TODAY'S NEWS
08/27/2015 12:57 PM
Cindy Simmons: Ready To Roll
Former Entercom Hit AC WSTR/Atlanta morning personality Cindy Simmons is done with her non-compete and ready to take on her next opportunity.  She is open to all format options.

While she's been away she has launched her own "Surviving Mommy" website.  It covers numerous lifestyle topics including relationships, friendships, parenting, fashion and travel, among others. Check it out here .
  
Get in touch with her here  .

The birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN is about ready to launch WBCM Radio Bristol at 4 p.m. ET today, three months after announcing plans for the station. The station will play American Roots music including bluegrass and Americana, in addition to Country.

They will broadcast live on 100.1 FM, as well as stream WBCM Radio Bristol-LP 100.1 FM, Radio Bristol Americana and Radio Bristol Classic via the Radio Bristol mobile app and media center on the station's website.

BCM Executive Director Leah Ross said, "WBCM is a radio station, an app, an interactive museum exhibit, and an online media center featuring free Americana and Roots programming, streaming for a worldwide audience.”
 

Many stations are researching reaching listeners through new technology in their cars.  According to a new study by J.D.Power many of these new technologies aren't being used by owners.  

Autonews.com reports "J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20% percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured."

According to J.D. Power, 38% of new car owners haven’t used available mobile routers and 32% haven't touched their in-vehicle apps.

Autonews notes, "such technological features have a brief 30-day window for gaining acceptance among drivers. If owners don’t use certain features during that time, they probably never will," said J.D. Power  VP/U.S. Automotive Quality Renee Stephens. "Dealerships play a key role in the early stages of ownership. If a dealer doesn’t explain a feature, the study found that owners have a higher likelihood of never using it." 

There are 14 features that 20% or more of owners could live without in their next vehicles including Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

08/27/2015 11:40 AM
Clint Black is Back
Clint Black will release his frist all-new studio album in 10 years on September 25.  "On Purpose" is a self-produced 14-track album recorded at Black's studio in Nashville.  It will be released on Blacktop Records, in association with Thirty Tigers.

The album features "You Still Get To Me," Black's third duet with wife, actress Lisa Hartman Black.  “'On Purpose' comes from a line in the song ‘Better and Worse,’” notes Black. “It represents my attitude towards life, in that it’s never easy to ‘go your own way,’ but the rewards are greater when you follow your heart. I know that’s what my fans expect from me, and I hope that they hear that in the songs on this album. Musically, On Purpose is right where I want to be. I pushed myself hard for this album, doing more of the guitar work, even playing slide guitar for the first time.”

This is Black's 21st album overall, and 12th studio release.  He has sold more than 20 million albums and charted nearly two dozen No. 1 singles.

WRNS/Greenville, NC will debut "Y2K Country" hosted by Wayne Carlyle this Saturday, Aguust 29.  They will air the programming weekly from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (ET).

"Y2K Country" features the biggest hits from 2000-2010. is a familiar voice to Eastern North Carolina as he hosted the WRNS morning show for twenty years before leaving in 2011.

 

Singer/songwriter Phil Vassar has signed with Webster Public Relations according to an announcement made by Kirt Webster, President.

"Phil is an extraordinary talent, both as a songwriter and an artist," says Kirt Webster.  "Our team is excited about the new partnership with Phil and excited to bring new opportunities to his career."

In other Vassar news, he is heading out on the fall leg of his 2015 #noPHILter tour;. He has an ambitious tour schedule with 20 dates remaining of the over 125 appearances in his 2015 tour schedule“I’m really looking forward to the fall leg of our 2015 tour", says Vassar. "We have never had so much fun as we have had this year with the crowd tweeting requests to #noPHILter. It keeps the shows real and interactive – we are like a live jukebox. The interaction with the crowd is amazing."

2015 #noPHILter Tour


Sep 04, 2015 – Millersport, OH – Sweet Corn Festival
Sep 05, 2015 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
Sep 06, 2015 – Virginia Beach, VA – American Music Festival
Sep 12, 2015 – Franklin, TN – Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Benefit Concert, Losers Bar & Grill
Sep 16, 2015 – Clarksville, TN – APSU Memorial Health Building (Red Barn)
Sep 19, 2015 – Seminole, OK – Seminole Nation Days - Mekuskey
Oct 02, 2015 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Ranch
Oct 03, 2015 – Port St. Joe, FL - 19th Annual FL Scallop & Music
Oct 09, 2015 – Manitowoc, WI - Capitol Civic Centre
Oct 10, 2015 – Columbus, OH - Hollywood Casino Columbus
Oct 15, 2015 – New York, NY - BB King Blues Club and Grill
Oct 16, 2015 – Foxborough, MA - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Oct 17, 2015 – Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
Nov 06, 2015 – Renfro Valley, KY – New Barn
Nov 07, 2015 – Fredrick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts
Nov 19, 2015 – Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
Nov 20, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Nov 22, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler
Dec 10, 2015 – Hanover, PA - Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
Dec 11, 2015 – Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
Dec 12, 2015 – Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey Performance Center
Dec 13, 2015 – Corning, NY - Corning Museum of Glass
Dec 18, 2015 – Franklin, TN - Franklin Theatre 
 
For more information, please visit  www.PHILVASSAR.com.


 

08/27/2015 11:11 AM
Emilee Gross Joins CDX
Emilee Gross, former 144 Entertainment Coordinator/Graphic Designer and Social Media has joined CDX as Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

"Having Emilee on board to oversee the social media marketing part of the equation will prove invaluable to CDX and, more importantly, to our clients," says CDX VP/GM Joe Kelly.

 "I am here to take the pressure off so they can focus on what matters – the music," says Gross.
 

Matt "Sparx" Ethridge, former KUPL/Portland ngiht personality has joined KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO in afternoons.  

​Ethridge takes over for Charlie Barnes who left earlier this week.  Sparx will also do middays on sister Top 40 KKPl and Asst. Brnad Manager duties on Alternative KMAX..

According to OM/Brand Manager Justin Tyler, "Matt is the type of talent we were looking for.  We can utlize him across multiple platforms and he'll excel at each one."
 
Sparx's resume includes stops at WAPE/Jacksonville (Top 40).  He will start on KUAD Monday, August 31.  Get in touch with him here.  

If you're looking for a Morning Host/PD gig, this could be it!

WKNK/Panama City, FL is looking for a PD/Morning host to succeed Dave Fields.  Fields resigned recently.

"Strategic thinkers who want to be No. 1" are encouraged to send airchecks and resumes to RWPC Co-President and consultantScott Huskey  here.
 

"Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush" will air over the first two weekends in September across more than 80 markets with TV stations nation-wide including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis and Nashville.  This is the debut documentary from the newly launched Cumulus NASH TV Films' series in partnership wtih Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“This is the story of my life and my career over the past twenty years – from my mother passing away to my divorce to the tragedy in Indiana – and the bands and the songs that came from those experiences,” said Bush. “I'm excited to be here at the start of this promising partnership, experiencing firsthand the way Cumulus and Sinclair are dreaming up the future of how stories will be told in the music business and helping artists like me share music with more people than ever.”


 
 

Beasley Broadcasting/Tampa Marketing Director Mark "Cali" Calandrello has exited.  He previously worked as Promo Director for CBS/Boston stations WBCN, WPBZ and WBMX.

Get in touch with him at /todaysnews and 617-407-1553.

Victoria Chaitoff has joined Warner Music Nashville.  She is a recent graduate of College of William and Mary and was Executive Director/Alma Mater Productions nad also interned at Black River Entertainment. She will be working as PR Assistant.  Her first day was August 10. 

Get in touch with her here .

KSCS/Dallas is looking for a co-host to join longtime morning personality Mark "Hawkeye" Louis.  PD JR Schumann is looking for someone who has large or major market experience.

Send your materials to Schumann here .

Services have been set for Aritsto Media Group CEO Jeff Walker.  Walker passed away Monday, August 24.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, August 28 at First Baptist Church of Nashville, 109 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.  Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. (CT ) with services at 2 p.m. (CT). A private interment will follow.  

A celebration of life is also being planned.  Details will be shared as soon as information is released.  

Curtis Media has flipped Country WSSG-A(simulcasting WZKT, Katie Country 97.7)/Goldsboro, NC to Adult Hits along with FM translater W252CL as 98.3 Jack FM.

According to OM Joel Gillie, “We are so excited to bring this energetic format to Goldsboro and can’t wait for our listeners to make Jack their new best friend!... The new Jack FM has tons of personality, it’s fresh, it’s topical, and it takes you back!”

08/26/2015 11:00 AM
Wes Teska Joins Alpha
Wes Teska, formerly New POint Digital Director/Creative has joined Alpha as Director/Interactive Design and will manage the company's brand presence on the web, mobile, social and live events.

Teska's resume includes time with Oasis Radio Group/Ft. Wayne, IN.

""Wes is a talented visionary who brings an incredible eye to the team," says VP/Interactive Stefan Brock.

Afternoon personality Charley Barnes has left KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO.  At this point there is no word on plans to replace him.

08/26/2015 9:49 AM
Austin's In Mornings
WTHT/Portland, ME night personality Andy Austin (right) moves to mornings joining co-host Michelle Taylor and Paul Hunt.  Austin takes the place of Dave Winsor.  Winsor is leaving the station after 15 years in mornings.  

"This was a hard decision and one not taken lightly," says VP/GM Patrick Collins. "We have nothing but the highest regard for Dave." 

Weekender Jeremy Daniels takes over nights.  

Dayton Kane (left) has been named Program Manager/afternoons at WKTI, 94.5 KTI Country/Milwaukee effective Monday, August 31.  He previously worked at Top 40 WKSZ/Green Bay where he was PD/morning host.  Programming at WKTI was being handled by VP/GM Tom Langmyer.  In addition, Jillene Khan has been hired to do evenings.  She has been at WLLR/Quad Cities IA-IL.  

Kane and Khan are the first full timers who have been hired to join KTI Country.  The station was launched in May.

“Our search has centered greatly on people with local connections, hit music experience and a love of Country music. Hiring Dayton Kane, a Milwaukee native, who’s ready to come home and has been working just up the road, is a huge win for KTI Country,” said Langmyer.  “Jillene, who is also from the Upper Midwest, is an exciting, up-and-coming broadcaster with an infectious personality that will do a great job hosting our live, local evening show.” Both Kane and Khan ill be in-house on Monday, August 31 and hit the airwaves Tuesday, September 8th.. 

It is with a sad heart that All About Country reports the death of Aristo Media President/CEO Jeff Walker who died suddenly yesterday.
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Walker was well known in our industry and was a long time CMA and CRS board member.  He ran AristoMedia for more than 35 years.

He is survived by father Bill and stepmother Jeanine, wife Terri, son Jonathan, daughter Christy Walker-Watkins and grand-daughters Elle and Lucy.  Arrangements are pending.

With the passing of Nashville Icon Jeff Walker, AllAboutCountry.com thought it appropriate to feature an interview Walker did with Larry LeBlanc (left).

LeBlanc was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. LeBlanc has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times and the New York Times.

Read the interview here .
 
 
 
 

WKIS, 99.9 Kiss Country/Miami's GSM Carole Bowen has left effective yesterday (8/24).  Bowen has been a member of the CRS Board of Directors for the past 12 years and was recently re-elected as an officer for the organization and serves as Secretary.

Bowen has been in the Miami market for quite a while and is examining her options.  Get in touch with her here.  

A-Ware Software, parent company for MusicMaster Scheduling, has announced the relocation of their corporate offices to Dallas.

MusicMaster was established in the greater Milwaukee area in 1983 by Joe Knapp who will open the new facility September 1, 2015.

In other MusicMaster news, they have hired Ryan Young as the new Sr. Accountant.  Young has over ten years of experience workingas a business analyst, Controller and Vice President of Finance for both large and small companies.

President/CEO Joe Knapp shares, "“I have mixed emotions about the changes, but I’m also focused on our exciting future. While nearly all of our employees work in different cities around the world, having day to day operations near my Dallas residence will allow me to work more closely with all aspects of the business. The new facility will also provide the space we need for our expanding business interests.”

MusicMaster's new address will be 8330 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1050, Dallas TX 75243. The corporate business phone number will remain 262-717-2220.
 

Congrats to the entire Arista Nashville promo team headed up by VP/Promo Lesly Simon and Director/National Promotion John Sigler as they earned 145 adds with Carrie Underwood's "Smoke Break."  This puts Underwood in the top spot this week for adds according to Mediabase.  It also breaks the record for highest-ever one-week add total.  The record was held by Florida Georgia Line's single "Dirt," which achieved 127 adds in one week last July.

The single "Smoke Break" is the first single from Underwood's upcoming album "Storyteller," which is scheduled to be released Friday, October 23.  

As was reported here, Jennifer Nettles left her previous label Mercury three weeks ago.  She has now signed with Big Machine Label Group. She joins the ranks of BMLG artists including The Band Perry, Tim McGraw, TAylor Swift and Glorida Georgia Line.

Nettles' split from UMG concerned about her solo material.  Sugarland is still with UMG.  

Since going solo Nettles had struggled to find the success she had with Kristian Bush as Sugarland.  She released her debut album "That Girl" that was well received bu thte highest charting single was the title track single that came in just inside the Top 40.  She then released her second single "Sugar" as the lead track from her second solo album.  At this point it is unclear as to whether BMLG will push for airplay on that single. There is also no word on which BMLG label she will be assigned.

As was also reported here, she is working on her acting career.  She made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago and is also working to star as Dolly Parton's mother in Coat of Many Colors that will air on NBC this December.

Slacker Sr. Director of Programming Kevin Stapleford has been promoted after two years with the company.  He will be be VP.

"Under Kevin's leadership, Slacker's radio team has developed into an amazing unit," says CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones. "Kevin has led the launch of an ongoing series of programming innovations and has been shaping Slacker's content strategy since his arrival in 2013."

Adds Stapleford, "I'm still waiting for my super secret VP decoder ring." 

Get in touch with him here.  

08/25/2015 11:02 AM
Blythe Heads To Big Loud
Stacy Blythe, former Republic Nashville Manager/Southeast Promo is the new Director/National Promotion for Big Loud Records.  She will be reporting directly to President Clay Hunnicutt.

"When we started Big Loud Records, we dreamed of having someone of Stacy's caliber on our team," says Hunnicutt. "Now it's happened and we could not be happier. We know that Stacy will play an integral role in the growth of our artists and company."

Adds Blythe, "I am beyond honored that Clay, Seth England, Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi and [Kevin] "Chief" Zaruk have invited me to be a part of building Big Loud Records from the ground up. Upon hearing the music that the label is set to release, I instantly knew that I had to be involved in delivering it to our friends at Country radio."

Blythe's resume includes Category 5, 1720 Entertainment and Stoney Creek.  She starts September 15 and can be reached here.

08/25/2015 10:44 AM
Wright Signs With Thompson
Michelle Wright has signed with Thompson Entertainment Group for management.  Songwriter, artist and author Wright has charted singles in the US and Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. She is based in Nashville and has a single "Laugh A Little" out from her album "Strong."

"We are honored to be a part of the successful musical brand that Michelle has created and look forward to working with her and to bringing her music to her lifelong fans as well to legion of new ones," says TEG President Chuck Thompson. 

CRS is looking for your input on this question "Country Radio & Our Listeners: Are We Speaking The Same Language?"

Our your breaks right?  Are you reaching your target?  Is your messaging right?  

To find out, CRS  is going to be doing a custom focus group project among the Country Audience and Country PDs and they need your help. If you participate, you could win a  FREE 600 hook/100 screened sample Music Test!

Stations are being asked to submit up to 4 pieces of station audio via .mp3 file with no single bit being longer than 30 seconds.  Any of the following are fine to be submitted: Promos, Jock Breaks, Positioners, Sounders/Jingles, Bits, Live reads or anything else that you run on the station.

Submissions must be done no later than August 30, 2015.

At that point Country P1s from around the country will be rating a random selection of all audio submitted.  It will be judged on Relevance, Entertainment and Interest Level.

And then you and your fellow PDs will be evaluating all the audio submitted on the same scales.

One PD who submits audio will win a 600 hook/100 screened sample Music Test--FREE!

All results will becompared and shared at CRS in February.

Don't delay!  To upload your audio go to   http://www.nuvoodoo.com/crs/ .





 

PR consultant Elizabeth Gregg Santana will join Republic Nashville September 7.  She will take over the role of Director of Southeast Promotion.  The position was previously held by Stacy Blythe who is leaving for a soon-to-be-announced position.

"Liz has worked simultaneously with the media and a wide range of clients to connect artists and radio at events across the southeast to raise awareness and funds for some outstanding organizations," says VP/Promotion Matthew Hargis. 

Reach Santana  here  .

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