New Country Station In Ft. Smith, AR
Star 92 Co. launched Country KFSA/Fort Smith, AR and flipped Religious KFSA-AM to a simulcast yesterday (7/1). GM Gary Keifer tells Country Aircheck mornings will be handled by Silverfish/Compass' Big D & Bubba beginning July 13 and one other on-air personality will be revealed on that date as well. Until then, BD&B "best of" segments are running in mornings, and music and imaging cover the rest of the dayparts. No other staff hires are planned for now. Competition in the market includes Cumulus Classic Country KOMS & Nash Icon KLSZ, Big Chief KTCS and iHeartMedia KMAG. Follow KFSA here.
Cole Swindell To Play In MLB All-Star Game
Warner Bros./WMN's Cole Swindell will play in MLB's Legends & Celebrity Softball Game July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The game will be televised the following night on ESPN."Being a big baseball fan, I've always wanted to attend the All Star festivities," says Swindell. "I'm excited that I've been given the opportunity to play for my first visit!"
Grand Ole Opry & Belcourt Theatre Celebrate 90th Anniversaries
The Grand Ole Opry and Nashville's Belcourt Theatre (the Opry's first home outside of the WSM studios, 1934-36) have teamed to celebrate their 90th anniversaries by offering Music City-themed films this summer. A free outdoor screening of Coal Miner's Daughter kicks off the series July 11 at dusk in the Belcourt's parking lot. See the full schedule here.