Craig Morgan held his 8th Annual Charity event on Sunday, July 20 and raised $60,000 for the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization's primary goal is to help foster children in Morgan's hometown of Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.
Fans saw a motocross exhibition and a group trail ride. Later that night a concert was held on the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. Chuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence joined Morgan onstage for acoustic performances including his latest hit "We'll Come Back Around," The night also featured a live auction.
Cumulus, Westwood One and "The Bert Show," "Nights Live with Adam Bomb," "Nash Nights Live," and "America's Morning Show" are working together to make a little boy's birthday a bit happier.
Danny Nickerson of Foxboro, MA is suffering from a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. He will be turning 6 on Friday, July 25 and all he wants is a "Big Box of Birthday cards."
Since his diagnosis last October he has had to stop going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. He says he gets lonely from time to time and is always happy to get cards with his name on them.
Cumulus and Westwood One are asking listeners via social media and on-air to send birthday cards to Danny. The response has been overwhelming. Check out the Nash Nights facebook page here.
Listeners are being asked to mail birthday cards to Danny this week at: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.
Big & Rich got a request when the stopped for gas following their "2014 Summer Concert Series" at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Rochester, NY.
According to Billy Kidd, APD of WBEE/Rochester, Big & Rich were headed back to the hotel from the show in a limo bus when they stopped for gas. A fan who had been at the show recognized them and asked when they hadn't played her favorite song "That's Why I Pray."
John Rich saw the disappointment on the fan's face and ran to the bus to get his guitar. He performed for her right there next to the pumps.
Check out WBEE'S Facebook page here.
Reba has released a new song and video titled "Pray For Peace" that is available for free on her website . The video can also be seen there.
She recently shared a post on Facebook about her idea to write the song "Pray For Peace." She explained that she was walking around her place in Gallatin, TN and for days she'd sing the words "Pray For Peace" over and over. Several months later she began to piece the other parts of the song together. She then went into the studio to record it and even then, it wasn't complete.
"I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe!
It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love," she writes.
Many celebrities are supporting her in this effort including Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman (right), Amy Grant, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Band Perry, Montgomery Gentry, Melissa Peterman, Kristian Bush, Krystal Keith, Craig Morgan and Kelleigh Bannen.
Shania Twain has announced that she will end her show "Shania: Still the One" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Her final show will be Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Twain has been in Vegas for two years and will have performed more than 100 shows come December.
She was recently named "Best Resident Performer in the Las Vegas Weekly's annual "Best of Vegas 2014 issue.
“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’,” said Shania. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”
Tickets are on sale now for Oct. 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25; and Dec. 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13. Prices range from $55 to $250. Details at www.thecolosseum.com.
"CMA Music Festival Country's Night to Rock" has announced more acts for the television special. Joining already announced artists Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley , Carrie Underwood Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lizzy Hale, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebeelum and Blake Shelton with special guest Gwen Sebastian.
The special will again be hosted by LIttle Big town. The show ill air on Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC TV.
Congrats to WXBQ/Johnson City, Kingsport-Bristol, TN for their 80th consecutive #1 ranked book, based on Spring 2014 results that were released today (7/21). WXBQ went from 20.9-22.9 winter to spring persons 12+.
Bill Hagy, PD says, "That's kind of a roll!"
Hagy reported that the numbers for the station's 25-54 listeners were "somewhere in the mid-20's."
The numbers date back to the fall book of 1992.
Hagy has been PD of the station since the station launched in 1978. At that time they were using the syndicated "Country Lovin'" programming.
Hagy hired Reggie Neel in 1980 when the station went live and he's still at the station doing middays. Get in touch with him here.
Label vets Michael Powers (left) and Matt Corbin (right) have launched Star Farm Nashville, a new label service company that will include a fully staffed radio promotion department. Both Powers and Corbin were with Bigger Picture. Powers will be the new company's President and Corbin will act as GM and EVP/Promotion.
Star Farm will also include creative services, video production, marketing publicity and distribution. Staff and roster moves will be announced soon.
"Our time at Bigger Picture was a learning experience," Powers says. "We learned what not to do. But more importantly, we learned about human beings – how tough and loyal they can be. The primary inspiration for starting this company grew directly out of the organic feeling of wanting to put this team back together and complete unfinished business."
"Great music will not stop coming just because all of the slots at major labels are filled," Corbin says. "We have met with so many ... who deserve to have a real shot at being heard. We can take their music to radio or, if needed, we can put a deal together for them to have all of the services that have traditionally only been available through major label deals."
Powers' background includes working senior promotion jobs for Mercury, MCA. Lost Highway and Universal South. Corbin has worked at seven labels including Universal South.
Get in touch with Powers at 615-4389-6372 or here. Corbin can be reached at 615-330-2863615-330-2863 or here.
Jeff Davis, OM of CC's Asheville, NC cluster and PD of WKSF,99.9 Kiss Country will also now be handling OM duties for the Greenville, SC cluster. He will continue in all of his duties in Asheville. He has been with the Asheville cluster for 15 years.
He was previously PD at WITL/Lansing and worked for Federated in Fort Wayne.
"I'm very excited to be working with the outstanding teams in Greenville while being able to continue to work with the great crew in Asheville. Thank you to John Rohm, Rod Phillips and Bill McMartin for the opportunity to work with both teams who will take us to the next level."
"Jeff's leadership in Asheville has helped our cluster of stations be truly dominant here, making this an easy choice to expand his duties into Greenville," said Rod Phillips, SVP of Programming for Clear Channel. "We are excited to have him work day to day with two more terrific Country brands, WSSL and WESC."
Tige and Daniel will launch a nationally syndicated evening show called "Tige & Danel." WSIX/The Big 98/Nashville will be their flagship station. Other Clear Channel stations will be running the show. At this point other stations that are adding the the new show include WSCG/Augusta, GA, WKSL/Raleigh and WTNT/Tallahassee. All stations will retain the control of their playlists.
The Bobby Bones Show will take over at WTQR effective July 28.
As was reported yesterday, Kenny Chesney will be appearing at "Flora-Bama-Jama" show on August 16 at the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key, Florida. Wristbands became available this morning and were gone in less than five minutes.
"Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them," said Chesney. "Cause I can't wait to get out there and play. As I've said: I really miss not playing shows, seeing the people and having that exchange of energy that we have every night! The No Shoes Nation always brings it, and brings it hard -- and they push me to be a better artist."
The first-ever "Route 91 Harvest" festival has been announced by Live Nation in partnership with MGM Resorts and it will be taking place from Friday, October 3-Sunday, October 5 in The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
Artists performing include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert and many others and tickets will go on sale Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m.
"Las Vegas and Country music are synonymous with over the top events, and we know that 'Route 91 Harvest' will deliver the latest, greatest experience for fans from all over the world," stated Live Nation Pres./Country Touring Brian O'Connell. "After launching 'Watershed' and 'Faster Horses," this festival is the next step in the evolution of Live Nation's fan and artist friendly festival family. We're thrilled to have it land in MGM Resorts International's newest venue, The Lot."
Publicist and owner of All The Buzz Dixie Owen has joined Schmidt Relations. Owen will continue to work All The Buzz and handle their clients including Pawn Shop Kings, Brian Davis, Stephanie Quayle and Billy Gilman.
Schmidt Relations' client list includes Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan and the Grand Ole Opry.
As of July 21 you can get in touch with Owen at 615-440-6171 or here.
Kevin Richards, most recently with Townsquare WGNA/Albany doing middays, has joined Albany Broadcasting's WKLI, 100.9 The Cat and WFFG, Froggy 100.3/Glens Falls, NY doing middays and evenings.
"We are extremely happy to have Kevin on Team Cat," says PD Jon Reilly. "He will make an immediate impact to our brand."
Richards takes over for Suzanne on WKLI who will now be doing middays on Triple A clustermate WZMR. On WFFG he will take Ken Edwards' place in a few weeks. Edwards will move to middays and replace John Lawrence. Lawrence will not be on-air but focus on his responsibilities as Director of Production.
Richards left Townsquare after 20 years with the company. Get in touch with Richards here.
Sirius XM is launching Y2 Kountry today at Channel 57. The channel will include country hits from the 2000's including Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw.
The channel kicked off with a Clay Walker hosted "launch party," where he played some of his favorites from the era. In coming days other guest hosts including Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts will do the same.
XM programmer Joey Black will do the programming and he will be overseen by Sr. Director/Country Programming John Marks.
According to People Magazine, Jake Owen is trying to convert non-country lovers. recently was performing in Uncasville, CT and was at the hotel pool that afternoon when he heard women talking about how they didn't like Country music. Owen decided he needed to set these gals straight.
"We had a spa day for all of our birthdays then it was margaritas at the pool," said Ellen Casey, one of the three women. "We bonded because my son is in a band ... and Jake was saying how the best thing about what he does for a living is how proud his parents are of him."
Owen bought lunch and drinks for the women and invited them to attend his show at Mohegan Sun that night. He left three floor seats at will call for the ladies. During the show Owen told the crowd about his overhearing the conversation that afternoon.
Then he said "Where's Terri?"
When the ladies indicated where they were sitting he asked them to join him on stage to enjoy the remainder of the show from his onstage tiki bar.
And Terri Smith, the friend with the least interest in Country music is now a convert. "I am especially a fan of Jake Owen-a huge fan," said Smith. "It was a weekend we'll never forget!"
Kenny Chesney has announced that he will perform a free concert on Saturday August 16 at the Flora-Bama Bar in Pensacola, FL. The show's name is the "Flora-Bama-Jama" as the show will be held between the Florida and Alabama state lines.
“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year," Chesney said "and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them. Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun."
Marvin Kopman, former Dayton OH Clear Channel Director of Sales is the new VP/MM of Cumulus' seven station cluster in Montgomery, AL including Country WLWI. He replaces Donna Headley who left after 12 years.
"Marvin has the experience, energy and drive to take our station to the next level," says Gary Pizzati, Cumulus SVP. Get in touch with Kopman here.
Westwood One's VP/Programming John Paul is leaving to go to Longview, WA where he will be GM for a three-station cluster inlcluding Country KUKN a station he helped sign on in 1991. The move will allow him to eventually buy in as an owner and be closer to family.
He has been with then-Dial Global since 2010 and prior to that he was PD at KUPL/Portland.
Reach him here. At this point there are no plans for his position at Westwood One.
WWYZ/Hartford's MD/morning co-host Cory Myers is moving to afternoons. She will fill the shift that was being covered by part-timer John Saville after Lance Tidwell left in April.
"Am I excited about not waking up at 2:45am every weekday like I have for the last 20 years? Um, yes," Myers says. "Normal hours, seeing my kids off to school in the morning, eating eggs freshly cooked and not having to take off any days just to do my kids' hair for picture day at school? Yes! And I bring more hair than Lance Tidwell to afternoons so trust me, I know hair!"
Publicist Darlene Bieber, formerly with Schmidt Relations has formed Bieber Public Relation. Darlene will represent Brad Paisley exclusively. She can be reached as of July 21 at 615-584-9060615-584-9060. Her address is P.O. Box 51863, Bowling Green, KY 42102.
WAMZ/Louisville's PD/afternoon personality Coyote Calhoun has announced he will retire at the end of 2014 ending a 35-year long career at WAMZ. He began with the station in 1979 when it went Country.
"I have loved every minute at WAMZ, especially spending time with the thousands of listeners I’ve met over the years," said Calhoun. "My health is great and now is the time to go out, travel, and have some fun. I’d like to thank the Country fans of Kentuckiana for all their friendship and support."
Calhoun will be remain involved with the station and will serve as a Community Ambassador for the station. He will appear at local events including the Kentucky State Fair and St. Jude Radiothon.
"Coyote Calhoun is one of a kind, a true original," said Clear Channel Regional Programming Manager Kelly Carols. "Coyote is the only Program Director WAMZ has ever had. He truly personifies Country music in the Louisville area. We appreciate his years of tireless dedication to our community, our clients and our listeners. We cannot thank Coyote enough."
It is official. Garth Brooks is set to kick off his world tour and his first stop is Chicago. This is the first time in 17 years Garth has played the Windy City.
“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’ Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list ALWAYS includes Chicago. It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!” said Brooks.
Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. CST. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000. Tickets are priced at $56.94 plus $8.56 tax and service charge.
In other Garth news, he received news that the Dublin City Council could not change their earlier ruling to not allow licenses fo all of his five shows scheduled this week.
"So," he reported it is with a broken heart I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by Ticketmaster."
Originally slated to start this week, the refund process will now start Thursday (7/17). "I really want to thank all the people around the world who continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen."
Chris Waters, most recently with Columbia as Southeast rep has joined WEA as Manager of the Southeast Region. This makes two who are part of the new Warner Music Nashville team. Jordan Pettit will serve as VP.
Waters joined Sony in 2008 his career includes stops at BNA, Arista and Columbia. He has also worked at WSM-FM/Nashville. Get in touch with him here.