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Jackson, MS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/27/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/27/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WHLH-FM Gospel 11.3 8.4 8.9 8.3
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 3.0 3.0 3.6 4.0
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.5 2.8 2.6 3.4
WMSI-FM Country 3.7 4.8 4.3 3.2
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.4 1.7 1.5 1.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Nielsen compiles and reports audience estimates for all radio stations in its surveyed markets, subject to its minimum reporting standards. The estimates for all reported stations are available only to Nielsen Radio Market Report subscribers.
           
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05/27/2016 3:53 PM
Shane Allen Joins Columbia
Capitol VP/Promotion Shane Allen will join Columbia as SVP/Promotion Tuesday (5/31).  He succeeds Norbert Nix, who left in February.  

Allen willl now again work with Sony EVP/Promotion and Artist Development Steve Hodges.  He worked with him at both Capitol and UMGN.  Allen has been with Capitolsince 2007 as VP/Radio Strategies and Field Marketing.  He left briefly to join Red Light Management at the beginning of 2009.  He returned in August of that year as VP/Promotion.  When the label merged with UMG/Nashville in 2012, he served as VP/Promotion for all four imprints--EMI Nashville, MCA, Mercury and Capitol.  He moved to Capitol in 2014 and Bobby Young took his place in that position.

05/27/2016 12:12 PM
Reynolds to Grand Ole Opry
Chelsea Reynolds, former BBR Music Group Manager/Marketing has been named
Coordinator/Talent for the Grand Ole Opry.

Get in touch with her at 615-231-1512 or by email.  She is on the job now.

WUSN, US 99.5/Chicago hit the streets early the morning with "Lisa and Ray's Friday of 1000 Flags. "

While Lisa Dent and Ramblin' Ray were on the air, other staffers Drew Walker, Kasper and Tina were out giving away flags at various locations around the city.  Listeners can participate virtually and show their thanks to those who have served by changing their Facebook profile picture to teh patriotic US 99.5 flag logo.

05/27/2016 12:00 PM
Investor Sues iHeartMedia
According to Bloomberg, investor Mario Gabelli's Gamco Asset Management, Inc is suing iHeartMedia Inc. saying that the company's Board is violating its fiduciary duty to its shareholders by taking revenue from Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings to pay iHeartMedia Inc.'s debts.  The suit was filed Thursday (5/26) in Delaware Chancery Court and alleges that an agreement to send daily Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings revenues to iHeartMedia leaves the former with a "virtually uncollectible" $640 million receiveable.

Wendy Goldberg of iHeartMedia told Bloomberg that the company thinks the suit is without merit.  The Board established a committee of independent directors in 2013 that was intended to monitor the relationship between the parent and subsidiary companies.

Bloomberg noted that Gamco sided with iHeartMedia's in their suit in Texas the prevent other investors from declaring the company in default over the transfer of assets to the Broader Media subsidiary.

05/27/2016 10:53 AM
Shane Allen Joins Columbia
Capitol VP/Promotion Shane Allen will join Columbia as SVP/Promotion Tuesday (5/31).  He succeeds Norbert Nix, who left in February.  He resigned from his role as Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion last week.

Allen willl now again work with Sony EVP/Promotion and Artist Development Steve Hodges.  He worked with him at both Capitol and UMGN.  Allen has been with Capitolsince 2007 as VP/Radio Strategies and Field Marketing.  He left briefly to join Red Light Management at the beginning of 2009.  He returned in August of that year as VP/Promotion.  When the label merged with UMG/Nashville in 2012, he served as VP/Promotion for all four imprints--EMI Nashville, MCA, Mercury and Capitol.  He moved to Capitol in 2014 and Bobby Young took his place in that position.

"It's my honor and privilege to welcome Shane Allen to the helm of the Columbia Nashville promotion team!" said Hodges. "Shane brings an impeccable promotion track record, unrivaled passion for the music, high business acumen, and a stellar reputation at Country radio to Sony Music Nashville. Those are just a few of the leadership qualities that make him the perfect fit for this role. I'm elated he's part of the new Sony story line!"  

"I'm very grateful to Randy Goodman and Steve Hodges for the exciting opportunity to work in this capacity with one [of] the most iconic music brands in the business! I'm very much looking forward to an awesome ride with the Columbia Nashville artists and staff," said Allen.
 

Cumulus Media appoints John Dimick as VP/Programming Operations, effective Wednesday, June 1st. He is a 35-year radio veteran. Before this, Dimick was SVP/Programming and Operations for Lincoln Financial Media, where he was in control of the oversight of station brands, digital development, PPM and audience strategies.

John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position," Cumulus Media SVP/Content and Programming Mike Mcvay said. "He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a VPPO. The three of them, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and PD’s to employ when programming their stations.”

Dimick said, “I’m very happy that Mike Mcvay wouldn’t buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking!  What the new senior management team at Cumulus is building is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered that Mike and Bob Walker believe I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform. Joining the corporate programming team with people like Greg Frey, Doug Hamand, Dr. Ed Cohen, Val Garris, Ralph Cipolla, and the other pros at Cumulus is very exciting.”









Chattanooga
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/26/16
Subscribers Added:  5/26/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WUSY-FM Country 11.1 11.2 12.1 12.1
WSKZ-FM Classic Rock 8.2 7.6 7.2 7.9
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 7.6 8.7 5.9 6.7
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.3 6.0 6.7 6.1
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 7.4 5.5 3.0 4.3
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.9
WGOW-FM News Talk Information 3.9 4.7 3.5 3.1
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 2.7 2.4 2.4
WOGT-FM Country 1.4 0.9 2.4 2.2
WLND-FM Adult Hits 1.6 2.8 2.5 2.1
WGOW-AM News Talk Information 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.3
WUSY-F2+ Classic Country * * 0.5 0.4
WDEF-AM All Sports * 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
Huntsville
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/26/16
Subscribers Added:  5/26/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WDRM-FM Country 12.4 10.5 12.3 12.3
WZYP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.4 6.1 7.1 8.1
WVNN-AM News Talk Information 3.2 3.1 4.8 4.6
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 5.5 3.6 3.4 3.6
WHRP-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.6 4.4 3.1 3.5
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 3.6 4.6 3.3 3.1
WQRV-F2+ Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.3 1.1 1.5 1.5
W WFF-FM Country 0.9 1.7 0.8 1.0
WBHP-AM News Talk Information 0.6 * 0.6 0.6
WUMP-AM All Sports * 1.5 * 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           

iHeartMedia/Central Texas Region has promoted Callie Hoch (left) to Regional Digital PD and to Director/Marketing and Promotions.  They have also announced the promotion of Travis Hill (right) to Director of Marketing and Promotions. The Central Texas Region includes Austin and San Antonio, and both positions will split their time between cities.

Hoch, formerly Director/Marketing for the San Antonio region, will oversee the digital strategy for the region's 15 brands, including websites, social media, mobile and online presence for on-air personalities.

“I am thrilled to lead the digital efforts for iHeartMedia's Central Texas Region. It’s my passion to take our brands to the next level using web, mobile and social media platforms,” said Hoch. “My mission is to make it as easy as possible for our listeners to connect with our brands even when they can’t tune in.”

Hill, most recently Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeartMedia/Austin said, "“I’m excited to bring my marketing and promotional expertise to San Antonio, while still working with iHeartMedia's great brands in Austin. Partners rely on our brands’ multi-platform reach to make deep connections with their communities, and by working with both markets we can produce even more incredible opportunities together.”  


 

Dierks Bentley has released a duet with Elle King called "Different For Girls off his new album "Black." The single is available now to country radio. The song was writeen by Shane McAnally and JT Harding.

“There is a real honesty in these lyrics, and I haven’t heard a song written this way before. The differences in how guys and girls deal with a broken heart is really interesting material to me,” said Bentley. “Having two daughters certainly has changed the way I see the world and what they have ahead. What I love about Elle being on this record, besides her uniquely powerful but vulnerable voice, is that she’s a total badass. Having her perspective really helps tell the complete story.”

“When I got the call that Dierks wanted me to sing with him I was very honored, but I get a little shy when I’m asked to sing other people’s songs – let alone a duet with one of the biggest country stars in the world,” said King. “Our voices blended really well together. Since I often write from the male perspective, I was really excited to be a part of someone else’s story that is jumping outside of the norm for a relationship song. The lyrics are really smart and I love that he is bringing a lot of attitude to modern country music.”

Bentley has also announced that he will bring his Black Pop-Up shop to Nashville at the corner of 4th and Broadway during CMA Music Fest weekend,  Visitors can listen to the new album and have the opportunity to purchase the new album and merchandise and “enter to win” opportunities only available at the shop.

“It’s pretty cool to have a Pop-Up shop dedicated to this album just a few doors down from the most legendary honky-tonks of all-time,” said Bentley. “It’s also the future home of my bar Whiskey Row, so it’s great to be able to use the space and give the fans a place to chill during Music Fest before we start construction in there. I may have to swing by myself at some point to check it out!”
 

05/26/2016 12:43 PM
KMCQ Hits Seattle

Everett-Snohomish Broadcasting has launched a new FM signal in the north end of Seattle metro and Snohomish Country. KMCQ FM is at 103.3 as "The All-New Country Q."

The format is programmed and consulted by Seattle-based Broadcast Partners Ken Moultrie, and promises "Not just the latest, but also the Greatest Country songs." The songs go back to the Garth-era of the 90's and beyond.

For more information go to www.thenewbp.com or contact Ken Moultrie at 206-905-9449 or /todaysnews
 


Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group is co-hosting "Mornings with Dave O'Brien" on WLHK/Indianapolis, Country 97.1 Hank FM today and Friday from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m. ET.

Borchetta has been serving as a Contentant Mentor for the last two seasons on "American Idol" on Fox TV.  They will be broadcasting from WLHK studios on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

"Scott not only knows every Country star on the planet, he also knows more about the Indy 500 than anyone I've ever met", says O'Brien. "I'm looking forward to hacking the 'Contacts' on his cell phone and talking to artists and drivers as we get ready for this weekend's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Look out Nashville and Indianapolis - we're waking you up early this week!

Big Machine has also partnered with Target Chip Ganassi Racing to sponsor drivers Tony Kanaan's #10 Chevrolet and Sage Karam's #24 Chevrolet in this year's Indianapolis 500.

Songwriter Zack Dyer has signed with Silverado Records for a new audio series project, Silverado Signature Songwriter's Series, which features recorded tracks from Country music songwriters.  Dyer will be the first featured on the series.

We're so glad to have Zack on board for this new series and look forward to showcasing his great music," said Silverado Dir./A&R Aaron Chesling. "Zack's a very talented songwriter with talent and mindset to take himself all the way in this business. To be there on the ground floor with him is an honor for our team." 

The release date will be announced soon.

 

"The Country Oldies Show" will spend three hours this Memorial Day weekend honoring the
life and legacy of Merle Haggard with "The Country Oldeis Show Remembers Merle Haggard."

The Classic Country show is hosted by Steve Warren and will feature biggest hits with stories and memories of his life.

Condolences go out to the friends, family and coworkers of Ranch Radio Group Country WRHN, 96.5 The Fox/Kerrville, TX morning personality Sherry Ruth Francis.  Francis was murdered in the Ranch Radio Group parking lot early yesterday morning.  According to news sources, Francis was attacked on her way in to the station, and suspect Gilbert Manriquez is in custody and has confessed to the murder.  The crime appears to be a random act of violence.

"She may have seen this subject standing here when she got out of her car, hollered at him to leave, and he attacked her," surmised Kerr County Sheriff . The station has declined comments, but posted on its Facebook page saying, "All of us at the Ranch are shocked and heartbroken at this random act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and loved ones. Respecting their privacy, we will not comment on any details of this tragedy."
 
 

Katie Barolak has joined Creative Nation in Nashville as Coord/Management.  Barolak is a recent graduate of Clemson University.  She worked for Creative Nation as an intern.   

She will be assisting with management responsibilities for the company's artist roster, which consists of Maggie Chapman, Lori McKenna and Steve Moakler.

Congrats to "Nash Nights Live" co-host Elaina D. Smith (right) who was honored at  last night's (5/24) 41st Gracie Awards.  The event was held in Beverly Hills by the Alliance For Women in Media Foundation to recognize the collective, powerful voices of women from across the media.

Another congrats to WNSH, Nash FM/New York personality Shila Nathan (left was honored as Afternoon Drive-Local Radio for her work at WUSN, US 99.5/Chicago.  A luncheon ceremony will be held in New York on Tuesday, June 21 where she will receive her Gracie Award.









Colorado Springs
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/25/16
Subscribers Added:  5/25/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
KVUU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 7.1 6.0 6.0 6.3
KIBT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.2 4.6 4.2 5.2
KKFM-FM Classic Rock 5.1 4.3 4.6 5.2
KKLI-FM Adult Contemporary 4.7 5.1 5.8 5.0
KVOR-AM News Talk Information 4.6 4.3 4.8 4.8
KKMG-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.9 4.8 5.8 4.4
KATC-FM Country 3.6 5.0 4.2 3.8
KKPK-FM Adult Hits 4.2 4.5 5.8 3.4
KBIQ-FM Contemporary Christian 3.9 5.0 2.8 2.9
KVUU-F2+ Contemporary Christian 1.4 2.1 1.8 1.9
KGFT-FM Religious 1.4 * 1.0 1.0
KCSF-AM All Sports * 0.7 * *
KZNT-AM News Talk Information 1.0 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
Madison
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/25/16
Subscribers Added:  5/25/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WWQM-FM Country 5.1 4.7 6.0 6.8
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.2 6.7 7.0 6.8
WMGN-FM Adult Contemporary 6.7 7.6 6.2 6.4
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 6.2 6.5 6.4 5.8
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 6.0 4.8 3.5 4.1
WJQM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.5 3.0 3.1 4.1
WJJO-FM Active Rock 4.7 4.1 3.3 3.9
WMAD-FM Country 4.4 3.2 2.9 3.1
WXXM-FM Talk/Personality 2.2 1.7 2.9 2.1
WTSO-AM All Sports 1.5 2.0 1.8 1.9
WHIT-AM Classic Country 0.7 0.7 * 0.6
WLMV-AM Spanish Variety 0.5 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Mobile
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/25/16
Subscribers Added:  5/25/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WBLX-FM Urban Contemporary 13.5 13.1 10.5 12.1
WDLT-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 12.4 12.8 10.7 11.2
WKSJ-FM Country 8.6 6.5 8.1 8.4
WABD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.9 6.4 6.0
WRKH-FM Classic Rock 4.7 5.9 5.0 5.7
WMXC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.1 6.6 5.3 5.1
WGOK-AM Gospel 3.8 3.8 3.5 3.8
WNTM-AM News Talk Information 1.7 0.9 1.8 1.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Toledo
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/25/16
Subscribers Added:  5/25/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WKKO-FM Country 8.5 8.3 9.5 9.2
WRVF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.8 8.8 8.2 7.7
WVKS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.8 7.5 6.3 6.8
WRQN-FM Classic Hits 5.6 4.9 6.8 6.2
WIOT-FM Album Oriented Rock 6.7 6.7 5.2 5.5
WSPD-AM News Talk Information 4.4 4.1 4.3 5.0
WXKR-FM Classic Rock 4.4 4.4 3.6 3.8
WWWM-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.6 3.4 3.5 3.4
WCKY-FM Country 1.5 1.8 1.0 1.4
WCWA-AM All Sports 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.9
WLQR-FM All Sports 0.8 1.0 1.0 0.9
WMIM-FM Country 1.0 0.7 0.5 0.5
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Wichita
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  5/25/16
Subscribers Added:  5/25/16
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
KZSN-FM New Country 5.6 5.4 5.6 5.4
KRBB-FM Adult Contemporary 4.3 5.2 5.4 5.2
KTHR-FM Alternative 3.2 2.8 4.4 4.7
KZCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.1 4.8 4.9 4.4
KKGQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.4 2.6 0.9 1.0
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Nielsen compiles and reports audience estimates for all radio stations in its surveyed markets, subject to its minimum reporting standards. The estimates for all reported stations are available only to Nielsen Radio Market Report subscribers.
           
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Morning co-host Bailey Brooks is leaving WVVR, The Beaver 100.3/Clarksville, TN-Hopkinsville, KY and they are looking for her replacement.  Brooks has been on the station for 21  years and is taking time off to spend more time with family.  Her last day will be June 30.  Get in touch with her here

WVVR Brand Manager JT Daniels is looking a top-notch replacement and applicants should have at least three years of professional radio experience and a family-friendly approach with the ability to represent the station in a positive manner both on-air and off-air. Resumes, airchecks, and social media examples should be sent via email. Check out the full job description here.

Scott Sands, iHeartMedia News/Talk WSPD-A/Toldeo PD/afternoon host has been promoted to SVP/Programming for the Toledo cluster including Country WCKY.  Other stations he will oversee inlcude Top 40 WVKS, 92.5 KISS FM, Urban WVKS, AC WRVF, Rock WIOT, News/Talk WSPD-A and Sports WCWA-A.

He succeeds Nathan Reed who joined Cox Media Hot AC KRAV, Mix 96/Tulsa.

"The Voice" finale was full of country artists last night (5/24).  Little Big Town debuted their new song, "One of Those Days," off an upcoming project produced by Pharrell.  

Jennifer Nettles performed her current single "Unlove You," with finalist Alisan Porter here.

Blake Shelton took the stage and performed "She's Got A Way With Words," off his new album "If I'm Honest," here. He also sang with contestant Adam Wakefield "The Conversation." See it here

Blake also caught a bite with Jimmy Fallon and he tried sushi for the first time. Laugh here.  He also appeared on "The Today Show" hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to talk about his new album and relationship wtih Gwen Stefani and "The Voice" here.  He was also on "Live with Kelly" to talk about his new album and how Gwen influences his fashion decisions and what it was like collaborating with her on their new single. Look at it here.

He also performed his song, "Friends," from the "Angry Birds" movie soundtrack and also included on his album here.
 

Sportscaster Erin Andrews and Houston Texans defensive star J.J. Watt will host the "2016 CMT Music Awards" on CMT TV Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. (ET).

This will be Andrews second consecutive years serving as host and Watt's first.  

"Having presented at the 'CMT Awards' last year, I got a first-hand look at the energy and excitement of the event, and I am very excited to be involved in a much larger capacity this year as co-host," said Watt. "There are two things that I know about the people of Nashville...they love Country music, and they know how to throw a party. When you put those two things together, it makes for one heck of a night. I can't wait to host the awards with Erin and be part of such a great night honoring the biggest stars in Country music."

As was reported here, nominee leaders are Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and Cam and performers will include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and more.  Presenters will include Dan + Shay, Charles Kelley, Kellie Pickler, Cole Swindell as well as actors Rob Riggle, Vince Vaughn, Joey Laren Adams and Madison Iseman.  NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will also be presenting.


During the show Cam will collaborate with pop group Fifth Harmony for a pop-country collaboration of the group's single "Work From Home."  
 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open its latest exhibition, "Alabama: Born Country," on Thursday, August 25.

The exhibition will run through June 2017 and feature performance clothing, instruments, personal momentos, tour memorabilia and more.

Alabama will perform live in the CMA Theater on Wednesday, July 6.  The group will also be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame tomorrow (5/26).  For more information on "Alabama: Born Country," go here

Arista labelmates Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were all over social media announcing their return as co-hosts of the 50th Annual CMA Awards in November.  This will be the ninth consecutive year they will be hosting the show.  The show will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. on November 2 at 8 p.m. (ET).

"Last year they let me pull my pants down on national TV," said via Facebook.  "I wonder what they will let me do this year!"

 

Nationally syndicated Country radio personality Bob Kingsley is nominated for induction in the National Radio Hall Of Fame. Kingsley earns a nom in the Music Format On-Air Personality category, which will be voted upon by listeners nationwide beginning Monday, June 20th.

Country radio, records, and artists have decided to rally around Kingsley in this bid for a well-earned and long-overdue slot in the Hall Of Fame and have launched the "Count Me In Bob" campaign via FaceBook using the hashtag #CountMeInBob to raise awareness.
"Count Me In Bob" is designed to engage the Country music community to assist in Bob's bid for the Hall Of Fame via a strong social media push that will activate the Country radio listening community and encourage them to vote.

Kingsley is the host and Executive Producer of the syndicated weekly countdown show "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40" and has been the king of the Country countdown for over four decades. He has twice been named the Country Music Association National Broadcast Personality Of The Year, and his show has received Billboard's Network/Syndicated Program Of The Year Award sixteen times. Country Radio Broadcasters have named him National Air Personality Of The Year on three occasions. Kingsley has received the Academy Of Country Music's National Broadcast Personality Of The Year Award and was chosen as the recipient of CRB's President's Award in 2012. In 1998, Kingsley was inducted into the Country Radio Hall Of Fame, and in February 2014 was honored on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry as the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award was launched.

To help with Bob's bid for the Hall, please "like" the "Count Me In Bob" FaceBook page, encourage your listeners to get involved, and use the hashtag #CountMeInBob when engaging on social outlets.
Keep an eye on the FaceBook page, and AllAboutCountry will post more details about the voting process and ways to get involved as we near the voting date.

Let’s show Bob that he can count on your support to get him in the Hall? #CountMeInBob 

Saga Communications’ Jonesboro Radio Group/Jonesboro, AR is seeking a OM for the six-station group, after 18-year cluster veteran Christie Matthews is retiring from the business. Her last day is Friday, June 3rd. The Jonesboro group includes Country KDXY, where Matthews programs also PD’s it; Classic Rock KEGI; AC KJBX; Rhythmic Top 40 KDXY-HD2; Sports KDXY-HD3 and Classic Country KJBX-HD2.

GM Trey Stafford is seeking candidates looking for an opportunity to join SAGA. They have six radio stations, all great facilities. Send your materials, including a letter describing how you make great radio  to Stafford here.

Matthews announced her news of leaving on her FaceBook this past week, saying, "To my family at Jonesboro Radio Group, I love you and I'm so proud of you. Your friendship and love I will carry with me always. You have each played a role in who I am. You pushed me, you challenged me, you encouraged me, you frustrated me at times, but that's what families do. I'll still be living in Jonesboro, working in PARAGOULD as I have accepted the role of Dir./Business Development for the MF BLOCK, Strategic and Transportation Specialist family of companies."

Matthews was promoted to her current OM position in 2013. Im addition,the 26-year radio vet has been a valuable member of the CRS Agenda Committee for many years. Reach her here.










Columbia, SC
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WWDM-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 9.2 8.7 10.7 10.1
WNOK-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.4 5.6 6.4 6.5
WCOS-FM Country 6.1 6.9 5.5 5.0
WHXT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.0 7.5 6.3 5.0
WTCB-FM Adult Contemporary 7.1 5.4 4.0 5.0
WLXC-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 4.9 5.7 4.0 4.7
WLTY-FM Variety 4.1 3.8 4.5 4.2
WMFX-FM Mainstream Rock 3.8 5.0 3.3 3.3
WVOC-AM News Talk Information 3.8 4.7 3.1 3.3
WNKT-FM All Sports 1.9 3.3 3.4 2.9
WARQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.6 1.7 2.1 2.1
WOMG-FM Country 1.2 1.2 1.0 1.1
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
 
 
       
 
Des Moines
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WHO-AM News Talk Information 7.5 9.3 8.0 7.9
KDRB-FM Variety 5.8 7.2 6.3 6.6
KKDM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 8.1 6.9 6.6
KHKI-FM New Country 5.9 5.6 5.6 5.9
KJJY-FM Country 5.4 3.6 4.9 4.2
KGGO-FM Classic Rock 5.0 3.8 4.3 3.6
KXNO-AM All Sports 2.0 2.4 2.3 2.7
KWQW-FM Rhythmic Oldies 2.0 2.0 2.9 2.6
KDXA-FM Alternative 2.8 2.4 2.2 2.3
KCYZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.8 * 0.9 1.2
KBGG-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.5 * *
           
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Des Moines
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WHO-AM News Talk Information 7.5 9.3 8.0 7.9
KDRB-FM Variety 5.8 7.2 6.3 6.6
KKDM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 8.1 6.9 6.6
KHKI-FM New Country 5.9 5.6 5.6 5.9
KJJY-FM Country 5.4 3.6 4.9 4.2
KGGO-FM Classic Rock 5.0 3.8 4.3 3.6
KXNO-AM All Sports 2.0 2.4 2.3 2.7
KWQW-FM Rhythmic Oldies 2.0 2.0 2.9 2.6
KDXA-FM Alternative 2.8 2.4 2.2 2.3
KCYZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.8 * 0.9 1.2
KBGG-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
   
 
Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
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      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WIKS-FM Urban Contemporary 12.0 12.7 11.2 10.6
WRNS-FM Country 10.4 9.0 8.1 10.3
WERO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.6 8.1 9.2 8.2
WNCT-FM Classic Hits 5.7 6.2 4.9 4.5
WMGV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.0 3.9 4.1 4.0
WSFL-FM Classic Rock 4.9 4.0 4.4 3.7
WXNR-FM Active Rock 2.1 2.0 2.0 3.0
WXQR-FM Active Rock 0.9 1.9 1.8 2.4
WNCT-AM Rhythmic Oldies 1.4 1.6 1.2 1.9
WQSL-FM Country 1.3 2.2 2.0 1.6
           
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Little Rock
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
KIPR-FM Urban Contemporary 6.6 9.1 7.9 8.1
KLAL-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.3 5.8 8.5 7.8
KOKY-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 8.2 8.5 7.6 7.8
KMJX-FM Country 6.4 5.2 7.2 6.6
KSSN-FM Country 9.1 7.2 6.1 6.4
KDJE-FM Active Rock 4.5 3.6 5.1 5.3
KURB-FM Adult Contemporary 5.1 5.3 4.9 4.9
KHKN-FM Classic Hits 3.3 4.5 3.7 4.0
KARN-FM News Talk Information 3.0 3.1 4.5 3.8
KPZK-FM Contemporary Inspirational 2.8 2.7 3.3 2.7
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
KDON-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 9.2 8.7 7.5 8.0
KLOK-FM Mexican Regional 6.6 9.5 4.9 4.3
KPRC-FM Spanish Adult Hits 3.5 4.7 4.3 3.7
KSES-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.5 1.7 2.0 3.1
KTOM-FM Country 3.4 3.6 2.9 2.6
KMBX-AM Spanish Religious 1.2 1.3 1.6 2.4
KOCN-FM Rhythmic AC 2.5 1.9 2.6 2.0
KBOQ-FM Classic Hits 1.6 1.5 1.9 1.4
KION-AM News Talk Information 1.0 0.9 1.3 1.3
KMZT-FM Classical 0.6 0.4 0.6 0.4
KNRY-AM Adult Standards/MOR 0.7 0.5 * 0.4
KYZZ-FM Country 1.2 1.2 0.6 0.4
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Spokane
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
KQNT-AM News Talk Information 4.0 5.0 6.3 6.8
KZZU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.4 6.0 6.3 6.8
KKZX-FM Classic Rock 9.1 6.2 6.3 5.5
KXLY-FM Country 5.5 6.0 4.8 5.0
KHTQ-FM Active Rock 5.0 4.1 3.9 4.1
KISC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.0 5.0 3.3 4.1
KEZE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.8 3.2 4.1 3.6
KCDA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.2 3.1 2.9 2.9
KXLY-AM News Talk Information 3.4 4.4 2.8 2.7
KIIX-FM Country 2.6 2.6 1.7 1.8
KXLX-AM All Sports 1.5 2.2 1.5 1.6
KZFS-AM Contemporary Christian * * 0.9 0.7
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Spokane
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
KQNT-AM News Talk Information 4.0 5.0 6.3 6.8
KZZU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.4 6.0 6.3 6.8
KKZX-FM Classic Rock 9.1 6.2 6.3 5.5
KXLY-FM Country 5.5 6.0 4.8 5.0
KHTQ-FM Active Rock 5.0 4.1 3.9 4.1
KISC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.0 5.0 3.3 4.1
KEZE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.8 3.2 4.1 3.6
KCDA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.2 3.1 2.9 2.9
KXLY-AM News Talk Information 3.4 4.4 2.8 2.7
KIIX-FM Country 2.6 2.6 1.7 1.8
KXLX-AM All Sports 1.5 2.2 1.5 1.6
KZFS-AM Contemporary Christian * * 0.9 0.7
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
           
 

 
Springfield, MA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/24/16
      Subscribers Added:  5/24/16
           
Subscriber Format SU 15 FA 15 WI 16 PHASE 1 SP 16
WMAS-FM Adult Contemporary 8.7 8.6 9.3 9.2
WHYN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.8 6.4 5.8 6.5
WHYN-AM News Talk Information 3.7 4.8 5.3 5.2
WRNX-FM Country 3.7 4.3 4.7 4.7
WUCS-FM All Sports 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           

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iHeartMedia has won their case in the State District Court in Bexar County, TX. The verdict from state District Judge Cathleen Stryker blocks bondholders that took iHeartMedia to court over their recent transfer of assets within the company from filing default notices against the company in connection with the transfer.

The San Antonio Express-News reports, "The legal dispute involved a December 3, 2015 transfer of 100 million shares of iHeartMedia’s billboard subsidiary Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. to another subsidiary for the purpose of issuing new debt to buy back expiring debt. iHeartMedia had $20.75 billion in debt as of March 31st. The December 3rd share transfer upset existing bondholders because, they said, the action moved collateral for their bonds out of their control."

iHeartMedia released a statement saying the court, "ruled in our favor when it determined that our contribution of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. stock to our subsidiary Broader Media, LLC was a permitted investment under our financing agreements. The strong performance of our operating business provides us with the flexibility to manage our capital structure in a prudent manner.  In full compliance with our financing agreements, we will continue to evaluate opportunities to strengthen our balance sheet. We look forward to constructive discussions with our lenders as we continue to position iHeartMedia for long-term growth."

Ten-time ACM Award-winning group Lady Antebellum is taking over the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to host the 10th Annual ACM Honors on August 30th. The intimate ceremony, which celebrates the ACM Special Award, Studio Recording Award and other off-camera category winners from the 51st ACM Awards, will feature performances and appearances from some of country’s most respected artists and musicians.

And this year, for the first time ever, ACM Honors will be taped live to air as a primetime special later this fall on CBS.

Ticket on-sale info, performers and airdate for the primetime special will be available in the coming weeks. Continue to check www.acmcountry.com for all the details!

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