TODAY'S NEWS
The Ram Truck brand is launching a new marketing campaign that will feature
Miranda Lambert.  She has written a song "Roots and Wings" that will be used exclusively for the campaign. They partnered originally in November 2014,

This campaign includes television, print, digital, social media and long-form video elements.  “Ram has become the fastest growing truck brand by challenging the status quo, and our partnership with Miranda Lambert does just that,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global.

“Building a new marketing campaign around the hugely successful and popular country music artist, and her original song inspired by the characteristics of our brand, is a first for Ram. It is courageous, just like Ram and Miranda. It will broaden the appeal of both of our brands beyond our core audiences as we connect with our respective fans in new, meaningful ways.”

The spots include live action video combined with illustrations, animation and other vintage styling that includes actual locations that are part of Lambert's life as well as photos that are her personal family photos.

“I am very inspired by what the Ram brand stands for – being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots,” Lambert said. “I wanted to write a song that would represent all of those things. ‘Roots and Wings’ is personal to me about where I come from and where I am going. The guys at Ram really made the lyrics come to life with the imagery and I hope it speaks to people the way it does to me.”

our will include Ram Truck branding.  The 60-second "Roots and Wings" video will beplayed just before Lambert takes the stage after intermission and in-venue creative displays.  A silver Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is the Official Truck of her Platinum tour and will tow her Airstream trailer, "Wanda the Wanderer."


 
 

01/23/2015 12:04 PM
CRS Announces Special Rates
Single day, panel and unemployment pass rates are now available for CRS 2015.  

Day passes, that will include access to panels, speakers, luncheons and networking events,  will be priced at $200.  The only exclusion will be the Friday, February 27 at the New Faces Show.  It will not be included in the Friday single-day pass. Individual panel passes will be $40 and will allow attendees to select one or more panels at the rate of $40 each.

Unemployment passes are available to those in the industry currently not employed at a rate of $99, subject to proof of unemployment as verified by CRS.  

For additional information or to purchase passes go to www.countryradioseminar.com or call 615-327-4487.

 

iHeartMedia/Washington, D.C. selects Tommy Chuck as their new PD of Country WPOC/Baltimore and  Top 40 WITH/HOT 99.5/Washington, D.C. as of February 9th.

Chuck
joined iHeartMedia at WKXJ/Chattanooga in 2000. Since then he’s programmed WQEN/Birmingham, WXXL/Orlando and spent the past eight years as PD/Digital Director for WFLZ and WMTX/Tampa.

VP/Programming Meg Stevens said,
Tommy's track record of success at WFLZ and WMTX as well as exceptional leadership skills make him uniquely qualified to program HOT 99.5 and 93.1 WPOC.  We’re excited to have him as part of the team.”

Chuck said, "Country music has always been a personal favorite of mine, I am honored to lead one of America's most legendary and award winning Country stations, WPOC! And Joining the iHeartMedia team in D.C. is an exciting next step for me and my family. I am thrilled to be HOT 99.5's next leader, build on my long relationship with The Kane Show and work with the talented team already in place. I'd like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow my career with iHeartMedia."

MusicMaster, the music scheduling giant and AllAboutCountry.com will host "The Legends at Legends," a CRS kickoff party featuring Country Music Hall of Fame members Mel Tillis and The Statesiders, Grammy nominee T. Graham Brown, MuzikMafia member James Otto.  The entire event will be emceed by the "Honorary Mayor of Music Row" Charlie Monk who said "I'm the only Legendary host they could find to host the Legends at Legends".
 
MusicMaster President/CEO Joe Knapp says," At last year's CRS, we hosted a live music event which stimulated many exciting ideas.  This year we're thrilled to launch CRS week with an exclusive lunch even for CRS attendees at Legends Corner.  We're honored to feature iconic country artists in such a unique Nashville venue for country radio's finest programmers."
 
"What a great way to kick off CRS!  We're excited to be a part of "The Legends At Legends" with MusicMaster and hope everyone will join us for some lunch, a chance to met the Legends and network," remarked AllAboutCountry.com President Kim Hennes.
 
"The Legends at Legends" will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Legend's Corner, 428 Broadway.  Lunch from Jack's Bar-B-Que and refreshments will be provided.  There will also be photo ops with Legends as well as fun surprises and prizes.
 
"The Legends at Legends" is by invitation only to registered CRS attendees.  Please RSVP here

Cumulus hires veteran programmer Peter Z to be PD of Country WZRR/99.5 FM NASH ICON/Birmingham. Z joins Cumulus from St. Augustine, FL, where he was a Principal and Director of Operations for WYRE. Before that, he programmed CBS Radio Classic Hits KLUV/Dallas.

Cumulus SVP/Programming Mike McVay stated
, “We’re thrilled to add yet another big brain to our programming team. Peter brings multi-format experience to the table that should be beneficial to NASH ICON in Birmingham”

“I think the lead is that I finally made a long-time dream come true and I get to program Country, said Peter Z. “I’ve always loved Country music and have had a desire to program the format since Garth showed up on the scene the first time.”

Shania Twain will be releasing a live CD and DVD called "Shania: Still the One From Vegas" on Tuesday, March 3.  The CD and DVD will include highlights of her residence in Las Vegas during her show "Shania: Still the One."

"This show has been a labor of love for over three years," explained Twain. "It has meant so much to me and was such a privilege to live out my visions on that stage, and it is so exciting to now get to share the whole experience with the fans all over the world!"

The project will include 19 tracks on the CD and 25 performances on DVD.  For more information go to Twain's website .

01/22/2015 12:43 PM
More On CRS 2015

The "Programming Mentoring Breakfast" that will be held Thursday (2/26) will include iHeartMediaEVP/GM National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt and WUSN/Chicago PD Jeff Kapugi.  

Friday's (2/27) "Manager Breakfast" will include consultant Joel Raab and Great Media/Boston VP/MM Rob Williams.  

Bobby Bones, Top 40 WNCI/Columbus Dave & Jimmy and Classic Hits WCBS/New York's Scott Shannon are panelists on Friday afternoon's "The Stars Come Out In the Morning."  

Register for CRS here

 


Tony Waitekus, formerly with Midwest as Brand Manager of Top 40 WIFC/Wausau, WI has joined the crosstown NRG cluster that includes Country WYTE as OM.  

He takes the place of R.W. Smith who left in December to be close to family.

Waitekus' resume includes jobs in Green Bay and the Quad Cities.  He left Midwest in 2013 and has been waiting out his non-compete.  Get in touch with him here .

Miranda Lambert will be performing at the "57th Grammy Awards." She is nominated for four Grammys includling "Best Country Solo Performance" and "Best Country Song" for her hit single "Automatic." She is also nominated for "Best Country Album" for "Platinum," nd "Best Country Duo/Group Performance" for her song "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood.

For more information go to www.MirandaLambert.com .

According to Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO/Go Country/Los Angeles Station Manager Michael Levine, that station is currently exploring all options for afternoon drive, following the news yesterday (1/21), that Larry Morgan, the afternoon drive co-host is departing to join CBS Radio across town Oldies/Adult Hits KRTH for APD and Swing duties.

Not a word yet on what role Ginny Harmon, the existing PM drive co-host will have after Morgan departs on Monday, February 16th.

Following just a short gig together in evenings, KKGO just recently teamed Morgan and Harmon for the afternoon drive. Before that, Morgan was doing morning drive at Go Country from January to October of 2014, when the station decided to change direction and hired Graham Bunn and Debra Mark for morning duty.

Townsquare Media Classic Country KBOB-AM/Davenport, IA will be airing Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball this season.  The River Bandits Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations Marco Lanave will call the action for his fourth season with the club.

Team owner Dave Heller stated, "We are delighted to work with our great partners at Townsquare Media Quad Cities to broadcast all of the exciting action of River Bandits baseball on one of the Quad Cities' most popular Country stations.  Radio remains an effective and beloved medium, and at a time when other teams are discontinuing radio, we are really happy to be ramping it up. The Quad Cities loves Country music, and they love their Bandits, so our new partnership with K-BOB Real Country and Townsquare is a perfect match!"

River Bandits GM Andrew Chesser said, "As an organization, our goal is to grow the connection of our fans to our players, and Townsquare continues to be a critical partner in doing so with enjoyable, high-quality broadcasts.  This new broadcast partnership with Townsquare will bring the media experience of River Bandits baseball to its highest level ever."

Lanave added, "I have been blessed to be part of many memorable moments and historic achievements in the Quad Cities; having the River Bandits broadcast all of their games, not merely on the radio, but on the most-listened-to station in River Bandits history, is among the most exciting for me.  Broadcasting sports with Townsquare has been a highlight of my broadcasting career, and I am thrilled that will continue with River Bandits games this spring."
 

Natural Man Available for Pre-Sale March 3, Single “Smile On Mine” Available on iTunes Feb. 3
Country artist  Jon Wolfe  will release his much anticipated album, Natural Man, on March 31.  

Natural Man, produced by Wolfe, Lex Lipsitz and Billy Decker and recorded at Nashville’s Westwood Studios and Ronnie’s Place, is a 13-track collection of songs that merges Wolfe’s signature traditional sound, influenced by some of Country music’s greatest legends, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam, with an edgy, modern energy.  

Wolfe describes the album as a personal journey, saying, “Natural Man is a concept that I have wanted to record for a few years. This album stretches me as an artist and as a vocalist, while staying true to who I am. I have known how I wanted it to sound, and how I wanted it to look for some time now. I’ve been visualizing this album for such a long time, and it feels great to finally bring it to life!”  

Fans can preview Natural Man on its pre-sale date of March 3 through iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers. 

The leadoff single, “Smile On Mine” hits radio in late January and be available for download on all the major major digital retailers on Feb. 3, 2015. The up-beat tune features Wolfe’s familiar traditional sound while showcasing a new modern flair. With its catchy hook and foot-tapping melody, “Smile On Mine” tells the story of budding romance on a first date.

Of the new single, Wolfe comments, “My new single “Smile On Mine” really clicked with me the first time I heard it. It represents this important bridge between traditional country and the more edgy, modern melodies we're hearing on the radio these days. That's what I feel like my whole new album is doing - I'm staying true to my roots and my traditional voice, but also growing and adapting with the times. I think my fans are going to love it!”

From his native small town in Miami, Oklahoma to the bustling Texas dancehalls and honky-tonks; Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles incvluding: “Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.

His 2010 release
It All Happened In A Honky Tonk, became such a regional success that it was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard Album Chart and has collectively sold 25,000 units. 

A seasoned performer, Wolfe has opened for some of Country’s biggest stars and has played more than 400 live shows over the past four years. He has a busy 2015 tour schedule on the horizon. Details surrounding the forthcoming tour will be released in the coming weeks. 
For interview and mp3 requests, contact Sharilyn Pettus at /todaysnews . 

Former Max Media Country WGH/The Eagle/Norfolk morning duo Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jen Lewis, of the “Jimmy Ray & Jen” show are looking for their next big radio gig, following their Monday (1/19) exiting after more than a 20 year run with “The Eagle."

Reach out to Dunn here and Lewis   here .

At the moment, WGH PD Mark McKay is doing wake up duties, while the station conducts a search for a new morning show.

Show Dog-Universal's Toby Keith has been added as a headliner for the "24th Annual Country Jam" at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, CO. Toby joins previously announced headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and The Band Perry.

“We are very happy to add Toby Keith to our superstar lineup,” said Townsquare Media EVP/Live Events Dhruv Prasad. “This is going to be an incredible 4-day experience for our Country Jam attendees! And we’re not finished yet –all I can say is there are more great acts to be announced, so stay tuned.”

"Country Jam” will take place Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 21st. General admission tickets start at $140 for a 4-day pass and VIP packages start at $640 for a 4-day “Silver Pass,” with “Gold Pass” packages available as well.
For more information, visit www.countryjam.com .

The " 3rd Annual Faster Horses Festival " will be featuring headlining acts including: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Florida-Georgia Line. The three-day Country music and camping festival will take place in Brooklyn, Michigan from Friday, July 17th through Sunday, July 19th.

"The entire Faster Horses team and I can't believe we are already approaching year three of this festival," said Live Nation President/Country Touring Brian O’Connell. "We take pride in listening to you, the Faster Horses community, for your feedback and together we are growing this festival each year. We have the best fans who have been coming since the very first year, and new ones ready to embrace what makes this festival so unique. This year, we'll be debuting lay-away plans for ticket purchases at your request, along with a lineup that is second to none."

Additional performers will include Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Frankie Ballard, Kristian Bush, Raelynn, Mickey Guyton, The Cadillac Three, Lonestar, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt, Dwight Yoakum, and many more.

Three day passes go on sale Monday, February 2nd at 10 am (ET).  For additional information and pricing, visit www.FasterHorsesFestival.com .

The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) will be touring again this year for the 44th year.  They will make nearly 50 live concert appearances in their Searchin' For A Rainbow Tour, kicking off in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The title of the new tour is a throwback to the band's 1975 album of the same name. 

"It’s looking like 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest tour schedule in years," says MTB lead singer Doug Gray.  “We’re adding new concerts to the books nearly every day and our booking agent can't answer the calls fast enough.  We are so thankful that our fans have stuck with us for over four decades and continue to pack our shows.  We’re still out there Searchin' for that Rainbow."

The schedule for 2015 Searchin' for A Rainbow Tour:

Jan 23 - Cone Denim Entertainment Center - Greensboro, NC 
Jan 24 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
Jan 25 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Jan 31 - Medina Entertainment Center - Medina, MN
Feb 6 - Monroe County Community College - Monroe, MI
Feb 7 - Tailgaters Bar & Grill - Bolingbrook, IL
Feb 18 - Lafayette’s Music Room - West Palm Beach, FL
Feb 19 - 23 - Rock Legends Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 27 - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL
Feb 28 - The Moon - Tallahassee, FL
March 6-7 - Orleans Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
March 18 - Sellersville, Theater - Sellersville, PA
March 19 - Vapor Night Club - Saratoga Springs, NY
March 20 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ
March 21 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
April 1-2 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
April 3 - Rusty Nail Bar & Grille - Stowe, VT
April 4 - Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center - Woonsocket, RI
April 9 - Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX
April 10 - One World Theatre - Austin, TX
April 11 - Private - Richmond, TX
April 11 - Venue TBA - Snook, TX
April 23 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
April 24 - MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC
April 25 - Venue TBA - West Helena, AR
May 2 - MDA Ride for Life - Tannersville, PA
May 14 - Venue TBA - Marion, SC
May 23 -Venue TBA - Skiatook, OK
June 6 - Venue TBA - Ballwin, MO
June 27 - Paramount Theatre Hudson Valley - Peekskill, NY
June 28 - Venue TBA - Augusta, NJ
July 10 - Venue TBA - Emmetsburg, IA
July 11 - Venue TBA - Arthur, IL
July 23 - Venue TBA - Morgantown, WV
July 24 - Fraze Pavilion - Kettering, OH
July 24 - Venue TBA - Northfield, OH
Aug 1 - Venue TBA - Council Bluffs, IA
Aug 19 - Venue TBA - Fairlea, WV
Sept 19 - Venue TBA - Westbury, NY
Sept 20 - Venue TBA - Salem, CT
Oct 10 - Venue TBA - Colonial Beach, VA
Oct 16-17 - Venue TBA - Steelville, MO

Additional 2015 Marshall Tucker Band tour dates are in the works.  Go to www.marshalltucker.com for tour updates. 

  

01/21/2015 12:25 PM
Westwood One Promotions
Westwood One has promoted SVP/Southeast Sales Jim Daunais (left) and Cumulus Southwest Director/National Sales Tim Walker (right).  Both have been named EVP of their regions for Westwood One.

Daunais has been with the company since 2004.  Walker was with Westwood One between 2000-2002 when he served as account executive in the Dallas office. He has also worked with CBS Radio/Dallas.

01/21/2015 12:19 PM
Julie K Adds OM Job
Julie K, KRMD, Nash FM/Shreveport, AL APD/afternooner has added OM responsibilties for the cluster. 

She's been at the station since October and came from KXKS across town.  There she did mornings.  Get in touch with her here.  

iHeart Country Festival is set again this year for May 2 in Austin.  Initial artists on the roster include Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley.  More artists will be announced soon.

“This is truly a night of Country's All-Stars” said iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises President John Sykes.  “Every single one of these artists can headline an arena or stadium on their own, but on this night they will share the stage to celebrate the amazing music on our iHeartRadio Country stations and the iHeartRadio app.

The first iHeart Music Festival took place last year and that was followed by the company's popular multi-genre Las Vegas events.

“The Country format has great talent and on-air personalities who have such a strong bond and loyalty with their fans, and there is no better way to celebrate that relationship than at a live event," said iHeartMedia President/Programming Platforms Tom Poleman.  “With our more than 120 Country stations nationwide we have the ability to bring the biggest events and one-of-a-kind experiences to our loyal listeners that no one else can provide.”

Premiere syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones will host the May 2nd show and iHeartMedia's Country stations will broadcast the show in their markets or it can be heard on iHeartRadio.com.

Tickets go on sale to the public March 28.


 

Cumulus Media and Music Choice will formally launch the NashTV on-demand video platform on Monday, January 26. 

At this point NashTV includes 12 programs, including Nash Lash, cooking shows Grits and Hits and BBQ Tricks as well as American Music Overseas and Real Live Performances, Proud: Everyday American Heroes and sports programming Hick Xtreme and Picks From the Sticks.

There will also be content from radio programs America's Morning Show, Nash Nights Live and Kickin' It with Kix.  

Everything will be available on-demand and via musicchoice.com, as well as Music Choice's iOS and Android apps.

To check out a preview go to nashtvpreview.com

"Buckwild Satruday Night with B-Dub!," a live Country party show has added KMLE/Phoenix, WGGY/WGGI, Froggy 101/Willkes Barre, KIOK, 94.9 The Wolf, Kennwick, WA, WKXD, 106.9 Kicks Country/Cookeville TN and KUPI/Idaho Falls, ID.  

If you would like to get your Saturday nights rockin', get in touch with Superadio SVP/Programming Rich O'Brien at 508-630-0344 or /todaysnews

 


Rascal Flatts will sing the National Athem at the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series on March 8 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We’re pleased to have one of the top Country music groups of the 21st century perform the National Anthem for the Kobalt 400,” said Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayA President Chris Powell. Rascal Flatts joins a long list of A-list celebrities who’ve participated in our NASCAR weekend over the years. We look forward to the band’s upcoming residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and we can’t wait to hear Rascal Flatts perform the anthem here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8th."

For tickets and more information on the Kobalt 400 or Las Vegas Motor Speedway go to www.lvms.com or call 800-644-4444.


 

01/21/2015 10:57 AM
Luke Bryan's Latest News
Luke Bryan has just announced he will be heading out on his 2015 "Kick The Dust Up Tour" beginning in May.  "Kick The Dust Up" will also be the title of a track from his upcoming album.  The tour will take him to thirteen cities including Washington D.C., Dallas, St. Louis, West Palm Beach, Chicago, Philadelphia and others. He will extend his time in each city dependent upon demand.

"The ability to go in to a city and stay two nights is something I only ever dreamed of," stated Bryan. "We are excited about the doubles. We are very blessed to be in a situation where we can camp out."

The seven cities that will host stadium shows include Denver, St. Paul, Nashville, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Cleveland and Detroit.  Bryan will also play Nashville's Vanderbilt University's stadium, making him the first country artist to do so.

He will be touring with Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser.  For stadium shows he will also be joined by Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.

He will again do his Spring Break show and this will be Bryan's last Spring Break show in Panama City, Florida..

"Last year was just amazingly over the top. I think there were over 200,000 people on the beach," explained Bryan. "It will be a two day event this year, and we want to end it on a big bang. It has been an amazing run. It's not because we're tired of doing it. Last year we started talking about it and wondering how many more years we should do it. It doesn't mean I'll party any more or any less, it just means that maybe somebody else can come in and keep having that fun and put their stamp on it, too."   

The Country Music Hall of Fame will make Luke Bryan the subject of their next major exhibition. "It's a huge honor," said Bryan. "We are so excited and already brainstorming how we want the exhibit to look and making it tell the story of how you move up to Nashville chasing dreams, meet some songwriters, meet some wonderful record people, and then you're off and rocking with all of your dreams coming true. We'll take it very seriously and try to make it a fun, interactive experience for fans."  The exhibition will open in May and is scheduled to close in November.

For more Luke Bryan information go to www.LukeBryan.com.
  

 

 

KSD/St. Louis APD/midday personality Dusty Panhorst is the new PD of KSD/St. Louis.  He will succeed Steve Stewart who will be going to Chicago as PD of the newly launched WEBG/Chicago.  

"It's exciting to recognize our high-performing talent by promoting them within iHeartMedia," says RPM Tony Banks. "Dusty has been a key player in KSD's success and he will be a great leader."

Panhorst started at the station as an intern in 2005.  He has been PD since 2012.  Get in touch with him here .

Get better quick wishes go out to "Radio's Best Friend" (and one of ours!) Art Vuolo who is
recovering from knee replacement surgery.  

The surgery was done January 13.  

Reach out to Art here
 

Coleman Insights has just released the first in a series of studies about how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms.

Radio has debated the question of how fast stations should move their contemporary music.  In the 70's stations began holding on to hits longer than in the 60's and then realized listeners still loved and listened to songs weeks after they stopped buying the record.  Ever since, the question comes up when music consumption or audience measurement emerge, such as the introduction of PPM or streaming media.

Coleman reports that three questions their clients have are 
1. How long should I give new songs to catch on with my audience?
2. At what point do new songs reach teir peak with typical listeners?
3. At what point should I consider a song no longer a hit, no matter how much listeners love it?

How does radio vary from the songs music lovers play for themselves when they are in control of what they hear?

Coleman analyzed 26 consecutive weeks of Billboard Top 10 On-Demand Songs (those songs that rank the highest of on-demand streaming services) to determine the age of the songs listeners play most when they're in control of their music.  They noted the date the song first entered the Billboard Hot 100 so that they knew when it first entered the public's mind, not when the record company released it.  They then took a look at Billboard Top 10 Radio Songs in each of the same 26 weeks.

The results showed that the vintage distribution of on-demand's biggest hits were very similar to the vintage distribution of radio's biggest hits.  On demand's curve leads radio's curve, but the difference is measured in days not weeks.

While there are slight variations between on-demand streaming and broadcast radio exposure, a comparable pattern emerges for both media.  

1. Songs are typically growing in their first 8 weeks.
2. The majority of the biggest songs are between 9-20 weeks old
3. Songs are typically on the way down after 20 weeks.

There are of course, variations but for the most part of the 45 songs examined, they were similar on radio and on-demand services.


 

Ohana Media Group's KXLW, 96.3, The Wolf/Anchorage, AK has repositioned itself and will now be known a "Today's Hot Country." They were previously playing a gold-based, 90's musical format.

"This is the next logical step for "The Wolf," said Ohana VP/Programming Tom Oakes.  "The station is now perfectly positioned to compete for the 18-49 year old adults with a full slate of today's new Country music.  The new approach brings an increased level for commitment to today's Country music, further community involvement and a new focus on excitement in our presentation.  For our listeners, "The Wolf" will be heavy on the newest Country music mixed with recent hits and the biggest chart-toppers of the 2000s."

According to Oakes, The Wolf is running no more than eight minutes of commercial content each hour.

The station is running jockless with station staff ready for a February return.  That will coincide with the debut of the new morning show that is currently being developed.  

Country newcomer Kristen Merlin has released her debut EP, "Boomerang" today (1/20).  Merlin finished 4th on season  6 of NBC's "The Voice."

"Boomerang" is available in iTunes, Amanzon and other major digital retailers.  The EP features four songs written by Merlin, while the title track "Boomerang" was co-written by Corey and Kara Britz

Merlin commented of the project, I am super excited to take this next step in my career and finally release some original work to my fans! This EP is filled with heartfelt tunes that listeners will be able to relate to. Many thanks to all those who were involved in seeing this project through from start to finish! I couldn't be more proud of the finished product.” 

Merlin's music career began in first grade where she sang "Never Never Land" at her elementary school's rendition of Peter Pan.  In her junior year in high school her mother gave her an acoustic guitar and in a few short months, she was a self-taught guitarist and began writing.

She earned her BA in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.  She learned performing skills by travelling all over Massachusetts with her self-titled band.  Her talents landed her on The Voice and performing Sugarland's "Something More."

For more informatoin visit her website www.KristenMerlin.com.  

 

Rascal Flatts announced plans today for their "Riot Tour" that will kick off May 29 in St. Louis, MO.  They will be touring with Scotty McCreery.  Tickets will be available beginning January 26 for select cities as part of tour promoter Live Nation's Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com .  Additional information will be available at www.rascalflatts.com.

Before they kick off their tour they will be the first-ever country residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from February 25-March 14.  The latest Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd will be opening for them."2014 was such a great year for us on the radio and on tour," said Jay DeMarcus.  

"We had a few weeks off at the holidays, and now we're getting ready for the first-ever country residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock in Vegas," said Jay DeMarcus.  "Those shows are going to be the ultimate way to kick off our 2015 tour, where we can try new things and pretty much do whatever the hell we want.   We're having a blast with it, and we'll be counting the days til the buses pull back out of Nashville for opening night."

Riot Tour 2015 Cities are:
Cozumel, MX*
Atlanta, GA*
Forest City, IA*
St. Louis, MO 
Indianapolis, IN 
Hershey, PA 
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC 
Hartford, CT 
Columbus, OH*
Cadott, WI*
Dallas, TX 
Pittsburgh, PA 
Charlotte, NC 
Raleigh, NC 
Holmdel, NJ
Philadelphia, PA 
Boston, MA 
Detroit, MI*
Brownsville, OR*
Toronto, ON 
Cleveland, OH 
Darien Center, NY
Jones Beach, NY
Cincinnati, OH 
Chicago, IL 
Albuquerque, NM 
Phoenix, AZ 
Irvine, CA 
Mtn. View, CA
W. Palm Beach, FL 
Tampa, FL 


*Denotes Festival



 


Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour has added another date to his kick-off to "The Big Revival Tour" in Nashville. The two shows will be March 26 or 27.  

“When you take a year off and you’re as far into a career as I am,” Chesney says, “you don’t wanna assume they’re still as hungry for you. But I’ve also always said I never want a real fan not to be able to come to the show, so I’m glad I’m able to do two nights in Nashville.”  

"The Big Revival" has prompted a new wave in Chesney's music and the fans have responded.  As was reported here, "'Til It's Gone" just topped this chart this week to give Chesney his 26th #1.

“I’m so lucky to have the team I have around me. They understand my idea that just ‘cause it hasn’t been done, why can’t we? They made the Flora-Bama-Jama happen with almost no notice – and that was basically a stadium show on the beach! More than 42,000 people, all loving the music and having a blast doing it.  

“So when the response (to the Nashville show) was so strong and it looked like people would be left out, I hated that – especially for the for the first show of the year. Once again, they acted fast, revamped some plans and made a second Nashville show happen! I can’t wait.”  

Another full summer lies ahead, with 20 stadiums, countless arenas, the occasional amphitheater and a few festivals to come. But right now, is gearing up to kick it all off with not one but two shows in Nashville due to the demand and his desire to get out there and play.

“I’m glad we were able to make it work so everyone who wants to come can! That’s always been the way we’ve tried to do this – and I see no reason to change now.”            



 

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