TODAY'S NEWS


Paul Walker,
afternoon host has left WDDH, 97.5 The Hound, Saint Marys, PA. He also did production for Hot AC WKBI A/F.

Walker will announce his new position in programming and production for a West Coast station.


Congrats to Bill Cody of WSM AM/Nashville who celebrates 20 years on the job tomorrow (4/25).

A tribute is being planned as is a public ceremony on May 19 at the Johnny Cash Museum. Get in touch with him here.




KILT/Houston has changed their on-air line up. Greg Thunder (left), morning host will be doing mornings solo as Intern Bobbie and Corey Foley  have left the station.

Cowboy Dave Bayless
moves from mornings to nights. Zakk United went from nights to afternoons when Keola Lui-Kwan went to clustermate KKHH (Top 40) last month.


WUBB/Savannah afternoon host T.C. Michaels is the new PD following the resignation of Billie Marshall.

He is looking for a new morning co-host and a midday host. The midday host will also be acting as MD. The right candidate will have three years experience in Country. If interested send airchecks and resumes to Michaels at /todaysnews



KVOO/Tulsa's PD Crash Poteet has left the station. OM Jules Riley will assume programming responsibilities.

Poteet has been with KVOO since 2012. He was with KSCS/Dallas and then country KTYS. He also spent time at KJKE/Oklahoma City.


Carrie Underwood has been named to Time Magazine's "Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

"Not only has she earned her place [in Country music], she's raised the bar: a prolific songwriter, a trend-setter, and an Opry member. But it's her decency as a person that is so impressive," shared Brad Paisley, who is a guest writer for Carrie's profile in the issue.

The full list will be in the May 5th newsstand issue.  The tablet version is available today (4/25).  For more information go to www.time.com/time100


Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will be rolling out iHeartRadio Networks. According to the press release this new, unified platform will "better maximize Clear Channel's powerful collection of assets, providing the targeted impact marketers need and what they are accustomed to receiving from television networks."

 This new Network will offer all 840 live radio stations plus digital channels, local website properties, nationally-syndicated programs and satellite radio channels. The network also will include talent endorsements, organic DJ mentions and product placements. There will also be messaging across the entire network and the ability to chance copy as all assets will be handled by Clear Channel.

According to President/Clear Channel Networks Darren Davis,"It's truly the best way for a brand to reach American consumers in a much more affordable way than television networks -- and with greater ROI."

Clear Channel is also rolling out a number if iHeartRadio Targeted Networks that will reach spcified demographic and psychographic gruops including Country, Hispanic, African-American, Millennials, Women, Men and holiday specials.

2014/04 12:45 PM
Another A On They Way

Congrats to Lady A's Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli, who are expecting their first baby in September.

The announcement was on Twitter saying "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in September! And it's a boy!"


Stephen Johnson, formerly  GM of Simmons Media/Salt Lake City joins Broadway Media's Salt Lake Radio Group as CEO/GM.  Johnson is returning to his "old stomping grounds" as Broadway bought the Simmons cluster in January. 

He takes the place of G. Craig Hanson who is retiring.  Johnson will oversee the stations including Country KEGA.


Average Joes Entertainment is restructuring in their promo department and has announced that regionals Gwen Foster (West Coast) and Joe Schuld (Midwest) are leaving as their positions have been eliminated.  VP Tony Morreale is staying and regional Wix Wichman (Southeast/Northeast) will be concentrating on writing that incorporates his comedy and TV hosting background. 

According to Morreale, the company is shifting and not going to be working with stations the way the competitors do.  They will continue to serve radio and work with them on shows and their artists.

Foster has been with AJE for three years.  Her background includes working Phoenix stations KMLE AND KNIX.  She also worked radio promotion with Treehouse.  Get in touch with her here or 480-495-2209480-495-2209

Schuld
joined the company around the same time Foster did and is currently managing Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys.  They have a song on AJE's Mud Digger 5 collection due out May 20.  Get in touch iwth him at 615-497-3892615-497-3892 or here.


WMN Midwest/Northeast regional Katie Bright is the new Director of National Promo for the label. She takes the place of Kristen Williams who was promoted to VP in February.

Bright has been with the label for two years and was working with Diane Richey Promotions as well as WSIX/Nashville and WAXX/Eau Claire, WI. She will be relocating to Nashville. A new Midwest/Northeast regional is in the works.

“Katie has proven every day why she is the perfect candidate for this position," Williams says. "Her work ethic and relationships at radio are unparalleled and we are beyond excited that she is joining the national team." Get in touch with Katie here.


Three new inductees to the The Country Music Hall of Fame were announced in a press conference this morning.  The press conference was hosted by Kix Brooks.

 In the Songwriters Category, the late Hank Cochran is being inducted.  His wife made a brief speech where she thanked the audience, the Country Msic Association and the Hall of Fame. 

Mac Wiseman
is inducted into the  Veterans Era Artist category.  He said to the crowd that despite his wheelchair, he is in good health and has been dgnosted with post-polio syndrome. 

"I find I’m at a loss for words to tell you how important this (the induction) is to me,." he said. 

Finally Ronnie Milsap is inducted into the "Modern Era" category.  Milsap talked to the crowd about arriving in Nashville at the age of 30. 

All three men will be celebrated at the Medallion Ceremony to take place later this year. For more information go to country musichalloffame.org.

2014/04 2:57 PM
Kevin Sharp Passes

Condolences to artist Kevin Sharp's friends and family as they mourn Kevin's passing on Saturday (4/19). Sharp was 43.

Sharp was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 and had gone through remission until he was 21. The treatment caused problems into adulthood and were the cause of his death.

Sharp
cut "Nobody Knows" in 1996 and "She's Sure Taking It Well" and "If You Love Somebody" in 1997. The country community shared memories via Twitter including Neal McCoy who posted "A fellow Make-A-Wish and it comes true, meets David Foster and grants many more of his own...Work well done. Go rest now, Kevin Sharp."

Ty Herndon wrote "My heart and prayers go out to Kevin and his family. Such a great man and talent. Journey On Brother. RIP."

Donations can be made to Make A Wish in Kevin's memory. A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. Details have not been released.




Dan & Shay
and Danielle Bradbery recently visited the WDRM/Huntsville studios.  They performed on the air in the Listener Lounge for the pre-concert party prior to the show on the Hunter Hayes tour. 

Pictured (l-r) Stuart Langston (WDRM), Ray Vaughn (WAR), Dan Smyeirs,A.J. McCloud (WDRM), Danielle Bradbery,Shay Mooney, Dan McCloain (WDRM), Jeff Davis (Big Machine).


WQTE/Adrian, MI PD Jay Thomas has left the job. He had only been at the station for two weeks.

The search is on for a new PD. Get in touch with Thomas at 419-792-9293419-792-9293.

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