industry members
Chris Oliver
  JMB Entertainment and Sports Group
Darren Taylor
Artist/President   Turn It Up Records
Deston Rogers
Music Director   Great Country Broadcasting
Randy Stark
  Trax Report
Korneliusz Pacuda
presenter   Polish Radio
Michael Chase
Music Director   Star 94 Radio




TODAY'S NEWS





BAKERSFIELD
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/17/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/17/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
KUZZ-FM Country 9.1 8.8 10.1 10.5
KIWI-FM Mexican Regional 7.0 8.3 7.3 7.2
KDFO-FM Classic Rock 3.1 3.5 4.7 5.0
KCWR-FM Classic Country 2.4 2.6 3.1 3.7
KPSL-FM Spanish Adult Hits 3.8 5.1 2.7 3.5
KRAB-FM Alternative 3.5 3.1 2.7 2.6
KBFP-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.6 2.6 2.7 2.3
KCHJ-FM Spanish Oldies 1.2 2.8 1.5 1.5
KRJK-FM Country 2.0 * 1.3 1.5
KHTY-AM All Sports 0.5 * 0.5 0.8
KWAC-AM Spanish Sports 0.5 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           

Wells Fargo Sr. Analyst Marci Ryvicker writes in a new newsletter, "Our investor meetings (NYC, 8/16) with David Field (CEO) and Rich Schmaeling (CFO) were packed - which says a lot re. investors interest esp. given the mid-August summer doldrums. Our attendees comprised a mix of CBS shareholders looking to learn more about the radio industry and pro forma (PF) company as well as small and mid-cap investors who've gained organic interest given the current valuation and potential upside."

Ryvicker notes that while discussions spanned a number of topics, the most prominent were on the opportunities and risks posed by the CBS Radio deal. She wrote, "Interestingly, the current ad environment was pretty much an afterthought," adding, "To clarify, there are no 'outs' in the CBS Radio deal. This has been somewhat miscommunicated to the Street for whatever the reason, so we will clarify it here. CBS Radio and ETM [Entercom] are contractually obligated to get this deal done -- regardless as to ETM's stock price.

We stress that both parties are fully committed but we thought it relevant to highlight the contractual obligation as well."
The deal is still on target to close in '17, notes Ryvicker, pointing to the fourth quarter as the likely target. 

iHeartMedia has tapped Keith Hotchkiss as Region Pres. for North Ohio, which includes the Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Lima, Ashland, Mansfield, Marion, and Defiance markets. He will report to Pres./Midwest-Southeast Division Tom Mcconnell. 
 

Keith is a natural leader and has a proven track record of success,” said Mcconnell. “His experience as a Market President and as a Regional Senior Vice President of Sales in iHeartMedia’s Virginia/Carolina Region, combined with his first-hand knowledge of the NORTHERN OHIO markets makes him the perfect choice for this important role.”
 
“My first job in radio was as an intern at WMMS/Cleveland more than 20 years ago, so the ClevelanD market and I have a long history,” HOTCHKISS said. “I’m looking forward to serving the communities in the North Ohio region, and to working closely with our advertising partners to help grow their businesses."

It has been confirmed that APEX Media Country WCKN/Charleston, SC PD/afternoon host Andy Webb has departed the company for a soon-to-be-announced opportunity. WEBB was upped to PD last November. "I really have learned a lot and met so many fantastic folks along the way these past  years," shared Webb via Facebook. Webb will be relocating to his hometown of Meridian, MS.

APEX/Charleston, SC OM Stephen Crumbley said. that the search is on for Webb's replacement. Crumbley and morning co-host TJ Phillips will handle programming responsibilities in the interim, and afternoon hosting duties will rotate among the staff to keep the station live and local.

If you are interested in the position should email resume and airchecks to Crumbley here.

Mercury Nashville's Shania Twain visited NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last Night (8/16) to perform "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed" from her forthcoming album, "NOW," which is slated to street on Friday, September 29th.

Check out TWAIN's full performance here.

Fallon also announced that Twain will hit the road in 2018 for the "NOW TOUR." Tickets will go on sale beginning next Friday, August 25th.

For complete tour dates and ticketing information, visit Twain's website here.

Dustin Lynch stopped by Ty, Kelly and Chuck's studios in Nashville this morning for a jam-packed visit! He joined Ty, Kelly and Chuck in playing “Strip or Strike” and “Who Wears the Pants?”, and talked about his new album CURRENT MOOD-- and he even performed!

See all the fun in the videos at this link: 
www.tykellyandchuck.com/2017/08/17/dustin-lynch-plays-striporstrike-talks-new-album-current-mood-performs-more/

Picture at NASH Campus (L-R) Ty Bentli, Dustin Lynch, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks

SiriusXM's Storme Warren Returns As Emcee with David Rutherford; Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan and Scooter Brown Set To Perform
 
For the 4th straight year, The Journey Home Project, founded by Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels and his long-time manager David Corlew, will host their annual charity dinner event on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6pm to 9pm at The Palm Restaurant located at 140 5th Ave South, Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets can be purchased through Paige Dixon at (615) 742-3193 or /todaysnews, proceeds benefit The Journey Home Project.

The evening is a collection of guest speakers and performers. 2017 will bring together an array of guest speakers and performers, which will include featured speakers, American combat veteran, Kyle E. Lamb, along with former New York City’s Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik and performances by Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, and Scooter Brown. Marisa Wayne, Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tiegen are special guests and Storme Warren and David Rutherford are set to co-host the special event.

"Every year this event grows, which allows us to continue to broaden the reach The Journey Home Project has, in supporting the many needs that returning veterans are faced with," says David Corlew. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to share our appreciation for the men and women who have, and do serve our great country."

Ticket Information:

VIP TABLE for 8 (Main Floor): SOLD OUT
STANDARD GUEST TABLE for 8: $3,000
INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $250/person

Schedule of Events:
6:00 PM VIP Cocktail Reception for Sponsors
6:30 PM Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins
7:00 PM Palm Signature Surf & Turf Dinner
8:00 PM Program & Live Auction

For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

Brian Wight is a longtime partner of the Audience Development Group that consults and advices some of the best radio stations in America. He has years of experience in Country, CHR. In this week’s article, Wright show you how to add “Emotional F.U.E.L.” to YOUR Radio station. You’ll find his article in Hot Topics From The Pros. 

Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Danni Bruns, a native Memphian and 21-year industry veteran, to the newly created position of Operations Manager for Cumulus Media-Memphis’ four-station cluster. In her new role, Bruns will oversee operations for KIX-106/WGKX-FM, 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM, 103.5 WRBO, and 98.9 The Vibe/WKIM-FM. She will continue to serve as Program Director of 98.1 The Max and will also continue to co-host 98.1 The Max’s Afternoon Drive show, “Danni and The Jar” with on-air partner Chris Jarman.
 
Bruns began her radio career while in college as an intern for a local station, then went on to co-host the morning show at Country station 98.1 WTXT in Tuscaloosa, AL, followed by time on-air at Q107.5/WHBQ-FM in Memphis. She joined 98.1 The Max in 2007 and has continued to develop her programming and on-air skills while leading 98.1 The Max to total domination in Memphis ratings as Program Director.
 
Morgan Bohannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Memphis said: “Danni is a solid leader and a bright, talented programmer with infectious energy. I’m excited to be working with her on a daily basis in this new capacity. She understands our market and I’m highly confident she will lead our programming team to achieve our goals and serve our community with excellence.”
 
Bruns said: "I want to thank Morgan Bohannon, John Dimick and Mike McVay, who really made this new opportunity a reality simply because they believed in me. My mission will always be to allow our all-star staff the freedom and direction that generates our incredible reputation in the marketplace. If you play the Cumulus-Memphis record backward, you'll hear our people are the secret to our success."

Nielsen has just launched the Nielsen Ratings Academy, an online, interactive, one-stop shop for understanding Nielsen measurement, including the types of media consumers access, as well as how the company measures viewership and derives ratings. Nielsen measures audiences across TV, digital, and audio and provides insight into these audiences through Nielsen ratings, which play a pivotal role in providing both content creators and advertisers with a single data set to operate and evaluate opportunities to reach the right consumer.

Considering the vast evolution of the media landscape, understanding audience viewership across platforms has never been more important. “Measuring media consumption is a very complex process today,” Nielsen SVP/Product Leadership Eric Solomon said. “Accurate, comprehensive measurement requires extensive, scientific, and constantly evolving technologies and methodologies in order to deliver the level of quality the market expects. Given these complexities, we felt it was useful to give a peek ‘under the hood’ to provide insight into how ratings are derived. Ratings Academy does just that.”

Over time, the website will include a series of modules, each of which will cover a different element of the media landscape. The first module explores the overall media realm, laying the foundation for additional modules diving into TV, Audio, and Digital.

Radio veteran Lexi Carter has joined Ryman Hospitality Properties Classic Country WSM-AM/Nashville as producer for the Devon O'Day-hosted "Nashville Today" program. Carter previously worked with Nashville-based Internet Country station Renegade Radio.

Her resume also includes time with Press Communications Country WKMK/THUNDER 106)/Monmouth-Ocean, NJ, where she served as MD/midday until 2011.

Send congratulations to Carter here.







ALBANY-SCHENECTADY-TROY
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WPYX-FM Classic Rock 5.3 5.5 5.8 6.7
WGY-AM News Talk Information 5.5 5.1 6.9 6.3
WFLY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.7 6.0 5.0 5.7
WYJB-FM Adult Contemporary 7.0 5.0 5.7 5.5
WRVE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.6 4.0 4.9 5.0
WTRY-FM Classic Hits 5.5 4.8 4.5 4.0
WKLI-FM New Country 3.1 3.0 4.5 3.9
WAJZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.9 2.5 4.0 3.6
WROW-AM Oldies 2.7 2.5 3.1 2.9
WKKF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.5 2.5 2.3 2.7
WFFG-FM Country 0.7 0.7 * *
WNYQ-FM Classic Hits 0.7 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WAEB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 10.1 10.5 10.9 11.1
WCTO-FM Country 10.5 9.7 8.6 9.4
WODE-FM Classic Rock 11.6 8.6 9.9 9.4
WLEV-FM Adult Contemporary 5.1 6.6 6.7 7.9
WZZO-FM Mainstream Rock 6.7 6.7 6.1 5.4
WAEB-AM News Talk Information 4.2 5.1 3.9 4.6
WWYY-FM Alternative 1.3 1.4 0.8 0.9
WEEX-AM All Sports 0.9 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
AUSTIN
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
         
AQH Share for Persons 6+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
    Data Released:  8/16/17
    Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
         
Subscriber Format MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17
KBPA-FM Adult Hits 7.4 8.5 8.7
KUT-FM News Talk Information 6.2 6.8 6.1
KVET-FM Country 6.1 6.2 6.1
KKMJ-FM Adult Contemporary 6.3 5.4 5.8
KHFI-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 5.2 5.2
KASE-FM Country 4.6 4.5 5.0
KLZT-FM Mexican Regional 4.9 5.4 4.6
KAMX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.5 3.8 4.3
KLBJ-FM Classic Rock 3.7 3.6 4.3
KPEZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 4.7 4.3
KLBJ-AM News Talk Information 4.0 4.1 4.1
KLQB-FM Mexican Regional 3.1 3.3 3.8
KFMK-FM Contemporary Christian 4.0 3.6 3.7
KROX-FM Alternative 4.0 3.9 3.2
KLJA-FM Spanish Variety 2.8 2.6 2.8
KGSR-FM Album Adult Alternative 2.2 2.4 2.7
KOKE-FM Country 1.8 1.8 2.0
KLZT-FM HD2 Spanish Contemporary 2.4 1.7 1.7
KTXX-FM All Sports 2.2 2.0 1.6
KUTX-FM Album Adult Alternative 1.7 1.9 1.6
KKMJ-FM HD3 Urban Adult Contemporary 2.2 1.7 1.5
KDRP-FM Album Adult Alternative 0.9 0.9 0.9
KTXX-FM HD4 Classic Hits 0.8 0.9 0.9
KVET-AM All Sports 0.8 0.6 0.7
KASE-FM HD2 Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 0.2 0.3 0.3
KJCE-AM News Talk Information 0.3 0.3 0.3
KTAE-AM+ All Sports 0.1 0.2 0.2
KVET-FM HD2 Spanish Contemporary 0.3 0.1 0.2
         
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
         
 
DAYTON
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WHKO-FM Country 11.3 10.4 10.5 11.3
WTUE-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.5 7.3 6.6 7.6
WHIO-AM News Talk Information 8.2 7.3 6.8 7.3
WMMX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 7.7 5.8 6.6 7.2
WDHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.6 6.5 7.3 6.7
WROU-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.5 5.9 5.6 5.1
WCHD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 4.0 4.8 4.5
WZDA-FM Alternative 2.2 3.3 2.5 3.2
WGTZ-FM Adult Contemporary 2.2 2.4 2.7 2.9
WRZX-FM Classic Hits 2.9 2.7 2.8 2.6
WCLI-FM Country 2.1 2.7 2.2 2.4
WZLR-FM Classic Hits 2.6 2.0 2.0 1.7
WYDB-FM Country 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.3
WING-AM All Sports 1.2 0.7 0.9 1.0
WHKO-F3+ Urban Oldies 0.6 0.9 * 0.6
WONE-AM All Sports * 0.7 0.5 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
DENVER-BOULDER
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
         
AQH Share for Persons 6+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
    Data Released:  8/16/17
    Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
         
Subscriber Format MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17
KYGO-FM Country 6.0 6.6 6.5
KQMT-FM Classic Rock 6.2 5.9 6.4
KBCO-FM Album Adult Alternative 5.5 5.7 6.0
KOSI-FM Adult Contemporary 5.4 5.0 5.5
KRFX-FM Classic Rock 4.3 4.5 5.2
KCFR-FM News Talk Information 4.5 4.0 4.9
KXKL-FM Classic Hits 4.1 4.6 4.8
KTCL-FM Alternative 5.2 4.7 4.7
KOA-AM News Talk Information 4.7 5.0 4.6
KPTT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 3.8 4.4
KQKS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.6 3.9 4.3
KALC-FM Modern Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.8 3.9
KIMN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.8 4.3 3.9
KBPI-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.6 3.1
KLDV-FM Contemporary Christian 3.2 3.3 3.1
KXPK-FM Mexican Regional 2.8 2.7 2.9
KWOF-FM Country 2.0 2.2 2.4
KKFN-FM All Sports 3.9 3.2 2.3
KJMN-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.6 2.4 2.1
KVOD-FM Classical 2.4 2.2 1.9
KHOW-AM News Talk Information 1.9 1.8 1.8
KQKS-FM HD2 Comedy 1.7 1.6 1.6
KJHM-FM Rhythmic AC 1.6 1.6 1.2
KUVO-FM Jazz 1.4 1.4 1.2
KFCO-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 1.4 1.3 1.1
KEZW-AM Oldies 0.8 0.7 0.7
KVOQ-FM Alternative 0.6 0.6 0.7
KUNC-FM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 0.6
KCKK-AM Variety 0.7 0.6 0.5
KJAC-FM Album Adult Alternative 0.6 0.7 0.5
KMXA-AM Spanish Contemporary 0.3 0.2 0.3
KEPN-AM All Sports 0.2 0.1 0.1
KDSP-AM All Sports * 0.1 *
         
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
         
 
FARGO-MOORHEAD
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 15 SP 16 FA 16 SP 17
KFGO-AM News Talk Information 11.7 9.5 11.3 8.4
KPFX-FM Classic Rock 10.2 9.5 5.9 7.1
KVOX-FM New Country 5.1 6.0 6.3 7.1
KBVB-FM New Country 5.9 6.0 5.9 6.7
KEGK-FM Classic Hits 4.3 4.4 5.0 6.7
KLTA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.6 5.6 5.0 6.7
KOYY-FM+ Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 6.7 6.8 6.3
KMJO-FM Classic Country 3.1 4.4 2.3 3.4
KQWB-FM Active Rock 3.9 4.4 4.5 3.4
KRWK-FM Adult Contemporary 2.7 3.2 4.1 3.4
WDAY-AM News Talk Information 5.1 4.0 3.6 3.4
KLTA-FM HD2 Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.3 2.4 2.7 2.9
KNFL-AM+ All Sports 3.5 1.6 2.3 2.9
KBVB-FM HD2 Album Adult Alternative 0.4 1.2 0.9 0.4
KQWB-AM All Sports * * 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
FRESNO
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
KBOS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 6.1 6.9 7.1
KWYE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.6 5.3 6.4 6.3
KSEQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 6.1 5.4 5.9
KSKS-FM Country 3.9 4.7 5.3 5.0
KMJ-AM News Talk Information 3.6 5.3 4.3 4.9
KLBN-FM Mexican Regional 2.8 5.9 3.9 3.6
KMGV-FM Oldies 3.8 3.6 3.0 3.4
KSOF-FM Adult Contemporary 4.9 4.9 2.8 2.9
KHGE-FM Country 3.4 3.4 3.5 2.8
KALZ-FM News Talk Information 3.4 3.7 3.2 2.7
KOND-FM Mexican Regional 4.1 2.1 3.0 2.5
KFBT-FM Rhythmic AC 3.5 2.5 2.3 2.1
KLLE-FM Mexican Regional 1.2 1.0 1.8 2.1
KFSO-FM Mexican Regional 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.8
KKBZ-FM Active Rock 2.4 2.0 1.6 1.8
KRDA-FM Spanish Adult Hits 2.3 2.6 1.5 1.7
KCBL-AM All Sports 0.7 * 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
GRAND RAPIDS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WBCT-FM Country 8.4 7.2 8.5 9.4
WOOD-AM News Talk Information 6.5 6.5 7.5 7.4
WLAV-FM Classic Rock 6.3 6.5 6.1 5.9
WSNX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.3 4.7 5.5 5.8
WSRW-FM Adult Contemporary 4.9 3.7 4.3 4.5
WHTS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.7 2.8 3.3 3.6
WTNR-FM Country 2.6 3.2 3.0 3.4
WBFX-FM Classic Rock 3.1 2.4 1.9 2.1
WBBL-FM All Sports 1.3 1.7 1.0 1.3
WMAX-FM All Sports 2.5 1.8 1.5 1.2
WJRW-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
WILKES BARRE-SCRANTON
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  8/16/17
      Subscribers Added:  8/16/17
           
Subscriber Format FA 16 WI 17 SP 17 PHASE 1 SU 17
WEZX-FM Classic Rock 7.4 6.1 6.8 7.5
WMGS-FM Adult Contemporary 8.1 5.6 6.6 5.6
WBSX-FM Active Rock 5.7 3.9 4.1 3.6
WBHT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.7 4.0 3.6 3.3
WFUZ-FM Alternative 1.4 1.6 2.5 2.1
WSJR-FM Country 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8
WEJL-AM All Sports * 0.5 0.6 0.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
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The Tennessean is reporting the death of longtime Country Music Association (CMA) Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador Today (8/16), following a stroke. She was 93.

Walker-Meador was the organization's first full-time member, starting as an office manager in the late 50s. She went on lead the CMA for 29 years, retiring in 1991. During her leadership, the organization grew in size and influence. Walker-Meador oversaw creation of the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum, the CMA Awards, and Fan Fair, which has since evolved into CMA Fan Fest.

In 1994, the CMA created the Jo Walker-Meador award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an individual or organization in supporting and advocating for Country music outside the US. Walker-Meador was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame  in 1995.

No information on services has been released.

Westwood One’s  Red Eye Radio   program will kick the Great American Trucking Show  (GATS) into high gear with live performances, meet and greets, prizes and more! The Red Eye Radio Rendezvous Booth will be the hub of celebrity central in Dallas with live appearances and musical performances from Country artists Tyler Farr, Jerrod Neimann, Janie Fricke, Tony Justice, Jayne Denham, and Bill Weaver.
 
The Great American Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 500,000 feet of exhibit space, will take place August 24-26, 2017 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.  Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, hosts of Red Eye Radio, will be on site in the lobby to introduce attendees to the sizzling lineup of Country music artists and celebrities. The special guests will visit Red Eye Radio’s lobby booth to sign autographs, take photos, talk with drivers, and perform live. For specific days, schedule, and details visit www.redeyeradioshow.com.
 
Visitors to the booth will also be able to register to win Cobra Electronics Products, CB Radios, GPS Units, ToughTested Gear, and much more.  Support for Red Eye Radio’s 2017 Great American Trucking Show events and activities include Pilot Flying J, Mercer Transportation, ToughTested, Chevron Delo, The St. Christopher Fund, Motel 6, and Uniroyal Commercial Truck Tires…Affordable and Dependable.
 
Red Eye Radio, hosted by Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, is the longest running nationally syndicated radio program focused on the needs of the trucking industry.  The show airs on over 220 stations nationwide Monday-Friday, 1a-6a EST. For 50 years, the show has been a part of the fabric of the trucking industry. Red Eye Radio has done this by consistently providing professional drivers up-to-the-minute news, information and entertainment that creates a positive in-cab experience while helping truckers become more efficient and stay entertained while on the road. The audience includes shift workers, travelers, truck drivers and others who embrace the new 24/7 lifestyle, with many restaurants, retailers and other business establishments open round the clock.

Bob Green has written in the Wall Street Journal, it’s Been 40 Years Since Elvis Left the Building For Good.

Everything I felt wrong that sorrowful August afternoon. Just being inside his home: Graceland was supposed to be for Elvis Presley and his prank-loving Memphis buddies. A place for his friends and family, as locked-down and exclusive as the White House. You didn’t get in unless you knew him and he invited you. 

But on that day he was in an open casket in the foyer, which of course was what felt the most wrong of all. He had died the day before—Aug. 16, 1977—and his father, Vernon Presley, had decreed, against expectations, that Elvis’s home would be open to anyone who cared to visit. The plan turned out to be a mess. More than 70,000 people tried to get onto the street in front of Graceland, and in the sweltering crush only a relative few made it inside the gates. 

He lived just 42 years, and as of this week he has been gone for 40, so now the idea of his death is taken for granted. Today there are millions of adults who have no recollection of Presley as a living man. On that summer day in 1977, though, it was all new, present tense, and the overwhelming thought as you stood in Graceland’s foyer was that you could not, should not, be seeing what you were seeing. But there he was.

The secret of great stardom, its defining alchemy, is a mysterious ability to make hundreds of millions of men and women believe they know a person they have, in fact, never met. All the strangers filing through that day had counted Elvis a sustaining part of their lives, but he would not have recognized any of them. Now they—we—were in his home. The stillness of him, after a lifetime of constant motion, was shattering.

Who was he? The full answer, in the end, he had kept to himself, which is all a man can do when he has led a life so public. For all his fame, Presley undoubtedly understood his frailties and fallibilities better than anyone. Out of view on that day, upstairs in his bedroom, was the artifact said to have meant the most to him, an unlikely item that may provide a clue to what he cherished, or at least to what he sought.

It was a trophy. His friends would later say that more than any other tangible accolade from his career—the framed gold and platinum records, the keys to hundreds of cities presented by hundreds of mayors, the honorary badges from local police and sheriff’s departments—the trophy is what he always kept physically close. He took it with him wherever he traveled, slept near it in his hotel rooms

Elvis’ life filled from the beginning with ceaseless controversy. Early on he was reviled by much of adult America, condemned as a dangerous influence, a toxic presence. That kind of sting doesn’t go away, no matter how much success you later attain.

Thus, the trophy. It was presented to him by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, and it proclaimed him one of the nation’s Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1970. He was said to have been surprised, even startled, by the honor, and by those words. 

Most of us, in our private hearts, hold a picture not of who we are, but of who we would most wish to be. An outstanding young man: Elvis fell asleep each night, everywhere he went in the world, with that reminder within reach.

When Bob Green finally left Graceland on that steamy afternoon, he needed to get to downtown Memphis, around a nine-mile distance, and he didn’t have a way. The street was shoulder to shoulder with shoving people. I saw a limousine, moving at a crawl but with no passengers. I knocked on a window, which the driver then lowered. 
He told me that he often had been hired to drive Elvis and his friends to the airport when they embarked on tours. Indeed, he said, he had been contracted to do that for the next leg of late-summer concerts, the shows that now would never happen. He had decided to drive by the property that day simply because he didn’t know what else to do.

He asked if I needed a lift. He told me it was on the house.  So I got in, and before we drove away we each took a last look. The address was 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd., but we both knew, without having to say it out loud, where we really were: down at the end of Lonely Street.

Mr. Greene is completing a new novel, “Yesterday Came Suddenly,” about an America with no internet.
Appeared in the August 16, 2017, print edition as 'It’s Been 40 Years Since Elvis Left the Building for Good.'

AllAboutCountry sympathies to Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry, whose father, Lloyd Gentry, passed away Sunday, August 13th in Nicholasville, KY.
Services will be set at a later date.
The family has requested, that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation.
You can make your donations here and mention it is in honor of Troy and Lloyd Gentry. 

Monday 8/14, AllAboutCountry reported that an eight-member jury had ruled in favor of Taylor Swift's counter-suit of former KYGO/Denver personality David Mueller, finding he did assault and batter the entertainer. As Swift's suit requested, the jury has awarded her $1. Also, the jury found that Andrea Swift, the singer's mother, and Frank Bell, her radio liaison did not intentionally interfere with Mueller's employment.

Yesterday 8/15, Mueller spoke out about the ruling on Cumulus Media Classic Rock KSAN/107.7 THE BONE/San Francisco's Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show.


Here's that interview:


LAMONT
: Give me the parameters around this, what exactly happened (at the meet and greet where SWIFT accused you of groping her)?

DAVID MUELLER
: We stood in line, we eventually made it to the point where you go into a tented off area, it’s about 10 x 10. My girlfriend went in first; my tall beautiful girlfriend that I was in love with, she went in first and she said hi, I said hi. TAYLOR shook our hands. The two ladies started talking and I kind of stood near where we came into that tented area and abruptly TAYLOR said, ‘How bout a picture?’ and she put her arm around my girlfriend and pulled her tight and turned her toward the photographer. That’s when I realized ‘Hey were going to take a photo right now’ and I tried to get into the photo. No one said anything, no one did anything. By the way, there was a 350-pound body guard standing two feet away from me. No one said anything, then they thanked us for coming, shook my hand, they gave me a couple autographed headshots.

CHASTA
: What was your hand doing by her butt?

MUELLER:
My hand was closed and my palm was facing down. I’ve been saying that since that night. I tried to get my hand behind her back while looking at the photographer and trying to slide into the shot. I tried to lean into the shot. I was never looking at her. Her hand came into contact with my hand. Our arms crossed. There was I call it ‘jostling’…our hands sort of ‘going back and forth.’ Eventually my hand went inside her arm and her arm went behind my arm and her hand went behind me.

CHASTA
:  So what you’re saying it’s one of those awkward moments where you’re trying to take a picture real quick and you guys were trying to jostle around and it just was at the perfect time that your hand was behind her butt when the picture was taken?

MUELLER
:  Chasta, what I can tell you that when I found out the photo had been taken, I was hoping the photographer would say, ‘that guy wasn’t ready,’ let’s do another one. Nobody said a word and I walked out of the tent. She thanked us for coming…then we left the photo area. I ended up outside. Then I went back in and that’s when they finally had some guy talk to me. He said, ‘Do you want to tell me what happened earlier tonight?’ I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about’…I plainly get to the point where he’s telling me I grabbed Taylor’s butt. I said, ‘No I didn’t’ and he said, ‘Listen I can get the police.’
I said, ‘That’s a great idea, get the police’ and from that point on I kept asking them to ‘Get the police’ because they just kept trying to put words in my mouth and they kept accusing me of this stuff that I didn’t do.

LAMONT
: How long has this been going on for you from the start of the incident to yesterday when Taylor Swift won $1 from you?

MUELLER
: It’s been over 4 years I’ve been dealing with this. Right now I want to talk to people and tell my side of the story because, in civil court, there are certain things…I can’t talk about. For instance, my spotless police record, I’ve never been in trouble in my life. You can go all the way back to when I was a teenager and I was stupid. I never did anything. There’s nothing on my police record. I can’t talk about that in civil court.
Another thing is that I submitted myself to two polygraph tests. Two, independent polygraph tests and I passed them both. You can’t mention that in civil court or it’s an immediate mistrial. To everyone listening, all those people out there that are sending you hate mail, just listen to this: I passed two polygraphs, what else can I do? If anyone has an idea for me, how I can prove I’m innocent, I’ll do it.

LAMONT
: Did you accuse her of lying during the trial?

MUELLER
: I’m not going to make accusations.
I can tell you right now if you want to look at my motive, what’s my motive? I had a great career. You guys knew me 15 years ago, I’ve been building my career since I met you guys, and ‘I’m going to walk into a tent with my beautiful girlfriend and a 350-pound body guard and I’m going to grope a celebrity?’ That’s insanity, that makes no sense.

LAMONT
: If you could do one thing over again, what would you do?

MUELLER
: From that night?

LAMONT
: Yea, if you could do one thing over, what would it be?

MUELLER
: If I could do one thing over on the night of the Taylor Swift concert, I would’ve just stood my ground when it was time to take a photograph and I would’ve let the ladies do it alone.

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Albany-Schenectady-Troy; Dayton; Grand Rapids; Fresno; Allentown; And Wilkes Barre-Scranton. Find the ratings for subscribing stations in the AllAboutCountry News Section after 5 pm (ET).
Thursday, August 17th: Honolulu; Bakersfield; Omaha; Tulsa; and Knoxville.

The Breckenridge American reports Palo Pinto Communications Country KLXK/K-LAKES 93.5/Breckenridge, TX has hired Demetrius "Dee" Wright as Sports Director.

Wright joins K-LAKES from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV/Oklahoma City, where he served as Assignment Editor for three-and-a-half years; he also served as a sports reporter for Ucentral Media at the University Of Central Oklahoma.

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Featured on Title Track
Scooter Brown Band announced that they will release their first-ever nationally distributed album, American Son. The project will is being released by Red River / BFD  / Sony Orchard on Friday, September 8 and is now available for presale at  www.scooterbrownband.com.

“This album sets the tone for what fans can expect from us on the road and on their radios. True country and southern rock music, what we were born and raised on,” said lead singer Scooter Brown.

The title track, “American Son,” features none other than one of America’s truest sons, Charlie Daniels, a southern rock and Country icon that Scooter Brown has looked up to his entire life and sought advice from often in recent years. The Country Music Hall of Famer contributes his gritty southern drawl to the track like only he can, driving it home as one of the most anticipated songs on the album. NASHVILLE COUNTRY CLUB debuted the track earlier this week calling it “a gritty unapologetic track that has a rockin’ musical arrangement for the band’s Southern Rock appeal.” Fans can listen to the single on Spotify and Apple Music and purchase it on iTunes or Amazon.

The southern-rock revivalists, as they’ve become known, have been on the road for the past few years playing for fans around the country with 100 plus shows both headlining and opening for iconic acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, the Marshall Tucker Band and many more. Scooter Brown Band is managed by David Corlew and booked by APA Nashville.

American Son Track Listing:
1. American Son feat. Charlie Daniels

2. This Town
3. Won’t Back Down
4. Never Met a Heart I Wouldn’t Break
5. Pistols and Pearls
6. Broken Arrow
7. Georgia
8. Story of My Life
9. Guitars, Gun and Whiskey
10. Time is Money
11. Rise Up
12. New York City King Size Rosewood Bed
13. Huntsville

After 4 years and 3 months, 2 tours overseas with 1 tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scooter Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. Scooter Brown Band was formed and began playing mainly in and around Houston, Texas. Along with their growing notoriety came their first radio single "Apology." Other regional radio releases were soon to follow and include "Whiskey Talkin", "Soldiers Christmas Eve", "Feels Like Home,", and "Summer Song". The band has released a number of independent albums, strengthening their chops in the studio, however they truly shine in their live show. SBB has toured the country and opened for some of their biggest influences including  Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt and the Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few. For the last year the band has been building a new era in their career and are gearing up for the release of their newest project this Fall -- defining modern southern rock. 

For more information, please visit scooterbrownband.com. To keep up with the Scooter Brown Band on social media, follow them at @scooterbrownbnd on Twitter & Instagram and on Facebook.

 

One of America’s most beloved songwriters will be honored September 15 with the release of the Vector Recordings album A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. 
Among the more than two dozen musicians memorializing the composer of “Tobacco Road,” “Abilene,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “Waterloo,” “Indian Reservation,” and “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” are Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and renowned guitarists Tommy Emmanuel andJohn Jorgenson.  The evening was hosted by songwriter and music historian Peter Cooper.

A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk was recorded live March 24, 2016 during a concert at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, near Nashville.  Although ailing at the time, Loudermilk was on hand to witness this outpouring of love and respect.  He died September 21 at the age of 82.


All artist royalty proceeds will be donated to MusiCares. MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. 

A film of the concert will be released as a PBS special.

Loudermilk found inspiration for his songs in the raw material most people overlook—a lovesick teenager’s peace offering, the magnetic pull of birthplace, the inevitability of personal failure.

In addition to hosting the live event, Peter Cooper was also tapped to write the liner notes for the project.  “In life and love and song, Loudermilk hated moderation,” writes Cooper.  “He wasn’t just a seeker of truth and beauty, he was a finder. He found it, he learned it, he kept it, and then he shared it with us seekers.”

Equally adept at writing rock, pop and country hits, Loudermilk had songs recorded by the Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, Jefferson Airplane, the Animals, Johnny Winter, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Casinos, the Everly Brothers, Petula Clark, Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Sammy Davis Jr., the Box Tops, Rick Nelson, Stonewall Jackson, Ernie Ashworth, Eddy Arnold, George Hamilton IV, Skeeter Davis, the Browns, Connie Smith, Webb Pierce, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones, Bobbie Gentry, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson, Sonny James, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Jay Z and Kanye West.


Here is the album sequence for A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk:


1.   Everybody Knows - Harry Stinson

2.   Tobacco Road - Rodney Crowell
3.   Where Have They Gone - Emmylou Harris, Mary Anne Kennedy and Pam Rose
4.   Blue Train - Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
5.   Windy and Warm - Tommy Emmanuel
6.   Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Rosanne Cash
7.   Midnight Bus - John Jorgenson
8.   Heaven Fell Last Night - The Whites with Ricky Skaggs
9.   It's My Time - Herb Pedersen
10. Ebony Eyes - Cory Chisel and Adriel Danae
11. Bad News - Jimmy Hall             
12. Abilene - Mike Loudermilk
13. Waterloo - Ricky Skaggs with The Whites
14. Sad Movies - Deborah Allen
15. Language of Love - Beth Nielsen Chapman
16. Mr. Jones - Lee Roy Parnell
17. Break My Mind - Bobby Braddock
18. Big Daddy’s Alabama Bound – Buddy Greene
19. Indian Reservation - John McFee
20. Turn Me On - Beth Hooker
21. Talk Back Trembling Lips - Becky Hobbs
22. Sunglasses - Claudia Church
23. The Great Snowman - Norro Wilson
24. I Wanna Live - John Cowan 







BIRMINGHAM
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Thomas Rhett is celebrating the debut of his third album "Life Changes" on September 8 with Live From the B-Stage, a special album release expeirence for fans.  All in one day he will return to Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, three nostalgic, personally meaningful cities to perform some of the new musisc from "Life Changes" along with stories behind the album. Inspired by the B-stage moment in his live show, fans will be able to purchase limited pre-sale album packages for each city here at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, which includes a physical and digital copy of "Life Changes," along with an exclusive t-shirt plus a spot on guest list.

"I can't wait to get back in these cities and these venues, with the fans who have really impacted my career and life,” said Thomas Rhett. “Joe’s in Chicago was one of the first places I ever sold out as a headliner, and Boston and Philly were also two markets we built from the ground up, and those fans have been with me since the beginning. It's going to be really cool to be back in these cities and share this new music with the fans for the first time." 

"Life Changes" is filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits.  For more information visit www.thomasrhett.com.

Kip Moore (right) has teamed up with skateboarding champion Tony Hawk (left) announcing "Music City Skate Jam Presented by Harley Davidson," set to take place at Music City Walk of Fame Park in Nashville on September 10.  The two have a goal of beneifting and empowering youth with Moore's "Kip's Kids Fund" and Hawk's "Tony Hawk Foundation.  The fun day will also offer a skate demo by Hawk as well as performances by Jordan David and Dee Jay Silver and will close out with a set by Moore.  

"I think what's always driven me at my core, throughout my career, was to one day have the capability to make a major impact in inner cities around the country,” said Moore. "I was never a true skater, but always admired the brotherhood of the skating community. Having a chance to team up with a guy like Tony, who's so respected for all he does, is beyond what I could've imagined. I'm super stoked to combine what we do, as we both share similar visions."
"The Music City Skate Jam is the first event of its kind, bringing skateboarding and country music together,” said Hawk. "I’m excited to show Nashville an unprecedented display of talent, including some of the world’s best skaters and Kip Moore himself.” 

“Harley-Davidson has always been passionate about supporting programs that benefit our nation’s youth,” said James , Head of US Events for Harley-Davidson. “Partnering with Kip’s Kids Fund and Tony Hawk Foundation on this unique event was a perfect fit.”
 

08/15/2017 12:41 PM
McCoy Leaves WKSF/Asheville
Rumors are circulating about iHeartMedia's APD/MD Roger McCoy who has left WKSF/Asheville.  McCoy joined WKSF in 2013 from WYBL Ashtabula, OH.   Programming duties will go to iHeartMedia/Grreenville, SC SVP/Programming Kix Layton who has been overseeing Asheville since PD Jeff Davis retired in April.  WKSF evening personality will do afternoons with evening most likely carried by syndicated Tige and Daniel Show.

McCoy is looking for his next opportunity.  In addition to Country he's had experience in News/Talk, Rock, Oldies and Top 40.  Get in touch with him here.

08/15/2017 12:35 PM
Blake To Release Six-Song EP
Blake Shelton will release a six-song EP, "Blake Shelton Live," to streaming platforms on Friday, August 25.  The project will feature performances of his hits, "All About Tonight," "Honey Bee," "Ol' Red," "Home,""Boys 'Round Here," and "A Guy With A Girl."

My favorite this in the world is playing for y'all," said Shelton via Facebook. "We've got six live songs from our surprise set at CMA Fest!"

Garth Brooks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of his albums, "The Chase" and "In Pieces" with a special offer for fans.  In partnership with Amazon Music and Geico, free downloads of both complete albums are being offered for a limiteed time via Amazon.

"The Chase" and "In Pieces" are two of the biggest and most enduring albums in Country music history," said Amazon Music Director Ryan Redington.  "When these albums were released 25 years ago, Garth fans flocked to music stores to purchase CDs. Starting today, Amazon Music customers can easily download these iconic albums free for a limited time." To download a copy of "The Chase" and "In Pieces" free of charge, visit Amazon's dedicated landing page here.
 

 


Musicians on Call (MOC), a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, celebrates 18 years. Since its creation in 1999 MOC has spread the healing power of music to 600,000 people, a true milestone for the organization. MOC would like to celebrate both milestones with supporters that helped make it all possible with a social media campaign asking everyone to post a photo from when they were 18 years old tagging @MusiciansOnCall and using the hashtag #hbdmoc18 on Facebook and Instagram.  In honor of MOC's 18 years, supporters are encouraged to give an $18 gift to help MOC continue to deliver the healing power of music across the country.

Musicians On Call is growing rapidly, allowing us to reach more patients, families and caregivers than we ever have,” said Musicians On Call President. “We’re proud to be the largest provider of Volunteer Musicians in hospitals and we need your help more than ever to help us expand.”
 
MOC has expanded its network to 59 hospital partners in 14 major markets ranging from children's hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices.  They are currently in New York, Nashville, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta and more. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. 

MOC supporters have included Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more. For more information, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.
 

Congrats to Florida Georgia Line for earning 47 adds with their new single "Smooth," making it the most added single at Country radio this week.  

Great work by Big Machine Label Group EVP Jimmy Harnen, BMLG SVP Promo Matthew Hargis, Director/National Promo Michelle Kammerer, Director NE/Midwest Promo Angie Coonrod, Director West Coast Promo Stella Pardo, Director Southwest Promo Lauren Longbine, Director Southeast Promo and Coordinator /Promo Leah Fischer.

08/15/2017 10:37 AM
Jackie Rinker Joins Cumulus
Jackie Rinker has been appointed VP/MM for Cumulus/Pensacola.  She was previously Market President for iHeartMedia in Panama City and Tallahassee, FL including WXBM/FM/Nash FM 102.7.  Prior to that she was Director of Sales/National Sales Manager for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, AL.  She has also held positions as Station Manager and Director of Sales for Treasure & Space Coast Radio and was GSM for station in markets includling New Haven, CT and Orlando, FL.

Pete DeSimone, Regional VP, Cumulus Media said, "Jackie is a great addition to our management team. We have very talented people in Pensacola and I’m confident Jackie’s leadership will help develop each to help the market reach its full potential.”
 
Rinker
said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Cumulus Media-Pensacola. I’ve already heard great things about the Pensacola staff and I have learned how proud these employees are to be a part of such a great company. I am impressed with the consistency of the implementation of a positive culture shift that started with CEO which has come up in almost 100% of the conversations I’ve had with Cumulus Media staff at every level. This will serve its employees, listeners, and customers very well as this focused, collaborative, responsible, and empowering culture breeds great decision-making and execution. I am very happy to be a part of it.”

Others statoins in the cluster include WRRX FM, Magic 106.1, WJTQ FM, Jet 100.7, WMEZ FM 94.1, and WCOA AM News Talk 1370.
 

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