industry members
Dave Hintz
marketing director   Envision Networks
Becky Palmer
B104.7 Morning Show Co-Host   iHeartMedia
Bob Pickett
KVET APD/MD   iHeartMedia
Kerry Wolfe
SVPP   iHeartMedia-WMIL
Justin Michael
Executive Producer   The Big Time with Whitney Allen

On July 25 at 12 pm (CT) CRB will continue  its webinar series" CRS360 with "County Radio 2019: Mid-Year Ratings and State of the Format Report." The webinar is free to participants.

The session will take a look at how Country radio is doing thus far in 2019 examing national shaares in key demos, comparing PPM and diary-measured markets and highlighting success stories across the country. Other tops will include potential strong trends in music will as well as how Country radio can better compete.

Katie Dean MCA SVP/Promo will be the moderator and panelists will include KNCI/Sacamento PD Joey Tack, KILT/Houston PD Chris Huff. Interested parties may register for the webinar here.

Congrats to CMA Fest that had another record breaking year generating a record $65 million in direct visitor spending. This is an increase of 6% over last year's $61.2 million for the four-day festival.

According to CMA CEO Sarah Trahern (left) "We're incredibly proud that CMA Fest offers us the opportunity to support music education while also making a positive economic impact on the city of Nashville. "This year, we welcomed visitors from all 50 states and a record 37 international countries. A multi-day event of this size wouldn't be possible without the engagement from our entire community. Pre-sale passes for next year's festival are already outpacing recent years, and we look forward to introducing our city to even more visitors from around the globe in 2020."

CMA Fest is the largest annual tourism event in Nashville. Each night there are concerts at Nissan Stadium and they were all sold out. More than 50,000 people were in attendance each night.

Attendance was up in out of town visitors and decreased slightly with locals. The top six states visitors traveled from were Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York. International attendees came from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, India and Switzerland.

Next year's CMA Fest will be held from June 4-7.

Kelse Schmid, former Losers Bar and Grill Chief Strategy Officer has launched Konrad Company. Her new venture is a consulting firm specializing in event and hospitality operations.

Schmid is a special events planner and throughout her career she has produced events for clients including UMGN, Sony, WME and Big Loud.

07/19/2019 9:40 AM
These Gigs Now Open
WKKW/Morgantown is looking for a night personality. This person do weekend air shifts, appearances, off-station voice tracking, shift production, live calls and social networking. The right candidate should also have knowledge and experience with with Wide Orbit Automation and Adobe Audition.

Interested? You can submit resumes and airchecks to West Virginia Radio Director of Human Resources, Jody Hart here.

In addition, Townsquare's WYRK in Buffalo and AC sister WMSX are looking for a part time fill-in talent with at least three years of experience. Candidates should send resumes and airchecks to Brand Manager Chris Crowley here.

07/19/2019 9:00 AM
New Hot Tips From The Pros
Here is the latest from Brian Wright, Program/Media Consultant for Audience Development Group in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Be sure to check out “Marketing Your Station” Now. 

KILT/Houston, The Morning Bull's morning team has worked through the governmental red tape (imagine!) and will broadcast live from NASA's Johnson Space Center Mission control today (7/19).  This is to commerate Saturday's (7/20) 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The team will interview employees that worked with the historic landing and recent restoration of Mission Control room.

You can stream the station and listen here.

AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  7/18/19
Subscribers Added:  7/18/19
Subscriber Format SU 18 FA 18 WI 19 SP 19
KQXL-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 13.5 12.9 15.7 11.5
WEMX-FM Urban Contemporary 12.0 11.2 11.6 10.0
WFMF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 5.4 5.5 5.8 8.0
WYNK-FM Country 6.1 5.0 5.0 6.8
WRQQ-FM Classic Hits 2.6 3.7 2.2 3.8
WJBO-AM News Talk Information 3.7 1.8 3.9 3.3
WRKF-FM News Talk Information * 2.6 3.2 3.2
KRVE-FM Adult Contemporary 3.7 4.2 3.2 3.0
WXOK-AM Gospel 2.9 2.8 3.2 2.9
KVDU-FM Adult Hits 1.2 1.8 0.7 1.6
WYLD-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 1.3 1.8 1.4 1.3
KHXT-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 1.7 2.1 1.4 1.0
KSMB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio * 0.5 * 0.4
KRVE-FM HD3 Contemporary Christian * * 0.1 *
WFMF-FM HD2 News Talk Information 0.9 0.5 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  7/18/19
Subscribers Added:  7/18/19
Subscriber Format SU 18 FA 18 WI 19 SP 19
WHAS-AM News Talk Information 6.0 7.2 9.1 7.8
WAMZ-FM Country 6.0 6.0 5.1 7.4
WGZB-FM Urban Contemporary 5.7 7.6 5.9 6.7
WMJM-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 4.1 4.2 5.1 5.2
WDJX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.4 5.1 5.3 5.0
WQNU-FM New Country 4.3 4.3 4.9 5.0
WFPL-FM News Talk Information * 4.6 4.2 4.4
WSFR-FM Classic Hits 5.4 4.2 4.9 4.3
WVEZ-FM Adult Contemporary 3.6 4.6 4.9 4.3
WQMF-FM Mainstream Rock 4.0 4.3 3.3 3.7
WNRW-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 3.4 3.0 2.9 3.0
WXMA-FM Adult Hits 2.5 2.5 2.2 2.3
WTFX-FM Urban Contemporary 1.5 1.7 1.7 1.8
WFPK-FM Album Adult Alternative * 1.6 1.3 1.7
WLGX-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 2.2 1.9 1.6 1.7
WRKA-FM Rhythmic AC 2.0 2.7 1.2 1.4
WUOL-FM Classical * 1.9 1.3 1.2
WKJK-AM News Talk Information 0.7 1.4 0.7 1.1
WLCL-FM All Sports 0.7 0.4 0.8 0.9
WKRD-AM All Sports 0.7 0.7 1.6 0.8
WGHL-FM Alternative 1.9 1.1 0.9 0.6
WHBE-AM All Sports 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.6
WLGX-FM HD2 Contemporary Christian * 0.4 0.4 0.3
WFPL-FM Stream News Talk Information * 0.1 * 0.1
WQMF-FM HD2 Active Rock * * 0.1 *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  7/18/19
Subscribers Added:  7/18/19
Subscriber Format SU 18 FA 18 WI 19 SP 19
WYLD-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 9.9 11.8 12.3 12.3
WQUE-FM Urban Contemporary 11.4 11.8 11.2 10.4
WLMG-FM Adult Contemporary 6.9 7.8 5.9 5.8
WRNO-FM News Talk Information 4.2 4.7 5.2 5.8
WNOE-FM Country 5.8 4.5 5.4 5.0
WWL-FM News Talk Information 4.0 6.4 4.6 5.0
WEZB-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 4.7 4.0 4.8 3.9
WKBU-FM Classic Rock 5.5 4.1 4.1 3.4
KMEZ-FM Urban Adult Contemporary 3.9 4.1 3.0 3.1
WWNO-FM News Talk Information * 2.7 3.7 2.9
KVDU-FM Adult Hits 1.6 1.6 1.5 2.1
WYLD-AM Gospel 1.6 1.1 2.0 2.1
WWOZ-FM Variety * 1.4 1.8 1.8
WWWL-AM Urban Oldies 1.1 0.7 1.3 1.4
WZRH-FM Alternative 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.4
WRNO-FM HD2 Urban Oldies 0.9 0.8 1.0 1.1
WFMF-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.9
WBOK-AM Talk/Personality * 0.4 0.8 0.8
WBSN-FM Contemporary Christian * 1.3 1.0 0.8
WRKN-FM Country * 0.5 * 0.7
WWNO-FM HD2 Classical * 0.2 0.5 0.3
WYNK-FM Country 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.3
WEMX-FM Urban Contemporary * 0.2 * 0.2
WODT-AM All Sports 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
KTLN-FM Variety * * * 0.1
KVDU-FM HD2 Spanish Tropical 0.4 0.2 0.5 0.1
WNOZ-FM New AC (NAC)/Smooth Jazz * * 0.2 0.1
KKND-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.9 * * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  7/18/19
Subscribers Added:  7/18/19
Subscriber Format SU 18 FA 18 WI 19 SP 19
KJYO-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 8.2 6.2 7.4 6.5
KOMA-FM Classic Hits 7.1 6.1 6.7 6.5
KTST-FM New Country 5.3 4.3 5.3 5.7
KJKE-FM New Country 4.1 4.1 3.7 4.8
KMGL-FM Adult Contemporary 4.5 5.4 6.9 4.8
KATT-FM Mainstream Rock 5.3 4.3 5.8 4.6
KXXY-FM Classic Country 3.5 3.2 3.5 4.3
KYIS-FM Hot Adult Contemporary 3.1 3.1 3.8 3.6
KTOK-AM News Talk Information 3.4 3.1 3.5 3.4
WWLS-FM All Sports 3.1 4.1 4.0 3.3
KGOU-FM News Talk Information * 3.3 2.4 2.5
KQOB-FM Adult Hits 1.8 2.1 2.0 2.4
KBRU-FM Classic Rock 2.9 2.2 2.4 2.2
KKWD-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 2.5 2.4 1.4 1.9
KTUZ-FM Mexican Regional 2.7 1.8 1.4 1.9
KUCO-FM Classical * 1.5 1.5 1.9
KNAH-FM Country 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.8
KOMA-FM HD3 Urban Oldies 1.3 2.0 0.8 1.8
KRXO-FM All Sports 1.3 2.6 1.7 1.5
KOSU-FM News Talk Information * 1.4 1.1 1.0
KRXO-FM HD2 Classic Rock 0.7 0.8 1.0 1.0
KRXO-FM HD3 Spanish Adult Hits 1.0 1.6 0.5 0.9
KOMA-FM HD2 Alternative 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.8
KZTH-FM Contemporary Christian * 0.2 * 0.5
KOKC-AM News Talk Information 0.6 0.2 0.5 0.4
KBRU-FM HD2 Mexican Regional 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.2
WKY-AM Spanish Sports 0.1 0.1 * 0.2
KEBC-AM All Sports * * 0.1 0.1
KJTH-FM Contemporary Christian * * * 0.1
KZLS-AM News Talk Information 0.1 * * 0.1
KGHM-AM All Sports * 0.2 0.1 *
KWPN-AM All Sports * * 0.2 *
KXTH-FM Contemporary Christian * 0.5 * *
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
Data Released:  7/18/19
Subscribers Added:  7/18/19
Subscriber Format SU 18 FA 18 WI 19 SP 19
WKAQ-AM News Talk Information 9.1 9.9 9.2 8.6
WZNT-FM Spanish Tropical 5.4 6.4 6.4 6.7
WODA-FM Latino Urban 4.0 5.0 5.2 6.1
WMEG-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 3.9 4.4 5.6
WKAQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 6.3 5.4 3.9 4.8
WXYX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.8
WERR-FM Contemporary Christian 2.8 2.2 3.1 2.8
WNVM-FM Spanish Contemporary Christian 1.6 1.6 2.1 2.3
WNOD-FM Latino Urban 1.7 1.6 2.1 2.2
WEGM-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 1.7 1.0 1.4 1.5
WUKQ-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio 2.0 2.2 1.3 1.3
WZMT-FM Spanish Tropical 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.6
WIOB-FM Spanish Tropical 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.5
WRXD-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.5
WRTU-FM Variety * 1.0 * 0.4
WNVI-AM Spanish Contemporary Christian * * * 0.3
WYEL-AM News Talk Information 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.3
WELX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio * * * 0.1
WRUO-FM Variety * * * 0.1
WUKQ-AM News Talk Information 0.1 0.1 * 0.1
WXLX-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio * * * 0.1
*Data are not available for this station/survey.
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NAB announces the 2019 nominees for the annual Marconi awards to be presented at the Radio Show in Dallas on September 26.

There are two new categories being introduced. They are
Legendary Manager of the Year," “Best Radio Station Podcast" and “Noncommercial Station of the Year” is now called “Best College Station of the Year”.

Winners will be announced September 26 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, taking place during the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.

The categories and nominees are:

KILT-FM, Houston, TX
KSCS-FM, Dallas, TX
KUBL-FM, Salt Lake City, UT
KYGO-FM, Denver, CO
WQHK-FM, Fort Wayne, IN

KCBS-AM, San Francisco, CA
KNX-AM, Los Angeles, CA
KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA
WBAL-AM, Baltimore, MD
WBAP-AM, Dallas, TX

Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting, College Station, TX
Charlie Morgan, WQHT-FM, WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM, New York, NY
Dan Seeman, Hubbard Twin Cities and Hubbard North, St. Paul, MN
Mark Anderson, WBZZ-FM and WDSY-FM, Pittsburgh, PA
Nick Martin, Big River Broadcasting, Florence, AL

Bob Lacey & Sheri Lynch, Now Media
Elvis Duran, Premiere Networks
Rickey Smiley, Reach Media, Inc.
Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Networks
Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks

Ebro Darden, WQHT-FM, New York, NY
Ellen K, KOST-FM, Los Angeles, CA
Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
Preston & Steve, WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA
The Musers, KTCK-AM, Dallas, TX

Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
Jack Harris, WFLA-AM, Tampa, FL
Mercedes Martinez, KMXB-FM, Las Vegas, NV
Mike Calta, WHPT-FM, St. Petersburg, FL
Mojo, WKQI-FM, Detroit, MI

Brent Lane, WYCT-FM, Pensacola, FL
Buzz Jackson, KIIM-FM, Tucson, AZ
Harlen The Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob, KYKX-FM, Tyler, TX
Jeff and Amanda, WKRZ-FM, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Mike Street, WBTJ-FM, Richmond, VA

Brent Carl Fleshman, WHUB-FM, Cookeville, TN
Chris and Rosie, WUSQ-FM, Winchester, VA
Glenner Anderson, KXLR-FM, Fairbanks, AK
Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
Shags & Trevor, KCMG-FM, Columbia, MO

KIIS-FM, Los Angeles, CA
WKYS-FM, Washington, D.C.
WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.
WWPR-FM, New York, NY
WYCD-FM, Detroit, MI

KOA-AM, Denver, CO
KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
KQMV-FM, Bellevue, WA
WMTX-FM, Tampa, FL
WXTB-FM, Tampa, FL

KIPR-FM, Little Rock, AR
KRMG-FM, Tulsa, OK
WHKO-FM, Dayton, OH
WKHK-FM, Richmond, VA
WSSL-FM, Greenville, SC

KFGO-AM, Fargo, ND
KROX-AM, Crookston, MN
KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY
WNDH-FM, Napoleon, OH
WXLP-FM, Davenport, IA

“Behind the Song,” WDRV-FM, Chicago, IL
“Denied Justice Podcast,” WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, MN
“Garage Logic,” Hubbard Radio, St. Paul, MN
“On the Table,” NET, Lincoln, NE
“What Had Happened Was,” WHIO-FM, Dayton, OH

KODA-FM, Houston, TX
KRWM-FM, Bellevue, WA
WBZZ-FM, Pittsburgh, PA
WMAG-FM, Greensboro, NC
WSHE-FM, Chicago, IL

KRBE-FM, Houston, TX
KTXY-FM, Columbia, MO
WKZL-FM, Greensboro, NC
WQHT-FM, New York, NY
WWPW-FM, Atlanta, GA

WMGK-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WMJI-FM, Cleveland, OH
WMMO-FM, Orlando, FL
WOGL-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WXGL-FM, St. Petersburg, FL

WHPC-FM, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
WMSC-FM, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
WRCC-FM, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
WRHU-FM, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
WSOU-FM, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA
KTMY-FM, St. Paul, MN
WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL
WINS-AM, New York, NY
WKXW-FM, Trenton, NJ

KKFS-FM, Sacramento, CA
KKJM-FM, St. Cloud, MN
KNWI-FM, West Des Moines, IA
KPWJ-FM, College Station, TX
WRVL-FM, Lynchburg, VA

KISS-FM, San Antonio, TX
WCSX-FM, Detroit, MI
WIYY-FM, Baltimore, MD
WPLR-FM, New Haven, CT
WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI

KLNZ-FM, Phoenix, AZ
KLOL-FM, Houston, TX
KLZT-FM, Austin, TX
WOJO-FM, Chicago, IL
WYUU-FM, Tampa, FL

KFXN-FM, Minneapolis, MN
WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
WIP-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WKRK-FM, Cleveland, OH
WXYT-FM, Detroit, MI

KBLX-FM, San Francisco, CA
WBLS-FM, New York, NY
WGCI-FM, Chicago, IL
WHQT-FM, Hollywood, FL
WPEG-FM, Charlotte, NC

07/18/2019 1:45 PM
Emmis Promotes Ellis
Beth Ellis has been prmoted at Emmis Communications Corporation.  She previously served as Corporate Counsel
and VP and Corporate Counsel to Emmis. Prior to this she worked as VP and Corporate Counsel at Emmis.

Ken Ehrlich, Grammy Award producer, is going back to leading the charge of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.  This is his 40th and last show.

Ben Winston, CBS's Late Late Show co-exec producer will take over the reins beginning in 2021. 

George King
Cumulus Media's Westwood One has promoted two key executives in its 24-Hour Formats
Eric Sundstrom

George King will rise to VP/GM from VP/Programming for Country.  He will oversee all programming and affiliate management for the 24-Hour Formats.  He will be focusing on growth in new markets.

24-Hour format veteran Eric Sundstrom has been named the new VP of Affiliate Sales. He held the position of Regional Affiliate Manager. King will report to Kirk Striland, President, Programming, Westwood One. Sundstrom will report to King.

“George i
s both a gifted, experienced programmer and a big strategic thinker, and he’ll bring both skills to bear with our customers at 24-Hour Formats,” commented Stirland. “Very few people understand the local radio marketplace like Eric, which makes him a smart choice for this leadership role. With George and Eric at the helm, we’ll continue to bring high-quality radio to the traditional 24-hour format marketplace, as well make an impact in larger markets that require different features and qualities.”

Before joining Westwood One in 2014, King was Regional Operations Manager for Townsquare in Ft. Collins, CO. He also worked for Cox and Clear Channel in San Antonio and worked WMZQ in Washington, DC. He has worked with Westwood One for more than 20 years.

I’d like to thank Kirk Stirland, Charles Steinhauer, and Suzanne Grimes for this opportunity and for having the confidence in me to take on this new role,” said King. “We are proud to be the leader in the field, and we will continue to deliver best-in-class 24-hour content to radio stations nationwide.”     


07/18/2019 10:56 AM
BMG Sgns Sean Stemaly
Sean Stemaly, singer/songwriter, has signed a publishing agreement with BMG Nashville. He has also signed with WME for representation globally. WME will work Stemaly in music, film, television, books, branding and endorsements. 

Big Loud Management's Lex Lipsitz and Chief Zaruck handle management of Stemaly.

Stemaly hails from Western Kentucky. He grew up on the Southern Indiana border and his family ran a land development company and a farm. He spent alot of time on tractors and machines and explains that while he worked he would listen and sing to the old 90s country songs. He began singing at nineteen and writing songs at 22. He relocated to Nashville and since then has written more than 100 songs.  He's performed with LANCO, HARDY, RaeLynn, Cody Johnson and more.

Last February he released his single "Georgia." He co-wrote with Ryan Robinette, Davis Branch, and Sam Grayson and co-produced it with Lex Lipsitz.

After two weeks since
Lee Brice and wife, Sara
"Rumor" made it to #1 on the Billboard and Mediabase charts, it's now gone RIAA platinum.  

I have to shout out our incredible fans who have supported 'Rumor' by tuning in, downloading, streaming and coming to see our shows," Brice said earlier this month. "And… have you seen the video?  That was one of my favorite things about this song — it stars my gorgeous wife, Sara."

Brice recently surpassed 14 million career certifications by the RIAA. This is thanks to six Number one hits, eight Platinum singles, one Platinum album, two Gold albums and a pair of Gold-selling singles.


NuVooDoo will be holding their fall webinar series "How To Win The Workplace War in 2019," based on its new Ratings Prospects Study 14. The webinar series kicks off on Wednesday July 24.  Subsequent dates include Wednesday, July 31 and Monday, August 5.  Interested participants can reserve here.

The study was done in June and reflects opinions of over 3,000 individuals ages 14-54 in PPM markets. The study found that 60% of potential ratings respondents are radio listeners in the workplace. Those at-work listeners are listening to terrestrial radio for more hours and days.


07/18/2019 10:18 AM
Miranda Lambert Roaring Back
Miranda Lambert is back with her new single "It All Comes Out In The Wash." It drops today on radio stations nationwide.  This is Lambert's first new solo music in nearly three years.

When we were little, our moms would say ‘let’s not worry about a stain.’ Everyone goes through times in life that are difficult and has moments that they wish would pass,” said Lambert, who co-wrote the track alongside The Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose). “This song is a mix of scenarios that we have all either been a part of or have seen, and is a fun reminder that hard times do eventually pass.”

She also released "Locomotive," which Lambert says is a "Total country punk rock" track. She wrote it with Ashley Monroe and K.S. Rhodes. She debuted the song at the CMA Fest in June.

She will be on the road for her "Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour" this fall. Special guests will include Maren Morris and Elle King and the Pistol Annies.

Upcomng Miranda Tour Dates include:

Fairs and Festivals:
Thursday, July 18                     Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s || Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Wednesday, July 24                 Cheyenne Frontier Days || Cheyenne, Wyo.*
Friday, August 2                      Watershed Festival || George, Wash. (Pistol Annies)
Saturday, August 10                 Boots & Hearts Music Festival || Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Friday, August 16                     Country Thunder Alberta || Calgary, Alberta
Friday, August 30                     The Great Allentown Fair || Allentown, Penn.
Saturday, August 31                  Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa || Atlantic City, N.J.
Featuring Elle King, Pistol Annies and Caylee Hammack:
Friday, September 13               Mohegan Sun Arena || Uncasville, Conn.
Saturday, September 14           Mohegan Sun Arena || Uncasville, Conn.
Thursday, September 19          Van Andel Center || Grand Rapids, Mich.
Friday, September 20               Huntington Center || Toledo, Ohio
Saturday, September 21           BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University || Highland Heights, Ky.
Featuring Elle King, Pistol Annies and Tenille Townes:
Thursday, September 26          Royal Farms Arena || Baltimore, Md.
Friday, September 27               Charleston Coliseum || Charleston, W.Va.
Saturday, September 28           Nationwide Arena || Columbus, Ohio
Featuring Maren Morris, Pistol Annies and Tenille Townes:
Thursday, October 3                Cajundome || Lafayette, La.
Friday, October 4                     Smoothie King Center || New Orleans, La.
Saturday, October 5                 Centurylink Center || Bossier City, La.
Thursday, October 10              State Farm Center || Champaign, Ill.
Friday, October 11                    Pinnacle Bank Arena || Lincoln, Neb.
Saturday, October 12               Denny Sanford Premier Center || Sioux Falls, S.D.
Featuring Elle King, Pistol Annies and Ashley McBryde:
Thursday, October 17               Fargo Dome || Fargo, N.D.
Friday, October 18                    Fiserv Forum || Milwaukee, Wisc.
Saturday, October 19               Xcel Energy Center || Saint Paul, Minn.
Thursday, October 24              TaxSlayer Center || Moline, Ill.
Friday, October 25                   JQH Arena || Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, October 26               INTRUST Bank Arena || Wichita, Kan.
Featuring Maren Morris, Pistol Annies and Tenille Townes:
Thursday, November 7            John Paul Jones Arena || Charlottesville, Va.
Friday, November 8                 Colonial Life Arena || Columbia, S.C.
Saturday, November 9             Amway Center || Orlando, Fla.
Featuring Maren Morris, Pistol Annies and Ashley McBryde:
Thursday, November 21          VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena || Jacksonville, Fla.
Friday, November 22               Infinite Energy Arena || Duluth, Ga.
Saturday, November 23           Greensboro Coliseum || Greensboro, N.C.

KSCH in Sulphur Springs, TX is looking for a morning host; play by play experience is a plus. 

Interested? Send resumes and airchecks to OM Cary Eldridge here.

As was reported here, Joe Limardi OM/Brand Manager of Townsquare Poughkeepsie is leaving radio.  He will be joining Connecticut-based Half Full Brewery as Director/Brand Experiences. 

Limardi will keep his Townsquare email address for the near future and can also be reached here.

Lead Project Manager of Artist and Entertainment Matt Alese for Grayscale Marketing has been promoted.  He will be the new Lead Project Manager for both Brands and Entertainment divisions.

The position is new to the company.  He will oversee a team of 10 and will continue to report to COO Robert Hamm.

"We are excited for him to lead a larger team and continue developing as a leader," says CEO Tim Gray. "He has shown tremendous industry knowledge that our staff and clients benefit from on a daily basis."

Sony has announced they will be bringing Sony Music entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing under the same umbrella, Sony Music Group.  It will be headedup by SME CEO Rob Stringer. This change will take place on August 1, according to a memo to staff from President/CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. Sony/ATV Chairman/CEO Jon Platt will report to Stringer, who will remain CEO of the label side. Sony Music Entertainment Japan will remain separte and report to Yoshida.

In the memo, Yoshida said that the move is meant "to further strengthen and solidify Sony’s position as a leader in the music industry and create new value for the company. This unification will help us foster a higher level of collaboration between our recorded music and music publishing businesses, while respecting and maintaining the independence and unique culture of each organization."


Congrats to Eli Young Band (left) on their fourth career No. 1, for "Love Ain't." Some of Nashville's top songwriters joined them to celebrate on Monday afternoon (7-15) at Sutler. The Valory Music Company band commemorated their near 20-year journey with their first No. 1 song in nearly six years.

Co-writers Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman were all there. SMACKSongs' Robert Carlton said, "It's no surprise to see another No. 1 hit for you guys, I think it’s a bigger surprise that we got you all in one place at one time!” 

ASCAP's Beth Brinker and BMI's Josh Tomlinson were the hosts of the gathering. Pinnacle Bank's David Smith also announced that they had made a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in honor of the hit.  In addition, Endurance Music Group's Michael Martin announced a donation was also given to the Wounded Warrior Project and in honor of Copperman to Living Lives; Round Hill Music made a contribution to My LIfe Speaks in honor of Gorley and SMACKSongs made a donataion to Wounded Warrior Project.

Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta spoke highly of the band saying, "What Eli Young Band has done now for 20 years, how do you keep your band cool for 20 years? Well, you never veer from your artistic vision or the integrity of every note that you play.”

The band went on to thank writers, families and more and explained their years of frustration, tears as well and happiness and laughter.

Mike Eli shared onstage, “Something that we’ve been living by for a long time is, ‘Nothing comes easy.’ That’s just the truth – if it’s worth anything at all.” He continued, “At the end of the day, we wouldn’t be where we are now, we wouldn’t have what we have, and we wouldn’t be involved with the people that we’re involved with—I wouldn’t trade a day in our journey for overnight success.”


Kenny Chesney is the most added with his latest single "Tip of My Tongue." He earned 122 Mediabase adds, making it the most-added song in Country radio this week.

Great work by WMN SVP/Raido and Streaming Promotion Kristen Williams; VP/Raido and Streaming Tom Martens; VP/Raido and Streaming Marketing Chad Schultz; WEA National Director/Raido and Streaming Adrian Michaels, Radio and Straming Regional Managers Ray Mariner, Diane Monk, Shari Rother and Stephanie Hagerty and Coordinator/Radio and Streaming Kate Myers.  

Inductees to the Mausicians Hall of FAme and Museum in 2019 inlcude Alabama's Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen; Steve Wariner; Don Everly; Felix Cavaliere; The Surfaris, the Original Musicle Shoals Rhythm Section; The Players; the Muscle Shoals Horn Sectoin; Owen Bradley; Billy Sherrill and Bob Taylor. 

The Concert and Induction Ceremony is October 22 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. More here

Warner Chappell Music Nashville has signed an exclusive workwide publishing deal with Capitol Records Nashville recording artist, Mickey Guyton.

"Mickey’s authenticity and honesty comes through in her powerful songwriting, and really resonates” said Ben Vaughn, President and CEO, Warner Chappell Music Nashville. “She’s an incredible person, vocalist and entertainer. We are so excited to welcome her to the Warner Chappell Music family.”

“I have spent the last few years challenging myself to be more honest with my songwriting,” shares Mickey. “I’m so proud and honored that Ben and his team have recognized the work I have done on this soul-searching journey and have welcomed me into their family.”

Guyton's latest release is "Sister." In 2016 Guyton was nominated for the ACM's New Female Voclaist honor and she recenty joined in an all-female version of "I'm Standing With You," from the Breakthrough soundtrack with Chrissy Metz, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina and Maddie and Tae.

Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Lee Brice, David Lee Murphy, Michael Ray and Dean Dillon are some of the artists performing during the 2nd Annual Nashville Songwriters Awards September 17 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

Honorees include George Strait (2019 President's Keystone Award) , Loretta Lynn IKris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award)  and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (White Hat Award), as well as theh peer-voted Song, Songwriter and Songwriter-Artist of the Year and 10 Songs I Wish I'd Written.

More here.


Rezonant Music Publishing VP/Creative Rebekah Gordon has joined Black River Publishing as VP/Publishing. She reports to BRE President/CEO Gordon Kerr.

"Today is a great day for Black River Publishing," said Kerr. "To have such an outstanding person join our team is an honor. We look forward to all of the incredible ways that Rebekah will contribute to Black River and to the songwriting community through our writers.”

“I am beyond thrilled to begin this next chapter with Black River Entertainment and continue to build upon the stellar talent of the writers, artists and staff,” said Gordon. “Black River has created a truly unique and collaborative atmosphere, and the results speak for themselves. This is going to be fun!”

She's on the job. Get in touch with her here.

WUSN/Chicago APD/MD Marci Braun is adding night hosting duties, effective immediately. She fills in for Kimmie Caruba, who left yesterday (7/15). Braun joined in 2004 and has handled both nights and overnights during her time with the station. Get in touch with her here.

Caruba joined WUSN in 2016 following time with KMLE/Phoenix and top 40 sister KALV.

"I had nearly three wonderful years doing radio in my hometown of Chicago and I'm excited for the possibilities of what could come next," says Caruba. Get in touch with her at 630-335-3838 or here.

According to media reporter Robert Feder, the Entercom country music station is about to name morning team Doug Stylz and Justin Roman's replacement. They left the station two and a half months ago.  Jason Pullman, former morning personality at WUBL/Atlanta is to sign at US99 early next month, according to insiders. Pullman has worked in Atlanta for 10 years until last January. He has worked Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Detroit, St. Louis and San Francisco.

Speculation is that Pullman will be joined by Katie Bright.  As was reported here, Bright was. most recently the national director of promotion at Warner Music Nashville.  She worked radio in Nashville and Eau Claire, WI.

Since the departure of Stylz and Roman the station has been doing an all-music show.

In other US99 news, earlier this week they cut morning show producer and weekend host Tony Kelly. The move was described as part of a station restructuring under PD Kenny Jay. 

US99 has been country for 37 years and ranked 18th with a 2.7 share in the latest Nielsens. Its main competitor, iHeartMedia's WEBG 95.5 FM, ranked 25th with a 1.6 share.


As was reported here yesterday, Nashville-based instrument maker Gibson has hired Dendy Jarrett (left) as Executive Director of its charitable Gibson Foundation, which it is relaunching.  

The 501 (C)3) is committed to introducing, inspiring and amplifying the power of music, encouraging the creation and music and empowering music culture. The Gibson Foundation has provided thousands of guitars and donations totally over $30 million. They will be giving away a guitar a day for the next 1,000 days.

“The power of music has enriched every part of my life,” said Jarrett “To be able to create music programs and share the gift of music on a worldwide scale through the Gibson Foundation is a lifelong dream.”

“The Gibson Foundation is core to our past, present, and future,” said Gibson Pres./CEO James “JC” Curleigh. “The combination of a new foundation mission, amazing foundation partners, and new foundation leadership with Dendy sets us up to make a meaningful impact in the world of music going forward.”

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open Brooks and Dunn: Kings of Neon August 9. 

The two of them will also appear for Proud of hte House We Built: A Conversation with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Clarence Spalding August 24.

Details here.

Windows were hit by bullets in separate incidents at iHeartMedia/Washington DC, the City of Rockville, MD police confirmed.

Employees at the cluster that includes Top 40 WIHT, Hot 99.5, Alternative WWDC, DC 101, AC WASH and Country WMZQ were informed that "Three windows on the Rockville Pike side of the iHeartMedia building have been damaged; employees have been instructed to sit away from the windows," says the report. 

On Friday, July 12, sgt. Bill Nieberding, a spokesperson for the Rockville Police Department, said that police responded to an 11 a.m. call about a buillet that was found near a window and the window had a hole in it. He further said that the bullet may have been found an hour or two before the police were called, owever no one heard the shots.

Police are now looking at another incident that a building manager reported on July 8th.

Garth at Joe's in Chicago yesterday (7/15). 
Photo: Rob Grabowski/AP-Seen in "Chicago
Garth Brooks packed Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago Monday night (July 15) at the first in his series of upcoming Dive Bar concerts. Tickets were sold exclusively from Chicago's country stations US99 and Big 95.5.

Garth went live on Facebook for a pseicla Inside Studio G and asked for suggestions for his next dive bar on the seven-stp tour then took the stage and fans can tune in to his Inside Studio G. To find out where the next stop will be.

The event was also for a good cause, since Garth recently teamed with Seagram's 7 to declare this the "summer of Dive Bars." As part of the celebration, Brooks and Seagram's 7 have committed to securing 700,000 pledges this summer from dive bar patrons across the country at

Brooks performs the new single, "Dive Bar" tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, while he and Blake Shelton will perform the song for the first time in Boise, ID on July 19 as part of Garth's stadium tour.,,