TODAY'S NEWS

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will be rolling out iHeartRadio Networks. According to the press release this new, unified platform will "better maximize Clear Channel's powerful collection of assets, providing the targeted impact marketers need and what they are accustomed to receiving from television networks."

 This new Network will offer all 840 live radio stations plus digital channels, local website properties, nationally-syndicated programs and satellite radio channels. The network also will include talent endorsements, organic DJ mentions and product placements. There will also be messaging across the entire network and the ability to chance copy as all assets will be handled by Clear Channel.

According to President/Clear Channel Networks Darren Davis,"It's truly the best way for a brand to reach American consumers in a much more affordable way than television networks -- and with greater ROI."

Clear Channel is also rolling out a number if iHeartRadio Targeted Networks that will reach spcified demographic and psychographic gruops including Country, Hispanic, African-American, Millennials, Women, Men and holiday specials.

2014/04 12:45 PM
Another A On They Way

Congrats to Lady A's Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli, who are expecting their first baby in September.

The announcement was on Twitter saying "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in September! And it's a boy!"


Stephen Johnson, formerly  GM of Simmons Media/Salt Lake City joins Broadway Media's Salt Lake Radio Group as CEO/GM.  Johnson is returning to his "old stomping grounds" as Broadway bought the Simmons cluster in January. 

He takes the place of G. Craig Hanson who is retiring.  Johnson will oversee the stations including Country KEGA.


Average Joes Entertainment is restructuring in their promo department and has announced that regionals Gwen Foster (West Coast) and Joe Schuld (Midwest) are leaving as their positions have been eliminated.  VP Tony Morreale is staying and regional Wix Wichman (Southeast/Northeast) will be concentrating on writing that incorporates his comedy and TV hosting background. 

According to Morreale, the company is shifting and not going to be working with stations the way the competitors do.  They will continue to serve radio and work with them on shows and their artists.

Foster has been with AJE for three years.  Her background includes working Phoenix stations KMLE AND KNIX.  She also worked radio promotion with Treehouse.  Get in touch with her here or 480-495-2209480-495-2209

Schuld
joined the company around the same time Foster did and is currently managing Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys.  They have a song on AJE's Mud Digger 5 collection due out May 20.  Get in touch iwth him at 615-497-3892615-497-3892 or here.


WMN Midwest/Northeast regional Katie Bright is the new Director of National Promo for the label. She takes the place of Kristen Williams who was promoted to VP in February.

Bright has been with the label for two years and was working with Diane Richey Promotions as well as WSIX/Nashville and WAXX/Eau Claire, WI. She will be relocating to Nashville. A new Midwest/Northeast regional is in the works.

“Katie has proven every day why she is the perfect candidate for this position," Williams says. "Her work ethic and relationships at radio are unparalleled and we are beyond excited that she is joining the national team." Get in touch with Katie here.


Three new inductees to the The Country Music Hall of Fame were announced in a press conference this morning.  The press conference was hosted by Kix Brooks.

 In the Songwriters Category, the late Hank Cochran is being inducted.  His wife made a brief speech where she thanked the audience, the Country Msic Association and the Hall of Fame. 

Mac Wiseman
is inducted into the  Veterans Era Artist category.  He said to the crowd that despite his wheelchair, he is in good health and has been dgnosted with post-polio syndrome. 

"I find I’m at a loss for words to tell you how important this (the induction) is to me,." he said. 

Finally Ronnie Milsap is inducted into the "Modern Era" category.  Milsap talked to the crowd about arriving in Nashville at the age of 30. 

All three men will be celebrated at the Medallion Ceremony to take place later this year. For more information go to country musichalloffame.org.

2014/04 2:57 PM
Kevin Sharp Passes

Condolences to artist Kevin Sharp's friends and family as they mourn Kevin's passing on Saturday (4/19). Sharp was 43.

Sharp was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 and had gone through remission until he was 21. The treatment caused problems into adulthood and were the cause of his death.

Sharp
cut "Nobody Knows" in 1996 and "She's Sure Taking It Well" and "If You Love Somebody" in 1997. The country community shared memories via Twitter including Neal McCoy who posted "A fellow Make-A-Wish and it comes true, meets David Foster and grants many more of his own...Work well done. Go rest now, Kevin Sharp."

Ty Herndon wrote "My heart and prayers go out to Kevin and his family. Such a great man and talent. Journey On Brother. RIP."

Donations can be made to Make A Wish in Kevin's memory. A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. Details have not been released.




Dan & Shay
and Danielle Bradbery recently visited the WDRM/Huntsville studios.  They performed on the air in the Listener Lounge for the pre-concert party prior to the show on the Hunter Hayes tour. 

Pictured (l-r) Stuart Langston (WDRM), Ray Vaughn (WAR), Dan Smyeirs,A.J. McCloud (WDRM), Danielle Bradbery,Shay Mooney, Dan McCloain (WDRM), Jeff Davis (Big Machine).


WQTE/Adrian, MI PD Jay Thomas has left the job. He had only been at the station for two weeks.

The search is on for a new PD. Get in touch with Thomas at 419-792-9293419-792-9293.

2014/04 1:10 PM
Jerrod Neimann #1

Congrats to the promo team at Arista Nashville and Jerrod Neimann as they make #1 with "Drink To That All Night."

This is the second #1 for Neimann and is his first single off his "High Noon" album. His first #1 was "Lover, Lover" in 2010 off his "Judge Jerrod and The Hung Jury" album.


Our best wishes to Glen Campbell and his family after news that he was moved to a care facility.

Campbell 78, went public that he was suffering from Alzheimers in 2011. He toured called "The Goodbye Tour" where a documentary was filmed call "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me." The film will debut this week at the Nashville Film Festival.

2014/04 1:19 PM
Eric Goes Vinyl

Eric Church will release a double gatefold vinyl version of "The Outsiders" this Saturday (4/19).  This coincides with "Record Store Day."

The vinyl album will inlcude two bonus tracks and also come with an exclusive album poster.  The two additional tracks are "The Outsiders (extended version)" and "Come Together."  For more information go to www.ericchurch.com.


Mark Kassof & Co. recently released research findings based on 718 telephone interviews done April 2-6, 2014. The findings found that a majority of 18-64s see radio as a local medium and this same group say they would like radio less if it were more national programming.

Of those surveyed, 65% see radio as "mainly local," while 32% see it as "mainly national." There were no differences in demographic groups.

Of those who see radio as local, 51% say they would "listen less" if it had more a national slant as opposed to 31% who said they would "listen more." The exception is the 18-24 year olds who would listen more to national programming versus 36% who would listen less.

Total margin of error in the sample is +/-4%.  Get more details at kassof.com.

2014/04 12:43 PM
Eckrich Taps Houser

Eckrich, the sausage and deli meat people, have tapped Randy Houser as their new spokesperson. He will be seen in their upcoming advertising. Houser will participate in "Operation Inspiration," a campaign with "Operation Homefront" that helps support military families.

Houser will increase awareness of the program during his concerts. Eckrich will have mobile sampling stations at his upcoming concerts hosting tailgate parties and offering samples.

2014/04 12:37 PM
Willie -A Black Belt?

Willie Ne lson will be presented his Fifth Degree Black Belt on April 28 in Texas.

"Really all my life Charles Atlas and Bruce Lee were on my mind," he told Men's Health last year. "It's a good form of exercise, especially as you get older. I went through school playing all kinds of sports ... then when I went to Nashville I got into some martial arts and kung fu. I liked it."

He will be presented with the honor in Austin two days before his 81st birthday.

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