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  Warmer Nashville
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  Grass Roots Records
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Danny Montana
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TODAY'S NEWS
Keith Urban will tkae his "Ripcord World tour 2016" with Dallas Smith and Maren Morris to Canada in September.

The Canadian leg will begin in Vancouver on Saturday, Setpember 10 and run through Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon.  He will be performing in  Kelowna and Prince George for the first time.

"Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties," said Urban. "From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that's only grown stronger over the years. I can't wait to bring the 'Ripcord World Tour' to everyone this year."

For a list of dates and ticket information, visit website here.






Chattanooga
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  4/28/16
      Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
           
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WUSY-FM Country 12.3 11.1 11.2 12.1
WSKZ-FM Classic Rock 5.8 8.2 7.6 7.2
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.3 6.0 6.7
WJTT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.5 7.2 8.2 6.2
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.3 7.6 8.7 5.9
WMPZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 2.9 3.5 3.6 4.1
WGOW-FM News Talk Information 4.0 3.9 4.7 3.5
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 5.8 7.4 5.5 3.0
WLND-FM Adult Hits 2.5 1.6 2.8 2.5
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.4
WOGT-FM Country 1.9 1.4 0.9 2.4
WGOW-AM News Talk Information 2.5 1.2 1.4 1.4
WPLZ-FM Classic Hits 1.9 2.3 2.1 1.1
WALV-FM All Sports 2.1 1.4 0.6 1.0
WPLZ-FM HD2 Other 2.3 0.6 0.5 0.8
WUSY-FM HD2 Classic Country * * * 0.5
WDEF-AM All Sports * * 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Huntsville
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WDRM-FM Country 13.2 12.4 10.5 12.3
WRSA-FM Adult Contemporary 7.8 5.8 6.7 7.9
WZYP-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.2 6.4 6.1 7.1
WVNN-AM News Talk Information 3.5 3.2 3.1 4.8
WLOR-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.9 2.8 1.3 3.4
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 3.6 5.5 3.6 3.4
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 3.5 3.6 4.6 3.3
WHRP-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.5 3.6 4.4 3.1
WAHR-FM Adult Contemporary 3.1 3.8 2.9 2.9
WRTT-FM Active Rock 3.6 3.0 4.0 2.7
WQRV-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.5
WWFF-FM Country 1.0 0.9 1.7 0.8
WBHP-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 * 0.6
WUMP-AM All Sports * * 1.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Jackson, MS
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WJMI-FM Urban Contemporary 12.0 11.8 8.6 12.6
WKXI-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 8.8 10.0 7.6 9.6
WHLH-FM Gospel 7.8 11.3 8.4 8.9
WYOY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.1 6.9 7.8 5.7
WJKK-FM Adult Contemporary 3.2 4.9 3.2 5.3
WUSJ-FM Country 5.3 4.4 7.1 4.7
WMSI-FM Country 3.5 3.7 4.8 4.3
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 3.7 3.0 3.0 3.6
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.8 2.5 2.8 2.6
WJXN-FM Classic Country 3.5 3.0 2.6 2.3
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.8 1.4 1.7 1.5
WRKS-FM All Sports 0.9 * 1.5 1.1
WOAD-AM Gospel 0.9 1.6 0.6 0.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Madison
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WOLX-FM Classic Hits 6.3 6.4 7.1 8.2
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 8.2 6.7 7.0
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 6.7 6.2 6.5 6.4
WMGN-FM Adult Contemporary 8.5 6.7 7.6 6.2
WWQM-FM Country 6.3 5.1 4.7 6.0
WMMM-FM Album Adult Alternative 4.1 2.7 4.5 3.9
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 5.0 6.0 4.8 3.5
WJJO-FM Active Rock 3.9 4.7 4.1 3.3
WJQM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.9 3.5 3.0 3.1
WMAD-FM Country 2.8 4.4 3.2 2.9
WXXM-FM Talk/Personality 1.8 2.2 1.7 2.9
WMHX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.8 2.5 2.4 2.3
WTSO-AM All Sports 1.5 1.5 2.0 1.8
WHIT-AM Classic Country 0.7 0.7 0.7 *
WLMV-AM Spanish Variety * 0.5 * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Shreveport
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/28/16
Subscribers Added:  4/28/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 10.8 12.9 11.7 12.5
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.5 7.7 7.8 8.7
KRMD-FM Country 4.0 4.1 3.1 4.3
KQHN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.1 2.3 2.1 2.4
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Nielsen compiles and reports audience estimates for all radio stations in its surveyed markets, subject to its minimum reporting standards. The estimates for all reported stations are available only to Nielsen Radio Market Report subscribers.
           
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A study of 11 million NextRadio listening shows that radio stations that use visuals and related content to enhance their terrestrial broadcast increase their tune-ins by nearly 2 hours more listening, per listener, per month, in NextRadio vs. stations which only display their station logo.

“Today consumers are part of an ever evolving app-world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune-in, NextRadio provides a compelling new listener engagement option,” said NextRadio Pres. Paul Brenner.

“Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio—making listeners more engaged and loyal. Not only does the data show that these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not,” said Brenner.

More findings on the topic of distracted drivers reveals that radio traffic reports may also be a culprit.  According to ScienceDaily, a study presented to the British Psychological Society conference in Nottingham on Wednesday (4/27) by Gillian Murphy of University of College Cork and Dr. Ciara Greene of University College Dublin who were examinging Perceptual Load Theory adn its effect on driving had 36 people use a driving simulatory while listeneing for a traffic report.

Half were asked to listen for a simple task (listening for a change in gender) while the other half were asked to listen for a more complex task (pay attention to a reports about a particular road).  

Only 23% of the drivers in the complex task noticed an elephant or gorilla by the side of the road, as compared to 71% listening for the simple task.  Those listening for the complex task also were worse at obeying road signs and everyday driving tasks.

According to Murphy, "The fact that we found this using a simple, naturally occurring task like listening out for a traffic update on the radio suggests that the load on our hearing may be an important and overlooked contributor to driver distraction."

 

The iHeartCountry Festival taking place this Saturday, April 30 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX will be hosted by syndicated host Bobby Bones and actress/model Brooklyn Decker.  

Performers on the Main Stage will include Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.  The Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival will feature Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane and Maren Morris.

The festival will video stream live on iHeartRadio online beginning Satruday, April 30 at 8 p.m.  iHeartMedia Country outlets will broadcast the event live.   It will also be broadcast on the AT&T Audience Network on Friday, May 13 at 9 p.m. (ET via DirectTVchannel 239 or U-verse channel 1114.  For more information visit iHeartCountry Festival homepage.
 

Julie Kansy, Top 40 KQHN, i97.3/Shreveport has named July Kansy as PD.  Kansy joined Cumulus Media/Schreveport in 2014 as Afternoon Driver/APD at sister Country KRMD, Nash FM 101.1.  In 2015 she was named OM of the cluster.

She has also served as PD of Sports KRMD, 100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.

According to VP/MM Brandon Beard, Since joining Cumulus in October of 2014 to host an afternoon show on KRMD, Jules has done an incredible job of going above and beyond for our cluster. In 2015, Jules was elevated to Operations Manager and has shined in that role. Jules shows the type of passion that every GM across America would love to have. We are proud to announce that Jules will now lead our Top 40 station KQHN i97.3 as the PD and also begin the search for a local morning show. Jules will continue in her role as the OM and will continue to host her afternoon show on KRMD. We are proud to call Jules part of the Cumulus family in Shreveport.”

“Cumulus has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.  I have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears (don't believe me - check out my Facebook page) into radio and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is my first love and passion. I look forward to collaborating further with Cat Thomas and Brandon Beard to take i97.3 to the top," remarked Kansy.



 

The Band Perry's "Live Forever" has been chosen by Team USA's official song at the 2016 Summer Olympics August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

Watch the "Olynpics Edition" video for the song here

Garth Brooks and tour mate/wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking their World Tour to Vegas Friday, June 24, Satruday, June 25, Satruday July 2, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4.

Go here for ticket information

Chattanooga; Madison; Huntsville, AL; Shreveport, LA; and Jackson, MS.  You will find the ratings for subscribing stations in the AllAboutCountry.com News section after 5 p.m. (ET).

The April '16 PPM Monthly results will be released starting May 9th.
Spring '16  Phase 1 Arbitrends arrive starting May 16th.

The individuals that will serve on the 2016-2017 Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee have been announced. Ten new members will join twelve returning members to plan agenda items and events surrounding Country Radio Seminar 2017.

New members added to the 2016-2017 CRS Agenda Committee are: Kristina Carlyle (iHeart Media), Andrew Curran (DMR Interactive), Steve Hodges (Sony Music), Scott Lindy (Cumulus Media), Billy McKim (Texas A&M), Zack Massey(iHeart Media), Eric Michaels (Emmis), Kris Rochester (United Stations), Terry Phillips (CBS) and Kristen Williams (Warner Music Nashville).

Returning to the committee are: Lee Adams (Broken Bow Records), Sam Alex(Townsquare Media), Jay Cruze (WSCG), Timothy Gerst (ThinkSwell), Carolyn Gilbert (NuVoodoo Media), Ed Green (Red Light Management), Jeff James (Signet Interactive), Bruce Logan (CBS Radio Houston), Stew Sawyers (Sawyers Media Group), Jenny Sheilds (Premiere Radio), JR Schumann (Sirius/XM) and Brook Stephens (KZPK).

The CRS Agenda Committee is comprised of volunteer professionals from all areas of the Country radio and record industries. The committee is responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. Heading up this year’s agenda committee are Tom Hanrahan (WDXB/iHeart) as Chariman andGreg Frey (Cumulus Media) and Judy Lakin (Cox Media Group) as Co-Vice Chairman.

“Tom, Greg, and Judy did an outstanding job with the big challenge of leading the 2016 Agenda Committee and the content of CRS 2016 clearly was one of the BEST in our 47 years of service to the industry” said Executive DirectorBill Mayne“The board was unanimous in welcoming the trio to their leadership roles once again!”

Hanrahan adds, “I am beyond excited about this year’s CRS Agenda Committee! We have a group of rock stars returning who have demonstrated their commitment to our industry and we're adding a stellar group of fresh faces who will add further diversity of thought as we craft the learning tracks for an even more successful CRS in 2017.”

Please direct agenda committee inquiries to Sheree Latham at (615) 327.4487 or /todaysnews.html.
The Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2017 will be held Feb. 22 – 24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017).
Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. 









Colorado Springs
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  4/27/16
      Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
           
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KVUU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.4 7.1 6.0 6.0
KKLI-FM Adult Contemporary 4.6 4.7 5.1 5.8
KKMG-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.0 4.9 4.8 5.8
KKPK-FM Adult Hits 5.8 4.2 4.5 5.8
KVOR-AM News Talk Information 3.6 4.6 4.3 4.8
KKFM-FM Classic Rock 2.6 5.1 4.3 4.6
KATC-FM Country 6.2 3.6 5.0 4.2
KIBT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.3 4.2 4.6 4.2
KBIQ-FM Contemporary Christian 4.0 3.9 5.0 2.8
KVUU-FM HD2 Contemporary Christian 1.3 1.4 2.1 1.8
KGFT-FM Religious 0.9 1.4 * 1.0
KCSF-AM All Sports * * 0.7 *
KZNT-AM News Talk Information 0.9 1.0 0.5 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Des Moines
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WHO-AM News Talk Information 7.1 7.5 9.3 8.0
KKDM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.8 6.5 8.1 6.9
KDRB-FM Variety 6.5 5.8 7.2 6.3
KSTZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 7.1 5.5 6.4 5.7
KHKI-FM New Country 6.2 5.9 5.6 5.6
KIOA-FM Classic Hits 7.1 6.6 4.6 5.3
KJJY-FM Country 4.8 5.4 3.6 4.9
KMYR-FM Adult Contemporary 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.4
KGGO-FM Classic Rock 4.9 5.0 3.8 4.3
KAZR-FM Active Rock 3.5 5.1 4.2 3.4
KWQW-FM Rhythmic Oldies 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.9
KXNO-AM All Sports 2.5 2.0 2.4 2.3
KDXA-FM Alternative 2.3 2.8 2.4 2.2
KIOA-FM HD2 Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.2 1.9 1.9 2.2
KCYZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary * 0.8 * 0.9
KBGG-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.5 0.5 *
KRNT-AM Talk/Personality 1.4 0.9 0.7 *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Mobile
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WDLT-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 10.0 12.4 12.8 10.7
WBLX-FM Urban Contemporary 11.9 13.5 13.1 10.5
WKSJ-FM Country 7.6 8.6 6.5 8.1
WABD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 5.8 5.9 6.4
WMXC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.8 4.1 6.6 5.3
WRKH-FM Classic Rock 6.8 4.7 5.9 5.0
WAVH-FM News Talk Information 2.3 1.7 1.7 3.5
WGOK-AM Gospel 5.4 3.8 3.8 3.5
WNTM-AM News Talk Information 1.5 1.7 0.9 1.8
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Spokane
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KKZX-FM Classic Rock 7.8 9.1 6.2 6.3
KQNT-AM News Talk Information 2.9 4.0 5.0 6.3
KZZU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.4 6.4 6.0 6.3
KEYF-FM Classic Hits 6.4 5.3 5.5 5.2
KXLY-FM Country 5.2 5.5 6.0 4.8
KBBD-FM Adult Hits 4.2 3.8 3.8 4.1
KEZE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 3.8 3.2 4.1
KHTQ-FM Active Rock 4.4 5.0 4.1 3.9
KDRK-FM Country 5.1 4.8 5.0 3.5
KZBD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 4.0 3.6 3.5
KISC-FM Adult Contemporary 4.7 4.0 5.0 3.3
KCDA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.9 2.2 3.1 2.9
KXLY-AM News Talk Information 2.4 3.4 4.4 2.8
KIIX-FM Country 1.9 2.6 2.6 1.7
KXLX-AM All Sports 1.0 1.5 2.2 1.5
KGA-AM All Sports * * 0.5 1.3
KEYF-AM Adult Standards/MOR 2.5 2.1 1.2 0.9
KZFS-AM Contemporary Christian * * * 0.9
KJRB-AM Classic Country 0.8 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Wichita
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/27/16
Subscribers Added:  4/27/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KFDI-FM Country 10.5 11.7 9.4 8.5
KEYN-FM Classic Hits 6.9 7.2 6.8 7.3
KDGS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.8 7.0 5.4 5.8
KZSN-FM New Country 5.3 5.6 5.4 5.6
KRBB-FM Adult Contemporary 3.2 4.3 5.2 5.4
KZCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.4 5.1 4.8 4.9
KFXJ-FM Classic Rock 4.4 4.7 5.0 4.7
KTHR-FM Alternative 3.3 3.2 2.8 4.4
KNSS-AM News Talk Information 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2
KVWF-FM Country 2.5 1.8 2.6 4.2
KIBB-FM Adult Hits 2.6 2.9 3.0 4.0
KICT-FM Mainstream Rock 5.8 4.0 6.3 4.0
KFBZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.4 3.8 3.0 3.4
KFH-FM All Sports 1.9 2.2 2.2 2.9
KYQQ-FM Mexican Regional 2.1 1.6 1.8 1.3
KFTI-AM Classic Country 1.8 2.0 1.3 1.1
KKGQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.9 1.4 2.6 0.9
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
Nielsen compiles and reports audience estimates for all radio stations in its surveyed markets, subject to its minimum reporting standards. The estimates for all reported stations are available only to Nielsen Radio Market Report subscribers.
           
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Walker was PD and also was part of the Joni And Kevin morning show on Country KQCS/104.9 The Hawk, as well as doing 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Top 40 KBEA/B100. Previously he did mornings at B100 and  afternoons Monday-Friday at Classic Rock WXLP/97X.
Walker is looking for his next opportunity as soon as possible.
Contact him at 563.343.1762 or /todaysnews.html

Apple released financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26, 2016 Yesterday (4/26). The numbers missed analysts' estimates, and its guidance for the current quarter also fell shy of expectations. Apple reported fiscal Q2 earnings of $1.90 per diluted share on $50.56 billion in revenue. Wall Street projected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue.

CNBC mentioned, "that revenue figure was a roughly 13% decline against $58.01 billion in the comparable year-ago period — representing the first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003. Shares in the company fell more than 8% in after-hours trading, erasing more than $46 billion in market cap. That after-hours loss is greater than the market cap of 391 of the S&P 500 companies. Importantly, the company announced a 10% dividend increase and a $50 billion increase to its capital return program. Under that new plan, Apple expects to spend a total of $250 billion of cash by the end of March 2018, it said."

CEO Tim Cook said, “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic. We are very happy with the continued strong
growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the APPLE ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices.”

“We generated strong operating cash flow of $11.6 billion and returned $10 billion to shareholders through our capital return program during the March quarter,” said CFO Luca Maestri. “Thanks to the strength of our business results, we are happy to be announcing today a further increase of the program to $250 billion.”

Tom Nankival exits as Market Manager for Adams Radio/Las Cruces, NM, which owns and operates Country KGRT/103.9, Classic Hits KSNM/Classic Hits 98.7, Top 40 KHQT/HOT 103 and Sports KWML-AM/Fox Sports 570 The Ticket.

President/CEO Ron Stone is the interim GM and is interviewing for a new GSM and GM.

Fans of the ABC seriesNashville will want to make sure they take part in the Country Cruising experience, set for January 14-19, 2017. Fans will be travelling aboard the Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, cruisers will never be at a loss for an incredible view.
 
Country Cruising will set sail on January 14, 2017 from Tampa, and will stop in Key West before making its’ voyage to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will arrive back in Tampa on January 19. Among the artists participating in the cruise include Nashville stars Charles Esten and Clare Bowen.
  
Country Cruising offers the Country Music fan an amazing experience – a five-night cruise, with accommodations and all meals taken care of during the event, as well as autograph sessions, photo opportunities, daily musical performances, and songwriter workshops. For more information about tickets, call 800.376.2504 or visit www.CountryCruising.com.

It doesn’t matter what format you are in, COX Media is seeking superstar talent to join the company and help bring exciting content on and off-air to their millions of listeners.

If you a personality with great social media skills, not afraid to go out and meet your public, and take your talents to the next level, send your package to COX VP/Programming Steve Smith via email for these EOE posts.

Premiere Coincides with WHERE IT ALL BEGINS Album Release on April 29th
The Heartland Network, a cable network available in over 38 markets across the U.S, will host the world broadcast premiere of teen songstress Bailey James’ debut music video Texas Swing April 29th at 11 PM CT. The video premiere launches on the same day that her EP WHERE IT ALL BEGINS hits online retail centers.  You can find full details on the weekend video spotlights in the graphic below:
“I am so happy and cannot wait to see this video air on TV,” says Bailey. “The Heartland Network will share my music with a whole new audience of all ages.  I have so much fun connecting with my social media ‘friends’ as I call them and I look forward to getting to know the new ‘friends’ as we push out this album.  We’ve worked on this album for over a year and I am so nervous and excited to see if others like it.”
 
Bailey James, a 13-year-old rising country songstress, transports listeners of all ages to the days when folks were “swinging real slow to the radio” on her premiere single, Texas SwingWith over 70,000 fans across her social media platforms, Bailey is introducing and drawing her swiftly growing young audience to a new adaption of traditional country music merged with lyrics that connect with her fans.
 
“It’s Country, spunky and sassy,” says Bailey.  “As a teenager who loves country music, it was hard to relate to the lyrics of songs that I heard on the radio.”
 
Texas Swing is a throwback tune with contemporary lyrics that pays homage to the traditional side of country that was founded on hits of Patsy Cline and continues to find fans with artists like Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark. Bailey has established a strong fan base through her YouTube and social media profiles and has appeared at middle and elementary schools across the nation. Consequently, it comes as no coincidence that she is releasing her full EP leading into teacher appreciation week May 2nd -6th.
 
“We’ve had the opportunity to perform in several schools and talk about balancing school with your interests and hoping to inspire kids my age to follow their dreams,” says Bailey. “I know that teachers and principals can be such great role models. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my 6th grade teacher Mr. Neuman.  He would show my videos or talk about the contests I had won in class and I became much more comfortable with this idea because of his support.”
 
Fans can visit www.giftfrombailey.com, where the debut single will be available for free and they can sign-up to stay updated on her launch into the country scene. Her full length debut album WHERE IT ALL BEGINS features six songs, five of those were co-written by Bailey. 
 
To stay updated on Bailey James, visit the following:
 
Website: www.baileyjamescountry.com
Instagram: BaileyJamesGang    
Twitter: @BaileyJamesGang
YouTube: Click Here
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singerbaileyjames
Snapchat: BaileyJamesGang

When it comes to technology, sometimes there is a world of difference between wanting something and actually needing something. In the case of smartphones, the devices’ ubiquity in terms of U.S. penetration of 82% and cross-platform functionality definitely put them in the latter category.

According to Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Comparable Metrics Report, smartphones across all adult demographic groups are the most used platform, in terms of days per week among users of each medium—with adults 18+ using their devices nearly every day in the week (5.8 times per week), followed by television (5.5 times per week) and radio (5.1 times per week). Smartphone owners within the age range of 35-49 use their phones most often. (This includes app and web usage, not talk, text or email).

“Smartphone penetration is nearly as high as TV set and radio ownership, and consumers carry their phones everywhere.  High penetration plus portability and customized functionality have made them a staple of consumers’ media diet,” said Glenn Enoch, SVP of Audience Insights at Nielsen.  “Smartphones provide advertisers and marketers with the opportunity to reach consumers with information throughout the day.”

Maren Morris performing at NASH FM 94.7 Studios
Up-and-coming artist Maren Morris stopped by the NASH FM 94.7 studios
Maren Morris with NASH FM 94.7 PD John Foxx
 
yesterday in New York City to chat with Shila.
Maren’s debut album, HERO, comes out on June 3, and she performed a couple of songs off the album including 80’s Mercedes and My Church. 

Maren is from Arlington, Texas, and says her deep Texas roots have influenced her music. Maren was on Good Morning America yesterday and is touring this summer on Keith Urban’s “Ripcord Tour” along with Brett Eldredge.
      
 

04/27/2016 9:44 AM
Prai$e To WKKT/Charlotte
iHartMedia Country WKKT/96.9 The Kat)/Charlotte for raising over $20,000 to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in its "Kat Country Jam" earlier this month. Performers included Kip MooreDan + ShayBrandy Clark, and High Valley.
"The night was an outstanding social and music event for our listeners, and it made a significant contribution to the good work of St. Jude," said WKKT morning show host Paul Schadt. "That's a heck of a night!"

Big Loud Records selects Tyler Waugh for Director/Southeast Promotion duties, replacing the recently-departed David Clapper.
Waugh comes on board from the recently launched Reviver Records imprint, 1608, where he handled similar duties. Previous he worked for Blaster Records, Streamsound Records, Arista Nashville, RCA Music Group, Roadrunner Records, and BMG Distribution.

"Tyler’s background is very versatile, with success in multiple genres and promotion roles," said Big Loud Records President Clay Hunnicutt. "He will be an invaluable asset to our BLR team. He will hit the ground running immediately to continue our success with Chris Lane, 'Fix,' and all the other projects we have coming out soon." 

Waugh
will report directly to Hunnicutt.

Contact Waugh via phone at 615.870.2040 or by email here
.

AllAboutCountry  sends best wishes for a complete and quick recovery to Midwest Communications Country WDEZ/Wausau, WI morning co-host Vanessa Ryan, half of the “BS and Vanessa” show with Bryan Scott. Ryan suffered a severe allergic reaction to a medication, and has spent time in intensive care after going into anaphylactic shock.

Scott has launched a GoFundME page for Ryan, which partially outlines the challenges that lie ahead for her: “It's going to be a long road to recovery, she will be dealing with side effects for a long time to come, so prayers for strength and your generosity are appreciated greatly.”

Ryan also faces unbelievable medical bills, which Scott is asking friends and fans to contribute toward, if possible. Learn more here.

Brian Wright is a 30-year radio veteran who’s successfully worked for many companies over the years as Program Director, Operations Manager and VP of programming. Then, Wight Joined one of the most trusted consulting firms in the country, Audience Development Group.
For the past 15 years he has enjoyed building alliances with scores of stations in the US & Canada helping them grow in ratings and revenue.
Today, he shares his thoughts in Hot Topics From The Pros: “Facts Over Feelings”

Rachel Beauregard & Dean Berner
From AllAboutCountry Congrats to Rachel Beauregard, one-half of Country duo Native Run, and musician Dean Berner, formerly of Eden's Edge, who were engaged last night (4/27). The two shared the news via personal social media accounts this Morning (4/28).

"We're so excited to share our happiness [with] all our family, friends, and loved ones around the world and elsewhere," said Berner. "We're so excited and are currently celebrating over our favorite and most important meal of the day, breakfast. So, to sum it up... love and breakfast. But the greatest of these is LOVE!"

 
Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to hometown superstar Dolly Parton, regularly attracts tens of thousands of spectators, but this year’s potential audience could be exponentially larger because it will be one of the first live stream feeds presented on Facebook.

Facebook launched live video streaming earlier this month, and this event will feature one of the world’s most recognized personalities.

Dolly will lead the parade atop a float themed for her new theater in Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show , and the live stream will chronicle the entire event.

The parade steps off at 6 p.m. on May 6 (Friday) on a route that covers three miles of the famous Parkway through the heart of Pigeon Forge. The live stream will be from Dolly’s float and will show Dolly, the crowds along the Parkway, and views of the city and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.

This will be the 31 st presentation of Dolly’s Homecoming Parade and the first time it will be streamed live on the Internet.

The stream will be on Dolly Parton’s Facebook page and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show Facebook page. Streaming information is at LumberjackAdventure.com and DollyParton.com.

Every year, the parade adds a Norman Rockwell atmosphere to Pigeon Forge, a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It features high school marching bands, equestrian units, veterans’ groups, twirlers, antique tractors and much more. There are 125 groups in the 2016 parade.

This year’s high school bands are from Sevier County High School (Dolly was a member in her high school days), Pigeon Forge High School, Fyffe High School from Fyffe, Alabama, and Cheatham County Central High School from Ashland City, Tennessee.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has upped Sr. Director/Industry Relations Jessica Frost to Executive Director/Industry Relations. In her newly-expanded role, she will continue to develop and cultivate relationships with industry associations and businesses across the country. Based in

Nashville, Frost will report to VP/Licensing/Industry Relations Dan Spears.

"Jessica's ability to both educate business associations on the importance of having a music license and explaining the value that music brings to each establishment is second to none," said Spears. "She has strong relationships in the industry and is a true advocate for our songwriters who rely on the licensing fees we collect so they can get paid for the music they create."

Condolences from AllAboutCountry to iHeartMedia Country WEBG/Chicago PD Steve Stewart, whose grandmother, Mary Stewart, passed away this week.

Stewart shared via Facebook, "I could write a million pages about her and how much she meant to so many. I'll just say that without her love and guidance, I don't know what I would be doing today."

Viewing will take place Thursday, April 28th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. (ET) at Avery-Storti Funeral Home located at 88 Columbia Street, Wakefiled, RI 02879. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. (ET) at Christ The King Church at 180 Old North Road, Kingston, RI 02881.

You may send your condolences to Stewart here.

Randy McCarten has been promoted to OM for the iHeartMedia cluster/Albany, NY.  Most recently he was PD Top 40/Mainstream WKKF, Kiss 102.3/Albany's PD.

He will now over see the entire seven station cluster including Country WRVE-HD.  Other stations include WKKF , WRVE-FM (Variety), WTRY (Oldies), WPYX (Classic Rock), WGY A (N/T) and WOFX-Z (Sports).  

Terry O'Donnell will succeed him at WKKF as PD/afternoons.  

Columbia, SC
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WWDM-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 10.4 9.2 8.7 10.7
WNOK-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.1 8.4 5.6 6.4
WHXT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.5 6.0 7.5 6.3
WCOS-FM Country 5.4 6.1 6.9 5.5
WLTY-FM Variety 3.6 4.1 3.8 4.5
WLXC-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.1 4.9 5.7 4.0
WTCB-FM Adult Contemporary 3.6 7.1 5.4 4.0
WNKT-FM All Sports 2.4 1.9 3.3 3.4
WMFX-FM Mainstream Rock 3.2 3.8 5.0 3.3
WVOC-AM News Talk Information 4.9 3.8 4.7 3.1
WARQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.2 1.6 1.7 2.1
WOMG-FM Country 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.0
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WIKS-FM Urban Contemporary 12.3 12.0 12.7 11.2
WERO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.6 7.6 8.1 9.2
WRNS-FM Country 9.9 10.4 9.0 8.1
WNCT-FM Classic Hits 5.5 5.7 6.2 4.9
WSFL-FM Classic Rock 5.3 4.9 4.0 4.4
WMGV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.0 5.0 3.9 4.1
WQSL-FM Country 1.7 1.3 2.2 2.0
WXNR-FM Active Rock 2.3 2.1 2.0 2.0
WXQR-FM Active Rock 1.2 0.9 1.9 1.8
WNCT-AM Rhythmic Oldies 0.9 1.4 1.6 1.2
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Little Rock
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
KLAL-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.4 7.3 5.8 8.5
KIPR-FM Urban Contemporary 6.9 6.6 9.1 7.9
KOKY-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 6.8 8.2 8.5 7.6
KMJX-FM Country 6.8 6.4 5.2 7.2
KSSN-FM Country 6.3 9.1 7.2 6.1
KKPT-FM Classic Rock 6.2 5.4 5.5 5.5
KDJE-FM Active Rock 2.9 4.5 3.6 5.1
KURB-FM Adult Contemporary 4.6 5.1 5.3 4.9
KARN-FM News Talk Information 4.3 3.0 3.1 4.5
KHKN-FM Classic Hits 2.9 3.3 4.5 3.7
KABZ-FM All Sports 4.6 4.3 5.6 3.4
KPZK-FM Contemporary Inspirational 2.3 2.8 2.7 3.3
KHLR-FM New Country 3.4 2.4 2.4 1.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Springfield, MA
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WMAS-FM Adult Contemporary 9.3 8.7 8.6 9.3
WHYN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.9 5.8 6.4 5.8
WHYN-AM News Talk Information 3.7 3.7 4.8 5.3
WRNX-FM Country 5.6 3.7 4.3 4.7
WWEI-FM All Sports 2.9 3.7 3.0 2.4
WUCS-FM All Sports 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.6
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           
 
Toledo
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  4/26/16
Subscribers Added:  4/26/16
Subscriber Format SP 15 SU 15 FA 15 WI 16
WKKO-FM Country 8.9 8.5 8.3 9.5
WRVF-FM Adult Contemporary 8.0 8.8 8.8 8.2
WIMX-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.7 5.6 6.9 7.8
WRQN-FM Classic Hits 6.0 5.6 4.9 6.8
WVKS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.5 7.8 7.5 6.3
WIOT-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.5 6.7 6.7 5.2
WSPD-AM News Talk Information 3.8 4.4 4.1 4.3
WXKR-FM Classic Rock 5.2 4.4 4.4 3.6
WWWM-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.0 2.6 3.4 3.5
WJZE-FM Urban Contemporary 4.0 4.2 3.1 2.6
WCKY-FM Country 1.2 1.5 1.8 1.0
WLQR-FM All Sports 1.0 0.8 1.0 1.0
WCWA-AM All Sports 1.0 0.5 0.7 0.7
WMIM-FM Country 1.2 1.0 0.7 0.5
WLQR-AM News Talk Information 0.5 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
           

Nathan Reed, SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia/Toledo is leaving.  He has been with the company since April 2008 when he was PD of Top 40 WVKS, 92.5 Kiss FM/Toledo.  He rose to OM of the seven-station cluster which includes Country WCKY.  Other stations include WVKS (Urban), WRVF (AC) WIOT (Rock), WSPD-A (N/T) and WCWA-A (Sports). He was then promoted to SVP.

Expect an announcement about his next move soon.

Get in touch with him here.

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