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TODAY'S NEWS
04/24/2015 2:34 PM
Bush Exits WSM-AM
GM Randy Bush has left WSM-AM/Nashville.  He joined the station last February and has been with the station for more than a year. His resume includes stops at Journal/Tulsa, Signal Media/Little Rock and Cherry Creek/Great Falls, MT.

Get in touch with him here . No word on replacing him.

 

04/24/2015 12:19 PM
Swifty Gillock Passes
Condolences go out to friends and family of WSLC's George Lee "Swifty" Gillock who passed Wednesday (4/22) after just being diagnosed with cancer.  Swifty was doing shifts on Country WSLC, Star Country 94.9/Roanoke, VA until six weeks ago.

He had been with the station for over 40 years.  He was with WSLC-AM 610 in the 70's.  Funeral arrangements have not been released but his obituary is available on The Roanoke Times.

WKOS/Tri Cities, TN has flipped from Nash FM to 104.9 Nash Icon.  WKOS PD J.B. Stone will continue to program the station.  The Nash Icon staff includes Marty McFly (5-9 a.m.), Lisa Manning (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), Scott Gaines (2-7 p.m.) Darlas Rai (7 p.m.-12 a.m.) and Kim Stewart (12 a.m.-5 a.m.).

"Nash Icon continues to grow as an extension of our Nash Country music brand," said Cumulus Corporate PD Greg Frey. "We’re excited to bring this unique Country listening experience to the Tri-Cities on 104.9 Nash Icon.” Listen to the station here.   www.greatcountry1049.com .

SiriusXM has launched a new mobile app that will give subscribers "an enhanced and personalized user experience via iPhone, Android smartphones, and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com."

The new app is available for download to compatible smartphones and tablets from the App Store and Google Play.  It is included for all customers with a satellite radio trial in their new cars.  The service is also included in most satellite radio trials in pre-owned vehicles.

The service includes a new search feature, improved navigation that get customers to their customized channels, better social features and personalized recommendations of channels, shows anc content available to each listener and improved speed and performance in low-bandwidth areas. 

“It’s now easier and better than ever to listen to our curated and exclusive content on just about any mobile device on the go and online at home or at work.  We are thrilled by how enthusiastically our subscribers have embraced the new features that give them more control of when and where they listen to the content they love,” said SiriusXM EVP Operations, Products and Connected Vehicles Services Enrique Rodriguez.  “This reengineering and redesign inspires subscribers to search and discover even more of the content they enjoy, and allows a deeper engagement with their favorite SiriusXM shows and hosts on social media, all right in the app.”

SiriusXM will also give listeners recommendations created from the channels, shows and On Demand content they are listening to. Subscribers can see what's happening on the Facebook and Twitter feeds of SiriusXM hosts and shows and reply, retweet, or comment right in the app.Listeners can also use the Custom Mix button to create variations of more than 70 channels.

For more information and to try SiriusXM for 30 days visit here .



 

Promotion Director Levi Jessen has added APD duties at KEEY, K 102/Minneapolis.  This job was previously handled by Jason Moffett who left the station last Monday.  

"Levi will be a great ambassador to our friends in Nashville," said iHeartMedia/Minnepolis SVP/Programming Gregg Swedberg.

K102 is still looking for the right person to fill Digital PD duties .  The station is looking for a social marketing synamo to take an already great digital portfolio to even higher levels.Interested candidates should send resumes to Jesse Bewley, iHeartMedia Digital lead here
 

04/24/2015 10:45 AM
Shawn Reed New PD For WWHX
Shawn "Reed" Kozlowski, formerly APD/afternoon talent at Alpha Medica's WXCL, The Wolf/Peoria is the new PD of connoisseur Media's Top 40 WWHX, Hit s 100.7/Bloomington, IL.  He replaces Chris Ryan, who is now PD at sister Top 40 WRTS, Star 104/Erie.

"We are pleased to have Shawn join our team and look forward to his leadership on hits," said GM Carol Floyd. "He brings a wealth of music knowledge along with his great passion for community service."
 

Alpha Media/Richmond has hired Tiffany Brown to fill their newly created position of Director of Promotions for their four station cluster including Country WLFV and WARV and WWLB.  She formerly worked for the Fox TV affiliate's promotions and events department.

"From hanging banners to executing massive client-driven events, she operates at full passionate throttle all the time," says MM Paul Johnson. "We can't wait to watch her dash off the starting line."
 
 

David De Busk, former Shazam VP/Strategic Objectives has joined Sun Broadcast Group.  He will be working as their Digital Development Advisor and will be working on its Shazam for Radio project.  His resume includes BMI and Landmark Digital Services. 

 "He truly understands the power of Shazam and all that it can offer radio," says Sun CEO Jason Bailey. "Not to mention, he's a data nut, and in our world today the ability to use data to personalize our terrestrial messages is the holy grail." 

Get in touch with him here

 

CBS Radio/Las Vegas VP/Progamming Charese Fruge is the new VP/Programming and OM for its six stations in the Houston market. The cluster includes Country KILT,100.3 The Bull/Houston.    Other stations she will oversee include for Hot AC KHMX (MIX 96.5), and Top 40 KKHH (HOT 95-7), as well as oversee Country KILT (100.3 THE BULL), KLOL (MEGA 101) and Sports stations KIKK-A and KILT-A.

Charese is a talented programmer and leader,” CBS Radio/Houston SVP/Market Manager Sarah Frazier said. “Her longstanding relationships in the music industry, passion for radio, and ability to create special experiences for the listener are an integral part of why she’s such a great fit for Houston.  We are thrilled to have her join the Houston team, as we continue to grow and build upon our brands under her guidance.”

“This role is the opportunity of a lifetime and a chance to finally be back in the South,” said Fruge.  “I’m honored, and looking forward to working with Bruce Logan and the Houston team to help take these amazing brands to the next level. I have made lifelong friends and memories in Las Vegas and appreciate them always making me look good.”







 

Eric Church will be the first performer for Nashville's new Ascent Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.  He will perform on Thursday, July 30 and will give a solo acoustic  performance providing fans with a unique experience.  Ticket go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaste r. 

“The newest addition to Music City's live music scene will get off to a great start with a concert from Eric Church, who represents what’s great about Music City," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “His songs can’t be confined to just one genre; he draws from Country, Rock and other types of music that help make the scene here in Nashville so vibrant and eclectic.”

Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA) has announced the addition of two talented, up-and-coming music entertainers.  Shawn Lacy (left) and David Adams Byrnes join the list of BLA acts including Rhett Akins, Darryl Worley, Daryle Singletary, Millennial, Radio Romance, Sonia Leigh, Kristin Kelly and Brooke Hogan, to name a few.

“These two guys are covered in raw talent; a live talent that audiences crave,” said Amy Aylward, who will act as their representing agent. “We have so much faith that these two will go far and we are honored to be a part of their team to help them get there.”

For more information on Shawn Lacy, visit:  shawnlacy.com.  For more information on David Adam Byrnes, visit:  davidadambyrnes.com.    


 

Singer/songwriter Chris Janson has signed with Warner Music Nashville.  He will be features as part of iHeartMedia's "On the Verge Artist" programming.

Janson recently released his independent song "Buy Me A Boat" climbed to number one on  the iTunes Country chart after Bobby Bones Show gave it some airplay.

"Artistry, passion, and hard work are the driving force here at Warner Music Nashville, and Chris Janson exemplifies those very qualities," explained WMN President/CEO John Esposito. "The guy played 16 hours a day at Tootsie's for a year, and he's played the Opry almost a hundred times. Man, that's dedication and playing for the love of the music. Our VP/A&R Cris Lacy has been championing and following his decade-long path in Nashville, and we're ecstatic to welcome such a unique talent to the WMN family."

Songwriter Parker Welling has been signed by 3 Ring Circus, the independent company founded by Jeffrey Steele.

Parker Welling  is Nashville-born and raised.  Her voice has been influenced by Bluegrass, Americana and classic country.  She will join the 3 Ring Circus Music Family  in Key West for BMI's Key West Songwriter's Fest May 6-10.

Seen here Welling (center) with the 3 Ring Circus (l-r) Music Director of A&R Management Casey LeVasseur, GM Darrell Franklin, Parker Welling, President Jeffrey Steele, BMI Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Leslie Roberts.

Photo Credit: 3 Ring Circus Music

04/23/2015 12:30 PM
Jay Michaels Exits WAWC
OM Jay Michaels is leaving WAWC/Warsaw, IN has left the statoin after more than eight years.

He is looking for his next opportunity and can be reached here .

At this point there are no plans to fill his position.

Elizabethany, iHeartMedia Top 40 WIHT/Washington DC/evening personality will now voice-track for evenings for KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas.  She takes the place of Big D.  Get in touch with her here .  

Big D is moving to mornings on Top 40clustermate KPVL.  He's been with the station for more than two years.  Get in touch with him here

Justin Moore has teamed with Cabela's for Disconnect Day.  This encourages people to put down their mobile devices for one day and enjoy outdoor activites instead. .

"When our children grow up, they aren't going to remember how many likes they got on a status update, but they will remember their family camping trips and the first fish they caught," says Cabela's CMO Scott Williams. 

The Academy Of Country Music (ACM) announces the headliners for its PARTY FOR A CAUSE 2016. The stars are Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, and Kenny Chesney. The event is taking place in Las Vegas next year. 

The three-night festival begins Friday, April 1st, 2016 and continues through Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at the MGM Resort Festival Grounds.

Tickets for ACM A-LIST members begins tomorrow (4/24) and tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, April 27th via Ticketmaster . Additional performers will be announced closer to the festival date. For more information, check out the ACM website .

Free Shows Kick Off Thursday, June 11th
The  CMA Music Festival  unveiled the lineup Today (4/22) for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage performances beginning Thursday, June 11th. Gary Allan will kick off the performances as the featured opener, and throughout the four-day Festival, many others will take to Riverfront Stage.

Legendary artists including Tanya Tucker, Restless Heart, Clay Walker, Lonestar, and Lorrie Morgan will be featured alongside some of today's hottest acts like Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Eric Pasley, The Swon Brothers, and Chase Rice, Ashley Monroe, Canaan Smith, Charles Esten of ABC-TV's "Nashville," Dan + Shay, Montgomery Gentry, and many more will perform on the free stage from Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th. For more information and a complete lineup, visit  www.CMAFest.com .

AllAboutCountry gives congrats to the Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) and its
NASH ICON Records imprint for this week’s #1 Country albums chart debut on
Reba’s “LOVE SOMEBODY.”  This is Reba’s first studio album in five years and
27th overall. It sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen
Music sales numbers. This mark’s Reba’s 12th career Country album chart-topper;
on the all-genre album chart, “LOVE SOMEBODY” ranked #3 overall this week. 


LOVE SOMEBODY” has been jump-started by the first single,  “Going Out Like That,”
plus numerous media appearances and a strong live performance on Sunday (4/19) on the
“50thAnnual ACM Awards,”
during which Reba was one of seven Milestone ONE Award recipients.

StubHub has pulled Stagecoach info leading up to the festival this weekend, looking at the top 15 most popular Stagecoach artists by search.

Holding the number one spot is Miranda Lambert, followed by Tim McGraw at number two, and Alternative Country artist Sturgill Simpson rounding out the top three. Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, and Kip Moore make the top 10, while The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, and Blake Shelton fall in to the top 15. StubHub also mentions that nearly 88% of fans attending Stagecoach  are Cali residents.

AllAboutCountry sends big congrats to Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town for setting the largest one-week sales figure of a Country track thus far in 2015, selling 97,456 in digital sales of “Girl Crush” last Week (week ending 4/19), according to Soundscan.

Sales of the “ACM Group of the Year” winner’s latest single improved 126% from the previous week, while soaring from a #29 to the #7 slot, besting the likes of Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran and Jason Derulo.

Release-to-Date sales total for “Girl Crush” is up to 521,911 – 97,456 of which came last week. According to Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Shane Allen, the single sold 30,000 copies on Sunday night (4/19), which corresponds with LBT’s live performance of “Girl Crush” on Sunday’s nationally televised “50th Annual ACM Awards.” As AllAboutCountry reported following the show, the performance was the evening’s most Shazamed of the entire ACM broadcast.

COX Media Country WHKO/K99/Dayton has added Envisions Networks' " AmericanCountrty " to its programming. "AmericanCountry" gathers audio and content for radio stations including: hard news, Country chatter and stories that tug at the heart strings, written in a rip-n-read style and ready for air.

It also features: "Nashville 60," an exclusive daily entertainment report by Becca Walls; "Today’s 10," a daily breakdown of the top 10 most important stories of the day; one-on-one guest interviews; and various content for affiliate station blogs.

For more information, contact Amber Wade at (216) 831-3761 or at  /todaysnews .

Attendees of the first-ever “Mega Truck Series” and “Average Joes Music Festival” that took place this past weekend at Rush Off-Road in Rush, KY were treated to a weekend full of action-packed extreme motorsports and a one-of-a-kind live music festival. This first of many events quickly sold out with an estimated 4,800 fans in attendance, with an additional 2,000 fans hoping for a ticket, and proved to be an exciting kick-off event for the 2015 racing season. Check out highlights  here .

Facing multiple off-road obstacle courses along with several determined and competitive drivers, the overall winner of the Mega Truck Series Race was Florida-based Scott Sweat of No Sweat Racing with a combined time of 34.025 seconds. To cap off the  day of off-road family entertainment, Saturday’s concert included stellar performances by Average Joes Entertainment’s Twang and Round, Sarah Ross, Charlie Farley and headliner Bubba Sparxxx.

 
The 2015 Mega Truck Series and Average Joes Music Festival continues with more dates this season:
  • 5/9/15 – Triple Canopy Ranch – Lake Wales, FL
  • 6/13/15 - *Twitty’s Mud Park – Ulmer, SC
  • 8/1/15 –  King Knob Offroad Park, Philippi, WV
*Does NOT Include Average Joes Music Festival
 
For more information and tickets, go to  www.megatruckseries.com  or email /todaysnews . Ticket bundles include MTS T-shirts, hats or the exclusive "Mega Truck Series 2015 Soundtrack" only available with ticket purchases online or at race events.    

In order for Matt Sneed to handle his increased New York City duties at CBS Radio Hot AC WWFS/102.7 FRESH-FM/New York and add a second weekend shift, he will leave sister station Country WXTU/Philadelphia.
 
Sneed had been splitting his time between New York and Philadelphia for the past year, including airshifts on the same day in both markets.

June 12th, 2015, artists and celebrities from across the country will come together for the inaugural “Concert for Love and Acceptance” at City Winery, 609 Lafayette St. in Nashville.

Herndon
, along with political commentator and author Meghan McCain, will host the event, which will feature performances by nationally acclaimed artists that will be announced over the coming weeks.

Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Ty Herndon created the “Concert for Love and Acceptance” in partnership with “GLAAD,” which has evolved from being his 20th anniversary fan club party into a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing in support of at-risk youth in the Nashville community. The driving force behind the event is Herndon’s desire to bring about a positive change in the world; to help young people who are at risk find help and lead full and productive lives, and to encourage them to make good choices.

The event will be commemorated by the presentation of the first RALY Awards (Rescue A Life Y’all), which will honor and celebrate individuals and businesses that have demonstrated their support of at-risk youth and saving lives.

Herndon comments, “I truly hoped that the day would come when I could host an event encouraging an environment that would make it easier for young people at risk to get help and feel comfortable about who they are, and not have to go through the same struggles that I have faced.”

Herndon made Country music history last November when he became the first male Country music artist to come out as openly gay.  For years, he had kept this secret because he believed that in order to live his dream of being a country music singer, he could not live his life in the way that he would have chosen.  Since his announcement, he has been overwhelmed with the positive support and feedback from his fans and the Country music industry.

The “Concert for Love and Acceptance” marks Herndon’s first Nashville concert appearance since late last year. 

Doors to the event will open at 2:00 p.m. and the show will start at 3:00 p.m. Tickets on-sale now and are available for purchase at Concert For Love and Acceptance .


 

Playback Records Country artist Claire Petrie’s latest single, “(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell,” is a hot track on Country radio. Originally sung by the pioneer of rock and roll Chuck Berry and by Grammy-award winning country icon Emmylou Harris, Petrie put her own original contemporary Country flair to this song and is her debut release to Country radio. She is receiving high praise from radio and industry executives across the country, commenting on her vocal delivery and fresh sound.

Newcomer Petrie attacks this Chuck Berry/Emmylou Harris chestnut with gusto. Whoever that is working out on the squeeze box and the fiddle also do an outstanding job.” – Robert K. Oermann, renowned music critic, Music Row  

I really loved listening to her album, especially the song The One. That song is sweet and remains faithful to the Celtic roots, but takes on the character and flavor of Nashville. It’s rocking. What a talented artist!” – Ralph Murphy, Vice President of International Membership at
ASCAP Nashville
  

“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is a perfect example of Petrie’s powerhouse vocals. The entire album is the kind of collection that makes for putting the album on and playing all the way through, letting it tell a tuneful story of the artist and the listener, too. Well performed, well produced with lovely song choices. This project is a winner.” – Digital Rodeo  


“There are a lot of releases that come across the desk and this song stuck out! Our listeners love the song!”
– Phil Nee, Program Director, WRCO-FM in Richland Center, WI  

FINALLY, this timeless classic song has been sung right. Claire Petrie hit it way outta the park. With a blend of the perfect voice and not overpowering blend of Cajun and country music, she delivers “(C’est la Vie)” to a young Country audience with a real country ‘zing.’ I’ve heard Chuck Berry sing it, I’ve heard Emmylou Harris sing it, and even Hugh Lawry sing it. And they’ve all done a great job, BUT, not right, and Claire got it right!” -  Jerry Proctor, Program Director, WTYS AM-FM in Marianna, FL

Claire brings an enthusiastic, fresh, upbeat performance of a well-known song that makes it fun to listen to again.” – Cathy Horton, Operations Manager, WEBQ AM-FM in Harrisburg, IL
“We are playing more Country classic. I’m glad to hear contemporary country flair to an old country hit!” – Greg Breeden, General Manager, WKTR-AM in Quinque, VA  
 
“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell” is off her newest album, THE ONE, which was produced by Country music industry veteran, Jack Gale. It includes 11 tracks that profiles her impressive vocal range and pushes the boundaries of both ends of her musical scale. Her ability to belt out an up-tempo tune with both power and precision is evident on the debut single.

With a musical mission to bring passion and purpose to the genre she loves, Claire has crafted her signature sound when she was on tour with her family. Raised in a large musical family in Saratoga Springs, New York, and currently in West Palm Beach, FL, she was born to musical parents who instilled a love of melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme deep within her.

For more information on Claire Petrie, please visit  www.ClairePetrie.com  or on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clairepetriecountry .

The Line Consists of 5 Models Including 2 Mini Guitars
Boulder Creek Musical Instruments, LLC,(Boulder Creek), manufacturer of unique acoustic guitars featuring their patentedSuspended Bracing System™, announced a marketing alliance with theRemington Outdoor Company (ROC) to create a Remington line of acoustic guitars. With this announcement, ROC connects the love of the outdoors with the love of music.

“Guitars are a natural fit for Remington, because so many outdoorsmen and women are musicians and music lovers," said Gary Keffer, Director, Media & Partnerships at ROC. "I can picture sitting around the campfire after a day in the field and happily strumming a Remington guitar or listening to one of my campmates play for us.”

The collaboration resulted from a song by Boulder Creek artist Larry Gatlin titled, “An American With A Remington.” Mr. Gatlin made a short video performing the song on his Boulder Creek guitar. The video went viral and was viewed by millions.
Keffer saw the video, recognized the guitar and contacted Boulder Creek CEO 
Jeff Strametz.
After initial talks, the two companies entered into a licensing agreement and the Remington line of guitars was born.

“We are excited to be working with Remington to bring music to its audience of outdoor enthusiasts,” remarked Mr. Strametz.
The Remington guitar line will initially feature five acoustic models: Stagemaster (dreadnought body), Lodge (jumbo body) and Field models (mini guitar body). All models will feature Boulder Creek’s patented Suspended Bracing System™ (SBS) as well as a side ported sound hole. The sound hole placement projects the instrument’s sound to the player’s ear.

The guitars will be available summer 2015. Consumers will be able to purchase the guitars through authorized Boulder Creek dealers. Visit the Boulder Creek website for more details and to sign up to be notified when the guitars become available B oulder Creek Guitars .  The company also welcomes dealer inquiries.  

According to 2005 data, the fretted instrument segment accounted for $1.4 billion in global musical instrument sales. Americans purchased 3.4 million guitars. Overall, Americans were responsible for 42.7 percent of global musical instrument sales making them the largest consumers. Japan was second at 15.6 percent.

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WIL/St. Louis morning personality Cornbread will be leaving the station to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family.  He announced this via his Facebook page.  His final show will be this Friday (4/24) and as is typical Cornbread, we will leave in a big way by hosting "Cornbread's World's Largest Farewell Pajama Party" at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.

He has been with WIL since 2004 and has established himself as a morning force to be reckoned with. He has received some big ratings and been recognized by winning awards from the CMA, ACM and he has also won a  Marconi.  He has constantly given back to the community by raising money for various charities.  His "Team Cornbread" has supported the "Komen St. Louis Race For the Cure and "Cornbread's Kids Crusade" on behalf of St. Louis Children's Hospital.

 “While we respect Cornbread's decision to put his family first, we really hate to see him go,” said Hubbard/St. Louis  VP/Market Mgr. John Kijowski. “The entire team at Hubbard Radio St. Louis wishes him well in his future endeavors.” 

The farewell pajama party will be held from 6-10 a.m. at Ballpark Village on the Fox Sports Midwest Live Stage in downtown St. Louis.

It will include Free breakfast for the first 92 loyal listeners at the door and a special $4.92 breakfast deal for the general public. Cornbread's favorite "adult" beverage Natty Light" will be served.  Teh last 11 years of Cornbread's time on teh air will be up on the big screen and listeners will be able to sign the giant going away card.  A whole host of "surprise" guests will make an appearance to wish Cornbread adios!

Heather Stevens, afternoon-drive personality will be leaving Country WQXK/K105/Youngstown, Ohio after 12 years.  He last day will be Thursday, April 23.  "I am resigning from the afternoon-drive position having spent the last 12 years here at K105 and have enjoyed every minute," said Stevens. "I was born and raised here, and I've been blessed to spend all of these years, in this market, getting to do a job that's more like play than work. It's hard to say exactly what's next, outside of graduating from college in the Fall, but I'm definitely still available for voiceovers and can be reached via email ."

The station will soon be undertaking a nationwide search for her successor.

04/21/2015 9:48 AM
Johnson Goes to Hubbard
Joel Swanson, formerly GM of KMOM/Aberdeen, SD has joined Hubbard in Bemidji, MN as GM.  The cluster includes KBHP.  He takes the place of Lou Buron and Mary Campbell who owned Omni Broadcasting.  Swanson knows this area as he spent more than 20 years in management rolesin northern Minnesota working for Leighton and Border States.  

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