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Rebeka Griffin
Promotions Director   Alpha Media USA
Tom Starr
  Warmer Nashville




TODAY'S NEWS




Wheelhouse Records Granger Smith recently visited A.J. McCloud at WDRM/Huntsville, AL to perform his hit "Backroad Song" and introduce listeners to his new single "If The Boot Fits."

KMLE/Phoenix is looking for a third co-host to join Chris Matthews and Nina D.

"We need someone even crazier than us," said Matthews. "We are on a mission to find someone creative, spunky, and most importantly, not afraid to do stupid things!"

The mission is now referred to as -- "Chris & Nina's Morning Show Mission." 

"We are looking for a superstar in the making," explained CBS Radio/Phoenix VP/Programming Tim Richards. "The KMLE team is a family, and we need the right person to add to our momentum."

If you have what it takes to make a great situation even better,  are creative, love Country music, and want to share your life on the air like a reality show for radio then go to KMLE website to submit your resume and a video. 

 

Vince Gill is celebrating his 25th year as a  member of the Grand Ole Opry with the release of a Limited Edition Vinyl version of his newest album "Down To My Last Bad Habit."

Fans can pre-order autographed copies of the package including a stylish T-shirt illustrated with a photo of one of Vince's favorite guitars.  To order go here. Orders will arrive on or around July 15.  After that date, only the album will be available at retail that carries vinyl.

The vinyl edition, which which contains all the songs found on the original CD, features a brand new cover designed by Hatch Show Print, the legendary printer of show business posters is now a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“No one appreciates the virtues of digital recording more than I do,” Vince says.  “But there’s something magical about the sound and feel of vinyl that a whole new generation is discovering. It’s something that’s yours, something you can share with friends.  Listening to those well-worn vinyl albums in my family’s collection—and reading all that wonderful ‘insider’ information on the back—inspired me in ways that nothing else could.”

 

Warner Brothers/WMN artist has joined the Patient Ambassador Education Program at Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company that encourages other diabetics to tell their story about the disease. 

Raelynn, who was diagnosed wtih type 1 diabetes as a child will participate in various community and educational events to educate and empower others.

"I'm so excited to partner with Novo Nordisk to show others that successful diabetes management can be integrated into daily life," said Raelynn. "I plan to use my role as a diabetes patient ambassador to teach people with diabetes that it shouldn't hinder them from following their dreams. I am living proof that this can happen."
 

06/29/2016 11:57 AM
Scooter Davis Honored
WVBR, Beaver 96.7/Bowling Green, KY honored teh late Scooter Davis with a moment of silence at 10 a.m. today (6/29).  Davis had been with the station for 34 years as PD/mornings.  He died last week after battling cancer.

He was not only a fixture at The Beaver, but in the market too, and other stations in Bowling Green joined in the moment of silence--a very unusual scenario for radio. This demonstrated the impact Davis had on the community.  After the Beaver announced that it would have a moment of silence, the radio community responded without being asked, adn joined in honoring Davis.

WBVR afternoon personality and interim PD Alan Austin told the staff in an email, "It is a bit ironic that we are honoring this radio legend with dead air, when that is what he tried to avoid his entire career."

WTRS/Gainsville-Ocala will change its Country format into a hybrid of Country and Southern Rock.  The new brand will be "US 102-3-The Crossroads of Country and Rock and the new call letter will be WXUS.  They will sign on today (6/29) at 10 a.m.  You can listen on line at US1023.com.

"“US 102-3 has been researched and designed exclusively for North Central Florida”, said PD Bo Hamilton.  “We spent weeks talking to our listeners, partners, and community leaders and found there is no need for another ‘cookie-cutter’ Top 40 Country station.  This area has a rich Country and Southern Rock heritage that is unserved and US 102-3 fills that void.”

OM Ben Burris says, “Country music is hotter than ever. The listeners in Ocala, Gainesville, Crystal River, and all points in between say they want more variety and a different sounding station.  We will tap into the deep musical heritage here by highlighting today’s biggest Country stars like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean alongside legendary influencing acts, including those with ties to North Florida including Lynyrd SknyrdY and Tom Petty, plus we’ll throw in icons like .38 Special and Eagles.”

GM Sam Gerace said," JVC Media is and always will be dedicated to giving all of our clients, both advertisers and listeners, the best product possible.  The new US 102-3 will be a radio station specifically for this part of Florida.  With local businessman and legendary talk host Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings and The Crossroads of Country and Rock, we expect US 102-3 to take North Central Florida by storm,"

 

99.5 WYCD/Detroit announced today, well-known personality Roxanne Steele has been named the permanent host of the midday show airing on WYCD-FM weekdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, which can be heard over-the-air, online at www.wycd.com or via the Radio.com app for mobile devices. 

“I'm having so much fun in Country radio working with Country Radio Hall of Fame Programmer, Tim Roberts,” said Steele. “In addition to taking my passion for music to a whole new audience, I'm also learning so much from the talented staff here at the legendary WYCD.   I'm super excited and thankful for this new radio journey.”

Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Detroit said, “I am thrilled to add Roxanne permanently to the WYCD staff.  Her personality adds a lot of fun to the workday.”
 
Operations Manager/Program Director Tim Roberts added, “Roxanne is a proven winner and talented major market personality with a great friendly delivery that fits perfect into the WYCD on-air Family!”
 
Steele was born and raised in Los Angeles where her love for radio was born.  After high school, she attended the Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, CA and landed her first job on air at age 19.  After stints in Washington, Texas, and Arizona, Steele’s career took off in Top 40 radio working for B96 in Chicago for 12 years.  Most recently, she was the midday host for WYCD’s sister station, WDZH-FM/98-7 AMP Radio.  This is Roxanne’s first stint in Country radio.
 

ALPHA Media Country KYKX (105.7)/LONGVIEW, TX was honored with the Texas Association Of Broadcasters' Bonner McLane Public Service Award, which  recognizes television and radio stations’ outstanding contributions and service to their local communities, including news coverage. The official awards ceremony will take place at the 2016 Tab Convention & Trade Show, which runs from Wednesday, August 10th through Thursday, August 11th at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

“KYKX 105.7 has always strived to meet the needs of EAST TEXANS," said ALPHA Media/East Texas Market Manager Ginger Docker. "We are fortunate to have a great team that cares deeply for their neighbors and each other. While we are humbled by this honor, we are also motivated to do more in the coming years to serve our community and inspire others to do the same.”

Effective this week, Impact Radio Group Country KQBL/101.9 The Bull)/Boise, ID has added Kevin and Brenda Mee to "The Morning Bullride". The Mees have been on the air in the Treasure Valley area since August 1998. Recently with Townsquare Media AC KXLT. 

Impact Radio Group CEO Darrel Calton said,
"We are Beyond thrilled to have Kevin and Brenda coming home to Country radio on The Bull," "Kevin and Brenda are seasoned professionals. To be able to put this heritage morning duo on the number one Country radio station in the Treasure Valley, in a format where they have a long, successful history, is a match made in radio heaven! We are just as excited for their loyal listeners, now that Kevin and Brenda are home where they belong, in Country music."

Air talent veteran Scott LeTourneau has joined Townsquare Media Country KLEN/Cowboy Country 106.3)/Cheyenne, WY for mornings, then effective Monday, July 4th, will also be the afternoon personality for Country sister KWYY/Casper.

Prior to this, LeTourneau was part of the Westwood One air staff based in Denver, handling shifts for their Classic Hits and AC formats until that operation downsized last Summer.

His Country experience includes KCCY/Colorado Springs, CO and WKNN/Biloxi, MS. 

Send LeTourneau congrats here.

After yesterday’s announcement that CBS Radio Country KNCI/Sacramento PD Byron Kennedy has moved on to work for Wheelhouse Records as West Coast regional, CBS Radio VP/Country

Programming Jeff Kapugi has posted the PD position at KNCI Careers website. Chad Rufer, PD of Hot AC KZZO and AC KYMX sistermates, is overseeing KNCI programming until a new PD is found.


Kennedy
served the CBS radio Sacramento cluster for 15 years. Over at Wheelhouse, he succeeds Bill
Snickers
, who departed the label this past May.

Capitol Nashville artist Dierks Bentley took the stage on CBS-TV's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" last night (6/27). He performed his current single, "Different For Girls," with Elle King. Look at the full performance here.

Colbert also gave a warm welcome to  Big Machine Records group Rascal Flatts on Friday night (6/24). They performed their #1 hit single, "I Like The Sound Of That." Check it out here.
 

Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Wheelhouse Records artist Trace Adkins, who received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for his support of America's men and women in uniform, demonstrated by his 10 USO tours, visits with wounded warriors, and meetings with families of fallen soldiers.

The Award recognizes an individual who best reflects President Eisenhower's beliefs and support for a strong national security and industrial base.

Previous honorees include senators, congressmen, admirals, ambassadors, and more. The NDIA presented Adkins the award earlier last month; a full recap is available at the NDIA's Facebook page.

Rising singer-songwriter Jordyn Mallory’s debut EP featuring the CMT spotlighted “Boat Friend” is now available on iTunes.

The self-titled EP, originally released via Spotify this May, consists of four tracks compiling Mallory’s “southern pop” style with her witty and flirty lyricism. The EP transitions through multiple levels of emotion from the ultimate summer anthem “Boat Friend,” to the storytelling ballad “Southern Belle.”
Boat Friend,” written by Mallory with Greg Becker and Mike Shimshack, is the single release from the EP. The music video premiered on CMT’s Artist Discovery campaign and is available for viewing here.

“Two summers ago, I was in a Jeep with my girlfriends when one of the girls said ‘I really wanna be single this summer but we need to find some guys with a boat,’ and I said ‘You don’t want a boyfriend, you need a boat friend.’ Everyone laughed and I immediately knew I was going to write that song,” said Mallory.

At 24, the Okolona, Miss native is already making her mark within the music industry. In 2010, Mallory won a position on Simon Fuller’s If I Can Dream series on Hulu.com and later became a contestant on the eleventh season of American Idol. Mallory has since been the opening act for Loretta Lynn, Jake Owen, and more.  Additionally, she is already earning herself a name within the songwriting community and has co-written cuts with Kip Moore and Dan Couch.
Jordyn Mallory EP Track Listing:
  1. Boat Friend (Jordyn Mallory, Mike Shimshack, Greg Becker)
  2. Boy to Blame (Jordyn Mallory, Jonny Price)
  3. Southern Belle (Jordyn Mallory, Jonny Price
  4. Good Memory (Jordyn Mallory, Jonny Price)
For more information on Jordyn Mallory visit www.jordynmusic.com and follow @JordynMallory on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

As was reported earlier today, Kenny Chesney honored police officer Christopher Dorman in his concert last Saturday night in Philadelphia.  Officer Dorman (had been shot 7 times the night before the concert and had given Kenny a shout out asking him not to forget about him. And, according to TMZ, Kenny didn't forget him ....but he had gotten his facts wrong.  He told the crowd that Dorman had passed away--wish, thankfully, was not true.

Dorman, a huge fan, planned to attend the concert.  When he couldn't he made a video with his shout out.  

Chesney said" I think my emotions got the best of me--and I wasn't as clear as I could have been."

Chesney did a make-good call anc called Dorman Sunday morning and ovffered to take him to a football game and grab some beers. Let's hope takes him up on that offer soon!

 











Shreveport
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KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 11.7 12.5 11.6 11.0
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.8 8.7 8.9 8.6
KRMD-FM Country 3.1 4.3 4.4 5.4
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Congrats to WKHK, K95/Richmond's Lori and Bill D of "Mornings on K95" on being awarded "Best
Morning Show" by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.  They were given the away friday, June 24.

According to their Facebook posting, "We are lucky to get to do this for a living and having a blast doing it together!"

According to the newly published "Q1 2016 Total Audience Report" from Nielsen there's good news and some not so good news for radio.

AM/FM topped the list of Number of Adult Users Per Month, with 240 million listeners topping th total monthly users per month with 240 million.  This is higher than TV, smartphones, Internet on a PC, DVRs, talblets, DVD/Blu Rays, game consoles and multimedia devices.

But, much of that growth is from new media including App andWeb use on Tablets (up 63%) and Smartphones (up 60%).  AM/FM Radio was up by just 1% and live TV showed the only down trend, off 1%.

According to the report, "Larger, widespread behaviors are less concentrated among the heaviest users," adding, "We see that only about half of TV viewing and AM/FM radio listening are done by the heaviest 20% of users (i.e. the top quintile) for the composite population."

In the ethnicity breakout 47% of the total minutes are contributed by the top 20% of Black radio users, 50% of the total minutes are ctonributed by the top 20% of Hispanic radio users and 33% of the total minutes are contributed by the top 20% of Asian American radio users.

For the full report go here.
 

06/27/2016 12:55 PM
Clarkson Announces Big News
"Here we go, Atlantic Records! Cheers!" Photo: 
Kelly Clarkson Facebook
Kelly Clarkson had big news on Friday (6/24) when she announced that she has singed a long-term deal with Warner music's Atlantic Records and will release a soul and R&B-influenced album in 2017.

“We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years,” Clarkson said. “Here’s to the future!”

Clarkson was signed with Sony's RCA label.

“After winning American Idol there was an arranged marriage that occurred that sometimes worked out and sometimes resulted in the hardest experiences of my life,” Clarkson said in a statement.

“It was my first time that I actually got to pick who I got to work with, and Atlantic Records was overwhelmingly inspired by me and excited to work with me,” the singer told fans during a Facebook Live post. “I want to say thank you so much to RCA for the past 15 years. We did awesome together but I am very, very, very excited about picking my label for the first time.”


 

Contrats to WSSL/Greenville, SC MD Aaron Michael and fiancee Ashley Wendt.  The two became Mr. and Mrs. this past weekend on Saturday (6/25).  They celebrated in Greenville and will be honeymooning in Jamaica.

Get in touch with them here

06/27/2016 12:42 PM
Congrats to Johnny Chiang
A big contrats to KKBQ/Houston OM/PD Johnny Chaing who proposed to his girlfriend, Cherolyn Latham Johnson over the weekend.

Chiang and his fiancee were engaged backstage the station's "A Day In The Country" concert as MCA Nashville artist Kip Moore performed "Hey Pretty Girl."

Get in touch with them here

BBR Music Group has hired VP/Programming and KNCIPD Byron Kennedy as Director of West Coast Regional Promo for its Wheelhouse Records imprint.  Kennedy succeeds Bill Snickers who left the position last month.

Kennedy's background includes 15 years at CBS Radio/Sacramento cluster and he has launched stations for CBS in both Sacramento and Phoenix and has previous experience at clusters in Honolulu and Fresno.

"I believe that Byron's extensive radio experience will add a new dynamic to the Wheelhouse promotion team as well as to BBR Music Group overall," said Wheelhouse Records VP/Promotion Teddi Bonadies. "His charisma and energy is infectious."
 
"I am thrilled to be joining Wheelhouse Records and BBR Music Group! I really believe in this label, its artists, and the many talented and passionate people who work there," said Kennedy. "I must say that it has been an honor to spend the last 15 years with CBS Radio. I have learned so much from so many there, and words cannot express how grateful I am they allowed me to call my passion a job. I look forward to starting this new chapter in my life and career!" 

06/27/2016 12:23 PM
Congrats To Jon Pardi
Congrats to Jon Pardi and the team at UMG Nashville for the #1 album debut of Pardi's "California Sunrise."

This is Pardi's sophomore release and it has sold more than 23, 000 copies during the first week (week ending Thursday, June 23), with a total consumption totaling more than 29,000.  That also places Pardi in the top 10 for all-genre sales.  

In addition, the first single, "Head Over Boots," moved from ten to eight on the Mediabase Country singles chart during the past week.

Several of Nashville's top songwriters are featured on Steven Tyler's new solo country album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere" set for release on July 15 on Dot Records (Big Machine Label Group).  The songwriters include and more.

Tyler co-wrote 12 of the album's 15 tracks, and co-produced the project alongside T Bone Burnett and ann Huff, as well as Marti Frederickson and Johnston.  The album will also include a rendition of Aerosmith's 1989 hit "Jane's Got A Gun."

Tyler also told "The Howard Stern Show" that the Aerosmith band is also planning a farewell tour in 2017.  

“I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that,” Tyler said.
 

06/27/2016 12:03 PM
Urban Scores The Top Spot
Congrats to Keith Urban and his promo team for landing at the top spot on the Mediabase Country singles chart wtih "Wasted Time."

Great work by UMG/Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser, VP/Promo David Friedman, Capitol Nashville VP/Promo Bobby Young, UMG Nashville National Director/Radio Syndication Donna Hughes, Manager/Radio Marketing and Syndication Chris Schuler, Capitol Nashville Sr. Director West Coast Promo Paige Elliott, Director/Midwest Promo Brent Jones, Director/Northeast Promo Diane Lockner, Director/Southwest Promo Mara Sidweber, Director Southeast Promo Annie Sandor and Promo Coordinator

"Wasted Time" is Urban's 21st career #1 single.  This is the third #1 off single off his album, "Ripcord."  Others include "Break on Me" and "John Cougar, John deere, John 3:16."
 

Warner Music Nashvillle Team WEA has hired Ray Mariner as Manager of West Regional Promo effective immediately.  She fills the vacancy created when WEA Director/West Coast Promo left last April.

was most recently with Cumulus WRKN, Nash 92.3/New Orleans where he served as PD for the station.  He also worked for sister WMTI (Sports).  

He also worked for Dickey Broadcasting WCNN-A/Atlanta, Lincoln Financial AC WSTR/Atlanta and 10 years in Pop radio promotion with Columbia Records.

He will relocate from New Orlenas to Denver and can be reached at 770-298-7365 or here

Kenny played Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Stadium trying to make up for what he perceived as a less thatn 100% performance last year.  As he was getting ready for the show he heard some disturbing news.  A 25-year old police officer Christopher Dorman (right), after having been shot 7 times in the leg, chest and stomach, have Kenny a shout out of "Kenny Chesney, don't forget about me!"

Kenny hit the stage before 48,322 fans and paused after "I Go Back," a song that captures to power of songs to hold life's special moments.  He said the the crowd, "I didn't know where in the show where in the show I was going to do this...But there's a line in this song that says, "whan I hear , 'Only the good die young, it still stops me in my tracks...' and I heard that an officer here in Philadelpha who was shot seven times last night--from his hospital bed, he made a video that said, ', don't forget about me.' Well, Christopher Dorman, we won't forget you..."


Crosse Radio Group WQCC/La Crosse, WI PD/morning man John Stevenson now has OM tasks for the five station cluster and WQCC PM Driver Gary Michaels adds PD responsibilities for Hot AC sister station WLXR.



Send congrat to Stevenson here and Michaels here

New South Radio Country WUSJ/US 96.3/Jackson, MS PD and Flinn Broadcasting Corp Classic Country WJXN/Jackson, MS PD Russ Williams has exited both gigs, effective Yesterday (6/23). Williams has been with WUSJ since 2006 and assumed PD duties for WJXN when New South subsidiary The Radio People, to which it is LMA'd, flipped the station from Adult Hits to Classic Country two Years ago.

Williams said, "I'm proud of nine and a half years here, quadrupled ratings, and I know that sometimes it's just time to go.

He’s seeking his next opportunity. Reach Williams at 601.201.4596 or via e-mail.

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