TODAY'S NEWS
09/22/2014 2:24 PM
Boxer Exits

Boxer, midday host at WMZQ/Washington DC is leaving and going to sister station WCOL/Columbus on Monday, September 29. He will be doing afternoons live on WCOL. He was voicetracking the shift for the last five years. 

He will also continue voice tracking Premium Choice for iHeartMedia's Country stations. Boxer did mornings at WMZQ before going to middays when the Bobby Bones Show took over in March. 

He has also worked at WNCI/Columbis, WWHT/Syracuse and WBOB and KEEY/Minneapolis. Get in touch with him here.


Lauren MacLeash is the new OM for CBS Radio's KMNB, Buz'n 102.9 and Adult Hits KZJK, Jack-FM Minneapolis. She will take her new position Friday, September 26.She takes over for Rob Morris who was named VP/Programming for CBS Radio/Tampa last July. 

MacLeash is a programming vet wiht over 25 years experience as a PD. She has worked at WGFX/Nashville (Classic Rock), WAFX/Norfolk, Trip A WKOC/Virginia Beach, KTCZ, Cities 97 and KQQL/Minneapolis. 

“I’m excited for Lauren to assume the role of OM for KMNB and KZJK," said CBS Radio/Minneapolis VP/Market Manager Mick Anselmo. "MacLeash comes with a highly regarded industry reputation as a team leader, brand builder (with sales savvy), and community advocate all threaded with a fierce competitive spirit. Her many years as on air personality and PD for Cities 97, and recent role as PD of KQQL, sets the stage well for her new role on Jack and Buz'n. Included in her past, was the 'Cities Sampler' that has raised millions for local charities. KZJK will be 'Jacked' and Nashville will be 'BUZN' with her addition to our talented staff."

“The Twin Cities CBS Radio team is amazing. I look forward to helping them build a legacy on this rock solid foundation,” said MacLeash. Get in touch with her  here .

09/22/2014 1:29 PM
CRS Announces Keynote

CRS has announced that Todd Wagner is the keynote speaker for the Country Radio Seminar 2015. Wagner is an entrepreneur and philanthropist and will address the CRS attendees on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Nashville Convention Center. 

 "We are thrilled that Todd has agreed to join us for a unique discussion," stated CRS Exec. Dir. Bill Mayne. "We've been looking for the right person to speak on 'entrepreneurial spirit' in the marketplace for several years. When you consider his body of work with success in innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Todd Wagner is the perfect person to share his perspective with our industry!" 

Wagner is a full time entrepreneur in the Internet sector and went to work with Mark Cuban to launch Broadcast.com, which broadcasts live sporting events, corporate events and radio stations over the Internet. He is the CEO. Wagner took the company public is 1998, setting an opening day record with shares climbing 249%.


Congrats to BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James, VP/Promotion Lee Adams and the BBR promo staff as they take the #1 spot this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Dustin Lynch's "Where It's At."

This is Lynch's first #1 song and is the first release from his album "Where It's At."

09/19/2014 11:37 AM
Thanks, Chili's!

Chili's Grill and Bar will donate 100% of the profits they make on Monday (9/22) to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

The "Donate Profits Day" is part of Chili's "More Hope Campaign" for St. Jude that they run every year. They have been running the event in September since 2004. At this point over $51 million for St. Jude.


Luke Bryan kicks off his "Farm Tour 2014" on October 1 in Knoxville, TN and will be bringing along several friends including Cole Swindell, The Peach Pickers, Chancie Neal and DJ Rock. 

Tickets are available through his website and VIP experiences are also available. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go to a local college students as a scholarship. The student must come from a farming family within the communities along the route. 

 For more info go to www.LukeBryan.com.


Andy Elliott, former Arista Nashville Manager/Regional Promotion has been promoted to Director/National Promotion. He will begin his new position on September 22. 

Andy has been an amazing part of the Arista family since he joined our team in 2011,” said VP/Promotion Lesly Tyson. “His 18 years as a PD, coupled with his innate leadership ability and respect in the radio and record communities, make him the perfect person to help lead Arista Nashville in the years to come. I am so proud to promote him to the role as one of our Co-National Dirs.” 

 He has been with the label since 2011. Prior to that we worked with New Revolution. He worked in radio at KHKI/KJJY/Des Moines for 18 years. 

“What a thrill and an honor,” said Elliott. “I want to thank Lesly Tyson for her faith in me. I love working with this amazing team and our unmatched roster of artists.” 

Get in touch with him here.


Angie Coonrod, Executibe Asst. to President and BMLG EVP Jimmy Harnen is the new Director/Northeast Promotion. She takes the place of Cliff Blake who will be leaving at the end of the month. 

 Coonrod has spent more than 14 years in the Pharmaceutical industry. She has been with the label for three years and can be reached at 615-324-7904 or here.


"Big Stew" Sawyers is the new OM at Townsquare Media/Tyler-Longview, TX.

Sawyers will handle progrmaming for KNUE.  He takes the place of Scott Gaines who left last year.

"I am excited to join the Townsquare Media family and a great cluster of radio station in East Texas," said Sawyers.  "The people in and out of the station are great, and the products they put on the air are already top notch. The team they have assembled there is very talented and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of them.  No chance of me becoming a Longhorn, however.  Go Gators!" 

Sawyers has worked at WWKA/Orlando, Univeristy of Florida's WRUF/Gainesville, FL and WBAM/Montgomery.

Get in touch with him here .




Jessica Reeves, Girlilla Marketing intern and recent MTSU graduate has joined Makin' Music and Foremost Records. She will be National Head/Promotion and Marketing. She takes the place of Zack Nachman who has left. 

 Get in touch with her here.

09/17/2014 2:49 PM
Justine Paige Joins WBEE

Justine Paige, formerly with WBZA, 98.9 The Buzz has joined sister station WBEE/Rochester for middays. This marks a return to the station. She previously did nights in 2012 for the station. 

She replaces Jesse Jordan. Get in touch with her here 

09/17/2014 2:12 PM
Lee Brice Dances To #1

Congrats to the entire promo team at Curb and Lee Brice as his "I Don't Dance" album is the #1 Country album debut this week.  It also was ranked #5 on the all-genre ranker.

The album sold 38,000 copies last week according to Nielsen Soundscan.  

09/17/2014 1:50 PM
Congrats to Ron Colman

Congrats to Ron Colman of iHeartMedia Country WNCO/Ashland, OH who celebrated his 30th year on the air yesterday hosting "Colman in the Morning." He was attending an Oak Ridge Boys when the concert stopped to present a radio station 30 Year award to Colman

He wrote on Facebook "… I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for listening each morning over these last 30 years. And thanks to (Market Manager) Margie Tasseff, (Regional Director of Programming), Keith Kennedy, Ashland County Fair manager Steve Englet,Kathy Christian,Gene Davis and the rest of the radio station staff, my adorable redhead (who kept the secret) and the man who put it all together, Matt Appleby. It is a night I will never forget.” Check out photos on the website here


Nielsen released the RADAR (Radio's All Dimension Audience Research)September 2014 report and it shows that the audience hearing a network radio commercial during an average week stayed consisten at 180.4 American's 12+. That translates to nearly 70% of Americans aged 12+ hear these spots. 

In the top 25 DMAs network radio reached 93.8 million listeners almost 70 percent of the 12+ population in those markets. 

For more information go to www.nielsen.com.

09/17/2014 12:59 PM
Ron Bee Battling Leukemia

The family of Ron Bee, former morning co-host of WBBS/Syracuse are asking for help to help pay for medical costs due to his battle with an aggressive form of Leukemia. 

Bee had medical complications due to a 2007 automobile accident that damaged his spine and required surgery. Bee then lost his voice and retired to Phoenix. Last February started his latest setback. 

 Contributions can be made at GOFUNDME here.


Mid-West Family's WRTB/Rockford, IL is looking for a Programming/Brand Manager. The station flipped from Adult Hits in February. According to GM Mike Paterson that isn't going to change soon. 

The right candidate will have experience with Selector, have the ability to write, create and produce imaging and be a strategic and tactical planner. 

"Be ready to discuss your wins and failures," Paterson says. "If you haven't failed, you haven't been trying hard enough." 

 No airchecks needed; resumes to Paterson here.

09/17/2014 12:39 PM
More News On iHeartMedia

To celebrate the name change of Clear Channel to iHeartMedia, New York's Empire State Building will change from "Clear Channel blue" to iHeartRadio red" today at 9 p.m. ET. 

According to Bob Pittman the change reflects the company becoming a "one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company with unparalleled reach and support." He adds, "iHeartMedia was created by the strongest broadcast radio stations in the country, and we will continue to build this company the same way on the country's strongest radio stations." 

 Pittman also told the LA Times that the new name is "a recognition of who we really are today and the transformation this company has made. We have a company that's doing progressive stuff, and yet we're named after AM radio stations." 

 Clearchannel.com email addresses will still work but they will be redirected to @iHeartmedia.com addresses.


The first annual "Nash Country Under The Stars" concert was held last Saturday (9/13) for WRKN, Nash 92.3/New Orleans. The event was attended by more than 6,000 listeners.

"What a great way for Nash-FM 92.3 to introduce itself to the Country music fans here in Southeast Louisiana!" stated NASH-FM 92.3 PD Ray Mariner. "Watching thousands of our listeners singing and dancing with Eli Young Band was amazing. I can't wait to announce our next big event!"

09/16/2014 9:18 AM
Kenny Hits 25th #1

 Columbia Nashville's Norbert Nix, VP/Promotion, David Friedman and RJ Meacham as well as the entire promo team as Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" hits #1 this week on the Mediabase Country singles chart. 

 This is Kenny's 25th time at #1 of the chart. "Come Over" went to the top in  August 2012.


Clear Channel is the new iHeartMedia. The new name reflects "the company's company's success in becoming a one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company with unparalleled reach and impact." 

The company includes a range of media businesses including 859 radio stations in over 150 markets, iHeartMedia Digital with 90 million digital monthly uniques, Premiere Networks syndicating 90 radio programs and services to more than 5600 radio affiliates, the total Traffic and Weather Network, 20,000 live music events (all generating interest on social media platforms) and related companies including Katz Media Group and Clear Channel Outdoor. 

"iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices," said Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. "We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence -- more than 60% of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30% for other mobile devices -- and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises. Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor's reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it¹s clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms." 

 Effective today (9/16) CC Media Holdings Inc will become iHeart Media, Inc. The ticker symbol will change effective September 17. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will become iHeartMedia. Other brands will retain their current names.


Justin Wittmayer, former CC/Miami VP/Sales is now with Cumulus in San Francisco as VP/MM. He will oversee Country KSJO, Nash FM/San Jose. He replaces Steve Sklenar who left in June.

Wittmayer
is from the San Francisco area and has worked in management at CC/San Francisco and San Jose as well as CBS/San Jose.



Don Gosselin,
former CC New Orleans OM and WNOE PD has joined CC's San Antonio cluster. He will now be PD of KAJA and Classic Contry KRPT. He takes the palce of Travis Moon who left to join St. Jude in April. 

 KAJA MD Bree Wagner is now APD/MD of both stations. Her first day is September 29. Get in touch with Gosselin here and Wagner here.

09/15/2014 12:00 PM
Jonathan West Joins WWJO

Jonathan West, former KZPK/St. Cloud, MN Director/Imaging and afternoon personality has joined Townsquare's WWJO. He will be doing afternoons. He takes the place of Jen Jacobs who left last month to take a reporter position with CBS Radio WCCO-A/Minneapolis. 

West has been with WZPK six months ago and has also worked at KCYE/Las Vegas and KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO.

 KZPK PD JJ Holiday is looking for a replacement for West.  Send your information here.  

Get in touch with Westhere.

09/13/2014 12:23 AM
Carson Joins WPGB/Pittsburgh

Top 40 WDCG/Raleigh afternoon personality Carson (left) has joined recently launched WPGB, Big 104.7/Pittsburgh. She will be doing middays. 

JD Greene, PD reports that nights will now be voice-tracked by Brody, WFLZ/Tampa's (Top 40)night talent. Both are slated to start Monday (9/15).

09/12/2014 4:15 AM
Congrats KKBQ and KCYY

Congrats to KKBQ/Houston and KCYY/San Antonio as they were honored Major Market Station and Country Station of the Year at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show in Indianapolis. 

 Get in touch with KKBQ PD Johnny Chiang  here and KCYY PD Jeff Garrison here.


Delta Media's KXKW, Mustang/Lafayette, LA is now simulcasting on KOGM. 

"Mustang's weakness has been the frequency," says OM/PD/morning host Erik Tobias. "At 87.7 FM, most new car and home radios cannot tune the station. Because of the popularity of the station and a steady rise of digital and streaming numbers, we decided to simulcast on 107.1 to better serve our fans and clients." 

Stream them here . Reach Tobias here .

09/11/2014 4:06 PM
Music Masters Hit The NAB!

Five radio and record legends gathered in the MusicMaster suite at the NAB Fall Radio Show yesterday (9/10).

Seen here (l-r) Sean Ross (Ross On Radio), Steve Resnick (RAMP), Scott Shannon (CBS-FM/New York), Joe Knapp (MusicMaster) and Art Vuolo (Radio's Best Friend).


Classic Hits WODX has gone country as of noon today (9/11). "Rochester's New Hit Country, 107.3 The Bull" is kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row. The Bobby Bones Show will be heard in mornings following the kick off and the calls may change to WNBL, pending approval. 

Rich Lauber, Clear Channel RPM and WBBS/Syracuse OM/PD says a permanent PD has not been named.

Listen to the Bull here.


Greg Lane, former KSKS/Fresno evening talent will be headed crosstown to KHGE, 102.7 The Wolf to do middays tomorrow (9/11). He will be replacing Billy Greenwood, Premium Choice talent. After 22 years Greenwood left in January when the station was acquired by Cumulus and "Nash Nights Live" was put on the air.

Get in touch with Lane here.


Mike Wilson, Director/National Promotion for Black River Entertainment has been promoted to VP/Promotion effective immediately. Bill Macky will remain as Sr. Director/National Promotion and Strategy. 

"We relentlessly pursue excellence,” stated BRE CEO Gordon Kerr. “In doing so, we are continually identifying the strengths of our staff and providing them opportunities to grow, both individually and as a company.” 

Wilson's career includes stops at RCA, Universal South and Streamsound. Get in touch here.

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