EJ Bernas, promo person at XCurb has left. He joined the Curb promo staff 10 months ago after spending a year as Director/National Promo for Bigger Picture. He has also worked at Tin Roof and spent eight years at MCA.
He is looking for his next opportunity "of if anyone is looking to open a bowling alley," he says. "Or, It hink laser tag is gonna make a comeback. Let's do it."
CC WCKT/Ft. Myers and WCTQ/Sarasota, FL PD/afternoon host Todd Nixon will soon be sitting in the PD chair and doing afternoons at sister station WKSL, B93.9/Raleigh. He will begin in April.
Nixon has been with the Sarasota station since 2008. Prior to that he was with Cumulus working KRMD/Shreveport.
"Todd brings with him a wealth of Country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building," said Clear Channel/Raleigh VP/Programming Chris Edge. "B93.9 is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things; with someone of his caliber at the helm, we¹ll be fully equipped to win."
Nixon will be in Raleigh in April. Get in touch with him here .
In Ft. Myers the search is on for someone to replace Nixon. Send materials to OM Louis Kaplan here. No phone calls, please.
Toby Keith's "Shut Up And Hold On Tour" will begin in Forest City, IA on Sunday, May 25 and run through September 27. Average Joe's Colt Ford will be joining him on particular dates and Show Dog-Unviersal's Krystal Keith will be opening for him.
Toby will be working with Tickets-For-Charity where prime seat purchases will benefit charities. These tickets can be found at www.ticketsforcharity.com.
WWKA, K92/Orlando's Ashley Figueroa is leaving the station at the end of March and is headed to Nashville.
According to her Facebook post "“The past couple of years I’ve talked about moving to Nashville one day. Well that day has finally come. I’ve always wanted to live in the heart of the Country music industry and be surrounded by it. It’s an amazing place. Being in Nashville also means I’ll be four hours from home."
She's hoping to land something in radio or at a label. She can be reached here.
Morning co-host AJ Maguire is still in place and PD JR Schumann is looking for Ashley's replacement. Send your material to Schumannhere.
Bruce Kelly, a fixture in Phoenix morning radio has left KSWG/Wickenburg, AZ after four weeks.
Per his Facebook page today, "“I have resigned from Barna Broadcasting as morning drive personality on 96.3 Real Country due to family reasons. However -- this is not a retirement -- just a short sabbatical to devote time to unexpected family needs. Anyone need a morning pro? Let's talk via private message.”
Kelly was most recently doing weekends for KOOL (Classic Hits) and prior to that he was handling mornings at KZZP and KKFR. Kevin Mainnion, PD KSWG indicates that an announcement is coming soon.
Big Machine has joined the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and created a short track race series "The Big Machine Challenge Series." The winner will walk away with $5000 and it all begins on Saturday, April 5.
"The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is one of the most revered, competitive and trickiest tracks in all of racing," said Big Machine Label Group Pres./CEO (and three-time Super Truck Fairgrounds champion) Scott Borchetta. "Some of the greatest stock car racers of all time called this speedway home, including Daytona 500 winners Darrell Waltrip and Sterling Marlin. All at the Big Machine Label Group are thrilled to be able to turn up the volume for Nashville area drivers, as well as drivers throughout the Southeast, to make this season one of the most competitive and most talked about anywhere in racing."
Tony Formosa, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Promoter says, "This is the greatest thing to happen at the Speedway in my three years as the Promoter. The word is already spreading like wildfire. The only issue that I have with it is that I can’t race in the series! This will definitely make the pie a lot sweeter. I can’t wait to get it started."
Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group has completed their company's relocation from Boston to Nashville. They will be located in The Gulch at 1209 Pine Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203.
Rounder handles a broad range of artists in addition to Country including Americana, bluegrass, folk, rock, Cajun/Zydeco and children's music. Artists that they have worked with include Allison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gregg Allman, Steve Martin and many others.
They have recently acquired the label "Music For Little People." The company will be an imprint under the Rounder label.Headed by President, John Virant, Rounder’s Nashville team includes Vice President of A&R, Scott Billington; newly appointed Vice President of A&R, Tracy Gershon and Director of Project Management, Eliza Levy. Rounder will continue to be supported by Concord’s integrated national sales and marketing services.
Rounder Records founders, Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin, and Marian Leighton Levy remain in the Boston area and continue to be actively engaged in the company, producing and consulting on various Rounder projects.
Florida Georgia Line will debut the new music video for their current single "This Is How We Roll" featuring Luke Bryan tomorrow (3/7) on Good Morning America. It will be seen during the 8:00 am hour.
The video will then be seen on line at GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo and on all partners on 3/8.
The video was filed in the desert outside Los Angeles and includes "jaw-dropping" tricks and stunts. Director Marc Kalsfeld uses these stunts with cuts from FGL and Luke performing the song which is part of the duo's album "Here's To The Good Times."
FGL is currently on the road with Jason Aldean's Night Train tour.
Dashboard Media's founder Natalie Kilgore (right) as well as Associate Publicist Brittany Perlin and Jessica Pangrazio have joined BBR Music Group. They will hold the new positions of VP/Publicity, Associate Publicist and Jr. Publicist, respectively.
"Benny Brown and his team have fostered a level of camaraderie and collaboration within BBRMG's walls that create a truly unique, fun and refreshing work environment," says Kilgore. "While I've enjoyed being an independent contractor, I am excited, proud and even a bit thunderstruck to be asked to lead the BBR Music Group's Publicity department, the bring my awesome staff on board and to continue to work with the incredible label family and artists in which I so fervently believe."
Kilgore's career stops include NSAI, G7 Entertianment and Big Machine Label Group. Perlin has been with the company since laste 2012 and Pangrazio has recnelty graduated from Belmont. Reach Natalie here , Brittany here and Jessica here .
The Academy of Country Music has announced ACM Award nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry will perform on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 pm EST.
Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton are scheduled to again host this year's awards and Luke will also perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a special performance with Florida Georgia Line at the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam via live remote at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during the telecast.
For more information go to www.ACMcountry.com.
Congrats to all the Capitol Nashville's Dierks Bentley and the promo staff at UMG as Bentley's album "Riser" rises to the top on this week's Country album sales chart.
This is Bentley's seventh studio album and according to Nielsen Soundscan it has sold more than 63,000 copies. This beats Bentley's first week of sales with "Feel That Fire" back in 2009. It sold 71,000 units.
The Bobby Bones Show will be the new morning show on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's 98.7 WMZQ Today's Country in Washington, D.C. beginning March 10. Other changes announced by the station include The Boxer Show moving to middays (10 a.m.-3p.m.) and co-host Aly Jacobs remaining on -air from 6-10 .m. with traffic and weather updates.
Jenni Chase, current midday talent will move to WASH FM, Clear Channel's AC station. She will continue doing middays there.
The weekday programming lineup will be:
The Bobby Bones Show 6-10 a.m.
Boxer 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Michael J. 7 p.m.-midnight
CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan Midnight-6 a.m.
“No one is closer to the heartbeat of Nashville than Bobby Bones," said Meg Stevens, Vice President of Programming/WMZQ Program Director. "WMZQ listeners will enjoy waking up with the award-winning Bobby Bones Show and his unique and entertaining insight on Country music, and so much more!"
Bobby Bones stated, “I have been a fan of WMZQ for quite some time, so it’s an honor to join their amazing lineup. I can’t wait to be on the air in Washington, D.C.!”
Giovanni Gallucci has joined Shane Media doing social media updates effective Monday, March 10.
“A partnership like this one is a rare opportunity for Shane Media clients to have the insight of an expert who has built social media systems and knows how to use them to advantage,” said Shane Media CEO Ed Shane. “His weekly updates will cover strategy for social media, brand development, and online public relations for forward-thinking operators.”
Gallucci's career includes working with TV's "Troubadour, TX," Topo Chico Water, 41 Entertainment, AMP, AMS Studios, Be Music and Entertainment, Bronco Roads, CRM Studios, KT Diaries, Microsoft, Hilton Hotels, Bud Light, Nascar among others. He has worked to build audiences by producing online and offline content.