industry members
Chrystal Heidemann
Affiliate Relations   ReelWorld
Rebeka Griffin
Promotions Director   Alpha Media USA
Tom Starr
  Warmer Nashville
Ann East
  Grass Roots Records
Mike Todd
Owner   Wind & Mercy Music
Danny Montana
APD/MD   Hubbard Radio

2016/05 8:52 AM
Dave Ramsey To Keynote NAB and RAB Radio Show

Syndicated financial talk show host Dave Ramsey (left) will keynote the NAB and RAB's 2016 Radio Show in Nashville.  He will appear on Wednesday, September 21 and speak on th "Cutting Edge Trends In Marketing."  He will be joined by John Rich (right).

"We’re delighted and honored for Dave Ramsey and John Rich to join us at this year’s conference,” said RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. “These two incredible innovators will share some great ideas, and Radio Show attendees will walk away with tremendous takeaways they can then put to use immediately.”
“The power of radio has contributed to the successful careers of both Dave Ramsey and John Rich,” said NAB EVP/Radio John David. “We’re pleased to present these talented and engaging individuals at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville.”

2016/05 8:36 AM
Walls Leaves WKDF, Nash FM/Nashville

Middayer Becca Walls is leaving WKDF, Nash FM/Nashville after 16 years effective Wednesday, May 11.

According to her Facebook page yesterday she said, "“Please know this was 1000% my decision and Cumulus Nashville couldn’t have been kinder or more supportive when I delivered the news. I am not leaving Nashville. It is my home and a city I have grown to love intensely.”

will continue her freelance work, which includes serving as Nashville correspondent for Envision Networks' Americountry daily radio prep and other Country products.

"Other than that, I am talking to people, exploring options from freelance to full-time and am trying to get a quick crash course on what it's like to go to lunch in Nashville, somehting I haven't been able to do for the last 16 years," she said.

This news is just after VP/Country and WKDF PD Charlie Cook posted they are looking for a rare full time opening at the station.

2016/05 8:31 AM
Raleigh Exits WVIK/Knoxville

Cumulus Corporate PD and Country WIVK/Knoxville OM/PD Bob Raleigh has left after four years.  Raleigh started with Cumulus for the second time in 2012 coming in to replace Mike Hammond.  He previously service and Corporate Director/Country Programming from 1998-2005.  He then left to run his own consulting company Raleigh Media Group.

Cumulus Corporate PD Greg Frey will handle the WIVK programming until a replacement is named.  Frey can be reached here

2016/05 8:26 AM
Apple Music Making Changes

According to Bloomberg, Apple "is planning sweeping changes to its year-old music streaming service after the first iteration of the product was met with tepid reviews and several executives brought in to revive the company's music strategy departed."

Apple Music, according to the report, will change the user interface, "to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans haven't been made public.  

Apple will also integrate its streaming more efficiently and download business and expand its online radio service.  The changes are expected to be introduced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

2016/05 8:07 AM
Alabama and Sam Moore To Become Stars on Music City Walk of Fame

The group Alabama nad soul man Sam Moore will become the 71st and 72nd stars added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.  The ceremony is set for Thursday, May 26 at 1 p.m. (CT) at Walk of Fame Park.  

Those selected and recognized have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and contributing to the world through song or other industry collaborations.

2016/05 8:05 AM
Dustin Lynch to Take Over Middays on KKGO

Dustin Lynch will be "taking over" the midday show on Go Country 105, KGGO/Los Angeles.   He will be guest hosting through May.  He will be on 10 am.-2 p.m. PST May 9-June 3.

He will talk about the latest music, share personal stories and experiences and bring listeners up to date on the country news from Nashville.  

“We are thrilled to work with Dustin Lynch as he brings exclusive content to our listeners during the month of May. Dustin is uniquely qualified as a fan-favorite and natural entertainer to create a very successful show as he guest hosts on Go Country 105,” KKGO Station Manager Michael Levine states.

Lynch is on the road with Luke Bryan's 2016 Kill The Lights Tour, marking the second run as opener.  He is just off his pre-sold out, headline Hell of a Night Tour.

2016/05 8:01 AM
Bosch Goes To WMZQ/Washington DC

JT Bosch has been named APD/evening host at WMZQ/Washington DC.  He will begin his new position on Monday, May 9 and will be taking over for Paul Donovan who left last month.

Bosch was most recently V/Programming for iHeartMedia/Austin where he also oversaw the day-to-day for Country combo KASE and KVET.  He also was on-air and programmed stations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

"I'm excited to welcome JT to the WMZQ family," said iHeartMedia EVP/Programming Northeast Division Meg Stevens. "His passion and love for Country music paired with his strong leadership skills make him the right fit for this position." Congratulate Bosch here

2016/05 7:16 AM
CBS CEO Moonves Moving Towards Radio Biz Separation

Yesterday CBS Corp. release Q1 financial info that exceeded expectatoins with revenues of $3.85 billion, up 10% over the same time last year.  Local broadcasting revenue also rose 28% to $206 million.

According to Chariman/CEO Leslie Moonves, "we are also moving forward with our initiative to separate our radio usiness, which will unlock value for shareholders and further diversify oure revenue streams.

During an afternoon call he said,"we are working towards separating our radio business from the CBS Corporation, and added, "there's been a lot of interest from outside parties. So, we have a number of different options to consider, and we will continue to keep you posted on this important initiative."

Later in the same call he remarked, "We are in the process of completing an audit of the standalone financial statements of radio and are preparing a registration statement that we plan to file with the SEC in the June-July timeframe."  He once again confirmed that CBS believes radio, as, "a standalone public company is the best option available. However, if there is a transaction that can maximize the after tax value of this business in a shorter period of time with a higher degree of certainty, we will pursue that as well."

According to Wells Fargo Ssecurities analyst Marci Ryvicker, "The Radio split is coming. CBS is starting to plan for its radio split off/IPO - similar to the outdoor transaction in 2014. Les and Joe also made a mention of 'other' demand - inferring there might be some buyers out there. We asked about the potential for dis-synergies with TV post a split-but it sounds like there's nothing to worry about!"

2016/05 10:21 AM
Nielsen's Digital Audio Ratings Delayed

Nielsen's launch of their Nielsen Digital Audience ratings that will measure over-the-air radio listening across mobile and webplayers, smartphones, tablets and computers has been delayed.  The service will provide our industry with the ability to figure out the value of digital inventory and the return on digital investments. The rollout will be delayed at least two months.

"To accommodate client requests for additional time to review and get comfortable with the Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings Data, we are extending the pre-currency preview period by two months to include the April and May survey periods. We anticipate Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings will go live in Tapscan with the June survey period (data available in mid-July). Clients who are already receiving pre-currency preview data will continue to receive those reports, allowing them to analyze their own performance but not in comparison to other stations. We will continue to work with our clients to provide them with additional information as it become available."

2016/05 9:42 AM
Gary Allan Undergoes Arm Surgery

Get well wishes go out to Gary Allan who is recovering from surgery on his left arm.

According to his managment, "He's been dealing with it for six months or more.  He'll probably have to stay away from the guitar while rehabbing."

The arm won't hinder allan from singing and touring.  "Had surgery on my arm last week, but I'm on the mend," Allan said to fans via Facebook.  "See you on teh road soon!"

2016/05 9:38 AM
Well Wishes To Maren Morris

All good wishes to Maren Morris who had surgery to remove her tonsils this week.

Morris underwent surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Monday and is going to release her debut album next moth.  She will also be touring with in his "Ripcord World Tour" this summer.

2016/05 8:53 AM
iHeartRadio Surpasses 85 Million Users

iHeartRadio has released new that they have surpassed 85 million registered users. According to their blog, "Coming at you with some big news--today, we officially surpassed 85 million registered users!  You may remember us celebrating a simiar milestone not too log ago: we hit 80 million back in January, adding five million users in a little over three months.  What's all the fuss about? The growth means that iHeartRadio is still gaining users at a faster rate than Facebook and any other streaming music service!"

The blog continues, "And, our registered user number isn’t the only place we’re picking up steam: we’re also proud to announce that the iHeartRadio app has been downloaded more than 900 million times! We also continue to grow on social media, with over 85 million followers across our network. Plus, iHeartRadio is now available on 80 unique platforms, as we continue to deliver on our promise to be everywhere that our users expect us to be. Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without our listeners, so consider this a heartfelt “thanks” from us to you!"

2016/05 8:45 AM
Nash FM 94.7/NYC Welcomes Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery recently visited NASH FM 94.7/New York studios.  McCreery stopped into talk with Jesse Addy about the release of his new book, "Go Big Or Go Home: The Journey Towards The Dream."

2016/05 8:23 AM
Carrie Underwood Named "50 Most Powerful Moms"

Carrie Underwood has made the annual "50 Most Powerful Moms" list put out by "Working Mother."

She is joined by Adele, Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Melissa McCarthy, Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump and others who have children under 18.  These moms are those who "influence and inspire us to reach higher and farther in building better lives for ourselves."

"What makes a mom powerful is more than just her her impressive income and professional stature," said Working Mother Media Editorial Director Jennifer Owens. "It includes her ability to inspire us, to change our thinking, and to change the world through advocacy. For many of this year's winners, her power is by sheer proxy of example." 

Check out the complete list here and celebrate all Moms this Sunday, May 8.

2016/05 8:11 AM
H.O.L.Y. Brings In Most Adds

Congrats to Republic Nashville Florida Georgia Line and the Big Machine Label team for earning 99 adds with their new single, "H.O.L.Y."

Good work done by the team including EVP Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville VP/Promo Matthew Hargis, Director/Northeast Promo Angie Coonrod, Director/Southeast Promo Liz Santana, Director Southwest Promo Lauren Longbine, Director/West Coast Promo Stella Prado and Promo Coordinator Leah Fischer.

The 99 adds make FGL the most-added single to Country radio this week according to Mediabase.


2016/05 8:05 AM
Tingle Goes To

Premiere producer Lauren Tingle has joined in a freelance editorial capacity.  She will report to Managing Editor Calvin Gilbert.  This is a reutrn for Tingle as she began her career there.  

Prior to working for Premiere, she spent three years at Country Aircheck.

Get in touch with her here


2016/05 7:19 AM
ole Promotes John Ozier

John Ozier has been promoted to VP/Nashville Creative. Ole is a rights management company with operations in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, toronto and London. Ozier will continue to build the songwriter roster for the company and develop artists.

"Ole has always invested heavily in Country and will continue to do so, said Chairman/CEO Robert Orr.  "John strategic, long-term vision of building success and a collaborative culture fits well with our overall outlook on Creative.  I think he's just getting started."


2016/05 7:01 AM
WKDF, Nash FM/Nashville Looking For Talent

WKDF, Nash FM/Nashville is looking for an unspecified full-time opening.  Send materials to VP/Country Charlie Cook here

2016/05 10:59 AM
Brandon Naff New PD KKRV/Wenatchee, WA

Alpha Media KKRV/Wenatchee, WA's Brandon Naff has been promoted to PD for KKRV and
KWIQ/Moses Lake, WA.  He succeeds who has gone back to iHeartMedia's WFUS/Tampa for APD/afternoon duties.

Get in touch with him and send materials for the afternoon gig here


2016/05 10:16 AM
Paul Kelley Names iHeartMedia SVP/Programming For Arizona Region

iHeartMedia has appointed Paul Kelley SVP/programming for the Arizona regaion, effective immediately.  He will be overseeing hte programming for the Arizona region and continue to be in the PD for KESZ and KYOT/Phoenix and oversee the programming in Tucson.  

He will focus on programming strategy adn talent development in Tucson while continuing to lead the two FM brands in Phoenix.

"Paul has been a SVP/Programing for more than 15 years and will be a terrific asset for the Arizona Region," iHeartMedia EVP/Programming Steve Geofferies said. "His multi-format knowledge and leadership skills will help grow our programming and talent teams."

"We are excited to have Paul Kelley help lead our programmatic oversight here in Tucson," iHeartMedia/Tucson Market Pres. Carl Anderson said. "I have had the pleasure of working with Paul over the years, and I am confident he will help us maximize our leadership position in the market."

"Paul is a very talented programmer who very quickly improved both stations he programs here in Phoenix," iHeartMedia/Arizona Region Pres. Linda Little said. "I have no doubt  that in this new role for the Arizona Region, he will be incredibly effective."


2016/05 9:34 AM
2016 NAB Marconi Radio Nominations Are Being Taken

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has opened the window for nomination for the 2016 NAB Marconi Radio Awards.  Nominations for  "Station of the Year by Market Size," "Station of the Year by Format," "Noncommerical Station Of The Year," "Personality of the Year by Market Size," and "Legendary Station" will be taken online through Tuesday, May 31.  Syndicators and affiliates may also be nominated for the category of "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year."

Finalists will be announced in July with winners honored at the RAB and NAB Radio Show in Nashville on Thursday, September 22.

2016/05 8:57 AM
CBS Radio Appoints New SVP/Marketing

CBS Radio has named Kenetta Bailey SVP/Marketing beginning Monday, May 16.  She was most recently owner of her own consulting firm, KB Consulting, Bailey will be respomsible for the marketing and branding of CBS Radio and its portfolio of 117 over-the-air stations and suite of digital products.  She will provide B2B makreting support and work with the divisions Market Managers and statoin management to develop and coordinate strategy for their local marketing efforts.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Kenetta to our leadership team, and look forward to introducing her creative energy and brand expertise into everything we do,” CBS Radio Pres. Andre Fernandez said.  “We have a tremendous opportunity to expand the strength of our brands locally and nationwide, as well as define our long range position in the marketplace. I know Kenetta will play an instrumental role in the telling of our story to the industry.”

2016/05 8:46 AM
Keith Urban To Celebrate "Ripcord" Release

Keith Urban will celebrate his upcoming release of his album, "Ripcord," with three-one-of-a-kind album launches in New York City, Nashville and Los Angeles.  

Urban will appear on Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m. (ET) at Stage 48 in New York City.  The show, called "Tidal X:Keith Urban" will be live online via TIDAL for fans who can't attend. 

On Monday, May 9, Urban will come home to Nashville to perform a free outdoor show at Bridgestone Plaza at noon (CT).  Urban will then head to Los Angeles for an event "Keith Urban 'Inside The Songs of Ripcord,'" at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater on Tuesday, May 10.  Fans are invited and can get more information here

2016/05 8:39 AM
Ballerini and Maddie and Tae Win Radio Disney Music Awards

Kelsea Ballerini (leftand  Maddie & Tae walked away with Radio Disney Music Awards last night (5/1) that aired on the Disney Channel.  Ballerini won for best New Artist and took hom awards for Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country song for "Fly."

Ballerini also performed her single "Peter Pan" while Daya her "Hide Away."

2016/05 8:27 AM
American Country Countdown Award Winners

The "American Country Countdown Awards" (ACCAs) were braodcast live from the Forum in Los Angeles last night (5/1) on Fox-TV.  Winners included:

Artist Of The Year: 
Male Vocalist Of The Year: 
Female Vocalist Of The Year: 
Group/Duo Of The Year: 
Breakthrough Male Of The Year: 
Breakthrough Female Of The Year: 
Breakthrough Group/Duo Of The Year: 
Song Of The Year: 
"Die A Happy Man" -- THOMAS RHETT
Album Of The Year: 
"Traveller" -- CHRIS STAPLETON
Digital Song Of The Year: 
"Girl Crush" -- LITTLE BIG TOWN
Digital Album Of The Year: 
"Montevallo" -- SAM HUNT
Touring Artist Of The Year: 

2016/05 8:08 AM
WWNZ-A/Bangor Goes Classic Country

Charles B. Begin's Pine Tree Broadcassting, LLC's has closed on the purchase of Oldies WGUY-A/Veazie, ME and W231CH/Bangor, ME from Innovative Advtising Consultants Inc. and News-Talk WNZS-A/Veazie-Bangor, ME from Waterfront Communications, Inc, and there has been a format flip at WWNZ.  

The station has gone to Classic Country "The Country Road."

2016/05 7:51 AM
Pepper Daniels In/Dave Daniels Out As AMG Takes Over

AMG/San Luis Obispo, CA has promoted Pepper Daniels (right) to Director/Country and News-Talk Programming for the cluster, including its recently acquired Santa Maria, CA properties.  He will oversee Country KSNI/Santa Maria.  Talent Jay Thomas will assist with programming responsibilities for KSNI and will do mornings.

Leaving KSNI is OM/PD/morning man Dave Daniels (left) who has been with the cluster four years ago.  Daniels was with KJUG/Visalia-Turlare, CA where he spent 17 years as PD/morning show host.  Daniels is looking for his next opportunity.  Get in touch with him here.  

2016/05 7:26 AM
"Think Of You" Goes to #1

Congrats to the promo staff at RCA Nashville and Chris Young and Cassadee Pope as they land in the #1 spot this week with their duet "Think of You."

Great work by RCA/Nashville SVP/Promo Keith Gale; Sony Music Nashville Director/National Promo Lauren Thomas, RCA Nashville Director NE Promo Dan Nelson, Director/Ragional Promo Matt Galvin, Director/Regl Promo Elizabeth Sledge, Manager/West Caost Promo Larry Santiago, Manager/Midwest Promo David "Bubba" Berry and Promo Coordinator Parker Fowler.

Congrats also to Republic Nashvile VP/Promo Matthew Hargis and the netire Republic Nashville promo team.


2016/05 6:37 AM
Rick "Bubba" Taylor Added At KWJJ , The Wolf/Portland

Rick "Bubba" Taylor has been added full-time at Entercom Country KWJJ, The Wolf/Portland, OR.

"It's official! Starting Monday [5/2], I'll be running with 99.5 The Wolf [five] nights a week," shared Taylor via Facebook. "Please join me 7p-midnight Monday-Friday. I'm truly grateful and blessed to be back with Great Country For The Great Northwest."

2016/04 12:33 PM
Pepper Daniels Selected Director Country & NT Programing For AMG/San luis Obispo

AMG/San Luis Obispo, CA Director/Programming Pepper Daniels has been upped to Director/Country
& News/Talk Programming for the cluster and the company's recently acquired Santa Maria, CA cluster,
which includes Country KSNI

Dave Daniels exits after four years. His bio includes 21 years at KJUG/Visalia, CA
Dave Daniels is seeking his next gig and you can contact him here.

Cluster talent Jay Thomas will assume KSNI mornings and assist with programming.

2016/04 12:01 PM
Jamie Patrick Grabs The Asst. OM Position At Mapleton Communications/Spokane

Mapleton Communications/Spokane has upped Country KDRK APD/MD/morning man Jamie Patrick to Asst. OM, effective immediately. Patrick will maintain his APD/MD duties and continue his morning shift with KDRK while adding oversight of the remaining stations in Mapleton's six-station Spokane cluster. PATRICK has been with the cluster for 15 years, the last six of which he has handled MD duties with KDRK. His entire career has been in his hometown of Spokane. He also worked for CHR KZZU, Rhythmic/KYWL/WILD 103.9, and Sports KGA-AM.

"I am excited for this next adventure in my career," said Patrick. "I am anxious to get started in helping our cluster reach new levels of success. Now, if they give me the key to the executive washroom, I really know I've made it!"

Mapleton/Spokane OM Greg Tillotson said, "Jamie has earned this. Since my arrival in the building, he has done everything asked of him and more. His passion and thirst for learning is refreshing."
Sent Patrick Congrats here.

2016/04 11:12 AM
Dan + Shay’s Forthcoming Album OBSESSED available For Pre-Order Now

Chart-topping duo release companion video for “Already Ready” to Facebook as featured Artist of the Day
Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay’s brand new forthcoming album Obsessed, produced by Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks, due June 3 on Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville, is available today for pre-order.

Fans who pre-order OBSESSED will receive instant downloads of Dan + Shay’s latest Top 25 single “From The Ground Up” as well as “Already Ready”. As Facebook’s current Artist of the Day, the pair released a special companion video for “Already Ready” to their page. The video, conceived and created spur of the moment last weekend and filmed in just a single shot at a Nashville house party, is also featured on the Facebook Music page.
The duo gives credit where it’s due. In fact, they attribute the title of the album to their supporters who they teamed up with [their fans] to reveal the track listing. “We love our fans and feel like [they] are a huge reason we’ve had the success we’ve had,” Smyers told People Now. “Our fans are very involved in everything we do. We’re more like friends with them… We know their names, they know our names. To let them reveal the track titles has been really fun.” Dan + Shay also revealed the OBSESSED album cover directly to fans earlier today.

In addition his writing credits on OBSESSED, Mooney co-wrote Rascal Flatt's recent No. 1 hit, "I Like the Sound of That," which " wins with subtleties and sharp songwriting" (Taste of Country), along with Jesse Frasure and pop singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.

Dan + Shay are currently on the road and will join Darius Rucker on his Good for a Good Time Tour this summer, kicking off June 3 in Tampa, Fla.


1. "All Nighter" (Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, David Hodges)
2. "Road Trippin’" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Martin Johnson)*
3. "From The Ground Up" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Chris DeStefano)
4. "Already Ready" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins)
5. "How Not To" (Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni, Kevin Bard)
6. "Lipstick" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Nicolle Galyon)
7. "Round The Clock" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Jesse Frasure, David Hodges)**
8. "Lately" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Martin Johnson)*
9. "Sway" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Liz Rose, busbee)
10. "Obsessed" (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Nolan Lambroza, Breyan Isaac) 
Obsessed was produced by Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks.
*Produced by Dan Smyers and Martin Johnson
**Produced by Dan Smyers and Jesse Frasure

For tour dates and more information, and follow @danandshay onInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

2016/04 10:55 AM
IEBA Board Of Directors Makes two moves

The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) has elected United Talent Agency's Jbeau Lewis to its Board of Directors for 2016. He will serve the remainder of the term of outgoing director Kevin Neal.

Also, the Board has appointed Flood Bumstead Mccready & Mccarthy Agent David Boyer to the position of Treasurer. IEBA will host its 46TH Annual Conference at the OMNI Nashville and Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum this October.

2016/04 9:12 AM
Trailer Choir's Big Vinny and Butter Visit Sirius/XM's Studios

Average Joes Entertainment's Trailer Choir stopped by the Sirius/XM studios yesterday in Nashville to record this weekend's "On The Horizon" show with Buzz Brainard. "On The Horizon" airs on Siriux/XM's The Highway channel throughout the weekends. Trailer Choir's brand new single, "Ice Cold Summer," can be heard now on Sirius/XM's The Highway.

Pictured L-R: S/XM's The Highway's PD JR Schumann, Trailer Choir's Big Vinny, S/XM's Buzz Brainard, Trailer Choir's Butter

2016/04 8:34 AM
Jerrod and Lee Release a Duet

Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice released a duet "A Little More Love" today (April 29).  It will be the lead single from Niemann's upcoming album on Curb Records, which is also Brice's label.  

Niemann is co-producing the album with Jimmy Lee Sloas.  "A Little More Love" was written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann.

Brice and Niemann have been friends since 2002 and written songs together including the track "Shinin' On Me" from Niemann's Free The Music project, as well as "You'll Always Be Beautiful," recorded by Blake Shelton.

"Lee and I have always talked about recording some music together,” Niemann said. “We hope this tune will have our fans smiling and singing along with their windows down and the radio up all summer long!”

2016/04 8:11 AM
Old Dominion Partners with LIDS

Old Dominion has partnered with sports retailer LIDS and headwear manufacturer New Era for a partnership coinciding with the country band's latest hit, "Snapback."

A hat design content will be the first ever music partnership for LIDS and a first corporate brand partnership for Old Dominion.

From now until June 20 shoppers can design a hat for the band and submit their design via Twitter or Instgram by tagging LIDS and Old Dominion while including the hashtags #OldDominionLids and #contest. A design image can also be uploaded through LIDS' dedicated contest microsite.  Old Dominion is supporting the design contest through social prmotion to fans and vignettes now playing a stores.

A winning hat design will be selected each week and the entrant will receive two free tickets to a show agreed upon between the winner and LIDS to see Old Doinion on Kenny Chesney's 2016 Spread the Love Tour.  After eight weeks of winners, those eight designs will be put to a fan vote the determine the grand prize winner.  Teh winning fan will receive a VIP ticket and travel package to a tour stop complete with an Old Dominion meet-and-greet backstage.

The winning hat will be put into production and sold at participating stores throughout the country.  

“Working with a company like LIDS just makes sense for us,” said Old Dominion’s lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “Every night we play a song we wrote that has now become a hit and was inspired by seeing so many of our fans wearing Snapbacks. Our fans are LIDS customers and we are excited to partner up and bring them into the Old Dominion family.”

“We are excited to partner with a group of musicians that exemplify the core values of our brand,” said LIDS co-founder Glenn Campbell. “This band is known for its passion and commitment to the music, the same way our patrons are known for their dedication to their favorite sports teams. Their ambition and love of ‘snapbacks’ makes Old Dominion the perfect partner for LIDS.”

2016/04 7:55 AM
Changes At CBS Corporation?

According to Reuters, execs at CBS Corporation are looking at ways to buy the company's voting shares from Sumner Redstone's National Amusements, Inc. and end the company's dual-class share structure to give Executive Chairman/CEO Leslie Moonves more control of the company.

The report says that CBS has met withlenders in "preliminary and ongoing" talks to see if a deal to buy out the 80% of voting shares held by Redstone is possible.  Redstone's mental state is the subject of an upcoming trial in the lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer over her dismissal as his healthcare representative.  The shares will be held in a trust including Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and Redstone's daughter Shari upon Redstone's death or a declaration of his mental incompetency.

At this point no one is commenting on the report.

2016/04 7:28 AM
American Country Countdown Awards This Sunday

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam will open the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards this Sunday (5/1).  Martina will sing "This One's For the Girls."  

The show will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Fox TV.

2016/04 6:41 AM
WBOJ-A/Columbus, GA Flips To Country

PMB Sports WBOJ-AM/Columbus, GA has flipped to Classic Country and will be known as "Kissin' Country Legends."  The station will be simulcast via 250W FM translator W286BE.  

The signals are a brand extension fo the company's WKCN, Kissin' 99.3, the market's highest rated Country statoin in Nielsen's Fall 2015 diary survey with a 4.9 (5).  iHeartMedia's WSTH received a 4.2 (7).

2016/04 6:32 AM
ASCAP Distributions Increase

ASCAP has posted their 2015 revenue and it totals $1.014 billion.  They have disbursed $867.4 million to its 560,000 songwriter, compser and publisher members. This inlcudes $716.8 million in domestic revenue and a record  high of $573.5 million in domestic distributions, a 6.2% increase over 2014.

They also report a 12.3% expense ratio in tracking, matching and processing payment for 570 billion music performances.  Details here

2016/04 6:04 AM
Knutson Joins Digital Relab

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) Director/Label Resources Megan Knutson has been named Director of Entertainment and Management for Virginia-based tech company Digital Relab.  

Knutson has been with BMLG after a year with Broken Bow Records Music Group.  She was promoted to Dir./Label Resources in 2013.  

In her new position she will remain based in Nashville.  Get in touch with her here. At this point BMLG has no plans to fill her position.

2016/04 6:00 AM
Ryan Nelson Hired At iHeartMedia/Tampa and Sarasota

Ryan Nelson has returned to iHeartMedia/Tampa as APD/afternoons for WFUS/Tampa and PD at WCTQ/Sarasota.  This is a return for Nelson after leaving in 2012.

He will succeed Catfish in afternoons. Catfish will now be handling middays after SVPP/PD Travis Daily was promoted and will continue in his programming role.  WFUS MD Launa Phillips will stay on and assist Daily and Nelson with programming.

Get in touch with Nelson here.


2016/04 1:01 PM
Urban Headed To Canada With "Ripcord World Tour 2016" ***Nielsen Audio Ratings Below***

Keith Urban will tkae his "Ripcord World tour 2016" with Dallas Smith and Maren Morris to Canada in September.

The Canadian leg will begin in Vancouver on Saturday, Setpember 10 and run through Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon.  He will be performing in  Kelowna and Prince George for the first time.

"Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties," said Urban. "From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that's only grown stronger over the years. I can't wait to bring the 'Ripcord World Tour' to everyone this year."

For a list of dates and ticket information, visit website here.

2016/04 12:57 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio Ratings of Subscribing Stations AQH Share P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid WI 16

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  4/28/16
      Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WUSY-FM Country 12.3 11.1 11.2 12.1
WSKZ-FM Classic Rock 5.8 8.2 7.6 7.2
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.3 6.0 6.7
WJTT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.5 7.2 8.2 6.2
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.3 7.6 8.7 5.9
WMPZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 2.9 3.5 3.6 4.1
WGOW-FM News Talk Information 4.0 3.9 4.7 3.5
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 5.8 7.4 5.5 3.0
WLND-FM Adult Hits 2.5 1.6 2.8 2.5
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.4
WOGT-FM Country 1.9 1.4 0.9 2.4
WGOW-AM News Talk Information 2.5 1.2 1.4 1.4
WPLZ-FM Classic Hits 1.9 2.3 2.1 1.1
WALV-FM All Sports 2.1 1.4 0.6 1.0
WPLZ-FM HD2 Other 2.3 0.6 0.5 0.8
WUSY-FM HD2 Classic Country * * * 0.5
WDEF-AM All Sports * * 0.5 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WDRM-FM Country 13.2 12.4 10.5 12.3
WRSA-FM Adult Contemporary 7.8 5.8 6.7 7.9
WZYP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.2 6.4 6.1 7.1
WVNN-AM News Talk Information 3.5 3.2 3.1 4.8
WLOR-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.9 2.8 1.3 3.4
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 3.6 5.5 3.6 3.4
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 3.5 3.6 4.6 3.3
WHRP-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.5 3.6 4.4 3.1
WAHR-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 3.8 2.9 2.9
WRTT-FM Active Rock 3.6 3.0 4.0 2.7
WQRV-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.5
WWFF-FM Country 1.0 0.9 1.7 0.8
WBHP-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 * 0.6
WUMP-AM All Sports * * 1.5 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
Jackson, MS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WJMI-FM Urban Contemporary 12.0 11.8 8.6 12.6
WKXI-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 8.8 10.0 7.6 9.6
WHLH-FM Gospel 7.8 11.3 8.4 8.9
WYOY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.1 6.9 7.8 5.7
WJKK-FM Adult Contemporary 3.2 4.9 3.2 5.3
WUSJ-FM Country 5.3 4.4 7.1 4.7
WMSI-FM Country 3.5 3.7 4.8 4.3
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 3.7 3.0 3.0 3.6
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.8 2.5 2.8 2.6
WJXN-FM Classic Country 3.5 3.0 2.6 2.3
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.8 1.4 1.7 1.5
WRKS-FM All Sports 0.9 * 1.5 1.1
WOAD-AM Gospel 0.9 1.6 0.6 0.9
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WOLX-FM Classic Hits 6.3 6.4 7.1 8.2
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 8.2 6.7 7.0
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 6.7 6.2 6.5 6.4
WMGN-FM Adult Contemporary 8.5 6.7 7.6 6.2
WWQM-FM Country 6.3 5.1 4.7 6.0
WMMM-FM Album Adult Alternative 4.1 2.7 4.5 3.9
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 5.0 6.0 4.8 3.5
WJJO-FM Active Rock 3.9 4.7 4.1 3.3
WJQM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.9 3.5 3.0 3.1
WMAD-FM Country 2.8 4.4 3.2 2.9
WXXM-FM Talk/Personality 1.8 2.2 1.7 2.9
WMHX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.8 2.5 2.4 2.3
WTSO-AM All Sports 1.5 1.5 2.0 1.8
WHIT-AM Classic Country 0.7 0.7 0.7 *
WLMV-AM Spanish Variety * 0.5 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 10.8 12.9 11.7 12.5
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.5 7.7 7.8 8.7
KRMD-FM Country 4.0 4.1 3.1 4.3
KQHN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.1 2.3 2.1 2.4
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
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2016/04 10:08 AM
Stations That Enhance With Visuals Increase Tune-Ins

A study of 11 million NextRadio listening shows that radio stations that use visuals and related content to enhance their terrestrial broadcast increase their tune-ins by nearly 2 hours more listening, per listener, per month, in NextRadio vs. stations which only display their station logo.

“Today consumers are part of an ever evolving app-world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune-in, NextRadio provides a compelling new listener engagement option,” said NextRadio Pres. Paul Brenner.

“Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio—making listeners more engaged and loyal. Not only does the data show that these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not,” said Brenner.

2016/04 9:56 AM
Do Radio Traffic Reports Create Distraction?

More findings on the topic of distracted drivers reveals that radio traffic reports may also be a culprit.  According to ScienceDaily, a study presented to the British Psychological Society conference in Nottingham on Wednesday (4/27) by Gillian Murphy of University of College Cork and Dr. Ciara Greene of University College Dublin who were examinging Perceptual Load Theory adn its effect on driving had 36 people use a driving simulatory while listeneing for a traffic report.

Half were asked to listen for a simple task (listening for a change in gender) while the other half were asked to listen for a more complex task (pay attention to a reports about a particular road).  

Only 23% of the drivers in the complex task noticed an elephant or gorilla by the side of the road, as compared to 71% listening for the simple task.  Those listening for the complex task also were worse at obeying road signs and everyday driving tasks.

According to Murphy, "The fact that we found this using a simple, naturally occurring task like listening out for a traffic update on the radio suggests that the load on our hearing may be an important and overlooked contributor to driver distraction."


2016/04 8:38 AM
Bobby Bones and Brooklyn Decker Co-Host 2016 iHeartCountry Festival

The iHeartCountry Festival taking place this Saturday, April 30 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX will be hosted by syndicated host Bobby Bones and actress/model Brooklyn Decker.  

Performers on the Main Stage will include Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.  The Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival will feature Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane and Maren Morris.

The festival will video stream live on iHeartRadio online beginning Satruday, April 30 at 8 p.m.  iHeartMedia Country outlets will broadcast the event live.   It will also be broadcast on the AT&T Audience Network on Friday, May 13 at 9 p.m. (ET via DirectTVchannel 239 or U-verse channel 1114.  For more information visit iHeartCountry Festival homepage.

2016/04 8:27 AM
KRMD (Nash FM 101.1) Julie Kansy Gets PD Job

Julie Kansy, Top 40 KQHN, i97.3/Shreveport has named July Kansy as PD.  Kansy joined Cumulus Media/Schreveport in 2014 as Afternoon Driver/APD at sister Country KRMD, Nash FM 101.1.  In 2015 she was named OM of the cluster.

She has also served as PD of Sports KRMD, 100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.

According to VP/MM Brandon Beard, Since joining Cumulus in October of 2014 to host an afternoon show on KRMD, Jules has done an incredible job of going above and beyond for our cluster. In 2015, Jules was elevated to Operations Manager and has shined in that role. Jules shows the type of passion that every GM across America would love to have. We are proud to announce that Jules will now lead our Top 40 station KQHN i97.3 as the PD and also begin the search for a local morning show. Jules will continue in her role as the OM and will continue to host her afternoon show on KRMD. We are proud to call Jules part of the Cumulus family in Shreveport.”

“Cumulus has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.  I have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears (don't believe me - check out my Facebook page) into radio and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is my first love and passion. I look forward to collaborating further with Cat Thomas and Brandon Beard to take i97.3 to the top," remarked Kansy.


2016/04 8:23 AM
Band Perry's Song Chosen as Team USA's Olympic Anthem

The Band Perry's "Live Forever" has been chosen by Team USA's official song at the 2016 Summer Olympics August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

Watch the "Olynpics Edition" video for the song here

2016/04 6:16 AM
Garth Back in Vegas For Fourth of July

Garth Brooks and tour mate/wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking their World Tour to Vegas Friday, June 24, Satruday, June 25, Satruday July 2, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4.

Go here for ticket information

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