industry members
Jerry Lembo
President   Jerry Lembo Entertainment Group
Jason Toy
OM/PD   WDGG-FM
Christina Serrano
Promotion Coordinator   WKLB-FM
Allyson Gelnett
  Varsity Brands. Inc.
Brian Hall
Afternoon Drive Host/Production & Imaging Director   Adams Radio Group - Delmarva Peninsula
Greg Green
On-Air   Jackson Radio Works




TODAY'S NEWS
Townsquare Media AC WMSX/MIX 96/Buffalo PD Dave Universal exits. He had been with the station since June 2014. The Buffalo market veteran is also held PD posts at Top 40 WKSE from 1998-2005 and CKEY from 2005-2012.

SVP/Operations Rob Williams
is looking for an OM/Brand Manager for his Buffalo cluster. Reach him about 
the job at /todaysnews.html.


Stations in the cluster include Country WYRK, Urban WBLK, AC WMSX and Adult Hits WBUF
.
 

Kris Kristofferson
Toby Keith
Hank Williams Jr., Jennifer NettlesMartina McbrideLee Ann Womack and JACK INGRAM have been added to lineup for "The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson" tribute show honoring Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson, who will be on hand for a special appearance and performance. They join the previously announced lineup of Lady AntebellumEric ChurchTrisha Yearwood and more.

For more information on the show, set for Wednesday, March 16th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, visit the event website.

 

Reviver Records has signed singer-songwriter Michael Tyler to its roster. Tyler has penned album cuts for label mates Locash as well as for Jason Aldean. His first single as a writer is the current Dierks Bentley release, "Somewhere On A Beach."

Reviver Records Pres. David Ross said
, "In signing Michael, we feel that we have landed an artist who has his ear very much in tune with where the Country music format is headed. The industry is quickly find out about Michael as a songwriter, and we believe that soon people are going to become huge fans of his as an artist."

Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker parts ways with management company McGhee Entertainment after the contract expired. Rucker joined McGhee Entertainment in 2002 as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, and continued with the management company as a solo artist, when he signed with Captiol Records Nashville in 2006.  

No word yet on a new management deal for Rucker.

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina appeared on FOX-TV's "American Idol" last Night (2/11). The former "American Idol" Season 10 winner and runner-up returned to offer advice and sing alongside this season's final 24 contestants.

McCreery sang his hit song, "See You Tonight" with Idol contestant Jenna Renae, and then performed Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," with contestant Jeneve Rose Mitchell. Check out his "See You Tonight" performance here, and "Gone" here.

Alaina performed Carrie Underwood's "Flat On The Floor" with Idol contestant Emily Brooke, and then with contestant Mackenzie Bourg she sang Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." Check out her full performance for "Flat On The Floor" here and "I Hope You Dance" here.

02/12/2016 11:01 AM
​Is Pandora For Sale?
According to an article in The New York Times, "The largest Internet radio service has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks. Pandora is working with Morgan Stanley to meet with potential buyers, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The talks are preliminary and may not lead to a deal, the people said."

Reacting to this news, Fortune.Com commented
, "Would you like to buy a streaming music service? It has annual revenues of about $1 billion or so, and about 250 million registered users. Unfortunately, this company also happens to be losing about $10 million monthly, and there’s no sign of when the red ink is likely to stop."

The hoopla follows yesterday's release of Q4 and full year 2015 financial reports, which showed full year revenue was $1.164 billion, growing 26%, while Q4 revenue was $336.2 million, a rise of 25% over the previous year's period.


So why would Pandora consider a sale? “It has lots of users but can’t grow revenue quickly enough,” said Ross School Of Business At The University Of Michigan Professor Erik Gordon to The Times. “It is another stumbling pioneer.”

Rob Potts, Entertainment Edge, and Chugg Entertainment announced today that the 2016 CMC Rocks QLD Country Music Festival, to be held in Queensland, Australia, March 11-13, 2016 has sold out of all tickets.  This is Australian music history in the making as it is the first Country music festival to have ever sold out in Australia.  

This year’s festival has some of the biggest names in Country music charts going to Australia, with ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean being this year’s festival headliner. RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time has headlined stadiums in The States and will continue the momentum when playing in front of a capacity crowd in Queensland. His “most ambitious album to date” OLD BOOTS NEW DIRT has been certified PLATINUM and has yielded three consecutive number one hits.

“I’ve heard Australians know how to have a good time,” said Aldean. “I have been looking forward to heading down under, but to hear it's sold out already without ever playing Australia is really cool. We’re going to be sure those fans are talking about our show until the next time we make it over!"

Other big international names performing this year include Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert and more.  They will be joined by some of Australia’s most successful and exciting country music stars during the three-day country music festival.     

“We started this festival 9 years ago with a real belief that if we could deliver an exciting format and world’s best festival standards and practices, Australian and indeed, country fans from across the world, would come out and support the event,” says festival promoter Rob Potts. “We have seen the festival evolve and grow, and the move last year to Willowbank near Ipswich in Queensland was the final piece in its evolution to maximum SOLD OUT capacity. It is truly exciting to be making music history with the first ever sold out country music festival in Australia. We look forward to delivering many more great local and International line-ups as CMC Rocks Aussie country music for many years to come.”   

"We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time in the festivals history, CMC Rocks has completely sold out. We couldn’t have achieved this incredible milestone without the support and loyalty of passionate country music lovers from across Australia and New Zealand and thank them for their on-going support," says promoter Matthew Lazarus Hall of Chugg Entertainment.  "We look forward to hosting some of the biggest names in country music next month and putting on one of the best country music festivals Australia has ever experienced."

From the first incarnation of the festival in 2008, CMC Rocks has grown and evolved to become the key event on the Australian Country music calendar.  Attracting the biggest global names in country music over the last nine years and now one of Australia’s most recognized annual music events, audience numbers have kept growing year after year.  Massive international stars from Taylor Swift to Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw to Lady Antebellum, have traveled from the other side of the world to headline the festival, and lineups have seen the Aussie debuts of both legends and rising stars.   

Preceding the festival on the evening of the 10th March, 2016 will be Foxtel’s 6th Annual CMC Music Awards, the only viewer voted country music awards in the southern hemisphere.  It will be held at QPAC Brisbane and broadcast LIVE on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel (‘CMC’) at 8.30pm AEDT. The awards will feature a star-studded lineup including performances by Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, and Australian artist Adam Harvey.  It is hosted by CMC Rocks ambassador and Australian country superstar Morgan Evans. 

CMC Rocks QLD 2016 will be held on Fri March 11 - Sun March 13, over three days and nights in Ipswich, Queensland. Located within a one hour drive from Brisbane and Gold Coast domestic and international airports, the site allows for fantastic camping and glamping and a variety of travel options for festival goers as well as added accommodation options within a multitude of price categories to suit all budgets.

For more information please go to cmcrocks.com

CMC ROCKS QLD 2016 ARTIST LINEUP 

Jason Aldean (USA) – Florida Georgia Line (USA) – Lee Brice (USA) –Brantley Gilbert (USA) - Kip Moore (USA) – Sam Palladio (UK) –Morgan Evans – Blackjack Billy (USA) – Kelsea Ballerini (USA) –Chase Rice (USA) – The Cadillac Three (USA) – The Road Hammers  (Can) – Tim Hicks (Can) - CAM (USA) – Drake White and the Big Fire(USA) – The Sisterhood (USA)

The Sunny Cowgirls – Adam Eckersley Band – Travis Collins –Buddy Goode – Jody Direen (NZ) – Cam Scott (NZ) – Kaylee Bell(NZ) – The Hillbenders (USA) – Melanie Dyer – Caitlyn Shadbolt –Deep Creek Road

MCs

Storme Warren (USA)
Mike Carr & Darren Car

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Condolences from AllAboutCountry.com to family and friends of songwriter Kim Williams, who passed Yesterday (2/11) at the age of 68.

Williams wrote a ton of hits. Most prominent are Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses," Kenny Chesney's "Fall In Love," and numerous Garth Brooks’ hits, such as "Ain't Goin' Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up," and more.
Williams was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame In 2012.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis and daughter Amanda. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

Hailed as a “career song” by Billboard, Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore premiered the emotion-driven music video for “Running For You" on VEVO today.  Moore is cast as the male lead in the passionate and fiery video that follows him and his leading lady as they face the individual challenges of their respective career paths, culminating in a dramatic Hollywood-style ending.  Moore tapped his longtime friend PJ Brown to direct the video, though he had never been in the director's chair before. 

“I've been friends with PJ for years, he was the main one pushing me to chase my passion and move to Nashville," said Moore. "He's been able to document some of my concerts here and there, but we haven't worked together on this level before.  This song is unlike other songs I’ve released before and so I wanted the video to be really different from any of my other videos.  PJ was able to bring our vision to life and I'm glad that the label let me take a chance on him."

Moore
continues to make an impression overseas as demand in Europe has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK and Dublin, IE following venue capacity increases in Manchester, UK and Glasgow, UK almost immediately following on-sales, ahead of his stint in April. This fervent fan-following was established during Moore's first visit across the pond last year when he "led the 20,000-capacity through a singalong” (Rolling Stone) at the O2 Arena in London. Moore continues his headlining WILD ONES TOUR this weekend with stops in Denver, CO (2/12) and Salt Lake City, UT (2/13) followed by a string of dates in Canada.  

For a full list of dates and more information visit www.kipmoore.net

Following the exclusive streaming premiere on The Boot, Red Dirt rocker, Rich O'Toole, releases his most intimate single to date, "Back to Back," today, Friday, Februrary 12 just in time for the Valentines holiday. The Aggie Alum kicked the release weekend off by serving as a judge for “Aggieland Idol,” a singing competition put on by Texas A&M Baseball to find National Anthem performers yesterday at Olsen Field. A single release party will be held tonight where O'Toole will perform alongside the Josh Abbott Band at Hurricane Harry's in College Station, Texas.  "Back to Back," mixed by Billy Decker, known for his work producing Sam Hunt and Kenny Chesney, is available now and can be purchased on iTunes here
O’Toole recently joined Morey Management, LA based management team known for their work with Miley Cyrus andDolly Parton, and has moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting skills. 

The singer-songwriter's prior single "Talk About the Weather," climbed the Texas Radio Charts quickly breaking into the top 10, becoming the rocker's 15th top ten hit on the Texas Radio Charts. The Texas Titan also recently released the highly anticipated emoticon keyboard, TexMoji, with business partner and social media mecca "Sorry, I'm Texan," which was featured on People.com and debuted #2 on Top Paid Apps. The app features Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole, "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!"  Having garnered fifteen top ten hits on Texas radio, over million plays on Spotify,100,000 downloads on iTunes and over half a million views on YouTube, Red Dirt Rocker Rich
O’Toole continues to take the Country music scene by storm. 


After receiving rave reviews from Country Weekly, The Boot, Taste of Country, and Texas Music Times for his fifth studio album, “Jaded,” the Texas Titan prepares to share new music in early February with the release of his new single, “Back to Back,” mixed by Billy Decker, known for his work with Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and George Jones. New to Nashville O’Toole continues to expand his brand nationally with the launch of his new clothing line  17 Army , which donates a portion of proceeds to benefit entrepreneurs within the artists.

The Country rocker has captivated fans with his Springsteen-flavored sound while performing with Country music heavyweights Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Randy Rogers Band and more.  O'Toole hit the road again early this year with performances alongside Shooter Jennings and The Josh Abbott Band.

 For more information and tour dates visit www.richotoole.com.
 

Longtime Greater Media Country WKLB/COUNTRY 102.5/Boston morning duo JW Willis & Lori Grande, known as JW & Lori left the station Today (2/11).

Greater Media/Boston VP/Market Manager Mary Menna released this statement: “We are grateful to JW and Lori for their contributions to ‘COUNTRY 102.5’ over the years and wish them the very best. A new show will be unveiled in the near future. Lori will continue to be a Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) employee providing traffic reports.”

As the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2016 came to a close late last Night (2/10), attendance and dates were announced for CRS 2017.  

Mark the calendar for Wednesday, February 22nd through Friday, February 24th
, once again at the OMNI Hotel in downtown Nashville. The new dates mark a return to the traditional late February date for CRS, as well as a Wednesday-Friday schedule, after this year's first-ever Monday through Friday cycle.

Attendance figures for this year's seminar, which show an increase over CRS 2015 totals - the eighth consecutive year CRS has experienced growth. All in, 2,510 registrants attended CRS 2016.


See a complete llist of panels for this year’s seminar, click here.


 

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2016 ended with the annual "New Faces Of Country Music Show" on Wednesday Night (2/10) at the OMNI Nashville. Arista Nashville artist Cam began the show and performed the title track from her album, "UNTAMED," as well as her current single, "Mayday," "Runaway Train,” and her #1 hit single, "Burning House," and the crowd sang along with her.

The Brothers Osborne the  EMI Nashville duo  hit the stage second, and performed songs from their recently released album, "PAWN SHOP," including "Ain't My Fault," "21 Summer," and their #1 hit single, "Stay A Little Longer," which featured a fantastic guitar solo.

Black River Entertainment
artist Kelsea Ballerini performed next, and sang her current single, "Dibs," and more, off her album, "THE FIRST TIME,"  including her #1 hit single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," where she used a small gospel choir.

RCA NASHVILLE
group Old Dominion followed Ballerini, and they played songs off their album, "MEAT AND CANDY," including "Said Nobody," "Nowhere Fast," "Song For Another Time," their current single, "Snapback," and their #1 hit single, "Break Up With Him,” as the room sang along.

Warner Bros./W.A.R.
artist Chris Janson closed the “New Faces Show" with a moving video and performance. He sang "White Trash," "Holdin' Her," his #1 hit single, "Buy Me A Boat," and more. Janson received a standing ovation from the crowd, and said, "Thank you for putting food on my table and letting me feed my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

It’s the annual "Rumble On The Row" the music industry boxing matches. ARISTA Nashville Director/South and Southwest Promotion Rusty Sherrill will no longer fight due to an injury; however, DITTO Music's Stephen Grand will take his place in the match up against Jake Owen's Director/Tour Marketing/Sponsorships Jon Andolina. The other matchup remains EMI Nashville Director/Midwest Promotion Chris Fabiani against RCA Nashville Director/National Promotion Josh Easler.

The "Rumble" takes place Friday, March 4th in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, TN, and benefits the Charley Foundation. See the teaser video here.

Arista Nashville artist Cam is set to be a presenter at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Monday, February 15th at 8p (ET) on CBS-TV. In addition, she is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for her #1 hit single, "Burning House".
Tomorrow (2/12), CAM will also appear on "CBS This Morning" for a GRAMMY spotlight feature segment.

AllAboutCountry.com salutes ALPHA Media Country WXCL/104.9 The WOLF/Peoria, IL, whose recent St. Jude Children's Research Hospital radiothon raised $64,881 and brought in 127 new Partners In Hope. This year marked the 26th anniversary of "John And Jaymie's Radiothon For St. Jude," hosted by WXCL morning team John Young and Jaymie Gordon.

WXCL PD "DR." CHRIS MICHAELS said,
"I can't say enough about the family we are, and the families we strive to help. "When you think about it, they are all our family, and we have their backs. We heard success stories that made us smile and laugh, and we heard stories where we couldn't stop crying...but most of all, we heard stories of hope."

Condolences from AllAboutCountry.com to the family and friends of Rick Wright, guitarist for Country Music Hall Of Famer Connie Smith, who was killed in a car accident near his Tennessee home on Sunday, February 7th.

Wright passed away after a two-car accident while driving near his house in White House, TN. He had served as Smith's guitarist for many years. Wright was 57 years of age.

CUMULUS Country KAYD/NASH FM/Beaumont, TX has an immediate PD opening for candidates who can schedule music, manage an air staff, oversee promotions and think strategically. Current PD Jammer will continue doing afternoon drive on NASH, along with his role as APD at Top 40 sister, KQXY.

All interested candidates should send resumes, ratings history, references and mp3 in confidence here, with subject line “Beaumont NASH PD.”

Congrats from AllAboutCountry.com to  Capitol Nashville artist Charles Kelley and wife Cassie, who welcomed their first child, baby boy Ward Charles Kelley, this Morning (2/11).

The newest 'Baby Antebellum' was born at 9:20 a.m.(CT) weighing in at 7lbs. 9oz. and measuring 20 inches long.


The couple shared via Womanista, the website Cassie founded, "
We can't stop staring at him, and he hasn't stopped chitchatting with us since he arrived.  He's got momma's nose and daddy's eyes and vocal chords and a head full of blond hair."

Congrats to Warner Bros./W.A.R. duo Dan + Shay for earning 47 Mediabase adds this week with their song, "From The Ground Up."

AllAboutCountry.com salute to Warner Bros./W.A.R. SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring, VP/Promotion Chris Palmer, Director/National Promotion Tom Martens, Director/Radio Marketing & Sponsorship Chad Schultz, Director/Northeast/Midwest Promotion Anna Cage, Director/Southwest Promotion Ray Vaughn, Director/West Coast Promotion Raffaella Braun, Director/Southeast Promotion Tom Starr and Promotion Coordinator Jessica Rouse.

Livin Large Larry is now on Classic country KGHL, The Mighty 790/Billings, MT.  This is in addition to his live  Internet talk show in the morning here and YouTube and TuneIn. Larry is on now on KGHL doing afternoons live 3-6 p.m.

"Thank you to owner Taylor Brown for giving me this opportunity to work with some of the region's best talents includling morning man Nick Taylor."
 

Mike "Mad Dog" West has been promoted to morning co-host from evenings at  KCYE/Las Vegas effective Monday, February 15.  Joining him in the mornings will be co-host Kris Daniels.  He takes over the seat held by Rick Kelly who left in December.

“It’s rewarding to grow such tremendous talent from within, and Mike West has truly earned this opportunity,” said . “I had been searching carefully, trying to find my perfect co-host. After an extensive interview process, it quickly became clear that the ideal fit for my morning show was working right here, within our Vegas on-air staff!”

“This is an amazing offer, and I am so excited to work with Kris Daniels," said West.  "I have been working nights with Beasley since 2010, just waiting for my big chance. It’s a dream come true for me.” 
 

 Today's (2/10) CRS sessions ranged in topics from coaching to promotions to understanding your listener's language.

The "Promotions Start to Finish" was a fast moving, interactive session where various promo pros were given various situations and asked to build the promotion given the parameters (randomly picked out of a bucket!).  One situation involved giving away two CMA Award Show tickets and having a budget of $500 while another promoting a major concert with no budget.  

Some of the takeaways included getting partners on board as much as possible so that you don't try to carry the entire load.  Getting your sales department involved is always helpful and having potential sponsors in your back pocket can be a life saver.  Doing pre-planning with these potential sponsors and knowing what advertisers are currently promoting is also helpful in those tight deadline/low budget promotions.

Everything from a tail gate party to renting an RV and having a private concert inside the RV for a VIP experience were mentioned.  Renaming the radio station the day of the event (with the artist's name) is essential.  If you are going to have a pre or post event at the venue, pay particular attention to location. If your competition is there, make sure you're more front and center (close to the entrance gates). 

If you don't have a budget for a particular concert, get the second or third act (especially if they're local) on the air or in the studio for a day or two before the event.  Have some signed memorabilia to give away, try to tie into the community or charity or get free publicity via newspaper or TV through fun stunts or events.  This also gives talent content to talk about on air. Always remember to use digital as it is typically inexpensive. If you have a station app, use that to your full advantage.

Cash is king.  Although you may not always be able to swing it, to give cash away is a big plus.  If not, get sponsors on board for things like travel expenses

Be mindful of having a relationship with your local ABC TV affiliate so that you can work with them to make the Country award shows have more of an impact in your market.  If you have not established one, make that phone call now!

In the "Listeners Are You Speaking Their Language" session Beverlee Branigan and Brian Thomas compared what PD and consumers thought of the content between the songs--audio, slogans, promotions, imaging, jocks, breaks, etc.

The information was gathered from 1174 Country P1s 21-49. The information was rated on whether the breaks between songs were informational, entertaining and whether listeners would tune out.

Differences between the PDs and listeners were sometimes subtle but other times great.  

The panel thought that overall, we are in a very Twitter oriented society and  listeners' attention span is approx. 7-8 seconds.  It was also mentioned that sometimes we may be losing listeners due to the effects we use in breaks.  Women, in particular, have too much chaos in their lives and these over processed, loud bits may cause more irritations than not.  It is also hard to concentrate or focus on what the message is. 

When it comes to information (weather, traffic, etc) done between the songs listeners are listening carefully. Weather and traffic have a major impact on our listeners' lives.  It was concluded that information is under utilized and frequently in the car we are our listeners only source for important information.  They expect it from radio and we need to deliver. We need people to feel safe...thanks to the car radio.

When doing promos, that the listener benefit needs to be mentioned first.  What is in it for them?

Artists' voices and endorsements rate highly with listeners.  It is as if they are endorsing our station and when we transition into a song from the artist after the break, even better. 

In the session "From the Outside Looking In, Other Formats Give Their Take On Country" various programmers from other formats talked with R.J. Curtis about the differences between their formats and Country.    Those on the panel included Troy Hanson, Corporate PD/Rock Format Cumulus; Doc Winter, Sr. VP of Urban Programming, iHeartMedia; Gillette, PD WPLJ, NY and John Ivey, Sr. VPof Progamming CHR Brand Manager, iHeartMedia;

Dependent upon their market, Country typically shares audience with Hot AC/AC and shares the commonality with the Urban format as our listeners are both passionate about the music and live the lifestyle.  We also have cross over artists.  Both AC and Country share the lament about the "no mans land" for records where songs are not moving up or down and programmers are not sure what to do with them.  The conclusion was that other songs will bump them out or programmers will be forced to decide dependent upon the competition from other songs coming up.

Discussions about rotations, relationships between labels, artist and radio were all discussed.  The Country format was envied by other formats for their label/artist/radio relationships.  Spin count needs to be higher if targetting a younger demo and John Ivey emphasized the importance of constantly working on your music (he works on it daily...if not hourly) and taking a chance on what you hear as a hit, if it will mesh with your station overall--whether it will or will not stereotypically fit your format.   Ivey also talked about moving songs down and up in your rotation categories..."there are no rules... only those programmers put on themselves."  Sound was also discussed and the need to balance your station.  If you don't have enough of something or too much of something else...go look for something to balance it with something you feel is a hit musically (even it doesn't fit into your pre-conceived notion of what should be on your station).

Establishing one-on-one relationships between radio and artists (without labels/publicists) and encouraging them to contact you etc., will serve you well.  They will remember that you were there and cared about them when they were coming up.

When asked what Country radio should do in the next year or so the suggestion was made that Country get back into the "Taylor business".  

"That's expensive real estate and you're just going to let it go?"

Registrants were also treated to a fabulous lunch hosted by BMLG featuring Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Drake White, Tara Thompson and Tucker Beathard.  

Tim McGraw drew the sessions of CRS 2016 to a close when he talked with R.J. Curtis and Beverlee Brannigan about his insights about his career.

 


Meg Stevens, Steve Geofferies, Andrew Jeffries, Tony Coles and Thea Mitchem has all been promoted to Division EVP/Programming for iHeartMedia National Programming Group.

They will join current Division EVP/Progamming Gene Romano and will report to Naitonal Programming Gruop EVP/GM Brad Hardin.

The company is currently made up of four geographic divisions, each led by a new Division President.  The Divisions are organized into 36 Regions that are led by Region Presidents.  Each member of the new Division EVP/Progrmaming team will work with a Divison President to work with each region.  Jeffries and Geoffries will work with Greg Ashlock and the West Divison; Coles will work with Matt Martin and the Central Division and Mitchem and Stevens will work with Hartley Adkins and the Northeast Divison and Romano with work with Tom McConnell and the Midwest Southeast Division.

Great programming is the foundation of our stations, and we're fortunate to have an amazing group of local program directors leading our brands." said iHeartMedia Pres./National Programming Group Tom . "The collaboration between local programming and the iHeartMedia National Programming Group unlocks the unparalleled scale and assets of iHeartMedia, providing us with unmatched resources which benefit each and every one of our stations."      

Scott Meier has joined Midwest Family Broadcasting/Springfield MO as Gm for Country KOMG, Bob 105.1.  Other stations he will be overseeing include Classic Rock KKLH, The Cave, Top 40/$ KOSP, The Beat and Active Rock KQRA, Q 102.  He was most recently RVP/Market Manager with Cumulus/Detroit.

Entering Missouri's third largest market that is rich with heritage, broadcasting leadership, and a top performing team of air talent, sales representatives, and support staff is an exciting adventure. Midwest Family Broadcasting/Springfield is vibrant with an unmatched discipline for excellence and sound quality in the market" said. “These radio stations live and breathe Southwest Missouri!"

 

Star Farm has promoted Brad Helton (left) and Chris Borchetta (right).  Helton, former Sr. Director/Promotion has been promoted to VP/Promotion for the company and Borchetta, former Director of West Coast Promo is the new Sr. Director. Helton has been with the label since it launched in 2014.  Borchetta joined a month later and came from Nine North Records/Turnpike Music.

"These guys have kicked ass for us the last 18 months, and we are proud to give them the rewards they deserve,” said Corbin.

Helton said, “Looking back, we are incredibly proud of the work we have done with LoCash, Love and Theft, Toby Rainey and Olivia. We’re very excited about the future with David Ray, Adley Stump, Stephanie Quayle, Lucas Hoge, Avid Ray, Adley Stump, Stephanie Quayle, Lucas Hoge, Trailer Choir and Davisson Brothers Band, and we’re also pumped to start working with the next group of great promotion executives who want to grow things in Nashville, Tennessee.”

 

02/09/2016 12:34 PM
Noah Galloway Addresses CRS
Noah Galloway, former US Army soldier, motivational speaker and ABC-TV "Dancing With the Stars" season 20 contestant spoke to CRS participants this morning (2/9).  Galloway fought in the Iraq War and durng his second deployment he lost an arm, a leg from above the knee, injuries to his other leg and had a hole in his jaw.

He talked about how he dealt with his depression and pain both mentally and physically.  He stressed the importance of physical fitness, working out and running races.  Galloway said that despite the fact that you never want to be outwardly cocky, you do have to be cocky in your head.  He told himself that he was special and he is doing what most people can't.  

The importance of hard work and how many talk about what they want but they are not willing to put in the work.  And, if you don't do your best there are others who will and take your job.

He ended his talk with a reference of artist Chris Janson asking the audience if they thought he was "out on a boat..." No was the answer to his own question.  

"...he is pushing it.  This is a city full of starving talent wanting to get to where he is and they will take it from him if he's not constantly moving and working."

 

Vince Gill will release his latest studio album "Down to My Last Bad Habit" to all CRS attendees at a 20% discount.  Gill has opened a pop-up shop in downtown Nashville on Lower Broadway and all attendees who show their badge will get the discount.

The pop-up location is at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop at 417 Broadway, Nashville.


 

Edison Research presented another enlightening research presentation "Ear Wars" this morning at CRS 2016.  The presentation based on Star Wars and creatively used many graphics and references to explain their findings. Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovik explained to the audience how radio can compete with other audio sources that are "invading" radio's listeners.

The two shared results of their research after interviewing 1560 listeners on line as well as in-person interviews in Philadelphia, Knoxville and Terre Haute, IN.

They found that those interviewed spend 4 hours per day listening to audio and of that 54% of those are listening to AM/FM.  This was followed by 16% owned music, 15% streamed music and 7% SiriusXM. As expected, subscribers to SiriusXM listen to their satellite service 52% in their cars and interestingly, 39% of subscribers listen to AM/FM due to radio's ability to personalize and connect with them.

And, that personalization and ability to connect and localize for our listeners is our big advantage.  The two researchers explained F.O.M.A., their acronym for "Fear Of Missing Out".  Listeners, they explained, don't want to miss out on any important local stories, happenings, news, traffic and weather.  They are listening because this is something they can't get listening to Pandora, satellite, Spotify, internet radio, podcasting, Apple Music, You Tube, Music Choice, etc. They also want to hear their favorite songs and also want to hear new music but they want to connect with those behind the mic.  

Radio use is strong, they emphasized, because of its ability to connect and we need to use that to our full advantage. Of those participants 63% said they listen to radio because they know they will be informed when news breaks, 55% said they like radio's community involvement and 46% citing personalities. More than half of listeners feel it is important for stations to give back to their communities as well as other causes.

Rosin also touched on commercials and told the audience that stations need to stop demonizing the advertising.  He said that listeners don't hate commercials they can just become mildly annoyed.  He also asked the question of whether it isn't time that radio stations begin to take control of the quality of the commercials.

In closing, Rosin shared the importance of connections with listeners; prove to them that you are always present and will be there to let them know of important events, news or happenings; engage listeners and never forget  your listeners have F.O.M.O.    

02/09/2016 12:10 PM
Knight to KFDI/Wichita
Bobby Knight has been hired by KFDI, 101.3 today's KFDI/Wichita.  He will be doing afternoons and will be at the station tomorrow (2/10) with an on-air date to be determined.  

His radio career has includerd doing mornings and afternoons at Country stations in Savannah, Des Moines, Ft. Dodge, IA and Manhattan, KS.

"Bobby's personality is exuberant!  I know our lsiteners will wear a smile heading home each afternoon listening to KFDI," said OM Justin Case.  "I'm thrilled to welcome him to our family."

"I'm excited to join the team and such a community minded station like KFDI," said Knight.  "They do so many good things--I can't wait to get started.  I'm ready to see my first SHOCKER basketball game too, but I found out they're always sold out.  I should have made two tickets a part of my deal."

 

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