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Country Aircheck Weekly (2/23)

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Show Must Go On

Friday morning (2/27) panels were heavily attended after a long and eventful night of music at CRS 2015. The educational value of "How To Create A Win-Win For Music Events" drew a full room to hear agents, a programmer and an artist management rep walk through the entire station event process. KZPK/St. Cloud, MN OM/PD Matt Senne detailed his station's journey from hosting its first event with a $10,000 budget to one that is now a $500,000 production. WME's Becky Gardenhire urged stations to be prepared with their budget and dates when they make the talent inquiry call, but said agencies will also help walk newbies through the process. CAA's Blake McDaniel explained the offer-confirmation-contract timeline. Red Light's Megan Wilson said agreeing to a show involves factors ranging from routing and ticket prices to recent plays in a market and radius clauses. Explanations were offered for hard- and soft-ticket dates, circumstances in which shows might be canceled, airplay expectations and the need to super-serve the artist team and listeners.

Sharper Image

Classic Rock KLOS/Los Angeles Dir./Production Stew Herrera and voiceover pros Lloyd Sherr and Jeffrey Hedquist joined moderator Lon Helton for today's (2/27) "Imaging From Both Sides Of The Mic" session sponsored by ReelWorld. Panelists discussed effective engagement and strong copywriting and imaging. "Great copy engages your audience and tells a story," noted Hedquist, who urged the audience to focus on the listener, not the station. Other takeaways:

  • Write from a peer perspective, not an authoritative one.
  • Good writing is good editing and there's always room to edit further.
  • Write in the present tense (think "right now"; drop suffixes such as "ing.")
  • Don't be afraid to self-deprecate, even with position statements.

On maximizing impact while exercising brevity, Hedquist recalled a six-word story often attributed to novelist Ernest Hemingway. The account suggests a bet between Hemingway and other writers to craft a story in six words. The result? "For sale: Baby shoes, never worn." "When the listener thinks 'This station knows me,' then you've got something," noted Hedquist.

Thon Of My People

iHeartMedia stations raised $3.7 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during last week's (2/19-20) simultaneous radiothons in 34 markets. Participating stations included WACO/Waco, TXKWNR/Las Vegas and WUSY/Chattanooga. The total is up from $3.1 million raised last year. 

 

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CRS Friday: Putting On Winning Events Friday morning (2/27) panels were heavily attended after a long and eventful night of music at CRS 2015. The educational value of "How To Create A Win-Win For Music Events" drew a full room to hear agents, a programmer and an artist management rep walk through the entire station event process. KZPK/St. Cloud, MN OM/PD Matt Senne detailed his station's journey from hosting its first event with a $10,000 budget to one that is now a $500,000 production. WME's Becky Gardenhire urged stations to be prepared with their budget and dates when they make the talent inquiry call, but said agencies will also help walk newbies through the process. CAA's Blake McDaniel explained the offer-confirmation-contract timeline. Red Light's Megan Wilson said agreeing to a show involves factors ranging from routing and ticket prices to recent plays in a market and radius clauses. Explanations were offered for hard- and soft-ticket dates, circumstances in which shows might be canceled, airplay expectations and the need to super-serve the artist team and listeners.
iHeartMedia Promotes OMs Companywide A new management title structure at iHeartMedia has all OMs and VPs/Programming rising to SVP/Programming in their markets, Market Managers in Regional Markets rising to Market Presidents, Regional Market Managers becoming Regional Market Presidents and DOS or VP/Sales becoming SVP/Sales. For programmers in top 50 markets on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase reporting panel, those celebrating new titles include:

The changes, which extend well beyond the confirmed list above, were announced during company meetings in Las Vegas this week, and reflected in yesterday's promotion of iHM/Nashville's Michael Bryan (Breaking News 2/25), who also received executive producer roles with the Bobby Bones Show and Tige & Daniel

Dot's Lamb Makes Veep Leap Dot Dir./National Promotion Kris Lamb has been upped to VP/Promotion. Lamb joined the label in May (Breaking News 5/9/14), having previously served as West Coast rep for Big Machine. “Kris always steps up to the plate with incredible passion, creativity, energy and execution," says BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta. "It's no surprise to me that his very first single as a National Director went straight to No. 1." Dot will celebrate the chart-topping ascension of Maddie & Tae's "Girl In A Country Song" later today.

"I'm honored and beyond grateful to extend my tenure with the mighty BMLG and Dot Records," Lamb says. "Scotty B and [Dot GM] Chris Stacey have provided the forum to continue Dot's pursuit of strategically differentiating our promotion efforts through innovative partnerships with a fresh perspective. Together, with our exceptional staff of promotion executives, Dot will continue to super-serve our incredible roster of artists and our friends and partners at Country radio."

Congratulate Lamb here.

2015 ACM Radio Winners The ACM's radio award winners for the 50th annual show, set for April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX:

  • National Personality: Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, The Big D & Bubba Show (Silverfish/Compass).
  • Major Market Personality: Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray, WUSN/Chicago.
  • Large Market Personality: Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman, WUBE/Cincinnati.
  • Medium Market Personality: Steve Lundy, Gina Melton, KXKT/Omaha.
  • Small Market Personality: Gator, Styckman, Cowboy Kyle, WUSY/Chattanooga.
  • Major Market Station: WUSN/Chicago.
  • Large Market Station: WWKA/Orlando.
  • Medium Market Station: WQMX/Akron.
  • Small Market Station: KCLR/Columbia, MO.
WSIX/Nashville's Michael Bryan Promoted iHeartMedia/Nashville OM and Country WSIX PD Michael Bryan has been promoted to SVP/Programming for the cluster and named Exec. PD of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show and Tige & Daniel show. Both are based in Nashville and heard on 'SIX in mornings and afternoons, respectively. Bryan joined the company eight years ago as PD of Top 40 WXXL/Orlando and as Digital PD for that cluster. He transferred to Nashville as OM in early 2012 (CAT 2/2/12) and added PD duties for 'SIX shortly thereafter (BN 2/9/12). Bryan picked up Digital Brand Coord. duties for the Country format last summer (CAT 6/23).

"Michael's incredibly intuitive programming ability and top-notch leadership qualities make this a very well-deserved promotion," says Nashville VP/MM Dan Endom. Adds Bryan, "Great programming is built on connecting incredible personalities with our collective audience. It's a true privilege to lead such legendary brands in Nashville. I can't think of a bigger honor than getting the opportunity to work more closely with both The Bobby Bones Show and Tige & Daniel." Congratulate him here.