Different Drummer, a Los Angeles based PR company that specializes in entertainment is opening a new Nashville office. They have hired Andy Peterson (left) to open the office and Chris Youngblood to oversee digital/media strategies. Jeneal Bernhart will manage digital publicity.
Peterson has worked has Sr. VP and Creative Director at creative agency Propeller. He has also worked for Warner Bros. Records in Nashville as Sr. Marketing Director and also served as Director of Marketing for Rocketown Records.
Youngblood was formerly a Director of Communications for the non-profit "To Write Love on Her Arms" and Bernhart was part of LA-based publicity company Ginsberg Libby.
“We are thrilled to launch this new chapter for Different Drummer. With the head- snapping shifts in audiences today, the growth of our team will allow us to stay ahead of the curve to ensure that Different Drummer remains the leader in activating aspirational audiences and cause-conscious consumers,” said Corby Pons, co-founder of Different Drummer.
WDVD/Detroit has announced that Greg Smith the new VP/Sales at Nash FM/Detroit and Hot AC WDVD. His background includes 17 years at CBS Radio's Detroit stations.
“Greg has the market equity we needed to lead the sales for WDVD and Nash in Detroit. He has the relationships and respect from the ad community in the Motor City to make an immediate impact. We're thrilled to have Greg as a part of the Cumulus family in Detroit,”said SVP Gary Pizzati.
"I started my radio sales career nearly 20 years ago at 93.1 WDRQ, and now I have the tremendous opportunity to return and help the teams at both NASH-FM and 96.3 WDVD excel and succeed," said Smith.
Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music have signed singer-songwriter Brooke Eden in their first co-venture publishing deal.
Eden, a native Floridian has been writing and performing since she was five. She has recently opened for Alan Jackson, Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch and others.
According to Magic Mustang Music VP/Publishing Juli Newton-Griffith, "This is going to be a wonderful, wild ride, and we are happy to be partnering with Warner/Chappell for this venture."
"I'm so thrilled to be signing my new publishing deal, a co-venture with Magic Mustang Music and Warner/Chappell Music. I've admired both of these companies for a while and really feel I've found the best of two worlds. The fact that this is my first publishing deal and this is their first co-venture together makes it even more special," said Eden.
Eden's current single "American Dream" is being played on SiriusXM's The Highway. She co-wrote the song with Sherrie Austin and Will Rambeaux.
To help promote the release of his new album "Moonshine in the Trunk" Brad Paisley will be seen on the media over the holiday weekend. Tomorrow (8/29) he will appear on "Good Morning America" for their Summer Concert Series. He will then go over to ABC's "The View."
He has released two singles from the new album namely "River Bank" and his latest release "Perfect Storm." He will be playing both during his televised appearances.
On Labor Day, September 1 he will appear on "Good Morning America."
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend will appear in the new CMT Crossroads set to air Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.
“Having John and Lee Ann join us at CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing—they are both among the most respected singers in their genres,” says John Hamlin, Sr. VP Music, Events and Talent, CMT. “This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration.”
Legend has earned several Grammy honors including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 2006 "Get Lifted" album. He then released the album "Once Again" and that won him another Grammy for Best Male R&B Performance. His latest single "All Of Me" was at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and sold more than four million in the US and six million worldwide.
Womack has earned the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for "There's More Where That Came From. She also won for Single of the Year for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "I Hope You Dance."
Condolences go out to friends and family of Hall of Famer Les Acree who passed away yesterday (8/26) after he had a stroke on Sunday (8/24).
Acree suffered a stroke in 2007 that affected his speech and motor functions. He was living in a care facility in Nashville.
His radio career included time at WIVK/Knoxville, WKDF/Nashville, WNOE/New Orleans, KRMD/Shreveport and WGKX/Memphis. He was inducted into the 2007 Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and was honored by the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.
Grassroots Promotion is looking to expand their staff and are looking for a radio promotion person and social media specialist.
The promotion person will serve as a secondary person with strong organizational and communication skills and excellent follow-through. The social media account manager will have strong writing skills, graphic abilities and experience with major social media platforms. Both people need to be self-motivated and disciplined time managers.
If interested send your resume to Managing Partner Nancy Tunick here.
WDQR, Nash FM93.1/Detroit will be running "I'm Already IN Labor-Day Weekend" starting Friday, August 29 thorugh Monday, September 2.
The promotion will give away 93 diapers to every listener who has a baby over the weekend and gives their baby either the first or middle name of Nash.
All births must be reported to the radio station prior to close of business on Tuesday, September 3.
Brad Paisley has been up to some pranks lately and they haven't stopped even after the release of his latest album Moonshine In The Trunk" last Monday. As was reported, Paisley was leaking tracks from the album and the label decided to "one up" Paisley and gave out what they said was his actual email address.
Then Paisley went on the air with KILT (The Bull)/Houston and told listeners Sony/Nashville's Gary Overton's phone number. He said that if anyone thought they had talent that this might be a great way to get a label deal.
Mike Scott is headed to AC WWFW, Soft Rock 103.9/Ft. Wayne. He will be doing morning drive. He has over thirty years of experience and most recently was PD/afternoons for WNNF, Nash FM 94.1/Cincinnati.
"My thanks to Ron Stone and Rob Mack for this opportunity to be a part of this new team in Fort Wayne. I am looking forward to waking up Ft. Wayne on the new Soft Rock 103-9 and helping to move the Fort Wayne community and our great company forward. I can't wait to start on September 15th!"
On Wednesday, September 3 Darius Rucker will be joined by Little Big Town to announce the nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC TV's Good Morning America.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," said Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman.
"The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking forward to unveiling all of the nominees with our buddy Darius."
Following the announcement at 10 a.m. (ET) Little Big Town and Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for "Personality and Radio Station of the Year" in four categories.
They will also be announcing the finalists for the CMA "National Broadcast Personality of the Year." That night the CMA Songwriters Series will take place at the Best Buy Theater and Rucker along with songwriters Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford, Luke Laird and series host Bob Dipiero for an in-the-round presentation of their songs.
Core panel moderators for CRS 2015 have been announced. They include Journal Broadcast Group VP/Programming Beverlee Brannigan, RAB/New York President/CEO Erica Farber, Falls Media Group's Dan Hayburton, Country Aircheck Editor/Publisher Lon Helton and radio vet Gregg Lindahl.
The core moderators will oversee and direct the bulk of the educational panels throughout the seminar.
"Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years,” stated CRS Executive Dir. Bill Mayne. “These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees!"
CRS will be held Wednesday, Febraury 25-Friday February 27 at the Nashville Convention Cneter. For more information go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
Programming vet Lance Houston is moving from CC's WPOC/Baltimore to PD of the newly launched WBWL, 1010.7 The Bull/Boston. Lance will also be doing middays.
“101.7 The Bull has found its visionary! Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist and successful on-air talent,” said CCM+E/Boston VP/Programming Dyland Sprague. “His vision, creativity, positive attitude and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”
Lance's resume includes six years as APD and PM Drive at WUBL/Atlanta. He has also worked as PD of WBAM/Montgomery, AL and WYGC/Gainesville, FL. He began his career in 1995 at CC's WTXT/Tuscaloosa, AL.
“I am excited to be back riding the Bull," said Lance. “I’m ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle, much like we did successfully in Atlanta. America's greatest city deserves a young and hip Country station.”
Clear Channel/Jacksonville including Country WQIK, is looking for a Digital PD for the cluster. This person will also be responsible for the afternoon shift on WKSL (Top 40). The position was held by Bryan LaRoche who is leaving.
ASCAP's Nashville office recently held a retreat for songwriters of all genres to provide an intimate and focused setting for songs to be created and to build bonds and friendships between songwriters.
Songwriters were hand picked by the ASCAP staff and came from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and across the country to participate.
Songwriter-artist participants included Mike Gossin of Gloriana, Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three, Love and Theft, Mickey G. Priscilla, Dan+Shay and David Nail.
Music songwriters included Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brett James, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, as well as songwriter-producers Chris DeStefano and Jimmy Robbins.
Those in the pop field included AC, DJ Whiteshadow, Robopop and Kyle Shearer.
These songwriters have written hits for a diverse group of artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lana Del Ray, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and more.
Pictured above (l-r): Evan Trindl of ASCAP, Dan+Shay's Dan Smyers, Brett James, Dan+Shay's Say Mooney, Robopop and Ryan Beuschel of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Photo: Ed Rode
Rick Andrews, Townsquare's Amarillo OM and PD for AC KMXJ and Adult Hits KPRF and also oversaw Country KATP has left after seven years. He is looking for his next opportunity. Andrews has 30 plus years in the business and has held numerous programming positions and worked multiple formats.
Cities worked include Bangor, ME, Albuquerque and San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time with Townsquare he launched KATP and KWFS/Wichita Falls, TX as Blake FM.
Get in touch with Andrews here.
Bruce Sheets, Market Manager is looking for till the KMXJ and KPRF PD positions. You can reach him here
For the second consecutive week Dierks Bentley is at the top of the Mediabase Country charts with "Drunk On A Plane."
Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and their entire team for continuing to stay on top.
This is the second #1 single off his "Riser" album and Bentley's 12th career #1. The album was released this past February.
Florida Georgia Line will headline the "Anything Goes Tailgate 2014" to kick off Georgia-Florida weekend. The annual concert will take place at the shipyards in Jacksonville, FL on Friday, October 31. The show will open with acts including Clare Dunn, John King, The Cadillac Three, Cole Swindell and others.
The event will be produced by Orange Peel Entertainment and AEG Live.
"How can you get any more relevant than Florida Georgia Line at the Georgia Florida game?" asked Orange Peel Etnertainment Principal Billy Catlin.
"Eight bands with FGL headlining on a forty four acre riverfront property...it can't get much better than this for locals, as well as Florida and Georgia fans."
Ticket bundles will go on sale Saturday, August 30 at 10a (ET). They will be available via www.JaxTailgate.com.
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.
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 youll 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
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
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.
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.
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.