Country Aircheck
 November 18, 2009

» Waters To Leave CBS/Phoenix: CBS Radio/Phoenix SVP/Market Manager Mark Waters will be leaving his post at an unspecified date. A CBS Radio spokesperson says a replacement will be announced at a later time. Waters currently oversees three stations, including Country KMLE.

» Bump Day: Album sales following last week's CMA Awards provided many artists with sizeable percentage increases, with Jamey Johnson, Sugarland and Lady Antebellum leading the charge. Of particular note outside the top 30 albums (according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers), Zac Brown Band's Live From Bonnaroo, which contains the group's double-time cover of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," exploded 379% to approximately 900 units. And an interesting tidbit on Johnson: he's only the eighth songwriter to win two CMA Song of the Year awards. The others: Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman, Don Schlitz, Paul Overstreet and Max D. Barnes. Quite a group. Now, off to the numbers:
  • Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song (286% to approximately 15,000 units)
  • Sugarland Love On The Inside (136%, ≈ 14,000)
  • Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum (130%, ≈ 45,000)
  • Sugarland Live On The Inside CD/DVD (110%, ≈ 6,000)
  • Brad Paisley American Saturday Night (94%, ≈ 10,000)
  • Darius Rucker Learn To Live (83%, ≈ 23,000)
  • Zac Brown Band The Foundation (55%, ≈ 36,000)
  • Keith Urban Defying Gravity (43%, ≈ 11,000)
  • Taylor Swift Taylor Swift (40%, ≈ 16,000)
  • Billy Currington Little Bit Of Everything (42%, ≈ 6,000)
  • George Strait Twang (32%, ≈ 10,000)
  • Taylor Swift Fearless (30%, ≈ 91,000)

» Connect Four: Speaking of the awards, according to, The 43rd Annual CMA Awards came in fourth for the week in viewers after ranking ninth last year, helping ABC-TV secure the top spot ahead of FOX. As we reported last week, the telecast drew a 10.1 rating/16 share with 16.8 million viewers (CAT 11/12).

» Jones Leaves WVIM: First Ventures/Mighty Media's WVIM/Memphis PD/morning host Tim Jones has exited and is seeking his next opportunity. Jones joined the station in August and previously programmed Citadel's WGKX/Memphis.

» Changes At 'CKT: Clear Channel's WCKT/Ft. Myers PD Mark Wilson has exited the station. Reach him here.

» Going Mobile? Clear Channel's WKSJ/Mobile PD Bill Black is seeking a PM driver as Jason Taylor departs. "The position will be filled by someone who lives and breathes the country lifestyle and can paint pictures on radio," says Black. Strong production skills, working knowledge of Adobe Audition and web skills are required. Send airchecks and resumes here or via snail mail to 555 Broadcast Drive, 3rd Floor, Mobile, AL 36606. No official word, but rumor has it Taylor is staying with CC and will land at another station soon.

» Setting Up Camp: Impact Radio Networks' Regional Mgr./Affiliate Relations Carl Geisler will join Classic Country KIOX/El Campo, TX for PM drive Nov. 30. He will continue producing Today In Country Music History daily and weekly shows through Geisler Radio. Reach Geisler here.

» Wall Bling: The RIAA has issued gold certification for Lady Antebellum singles "Love Don't Live Here" and "Need You Now." The latter sits atop the all-genre singles sales list on iTunes and Amazon.

» Sunny D, Lite: BNA's Kenny Chesney premiered the trailer for his upcoming Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3-D film today (11/18) at 2pm PT on AOL platforms Moviefone and The Boot. The movie, filmed during his Sun City Carnival Tour, will be out in April nationwide for a limited engagement.

» It Happens: Mercury's Sugarland are appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show Nov. 30 to perform a song from their holiday album Gold And Green. "We can't tell you where we are right now, but we can say that we are a big surprise for a bunch of people who deserve a surprise," the duo tweeted today (11/18). They first broke the news of the appearance yesterday (11/17) to WUSN/Chicago's Drew Walker here. It will be Sugarland's second appearance on the show this year.

» Live From Lake Wobegon: SelecTone's Steve Wariner will be a guest on Saturday's (11/21) A Prairie Home Companion at 6pm ET. He will perform selections from his current album Steve Wariner, C.G.P., My Tribute To Chet Atkins.

» The Lunch Crowd: The CMA held its first Songwriter Luncheon yesterday (11/17) to profess the advantages and benefits of membership. Among the speakers were CMA board members Steve Bogard, Kix Brooks, Tim DuBois, Pat Higdon and Victoria Shaw, as well as CMA CEO Tammy Genovese and CMA Sound Healthcare overseer R. J. Stillwell.

» Foreign Service: AristoMedia Group Pres. Jeff Walker and artist/producer Gail Davies were presented with the 2009 International Country Music Ambassador Award from the ICMDAY during CMA week. Concert organizer Judy Seale awarded Walker, while Brazilian country artist Rodrigo Haddad bestowed the honor upon Davies.

» Reminder: There are only four weeks left to nominate individuals for the inaugural CRB-Country Aircheck Awards. Get your first-round ballots in before the Dec. 11 deadline here.

» Err Check: BNA's The Lost Trailers members Andrew and Stokes Nielson were misidentified in yesterday's Country Aircheck Today. We sincerely regret the error.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Nov. 17:

  1. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Need You Now (Capitol) 2369 points
  2. LUKE BRYAN/Do I (Capitol) 2317 points
  3. CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cowboy Casanova (19/Arista) 2212 points
  4. REBA/Consider Me Gone (Starstruck/Valory) 1918 points
  5. CRAIG MORGAN/Bonfire (BNA) 1891 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Nov. 17:

  1. LOVE AND THEFT/Dancing In Circles (Lyric Street)
  2. LUKE BRYAN/Do I (Piano Version) (Capitol)
  3. KEITH URBAN/Til Summer Comes Around (Capitol)
  4. COLT FORD f/JAMEY JOHNSON/Cold Beer (Average Joe's)
  5. CLAY WALKER/She Won't Be Lonely Long (Curb)

» Tube Check Tomorrow (11/19): Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC); Little Jimmy Dickens, Tracy Lawrence, Billy Currington, John Rich, Crook & Chase (RFD-TV).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (11/19): Billy Currington, Phil Little, Bob McKay, Jason Henke.

Peace Of Cake: KJUG/Visalia, CA APD/MD Adam Jeffries (r) surprises Chris Young with a cake commemorating his No. 1 "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress)" song at the station's Signature Series Concert.

York In The Road: WGTY/York, PA welcomed Steel Magnolia, Easton Corbin and David Nail as well as a few thousand listeners for its 25th Birthday Bash Sunday (11/15). Pictured (l-r) are SM's Joshua Scott Jones, PD Scott Donato, SM's Meghan Linsey, Corbin and Nail.

Cowboys Of Steele: Black River's Emma Jacob and label rep Joe Carroll (l) stop by WQMX/Akron to see MD Ken Steele. Jacob performed her single "Julianna" on the air.


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