industry members
Dawn Santolucito
Promotions Director   WKLB
Bobby Wild
Morning Host   Steckline Communications
Teresa Williams
Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter


Jason Aldean will be coming with his new album "Old Boots, New Dirt" on October 7. It will feature 15 new tracks including "Burnin' It Down." 

Songs included in the new project include:
1. Just Gettin’ Started 
Songwriters:Chris DeStefano, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley 

2. Show You Off 
Songwriters:Neil Thrasher, Tony Martin, Brett Beavers

3. Burnin’ It Down 
Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Chris Tompkins

4. Tryin’ To Love Me 
Songwriters:Wendell Mobley, Hillary Lindsey, Neil Thrasher 

5. Sweet Little Somethin’ 
Songwriters:David Lee Murphy, Ben Hayslip, Marv Green 

6. Laid Back
 Songwriters: Michael Tyler Spragg, Jaron Boyer, Adam Shoenfeld
7. Tonight Looks Good On You 
Songwriters:Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley 

8. Too Fast 
Songwriters:Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller
9. If My Truck Could Talk 
Songwriters:Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher, Andrew Pates
10. Old Boots, New Dirt 
Songwriters:Lee Thomas Miller, Tom Shapiro, Neil Thrasher
11. I Took It With Me 
Songwriters:David Lee Murphy, Ben Hayslip
12. Don’t Change Gone 
Songwriters:Neil Thrasher, Tony Martin, Michael Dulaney
13. Miss That Girl 
Songwriters:Ross Copperman, David Lee Murphy 

14. Gonna Know We Were Here 
Songwriters:Brett Beavers, Brett James 

15. Two Night Town 
Songwriters:Tim Nichols, Brett James Down.” 

“With this new album, it’s definitely the same old me. But, I like to mix things up and try new sounds and go into territory I’ve never explored before, so I do a little bit of that too. That’s why I named the album Old Boots, New Dirt,” said Aldean. 

 His touring band recorded the album along with him.

Country Weekly has named Jon Freeman (left) managing editor.  He has been deputy editor since 2012. The announcement was made by Editor-in Chief Lisa Konicki.

Other promotions the staff include Elissa Newland who has been promoted from assistant photo editor to photo editor. 

New staffers include Jim Casey has joined the staff as deputy editor.  He previously held the position of director of editorial and communication at Fight! Magazine. Carissa Riccardi is the new assistant photo editor.  Her background includes photography, retoucher and other commercial photography work.

"Jon and Elissa have been an integral part of the Country Weekly team during periods of growth," said Konicky.  "Their talent, creative vision and passion for country music make them an invaluable part of our team. We also welcome Jim and Carissa to the magazine. They are perfect additions to our staff."

On Saturday, September 6 the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host an ACM Awards 50th Anniversary Panel. The panelists will include Clint Black, ACM Awards Executive Producers Richard A. "Rac" Clark and Barry Adelman and ACM CEO Bob Romero. 

The event is open to the public and free with Museum admission or membership. Those in attendance will be taken back over the fifty year history of the ACM Awards. Video clips and photos will help tell the story and those on panel will share memories, highlights and backstage stories. The moderator of the event will ACM Sr. VP/Creative and Content Production Lisa Lee. 

Those who want to attend will have to get a Program Pass to guarantee seating. These passes will be given out two hours before the panel on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information go here.

09/02/2014 12:31 PM
Luke Sets Record In Chicago

Luke Bryan took over Chicago's Soldier Field and played for 45,000 people yesterday (9/1).  This sets the record for the best-selling Country concert held at the venue.

Luke also sold out other stadiums including Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Gillette Stadium in Boston and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  He played to 225,000 fans during his four stadium dates. 

For more information and additional tour dates go here.

WBWL, 101.7 The Bull/Boston has named Jessica Callahan for afternoons. She will begin her new gig on Tuesday, September 9. 

Callahan was doing middays at WXXX/Burlington VT (Top 40) and voice tracking for WHYA/Hyannis, MA (Top 40). “Jessica is a fresh, vibrant personality who brings a lifelong passion for Boston and Country music to 101.7 The Bull,” said VP/Programming for Clear Channel/Boston, Dylan Sprague. WBWL flipped in June and all summer has been running commercial-free. 

As was reported here, "The Bobby Bones Show" will be heard in the morning and Lance Houston is their new PD. 

Jessica is exactly the right person — with deep Boston roots — to ‘grab the Bull by the horns’ and deliver exactly what Country music’s passionate, young audience in Boston wants on their commute home,” said Houston. “I am beyond excited to be heading home to Boston and working with the Clear Channel Boston radio team. Thank you to Lance Houston and Dylan Sprague for making my radio dream come true; can't wait to crack the mic on ‘Boston's New Hit Country 101.7 The Bull."

Stream The Bull here.  

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher will be celebrating the another Labor Day next spring. 

Underwood took to social media to "help" her dogs make the Labor Day announcement that they will be welcoming a new sibling in spring. The dogs pictures appeared in t-shirts that read "I'm Going To Be A Big Brother" and "I'm Going to Be A Big Sister" and the caption that said "in honor of Labor Day, Ace and Penny would like to be make an announcement." 

 Underwood and Fisher have been married since 2010.

09/02/2014 12:14 PM
Taylor Finds Her Voice

Taylor Swift may be acting as an advisor on NBC TV's "The Voice" according to US Magazine. Advisors mentor contestants on all four teams. The four judges this season will be Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Other previously announced mentors are Stevie Wonder, Gavin Rossdale, Little Big Town and Alicia Keys. 

The season begins on Monday, September 22 at 8 p.m (ET).

09/02/2014 12:08 PM
Lady A Goes To #1

Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville's VP/Promo Steve Hodges and the whole Capitol Nashville promo team for landing in the #1 spot this week on Mediabase Country singles chart with Lady Antebellum's "Bartender." 

This is the first #1 from their "747" album coming out at the end of September.

09/02/2014 12:04 PM
Blake Becomes Lonestar

Townsquare's KQBR/Lubbock has dropped its 99.5 Blake FM and relaunched "Lonestar 99.5." The station has been branded as Blake since May 2012. It was one of three stations using the Blake name. The remaining Blake stations include KQTP/Amarillo, TX and KWFS/Wichita Falls. 

Listen to Lonestar here .

Spin Doctors Music Group Nashville has added Michael Davis. Davis was with WKDZ-FM, Cadiz, KY. He will be doing sponsorship sales, radio tour set up and assisting with radio promotion efforts. 

 Get in touch with him at 615-329-3375615-329-3375 or here .

08/29/2014 1:10 PM
Brian Mo Moves To WFRE

Brian Mo, most recently with Mel Wheeler Country WSLC/Roanoke is joining WFRE/Frederick, MD. He'll be doing afternoons "Free Country Free Ride." He starts his new gig Monday, September 8. 

 He succeeds Dave Conrad who will be his co-host and do traffic. Paula Young was doing that job and she's leaving after six months to pursue other opportunities. 

"Paula was only with us for a brief time but she and Dave Conrad helped us rebrand our afternoon drive as the Free Country Free Ride ," says PD Don Brake . "The response to more music and more traffic updates for our commuters has been amazing ... [and] I'm excited to add a dynamic talent like Brian Mo to our staff." 

Mo and Brake previously worked together ten years ago in Hagerstown. Mo has been with WSLC since 2010. Get in touch with him here.

WSLC OM/PD Brett Sharp is looking for Mo's replacement. If interested send airchecks and resumes to Director/HR Cheryl Skinner here.

Destination Daytona is scheduled to take place September 26-27 in Daytona Beach. The event will be featuring Shelby County Line a group comprised of four 17 year olds. 

 Their new single "Somethin' 'Bout You" recently shipped to radio. The event is expected to draw up to 15,000 people.

WSKX/Portsmouth, NH flipped formats to country from Adult Hits today (8/29). They are launching 95.3 The Bull, The Seacost's New Hit Country and are running commercial-free through the holiday weekend. "The Bobby Bones Show" will debut on Tuesday, September 2.

"This station is for the new generation of Country music fans and will give our Seacoast listeners a front row seat to Country music," said Clear Channel/New Hampshire Market Manager Joe Graham. "Plus, adding Bobby Bones makes “95.3 The Bull” even stronger and I'm confident we will provide great radio to our listeners and outstanding results for our advertisers." 

 WSKX PD Tim Moore will remain with the station and program it. 

 “Country music draws in everyone from teens to people in their 80’s," said Moore. "But this is definitely not your grandfather’s Country radio station. 95.3 The Bull is built for the new breed of Country listeners—and we’re excited to fill that void." 

 Stream the station here.

The new ACM officers for 2014-15 have been announced. They are as follows: 

Darin Murphy (CAA)-Chairman of the Board (4th from left)
Paul Barnabee (Sony Music Nashville) -President (2nd from right)
Ken Tucker (Beats Music)-Vice President (far right)
Duane Clark (FBMM)-Treasurer (2nd from left)
Paul Moore (PGM Connections)- Parliamentarian (3rd from left)
Tiffany Moon (ACM)-Secretary (far left)

The ACM Board of Directors will be ratified in the Fall. At that time Board members will be announced.

Different Drummer, a Los Angeles based PR company that specializes in entertainment is opening a new Nashville office. They have hired Andy Peterson (left) to open the office and Chris Youngblood to oversee digital/media strategies.  Jeneal Bernhart will manage digital publicity. 

Peterson has worked has Sr. VP and Creative Director at creative agency Propeller. He has also worked for Warner Bros. Records in Nashville as Sr. Marketing Director and also served as Director of Marketing for Rocketown Records. 

 Youngblood was formerly a Director of Communications for the non-profit "To Write Love on Her Arms" and Bernhart was part of LA-based publicity company Ginsberg Libby.  

 “We are thrilled to launch this new chapter for Different Drummer. With the head- snapping shifts in audiences today, the growth of our team will allow us to stay ahead of the curve to ensure that Different Drummer remains the leader in activating aspirational audiences and cause-conscious consumers,” said Corby Pons, co-founder of Different Drummer. 

WDVD/Detroit has announced that Greg Smith the new VP/Sales at Nash FM/Detroit and Hot AC WDVD. His background includes 17 years at CBS Radio's Detroit stations. 

Greg has the market equity we needed to lead the sales for WDVD and Nash in Detroit. He has the relationships and respect from the ad community in the Motor City to make an immediate impact. We're thrilled to have Greg as a part of the Cumulus family in Detroit,”said SVP Gary Pizzati. 

"I started my radio sales career nearly 20 years ago at 93.1 WDRQ, and now I have the tremendous opportunity to return and help the teams at both NASH-FM and 96.3 WDVD excel and succeed," said Smith.

08/28/2014 12:45 PM
Les Acree Services Announced

Industry vet Les Acree's services have been announced. He passed on Tuesday (8/26). 

Visitation will be 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (CT) tomorrow at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave., Memphis TN 38119. Funeral services will be held on Saturday (8/30). 

The family is asking for donations in Acree's name to St. Jude Childrens Hospital in lieu of flowers.

Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music have signed singer-songwriter Brooke Eden in their first co-venture publishing deal. 

Eden, a native Floridian has been writing and performing since she was five. She has recently opened for Alan Jackson, Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch and others. 

According to Magic Mustang Music VP/Publishing Juli Newton-Griffith, "This is going to be a wonderful, wild ride, and we are happy to be partnering with Warner/Chappell for this venture." 

"I'm so thrilled to be signing my new publishing deal, a co-venture with Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music. I've admired both of these companies for a while and really feel I've found the best of two worlds. The fact that this is my first publishing deal and this is their first co-venture together makes it even more special," said Eden. 

Eden's current single "American Dream" is being played on SiriusXM's The Highway. She co-wrote the song with Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeaux.

08/28/2014 12:18 PM
Paisley's Everywhere

To help promote the release of his new album "Moonshine in the Trunk" Brad Paisley will be seen on the media over the holiday weekend. Tomorrow (8/29) he will appear on "Good Morning America" for their Summer Concert Series. He will then go over to ABC's "The View." 

He has released two singles from the new album namely "River Bank" and his latest release "Perfect Storm." He will be playing both during his televised appearances. 

On Labor Day, September 1 he will appear on "Good Morning America."

Lee Ann Womack and John Legend will appear in the new CMT Crossroads set to air Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT. 

“Having John and Lee Ann join us at CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing—they are both among the most respected singers in their genres,” says John Hamlin, Sr. VP Music, Events and Talent, CMT. “This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration.” 

Legend has earned several Grammy honors including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 2006 "Get Lifted" album. He then released the album "Once Again" and that won him another Grammy for Best Male R&B Performance. His latest single "All Of Me" was at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and sold more than four million in the US and six million worldwide. 

Womack has earned the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for "There's More Where That Came From. She also won for Single of the Year for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "I Hope You Dance."

08/27/2014 12:38 PM
Les Acree Passes

Condolences go out to friends and family of Hall of Famer Les Acree who passed away yesterday (8/26) after he had a stroke on Sunday (8/24). Acree suffered a stroke in 2007 that affected his speech and motor functions. He was living in a care facility in Nashville. 

His radio career included time at WIVK/Knoxville, WKDF/Nashville, WNOE/New Orleans, KRMD/Shreveport and WGKX/Memphis. He was inducted into the 2007 Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and was honored by the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

Grassroots Promotion is looking to expand their staff and are looking for a radio promotion person and social media specialist. 

The promotion person will serve as a secondary person with strong organizational and communication skills and excellent follow-through. The social media account manager will have strong writing skills, graphic abilities and experience with major social media platforms. Both people need to be self-motivated and disciplined time managers. 

 If interested send your resume to Managing Partner Nancy Tunick here.

WDQR, Nash FM93.1/Detroit will be running "I'm Already IN Labor-Day Weekend" starting Friday, August 29 thorugh Monday, September 2. 

The promotion will give away 93 diapers to every listener who has a baby over the weekend and gives their baby either the first or middle name of Nash. All births must be reported to the radio station prior to close of business on Tuesday, September 3. 

 For more information go to

Brad Paisley has been up to some pranks lately and they haven't stopped even after the release of his latest album Moonshine In The Trunk" last Monday.   As was reported, Paisley was leaking tracks from the album and the label decided to "one up" Paisley and gave out what they said was his actual email address. 

Then Paisley went on the air with KILT (The Bull)/Houston and told listeners Sony/Nashville's Gary Overton's phone number. He said that if anyone thought they had talent that this might be a great way to get a label deal. 

Listen to the interview here.

Mike Scott is headed to AC WWFW, Soft Rock 103.9/Ft. Wayne. He will be doing morning drive. He has over thirty years of experience and most recently was PD/afternoons for WNNF, Nash FM 94.1/Cincinnati. 

"My thanks to Ron Stone and Rob Mack for this opportunity to be a part of this new team in Fort Wayne. I am looking forward to waking up Ft. Wayne on the new Soft Rock 103-9 and helping to move the Fort Wayne community and our great company forward. I can't wait to start on September 15th!"

On Wednesday, September 3 Darius Rucker will be joined by Little Big Town to announce the nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC TV's Good Morning America. 

"We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," said Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman.  

"The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking forward to unveiling all of the nominees with our buddy Darius." 

Following the announcement at 10 a.m. (ET) Little Big Town and Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for "Personality and Radio Station of the Year" in four categories. 

They will also be announcing the finalists for the CMA "National Broadcast Personality of the Year." That night the CMA Songwriters Series will take place at the Best Buy Theater and Rucker along with songwriters Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford, Luke Laird and series host Bob Dipiero for an in-the-round presentation of their songs. 

Core panel moderators for CRS 2015 have been announced. They include Journal Broadcast Group VP/Programming Beverlee Brannigan, RAB/New York President/CEO Erica Farber, Falls Media Group's Dan Hayburton, Country Aircheck Editor/Publisher Lon Helton and radio vet Gregg Lindahl. 

The core moderators will oversee and direct the bulk of the educational panels throughout the seminar. 

"Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years,” stated CRS Executive Dir. Bill Mayne. “These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees!"

 CRS will be held Wednesday, Febraury 25-Friday February 27 at the Nashville Convention Cneter. For more information go to

Programming vet Lance Houston is moving from CC's WPOC/Baltimore to PD of the newly launched WBWL, 1010.7 The Bull/Boston. Lance will also be doing middays. 

 “101.7 The Bull has found its visionary! Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist and successful on-air talent,” said CCM+E/Boston VP/Programming Dyland Sprague. “His vision, creativity, positive attitude and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.” 

 Lance's resume includes six years as APD and PM Drive at WUBL/Atlanta. He has also worked as PD of WBAM/Montgomery, AL and WYGC/Gainesville, FL. He began his career in 1995 at CC's WTXT/Tuscaloosa, AL. 

“I am excited to be back riding the Bull," said Lance. “I’m ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle, much like we did successfully in Atlanta. America's greatest city deserves a young and hip Country station.” 

 Get in touch with him here.

Clear Channel/Jacksonville including Country WQIK, is looking for a Digital PD for the cluster. This person will also be responsible for the afternoon shift on WKSL (Top 40). The position was held by Bryan LaRoche who is leaving.

The right candidate will have two years experience on-air and digital experience. They must be proficient with HTML, CSS, Javascript and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Apply here. 

ASCAP's Nashville office recently held a retreat for songwriters of all genres to provide an intimate and focused setting for songs to be created and to build bonds and friendships between songwriters. Songwriters were hand picked by the ASCAP staff and came from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and across the country to participate. 

 Songwriter-artist participants included Mike Gossin of Gloriana, Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three, Love and Theft, Mickey G. Priscilla, Dan+Shay and David Nail. 

Music songwriters included Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brett James, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, as well as songwriter-producers Chris DeStefano and Jimmy Robbins. 

Those in the pop field included AC, DJ Whiteshadow, Robopop and Kyle Shearer.

These songwriters have written hits for a diverse group of artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lana Del Ray, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and more.

Pictured above (l-r): Evan Trindl of ASCAP, Dan+Shay's Dan Smyers, Brett James, Dan+Shay's Say Mooney, Robopop and Ryan Beuschel of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Photo: Ed Rode,