August 17, 2010

» Mantel, McGinty Exit Cleveland: Clear Channel's WGAR/Cleveland morning host Jim Mantel and producer Tony McGinty have exited. Mantel had been with the station more than 18 years and can be reached here. McGinty, who can be contacted here, joined in 2005. PD Charley Connolly is seeking a new morning show and, in the interim, will handle wakeups with continuing morning teamer Laurie Hovater. Reach Connolly here.

» Quad An Opportunity: Clear Channel's WLLR/Quad Cities, IA-IL PD Jim O'Hara is seeking a new afternoon host as current PM driver Laura Lynn is taking the morning shift at Classic Hits KIYX/Dubuque, IA. Lynn has spent three years at WLLR and is leaving at the end of the month. O'Hara is looking for someone who is great on the air, enjoys producing and loves interacting with listeners in person and online. Send airchecks (60 seconds) and resumes here or via snail mail to O'Hara at WLLR, 3535 East Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA 52807. No calls, please.

» The Two-Day Show: The 2010 CMA nominees will be announced over two days beginning with Justin Moore and Chris Young Aug. 31 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The next day (9/1), Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will reveal nominees on ABC-TV's Good Morning America during the 8:30am ET segment. As for Broadcast Personality and Radio Station nods, Steel Magnolia will announce those Aug. 31, as well. Audio will be available via satellite and FTP from Premiere Radio Networks, and the CMT Insider Special Edition: 2010 CMA Awards Nominations will air Sept. 1 at 11am ET.

» Kids In The Hall: This year's Texas Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are George Jones, Ray Winkler and the late Al Dexter. The event's musical guest is Mel Tillis And The Statesiders. Ralph Emery hosts the ceremony at Carthage, TX's Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Theater Aug. 21.

» General Sessions: Capitol has released a Lady Antebellum seven-song EP exclusively to iTunes as part of the iTunes Sessions series. Unplugged versions of the trio's hits and a studio cover of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' "Learning To Fly" make up the collection. Download here.

» Draw Me A Map: Capitol's Dierks Bentley will host the fifth annual Nashville Miles & Music For Kids charity motorcycle ride Oct. 17. The ride kicks off at Harley-Davidson of Columbia (TN) and ends with a Riverfront Park concert by Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jerrod Niemann and others. Proceeds will benefit the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Details here.

» Wall Bling: The RIAA has issued gold certification for Jerrod Niemann's "Lover, Lover."

» Casey At The Bat: American Idol finalist Casey James has signed with 19/BNA. "I flew to New York to see him ‘live’ with the American Idols Live! Tour 2010, and I was blown away with his voice, guitar playing and stage presence ... and so were the thousands of fans in the amphitheatre," Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton says. James' debut album is due next year.

» Chronicle: Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of radio vet Brian Crader, who passed away Friday (8/13). He was 44. Crader worked at WIL/St. Louis from the late '80s to early '90s before relocating to Kansas City, where he worked at KFKF and became a 15-year vet of the Kansas City Police Department. A memorial service will be held in Columbia, MO over Labor Day weekend. For details, contact Crader's cousin, Adult Hits WARH & WIL's Jay Philpott, here.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Aug. 16:
  1. KEITH URBAN/I'm In (Capitol) 2171 points
  2. BLAKE SHELTON/All About Tonight (Reprise/WMN) 2165 points
  3. LEE BRICE/Love Like Crazy (Curb) 1950 points
  4. ZAC BROWN BAND/Free (Southern Ground/Atlantic/BPG) 1889 points
  5. BILLY CURRINGTON/Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer (Mercury) 1861 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Aug. 16:
  1. JARON & TLRTL/That's Beautiful To Me (Jaronwood/Uni Republic/Big Machine)
  2. ZAC BROWN BAND f/ALAN JACKSON/As She's Walking Away (Southern Ground/Atlantic/BPG)
  3. BRAD PAISLEY/Anything Like Me (Arista)
  4. JAMEY JOHNSON/Playing The Part (Mercury)
  5. DIERKS BENTLEY/Draw Me A Map (Capitol)

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (8/18): Patsy Cox, Allen Reynolds, Steve Wilkinson, Bill Black, Steven Goldmann, David Hall, Clint Marsh, Maurice Miner, Pat Surnegie, Nancy Shapiro.

» Tube Check Tomorrow (8/18): Randy Owen, Troy Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Jason Aldean, Jamie O'Neal, CMT Cribs (re-air).

» Fair Whether Fans: Show Dog-Universal's Randy Houser poses with the WLHK/Indianapolis crew at the station's first free stage event at the Indiana State Fair. Pictured (l-r) are label rep Jordan Pettit, PM driver Ernie Mills, morning show producer Kimsey Kerry, Promotions Dir. Lisa Aigner, Houser and OM/PD Bob Richards.

» Easton Allen: Mercury's Easton Corbin (c) soaks up the sun with WIRK/West Palm Beach APD/MD Sammy Cruise (l) and middayer Keith Van Allen.

» Coyote Mug-ly: Republic Nashville's The Band Perry hang with KCYE/Las Vegas staffers before the station's 2nd Annual Coyote CountryFest last weekend. Pictured (l-r) are label rep Lois Lewis, TBP's Neil Perry, PD Justin Chase, TBP's Kimberly Perry, night jock Paul Knight and TBP's Reid Perry.



















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