As was reported here, Tim McGraw has announced that he will be putting on a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, the organization founded after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
According to CBS News, McGraw is being criticized by gun rights activists. The Washington Post also posted links to several blogs from gun supporters against the appearance saying it is a "gun control fundraiser."
McGraw told the Washington Post "“Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far. As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety -- most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”
Billy Currington was also scheduled to perform but has since cancelled saying on his Facebook page, "I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues -- I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization
Big D from the "Big D and Bubba Show" will honor a fallen Marine from his hometown when he accepts his ACM Award this weekend. He wears a dog tag that honors fallen Marine LCol. Lance Clark who was killed Septemebr 7, 2007 in Anbar, Iraq during his second tour of duty. He was 21.
When Big D and Bubba visited Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, CA they were both given a dog tag honoring a fallen soldier. The tags were made by a non-profit group called Dog Tags for Kids. Big D was so moved that he decided to wear a dog tag honoring a soldier from his own hometown during the ACM Awards this Sunday.
“It was such an honor to meet them,” said Big D after meeting Clark's parents this week, “and they were so thankful that their son has not been forgotten.”
Nash branded stations will launch a new Westwood One syndicated weekend show, "American Country Countdown (ACC) Rewind with Bob Kingsley." The three hour programming is debuting Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. The show will be on all the Nash Icon formatted stations and select Nash formatted stations,
"I am first and foremost a fan of Country music, and I'm delighted that we're opening the vaults of ACC during one of Country's great eras," stated Kingsley. "These shows spotlight both Hall of Famers and exciting young acts and, as always, my role is part tour guide, part storyteller."
Bob Kingsley will host the show which is an extension of "America Country Countdown" hosted by Kix Brooks and "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40." The "ACC Rewind" will feature hits from the 1990s and early 2000s.
Kevin Lane has joined Webster Public Relations. He was worked at Mercury and"I have been watching Kirt build his company since its launch and have been impressed with his approach and the roster he has built," says Lane, "so when I began planning my return to Nashville recently, I jumped at the chance to work with him."
"Having Kevin join our team, knowing his experience and love for country music is only going to make things even better," adds Webster PR Pres. Kirt Webster. Reach Lane
Toby Keith is going to be hosting his "12th Annual Toby Keith & friends Golf Classic" at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman OK on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. The fundraiser will benefit the Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral, a home in Oklahoma City which provides lodging at his OK Kids Korral for pediatric cancer patients and their families free of charge
The Friday night event will include a dinner with live and silent auctions of items and collectibles from music and sports personalities. Keith will perform during the event. The Golf Classic on Saturday will include more than 120 golfers and celebrities. The winner of the tournament will win a new Ford truck.
The goal of the event is to beat last year's $950,000 that was raised.
Jon Pinch, Cumulus/Atlanta Market manager has again announced his retirement. The cluster includes Country WKHX, Kicks 101.5.
The former Cumulus Co-COO sent an email today (4/16) saying, ""I just met with the department heads this morning and announced that, once again, I’m retiring…. and this time it’s for real! I’ve truly enjoyed that last 5 months and the chance to get to know you and the fabulous stations in our Atlanta cluster. You’re in great hands with a veteran Market Manager, Sean Shannon, who starts next week. I met Sean 7 months ago and the timing was right for this move to happen now. My email will be
Jeff Roteman, aka JP McCartney has stepped down as MD/air personality at Alpha Media Hot AC WIKZ, Mix 95.1 Chambersburg-Hagerstown, MD. He began at Alpha in 1997 doing mornings at Froggy/Kiss Country 94.3. He then went on to work at Mix 95.1 doing 7-midnights and then went to middays. He's been doing that since 2001.
His career includes working at WTCR York/Hanover, WWKL, Kool 94.3 and WHTO,Williamsport, PA
He suffered a stroke last September and says he is doing very well. His plans tare to continue to working on his tribute sites for various stations including KQV, WTAE, WKBO, WLS and others.
Reach him here
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott's bus caught on fire this morning as she, her husband Chris Tyrrell, the band's tour manager and the tour bus driver were traveling from Nashville to Dallas for the ACM Awards. Thankfully, no one was injured.
Scott posted to Instagram that one of the tires "caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly."
A spokesperson for the Garland, Texas Police Department reported to E!News that "There was a blowout on the bus and when they pulled off the side somehow the bus caught fire....This happened around 8:30. The incident limited the roadway to one lane, and traffic was backed up for 3 hours."
Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb has opened a new record label imprint, Low Country Sound with Elektra Records. It will be based in Nashville and be supported by Andrew Brightman of Brightman Music. The label has signed its first artist R&B/Pop musician Anderson East. Jennings has also worked with Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, A Thousand Horses and Shooter Jennings.
Elektra Records is a subsidiary of Atlantic and Warner Music Group and the New York and Los Angeles-based executives will also support low Country Sound.
Time Magazine has named two Country artists to their "100 Most Influential People" list that was released today. Taylor Swift was named in the "Icons" category while was named in the "Artists" category.
They were ranked along other musicians, actors, politicians, business leaders and religious figures.
More presenters have been announced for the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 19. Additional presenters will include Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakum, Alabama, Big & Rich, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen Justin Moore, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton and others.
Those presenters not in Country music will include Miss America, 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Dr. Phil McGraw, Nancy O'Dell, Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon and more.
The telecast will be co-hosted again by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton and will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Lady Antebellum and more.
Tickets for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards are still available via
The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are setting up ACM Backstage this year that promises to be the most interactive fan experience yet. Viewers who Shazam the live CBS-TV broadcast on Sunday, April 19 will be entered to win a trip for two to the 2016 Awards, a guitar siged by the event's hosts and more. ACM Backstage can be accessed with iPhone or Android via the "50th ACM Award" app available in the iTunes Store or Good Play. For more information go to
Those holding tickets for the ACM Awards will find Glow Motion Technologies Mobaglo LED wristbands in their seats, which will be used to create television moments throughout the broadcast. The wristbands will offer more than 16 million series color options and allow ACM Awards Executive Producer R.A. Clark to utilize the audience-worn wristbands to create light waves, sparkles and other effects to highlight key moments nad performances. It will even be able to map out sponsor brand logos thanks to the audience creating a light-up canvas at AT&T Stadium.
The ACM Awards are this Sunday, April 19 on CBS TV beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).
Florida Georgia Line played an exclusive set in Nashville yesterday (4/14) as they helped launch the new beverage Mtn Dew Dewshine. Nashville-area FGL fans entered a contest via social media and 150 passes were given out for the performance. This is part of the new brand launch.
Meanwhile FGL's upcoming tour "Anything Goes Tour" is sponsored by Mtn Dew and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are part of the "Dew Nation" as spokespeople for the brand.
Bruce Shindler, former Mercury Nashville Director/Southeast is now working as Clinical Associate fro Nashville's Cumberland Heights rehabilitation center. Shindler retired from the music business last fall with intentions of helping going through alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
On Facebook he posted, "Looking forward to joining hte great people who work (at Cumberland Heights) and hoping I can contribute a little in making someone's life better."
To kick off a historic 50th anniversary weekend for the Academy of Country Music Awards, “New Artist of the Year” nominee Thomas Rhett is performing an exclusive Ram Country Live! on Yahoo Music concert from the legendary Gilley’s Dallas. Fans across the world can tune-in to the live stream on Fri., April 17 at 8:00P CT here:
In advance of the 50th Annual ACM Awards, Thomas Rhett will also join Ram Trucks as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest truck parade in history on Sat., April 18 at AT&T Stadium.He will sign autographs for fans atThe RAM Trucks display at the ACM Party For A Cause Festival later that afternoon. Additionally, Thomas Rhett will be featured alongside Ram Trucks during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast live Sunday, April 19 on CBS.
“I’m a truck guy and always have been, so it’s a natural fit for me to work with Ram Trucks” said Thomas Rhett. “This year’s ACM Awards is already so cool for me because I am nominated and get to perform on the television show. But I can't think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley's. It's one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in their career, and even if you aren't in Dallas for the weekend, you can tune in online and be part of it, which is really cool."
In addition to his nomination, the Platinum selling singer/songwriter is also scheduled to perform his recent chart-topper “Make Me Wanna" at Sunday’s Awards. The song marks three consecutive No. one hits from his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS on Valory Music Co.,making him the first male artist to accomplish this on the Billboard chart in over 20 years.He just released the upbeat breakup anthem “Crash And Burn” from his upcoming sophomore effort. It derbut at Number 1 on the Itunes Country Chart. For more information and updates on new music, visit
Garth Brooks will be going to Knoxville on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. He will play at the Thompson Boling Arena on the Universaity of Tennessee campus. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. (ET) at www.KnoxvilleTickets.com exclusively. For more information go to
Trisha Yearwood's third cookbook "Trish's Table: My Feel-Good Life" debuted at No. 7 on New York Times sellers list. This one she says balances her lifestyle between indulgence and discipline. .
This book [reflects] how we eat more of the time," she tells Dan Rather in an interview that aired last night (4/14) on AXS. "And then, on the comfort foods, there are some things you just can't substitute. You just say, 'I'm havin' the macaroni and cheese today ... and I'm gonna enjoy it.' But the rest of the time, we show you ways to make things lighter."
The sixth season of Yearwood's cooking show Trisha's Southern Kitchen kicks off Saturday (4/18) on the Food Network.
KTTS/Springfield, MO is the only Country station to win the 2015 NAB Crystal Radio Awards. The award was given yesterday at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon. This award is given to stations who show outstanding committments to their communities.
"This is truly an honor and exemplifies the total commitment of each and every member of Team KTTS to our listeners and the community," says PD Mark Grantin. "I am proud of everyone in our building. They impress me every day with their desire to create a radio station that serves the community and creates compelling content."
Tim McGraw will take the station at Xfinity Theather in Hartford, CT on Friday, July 17 with all proceeds going to Sandy Hook Promise. This organization was founded in the wake of hte school shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Joining Tim will be Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. Surprise guests will also be announced at a later date.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, (4/17) at 10 a.m. (ET) through LiveNation and Ticketmaster. For more information go to
KWEN/Tulsa's Branding and Programming and afternoon talent Matt Bradley will move mornings tomorrow (4/15). He will join Natalie Cash. He will join Natalie Cash. Get in touch with Bradley
He will be replacing Jim Carey in afternoons. Carey is leaving for a soon to be announced job.
Currently the station is looking for someone for afternoons and also include acting as APD. Bradley is also looking for a morning show producer/midday person to take over for Kristina Carlyle who joined crosstown KTGX as PD.
Reba is releasing her first album in five years. The project is called "Love Somebody" will be a part of her won Slacker Radio "I Am the DJ" station. The station is live and free for all web and mobile Slacker Radio users.
On the station Reba will share her favorite music and stores about the songs and artists that she loves. Reba recently shared a story about her friend and now daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson.
""[She] is now my daughter-in-law, but I've known Kelly for over ten years now," explained Reba. "I absolutely love her. She's got the biggest heart in the world."
Rascal Flatts will launch their video for their latest single "Riot" today (4/14) on Nash TV. The video will run on all Nash TV platforms including Cumulus Media nad Nash exclusive partner Music Choice On Demand.
“Big Machine Label Group's and the Flatts' decisions to world premiere the video for their new song 'Riot' on Nash TV is truly an honor and reinforces Nash TV as the fastest growing producer of original artist-centric lifestyle content in the Country lifestyle segment," said Cumulus EVP/Programming and Content John Dickey. "Lots more of this to come."
Warner Music Nashville's Team WEA is working Kid Rock into Country. HIs single "First Kiss" impacts April 27.
"Kid Rock is the best-selling solo male of the 2000s," says WEA VP/Promotion Jordan Pettit. "He also brought us the No. 2 most-heard song on Country radio over the past five years ("All Summer Long"). 'First Kiss' is currently top 10 at Rock and our team is excited to bring another summer hit to Country radio!"