industry members
Carole Mendoza
Marketing / Sales   Besley Broadcasting
Jeff Schroeder
Senior Technical Consultant   Music Master
Peter Z
Program Director WZRR-FM   Cumulus Media
dave young
PD/MD/on air   kdkd radio
Dave Tyler
Consultant   MusicMaster
Leo Ashcraft
ceo   KTSQ Radio




2015/03 3:28 PM
Lineup for 'ACM Party For A Cause' Festival Announced

The Academy Of Country Music (ACM) has announced the lineup for the "ACM Party For A Cause: 50 Years Of Music & Memories" Festival.

Artists scheduled to perform include: Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Eli Young Band, Florida-Georgia Line. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

"For the Academy's milestone anniversary, we wanted more fans than ever to join us in our party and we thought it was a perfect fit to combine the "ACM Party For A Cause: 50 Years Of Music & Memories" Festival and our annual CBS special into one historic event," said ACM CEO Bob Romeo. "Fans and viewers can expect a night of surprises from an all-star lineup of performers who have graced our ACM Awards stage throughout the past 50 years."

"Party For A cause" will take place Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.

 

2015/03 9:16 AM
WUSY St. Jude Event Raises More Than $109,000

Congratulations to iHeartMedia Country WUSY/CHATTANOOGA, TN and its listeners, for raising more than $109,000 with the station’s “Heartstrings For Hope” concert.

Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes and songwriter Kelly Lovelace performed at the station’s annual guitar pull, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Send congrats to iHeartMedia RVP and WUSY PD Gator Harrison  here .

2015/03 9:00 AM
Larry Gatlin Set For FOX News Media Blitz In Support Of 60th Anniversary Tour

Larry Gatlin, the eldest of the legendary Gatlin Brothers, will head to New York City this weekend for a media tour in support of the group's60th anniversary tour.
 
Gatlin will make the rounds at the Fox News NYC headquarters, appearing on "Red Eye" and "America's News HQ," as well as FoxNews.com's "FOX411 Country" and Fox News Radio's  "Kilmeade & Friends."
 
The veteran entertainer will also be promoting his new clothing line, "Made In America" byAmerican LegendsUSA.
 
Tune-in Schedule:
 
Friday, March 7
11:45 AM EST
Fox News Radio - " Kilmeade & Friends "
 
Saturday, March 8
3:00 AM EST
Fox News Channel - " Red Eye"
 
12:00 PM EST
Fox News Channel - " America's News HQ "
 
For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit  www.gatlinbrothers.com .
 

2015/03 7:07 AM
Luke Laird Signs Again with Universal Music Publishing Group

Award winning songwriter/producer Luke Laird has extended his longstanding reslationship with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) Nashville.  He has been with UMPG for ten years.  

“From his first No. 1 co-written single in 2007 through his 19th No. 1 last week, we have been honored to work with Luke Laird every step of the way,” said UMPG/Nashville EVP Kent Earls. “His tireless passion, endless creativity and genre leading songwriting excites the UMPG staff every day.  We look forward to what he delivers next!”

Laird's deal includes his entire catalogue and his future works.  He has become one of the music's most talented and prolific songwriters. He has over 800 credits to his name and 19 #1s.  

“I've been part of the Universal Music Publishing family for over 10 years and I'm excited to continue the partnership with Kent and the entire team,” said Laird.
 

2015/03 7:06 AM
WHGB AM/FM Flips To Country

WHGB AM/FM translator W237DE/Harrisonburg, PA have flipped to Country as Nash Icon.  On air talent include Nashville-based Marty McFly, Lisa Manning Scott Gaines and Darlas Rai in mornings, middays, afternoons and nights, respectively.
 
In the market it joins sister WZCY and iHeartMedia's WRBT.  WZCY placed eighth in the Fall book with P12+ coming in at 2.0 and WRBT ranked fifth with a 5.4.  WHGB AM ranted 10th with a 0.6.

2015/03 4:51 AM
Legendary Billboard Chart Manger Wade Jessen Passes

AllAboutCountry, Nashville and the Country music world is in shock this morning, with the news that Wade Jessen has died. Jessen served as Billboard Sr. Charts Manager for Country, Christian and the Gospel formats.

Reportedly he had a heart attack early this morning (3/5). Jessen was 53.

He had been with Billboard since 1994 following a successful radio career that included positons at KSOP/Salt Lake City and WSM-AM/Nashville. Along with his jobs at Billboard, Jessen hosted nights on SiriusXM's "Willie’s Roadhouse" Classic Country channel, a forum which enabled him to put his razor- sharp knowledge of Country music to full use for the listeners.

AllAboutCountry sends out our sincerest sympathies to all of Jessen’s many friends and family.

Services are pending.

Check the comments on his Facebook
 

2015/03 3:11 AM
Claire Petrie Breaking In England

Playback Records newest recording star Claire Petrie is rocking in England.
She is getting heavy radio play on her debut single "(C'est la Vie) You
Never Can Tell" and it is causing quite a stir.

Petrie’s new album "THE ONE" will be the “Album Of The Week” this Saturday (3/7) on Brian Clough's "American Connection" program.

Brian will feature three tracks, including the hit "(C'est la Vie) You
Never Can Tell”.

Contact Brian here . 

2015/03 2:03 AM
Infinite Dial 2015 Study: Online Listening Now Mainstream, Podcasting Delivers Prime Audience

Triton Digital and Edison Research released their annual Infinite Dial study on consumer adoption of digital media in a webinar hosted by Edison VP Tom Webster and Triton President/Market Development John Rosso.

Highlighted information in the study included: 53% say they listen to online radio monthly (including both streams of broadcast stations and online-only offerings like podcasts). Growth is being driven by sharp increases for 25-54 adults. Weekly listening is also up, from 36% in 2014 to 44% this year, doubling over 4 years, also driven by increases in adults 25-54, but time spent listening fell slightly, likely because overall hours of consumption are up. Online listening, the study's takeaway segment noted, is now "fully a mainstream activity for people under 55." Smartphones lead among devices used to listen to online radio, from 66% to 73% in a year; connected TVs are also showing growth, from 12% to 18%. In cars, online listening rose from 26% to 35%, with 12-24s the early adopters (59%) and 25-54s at 39%.

When consumers are asked about Internet-only audio, Pandora is the overwhelming leader with YouTube next. Using aided awareness, Pandora is known by 75% of respondents, with iTunes Radio second at 62% and iHeartRadio third at 59%. Pandora also leads in usage, at 45%, well over second-place iHeartRadio (17%) and third place iTunes Radio (16%).  Among adults 12+, 34% said they listened to Pandora in the last month, with iHeartRadio and iTunes Radio at 11% and Spotify at 10% (however, Spotify is showing significant growth among 12-24s). The figures are similar for listening in the last week. Respondents picked Pandora as the overwhelming choice for "the audio brand used most often."

YouTube shows huge usage figures for watching or listening to music videos, and a significant number use it to listen without actually watching the video.

On podcasting, listening is up to 33% of respondents, with smartphones used by 55% of listeners (42% use computers). On a monthly basis, 17% say they listened to a podcast in the last month (about 46 million); weekly, 10% (27 million) say they listened. Among podcast listeners, 45% have a college degree and 52% earn more than $100,000 a year. The study also looked at SERIAL, noting that 10% said they were aware of the podcast and 3% had listened, comparable to some network TV shows. Listeners heard an average of six podcasts per week.

Smartphone ownership has grown, with 86% of 12-24 year olds owning a smartphone and 81% of 25-54s owning one. The top app mentioned was Pandora (downloaded by 50%), with iHeartRadio well behind in second at 17% and Spotify at 15%.

Regarding data consumption: 58% said they are not concerned about exceeding their data plan limits and 42% saying that they are concerned; 12-24 year olds were the most concerned, at 49%.  40% said they were aware of Shazam and 16% of Soundcloud, but only 17% had downloaded Shazam and 6% had downloaded Soundcloud.

Tablet ownership has grown, but the growth has not been accompanied by growth in online audio listening using the devices. Internet-connected TV ownership has risen from 51% to 58%.

AM/FM radio still leads in in-car use, at 81%, with CDs second at 51%, MP3 players third at 38%, and online radio at 21%, but online is showing sharp increases. Asked what they use in the car "most of the time," AM/FM leads, well ahead of other media. In-dash information and entertainment systems are making inroads, increasing from 8% to 10% this year, but asked if in-dash systems are important in their purchase considerations for a new car, a majority said that it was of little or no consideration.

Social media usage continues to increase, with 73% of adults 12% -- 197 million -- saying they are using at least one social media platform.  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram lead for brand awareness, while Facebook leads with 62% of social media usage and remains the social media site used most often by a wide margin. Practically all platforms showed growth in the past year.  Facebook was the leading platform among 12-24s with 74%, with Instagram second at 59% and Snapshot third at 57%; the analysis noted that the latter two are visually oriented.

“Media consumption habits have changed dramatically in the past five years,” said Webster. “Online Radio has become mainstream, Podcasts are enjoyed by a significant portion of the population, and even the social media platforms that dominated five years ago have shifted. It’s vital for marketers and advertisers to understand and plan for these shifts.”

“Perhaps the most significant finding from this year’s report is the change in frequency of use for streaming audio,” said Rosso. “For years Americans have been occasional listeners but for the first time it’s apparent that streaming audio has become an ingrained part of our lives as the number of Americans listening weekly is now 44%. This is a huge opportunity for publishers and marketers to better identify and target their listeners to maximize ad-based revenue.”

Download and look at the study's PowerPoint by clicking here .
 

2015/03 2:00 AM
Beasley Media Group Selects Georgia Beasley GSM/Digital Sales Manager In Augusta

Beasley Media Group appoints Georgia Beasley as GSM of Country WKXC/KICKS 99 and WDRR/93.9 BOB-FM WDRR-FM and Digital Sales Manager for its seven Augusta radio stations. Beasley will report to VP/Market Manager Mark Haddon.

Haddon commented,
“It is a great pleasure to make this announcement about Georgia joining our Augusta team. Georgia comes to us with a solid track record, and having her here to help us build on our past successes will be a real treat. I am sure our advertising partners will enjoy getting to know Georgia and sharing in her creative ideas to grow their business.”

Added Beasley
, “I’m extremely happy to be a member of the Augusta team! Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time in South Florida, and will miss my family, my heart is in the growth, future and evolution of this company and in continuing my grandfather’s legacy. The Augusta cluster presents a unique opportunity as I can continue my growth within our company while at the same time applying my passion for the non-traditional revenue (NTR) and digital space. I have always been impressed with the Augusta cluster and the strength of our sales team here. For years I’ve heard that there is a loyalty in this market, from the CSRA community, for our Beasley stations that is unlike anywhere else in the Country. I’m excited to experience that first hand and to take this market to a whole new level in our company!”

2015/03 1:47 AM
Bubbling Up From The Rumor Mill: George Lindsey To KILT Mornings

No confirmation yet, but rumors are swirling that Alpha Media Hot AC WXMA/Louisville OM/PD/morning talent George Lindsey is on his way to CBS Radio Country KILT/Houston to lead its morning show.

Lindsey told the Louisville Business Journal Monday (3/3) he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work in a top 10 market, and was quoted as saying the move is a chance to, “Reinvent myself and to take on a new challenge.” Lindsey also has a brother living in Houston.

If this comes to pass, Lindsey would fill the vacancy created when Greg Thunder left for wake up duties last November.
No word on who would be joining Lindsey doing co-wake up duties at KILT.

2015/03 1:03 AM
It Goes To Show ‘You Never Can Tell’…Who Claire Petrie Ran Into During Country Radio Seminar





Pictured: Claire meeting radio folks at the GrassRoots Radio Promotion Dinner
 
Playback Records Country artist Claire Petrie wrapped up a successful Country Radio Seminar #CRS2015 last week in Nashville, promoting her newest release, (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell.
Petrie received great praise from radio personalities commenting on her vocal versatility and fantastic personality as well as meeting journalists from outlets including United Stations Radio Networks, Radio Waves International, All About Country, CMR Nashville and Country Music News International.

“What an incredible few days in Nashville,” said Petrie. “I got to meet wonderful people and introduce my music to them. It’s a dream come true to continue doing what I love and I can’t wait to visit these radio stations soon.”
One may have heard this catchy tune, “(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell,” sung before by the pioneer of rock and roll Chuck Berry or by Grammy-award winning Country icon Emmylou Harris. Claire’s rendition has contemporary Country flair.

The official music video, which is available here , tells the story of an elderly couple at the beginning of the video with a teenage wedding and their lifestyle afterwards.


This single is off her upcoming brand new album, THE ONE, which was produced by Country music industry veteran, Jack Gale. It includes 11 tracks that profiles her impressive vocal range and pushes the boundaries of both ends of her musical scale. Her ability to belt out an up-tempo tune with both power and precision is evident on the debut single.

With a musical mission to bring passion and purpose to the genre she loves, Claire has crafted her signature sound when she was on tour with her family. Raised in a large musical family in Saratoga Springs, New York, and currently in West Palm Beach, FL, she was born to musical parents who instilled a love of melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme deep within her.

For more information on Claire Petrie, please visit www.ClairePetrie.com .  

2015/03 1:00 PM
Following Fifty Years At WXBQ/Johnson City PD Bill Hagy Is Retiring

Bristol WXBQ/Johnson City, TN OM/PD Bill Hagy retires April 1 after 50 years. However, Hagy is not disappearing, as he will continue as a consultant with the operation he joined in the 1960s.

He was first named PD of WKYQ/Paducah, KY, then he begin at WXBQ when they switched to Country in 1978.  
Hagy achieved an almost unbelievable, 81 No. 1 rating books in a row.

WXBQ programming duties will be handled at the station until the position is filled.

Qualified applicants apply to Hagy here .

2015/03 8:42 AM
Kix Brooks Recevies CMA Humanitariam Award

Kix Brooks received the first CMA Foundation Humantarian Award Monday (3/2) at the City Winery in Nashville.  Reba presented him with the award. The Award recognizes an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism, and advocacy.

“Can you imagine what it feels like to be me tonight?” Brooks asked the crowd as he accepted the Award. "But ultimately it’s not about me; it’s about every person in this room who is putting their heart into something meaningful and something significant in their community."

On hand to honor Brooks was fellow CMA Board member and artist Chris Young as well as representatives from the numerous charitable partners Brooks has worked with over the years.

“Thanks to his contributions in the creation of the CMA Foundation and in the birth of CMA Instrumental Healthcare, as well as to the efforts he has volunteered to the other great causes represented here tonight, Kix’s philanthropic endeavors will be as highly regarded as his many musical contributions,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “CMA is honored to be able to present our first ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award to Kix Brooks.”

It was his leadership and vision that created CMA’s “Keep the Music Playing” program, which was the forerunner of the CMA Foundation. The program receives funding through CMA Music Festival with half of the net proceeds from the event given as grants to support music education programs across the country on behalf of the artists who perform for free. To date, the CMA Foundation has donated more than $11 million to this worthy cause.  

In addition to being a true humanitarian for CMA, Brooks also serves on the Board of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Tennessee Tourism Board, Nashville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Blue Ribbon Committee, Operation Finally Home, and Veterans Matter.
 

2015/03 8:29 AM
Georgia Goes To Georgia

Beasley Media Group has named Georgia Beasley General Sales Manager and Digital Sales Manager of WKYC, New Country KICKS 99 and WDRR, 93.9 BOB-FM/Augusta, GA. She will be reporting to Mark Haddon, Vice President and Market Manager.

Beasley has worked in sales management positions in Miami and Wilmington, DE.  

Vice President and Market Manager Mark Haddon comments, “It is a great pleasure to make this announcement about Georgia joining our Augusta team.  Georgia comes to us with a solid track record, and having her here to help us build on our past successes will be a real treat.  I am sure our advertising partners will enjoy getting to know Georgia and sharing in her creative ideas to grow their business.”
 
Adds Georgia Beasley, “I’m extremely happy to be a member of the Augusta team! Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time in South Florida, and will miss my family, my heart is in the growth, future and evolution of this company and in continuing my grandfather’s legacy.  The Augusta cluster presents a unique opportunity as I can continue my growth within our company while at the same time applying my passion for the non-traditional revenue (NTR) and digital space. I have always been impressed with the Augusta cluster and the strength of our sales team here.  For years I’ve heard that there is a loyalty in this market, from the CSRA community, for our Beasley stations that is unlike anywhere else in the Country.  I’m excited to experience that first hand and to take this market to a whole new level in our company!”

Congratulate her  here 


 

2015/03 8:01 AM
CMA Music Fest Announces Performers

CMA Music Festival has announced performers for its nightly concerts at LP Field.

Artists scheduled to perform include: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy, Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Wynonna and The Big Noise and Zac Brown Band. 

CMA Music Festival is scheduled to take place Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th in Downtown Nashville.  Tickets to the LP Field nightly shows sold-out in November. For more information, visit  www.CMAfest.com .
 

2015/03 7:51 AM
Sun Broadcast Gorup to Debut The Hit List with Fitz

Sun Broadcast Group willl debut The Hit List with Fitz on Saturday (3/7).  It will be heard on more than 75 statoins.  The show was formerly known as Powered by Country.  The new show will include interactive features and in-depth artist experiences.  

"My goal is to give you a morning show on the weekend plus play the format's biggest songs," says Fitz. "We will take audience interaction to a new level and provide you with focused and entertaining content that brings 'the real' and 'the funny.'" 

Get in touch wtih Sun Broadcasting's Ron Rivlin for more information at 212-380-9303 or here /blog/ . Check out the rebranding here .
 

2015/03 7:38 AM
Aaron Michael New MD at WSSL/Greenville

Aaron Michael has been promoted to MD at WSSL/Greenville, SC.  He takes over duties that were being handled by PD Kix Layton.

"Aaron's tireless enthusiasm, love of country music and his ability to get things done made this an easy decision," Layton says. Michael joined the station from the company's WKSF/Asheville, NC less than two years ago . Congratulate Michael here  

2015/03 7:25 AM
Shania Twain Announces Farewell Tour

Shania Twain announced today on "Good Morning America" that she will be going on her farewell tour called "Rock This Country Tour."  It will kick off Friday, June 5 in Seattle and go to 48 cities throughout Canada and the US.

"This is a very, very important time on the road for me," Twain told GMA. "I just feel like I'm ready to hang my hat up in that regard. I just really want to go out with a bang."

Tickets for the "Rock This Country Tour" will go on sale to fan club members on March 10 and to the general public on Friday, March 13.  For a full list of dates click here  
 

2015/03 7:04 AM
Bill Snickers Joins Red Bow Records

Bill Snickers has been named Promotion Coordinator for Red Bow Records.

"It's such an incredible opportunity to work for Red Bow Records and BBR Music Group," said Snickers. "We have an amazing roster of artists and I'm really excited to be a part of the team."

For the past five years Snickers worked in sales for Sprint.  He simultaneously was representing local artists in booking and management while living in Seattle. He found his passion and relocated to Nashville in late 2013 to pursue a career in the music business.

"The Red Bow girls are excited to finally have some testosterone on the team!” said Red Bow VP/Promotion Renee Leymon.

Get in touch with Snickers at (615) 610-2127 or here  .
 

2015/03 3:22 AM
'23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival' Taking Place This Month

The "23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival" is taking place Tuesday, March 24th through Saturday, March 28th at 10 of Nashville's most popular venues.

This year's lineup includes Brandy Clark, Craig Campbell, Casey James, Raelynn, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Josh Thompson, Chuck Wicks, Charlie Worsham
and Vince Gill. Songwriters Kara Dioguardi, Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and more will also join over 330 fellow songwriters performing 92 shows throughout the week.

Individual tickets ranging from $10 to $25 will be available at the door for most shows on a first-come, first-served basis. Fast Access Passes, which allow patrons to bypass the cover charge at the door, have already sold out.

For more information, and a full line-up, visit  www.TinPanSouth.com .

2015/03 8:35 AM
The Legends at Legends Was Legendary

The Legends at Legends lunch hosted by All About Country and Music Master went down in history as one of the highlights of last week’s CRS. 

Held on Wednesday, February 25 at Legends Corner in Nashville the legends who performed included Mel Tillis (left), Bobby Bare, T. Graham Brown, James Otto, Mel Tillis Jr., Zane Williams and Sharla Ross.

The “Honorary Mayor of Music Row” Charlie Monk emceed the event as only Charlie Monk can while the hundreds in attendance chuckled, enjoyed the great music, ate Jack’s Bar-b-Que and drank their favorite beverages.

As Monk commented, "I'm the only Legendary host they could find to host the Legends at Legends."

“It was a great turnout and a fabulous way to kick off CRS 2015! Everyone who attended had a terrific time and got the chance to see some fabulous talent,” said Kim Hennes, AllAboutCountry.com President.

2015/03 7:44 AM
Colleen Valkoun Named Permanent Market President

Colleen Valkoun, interim iHeartMedia/Milwaukee and Madison market president now has the position permanently.  She will oversee 12 stations including Country WMIL/Milwaukee and WMAD/Madison.

When Jeff Tyler left the position to transfer to Minnepolis in January, Valkoun was appointed. She has served as VP/Sales for Milwaukee and Madison prior to that.  She's been with iHeartMedia since 2003 when she joined as National Sales Manager in Milwaukee.  Get in touch with her here  

2015/03 7:36 AM
Donna Baker Promoted to RVP/Midwest For Cumulus

Cumulus Chicago VP/MM Donna Baker has been promoted to RVP/Midwest for Cumulus.  She will oversee stations in Minneapolis, Des Moines nad Kansas City, where she'll be based.  Country stations she will be overseeing include KHKI and KJJY/Des Moines.  

She has worked as VP/MM in Houston and Kansas City for Cumulus.  "Donna is an extremely talented broadcaster and has made a tremendous contribution to our success over the past eight years," says President/CEO Lew Dickey. "We are excited for her to grow with Cumulus as she takes on increased responsibilities in her new role." 

In Chicago Peter Bowen will take her place.

2015/03 7:28 AM
WVVR's Dave Myers Moves to Mornings

Dave Myers (left) afternooner at WVVR, Beaver 100.3/Clarksville, TN has moved to mornings.  He will take the place of Fletch who is leaving in two weeks to pursue a career outside radio.  

"Fletch has 13 years tenure at the Beaver and is a community treasure," says Myers. "I realize how big the shoes are that I'm filling."

Myers came from WKDF/Nashville in late 2012.  Get in touch with him here

Fletch will work out his last two weeks of his contract in afternoons.  OM Jared Mims will take over after Fletch leaves.

2015/03 7:20 AM
The Things We Do For Thin Mints

WLHK, Indianapolis (Country 97.1 Hank FM) morning guy Dave O’Brien helped 7-year-old Lily, a local Indianapolis Daisy Scout, sell her 1000th box of Girl Scout Cookies!

Lily sold 990 boxes and asked Dave to help her reach her goal of 1000 boxes so Dave brought Lily in the Country 97.1 Hank FM studio and surprised her by personally buying the final ten boxes! Dave donated nine of them to the Cookies For Our Troops program and kept one box of Thin Mints for himself!

Dave gave up cookies for Lent so the Thin Mints will go into the freezer until Easter morning when Dave plans to binge eat all of them in one sitting.

2015/03 7:11 AM
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Welcome Isaiah

Congrats to Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher as they welcome their first child Isaiah Michael Fisher.  Isaiah was born last Friday (2/27).  Underwood announced his birth on Instagram today (3/3).

"Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed us with an amazing gift!" said Underwood.  Isaiah Michael Fisher--born on February 27.  Welcome to the world, sweet angel!"

 

2015/03 8:59 AM
Chad Lopez New VP/Mkt Manager At Cumulus/NY

Congrats to Chad Lopez, formerly GSM for CBS Radio News WINS-A and WCBS-A New York who is joining Cumulus WINS, 94.7 Nash FM, WABC-A, News Talk WABC-A, Hot AC WPLJ and Urban AC WNBM Radio 103.9 as VP/Market Manager.  He succeeds Kim Bryant who left in January to become eVP/West Coast Sales of Westwood One.


Lopez has be en with CBS New York for 14 years.  He worked a Sr. Media Buyer for DOM Camera and Associates.
 

Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati said, “Chad is a highly talented and experienced sales leader behind several legendary brands in New York City radio. The relationships he’s built and the respect he has developed with the ad community over the last 15 years are unprecedented. This was clearly the next and natural step in his career. We are extremely excited to have Chad on our team and as a member of the Cumulus family.”     
 

Lopez said, “After 15 years in sales leadership in New York, this was clearly my next step. Cumulus presented me with a tremendous opportunity to further my career and run an iconic group of stations in my hometown. I couldn’t be more excited and ready to take on this challenge."  


2015/03 7:58 AM
Paul Laseter New PD for WSTH, South 106.1

Paul Laseter has been named PD of the iHeartMedia's WSTH, South 106.1 and sister Country WOBB100/Albany, GA. He will also be handling afternoons beginning to day (3/2).  

Previously Laseter had been working as Promo Director/APD at Golden Isles Broadcasting/Brunswick, GA.  Laseter takes the place of Kathy White.  She left in October.  Get in touch with Laseter at /blog/ .

2015/03 7:50 AM
Attendance Up 4% For Country Radio Seminar 2015

The attendance to CRS 2015 was up 4% from 2014.  This is the sixth year the event has experienced growth.  A total of 2,424 full registrants  (attendees, exhibitors, panelists and sponsors) attended this year's event, which was held February 25-27 at teh Nashville Convention Center. In 2014 the total was 2,335.

The three day event kicked off on Wednesday with the announcement that next year's event will be held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.  Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to announce the Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees.  The seminar included sessions on various topics that apply to the Country Radio business and closed last Friday with the New Faces Show.


 

2015/03 7:32 AM
Leadership Music Accepting Applications

Starting today (3/2) Leadership Music is accepting applications for the Class of 2016. Online applications will be accepted through the month of March for the Nashville-based learning program.  The program begins in September.

The program gives the participants a chance to learn about every phase of the music industry.  Those who are selected must be able to attend all-day sessions one Friday per month for an eight month period in addition to a two-day orientation and a two-day closing retreats. The one-time tuition for hte program is $1000.

"When we enter into the selection process, our uppermost goal is to select a passionate, balanced and diversified class of professionals, how are, individually adn collectively, the best and brightest leade3rs in their field and represent all segments of the music industry," said Leadership Music Executive Director Debbie Schwart Linn.  "Each year, the selection committee has the difficult task of determining the class slate from far more qualified applicants than we have slots.  We are seeing a record level of interest in Leadership Music, which means there are more qualified candidates from which to choose.  That's a good problem to have, but it is often frustrating for those who have applied multiple times.  Each year varies depending on how many applicants apply from each category. We strongly encourage applicants to keep applying if not selected.  It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and well worth the efforts."

Applications must be submitted via the online process  no later than Tuesday, March 31. To apply visit www.leadershipmusic.com/apply.




 



 

2015/03 7:21 AM
Old Dominion Seals The Deal with RCA Nashville

Old Dominion has officially sealed with a deal with RCA Nashville.  The five band members include Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi.  They have been playing and touring together for ten years.

"There has been a very loud buzz about Old Dominion around the Sony Music Nashville offices for some time now, so much that the three imprints were all fighting for the chance to work with the band," said Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton.  "I am pleased to announce the signing of Old Dominion to RCA Records Nashville."

The group signed with Morris Highman Management about two years ago.  They also released its self-titled debut EP recently, will be touring with the upcoming Kenny Chesney tour and are watching their current single "Break Up With Him" go up the Mediabase charts. SiriusXM had the tune on "The Highway Hot 45 Countdown" for six weeks.

"We couldn't be more excited to join the RCA Nashville family," said Ramsey.  "As a band, we are eager to start our next chapter and we are grateful for the opportunity to do that support of an amazing promotion and marketing team in RCA."

 

 

 


2015/03 7:12 AM
Eric Church Launches Outsiders Radio On SiriusXM

Eric Church has launched a monthly radio show on SiriusSM's the Highway.  "Outsiders Radio" will air on the last Friday of each month at 10 p.m. (ET).  Listeners will hear new music from Church, some of his favorite tracks, music from his own collection, his music influences and more.

The first show was aired last Friday and is avaiable on Sirius XM on The Highway Channel 56 or through the smartphone app and connected devices, online at siriusxm.com or on damand at www.siriusxm.com/ondemand .  The who will be re-broadcast on Mondays at 12 am (ET) and Wednesdays at 11 p.m.(ET).  For more information goto the SiriusXM website .

2015/02 3:55 PM
Gigs Open Now

KWEN/Tulsa has an opening for a morning person.  This person will replace Jim Carey who will soon be announcing where he's headed. 

According to Director/Operations Steve Hunter, "Tulsa is a great city to live, play and raise a family!"  

Send airchecks and resumes to Hunter here /blog/ or to Director/Branding and Programming Matt Bradley here. matt.bradley@coxinc.com. 

And...


RWPC, Inc (formerly Rusty Walker Programming Consultants) is looking for an afternoon person at WKNK/Panama City, FL.  

"You can join the fastest-growing radio group in Panama City," says RWPC Co-President Scott Huskey. "If you think radio is the best job there is, can follow a plan, love the listeners, have production skills and love country music," send airchecks and resumes   here    


 

2015/02 8:47 AM
Lady A-When 3 Become 1

Capitol's Lady Antebellum hit a CRS panel today discussing how they balance the differences between the three of them to achieve consensus and balance to their band.

Hillary Scott talked about how she and Charles Kelley were pursuing a single career (and she was close to securing a big label deal) when they all met each other at a venue in Nashville. 

Something just "felt right" and the three (including Dave Haywood) made a decision to try it together as Lady Antebellum.  

According to Kelley, who readily admitted he is the one most frequently to speak his mind louder than the other two, they tried to have them all acknowledged rather than have one be "the star."  Once they went forward as a group it was  a priority to communicate directly with one another.  Each member of the group communicates differently and each needed to be aware to make listening part of the communication process.  It was so important that at one point the trio went to a communications mediator and in just one session, they had it knocked.    They've even used these techniques to communicate effectively with all of their teams.

When it comes to fighting for the singles they believe in and working with their label they believe that decisions made out of fear have not worked.  Also decisions made "systematically" rather than listening to their guts, have been disappointing.

The label, they readily admit, do have the band's best interests in mind and they have learned to listen to outside voices.  

"Even though you're going to have your own opinion of what would have worked better, we really try to get to the place where everyone feels like they're winning in a way, so that if does succeed, hopefully, we can all relish in that success together," said Scott.

The band talked about the various life changes they have been through (babies, marriages, etc.)  and the fact that they have overcome and worked through these challenges.  

"I think we took comfort in knowing that we would make a decision, and in three to six months it might change, and having to renegotiate things," shared Scott. "But talking about it every time is the takeaway," concluded Haywood.





 

2015/02 8:02 AM
Edison Research Wake Us Up With Their Research

Edison Research presented their latest research study today at CRS.  The focus was about morning listening.  While radio relies on morning listening as a stronghold we may not be doing enough as broadcasters to encourage and grow that listening.  

Edison's Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovick spoke about how they divided mornings into four parts--waking up, getting ready, time on the road and once at work.

Interviews were done in-home, on the street and through a national online study of 1540 country listeners 18-54 about their weekday morning habits.

Accoding to Rosin, radio has a "hardware problem."  We need to get radios back in people's bedrooms. Right now bedroom TVs out number radios.  Within the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. the average respondent did one third of 60 morning activities .This makes them very busy in the first hours of their day.

Three out of four people stay in bed (after their cell phone alarms go off)  and 58% check phone/mobile service and 40% check their social media. How can radio become part of these first few hours? Perhaps having our morning shows help make our listeners' lives more efficient and simpler. Quite a few respondents mentioned that they are movitivated to get out of bed with the thought of a great cup of coffee.  Can radio use the old Michelob TV spot "Weekends Were Made For Michelob" as an example and get themselves associated with mornings?

Overall, the peak hour for respondents in the caris between 7-8 a.m.  Rosin suggested that perhaps we look at our clocks during that hour and revise them to prevent tune-out? And, by 9 a.m. most people are at work.  Given that, should we reduce the time the morning shows are on?

Respondents said that what they want from radio in the morning is news at 88% followed by finraomtion (86%), water cooler topics (81%) and local events (70%).  

The full results will be posted on Edison's site .





 

2015/02 7:35 AM
Kris Lamb Promoted to VP/Promotion

Kris Lamb, Dot Records of National Promotion has been promoted to VP/Promotion effective immediately.

"Kris always steps up to the plate with incredible passion, creativity, energy and execution,” said BMLG Pres./CEO Scott Borchetta. “It’s no surprise to me that his very first as a National Director single (Maddie and Tae "Girl In A Country Song") went straight to #1. He is now properly announced as one of the new young stars in the promotion world and is awarded with VP stripes.”

Lamb came to Dot last year.  She was West Coast Regional for Big Machine Label Group sister label BMLG.  

"I'm honored and beyond grateful to extend my tenure with the mighty BMLG and Dot Records,” said Lamb. Scotty B and (Dot GM), Chris Stacey have provided the forum to continue Dot's pursuit of strategically differentiating our promotion efforts through innovative partnerships with a fresh perspective. Together, with our exceptional staff of promotion executives, Dot  will continue to super-serve our incredible roster of artists and our friends and partners at Country radio.”

Get in touch with Lamb here

 

2015/02 9:58 AM
Radio Hall of Famers Named

The new inductees to the Country Radio Hall of Fame have been announced.  They are KBEQ/Kansas City PD/morning host Mike Kennedy, consultant Joel Raab, KAJA/San Antonio morning host Randy Carroll, WMIL/Milwaukee morning host Karen Dalessandro and former Clear Channel/Chattanooga, TN GM Sammy George.

They will be inducted on June 24.  The dinner and awards will coincide with CRB's annual boardand agenda committee meetings.  

2015/02 9:43 AM
Omni On For 2016

The announcement was made today at CRS 2015 that next year's CRS 2016 will be held February 7-10 at Nashville's Omni Hotel. Registration for the event will begin in mid-July 2015.

CRB's President Charlie Morgan says, “CRS and downtown Nashville have both enjoyed enormous growth and energy over the past decade. Now, as the landscape of downtown Nashville continues to evolve, CRS is moving to a space that is arguably the epicenter for Nashville, the new Omni Hotel.”

“This move to the Omni culminates years of planning and work to set the future for a completely new CRS Experience,” says Bill Mayne, Executive Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Country Radio Seminar. He adds, “We are very excited about what's to come!”
 

2015/02 7:55 AM
ACM Radio Winners Announced

The ACM radio winners for the 50th ACM show have been announced:

National Personality: Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, The Big D & Bubba Show (Silverfish/Compass).
Major Market Personality: Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray, WUSN/Chicago.
Large Market Personality: Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman, WUBE/Cincinnati.
Medium Market Personality: Steve Lundy, Gina Melton, KXKT/Omaha.
Small Market Personality: Gator, Styckman, Cowboy Kyle, WUSY/Chattanooga.
Major Market Staton: WUSN/Chicago.
Large Market Station: WWKA/Orlando.
Medium Market Station: WQMX/Akron
Small Market Station: KCLR/Columbia, MO

The ACMs will be held April 19 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

2015/02 5:34 AM
Bryan Promoted to SVP/Programming For iHeartMedia/Nashville

Michael Bryan, OM and PD of WSIX/Nashville has been named SVP/Programming for the cluster.  He is also going to be the Executive PD of The Bobby Bones Show and Tige and Daniel show.  Both shows are heard on WSIX in mornings and afternoons.  

Bryan joined the company eight years ago as PD of Top 40 WXXL/Orlando and as Digital PD for that cluster.  He moved to Nashville in early 2012.  He added PD duties soon thereafter.  He began as Digital Brand Coordinatory for the Country format last summer.

2015/02 9:02 AM
Join Us For A Free Lunch Wednesday Before CRS At Legends!

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?  

MusicMaster, the music scheduling giant and AllAboutCountry.com are out to debunk that myth!

Prior to the official kick off of CRS we will host "The Legends at Legends," a CRS kickoff party featuring Country Music Hall of Fame members Mel Tillis and The Statesiders, Grammy nominee T. Graham Brown, MuzikMafia member James Otto.  The entire event will be emceed by the "Honorary Mayor of Music Row" Charlie Monk.  

As Monk commented,  "I'm the only Legendary host they could find to host the Legends at Legends".
 
MusicMaster President/CEO Joe Knapp says," At last year's CRS, we hosted a live music event which stimulated many exciting ideas.  This year we're thrilled to launch CRS week with an exclusive lunch even for CRS attendees at Legends Corner.  We're honored to feature iconic country artists in such a unique Nashville venue for country radio's finest programmers."
 
"What a great way to kick off CRS!  We're excited to be a part of "The Legends At Legends" with MusicMaster and hope everyone will join us for some lunch, a chance to met the Legends and network," remarked AllAboutCountry.com President Kim Hennes.
 
"The Legends at Legends" will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Legend's Corner, 428 Broadway.  Lunch from Jack's Bar-B-Que and refreshments will be provided.  There will also be photo ops with Legends as well as fun surprises and prizes.
 
"The Legends at Legends" is by invitation only to registered CRS attendees.  Please RSVP here

2015/02 6:44 AM
Glen Campbell's I'll Be Me To Premiere on CNN

CNN has gotten domestic broadcast rights for Glen Campbell's documentary "I'll Be Me" from PCH Films.  It will premiere this June and again run in November.  Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta is an executive producer of the film and soundtrack.  For more info go here .

2015/02 6:36 AM
Katlyn "Connected K" Maida Joins KSCS/Dallas

Katelyn "Connected K" Maida, most recently KKBQ/Houstons' off-air Social Media Producer and Host will join KSCS/Dallas as morning personality.  She will co-host with Mark "Hawkeye" Louis and "Trapper" John Morris.  Her new gig begins March 9.  She will also be leading the station's social media efforts.  

"Social media gives us such an amazing marketing tool and it can dramatically increase brand awareness," says Maida. "There's definitely a secret sauce and we're about to spread it all over Dallas/Fort Worth!" 

OM/PD J.R. Schumann is looking to expand the morning show with another co-host.  Get your materials to him here. jr.schuman@cumulus.com  Plans to fill the Houston position are pending.

2015/02 5:51 AM
Get Well Ed Shane

Get well wishes go out to Shane Media's Ed Shane who was recently diagnosed with a colon tumor.

According to Pam, his wife and business partner, "This will be an interruption for Ed and me during the next few months. We appreciate the support from friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

Send well-wishes to the couple via email here  or snail mail to 2500 Tanglewilde, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77063.

2015/02 7:55 AM
Nashville Gears Up For CRS 2015

Country radio's biggest event of the year, Coutnry Radio Seminar will kcik off this week at the Nashville Concent Center in downtown Nashville.  The three day conference is scheduled for February 25-27 and again provide numerous networking opportunities for attendees and an agenda full of seminars, panels and performances by some of Country's hottest acts.  

There will be a combined number of 26 panels, sessoina nd educational presentations that will focus on many idfferent areas of the Country radio industry.  This year's CRS will also include an appearance form featured speaker Keith Urban at his event, "Being Present," and Lady Antebellum will be featured panleists on "How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum."

AllAboutCountry.com will be there to report to you all that is going on and will also host a luncheon (along with our friends at Music Master) on Wednesday the 25th from 11-2 p.m. prior to the official kick-off at Legends Corner on Broadway, just a short walk from the Convention Center..  All registered CRS attendees are welcome and can RSVP here.  

For more information on CRS go here .We will see you there!

2015/02 7:36 AM
Blake And Taylor Nominees For Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards

Both Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift were nominated for 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.  Shelton was nominated in Favorite Male Singer and was nominated for Favorite Female Singer.  "Shake It Off" was also nominated for Favorite Song of the Year.  

2015/02 7:13 AM
Moore Helps Get More For St. Jude

iHeartMedia's WTNT/Tallahassee had an unexpected visitor while they were Radiothon for St. Jude recently.  Kip Moore showed up unexpectedly and offered a meet-and-greet passes at his concert for those listeners who called in to donate. 

"Kip is in town for a concert, heard we were doing the radiothon and came by the radio station to get on the air with us and share his passion for St. Jude with our listeners," says Digital PD Jason Taylor

 

2015/02 7:12 AM
"Make Me Wanna" Goes To Top Spot

Congrats to Valory's VP/Promotion George Briner and the Valory Promo team for scoring the #1 song on Mediabase Country singles chart with Thomas Rhett's "Make Me Wanna."

This is Rhett's third #1.  He took "Get Me Some of That" to the top spot last May and "It Goes Like This" was #1 in October of 2013.  

 

2015/02 6:47 AM
UMG Nashville Offers Shania Special

UMG Nashville is offering the non-exclusive two-hour Shania: Still the One Live From Las Vegas special for air February 28-March 21. Lines are provided for the local talent to host.

The show centers around Shania and her residency in Vegas and includes personal thoughts and stories.  Contact UMGN Director/Radio Marketing Donna Hughes here .

2015/02 5:56 AM
Gary Overton Tells Tennessean It's All About Country Radio

Sony Nashville's Chairman/CEO Gary Overton gave Country radio major kudos when told the Tennessean in an interview that came out yesterday, “I can't think of one star, much less superstar in Country music, who wasn't broken by Country radio,” said Overton. “It's just a fact. That's where the active audience is. That's where they go to listen to it."

The interview was done in anticipation of the upcoming CRS.  Overton oversees all the Nashville divisions for Arista, Columbia and RCA.  He talked about the importance of CRS and how unique it is to the Country radio genre as well as his upcoming roster.  He also talked about the new artists he will be introducing this year including Josh Door, Cam Logan Mize and Chase Rice.  And he also said that Chris Young and Jake Owen are both currently in the studio and will have new music coming this year too. 

For the complete interview go here .
 

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