Question: Was this EAS code that interrupted the World Series For Viewers in Atlanta, Detroit and Austin caused Bobby Bones? 

iHeartMedia has no comment from anyone. Lots of action this morning and afternoon(10/25) at iHeartMedia/Nashville, due to activation of an EAN (Emergency Action Notification) code to U-Verse subscribers in the Atlanta, Detroit and Austin markets and thought to be accidentally sent by Premiere syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones.


It was the most dramatic point thus far in the World Series and the cable goes to an emergency alert test pattern.  This is only a test of the emergency broadcast alert system. It's just a really poorly timed one.
As it turned out, Infante launched a two-run home run that essentially iced the game for Kansas City. It also frustrated Strickland, who had just allowed his fifth home run in six post season appearances, and he let those frustrations get the best of him. As Salvador Perez rounded the bases ahead of Infante, he took exception to Strickland as he stomped around the mound and apparently uttered some less-than-flattering words. This led to the Royals bench clearing and a few more unflattering words.

The situation died down quickly and resulted in Bruce Bochy removing the 22-year-old right-hander, but it was arguably the most interesting minute or two in the World Series so far. Yet those poor fans were stuck with the message above. Needless to say, they weren't pleased.
MEDIA BISTRO quotes an AT&T statement, saying, “A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) investigation indicates that a nationally syndicated radio show not affiliated with AT&T accidentally sent a message over the National Emergency Alert System. This false message was carried on our network, as well as some other providers. We apologize to our customers.”

The message claiming to be an emergency alert triggered by the White House, told receivers their programming was being re-directed to another channel.

The 24-year-old Pop/Country star closed down LA’s Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night (10/25) as she shook the stage for a live outdoor concert on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." 

Swift, wore a skintight pair of black leather pants and a super sparkly crop top, and performed her new Pop hits "Shake It Off" (See it here)  and "Out of the Woods" (see it here)  to a crowd of nearly 15,000 screaming fans on a closed-down section of the infamous street.
Just before Swift’s act that stopped traffic, the superstar sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and discussed her first visit to his show almost 10 years ago.

"Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books the bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him. And he said, 'No, you can't be in the greenroom, we serve alcohol here. You're too young. You have to go.' So he threw her out," Kimmel kidded. "He threw Taylor Swift out of our building.'"

Luckily, there were no hard feelings between Kimmel and Swift and she promptly evened the score with a nice comment. "All's well that ends well because I think of it like this: I think you probably would have gotten in more trouble with Jimmy had he wandered out and been like, 'Why is there this unknown 14 year old kid sitting here with a guitar case? What's happening here?'"

Swift has come a long way since that instance. The 7-time Grammy Award winner told Kimmel she's feeling "more confident" than ever about the release of her fifth studio album.

Looking at the reaction of the audience on Hollywood Blvd, there’s no hard feelings.

An article in the New York Times questions Taylor Swift's ability to her million -unit sale debuts after her "decision to break from Country radio" and her release of her upcoming album 1989.

WXTU/Philadelphia Mark Razz and Consultant Joel Raab are quoted.  Read it here. 

10/24/2014 12:50 PM
Let's Hear It For The Girls
Brad Paisley has put out a "special edition" of his latest video for his new single "Perfect Storm." 

Paisley and his band are playing as a rainstorm of pictures fly by of women in country music.  Those include consultant Becky Brenner, KAJA/San Antonio's Bree Wagner, KYCE Las Vegas' Kris Daniels, KKGO/Los Angeles' Tonya Campos, KSON/San Diego's Brooks O'Brian, WKLB/Boston's Ginny Rogers, WMZQ/Washington's Meg StevensThe Bobby Bones Show's Amy and WQIK/Jacksonville's Cindy Spicer are just a few.  

Check it out here.  

All About Country was saddened to hear about the passing of Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire's father yesterday (10/23) in Coalgate, OK.  He was 86.

Reba's Facebook page reads, "Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home."

He was a Champion steer roper in the late 50's and 60's and was a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1979.

10/24/2014 12:22 PM
Miranda's Going To The Dogs
Miranda Raises Over $600,000 For Cause For the Paws
Miranda Lambert raised $628,148 for Muttnation Foundation during her "7th Annual Cause For the Paws."
The charity event was held in Las Vegas and the money will be used throughout the coming year on projects such as Redemption Ranch, the frist Muttnation Foundation owned and operated shelter opening in Tishomingo, OK on Saturday, November 22.

10/24/2014 12:16 PM
Test Exits Adams/Las Cruces
MM Veronica Vaillancourt-Test has left after 14 years with Adams/Las Cruces, NM.  Stations she oversaw included Country KGRT and Classic Country KGRT-A.  Get in touch with her here.
Meanwhile, President/CEO Ron Stone is looking for her replacement.  Apply here

Kenny Chesney will play Stadiums Across The Country In 2015

Kenny Chesney is ready to reunite with No Shoes Nation on the road.  Chesney announced today   (10/24) on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" that he will launch "The Big Revival Tour" in 2015.

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate," explained Chesney.  "I've been ready to get out there for a long time.  Now that we're announced I'm fired up!  This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it's gonna take what we do to a whole other level."

No dates or cities have been revealed by Chesney, however he did indicate, that he will be bringing multiple acts on the road to hit stadiums across the country.  The tour is slated to officially kick off on Chesney’s birthday, Thursday, March 26th, 2015, in Nashville.

He said, "We're going to be mixing up the line-up, too: different markets will have different acts playing with us.  A few will be on all the stadium shows, some doing pieces -- but I promise everybody who's coming out rocks hard, and understands turning on a crowd. Because of the number of artists we're pulling into this tour, the roll out is a little trickier, but I think it's going to be worth the wait and the finding out.  Rather than locking in one thing, I want to make each market the best it could be. People will be fired up when they see who's playing where.  That means, there's more news to come...a lot of our favorite cities are on the list, so are some places we've never been.  Get ready!"

Beasley Broadcast Group announces operating results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014.

he company reports the $0.7 million, or 5.0%, year-over-year decline in net revenue during the three months ended September 30, 2014, "primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the Company's Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters, which more than offset net revenue increases at the Company's Las Vegas and Ft. Myers market clusters.

Station operating expenses in the 2014 third quarter increased by $0.2 million, or 1.8%, which coupled with the revenue decline resulted in a $0.8 million, or 18.9%, decline in third quarter 2014 station operating income to $3.6 million compared to the 2013 third quarter.

Chairman/CEO George Beasley stated, "We don't believe third quarter operating results from continuing operations reflect the strength, ratings and local relevance of our platform, as the lower level of reported net revenue from continuing operations is temporarily mis-matched with certain expenses that will be better amortized across the Company's larger revenue base once we complete the asset exchange with CBS Radio.

October 1st, the Company entered into an Asset Exchange Agreement with CBS Radio whereby Beasley will exchange a total of five radio stations in the Philadelphia and Miami-Fort Lauderdale markets for a total of fourteen CBS Radio stations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia markets.

Beasley remarks, "As a result of the proposed transaction, the Company is required to report the stations that CBS Radio will assume ownership of as 'discontinued operations' on its income statement and as 'assets held for sale' on its balance sheet. The reporting for discontinued operations includes net revenue, station operating expenses, depreciation and amortization, and attributable income taxes from the five radio stations. The assets held for sale include property and equipment, FCC licenses, and goodwill from the five radio stations. 

"We are very excited by the potential presented by the CBS transaction as we will exchange five stations in Philadelphia and Miami for fourteen stations in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia," said Beasley. "Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group's 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The planned asset exchange with CBS Radio addresses these strategic objectives and upon completion, we will expand our owned and operated station base by nine stations increasing Beaslet's portfolio to 53, including 33 FM and 20 AM stations, in twelve markets with approximately 7.7 million weekly listeners.  Importantly, we will add completed clusters in the Tampa and Charlotte markets which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence."

The AristoMedia Group has released the Fall 2014 Aristo International Report, which is now available here

Highlights in this issue include:

• An update on the UK Country Music scene including the lineup for the C2C Festival in March of 2015 

• An overview of activities at the recent Canadian Country Music Week 

• The CMAA Lifetime Achievement Award winner 

• The latest news from Down Under, plus some insight into the recent APRA SongHubs event in Nashville 

• Tony Byworth writes a fond remembrance of George Hamilton IV 

• Some photo highlights of the Gstaad Country Nights Festival in Switzerland 

 Dobe Newton profiles another great year for Sounds Australia at the Americana Festival 

• Americana President bt discusses the global growth of the Americana Music Festival 

• Canada’s Gord Bamford receives the CMA Global Artist Award 

• Some updates on the Big Machine Label Group’s overseas activities 

This edition’s executive Q&A is with Milly Petriella, who is Director of Member Relations for Sydney-based APRA/AMCOS. This issue is also the largest Aristo International Report to date

The AristoMedia Group has issued a quarterly review of global activities since 2008. The report is distributed to executives, artists and media representatives worldwide. News items for the nextAristo International Report may be submitted to /todaysnews

Dallas-based Ray Johnston,  who has just released his new full length album “No Bad Days,” has just signed a one-year licensing agreement with the University of Alabama for the use of his originally penned song “Alabama Crimson Tide,” written specifically in celebration of the most storied and decorated college football programs in NCAA history.  “

Alabama Crimson Tide” will be played at the Bryant Denny Stadium during all the home games this season, and in radio broadcasts.  The song will also be included in the fan “playlists” for events such as “meet the players” and other fan events. Johnston is proud to have this opportunity to wave the flag of his Alma mater, and he will be donating 15% of his iTunes sales to the university during this one-year term. 

“I co-write this song with the goal of providing the University of Alabama, Bama fans, former players, and alumni with the best country song about our beloved Bama football team. I want this song to be played for generations at games, tailgates, and whenever a Bama person wants a great melody and lyrics about our proud tradition.”

Ray Johnston graduated from the University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was a member of the men’s basketball team.  Johnston is widely known for being drafted into the NBA in 2004 by the Dallas Mavericks off a free agent work-out, and now, he is becoming widely known for his successful music career. 

Cap City Communications/Seven Mountains Media appoints JC Burton VP/Programming for its State College/Lewistown, PA cluster. The stations include AC WZWW, Top 40 WBHV, Rock WEMR, Classic Hits/Oldies WOWY, AC WLAK, AC WMRF and News/Talk WIEZ.
Burton, will also continue his programming duties at the Frankfort, KY cluster of Country WFKY, Country WVKY, AC WSTV, and Oldies WKYW.

Ginny Rogers, Hubbard Radio Chair/CEO will receive the 2014 Rockwell Award during the 39th Conclave Learning Conference November 14-15 in Minnepolis.

Rockwell Award recognizes those who have contributed to the rich legacy of the radio industry, communicating, inspiring and mentoring," says Conclave Board of Directors Chair Mark Bolke. "Ginny has led Hubbard's radio division from a two-station Minneapolis-based group to one of the prominent and most respected radio companies in the country. We thank Ginny for her support of the Conclave over the years."

"On behalf of my family and the great people that I work with, I am honored to accept the Conclave's Rockwell Award," remarked Morris. "To join the ranks of so many people that I have long held in such high regard is truly a humbling experience."


Live Nation, Yahoo and Citi Private Pass are kicking off a new interview web show on Yahoo Music starring Katie Couric.

Lady Antbellum will be the first guests when the show premieres today on Citi Private Pass.  The band will discuss their fifth album "747" which was released last month.  

"Katie is so good about digging in and really asking about the stories that inspire the music - from the studio to the stage," said Lady A's Hillary Scott. "We always love chatting with her and think it's a fun way to complement the concert experience for the fans!"

"We're excited to debut Citi's new behind-the-scenes interview series as we continue to bring high quality entertainment programming to our passionate audience," said Yahoo SVP Marketing Partnerships Lisa Licht.  "As a sponsor of Yahoo Live, Citi will share this exclusive video content with millions of music fans on Yahoo and also leverage targeted advertising across our network."


In a post yesterday, Tim Westergren, Pandora co-founder announced te Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) that will allow artists and managers to receive feedback from Pandora's listeners.  

Pandora plays more than 125,000 artists and more than 12,000 of those artists have more than 100,000 Pandora listeners who have given feedback.  This feedback is now available to artists in a visual-friendly format.  

The research information includes a break down of an artist's listeners by number and demographics.  It also gives information on how many fans have created a Pandora station based around them or a similary artist.  It gives an overview of the number of thumbs up or thumbs down an artist or song has received.  The AMP also provides an interactive heat map that tells where people are listening to their music

"With AMP, we hope to make the day in and day out for artists by eliminating the guesswork," Westergren said.  "From finding out what songs are performing well to inform singles or set lists, to mapping where an artist's fan base is to inform tour schedules, our ultimate goal is to help artists across the spectrum build and maintain their careers."


The Country Music Association and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have partnered with Project Music, which is the only concentrated music business mover and shaker in the country.

All startups worldwide, will be invited to apply for the Project Music program. Then six to eight applicants will be chosen and awarded a minimum of $20,000 investment to start their businesses in exchange for equity. The program leverages the EC’s proven formula with the industry strength of CMA, for the development of the music industry.

Mayor Karl Dean
said, “Nashville has the highest intensity of music industry jobs than any other U.S. city, so whether it is our songwriters, publishers, or music companies, we have it all. It is great to see a group of local companies invest in music technology startups. Nashville’s front door for innovation is the EC, and this music accelerator will only enhance our creative economy.”

The seed investment group founders for the accelerator are Creative Artists Agency, Vector Management, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Universal Music Group, Spalding Entertainment, Devdigita, Red Light Management and Galante Entertainment.  The selected teams will be provided the capital to complete the music business accelerator.

Project Music is a 14-week accelerator program that will develop the selected applicants into investable businesses for the music industry ecosystem in Nashville.

The online application process in now open for submission, at Prospective teams have 30 days to complete the process and apply for Project Music.

The Academy Of Country Music (ACM) has elected its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. 

Elected positions include Sergeant-at-Arms Tim DuBois, Treasurer Duane Clark, Parliamentarian Paul Moore, and Secretary Tiffany Moon.  
Those newly elected to the Board include:

​Lee Brice
Buddy Cannon (Cannon Productions)
Charlie Cook (Cumulus/Nashville)
George Couri (Triple 8 Management)
Tom Forrest (Taillight)
Brad Garrett (Police Productions)
Jerry Hufford (Buck Owens' Enterprises)
Bob Kingsley (Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40)
Mike Kraski (Tenacity management)
Frank Liddell (Carnival Music)
Kathy Armistead Olen (Atticus Brand Partners)
Cindy Mabe (UMG Nashville)
Ebie McFarland (Essential Broadcast Media)
Lee Thomas Miller
Curt Motley (Paradigm Agency)
Brian O'Connell (LiveNation)
Troy Volhoffer (Premier Global Partner)

Director -at-Large positions were appointed by ACM Chairman Darin Murphy, President Paul Barnabee and VP Ken Tucker.
Those appointed include:
Ross Copperman
Benson Curb (Curb Records)
Dallas Davidson
John Dickey (Cumulus Media)
Chris Farren (Combustion Music)
Leslie Fram (CMT)
Jay Frank (Digsin)
Jimmy Harnen (BMLG)

Mary Hilliard Harrington (The Greenroom)
Laura Hutfless (CAA)
Clay Hunnicutt (iHeartMedia)
Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media)
Marion Kraft (Shopkeeper Management)
Jon Loba (BBR Music Group)
Dan Mason (CBS Radio)
Shawn McSpadden (Red Light management)
Greg Oswald (WME)
Kimberly Schlapman

"We are thankful to have such an amazing team of industry leaders who are committed to helping the ACADEMY celebrate its 50th anniversary with a record breaking show in Texas," stated ACM Chairman Darin Murphy.  "It's one of the most exciting times in the ACADEMY's history, and this group of professionals are up to the task."

Jason Aldean will be teaming up with Bob Seger in late November for another great pairing on "CMT Crossroads."

"CMT Crossroads: Bob Seger and Jason Aldean" will premiere on Friday, November 28 at 10 pm (ET/PT) on CMT-TV.

10/22/2014 12:14 PM
Anything Goes To The Top
Congrats to Florida Georgia Line, Republic Nashville's President Jimmy Harnen, VP/Promo Matthew Hargis and the team at Republic  for the #1 debut of FGL's "Anything Goes.  

The album sold 197,000 copies last week according to Nielsen Soundscan and is FGL's first ever #1 album following "Here's To The Good Times" that was released in 2012.  It sold 2.1 million since it was released.  

Also worth noting is that this marks the third straight week a Country album has taken over the all genre chart with FGL following Blake Shelton's "Bringing Back the Sunshine" and Jason Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt."

Not since 2010 has this happened when Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give," Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" and Toby Keith's "Bullets In the Gun" ended up in the same positions.

The People's Choice Awards nominations are open through October 30 and fans can choose up to five nominees in each category to be included on the official ballot.  

Nashville artists are up for all genre awards, specific Country categories nad TV segments.  The ballot also includes a write in section for nominees not listed.  

Those listed on the first-round nominees include:

Album (all genre) : "Platinum" Miranda Lambert, "The Outsiders" Eric Church, "Partners" Barbra Streisand
Breakout Artist (all genre) : Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor
Group (all genre) : The Black Keys, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum
Female Artist (all genre) : Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor
Male Artist (all genre) : Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney
Song (all genre) : “All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor, “Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
Pop Artist: Taylor Swift
Dramatic TV Actress: Hayden Panettiere
Dramatic TV Actor: Charles Esten
Network Drama: Nashville
TV Show: American Idol, The Voice

The 2015 awards show will air on January 7, 8:00 CT on CBS.  Vote here .

10/22/2014 10:02 AM
Lady A To Bowl 'Em Away
Lady Antebellum will appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show today and Friday (10/24) they will appear at the Hollywood Bowl for the "We Can Survive" concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  They will play alongside Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Paramore, Sia, Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani.  

They are promoting their recently released fifth studio album "747" and the latest single off the album is "Freestyle." They are also nominated for "Vocal Gorup of the Year and "Music Video of the Year" for "Bartender for the upcoming CMA Awards on November 5.  For more information visit 

Lee Ann Womack will play London’s massive O2 Arena on Saturday, March 7, then head to Dublin’s 3Arena to play for the Irish fans on Sunday, March 8. Designed to create a diverse picture of what country music can be, Womack shares the bill with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Brandy Clark.

“One of the things I’ve always loved about England is how wide-open and embracing they are of music, without worrying so much about what it is,” Womack says. “But I also know both the UK and Irish fans listen so much closer to the music, they really pay attention to the lyrics and the poetry – and they really love true, hard country music and wonderful songs like very few do!”

Womack was recently featured in a 7,000 word profile in No Depression by noted author David Cantwell, he wrote of her artistic lean, “Her music’s the same as gospel in some ways, just looked at from life’s other side.” The Nashville Scene seconds that emotion, offering of The Way I’m Livin’s essence, “knotty narratives dominate. What really makes them feel adult, and particularly ill-suited to partying, is the way their protagonists refuse to lie to themselves about the consequences of their actions and the states of their souls. Call it gospel-versant realism.”
While Womack gears up for her 2015 tour, lucky fans on the West Coast, as well as a few select Midcentral dates can hear the band that prompted NPR’s Ann Powers to tell “World Café” in their Americana festival coverage, “I’m definitely going to her show, and standing in the front row, cheering her on.”
10/22 - Napa, CA - City Winery
10/23 - Redding, CA - Cascade Theatre
10/24 - Grass Valley, CA - The Center for the Arts
11/12 - Wilmington, DE - World Café Live
11/13 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen County Performing Arts Center
11/14 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium
12/05 - Broken Arrow, OK - Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
12/06 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Resort & Casino - Showroom

Hijacking Included Country KVVP, Today’s Country 105.7
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters yesterday (10/21) posted on their website that, "one of our member radio stations was 'hijacked' last Friday, October 17th. The owner is trying to spread the word. It’s going to cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace computers and software in his facilities.
The suggestion is that anyone using Windows XP should evaluate and upgrade to a newer version supported by Microsoft, as there is possible glitch that can allow Windows XP to be hacked.

The hacked group was Stannard Broadcasting/Leesville/LA. Their stations are Country KVVP, Today’s Country 105.7, Rock KROK and AC KUMX.  All appeared to be slammed by the "CryptoWall Virus."

The company said in a statement, “Stannard Broadcasting, Inc. is working to correct problems associated with a virus that affected its data server.  A Trojan virus had been executed on a computer in the station’s network on October 16th that encrypted the station’s database audio files in the server. Along with the virus came a text note offering a key word to unlock the virus in exchange for $500 in Bitcoin, an Internet currency”.

News Director Elona Weston told Radio World, “That the station’s small staff worked through the weekend dealing with the consequences of this attack.'It was mayhem for a little bit,' she said, with a substantial amount of audio data missing or inaccessible. Complicating things, one of the stations has been in the process of installing a new transmitter."

Adding to the Radio World article GM Doug Stannard said, “Two stations have had their music library compromised in that there is still missing audio and all the data strings are not complete. Each day there are more elements compromised. Each day there are additional files tapped by the hackers. So, each day is a new set of problems.”

After debuting at #1 on The Billboard 200 Album Chart last week with his new album BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, Blake Shelton makes history as the first Country music artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Artist 100. The chart, which factors in album and digital song sales, plus radio airplay, saw Blake rise from #19 to #1. “Neon Light,” the first single from the new album is Top 5 and climbing.

The four-time and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has 3 nominations for the upcoming CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2012, Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for “Mine Would Be You.”

He wrapped his sold-out Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 -- including performances at NYC's Madison Square Garden as well, Chicago's Wrigley Field Stadium playing to a capacity crowd of over 40,000 fans as only the fourth Country artist to have ever played the iconic 100 year-old ball park and LA's historic Hollywood Bowl. 

Celebrating thirteen years since his first single "Austin" hit the top of the Country radio charts, Shelton holds 17 No. 1 singles to his credit, recently breaking his own record for most consecutive No. 1’s at Country radio. Shelton has the most No. 1's in a row on the Country radio charts by any artist. Joining the ranks of the Grand Ole Opry as a member since 2010.

Shelton returned as a coach for his seventh season of NBC’ Emmy winning reality competition series, The Voice, which premiered September 22nd.  Listed below are some of his accomplishments:
  • 3 RIAA certified Platinum albums
  • 5 RIAA certified Gold albums
  • 17 total No. 1 country singles
  • 12 consecutive No. 1 country singles - The only country artist to achieve this in the monitored airplay era
  • 7.6 million albums and 22.8 million singles sold
  • Over 3.5 billion impressions in 2013
  • Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the year - 4 consecutive years
  • 2013 CMA Album of the Year for Based On a True Story…
  • Winning coach of NBC’s “The Voice” for 3 out of 6 seasons 

Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI) will play host to the inaugural talent competition “Nashville’s Next Generation Country Challenge” which will be held on December 4 and 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. 
“Nashville is one of the hottest cities in America and continually being recognized for such great talent located here,” says Spin Doctors Music Group’s President Al Brock.  “We are encouraging any aspiring singer or songwriters to look into this talent competition where key music industry executives will serve as judges.”
The competition is open to all singers and songwriters not currently signed to a recording contract or working with a Nashville based promotion company.  Contestants are encourages to perform original music acoustically as no covers will be permitted, and the deadline for entering the competition is November 30th and the entry fee is $99.00.  Contestants can enter at, by send their audition CD to PO BOX 121033, Nashville, TN 37212, or by visiting
The winner of Nashville’s Next Generation Country Challenge will receive a singles promotion deal with Spin Doctors Music Group, inclusive of radio promotion for 16 weeks.  In addition, the winner will showcase during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) at the Thursday Night Throwdown event held at the Hard Rock Café as well as a one year membership in the TSAI.

Spin Doctors Music Group is a Nashville-based music business company, carefully designed to focus on new and emerging Country recording artists. Headed by long time radio programmer Al Brock, the company’s radio division focuses on secondary, Music Row, Billboard Indicator and Mediabase Activator reporting panels.  

Keith Urban will be Country Radio Semianr 2015 featured speaker.  "Keith Urban: Being Present" is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. during hte annual convention.

Radio has said that Keith Urban is known for 'bring present."  He was one of the first to tear the walls down between an artist and a live audience.  This will speak to air-talent and programmers who now have many jobs and management responsibilities.  It will be relevant to everyone in today's business environment who must be good at multi-tasking with many individuals.  When you are doing so many things it is important that you be in the moment with an employee, listener, peer, boss and your audience.  

"This will be a definitive 'memorable moment' for all of us this year.  Having this incredible talent address this most critical skill in today's hectic professional business environment, with far reaching effect on one's ability to communicate," says CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne.  "Urban is one of the first artists to have literally broken down the separate that can exist even on the cert stage.  Not only has he been leaving the stage, to join his audiences for years, he was the first artist that I've ever seen, whose stage literally bled into the crowd, with no barrier of any kind-no doubt entirely by design."

"Keith is one of the most impressive and successful artists of our time," continues Mayne. "There's not doubt that both the musician and the man have set the standard for the way any artist's relationsihp should be with his or her fans.  His ability to connect on a human level whether in person or through his music is unprecendented.  Radio air talent and programmers are unanimous when referring to Urban's uncanny ability to connect with people.  It is genuine, heartfelt nad authentic.  Throught he years we have all seen how Keith conducts himself during backstage visits both with fans and industry personnel."

Keith Urban: Being Present is sponsored by BMI at CRS 2015 and is one of many highlights scheduled for CRS 2015. Registration is available through


Again this year the dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show held during Country Radio Seminar 2015 are sold out.  

According to CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne, All registrations sold prior to Oct. 20 will include full access to the New Faces Show and Dinner.  Going forward, we will be allocating seat only entry on a first-come, first-served basis until that area is sold-out.”

Seat only admission does not include meals. Talent for the New Faces of Country Music Show will be announced in early December.

The CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration rate of $399 expires October 31.  After that the price will go up to $499 per person. November 1 is also the final date to sign up to receive digital liners.  

To register go to

Alan Jackson has announced his 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour starting Jan. 8 in Ft. Myers.  The tour dates are planned through May.

He will be touring with Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark.  See the full itinerary here

Bruce Logan, VP/Programming/PD of KILT, The Bull/Houston is looking for a Brand Advocate. 

“It’s a similar job to a Promotions Director – but it’s actually more than that. If you are ready to use your marketing skills to brand Houston's fastest growing Country station; if you have 3-5 years of similar media experience and are ready to use 100% of your time focused on a single radio station, using an actual marketing budget with help from an army sized street team – this is the job for you,” said Logan.

No calls but resumes and materials should be sent to Logan here.


10/21/2014 12:30 PM
Taylor Touts Nashville
In an upcoming article in Esquire Magazine Taylor Swift proves that you take her out of the country genre but it's always top of mind.  

"Country music teaches you to work," Swift says in the article. "You hear stories about these artists who show up four hours late to a photo shoot, and in Nashville that doesn't happen. In Nashville, if you go four hours late to a photo shoot, everyone leaves. In Nashville, if you don't care about radio and being kind to people who are being good to you ... It's a symbiotic relationship, and if you don't take care of it, they won't take care of you. I've never been more proud to have come from a community that's so rooted in songwriting, so rooted in hard work and in treating people well. It was the best kind of training."

The article is in the November issue due out this week.,