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TODAY'S NEWS
AllAboutCountry sends condolences to the family and friends of Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Jean Shepard, who died this morning (9/25) at age 82.
 
She was the longest-running Opry member and celebrated her 60th anniversary with the show last year.
 
Shepard’s best known songs included the Ferlin Husky duet "A Dear John Letter," "A Satisfied Mind," "Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)" and "Slippin' Away."
 
At this time funeral arrangements are pending.

Big Machine Records group Rascal Flatts will release their first-ever Christmas album, "THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL," set for Friday, October 21st. Produced by the group themselves, the project includes Christmas standards such as "Joy To The World" and "Silent Night," which features vocals from the trio's children. It also includes a re-worked "Go Tell It On The Mountain," Stevie Wonder's "Someday At Christmas," and 4Him's "A Strange Way To Save The World."

"What we wanted to do when we talked about doing a Christmas record was put our own spin on some of our favorite songs," stated the trio's Jay Demarcus. "We have a history of being funky and soulful. Gary sings a song, and his R&B influences come out of him!"

The album is available for pre-order here.

 
Country artist, Paulina Jayne, has released the music video for her debut single, “Love's Gonna Always Win”. The single is one of the five songs featured on her SELF-TITLED sophomore EP. The music video uses powerful footage highlighting people from across the country and from the streets of her hometown, Nashville, spreading love and kindness during a time that our country needs it most. The Detroit native recently finished recording her EP under the direction of Emmy award-winning songwriter Trey Bruce, who produced the album and co-wrote the single, “Loves Gonna Always Win” with Jayne and Hailey Steele. The EP is slated to release on all platforms Friday, Oct. 14th. 





Paulina Jayne is a
 junior at Belmont University. Her enthusiasm for her craft began at a young age, and her songwriting prowess enabled her to work alongside famed songwriters since age 14. With hundreds of original songs in her catalog, Paulina’s writing credits include collaborations with: Shane McAnally, JTX, Bonnie Baker, Steph Jones, Danny Orton and of course her producer/mentor Trey Bruce.



























Paulina is writing the kinds of songs the newest youth movement of Country listeners really love, but with a slight variation in the images and the language. From growing up in Detroit, she's picked up an irresistible rhyming pattern with her lyrics that set her apart from the pack. Paulina is an artist to watch and listen for closely!” says Bruce.


With powerhouse vocals and a natural ability to engage the crowd, Jayne is a hair-whipping, high-energy and seasoned performer that has shared the marquee with renowned Country music artists: Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes and Miranda Lambert, and opened for the talented Sheryl Crow, Sam Hunt and Chase Rice.


 

Radio Show 2016 closed on Friday (9/23) with the annual "Music and Mimosas" panel and presentation. This year it kicked off with a talk with Wynonna Judd and husband Cactus Moser  “Wynonna And The Big Noise” conducted by syndicated host Bob Kingsley. Topics covered Wynonna's personal and difficult relationship with her mother, nursing Moser through illness and on to the professional side including the background behind songs on their album.

Big & Rich, followed up with a talk with Kingsley. They spoke about their long-running success with their "Music Mafia," discussing how their career developed and how they were able to repeatedly rebound, including with their new album "GRAVITY."  "We're living the American dream!," Rich shouted, exchanging a high five with Kenny; the duo also followed the interview with a brief acoustic set closing with a rousing version of their most familiar hit "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy."

in2ne Music Nashville SVP Cat Collins and VP Jamice Jennings followed Big & Rich with a presentation about their operation and up-and-coming artists, leading into a performance by a member of their roster, Matt Gary.  Gary's set was followed by a set from Needtobreathe, visiting the convention in advance of playing a sold-out show at the Ascend Amphitheatre a few blocks away from the OMNI Nashville Tonight (9/23).

Big Machine Label Group founder, President, and CEO Scott Borchetta offered a "quick music meeting" mentioning his roster and new artist development including Tucker Beathard and Brett Young as well as playing the video for "May We All" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim Mcgraw.  And Borchetta introduced the closing set by 2013 "The Voice" winner Danielle Bradbery.

Attendance this year set a record. According to the NAB they had 2,272 attendees, ahead of last year's 2,170. 

Gilberti and James
Magic Mustang Music, BBR Music Group's publishing arm, has added Andi Gilberti as Coord./Publishing and Clint James as Coord./Creative. Both are currently on the job and reporting directly to Magic Mustang Music VP Juli Newton-Griffith. Reach out to Gilberti here and James here

Gilberti
is a recent graduate of Indiana University with intern experience from Flamenco Agency in Seville, Spain as well as Nashville's 12 South Music Digital Music Marketing Agency. James is a graduated of Middle Tennessee State University and most recently worked at Nashville's G7 Entertainment Marketing as Mgr./Marketing and Promotions Tour. "We are very happy to have both Clint and Andi join our team," said Newton-Griffith. "They both have the skill set to keep up with this fast-paced business, and they are great additions.

 
 
 
Powerful lyricist Alyssa Bonagura is celebrating the release of her highly anticipated solo project, ROAD LESS TRAVELED, available today on iTunes. Currently sitting at No. 11 on the Country iTunes Chart, the album showcases Alyssa's soulful prowess as a singer-songwriter, with the ability to deliver moving messages and hard-hitting vocals that resonate with listeners and solidify her as an artist with a path to carve all her own.

ROAD LESS TRAVELED
 is composed of ten original tracks (five of which were solely written by Alyssa herself), including the hit single, "Rebel", whose video recently aired on CMT Music, that highlight her authentic songwriting style and impressive vocal tenacity. Recorded live at Petti Sound in Nashville, TN. and produced entirely by Alyssa and Mark Petaccia, the album also displays her multi-instrumental talents, featuring her on the acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, lap steel, electric guitar, bass, B3 and harmonica.

"The love that was put into this record is immeasurable. I am so beyond proud of it and grateful to all of my friends who helped make this dream a reality,"
says the soulful songwriter. "I'm so proud to be carrying the torch in country music from my mom and dad. This music is my entire heart and soul and I can't wait for people to hear it."

Described as a "project of love" that brought her closest friends and family from the underground music community together to create meaningful music, ROAD LESS TRAVELED presents Alyssa as a solo artist in her truest form to date. She is set to perform on the ASCAP Shady Grove Stage presented by City Winery at the Pilgrimage Festival on Sunday, and will host an album release party at 3rd & Lindsley next week on Sept. 28.

Alyssa Bonagura is the daughter of Country music RCA Country recording artists, Baillie & The Boys and has already been named "A fixture on Nashville's Indie singer-songwriter scene" by Rolling Stone while the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb said she is "Stunning, Original, A future star in the making."
Alyssa has evolved into a songwriting seamstress for a number of artists including Steven Tyler ("I Make My Own Sunshine"), Jessie James Decker ("Lights Down Low") and Jana Kramer ("Circles"). The six-stringed songstress now looks forward to taking her fans on a solo journey with music that she, and the industry, fully believes in.
Website: http://alyssabonagura.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/alyssabonaguramusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/alyssabonagura
Instagram: http://instagram.com/alyssabonagura
YouTube: http://youtube.com/alyssabonagura
iTunes: http://Bit.ly/ABRLT-ITUNES
 
 
 

Tuesday AllAboutCountry told you, that iHeartMedia will be launching two new on-demand subscription services: iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartradio All Access. They are set to debut in January 2017. The company states, "Research shows that more than 90% of listeners say they listen to both FM radio and music collections, but at different times, for different reasons, this marks the first time ever that on-demand functionality will be used to improve the radio experience, unlike current services which can only approach on-demand through a music collection offering."

Because 73% of consumers, which include users of on-demand music services, continually cite radio as their primary source of music discovery, iHeartRadio’s new on-demand offerings will allow listeners to bridge the divide between music discovery and music collecting by incorporating true interactivity into the radio listening experience through a variety of new features.


iHeartRadio Pres. Darren Davis said,
“We’re now making it easier than ever for iHeartRadio users to think of music discovery and collecting in a brand new and easy-to-use way. For the first time ever, when listeners hear a new or favorite song on the radio they can instantly replay a song and even save it directly to a playlist. We are reimagining radio -- with the new technologies and offerings powered by our on-demand options, music discovery, music collecting and the power of community and companionship fostered by live radio and influential and trusted personalities. iHeartRadio is now combining it all for the first time; there’s no other digital music service that can do this.”

The National Association Of Broadcasters handed out its 2016 Marconi Awards Thursday Night (9/22) In Nashville.  
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The complete list of winners: Country Winners Markets In RED.

Legendary Station Of The Year: CBS RADIO News WINS-A/New York


Network/Syndicated Personality Of The Year: Premiere Networks' Delilah


Major Market Personality Of The Year: CBS Radio Sports WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub)/Boston's Fred Toucher And Rich Shertenlieb

(Toucher And Rich)


Large Market Personality Of The Year: Hubbard Top 40/Rhythmic KQMV/MOViN 92.5/Seattle's Brooke Fox And Jubal Flagg (Brooke

And Jubal)


Medium Market Personality Of The Year: Connoisseur Media Rock WPLR/New Haven's Chaz And Aj


Small Market Personality Of The Year: Cookeville Communications News-Talk WHUB-AM-W299BY 107.7 FM and 1400 The

Hub)/Cookeville, TN's Brent Carl Fleshman


Major Market Station Of The Year: Jerry Lee AC WBEB/101.1 MORE FM/Philadelphia


Large Market Station Of The Year: Hearst News-Talk WBAL-AM/Baltimore


Medium Market Station Of The Year: COX Media Group Country WHKO/K99.1/Dayton


Small Market Station Of The Year: Ham Broadcasting Country WKDZ-F/Cadiz, KY


AC Station Of The Year: Lewanee Broadcasting AC WLEN/Adrian, MI


CHR Station Of The Year: Zimmer Top 40 KTXY/Y107/Columbia, MO


Classic Hits Station Of The Year: CBS Radio Classic Hits KRTH/K-EARTH 101)/Los Angeles


Country Station Of The Year: COX Media Group Country KKBQ/The New 93Q/Houston


News-Talk Station Of The Year: Hubbard News WTOP/Washington


Noncommercial Station Of The Year: Seton Hall University Active Rock WSOU/South Orange, NJ


Religious Station Of The Year: Salem Contemporary Christian KLTY/Dallas


Rock Station Of The Year: Zimmer Classic Rock KCMQ/Columbia, MO


Spanish Station Of The Year: CBS Radio Spanish Hits KLOL/Mega 101/Houston


Sports Station Of The Year: CBS Radio Sports WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket/Detroit


Urban Station Of The Year: Howard University Urban AC WHUR/Washington


 


Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Ray Nelson to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Huntsville’s six-station cluster including: WWFF/93.3 Country/Nash Icons, WZYP/104.3 Top 40, WHRP/94.1  Urban AC, WVNN/92.5 News/Talk & Sports radio, WUMP-AM 730  CBS Sports Radio and, WVNN AM 770 News/Talk & Sports radio.
 
Nelson was previously Vice President/General Manager/Cluster Director of Sales for Cox Radio in Birmingham, AL. Prior to that, he was Vice President/Market Manager for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia in Ann Arbor, MI. He was also General Manager/General Sales Manager/National Sales Manager for Fritz Broadcasting in Saginaw, MI.

Warner Music Nashville (WMN) has promoted Kristen Williams to SVP of its newly created Radio & Streaming team, which will be part of a new future-facing structure for WMN's Marketing Department as part of an expansion of the Brand Management team. The Radio & Streaming team will build artists' careers by working with partners across radio, interactive radio, ad-supported streaming, and subscription streaming. Additionally, Chris Palmer has been elevated to VP/Radio & Streaming, overseeing a team of Radio & Streaming Dirs./National and Managers; Chad Schultz has been promoted to the newly-created position of VP/Original Content.

This team will develop and place original content from WMN's complete roster of artists, including exclusive interviews, backstage access, and live footage; the newly-restructured team sees WMN SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring and WEA VP/Promotion Jordan Pettit departing.

"Our commitment to artist development means we never stop improving our approach and developing our team," said Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John "Espo" Esposito. "We want to help our artists create change, not merely embrace it. These moves anticipate the lasting importance of radio and the ongoing ascent of streaming, while acknowledging there's no need for a separate 'digital' team anymore, as technology is core to everything we do for our artists. We are positioning ourselves for new opportunities as the lines between marketing and commerce, as well as radio and streaming, continue to blur."

Additionally, VP/Brand Management Lisa Ray will oversee an expanded department encompassing Digital. Joining the staff will be Sr. Dir./Brand Management Ashlee Mcdonald, Dir./Interactive Marketing Brooke Hardesty, and Mgr./Interactive Marketing Jeremy Gold. Both Ray and Williams will report to WMN Chief Marketing Officer Peter Strickland.

Radio Show 2016 continued Thursday (9/22) with a busy schedule of sessions covering radio programming, sales, marketing, and regulation.

Breakfast, Branding, Cars, And Passion

After the annual Advertiser Breakfast session spotlighted Lifelock's success with radio advertising in a session that included music from Kevin Griffin and appearances by Premiere Networks syndicated host Bobby Bones and Hubbard AC WTMX/101.9 THE MIX/Chicago's Eric And Kathy, concurrent sessions included a look at the future of the digital dashboard with Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs, Commonwealth Broadcasting Corp.'S Steve Newberry, and Ford's Scott Burnell; a look at the "passion formats" of Sports, Urban, Contemporary Christian, and Spanish-language programming with Entercom/Austin's Nikki Nite, hosting a panel with consultant Jason Barrett, Radio One top 40/Rhythmic KBXX/97.9 THE BOXX/Houston's Madd Hatta, EMF Pres./CEO Mike Novak, and IHeartMedia's Hector Marcano; a sales panel on the agency-radio relationship; and Megatrax's panel on programming with guests including moderator Sean Ross, CMT's Cody Alan, Radio Disney's Phil Guerini, IHeartMedia'S Tony Coles and IMGR's Chris Nicoll.

The topics included
: brand image, with the panelists explaining what their companies' brands are intended to convey (and how they do it); ways the companies nurture creative environments that contribute to the brand; the value of the unexpected, like Alan's example of Pitbull or Fifth Harmony showing up for the CMT Awards, and the value of asking questions. Coles relating how Bob Pittman, upon his arrival at iHeartMedia, brought in new workers who were willing to question past practice. Whether radio is still "scared to entertain" after stripping personality out in response to PPM dips for non-music elements. Coles saying "we finally got our minds back" and brought back personality to serve the brand; and how the brands play out on the air. Coles also decried radio's tendency to play things safe, saying that "safe stations are not big stations."

Guerini was asked how radio can sell itself to listeners? He said that the key is to create memorable programming that is "additive" to listeners' days; COLES noted a "difference in the industry, and it's growing," a change in attitude towards positivity and passion about the medium.  At the end of the panel, promos produced by the panelists' companies to promote radio were played, showing how each organization would address the challenge.


Making Social Media Work

Social media strategy was the topic on the table at a panel hosted by Univision's Haz Montana and featuring presentations by ABC's Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Linda Lopez,  Univision site Flama's Stephanie Ramirez, and Cumulus and Lori Lewis.
Ramirez talked about the growth of her operation from a one-person social media division to a comedy video website and brand in APRIL 2014 using practically every social media platform, although she later noted that the key is quality, not quantity, and specializing in being stronger on one or two platforms is better than posting to several platforms with lesser content, to the company's present "Creator Network" multi-channel platform; Facebook is her company's largest platform and monetization engine, followed by YouTube.  She said that videos specific and authentic to national/ethnic groups tend to perform best, and stressed the importance of developing in-house personalities who attract fans wanting to connect to them and find out more, and the use of social media "influencers" for marketing.

Lewis said that the essence of social media is to "remind people that they matter." "This is their world,"
she said, "and we're just passing through;" typical radio contests won't engage fans anymore, Lewis advised, pointing out that "social is personal" and that talent emulating listeners' use of social will come across as more genuine, although radio talent, initially attracted to the idea of being alone in a room talking through a mic, may not be naturally social. The personal connection between talent and listeners through social media. For example, the talent following the fans on Twitter and Facebook -- matters to the fans, Lewis said, adding that the value of interaction that plays out entirely on social media, such as a station giving a fan a surprise ticket to meet her favorite artist, can be far greater than anything on the air. "We define our image every day by how we make people feel," Lewis asserted. "What we have to do is build affinity ... and this (social media interaction) is how we do it," reminding the audience that they are part of the brand.

Ashton
and Lopez had everyone stand and crowd together for a selfie to post, then outlined "Good Morning America"'s social media reach, both as a show and for individual personalities. Lopez stressed the importance of the talent being directly involved in tweeting, and Ashton offered examples of personal posts that have had particular appeal to her largely female following. She also credited her daughters for teaching her much of what she knows about social media, including optimum times for posting, avoiding over posting, not using Instagram filters, and not over-hash tagging ("my daughter says 'one hashtag, that's it,' like me telling her 'buy only one pair of shoes'").

Meanwhile, Cumulus and Westwood One Chief Insights Officer PIERRE BOUVARD led a panel on changing clients' mistaken perceptions of radio, with The Randy Lane Co.'s Jeff Mchugh, Nielsen's Carol Edwards, and Katz Media Group's Stacey Lynn Schulman; more talk about programmatic with the RAB's Erica Farber and a panel with Scripps' Chris Protzman, Katz Radio Group's Mark Gray, Prohaska Consulting's Scott Bender, and Horizon Media's Lauren Russo; and Beasley Media Group's Georgia Beasley with a panel on integrated sales and marketing with Emmis' Aimee Bittourna-Kincl, Entercom's Michael Doyle, and CBS Radio's Jennifer Morelli.

The Afternoon Session

There are scheduled highlights including appearances by FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mignon Clyburn, and the evening will culminate in the Marconi Awards, followed by ABC Radio and AA' huge Post-Marconi party at The Listening Room, two blocks from the OMNI, starting at 9:30 p.m. (CT) and featuring Broken Bow artist Adam Craig.
 

Two of the most talked-about roots music artists of the past year — Jason Isbell and CHRIS Stapleton — highlighted the eclectic mix of honorees, presenters, and performers at the "15th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards" show Wednesday night (9/21) at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. A complete list of winners will be made available here.

Isbell
took home two trophies, one for Album Of The Year for his 2015 release “Something More Than Free,” and one for Song Of The Year for “24 Frames.” Stapleton was awarded Artist Of The Year honors for the overall impact made via his 2015 solo debut, “Traveller.”
“Thank you to all the Americana radio stations out there, it’s been a big part of what we’ve been doing,” Stapleton said. “I’m nervous, there’s so many heroes out here in audience and up here on the stage, this is a remarkable thing.” 

Isbell
, now a six-time Americana Award winner, noted a key to keeping an artist grounded if success comes one’s way while accepting the Song Of The Year award. “If you can, keep people around you who will tell you when you’ve done something awful, whether it’s in a song or in your personal life, and listen to them if at all possible,” Isbell said, thanking wife and fellow artist Amanda Shires as that key.

Margo Price
picked up this year’s Emerging Artist Of The Year, while longtime musical collaborators Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell earned Group/Duo Of The Year, their second win in this category. Fiddler Sara Watkins was named Instrumentalist Of The Year, becoming the first female to win the award in this category.

“What an extraordinary event!” said Americana Music Association Exec. Dir. Jed Hilly. “Once again, the Americana community raises the bar of integrity and excellence. It’s such an honor to be in the room with talent of that level.”

Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Shawn Colvin (Trailblazer), William Bell (Songwriting), Bob Weir (Performance), Jim Lauderdale (WagonMaster), Woody Guthrie (President’s Award), and Billy Bragg (Spirit of Americana/Free Speech In Music, co-presented by the First Amendment Center) with the posthumous President’s Award Presented In Honor of Woody Guthrie to Lucinda Williams on behalf of the family.


Bob Weir
, who helped open the show playing the Merle Haggard classic “Mama Tried” -- part of the tribute to recently departed musical giants including Haggard, Allen Toussaint, Ralph Stanley, and Guy Clark -- took note of the synthesis of musical traditions that shaped not only his own experience, but encapsulates modern-day American roots music.

“You take musical traditions from England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, a little bit from France, and blend them together with a rich variety of African musical traditions, and stir it up,” Weir said. “You let it simmer for 200 or 300 years and see what happens. This could only happen in a new land. Physically, culturally, and spiritually. That place was and is America. It could only have happened here.”

Adams Radio Group Country WKHI/Salisbury-Ocean City, MD has appointed radio pro Larry “Big Red” Wnorowski PD/afternoons effective Monday, October 3rd. He succeeds Albie Dee in the PD chair, following Dee deciding to focus solely on Top 40 cluster-mate WOCQ, where he also handles afternoons.

The move to WKHI reunites Big Red with Adams; he most recently programmed Country sister KGRT/Las Cruces, NM before stepping aside for an opportunity outside the market.
“There are times when an amazing employee leaves for all the right reasons,” said Adams CEO Ron Stone. “And sometimes they come home. We could not be happier than to have Big Red back home. Red did an incredible job for us in Las Cruces, sets the standard for ‘team player,’ and I have no doubt we will see a repeat of his success in Maryland.” 

Big Red
’s 19-year career includes stops in Albuquerque, NM; Lawton, OK; Wichita Falls, TX; Dallas and Lafayette, LA. “I am excited to come to Salisbury-Ocean City and make it home,” commented Big Red. “WKHI has an amazing signal over Delmarva and the station already sounds terrific centered on NASH FM. I look forward to contributing in afternoons and working with a great local staff.” 

Country duo Montgomery Gentry has been added to the string of nationwide ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows. Participating clubs donate a portion of each ticket sold to ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy Of Country Music (ACM) which is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.

Montgomery Gentry
will perform at Stoney's Rockin' Country in Las Vegas on Friday, November 4th.

Tickets are available here

Renegade Radio Nashville has teamed with Vetlinx and veterans of the war in Vietnam to honor all military personnel at the "35th Anniversary Star-Spangled Salute" on Sunday, October 9th at the Parthenon Lawn of Centennial Park in Nashville.
Renegade Radio Nashville Owner/President Kaptain Jack will serve as Master Of Ceremonies and will broadcast live on-site from 4p until 6 p.m. (CT). Artists performing at the free family event will be announced later this Month.


"Our powerful voice and use of our airwaves should be used to bring awareness to Veterans' concerns and issues," said Kaptain Jack. "As a veteran myself, I have always supported these special events/fundraisers. We are extremely honored to be a part of this dedication to our military."

Grab more information bu visiting the Vetlinx website.

Event Will Also Feature Performances by Lonestar, Jamie O'Neal, Tracy Byrd, Marty Raybon and Aaron Tippin BATON ROUGE, La. (September 22, 2016) – Grand Ole Opry country legend John Conlee and multi-platinum recording artist Mark Chesnutt couldn’t stand by and do nothing about the devastating floods in Louisiana, so they’re joining other artists for Red Stick Together, a star-studded relief concert this Sunday, September 25 in Baton Rouge. Click Here to learn more about this FREE event.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Red Stick benefit for the flood victims of south Louisiana. Hope you’ll join us so we can help some folks while we have some fun,” says John Conlee. Mark Chesnutt adds, "I'm really glad to be a part of such a big show to help the people of Louisiana. They have had some hard times lately, so I hope we can bring some fun to these folks and that everyone comes out to support them."

In addition to Chesnutt and Conlee, other guest artists hitting the stage include Lonestar, Jamie O’Neal, Tracy Byrd, Marty Raybon, Aaron Tippin and many more. Each artist is donating their time for the one of a kind event, which includes live music, food, drinks and relief supply donation opportunities.

Repentance Park, located in downtown Baton Rouge, will serve as the location for the concert, which begins at 1:00 p.m. CT. The scenic landscape offers plenty of room for locals to gather together for the fun-filled event.

Recommened Tweet:
.@MarkChesnutt and #JohnConlee team up for #RedStickTogether concert this Sunday to benefit #LouisianaFlood victims (link)

Condolences from AllAboutCountry to family, friends, and colleagues of Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame member John D. Loudermilk, who passed away Yesterday (9/21) following a battle with bone cancer. He was 82.

He was a North Carolina native who landed cuts by artists ranging from Chet Atkins and Dolly Parton to Nancy Sinatra and James Brown, including "Tobacco Road," "Abilene," "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," and many more in both the Country and Pop worlds. His last major hit was 1971's "Indian Reservation," which went to #1 on the Pop charts for Paul Revere & The Raiders; however, Tim Mcgraw's 1994 Country hit, "Indian Outlaw," quotes the chorus of "Indian Reservation," which gave Loudermilk partial credit for yet another hit song.

Fellow Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame member Bobby Braddock shared the news of Loudermilk's passing via FACEBOOK, saying "His uncommon brain was filled with amazing words and powerful music -- or vice versa. It was pretty well known that John's days were numbered, so a few months ago, a friend, Dixie Gamble put together a wonderful tribute show at the Franklin Theater in neighboring Williamson County. There must have been fifty Country stars, songwriters, and musicians there to perform a Loudermilk song at this musical love fest that is scheduled to air soon on PBS-TV. John D. was there with wife Susan, on the front row of the packed house, all smiles, taking it in. What a sendoff.
Rest in peace, John D. Loudermilk, and thank you for some of the best American music ever written."

 
Award-winning public relations and marketing firm PLA Media is excited to announce the addition of independent country music record label, Silverado Records, to its roster. The up-and-coming label is joined alongside an impressive client list including the acclaimed Johnny Cash Museum, chart-topping country artist Ashton Shephard and the iconic Americana Music Triangle. 

"We’re really excited to be working with Pam and her amazing team at PLA Media,” says Silverado Records founder and CEO Scott Thomas. “They’re a great fit for us for a number of reasons, some of them being experience, longevity, and their overall awesomeness. We look
forward to working closely with the PLA team to get the word out about Silverado Records and our growing roster of artists.”

Launched earlier this year, Silverado Records hosts offices in Nashville and Las Vegas and has become a haven for established and rising Country artists hoping to carve their own path in the music industry.
The label boasts recording artists Melissa Mickelson, the rock and blues influenced singer-songwriter hailing from Boring, OR, and the passionate Nashville-based musician Zack Dyer. The label will be re-releasing

Mickelson’s 2015 self-titled EP, as she works on creating original tracks for a 2017 project. 


The label recently announced a new audio series project, the Silverado Signature Songwriter’s Series, designed to highlight the “immense and diverse songwriting culture prevalent in Nashville and Country music as a whole.”
With Dyer as its inaugural featured artist, the release date for the first volume will be announced soon, with several more volumes to follow. “This is a great way to connect music fans with the best songwriters, as well as country music’s future stars,” said Thomas. 
 
Thomas, a serial entrepreneur and entertainment industry veteran, is also the CEO of Silverado’s parent company, Exegan Music Group, which owns or controls more than a dozen other record label catalogs. The first half of his career was rooted in the radio business, as a radio DJ, production manager, and program director before co-founding Zeo Radio Networks in Denver. Thomas moved to the record side in 2008 with the launch of Jake Records. 

Thomas
is joined on the Silverado Records team by accomplished industry professionals with storied careers at landmark labels and organizations. A&R Director Aaron Chesling formerly served as Logistics Coordinator for Big Machine Records and Heather Cramsie serves as the Marketing Director after a successful run as the Director of Southeast Promotion at Sidewalk Records. Social Media
Director Tim Stewart hails from Las Vegas where he did freelance social media seminars for tech startups in Silicon Valley, now working out of the Exegan Music headquarters.


Silverado Records is made up of impressive artists and an even more accomplished leadership team,” said PLA President Pam Lewis. “We are so excited to work alongside them as they grow and continue to make a meaningful impact on our industry.” 

RCA Nashville artist Jake Owen took the stage on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last Night (9/21). Owen performed his recent #1 single, "American Country Love Song", off his “American Love” album.

See his performance here.

Annual Event Celebrating Daniels' 80th Birthday Sets Fundraising Record. 
Charlie Daniels’ co-founded non-profit, The Journey Home Project, hosted their annual dinner at The Palm Restaurant in Nashville on September 13th. The event, emceed by SiriusXM’s Storme Warren, raised over $100,000 with proceeds going to returning veterans and furthering awareness of the issues they face when they return home from serving the United States of America.

The program included American heroes, Mark “Oz” Geist and John “Tig” Tiegen, Buck Taylor of “Tombstone” and “Gunsmoke” fame, a performance by Ryan Weaver, Marisa Wayne of the John Wayne Foundation, and the man of the hour, celebrating his 80th Birthday,Charlie Daniels. The evening included a renowned live auction, silent auction items, the Palm’s signature Surf & Turf dinner and live entertainment.

“The yearly Journey Home Project at the Palm was, at least for me, the best yet. Raised a lot of money, had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends,” said Charlie Daniels.

“Thanks to our remarkably supportive sponsors, friends and guests, we have set a fundraising record for our organization while having an entertaining and fun evening. The Journey Home Project continues to be able to serve our veterans and returning servicemen and women thanks to the continued support through events like this, Volunteer Jam and more throughout the year,” said Mercedez Longever, The Journey Home Project Board Member.

2016 has been and continues to be one of the biggest years in Charlie Daniels career. The year began with an announcement that he would be in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s class of 2016 alongside Randy Travis and Fred Foster, the Charlie Daniels’ Band played on one of country music’s biggest stages, Nissan Stadium at CMA Festival, in June and just last week, an exhibition was announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum featuring artifacts from Daniels life and career. To top it all off, the southern rock legend will turn 80 years old on October 28 followed by a celebration of his birthday with friends Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton,Luke Bryan, Larry the Cable Guy, Travis Tritt and more at Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on November 30. Rounding out the year, Daniels’ will have played over 100 shows in just 365 days, an astounding accomplishment at any age.

This year’s Volunteer Jam on November 30 will bring Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Larry the Cable Guy and more to the Bridgestone Arena stage to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday. Tickets to this event can be purchased here.

For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.
 

First New Album in Five Years Makes Multiple Chart Debuts



Award winning, multi-million album selling, singer/songwriter, author, and activist Chely Wright is celebrating the long awaited release of her acclaimed new album, I AM THE RAIN. Released via her own Painted Red Music Group and distributed by MRI/Sony, the album arrived on September 9 and immediately made a positive chart impact. It debuted at #7 on the iTunes Store's "Top Country Albums," and on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums Chart at #9, Independent Albums Chart at #16, Top 200 Sales Chart at #53, and the Country Albums Chart at #13 - the latter marking Wright's second highest debut on that chart. I AM THE RAIN is available now in stores and at all online retailers.
Wright further commemorated the day of the release of I AM THE RAIN with a very special performance of the National Anthem at the retirement ceremony of U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Maria P. Darrow. Wright first met MSgt. Darrow in 2002 while traveling as part of a USO Stars & Stripes tour of South Korea where Darrow and her then-boyfriend Kevin were both stationed at separate Korean bases. Wright helped Kevin coordinate a surprise marriage proposal, live on stage in Kunsan Air Base, a memorable moment for both the happy couple and Wright herself. Fourteen years later, the opportunity came to once again surprise MSgt. Darrow - and honor her 21 years of service. Wright marked the occasion with a personal Facebook post as well as a more detailed entry in her always-powerful "Letters From Chely."
 

Country music star Darryl Worley will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train when it makes its 74th journey, on Saturday, Nov. 19. He will accompany Santa and event sponsorsCSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and theKingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek.  Worley will perform live at the final stop in Kingsport, Tennessee.
 
"I'm honored to accompany the Santa Train as the celebrity guest this year," Worley said. "The opportunity to give back and to be a part of a 74-year-old holiday tradition is one that I couldn't pass up, and I look forward to being a part of it."
 
Worley, who has three No. 1 singles on the Billboard U.S. Country chart during his career, has been on the country music scene since 2000. Worley has released six albums during his career and as well as 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. 
 
"We are thrilled to have Darryl Worley join us on this year's Santa Train," said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice president, corporate social responsibility, CSX. "The support we receive each year from celebrity guests is humbling, and we know Darryl will add to the holiday spirit of the Santa Train."
 
The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and delivers toys, food and winter clothing to hundreds of children and families along the way. Fans can use the hashtag #santatrain16 to follow the train online and engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.
 
For more information on Darryl Worley, visit www.darrylworley.com
 
The Santa Train is now in its 74th  year, the Santa Train runs along a 110-mile route through Appalachia, making 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to distribute more than 15 tons of toys to Appalachian families. The Santa Train is sponsored by CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

Please visit www.beyondourrails.org/index.cfm/events/santa-train/ for more information.  For updates about the #SantaTrain16, follow along on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram

 

  

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Database, Millennials make up 25% of the planet’s population, which translates into 1.7 billion people. As a consumer group, they’re just starting to flex their spending power, which will grow significantly in the coming years. While they’re years from fully establishing themselves, they’re already having a marked impact on the global consumer landscape.

Having grown up amid growing media fragmentation, Millennials are hyper adept at multitasking and are fully immersed in both their digital and physical lives. Notably, findings from more than a dozen Nielsen Global Survey reports from 2013-2016, which polled the attitudes of more than 30,000 online consumers in more than 60 countries, revealed that Millennials are a social, community-driven generation that values the voice of the individual.

Nielsen found, "Millennials are also a demanding generation that wants a more balanced, healthy lifestyle, and they want to be more informed about companies, their products and their business practices. They also expect products to do more for them and for their community. They excel in a fast-paced world that requires an on-the-go lifestyle. They value, even demand, connectivity, convenience and options that allow them to be in control. These core values and characteristics will remain the key influencers and drivers for how Millennials think, spend and act throughout their lifetimes."


 

The Radio Show 2016 opened its session today (9/21) in Nashville with the annual presentation analyzing radio's financial outlook.

Wells Fargo Securities' Davis Hebert
recommended that in 2016, investors are less adverse to taking risks than they were last year, and expects ad spending to grow 2-3% this year (excluding Olympics and political ads), but the lack of political spending this year, he said, is a problem; nevertheless, ad spending should approach $200 billion this year, and radio is only slightly underperforming the post-recession market: radio currently takes 7% of total ad spending, expected to only modestly decline to 6% by 2019, remaining relatively stable as digital takes an increasing share of spending.  Hebert mentioned radio's stability in Time Spent Listening and said that investors undervalue that fact; he did mention, that radio is continuing to struggle to reach mobile users, badly trailing owned music, Pandora, and other audio sources.

Hebert
called radio 'the best performing sector in traditional media in 2016," saying radio has produced more visible results than television. But he added that investors often value audience over profitability, rewarding Facebook and Pandora for their reach. He said that credit markets will be open to conservatively leveraged (3-4x) radio companies, although most companies are above that level at present.
He also stated, investors are worried about radio's reliance on older demographics and limited reach via mobile, place on the connected dashboard, monetization of digital, royalty uncertainty, and leverage; they want to see consistency in revenue across station groups, more new growth catalysts, more conservative leverage, more consolidation, and more free cash flow.

Next on the Broadcast Leadership Panel, Capital One's Ray Shu said that radio, "is still a very relevant sector" but needs to get that message to investors and needs to address the leverage issue. it's holding back the industry".  U.S. Bank's Garret Komjathy echoed the concern about leverage, pointing towards the two largest radio players, iheartMedia and Cumulus, being over-leveraged.  Alpha Media's Larry Wilson refuted that "There are a lot of great things about radio. If you look at the whole picture, radio is doing, I think, very very well. it works". Wilson touted his company's and Townsquare Media's investment in digital as examples of positive developments for radio.   Cox Media Group's Bill Hendrich warned that, "we will be slowly strangled to death" if radio continues to have the image with ad agencies of not reaching Millennials.  Beasley Broadcast Group's Caroline Beasley discussed her company's purchase of Greater Media and the attractiveness of adding the station's cash flow and reach.  Komjathy also warned radio operators to "know who you're getting your money from" and whether they are used to the ups and downs of the business.

On his company's acquisition of Digity, Miller noted that the deal,
"doubled the size of our company in one day". Miller also discussed the difficulty of "getting our arms around" the new additions, saying that he identified some stations that needed work and others that needed to be left alone.  He added that he is not looking to go public, preferring to "tend to our business. Generate free cash flow and pay down debt." He also advised that radio should stop battling each other over sales as if no other media competition exists. And Hendrich said that digital offers a great opportunity for radio, Beasley said that the focus should be on "doing good local radio."

Moderator Scott R. Flick from communications law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP asked about what the biggest challenge facing radio would be, Komjathy and Miller agreed that the challenge is to tell radio's positive story beyond the two largest overleveraged players.  Hendrich offered that the challenge is to establish local radio's differentiation in the audio space in the face of Pandora's positioning; Beasley suggested that radio needs to "do a better job" of changing the perception of radio.

At the Innovation Stage in the exhibit hall, Disney/ABC's Howard Price offered a talk on cybersecurity and other operational disasters that he introduced by thanking the NAB to allow him to "scare the living crap out of you," with the aim of sending broadcasters off to make sure they're prepared.
He pointed out that radio stations have many points vulnerable to attack, from access control systems to programming and transmitter automation and even voice tracking systems, and the expansion of the "Internet of Things" will only offer more vulnerabilities as more devices are connected.

Price
cited recent attacks on computer systems at various stations, including a small Michigan station that fell victim to a ransom attack and found its music and voice tracks locked, a Houston incident that inserted a racial slur in Radio One Top 40/Rhythmic KBXX/97.9 THE BOX's RDS display, and an EAS hack in Montana that reported that the dead were rising from their graves. He noted that much of the problem involves human or system errors, including out-of-date software, and exploits that take advantage of those mistakes, or prompt them via social engineering; a third of all incidents, he said, are linked to insiders, and about half are deemed "malicious," meaning that terminating IT privileges of departing employees may be the safest move. Price, counting five key steps to cybersecurity -- Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover -- suggested that stations assemble cybersecurity teams to stay on top of the issue, and adjust IT budgets for the "new realities" of cybersecurity, as well as rehearsing the company's response to "cybercatastrophe," taking preventive, detective, and corrective measures.
Price said, include preparing for 72 hours of self-sufficiency, training for role-swaps, keeping regular dialogue with key leaders and vendors, critical infrastructure designation, creating emergency plans, backing up everything, and owning and promoting readiness and using that as a campaign for the community (and selling sponsorships to generate revenue).

HD Lunch

At the annual RADIO SHOW luncheon, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith chatted with DTS Chairman and CEO Jon Kirchner in the wake of DTS' sale to Tessera Technologies.  The head of the company that owns HD RADIO said, that the sale of the company is not expected to change the company's plans, and that he will likely be the head of the combined company.  Asked what's new with HD Radio, Kirchner pointed to the installed base of HD receivers in cars reaching critical mass (23% in Miami, 20% in NEW York and Los Angeles), and added that the company is researching on in-car display ads and finding that it improves unaided recall of the brand.  He also said that DTS is exploring the global market for HD Radio, which is on the air in Mexico and Canada on an experimental basis. 

You don't want radio to become the thing your dad did," Kirchner said, stressing the need to appear current; Smith warned that competitors like Pandora and SiriusXM are revenue-sharing with car companies, potentially putting radio at a disadvantage, but Kirchner, while counseling awareness of the competition, said that radio still has prime shelf space and can counter the user experience advantages of the competition with enhancements like the visual display.
The luncheon also honored former Lincoln Financial Media President/CEO Don Benson with the 2016 National Radio Award.

 

According to an Integr8 Research blog titled “Why Recurrents Are More Important to Country Than Top 40,” songs that listeners still love after 45 weeks should be power recurrents for Country radio. Integr8 President and blog author Matt Bailey asserts, “Playing listener's tried and true favorites as if they were still currents might not hurt you today, but it could make your station seem stale tomorrow.”

This is the second of a three-part series looking at the differences between Country and Top 40 programming practices, Integr8 compared performance of hits in streaming versus radio airplay. For the first 44 weeks of a song’s life, what radio listeners hear closely mirrors what they play for themselves on streaming services. After that, the story is different. “While 18% of the Country songs listeners stream most are 45-plus weeks old, a scant 2% of the Top 10 songs in Country radio airplay are 45-plus weeks old. That’s because radio has almost always moved songs that are over 44 weeks old to recurrent categories or has stopped playing them entirely.”

And they’re correct in doing so, says Bailey, because playing songs listeners hate or are simply tired of can make them tune out, whereas, for consumers who use streaming services such as Spotify, “it doesn’t matter how many people are tired of song, or even how many people hate a song: How often people who love it play it is the only thing that matters. Additionally, listeners want their Country station to keep them up to date with the latest Country hits. “Your reputation for playing the latest Country hits can head south if listeners are always hearing last year’s songs when they tune in.” 

Read the entire blog here.

Capitol Nashville artist Mickey Guyton appeared on NBC-TV's "The TODAY Show" this morning (9/21). She performed her current single, "Heartbreak Song."

See her full performance here.

AllAboutCountry send condolences to family, friends, and his co-workers of Townsquare Media News-Talk KTWO-AM (K2)/Casper, WY morning host Brian Scott, who died Sunday (9/18) in a motorcycle accident near Lewistown, MT.  Scott (full name Brian Scott Gamroth) was returning from a Shriners' event in Canada when the accident occurred.

Scott, who was a Marconi Award winner in the Small Market Radio Personality category, started in radio at KTRS/Casper before stints with CBS Records, Polygram, and Geffen Records; he returned to Casper as host of the KTWO morning show and held that slot for almost 20 years, later adding a midday show on sister Country KWYY/MyCountry 95.5.


"Brian was one of those people who loved what he did, loved this city, and loved Wyoming. But first and foremost for him was his family,” said GM Bob Price. “For over 2 decades, listeners to K2 and KWYY, MyCcountry, have made Brian a part of their day, and their lives. From the Governor to the man on the street, Brian’s love for, and work for this community has been a part of his life. Charities, community organizations, and events all over Wyoming have benefited from his hard work on their behalf. The word 'institution' is overused in our profession. In Brian’s case, it’s inadequate.”

Sen
. Mike Enzi (R-WY) issued a statement saying, “Diana and I were saddened to hear about the death of Brian Scott. He was such a part of Casper and KTWO radio, but more than that, he was a son of Wyoming.  He had a tremendous radio voice and he used that gift to help others with all his support of important charities. He cared about our state. He cared about us. He told our stories. We will miss him very much.”

Sen. John Barrasso
(R-WY) also issued a statement saying, “Wyoming has lost a true giant. It’s hard to think of a more familiar and friendly voice in Wyoming than Brian Scott’s. For the past 20 years, the Casper community woke up and went to work with the smiling voice of Brian Scott filling the airwaves. Brian didn’t stop at just reporting about the community, he lived it and loved it every day. If there was a charitable event in Casper, Brian was either emceeing it or letting everyone in the Cowboy State know how they can help.

Brian was a friend to everyone. He’s changed many lives for the better and WYOMING will feel his loss for a long time. Bobbi and I send our deepest condolences to his 

BBR Music Group has hired Jennifer Coen as Executive Assistant, effective immediately. Coen joins from Cumulus/Nashville, where she worked in sales, and she succeeds Brittany Farrar, who departs BBR Music Group to pursue a career in the fitness industry. In her new role, Coen will report directly to BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba, GM Rick Shedd, and SVP/Promotion Carson James.

"We are going to miss Brittany greatly, but she has been given an amazing opportunity to pursue her passion in fitness, and we couldn't be happier for her," said Loba. "She leaves some incredibly big shoes to fill, but we are so excited about Jennifer joining the BBR Music Group family. Her background in radio, along with a degree in marketing and endearing personality should serve her well in her new role."

Coen can be reached at 615.610.2105 or via email here.

Pearl Records artist Garth Brooks will take his "Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood" to Richmond, VA for a Saturday, November 12th show at the Richmond Coliseum. Currently, one performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 30th at 10 a.m. (ET) via Ticketmaster. Look for more shows to be added to meet demand, as has been Brooks' policy in previous cities on the "World Tour."

For more information, visit Brooks' website here.

MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt will be the headliner for the "5th Annual Taste Of Country Music Festival," slated for Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Catskills in Hunter, NY.

He joins previously announced headliner Jason Aldean.


Additional headliners and performers will be announced in the coming months. Tickets and camping packages are available here.

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