TODAY'S NEWS
l-r Andy Elliot, Pearl Records; Glenn Nobilt, Pearl Records; Hilary Hoover, Pearl Records; Lesly Simon, Pearl Records; Mitch Rossell, Songwriter; Garth; Trisha; Mandy McCormack-Pearl Records; Chris Waters, Pearl Records
Garth Brooks celebrated topping the charts on Saturday night (12/9) ahead of his first show of seven at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  Brooks celebrated with industry friends and his team at Pearl Recrods, CMA, CRB, ASCAP, BMI, Ticketmaster and Amazon Music. Brooks' ballad "Ask Me How I Know" hit the top spot last week on both Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country Airplay charts.  It is also Brooks' most streamed #1 single on Amazon Music Unlimited.  The Nashville shows are the final run of the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood.  In a little over three years, the tour has sold over 6.4 million tickets, making it the biggedyt North American tour in history and hte biggest American tour in the world.

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) shared details about its annual research project, which will be presented on Tuesday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m. (CT) during CRS 2018.  Edison will delve into the popularity of Smart Speakers with the growth of the devices expected to quadruple in 2017 compared to last year.

While fewer and fewer people have FM radios in the house anymore, Smart Speakers are seen as an opportunity for radio to get back in the home. According to new research, 71% of Smart Speaker owners who listen to Country radio said listening to their favorite AM/FM radio station is a reason they wanted the device. 

The presentation will look at the new devices form the perspective of the Country listener in order to understand how they are already using Smart Speakers and how they use the technology to connect with their favorite radio stations. Edison Research will present ideas on how to use Smart Speakers to strengthen the already strong relationship between the listener and Country Radio. 

“This is technology that is not just being used by young people. We’re seeing so many different kinds of owners who enjoy interacting with these devices. Smart Speakers present a tremendous opportunity for radio,” said Megan Lazovick, Director of Research at Edison Research. 
Drawing from new behavioral data and opinions from in-person interviews with Country fans, the research will pinpoint how radio can use this technology to their advantage. Edison, known for putting on an entertaining and informative show, will bring videos that walk through the process of creating and using a skill on a Smart Speaker –with interviews with developers, Country Radio programmers, and Smart Speaker users. 

To review more of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or download the CRS mobile app.  As in previous years, the CRS app provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, panel descriptions, speaker bios, live performances, CRS after-hour activities and more.
Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 7 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville.  Register to attend CRS 2018 today by visiting www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.  Registration is now available at the “Final Rate” of $699.  


 








 
DAYTON
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WHKO-FM Country 10.5 12.0 12.2 12.5
WHIO-AM News Talk Information 6.8 7.2 7.1 6.9
WDHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 7.3 6.9 6.5 6.8
WMMX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.6 7.6 6.8 6.8
WTUE-FM Album Oriented Rock 6.6 7.9 6.3 6.2
WROU-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 5.6 5.7 6.1 6.1
WCHD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.8 4.0 4.3 4.8
WZDA-FM Alternative 2.5 3.1 2.6 2.5
WCLI-FM Country 2.2 2.3 2.6 2.4
WGTZ-FM Adult Hits 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.1
WZLR-FM Classic Hits 2.0 1.8 2.3 2.0
WRZX-FM Classic Hits 2.8 2.1 1.9 1.9
WYDB-FM Country 1.5 1.4 1.9 1.8
WING-AM All Sports 0.9 0.6 0.6 0.9
WHKO-F3+ Urban Oldies * 0.5 0.5 0.6
WONE-AM All Sports 0.5 * * *
           
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GRAND RAPIDS
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WBCT-FM Country 8.5 8.6 8.8 9.3
WOOD-AM News Talk Information 7.5 7.1 7.7 7.9
WSNX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 5.4 4.9 6.1
WGRD-FM Active Rock 4.9 4.3 5.1 5.0
WSRW-FM Adult Contemporary 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.4
WLHT-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.0 4.7 4.3 3.9
WFGR-FM Classic Hits 3.0 2.4 2.3 3.0
WBFX-FM Classic Rock 1.9 1.9 2.3 2.8
WNWZ-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 2.0 1.4 2.1 2.0
WTRV-FM Soft Adult Contemporary 3.1 2.1 2.1 2.0
WMAX-FM All Sports 1.5 1.4 1.6 1.6
           
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TUCSON
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KRQQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.4 9.5 9.3 8.4
KNST-AM News Talk Information 3.2 4.2 5.2 5.3
KLPX-FM Classic Rock 5.2 5.8 6.6 5.2
KMIY-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.6 3.6 3.9 4.0
KOHT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.9 3.9 3.8 4.0
KCMT-FM Mexican Regional 3.2 3.0 2.9 3.4
KFMA-FM Alternative 3.3 3.2 3.5 3.3
KTKT-AM Spanish Variety 2.2 1.7 1.3 1.8
KYWD-FM Country 2.2 1.0 0.9 1.4
KXEW-AM Tejano 1.0 1.2 0.8 0.7
           
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T ULSA
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KWEN-FM Country 6.3 7.4 7.1 7.2
KMOD-FM Album Oriented Rock 7.4 6.6 6.7 6.3
KRMG-FM News Talk Information 8.4 6.6 6.2 5.9
KHTT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.3 6.2 5.3 5.8
KJSR-FM Classic Rock 6.2 6.2 5.9 5.8
KXBL-FM Classic Country 3.8 5.8 6.1 5.4
KRAV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.7 5.5 5.1 4.9
KVOO-FM Country 4.9 5.1 5.1 4.4
KBEZ-FM Classic Hits 4.2 4.0 4.4 4.3
KTBT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.3 3.5 3.4 3.4
KTGX-FM Country 3.4 3.2 3.4 3.4
KFAQ-AM News Talk Information 2.0 1.1 1.5 1.6
KTGX-F2+ Oldies 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.5
KIZS-FM Spanish Variety 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7
KWEN-F2+ Christian Adult Contemporary 0.6 * 0.6 0.7
           
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Renda Broadcasting in Jacksonville has hired Randy Savage (aka Bruce Murry) as OM of its two station cluster including Coun try WGNE and AC WEJZ.  He succeeds Chuck Beck who left the position. 

Savage comes from Cumulus/Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA where he has served as OM since January.  He previously spent 20 years at Renda/Ft. Myters, FL as OM an dPD of WWGR.  No word on his position in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton.

According to the State Journal Register, Charlie Ferguson has retired after three years at VP/GM of Saga Communications' Capitol Radio Group in Springfield, IL.  The cluster includes Classic Country WDBR-HD2-W266BZ ,101.1 The Outlaw;  Country WLFZ, 101.9 The Wolf; News TalkWTAX-A-W228DL, Classic Rock WYMG; Top 40 WDBR; Oldies WDBR-HD3-W298AP, Pure Oldies107.5 FM and Classic Hits WQQL, Cool 93.9.

Ferguson joined the cluster after ten years as GM for Northern Broadcast in Traverse City, MI.  Prior to that he serviced as GM for Cumulus/Bismarck, Clear Channel/Minot, NC, Ingstad Broadcasting Group and CD Broadcasting in Minneapolis. 

Congrats to Luke Bryan and his team at Capitol Nashville who topped the Mediabase Country singles chart with "Light It Up," that is his lead single from his rewly released, "What Makes You Country" album.  This is his 17th career #1.

Great work by UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser; Capitol Nashivlle VP/Promo Bobby Young; UMG Nashville VP/Promotion David Friedman; National Director/Radio Syndicaiton Donna Hughes; Director/Promotion and Radio Marketing Chris Schuler; Capitol Nahsville Director/West Coast Promo Megan Youngblood; Director/Midwest Promo Brent Jones; Director of Southwest Promo Mara Sidweber; Director/Northeast Promo Annie Sandor; Manaager/Southeast Promo Ashley Laws and Coord/Promo Jason McColl.

Florida Georgia Line will open a retail, creative and business space on 21st Ave. in Nashville's Hillboro Village.  The space will be divided into three parts: the Tribe Kelley trading post; the headquarters of Tree Vibez Music; and a proviate meeting/event space concept called Meet + Greet.  

"We're so excited to build and create a space for professionals to feel inspired and creative," shared FGL's "We hope to bring something new and innovative to Nashville." FGL's Brian Kelley added, "Passionate people inspire other passionate people. We thrive on letting our imaginations run wild and can’t wait to see what this city dreams up together."
 

Throughout the month of December more than 120 radio markets will host St. Jude radiothons with 70 of those that took place last week.

iHeartRadio and Premiere Networks nationally syndicated "The Bobby Bones Show" raised nearly $1.7 million as part of their two-day St. Jude radiothon on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8.  Artists that stopped by the show included Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Lauren Alaina, Chris Janson, Danelle Bradberry, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Lindsay Ell, Charlie Worsha, Ticker Beathard, Jimmie Allen and Nakita Carmen.

"Our listeners always come thorugh every single time, and always in a massive way for St. Jude," said Bones.  "We're so thankful to them, as well as the artists and affiliate stations, who went above and beyond to support this worthy cause."

Also raising money with impressive totals were: WUSN, US 99/Chicago with a two-day total of $723,106; WMZQ/Washington, D.C. with a total of $512, 042; WBWL/Boston with a two-day total of $331,248; WBWL/Boston with a two-day total of $331,248; WIVK/Knoxville with a total of $307,319; and WQYK, 99.5 QYK/Tampa with a two-day total of $300,630.

 

Jack Swart joins Max Media River Radio/Cape Girardeau, MO as GSM/Director of Sales.

The cluster includes KEZS, K-103 (a 100,000 watt Country legend), KZIM 960 AM; KGKS 93.9, Real Rock KGKS; The River 93.9, Adult Hits and the sports combo of KLSC 92.9 and 1220 KGIR featuring ESPN Radio, Southwest Missouri sports, the St. Louis Blues and the Kansas City Chiefs.  

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ALBANY-SCHENECTADY-TROY
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WGNA-FM Country 6.7 8.5 8.3 7.1
WFLY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.0 5.9 5.5 6.5
WGY-AM News Talk Information 6.9 5.0 5.1 6.2
WPYX-FM Classic Rock 5.8 8.1 7.2 6.0
WYJB-FM Adult Contemporary 5.7 5.2 5.2 4.6
WTRY-FM Classic Hits 4.5 4.0 3.8 3.8
WRVE-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.9 4.2 3.7 3.6
WKKF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.3 3.1 3.3 3.4
WKLI-FM New Country 4.5 3.0 3.3 2.8
WQBK-FM Mainstream Rock 3.2 2.1 2.7 2.8
WROW-AM Oldies 3.1 2.4 2.2 2.5
WAJZ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.0 3.1 2.9 2.4
WTMM-FM All Sports 2.2 1.8 2.3 2.4
WQSH-F2+ Urban Contemporary 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.4
WQSH-FM Adult Hits 1.6 1.9 1.7 1.3
WFFG-FM Country * 0.8 1.0 1.0
WOFX-AM All Sports * 0.6 * *
WRVE-F2+ Country * 0.7 0.6 *
           
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SYRACUSE
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Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 PHASE 1 FA 17 PHASE 2 FA 17
WBBS-FM Country 12.5 10.5 11.0 10.0
WSYR-AM News Talk Information 7.4 6.3 6.7 7.3
WYYY-FM Adult Contemporary 5.3 5.6 4.8 6.5
WWHT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.7 4.8 5.0 4.7
WSEN-FM Classic Hits 5.8 3.6 3.8 3.8
WOLF-FM New Country 2.8 2.0 2.8 3.5
WMVN-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.8 2.5 2.7 2.3
WHEN-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.5
           
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Nielsen Music has reorganized its radio team, appointing Scott Musgrave as U.S. Head of Radio Client Solutions and Paul Shaver as VP/Head of Nielsen Music Canada.
Musgrave, who spent 17 years at Arbitron, nine years as VP Sales/SVP and GM, will focus on further developing the radio business and creating relationships throughout the broader radio ecosystem.



Shaver, who previously was VP/Radio Promotion for Virgin Records and EMI/Capitol Records, will expand Nielsen's radio business in the Canadian music market. Both will collaborate with the product development team to build on the success of recent BDS RADIO and MUSIC CONNECT enhancements.

Both Musgrave and Shaver are established and respected music industry veterans, with a combined experience of more than 40 years.

Musgrave previously spent 17 years at Arbitron, serving nine years as VP Sales/SVP General Manager of the radio station business.

Shaver has over 25 years of music industry experience, having previously served as VP of Radio Promotion For Virgin Records & EMI/Capitol Records.

Bridge Ratings is out with a new year-end study, posting to the company website, "It's been another fantastic digital year with growth in both consumers and advertising revenue. Bridge Ratings has published numerous reports during 2017 as an on-going guide to the most popular digital platforms including on-demand music streaming and podcasting. In fact, our podcasting ad metric projections provided significant insight to advertising agencies and podcast producers to help manage and excel in reaching new consumers as well as advertisers."

The highlights
:

Music streaming consumption continues to grow. Bridge looks at how radio programmers are using it and how genre listening has expanded.




 












Podcasting’s amazing year of growth with both consumers and advertisers






 











Smart speakers/voice-assistants. An overview of the category and which music sources are most-used.
 















Find full post here.

Congrats from AllAboutCountry to Cumulus nationally syndicated "NASH Nights Live" co-host Shawn Parr, who will be honored with the "California Country Awards" Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, December 16th in Long Beach, CA. Parr is being recognized "for his indelible impact on Country music in California through a lifetime of significant achievements in radio, television, and the industry." 

Though based in Nashville now, Parr is a Southern California native whose broadcast career includes 25 years in Los Angeles Country radio. 15 years at then-Emmis’ KZLA, followed by a stint at Mt. Wilson Broadcasters KKGO, after KZLA's 2006 format flip. Parr has also been the voice of the Academy Of Country Music Awards for more than two decades.
He joined Cumulus in 2014, launching "NASH Nights Love" in November 2013.).

Give him congrats here

Pictured L-R: Walker Hayes, Ty Bentli (wearing an Elf outfit) and Chuck Wicks!
Country artist Walker Hayes' debut album BOOM. was released today, and he found the time to stop by to perform and chat with Ty, Kelly and Chuck in Nashville this morning about what this project means to him after moving to Nashville over a decade ago.

 
Hayes gave Ty, Kelly and Chuck listeners the backstory on how his song "Shut Up Kenny," about Kenny Chesney, came to be, and the deeper meaning behind his hit song "You Broke Up With Me."

See and hear it all go down:

http://www.tykellyandchuck.com/?p=920360

Here's more:
Walker Hayes Performs "Beautiful" Acoustic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY_4M8o2aQA
 
Why Walker Hayes Has a Song on His Album Telling Kenny Chesney to Shut Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMjpF-dCzhY

Gifted singer-songwriter, Taylor Ray Holbrook, released his brand new single, "Times We Had," today. The song features country star Colt Ford and Charlie Farley. The single is available via iTunesSpotify, and all other digital retailers. Nashville Country Club premiered the track today here
Times We Had” was co-written by Taylor Ray Holbrook, Jared Sciullo, Austin Jenckes, Justin Spillner, Colt Ford, and Charlie Farley.  The song was composed to help, inspire and encourage listeners who have lost someone dear to them. 

“I know this song will have a positive effect on everyone who has lost someone dear to them. It’s not about mourning the times we’ve lost, it’s about being thankful for the times we had," said Holbrook. "Working with Colt and Charlie on this song was very special because we were able to build this meaningful song without ever seeing one another! We simply put our emotions into melodic form behind the scenes in our own world, without being influenced by one another which was so cool

 BMLG Records President/EVP Big Machine Label Group Jimmy Harnen surprises Brett Young with a plaque to celebrate Young's GOLD single "Like I Loved You" at House Of Blues in Dallas.






















MULTI-PLATINUM selling artist Brett Young was surprised last night by BMLG Records President/EVP Big Machine Label Group Jimmy Harnen at his sold-out CALIVILLE Tour stop at House Of Blues in Dallas with news that his current single, “Like I Loved You,” is GOLD-certified. The single is Top 5 and rising, following the success of his No. One hits "Sleep Without You" and "In Case You Didn't Know."

 
Brett Young is continuing his in-demand debut headlining tour featuring Carly Pearce, with a stop this weekend in Baton Rouge, LA (12/9). 

Young released the music video today for his gorgeous version of “O Holy Night," premiering exclusively on Amazon Music. The video gives a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the track as Young takes to the studio with producer Dann Huff along with a 10-player string section. Click here to watch Young record “O Holy Night” in the studio.



 

The Christmas season brings opportunities to share joy and help those in need and 117 Entertainment Artists, lewisbrice.com, Paul Bogart, and Amanda Winter are generously participating in the Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show taking place at the Walmart Supercenter (204 N Hendersonville Lane/Hendersonville TN) on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5-9 pm CST.

All proceeds go to the nonprofit organization, Christmas 4 Kids, that will supply Christmas shopping money to more than four hundred underprivileged children at the annual event. Dozens of artist buses are decorated with Christmas themes, providing an opportunity for fans to get an inside look at the artists’ home away from home. A donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 2-12 gives the ticket-holder the chance to see and more than 50 tour buses and meet artists and celebrities inside every bus, take photographs and get autographs.

Following their appearance together on "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" and confirmation of a reunion, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will release new music in a joint venture between Big Machine Records and UMG Nashville. Sugarland's single, "Still The Same," will be made available  worldwide via digital services on Thursday, December 21st.

Nettles said
, "We are thrilled for fans to hear our new music, especially this single. The title of the song is so meaningful to us as we want fans to know, we are still the same, we are still the same Sugarland they've known and loved."

Bush stated, "We want to finish where we left off. We always knew [we] were going to make music again, so this has been the best of both worlds. We were able to take time to feed our personal passions, and we're excited to come back together to create music as a band again." Sugarland is also back in the studio working on their new album and mapping out tour dates for 2018.

Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan appeared on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" (GMA) this morning (12/8) to discuss his new album, "WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY," which released today; his family; hosting ABC-TV's "American Idol;" and more. Watch the interview here.
Bryan also performed on the Opry City Stage in New York City.
Watch him sing his hit songs, "That's My Kind Of Night" here and "Fast" here.

In a live announcement made from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but two of the names for the 2018 Frontier Nights®entertainment series. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) World Finals will return to the arena in 2018.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 16 at 9 a.m. www.cfdrodeo.com, through the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office, and by calling 307.778.7222.

Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church, and Dierks Bently were announced live, from Las Vegas and live-streamed on the Wrangler Network.

“We are excited about the lineup for 2018,” Contract Acts chairman Scott Fleming said. “We are working on securing the remaining performances and will have a follow-up announcement at that time.”
Championship Bull Riding returns to Cheyenne Frontier Days to crown the 2018 CBR World Champion bull rider with a $100,000 check. Bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman presides over the action matching the best riders to the industry’s best bucking bulls. Six-time World Champion Sage Kimzeybroke all CBR records in 2017 when he won an unprecedented third CBR World title.

Cumulus Media announces that New York City’s country radio station NASH FM 94.7/WNSH-FM hosted a live music performance Thursday, December 7, by four-time Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan. Hosted by NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy and Katie Neal, Bryan’s 30-minute performance at Cumulus Media-New York’s Stage 17 atop Madison Square Garden aired on Cumulus Media country radio stations across the U.S. at 12:00 Noon EST yesterday. 
Bryan released his sixth studio album today on Capitol Records Nashville, WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY.

Featured in the group shot are: (Left to Right) Mike Allan, Assistant Program Director NASH FM 94.7; Jesse Addy, NASH FM 94.7 on-air personality; John Foxx, Program Director, NASH FM 94.7; Luke Bryan; Katie Neal, NASH FM 94.7 on-air personality; Bobby Young, Vice President, Promotion- Capitol Nashville; Charlie Cook, Vice President/Country,  Cumulus Media and Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Nashville.








BIRMINGHAM
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WBHK-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 10.2 10.3 11.1 10.7
WBHJ-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 8.3 7.4 7.7 8.3
WBPT-FM Classic Rock 5.1 7.0 6.6 5.6
WZZK-FM Country 6.6 7.4 6.2 5.5
WQEN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.0 5.6 4.8 4.9
WDXB-FM Country 5.1 4.4 4.2 4.2
WMJJ-FM Adult Contemporary 4.2 4.0 3.4 4.0
WERC-FM News Talk Information 3.3 3.0 3.5 3.7
WAGG-AM Gospel 2.8 2.7 3.4 2.8
WMJJ-F2+ Urban Contemporary 2.6 2.4 2.0 2.1
WERC-F2+ Contemporary Inspirational 2.2 1.7 1.6 1.9
WPYA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.6
WQEN-F2+ Mainstream Rock 1.4 1.1 1.3 1.1
WQEN-F3+ Alternative 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.8
WPYA-F2+ Album Adult Alternative 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.7
           
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BUFFALO-NIAGARA FALLS
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Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 PHASE 1 FA 17 PHASE 2 FA 17
WYRK-FM Country 11.2 9.7 9.7 10.3
WBLK-FM Urban Contemporary 7.9 9.2 9.3 9.5
WBUF-FM Adult Hits 3.4 4.0 3.2 2.6
WMSX-FM Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.1 2.4 2.5
           
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GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG
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WJMZ-FM Urban Contemporary 9.0 9.0 7.9 8.0
WSSL-FM New Country 6.3 7.6 7.7 7.7
WESC-FM Country 5.8 6.8 7.3 7.0
WHZT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.8 4.2 4.6 4.2
WMYI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.6 4.1 3.6 3.1
WROO-FM Active Rock 1.3 1.3 1.7 1.6
WJMZ-F2+ Alternative 1.1 1.2 0.7 0.9
WJMZ-F3+ Adult Hits 1.1 0.8 0.8 0.8
           
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RICHMOND
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WKJS-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 9.9 8.6 9.4 9.3
W KHK-FM Country 5.6 7.0 7.4 7.7
WBTJ-FM Urban Contemporary 6.4 8.1 7.5 6.0
WPZZ-FM Contemporary Inspirational 5.4 5.8 5.2 5.3
WCDX-FM Urban Contemporary 5.5 5.3 5.5 5.0
WTVR-FM Adult Contemporary 4.5 4.2 4.5 4.9
WRVQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.2 3.9 4.0 4.8
WURV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.0 3.9 4.4 3.8
WRVA-AM News Talk Information 4.5 4.4 4.5 3.5
WRXL-FM Mainstream Rock 3.1 3.8 3.7 2.9
WKLR-FM Classic Rock 4.0 3.5 2.9 2.7
WWLB-FM Classic Country 2.1 2.7 3.2 2.6
WJSR-FM Classic Hits 3.2 2.5 2.0 1.8
WBBT-FM 80's Hits 1.5 1.6 1.8 1.5
WLFV-FM Contemporary Christian 1.0 1.2 1.0 1.1
WRVQ-F2+ Classic Rock 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.9
WRNL-AM All Sports 0.6 0.8 0.7 0.7
WXGI-AM All Sports 0.5 1.1 0.8 0.7
WURV-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 0.9 * * *
           
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
           
 
ROCHESTER, NY
RADIO RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIBING STATIONS
           
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  12/7/17
      Subscribers Added:  12/7/17
           
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 PHASE 1 FA 17 PHASE 2 FA 17
WHAM-AM News Talk Information 7.3 7.6 8.1 8.6
WAIO-FM Classic Rock 5.0 4.4 4.9 5.0
WDVI-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.2 3.8 3.1 3.2
WKGS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.6 3.0 3.5 3.2
WHTK-AM All Sports 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
WNBL-FM Country 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.5
WVOR-FM Adult Contemporary * 0.5 * *
           
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Charlie Daniels and Blackbird Presents have partnered for "Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie." In addition to Charlie Daniels and the Chalrie Daniels Band, this year's Volunteer Jam" will include performances from Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, the Oak ridge Boys, Rickie Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Bobby Bare, Chuck Leavell, Blackberry Smoke, Eddie Montgomery and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.  This is the 43rd anniversary of "Volunteer Jam."

"Charlie has had an enormous impact on American culture through his dedication to creating the unforgettable 'Volunteer Jam' legacy," said Blackbird Presents CEO Keith Wortman. "I am honored to be producing this year's Jam alongside Charlie's longtime manager, David Corlew."

The all-star concert event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  The show will kick off at 7 pm. (CT) with SiriusXM's Storme Warren returning as host.  Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow (12/8) at 10 a.m. (CT) via Ticketmaster.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Journey Home Project, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and Corlew to help vets.

The Country Radio Broadcasters have chosen Dierks Bentley to receive the CRS 2018 Humanitarian Award and Falls Media Group Owner Dan Halyburton to receive the CRS 2018 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.  Both will be presented after teh Opening Ceremonies of CRS 2018 on Monday, February 5, 2018.

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award honors Country music artists who have shown exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.  Bentley (left) has raised over $4 million for charities through his "Miles and Music For Kids" all-star motorcycle ride and concert, including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.  Bentley also partnered with Entercom Country KMLE/Phoenix and Guyann Communications Country KAFF/Flagstaff in 2013 as they organized and hosted the "Country Cares Concert" in Arizona, which raised more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  Bentley has also raised awareness of local Nashville non-profit organizations such as Safe Haven Family Shelter.

The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award is given at the discretion of the CRB Board of Directors to recognize an individuals in the Country radio industry who has displayed a spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community.  Dan Halyburton (right) has dedicated countless hours to the Red Cross as a communication specialist when disaster strikes, Halyburton offers communication leadership to those in need.  In chaotic circumstances, Halyburton uses his decade of experience and passion for helping other to provide clear, concise reliable instructions and communication that is vital in assisting and helping those who have been impacted by natural disasters.  This has been crucial in recent months for those dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes.


 

Townsquare Media/Wyoming and tapped Don Harrison as OM for its Cheyenne and Laramie markets including Country KLEN, 106.3 Cowboy Country.  Other stations in the cluster include News-Talk KGAB-A, and Classic Rock KIGN (101.9 KING FM)/Cheyenne and News-Talk KOWB0A and Country KCGY (Y-95 Country)/Laramie.  They have also extended OM Donovan Short's services through 2020.

Short said, "We’ve been on the hunt for a strong leader to build on the great things happening with our teams on Wyoming’s front range, and were fortunate to connect with a talented programmer like Don, who truly gets the Townsquare approach and is excited about putting down some Wyoming roots –- can’t wait to set the table for 2018."

“I almost moved to Florida in late August/early September but Hurricane Irma made me reevaluate because my next destination needed to be a place to settle down and call home," said Harrison. "I quickly identified Townsquare Media as a company in the top echelon of the radio industry and was determined to be part of something special. Fortunately, my patience paid off when some OM positions opened up this fall. Thanks to Kurt Johnson, Donovan Short, Leslie Hill, Jordan Dawson and Bob Price for providing an amazing opportunity to manage a couple Townsquare clusters and live in one of the most beautiful, healthiest areas in country –- hot springs, snow-capped mountains, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone -– Wyoming is a natural wonderland!”

“Working alongside our Wyoming crew, most of all Wyoming Market Pres. Bob Price, has been the highlight of my career," added Short. "As my ‘radio odometer’ gets ready to turn over 20 years with these brands next year, I’m mindful that it’s rare in our biz to get an opportunity to stay in one place for that amount of time, which speaks to a great team and a pretty incredible place to call home. Thanks to Buffalo Bob, Bill Wilson, Dhruv Prasad, Erik Hellum, Kurt Johnson and Kevin Godwin for the confidence, excited to be in the ‘Townsquare’ for more years to come.”
 

12/07/2017 12:50 PM
Gigs In Seattle
Hubbard WVRQ/Seattle is looking for people!

Take a look at job postings for PD, morning show host and on-air host here.

Entercom in Chattanooga has appointed Nichole Hartman SVP/Market Manager effective Decemebr 18.   She was previously GSM for Cox Media Group in Jacksonville.  Hartman will oversee Country WUSY, Country US 101, Top 40 WKXJ, 103.7 Kiss FM, Adult Hits WLND, 98.1 The Lake, Active Rock and WRXR, Rock 105.

"Nichole's leadership and business expertise will be instrumental in Chattanooga and we are thrilled to have her back at Entercom," said Entercom Regional President Brian Purdy.

"I am honored too join the Entercom team in Chattanooga," Hartman said, "I admire the values of the company and their leadership, and I am excited about where we are heading.  I am looking forward to working with an amazing group of brands and A-level talent in East Tennessee.”
 

Opry City Stage will host a live Good Morning America and a performance from Luke Bryan this Friday (12/8). This is the first nationally telelvised appearance by an artist from Opry City Stage, the Grand Ole Opry's first "home away from home."

Located at 1604 Broadway in the heart of Times Square the 28,000 square-foot complex features a two story restaurant, bar and performance stage, a world-class concert space--The Studio at Opry City Stage--on its fourth floor and a grond floor retail space.  Part of the space is being converted in to Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country Pop-Up Shop, featuring Bryan's new CD being release Friday, t-shirts, exclusive prints and other merchandise.  The shop will be open this Friday-Sunday.

Opry City Stage has also partnered up with Bryan for a contest in which one grand prize winner will recieve a autographed acoustic guitar, a copy of his latest CD "What Makes You Country, a t-shirt, an Opry City Stage cap and a dinner for two at Opry City Stage in New York. Fans can enter at www.oprycitystage.com to win.

12/07/2017 12:41 PM
Mueller Pays Up
As was reported here, last August an eight member jury ruled in favor of Taylor Swift's counter-suit of former KYGO/Denver personality David Mueller, who was accused of assulating and battering the entertainer.  As Swift's suit requested, the jury has awarded her $1.  The jury also found that Andrea Swift, Taylor's mother and Frank Bell, her radio liaison did not intentionally interfere with Mueller's employment.

Mueller was fired two days after the photo-op backstage at a 2013 Swift concert in Denver.  It was at this concert that she and her team claimed he touched her in an inappropriate manner.  Mueller filed suit, naming Swift, her mother and Bell saying they had "intentional interference with contractual obligations," and "interference with prospective business relations." He was seeking $3 million in damages.  Swift fired back with a counter-suit seeking $1 and saying that any furhter damanges awarded her will be donated to charity.

Now, the New York Daily News reports that Mueller has paid Swift with a Sacagawea coin last week.  

"Mueller provided a letter to the Associated Press showing the payment was sent November 28th," writes the paper.  "Mueller previously told the AP he inteded the coin fearuring a prominent Native American woman was a final job at the singer in a case her side called a wine for all women."

Westwood One is getting in the holiday spirit by offering three year-end Country radio specials:

"American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks" will feature the top 30 songs of 2017, airing the weekend of Saturday, December 23 and the weekend of Saturday, December 30.

The top 70 songs of 2017 will be presented by "Country Countdown USA With Lon Helton," with songs #70-#36 to air the weekend of Saturday, December 23 and songs #35-#1 to air the weekend of Saturday, December 30.

"Country Gold with Terri Clark" will showcase Christmas music the weekend of Saturday, December 23 with special guests Dolly Parton, George and many more.  Year-end interview highlights with Country artists will also air on "Country Gold" the weekend of Saturday, December 30.

For more information contact Westwood One here.

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