industry members
Jason Garte
President   The Mix Group
Kris Underwood
Midday Air Personality   Federated Media
Jamie Dickerman
Program Director   Ingstad Family Media
R.C. Pickens
president   r.c. pickens roadshows
John Chaffee
Chief Copywriter   Drifting Spirit Songs LLC
Steph Peters
Morning Show Producer   Lincoln Financial Media




TODAY'S NEWS
Federated Media's WAWC, Willie 103.5/Warsaw, IN has changed its programming and on-air lineup.  Kris "Coyote" Underwood will now be PD and he succeeds Jay Michaels who left last month.  Underwood also moves from middays to mornings and will be working with Teri Armstrong who is back at the station after taking a brief time off.  

Keaton Adams will take over the night show on June 1. Evenings had been done by Federated Country sister WQHK/Ft. Wayne by PD Dave Michaels.

 

WLHK, Indianapolis, Country 97.1 Hank FM morning guy Dave O'Brien welcomed Florida Georgia Line to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Legends Day concert the night before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend.

05/27/2015 11:06 AM
Garth Headed to New Orleans
Garth's next stop on his "World Tour" will be New Orlenas where he will perform at the Smoothie King Center on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at 7 pm (CT) each night.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster

For more information go to www.GarthBrooks.com. 

More players have been added to 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game roster.  Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Bucky Covington, Deana Carter, JT Hodges, Phil Vassar, The Bobby Bones Show, Tennessee Titans cornerback Perrish Cox and Nashville Predators players Seth Jones and Stu Grimson will be joining the roster.

Those previously announced include Little Big Town, Lindsay Ell, Vince Gill, Lauren Alaina, Love and Theft, Chuck Wicks, Charles Esten and Aaron Watson.

The game will take place on Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. (CT) at the First Tennessee Park in Nashville.  Proceeds from the game will benefit City of Hope. For more information go to cityofhope.org/softball.

Leslie Cohea formerly Sr. Director/Operations for AEG Live/The Messina Group has joined Sandbox Entertainment as part of their management/marketing team.  She will be responsible for all aspects of touring, includign routing, ticket and budgeting for all Sandbox clients. Cohea joined AEG/TMG in 2005.

"Touring is one of the most important parts of an artist's career and having her expertise in-house is invaluable," says President/CEO Jason Owen. 

 Get in touch with her here.  
 

Operation Troop Aid (OTA), the non-profit military care package charity, will recognize Kellie Pickler as the recipient of the first Operation Troop Aid Kyle Patriot Award (formerly the Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award now named in memory and honor of the late American Sniper and US Navy Seal lChris Kyle).

Pickler receives the acknowledgemet for her unwavering and impassioned support and contrinutions to the US Armed Forces and their families.  The Navy Seals' parents, Wayne and Deby Kyle and OTA Founder Mark Woods, will make the presentation to Pickler from the LP Field stage following her performance of the National Anthem to open the night concert on Saturday, June 13 at the 2015 CMA Music Festival.

A member of a military family, Kellie Pickler is passionate about supporting the men and women of America’s armed forces. Pickler is an eight-time USO tour veteran and the 2013 recipient of the Heart for the Warrior Award from the USO of North Carolina.  As the captain of the winning celebrity team in the recent inaugural Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge, Pickler was awarded $25,000 for the USO to support the organization’s programs and services. In recognition of her contributions to the troops, she was the cover girl on Maxim magazine’s military issue in 2012.  

Pickler will be the first woman to receive the annual OTA award; previous recipients of the Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award
include Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, KISS, Darryl Worley, Aaron Tippin, Mark Wills, Charlie Daniels and Gary Sinise.                     
                        
                          
 

CBS Radio/Phoenix promotes Tim Richards to VP/Programming for the cluster that includes: Country KMLE, Classic Hits KOOL FM and Top 40 KZON/LIVE 101.5, effective immediately. Richards will continue to serve as PD of KMLE and LIVE 101.5; Dave Shakes will continue to serve as PD of KOOL and will work under the direction of Richards.

Tim has certainly earned the VP/Programming stripes here at CBS Radio/Phoenix,” CBS Radio/Phoenix SVP/Market Manager Tim Poleman said. “I am excited to see his talents applied to the heritage brand of 94.5 KOOL-FM.”

“I’m thrilled to work with Tim Pohlman, Dave Shakes and our team in this new capacity,” Richards said. “We will continue to grow our brands with great local content as the epicenter of our mission.”

Record-setting heavy rainfall doused parts of Texas, Oklahoma and lots of Midwest states over the weekend, which caused major flooding that has forced thousands from their homes and claimed several lives.

Houston and surrounding areas were hit hard, as CBS Radio Country KILT/The BULL/ Houston PD Bruce Logan reported, “We did the typical morning scramble getting everyone in. Roads were impassable. Most of THE BULL staff lives outside the city but that made it difficult. People were turning around and going the wrong way on freeways to escape the water, which was scary because that meant they were headed into oncoming traffic. We took calls from people stranded in their cars. Lots of people slept at the Toyota center last night after the Rockets game. The water came up very fast. Luckily it appears we mostly have property damage right now. We will know more as the water subsides.”

Austin was also hit hard, as iHeartMedia Country KASE PD JT Bosch said, "It's mostly ok in the city, but with some flooding. Hayes County was hit the hardest, with thousands in shelters. We are working on relief efforts now, but pushing everyone to donate to the Red Cross since Sunday."

Meanwhile, Tyler Country KJKE/Oklahoma City MD Owen Pickard stated that, Severe weather is expected this time of year. What hit everyone hard was the flooding. We covered the tornado warnings on Saturday (5/23) and have kept the listeners informed with the flooding issues. Some smaller communities were hit hard with ponds and lakes overflowing.”

Watrch for more reports.

DOT Records Coordinator/Promotion person Mysti Meese is departing the label to pursue new career opportunities. Meese joined DOT in January after serving as Marketing Coordinator for the Country Radio Seminar.

Her last day at DOT will be this Friday, May 29th. No word yet from DOT on plans to fill the position.

Carrie Underwood will be performing at LP Field during the 2015 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts. This marks her 10th anniversary of her first performance in 2005 after she won "American Idol" that same year. 

The CMA Music Festival will take place June 11-14 in Nashville and Underwood will perform Saturday June 13.  She joins previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum,Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Neal McCoy, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker,Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Urban, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. This year’s National Anthem singers include Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Kellie Pickler, and Restless Heart.

Tickets sold out to the nightly concerts at LP Field in November.  There are many free and low-cost entertainment options for fans in downtown Nashville as part of the Festival.  

The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum will celebrate the CMA Music Festival starting Wednesday, June 10th with a full slate of autograph signings, performances, and special programs presented by XFINITY.

Daily performances and autographs signings will include legendary acts such as the
Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, and Brenda Lee alongside contemporary artists and newcomers to the format including Trisha Yearwood, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Pasley, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, and many more.
 
Museum admission is not required for autograph signings; however, a purchase of artists' merchandise from the Museum Store is necessary to participate. KODAK will offer complimentary photos with artists during the signing sessions, and performances will be free of charge. Interviews and other special sessions and programs will be included with Museum admission and are free to Museum members. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum  website .

The Birthplace Of Country Music (BCM) launching a new radio station, WBCM/103.5 Radio Bristol/Bristol, TN this Summer. This new station will focus on playing American roots music, including Bluegrass and Americana in addition to Country music. The station will broadcast from the BCM in a restored studio outfitted with historic and vintage equipment as a fully functional radio station and will also serve as a working exhibit for Museum visitors. In addition to the on-air broadcast, the BCM  website  will offer three separate streams and a mobile app for listeners.

BCM Executive Director LEAH ROSS
stated, "WBCM Radio Bristol is an exciting new way that we can share our music heritage as the Birthplace Of Country Music with listeners worldwide.  Following the years of success of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music fest, and revival and the opening of the Birthplace Of Country Music Museum last fall, this new radio station will allow us to promote Bristol to audiences year-round, as well as provide up-and-coming artists a new platform to be heard. WBCM is a radio station, an app, an interactive museum exhibit, and an online media center featuring free Americana and Roots programming, streaming for a worldwide audience. We are working diligently to get the station ready to launch this Summer and looking forward to the impact the station will have on our community."

AllAboutCountry sends condolences to all the family and friends of Texoma Broadcasting Country KLBC/Durant, OK morning show co-host Bob McKinzie, who died unexpectedly Saturday, May 23rd. McKinzie was 66.

Services are set for Wednesday (5/27) at Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant starting at 2pm (CT).

Get more information and read a memorial tribute to him at the KLBC  website .

Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Warner Bros./W.A.R.'s Jana Kramer on her marriage to Michael Caussin this past weekend. The two were married in Virginia with family and friends attending.

The two were engaged this past December following a full day of celebrating Kramer's birthday.

Photo by:TheImageDirect.com

 

AllAboutCountry send congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion  Royce Risser , Mercury Nashville VP/Promotion  Damon Moberly  and the full Mercury promotion team for hitting this week’s #1 slot on the MediaBase Country singles chart, with  Billy Currinton ’s "Don't It."

This lead song from Currington’s forthcoming "SUMMER FOREVER" album is his tenth career #1

Gwyneth “Dandalion” Seese AKA Dandy, her old friends Randy Stewart and Margaret Dodd-Strausser from CAT Country/Harrisburg days are putting together a "Dandy Celebration Day", May 31st between 2-5pm in the Off Seasons Lounge - East Holiday Inn - Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA.  It’s a Cash bar - this will be a day to share stories, memories, photo albums and just to celebrate her life and times with all of the Harrisburg/Lancaster radio folks and friends - Please think about joining us that day

At her memorial service, her Granddaughter Kelsey spoke for the family, and LeeAnn, Jen Shade, and Tim Michaels spoke on their working together, the significance of her being the first woman to break into Country radio, and words on behalf of the Country music/radio associations.
Her best friend, Pinky Pinkham, spoke about the years of working together, our many travels, the cookbook for Willie’s fans, Farm Aid, and the "soul sister" friendship they shared even into her last days with us and then Pinkham quoted by name from all the tributes and condolence messages received. The entire congregation thanked each one of them personally.

Pinkham said, “The service was light, the music gave people chills. and Dandy would have loved it.”
Following the service there was a lunch in the community park by the church, it was a huge buffet and half of the Canadians cooked for the occasion.

“We are in the process of establishing a Communications/Journalism/Broadcasting scholarship at Millersville University in her honor,” stated Pinkham.  “We’re still working on the details as there will be fundraising and our going to many folks for their contributions.  There will be a donation page soon. 

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Eric Paslay.

He has penned #1 singles for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Love And Theft and the Eli Young Band, while his own self-titled debut album produced three Top 20 singles, including the #1 hit “Friday Night."

Pasley said, “I’ve always had great relationships with everyone at Warner/Chappell. I’m glad that I get to hang my songwriting hat there and can’t wait to catch some great songs with the team.”


MORNING SHOW HOST: VIRGINIA’S NORTHERN NECK

If you have years of on air experience and know the importance and value of smaller market morning shows. If you can handle production and some web content. If you work well with others and your on air approach is real, not affected or forced.  We want to talk to you.

This morning drive slot on BAY-FM in Virginia’s coastal Northern Neck puts your high profile responsibilities to use in a community where local radio truly dominates. Plus it can provides security and a great working and lifestyle. Our morning talent leaves for Saga, our first staff change in 7 years. Sound interesting?  We should talk soon. EEO

Send an email only with resume and Mp3 aircheck attachment to:   billsherard@tworivers.net
 

Over the weekend, many reports have an unsettling claim coming from two of B.B. King’s 11 surviving children that the blues great was “poisoned.” King died Thursday night, May 14th in Las Vegas, he was 89.

Reportedly, authorities in Nevada will launch an investigation.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said, “At this point, we don’t have evidence that these allegations of foul play will be substantiated. However, we are taking them very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation. We are coordinating our investigative efforts with the Homicide Division of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. I expect the investigation will take a minimum of six to eight weeks.”

Sandbox Entertainment brings on Leslie Cohea  to its management/marketing team, effective immediately. Cohea will be responsible for overseeing touring aspects including routing, ticketing, and budgeting for all Sandbox clients. She comes onboard fresh from AEG Live/The Messina Group, where she has spent the past decade.

Sandbox President/CEO Jason Owen stated,
"I have had the pleasure of watching Leslie excel in her field with AEG Live/The Messina Group.  We are thrilled to have such an amazing person and asset join the Sandbox family. Touring is one of the most important parts of an artist's career and having her expertise in-house is invaluable."

AllAboutCountry sends condolences to family and all friends of Rubber City Radio Group News-Talk WAKR-AM/AKRON host and cluster OM Chuck Collins, who passed away Thursday evening (5/21) after a battle with brain cancer. He was 62. Collins became OM in in 2007, overseeing Country WQMX and Rock WONE in addition to WAKR-AM. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.

Collins' long career in northeast Ohio included stops programming WKDD/Akron and production honcho at WMMM/M105, which is now WMJI/Cleveland and OM at Clear Channel/Akron.  He also was a writer and wrote two "Radio Murders" mystery novels and served as a trustee at the Iinterval Brotherhood Home and Greater Akron Musical Association-Akron Symphony.
Check out more on Chuck and look at the video of Collin' return appearance on Ray Horner's show from 2013 here .

Pictured: Hoda, Kathie Lee, and Kelsea Ballerini
Black River Entertainment artist  Kelsea Ballerini  hit NBC-TV's "TODAY Show" Yesterday (5/21) to play her debut single, "Love Me Like You Mean It" for Kathie Lee and Hoda. Ballerini's debut album, "THE FIRST TIME," was released earlier this WEEK.
Check out Ballerini’s performing "Love Me Like You Mean It"  here .

APEX Broadcasting Country WCKN/KICKIN' 92.5/Charleston, SC makes its new morning show official, as Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler kick the live and local airwaves starting Tuesday, May 26th. The duo succeed Dale Desmond, who left in December.

The station hired Webb and Chandler originally in January 2015, but no start date was selected at that time, as Chandler was required to sit out her non-compete clause after she departed Cumulus Country WIWF/NASH-FM 96.9, where she did mornings. Webb joins KICKIN’ from Blakeney Communications Classic Rock WXRR/ROCK 104/Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS where he was the OM/PD/MD for the entire cluster, including Country WBBN/B95.

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) once again will have great visibility at this weekend’s Indianpolis 500, with artists Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett all adorning the bright yellow and black #8 Chevrolet car, piloted by Sage Karam.

Also, Big Machine Records artist Danielle Bradbery will sing “America The Beautiful” during the pre-race festivities. BMLG is a season-long sponsor of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team for both NASCAR and INDYCAR; the label has sponsored two Indy-winning cars in the past four years.

Thirty Tigers promo rep  Stephanie O’Donnell  and her baby daughter Poppy have gone viral, as video of Poppy appeared on NBC-TV’s “TODAY Show.” Host Willie Geist played the video of O’Donnell tearing pages of a magazine and Poppy demonstrating an infectious, adorable laugh.

Thirty Tigers VP/Promotion Pam Newman says that the Lincoln Financial Country KSON/San Diego morning team “John and Tammy” requested a phone in from Stephanie following the video’s online popularity.
Here’s your chance to see Poppy on the "TODAY Show" appearance  here .

 

Radio Personality Renee Nelson of Townsquare Media Country WEBB/B98.5/Augusta, ME, is raising money to help food banks in nearby Maine counties, according to a report in  Centralmaine.com , dubbing the drive, “Hair For The Hungry.”

Nelson, the news and public service director for the station, has promised to shave her head on May 30th if she has raised at least $2,500 in donations for area food banks. Super Cuts, who will do the honors, has agreed to match that figure, for a total of $5,000. Nelson
, who has raised more than $1,300 to date, said the money will be distributed to 21 local food banks that the station supports during its annual fall Thanksgiving fundraiser, which has featured personalities broadcasting from a tank outside Camp Keyes in Augusta.

“I don’t want to stop at $5,000,” Nelson said. “I want to raise as much money as I can.”
Nelson's dramatic news is a way of celebrating her birthday in August, and doing a good deed.
“It started as a joke,” she said. “But as I thought about it and realized I could do this and do some good, it was a no-brainer to say I would do it. But I did not want to wait for my birthday. It was important to me to do it so some of my hair would grow back by then.”

Abigail Perry, Director of the Augusta Food Bank
, says the donation couldn't come at a better time because food stocks have decreased in the spring, when there is less focus on feeding the hungry.
Perry Added:  “It’s raising awareness of the issue in a way some other, more traditional, fundraisers or events may not be able to do.”

Those who wish to donate to “Hair For The Hungry” can do so online at  uwkv.org/tanksgiving  or at any Super Cuts in Maine, including Augusta and Waterville

iHeartMedia’s KAJA & KRPT/San Antonio PD Don Gosselin has leaves after only seven months.
Gosselin said, “iHeartMedia/San Antonio and I have mutually agreed to part company.  I wish all the people there nothing but the best and I look forward to watching Randy Carroll be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in June. I'm going to take some time off before deciding what is next in my career." He joined the San Antonio cluster in June, after three years at iHeartMedia/New Orleans, where he was cluster OM and PD of Country WNOE

Gosselin served iHeartMedia and formerly Clear Channel for non-consecutive periods of 13 years in cities like: Detroit, Toledo, Providence and Springfield, MA.


At the moment there is no word on a replacement.

Reach Gosselin here
.

Elice Cuff joins The Greenroom as a publicist on behalf of an artist roster that includes Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kix Brooks, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, and Rascal Flatts.

Cuff makes the move to The Greenroom following 18 months in a similar capacity with Sweet Talk Publicity. Cuff said, "I feel like I hit the jackpot! I'm so lucky for this new opportunity to work with this awesome group of people with an amazing team comradery." She has been on the job since Monday (5/19).

Give her congrats  here .

Three-time and reigning ACM "Male Vocalist of the Year" Jason Aldean will exclusively premiere the music video for his intoxicating Top 20 single, “Tonight Looks Good On You” during  CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday (5/23) at 8:00A CT. Following the premiere, it can also be seen across all of CMT’s digital platforms including  CMT.com  , the CMT Artists app, and  CMT Pure and will be available at all other digital partners Monday (5/25).

Directed by Mason Dixon and shot in Nashville earlier this month, the video includes a signature Aldean performance and features him as a support actor in a couple's love story as they struggle to juggle everyday demands of supporting a family. 

“It definitely wasn’t hard for me to go back to my clock-punching days,” shares Aldean. “It wasn’t that long ago that I was a Pepsi delivery guy racing the clock hoping to get home before sundown. So, it was easy to put myself back in those shoes and kinda cheer for the guy who works his ass off to get home to his girl.”

Fans can also catch Aldean perform the hit on the   2015 CMT Music Awards  on June 10
, where he is also nominated for three awards including "Performance of the Year", "Male Video of the Year" and "Video of the Year.”
Before hitting the CMT stage, he will continue his headlining BURN IT DOWN TOUR next weekend with dates scheduled in Charleston, WV (5/28), Hartford, CT (5/29) and Hershey, PA (5/30). For more information and for a full list of tour dates, visit  www.jasonaldean.com

Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Pasley, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers have all donated a portion of their ticket sales from club shows over the past five months to “ACM Lifting Lives.” Together, the artists raised nearly $30,000 to help organizations that are improving lives through the power of music. 

Clubs that participated in the fundraising effort include Coyote Joe's in Charlotte, NC; Gilioz Theatre in Springfield, MO; Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO; Joe's Bar in Chicago, IL; Midnight Rodeo in Springfield, MO; The Bluestone in Columbus, OH; The Rave in Milwaukee, WI; and Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA.  
 
Get more information here

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