2020/01 8:53 AM
Samantha Benn Highlights Struggles Of Female Airplay

Samantha Bee (left) visted Nashville to meet with several female artists including Brandi Carlile, Mickey Guyton, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker and CMT's Leslie Fram to discuss their perspectives on female country artists airplay on country radio.

"Radio is still king so I feel like we are training people not to hear female voices,” Fram said.

They cited Jada E. Watson's "Gender Representation on Country Format Radio” study, which stated that in 2000, 67% of artists represented in the country format were men, while 33% were females. In the past eight years, there has been a 66% decline in music heard by female artists on country radio; in 2018, male artists performed 89% of the music heard on country radio, with only 11% of the radio format’s music coming from female artists.

Guyton gave insight on questions of race and gender in country music.

“Black people love country music and there are so many people who look like me that love country music and that’s what I’m here to do. We’re really just paving the way. We deserve to have our time here,” Guyton said.

“There is really no one person you can point a finger at,” Carlile said. “Anyone that listens to country music, anyone who loves country music, despite where you fall on the political spectrum or who it is you are, ask yourself this question, which is what do you want her daughter to know about herself? And if you can’t get that from country music, if you can’t get that from country radio, it’s a problem.”


2020/01 6:56 AM
Dan + Shay Added To Super Bowl Music Fest

Dan + Shay have been added to those entertaining during Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest. The three-day event will take place at Mii's waterfront AmericanAirlines Arena. The event kicks off Friday, January 31 and rolls until the game on Sunday.

Dan + Shay will perform on Saturday, February 1, on the eve of SuperBowl. They will share the lineup with Maroon 5, who played Super Bowl halftime last year. Other artists performing include Guns N' Roses who will be on stage on Friday,  Other artists will also include Snoop Dogg and DJ Khaled.

2020/01 5:46 AM
Allegretto Promoted to VP/MM For Cumulus/Ft. Walton Beach, FL

Ashley Allegretto has been promoted from Regional Sales Manager/Digital has been promoted to VP/MM for the Ft. Walton Beach cluster. The cluster includes Country WYZB. 

Allegretto joined Cumulus in 2007. She worked her way up to her most recent position in 2014.

"I am eager to build on our past accomplishments and lead this group into our next round of success," said Allegretto.

Get in touch with her here.

2020/01 5:34 AM
Steele and Flowers Join KWJJ/Portland

Husband/wife duo Nick Steele and Kristen Flowers have jumped to Entercom KWJJ/Portland.  they will begin on January 22 and succeed Mike Chase and Amy Faust who left in October.

"We are thrilled to work alongside Kim Martinez and (OM/PD)) Scott Roddy. Both are dynamic and inspiring leaders in our industry who elevate their staff and their stations." 

This is a return for Country for Steele and Flowers, who worked mornings at Entravision then-Country KNTY/Sacramento before they went to KOIT in 2017.

2020/01 5:05 AM
Dugan Placed on Immediate Admin Leave Just Before Grammy Awards

Deborah Dugan (left) who took the job as president and CEO of The Recording Academy on August 1, 2019 has been placed on immediate adminstrative leave, in light of the concerns raised. by the Board of The Recording Academy, according to a report from Billboard.  Harvey Mason Jr, Board Chair will act as interim President and CEO. This is just a week before the Grammy Awards taking place January 26 at the Los Angeles Staples Center. 

Prior to joining The Recording Academy, Dugan was CEO of (RED), The AIDS nonprofit co-founded in 2006 by U2 singer Bono and activist Bobby Shriver. Stook the position at the Recording Academy in August after Neil Portnow left.

Dugan is a former Wall Street mergers and acquisitions attorney. She was also president of Disney Publishing worldwide and executive vice president of EMI Records Group/Angel Records.


2020/01 5:46 PM
Allegretto Promoted to VP/MM For Cumulus/Ft. Walton Beach, FL

Ashley Allegretto has been promoted from Regional Sales Manager/Digital has been promoted to VP/MM for the Ft. Walton Beach cluster. The cluster includes Country WYZB. 

Allegretto joined Cumulus in 2007. She worked her way up to her most recent position in 2014.

"I am eager to build on our past accomplishments and lead this group into our next round of success," said Allegretto.

Get in touch with her here.

2020/01 8:18 AM
Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala Will be held June 11 in New York City.

The Hall recognizes the work of composers and lyricists who create music. Voting by members will end at midnight December 16, 2019.

The nominees are:

Steve Miller
Vince Gill
Annie Lennox/David Stewart (Eurythmics
Bill Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
Rogers Nichols
Tommy Boyce
Bobby Hart
Patti Smith
Chad Hugo/Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes)
Gloria Estefan
L.Russell Brown
Irwin Levine
William "Mickey Stevenson
Mike Love
Maria Carey
Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin/Antwant "Big Boi' Patton
Rick Nowels
Kye Fleming/Dennis Morgan
Jonathan Cain/Steve Perry/Neal Schon (Journey)
Ernie Isley/Marvin Isley/O'Kelly Isley/Ronald Isley/Rudolph Isley/Chris Jasper (The Isley Brothers)
Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty
David Gates
Jerry Fuller
Tony Macaulay
Bob McDill
Sonny Curtis

Last year's inductees included Missy Elliot, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Jack Tempchin who co-wrote several hits with The Eagles and Glen Frey.

2020/01 7:54 AM
iHeartMedia Promotes Three

iHeartMedia has promoted three of its senior programming execs to Division Executive Vice Presidents of Programming for the iHeartMedia National Programming Group. Jeff Hurley, Tony Travatto and Angela Watson Charles will now join EVPs of Programming Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, Maynard and Gene Romano will report to COO of the iHeartMedia National Programming Group, Brad Hardin. 

Each will work with the company's new Division Presidents, collaborating with each Division to provide national programming assets, services and resources. Mitchem and Jefffries will work with Kevin LeGrett and Scott Hopeck and the Region Division. This division will oversee the company's largest markets, like New York and Los Angeles. Romany and Maynard will work with Division Presidents Tom McConnell, Tony Coles and Linda Byrd and the Metro Division. The Metro Division are large areas that take care of multiple communities. Travatto, Hurley and Watson Charles will work with Division Presidents Shosh Abromovich, Nick Gnau and Dan Lankford and the Community Division, which includes markets that have shared needs of core community and one trading area for most businesses and advertisers.  It will also group markets into areas which are close to one another and similar in culture.

Hurley has been Regional SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia's Allentown/Harrisburg Region since 2013. He's been with iHeartMedia since 2004 and has been PD of WHKF/Harrisburg, PA. Travatto was SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and worked as PD of WKQI and 100.3 WNIC. He's been with iHeartMedia since 2005 when we joined as PD of KXXM/San Antonio. Watson Charles started at iHeartMedia in 1990 as a Promotions intern for Urban WQUE, Q93/New Orleans. She then worked her way up to on-air and programming. In 2015 she was named SVP of Programming for iHeart's eight-station New Orleans group.

"We're excited to add Angela, Jeff and Tony to our already extremely talented Executive Vice President of Programming team," said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. "They each have deep experience building great local brands with a blend of math and magic, and they'll provide excellent leadership to our programmers in our Community Division markets."

2020/01 7:18 AM
Warner Musc Nashville CRS Kickoff Luncheon Adds More Performers

More talent has been announced for the 2nd Annual Warner Music Nashville Kickoff Luncheon at CRS 2020. Joining this year's header, Kenny Chesney, on the bill are Gabby Barrett, Chris Janson, Cody Johnson and Michael Ray. Additional artists will be announced.

The luncheon will take place on Wednesday February 19 at noon at the Omni Nashville Hotel's Broadway Ballroom. Kenny Chesney will also be honored with the CRS 2020 Artist Humanitarian Award.

CRS will be held Wednesday February 19-February 21 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville. Effective tomorrow, January 17, the registration rate for CRS 2020 will increase to the on-site rate of $699 from the current rate of $649. Registrations are available for purchase at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. A limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available here and the deadline to book is January 18. 

Tickets to the New Faces of Country Music show are sold out and no longer available to purchase with registration packages.

2020/01 5:49 AM
Matt Cooper Leaves WUBE

Matt Cooper, night talent for WUBE/Cincinnati has left. He has been with the station since 2015 and his resume includes time in Chicago, Milwaukee, Rockford, IL and Joliet, IL. The station is absorbing his job internally.

Cooper is looking for his next position and can be reached here.

2020/01 5:43 AM
Steve Baker Leaving Radio

Steve Baker of WQLK/Richmond, Indiana is leaving radio.  He has been in the business for 30 years and is taking a job outside of the business. 

He has been with WQLK for 26 years. GM Amy Dillion is on the hunt for his replacement.  If interested get resumes, airchecks and cover letters here.

2020/01 10:03 AM
Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots Hold Their 5th Annual Milion Dollar Show

Pictured (l-r) Eddie Garcia, Caleb,
Colton, Bobby Bones
Photo: Cameron Premo
Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots held their 5th annual Million Dollar Show on January 13.  Proceeds went to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The event was held at the Ryman Auditorium.

The event raised more than $267,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This brings Bones and his show to a total of over $14 million.

Performers included Brett Young, Lainey Wilson, King Calaway, Colbie Caillat and her Gone-West band mates Justin Young, Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy.

Next up was Sawyer Brown, Brooks and Dunn and Old Dominion. The recently signed Heath Sanders played his first performance at the Ryman and received a standing ovation for his cover of Journey's "Faithfully."

Lindsey Ell also was a surprise artist and sang "I Don't Love You." The surprise of the night was an appearance by Foreigner who performed their hit "I Want To Know What Love Is."

Kane Brown then took the stage followed by another surprise appearance by Sam Hunt. Hunt remarked that he was planning on attending the show and was delighted to perform.

2020/01 7:44 AM
Watts and Pigue Join The AMG

Cindy Watts (left), Tennessean Country Music/Celebrity Reporter and Leigh Ann Pigue (right),       
most recently with Varnnell Enterprises have joined The AMG, the artist management group. 
Pigue has been named Manager/Corporate Communications and Watts will be Manager/Tour

Watts is the recipient of the 2015 CMA Media Achievement Award,  will act as community liaison, handle in-house media support and oversee corporate communications. She started her career at Murfreesboro's Daily News Journal in 2000 and went to the Tennessean in 2007.

Pigue, who spent 20 years at Varnell Enterprises overseeing tour marketing, will do the tour marketing for The AMG's roster. Her background also includes time at WVLK/Lexington as Director/Promotions and Marketing.

The AMG was founded in 2019 by Bill Simmons. Their roster includes Brad Paisley, Chris Young and Payton Smith. Get in touch with Watts here and Pigue here.

2020/01 7:08 AM
Katherine Waters Joins Coutnry Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Katherine Waters is the new Director of Corporate Partnerships. In her new postion Waters will oversee corporate sponsorship investments in the museum to support exhibits, public programs, special events and general operations. She will report to SVP/Education, development and Community Outreach Lisa Purcell.

Her background includes time at Lionsgate Entertainment VP/Global Partnerships and Promotions. She also spent time at Twentieth Century Fox. 

2020/01 5:31 AM
Scotty Bennett Moving To Texas Nights

KOKE/Austin morning news/traffic reporter and KOKE in the Morning co-host Scotty Bennett is moving to "Texas Nights." The show will air Monday-Friday 7 p.m.-midnight and showcases local and regional artists.

"Scotty will do a great job growing the Texas music brand at night," says PD Eric Raines. "We’re excited for him to take his knowledge and expertise from his days as a club DJ and expand our reach to even more local and regional artists." 

Bennett started in 2012. At that point they were relaunching. He co-hosted and produced "KOKE in the Morning." He also hosted the Friday night "Dancehall with Scotty Bennett." Get in touch with him here.

2020/01 10:02 AM
iHeartMedia Announces Restructuring Plans

As today wears on, it appears that iHeartMedia's restructuring is becoming clearer. There have been announcements about multiple layoffs (that are still coming in) and more on the specifics of the restructuring plan.

According to the official press release, "This new structure will enable to company to maxmize the performance of each of its markets--and the company overall--with its unique scale and multiple platforms; leadership in audio; and its expertise in consumers, modertization and data and enhance iHeartMedia's position as the number one audio company in America, continue its successful transformation as a technology --and data powered 21st century media company and accelerate the development of new platforms and services."

iHeart's restrucuting is in three areas: The Markets Group, The Region Division and The Metro Division.  The Markets Group will be led by Greg Ashlock and will be divided into three divisions. The Regions Division includes iHeart's biggest markets including New York and Los Angeles.  Heading up the Division will be Presidents Kevin LeGrett and Scott Hopeck. The Metro Division of large markets is under Division President Tom McConnell, Tony Coles and Linda Byrd and the Community Division will be divided into geographic or culturally like areas where local advertising is key. This Division will be headed up by Nick Gnau, Dan Lankford and Shosh Abromovich.

Julie Donohue will rise ot President of the new Multi-Market Partnerships Division. This area will work with the other divisions to work with sales teams. The Integrated Revenue Strategies Group has merged with the Markets Group.  Hartley Atkins has been named COO.  He will work with Greg Ashlock. The other initiative will be to create Centers of Excellence.  This will put together expertise in specific locations. 

The company still states that "people are our company's most important asset," and has said that major steps will be taken toward diversity. 

According to Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman and President COO Rich Bressler state that this is "the unfortunate price we pay to modernize the company. We have had to make some tough decisions, and in the process some employees have been affected. Please know we were thoughtful in this process and have provided enhanced severance benefits as well as outplacement assistance for any impacted employees, and we want to thank them for the valuable contributions they have made."

Read the full release here.

2020/01 7:55 AM
Jason Luethy Exits WCOW/LaCrosse, WI

Afternoon personality Jason Luethy (aka Jason Brooks) is leaving WCOW/La Crosse, WI. His last day will be January 24. He is taking a job outside of the radio business. Get in touch with him here.

Arnie Andrews, PD/morning co-host is looking for his successor. Responsibilities including on-air, imaging, production, special events and remotes. If interested, get in touch with Andrews here.

2020/01 7:13 AM
Brooks and Dunn Hitting The Road

Brooks and Dunn announced that they will hit the road fro their first nationwide tour in ten years. Brooks & Dunn Reboot 2020 Tour will kick off in St. Louis, MO on May 15. 

“So much for 'we quit,' huh?” quipped Ronnie Dunn. "That horse that we were afraid of riding into the ground apparently didn't share our sentiment…he gotta fire in his belly raring to go another round or two. I like the ring of it...'Brooks & Dunn ride again!’” 

“The memories of playing live are what have kept the fire burning for us,” shared Kix Brooks. “Performers who have had the kind of nights like we’ve had with our fans, can never really let that go. Live is where we’re most at home, and it's gonna feel good to be back in the saddle, let’s rodeo!  We’ll see y'all out there on the trail."

Brooks & Dunn Reboot 2020 Tour Official Dates:

5/15      St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/16      Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center
5/22      Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
5/23      Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
5/29      Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/30      Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
6/5        Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
6/6        Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
6/26      Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
6/27      Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
8/28      Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
8/29      Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
9/4        Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
9/5        Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/10      Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
9/11      Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
9/18      Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
9/19      Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

For more information visit www.brooks-dunn.com

2020/01 5:44 AM
David Dean Joins KXDD/Yakima, WA

David Dean, formerly co-hosting mornings with Magic Top 40 WILN/Panama City, FL has joined KXDD/Yakima, WA. He will be doing afternoons on KXDD

He succeeds Steve Leonard who left in October. Dean's radio resume includes time at KMPS/Seattle and six years with KMLE/Phoenix. Get in touch with him here

2020/01 5:35 AM
Cannell Exits WRKN/New Orleans

PD Paul Cannell has left WRKN/New Orleans. He has been with the Cumulus station just over two years. He joined in 2017 handling both WRKN and Alternative sister WZRH. He then added responsibility of Classic Hits KKND last year.

His radio resume includes time at Capitol/Wilmington, NC; Alpha/Columbia, SC; Townsquare/Shreveport, LA; and Entercom/New Orleans. Get in touch with him here.

Cumulus is looking for a new PD to oversee all three stations. Apply here.

2020/01 5:19 AM
Maddie and Tae Announce "Tourist In This Town Tour"

Maddie and Tae announced that they will be going out of "Tourist In This Town Tour" beginning April 15 in Baltimore, MD.

“Feels so surreal to be going out on a headlining tour, especially with our new record,” said Dye.  "These songs are our raw unfiltered stories, and we can’t wait to tell them live."

“We’ve waited five years to go back out on a headlining tour. We are so excited to see our beautiful fans singing all of this new music,” added Marlow. 

“We’ve truly enjoyed our partnership with country music and are excited about our Simonton brand’s sponsorship of Maddie & Tae’s upcoming tour,” said Art Steinhafel, President U.S. Windows and Doors, Cornerstone Building Brands. 

4/15 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
4/16 - The Bluestone - Columbus, OH
4/17 - Manchester Music Hall - Lexington, KY
4/29 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA 
5/1 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
5/2 - Von Braun Center - Mars Music Hall - Huntsville, AL 
5/15 - Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA 
7/11 - Temple Live - Wichita, KS 

For more information visit www.maddieandtae.com.

2020/01 7:34 AM
Kelsey Wise Named Creative Director For Given Music Publishing

Kelsey Wise has been named Creative Director for Given Music Publishing, according to Given Founding Partner, Cindy Owen. Wise's experience includes Sony/ATV Music and Big Deal Music Group.

"Kelsey's passion and drive for championing songwriters is beyond impressive, as are her incredible creative instincts,” Owen said. “She brings a number of invaluable skills to our company and is a tremendous asset as we continue to build our team at Given.”
“I am incredibly excited to be starting this next chapter with Given Music Publishing and couldn’t be more grateful for Cindy’s confidence in me,” Wise said.  “There are so many cool things coming down the pike for our writers and the company in general, and I am just thrilled for the opportunity to work with such talented writers and staff.”

Wise graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belmont University in Nashville. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the Music Business. She can be reached here

2020/01 7:25 AM
iHeartMedia Selects Nashville To Expand Digital Team

iHeartMedia has announced that it has selected Nashville as the location for iHeartRadio's second digital headquarters. Their first location is in New York. This new location will add new jobs and build on iHeartRadio's continued growth as the top audio platform for consumers across the country.

Nashville--the best known as one of the nation's leading music scenes-also continues to see rapid growth in the technology space, with a wide range of company-from small tech startups to major Fortune 500 companies-building offices and hubs in the Music City. 

"As we continue to invest in our ad tech, products, research, sales and content, and further build on the success of our digital service, this is the right time to expand our digital team -- and what better location than Nashville, given that music is at the heart of our business,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. ”Nashville’s technology ecosystem is thriving, and combined with the city’s rich history in music, entrepreneurial spirit and diverse culture, we believe this is the perfect location for us to extend our digital leadership and recruit highly-skilled and passionate candidates for our second iHeartRadio Digital headquarters.”

“We can think of no better place than Nashville for iHeartRadio to establish its second digital headquarters,” said Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “For generations, music has been ingrained in Tennessee’s culture, economy and way of life. iHeartRadio’s new operation is the perfect fit for Tennessee’s growing tech scene, and we’re proud to welcome one of the world’s leading entertainment companies to the Volunteer State.”

More details about the new office will be announced soon. The plan is to open in Q1 2020. The new location will be home to a new hub for the iHeartRadio digital product team and will be making advances with teams in New York, San Antonio and Silicon Valley.

2020/01 7:23 AM
CMA Announces Nominees For CMA International Awards

The Country Music Association has revealed the nominees for this year's CMA International Awards, which honors executives and artists who have contrinuted to the global growth and promotion of country music. These awards are voted on by international CMA members and will be presented starting in March as the CMA hosts international events in Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

“CMA continues to be inspired by and grateful for the support of our international partners in expanding and evolving the country music genre globally,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We’re thrilled to honor the industry executives, broadcast partners and artists who have impacted the country music community outside of the United States as this year’s CMA International Awards nominees.”


This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting country music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States. 
·       John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville, United States
·       Christina Sas, UMG International, Germany
·       Brad Turcotte, Universal Music Group Nashville, United States
·       Chris York, SJM Concerts, United Kingdom

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to country music outside of the United States. 
·       Tiffany Astle, penelopePR, Canada
·       Mathias Bridfelt, SVT, Sweden
·       Claire Horton, Claire Horton PR, United Kingdom
·       Baylen Leonard, United Kingdom

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a United States-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the country music industry outside of the United States during the eligibility period. 
·       Dan + Shay
·       Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
·       Kip Moore
·       Maren Morris
·       Keith Urban

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of country music in his/her country.   
·       Ben Earle, The Shires, United Kingdom
·       Paul Ferguson, Cool 100.1 & 99.5 Hits FM, Canada
·       Amanda Kingsland, Rogers Communications, Canada

This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of country music as well as brought attention to the country music format in their foreign based territory.
·       Ilse DeLange, the Netherlands
·       James Barker Band, Canada
·       Jill Johnson, Sweden

2020/01 7:06 AM
Mackay New Market Manager For Entercom Austin

Bob Mackay will be the new Market Manager for Entercom Austin January 27. Mackay moves to Austin from Houston. In Houston he was GSM for Entercom. He takes over for Stephanie Callihan who had been in Austin since 2015.

Mackay was President of Marsades Media which provides audio and digital marketing and sales solutions to clients that included Comcast and Entravision Media.

Mackay's resume includes time at Radio One Houston as Director of Sales, Cox Radio as General Sales Manager, Emmis Communications as Vice President and Director of Sales and Clear Channel.

2020/01 5:14 AM
Conclave Announces Early Bird Registration Rate

The Conclave, which celebrates 45 years of educating radio broadcasters, announces a reduced Early Bird Registration Rate of $199 is now available for #Conclave45, which will be held on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast.

The Conclave Summer Learning Conference is designed to help broadcasaters grow their careers and stations by providing access to high-level executives from companies across the country and a relaxed environment. #Conclave45 will focus heavily on ratings-generating fundamentals and effective practices, plus strategic ways to operate in the voice-first device, social media and podcasting spaces. 

Conclave Chair Lori Lewis said, "The Conclave is all about access -- access to the excellent industry minds we wouldn't otherwise have an opportunity to interact with and learn from. It's also important to showcase managers, programmers, and talent of all market sizes. There's much to be learned from everyone. The full agenda is forthcoming. Please feel free to reach out to me with ideas at /Blog/" In the meantime, lock in that sweet $199 Early Bird Rate today at TheConclave.com. 

2020/01 7:15 AM
Brannigan and Johnson Promoted at Summit

Beverlee Brannigan (left) and Todd Johnson have been promoted at Summit.  Brannigan,       
VP/Programming and Wichita President/GM has been named SVP/Programming.

Wichita GSM Todd Johnson has been named market President/GM and will oversee the cluster including Country KFDI and Classic Country KFTI-AM.

Get in touch with Brannigan here and Johnson here.

2020/01 7:02 AM
Nettles Does Her Part For Women in Country Music

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles tried to do her part when she walked the red carpet last November for the CMA Awards. Nettles wore a white suit with a hot pink train, with the words, "Play Our F---in Records, Please and Thank You," on her outfit. Nettles decided to wear the outfit after she heard the show would be celebrating talented women.

"There's been a ton of press pick-up, including the New York Times," Nettles said in an op-ed penned for Glamour magazine. "People kind of knew there was a disparity in country music. But I think when you look at the actual statistical information behind it, when you really understand those numbers, it’s staggering. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative did a study and found that of the top 500 charted country songs from 2014 to 2018, only 16% were by female artists.

"That is tragic," she continued. "Those numbers reveal a truth that artists share and lament over but haven’t had the actual research to back up until now. I want to continue the conversation, on both a corporate level and a programming level, because it needs to change. It is beautiful how one spark can set aflame —hopefully — a movement. I’m calling it #EqualPlay to underscore equal pay, because it’s the same gender pay gap that’s happening across so many industries and in our culture at large."

Nettles explains that of the 16% of the songs played by female artists, the average age of the artist was 29 compared to 42 years old for men, furthering the gender-based imbalance.

"That says a lot about what we value socially — the pressures that are put on women in terms of ageism and beauty," the mother of one stated. "It also tells me that women aren’t offered the same support to be able to continue their careers. If you’re working in the music business, your life is very much dependent on travel. Touring is really the only way to make a living anymore.

"So if you’re a working mother who doesn't have the resources to support your family and take your child with you, you’re suddenly presented with a high-stakes proposition: Am I going to be gone for months at a time without seeing my child?" she continued. "If that’s a no, you’re forced to choose. This is just a microcosm of the same challenges women feel all over this country in terms of the lack of support where working moms and childcare are concerned."


2020/01 6:31 AM
WWQQ/Wilmington, NC Looking For Midday Personality

Love the beach? Love great people? Wilmington, NC is your place and WWQQ has your next gig!

Wilmington, NC's WWQQ is looking for a part-time midday personality to take over for Lisa Brooks who left radio at the end of 2019.

Look at the complete job description here and apply here


2020/01 6:25 AM
Vista14 Formed By Judy Lakin and Jeff James

Former Cox/Houston Director of Sales Judy Lakin and CX05 Partners' Jeff James have joined forces at Vista14, a Houston-based agency. They will provide web design, digital marketing, customer journey mapping and developement.

Lake is President and James serves and Creative Techonologist.  Lakin left radio in 2018. 


2020/01 3:14 AM
John Abbot To Leave Cumulus

Cumulus EVP/CFO John Abbot will leave the company at the beginning of March. He has been with the company since 2016. This news came after the company's report on its full-year 2019 financial results. 

In a comment President/CEO Mary Berner said, "On behalf of the Board and the entire company, I would like to thank John for his many contributions to Cumulus and for the strong finance and accounting organization he has helped build. After nearly four years of commuting to Atlanta from Connecticut, it's understandable that John has decided to pursue new opportunities at a company based loser to his home. We appreciate his continued support through the transition and wish him all the best in his future endeavors." 

A search is on for his replacement.

2020/01 9:25 AM
Bierley Joins WDEN/Macon, GA

James Bierley has joined Cumulus WDEN/Macon, GA. He will be the new morning co-host with Laura Starling. He was most recently with Country WGTR and Rock WRXZ PD in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

He takes the place of Vance Shepherd, who left radio in November. Bierley's resume includes time at WYNR and WHFX in Brunswick, GA and WCKS/Carrollton, GA. 

Get in touch with him here. At this point there are no plans for the position at WGTR. 

2020/01 7:46 AM
Country Nominees For iHeartRadio Music Awards Named

2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards have named the Country artists that have been nominated.  Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett are all up for Artist of the Year. Country Song of the Year nominees include Combs' "Beautiful Crazy," Maren Morris' "Girl," Blake Shelton's "God's Country," Justin Moore's "The Ones That Didn't make It Back Home" and Morgan Wallen's "Whiskey Glasses." 

Those nominated for Best New Country Artist include Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell, Wallen, Riley Green and Runaway June. Luke Combs has been nominated for all-genre Male Artist of the Year; Dan + Shay for Best Duo/Group. 

Take a look at the full list here. The awards will be handed out on March 29 on Fox and will be broadcast on iHeart stations and iHeartRadio.

2020/01 7:39 AM
Winchester Goes to WQCC

Part timer Travis Winchester has gone from Mid-West Family WQYB/La Crosse, WI to LaCrosse Media Group Country WQCC. He will be handling afternoons and will act as Traffic Coordinator. 

He takes the place of Gary Michaels who will now be PD for Hot AC sister WLXR. He has been in this position since 2016.

Winchester joined KQYB in 2018 after time at WRTB/Rockford, IL; WWQM/Madison, WI and WAXX/Eau Claire, WI.

Get in touch with him here.

2020/01 7:04 AM
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Breaks Records for Visitors

Kyle Young
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print had a record-breaking 1,297,433 guests in 2019.  This is the fifth consecutive year with more than one million visitors. 

More than 114,400 visitors attended in over 1600 education programs during the year. In addition, over 1600 people took advantage of the educational programs and over 5,000 local young people toured through the Community Counts program.

"We rolled the dice and came downtown in 2001," said CEO Kyle Young. "Then, we expanded in 2014. These moves allowed us to double our space, grow our staff and broaden our offerings to tell the ever-evolving country music story."

2020/01 6:39 AM
Tours Ready to Roll

There are many tours ready to hit the road this summer.  The latest are Zac Brown Band who is rolling out with their "Roar With the Lions Tour" on May 24 in Gilford, HN.  They will be bringing Gregory Alan Isakov and St. Paul and The Broken Bones as support. Check out tour dates here

Also, Lee Greenwood goes on The Hits Tour 2020 February 21 in Lakewood, WA. Check out the cities and dates here.

2020/01 5:31 AM
Circle Adds Coffee, Country and Cody

"Coffee, Country and Cody," has joined the new Circle television network. The three hour show includes WSM-AM Nashville and Grand Ole Opry announcer Bill Cody, show partner Charlie Mattos and new entertainment coorespondent Jo Smith all host the show. 

The show airs live Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. (CT) and will be heard on WSM-AM.

2020/01 1:45 AM
Westwood One Announces "Nights With Elaina"

Cumulus Media's Westwood One announced a new syndicated show, "Nights With Elaina," hosted by Elaina Smith.  It will launch February 3, 2020. Smith is one of the of the strongest females in Country radio. She has hosted shows in San Diego, Florida and on over 100 stations simultaneously on NASH Nights Live, as well as hosting the syndicated weekend show, "With Elaina" and the podcast "Breaking Thru With Elaina." 

"I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last six years of my life with the best country music fans in the nation every single weeknight, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to continue connecting with them with a new show, Nights with Elaina,” said Elaina Smith. “If there is one thing I’ve learned that listeners and stars have in common, it’s that we’re all just trying to figure out life and have fun while doing it.” 
“Today’s Country music genre is young, fresh and modern, and Nights with Elaina fits the bill perfectly,” said Charles Steinhauer, Chief Operating Officer, Westwood One.  “Elaina is a force of nature when it comes to connecting with her listeners and some of the biggest names in entertainment today. She’s ‘always-on’ and available to be heard every weekday night, over the weekend, and on-demand with her podcast and socials, making Elaina the quintessential modern broadcast personality.”

For more information contact /Blog/.

2020/01 10:18 AM
Curb/Word Entertainment Announces Staff Changes

Curb/Word Entertainment has made several new staff changes. Jessie Lowe has been promoted to Director o Publicity, to head up all publicity efforts for the country and Christian artist rosters.  She has held many roles at Curb/Word Entertainment over the past five years and spent the last three as Coordinator for the Country Promotion team.

James Freshwater is the new Digital Marketing Manager. He will oversee digital marketing strategies for the country and Christian artist rosters. He is form Ohio and served as A&R representative and his resume includes time working as part of the band Lovedrug.

Brian Day is the new Promotions and Marketing Coordinator for Curb Sidewalk Records. In his role, Day will handle pop promotion initiatives and marketing efforts for the Curb and Sidewalk Records roster. Day worked at Columbia Nashville and in promotions for Hall Communications.

The new Coordinator of the Country Promotion team is Maddi Bayer.  She most recently worked with the Radio and Streaming team at Warner Music Nashville. Her background also includes time as an assistant to the President at Musicians on Call.

2020/01 7:43 AM
Dana DiModica Promoted to VP/MM For Cumulus Toledo

Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Dana DiModica to Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Toledo. In her new role, DiModica will lead Cumulus Media's seven Toledo radio stations, after serving Cumulus Toledo as Director of Sales and Local Sales Manager. The cluster includes seven radio stations including Country WMIM-FM/Nash Icon 98.3. She has been with Cumulus Toledo since November 2014. Prior to that she was General Sales Manager for WPFX-FM/107.7 The Wolf, and was Local Sales Manager and Account Executive for iHeartMedia in Toledo.

Bob Walker, Executive Vice President, Operations Cumulus Media, said, "Dana has been part of the success of our Toledo team for the last five years and we are excited to see her embrace the leadership role for this cluster. She is passionate about the power of radio and the impact our brands have in the Toledo community.”
DiModica said: “I am honored and excited to be able to lead this wonderful group of people in Toledo. I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me by our CEO, Mary Berner, and Executive Vice President, Bob Walker. Having spent my entire radio career in the area, I know the impact our radio stations have in our community, with our listeners, and the relationships with our clients. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that impact as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Toledo.”


2020/01 7:31 AM
Warner/WMN Looking For Executive Assist./Radio and Streaming

Warner/WMN SVP/Radio and Streaming Promotion is looking for an Executive Assistant/Radio and Streaming. This person will take the place of Maddi Bayer who joined Curb/Word.

If you are interested send your information to SVP/Radio and Streaming Promotion Kristen Williams.  Apply here.

2020/01 7:08 AM
KHGE/Fresno Announces New Lineup

iHeartMedia KHGE/Fresno, CA has changed its on-air lineup.  The voices are out of market and voicetracked.  Michelle Buckles of WKSN/Wichita goes from nights to middays. That daypart was previosly done by KTOM/onterey CA's Jim Pearson on a temporary basis. Christina Martinez of KOSO/Stockton-Modesto, CA willl do nights while PD Amanda "McGraw" Burd stays in aftenroons.

The Bobby Bones Show will remain in mornings. 

2020/01 6:42 AM
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani To Perform On Grammy Awards

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stafani are going to perform on the upcoming Grammy awards.  This is the first time their performed together on the Grammy stage. Also performing is Aerosmith, Billie Eilish and Lizzo were first round performers.

Alicia Keys will return as the host for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which will air on CBS on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. CT.

Shelton is nomininated for Best Country Solo Performance for "God's Country," while Stephani is a three time Grammys winner.


2020/01 9:12 AM
Rascal Flats Announces Farewell Tour

How could it be? Rascal Flatts has announced their "Rascal Faltts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour" to kickoff on June 11 in Indianapolis.

"When we started out 20 years ago, we could not imagine all of the people, places and gifts we would encounter,” said Gary LeVox. "The greatest feeling ever, is being told that our music has been the soundtrack to their lives. What greater gift can an artist receive than to be told 'I got married to “Bless The Broken Road,”’ or 'We played “My Wish" at my graduation.’ That '“What Hurts The Most" is the song that made me love country music for the first time,' or '“I’m Movin' On" helped me get sober’ or even that ‘“Changed" made me call my family again after not talking to them for years.' That’s why we create music and the reason we can’t wait to celebrate this incredible 20 year journey all year, with our fans who we love dearly. I don’t know what God has in store for the future, but I am excited to see what He has planned!” 
“We’re really looking forward to getting to spend this entire year loving on our fans, and thanking them for allowing us to have the most amazing career over the last 20 years,” shared Jay DeMarcus. "While it is of course bittersweet, it is so important to us to celebrate what our music has meant to their lives, as well as what the fans have meant to us. There is no sadness here, just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings. Rascal Flatts’ music will live on forever, because of our fans, and this year is all about them!”
“Dreams do come true...and we are three walking examples of this truth,” said Joe Don Rooney. "I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve pursued our dreams together and with courage, hard-work and dedication we’ve been able to cultivate our dreams into reality; it’s simply incredible! There’s no doubt we have been blessed way beyond belief and we can’t wait to spend the rest of 2020 expressing our love and appreciation to all of our devoted fans, music industry friends and our families for believing in us and playing a major role in our path to here. And, I personally can’t wait to shine a light on my brothers Jay and Gary this year, and make another mountain of new memories with them.”

The tour stops include: 

6/11        Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Music Center
6/12        Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/13        Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
6/25        Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/27        Pittsburgh, PA - S&T Bank Music Park
7/18        Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
7/23        St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/3          Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9/4          Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
9/5          Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/10        Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
9/11        Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/12        Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
9/17        Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/18        Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
9/19        Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
10/1        Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/2        San Diego, CA - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/3        Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
10/7        Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/9        Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
10/10      Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/15      Atlanta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/16      Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/17       West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Rascal Flatts are the most awarded country group of the past decade with over 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, People’s Choice Awards and more, as well as breaking a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive wins of Vocal Group of the Year at the ACMs, winning the honor seven times in a row. They’ve sold more than 11 million concert tickets and over 35 million digital downloads, and their songs have been streamed more than 2.2 billion times worldwide as well as over 4.4 billion times on Pandora alone.

2020/01 9:04 AM
Stanfield Joins KRMD/Shreveport, LA

Cumulus Country KRMD/Sheveport has kicked off the new year with a new weekday lineup. Mason Stanfield, formerly with  KGRT/Las Cruces, NM has joined Cumulus KRMD/Shreveport for "Melinda and Mason" mornings along with Melinda Coyer.

Mike Martindale, previous morning co-host goes to afternoons. Jasen Bragg, who handled the daypart, who has left. OM/PD Jay Michaels is still in middays.

Michaels said, "From the first moment I spoke to Mason, his passion, energy and talent wowed me! And the instant chemistry he had with Melinda sealed the deal. Melinda and Mason are ready to give Shreveport the local listener-focused and interactive show that Shreveport has been missing. Our new lineup has two market veterans anchoring our prime dayparts with LIVE and LOCAL content and energy. Mike Martindale's love for this community and the music will shine in afternoon drive!" 

2020/01 7:56 AM
Big Loud Updates

Big Loud Coordinator of Prootion Brittani Koster has been promoted to the newly created Director of Southwest Promotion after one year in her last role. She joined the company in 2019.  Her resume includes time with Rebel Engine. 

Going into the Coordinator of Promotion vacancy is Sarah Headley, who joins the music business from an outside agency. There she handled social media and PR for a variety of clients.

Also at Big Loud, Giuliana Mignone joins in the newly created position of Coordinator of Data and Research role.

Reach Koster here, Headley here and Mignone here.

2020/01 7:46 AM
Glenn Noblit Promoted At Pearl Records

Glenn Noblit, Pearl Records Director of Regional Promotion  has been promoted to Director/National Promotion. He will continue to work with several of his current stations as well as working closely with every station nationwide. 

He's been with the company since 2016 when the label first started up their in-house promotion staff. 

His previous experience includes time with Reviver, Warner, Lost Highway, AristoMedia and Webster and Associates. Get in touch with him here.

2020/01 5:34 AM
CMT and iHeartMedia Expands Broadcast Partnership

CMT and iHeartMedia have expanded their broadcast partnership. Under the new agreement, Premiere and CMT will continue their exclusive distribution and production of CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan.

Alan has signed on to continue as the host of both programs in a deal that also extends his hosting duties for CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Ashlee McDonald, Executive Producer/CMT Radio Content and Programming Partnerships has also extended her agreement.

iHeartMedia and Premiere will support CMT's "Next Women of Country," spotlighting music from a different female artist each month and debuting January 1 with CMT Breakout Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde. 


2020/01 7:54 AM
Adam "Kash" Kashner New PD For WXBM Nash FM 1012/7/Pensacola, FL

Adam "Kash" Kashner is the new PD for Cumulus Country WXBM, Nash FM 102.7/Pensacola, FL. He takes over for Nick Fox who relocated to Denver as the new Country PD for Westwood One's 24/7 Formats.

In addition, WXBM afternoon host Matt Fisher has been promoted to APD. Fisher has been with the station since July 2018 after programming a three-station cluster in Storm Lake, IA. 

2020/01 7:41 AM
Isaac "Brooks" Wenzel Joins WFMS/Indianapolis

Isaac "Brooks" Wenzel has joined WFMS/Indianapolis as MD and afternoon drive host. The position has been open since Jack Shell left in early November. He began today (1/6) and was most recently with iHeartMedia in Madison, WI. He did middays on WMAD and was Promotions Director the six-station group.

Wenzel's resume includes time as MD/afternoons on Family Radio Country KQYB, KQ98/La Crosse, WI, weekends at WROC/Rochester, MN, APD at KQAL/Winona, MN. He began his career at iHeartMedia Sports-Talk KFXN, KFAN 100.3/Minneapolis.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to join a station with such long-lasting success in an amazing city like WFMS in Indianapolis. Thanks to Cumulus for giving me this incredible opportunity, particularly Doug Hamand, Chuck Fredrick and Boomer Layfield. I'm excited to meet our great listeners and hope to catch a couple of Pacers games soon!" 

Congratulate him here.

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