September 28, 2010

» Mornings In America: Hall Communications' WCTK/Providence morning team is standing pat with host Jessica Tyler, producer Amanda Leonardo and traffic reporter Brian Phillips following today's resignation of host Tim Leary, who remains with the station through Oct. 8. PD Bob Walker says there are no short-term plans to seek a new morning co-host. "We just found out and don't feel the need to knee-jerk," he says. "Jess, Amanda and Brian all do a great job and we'll let them continue to do so." Leary moves to WGAR/Cleveland for wakeups, stepping into the position vacated in August with the departure of veteran morning man Jim Mantel (CAT 8/17).

» Out, Damn Spot!: In a move away from traditional commercial advertising, automaker Ford has partnered with Pandora, Jewel and John Legend to launch an integrated marketing campaign in which Pandora visitors use its social share feature to share a "mixtape" from playlists compiled by either artist. When a song is shared, Ford and Pandora make a donation to the artist's charity of choice. Ford has already announced plans to integrate Pandora into its cars through SYNC voice commands. "We've found the most valuable digital marketing doesn't interrupt the user experience, but instead complements it," says Ford Director/U.S. Marketing Communications Matt Van Dyke.

» Pay No Way: After 30 years in Country, Ely Broadcasting's KWNA-FM/Winnemucca, NV is flipping to ESPN Friday (10/1). Owner Fred Weinberg tells Country Aircheck his decision was partially based on the potential to earn more money and do a better job of serving advertisers in Sports radio, though he notes, "Between [the performing rights organizations] and now the Performance Royalty Act, the music industry is screwing itself. They can go get it from somebody else."

» Snark Week: Kudos to WFRE/Frederick, MD and PD/afternooner Jess Wright on the station's first annual Great Pumpkin Run, a 5k that raised more than $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Wright, hoping to enlist listeners with no desire to run, organized Team Seriously Not About Runnin' Ks, Y'all (SNARKY) and gave out hats to the first 75 members.

» Cliché Alert: Congrats to WWFG/Salisbury-Ocean City, MD and morning man John Trout, who joined local law enforcement for the annual Cops On Rooftops event at an Ocean City Dunkin Donuts location. The 12-hour event raised $8,600 for Special Olympics.

» Call The Women, Aye, Ma'am: Valory and Dial Global are offering a Country air personality the chance to join a panel of hosts for Reba's All The Women I Am radio special. The Lia Show's Lia Knight, The Big Time's Whitney Allen, Mainstream Country's Penny Mitchell, Hot Country's Melody Morgan and True Country's Shannon Stone are already aboard for an Oct. 27 The View-style special to be serviced to Dial Global affiliates the week of Nov. 8. The cut-off for submissions is Friday (10/1). Learn more and enter here.

» Bear With Us: Townsquare Media WBWN-FM/Bloomington, IL PD/afternoon host and Green Bay Packers fan Dan Westhoff dons his daughter's Bears jersey after losing a bet with station staffers over last night's game. He'll never live this pic down. At least he got the mug right.

» Audio Visual: Stations programming HD Radio channels can soon project album cover artwork, images related to songs and creative station promotions via iBiquity's new "Artist Experience" functionality. The service, which will appear on the first consumer device next month, will also enable broadcasters to sell product images, phone numbers and web addresses synchronized to their clients' traditional audio advertisements. The launch of the AE technology, demonstrated this week at the NAB/RAB Radio Show in Washington, DC, coincides with a holiday marketing campaign by the 10-member HD Radio Alliance to promote receiver sales on 600 stations in 100 markets from September 28-December 28.

» Meals & Deals: Webster & Associates Public Relations & Marketing is hosting A Meal & Music promotion through Nov. 1 for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Gold cards redeemable for two free meals at any CB location and copies of Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins are available. Contact Jason Turner at 615-777-6995 ext. 227 or email him here for more info.

» Gone Aussie: Arista's Alan Jackson will embark on his first Australian tour March 4-11 next year. Four dates are on the schedule in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Miranda Lambert and Jasmine Rae are also on the bill. Details here.  

» Jingle Ball: RCA's Martina McBride will headline the Nashville Symphony's Home For The Holidays concert Dec. 10 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The concert has been moved because of ongoing repairs at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Conductor Albert-George Schram will lead the performance.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Sept. 27:
  1. KENNY CHESNEY/The Boys Of Fall (BNA) 2212 points
  2. EASTON CORBIN/Roll With It (Mercury) 2099 points
  3. DARIUS RUCKER/Come Back Song (Capitol) 2043 points
  4. JOSH TURNER/All Over Me (MCA) 2029 points
  5. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Our Kind Of Love (Capitol) 1789 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Sept. 27:
  1. TIM MCGRAW/Felt Good On My Lips (Cold Ending) (Curb)
  2. TIM MCGRAW/Felt Good On My Lips (Fade Ending) (Curb)
  3. BILLY CURRINGTON/Let Me Down Easy (Mercury)
  4. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Hello World (Radio Edit) (Capitol)
  5. JEFF GOLDEN/Judgement Day (Country Trax) 

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (9/29): the late Gene Autry; Brad Cotter; Jerry Lee Lewis; Claire Cook; Susan Niles.

» Tube Check Tonight (9/28): Josh Turner, NBC Nightly News; Various Artists, Country Comes Home: An Opry Live Celebration (GAC).

Tube Check Tomorrow (9/29): Zac Brown Band, Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated); Blake Shelton, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS).

» Lady Yay! Capitol's Lady Antebellum and WPOC/Baltimore's Laurie DeYoung visit backstage at the station's "Sunday In The Country" event over the weekend. Pictured (l-r) are Charles Kelley, DeYoung, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. Country Music DJ Hall of Famer DeYoung celebrates 25 years on 'POC tomorrow (9/29). Congratulate her here.

» Bee Brice: Curb's Lee Brice (l) and WBYT/South Bend, IN's Jesse Garcia wait for cake backstage at B100's recent 16th birthday bash, which drew a record 36,000 people. Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Bomshel and John Michael Montgomery also performed.

» Whatever That Is: KJKE/Oklahoma City offers a unique opportunity to meet "Zac Brown" outside the band's recent show in the area. The station's Jeff Austin (r) and Crash Poteet (second from r) are pictured with fans and "Mr. Brown."




































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