industry members
Karina Farias
Music Director   Bryan Broadcasting
Lisa Adams
Program Director   Hubbard Radio
Jeffrey Long
  Music Notes
Carol Bourne
Manager   Maddie Hunt Music LLC
kimberly beck
  kimberly Beck
Marty Denton
CEO/songwriter/artist   Trip Jct Records LLC

Big Machine Music has signed songwriter Benjy Davis to an exclusive songwriting agreement.  Davis is a Baton Rouge native and has written for Rascal Flatts, Chris Young and Jake Owen.

"We see in Benjy the talent, perspective, experience, and sensibilities of a songwriter who is not only going to have hits...but a career full of them!" said BMM GM Mike Molinar. "We are honored to welcome him to the family." Added Davis, "I respect and admire all of the songwriters and team members at Big Machine Music, and I'm proud to be part of the team."

03/16/2018 1:03 PM
Lindy Leaves Cumulus
Cumulus Corporate PD and WKHX/Atlanta PD Scott Lindy has left after nearly three years with the company.  He joined in 2015 as PD for WFMS/Indianapolis.  He was appointed to his corporate position and PD for WKHX five months later.  

His radio career includes stops at WUBL/Atlanta, Sirius XM and WPOC/Baltimore.  Get in touch with him here.  Mike McVay, Cumulus EVP/Content and Programming says that plans for the postion are set to be announced Monday, March 19.

CRS 2018 sessions are now available for streaming,  They include: "Miles Adcox:Intentional Living: How To Get Control of Your Life Back," "Edison Research: Country is at Home with Smart Speakers," "Randy Lane: 10 Trends IMpacting Morning Radio" and "The Matrix of the Metrics: How to Make Sense of All This Data."

CRS 2018 registrants are invited to enjoy them . Find educational handouts and videos under the "Media" tab and audio under the "User"tab.

Music Nashville has signed Country singer/songwriter Trea Landon to its Bros. imprint.  A Claxton, GA native, Landon is currently a part of the Play Publishing roster and represented by William Morris Endeaver (WME).

New Music is expected to be released later this year.

iHeartMedia West Division EVPP Steve Geofferies is looking for the next PD of KNIX/Phoenix.  He is looking for someone who wants to be part of a historic brand, live in paradise and join a team of elite talent. 

If you're interested go here.


This year's Source Hall of Fame inductees are publisher Barbara Baker, industry JoAnn Berry, CMA vet Tammy Genovese, journalist/publicist Holly Gleason, industry vets Cathy Gurley and Anita Hugin and publicist Ronna Rubin.   

The 16th Source Hall of Fame Awards are Septmeber 25 at Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. More information .

Big Machine Music has signed songwriter Benjy Davis to an exclusive songwriting agreement.  Davis is a Baton Rouge native and has written for Rascal Flatts, Chris Young and Jake Owen.

"We see in Benjy the talent, perspective, experience, and sensibilities of a songwriter who is not only going to have hits...but a career full of them!" said BMM GM Mike Molinar. "We are honored to welcome him to the family." Added Davis, "I respect and admire all of the songwriters and team members at Big Machine Music, and I'm proud to be part of the team."

KKBQ/Houston promotions/social media staffer AJ Ramos has joined The Q Morning Zoo as Producer.  He fills the void created
with Al Farb's departure for KSCS/Dallas last month.

"AJ has been a top performer every step of the way," ways OM Johnny Chiang.  Reach Ramos here.

Cumulus Media has flipped frequencies for two of its Harrisburg, PA outlets, with Country WZCY (Nash FM) moving from 106.7 to 93.5, now the former  home of Top 40 clustermate, WWKL, which changes its slogan to Hot 106.7 as a result of the move.  The swap enables Hot 106.7 to take advantage of the 50,000 watt frequency, reaching a larger audience across the Harrisburg-Lancaster, PA DMA.   Along with the move, the station websites have re-launched at and

In addition to the signal swap, Nash FM has juggled its on-air lineup, wtih PD/afternoon personality Charles "ChaChi" Angelo moving to mornings working with co-host Jenna Clay.  Alex Harley, mmidday host goes to aftenroons, followed by "Nash Nights Live" in evenings and "The Blair Garner Show" in overnights.  Nash-FM also has a new moniker, "Your Neighborhood Country," with a music shift to more familiar gold-based titles.

"We excited to be live and hyper-local with the best mix of Country music in all of the neighborhoods surrounding Harrisburg and York," said Nash FM PD Charles Angelo. I'm looking forward to getting back to mornings with my on-air partner Jenna Clay, and waking up Harrisburg and York with local stories that affect their daily lives, all while playing the best of 'Your Neighborhood Country.'"

Added cluster OM and WWKL PD John O'Dea, "Since 2001, when we first launched Hot, we have seen the station continue to go and grow in Harrisburg. By moving Hot to the massive 106.7 signal, we now have the opportunity to reach listeners across the Harrisonburg, York, and Lancaster markets.”

Colin Raye has signed with Absolute Publicity for exclusive PR representation.  Ray is expected to announce new music in the coming weeks.

"Very, very happy and proud to be joining the roster at Absolute Publicity!" exclaimed Raye. "So many of my artist friends are on the roster. I already feel at home with Don and his awesome staff. Good things ahead!"

Added Absolute Publicity Pres. Don Murry Grubbs, "Wow, what an honor to represent the great ! We recently spent some time getting to know Collin and walked away feeling like family. Big things coming this year!"

Entercom Country WDSY, Y 108/Pittsburgh will host five monthly music events, titled the "Red Dirt Revival Concert Series," in conjunction with its recently-launched "Red Dirt Revival" radio program.  The concert series will run until September and is set to feature Aaron Watson, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Eli Young BandRay Wylie Hubbard with Wade Bowen.

"As the nation's leaders in live, original, local audio content, we are pleased to bring Texas Country music stars to Pittsburgh this Summer," said Entercom/Pittsburgh SVP/Market Manager Michael Young. "We have received a tremendous interest in the genre since the launch of 'Red Dirt Revival' radio and are excited to partner with Lord & Thorn Publishing and Wild Things Park to bring this event to life." 

For additional details and ticketing, visit the Y108 website here.

Premiere Networks nationally syndicated "the Bobby Bones Show" host Bobby Bones has recently talked about his upcoming book, "Fall Until You Don't: Fight. Grind. Repeat," set to hit shelves on Tuesday, June 19.   sophomore book release features a collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.  Beginning today (3/15) at noon (CT), fans who order the boook by 1 p.m. (CT here and provide proof of purchase will be eligible to be includled in its acknowledgements.

"I want people to see that other people are failing, too," Bones noted. "Instagram isn’t real life. I wrote this book so people could see they weren’t alone. I wrote this book to give people the tools to use failure to their advantage. This book will probably be a failure, too, and that’s (okay)!" 

Jeff Horn has joined Adams Radio/Tallahassee as OM as well as PD Country WWOF, 103.1 The Wolf.  Horn replaces Gregory "Big Moose" Juszczyk who recently relocated.

VP/GM Hank Kestenbaum said, "We are thrillled to ahve Jeff on our team.  Jeff has spent 30 years in Tallahassee radio and his prior experience in Country Radio and in similar positions made him the perfect candidate for us, not to mention we have a prior history together. I guess you could say we put the band back together!"

said, “It is so exciting to be back in country radio and even more exciting to be with Adams Radio and The Wolf! I can hardly wait to dive in!"

Songwriter/SmackSongs CEO/Monument Co-President, Shane McAnally (left) is fighting a dispute with ASCAP, saying PRO owes him more than $1 million.  McAnally resigned from ASCAP in 2013 and signed with Global Music Rights.  According to a press release from McAnally's attorney, KTR Law Group's Jason Turner, says, "Upon his termination of his agreement with ASCAP, McAnally believes they began to retaliate with an inexplicable delay in rendering statements to him – withholding accountings and payments for over nine months. When the delayed statements finally arrived, McAnally’s royalties, including royalty payments for current hit songs such as "Take Your Time" co-written and performed by Sam Hunt, dropped precipitously. Although ASCAP continued to license eight more No. 1 country radio hits written by McAnally to radio after his departure, all of those hits resulted in a significantly lower payment to McAnally than to any of his ASCAP co-writers for the same songs, in the same period on the same radio stations." 

In response, ASCAP President Paul Williams says, "Shane's claims are completely untrue and it's disappointing to see him and his team resort to this kind of dishonest PR campaign. ASCAP is of, by and for creators. As creators, our member-elected Board cares deeply for all of our songwriters and we act for the greatest good of all concerned, whether hugely successful or just starting out. For 104 years, the most celebrated of America's songwriters have counted on that fairness. Shane was paid all of the money he was owed after he left ASCAP and went to GMR according to rules that are available to any member. He had the opportunity to make his case in front of the independent Board of Review, which is made of his songwriter and publisher peers that are elected by our membership. He will again have the chance to make his case through outside arbitration. I hate to see any songwriter disappointed, but in this case, has been treated and compensated fairly."

03/15/2018 10:31 AM
iHeart Reaches An Agreement
iHeartMedia has reached an agreement in principle with holders of more than $10 billion of its outstanding debt and its financial sponsors.  The agreement reflects, "widespread support across the capital structure for a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that will reduce iHeartMedia’s debt by more than $10 billion."

“iHeartMedia has created a highly successful operating business, generating year-over-year revenue growth in each of the last 18 consecutive quarters. We have transformed a traditional broadcast radio company into a true 21st century multi-platform, data-driven, digitally-focused media and entertainment powerhouse with unparalleled reach, products and services now available on more than 200 platforms, and the iHeartRadio master brand that ties together our almost 850 radio stations, our digital platform, our live events, and our 129 million social followers,” said Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman. “The agreement we announced today is a significant accomplishment, as it allows us to definitively address the more than $20 billion in debt that has burdened our capital structure. Achieving a capital structure that finally matches our impressive operating business will further enhance iHeartMedia's position as America’s #1 audio company.”

To implement the balance sheet restructuring contemplated by the agreement in principle, iHeartMedia and certin of its subsidiaries, including iHeartCommunications, Inc., have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.  Clear Channel OUtdoor HOldings, Inc and its subsidiaries did not commence Chapter 11 proceedings.

Songwriter and producer Amy Jack an Oklahoma native, delivers a compelling and positive message of a ‘Single-Girl-Can-Do’. This upbeat and driving track “Jack Of All Trades” colors traditional imagery of tractors, cutoff jeans and tank tops, overlaying current trending messages of the strong independent contemporary single woman, touting the mantra.

Jack says, “
The song’s lyrics shows side by side pictures of femininity and the hard-working single woman with earthy lyrics. Chugging from a garden hose when she needs a drink, pushing the recurring theme, a single girl these days is a Jack Of All Trades.

Jack’s Career highlights include the 2018 Winter Olympic's 'Team USA WinterFest' performances presented by Hershey's, in Dallas and Nashville,  National Anthem for MLB and penned song “Born To Lead” the featured soundtrack to NCAA’s "Rotary Lombardi Awards."

Jack is anticipating the release of her forthcoming Merle Haggard-Ace Otten produced LP.

Songwriter Kyle Rife has signed a publishing deal with Spirit Music Nashville.  Rife has co-written songs with Jeffery Steele, Mac McAnally, Darius Rucker and Spirit's own Frank Rogers, and has performed with Rucker, Tayor Swift, Kid Rock and ZZ Top.

Great work by Scotty McCreery and Premiere Networks nationally syndicated "CMT After Midnite" host Cody Alan, who visited young patients and their families in the Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  During the visit, McCreery talked with Alan about his upcoming "Seasons Change" album, mentoring contestants on this season of ABC-TV'S "American Idol," and more. McCreery also performed many of his songs, including his first #1 hit, "Five More Minutes."

The interview will air on "CMT After Midnite" and "CMT Radio Live" this Friday, March 16, the day "Seasons Change" is released.

Jason Aldean will amp up his Atlanta tour stop on the "High Noon Neon Tour" with a one-night-only lineup at SunTrust Park, the new Atlanta Braves stadium.  The show will feature a reunion of Hootie and the Blowfish with support acts Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina.  The stadium will take place on Saturday, July 21 and tickets go on sale next Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. (ET) via Aldean's website and Live Nation.

"Out of all the shows we've played, I know this show is going to be a career defining moment," said Aldean during a press conference earlier today (3/14). "We haven't had a chance to play Atlanta in a couple years in anticipation of this show, and I know this night is going to mean a lot to my family and me. I've followed the Braves my whole life...was even at the '95 game when they clinched the World, this is a huge, full-circle moment for me."    

Although Ron Keyes left his psot as a morning show personality at Townsquare Media Country KEKB/Grand Junction, CO in January.  He still took home a two honors at a recent Colorado Broadcasters Association awards ceremony, including Best Morning Show in a Major Market and Best Station Personality in a Major Market.

Keyes is looking for his next broadcasting opportunity.  Get in touch with him here

Entercom has added Market Manager duties for its New York cluster for San Francisco and Sacramento Regional President Susan Larkin, effective April 9.  Larkin will continue with her West Coast duties while running the New York operation.

In addition, Gregory Nemitz will be promoted to SVP/MM April 1 in San Francisco, reporting to Larkin.  Kieran Geffert will be promoted to VP/Director of Sales also at the San Francisco cluster.  SVP/MM Jeff Federman will add regional oversight of the Southern California markets, including San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs.

"We are thrilled to have Susan take on the market manager role for Intercom New York” said COO Weezie Kramer. “She has demonstrated incredible leadership skills and is a strong, strategic player who builds great teams and drives outstanding results. With her energy and experience, there is no better person to take on the management responsibility in America’s #1 media market.”
“I am looking forward to joining Entercom/New York,” said Larkin.  “As a native New Yorker, it is exciting to be home and at the center of the media universe, representing some of Entercom’s most iconic brands, including (News) 1010 WINS and (Sports) WFAN.”

A fourth extension to the negotiations was announced Wednesday morning (March14) as iHeart and lenders continue day-to-day negotiations to restructure iHeart's $20 billion of debt.  The latest extension was the second 24-our extension.  It expires at 11:59 tonight.

That's because another extension of the forbearance agreement was signed by iHeart and lenders on Monday, however it was only for 24 hours, and it expired last night at 11:59.  It was the third extension.  Following each extension, news of progress-or lack of progress-has come out early the next morning.  That didn't happen this morning at the typical time of about 7 a.m.

The first two extensions were followed by three more days of negotiations.  This third extension was extended by only one day. That could indicate that the two sides are close to an agreement.  It could also indicate they are ot close and there's a bankruptcy filing to follow.

Both sides have been swapping "term sheets" for several months now but have been unable to agree on a final plan for the restructure.  What seems to the the goal is for iHeart to come out of the negotiations with about $5.75 billion in new debt as opposed to the $20 billion it has been unable to trim down for several years.  The other possibility is that an agreement cannot be reached and the company has to file for bankruptcy.

iHeart skipped a $106 million interest payment on February 1 which set off a 30-day clock before a possible default.  Just as that 30 days was about to expire, the two sides agreed to a 72-hour extension to continue to try to negotiate a deal.  Another $138 million in interest payments also went unpaid by iHeart on March 1, setting off another 30-day clock on a possible default, as the two sides continued discussing a possible agreemetn to restructure iHeart's debt.

More to come.

Cold River Records (CRR) has named their Manager/West Coast Radio Promotion Taylor Eschbach for the newly-created position of Director/Creative.  Eschbach has been with CRR for four years.  In her new role she will continue to work with a select of East Coast radio stations in addition to her newly added responsibilities.  

"Taylor has proven to be invaluable to the huge future ahead at the label," said CRR SVP John Ettinger.  "Taylor is diving deep into the creative community of Nashville, looking for artists, writers, and songs that will form the core of our success going forward." Congratulate Eschbach here.

At the same time, CRR has added Jenna Johnson as Manager of the West Coast Radio Promotion to succeed Eschbach.  Johnson joions from Empire Broadcasting Country KRTY/San Jose, CA where she served as Asst. to VP/Sales Tina Ferguson as well as handling Director of Creative Services and weekend on-air responsibilities.

"Jenna absolutely matches the energy and passion of the team at Cold River," said Ettinger. "We are very excited to introduce her to radio." 

Added Johnson, "I couldn't be more excited to join the team at Cold River Records. I can't wait to hit the ground running and look forward to doing big things with this passionate group of people." 

Reach at 626-484-3382 or here

A man made a phone threat to iHeartMedia's Eau Claire, WI offices leading to a suspect facing possible charges, reports the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

The caller to the six-station cluster left a threatening message that was on the company's voice mail when employees came to work on Monday (3/12).  The message included the man's name and phone number.  Police contacted the man, who said the call was a joke and not intended to make anyone feel threatened.  The incident was referred to prosecutors for possible cahrges, but the man was not arrested.

The cluster includes Classic Country WATZ, Moose Country 106.7; Country WQRB, B-95/Eau Claire; Classic Hits WBIZ-A-W254CN, 98.7 The Brew; Top 40 WBIZ-FM, Z 100 and Classic Rock WMEQ FM, Classic Rock 92.1 and News Talk WMEQ-AM W292EG.

New Music Awards For the "New Mus
Thomas Rhett
ic Revolution" puts major muscle behind independent and major releases.  New Music Weekly manager, producer of The New Music Awards, has announced the winners of the 2018 New Music Awards.  This year’s NMAs honors artists/bands, radio programmers, radio station and the "behind the scene" music industry folks which include radio promotion, publicity/PR and record labels. 

The 2018 Country winners are:

Country Single of the Year
"Body Like A Back Road" Sam Hunt

Country Male Artist of the Year
Thomas Rhett

Country Female Artist of the Year
Maren Morris

Country Group of the Year

Country New Artist of the Year
Al & Trey

Country New Group of the Year

Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Eileen Carey

Country Radio Station of the Year
WPPL - Blue Ridge, GA

Country Program Director of the Year Mike
Ted Cramer/WIFE

Country Music Director of the Year Steve
Cory Higby/KWWR

Country Promotion of the Year
James Williams Promotions

Country Record Label of the Year
Big Machine/Universal

Other winners include:


TOP40 Single of the Year
"Shape Of You" Ed Sheeran

TOP40 Male Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars

TOP40 Female Artist of the Year
Camila Cabello

TOP40 Group of the Year
Portugal The Man

TOP40 New Artist of the Year
Garrett Young

TOP40 New Group of the Year
Walk The Moon

TOP40 Breakthrough Artist of the Year

TOP40 Radio Station of the Year
KPLT – Paris, TX

TOP40 Program Director of the Year
Jay McRae/KSPI

TOP40 Music Director of the Year
Russ Berreth/KKCK

TOP40 Promotion of the Year
All Access

TOP40 Record Label of the Year

College Artist of the Year

College Band of the Year
Cheap Trick

College Station of the Year
Classic Artists Today

College Program Director of the Year
Ray White/Classic Artists Today

College Promotion of the Year
Planetary Group

College Record Label of the Year


Crossover Artist of the Year
John Ratliff & Receptacle

Record Pool of the Year


Record Pool of the Year

03/13/2018 12:28 PM
Tillotson Exits KDRK
Mapleton/Spokane OM has left the seven-station cluster, which includes Country KDRK, after nearly five years. Reach him here.  No word on plans for his post.

Colonial's WVTT/Olean, NY has flipped to Country as "The Eagle," an extension of the brand used on the company's WAGL/Eldred PA and FM translator W256BS.  

"What we are doing is '80s, '90s and early 2000s, so the bullseye demo is a 45-year-old with a target of 35-64," owner says. "We're calling it Eagle Country throwbacks." Staff were not affected by the change.

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) announced the winners for its annual Broadcast Awards today (3/13), honoring excellence in Country radio.  Radio Awards are presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held on Saturday, April 14 in Las Vegas, the day prior to theACM Awards live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 on CBS-TV.

]National On-Air Personality Of The Year 

On-Air Personality Of The Year – Major Market
BUD AND BROADWAY -- WIL/ST. LOUIS                                                                

On-Air Personality Of The Year – Large Market

On-Air Personality Of The Year – Medium Market 
STEVE & GEOFF -- KUZZ/BAKERSFIELD                     

On-Air Personality Of The Year – Small Market

Radio Station Of The Year – Major Market

Radio Station Of The Year – Large Market      

Radio Station Of The Year – Medium Market

Radio Station Of The Year – Small Market

03/13/2018 11:07 AM
Mantel To Retire
Country Radio Hall of Famer and WRNS/Greenville, NC morning host Jim Mantel is retiring after seven years with the station and 36 years in radio.

"There are some things my wife and I would like to do and the constraints of strange hours and limited time off prevent that," he says. "Our daughters are not close enough to spend as much time as we'd like with them and I have a Harley that doesn't have near enough miles on it." 

Mantel's radio career began at KNFM/Odessa, TX with later stops including KRYS/Corpus Christi, KKBQ/Houston and WGAR/Cleveland, where he was named CMA Personality of the Year in 1993.  Mantel was inducted into the CRHoF last year.

As for the official retirement dates, "I've targeted the end of June," says Mantel.  "It's going to be a little scary. My wife and I have never shared a bathroom in the morning, so this could get messy!" The search is on for his replacement at WRNS. Airchecks and résumés here.

L-R: Seth England (Partner, Big Loud Records), Keith Gale (Good Company Entertainment),
Jon Andolina (Good Company Entertainment), Clay Hunnicutt (President, Big Loud Records),
Jake Owen, Joey Moi (Producer and Partner, Big Loud Records), Stacy Blythe (National
Promotion Director, Big Loud Records)

Photo Credit: Nick Swift For Big Loud Records
Big Loud recording artist Jake Owen is celebrating radio's tremendous support for his new single "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)." Over 130 monitored chart-reporting country radio stations added his new song on or before it's official impact date. "I Was Jack (You WEre Diane)" is the most-added recrod at country radio for a second conseutive week.

"I'm so ecstatic about the launch of this new music and single,” says Owen. “Big Loud Records has done an incredible job launching this new project for me and believing in who I am and what kind of music I'm drawn to make. Joey Moi, once again, helped elevate the song to a whole other level, and we are all fired up about this start to a great 2018. Thanks country radio for believing in me!”
Jake delivered a huge record and country radio showed up big for us,” adds Stacy Blythe, Big Loud’s National Promotion Director. “134 stations by add date is a debut we couldn’t even imagine. I’m very proud of this Big Loud family and this is just the start!”
Clay Hunnicutt, President of Big Loud Records, expresses, “Thank you to everyone who has helped Jake and the Big Loud team get off to such an amazing start. This far exceeded our expectations. There’s a proven track record that Jake and Joey Moi make great music together, so we really shouldn’t be surprised.”

Owen's 2018 "Life's Whatcha Make It Tour" kicks off on May 15 in Chattanooga, TN at AT&T Field,with special guest Chris Janson and rising star Jordan Davis. Check it out here,,