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Esquire Magazine has named Dierks Bentley "Country Music's Most Relatable Star."

The feature chronicles career, the balance he tries to stike between family and being on the road and the release of his latest album, "Black." The article concludes that Bentley's attention to detail has made him on of Country's most relatable stars.

Check it out here.

Thomas Rhett will host his first-ever charity event "Thomas Rhett & Friends," on Tuesday, October 4 at The Old School in Nashville.  The evening will include performances from Rhett, Direks Bentley, Walker Hayes, Shane McAnally and more to be announced.  All money raised will benefit 147 Million Orphans.

"If anyone follows my wife Lauren or me on social media, they probably already know how important 147 is to us," said Rhett. "We're getting asked all the time by friends and fans about what they can do to help, so we wanted to put something together to help support all the work 147 is doing for orphans around the world. I can't think of a better group of guys to help kick this off than and am looking forward to a couple other surprises we're working on for the night."

Tickets will be auctioned off to the public on Saturday, August 27th at 11a (CT); Register for a bidder number here.    


FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn (left) and Ajit Pai (rightwill address the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville in September.  Pai will give the opening remarks for Thursday, September 22's "Keeping Up With the Changing Radio Landscape," and Clyburn will participate in the Q&A 'A Conversation With FCC Mginon Clyburn' immediately afterward.

The 2016 Radio Show will take place at the Omni Nashville September 21-23.

Kris Valentine has been named PD/morning show co-host for KZPK, Wild Country 99/St. Cloud, MN.  Valentine succeeds Collin Taylor who resigned in July.  Valentine most recently handled afternoons at KMNB, Buz'n 102.9/Minneapolis for four years before leaving in June.

Valentine will join the station on Tuesday, September 20.  "I'm pumped to have Kris join the team," KZPK OM JJ Holiday said.  "We are all very exctied to have someone that has Kris' skill set on the team and in the halls!"

Get in touch with Valentine here

The Country Music Assoc. (CMA) and Country Music Hall of Fame and Musuem (CMHOF) will partner to host "Forever Country Live Presented by Southwest Airlines."  The event will take place on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. (CT) at Walk fo Fame Park in downtown Nashville.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Museum's opening and the CMA Awards, the free concert will include artists Charlie Worsham and The Time Jumpers.  Members include Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, "Ranger Doug" Green and Paul Franklin.

"The free community concert underscores the rich traditions upheld by both organizations," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. "We hope guests will leave this event inspired by our shared legacy and excited about the future of Country music." 

iHeartMedia/Charlotte GSM Ryan Petrosso has been promoted to SVP/Sales at the cluster, including Country WKKT. He joined the ompany in 2004 at the company's Providence cluster, rising form AE to GSM.  

 Petrosso was named GSM in Charlotte last year.  Reach him here

08/26/2016 8:37 AM
Cumulus Promotes Poxson
Cumulus has promoted NASH FM 93.1/WDRQ FM Midday Host Jessica Poxson to Assistant Program Director, effective immediately. Poxson will report to Detroit Director of FM Programming Robby Bridges and Cumulus Media-Detroit Operations Manager Mike Wheeler.  She will continue as On-Air Host of "The Jess Show" weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and NASH FM 93.1.

Poxson joined Cumulus in 2010 and rose through the ranks with positions ranging from promotions to news reporting for sister station WJR, on-air for WDVD, traffic on WDRQ and now host of its Midday slot.

Bridges said, "In the longstanding Cumulus tradition of promoting from within, it is a pleasure to enhance Jessica's role here in Detroit as we build DRQ’s brand and profile in the community and continue providing the best country music content to Detroit’s passionate country fans. I am thrilled she'll be working closely with me and our team."

Poxson said, "It’s a thrill to take on this new role in the city that I love with an amazing team of people who are just as committed to growing this radio station as I am.”

Reba McEntire is giving her fans an early Christmas gift this year.  She will release her album, "My Kind Of Christmas," one week earlier than expected.

The album is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and online at  

"My Kind of Christmas includes McEntire's rendition of several Christmas classics, including "Winter Wonderland," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Hard Candy Christmas," "White Christmas," and more.  The project was produced by McEntire and Doug Sizemore.

08/25/2016 1:13 PM
NMM Signs Adam Wakefield
Nashville Music Media (NMM) has signed "The Voice" season 10 runner-up Adam Wakefield for publicity services.
NMM is a Nashville boutique firm specializing in publicity, marketing and digital media.  

Wakefield was chosen for Blake Shelton's team and finished second after sharing hte stage with both Alison Krauss and Shelton in a two-part finale.

"Lonesome Broken and Blue" hit NO. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 songs chart and was the season's top debut on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, entering at No. 73.  The single, written by Wakefield, also debuted as his highest-charting (No. 14) of nine entries on Billlboard' ​s Hot Country Songs.

Aside from "the Voice," Wakefield has shared the stage as a musician with artists Chris Cagle, Keith Anderson and more and was invited to make his debut on the Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville, TN at Marty Stuart's Annual Lake Night during CMA Fest in June 2016.

To learn more about Wakefield, visit

Kenny Chesney played for 56,292 fans at MetLife Stadium in New York City on Saturday Night (8/20).  Add that to his previous attendance totals at the venue and it comes to 279.874.  This ranks him in the Top 10 of artist attendance numbers in the cneu's history and the only country artist.

will wrap up his "Spread The Love Tour" this weekend (August 26-27) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Jason Aldean will be the first-ever celebrity to partner with Field & Stream, an outdoor brand sold by Dick's Sporting Goods.  Aldean and his father Barry (right) will be featured in a new TV ad that will be seen on ESPN, Outdoor channel, National Geo, Discvoery, Histry and more.  

In other news, Aldean will be releasing his new album "They Don't Know" on September 9 on Broken Bow.

Chris Young, MIranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, The Band Perry and Alicia Keys have been added to the lineup for the "10th Annual ACM Honors," which takes place at Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30th.  

They will join previously announced performers, including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and more.

Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Emmylou Harris and professional hockey player Mike Fisher are set to present at the ceremony, which will be hosted by .  

The event will make its TV debut on Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS-TV.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has announced the Dolly Parton is its latest Spotlight Music artist.  The artst will exclusively release a deluxe version of her new album "Pure & Simple" in Cracker Barrel stores nationawide and online at on Friday, August 26, 2016.

This deluxe offering of "Pure & Simple" features 10 new tracks inspired by Parton's East Tennessee roots. The album is complemented by songs exclusvie to Cracker Barrel, including two verios of the singer's chart-topping hits "Jolene" and "9 to 5" recorded live at Glastonbury Festival and a 48-page magazine filled with photos and interviews.  The deluxe edition also includes coupons to various attractions.

To celebrate the albums launch, Parton will host the Cracker Barrel Front Porch Series.  The video series features Parton and some of today's emerging artists as they play humorous games such as "You're Sooooo Country," "Real Song or Fake Song," and "Dolly or Not Dolly."  The original content will be released on Cracker Barrel's YouTube channel beginning August 26.

"My relationship with Cracker Barrel goes back a long way,” said Parton. “We are giving their guests something very special with this deluxe album filled with pictures and interviews from my past and present. I am very excited to be working with them on this project; we make a great team.”

Guadalupe Media has opted out of the negotiations that would have potentially led to the sale of Country KWED/A/Seguin, TX, the Seguin Daily News and to the Seguin Independent School District.

The school board voted 6-1 last Thruday to authorize Superintendent Stetson Roane to negotiate the take over of the local media cluster, wiht a proposal involving a five-year lease at $6250/month or $75,000/year.  There would have also been an option to buy at the end of hte lease without additional payment.  The deal was controversial and the public opposed the deal.

Alpha Media Country KUPL, 98.7 The Bull/Portland, OR will feature The Band Perry in its "Santa Jam Concert," on Sunday, December 4 at the Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center in Portland.

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 29 at 10 a.m. (PT) via Rosequarter, Ticketmaster of the station's website here.

"We're thrilled to serve up our Holiday gift to Country music fans in Portland," said KUPL PD/afternoon host Mojoe Roberts. "The Band Perry will share the stage with several rising stars at Santa Jam. We'll begin to unveil them in the coming weeks, once Santa confirms them on his 'nice list.'"

Eighteen St. Louis radio and TV stations have partnered to help the America Red Cross raise money for Louisiana flood relief.  Emmis/St. Louis SVP/GM John Beck led the effort and other stations include Hubbard's WIL and iHeartMedia's KSD.  They are providing a volunteer phone bank that will remain open for donations through Sunday (8/28) at 1-800-984-8979.  Donations are also being accepted here.

Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors and Hauck Family Foundation have all pledged $200,000 towards teh effort so far.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is providing emergency grants to broadcaster affected by the floods in Louisiana and the ongoing wildfires in California.  Some funds have already been given to employees of companies including Cumulus, Guaranty and Townsquare.  The balance will be dispersed within a week.

As was previously reported here, the fifth season of "Nashville" will be seen on CMT-TV next year.  According to "Variety," the season will kick off on Thursday, January 5 with a two-hour episode beginning at 9 p.m. (ET).  

The report also says that the television streaming service Hulu will continue to carry "Nashville," with full episodes becoming available the day after the show airs on CMT-TV.

ABC TV canceled the show earlier this year.


Kelsea Ballerini has partnered with Justice, the largest between girl lifestyle brand retailer, to bring her debut album "The First Time" to select stores nationwide.

As part of the partnership, the Black River Entertainment artist will perform live during "The Concert at The Classic" presented by Justice at the 19th Annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in New Albany, Ohio.  

For updated tour dates and information on Ballerini's tour and fan club visit here.

The 14th Annual Source Awards were given out last night at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.  Six women in the music business were honored including Sony Music Nashville's Alison Booth, industry veteran Tammy Brown, John Conlee Enterprises' Diane Cash, George Jones Management's Nancy Jones, "Nashville" creator/Executive Producer Callie Khouri and the late Gale Pollock.

The event was hosted by Country legends Jeannie Seely and Brenda Lee.  It was annotunced that in conjunction with the organization's 25 anniversary, the awards will now be known as "The Source Nashville Hall of Fame Awards."

Each of the women honored have made maor contirbutions to the music industy in Nashville and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement in furthering women in the community.


Danny Montana is the new midday talent on New Country 92.3 WIL/St. Louis effective immediately.

Montana has been with WIL since 1995 as t overnight DJ, then he served as daytime on-air talent and Show Host, as well as Music Director for the station.

In 2003 he was named WIL Asst. Program Director, with responsibilities that include managing all of the country artist meet and greet opportunities and producing all of the WIL country music concerts and shows like WIL's annual "Jinglefest" concert.  Even with his move to Middays on WIL Montana will continue in the APD and Music Director roles.

Montana says, "It has been such a pleasure to be back on the air full time.  The listeners of WIL are absolutely amazing and I feel so fortune to have the opportunity to connect with them on a daily basis.” Danny adds, “I’m blessed to work for a terrific company with some incredibly talented people at a legendary station.” 
WIL Program Director Scott Roddy notes, “Danny worked VERY hard to earn this position - and the competition was tough! Danny’s commitment to the WIL brand, new country, and our passionate followers make me proud to name him WIL’s new Midday personality. Danny compliments an exceptional team on the only live and local new country station in the ‘Lou’.”


Jason Tyler, afternoon personality at WICL, The Big Dawg/Hagerstown MD has been promoted to PD/morning host, effective Monday, August 29.  

Tyler has been with the station since last year after six years out of the busienss.  His radio resume includes time at WKHI/Saisbury, MD' WLXV, Traverse City, MI and WXCY/Wilmington, DE.  

Get in touch with him here

Pictured (L-R): Jeff Cook, Randy Owen,
and Teddy Gentry.
Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images
for Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
The exhibit Alabama: Song of the South will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tomorrow (8/25) and run through June 12, 2017.  On Monday a reception was held with a number of industry guests on the facility's spacious top floor.

Alabama lead singer Randy Owen told the audience, "Unlike so many things that we’ve been a part of, I actually wrote down feelings because I want to make sure. This might be the last thing I do like this.”

He thanked his father for buying him his first guitar and for teaching him the chords E, A and B.  He also thanked his mother, sisters, grandparents and cousins.  He also mentioned and thanked entertainers for allowing Alabama on the bill and the industry people who signed and managed them.

Teddy Gentry stated, "“I should have prepared something I guess. All I can say is, thanks to all our friends and the people who supported us over the years. This is an incredible honor to be here among people that we always looked up to, growing up.”

And Jeff Cook told attendees, "“Several years ago, I had an accident and a piece of glass cut a nerve and tendon, but I overcame that. And I thought that’s what I was put here to do, was to play the guitar. I figured somebody’s got to do it.”

He added, “I’d like to thank everyone that had anything to do with this at all. I’d like to thank all of the people for being here as our guests and people we invited, and the ones we didn’t invite but came anyway. It’s just a bit overwhelming and I want to say thank you to everyone out there.”

Museum CEO Kyle Young spoke about the band and Charlie Daniels played a tribute including "Mountain Music" and "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).

The exhibit traces the musical beginnings, challenges and successes of the cousins Cook, Gentry and Owens who formed the group as teenagers in Ft. Payne, Alabama.  They were trailblazers performing as a band because at that time in country music, this was revolutionary.  They went on to recruit Massachusetts-native Mark Herndon as their drummer and the band signed with RCA in 1980.  They would go on to have over 40 chart-tpping singles and sell more than 70 million albums worldwide.


Nik Krastins, formerly iHeartMedia/Seattle GSM has joined Townsquare a Regional Market President for Washington markets Yakima and Tri-Cities.  He will oversee Country KDBL/Yakima and KORD/Tri-Cities.  

He succeeds Cheryl Salomone who left for Adams/Salisbury, MD earlier this year.

"(Nik) has a track record of success and is the leader we have been searching for," says RVP Kevin Godwin. 

Krastins will begin his new gig in mid-September.

Sunday's Kind of Country Inc. TV Program has signed with TEGNA Media/The Lone Star Division.  Beginning September 4, 2016 Sunday's Kind of Country will launch into 6 new TV markets including Abilene, Brian, College Station, San Angelo, Waco and Temple.  The show will be a mainstay of Sunday morning broadcasting on various TEGNA Media Networks and their stations every Sunday.

Host and Producer Robby Lynn said, "Along with Sunday’s Kind Of Country Inc. Radio Program having been established within the Beaumont / Brian / College Station / Temple and Waco TX radio markets for over 10 years now. The combo radio & TV Markets open up many different advertising and promotional opportunities in the future.  The TV show will have a couple of night time slots across the state on Sunday nights, too. (There will be ) great videos, some are even exclusive to the Sunday’s Kind Of Country program. Along with wonderful interviews from time to time makes the show a great escape on Sunday’s. We are very excited about our TV broadcast growth and TEGNA Media partnership and their believing in what we are doing with the video show."

For more information contact Robby Lynn here

NASH FM 94.7/New York and country artist Jason Aldean are celebrating the release of Jason's new album "They Don't Know."  The album will be available on September 9, 2016 and he will perform an intimate acoustic performance for some lucky NASH FM listeners.  

The private performance will be held at The Cutting Room on East 32nd Street on Monday, September 12 and be hosted by America's morning Show.  They will be introuding the new morning show co-hst Ty Bentli, who joins Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks on September 6.  Listeners can win tickets to this event.  Details are here.

Big Machine Label Group President/CEO
Scott Borchetta and Justin Moore celebrate
Kinda Don’t Care with #1 Waffles at
Waffle House® in Indianapolis. 
Photo Credit: Sandra Wallbank
ustin Moore has spent a good deal of time at Waffle House lately.  His favorite breakfast haunt has been the scene of many of his promotional stops to promote the release of his fourth studio album "Kinda Don't Care." And, this week the album reaches the #1 spot this week on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

The project includes his new Top 5 single "You Look LIke I Need A Drink"

Moore is not slowing down at all and packed shows in his home state of Arkansas, Nashville, Charlotte, Harrisonburg, VA and Indianapolis.  In Indy he was joined on-stage by lablemate and good friend Brantley Gilbert for "More Middle Fingers," which is just one of the 16 tracks on "Kinda Don't Care."  He then headed to Waffle House where Big Machine Label Group President/CEO celebrated the album going to  #1 with a #1 Waffle. 

WEBG/Chicago's PD Steve Stewart is still looking for a dynamic, winning afternoon talent.  The airshift was previously held by Alabama who has officially joined the morning team of Mason and Remy.

 Stewart wants someone who is ready to hit the streets and be on socials 24/7.  Send your materials here

Alan Jackson is ready to open AJ's Good Time Bar on Broadway in Nashville.  Jackson recently purchased a three-story, 6,000 square foot building at 421 Broadway as well as The Wheel and The Wheel Cigar Bar.

AJ's Good Time Bar will open later this year.  Jackson is already a partner in Lower Broadway's Acme Feed & Seed.  Jackson will join other Country artists in the Nashville bar business including Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and John Rich's Redneck Riviera.

For more information go to website here

Justin Timberlake has signed on as a partner and producer of the PIlgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN.  Currently he is not performing at this year's festival but will be working with Pilgrimage producers Kevin Griffin, Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan as well as Timberlake's creative director and fellow Franklin resident, Trace Ayala.  The festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN.

"I couldn't be more excited about becoming part of The Pilgramage Music & Cultural Festival," said Timberlake. "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the Festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."

Scheduled performers for the 2016 event include Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Anderson East and more.

WKTI, 94.5 KTI Country/Milwaukee has named Eric Lauer GSM effective Monday, September 26.  Lauer was most recently with Cox Media in Jacksonville, FL where he was GSM for the six-station cluster.  He will also serve as Manager/National Sales for Scripps/Milwaukee.  

"We're pleased to have Eric join our Scripps/Milwaukee leadership team as KTI Country's GSM," said WKTI VP/GM Tom Langmyer. "He comes to us with tremendous experience -- and a thoughtful, customer-focused approach. Eric has worked with several much-admired stations -- and he hails from a company that shares many of the same principles and business philosophies as Scripps. He'll be a great fit to lead WKTI sales and drive national business for both WKTI and WTMJ. Eric will partner with Jason Bjorson, who is GSM of WTMJ and our sports properties."
"What a thrill to join Tom and his superb team," said Lauer. "Scripps has a fabulous reputation, and I have a deep admiration for these powerful brands and a contagious fondness for the communities they serve. It feels good to come home, and I'm grateful for the chance to help lead Milwaukee's Radio City into the future.", /Images/AACNew/Newsletters/Eric-Chesser/728_X_90_Banner_Layered.jpg,, /Images/AACNew/banners/SH_AAC_BottomBanner.jpg,