TODAY'S NEWS

Our best wishes to Glen Campbell and his family after news that he was moved to a care facility.

Campbell 78, went public that he was suffering from Alzheimers in 2011. He toured called "The Goodbye Tour" where a documentary was filmed call "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me." The film will debut this week at the Nashville Film Festival.

2014/04 1:19 PM
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.


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 12:43 PM
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 12:37 PM
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.


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. 


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 /todaysnews.

2014/04 12:07 PM
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 .


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.

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 10:18 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.


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.


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

Walls
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.


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.


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 12:59 PM
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.

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