2015/08 9:32 AM
Toby Keith Honors Those Killed in Chattanooga

Toby Keith welcomed members of the military to the stage at his recent concert in Atlanta during his performance of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."  He was performaing at Aaron's Amphitheatre in honor of those killed in the recent Chattanooga shooting.  Among those on stage was the mother of Lance Carporale Skip Wells, a Marine from Cobb County, GA who died in the tragedy.  Get the full story on WSB-TV Atlanta news here .  

2015/08 8:43 AM
Congrats To Brian Hatfield

Congrats to KYGO/Denver's APD/MD/afternoon talent Brian Hatfield and his new fiance Nikole Netherton.  The couple got engaged on Saturday, August 1. 

The couple was eating dinner at the Ocean Prime Restaurant in Denver when the big question was asked.  Get in touch with Hatfield here. 

2015/08 7:45 AM
Tom English Leaves Warner//Chappell

VP/Business Development Tom English has left Warner/Chappell Production Music and is seeking his next opportunity.  His last day was Friday, July 31 but will be officially on staff through the end of August.

He joined the company in 2013 after working as GM for Opry Entertainment's WSM-AM/Nashville.

He also worked as Market Manager for iHeartMedia/Nashville's six-station cluster including WSIX.

Get in touch with English here.

2015/08 6:51 AM
Luke Goes To #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville's  SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Shane Allen, National Director/Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Manager of Radio Marketing and Syndication Chris Schuler and the entire promo team Bobby Young, Paige Elliott, Jeremy Guenther, Brent Jones, Diane Lockner and Ashley Laws for taking Luke Bryan's single "Kick The Dust Up" to the top of the Mediabse Country singles chart.

This is the first single off Luke's soon to be released album "Kill The Lights" coming Friday, August 7.  

2015/08 6:40 AM
KRXB/Beeville, TX Flips To Country

KRXB/Beeville TX has flipped to Country.  The Easton-Mark station went from Classic Rock to Country and will be known as Texas 107 under an LMA freom Texkan Communications, LLC.

Texkan bought KRXB from Shaffer Communications Group, Inc for $40,000 at the end of 2014.

2015/08 6:28 AM
Kenny Breaks Pink Floyd's Record

Kenny Chesney's Big Revival 2015 tour hit Arriwohead Stadium in Kansas City this past weekend and records were broken.  He beat Pink Floyd's 1994 record of 56,134.  The No Shoes Nation brought in 57,368 in attendance and this was Chesney's fourth headlining appearance at Arrowhead Stadium

“I had no idea about the number when we took the stage,” Chesney marveled when he was told. Pink Floyd are rock icons. Every kid’s high school experience… I never ever would've thought something like that could happen. We’ve been coming to Kansas City for years, and they’ve always been really loud audiences. But when we hit the stage, it felt like all those years, all those shows were added up into one – and that was what we were being hit with.”

Chesney attended practice with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday and was clearly in the zone on stage..

"I could hear the cheers when the intro film was running,” Chesney said. “It was so loud, I could barely hear the music – and from the very first second I was out there singing, the audience was electric! It felt like being at the bottom of a mountain, and an avalanche just kept rolling over you. The energy, the heart, the passion had that much force and it didn’t let up – not once all night."  

The crowd took over certain songs and sang them loud and proud.  

“Kansas City took ‘American Kids’ to a whole other place,” Chesney explained. “They made it their own. But they took over a bunch of the songs – and it was awesome. When you’ve played somewhere for several years, and the passion grows, that’s what you’re trying to create. It’s the best part of what we do up here. And man, Kansas City just leveled me. Every show we’ve ever played, all the way back, they hit us.”

There are more shows to come including Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High Aug. 8, E. Rutherford, NJ’s Met Life Stadium Aug. 15, Detroit’s Ford Field Aug. 22 and a double at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium Aug. 28-29. 


2015/08 6:15 AM
McCreery Receives Gold For "Feelin' It"

Scotty McCreery debuted his new single "Southern Belle" on "Fox & Friends" All-American Summer Concert Series last Friday.  While on the show McCreery was presented with an RIAA-certified Gold Single plaque for his half a million sales and streams of his curerent Top Ten Hit "Feelin' It." 

McCreery has earned three Platinum certifications for his singles "I Love You This Big," "The Trouble With Girls," and "See You Tonight."

“What a way to start the morning by debuting my new single and then receiving a Gold record for ‘Feelin’ It’,” said an excited McCreery. “I have the greatest fans in the world and I thank them for supporting me and my music. I hope they will love ‘Southern Belle’ just as much!”  

McCreery is appearing as  a special guiest on the Rascal Flatts RIOT 2015 Tour.  Fro more informaiton go to ScottyMcCreery.com.


2015/08 2:00 AM
Multi-Million Selling and Award-Winning Country Icon Lynn Anderson Passes

Funeral services will be held at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park, details below. 

Multi-Million Selling and Award-Winning Country Icon Lynn Anderson Passes

Lynn Anderson, the country music legend who held the "Top Grossing Song by a Female Artist" for 27 years with the signature tune Rose Garden, passed on Thursday, July 30th at the age of 67 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.  She is survived by her father Casey Anderson, loving partner and songwriter Mentor Williams, three children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream and four grandchildren.
Ms. Anderson was truly a trailblazer on the Country music scene and her voice is recognized across Tennessee as the vocalist behind one of the iconic state songs Rocky Top.  She's charted three #1 and 15 Top-20 albums, as well as 12 #1, 18 Top-10, and over 50 Top-40 singles throughout her career. As one of the first to be launched via television, Lynn's featured performances on The Lawrence Welk Show served as the only Country music on network television at the time. Billboard would recognized her asArtist of the Decade” for 1970-1980.  In addition, she was the first female country singer to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden in 1974. Her signature single, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” in addition to other top hits like “Ride, Ride, Ride” (written by her mother the late Liz Anderson), “CryTop of the World” and “Someday Soon,” spring boarded Lynn into a career with over 30 million albums sold worldwide.

Ms. Anderson was awarded numerous accolades from the music community. In 1967, she captured her first Academy of Country Music Award for "Female Vocalist of the Year." She would gain a second win in that category in 1970.  The Country Music Association would bestow the same honor in 1971 for "Female Vocalist of the Year." Ms. Anderson would win a Grammy in 1971 as well for "Best Country Vocal Performance, Female." In 1974, she won "Favorite Female Country Artist" at the American Music Awards and the following year she was honored with "Favorite Country Artist" at the People's Choice Awards.

She was known for raising the champion breeds as Her success in the equestrian community was equally as monumental as her music career winning 16 National Championships and four world championships across the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA). Her horses captured numerous titles---Lady Phase (first AQHA World Champion and Breyer Horse Model), Skip's Challenge (two time Congress Champion and Amateur Western Pleasure), Delta (Paint Horse Hall of Fame).
Ms. Anderson most recently released the highly anticipated, critically-acclaimed Gospel album Bridges on Center Sound Records.  This project took on a uniquely special connection as it developed into a family affair. Liz Anderson’s song “My Guardian Angel,” published by her father Casey, is featured on the album and her partner Mentor Williams rewrote one of his top hits “Drift Away” for release as well.  Lynn recently told Billboard, "I’ve been so blessed in my life that things have kind of seemed to fall in place for me. I just have to keep on the right path, and not jaunt off to the left or the right. I love how the lyrics of “Wander's Prayer [on Bridges] speaks of asking the Lord to keep me in the right direction."

One of the keys to Lynn's success was that she always made her fans a priority. Since the inaugural year of Fan Fair (now CMA Music Festival) in 1972, Lynn has only missed one year due to illness as she greatly valued the direct connection to her devoted and loving fans at that event.
She has raised millions for a variety of charities throughout her career. For twenty years, she has worked with both the Roundup for Autism and the Cariety Foundation, an organization supporting families of cancer patients.  Other notable contributions were made to the Mary Kay Ash FoundationThe North American Riders for the Handicapped Association and military support organizations.

The country music community and industry weigh in on her achievements below:
"I am a huge fan of Lynn’s.  She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music.  Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. Rose Garden was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed." Reba McEntire.
"It was a pleasure to record with Lynn.  I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair.  We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage.  She owned Utah that night.  She didn't stop until she won everybody's hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven." Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys.
"Lynn was such a sweet lady and a true classic. I loved her and I loved listening to her sing I've Never Loved Anyone More and Rose Garden. It was so great to hang out with her recently at CMA Music Festival. We will all miss her, her great smile and her sweet spirit." Phil Vassar
"Losing Lynn Anderson is a personal loss to the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI).  Lynn was family.  Her parents, Casey Anderson and the late Liz Anderson, were two of NSAI’s founding members.   Her parents were given the “Stephen Foster” award by NSAI in February this year, where Lynn performed.  We will truly miss her.” Bart Herbison, Executive Director of Nashville Songwriters Association.
"Lynn Anderson will always be a part of the Center Sound Records' family. We were very fortunate to know her and have her on our label. This legend's grace and voice will forever missed. There is one more rose in God's garden. Rest in peace." Craig & Mary Brandwynne - Center Sound Records.
"It has been an honor to represent Lynn Anderson for almost a decade and our sincere condolences are extended to her family, friends and a fans." says Pam Lewis of PLA Media.

“I was shocked and heartbroken today in learning of Lynn’s passing –and am praying God’s peace and love for Casey, Lisa and the entire family. I’m reminded of a lyric from “Rose Garden”…Along with the sunshine, there’s got to be a little rain sometime. For all of us in the creative musical family in Nashville that loved her—as well as a world of Lynn’s fans around the world—this is that rainy day.” - Brenda Lee
"Lynn is blooming on God's Rose Garden now.  We will miss her and remember her fondly. May she rest in peace." - Dolly Parton
"I'm going to miss a good friend, Lynn Anderson. My thoughts & prayers are with her family. She was one of my favorites. Love you Lynn." - Crystal Gayle
"I was lucky enough to sing with her once on the Opry.  Rest in peace Lynn." - Martina McBride
"I am extremely surprised and saddened by the news of Lynn Anderson's passing. She and I had so much fun over the years teasing people and telling them we were brother and sister or sometimes even man and wife when they would ask. I could always get a rise out of her when I would say, 'Actually, Lynn is my mother!' Trust me, she always had a sharp comeback! Rest in peace my talented and special 'kin.' Love you always." - Bill Anderson
"I'm extremely saddened to hear of the passing of the great Lynn Anderson. She was not only a legendary country music artist, but she was a very sweet lady. She was extremely nice to me and always a pleasure to talk with. She will be missed by fans and all who knew her!" - Travis Tritt
"We've lost another Icon in Country music. I had the chance to share the stage with Lynn Anderson on numerous occasions.. Condolences go out to her family and all the fans who loved her." - Tracy Lawrence
"God's choir grew greater today when my friend music Legend Lynn Anderson left to perform on the greatest stage of all." - TG Sheppard 

"Thoughts & prayers going out to Lynn Anderson's family." - Kix Brooks
"We lost a Great Country singer today. Lynn Anderson will be missed!" - Neal McCoy
"I'm really, truly sad to hear that Lynn Anderson has passed. She was really something." -Chely Wright
"She was a lifelong friend through both of our struggles and all of our victories. I know she's singing glories with Jesus now. She will be greatly missed." - Lulu Roman 
"God bless Lynn Anderson who passed away. 67 is too young. Thank you for the great music." - Blair Garner
"Shocked at the sad news. Lynn Anderson was a true Champion and ambassador for Country Music and my friend taught me to ride cutting horses." - Storme Warren

Funeral Services

Funeral services for Lynn Anderson will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, August 5th at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park. Visitation is set for Tuesday, August 4th from 5 PM to 8 PM.  Both will be open to the public.  The funeral home is located at Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204.  Her family has asked that donations be directed to any of the following:

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Dickson, TN
Website:  http://www.proverbs1210rescue.org/info/donate
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, NM
Website:  http://www.strayhearts.org/donate
The Careity Foundation in Fort Worth, TX
Website:  http://www.careity.org/donations.html
Semper Fi Fund in Oceanside, CA
Website:  http://semperfifund.org/donate/
For those that would prefer to send flowers, Ms. Anderson had an affinity for roses.


2015/07 8:34 AM
Brad To Advise Blake's Team

Brad Paisley will join Blake Shelton on NBC-TV's "The Voice" as an advisor to Team Blake in the next season, according to US Weekly. Paisley will be one of four judges.

Paisley has also worked with the ABC-TV competitors on "Rising Star" in 2014.  "The Voice" will resume on Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. (ET).


2015/07 8:28 AM
Fiorelli Leaves iHeartMedia Phoenix

Marketing Director Vicki Fiorelli has left the iHeartMedia/Phoenix cluster after 25 years.  She joined Country KNIX as a street team member in 1990.  She rose to Director of Promotions for KNIX and then added duties at AC sister KEZ before she moved up to doing marketing and promotions for the eight-station group after then Clear Channel bought it to 1998.  The promotions department at iHeart/Phoenix will be reorganized.  

Get in touch with Fiorelli here. /blog/

2015/07 8:19 AM
Luke Releases Through Tinder

Luke Bryan's title track "Kill The Lights" from his upcoming album will be available through the Tinder world-premiere starting today (7/31) through Monday (8/3). Tinder users will get a video message from Luke.  THey will then tap the banners on either the top of bottom of the card to receive an exclusvie link.  They will also have the opportunity to pre-order the album that hits the streets Friday, August 7.

"Tinder is the hottest social platform for meeting new people,” shared Luke. “That’s why I thought my title track for 'Kill The Lights' would be perfect to premiere exclusively on the app before it comes out next Friday, August 7.. I'm happily married and not on Tinder but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song - and if they're not on Tinder, now’s the chance.”

2015/07 6:14 AM
Alabama To Release New Album

Alabama announced that they will be releasing a new album, "Southern Drawl," on Friday, September 18 via BMG Chrysalis North America. The group consists of  Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook.  This is the first new material to come out since 2001 when they released a live album and Gospel project.  

The lead single will be "Wasn't Through Lovin' You Yet," and the group promises that they are staying true to their roots while melding their sound into the sound of contemporary country.

 "Country music when we took our vacation is not the same Country it is today," Cook told USA TODAY. "For people who knew the original Alabama, it's going to be a little different to their ears.".

The new project should be out in September. 


2015/07 4:28 AM
Research Director, Inc. Seeks Third-Party Review Of Voltair's Ratings Impact

As the Nielsen/Voltair controversy goes on, The Research Director has posted their own analysis  on its website . Weighing both pros, cons and those in the middle, Partner Marc Greenspan called for a third-party review.

After listing the key points from Nielsen's webinar and finding that the ratings service didn't actually evaluate where Voltair actually impacts ratings, The Research Director took it upon itself to do that. Greenspan wrote, "We have looked at the pre and post-Voltair meter exposure for several stations. We have seen more, sometimes considerably more, exposure by meter keepers after Voltair was installed. This has resulted in significant ratings increases. Is this actual listening that the meter was missing, or is the meter now picking up watermarks for audio that could not be heard by the human ear? We at Research Director, Inc. do not know the answer to this important question.

Greenspan goes on to say, "... In our opinion, there is a disconnect between the findings reported by Nielsen and the actual ratings impact that people in the industry claim to see after Voltair is installed. Nielsen said that the main impact of Voltair is in high background noise situations. If this is the main benefit then a lot of radio listening is happening in noisy situations. That seems unlikely since we know that a large portion of radio listening happens in the car (and we don’t think road noise qualifies here). The other possible answer is that Voltair does have some other incremental benefit in order to give the results that stations claim to see."

Greenspan also mentioned Randy Kabrich’s work on his AQH ratings analysis that found little if any ratings boost from Voltair use, but refrained from endorsing his conclusions by noting, "As was stated earlier, AQH ratings change for many reasons. By using all stations rather than just stations that installed Voltair, the effect of Voltair (if any) is being watered down by the stations that did not install it.

"Let’s be clear, in the end Randy might be right. But there is enough empirical and anecdotal data to say that the investigation is ongoing. There is too much at stake for our industry. An independent, third-party review of a lot more data is needed. More transparency about the analysis that was performed is needed. More cooperation is needed from stations that have installed Voltair. In order to foster that cooperation, Nielsen needs to do what it takes to allow stations to feel comfortable about admitting they are using Voltair."

2015/07 3:15 AM
Fandango Releases Country Artists' 'I Love Movies' Features

Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, Maddie & Tae, and Old Dominion are the newest stars of Fandango Movieclips' "I Love Movies" YouTube series.
The Country edition of the original video series launched Wednesday (7/29) and was filmed earlier this summer on location in Nashville at CMA Music Festival. Each "I Love Movies" feature celebrates the joys of movie going and showcases celebrities and other cultural influencer's across the globe as they share personal stories and introduce fans to the movies that have touched their lives. 

"There is a similarity between Country songs and the movies, maybe more so than any other art form," said Paisley during his feature. "Country songs, when done in a story form, are the closest thing to a Hollywood script you'll find."
Check out  Paisley 's take on his favorite movie, "It's A Wonderful Life,"  McCreery 's connection to "Miracle," Maddie & Tae 's tie to "The Strangers," and  Old Dominion 's love for "Back To The Future," visit  Fandango .

2015/07 3:15 AM
Jerrod Niemann Breaks ‘Country Thunder’ Attendance Record as Fans Fall in Love With Latest Single ‘Blue Bandana’

Photo Credit: Darrin Dickerson
Fans are clearly clamoring for more from Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville’s Jerrod Niemann, as he helped draw a record crowd at ‘Country Thunder Festival’ in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin the same week he set a personal milestone at Country radio.

The Kansas native joined with other Country stars to spur an attendance record at “Country Thunder” when 34,182 fans attended Thursday, the first day of the festival. Niemann is on the road the rest of the summer playing select festival and solo dates.

"Blue Bandana," which Niemann produced with friend Jimmie Lee Sloas, is the first taste of the innovative singer-songwriter’s fourth album.
In addition to being Mediabase’s most-added new song at Country radio, the single had the biggest impact week of Niemann’s career with 83 adds at monitored stations, surpassing Niemann’s previous career-best impact week of 72 for his now-platinum multi-week No. 1 “Drink to That All Night” from 2014 album High Noon.

Fans can now purchase "Blue Bandana" on iTunes and check out the lyric video on  RollingStone.com   to see what all the excitement’s about.

Also, Fans can join the party by visiting www.jerrodniemannofficial.com . And those wishing to go all in can join Niemann’s Dehydration Nation fan club at www.dehydrationnation.net . Follow Niemann at @jrodfromoz on Twitter and at  www.facebook.com/JerrodNiemann , too. 

2015/07 2:02 AM
Kristian Bush Show To Benefit ‘ACM Lifting Lives’

Streamsound Records recording artist  Kristian Bush  headlines a Thursday, August 27th show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to benefit the Academy Of Country Music (ACM)'s charitable arm, “ACM Lifting Lives”. Bush will be joined by special guest Rita Wilson. 

Tickets are currently available for purchase, with a portion of each ticket being donated to “ACM Lifting Lives” and its mission to improve lives through the power of music.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event  website

2015/07 10:00 AM
​iHeartRadio Music Festival At MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Lineup Released

iHeartMedia makes public their lineup for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, taking place on September 18th and 19th in Las Vegas.  This year's lineup will feature Country artists Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton along with Kanye West, Sam Smith, The Who, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, The Weeknd, Tove LO, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Hozier, Jason DeRulo, Duran Duran, Prince Royce, Diplo, Trey Songz, The Killers, Nick Jonas,  Janet Jackson and more. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances from this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Christina Grimmie, as well as other surprise special guests.

The weekend-long concert event will kick off Friday evening, September 18th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with host Ryan Seacrest.

The Daytime Village will return to the MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor Hotel And Casino on Saturday, September 19th with performances by Demi Lovato, Hozier, Tove LO, Trey Songz, Walk The Moon, Nick Jonas, Big Sean, Lee Brice, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Echosmith, James Bay, The strits, Zella Day and Shawn Mendes. The Daytime Village will also feature fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners.
"Each year we look to create history with the iHeartRadio Music Festival by curating a lineup of the biggest artists from every genre. What makes this show unlike all others is that every artist is a massive star and could easily headline the MGM Arena on their own," said iHeartMedia President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman. "With unbelievable live performances and collaborations, every year the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Daytime Village are the ultimate celebrations of artists and music."
The festival will broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations for fans throughout the country across 150 markets and will stream live on Yahoo Screen at  yahoo.com/iheart  each night at 7:30 pm (PST). The iHeartMedia Music Festival will also return to The CW Network as an exclusive two-night special on September 29th and 30th from 8-10 pm.

"If you are a music fan, you will be able to find this year's festival everywhere you turn … on the radio, online and on television," said President/Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes. "By making it available to so many people, we generate billions of social media impressions throughout the weekend."

2015/07 8:31 AM
Luke Bryan Blooper Reel will make you LYAO

Capitol Nashville artist  Luke Bryan  wants you to know that his album, "Kill The Lights" is currently available for pre-order and will hit the streets Friday, August 7th.

had a hard time finishing the task as you will see and hear. He got so "tickled," and instead produced this hilariously adorable video of the outtakes and bloopers. If you make it all the way through the video without laughing, you are a non-humors individual. You will hear that Bryan's laugh is very infectious. Check out the video below.

2015/07 8:25 AM
Federal Judge Says ‘No” To Pandora's Request To Lower Its BMI Royalty Rate

Pandora loses their case in New York to have its BMI royalty rate lowered to the broadcast rate paid by terrestrial stations. A federal judge rejected the webcasters argument that their ownership of a South Dakota radio station entitled it to pay a lower rate.

In early July, Pandora officially asked the Federal Rate Court to re-consider its decision that set the webcaster's BMI licensing rate at 2.5% of revenue. The basis for the request? The company's purchase of KXMZ/Hits 102.7/Rapid City, SD from Connoisseur Media.

Pandora Director/Public Affairs Dave Grimaldi explained, that the purchase of the terrestrial station was, "one of the motivations," to get the preferred royalty rate negotiated by the Radio Music License Committee, but it was also, "really great synergies."

In their paperwork, Pandora asked the 2nd Circuit for the cheaper rate to take effect to when it began the process of buying KXMZ two years ago.

"Without explanation, U.S. District Court Judge Louis L. Stanton denied Pandora's motion to alter his decision ordering the music-streaming company to pay a 2.5% royalty rate to BMI," noting, "Atara Miller of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, representing BMI, told LAW360 Wednesday that she was happy with the outcome."

“We are pleased that Judge Stanton agrees with BMI that there was no need to revisit his well-considered opinion. We look forward to defending this matter on appeal,” Miller said.
Pandora had been seeking a rate of 1.7%, but Stanton ruled the webcaster couldn't be compared to a traditional radio station.

Look for Pandora to appeal the decision this Fall.


2015/07 6:02 AM
Bianca Moon Dazzles Crowd at Kent Wells Production Showcase

        Bianca Moon
Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Bianca Moon joined a plethora of talented artists on Tuesday evening as part of a Kent Wells Productions showcase at the Commodore Grille in Nashville, TN.

The Australian starlet impressed the audience awe-struck with a powerful set, Including ravishing her new single, “Fireball,” the title track off her forthcoming debut albumThe single is to be released in September to Country radio stations soon.

"It's Such a pleasure to be able to perform alongside other talented members on Kent Wells' roster," Bianca Said. "Many of These artists are so well-seasoned and proficient in Their craft. I feel so privileged to share a stage With this group. "
Bianca has-been hard at work over the last few weeks promoting her new album. Through writers' rounds and a Harley Davidson recent photoshoot, the assiduous Aussie is ready to paint her name next to the other greats from the land down under. 

Her album, Which was produced by Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), will be available at this fall at  www.biancamoon.rocks  and all major online retailers. Bianca Moon Dazzles Crowd at Kent Wells Production Showcase 

2015/07 6:01 AM
​Radio Revenues Rise For iHeartMedia And Net Loss Narrowing In Second Quarter

iHeartMedia, Inc. second-quarter consolidated revenues rose 2% to $1.7 billion (down 2% to $1.6 billion when unfavorable foreign exchange rates are included).
iHeartMedia-broadcasting/digital operation-revenues were up 4% to $840.7 million, driven by higher local and national radio broadcast revenues and traffic, weather, event and syndication (including News-Talk) revenues, while Americas

Outdoor dropped 1% to $341.3 million and International Outdoor fell 13% to $381.5 million (up 2% excluding the exchange rate issue).

Consolidated net loss fell from $172 million to $47 million, which reflects a $99 million gain on the sale of radio towers and a $48 million loss on extinguishment of debt incurred in the second quarter of 2014, partially offset by higher lease expense and higher income tax expense.

Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said
, “We continue to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace with our unmatched portfolio of products, media platforms, content and personalities -- all built on the power of broadcast radio and out of home -- which give us the most powerful marketing vehicles available today. We are building on the power of sound and social, the power of outdoor and the emerging power of digital to create even stronger marketing solutions for our partners, while providing the most live content and events to the industry’s most engaged audiences, wherever they are and on whatever device they want to use. We continue to find creative ways to use iHeartMedia’s cross-platform assets to redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment.”

President/COO/CFO Rich Bressler added
, “We’re pleased with the revenue and OIBDAN growth we achieved this quarter. We continue to invest in our capabilities across both iHeartMedia and outdoor to realize the full value of our multi-platform assets. With no significant debt maturities until 2018, we can continue focusing on growing the top and bottom lines across our business segments."

2015/07 6:01 AM
Legendary Scott Shannon And WCBS-FM Agree To Multi-Year Contract Extension

CBS Radio station WCBS-FM 101.1 today announced it has signed acclaimed broadcaster Scott Shannon to a new multi-year contract, extending the popular host’s run as the anchor of morning drive.  Launched March 2014, “Scott Shannon in the Morning” is broadcast weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET. 
Scott’s wake-up team includes co-host Patty Steele, Joe Nolan with all the latest traffic information for morning commuters, and weather reports provided by CBS 2 New York’s John Elliott. Since the show’s debut, the station’s weekly cume has grown nearly 20% to approximately four million listeners.
Scott has been more than just a great addition to WCBS-FM’s morning line-up – he has had a tremendous impact in elevating the station to its premier position in New York,” said Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Radio.  “We are privileged to work with such a legend in our industry, and I appreciate our relationship both personally and professionally.”
“This is the perfect place for me and the perfect time to be at WCBS-FM,” said Shannon.  “I love my morning show team and you couldn’t find better people to work with and for than Scott Herman and PD Jim Ryan.”
“Since Scott Shannon joined the station, he has created a new awareness of WCBS-FM in the market, and we couldn’t be more thrilled he will be with us for years to come,” said Jim RyanSenior Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio and PD, WCBS-FM and Fresh 102.7/WWFS-FM. “There is nothing better than knowing WCBS-FM fans will continue to jump start their day with the famed Scott Shannon for a long time.”
WCBS-FM, consistently one of New York’s most popular radio stations, is available on-air at 101.1FM, online at  cbsfm.com  and through the Radio.com  app for a variety of mobile devices.
Shannon’s Hall of Fame radio career has spanned in excess of four decades with nearly 30 of those spent doing mornings in New YorkHe is credited with developing the Morning Zoo format, which he brought to WHTZ-FM in the early 80’s, and helped make the station No. 1.  His next stop in New York was WPLJ-FM where he co-hosted the Scott and Todd in the Morning program.  Shannon spent 22 years at the station, helping reshape adult morning radio, and enjoying ratings success throughout the years.

2015/07 5:40 AM
Independent Labels Trounce UMG, Sony And Warner In US Market Shares

According to new stats from Nielsen the combined might of the independent labels is the biggest player in the US recorded music market - and growing fast.

As such, Nielsen/Billboard scanned 169.3m ‘albums’ for the market shares-not including SEA (Streaming Equivalent Albums, with which the total number reaches 259.4m)

According to new stats from Nielsen/Billboard, the independents took 35.4% of the US by ownership (volume) in the first half of 2015.

That was comfortably ahead of Universal (27.6%), Sony (20.9%) and Warner (15.2%), and represented an increase on the 35.1% share the indies claimed across the whole of 2014.

Indie label trade body A2IM has
 trumpeted the numbers online, calling market share by ownership ‘the only appropriate market share definition.

This is the metric that re-apportions market share taken by albums, which are owned by independent labels – but distributed by majors – the most obvious example being Taylor Swift, whose catalogue is owned by Big Machine but distributed by UMG.

(Swift’s 1989 was the biggest selling album of the six months, so even
after her personal war with Apple on behalf of the indies , she’s helping them out I the pie chart below too.)

These numbers are normally for ‘albums’ but also takes into account TES (Track Equivalent Albums) – meaning they also represent popularity on download stores.

See The Pie Chart Below:


2015/07 5:05 AM
Travis Tritt Responds To Fire Surrounding His Residence

        Travis Tritt
Late yesterday afternoon (7/29), a fire occurred surrounding the residence of Country singer, Travis Tritt. Tritt's home, which is located in Powder Springs, GA Tritt was not harmed nor was anyone injured. 
Tritt released a statement, saying "I would like to thank everyone for the concern earlier this afternoon. Some of you may already be aware, but a fire occurred in the playground area on my property. Local firefighters quickly  arrived and doused the smoldering area. We are thanking God that no one was in that area at the time and everyone is safe. The residence and grounds adjacent were not majorly affected."

2015/07 3:00 AM
KSON/San Diego Wins St. Jude Country Cares 'Radio Partner of the Year' Award

Entercom Country KSON/San Diego won the St. Jude Country Cares "Radio Partner Of The Year" Award recently.
There are over 250 Country radio stations that take part in the Country Cares For St. Jude Radiothon program. 

During the 27 years KSON has been involved in the Radiothon, listeners have donated over $11 million to St. Jude.

2015/07 2:36 AM
​Texas Country Artist Pat Waters Receives Rave Reviews From Radio

Texas troubadour, Pat Waters, is garnering great feedback from radio for the second single from his latest EP, Like A Radio. The title track from this project is following the success of his first single, “Crazy That Way.”

"Like A Radio" recently landed the #17 spot on the New Music Weekly Chart. Pat has a style that his sound can back up. Whether he’s two stepping with his fans during a packed show or serenading you with an acoustic ballad, Pat Waters showcases his southern values and classic charm to sold out venues every weekend. Radio stations across the country couldn’t get enough of, “Crazy That Way” and the same will hold true for, “Like A Radio.” You can listen to the latest single here .

picked up the guitar at age 20, playing at VFW’s, regional oprys and small clubs, wooding the hearts of country music fans throughout the southwest. He has released nine CD’s, made Texas Music Charts and even scored a #1 hit in the European market earning him the Terry Award’s Male Vocalist of the Year Award in Texas. Pat has also performed on stage with Country legends such as Merle Haggard, John Conlee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Bush, Gary Stewart, Keith Whitley, Gary P. Nunn and many others.

2015/07 10:48 AM
Little Big Town Cancels Shows

Little Big Town has canceled an additional three weeks of shows in August.  Jimi Westbrook needs more time to recuperate from his June vocal cord surgery, which forced the abrupt cancellation of the Pain Killer Tour dates through July.

“We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110 percent and this additional time will make sure that happens!” the band said in a statement on social media. “Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you."

The foursome is scheduled to resume the tour in Canada August 22.

2015/07 8:59 AM
Westwood One, ABC Vet Mixon Seeking New Opportunities

Chaz Mixon is leaving Westwood One's Classic Rock Local and Total formats.  He was doing mornings and is leaving and looking for new opportunties.

During his career he has spent time at ABC Radio and most recently doing afternoons at Today's Best Country.  Reach Chaz at /blog/ or 214-405-0690.

2015/07 8:51 AM
Keith Hotchkiss Promoted to SVP/Sales

SVP/Sales Keith Hotchkiss has been promoted to Market President of iHeartMedia/Charlotte.  The cluster includes Country WKKT, Alternative WEND, Classic Rock WRFX, Top 40 WHQC, Adult Hits WLKO and Fox Sports 98.7FM.

Hotchkiss will be resopnsible for all aspects of Charlotte's operation across many platforms.  He will work closely with advertising and marketing partners to create and deliver unique, effective opportunities to reach their consumers.
"iHeartMedia/Charlotte boasts some of the most talented on-air hosts, programmers and sales professionals in the country. It's my goal to lead and expand, providing innovative solutions for our client partners across all our platforms, while also creating the best radio for our listeners," said Hotchkiss. "This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry and I couldn't be more proud to represent one of the world's most enterprising media companies in one of the nation's greatest cities."


2015/07 8:39 AM
Miranda Lambert Establishes Schlarship

Miranda Lambert has established a scholarship for outstanding women at Belmont University in Nashville.

The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide over $40,000 in scholarship money to female students majoringin music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies enrolled for the 2016/2017 year.

Lambert performed a sold out, one-off acoustic club show in support of the fund at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley.  Writers Natalie Hemby and Jessi Alexander will join Lambert. Hemby is a Belmont graduate.  They will be joined with RaeLynn and other Belmont grads Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole.

“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund,” said Lambert. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am supporting outstanding women who want to pursue their dreams in the music industry.”

“Throughout her career Miranda Lambert has been a faithful and loyal supporter of women songwriters and artists, and her music has served to inspire and to empower,” said Doug Howard, dean of Belmont’s Curb College. “And now, with the creation of her scholarship fund, Miranda will directly impact the education and opportunities of young women creators as they prepare for a career in the music industry. We are truly grateful for this generous gift and for the vision of its wonderful purpose.”


2015/07 8:12 AM
Montgomery Gentry Kiks Off "Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour"

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry kicked off their "Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour" last night (7/28).  They started at Valor Hall near the Ft. Campbell US Army Base in Oak Grove, KY and was hosted by CMT After Midnite personality Cody Alan.

Members of the military and their family members were treated to a live performance by Montgomery Gentry."We get to dream as big as we want to, be anything we want to be, and enjoy the freedoms we all enjoy because of our military, and we never, ever forget that," said Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery.  " and I support these men and women every chance we get, and it was an honor to be with so many of them last night in Ft. Campbell."

2015/07 8:06 AM
Hunter Hayes to Perform at Reception for Special Olympics

Hunter Hayes performed at the Family's Picnic in the Park at Grand Park LA last ngiht.  The event was in support of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.  The program honors fmaily members of the competing athletes and recognizes their support encouragement, dedication and sacrifice in helping athletes reach the pinnacle of competition.

“It was an honor to support such a fantastic cause and get to perform for all of these athletes and their families,” said Hayes. “I had the opportunity to meet the ACM Lifting Lives music campers earlier this summer, and it reminded me how pure and powerful music can be. Being part of this event tonight and getting to perform with them again was an experience I won’t forget.”

2015/07 8:05 AM
Craig Morgan to Host 2nd Annual Billy's Place 5K

Craig Morgan will host the 2nd Annual Bill's Place 5K on Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m. (CT.  It will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, TN.  The 5K race will benefit the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation.  The Foundation support children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

Registration is $30 in advance and $35 for walk up registrations.  Tickets for children seven and under and free.  Kids are welcome to participate in the 60-yeard dash.  Sprint tickets will be available for supporters who prefer to participate from the sidelines.  Everyone registered by Saturday, August 1 will receive a race t-shirt.  

For more information and to sign up go here .

2015/07 7:54 AM
Maranda McGeary Joins Universal

Maranda McGeary will join Universal Music Group (UMG) Nashville as Director/Brand Partnerships.  She will help facilitate artist and brand partnerships for the entire UMG Nashville roster.

She comes with an impressive resume including various marketing roles including Head of Music and Brand Relations at Revolution Pictures, Field Marketing Manager at Millercoors as well as spearheading her own experiential marketing and design agency where she worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Adoble, Verizon Wireless and Toyota.

“As we continue to build compelling artist/brand integrations, I couldn’t be more excited to add Maranda to our team” said UMG Nasvhille VP/Marketing Brad Turcotte.  "Maranda possesses not only the passion but the valuable skill-set that makes us stronger to further extend our brand relationships.” 

Congratulate her here. .

2015/07 6:27 AM
Scotty McCreery Debuts New Single ‘Southern Belle’ On ‘Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series Friday July 31

Platinum-selling Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records Country music sensation Scotty McCreery will rock the
         Scotty McCreedy
stage outside the FOX News Channel in New York City this Friday, July 31, when the ACM Award winner takes over the “ FOX & Friends ” All-American Summer Concert Series from 8:00-9:00 AM/ET (7:00-8:00 AM/CT). 
During the broadcast, McCreery will debut his highly anticipated new single, “Southern Belle,” airing live at approximately 8:50 AM/ET (7:50 AM/CT). “Southern Belle” will ship to Country radio at the end of August and is the first single from his upcoming new album, due out early next year. 
The full concert series will also stream live on FoxAndFriends.com/Concert , and will feature additional interview content not included on the television broadcast. 
McCreery scored two consecutive Top 10 hits “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” from his sophomore album See You Tonight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
The “American Idolchampion’s first album Clear as Day was Platinum-certified, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

McCreedy, the ACM, CMT Music, ACA, and ICM Award winner is the Special Guest on the Rascal Flatts RIOT 2015 Tour this summer, and will be performing with them at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 31; Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on August 1; and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Aug. 2.

For more information and additional tour dates, visit www.scottymccreery.com .  Follow McCreery on Facebook Twitter , and   Instagram

2015/07 4:19 AM
​Morning Co-Host Position Available At WBEE/Rochester

Entercom Country WBEE/Rochester, NY is moving around their on-air lineup, as veteran morning co-host Terry Clifford moves to middays. Clifford succeeds  Justine Page, who moves to nights. Previously that daypart has been joxless. 

OM Bob Barnett
is currently searching for a new morning team person to join existing hosts Steve Hausman and Jeremy Newman on the “Bee Morning Coffee Club.” Submit your materials here .

2015/07 4:02 AM
KUPL's 'Chunky, McKinzie, & Jake' Team Up With Lee Brice To Grant Listener's Wish

           Lee Brice
Alpha Media Country KUPL/98-7 The Bull/Portland, OR morning show "Chunky, McKinzie, & Jake" granted the wish of a listener whose brother was recently hit and killed by a drunk driver. Listener Josie e-mailed the morning show explaining how her brother loved his truck, Roscoe, and would never let her drive it. 

After he passed, she took it for one final drive only to hear Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" come on the radio. From that day on, all she wanted to do was tell Brice how grateful she was that he cut that song. Brice got together with the morning show to grant that wish.

2015/07 3:50 AM
​Casey James And Sony Music Nashville Split

        Casey James
There’s noise in Music City, that Sony Music Nashville and  Casey James  have parted ways. The FOX-TV "American Idol" alumnus departs Columbia Nashville, after being signed to the BNA imprint, after five Years and four radio singles. 

The split supposedly happened in June following James' recent single, "Fall Apart," did not make the Top 40. James website  reports an active touring schedule running through August, but James has not yet officially comment on this story or when, how, and if fans will have a chance to hear more music from his most recent sessions.

2015/07 3:29 AM
'Buckwild Saturday Night With B-Dub' Adds Affiliates

SuperRadio/Alpha Media's live, interactive Country party show "Buckwild Saturday Night With B-Dub" adds Digity WQSL/WQZL/The Wolf 92.3 and 101.1/Greenville-New Bern, NC; Community Broadcasters WPGI/100.9 The Wolf)/Elmira, NY; Cherry Creek KBBL 99.5 The Bull/Helena, MT; Radio Palouse KHTR/New Country 104.3/Pullman, WA; and Brooke Communications KRSB/Best Country 103/Roseburg, OR to its list of affiliates.

If you're ready for your Saturday nights to get Buckwild. Contact SuperRadio SVP/Programming Rich O'brien at 508.630.0344.

2015/07 3:13 AM
Ashley Monroe Sings 'Winning Streak' On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Warner Music Nashville recording artist  Ashley Monroe  appeared on NBC-TV's  "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"  Monday Night (7/27) to support of her recently-released sophomore album, "The Blade." 

Monroe performed "Winning Streak" for Fallon and the live studio audience. 

2015/07 3:06 AM
​The Johnny Cash Museum Premieres Bi-Monthly Songwriters Series with Woodstock and Pop/Folk Legend Melanie Safka & Friends

The Johnny Cash Museum continues to celebrate the history and future of great American music regardless of genre with the creation of the bi-monthly Johnny Cash Museum Cafe Songwriters Night. Twice every month, talented writers and musicians will be invited to play in a special presentation at the museum.
The first in this series will occur on Thursday, August 6 from 7-9 PM at the Johnny Cash Museum Café located at 119 Third Avenue South in Nashville. While the event is free to the general public, attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

“I’ve always found my most memorable concert experiences were when I got to see the artist or writer in an intimate setting,” says Bill Miller, founder of the Johnny Cash Museum. “That setting is what we will be presenting in the Johnny Cash Museum Café and we couldn’t be more excited to launch it with Melanie Safka.”

The full line up is below:

Melanie Safka found instant fame after she performed onstage at Woodstock in 1969. She made her debut on the Johnny Cash Show August 16, 1969, and eventually became one of only a few artists to make multiple appearances on the show. Melanie’s songs “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key” topped the charts in the 1970s and led to numerous awards, including Billboard’s “Top Female Vocalist.” More information on Melanie’s career and music can be found at  www.melaniesafka.com  .  

Leilah Hayman, Melanie Safka’s daughter, has performed at festivals such as Woodstock anniversaries and Isle of Wight in the U.K.  Leilah lives in Nashville, where she spends her time writing with renowned artists and performing music from her albumMake Believe. Leilah’s music and more can be found at  www.leilahmusic.com  .  

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Alissa Moreno’s music has been featured on hit television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “Days of Our Lives” (NBC) and “The Hills” (MTV). Her song Every Day, performed by Rascal Flatts, won CMT “Video of the Year” and was nominated for a Grammy.  For more information on Alissa,
visit  www.alissamorenomusic.com  .

Born and raised in Australia, Richie Scholl relocated to Nashville in 2007. His sophomore album, The Blacktop Junkie’s Guide to Richie Scholl, resulted in #1 and #5 singles on Country radio, and a #35 video on CMC Australia. Richie’s newest EP is expected to be released soon. Richie’s information and music can be found at  http://richiescholl.com/  .
Jess Leary’s songs have been recorded by the best of the best, including Blake Shelton, Pam Tillis, Tim McGraw and Melanie Safka. Her songwriting credits include two #1 hits: Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (Pam Tillis) and Where the Green Grass Grows (Tim McGraw). Jess’s songs are also featured on Grammy award winning albums including Tim McGraw’s Everywhere. More information on Jess’s music can be found at  www.facebook.com/jesslearymusic/  . 

For more information on the August 6th performance or future songwriter showcases at the Johnny Cash Museum, visit  www.johnnycashmuseum.com  .

2015/07 11:30 AM
Brian Thomas Heads To Chi-Town

PD Brian Thomas will leave his present post as PD at Cumulus country WNSH, Nash FM/New York to take over as PD of Classic Hits WLS-FM/Chicago effective August 1.

Thomas will fill Jan Jeffries position.  As was reported here, Jeffries tranferred to Top 40 WRQX/Washington.  Thomas will continue to serve as Corporate PD for the Country format, and now add oversight of Classic Hits for the company.

In a memo to staff, VP/Market Manager Peter Bowen said, "I've had the honor of working with Brian on several projects while he served as Program Director of WCBS-FM in New York. His experience and relationships with this format make him an incredible addition to our team."

SVP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said: "Brian's performance with Cumulus, and his prior experience, makes us confident that this is the right move for this station. He knows this format and how to maximize its potential."

SVP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said,m" Brian's performance with Cumulus , and his prior experience, makes us confident that this is the right move for this station. He knows this format and how to maximize its potential."

Thomas said, “Every kid from Chicago who grew up listening to WLS-F, as I did, dreams of working there. I’m proud that NASH-FM weekly audience hit an all-time high of almost 1.2 million and sales pacing +20% in a down market -- and I’m excited to continue to work with a handful of our Country stations, too.”

Back in New York, Cumulus AC WPLJ John Fox will become acting PD at WNSH.  He held the position for a short time after the station launched.  A search will be conducted for a permanent PD at NASH FM.


2015/07 11:15 AM
Get Your Tickets To The ‘9th Annual ACM Honors’ Beginning July 30

ACM A-Listers, your ticket pre-sale for the 9th Annual ACM Honors will begin Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) for one day only. Jake Owen is back as your host, so you know it's bound to be a fun night! 

ACM Honors
, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, is set for Tuesday, September 1st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 
ACM Special Award recipients to be honored that night include legends Loretta Lynn and Alabama, superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church, award-winning songwriters Bob McDill and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant(posthumously), ACM Awards executive producer and writer Barry Adelman and industry heavyweight and longtime ACM Board of Directors member Tim DuBois. Performers include Jason Aldean, Roy Clark, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Restless Heart. Presenters include Kelsea Ballerini, RAC Clark and The Swon Brothers

The evening also recognizes winners of the Studio Recording (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry Award categories, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Luke Laird.  The evening is sponsored by City National Bank. 

The special evening will include musical performances, award presentations and video tributes.  Tickets are priced at $42 and go on sale Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) at  www.ticketmaster.com  (search RYMAN for more detailed information).

Please use the pre-sale code 15HONORS to purchase tickets.

For more about ACM Honors and to see a complete list of honorees,  CLICK HERE

2015/07 10:45 AM
Chris Evans Leaves KXKS/Shreveport, LA

Chris Evans, afternoon host for WXKS/Shreveport has left to go across the street.  He is now with Cumulus/Shreveport, LA as a part timer.  Evans had worked for the Townsquare cluster for 14 years on and off.

At KXKS Gary Watson, promo director will take over afternoons for now.

2015/07 10:02 AM
AT&T To Activate FM Chips On Android Smartphones

The latest phone carrier to include FM chip activation is AT&T, agreeing to a deal with NextRadio for their 2016 Android smartphone device.

In response to the announcement,
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said, "Today marks a new beginning in mobile technology with the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners. America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!"

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan
, who has lead the usage of the NextRadio app said, "I am on cloud nine right now.  This was all part of a plan developed years ago and it's all coming to fruition.  The plan was to make a deal with a smaller carrier and Sprint helped us proved the concept.

"We are thrilled about AT&T coming aboard and now we are approaching other carriers and manufacturers. Our next step is to continue to build out the ecosystem.  The most important thing that broadcasters can do is to run the radio spots and promote the NextRadio app and have people to ask their manufacturers for the FM chip to be turned on."

Smulyan indicated that additional talks were on-going.


2015/07 9:33 AM
Westwood One Boosts Sales Team with Two New Hires

            Angela Codella   &   Roman Gwin
In its ongoing effort to build the best network sales team in the business,  Westwood One  announced that it has added two veteran sales executive to its burgeoning roster.  Angela Codella has joined the New York office as Director, National Partnerships, and reports to Ron Russo, EVP, Northeast Sales. Roman Gwin has joined the LA office, also as Director, National Partnerships, and reports to Kim Bryant, EVP, West Coast Sales.

“We are making very deliberate and strategic hires to enhance our sales force,” said Steve Shaw, Westwood One’s President.  “Angela and Roman join us with impeccable skill sets in developing opportunities and solutions for advertisers.  They will add more creative depth and expertise to our team.”
Codella comes with a wealth of local and satellite radio sales experience.  Before joining Westwood One she was an Account Director for SiriusXM, where she created integrated marketing and promotional campaigns for high-level clients on the talk, sports, and entertainment channels. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO/New York’s WWFS Fresh 102.7, WXRK 92.3 K-Rock, and KRock2.com. Before heading to CBS, Codella spent several years as a senior account executive at Greater Media’s WRAT 95.9 in Belmar, NJ. While at “The Rat,” she was the #1 Account Manager at the station for total billing, total number of clients, and total revenue generated for the company.
Gwin, a seasoned radio sales veteran with 17 years under his belt, joined Westwood One from the Los Angeles office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks, where he was the National Account Director.  He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeart’s LA stations KOST-FM 103.5, KBIG-FM 104.3, and KIIS-FM 102.7Gwin also worked as an account executive with CBS RADIO’s K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles

2015/07 9:03 AM
Eric Church Exhibit Opening At Country Music Hall of Fame® And Museum Sept 18

Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection. 

For those fans wanting to see and purchase unique Church memorabilia before September arrives, the acclaimed singer/songwriter will reopen his pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, on July 30-Aug. 1 in East Nashville. The Outsider’s Joint will also offer These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders. In addition, there will be a limited number of special edition posters commemorating the first Ascend Amphitheater show and Church’s regular line of tour merchandise, most available with concierge service to ship items to your home for free. Proceeds, excluding the Lucchese boots, will benefit the  Chief Cares Fund , a 501c3 non-profit organized by Church and his wife Katherine that serves more than 2.5 million people around the world. The Outsider’s Joint’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a smash success that raised more than $20,000 for Church’s Chief Cares Fund. 

The Outsider’s Joint will be located at 218 South 11th Street in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin Grocery Store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835, or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. The pop-up store hours are 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday. 

Church will christen Nashville’s new outdoor Ascend Amphitheater on July 30-31, making a rare second stop in Music City this year to perform two sold-out acoustic solo sets. He set a venue record in January when 18,411 fans crammed into Bridgestone Arena to catch The Outsiders World Tour, which is nearing one million tickets sold, has set five venue attendance records, and was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Tours recap in April. 

2015/07 8:29 AM
McAnally To Release AKA Nobody

Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Mac McAnally will release his self-produced performed and sung album A.K.A. Nobody on September 18.  It will be released on Mailboat Records.

The Nashville songwriter has writing credits on all but one song.  Contributors include Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson.  

“This selection of music made me stay up late and get up early for the last several years in between also working on musical projects with other artists, which I also love to do,” McAnally says. “I had the chance to give some long attention to the songs that demanded it. I’m very proud of both the work and that my fans continue to follow my little career. Small though it may be it’s one of the biggest blessings ever. I’m grateful… and to borrow one of the song titles ‘Proud To Be Alive.’”

McAnally has won numerous awards including Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards.  He has written for Chesney, Alabama, Sawyer Brown and Shenandoah.

He has been touring with Jimmy Buffet's Coral Reefer Band and will continue through December.  

2015/07 7:19 AM
Nielsen Flunks 'Let’s Make a Deal'

Paragon Media Strategies says,  Nielsen’s webinar on July 21st addressing the Voltair issue was very well done. The lab experiments Nielsen presented establish the ground rules for validly measuring a radio station’s encoded signals in the Portable People Meter (PPM) system. Yet, in the end, Nielsen is playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with radio receiving booby prizes behind all three doors.

Behind Door #1: Nielsen
said, in essence, “Voltaire doesn’t help ratings,” yet “we’re going to provide our own version soon.” It took Voltair to push Nielsen to change its encoding system of the PPM to accurately attribute what can be heard in environments with quite a bit of noise. Indeed, Nielsen’s excellent lab tests define what is audible and what is unintelligible.

Behind Door #2:
Nielsen is allowing radio operators’ continued or new use of Voltair. Nielsen’s “non-posiiton position” looks the other way as some operator may unfairly benefit from Voltaire even as Nielsen rolls out its own PPM encoding enhancements in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2016. To an outsider, it appears Nielsen is walking a fine legal line with its own clients and is choosing a safe legal harbor vs. taking a position on what is right for the ratings.

Behind Door #3:
Nielsen is openly accepting that ratings distortion is taking place on its watch. Nielsen is sanctioning operators using Voltair to gain listening credit for signals that are truly unintelligible (according to Nielsen). These are signals that Nielsen says should not be credited; i.e., this is how Voltair distorts the process. Nielsen’s own ‘Golden Ears’ experiment sent trained and untrained listeners to noisy environment to verify whether humans could or could not truly hear a radio station’s signal in those noisy environments. Voltair takes those signals that are out of bounds and sucks them directly into the PPM meters for attribution.

As a publicly traded company, I suppose that Nielsen is doing everything possible to protect its legal positions and its stock price.
They certainly chose to leave this sticky issue unresolved and open-ended, and it’s very possible they may take a different position on Voltair once they roll out their own encoder enhancements to PPM itself. The good news for Nielsen is nobody is talking about their anemic sampling anymore. Those issues still exist, by the way, behind Door #4.

2015/07 7:03 AM
The Cains Release New Music Video For Single, ‘Journey's End’

The Cains “Journey Ends” Music Video
Sibling harmony band, The Cains, have released a new music video for their single,  “Journey's End.”  Produced and directed by Fresh Films' Glenn Sweitzer, the music video is now available for viewing on The Cains'  Youtube  channel,  here .

Written by Taylor CainMadison Cain and Becki Devries, “Journey's End” is a sentimental ballad about love, family and hope. The track is currently playing On The Horizon on Sirius XM's The Highway, and is now available on  iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers. 

Of the new video, The Cains’ Taylor Cain commented"What we want to achieve in the music video for "Journey's End" is a sense of nostalgia for the viewer. No relationship is ever too far gone. No memory is ever too far out of reach. There is always hope. Just when you think you've reached your journey's end, you've only just begun!"

On July 21, the group dropped their new, self-titled EP, The Cains, which features songs co-written by the group’s own Logan, Madison and Taylor Cain, with additional writer credits, including Jaida DreyerStephony SmithBilly LawsonEd HillBecki Devries and Dave Thompson. The EP was produced and mixed by Daniel Agee, and was recorded at Nashville's Studio of Solitude.

The group recently partnered with  Bravo TV  to write and perform exclusive re-cap tracks for the network’s hit reality television show,  “Southern Charm.” The group wrote and recorded original tunes, all titled “Southern Charm,” that musically recount episodes within the series.  The “Southern Charm” music videos can be viewed on Bravo TV's website,  www.BravoTV.com here.

In March of 2015, hot off the heels of a successful radio debut and packed performances at Country Radio Seminar 2015, The Cains broke onto the U.K. Country music scene with their first international appearance at London'sCountry to Country (C2C) festival, Europe's largest and most well-attended Country music event of the year. Upon their return to the U.S., the group inked an exclusive booking agreement with Nashville’s  The Kinkead Entertainment Agency

Most recently, The Cains have announced their addition to Sasha McVeigh’s I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. The group will open for McVeigh on select dates in various clubs all over the U.K. Tickets can be purchased through www.SeeTickets.com .  
The Cains – I Stand Alone U.K. Tour Dates:
Sept. 11 – Culpepper Club – Basildon
Sept. 13 – Oran Mor – Glasgow
Sept. 15 – The Musician – Leicester
Sept. 17 – The Bullingdon – Oxford
Sept. 18 – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester
Sept. 22 – Water Rats – London

For more information on The Cains, view their website at www.TheCainsOfficial.com  and follow them on  Instagram Twitter  and Facebook .

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