If you're in Nashville (or want to be) Cumulus is looking for a full time phone screener for its nationally syndicated America's Morning Show based in Nashville. The right candidate will be an "enthusiastic 'go-getter' with energy to interact with one of the most important elements of the show, our listeners."
You must also have a great attitude, strong communication and organizational skills and the ability to work early in the morning. If interested send your informaiton to AMC OM Heather McBee here by 3/14.
Congrats to Republic Nashville's promo team as Cassadee Pope's debut single gets awarded platinum by RIAA. This marks the first time since Taylor Swift in 2006 earned a platinum on a debut single. Quite an act to follow, Cassaddee!
Billboard Magazine has released this year's "Highest Paid Musicians" list for 2014 and Country artists make up a quarter of the top earners.
Taylor Swift is in the #1 spot earning $39,699,576. That is $27 million more than last year when she was #15 on the list.
Coming in at #2 is Kenny Chesney with $32,956,241, Luke Bryan is at #8 with $22,142,236, Jason Aldean is #14 making $17,896,192, George Strait is #15 with $16,002,762, Blake Shelton is at #27 with $10,349,775, Zac Brown Band at #30 with $9,888,213, Rascal Flatts is #34 with $9,215,476, Miranda Lambert at #36 with $8,831,606, Tim McGraw at #38 with $8,761,717 and Carrie Underwood at #40 with $8,051,484.
Those who were on the list last year and not this year include Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum. This year's list calculated US touring earnings, music sales, publishing royalties, and digital music streaming. Sponsorship and merchandising revenue was not included in the formulations.
For the whole list go here.
Audio and video content form panels and sessions that took place during Country Radio Seminar 2014 is now available for streaming at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. Photos, videos and panel handouts are also available through the site. The streaming will only be available for 60 days ending May 10, 2014.
CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne states, “There is a wealth of valuable content available to all who registered. We have taken advantage of technology to not only deliver paperless hand outs from each session over the past few years, to now being able to let our registrants literally re-live all the detail of each session we were able to record for the next 60 days."
Panel handouts, photos and video footage do not require a login to be accessed and are available for public viewing on the homepage of www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. For more information contact CRS at 615-327-4487615-327-4487 or email at /todaysnews.html.
Writer’s Note: All About Country’s recent interview in Nashville with soon- to-be breakout artist Robby Johnson is yet another one of life’s unending reminders about how we should not be so quick to judge a book by its cover.
As we approach, sitting in the hotel lobby feeling very comfortable in his skin is what appears to be a polished, young, quietly self-confident musician. Robby Johnson is just that-- yet so much more.
A unique combination of what we like to call “Ka-nuck y Connecti-cutty” (he was brought up in a small town in Quebec, Canada but spent summers in Connecticut), Robby Johnson consists of many deep and sometimes painful layers of experiences that makes for outstanding artists.
Raised by a single mother and being the youngest of four boys he describes himself as shy.
Just by the look in his eyes you know the divorce was a brutally, painful one. He describes his mom as struggling to survive and hold on to work while the four boys were left essentially fending for themselves. Robby remembers using his imagination to escape the harsh realities that had suddenly become his world.
“I truly lived the life of many of my listeners,” Robby says.
Family members lived in Connecticut and he would come state-side to spend summers there. He found himself strangely attracted to anything American and he says that American TV helped to raise him.
“I remember watching family sit coms like “Growing Pains,” “The Cosby Show” “Full House” to get a sense of what “real” family life was all about,“ he recalls. “Suddenly I just wanted to be part of one of those families!”
Immersing himself in the state side culture also helped the young boy to lose his French accent and he quickly absorbed the American lifestyle through videos, movies and everyday encounters.
He remembers Mom listening to Country music to unwind and forget her day to day struggles. Robby came to love that music and was most attracted to conversational songs like “You Were Always On My Mind.” And for young Robby a new, upstart, young country artist named Garth Brooks became “The Man.”
Back in Canada one determined Robby put his head down and powered through his difficult teen years and high school. Soon thereafter he landed a job in an industrial plant. . The 110- decibel equipment noise level was deafening, but allowed the young man to sing as loud as he wanted to on his shift just to “unwind and forget his day to day troubles.”
Robby was soon married and it was Christmas when he received a gift from his wife and in-laws that he found scary, confusing and will now admit, just a bit exciting—a demo session at a recording studio.
“I was terrified,” he says. “But I felt obligated to go to the studio or I knew they would be very disappointed in me. I very reluctantly gave in and booked the studio time.”
Obviously, family saw something in Robby that he didn’t see in himself.
That fateful session proved to be the proverbial fork in Robby’s road to his future
In 2012 his mind was made up. After requesting time off at the plant and getting denied, Robby took the ultimate leap of faith. He quit his job and moved his family (now including both a young daughter and son) to Nashville.
He is currently working on his album and has just released his first single “South of Me.” The video has also been produced by vet Ryan Smith who has also done videos for Jason Aldean, Sarah Darling, 3 Doors Down and others. The Jamaican-shot release has reached 3.5 million views on YouTube and is still climbing.
Renowned studio musician/producer Jimmy Nichols was brought into oversee the arrangements, but when he recognized the potential of Robby’s talents he also brought in award winning songwriter/guitarist Frank Myers (“I Swear”, “I’m Already There”, “Tomorrow”). Myers is quick to point out that Robby has the ‘it factor.’
“His sound is a cross-blend of Jason Aldean, John Michael Montgomery and Garth Brooks, “says Myers. “I really believe Robby has the potential to fill a void right now in country music.”
Adds Jimmy Nichols, who’s worked with everyone from Elton John to Faith Hill to Carrie Underwood, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved with an artist project where there are 12 songs I can listen to over and over again. Each one could be a single. That just doesn’t happen very often in this business.”
When asked about his song writing process he takes a breath and gets a distant look in his eyes.
“It is as if someone is whispering—the experience is absolutely overwhelming..., ” he describes.
And that phrase is perhaps how Robby is now living his life. When someone is whispering, this incredible talent is most certainly listening.
Jacobs Media is putting together their comprehensive Techsurvey 10 that they will present at the Worldwide Radio Summit 2014 on April 12, 2014 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. There were some interesting findings about how listeners talk about their radio stations.
According to the findings say that by a wide margin the Christian radio followed by Country radio listeners are most likely to talk to family, friends and co-workers about their favorite stations. And, women over men are those who recommend.
AristoMedia has hired new staff including Sherilyn Pettus (left) for PR and Corey Rice (right) will work in their video marketing division, AristoVideo.
Sherilyn Pettus joined AristoMedia in late 2013 after graduating from Troy University. She interned at Broken Bow Records. She will be responsible for organizing client relations, market reserach and database management. She will also be soliciting stories, coordinating media and events and handle other various public relations duties. She can be reached at /todaysnews.htmlor 615-269-7071615-269-7071 ext. 132. She will report to Sr. Director of Publicity, Christy Watkins.
Corey Rice most recently worked at Curb Records where he was Tape Services Coordinator. He was with the label three and a half years and also served in the Peace Corp from 2011-2013 in Albania. During his time there he hosted a radio program about American music. He graduated from Belmont University in 2010 with a BBA in Music Business. Rice will serve as Visual Content Specialist and will focus on the use of visual mediums to support brand identity, follower growth and calls to action. he can be reached at /todaysnews.html or 615-269-7071615-269-7071 ext. 141. Rice will report to AristoMedia Group Sr. VP, Craig Bann.
Bill Mayne, executive director of hte Country Radio Broadcasters and Country Radio Seminar has accepted an extension of his term and will serve through 2019. Prior to being ED, he served as a member of the Board of Directors. \ “Under Bill’s leadership, the Country Radio Seminar has experienced a true renaissance, with annual growth in attendance, sponsorship and engagement from all involved,” said CRB/CRS President, Charlie Morgan. “His tireless dedication, boundless energy, and contagious enthusiasm for CRB/CRS have driven the success we are enjoying and we are thrilled to know Bill will continue to be our leader for the next half-decade.”
Mayne added, “I am a blessed man! To be able to work with and learn from the most united group of strong and incredibly talented core staff is humbling. Our Board and it's leadership are extremely focused in vision and benefits for our constituents. These two factors are not only supporting of, but empower all of our efforts to provide the absolute best and affordable experience possible for all who engage at CRS!”
Congrats to UMG Nashville SVP/Promo Royce Risser and Capitol's VP/Promo Steve Hodges and the entire promo team as they bring Lady A to #1 this week on the Mediabase chart for their #1 single "Compass."
This is the second #1 off their "Golden" album. the other #1, "Downtown" topped the charts in April 2013.
Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis is recovering from heart surgery.
According to daughter Pam Tillis, "Over the weekend Daddy required a routine heart procedure. He's doing fantastic and is expected to make a full recovery. In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he's already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated."
Condolences to friends and family of KSWGWickenburg, AZ PD Kevin Mannion who died Sunday morning after he was struck by a taxi in Scottsdale, AZ Saturday night (3/8). Mannion joined KSWG in Janaury after acting as APD/MD at KNIX and KMLE.
EJ Bernas, promo person at XCurb has left. He joined the Curb promo staff 10 months ago after spending a year as Director/National Promo for Bigger Picture. He has also worked at Tin Roof and spent eight years at MCA.
He is looking for his next opportunity "of if anyone is looking to open a bowling alley," he says. "Or, It hink laser tag is gonna make a comeback. Let's do it."
CC WCKT/Ft. Myers and WCTQ/Sarasota, FL PD/afternoon host Todd Nixon will soon be sitting in the PD chair and doing afternoons at sister station WKSL, B93.9/Raleigh. He will begin in April.
Nixon has been with the Sarasota station since 2008. Prior to that he was with Cumulus working KRMD/Shreveport.
"Todd brings with him a wealth of Country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building," said Clear Channel/Raleigh VP/Programming Chris Edge. "B93.9 is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things; with someone of his caliber at the helm, we¹ll be fully equipped to win."
Nixon will be in Raleigh in April. Get in touch with him here .
In Ft. Myers the search is on for someone to replace Nixon. Send materials to OM Louis Kaplan here. No phone calls, please.
Toby Keith's "Shut Up And Hold On Tour" will begin in Forest City, IA on Sunday, May 25 and run through September 27. Average Joe's Colt Ford will be joining him on particular dates and Show Dog-Unviersal's Krystal Keith will be opening for him.
Toby will be working with Tickets-For-Charity where prime seat purchases will benefit charities. These tickets can be found at www.ticketsforcharity.com.
WWKA, K92/Orlando's Ashley Figueroa is leaving the station at the end of March and is headed to Nashville.
According to her Facebook post "“The past couple of years I’ve talked about moving to Nashville one day. Well that day has finally come. I’ve always wanted to live in the heart of the Country music industry and be surrounded by it. It’s an amazing place. Being in Nashville also means I’ll be four hours from home."
She's hoping to land something in radio or at a label. She can be reached here.
Morning co-host AJ Maguire is still in place and PD JR Schumann is looking for Ashley's replacement. Send your material to Schumannhere.