September 7, 2010

» Nixon Did It: KRMD-FM/Shreveport, LA. PD/afternoon personality Todd Nixon is leaving the Cumulus station for similar duties at Clear Channel's WCKT/Ft. Myers. His last day in Louisiana is Sept. 17, and he expects to be in the new gig a few days after that, filling a position that has been open since the November 2009 departure of Mark Wilson. Nixon joined KRMD-FM in April 2008 after stints at WYCT/Pensacola, FL, WYZB/Ft. Walton Beach, FL, WCTO/Allentown and KILT-FM/Houston.

» Jordan Leaves KSKS: Peak Broadcasting's KSKS/Fresno middayer Greg Lane and afternoon jock "Gnarley Charley" Fitzgerald have moved to mornings with the departure of PD/morning co-host Tom Jordan. Concurrently, morning co-host Erica Pierce moves to middays. Station VP/GM Patty Hixson says information regarding the open PD post as well as afternoons will be forthcoming, noting, "Tom Jordan's incredible work ethic and professionalism will be missed. [He] made sure our station remained the leading Country station in the Central Valley, and we wish him well in his new endeavors." Jordan tells Country Aircheck his contract was up and the decision not to renew was mutual. Prior to KSKS, Jordan had programming stops at KBUL/Reno, NV and KWNR/Las Vegas. He's looking for his next opportunity and can be reached at 559-940-4104 or here.

» Just Your Average Cruze: Former WUSY/Chattanooga, TN OM/PD Jay Cruze has joined Average Joes Entertainment for regional promotion, with a focus on the Southeast. According to AJE CEO Shannon Houchins, Jay "furthers our viewpoint by bringing years of experience and a unique perspective to the team, and we are happy to have him on board." Cruze, who left WUSY in May (CAT 5/3), starts today (9/7) and can be reached at 423-580-3549 or here.

» Sherwood Do More: Westwood One President Rod Sherwood is overseeing the company's Network Radio division with the departure of division President Gary Schonfeld, who is returning to his firm Adlarge Media. Sherwood will work closely with new Chairman Mark Stone and Chairman Emeritus Norm Pattiz as he takes on the new duties. "Gary has made substantial contributions to the growth of Network Radio since he joined Westwood One over two years ago,” Sherwood says. "His experience in the radio industry helped Network Radio continue to hold its leadership position ... we thank him for all of his contributions."

» News Cow Blues: Great Circle Radio's Classic Country KAFF-AM/Flagstaff morning host Peter Bruce has moved into a news role, delivering expanded local coverage to the four-station cluster, which includes Country KAFF-FM. A 27-year company vet, Bruce will be replaced in mornings by KAFF-FM afternooner Cody Dugan, who will handle both shifts. “KAFF-AM & FM have always had the reputation of being the source for local news and information in Northern Arizona, and we want to continue to live up to that standard as well as to provide that same expectation for listeners of 93.9 The Mountain and Magic 106.1/Magic 99.1," GM Shaun Holly says.

» The Flattered Side Of Me: Country Music Hall Of Famer Merle Haggard is among the five 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey will be celebrated during a Dec. 5 ceremony in Washington, DC that will be taped for a special airing Dec. 28 on CBS-TV. Details here.

» Blue York: Capitol's Dierks Bentley will headline a four-night run in New York City beginning Oct. 18. The Del McCoury Band, the Punch Brothers, Jessi Alexander, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall Stewart will join Bentley for various nights at different venues around town including the Bowery Ballroom, the City Winery, Joe's Pub and South Paw. Sirius/XM will broadcast the shows on The Highway and Bluegrass Junction channels. Complete tour schedule here.

» Over Hallin': Capitol's Keith Urban will host his second We're All For The Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum Oct. 5 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Charley Pride are on the bill. "This year we've created a musical theme called 'Heroes,'" Urban says. "I've asked each artist to play one of their favorite songs from one of their country heroes, besides, of course, one of their own hits." "I'm In," "Making Memories" and "Once In A Lifetime" VIP packages including a post-concert party, a one-year membership to the Museum, a commemorative autographed Hatch Show Print and other incentives will be available beginning Sept. 17 here.

» Whiskey King: BNA's Kenny Chesney will premiere Hemingway's Whiskey via a 90-minute radio special presented by Bob Kingsley's KCCS Productions. More than 130 stations have already signed on to air the Kingsley-hosted special. It will be made available Sept. 23 in advance of the Sept. 28 album release. Contact Shawn Studer at 817-599-4099 or here for details.

» Three Stand: Capitol's Lady Antebellum and Country Music Hall Of Famer Kris Kristofferson have been added to Friday's (9/10) Stand Up To Cancer multi-network telethon. They'll join Martina McBride and other performers for the 8pm ET simulcast. Details here.

» These Go To 11: A reworked version of Bridgette Tatum's "Loud" is the anthem for the Atlantic Coast Conference's 2010 football season. Tatum filmed an ACC football highlights music video for the track, which will be featured during fall coverage on the Raycom Sports Network. Details and video here.

» Dog Gone Crazy: Best wishes to Carter's Chord's Emily Robertson and Trailer Choir's  Marc "Butter" Fortney on their surprise marriage Monday night (8/6). The Show Dog-Universal label mates were hitched at Nashville's 12th & Porter during what was supposed to be a birthday party for Butter. Instead TC's Big Vinny served as, according to his Twitter, the "world's largest ring bearer!"

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for the week ending Sept. 4. Look for the full chart in tonight's Country Aircheck Weekly.
  1. BILLY CURRINGTON/Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer (Mercury)
  2. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Our Kind Of Love (Capitol)
  3. LEE BRICE/Love Like Crazy (Curb)
  4. BLAKE SHELTON/All About Tonight (Reprise/WMN)
  5. KENNY CHESNEY/The Boys Of Fall (BNA)

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Sept. 6:
  1. BLAKE SHELTON/Who Are You When I'm Not Looking (Reprise/WMN)
  2. CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Mama's Song (19/Arista)
  3. SARA EVANS/A Little Bit Stronger (RCA)
  4. JEWEL/Ten (Valory)
  5. JAMEY JOHNSON/Playing The Part (Mercury)

» Tube Check Tomorrow (9/8): Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton Live: It's All About Tonight (GAC).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (9/8): the late Patsy Cline; the late Jimmie Rodgers; the late Harlan Howard; Jason Sturgeon; Troy Barnett; Eddie Haskell; Angela Kaset; Michelle Tyrrell; Tim Wilson.

» Under Carriage: 19/Arista's Carrie Underwood (l) hangs with KEEY/Minneapolis PD Gregg Swedberg last Tuesday (8/31) before playing the Minnesota State Fair.

» Eclipsing The Sun: KKBQ/Houston's Johnny Chiang and Republic/Nashville's Sunny Sweeney check out their spoils after robbing a local convenience store.

» Bunny You Mentioned It: MCA's David Nail hops on over to visit with WXBQ/Johnson City, TN-VA's The Rabbit staffers. Pictured (l-r) are WXBQ's Bill Hagy, Nail, the station's Regina Kilgore and UMG's Joe Putnam, all of whom are photo-bombed by the WXBQ Rabbit.







































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