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NBC-TV's "The Voice" has been renewed for at least two more seasons-which will be its 12th and 13th.  Variety reports, "'The Voice' is currently in the middle of its 11th season with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, plus host Carson Daly

Next season Cyrus will sit out of Season 12, which will see the return of former host Gwen Stefani along with Levine, Shelton and Keys.  Daly will also return to host for that season that will begin in February 2017.  Cyrus is confirmed as a coach on Season 13.  

"We can't wait to experience the unique chemistry and energy Gwen, Alicia, Blake and Adam will bring to Season 12," NBC Entertainment President/Alternative and Reality Group Paul Telegdy told Variety.  "With Miley returning for Season 13, we're truly ecstatic about he unmatched musical know-how and talent coming together in our coming seasons."

Kelly Clarkson is hosting a second Miracle on Broadway holiday ocncert for four Nashville community nonprofits December 16 at Bridgestone Arena and bringing along some of her friends including Reba, Ronnie Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, RaeLynn, The Steeldrivers and Nashville's Chip Esten.

Proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Bank, the W.O. Smith Nashville community Music School, the Nashville Public Library fund and Abe's Garden through the Fruition Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a fund Clarkson created.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for this year’s Miracle on Broadway!” said Clarkson. “At our last event we raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for some great Nashville organizations and this year we are aiming to do the same. I’m looking forward to singing with some amazing artists and putting on one hell of a Christmas show!”

There will also be Miracle on Broadway VIP experiences.  Tickets go on sale November 4 and can purchased on the Bridgestone Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.

10/21/2016 12:31 PM
Garth Visits Ellen
Garth Brooks appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" today (10/21).  He talked about touring on his "World Tour With Trisha Yearwood."  He talked about coming out of "retirement"after fourteen years and going back on the road saying he wasn't sure what was going to happen when he planned his first shows in Chicago where he ended up selling out eleven shows.

Here's the interview and here's Garth singing "Friends In Low Places."

Keith Urban surprised his Los Angeles crowd last night (10/20) during his "Ripcord World Tour 2016" stop at Staples Center.  He introduced the crowd to his special guest Nile Rogers. The two collarborated on Urban's "RipCord album as co-writers and co-producers for a track.

Urban introduced Rodgers who said that was "The brother that I've never ahd-the greatest gentleman in all of music" before the pari shared the stage to perform their track "Sun Don't Let Me Down." Check out the video here

Vince Gill, Paul Overstreet Randy Goodrum  are some of the latest songwriters and artists to be nominated into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gill rose to songwriting fame in Pure Prarie League.  He then broke away as a country artist and won three CMA Awards for Song of the Year from 1991-93 for "When I Call Your Name," "Look at Us" and "I Still Believe In You."  He won another Song of the Year in 1996 for "Go Rest High On That Mountain.  He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Paul Overstreet has written a number of No. 1 hits including "forever and Ever, Amen" and "On The Other Hand" recorded by Randy Travis. He has also written Keith Whitley's "When You Say Nothing At All," Blake Shelton's "Some Beach," Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and the Judds' "Love Can Build A Bridge."

Randy Goodrum was the 1981 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year.  He wrote Anne's Murray's "You Needed Me," and wrote Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" and DeBarge's "Who's Holding Donna Now." He also wrote Dottie West's "Lesson In Leavin'" and the Kenny Rogers-Dottie West duet "What Are We Doin' In Love."

Nominees in the performing songwriters category include Gill, Bryan Adams, Chicago's Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow, Gloria Estefan, Bread's David Gates, Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam), Kool & The Gang’s Robert “Kook” Bell, Ronald Bell & George Brown; Madonna, Jeff Lynne, George Michael, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, and Jay Z.

Nominees in the non-performing category include Overstreet, Goodrum, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Max Martin, Tony Macaulay, Kenny Nolan, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, P.F. Sloan (d) & Steve Barri William “Mickey” Stevenson, Allee Willis, and Maury Yeston.

Deadline for eligible, voting members is December 16.  They can vote for three nominees from the non-performing category and two from the performing category.

For more information go to  The induction and awards will be held June 15, 2017 in New York City.

CBS Radio SVP/Programming and Music Initiatives has signed a multi-year contract renewal.  He oversees live events, including the November 9 "Stars and Strings" even in Chicago.

"Since the creation of this important position less than three years ago, Michael has reshaped and evolved the dynamic partnership between our stations, artists, labels and managers," says EVP/Programming Chris Oliviero. "His leadership, his relationships and his respected reputation has helped rewrite the playbook on how radio continues to create for fans many of the best and most memorable moments in music."

Our condolences go out to Kelsea Ballerini and her family on the passing of her grandfather on Wednesday, (10/19).  Ballerini shared a photo on Instagram and said, "Thank for you for the kind words.  It was an emotional day yesterday losing my grandpa, but an honor to stand on stage iwth his last name and do what I love knowing he had the best seat in the house.  Me and my family appreciate the thoughts and prayers."

Cumulus/Huntsville including Country WWFF, 93.3 Nash Icon hosted a "Skate and Debate Viewing Party" on Wednesday night at a local amusement venue that includes roller skating, an arcade, batting cages and more.  Listeners could show up with their families and parents could watch the debate while kids skated.  Or...if parents preferred, could skip the debate and just skate!

Listeners were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate and names were then selected to win concert tickets. The station also worked with voting organization Head Count to register listeners to vote.

"Donald" and "Hillary" were also spotted skating.  Listeners took selfies with the skating presedential wanna-bes!

"Nash Nights Live" will air its first "Nash Next Challenge 2016 Finals Special" on Sunday, October 23rd.  The one hour radio special will feature interviews with the ten finalists of "Nash Next Challenge 2016 Finale" on Tuesday, October 25th.

The radio special will include music from each of the 10 finalists along with the music of those artists that they consider to be major influences.  The "Nash Next Challenge 2016 Finals Special" is slated to be hosted by "Nash Nights Live" co-hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith.

10/20/2016 12:07 PM
Let's Hear It For The Girls

Last night's (10/19) CMT Artists of the Year event took place at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  

Those honored included (l-r) Kelsea Ballerini for Breakout Artist of the Year, Shania Twain for Artist of a Lifetime  and Carrie Underwood for Premiere Country Artist for 2016.

Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

10/20/2016 11:25 AM
Bobby Bones Visits MusiCares
Bobby Bones, host of iHeartMedia's The Bobby Bones Show visited MusiCares at the Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy last week to deliver a check to the organization for $32,000. Funds were raised from the sale of #Pimpinjoy apparel in September and in partnership with the Bobby Bones Show and  The MusiCares Foundation provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

The Bobby Bones Show began #PIMPINJOY as a movement to celebrate people who may be going through a rough time, but choose to spread joy in their daily lives.  It was launched to honors Bones' co-host Amy and her mom Judy, who had been battling, and unfortunately lose, her battle with cancer.  During the battle both women made a conscious effort to not let hardship cause them to lose hope of positivity in their lives.  The movement inspired a line of apparel with proceeds benefiting various charities, as well as an annual "Joy Week" celebration marked by superstar appearances on the show.


KKWF, 100.7 The Wolf/Seattle will host their guitar-pull style Christmas Show "Hometown Holiday" December 7 at the Showare Center in Kent, WA.

Performing will be Hunter Hayes, Josh Turner, Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae. The show will benefit the USO, which provides support to military deploying overseas and returning home, wounded warriors and military families and families of the fallen.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 24 at 10 a.m. (PT) here

WEBG, Big 95.5/Chicago got into the swing of things this morning as Cubs fever rips through the Windy City as they face tonight's NCLS Game 5 between the Cubs and the L.A. Dodgers.  

WEBG's Jordan dressed as a Dodger and played dodge ball against a team of volleyball playing Cubs team.  Listeners called in to win tickets to WEBG's "Big Code of Honor" Veterans Day concert tickets. Check it out here.

10/20/2016 9:55 AM
It's All For The Wall
Kenny Wall has been named PD/MD for Cumulus WLXX, NASH FM/Lexington, KY succeeding Dale O'Brian, who left the station last month.

"We are very excited to have Kenny Wall join us in Lexington as PD/MD on NASH FM 92.9," said Cumlus/Lexington Market Manager Scott Frazier. "Kenny's experience, ideas, and great on-air presence will bring a new level of energy to our Country station.”

This is a return to Cumulus for Kenny.  He was previously OM/PD for KKEG/Fayetteville, AR; KBBQ/Ft. Smith, AR; WBSX and WBHT/Wilkes Barre, PA stations.  His radio resume also inlcludes time in Tulsa, Birmingham and Little Rock.  Most recently he was handling OM responsibilities for the Towsquare/Amarillo cluster.  "I am so stoked to join the Cumulus team in Lexington," said Wall.  "Looking forward to lots of bourbon, horse racing and Country music."

Seen here (l-r): Katie Barolak, Kelly Bolton, Dave Pacula, Nick
Wayne, attorney Kelly
Donley, attorney Lauren Kilgore and Black River CEO Gordon Kerr.
Photo: Black River Entertainment
Nick Wayne has signed with the publishing roster of Black River Entertainment, Black River Publishing.  This is the first publishng deal for him.

"Black River Publishing is thrilled to welcome Nick Wayne to the family," said BRE Sr., Director/Creative Dave Pacula.  "We are huge fans of his smart lyrics and unforgettable melodies and look forward to sharing much success together."

 "I'm so honored to be considered a part of Black River's team and their continuing success," said Wayne.  I remember getting chills the first night I walked into this building."

PD/Afternoon personality Jeff Horn has left Mighty Media Country WEBL/Memphis.  His position was eliminated and be absorbed by Station Manager Tom Freeman.  Horn joined the station in May following a programming job with Cumulus WYZB, Nash FM/Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

He is seeking his next opportunity.  Get in touch with him at 850-228-8406 or here

The Nashville Enterpreneur Center (EC) and the Country Music Association (CMA) have extended their partnership for the Project Music Accelerator for an additional two years through 2018. Project Music Accelerator began in 2014 and has graduated 13 music-tech startups and a non-profit via its 16-week high intensity boot camp at the Nashville EC.  Each startup is awarded a $30,000 to $50,000 investment to launch their businesses.

"We recognize the value of supporting entrepreneurs as they help to innovate and ensure the future of the ever-evolving music business," said CMA SVP/Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Damon Whiteside. "As CMA's mission is to support the growth of Country music globally, this program based in Nashville, the center of our industry, will help to continue to build the success of our industry."

Added CMA and EC Board Member Joe Galante, "Project Music continues to help passionate entrepreneurs solve today's industry problems. The program gives entertainment industry executives and their teams the opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs to tackle the toughest challenges and big opportunities they would normally not have time to address."

Garth Brooks has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon Music effective today (10/19).  Subscribers of Amazon Music Unlimited can now stream Brooks' latest single, "Baby Let's Lay Down and Dance," from his upcoming "gunslinger album.  He will also have "The Ultimate Hits," and "Double Live" available as well as his upcoming "Gunslinger" and "Christmas Together." Eventually all of Brooks' past studio albums will also be available.

"It is a joy to work with a company that is all about the customer when it comes to service, and all about the music and its creators when it comes to the music,” said Brooks. “I applaud Amazon on their commitment to quality and thank them for this opportunity.”

Added Amazon Music VP Steve Boom, “This is a landmark moment for both Amazon Music and Garth Brooks, a legendary Country music superstar who continues to shatter industry records and amaze fans three decades into his career. We are honored to make his music available for streaming for the first time ever, exclusively on Amazon Music.”

Brooks' music, including studio and compilation albums, are also available for purchase and digital download in MP3 format on Amazon Music.  Amazon Music Unlimited will also be the official sponsor of Garth Brooks' current world tour.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani performed at President Obama's last White House State Dinner last night.  the event was held in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini.  Dinner guests included Giorgio Armani, Mario Batli, Frank Ocean and more.

Stefani headilned the dinner and joined her for their duet, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart."

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) will being taking submissions for the "52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" in the On-air Personality of the Year and Radio Station of the Year categories beginning Monday, November 7.  All submissions should be completed by Friday, December 9th at 4 p.m.m (CT) t qualify.  Only current ACM members may submit for Station or On-air Personality categories. All new membership applications and existing membership renewals must be completed by Friday, October 28 at 5 p.m.m (CT). 

Nominees will be announced in the Spring before the "52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards."  On-air Personality categories include National, Major Market, Large Market, Medium Market and Small Market; Station of the Year are divided into Major, Large, Medium and Small markets.  The ACM defines Major as Markets 1-25; Large Markets 26-50; Medium Markets as 51-100 and Small Markets as 101 and smaller.

To apply online for membership visit the ACM website here.

10/19/2016 12:12 PM
Garth Gets Most Adds
Congrats to Garth Brooks for earning 99 Mediabase adds with his latest single, "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance," making it the most added single at country radio this week.  

Great work by Pearl Records, Inc. GM Lesly Simon, SVP/Promo Mandy McCormack and Directors of Regional Promo Nathan Cruise, Hilary Hoover and Glenn Noblit.

During Garth's weekly Facebook Live "Inside Studio G" he gave fans a look at the cover art and title of his upcoming album "Gunslinger." This will be his 11th project and features "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" as the lead single.  

The album will be released Friday, November 25 and can be purchased exclusively at Target beginning Friday, November 11 as part of Brooks' "Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collections" ten-disc boxed set.

Melissa Chase has been promoted to OM of SummitMedia/Richmond's cluster.  She will oversee Country WKHK, K95; Hot AC WURV, 103.7, Play; Classic Rock WKLR, Classic Rock 96.5; Adult Hits WJSR, Star 100.9; Top 40 WURV-HD2, Hot 106.1; and new Classic Hip-Hop WKHK-HD2, G 104.3. She has been a part of 103.7 Play morning show (Melissa & Jack) for several years and has been with the station for ten years.

"Melissa is a  talented air personality who has grown into a strong program executive," SummitMedia SVP/Programming Bill Tanner said. "We're looking forward to continuing to benefit from her experience and talent.”
Added SummitMedia Pres./GM Bob Wiloughby, “Melissa is an outstanding leader with a very broad programming skill set. We are extremely fortunate to have her guiding our team in Richmond."

“I am beyond excited to be able to work with a talented team to continue to provide incredible content, killer music and outstanding local promotions for SummitMedia/Richmond," Melissa Chase said. “A huge thank you to all the amazing programmers I’ve worked with who have been mentors through this journey -– and especially to Bill Tanner, John Olsen, Dom Theodore and Bob Willoughby for this opportunity!”

According to Bloomberg, a group of iHeartMedia and Cumulus creditors
have hired financial advisory firm PJT Partners to look at stategies to help
with their exposure.

"Losses and leverage are climbing, putting pressure on the broadcasters to cut a deal with lenders now, before the clock runs out," the story reads. "If they don't, the two companies could slam headlong into a wall of debt coming due by 2019 that collectively tops $10 billion."     

More here.

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has announced its newly elected and appointed Board of Directors for the 2016-17 term.  Newsly elected officers have been established for the term including Chairman Ken Tucker, President Ben Vaughn, Vice President Duane Clark, Treasurer Carmen Romano, Parliamentarian Paul Moore, Sergeant-at-Arms, Tim Dubois and Secretary Tommy Moore.

Elected ACM Board members include: Jessi Alexander; Lori Badgett, City National Bank; Lee Brice; Buddy Cannon, Cannon Productions; Tom Forrest, Taillight; Brad Garrett, Police Productions; Mary Hilliard Harrington, Red Light Management; Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens' Enterprises; Bob Kingsley, Bob Kingseley's Country Top 40; Frank Liddell, Carnival Music; Cindy Mabe, Universal Music Group; Nashville John Marks, Spotify; Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media; Lee Thomas Miller; Curt Motley, UTA; Brian O'Connell, Live Nation; Tim Roberts, CBS Radio; Troy Vollhoffer, PGP/Country Thunder Festivals.

Newly appointed members of the Board of Directors include:

Bobby Bones, The Bobby Bones Show; Charlie Cook, Cumulus; George Couri, Triple 8 Management; Kele Currier, ASCAP; Chris Farren, Combustion Music; Leslie Fram, CMT; Jay Frank, Universal Music Group; Ali Harnell, AEG Live; Jimmy Harnen, Big Machine Label Group; Shannan Hatch, SESAC; Jon Loba, Broken  Bow Music Group; Harry Lyons, G-Major Management; Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management, Rod Phillips, iHeartMedia; Liz Rose, Liz Rose Music; Kimberly Schlapman; Lane Wilson, WME.

“As I look over the names of our new board members as well as those of our current and returning representatives, I’m impressed with the wide variety of industry leaders that have stepped up to share their time and talents with the Academy. We are fortunate to have such commitment from this dedicated group,” said Tucker. “As we strive to move the Academy ever forward, it is encouraging and comforting to know these talented individuals are behind that effort.”


Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott, Zara Larsson and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild will perform at the "CMT Artists of the Year" special to pay tribute to honorees Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia LIne, Tomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.

Kelsea Ballerini will join Trainor and Scott to perform a tribute to Shania Twain (left), who will receive the "Artist of a Lifetime" award.

Presenting the honors will be Little Big Town, Arsenio Hall and Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian.

The seventh annual "CMT Artists of the Year" special will premiere from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Thursday, Ocotber 20 at 8 p.m. (ET).

Big & Rich will team with Thirty Tigers for the release of their next album.  Thirty Tigers will handle marketing and distribution for the project along with Sony Red.

"We are over the top excited to work with (Thirty Tigers Founder) David Macias, (Sony Red's) DeWayne Brown, and the entire Thirty Tigers  and Sony Red teams!" said Big & Richs John Rich. "I truly feel they understand who we are, what we stand for, and where we are dreaming to go. It's not often in this business that you feel completely understood, but this is one of those golden moments where the stars align and great things happen!" 

John Roberts is the new OM for Townsquare's four-statoin cluster in Tyler-Longview, TX.  The stations he will directly program and oversee include Country KNUE, and Classic Rock KTX.  Other stations he will be responsible for include Hot AC KTYL, Mix 93.1, Urban AC KISX, Hot 107.3 Jamz. 

This is a return to Texas for Roberts.  He was most recentlywith Scripps in Oklahoma were he programmed Top 40 KHTT, 106.9 K-Hits/Tulsa.

"It feels terrific to be back in Texas again! I love the vibe in the Tyler building -- what a great group of pros on staff here. And Townsquare's vision is right on point for radio, online and events in 2016," said Roberts.

Townsquare SVP/Programming Kurt Johnson commented, " a seasoned pro with a great understanding of Texas markets. Glad to have him leading the programming charge for us in East Texas."


Our best wishes go out to WFRE/Frederick MD/PD Don Brake who is in the hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack yesteray morning (10/17).  MOrning host Tom Whalen found Brake unresponsive and called 911.  Whalen, co-host Dianah Gibson and cluster WFMD-am Morning Host Bob Miller performed CPR until help arrived.

"I am stable now at Frederick Memorial Hospital," Brake says. "They continue to run tests to determine what exactly happened. America, Naomi and I are truly thankful for the fast action of my coworkers and the great care I have received from those who responded and have treated me here at the hospital." 

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10/18/2016 12:04 PM
CMA Partners With ZinePak
CMA has partnered with ZinePak to release a limited edition commemorative fan package.  The bundle will honor the CMA Awards 50th anniversary and include an 80-page magazine, a 20-song CD-including "Forever Country" as well as trading cards featuring the 2016 New Artist of the Year nominees.  

It will be available at Walmart beginning Friday, October 21 for $11.88.  Pre-orders are available here

The 50th CMA Awards keep getting bigger.  Additional performers have been announced including Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Gerogial Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves.  

The show will air live from the Bridgestone Arena on November 2 on ABC.  

They join previously announced Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood., /Images/AACNew/Newsletters/Eric-Chesser/728_X_90_Banner_Layered.jpg,, /Images/AACNew/banners/SH_AAC_BottomBanner.jpg,