2015/01 7:55 AM
The Oaks Visit President George H.W. Bush


The Oak Ridge Boys recently spent time with President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.  They were on a recent trip to Houston, TX.

According to the group's Joe Bonsall,  the group and their tour manager and friend were honored with a great visit.

Bush experienced heath problems during Christmas but was skydiving in June 2014 to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Pictured (L-R) front: William Lee Golden, President George H.W. Bush, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban. Standing: Duane Allen, Darrick Kinslow, Barbara Bush & Darrell Bowling

2015/01 7:34 AM
Alan Jackson Exhibit Extended

The Country Music Hall of Fame nad Museum's exhibit Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country was originally scheduled to close in March.  But it has now been extended to June 21, 2005.

To add the the exhibit the museum has welcomed the return of Jackson's 55 Ford Thunderbird.  The car is now on display in the Curb Conservatory lobby from February 8-16.  At the age of 12 Jackson began saving his money and bought the car when he was 15. He restored it with his dad Gene and drove it throughout high school.

Denise Jackson, Alan's wife, started dating him because “he owned the coolest car in town.” 

Jackson eventually sold the car to make a down payment on their first home.  Several years later Denise found the car and gave it back to Alan as a Christmas present.  The car was the inspiration for Jackson's song "First Love," and in 1008 the care (and wife Denise) were in the music video "Good Time."

“We are thrilled to bring Alan’s ‘first love,’ his 1955 T-Bird, back to the museum,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “This beautiful car was not only an integral part of Alan and Denise’s love story but the inspiration for one of his songs. Its return is the perfect way to kick-off the exhibit’s extension and celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

The Museum is lauching their "First Love Getaway" Contest to mark the return of the T-Bird to the museum.  From today until February 6 fans can share their own first-date stories on the Country Music Hall of Fame's Facebook page. They will be entered to win a romantic Valentine's weekend getaway fro two to Nashville. For more information go to countrymusichalloffame.org.


2015/01 7:17 AM
SoundExchange Has A Banner Year in 2014

According to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe, "2014 was a banner year for SoundExchange.  Not only did we pay out more royalties to recording artists and record labels, but they now receive payments faster than ever after we became the first sound recording performance rights organization in the world to deliver monthly payments. While 2014 finished on a high note, we look forward to continuing our success and growth in 2015 which promises to be even more exciting.”

The Washington DC-based company's 2014 fourth quarter distribution also increased from the previous year with more than 38,800 payment totaling approximately $183 million.

2015/01 7:06 AM
WLOH Goes Country

According to the Lancaster Eagle Gazeette, WLOH Radio Co. Talk WLOH A/Lancaster, OH is flipping format to Country today at noon (ET).

The format will be programmed locally and some staff from the Talk format will continue in the new Country format.  Those remaining include Tina Thompson doing mornings, Anne Darling, news anchor and host of "Community Connection," owner Mark Bohach will continue on in middays and Scott Saunders will be on afternoons.

In addition, Jack Greathouse will continue as sports host, Keith Smithfield II will be handling sports directing and sportcaster Joey Rogers will air local high school sports as well as Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Bengals, Columbus Blue Jackets nd Ohio State University games.

2015/01 5:19 AM
Miranda Tops The List of ACM Nominees

The nominees for the American Country Music Awards were announced this morning and Miranda Lambert leads with eight nomninations including Entertinmer of the year and Female Vocalist of hte Year.  This is her fourth nominations for Entertainer and ninth for Female Vocalist.
Right behind Miranda is Dierks Bently with seven moniations in cluding two in teh Song of the Year category.  He is nominated for both artist and songwriter fro "I Hold On."
Florida Georgia Line received five nominations and Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church receiving four.
The full list is below:

Entertainer of the Year

·          Jason Aldean

·          Garth Brooks

·          Luke Bryan

·          Miranda Lambert

·          Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist of the Year (TIE)

·          Jason Aldean

·          Dierks Bentley

·          Luke Bryan

·          Eric Church

·          Brad Paisley

·          Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

·          Brandy Clark

·          Miranda Lambert

·          Martina McBride

·          Kacey Musgraves

·          Carrie Underwood


        Vocal Duo of the Year

·          Brothers Osborne
 Dan + Shay
 Florida Georgia Line
 The Swon Brothers

Vocal Group of The Year

·          Lady Antebellum

·          Little Big Town

IT ·      Rascal Flatts

·          The Band Perry

·          Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year

·          Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
  Producer: Michael Knox
 Record Label: Broken Bow Records


·          Pain Kille r,  Little Big Town
 Producer: Jay Joyce
 Record Label: Capitol Records, Nashville

·          Platinum,  Miranda Lambert
  Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddle, Glenn Worf
 Record Label: RCA Nashville

·          Riser   Dierks Bentley
  Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston
 Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

·          The Outsiders  Eric Church
  Producer: Jay Joyce
 Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Single Record of the Year:

·          "American Kids"   Kenny Chesney
  Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
 Record Label: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

·          "Automatic"   Miranda Lambert
  Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
 Record Label: RCA Nashville

·          "Dirt"   Florida Georgia Line
  Producer: Joey Moi
 Record Label: Republic Nashville


·          "Drunk On A Plane"  Dierks Bentley
  Producer: Ross Copperman
 Record Label: Capitol REcords Nashville

·          "I Don't Dance "  Lee Brice

Producer: Lee BRice

Record Label: Curb Records

Song of the Year:

·          "American Kids"  Kenny Chesney
 Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally


        "Automatic"   Miranda Lambert

·          "Drink A Beer"  Luke Bryan


·          "Follow Your Arrow"   Kacey Musgraves


·          "Give Me Back My Hometown"   Eric Church

·          "I Hold On"  Dierks Bentley

             Songwriters: DIERKS BENTLEY, BRETT JAMES

Songwriter of the Year

·          Rodney Classo
  Ashley Gorley

·          Luke Laird

·          Josh Osborne

·          Chris Tompkins

Video of the Year

·          "American Kids"  Kenny Chesney
  Director: SHAUN SILVA
 Producer: DON LEPORE

·          "Cop Car"   Keith Urban
  Director: JOHN URBANO

·          "Drunk On A Plane"   Dierks Bentley
  Director: Wes Edwards
 Producer: Clarke Gallivan


·          "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"   Glen Campbell
  Director: James Keach

·          "Somethin' Bad"   Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
  Director: TREY FANJOY

Vocal Event of the Year

·          "Lonely Tonight "  Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

·          "Meanwhile Back At Mama's"   Tim McGraw featuring Faith HIll

·          "Somethin' Bad"   Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
 Record Label: RCA NASHVILLE

·          "The South"   The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia LIne, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli

·          "This Is How We Roll"  Florida Georgia LIne Featuring Luke Bryan
  Producer: JOEY MOI

Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year begins on Wednesday, April 8th at 3 pm. (ET) at Vote ACM.com .  Voting will close during the third hour of the broadcast.  First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year is now open at VOTEACM.com and voteacm.CMT.com and will close on Tuesday, February 10 at 6 p.m. (ET).  The final three nominees will be announced in the coming weeks  and will move on to compete in teh final round of voting for the New Artist category at VoteACM.com.   .  Final round fan for the New Artist fo the Year category begins at Wednesday, April 8th at 3 p.m. (ET) and will close at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday April 19 (before the live telecast begins).



2015/01 7:55 AM
Finalists Announced For The 2015 'ACM Broadcast Awards'

They are as follows:

ACM Broadcast Personality Of the Year

  • "The Big D & Bubba Show", (Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas), Compass Networks
  • "CMT After Midnight" (Cody Alan), Premiere Networks
  • "The Crook And Chase Countdown", (Crook and Chase), Premiere Networks
  • "The Lia Show", (Lia Knight), Westwood One
  • "Nash Night Live", (Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith), Cumulus Media

Major Market
  • "Ben & Matt", KNIX/Phoenix, iHeartMedia
  • "Dave & Veronica", WQYK/Tampa, Beasley
  • "Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray", WUSN/Chicago, CBS Radio
  • "Razz On the Radio", WXTU/Philadelphia, CBS Radio
  • "Tanner In The Morning, WSOC/Charlotte, Beasley

Large Market
  • "AJ & Ashley", WWKA/Orlando, COX Media
  • "The Big Dave Show", WUBE/Cincinnati, Hubbard Broadcasting
  • "Dave O’Brien", WLHK/Indianapolis, Emmis Communications
  • "Q Morning Crew", WQDR/Raleigh, Curtis Media Group
  • "The Odd Squad", CKRY/Calgary, AB, Corus Radio

Medium Market
  • "97 Country Breakfast Club", WPCV/Lakeland, FL, Hall Communications
  • "Buzz Jackson", KIIM/Tucson, Cumulus Media
  • "Cash AND Carey", KWEN/Tulsa, COX Media
  • "The KAT 103 Morning Show", KXKT/Omaha, iHeartMedia
  • "Wynn & Wilson", WQMX/Akron, Rubber City Radio

Small Market
  • "Good Morning Guys", KUAD/Ft. Collins-Greeley, CO, Townsquare Media
  • "Gator, Styckman, & Cowboy Kyle", WUSY/Chattanooga, iHeartMedia
  • "M. Fletcher Brown", WXFL/Florence, AL, Big River Broadcasting
  • "Philip Gibbons", WGSQ/Cookeville, TN, Cookeville Communications
  • "Scotty & Cara In The Morning", KCLR/Columbia, MO, Zimmer Radio Radio

ACM Radio Station Of The Year

Major Marget
  • KNIX/Phoenix, iHeartMedia
  • WIL/St. Louis, Hubbard Broadcasting
  • WKLB/Boston, Greater Media
  • WSOC/Charlotte, Beasley
  • WUSN/Chicago, CBS Radio

Large Market
  • CKRY/Calgary, AB, Corus Radio
  • KAJA/San Antonio, iHeartMedia
  • WMIL/Milwaukee, iHeartMedia
  • WUBE/Cincinnati, Hubbard Broadcasting
  • WWKA/Orlando, COX Media

Medium Market
  • KUZZ-AM/FM/Bakersfield, Owens One
  • KXKT/Omaha, iHeartMedia
  • WCYQ/Knoxville, Journal Broadcast Group
  • WQMX/Akron, Rubber City Radio
  • WYRK/Buffalo, Townsquare Media
Small Market
  • KCLR/Columbia, MO, Zimmer Radio
  • KTHK/Idaho Falls, ID, Riverbend Communications
  • WGSQ/Cookeville, TN, Cookeville Communications
  • WXFL/Florence, AL, Big River Broadcasting
  • WYCT/Pensacola, FL, ADX Communications
These radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 18th in Arlington, TX.

Also, the "Songwriter Of The Year" nominees were announced. They are:
  • Rodney Clawson
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Josh Osborne
  • Chris Tompkins
"Songwriter of the Year" will be presented during the "9th Annual ACM Honors" event on Tuesday, September 1st in Nashville.

2015/01 7:41 AM
Lorrie Morgan and Friends Organize "I Am A Woman"

Lorrie Morgan and friends have organized a benefit concert for long time industry veteran, friend and comrade in music, Ms. Debbie Ballentine.  

With the loving support and strength from family and friends, Ballentine has been bravely fighting her battle with cancer since Fall 2011. After completing various treatments and courses of radiation therapy, results have not been optimum; there is no cure for Ballentine’s condition. The family’s medical bills incurred during her illness are insurmountable.

Lorrie Morgan, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Jesse Keith Whitley, Ashlee HewittTG Sheppard, Kelly Lang and Baillie and The Boys will donate their time and talents to support Ballentine at the I Am A Woman benefit concert in her honor. The charity event will be held at Silver Dollar Saloon (110 2nd Avenue North, Nashville, TN) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person; a limited quantity of PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! Visit  http://silverdollarsaloon.com/event.cfm?id=191432&cart .  Tickets may also be purchased day-of-show beginning at 5 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


2015/01 7:14 AM
Trisha Releases Third Cookbook

Trisha Yearwood is releasing her third cookbook "Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites For A Balanced Life" will be released March 31.  Husband Garth Brooks will write a foreward.  

Trisha released the cover on social media yesterday.  For more info go here

2015/01 7:08 AM
Katie Zac New Morning Show Producer at WDSY

Katie Zac, event staffer for Radio/Pittsburgh has been promoted to Morning Show Producer for Jimmy and Monty on cluster Country WDSY.  She will also contribute on-air and through the station's digital platforms.  This position has been vacant in recent years. .

"We had a very long list of highly qualified and impressive internal candidates for this new position," says PM/PD Mark Anderson. "Congrats Katie! We're looking forward to the great work you will do in your enhanced role with Team Y108!" 

She will start her new gig on Monday (2/2).

2015/01 7:01 AM
Max Davies Named Managing Director of RCS New Zealand

Max Davies has been appointed as the new Managing Director of RCS New Zealand, the development base for all RCS traffic products. Davies is a commercial traffic expert.  

Prior to setting up his own project management consultancy in 2013 Davies was Business Development and Client service Director at GES, the UK behind PlanIT and the Broadnet traffic system.  He has also served as Director of JICRIT, the joint industry initiative created by UK radio sales houses and media agencies, where he project managed the development and launch of J-ET, the UK advertising industry’s first electronic trading system.

RCS International Division Senior Vice President, Mike Powell, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Max Davies to RCS. His deep knowledge of traffic systems and the advertising industry is unparalleled and he will now lead an immensely talented team of professionals in New Zealand who develop ground-breaking traffic products used by some of the world’s biggest radio groups. He will play a key role alongside our Product Manager, Joanna Saré, in the strategic development of our class-leading Aquira traffic system.”

2015/01 4:04 AM
Friday The Nominations For The '50th Annual ACM Awards' will Be Announced

The "4th Annual ACM Digital Press Conference" announces the nominees for the "50th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards” tomorrow (1/30) at 8:30 AM (ET) via ACM social media channels.

You can follow the action at   ACM Facebook ; the  ACM Instagram ; and the  ACM Twitter feed  for the announcements in real time.

Get the full list of nominations as soon as they are revealed, following the nominations announced via social media on  www.acmcountry.com .

2015/01 3:25 AM
Tim McGraw Performs For Glen Campbell At The Oscars

Big Machine Records'  Tim McGraw  will be performing Glen Campbell's single "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" during the Oscars. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was nominated in the "Best Original Song" category in early January.

The song was written with longtime producer and friend Julian Raymond, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was the final song Campbell was able to record before losing his ability to sing.  Campbell, who is 78, was moved to a special care facility last April of last year, where he is undergoing treatment for Alzheimers.

The Campbell family said, “We are thrilled that Tim McGraw will be singing ‘I'm Not Gonna Miss You’ on Glen Campbell’s behalf at the Academy Awards. Glen was always a fan of his music and Tim is sure to bring great emotional depth to the performance. We can't wait to hear it live!”

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22nd at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and televised live on the ABC-TV at 7 PM (ET).

2015/01 3:15 AM
'Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam' Adds Performers

The " Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam " has added more artists.  Joining Charlie will be Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Colt Ford, and other previously announced performers Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Outlaws, and Lee Roy Parnell.

"Volunteer Jam" will be held at Bridgestone Arena/Nashville on Wednesday, August 12th.  Sean Hannity and Stormie Warren are slated to host the event, which benefits  The Journey Home Project , a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect donors to veterans' organizations that can meet health care, education and career needs for those leaving the military.   Teh Precdators Foundation will also benefit from the charity event.

"I'm very excited to continue the Jam tradition forty years later," stated Daniels. "I hope to see more Nashville Volunteer Jams in the future. Ain't it good to be alive, and be in Tennessee."

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (1/30) via  Ticketmaster  and at the Bridgestone Arena box office in Nashville.  For more information, visit  www.CharlieDaniels.com .

2015/01 2:00 AM
Nielsen: Staying Connected Behind the Wheel

In a new post on the Nielsen  website they write, "Connectivity has never been easier or come with more options. And as mobile tech continues to permeate the consumer landscape, car manufacturers are ramping up their efforts to help keep customers plugged in while they’re behind the wheel. So as the trend increases, which features are U.S. consumers looking for, which ones are they already using, and which ones could be left at the dealership?"

This report finds that 76% believe the connected car "is revolutionary," while 41% think it's “too distracting.”

Check out their finding below:

2015/01 7:51 AM
The Band Perry To Curate Grammy Amplifier

The Band Perry has been chosen to be one of the curators for the Grammy Amplifier initiative to evaluate and choose talent through online submissions and select three winners in the online mentoring program.

Other curators include Ziggy Marley and Allen Stone.  All three will work wtih Grammy Amplifier Ambassador Mark Ronson."We couldn't be more excited to continue our dedication not only to the Grammy's  but to the celebration and support of making music," stated Hyundai Motor America Dir./Marketing & Communications David Matathia. "The Amplifier program and our partnership with the Grammys allow Hyundai to celebrate innovation and creativity through a truly unique and inspiring platform."

The three winners will be awarded a studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer, filming and starring in their own music video or getting a spot for a noted musician and/or at a music festival.  

Artists are encouraged to enter via the Amplifier program website www.grammyamplifier.com for consideration. Twenty five finalists will be chosen based upon their tracks and social media amplifications

Go to www.Grammyamplifier.com for more information.


2015/01 7:45 AM
Brian Rickman Leaves URBan Radio Broadcasting

Brian Rickman, most recently Regional Director of Programming has left URBan Radio Broadcasting after more than 10 years. His position has been eliminated.

He was responsible for multiple formats in six markets including Country, Urban, Top 40, Rock, Urban AC, Triple A, Oldies, Sports and News/Talk. He was based out of Florence-Muscle Shoals.

He has also worked for Cumulus, NextMedia, Cromwell Radio and Greater Media in similar positions.  He is looking for his next opportunity and can be reached at /blog/ or at 256-320-4373.


2015/01 7:35 AM
Blake in Sandler Movie?

Blake Shelton is rumored to be in line for a movie role, according to thewrap.com.  Adam Sandler has tapped Shelton to be in his lastest movie "Ridiculous 6." Shelton will play Wyatt Earp.

Others in the movie will also star Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Whitney Cummings as well as Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.

Netflix confirmaed that the movie will be Sandler's first Netflix feature and production will begin in February.

2015/01 7:27 AM
Universal Music Publishing Signs Blair Daly

Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville has signed songwriter Blair Daly to an exclusive publishign agreement.  Daly has written for Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Faith Hill and many more.

"We are beyond excited to add Blair Daly to our amazing roster of writers," said UMPG Nashvile EVP/GM Kent Earls. "We have been vwery fortuante to work wtih Blair through many co-writer collathorations over the last 15+ years.  His hits are as diverse as his songwriting talent and we look forward to helping Blair further his career and music."



2015/01 7:21 AM
Coleman Releases Music Buying Vs. Music LIstening

Coleman Research has released the second part of a series about how listeners engage with music.  The latest study is about why music listening and music buying are very different.  Coleman's Matt Bailey warns radio stations to be careful not to confuse the two.  

Based on comparisons made by two different sets of data provided by Billboard it reveals that "music buying and music listening patterns are fundamentally different.  When you understand why they're different, you'll also understand how making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray."

For Country stations that are playing new music there are many factors that go into making decisions on adds, with sales being one of those components considered.  But if a station waits too long for sales data they can miss the opportunity to add a song that becomes a major hit and having listeners realize that this station is not a good place to hear up-and-coming new music. Research has shown that radio's reputation for a place to discover new music is slipping, particularly with young people.

Bridge Ratings has also been researching music buying vs. music listening and concurs with Coleman.  According to Bridge Rating's Dave Van Dyke, "...it is clear from our analysis as well that songs are consumed over a much longer window than sales would account for.  

"Case in point: on last week's Top 1000 most streamed songs ranker 33% were from 2014, 20% were from 2013, and it just gets more interesting from there: 2012-10%, 2011-7%, 2010-5%, 2009-3%.  As you can see, there are songs that maintain their popularity long after the sales cycle.  

"As you can see, there are songs that maintain their popularity long after their sales cycle.  And while it may not be germane to current-based stations, there are songs on last week's top 1000 from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  Songs that sustain over time and are continually listened to.  Fifty one songs on last week's most-streamed songs list are from 2010.  Twenty of the top 100 are from 2011, 2012 or 2013.  On-demand streaming data is radio's opportunity to align itself with true music consumption.  Let's see what the industry does with it."

2015/01 7:13 AM
Taste of Country Music Festival Announces Line Up

The "3rd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival" has announced more artists that will be in the lineup.  Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant, Logan Mize, Colt Ford, Josh Abbott Band, Tracy Lawrence and Locash have been added to the lineup. They will join Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.  

The festival will take place Friday, June 12-Sunday, June 14 at the Hunter Mountain Resort in the Great Northern Catskills in New York.  

For more information go to www.TasteOfCountryFestival.com.

2015/01 7:08 AM
Kristian Bush Coming With Solo Album

Kristian Bush, long-time member of Sugarland is releasing his debut album "Southern Gravity" to be released April 7 on Streamsound Records. The lead single is "Traler Hitch" and showcases Bush. 

"I love this album. The songs on "Southern Gravity" feel like home to me, and I am proud and excited to share them, finally. They are your stories as much as they are mine, and I hope you hear yourself in here, no matter if you are standing up, falling down, or dancing in between the pieces of your life,” said Bush.

Bush worked with producer Tom Tapley and executive producer Byron Gallimore (Sugarland, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw) on the project.  Bush is a co-writer on each o the 12 tracks and he worked with songwriters like Bob DiPiero, Paul Overstreet, Tom Douglas and others.

Bush will also be hitting the road in 2015 and will continue his "Put Your Soul In It" tour.  He will make stops at the Ryman Auditorium (2/15), The Bluebird Cafe (2/26) and the Grand Ole Opry (3/6). 


2015/01 7:07 AM
Shania "Still The One" Will Air on ABC

"Shania: Still the One Live From Vegas" will air on Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. (CT) on ABC TV.

The concert event will feature "Shania: Still the One" Vegas stage performance.  It will also include an hour of never-before-scene footage including the traning, rehearsals, costumes nd all the decisions that went into the show.

For more information go to www.shaniatwain.com.

2015/01 7:52 AM
Reilly Joins KHKX/Odessa

Gillian Reilly, most recently morning co-host at CBS Top 40 WZDH/Detroit has joined Brazos West Country KHKX/Odessa, TX.  She will again be doing mornings.  This position was previously held by Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole who retired last month.

"Gillian's a sensational talent who brings a tremendous amount of professionalism, passion, energy and creativity to a big locally programmed radio station," says VP/GM John Moesch. "Her experience as a major market talent is a great fit for Kicks 99."


2015/01 7:45 AM
Announcements To Be Made During CRS 2015

According to CRS officials, opening ceremonies of CRS 2015 on Wednesday, February 25 at 3:00 will include some special announcements.  Some of the highlights will include the reveal of hte Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2015, a presentation recognizing Lady Antebellum for being the recipient of the CRS 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award, an appearance of Mayor Karl Dean, president of the 2015 Tom Rivers Award to Jeff Smulyan and awarding the Rusty Walker scholarship winners among other special announcements.

To register for CRS 2015, please visit www.crb.org or contact the CRS offices today.  


2015/01 7:36 AM
Lake Shake Coming to Chi-Town

Live Nation Entertainment will launch Chicago's first major Country Music festival "Windy City Lakeshake," Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 21 at First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

"Being a native Chicagoan, it has been a dream of mine to present a world class Country music festival in my hometown," said Live Nation Pres./Country Touring Brian O'Connell. "The backdrop of the beautiful skyline of Chicago, and the coolness of being right on the lake shore, will enhance the incredible artists we have lined up for year one.  No one has more fun than Chicago's music fans, and I am sure that Lakeshake will be one for the ages."

Headliners will include Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.  Other artists include Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Mickey Guyton, Randy Houser, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, Raelynn, Thomas Rhett, Canaan Smith, Ashley Monroe, David Lee Murphy and Clare Dunn.  More artists will be announced soon.

Three day passes at $199.50 (plus fees) and will go on sale Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m. (CT).  VIP passes will also be available to allow access to elevated viewing, shaded reserved seating, exclusive cash bars, upgraded food selection and more.  For more information go to www.lakeshakefestival.com .

2015/01 7:05 AM
Tortuga Festival Announces More Artists

The third annual Tortuga Music Festival will take place in Ft. Lauderdale at Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park April 11-12.  

Headliners will include Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band.  Other performers include Jake Owen, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Trace Adkis, David Nail, Chse Rice, Sam Hunt, Colt Ford, The Mavricks, Frankie Bllard, Chase Bryant, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion, Will Hoge, Dylan Scott and others.  Three stages of entertainment will span the park with proceeds benefitting marine and ocean research and conservation organizations.

For more details and to purchase tickets visit www.TortugaMusicFestival.com.

2015/01 6:57 AM
Crash Does Time With Miranda

New WKWS/Charleston, WV PD Crash Poteet catches up with Miranda Lambert before her concert last Saturday.

2015/01 6:30 AM
Gigs Open With Raab

Consultant Joel Raab is looking to fill two positions at two of his client stations.  Victoria Radioworks KNAL/Victoria, TX is looking for a PD/Air talent and Forever Keymarket WFGY/Altoona, PA is looking for a morning co-host.

Send your airchecks and resumes to Raab at  /blog/  

2015/01 6:11 AM
Blake's SNL Ratings Second Highest For Season

It may have been Blake Shelton's first time on SNL last Saturday (January 24) but the episode brought in the ratings.

The show got a household rating of 4.7 in 56 markets monitored by Nielsen with a 2.2 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.  The ratings increased 15 percent in household and 10 percent in demo from last week's show hosted by Kevin Heart.

Shelton's episode was second to the November 1 episode hosted by Chris Rock and Prince as a musical guest. 

Shelton spoofed country music and The Bachelor and took part in a "celebrity version" of "Family Feud."  He also sang his songs "Neon Light" and "Boys 'Round Here."

2015/01 7:45 AM
Connoisseur Re-Launches KVWF, 100.5 The Wolf

Connoisseur Media KVCWF, 100.5 The Wolf/Wichita has re-launched as a commericial-free station between 9 a.m.-noon every weekday.  They will also include "90s Throwback" cuts each hour.
"Our listeners told us that they were getting tired of hearing hte same songs over and over again," said Wolf PD Pat James. "And with so many Country signals in Wichita, we saw an opportunity to bring back those forgotten '90s songs.  Combine that with starting each workday with three hours commericial-free Country, we're excited to finally give Wichita listeners what they want.  "We call it 'The Wolf Difference.'"
Check out the stream here

2015/01 7:05 AM
​Kenny Chesney Sells Out Both 'The Big Revival Tour' Nashville Dates

Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney sells out both his Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th "The Big Revival Tour" dates at Bridgestone Arena/Nashville.

"Getting ready for a big year and I love the idea that people are as ready for us to get out there as we are to get back on the road,” said Chesney. “To do back-to-back nights in Nashville, that’s always a good thing. It’s too cold for a stadium show, so that’s the next best thing!”

Get the full list of tour dates at www.kennychesney.com .

2015/01 5:02 AM
CMA Foundation To Give $1.6 Million In Grants For Music Education

The CMA Foundation announces it will donate $1.66 million in grants for music education in 2015.

Programs benefitting from the grants include: Education Through Music, Harmony Project, Little Kids Rock, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Musician’s Corner, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Notes For Notes, The Quest Center, Ryan’s Guitar Project, The Salvation Army, Savannah Music Festival, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the W.O. Smith School.

2015/01 12:58 AM
KUPL Welcomes McKinzie Roth To Mornings

Alpha Media Country KUPL/98.7 THE BULL/Portland, OR has chosen McKinzie Roth as co-host for the morning show effective This morning (1/26).

"I am beyond excited for the opportunity to co-lead mornings in Portland," said Roth. "Scott Mahalick and his team are total class acts, and I am honored to get to work with the best of the best."

Roth joins KUPL from her former position as Cumulus Top 40 WWWQ/Q100/Atlanta where she served as midday host while also handling afternoons in Indianapolis and hosting a weekly Comcast TV show "Crowd Surfing." Her previous experience includes time with CBS-TV, FOX-TV, and official emcee for the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

"McKinzie is an amazing pro in the industry," remarked Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahalick. "Her vibrant and energetic personality will bring a unique spark to the show and will continue to give the fans the live and local entertainment they expect."
Shoot your congrats to Roth here .

2015/01 11:02 PM
Bridge Ratings: Streaming Of Song Is Complementary To Radio

Bridge Rating has completed an analysis of data comparing radio station playlists to the number of songs that station's audience is actually consuming on-demand in a given week. The company states,

"The results may surprise you. As you may know from your own experience, broadcast radio listeners may have specific tastes in music and they are attracted to those radio stations that specialize in that music. Be it Country, Top 40, Classic Rock or Classical, there is usually a radio station for most popular tastes. On the other hand, while someone may prefer to spend most of their radio listening tuned to the local Top 40 station, it is likely that person has a broader taste in music and likes a little bit of this and little bit of that which may not be described as 'Top 40'."

In previous studies, Bridge rating has substantiated that most owners of a music collection enjoy more than one type of music. A fan of rock music could easily have "rockin'" songs on their digital music player that come from the Country music category or they may have a guilty pleasure of a few of Katy Perry’s best hits.

“Nowhere is this played out more graphically than when comparing a radio station’s typical weekly playlist with the list of songs streamed on-demand by their listeners over the course of the same week,” said Bridge Rating President Dave Van Dyke.

In this study, Bridge took a look at current hits and recurrents played at popular Country music radio stations in a top 10 market and a market ranked between #20 and #30. Additionally, they looked at current hits and recurrents played on Top 40 stations in a top 10 market as well as such a station in a market sized between #20 and #40. Then finally, Bridge added a popular Classic Rock station in a top 10 market.

"We chose these stations at random to determine if there was any significant difference in the percentage of songs played on the air during a typical week compared to the number of songs that station's audience streamed during the same week," noted Bridge. This is what they found:

Country/Top 40

"As one might suspect, a tightly controlled playlist on a Top 40 station would only play a small percentage of all the songs streamed by their audience that week. In the case of the Top 10 market Top 40, it played just 3.3% of the songs streamed that week by their audience," writes Bridge. "The percentages vary slightly when comparing stations with similar radio music formats. Interestingly, the Top 40 station we selected in a market sized between #20 and #30 had a larger playlist and thus a higher percentage of the songs (7.4%) its audience streamed that week, but still under 10%. Country radio very much mirrors the mechanics of Top 40 radio by being very selective in their playlists and thus play similar sized lists as their Top 40 brethren. This is why the percentages we see at Country radio are similarly low."

Classic Rock

Bridge notes, "When looking at a library-based station, i.e. one that plays few or no current songs such as the Classic Rock station we chose, the numbers are interesting. Out of 2114 streamed songs on-demand that week by that station's listeners, the Classic Rock played 790 or 37% of them. It must be stated that a current song-based station like a Country or Top 40 play by different rules than a Classic Rock station which has 20+ years of songs to choose from. And library-based radio stations tend to repeat their songs less frequently because they have many more titles to choose from. If all of the song titles (currents + recurrents + gold) played on the top 10 market Top 40 station that week are included (146), its percentage increases to 7.1%.

Van Dyke clarifies, “This isn’t a referendum on radio formats but rather a better understanding of the part that radio plays in the music consumption scheme of its listeners. This is only an interesting exercise to share more insight into the behaviors of radio stations and music consumers alike as well as the relationship between broadcast radio listening and on-demand streaming.”

Complementary Technology

"Country and Top 40 stations are often at the top of the ratings in their markets with smaller playlists. This is because they are satisfying music consumers’ needs," continues the report. "The focus of these stations on specific audience segments is what makes them popular and, apparently, their audiences may not mind because they are hearing "the hits" played frequently and should they want more variety they can and do stream additional songs they like, when and where they want."

“We saw in our audio consumption study late last year that listeners use radio to help them choose music they want to stream,” said Van Dyke.

The report further states, "On-demand streaming behavior continues to grow at a blistering pace; up 55% in 2014 over the previous year. It is satisfying a variety of needs. In the case of radio listeners, streaming tends to be a complementary technology that is expanding music consumption and awareness while broadcast radio continues to serve its purpose as a curator of the most popular music as well as a source for music discovery. And that's a good thing."

2015/01 10:50 PM
Zeke Mullins, Portsmouth, Ohio Radio Veteran, Dies At 93

AllAboutCountry sends condolences to the family and the friends of longtime former Portsmouth, OH talent Earcel "Zeke" Mullins, who passed away Wednesday (1/21) at the age of 93, reports the  Portsmouth Daily Times .

Mullins began performing on WPAY-AM/Portsmouth, OH as a 15-year-old musician in 1936 and launched a local music show on the station after serving in the Merchant Maries during WW II.  Following working in non-radio jobs in the '40s and 50s in Portsmouth, Dayton, and Lorain, Mullins returned to WPAY as a host in 1956.
He also appeared in the pilot for the TV series "Route 66." He continued to host on WPAY and then WNXT-AM, from which he retired in 2008. 

2015/01 10:20 PM
​'Golden Moose Award' won by Craig Morgan

Black River Entertainment artist and “Outdoor Channel” host  Craig Morgan  wins "Best Comedy" at the "15th Annual Golden Moose Awards" for his TV series "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors."

“Every day I’m amazed by the support for this show,” shared Morgan. “We’re five seasons in and hard at work on our sixth (season) and can’t put into words what it means to receive this honor. We have fun every day, and for the outdoor industry to recognize our show is just incredible.”

The " Golden Moose Awards " are the most popular and longstanding outdoor television awards ceremony in the country, and took place last week at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.

2015/01 10:15 PM
​Eric Church Wins #1 With 'Talladega'

Congratulates from AllAboutCountry to UMG SVP/Promotion  Royce Risser , EMI/Nashville VP/Promotion  Jimmy Rector  and the entire EMI promo team for racing up the charts to #1 on this week's Mediabase Country singles chart, with  Eric Church ’s “Talladega.”

This is Church’s fourth career chart-topper and the second from his most recent, “The Outsiders” album. “Give Me Back My Hometown” lead the singles chart in May.

2015/01 9:40 PM
Farris, Self & Moore Open Doors For Financial Planning For Songwriters and Entertainers


Pictured L to R: Stephanie Mundy-Self, Kella Stephenson-Farris, Catherine Stein (Moore)

Business management and financial planning executives Kella Stephenson-Farris, Stephanie Mundy-Self and Catherine Stein (Moore) have partnered to launch Nashville-based business management firm, Farris, Self & Moore, LLC. The boutique firm, which specializes in business management and financial planning services, provides accounting, HR, business management and financial planning services to hit songwriters and producers, major touring acts, and national recording artists. Together, Farris, Self and Moore will serve on the foundation of providing value added service through relationship building while offering a personal touch and local feel.

Farris, Self & Moore, LLC is located at 40 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203. Company priprincipals can be reached at  /blog/ (Kella Stephenson-Farris),  /blog/  (Stephanie Mundy-Self), and  /blog/  (Catherine Stein [Moore]), and the company’s phone number is 615-760-5107. 

Kella Stephenson Farris comments, “I could not be more excited to join forces with Stephanie and Catherine. Their reputation in the Nashville music community is unsurpassed, and our values and vision align. We look forward to serving our industry and its accomplished songwriters and touring artists in a greater capacity.”

Kella Stephenson-Farris has owned and operated The Kella Stephenson Company (KSCO) since 2006.  The company was launched after Farris recognized an underserved niche market of successful songwriters. The Kella Stephenson Company will be folded into Farris, Self & Moore, LLC and Farris will continue to serve her current clients under the company’s expansion. 

Collectively, KSCO clients have had cuts on more than 100 million albums sold and 75 #1 songs. KSCO clients include GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, BMI, ASCAP, NSAI and Oscar award-winning songwriters and producers.

Stephanie Mundy-Self most recently worked with business management firm, Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy, Inc. Her clients at FBMM included high profile recording artists and actors, international touring corporations and newly discovered talent. Mundy-Self is a specialist in risk management research and analysis, tour and merchandise settlement audits for domestic and foreign concerts, as well as payroll and HR management for companies with 125 or more employees. 

Stephanie, a native of Greenville, S.C., is a graduate of the University of Georgia, double-majoring in vocal performance, and risk management and insurance, and she was in the inaugural Music Business class. She is currently the Treasurer of the Nashville Film Festival, and is a member of CMA and ACM. Stephanie was also a 2012 honoree of Nashville’s Top 30 under 30 and a member of Nashville Emerging Leaders (Class of 2013).

Catherine Stein, whose forthcoming nuptials will make her Catherine Moore, began her career in the music industry as an account executive with Flood, Bumstead, McCready and McCarthy, Inc.  At the company, she worked with an array of clients, including marquee recording artists and actors, international touring corporations as well as emerging talent. She is a native of Chattanooga, TN and graduate from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Stein is a member of SOURCE, CMA, and ACM. She is a 2015 honoree of Nashville's Top 30 Under 30. She is also an alumna of SOLID.

The website forFarris, Self & Moore, LLCwill launch in the coming days and will be available at  www.fsmnash.com .


2015/01 8:11 AM
Ram Truck and Miranda Kick Off New Marketing Plan

The Ram Truck brand is launching a new marketing campaign that will feature
Miranda Lambert.  She has written a song "Roots and Wings" that will be used exclusively for the campaign. They partnered originally in November 2014,

This campaign includes television, print, digital, social media and long-form video elements.  “Ram has become the fastest growing truck brand by challenging the status quo, and our partnership with Miranda Lambert does just that,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global.

“Building a new marketing campaign around the hugely successful and popular country music artist, and her original song inspired by the characteristics of our brand, is a first for Ram. It is courageous, just like Ram and Miranda. It will broaden the appeal of both of our brands beyond our core audiences as we connect with our respective fans in new, meaningful ways.”

The spots include live action video combined with illustrations, animation and other vintage styling that includes actual locations that are part of Lambert's life as well as photos that are her personal family photos.

“I am very inspired by what the Ram brand stands for – being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots,” Lambert said. “I wanted to write a song that would represent all of those things. ‘Roots and Wings’ is personal to me about where I come from and where I am going. The guys at Ram really made the lyrics come to life with the imagery and I hope it speaks to people the way it does to me.”

our will include Ram Truck branding.  The 60-second "Roots and Wings" video will beplayed just before Lambert takes the stage after intermission and in-venue creative displays.  A silver Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is the Official Truck of her Platinum tour and will tow her Airstream trailer, "Wanda the Wanderer."


2015/01 7:04 AM
CRS Announces Special Rates

Single day, panel and unemployment pass rates are now available for CRS 2015.  

Day passes, that will include access to panels, speakers, luncheons and networking events,  will be priced at $200.  The only exclusion will be the Friday, February 27 at the New Faces Show.  It will not be included in the Friday single-day pass. Individual panel passes will be $40 and will allow attendees to select one or more panels at the rate of $40 each.

Unemployment passes are available to those in the industry currently not employed at a rate of $99, subject to proof of unemployment as verified by CRS.  

For additional information or to purchase passes go to www.countryradioseminar.com or call 615-327-4487.


2015/01 6:03 AM
Tommy Chuck Is The New PD Of Country WPOC and Top 40 WIHT

iHeartMedia/Washington, D.C. selects Tommy Chuck as their new PD of Country WPOC/Baltimore and  Top 40 WITH/HOT 99.5/Washington, D.C. as of February 9th.

joined iHeartMedia at WKXJ/Chattanooga in 2000. Since then he’s programmed WQEN/Birmingham, WXXL/Orlando and spent the past eight years as PD/Digital Director for WFLZ and WMTX/Tampa.

VP/Programming Meg Stevens said,
Tommy's track record of success at WFLZ and WMTX as well as exceptional leadership skills make him uniquely qualified to program HOT 99.5 and 93.1 WPOC.  We’re excited to have him as part of the team.”

Chuck said, "Country music has always been a personal favorite of mine, I am honored to lead one of America's most legendary and award winning Country stations, WPOC! And Joining the iHeartMedia team in D.C. is an exciting next step for me and my family. I am thrilled to be HOT 99.5's next leader, build on my long relationship with The Kane Show and work with the talented team already in place. I'd like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow my career with iHeartMedia."

2015/01 6:02 AM
MusicMaster and AllAboutCountry.com Host The Legends At Legends

MusicMaster, the music scheduling giant and AllAboutCountry.com will host "The Legends at Legends," a CRS kickoff party featuring Country Music Hall of Fame members Mel Tillis and The Statesiders, Grammy nominee T. Graham Brown, MuzikMafia member James Otto.  The entire event will be emceed by the "Honorary Mayor of Music Row" Charlie Monk who said "I'm the only Legendary host they could find to host the Legends at Legends".
MusicMaster President/CEO Joe Knapp says," At last year's CRS, we hosted a live music event which stimulated many exciting ideas.  This year we're thrilled to launch CRS week with an exclusive lunch even for CRS attendees at Legends Corner.  We're honored to feature iconic country artists in such a unique Nashville venue for country radio's finest programmers."
"What a great way to kick off CRS!  We're excited to be a part of "The Legends At Legends" with MusicMaster and hope everyone will join us for some lunch, a chance to met the Legends and network," remarked AllAboutCountry.com President Kim Hennes.
"The Legends at Legends" will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Legend's Corner, 428 Broadway.  Lunch from Jack's Bar-B-Que and refreshments will be provided.  There will also be photo ops with Legends as well as fun surprises and prizes.
"The Legends at Legends" is by invitation only to registered CRS attendees.  Please RSVP here

2015/01 3:38 AM
Peter Z Takes On Programming Of 99.5 FM Nash Icon Birmingham

Cumulus hires veteran programmer Peter Z to be PD of Country WZRR/99.5 FM NASH ICON/Birmingham. Z joins Cumulus from St. Augustine, FL, where he was a Principal and Director of Operations for WYRE. Before that, he programmed CBS Radio Classic Hits KLUV/Dallas.

Cumulus SVP/Programming Mike McVay stated
, “We’re thrilled to add yet another big brain to our programming team. Peter brings multi-format experience to the table that should be beneficial to NASH ICON in Birmingham”

“I think the lead is that I finally made a long-time dream come true and I get to program Country, said Peter Z. “I’ve always loved Country music and have had a desire to program the format since Garth showed up on the scene the first time.”

2015/01 7:53 AM
Shania Coming With CD/DVD of Vegas Show

Shania Twain will be releasing a live CD and DVD called "Shania: Still the One From Vegas" on Tuesday, March 3.  The CD and DVD will include highlights of her residence in Las Vegas during her show "Shania: Still the One."

"This show has been a labor of love for over three years," explained Twain. "It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!"

The project will include 19 tracks on the CD and 25 performances on DVD.  For more information go to Twain's website .

2015/01 7:43 AM
More On CRS 2015

The "Programming Mentoring Breakfast" that will be held Thursday (2/26) will include iHeartMediaEVP/GM National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt and WUSN/Chicago PD Jeff Kapugi.  

Friday's (2/27) "Manager Breakfast" will include consultant Joel Raab and Great Media/Boston VP/MM Rob Williams.  

Bobby Bones, Top 40 WNCI/Columbus Dave & Jimmy and Classic Hits WCBS/New York's Scott Shannon are panelists on Friday afternoon's "The Stars Come Out In the Morning."  

Register for CRS here


2015/01 7:19 AM
Tony Waitekus Named OM For NRG

Tony Waitekus, formerly with Midwest as Brand Manager of Top 40 WIFC/Wausau, WI has joined the crosstown NRG cluster that includes Country WYTE as OM.  

He takes the place of R.W. Smith who left in December to be close to family.

Waitekus' resume includes jobs in Green Bay and the Quad Cities.  He left Midwest in 2013 and has been waiting out his non-compete.  Get in touch with him here .

2015/01 7:02 AM
Miranda Lambert Added to Grammy Performers

Miranda Lambert will be performing at the "57th Grammy Awards." She is nominated for four Grammys includling "Best Country Solo Performance" and "Best Country Song" for her hit single "Automatic." She is also nominated for "Best Country Album" for "Platinum," nd "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" for her song "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood.

For more information go to www.MirandaLambert.com .

2015/01 6:20 AM
KKGO’s Afternoon Co-Host Larry Morgan To Leave –Station Exploring Options

According to Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO/Go Country/Los Angeles Station Manager Michael Levine, that station is currently exploring all options for afternoon drive, following the news yesterday (1/21), that Larry Morgan, the afternoon drive co-host is departing to join CBS Radio across town Oldies/Adult Hits KRTH for APD and Swing duties.

Not a word yet on what role Ginny Harmon, the existing PM drive co-host will have after Morgan departs on Monday, February 16th.

Following just a short gig together in evenings, KKGO just recently teamed Morgan and Harmon for the afternoon drive. Before that, Morgan was doing morning drive at Go Country from January to October of 2014, when the station decided to change direction and hired Graham Bunn and Debra Mark for morning duty.

2015/01 2:01 AM
Country KBOB To Air Quad Cities River ‘Bandits Baseball’

Townsquare Media Classic Country KBOB-AM/Davenport, IA will be airing Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball this season.  The River Bandits Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations Marco Lanave will call the action for his fourth season with the club.

Team owner Dave Heller stated, "We are delighted to work with our great partners at Townsquare Media Quad Cities to broadcast all of the exciting action of River Bandits baseball on one of the Quad Cities' most popular Country stations.  Radio remains an effective and beloved medium, and at a time when other teams are discontinuing radio, we are really happy to be ramping it up. The Quad Cities loves Country music, and they love their Bandits, so our new partnership with K-BOB Real Country and Townsquare is a perfect match!"

River Bandits GM Andrew Chesser said, "As an organization, our goal is to grow the connection of our fans to our players, and Townsquare continues to be a critical partner in doing so with enjoyable, high-quality broadcasts.  This new broadcast partnership with Townsquare will bring the media experience of River Bandits baseball to its highest level ever."

Lanave added, "I have been blessed to be part of many memorable moments and historic achievements in the Quad Cities; having the River Bandits broadcast all of their games, not merely on the radio, but on the most-listened-to station in River Bandits history, is among the most exciting for me.  Broadcasting sports with Townsquare has been a highlight of my broadcasting career, and I am thrilled that will continue with River Bandits games this spring."

2015/01 1:50 AM
​Jon Wolfe Announces New Album, Natural Man, And Sets March 31 Release Date

Natural Man Available for Pre-Sale March 3, Single “Smile On Mine” Available on iTunes Feb. 3
Country artist  Jon Wolfe  will release his much anticipated album, Natural Man, on March 31.  

Natural Man, produced by Wolfe, Lex Lipsitz and Billy Decker and recorded at Nashville’s Westwood Studios and Ronnie’s Place, is a 13-track collection of songs that merges Wolfe’s signature traditional sound, influenced by some of Country music’s greatest legends, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam, with an edgy, modern energy.  

Wolfe describes the album as a personal journey, saying, “Natural Man is a concept that I have wanted to record for a few years. This album stretches me as an artist and as a vocalist, while staying true to who I am. I have known how I wanted it to sound, and how I wanted it to look for some time now. I’ve been visualizing this album for such a long time, and it feels great to finally bring it to life!”  

Fans can preview Natural Man on its pre-sale date of March 3 through iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers. 

The leadoff single, “Smile On Mine” hits radio in late January and be available for download on all the major major digital retailers on Feb. 3, 2015. The up-beat tune features Wolfe’s familiar traditional sound while showcasing a new modern flair. With its catchy hook and foot-tapping melody, “Smile On Mine” tells the story of budding romance on a first date.

Of the new single, Wolfe comments, “My new single “Smile On Mine” really clicked with me the first time I heard it. It represents this important bridge between traditional country and the more edgy, modern melodies we're hearing on the radio these days. That's what I feel like my whole new album is doing - I'm staying true to my roots and my traditional voice, but also growing and adapting with the times. I think my fans are going to love it!”

From his native small town in Miami, Oklahoma to the bustling Texas dancehalls and honky-tonks; Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles incvluding: “Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.

His 2010 release
It All Happened In A Honky Tonk, became such a regional success that it was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard Album Chart and has collectively sold 25,000 units. 

A seasoned performer, Wolfe has opened for some of Country’s biggest stars and has played more than 400 live shows over the past four years. He has a busy 2015 tour schedule on the horizon. Details surrounding the forthcoming tour will be released in the coming weeks. 
For interview and mp3 requests, contact Sharilyn Pettus at /blog/ . 

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