industry members
Kris Underwood
Midday Air Personality   Federated Media
Jamie Dickerman
Program Director   Ingstad Family Media
R.C. Pickens
president   r.c. pickens roadshows
John Chaffee
Chief Copywriter   Drifting Spirit Songs LLC
Steph Peters
Morning Show Producer   Lincoln Financial Media
kevin kennedy
afternoons on wklb   greater media

Ticketmaster/Nashville has named former Show Dog Director/Digital Marketing Sloane Cavitt Logue as Manager/Client Relations and Artist Services.  

Logue will be the provide local artists and managers access to and advice on how to best use Ticketmaster's developing list of artist programs.  

“I look forward to helping artists super-serve their fans," said Logue. "In this role, I will be able to share all the great products and services Ticketmaster has to offer to Nashville's exploding music community.” Congratulate her at (615) 932-5216 or  here.

05/21/2015 12:24 PM
Ryan Fox Hangs With Kenny

Ryan Fox, host of Westwood One's "Now With Ryan Fox" and morning host of "Hot Country" and "Mainstream Country Local" got to spend some time with Kenny Chesney backstage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  

Aldean and Chesney shared teh stage as the Big Revival and Burn It Down tours came together.

ASCAP has promoted Michael Martin to the newsly created position of VP for its Nashville membership office.

Martin, formerly Director of Membership/Creative worked with Leeann Phelan who has recently left.  He will now report directly to ASCAP EVP/Membership John Titta.

comes to ASCAP from Extreme Writers Group where he was Partner and Co-Founder with Jason Houser.  He has enjoyed numerous #1 including Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" and George Strait's "I Saw God Today." 

"ASCAP's Nashville community of writers and publishers is a rich vein of musical creativity, collaboration, and success," stated Titta. "While ASCAP transforms itself to offer innovative new services to our members, we are fortunate that Michael has been at the vanguard of this change in his previous ASCAP role. Moving forward, we need a strong leader in Nashville that understands the dynamics and needs of this valuable community. Michael's expertise in fostering close bonds with our Nashville membership and his vision for enhancing ASCAP's relationship with both emerging and established writers and publishers make him the perfect choice to lead our talented Creative team in Music City."

05/21/2015 10:51 AM
Joe O'Donnell To Retire
Curb Records/Nashville West Coast regional Joe O'Donnell has announced his retirement.  He will be leaving the record business at the end of May.

In an open letter to friends O'Donnell (who was called "Jod") said, "“To my fellow West Coast Regionals, Nationals and VPs: It's been a great (or mostly great) 25-plus years in the record biz. I'm retiring at the end of May. I'll be hanging out with my wife and dogs in New Mexico. The cell won't change, be in touch (505) 249-9799. Travel safe. Peace and love, adios amigos! JOD.” 

He can be reached here .

The family of Country Music Halll of Famer Hank Cochran has created The Pen Fund.  This organization, in conjunction with The Nikki Mitchell Foundation will help songwriters with pancreatic cancer and support awareness and research for early detection.  You can donate here. 

Bill Sexauer has been naamed APD/Afternoons at Cox Media's KWEN, K95/Tulsa.  He will begin his new gig on Monday, June 1.  

He was most recently with Top 40 WZNF, 95.3 The Gorilla/Biloxi, MS and did mornings/PD.  He succeeds Kristina Carlyle who left to join KTGX, 106.1 The Twister in April..

This is a return to Cox/Tulsa for Sexauer who worked for News/Talk KRMG and K95 last year before going to WZNF.  He's also worked at Gulf South's Top 40 WKMX/Dothan, AL.  He worked there for five years and three of them he handled PD duties.


Brad Paisley will open for the Rolling Stones in Nashville on June 17 at LP Field.  Zip Code, the band's 15-city North American stadium tour, kicks off in San Diego on May 25 and will be making stops in Coluimbis, MInneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlanddo, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrappingin Quebec.

The Zip Code tour will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-7's "A Bigger Bang Tour.

May 24, 2015                   San Diego, CA                    Petco Park
May 30, 2015                   Columbus, OH                    Ohio Stadium
June 3, 2015                      Minneapolis, MN                TCF Bank Stadium
June 6, 2015                      Dallas, TX                           AT&T Stadium
June 9, 2015                      Atlanta, GA                         Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12, 2015                    Orlando, FL                        Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17, 2015                    Nashville, TN                      LP Field
June 20, 2015                    Pittsburgh, PA                     Heinz Field
June 23, 2015                    Milwaukee, WI                   Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27, 2015                    Kansas City, MO                Arrowhead Stadium
July 1, 2015                       Raleigh, NC                        Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4, 2015                       Indianapolis, IN                   Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8, 2015                       Detroit, MI                          Comerica Park
July 11, 2015                     Buffalo, NY                         Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15, 2015                     Quebec, QC                        Le Festival D’Été de Québec

For ticket information go to

Lady A, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will headline the on the Coast in Panama City Beach, Florida over Labor Day weekend Friday, September 4-Sunday, September 6.

They will be joined by Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery, Gary Allen, Ronnie Milsap, Kellie Pickler, Tyler Farr, Darryl Worley, Kristian Bush, The Swon Brothers, and more.  

The tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $119.  Prices will go up once the current tickets have been sold.  For more information go to the Gulf Coast Jam website here

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN) has added "Serving YOur Country" to its weekly Country music programming.  The two-hour weekly program will be part of American Forces Network.  The show will be hosted by WUSN/Chicago morning man Ray "Ramblin 'Ray" Stevens (left) and will feature Country music and report on all the activities of the US military.

"I'm very proud of this show," said Stevens. "It's our way of saying thanks to those folks who provide our freedom. It's just huge, and I know they love the gesture!" USRN EVP/Programming Andy Denemark echoed, "We're quite proud of this show, which has been on the air for over two years now. So many Country stations cite support for our troops and veterans as a key part of their community services, so it's very gratifying to have this program not only exist and grow on US radio stations, but to now be transmitted to our service personnel overseas is fantastic."


Katie Arminger is launching "Girls Wtih Dreams," a national songwriting compeittion that gives young songwriters the chance to win $10,000 college sholarship and have their music recorded with her.The winner will fly to Nashville to recird their song with Katie and two time Grammy-winning producer Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift). For contest rules go to 

“My entire career started by winning a contest,” says Katie, “And now I’d like to give other young ladies an opportunity like the one I had.”

Arminger began her career at 14 and completed her first album by the time she was 15.  She has shared the stage with some of country music's biggest artists including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, LIttle Big Town, Eli Young Band, Daius Rucker, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler, to name a few.  

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has named Beth Brinker (right) as their new Creative Manager.  The Texas native has served as Creative Director for LaTigo Shore Music and has worked with Thirty Tigers and The National FFA Organization.

Brinker has also spent time on-air in roles with Spike TV, Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour and "The Marty Stuart Show."  She has worked with GAC-TV, RFD-TRv and others.  She will begin her new job immediately.

ASCAP also announces that both Robert Filhart and Evyn Mustoe has been promoted.  Filhart is the new Creative Director after serving as ASCAP Creative Manager for five years.  Mustoe has been promoted to Associate Creative Director.  He has been working as Creative Manager for two years.  

"Robert and Evyn are such an integral part of the ASCAP Creative staff," said ASCAP/Nashville's Michael Martin. "They helped build the foundation of the excellent team we have in place in Nashville, and we are so excited to welcome Beth as the newest edition to that team. Her energy and enthusiasm for the job are off the charts, and we can't wait for her to get started!"

On Tuesday, June 9 "St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends" will take place at Cannon Cneter for the Performing ARts in Memphis, TN.  John Rich is bringing a number of friends to help him raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Those joining Rich include Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee, Frankie Balland, comedians Williams and Ree and Big Kenny.

"I'm incredibly proud that the 'St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends" charity event has grown into an amazing entertainment event over the past four years, while continuing to support the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," explained Rich. "It's a blessing to be part of an industry that has supported St. Jude so passionately for the past 30 years." 

For more information visit .

Big D & Bubba have extendded their contract with Compass Media through 2020.  They launched Silverfish and teamed up with Compass in 2014 after leaving Premiere.  

"In our first 16 months of working with Compass Media Networks, we have seen explosive growth in both affiliates and sales," says Bubba. This extension was a no-brainer." 

Says Big D, "(Founder/CEO) Peter Kosann is the best at what he does. We don't know what that is, but he's great at it. Seriously, we couldn't be happier." 

Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Alden, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line are all scheduled to take the stage at the 2015 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 10.  The show will broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. (ET) on CMT TV.

CMT TV will also air nominated videos during morning music hours while CMT Pure will feature nomination blocks throughout each day. CMT Radio will also feature interviews with "CMT Music Awards" performers on its "CMT After Midnite" and "CMT Radio Live" broadcasts.  

For more information and to participate in voting visit

Curly Clark (right), MD/Afternoon personality is leaving KTTS/Springfield, Mo for an opportunity with a local ad agency.  She has been with the Scripps Country station for 27 years.  

PD Mark Grantin expressed both "his sadness and excitement" for Curly and is now looking for her replacement. Describing the position as a "rare, fulltime opening in afternoons and possible MD duties for the right candidate."

If interested apply here.


According to a Seatsmart blog, popular music lyrics are dumb. Believe it or not, Seatsmart has done some research and there apparently some real science behind this statement.

The study sets out to find which genre of music is the most sophisticated. Genres measured include Country, Pop, Rock and R&B/Hip Hop. Readability scores were found by using writing analysis tools like Flesch-Kincaid grade index and others to create an average US reading level of a piece of text. Song lyrics of those songs that hit and stayed (for at least three weeks) at #1 on the Billboard charts between 2005-2014 were then put in.  An average grade level, word count and other metrics were calculated. Over 225 songs were analyzed in 4 different datasets resulting in over 2,000 individual data points.  

It's important to note that this data didn't deal with the meaning, metaphors, how the words connect with the artist, etc.   

The findings are in and Country does indeed (by comparison) have the "smartest" lyrics.

And, overall, this research is great news for third graders.  That's right.  Only in the years 2005 and 2006 songs would third graders have had a tough time interpreting these lyrics.

If you average out all the hit songs in each genre the median reading level by grade is: 

Country 3.3
Pop 2.9
Rock 2.9
R&B/Hip Hop: 2.6

There are many reasons for this.  When you consider word length, Country is the only genre without words like "oh" or "yeah" repeated many times in a row. Yes, indeed, if you say it in the song, it's counted as a lyric.

Country music is full of multi-syllable words.  Think of  the number of songs that use words like Hallelujah, cigarettes, hillbilly or mention locations like Carolina, California, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Pop and R&B/Hip Hop usually stick with places like LA and New York.

When looking at Top Country Artists and their "song intelligence metric,"  the highest artist with a 3.72 average grade level  is Carrie Underwood.  She is closely followed by Blake Shelton with 3.61 and Brad Paisley with 3.54.  Florida Georgia Line are at the bottom with an average grade level of 2.93.

And, Country also comes in with 5 out of the top 10 smartest songs in this study.  Blake Shelton's All About Tonight   is at #1 with with a 5.8 grade level.  Other Country artists' songs include Craig Morgan's That's What I Love About Sunday at #5, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert with Were Were Us at #6, Carrie Underwood with Before He Cheats at #9 and Miranda Lambert's The House That Built Me at #10.

And, listen to this!  Country doesn't even show up on the 10 worst songs of the last 10 years.

Below are listed the top Country songs ranked by grade level.  And, again those longer words and longer sentences played a part (thanks, Keith Urban!).  

Top Country Songs Ranked By Grade Level
Average Grade Level Song Title Artist Year Weeks at #1 Word Count Syllables per Word Characters per Word
5.8 All About Tonight Blake Shelton 2010 3 311 1.3 3.9
4.9 That’s What I Love About Sunday Craig Morgan 2005 4 254 1.2 3.7
4.9 We Were Us Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert 2013 3 283 1.3 3.9
4.7 Before He Cheats Carrie Underwood 2006 5 304 1.2 3.8
4.6 Good Directions Billy Currington 2007 3 303 1.2 3.8
4.6 The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert 2010 4 310 1.2 3.7
4.5 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift 2012 9 376 1.3 3.8
4.4 The World Brad Paisley 2006 3 248 1.3 3.6
4.4 Summertime Kenny Chesney 2006 5 294 1.2 3.6
4.1 Beer In Mexico Kenny Chesney 2007 3 242 1.3 3.7
4 I’m Still A Guy Brad Paisley 2008 3 364 1.1 3.5
4 Making Memories Of Us Keith Urban 2005 5 247 1.2 3.5
3.9 So Small Carrie Underwood 2007 3 274 1.2 3.9
3.9 Take Me There Rascal Flatts 2007 3 256 1.2 4
3.7 She’s Everything Brad Paisley 2007 3 358 1.3 3.5
3.7 Consider Me Gone Reba 2010 4 303 1.2 3.4
3.7 If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows) Rodney Atkins 2006 4 362 1.1 3.6
3.6 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 2013 5 371 1.2 3.6
3.6 Something In The Water Carrie Underwood 2014 3 340 1.2 3.6
3.6 Watching You Rodney Atkins 2007 4 398 1.2 3.5
3.5 Wasted Carrie Underwood 2007 3 343 1.2 3.6
3.5 Better Life Kieth Urban 2005 6 325 1.2 3.4
3.5 Shutgun Rider Tim McGraw 2014 3 277 1.3 3.7
3.4 Letter To Me Brad Paisley 2008 4 450 1.2 3.4
3.3 Don’t Blink Kenny Chesney 2007 4 383 1.1 3.8
3.2 Stay Florida Georgia Line 2013 6 410 1.2 3.4
3.2 Somewhere With You Kenny Chesney 2011 3 374 1.2 3.4
3.2 Drink A Beer Luke Bryan 2014 5 176 1.2 3.6
3 Don’t You Wanna Stay Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson 2011 3 222 1.2 3.6
3 Why Don’t We Just Dance Josh Turner 2010 4 230 1.1 3.5
3 Living In Fast Forward Kenny Chesney 2006 3 235 1.2 3.6
3 Play It Again Luke Bryan 2014 9 436 1.2 3.5
2.9 Honey Bee Blake Shelton 2011 4 355 1.2 3.3
2.9 Jesus, Take The Wheel Carrie Underwood 2006 6 307 1.1 3.4
2.9 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 2013 24 421 1.2 3.7
2.9 Bless The Broken Road Rascal Flatts 2005 5 239 1.2 3.7
2.8 What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts 2006 4 280 1.2 3.6
2.7 This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan 2014 6 383 1.2 3.6
2.7 Burnin’ It Down Jason Aldean 2014 14 436 1.2 3.7
2.7 That’s My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan 2013 12 390 1.1 3.6
2.6 Never Wanted Nothing More Kenny Chesney 2007 5 352 1.2 3.3
2.6 Felt Good On My Lips Tim McGraw 2011 3 326 1.2 3.4
2.5 Big Green Tractor Jason Aldean 2009 4 368 1.1 3.3
2.5 Need You Now Lady Antebellum 2009 5 237 1.2 3.3
2.5 Our Song Taylor Swift 2008 6 386 1.2 3.6
2.5 You’re Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins 2008 3 317 1.2 3.5
2.5 Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band 2012 4 287 1.2 3.4
2.3 It Won’t Be Like This For Long Darius Rucker 2009 3 317 1.1 3.4
2.2 God Gave Me You Blake Shelton 2011 3 274 1.1 3.3
2.2 Then Brad Paisley 2009 3 285 1.1 3.5
2.1 The Man I Want To Be Chris Young 2010 3 266 1.1 3.2
1.5 As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith 2005 6 380 1.1 3.2

Apparently, Toby Keith and Chris Young didn't do us any favors mentioning God and their baby. Just think where we'd be if they'd traveled to Senatobia, Mississippi a bit more?

Read the entire blog here. 

The Nashville Business Journal has named Tatum Allsep, Founder and Executive Director of Music Health Alliance as one of their 2015 Health Care Heroes.  She is the first recipient of the Healthcare Hero Advocate Award.

Allsep will be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Omni Nashville Hotel and also in a special publication in the May 22 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

Allsep first began to understand the music industry’s need for healthcare support while working with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and after her own struggles with health care coverage. Through a process of exploring profit-based alternatives, Allsep became convinced that the only way to put client’s needs first was to remove the profit motive. The result was Music Health Alliance (MHA), a 501(c)3 non-profit that engages a completely new and unique model that provides a full spectrum of health care services and support. Today Music Health Alliance provides healthcare solutions to the music industry based solely on the client’s specific needs in a safe and trusted environment.

The mission of Music Health Alliance is to provide access to healthcare through services that protect, direct and connect music professionals with medical and financial solutions.

For more information on Music Health Alliance visit

The FCC has come down hard with a fine for iHeart Communications, Inc., parent of iHeartMedia fining the company $1 million in a consent decree arising from the airing of false Emergency Alert System tones.  Bobby Bones sounded the alert on his nationally syndicated show on iHeartMedia Country WSIX-FM, The Big 98/Nashville. The company has agreed to paying hte civil penality and has come up with a three year agreement and a reporting plan and elimination of the EAS tones from its production libraries.

The incident occured on October 14, 2014 when Bones was talking about teh soundeing of an EAS test that aired during the World Series.  He played a recording of an earlier test that was then sent to over 70 affiliates and resulted in a "Multi-state cascade of false EAS alerts on radios and televisions in multiple states."

“The public counts on EAS tones to alert them to real emergencies,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “Misuse of the emergency alert system jeopardizes the nation’s public safety, falsely alarms the public, and undermines confidence in the emergency alert system.”

This fine is among several that have been issued over the last six months for misuse of EAS tones.  Fines have been levied against Viacom, ESPN, Univision, Pathfinder Communications, and SM Radio Productions totally almost $2.5 million.

Get the full FCC statement here

Alpha Media will purchase Morris Communications' 36 stations in eight markets including Country stations WIBW-FM & KTPK/Topeka, KS; KYEZ/Salina,KS; KGNC-FM/Amarillo, TX; KBRJ/Anchorage, AK; KAYO/Wasilla, AK; KXXK/Hoquiam, WA and KWIQ/Moses Lake, WA.  

When the transaction is complete Alpha will operate 135 stations in 28 markets.  

Get more information here. 

The Country Music Association is now accepting applications online for 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards.  The awards are for Broadcast Personality, Station and National Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year.  All categories include four different market sizes, (major, large, medium and small).  Entries will be accepted until Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m. (CT).  

The entries must be performances that happened between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.  They will be judged by radio and industry professionals.  Broadcast winners will be notified in early October and recognized at the "49th Annual CMA Awards."  Submit your materials here .

Cumulus is launching a talent competition for new Country artists called "Nash Next."  Fans will help find and choose winners through online voting and interaction.  Submissions will be taken through and promoted on over 200 Cumulus stations.  This will be the "largest online talent search ever undertaken."

The website will open on June 15 and fans will judge the entrants as they go through challenges through November.  A panel  of three music professionals will judge along with a "Spin Index" of social media activity and fan voting at the website.will help choose the winner of the competition. The entrants will be judged in various categories including a cover song, original jingle (with fans choosing the last five words via Twitter), an original song broadcast on Periscope, an original video on Instagram, original content on PicCollage and a fully produced original music video including animation.

The winner will get a record deal with Cumulus' Nash Next record label and the top 10 will be a part of a national tour in 2016.  

According to John Dickey, EVP of Content and Programming, "“Country is firmly established as the most popular music format and through Nash Next we are connecting directly with the fans and talent who are most engaged with the Country lifestyle."

“We are thrilled to partner with Nash in launching Nash Next,” said Ron Berryman, Founder and CEO of Sum, Nash Next's   technology partner. “This has to be one of the most innovative approaches in finding emerging modern Country talent, and engaging their fan base through the use of social media.”

05/18/2015 12:43 PM
Lunchbox Gets Hitched
Congrats to Lunchbox, co-host of "The Bobby Bones Show," who got married over the weekend.  His engagement was announced live on the show in November.  He invited his co-hosts to the festivities in Texas on Saturday, May 16th.  

Photos of his big day can be found on the Bobby Bones website at or you can search social media using hashtag #BoxAndTheFox. 

Neilsen Audio's analysis has just been released on Arpi l 2015 PPM results.  News Talk is #! of all formats for persons 6+ at 8.8%.  Pop CHR decreased from 8.7% to 8.5% amoung Persons 6+ from March but still is strong when compared to its percentages in April 2013 and 2014 (8.2%).  It remains the same and the top format with 18-34 year olds compared to March (12.8%). 

Country experienced a slight decrease putting it in second place 6+ with 7.8%, 19% with 18-34 year olds and 7.6% with 25-54 year olds.  These numbers were a bit down looking year to year but summer tends to be very strong for Country.

Classic Rock did very well with year-to-year grown in Persons 6+ (4.7-5.3%).  It also included with 18-34 year olds (3.9-4.8%) and 25-54 year olds (5.1-6%).  Hot AC also did well reaching 6.7% for 6+, 7.5% for 18-34 year olds and 7.4% for 25-54 year olds.  

Get the full story here

Taylor Swift walked away with eight awards last night at the Billboard Music Awards. Jason Aldean won two awards while other Country artist winners included Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood.  

Little Big Town a
lso performed "Girl Crush" with Faith Hill during the show.

The show took CBS to a #1 rank for the night winning 18-49 and 18-34 demos in rating and share.  The show had 9.9 million viewers for the night. 

Below are the full list of winners:
·         TOP HOT 100 SONG: MEGHAN TRAINOR, "All About That Bass"
·         TOP RADIO SONG: JOHN LEGEND, "All of Me"
·         TOP RAP SONG: IGGY AZALEA featuring CHARLI XCX, "Fancy"
·         TOP SOUNDTRACK: "Frozen"
·         TOP RAP ALBUM: J. COLE, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
·         TOP COUNTRY ALBUM: JASON ALDEAN, "Old Boots, New Dirt"
·         TOP ROCK ALBUM: COLDPLAY, "Ghost Stories"
·         TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM: LECRAE, "Anomaly"
·         TOP DIGITAL SONG: MEGHAN TRAINOR, "All About That Bass"
·         TOP COUNTRY SONG: JASON ALDEAN, "Burnin' It Down"
·         TOP ROCK SONG: HOZIER, "Take Me to Church"
·         TOP CHRISTIAN SONG: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, "Something in the Water"

Ryan McKiddy, most recently a part timer with WUSN, US 99/Chicago is moving to KCYY, Y 100/San Antonio.  He will be doing afternoons starting May 16th.  

Jeff Garrison, KCYY Director of Operations said “We’re taking Y100 to new heights and are excited to have Ryan join the Y team.  We also look forward to him taking his first River Walk ride.”

McKiddy said, ",  “I am so pumped to be joining the Y100/Cox San Antonio staff.  I thank KCYY’s Jeff Garrison, as well as CMG San Antonio's VP and General Manager Ben Reed, for bringing me onboard. I plan on gaining at least 15 pounds within my first two weeks in San Antonio from all the amazing TexMex food and BBQ.”


05/18/2015 12:17 PM
Russ Fender Retires
WGFG/Kat Country 105.3/Orangeburg, SC's OM/Morning host Russ T. Fender (aka Russ Wood) is retiring after 27 years in the business.  

In his farewell to listeners in the local paper he said, "Now is the time for this amazing ride to come to an end. I am respectfully laying my headsets down, pushing the microphone away and stepping into the shadows. Time to, in theater parlance, 'Exit Stage Left.'

"I look forward to a cup of coffee at sunrise, not refracted through a studio window, and enjoying the sounds of rain on a tin roof without worry about lightning striking a radio tower. Attempting to live a normal life will be the biggest challenge yet and, who knows, before long I may be reaching out my hand to another venture saying, 'You can’t do this without me!'" 

Katie Toupal, most recenlty with iHeartMedia KEEY/Minneapolis is the new co-host for mornings at KBLL/Helena, MT. She will join Dale Desmond in mornings on the "Brohter Dale and Katie on KBLL." Toupal was doing part-time and intern jobs in Minneapolis.  

Desmond has been with the station since January.  He handles OM duties for the five station group and is also PD on KBLL.  Get in touch with Toupal here

Congratuations to Columbia Nashville's promo team and Norbert Nix, David Friedman and RJ Meacham as Tyler Farr's "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" goes to #1 on Mediabase Country singles chart.  

This is the first from Farr's second album "Suffer In Peace."  The album has been certified Gold by RIAA.

Premiere Networks will be the exclusive distributor for Country Qwips, a customized Country specific imaging service.  The ready to air imaging packages are created by Radio Imaging Works.  They are created with each affiliate in mind.  The company has worked with WMIL/Milwaukee, WSOC/Charlotte, WKKO/Toledo and more.

"Radio Imaging Works very excited to be teaming up with Premiere Networks," said Radio Imaging Works Pres. Peter Jorgenson. "We're proud that Qwips are already trusted by many of the industry's most successful stations, and we look forward to helping more clients achieve their branding and ratings objectives." 

For more information go to or call Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300.

In the lead up to the inaugural three-day Chicago Country music festival June 19-21, “Windy City LakeShake” has heightened anticipation by revealing the official artist schedule for the weekend, “Next From Nashville” stage lineup and multiple onsite activities.  

The festival's second stage: "Next From Nashville" will feature Kelsea Ballerini, Tucker Beathard, Cam, Ruthie Collins, David Fanning, Haley & Michaels, JT Hodges, Joey Hyde, Ryan Kinder, Logan Mize, Native Run, Cheyenne Rose, Waterloo Revival
and Austin Webb. 

TheseThese artists join previously announced headliners Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley as well as Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Mickey Guyton, Randy Houser, Maddie and Tae, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Thomas Rhett and Canaan Smith.  

Set times are now available as well as the full lineup and ticket info at

In addition to the festival’s stellar lineup, Windy City LakeShake will also host many onsite activities for festival goers, including a vertigo swing, a giant inflatable slide, the opportunity to cool off at the festival’s watering holes
and indulge in local food concessions.

Follow further “Windy City LakeShake” updates on Facebook: , Twitter: @LakeShakeFest Instagram: @LakeShakeFest and join the conversation on Twitter, using #LakeShakeFest.

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