industry members
Leo Ashcraft
ceo   KTSQ Radio
rlaneroruth ken
Swiss movement Replica Wacthes   apple
Dylan Fletcher
  Music + Media Entertainment
Aaron Taylor
  A-Ware Software
John Ortiz
Radio Development   ALSAC
Heather Stupeck
Secondary Promotions Manager   Jerry Duncan Promotions

What headliners!  The Big Barrel Country Music Festival will headline Blake, Miranda and Carrie Underwood at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware June 26-28, 2015.

This musical weekend will follow the Firefly Music Fest and will also include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta ynn and Merle Haggard, amont the other 40 performers. The three-day general admission will be $99.

The extravaganza will also include a huge dance hall, BBQ area, saloon, a marketpalce and a family-friendly area. 

"Firefly, combined with its home at The Woodlands of Dover International Speeedway has established the East Coast standard when it comes to delivering a top-notch music festival," says Director of Firefly and Big Barrell reg Boston. "We'll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish Big Barre as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River."

Passes go on sale today (12/18) for Big Barrel Country Music Festival at noon  at noon (ET).


12/18/2014 12:06 PM
Bumstead Now Chairman of CMA
As Ed Hardy steps down after completing his term as Chairman of the CMA Board, Frank Bumstead (Chairman of Flood, Bumstead, McCready and McCarthy) will now take over as role of chairman. CMA President-Elect John Esposito (President/CEO of Warner music Nashville) takes the rein as President.  Sally Williams, the Ryman Auditorium's VP of Business and Partnership Development has been named President-Elect.  Schmidt Relations' Jessie Schmidt returns as Secretary/Treasurer of the CMA Board.  

"Ed Hardy has been an important part of CMA's growth and success this year," said Bumstead.  "I am fortunate to follow my very good friend in this important position and intend to keep him involved in the Association so that we do not lose the benefit of his experience and knowledge of CMA and its staff.  And on behalf of the entire Board, I thank Sarah Trahern for the effective leadership transition she has managed over the past year.  I'm also looking forward to collaborating with John Esposito and Sally Williams-Who are each respected, passionate leaders in teh community to take CMA to new heights in 2015.  

"This is a very exciting time to be President of the CMA Board of Directors," said Esposito.  "The Association is especially strong as we enter 2015 with the unequalled success of our core initiatives and clearly defined strategic objectives with the resources, professional staff, and Board support to make them a reality.  The future is promising and I am looking forward to serving the industry alongside Frank Bumstead and Sally Williams."

Appointments will take place Jan. 1, 2015. 2015.

Below are listed CMA Directors and Directors at Large:

Advertising/Public Relations/Media
Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Brian Philips, CMA

Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization
Tim DuBois, AMP, Inc.

Artist Brett Eldredge
Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town

Broadcast Programming & Air Talent
John Marks, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Beck Brenner, Albright & O'Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists, Seattle, WA

Jim Beavers
Shane McAnally, Smack Songs, LLC

Entertainment Services
Stacey Schlitz, Schlitzl AW
Dwight Wiles, Smith Wiles and Co.

Ted Ellis, CMT Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Milly Olykan, AEG Europe, London, United Kingdom 

Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing

Music Publisher/Performing Rights Organization
Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Pat Higdon, Patrick Joseph Music

Kenny Greenberg
Eric Darken

Personal Manager
Kerri Edwards, KP Entertainment
Marion Kraft, ShopKeeper Management

Mark Bright

Radio Management
Clay Hunnicutt, iHeartMedia
Charlie Morgan, Emmis Communications, Indianapolis, Ind.

Record Company
Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville
Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville

Talent Agent
Kevin Neal, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Talent Buyer/Promoter
Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Nashville
Larry Vallon, AEG Live, Los Angeles, Calif.

Touring Personnel
Scott Scovill, Moo TV

Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar, Chicago, Ill.

Lifetime Directors
J. William Denny, Denny Properties
Ralph Peer II, peermusic

Ex-Officio Members
Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Directors at Large:
Marcie Allen, MAC Presents, LLC, New York, N.Y.
Charlie Anderson, Anderson Media Corporation, Knoxville, Tenn.
Rob Beckham, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
Dierks Bentley
Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group
Kix Brooks
Luke Bryan
Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment Group
Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group, LLC
John Dickey, Cumulus Media, Atlanta, Ga.
Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music
Chris DuBois, Sea Gayle Music
Ann Edelblute, The H.Q.
John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville
Jeff Garrison, Cox Media Group, San Antonio, Texas
Ed Hardy
Lon Helton, Country Aircheck
Clint Higham, Morris Higham Management, Inc.
Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group
John Huie, Creative Artists Agency
Brett James, Cornman Music
Kurt Johnson, Townsquare Media, Dallas, Texas
Michael Knox, peermusic
Ken Levitan, Vector Management
Jon Loba, BBR Music Group
Michael Martin, ASCAP
Deb McDermott, Media General
Mike Moore, Entercom Communications, Portland, Ore.
Jim Ed Norman, Curb Records
Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment
Rob Potts, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Five Dock, Australia
David Ross, BossRoss Media
Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations
Sally Seitz, iTunes
Victoria Shaw, Songalicious Publishing
Bob Shennan, BBC, London, United Kingdom
Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company
Clarence Spalding, Maverick Management
Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens Music
Mike Vaden, Decosimo Vaden
Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production Company, Inc.
Jeff Walker, AristoMedia
Jody Williams, BMI
Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium
Chris Young

Pictured above (L-R): John Esposito, incoming CMA Board President and President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville; Sally Williams, incoming CMA Board President-Elect and Vice President of Business and Partnership Development of Ryman Auditorium; Jessie Schmidt, CMA Board Secretary/Treasurer and President of Schmidt Relations; Frank Bumstead, incoming CMA Board Chairman and Chairman of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. Photo: Christian Bottorff / CMA




Big Machine Label Group's Publicity and Corporate Communications Team has been nominated for In-House PR Team of the Year at the 2015 PR Week Awards. hey are the only music industry company in the category.  Others nominated include NASCAR, The United States Olympic Committee, Leo Burnett and IMAX.

The In-House PR Team of the Year nomination is open to any in-house corporate, government or nonprofit communications team. The award recognizes success in addressing issues related to corporate communications, management and campaign execution.  It also includes crises PR situations. The work nominated must have been done between October 3, 2013 and October 7, 2014.

The BMLG's team includes Jake Basden, Erin D.D. Burr, Katie Rose and Charlotte Burke who recently took the place of Nikki Burns. 
The BMLG artist roster includes Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Reba, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Eli Young Band, The Mavericks, Maddie & Tae, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, The Cadillac Three, Danielle Bradbery, Laura Bell Bundy, Lauren Jenkins, A Thousand Horses, Levi Hummon, Drake White and Seth Alley.  They also have overseen a country tribute to Motley Crue and soundtracks for ABC's Nashville.  They also spearheaded the PR for the documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me.

This is their second nomination.

Seen in photo (l-r): Jake Basden, Katie Rose, Erin D.D. Burr and  Charlotte Burke Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images                                                                                                 

ACM Lifting Lives has named its 2014 beneficiairies.  They are CreatiVets, LiveBeyond, Notes for Notes Inc., Porter's Call,The Quest Center for Arts & Community Development, Rochelle Center, Shepherd Center Music Therapy for Veterans, Tapping Individual Potential, W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School and Youth For Tomorrow – New Life Center. 

During 2014 the organization has donated more than $169,000 to programs tha tpromote education and healing with a musical connection.  Get information on the 2015 grant cycle here.  

12/18/2014 11:31 AM
Country Takes The Voice
Country Craig Wayne Boyd on Team Blake's won The Voice on Tuesday (12/16).  Along with $100,000 he also won a contract with Universal Music Group.

His first single is "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." He sang this song as his vocal showcase and then sang it again in the competition finale.  Shelton said he recommended the song to Boyd because he's loved the dreamy, romantic ballad since he heard it. The song was written by Stephaie Urbine Jones who calls the song her "Christmas miracle." She co-wrote the song with Mark Marchetti.  

Watch the video here. 

WUSN/Chicago has raised $1,187,273 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Their 24trh Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon this year raised $163,710 more than last year.  The fundraiser was held December 10-11.

This brings US 99's total ot $23.5 million to St. Jude. Congrats!

From l-r Shila Nathan (afternoons),  Rambin' Ray and Lisa Dent (mornings), Drew Walker (middays)

Cumulus/Dallas selects Rebecca Kaplan to be their Promotions Director for Country KSCS and KPLX. Kaplan moves to Dallas/Fort Worth from iHeartMedia/Tampa, where she was also Promotions Director.
RVP/Market Manager Dan Bennett said, “We look forward to Rebecca’s leadership in driving the promotions department for two of America’s best Country radio stations.”

OM J.R. Schumann stated, “We’re excited to announce Rebecca as our new Promotion Director for KSCS and KPLX! Rebecca’s experience in radio promotion and events management puts her in a great position to hit the ground running and take our promotions departments and these two stations to the next level!”
Kaplan excitedly stated, “This Florida girl is extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue my career in Dallas with Cumulus and to be a part of the ongoing success of KSCS and KPLX.”

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood top the lineup at the “Big Barrel Country Music Festival  to take place at The Woodlands Of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, June 26th-28th next year. The weekend, will also include Jake Owens, Chris Young, Gary Allen, Lynyrd, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard, among the 40 additional performers. Three-day general admission passes are $99.

Attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds, including a large-scale dance hall, BBQ area, saloon, a marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.

"Firefly, combined with its home at The woodlands Of Dover International Speedway, has established the East Coast standard when it comes to delivering a top-notch music festival," says Director of Firefly and Big Barrel Greg Bostrom. "We'll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish BIG BARREL as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River."

Passes go on sale today for Big Barrel Country Music Festival at noon (EST) through

Morning show host Bob Richards' KBUL,Nash FM/Reno has been promoted to PD.  He has been doing mornings for 6 years. 
Market Manager Jed Odom said," Bob continues to prove himself as an asset to the station and the cluster.  And this was another step forward in the right direction for The Bull.
Richards will continue to anchor mornings and is on the hunt for someone with the "it" factor to co-host with him.

Cumulus Country KPLX/99.5 The Wolf/Dallas selects Skip Mahaffey to join the “Wake Up With The Wolf Show” as co-host. Mahaffey replaces Ken Buckner, who recently left the station. Current KPLX Mornings co-host Lisa Taylor will team up for mornings with Mahaffey beginning Monday, December 29th.

Mahaffey said, "Co-hosting the Wake Up With The Wolf Show in Dallas is hands-down the biggest and most exciting job in Country Radio. I cannot begin to express my excitement and gratitude for this opportunity. I am so honored, humbled and proud to be working alongside Mark Phillips, Lisa Taylor and Smokey Rivers! Thank you to Mike McVay for keeping the faith, to John Dickey and Dan Bennett for taking the chance, and to J.R. Schumann for the opportunity. This is going to be fun."

OM J.R. Schumann added, "I'm so excited about the future of the Wake Up With The Wolf Show! Skip brings a long history of success in Country morning radio, a tremendous knowledge of our format, and let's not forget the three-time CMA Personality of the Year stripes!"

RVP/Market Manager Dan Bennett said, "Skip is a tremendous talent with a great track record of success in ratings and industry awards and truly understands the air talent’s role on a great music station.”

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is confirmed by the Senate Today (12/17) for a full five-year term. O'Rielly had been filling out the unexpired term of Rob McDowell.

Prior to his stint at the FCC, he was policy advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip.

NAB Pres./CEO Gordon Smith said, "NAB congratulates Commissioner O'Rielly on his confirmation to a full five-year FCC term. We deeply appreciate his commitment to public service, his grasp of difficult public policy issues, and his acknowledgement of the enduring value of broadcast localism."

Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reaches Platinum status, marking more than 1 million in sales.

The Outsiders was one of the year’s top albums regardless of genre as verified by Billboard. Released Feb. 11, the album sold more than 288,000 copies in its first week. That stood up as 2014’s fourth biggest debut, only behind Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay. The sales earned Church inclusion a prestigious list of international pop stars as 2014’s top-selling artists including Swift, Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Lorde.  

The Outsiders also won the Album of the Year Award at Monday nights (12/15) inaugural “American Country Countdown Awards”. The album was strong enough to garner Church four GRAMMY nominations bringing Church’s career total to seven. Church received nominations in all four genre categories: Country Album of the Year for “The Outsiders,” Country Song of the Year and Country Solo Performance of the year for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Church and Luke Laird, and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

To learn more about Eric Church, visit and, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.
Photo Credit: John Peets

Shane Sparks, NRG Media Ft. Akinson, WI cluster DOS has been named Market Manager fo NRG's Northwoods, WI (Rhinelander-Minoqua) cluster.  

Chuck Ducoty, COO said, "Shane Sparks is our ideal candidate for this position, offering both range and depth of experience in radio.  Sparks understands all facets of the buseinss with a successful track record in operations, sales managerment and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play annoucner and sports show host."

"I feel ready to take the next step.  I know what it takes to lead a successful team, and can help the six stations in our Northwoods gourp reach their full potential," remarked Sparks.  

The cluster includes Country WHDG, Adult Hits WRHN, Classic Country WOBT-A, Classic Rock WRLO/Rhinelander and Oldies WLKD-A and Classic Hits WMQA/Minoqua.


Leadership And Team Development coach, Lori Addicks, and Shazam CEO, Rich Riley, have been announced as featured speakers for Country Radio Seminar 2015.  

Addicks’ presentation, Increasing Your Resilience & Performance with EQ (Emotional Intelligence), will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 and Riley’s address will follow on Friday, Feb. 27

Lori Addicks, President of Larkspur Group, is a consultant, master facilitator, and executive coach specializing in leadership, organizational and team development, as well as multi-generational diversity. She has more than 25 years of experience partnering with senior executives in North America, and 60 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America to translate business goals into value-added people strategies across the spectrum of talent management. 

Rich Riley is the CEO of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular apps that connects people to the music and TV they love. The app has more than 100 million monthly active users and has been used on more than 500 million mobile devices. 

As co-founder and managing member of, Riley led the team that developed and patented what would become the Yahoo Toolbar. When he sold to Yahoo in 1999, he also joined the company, ultimately spending 13 years in diverse leadership roles including EVP, Americas and SVP, EMEA where he reported to the CEO and SVP of the Small & Medium Business Division and as a leader of Corporate and Business Development.  In 2011, Riley was featured by Fortune as one of their 40 Under 40: Ones to watch.

Riley will give a detailed presentation on the power of Shazam (now integrated into the iPhone) for programming and promotions. Shazam is the No. 1 sales referral app for iTunes, and has well more than 100 million active users.  Presentation attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to integrate Shazam into their programming and pull insights from analytics of one of today’s most powerful social tools.  Riley will discuss how brands can use Shazam to optimize their reach, how radio can integrate Shazam into their programming and promotions, and what insights and analytics can be drawn from to enhance decision-making. 

For more information or to register for Country Radio Seminar, visit CRS. The Country Radio CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25-27, 2015. 

The husband and wife morning team Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole at KHKX/Odessa, TX are reitirng after 25 years in radio and 13 with the station.  

"(Radio is about) talking to friends every day, introducing great new country artists like Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown and talking to listeners who were kids in 1989 when they started [listening] and who now have kids of their own. We've shared our lives together," Dana says.

"Radio and Kicks 99.1 have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of listeners and the communities we serve. It has given us a unique platform to help people," added Mike.

They joined KHKX from KGEE in 2001 and have won awards from the ACM, CMA and CRB.  Their last day is Friday (12/19).  They can be reached at 432-520-9912 or here.


12/16/2014 12:13 PM
McGraw Ridin' Shotgun to #1
Congrats to Big Machine SVP/Promo Jack Purcell, National Director/Radio Mktg Mandy McCormick and the BMLG promo team as they roll into #1 on the Mediabase Country singles chart with Tim McGraw's "Shotgyun Rider."

This is McGraw's third single off his "Sundown Heaven Town" album.  

Beasley Broadcast Group has announced that Cadillac Jack has ben promoted to APD and afternoon drive host for WQYK-FM in Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL.  He succeeds Steve Austin in afternoon drive.  His first day will be Monday, Janauary 5 and he will report to OM Tee Gentry.

Most recently Cadillac Jack was APD/MD and afternoon host at  KCYE-FM, Coyote Country in Las Vegas.  He has worked fro Beasley since 1999 when he joined WXTU-FM in Philadelphia as APD/MD and did afternoons.  He went to Vegas in 2006.

Cadillac Jack's background includes serving as host of Westwood One's "Stars of Country," which aired on more than 75 stations nationwide.  He began his radio career in Wilmington, IL after he graduated from the Midwestern Broadcasting School  He then moved on to Top 40 WBUS in Chicago.  He then moved to Vegas and worked for a country station (not owned by Beasley).

He has worked in various markets including Detroit. Washington DC before moving to Philadelphia to work for Beasley.

Cadillac Jack was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Associatoin Hall of Fame in 2014 and was honored as 2014's "Music Director of the Year" for Country Aircheck in 2001.  He was also a finalist for the CMA "Personality of the Year Award" and nominated for the Academy of Coutnry Music Awards "Air Peronality fo the Year" in 2002. 

Operations Manager Tee Gentry said, “We are thrilled that Cadillac Jack agreed to join us in Tampa. Having been with Beasley fifteen years, our company knows his work ethic and his talent. Personally, I can’t wait to have Caddy behind the mic, hitting the streets and getting to know our listeners and clients in Tampa Bay. He’s one of the very best personalities in country music.”
Cadillac Jack added, “When I first met Tee several years ago through the Country music industry, we just clicked. We’re going to do good things at WQYK! But, as happy as I am for the opportunity to work in a larger market and with Tee Gentry, making the decision to leave our tight-knit radio family in Beasley Las Vegas wasn’t easy. The fact that I get to stay within Beasley is a blessing and I’m very thankful to the Beasley family for the chance to experience Tampa Bay.”

Meanwhile, Caddy's position at KCYE/Las Vegas is open.  If you're interested get your best aircheck and resume to PD Kris Daniels at /todaysnews.html.


Congrats to entire Capitol promo team, UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser  and Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Shane Allen as they get 49 Mediabase adds "Girl Crush," Little Big Town's new single.  

The adds give them the most added song of the week. Good work!


Brian Wright Program Consultant with the Audience Developoment Group, gives AllAboutCountry readers his take on Christmas music and how to capture the emotional value of this holiday for your listeners.

He reveals how you can connect to your listeners, during this holiday season.

For the past 15 years Wright has enjoyed building alliances with scores of stations in the US & Canada helping them grow in ratings and revenue.

Check out his article here

MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Kip Moore was awarded “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at last night's American Country Countdown Awards on FOX.  Moore performed his newly certified PLATINUM No. one hit “Hey Pretty Girl" on the show before accepting his award. 

"It may be my name on the award, but there are so many others who deserve to have their name on this with me," said Moore.  "I'm humbled by the overwhelming loyalty and support from my band, country radio and especially the fans who have been coming to see us on tour and buying our music. I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be talking about millions of sales and streams of songs I've written.  It's surreal and I can't wait to show everyone what we have planned for 2015."

In addition to the PLATINUM certification of "Hey Pretty Girl," Moore's smash hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" earned DOUBLE PLATINUM status marking sales and streams of over 2 million.  These accolades, along with his first major award win, cap off a landmark 2014 including his sold-out headlining CMT ON TOUR: UP IN SMOKE.  The tour garnered high praise for Moore's "High energy set" (Rolling Stone) with Minneapolis Tribune declaring him a "Country music contender" and Chicago Tribune noting he is "Carving his own niche in Country music." 

The constant road warrior will hit the road again in 2015 with more headlining dates kicking off in Missoula, MT on Jan. 27. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit 

Photo credit L-R: Christopher Polk, Daniel Swartz.
Pictured at right with Moore, CEO of RIAA, Cary Sherman. 

The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were presented Monday night (12/15) in Nashville, and Jason Aldean won Artist of the Year honors at the inaugural event.  

The show was broadcast live on FOX with hosts Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard.  The show, based on Westwood One/Cumulus' "American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks," also honored its  first-ever “NASH ICON” award winner, Reba McEntire.
Winners of the first ACC Awards were:
  • Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Luke Bryan
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
  • Group/Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
  • Song of the Year: "Beat of the Music," Brett Eldridge, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan
               SONY/ATV Music Publishing

  • Collaboration of the Year: "This Is How We Roll," Florida Groegia Line featuring Luke Bryan
  • Album of the Year: "The Outsiders," ERIC CHURCH; Producer JAY JOYCE; Label EMI NASHVILLE
  • Digital Song of the Year: "This Is How We Roll," FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring LUKE BRYAN
  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Kip Moore

Doobie Brothers appeared at the Alliance For Lupus Research's 2014 Benefit Dinner in New York December 2nd and raised $1.4 million for research into the disease.  The band's appearance was arranged by iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, who co-chaired the event, which honored Pepsico Chairman/CEO Indra K. Nooyi.

The band's Tom Johnston said, “We'd like to thank all the folks at ALR for having us be a part of such a worthy cause. We enjoyed meeting and talking with Indra about her love of music. We'd also like to give a special thanks to Bob Pittman at iHeartMedia, and Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson for having us on board for this event.  It was truly an honor to meet and play music for you all!”

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces its 2015 inductees, and the honorees include Green Day, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Lou Reed (as a solo artist), Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  Also, Ringo Starr will be honored at the ceremony with The Award for Musical Excellence, and The "5" Royales will get the Early Influence award.

Green Day is being honored in the band's first year of eligibility.  The ones eligible but not chosen are Nine inch Nails, The Smiths, Sting (as a solo act), N.W.A., War, Kraftwerk, The Spinners, The Marvelettes, and Chic, which has been nominated nine times without winning,

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Cleveland on April 18th.  Tickets will go on sale Thursday (12/18) at 10 AM (ET).

Adam Schraf departs his Program Director gig at iHeartMeadia Top 40 WVRT/V97/Williamsport, PA, as his position has been eliminated.
Sshraf was also voicetracking nights at sister Country station WRBT/BOB 94.9/Harrisburg,

Reach out to him at /todaysnews.html or 717-829-5423.

12/15/2014 12:06 PM
TM Introduces "Brand"
TM Studios, a division of Westwood One has announced its 360 Country Imaging Service has created "Brand."  "Brand" features full-customized and infused sound-alike intros for Program Directors who are less likely to use traditional jingles or who want to find another way to sonically own the music in their markets.  Through "Brand" stations can embed their brand directly into the music instead of around it.
"As Country music continues to evolve, it makes sense that Country radio gets the tools and toys previously locked-up by our friends in CHR," says Ryan Drean, Creative Director at TM.  "While multiple Country stations are launching in competitive markets, a jingle package may not always be the solution. "Brand" doesn't place a stations' name around the music, it performs it in the music."
"Brand" pre-launched on 99.5 WYCD, Detroit.  "Brand is a killer tool that will take your Country radio imaging and jingles to the next level," states Roberts, Operations Manager at CBS Detroit.  "WYCD works in conjunction with 360 country to give you the competitive edge in your market.  This is a huge product differentiator for your brand and great new product from TM Studios."
"Brand" is a jingle alternative or add-on to TM's popular 360 Country Imaging Service, which provides imaging and regularly-updated jingles powered by Nashville players and singers.  Stations receive new and evolving content every month.

12/15/2014 12:02 PM
Steve Austin Leaves WQYK
Afternoon host Steve Austin of WQYK/Tampa-St. Petersburg has left the station.  

He tweeted "After 16 years I was let go today @WQYK995!  I will miss my friends and listeners! #radio  

Austin moved from mornings to afternoons in September 2009.

The AristoMedia Group has released the Winter 2014 Aristo International Report, which is now available at this link.

Highlights in this issue include:

• An overview of the recent BCMA Awards held in London.

• An update of activities on the Canadian Country Scene.

• A summary of the winners at the recent French Highway FM Awards.

• The latest news from Down Under, plus an overview of the upcoming CMC Rocks North QLD Festival.

The honoring of Jo Walker Meador’s Louise Scruggs Award.

• The latest on the expansion of the C2C Festival

• Lady Antebellum’s upcoming globetrotting trip.

• Updates on the Big Machine Label Group’s overseas activities

This edition’s executive Q&A is with Steve Buchanan, President of the Opry Entertainment Group.      

News items for the next Aristo International Report may be submitted to /todaysnews.html.

12/15/2014 10:46 AM
David Nail Is On Fire
MCA Nashville and Grammy nominated recording artist David Nail, justr done with his headlining I’M A FIRE TOUR, which Rolling Stone Country named one of the Fall 2014’s Must See Country Tours, has also landed on a few “Best of 2014” lists for his album I’m A FireBillboard  named I’m A Fire of the top five Best Country Albums of 2014 (hitting at #4).  Rolling Stone Country and iTunes named I’m A Fire one of the Best Country Albums of 2014.

Nail’s No. 1 PLATINUM hit “Whatever She’s Got” was named one of the top 3 Country Songs of 2014 by Billboard saying “Nail’s vocal chops are flawless” and calling him “one of the best pure male vocalists in Nashville.”

Nail, considered one of the most distinct and powerful voices in Country music, sits in the Top 20 and rising on both Mediabase and the Billboard Country singles chart with “Kiss You Tonight,” the follow-up to “Whatever She’s Got.”

As an artist, Nail has become one of the most diverse and solid voices in country music. Esquire says “David Nail is Country music.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he “has established himself as one of the bright lights of contemporary country music” and SELF says Nail is “one of those quintessential Country voices.

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Nielsen Audio releases their ranking of the top radio formats for 2014, ranked by share of Adults 6+, 18-34, and 25-54, and the top format overall remains News Talk Information with 8.8% of the 6+ audience, although the share continues to decline.

In 6+, News Talk Information is followed by Top 40 (8.3%), Country (8.2%), AC (7.1%), Hot AC (6.2%), Classic Hits (5.2%), Urban AC
(4.9%), Classic Rock (4.7%), Sports (4.4%),
and Regional Mexican (3.7%).

For 18-34, Top 40 took top honors at 12.3%, trailed by Country (9.8%), Hot AC (7.1%), Top 40/Rhythmic (6.7%), AC (5.9%), Urban (5.8%), Regional Mexican (5.2%), Alternative (5%), Classic Rock (3.9%), and News Talk Information (3.5%).

In 25-54, Top 40 led with 9%, followed by Country (8%), AC (6.9%), Hot AC (6.8%), News Talk Information (6.2%), Classic Rock (5.3%), Sports (5%), Urban AC (4.8%), Regional Mexican (4.6%), and Classic Hits (4.5%).

The CMA Foundation has given a record high of $1.72 million in grants to programs that suport music education for children, bringing the total amount donated since 2006 to more than $10 million.

"What began as a very grassroots, local initiative to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools on behalf of our artist community has grown tremendously with the formation of the Foundation and its established mission to build partnerships that advanced this important campaign on a national scale," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Programs benefiting from the CMA Foundation Grants include:

Education Through Music (EMT) partners with inner-city schools in New York City to provide all students with music as a core subject, and to create school communities that value the arts.  ETM's mission is to promote the use of music in schools as  means of enhancing student's academic performance and general development.  The ETM currently serves 20,000 students and 40 teachers in 38 inner city schools.

Metro Nashville Public Schools-In January the CMA Foundation donated $1 to benefit music education programs for Nashville public school students during a concert event at the CMA Theater and the Country Music Hall fo Fame.  The donation brought CMA's support of music ed in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools from $6.5 million to more than $7.5 million. The money has been used to build music labs and purchase instruments nad supplies for all metro Schools thorugh a partnership with the Nashville Public Education Foundation.

Notes for Notes: Funds for the construction of music studies in Boys and Girls Club facilities across the US.  The CMA Foundation made an initial donation to teh Nashville Notes for Notes chapter in 2014 and has committed additional funds to expand the program in 2015 to chapters in Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit and San Francisco.  

Rocketown Productions: The Rocketown Productions grand it designed to provide access to technology; equipment in a professional studio setting (recording, producing and mxing); live performance; and music instructions that will give participants the skills and confidence they need to pursue a career in the music industry.  In existence for 20 years, Rocketown of Middle Tennessee serves young people ages 8-22 of all ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Tennessee Performing Artis Center: The CMA Foundation grant was presented to the Tennessee Performing ARts Center to support the Disney Musicals in Schools program which is the Disney Theatyrical Gorup's first in-school outreach project outside of NYC.

VH1 Save The Music: After a five-year partnership between VH1 Save The Music and Roanoke City PUblic Schools, a longtime goals of providing sccess to instrumental music educaiton programs for students'  in Roanoke was finally achieved to the support of hte CMA Foundation's grant.  With 17 grantee schools and $510,000 wroht of musical instruments donated to date, the complete restoration of Roanoke's music programs was reason to celebrate at a student concert on November 17 attended by Hunter Hayes.

W.O. Smith School: The CMA Foundation supported summer music education programs for low-income students at the W.O. Smith Nashville Comunity Music School.  The camps at the W.O. Smith Music School offer enriching actvities in a positive musical and social evironment that many students could not otherwise afford.  Three summer camp session were offered for children ages 8-11.

Studies show student who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate, have better attendance rates, and higher GPAs than students not enrolledin arts classes.  The CMA Foundation recognizes the importance of music education in keeping kids engaged and in school as well as providing access to higher education through scholarships.,