May 4, 2011
Katie Armiger 5/3

» Don't Forget To Write: Here are today's Winter '11 (Jan. 6-March 30) results from Arbitron diary markets, listed by metro size:
  • Spokane*: Spokane Television's KXLY – 4.9-3.6. Mapleton's KDRK – 3.6-3.3. Clear Channel's KIXZ – 4.1-3.1.
  • Colorado Springs: CC's KCCY – 5.6-7.2 (5t-1). Citadel's KATC – 5.3-3.9 (8-10).
  • Mobile*: CC's WKSJ – 7.8-8.4.
  • Wichita: Journal's KFDI – 11.3-11.2 (1-1). CC's KZSN – 4.5-5.4 (8-6). Connoisseur's KVWF – 3.3-3.6 (11-10t). Journal's Classic Country KFTI-FM – 2.7-2.9 (14-12t).

Des Moines, whose ratings were released today, is a client-exclusive metro; those figures are not available for publication.

*Spokane and Mobile are subscriber-only markets; therefore, no rankings are available.

» Smooth SEG Way: As reported earlier today via Twitter and Facebook, former CMA CEO Tammy Genovese has launched Music City Sports and Entertainment Group, which will create partnerships among sports franchises, artists and athletes, events and corporate brand initiatives. Genovese most recently served as President of The Country Network. Prior to that she spent 25 years with the CMA. She can be reached at 615-238-0287 or here. Also joining Music City SEG is Dave Pritchett, who will serve as VP/Business Development. Pritchett previously served in the same capacity at Ignited, LLC and has a sports and marketing background with TBA Global Events and Gaylord Entertainment. He can be reached here.

» Got Mid Westcott? As reported earlier today via Twitter and Facebook, Ride Midwest regional Mark Westcott has joined Capstone Music Group in the same capacity. He joins fellow former Ride staffers David Shaw and Jamice Jennings at Capstone in working with new artist Glen Templeton and his debut single "I Could Be The One." Westcott will continue to be based out of Chicago and can be reached at 847-397-6860 or here.

» Significant A-Cumul-ation Expected: A content partnership has been formed between Cumulus Media and American Media's celebrity news site Radar Online and Country Music Media Group, publisher of Country Weekly. The plan is to immediately develop entertainment content and programming for broadcast on Cumulus' Top 40 and Country stations, as well as future syndication. Regarding country, the move gives CMMG access to Cumulus' network and station group, comprised of more than 50 Country outlets, in addition to 36 more when Citadel is acquired this fall. In return, AMI will be promoting the Cumulus stations in its print and digital properties, and the two companies will collaborate to develop integrated advertising strategies and programs.

» Relief Keeps On Truckin': Cumulus' Nashville cluster, which includes Country WSM-FM/Nashville, has organized today's "Operation Tornado Relief," designed to gather essential items for victims of last week's twisters in Alabama. 'SM-FM's Rick & Beth Morning Show kicked off the drive at 6am in the station parking lot, where a local trucking company has parked its donated semis and listener volunteers are assisting with the loading. PD Dan Bowen points out that exactly one year ago, Nashville faced major flooding. "The unrelenting spirit of Nashvillians helped our city get back on its feet, and now everyone is pitching in again to help our friends in Alabama."

» Gold Alabama: Arista's Brad Paisley will donate royalties from "Old Alabama" digital sales to American Red Cross storm relief efforts in the state. According to WSMV-TV/Nashville, Paisley announced the initiative during Tuesday's (5/3) Play On, Nashville Opry Jam, which recognized the anniversary of the 2010 flood. Details here, and donate directly here.

» Poker Faces: The Rapids Jam Throwdown Hold 'Em Benefit poker tournament will kick off the three-day Roanoke Rapids, NC festival June 16. Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Lukas Nelson and Drake White are among the participants. Registrants will also get a VIP pass to the opening night of the festival and a barbeque meet-and-greet lunch with the artists, as well as access to live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit Unite The United Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation. More here.

» See 'Em Yay For CMA: Leadership Music's Dale Franklin Awards Gala honoring the CMA is being opened to a wider industry audience. The Martina McBride-hosted May 17 event will feature performances by Little Big Town, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. Ticket reservations can be made here, and the event password is DFA2011. Patron tickets start at $200 for Leadership Music alumni, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit group.

» Brother, Can You Paradigm? Paradigm Talent Agency has added Billy Ray Cyrus to its roster. Cyrus' 12th album I'm American is set for a summer release and will include a revised version of "Some Gave All" featuring Jamey Johnson, Craig Morgan and Darryl Worley. Cyrus will also star in TLC's Homecoming, during which he will greet returning troops.

» In Case You Missed It: Shania Twain sat for her first television interview in five years on Tuesday's (5/3) Oprah Winfrey show and discussed how her tumultuous childhood and the breakdown of her marriage contributed to her inability to mount a musical comeback. "Life unravels the way it does, and it has an effect on you, but you have to take responsibility for dealing with it," Twain told Winfrey. "So that's what this is about. I'm not happy not singing. I want to sing." Twain also plugged her autobiography From This Moment On, the OWN show Why Not? With Shania Twain and surprised the audience with trips for everyone to the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Twain also promoted the book on Wednesday's (5/4) Today show.

On Tuesday's The Voice, Blake Shelton filled the four remaining spots of his eight-person team with recruits Sara Oromchi (John Lennon's "Imagine"), Tyler Robinson (Train's "Hey, Soul Sister"), Serabee (Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man") and Dia Frampton (Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly").

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the top 5 songs for May 3:
  1. SARA EVANS/A Little Bit Stronger (RCA) 2578 points
  2. MIRANDA LAMBERT/Heart Like Mine (Columbia) 2339 points
  3. BRAD PAISLEY f/ALABAMA/Old Alabama (Arista) 2304 points
  4. RASCAL FLATTS/I Won't Let Go (Big Machine) 2186 points
  5. KENNY CHESNEY/Live A Little (BNA) 2081 points

All airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Greatest Gainers: Here are the greatest point gainers for May 1-3, as compared with the same days last week:
  1. BLAKE SHELTON/Honey Bee (Warner Bros./WMN) +1004 points
  2. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Just A Kiss (Capitol) +673 points
  3. JASON ALDEAN/Dirt Road Anthem (Broken Bow) +599 points
  4. BRAD PAISLEY f/ALABAMA/Old Alabama (Arista) +575 points
  5. JAKE OWEN/Barefoot Blue Jean Night (RCA) +445 points

All airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (5/5): the late Tammy Wynette; Sammy Allred; Doug Baker; Mike Severson; Chris Michaels.

» Tube Check Tomorrow (5/5): Lady Antebellum, American Idol (FOX).

» The Write Stuff: MCA's Ashton Shepherd and Mercury's Randy Montana take a breather from signing autographs at WCTO/Allentown's "New Cats On The Block" show last week. Pictured (l-r) are MCA's Michelle Tyrrell, WCTO-oh-oh-oh-oh's George King, Shepherd, Montana, WCTO's Jerry Padden and Mercury's Sally Green.

» Made In The Shades: Capitol's Darius Rucker, whose future is so bright, visits with Whitney Allen and her Big Time crew during last weekend's Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA. Pictured (l-r) are BT's Mike MacNamee and Jackie Stevens, Rucker, Allen and BT's Justin Michael.

» Gearing Up For Indy: Curb's Ashley Gearing and the WFMS/Indianapolis morning show conveniently find a large station logo prior to Gearing's appearance at the station's annual Country Music Expo Saturday (4/30). Pictured (l-r) are WFMS' Deb Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman, Gearing and WFMS' Jim Denny.

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