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TODAY'S NEWS
ABC's "Good Morning America" will broadcast live from Nashville next Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 7 a.m. (ET). This is in anticipation of the 48th Annual CM Awards next Wednesday.

"What a great way to kick start the biggest night of the year for Country music, by having two of our top nominees jump-start the day on 'Good Morning America,'" commented CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.

Keith Urban will perform live for the "Good Morning America" audience and Miranda Lambert will stop by to talk with chief meterologist Ginger Zee and contributor Tim Tebow.  

Tebow will be doing hosting duties on the red carpet prior to the awards.

 

 

Natalie Stovall and the Drive will be a part of a five-part digital series called "On the Road to the CMA Awards."  The show will be hosted by Stovall and will give fans a "behind the scenes" look at a day in the life of different Country artists as the CMA Awards approaches.  

The show is currently airing on www.ABC.go.com. "On The Road To the CMA Awards" will follow new artists as they prepare for the big night.  Leading up to the award show Stovall will create a backstage experience with fans to interview some of the artists in the JC Penney Lounge.  

The group will also have the own in-show moment when their first national television commerical airs for JC Penney during the telecast.  

"JC Penney encouraged us to be ourselves, which gave us the opportunity to do what we do best - to play our music and to have some good old fun - not to mention that they styled us with some really cool looking duds for the entire shoot!"

Streaming content, interviews, and pre-awards footage are all available online via www.ABC.go.com.
 

Consultants Albright & O'Malley & Brenner have announced that they will be holding their 21st Annual Pre-CRS Seminar on February 25 which will include the "Roadmap 2015" perceptual study.  

This will be the 10th edition of "Roadmap" that will look at trends in music, digital consumption, social networking and more. The data has been collected from Country P1s in the US and Canada.

“Over the past years our presenters have included branding experts, talent coaches, researchers and even a politician,” said Mike O'Malley. “It’s a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that help set the stage for CRS.”

The Pre-Semianr is free and open to all clients as well as those broadcasters in non-competitive situations.  RSVP here.



 

Vermont Broadcast Associates has signed on a new country station.  Country WJJZ in Irasburg, VT is now branded as JJ Country 94.5.
 
According to Owner/GM Bruce James the station's music will emphasize a new Country mix.
 
"We've been getting many requests from Coutnry music listeners to build a radio station that can be heard where they work, travel and live, that plays popular Country music," said James.  This FM radio station on 94.5 is the answer to their wishes."
 
No word yet on staffing and currently the station is running jockless and is focusing on music.  It is operating with 6 kw at 30.1 meters and covers the Newport, VT metro.
 
 

 


Forcht is buying three stations from Commonwealth.  The stations are in Campbellsville and Greensburg, KY.  The sale includes Country WGRK.

The sale is pending FCC approval.

Cumulus Top 40 WZRR/Birmingham PD Jeff Andrews will join Midwest's WRTB, The Bull/Rockford, IL.  He will be PD ane will take over his new position on November 3.

Andrews' resume includes time in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville and Chicago.  The station has been running without air talent since it flipped in February.

"In many ways, this is like the old Cold War days where we just went and bought a MiG-15 fighter jet," says GM Mike Paterson.

Reach Andrews here.




 

Keith Urban has been added as a headliner for the 24th Annual Country Jam festival at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, CO.  The festival is scheduled for June 18-21, 2015.

He will be joined by Tim McGraw and The Band Perry.

Tickets are available now for Country Jam 2015.  General admision tickets starts at $130 for a 4-day pass with Silver and Gold passes also available. For more ticket information go to http://countryjam.com/tickets

“We’re so excited to add Keith Urban to this year’s lineup at Country Jam,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President of Live Events for Townsquare Media, Inc., the owner of Country Jam.  “While we continue to invest in all of the aspects of the festival experience, we’re focused first and foremost on making sure the best country music in the world is on our stage in Grand Junction.”

For more general information goto www.countryjam.com or go to Country Jam 2015 on Facebook or follow @CountryJamCO on twitter.




 

Great Eastern Director/Programming Justin Tyler is joining Townsquare Media/Ft Collins, CO as OM for Townsquare Media-Northern Colorado, while doubling as Brand Manager for Country KUAD/K99 and Rock KMAX.

Tyler posted on his Facebook page yesterday (10/29), “For the last five years, I have worked with some of the best people in the business. From programming, to sales, to traffic/administrative, Great Eastern Radio renewed my passion for this crazy business. I am super-excited about this opportunity and looking forward to living in that part of the country. Also looking forward to continuing the success that K99 has had over the years.”

He begins his new duties Monday, November 10th and takes over for George King, who left Townsquare/Ft Collins to work with Westwood One as VP/Programming in September.

Great Eastern has not announces any plans for his successor.

The New York Times is reporting, a new music publishing venture has launched, led by former Live Nation Chairman Irving Azoff. He says it will, "challenge the $2 billion market for performing rights dominated by ASCAP and BMI." The company, Global Music Rights, is part of Azoff MSG Entertainment, a joint venture established last year with the Madison Square Garden Company.

Currently, ASCAP and BMI, represent over 95% of the songs available in the US. Those two organizations, "are governed by decades-old regulatory agreements with the Justice Department that restrict how they negotiate with outlets that use music. Recently some big music publishers have complained that these rules lead to low royalty rates, and threatened to leave ASCAP and BMI if regulatory changes were not made," according to The Times.
 
“I vowed when I started this company that I was going to take care of artists,” Azoff told the paper. “So I tried to identify places where I felt that artists were not getting a fair deal, and the performance rights area jumped out at me. It was a place where I felt I could help our writers.”

Global Music Rights is claiming it can collect royalties up to 30% higher from radio stations and webcasters than are currently paid by ASCAP and BMI.

The Times continues article continues, "on Monday, the Madison Square Garden Company, which has committed $175 million in backing to Azoff MSG Entertainment, said it would consider splitting itself into two companies, one for its sports properties and the other for entertainment. MSG declined to comment about the future of Mr. Azoff’s venture. But if MSG is split, Azoff MSG Entertainment is expected to remain part of the entertainment unit."
 

On Tuesday, October 21, Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray made a pit stop in Nashville
to promote the iconic southern rock group's newly released vintage live album, Live! From Englishtown.  
Gray stopped by the CMA offices to meet staff members and deliver copies of the album.


Live! From Englishtown is available now and is distributed nationally through Sony Red.

Photo ID - Left to right back row:  
Brandi Simms, Mary Gellott, Brenden Oliver, Angela Brown, Justin Randall,
Kris Kennedy, Mary Ann Dicks, Ken Sanderson
 Left to right front row: 
Chris Crawford, Mandi Naylor, Mechalle Myers, Doug Gray, Diane Enright, Ben Balch, 
Don Murry Grubbs

Photo credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA
 

Tracy Lawrence will host "Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence" a three-hour, weekly syndicated show with music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. The show will also include special guests and audience interaction.

The project is a a collaborative effort between Compass Media Networks, Lawrence Music Group and Silverfish Media.

Programming vet and consultant Becky Brenner of Albright & O'Malley & Brenner will handle music with Patrick Thomas, Silverfish Director/Programming serving as producer.

 

Those soon-to-be hairy beasts participating in the Nashville-area No Shave November for St. Jude Kids are invited to "say  cheese" on Friday for the kickoff photo.  

The pictures will be taken at the CMA  (1 Music Circle S) at 9 a.m. Friday, October 31.  

If you are unable to attend please register teams and individuals now at www.nsn4sjk.com.  

Keymarket and Forever Broadcasting will merge into FM Radio Licenses, LLC.  The applications were filed this week with the FCC for transfer for 40 stations and a translator. It will all become effective December 31.

Keymarket's Country stations include WBGI and WOGH/Wheeling, WV , WOGI & WOGG/Pittsburgh.  Forever's include WFGI/Johnstown, PA, WFGE/State College, PA, WWGY/Grove City, PA and WGYY & WGYI/Erie, PA.

The intent, according to the owners is to "accomlish family financial planning and a redistribution of voting shares and equity." 

Vince Gill will receive the prestigious BMI Icon Award at the 2014 BMI Country Awards on November 4 at BMI Nashville in Nashville.

The industry will honor Gill on with an all-star music tribute as well as present the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year crystals.  

BMI President and CEO Mike O'Neill will host the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Publisher Relations, Nashville, and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

Luke Bryan has come in off the road wrapping up his 2014 "That's My Kind of Night Tour" with amazing numbers.

The tour hit 77 cities in luding four sold-out stadium shows with a total in attendance of 225,000.  He also did two Spring break shows in Panama City Beach, FL and the Farm Tour this fall adding to his attendance numbers for a total of 1.7 million. 

He also sold out Madison Square Garden twice and was the first Country artist to play Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

We have enjoyed seizing the moment every day on this tour," remarked Bryan.  "We've played all types of shows this year.  It's just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadium shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first time fan who may have never been to a concert until the 'Farm Tour' came to their small rural community.  I am so grateful to everyone on my team from my road crew to my fans that have made this year so amazing!  I'm having the time of my life."

As was previously announced, Bryan will tour this winter on his "That's My Kind of Night Tour" starting in Febraury 2015. He will be joined by Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.

Brantley Gilbert will be joining Kenny Chesney in  his "The Big Revival Tour" in 2015.  He will be a part of 15 shows during the tour next year.

Chesney had announced that he would be bringing in various support acts throughout his 55 show tour. As was previously reported, Jason Aldean will be joining him for ten shows.

"When you co-headline a tour with JASON ALDEAN, you've gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front," said Chesney.  "When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley's a part of, he's the man for the job.  He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock -- and he's not afraid to push the rest of us."

"The Big Revival Tour" starts Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Nashville.

10/29/2014 12:00 PM
Garth Headed to Little Rock
Garth Brooks has announced that another stop on his world tour will be Little Rock, AR on Friday, December 12 and Satruday, December 13.

Shows will be held at the Verizon Arena located in North Little Rock.  Currently the shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) but given the history, Garth may add more shows as tickets sell out.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.  There will be an eight ticket limit. Go to www.GarthBrooks.com or www.GhostTunes.com for more information.


Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley Set To Headline The New Festival


Tickets On Sale Next Week
 
Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment announced today during a press conference that they will launch the first-ever Country music festival in New York City.  FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26-28, 2015 and will feature Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley at the top of the all-star lineup.  

The first additional artists to be announced for the three-day festival include Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe, Randy Houser, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam with more to be revealed over the coming weeks.  Three-day passes start at $225 (plus applicable service charges and fees) and go on-sale Thurs., Nov 6 at 10 AM EST.  Fans will also have the option to upgrade to VIP three-day packages with access to Skyline Lounge featuring skyline views, private bars and more. For more information and pricing information, visit: www.farmboroughfestival.com.
 
FarmBorough comes from the creators of premier country music festivals Watershed, Faster Horses and Route 91 Harvest, in partnership with Founders Entertainment, the force behind the ever-popular Governors Ball Music Festival.  Together they will bring an unrivaled list of country's most popular acts to the heart of New York City, as well as highlight some undiscovered talent with the "Next From Nashville" stage. 

“We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now.  We have the perfect partner in Founders and the perfect location on Randall's Island to really bring fans and artists something special," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. “New York City is a global destination.  Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best Country music acts too."

Co-founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz said. "We're thrilled to bring our hometown of New York City its first-ever Country music festival.  This has been many years in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to launch FarmBorough in June. Brian O'Connell and his team at Live Nation are the ideal partners for this venture, and together we form a festival dream team.  With Governors Ball, and now FarmBorough, New York City is host to premier, world class, music festivals." 

Syndicated Country air personality Bobby Bones and his band, The Raging Idiots, rocked two sold-out benefit concerts in Albuquerque, NM and El Paso, TX. It raised their total charitable donations to nearly $600,000.

On October 24th, Bones and the band played to a packed house with special guest Lindsay Ell at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque.  Presented by Big I 107.9, the concert benefited Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter.

Then on October 25th, the band played a special show for U.S. soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso followed by a concert for 96.3 KHEY Country at the Sunland Park Casino, which benefited Wounded Warriors Project.

Hartley Adkins
Hartlet Adkins
Hartley Adkins, EVP Major Markets of iHeartMedia, Inc. Elected RAB Board Chair. 


The Radio Advertising Bureau  held its annual Board of Directors Meeting in Baltimore, October 21-22. During the meeting a new slate of officers were elected, along with new incoming directors.

RAB Officers include:
Hartley Adkins, EVP Major Markets of iHeartMedia, RAB Board Chair
Ginny Morris, Chair/CEO, Hubbard Radio, RAB Vice Chair
Kim Guthrie, EVP/Radio, COX Media Group, RAB Finance Chair
Steve Newberry, Pres./CEO, Commonwealth Broadcasting, RAB Secretary
Bud Walters, Founder/Pres., The Cromwell Group, Immediate Past Chair

Newly Elected Directors:
Drew Horowitz, Pres./COO, Hubbard Radio
Bill McElveen, EVP/Southern Region, Alpha Media
Steve Wexler, EVP, Journal Broadcast Group

RAB President/CEO Erica Farber notes, "We are thrilled to have Hartley Adkins at the helm of the RAB Board of Directors. Hartley's experience at iHeartMedia, Inc. provides the RAB and the Board a tremendous strategic advantage as we continue to serve and advocate for the radio industry. We also must thank Bud Walters for his guidance, leadership and service over these last two years. He has ensured a smooth transition with Hartley Adkins and will continue to be an ally to the RAB and to our industry."

Dinner Shows November 20 Through Christmas Day

Restless Heart  and Gaylord Opryland Resort announced the official dates for A Season of Harmony Dinner Show.  Beginning on November 20 and continuing through Christmas Day, Restless Heart will perform a total of 29 live dinner shows as part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.

Known for chart-toppers like "The Bluest Eyes in Texas," "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)" and "When She Cries," the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as fan-favorite hits.

"We are excited to be the artist-in-residence at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas," says Restless Heart's Dave Innis.  "We'll be doing nearly 30 shows starting November 20 through Christmas Day.  That's the most Christmas shows in Restless Heart's 30 year history!  We'll be coming out to say 'hi' and sign autographs after each show and we hope to see all of our great fans."
Larry Stewart notes, "We are honored to be the first band to be a part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.  Folks can expect to hear music from our new Christmas album as well as our hit songs."

Restless Heart's A Season of Harmony Dinner Show will be held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel's Tennessee Ballroom.  Each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland's award-winning chefs. 

For ticket information and a full schedule of shows, visit www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.
 
*Photo Courtesy of Restless Heart

Hunter Hayes will kick off the 48th Annual CMA Awards week in Nashville with a free concert on November 3 at 10 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.

The concert is part of his involvement with the USO's "Every Moment Counts" campaign.  The show will be presented by WSIX, the Big 98/Nashville and will honor Sgt. First Class Tyler Arnold and his family who will be in attendance with other service men and women who are stationed in nearby Ft. Campbell.

SFC Arnold has been deployed six times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He will be recognized by the USO for his service, sacrifice and strength during the times he missed with his wife and two young daughters.

Dan + Shay and The Railers will join Hayes for the show.  For more info go to www.HunterHayes.com.

Warner Music Nashville has partnered with Music City Loft,  Country Outfitter and Wrangler and Revolution Pictures to offer the Ultimate Country Fan Experience for the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Fans are being asked by Country Outfitters to share their story via Instagram to be named the "Ultimate Country Music Fan." 

They will win a trip to Nashville for the award show, act as a "Blue carpet" correspondent leading up to the awards, receive a two-night stay at Music City Loft and have VIP guest passes to the labels after the party.  Learn more here.
 

Radio vet Harley Davidson has returned to the business after being gone for 12 years.  He has joined Staradio Country WCOY, Coyote Country/Quincy, IL and will be doing middays.

Davidson has worked afternoons at XHCR/San Diego when it was Country.   

West Virginia Raido Corp has named "Johnny V" Clements OM of their Clarksburg operation including Country WBRB, 101.3 The Bear and Hot AC WWLW, Magic 106.5. He begins his position on Monday, November 3.

"We have the goal of having a superior programming and execution specialist leading the operation, and in Johnny we have found a successful candidate with the track record to lead our group," said GM John Halford.

 "What a privilege it is to have an opportunity to lead these award winning stations and work alongside West Virginia Radio Corp's legendary team of programmers and personalities," commented Clements.


 

Industry vet Rick Baumgartner is leaving the business after 26 years.  He has taken a position as Regional Premium Cigar Sales Rep for Nat Sherman International.

"It just felt like it was time," he says. "I love cigars, I've been giving cigars to radio for 20 years and I'm passionate about it. It was the right fit." 

Baumgartner posted on his Facebook page over the weekend,“Most of you are aware of my passion for cigars and I am excited to be given this incredible opportunity. There are so many memories made through the years that I will take with me forever. Thanks for all the adds, conversions, dinners, shows, station visits and conference room performances. There isn’t enough space to name each one of you individually, but just know, you will always be a part of me and I appreciate everything we accomplished during my 26 years. Continued success to you all.”

Baumgartner is the former Hitshop Director/National Promotion and has also worked at Black River, Warner Bros., Decca, Atlantic, Broken Bow, Equity and others.  Get in touch with Rick at /todaysnews.
 

As was reported here, the Nashville-based Bobby Bones Show set off EAS notifications in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas and Texas on Friday (10/24).  It was part of a bit that aired EAS tones trying to explain the night before during the World Series when EAS tones interrupted the game.  

"This morning there was an inappropriate playing of the national emergency alert notification tones on a syndicated radio broadcast," said FEMA Dir./Public Affairs Rafael Lemaitre in a subsequent statement. "There is not a national emergency. Today's broadcast triggered alert notification in states where the alert has been played. Certain alerts, like the one broadcast today, are designed to be automatically picked up and rebroadcasted by other radio and TV stations. FEMA and the FCC are currently working with broadcasters to determine the full scope of the situation." 

According to iHeartMedia, "The tone should not have aired," says a company spokesperson. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are taking aggressive action to investigate this incident and prevent it from recurring. We deeply regret the error."

FCC could fine iHeartMedia.  They have fined Viacom, NBC Universal and ESPN for $1.9 million earlier this year for airing a promotion for the film "Olympus Has Fallen" that included sounds that sounded like EAS tones.  We'll see.
 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy of the Bobby Bones Show and her family as they mourn the loss of her mother, Judy who passed away yesterday (10/27) after a long battle with cancer.  Judy was talked about frequently on the Bobby Bones Show and inspired the #PIMPINJOY movement.

"With a heavy heart, I have to say that Amy's mom Judy passed away from cancer late last night/this morning," stated Bones on the show's Facebook page.  "She just wanted to bring some sort of joy to other people's lives as she fought her disease.  The same disease that so many of you and your family members have fought and are fighting.  Instead of sending things to the station, we ask that if you would like to #pimpjoy you donate here to St. Jude.  It's a wonderful place that helps so many kids with cancer.  Thank you for all the support."

Amy has requested that donations be made in Judy's honor at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There is also a link on the Bobby Bones Show website.  Services will be held on Saturday (11/1) in Austin, TX.
 

10/28/2014 12:08 PM
Deacon Goes to Muncie
WMDH, Nash FM/Muncie, IN has named Top 40 WZPL/Indianapolis' Deacon to mornings.  He takes over for Jeff Sloan who left the station earlier this month. He will be working with Amanda Rollen and Mike Lee will be doing news.  They have been handling the shift since Sloan left the station.

“Hosting a morning show has always been my dream,” said Deacon. “To get that opportunity in this area where my family is from, where I spent a large part of my childhood … why wouldn’t I come to Nash FM?”

Deacon has been with WZPL doing middays for the pst two years.  Prior to that he was with Top 40 WNOU.  




 

The FTC and Department of Justice clear the way for the Beasley-CBS Radio swaps in Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa and Charlotte, with the FTC Friday issuing early termination notices of its anti-trust inquiries in the swaps between the George Beasley Estate Reduction Trust and CBS Corporation Chairman Sumner Redstone.

CBS will be receiving Country WXTU and Top 40/Rhythmic WRDW/Wired 96.5/Philadelphia and Top 40 WPOW/Power 96, Country WKIS, and Sports WQAM-AM/Miami in exchange for CBS Radio's Urban AC WBAV/V101.9, Sports WFNZ-AM/610 AM The Fan, Top 40 WNKS/KISS 95.1 FM, Urban WPEG/Power 98, Country WSOC-FM, AC WKQC/K 104.7 and Sports WBCN-AM/CBS Sports Radio 1660/Charlotte; Sports WHFS-AM/CBS Sports Radio1010 AM, Sports WHFS-F (98.7 THE FAN), Top 40 /Rhythmic WLLD/Wild 94.1, Country WQYK-FM, Classic Hits WRBQ, and Tropical WYUU/Maxima FM/Tampa and Sports WIP-AM/CBS Sports Radio 610 AM.

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