NASH ICON record label, which is a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus, has signed Reba as its first act.
Reba announced the deal at a press conference held at the NASH Campus/Nashville this Morning (10/21). She already has 11 songs cut for the project.
More details soon.
East Tennessee Radio group has moved WQMT/93.9/Decatur, TN from Regional Mexican to Country.
The switch follows a similar move from sister station WPTF/Pigeon Forge, TN last month, in which WPTF/106.3/Pigeon Forgeswitched from Sports to Country.
WQMT's Class C3 signal has undergone four format changes in a three year time span.
Sun Broadcast Group puts together a multi-year partnership with Entercom syndicated morning personality Fitz. The syndication and sales deal will includes all Fitz branded on-air items. Some changes: the "Powered By Country" weekend countdown will become "The Hit List," as it transitions from United Stations Radio Networks to Sun in 2015. Fitz will take on hosting duties of a daily news and entertainment featured to be called "Nashville Minute." The feature will be produced by Gen3 Entertainment, which is currently heard on over 80 affiliates, expanding to twice-daily reports beginning with Fitz's debut broadcast on Monday, October 27th.
"I am thrilled to be working with Sun Broadcast Group," stated Fitz. "I have been blown away by the vision, passion, and energy that Jason Bailey and his team have shown me. I have never had more support in my life. These guys just get it! PERIOD! They do radio the way it was meant to be done and have definitely changed the way the game is played in our industry. Look out."
Sunwill also syndicate Fitz's top-rated KKWF/The Wolf 100.7/Seattle morning show "The Fitz Show." Syndication will be offered nationwide as a modular show airing in multiple day-parts for Country, CHR, and Hot AC affiliates.
Sun Broadcast Group SVP/Programming Ron Rivlin says, "Sun Broadcast Group prides itself in working with world class talent, and Fitz is in a class of his own," stated. "We are looking forward to taking the Fitz brand to new heights! Buckle up, radio. You're in for a wild ride!"
Dustin Lynch got an unwanted surprise last Friday when he appeared at the Mullet Festival in Niceville, FL. Just as he was finishing his rendition of Garth's "Friends in Low Places" a beer can came flying at him on stage and cut his face.
"I was walking down the catwalk and wham, out of nowhere this beer can just nailed me in the face," Lynch told People after the incident. "It was a completely full can, and it felt like a baseball had hit me."
With a bloody face he finished the show and was taken to the hospital. The cut required stitches but Lynch will not that keep him from performing.
"The moral of the story is don't throw beer cans, period," Lynch told People. "It's not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that's why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn't want to get off the stage until I had to."
Although fans pointed out the aggressor and Lynch called him out from the stage, the accused got away.
Congrats to Jason Aldean and the promo team at BBR Music Group including EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James and VP/Promo Lee Adams as Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" goes to this week's #1 on Mediabase Country Singles chart.
This is his first single from his "Old Boots, New Dirt" album. As was reported here, it debuted #1 on the All-genre and Country album charts two weeks ago.
The Academy of Country Music (ACM) will be accpeting submissions for the "50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" for Country radio beginning Monday, November 10 at 4 p.m.
Membership is required for nomination submissions and voting privileges. New members and current members can register or renew before October 31 to be eligible to vote. Nominations are being taken between Monday, Novmeber 10-Monday December 8 for On-Air Personality of hte Year and Radio Station of the Year for each market size
The ACMs will be televised Sunday, April 19 on CBS-TV and the winners will be announced during the telecast. The live broadcast will be originating from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Jordan Rager has signed with BBR Music Group. Rager has appeared in the Atlanta market and has appeared on iHeartMedia Country WUBL, 94.9 The Bull's Backyard Country consistently for the last five years. He has more than 22,000 fans on UTube.
"The first time I saw Jordan perform I had the same feeling as when I first saw Jason Aldean," said BBR Music Group Group Pres./Owner Benny Brown. "He is an exceptional young artist, and we're excited to have him as the newest member of our label family."
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announces that Lauren Branson has been named Director, Public Relations.
In this role, she will be responsible for creating and implementing the public relations strategies for many of the company’s wholly owned and sponsored songwriter-based events, including BMI’s Country and Christian Awards shows, BMI No. 1 Parties, Austin City Limits Festival, LouFest, SXSW and the Key West Songwriter’s Festival.
Branson will report to Robbin Ahrold, BMI Senior Advisor,interim head of BMI’s Corporate Communications and Marketing department. She will also work closely with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations. Branson is based in BMI’s Nashville office.
“Lauren’s music industry background both in Nashville and New York and her experience with cutting-edge digital music technology gives her an invaluable perspective to position BMI and its affiliates for both the media and the music community,” said Ahrold.
"Lauren brings passion, instinct and drive to this position,” said Williams. “Her strong public relations background makes her an important asset to our organization. Lauren will help accentuate BMI’s many songwriter-based events in Nashville as well as company-wide.”
Prior to joining BMI, Branson was most recently the lead Publicist at Yep Roc Records where she contributed to the marketing strategy and oversaw the public relations campaigns, including national and tour press, for the label’s extensive roster of artists. Her prior posts include stints at Zenph Sound Innovations as Label Operations Manager, Epic Records as Publicist, and Sony Nashville as Publicity Coordinator.
Branson holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University.
Little Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last Friday, October 17. Opry members Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill welcomed them in to the Opry family. The group was originally invited to become a member by Reba on October 3.
LBT's Karen Fairchild said, "I'm so excited about sharing this moment with the band. We've been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets."
The group played "Bring It On Home" the same song they played during their Opry debut. They played then with a borrowed guitar. After they performed "Boondocks" Dickens, Gill and Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher took the stage to present them with their Opry Member Award.
“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”
$399 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends Oct. 31, Rate Increases To $499 Nov. 1
Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has revealed an early version of its agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2015, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2015, at the Nashville Convention Center. The preliminary agenda details were released in advance of the CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration Rate deadline, which is Oct. 31.
Every year, Country Radio Seminar is packed full of great performances, educational seminars, networking opportunties and intriguing panels that will cover all areas of the radio and records industry.
CRS Agenda Committee chairman Jeff Green states, “The Agenda Committee wanted to create for 2015 not only something for everyone, but a lot for everyone. We’re excited about showcasing more than 20 first-time presenters, panelists and participants – new faces to go with the New Faces! Experts in technology, social, imaging, talent and programming are all part of the focus on practical, professional productivity that will provide information to take home and put to work immediately. We’re working hard to make next year’s CRS the best program ever.”
The CRS 2015 Agenda-At-A-Glance includes:*
(*schedule subject to change*)
Wednesday, February 25 8:30 - 7:00 P.M. Registration Opens
3:00 - 3:30 P.M. Opening Ceremonies Sponsored by ALS Therapy Development Institute
3:30 - 4:00 P.M. Artists Humanitarian Award Presentation
4:00 - 5:00 P.M. Keynote Speaker-Todd Wagner Sponsored by Fisher House Foundation
5:30 - 7:00 P.M. Welcome Reception
7:00- 9:30 P.M. Grand Ole Opry
9:45 P.M. CRS After Hours
Thursday, February 26 8:00 - 9:00 A.M. Programming Mentoring Breakfast
9:00 – 9:50 A.M. Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 A.M. How To Use Real Time Research to Think Like Your Target
10:00 – 10:50 A.M. State of the Music: When a Style Becomes a Movement
10:00 – 10:50 A.M. The Connected Car Info Panel
11:00 – 11:50 A.M. CRS Research Presentation
12:00 – 1:50 P.M. Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Capitol Records
2:00 – 2:50 P.M. Artist Profile Panel
2:00 – 2:50 P.M. CRS Recap
2:00 – 2:50 P.M. How to Move People in Order to Move the Needle
3:00 – 3:50 P.M. Get Your Unfair Share of the Digital Pie: Secrets of Top AEs in Digital Sales
3:00 – 3:50 P.M. Want a Winning Team? Get a Killer Coach
3:00 – 3:50 P.M. From Zero to Hero: Successful Promotions with No Budget
4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Gensetters: 18-34 Listening Trends and How They Will Shape Our Future
7:00 – 11:00 P.M. CRS After Hours
Friday, February 27
8:00 - 9:00 A.M. Managers Breakfast
9:00 – 9:50 A.M. Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 A.M. Social Media Bootcamp: Track 1 - How To Speak in Your Brand’s Voice and Get Content Shared
10:00 – 10:50 A.M. How to Create a Win – Win for Radio Music Events
10:00 – 10:50 A.M. Imaging from Both Sides of the Mic
11:00 – 11:50 A.M. Social Media Bootcamp: Track 2 - Finding & Engaging Your Consumers in Real-Time
11:00 – 11:50 A.M. Behind the Numbers: The Insider’s Guide to Nielsen Data
11:00 – 11:50 A.M. Unlocking the Secrets to Successful Music Scheduling
Noon – 1:50 P.M. Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Black River Entertainment
2:00 – 2:50 P.M. #CRSTrendingNow
2:00 – 2:50 P.M. C’mon, Get Apply! The Latest in App Technology for Radio
2:00 – 2:50 P.M. The Stars Come Out in the Morning
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Artist Superstar Interview
5:30 – 6:15 P.M. New Faces Cocktail Reception
6:30 - 10:00 P.M. New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Performance
Friday, Oct. 31 marks the deadline to purchase $399 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2015. The regular rate will take effect on Nov. 1, increasing registrations to $499 per person. Registrations are available for purchase throughwww.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.
Nov. 1 also marks the last day in which stations can sign up to receive digital liners. The digital liners program was introduced in 2010 to replace the on-site Artist Radio Taping Sessions and has proven to be a solid success with stations and artists alike.
Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest radio event. The event is always packed full of great performances, educational seminars, intriguing panels and networking opportunities.
Country WLFV/93.1 The Wolf, transitions from 93.1 to 98.9.
Market Manager Paul Johnson says, “This gives us full coverage in the Richmond metro, something we didn’t have on 93.1. In addition, the station will simulcast on 100.3, which covers the southern end of the market. This is a station that performs really well where it’s heard, and now it has 100% penetration.”
Adding to their Country presence, the group also brought in the "Hank, Legends of Country" format from Envision Networks to run on 93.1. This will give them a full Country spectrum with the combo, and each station will be able to focus on specific demos.
WBBT, which is the group’s third station, has gone from Oldies to Classic Hits. The stations changed the positioning to “Richmond’s Greatest Hits”, and they have evolved the music into a 70’s base. To make this change, Alpha is merging its Liberty, “We Play Anything” station with WBBT to play “Richmond’s Greatest Hits” This station will play the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The station will be heard on 107.3.
Scott Mahalick, Alpha Media EVP/Programming commenting on the changes stated, “In order to increase our competitive edge in the Richmond market, we needed to turn up the heat and shake things up. Not only will these improvements provide a more contemporary opportunity for revenue, they will give our listeners what they’ve been asking for.”
Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Big Machine Sr. Manager/Partnership Marketing Sarah McGrady on becoming engaged to Vector Management's Jon Rpmero.
Check out McGrady’s FACEBOOK page. Where she says, "I can't stop staring. Or smiling. Or crying. Or smiling. We're Getting Married!"
Congratulate Ms McGrady here.
"A Tribute to Phil Everly" benefit concert will take place on Wednesday, October 29 to raise money for The COPD Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Phil Everly, one half of the iconic Everly Brothers, died due to complications of COPD in 2014.
The event will be held at the home of Sylvia Roberts located at 1358 Page Road, Nashville. The festivities will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will feature a rare acoustic performance by 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon.
Phil Everly, along iwth his brother Don Everly, formed one of the most influential duos in music, the Everly Brothers. Their influence is evident in the work of the Beatles, The Hollies, Simon and Garfunkle and countelss solo artists including Paul Simon.
“I wish I’d have met him earlier. He was such a good friend,” remarked Simon.
Most of the Everlys' hit singles — "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" — merged Nashville's clean instrumental country style with innocuous teenage themes, and were smoother than other contemporary country-rock hybrids like rockabilly.
Former GAC President Ed Hardy is the new co-chair of hte Music City Music Council. Mayor Karl Dean has been serving as co-chair since 2009.
Hardy most recently served CMA's Interim EO. He is currently chairman of hte CMA's Board of Directors.
"Ed has a wealth of experience that will help us continue to promote our Music City brand and attract entertainment companies to our city," said Mayor Dean."Ed is well liked and highly respected, and with his work with two giants in the music industry – the Country Music Association and Great American Country – we are fortunate to have him lead the efforts of our Music Council."
Mike Kennedy OM/PD of KBEQ/Kansas City will be inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Sunday (10/19). The ceremony will take place in Wichita. Kennedy has been a broadcaster for 36 years and 35 of those years have been with KBEQ.
Kennedy was also named 2014 Kansas City Media Legend by MediaMix Kansas City.
Condolences from AllAboutCountry to the family and friends of iHeartMedia’s Country WUSY/US-101/Chattanooga morning co-host Benjamin "Bearman" Martin, who passed away yesterday (10/16) from complications following a long battle with liver disease. He was 61.
"Bearman" was inradio for 39 years, with 27 of those spent at WUSY. The "Bearman and Ken" morning show has garnered multiple ACM and CMA nominations, and won Country Radio Broadcasters "Small Market Personality of the Year" in 2010.
The founder of "Chattanooga Radio And Television" David Carroll wrote a tribute to "Bearman" on the company's website. Read it here. WUSY also posted a tribute to "Bearman," which you can be read here.
In the race for CMA's New Artist of the Year award, first-time nominee Thomas Rhett will head to NASCAR’s most competitive track on Saturday to headline Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-race concert at Talladega Superspeedway (10/18).
"Talladegais one of those iconic places that you grow up knowing about, whether you follow NASCAR or not,” said Thomas Rhett. “So, to be able to go there and perform…that definitely goes on the 'Things I'll tell my Grandkids' list."
The Platinum-selling singer/songwriter was also recently tapped as direct support for Florida Georgia Line on their upcoming ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015, which kicks off Jan. 15 in Toledo, OH. The new tour will follow runs with some of Country Music’s biggest stars including Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert.
Thomas Rhett just released the new single “Make You Wanna” from his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS on The Valory Music Co., which has already spawned two consecutive Platinum-certified No. one hits, spending a total of four weeks in the top position in the last year.
The Lincoln Journal star’s Jeff Korbelikreports that former Three Eagles Communications Country KZKX/ KX96.9 and Classic Rock KTGL/The Eagle 92.9/Lincoln, NE Station Manager Julie Haskell Gade has returned to the cluster, which is now owned by Digity Media Media, as GM. Gade replaces Joy Patten, who moves to head-up sales for the stations.
Gade, who left Three Eagles Communications in 2008 and since then has served as VP of Business Development at Leadership Resources, will oversee her former stations plus Sports KLMS-AM, News-Talk KFOR-AM, and Active Rock KIBZ/104.1 The Blaze.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a special exhibition entitled "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend" on Friday, November 14th.
Tucker rose from poverty in Texas, Arizona, Utah and Nevada to become a best-selling Country artist. She signed with Columbia at 13 and her first single "Delta Dawn" went to the top of the charts in 1972.
In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Tucker continued her success. She received her first CMA in 1991 for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.
Tucker dealt with private issues in a public spotlight. Her relatoinship with Glen Campbell who was 22 years older than she made big news with the tabloids. She checked herself in to Betty Ford Clinic for substance abuse in the late '80s and a few years later became a single mother.
Her life and career will be detailed in the Country Msuic Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit "Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend" that will run through May 2015.
Alpha Media flipped WCLI, Click 101.5/Dayton (Hot AC) to Classic Country today (10/16). Two days ago they begin playing all Christmas and a format flip seemed inevitable.
According to the statoin "101.5 Hank FM" will play artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba, Shania Twain and Brooks and Dunn--those artists that made Country popular.
"The wise decision to add Hank FM in Dayton becomes part of the foundation to help increase our value as a cluster in the market," said Alpha Media EVP/Programming Scott Mahallick. "The icons of Country format connects us to a passionate and underserved audience that continues to grow."
The PD willl remain Brad Waldo. The station is currently running 10,000 commercial free songs. Stream it here
Register for the "2014 No Shave November for St. Jude Kids" is now open.
The 4th annual event will raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital beginning Saturday, November 1. Participants will post their clean-shaven photos on the start date and stop shaving for the month. Their facial hair progress will be seen on social media and can be used to encourage donations to St. Jude. Final photos will be posted on Sunday, November 30.
Country music industry professionals and Country Cares radio stations are encouraged to participate. You can regster as teams with listeners or as individuals. Everyone should encourage donations revolving around "No Shave November" using the hashtag #NSN4SJK.
The honorary Chariman of the Beard this year is Lady A's Dave Haywood. Stations who raise the most money may get a phone call with Haywood and funds they raise add to the Country Cares toteboard
iHeartMedia/Lexington, KY OM Michael Jordan, is PD for the cluster’s Country WBUL has been named PD for Country sister station WAMZ/Louisville.
Jordan takes over for 35 year vet of WAMZ and Country Radio Hall of Famer Coyote Calhoun, who early this year announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year.
“Michael was born and raised in in Kentucky,” said iHeartMedia RPM Kelly Carls. “He has distinguished himself with the outstanding success of WBUL and signature community events like the annual '4TH OF JULY RED, WHITE AND BOOM' festival. We’re thrilled to see him bring that expertise to WAMZ.”
Jordan will continue his current responsibilities for Lexington in addition to assuming the PD chair at WAMZ.
“Coyote Calhoun built WAMZ into a legendary brand,” said Jordan. “We want to continue his legacy of great Country music, concerts, and a tireless dedication to the community. I’d like to thank Kelly Carls, Bill Gentry, and iHeartMedia’s senior leadership for this amazing opportunity.”
Millennials Want To Be Social and Consumers Want Seamless And Personal
At the opening of DASH in Detroit yesterday (10/15), VP of Measurement Innovation at Nielsen Audio Dr. Ed Cohen gave attendees a first look at new research that showed how college students have intertwined digital into their lives.
He gave managers a look into the type of listener they will soon be dealing with: one with a much shorter attention span that wants more and more control.
The study showed the role of cars, the "connected car," and what personal transportation means in their lives today and their plans for the future.
Cohen was part in a three-year study at the University of Florida called "The Class of 2015." That study uncovered was that these college students did consume radio and television, but they connected more strongly with forms of two-way communication, namely social media.
In another session called "It's All About the Experience" of DASH, Day 1 in Detroit, Slacker Radio's Mike Kasparian said user experience is top priority, especially in the auto world. With laptops and mobile, the experience is clearly defined. In the automobile there's still work to be done on the dash. Keynoter Gary Shapirospoke about driver distraction still being a major issue and looked more in the future toward the driverless vehicle.
The opinion of this panel was that a lot more needs to be done.
Townsquare Country KXKS/Shreveport, LA morning co-host Julie K crosses the street for afternoons at Cumulus Country KRMD/NASH FM beginning Monday (10/20). Congrats to Ms Julie K here.
PD Gary McCoy has already begun the search for her replacement. Interested candidates may send materials to McCoyhere.
As Julie K arrives at NASH FM the on the air line up is changed at Country KRMD. Moving to middays is PD and current afternoon driver James Anthony. He is succeeding 26 year station veteran John Fox, who continues to program Top 40 sister station KQHN and does the morning show.
Brazos Valley Country KORA/Bryan-College Station, TX Veteran PD/Morning talent Roger “www” Garrett announces his retirement, as of Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
Brazos GM John Seigler stated, “We’re saddened that Roger’s leaving KORA and Brazos Valley Radio, but extremely thankful for the many years of entertainment and service he’s given our stations and the Brazos Valley communities we serve. Roger’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years. His strong relationships with community leaders and organizations on our behalf will be missed. We’re excited for him as he explores a new phase of life. We’ll miss him greatly, but he’ll always be welcome on air at 98.3 KORA."
Garrett is a veteran of 45 year radio vet with market stops that include Shreveport, Austin and Houston. He’s spent over 23 years in Bryan-College Station, working at four stations there, including the last 15 years at KORA.
“It’s been a good ride, well over 45 years of my life, and I am not done yet,” said Garrett. “This ‘retirement’ is a transition to creating an internet radio station and a bible study series with ‘No Boundaries.’ And, there will be a ROGER ‘WWW’ GARRETT Oldies show coming to Oldies 107.3 in 2015!”
Brazos General Partner Tommy Vascocu is on the hunt for Garrett’s replacement. Qualified and interested candidates send your materials to Vascocuhere.