Country Aircheck
February 20, 2007
TODAY'S NEWS

» The Thunder Rolls: Graham Artist Management's Herb Graham and Doc Gonzales have launched Country Thunder Records. Joining the Nashville-based label for promotion are radio and record vets Rick Baumgartner, Jim Dorman and Dave Kirth. Country Thunder's first signing is former Warner Bros./Nashville artist Jamie Lee Thurston. The first single, "People Out There," will arrive at radio within the next week and have a mid-April impact date.

Email Baumgartner at rickbaumgartner@countrythunderrecords.com, Dorman at jimdorman@countrythunderrecords.com and Kirth at davekirth@countrythunderrecords.com. Details in tonight's Country Aircheck Music Edition.

» Promo Only: CRB will recognize the following CRS-38 Radio Promotion Award winners at Thursday's (3/1) Promotions/Programming session:

Large Market -- 1st Place: KTYS/Dallas; 2nd Place: WSIX/Nashville; 3rd Place: WKHX-WYAY/Atlanta.

Medium Market -- 1st Place: WIVK/Knoxville; 2nd Place: WYCT/Pensacola; 3rd Place: WGNA/Schenectady, NY.

Small Market -- 1st Place: KZPK/St. Cloud, MN; 2nd Place: KQYB/LaCrosse, WI; 3rd Place: WFYR/Peoria, IL.

» Wilson Sporting Goods: Radio vet Paul Wilson has been named OM and Director/Programming for Clear Channel/Fresno, which includes Country KHGE.

» Boosting Heath's Ledger: Clear Channel Country WAVW/Ft. Pierce-Stuart-Vero Beach, FL PD Heath West has been named OM for CC/Ft. Pierce & Port St. Lucie, replacing the departing Mike Michaels.

» Decision '07: Initial performers confirmed for the 2007 CMT Music Awards include Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Suglarland and Dierks Bentley. The fan-voted awards show will air live on Monday, April 16 at 8pm ET from Nashville.

» Country Aircheck Top 5: Here are the Top Five songs for the week ending Feb. 17. Look for the full chart in the Country Aircheck Music Edition.

  1. GEORGE STRAIT/It Just Comes Natural (MCA)
  2. RODNEY ATKINS/Watching You (Curb)
  3. TRACE ADKINS/Ladies Love Country Boys (Capitol)
  4. KEITH URBAN/Stupid Boy (Capitol)
  5. JASON MICHAEL CARROLL/Alyssa Lies (Arista)

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Promo Only's Top 5 for Feb. 19

  1. BIG & RICH/Lost In This Moment (WB)
  2. KENNY ROGERS (f/ Don Henley)/Calling Me (Capitol)
  3. LITTLE BIG TOWN/A Little More You (Equity)
  4. TAYLOR SWIFT/Teardrops On My Guitar (Big Machine)
  5. LITTLE TEXAS/Missing Years (Montage)

» Tube Check Tomorrow (2/21): Brooks & Dunn, Joe Nichols, Mark Wills, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Video Joint, (CMT).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (2/21): Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Heatherly

High On The Frog: Big Machine's Dusty Drake sang at WOGI/Pittsburgh's recent Big Fat Froggy Wedding promotion. Pictured at the event are (l-r) Keymarket VP/Programming Frank Bell, Big Machine's Chris Borchetta and Drake.

Save The Cheerleaders, Save The World: 903's Neal McCoy (r) visited with KSCS/Dallas APD/MD Chris Huff at the 25th Annual Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Family & Friends Extravaganza on Saturday.








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