2018/05 8:19 AM
​WRTB/Rockford, IL MD/Morning Man Travis Winchester To Exit The Station

Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Country WRTB/95.3 THE BULL/Rockford, IL MD/morning host Travis Winchester will be departing the station Friday, May 11th to relocate closer to family.  Winchester says he will be picking up part-time air shifts at Mid-West Family Country KQYB/La Crosse, WI.

At this time, according to WRTB, PD Steve Summers he’s planning on filling Winchester’s morning show duties at a date in the future.

2018/05 7:40 AM
​Tim Robisch Selected Director Of Sales At Beasley/Las Vegas

Great Plains Media/Topeka-Lawrence, KS Regional Manager Tim Robisch has been named Director of Sales at Beasley Media Group's Las Vegas cluster, including Country KCYE (102.7 THE COYOTE), Classic Hits KKLZ, News-Talk KDWN-A, Rhythmic Oldies KOAS (OLD SCHOOL 105.7), Hot AC KVGS (STAR 107.9), and AC KCYE-HD2-K268CS (LITE 101.5).  ROBISCH, a former sales executive at COX, Entercom, Susquehanna, and KATZ, will start at BeasleY May 8th.

"Tim has an outstanding track record of success and will be a valuable addition to our management team in Las Vegas," said Beasley Las Vegas VP/Market Manager Dennis Gwiazdon. "His training, experience and leadership style are exactly what we need to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves."
“We are thrilled to welcome TIM to the Beasley Media Group family,” said COO Brian Beasley.  "His experience, combined with his passion for the radio industry, made him the perfect choice to lead the sales effort for our Las Vegas six station cluster.”
"It's a privilege to join Beasley Media Group, a first-class broadcaster I have long admired,” said Robisch. “I appreciate the opportunity that Dennis Gwiazdon and Brian Beasley have given me and I'm excited about joining Dennis' team in Las Vegas. I'm confident that the combination of our best-in-class platforms and our cluster of tremendous radio stations will propel results for our customers and propel revenue growth for the company.”

2018/05 7:21 AM
Cumulus Media/Detroit appoints Marty Wall Dir./Marketing

Cumulus Media/Detroit has appointed veteran radio and television marketing executive Marty Wall as Dir./Marketing for the cluster that includes AC WDVD and Country stations WDRQ/NASH FM 93.1 and WDRQ HD-2/NASH ICON.

comes to Detroit after spending 20 years in Los Angeles working for creative agencies and both domestic and international television networks. His radio experiences include stints at Z100/New York, the launch of WQHT/(HOT 97/New York, and WRQX/Q107/Washington, D.C.

Marty’s work at Z100 in New York is legendary," Cumulus Media/Detroit Dir./FM Programming Robby Bridges said, "That, paired with his experience across the media landscape during his years in L.A., gives him the unique ability to connect audiences to station brands and brands to clients. He’s a relentless competitor whom I believe will be a game changer for our Detroit cluster. I’m looking forward to his working with me, Promotion Manager Rochelle Burk and Promo Dir./Street Team Captain Adam Ficorelli.”

“I am thrilled to join Cumulus and Robby’s team in one of the most competitive radio markets in America," Wall said. "I want to thank him and Mike Wheeler for the opportunity. Both NASH FM and WDVD are poised to move to the next level. I look forward to powering up the marketing and super focusing on upping our brand position in Detroit.

2018/05 6:53 AM
WMG And Sony To Sell Off More Than $1 Billion In Spotify Stake

Warner Music Group pocketed $400 million Yesterday (5/7), when it sold 75% of its stake in Spotify. The move was unveiled on WMG's financial call by CEO Steve Cooper.

It wasn't the only big Spotify sell-off however, as a SONY Music regulatory filing made public news that the company has sold about half of its stake for $750 million.

“We were the first major music company to announce that we would share proceeds with our artists from the sale of equity in digital services — in this case, Spotify,” Cooper said. “Just so there won’t be any misinterpretation about the rationale for our decision to sell, let me be clear: We’re a music company, and not, by our nature, long-term holders of publicly traded equity. This sale has nothing to do with our view of Spotify’s future.”

The major labels bought large stakes in Spotify as part of rights negotiations years ago. There was no indication that Universal Music Group was considering a similar move.

2018/05 5:57 AM
Entercom Q1 Revenues Up With CBS Radio Addition, Down On Same-Station Basis

The addition of the CBS Radio stations drove Entercom Communications first quarter net revenues up 300% from $99 million to $300.6 million, but on a same-station basis, net revenues for the quarter fell from $324.9 million to $300.6 million.  Operating income rose from a loss of $15 million to a gain of $5.7 million, and net loss per diluted share for the quarter narrowed from 25 to 10 cents.  Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA dropped by half, from $61 million to $30.1 million.

President/CEO David J. Field said, “Since closing on our merger in November, we have moved quickly to implement rapid change and have made good progress on our various integration, synergy and transformation goals. We have built a terrific leadership team and are driving strong ratings growth and launching a number of revenue-driving initiatives to capitalize on our scale and compete far more effectively against other media for a larger share of ad spending. Earlier today, we announced the launch of the Entercom Audio Network which will enable us to use our scale to participate directly in the $1 billion network radio market.

"Our first quarter financial results were adversely affected by soft general local advertising conditions and a number of temporary factors, most notably the exclusion of $12 million in revenue due to financial issues at USTN. As these temporary factors abate and our growth initiatives take hold, we look forward to driving meaningful sustainable growth as we capitalize on the compelling brands, assets and capabilities of this exciting, emerging company.”

2018/05 5:52 AM
Fisher House To Present Memorial Day Special 'The Gift'

Fisher House will present "The Gift," a two-hour Memorial Day radio special hosted by Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery that features Country hits from Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Big & Rich, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Chris Young, and more.

With an air window from Saturday, May 26th through Wednesday, May 30th, the program has the option to run commercial-free or with 42 minutes of free inventory and 14 minutes of local avails each hour. The show is free and available via electronic download. 

Interested stations should contact Mccoy & Associates, Inc. Exec. Dir./Broadcast Sharla Mccoy via email here or by phone at (615) 504-1268.

2018/05 3:45 AM
​John Landers Joins Bubbleup Marketing

Music industry vet John Landers has joined digital media and marketing agency Bubbleup as Mgr./Sales. Landers joins from ARCIVR VIP, where he led business development for clients such as Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Lee Brice, and others. His resume also includes stops at Polygram Records, Universal Music Group Distribution, and UMG Nashville.

"John's experience and mentality about going over and beyond for customers make him a perfect fit for Bubbleup," said Bubbleup CMO Mike Newman. "John will be a great addition to the already amazing team we have serving the Nashville community. We are thrilled to have him on board." Added LanderS, "I have always been committed to helping artist succeed and grow. Now, I am able to do that through the expert use of todays cutting edge technology, and they have incredibly talented leadership and account teams to back that up. I am honored to be working with everyone at Bubbleup."

Contact Landers here.

2018/05 2:08 AM
Mike Nolinar And Alex Heddle Upped At Big Machine Music

Big Machine Music has upped Mike Molinar to GM and Alex Heddle to VP/Publishing. Molinar and Heddle will continue to sign and develop talent for the independent music publisher, which is home to Jonathan Singleton, Brett Young, Josh Thompson, Laura Veltz, Jessie Jo Dillon, and others.

"Mike Molinar is a publisher's publisher," said Big Machine Label Group Pres./CEO Scott Borchetta. "He knows talent, he knows the streets, and he knows and helps create the biggest opportunities for our writers and publishing staff. He's always been the perfect executive to lead Big Machine Music, and his track record speaks for itself. Richly deserved!"

Added Molinar, "I'm grateful to Scott Borchetta, Andrew Kautz, and Malcolm Mimms for their continued faith in me to lead this team. The cultural impact of our hits is a testament to the work of our incredibly dedicated BMM staff, talented songwriters, publishing partners, and colleagues at BMLG's A&R and Rights Management teams. This is just the beginning, and I look forward to continuing our growth. Alex has been crucial to the success and exponential growth of Big Machine Music. His tireless and strong hit song sense have helped him become one of the most trusted publishers among our artist and A&R community. I'm incredibly proud and grateful to have him on our team!

2018/05 1:24 AM
Jeannie Seely Recognized At Grand Ole Opry For Billboard Top TV Songs Chart Placement


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Jordan Pettit and Dan Rogers, Jeannie Seely, 117 Entertainment's Zach Farnum and Bev Moser

50 year Grand Ole Opry veteran Jeannie Seely is a Grammy winner, Country hitmaker and award-winning songwriter.
During her hosting segment on the Grand Ole Opry Friday night, she was presented with an award recognizing her song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” for reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Top TV Songs Chart in January of this year.

Written in 1964 by Seely with Judith Arbuckle, Pat Sheeran and Randy Newman and originally a pop and R&B hit for Irma Thomas, the song has seen much renewed popularity. It has been used in several TV shows including "Big Little Lies," "Orphan Black," "NFL GameDay Morning," “Here And Now” (on HBO),  and multiple episodes of "Black Mirror," it has been used in movie trailers for "Moonlight" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," and it has been recorded by artists like Seal, Boyz II Men, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Samantha Whates - and Jeannie Seely herself (for her latest CD WRITTEN IN SONG).

“It is absolutely amazing to me the way this song just keeps showing up in different genres and uses. One of the reasons, I believe, is the haunting melody, and the other is the vulnerability of the lyrics,” said Jeannie Seely. “Whatever the reason, I’m sure glad that it does, and I’m very grateful to all who have recorded it.”

Jeannie Seely Tour Dates
May 11, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
May 12, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
May 18, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
May 19, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
June 5, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre
June 15, 2018 - Weatherford, Texas - Texas Opry
June 16, 2018 - Tyler, Texas - Liberty Hall Theater
July 7, 2018 - Waynesville, Ohio - Keepin' It Country Farm
July 13, 2018 - Mt. Vernon, Kentucky - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
July 26, 2018 - Midland, Texas - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
July 28, 2018 - San Antonio, Texas - Majestic Theatre
Aug. 2, 2018 - Livingston, Montana - Music Ranch Montana
Aug. 25, 2018 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - American Music Theater
Oct. 10, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee - 2nd Annual Dottie West Birthday Jam
Oct. 17, 2018 - Branson, Missouri - Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 2019 - Country Music Cruise
More Dates Announced Soon

Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music, music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities.” And that still holds true today.
Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at www.jeannieseely.com.

2018/05 1:10 AM
Curb Publishing Companies Merge

The music publishing enterprises of Curb Music Publishing, Word Music Publishing, and Wordcountry have merged into one company, Curb | Word Music Publishing. The new combined publishing venture will be led by Janine Appleton Ebach, who has been elevated to VP/Curb | Word Music Publishing.

Ebach will report to Curb | Word Entertainment SVP/A&R & Publishing Josh Bailey and Curb | Word Entertainment CEO/Recorded Music & Publishing Jim Ed Norman. The new Curb | Word Publishing team will also consist of Sr. Dir./Creative Colt Murski and Mgr./Creative Nina Jenkins, both of whom will report to Ebach.

2018/05 8:55 AM
Underwood Returns To American Idol As Guest Mentor

Carrie Underwood will return to ABC TV's "American Idol" as a guest mentor on the Sunday, May 13 episode.

The five remaining contestants will perform songs from Underwood's career, following a mentoring session with her during a trip to Nashville.  Underwood will also perform her new single, "Cry Pretty."

2018/05 8:54 AM
WFUS/Tampa Adds Scotty Davis

Scotty Davis has joined WFUS/Tampa as afternoon host, effective Monday, May 14.  Davis succeeds Ryan Nelson, who left the station last week.  He joins from Top 40 sister WFLZ/Tampa where he has handled afternoons for six years.  His previous experience includes on-air roles in Indianapolis, Dallas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Amarillo.

"I am excited to have someone as talented as Scotty Davis on our team," said WFUS PD Cindy Spicer. "He is well known in the market and is a proven winner in Tampa Bay!"

Added Davis, "I've been eyeing a move over the Country format for quite some time. This is a natural next stop for my career, and I'm thankful to everyone at iHeartMedia for believing in me!"

Get in touch with him here.

2018/05 8:34 AM
Country Music Association Announces 2018 Ballot Schedule

Eligible members of the Country Musci Association can now submit applications online for the 2018 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality. Station and National Broadcast Personality of the Year at broadcast.CMAawards.com. The Awards are given for Personality and Stations of the Year in four categories that are determined by market size (major, large, medium and small), as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year.

To submit an entry, CMA member radio stations and broadcast personalities in the U.S. and Canadian can log on to broadcast.CMAawards.com, where guidelines and instructions for entries are posted.  The site will continue to accept submissions until Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. (CT).

All entries must reflect performances and events between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.  CMA's panel of judges, which includes distinguished radio and industry professionals, will be able to view and evaluate each entry online.

The eligibility period for "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards' is July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  All voting for the CMA Awards will be conducted online.  The first ballot and instructions will be emailed Monday, July 2 to CMA members in good standing who are able to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes Thursday, July 12 (6:000 p.m. CT).

The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, August 6. Voting for the second ballot closes Thursday, August 16 (6 p.m. CT)  The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced later this summer.

Winners of "the 52nd Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, October 1.  voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, October 23 (6:00 PM CT).  All balloting is officiated by the professional services from Deloitte and Touche LLP.

CMA Broadcast Award winners will be notified in early October and reorganized at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards," which will be held in November in Nashville. For more information contact CMA Sr. Director of Awards and Industry Relations at /Blog/page/3 


2018/05 8:14 AM
Erin Coad Added At Brickshore Media

Brickshore Media has added Erin Coad as Coordinator of Publicity.  She previously served as an intern for the company.

"The minute Erin started interning with us, I knew she would be a great fit with the company," said Brickshore Media President/CEO Nicole Zeller.  "She immediately developed a working relationship with our clients and had the drive and dedication that is needed to be a publicist. We are excited to have her be a part of the Brickshore family as we embark on our next phase of growth." 

Get in touch with Coad here.

2018/05 8:07 AM
Aldean Remains On Top

Congrats to Broken Bow's Jason Aldean who remains on top of the Mediabase Country singles chart for a second consecutive week with his single, "You Make It Easy." The track is the lead single from Aldean's newest album release, "Review Town."

Great work by BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba and SVP/National Promotion Carson James; Broken Bo's VP/Promo Lee Adams; BBR Music Group VP/Radio Syndication and Group Strategy Renne Leymon; Broken Bow Records Director/National/Southwest Promotion Jim Malito, DirectorWest Coast Promotion Layna Bunt, director/Midwest Promotion Dawn Ferris, Director/Southeast Promotion Scotty O'Brien and Coordinator/Promo Andrea Knipp.

2018/05 8:03 AM
Race Goes to WGNA/Albany

Dana Race has joined Townsquare media Country WGNA/Albany for weekends, according to the local TimesUnion paper.  Race recently departed cross-town Albany Broadcasting Country WKLI, 100.9 the Cat/Albany where she did mornings for six years.  

Get in touch with her here

2018/05 12:47 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 5/4/2018 AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 2 WI '18 *** Today's News Follows The Ratings ***

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/4/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/4/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WUSY-FM Country 11.5 12.7 11.9 13.3
WDOD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.8 5.7 5.0 6.1
WJTT-FM Urban Contemporary 5.2 6.2 5.8 6.1
WDEF-FM Adult Contemporary 6.9 9.5 8.9 5.8
WUUQ-FM Classic Country 6.1 5.1 5.0 4.9
WKXJ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.8 2.9 4.3 3.1
WRXR-FM Active Rock 3.1 2.6 3.0 2.9
WMPZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.9 2.6 2.3 2.6
WLND-FM Adult Hits 2.0 1.5 1.8 2.0
WPLZ-FM Classic Hits 2.0 2.1 1.7 1.7
WALV-FM All Sports 1.3 1.1 1.8 1.2
WPLZ-FM HD2 Soft Adult Contemporary 1.3 0.7 * 0.9
WXCT-AM Album Adult Alternative * * 0.7 0.7
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/4/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/4/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WDRM-FM Country 11.1 10.4 10.2 8.6
WRSA-FM Adult Contemporary 6.5 6.4 5.2 8.0
WRTT-FM Active Rock 5.3 4.7 5.2 4.9
WAHR-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 4.2 3.8 3.9 4.3
WLOR-AM Urban Contemporary 3.8 3.4 2.6 4.1
WTAK-FM Classic Rock 3.6 4.4 3.2 4.1
WQRV-FM Classic Hits 3.8 2.7 3.7 3.5
WQRV-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.5 1.7 1.1 1.8
WBHP-AM News Talk Information 0.5 0.6 * 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/4/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/4/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WHLH-FM Gospel 10.1 8.6 10.3 7.9
WYOY-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.9 6.0 6.6 7.5
WUSJ-FM Country 3.7 6.0 4.6 3.3
WJKK-FM Adult Contemporary 4.6 2.8 3.1 3.1
WSTZ-FM Classic Rock 4.4 3.4 4.4 2.9
WMSI-FM Country 3.2 4.1 4.6 2.7
WHJT-FM Classic Country 0.9 1.5 1.5 2.5
WJDX-FM Classic Hits 2.8 1.9 1.8 2.5
WJDX-AM News Talk Information 1.4 1.1 1.8 1.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/4/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/4/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WOLX-FM Classic Hits 7.4 7.4 5.9 6.0
WZEE-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.7 6.4 6.3 6.0
WIBA-FM Classic Rock 5.9 5.6 5.2 5.6
WIBA-AM News Talk Information 5.9 5.2 5.5 5.2
WMMM-FM Album Adult Alternative 3.6 3.6 3.1 3.3
WMAD-FM Country 2.7 3.6 2.8 2.9
WMHX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.1 2.6 2.6 2.3
WTSO-AM All Sports 1.7 1.6 2.0 2.3
WXXM-FM Classic Hits 1.5 1.6 2.0 1.9
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/4/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/4/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
KVMA-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 7.7 6.8 9.4 10.2
KMJJ-FM Urban Contemporary 11.6 10.1 12.2 9.7
KXKS-FM Country 5.0 3.8 3.6 6.9
KRMD-FM Country 5.2 4.6 4.6 5.1
KTUX-FM Classic Rock 1.9 3.3 3.1 3.3
KRUF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 2.5 2.8 3.1
KVKI-FM Adult Contemporary 4.4 3.5 4.6 3.1
KEEL-AM News Talk Information 6.1 5.8 5.1 2.8
KQHN-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.2 3.0 2.5 2.0
KWKH-AM All Sports * 0.8 0.8 0.8
KRMD-AM All Sports 0.6 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/4/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/4/18
Subscriber Format WI 17 SP 17 SU 17 WI 18
WKAQ-AM News Talk Information 5.9 7.1 8.2 9.4
WKAQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 5.8 5.7 6.6
WMEG-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.2 4.6 4.5 4.9
WODA-FM Latino Urban 5.2 4.5 6.3 4.5
WZNT-FM Spanish Tropical 6.6 5.9 4.2 4.2
WXYX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 2.3 2.5 4.0
WUKQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 1.4 3.0 1.7 1.6
WRXD-FM Spanish Contemporary 1.4 1.6 2.5 1.4
WEGM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.0 1.6 1.6 1.3
WNOD-FM Latino Urban 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.3
WELX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio * * * 0.6
WYEL-AM News Talk Information 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.5
WZMT-FM Spanish Tropical 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.3
WIOB-FM Spanish Contemporary 0.7 0.6 0.5 *
WXLX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary * * 1.8 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

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2018/05 8:57 AM
"Outlaw Country" To Premiere "Stagecoach Outlaw"

SiriusXM's "Outlaw Country" Channel (Ch. 60) will premiere a two-hour "Stagecoach Outlaw" special this weekend, featuring performance highlights and backstage interview from the Stagecoach Festival that took place last weekend in California.  Performances will include Dwight Yoakam, Tanya Tucker, Gordon Lightfoot, Tyler Childres, Colter Wall, Lukas Nelson, Jade Bird, Jade Jackson, Paul Cauthan, Lillie Mae, Joshua Hedley and others.

Subscribers can tune in on Friday, May 4 at 8-10 p.m. (ET); Saturday, May 5 at 8-10 a.m. and 10p.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday, May 6 at noon-2 p.m. (ET; and Monday, May 7 at 4-6 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. (ET). 

2018/05 8:49 AM
KUAD's "The Good Morning Guys" Celebrate 30 Years

Congrats to Townsquare Media Country KUAD, K99/Ft. Collins, CO morning co-host Brian Gary and Todd Harding who, along with morning co-host Susan Moore, make up "The Good Morning Guys."  Today (5/4) Gary and Harding celebrate 30 years of on-air partnership at KUAD.

On the website Gary wrote, "Well,  we made it. It is the 30th anniversary of 'The Good Morning Guys' on K99. I can't even wrap my brain around that. Todd and I began here back in 1988. That was before cell phones, internet, Garth Brooks, iTunes, and $5 cups of coffee. We have been on the air during six different Presidents' terms. We, along with you, have shared so much together over the years. We have cried, laughed, and cheered our success and trials together. I thank you for all you have done for me." 

The "Good Morning Guys" made it into the Country Radio Hall of Fame last year.  


2018/05 8:44 AM
Elle King Signs Management Deal

Singer/songwriter Elle King has signed a management deal with Red Light's Mary Hillard Harrington.

King was featured on Dierks Bentley's "Black" album cut, "Different For Girls."

2018/05 8:21 AM
Grand Ole Opry Stages Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival

The Grand Ole Opry will hold its first-ever show from the famed Bonnaroo Music and Arts in Machester, TN on Sunday, June 10.  It will feature Opry members Bobby Bar, Del McCoury Bank, Old Crow Medicine Show and Riders in the Sky.  Others performing include Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Nikki Lane and Lucie Silvas.  The Opry has ever taken its iconic show outside Nashville aside from taking their show to New York City's Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

"We really excited about this incredible opportunity to take the Grand Ole Opry to Bonnaroo,” said  Senior Vice President of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment Group. “In Nashville we host up to six Opry performances a week. Each one showcases eight to twelve artists ranging from straight ahead country to bluegrass to Americana. I think the diverse, multi-generational shows that we create on a regular basis will really resonate with the Bonnaroo music aficionados.”

“Celebrating the rich cultural legacy of Tennessee and the region has been an important part of the Bonnaroo experience from the beginning,” said Ashley Capps, President, AC Entertainment. “It’s hard to imagine anything more iconic and exciting in that regard than the Grand Ole Opry…it’s like the ultimate…a profoundly historic moment for all of us at Bonnaroo and something we’ll be talking about – and building upon – for years to come.”

Grand Ole Opry at Bonnaroo will be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com Opry and WSM mobile apps and the show's flagship home, 650 AM WSM.  Station personality Bill Cody will serve as the show announcer.

2018/05 8:07 AM
Lady A Nominated For Tony

Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and Sponge Bob SquarePants on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical Music and Lyrics coming out with 12 nominations.  It was nominated for Best Music.  Lady Antebellum appeared on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music and Lyrics with  Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips,  Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Domani & Lil’C.

The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will co-host.

2018/05 8:06 AM
Cumulus Pays CBS/Entercom

Cumulus has settled a dispute over money owed to CBS Radio and parent Entercom. A payment of $11,608,623 was paid with an agreement to pay an additional amount to be determined, according to a stipulation an order files in Cumulus' Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.  The "Liquidated Cure Payment" covers various contracts with CBS that were unpaid before the Chapter 11 filing; an additional "Performance Payment" remains outstanding, and the parties have agreed that if that amount remains in dispute, either party can petition the court to decide the correct amount that is owed.

The contracts involved in the payments include several Westwood One news agreements, rights fees for Cumulus affiliates of the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Bears, New England Patriot and New York Yankees networks, licenses and sublicenses for CBS Sports Radio; a contract involving Carson Daly; and license agreements to air "Popcrush With Billy Bush" on top 40 WTIC-F/Hartford and "Daily Dose with Dr. Oz" on News WINS-A/New York, among other contracts.

2018/05 7:58 AM
Lasin Picks Up Interim OM Duties

Top 40 KZBD, 105.7 Now FM/Spokane APD Felix Lasin takes on Interim OM duties for Mapleton/Spokane.  He will also be responsible for programming Classic Rock KJRB-A-K231CU, 94.1 THE BEAR.

Karen Dineen, Market Manager said, "Felix has been an invaluable member in managing the growth of 105.7 Now FM, increasing our visibility in the community for that station and developing our stations’ on-line presence. Felix's commitment for ensuring that whatever task he is assigned gets done right and his attention to detail has earned him promotion to this new role."

The cluster also includes Sports KGA-A, Adult Hits KBBD, 103.9 Bob FM, Country KDRK, 93.7 The Mountain and Classic Hits KEYF, KEY 101.


2018/05 12:47 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 5/3/2018 AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 2 WI '18 *** Today's News Follows The Ratings ***

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/3/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/3/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
KKMG-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.7 6.8 6.4 7.3
KVUU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.2 5.8 6.4 6.3
KKFM-FM Classic Rock 6.7 5.0 3.7 5.8
KKPK-FM Adult Hits 5.8 4.9 3.7 5.4
KIBT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.6 4.5 5.1 5.2
KATC-FM Country 5.4 5.2 3.2 4.9
KKLI-FM Adult Contemporary 4.5 3.1 5.0 3.2
KVOR-AM News Talk Information 2.6 5.0 2.8 3.2
KBIQ-FM Contemporary Christian 2.8 3.4 4.3 2.2
KVUU-FM HD2 Contemporary Christian 1.3 0.9 1.4 1.1
KZNT-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.7 0.7 1.1
KCSF-AM All Sports * * 0.9 0.7
KGFT-FM Religious 0.7 1.1 0.7 0.6
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/3/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/3/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WHO-AM News Talk Information 6.2 8.0 8.4 9.4
KKDM-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.0 6.5 5.8 6.3
KDRB-FM Variety 6.3 8.0 5.9 5.8
KSTZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.8 4.6 5.7 5.8
KMYR-FM Adult Contemporary 4.1 3.6 4.3 4.8
KIOA-FM Classic Hits 6.2 4.9 5.3 4.3
KAZR-FM Active Rock 5.2 4.6 5.5 3.4
KDXA-FM Alternative 2.9 2.0 2.0 2.3
KIOA-FM HD2 Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.1 1.2 1.2 2.1
KAZR-FM HD2 Oldies * * 0.5 1.6
KXNO-AM All Sports 2.2 2.4 2.5 1.3
KRNT-AM All Sports 1.4 1.1 0.7 0.7
KCYZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 0.7 0.7 0.7 *
KSTZ-FM HD2 Classic Country * * 0.8 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/3/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/3/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
KZZU-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 5.8 5.7 5.4 6.6
KKZX-FM Classic Rock 5.6 6.2 6.5 6.2
KQNT-AM News Talk Information 5.8 5.8 5.7 6.0
KBBD-FM Adult Hits 4.8 3.6 4.9 5.5
KXLY-FM Country 4.9 5.8 5.0 5.5
KISC-FM Adult Contemporary 5.4 2.4 4.4 4.4
KEYF-FM Classic Hits 5.6 5.5 6.7 3.8
KCDA-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.9 2.9 3.7 3.6
KHTQ-FM Active Rock 5.3 6.0 5.7 3.6
KEZE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.6 3.8 4.4 3.5
KZBD-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.1 3.8 3.9 3.5
KDRK-FM Country 3.6 4.2 3.4 2.9
KXLY-AM News Talk Information 1.9 4.4 2.8 2.4
KXLX-AM All Sports 1.0 1.1 1.5 1.6
KYOZ-AM Classic Rock * * * 1.5
KFOO-FM+ Alternative 1.2 2.9 1.5 1.3
KGA-AM All Sports 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.3
KJRB-AM Mainstream Rock 1.2 1.8 1.1 1.1
KVNI-AM Classic Hits * 0.7 0.5 0.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
+Call letter change.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/3/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/3/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
KFDI-FM Country 8.6 10.6 7.8 9.3
KDGS-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 5.7 5.1 6.2 6.9
KZSN-FM New Country 5.0 7.0 5.7 6.7
KFXJ-FM Classic Rock 5.0 5.4 6.7 5.9
KZCH-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.5 4.9 4.9 5.6
KNSS-FM News Talk Information 0.7 3.8 5.5 5.4
KEYN-FM Classic Hits 5.3 5.1 4.4 5.2
KICT-FM Mainstream Rock 5.3 4.7 6.5 4.5
KRBB-FM Adult Contemporary 4.7 3.4 4.4 4.3
KFBZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.6 3.2 3.9 4.1
KTHR-FM Alternative 4.0 3.6 3.9 3.0
KFH-AM All Sports 1.6 0.9 1.1 2.2
KKGQ-FM Country 0.7 0.7 * 2.0
KYQQ-FM Mexican Regional 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.9
KFTI-AM Classic Country 1.6 1.1 1.4 0.9
KHMY-FM Hot Adult Contemporary * 0.5 0.5 *
KNSS-AM News Talk Information 3.8 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

Copyright © 2005-2018  The Nielsen Company.

2018/05 10:12 AM
Music Biz Association To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

The Music Biz Association (Music Biz) will celebrate its 60th anniversary at this year's annual Music Biz 2018 conference happening Monday, May 14th through Thursday, May 17 at Nashville's Omni Hotel.  This year will feature several programs, panels and performances including Pandora's Roger Lynch; an interview with Scooter Braun, the Awards Luncheon; a live performance by Kelsea Ballerini and more.

"Our 2017 conference in Nashvillewas our biggest in over 15 years with more than 2,000 attendees; we're excited to carry that momentum into our 60th anniversary event," said Music Biz Pres. James Donio. "Music Biz 2018 will honor our past with our first-ever Music Business Hall Of Fame induction as well as returning sessions that address the issues of today, including Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out and our GLAAD partnership, 'Trendspotting: The Power of Queer Storytelling in Song.' We'll also pave the way forward to another 60 years of music with our debut '#NEXTGEN_NOW' panel, Financial Literacy Summit, and Sync It! program, along with a variety of student programming and our annual Career Opportunities For Students event."

Registration for Music Biz 2018 is still open; find out more by visiting the Music Biz 

2018/05 10:00 AM
iHeartMedia/Nashville Looking for Director of Promotions

iHeartMedia's Country WSIX, The Big 98 and Classic Country WSIX-HD2, The Big Legend 98.3/Nashville has an opening for a Director of Promotions.  Current Director of Promotions Jessica Kelley will remain with the cluster but will concentrate on Alternative WNRQ-HD2-FM translator-W248BQ, Alt 97.5 and Rock WNRQ, 105.9 The Rock.

SVP/Programming and WSIX PD Gator Harrison says that they are looking for an experienced innovative, self-motivated creative killer who loves Country music and the city of Nashville.

Check out the job posting here and apply here.

2018/05 8:56 AM
Chris Stapleton Lead RIAA Honors For April

The RIAA Gold and Platinum honors for the month of April have been announced and Mercury Nashville's Chris Stapleton leads the honors.  Stapleton earned an RIAA Platinum Album certification for his "From a Room: Volume 1" collection and an RIAA Gold Album certification for his "From A Room: Volume 2." Stapleton also received RIAA 4X Platinum Single honors for "Tennessee Whiskey;" RIAA Platinum Single honors from "Broken Halos," "Nobody to Blame," and "Fire Away."  He also received RIAA Gold Single honors from "Whiskey and You.  MCA Nashville's Josh Turner earned multiple RIAA certifications as well, including 2X Platinum Single honors for "Your Man;" Platinum Single honors for "Long Black Train," "Time is Love," and "Hometown Girl," and RIAA Gold Single certification for "Firecracker."

RCA Nashville's Chris Young garnered RIAA 2X Platinum Single honors for "I'm Comin' Over." RIAA Platinum Album honors were given to MCA Nashville's Kacey Musgraves for "Same Trailer Different Park, and RCA Nashville's Kane Brown for "Kane Brown.  RIAA Platinum were given to Luke Combs for "When It Rains It Pours," Walker Hayes for "You Broke Up With Me; Thomas Rhett for "Unforgettable," Musgraves for "Follow Your Arrow," and Brown for "Heaven.  Alan Jackson earned an RIAA Platinum mVido Longform for "Precious Memories" collection.  RIAA Gold Single honors were given to Raelynn for "Love Triangle," Big Loud's Chris Lane for "Take Back Home Girl" featuring Tori Kelly, Morgan Wallen for "Up Down" and Musgraves for "Blowin' Smoke."

To see a complete listing go here


2018/05 7:36 AM
Dick Clark Productions Promotes Ben Roy

Dick Clark Productions Exec./Development & Producer Ben Roy has been promoted to VP/Programming & Development. Roy will oversee production of all sponsorship integrations for numerous shows, including the ACM Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, the Billboard Music Awards and more.

He will report to EVP/Programming & Development Mark Bracco.


2018/05 7:26 AM
Warner/Chappell Signs Parker McCollum

Singer/songwriter Parker McCollum has signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville.

Parker is the real deal," said Warner/Chappell Nashville Pres. Ben Vaughn. "We are proud to welcome him to the Warner/Chappell  family and look forward to seeing him continue on his journey."

Said McCollum, "I have envisioned this moment for years, so it's literally a dream come true. I'm proud to call Warner/Chappell Nashville my songwriting home. My goal has always been to evolve personally, creatively, and professionally. I know that surrounding myself with the best people is part of making that happen, and I've found that team here."

2018/05 6:54 AM
Simpson Promoted At KTTS Springfield MO

  KTTS Scripps Country KTTS/Springfield, MO has upped 20-year station vet and Asst. Dir./News/afternoon drive Nancy Simpson (left)  to morning co-host, effective Monday, May 7th. Simpson will join Cash Williams. She succeeds Summer Stevens, who departed the station in February. "I felt that a change might be good for my soul, but I really love it here at KTTS," remarked Simpson. "This is my work family. With this move into the morning show, I get to show the lighter side of my personality but still be at home."

 Said KTTS VP/GM Rex Hansen, "It's rare to have a true news professional like Nancy grow even more inside a radio station. Our listeners know and trust Nancy Simpson, and they're about to discover she's a huge country music fan, just like they are!"

Congratulate Simpson at /Blog/page/3.

2018/05 6:52 AM
Big Label Records Adds Dan Anderson

Big Label Records has added Dan Anderson as VP/Sales and Marketing. Anderson was was most recently with Black River Entertainment VP/Sales and Marketing.  He has previous experience with Red Light Management and Sony Music Nashville.  The move to Big Label reunited Anderson with Big Label Records Head/Promotion Tony Morreale, who worked with Anderson previously at Sony/BNA Records.

"I've known Dan since the late 1990s, both personally and professionally," said Morrreale. "He's hard working and innovative with a keen eye towards the future and firm knowledge of the past and present. He's creative and disciplined, and he'll fit right in with what we're doing with Aaron Watson  and the new acts that we'll be adding to the label." Added Anderson, "Tony and I go back 20-plus years. I have admired him throughout his career as he always looked at things from a different angle. I look forward to working [with] him and the rest of the team as we continue to build Aaron Watson's career as well as prospective artists we work with in the future." Congratulate Anderson here.

2018/05 6:44 AM
WIVK Adds Scheman

Cumulus Country WIVK/Knoxville has added Justin Scheman as Exec. Prod. for its "Tony & Kris" morning show. In the newly-created position, Scheman will handle producer duties for the " Tony & Kris" show as well as the pair's forthcoming syndicated weekend programming. Tony Randall and Kris Rochester joined WIVK last July. "Tony & Kris" shared the news of Scheman's addition via Instagram, saying, "Welcome to Knoxville, (Justin), and l ook forward to working with you."

Congratulate Scheman at /Blog/page/3

Scheman has worked at   then-CBS Radio Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP RADIO)/Detroit where he handled producer duties for the "Rat and Puff Show" as well as iHeartMedia Hot AC KMXP-F (MIX 96.9)/Phoenix's "The Matthews Blades Show;" Beasley Top 40/Rhythmic WRDW (Wired 96.5)/Philadelphia's "Chio in the Morning;" iHeartMediaTop 40/Mainstream WLDI (WILD 95.5)/West Palm Beach's "Kevin and Virginia Show;" iHeartMedia Top 40 WDCG (G105)/Raleigh's "Bob and the Showgram; " and iHEARTMEDIA Classic Rock WBGG (BIG 105.9)/Miami's "Paul and Young Ron." Scheman and his now-wife, Diana, also competed on CBS-TV's "The Amazing Race" in 2015.

2018/05 6:27 AM
More Nielsen Ratings Coming

NIELSEN Audio Winter '18 Books are out today for Colorado Springs, Des Moines, Mobile, Spokane and Wichita. Coming Friday, May 4th: Chattanooga, Madison, Huntsville, Shreveport, and Jackson, MS.

Look for them to be posted on AllAboutCountry.com after 5 p.m. (CT).

2018/05 6:17 AM
Ryan Nelson Exits WFUS/Tampa

iHeartMedia Country WFUS/Tampa APD/MD/afternoon personality Ryan Nelson has left the station after a two year run.
WFUS PD Cindy Spicer said the departure was due to the position being eliminated; there are no plans to refill it.

Nelson is currently on the hunt for his next opportunity; reach him by phone at (253) 951-9242 or at /Blog/page/3

2018/05 12:47 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 5/2/2018 AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 2 WI '18 *** Today's News Follows The Ratings ***

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/2/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/2/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WWDM-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.4 10.7 11.5 11.1
WCOS-FM Country 5.0 5.2 6.2 7.8
WHXT-FM Urban Contemporary 6.6 5.2 5.5 5.8
WNOK-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.2 6.7 5.5 5.8
WTCB-FM Adult Contemporary 4.1 3.9 4.4 4.6
WMFX-FM Classic Rock 4.2 4.1 3.0 4.0
WLXC-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.8 4.2 4.2 3.2
WXBT-FM Urban Contemporary 2.7 3.5 3.3 3.1
WARQ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.9 2.2 2.5 2.9
WNKT-FM All Sports 2.6 1.9 4.4 2.9
WVOC-AM News Talk Information 3.3 2.5 3.0 2.9
WOMG-FM Classic Hits 3.9 2.9 4.7 2.6
WLTY-FM Variety 3.2 3.6 3.0 2.5
WXBT-FM HD2 Urban Oldies 1.8 2.3 1.9 2.5
WARQ-FM HD2 Alternative * 1.2 1.2 1.1
WOIC-AM All Sports 0.5 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/2/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/2/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WIKS-FM Urban Contemporary 13.3 11.0 12.6 11.4
WSFL-FM Classic Rock 4.7 6.2 6.1 7.4
WNCT-FM Classic Hits 6.5 5.1 6.0 4.3
WMGV-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.5 2.6 4.0 4.2
WELS-FM Classic Hits 0.8 3.3 3.6 2.0
WXNR-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.1 3.0 2.3 1.8
WRHT-FM Country 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.4
WTIB-FM News Talk Information 1.2 0.9 1.0 1.4
WRHD-FM All Sports * 0.5 0.5 0.8
WNBU-FM News Talk Information 0.6 0.6 * 0.5
WNCT-AM Rhythmic Oldies 1.2 * * *
WWMC-AM Gospel 0.5 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/2/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/2/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
KSSN-FM Country 6.5 6.7 5.9 5.2
KMJX-FM Country 5.9 5.3 5.7 4.9
KDJE-FM Active Rock 4.1 4.3 4.1 4.7
KKPT-FM Classic Rock 7.5 7.0 5.9 4.5
KABZ-FM All Sports 2.9 3.5 5.1 4.1
KHLR-FM New Country 2.0 2.4 2.2 2.8
KHKN-FM Classic Hits 4.2 2.7 2.6 2.3
KKSP-FM Adult Contemporary 1.3 1.5 2.2 1.3
KDIS-FM Religious 0.6 0.9 0.7 0.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/2/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/2/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WMAS-FM Adult Contemporary 9.5 9.0 10.3 9.4
WHYN-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 6.1 3.8 5.4 6.5
WHYN-AM News Talk Information 4.8 4.5 3.4 4.1
WRNX-FM Country 4.5 4.3 5.4 4.0
WWEI-FM All Sports 2.4 2.7 2.9 3.0
WUCS-FM All Sports 1.1 0.6 0.5 0.7
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/2/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/2/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WKKO-FM Country 10.1 8.3 11.0 9.2
WRVF-FM Adult Contemporary 5.1 7.2 7.5 6.9
WVKS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 7.8 7.7 7.3 6.7
WIOT-FM Mainstream Rock 6.6 6.2 6.5 6.5
WRQN-FM Classic Hits 7.3 6.5 6.8 5.8
WXKR-FM Classic Rock 4.7 4.0 4.3 4.5
WSPD-AM News Talk Information 4.2 3.9 3.3 3.6
WQQO-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.7 3.2 3.1
WVKS-FM HD2 Urban Contemporary 2.5 3.0 2.8 2.7
WCKY-FM Country 1.5 1.4 1.0 1.4
WTOD-FM All Sports 0.7 1.2 1.3 1.1
WMIM-FM Country 1.2 0.5 1.2 0.7
WCWA-AM All Sports 0.7 0.5 0.7 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.

Copyright © 2005-2018  The Nielsen Company.

2018/05 10:55 AM
Cumulus Gets OK On Reorganization

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed Cumulus Media's Plan of Reorganization.  The radio group expects to emerge from Chapter 11 before the end of the quarter, after the conditions to the Plan are satisfied.

After the restructuring, Cumulus' debt will have been reduced by more than $1 billion, giving it greater than financial flexibility with which to support its ongoing buis ness transformation.

"The Court’s approval of our Plan allows us to complete the balance sheet restructuring that is critical to the success of our turnaround strategy," Cumulus Media Pres./CEO Mary Berner said. "With a firmer financial foundation in place, we look forward to continuing to implement the business initiatives that have already taken this Company so far. 
"The financial and operational progress we have already experienced are a testament to the tenacity and commitment of the entire CUMULUS team," she continued. "We also greatly appreciate the ongoing support of our advertisers, vendors and affiliates as we continue to provide high-quality programming to our millions of listeners across the country.”

2018/05 10:17 AM
Orbyt Media To Distribute "The Bobby Bones Show" in Canada

Premiere Networks has signed an expanded agreement with Orbyt Media to distribute "The Bobby Bones Show" across Canada.  The show will be available to Canadian Country music stations effective immediately.  Orbyt Media syndicates Bones' weekend countdown, "Country Top 30 With Bobby Bones," across stations in Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Manitoba.  Bones will also appear as a keynote speaker at the Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, May 10.

"'The Bobby Bones Show' is the most popular Country radio show in the world," said iHeartRadio/Canada and Bell Media Head/Radio Content Rob Farina. "We are so proud to support 'The Bobby Bones Show' as they expand their reach and audience in Canada." Added Premiere Networks Pres. Julie Talbott, "'The Bobby Bones Show' has a proven track record of entertaining and engaging millions of Country music fans across multiple platforms in the U.S. We've had a successful partnership with Orbyt Media or many years, and we look forward to working with them to expand 'The Bobby Bones Show' in Canada."

2018/05 8:32 AM
KFDI/Wichita's 'JJ and Tiny" Helps Local Police Officer

Great work by KFDI/Wichita,  KS morning team "JJ and Tiny," who organized an event during their show yesterday (5/1) to honor Stacy Woodson, a local officer who recently lost his life in a motorcycle accident.  The team asked members of the community to join them at the Law Enforcement Memorial at Wichita City Hall to sign a fallen officer flag, which will be embroidered with Officer Woodson's name and badge number and presented to his family.

"We wanted to give the community an outlet to thank Office Stacy Woodson for his service to the community and send messages of support for his family left behind," said morning co-host  "We collected close to 500 signatures and almost $1,000 for his family.

2018/05 8:27 AM
Katz Radio Group's Porretti Promoted

Katz Radio Group SVP was promoted to the newly created EVP/Digital post for Katz Media Group.  Porretti will continue to oversee the company's digital audio sales, while adding digital video sales operations.

"Scott is a well-respected industry leader who knows how to drive transformation and results," said Katz Media Group CEO Mark Gray.

2018/05 8:24 AM
MusicMaster and M3/Merge Music Media Enter Into Partnerships

MusicMaster and M3/Merge Music Media have entered into a new strategic partnership to develop the all-new MusicMaster Proteam.  M3/Merge Music Media President Kristopher Jones will provide custom music programming and music scheduling to MusicMaster stations and will be with the MusicMaster team at the 2018 Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood.

M3 and MusicMaster share a mutual interest in super-serving our clients," MusicMaster CEO Laurie Knapp said. "By collaborating with valued partners like Kristopher Jones, we can address the bigger picture in the radio station and maximize the benefits of both our services."

Added Jones, “The MusicMaster team and I have a long history of collaboration, development and trust. This partnership is the natural evolution; combining the best of what we do for those in radio who correctly insist that ‘my market is different! Great radio stations are tuned for their market, and that's exactly what MusicMaster and M3 will do together.”


2018/05 7:22 AM
Marciante Named Promo Director In D.C.

Nia Marciante has been named Promotions Director for AC WASH and Country WMZQ/Washington D.C. She joins from iHeartMedia Philadelphia where she served as Promotions Assistant.

"Nia is the final piece to an incredibly strong Promotions team here in the Washington, D.C. Region,” said Marketing Director Kim Sauer. “I know Nia is the right choice to raise the bar for the WASH and WMZQ brands in the market.”
“I’ve loved working at iHeartMedia since I started as an intern in 2013,” said Marciante. “I’m excited to bring my experience from the Philadelphia market to the great team in D.C. and continue growing within the iHeartMedia family!"

2018/05 7:05 AM
Capitol Broadcasting's Raleigh Durham Cluster Makes Changes

A change at Capitol Broadcasting Co's Raleigh-Durham cluster has created a new station without a name and moved two of its three Sports formats to new frequencies.

The primary sports signal, Sports WCMC (99.9 The Fan), is the same. The programming of Sports WDNC-A-W243DK-@257CS (Buzz Sports Radio) has left the AM frequency but continues on the two translators, now fed by WCMC-HD2.  The Sports format of WCLY-A-W239CK-WCMC-HD3, 95.7 (The Ticket) has moved to WDNC-AM and WCMC-HD2 AS "620 The Ticket," and WCLY-A-W239CK-WCMC-HD3 now sports an eclectic Roots format incorporating Americana, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B and Bluegrass.

The new music format doesn't have a name yet and is imaged at present as "That Station 95.7" while it runs a content for a new name, with the winner getting $1,000 donations to the local charity of his or her choice.

2018/05 6:01 AM
Nielsen Ratings Coming Soon

Nielsen Audio Winter 2018 books are out today for Springfield, MA; Little Rock; Greenville-New Bern; Columbia, SC; and Toledo. Find the ratings for the subscribing stations on AllAboutCountry.com after 5 p.m. (CT). 

Coming tomorrow (5/3): Colorado Springs; Des Moines; Mobile; Spokane and Wichita.

2018/05 1:01 PM
Cumulus Restructuring Plan Confirmed by Court

Cumulus Media Inc. (PINK: CMLSQ) (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) today announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (“the Court”) has confirmed the Company’s Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”). The Company expects to emerge from Chapter 11 before the end of the quarter, after the conditions to the Plan are satisfied.
Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., said, “The Court’s approval of our Plan allows us to complete the balance sheet restructuring that is critical to the success of our turnaround strategy. With a firmer financial foundation in place, we look forward to continuing to implement the business initiatives that have already taken this Company so far.” 
She continued, "The financial and operational progress we have already experienced are a testament to the tenacity and commitment of the entire Cumulus team. We also greatly appreciate the ongoing support of our advertisers, vendors and affiliates as we continue to provide high-quality programming to our millions of listeners across the country.”
Upon completion of the restructuring process, the Company’s debt will have been reduced by more than $1 billion, and Cumulus will have greater financial flexibility with which to support its ongoing business transformation.
Additional information is available at www.cumulus.com/restructuring or by calling Cumulus’s Restructuring Hotline, toll-free in the U.S. at 1-844-429-1668. (For calls originating outside of the U.S., please dial 1-503-597-5529.) In addition, court filings and other documents related to the court-supervised proceedings are available on a separate website administered by Cumulus’s claims agent, Epiq, at http://dm.epiq11.com/cumulus.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal counsel; PJT Partners, Inc. is acting as financial advisor; and Alvarez & Marsal is serving as restructuring advisor to Cumulus.
Cumulus is a leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (PINK: CMLSQ) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 445 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation's leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

2018/05 12:47 PM
A-Z Nielsen Audio 5/1/2018 AQH Share for P12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid PHASE 2 WI '18 *** Today's News Follows The Ratings ***

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/1/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/1/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WQMX-FM Country 5.3 7.7 5.1 6.3
WNIR-FM News Talk Information 4.6 5.4 5.7 5.8
WONE-FM Album Oriented Rock 5.9 5.1 6.2 5.7
WKDD-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.4 3.6 3.4 4.0
WAKR-AM News Talk Information 1.0 1.3 0.9 0.9
WHLO-AM News Talk Information 1.5 0.7 1.2 0.8
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/1/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/1/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WXST-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 11.4 8.4 8.3 10.4
WSCC-FM News Talk Information 5.0 4.5 3.8 5.0
WAVF-FM Adult Hits 4.6 3.2 5.1 4.3
WXLY-FM Adult Contemporary 4.9 5.0 6.2 4.3
WEZL-FM Country 3.5 4.1 5.1 4.1
WRFQ-FM Classic Rock 4.3 4.5 4.0 3.7
WYBB-FM Active Rock 2.4 2.5 2.9 3.4
WMXZ-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.9 3.2 3.4 3.0
WCKN-FM Country 2.5 3.1 3.1 2.8
WMXZ-FM HD2 Urban Contemporary 2.2 3.1 2.7 2.8
WCOO-FM Album Adult Alternative 2.4 2.0 1.6 2.7
WSPO-AM Gospel * 0.6 * 1.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/1/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/1/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
KDON-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 9.1 10.5 7.6 9.1
KWAV-FM Adult Contemporary 5.8 5.1 6.2 5.9
KLOK-FM Mexican Regional 7.1 5.8 3.5 4.3
KCDU-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.4 4.0 4.3 4.2
KHIP-FM Classic Rock 4.4 3.7 4.2 4.2
KTOM-FM Country 2.8 3.7 2.9 4.2
KKHK-FM Adult Hits 3.4 2.0 2.8 3.2
KOCN-FM Rhythmic AC 3.7 2.6 2.5 3.1
KPIG-FM Album Adult Alternative 3.8 3.7 5.4 2.8
KSES-FM Spanish Adult Hits 1.4 2.0 3.1 2.5
KPRC-FM Mexican Regional 2.6 1.5 2.6 2.3
KION-AM News Talk Information 0.4 0.6 0.5 1.1
KMBX-AM Spanish Religious 0.9 * 0.9 0.8
KOCN-FM HD2 News Talk Information * 0.5 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
      Data Released:  5/1/18
      Subscribers Added:  5/1/18
Subscriber Format SP 17 SU 17 FA 17 WI 18
WBBS-FM New Country 12.5 10.5 9.9 8.9
WSYR-AM News Talk Information 7.4 6.3 7.1 7.0
WWHT-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.7 4.8 6.1 6.0
WYYY-FM Adult Contemporary 5.3 5.6 6.6 5.3
WSEN-FM Classic Hits 5.8 3.6 3.8 3.7
WMVN-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.8 2.5 2.5 2.4
WOLF-FM New Country 2.8 2.0 3.1 2.1
WHEN-AM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.1 1.2 1.7 1.8
WOLF-AM All Sports * * * 0.5
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
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2018/05 7:30 AM
Country LakeShake Announces Lineup For Nexts From Nashville" Stage

Country LakeShake revealed the lineup for the three-day, two stage festival's "Next From Nashville" stage today. Delta Rae, Dillon Carmichael, Morgan Evans, Muscadine Bloodline, Tyler Rich, Mitchell Tenpenny, The Wild Feathers, Charlie Worsham and more are set to take the "Next From Nashville" stage at teh Windy City festival in June.

This follows the news that headliners Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will perform at the fourth-annual event at Chicago's Huntington Bank Pavillon at Northerly Island on June 22-24. Also on the bill are Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline, Tracy Lawrence,  Chris Lane, Jackie Lee, LOCASH, RaeLynn, Runaway June, Dylan Scott and Cole Swindell.

The festival was launched in 2015, Country LakeShake takes place with the beautiful Chicago skyline in the backdrop. Three-day and single-day passes are available now at lakeshakefestival.com.


2018/05 7:25 AM
Producer Peters Leaves KSON/San Diego Morning Show

Entercom Country KSON/San Diego "John and Tammy in the Morning" producer Steph Peters is leaving the show to move back to Wisconsin and her family. Her last day was today (5/1).  She made the move to KSON with morning hosts John Flint and Tammy Lee in 2011.  The trio worked together for 10 years, beginning at iHeartMedia WMAD/Madison, WI prior to their move west.  Send your best wishes to here.

Flint posted on his Facebook page about Peters, "She's the best person I know... If you ever are fortunate to meet someone who is as kind as they are smart, as funny as they are tough, and as sweet as they are sassy ... then all I can say is cherish them before they move back to Wisconsin and crush your heart."  Moving forward KSON secondary morning producer Jessica Chenoweth will take over for Peters in handling Producer duties for "John and Tammy."

2018/05 7:23 AM
Hamlin Renews Production Deal iWith CMT-TV

John Hamlin, veteran television producer and owner of Switched On Entertainment, has renewed his production deal with CMT TV.  As part of the multi-year extension, Hamlin will continue to serve as Exec. Producer for CMT's music events, including the "CMT Music Awards," "CMT Artists of the Year," and "CMT Crossroads," among others.  The deal also will allow him to develop new events and specials.  Hamlin has also served as CMT SVP/Music Events and Talent.
"John's critical eye as a producer, deep relationships within the artist community, and boundless affection for our brand has elevated our revered music series and specials to new critical and ratings highs," said CMT/TV Land GM Frank Tanki. "We are thankful they remain in his capable hands."


2018/05 7:11 AM
New Infinite Dial "Heavy Radio User" Report Released

As broadcasters are looking to increase AM/FM listening at home, we have become aware that smart speakers are becoming very important.  One-fifth of radio's biggest users already own the device, according to "the Infinite Dial: Heavy Radio Listeners," released today by Edison Research.

The Infinite Dial is the longest running study of consumer behaviors related to media and technology in America. This report looks at 30% of the American population ages 12 and over who are "Heavy Radio Listeners"--those who listened to more than one hour of radio in the last day.

"At this time of industry transition it is vital that radio managers have high-quality research that represents the full U.S. population to use to understand their audiences.  This look at the Heavy Radio Listener from Infinite Dial allows everyone to understand not just what other kinds of audio and media people are using, but how Heavy Radio Listeners compare to the population at large,” said Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research.  “Readers of this report will see that the qualitative profile of Heavy Radio Listeners is very strong.  This is the kind of information that Radio managers can show to agencies and clients with confidence in the quality of the data.”

Some of the many findings of this report are summarized on the following graphs:

The study finds that 82% of heavy Radio Listeners have a radio in their home, which means nearly 18% of this group achieved 'heavy' status primarily through in-car or at-work listening.  Interesting that 20% of Heavy Radio Listeners have Smart Speakers in their homes.  Those devices may allow for more at-home listening over time, but can also make it easier to use competing audio services.

The report also studied the online radio consumption of Heavy Radio Listeners.

In keeping with findings from past Edison research studies, radio's best customers are heavy users for all audio--they listen heavily to broadcast radio. But they do listen in other ways which has implications for future smart-speaker behavior. Nearly two-thirds of 'heavies' listen to audio online, with large numbers choosing YouTube, Pandora and the streams of AM and FM radio stations.  ONe one-in-sic Heavey Radio Listeners now say they have listened to a podcast in the last week.  

To view and download the complete study, visit:



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