industry members
Bobby Wild
Morning Host   Steckline Communications
Teresa Williams
Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter
Justin Brown
WWQM Afternoons/Imaging   Mid-West Family Broadcasting


In an "admittedly unscientific straw pool," of more than 60 Country PDs, MDs talent and station execs, Michael O'Malley of consulting partners Albright, & O'Malley & Brenner published in his blog today feedback he got when asked about Taylor Swift and her latest single going "pop." 

O'Malley says that in a margin of four to one, Country programmers hope Taylor Swift will once again return with a Country song. Thirty percent said they will miss her in the format. The results also showed that 89% of those asked were familiar with her just released single/video "Shake It Off" and 41% said they had played part or all of the song on their station. 

Comments included "She's been a crossover artists for some time" and 'Her music wasn't any more or less Country than what's being played on Country radio now." Some who were asked indicated that they thought she would record something Country in the future. 

O'Malley goes on to talk about a Facebook post that he loves from J.R. Schumann at Cumulus in Dallas.  Schumann talks about how every time Swift comes out with a new song/album how amazed he is at the hate speak she receives.  

"Grown men and women say terrible things about a girl making music-music with a positive message, mind you...Let's just hope the kids of today listen to her lyrics and not what the adults around them are saying," Schumann writes. 

Read it all here.

CC/New Orleans OM nad WNOE PD Don Gosselin has exited after more than three years. '

"The OM position and the Urban Dir./Programming position were eliminated within the cluster," he explains. "But Clear Channel has been great in trying to keep me within the company because we've done some great things together. And we'll see what happens." 

Gosselin was moved from CC's Springfield, MA cluster in Spring of 2011. He was OM and PD of then Country WPKX. He has also worked for CC in Detroit, Toledo and Providence. 

 His resume also includes time at Greater Media/Philadelphia and Citadel/ Baton Rouge, LA. Get in touch with him here. In New Orleans Bob Murphy has added OM duties permanently and is handling WNOE programming for now. 

 Get in touch with him here. At this point there are no plans for the WNOE PD position.

Following his performance on the Today Show this morning Hunter Hayes officially announced his fall tour, the Tatto (Your Name) Tour is set to kick off Thursday, October 30 in University Park, PA. He will be joined by Dan +Shay and The Railers. “

"This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we'’ve ever done before…and maybe anyone has ever done. It's a lot of firsts not only for us, but even for the fans who have seen our show before,"” said Hayes. “"Every tour is all about the fans, but this one proves it. Not only are they going to be part of the show, they are the show… you’ll see what I mean!" 

Dates for the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour are as follows: 
Oct. 30, 2014 Bryce Jordan Center | University Park, Penn. 
Oct. 31, 2014 Times Union Center | Albany, N.Y. 
Nov. 1, 2014 Thomas M. Ryan Center | Providence, R.I. 
Nov. 13, 2014 BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, Wisc. 
Nov. 14, 2014 iWireless Center | Moline, Ill. 
Nov. 15, 2014 Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo. 
Nov. 20, 2014 Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Mo. 
Nov. 21, 2014 Sears Centre Arena | Chicago, Ill. 
Nov. 22, 2014 The Palace of Auburn Hills | Detroit, Mich. 
Dec. 4, 2014 Lakefront Arena | New Orleans, La. 
Dec. 5, 2014 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena | Jacksonville, Fla 
Dec. 6, 2014 Arena at Gwinnett Center | Atlanta, Ga. 
Dec. 11, 2014 Wolstein Center | Cleveland, Ohio 
Dec. 12, 2014 Rogers K-Rock Centre | Kingston, ONT Canada 
Dec. 13, 2014 Budweiser Gardens | London, ONT Canada

For more information go to

Luke Bryan has announced the line-up for his upcoming four-day concert event "Crash My Playa" taking place next January on the Barcelo Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell will be on stage all four nights with Bryan. 

Guests artists include Kelleigh Bannen, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, DJ Rock and Chris Stapleton. 

The day-by day line up looks like this: 

January  23: Cole Swindell featuring Dustin Lynch 

January 24: Luke Bryan featuring Kelliegh Bannen

January 25: Florida Georgia Line featuring Eric Paslay 

Janaury 26: Luke Bryan featuring Chris Stapelton 

For more information, visit

Hunter Greene, promo director of KKHH, Hot 95.7 and KILT, 100.3 The Bull/Houston is leaving. After almost 13 years he's taken a job as the Sponsorship Manager for the Houston Zoo. 

 His last day at the station will be August 27.

08/22/2014 12:17 PM
"Where It's At" Goes Gold

Dustin Lynch's single "Where It's At" has been certified gold by RIAA. This is the first single from Lynch's album of the same title. Broken Bow will release this, his second album on Tuesday, September 9. 

 Lynch had his single "Cowboys and Angels" certified gold in September 2012.

08/21/2014 2:31 PM
Paisley's Still Leaking

Brad Paisley continues to leak information about his forthcoming album "Moonshine in the Trunk." The album is due to be released next Monday, August 25.

He's pulling the power struggle between record label folks and the artist and Paisley has been playing the hero releasing all sorts of information to fans on social media and various other means. His original leak has now been banned on YouTube. Instead various hints about content is being fed to YouTube.

The Ellen Show released the lyric video to his track "Shattered Glass." Paisley says this is his favorite song as it has to do with women fighting the glass ceiling. Check it out here.

Paisley has also gotten several of his celebrity friends to help "leak" the secret. With the hashtag #leakingmoonshine, friends who have helped spread the word include racecar driver Jeff Gordon, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, Bobby Bones, Jenny McCarthy, Kermit the Frog, NASA, Dave Ramsey and Ludacris.

Fans can preorder "Moonshine In the Trunk" and will immediately receive singles “River Bank,” “Crushin’ It,” “Perfect Storm,” “Country Nation,” and “Shattered Glass,” which are available for individual purchase. The album will be available in-full the day after Sunday’s (Aug. 24) Rising Star season finale on ABC-TV that includes Paisley as a guest expert. 

ASCAP will honor a select group of artists with its once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Awards. The award recognizes accomplishments of various artists in all genres.

One of this year's recipients is Garth Brooks. Brooks along with Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder will be honored on Monday, November 17 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The event will also be celebrating ASCAP's 100 anniversary.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the ASCAP Foundation which supports music education, talent development and humanitarian activities.

“Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe. It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year and, as important, to raise funds to perpetuate the important work being done by The ASCAP Foundation,” said Paul Williams, ASCAP president and chairman.

Scripps filed its application to the FCC to buy Journal radio stations. Although no one at Scripps is confirming this, it may mean the company may lose its grandfathered status for ownership and may be forced to sell one of its five stations in Wichita. Country properties they own include KFDI and Classic Country KFTI.

Scripps also faces another hurdle as a Journal investor has tried to stop the merger saying that the company "breached fiduciary duties owed to ... stockholders" by trying to sell at a very low price by an unfair process.

Go here to read more.

08/21/2014 12:17 PM
KGRT-AM Rebrands

KGRT-AM/Las Cruces, NM has rebranded as "Great Country AM 570."

"Almost every caller told us 'this is the greatest country of all time,'" says CEO Ron Stone. "It seemed only natural to rebrand Classic Country as Great Country since our listeners were defining it that way." Reach Ernesto Garcia OM/PD here.

Inc. Magazine has named Sun Broadcast Group as one of the fastest growing companies in the country. Sun produces Nashville Music Minute.

Inc. just released their 5000 List and Sun was listed due to their 520% increase in revenue over the last three years.

Slacker Radio is looking for anything but slackers! They have positions open for hosts on its Country stations and also have potential full-time openings.

Kevin Stapleford, Director of Programming explains,"Engage with our 32 million registered users while keeping your day job."

More in Slacker here. Send airchecks and resumes to Stapleford here .

Rural Media Group, the parent company of RFD-TV cable network will sublease space at 49 Music Row (where GAC was located) and relocate the majority of their executives from Nebraska.

The move will mean up to 150 new jobs in Nashville and production will begin no later than first quarter 2015. In addition to television and radio production jobs, the company will be adding marketing, accounting and other positions. Rural Media Group also owns Rural TV, Familynet and Rural Radio on SiriusXM.

Jeff Horn, most recently OM with Clear Channel/Tallahassee and PD for Country WTNT has joined Cumulus' WYZB, Nash FM 105.5/Fort Walton Beach, FL as PD/afternoons. Skip Davis, who was in the PD seat will be sitting in the Production Director's seat for the Fort Walton Beach cluster. He will also be doing middays on Nash FM 105.5.

RVP Pete Desimone said, “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the Nash FM 105.5 lineup and the Fort Walton /Destin programming team. We’re very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions to Nash FM 105.5.”

“I couldn't be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. Thanks to Pete Desimone, Bob Raleigh, Mike McVay and John Dickey for this great opportunity. Nash is an exciting new brand. I look forward to much success.”

Horn was with Clear Channel for nine years.

Garth has added another Chicago show at 10:30 p.m. on September 5. This makes a total of 11 shows in Chicago.

"After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed," he says. "I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people [who] wanted tickets and could not get in the system now have a chance to see the show, and [can] get their tickets at face value and not have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don't want to."

The tickets go on sale Saturday (8/23) at 10 a.m.  Go here for more information.

08/20/2014 12:16 PM
KMIT Adds The Rooster

KMIT, Hot Country/105.9, Mitchell, SD has added Envision Network's The Rooster morning show content resource platform.

"The Rooster gave us that added punch we were looking for in our morning show," stated KMIT Brand Manager Renee Robbins. "We are glad to be on board!"

The Rooster is overseen by radio programmers Mike Marino and Jason Hillery. They gather hot news, pop culture and lifestyle stories as well as daily topic starters and produced bits.

Get more Rooster information here.

Carrie Underwood is coming back for her second season of singing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the memorable theme for NBC TV's Sunday Night Football.

Viewers will be able to see Underwood's new intro at the beginning of the game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 7. The piece was shot in June and includes eleven NFL players.

Trisha Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville (RCA imprint) and soon will be releasing her first project on the label.

“Trisha Yearwood
is one of Country music’s brightest stars. Her versatility and passion have put her at the forefront of countless industries -- she is a best-selling author, a culinary maven, and an Emmy award winning television personality, but first and foremost, Trisha is an unparalleled recording artist who has sold millions of albums and is respected as one of the greatest female vocalists in Country music," said SMN Chairman/CEO Gary Overton. "We’re honored to welcome her to the RCA Nashville family, and look forward to her fans hearing her highly-anticipated new music.”

"Prize Fighter" will be Yearwood's first album on the label. "I can't even find the right words to express how excited I am to be releasing new music!," said Yearwood. I chose the title 'PrizeFighter' because it feels like an anthem for all of us. It's about fighting for what you believe in, and never giving up, even when it's hard. It's a message we all need to hear. I'm so looking forward to working with the amazing staff at Sony. Music is what feeds my soul, and I'm grateful to them for giving me the chance to share what I love.”

Morgan Carson is the Promotions Director for Ida Vend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Lewiston, ID. Carson graduated from Lewis-Clark State College and has been at Ida Vend since graduating in May.

She will oversee promotions, marketing , branding and public relations for the 3-stations.

08/19/2014 2:08 PM
Taylor Coming With 1989

As was reported, Taylor Swift took to her Yahoo! live stream yesterday and played her new song "Shake It Off."  Swift again worked with collaborators Max Martin and Shellback who worked with her on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." She also debuted the video at the end of the live stream.

Her new album "1989" will be released October 27. The album is named after the year she was born and will include packs of 13 Polaroids.  It will also allow fans to enter a "Swiftstakes" ("it's like a sweepstakes, but we made it annoying") that will be held awarding 1,000 tickets and 500 meet-and-greets to her upcoming tour.

"For the record, this is my very first documented, official pop album," she said.

According to The Tennessean, Swift said she was inspired by "A lot of late '80s pop" when she wrote for this album.  She says she loved "the chances they were taking in that era."

A deluxe version will again will be available exclusively through Target.  This version will add three songs and three songwriting voice memos that will give insight into Swift's songwriting process.  It will also include a code to enter the Swiftstakes.  Pre-orders are currently available at and the deluxe edition will be available in stores on Monday, October 27.

"1989" is her fifth album since her breakthrough into country music in 2006. 

For more details go to her website here.

Pat and AJ, formerly with NRG Media's Country WYTE, Y106.5/Wausau-Stevens Point, WI have joined AC WCRZ, Cars 108/Flint, MI.

Pat and Jenny Clark(AJ), the husband and wife team spent four years at WYTE before leaving in June.

Ericka Bostwick ("Deana Ryan") is the new midday talent on WBTU (US 93.3) Kendallville, IN.

Her career includes stops at Hoosier Country WCJC, Your Country 99.3/Van Buren where she did afternoons and WQHK,K 105/Ft. Wayne where she did mornings.

08/19/2014 12:26 PM
Borenstein Joins Columbia

Stoney Creek Manager/West Coast Promotion Samantha Borenstein has joined Columbia as Manager/Regional Promo. She begins her new job today (8/19).

"Sam's background – both in Country radio promotion and in prior roles working with artists, events and logistics – is stellar, and I'm very proud to welcome her to the Columbia Nashville family," says VP/National Promotion Norbert Nix.

In addition to two years with Stoney Creek, Borenstein has worked for City of Hope and with Jordin Sparks' management team. Chris Loss at Stoney Creek will be handling her duties until a successor is named.

Get in touch with her here.

As part of the consolidation going on with Westwood One's 24/7 formats as part of the merger with Cumulus, three staffers have left.

Westwood One 24/7 Formats SVP/GM Phil Barry and promotion people Sassy Hackett and Sarah Venema have exited the company.

Barry's position will not be replaced and the promo positions will be handled in the New York offices.

08/19/2014 12:16 PM
More Icon Stations Added

Joining previously reported Nash Icon stations WWWQ-HD2/Atlanta and its 250W FM translator W255CJ, WSM-FM/Nashville, 250W FM translator K273BZ/Kansas City, WZRR/Birmingham, KBZU/Albuquerque, KJJY/Des Moines, WJBC/Bloomington, IL, WNUQ/Albany, GA and WZAT/Savannah, GA, Cumulus has flipped more.

The latest Nash Icon stations are KRRF/Oxnard, CA, KLSZ/Fort Smith, AR, KRMW/Fayetteville, AR, KQLK/Lake Charles, LA, WLAW/Muskegon, MI and WDRQ-HD2/Detroit.

Cumulus has not commented on staff changes.

Congrats to UMG Nashville's SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their promo team for the #1 spot on Mediabase Country singles this week. 

Dierks Bentley "Drunk On A Plane" flew to the #1 spot this week making it his 12th career #1. This is the second single off the "Riser" album that has made #1. The album was released last February.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” said Bentley. "First, 'I Hold On' came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to 'Drunk' has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own. I'm just trying to live in every minute and soak it all in. In the few quiet minutes I've got, I spend a lot of time thinking about how grateful I am to be here doing this and how many people have supported me and my music. The guys in radio are first on that list…I'm beyond thankful for those relationships. 12 No. ones…crazy!"

George Strait will be coming with a 20 track live album that was recorded at his last concert at A T&T Stadium in Dallas. The album will be in stores September 16. 

Special guests include Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. 

 Tracks from the album include: 
1. Check Yes Or No 
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill) 
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait) 
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church) 
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do 
7. Marina Del Rey 
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow) 
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne 
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride) 
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill) 
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson) 
13. The Chair 
14. Give It All We Got Tonight 
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert) 
16. I'll Always Remember You 
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney) 
18. Troubadour 
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) 
20. The Cowboy Rides Away 

As was previously announced, George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away concert special will air August 29 on CMT.

Congrats to Kerry Wolfe, CC Milwaukee OM and Country WMIL PD who is celebrating 25 years with the CC/Milwaukee cluster. 

CCM+E's Regional VP Jeff Tyler said, "I have had the pleasure to work for and with some of the best people in this business over 30 years and Kerry Wolfe ranks high on that list, he’s one of the best. He is professional, knows his listeners, his brand and his staff. Kerry is respected by his peers, artists and the people who work with him. He is certainly one of the top Country Music Program Directors in our business and it is truly my honor to work with him."

Wolfe's career started in Greensboro, NC at WBIG in 1987 when he was MD/Midday talent. He joined WMIL in August 1989. He acts as PD for the Country station and oversees the programming of WRIT (Oldies 95.7), Top 40 WRNW (97.3 Radio Now), Urban (WKKV)V100.7, News Talk 1130 WISN and Sports WOKY (The Big 920).

Get in touch with him here

08/18/2014 12:31 PM
George King To Westwood One

George King, former Townsquare Regional OM and Brand Leader/Country for the Western Region has been named VP/Programming for Westwood One's Network Formats. He'll oversee all the Country shows including Mainstream Country, Hot Country, Classic Country and Real Country. 

"George’s experience in markets large and small, along with his position in the country music world, makes him a perfect fit for this role at Westwood One," says President/Network Programming Kirk Stirland. "He’s joining an all-star programming management team, and he will be working with a first-rate air staff, on our biggest format category." 

"The way Westwood One is able to integrate local content into a national feed will continue to be an essential way our business moves successfully into the future," King says. "I’m truly excited to work with this remarkable technology, and on the team creating radio with it." 

He will start his new gig September 15 and be based in Denver. Get in touch with him here.

Hundreds of fans and friends joined the Johnny Cash family for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at the grand opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home last Saturday (8-16). 

The house that Cash lived in from 1935-1953 has been restored thanks to funds raised by four years of concerts.

“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” said Rosanne Cash at the dedication ceremony. 

The dedication followed the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center on Friday evening. The sold-out concert featured Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn and Reba (seen in photo left to right).

The next morning people were shuttled from the University to Cash's home not far away. The Cash family were the first to tour the home newly furnished with retrieeved family items nad donations. 

“Many people approach me about starting Johnny Cash projects and I usually say no,” Rosanne Cash explained during a press conference. “But, in talking to Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Arkansas State University, I realized several things and one is that my children need to know their family legacy. It’s so beautiful."  

“From when I saw the house in 2011 and to see the progress today is overwhelming,” Rosanne said. “Ruth and the family aimed for authenticity when it came to furnishings. When you add the pieces in the house, it gives it resonance. The whole project caused a real shift in my life.” 

Photo Credit: Mike Chojnacki,