2014/10 9:50 AM
ACM Elects New Board Of Directors

The Academy Of Country Music (ACM) has elected its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. 

Elected positions include Sergeant-at-Arms Tim DuBois, Treasurer Duane Clark, Parliamentarian Paul Moore, and Secretary Tiffany Moon.  
 
Those newly elected to the Board include:

​Lee Brice
Buddy Cannon (Cannon Productions)
Charlie Cook (Cumulus/Nashville)
George Couri (Triple 8 Management)
Tom Forrest (Taillight)
Brad Garrett (Police Productions)
Jerry Hufford (Buck Owens' Enterprises)
Bob Kingsley (Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40)
Mike Kraski (Tenacity management)
Frank Liddell (Carnival Music)
Kathy Armistead Olen (Atticus Brand Partners)
Cindy Mabe (UMG Nashville)
Ebie McFarland (Essential Broadcast Media)
Lee Thomas Miller
Curt Motley (Paradigm Agency)
Brian O'Connell (LiveNation)
Troy Volhoffer (Premier Global Partner)

Director -at-Large positions were appointed by ACM Chairman Darin Murphy, President Paul Barnabee and VP Ken Tucker.
   
Those appointed include:
Ross Copperman
Benson Curb (Curb Records)
Dallas Davidson
John Dickey (Cumulus Media)
Chris Farren (Combustion Music)
Leslie Fram (CMT)
Jay Frank (Digsin)
Jimmy Harnen (BMLG)

Mary Hilliard Harrington (The Greenroom)
Laura Hutfless (CAA)
Clay Hunnicutt (iHeartMedia)
Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media)
Marion Kraft (Shopkeeper Management)
Jon Loba (BBR Music Group)
Dan Mason (CBS Radio)
Shawn McSpadden (Red Light management)
Greg Oswald (WME)
Kimberly Schlapman

 
 
"We are thankful to have such an amazing team of industry leaders who are committed to helping the ACADEMY celebrate its 50th anniversary with a record breaking show in Texas," stated ACM Chairman Darin Murphy.  "It's one of the most exciting times in the ACADEMY's history, and this group of professionals are up to the task."

2014/10 8:22 AM
Jason Aldean and Bob Seger Head To CMT Crossroads

Jason Aldean will be teaming up with Bob Seger in late November for another great pairing on "CMT Crossroads."

"CMT Crossroads: Bob Seger and Jason Aldean" will premiere on Friday, November 28 at 10 pm (ET/PT) on CMT-TV.

2014/10 8:14 AM
Anything Goes To The Top

Congrats to Florida Georgia Line, Republic Nashville's President Jimmy Harnen, VP/Promo Matthew Hargis and the team at Republic  for the #1 debut of FGL's "Anything Goes.  

The album sold 197,000 copies last week according to Nielsen Soundscan and is FGL's first ever #1 album following "Here's To The Good Times" that was released in 2012.  It sold 2.1 million since it was released.  

Also worth noting is that this marks the third straight week a Country album has taken over the all genre chart with FGL following Blake Shelton's "Bringing Back the Sunshine" and Jason Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt."

Not since 2010 has this happened when Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give," Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" and Toby Keith's "Bullets In the Gun" ended up in the same positions.

2014/10 6:30 AM
People's Choice Nominees Announced

The People's Choice Awards nominations are open through October 30 and fans can choose up to five nominees in each category to be included on the official ballot.  

Nashville artists are up for all genre awards, specific Country categories nad TV segments.  The ballot also includes a write in section for nominees not listed.  

Those listed on the first-round nominees include:

Album (all genre) : "Platinum" Miranda Lambert, "The Outsiders" Eric Church, "Partners" Barbra Streisand
Breakout Artist (all genre) : Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor
Group (all genre) : The Black Keys, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum
Female Artist (all genre) : Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor
Male Artist (all genre) : Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney
Song (all genre) : “All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor, “Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
Pop Artist: Taylor Swift
Dramatic TV Actress: Hayden Panettiere
Dramatic TV Actor: Charles Esten
Network Drama: Nashville
TV Show: American Idol, The Voice

The 2015 awards show will air on January 7, 8:00 CT on CBS.  Vote here .

2014/10 6:02 AM
Lady A To Bowl 'Em Away

Lady Antebellum will appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show today and Friday (10/24) they will appear at the Hollywood Bowl for the "We Can Survive" concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  They will play alongside Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Paramore, Sia, Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani.  

They are promoting their recently released fifth studio album "747" and the latest single off the album is "Freestyle." They are also nominated for "Vocal Gorup of the Year and "Music Video of the Year" for "Bartender for the upcoming CMA Awards on November 5.  For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com. 

2014/10 4:23 AM
Lee Ann Womack Joins UK/IRE Country To Country Tour

Lee Ann Womack will play London’s massive O2 Arena on Saturday, March 7, then head to Dublin’s 3Arena to play for the Irish fans on Sunday, March 8. Designed to create a diverse picture of what country music can be, Womack shares the bill with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Brandy Clark.

“One of the things I’ve always loved about England is how wide-open and embracing they are of music, without worrying so much about what it is,” Womack says. “But I also know both the UK and Irish fans listen so much closer to the music, they really pay attention to the lyrics and the poetry – and they really love true, hard country music and wonderful songs like very few do!”

Womack was recently featured in a 7,000 word profile in No Depression by noted author David Cantwell, he wrote of her artistic lean, “Her music’s the same as gospel in some ways, just looked at from life’s other side.” The Nashville Scene seconds that emotion, offering of The Way I’m Livin’s essence, “knotty narratives dominate. What really makes them feel adult, and particularly ill-suited to partying, is the way their protagonists refuse to lie to themselves about the consequences of their actions and the states of their souls. Call it gospel-versant realism.”
While Womack gears up for her 2015 tour, lucky fans on the West Coast, as well as a few select Midcentral dates can hear the band that prompted NPR’s Ann Powers to tell “World Café” in their Americana festival coverage, “I’m definitely going to her show, and standing in the front row, cheering her on.”
 
10/22 - Napa, CA - City Winery
10/23 - Redding, CA - Cascade Theatre
10/24 - Grass Valley, CA - The Center for the Arts
11/12 - Wilmington, DE - World Café Live
11/13 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen County Performing Arts Center
11/14 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium
12/05 - Broken Arrow, OK - Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
12/06 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Resort & Casino - Showroom
 
 
 

2014/10 2:05 AM
​Three Stannard Stations Get Hit By Apparent ‘CryptoWall Hijacking Virus’

Hijacking Included Country KVVP, Today’s Country 105.7
 
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters yesterday (10/21) posted on their website that, "one of our member radio stations was 'hijacked' last Friday, October 17th. The owner is trying to spread the word. It’s going to cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace computers and software in his facilities.
 
The suggestion is that anyone using Windows XP should evaluate and upgrade to a newer version supported by Microsoft, as there is possible glitch that can allow Windows XP to be hacked.

The hacked group was Stannard Broadcasting/Leesville/LA. Their stations are Country KVVP, Today’s Country 105.7, Rock KROK and AC KUMX.  All appeared to be slammed by the "CryptoWall Virus."

The company said in a statement, “Stannard Broadcasting, Inc. is working to correct problems associated with a virus that affected its data server.  A Trojan virus had been executed on a computer in the station’s network on October 16th that encrypted the station’s database audio files in the server. Along with the virus came a text note offering a key word to unlock the virus in exchange for $500 in Bitcoin, an Internet currency”.

News Director Elona Weston told Radio World, “That the station’s small staff worked through the weekend dealing with the consequences of this attack.'It was mayhem for a little bit,' she said, with a substantial amount of audio data missing or inaccessible. Complicating things, one of the stations has been in the process of installing a new transmitter."

Adding to the Radio World article GM Doug Stannard said, “Two stations have had their music library compromised in that there is still missing audio and all the data strings are not complete. Each day there are more elements compromised. Each day there are additional files tapped by the hackers. So, each day is a new set of problems.”

2014/10 2:00 AM
Blake Shelton Becomes 1st Country Artist To Top Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart

After debuting at #1 on The Billboard 200 Album Chart last week with his new album BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, Blake Shelton makes history as the first Country music artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Artist 100. The chart, which factors in album and digital song sales, plus radio airplay, saw Blake rise from #19 to #1. “Neon Light,” the first single from the new album is Top 5 and climbing.

The four-time and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has 3 nominations for the upcoming CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2012, Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for “Mine Would Be You.”

He wrapped his sold-out Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 -- including performances at NYC's Madison Square Garden as well, Chicago's Wrigley Field Stadium playing to a capacity crowd of over 40,000 fans as only the fourth Country artist to have ever played the iconic 100 year-old ball park and LA's historic Hollywood Bowl. 

Celebrating thirteen years since his first single "Austin" hit the top of the Country radio charts, Shelton holds 17 No. 1 singles to his credit, recently breaking his own record for most consecutive No. 1’s at Country radio. Shelton has the most No. 1's in a row on the Country radio charts by any artist. Joining the ranks of the Grand Ole Opry as a member since 2010.

Shelton returned as a coach for his seventh season of NBC’ Emmy winning reality competition series, The Voice, which premiered September 22nd.  Listed below are some of his accomplishments:
  • 3 RIAA certified Platinum albums
  • 5 RIAA certified Gold albums
  • 17 total No. 1 country singles
  • 12 consecutive No. 1 country singles - The only country artist to achieve this in the monitored airplay era
  • 7.6 million albums and 22.8 million singles sold
  • Over 3.5 billion impressions in 2013
  • Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the year - 4 consecutive years
  • 2013 CMA Album of the Year for Based On a True Story…
  • Winning coach of NBC’s “The Voice” for 3 out of 6 seasons 
 
 

2014/10 1:31 AM
​Nashville’s Nest Generation Country Challenge Set For December 4 & 5

Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI) will play host to the inaugural talent competition “Nashville’s Next Generation Country Challenge” which will be held on December 4 and 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. 
 
“Nashville is one of the hottest cities in America and continually being recognized for such great talent located here,” says Spin Doctors Music Group’s President Al Brock.  “We are encouraging any aspiring singer or songwriters to look into this talent competition where key music industry executives will serve as judges.”
 
The competition is open to all singers and songwriters not currently signed to a recording contract or working with a Nashville based promotion company.  Contestants are encourages to perform original music acoustically as no covers will be permitted, and the deadline for entering the competition is November 30th and the entry fee is $99.00.  Contestants can enter at www.facebook.com/NGCCNashville, by send their audition CD to PO BOX 121033, Nashville, TN 37212, or by visiting www.nextgenerationcountrychallenge.com.
 
The winner of Nashville’s Next Generation Country Challenge will receive a singles promotion deal with Spin Doctors Music Group, inclusive of radio promotion for 16 weeks.  In addition, the winner will showcase during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) at the Thursday Night Throwdown event held at the Hard Rock Café as well as a one year membership in the TSAI.

Spin Doctors Music Group is a Nashville-based music business company, carefully designed to focus on new and emerging Country recording artists. Headed by long time radio programmer Al Brock, the company’s radio division focuses on secondary, Music Row, Billboard Indicator and Mediabase Activator reporting panels.  

2014/10 8:47 AM
Keith Urban to Be CRS Featured Speaker

Keith Urban will be Country Radio Semianr 2015 featured speaker.  "Keith Urban: Being Present" is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. during hte annual convention.

Radio has said that Keith Urban is known for 'bring present."  He was one of the first to tear the walls down between an artist and a live audience.  This will speak to air-talent and programmers who now have many jobs and management responsibilities.  It will be relevant to everyone in today's business environment who must be good at multi-tasking with many individuals.  When you are doing so many things it is important that you be in the moment with an employee, listener, peer, boss and your audience.  

"This will be a definitive 'memorable moment' for all of us this year.  Having this incredible talent address this most critical skill in today's hectic professional business environment, with far reaching effect on one's ability to communicate," says CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne.  "Urban is one of the first artists to have literally broken down the separate that can exist even on the cert stage.  Not only has he been leaving the stage, to join his audiences for years, he was the first artist that I've ever seen, whose stage literally bled into the crowd, with no barrier of any kind-no doubt entirely by design."

"Keith is one of the most impressive and successful artists of our time," continues Mayne. "There's not doubt that both the musician and the man have set the standard for the way any artist's relationsihp should be with his or her fans.  His ability to connect on a human level whether in person or through his music is unprecendented.  Radio air talent and programmers are unanimous when referring to Urban's uncanny ability to connect with people.  It is genuine, heartfelt nad authentic.  Throught he years we have all seen how Keith conducts himself during backstage visits both with fans and industry personnel."

Keith Urban: Being Present is sponsored by BMI at CRS 2015 and is one of many highlights scheduled for CRS 2015. Registration is available through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

 


2014/10 8:41 AM
CRS New Faces Tickets Sold Out

Again this year the dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show held during Country Radio Seminar 2015 are sold out.  

According to CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne, All registrations sold prior to Oct. 20 will include full access to the New Faces Show and Dinner.  Going forward, we will be allocating seat only entry on a first-come, first-served basis until that area is sold-out.”

Seat only admission does not include meals. Talent for the New Faces of Country Music Show will be announced in early December.

The CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration rate of $399 expires October 31.  After that the price will go up to $499 per person. November 1 is also the final date to sign up to receive digital liners.  

To register go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
 

2014/10 8:39 AM
Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour

Alan Jackson has announced his 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour starting Jan. 8 in Ft. Myers.  The tour dates are planned through May.

He will be touring with Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark.  See the full itinerary here

2014/10 8:37 AM
KILT Looking For Brand Advocate

Bruce Logan, VP/Programming/PD of KILT, The Bull/Houston is looking for a Brand Advocate. 

“It’s a similar job to a Promotions Director – but it’s actually more than that. If you are ready to use your marketing skills to brand Houston's fastest growing Country station; if you have 3-5 years of similar media experience and are ready to use 100% of your time focused on a single radio station, using an actual marketing budget with help from an army sized street team – this is the job for you,” said Logan.

No calls but resumes and materials should be sent to Logan here.

 

2014/10 8:30 AM
Taylor Touts Nashville

In an upcoming article in Esquire Magazine Taylor Swift proves that you take her out of the country genre but it's always top of mind.  

"Country music teaches you to work," Swift says in the article. "You hear stories about these artists who show up four hours late to a photo shoot, and in Nashville that doesn't happen. In Nashville, if you go four hours late to a photo shoot, everyone leaves. In Nashville, if you don't care about radio and being kind to people who are being good to you ... It's a symbiotic relationship, and if you don't take care of it, they won't take care of you. I've never been more proud to have come from a community that's so rooted in songwriting, so rooted in hard work and in treating people well. It was the best kind of training."

The article is in the November issue due out this week.

2014/10 8:26 AM
Morning Talent Needed in Amarillo

Morris KGNC/Amarillo, TX has an opening for morning talent.  PD/MD Patrick Clark is looking for an outgoing individual who loves getting out in the public and "has something to add to an already amazing team."

Get your resume and aircheck to him here .
 

2014/10 8:18 AM
CMT TV Honors "CMT Artists of the Year"

CMT-TV will honor Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban as their top Country artists of 2014 when they air their "CMT Artists of the Year" special.

The five Artists of the Year have had an impact on Country music through airplay, album sales and millions of downloads of their songs.  They have also packed concerts and arenas and have generated hundreds of millions of video streams.

"Country music has never been bigger, and these five are its biggest stars of 2014," said CMT SVP/Music Events & Talent John Hamlin.  "We do everything we can do to make sure this is the party of the year for them. And rightfully so. They've earned it."

The CMT Artist of the Year special will broadcast live on Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m.


 

2014/10 6:03 AM
iHeartMedia Puts 'Tailgate Country' On The Air in In Portland, OR

iHeartMedia launches Country KFBW-HD3/Tailgate Country/Portland, OR.

"Tailgate Country" will be competing with Entercom Country KWJJ/99.5 The Wolf and Alpha Media Country KUPL/98.7 The Bull.

Currently the station is running commercial free and playing up-tempo, "tailgate-type" songs.

2014/10 5:45 AM
Reba Is The First Act To Sign With NASH Icon Record Label

NASH Icon record label, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus, has signed Reba as its first act.

The partnership between BMLG and Cumulus was announced in May.  Up until now all we have heard about is the hiring of a GM.
 
Reba announced the deal at a press conference held at the NASH Campus/Nashville this Morning (10/21). She already has 11 songs cut for the project.

More details soon.

2014/10 5:09 AM
​WQMT Goes Country

East Tennessee Radio group has moved WQMT/93.9/Decatur, TN from Regional Mexican to Country.

The switch follows a similar move from sister station WPTF/Pigeon Forge, TN last month, in which WPTF/106.3/Pigeon Forge switched from Sports to Country.

WQMT's Class C3 signal has undergone four format changes in a three year time span and covers the Athens, TN and Cleveland, TN.

 

2014/10 3:04 AM
​Fitz Gets Syndication Deal with Sun Broadcast Group

Sun Broadcast Group puts together a multi-year partnership with Entercom syndicated morning personality Fitz.   The syndication and sales deal will includes all Fitz branded on-air items.
Some changes: the "Powered By Country" weekend countdown will become "The Hit List," as it transitions from United Stations Radio Networks to Sun in 2015.

Fitz will take on hosting duties of a daily news and entertainment featured to be called "Nashville Minute."  The feature will be produced by Gen3 Entertainment, which is currently heard on over 80 affiliates, expanding to twice-daily reports beginning with Fitz's debut broadcast on Monday, October 27th.

"I am thrilled to be working with Sun Broadcast Group," stated Fitz. "I have been blown away by the vision, passion, and energy that Jason Bailey and his team have shown me.  I have never had more support in my life.  These guys just get it! PERIOD! They do radio the way it was meant to be done and have definitely changed the way the game is played in our industry.  Look out."

Sun will also syndicate Fitz's top-rated KKWF/The Wolf 100.7/Seattle morning show "The Fitz Show."  Syndication will be offered nationwide as a modular show airing in multiple day-parts for Country, CHR, and Hot AC affiliates.

Sun Broadcast Group SVP/Programming Ron Rivlin says, "Sun Broadcast Group prides itself in working with world class talent, and Fitz is in a class of his own," stated.  "We are looking forward to taking the Fitz brand to new heights! Buckle up, radio. You're in for a wild ride!"

2014/10 8:58 AM
Fan Gets Naughty In Niceville

Dustin Lynch got an unwanted surprise last Friday when he appeared at the Mullet Festival in Niceville, FL.  Just as he was finishing his rendition of Garth's "Friends in Low Places" a beer can came flying at him on stage and cut his face.

 "I was walking down the catwalk and wham, out of nowhere this beer can just nailed me in the face," Lynch told People after the incident. "It was a completely full can, and it felt like a baseball had hit me."

With a bloody face he finished the show and was taken to the hospital.  The cut required stitches but Lynch will not that keep him from performing.

"The moral of the story is don't throw beer cans, period,"  Lynch told People.  "It's not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that's why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn't want to get off the stage until I had to."

Although fans pointed out the aggressor and Lynch called him out from the stage, the accused got away.







 

2014/10 8:48 AM
Jason's Back At #1

Congrats to Jason Aldean and the promo team at BBR Music Group including EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James and VP/Promo Lee Adams as Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" goes to this week's #1 on Mediabase Country Singles chart.

This is his first single from his "Old Boots, New Dirt" album.  As was reported here, it debuted #1 on the All-genre and Country album charts two weeks ago.  

2014/10 8:35 AM
The ACM Accepting Submissions For Radio Categories

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) will be accpeting submissions for the "50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" for Country radio beginning Monday, November 10 at 4 p.m.

Membership is required for nomination submissions and voting privileges.  New members and current members can register or renew before October 31 to be eligible to vote.  Nominations are being taken between Monday, Novmeber 10-Monday December 8 for On-Air Personality of hte Year and Radio Station of the Year for each market size

The ACMs will be televised Sunday, April 19 on CBS-TV and the winners will be announced during the telecast. The live broadcast will be originating from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

For more information visit www.ACMCountry.com.

2014/10 8:34 AM
Jordan Rager Signs With BBR Music Group

Jordan Rager has signed with BBR Music Group.  Rager has appeared in the Atlanta market and has appeared on iHeartMedia Country WUBL, 94.9 The Bull's Backyard Country consistently for the last five years.  He has more than 22,000 fans on UTube.

"The first time I saw Jordan perform I had the same feeling as when I first saw Jason Aldean," said BBR Music Group Group Pres./Owner Benny Brown. "He is an exceptional young artist, and we're excited to have him as the newest member of our label family."
 

2014/10 8:07 AM
KWOF/Denver Looking For Morning Host

If you're looking for a morning gig, this could be it.

KWOF, 92.5 The Wolf/Denver has an opening for a morning host.  They are looking for three years on-air experience and knowledge about social media.  Both teams and solo announcers will be considered.  

Those with Top 40 and Hot AC experience are encouraged to apply.  Send airchecks and resumes here. 

2014/10 7:45 AM
BMI Names Lauren Branson Director PR

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announces that Lauren Branson has been named Director, Public Relations.

In this role, she will be responsible for creating and implementing the public relations strategies for many of the company’s wholly owned and sponsored songwriter-based events, including BMI’s Country and Christian Awards shows, BMI No. 1 Parties, Austin City Limits Festival, LouFest, SXSW and the Key West Songwriter’s Festival.

Branson will report to Robbin Ahrold, BMI Senior Advisor, interim head of BMI’s Corporate Communications and Marketing department. She will also work closely with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations. Branson is based in BMI’s Nashville office.

Lauren’s music industry background both in Nashville and New York and her experience with cutting-edge digital music technology gives her an invaluable perspective to position BMI and its affiliates for both the media and the music community,” said Ahrold.

"Lauren brings passion, instinct and drive to this position,” said Williams. “Her strong public relations background makes her an important asset to our organization. Lauren will help accentuate BMI’s many songwriter-based events in Nashville as well as company-wide.”

Prior to joining BMI, Branson was most recently the lead Publicist at Yep Roc Records where she contributed to the marketing strategy and oversaw the public relations campaigns, including national and tour press, for the label’s extensive roster of artists. Her prior posts include stints at Zenph Sound Innovations as Label Operations Manager, Epic Records as Publicist, and Sony Nashville as Publicity Coordinator. 

Branson holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University.
 
Follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.
 

2014/10 7:38 AM
Little Big Town Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry

Little Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last Friday, October 17.  Opry members Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill welcomed them in to the Opry family.  The group was originally invited to become a member by Reba on October 3.

LBT's Karen Fairchild said, "I'm so excited about sharing this moment with the band. We've been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets."

The group played "Bring It On Home" the same song they played during their Opry debut.  They played then with a borrowed guitar.  After they performed "Boondocks" Dickens, Gill and Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher took the stage to present them with their Opry Member Award.  

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”



 

2014/10 7:00 AM
CRS 2015 Agenda Preview Released

$399 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends Oct. 31, Rate Increases To $499 Nov. 1

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has revealed an early version of its agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2015, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2015, at the Nashville Convention Center.  The preliminary agenda details were released in advance of the CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration Rate deadline, which is Oct. 31.

Every year, Country Radio Seminar is packed full of great performances, educational seminars, networking opportunties and intriguing panels that will cover all areas of the radio and records industry.

CRS Agenda Committee chairman Jeff Green states, “The Agenda Committee wanted to create for 2015 not only something for everyone, but a lot for everyone. We’re excited about showcasing more than 20 first-time presenters, panelists and participants – new faces to go with the New Faces! Experts in technology, social, imaging, talent and programming are all part of the focus on practical, professional productivity that will provide information to take home and put to work immediately. We’re working hard to make next year’s CRS the best program ever.”  

The CRS 2015 Agenda-At-A-Glance includes:*
(*schedule subject to change*)
 
 
Wednesday, February 25
8:30 - 7:00 P.M.         Registration Opens
3:00 - 3:30 P.M.         Opening Ceremonies Sponsored by ALS Therapy Development Institute
3:30 - 4:00 P.M.         Artists Humanitarian Award Presentation
4:00 - 5:00 P.M.         Keynote Speaker-Todd Wagner Sponsored by Fisher House Foundation
5:30 - 7:00 P.M.         Welcome Reception
7:00- 9:30 P.M.          Grand Ole Opry
9:45 P.M.                   CRS After Hours  


Thursday, February 26
8:00 -      9:00 A.M.     Programming Mentoring Breakfast
9:00 –     9:50 A.M.     Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     How To Use Real Time Research to Think Like Your Target
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     State of the Music: When a Style Becomes a Movement
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     The Connected Car Info Panel
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     CRS Research Presentation
12:00 –   1:50 P.M.      Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Capitol Records
2:00 –     2:50 P.M.      Artist Profile Panel
2:00 –     2:50 P.M.      CRS Recap
2:00 –     2:50 P.M.      How to Move People in Order to Move the Needle
3:00 –     3:50 P.M.      Get Your Unfair Share of the Digital Pie: Secrets of Top AEs in Digital Sales
3:00 –     3:50 P.M.      Want a Winning Team? Get a Killer Coach
3:00 –     3:50 P.M.      From Zero to Hero: Successful Promotions with No Budget
4:00 –     5:00 P.M.      Gensetters: 18-34 Listening Trends and How They Will Shape Our Future
7:00 –   11:00 P.M.      CRS After Hours  

Friday, February 27
8:00 -     9:00 A.M.      Managers Breakfast
9:00 –    9:50 A.M.      Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     Social Media Bootcamp: Track 1 - How To Speak in Your Brand’s Voice and Get Content Shared
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     How to Create a Win – Win for Radio Music Events
10:00 – 10:50 A.M.     Imaging from Both Sides of the Mic
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     Social Media Bootcamp: Track 2 - Finding & Engaging Your Consumers in Real-Time
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     Behind the Numbers: The Insider’s Guide to Nielsen Data
11:00 – 11:50 A.M.     Unlocking the Secrets to Successful Music Scheduling
Noon –   1:50 P.M.     Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Black River Entertainment
2:00 –    2:50 P.M.       #CRSTrendingNow
2:00 –    2:50 P.M.       C’mon, Get Apply! The Latest in App Technology for Radio
2:00 –    2:50 P.M.       The Stars Come Out in the Morning
3:00 –    4:00 P.M.       Artist Superstar Interview
5:30 –    6:15 P.M.       New Faces Cocktail Reception
6:30 -   10:00 P.M.       New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Performance
                                      After Hours
 
Friday, Oct. 31 marks the deadline to purchase $399 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2015.  The regular rate will take effect on Nov. 1, increasing registrations to $499 per person.  Registrations are available for purchase throughwww.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.

Nov. 1 also marks the last day in which stations can sign up to receive digital liners. The digital liners program was introduced in 2010 to replace the on-site Artist Radio Taping Sessions and has proven to be a solid success with stations and artists alike.

Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest radio event. The event is always packed full of great performances, educational seminars, intriguing panels and networking opportunities.
 

2014/10 6:38 AM
Alpha Media Shuffles Formats and Frequencies In Richmond

Country WLFV/93.1 The Wolf, transitions from 93.1 to 98.9.

Market Manager Paul Johnson
says, “This gives us full coverage in the Richmond metro, something we didn’t have on 93.1. In addition, the station will simulcast on 100.3, which covers the southern end of the market. This is a station that performs really well where it’s heard, and now it has 100% penetration.”

Adding to their Country presence, the group also brought in the "Hank, Legends of Country" format from Envision Networks to run on 93.1. This will give them a full Country spectrum with the combo, and each station will be able to focus on specific demos.

WBBT, which is the group’s third station, has gone from Oldies to Classic Hits. The stations changed the positioning to “Richmond’s Greatest Hits”, and they have evolved the music into a 70’s base. To make this change, Alpha is merging its Liberty, “We Play Anything” station with WBBT to play “Richmond’s Greatest Hits” This station will play the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The station will be heard on 107.3.

Scott Mahalick, Alpha Media EVP/Programming commenting on the changes stated, “In order to increase our competitive edge in the Richmond market, we needed to turn up the heat and shake things up. Not only will these improvements provide a more contemporary opportunity for revenue, they will give our listeners what they’ve been asking for.”
 

2014/10 2:32 AM
Sarah McGrady Of BMLG Is Engaged

Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Big Machine Sr. Manager/Partnership Marketing Sarah McGrady on becoming engaged to Vector Management's Jon Rpmero.
Check out McGrady’s FACEBOOK page. Where she says, "I can't stop staring.  Or smiling.  Or crying.  Or smiling.  We're Getting Married!"
Congratulate Ms McGrady here.

Jon Romero and
BMLG's Sarah McGrady

2014/10 7:37 AM
Paul Simon To Perform in "A Tribute To Phil Everly"

"A Tribute to Phil Everly" benefit concert will take place on Wednesday, October 29 to raise money for The COPD Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Phil Everly, one half of the iconic Everly Brothers, died due to complications of COPD in 2014.

The event will be held at the home of Sylvia Roberts located at 1358 Page Road, Nashville.  The festivities will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will feature a rare acoustic performance by 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon.

Phil Everly, along iwth his brother Don Everly, formed one of the most  influential duos in music, the Everly Brothers. Their influence is evident in the work of the Beatles, The Hollies, Simon and Garfunkle and countelss solo artists including Paul Simon.  

“I wish I’d have met him earlier.  He was such a good friend,”  remarked Simon.

Most of the Everlys' hit singles — "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" — merged Nashville's clean instrumental country style with innocuous teenage themes, and were smoother than other contemporary country-rock hybrids like rockabilly. 

For ticket and sponsorship opportunities go to http://copdf.co/PhilEverlyBenefit



 

2014/10 7:35 AM
Nick D Diakun Named PD of WRJY/Brunswick, GA

"Nick D" Diakun will join Golden Isles/Brunswick, GA as PD of Country WRJY and AC WXMK.  He will begin his new gig on October 27.  

This is his first programming job.  He has worked WTQR/Greensboro and WKKT/Charlotte.

Get in touch with him here.
 

2014/10 6:59 AM
Blizzard Buys KBCR/KBCR-A

Blizzard has bought Country simulcast combo KBCR and KBCR-AM/Steamboat Springs, CO.  Cool Raddio LLC was the seller.  

Blizzard has been running things via LMA since August.  The broker was Jody McCoy of Media Service Group. The station sold for $500,000.  

2014/10 6:55 AM
GAC Ed Hardy Named to Music City Music Council

Former GAC President Ed Hardy is the new co-chair of hte Music City Music Council.  Mayor Karl Dean has been serving as co-chair since 2009.  

Hardy most recently served CMA's Interim EO.  He is currently chairman of hte CMA's Board of Directors.  

"Ed has a wealth of experience that will help us continue to promote our Music City brand and attract entertainment companies to our city," said Mayor Dean. "Ed is well liked and highly respected, and with his work with two giants in the music industry – the Country Music Association and Great American Country – we are fortunate to have him lead the efforts of our Music Council."

2014/10 6:45 AM
Kennedy To Be Inducted Into Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Mike Kennedy OM/PD of KBEQ/Kansas City will be inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Sunday (10/19).  The ceremony will take place in Wichita. Kennedy has been a broadcaster for 36 years and 35 of those years have been with KBEQ.  

Kennedy was also named 2014 Kansas City Media Legend by MediaMix Kansas City.

Congratulate him here. 

2014/10 5:43 AM
Chattanooga Country WUSY's Benjamin 'Bearman' Martin Passes

Condolences from AllAboutCountry to the family and friends of iHeartMedia’s Country WUSY/US-101/Chattanooga morning co-host Benjamin "Bearman" Martin, who passed away yesterday (10/16) from complications following a long battle with liver disease. He was 61.

"Bearman" was in radio for 39 years, with 27 of those spent at WUSY. The "Bearman and Ken" morning show has garnered multiple ACM and CMA nominations, and won Country Radio Broadcasters "Small Market Personality of the Year" in 2010.

The founder of "Chattanooga Radio And Television" David Carroll wrote a tribute to "Bearman" on the company's website. Read it hereWUSY also posted a tribute to "Bearman," which you can be read here.

As of know, services are pending.

2014/10 3:25 AM
​CMA New Artist Of The Year Nominee Thomas Rhett Headlining Talladega Post-Race Concert This Saturday

In the race for CMA's New Artist of the Year award, first-time nominee Thomas Rhett will head to NASCAR’s most competitive track on Saturday to headline Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-race concert at Talladega Superspeedway (10/18).  

"Talladega is one of those iconic places that you grow up knowing about, whether you follow NASCAR or not,” said Thomas Rhett. “So, to be able to go there and perform…that definitely goes on the 'Things I'll tell my Grandkids' list." 

The Platinum-selling singer/songwriter was also recently tapped as direct support for Florida Georgia Line on their upcoming ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015, which kicks off Jan. 15 in Toledo, OH. The new tour will follow runs with some of Country Music’s biggest stars including Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert.

Thomas Rhett just released the new single “Make You Wanna” from his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS on The Valory Music Co., which has already spawned two consecutive Platinum-certified No. one hits, spending a total of four weeks in the top position in the last year.
 

2014/10 3:04 AM
​Julie Haskell Gade Appointed GM At Digity/Lincoln, NE

The Lincoln Journal star’s Jeff Korbelik reports that former Three Eagles Communications Country KZKX/ KX96.9 and Classic Rock KTGL/The Eagle 92.9/Lincoln, NE Station Manager Julie Haskell Gade has returned to the cluster, which is now owned by Digity Media Media, as GM. Gade replaces Joy Patten, who moves to head-up sales for the stations.

Gade, who left Three Eagles Communications in 2008 and since then has served as VP of Business Development at Leadership Resources, will oversee her former stations plus Sports KLMS-AM, News-Talk KFOR-AM, and Active Rock KIBZ/104.1 The Blaze.

2014/10 3:00 AM
Mediabase Holiday Schedule

The final Mediabase published charts of 2014 using recurrent rules will be on Sunday, December 14th.
Final add dates for 2014 are Monday, December 15th and Tuesday, December 16th, 2014.

The Mediabase charts will post on the web site, but without any recurrents being removed, on Sunday, December 21th and Sunday, December 28, 2014.

First Mediabase published charts of 2015 with recurrents being removed will be on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

The Add board will reopen on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, with the first add deadlines being Monday, January 5th and Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

2014/10 9:36 AM
Tanya Tucker Exhibit To Open At Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a special exhibition entitled  "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend" on Friday, November 14th.

Tucker rose from poverty in Texas, Arizona, Utah and Nevada to become a best-selling Country artist.  She signed with Columbia at 13 and her first single "Delta Dawn" went to the top of the charts in 1972.

In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Tucker continued her success.  She received her first CMA in 1991 for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.  

Tucker dealt with private issues in a public spotlight.  Her relatoinship with Glen Campbell who was 22 years older than she made big news with the tabloids.  She checked herself in to Betty Ford Clinic for substance abuse in the late '80s and a few years later became a single mother.

Her life and career will be detailed in the Country Msuic Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend" that will run through May 2015.

 

2014/10 9:32 AM
Classic Country Comes To Dayton

Alpha Media flipped WCLI, Click 101.5/Dayton (Hot AC) to Classic Country today (10/16).  Two days ago they begin playing all Christmas and a format flip seemed inevitable.

According to the statoin "101.5 Hank FM" will play artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba, Shania Twain and Brooks and Dunn--those artists that made Country popular.

"The wise decision to add Hank FM in Dayton becomes part of the foundation to help increase our value as a cluster in the market," said Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahallick. "The icons of Country format connects us to a passionate and underserved audience that continues to grow."

The PD willl remain Brad Waldo.  The station is currently running 10,000 commercial free songs.  Stream it here


 

2014/10 9:12 AM
Register For 2014 No Shave November

Register for the "2014 No Shave November for St. Jude Kids" is now open.  

The 4th annual event will raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital beginning Saturday, November 1.  Participants will post their clean-shaven photos on the start date and stop shaving for the month.  Their facial hair progress will be seen on social media and can be used to encourage donations to St. Jude.  Final photos will be posted on Sunday, November 30.

Country music industry professionals and Country Cares radio stations are encouraged to participate.  You can regster as teams with listeners or as individuals.  Everyone should encourage donations revolving around "No Shave November" using the hashtag #NSN4SJK.

The honorary Chariman of the Beard this year is Lady A's Dave Haywood.  Stations who raise the most money may get a phone call with Haywood and funds they raise add to the Country Cares toteboard

For more information or to register go to nsn4sjk.com.

2014/10 6:09 AM
Michael Jordan Selected To Succeed Coyote Calhoun As WAMZ PD

iHeartMedia/Lexington, KY OM Michael Jordan, is PD for the cluster’s Country WBUL has been named PD for Country sister station WAMZ/Louisville.

Jordan takes over for 35 year vet of WAMZ and Country Radio Hall of Famer Coyote Calhoun, who early this year announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year.

Michael was born and raised in in Kentucky,” said iHeartMedia RPM Kelly Carls. “He has distinguished himself with the outstanding success of WBUL and signature community events like the annual '4TH OF JULY RED, WHITE AND BOOM' festival. We’re thrilled to see him bring that expertise to WAMZ.”

Jordan will continue his current responsibilities for Lexington in addition to assuming the PD chair at WAMZ.

Coyote Calhoun built WAMZ into a legendary brand,” said Jordan. “We want to continue his legacy of great Country music, concerts, and a tireless dedication to the community. I’d like to thank Kelly Carls, Bill Gentry, and iHeartMedia’s senior leadership for this amazing opportunity.”

Send Jordan your congrats here.

2014/10 5:31 AM
Here’s What’s Happening At DASH Day One

Millennials Want To Be Social and Consumers Want Seamless And Personal

At the opening of DASH in Detroit yesterday (10/15), VP of Measurement Innovation at Nielsen Audio Dr. Ed Cohen gave attendees a first look at new research that showed how college students have intertwined digital into their lives.

He gave managers a look into the type of listener they will soon be dealing with: one with a much shorter attention span that wants more and more control.

The study showed the role of cars, the "connected car," and what personal transportation means in their lives today and their plans for the future.

Cohen was part in a three-year study at the University of Florida called "The Class of 2015." That study uncovered was that these college students did consume radio and television, but they connected more strongly with forms of two-way communication, namely social media.

In another session called "It's All About the Experience" of DASH, Day 1 in Detroit, Slacker Radio's Mike Kasparian said user experience is top priority, especially in the auto world. With laptops and mobile, the experience is clearly defined. In the automobile there's still work to be done on the dash. Keynoter Gary Shapiro spoke about driver distraction still being a major issue and looked more in the future toward the driverless vehicle.

The opinion of this panel was that a lot more needs to be done.

2014/10 3:07 AM
​Julie K Of KXKS Does A Dash to Nash KRMD Shreveport

Townsquare Country KXKS/Shreveport, LA morning co-host Julie K crosses the street for afternoons at Cumulus Country KRMD/NASH FM beginning Monday (10/20).  Congrats to Ms Julie K here.

PD Gary McCoy has already begun the search for her replacement. Interested candidates may send materials to McCoyhere.

As Julie K arrives at NASH FM the on the air line up is changed at Country KRMD. Moving to middays is PD and current afternoon driver James Anthony. He is succeeding 26 year station veteran John Fox, who continues to program Top 40 sister station KQHN and does the morning show.

2014/10 3:05 AM
​Roger Garrett Retires From 98.3 KORA

Brazos Valley Country KORA/Bryan-College Station, TX Veteran PD/Morning talent Roger “www” Garrett announces his retirement, as of Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Brazos GM John Seigler
stated, “We’re saddened that Roger’s leaving KORA and Brazos Valley Radio, but extremely thankful for the many years of entertainment and service he’s given our stations and the Brazos Valley communities we serve. Roger’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years. His strong relationships with community leaders and organizations on our behalf will be missed.  We’re excited for him as he explores a new phase of life.  We’ll miss him greatly, but he’ll always be welcome on air at 98.3 KORA."

Garrett is a veteran of 45 year radio vet with market stops that include Shreveport, Austin and Houston. He’s spent over 23 years in Bryan-College Station, working at four stations there, including the last 15 years at KORA.

“It’s been a good ride, well over 45 years of my life, and I am not done yet,” said Garrett. “This ‘retirement’ is a transition to creating an internet radio station and a bible study series with ‘No Boundaries.’ And, there will be a ROGER ‘WWW’ GARRETT Oldies show coming to Oldies 107.3 in 2015!” 

Brazos General Partner Tommy Vascocu is on the hunt for Garrett’s replacement. Qualified and interested candidates send your materials to Vascocuhere.
 

2014/10 3:03 AM
Another Judge Rules In Favor Of Artists

“…Rock and Roll and every other genre before 1972 deserve to be compensated..”

This time a California state judge, Mary Strobel, hands down a major legal victory in the expanding campaign to secure compensation for pre-1972 recordings from services like SiriusXM and Pandora.

Last year, a group of independent and major record labels sued SiriusXM in California state court for using songs recorded before 1972, including standards from the 40s and 50s, rock and roll from the 50s and 60s, and Motown music, without paying the artists and rights holder’s royalties.

Strobel granted the plaintiffs’ motion for jury instruction, ruling that California lawmust be interpreted to recognize, public performance rights in pre-1972 sound recordings.”

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman stated, “Two courts have now handed down landmark decisions which confirm what should be obvious, the pioneers of rock and roll and every other genre before 1972 deserve to be compensated when their music is used by companies like SiriusXM.  It’s increasingly clear that SiriusXM, Pandora and other digital music firms who refuse to pay legacy artists and rights holders are on the wrong side of history and the law.  It’s time for that to change.
 

2014/10 2:06 AM
Nick D Now PD At Country WRJY And AC WXMK Brunswick, GA

Golden Isles Broadcasting Country WRJY/104-1 The Wave and AC WXMK Magic 105.9/Brunswick, GA has named NICK D as PD, effective October 27. Nick previously held air gigs at Top 40 WKZL and  WMKS/Greensboro, NC and WIBT/Charlotte, NC. 

Nick had this to say, "First off, a big thanks to my KZL family.  I'm truly honored I had the opportunity to work for and with such great people and wish them nothing but unprecedented success. I've learned so much from them and I am beyond excited for this wonderful opportunity to take what I've learned and program these two awesome radio stations! Big thanks to GIB owners Eddie Esserman, Sanders Hickey and Ed Steel; GM Bryan Steele and Keith Clark. These folks are true pros in the industry with a great vision for these stations.  We're going to have a great time taking them to new heights and I can't wait to get started!" 

2014/10 2:03 PM
Stephen Chadwick: The Emerging Voice In Texas

New Album “Let’s Do This Thing” Is True Country Personified

 
 

While most 7-year-old boys are getting ready for their first attempt at little league, Houston-based Stephen Chadwick was getting paid to sing and perform on stage: booking agent and all.  And while most 15-year-old boys are deep in the throes of adolescent rebellion and existential discovery, Stephen and his band were regularly on stage at local bars and honky tonks: still getting paid to sing and perform.  Some might consider Stephen Chadwick a phenom, a natural born entertainer who earned on-stage credibility and a working musician’s credentials long before a high school diploma. On November 18th, with the release of his brand new album “Let’s Do This Thing,” many more are sure to consider him a remarkable descendent of the true Country music pedigree.

Let’s Do This Thing” is produced byTommy Detamore, acclaimed steel guitarist known for his work on over 100 albums for performers including George Strait and Grammy Award winner Bobby Flores. The true country sound that is inherent in both Chadwick and Detamore made it impossible for them to emerge with anything less than one of the most authentic country music albums to be released in some time.  Although Chadwick’s vocal chops have been cultivated by years of cross-harvested genres like R&B and Rock and Roll, his pure country tone is the power source that brings the songs to life.

The album kicks off with the first single “Hell Of A Time To Go Crazy,” and as soon as the first few chords erupt from the speakers, you know you are going to take the journey through this album to the very end.  Track after track, the buoyancy and consistent quality of “song” just keeps on coming. Beautiful originals including “She Just Might Be A Love Song” and “Waiting On You” are two towering examples of what Chadwick is capable of with a pen in his hand.  Other perfectly penned tunes like “What Goodbye Does” written by Adam Hood, “Here We Are” written by Bob DiPiero and the title track written by Trent Summar make it a little bit easier to believe that this album was recorded in a mere 3 days.  

In the mainstream world where hip-hop Country seems to govern, Stephen Chadwick feels confident waving the old school Country music flag.  Out on the road Chadwick can testify to the fact that younger audiences want to hear the likes of George Jones and Merle Haggard just as much as the newer generation, and Chadwick is proud to have shared stages with some country music royalty including Ray Price, John Anderson, Earl Thomas Conley, John Connelly and Chris LeDoux.  Stephen Chadwick’s band features Chris Loring (guitar), Bubba Scherer (bass) and Marshall Black (drums). www.stephenchadwickmusic.com

2014/10 12:45 PM
NBC News Dropped By Westwood

Cumulus, who owns Westwood One earlier this year announced it would not be distributing ABC Radio News as of the end of 2014. Cumulus had just signed an agreement with CNN. Now today, Westwood One notified their affiliates that it is also dropping NBC News.


They sent this letter below to their affiliates:

Dear Westwood One Affiliate,

We will soon begin providing Westwood One News, our locally branded and full-service news network powered by CNN that offers stations enhanced programming, correspondent reports and news features. Westwood One news is designed to help stations integrate their local branding into newscasts with greater flexibility, including selecting one to five minute newscasts based on affiliate needs and preferences.

As part of our commitment to providing innovative flexibility for stations, this next-generation news product will include headlines, special reports, correspondent two-ways, newsmaker sound bites and other news elements your listeners expect -- all powered by CNN and featuring your local branding.

Effective as of 12am ET Monday, December 15, 2014, NBC News Radio, including radio newscasts and other programming and elements, will no longer be produced and distributed by Westwood One.  To ease in your transition, satellite channels will not change for stations switching to Westwood One News. Your announcements, news reports, and actualities will be available at news.westwoodone.com.  

We look forward to bringing the exciting Westwood One News product to market. If you have any questions, please contact your Westwood One News representative Jim Jones at 202-895-2339.  Otherwise, we will be in touch over the next few weeks to discuss your affiliation.

As always, thank you for your continued affiliation with Westwood One.

Sincerely,

Dennis Green
Senior Vice-President, Affiliate Sales 


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