industry members
Charlie Ray
on-air/production   El Dorado Broadcasters
Donna Loving
VP   Tall Horse Records
Teresa Critzer
Songwriter   Self-Employed Independent Songwriter
Justin Brown
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Palmer Suk
President   Palmer Artists
Tereasa Hattaway
  LVProductions




TODAY'S NEWS

HitShop is restructuring and has laid off promotion people. 

Those who are gone include Director/National Promotion Rick Baumgartner, National Promotion/Special Ops reps Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne.4

At this point there is no confirmation on VPP Diane Monk-Harrison and Director of National Promotion and A &R Kim Stephens

Cutbirth will continue for the parent company Ramblin' Music Group's Young Guns Publishing. 

"The new artist path at terrestrial radio has become an increasingly expensive and crowded lane,” Skip Bishop says. "HitShop will refocus its energies in artist development in areas including major radio platforms such as satellite, streaming, syndication, social entities and executive level radio strategies." 

Skip Bishop started HitShop in January 2013. 

 Reach Baumgartner at 615-491-0935 or here. Get in touch with Cutbirth here  and Wayne here.


Luke Bryan has announced dates for his sixth Farm Tour. Bryan's "5-Hour Energy Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2014" will begin on October 1 at Maple Lane Farms in Knoxville, TN and run through Saturday, October 11. His last show will be held at Midway at Central City Park in Macon, GA. 

A part of the proceeds from the tour will go to Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. The scholarship funds college for students from farming families within the towns where Luke performs. His tour last year took him to eight cities. He performed for over 115,000 fans. 


Presale tickets go on sale today (7/29) for the Luke Bryan Fan Club. Tickets will be sold to the public beginning Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. local time.


Show Dog Universal is now working with Star Farm Nashville in its radio promotion efforts. 

"Partnering with Show Dog-Universal Music is a strategic move on behalf of the label to double their efforts in this competitive environment," says SFN GM & EVP/Promotion Matt Corbin. "This is exactly the kind of work for which our company is designed." 

 Michael Powers, Star Farm Nashville President says, "I was part of the promotion team that delivered one of Toby Keith's biggest career records, 'Should Have Been A Cowboy,' back in my Mercury Records days. We're excited to be working with Mark, Toby and the solid promotion department at Show Dog-Universal

07/29/2014 12:06 PM
Baldrica Leaves Show Dog

Tom Baldrica, Show Dog Universal VP/Promotion and Radio Marketing is leaving effective Friday, August 1.  

"SDU President Mark Wright and I had a two year agreement," Baldrica says. "Those two years are now complete and I have chosen to move on. I want to thank Mark, George Nunes, Bill Kennedy and Rick Moxley for the opportunity to work alongside them. And a sincere thank-you to the promotion team and staff for their support and hard work." 

He joined the company two years ago in September 2012. He has not immediate plans "other than to improve my golf game," and is looking for his next opportunity. Reach him at 615-715-6378 or here.  Baldrica's resume includes a long career with Sony Nashville followed by Average Joes Entertainment for two years.

07/29/2014 11:39 AM
David Nail Hits The Road

D avid Nail has announced that he will be taking to the road on his "I'm a Fire Tour" in September. Show Dog Universal's Native Run will open his show. Nail highlighted some of the music on his album on Darius Rucker's "True Believer Tour" and also on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown Tour." 

His stops are as follows: 
Sept. 11-Oxford, MS-The Lyric Oxford 
Sept. 12-New Orleans, LA-House of Blues 
Sept. 24-Athens, GA-Georgia Theatre 
Sept. 26-Tallahassee, FL-The Moon 
Sept. 27-Orlando, FL-House of Blues 
Oct. 9-Wichita, KS-The Cotillion 
Oct. 10-Denver, CO-Grizzly Rose 
Oct. 16-Tuscaloosa, AL-Jupiter Bar 
Oct. 17-Jacksonville, FL-Maverick’s 
Oct. 24-Columbia, MO-9th Street Summerfest 
Oct. 26-Cincinnati, OH-Bogart’s 
Oct. 29-Springfield, MO-Gillioz Theatre 
Oct. 30-Tulsa, OK-Cain’s Ballroom 
Oct. 31-San Antonio, TX-Aztec Theatre 
Nov. 6-Rocky Mount, VA-Harvester Performance Center 
Nov. 7-Sayreville, NJ-Starland Ballroom 
Nov. 8-Boston, MA-House of Blues 
Nov. 9-New York, NY-Irving Plaza 
Nov. 11-London, ON-London Concert Theater 
Nov. 13-Cleveland, OH-House of Blues 
Nov. 14-Grand Rapids, MI-The Intersection 
Nov. 15-Green Bay, WI-Meyer Theatre



Tim McGraw is revealing details about his upcoming album "Sundown Heaven Town" to be available on September 16. The album was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore and features a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and timmcgraw.com starting tomorrow July 29. 

"This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. " 

"I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," continues McGraw. "I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music." To build anticipation of the new album, McGraw launched his sold-out summer tour ahead of the album's release. He has been making appearances to introduce his new music. 

 The tracks are as follows:  1. Overrated 2. City Lights 3. Shotgun Rider 4. Dust 5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn) 6. Words Are Medicine 7. Sick Of Me 8. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (featuring Faith Hill) 9. Keep On Truckin’ 10. Last Turn Home 11. Portland, Maine 12. Lookin’ For That Girl 13. Still On The Line 

 Deluxe Tracks 14. Kids Today 15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock) 16. The View 17. I'm Feelin' You 18. Black Jacket 

For more information and behind the scenes exclusives, visit www.countdowntosundown.com.

07/28/2014 12:59 PM
WCTK Celebrates 25

WCTK, Cat Country 98.1/Providence is celebrating their 25th anniversary today (7/28).  They plan on counting down the top 100 songs in the history of the radio station with Bob Kingsley doing the final 10 songs during the 5:00 p.m (ET) hour.

"While today is WCTK's actual anniversary date, the celebration has spanned most of this year," said WCTK PD Bob Walker.  "Rascal Flatts kicked it off in January with a birthday cake and balloons and an acoustic performance for the staff.   We will continue into the Fall with New England's Jo Dee Messina hosting our 25th anniversary show on October 4 at Rhode Island's historic Stadium Theater."

Get in touch with Walker here.


Brad Paisley is taking to Twitter to preview tracks from his new album "Moonshine in the Trunk" album. He has been doing this by tweeting emails and texts received from Sony Nashville asking him to "plug the leaks." 

Paisley even went so far to get Ludicris, his co-judge on "Rising Star, to Tweet a link to the YouTube clips. Again saying that "I promised the label I wouldn't post the link myself. Me. Myself, I." 

"Moonshine In the Trunk" is slated to be released on Tuesday, August 2. The lead single "River Bank" is currently going up the charts.



According to Forbes Magazine Country musicians are America's new rock stars..at least commercially. Of the ten hottest albums in the US last year three were country albums. 

And Forbes has just come out with their "The World's Highest Paid Country Musician 2014" and Toby Keith tops the list earning $65 million. Others on the list include Taylor Swift with $64 million, Kenny Chesney with $44 million, Jason Aldean with $37 million and Luke Bryan with $34 million. 

Keith has been the subject of other Forbes articles talking about his many enterprises including his "I Love This Bar and Grill" restaurants, his multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Ford, his own Wild Shot mescal and the acts he signs to his Show Dog record label. 

For more information go here.


Stoney Richards, APD/MD/afternoon personality is leaving WDSY/Pittsburgh after 46 years. He is leaving to pursue his acting career. his last day will be September 10. 

"I love being on the radio but I love acting and there are opportunities I no longer want to miss out on," he says. 

He won't be out completely, though, as he'll continue his Live From The Centre weekend talk show on sister News KDKA-AM, and will be a recurring guest host on 'DSY. 

"I’m also planning to tour with Garth Brooks but we can’t decide on those pesky dates," he says. "Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for Y108 during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization," says OM/PD Mark Anderson in a memo to staff.

 "He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and his peers in radio."Reach him here /todaysnews.html

 Meanwhile Anderson is looking for his replacement. Go here to apply and search 19313BR.


Rik McNeil, formerly PD of WEBL and Classic Country WUMY/Memphis is the new PD and afternoon personality at KJUG/Visalia. He starts on Wednesday, August 13. 

McNeil takes the spot of Adam Jeffries who left last month. McNeil's resume includes PD of KWNR/Las Vegas and he has been with KEBL and WUMY for a year. 

 Get in touch with him here.

07/28/2014 12:09 PM
Yeah! Nichols Lands #1

Congrats to Broken Bow Records SVP Carson James, Red Bow VP/Promo Renee Leymon and Director/National Promo Shelley Hargis and the entire Red Bow Promo team for taking Joe Nichols to the top of the Mediabase Country singles chart with "Yeah."  

This is the second #1 single from Nichols' album "Crickets." This follows "Sunny and 75" that also made it to the top of the charts in December 2013.

07/28/2014 12:07 PM
Garth Goes For 10 In Chicago

Garth Brooks has announced that due to demand in Chicago, he has added nine additional concerts. Based on the capacity of the Allstate Arena, if he sells out all shows he will play to 185,000 people during the ten shows and will bring in $11 million. 

The shows are scheduled for September 4, September 5, September 11 and September 14. He will play two shows on September 6, 12 and 13. Showtimes here. Tickets here. 

Meanwhile, the staff at Chicago's US 99's and VP/Country Programming and PD Jeff Kapugi have been struggling to keep up. 

"What a crazy and amazing ride the last two weeks have been," says Kapugi. "Hours of preparation squashed with every phone call, another fork in the road. Speculation on what might be next and what to prep for that wasn't even close culminated in one of the best days I have had as a program director in this crazy business. Total team effort from the on-air team, to marketing, promotions and the web team. Lots of screaming down the hallways and running from one side of the building to the other. What a blast! I can't wait for Sept. 4. I know it’s going to be an amazing night!" 

Hear Brooks' call-ins, and stay up-to-date on "all things Garth" via the station website here.  Additional markets have not been revealed.


RPM Entertainment has eliminated their radio promotion department effective immediately.  They will now be concentrating their efforts on management and publishing.

Regionals Jon Conlon (west coast) and Will Robinson (midwest) and Chris DeCarlo (northeast) are currently looking for their next opportunity.  Reach Conlon at 818-399-1885 or here, Robinson at 813-205-3355 or here and DeCarlo at 412-398-1212 or here.

The company launched two years ago with the focus on Maggie Rose and then added promotion for Zac Brown Band. 

"I can't say enough about ht staff we assembled," says Jack Christopher, VP/Radio Relations.  "They did a fantastic job under incredibly difficult odds...other labels would be smart to grab them up."

EVP April Rider will remain as Manager for Maggie Rose and Chasin' Crazy, Christopher stays on with the management division and VP/Marketing James Stewart will stay in that same position.



Taylor Swift will make her third appearance in the movies in "The Giver" that releases next month. "The Giver" is an adaptatoin of Lois Lowry's science fiction novel. 

Swift will play the part of Rosemary, the daughter of the Giver who writes about memories of the Utopian society. Also appearing in the movie are Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes

 Production of "The Giver" began in October 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The film will be shown first at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on August 11. See the trailer here.


CBSSports.com and ACM Lifting Lives have partnered and created a fantasy football sweepstakes. Fans can make a $5 donation that will go to Lifting Lives. Winners will be randomly chosen and placed in leagues. 

Winners will win the chance to play in a Fantasy Football Commissioner league with various artists including Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Chris Young, Love and Theft, Montgomery Gentry and Florida Georgia Line. Donate here http://www.acmliftinglives.org/.

07/24/2014 12:32 PM
Alan Jackson Exhibit Coming

"Alan Jackson: 25  Years of Keepin' It Country" will open on August 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It will run through March 2015. 

The exhibit will follow his career and Jackson will also be the first Artist-in Residence who also has an exhibit in the museum. Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan's career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years," says Museum Director Kyle Young.

07/24/2014 12:31 PM
Kenny Rogers Exhibit to Open

Kenny Roge rs will be on hand to participate in the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday, August 15.  The exhibit "Kenny Rogers: Through the Years" will run through Sunday, June 14 2015.  

During the weekend it opens Rogers will be on hand for a special interview and he will tell stories from his career while photos and videos are shown.

"Kenny Rogers defined and elevated Country music supstardom in every sense," says Museum Director Kyle Young.  "He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of Country music's audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision.  His versatility is astounding.  We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story."

The interview event is freed with paid admission to the Museum on August 16.  It will also be streamed live online via www.Countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.  




Bryan Broadcastng's KNDE HD-4, Maverick 102.7/College Station, TX is looking for full time on-air personalities. The right candidates will have a background in AC, Top 40, Country or any combination of the three formats. 

As College Station is a big college town they are looking for those who can relate to the new generation of Country listeners. The job will include on-air work, production, remotes, appearances, working on websites and social media. Email your aircheck and resume to /todaysnews.html.

07/23/2014 1:46 PM
Edgehill Adds Banish

Kevin Mason/GM of Edgehill has announced that Jessica Cohen Banish is their new Director of Promotion and Marketing effective today. She takes the place of Adelle Borchetta who is leaving to reopen her own promotion company.

“We’re honored to have a person of Jessica’s intelligence and background agree to join us as part of the Edgehill team,” Mason said. “Now Edgehill Music Nashville is truly complete and aiming to be Nashville’s premiere company for promotion and social media services for Music Row and Secondary radio clients.” 

Banish studied Marketing and Communciation at Valdosta State University and she has spent 15 years on-air and as Promo Director at WQPW/Valdosta. She held the same positions at WGNE/Jacksonville, FL. She has also worked for WSIX and WNRQ as Promo/Marketing Director. Most recently she was Director of Marketing and Social Media for the Maria Chrissovergis Public Realations Agency. 

 Get in touch with her here. 


Clear Channel and AdsWizz have partners to develop a new way to target ads in live broadcast streams. The targeting will be based on gender, age, location, psychographics and more. 

 "Having the ability to serve targeted ads simultaneously to specific digital users during a live radio stream across our 840 Clear Channel stations nationwide on iHeartRadio presents a powerful platform for our advertisers and partners," says CC President/Technology & Digital Ventures Brian Lakamp

For more info go here


Clear Channel has announced the lineup for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival set for September 19 and 20. Some of the Country artists who will appear include Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves. Others artists scheduled to perform include Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki and more.

"Each year we bring the music of the iHeartradio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide," 

Clear Channel Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman said. "It's the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the Festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres." "Year after year the iHeartRadio Music Festival continues to deliver an unprecedented music experience for millions of fans nationwide. I couldn't be more excited to be part of it," said Ryan Seacrest. "The adrenaline-pumping performances by pop stars and legendary artists alike, the never-seen-before collaborations, the energy of the fans and the artists, this is truly an event like no other."


MusicMaster has added three new staff members. JVC PD Dave Tyler has been hired as a Music Scheduling Consultant. He has been on Florida radio for 25 years. 

 Tyler says,  "I have been with WTRS alone for 16 years and there are few gigs that could entice me away from my JVC Broadcasting family, but this is one that checked every box on my wish list, the most important of which is the chance to work with Joe Knapp, whom I've known and admired for a long time.” 

Digital technology expert, Jeff Schroeder joins MusicMaster team as Senior Technical Consultant for onsite installation, technical documentation, and automation interface expertise. 

Jeff shared, “I've known Joe Knapp and CTO Scott Wirt for almost 20 years, and I’ve been a fan of MusicMaster since then. I couldn't be more thrilled at the opportunity to work with them and the amazing team they've put together.” 

Lorie Robers joins the corporate office as Sr. Accountant. Lorie brings years of accounting experience to the buisness offices of MusicMaster. “I’m happy to be working with VP/Finance, Susan Averbeck. Joining an exciting, growing company like MusicMaster will allow me to utilize my talents and expertise,” said Robers.


Craig M organ held his 8th Annual Charity event on Sunday, July 20 and raised $60,000 for the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization's primary goal is to help foster children in Morgan's hometown of Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. 

Fans saw a motocross exhibition and a group trail ride. Later that night a concert was held on the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. Chuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence joined Morgan onstage for acoustic performances including his latest hit "We'll Come Back Around," The night also featured a live auction.


Cumulus, Westwood One and "The Bert Show," "Nights Live with Adam Bomb," "Nash Nights Live," and "America's Morning Show" are working together to make a little boy's birthday a bit happier. 

Danny Nickerson of Foxboro, MA is suffering from a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. He will be turning 6 on Friday, July 25 and all he wants is a "Big Box of Birthday cards." 

Since his diagnosis last October he has had to stop going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. He says he gets lonely from time to time and is always happy to get cards with his name on them. Cumulus and Westwood One are asking listeners via social media and on-air to send birthday cards to Danny. The response has been overwhelming. Check out the Nash Nights facebook page here.


Listeners are being asked to mail birthday cards to Danny this week at: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.


Big & Rich got a request when the stopped for gas following their "2014 Summer Concert Series" at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Rochester, NY.

According to Billy Kidd, APD of WBEE/Rochester, Big & Rich were headed back to the hotel from the show in a limo bus when they stopped for gas. A fan who had been at the show recognized them and asked when they hadn't played her favorite song "That's Why I Pray." 

John Rich saw the disappointment on the fan's face and ran to the bus to get his guitar. He performed for her right there next to the pumps. Check out WBEE'S Facebook page here. 

07/22/2014 12:47 PM
KKGO Celebrating 100th Show

KKGO, Go Country 105/Los Angeles is celebrating their 100th show if the "Revved Up Country" show this Friday, July 25. 

The show is produced by Allen Morgan and is broadcast on Friday nights on KGGO. You can listen to the show here

It airs weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m. (PT) and 9 p.m. (PT). Congratulate the staff here


Congrats to Dot Records' GM Chris Stacey and Director/National Promo Kris Lamb and the whole Dot promo team as Maddie andTae are the most added this week.

Their single "Girl In A Country Song" earned 32 Mediabase Country adds. The duo was signed as the first ad of Big Machine's new imprint Dot Records.

07/22/2014 12:29 PM
Reba Asks "Pray For Peace"

Reba has released a new song and video titled "Pray For Peace" that is available for free on her website . The video can also be seen there.

She recently shared a post on Facebook about her idea to write the song "Pray For Peace." She explained that she was walking around her place in Gallatin, TN and for days she'd sing the words "Pray For Peace" over and over. Several months later she began to piece the other parts of the song together. She then went into the studio to record it and even then, it wasn't complete. 

"I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love," she writes. 

Many celebrities are supporting her in this effort including Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman (right), Amy Grant, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Band Perry, Montgomery Gentry, Melissa Peterman, Kristian Bush, Krystal Keith, Craig Morgan and Kelleigh Bannen.

Search Twitter for #prayforpeace.

07/22/2014 12:20 PM
Shania Leaving Vegas

Shania Twain has announced that she will end her show "Shania: Still the One" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Her final show will be Saturday, December 13, 2014. Twain has been in Vegas for two years and will have performed more than 100 shows come December. 

She was recently named "Best Resident Performer in the Las Vegas Weekly's annual "Best of Vegas 2014 issue. 

“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’,” said Shania. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”  

Tickets are on sale now for Oct. 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25; and Dec. 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13. Prices range from $55 to $250. Details at www.thecolosseum.com.

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