industry members
Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter
Justin Brown
WWQM Afternoons/Imaging   Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Palmer Suk
President   Palmer Artists
Tereasa Hattaway
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2014/07 11:22 AM
HitShop Promotion Team Gone

HitShop is restructuring and has laid off promotion people. 

Those who are gone include Director/National Promotion Rick Baumgartner, National Promotion/Special Ops reps Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne.4

At this point there is no confirmation on VPP Diane Monk-Harrison and Director of National Promotion and A &R Kim Stephens

Cutbirth will continue for the parent company Ramblin' Music Group's Young Guns Publishing. 

"The new artist path at terrestrial radio has become an increasingly expensive and crowded lane,” Skip Bishop says. "HitShop will refocus its energies in artist development in areas including major radio platforms such as satellite, streaming, syndication, social entities and executive level radio strategies." 

Skip Bishop started HitShop in January 2013. 

 Reach Baumgartner at 615-491-0935 or here. Get in touch with Cutbirth here  and Wayne here.

2014/07 8:19 AM
Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour Dates

Luke Bryan has announced dates for his sixth Farm Tour. Bryan's "5-Hour Energy Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2014" will begin on October 1 at Maple Lane Farms in Knoxville, TN and run through Saturday, October 11. His last show will be held at Midway at Central City Park in Macon, GA. 

A part of the proceeds from the tour will go to Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. The scholarship funds college for students from farming families within the towns where Luke performs. His tour last year took him to eight cities. He performed for over 115,000 fans. 


Presale tickets go on sale today (7/29) for the Luke Bryan Fan Club. Tickets will be sold to the public beginning Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. local time.

2014/07 8:17 AM
Show Dog Universal Working with Star Farm Nashville

Show Dog Universal is now working with Star Farm Nashville in its radio promotion efforts. 

"Partnering with Show Dog-Universal Music is a strategic move on behalf of the label to double their efforts in this competitive environment," says SFN GM & EVP/Promotion Matt Corbin. "This is exactly the kind of work for which our company is designed." 

 Michael Powers, Star Farm Nashville President says, "I was part of the promotion team that delivered one of Toby Keith's biggest career records, 'Should Have Been A Cowboy,' back in my Mercury Records days. We're excited to be working with Mark, Toby and the solid promotion department at Show Dog-Universal

2014/07 8:06 AM
Baldrica Leaves Show Dog

Tom Baldrica, Show Dog Universal VP/Promotion and Radio Marketing is leaving effective Friday, August 1.  

"SDU President Mark Wright and I had a two year agreement," Baldrica says. "Those two years are now complete and I have chosen to move on. I want to thank Mark, George Nunes, Bill Kennedy and Rick Moxley for the opportunity to work alongside them. And a sincere thank-you to the promotion team and staff for their support and hard work." 

He joined the company two years ago in September 2012. He has not immediate plans "other than to improve my golf game," and is looking for his next opportunity. Reach him at 615-715-6378 or here.  Baldrica's resume includes a long career with Sony Nashville followed by Average Joes Entertainment for two years.

2014/07 7:39 AM
David Nail Hits The Road

D avid Nail has announced that he will be taking to the road on his "I'm a Fire Tour" in September. Show Dog Universal's Native Run will open his show. Nail highlighted some of the music on his album on Darius Rucker's "True Believer Tour" and also on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown Tour." 

His stops are as follows: 
Sept. 11-Oxford, MS-The Lyric Oxford 
Sept. 12-New Orleans, LA-House of Blues 
Sept. 24-Athens, GA-Georgia Theatre 
Sept. 26-Tallahassee, FL-The Moon 
Sept. 27-Orlando, FL-House of Blues 
Oct. 9-Wichita, KS-The Cotillion 
Oct. 10-Denver, CO-Grizzly Rose 
Oct. 16-Tuscaloosa, AL-Jupiter Bar 
Oct. 17-Jacksonville, FL-Maverick’s 
Oct. 24-Columbia, MO-9th Street Summerfest 
Oct. 26-Cincinnati, OH-Bogart’s 
Oct. 29-Springfield, MO-Gillioz Theatre 
Oct. 30-Tulsa, OK-Cain’s Ballroom 
Oct. 31-San Antonio, TX-Aztec Theatre 
Nov. 6-Rocky Mount, VA-Harvester Performance Center 
Nov. 7-Sayreville, NJ-Starland Ballroom 
Nov. 8-Boston, MA-House of Blues 
Nov. 9-New York, NY-Irving Plaza 
Nov. 11-London, ON-London Concert Theater 
Nov. 13-Cleveland, OH-House of Blues 
Nov. 14-Grand Rapids, MI-The Intersection 
Nov. 15-Green Bay, WI-Meyer Theatre


2014/07 8:59 AM
Tim McGraw Reveals Details About New Album

Tim McGraw is revealing details about his upcoming album "Sundown Heaven Town" to be available on September 16. The album was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore and features a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and timmcgraw.com starting tomorrow July 29. 

"This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. " 

"I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," continues McGraw. "I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music." To build anticipation of the new album, McGraw launched his sold-out summer tour ahead of the album's release. He has been making appearances to introduce his new music. 

 The tracks are as follows:  1. Overrated 2. City Lights 3. Shotgun Rider 4. Dust 5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn) 6. Words Are Medicine 7. Sick Of Me 8. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (featuring Faith Hill) 9. Keep On Truckin’ 10. Last Turn Home 11. Portland, Maine 12. Lookin’ For That Girl 13. Still On The Line 

 Deluxe Tracks 14. Kids Today 15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock) 16. The View 17. I'm Feelin' You 18. Black Jacket 

For more information and behind the scenes exclusives, visit www.countdowntosundown.com.

2014/07 8:59 AM
WCTK Celebrates 25

WCTK, Cat Country 98.1/Providence is celebrating their 25th anniversary today (7/28).  They plan on counting down the top 100 songs in the history of the radio station with Bob Kingsley doing the final 10 songs during the 5:00 p.m (ET) hour.

"While today is WCTK's actual anniversary date, the celebration has spanned most of this year," said WCTK PD Bob Walker.  "Rascal Flatts kicked it off in January with a birthday cake and balloons and an acoustic performance for the staff.   We will continue into the Fall with New England's Jo Dee Messina hosting our 25th anniversary show on October 4 at Rhode Island's historic Stadium Theater."

Get in touch with Walker here.

2014/07 8:50 AM
Paisley Previews Tracks On Twitter

Brad Paisley is taking to Twitter to preview tracks from his new album "Moonshine in the Trunk" album. He has been doing this by tweeting emails and texts received from Sony Nashville asking him to "plug the leaks." 

Paisley even went so far to get Ludicris, his co-judge on "Rising Star, to Tweet a link to the YouTube clips. Again saying that "I promised the label I wouldn't post the link myself. Me. Myself, I." 

"Moonshine In the Trunk" is slated to be released on Tuesday, August 2. The lead single "River Bank" is currently going up the charts.

2014/07 8:25 AM
Toby Keith Named Highest Paid Country Musician 2014


According to Forbes Magazine Country musicians are America's new rock stars..at least commercially. Of the ten hottest albums in the US last year three were country albums. 

And Forbes has just come out with their "The World's Highest Paid Country Musician 2014" and Toby Keith tops the list earning $65 million. Others on the list include Taylor Swift with $64 million, Kenny Chesney with $44 million, Jason Aldean with $37 million and Luke Bryan with $34 million. 

Keith has been the subject of other Forbes articles talking about his many enterprises including his "I Love This Bar and Grill" restaurants, his multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Ford, his own Wild Shot mescal and the acts he signs to his Show Dog record label. 

For more information go here.

2014/07 8:24 AM
Stoney Leaves WDSY/Pittsburgh

Stoney Richards, APD/MD/afternoon personality is leaving WDSY/Pittsburgh after 46 years. He is leaving to pursue his acting career. his last day will be September 10. 

"I love being on the radio but I love acting and there are opportunities I no longer want to miss out on," he says. 

He won't be out completely, though, as he'll continue his Live From The Centre weekend talk show on sister News KDKA-AM, and will be a recurring guest host on 'DSY. 

"I’m also planning to tour with Garth Brooks but we can’t decide on those pesky dates," he says. "Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for Y108 during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization," says OM/PD Mark Anderson in a memo to staff.

 "He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and his peers in radio."Reach him here /blog/

 Meanwhile Anderson is looking for his replacement. Go here to apply and search 19313BR.

2014/07 8:15 AM
Rik McNeil Headed to KJUG/Visalia

Rik McNeil, formerly PD of WEBL and Classic Country WUMY/Memphis is the new PD and afternoon personality at KJUG/Visalia. He starts on Wednesday, August 13. 

McNeil takes the spot of Adam Jeffries who left last month. McNeil's resume includes PD of KWNR/Las Vegas and he has been with KEBL and WUMY for a year. 

 Get in touch with him here.

2014/07 8:09 AM
Yeah! Nichols Lands #1

Congrats to Broken Bow Records SVP Carson James, Red Bow VP/Promo Renee Leymon and Director/National Promo Shelley Hargis and the entire Red Bow Promo team for taking Joe Nichols to the top of the Mediabase Country singles chart with "Yeah."  

This is the second #1 single from Nichols' album "Crickets." This follows "Sunny and 75" that also made it to the top of the charts in December 2013.

2014/07 8:07 AM
Garth Goes For 10 In Chicago

Garth Brooks has announced that due to demand in Chicago, he has added nine additional concerts. Based on the capacity of the Allstate Arena, if he sells out all shows he will play to 185,000 people during the ten shows and will bring in $11 million. 

The shows are scheduled for September 4, September 5, September 11 and September 14. He will play two shows on September 6, 12 and 13. Showtimes here. Tickets here. 

Meanwhile, the staff at Chicago's US 99's and VP/Country Programming and PD Jeff Kapugi have been struggling to keep up. 

"What a crazy and amazing ride the last two weeks have been," says Kapugi. "Hours of preparation squashed with every phone call, another fork in the road. Speculation on what might be next and what to prep for that wasn't even close culminated in one of the best days I have had as a program director in this crazy business. Total team effort from the on-air team, to marketing, promotions and the web team. Lots of screaming down the hallways and running from one side of the building to the other. What a blast! I can't wait for Sept. 4. I know it’s going to be an amazing night!" 

Hear Brooks' call-ins, and stay up-to-date on "all things Garth" via the station website here.  Additional markets have not been revealed.

2014/07 12:43 PM
RPME Eliminates Promo Department

RPM Entertainment has eliminated their radio promotion department effective immediately.  They will now be concentrating their efforts on management and publishing.

Regionals Jon Conlon (west coast) and Will Robinson (midwest) and Chris DeCarlo (northeast) are currently looking for their next opportunity.  Reach Conlon at 818-399-1885 or here, Robinson at 813-205-3355 or here and DeCarlo at 412-398-1212 or here.

The company launched two years ago with the focus on Maggie Rose and then added promotion for Zac Brown Band. 

"I can't say enough about ht staff we assembled," says Jack Christopher, VP/Radio Relations.  "They did a fantastic job under incredibly difficult odds...other labels would be smart to grab them up."

EVP April Rider will remain as Manager for Maggie Rose and Chasin' Crazy, Christopher stays on with the management division and VP/Marketing James Stewart will stay in that same position.


2014/07 8:52 AM
Taylor Makes Her Third Movie Appearance

Taylor Swift will make her third appearance in the movies in "The Giver" that releases next month. "The Giver" is an adaptatoin of Lois Lowry's science fiction novel. 

Swift will play the part of Rosemary, the daughter of the Giver who writes about memories of the Utopian society. Also appearing in the movie are Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes

 Production of "The Giver" began in October 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The film will be shown first at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on August 11. See the trailer here.

2014/07 8:44 AM
CBS Sports.com and ACM Lifting Lives Partner

CBSSports.com and ACM Lifting Lives have partnered and created a fantasy football sweepstakes. Fans can make a $5 donation that will go to Lifting Lives. Winners will be randomly chosen and placed in leagues. 

Winners will win the chance to play in a Fantasy Football Commissioner league with various artists including Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Chris Young, Love and Theft, Montgomery Gentry and Florida Georgia Line. Donate here http://www.acmliftinglives.org/.

2014/07 8:32 AM
Alan Jackson Exhibit Coming

"Alan Jackson: 25  Years of Keepin' It Country" will open on August 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It will run through March 2015. 

The exhibit will follow his career and Jackson will also be the first Artist-in Residence who also has an exhibit in the museum. Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan's career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years," says Museum Director Kyle Young.

2014/07 8:31 AM
Kenny Rogers Exhibit to Open

Kenny Roge rs will be on hand to participate in the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday, August 15.  The exhibit "Kenny Rogers: Through the Years" will run through Sunday, June 14 2015.  

During the weekend it opens Rogers will be on hand for a special interview and he will tell stories from his career while photos and videos are shown.

"Kenny Rogers defined and elevated Country music supstardom in every sense," says Museum Director Kyle Young.  "He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of Country music's audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision.  His versatility is astounding.  We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story."

The interview event is freed with paid admission to the Museum on August 16.  It will also be streamed live online via www.Countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.  



2014/07 8:19 AM
Maverick 102.7 Looking For Talent

Bryan Broadcastng's KNDE HD-4, Maverick 102.7/College Station, TX is looking for full time on-air personalities. The right candidates will have a background in AC, Top 40, Country or any combination of the three formats. 

As College Station is a big college town they are looking for those who can relate to the new generation of Country listeners. The job will include on-air work, production, remotes, appearances, working on websites and social media. Email your aircheck and resume to /blog/.

2014/07 9:46 AM
Edgehill Adds Banish

Kevin Mason/GM of Edgehill has announced that Jessica Cohen Banish is their new Director of Promotion and Marketing effective today. She takes the place of Adelle Borchetta who is leaving to reopen her own promotion company.

“We’re honored to have a person of Jessica’s intelligence and background agree to join us as part of the Edgehill team,” Mason said. “Now Edgehill Music Nashville is truly complete and aiming to be Nashville’s premiere company for promotion and social media services for Music Row and Secondary radio clients.” 

Banish studied Marketing and Communciation at Valdosta State University and she has spent 15 years on-air and as Promo Director at WQPW/Valdosta. She held the same positions at WGNE/Jacksonville, FL. She has also worked for WSIX and WNRQ as Promo/Marketing Director. Most recently she was Director of Marketing and Social Media for the Maria Chrissovergis Public Realations Agency. 

 Get in touch with her here. 

2014/07 8:57 AM
Clear Channel Partners with Ads Wizz

Clear Channel and AdsWizz have partners to develop a new way to target ads in live broadcast streams. The targeting will be based on gender, age, location, psychographics and more. 

 "Having the ability to serve targeted ads simultaneously to specific digital users during a live radio stream across our 840 Clear Channel stations nationwide on iHeartRadio presents a powerful platform for our advertisers and partners," says CC President/Technology & Digital Ventures Brian Lakamp

For more info go here

2014/07 8:28 AM
iHeartRadio Music Festival Set For September 19 & 20

Clear Channel has announced the lineup for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival set for September 19 and 20. Some of the Country artists who will appear include Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves. Others artists scheduled to perform include Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki and more.

"Each year we bring the music of the iHeartradio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide," 

Clear Channel Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said. "It's the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the Festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres." "Year after year the iHeartRadio Music Festival continues to deliver an unprecedented music experience for millions of fans nationwide. I couldn't be more excited to be part of it," said Ryan Seacrest. "The adrenaline-pumping performances by pop stars and legendary artists alike, the never-seen-before collaborations, the energy of the fans and the artists, this is truly an event like no other."

2014/07 8:08 AM
MusicMaster Adds Three Staffers

MusicMaster has added three new staff members. JVC PD Dave Tyler has been hired as a Music Scheduling Consultant. He has been on Florida radio for 25 years. 

 Tyler says,  "I have been with WTRS alone for 16 years and there are few gigs that could entice me away from my JVC Broadcasting family, but this is one that checked every box on my wish list, the most important of which is the chance to work with Joe Knapp, whom I've known and admired for a long time.” 

Digital technology expert, Jeff Schroeder joins MusicMaster team as Senior Technical Consultant for onsite installation, technical documentation, and automation interface expertise. 

Jeff shared, “I've known Joe Knapp and CTO Scott Wirt for almost 20 years, and I’ve been a fan of MusicMaster since then. I couldn't be more thrilled at the opportunity to work with them and the amazing team they've put together.” 

Lorie Robers joins the corporate office as Sr. Accountant. Lorie brings years of accounting experience to the buisness offices of MusicMaster. “I’m happy to be working with VP/Finance, Susan Averbeck. Joining an exciting, growing company like MusicMaster will allow me to utilize my talents and expertise,” said Robers.

2014/07 9:10 AM
Craig Morgan Raises $60,000

Craig M organ held his 8th Annual Charity event on Sunday, July 20 and raised $60,000 for the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization's primary goal is to help foster children in Morgan's hometown of Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. 

Fans saw a motocross exhibition and a group trail ride. Later that night a concert was held on the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. Chuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence joined Morgan onstage for acoustic performances including his latest hit "We'll Come Back Around," The night also featured a live auction.

2014/07 8:59 AM
Cumulus/Westwood One Help Boy With Cancer

Cumulus, Westwood One and "The Bert Show," "Nights Live with Adam Bomb," "Nash Nights Live," and "America's Morning Show" are working together to make a little boy's birthday a bit happier. 

Danny Nickerson of Foxboro, MA is suffering from a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. He will be turning 6 on Friday, July 25 and all he wants is a "Big Box of Birthday cards." 

Since his diagnosis last October he has had to stop going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. He says he gets lonely from time to time and is always happy to get cards with his name on them. Cumulus and Westwood One are asking listeners via social media and on-air to send birthday cards to Danny. The response has been overwhelming. Check out the Nash Nights facebook page here.


Listeners are being asked to mail birthday cards to Danny this week at: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.

2014/07 8:53 AM
Big And Rich Entertain While Filling Up

Big & Rich got a request when the stopped for gas following their "2014 Summer Concert Series" at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Rochester, NY.

According to Billy Kidd, APD of WBEE/Rochester, Big & Rich were headed back to the hotel from the show in a limo bus when they stopped for gas. A fan who had been at the show recognized them and asked when they hadn't played her favorite song "That's Why I Pray." 

John Rich saw the disappointment on the fan's face and ran to the bus to get his guitar. He performed for her right there next to the pumps. Check out WBEE'S Facebook page here. 

2014/07 8:47 AM
KKGO Celebrating 100th Show

KKGO, Go Country 105/Los Angeles is celebrating their 100th show if the "Revved Up Country" show this Friday, July 25. 

The show is produced by Allen Morgan and is broadcast on Friday nights on KGGO. You can listen to the show here

It airs weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m. (PT) and 9 p.m. (PT). Congratulate the staff here

2014/07 8:42 AM
Maddie And Tae Are Most Added

Congrats to Dot Records' GM Chris Stacey and Director/National Promo Kris Lamb and the whole Dot promo team as Maddie andTae are the most added this week.

Their single "Girl In A Country Song" earned 32 Mediabase Country adds. The duo was signed as the first ad of Big Machine's new imprint Dot Records.

2014/07 8:29 AM
Reba Asks "Pray For Peace"

Reba has released a new song and video titled "Pray For Peace" that is available for free on her website . The video can also be seen there.

She recently shared a post on Facebook about her idea to write the song "Pray For Peace." She explained that she was walking around her place in Gallatin, TN and for days she'd sing the words "Pray For Peace" over and over. Several months later she began to piece the other parts of the song together. She then went into the studio to record it and even then, it wasn't complete. 

"I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love," she writes. 

Many celebrities are supporting her in this effort including Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman (right), Amy Grant, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Band Perry, Montgomery Gentry, Melissa Peterman, Kristian Bush, Krystal Keith, Craig Morgan and Kelleigh Bannen.

Search Twitter for #prayforpeace.

2014/07 8:20 AM
Shania Leaving Vegas

Shania Twain has announced that she will end her show "Shania: Still the One" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Her final show will be Saturday, December 13, 2014. Twain has been in Vegas for two years and will have performed more than 100 shows come December. 

She was recently named "Best Resident Performer in the Las Vegas Weekly's annual "Best of Vegas 2014 issue. 

“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’,” said Shania. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”  

Tickets are on sale now for Oct. 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25; and Dec. 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13. Prices range from $55 to $250. Details at www.thecolosseum.com.

2014/07 7:49 AM
Playback Record's Jody Lynn Makes Enquirer Cover




















Aside from Joan and Melissa, look who else showed up on the The National Enquirer's cover...Playback Record's Jody Lynn!


2014/07 11:53 AM
Chris Young Goes To #1

Congrats to RCA SVP/Promo Keith Gale, Director National Promo Josh Easler and the RCA Promo team for making it to the #1 spot this week on Mediabase Country Singles chart. 

 Chris Young's "Who I Am With You" goes to #1 making it his first #1 single since "You" in February of 2012. The single is off his 'A.M." album. 

This is his sixth single that has gone to #1.

2014/07 11:23 AM
CMA Country's Night To Rock Announces More Acts

"CMA Music Festival Country's Night to Rock" has announced more acts for the television special.  Joining already announced artists Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley , Carrie Underwood Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lizzy Hale, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebeelum and Blake Shelton with special guest Gwen Sebastian.

The special will again be hosted by LIttle Big town.  The show ill air on Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC TV.



2014/07 11:06 AM
Bristol Broadcasting's WXBQ Celebrates 80th #1 Book

Congrats to WXBQ/Johnson City, Kingsport-Bristol, TN for their 80th consecutive #1 ranked book, based on Spring 2014 results that were released today (7/21). WXBQ went from 20.9-22.9 winter to spring persons 12+. 

Bill Hagy, PD says, "That's kind of a roll!" 

Hagy reported that the numbers for the station's 25-54 listeners were "somewhere in the mid-20's." The numbers date back to the fall book of 1992. Hagy has been PD of the station since the station launched in 1978. At that time they were using the syndicated "Country Lovin'" programming. 

Hagy hired Reggie Neel in 1980 when the station went live and he's still at the station doing middays. Get in touch with him here.

2014/07 10:57 AM
Powers and Corbin Form Star Farm Nashville

Label vets Michael Powers (left) and Matt Corbin (right) have launched Star Farm Nashville, a new label service company that will include a fully staffed radio promotion department. Both Powers and Corbin were with Bigger Picture. Powers will be the new company's President and Corbin will act as GM and EVP/Promotion. 

Star Farm will also include creative services, video production, marketing publicity and distribution. Staff and roster moves will be announced soon. 

"Our time at Bigger Picture was a learning experience," Powers says. "We learned what not to do. But more importantly, we learned about human beings – how tough and loyal they can be. The primary inspiration for starting this company grew directly out of the organic feeling of wanting to put this team back together and complete unfinished business." 

"Great music will not stop coming just because all of the slots at major labels are filled," Corbin says. "We have met with so many ... who deserve to have a real shot at being heard. We can take their music to radio or, if needed, we can put a deal together for them to have all of the services that have traditionally only been available through major label deals." 

Powers' background includes working senior promotion jobs for Mercury, MCA. Lost Highway and Universal South. Corbin has worked at seven labels including Universal South. Get in touch with Powers at 615-4389-6372 or here. Corbin can be reached at 615-330-2863615-330-2863 or here.

2014/07 8:50 AM
Drew Horowitz New President/COO of Hubbard

EVP/COO Drew Horowitz has been promoted to President/COO. Ginny Morris, Chairman was recently tapped as CEO and Bruce Reese went to Special Advisor. 

"Drew's passion for the radio business and for the people with whom he works is evident in how he approaches every opportunity and every challenge," said Morris. 

 Horowitz has been with Hubbard since 2011. He also spent time at Bonneville after time at Lakeshore Communications and WUSN/Chicago.

2014/07 8:42 AM
Jeff Davis Adds OM Duties for Greenville Cluster

Jeff Davis, OM  of CC's Asheville, NC cluster and PD of WKSF,99.9 Kiss Country will also now be handling OM duties for the Greenville, SC cluster. He will continue in all of his duties in Asheville. He has been with the Asheville cluster for 15 years. 

He was previously PD at WITL/Lansing and worked for Federated in Fort Wayne. 

 "I'm very excited to be working with the outstanding teams in Greenville while being able to continue to work with the great crew in Asheville. Thank you to John Rohm, Rod Phillips and Bill McMartin for the opportunity to work with both teams who will take us to the next level." 

"Jeff's leadership in Asheville has helped our cluster of stations be truly dominant here, making this an easy choice to expand his duties into Greenville," said Rod Phillips, SVP of Programming for Clear Channel. "We are excited to have him work day to day with two more terrific Country brands, WSSL and WESC."

2014/07 8:33 AM
Tige and Daniel To Launch New Syndicated Show

Tige and Daniel will launch a nationally syndicated evening show called "Tige & Danel."  WSIX/The Big 98/Nashville will be their flagship station. Other Clear Channel stations will be running the show. At this point other stations that are adding the the new show include WSCG/Augusta, GA, WKSL/Raleigh and WTNT/Tallahassee. All stations will retain the control of their playlists.

The Bobby Bones Show will take over at WTQR effective July 28.

2014/07 8:53 AM
Kenny's A Sell Out

As was reported yesterday, Kenny Chesney will be appearing at "Flora-Bama-Jama" show on August 16 at the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key, Florida. Wristbands became available this morning and were gone in less than five minutes.

"Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them," said Chesney. "Cause I can't wait to get out there and play. As I've said: I really miss not playing shows, seeing the people and having that exchange of energy that we have every night! The No Shoes Nation always brings it, and brings it hard -- and they push me to be a better artist."

For more information go to www.kennychesney.com/florabamajama

2014/07 7:46 AM
Route 91 Harvest Festival October 3-5

The first-ever "Route 91 Harvest" festival has been announced by Live Nation in partnership with MGM Resorts and it will be taking place from Friday, October 3-Sunday, October 5 in The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip. 

Artists performing include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert and many others and tickets will go on sale Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. 

"Las Vegas and Country music are synonymous with over the top events, and we know that 'Route 91 Harvest' will deliver the latest, greatest experience for fans from all over the world," stated Live Nation Pres./Country Touring Brian O'Connell. "After launching 'Watershed' and 'Faster Horses," this festival is the next step in the evolution of Live Nation's fan and artist friendly festival family. We're thrilled to have it land in MGM Resorts International's newest venue, The Lot."

2014/07 7:39 AM
Dixie Owen Joins Schmidt Relations

Publicist and owner of All The Buzz Dixie Owen has joined Schmidt Relations. Owen will continue to work All The Buzz and handle their clients including Pawn Shop Kings, Brian Davis, Stephanie Quayle and Billy Gilman

Schmidt Relations' client list includes Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan and the Grand Ole Opry. 

As of July 21 you can get in touch with Owen at 615-440-6171 or here.

2014/07 7:39 AM
Dave Pacula Joins BRE Publishing

Dave Pacula, most recently Director/Creative has joined BRE Publishing as Director/Creative. His resume includes Universal Music Publishing and BMG. 

Pacula reports to Black River VP/Publishing Celia Froehlig. He can be reached at 615-780-3070615-780-3070 ext. 6218 or here.

2014/07 7:25 AM
Kevin Richards Joins WKLI and WFFG

Kevin Richards, most recently with Townsquare WGNA/Albany doing middays, has joined Albany Broadcasting's WKLI, 100.9 The Cat and WFFG, Froggy 100.3/Glens Falls, NY doing middays and evenings.  

"We are extremely happy to have Kevin on Team Cat," says PD Jon Reilly. "He will make an immediate impact to our brand." 

Richards takes over for Suzanne on WKLI who will now be doing middays on Triple A clustermate WZMR. On WFFG he will take Ken Edwards' place in a few weeks. Edwards will move to middays and replace John Lawrence. Lawrence will not be on-air but focus on his responsibilities as Director of Production. 

Richards left Townsquare after 20 years with the company. Get in touch with Richards here

2014/07 7:19 AM
Sirius XM To Launch Y2 Kountry

Sirius XM is launching Y2 Kountry today at Channel 57. The channel will include country hits from the 2000's including Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw. 

The channel kicked off with a Clay Walker hosted "launch party," where he played some of his favorites from the era. In coming days other guest hosts including Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts will do the same. 

XM programmer Joey Black will do the programming and he will be overseen by Sr. Director/Country Programming John Marks.

2014/07 9:09 AM
Jake Treats Three Moms

According to People Magazine, Jake Owen is trying to convert non-country lovers. recently was performing in Uncasville, CT and was at the hotel pool that afternoon when he heard women talking about how they didn't like Country music. Owen decided he needed to set these gals straight. 

"We had a spa day for all of our birthdays then it was margaritas at the pool," said Ellen Casey, one of the three women. "We bonded because my son is in a band ... and Jake was saying how the best thing about what he does for a living is how proud his parents are of him." 

Owen bought lunch and drinks for the women and invited them to attend his show at Mohegan Sun that night. He left three floor seats at will call for the ladies. During the show Owen told the crowd about his overhearing the conversation that afternoon. 

Then he said "Where's Terri?" 

When the ladies indicated where they were sitting he asked them to join him on stage to enjoy the remainder of the show from his onstage tiki bar. 

And Terri Smith, the friend with the least interest in Country music is now a convert. "I am especially a fan of Jake Owen-a huge fan," said Smith. "It was a weekend we'll never forget!"

2014/07 8:57 AM
Kenny Announces Free Concert

Kenny Chesney has announced that he will perform a free concert on Saturday August 16 at the Flora-Bama Bar in Pensacola, FL. The show's name is the "Flora-Bama-Jama" as the show will be held between the Florida and Alabama state lines. 

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year," Chesney said "and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them. Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun." 

All details will be coming tomorrow (7/17) at kennychesney.com/florabamajama.

2014/07 8:53 AM
Marvin Kopman Named VP/MM of Montgomery Al Cluster

Marvin Kopman, former Dayton OH Clear Channel Director of Sales is the new VP/MM of Cumulus' seven station cluster in Montgomery, AL including Country WLWI. He replaces Donna Headley who left after 12 years. 

"Marvin has the experience, energy and drive to take our station to the next level," says Gary Pizzati, Cumulus SVP. Get in touch with Kopman here

2014/07 8:29 AM
John Paul Leaves Westwood One

Westwood One's VP/Programming John Paul is leaving to go to Longview, WA where he will be GM for a three-station cluster inlcluding Country KUKN a station he helped sign on in 1991. The move will allow him to eventually buy in as an owner and be closer to family. 

He has been with then-Dial Global since 2010 and prior to that he was PD at KUPL/Portland. 

 Reach him here. At this point there are no plans for his position at Westwood One.

2014/07 8:26 AM
WWYZ's Cory Myers Goes To Afternoons

WWYZ/Hartford's MD/morning co-host Cory Myers is moving to afternoons. She will fill the shift that was being covered by part-timer John Saville after Lance Tidwell left in April. 

"Am I excited about not waking up at 2:45am every weekday like I have for the last 20 years? Um, yes," Myers says. "Normal hours, seeing my kids off to school in the morning, eating eggs freshly cooked and not having to take off any days just to do my kids' hair for picture day at school? Yes! And I bring more hair than Lance Tidwell to afternoons so trust me, I know hair!" 

Broadway will be doing mornings for now.

Reach her here

2014/07 8:23 AM
Darlene Bieber Forms Bieber Public Relations

Publicist Darlene Bieber, formerly with Schmidt Relations has formed Bieber Public Relation. Darlene will represent Brad Paisley exclusively. She can be reached as of July 21 at 615-584-9060615-584-9060. Her address is P.O. Box 51863, Bowling Green, KY 42102.

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