TODAY'S NEWS

CBS Radio is swapping their Charlotte and Tampa clusters and Sports WIP-AM/CBS Sports Radio 610 AM to Beasley Broadcast Group for Beasley’s Philadelphia FM and Miami stations.
In the deal, CBS will get Country WXTU and Top 40/Rhythmic WRDW/Wired 96.5/Philadelphia and Top 40/Rhythmic  WPOW/Power 96), Country WKIS, and Sports WQAM-AM/Miami 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 Radio 1010 AM, Sports WHFS-FM/98.7 The Fan, Top 40 /Rhythmic WLLD/WILD 94.1, Country WQYK-FM, Classic Hits WRBQ, and Tropical WYUU/Maxima FM)/Tampa; and WIP-AM/Philadelphia.

This exchange gives CBS two more FM stations to add to its current cluster, which includes Sports WIP-FM, Classic Hits WOGL, News KYW-AM, and News-Talk WPHT-AM.  CBS also owns KYW-TV/CBS 3 and CW affiliate WPSG-TV/Philly 57 The CW as well as the website CBSPhilly.com in the market.  Beasley keeps brokered programming and Spanish Sports WWDB-AM and Religion WTMR-AM/Philadelphia.  CBS Radio splashes into Miami with the deal; CBS owns WFOR-TV/CBS 4 and My Network TV affiliate WBFS-TV/My 33) in that market.

CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason stated, “This transaction reinforces our strategy to concentrate on large market properties.  We already have television duopolies in both Philadelphia and Miami so these new stations will be a terrific complement to our existing local broadcasting portfolio, and a welcome addition to the overall CBS family.”
Mason writes to the CBS Radio staff, "There are many positive effects this move will have on CBS Radio in the future.  Most importantly, for the first time we will own radio stations in Miami – a market where CBS already successfully operates two television stations, WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV.  We’ve all seen the tremendous value we create by having our local radio and television properties work hand in hand.  Our voices reach further, brands are more integrated into the daily lives of the audience, and advertisers can speak to a wide variety of consumers constantly on the go.  Entering MIAMI marks an important step in enhancing our portfolio of premier stations.
 
"Secondly, we are attaining stations that appropriately align with our programming expertise in popular music and sports, two areas we have made significant investments in over the past few years.  This also allows us to focus on markets that are showing the biggest growth potential and greatest returns on our investments.
 
"This move does mean we will soon be parting ways with a number of our respected colleagues.  I have known the Beasley family for decades and admire their dedication to radio broadcasting.  The properties they are acquiring dovetail nicely with their concentrated emphasis on operating mid-size market clusters of stations.  Beasley highly regards our stations as first-rate organizations, and I am joined by all of the senior leadership at CBS RADIO when I thank our team members for their unqualified energy and commitment."

Beasley Chairman/CEO George Beasley said, "Throughout s 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The asset exchange agreement with CBS Radio addresses all of these strategic objectives as, upon completion, we will expand our station base by nine stations and add completed clusters in Tampa and Charlotte which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence. Furthermore, the transaction is also consistent with our long-term strategy to operate leading clusters in large- and mid-size markets.
"From a financial standpoint, the asset exchange will allow us to meaningfully expand our operating and revenue base without incurring additional borrowings or using cash from operations. Based on our expectation that the transaction will lead to station operating income accretion in the first eighteen months after closing, we plan to further reduce the Company's leverage ratio which is presently near its lowest level in over ten years. Overall, we believe this transaction represents a unique and innovative means for Beasley Broadcast group to enhance shareholder value.
“Focusing on strong core programming and targeted localism is the cornerstone of Beasley’s operating philosophy, and it has proven vital to the Company’s ratings strength and success. While Beasley has operated in Philadelphia and Miami and understands the value of stations in those markets, as well as the revenue they generate, consolidation and ownership of the maximum amount of stations in each market has been a long-term and consistent goal for the Company. This transaction places us in the unique position of owning a full complement of FM stations in seven of the twelve markets in which we operate.
 
“Dan Mason is a much respected radio broadcaster and I hold him, as does Beasley Broadcast Group, in the highest regard. The properties we are exchanging in Miami and Philadelphia have been cultivated by committed and talented radio professionals and they enjoy deep roots in their respective communities. We believe they will prove to be great additions to CBS Radio’s portfolio.
 
“As we look forward to welcoming the CBS Radio stations to Beasley Broadcast Group, and to integrating two new markets into our portfolio, we will continue delivering quality programming, effective online marketing solutions and dedicated service to the local communities we serve. Once approved by the FCC, it is my opinion that this transaction will create a win-win opportunity for both CBS Radio and Beasley Broadcast Group.”

Beasley was represented in the deal by Michael Bergner of the Bergner and Company.


Congrats to Kenny Chesney and the entire Columbia Nashville and Song Nashville team for making Chesney's latest album "The Big Revival" #1 according to Nielsen Soundscan. 

 During the debut first-week the project sold 130,000 copies and makes it Chesney's 13th career #1 album. It is also his 12th top 10 all-genre album debut. "Life On A Rock," his previous album debuted at #1 overall with 153,000 copies sold. 

"The Big Revival" ranked #2 on the all-genre list and was beat by a small margin by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's duet collection "Cheek To Cheek." That sold 131,000 copies.


Dan Dan Hentschel
Dan Hentschel
Cumulus Country KAMO/NASH 94.3/Fayetteville, AR will debut the Blair Garner hosted “America’s Morning Show” beginning Monday, October 6th.
Garner and his AMS co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks takes over for longtime KAMO morning personality "Big Dan" Hentschel, who goes on to do mornings on NASH Icon- branded Country sisters stations KRMW/Fayetteville and KLSZ/Ft. Smith, AR beginning Monday, October 13th.

Cumulus Fayetteville and Ft. Smith Market Manager Dale Daniels said, “Big Dan is an old friend the community of Northwest Arkansas has grown up with and is the perfect host for NASH Icon, as he himself is truly an icon in the market. This along with 'America's Morning Show' on NASH 94.3 gives

Hentschel commented: “I couldn’t be more pleased to hand the mic over to Blair Garner and company. He is Country radio in America and together with Terri Clark, Chuck wicks, Robin Meade and Erika Grace Powell, they will bring a fresh take on mornings to NASH 94.3 listeners. I look forward to moving to mornings on the great NASH Icon stations in Fayetteville and Ft. Smith. It is truly the best of both worlds, and these are exciting times.”

Reach out to Hentcshel here.


Cumulus Country KAMO/NASH 94.3/Fayetteville, AR will debut the Blair Garner hosted “America’s Morning Show” beginning Monday, October 6th.
Garner and his AMS co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks takes over for longtime KAMO morning personality "Big Dan" Hentschel, who goes on to do mornings on NASH Icon- branded Country sisters stations KRMW/Fayetteville and KLSZ/Ft. Smith, AR beginning Monday, October 13th.

Cumulus Fayetteville and Ft. Smith Market Manager Dale Daniels said, “Big Dan is an old friend the community of Northwest Arkansas has grown up with and is the perfect host for NASH Icon, as he himself is truly an icon in the market. This along with 'America's Morning Show' on NASH 94.3 gives

Hentschel commented: “I couldn’t be more pleased to hand the mic over to Blair Garner and company. He is Country radio in America and together with Terri Clark, Chuck wicks, Robin Meade and Erika Grace Powell, they will bring a fresh take on mornings to NASH 94.3 listeners. I look forward to moving to mornings on the great NASH Icon stations in Fayetteville and Ft. Smith. It is truly the best of both worlds, and these are exciting times.”

Reach out to Hentcshel here.


SiriusXM Radio plan to appeal the ruling that made them liable for copyright fees for pre-1972 recordings, CFO David Fear told the Deutsche Bank  Leveraged Finance Conference yesterday (10/1).  He stated that the company "intends to appeal the decision all the way through the appeal process, and added that the ruling means that every radio station, "bar, restaurant, stadium, Internet webcast or satellite guy, who have played the songs,  has been operating in violation of California law since 1982, and that the company will be ‘happy’ to pay the fees if competitors have to pay as well, adding that the laws need to change, but it shouldn't be coming from the bench, it should be coming from the legislature."
A California federal court judge granted summary judgment last week against the satellite company in the suit brought by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, better known as The Turtles and Flo and Eddie, ruling that California state law granted artists ownership of copyright in pre-1972 recordings not covered by federal law, and thathad ‘performed’ the songs in violation of that copyright by airing them without permission.

10/01/2014 3:59 PM
Ada Honors Blake


Blake Shelton's hometown of Ada, OK has honored him by naming a road after their hometown boy.  As of yesterday (9/30) Ada Mayor Bryan Morris unveiled "Blake Shelton Boulevard as a way to celebrate Blake's latest release of his new album "Bringing Back The Sunshine Album" which was also released yesterday.  

Check out the “Block Party For Blake” held in Ada, OK here.

 


Darrin Arriens has been hired by Cumulus to PD Country/KSKS/93.7 Kiss Country/Fresno. He replaces Mac Daniels, who relocated in June to KSJO/NASH FM 92.3//San Francisco-San Jose.

Arriens most recently was OM for the former Citadel Broadcasting/Grand Rapids cluster and Midwest Regional Director/Operations for Citadel. In addition, he also programmed stations in Milwaukee, Detroit, Toledo, Greenville, Tucson and Lansing.

Reach Arriens here.


Whiplash Radio launches a syndicated,  24/7 Classic Country format they are calling “Bubba FM,” which features songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s, enhanced with v/o talent Max McGill.

Affiliates will receive regionally tested songs, daily music logs, and official Bubbalogo and continuously updated imaging pieces.
Whiplash President Chris Lash says, "If you want something fun, real and original, we've created it.”

The format is available via barter for 24/7 or the 7-Midnight day-part. Details here.


"CMA Country Christmas" will be taped in front of a live audience on Friday, November 7th at 7:30 pm (CT) at Bridgestone Arena/Nashville. Jennifer Nettles hosts the show for the fifth year in a row.

Nettles says, "After being the host of “CMA Country Christmas for five years now, it is hard to pick one thing I love about it. There are so many fun moments, whether it is the performances or duets. Getting to perform Christmas songs with great artists is really fun for me. It's really a fun show all around."

Artists performing include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Jennifer Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael w. Smith and Carrie Underwood.

Once again, audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help children in need. Last year, more than 5,000 toys were collected.

Tickets for "CMA Country Christmas " are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office; by calling (800) 745-3000(800) 745-3000 or at CMA Country Christmas. The program will air later in the year on ABC-TV.


Outback Conce rts has hired Kama Upton as talent buyer. 

Upton says, "Outback is known for promoting top-notch events across the country and earlier this year helped to establish the Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville. I'm thrilled to be joining such a great team."

Upton has been with Paradigm, where she was an agent in the comedy department. 

Contact Upton at 615-242-3323 or here.


 “The Music In My Rearview Mirror: My 30 Years In Music & More

Longtime music industry professional and Director Of Operations of Music Health AllianceShelia Shipley Biddy, introduces the release of her self-published autobiography entitled “The Music In My Rearview Mirror: My 30 Years In Music & More” from CreateSpace Publishing.  The publication is now available through Amazon.com and Kindle.

As a well-respected businesswoman and Music Row trailblazer, in Nashville and around the world, Shelia highlights her career experiences in the music and entertainment industry and the hurdles presented before her as a woman entering the “good ole boy’s” circle to become one of the first females seated at the helm of a major label. The autobiography, forwarded by award winning country recording artist Reba McEntire and with introductions made by Chuck Dauphin (of Billboard Magazine), is a 30-year bittersweet labor of love.

“Writing my autobiography was an emotional roller coaster ride. Not only did I recall the excitement, and highs and lows of working with some of country music’s greatest talents, I relived many of the darkest moments in my life when hope didn’t exist,” stated Shelia Shipley Biddy.  “This book is a reflection of where I have been, introduces the most influential people in my life, and the new direction I am headed--until the next crossroad.  I hope my experiences, and tell-all, will help others to discover and pursue their own personal and professional destinies.”

As personal and professional chapters unfold on the pages, the reader is offered inspiring insight to the various paths the Kentucky-born woman took to achieve her goals and become one of the most prominent career women in the country music business.  A courageous country girl from the rural Bluegrass state, Shelia removed herself from an abusive family environment, married at the age of 16, and uprooted to move with her first husband to Nashville.  Shelia was quick to make entry through the doors of the music business; she landed her first “gig” as a receptionist at Monument Records.  She made her way up the ranks to become a leader in radio promotion (at RCA and MCA); within four months of joining the MCA staff, she debuted George Strait’s Ocean Front Property as a No. 1 album—a “first” in the history of Country music.  

Shelia’s tenacity, work ethic, loyalty and true passion for the artist and his/her music led her to become the first female to head-up a Nashville record label—Decca Records. Her groundbreaking career and achievements as “Nashville’s Top 25 Most Influential Women” (Nashville Life Magazine) span three decades. Shelia Shipley Biddy was instrumental in taking more than 139 Country singles to No. 1; she is recognized for the success of multi-platinum country singer Mark Chesnutt, and she signed and launched the careers of Gary Allan and Lee Ann Womack.  
Early Applause:

“When you read this book, you’ll learn about all her hard work and all the amazing folks she got to work with. I know she has some great stories for you! Plus, because of Shelia, huge doors have opened for other women to take on the music business. Thanks, Shelia. We need more like you, but I think God broke the mold when He made you!” --Reba McEntire

“Shelia Shipley Biddy is one of the most knowledgeable and respected music industry executives in the entertainment business. She has earned this status by conducting her affairs in a first-rate fashion that is envied by all who know her. I am thrilled that she has written this book in which she shares her world to her legion of fans. I may be her biggest fan.” 
--Tandy Rice, President, Top Billing Inc/Former President, CMA

“There’s more to her story than just a legendary career. Shelia Shipley Biddy is a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend. She has endured poverty, neglect, abuse, a life-threatening illness and much more. In the pages of this book, you’ll cheer, you’ll laugh, and you’ll even cry at a childhood that was far from the carefree existence that most of us had in small-town America. This is a success story, not just about country music, but also about life. So get ready to be inspired, no matter what mountain you currently face.” --Chuck DauphinBillboard Magazine


Kenny Chesney, Columbia/Nashville and the whole SONY/Nasville team deserve a big congrats from AllAboutCountry for a #1 Country album debut with “The Big Revival," which sold 130,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan figures.
This is Chesney’s 13th career Country album chart-topper and his 12th top 10 all-genre album chart debut, His previous album, 2013’s “Life On A Rock” bowed at #1 overall, debuting with 153,000 copies sold.
Additionally, “The Big Revival” ranked #2 on this week’s all-genre list and just missed the top spot by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's duet collection, “Cheek To Cheek,” which sold 131,000 copies.
 


AllAboutCountry salutes Hall Communications Country WPCV/Lakeland, FL morning drive personality Tom O’Brien on his retirement.  His last show was yesterday (9/30) and brought to an end 19 years with the station. 

Prior to morning drive he spent 15 years as morning co-host, and has spent the past four years as the station’s community ambassador.

O’Brien's position will not be filled. He wished the staff and management at 97 COUNTRY, and all the listeners well, and he will cherish the memories.


Country star Colt Ford has earned a gold certification from the RIAA for his #1 single, “Drivin’ Around Song,” featuring Jason Aldean.  Currently on Toby Keith’sShut Up and Hold On” tour, Colt was surprised on stage in Camden, NJ this past weekend by Toby himself with an official plaque to commemorate the achievement. “Drivin’ Around Song” is on Colt’s #1 Billboard album, Declaration of Indepencence, released in August 2013. 

Pictured L-R: Toby Keith, Colt Ford, Tony Morreale VP Marketing and Promotions at Average Joes Entertainment
Photo Credit: Andrew Wendowski
 


With The 2014 Christmas and HitsThrough The Years Tour  

GRAMMY Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers will be performing holiday favorites and his classic hits across the U.S. and Canada when his 33rd Christmas tour -Christmas & Hits Through The years with Special Guest Linda Davis - launches this November.  The legendary Rogers will be joined by GRAMMY Award-winner Linda Davis on a festive 25-date run that begins November 12th in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wraps December 23rd in Westbury, New York. 
 
Just this month, Rogers, along with his longtime friend Dolly Parton, received their fifth joint nomination as a duo for this year’s CMA Awards.  The title track duet from Rogers’ new album,You Can’t Make Old Friends, which is also featured on Parton’s latest release, Blue Smoke, earned the collaborators a nomination in the Musical Event of the Year category.  Rogers and Parton also received a GRAMMY Award nomination earlier this year.
 
Rogers generates a fun, family-friendly atmosphere annually with his Christmas & Hits shows, which have become a holiday tradition.  His heartwarming performances of Christmas-time favorites like “White Christmas,” “Oh Holy Night,” “The Christmas Song” and originals such as “Mary, Did You Know” are accented with the addition of a local choir and children in each tour city.  Rogers also performs his big hits such as “Lady,” “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, “She Believes In Me,” and “Daytime Friends,” making this show a special treat.
 
Celebrating the holiday season, Kenny Rogers adds his legendary voice and incomparable style to Jim Brickman's original song "That Silent Night.” This song, along with fourteen new recordings, will be available exclusively at Amazon on Brickman’s album On A Winter's Night: The Songs and Spirit of Christmas.  The album, set for release on October 7th, can be pre-ordered at Amazon now.  A portion of all album sales will benefit The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.  The fund supports groundbreaking research for osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer.
 
 
2014 KENNY ROGERS // CHRISTMAS & HITS THROUGH THE YEARS TOUR  
With Special Guest Linda Davis 
 
Nov. 12                       Niagara Falls, ON, Canada                            Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort - The Avalon Ballroom Theatre
Nov. 13                       Niagara Falls, ON, Canada                            Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort - The Avalon Ballroom Theatre
Nov. 14                       Niagara Falls, ON, Canada                            Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort - The Avalon Ballroom Theatre
Nov. 15                       Niagara Falls, ON, Canada                            Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort - The Avalon Ballroom Theatre
Nov. 20                       Moncton, NB, Canada                                    Casino New Brunswick
Nov. 21                       Halifax, NS, Canada                                      Halifax Metro Centre
Nov. 22                       Sydney, NS, Canada                                      Centre 200
Nov. 28                       Fort Pierce, FL                                                Sunrise Theatre
Nov. 29                       Sarasota, FL                                                    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Nov. 30                       Saint Petersburg, FL                                       Mahaffey Theater
Dec. 2                         Florence, SC                                                   Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
Dec. 5                         New Buffalo, MI                                            Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center
Dec. 6                         Detroit, MI                                                      Fox Theatre
Dec. 7                         Evansville, IN                                                 Ford Center
Dec. 11                       Wheeling, WV                                               Capitol Theatre
Dec. 12                       Van Wert, OH                                                Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Dec. 13                       Wabash, IN                                                    Honeywell Center
Dec. 14                       Zanesville, OH                                               Secrest Auditorium
Dec. 16                       Greenville, SC                                                Peace Center For The Performing Arts
Dec. 17                       Richmond, VA                                                Altria Theater
Dec. 18                       Verona, NY                                                    Turning Stone Resort & Casino - Event Center
Dec. 19                       Uncasville, CT                                                Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 20                       Jim Thorpe, PA                                               Penn’s Peak
Dec. 21                       Norfolk, VA                                                   Chrysler Hall
Dec. 23                       Westbury, NY                                                NYCB Theatre at Westbury       


Lady Antebellum launched 7FOR7 this week, a week-long campaign where the band travels across the country to surprise
and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days. The special endeavor preceded the release of their fifth studio album
747 out now.
 
Yesterday morning (9/30) during their appearance on Today, Lady Antebellum surprised nursing student Katharine Laventis, who lost both her parents at a young age and is now paying her own way through school.  Laventis, who was in the crowd under the pretense that she and a friend had won free tickets to the taping, was recognized and pulled up on stage by the band during their on-air interview. The trio then completely shocked Laventis with their announcement that they would be setting up a scholarship with American International College to help offset the cost of her tuition. To watch today’s 7FOR7, click here.

 


Texoma Broadcasting, Inc is selling Country KLBC and Oldies KSEO-AM-K231CE/Durant, OK and KBBC/Tishomingo, OK to Mid-Continental Broadcating, LLC for $2.45 million.


Cumulus WMIM, My 98.3/Toledo-Monroe (AC) will flip to 98.3 Nash this Friday, October 3 at 5 p.m. (EST). The station will feature local on-air personalities including PD/AM'er Chris King and Mark Benson and will be operated by current WMIM staff. 

 Regional Vice President Andy Stuart says, "We spent a great great deal of time analyzing what is the best format for Monroe, and it became quite clear that Nash Icon is ideally suited for the market. I really appreciate the time and effort that John Dickey, Mike McVay, Bob Raleigh and Charlie Cook have all provided and appreciate having this format available in the Cumulus family to bring to the Monroe community.” 

"Nash Icon is an exciting new format and the perfect fit for Monroe and Monroe Country, said Chris King. This station will proudly serve Monroe, Monroe County and Southeastern Michigan with the music that listeners love and our continued commitment to the community. I am very happy to be a part of this new chapter in Monroe radio."


Despite the format flip from Classic Hits to Country at WKQK, 94.1 The Wolf/Memphis that we reported last Friday, Chris Michaels, Director/Branding and Programming and PD will remain in the same capacity for the now Country station.
 
"94.1 The Wolf will be locally focused on the music that country fans want," says Michaels. "We are excited to bring this great brand and the most new country to Memphis."
 
On-air staff for middays, afternoons and nights are in place but names have not been released. Michaels is looking for a local morning host. Send resumes and airchecks to him here

09/30/2014 2:30 PM
Have Gunn Will Travel

PD Derek Gunn of Cumulus' KBUL/Reno, NV is joining Stoney Creek as Director/Regional Promotion-West Coast following,15 years with the station, including the past 18 months as Program Director. Derek replaces Samantha Borenstein, who headed to Columbia this past month. Contact Derek at 775-287-1722775-287-1722 or here. KBUL, has no word yet on a replacement.

09/30/2014 1:26 PM
KNCO-A Hires John August

Weekender John August has left KNTY, 101.9 The Wolf/Sacramento and will be joining Nevada County Broadcaster New Talk KNCO-A/Grass Valley, VA. 
 
He will be filling in as host of the "Swap Shop" and other part time duties. August has worked 10 years in the San Francisco market and also worked at KZLA/Los Angeles.


Townsquare KHAK/Cedar Rapids, IA is looking for a morning co-host following Scott Steele's recent resignation. Steele had been in the position for eight years and left to take an AE position with Woodard's four station cluster across town. 

 Co-host Ryan "Brain" Brainerd will be doing the shift solo for now. Send resumes and MP3 airchecks to Mgr/Brnad Bob James here


Jack Christopher (left) is the new Director/Southeast Promotions effective today. He will take the place of Bruce Shindler (right) who will retire at the end of the year. 

“While we will miss Bruce tremendously, we could not be more pleased with the person we have hired to fill his shoes," said UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser. "Jack Christopher is a first-round draft pick for sure; an absolute killer promo vet who has never lost his passion or his drive to win. Damon (Moberly)and I both have worked alongside Jack, all at different companies, and both knew that he was the one to go after once Bruce made known his plans. Jack has always been one of those people you love to be around, who makes you smile, and all the while is getting results. We couldn’t be more pumped to add him to our squad.” 

Christopher's background includes 10 years in broadcasting at CBS Country WDSY/Pittsburgh. He also worked at Bigger Pictures, Equity Music Group, Columbia Nashville and worked most recently at RPM Entertainment. Get in touch with him here

Shindler is a 41 year promo vet. His career includes time at Associated Distributors in Phoenix when he started in 1972. He also worked Buddah Records in NYC, Elektra/Asylum Records, Infinity Records, MTM Records, RCA Records, Dreamworks Records, his own independent company Shindler-Turner Promotions and has spent the last 10 years with UMG Nashville. 

 “I made a decision a while ago that there are other interests in my life that I would love to pursue after 41 great years in record promotion,” said Shindler. “The time has arrived to spend more time with my family and to pursue a license in alcohol and drug counseling. Leaving the folks and terrific artists at UMG as well as my friends at radio and industry is not an easy decision as many have been an important part of my life in a business that I’ve loved. I want to thank Mike Dungan, Luke Lewis, Royce Risser, Damon Moberly and my family at UMG for the last 17 years. I will always value our relationship with all my heart.”

Get in touch with Bruce here 


Dean Warfield, former WSIX/Nashville night talent and personality is the new PD/midday personality of WSM-AM/Nashville. He takes the place of Joe Limardi who left in June. Limardi took a position with Townsquare/Poughkeepsie, NY.

"I've had the good fortune to be a part of Nashville Country radio for 20 years," Warfield says. "The opportunity to work with a Hall of Fame air staff at the legendary 650 AM WSM is a true blessing." 

Get in touch with him here


Lisa Davis Purcell, Hands on Nashville VP/External Affairs has joined Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She will be their VP/Development and oversee the museum's efforts that generate contributions and support its mission to preserve the hsitory and traditions of Country music and educate various audiences. 

Lisa the perfect fit for us at this juncture in the museum’s rapid and sustained growth,” said CMHoF Dir. Kyle Young. “She’s a mission-oriented executive and well integrated into both the non-profit and music industry sectors of Nashville."
  
“I am honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with the museum’s incredible team of professionals and with the generous volunteers and donors who dedicate their time, talent and treasure to sustain and advance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's important work,” Purcell said.

In addition to working for HON, Purcell has worked with the Frick Art & Historical Center, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission. Get in touch with her here.


Zac Davis is the new OM at iHeart Media/Myrtle Beach. He will also be PD/Morning Show Host for WGTR, 107.9 The Gator. Davis was most recently with sister station Top 40 WDCG, G -105/Raleigh. He was PD/Afternoon talent there and had been in the job since June 2011. 
 
He has also worked the Denver, Modesto/Stockton, CA, Greensboro, NC, Melbourne, Fla and Salt Lake City markets. 
 
 "Zac's programming and on-air experience has been an exceptional asset to our team in Raleigh," said SVP/Programming Rod Phillips. "I'm confident he will take our Myrtle Beach cluster to the next level and be a great addition to mornings on The Gator."



Ther
esa Ford, Streamsound Records Director./Regional Promotion and husband Loyd have moved to Greenville, SC.

Her new contact information is: 1805 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29609 Her office number is 704-543-1002 cell number 615-504-4865. Contact her here.


The CMA Awards will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. on ABC-TV. 

Additional performers will include Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry. They will be joining Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underw
ood.
 

 Paisley and Underwood will again emcee the event for the seventh year.

09/29/2014 12:45 PM
Wedding Bells Were Ringing

It was a busy wedding weekend! 

Congrats to Arista Nashville PD/Promotion Lesly Tyson and her new husband Robert Simon. They were married on Saturday (9/27). Congratulate them here.   

Also congratulations goes out to WBWL, 101.7 The Bull/Boston PD Lance Houston and his partner Bradley Uhlmann who were also married on Satruday. Get in touch with them here. 

09/29/2014 12:42 PM
Is It Lonely At The Top?

Congrats to Warner Music's SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring, VP/Promo Kristen Williams, Director/National Katie Bright and the entire WMN promo team as Cole Swindell goes to #1 with "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight." 

 This is his second release off his self-titled debut album and his second #1 Mediabase hit. Great job!

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