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TODAY'S NEWS
Scripps Radio Country KTTS/Springfield, MO will host the fourth annual "Country Music Awards Show" on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall.

​Listeners are invited to vote for their favorite songs and artists, with local and national category winner announced during the show. Performers include Columbia Nashville's Maren Morris and Triple Tigers' Russell Dickerson.

​Cast votes and purchase tickets at http://www.ktts.com  A portion of proceeds will go to the station's "Christmas Crusade for Kids.

Nashville music artists are joining forces to raise money for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief with Beautiful Voices of Nashville/Nashville Artis Unite on Friday, Oct. 6 at  the 3rd and Lindsley venue. Emily West ​spearheaded the event, which will feature covers of '80s ballads.

​Performers will include West, Alyssa Bonagura (The Sisterhood), ​Emerson Hart, Gabe Dixon, Jenny Gill, Kree Harrison, Larissa Murphy, Leigh Nash, Leroy Powell, Matthew Perryman Jones, Mindy Smith, Ruby Stewart, Sam Hunter, Sam Stephens, Scott Mulvahill, Tim Jones​ and special guests.

​Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 day of show and can be purchased at http://3rdandlindsley.com 

​A Go Fund Me campaign has been created for those who cannot attend to lend their support: http://gofundme.com/NashvilleArtistsUnite

The Multi-CMA Nominee Opens Pop Up Store With Hundreds Of Fans Wrapping Around The Block. 
ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett performed for a packed crowd Friday night at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, with fans snatching up every ticket within minutes of going on sale upon making the announcment.
The night’s show proved he "certainly knows how to work an audience" (OC Register) and included his chart-topping hits as well as new favorites from his latest album LIFE CHANGES on The Valory Music Co., which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. 

Elaina Smith​, co-host of nationally-syndicated radio show ​NASH Nights Live, visited Dolly Parton's​ Nashville studio Monday to discuss Dolly's​ first-ever album for children, "I Believe in You."

​The ladies also talked about women in Country radio, Dollywood, being small women, working on ​Miley Cyrus'​ new album, and more.

Condolences to the family and friends of Cumulus Country KSKS(93.7 Kiss Country)/Fresno, CA Mgr/National Sales ​Lori Garcia-Marsella​, who died Sunday, Sept. 17 of breast cancer at 55.

​A memorial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in New Harvest Church in Clovis, CA.

​Donations may be made to the Community Cancer Center of Clovis, CA or to Susan G. Komen in Central Valley, CA.

President Trump made a rare phone-in to the syndicated ​"Rick and Bubba" show on Summit Country WZZK/Birmingham, AL, according to http://al.com

​The call was made on Monday, just days after the President appeared in Huntsville, AL at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange​.
 

Congratulations to Big Machine Records' Midland​, which this week earned 48 Mediabase adds with new single "Make A Little," the most adds of a single at country radio.

Props to Big Machine GM Jim Weatherson, VP/Promotions Kris Lamb, Dir./National Promotion ​Erik Powell, Dir./West Coast Promotion Bill Lubitz​, Dir./Southwest Promotion James Marsh, Dir./Midwest Promotion Alex Valentine​, Dir./Southeast Promotion AJ Calvin, Dir./Northeast Promotion Brooke Diaz, Specialist/Southeast Promotion Jeff Davis, and Coord./Promotion Nicole Hunt​.

Magic Broadcasting Country WWLY (Wild Willie 100.1)/Panama City, FL, hired veteran Melissa Miller​ for afternoons, going live during the day for the first time since the station's March opening. Wild Willie has continued to build staff in recent months, adding syndicated Wilhite and Wall​ to mornings in August.







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Multi-PLATINUM trio Lady Antebellum brings New York City to life during a new episode Live from the ‘Artists Den’, which begins broadcast across public television stations nationwide. Continuing to roll out in select markets throughout the fall, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood deliver special performances of their smash singles along with fan-favorites from the No. One album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), in front of 1400 fans at the historic United Palace Theatre.

Additionally, Lady A sits down for a candid interview to discuss the creative process behind their CMA “Album of the Year” nominated record, with behind the scenes footage from the studio process. Fans can check their local listings here.


Click here to o watch Lady Antebellum: Live from the Artists Den episode trailer


The empowering call of independence found in the title-track of of Lady Antebellum's No. One selling album HEART BREAK, serves as the new single from the multi-PLATINUM trio.


For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Live from the Artists Den is a critically acclaimed television and digital music series best known for presenting secret concerts by extraordinary artists in non-traditional, often historic settings, for the television show Live from the Artists Den. The show connects fans with unique and intimate musical experiences from some of the industry’s finest artists.

CMA New Artist of the Year Nominee Brett Young announces seven new cities today for his debut headlining CALIVILLE TOUR, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, VA.

Featuring rising singer/songwriter Carly Pearce, additional dates have been added to the highly-anticipated trek including Norfolk, Va., Cleveland, Oh., Nashville, Tn., Grand Rapids, Mi., Dallas, Tx., Chicago, Il. and Rosemont, Il, with new dates going on sale Friday, 9/29.


Young
will perform songs from his self-titled debut on BMLG Records, which highlights his "melodic craftsmanship" (Billboardwith No. One hits, PLATINUM Certified “Sleep Without You” and 2X PLATINUM selling “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “one of this year’s most impressive pop songs” (New York Times) along with the recently-released fast-rising single "Like I Loved You."

Kentucky native Carly Pearce has never known a moment that Country music wasn’t her destined path and as the only solo female currently in the Top 10 at Country radio with her soul-bearing single “Every Little Thing,” her dreams are coming to fruition. Life experiences and tenacious spirit chronicle her 13-track debut album EVERY LITTLE THING, out October 13 on Big Machine Records, with sought-after producer/songwriter busbee (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson), emphasizing Carly’s textured vocals and emotive songwriting prowess.
visit CarlyPearce.com and follow along at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
Young has been on the road performing for packed crowds on Lady Antebellum's YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, as fans "sing along to almost every word." 
For tickets and additional CALIVILLE TOUR information, visit BrettYoungMusic.com
 
 
CALIVILLE TOUR
10/14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater 
10/21 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman 
10/28 - Sarasota, FL - White Buffalo Saloon 
11/2 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm 
11/3 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live 
11/4 - Charlotte, NC - Coyote Joe's 
11/5 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva *
11/11 - Knoxville, TN - Cotton Eyed Joe's 
11/16 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
11/17 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *
11/18 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 
11/29 - Oxford, OH - Brick Street Bar-Miami U
11/30 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection *
12/1 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre 
12/2 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater 
12/7 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
12/9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Texas Club 
12/13 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's 
12/14 - Chicago, IL - Joe's Sports Bar *
12/15 - Rosemont, IL - Joe's Live *
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
 
*Newly announced dates

Multi-platinum-selling country entertainer SARA EVANS will reprise her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour this year, with seasonal shows created to deliver the holiday spirit to young and old. Tickets are available now at SaraEvans.com where fans can also upgrade to a VIP package, including a Meet and Greet to chat and take a photo with Sara plus an exclusive merchandise item. Check out Sara’s full list of tour dates including stops in Branson, MO, Wetumka, AL, Florence, AL, Huntingdon, TN (Sold Out) and Renfro Valley, KY HERE.
 
                                                                                                               Sara Evans – At Christmas Tour
DATE CITY VENUE
December 1 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino
December 2 Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds Casino
December 7 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theatre
December 8 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Casino
December 9 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Theater
December 14 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
December 15 Norfolk, NE Divots Event Center
December 16 Mayetta, KS Prairie Band Casino & Resort
 
 
 
At Christmas, released in 2015, is Sara’s first full-length Christmas recording. The 10-song collection features well-known holiday classics including “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” plus a seasonal original song and
 
Evans released her eighth studio album, Words, this summer and it quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart. The 14-song project, released on her own Born To Fly Records.

Congratulations are in order for Bicoastal Media Country KRWQ (Q 100.3)/Medford, Ore. PD/morning host Ashley Greninger, who married Lucas Main​ last Saturday, Sept. 23, in Gold Hill, Ore.

You can reach her as ​Ashley Main ​on Facebook.

Congratulations to Nashville's Triple Tigers GM Norbert Nix for completing the Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Georgia on Sunday, Sept. 24. The race was a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1-mile run.

Nix​ competed in honor of his late friend ​Scotty "Miami" Yonkovich. Nix's ​time was 6:24.26, good enough for 66th in his division.

​Contact Nix ​with well wishes at /todaysnews

Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Country KKGO (Go Country 105)/Los Angeles continues to feature midday guests, with RCA Nashville's Old Dominion​ scheduled this October. The band will be live on air on Monday, Oct. 2 and continue until Friday, Oct. 27.

Old Dominion ​follows Thomas Rhett​, September's guest host.

​Fans around the globe can hear Old Dominion ​each day at http://www.gocountry105.com​ and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.

 “Wild Wheels” Inspired App, Blaze Obstacle Course Challenge, Available Today on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android. Click HERE to download the app preview video, app icon and episodic art.

Blaze and the Monster Machines’ animal adventures continue in an all-new “Wild Wheels” special featuring Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling musician Darius Rucker as the voice of a tough-talking falcon-truck named Thunderwing.


Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT), the third “Wild Wheels” special showcases Blaze and friends as they transform into animal-trucks and meet new friends on Animal Island, an incredible place where everyone is a talking monster truck animal.
 Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the adventures of the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ, and it’s the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in every episode. 

Aaron Watson​ will headline at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 4. Joining him will be fellow Texan stars Jon Wolfe, Mickey Guyton, Jim Collins and Leslie Satcher​ for "A Night of Texas Music," to benefit the American Red Cross efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://monarchpublicity.us.1.list-manage.com

Pop/Country crossover stars Exile​ will conduct a fan appreciation concert at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Oct. 17. Special guests (to be announced) will assist the band in kicking off their 2018 55th-anniversary "No Limit Tour." WSM-AM is partnering in the show, which begins with guest stars at 4 p.m. and Exile performing at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit http://WildhorseSaloon.com

Condolences to CRS ED Bill Mayne, following the loss of his sister Debbie Abrams​, Sunday in Austin, Texas. ​Abrams​ succumbed after a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

​No services are planned at this time. You may send sympathies to Mayne​ at /todaysnews

09/25/2017 10:15 AM
Another #1 For Jon Pardi
Congratulations are due to Capitol Nashville's Jon Pardi, who reached #1 on the Mediabase Country Singles chart with "Heartache on the Dance Floor." It's Pardi's​ third consecutive #1, after "Dirt on My Boot" in March and "Head Over Boots" in August 2016.

After eight years away from commercial radio, King's Country internet radio host Jim King​ returned to the air middays at John Walton Classic Country KXXF (105.3 Free)/Beaumont, Texas, last week. The station changed formats from Rock to Classic Country.

​King will continue to run his production company and host his Fox 4 KBTV/Beaumont, Texas/CW-TV's "King of the Road" Show.

​You can reach King at /todaysnews

Former iHeartMedia Country WMIL/Milwaukee morning personality and Country Radio Hall of Fame member Karen Dalessandro​ will join Scripps Crosstown Country WKTI/Milwaukee for midday afternoons, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. A 19-year member of WMIL and two-time CMA Personality of the Year winner, Dalessandro​ had announced her retirement earlier this year.

As a tribute to her arrival, WKTI is using the call "94.5 Karen​ Country" during the countdown to her Wednesday start.

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KZCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.1 5.5 5.5 5.5
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Carson Blackley
iHeartMedia Country WPGB (BIG 104.7)/Pittsburgh MD/midday personality Carson Blackley is headed to Country sister WNCB/Raleigh for similar duties. The MD role is newly-created, with WNCB PD Carletta Blake shifting  to afternoons from Andie Cooper, who was doing the shift Point-To-Point from iHeart's Greensboro facility. Blake says, “Cooper will stay on for weekends. Basically, girls rule the world in Raleigh now."

Blackley's
move is a return to Raleigh and the iHearMedia cluster there; previously, she handled afternoons at Top 40 WDCG. She arrived in Pittsburgh for middays in 2014, and was promoted to MD in 2015.

No word yet on who will take on MD stripes at WPGB, but PD JD Greene says that Blackley will continue in middays there, tracking from Raleigh.
Blackley posted on her Facebook page today,"The last three-plus years have been my most memorable ...I didn't know where Pittsburgh was on the map before I moved ... I didn't know I'd meet my future husband here, and I definitely didn't know I'd love this city as much as I do."

Send her your congratulations here

The message about the death of former RAB CEO Gary Fries was passed along this morning by his son Todd. 

"I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers," he wrote. "This morning at 12:13 a.m. Arizona time my father peacefully passed away. In leaving this world for a better place, he did it in typical Gary fashion. His determination and heart astounded the entire hospice staff.

"In their process they would most likely have notified the family on Saturday that it would be soon, but in typical Gary mentality he proved them all wrong, going until Friday. For this particular group of people, I thought it would might put a small smile on your face to know that he left on his terms."

AllAboutCountry.com will have more on this story throughout the day, as well as comments from the many people who knew Gary Fries throughout the industry. 
 

Named To Pandora’s Board: Greg Maffei, Jim Meyer, David Frear
SiriusXM has purchased $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, at $10.50 per share, completing the $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9th.

A subsidiary of SiriusXM  which purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9th, purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series A preferred stock today.


Upon the closing of this second investment, SiriusXM Chairman Gregory B. Maffei, CEO James E. Meyer and Sr. EVP/CFO David J. Frear were named to the Pandora Board of Directors, with Maffei also being named Chairman of Pandora. Simultaneously, Elizabeth Nelson concluded her tenure on Pandora's board, effective immediately, leaving the board with nine directors.

SiriusXM
may require Pandora to redeem the Series A preferred stock beginning on September 22nd, 2022, the fifth anniversary of the closing, for an amount equal to its liquidation preference plus all accrued and unpaid dividends. Pandora may also redeem the Series A preferred stock at any time after September 22nd, 2020, the third anniversary of the closing, if the daily volume weighted average price of Pandora's common stock is greater than or equal to 175% of the then applicable conversion price for a period of at least 20 days during a 30-day trading window prior to the notice of redemption.

Grant County Broadcasters Classic Country WNKR/Williamstown, KY and its newly acquired WNKN/Middleton, OH (which will change from noncommercial Triple A WNKU to a commercial format on Thursday, Sept. 28) have named Northern Kentucky news website River City News Founder-Editor-Publisher Michael Monks​ as News Director and morning anchor.

​The appointment is the result of a new content-sharing agreement between the stations and the website, through which Monks​ hosted Sunday mornings' "Northern Kentucky Focus."

Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan joined the Grand Ole Opry in celebrating "Country Cares For St. Jude Kids" last week to raise awareness and work towards a cure for childhood cancer. Performances included Bryan, Alabama's Randy Owen, and CMT-TV's "Nashville" stars Clare Bowen and Charles Esten.

As part of his "LBTV 2017" YOUTUBE series, Bryan shared a behind-the-scenes video that gives fans a glimpse into his night at the Opry with St. Jude patient Kael, what the organization means to him, and more.

Check out the episode here.

09/22/2017 10:51 AM
Hanging with Darius!
It’s not every day you get to hang with Darius Rucker. Westwood One/NASH got to spend quality time with the artist at a party celebrating his #1-charting “If I Told You.” The event took place at Top Golf in Nashville, the first party ever hosted there.


(L-R) Westwood One’s Lonnie Napier, Audrey Brensing, Nikita Palmer, Bryan WebbNASH Nights Live co-host Shawn ParrDarius RuckerNASH Nights Live co-host Elaina Smith, Westwood One’s Becky Bennett, Ryan Kershner, and Benztown’s Justin Case.

 

In his interview with Ty, Kelly and Chuck at Nashville's NASH Campus this morning, Country's Chris Janson talked about being part of Bass Pro Shop’s Wonders of Wildlife Grand Opening, his new album "EVERYBODY" and he performed songs from his new album!

Hear the Full Interview and see the videos here

Chris Janson Performs "Drunk Girl" LIVE & Tells the Story Behind the Song 

Chris Janson Performs "Who's Your Farmer"

Chris Janson Talks about Being a Songwriter 

Chris Janson Dishes on Touring with Sam Hunt 
 

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