Country Aircheck
 August 27, 2009

» Upward Bound: Four-year Clear Channel/Cleveland President/Market Manager Mike Kenney is moving to Charlotte for the same duties of CC's five-station cluster including Country WKKT. A 38-year radio veteran, Kenney succeeds RVP/MM Morgan Bohannon, who has left the company. In Cleveland, CC Dir./Sales and 27-year broadcaster Gary Mincer is promoted to President/MM, including duties for Country WGAR, while sister WTAM GSM George Allen rises to DOS for the cluster.

» Nom Noms: The 2009 CMA nominees will be announced by Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack on ABC-TV's Good Morning America Sept. 9 during the 8:30am ET half-hour. That morning, Chuck Wicks will also announce the 2009 CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station Of The Year finalists in Small, Medium, Large and Major markets, as well as those for National Broadcast Personality. Wicks will make the audio address from Premiere Radio Networks' NY studios, available via satellite and FTP.

» Cloud Control: Former WPCV/Lakeland night host Chris Wolfe will join WWJO/St. Cloud, MN for mornings Sept. 8. He replaces Corey Wilson, who left the station to pursue opportunities outside of radio July 31 (CAT 7/17).

» Gig Alert: Clear Channel's WTNT/Tallahassee, FL AM driver Carson "Cash" Cornell is leaving the station Friday (8/28) to relocate to Ohio. He can be reached here. OM Jeff Horn is looking for a new morning show; send airchecks and resumes here.

» Reeebs! Bicoastal's KRKT/Albany, OR PD Scott Schuler, with the help of some friends, brought Reba to one deserving fan. After hearing of listener Kylie's troubled upbringing, lifelong devotion as a Reba fan and pregnancy-related inability to use the tickets she purchased to attend a local tour date, Schuler reached out to Valory's Chris Loss for an autograph. Loss passed the letter on to management, and in turn Kylie received a personal video message from Reba. Check it out here.

» Brotherly Love: Premiere's Big D And Bubba, in cahoots with Jake Owen, played matchmaker for Owen's twin brother Jarrod. The duo solicited photos and descriptions of female listeners, which Jake used to choose his brother's blind date. Watch Jarrod meet her here, with a little mood music from his brother.

» Stand Pat: SESAC Pres./COO Pat Collins has been elected President of Leadership Music's Board of Directors. Other officers include: Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy's Jamie Cheek as President-Elect; MTSU professor Beverly Keel as Secretary; and Wipperman Music Group's Tim Wipperman as Treasurer. A full list of board members can be found here.

» Gokey Dokey: American Idol's Danny Gokey tells Entertainment Weekly that he's going country. "It will be country," he says on choosing a genre for his music career. "Country is more about the message than it is about the twang. On the show, I always picked a song that had a message, and that's what country carries to me." Gokey is expected to make a formal announcement after the American Idols Live! 2009 tour wraps Sept. 15.

» Wet Ribs: Big Machine's Jack Ingram is partnering with KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauces and Marinades in a campaign to keep Americans grilling throughout the fall football season. Ingram will host "Eat and Greet" backstage barbecues on select tour dates beginning in September. He will also make public appearances and do media-driven programs in key markets.

» Err Check: Yesterday we incorrectly stated that Reba's new album Keep On Loving You was her first all-genre No. 1 debut. Duets debuted atop the Nielsen SoundScan Top 200, with more than 300,000 copies sold, the week of Sept. 18, 2007. We regret the error.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Aug. 26:

  1. JASON ALDEAN/Big Green Tractor (BBR) 2247 points
  2. RASCAL FLATTS/Summer Nights (Lyric Street) 2112 points
  3. RANDY HOUSER/Boots On (Universal South) 2110 points
  4. JUSTIN MOORE/Small Town USA (Valory) 2002 points
  5. GEORGE STRAIT/Living For The Night (MCA) 1848 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. 26:

  1. TAYLOR SWIFT/Fifteen (Big Machine)
  2. DARIUS RUCKER/History In The Making (Capitol)
  3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD/Simple Life (Roadrunner/Bigger Picture)
  4. TAYLOR SWIFT/Fifteen: TSA (Teen Service Announcement) (Big Machine)
  5. SCOTT LINDSEY/You Only Call Me When You're Drunk (Gray Trailer)

» Tube Check Tonight (8/27): Darius Rucker, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).

Tube Check Tomorrow (8/28): Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Rachael Ray (re-air) (syndicated); Gloriana, Good Morning America (ABC) and Today (NBC); Darryl Worley, Fox & Friends (FOX News).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (8/28): Sherrie Austin, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Steve Baker, Susan Heard, Ken Johnson, Tom Kouchoukos, Jo McFadden, Areeda Schneider-Stampley, Layna Bunt.

Hershey Reminisces: Capitol's Keith Urban received a wave of support from Northeast PDs backstage at his Hershey, PA stop. Pictured (l-r) are WGTY/York, PA's Scott Donato, WRBT/Harrisburg's J.T. Bosch, label rep Diane Lockner, Urban, SVP/Promotion Steve Hodges, WIOV/Lancaster, PA & WCAT/Harrisburg's Rich Kreger and WRBT morning host Newman.

Macho Men: Carolwood's Love And Theft kick it with the WKHX/Atlanta crew prior to their performance at the station's Kicks Country Jam 2 Sunday (8/23). Pictured (l-r) are MD Mike Macho, PD Mark Richards, LNT's Brian Bandas and Stephen Barker Liles, GM Paul O'Malley and LNT's Eric Gunderson.

This Isn't Where I Parked My Car: KTHK/Idaho Falls, ID PD Dale Desmond (second from r) is greeted by Trailer Choir's (l-r) Big Vinny, Butter and Crystal Hoyt after busting into their dressing room during the Toby Keith show in Salt Lake City Saturday (8/22).


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