Country Aircheck
June 18, 2007
                         TODAY'S NEWS

» The Thunder Rolls: Country Thunder Records has officially put in place its new promotion team. The new VP/Promotion is Doc Gonzales, who is segueing from Graham Bros. Entertainment's artist management group.

Joining the label are a number of former 903 Music promoters reuniting with former 903 VP and new GBE/Nashville President Bill Mayne. Aboard to handle the Northeast is RJ Jordan, working the Midwest is Bill Heltemes and in for the West Coast is Ray Randall. Jim Dorman shifts from Northeast to Southeast regional promotion. Also joining GBE as Executive Assistant is Wendy Duffy, who spent the last year in affiliate relations for ABC's American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.

The New Black: Label and publishing vet Rob Hendon has been named GM of the newly-formed Black River Music Group. Session player and current Faith Hill touring band leader Jimmy Nichols is head of A&R and Tonya Ginnetti is Director/Artist Relations. Artist signings are expected in the next few weeks, and the label's plans for mainstream Country radio will be developed on an artist by artist basis. "We may bring in one in-house promotions person to coordinate things," Hendon explains. BRMG is located at 1200 16th Ave. S., Nashville, 37212; phone is 615-320-1009.

» Gig Alert: WLLR/Quad Cities, IA-IL middayer Amy Jeffries will be leaving the station August 5 to concentrate on her voice-over business. PD Jim O'Hara is heading up the search for a replacement. Mail demo and resume to him at 3535 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52807 or email 2MB or smaller demos here.

» Flop Sign: KYGO/Denver will sponsor the 11th Annual Water World Belly Flop Contest at Hyland Hills Water World in Federal Heights, CO on June 21. The winner receives a six-night trip for two to Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and a very red belly. Register here.

» Every Mile A Mammary: Capitol's Dierks Bentley wrote candidly of his Bonnaroo experience and his run-in with Sting in a guest blog entry for Entertainment Weekly this past weekend. "The fact that some female audience members chose to use alternative methods for expressing their appreciation was not lost for a second on me and the guys," wrote Bentley.┬áRead the (topless) details here.

» Lifenote: Get-well wishes to singer/actor Ferlin Husky, who is resting in a Missouri hospital following surgery last week to improve blood circulation in his legs.

» Wall Bling: The RIAA has issued platinum Mastertone certification for Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," making it the second Country ringtone to go platinum. Waylon Jennings' "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" was the first.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top Five songs for the week ending June 16. Look for the full chart in the Country Aircheck Music Edition.

  1. TRACY LAWRENCE/Find Out Who Your Friends Are (Rocky Comfort/CO5)
  2. BRAD PAISLEY/Ticks (Arista)
  3. MONTGOMERY GENTRY/Lucky Man (Columbia)
  4. GEORGE STRAIT/Wrapped (MCA)
  5. EMERSON DRIVE/Moments (Midas/New Revolution)

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for June 15:

  1. TIM MCGRAW/If You're Reading This (Curb)
  2. JOANNA COTTEN/The Prize (Warner Bros.)
  3. TRACY LAWRENCE/Til I Was A Daddy Too (Rocky Comfort/CO5)
  4. TOBY KEITH/I Know She Hung The Moon (Show Dog)
  5. PAT GREEN/Way Back Texas (BNA)

» Tube Check Tonight (6/18): Big & Rich, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC).

Tube Check Tomorrow (6/19): Sugarland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC); Toby Keith, Nightline (ABC), The View (ABC), Glenn Beck (Headline News); Clay Walker, Fox & Friends (Fox News); Bon Jovi, The Today Show (NBC).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (6/19): Blake Shelton, Chris Carroll, Julie Reeves, Shelley Rose, Brian Hill.

Pulling Strings: For its first event since the station's launch in March, KBWF/San Francisco hosted a guitar pull at the Fillmore Auditorium. MD/middayer Nikki Landry (second from right) poses here with performers Steve Holy (far left), Ty Herndon and Mark Wills (far right).

Hole Hearted: WBWN/Bloomington, IL recently partnered with the local police department for the annual "Cop On Top" event to raise money for the Special Olympics of Illinois. Air personalities and police officers took shifts sitting atop a local Dunkin' Donuts, raising $10,466 in 12 hours. Pictured (l-r) are PD/afternooner Dan Westhoff, APD/MD/middayer Buck Stevens, Officer Todd Keil and Officer Bill Wright.

Fever Pitch: KKNG/Oklahoma City morning co-host KC Shepard (far right) spent some time at Country Fever Fest in Pryor, OK recently, catching up with (l-r) Cowboy Troy and Big & Rich's Big Kenny and John Rich.

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