Trophy Chase: As reported this morning (3/22) via Breaking News, the ACM Radio Awards nominees include double nominations for Elaina Smith (Nights With Elaina and With Elaina); KILT/Houston; KUZZ/Bakersfield, CA; KXKT/Omaha; WBYT/South Bend, IN; WMIL/Milwaukee; WQDR/Raleigh; WSIX/Nashville; WXTU/Philadelphia; and WYCT/Pensacola, FL. “Country radio’s contribution in furthering the genre, promoting artists and providing the soundtrack of our daily lives is incredibly impactful,” says ACM CEO Damon Whiteside. See the complete list of nominees here. The 58th ACM Awards will take place May 11 at Ford Center in The Star in Frisco, TX and will stream live exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
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Keys To The Caddy: BMLGR's Chris Janson celebrates five years as an Opry member with Minnie Pearl’s ‘85 Cadillac. Pictured (clockwise) are Cumulus’ Charlie Cook, the label's Jimmy Harnen, iHeart's Gator Harrison and Janson.
Square Check: Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson (c) with Quartz Hill's Ray Vaughn (l) and KTEX/McAllen,TX's JoJo Cerda.
St. Louis Schmooze: Curb's Harper Grace sings the national anthem at the St. Louis Blues game. Pictured (l-r) are the label's John Clore, the team's Anna Goff, the label's Samantha DePrez, Grace, WIL's Marty Brooks and the team's Chris Kerber and Chris Pinkert.
Signage: Singer/songwriter Cody Hibbard signed a development deal with Droptine Recordings. Pictured (l-r) are DR's Jim Catino, manager Jenna Heideman, Hibbard, attorney Molly Shehan and UTA’s Cass Scripps.
Signage: Grindstone's Craig Campbell signed with The Kinkead Entertainment Agency. Pictured (l-r) are Kinkead's Greg Scott and Julie Devereux, Campbell and Kinkead's Bob Kinkead, Michelle Barnett, Ben Costello and Nathan Brewer.
Signage: Singer/songwriter Drew Erwin signed with Warner Chappell Music and Southern Pacific Music. Pictured (l-r) are attorney John Strohm, SPM's Rod Hare and Erland Wanberg, Erwin, WCM's Christina Wiltshire and Ben Vaughn and WME's Jonny Insogna.
Just Duet: Broken Bow's Dustin Lynch and Big Loud's MacKenzie Porter (r) celebrate the platinum certification of "Thinking 'Bout You" with BBR's Shelley Hargis.
Who's Your Craw Daddy? BMLGR’s Shane Profitt shares some crawfish with WUSJ/Jackson, MS staffers at the station's Rockin The Rez. Pictured (l-r) are the station's “Nate West” Dugger, the label's Andi Brooks, the station's Traci Lee, Profitt and the station's Fisher Alexander and Kim Allen.
Blindside By Side: Black River's Kelsea Ballerini in Pittsburgh. Pictured (l-r) are the label's Joe Carroll, WPGB’s Travis Marzina, WDSY's Mark Anderson and girlfriend Marie, the label’s Liz Scherff, Ballerini, WPGB's Mike Kasper and wife Krissy, WOGI's Jeremy "Danger" Mulder and wife Kelly and the label’s Bailey White.
Mo' Bill: Stone Country Records' Easton Corbin (c) with WKSJ/Mobile, AL's Bill Black (l) and the label's Kerry Wolfe at the station's 2023 St. Jude Concert Series, which raised more than $10,000.
Pane Killer: Records' George Birge (c) with ACM Radio Award-nominated KILT/Houston's Melissa Chase (l) and Nick Russo.
Suite Dreams: MCA's Parker McCollum previews Never Enough (out May 12) at the W Nashville. Pictured (l-r) are McCollum's latest victim Enzo DeVincenzo, Country Aircheck's Monta Vaden, McCollum and Country Aircheck's Caitlin DeForest and April Johnson.
Lounge Live Cowgirls: Warner/WEA’s Ian Munsick visits the ACM's Nashville headquarters. Pictured (l-r) are the ACM's Tommy Moore and Ebie McFarland, Munsick and the ACM's Damon Whiteside and Maddy Stessman on the Red Barrel Lounge stage.
Omni-scient: Dreamcatcher Artists' Tenille Arts (c) with the label's Kellie Longworth and KMDL/Lafayette, LA's Jude Walker at CRS.
Face Time: KNIX/Phoenix's Lois “Double-L” Lewis, KWNR/Las Vegas' MoJoe Roberts and iHeart's Tay Hamilton and “Wayne D” Danielson (l-r) at the New Faces show.
Zero Lucks Given: Stoney Creek's Drake Milligan (l) and Records' Matt Stell (r) with WGTY/York, PA's Scott Donato at the station's Kiss Me I’m Froggy St. Paddy’s day party.
Drunk Or Teaming: Kane Brown's Drunk Or Dreaming Tour kicks off in Grand Rapids, MI. Pictured (top, l-r) are the venue's Jackie Morse and Rich MacKeigan, AEG's Rich Schaefer, Brown, Neon Coast's Martha Earls, AEG's Chris Meeds, WME's Braeden Rountree, the venue's Chris Machuta and Neon Coast's Nikki Boon.
Country StareCheck: Country Aircheck staffers with the New Faces. Pictured (back, l-r) are Jackson Dean, Jelly Roll, Chris Huff, Nate Smith and Chuck Aly; (front, l-r) Addie Morton, Monta Vaden, Frank Ray, Priscilla Block, April Johnson and Caitlin DeForest. Check out a recap of the event in Country Aircheck Weekly.
Heart Brake: Friends of the late Don Brake gather at Barlines during CRS. Pictured (l-r) are WIRK/West Palm Beach's Tim Leary, WXFL/Florence, AL's Fletcher Brown, KFAV/Warrenton, MO's Mike Thomas, radio vet Dale Desmond, GrassRoots’ RJ Jordan and Riser House’s Jeff Davis.
King Of Queens: Warner/WAR's Randall King with the label's Anna Cage, WKLB/Boston's Dawn Santolucito and the label's Kristen Williams (l-r) at the label's Empower Up CRS dinner.
On-Air Quotes: Audacy's “Cowboy Kyle” Croft, Tim Roberts, Heather Froglear and Greg “StyckMan” Owens (l-r) at CRS.
Same Puck: The Triple Tigers team, including Russell Dickerson, Scotty McCreery and Jordan Fletcher, hosts radio and DSPs at the Preds/Red Wings game during CRS.
Whiskey On New: Arista's Nate Smith and team celebrate multi-week No. 1 "Whiskey On You" after the New Faces show. Pictured (l-r) are the label's Lyndsay Church, Adam Davis, Suzanne Davis, Helena Akhtar, Houston Gaither and Amy Menz, Smith, the label's Ali O’Connell, Core Entertainment’s Taylor Manns and Chief Zaruk, the label's Paul Grosser and Core Entertainment’s Simon Tikhman.
Cereal Killers: Silverfish Media's Jessica “Carsen” Humphreville, Cumulus/Nashville’s Krista Hayes, KFGE/Lincoln, NE’s Brooke Summers and Country Aircheck's Monta Vaden (l-r) at the CRS Women’s Mentoring Breakfast.
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People's Choice Country:House Calls: The inaugural People's Choice Country Awards will take place Sept. 28 at 8pm ET/PT at the Grand Ole Opry House. The two-hour fan-voted awards show will be broadcast on NBC and Peacock. Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski will serve as Exec. Producers.
Mar 22, 2023 Share
Gig Alerts: OH Creative, RWPC
Gig Alerts: OH Creative owner Olivia Hanceri is looking for a Nashville-based Coord./PR to join her growing team. Duties include oversight of social media strategy, implementation of organizational systems, assisting with research and development in the media landscape and providing overall support to the PR staff. See the complete job posting here; send résumés, references and writing samples to Hanceri here.
RWPC Pres. Scott Huskey is searching for an on-air talent for a morning opportunity for a client in the West. “Local owner, no corporate stuff,” Huskey tells Country Aircheck. “If you can deliver compelling content that’s focused on the listener, love being in the public and can rock social media, we want to hear from you.” Send résumés and airchecks to Huskey here.
Mar 22, 2023 Share
CMT Music Awards Side Stage Lineup
Ram Country Music: Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Megan Moroney and Nate Smith will perform on the Ram Trucks Side Stage at the 2023 CMT Music Awards, airing live from Austin's Moody Center April 2 on CBS and Paramount+.
Mar 21, 2023 Share
Gig Alert: WKWS/Charleston, WV
Gig Alert: West Virginia Radio Classic Country WKWS/Charleston, WV PD Crash Poteet is looking to add a full-time personality-plus. Responsibilities include "hosting a live air shift, commercial production, hosting a weekly public service program, working with station staff, remotes and appearances, social media and other related duties." Interested candidates can send résumés and airchecks here.
Mar 21, 2023 Share
Hanrahan Named Summit VP
Summit Up: As reported via Breaking News, former iHeartMedia/Alabama Area SVP/Programming Tom Hanrahan has been named Summit VP/Country Programming & Talent Development and Country WZZK/Birmingham PD. The last person to hold the PD title at WZZK was Lance Tidwell, who left in 2021 (CAT 11/30/21). “I’m grateful for this amazing opportunity to get back to what I love doing most — living, breathing and programming Country radio," says Hanrahan. On the corporate side, his focus will be on strategy, goals and programming for all seven of Summit's Country stations. Hanrahan exited iHeartMedia last year (CAT 8/30/22) after more than 20 years with the Birmingham cluster and 25 with the company. Reach him here.
Greg Chance:While You See A Chance: Diamond Oil SVP/Marketing & Business Development Greg Chance has returned to iHeartMedia as SVPP/Des Moines, St. Louis, Indianapolis & North Dakota. Chance succeeds Jeff Cage, who had previously replaced him in the role (CAT 4/17/19). Prior to his four years with Diamond Oil, Chance spent 20 years with iHeartMedia and its predecessors as an OM/PD in Des Moines, eventually rising to Regional VP. Reach him here.
The Bryan King: Former Forever WCHK/Ocean City, MD morning personality Bryan Thompson is joining Seven Mountains WFGE/State College, PA as PD/afternoon host March 27. He succeeds Luke Bubb, who shifted responsibilities to Classic Rock sister WBUS (CAT 1/13). “I love Penn State, so this just makes it that much better,” shares Thompson via Facebook. He left WCHK more than a year ago (CAT 1/27/22) and previously spent time at WCZX/Poughkeepsie, NY; WGGY/Wilkes-Barre, PA; WRJY/Brunswick, GA; WCTO/Allentown, PA; and WNKI/Elmira, NY. Reach Thompson here.
Mar 23, 2023 Arista Nashville Dissolves: No official word, but Country Aircheck has learned Sony/Nashville has dissolved its Arista imprint. Sr. Dir./Promotion &... Read full story
Mar 23, 2023 Church Departs, Arista Dissolves: As reported via Breaking News, Sony/Nashville has dissolved its Arista imprint, and Sr. Dir./Promotion & Artist ... Read full story
Mar 23, 2023 Paul In The Family: iHeartMedia EVP/Digital Content Strategy Paul Miraldi has transitioned to Strategic Advisor. According to a LinkedIn post ... Read full story
Mar 23, 2023 Story Days: Apple Music/podcaster/producer Ashley Eicher has launched story consulting, media coaching, and content creation company AE ... Read full story
Mar 23, 2023 One Thing At A Tee Time: ACM Lifting Lives' Topgolf Tee-Off and Rock On Fundraiser return May 10 at Topgolf The Colony. Additionally, a ... Read full story
Mar 23, 2023 Peers & Sunshine: The Black Crowes with Darius Rucker, Jelly Roll, Tyler Hubbard, and Wynonna Judd with Ashley McBryde have joined ... Read full story
Mar 23, 2023 February 2023 PPM Ratings: The fourth and final day of Nielsen Audio's February 2023 (2/2-3/1/23) PPM ratings are below. Ranks (in ... Read full story
Mar 22, 2023 ACM Radio Nominees: Radio nominees for the 58th ACM Awards are: National Daily Personality: Derek “Big D” Haskins, Sean “Bubba” Powell, Patrick ... Read full story
Mar 22, 2023 Chief Justice: The LBJ Foundation will present Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson with the LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award at a ... Read full story
Mar 22, 2023 GOAT Of Many Colors: Ten Speed Press will release Behind The Seams: My Life in Rhinestones by Dolly Parton Oct. 17. "I am happy, proud and ... Read full story
Mar 22, 2023 Crib Note: Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne and his singer-songwriter wife Lucie Silvas welcomed twins yesterday (3/21) at 1:43am and 1:44am CT. “... Read full story
Mar 22, 2023 Life Note: Saga Classic Country WSIG/Harrisonburg, VA PD Dave Anthony is mourning the loss of his mother, Barbara Budjanec, who passed away March 20 ... Read full story
Mar 22, 2023 Chronicle: Veteran personality and programmer James "Jim Casey" Barnhart passed away March 13 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 69. Barnhart ... Read full story
Mar 21, 2023 Vine And Dandy: Jimmie Allen, Jay Allen and Drake Milligan have joined the lineup for Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC) April 25-27. They ... Read full story
Mar 21, 2023 Play That Junkies Music: Music Health Alliance's (MHA) annual Coulda Shoulda Woulda benefit concert is set for April 25 at 6:30pm CT at Nashville's ... Read full story
Mar 21, 2023 C-R-Best: Per some (questionable) math, CRS 2024 is just 344 days away. But, if you missed any of CRS 2023 – or just want to relive it – Country ... Read full story
Mar 21, 2023 Tour Support: Larry Fleet Live has been extended with eight new shows, including stops in Michigan, Kentucky, California and Wyoming. Tickets go ... Read full story
Mar 21, 2023 Bits & PIeces: Cox KKBQ/Houston morning host Andy "Riggs" Riggle reached his goal of obtaining 93,000 fist bumps during his first Houston Rodeo (2... Read full story
Mar 21, 2023 Crib Note: River House/Columbia’s Luke Combs and wife Nicole are expecting their second baby, a boy, this September. “Joining the [two] under [two] ... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Hanrahan Named SummitMedia VP: Former iHeartMedia/Alabama Area SVP/Programming Tom Hanrahan has joined SummitMedia as VP/Country Programming... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Hey Good Lookin': Former RCA Dir./Regional Promotion Liz Sledge has joined Good Company Entertainment as Exec. Dir./Jake Owen Foundation. Concurrently... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 All In Ando: Good Company Co-Founder/Partner Jon "Ando" Andolina has launched The Francis June Group with Big Loud's Larry Fleet as its first ... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Digi Know?: WarnerMedia Podcast Network VP/GM Tyler Moody has joined Cox as Dir./Digital Content for all radio properties, effective immediately. He ... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Re-Member: The Country Music Association (CMA) has created new membership tiers: Student, Industry, Professional and Lifetime. “In looking ... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Bits & Pieces: Hubbard WIRK/West Palm Beach morning duo Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor helped grant a wish for listener Jennifer, a 46-year-old ... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Contact Update: Former Hall WCTK/Providence morning co-host Brian Mulhern (CAT 10/28/22) has joined Radio & Television Experts as a copywriter and... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Wedding Belle: Audacy WKIS/Miami APD/MD/morning host Tim “TC” Conlon and Kristin Lynn Bianchi tied the knot March 18 in Florida. The pair have been ... Read full story
Mar 20, 2023 Chronicle: Former Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exec. Liz Thiels passed away yesterday (3/19) at the age of 78 after an extended illness.... Read full story