TODAY'S NEWS

Justin Wittmayer, former CC/Miami VP/Sales is now with Cumulus in San Francisco as VP/MM. He will oversee Country KSJO, Nash FM/San Jose. He replaces Steve Sklenar who left in June.

Wittmayer
is from the San Francisco area and has worked in management at CC/San Francisco and San Jose as well as CBS/San Jose.



Don Gosselin,
former CC New Orleans OM and WNOE PD has joined CC's San Antonio cluster. He will now be PD of KAJA and Classic Contry KRPT. He takes the palce of Travis Moon who left to join St. Jude in April. 

 KAJA MD Bree Wagner is now APD/MD of both stations. Her first day is September 29. Get in touch with Gosselin here and Wagner here.

09/15/2014 12:00 PM
Jonathan West Joins WWJO

Jonathan West, former KZPK/St. Cloud, MN Director/Imaging and afternoon personality has joined Townsquare's WWJO. He will be doing afternoons. He takes the place of Jen Jacobs who left last month to take a reporter position with CBS Radio WCCO-A/Minneapolis. 

West has been with WZPK six months ago and has also worked at KCYE/Las Vegas and KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO.

 KZPK PD JJ Holiday is looking for a replacement for West.  Send your information here.  

Get in touch with Westhere.

09/13/2014 12:23 AM
Carson Joins WPGB/Pittsburgh

Top 40 WDCG/Raleigh afternoon personality Carson (left) has joined recently launched WPGB, Big 104.7/Pittsburgh. She will be doing middays. 

JD Greene, PD reports that nights will now be voice-tracked by Brody, WFLZ/Tampa's (Top 40)night talent. Both are slated to start Monday (9/15).

09/12/2014 4:15 AM
Congrats KKBQ and KCYY

Congrats to KKBQ/Houston and KCYY/San Antonio as they were honored Major Market Station and Country Station of the Year at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show in Indianapolis. 

 Get in touch with KKBQ PD Johnny Chiang  here and KCYY PD Jeff Garrison here.


Delta Media's KXKW, Mustang/Lafayette, LA is now simulcasting on KOGM. 

"Mustang's weakness has been the frequency," says OM/PD/morning host Erik Tobias. "At 87.7 FM, most new car and home radios cannot tune the station. Because of the popularity of the station and a steady rise of digital and streaming numbers, we decided to simulcast on 107.1 to better serve our fans and clients." 

Stream them here . Reach Tobias here .

09/11/2014 4:06 PM
Music Masters Hit The NAB!

Five radio and record legends gathered in the MusicMaster suite at the NAB Fall Radio Show yesterday (9/10).

Seen here (l-r) Sean Ross (Ross On Radio), Steve Resnick (RAMP), Scott Shannon (CBS-FM/New York), Joe Knapp (MusicMaster) and Art Vuolo (Radio's Best Friend).


Classic Hits WODX has gone country as of noon today (9/11). "Rochester's New Hit Country, 107.3 The Bull" is kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row. The Bobby Bones Show will be heard in mornings following the kick off and the calls may change to WNBL, pending approval. 

Rich Lauber, Clear Channel RPM and WBBS/Syracuse OM/PD says a permanent PD has not been named.

Listen to the Bull here.


Greg Lane, former KSKS/Fresno evening talent will be headed crosstown to KHGE, 102.7 The Wolf to do middays tomorrow (9/11). He will be replacing Billy Greenwood, Premium Choice talent. After 22 years Greenwood left in January when the station was acquired by Cumulus and "Nash Nights Live" was put on the air.

Get in touch with Lane here.


Mike Wilson, Director/National Promotion for Black River Entertainment has been promoted to VP/Promotion effective immediately. Bill Macky will remain as Sr. Director/National Promotion and Strategy. 

"We relentlessly pursue excellence,” stated BRE CEO Gordon Kerr. “In doing so, we are continually identifying the strengths of our staff and providing them opportunities to grow, both individually and as a company.” 

Wilson's career includes stops at RCA, Universal South and Streamsound. Get in touch here.


Tim Closson and Todd Alan have joined Westwood One. The industry vets will be working in the affiliate sales team. Closson will be responsible for developing syndicated partnerships for WW1 offerings including Nash Nights Live, Kickin' It With Kix, Nash Icon, American Country Countdown and Country Countdown USA . Closson's experience includes time with Time Warner Cable Media/Cincinnati and Chancellor Broadcasting where he was VP/Country Programming. 

 Alan most recently was with Focus 360. He did spend more than a decade with Westwood One and worked his way up to VP/Affiliate Sales and Programming and will now be working for the The Bob & Tom Show, Pop Crush Hosted By Billy Bush , Nights Live With Adam Bomb and Flashback , among others

09/10/2014 12:26 PM
30 Under 30 Named

Edison Research has put out their 2014 edition of "30 Under 30" list of those who they believe are the next young men and women “to represent the next generation of radio and audio.” 

Country radio had two representatives namely "Taste of Country Nights" host Sam Alex and KSD/St. Louis afternoon co-host Remy

 Alex began his radio career in Chicago at WLIT when he was in high school. He has since been a morning show Producer and weekend personality at WMZQ/Washington. He has also owrked at AC WRRM/Cincinnati and Top 40 WBWB/Bloomington, IN.


The Academy of Country Music hosted the "8th Annual ACM Honors" last night at the Ryman. The event recognizes special honorees and off-camera category winners from the "49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards." 

Performances included a song by Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Hillary Scott performing "Merry Go Round," "Tie It Up," and "Downtown" as a tribute to Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally. 

 Hunter Hayes sang "I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World" as a tribute to Ronnie Milsap. Milsap received the Career Achievement Awards. Toby Keith also shared that award. 

 Tony Joe White sang "Polk Salad Annie" and Brenda Lee gave the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to the family of the late Bob Beckham. 

Other awards were given for the winners in the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award categories. Both Dierks Bentley and Dwight Yoakum sang a tribute to Buck Owens as he was posthumously given the Poet's Award along with Jack Clement, Dean Dillon and Kirs Kristofferson

The Oak Ridge Boys were on hand to sing "Elvira" and they dedicated it to Mae Boren Axton Award recipient Paul Moore.Carrie Underwood was given the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award and the Swon Brothers sang "See You Again" and "Wasted" in honor of her. 

 For a full list of winners go here www.ACMCountry.com.


Eric Church will be holding a benefit concert for The Grammy Foundation on Wednesday, October 8 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI. The concert "An Evening with Eric Church" will include a full band concert and no opening act. 

The Grammy Foundation cultivates understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to the culture in America. They try to instill this through various programs and activities that include the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. General admission tickets and a limited number of VIP tickets will be available. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m. For more information go to ericchurch.com.

09/08/2014 12:53 PM
Lady A Takes #1 Again


Congrats again to UMG Nashville's SVP/Promo Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Steve Hodges and the Capitol Nashville promo team for their #1 again with Lady A's "Bartender" on Mediabase Country Singles chart. This is their second week in a row at the top spot. 

 The single is the first release off their "747" album releasing September 30.


Midwest Communication/Wausau, WI promoted Nikki Montgomery from Asst. Brand Manager and Country WDEZ to Brand Manager of sister Rock WOZZ. 
 
"Nikki has done a great job at WDEZ," said OM Derek Moran. "She is very deserving of her first Brand Manager position and will do a great job continuing Rock's recent success." 
 
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to take on my first Brand Manager position!," said Montgomery. "I'm passionate about the Active Rock format and the Rock 94.7 brand. A big thank you to VP/Programming Jeff McCarthy, Market Manager Brett Lucht and Operations Manager Derek Moran for the chance to take Rock 94.7 to the next level."


Radio vet Kenton "KT" Kelley has joined Townsquare's KQBR/Lubbock, TX. They have recently rebranded as "Lonestar 99.5." 

Kelly will be the Director of Production and afternoon personality. He takes the place of Jerry Brownlow who has retired. In the afternoons Kelley will take the place of the syndicated "Radio Texas Live With Buddy Logan" which will still be heard on Saturday nights. His background includes working Top 40 and has worked for Clear Channel and Citadel. 

 Get in touch with him here .

09/08/2014 12:13 PM
The Bull's In Biloxi

Alpha Media Sports WUJM/Biloxi MS flipped to Country last Friday and is now known as "96.7 The Bull, Gulf Coast's New Hit Country. Future plans call for a call letter change to WGBL. 

The station is promising 10,000 commercial free songs in a row and started with Kenny Chesney's "American Kids." Former afternoon personality on KUPL/Portland Mark (TicTak) Allen will be the new PD. 

“Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent,” said Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahalick. 

 TicTak's resume includes stops in Chicago, New York and Detroit. 

“We are extremely excited to launch “The New 96.7 The Bull” on The Gulf Coast and add New Country to our cluster of great stations,” said Biloxi OM Kenny Vest. “I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station's new PD. His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of The Bull brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”


Rumors are circulating that former WWKA/Orlando's morning personality Ashley Figueroa will take over as Executive Producer for "America's Morning Show" (AMS) hosted by Blair Garner. Figueroa will also be on-air with the show. 

Ian Zak and Heather McBee were doing the Exec Producer duties. They left last week. Figueroa has been acting as off-air support for AMS since she joined last March. 

Get in touch with Figueroa here.


Today (9/8) is the first day doing afternoons for Drew Williams  first day doing afternoons for  Bryan's KNDE-HD4/College Station, TX. The station kicked off two weeks ago and is also heard via FM translator K274CM. 

Williams' resume includes Top 40 WKMX/Dothan, AL.

09/05/2014 1:59 PM
Garth Emerges In Chicago

Garth staged his comeback concert last night to 20,000 fans at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL (Chicago). He played his familiar favorites including including “The Dance,” “Friends In Low Places,” “The River,” “Ain’t Going Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up,” “Calling Baton Rouge,” as well as a few newer songs, including “Man Against Machine,” and his current single, “People Loving People.” 

Trisha Yearwood was also on the bill and came out halfway trough the show for a duet of "In Another's Eyes" and "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," "How Do I Live," "Wrong Side of Memphis," and her latest "Prizefighter. 

Karyn Rochelle, singer/songwriter opened the show. She has written songs for Kellie Pickler including "I Wonder," "Don't You Know You're Beautiful," "Red High Heels" and Yearwood's "Georgia To," and "Cowboys Are My Weakness." Rochelle will be coming with her self-titled album September 2. It will be available on iTunes.

Photo: Bev Moser/Moment By Moser


Bradford Hollingsworth former Country Radio Broadcasters Director/Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships is now Director of Sponsorships for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

He can be reached at /todaysnews.html. His mailing address i 211 Commerce St., Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37201 and phone is 615-743-3114615-743-3114.


The merger between Journal and Scripps got some good news from the FTC this week. They were issued an early termination notice of the Hart-Scott-Rodino anti-trust review and were given the permission to move forward with the merger. 

Both companies hope to merge. The print entities  will go to Journal and broadcast to Scripps. They still have to pass FCC approval.


Mighty Media's WEBL and WUMY-AM/Memphis has openings for full and part time talent. To qualify for the full time position you must have five years experience and three years for the part time position. Part time help must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays. 

Interested? Send airchecks and resumes here.


Cumulus' KBUL/Reno, NV is looking for a morning co-host to work with host Bob Richards. This person will replace Tanner who left recently. 

 "If you’re ready to join a station with a long tradition of serving the community and winning, we want to hear from you," says PD Derek Gunn

Airchecks and resumes here . 


ADX's WYCT/Pensacola, FL is looking for a midday talent.  This person will replace Kevin King who is now OM/PD.  
 
If interested send your aircheck and resumes here


The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids in a show on September 23, 2014. Performers will include The Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Paslay, The Opry debut of Maddie and Tae and Brad Paisley who will close the show with a 30-minute set of his latest music from his newest CD Monshine in the Trunk

 The show will be a tribute to the 25 years of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales will go to Country Cares for St. Judes. Packages are available that include Opry tickets and the new Paisley CD. Tickets are available at opry.com or by calling 800-SEE-OPRY800-SEE-OPRY

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989 after Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama met Danny Thomas. Since its inception Country Cares has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation. Money raised helps families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food while they are worried about keeping their child alive.


Garth Brooks has made his announcement about the release of his music digitally and ITunes will not be handling his business. Brooks has founded GhostTunes, a full-service music store that allows listeners the ability to listen to listen on any platform or device they choose. He will release his full catalog including music and videos as well as pre-orders for his 2014 and recently announced 2015 upcoming album ($29.99) on GhostTunes.

Through GhostTunes artists will be able to control the release of their own music. Brooks will offer a mega-bundle, including all of his eight studio album with full digital updates, a new "Double Live 25th Anniversary Edition" featuring 30 songs and 30 videos and an instant download for his new single "People Loving People." A bonus track and other songs from his upcoming album will arrive in the listener's "locker" as the tunes become available prior to the release on Friday, November 28.

"When I decided to 'go digital' I didn't find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it," stated BROOKS. "I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special -- GhostTunes. This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect, where our job every day is to offer music the way the artists want to share it to the listeners who live for and love it. That's a job I hope I can do every day."

The concept of the "locker" is new and will allow users to listen to music without downloading to a device. Purchases can be downloaded to a phone, tablet or computer and will interact with the player of the listener's choice. Artists will now be able to present music to fans in the way they would like whether it be a full album, singles only are a variation. Artists of various genres will be able to make music available besides Brooks between now and the holidays.

In addition, GhostTunes will offer a catalog of songs from the larger labels including UMG, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

Visit www.GhostTunes.com for additional information.


Cumulus has announced a new leadership structure to "Enhance the company's strategic and operational focus an leveral its business platform." This follows the integration of Citadel and Westwood One. 

Both the Co-COO positions will be eliminated.  They were held by Jon Pinch and John DickeyPinch will leave the company in November. 

Newly created positions will report to Chairman/CEO Lew Dickey. The new positions are:

EVP/Radio-TBD. This position will provide day-to-day operations nad stretgic leadership to Cumulus' radio stations.

EVP Content/Programming-John Dickey who will focus on developing and maximizing content and programming across Cumulus stations, The Westwood One network and other media platforms including Nash and Rdio.

President/Westwood One-Steve Shaw who will oversee all national and digital sales for both Westwood One, Cumulus stations and Rdio.

"Our vision has been to build the radio company of the future and that is exactly what we are achieving," says Lew Dickey. "Towards that end, we have strategically broadened the Company's scope and now have in place differentiated distribution channels and multiple content development platforms. To accelerate our plans, we are putting in place a new organizational structure to reflect the Company's strategic evolution, bringing clarity, focus and accountability to key leadership roles in both our station and network groups."

 


Gregg Swedberg, VP/Programming at CC/Minneapolis has announced that KEEY, K102 Digital PD Jason Moffett will now serve as APD and Director of Promotions Kia Becht will sit in the MD seat. They will add these new responsibilities while holding on to their previous positions.

 The promotions were prompted by the move of JD Greene to WPGB, Big 104.7/Pittsburgh where he will serve as PD.

“With JD Greene's departure and ascension into Pittsburgh programming brilliance, we need to make sure we’re able to keep our communications with Nashville and the music community up to date,” said Swedberg.Jason and Kia will split Nashville down the middle, and each has a roster of labels that they will be dealing with and talking to every week. We’ll let the labels know who their contact will be, and of course, I’ll still be dealing with as many of our long-time friends as I can.”

Moffett and Becht will add the new responsibilities to their current jobs. Get in touch with Moffett here and Becht here .

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