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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

To register go to

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

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

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

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

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


10/21/2014 12:30 PM
Taylor Touts Nashville
In an upcoming article in Esquire Magazine Taylor Swift proves that you take her out of the country genre but it's always top of mind.  

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

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

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

Get your resume and aircheck to him here .

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

More details soon.

10/21/2014 9:09 AM
​WQMT Goes Country
East Tennessee Radio group has moved WQMT/93.9/Decatur, TN from Regional Mexican to Country.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10/20/2014 12:48 PM
Jason's Back At #1
Congrats to Jason Aldean and the promo team at BBR Music Group including EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James and VP/Promo Lee Adams as Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" goes to this week's #1 on Mediabase Country Singles chart.

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

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

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

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

For more information visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branson holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University.
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Little Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last Friday, October 17.  Opry members Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill welcomed them in to the Opry family.  The group was originally invited to become a member by Reba on October 3.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon Romero and
BMLG's Sarah McGrady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get in touch with him here.

10/17/2014 10:59 AM
Blizzard Buys KBCR/KBCR-A
Blizzard has bought Country simulcast combo KBCR and KBCR-AM/Steamboat Springs, CO.  Cool Raddio LLC was the seller.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulate him here. 

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

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

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

As of know, services are pending.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/17/2014 7:00 AM
Mediabase Holiday Schedule
The final Mediabase published charts of 2014 using recurrent rules will be on Sunday, December 14th.
Final add dates for 2014 are Monday, December 15th and Tuesday, December 16th, 2014.

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

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

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