Esquire Magazine has named Dierks Bentley "Country Music's Most Relatable Star."
The feature chronicles career, the balance he tries to stike between family and being on the road and the release of his latest album, "Black." The article concludes that Bentley's attention to detail has made him on of Country's most relatable stars.
Thomas Rhett will host his first-ever charity event "Thomas Rhett & Friends," on Tuesday, October 4 at The Old School in Nashville. The evening will include performances from Rhett, Direks Bentley, Walker Hayes, Shane McAnally and more to be announced. All money raised will benefit 147 Million Orphans.
"If anyone follows my wife Lauren or me on social media, they probably already know how important 147 is to us," said Rhett. "We're getting asked all the time by friends and fans about what they can do to help, so we wanted to put something together to help support all the work 147 is doing for orphans around the world. I can't think of a better group of guys to help kick this off than and am looking forward to a couple other surprises we're working on for the night."
Tickets will be auctioned off to the public on Saturday, August 27th at 11a (CT); Register for a bidder number here.
2016/08 8:13 AM
FCC's Clyburn and Pai To Address 2016 Radio Show
FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn (left) and Ajit Pai (right) will address the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville in September. Pai will give the opening remarks for Thursday, September 22's "Keeping Up With the Changing Radio Landscape," and Clyburn will participate in the Q&A 'A Conversation With FCC Mginon Clyburn' immediately afterward.
The 2016 Radio Show will take place at the Omni Nashville September 21-23.
Kris Valentine has been named PD/morning show co-host for KZPK, Wild Country 99/St. Cloud, MN. Valentine succeeds Collin Taylor who resigned in July. Valentine most recently handled afternoons at KMNB, Buz'n 102.9/Minneapolis for four years before leaving in June.
Valentine will join the station on Tuesday, September 20. "I'm pumped to have Kris join the team," KZPK OM JJ Holiday said. "We are all very exctied to have someone that has Kris' skill set on the team and in the halls!"
Country Music Assoc. and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Partner To Host "Forever Country Live Presented by Southwest Airlines"
The Country Music Assoc. (CMA) and Country Music Hall of Fame and Musuem (CMHOF) will partner to host "Forever Country Live Presented by Southwest Airlines." The event will take place on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. (CT) at Walk fo Fame Park in downtown Nashville.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Museum's opening and the CMA Awards, the free concert will include artists Charlie Worsham and The Time Jumpers. Members include Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, "Ranger Doug" Green and Paul Franklin.
"The free community concert underscores the rich traditions upheld by both organizations," said CMA CEO SarahTrahern. "We hope guests will leave this event inspired by our shared legacy and excited about the future of Country music."
2016/08 6:51 AM
iHeartMedia Promotes Petrosso
iHeartMedia/Charlotte GSM Ryan Petrosso has been promoted to SVP/Sales at the cluster, including Country WKKT. He joined the ompany in 2004 at the company's Providence cluster, rising form AE to GSM.
Petrosso was named GSM in Charlotte last year. Reach him here.
2016/08 4:37 AM
Cumulus Promotes Poxson
Cumulus has promoted NASH FM 93.1/WDRQ FM Midday Host Jessica Poxson to Assistant Program Director, effective immediately. Poxson will report to Detroit Director of FM Programming Robby Bridges and Cumulus Media-Detroit Operations Manager Mike Wheeler. She will continue as On-Air Host of "The Jess Show" weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and NASH FM 93.1.
Poxson joined Cumulus in 2010 and rose through the ranks with positions ranging from promotions to news reporting for sister station WJR, on-air for WDVD, traffic on WDRQ and now host of its Midday slot.
Bridges said, "In the longstanding Cumulus tradition of promoting from within, it is a pleasure to enhance Jessica's role here in Detroit as we build DRQ’s brand and profile in the community and continue providing the best country music content to Detroit’s passionate country fans. I am thrilled she'll be working closely with me and our team."
Poxson said, "It’s a thrill to take on this new role in the city that I love with an amazing team of people who are just as committed to growing this radio station as I am.”
2016/08 9:16 AM
Reba Gives Fans Early Christmas Gift
Reba McEntire is giving her fans an early Christmas gift this year. She will release her album, "My Kind Of Christmas," one week earlier than expected.
"My Kind of Christmas includes McEntire's rendition of several Christmas classics, including "Winter Wonderland," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Hard Candy Christmas," "White Christmas," and more. The project was produced by McEntire and Doug Sizemore.
2016/08 9:13 AM
NMM Signs Adam Wakefield
Nashville Music Media (NMM) has signed "The Voice" season 10 runner-up Adam Wakefield for publicity services.
NMM is a Nashville boutique firm specializing in publicity, marketing and digital media.
Wakefield was chosen for Blake Shelton's team and finished second after sharing hte stage with both Alison Krauss and Shelton in a two-part finale.
"Lonesome Broken and Blue" hit NO. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 songs chart and was the season's top debut on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, entering at No. 73. The single, written by Wakefield, also debuted as his highest-charting (No. 14) of nine entries on Billlboard' s Hot Country Songs.
Aside from "the Voice," Wakefield has shared the stage as a musician with artists Chris Cagle, Keith Anderson and more and was invited to make his debut on the Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville, TN at Marty Stuart's Annual Lake Night during CMA Fest in June 2016.
Kenny Chesney played for 56,292 fans at MetLife Stadium in New York City on Saturday Night (8/20). Add that to his previous attendance totals at the venue and it comes to 279.874. This ranks him in the Top 10 of artist attendance numbers in the cneu's history and the only country artist.
will wrap up his "Spread The Love Tour" this weekend (August 26-27) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
2016/08 8:54 AM
Jason Aldean Marketing Partner For Field and Stream
Jason Aldean will be the first-ever celebrity to partner with Field & Stream, an outdoor brand sold by Dick's Sporting Goods. Aldean and his father Barry (right) will be featured in a new TV ad that will be seen on ESPN, Outdoor channel, National Geo, Discvoery, Histry and more.
In other news, Aldean will be releasing his new album "They Don't Know" on September 9 on Broken Bow.
2016/08 8:49 AM
More Performers Announced For ACM Honors
Chris Young, MIranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, The Band Perry and Alicia Keys have been added to the lineup for the "10th Annual ACM Honors," which takes place at Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30th.
They will join previously announced performers, including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and more.
Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Emmylou Harris and professional hockey player Mike Fisher are set to present at the ceremony, which will be hosted by .
The event will make its TV debut on Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS-TV.
2016/08 8:37 AM
Dolly's Cracker Barrel's Spotlight Music Artist
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has announced the Dolly Parton is its latest Spotlight Music artist. The artst will exclusively release a deluxe version of her new album "Pure & Simple" in Cracker Barrel stores nationawide and online at crackerbarrel.com on Friday, August 26, 2016.
This deluxe offering of "Pure & Simple" features 10 new tracks inspired by Parton's East Tennessee roots. The album is complemented by songs exclusvie to Cracker Barrel, including two verios of the singer's chart-topping hits "Jolene" and "9 to 5" recorded live at Glastonbury Festival and a 48-page magazine filled with photos and interviews. The deluxe edition also includes coupons to various attractions.
To celebrate the albums launch, Parton will host the Cracker Barrel Front Porch Series. The video series features Parton and some of today's emerging artists as they play humorous games such as "You're Sooooo Country," "Real Song or Fake Song," and "Dolly or Not Dolly." The original content will be released on Cracker Barrel's YouTube channel beginning August 26.
"My relationship with Cracker Barrel goes back a long way,” said Parton. “We are giving their guests something very special with this deluxe album filled with pictures and interviews from my past and present. I am very excited to be working with them on this project; we make a great team.”
2016/08 8:01 AM
Guadalupe Media Opts Out Of Sale Negotiations
Guadalupe Media has opted out of the negotiations that would have potentially led to the sale of Country KWED/A/Seguin, TX, the Seguin Daily News and SeguinToday.com to the Seguin Independent School District.
The school board voted 6-1 last Thruday to authorize Superintendent Stetson Roane to negotiate the take over of the local media cluster, wiht a proposal involving a five-year lease at $6250/month or $75,000/year. There would have also been an option to buy at the end of hte lease without additional payment. The deal was controversial and the public opposed the deal.
2016/08 7:34 AM
KUPL/Portland To Feature The Band Perry In Santa Jam
Alpha Media Country KUPL, 98.7 The Bull/Portland, OR will feature The Band Perry in its "Santa Jam Concert," on Sunday, December 4 at the Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center in Portland.
"We're thrilled to serve up our Holiday gift to Country music fans in Portland," said KUPL PD/afternoon host MojoeRoberts. "The Band Perry will share the stage with several rising stars at Santa Jam. We'll begin to unveil them in the coming weeks, once Santa confirms them on his 'nice list.'"
2016/08 7:24 AM
St. Louis Media Partner With The Red Cross
Eighteen St. Louis radio and TV stations have partnered to help the America Red Cross raise money for Louisiana flood relief. Emmis/St. Louis SVP/GM John Beck led the effort and other stations include Hubbard's WIL and iHeartMedia's KSD. They are providing a volunteer phone bank that will remain open for donations through Sunday (8/28) at 1-800-984-8979. Donations are also being accepted here.
Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors and Hauck Family Foundation have all pledged $200,000 towards teh effort so far.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America is providing emergency grants to broadcaster affected by the floods in Louisiana and the ongoing wildfires in California. Some funds have already been given to employees of companies including Cumulus, Guaranty and Townsquare. The balance will be dispersed within a week.
2016/08 8:56 AM
"Nashville" Season Five to Premiere On CMT-TV
As was previously reported here, the fifth season of "Nashville" will be seen on CMT-TV next year. According to "Variety," the season will kick off on Thursday, January 5 with a two-hour episode beginning at 9 p.m. (ET).
The report also says that the television streaming service Hulu will continue to carry "Nashville," with full episodes becoming available the day after the show airs on CMT-TV.
ABC TV canceled the show earlier this year.
2016/08 8:47 AM
Kelsea Ballerina Partners With Justice
Kelsea Ballerini has partnered with Justice, the largest between girl lifestyle brand retailer, to bring her debut album "The First Time" to select stores nationwide.
As part of the partnership, the Black River Entertainment artist will perform live during "The Concert at The Classic" presented by Justice at the 19th Annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in New Albany, Ohio.
For updated tour dates and information on Ballerini's tour and fan club visit here.
2016/08 8:40 AM
Source Awards Honor Six Women In The Music Business
The 14th Annual Source Awards were given out last night at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Six women in the music business were honored including Sony Music Nashville's Alison Booth, industry veteran Tammy Brown, John Conlee Enterprises' Diane Cash, George Jones Management's Nancy Jones, "Nashville" creator/Executive Producer Callie Khouri and the late Gale Pollock.
The event was hosted by Country legends Jeannie Seely and Brenda Lee. It was annotunced that in conjunction with the organization's 25 anniversary, the awards will now be known as"The Source Nashville Hall of Fame Awards."
Each of the women honored have made maor contirbutions to the music industy in Nashville and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement in furthering women in the community.
2016/08 8:37 AM
Danny Montana Taking Over Middays at 92.3 WIL/St. Louis
Danny Montana is the new midday talent on New Country 92.3 WIL/St. Louis effective immediately.
Montana has been with WIL since 1995 as t overnight DJ, then he served as daytime on-air talent and Show Host, as well as Music Director for the station.
In 2003 he was named WIL Asst. Program Director, with responsibilities that include managing all of the country artist meet and greet opportunities and producing all of the WIL country music concerts and shows like WIL's annual "Jinglefest" concert. Even with his move to Middays on WIL Montana will continue in the APD and Music Director roles.
Montana says, "It has been such a pleasure to be back on the air full time. The listeners of WIL are absolutely amazing and I feel so fortune to have the opportunity to connect with them on a daily basis.” Danny adds, “I’m blessed to work for a terrific company with some incredibly talented people at a legendary station.”
WIL Program Director Scott Roddy notes, “Danny worked VERY hard to earn this position - and the competition was tough! Danny’s commitment to the WIL brand, new country, and our passionate followers make me proud to name him WIL’s new Midday personality. Danny compliments an exceptional team on the only live and local new country station in the ‘Lou’.”
2016/08 8:31 AM
Tyler Promoted at WICL/Hagerstown
Jason Tyler, afternoon personality at WICL, The Big Dawg/Hagerstown MD has been promoted to PD/morning host, effective Monday, August 29.
Tyler has been with the station since last year after six years out of the busienss. His radio resume includes time at WKHI/Saisbury, MD' WLXV, Traverse City, MI and WXCY/Wilmington, DE.
Alabama Exhibit to Open At Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The exhibit Alabama: Song of the South will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tomorrow (8/25) and run through June 12, 2017. On Monday a reception was held with a number of industry guests on the facility's spacious top floor.
Alabama lead singer Randy Owen told the audience, "Unlike so many things that we’ve been a part of, I actually wrote down feelings because I want to make sure. This might be the last thing I do like this.”
He thanked his father for buying him his first guitar and for teaching him the chords E, A and B. He also thanked his mother, sisters, grandparents and cousins. He also mentioned and thanked entertainers for allowing Alabama on the bill and the industry people who signed and managed them.
Teddy Gentry stated, "“I should have prepared something I guess. All I can say is, thanks to all our friends and the people who supported us over the years. This is an incredible honor to be here among people that we always looked up to, growing up.”
And Jeff Cook told attendees, "“Several years ago, I had an accident and a piece of glass cut a nerve and tendon, but I overcame that. And I thought that’s what I was put here to do, was to play the guitar. I figured somebody’s got to do it.”
He added, “I’d like to thank everyone that had anything to do with this at all. I’d like to thank all of the people for being here as our guests and people we invited, and the ones we didn’t invite but came anyway. It’s just a bit overwhelming and I want to say thank you to everyone out there.”
Museum CEO Kyle Young spoke about the band and Charlie Daniels played a tribute including "Mountain Music" and "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).
The exhibit traces the musical beginnings, challenges and successes of the cousins Cook, Gentry and Owens who formed the group as teenagers in Ft. Payne, Alabama. They were trailblazers performing as a band because at that time in country music, this was revolutionary. They went on to recruit Massachusetts-native Mark Herndon as their drummer and the band signed with RCA in 1980. They would go on to have over 40 chart-tpping singles and sell more than 70 million albums worldwide.
2016/08 8:10 AM
Nik Krastins Joins Townsquare/Washington
Nik Krastins, formerly iHeartMedia/Seattle GSM has joined Townsquare a Regional Market President for Washington markets Yakima and Tri-Cities. He will oversee Country KDBL/Yakima and KORD/Tri-Cities.
He succeeds Cheryl Salomone who left for Adams/Salisbury, MD earlier this year.
"(Nik) has a track record of success and is the leader we have been searching for," says RVP Kevin Godwin.
Krastins will begin his new gig in mid-September.
2016/08 8:00 AM
Sunday's Kind Of Country TV Program Expanding Into More Texas Markets
Sunday's Kind of Country Inc. TV Program has signed with TEGNA Media/The Lone Star Division. Beginning September 4, 2016 Sunday's Kind of Country will launch into 6 new TV markets including Abilene, Brian, College Station, San Angelo, Waco and Temple. The show will be a mainstay of Sunday morning broadcasting on various TEGNA Media Networks and their stations every Sunday.
Host and Producer Robby Lynn said, "Along with Sunday’s Kind Of Country Inc. Radio Program having been established within the Beaumont / Brian / College Station / Temple and Waco TX radio markets for over 10 years now. The combo radio & TV Markets open up many different advertising and promotional opportunities in the future. The TV show will have a couple of night time slots across the state on Sunday nights, too. (There will be ) great videos, some are even exclusive to the Sunday’s Kind Of Country program. Along with wonderful interviews from time to time makes the show a great escape on Sunday’s. We are very excited about our TV broadcast growth and TEGNA Media partnership and their believing in what we are doing with the video show."
Aldean Celebrates Release of New Album With Nash FM 94.7/New York
NASH FM 94.7/New York and country artist Jason Aldean are celebrating the release of Jason's new album "They Don't Know." The album will be available on September 9, 2016 and he will perform an intimate acoustic performance for some lucky NASH FM listeners.
The private performance will be held at The Cutting Room on East 32nd Street on Monday, September 12 and be hosted by America's morning Show. They will be introuding the new morning show co-hst Ty Bentli, who joins Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks on September 6. Listeners can win tickets to this event. Details are here.
2016/08 8:52 AM
Justin Cares About #1 Spot on Billboard Country Albums Chart
Justin Moore has spent a good deal of time at Waffle House lately. His favorite breakfast haunt has been the scene of many of his promotional stops to promote the release of his fourth studio album "Kinda Don't Care." And, this week the album reaches the #1 spot this week on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.
The project includes his new Top 5 single "You Look LIke I Need A Drink"
Moore is not slowing down at all and packed shows in his home state of Arkansas, Nashville, Charlotte, Harrisonburg, VA and Indianapolis. In Indy he was joined on-stage by lablemate and good friend Brantley Gilbert for "More Middle Fingers," which is just one of the 16 tracks on "Kinda Don't Care." He then headed to Waffle House where Big Machine Label Group President/CEO celebrated the album going to #1 with a #1 Waffle.
2016/08 8:47 AM
WEBG/Chicago Still Searching For Afternoon Talent
WEBG/Chicago's PD Steve Stewart is still looking for a dynamic, winning afternoon talent. The airshift was previously held by Alabama who has officially joined the morning team of Mason and Remy.
Stewart wants someone who is ready to hit the streets and be on socials 24/7. Send your materials here.
2016/08 8:40 AM
Alan Jackson Ready to Open Bar On Broadway
Alan Jackson is ready to open AJ's Good Time Bar on Broadway in Nashville. Jackson recently purchased a three-story, 6,000 square foot building at 421 Broadway as well as The Wheel and The Wheel Cigar Bar.
AJ's Good Time Bar will open later this year. Jackson is already a partner in Lower Broadway's Acme Feed & Seed. Jackson will join other Country artists in the Nashville bar business including Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and John Rich's Redneck Riviera.
Justin Partners With Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN
Justin Timberlake has signed on as a partner and producer of the PIlgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN. Currently he is not performing at this year's festival but will be working with Pilgrimage producers Kevin Griffin, Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan as well as Timberlake's creative director and fellow Franklin resident, Trace Ayala. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN.
"I couldn't be more excited about becoming part of The Pilgramage Music & Cultural Festival," said Timberlake. "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the Festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."
Scheduled performers for the 2016 event include Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Anderson East and more.
2016/08 8:30 AM
WKTI/Milwaukee Names Lauer GSM
WKTI, 94.5 KTI Country/Milwaukee has named Eric Lauer GSM effective Monday, September 26. Lauer was most recently with Cox Media in Jacksonville, FL where he was GSM for the six-station cluster. He will also serve as Manager/National Sales for Scripps/Milwaukee.
"We're pleased to have Eric join our Scripps/Milwaukee leadership team as KTI Country's GSM," said WKTI VP/GM Tom Langmyer. "He comes to us with tremendous experience -- and a thoughtful, customer-focused approach. Eric has worked with several much-admired stations -- and he hails from a company that shares many of the same principles and business philosophies as Scripps. He'll be a great fit to lead WKTI sales and drive national business for both WKTI and WTMJ. Eric will partner with Jason Bjorson, who is GSM of WTMJ and our sports properties."
"What a thrill to join Tom and his superb team," said Lauer. "Scripps has a fabulous reputation, and I have a deep admiration for these powerful brands and a contagious fondness for the communities they serve. It feels good to come home, and I'm grateful for the chance to help lead Milwaukee's Radio City into the future."
2016/08 8:16 AM
WQDR/Raleigh On The Hunt For Director of Promotions
Curtis Media Group's WQDR/Raleigh is looking for a Director of Promotions following the passing of Dede Wakefield.
If you are "a promotions superhero, who has the abiliity to handle numerous projects simultaneously, while having fun doing it and spreading that fun among our event participants and attendees."
The ideal condidate will be organized, creative and proficient in all social media; flexible enough to work around the clock at all times when necessary; and have the ability to think with his/her heart when it comes to listeners.
Interested? Send your resume and cover letter as well as salary history to Curtis Media Director of Human Resources Nancy Gingerhere.
2016/08 8:11 AM
Big Machine Featured in "The Nashville Business Journal"
Big Machine Label Group and its executive staff are the feature cover story for the latest "The Nashville Buisness Journal."
President/CEO Scott Borchetta, COO Andrew Kautz, SVP/A&R Allison Jones and SVP/Creative Sandi Borchetta were all interviewed for ths story.
The story chronicles the growth of the label and how it does things differently than other labels.
Andrew Kautz, now Big Machine's chief operating officer says of Borchetta, "Scott is unique in that he is the founder and CEO of one of the most successful small businesses in the music industry, but he surrounds himself with people that he expects to not just say ‘yes,’” said Andrew Kautz, now Big Machine’s chief operating officer. “He challenges us to shoot holes in the big and crazy ideas, as well as complement them with our own ideas. If it just can’t work, he is the first to say it was a mistake, and we pivot.”
And, Borchetta himself explains how ideas are not limited to just senior-level meetings.
“It doesn’t matter who comes up with the idea,” said. “It can’t be about me, or just the handful of top executives. Then we will make the mistakes that we’ve tried so hard not to make, and that other big companies have made. We just look for people who are passionate about this, to begin with, and it’s great when you get a bunch of 21-year-olds in here, nipping at your heels, and going, ‘Did you think of this?’”
Blake Shelton and Toby Keith Added to "10th Annual ACM Honors"
Blake Shelton and Toby Keith have been added to the performance lineup for the "10th Annual ACM Honors." The show will take place at the Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30th. They will join Keith Urban and DierksBentley on stage for a special performance tribute to Glen Campbell.
The show will be hosted by and the event will be televised on Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS. Tickets are available to the general public via Ticketmaster.
2016/08 8:06 AM
"The Bobby Bones Show" Raises $85,000 For Louisiana Flood Victims
"The Bobby Bones Show" has raised $85,000 for the American Red ross to benefit flood relief efforts in Louisiana. Last week, announced that all proceeds from #Pimpinjoy merchandise, including limited-edition baseball shirts would be collected for the American Red Cross.
"The Bobby Bones Show" listeners quickly snapped up items online, helping the total climb to $85,000 in just a few days. "I always think of our listeners as a tight knit group of friends," said Bones. "The immensity of their support this past week has only served to prove that point, as friends rally around friends in a time of need, and that's what our listeners have done. I couldn't be more thankful and humbled by the amount raised."
2016/08 6:57 AM
Big D On The Air At KWNR/Las Vegas
iHeartMedia Country KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas has added Big D for afternoons. He replaces JoJo Turnbeaugh, who was promoted to SVP/Programming for the Nevada/Central California Region. His first day was yesterday.
Big D (not part of the "Big D & Bubba" duo) comes from Top 40 sister KPLV/Las Vegas, where he was ADP/morning host beginning in 2015. Other radio stops include KDWB/Minnepolis, WZEE/Madison, KAJA/San Antonio, and WQEN/Birmingham. Big D also did nights on KWNR.
"Big D was a big part of 'The Bull' when he handled nights a couople of years ago," said Turnbeaugh. "It's great to have him back home where I know he will take afternoons to a whole new level here in Las Vegas."
"Country radio is something I've grown to love over the last five years," said Big D. "I've been lucky enough to learn the format from amazing programmers like Travis Moon, Bree Wagner, Gregg Svedberg and JoJo Turnbeaugh. Excited to step into my first full-time gig in Country radio with a stacked air staff on a massive station. I'm blessed for this opportunity and cannot wait to see where it brings me next. Horns up!"
2016/08 11:15 AM
KCYE/Las Vegas APD Todd Michaels Named To Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall Of Fame
Lots of AllAboutCountry congratulations to Beasley Country KCYE/Las Vegas APD/afternoon air-talent Todd Michaels, who was inducted in to the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NBA) Hall Of Fame on Saturday (8/20) during a gala at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas.
Michaels said, "I'm truly honored. For media peers to recognize me for doing work that I love all these years is very humbling."
NevadaSenator Harry Reid was on hand for the induction ceremony, as was Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen.The gala event also served to raise funds for the NBA's scholarship fund; a total of $44,000 was raised during the evening.
Big Machine Music And Red Bull Records Sign Nathan Barlow For Exclusive Songwriting Agreement
Big Machine Music and Red Bull Records partner for a joint music publishing venture and signed Nathan Barlowe to an exclusive songwriting agreement, which expands upon previous arrangements Barlowe had with both parties. Barlowe has credits for Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, and more, and he is currently on the road as a member of Keith Urban's band for the "RIPCORD WORLD TOUR."
"I am so proud to say that I am a writer at Big Machine Music," said Barlowe. "The company's record of success speaks for itself. The partnership with Red Bull publishing is another component that will increase exposure and lead to more songs being heard. I look forward to what we can all do together in the future."
2016/08 9:03 AM
Country Stations Score Big At Kansas Association Of Broadcasters Awards
Congrats to the Country station winners of the 2016 Kansas Association Of Broadcasters (KAB) Awards presented recently.
Winners included: Dierking CommunicationsCountry KDNS/Russell, KS for Small Market Complete Sportscast and Station Website, which also secured second place honors for Sports Feature and third place for Hard News Feature/Enterprise Country KAIR/Atchison, KS in Small Market for third place News Feature, second place Special Program.
Medium Market: Eagle CommunicationsCountry KHOK/Great Bend, KS won for News Feature Alpha Media Country KYEZ/Salina, KS took home third place for DJ Personality Air check for the "Y Wake Up Show" with Chad Allen and Hannah.
Large Market stations taking home prizes included: Cumulus Country KTOP/Topeka, which walked away with second place Commercial Sixty Seconds Or Less and second place Station Promotion Announcement Scripps Country KFDI/Wichita, which landed second place honors for Complete Newscast, the winning spot for Spot News, top honors for Complete Severe Weather Coverage, second place in Special Program, and second in DJ Personality Aircheck for "Bobby Knight Afternoon Show Alpha Media Country WIBW-F/Topkea, landing second place for Station Website; and Alpha Media Classic Country KTPK/Topeka, which grabbed third place for Station Website.
Get a full listing of winners in all formats and categories, visit the Kansas Association Of Broadcasters website.
2016/08 9:02 AM
Ronnie Dunn To Release 'TATTOOED HEART' In October
Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) artist Ronnie Dunn will release his first solo project with the label, "TATTOOED HEART," on Friday, October 21st. The twelve-track collection will feature Dunn's current single, "Damn Drunk" with Kix Brooks, as well as his previous single, "Ain't No Trucks In Texas," and a collaboration with Reba entitled "Still Feels Like Mexico." Rascal Flatts' Jay Demarcus produced 11 of the 12 cuts, while Tommy Lee James produced the Reba collaboration.
"I had a lot of fun making this album," said Dunn. "Jay and I really clicked in the studio, and we were both really proud of the final product. I branched out of my comfort zone while writing and listening to a ton of music. At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album."
Look for "TATTOOED HEART" in October, with pre-orders beginning Friday, September 23rd.
2016/08 9:00 AM
Nielsen Finds Problems In LA PPM Homes
Nielsen has informed L.A. audio clients that it had identified irregular compliance patterns in PPM homes in the Los Angeles metro area. An extensive investigation found that Nielsen’s quality standards were not followed. It's official statement:
"As part of Nielsen’s ongoing quality assurance program, we identified irregular patterns in select PPM homes in the Los Angeles metro area. Following an extensive investigation, we have determined that Nielsen’s quality standards were not followed. Out of an abundance of caution, we removed 35 installed households which collectively represented 55 average daily in-tab persons for the first two weeks of August. This accounts for 2% of the average daily in-tab in the LA metro area. Combined, the affected meters contributed less than 1% of the quarter hours of listening for these weeks.
"TheAugust 2016 Week 3, Week 4 and monthly data releases will exclude these homes. The data will release as originally scheduled.
"We are conducting an impact analysis of 2016 data in Los Angeles to determine what, if any, actions may be required for prior months. We will be in constant communication with our Los Angeles clients to ensure they are kept updated on the results of the impact analysis and plans moving forward.
"We are also investigating all other PPM markets and conducting an aggressive review of protocols and will be taking a number of steps to prevent recurrence. Nielsen is committed to upholding the highest standards of data integrity and market transparency in order to provide the most effective audience measurement solutions to meet client needs."
Nielsen cannot share any station-specific information on the irregularities; however, the preliminary analysis shows the tuning from these homes involved less than 1% of total listening for AUGUST Week 3.
Nielsenis also conducting impact analysis for prior months in 2016; this information is expected to be available early next week. Further analysis is still ongoing.
2016/08 8:20 AM
Wednesday, August 31st The CMA Awards Nominees Will Be Unveiled
Final nominees for "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" will be unveiled on Wednesday, August 31st. As of now, no details have been provided about when, where, or how the nominees will be announced, but AllAboutCountry will pass along those details as soon as they are made available.
2016/08 8:03 AM
RaeLynn Headlining Warner Music Nashville's 'Pickin' On The Patio'
Warner Bros./WMN artist Raelynn will headline Warner Music Nashville's "Pickin' On The Patio" this Wednesday, August 24th. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. (CT). The event is free, but proof of age is required, and only those of legal drinking age will be permitted to join the festivities.
2016/08 7:32 AM
Thomas Rhett Surprised In Irvine, Ca, This Weekend As Tangled Up Earns Platinum Treatment
The Sophomore Record’s Multi-Week No. One “Die A Happy Man” Marks Nielsen’s Most Streamed Song on 2016 Mid-Year List.
As Thomas Rhett continues “pushing up against Country’s music boundaries” (Associated Press), his sophomore release TANGLED UP on The Valory Music Co. follows the same path earning PLATINUM certification by the RIAA. On Saturday (8/20), before his set as direct support on Jason Aldean's “SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR” in Irvine, CA, Thomas Rhett was surprised backstage by his team and friends with news of the new benchmark.
"It's crazy to think about all the fans who are taking this journey with me and are helping make things like this happen," said Thomas Rhett. "I've had an amazing year already, but finding out that the album went Platinum is one of the coolest moments so far."
“One of country’s perennial 'next big things”, continues to earn applause for TANGLED UP, with its newest "ultimate party song," “Vacation.” The album has already produced three chart-toppers including the newly minted “T-Shirt,” the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one and ACM award-winning "Die A Happy Man” as well as the PLATINUM “Crash And Burn."
Photo Caption (L-R): Manager Virginia Davis (G Major Management), “Die A Happy Man” co-writer Joe London, Thomas Rhett, The Valory Music Co.’s Amy Staley, “Die A Happy Man” co-writer Sean Douglas.
2016/08 6:37 AM
Kudos To 'Big Frank' Edwards
AllAboutCountry sends happiness to iHeartMedia Country KRYS/Corpus Christi PD Frank "Big Frank" Edwards who wed fiancée Addie Hanson over the weekend. They announced their engagement in May and were married on Saturday (8/20) among family and friends.
'Emblematic Superstar' Jason Aldean Tapped As Field & Stream Brand Ambassador For Company’s Stores And Product Line
As RIAA’s top digital Country male artist of all time and outdoor enthusiast Jason Aldean gears up to release his seventh studio album THEY DON’T KNOW on Broken Bow Records, available Sept. 9, he has been branded as the new face of the Field & Stream, an outdoor specialty brand owned and operated by leading omni-channel retailer DICK’S Sporting Goods. As the retailer's first-ever celebrity marketing partner, the new ambassador will be at the forefront of a new 360 marketing campaign, “Traditions,” includes TV, digital, social and customer experience. Beginning today, ESPN kicks-off the new TV ad spot putting Aldean at the forefront with his father Barry, as they celebrate their own outdoor traditions. The nationwide commercial will also air on the Outdoor Channel, Nat Geo, Discovery, History and more.
“Outdoor sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Aldean. “Whether it was hunting with my dad and granddad, or fishing with my girls, it’s always been a way for us to spend time together. So, I was naturally into what Field & Streams was all about when they approached me about it, and am looking forward to being part of their team."
“We’re honored to partner with Jason as Field & Stream’s first brand ambassador,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream. “It was a priority to form an authentic partnership with someone who is genuinely passionate about hunting and fishing, and believes in building traditions through spending time outdoors. Jason was an obvious choice for us.”
Aldean continues to be "One of Country music’s emblematic superstars" (Hits Daily Double) after recently earning his 17th career No. One.Academy of Country Music’s “Entertainer of the Year”deploys “A Little More Summertime” to Country Radio serving as the second release from the multi-Platinum singer’s upcoming album THEY DON’T KNOW on Broken Bow Records. Teaming up with longtime producer Michael Knox on the forthcoming album along with the same band on-and-off stage for a full decade, the new music follows the coveted ACM Triple Crown winner's OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT which debuted at the No. One spot on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart, earned its PLATINUM certification only nine weeks after release and spawned three consecutive No. Ones. Aldean has "never been afraid to let his diverse musical interests influence his sound” (The Oklahoman) as each album released has earned PLATINUM or better tallying more than 14 million album sales. His SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR continues to “live up to his hype and record success” (Kansas City Star) as the multi-Platinum entertainer continues to host sold-out amphitheaters throughout the country.
Old Dominion Unveils ‘Fall 2016 Meat And Candy Tour’
World-renown Stagecoach Festival launches inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour; taps Old Dominion
Band kicks-off week on ABC’s Good Morning America
Old Dominion, a road-built band who has performed more than 200 dates over the last calendar year, surprised fans this morning with the announcement of 30+ new shows coast-to-coast on their fall Meat and Candy Tour with special guest Steve Moakler. Fifteen of the 2016 dates will be billed as the Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour, as the five-piece band is the first act selected by producers of the world-famous Stagecoach Festival for the inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour. For more information, visit olddominionband.com/tour.
“It's a huge deal for us to have our own headlining tour and our name on the ticket,” evoked lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “Our fans have shown up in ways we never imagined and we can't wait to see what these shows will be like. We've gotten a little taste of that energy this summer, so we are very excited for this fall!”
During this morning’s performance on ABC’s Good Morning America, the band talked about this unprecedented tour and performed current Top 30-and-climbing single, “Song For Another Time,” and fan favorite album cut, “Said Nobody.” Both songs are from their critically acclaimed RCA Nashville debut album, MEAT AND CANDY, which NPR hailed for its “first-rate craftsmanship” and Entertainment Weekly called “deceptively smart” and “infectious.”
Watch Old Dominion’s performance of “Song For Another Time” onGood Morning America here.
Upcoming dates for the fall 2016 Meat and Candy Tour are as follows:
Sept. 22, 2016 - House of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio ~
Sept. 24, 2016 - Kegs Canalside - Jordan, N.Y. ~
Oct. 1, 2016 - Ballpark Village – St. Louis, Mo. ~
Oct. 14, 2016 - Fourth Street Live - Louisville, Ken. ~
Oct. 20, 2016 - The Ritz - Raleigh, N.C. ~
Oct. 21, 2016 - The Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, Pa.* ~
Oct. 22, 2016 - PlayStation Theater - New York, N.Y.* ~
Oct. 26, 2016 – Brewhouse - Rome, Ga. ~
Oct. 27, 2016 - Orange Peel - Asheville, N.C. ~
Oct. 28, 2016 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, N.J. ~
Oct. 29, 2016 - The National - Richmond, Va.* ~
Nov. 4, 2016 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, S.C. ~
Nov. 10, 2016 - Track 29 - Chattanooga, Tenn. ~
Nov. 11, 2016 – Naval Air Station- Jacksonville, Fla. ~
Nov. 12, 2016 - FSU Stadium - Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov. 16, 2016 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, Mich. ~
Nov. 17, 2016 - The Bluestone - Columbus, Ohio ~
Nov. 18, 2016 - The Rave - Milwaukee, Wisc. ~
Nov. 19, 2016 – Joe’s Rosemont - Chicago, Ill. ~
Nov. 20, 2016 – Joe’s Rosemont - Chicago, Ill. ~
Dec. 1, 2016 - Livewire - Scottsdale, Ariz.* ~
Dec. 2, 2016 - Moonshine Beach - San Diego, Calif.* ~
Dec. 3, 2016 - The Novo by Microsoft - Los Angeles, Calif.* ~
Dec. 8, 2016 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, Calif.* ~
Dec. 9, 2016 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, Ore.* ~
Dec. 10, 2016 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, Wash.* ~
Dec. 14, 2016 - Revolution Concert House - Garden City, Idaho*~
Dec. 15, 2016 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, Utah*~
Dec. 16, 2016 - Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colo.* ~
Dec. 17, 2016 - Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, Mo.* ~
Dec. 18, 2016 - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland - Kansas City, Mo.* ~
* Denotes Stagecoach Spotlight Tour dates
~ Denotes dates with Steve Moakler as special guest
WGHN, INC. is selling News-Talk WKLA-FM (formerly WMLQ)/Ludington, MI to Synergy Media, Inc for $30,000. Synergy Media has also restructured its ownership, with Craig Bowman transferring 17% of the company to 48% owner Richard Young, giving Young 95% of the stock, Bowman 1%, and Todd Mohr 4%. Synergy owns Country WKZC/The Big Dog)/ScottvillE, MI.
2016/08 3:03 AM
It's # 1 For Dan + Shay With 'From The Ground Up'
Kudos to Warner Bros./WAR duo Dan + Shay for scoring the #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with their single, "From The Ground Up."
AllAboutCountry send congrats to the entire Warner Bros./WAR Promotion staff, as "From The Ground Up" becomes Dan + Shay's second #1 single, following "Nothin' Like You" in DECEMBER, and it is the lead single off their album, "OBSESSED."
2016/08 2:32 AM
Kenny Chesney Rocks MetLife Stadium
“Oh, there you are,” said Kenny Chesney, standing onstage at MetLife Stadium, pointing into the far part of the crowd. “There you are.” Pausing for a moment, he took the 56,292 fans in, before announcing, “This is the most beautiful sight! Music and songs are the most powerful things we have in our lives… Just look around.”
With a few more words, he invited the full-capacity crowd to sing along – something they’d been doing all night anyway – then launched into 2004’s “I Go Back.” The crowd’s response was deafening as they sang along to the song-invoking smash about the way music watermarks people’s lives.
For Chesney, approaching the end of 2016’s Spread the Love Tour – complete with 14 major stadiums – it marks his love affair with the No Shoes Nation. With two hours of hits – from the truly vintage “Don’t Happen Twice” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” to the six-week No. 1s “When The Sun Goes Down” and “Summertime” to the brand new “Noise” – it was a truly loud love fest in Jersey that saw the crowd sing along to every song, almost louder than the headliner.
“That audience felt so honest, raw – and almost right there with us onstage,” Chesney marveled. “It was like walking into a buzz saw – in a really good way – they just cut right through us.”
New York metro’s passion for the songwriter/superstar rivals Boston’s in the way they turn out, sing out and throw their hands into the air in a way that truly drives the band. After last night’s show – his fifth at MetLife Stadium – took his accumulated attendance to 279,874 making him the only Country act in the Top 10 Performers in the MetLife/Giants stadium’s history, starting five decades ago. That ranking places him in the company of Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel and Elton John.
“You don’t think about stuff like that when you’re up there,” Chesney said. “You’re drinking it in, letting it wash over you. They were so loud, so there. Like I told them during the show – ‘It’s why this place is so special… why we keep coming back… year after year. Because I’ll be sitting at Thanksgiving dinner, and I’ll still hear the love in this stadium.’ That’s true…”
Chanting “Kenny Kenny! Kenny Kenny!” after the 8-time Entertainer of the Year left the stage, the crowd was rewarded with a grinding drum solo from Sean Paddock that saw guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell twist the melody line of “Don’t Happen Twice” around. Walking on stage to another seismic eruption of cheers, Chesney lifted his tumbler to the crowd before delivering an embrace-the-moment rendition of his 2001 chart-topper.
With “Setting The World On Fire,” his duet with P!NK, blazing up the Country Radio and Sales charts, Chesney’s fans' fervor remains unabated.Sitting at No. 12 atBillboard, the song that highlights the immediacy of the moment when like turns to love was also Chesney’s biggest first week of downloads ever – and it’s still only three weeks old.As Chesney heads into his tour’s final weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. where the No Shoes Nation was named, it has certainly been “one of those summers” for the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “the King of the Road.”
2016/08 11:40 AM
Ryan McKiddy Named APD/MD/Nights At WSIX/Nashville
COX Media Country KCYY/San Antonio MD/afternoon talent Ryan McKiddy has been picked for APD/MD/evening duties at iHeartMedia Country WSIX/The Big 98/Nashville effective Thursday, September 1st. McKiddy takes over the Kimsey Kerr slot in the APD/MD role, following her move to SiriusXM in June.
“Ryan is a stand out on-air personality and radio pro whose competitive spirit and passion for winning, tremendous relationships, and love for Country music make him uniquely qualified to serve as our ambassador to both fans and the Nashville record label community,” said iHeartMedia Nashville SVP/Programming Michael Bryan. “I can’t wait to have him working his magic at The Big 98.”
McKiddy joined KCYY for afternoons in May of 2015, and quickly added MD stripes. He began his career as an intern at iHeartMedia Top 40 WKSC/Chicago, then worked Country at CBS Radio crosstown WUSN. “Words cannot even begin to describe how ecstatic I am to be joining the iHeartMedia/Nashville team,” said McKiddy. “A BIG 98 thank you to Tony Coles, Rod Phillips, Dan Endom, and Michael Bryan for making this happen.”