industry members
Bobby Wild
Morning Host   Steckline Communications
Teresa Williams
  TeresaWilliamsOnline
Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter
Justin Brown
WWQM Afternoons/Imaging   Mid-West Family Broadcasting




2014/08 9:53 AM
Jim Horn Goes to WYZB/Fort Walton Beach, FL

Jeff Horn, most recently OM with Clear Channel/Tallahassee and PD for Country WTNT has joined Cumulus' WYZB, Nash FM 105.5/Fort Walton Beach, FL as PD/afternoons. Skip Davis, who was in the PD seat will be sitting in the Production Director's seat for the Fort Walton Beach cluster. He will also be doing middays on Nash FM 105.5.

RVP Pete Desimone said, “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the Nash FM 105.5 lineup and the Fort Walton /Destin programming team. We’re very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions to Nash FM 105.5.”

“I couldn't be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. Thanks to Pete Desimone, Bob Raleigh, Mike McVay and John Dickey for this great opportunity. Nash is an exciting new brand. I look forward to much success.”

Horn was with Clear Channel for nine years.

2014/08 8:25 AM
Brooks Announces Another Show in Chi-Town

Garth has added another Chicago show at 10:30 p.m. on September 5. This makes a total of 11 shows in Chicago.

"After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," he says. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people [who] wanted tickets and could not get in the system now have a chance to see the show, and [can] get their tickets at face value and not have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."

The tickets go on sale Saturday (8/23) at 10 a.m.  Go here for more information.

2014/08 8:16 AM
KMIT Adds The Rooster

KMIT, Hot Country/105.9, Mitchell, SD has added Envision Network's The Rooster morning show content resource platform.

"The Rooster gave us that added punch we were looking for in our morning show," stated KMIT Brand Manager Renee Robbins. "We are glad to be on board!"

The Rooster is overseen by radio programmers Mike Marino and Jason Hillery. They gather hot news, pop culture and lifestyle stories as well as daily topic starters and produced bits.

Get more Rooster information here.

2014/08 8:12 AM
Carrie's Ready for Sunday Nights

Carrie Underwood is coming back for her second season of singing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the memorable theme for NBC TV's Sunday Night Football.

Viewers will be able to see Underwood's new intro at the beginning of the game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 7. The piece was shot in June and includes eleven NFL players.

2014/08 8:07 AM
Trisha Signs with Sony/Nashville

Trisha Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville (RCA imprint) and soon will be releasing her first project on the label.

“Trisha Yearwood
is one of Country music’s brightest stars. Her versatility and passion have put her at the forefront of countless industries -- she is a best-selling author, a culinary maven, and an Emmy award winning television personality, but first and foremost, Trisha is an unparalleled recording artist who has sold millions of albums and is respected as one of the greatest female vocalists in Country music," said SMN Chairman/CEO Gary Overton. "We’re honored to welcome her to the RCA Nashville family, and look forward to her fans hearing her highly-anticipated new music.”

"Prize Fighter" will be Yearwood's first album on the label. "I can't even find the right words to express how excited I am to be releasing new music!," said Yearwood. I chose the title 'PrizeFighter' because it feels like an anthem for all of us. It's about fighting for what you believe in, and never giving up, even when it's hard. It's a message we all need to hear. I'm so looking forward to working with the amazing staff at Sony. Music is what feeds my soul, and I'm grateful to them for giving me the chance to share what I love.”

2014/08 8:04 AM
Morgan Carson New Promo Director In Lewiston, ID

Morgan Carson is the Promotions Director for Ida Vend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Inc.in Lewiston, ID. Carson graduated from Lewis-Clark State College and has been at Ida Vend since graduating in May.

She will oversee promotions, marketing , branding and public relations for the 3-stations.

2014/08 10:08 AM
Taylor Coming With 1989

As was reported, Taylor Swift took to her Yahoo! live stream yesterday and played her new song "Shake It Off."  Swift again worked with collaborators Max Martin and Shellback who worked with her on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." She also debuted the video at the end of the live stream.

Her new album "1989" will be released October 27. The album is named after the year she was born and will include packs of 13 Polaroids.  It will also allow fans to enter a "Swiftstakes" ("it's like a sweepstakes, but we made it annoying") that will be held awarding 1,000 tickets and 500 meet-and-greets to her upcoming tour.

"For the record, this is my very first documented, official pop album," she said.

According to The Tennessean, Swift said she was inspired by "A lot of late '80s pop" when she wrote for this album.  She says she loved "the chances they were taking in that era."

A deluxe version will again will be available exclusively through Target.  This version will add three songs and three songwriting voice memos that will give insight into Swift's songwriting process.  It will also include a code to enter the Swiftstakes.  Pre-orders are currently available at www.Target.com and the deluxe edition will be available in stores on Monday, October 27.

"1989" is her fifth album since her breakthrough into country music in 2006. 

For more details go to her website here.

2014/08 8:53 AM
Pat And AJ Join WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint

Pat and AJ, formerly with NRG Media's Country WYTE, Y106.5/Wausau-Stevens Point, WI have joined AC WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint, MI.

Pat and Jenny Clark(AJ), the husband and wife team spent four years at WYTE before leaving in June.

2014/08 8:50 AM
'Deana Ryan' New Midday Talent on WBTU

Ericka Bostwick ("Deana Ryan") is the new midday talent on WBTU (US 93.3) Kendallville, IN.

Her career includes stops at Hoosier Country WCJC, Your Country 99.3/Van Buren where she did afternoons and WQHK,K 105/Ft. Wayne where she did mornings.

2014/08 8:26 AM
Borenstein Joins Columbia

Stoney Creek Manager/West Coast Promotion Samantha Borenstein has joined Columbia as Manager/Regional Promo. She begins her new job today (8/19).

"Sam's background – both in Country radio promotion and in prior roles working with artists, events and logistics – is stellar, and I'm very proud to welcome her to the Columbia Nashville family," says VP/National Promotion Norbert Nix.

In addition to two years with Stoney Creek, Borenstein has worked for City of Hope and with Jordin Sparks' management team. Chris Loss at Stoney Creek will be handling her duties until a successor is named.

Get in touch with her here.

2014/08 8:21 AM
Barry, Hackett and Venema Leave Westwood One

As part of the consolidation going on with Westwood One's 24/7 formats as part of the merger with Cumulus, three staffers have left.

Westwood One 24/7 Formats SVP/GM Phil Barry and promotion people Sassy Hackett and Sarah Venema have exited the company.

Barry's position will not be replaced and the promo positions will be handled in the New York offices.

2014/08 8:16 AM
More Icon Stations Added

Joining previously reported Nash Icon stations WWWQ-HD2/Atlanta and its 250W FM translator W255CJ, WSM-FM/Nashville, 250W FM translator K273BZ/Kansas City, WZRR/Birmingham, KBZU/Albuquerque, KJJY/Des Moines, WJBC/Bloomington, IL, WNUQ/Albany, GA and WZAT/Savannah, GA, Cumulus has flipped more.

The latest Nash Icon stations are KRRF/Oxnard, CA, KLSZ/Fort Smith, AR, KRMW/Fayetteville, AR, KQLK/Lake Charles, LA, WLAW/Muskegon, MI and WDRQ-HD2/Detroit.

Cumulus has not commented on staff changes.

2014/08 9:00 AM
Dierks' Drunk On A Plane #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville's SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their promo team for the #1 spot on Mediabase Country singles this week. 

Dierks Bentley "Drunk On A Plane" flew to the #1 spot this week making it his 12th career #1. This is the second single off the "Riser" album that has made #1. The album was released last February.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” said Bentley. "First, 'I Hold On' came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to 'Drunk' has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own. I'm just trying to live in every minute and soak it all in. In the few quiet minutes I've got, I spend a lot of time thinking about how grateful I am to be here doing this and how many people have supported me and my music. The guys in radio are first on that list…I'm beyond thankful for those relationships. 12 No. ones…crazy!"

2014/08 8:37 AM
George Strait To Release 20 Tracks of The Cowboy Rides Away

George Strait will be coming with a 20 track live album that was recorded at his last concert at A T&T Stadium in Dallas. The album will be in stores September 16. 

Special guests include Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. 

 Tracks from the album include: 
1. Check Yes Or No 
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill) 
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait) 
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church) 
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do 
7. Marina Del Rey 
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow) 
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne 
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride) 
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill) 
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson) 
13. The Chair 
14. Give It All We Got Tonight 
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert) 
16. I'll Always Remember You 
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney) 
18. Troubadour 
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) 
20. The Cowboy Rides Away 

As was previously announced, George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away concert special will air August 29 on CMT.

2014/08 8:37 AM
Kerry Wolfe Celebrates 25 Years With WMIL

Congrats to Kerry Wolfe, CC Milwaukee OM and Country WMIL PD who is celebrating 25 years with the CC/Milwaukee cluster. 

CCM+E's Regional VP Jeff Tyler said, "I have had the pleasure to work for and with some of the best people in this business over 30 years and Kerry Wolfe ranks high on that list, he’s one of the best. He is professional, knows his listeners, his brand and his staff. Kerry is respected by his peers, artists and the people who work with him. He is certainly one of the top Country Music Program Directors in our business and it is truly my honor to work with him."

Wolfe's career started in Greensboro, NC at WBIG in 1987 when he was MD/Midday talent. He joined WMIL in August 1989. He acts as PD for the Country station and oversees the programming of WRIT (Oldies 95.7), Top 40 WRNW (97.3 Radio Now), Urban (WKKV)V100.7, News Talk 1130 WISN and Sports WOKY (The Big 920).

Get in touch with him here

2014/08 8:31 AM
George King To Westwood One

George King, former Townsquare Regional OM and Brand Leader/Country for the Western Region has been named VP/Programming for Westwood One's Network Formats. He'll oversee all the Country shows including Mainstream Country, Hot Country, Classic Country and Real Country. 

"George’s experience in markets large and small, along with his position in the country music world, makes him a perfect fit for this role at Westwood One," says President/Network Programming Kirk Stirland. "He’s joining an all-star programming management team, and he will be working with a first-rate air staff, on our biggest format category." 

"The way Westwood One is able to integrate local content into a national feed will continue to be an essential way our business moves successfully into the future," King says. "I’m truly excited to work with this remarkable technology, and on the team creating radio with it." 

He will start his new gig September 15 and be based in Denver. Get in touch with him here.

2014/08 8:26 AM
Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Opens

Hundreds of fans and friends joined the Johnny Cash family for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at the grand opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home last Saturday (8-16). 

The house that Cash lived in from 1935-1953 has been restored thanks to funds raised by four years of concerts.

“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” said Rosanne Cash at the dedication ceremony. 

The dedication followed the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center on Friday evening. The sold-out concert featured Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn and Reba (seen in photo left to right).

The next morning people were shuttled from the University to Cash's home not far away. The Cash family were the first to tour the home newly furnished with retrieeved family items nad donations. 

“Many people approach me about starting Johnny Cash projects and I usually say no,” Rosanne Cash explained during a press conference. “But, in talking to Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Arkansas State University, I realized several things and one is that my children need to know their family legacy. It’s so beautiful."  

“From when I saw the house in 2011 and to see the progress today is overwhelming,” Rosanne said. “Ruth and the family aimed for authenticity when it came to furnishings. When you add the pieces in the house, it gives it resonance. The whole project caused a real shift in my life.” 

Photo Credit: Mike Chojnacki 



2014/08 8:16 AM
Kenny Rocks Flora-Bama-Jama

When Kenny Chesney took the beach behind the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge this weekend the crowd of over 40,000 was ready for him. 

“Man, when those people kicked in and started singing ‘Flora-Bama’ back to me, that just hit me in the heart,” says Chesney. “A year without touring takes me away from that, and those fans... whether they know it or not... inspire me. So having spent the year writing and recording, that was like plugging into the source.” 

Chesney sang 32 songs for two and a half hours. He even brought out frequent co-writer David Lee Murphy as a surprise trading verses on Murphy's hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd." 

“Since David Lee wrote ‘Flora-Bama’ with me, I know he knows about the heart and the soul of the people down here, how much they love music and love life,” Chesney says of the walk-on. “There’s a real vibe when people connected with the moment experience something that moves them... and David Lee had’em singing along his songs, too.” 

 The show was filed for a TV special this fall.

2014/08 8:03 AM
Brad Paisley Partners with Taillight, ARC Entertainment and WME to Build New Channel

Brad Paisley, Taillight, ARC Entertainment and WME are working together to build "My Country Nation" (MYCN), a new OTT channel for Country music fans. 

“My Country Nation is a great concept and I'm glad to be working with a few of my friends to make it a reality,” said Paisley. 

My Country Nation will launch this month and serve as a digital platform for the Country music lifestyle. The Omni channel will have feature many original series with new episodes being seen daily in the first six months. They will be seen on social media including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and www.mycountrynation.com. 

Shows will feature topics like hunting, concert road trips, comedy, outdoor grilling, VINE and YouTube stars and more. Fans can see the shows on any device. According to ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater, "Distribution is morphing rapidly. Traditional means of producing and distributing content are being redefined daily. My Country Nation will provide a distribution and content creation platform for content creators to deliver great programming to a mass audience. In our partnership with Walmart will have an opportunity to create an ecosystem to maximize value and awareness for MYCN artists and labels.” 

For more information go to www.mycountrynation.com.

2014/08 7:49 AM
Al Brock Launches Riverfront Promotions With David Loving

Industry vet Al Brock has launched a new promotional venture, Riverfront Promotions for exclusive clients. 

One of Riverfront's first projects is Tall Horse Records' David Loving's new single "Angel Girl." The song combines great musicianship and harmonies showing off Loving's incredible talent. 

The single is set for official release on August 25 and is now available on PlayMPE. If you are a member of PlayMPE you can go to the song at AllAboutCountry.com's New Releases sections and click on YouTube. You will then be able to download the song. 

If your stations require a physical disc please contact Riverfront Promotions Nashville at 615-329-3375 or email /blog/ You can also call Tall Horse Records at 423-538-3000.

2014/08 11:45 AM
Nash Icon Officially Launches Nationwide

It started when Cumulus flipped Country Christian hybrid WWWQ-HD2/Atlanta and its 250W FM translating W255CJ as well as Sports WZAT/Savannah/GA to Country as Nash Icon 98.9 and Nash Icon 102.1. These stations were the first to flip since it was announced in May.

Then came the speculation.  And, indeed today was a big day for the Nash Icon brand.

Following Atlanta and Savannah changes, Cumulus then launched the Icon brand on WSM-FM Nashville, 250WFM translator K273BZ/Kansas City, WQRR/Birmingham, KBZU/Albuquerque, KJJY/Des Moines, WJBC/Pontiac/Bloomington, IL  and WNUQ/Albany, GA.

Only two of these stations were programmed country prior to the Icon switch--WSM-FM and KJJY.  Kansas City and Birmingham are the only markets Cumulus did not run a Country station.

According to the buzz, other Icon flips that could still happen today include  KQLK/Lake Charles, LA (Top 40), KLSZ/Ft. Smith, AR (Sports) and KRRF/Oxnard, CA (Classic Hits). 

All programming will be based at the Nash campus in Nashville. 

Nash Icon will be programmed to play more of the iconic artists and will not play the more contemporary artists as much as the Nash-brand stations.  All Nash stations will be a multi-media platform that will, in addition to radio, offer advertisers TV, digital, magazine and events.

2014/08 11:34 AM
Florida Georgia Line Announce New Album

Florida Georgia Line is coming with a new album "Anything Goes" on Tuesday, October 14.

Tyler and I’ve been really blessed to have an amazing team – an extended family – who push us continually to be better and think differently," said FGL’s Brian Kelley. "Whether we’re home or out on the road, we’re doing things the FGL way and it feels like with our recording, our writing, our lives...'Anything Goes'...and we can’t wait to see where it leads next." 

Tyler Hubbard, the other half of the duo added, “There have been a lot of changes in our lives over the past couple of years but we’re still the same guys from Florida and Georgia who drove from show to show in BK’s Tahoe. We’re really excited about what we’ve learned on this journey and can’t wait to give our fans new music they can crank up just as loud as the tunes they sing back to us every night. 'Anything Goes' is a natural progression of where we’re at and what we’ve learned getting here.” 

For more information, visit www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com

2014/08 10:55 AM
Chris Carr & Co. Heading to Minneapolis

Former WUBE/Cincinnati morning show "Chris Carr & Co" is heading to Clear Channel's KEEY (K102)/Minneapolis. They will begin their new morning gig on Tuesday, September 2.  This is a return to KEEY for Carr.  He did afternoons there until he moved in 2008 to WUBE.

Chris Carr and Jeff "Maverick" Bolen will take over for the current morning team Mike "Muss" Mussman and Donna Valentine. Valentine will move to evenings and Muss will move to afternoons. Muss takes the place of JD Greene who is now PD at CC's WPGB/Pittsburgh. 

“I’m so excited that Chris is coming home to K102,” said Clear Channel Minneapolis VP/Programming Gregg Swedberg. “I think it’s safe to say he and Maverick are one of a handful of brilliant Country morning shows and we are so fortunate to have them.” 

As was reported here, Maverick and Carr announced their resignation from WUBE on Monday. 

“When I told my wife that we had an opportunity to move back home to Minnesota, I witnessed the brightest smile I have seen from her since our second child was born,” said CARR. “We’re all excited to reconnect with family, friends, lakes, ice skates and the awesome audience of K102! Plus, I get to do it with one of the most talented and genuine people on this planet, Maverick – I’m excited for everyone to meet him!” 

Swedberg is currently searching for an MD to succeed Greene. If interested send your materials here

2014/08 10:49 AM
Top 40 and Hot AC To Air Taylor's Live Yahoo Stream

Taylor S wift's WorldWide Live Stream on Yahoo Monday (8/18) at 5 p.m. ET will be aired by Top 40 and Hot AC stations across the country. 

At this point it is still a question as to what she will announce. She has been tight lipped on recent television appearances including her recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon'sTonight Show, despite his persistent inquisitiveness. 


 She did have a similar event in August 2012 and announced the Red album and Red Tour. Time will tell.

2014/08 10:45 AM
McCreery Extends Tour

Scotty McCreery has just announced he has extended the "See You Tonight Tour" into the fall. He will be joined with Danielle Bradberry. 

"The fans have really been incredible at all of our shows so far," shared McCreery. "I'm excited to keep all the momentum going with Danielle coming out with us; it's going to be great. We're going to have a blast on the road!" 

He will kick off on Friday, October 17 in Fayetteville, NC and end on Thursday, December 4 at Wallingford, CT. 

For more information go to www.scottymccreery.com.

2014/08 10:45 AM
Kicker Stampede Features Blake and Florida Georgia Line

Kicker Country 2015 is already gearing up for their next show. They have just announced that they will be headlining Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton. 

Early bird, weekend, VIP and Reserved tickets are on sale along 700 reserved camping spots for June 25-28, 2015 inTuttle Creek State Park, Manhattan, Kansas. 

For more information on tickets go to  www.countrystampede.com or call 800-795-8091800-795-8091.

2014/08 9:41 AM
iHeart Adds Kenny's No Shoes Radio

Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Radio is the new platform on iHeartRadio. 

No Shoes Radio began in 2009 as a station that programmed a blend of album rock, alternative, singer/songwriter, raggae and live tracks from Chesney. 

"When the people at iHeartRadio said they wanted to help us take it out to even more people, I realized it's not just my hardcore fans, but a lot of folks who like variety in their music,"explained Chesney. "Things aren't cut-and-dried. People want places they will be surprised -- and find music they'll love. iHeartRadio gets that, so it's a pleasure to team with them to share what we've been doing the past five years."

2014/08 9:25 AM
Darius To Announce Final CMA Nominees

Darius Rucker will announced the final nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on Good Morning America Wednesday, September 3 at 8:30 a.m. He will also perform his new single "Homegrown Honey." 

"I know what it feels like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news to my friends in the industry," said Rucker. "Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for." 

Following his announcement he will announce the finalists in seven categories that are left as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards. This will take place at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. The four categories for the CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year include small, medium and large market as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. The announcement can be streamed at www.CMAAWARDS.com. 

Later that night Rucker will join other songwriters Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford and CMA Songwriters Series host Bob Dipiero for the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series. They will perform in the round at the Best Buy Theater. 

To stream the Songwriters Series visit CMASongwriterSeries.com.

2014/08 8:54 AM
Bryan Forbes To Head Westwood One National Sales

Bryan Forbes has been appointed SVP/GM of the new Westwood One National Sales division that is being launched by Katz Radio Group. Forbes has been promoted from KRG VP & Director of Sales. 

 The division is part of a partnership with Cumulus and will exclusively sell Cumulus' 460 owned and operated stations. 

"Our common goal is to get radio a much bigger share of advertiser spending by solving their marketing problems and showcasing the unmatched results radio delivers," says KRG President Mark Gray.

2014/08 8:38 AM
Nash Icon Hitting Birmingham?

Rumbles from Cumulus' Top 40 WZRR, 99.5 The Vibe/Birmingham that the hits are no longer spinning. 

Instead listeners are hearing a loop saying "Coming Soon...Another Icon," and songs that talk about Alabama. 

 Is this going to be a NASH Icon station? Stay tuned...

2014/08 8:43 AM
United Stations Offers 25 Years of Alan Jackson

United Stations 25 Years of Hits will offer a two-hour show "25 Years of Alan Jackson" as a weekly episode. It will be broadcast the week of August 18. 

This will be just before the opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum of Jackson's exhibit  "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" that opens August 29. 

 For more information get in touch with Andy Denemark at 212-536-3606212-536-3606 or /blog/

2014/08 8:27 AM
Eichten Joins KPentertainment

Dustin Eichten, former Sr. Director of Marketing for UMG has joined KPentertainment as VP. He will be working with President Kerri Edwards for clients including Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Chancie Neal and Kelleigh Bannen. 

 “I’m so thrilled to have Dustin be a part of this already amazing team. He has been an integral part of helping me build the career of Luke Bryan and I look forward to continuing that partnership among the rest of my roster,” said Edwards. 

Other KPentertinament staffers have taken on added duties. Waylon Weatherhold adds day-to-day management duties for Cole Swindell and Office Cooredinator Jacoby Knott adds social media duties.

Get in touch with Eichten at /blog/.

KPentertianment manages Bryan along with Red Light Management.

2014/08 8:19 AM
Eric Church Raises Money For Musicares

The third annual Eric Church Band "Put A Club In My Hand" golf tournament has raised $112,864 for Musicares, a part of The Recording Academy. This Musicares provides funds for those in the music industry to help with medical, financial and personal emergencies. 

"Musicares is overwhelmed by the generous support of the Eric Church Band and their annual golf tournament," said Musicares Exec. Dir. Debbie Carroll. "Over the past three years, the tournament has grossed close to $275,000 and those funds have gone to helping so many music people in need. They are ensuring that we can continue to make a true difference in the lives of many. We can't thank them enough." 

The event was held at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville on August 4.

2014/08 8:59 AM
KBUL, K-Bull 98.1/Reno Looking For Morning Talent

KBUL, K-Bull 98.1/Reno is looking for a great morning personality to team up with Bob Richards on the KBUL "Moo Crew." 

This person will succeed Tanner who recently left the station. According to PD Derek Gunn he is looking for someone with, “Proven on-air ability with a great feel for today’s Country music and lifestyle to be successful and live up to expectations; If you’re ready to join a station with a long tradition of serving the community and winning, we want to hear from you.” 

Send resumes and on-air sames to http://www.cumulus.com/

2014/08 8:45 AM
45th Annual GMA Dove Awards' Nominees Announced

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominees in 42 categories for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville. 

Voting for the final winners will run from August 26-September 9. 

Wayne Haun leads all nominations with 12 and artists Hillsong United, Lecrae, Mandisa and Matt Maher have 5 nominations apiece. The full list of nominees can be found here: www.coveawards.com/nominees. The nominees in 20 categories were announced today and included here are six of the top categories announced. 

Song of the Year 
“Fix My Eyes” - for KING & COUNTRY, (writers) Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone (publishers) CentricSongs/2 Hour Songs/Warner Tamerlane/Kilns Music/Shankel Songs/WB Music Corp/Method To The Madness

“Hello My Name Is” – Matthew West, (writer) Matthew West (publishers) Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/External Combustion Music/Songs for Delaney/Warner/Chappell Music, LLC 

“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant, (writers) Natalie Grant, Matt Bronleewe, Cindy Morgan (publisher) SeeSee Bubba Songs/Tunes Of R And T Direct/Razor & Tie Music Publishing, LLC/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Forest For The Trees Music/Checkpointchicky Music/Seems Like Music/Music Services 

“I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, (publishers) PsalmSinger Music/DaySpring Music/Songs From The Inside 

“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher, (writers) Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, (publishers) sixsteps Music/Sweater Weather Music/Thankyou Music/Valley Of Songs Music/worshiptogether.com songs/EMI Christian Music Publishing 

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing/EMICMGPublishing.com 

“Overcomer” – Mandisa, (writers) David Garcia, Christopher Stevens, Ben Glover (publishers) Ariose Music/9T One Songs/Meaux Mercy/LarryDavid Music/Capitol CMG Publishing/Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing/D Soul Music 

“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River, (writers) Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/ClearBox Rights/Integrity Worship Music/Eight Oaks Music/Karen Peck Music 

“Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance, (writers) Jason Cox, Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West, (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/Winding Way Music/ClearBox Rights/Farren Love and War Music/Wordspring Music 

“That’s Why” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, (publishers) Ernie Sig Sound Music/Hefton Hill Music/PsalmSinger Music/Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs 

Artist of the Year 

Casting Crowns 
Hillsong UNITED 
Lecrae 
Mandisa 
NEEDTOBREATHE
 Switchfoot 

New Artist of the Year 

1 Girl Nation 
Andy Mineo 
Ellie Holcomb 
Hillsong Young & Free 
Love & The Outcome Contemporary 

Christian Performance of the Year 

Fix My Eyes - for KING & COUNTRY 
Hurricane - Natalie Grant 
Lord I Need You - Matt Maher 
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong UNITED 
Overcomer - Mandisa 

Southern Gospel Performance of the Year 

Love Is Stronger - Jason Crabb 
Revival - Karen Peck and New River 
Say Amen - Brian Free & Assurance 
Search Me O God - Cathedrals Family Reunion 
That's Why - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound 

Gospel Performance of the Year
 
Every Praise - Hezekiah Walker 
Help (feat. Lecrae) - Erica Campbell 
I Can Only Imagine - Tamela Mann 
I Love The Lord - Natalie Grant 
If He Did It Before...Same God - 

Tickets to the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or atwww.ticketsnashville.com.  Ticket prices range from $35.00 to $200.00.

2014/08 8:31 AM
Vevo and Pinterest Working Together

Vevo and Pinterest have created a new partnership that will allow users to watch and share music videos. This partnership allows Vevo to act as a video discovery tool furthering their mission of helping people find and enjoy videos. 

Vevo will add "Pin It" options next to all of the videos on Vevo.com and the iOS apps. Users can share the video by hitting the "Share" icon, Pinterest and the oard to save. 

Users then add a description and Pin and select "see it now." If pressed the video will start playing in the Pin or within the app. This is the first time a third external video player (after YouTube and Vimeo) has been a part of Pinterest.

2014/08 8:13 AM
Garth Adds Atlanta Concerts

G art h Brooks has added two additional shows to his stop in Atlanta. This brings the total to five shows at Philips Arena in Atlanta. 

Ticketmaster had problems keeping up with the requests when tickets went on sale last Friday (8/8) and sales were suspended. He has now added a show at 10:30 (ET) on Saturday, September 20 a 7:30 p.m. (ET) show to Sunday, September 21. 

Tickets for those two shows will go on sale this Saturday, August 16 at 9 a.m. (ET) via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.

2014/08 8:04 AM
Duane Allen Inducted Into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame last Saturday (8/9). He was also named honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry. 

The induction ceremony included an Oak Ridge Boys concert and free tours of the museum including the exhibit that features Allen's life and career. 

 "I am still in the after-glow of a very overwhelming event in my life," said Allen. "It is a huge honor, and I am humbled to the core of my soul with this induction. My first emotional moment was when I walked into the Texas Country Music Hall fo Fame. Less than a few feet inside, I had to just stop and gather my feelings. Every emotional fiber of my body was saying, 'WOW!!!' Then, I was walked around to my exhibit. I had no idea what would be there. I'd requested that it be a total surprise, and it was my wife, Norah Lee, Kathy Harris, in our office, and Jim Halsey, our manager, who supplied all of the memories for my exhibit. Rusty Summerville organized all of the items. I was emotionally overcome when I saw it all." 

Texas Country Hall of Fame Founder Tommie Ritter Smith also named the other Oak Ridge Boys Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban honorary Texans during ceremony. 

Although Allen was being inducted he insisted that the other members of the group be recognized.

2014/08 7:57 AM
CMA New Hires

The CMA has hired Emily Evans (second from left) as Director/Strategic Partnerships. She is the former Brand Manager for st8ment. Prior to that she worked at 13 Management and was responsible for all branding, partnerships and marketing for Taylor Swift.

Angela Brown (far left), former Tractor Supply Co. Coordinator/Accounting takes on the same position for CMA.  She ahs an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Mandi Naylor (third from left), former event producer will be the new Production Coordinator/Live Events.  She worked with Freeman Enterprises ont eh Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2013, Music City Gives Back Concerts, the Capitol Street Party, Nashville Ultra Marathon 2013, Urban Runoff 2013 and the Mayor's 5k Challenge.

Former JR Consulting IT Support Justin Randall (far right)is the new Network Administrator for multi-user environments. He assisted Bridgestone Arena as an IT.

Get in touch with Evans here, Brown here Naylor here and Randall here.

2014/08 8:59 AM
Greene To WPGB/Pittsburgh

KEEY/Minneapolis MD/Afternoon talent JD Greene is the new PD/Afternoon personality for WPGB/Pittsburgh. This is a return to Pittsburgh for him as he worked the market at WKST in the late 90's. 

"We are excited to welcome JD Greene back home to Pittsburgh,” says VP/Programming David Edgar. JD is plugged into the country music scene, understands how to make a big impact with listeners on-air, online and in the community and truly lives the country lifestyle!” 

Greene added MD responsibilities at KEEY in 2009.   He also worked at PD for KQQL (alternative) in the cluster.  

He is now on the job in Pittsburgh. You can reach him here

2014/08 8:47 AM
Tickets For CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas

Tickets for the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas will go on sale on Saturday, September 6 at 
10 a.m. 

Pricing for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Tickets for the CMA Country Christmas are $25 for Upper Level seating and $50 for Lower and Club Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. 

Ticketmaster is handlng all tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000800-745-3000. Tickets are also being sold at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office 501 Broadway, Nashville. 

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will broadcast live on Wednesday, November 5 at 7p (CT); and the “CMA Country Christmas” will tape o
n Friday, November 7th at 7p (CT). Both will air on ABC-TV.

2014/08 8:38 AM
Kenny Announces Tracks and Offers Pre-Order Bonus

Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival album is due to be released September 23 and for those who order early he is offering both his current single climbing the charts "American Kids," and "Flora-Bama," a song about laying back at the seminal bar on the Alabama/Florida stateline. 

“It’s a very specific song about a very specific place,” Chesney says, “but it’s also a song for anyone who has somewhere they go to let their mind unwind. It’s about bein’ easy, but bein’ engaged. Because – as I’ve said – places like the Flora-Bama are what life is all about.”

Flora-Bama is written with David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust On The Bottle"). 

“I got a call from a good friend who’d been sittin’ in the Flora-Bama all afternoon,” Chesney explains. “He’d just ducked in for a beer, and six hours later, he’d emerged with a bunch of new friends, a great time and the sort of memory you keep going back to. David Lee and I were trying to write, and of course, he’d been there. We got to talkin’ about it, and next thing you know, we were halfway through the song!” 

The tracks of the long-awaited The Big Revival album include:
1. The Big Revival - Dennis Linde 
2. Drink It Up - Rodney Clawson/Vicky McGehee/David Lee Murphy 
3. Til It's Gone - Rodney Clawson/David Lee Murphy/Jimmy Yeary 4
4. American Kids- Rodney Clawson/Shane McAnally/Luke Laird 
5. Wild Child (with Grace Potter) - Kenny Chesney/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne 
6. Beer Can Chicken- Kenny Chesney/Ross Copperman/David Lee Murphy 
7. Rock Bottom - Craig Wiseman/Matt Dragstrem 
8. Don't It - Brent Cobb/Chase McGill 
9. Save It for a Rainy Day - Andrew Dorff/Matt Ramsey/Brad Tursi 
10. Flora-Bama - Kenny Chesney/Ross Copperman/David Lee Murphy 
11. If This Bus Could Talk - Kenny Chesney/Tom Douglas

Pre-orders are being taken at http://smarturl.it/thebigrevival,

2014/08 8:30 AM
Kim Copeland Productions Adds Artist Development

Kim Copeland Productions (KCP) has added Artist Development capabilities and it will be offered exclusively to their clients. 

"We love discovering the uniqueness in each artist and helping them showcase their talent to the world," said KCP Owner Kim Copeland. "Whatever their ambitions, we want to give them all of the tools they need to succeed." 

Copeland and business partner Susan Tucker made the announcement that they will offer services including performance and vocal coaching, image consulting, social media training, business marketing, branding, and more. They hope to appeal to artists who need direction in developing their skills outside the studio. 

 For more information and a complete listing of production and artist development services, visit www.KimCopelandProductions.com

2014/08 8:24 AM
Mike Scott Looking For Next Opportunity

Programming vet Mike Scott, most recently with WNNF

, Nash FM/Cincinnati where he served as PD/afternoons is looking for his next opportunity. His experience includes more than 10 years at WYCD/Detroit where he was OM/APD/MD and did middays.He has also worked at KZKX/Lincoln, WWWW/Detroit and WQKI/Detroit. 

"I'm seeking to depart Cincinnati and will relocate for a serious opportunity immediately," he says. 

Get in touch with him at 248-807-7532248-807-7532 or here.

2014/08 8:15 AM
Luke Bryan Heading South of the Border

Luke Bryan will host a four day Country concert event "Crash My Playa" that will take place Friday, January 23-Tuesday, January 27 on the Barcelo Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. 

 Joining Luke will be Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell. Other guests include Kelleigh Bannen, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, DJ Rock and Chris Stapleton. 

“We initially talked about an event that would bring our fellow artists together for a concert and the beach, and then it just kept growing and now it looks like we’re going to Mexico!” shared Luke. “Crash My Playa” will include four nights/five days all-inclusive accommodations at one of the participating unique resorts, airport transfer to and from the hotel, admission to each night’s exclusive beach performances, a limited edition Luke Bryan's “Crash My Playa” event poster, beach bag, and beach towel. There is limited availability for this event, and only those that purchase the full event package will have access to the concerts. 

 For more information go to www.crashmyplaya.com.

2014/08 8:10 AM
Rhonda McCormack New GM KSJO, Nash FM 92.3/San Jose-San Francisco

Rhonda McCormack, CC/Monterey-Salinas VP/Market Manager is the new GM at KSJO, Nash Fm 92.3/San Jose-San Francisco. She has held her position as Market Manager for eight years and was also Director of Sales. She also served as GSM for Entravision in the Monterey-Salinas marekt for nine years. 

“I feel honored to be a part of this incredible opportunity. It’s such an exciting time to be a part of the Cumulus team as they continue to grow and launch new markets," said McCormack. Working for the Bay Area's New Country leader, NASH FM, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am grateful to be a part of the journey.”

2014/08 8:58 AM
Taylor's Yahoo'ing

As reported here, Taylor Swift has been hinting about a major announcement she wants to make. Indeed it has been confirmed that there will be a Yahoo live stream on Monday, August 18 at 5 p.m. (ET). 


 At this point what she will be announcing is still under raps. Fans can tune into Yahoo Screen what she has to say live from New York City.

2014/08 8:49 AM
Kris Kristofferson To Play For All For the Hall Benefit

Kris Kristofferson will play an acoustic show on Saturday, September 13 for the All For the Hall benefit concert series. The show will take place at the Ryman at 8 p.m. (CT). 

"Going back to the beginning, the songs have been reflections of where I was at that point in my life," Kristofferson stated. "I always try to be as honest as I can in the songwriting, otherwise there's no point in doing it: I might as well be doing an advertising job or something. And what I'm finding, to my pleasant surprise at this age, is that I'm more inclined to laughter than tears. I hope I'll feel this creative and this grateful until they throw dirt over me." 

All proceeds from the show will go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets are available beginning Friday, August 15 through Ticketmaster.

2014/08 8:45 AM
Rick Marino New Morning Guy At KHAY

Rick Marino, most recently with Cumulus Country sister WSM-FM/Nashville is the new morning person for Cumulus' KHAY/Oxnard-Ventura,CA. He will begin his new position on August 25. 

He takes the place of Dave Bradley who is leaving to join the company's Blacksburg, VA cluster as OM with additional PD/midday duties for the cluster's Country WPSK. 

Marino's experience includes time with Top 40 WRVW/Nashville and crosstown AC WJXA. 

A Southern California native Marino has worked at KNCI/Sacramento and Empire Country WRTY/San Jose. He can be reached here

2014/08 8:44 AM
Cadillac Jack Makes Hall of Fame

Congrats to KCYE, 102.7 The Coyote/Las Vegas MD/Afternoon personality Cadillac Jack. He has just been inducted to the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame last Saturday (8/9). 

Cadillac was one of 35 who were inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association's 19th Annual Hall of Fame Gala. The event took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. He has been with the Beasley property since 2006. 

 He joined KCYE after being with Beasley's WXTU. He has also worked Detroit, Phoenix and Washington DC.

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