COUNTRY AIRCHECK WEEKLY
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Smith Leaves WGRX Telemedia's WGRX/Fredericksburg, VA APD/afternoon personality Braden Smith has resigned to take a soon-to-be-announced position, which he'll start Monday (3/10). His last day is today (3/7). "I love the gang here at WGRX and will miss each one of them," he says. Reach him here. GM Tom Cooper says the search is on for Smith's replacement; airchecks and resumes here. In the interim, morning co-host Christal Blue will handle social media and imaging duties, while afternoons will be covered by part-timers Mike Neville and Van Riper.
Big D & Bubba Add New Affiliates Jonathan Christian's WKUL/Cullman, AL, TECO's WZVA/Marion, VA, Radiojones' WXRS/Swainsboro, GA, Combined's KMTK/Bend, OR, Hometown Family Radio's KMTY/Holdredge, NE and D&H Media's KWKJ/Warrensburg, MO have added Silverfish/Compass' Big D & Bubba. "We are so excited that radio stations believe in what we're doing and utilizing our ability to send custom audio and video content from our new Nashville studios," says Big D. The duo picked up Guaranty's WTGE/Baton Rouge, LA in January (CAT 12/13). Regarding staff changes, the duo replaces Randy Miller on KWKJ; he recently exited (CAT 2/24). They replace the exiting Russell Nute and Donna James on KMTK, and on KMTY, Derek Beck, who continues as PD. Staff changes at the other stations aren't yet clear.
Swift Publicist Erickson Resigns As of mid-March, Erickson PR's Paula Erickson will no longer serve as Taylor Swift's publicist after seven years in that role. Erickson gave notice early this year, and the amicable parting follows an immensely successful run in which she oversaw Swift's national, international and endorsement-related publicity. Highlights include two Rolling Stone covers, the cover of Vogue, Saturday Night Live, 60 Minutes and Dateline. No word on plans for Swift's media representation. Reach Erickson here.
Todd Nixon Joins WKSL/Raleigh As reported earlier via Twitter and Facebook, Clear Channel WCKT/Fort Myers & WCTQ/Sarasota, FL PD Todd Nixon will join the company's WKSL/Raleigh as PD/afternoon personality in April. "Todd brings with him a wealth of country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building," says VP/Programming Chris Edge. "B93.9 is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things, and with someone of his caliber at the helm, we'll be fully equipped to win." The station launched in November (Breaking News 11/2); Nixon is its first PD. Prior to joining WCKT in late 2010 (CAT 9/7/10), he spent time at KRMD/Shreveport, LA, WYCT/Pensacola, FL, WYZB/Ft. Walton Beach, FL, WCTO/Allentown and KILT/Houston. Congratulate him here. Meanwhile, WCKT OM Louis Kaplan is searching for Nixon's replacement. Airchecks and resumes here.