industry members
Jerry Lembo
President   Jerry Lembo Entertainment Group
Jason Toy
OM/PD   WDGG-FM
Christina Serrano
Promotion Coordinator   WKLB-FM
Allyson Gelnett
  Varsity Brands. Inc.
Brian Hall
Afternoon Drive Host/Production & Imaging Director   Adams Radio Group - Delmarva Peninsula
Greg Green
On-Air   Jackson Radio Works




TODAY'S NEWS
Travis Moon, former St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Raido Programmer Liason will return to radio.  He is going to work for iHeartMedia as Director of Country Operations for the Austin/San Antonio, TX region and oversee Coutnry stations KASE, KVET/Austin, KAJA and KRPT/San Antonio.

Moon, former KAJA/San Antonio PD left for St. Jude in 2014.  In Austin he replaces JT Bosch and in San Antonio he replaces Lance Tidwell.

"St. Jude is country music's charity of choice and one of my strongest passions.  I was honored that they asked me to join their talented radio team.  I contributed to their on-air product and helped them serve radio station partners across the country.  Everybody understands that it's our listeners, country fans, who keep that place going through thick and thin.  There really is no other place like St. Jude and I will always be involved," said Moon. "I want to thank iHeartMedia because I am so pumped at the huge opportunity ahead.  I am very excited to return to Texas and have an awesome challenge in programming some of hte ost storied Country stations in America!  I can't wait to work with the amazing teams at KASE and KVET in Austin and, once again, with my friends at KAJA in San Antonio.  Country radio will be having fun and making lots of noise from The Lonestar State!"

"Our goal is to leverage these powerful and legendary brands to better serve our listevers, our clients and the community," said EVP/Programming Central Tony Coles. "Travis has the vision, the experience and the leadership skills necessary to maximize the potential of these iHeart Country stations, while maintaining the strengths of their unique identities."

Get in touch with Moon here
 

Congrats to KICM/Ardmore, OK morning host Roger Price who was named 2015 Radio Personality of the Year (Non-Metro division) by the Oklahoma Assoc. of Broadcasters.  Price will be honored Friday, April 1at  the association's annual convention and awards ceremony at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Tulsa.  Send congrats to /todaysnews

Other Country honorees include KTFX/Muskogee for Sports, Weather and General Image promotion; KNID/Enid for Station Event Promotion and Community Service.  Also recognized for community service are KXXY/Oklahoma City and Cox Media Group/Tulsa which includes Country KWEN.

 

Ashley King has been named APD/PD  for KSSN/Little Rock.  She will also be doing middays.

"We are very excited to have Ashley join the team," said iHeart/Littel Rock SVP/Programming Chat Heritage.  "She is extremely talented and brings a ton of passion for the Country format.  Our listeners know and love her, and she's just one more reason KSSN 96 is Arkansas' most listened to radio station."

"I'm so excited to be a part of this great team at KSSN 96," said King.  Country music has always been a passion of mine and I feel like KSSN is a great fit for me...the listeners, the music, my home station, and a very talented, creative and positive team.  KSSN has all the ingredients necessary for a big, successful Country stations as it has always been, and I'm so glad that I'm a part of it."

David Ross, President and CEO of Reviver Records has named the new promo team that will be working the company's newest imprint, 1608, which is part of the expansion announced last week as part of Reviver Label Services.

Bob Reeves (upper left) will be the Vice President of Promo and will also cover the West Coast in terms of radio promotion.  Reeves comes to Reviver with a long line of success in the industry.   Reeves was with Warner Music Nashville for six years and also recently at Blaster Records.

Paul Williams (lower left) will serve as the Regional Director while heading up promotinal campaigns in the Northeast and Midwest.  Williams has enjoyed a long career in the industry with time spent at Sony and radio powerhouse KPLX in Dallas.

Tyler Waugh (upper right) will be Regional Director for the Southeast.  Waugh comes to Reviver from Soundstream Records and began his career at Arista Nashville where he worked for four years.

Glenn Noblit (lower right) will work in the Southwest as Regional Director.  Noblit's experience includes time as Warner Music Nashville and Lost Highway. He's been in the industry since the late 1990's.

"I'm excited that these four seasoned executives were available to help launch our newest imprint.  they all bring the energy, creativity and drive that we want to be a trademark of Reviver Label Services," says David Ross.  "I know that with the experience of our staff, the sky is the limit."

Webster Public Relations will handle the publicity for Reviver Label Services.
 

Congrats to Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan who lands again this week in the #1 position on the Mediabase Country singles chart for the second consecutive week with "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild.

Great work by the promo team including UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, VP/Promo David Friedman, Capitol Nashville SVP/promo Shane Allen, National Director/Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Mgr/Radio Marketing and Syndication Chris Schuler, Sr. Director/Southeast Promo Bobby Young, Sr. Director/West Coast Prom Paige Elliott, Director/Southwest Promo Jeremy Guenther, Director Midwest Promo Brent Jones, Director/Northeast Promo Diane Lockner, Promo Coordinator Ashley and the entire Capitol staff.

CRS begins today (2/8) at its new home, Omni Nashville and AllAboutCountry.com is in Nashville and will be reporting on all CRS happenings. 

CRS 2016 will provide many different educations and networking opportunities and the agenda is packed full of instructive discussions, intriguing panels and exciting performances from some of country music's biggest stars as well as some of hte most talked about emerging acts of 2015-16.  Several favorites from past yearss are back again including Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley's Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at the Ryman luncheon and more.

Big Machine Label Group will host their first CRS-sanctioned luncheon.

Exciting new discussions and panels taking place at CRS 2016 are the "New Views From the Top" keynote discussion, CRS research presentation "What Content Makes Country Radio Matter," presented by Edison Research and "Programmers Boot Camp" series, sponsored by Benztown.  This year's seminar will also include an appearance from Tim McGraw and former US Army soldier and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Noah Galloway.

CRS also will have a number of after-hour destinations and sponsored events including The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Reception and Gallery Tours, Mix Lounge, Nashville-Access Superpick Showcase, Reviver Records After Hours Party, SSM Nashville Beer Garden, Stallions Entertainment Showcase, Smith and Wesley Performance at Barlines, Thirty Tigers at The Stage, the SMG CRS Fest 2016 at Margaritaville (sponsored by Spin Doctors) and more.

Stay tuned!

Country Radio Seminar 2016 is next week and All About Country.com will be there!  Can't wait to see you there.

And, CRS has a number of entertainment options at this year's seminar, includling networking, on-site showcases, after-hours events and performances.

“I think people are going to be surprised at the number of entertainment possibilities we are offering at CRS 2016,” said CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne. “We are continuing to raise the bar at Country Radio Seminar and, without question, we are providing a total 360 experience for all that attend this great event each and every year.”

Located at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, restaurant and music venue Barlines willl be open throughout the seminar and will be an area where attendees can relax and netowrk, while enjoying award-winning southern comfort food and hand-crafted Tennessee brews.

The New Faces of Country Music show is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., will wrap up the three-day seminar with a packed evening of entertainment. Prior to the show the New Faces Cocktail Reception is sponsored by Big Spark Music Group and will offer beer and wine as well as feature a high energy performance by Olivia Lane.  The reception is scheduled for 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

The dinner and performance is sold out lbut those who do not have tickets are invited to attend the live feed viewing party of the artist performances in Barlines. Those performing include Brothers Osborne, Cam, Chris Janson, Kelsea Ballerini and Old Domnion.  

Following the New Faces Show, the grand lobby of the CRS Performance will turn into the official New Faces of Country Music After Party, sponsored by Warner Music Nashville. Guests will enjoy drinks as WMN introduces the Last Bandoleros.

CRS also welcomes a number of after-hour destinations nad sponsored events including Bob Kingsley's Acoustic Alley, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Reception and Gallery Tour, the Mix Lounge, in2une/Momentum Label Group Showcase, Nashville-Access Superpick Showcase, Reviver Records After Hours Party, SSM Nashville Beer Garden, Stallions Entertainment Showcase, Smith & Wesley Performance at Barlines, Thirty Tigers at The Stage, the SMG CRS Fest 2016 at Margaritaville (sponsored by Spin Doctors) and more.

For a full list of already announced afterhour activities, download the CRS 2016 app through the app stores on iPhone and Android.  A full agenda is also available on www.countryradiosseminar.com.

 

Kelsea Ballerini surprised WEBG, Big 95.5/Chicago listeners with a Big surprise performance during WEBG's "Big Elevator Concert" series.

While visiting the station Ballerini took her place on a stool in the corner of the elevator at the station.  

According to WBEG PD Steve Stewart they invited listeners to our station for an intimate performance with Kelsea.  What the listeners got was way more than they expected! 

Check out the video here. 

Josh Brolin recently revealed during an interview with Conan O'Brien that he will star as Country legend George Jones in a movie adaptation about Jones' life and career.  He also said the Jessica Chastain is going to take on the role of Jones' former wife and duet partner, Tammy Wynette.

No release date has been set for the film.  Oscar-nominated writer Alan Wenkus will write the screenplay.  Jones' widow, is involved in the production which currently is being called "No Show Jones."

Scott McCreery returned to his roots earlier this week when he taped an episode of the Farewell Season of "American Idol."  For three days the Season Ten champion mentored two of the Top 24 ontestants and shared lessons learned from both his experience on teh show and in his ACM and CMT award-winning career.  He also performed duets with both singers.  The episolde will air next Thursday, February 11 at 9 p.m. ET on the Fox Television Network.

"I remember how important it was to me during my time on 'Idol' to meet and learn from all the great artists who visited the set and offered their advice," said .  "I was proud to be able to come back and offer whatever guidance I could to my two talented contestants.  This is their season and their show.  I was there to them shine...and I believe they both did!"

Kristian Bush has signed a publishing, production and label deal with the BBR Music Group.  He joins the songwriters at Magic Mustang Music and label deal with Wheelhouse Records.  The reunites him with VP/Promo Teddi Bonadies who worked with him on his debut album "Southern Gravity" at Streamsound.

"As both a recording artist and a songwriter, I am honored to be a part of the BBR Music Group/Magic Mustang family," said Bush. "I'm in love with making music, and I'm humbled every day that I get to do this job. My train runs on believers, and I found some incredible supporters in this building. There's no telling what can happen when like-minded people get together, so to be surrounded by this team and given this opportunity makes me feel like a rocket sitting on a launchpad. I can't wait to take off."

Bush is in the studio working on the follow-up to "Southern Gravity." That was his first solo effort after his time with Sugarland.
 



Smith & Wesley will hit the stage this Tuesday night (2/9) at 8:00, performing live from Barlines inside in the Omni Hotel. You'll experience the twin guitars and soaring sibling harmonies from brothers Scott & Todd as they perform their chart debut "Need Somebody Bad" as well as their new single, "Sweet Life."
They’ll also be giving away copies of their album, Choices & Chances

 

KWNR/Las Vegas PD JoJo Turnbeaugh has been named SVP/Programming for the four-station cluster.  He will continue to program WNR and also handle afternoons on-air.

"JoJo's energy, depth of knowledge in multiple formats and intense desire to win will continue to drive revenue and ratings for our Las Vegas clutser," says Regional President Glynn Alan.

Turnbeaugh has been with the Vegas cluster since 2012.  His career has taken him to KYGO/Denver and KCCY/Colorado Springs.

"I am humbled that Glynn Alan  and Steve Geofferies have put their trust in me to lead the great team here in Las Vegas," said Turnbeaugh. "The staff and properties here are poised for great success and I am proud to be a part of it."

Congratulate him here. 

02/04/2016 5:00 PM
Triple Play Awards Awarded
The Country Music Association presented the CMA Triple Play Awards at the Seventh Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon yesterday (2/3).  Those honored have written three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period.

Awards were given to Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Tyler Hubbard, Sam Hunt, Brett James, Jaren Johnston, Brian Kelley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsley, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi.

We are very pleased to recognize these talented songwriters and songwriting artists for this impressive accomplishment and significant contribution to Country music," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. "Their craft evokes emotion and we are grateful they've chosen the Country format to share their rare talents with the world." 

For more information on the Triple Play Awards, visit the CMA website here.

 

02/04/2016 4:51 PM
Wilde Creates COP
KWOF/Denver PD Jonathan Wilde (left) has created a new Country/Pop hybrid radio format.

"With so many listeners it's not about what format they prefer, but more about the songs they like," Wilde explains. "Those songs come from multiple genres and build the playlists of millions of listeners. With musical textures sounding more and more alike, this concept finally blends the two together." COP is 60-70% Hot AC and 30-40% modern Country.  Core artists inlucd Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Pink, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, One Republic, Carrie Underwood and Adele.

Listen here .

Dierks Bentley will be featured in a new exhibit at Country Radio Hall of Fame and Museum beginning Friday, March 4.  The exhibit will run through Tuesday, September 6.  

The launch of the exhibit will feature a special appearance by Bentley on Saturday, March 12 in the Museum's CMA Theater.  Bentley will talk about his career and perform acoustically beginning at 2 p.m. (CT). The program is free to members nad included in Museum admission.

"It's crazy to be considered for something like this," said Bentley. "The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential Country artists of all time. Just being in the building as a visitor is humbling, but to actually be featured in one of the Museum's exhibits is something I never would have believed if you'd suggested it back when I started chasing this dream down on Broadway. I'm going to have to go down there to see it for myself to really make it sink in."


 

Greater Media has promoted Buzz to SVP/Program Development.  In this new role he will oversee program development for all Greater Media's radio properties and collabroate with the stations to build winning content, digital and brand management strategies.

Buzz has done an outstanding job overseeing our programming brands across the company over the past 14 years,” said Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter H. Smyth. “His insight and leadership plays an important role in the continued success of our company.”

"It's amazing to wake up every day to meet the challenges and opportunities of our business working for such a crown jewel of a company as Greater Media," said Knight.  "I'm grateful to Peter Smyth and the Bordes family for their continued support."
 

Merle Haggard has cancelled all concert dates through February while he continues to fight pneumonia.  He has been battling this since December.  Last week he cancelled all performances set for the weekend.  

Now a spokesperson from his camp says it may be a much longer break saying, "Merle is hopeful he will be back on the road later in this Spring.  Fans can go to his website for updates. 

Although CRS is just around the corner, the Arista/Nashville promo team has started a bit of the fun early by producing their own video to coincide with February 15, the day they will go for adds on Cam's new single "Mayday."

The creative (and quite talented) team have come up with their own "Add Day" sung to the tune of "Mayday" with their own original lyrics.

The project stars Arista Nashville VP/Promo Lesly Simon, Directo/National Promo Andy Elliott, Director/Southeast Promo Ali O'Connell, Director NE Promotion Abi Fishbone, Director/West Coast Promo Lauren Thomas, Mgr., Regional Promo Luke Jensen and Promo Coordinator Olivia Laster.  The spotlight shines bright on the amazing vocals done by Director/South and Southwest promo Rusty Sherrill.  

Check it out here

GAC TV's Nan Kelley will join with Devon O'Day, former producer of "Gerry House and the House Foundation" for afternoons on WSM-A/Nashville.  They will begin Tuesday, March 1 and will host a local lifestyle program, succeeding Mike Terry who goes to middays taking over for Frank Seres.  

Seres and WSM-A PD Dean Warfield will be working on off-air projects in teh future.  In other WSM news, Richard Thomas is returning to the station for traffic duties.  Thomas retired in 2010 after 35 years with WSM-A.

Sumner Redstone has resigned as Chairman of CBS Corporation and will serve as chairman Emeritus, with President/CEO Leslie Mooves morning up to Chairman.  Redstone's daughter Shari remains Vice Chair of CBS.  The move comes as Redstone's competency and the CEO Philppe Dauman's role in handling Redstone's affairs is being challenged in a lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer.  

“I am honored to accept the chairmanship of this great Company,” said Moonves. “I want to thank Sumner for his guidance and strong support over all these years. It has meant the world to me. I am particularly grateful that Shari Redstone has agreed to continue in her role as Vice Chair of the Company. Her business acumen and knowledge of the media space remain very important to me as we move forward, and I greatly appreciate her support and invaluable counsel. I would also like to thank our excellent board of directors, who have contributed so significantly to our success. The people of CBS have achieved much together and I believe the best is yet to come.”

“I have been fortunate to work with Les and he has clearly established himself as a creative and effective leader who understands both the challenges and the opportunities that are shaping today’s media landscape,” said Shari Redstone. “I am sure he will make a great Chair and I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”



 

Big Machine Label Group has announced their line up for CRS 2016.  Performing on Wednesday, February 10 will be Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Drake White, Tara Thompson and Tucker Beathard who will entertian CRS attendees at the Omni Nashville at the CRS Performance Hall at noon.

“Country Radio Seminar brings such an energy to the radio and music communities—unlike any other industry convention, and each year, Big Machine Label Group aims to deliver the best experience for those in attendance,” says BMLG SVP Partnership Marketing & Promotion Strategy and CRS Board Member John Zarling. “This year, our first at the Omni, will be a special one, and for this reason we wanted to be at the heart of it all. With Jennifer, Justin, Tara, Drake and Tucker, this hour of music will spotlight some of the most compelling music coming out of the label group this year.”

This is Big Machine's first CRS-sanctioned luncheon event.  It comes after a very successful 2015 and a 10-year anniversary.

To register for Country Radio Seminar that will be held Monday, February 8-Wednesday, February 10 at the Omni Nashville visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

WQNU, Q 103.1/Louisville, KY's listeners spent Saturday, January 30 hoping to run out of gas.  The station held their "WQNU Q 103.1 #QFest2015 Bill Collins Ford F-150 Give-Away" began back in October and culminated at the car lot with one lucky listener winning a new truck.

Listeners would text to win a chance to participate in the event and those chosen took a turn driving the F-150 around a course until it literally ran out of gas.  The driver at the time would win a new truck.

Wynema Barton, mother of two small children who drove to the contest site in a van without a working heater, won the new truck.

Shane Collins, OM/afternoon host was in the cab of the truck with Barton when she screamed "We're outta gas!" He reported that the event "was a blast."

 

02/03/2016 12:48 PM
Tim Earns Most Adds
Kudos to the promo team at Big Machine Records and Tim McGraw for earning 65 Mediabase adds this week with McGraw's latest single "Humble and Kind."

The promo team that got the job done includes VP/Promo Jack Purcell, Director/National Promo Erik Powell, Director/Southeast Regional Promo and Marketing Jeff Davis, Director Southwest/Centrall Regional Promo and Marketing, Alex Valentine, Director/West Coast Regional Promo and Marketing Brooke Diaz and Promo Coordinator Justin Newell.

 

John Boyle has been named OM/PD for Country WRKN, Nash FM 92.3 and Alternative WZRH, 106.1 The Underground/New Orleans.  He came from Rock WSJZ/Melbourne as PD.

According VP/Market Manager Pat Galloway, "We at Cumulus/New Orleans are very excited to have John Boyle join us as Program Director of 106.1 The Underground and Nash FM 92.3.  John's experience and leadership qualities will take these stations to new levels of performance.  We are very happy to keep John in the Cumulus family."

Boyle said, "It's a tremendous honor and great privilege to join the talented New Orleans Cumulus crew.  Many thanks to Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, Charlie Cook and Pat Galloway .  Even in my wildest dreams, and there have been some doozies, I never thought I'd the the opportunity to work in the Crescent City."

02/03/2016 12:41 PM
New Contact Info For B-Dub
As was reported here, Bryan "B-Dub" Washington has taken the position of APD/MD/afternoon personality at KMLE/Phoenix.  He is on the job now and his new contact info is phone 602-452-1090 and email here.

Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovick of Edison Research will present their findings of the extensive research study "Ear Wars," during a Tuesday, February 9 session at Country Radio Seminar.  The session will kick off at 10 a.m. (CT) at the Nashville Omni Hotel.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,500 listeners and conducted on-on-one interviews of listeners and broadcasters at legendary Country stations WXTU/Philadelphia, WIVK/Knoxville and WTHI/Terre Huate to answer the questions "why radio" and "what matters?"

"This presentation will walk programmers through every element of their programming day with an eye toward instilling 'Fear Of Missing Out' into everything they do, from music to air talent content to other engagement, community involvement, and even your marketing," said Edison President Larry Rosin. "Without a doubt, our 2016 presentation will be the one most loaded with things that broadcasters can take back to their market. Programmers should make sure they don't miss out as well."

 

Garth Brooks has added a stop in Louisville KY to his "World Tour."  Garth and tour mate/wife Trisha Yearwood will play the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. (ET).  Tickets go on sale February 12 at 10 a.m. (ET) via Ticketmaster or 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000.

Cumulus Radio will be using Futuri Media's four major platforms.  Futuri will provide Listener Driven Radio (LDR1), Takeover, Topicpulse social medai monitoring and Topline sales research across 27 of Cumulus' largest markets.  Other markets will then follow.  Futuri Media's LKR1 and Takover will give listeners the power to vote and control live radio programming or let them know when their favorite songs are about the play; The Topicpllus gives re-time social media meausrements for newsrooms and content producers and teh Topline system which is a research app for sales teams.

SVP/Content & Programming Mike McVay said, “We’ve always respected the value Futuri can bring to broadcasters, and have watched the company continuously innovate and improve its services. Futuri has proved to us that they can customize their capabilities to our individual stations’ ratings and revenue objectives. We’re a particularly big believer in Futuri's Topicpulse social media tool, which will help us maximize our audience engagement potential in our largest and most competitive markets.”

“We are honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with the leadership team at Cumulus Radio,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Cumulus owns numerous stations that are truly heritage brands in their communities, and we look forward to working with them to deploy new and meaningful ways to 


 

Ciara Shortridge, Coordinator/A&R for Disney Music Group has been promoted to the newly created position of A&R Representative.  In this position she will be overseeing creative affairs for the writer's roster and new acquisisition in the recording and publishing divisions of the company.

She joined Disney in 2009 after graduating from Belmont University.  She can be reached here.

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