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2015/04 1:34 PM
Willie Starts New Enterprise

And Willie and Merle Haggard Release A New song "It All Going To Pot"

Willie Nelson
is launching a unique American enterprise, Willie's Reserve, a cannabis brand reflecting Nelson's own longstanding expeirence and his committment to regualted, natural and high quality strains for Marijuana in U.S. legal markets. As one journlaist has already noted, "The marijuana world is about to get its first connoisseur brand, edging it farther from an illegal substance and closer to the realm of fine wines."

Willie's Reserve is an extension of Willie's passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant's qualities.  The product will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington and will become available in other markets once it's legalized.

"I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market," stated Nelson.

Nelson has been an outspoken supporter of the  front line efforts of store owners, growers and citizens who have been pioneers and advocates of cannabis policy improvements.  The company will work with businesses that are making smart and sustainable choices for the environment, have demonstrated leadership in their markets and are committed to encouraging safe, legal use.


2015/04 8:32 AM
Most Shazamed Moments Of ACM Awards

Shazam data is in and show how viewers interacted with the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night.  Little Big Town's performance of "Girl Crush" was the most shared moment on Shazam with the collaboration between Rascal Flatts' and Christina Aguilera ("Riot) coming in #2. 

Below are Shazam lists:

ACM Awards Most Shazamed Moments
1.      Little Big Town - Girl Crush (pictured right)
2.      Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera - Riot
3.      Garth Brooks - All American Kid
4.      Blake Shelton - Sangria
5.      Dierks Bentley - Riser
Most Shazamed Artists
1.      Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera
2.      Dan + Shay and Nick Jonas
3.      Reba
4.      Eric Church and Keith Urban
5.      Kenny Chesney
Most Explored Artist
Little Big Town
Most Watched Video
Video of Dierks Bentley discussing "Riser" - the title track from his latest album.

For more information go to


2015/04 8:26 AM
Randy Travis Moved By ACM Acknowledgement

Randy Travis was acknowledged at last night's ACM Awards for his career contributions to the Country music industry.  The presenter Lee Brice spoke of Travis' accomplishments and Travis was obviously moved.  This morning he posted a note  saying "It was an amazing gift to feel all the love form you tonight," he wrote.  

Travis suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013.

"It has been a hard fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago, and I have gained a greater understanding of GOD’s grace and how quickly events can change us." 

Read the entire note here  


2015/04 3:05 AM
Big Winners At '50th Annual ACM Awards' Last Night: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean

Miranda Lambert was the biggest winner at last Night's (4/19) "50th Annual Academy Of Country Music (ACM) Awards" held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. She took home three trophies, plus special recognition as one of seven first-ever Milestone awards recipients.

Other Milestone winners were Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Reba, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Brooks & Dunn.

Fans attending the event totaled 70,252, making it the highest attendance in broadcast history.  It broke the Guinness World Record for "Highest Attendance at an Awards Show Broadcast."
Winners of the night:
  • Entertainer Of The Year:  LUKE BRYAN
  • Male Vocalist Of The Year:  JASON ALDEAN
  • Female Vocalist Of The Year:  MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • Vocal Duo Of The Year:  FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
  • Vocal Group Of The Year:  LITTLE BIG TOWN
  • New Artist Of The Year:  COLE SWINDELL
  • Single Record Of The Year: " I Don't Dance " -- LEE BRICE , written/produced by LEE BRICE
  • Song Of The Year: "Automatic" -- MIRANDA LAMBERT , written by NICOLLE GALYON, NATALIE HEMBY , and MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • Video Of The Year: " Drunk On A Plane " -- DIERKS BENTLEY , directed by WES EDWARDS , produced by CLARKE GALLI VAN
  • Vocal Event Of The Year: " This Is How We Roll " -- F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE with LUKE BRYAN , produced by JOEY MOI
Next year’s “ACM Awards” will return to the MGM in Las Vegas. Tickets for the show will go on sale next MONDAY, APRIL 27th via  TICKETMASTER .

2015/04 2:36 AM
Mimi Wheeler Gets MD Duties and WTQR Adds Andie Cooper

iHeartMedia Country WTQR/Greensboro, NC has promoted weekend personality Mimi Wheeler (pictured left) to MD, and is adding Andie Cooper (pictured right) as Executive Producer/Middays.

Wheeler will continue her weekend shift on WTQR as well as middays for Country sister WNCB/B93.9/Raleigh. Cooper will handle the 1 pm-4 pm (ET) shift on WTQR in addition to assisting Todd Nixon, who serves as PD for both WTQR and WNCB. She succeeds David Dean, who left last January for the PD position at iHeartMedia Country WNOE/New Orleans.

"I'm really excited about the talent and character that Andie and Mimi bring to Q104.1," said Nixon. "They're extremely passionate about Country music and what this radio station means to the Triad. Andie and Mimi are the perfect ambassadors for Country music and THE NEW Q 104.1."

2015/04 1:56 AM
​Sam Hunt Scores #1 With 'Take Your Time'

AllAboutCountry congratulates UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, MCA Nashville VP/Promotion  Van Haze and the entire MCA promotion staff for snatching this week's #1 single on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Sam Hunt’s "Take Your Time."

This RIAA Platinum certified single is Hunt's second release from his Gold selling "MONTEVALLO" album. 

2015/04 8:51 AM
They're Gunnin' For Tim

As was reported here, Tim McGraw has announced that he will be putting on a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, the organization founded after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

According to CBS News, McGraw is being criticized by gun rights activists. The Washington Post also posted links to several blogs from gun supporters against the appearance saying it is a "gun control fundraiser."

McGraw told the Washington Post "“Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far. As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety -- most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children.  I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”

Billy Currington was also scheduled to perform but has since cancelled saying on his Facebook page, "I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues -- I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization

2015/04 8:45 AM
Joe Willie Returns to WRJY/Brunswick, GA

Joe Willie Sousa is returning to on-air duties at WRJY/Brunswick on Wednesday, April 22 after he was out due to vocal cord complications after a recent throat surgery.

The husband and wife team Joe Willie and Robbie Sue have not been relaxing!  They have continued to contribute to off-air charity and community work while recuperation was underway.


2015/04 8:19 AM
Big D To Honor Fallen Soldier

Big D from the "Big D and Bubba Show" will honor a fallen Marine from his hometown when he accepts his ACM Award this weekend.  He wears a dog tag that honors fallen Marine LCol. Lance Clark who was killed Septemebr 7, 2007 in Anbar, Iraq during his second tour of duty.  He was 21.

When Big D and Bubba visited Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, CA they were both given a dog tag honoring a fallen soldier.  The tags were made by a non-profit group called Dog Tags for Kids.  Big D was so moved that he decided to wear a dog tag honoring a soldier from his own hometown during the ACM Awards this Sunday.

“It was such an honor to meet them,” said Big D after meeting Clark's parents this week, “and they were so thankful that their son has not been forgotten.”


2015/04 8:13 AM
Sam Hunt Goes Gold

MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt has earned an RIAA Gold for his first album "Montevallo." This makes Hunt the fastest debut Country artist to earn Gold since 2012.

Hunt's current single "Take Your Time" has gone to Platinum status.  This is just one month after earning Gold.

2015/04 8:01 AM
Nash Stations Launch "American Country Coundown Rewind With Bob Kingsley"

Nash branded stations will launch a new Westwood One syndicated weekend show, "American Country Countdown (ACC) Rewind with Bob Kingsley." The three hour programming is debuting Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.  The show will be on all the Nash Icon formatted stations and select Nash formatted stations,

"I am first and foremost a fan of Country music, and I'm delighted that we're opening the vaults of ACC during one of Country's great eras," stated Kingsley. "These shows spotlight both Hall of Famers and exciting young acts and, as always, my role is part tour guide, part storyteller."

Bob Kingsley will host the show which is an extension of "America Country Countdown" hosted by Kix Brooks and "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40." The "ACC Rewind" will feature hits from the 1990s and early 2000s.

2015/04 6:58 AM
Kevin Lane Joins Webster PR

Kevin Lane has joined Webster Public Relations.  He was worked at Mercury and"I have been watching Kirt build his company since its launch and have been impressed with his approach and the roster he has built," says Lane, "so when I began planning my return to Nashville recently, I jumped at the chance to work with him." 
"Having Kevin join our team, knowing his experience and love for country music is only going to make things even better," adds Webster PR Pres. Kirt Webster. Reach Lane  here .

2015/04 5:39 AM
Gunn Leaves Stoney Creek

Derek Gunn, Director/Regional Promotion for Stoney Creek has left after seven months.  He is seeking his next opportunity.  

Gunn spent 15 years at KBUL/Reno.  He can be reached at 775-287-1722 or  here  .

Chris Loss will handle the region until a replacement is named.  

2015/04 5:24 AM
Mark Hamlin Leaves WFMS/Indianapolis

WFMS PD Mark Hamlin has left after almost four years with the Cumulus station.  His resume includes stops at AC KUDL/Kansas City and WWWW/Detroit.  You can get in touch with him here.  

Meanwhile SVP/Programming Jan Jeffries will be handling the day-to-day and the position will be filled and is expected to be announced soon. Jeffries can be reached here. .


2015/04 9:46 AM
Toby Keith To Host 12th Annual Golf Classic

Toby Keith is going to be hosting his "12th Annual Toby Keith & friends Golf Classic" at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman OK on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16.  The fundraiser will benefit the Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral, a home in Oklahoma City which provides lodging at his OK Kids Korral for pediatric cancer patients and their families free of charge

The Friday night event will include a dinner with live and silent auctions of items and collectibles from music and sports personalities.  Keith will perform during the event. The Golf Classic on Saturday will include more than 120 golfers and celebrities.  The winner of the tournament will win a new Ford truck.  

The goal of the event is to beat last year's $950,000 that was raised.

2015/04 9:09 AM
Cumulus' Jon Pinch Retires--Again

Jon Pinch, Cumulus/Atlanta Market manager has again announced his retirement. The cluster includes Country WKHX, Kicks 101.5.

The former Cumulus Co-COO sent an email today (4/16) saying, ""I just met with the department heads this morning and announced that, once again, I’m retiring…. and this time it’s for real!  I’ve truly enjoyed that last 5 months and the chance to get to know you and the fabulous stations in our Atlanta cluster.  You’re in great hands with a veteran Market Manager, Sean Shannon, who starts next week.  I met Sean 7 months ago and the timing was right for this move to happen now.  My email will be ."

2015/04 8:50 AM
JP McCartney Leaves Alpha Media/Chambersburg-Hagerstown

Jeff  Roteman, aka JP McCartney has stepped down as MD/air personality at Alpha Media Hot AC WIKZ, Mix 95.1 Chambersburg-Hagerstown, MD.  He began at Alpha in 1997 doing mornings at Froggy/Kiss Country 94.3.  He then went on to work at Mix 95.1 doing 7-midnights and then went to middays.  He's been doing that since 2001.  

His career includes working at WTCR York/Hanover, WWKL, Kool 94.3 and WHTO,Williamsport, PA

He suffered a stroke last September and says he is doing very well. His plans tare to continue to working on his tribute sites for various stations including KQV, WTAE, WKBO, WLS and others.
Reach him here /blog/ .

2015/04 8:35 AM
Hillary Scott's Bus Catches On Fire

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott's bus caught on fire this morning as she, her husband Chris Tyrrell, the band's tour manager and the tour bus driver were traveling from Nashville to Dallas for the ACM Awards. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Scott posted to Instagram that one of the tires "caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly." 

A spokesperson for the Garland, Texas Police Department reported to E!News that "There was a blowout on the bus and when they pulled off the side somehow the bus caught fire....This happened around 8:30.  The incident limited the roadway to one lane, and traffic was backed up for 3 hours."

Photo: Instagram/Jason Merritt/Getty Images

2015/04 8:28 AM
Dave Cobb Launches Low Country Sound Records

Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb has opened a new record label imprint, Low Country Sound with Elektra Records.  It will be based in Nashville and be supported by Andrew Brightman of Brightman Music.  The label has signed its first artist R&B/Pop musician Anderson East.  Jennings has also worked with Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, A Thousand Horses and Shooter Jennings.  

Elektra Records is a subsidiary of Atlantic and Warner Music Group and the New York and Los Angeles-based executives will also support low Country Sound.  

2015/04 8:11 AM
Tim and Taylor Among Time's "100 Most Influential"

Time Magazine has named two Country artists to their "100 Most Influential People" list that was released today.  Taylor Swift was named in the "Icons" category while was named in the "Artists" category.

They were ranked along other musicians, actors, politicians, business leaders and religious figures.

2015/04 8:00 AM
More Presenters Announced for ACM Awards Sunday

More presenters have been announced for the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 19.  Additional presenters will include Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakum, Alabama, Big & Rich, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen Justin Moore, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton and others.  

Those presenters not in Country music will include Miss America, 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Dr. Phil McGraw, Nancy O'Dell, Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon and more.

The telecast will be co-hosted again by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton and will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Lady Antebellum and more.

Tickets for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards are still available via Ticketmaster. 


2015/04 8:40 AM
ACM Backstage To Be Most Interactive Fan Experience

The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are setting up ACM Backstage this year that promises to be the most interactive fan experience yet.  Viewers who Shazam the live CBS-TV broadcast on Sunday, April 19 will be entered to win a trip for two to the 2016 Awards, a guitar siged by the event's hosts and more.  ACM Backstage can be accessed with iPhone or Android via the "50th ACM Award" app available in the iTunes Store or Good Play.  For more information go to  www.ACM .

Those holding tickets for the ACM Awards will find Glow Motion Technologies Mobaglo LED wristbands in their seats, which will be used to create television moments throughout the broadcast.  The wristbands will offer more than 16 million series color options and allow ACM Awards Executive Producer R.A. Clark to utilize the audience-worn wristbands to create light waves, sparkles and other effects to highlight key moments nad performances.  It will even be able to map out sponsor brand logos thanks to the audience creating a light-up canvas at AT&T Stadium.

The ACM Awards are this Sunday, April 19 on CBS TV beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).

2015/04 8:31 AM
Florida Georgia Line Doin' The Dew

Florida Georgia Line played an exclusive set in Nashville yesterday (4/14) as they helped launch the new beverage Mtn Dew Dewshine. Nashville-area FGL fans entered a contest via social media and 150 passes were given out for the performance.   This is part of the new brand launch.

Meanwhile FGL's upcoming tour "Anything Goes Tour" is sponsored by Mtn Dew and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are part of the "Dew Nation" as spokespeople for the brand.

2015/04 8:23 AM
Bruce Shindler Gets Back To Work

Bruce Shindler, former Mercury Nashville Director/Southeast is now working as Clinical Associate fro Nashville's Cumberland Heights rehabilitation center.  Shindler retired from the music business last fall with intentions of helping going through alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

On Facebook he posted, "Looking forward to joining hte great people who work (at Cumberland Heights) and hoping I can contribute a little in making someone's life better."

Get in touch and congratulate him here .

2015/04 7:02 AM
ACM Nominee Thomas Rhett And Ram Trucks Partner During The 50th Annual ACM Awards

To kick off a historic 50th anniversary weekend for the Academy of Country Music Awards, “New Artist of the Year” nominee Thomas Rhett is performing an exclusive Ram Country Live! on Yahoo Music concert from the legendary Gilley’s Dallas. Fans across the world can tune-in to the live stream on Fri., April 17 at 8:00P CT here: .
In advance of the 50th Annual ACM Awards, Thomas Rhett will also join Ram Trucks as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest truck parade in history on Sat., April 18 at AT&T Stadium.  He will sign autographs for fans at The RAM Trucks display at the ACM Party For A Cause Festival later that afternoon. Additionally, Thomas Rhett will be featured alongside Ram Trucks during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast live Sunday, April 19 on CBS.
“I’m a truck guy and always have been, so it’s a natural fit for me to work with Ram Trucks” said Thomas Rhett. “This year’s ACM Awards is already so cool for me because I am nominated and get to perform on the television show. But I can't think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley's. It's one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in their career, and even if you aren't in Dallas for the weekend, you can tune in online and be part of it, which is really cool."
In addition to his nomination, the Platinum selling singer/songwriter is also scheduled to perform his recent chart-topper “Make Me Wanna" at Sunday’s Awards. The song marks three consecutive No. one hits from his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS on Valory Music Co., making him the first male artist to accomplish this on the Billboard chart in over 20 years. He just released the upbeat breakup anthem “Crash And Burn” from his upcoming sophomore effort. It derbut at Number 1 on the Itunes Country Chart.
For more information and updates on new music, visit .

2015/04 6:00 AM
Garth's Hitting Knoxville

Garth Brooks will be going to Knoxville on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  He will play at the Thompson Boling Arena on the Universaity of Tennessee campus.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. (ET) at exclusively.  For more information go to


2015/04 5:54 AM
Trisha's Table Debuts At #7

Trisha Yearwood's third cookbook "Trish's Table: My Feel-Good Life" debuted at No. 7 on New York Times sellers list.  This one she says balances her lifestyle between indulgence and discipline.  .

This book [reflects] how we eat more of the time," she tells Dan Rather in an interview that aired last night (4/14) on AXS. "And then, on the comfort foods, there are some things you just can't substitute. You just say, 'I'm havin' the macaroni and cheese today ... and I'm gonna enjoy it.' But the rest of the time, we show you ways to make things lighter." 

The sixth season of Yearwood's cooking show Trisha's Southern Kitchen kicks off Saturday (4/18) on the Food Network.

2015/04 5:45 AM
KTTS/Springfield, MO Wins 2015 NAB Crystal Radio Award

KTTS/Springfield, MO is the only Country station to win the 2015 NAB Crystal Radio Awards.  The award was given yesterday at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon.  This award is given to stations who show outstanding committments to their communities.

"This is truly an honor and exemplifies the total commitment of each and every member of Team KTTS to our listeners and the community," says PD Mark Grantin. "I am proud of everyone in our building. They impress me every day with their desire to create a radio station that serves the community and creates compelling content." 

Congratulate Grantin and the KTTS team here .

2015/04 5:04 AM
Tim McGraw to Play For Sandy Hook Promise

Tim McGraw will take the station at Xfinity Theather in Hartford, CT on Friday, July 17 with all proceeds going to Sandy Hook Promise.  This organization was founded in the wake of hte school shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Joining Tim will be Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.  Surprise guests will also be announced at a later date.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, (4/17) at 10 a.m. (ET) through LiveNation and Ticketmaster.  For more information go to 

2015/04 10:57 AM
KWEN/Tulsa's Matt Bradley Moves To Mornings

KWEN/Tulsa's Branding and Programming and afternoon talent Matt Bradley will move mornings tomorrow (4/15).  He will join Natalie Cash.  He will join Natalie Cash.  Get  in touch with Bradley here

He will be replacing Jim Carey in afternoons.  Carey is leaving for a soon to be announced job.  

Currently the station is looking for someone for afternoons and also include acting as APD.  Bradley is also looking for a morning show producer/midday person to take over for Kristina Carlyle who joined crosstown KTGX as PD.

Apply for those positions here   and here  .

2015/04 9:45 AM
Reba Celebrates Her First Album In Years

Reba is releasing her first album in five years.  The project is called "Love Somebody" will be a part of her won Slacker Radio "I Am the DJ" station.  The station is live and free for all web and mobile Slacker Radio users.

On the station Reba will share her favorite  music and stores about the songs and artists that she loves.  Reba recently shared a story about her friend and now daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson.  

""[She] is now my daughter-in-law, but I've known Kelly for over ten years now," explained Reba. "I absolutely love her. She's got the biggest heart in the world." 


2015/04 8:10 AM
Nate Chester Adds MD Duties

Nate Chester of KWRK and KTNN AM/Window Rock, AZ has taken on MD duties.  This is a newly created position.  

Chester was the recipient of hte Rusty Walker Scholarship for CRS 2014 and has been with the station for two years.  Get in touch with him here

2015/04 7:52 AM
Marty Stuart Loses His Father

Condolences go out to Marty Stuart as he has lost his father John Richard Stuart on Thursday, April 9.  John passed in Smyrna, Tennessee at the age of 83.

Stuart was born on April 5, 1932 in Arlington, MS.  John Stuart married Hilda Annette Johnson in 1952.  They have two children, Marty in 1958 and Jennifer in 1960.  

Services will be held at Old Pearl Valley Baptist Church in Arlington, MS at 2 p.m. today (4/14).  

2015/04 6:18 AM
Rascal Flatts's "Riot" Video To Debut on NashTV

Rascal Flatts will launch their video for their latest single "Riot" today (4/14) on Nash TV.  The video will run on all Nash TV platforms including Cumulus Media nad Nash exclusive partner Music Choice On Demand.

“Big Machine Label Group's and the Flatts'  decisions to world premiere the video for their new song 'Riot' on Nash TV is truly an honor and reinforces Nash TV as the fastest growing producer of original artist-centric lifestyle content in the Country lifestyle segment," said Cumulus EVP/Programming and Content John Dickey. "Lots more of this to come."

2015/04 6:14 AM
The Kid's Movin' In

Warner Music Nashville's Team WEA is working Kid Rock into Country.  HIs single "First Kiss" impacts April 27.  

"Kid Rock is the best-selling solo male of the 2000s," says WEA VP/Promotion Jordan Pettit. "He also brought us the No. 2 most-heard song on Country radio over the past five years ("All Summer Long"). 'First Kiss' is currently top 10 at Rock and our team is excited to bring another summer hit to Country radio!"

2015/04 9:41 AM
Brent Michaels New MD/Events at KUZZ/Bakersfield

KUZZ/Bakersfield's Brent Michaels (left) has been promoted MD/Evenings effective Monday, May 11.  He succeeds Toni Marie who left earlier to join KWNR/Las Vegas to do middays/MD/APD.

KUZZ PD Tom Jordan is looking for a Promotions Assistant/Part time air talent.  If interested, send your information here. 

2015/04 9:12 AM
AristoMedia Group Celebrates 35th Anniversary

The AristoMedia Group is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

President/CEO Jeff Walker founded the company in April 1980 as a public relations firm, theAristoMedia Group that has now grown into a multi-faceted media, marketing and promotion company.  The company includes specialized departments including Aristo PR (publicity and PF), AristoVideo (video promotion and marketing), Arito Works (digital development and marketing), Marco Promotions (secondary and tertiary radio promotion) and Marco Club Connection (dance venue marketing).  The company offers project management and music consulting through Jeff Walker and Associates and digital music delivery for streaming outlets through Stream Track launched in 2014.

AristoMedia and Walker have also been recognized for the globalization of Nashville-based music.  AristoMedia issues a quarterly global newsletter that highlights international Country music news . Walker has received the CMA President's Award, the CMA Jo Walker Meador International Award, Country Music Association Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BCMA International Services Award (UK), and the Canadian Country Music Association’s Leonard T. Rambeau International Support Award.

Senior staff of the company includes Craig Bann (Sr. VP Promotions/Marketing), Rick Kelly (VP of Promotion), Jon Walker (VP of Digital), Christy Watkins (VP of Public Relations/Media Marketing) and Matt Watkins (VP of Marketing/Operations). Located on Music Row, The AristoMedia Group employs 15 full-time and part-time employees.

The AristoMedia Group President/CEO, Jeff Walker notes, “When I started the company, the compact disc was still in development, the Internet was over a decade away from major acceptance, and digital downloads and streaming were not even in the music business vocabulary. The times have driven the company to continuously re-invent our service offerings and expand into new areas I could not have imagined 35 years ago. We strive to stay ahead of our industry’s needs and I’m proud of the company AristoMedia has become.”

For full details on the company and the various departments, visit

2015/04 8:46 AM
Feranadez New Head of CBS Radio

Andre J. Fernandez is the new President of CBS Radio.  This follows Dan Mason's announcement about his retirement this morning.  

Fernandez aill report to CBS Corp President/CEO Leslie Moonves.  Fernandez starts next week and will be based in New York.  He was most recently President/COO for Journal and will lead CBS Radio's 117 stations in 26 markets.  

"Andre is a terrific executive who brings a wealth of experience to this role – operations, financial management, programming and digital distribution, among many other attributes," Moonves says. "He has had great success working in large and mid-sized markets, which has primed him to lead our major market operations."

"CBS is an exceptional media company, and this is a terrific opportunity to join a world-class operation and continue its growth and innovation," Fernandez says. "I’m very impressed with not only CBS’s collection of market-leading brands, but the interface it has achieved with its complementary TV and digital assets, which gives us great opportunities for further development."

Fenandez served in several exeuctive positions at Journal Communications and was named President in 2012 and CEO in 2014.  He was responsible for operational oversight of Journal's broadcast and publishing segments, as well as a number of corporate functions.

He has also held a variety of financial leadership roles at the General Electric Company.  Following GE/NBC's acquisition of the Telemundo Communications Group in 2001, he was named Sr. VP and CFO of Telemundo where he helped steer the company to its best financial performance in history.

2015/04 8:39 AM
​Dan Mason Retiring From CBS Radio At End Of April

Earlier this morning CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason announced his retirement via a memo to the staff. 

The memo reads, "After an unforgettable eight years leading CBS Radio, I am announcing today my retirement at the end of April. Witnessing all that we’ve accomplished and knowing the bright future ahead for our company has not made this an easy decision. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President and CEO and I want to express my gratitude to all of you. My passion and love for this industry is well-known and I’ve enthusiastically watched as we’ve transformed our broadcast business and simultaneously evolved our digital product. I couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments - everything from creating new music formats, and launching sports on FM, to the evolution of  and now , our on-demand podcast network. We’ve made it easier than ever before for listeners to experience our content through new online, mobile and event platforms. 

"However, as much fun as I’ve had, it’s now time to 'pivot' in my personal life. With four kids either grown, out of the house or on their way to college, I would like to do some 'retirement' type things like leisure travel and spending more time doing my favorite hobbies. 

"Broadcasting will always be part of my life. I am happy to continue with CBS Radio on a consulting basis, and I will also be doing more work for the Broadcaster’s Foundation, a cause that I believe so much in. Finally, this fall I will be doing play-by-play for select college basketball games, a passion I followed early in my career. I guess you never get rid of the disc jockey blood you’re born with.

"Most people are lucky enough to have one great run at the helm of an organization – I’ve had two. My thanks to Leslie Moonves who has been so supportive of every new road we traveled down since this extraordinary second time around began for me in 2007. His desire for great content has been an inspiration for all of us and will no doubt continue to be the foundation of the company.

"Thank you as well for facing every opportunity with optimism and dedicating yourselves to teamwork, excellence and creativity. You have been great colleagues. I look forward to seeing you all grow in the years ahead, adding to a long list of successes."

2015/04 8:17 AM
Y 100 Rocks It For St. Jude

Rodney Atkins, Kelsea Ballerini, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Austin Webb starred at last night's Y100 St. Jude Jam at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, WI.  

This second annual event added another $17,000 to the station's 18 year commitment of radiothons and special events for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The 18 year total stands at $4.1 million.

2015/04 4:01 AM
This Mornings Internet Report Of Willie Nelson’s Death Is an Internet Hoax

The internet is buzzing this morning with news that Country icon and legend Willie Nelson has died. One big problem is that the buzz is kind of pointless since the Country crooner isn’t dead at all, reports The Inquisitor .  Willie may be 81-years-old, but he’s still alive and truckin’ and touring. Willie Nelson isn’t dead, he’s simply the victim of another celebrity death hoax.

The website MSMBC posted the article that Willie Nelson was “found dead today in his Maui home.” It goes on to give details to state that rumors of his death first circulated early on February 21 by social media outlets, and that the police later confirmed the news.

With the article was even a picture showing his face looking all solemn and the dates of his life.

The article states that a groundskeeper was doing some routine maintenance on Nelson’s property and found him dead on the front lawn. He called 911, and the police came out to the scene to reportedly find Nelson dead. There even quotes from the “police.”
“There was no evidence of drug abuse or alcohol and no signs of foul play,” said Det. Aldeson.

Here’s the issue with all of this. Many people will see the site and think it is MSNBC when it’s really just MSMBC. The latter is not a real news site by any stretch of the imagination.

There are other fake story links on the side of the article, but they all lead back to the article about Willie Nelson’s so-called death. At the bottom of the page are links to their “About,” “Terms of Use,” and “Privacy,” but they all lead nowhere.

Even with more quotes from the police in the article, don’t believe that Willie Nelson is dead, because he isn’t.

“Determining an official cause of death could take as long as 3 weeks,” said County Coroner Frank Shultz. “It’s just too early to tell what caused his tragic death.”

The article is sadly making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media without having any real merit. It states that the “story is still developing and all information is not yet officially verified.” 

Of course, it is and it hasn’t. That’s because it isn’t even remotely true.

The Missoulian
 just reported a day ago that Willie Nelson is going to play Ogren Park in the middle of June with Alison Kraus. Sure, anything is possible to happen, but the death of Willie Nelson right now isn’t one of them.

Willie Nelson is not dead. He is the victim of the newest celebrity death hoax going around, one that people are going to believe because it’s being shared by a ton of people.


2015/04 3:47 AM
​It’s Two-Weeks At #1 With 'Homegrown' For Zac Brown Band

AllAboutCountry sends congrats to Southern Ground VP/Promotion Chuck Swaney, VP/Promotion Mara Sidweber, and their Southern Ground promotion crew for keeping Zac Brown Band’s  "Homegrown" at the top of the Mediabase Country singles chart for a second consecutive week.

"Homegrown" is the first single from Zac Brown Band's upcoming "JEKYLL + HYDE" album, which is hits the street Tuesday, April 28th. 

2015/04 8:40 AM
Garth Announces Birmingham Stop

Garth Brooks will take his tour to his next stop to Birmingham, AL for shows on June 12 adn Saturday June 13 at the Legacy Arena.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster .

Tickets for Garth in Tampa, FL went on sale today (4/10).  Tickets are also available.


2015/04 3:56 AM
Tony Lynn Joins KBZU/Albuquerque

Tony Lynn,  most recently OM and WLFK PD/morning host/Ogdensburg-Watertown, NY is now doing afternoons for KBZU, Nash Icon/Albuquerque.  This daypart has been automated since last summer when the station kicked off.   This is a return to Albuquerque.  Lynn has worked for KRST and KBQI for over 20 years. He takes the place of John Boy Crenshaw who moves to nights.  It has been running jockless.

“96.3 NASH Icon is Tony’s radio station,” said Cumulus/Albuqerque OM Kris Abrams. “He played all the songs that made country great’ when they were new. Nash Icon is the Country format that unites generations, crosses all boundaries and gets people of all ages excited about listening to the radio. So does Tony Lynn.”


2015/04 3:50 AM
Montgomery Gentry Hang with WQIK's Cindy Spicer

Blaster Record's Montgomery Gentry hang with WQIK/Jacksonville PD Cindy Spicer at the Clay Country Fair.  Cindy shot a video using corn dogs as props.  "Folks Like These " eat corn dogs at the fair!

*no corn dogs were harmed in the shooting of this video!

2015/04 3:31 AM
Alan Jackson to Release New Album

Alan Jackson will release his first studio album in three years.  The name of the project is "Angels and Alcohol" and it is scheduled to be released Friday, July 17.

Keith Stegall produced all 10 tracks of the EMI Record album.  Jackson has released a total of 15 studio albums and "Angels and Alcohol" marks 25 years after he released his first album.  He has been on the road celebrating his 25 years in the business with his tour "Keepin' It Country Tour" with tour mates Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark.  Jackson will also make a special stop in Nashville to conclude the NRA convention downtown with Jeff Foxworthy and Pardi this weekend (4/11) at the Bridgestone Arena.

His exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" will run through June 21, 2015.

2015/04 3:26 AM
Playback Records Nashville Artist Claire Petrie Is Scoring Big

Playback Records Nashville’s Claire Petrie has just been booked for The Legends Show at The Nashville Palace on June 7, along with T. Graham Brown, Billy Yates, Buddy Jewel, Leona Williams, Moore and Moore and many others and Petrie will also be performing on “Music Under the Stars” in July.

Today(4/10), Claire Petrie's hit song "(C'est a Vie) You Never Can Tell" keeps getting bigger and bigger, It has reached #13 in England, and has over 1800 hits on YouTube, and on CM&T today it is at #4 on the #CMandT Chart and climbing .

2015/04 3:22 AM
Women of Country Tour Features Kramer and Ballerini

CMT's inaugural Next Women of Country Tour will feature Jana Kramer (left) and Kelsea Ballerini.(right). This will be an extension of CMT's "Next Women" campaign.

The campaign increases awareness about upcoming female artists in the business.  The tour will stop in 10 cities beginning in Grand Rapids, MI April 30 and finish May 28 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Get all the details here.  

2015/04 3:14 AM
Justin Moore Launches the Gold Record Challenge

Justin Moore has launched his Gold Record Challenge contest and is asking for fans to help him take his "Off The Beaten Path" album to RIAA gold.

Moore is just 150,000 albums short of making that gold status.  If he reaches it, Moore will play a private acoustic concert at the fan's home.  Get all the details and enter here

2015/04 3:06 AM
WSIX Kimsey Keer Adds Duties

Kimsey Kerr, Director of Promotions for WSIX, WUBT (Urban), WLAC AM (N/T) has added promo duties for WRVW (Top 40) and WNRQ (Classic Rock and Alternative translator W2520M after Emily Bermann's departure for WEBG/Chicago.

Kerr has been with the stations since 2013.  She has also worked for Emmis/Indianapolis and 5 Star Radio/Clarksville, TN. 

Get in touch wtih her here .  Michael Bryan is accpeting resumes to fill the job pernanently here.

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