2015/09 10:51 AM
KZPK/St. Cloud Picks Collin Taylor For PD/Mornings

Collin Taylor
Leighton Broadcasting Country KZPK/Wild Country 99/St. Cloud, MN selects Collin Taylor as PD/morning host. Taylor comes on board KZPK from sister station KBOT/Detroit Lakes, MN. He replaces morning team Matt Senne and Amy Foxx, who have made the move to Leighton's Winona, MN cluster.

KZPK OM  JJ Holiday said
, "We are happy to announce that Collin Taylor will be joining us.  Plan is to have him start here in St. Cloud Thursday, October 1st with his first day on the air being, October 5th.

is currently seeking a partner for Collin.
Qualified and Interested candidates should send their materials ASAP to Holiday  here .

2015/09 10:08 AM
​‘9th annual ACM Honors Awards’ Held at Ryman

The "9th Annual ACM Honors" were held at the Ryman Auditorium in Music City last night (9/1) to recognize each of the previously announced winners of non-televised awards in the Industry and Studio Recording categories, as well as Special Awards honorees, from the "50th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards."

The event was hosted by Jake Owen along with celebrity presenters including: The Swon Brothers, Kelsea Ballerini , Rac Clark, and  Luke Bryan , the evening was a spotlight for those who work behind the scenes to keep the format growing.

Special artist performances during the event included:
  • Jason Aldean  performing a medley of "Love In The First Degree," "Tennessee River," and "The Closer You Get" in tribute to Career Achievement Award winners  Alabama
  • Roy Clark  performing "Yesterday When I Was Young" in tribute to Mae Boren Axton Award winner Barry Adelman
  • Randy Houser  performing "Roller Coaster" in tribute to Gene Weed Special Achievement Award winner  Luke Bryan
  • Chris Isaak  performing "Bye Bye Love" in tribute to Poet’s Award winners Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
  • Miranda Lambert  performing "Rated X" in tribute to Crystal Milestone Award winner  Loretta Lynn
  • Kacey Musgraves  performing "Good Ole Boys Club" in tribute to Songwriter Of The Year winner Luke Laird
  • Josh Turner  performing "Good Ole Boys Like Me" in tribute to Poet’s Award winner Bob McDill
  • Holly Williams  performing "Like Jesus Does" in tribute to Jim Reeves International Award  winner  Eric Church
  • Restless Heart  performing "The Bluest Eyes In Texas" in tribute to Mae Boren Axton Award winner Tim Dubois
An unannounced honor was also awarded to ACM CEO Bob Romeo with a recognition from the ACM Board of Directors and staff in appreciation for his vision and work toward the creation of the Guinness World Record-setting most-attended awards show in history at AT&T Stadium for the "50th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards." Luke Bryan presented the award to Romeo

2015/09 8:51 AM
Jeff Walker's Celebration of Life Scheduled

Jeff Walker's "Celebration of Life" will be held Thursday, Spetember 10 from 5-7:30 p.m. at City Winery in Nashville.

Opry Entertainment Classic Country WSM-AM Nashville personality Bill Cody will host the event.  More details coming.


2015/09 8:31 AM
WSIG Loses Three

Three staffers have left WSIG Gamma/Harrisonburg, VA after Saga closed on the deal yesterday (9/1).  Exiting are GM Scott Richards (left), morning co-host Dawn Marie (who is retiring) and Director of Productoin and night personality Molly Miller.  Miller is taking a position outside of radio.

Company's existing market GM Steve Davis will oversee the new stations.  WSIG has been rebranded from "Real Country" to "Country Legends.

2015/09 8:27 AM
Alpha Media Closes on Morris Communications Stations

Alpha Media has closed on the Morris Communications stations.  Alpha now has control of 36 stations in the Topeka, Salina, KS, Amarillo, Palm Springs, Anchorage, Wasilla, AL, Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee-Columbia River, WA markets.  This brings Alpha's total number of stations to 252.

Alpha's Chairman Larry Wilson said, "“I have enjoyed getting to know Mr. Morris and am thrilled to be adding stations that have been in the hands of such a successful and influential team. We look forward to expanding our Alpha family.”

2015/09 8:14 AM
Bigfoot Country Now in Central PA

Seven Mountains Media has launched a Country trimulcast with three of its recently purchased stations.  They will be branded as "Bigfoot Country."

WJUN/Mexico-Lewistown, PA, WLZS/Beaver Springs and WHUN/Mount Union are the three Bigfoot stations.  WJUN has dropped its satellite delivered Country and will change calls to WIBF.  WLZS is flipping from Oldies and the calls will also change to WZBF.  WHUN's former format was Classic Hits.

They are looking for midday talent who will be based in Lewistown, PA.  A background in promotions, graphics and other skills you can add to the on-air skills you have are a plus.  Resumes and a short air check can be sent here .


2015/09 8:06 AM
Carrie Underwood HItting The Big Apple

Carrie Underwood is heading to New York next week to introduce her Fall collection of Calia by Carrie Underwood during NYT Fashion Week.  She will also be judging the finalists on ifetime TV's ":Project Runway."

She will also appear on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday, Septemebr 10 and will perform her new single "Smoke Break."

2015/09 7:56 AM
The Greenroom Changes Owners

The PR company The Greenroom has changed ownership.  Mary Hilliard Harrington (left) has sold a majority stake to longtime employees Tyne Parrish and Kristie Sloan.  The women have a combined 14 years at the company and will manage the publicity of clients that include Jason Aldean, Dierks BEntley, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Kix Brooks and Live Nation Entertainment.  

Harrington will take on a consulting role during the transition.  The offices will remain in the Cannery Row office, where she currently manages Dierks Bentley and Dot Records' artist Tucker Beathard.

"Building this business is hands down the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done," said Harrington. "I’ve loved every moment working with the best artists, managers, bands and crews in this town. Tyne and Kristie are incredibly smart, creative thinkers with unbelievable work ethics. They have earned the opportunity to run the company that they have given so much love and attention to for the better part of a decade. It’s their turn now! I’m excited to see where they take it from here!"

2015/09 7:39 AM
Axelson Moves For Mornings in Augusta

Afternooner Bryan Axelson (right) has moved to mornings on Beasley's WKXC/Augusta, GA.  He will join Mike Tyler and who are currently co-hosting.

OM Chris O'Kelley is looking for a new Director of Promotion and afternoon personality.  He's looking for someone who has a strong on-air background and is not afraid to hit the streets and blow up social media, while at the same time ebable to run the day-to-day activities of our seven-station promotions department.

Interested?  Send your materials here. 

2015/09 7:10 AM
By The Time Garth Gets To Phoenix

Garth will take his "World Tour" with Trisha Yearwood to Phoenix on Friday,  October 23 and Saturday, October 24.  They will appear at the Talking Stick Arena. At this point they will perform one show per night but that may change.

Tickets for the Phoenix run go on sale Friday, Septemebr 11 at 10 a.m. (MT) via Ticketmaster.  Check out Brooks' for more information.


2015/09 6:22 AM
Tucker Goes to Mornings

WDZQ/Decatur, IL's PD/afternoon personality Toby Tucker will move to mornings September 8. He will take over for Trish Hunt who left in July.

"The idea was brough up because I've ben No. 1 in afternoons for the last nine years," Tucker said.  He also explains that he's getting married and the timing seemed right.

This leaves an opening for afternoons at the station.  Tucker says that they are looking for someone who is energetic, social media savvy and looking for a new radio home.  If interested send resumes and three minute airchecks and social media links to Tucker here

2015/09 6:10 AM
Shari Roth Goes to Warner Brothers/WEA

Sheri Roth, former Valory Director/Northeast Promo has joined Warner Brothers/WEA.  She will be overseeing hte Midwest and Northeast regions.  She takes the place of Diane Monk who is now handling a new Eastern region from Florida to Maine for the label.  Get in touch with her here . Roth left Valory last month and spent time at Republic Nashville before going to Valory.  

WEA has redefined their regions after Southast regional Chris Waters left in July.  

"Shari's deep-rooted relationships, passion for this format and nearly 10 years of experience with radio make her the perfect fit for our team," says VP/Promotion Jordan Pettit. 

Roth will be based in Chicago and can be reached here. 

2015/09 1:37 PM
Congrats to Republic Nashville's Kristen Johnson and Locash's Preston Brust

Congrats to Republic Nashville's Director Southewest Promotion Kristen Johnson and LoCash's Preston Brust.  They two became engaged on Saturday, August 29th during LoCash's concert at the Grand Ole Opry.

According to Johnson's Instagram's posting "I knew the minute I met Preston I had finally met 'my person.' They say when you know, you know.  I understood it all in a matter of seconds. The most heartelt thatnk you to the Opry."

Wish the couple all the best here.

2015/09 9:54 AM
Michelle Outlaw Passes

Condolences to family and friends of weekender at KILT/Houston Michelle Outlaw who passed away yesterday (8/31). She was 43. Outlaw had been a part of  the Texas Country scene since 1990 and had worked at KILT, The Bull 100.3 since 2012.

Station co-workers put together a photo memorial for her on the station website .  It reads, "She was an essential member of our Bull family, always willing to help out in any way she could. She was passionate about Country music, our station, and its success. She will be remembered as always looking at the positive side of things and sharing words of encouragement to other members of The Bull crew. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Please keep them in yours as well."


2015/09 9:05 AM
Universal Publishing Extends Contract with Sam Hunt

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) Nashville ahs extended its exclusive respresentation with MCA Nashville's Sam Hunt.  Through the deal with Hunt and Chris Hunter, his publishing partner, UMPG Nashville will represent Hunt's entire catalogue including all of his songs on his debut album "Montevallo."

“Sam Hunt is a game changer for the Country format and is defining a new direction of Country music," said UMPG Nashville EVP/GM Kent Earls.  "His influence reaches beyond the expected and his ability to engage a fresh fan base is exciting for Country music.  We are beyond excited and proud to continue our relationship with Sam and Chris Hunter.”

2015/09 8:44 AM
John Sigler To Leave Arista Nashville

John Sigler, Director/Naitonal Promotion for Arista Nashville is leaving his position Tuesday, October 1.  

He posted on his Facebook page "October  1st will be my last day at Arista/Sony Nashville. Over the past [eight-and-a-half] years, I have been able to work with great people at Sony, at radio, as well as our artists. Connecting with new and old friends through my travels has been a hell of an experience. For all of this, I am one lucky man."

No word on where he is headed or if he will be replaced.  

2015/09 8:14 AM
Grand Ole Opry and Southwest Partner For Concerts at the Southwest Porch

The Grand Ole Opry and Southwest Airlines are partnering for the third year of free acoustic concerts at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park in New York City.

"Nashville's New Music in New York" celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry and will feature a Wednesday, September 9 performance of Kelsea Ballerini and a Monday, September 28 show with Chase Bryant.

WNSH, Nash FM 94.7/New York City personality Kelly Ford will host each of the Bryant Park concerts.  All are open to the public with seating on a first-come, first served basis. Ballerini and Bryant will perform with the Opry's signature microphone stand and the famed circle of wood from the center stage at the Opry House.

"We're excited to take part of our 90th anniversary celebration to New York and introduce two of our favorite new artists to audiences there," said Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher. 

For more information go to www.opry.com

2015/09 7:39 AM
CMA Final Nominees To Be Announced September 9

Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler will announce the final nominees for the 49th Annual CMA Awards on several ABC properties.  Tyler and Balllerini will be on ABC's Good Morning America to announce five categories live from Times Square.  The announcements will air in the 8:30 a.m. ET half-hour segment of the morning news segment.  Tyler will also perform.  The remaining finalists in other categories will be revealed at approximately 9:10 a.m. ET on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo.

“ABC has been the network home of the CMA Awards for the past 10 years and they are a wonderful partner and champion for the format,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our milestone network anniversary and the finalists for Country Music’s Biggest Night than to include several of ABC’s premier news and entertainment outlets in the announcement this year.”

Tyler will then visit the set of "Live with Kelly and Michael" to talk about his new Country project and nominees.  Ballerini will record a special ABC New Radio satellite tour to talk about the nominees nad her breakthrough year.  She will then appear in the Third Annual Bryant Park Concert Series, "Nashville's New Music in New York."

CMA will release the full slate of 2015 CMA Award nominees as well as the finalists for CMA's Broadcast Station and Personality of the Year later in that day via CMA's social platforms and website.

Final ballots will be due by CMA members on October 27 at 6 p.m. CT.

The CMA Awards will air November 4 on ABC.

2015/09 7:26 AM
Jeffrey Steele Launches Songwriting Bootcamp 2.0

Hall of Fame Songwriter, Jeffrey Steele, has opened registration for his Songwriting Bootcamp 2.0 course that is going to begin this fall.  The eight week course will deal with all aspects of the music business.

Steele is a Hall of Fame songwriter with over 60 million airplay’s of his songs, including the classics, My Wish, What Hurts The Most, Here, Everyday, My Town, She’d Give Anything, The Cowboy In Me, I’m Tryin’…and new favorites, Knee Deep, Meanwhile Back at Mama’s and Raise Em’ Up. The two time BMI Songwriter of the Year and three time NSAI songwriter of the year has over 85 top 10, 5, 2 and #1 songs combined. The four time Grammy Nominated, Steele, boasts over 500 cuts in an eight year period by over 100 different artists, with over 100 singles released off 75 Gold and Platinum records with over 50 million records sold and over 50 writers awards. In addition to his songwriting and artistry, Steele is a multi-platinum producer of artists like Montgomery Gentry, Keith Anderson and John Waite. 

The Jeffrey Steele Songwriting Bootcamp begin in 2006 out of Steele's love for speaking, teaching and discovering new talent.  Since it began many of the participants have moved to Nashville, signed major publishing deals, had number one songs and made names for themselves in the industry.

The new Jeffrey Steele Bootcamp 2.0 is a culmination of Steele's experience in an eight week intensive online course designed to motivate, eeucate and fuel your music career.  The program is designed for songwriters and artists at all levels.  Participants have the opportunity to learn direclty from Steele and gain access to industry experts and great behind the scenes moments.

Registration is now open.  Visit JeffreySteeleBootcamp.com for more information.


2015/09 6:56 AM
CMT Radio Opening

CMT Radio has a holiday opening for a board operator.  They are looking for an experienced board operator and if you have syndicated show experience, that's a plus.  You would be working Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.  Resumes should be sent to VP Anne Oakley here

2015/09 6:10 AM
WELJ/New London, CT Drops WNSH Simulcast

WELJ/New London, CT has dropped the simulcast of WNSH/New York.  They will now be broadcasting Westwood One's Nash Icon format.

"Connecticut listeners love their country music, and Nash Icon will provide a unique new listening experience that they can't get elsewhere," says VP/MM Jessica Vargas.

2015/08 9:16 AM
Judy Griffin Joins Nine North

Judy Griffin is the new Director/Promo and Marketing West/Southwest for Nine North/Turnpike Music effective 9/8/15, according to an announcement made by Jeff Davis, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville's VP/Promotion and Marketing.

"Throughout my work, I discovered a passion for developing artists and I will proudly continue this with Nine North/Turnpike Music," Griffin says.

"I'm very excited to add Judy to our amazing team," says Davis. "Her passion for the business, energy, experience, and creativity make her the perfect choice for this position!"

Griffin has worked with artists as diverse as Yes, Bad Company, Richard Marx and Aaron Neville.  She also collaborated with Ted Turner's WCW brand and the Atlanta Braves organization as a special events coordinator talent. She has also worked with KTXQ and WKHX in promotions and marketing.  She was most recently with Sidewalk Records and will be based in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

2015/08 8:52 AM
House Party Goes To #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, MCA Nashville VP/Promo Katie Dean, Dir/National Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Manager/Radio Marketing and Syndication Chris Schuler as well as the Promo team of Louie Newman, Miranda McDonald, Anna Johnson, Donna Jo Passuntino, Michelle Tyrrell and Julianna Underwood for landing in the top spot this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Sam Hunt's "House Party."

This is Hunt's third single from his debut album "Montevallo."  It also marks his third consecutive #1 from the album.


2015/08 8:46 AM
Scooter Braun To Judge Nash Next Challenge

SB Projects' Scooter Braun will be a guest judge during the upcoming Nash Next Challenge.

Braun will be a part of the Periscope Live Broadcast Challenge.  It will run Monday September 14-23 as a third phase of the competition.  He will be working with other judges John Dickey, James Stroud and Kix Brooks.

"Since the beginning of my career, I have been dedicated to discovering new talent across all genres of music," explained Braun. "With Nash and my fellow judges, we are going to find the best new acts in Country music at this year's competition and bring that music to fans through social and digital platforms."

2015/08 8:39 AM
Core Panel Moderators Set for Country Radio Seminar 2016

The core panel moderators have been announced for Country Radio Seminar 2016.  They are Beverlee Brannigan, RJ Curtis, Dan Halyburton, Gregg Lindahl and Bob Richards.

Lindahl, Brannigan and Halyburton are returning from 2015 CRS.  Bob Richards is a past moderator and RJ Curtis is new.

The core moderators will oversee and direct the educational panels throughout the seminar which will be held February 8-10 at the Omni Htel in downtown Nashville.

About The Moderators: 

Beverlee Brannigan is the Vice President of Radio Programming for The E.W. Scripps Company and. Beverlee oversees programming of the company’s 34 radio stations in addition to serving as VP/GM for Scripps Wichita operations.  Brannigan’s career includes successes as air talent, program director and operations director.  She encouraged three morning shows to wins for “Country Music Association Personality of the Year” as well as a win for KFDI as “CMA Station of the Year” in 2003. In 2012 Brannigan was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

RJ Curtis launched his radio career fresh out of high school and spent 30 years in the business, 27 exclusive to Country radio and a combined 17 years in three decades at Country KZLA/Los Angeles. His tenure there included every aspect of on-air and programming including weekends, mornings, APD/MD, PD and OM. In 2007, RJ transitioned to Radio & Records as Country Editor before joining Arista Nashville’s promotion team in 2009 after R&R ceased publication. A desire to return to trade publications united him with Country Aircheck in 2011 where he served as VP/Country. He is currently the Nashville Editor of All Access.

Dan Halyburton, a 40-year radio veteran, is currently with Falls Media Group. Most recently, he served as President of RadioTime. He has been a pioneer in country radio programming, management and digital media and is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Halyburton is a member of the ownership team for Falls Media Group with FMs in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Gregg Lindahl retired from a 40-year media career that began as a country music DJ at age 15, and ended as Senior Vice President for Digital and Strategy at Cox Media Group. Lindahl programmed country stations in Nashville and Oklahoma City, and he managed stations in Charlotte, Dallas, Portland and Chicago.  He led a consumer market research company and an Internet start-up.  Since retiring, he has become an inadvertent consultant to a handful of digital start-ups and is an angel investor.    

Bob Richards has nearly 25 years of experience in radio.  His career began in New Castle, Indiana at WMDH AM/FM as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1987 to 1996 and spent 14 years in Indianapolis at WFMS-FM (95.5) as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1995-2009. Since October of 2009, he has served as Ops Manager for Emmis Radio Indianapolis and PD of WLHK-FM. In addition, Richards owns Pinehurst Productions, a full service video production company. 

For more information go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

2015/08 8:36 AM
Dave Kirth New Director/West Coast Promotions For Big Loud

The new Big Loud Records continues to add staffers.  Dave Kirth has been named the new Director/West Coast Promotion for Big Loud Records and will report directly to President Clay Hunnicutt.  He can be reached at 916-903-7865 or here .

His resume includes time at KTOM/Monterey, CA, Bigger Picture Group, Lofton Creek Records and New Revolution Entertainment.

"Dave is a great addition to the Big Loud Records team," said Hunnicutt. "His experience in both radio and record promotion make him a perfect fit for where this label is headed. He is unmatched in his relationships and will considerably impact all aspects of our business, especially our artists." 

2015/08 8:18 AM
Steven Tyler Featured in 2015 Radio Show "Music and Mimosas" Event

Steven Tyler will be featured in a one-on-one interview with Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase fo "Crook & Chase" during "Music and Mimosas" on Friday, October 2 at 9 am (ET).  

Tyler will discuss his journey to building his his career and brand, teh importance of developing as an artist and staying relevant, what it takes to have a hit and how radio plays into that goal.  To register for the event go here. 


2015/08 8:00 AM
A Busy Wedding Weekend

Weddings were in the air over the weekend.  Congratuations to Brian Hatfield and his new wife Nikole Netherton (right).  The couple got married in Las Vegas over the weekend.  Congratulate them here. 

Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and new wife Simone Staley (left) were also married over the3 weekend.  The couple tied the knot in Nashville.  They have known each other 27 years and just started dating in 2013.  "It's been a beautiful experience together,": said Golden.

2015/08 7:46 AM
Jim Shea Leaves WKTI/Milwaukee

WKTI/Milwaukee's Jim Shea is leaving the station and broadcasting to attend medical school.

He will be moving to Miami to attend med school at Barry University.  His 35-years in broadcasting took him to Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Harisburg, PA, Charleston, WV and Evansville, Indiana.  He also was on the Benztown team as a commercial copywriter.


2015/08 7:30 AM
Taylor Takes MTV's Video of the Year

Taylor Swift took home several awards at MTV's Video Music Awards including Video of the Year for "Bad Blood."

She was also awarded the Best Female Video for "Blank Space," saying "I wanna thank the fans for watching the video a billion times."

The winners included:
·         Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
·         Best Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
·         Best Female Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
·         Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman"
·         Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
·         Best Video with a Social Message: Big Seat featuring Kanye West and John Legend - "One Man Can Change the World"
·         Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Manaj - "Anaconda"
·         Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"
·         Song of Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer - "She's Kinda Hot"
·         Best Editing: Beyonce - "7/11"
·         Best Direction: Kendrik Lamar - "Alright"
·         Best Cinematography: Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Never Catch Me"
·         Best Choreography: OK Go - "I Won't Let You Down"
·         Best Art Direction: Tarylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
·         Best Visual Effects: Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber - "Where Are U Now"
·         Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West


2015/08 6:49 AM
BBR Launches New Imprint

RRB Music Group has launched the company's fourth imprint Wheelhouse Records.  It joins the imprint of Broken Bow, Stoney Creek and Red Bow.  The first two artists on the label are Trace Adkins and Granger Smith.

The Wheelhouse staff includes:

Teddi Bonadies, VP/Promo; Jennifer Shaffer, Midwest/Southwest; Brittany Pellegrino, Northwest; Kimmie Trosdahl, Southeast; Bill Snickers, West Coast; Nicole Nehrbas, Coordinator of Wheelhouse and Red Bow and Carly Ronayne, Coordinator of Promotion for Broken Bow and Stoney Creek.

“Commenting on the launch of Wheelhouse, BBR Music Group Owner/CEO Benny Brown said, “When the BBR Music Group makes a commitment to an artist, we intend to do our very best to help them live out their dreams. In order for us to do that, we have to add the support it’s going to take to gain the most airplay for each single. We’ve found that if we have more than four or five artists on one label, then someone isn’t going to get the fair shot they need. That’s why we started Stoney Creek in 2009, then Red Bow in 2012, and now Wheelhouse Records. We want to do everything we possibly can for each artist -- because we don’t give up easy.”

Benny Brown and I have always shared a vision of providing the artists on our roster with the individualized attention and strategic support they each deserve," said BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. "Recently, we’ve been fortunate to work with some extraordinary new talent. The formation of Wheelhouse Records -- and its additional promotion staff -- became a necessity so that we may uphold the vision that has made the BBR Music Group both a haven for artist development and for the continued growth of superstar acts.”

Contact information is listed below:

Teddy Bonadies- 615-496-6352,   Teddi@wheelhousebbrmg.com
Jennifer Shaffer-(904) 386-5050, /blog/
Brittany Pelligrino-(248) 420-1125, /blog/
Kimmie Trosdahl-615-598-0588, /blog/
Bill Snickers-206-261-0588, /blog/
Nicole Nehrbas-480-329-0718, /blog/
Carly Ronayne-734-308-7026, /blog/


2015/08 1:00 PM
​iHeartMedia Ups Three Programmers

iHeartMedia Promotes Brad Hardin To EVP/GM, Jon Zellner To EVP/Programming Operations, And Maynard EVP/Programming Strategy

's National Programming Platforms group has selected Brad Hardin as its EVP/GM, Jon Zellner as its EVP/Programming Operations and Maynard as its EVP/Programming Strategy.  All of these three will report straight to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, and will be based out of New York City.

will work on the support for the local stations' programming efforts, overseeing iHeartMedia 's regional SVPs and EVPs/Programming and leveraging groups like the company's Brand Management in-house format team. He said, "I'm looking forward to working more closely with the amazing people on our National Programming Platforms team as well as programmers throughout our markets -- they are the very best in content creation and live event marketing.  I'm excited to have the opportunity to further contribute to our future growth, and continuing to demonstrate the power of iHeartMedia's local and national brands."

will be managing the division's operations, guaranteeing that iHeartMedia's 858 local radio stations in over 150 markets are able to best utilize the company's national resources. " iHeartMedia continues to set the industry standard for innovation and one-of-a-kind content," he said.  "I'm honored and very excited to have the opportunity to work with Tom and the programming team on implementing new ideas and strategies for our incredible brands."

will work with iHeartMedia's programmers to regularly review and fine-tune stations' on air products and oversee the company's team of on air creative directors led by VP/Imaging Kelly Doherty. "I've had an incredible experience since joining iHeartMedia," he said. "It's extremely motivating to work with a company that is committed to exceeding expectations both internally and with our millions of listeners. The people in this company are what make it great, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity and even more excited for what lies ahead."

said, " iHeartMedia's strength is built on our great programmers working together to develop great content and experiences for our listeners utilizing our unmatched scale, Brad, Jon and Matnard each have a remarkable amount of hands-on experience programming some of the best local radio stations in the world, making them uniquely qualified to lead our company-wide programming initiatives."  

2015/08 12:03 PM
Big & Rich Holiday Inn Resorts & Five Lucky Winners

Big & Rich Partner With Holiday Inn Resort® Brand To Award Five Lucky Fans A Once In A Lifetime Weekened Getaway
IHG  (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces the Holiday Inn Resort® brand’s new collaboration with Country music sensation Big & Rich. The hotel brand teamed up with Big & Rich and awarded five of the band’s most die-hard fans the chance to “run away” with them to the Holiday Inn Resort ®  Pensacola Beach Gulf Front  for a once in a lifetime trip, which took place this past weekend.
The American country music duo Big Kenny and John Rich, who make up Big & Rich, are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists, known for explosive live performances and a devoted fan base across America. The Holiday Inn Resort brand joined forces with the band as part of the Holiday Inn®  Journey to Extraordinary  campaign, which was launched in the summer of 2014. The campaign celebrates the incredible stories of each and every guest who walks through the doors of a Holiday Inn hotel. The Journey to Extraordinary campaign continues this year with a focus on celebrating the connections that travelers make while on the road – be they with loved ones, new acquaintances or their favorite musical duo.

As part of the brand’s collaboration with the band, Holiday Inn Resort is also offering more than 40,000 free downloads of Big & Rich’s new single “Run Away with You,” available for download  here  and available through Tuesday, September 22. The  music video  for the single, released earlier this summer, follows the story of a young couple who hit the road to see Big & Rich perform in Myrtle Beach, SC. From their departure from Nashville, Tennessee, to the moment they arrived at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach hotel, viewers see the special moments the couple experienced and memories they created along their journey together.
Heather Balsley, Senior Vice President, Americas Brand Management, IHG said: “The Holiday Inn brand’s collaboration with Big & Rich embodies the spirit of the Journey to Extraordinary campaign by helping these super fans create new vacation memories while enjoying a last blast of summer fun with their favorite musicians. The lyrics of the band’s newest single, ‘Run Away with You,’ echo the sentiment of adventure and discovery that we strive to enable for our guests every day as they travel and create memories along their own journeys. Partnering with Big & Rich to create this unique experience for five of their biggest fans is just one example of how the Holiday Inn brand is connecting with our guests in new and different ways.”

The five winners, chosen from an essay contest launched on the band’s Facebook page in July, journeyed from their hometowns to the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front resort for a special weekend consisting of a private luau party, intimate acoustic concert and meet-and-greet with the band. Each of the winners is a long-time fan with a personal connection to the band:
The Winners Are:
  • Amy Waller Longmont, Colorado
  • Shayna Matthews Baltimore, Maryland
  • Holli Dillard-Cranfill Grasonville, Maryland
  • Ashley Eickhoff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Holli Dillard-Cranfill of Grasonville, Maryland, 

2015/08 9:55 AM
​Paesan Pellegrini Retires After 26 Years From WGTY/York, PA

Times & News Publishing Country WGTY/Great Country 107.7/York, PA afternoon air talent Paesan Pellegrini announces his retirement. Today (8/28) will be his last shift.

Paesan has been with WGTY since 1989. First as morning show host, then On Air/PD in 1991. Then in 2004, Paesan left his PD duties and made the switch to afternoons, where he has stayed.  
At the moment, there is no word a successor.

WGTY's  FaceBook  page explained,"It is with mixed emotions that today (8/28) we announce the retirement of our afternoon personality, Paesan Pellegrini.  His dedication, work ethic, and drive helped to lay the foundation of what we've become now. Though we'll miss him, we're happy that after almost 40 years in radio and 26 of them at WGTY, he'll get a much deserved break."

Well-wishes for his retirement and congrats for Paesan may be left on his FaceBook  here .

2015/08 9:44 AM
Apple Upgrades Comin' Down

Invites have been sent out for an upcoming press event for Apple at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Sna Francisco on September 9.

Speculation is that the announcement will icnclude new product updates including a new iPhone.  Other rumors include a larger iPad, an update for the company's Apple Watch operating system and iOS9 and OS X El Capitan.  The company has not confirmed specifics.

The invitations reads: “Hey Siri, give me a hint.”

Programmed responses included:

– “Look deep within yourself and you will find the answer. Especially on September 9.”

– “You’re cute when you’re desperate for information.”

– “The only hint I can give you right now is a hint of lime. And that there’s a big announcement on September 9.

– “I can neither confirm nor deny that I am not authorized either to confirm or deny that I cannot disclose anything that you would then have to confirm. In any case, I would deny it. Got it?”

2015/08 9:24 AM
Lady Antebellum Will Take A Break From Recording And Touring

Capitol Nashville trio  Lady Antebellum  has decided to take a pause from recording and touring. The hiatus will start immediately following the conclusion of their current "Wheels Up Tour," which is scheduled to wrap-up Saturday, September 19th in Camden, NJ.

Hillary Scott told E! News the group intends to step away from recording and touring in order to spend more time with their families and focus on writing songs for their next project. Since the group's initial debut album release, all three members have married; Scott and Dave Haywood are both parents, while Charles Kelley and his wife are expecting their first child. No timeline has been given for Lady A’s next studio project or tour.

For more information, visit Lady A's official website  and  FaceBook .

2015/08 8:49 AM
Ian Rogers Is Leaving Apple

Ian Rogers, Apple exec and former CEO of Beats Music is leaving Apple, according to Billboard after the first report from Financial Times.

Rogers was head of iTunes Radio in 2014 and prior to that was CEO of Topspin which was bought by Beats Music earlier than year.  He also served as manager of Yahoo! Music.

“According to Financial Times sources, Rogers will be taking a job in Europe in an unrelated industry,” reports the national industry trade publication. “Rogers was key to the development of the popular Beats 1 radio, as well as drawing Beats 1′s leader Zane Lowe away from his position at the BBC (which caused a bit of a trickle-down effect).”

2015/08 6:40 AM
Dave Hovel Tapped As PD, Mornings For WICL/Williamsport, MD

West Virginia Radio Corp. Country WICL/The Big Dawg 95-9/Williamsport, MD selects Dave Hovel for the PD/morning gig. Hovel most recently was handling a number of shifts on Country, Top 40, and Sports Talk formats for CBS Radio/Baltimore and prior to that he spent 24 years with Delmarva Country WXCY/Wilmington, DE. He will continue handling his current weekend shift for CBS Radio Top 40 WWMX/Mix 106-5/Baltimore.

WICL morning personality Danielle will move to do voice tracking for afternoon drive and continue to host a live midday show on AC sister station WLTF/Today's 97-5. WICL afternoon talent Rona will shift her focus to the morning show on WLTF, teaming up with staffer Jeff Adams.

Send your congrats to Hovel here .

2015/08 6:05 AM
'Project Runway' Guest Judge Is Carrie Underwood; And She Will ‘Make Fashion Week’ Debut

19 Records/Arista Nashville artist  Carrie Underwood will serve as a guest judge for the season finale episode of Lifetime-TV's "Project Runway." The finale episode will tape on Friday, September 11th and is scheduled to air Thursday, November 5th at 9 pm (ET/PT). Underwood will join other guest judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen alongside judges Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn to select the series winner.

Also, Underwood is slated to make her Fashion Week debut with her "Cali By Carrie Underwood" clothing line at the upcoming New York Fashion Week to present her fall collection.
For more information, visit Underwood's official  website .

2015/08 6:00 AM
Cumulus Shows Big Fan Engagement For 'Nash Next' Talent Search

Cumulus Media releases info from its NASH Next Challenge talent competition, which started in June, with a mission to discover and release music from new artists.

According to Cumulus, key fan engagement numbers from the  NASH Next  site and accompanying app reveal:

More than 40,000 fans enrolled in the first three weeks.

More than 1.2 million  NASHNextCountry.com  visitors per month

142 million total impressions in the past two months on social media.

12.6 million people reached by NASH Next on Twitter and Instagram alone.

More than 68% of total NASH Next traffic via mobile devices.

Cumulus EVP/Content and Programming John Dickey said,
“This extraordinary level of fan engagement, even in the early days of this innovative talent competition, demonstrates the passion and commitment Country music fans have to the NASH brand as they play a role in finding the next big superstar.”

2015/08 8:57 AM
Cindy Simmons: Ready To Roll

Former Entercom Hit AC WSTR/Atlanta morning personality Cindy Simmons is done with her non-compete and ready to take on her next opportunity.  She is open to all format options.

While she's been away she has launched her own "Surviving Mommy" website.  It covers numerous lifestyle topics including relationships, friendships, parenting, fashion and travel, among others. Check it out here .
Get in touch with her here  .

2015/08 8:07 AM
WBCM Radio Bristol Ready To Launch

The birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN is about ready to launch WBCM Radio Bristol at 4 p.m. ET today, three months after announcing plans for the station. The station will play American Roots music including bluegrass and Americana, in addition to Country.

They will broadcast live on 100.1 FM, as well as stream WBCM Radio Bristol-LP 100.1 FM, Radio Bristol Americana and Radio Bristol Classic via the Radio Bristol mobile app and media center on the station's website.

BCM Executive Director Leah Ross said, "WBCM is a radio station, an app, an interactive museum exhibit, and an online media center featuring free Americana and Roots programming, streaming for a worldwide audience.”

2015/08 7:46 AM
J.D. Power Says New Car Technology Is Not Used

Many stations are researching reaching listeners through new technology in their cars.  According to a new study by J.D.Power many of these new technologies aren't being used by owners.  

Autonews.com reports "J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20% percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured."

According to J.D. Power, 38% of new car owners haven’t used available mobile routers and 32% haven't touched their in-vehicle apps.

Autonews notes, "such technological features have a brief 30-day window for gaining acceptance among drivers. If owners don’t use certain features during that time, they probably never will," said J.D. Power  VP/U.S. Automotive Quality Renee Stephens. "Dealerships play a key role in the early stages of ownership. If a dealer doesn’t explain a feature, the study found that owners have a higher likelihood of never using it." 

There are 14 features that 20% or more of owners could live without in their next vehicles including Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

2015/08 7:40 AM
Clint Black is Back

Clint Black will release his frist all-new studio album in 10 years on September 25.  "On Purpose" is a self-produced 14-track album recorded at Black's studio in Nashville.  It will be released on Blacktop Records, in association with Thirty Tigers.

The album features "You Still Get To Me," Black's third duet with wife, actress Lisa Hartman Black.  “'On Purpose' comes from a line in the song ‘Better and Worse,’” notes Black. “It represents my attitude towards life, in that it’s never easy to ‘go your own way,’ but the rewards are greater when you follow your heart. I know that’s what my fans expect from me, and I hope that they hear that in the songs on this album. Musically, On Purpose is right where I want to be. I pushed myself hard for this album, doing more of the guitar work, even playing slide guitar for the first time.”

This is Black's 21st album overall, and 12th studio release.  He has sold more than 20 million albums and charted nearly two dozen No. 1 singles.

2015/08 7:35 AM
WRNS to Debut "Y2K Country" Weekend Programming

WRNS/Greenville, NC will debut "Y2K Country" hosted by Wayne Carlyle this Saturday, Aguust 29.  They will air the programming weekly from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (ET).

"Y2K Country" features the biggest hits from 2000-2010. is a familiar voice to Eastern North Carolina as he hosted the WRNS morning show for twenty years before leaving in 2011.


2015/08 7:30 AM
Phil Vassar Signs With Webster and Announces Fall Tour

Singer/songwriter Phil Vassar has signed with Webster Public Relations according to an announcement made by Kirt Webster, President.

"Phil is an extraordinary talent, both as a songwriter and an artist," says Kirt Webster.  "Our team is excited about the new partnership with Phil and excited to bring new opportunities to his career."

In other Vassar news, he is heading out on the fall leg of his 2015 #noPHILter tour;. He has an ambitious tour schedule with 20 dates remaining of the over 125 appearances in his 2015 tour schedule“I’m really looking forward to the fall leg of our 2015 tour", says Vassar. "We have never had so much fun as we have had this year with the crowd tweeting requests to #noPHILter. It keeps the shows real and interactive – we are like a live jukebox. The interaction with the crowd is amazing."

2015 #noPHILter Tour

Sep 04, 2015 – Millersport, OH – Sweet Corn Festival
Sep 05, 2015 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
Sep 06, 2015 – Virginia Beach, VA – American Music Festival
Sep 12, 2015 – Franklin, TN – Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Benefit Concert, Losers Bar & Grill
Sep 16, 2015 – Clarksville, TN – APSU Memorial Health Building (Red Barn)
Sep 19, 2015 – Seminole, OK – Seminole Nation Days - Mekuskey
Oct 02, 2015 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Ranch
Oct 03, 2015 – Port St. Joe, FL - 19th Annual FL Scallop & Music
Oct 09, 2015 – Manitowoc, WI - Capitol Civic Centre
Oct 10, 2015 – Columbus, OH - Hollywood Casino Columbus
Oct 15, 2015 – New York, NY - BB King Blues Club and Grill
Oct 16, 2015 – Foxborough, MA - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Oct 17, 2015 – Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
Nov 06, 2015 – Renfro Valley, KY – New Barn
Nov 07, 2015 – Fredrick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts
Nov 19, 2015 – Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
Nov 20, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Nov 22, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler
Dec 10, 2015 – Hanover, PA - Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
Dec 11, 2015 – Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
Dec 12, 2015 – Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey Performance Center
Dec 13, 2015 – Corning, NY - Corning Museum of Glass
Dec 18, 2015 – Franklin, TN - Franklin Theatre 
For more information, please visit  www.PHILVASSAR.com.


2015/08 7:11 AM
Emilee Gross Joins CDX

Emilee Gross, former 144 Entertainment Coordinator/Graphic Designer and Social Media has joined CDX as Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

"Having Emilee on board to oversee the social media marketing part of the equation will prove invaluable to CDX and, more importantly, to our clients," says CDX VP/GM Joe Kelly.

 "I am here to take the pressure off so they can focus on what matters – the music," says Gross.

2015/08 6:46 AM
Matt "Sparx" Ethridge Joins KUAD/Ft. Collins

Matt "Sparx" Ethridge, former KUPL/Portland ngiht personality has joined KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO in afternoons.  

​Ethridge takes over for Charlie Barnes who left earlier this week.  Sparx will also do middays on sister Top 40 KKPl and Asst. Brnad Manager duties on Alternative KMAX..

According to OM/Brand Manager Justin Tyler, "Matt is the type of talent we were looking for.  We can utlize him across multiple platforms and he'll excel at each one."
Sparx's resume includes stops at WAPE/Jacksonville (Top 40).  He will start on KUAD Monday, August 31.  Get in touch with him here.  

2015/08 5:01 AM
PD/Morning Host Needed In Panama City

If you're looking for a Morning Host/PD gig, this could be it!

WKNK/Panama City, FL is looking for a PD/Morning host to succeed Dave Fields.  Fields resigned recently.

"Strategic thinkers who want to be No. 1" are encouraged to send airchecks and resumes to RWPC Co-President and consultantScott Huskey  here.

2015/08 4:34 AM
Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush To Air in September

"Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush" will air over the first two weekends in September across more than 80 markets with TV stations nation-wide including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis and Nashville.  This is the debut documentary from the newly launched Cumulus NASH TV Films' series in partnership wtih Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“This is the story of my life and my career over the past twenty years – from my mother passing away to my divorce to the tragedy in Indiana – and the bands and the songs that came from those experiences,” said Bush. “I'm excited to be here at the start of this promising partnership, experiencing firsthand the way Cumulus and Sinclair are dreaming up the future of how stories will be told in the music business and helping artists like me share music with more people than ever.”


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