2014/04 9:19 AM
Eric Goes Vinyl

Eric Church will release a double gatefold vinyl version of "The Outsiders" this Saturday (4/19).  This coincides with "Record Store Day."

The vinyl album will inlcude two bonus tracks and also come with an exclusive album poster.  The two additional tracks are "The Outsiders (extended version)" and "Come Together."  For more information go to www.ericchurch.com.

2014/04 8:50 AM
Radio Seen As Local Medium According to Study

Mark Kassof & Co. recently released research findings based on 718 telephone interviews done April 2-6, 2014. The findings found that a majority of 18-64s see radio as a local medium and this same group say they would like radio less if it were more national programming.

Of those surveyed, 65% see radio as "mainly local," while 32% see it as "mainly national." There were no differences in demographic groups.

Of those who see radio as local, 51% say they would "listen less" if it had more a national slant as opposed to 31% who said they would "listen more." The exception is the 18-24 year olds who would listen more to national programming versus 36% who would listen less.

Total margin of error in the sample is +/-4%.  Get more details at kassof.com.

2014/04 8:43 AM
Eckrich Taps Houser

Eckrich, the sausage and deli meat people, have tapped Randy Houser as their new spokesperson. He will be seen in their upcoming advertising. Houser will participate in "Operation Inspiration," a campaign with "Operation Homefront" that helps support military families.

Houser will increase awareness of the program during his concerts. Eckrich will have mobile sampling stations at his upcoming concerts hosting tailgate parties and offering samples.

2014/04 8:37 AM
Willie -A Black Belt?

Willie Ne lson will be presented his Fifth Degree Black Belt on April 28 in Texas.

"Really all my life Charles Atlas and Bruce Lee were on my mind," he told Men's Health last year. "It's a good form of exercise, especially as you get older. I went through school playing all kinds of sports ... then when I went to Nashville I got into some martial arts and kung fu. I liked it."

He will be presented with the honor in Austin two days before his 81st birthday.

2014/04 8:31 AM
WCRC Is Looking For On-Air Person

Cromwell Country WCRC/Effingham, IL is looking to fill an on-air position. OM Beau Richards is looking for someone who can make 'eye contact' and engage listeners with topical, relatable, local, interesting content. They will also know on-air automation systems, have creative imaging and social networking skills and a great attitude.

To apply submit a resume and brief three minute or less aircheck here. 

2014/04 8:13 AM
Martina Goes To #1 And Offers A Special

Martina M cBride is making some noise this week. She is sitting at the #1 spot on the Neilsen Soundscan chart after selling more than 20,900 copies of her "Everlasting" album.

She is also offering a one-hour radio special that is available for immediate digital download. The special is free and can be broadcast between now and Saturday, May 11. It is hosted by McBride and has 14 minutes of avails. It also allows for station IDs.

For more information email Maurice Miner at /blog/.

2014/04 8:07 AM
Zack Goes To The Beaver

Zack Woodall, formerly with WBGN/Bowling Green, KY and WRUS/Russellville, KY as a producer has joined WBVR, Beaver 96.7/Bowling Green.

He will be doing the morning show with Scooter Davis and Myla Thomas. He will also be responsible for the station's social media. He can be reached here .

2014/04 6:41 AM
Zac Brown Band Hits The Road With A New Member

Z ac Brown Ban d kicks off their The Great American Road Trip Tour on May 24 in Lincoln, NE. They will be introducing their new, eighth band member Matt Mangano.

a bass player will be familiar to ZBB fans as he has made many on-stage guest performances over the years. He has also worked with the band in the studio on CD/DVD Pass The Jar as well as The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged. He has toured with John Mayer and performed with singer/Songwrtiers Darrell Scott and Dave Barnes.

Kacey Musgraves will also be joining Zac Brown Band on four dates this summer. She previously performed with them in the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in 2013. To get more information on the tour go here

2014/04 6:18 AM
ACM 2015 Sold Out

That didn't take long!

The 50th Anniversary of the ACM Awards in Dallas next year have sold out. ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music and Memoriies April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park and the ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 have both sold out. The 70,000 tickets sold out took 18 minutes.

"We want to thank the fans for their continued support," says CEO Bob Romeo. "We're working hard to plan more events to accommodate as many fans as we can. Country music is alive and well in North Texas!"

More tickets may be made available as staging becomes finalized. Sign up here to get notification.

2014/04 6:14 AM
Bob Shannon Resigns from Conclave

Conclave Executive Director Bob Shannon has resigned. He made the decision after experiencing a recent health scare.

"Upon my return from the NAB late Thursday evening, I experienced a medical episode that brought paramedics to my home in the middle of the night," says Shannon. "Fortunately the problem wasn't as life-threatening as was originally thought, but it has prompted some soul searching on my part. Therefore after consulting with my physician and my family, I have decided to curtail all business activities for the foreseeable future and will be resigning all of my obligations over the next few weeks. Sadly, that includes the Conclave."

Get in touch with him at 206-755-5162206-755-5162 or here.

2014/04 6:11 AM
Kent Walls Joins KKGO/Los Angeles

Kent Walls has joined KKGO/Los Agneles for weekend shifts. He will also take on an additional role that is still in the works.

is currently an announcer and reporter for the NHL Anaheim Ducks. He also is a correspondent for "Ducks Weekly" on Fox Sports. He will be working KKGO in addition to his other duties.

2014/04 6:08 AM
Milwaukee's Summerfest-Country Continues to Grow

Cole Swindell and Thompson Square are the latest artists to be added to Summerfest 2014 in Milwaukee.  The festival will take place Wednesday, June 25-Sunday June 29 and Tuesday, July 1 through Sunday July 6 at Marcus Amphitheater.

Other Country acts scheduled to perform include Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Joel Crouse and Zac Brown Band.

For more information go to www.summerfest.com.

2014/04 9:35 AM
Radio Hosts--Listeners' BFFs

Of course, we knew this...but it's worth repeating. 

According to findings from a survey of 2700 people done by University of Southern California and Clear Channel, radio personalities develop strong relationships with consumers and are able to sell products better than commercials of social posts alone. Six out of 10 listeners consider radio hosts to be "like a friend." They trust opinions voiced by radio people and listeners say these personalities make an effort to develop personal connections.

"On-air personalities are a key element in defining what makes radio different – and more personal – than any other medium in consumers' minds," says CC Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. "These personalities are viewed as stars and tastemakers, but also have a familiarity and personal touch that invites listeners not only to tune in, but to call, tweet and email as if they are listeners' personal friends."

2014/04 8:59 AM
Sara's Pushin' Veggies

Sara Evans has partnered with Hidden Valley Original Ranch products for Crunch Time, a program to involve kids in eating healthy at night. She has produced an activity box that will involve kids in preparing healthy meals.

"With a blended family of nine, I know crunch time all too well," says Evans. "I'm excited to help other moms with an activity box that includes my family's favorite salad dressing, as well as simple solutions for making a meal everyone loves while spending quality family time together."

Hidden Valley has donated $50,000 and an additional $30 for every box sold to After-School All-Stars, a non-profit providing after school programs.

2014/04 8:52 AM
Blake Turns 64

Congrats to Warner Music Nashville's promo team under the lead of SVP/Promo Kevin Herring and VP/Promo Kristen Williams.

They lead the pack this week with 64 adds for Blake Shelton's "My Eyes." This gives Blake the "Most Added" title for this week.

2014/04 8:40 AM
Spotify Releases Study on On The Job Listening And New Venture With Sprint

Billboar d reports that Spotify and research consultant Dr. Anneli Haake recently released a study on music listening habits of people on the job.  The results show that two-thirds (61%) of people listened to something at their desks.  The artists most listened to included Adele (16%), Arctic Monkeys (14%) Rihanna and Mumford & Sons (13%) and Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry (12%).

When asked about times of day they listen, 15% of those surveyed were most likely to listen from 9 a.m-1 a..m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and then 2-4 p.m. They also said that music helped with job boredom (20%), mask noise from "annoying" co-workers (16%).  Nine percent said they worried about others judging their musical tastes while 10% of the respondents said they didn't like their co-workers' music.

In other Spotify news, according to recode, Spotify and Sprint are trying to bundle services so that Sprint customers can pay for streaming with their monthly phone bill. This is similar to a deal announced between AT&T and BeatsMusic.

Some customers may qualify for discounts on Spotify's premium on-demand service which usually costs $9.99/month. Official announcement is to be made in New York City on April 29 at an event. 

2014/04 8:34 AM
Jake Teams Up With Discover Boating

Discover Boating will be the presenting sponsor for Jake Owen's upcoming tour-Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour 2014. Discover Boating encourages people to discover life on the water. Owens, a lifelong boater will share personal stories of how boating has created unique connections, freedom and fun in his life and music.

 “Growing up on the water, boating has always been a part of my life,” said Jake. “I can’t think of anything better than floating down the water, drinking a cold beverage and hanging with your friends. On this tour, I wanted everyone to feel that by the river vibe and having Discover Boating as part of the action every night is amazing!”

The Days of Gold Tour 2014 will hit 75 cities plus.  For more information go to jakeowen.net

2014/04 9:22 AM
Sirus XM's "The Highway" Breaking New Acts

Wall Street Journal ran an article Friday (4/11) featuring SiriusXM's "The Highway" channel. "The Highway" is exposing new talent (cited examples include Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell)and increasing exposure, selling more product and in certain cases, getting the artist a record deal.  Although the audience for the Sirius XM station can't compare in numbers to the terrestrial FM Country stations, the Sirius XM audience is more affluent and highly educated.

"The Highway" started to get noticed in Nashville about two years ago after Mr. Marks received a copy of a single called "Cruise" by an unknown band called Florida Georgia Line. Marks began to play the song in a decent rotation and soon it the band sold 200,000 songs online prior to exposure on FM radio.

According to Kevin Neal, a talent agent at Buddy Lee Attractions Inc, concert ticket sales also skyrocketed. Neal also reports that he has seen this happen with other new artists heard on "The Highway. Soon thereafter, Florida Georgia Line was signed with Big Machine Label Group. Last November they played a private "Thank You" show for Sirius subscribers in LA.

According to Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta, " [The Highway] has become an important breeding ground."

Read the whole article here.

2014/04 9:02 AM
Bill Macky Back To Work

Glad to report that VP/Promotion Bill Macky is back to work. For now he will be working on a part-time basis.

As was reported here, Macky was assaulted about 3 weeks ago in Pittsburgh.

According to his Facebook page, Macky posted “I cannot begin to express my gratitude to everyone who has reached out, said a prayer or sent well wishes to me and my family during this incredibly trying time in our lives. I am blessed beyond my wildest imagination. My wife Karyn Bishop has been an amazing tower of strength during all of this, taking care of me, my family and running her business at the same time. My company, Black River Entertainment, is the best company on the planet. The support and kindness Gordon Kerr, Greg McCarn and literally everyone connected to this company have given to me and my family is unprecedented, in my opinion. Thank you to everyone. I'm looking forward to talking to my friends in the next few weeks. Baby steps to start but I'm lucky to be starting again! Thank you again.”

Get in touch with him here .

2014/04 8:52 AM
Brad Hansen Joins KWOF/Denver

Brad Hansen (left), former CC/Northern Colorado OM has joined KWOF/Denver as PD/midday personality.  He  spent just over a year in the position and he has also worked for Cumulus and Journal.

.Interim morning host Bo Reynolds has joined the station permenantly as MD/middays.  He has also worked at sister KXKL doing afternoons.  Joining him in mornings will be Brooke Diaz. 

2014/04 8:45 AM
KVOO/Tulsa Sells Out 98.5 Man Jam

Congrats to PD Crash Poteet and KVOO/Tulsa who sold out their 98.5 Man Jam that took place last Wednesday at the River Spirit Casino.

Artists included Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Jack Ingram, Chase Rice and Chuck Wicks. 

2014/04 8:38 AM
Nancy Jones To Celebrate Anniversary of George's Passing

Nancy Jo nes is planning a celebration open to the public on Saturday, April 26 at Woodlawn Cemerary. All friends, family and fans of the late George Jones are welcome to celebrate his legacy.

Nancy will plant two dogwood trees at the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" monument.

“This day is going to be bittersweet,” says Nancy Jones. “I know how much people loved George, and the love has continued even a year later. I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive.”

The celebration will be held at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetary, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville.

2014/04 8:19 AM
Joseph Hudak New Sr. Editor For Rolling Stones Country

Joseph Hudak is Sr. Editor joining Sr. Editor Beville Darden-Dunkerley. Both will be working out of the Nashville office.

Hudak was most recently with Country Weekly where he was Managing Editor. His resume also includes TV Guide.

"Joe is not only a terrific writer but is also a walking encyclopedia of Country music, with knowledge that goes way beyond what’s played on terrestrial radio," said Beville. "His enthusiasm for all things Country music is infectious, making him the perfect person to help start Rolling Stone Country from the ground up."

Rolling Stone Country will launch on Sunday, June 1.

2014/04 8:17 AM
GM Wanted For Destiny Nashville

Destiny Nashville has an opening for GM.  According to Destiny's Brandon Metcalf, they are looking for someone who is a young, fast-growing company with the work ethic, music industry relationships and knowledge to help it grow.  Apply here

2014/04 8:13 AM
Randy Houser Makes It To #1

Congrats to the promo team at Stoney Creek and Randy Houser who are in the #1 spot this week on Mediabase Country chart with "Goodnight Kiss."

This is Houser's third consecutive #1 off his "How Country Feels" album that was released last year. The other two singles are "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Midnight."

2014/04 8:05 AM
Ken Anderson Resigns

Morning man Ken Anderson WCYQ/Knoxville has resigned and PD Mike Hammond is looking for his next super morning talent. The position requires three to five years of morning show experience and a strong handle on country music and the format. Apply here.

In the interim afternooner Opie Joe will be handling mornings and Director of Production Brad Allen will be covering afternoons.

2014/04 1:17 PM
Tanner Covered by Guest Hosts

Our best goes out to Rob Tanner (with wife Missy, left) of the "Tanner In The Morning" show at WSOC/Charlotte who is undergoing cancer surgery. At the station several guest hosts have stepped in to sit behind the mike while Tanner recuperates.

The are:
Monday, (4/14) Scotty McCreery
Tuesday (4/15) John Rich of Big & Rich
Wednesday, (4/16) Jana Kramer

Following the Easter break will be:
Tuesday, (4/22)-Thompson Square
Wednesday (4/23)-Trent Tomlinson
Monday (4/28)-Parmalee
Wednesday (4/30)-Love and Theft

"Tanner is undergoing what will hopefully be his last surgery in his victorious fight against cancer," said WSOC OM/PD DJ Stout. "When I found out he would be out for a couple of weeks I thought that it would be really cool to reach out to some of our good friends and see if they would join the rest of our morning crew and fill in for TANNER. I couldn’t believe how quickly they responded and how they jumped at the opportunity to help out. I think this is going to be a great three weeks for our listeners and we can’t thank the artists enough. Tanner's battle against cancer has been hard on all of us and we are thrilled that he is expected back in a few weeks."

Tune in and listen to the guest hosts at thenew1037.com, and send Rob your best at /blog/

2014/04 8:43 AM
Tree Paine Leaves WMN

SVP/Publicity for Warner Music Nashville Tree Paine will leave the label May 31 to launch Premium PR. She will be representing Taylor Swift.

"I love and adore Espo [WMN President/CEO John Esposito] and the WMN family, but there isn't a publicist in New York, L.A. or Nashville that wouldn't jump at an opportunity to work with someone as talented as Taylor Swift and her management team," Paine says. "They are the best at what they do and I'm ecstatic they have welcomed me to the team."

Paine takes the spot of Paula Erickson who left earlier this year. Paine has worked at the Academy of Country Music prior to joining WMN. After June 1 she can be reached at /blog/ or 615-324-1571615-324-1571. Until then, reach here here /blog/

2014/04 9:54 AM
Robby Bridges Headed to Motown

Robby Bridges, Cumulus WEBE/Bridgeport, CT has been named PD at WDRQ, Nash FM/Detroit. He will be in the new position on April 15. He'll be reporting to Detroit VP/Market Manager Scott Meier.

Bridges has programmed WFAS/Westchester, NY and he was also on-air on Top 40 WPLI/New York.

"It is a pleasure to announce a well deserved promotion within Cumulus, with Robby Bridges taking the programming reins at our newly launched NASH FM 93.1 in Detroit," says SVP/Programming Mike McVay. "Robby has the experience, tenacity and love for the format that will greatly accelerate our Country position in Detroit."

 He has been with Cumulus since 2008. You can reach Bridges here.

2014/04 8:30 AM
Tim Timmerman Headed To Cincinnati

T im Timmerman, former morning personality for Top 40 KMCK/Fayetteville,AR is the new afternoon host at Country sister station, WNNF, The New Nash 94.1/Cincinnati. He will begin his new gig on April 15.

Timmerman has worked Cincinnati before doing mornings on Top 40 WKFS, Kiss 107. He takes the place of PD Mike Scott in afternoons. Scott will continue to handle programming but will be working middays. Middays were formerly voice tracked by Lisa Manning out of Nash's Nashville headquarters.

said about the Timmerman's appointment, "We are excited to have a great talent like Tim as part of our staff and can’t wait to have him on our air.”

2014/04 8:03 AM
Robby Johnson Scheduled to Appear on Letterman

Up-and-comer Robby Johnson may be on a path to a rare independent country success story.  For nearly three months his video "South Of Me" has dominated CMT.  It now clocking in with more than 2.7 million views since its release a few months ago.   He has now been booked on the Late Show With David Letterman on June 23 and will also talk to media outlets including Country Weekly, syndicated radio show Crook & Chase as well as music sites Roughstock, Nashville Country Club and Country Music Matters.

His single is charting in the Top 30 on Music Row's Breakout chart and he is looking forward to promoting his upcoming album as he visits stations across the US. Some of Nashville's best have come other for the album including Jimmy Nichols and Grammy-winner Frank Myers. 

Johnson co-wrote five of the 10 songs that will be on the album including "South of Me."


2014/04 4:46 AM
Rolling Stone Country Opening in Nashville

As previously reported here, Rolling Stone Country will be launching in Nashville and their office is now open on Music Row.  The Boot founder Beville Darden-Dunkerly will be the new Sr. Editor. 

She can be reached here /blog/ and the address of the new offices is 1510 16th Ave., Nashville, TN 37212.

2014/04 4:41 AM
Eric Church To Launch "The Outsiders World Tour"

Eric Chu rch will launch his "The Outsiders World Tour" on September 11 in Bossier City, LA. He will be hitting more than 31 dates thus far during this tour.

Joining him will be Dwight Yoakum with Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and Halestorm alternating as opening acts. Tickets will be available at ericchurch.com and the best seats will be sold paperless to avoid scalping. Fan club members will have access to the pre-sale tickets. Membership is currently open.

2014/04 4:38 AM
Dan + Shay Hit #1 This Week

Congrats toDan + Shay, John Esposito, Kevin Herring and the Warner Brothers Nashville/WAR promo team for the #1 spot on the Nielsen Soundscan country album chart with "Where It All Began."

All songs were co-written by Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Smyers also co-produced the project with Scott Hendricks and Danny Orton.

The album, that was released Tuesday, April 1, sold more than 28,000 copies in its first week. Dan + Shay are the only duo to debut at No. 1 in country with the first album and the highest charting debut artist of 2014.

2014/04 4:32 AM
Jerrod Thomas Named PD of KICK/Grand Forks

Jarrod Tho mas (left)  at Leighton Broadcasting's KICK/ Grand Forks, ND has taken on PD duties after the departure of Jane O left last month.

Meanwhile Brooks Stephens (right), MD/middays at KZPK/St. Cloud, MN will be doing MD duties for KYCK.

Get in touch with Thomashere and Stephens here.

2014/04 8:39 AM
Johnny Milford Hired for Afternoons at KSTN-A

KSTN-A, The Bull/Stockton, CA re-launched from Classic Country to mainstream Country last month. They are simulcasting on their 105.9 translator.

They have now have hired market vet Johnny Milford (who will now be known as Johnny Stockton) for afternoons beginning Monday, April 15. This brings together Milford with PD Randy "Bubba" Black. They worked together at KATM/Modesto.

The Bull kicked off 10,000 songs in a row that is set to end on Monday, April 15.

2014/04 8:33 AM
Zack and Jim Sign Three Year Extension In Texas

The morning team of Zack Owen and Jim Cody have signed a three-year contract extension with Clear Channel's WACO/Waco, TX and KAGG/Bryan-College Station, TX.

 The duo have been on mornings for 21 years at WACO and have done four years at KAGG. Get in touch with Zack here  and Jim here .

2014/04 8:23 AM
Scott Hendricks Now EVP/A&R For Warner

Warner Music Nashville Scott Hendricks has been promoted to Executive Vice President of A & R and will continue to oversee development of new signings and the existing roster. 

"Scott Hendricks is one of the most skilled and special music men I’ve ever met," says WMN President/CEO John Esposito. "He is responsible for some of the greatest modern country music and continues to demonstrate his ability for finding stars and producing hits, time and time again."

"To be able to work alongside such smart people like Espo and (EVP/GM) Peter Strickland--and of course tremendous talent like Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes, just to name two--is an absolute treat," Hendricks says.  "I'm very proud of all that we've accomplished together and I look forward to many years of continued success."

is the founder of the publishing company Big Tractor and has been with Warner since 2007.  To date, Hendricks has produced a staggering 10 hits, with 55 of those going all the way to No. 1.  Hendricks has won six tropies from the Academy of Country Music and two from the Country Music Association. 

He has produced such hits as Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie," John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear," Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock The Jukebox" and Blake Shelton's collaboration with Trace Adkins, "Hillbilly Bone."

His experience also includes working with Capitol and Virgin/Nashville. 

2014/04 8:15 AM
Shila Nathan Joins US 99.5/Chicago

WUSN, US 99.5/Chicago has hired Shila Nathan for afternoons. She takes the place of Drew Walker who has moved to middays and will start on Friday, April 18.

Shila has spent time at Entercom Communications/Scranton. She has also worked Top 40 at WRKW and Classic Rock at WYSP in Philadelphia.

"I have had my eye on Shila for a few years and I’m very excited to have her join the air staff at US99.5," said CBS Radio VP/Country Programming and WUSN PD Jeff Kapugi. "She’s a very dynamic personality who brings a fresh approach to afternoon drive in Chicago. Shila joins a talented team featuring Lisa and Ray in mornings and recently promoted midday host Drew Walker and 'Jax' at night."

"I am beyond thrilled to be back with my CBS Radio family," said Shila. "As the new afternoon host at US 99.5, I look forward to working closely with Jeff Kapugi and CBS Radio Chicago Market Manager, Rod Zimmerman. Chicago is a GREAT city and I can't wait to call it home. This is an amazing opportunity. I'm goin’ Country!!!"

2014/04 8:11 AM
Halpern Leaves Big Machine

Marni Halpern, Sr. Director/Special Projects/Radio Promotion has left the label. Her career includes working as VP/Pop Promotion for Epic. She also worked for Motown and had VP/Pop responsibilities for Atlantic/Lava.

No word from Big Machine on her replacement. Get in touch with her here 917-841-4968917-841-4968 or here.

2014/04 8:04 AM
Dan Smyers Recovering

Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay was in a car accident yesterday (4/8) in Nashville. He went to Vanderbilt Hospital and has injuries to his left hand and arm.

Dan + Shay were scheduled to perform in Memphis tomorrow with Hunter Hayes in his "We're Not Invisible Tour."

He posted on Facebook "Spent the day at he emergency room after a car accident. Missing my guitar already." Wishing him a speedy recovery.

2014/04 10:01 AM
Ray Mariner Doin' It Up In NO

Ray Mariner has been named PD of both WRKN, Nash 92.3/New Orleans and Sports WMTI, 106.1/The Ticket.

“Ray is a rare breed of programmer and talent,” said Cumulus SVP/Programming Mike McVay. “He has shown his programming acumen by performing and succeeding at the highest level. We're excited to have him oversee the programming of both NASH-FM 92.3 and 106.1/The Ticket in New Orleans."

Meriner was most recently on-air at WCNN-A/Atlanta working for Dickey Broadcasting. He has also worked for Lincoln Financial at WSRT/Atlanta. He has also worked the Charlotte and Myrtle Beach markets. He begins his new gig on Tuesday, April 15.

2014/04 9:40 AM
NYT Gives Country Thumbs Up

A recent article in the New York Times talks about the Country genre and how it has grown to be "stronger, wider and younger--a fact that has not escaped the notice of media companies that have invested heavily in the genre."

Cited examples of the popularity include Taylor Swift as Country's biggest star, ABC TV's Nashville as some of the reasons the format has glamour and sex appeal.  Also mentioned is Cumulus' Nash brand and the integration into their large portfolio of Country stations. 

In June Rolling Stone Magazine, best known for reporting on rock 'n roll, is introducing a Country website, RollingStoneCountry.com.  They have opened an office on Music Row in Nashville and, according to Gus Wenner, the director of RollingStone.com "I am convinced Rolling Stone will provide a lens into the genre that currently doesn't exist."

Big Machine Label Group's Pres/CEO Scott Borchetta sums it all up by saying, "Nashville has become a musical superpower."

Read the entire article here.

2014/04 9:25 AM
ACM Awards Give CBS #1 Ratings

Sunday's ACM Awards was a win for CBS although the show was down in ratings from last year. According to ZapToIt.com the show pulled in 14.14 million viewers giving it a 3.3 ratings/9 share among adults 18-49.

This gave CBS the top spot for the night (2.8/8) followed by ABC (1.7/5) and Fox was third (1.5/4).

Last year the ACM Awards were seen by 15.38 million people. In November the CMA Awards averaged 16.6 million.

2014/04 9:14 AM
Tortuga To Stream

The Tortuga Festival taking place in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend (April 12 and April 13) will stream live to all non-Florida residents.

Artists scheduled to perform include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Brothers Osborne, Chase Rice,. Blackjack Bill and more.

It will be viewable at TortugaMusicFesitval.com.

2014/04 8:52 AM
CBS and Neilsen Collaborate

CBS and Nielsen have collaborated using Nielsen LPM (Local People Meter) and Nielsen Audio PPM data from October 13. They applied it to five markets and the results show the potential of reaching 84-93% for Adults 18+ in a month by using both mediums.

CBS Corporate Chief Research Officer David F. Poltrack explains that they are trying to show large advertisers  what local advertisers already know "...there is a lot of value to combing local television and radio in a media buy."

The long term goal is to include on-line in the mix as well.

The full results are scheduled to be presented today (4/8) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas as part of the "Local Measurement: All Media/All Users/All The Time" panel.

For more on this story go here.

2014/04 8:33 AM
Justin Hits The Bullseye

Justin Moore (left) hit the bulls eye with his Best New Artist ACM Award and also took down Team Luke (Bryan) during Cabela's Great Outdoors Archery Event that was held on Saturday in Las Vegas. (Check out Blake on Luke's bulls eye!)

Moore's team included Ashton Shepherd, Chris Janson, Wade Middleton, Josh Thompson, Chase Rice, Thomas Rhett and Brantley Gilbert.

2014/04 8:09 AM
JR Schumann Contact Update

WSCS.New Country 96.3 and KPLX, The Wolf/Dallas OM JR Schumann has new contact information. 

He can be reached at 972-708-4219 or at /blog/.  His cell remains the same at 903-805-9655.

2014/04 9:51 AM
49th ACM Awards Now History

Last night was a big night for George, Miranda, Jason and Keith.

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards took place in Las Vegas and George Strait was awarded the fan-voted "Entertainer of the Year." This followed his win last November of CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert won Male and Female Vocalist of the Year. Lambert was also given "Single of the Year" award for her "Mama's Broken Heart." She also shared "Vocal Event" award with Keith Urban for "We Were Us." This raises her career ACM wins to 18.

Keith Urban picked up three ACM awards including his producing and performing award in "We Were Us" that won "Vocal Event of the Year." He also won Video of the Year with Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw for "Highway Don't Care."

The full list of winners listed below:
“Entertainer Of The Year”
• George Strait

“Male Vocalist Of The Year”
• Jason Aldean

“Female Vocalist Of The Year”
• Miranda Lambert

“Vocal Duo Of The Year”
• Florida Georgia Line

“Vocal Group Of The Year”
• The Band Perry

“New Artist Of The Year”
• Justin Moore

“Album Of The Year”
• “Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves. Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves. Label: Mercury

“Single Record Of The Year”
• “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert. Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell and Glenn Worf. Label: RCA Nashville

“Song Of The Year”
• “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice. Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary. Publishers: Beattyville Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Happy Tears Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), and Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI)

“Video Of The Year”
• “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Producers: Tameron Hedge and Chandra Laplume. Director: Shane Drake

“Vocal Event Of The Year”
• “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Producers: Nathan Chapman and Keith Urban. Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records and RCA Nashville

2014/04 9:45 AM
WCTK's Bob Walker-Wins One and Loses One

Get well wishes go out the WCTK/Providence PD Bob Walker. Walker, who was scheduled to go to the ACMs as WCTK was nominated for "Large Market Radio Station of the Year." Instead found himself sick that he couldn't go and sicker that he had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery on Saturday (4/5). 

He posted on Facebook,"Suppose to be in Vegas at the ACMS...instead in the hospital back home about to have my gall bladder out. Boo."

WCTK did win the ACM Award and Bob lost a sick gall bladder.

You win a few and a lose a few.

Wishing him all the best and here's to next year, Bob!

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