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TODAY'S NEWS
50/50 Global Muzik/Warner artist Amy Jack and iHeart Radio “Get DiscoveredNational WinnerBilly
Dawson will perform before the Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game on Thanksgiving.

Billy and his band will kick off the Salvation Army pre-game show with a 45 minute concert just prior to the Cowboys battle for the NFC East Division lead against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Amy will join Billy on stage for background vocals for “Born to Lead” and “Go to Guy.” Cowboys’ fans have come to love both songs, which have been played during home games throughout the 2014 season.

The concert will take place on The West Plaza Miller Lite Stage at AT&T Stadium. “Born to Lead” and “Go to Guy” are available oniTunes and other digital retail outlets

WQMX/Akron, OH has moved evening personality Sarah Kay (left) to mornings.  She will be working with Scott Wynn, Sue Wilson, news person Amani Abraham and producer James Smith.

“Sarah is a truly dynamic personality both on the air and out in public, and is an excellent example of what a personality in radio circa 2015 needs to be,” said Sue Wilson, who doubles as PD. “She is loved by clients, listeners and the artists. She is engaging in public. She has amazing social media chops, has taken on the taping and editing of our Rising Star Showcases and other station events -- which has helped to continue to build and expand our social media brands, especially our YouTube channel.”

Kay has been at the station for five years ad during that time has worked on the morning show's social media presence. Get in touch with her here

Currently there is a search on for a night personality.  Wilson is looking for  a talented communicator, air personality and content creator with strong social media skills and the ability to connect with 18-34 listeners on-air, online and in person. The right candidate will love connecting with the community, Northeast Ohio and country music.  

If interested send your materials here.  Please, no calls. 
 

Beasley Broadcast has transferred two company managers and veteran radio professionals, from the Augusta, GA market to  Tampa, Florida. Kent Dunn has been named VP/Market Manager and Tee Gentry has been selected as OM for the Tampa-St. Petersburg  cluster.

EVP/Operations Brian Beasley, who oversees the Tampa-St. Petersburg cluster, stated, “Kent Dunn is a strong leader with a unique skill set we believe to be vitally important as we establish our Beasley’s footprint in Tampa. He is an exceptional motivator. Over the past 20 years, Kent has proven to us consistently that he can build a cohesive team of radio professionals and then lead that unified group to the very top in ratings, revenue and community engagement.”

Brian continued, “Tee Gentry is a seasoned and award-winning radio programmer who excels in building and branding successful radio stations.  He has a knack for developing strong relationships with artists, labels and key clients. Tee will bring to Tampa an enthusiasm that is simply contagious and he will hit the ground running in an effort to meet Tampa listeners and members of the community at large.”

Dunn commented, “It has a privilege to be a part of the Beasley Broadcast group for over twenty years now.  At this time of my life, today seems like the perfect day to start a new challenge. Moving to Tampa represents an exciting opportunity to manage a cluster of stations in a larger radio market. I’m really looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and also Tampa/St. Pete businesses, professional groups and charities.”

Gentry stated, “The offer to work alongside my longtime colleague Kent Dunn in Tampa, Florida was hard to pass up. We have similar management styles and we both believe in local radio done right.  I’m looking forward to my next chapter in radio with a wonderful cluster of legendary stations. This is gonna be fun!”

Beasley Broadcast/Augusta promotes Chris O’Kelley to OM. O’Kelley replaces Tee Gentry, who is leaving the market to be OM at Beasley/Tampa.  O’Kelley reports to VP/Market Manager Mark Haddon. Before this, O’Kelley was APD/MD for Country WKXC, positions he has held since joining Beasley Broadcast/Augusta.

Haddon said, “When you have a cluster like ours, with many long-term employees, you get to know the unique strengths that each person brings to his or her job. When positions open up and you can offer a dedicated employee a new opportunity to shine, it sure is rewarding. Chris O’Kelley is recognized and involved in our community. He is prepared to step into the role of operations manager for our cluster and I know he will do a fine job.”

O’Kelley stated, “I guess you could say I’m beyond excited. Following Tee Gentry is a tall order.  Tee has been my mentor, my colleague and my friend for 20 years. I can’t thank him, and our former market manager Kent Dunn, enough for all they have taught me over the years and for their belief in me with this new promotion. Beasley/Augusta has a new, strong management team in place with Mark Haddon leading the way. We’re family here and this place is home to me. I’m honored and ready to give it my all.”

Envision Networks is offering its "Country Oldies Show Christmas Special" for free beginning Wednesday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 25th.

Steve Warren hosts the special, which will feature four hours of Christmas music from acts like Steve Wariner, Buck Owens, Reba, George Jones, George Strait, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, and more. Warren will also record custom liners and holiday greetings for all affiliates.

For more information, contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or here.

Show Dog-Universal Music artist Toby Keith has put a non-traditional spin on his current music video for "Drunk Americans." 

Keith has a ton of fun with this semi-animated version of the song, which encourages everyone to lay aside their differences and pick up a beer. Check it out, only in a Toby Keith video would you expect to find a nun drinking with a panda.  View the video here

Twenty-four year music industry veteran, and one of Music Row’s most enduring music ambassadors, Preshias Harris, has announced she will host “A Preshias Day In Music” on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at The Listening Room Café. 217 2nd Avenue South, Nashville from 11:00AM-3:00PM. 
 
The annual celebration is commemorative to the 27th anniversary of Ms. Harris’ successful kidney transplant. The live music event is free and open to the public, however attendees are invited and encouraged to bring a “water donation” (12-pack or 24-bottle case) to be collected at the door by USO Nashville.  
 
“I received the kidney from my sister at Jewish Hospital in Louisville in 1987 and it was truly a gift of life,” stated Harris. “Being surrounded by music is the only way to celebrate my life—because it is my life!”
 
A Preshias Day In Music” is presented in partnership with Boulder Creek Guitars, DR Strings, CDX Nashville and Music City Media. 
 
The gathering will feature some of Music City’s most extraordinary, “must-hear” singer/songwriters. Among those scheduled to perform (along with special surprise guests) are:
 
From Kentucky, the 5-piece country-rock band, Borrowed Blue
Allison Bray--direct from the current season of NBC-TV’s “The Voice”
Contemporary AC-pop/blues/rock artist, Stephen Hunley 
Singer/guitarist Paul Thomas Mitchell from “America’s Got Talent”
From Glendale, KY, Americana/folk/blues trio Jess & Aaron
Indie recording artist Katie Kendall 
From Nashville, folk/pop/rock band, The Sifters
 
Singer/songwriters Dustin Bragg, Rye Davis, Rusty Dean, Demi Downing, Lindsay Harding, Emily Maygnn, Gyth Rigdon, Mike Short, Laurel Taylor, Clay Underwood, Ben Whisler and Jamie White will also be part of the celebration.
 
“Nothing motivates me more than the opportunity to work with new and emerging artists,” added Harris. “These young talented individuals are the very reason I am here.”
 
Joyce Aponte/Renegade Radio,who donated a kidney to her sister, will serve as honorary music industry guest.  As part of the brunch agenda, Harris will make a special announcement to introduce the publication of her new book, “I Know Country” featuring 366 days of Music Row trivia.

CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne says that voting for the CRS 2015 "New Faces Of Country Music Show" lineup remains open to all Country radio station employees thru Thursday, Thanksgiving, day (11/27).

This year's performer nominees are: Frankie Ballard, Danielle Bradbery, Chase Bryant, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and The Swon Brothers. The five acts with the most votes will make the lineup for the already sold out show

Cast your vote, click here. The deadline was extended through Thursday after a tabulation glitch was discovered shortly after the voting process began on November 17th.

The "New Faces Of Country Music Show” will be held on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at the Nashville Convention Center.

SiriusXM will participate for a sixth year with WhyHunger's "Hungerthon 2014."  The online charity auction kicks off Today (11/25) and will run through Wednesday, December 10th.

This auction features memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes, and celebrities with proceeds going to WhuHunger's efforts to fight against the root causes of hunger and poverty in the United States and worldwide.  SiriusXM's support is part of its "Sound Of Change" initiative to generate awareness, action, and funds for designated charitable causes.

This year, the auction items include trips to meet Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, a Las Vegas getaway to see Willie Nelson, an autographed guitar from Big & Rich, tickets to Elvis Presley's Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry, and much more. Auction participants may also bid on the opportunity to sit in during SiriusXM shows with popular hosts or record guest DJ sessions for SiriusXM channels.

For additional information or to participate in WhyHunger's "HungerThon 2014," visit www.siriusxm.com/hungerthon.

Columbia Nashville's Kenny Chesney will receive the "American Country Countdown Awards" Groundbreaker Award during the program on Monday, December 15th.

The Groundbreaker Award recognizes artists who push the boundaries of what is possible within the definitions of today’s Country music, honoring those trailblazing concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States.

The "American Country Awards" takes place at 8p ET/PT live from Nashville on Monday, December 15th on FOX-TV.

Magic Mustang Music has selected Lydia Schultz (left) L-R Schultz, Knippas their new Creative Coordinator.  Schultz makes the move from her position as Business and Legal Affairs Associate for BBR Music Group, where she has worked since May 2013.

"I've been a member of the BBR Music Group family for about two years, and throughout that time I've had the chance to really get to know Magic Mustang Music VP Juli Newton-Griffith and Creative Director Keithan Melton," said Schultz. "I'm so excited for the opportunity to work with them and the amazing songwriters at Magic Mustang Music."

In addition, BBR Music Group has hired Andrea Knipp  (right) to fill the role of Business and Legal Affairs Associate that was handled by Schultz.  Knipp was in an internship position with the department from August 2013 until May 2014. 

"The opportunity to work for BBR Music Group has been absolutely amazing," remarked Knipp.  "I can't think of a better place to launch my career."

Both new positions are effective immediately. Congratulate Schultz here or via phone at 615-610-2133; send congrats to Knipp here or contact her via phone at 615-610-2086.

A big congrats from AllAboutCountry to Leadership Music (LM), which raised more than $25,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee by rallying friends and alumni for contributions. That total translates to more than 100,000 meals to those in need and exceeded the organization’s initial goal of $5,000.

Leadership Music President Diane Pearson challenged all previous LM classes to a collegial fundraising competition. The self-proclaimed “Best class ever” alums of 2012 emerged as the winner, followed by ’03, ’07, ’08 and ’11 rounding out the top five.

Pearson said, “We are so proud to be part of an organization and an industry that lives by the creed ‘From those to whom much is given, much is expected. 

Although we framed this as a friendly competition among classes, it was really all about feeding the hungry.”

For those interested in helping, see more information here.

SuperRadio syndicated Retro Country USA's award winning, commercial-free, four-hour Christmas Special is bigger and better than ever this year.

Guests include George Strait, Reba, Dolly Parton, The Bellamy Brothers and many more!

For more info and to get the show for your station, contact Rich O’Brien at /todaysnews or 508-630-0344.

The “No Shave November” is fantastic, however now there’s an official event allowing all participants in the annual fund “razor” benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to have a hairy time.

It all takes place on Monday, December 1st at Nashville’s Music Row Kitchen & Pub, and iHeartMedia Country WUSY/Chattanooga air personalities Gator Harrison and Styckman will be your hosts for the evening.

Some of the awards that will be presented at the ‘Beard Bash’ are: “Radio Fundrazors” ( AKA Top Radio Fundraisers), “Label Fundrazors” (Top Label Fundraisers), “O-fur-all Fundrazor” (Top Fundraising Individual), “Herd It On The Radio”  (Largest Radio Station Team), “Look For The Label Union”  (Largest Record Label Team), “The Beard Al Yankovic Award” (Best Beard Parody), “MVB - Most Valuable Beard” (Individual Who Does The Most For NSN) and “Scraggle Rock” (Worst Beard). The event will also recognize ladies choice, best social media advocate and the granddaddy of ‘em all: “Beard of The Year.”

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood has been serving as 2014Chairman of the Beard.” Last year’s NSN campaign raised $220,000 for the organization, with $396,000 raised over the past three years to support St. Jude.

Donations raised will help St. Jude continue to find cures and save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Supporters are still encouraged to help the children of St. Jude by donating here or by texting LIFE to 50333, to donate $10. All proceeds benefit No Shave November for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Researcher Mark Kassof presents a report on today’s Country Listeners (11/25), he writes, "In terms of the way the station they listen to most makes them feel, Country P1’s don’t differ dramatically from listeners as a whole. Their 'my station always makes me feel this way' scores are all within single digits of all P1’s. But the overall picture that emerges is a group of listeners who are unusually comfortable and contented with their P1 station. They’re 'happy campers' for sure."

The top 10 terms Country P1's used to describe how their favorite radio station makes them feel:
1.Happy
2.Comfortable
3.Interested
4.Relaxed
5.Satisfied
6.Delighted
7.Cheerful
8.Connected
9.Contented
10.Proud

Kassof also found, "and they’re more than satisfied. Where Country P1’s differ most from listeners as a whole is that their Country station makes them feel proud."

How often does the station you listen to most make you feel proud?

  Total Country P1’s
Always     30% 38%
Often     29% 28%
Sometimes     25% 21%
Never       11% 8%
Don’t Know         5% 5%
Kassof sums it up this way, "Among formats’ P1’s, Country P1’s are tied for tops in pride with their Urban counterparts.  Country P1’s fall furthest (though not all that far) below average for qualities such as feeling wild, sexy and hip when listening to their Country station. Bottom line, what we find is great satisfaction and pride in their Country values."
 

Verstandig Broadcasting and SoundExchange are battling over streaming royalty payments for "geo-fenced" Internet streams of broadcast stations continues, as SOUNDEXCHANGE attorney Michael B. DeSanctis, responds to a letter filed by the plaintiffs' attorney last week. He told Judge Michael F. Urbanski in a letter filed Monday (11/24) that Verstandig's "attempt to force SoundExchange to commit to a course of action on a hypothetical and ever-changing set of facts and legal theories" is unfair.

DeSanctis added that the plaintiff's argument that a controversy exists for the court "merely because SoundExchange would have standing to sue Plaintiffs depending on what exactly they might do, which of them might do it, and how they might do it" is wrong because standing is not enough to establish whether a controversy is ripe enough for the court under the law of declaratory judgments.

Verstandig attorney Davis Butler in a letter last week, said that SoundExchange "rejected plaintiffs' proposed covenant not to sue" and asserted that "In doing so, SoundExchange abandoned its theory that it is the wrong defendant in this declaratory judgment action."

Verstandig is in court to establish its theory that by limiting the online stream of its Active Rock WTGD/105.1 BOB Rocks/Bridgewater, VA to a 150-mile radius, it does not owe royalties to be collected by SoundExchange.

Forever Broadcasting Country WFGE/Froggy 101/State College, PA afternoon-drive talent and four-year station veteran Jeff Hunt (pictured) has been promoted to APD.

Hunt slides into middays, while Froggy OM/PD Chris Prospero, who is known as the “Boss Frogg,” is switching from AM drive to PM drive. Also, Jerry Valeri moves down the hallway from afternoon drive at AC sister station, WMAJ/Magic 99 and takes over for “Boss Frog” doing the wakeup trip.

You can congratulate Hunt here, Prospero here and Valeri here.

Legendary rock icon Bob Seger joins Country superstar Jason Aldean on the CROSSROADS stage when CMT CROSSROADS: Bob Seger And Jason Aldean premieres Black Friday, November 28 at 10 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.  The long-awaited pairing provides melodic magic for the all-new installment of CMT’s flagship music series.

The episode will feature the duo collaborating on chart-topping hits, and viewers will also take a look into the admiration Seger and Aldean share for each other and the impact their respective songs have on one another’s careers. The show will re-air Saturday, November 29 at 2 p.m., ET/PT.

Watch Seger and Aldean take on the classic “Turn the Page” on CMT.com.

AllAboutCountry sends congrat to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Steve Hodges, Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Shane Allen, and the Capitol Promotion Crew for landing Little Big Town's Day Drinking" as  this week's #1 single on the MediaBase Country singles chart.
 
The single marks LBT's second trip to the #1, the first was in September 2012 with "Pontoon" crusing to the top.  "Day Drinking" is the first single from LBT's current album, "Pain Killer," available at retailers nationwide.

The Country Music Association (CMA) will provide preview footage and artist interviews from "CMA Country Christmas" as a video highlight package feed beginning tomorrow (11/25).

It is hosted by Jennifer Nettles and will feature performances from Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldridge, and many more. 

"CMA Country Christmas" will air their annual two-hour special on MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st beginning at 8p (ET) on ABC-TV.  The highlight package is approximately 15 minutes in length and will be re-run back-to-back to allow media outlets two opportunities for download.

Satellite coordinates for both feeds are as follows:
  • GALAXY 17 (Ku) Digital
  • Transponder 13 – Ch D
  • 9 MHz
  • Downlink Freq:  11973.5 (H)
  • Symbol Rate:  6.1113
  • FEC: ¾
FTP Download Site: www.vistaworldlink.com/CMAchristmas.

For more information contact Jim Bowling at 213-215-7822 or via email.

At 75 years old, Billy Joe Shaver will make his Network Television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman December 17th. He'll perform 'Hard to Be an Outlaw' alongside Willie Nelson (who also sang on the album version of the song).

Billy Joe has also just added a show the same evening at City Winery NYC.

Music's top artists were in LA last night (11/23) for the 2014 American Music Awards.  Country artists who took home awards included Carrie Underwood for Country Female Artist, Luke Bryan for Country Male Artist, Florida Georgia Line for Country Band, Duo or Group and Brantley Gilbert for Country Album with his "Just As I Am" album.

The Dick Clark Award For Excellence was presented to Taylor Swift in recognition of her accomplishments both Country and Pop. 

It was a big night for pop artists One Direction and Katy Perry

The show was hosted by Mr. 305, Pitbull and featured live performances from Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Selina Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj ,  Skylar Grey, Lil Wayne and Christiana Milian, Wyclif Jean and Magic! and Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea.

Here is the full list of winners 
  • Country Female Artist: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
  • Country Male Artist: LUKE BRYAN
  • Country Band, Duo or Group: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
  • Country Album: BRANTLEY GILBERT, "Just As I Am"
  • Artist of the Year: ONE DIRECTION
  • New Artist of the Year: 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
  • Single of the Year: KATY PERRY feat. JUICY J, "Dark Horse"
  • Pop/Rock Female Artist: KATY PERRY
  • Pop/Rock Male Artist: SAM SMITH
  • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: ONE DIRECTION
  • Pop/Rock Album: ONE DIRECTION, "Midnight Melodies"
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: IGGY AZALEA
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Album: IGGY AZALEA, "The New Classic"
  • Soul/R&B Female Artist: BEYONCE
  • Soul/R&B Male Artist: JOHN LEGEND
  • Soul/R&B Album: BEYONCE, "Beyonce"
  • Latin Artist: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
  • Alternative Rock: IMAGINE DRAGONS
  • Adult Contemporary: KATY PERRY
  • Contemporary Inspirational: CASTING CROWNS
  • Electronic Dance Music: CALVIN HARRIS
  • Soundtrack: "Frozen"
  • DICK CLARK Award of Excellence: TAYLOR SWIFT

Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap begins his final tour, "A Legend In My Time," Saturday, November 29th at the Country Music Hall Of Fame/Nashville.

Milsap said, "You get to a place where you still have your health, but you know it's not given. I've been blessed with so many great songs, so many wonderful memories and stories, and some of the very best fans in the business. Before I get to a place where it's not a celebration of the music, I want to go out and play all these hits for the people who love them as much as I do."

Tour dates are still in the process of being booked. Tickets to the Nashville show are $35/$55 and can be purchased here.

Mid-West Family Country WRTB/The New 95-3, The Bull/Rockford PD Jeff Andrews is seeking multi-talented individuals for future 2015 openings that they are staffing up for at Rockford's hometown Country station. The ideally, candidates should have experience and skills on-air, in promotions, digital media, production, and event promotions. 
 
No phone calls. Email your resume and air-check with production samples to /todaysnews.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Midwest Family Broadcasting is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldridge are ready to perform at the first-ever “CMT Ultimate Kick Off Party,” airing live on CMT Friday, January 9th at 9 pm (ET), from the College Football Playoff National Championship in Dallas.

The 90-minute live show will serve as the kickoff event for National Championship weekend and will be broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. More artists will be announced soon.

The College National Championship game will be played Monday, January 12th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Congratulations to Riverbend Communications Country KTHK/The Hawk 105.5 & 105.9/Idaho Falls, ID for partnering with the US Marines and Petsmart for a toy and cash Christmas drive.

PD/Morning host Don Jarrett said, "Nine collection boxes and $250 in cash go a long way to help those children have something under the tree on Christmas morning.  We believe ‘Toys For Tots’ is the ultimate holiday charity. It's helps local kids, it defines the Christmas spirit of giving, and lets us work with our military; we love the ‘Toys For Tots' campaign!"

11/21/2014 12:45 PM
Suzanne Gordon Leaving GAC
Vice President of Programming for Great American Country Suzanne Gordon will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities.  Gordon has over 30 years of experience in broadcasting, syndication and cable television and has overseen all of the original commissioned productions and acquisitions for the network.

"I've had a great run the last eight years at GAC, and I am so proud of the many concerts, documentaries, red carpets and new artist specials we've produced," she said.  "I'm grateful for the many long-lasting realtionships I have made, and although I have enjoyed working for such a strong national brand, I am exciting to be starting a new chapter in my career."

Her production and director credits include a variety of project including documentaries, talk shows, music specials for cable and syndication includign PBS, Opry Live, Film House, The Nashville Network and more. As of January 1 she can be reached at /todaysnews or 615-585-8800.






 

The Country Music Association presented its Music Discovery Research findings regarding how music fans find music adn how that impacts their music purchasing.  This presentation was made to members of the CMA at their annual meeting in Nashville.

"An important part of our mission as a trade association for the format is to provide meaningful research and tools to help our constituents advance their business interests by gaining a better understanding of the general music consumer as well as the core Country fan,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The annual membership meeting was the perfect platform to present these important findings directly to our stakeholders in the industry.”
 
The research project asked 1600 Adults 18+who had "discovered" a new song within the last seven days when the research was conducted July 22-31.  The findings also include actions that happened within the same seven-day window.

Karen Stump, CMA Sr. Director of Marketing Research presented the findings.  

-New music discovery was higher amoung core Country music fans compared to rock, pop, hip hop or R&B regardlessof the way they discovered it.

-AM/FM radio ranked #1 as a source with 43% said that is where they heard it for the first time. this was followed by YouTube and streaming apps at 13%.  YouTube ranked significatnly higher (20%$) amoung 18-34 year olds.

-Discovery of music by "new artists" (those artists that listeneres had not heard of) was most common with 49% of the respondents.  Thirty-two percent said that their new discovery was by an artist they knew.

-While TV and streaming apps saw higher levels of new artist discovery, radio was the strongest in the discovery of "new releases."

-Nearly half (48%) of those who discovered new music looked for additional inforaiton about the song or artist via YouTune or the Internet.  If hte song was an older release from an established artist, this research was even higher (58%).  

-One in five (19%) of the fans that discovered either a new artist or release purchased it within a week.  Those who discovered it via streaming apps were the highest purchasers (25%).
 

Tracy Lawrence has selected Tuesday, November 25th for his "9th Annual Mission Impossible Turkey Fry" at the Nashville Rescue Mission parking lot.

Lawrence has an incentive for the first 50 people who donate $100 to the mission: A fried turkey and autographed T-shirt.

The annual event is a mass turkey fry which feeds homeless Middle Tennesseans each Thanksgiving.
More info here.

Cox Media Group Country WWKA/K92.3/Orlando names J.R. Jaus as the new PM drive host, as current host Drew Bland moves to mid-days and Jason Gellhause will go to nights.

Director/Branding and Programming Drew Bland said,J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team,” “We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.”

Before this, Jaus has worked in radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Jaus stated, "This is really an exciting opportunity for me. What Drew and his team are doing at K92.3 is so fresh and new. I am honored that they have invited me to be a part of it. It is going to be a challenging and fun adventure!"

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