that makes no sense.

: If you could do one thing over again, what would you do?

: From that night?

: Yea, if you could do one thing over, what would it be?

: If I could do one thing over on the night of the Taylor Swift concert, I would’ve just stood my ground when it was time to take a photograph and I would’ve let the ladies do it alone.

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2017/08 1:10 AM
Nielsen Audio Summer '17 Phase 1 Results Continue Comming In

Albany-Schenectady-Troy; Dayton; Grand Rapids; Fresno; Allentown; And Wilkes Barre-Scranton. Find the ratings for subscribing stations in the AllAboutCountry News Section after 5 pm (ET).
Thursday, August 17th: Honolulu; Bakersfield; Omaha; Tulsa; and Knoxville.

2017/08 1:04 AM
Demetrius Wright Named Sports Director At KLXK/K-Lakes 93.5/Breckenridge, TX

The Breckenridge American reports Palo Pinto Communications Country KLXK/K-LAKES 93.5/Breckenridge, TX has hired Demetrius "Dee" Wright as Sports Director.

Wright joins K-LAKES from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV/Oklahoma City, where he served as Assignment Editor for three-and-a-half years; he also served as a sports reporter for Ucentral Media at the University Of Central Oklahoma.

2017/08 12:44 AM
Scooter Brown Band Set To Release Debut Studio Album, American Son, September 8

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Featured on Title Track
Scooter Brown Band announced that they will release their first-ever nationally distributed album, American Son. The project will is being released by Red River / BFD  / Sony Orchard on Friday, September 8 and is now available for presale at

“This album sets the tone for what fans can expect from us on the road and on their radios. True country and southern rock music, what we were born and raised on,” said lead singer Scooter Brown.

The title track, “American Son,” features none other than one of America’s truest sons, Charlie Daniels, a southern rock and Country icon that Scooter Brown has looked up to his entire life and sought advice from often in recent years. The Country Music Hall of Famer contributes his gritty southern drawl to the track like only he can, driving it home as one of the most anticipated songs on the album. NASHVILLE COUNTRY CLUB debuted the track earlier this week calling it “a gritty unapologetic track that has a rockin’ musical arrangement for the band’s Southern Rock appeal.” Fans can listen to the single on Spotify and Apple Music and purchase it on iTunes or Amazon.

The southern-rock revivalists, as they’ve become known, have been on the road for the past few years playing for fans around the country with 100 plus shows both headlining and opening for iconic acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, the Marshall Tucker Band and many more. Scooter Brown Band is managed by David Corlew and booked by APA Nashville.

American Son Track Listing:
1. American Son feat. Charlie Daniels

2. This Town
3. Won’t Back Down
4. Never Met a Heart I Wouldn’t Break
5. Pistols and Pearls
6. Broken Arrow
7. Georgia
8. Story of My Life
9. Guitars, Gun and Whiskey
10. Time is Money
11. Rise Up
12. New York City King Size Rosewood Bed
13. Huntsville

After 4 years and 3 months, 2 tours overseas with 1 tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scooter Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. Scooter Brown Band was formed and began playing mainly in and around Houston, Texas. Along with their growing notoriety came their first radio single "Apology." Other regional radio releases were soon to follow and include "Whiskey Talkin", "Soldiers Christmas Eve", "Feels Like Home,", and "Summer Song". The band has released a number of independent albums, strengthening their chops in the studio, however they truly shine in their live show. SBB has toured the country and opened for some of their biggest influences including  Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt and the Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few. For the last year the band has been building a new era in their career and are gearing up for the release of their newest project this Fall -- defining modern southern rock. 

For more information, please visit To keep up with the Scooter Brown Band on social media, follow them at @scooterbrownbnd on Twitter & Instagram and on Facebook.


2017/08 12:01 AM
Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Honored in All-Star Cast Live Album

One of America’s most beloved songwriters will be honored September 15 with the release of the Vector Recordings album A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. 
Among the more than two dozen musicians memorializing the composer of “Tobacco Road,” “Abilene,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “Waterloo,” “Indian Reservation,” and “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” are Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and renowned guitarists Tommy Emmanuel andJohn Jorgenson.  The evening was hosted by songwriter and music historian Peter Cooper.

A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk was recorded live March 24, 2016 during a concert at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, near Nashville.  Although ailing at the time, Loudermilk was on hand to witness this outpouring of love and respect.  He died September 21 at the age of 82.

All artist royalty proceeds will be donated to MusiCares. MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. 

A film of the concert will be released as a PBS special.

Loudermilk found inspiration for his songs in the raw material most people overlook—a lovesick teenager’s peace offering, the magnetic pull of birthplace, the inevitability of personal failure.

In addition to hosting the live event, Peter Cooper was also tapped to write the liner notes for the project.  “In life and love and song, Loudermilk hated moderation,” writes Cooper.  “He wasn’t just a seeker of truth and beauty, he was a finder. He found it, he learned it, he kept it, and then he shared it with us seekers.”

Equally adept at writing rock, pop and country hits, Loudermilk had songs recorded by the Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, Jefferson Airplane, the Animals, Johnny Winter, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Casinos, the Everly Brothers, Petula Clark, Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Sammy Davis Jr., the Box Tops, Rick Nelson, Stonewall Jackson, Ernie Ashworth, Eddy Arnold, George Hamilton IV, Skeeter Davis, the Browns, Connie Smith, Webb Pierce, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones, Bobbie Gentry, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson, Sonny James, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Jay Z and Kanye West.

Here is the album sequence for A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk:

1.   Everybody Knows - Harry Stinson

2.   Tobacco Road - Rodney Crowell
3.   Where Have They Gone - Emmylou Harris, Mary Anne Kennedy and Pam Rose
4.   Blue Train - Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
5.   Windy and Warm - Tommy Emmanuel
6.   Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Rosanne Cash
7.   Midnight Bus - John Jorgenson
8.   Heaven Fell Last Night - The Whites with Ricky Skaggs
9.   It's My Time - Herb Pedersen
10. Ebony Eyes - Cory Chisel and Adriel Danae
11. Bad News - Jimmy Hall             
12. Abilene - Mike Loudermilk
13. Waterloo - Ricky Skaggs with The Whites
14. Sad Movies - Deborah Allen
15. Language of Love - Beth Nielsen Chapman
16. Mr. Jones - Lee Roy Parnell
17. Break My Mind - Bobby Braddock
18. Big Daddy’s Alabama Bound – Buddy Greene
19. Indian Reservation - John McFee
20. Turn Me On - Beth Hooker
21. Talk Back Trembling Lips - Becky Hobbs
22. Sunglasses - Claudia Church
23. The Great Snowman - Norro Wilson
24. I Wanna Live - John Cowan 

2017/08 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 8/15/17 Subscribers AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-MID PHASE 1 SU 17

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2017/08 8:56 AM
Thomas Rhett Celebrates The Debut of His Album "Life Changes"

Thomas Rhett is celebrating the debut of his third album "Life Changes" on September 8 with Live From the B-Stage, a special album release expeirence for fans.  All in one day he will return to Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, three nostalgic, personally meaningful cities to perform some of the new musisc from "Life Changes" along with stories behind the album. Inspired by the B-stage moment in his live show, fans will be able to purchase limited pre-sale album packages for each city here at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, which includes a physical and digital copy of "Life Changes," along with an exclusive t-shirt plus a spot on guest list.

"I can't wait to get back in these cities and these venues, with the fans who have really impacted my career and life,” said Thomas Rhett. “Joe’s in Chicago was one of the first places I ever sold out as a headliner, and Boston and Philly were also two markets we built from the ground up, and those fans have been with me since the beginning. It's going to be really cool to be back in these cities and share this new music with the fans for the first time." 

"Life Changes" is filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits.  For more information visit

2017/08 8:46 AM
Kip Moore Teams Up with Tony Hawk

Kip Moore (right) has teamed up with skateboarding champion Tony Hawk (left) announcing "Music City Skate Jam Presented by Harley Davidson," set to take place at Music City Walk of Fame Park in Nashville on September 10.  The two have a goal of beneifting and empowering youth with Moore's "Kip's Kids Fund" and Hawk's "Tony Hawk Foundation.  The fun day will also offer a skate demo by Hawk as well as performances by Jordan David and Dee Jay Silver and will close out with a set by Moore.  

"I think what's always driven me at my core, throughout my career, was to one day have the capability to make a major impact in inner cities around the country,” said Moore. "I was never a true skater, but always admired the brotherhood of the skating community. Having a chance to team up with a guy like Tony, who's so respected for all he does, is beyond what I could've imagined. I'm super stoked to combine what we do, as we both share similar visions."
"The Music City Skate Jam is the first event of its kind, bringing skateboarding and country music together,” said Hawk. "I’m excited to show Nashville an unprecedented display of talent, including some of the world’s best skaters and Kip Moore himself.” 

“Harley-Davidson has always been passionate about supporting programs that benefit our nation’s youth,” said James , Head of US Events for Harley-Davidson. “Partnering with Kip’s Kids Fund and Tony Hawk Foundation on this unique event was a perfect fit.”

2017/08 8:41 AM
McCoy Leaves WKSF/Asheville

Rumors are circulating about iHeartMedia's APD/MD Roger McCoy who has left WKSF/Asheville.  McCoy joined WKSF in 2013 from WYBL Ashtabula, OH.   Programming duties will go to iHeartMedia/Grreenville, SC SVP/Programming Kix Layton who has been overseeing Asheville since PD Jeff Davis retired in April.  WKSF evening personality will do afternoons with evening most likely carried by syndicated Tige and Daniel Show.

McCoy is looking for his next opportunity.  In addition to Country he's had experience in News/Talk, Rock, Oldies and Top 40.  Get in touch with him here.

2017/08 8:35 AM
Blake To Release Six-Song EP

Blake Shelton will release a six-song EP, "Blake Shelton Live," to streaming platforms on Friday, August 25.  The project will feature performances of his hits, "All About Tonight," "Honey Bee," "Ol' Red," "Home,""Boys 'Round Here," and "A Guy With A Girl."

My favorite this in the world is playing for y'all," said Shelton via Facebook. "We've got six live songs from our surprise set at CMA Fest!"

2017/08 8:27 AM
Garth Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Album Releases

Garth Brooks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of his albums, "The Chase" and "In Pieces" with a special offer for fans.  In partnership with Amazon Music and Geico, free downloads of both complete albums are being offered for a limiteed time via Amazon.

"The Chase" and "In Pieces" are two of the biggest and most enduring albums in Country music history," said Amazon Music Director Ryan Redington.  "When these albums were released 25 years ago, Garth fans flocked to music stores to purchase CDs. Starting today, Amazon Music customers can easily download these iconic albums free for a limited time." To download a copy of "The Chase" and "In Pieces" free of charge, visit Amazon's dedicated landing page here.


2017/08 8:24 AM
Musicians On Call Celebrates 18 Years

Musicians on Call (MOC), a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, celebrates 18 years. Since its creation in 1999 MOC has spread the healing power of music to 600,000 people, a true milestone for the organization. MOC would like to celebrate both milestones with supporters that helped make it all possible with a social media campaign asking everyone to post a photo from when they were 18 years old tagging @MusiciansOnCall and using the hashtag #hbdmoc18 on Facebook and Instagram.  In honor of MOC's 18 years, supporters are encouraged to give an $18 gift to help MOC continue to deliver the healing power of music across the country.

Musicians On Call is growing rapidly, allowing us to reach more patients, families and caregivers than we ever have,” said Musicians On Call President. “We’re proud to be the largest provider of Volunteer Musicians in hospitals and we need your help more than ever to help us expand.”
MOC has expanded its network to 59 hospital partners in 14 major markets ranging from children's hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices.  They are currently in New York, Nashville, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta and more. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. 

MOC supporters have included Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more. For more information, visit

2017/08 8:12 AM
Florida Georgia Line Earn 47 Mediabase Adds

Congrats to Florida Georgia Line for earning 47 adds with their new single "Smooth," making it the most added single at Country radio this week.  

Great work by Big Machine Label Group EVP Jimmy Harnen, BMLG SVP Promo Matthew Hargis, Director/National Promo Michelle Kammerer, Director NE/Midwest Promo Angie Coonrod, Director West Coast Promo Stella Pardo, Director Southwest Promo Lauren Longbine, Director Southeast Promo and Coordinator /Promo Leah Fischer.

2017/08 6:37 AM
Jackie Rinker Joins Cumulus

Jackie Rinker has been appointed VP/MM for Cumulus/Pensacola.  She was previously Market President for iHeartMedia in Panama City and Tallahassee, FL including WXBM/FM/Nash FM 102.7.  Prior to that she was Director of Sales/National Sales Manager for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, AL.  She has also held positions as Station Manager and Director of Sales for Treasure & Space Coast Radio and was GSM for station in markets includling New Haven, CT and Orlando, FL.

Pete DeSimone, Regional VP, Cumulus Media said, "Jackie is a great addition to our management team. We have very talented people in Pensacola and I’m confident Jackie’s leadership will help develop each to help the market reach its full potential.”
said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Cumulus Media-Pensacola. I’ve already heard great things about the Pensacola staff and I have learned how proud these employees are to be a part of such a great company. I am impressed with the consistency of the implementation of a positive culture shift that started with CEO which has come up in almost 100% of the conversations I’ve had with Cumulus Media staff at every level. This will serve its employees, listeners, and customers very well as this focused, collaborative, responsible, and empowering culture breeds great decision-making and execution. I am very happy to be a part of it.”

Others statoins in the cluster include WRRX FM, Magic 106.1, WJTQ FM, Jet 100.7, WMEZ FM 94.1, and WCOA AM News Talk 1370.

2017/08 6:33 AM
Mueller Loses

An eight member jury ruled in favor of Taylor Swift's counter-suit of former KYGO/Denver personality David Mueller, finding he did assault and batter the entertainer.  As Swift's suit requested, the jury has awarded her $1.  Additionally, the jury found that Andrea Swift, the singer's mother and Frank Bell, her radio liaison did not intentionally interfere with Mueller's employment.

Mueller was fired two days after a photo-op backstage of a 2013 Swift concert in Denver.  She and her team claimed he touched her in an inappropriate manner.  Mueller filed suit, naming Taylor Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio liaison, Frank Bell claiming "intentional interference with contractual obligations," and "interference with prospective business relations."  He was seeking $3 million in damages.  Swift fired back with a counter-suit seeking $1 and vowing that any further damages awarded her will be donated to charity.

Shortly after the verdict, Taylor Swift released this statement, "I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process.

I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

A now-famous photo of former KYGO/Denver morning co-host David Mueller and Taylor Swift backstage at a 2013 Swift concert in Denver was one of the key points of contention for Mueller's attorney, Gabe McFarland, during his closing arguments in the week-long civil trial stemming from an alleged groping incident during the photo.  Mueller is suing Swift's mother, Andrea and Radio Liaison Frank Bell, claiming they were trying to have him fired after Swift said he touched her behind.  Mueller was fired two days after the incident. "The photograph doesn't show Mr. Mueller's hand under her skirt on her rear," argued McFarland.  "There's inconsistency.  Nobody saw what Ms. Swift said happened, because it didn't happen.

Swift's photographer, Stephanie Simbeck, testified last week about the incident and told her reaction to the encounter.

"(Swift) had an uncomfortable shocked looked on her face, and I saw his hand grab her ass.”  

McFarland called Simbeck, "the least credible witness," adding that Simbeck only said that because she still works for Swift and wants to keep her job.  Referring to the photo McFarland told the jury to lok at Swift's face asking, "Is that the face of a person who just had a strange man grab her butt?" Answering his own question McFarland said, "That's the face of someone who is taking a nice photograph."

The $3 million figure that Mueller was reportedly seeking was made up by Swift's team, says McFarland.  He also argued that Mueller never claimed former KYGO PD Eddie Haskell had actually touched Swift, referring to Haskell as an "odd" and "interesting" character.  As he closed, McFarland urged the jury to find against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell saying "They wanted him fired from his job...They testified that they wanted him fired, and they know that KYGO was likely to fire him based on the allegation that he went under Ms. Swift's skirt and grabber her rear." McFarland then said Mueller was entitled to be awarded more than $200,000 based on what he was paid out when fire, what remained on his contract at the time and endorsements.

Swift's attorney Doug Baldridge started his closing remarks by saying Mueller was not damaged. "It is open, shut, case over," said Baldridge.  There is "No way" Mueller and his team can meet the burden of proof for interference against Bell and Mrs. Swift.

"Mr. Bell respected (KYGO GM) Mr. Call, no one disputes that. And, he put it in Mr. Call's prerogative as to what to do, "said Baldridge.

Noting that McFarland attacked witnesses for Swift, specifically Simbeck and her former bodyguard, Baldridge continued, "It's not even a close call on credibility." He stressed that many people supporting Swift's claim of in appropriate touching have not changed their story in the four years since the incident.  Meanwhile, he said, Mueller has changed his story.  Reiterating that there was "no doubt" Swift was the victim of unwanted physical contact, he appeared to the jury to rul in favor of Swift for her counter suit. "The single dollar I ask you to award of immeasurable value.  It means no means no. And it tells every woman that they will determine what is tolerated with their body."

The jury received instructions from Judge Martinez after both closing arguments.  If they didn't reach a decision by 5 p.m. yesterday (8/14), they would be sent home for the day and asked to come back tomorrow to resume deliberations.

2017/08 3:30 PM
Lynch Named President CEO of Pandora

Former Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch has been named President/CEO of Pandora, effective September 18.  He will also be named a member of its board of directors.  Naveen Chopra, who has served as Pandora's interim CEO since June, will continue in his role as CFO.  In addition, Pandora has appointed current Snap Inc. chairman and former Sony Entertainment CEO to its board of directors.

Lynch previously held posts at Dish Network and Echostar, Video Networks International and Chello Broadband.

"I cannot imagine a more important and exciting time to join Pandora," said Lynch. With a massive, diverse and highly engaged audience, a market-leading digital advertising business, a best-in-class product portfolio and an extremely passionate and talented group."

Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren stepped down as CEO in late June, shortly after Sirius XM acquired a 19% stake for $480 million in the company and three seats on Pandora's board. The company also received $200 million from the sale of its Ticketfly business to Eventbrite after acquiring it in October 2015 for $335.3 million.

The company made $5 billion in revenue and $746 million in net income in 2016, although it also lost $132 million in the most recent quarter.  The company had 31.6 million subscribers at the end of Q1 of 2017, and expects to add 1.3 million paying subscribers in 2017.

2017/08 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid Subscribers 8/14/17 PHASE 1 SU 17

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  8/14/17
Subscribers Added:  8/14/17
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WYNK-FM Country 4.4 4.8 4.3 4.6
WJBO-AM News Talk Information 3.2 3.1 3.7 3.8
WRQQ-FM Classic Hits 3.7 3.1 3.6 3.7
KRVE-FM Adult Contemporary 3.3 3.9 3.8 3.6
WXOK-AM Gospel 2.3 5.1 4.2 3.3
WYNK-FM HD2 Classic Hits 0.7 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  8/14/17
Subscribers Added:  8/14/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WHAS-AM News Talk Information 7.2 7.5 6.8 6.4
WAMZ-FM Country 7.4 5.8 6.7 6.0
WSFR-FM Classic Hits 4.0 6.3 5.8 5.5
WQMF-FM Mainstream Rock 3.9 3.7 4.9 5.3
WVEZ-FM Adult Contemporary 5.1 4.3 4.5 4.0
WRKA-FM Classic Country 2.6 2.6 3.0 3.4
WNRW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.8 3.3 3.0 3.1
WQNU-FM New Country 2.9 3.9 2.6 2.4
WLGX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.3 1.1 2.0 2.2
WAYI-FM Contemporary Christian 2.3 1.4 1.9 1.9
WKJK-AM News Talk Information 1.2 1.2 1.0 1.1
WKRD-AM All Sports 1.1 0.9 0.7 0.8
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  8/14/17
Subscribers Added:  8/14/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WYLD-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.2 11.1 11.2 10.4
WQUE-FM Urban Contemporary 10.6 10.3 8.1 8.3
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WRNO-FM News Talk Information 3.7 4.8 4.7 4.2
KKND-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.3 3.7 2.5 2.9
WYLD-AM Gospel 1.5 1.6 2.2 2.0
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WRKN-FM Country 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.3
WZRH-FM Alternative 0.9 0.8 1.6 1.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  8/14/17
Subscribers Added:  8/14/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
KTST-FM New Country 4.3 3.8 6.7 6.7
KOMA-FM Classic Hits 7.3 6.4 5.9 6.3
KMGL-FM Adult Contemporary 4.6 4.0 4.7 5.0
KJKE-FM New Country 3.9 4.3 4.0 4.3
KYIS-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.5 4.0 4.1
KATT-FM Mainstream Rock 5.7 4.7 4.6 3.9
KTOK-AM News Talk Information 3.6 3.4 3.7 3.9
WWLS-FM All Sports 4.3 4.7 3.4 3.6
KKWD-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.0 1.9 2.4 3.0
KNAH-FM Country 1.5 1.4 2.1 2.0
KQOB-FM Classic Hits 2.3 1.9 2.1 2.0
KOMA-F3+ Urban Oldies 0.8 1.1 0.8 1.5
KTUZ-FM Mexican Regional 4.0 2.0 2.0 1.2
KRXO-FM All Sports 2.5 2.0 1.3 1.1
KRXO-F2+ Classic Rock 0.7 0.8 1.2 0.7
KRXO-F3+ Spanish Adult Hits * 0.7 1.0 0.7
KOKC-AM News Talk Information 0.8 0.5 * *
WKY-AM Mexican Regional * 1.2 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  8/14/17
Subscribers Added:  8/14/17
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WKAQ-AM News Talk Information 6.9 5.9 7.1 7.1
WKAQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.7 5.5 5.8 5.7
WUKQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.1 1.4 3.0 2.5
WYEL-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.8
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
Copyright © 2005-2017  The Nielsen Company.

2017/08 8:49 AM
Thomas Rhett Welcomes Baby Girl #2

Congrats to Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren for their new baby girl, Ada James Akins.  Ada was born Saturday (8/12) and weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. and joins big sister, Willa Gray.

Rhett shared on Facebook, "Last night at 10:28 p.m. Ada James Akins was born, and it was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced.  I can't believe that I know have two daughters!! My waife, Lauren, labored almost 36 hours.  She is by far the strongest human being I have ever met, and I have a new found respect for moms around the world.  We are so excited that has a baby sister!  Thank you Lord and everyone for the prayers. #OutNumbered

2017/08 8:44 AM
"Flatliner" Hits #1 on Mediabase

Congrats to Cole Swindell for scoring the top spot on the Mediabase Country singles chart with this single, "Flatliner." This marks Swindell's seventh consecutive career #1.

Great work by Warner Music Nashville SVP/Radio and Streaming Kristen Williams, VP/Radio and Streaming Chris Palmer; VP/Original Content and Radio Marketing Chad Schultz; Warner Bros./WMN National Director of Radio and Streaming Katie Bright; Raido and Streaming Regional Manager Mallory Opheim, Mark Niederhauser, Rick Young and Lou Ramirez and Coordinator of Radio and Streaming

2017/08 8:30 AM
Brett Eldridge Scores #1 Selling Album In All Genres

Congrats to Brett Eldredge for scoring the #1 selling album this week in all genres, as his self-titled, fourth studio album debuts with 45,000 units sold; 36,000 in traditional album sales, according to Nielsen Music.  This is the highest charting  album in Eldredge's career surpassing 2015's "Illinois," which hit #2.  He last appeared on the album charts with "Glow," his collections of Christmas standards released late last year and peeking at #29.

Eldrege's second single from the album, "The Long Way," impacts Country radio Monday, August 21.

2017/08 8:27 AM
Willie Nelson Ends Show Early

All good wishes go out the Willie Nelson who ended his show early last night in Salt Lake City due to breathing issues.   posted on Twitter, "This is Willie.  I am sorry to have to cut the Salt Lake City, UT show short tonight; the altitude got to me.  I am feeling better now and heading to lower ground."

No further show cancellations have been announced.

2017/08 8:20 AM
Lambert's Vice Certified Platinum

Miranda Lambert's Vice" is now certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The song also received nominations from the Grammys and ACM for Best Country Solo Performance and Besst Country Song as well as Single of the Year, Song of the Yeart (artist and songwriter) and Video of the Year.  It was co-written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

The album "The Weight Of These Wings" also hit Platinum. The album was release November 18 and arrived at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with 122K albums sold and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 all genre Chart with 133K total consumption.


2017/08 8:04 AM
American Country Countdown To Use Billboard's Country Airplay Chart

Westwood One has announced American Country Coundown with Kix Brooks will begin using Billboard's Country Airplay chart as it counts down each week's top 40 country songs in teh US, beginning the weekend of September 9-10.  Billboard's Country Airplay chart is based on actual radio play as monitored by Nielsen Music.

American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks had perviously used weekly data from Mediabase since 2009. Nielsen's data originally served as the chart source for the program, beginning with American Country Countdown's beginning in 1973 and running through 2009.

"We could not be more excited to have Billboard's country radio chart back on the air, exclusivelyl with American Country Countdown," says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard's vice president of Charts and Data Development.  "Our partnership with Kix Brooks, a chart-topping legend himself, and the Westwood One team, will give country fans everywhere unparalleled insight into the week's biggest country songs."

Brooks said, "Having ACC and Billlboard back together is long overdue.  American Country Countdown was established on the Biillboard chart information in 1973, so I'm thrilled that we were able to reestablish that history and relationship."

Bryan Switzer, Westwood On'e VP/GM Music and Entertainment/Country said, "We're thrilled to have reunited two iconic brands with American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks and Billboard. Through the years, both have earned the trust and respect of the listening public and the industry.  It will be great to hear them together again each and every weekend."

2017/08 7:01 AM
Closing Arguments Set For Today in Swift/Mueller Trial

Closing arguments are set for today in the civil trial involving Taylor Swift and former KYGO/Denver morning co-host David Mueller.

The proceedings ended on Friday when prsiding US District Judge William Martinez threw out Mueller's suit against Swift, saying his team had not proven that Swift sought to have him terminated. Mueller was fired two days after a photo-op backstage at a 2013 Swift concert in Denver after she and her team claimed he touched her in an inappropriate manner. Mueller filed suit, naming Taylor Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio liason, Frank Bell, claiming "international interference with contractual obligations," and "interference with prospective business relations."  He is seeking $3 million in damanages.  Swift fired back with a counter-suit, seeking $1, and saying that any further damages awarded will be donated to charity.

While Taylor Swift has been dismissed from the suit, the judge allowed Mueller's claim of tortious interference against Bell and the elder Swift to proceed. Additionally the judge has allowed counter-suit to continue. The jury will consider both suits today and must reach a unanaimous verdict in each.

2017/08 4:49 PM
Judge Throws Out David Mueller's Case Against Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (JStone - Shutterstock)

According to AP News, the judge has thrown out former KYGO/Denver DJ David Mueller's case against Taylor Swift, ruling that Mueller failed to prove that she got him fired. However, CNN reports that Mueller's federal suit against singer's mother, Andrea Swift, and radio promotions director, Frank Bell, will continue. A jury will hear closing arguments in the case and Taylor Swift's countersuit against Mueller.

Earlier in the day, Swift's attorneys declined to call any witnesses, arguing that she be removed from the case because Mueller had not presented enough evidence for the jury to further consider, CNN reported. "Mr. Mueller's beef is with KYGO, it's not with my client," Swift's attorney Doug Baldridge said. "That's the problem with this case." A ruling on that motion is expected later on. 

2017/08 12:18 PM
Day Five Of Groping Trial: Taylor Swift Bodyguard Takes The Stand

“I did not see his hand touch her physically. I saw his hand under her skirt. She reacted, pushed her skirt down, and moved closer to the other woman."
That was Greg Dent, former bodyguard for Taylor Swift, on the witness stand, describing what he saw at the now-famous June 2nd, 2013 meet-and-greet prior to a Swift show in Denver. Swift has accused former KYGO/DENVER host David "Jackson" Mueller "improperly and inappropriately groping" her during a photo-op that night. Her claim is part of a counter-suit to Mueller's civil suit, in which he is seeking $3 million, claiming lost wages and defamation. Mueller was fired by KYGO two days after the incident. SWIFT's suit seeks a $1 judgement.

When pressed by Mueller's attorney whether he saw Mueller's hand under Swift's skirt, Dent replied,
"I don’t believe I saw it. I know I saw it." Dent corroborated Swift's answer Yesterday (8/10), when asked by Mueller's lawyer why she did not respond to Mueller's actions, and today, why he did not immediately intervene in the moment. Swift wanted to finish the meet-and-greet and visit with her fans, said Dent.

As day five of the trial is underway today (8/11), and follows Thursday testimony from Swift, KYGO GM Bob Call, former KYGO PD Eddie Haskell, and Swift photographer, Stephanie Simbeck. Swift was decisive, assertive and confident on the stand during an hour of questioning, telling Mueller attorney's, "He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my arm... he grabbed my bare ass." Swift called the incident, "Horrifying. Shocking," and when asked her reaction to Mueller's termination, said, "I didn’t have a reaction to a strange person I didn’t know losing his job ... that was a product of his decisions, not mine. I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel like this is my fault."

decided to terminate Mueller on Monday, June 4th, 2013, reasoning, "[Mueller], in our opinion, violated ... our contract and created an embarrassing situation for our company, our clients, by virtue of touching Taylor’s rear end,” Call added that he understood the alleged contact may have occurred, “incidentally or accidentally.”  Simbeck described Swift's immediate reaction to the encounter with Mueller: “She had an uncomfortable, shocked looked on her face, and I saw his hand grab her ass.”

vehemently disputed Mueller’s claim that it was Haskell who touched Swift, later boasting about it. “It is an absolute lie. And the fact that it took him two years to make that story up shows it is a lie,” said Haskell.

As the trial Continues today hang with AllAboutCountry for instant updates.

2017/08 12:00 PM
​Scott Gaines Joins Kicks 101.5/WKHX in Atlanta as Afternoon Host and Assistant Program Director

Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed radio programming professional and on-air personality Scott Gaines as Afternoon Host and Assistant Program Director for Country radio station Kicks 101.5/WKHX in Atlanta, GA. Gaines moves from Cumulus Media-Memphis, where he was Afternoon Host for Country station Kix 106/WGKX. Gaines will debut on Kicks 101.5 on September 5, 2017. His show will air weekdays from 3pm-7pm. In addition to his new role at Kicks 101.5,

Gaines has over 20 years’ radio experience and was previously Afternoon Personality for Cumulus Media-Dallas’ Country station, 95.5 NASH Icon/WSM-FM. He was also Afternoon Drive Host, Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 106.7 THE FOX/WDTW-FM in Detroit, MI. Gaines holds a B.A. degree in Communication/Radio/Television from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Sean Shannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Atlanta, said: “It’s exciting to see a person of Scott’s caliber join Kicks 101.5. Our listeners, clients and partners and staff all win with this move.”

Scott Lindy, Program Director, Kicks 101.5, said: “The high level of Scott’s talent, experience and dedication to the craft of creating great radio is a perfect fit for Kicks 101.5. Our listeners are in for a treat and we’re gaining a very strong internal player. Scott will do great things in Atlanta.”

Gaines said: “I want to thank Morgan Bohannon and Duane Shannon for making Cumulus-Memphis a great place to work. My thanks go out to Mike McVay and John Dimick for affording me this opportunity. I’ve only met Cumulus-Atlanta VP/Market Manager Sean Shannon once in my life and can already see why his leadership has created a winning team. I’ve been a huge fan of Scott Lindy’s and am honored to join his team at the legendary Kicks 101.5.


2017/08 10:50 AM
​Edison Research/Pandora: 'Voice' Is The New 'Black'

Speech/audio is quickly becoming the way consumers are navigating just about everything. According to a new study from Edison Research and Pandora, usage on these devices (Amazon Echo, Apple Siri, Google Home) grew by a whopping 282% year-over-year for the music service.

Highlights of the study include:

• While it took many years for there to be multiple TVs in the home, one out of three people already have two or more voice-enabled devices in different rooms in their home.

• 69% of us tune into audio content on our voice-enabled smart speakers, while 58% of us listen to music on these speakers for about four hours and 34 minutes per week.

• 46% of us are checking the weather and 40% of us are asking general questions on where to find a store or how to cook something.

• 29% of us plan to make purchases (top items = tech, household goods and beauty products)

• 40% of these device owners are between the ages of 35-54 with younger GEN Z and MILLENIALS, 18-34 coming in second (35%)

• 77% of us are listening to music on these devices with friends and family

2017/08 10:21 AM
WOW! Mike Wheless Celebrates 25 Years At WQDR/Raleigh

Congratulations to Curtis Media Country WQDR/Raleigh morning man Mike Wheless, who was surprised by fellow 'QDR staffers with a party celebrating his 25 years with the station today (8/11). "Great day of surprise to celebrate years of doing what I love!" shared Wheless via Facebook. "Thank you all so much!" 

Wheless is a multi-award-winning personality for WQDR who lists himself simply as, "Husband. Father. Tarheel."
Send your congrata to Wheless here

2017/08 9:57 AM
Chuck Geiger Has New Contact Info

Recently-named Juneau Radio Center PD Chuck Geiger is getting into his new gig and he's got fresh contact information.

You may reach Geiger at 907.586.3630, or here /blog/. You can write Geiger at Juneau Radio Center, 3631 Channel Dr., Juneau, AK, 99801.

2017/08 9:47 AM
Dierks Bentley's 2017 What The Hell World Tour Thrives In The Spontaneous Moments

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR has proven to be a force to be reckoned with as crowds of 25,000+, the biggest of his career, continue to flood arenas and amphitheaters across the country. Claiming the top spot on Billboard's "Hot Tours" list and selling more than half-million a tickets before summer concert season even began, Bentley has made "sure the fans have an experience they'll never forget.” 

From impromptu bluegrass sets in disguise to dancing in aisles with security guards, to touching salutes for military members to backstage antics with Jon Pardi, Bentley once again proves it's the spontaneous moments that come from "his nightly goal to make sure the crowd is having as much fun as he and his band are having onstage, and he’s willing to go to some risky lengths to make that happen." 

Bentley’s climbing single “What The Hell Did I Say" proves that “no one switches song personas faster or better than the captain of Country music,”
The infectious track follows three consecutive No. Ones from the album, including the GOLD certified title-track and the Platinum certified hits "Somewhere On A Beach" and “Different For Girls,” proving once again Bentley continues “following his muse to wherever it might take him—with the sky as the literal limi." 

His 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi will bring the party of the summer to the West Coast next week with stops in Sacramento, CA (8/19) and Mountain View, CA (8/20). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit

2017/08 9:45 AM
​Report: iHeartMedia's Largest Creditor Working On Restructuring Deal

The New York Post Reports that Franklin Resources is preparing a restructuring plan with investment bank PJT PartnerS that would let iHeartMedia avoid bankruptcy in exchange for concessions on a majority equity stake and cash guarantees.

Franklin holds $2.3 billion of the $20 billion of debt iHeart is carrying and has rejected the broadcasting company's previous debt-for-equity swap proposals. The Post says its sources indicate Franklin is looking to take a majority stake in the operation and issue new debt but would leave the company intact and Bob Pittman in the Chairman/CEO position.

Meanwhile a separate group of creditors led by Symphony Asset Management made its own proposal last month that would have given that group 49% of the company and the equity holders 51%, and would have issued $500 milllion in new priority debt, but Franklin's agreement to that arrangement was reportedly a prerequisite to signing that deal.

2017/08 8:17 AM
​Nancy Dymond Appointed To Dual Role For Cumulus-Flint

Nancy Dymond will be Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s five-station cluster in Flint, Michigan. Cumulus Media-Flint owns and operates NASH-FM 95.1/WFBE-FM (Country); SuperTalk 1570/WWCK-AM (News/Talk); Z92.7/WDZZ-FM (Urban AC); Sports Xtra 1330/WTRX-AM (Sports/Talk); and CK 105.5/WWCK-FM (Top 40/CHR).

Dymond has over 30 years’ as a Market Manager/General Manager in markets including Flint, Lansing, and Saginaw, MI; Erie, PA; and Toledo, OH. The appointment marks Dymond’s return to Cumulus Media-Flint, where she served as Market Manager from 2000-2004.

She was most recently Market Manager for Community Broadcasters’ five-station cluster in Watertown, NY. Prior to that, she was General Manager for Max Media of PA’s Susquehanna Valley, PA, stations and General Manager of Connoisseur Media-Erie, PA.

Chris Monk, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Saginaw/Flint/Ann Arbor, said, “It’s great to have Nancy back in Flint. This is a market she knows and it’s an area she loves. Nancy is the perfect person to lead our Flint team.”

2017/08 5:30 AM
Kip Moore stops by the NASH Campus in Nashville

                                                                                (L-R) Ty Bentli, Kip Moore, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks

Country's Kip Moore stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville this morning to tell Ty, Kelly and Chuck and their listeners across the U.S. more about his album “SLOWHEART”, which is being released on September 8th. Kip also talked about his fans, traveling and more! 
Check out the videos from his visit at this link.,, /Images/AACNew/banners/SH_AAC_BottomBanner.jpg,