Country Aircheck
 August 26, 2009

» Vital Morgan's: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions and Radio Network Pres./COO Charlie Morgan has been named Emmis VP/Market Manager for the company's Indianapolis cluster, which includes Country WLHK. He succeeds the late Tom Severino, who succumbed to lung cancer in July (CAT 7/6). Morgan previously spent more than 20 years with crosstown Susquehanna, now Cumulus, working his way up from personality to PD, OM and eventually VP/MM, which included oversight of Country WFMS. He starts Sept. 14.

» Changes At KSD: Clear Channel's KSD/St. Louis morning co-host/middayer Jill Devine has taken over mornings following the July departure of AM driver Craig Cornett. PD/PM driver Billy Greenwood moves to middays and seeks an afternoon host. Send airchecks and resumes here (Subject line: PM Personality) or to Clear Channel Communications, Attn: HR Re: PM Personality, 1001 Highlands Plaza Dr. West, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63110.

» Jeffro Exits WMZQ: Clear Channel's WMZQ/Washington, DC APD/MD/middayer Jeffrey "Jeffro" Mason exited the station today (8/26). PD Meg Stevens is accepting airchecks and resumes for an MD/middayer here. Jeffro spent nearly two years at 'MZQ and the three before that helming nights at WKIS/Miami. He is looking for his next gig and can be reached at 630-370-7473 or here.

» Switch On: Beasley's KCYE/Las Vegas made the switch to 102.7 from 104.3 yesterday (8/25) at 3:01pm PT. As we told you in May (CAT 5/29), the station's signal and frequency were among the company's assets sold to Ed Stolz's Silver State Communications.

» PD/Mornings Open At WWNU: Double O/Columbia, SC GM Chuck McKay is seeking a PD and morning show for Country WWNU, following Monday's (8/24) exit of OM/PD/morning co-host Tyler Ryan and co-host Ken Heron. Send airchecks and resumes here. Consultant Rusty Walker is handling the station's music until a PD is named. PM driver Glen Garret is currently filling mornings, while night personality Mike Lockaby handles afternoons and swing jock Ed Byrd takes on evenings. The OM post will not be filled at this time. Contact Ryan and Heron through their website here.

» Love Is A Many Tendered Thing: Congrats to Reba and the Valory Music Co. team on the No. 1 overall sales debut of Keep On Loving You, with 96,000 copies sold. It surpasses George Strait's Twang, which is in its second week out, by nearly 35,000 units. This is Reba's first album to reach the top all-genre position, and establishes her as the female artist with the most career No. 1 country albums.

» Senior High: Former RCA Dir./Media Lori Genes joined Capitol/Nashville as Sr. Dir./Media & Public Relations Monday (8/24). She succeeds Dir./Publicity Judy McDonough, who left the company in July (CAT 7/27). Genes exited Sony/Nashville in January, along with four other staffers (CAT 1/22).

» Vocal Wrest: "After the last 24 hours, I officially have nothing left to say." That was the final word from Jack Ingram after setting the Guinness World Record for "Most Consecutive Radio Interviews In 24 Hours," an effort that started yesterday and wrapped this morning (8/26). After 215 calls spanning 50 states and four countries, Ingram concluded the marathon with a performance of his single "Barefoot & Crazy" on FOX & Friends.

» Reminder: The deadline for 2010 Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame submissions is Sept. 18. Applications can be found here. Contact info for the nominee or next of kin must be included.

» All A Twitter: The CMA is hosting a Tweet 'N' Greet during the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock ABC-TV telecast Aug. 31. Trace Adkins (@traceadkins), Dierks Bentley (@dierksbentley), Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum), Martina McBride (@martinamcbride), Reba (@reba), Kellie Pickler (@therealpickler) and the Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) will all be tweeting their observations and behind-the-scenes tidbits on

» Believers In Love: Dr. Maya Angelou sat down with artists Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio and Randy Houser for the two-part radio special Spirit And Country Music on the Oprah & Friends Radio Network today (8/26). The special will re-air on Saturday (8/29) and Sunday (8/30) on Sirius XM 156 and 195. Audioclips will be available here tomorrow (8/27) at 10am CT.

» Labor & Delivery: Capitol's Luke Bryan will host Westwood One's America's Opry Weekend Number One Party Labor Day radio special. Interviews and Opry performances from Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are included. Programmers can call 917-957-5028 for details.

» No West For The Click Id: Watch Taylor Swift as "Maria" in MTV's "VMA Side Story" clip promoting the 2009 Video Music Awards Sept. 13 at 9pm ET.

» Moment Hum: BNA's Kenny Chesney wrote "This Is Our Moment" to be used extensively across all ESPN platforms (including ABC-TV) in college football coverage this fall. The song was written the night before Chesney co-hosted College Game Day last October. It premieres at 7pm ET Sept. 3 as part of Football Kickoff Weekend.

» PA System: Curb's Tim McGraw has added a club concert prior to his "NFL Opening Kickoff" performance Sept. 10 in Pittsburgh. McGraw will play the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown, PA Sept. 9 benefiting his Neighbor's Keeper Foundation. Details here.

» Class Half Full: Artists Big Kenny, Heidi Newfield, Bucky Covington, Jack Ingram and Emily West will be contestants on Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? premiering Sept. 21-25 on CMT as part of "Country Music Week." All will be playing for the charity of their choice. Details here.

» Click & Save: "Love Lives On" by Mallary Hope is iTunes' "Single of the Week." Download free here.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Aug. 25:

  1. JASON ALDEAN/Big Green Tractor (BBR) 2241 points
  2. RASCAL FLATTS/Summer Nights (Lyric Street) 2107 points
  3. GEORGE STRAIT/Living For The Night (MCA) 2007 points
  4. RANDY HOUSER/Boots On (Universal South) 1970 points
  5. TOBY KEITH/American Ride (Show Dog) 1747 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 4 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Aug. 25:

  1. TAYLOR SWIFT/Fifteen (Big Machine)
  2. DARIUS RUCKER/History In The Making (Capitol)
  3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD/Simple Life (Roadrunner/Bigger Picture)
  4. TAYLOR SWIFT/Fifteen: TSA (Teen Service Announcement) (Big Machine)
  5. KELLIE PICKLER/Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You (19/BNA)

» Tube Check Tomorrow (8/27): Darius Rucker, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (8/26): Jeff Cook (Alabama), Jimmy C. Newman, Jeffrey Steele, Colleen Addair, Mac Daniels, Andrea Dresdale, Beth Kindig, Frances Preston, Cassandra Tynes.

The Fair-y Godfather: Lyric Steet's Sarah Buxton enjoys the Indiana State Fair with WFMS/Indianapolis MD JD Cannon. Buxton's set on the station's free stage included her single "Outside My Window."

Moore Paint: Valory's Justin Moore (c) gears up for his show at Raleigh's City Limits Saloon with WQDR MD/night jock Billy Dukes and his wife Amanda.

Foster Chillin': KPLX/Dallas' Live From The Front Porch host Ryan Fox (l) chatted with Radney Foster for the show's broadcast this Sunday (8/30). Foster's new album Revival is out next Tuesday Sept. 1.


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