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2015/03 9:00 AM
Front And Center To Kick Off April 4

The Country Music Association (CMA) Songwrtiers Series "Front and Center" kicks off its new season Satruday, April 4 with Hunter Hayes featuring songwriters Barry Dean, Lori McKena and Gordie Sampson.

"CMA is proud of our partnership and creative collaborations with 'Front And Center'," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.. "These shows shine a national spotlight not only on Country music and the great artists in these episodes, but also on our amazing songwriting community and the CMA Songwriters Series, which has fans around the world."

On Saturday, April 11  the episode will feature Bob Dipiero fearing Brandy Clark with songwriters Shane McAnally and Charlie Worsham.  Sara Evans and Martina McBride will be seen on the Saturday April 18 ladies night out episode.  Songwriters will include Gretchen Peters, Aimee Mayo and the Warren Brothers.  Little Big Town will end the series on Saturday, April 25.  They will be seen with songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Natalie Hembry, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna.

For more information on teh "Front and Center" episodes visit www.FrontandCenter.com.
 

2015/03 8:39 AM
Country Well Represented at iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards were held last night in Los Angeles and Country was well represented.  The awards are determined by teh iHeartRadio Charft and fan voting through the iHeartRadio stations nationwide.  Fan voting determined the winners of Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics and the first-ever Renegade Award sponsored by Jeep.

Jason Aldean won the Country Song of the Year Award for "Burnin' It Down" and Brantley Gilbert won the Renegade Award.

Here are the complete list of nominees and winners:

2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award- Justin Timberlake

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift  - WINNER

Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift – WINNER
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith

Best Collaboration
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – WINNER
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Problem” – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
“Talk Dirty” – Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

Best New Artist
Bastille
Cole Swindell
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith – WINNER

Country Song of the Year
“Bartender” – Lady Antebellum
“Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean – WINNER
“Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“Play It Again” – Luke Bryan

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year
“Don’t Tell ‘Em” – Jeremih featuring YG – WINNER
“Drunk in Love” – Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
“Flawless” – Beyoncé
“Loyal” – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga
“New Flame” – Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross

Dance Song of the Year
“Animals” – Martin Garrix
“Blame” – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
“La La La” – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
“Summer” – Calvin Harris – WINNER
“Waves” – Mr. Probz

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
“Come With Me Now” – KONGOS
“Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Something From Nothing” – Foo Fighters
“Take Me to Church” – Hozier – WINNER

Best Lyrics
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift – WINNER
“Counting Stars” – OneRepublic
“Habits (Stay High)” – Tove Lo
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

Best Fan Army
5SOSFAM – 5 Seconds of Summer – WINNER
Arianators – Ariana Grande
Bey Hive – Beyoncé
Team Breezy – Chris Brown
Sheerios – Ed Sheeran
Church Choir – Eric Church
Directioners – One Direction
Selenators – Selena Gomez
Mendes Army – Shawn Mendes
Swifties – Taylor Swift

Renegade Award
Brantley Gilbert – WINNER
Charli XCX
Hozier
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor

2015/03 8:35 AM
List of Performers Grows For The CMA Awards

More performers have been added to the list of those who will appear at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 19.

Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts have been the latest to be added. They will join previously announced lineup consisting of George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and more.

Nick Jonas will team with Dan + Shay for a special duet and Christina Aguilera will make an appearance for another duet with a yet to be announced artist.

The "50th Academy of Country Music Awards" will be broadcast from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. on CBS.


2015/03 8:23 AM
WXCL/Peoria Looking For Full Time Air Talent

Alpha's WXCL, 104.9 The Wolf is looking for a full time on air talent.

"Outgoing social media maniacs who are pop culture junkies and the life of the party" are encouraged to apply. Send airchecks and resumes to PD Chris Michaels here

 

2015/03 7:52 AM
Tracy Taylor Exits KATC

Tracy Taylor, most recently with Cumulus Country KATC/Colorado Springs has left the station.  She was doing weekend/swing on-air.  Her experience includes doing mornings at iHeartMedia KWNR/Las Vegas, afternoons at KWOF/Denver and also spent seven years with KYGO/Denver.

She has been with KATC since October 2013.

Reach Taylor  here.

2015/03 7:43 AM
Homegrown Honey Goes To #1

Congratst to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Shane Allen and the promo team at Capitol Nashville as they take Darius Rucker's "Hometown Honey" to the #1 position on the Mediabase Country singles Chart.  

The single is the first off his new album "Southern Style," that will be released tomorrow (3/31).

2015/03 8:48 AM
Kenny's Back!

Kenny Chesney took Nashville by storm when he took the Bridgestone Arena stage with his "The Big Revival 2015 Tour for two sold out nights.  Form the opening of the New Orleans funeral drum corps/street preacher noir film until the last note of Joe Walsh's "All Night Long," Chesney proved how much he had missed the fans since he last performed in Foxboro's Gillette Stadium in 2013.

He sang a 36 song set and as he engaged the fans it was apparent why he was the only Country artist on Billboard's Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 years.

He also was joined by many guests including Taylor Swift.  Swift and Chesney picked a young girl out of the audience and let her help them sing the final chorus.

Grace Potter was also provided harmonies on the current single "Wild Child." She then came back to sing "You & Tequila" with Chesney. Others who appeared included Uncle Kracker, songwriter David Lee Murphy and Joe Walsh who led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Chesney.

That crowd was awesome, Chesney enthused. “Talk about the greatest birthday present! Hearing them sing those songs back at me: it’s why the No Shoes Nation rocks. Nobody loves music like they do, and I am always amazed by how hard they throw that energy at us.”    

 

2015/03 8:37 AM
ACM Party For A Cause Names Performers

Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tyler Farr, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Chase Bryant, Eric Paslay, Dan + Shay, Maddie & Tae and more will perform for the Academy of Country Music "3rd Annual ACM Part for a Cause Festival."

The two day outdoor daytime festival will take place Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.  Daytime performances will take place on the Ram Stage and the Ram Lone Star Stage.  

Proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the ACM as well as Fold of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy Seal Foundation and Task Force Dagger Foundation.  

For more information visit www.ACMcountry.com.

2015/03 8:35 AM
Music Row Names Rising Women on the Row

Pictured (L-R): Sarah Skates (Sr. News Editor, MusicRow), Kele Currier (Director of Strategic Services, ASCAP), Tiffany Dunn (Partner, Loeb & Loeb), Dawn Gates (VP Digital Marketing, UMG Nashville), Jensen Sussman (President/Owner, Sweet Talk Publicity), Lou Taylor (CEO/Owner, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment), Sherod Robertson (Publisher/Owner, MusicRow). Photo: Bev Moser for MusicRow.
Music Row Magazine held its fourth annual Rising Women on the Row ceremony and honored five women from various segments of the music industry who have become substantial contributors and visionary leaders.  The sold-out breakfast took place Tuesday, March 24 at Nashville's Omni Hotel.

The 2015 honorees include Kele Currier (Director of Strategic Services, ASCAP), Tiffany Dunn (Partner, Loeb & Loeb), Dawn Gates (VP Digital Marketing, UMG Nashville), Jensen Sussman (President/Owner, Sweet Talk Publicity), Lou Taylor (CEO/Owner, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment). Collectively the women have influenced the careers of artists including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Bucky Covington. 

“This is our fourth year, and once again we are sold out,” said MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson in greeting the attendees. “So thank you for coming to celebrate. This is an event to honor women in the music industry who kick ass!” 

Leslie Fram, Sr. VP of Music Strategy from CMT was interviewed on stage by Robertson.  Fram established the Rising Women event in 2012. Entertainment was provided by ten-year-old East Tennessee singer/songwriter Emi Sunshine.
 

2015/03 8:23 AM
Misti Douglas to Join Blaster

Misti Douglas, Westwood One Manager/Country Syndication Affiliate Sales will be joining Blaster as Coordinator/Promotion on April 6. Douglas has been with Westwood One for eight months.  She will replace Kristen Krempp who left to go to Creative Artists Agency earlier this month.

According to Westwood One VP/Affliate Sales Dennis Greeen, there are on plans to replace her.

2015/03 8:12 AM
Taylor Leaves WMN Today

WMN Sr. Coordinator/Brand Management Danielle Taylor's last day is today after 12 years.  Her position has been eliminated.  She's looking for her next opportunity.  Her resume includes Dreamcatcher Entertainment, Music Services, Inc and Copyright Management, Inc.
 
Get in touch with her here .

2015/03 8:04 AM
WKLB/Boston Looking For Evening Personality

Mike Brophey, PD of WKLB/Boston is looking for an evening personality.  This person will replace Keith Stephens who left this week.

"You'll join a great company, a great radio station and a great staff," says Brophey.

Airchecks and resumes to him here .

2015/03 8:55 AM
KBEB, 92.5/Sacramento Looking For A Midday Person

KBEB, 92.5/Sacramento is looking for a midday personality.  

"Can you connect in an exciting way with the Country audience? Interested applicants should possess exceptional on-air talent coupled with dynamic social media acumen. We’re expecting next level content and personality, contemporary and localized, designed to engage wild B92.5’s target audience on-air and on-line. This is a position for a personality, not a DJ. Minimum 6 months Commercial On-Air Experience. Must be plugged into pop culture and the lifestyle of the 18-49 demographic. No prior Country experience is required to apply."

If interested apply here  
 

2015/03 7:58 AM
WNSH/New York And KSCS/Dallas Make Major Music Adjustments

Cumulus Country WNSH/New York PD Brian Thomas and his KSCS/Dallas PD JR Schumann are keeping their lips sealed, but the industry is buzzing about some huge musical adjustments on their respective stations this week. It appears to be a tactical move by adding mass appeal texture on both Country outlets, with the inclusion of highly familiar, non-Country titles from #1 ranked pop stations in their markets.

For KSCS/Dallas, they have added a handful of Top 40 titles already found on iHeartMedia’s crosstown KHKS. Looking at Mediabase, it shows KSCS featuring such titles as Magic’s  “Rude,” Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound,” Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” Ed Sheeran’s “Don't” and “Thinking Out Loud,” in addition to a number of songs from Taylor Swift’s self-declared pure pop, “TS 1989” album. Right now, KSCS is committing one slot per hour to these songs. A look back at the station’s list from 30 days ago shows these slots formerly had been a Country Gold song.

Meanwhile, in New York, WNSH appears to be using music from iHeartMedia AC WLTW. Looking at yesterday’s (3/25) NASH playlist we found such songs as Kelly Clarkston’s “Mr. Know It All,” Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life,” John Mayer’s “Daughters,” Sister Hazel’s “All For You,” Blues Traveler’s “Run Around,” Eagle Eye Cherry “Save Tonight,” appearing once per hour between 10 AM-5 PM (ET).

In Dallas and New York respectively, KHKS and WLTW are ranked #1 in both share and cume. WLTW’s weekly cume tops five million according to February PPM figures and KHKS’ weekly cume is just under the two million mark for February.

Since October, WNSH has been trending in the mid-one share level, and the cume is just short of 800,000 weekly persons; Meanwhile, KSCS has been trended 4.3-3.8-3.6 in the past three PPM monthlies, with weekly cume this side of 800,000.

Check the stations out here, listen to WNSH  here  and KSCS  here .

2015/03 7:40 AM
Tess Connell Is Now WPAP/Panama City Morning Co-Host

iHeartMedia Country WPAP/Panama City, FL adds radio veteran Tess Connell as morning co-host, effective immediately.
Connell joins the station’s longtime morning host Dr. Shane, who commented, “It's exciting to begin this new chapter of The WPAP Morning Show! Tess is so talented and is a great addition to the WPAP family!”

Her radio resume includes time with Journal Country WCYQ/Knoxville and most recently, a three-year stint in middays at Summit Media WZZK/Birmingham.

“I am honored to be a part of the legendary Dr. Shane show,” said Connell. “Being on the morning show with Shane and living in one of the most beautiful parts of this country feels like a dream come true for me. I am excited to see what this adventure has in store.”

Wish Connell well here .

2015/03 7:30 AM
Dallas Reese Back At WKRO/Daytona Beach

Hometown Country WWNQ/Columbia, SC Director/Promotions/Morning talent Dallas Reese is back in the PD chair at Southern Stone Country WKRO/Daytona Beach, FL for the second time in four months.

Reese joined WKRO originally from WWNQ in December, however he quickly returned to WWNQ for personal reasons. Now it appears those problems are worked out and Reese is back in Daytona Beach  with additional PD responsibilities for Classic Rock sister station WHOG and an air-shift yet to be  determined.

Congratulate Reese  here .

2015/03 7:10 AM
​Jo Dee Messina Co-Authors New Book

JoDee Messina co-authors a new book, "Chicken Soup For The Soul: Thanks To My Mom." Messina wrote the introduction and first chapter, a tribute to her own mom, re-telling her mother’s lifelong message to her that there would always be a string attaching their hearts no matter how near or far, through good or bad, in life and, when the time comes, even in death.

The mother of two small boys, it is a lesson Messina will pass along to them. Author of the book, Amy Newmark, and Messina personally each selected the other 100 stories by men and women from across the country honoring their moms through wonderful memories of experiences and the lessons that have helped to guide their lives.

“This book is a gigantic 'thank you' to my mom and yours – with stories that will make them smile, laugh out loud, and even tear up a few times,” shared Messina.


2015/03 7:04 AM
Deadline For Making ‘Leadership Music’ Application Is Getting Close

The deadline to apply for  Leadership Music  to participate in the class of 2016 is coming fast. Applications will only be accepted through next Tuesday, March 31st at 5 PM (CT).

The eight-month music industry leadership education program kicks off its class schedule in September, and qualified applicants chosen to participate in the program will be notified in late May.

Accepted participants for the class of 2016 will be required to attend opening and closing retreats, an orientation, and day long Friday sessions once monthly throughout the eight month academy.

The program exposes participants to every phase of the music industry, and the one-time tuition for Leadership Music is $1000.

To apply, visit  www.LeadershipMusic.org/apply .

2015/03 2:12 AM
Toby (TK) King Signs Exclusive Deal With Nine North Records Label Group

From L-R (back row); Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North Records Label Group, Angel Jennings, Director/Secondary Markets for Edgehill Music Nashville, Tim Svedlund, president, Red Zebra Music. Front row: Red Zebra Music's Toby King.
 
Edgehill Music and The Nine North Record Label Group announces the signing of Red Zebra Music's Toby (TK) King to an exclusive deal, which includes promotion, Marketing, and Social media management for his single “I Ain’t Stupid.” 
 
"After a lot of research and discussion we felt that Larry Pareigis and his Edgehill Music Nashville team were the perfect fit to help position Toby in today's changing world of Country music," remarked Red Zebra Music's Tim Svedlund
 
"These are exciting times for the Nine North Records Label Group and Edgehill Music Nashville in particular," says Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville. "Now it's time for the industry to meet the man behind the music - the great Toby King!"  
 
"To relate to a song, you have to be able to paint a picture that others can see, feel, and relate to in their own lives. I needed a team beside me that could help me paint that picture for country music listeners," says Toby King.  "I've found that team wth Edgehill."  
 
“I Aint Stupid” is impacting Country radio now and available via Play MPE. 
 
For more information on Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville, click here .
 
For more information on Toby King, click  here .

2015/03 2:05 AM
NY Times Report: Apple Is Targeting Spotify With Beats Relaunch

The New York Times reports, "Apple is moving forward with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify."

The report explains, "almost a year after agreeing to pay $3 billion for Beats, the maker of hip headphones and a streaming music service, Apple is working with Beats engineers and executives to introduce its own subscription streaming service. The company is also planning an enhanced iTunes Radio that may be tailored to listeners in regional markets, and, if Apple gets what it wants, more splashy new albums that will be on iTunes before they are available anywhere else, according to people briefed on the company’s plans."

Apple executives want the music industry to fight back against free streaming, according to a report by Recode 's Peter Kafka, planning to offer the relaunched Beats service at $8/month without a free version as rivals Spotify and YouTube offer.

Apple has been working behind the scenes to relaunch Beats, and, "in a sign of how important Beats is in reshaping Apple’s digital music, the company has made a musician a point man for overhauling the iPhones’s music app to include the streaming music service, as opposed to an engineer. Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman who was the chief creative officer for Beats, is playing a major role in redesigning the music app, according to two Apple employees familiar with the product, who spoke on the condition they not be named because the plans are private."

The big question that remains is what will the price be. Will Apple offer a free version? The The Times writes, "According to several music executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private, Apple recently tried but failed to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs that would have let Apple sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month -- a discount from the $10 that has become standard for services like Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio." 
 

2015/03 11:03 AM
Lady A Honored With Icon Award

Lady Antebellum was honored by the National Publishers' Association when they were given their Icon Award.  

The Award recognizes the group for their contributions to songwriting and advocacy for those in the industry.  Lady A also accepted several Platinum awards for their various songs.  The presentation was made at 101 Constitution in the Capitol.  They were standing alongside previous honorees including Steven Tyler and Jon Bon Jovi.

2015/03 9:52 AM
Another Calhoun Joins WAMZ/Louisville

Corey Calhoun has joined WAMZ/Louisville for APD/afternoon drive.  He will begin immediately.  He succeeds vet Coyote Calhoun for the afternoon-drive slot.  Calhoun retired from WAMZ after 35 years.

"Corey has big shoes to fill, but we are thrilled to welcome him to the WAMZ staff and Louisville," said WAMZ PD Michael Jordan. "Corey's energy and enthusiasm is contagious, he is a great addition to the WAMZ team and will be a big help to me as the APD."

Corey (who is not related to Coyote) has worked in Atlanta, GA, Ithaca, NY, Brunswick, GA nad Lexington, KY.  He will host on WAMZ Monday thorugh Saturday from 3-7 p.m.

"What an amazing opportunity this is, I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!" remarked Calhoun. "To be a part of a station with such an impressive history and to follow in the footsteps of a legend like Coyote, is what you work for your entire career. Huge thank you to Michael Jordan, Kelly Carls and Bill Gentry for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Get in touch with him here

 

2015/03 8:59 AM
Carly Evans Joins KORA FM As PD

Carly Evans, most recently PD/Midday Host and former MD and Promo Director at Manhattan Broadcasting's Hot Country B104.7/Manhattan, KS is the new PD for KORA-FM/Bryan-College Station, TX.  The announcement was made today (3/25) by John Seigler, GM of Brazos Valley Communications, LTD.

Evans takes the place of Bo Woods who steps down due to a medical condition.  

“We’re excited to announce that Carly Evans joins KORA-FM as Program Director of our legendary, heritage country station in Bryan-College Station.  Ms. Evans brings a passion and appreciation for local radio and its role in bringing communities, organizations, and people together.  That same passion and understanding have guided the efforts of the many talented personnel that have worked for KORA and the Brazos Valley communities it’s served for nearly 50 years. Carly has a wonderful love and understanding of country music, both Nashville and Texas Country. We’re excited for her to join the talented group of radio professionals at 98.3 KORA,” Seigler said.  

“I’m truly excited to be offered this position with KORA-FM, a great Texas Country radio station," said Evans. As most know, I’m a huge Texas Country fan and to have the opportunity to join KORA-FM and to build on its legacy of opening doors for Texas artists is an absolute thrill.  KORA is a market leader proudly involved in the community it serves. I’m looking forward to working with General Manager John Seigler and the terrific team assembled at KORA.”

Evans has also worked as PD of KKQY-FM, The Bull and Producer and PM driver at KJLS-FM, Mix 103 both in Hays, Kansas.

She has also served as a volunteer in the communities she's worked in and participated in Relay for Life, Cattle Baron's Ball beneiftting American Cancer Society, the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, the KAW Valley, Kansas State University Rodeos and Leadership Hays.

Carly can be reached at 785-776-1350.

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2015/03 8:47 AM
Kuzz Looking For MD/Evening Host

Owen One's KUZZ AM/FM/Bakersfield is looking for an MD/evening host to replace Toni Marie. She is leaving for a yet to be annonced opportunity. Get in touch with Toni Marie here .

PD Tom Jordan is looking for someone who knows Selector and skils in imaging, promotions,
web and social media skills.  Send your airchecks and resumes to Tom here .  

 

2015/03 8:13 AM
ACM 50th Anniversary Milestone Winners Announced

The winners for the Academy of Country Music Awards 50th Anniversary Milestone were announced and those that will be honored include Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn. The Milestone Award is given to commemorate groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history.

The honorees will each receive a trophy (right) created by jewelry designer David Yurman during  the "50th Academy of Country Music Awards" airing Sunday, April 19 beginning at 8 p.m. from AT&T Stadium in Dallas.  

"The history of the ACM Awards and Country music would not be the same without the incredible achievements by these seven superstars," explained ACM CEO Bob Romeo. "We are so thankful to David Yurman for partnering with us and creating such a perfectly crafted trophy that memorializes these amazing milestones."

Garth Brooks is being honored as Most Awarded ACM Entertainmer of the Year.  He has earned six ACM Entertainer of the Year awards and a total of 21 ACM Awards in total.  The First Fan-Voted ACM Entertainer of theYear was Kenny Chesney and he previously won 11 ACM Awards including four for Entertainer of the Year.  Miranda Lambert will be honored for Most Awarded Solo Female Artist having taken home a total of 18 ACM Awards. Reba will be given the Most Awarded ACM Female Vocalist of the Year having won a total of 13 ACM Awards with a record seven for Female Vocalist of the Year.  The winner of the ACM Winner Over Four Decades will be given to George Strait to commemorate his 21 ACM Awards spanning the course of four consecutive decades.  Taylor Swift will he honored as the Youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year.  She won her first award when she was 21.  Brooks and Dunn will be given the Most Awarded Artist.  The duo have won 27 times in the past 50 years, including three Entertainer of the Year trophies.

For more information go to www.ACMcountry.com.


 

2015/03 7:59 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2015 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame include The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown and Grady Martin.

The CMA announced the inductees today (3/25).  The ceremony was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Brenda Lee announced the inductees.

Inductees were divided into three categories including Modern Era, Veterans Era and Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980.  Modern Era inductees are eligible twenty years after they achieve National prominence.  The Veteran Era candidates are eligible forty years after they achieve National prominence.

The Oak Ridge Boys were a Modern Era inductee.  The members include Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban and William Lee Golden.  The group was founded in 1943 and went through a number of members before the current members joined in the 60's and 70's.  Their hits include "Bobbie Sue," "Thank God For Kids," and their best known hit "Elvira."

Jim Ed Brown and the Browns are a Veteran Era inductee and were a sibling group in the early 1950s.  They are best know for their Grammy-nominated hit "The Three Bells." Jim Ed went on to have other hits after the group broke up.  Brown currently hosts syndicated Country shows and has hosted Country television shows as well.

Recording and/or Tour musician active prior to 1980 inductee Grady Martin play guitar on hits such as Marty Robbins' "El Paso," Lorretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter," and "Help Me Make I Through the Night."  He has had a career that has lasted nearly fifty years.

“Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor achievable for a Country Music artist, songwriter, or industry leader and this year’s inductees are all highly deserving,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

The induction ceremonies will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater.
 

2015/03 8:53 AM
Eric Church To Be Inducted Into NC Music Hall of Fame

Eric Church will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 15 in Kannapolis, NC.

Others being inducted include Allman Borthers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, R&B Pop singer Chuck Jackson, Manhattans singer Gerald Alston, the band The Fantastic Shakers, Late musician/Arranger Jay Spell, singer Nappy Brown and late Gospel singer/songwriter The Reverend F.C. Barnes.

For more information go to www.northcarolinamusichalloffame.org.

2015/03 8:41 AM
Miranda To Host Westwood One's ACM Special

Miranda Lambert, who is nominated for eight ACM Awards this year will be hosting Westwood One's ACM nomination special.  It will lead into the ACM Awards. Stations may air the two-hour special which will feature interviews and music from the nominees.  It will be available to stations either Saturday, April 11 or Sunday, April 12.  Westwood One's ACM Nomination Special With Miranda Lambert will also air as the final two hours of hte NASH Nights Live Weekend Show that will air on Saturday, April 11 from 10 p.m.-midnight.

For more information contact Donny Walker here  or at 615-727-6987.

2015/03 8:37 AM
McCracken New OM For Cumulus/Lake Charles, LA

Gerry McCracken is the new Cumulus OM for Lake Charles, AL five-station cluster includling Country KYKZ and KQLK, Nash Icon. He will also be doing the PD tasks for the Country stations. Other stations in te group are KKGN (Classic Rock, KBIU (AC), KAOK-A (Talk) and KXZZ-A (Sports).

McCracken takes the seat of Eric Nelson who retired at the end of last year.

His experience includes nearly 20 years with Cox Media.  He served as the Country format captain and worked as PD at the company's Country KWEN/Tulsa and WHKO/Dayton.  He's also worked WSOC/Charlotte, WCOS/Columbia, SC and KBBG/San Francisco Most recently he was PD for WKRO, Coast Country/Daytona Beach, FL.

“Gerry adds to our growing roster of great programmers in the company,” said Cumulus Corporate PD Bob Raleigh. “We needed someone exceptional to take over the legacy left behind when Eric retired, and Gerry is the perfect fit for such a heritage station as KYKZ and our new Nash Icon KQLK.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Mike McVay, Bob Raleigh and the whole Cumulus team to drive the growth and success of these great stations,” said McCracken, who added “Laissez le bons temps rouler!” (or..."let the  good times roll.")

Get in touch with him here .


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2015/03 8:33 AM
iHeartRadio Country Festival Lineup

The lineup for the 2015 iHeartRadio Radio Country Festival has been announced for the event that will take place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Saturday, May 2.

The lineup will include Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr.  Bobby Bones will host the show.

"Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting genres in music today," said iHeartMedia President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman. "I love that our iHeartRadio Country Festival gives us an opportunity to showcase such an amazing lineup of incredible artists and music not only live in Austin, but across the country on our stations, Yahoo and NBC."

The entire festival will stream exclusively on Yahoo Live for fans nationwide and braodcast live on iHeartMedia Country stations across the US on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m.  It will be televised in a two-hour broadcast special on NBC-TV on Wednesday, May 27 from 9-11 pm.

For more information go to www.iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.


 

2015/03 8:25 AM
Keven Kennedy Lands At WKLB/Boston

Keven Kennedy has joined Greater Media's WKLB, Country 102.5/Boston.  He will be doing afternoons and go on the air on Thursday, March 26.

"It's exciting to welcome a personality of Keven's  caliber to Country 102.5," said WKLB PD Mike Brophey. "We know he'll feel right at home on the air in Boston and we expect to see him everywhere in the community!"

Kennedy most recently worked as host of "Kennedy int he Morning" on Rhythmic AC WMOV, Movin' 107.7/Norforlk VA and "Nudge in the Morning" on Adult Hits KVDU-FM, Voodoo 104/New Orleans.  He has also worked on Dial Globa's syndicated "Nudge at Night" as well as on the "Hits Now" format.  

Other markets he's worked include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis and Atlantic City.

"Ecstatic doesn't begin to describe how I feel about joining Greater Media Boston on one of America's pre-eminent Country radio stations," said Kennedy. "I'm so grateful for the opportunity to host a show in one of the greatest cities on the planet!"

Kennedy takes over for Steve Kelly who is leaving.  Get in touch with Kelly at 508-207-6801 or here /blog/
 

2015/03 8:24 AM
John D'Amico Takes On Promo Mgr. For WDSY/Pittsburgh

CBS Radio's John D'Amico, Promotion Manager for WBZZ, 100.7 Star/Pittsburgh (Hot AC) will now wear the Promo hat at sister WDSY, Y108.

Jeff Davidson previously held this position and he took a position outside the radio industry.

D'Amico has worked at the statoin since 2007 when he began as an intern.  He worked part-time in Promotions and was hired full time as an Assistant in 2009.  He was promoted to Promo Manager for WBZZ in 2012.  Get in touch with him here

2015/03 9:24 AM
Walker In The Morning To Hit WOKN

Casey Walker is moving to Tower Broadcasting's WOKN/Southport, NY beginning Wednesday, March 25.

"Walker In The Morning" will take over the Michael "The Original Radio Cowboy" Williams. He will be leaving the morning show after nine years.  Walker has been retired from radio for six years.  

Get in touch with Walker here.

2015/03 8:55 AM
Brad Paisley Wins Attendance Record at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Brad Paisley has won the buckle for the highest Country attendance at this year's "The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo."

The crowd count totaled 75,167 and gave the highest attendance record for any Country act this year.  He also drew the second highest crowd overall for the 2015 Rodeo and is the ninth highest single concert in the history of "The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo."

2015/03 8:41 AM
Eric Church Sets Records In Chicago

Eric Church set a new live attendance record over the weekend at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on Friday 93/20).  Fans totalled 18,626 at "The Outsiders World Tour" show.  This broke the attendance record held by Vicente Fernandez in 2007.

"Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe's Bar," remarked Church. "Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000."
 

2015/03 8:28 AM
Cole Goes to #1 With "Ain't Worth The Whiskey"

Congrats to SVP/Promo Kevin Herring, VP/Promotion Kristen Williams, Director/National Katie Bright and the entire WMN promotion team as Cole Swindell's "Ain't Worth The Whiskey."

This is Swindell's third consecutive #1 single off his self-titled album.
 

2015/03 8:16 AM
KFFF, 93.3 The Wolf Adds Ritch Cassidy

Ritch Cassidy has joined iHeartMedia Classic Country KFFF, 93.3 The Wolf/Omaha-Council Bluffs.  He will be doing the 6 a.m.-noon shift.  This is the first air personality since the station changed format the "Country's Greatest Hits."

His first day was today (3/23).  This is a return to the company for him as he worked middays for sister KXKT.  

“Ritch is a walking encyclopedia of Country music trivia,” said Johnson. “Our listeners love him and his passion for the format. We are excited to have him add his talent to 93.3 The Wolf. He launched the show by giving away tickets to see Garth Brooks in Omaha on May 8th and 9th.”
 

2015/03 8:05 AM
KTPK's Skeeter Adds PD Duties

KTPK/Topeka, Kansas' morning host Skeeter (right) has been named PD.  He takes over from Roger Price who left March 10 and is looking for her next opportunity. Skeeter (Tim  Goodrich) joined the station six months ago.

He is looking for Price's successor in afternoons. The right candidate will have one to three years of on-air experience and a track record of ratings success.  Get your resume, cover letter and 4 MB max MP3 airchecks to Goodrich  here .

Roger Price can be reached here

2015/03 8:00 AM
Jason Aldean Gets Married

Congratulations to Jason Aldean and his new wife Brittany Kerr.  The couple got married in Mexico on Saturday (3/21) surrounded by friends nad family.

The couple got engaged in September.  Aldean proposed during a private tour of the San Diego Zoo.

2015/03 12:05 PM
​Ed Shane CEO Of Shane Media Has Passed Away

AllAboutCountry is very sad to have to report the passing of Shane Media CEO Ed Shane, Today (3/21), following a brief battle with colon cancer.

Shane’s long radio career included many years as Program Director for Talker KTRH/Houston (1980-84), and most recently Ed ran the Best In Texas Magazine and lead the headed the Texas Music Chart, as well as being the consultant and serving as project manager for Radio One News KROI/Houston.

Ed and his wife Pam announced his illness less than a month ago. Ed was placed into hospice care earlier this week.

You can condolences to Pam Shane here . And you may post your thoughts on Ed's Facebook page .
 

2015/03 8:36 AM
Get Well Wishes For Mark McKay

Sending out all good wishes to WGH/Norfolk-Virginia Beach's PD Mark McKay who has been dignosed with a treatable form of sarcoma.

"It's NOT a death sentnece, but I have cancer," McKay said.

He's in New York today at Sloan-Ketterin Cancer Center starting his treatment. Reach McKay here

Meanwhile Cluster Director of Programming John Shomby is handling music and programming until McKay returns.

2015/03 8:27 AM
Reba-The Face of Outnumber Hunger

Reba will serve as the face of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America's fourth annual "Outnumber Hunger" campaign this spring.

Reba and other BMLG artists will be on more than 60 million General Mills packages, including Cheerios, Pillsbury, YoPlait and Nature Valley.  The campaign will run from April through January 2016.  Consumers participate through Feeding America by entering General Mills product codes at www.OutnumberHunger.com, which will secure five meals for their local food bank.

Reba will also perform in a kick off concert event, "Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger."  Other performers will include Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie and Tae.  The concert will be shown on local Gannett affiliates beginning Friday, April 17 and will air on CMT-TV. 

"I was raised to treat others with compassion," explained Reba. "Knowing that one in six Americans struggle with hunger means my fans and people I see every day need help. The 'Outnumber Hunger' campaign is such a simple way to help your neighbors, so how could you not? I'm so proud to lead the charge with Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America."
 

2015/03 8:17 AM
Zac Brown Adds A Third Night At Fenway

Zac Brown Band has added a third night at Fenway Park in Boston.  This makes the Zac Brown Band the first to perform a three-night run at Fenway.

The group also will be the first to ever play Coors Field in Denver.

For more information and tour dates visit www.zacbrownband.com. 

2015/03 7:48 AM
Jay Cruze Promoted to SVP

Jay Cruze, iHeart Media's WSCG/Augusta, GA PD has been promoted to SVP/Programming for the six station cluster.  This position was held by iHeartMedia's Charleston SVP/Programming Travis Dylan.  Dylan left the market a year ago.

"Jay's vast experience and knowledge in the radio and music industry has proven to be a huge asset to our team," says Market Pres. Ivy Elam. "I'm confident that he is prepared to lead our cluster of stations to continued success." 

Cruz joined the station last summer.  His resume includes stops at Bigger Picture and Clear Channel stations in Lexington, Panama City and Chattanooga.  He also previously worked in Augusta.  Get in touch with him here

2015/03 7:01 AM
New York Post Declares Terrestrial Radio To Be Turned Off In Cars

An article in the New York Post declares that "Video didn’t kill the radio star, but SiriusXM and streaming services like Pandora are taking it apart piece by piece. Terrestrial radio, after years of maintaining its vise-like grip as the dominant in-car entertainment provider, will soon see thousands of motorists turn it off, a Wall Street report on Wednesday forecasted."

The report goes on to say "While terrestrial radio still owns an 80 percent share of car listenership, it will start to lose up to 1.5 percentage points a year of that market share as streamers like Pandora enter the market."

As we all known technology is changing the choices drivers have in their cars.  Cars with 4G wireless broadband technology is expected to account for 39% of all vehicles shipped this fall.  By 2018 this number will be close to 60%.

Read the entire article here
 

2015/03 9:09 AM
Pierre Bouvard Joins Cumulus

Pierre Bouvard, most recently Tivo SVP/Sales has joined Cumulus.  He is the new CMO and will oversee marketing strategy for Cumulus and Westwood One, including local and national brands.

"Pierre is one of the radio industry’s most effective advocates," says Dickey. "He understands the power of our great medium and is uniquely positioned to leverage audience insights to help advertisers take full advantage of our platform to deliver national scale with local activation." 

He will report directly to President/CEO Lew Dickey.  Bouvard's career includes stops at Arbitron and Coleman Research. He will be based in New York.

2015/03 8:21 AM
Bubba Off 103.1 The Wolf/Orlando

WOTW, 103.1 The Wolf/Orlando has stopped running the syndicated "Bubba The Love Sponge" in mornings.  The show, according to JVC Media, was incompatible with the station's format.

Bubba will remain on the company's Rock WBGF/West Palm Beach and Country WTRS/Gainesville-Ocala outlets.

WOTW put the show on two months ago following their flip to Country.  JVC bought the station early in December.

At this point there is no news about the direction of mornings on WOTW.  

 

2015/03 8:13 AM
Spring Break #1

Congratulations to Luke Bryan and the team at UMG/Nashville and the Capitol team as Bryan's Spring Break...Checkin' Out debuts at #1 on the Country albums chart.  

According to Nielsen Soundscan, the EP sold more than 88,000 copies in its first week.

2015/03 8:07 AM
Rick "RJ" Jordan Hired as Promo Manager

Grassroot Promotions has added Rick "RJ" Jordan as Music Row Promotion Manager.  He was most recently PD and PM drive with WCJW/Warsaw, NY.  His first day on the job will be March 23.

”We are extremely excited to have RJ join our team as he is a passionate, persistent, detail oriented, experienced promoter," said Grassroots Managing Partner Nancy Tunick. "You don’t find that combination often!”

Jordan's career includes 30 years working in the broadcast and record industry.  He has worked at radio stations including WBBS/Syracuse and WPOR/Portland.  He also has held regional promotion jobs at 903 Music Nashville, Country Thunder Records, Stroudavarious and Golden Music Nashville.

Jordan will be based in Rochester, NY and can be reached at 615-335-0718 or at /blog/

No decisions have yet been made about his replacement at WCJW.

2015/03 8:02 AM
KCLR Looking For PD/Midday Person

Zimmer's KCLR/Columbia, MO has an opening for a PD/midday personality.  This person will also handle programming for Top 40 KTXY.  

According to Jamie Mac, Director of Programming and New Media who has been handling the responsibilities, the right person will have a great attitude, stron on-air delivery and writing skills, PD experience and a working knowledge of Top 40.

Send resume, maximum three-minute aircheck, programming philosophy and current photo to /blog/

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