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Aaron Taylor
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John Ortiz
Radio Development   ALSAC
Heather Stupeck
Secondary Promotions Manager   Jerry Duncan Promotions

2014/12 6:40 PM
Lady Antebellum Propels Into New Year Reflecting On An Invigorating 2014

Lady Antebellum’s 2014 flight path left no town untouched over an exhilarating year that included an 80-city headlining tour, a career 9th No. One hit with the Platinum certified “Bartender,” their fifth studio album 747 which pushed toward a newer, bolder sound, and soon they'll be closing it out with an internationally televised performance to ring in 2015 on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC. 

“This year has been hands-down the most rewarding year of our career so far,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “It seems like it was just January when we were itching to get out on the road to start testing new music. Now, for it to be December having spent a year connecting with fansaround the world, it feels like we’re more in-tune than ever.”  

2014 was a year of pushing limits, taking chances and growing constantly. The trio who stayed on the move tirelessly hit the ground running, kicking off the year with their headlining North American TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which captured the speed and spirit of the group’s unique live dynamic.

747 is the album that gave us a chance to dig into what we really loved and what makes the band we are musically,” continued Dave Haywood. “By combining the core of what Lady A is while still experimenting with some new ideas, we were able to challenge ourselves to make an something we are really proud of.”

Between stacked tour dates, an album release and national television performances including Good Morning America, American Idol, TODAY, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The 48th Annual CMA Awards, The 49th Annual ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards, The American Country Countdown Awards and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, Lady A also planned a uniquely designed 7FOR7 project, where they granted seven surprises for seven fans across the country in seven days.

7FOR7 was easily my favorite part of this year,” added Hillary Scott. “Taking the time to thank the fans who give us the chance to live dreams every single day is something that we can never do enough, and I’ll never forget their inspiring stories. These types of things are really the heart of Lady A and we’re looking forward to keeping the spirit of 7FOR7 going!”
Additionally, Lady A lent their voices to Nicholas Sparks’ most recent film, The Best Of Me, for which they also wrote and recorded two songs on the movie’s soundtrack. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this fall, were announced as the recipients of CRS’s “2015 Artist Humanitarian Award,” Hillary Scott was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as the “2014 Artist of the Year” for their Inaugural Women in Music City Awards and the group received countless nominations including AMA’s, CMA’s, ACM’s, CMT’s, ACCA’s and Teen Choice Awards and are currently nominated and performing at the upcoming People’s Choice Awards (1/7 on CBS).
Lady A will close out the dynamic year with their first annual “Cheers For Charity” event in downtown Nashville, TN. Fans are invited for dinner, drinks and music, with all proceeds benefiting LadyAID. For more information and a full list of upcoming appearances, visit

2014/12 9:27 AM
​Aly Jacobs Joins WMZQ As Midday Host

iHeartMedia Country WMZQ/Washington brings Aly Jacobs on as their new Midday Host. Jacobs has been working in Washington, D.C. since 2004 and has been working on air at WMZQ since JULY 2013 as a Co-Host of the Morning Show and traffic reporter.

VP Programming/PM WMZQ Meg Stevens said, “Aly is the perfect fit for WMZQ Midday’s. Her warmth, positive attitude and community connection will take middays to the next level.”

Jacobs stated, “I have loved every minute of my time with the WMZQ Family. Continuing as Midday host at WMZQ and connecting to Country music fans in the area is a dream come true. Thank you to Meg stevens and iHeartMedia for this incredible opportunity!”

2014/12 6:50 AM
Jim Ed Norman to Keynote Albirght & O'Malley & Brenner's Pre-CRS Seminar

A&O&B's pre-CRS seminar will feature Jim Ed Norman, CEO of the Curb Group and Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling producer.  He will share his thoughts on the current state of country music, the future of the format and share some stories with the audience.

Partner Mike O'Malley said, "Jim has been in the middle of at least four country music revolutions--from the days of Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers to Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Garth and Trisha and now the latest boom with new artists like Dylan Scott and Tim Dugger.  He's seen it all, knows what works and I can't wait to hear what he has to teach us. And yes, I want to hear some of those stories, too!" 

The pre-seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 25 at The Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The event features sessions addressing career growth, topics facing country music and the radio business in general.

Teh A&O&B Pre-CRS seminar is free and open to all clients as well as to broadcasters in non-competitive situations.  You can RSVP to 

2014/12 6:34 AM
JVC Goes Country in Orlando

JVC Media has closed on the purchase of WHKQ/Orlando and will flip the previously Spanish contemporary to Country.  The station will be branded "103.1 The Wolf" and new call letters will be WOTW as of 1:03 ET today (12/19).  

CEO John Caracciolo said, “I can’t wait to turn on the Wolf and listen to it pump out the greatest country hits, and we really thought it was appropriate to start the day off with a sample of all the JVC formats, it’s because of our entire group of radio stations and staff that we are standing here in one of the greatest radio markets in the world, so a very big thank you to our entire JVC family."

VP/COO Victor Canales added, "Fifteen years ago I came to Orlando as a night jock and met some of the most talented folks in the radio industry, today they are a part of ‘The Wolf Pack’.  Orlando, get ready to howl with 103.1 The Wolf, Orlando's Country Hits and Throwbacks. This station is sure to become your number one preset."

The station will kick off with 10,000 songs in a row and Rod Grant, aka Shadow will oversee the programming.  

“I love this market and this format and I am thrilled to be back in the driver seat," Grant commented.  "This is going to be the listeners Country station and we are going to be very promotionally active and visible in the market. This is going to be a radio station that is live, local and fun, the way radio is supposed to be”


2014/12 6:15 AM
ACM Launches "Be Like Blake"

The Academy of Country Music has launched a "Be Like Blake" social media campaign.  The campaign will encourage fans to donate to ACM Lifting Lives this holiday. 

Blake Shelton has recently donated more than $30,000 to the cause.  He teamed up with CrowdSurge to donate $1 from eaach ticket sold during the pre-sale from his 2014 "Ten Times Crazier Tour." The funds will go to the charity dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Yesterday (12/18) it was reported here about the numerous organizations that received funds from this group in 2014.

Fans can donate here by January 5 and be included for the new social roll-out and entered to win a copy of the Academy's new book "This is Country: A Backstage Pass To the Academy of Country Music Awards" signed by Shelton.


2014/12 6:10 AM
Dot Makes CHanges

Dot Records has made some staff changes.  Manager/Promo Rachel Dobson has been promoted to Manager/Brand and Label Resources.  She has been with the label since May.

CRS Coordinator/Marketing Mysti Meese has joined as Coordinator/Promotion. CRS will soon announce plans to replace her.

Sandra Lee Executive Assistant Bernadette Gibbons has joined as Executive Asst. to GM Chris Stacey.  

The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd has signed with Dot.  

2014/12 6:04 AM
Bobby Bones New Pink Tie Guy

Premiere's Bobby Bones is the new "Pink Tie Guy" according to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure for his effort to fight breast cancer.  

The program bestows this honor on individuals and "influential leaders leaders who help engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, their organizations and personal involvement."

The Bobby Bones Show raised $50,000 for Susan G. Komen For The Cure through a concert by Jason Aldean.  Bones and others will be recognized at the Pink Tie Party February 24 in Nashville.  Read more here

2014/12 5:54 AM
Chaisson Joins Journal/Wichita

Scott Chiasson, former CBS Radio/Tampa GSM has joined Journal/Wichita including Country KFDI and Classic Country KFTI-A in the same capacity. 

He takes the place of Scott Winchell who left this summer.  

Chiasson's experience includes working for Cox Media/Lafayette, LA, Metro Networks/Orlando and Premiere Traffic in Colorado and Florida.

2014/12 5:23 AM
Scott Steele Passes

KHAK/Cedar Rapids morning show co-host Scott Steele passed yesterday (12/18).  He had been fighting Stage 4 colo-rectal cancer for five years.  

The station has posted thoughts and condolences here.  

2014/12 5:00 AM
Ellen Tailor Re-Ups With Fitz

Ellen Tailor, co-host to Fitz in the Morning has renewed her contract.  She has been with the show since 2011.  Her previous experience included time at Top 40 stations in Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI.  

Get in touch here

2014/12 8:44 AM
Blake, Miranda, Carrie Headline Big Barrel Country Fest

What headliners!  The Big Barrel Country Music Festival will headline Blake, Miranda and Carrie Underwood at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware June 26-28, 2015.

This musical weekend will follow the Firefly Music Fest and will also include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta ynn and Merle Haggard, amont the other 40 performers. The three-day general admission will be $99.

The extravaganza will also include a huge dance hall, BBQ area, saloon, a marketpalce and a family-friendly area. 

"Firefly, combined with its home at The Woodlands of Dover International Speeedway has established the East Coast standard when it comes to delivering a top-notch music festival," says Director of Firefly and Big Barrell reg Boston. "We'll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish Big Barre as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River."

Passes go on sale today (12/18) for Big Barrel Country Music Festival at noon  at noon (ET).


2014/12 7:06 AM
Bumstead Now Chairman of CMA

As Ed Hardy steps down after completing his term as Chairman of the CMA Board, Frank Bumstead (Chairman of Flood, Bumstead, McCready and McCarthy) will now take over as role of chairman. CMA President-Elect John Esposito (President/CEO of Warner music Nashville) takes the rein as President.  Sally Williams, the Ryman Auditorium's VP of Business and Partnership Development has been named President-Elect.  Schmidt Relations' Jessie Schmidt returns as Secretary/Treasurer of the CMA Board.  

"Ed Hardy has been an important part of CMA's growth and success this year," said Bumstead.  "I am fortunate to follow my very good friend in this important position and intend to keep him involved in the Association so that we do not lose the benefit of his experience and knowledge of CMA and its staff.  And on behalf of the entire Board, I thank Sarah Trahern for the effective leadership transition she has managed over the past year.  I'm also looking forward to collaborating with John Esposito and Sally Williams-Who are each respected, passionate leaders in teh community to take CMA to new heights in 2015.  

"This is a very exciting time to be President of the CMA Board of Directors," said Esposito.  "The Association is especially strong as we enter 2015 with the unequalled success of our core initiatives and clearly defined strategic objectives with the resources, professional staff, and Board support to make them a reality.  The future is promising and I am looking forward to serving the industry alongside Frank Bumstead and Sally Williams."

Appointments will take place Jan. 1, 2015. 2015.

Below are listed CMA Directors and Directors at Large:

Advertising/Public Relations/Media
Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Brian Philips, CMA

Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization
Tim DuBois, AMP, Inc.

Artist Brett Eldredge
Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town

Broadcast Programming & Air Talent
John Marks, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Beck Brenner, Albright & O'Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists, Seattle, WA

Jim Beavers
Shane McAnally, Smack Songs, LLC

Entertainment Services
Stacey Schlitz, Schlitzl AW
Dwight Wiles, Smith Wiles and Co.

Ted Ellis, CMT Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Milly Olykan, AEG Europe, London, United Kingdom 

Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing

Music Publisher/Performing Rights Organization
Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Pat Higdon, Patrick Joseph Music

Kenny Greenberg
Eric Darken

Personal Manager
Kerri Edwards, KP Entertainment
Marion Kraft, ShopKeeper Management

Mark Bright

Radio Management
Clay Hunnicutt, iHeartMedia
Charlie Morgan, Emmis Communications, Indianapolis, Ind.

Record Company
Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville
Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville

Talent Agent
Kevin Neal, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Talent Buyer/Promoter
Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Nashville
Larry Vallon, AEG Live, Los Angeles, Calif.

Touring Personnel
Scott Scovill, Moo TV

Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar, Chicago, Ill.

Lifetime Directors
J. William Denny, Denny Properties
Ralph Peer II, peermusic

Ex-Officio Members
Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Directors at Large:
Marcie Allen, MAC Presents, LLC, New York, N.Y.
Charlie Anderson, Anderson Media Corporation, Knoxville, Tenn.
Rob Beckham, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
Dierks Bentley
Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group
Kix Brooks
Luke Bryan
Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment Group
Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group, LLC
John Dickey, Cumulus Media, Atlanta, Ga.
Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music
Chris DuBois, Sea Gayle Music
Ann Edelblute, The H.Q.
John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville
Jeff Garrison, Cox Media Group, San Antonio, Texas
Ed Hardy
Lon Helton, Country Aircheck
Clint Higham, Morris Higham Management, Inc.
Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group
John Huie, Creative Artists Agency
Brett James, Cornman Music
Kurt Johnson, Townsquare Media, Dallas, Texas
Michael Knox, peermusic
Ken Levitan, Vector Management
Jon Loba, BBR Music Group
Michael Martin, ASCAP
Deb McDermott, Media General
Mike Moore, Entercom Communications, Portland, Ore.
Jim Ed Norman, Curb Records
Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment
Rob Potts, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Five Dock, Australia
David Ross, BossRoss Media
Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations
Sally Seitz, iTunes
Victoria Shaw, Songalicious Publishing
Bob Shennan, BBC, London, United Kingdom
Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company
Clarence Spalding, Maverick Management
Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens Music
Mike Vaden, Decosimo Vaden
Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production Company, Inc.
Jeff Walker, AristoMedia
Jody Williams, BMI
Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium
Chris Young

Pictured above (L-R): John Esposito, incoming CMA Board President and President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville; Sally Williams, incoming CMA Board President-Elect and Vice President of Business and Partnership Development of Ryman Auditorium; Jessie Schmidt, CMA Board Secretary/Treasurer and President of Schmidt Relations; Frank Bumstead, incoming CMA Board Chairman and Chairman of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. Photo: Christian Bottorff / CMA




2014/12 6:43 AM
Big Machine Label Group's Publicity and Corporate Communications Team Nominated

Seen in photo (l-r): Jake Basden, Katie Rose,
Eric D.D. Burr and Charlotte Burke
Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Big Machine Label Group's Publicity and Corporate Communications Team has been nominated for In-House PR Team of the Year at the 2015 PR Week Awards. hey are the only music industry company in the category.  Others nominated include NASCAR, The United States Olympic Committee, Leo Burnett and IMAX.

The In-House PR Team of the Year nomination is open to any in-house corporate, government or nonprofit communications team. The award recognizes success in addressing issues related to corporate communications, management and campaign execution.  It also includes crises PR situations. The work nominated must have been done between October 3, 2013 and October 7, 2014.

The BMLG's team includes Jake Basden, Erin D.D. Burr, Katie Rose and Charlotte Burke who recently took the place of Nikki Burns. 
The BMLG artist roster includes Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Reba, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Eli Young Band, The Mavericks, Maddie & Tae, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, The Cadillac Three, Danielle Bradbery, Laura Bell Bundy, Lauren Jenkins, A Thousand Horses, Levi Hummon, Drake White and Seth Alley.  They also have overseen a country tribute to Motley Crue and soundtracks for ABC's Nashville.  They also spearheaded the PR for the documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me.

This is their second nomination.


2014/12 6:37 AM
ACM Lifting Lives Names 2014 Beneficiaries

ACM Lifting Lives has named its 2014 beneficiairies.  They are CreatiVets, LiveBeyond, Notes for Notes Inc., Porter's Call,The Quest Center for Arts & Community Development, Rochelle Center, Shepherd Center Music Therapy for Veterans, Tapping Individual Potential, W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School and Youth For Tomorrow – New Life Center. 

During 2014 the organization has donated more than $169,000 to programs tha tpromote education and healing with a musical connection.  Get information on the 2015 grant cycle here.  

2014/12 6:31 AM
Country Takes The Voice

Country Craig Wayne Boyd on Team Blake's won The Voice on Tuesday (12/16).  Along with $100,000 he also won a contract with Universal Music Group.

His first single is "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." He sang this song as his vocal showcase and then sang it again in the competition finale.  Shelton said he recommended the song to Boyd because he's loved the dreamy, romantic ballad since he heard it. The song was written by Stephaie Urbine Jones who calls the song her "Christmas miracle." She co-wrote the song with Mark Marchetti.  

Watch the video here. 

2014/12 5:09 AM
US 99 Raises Over A Million for St. Jude

WUSN/Chicago has raised $1,187,273 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Their 24trh Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon this year raised $163,710 more than last year.  The fundraiser was held December 10-11.

This brings US 99's total ot $23.5 million to St. Jude. Congrats!

From l-r Shila Nathan (afternoons),  Rambin' Ray and Lisa Dent (mornings), Drew Walker (middays)

2014/12 3:05 AM
Rebecca Kaplan Now Promotion Director At KSCS & KPLX/Dallas

Cumulus/Dallas selects Rebecca Kaplan to be their Promotions Director for Country KSCS and KPLX. Kaplan moves to Dallas/Fort Worth from iHeartMedia/Tampa, where she was also Promotions Director.
RVP/Market Manager Dan Bennett said, “We look forward to Rebecca’s leadership in driving the promotions department for two of America’s best Country radio stations.”

OM J.R. Schumann stated, “We’re excited to announce Rebecca as our new Promotion Director for KSCS and KPLX! Rebecca’s experience in radio promotion and events management puts her in a great position to hit the ground running and take our promotions departments and these two stations to the next level!”
Kaplan excitedly stated, “This Florida girl is extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue my career in Dallas with Cumulus and to be a part of the ongoing success of KSCS and KPLX.”

2014/12 2:44 AM
Shelton, Lambert, Underwood Headline Big Barrel Country Music Festival, June 26th-28th In Dover

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood top the lineup at the “Big Barrel Country Music Festival  to take place at The Woodlands Of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, June 26th-28th next year. The weekend, will also include Jake Owens, Chris Young, Gary Allen, Lynyrd, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard, among the 40 additional performers. Three-day general admission passes are $99.

Attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds, including a large-scale dance hall, BBQ area, saloon, a marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.

"Firefly, combined with its home at The woodlands Of Dover International Speedway, has established the East Coast standard when it comes to delivering a top-notch music festival," says Director of Firefly and Big Barrel Greg Bostrom. "We'll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish BIG BARREL as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River."

Passes go on sale today for Big Barrel Country Music Festival at noon (EST) through

2014/12 7:49 AM
Bob Richards Upped to PD at KBUL, Nash FM/Reno

Morning show host Bob Richards' KBUL,Nash FM/Reno has been promoted to PD.  He has been doing mornings for 6 years. 
Market Manager Jed Odom said," Bob continues to prove himself as an asset to the station and the cluster.  And this was another step forward in the right direction for The Bull.
Richards will continue to anchor mornings and is on the hunt for someone with the "it" factor to co-host with him.

2014/12 3:43 AM
Skip Mahaffey To Co-Host The Morning Show For KPLX In The Big D

Cumulus Country KPLX/99.5 The Wolf/Dallas selects Skip Mahaffey to join the “Wake Up With The Wolf Show” as co-host. Mahaffey replaces Ken Buckner, who recently left the station. Current KPLX Mornings co-host Lisa Taylor will team up for mornings with Mahaffey beginning Monday, December 29th.

Mahaffey said, "Co-hosting the Wake Up With The Wolf Show in Dallas is hands-down the biggest and most exciting job in Country Radio. I cannot begin to express my excitement and gratitude for this opportunity. I am so honored, humbled and proud to be working alongside Mark Phillips, Lisa Taylor and Smokey Rivers! Thank you to Mike McVay for keeping the faith, to John Dickey and Dan Bennett for taking the chance, and to J.R. Schumann for the opportunity. This is going to be fun."

OM J.R. Schumann added, "I'm so excited about the future of the Wake Up With The Wolf Show! Skip brings a long history of success in Country morning radio, a tremendous knowledge of our format, and let's not forget the three-time CMA Personality of the Year stripes!"

RVP/Market Manager Dan Bennett said, "Skip is a tremendous talent with a great track record of success in ratings and industry awards and truly understands the air talent’s role on a great music station.”

2014/12 1:46 AM
​Senate Confirms Michael O'Rielly For Five Year FCC Term

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is confirmed by the Senate Today (12/17) for a full five-year term. O'Rielly had been filling out the unexpired term of Rob McDowell.

Prior to his stint at the FCC, he was policy advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip.

NAB Pres./CEO Gordon Smith said, "NAB congratulates Commissioner O'Rielly on his confirmation to a full five-year FCC term. We deeply appreciate his commitment to public service, his grasp of difficult public policy issues, and his acknowledgement of the enduring value of broadcast localism."

2014/12 1:38 AM
Eric Church Leads Country Format As Year Ends

Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reaches Platinum status, marking more than 1 million in sales.

The Outsiders was one of the year’s top albums regardless of genre as verified by Billboard. Released Feb. 11, the album sold more than 288,000 copies in its first week. That stood up as 2014’s fourth biggest debut, only behind Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay. The sales earned Church inclusion a prestigious list of international pop stars as 2014’s top-selling artists including Swift, Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Lorde.  

The Outsiders also won the Album of the Year Award at Monday nights (12/15) inaugural “American Country Countdown Awards”. The album was strong enough to garner Church four GRAMMY nominations bringing Church’s career total to seven. Church received nominations in all four genre categories: Country Album of the Year for “The Outsiders,” Country Song of the Year and Country Solo Performance of the year for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Church and Luke Laird, and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

To learn more about Eric Church, visit and, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.
Photo Credit: John Peets

2014/12 1:00 AM
Shane Sparks Named MM of NRG Rhinelander/Minoqua, WI Cluster

Shane Sparks, NRG Media Ft. Akinson, WI cluster DOS has been named Market Manager fo NRG's Northwoods, WI (Rhinelander-Minoqua) cluster.  

Chuck Ducoty, COO said, "Shane Sparks is our ideal candidate for this position, offering both range and depth of experience in radio.  Sparks understands all facets of the buseinss with a successful track record in operations, sales managerment and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play annoucner and sports show host."

"I feel ready to take the next step.  I know what it takes to lead a successful team, and can help the six stations in our Northwoods gourp reach their full potential," remarked Sparks.  

The cluster includes Country WHDG, Adult Hits WRHN, Classic Country WOBT-A, Classic Rock WRLO/Rhinelander and Oldies WLKD-A and Classic Hits WMQA/Minoqua.


2014/12 10:05 AM
Lori Addicks and Rich Riley Announced As Featured Speakers For CRS 2015

Leadership And Team Development coach, Lori Addicks, and Shazam CEO, Rich Riley, have been announced as featured speakers for Country Radio Seminar 2015.  

Addicks’ presentation, Increasing Your Resilience & Performance with EQ (Emotional Intelligence), will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 and Riley’s address will follow on Friday, Feb. 27

Lori Addicks, President of Larkspur Group, is a consultant, master facilitator, and executive coach specializing in leadership, organizational and team development, as well as multi-generational diversity. She has more than 25 years of experience partnering with senior executives in North America, and 60 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America to translate business goals into value-added people strategies across the spectrum of talent management. 

Rich Riley is the CEO of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular apps that connects people to the music and TV they love. The app has more than 100 million monthly active users and has been used on more than 500 million mobile devices. 

As co-founder and managing member of, Riley led the team that developed and patented what would become the Yahoo Toolbar. When he sold to Yahoo in 1999, he also joined the company, ultimately spending 13 years in diverse leadership roles including EVP, Americas and SVP, EMEA where he reported to the CEO and SVP of the Small & Medium Business Division and as a leader of Corporate and Business Development.  In 2011, Riley was featured by Fortune as one of their 40 Under 40: Ones to watch.

Riley will give a detailed presentation on the power of Shazam (now integrated into the iPhone) for programming and promotions. Shazam is the No. 1 sales referral app for iTunes, and has well more than 100 million active users.  Presentation attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to integrate Shazam into their programming and pull insights from analytics of one of today’s most powerful social tools.  Riley will discuss how brands can use Shazam to optimize their reach, how radio can integrate Shazam into their programming and promotions, and what insights and analytics can be drawn from to enhance decision-making. 

For more information or to register for Country Radio Seminar, visit CRS. The Country Radio CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25-27, 2015. 

2014/12 7:18 AM
Lawrence and Carole Retiring from KHKX/Odessa

The husband and wife morning team Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole at KHKX/Odessa, TX are reitirng after 25 years in radio and 13 with the station.  

"(Radio is about) talking to friends every day, introducing great new country artists like Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown and talking to listeners who were kids in 1989 when they started [listening] and who now have kids of their own. We've shared our lives together," Dana says.

"Radio and Kicks 99.1 have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of listeners and the communities we serve. It has given us a unique platform to help people," added Mike.

They joined KHKX from KGEE in 2001 and have won awards from the ACM, CMA and CRB.  Their last day is Friday (12/19).  They can be reached at 432-520-9912 or here.


2014/12 7:13 AM
McGraw Ridin' Shotgun to #1

Congrats to Big Machine SVP/Promo Jack Purcell, National Director/Radio Mktg Mandy McCormick and the BMLG promo team as they roll into #1 on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Tim McGraw's "Shotgyun Rider."

This is McGraw's third single off his "Sundown Heaven Town" album.  

2014/12 6:47 AM
Cadillac Jack New APD and Afternoon Drive on WQYK FM

Beasley Broadcast Group has announced that Cadillac Jack has ben promoted to APD and afternoon drive host for WQYK-FM in Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL.  He succeeds Steve Austin in afternoon drive.  His first day will be Monday, Janauary 5 and he will report to OM Tee Gentry.

Most recently Cadillac Jack was APD/MD and afternoon host at  KCYE-FM, Coyote Country in Las Vegas.  He has worked fro Beasley since 1999 when he joined WXTU-FM in Philadelphia as APD/MD and did afternoons.  He went to Vegas in 2006.

Cadillac Jack's background includes serving as host of Westwood One's "Stars of Country," which aired on more than 75 stations nationwide.  He began his radio career in Wilmington, IL after he graduated from the Midwestern Broadcasting School  He then moved on to Top 40 WBUS in Chicago.  He then moved to Vegas and worked for a country station (not owned by Beasley).

He has worked in various markets including Detroit. Washington DC before moving to Philadelphia to work for Beasley.

Cadillac Jack was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Associatoin Hall of Fame in 2014 and was honored as 2014's "Music Director of the Year" for Country Aircheck in 2001.  He was also a finalist for the CMA "Personality of the Year Award" and nominated for the Academy of Coutnry Music Awards "Air Peronality fo the Year" in 2002. 

Operations Manager Tee Gentry said, “We are thrilled that Cadillac Jack agreed to join us in Tampa. Having been with Beasley fifteen years, our company knows his work ethic and his talent. Personally, I can’t wait to have Caddy behind the mic, hitting the streets and getting to know our listeners and clients in Tampa Bay. He’s one of the very best personalities in country music.”
Cadillac Jack added, “When I first met Tee several years ago through the Country music industry, we just clicked. We’re going to do good things at WQYK! But, as happy as I am for the opportunity to work in a larger market and with Tee Gentry, making the decision to leave our tight-knit radio family in Beasley Las Vegas wasn’t easy. The fact that I get to stay within Beasley is a blessing and I’m very thankful to the Beasley family for the chance to experience Tampa Bay.”

Meanwhile, Caddy's position at KCYE/Las Vegas is open.  If you're interested get your best aircheck and resume to PD Kris Daniels at /blog/.


2014/12 6:00 AM
Little Big Town Most Added With Girl Crush

Congrats to entire Capitol promo team, UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser  and Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Shane Allen as they get 49 Mediabase adds "Girl Crush," Little Big Town's new single.  

The adds give them the most added song of the week. Good work!


2014/12 5:22 AM
​ADG Program Consultant Brian Wright Has Some Christmas Programming advice

Brian Wright Program Consultant with the Audience Developoment Group, gives AllAboutCountry readers his take on Christmas music and how to capture the emotional value of this holiday for your listeners.

He reveals how you can connect to your listeners, during this holiday season.

For the past 15 years Wright has enjoyed building alliances with scores of stations in the US & Canada helping them grow in ratings and revenue.

Check out his article here

2014/12 5:21 AM
Kip Moore Wins ‘Break Through Artist Of The Year’ At American Country Countdown Awards

MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Kip Moore was awarded “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at last night's American Country Countdown Awards on FOX.  Moore performed his newly certified PLATINUM No. one hit “Hey Pretty Girl" on the show before accepting his award. 

"It may be my name on the award, but there are so many others who deserve to have their name on this with me," said Moore.  "I'm humbled by the overwhelming loyalty and support from my band, country radio and especially the fans who have been coming to see us on tour and buying our music. I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be talking about millions of sales and streams of songs I've written.  It's surreal and I can't wait to show everyone what we have planned for 2015."

In addition to the PLATINUM certification of "Hey Pretty Girl," Moore's smash hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" earned DOUBLE PLATINUM status marking sales and streams of over 2 million.  These accolades, along with his first major award win, cap off a landmark 2014 including his sold-out headlining CMT ON TOUR: UP IN SMOKE.  The tour garnered high praise for Moore's "High energy set" (Rolling Stone) with Minneapolis Tribune declaring him a "Country music contender" and Chicago Tribune noting he is "Carving his own niche in Country music." 

The constant road warrior will hit the road again in 2015 with more headlining dates kicking off in Missoula, MT on Jan. 27. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit 

Photo credit L-R: Christopher Polk, Daniel Swartz.
Pictured at right with Moore, CEO of RIAA, Cary Sherman. 

2014/12 1:19 AM
Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line Are First American Country Countdown Awards Winners

The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were presented Monday night (12/15) in Nashville, and Jason Aldean won Artist of the Year honors at the inaugural event.  

The show was broadcast live on FOX with hosts Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard.  The show, based on Westwood One/Cumulus' "American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks," also honored its  first-ever “NASH ICON” award winner, Reba McEntire.
Winners of the first ACC Awards were:
  • Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Luke Bryan
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
  • Group/Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
  • Song of the Year: "Beat of the Music," Brett Eldridge, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan
               SONY/ATV Music Publishing

  • Collaboration of the Year: "This Is How We Roll," Florida Groegia Line featuring Luke Bryan
  • Album of the Year: "The Outsiders," ERIC CHURCH; Producer JAY JOYCE; Label EMI NASHVILLE
  • Digital Song of the Year: "This Is How We Roll," FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring LUKE BRYAN
  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Kip Moore

2014/12 1:10 AM
Doobie Brothers Appearance At Benefit Raises $1.4 Million For Lupus Research

Doobie Brothers appeared at the Alliance For Lupus Research's 2014 Benefit Dinner in New York December 2nd and raised $1.4 million for research into the disease.  The band's appearance was arranged by iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, who co-chaired the event, which honored Pepsico Chairman/CEO Indra K. Nooyi.

The band's Tom Johnston said, “We'd like to thank all the folks at ALR for having us be a part of such a worthy cause. We enjoyed meeting and talking with Indra about her love of music. We'd also like to give a special thanks to Bob Pittman at iHeartMedia, and Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson for having us on board for this event.  It was truly an honor to meet and play music for you all!”

2014/12 1:05 AM
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces its 2015 inductees, and the honorees include Green Day, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Lou Reed (as a solo artist), Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  Also, Ringo Starr will be honored at the ceremony with The Award for Musical Excellence, and The "5" Royales will get the Early Influence award.

Green Day is being honored in the band's first year of eligibility.  The ones eligible but not chosen are Nine inch Nails, The Smiths, Sting (as a solo act), N.W.A., War, Kraftwerk, The Spinners, The Marvelettes, and Chic, which has been nominated nine times without winning,

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Cleveland on April 18th.  Tickets will go on sale Thursday (12/18) at 10 AM (ET).

2014/12 9:22 AM
Adam Schraf Leaves His WVRT PD Post

Adam Schraf departs his Program Director gig at iHeartMeadia Top 40 WVRT/V97/Williamsport, PA, as his position has been eliminated.
Sshraf was also voicetracking nights at sister Country station WRBT/BOB 94.9/Harrisburg,

Reach out to him at /blog/ or 717-829-5423.

2014/12 7:06 AM
TM Introduces "Brand"

TM Studios, a division of Westwood One has announced its 360 Country Imaging Service has created "Brand."  "Brand" features full-customized and infused sound-alike intros for Program Directors who are less likely to use traditional jingles or who want to find another way to sonically own the music in their markets.  Through "Brand" stations can embed their brand directly into the music instead of around it.
"As Country music continues to evolve, it makes sense that Country radio gets the tools and toys previously locked-up by our friends in CHR," says Ryan Drean, Creative Director at TM.  "While multiple Country stations are launching in competitive markets, a jingle package may not always be the solution. "Brand" doesn't place a stations' name around the music, it performs it in the music."
"Brand" pre-launched on 99.5 WYCD, Detroit.  "Brand is a killer tool that will take your Country radio imaging and jingles to the next level," states Roberts, Operations Manager at CBS Detroit.  "WYCD works in conjunction with 360 country to give you the competitive edge in your market.  This is a huge product differentiator for your brand and great new product from TM Studios."
"Brand" is a jingle alternative or add-on to TM's popular 360 Country Imaging Service, which provides imaging and regularly-updated jingles powered by Nashville players and singers.  Stations receive new and evolving content every month.

2014/12 7:02 AM
Steve Austin Leaves WQYK

Afternoon host Steve Austin of WQYK/Tampa-St. Petersburg has left the station.  

He tweeted "After 16 years I was let go today @WQYK995!  I will miss my friends and listeners! #radio  

Austin moved from mornings to afternoons in September 2009.

2014/12 6:33 AM
Winter 2014 Aristo International Report Now Available

The AristoMedia Group has released the Winter 2014 Aristo International Report, which is now available at this link.

Highlights in this issue include:

• An overview of the recent BCMA Awards held in London.

• An update of activities on the Canadian Country Scene.

• A summary of the winners at the recent French Highway FM Awards.

• The latest news from Down Under, plus an overview of the upcoming CMC Rocks North QLD Festival.

The honoring of Jo Walker Meador’s Louise Scruggs Award.

• The latest on the expansion of the C2C Festival

• Lady Antebellum’s upcoming globetrotting trip.

• Updates on the Big Machine Label Group’s overseas activities

This edition’s executive Q&A is with Steve Buchanan, President of the Opry Entertainment Group.      

News items for the next Aristo International Report may be submitted to /blog/.

2014/12 5:46 AM
David Nail Is On Fire

MCA Nashville and Grammy nominated recording artist David Nail, justr done with his headlining I’M A FIRE TOUR, which Rolling Stone Country named one of the Fall 2014’s Must See Country Tours, has also landed on a few “Best of 2014” lists for his album I’m A FireBillboard  named I’m A Fire of the top five Best Country Albums of 2014 (hitting at #4).  Rolling Stone Country and iTunes named I’m A Fire one of the Best Country Albums of 2014.

Nail’s No. 1 PLATINUM hit “Whatever She’s Got” was named one of the top 3 Country Songs of 2014 by Billboard saying “Nail’s vocal chops are flawless” and calling him “one of the best pure male vocalists in Nashville.”

Nail, considered one of the most distinct and powerful voices in Country music, sits in the Top 20 and rising on both Mediabase and the Billboard Country singles chart with “Kiss You Tonight,” the follow-up to “Whatever She’s Got.”

As an artist, Nail has become one of the most diverse and solid voices in country music. Esquire says “David Nail is Country music.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he “has established himself as one of the bright lights of contemporary country music” and SELF says Nail is “one of those quintessential Country voices.

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2014/12 1:06 AM
Nielsen Audio: News-Talk Remains Top Format In 2014

Nielsen Audio releases their ranking of the top radio formats for 2014, ranked by share of Adults 6+, 18-34, and 25-54, and the top format overall remains News Talk Information with 8.8% of the 6+ audience, although the share continues to decline.

In 6+, News Talk Information is followed by Top 40 (8.3%), Country (8.2%), AC (7.1%), Hot AC (6.2%), Classic Hits (5.2%), Urban AC
(4.9%), Classic Rock (4.7%), Sports (4.4%),
and Regional Mexican (3.7%).

For 18-34, Top 40 took top honors at 12.3%, trailed by Country (9.8%), Hot AC (7.1%), Top 40/Rhythmic (6.7%), AC (5.9%), Urban (5.8%), Regional Mexican (5.2%), Alternative (5%), Classic Rock (3.9%), and News Talk Information (3.5%).

In 25-54, Top 40 led with 9%, followed by Country (8%), AC (6.9%), Hot AC (6.8%), News Talk Information (6.2%), Classic Rock (5.3%), Sports (5%), Urban AC (4.8%), Regional Mexican (4.6%), and Classic Hits (4.5%).

2014/12 7:44 AM
CMA Foundation Donates $1.72 Million To Support Music Education

The CMA Foundation has given a record high of $1.72 million in grants to programs that suport music education for children, bringing the total amount donated since 2006 to more than $10 million.

"What began as a very grassroots, local initiative to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools on behalf of our artist community has grown tremendously with the formation of the Foundation and its established mission to build partnerships that advanced this important campaign on a national scale," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Programs benefiting from the CMA Foundation Grants include:

Education Through Music (EMT) partners with inner-city schools in New York City to provide all students with music as a core subject, and to create school communities that value the arts.  ETM's mission is to promote the use of music in schools as  means of enhancing student's academic performance and general development.  The ETM currently serves 20,000 students and 40 teachers in 38 inner city schools.

Metro Nashville Public Schools-In January the CMA Foundation donated $1 to benefit music education programs for Nashville public school students during a concert event at the CMA Theater and the Country Music Hall fo Fame.  The donation brought CMA's support of music ed in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools from $6.5 million to more than $7.5 million. The money has been used to build music labs and purchase instruments nad supplies for all metro Schools thorugh a partnership with the Nashville Public Education Foundation.

Notes for Notes: Funds for the construction of music studies in Boys and Girls Club facilities across the US.  The CMA Foundation made an initial donation to teh Nashville Notes for Notes chapter in 2014 and has committed additional funds to expand the program in 2015 to chapters in Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit and San Francisco.  

Rocketown Productions: The Rocketown Productions grand it designed to provide access to technology; equipment in a professional studio setting (recording, producing and mxing); live performance; and music instructions that will give participants the skills and confidence they need to pursue a career in the music industry.  In existence for 20 years, Rocketown of Middle Tennessee serves young people ages 8-22 of all ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Tennessee Performing Artis Center: The CMA Foundation grant was presented to the Tennessee Performing ARts Center to support the Disney Musicals in Schools program which is the Disney Theatyrical Gorup's first in-school outreach project outside of NYC.

VH1 Save The Music: After a five-year partnership between VH1 Save The Music and Roanoke City PUblic Schools, a longtime goals of providing sccess to instrumental music educaiton programs for students'  in Roanoke was finally achieved to the support of hte CMA Foundation's grant.  With 17 grantee schools and $510,000 wroht of musical instruments donated to date, the complete restoration of Roanoke's music programs was reason to celebrate at a student concert on November 17 attended by Hunter Hayes.

W.O. Smith School: The CMA Foundation supported summer music education programs for low-income students at the W.O. Smith Nashville Comunity Music School.  The camps at the W.O. Smith Music School offer enriching actvities in a positive musical and social evironment that many students could not otherwise afford.  Three summer camp session were offered for children ages 8-11.

Studies show student who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate, have better attendance rates, and higher GPAs than students not enrolledin arts classes.  The CMA Foundation recognizes the importance of music education in keeping kids engaged and in school as well as providing access to higher education through scholarships. 


2014/12 7:23 AM
Tony Travato Leaves Great American Country

Tony Travato, MD for Great American Country is leaving at the end of the year.  The network has been transitioning its programming.  

Travato has been with GAC since 2005.  Prior to that he was with KDRK/Spokane, WA; KMLE/Phoenix; WKOJ/Middleton, NY (Rock) and WDLC/Port Jervis, NY.  He is looking for his next opportunity.  Get in touch with him at 615-478-5982 or here

2014/12 7:01 AM
​FCC Approve Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company Meger

The FCC has approved the merger of Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company.

Country stations involved include WCYQ/Knoxville; KTTS/Springfield, MO; KVOO; Classic Country KXBL/Tulsa; KFDI and Classic Country KFTI-AM/Wichita. The KFTI calls were previously on an FM station the company spun off in October to comply with FCC ownership limits; they were then retained by moving them to an AM signal they retained.

Full details here.

2014/12 6:50 AM
Five Country Artists Make Forbes Worlds Highest-Paid Musicians 2014 List

Toby Kieth leads the list of the five Country stars.

formed their Top 30 list by considered income from touring, music sales, publishing, merchandise, endorsements and various other ventures based on the June 2013-June 2014 fiscal year.

The five Country artists are in bold.

 Check out the full Forbes World's Highest-Paid Musicians 2014 list here:

1. Dr. Dre ($620 million)
2. Beyoncé ($115 million)
3. The Eagles ($100 million)
4. Bon Jovi ($82 million)
5. Bruce Springsteen ($81 million)
6. Justin Bieber ($80 million)
7. One Direction ($75 million)
8. Paul McCartney ($71 million)
9. Calvin Harris ($66 million)
10. Toby Keith ($65 million)
11. Taylor Swift ($64 million)

12. Jay Z ($60 million)(tie)
12. Diddy ($60 million)(tie)
12. Bruno Mars ($60 million)(tie)
15. Justin Timberlake ($57 million)
16. Pink ($52 million)
17. Michael Bublé ($51 million)
18. Rihanna ($48 million)
19. Rolling Stones ($47 million)
20. Roger Waters ($46 million)
21. Elton John ($45 million)
22. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)
23. Katy Perry ($40 million)
24. Jason Aldean ($37 million)(tie)
24. Jennifer Lopez ($37 million)(tie)
26. Miley Cyrus ($36 million)(tie)
26. Celine Dion ($36 million)(tie)
28. Muse ($34 million)(tie)
28. Luke Bryan ($34 million)(tie)
30. Lady Gaga ($33 million)(tie)
30. Drake ($33 million)(tie)
Artists that missed the Top 30, but are considered close-calls are: Britney Spears, Avicii, Kanye West, Madonna, Macklemore, David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Tiesto and Birdman. 

2014/12 6:48 AM
​Ford’s Sync Gets and Overhaul And A New Upgraded Version

Sync with “myFordTouch” is out and Sync 3 is in at Ford, as the automaker announces a revamp of its in-car infotainment system.  The move replaces the troublesome “myFordTouch” iteration of the dashboard system with a new version that the company says is "faster, more intuitive and easier to use with enhanced response to driver commands."  Sync 3 is based on the QNX operating system owned by Blackberry, replacing Microsoft Auto.

Upgrades include "more conversational voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like touch screen and easy-to-read graphics," the automaker said in a press release.  The home screen offers three zones, navigation, audio, and phone, with large buttons and high contrast fonts.  Voice recognition will allow users to say "Play" and the name of a song, artist, album, or playlist, and switching to radio can be accomplished just by saying the station name.  Also, the system's AppLink, allowing access to smartphone apps including streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, has been upgraded.  The new edition will be coming to Ford models next year.

CTO/Group VP RAJ NAIR said, “Ford is delivering an easier way for customers to stay connected.  Sync 3 is another step forward in delivering connectivity features customers most want, and they tell us this kind of technology is an important part of their decision to buy our vehicles.

2014/12 5:52 AM
Reviver Records Signs Samantha Landrum

Reviver Records has signed singer-songwrtier Samantha Landrum.  She has an upcoming single "I'll Still Need your Shoulder," being slated for national release in early 2015.

"Samantha brings a unique talent to our brand," said David Ross, President and CEO/Reviver Records.  The entire team is excited about bringing her music to the forefront of the music industry an to lead the Samantha Landrum charge at radio  We truly think that Samantha has the talent, drive and determination to become one of the industry's most respected female vocalists.  We can't wait to be a part of that story."

Landrum, 20 years old was born in Laurel, Mississippi and began her music journey by performing at her family's business. The Landrum Homestead adn Village-a recreation of a late 1800s settlement with over seventy builings on thirty acres.  She says that a concert experience by Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood when she was thirteen made her decide to pursue a career in the music business. She has competed at the prestigious Colgate Country Showdown Regionals at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon.

For more information on Landrum go to


2014/12 5:47 AM
Sony/ATV's Bandier Takes Aim At Low Streaming Royalty Rates In Memo To Staff

SONY/ATV Music Publishing CEO Martin Bandier in a memo to staff praising the company's Grammy nominees, also used it to criticize the low publisher and songwriter royalties paid by streaming music services.

The Wrap reports that Bandier used the examples of John Legend's "All of Me" streaming 55 million times on Pandora but generating only $3,400 in royalties, and Pharrell Williams' "HAPPY" played 43 million times on Pandora and earning just $2,700 in royalties.  Bandier said that the "unjustifiably below-market royalty rates" result in one million plays on Pandora earning about $60, which he called "totally unacceptable."  He added that Spotify's rates are "equally dissatisfying," pointing at Spotify's growth -- an over 70% increase in the number of streams in the past year -- not being matched by royalty payments.

"We at SONY/ATV want these digital music services to be successful because they are a great way for music fans to listen to music and have the potential to generate significant new revenues for everyone," Bandier wrote. "However, this success should not come at the expense of songwriters whose songs are essential for these services to exist and thrive. That is why I have made it my No. 1 priority to address this issue and ensure songwriters are fairly compensated for their work. I will not rest until the present system is reformed to allow this to happen."

2014/12 5:46 AM
First Ever Delaware Junction Fest To Be Held

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith will headline the first-ever Delaware Junction.   The three-day music festival will including camping at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, DE August 14-16.  The festival is one of the latest to the Live Nation's country music festivals including Watershed, Faster Horses, Route 91 Harvest and Farmborough.  

"We came up with the name for this festival as sort of a nod to the storied railroad history in that area," said Live Nation President of Country Touring Brian O'Connell. "The Delaware State Fair has always been such a great supporter of country music and we couldn’t think of a better location to host this three-day event in what we hope will become a yearly institution."

"After two years of effort, we are proud to announce this first-class music festival," said Highway One's Alex Pires.  "The lineup is exciting. The 360-plus acres of green fields and trees provide room for everyone.  We promise a stand-alone event you won't want to miss." 

Tickets will be available December 19 at 10 a.m. (EST) at


2014/12 5:11 AM
Cumulus/Youngstown Promotes Brad Marshall

Brad Marshall formerly Director of Sales for Cumulus/Youngstown has been promoted to VP/MM for the cluster includign Country WQXK.  He takes the placeof Rick Parrish who retired after four years with the group.

"Moving forward, we are thrilled to have Brad promoted to this role," says SVP Gary Pizzati. "As the DOS for five years, Brad was ready for this challenge and we look forward to many years of success under his leadership." 

Prior to joining Cumulus Marshall was with iHeartMedia for 16 years.  He's been with Cumulus since 2009. Reach him here.


2014/12 4:45 AM
Nikki Landry Catches A Hold Of Cumulus

Former PD Nikki Landry of Mighty Media Country and Classic Country combo WEBL/The Rebel and  WUMY-AM/Memphis joins Cumulus Top 40 KKMG/Colorado Springs, CO as PD. Congratulate Nikki here.

2014/12 2:00 AM
The Night Before Features Country Artists

CBS Radio's "The Night Before" pre-Super Bowl concert is scheduled for January 31 and will feature many country artists including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line.  The show will be held at Talking Stick Reosrt Arena, formerly the US Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns.  Bentley made the announcement of the show's lineup this morning on CBS Radio KMLE/Phoenix.

"I'm excited to be part of a huge night in country music the night before the biggest event in my hometown!  We're about th take tailgating in Phoenix to a whole new level," said Bentley.

"There's no bigger sporting event than the Super Bowl, and what better way to celebrate the greatest chanpionship in the world than with a star-studded concert event "The Night Before."  We had an amazing inaugural show in 2014 with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in New York, and we're thrilled to present the next installment in this emeging tradition wtih some of this generation's great country acts," said CBS Radio SVP, Strategic Events and Partnerships Amy Stevens.,