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TODAY'S NEWS
Randy Engmann has been named GSM for the iHeartMedia/Milwaukee cluster.  He begins immediately.

He was previously Sr. Account Manager for Nielsen Audio and will work with Country WMIL as well as Urban WKKV, Oldies WRIT, News/Talk WISN-AM, Top 40 WRNW and Sports WOKY-AM.

“We are excited to welcome Randy to our winning Milwaukee team!" SVP/Sales Nathan Tonarelli said. "Randy's leadership, knowledge, and drive will be a great addition to our culture.”

“I'm extremely enthusiastic in joining such a talented team providing a wide variety of offerings with the strong, impactful, high value brands of Milwaukee,” Engmann said.

Luke Bryan's upcomign album Kill The Lights will be released August 7.  Bryan co-wrote six of the collection's 13 songs including hte title track.  Jeff and Jody Stevens produced the project.

Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild sings with Bryan on "Home Alone Tonight" and Cole Swindell appears as a co-writer on the song "Corner Booth.  There are three bonus tracks that will only be available on a special deluxe edition to be sold at Target and is available for pre-order at Target.com.

Bryan will kick off the day of the release with an appearance on Good Morning America as part of their 2015 Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

The track listings:

1.  Kick The Dust Up (Dallas Davidson, Chris Destefano and Ashley Gorley)
2.  Kill The Lights (Luke Bryan, Jody Stevens and Jeff Stevens)
3.  Strip It Down (Luke Bryan, Jon Nite and Ross Copperman)
4.  Home Alone Tonight (Featuring Karen Fairchild) (Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor, Jaida Dreyerand Tommy Cecil
5.  Razor Blade (Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell and Rodney Clawson)
6.  Fast (Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird)
7.  Move (Luke Bryan, Michael Carter and Jay Clementi)
8.  Just Over (Chase McGill, Brad Tursi and Jessie Jo Dillon)
9.  Love It Gone (Jody Stevens and Jay Clementi)
10. Way Way Back (Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson)
11. To The Moon And Back (Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Tony Lane)
12. Huntin,’ Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day (Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip)
13.  Scarecrows (Ashley Gorley, Trevor Rosen and Shane McAnally)

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14. Corner Booth (Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell and Jimmy Robbins)
15. Little Boys Grow Up And Dogs Get Old (Luke Bryan and Tony Lane)
16. Buddies (Luke Bryan and Dallas Davidson)
 

Jodi Phillips is the new Digital PD for its Charlotte cluster including Country WKKT, 96.9 The Cat.  Other stations in the cluster are Alternative WEND,106.5 The End, Top 40 WHQC Channel 96.,  Adult Hits WLKO,102.9 The Lake, Classic Rock WRFX, 99.7 The Fox and Sports WRFX-F, Fox Sports 98.7).

Phillips will be in charge of the digital programming efforts in the Charlotte market.  She previously worked as Digital Marketing Manager for CBS Radio in Washington.

Jodi brings a wealth of competitive experience to iHeartMedia Charlotte,"  iHeartMedia Charlotte OM Jeff Wyatt said. "She’s seen the industry from a number of points of view including, promotions, sales and programming so she understands the listener interaction as well as the client marketing needs.”

"I am very excited for this new opportunity in Charlotte," Phillips said. "iHeartMedia has a massive influence and I can't wait to further grow its Charlotte brands in the digital space."

Charley Pride, Kris Kristofferson, Jim Lauderdale, Jim Halsey and Sherman Halsey will be honored Saturday, July 11 at the 32nd Annual America Eagle Awards and Luncheon.  The event will be held at noon at the Davidson Ballroom, Music City Center at 5th Ave. and Deaderick Street in Nashville.

Guest presenters will include Rosanne Cash, Jack Ingram, John Oates and The Oak Ridge Boys.

The American Eagle Awards luncheon is a fundraiser for the National Music Council's Music Education and Creator's Rights Advocacy Programs.  All are welcome. For further informatoin contact Dr. David Sanders, 973-655-7974 or email /todaysnews.html

Garth Brooks was front and center to celebrate the grand opening of the newly-renovated and expanded Child Life Zone at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on June 26. The project was funded through his Teammates for Kids foundation, the Zone provides a safe, fun environment for patients and their families.  Video games with a new Microsoft Media Wall and Surface Pro tables, pool, air hockey and race car driving on the Zone's arcade games are some of the latest additions.

The new space also includes an expanded kitchen and a production studio that gives kids the chance to explore and create music and broadcast "on air" each week as Radio Lollipop broadcasts their radio program throughout the hospital.

 

Congrats to Warner Music Nashville's promo team led by  SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring and VP/Promotion Kristen Williams, Director of National Promo Katie Bright as they land Blake Shelton's Sangria in the top spot on teh Mediabiase Country singles chart this week.

This is Shelton's 20th career #1.  The song is the third single from his "Bringing Back the Sunshine" album. Congrats all around!

07/06/2015 11:07 AM
Al Wyntor Passes
Condolences to friends and family of Al Wyntor who passed last night (7/5).  Wyntor was the former PD of WSM-AM/Nashville.  He became known in the late 1980's as the host of TNN-TV's "Video Morning" with Katie Haas.  He also hosted syndicated radio feature, "Nashville Insider" that ran on many Country stations across the country. 

"My father was reunited with our Heavenly Father in Heaven last night," said Wyntor's son Chris Rusley on Facebook. "I thank Jesus for opening His arms wide open an accepting him into His eternal home. Although I'm saddened by his passing, it brings me great joy knowing he was a great man that lived his life for the Lord, loved his family, and made a difference in countless number of people's lives. I'll forever miss his laughter and the way my kids reacted to his silliness and his antics. I was blessed to have him as my father and being able to call him 'Dad.'" 

At this point no arrangements have been announced.
 

07/06/2015 10:55 AM
Jack Eubanks Passes
Jack Eubanks, one of Nashville's most successful session guitarists died on July 1 at the age of 78.

Eubanks led the session on six of Alabama's million-selling albums and played guitar on songs recorded by Kenny Rogers and Charley Pride. He was also a member of The Nashville Guitars, a group that recorded for Monument Records.  

He appeared on TV shows including Jimmy Dean and Leroy Van Dyke, Hee Haw and on the Grand Ole Opry.

His session career includes records by Ed Bruce, Billy Parker, Leona Williams and Wynn Stewart.  He also worked with non-country artists such as Connie Francis, The Platters, Louis Armstrong and Mike Douglas.  He worked for forty years in Nashville's recording studios.

He is survived by five children, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a brother and sister.  

A memorial service will be held today (July 6) from 1-3 p.m. at Goodlettsville Church of Christ, 401 Main Street, Goodlettsville, TN 37072.
 

According to The Tennessean, Big Machine Label Group has bought Republic Nashville that it owned with Universal Music Group.

For months rumors have been circulating about whether BMLG was up for sale.  Rather then selling, owner Scott Borchetta extended the distribution deal with UMG and bought the rest of Republic Nashville.  Republic handles Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses and Cassadee Pope.

Republic and BMLG worked together to revive Dot Records.  They also worked with Cumulus to launch the Nash Icon label and cut a deal with Zac Brown's Southern Ground artists.

Congratulations from AllAboutCountry to Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Hayley Stommel, who married yesterday (July 1) at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley, ID. 

People
 magazine reports Sarah Buxton sang John Legend's "All Of Me" as Stommel walked down the aisle and FGL's Brian Kelley was best man.

"There's something about being able to call Hayley my wife and say that it's official!" Hubbard tells the magazine. "Marriage is forever and we're just so happy to share our love forever."

Hot Topics From The Pros: Joel Raab consults Country stations in Major markets for CBS, Entercom, Greater Media, Beasley and also advises many stations and companies in medium and small markets for Apex, Connoisseur, Forever Broadcasting, Keymarket, Mapleton, Digity, Saga, Journal and others.

Prior to consulting, Joel programmed and served as an on-air personality in New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Click here to get Joel’s 10 Tips!

Many artists are going to be out and about his 4th of July weekend.  Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Meghan Linsey, Barry Manilow and Nicole Scherzinger will appear on "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington DC on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The show will air around the country as well as to the troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network and over NPR stations nationwide. 

Martina McBraide will be part of the downtown Nashville July 4th celebration on Saturday night.  She will kick off the celebration by performing at 8:10 p.m.  More than 300,000 are expected to be in attendance.

Also in Nashville, The George, an open-air restaurant and bar above the new George Jones Museum will host a special reserve seating with a buffet dinner with a view of Riverfront Stage, the fireworks and the Cumberland River.  Tickets are $200 and include admission to the museum.  

Lee Greenwood is making many appearances to help publicize  his new patriotic children's book "Proud To Be An American."  He will appear on "Inside Edition," "The Phil Valentine Show," "All American Summer Concert Series and Fox & Friends," "SiriusXM" and more.



 


Levi is a welcome addition to our growing team. We were impressed with his writing ability, creativity and outgoing personality,” says Pam Lewis, president of PLA Media.

Levi
recently graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a minor in marketing. During his tenure at Syracuse, Levi served as a staff writer for the Daily Orange, the award winning independent student newspaper, and was a class representative in the student government association. He also served as a member of the music licensing department at WERW, the student-run radio station.

His global internship experience spans the cities of Nashville, Syracuse and London. This includes stints with the Nashville based public relations firm Essential Broadcast Media, Syracuse based marketing firm Golden Sail Consulting and the London based record company Vinyl Pimp.


Levi Stein can be reached at /todaysnews.html  

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore is set to perform a special concert for fans on Sunday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  Moore will perform his current chart climbing single, "I'm To Blame" live on NBCSN as part of the pre-race festivities.  

Currently making stops across the country with Dierks Bentley's 2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour and hitting some of the country's biggest summer festivals along the way, Moore continues to make an impression on critics with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calling out "with drinks hoisted and most of the songs loudly sung along by the fans on the bleachers, this was a party at the core" and  Village Voice deeming him "the definition of laid-back country cool." 

Moore's sophomore albumWILD ONES, is set to be released on Aug. 21.  A super-sized record inspired by the grit, grind and glamour of the live shows, each track on WILD ONES was written by Moore and follows his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which spawned three No. One multi-platinum selling smash hits.  His current single "I'm To Blame,” is steadily climbing the charts and was the second most added song during its debut week at country radio, marking Moore's biggest first week for a new single.  

Cole Swindell will play in MLB's Legends & Celebrities Softball Game July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnai.  ESPN will carry the game.  

."Being a big baseball fan, I've always wanted to attend the All Star festivities," says Swindell. "I'm excited that I've been given the opportunity to play for my first visit!"
 

Star 92 Company has launched KFSA/Ft. Smith as a Country station while flipping Religious KFSA-AM to a simulcast.  

Big D & Bubba will be heard in the morngins beginning July 13 and another on-air person will be announced on that date.  Until then listeners will hear the best of Big D & Bubba segments and music and imaging will run throughout the balance of hte day.  

They go up against Cumulus Classic Country KMOS and Nash Icon KLSZ.  Also in the market is Big Chief KTCS and iHeartMedia KMAG.  

Cumulus Media/Westwood One's Pierre Bourvard recently released data from the Neilsen Q1 2015 Audience Report on radio listening.  The news was good especially when radio was compared to TV.  

Now, Bourvard has taken a further look and released his findings on a new blog post.  He claims that Nielsen released its "Total Audience Report" which qualifies audiences to television, online, mobile and AM/FM Radio.  Television was the number one mass reach media based on month audiences over the age of two...but there is the problem.

"Radio measurement is weekly and not monthly and begins at the age of 6 or 12 depending on the market. Nielsen acknowledged, comparing monthly 2+ TV tuning with 12+ weekly radio audiences was not a fair 'apples to apples' comparison," he explains. "With the publication of the most recent Q1 'Total Audience Report,' Nielsen leveled the playing field and began reporting weekly audiences for standard audience demographics such as Adults 18+, Adults 18-34, Adults 35-49 etc. The results have surprised many in the industry. According to Nielsen, more than 90% of Americans are reached weekly by radio -- more than TV and smartphones. While radio is known for its frequency, the medium has always had significant reach. Even with the rise of digital platforms, radio has kept that reach, while TV is eroding."

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To celebrate their 90th anniversaries, the Grand Ole Opry and Belcourt Theater are partnering to show a series of films at Belcourt that will feature Nashville locations, music legends and its most famous show.  

The Belcourt's stage was the Opry's first home outside of the WSM Studios and the show was housed there from 1934-1936.

On Saturday, July 11 the Belcourt will host a free outdoor screening in their parking lot at dusk of "Coal Miner's Daughter."  The series will move to Monday evenings with "Music City Mondays" from July 13-August 17. For more information go to www.belcourt.org .

07/02/2015 12:03 PM
Facebook Talking To Labels

According to "The Verge," Facebook has spoken with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group about its interest in music.  Talks are in the very early stages and it seems as though Facebook doesn't know exactly what it plans to do.

Facebook would be interested in a kind of music service because of engagement of members.  Those who use Facebook spend over 40 minutes a day with it in the US.  The time spent with Facebook would grow exponentially if a music experience was tied to the service.   

Facebook Video has also been growing rapidly and it would make sense that the social media platform would have an interest in growing that portion of the site.  The company partnered with Spotify to launch in the US and has tried to integrate music a number of times but it hasn't gone any further than that.  They have been very careful about making extensive changes to its core service and adding a musical component would be a big shift.

With 1.44 billion users and 7.98 million mobile users on the service every day, Facebook can potentially match the reach of Apple Music.  Facebook could easily be one of the companies that could make a big dent into a streaming market.

At this point, Facebook is not talking nor are Sony Music Warner Music and Universal Music.

More to come...

 


Congrats to the promo teams at Mercury adn UMG Nashville and Kacey Musgraves as they find themselves at the #1 debut position for "Pageant Material" on the Country albums chart.

This is ' sophomore album and according to Neilsen Soundscan, it sold more than 54,000 copies during its first week out. 

"Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When" opened with a preview party and VIP reception last night (6/30).  Yearwood answered questions about the items on display, greet visitors and see family friends and industry well-wishers.  Those in attendance included husband Garth and their daughter, Allie Brooks.  Yearwood's sister Beth Bernard, producer Garth Fundis, songwriters Hugh Prestwood and Pat Alger and many others who helped shape her career from her days at MCA Nashville to now were there.

Among the things in the exhibit include are Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, a personal letter to Trisha from Johnny Cash, scripts from her TV appearances on "Jag" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," outfits worn from red carpet appearances, music video and her wedding to Garth, family mementos and much more. 

The exhibit opens to the public Friday, July 3 and will run through December 2015.

Former Warner Music Nashville/Team WEA Manager/Southeast Promotion Chris Waters joins Show Dog Nashville in the same position.

Waters has also worked for Sony Music Nashville and Cumulus Media. Waters takes over for Nathan Cruise, who just joined Curb Records Nashville.

Chris is an innovative promoter, and I am excited to have him join the team,” said Show Dog Nashville VP/Promotion Rick Moxley. “His attitude, drive, experience and relationships will greatly benefit our team.”

You can send Waters congrats here .

 

The CBS Radio KMLE/Phoenix crew  got so worked up over the new Magic Mike XXL movie that’s out today (7/1), they put together their own audition video.

Check out morning hosts Steve Kramer and Lunchbox Ben, APD/MD/midday man Chris Matthews and afternooner David Dean shake their booty and more here .

Be sure to “hang” to the end to see night personality Kimmie Caruba's reaction.

Then you send your thoughts on it Matthews here
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Average Joes Entertainment has relocated its office to 3738 Keystone Ave., Nashville, TN 37211 (close to the Nashville Zoo).

Townsquare WPKQ/Concord, NH is expected to switch to a new format early next week.
The change will end a 19-plus year simulcast of Country WOKQ/Portsmouth, NH.

There is no official company comment, however the company has registered 1037ThePeak.com.


The station was Hot AC as "The Peak" with call letters WZPK until 1996.

Adams Radio Group Country WBTU/Ft. Wayne, IN names interim PD/afternoon driver Randy Alomar as PD for the station. He succeeds Mike Scott, who left the station in February.

Alomar
has been with the cluster for 10 years, serving five of those with WBTU. Other gigs include crosstown Classic Hits WLDE and Top 40 WBHT/Wilkes-Barr.

Send Alomar congrats at 260.747.1511 or  here .

As AllAboutCountry reported on (6/29), iHeartMedia EVP & GM/National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt to leave iHeartMedia and  become President of a new label Big Loud Rcords.  

In an update, Hunnicutt will still on the job through the end of July, iHeartMedia EVP & GM/National Programming Platforms and Country Brand Manager Clay Hunnicutt has a lot going on as he makes a transition to a his new role as President of Big Loud Records, a new division of Big Loud Mountain publishing and management company owned and operated by Joey Moi, Craig Wiseman, Seth England and Kevin "Chief" Zaruk.

Hunnicutt says, "To be able to work with four professionals as accomplished, established and credible as them is something I couldn't pass up. This is a great transition in my life – really stepping off the ledge and trying something completely and utterly different is an exciting challenge.
 
During July, Hunnicutt must leave the Country formats in good shape. "Obviously it's one of the most prestigious jobs in the company since Country is our biggest format, so a lot of qualified people are going to raise their hand. I'll certainly help in that process and transition.


The move won’t end his relationship with Country programmers, just in a very different way," he says. "Our iHeart Country team will continue to be incredibly successful and they've all been very supportive and congratulatory. It's bittersweet, because I'm excited for this new adventure, but I'm really sad to be leaving a lot of people I really love working with.

Hunnicutt began his 24 year career as an intern at WUSY/Chattanooga, TN, where he became PD. He's also served as Director/Programming for iHeartMedia's Nashville and Atlanta markets, VP/Programming for the company's Southeast markets and SVP/Programming for its Eastern region.

He went from EVP/Programming to his latest position more than a year ago. He's handled day-to-day programming for stations including WSIX/Nashville and WGAR/Cleveland.


In a memo to the staff (6/29), President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman wrote, "After more than 15 years here with us, Clay Hunnicutt has decided to leave iHeartMedia to become President of Big Loud Records, a record label start-up. Clay has not only been a great partner to me in the day to day operations of National Programming, he’s also become a great friend; I know you all feel the same. He’s been a pioneer and leader in shaping the great company that we are today, and for that I’ll always be thankful. "

Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan announces his seventh annual "Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015," which will run from Wednesday, September 30th through Saturday, October 10th. A portion of the ticket proceeds are dedicated to funding local college scholarships, known as the “Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship," to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays. The eight Fall concerts will stop in four new cities this year--Ft. Wayne, IN; Lexington, KY; Starkville, MS; and Tuscaloosa, AL.

Presale ticket begin for Luke’s fan club Tuesday, July 7th at 10 am local time for all shows.  CITI cardholders will also be able to purchase presale tickets during this time exclusively.
 

Additional presale tickets will be available through the tours’s sponsors via their digital platforms on Wednesday, July 8th, and the public on sale will begin on Friday, July 10th.


For more information, click  here .

Townsquare VP/Corporate Sales Brandi Young has joined iHeartMedia/Phoenix, which includes Country KNIX, as SVP/Sales.

"Brandi is a uniquely skilled leader and will build immediate rapport with the iHeartMedia Phoenix team," says EVP/Operations Major Markets Harley Adkins. "She fights for her advertisers' best interests and delivers results. This and her marketing acumen will make an instant impact with the sales team and accelerate the positive performance trajectory in the cluster." Young's background includes corporate sales positions with Cumulus and Citadel. She begins the new position July 15.

Warner Music Nashville's Brett Eldredge played Riverbend recently in Cincinnati. He spotted nine-year-old Connor in the crowd with a sign asking to sing with him. Eldridge reached down and pulled Connor up on stage to sing "Beat Of The Music," which happens to be Connor's favorite song.

Connor's mother Gloria told local station Hubbard Country WUBE/Cincinnati's
"The Big Dave Show" that Connor suffers from “Tourette's Syndrome” and has been getting picked on at school for it. She said that Connor has been on cloud nine though, ever since getting to sing with Eldredge.

Listen to the full interview   here .

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