Country Aircheck
 October 23, 2009

» All In Jackson: Greater Media's N/T WBT-AM & Talk WLNK/Charlotte SVP/GM Rick Jackson has been named SVP/GM of Lincoln Financial/San Diego, which includes Country KSON. He'll make the move later this month and replaces Darrel Goodin, who is no longer with the company. This new post reunites Jackson with owners LFM, who sold the Charlotte properties to Greater Media approx. two years ago. Jackson is also a 35-year radio vet who programmed LFM's KYGO/Denver from 1986-1992.

» Southern Living: Curb's Tim McGraw will embark on his seven-month Southern Voice tour beginning Feb. 11 in Omaha with openers the Lost Trailers (Feb. 11-April 10), Love And Theft (April 11-Aug. 15) and Lady Antebellum (all dates). Markets include Tulsa, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and closer Virginia Beach Aug. 15. Complete list of dates here.

» The Best Day: The first 15 dates that went on sale today (10/23) for Taylor Swift's Fearless 2010 Tour sold out in two minutes. Two-night shows in Newark, NJ, Uniondale, NY, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit, as well as one-night shows in Washington, DC, Dallas, Kansas City, Austin and Corpus Christi, TX are all clean. Complete list of dates here.

» Frankly Speaking: CMT SVP/Music Strategy Jay Frank has authored his first book, Futurehit.dna: How The Digital Revolution Is Changing Top 10 Songs. Frank's premise is that technology's influence on listening habits — iPods, Internet radio and other digital music vehicles — means the profile of a hit song is changing, and that the music creation process is changing with it or should be. His research has led to the development of 15 points music makers should employ including longer songs, more chord changes and a magnification of the dynamic range. Details here. Purchase here.

» For Seasons: RCA's Sara Evans will embark on a three-week Celebrate The Season holiday tour beginning Nov. 27 in Worley, ID. Markets on the schedule include Boise, Tucson and Primm, NV. On Nov. 3, Evans will digitally release her four-song holiday EP I'll Be Home For Christmas featuring "New Again," which she co-wrote and recorded with Brad Paisley. Dates and details here.

» 300-Second Ride: RCA's Jake Owen will host daily five-minute webisodes titled "The Countdown to Country Music's Biggest Night" on to promote the 43rd Annual CMA Awards. Owen will give a behind-the-scenes look at events leading up to the CMA Awards beginning Nov. 4. The CMAs air live from Nashville's Sommet Center Nov. 11 at 8pm ET on ABC-TV.

» iPhone Update: Next Wednesday (10/26), Rusty Walker Programming Consultants will be relocating. The company's phone and fax numbers will change to 662-423-5003 and 662-423-5009, respectively, and shipping address to 311 West Eastport Street, Iuka, MS 38852. The mailing address remains P.O. Box 417, Iuka, MS 38852.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Oct. 22:

  1. BRAD PAISLEY/Welcome To The Future (Arista) 2126 points
  2. KEITH URBAN/Only You Can Love Me This Way (Capitol) 2111 points
  3. ZAC BROWN BAND/Toes (Atlantic/Home Grown/Bigger Picture) 2063 points
  4. CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cowboy Casanova (19/Arista) 1970 points
  5. CHRIS YOUNG/Gettin' You Home (The Black...) (RCA) 1928 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Oct. 22:

  1. CALEB ROWDEN/Made (Christmas Version) (Executive Music/Universal Music Christian)
  2. HANK WILLIAMS, JR./All The Roads (Curb)
  3. LEE ANN WOMACK/There Is A God (MCA)
  4. BLAKE SHELTON f/TRACE ADKINS/Hillbilly Bone (Warner Bros.)
  5. BRAD PAISLEY/Welcome To The Future (Acoustic Version - Missing Verse) (Arista)

» Tube Check Tomorrow (10/24): Trace Adkins, Glenn Beck (FOX News).

Tube Check Sunday (10/25): Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Headline Country (re-air) (GAC).

Tube Check Monday (10/26): Martina McBride, Oprah (syndicated); Big Kenny, Today (NBC).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (10/24): George Achaves, Paula Eden, Stephanie Keshe, Dave Miggo.

Sunday's Birthdays (10/25): Mark Miller, Chely Wright, Enzo DeVincenzo, Jennifer Thorpe.

Monday's Birthdays (10/26): Keith Urban, Doug Montgomery.

Mile High Pretty: Valory's Jimmy Wayne (r) poses with KYGO/Denver APD/MD Garret Doll and morning co-host Kelly Ford backstage at Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night tour stop.

Thompson's Station: Columbia's Josh Thompson is surrounded by gators before taking the stage at WGNE/Jacksonville's Landing Concert Series. Pictured (l-r) are morning teamers Steve Sutton and Eden Kendall, Thompson, part-timer Brian Jordan (kneeling), MD/middayer Michele Chase and morning co-host Amadeus.

Rush In Roulette: CMT Radio Live's Cody Alan (l) made the trek to Sin City last week for Garth Brooks' Las Vegas show announcement.


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