September 16, 2010

» Cannon Fired In Indy: Classic Hits WJJK/Indianapolis PD/afternoon personality Steve Cannon has added PD duties for Cumulus Country sister WFMS. He succeeds Vicki Murphy who left to become Communications Director at an area high school last June. Cannon joined WJJK when it was still owned by Susquehanna six years ago. His Country experience includes programming and on-air stints in Florida at WTNT/Tallahassee and WAKT/Panama City. Congratulate him here. And JD Cannon, whose heart rate is hopefully returning to normal after reading that slug, remains MD/afternoons at WFMS.

» Hit On A Shingle: WCYK/Charlottesville, VA re-launched today as "Hitkicker 99.7," ditching "Your Country 99.7." "This is WCYK 2.0," explains PD Lisa Allen. "We’re bringing Central Virginia the same great mix of country hits by today’s biggest superstars, only with a whole new attitude." Accompanying the positioning shift are on-air changes that see Classic Hits sister WZGN (Generations 102.3) morning man Steve Walker teaming with Pam Garrison for WCYK wakeups. Morning co-host Tom Scott heads to middays. Allen remains in afternoons, with Lia and After Midnite with Blair Garner rounding out the schedule.

» Red Handed: Starstruck/Valory's Reba will present Ralph Emery for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame during the Nov. 6 ceremony in Chicago. Other 2010 inductees include NPR's Carl Kasell, Chicago radio's Terri Hemmert, broadcast pioneer Cathy Hughes, the late Sam Phillips and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s "Music and the Spoken Word." The event will be hosted by talk radio's Neal Boortz, and Westwood One will produce and distribute the live, two-hour induction broadcast at 10pm ET. Details here.

» Dennis Racket: Artist manager John Dennis has launched Dennis Entertainment representing Montgomery Gentry, Billy Currington and Coldwater Jane. Reach Dennis here, and Assoc. Managers Alicia Jones and Aaron Kinssies, and Office Manager Grace Shoper at 209 10th Ave. S. #506, Nashville, 37203. Phone: 615-369-0228.

» Nothing's Better Than Ezra: In a realignment of its digital business, Westwood One has promoted Ezra Palmer from VP/Product Development to SVP/Content and Product Development for Metro Traffic and Network Radio. As part of the changes, Richard Kosinksi, GM of WW1's digital group, is leaving the company to join an entrepreneurial venture in the digital space. WW1 is shifting the digital business functions of sales, finance and research into its individual operating divisions.

» Target Acquisition: Big Machine's Taylor Swift has partnered with Target to offer an exclusive deluxe version of Speak Now that includes three new tracks, three re-mixes and 30 minutes of video. The Target version will be available through the retailer the day of release, Oct. 25. Pre-orders are available now here.

» Slacker Uprising: Streaming music provider Slacker has announced plans to add an option in October at $10/month called "Premium Radio" which allows consumers to create their own "stations" by organizing playlists to stream on-demand. The model is akin to existing pay services such as Rhapsody, Rdio and MOG, and is an enhanced alternative to Slacker's existing ad-supported free service and its ad-free Radio Plus tier. As mobile and streaming choices appropriate the word "radio," the term is increasingly becoming less associated with an actual receiver.

» Flood Assurance: Flood-damaged instruments from Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Vince Gill and Peter Frampton are all getting new life as auction items that will ultimately help those who suffered losses in May's Nashville flood. The Nash2O charity, which collects flood-damaged instruments that can be sold as collector's items, is opening an online auction Oct 12 here. The same day, the organization will hold its launch party in downtown Nashville with a handful of instruments on display and several donating artists attending. Proceeds go to several local flood relief nonprofit organizations.

» Big Sky Country: Mercury's Randy Montana will open 15 dates for labelmates Sugarland beginning tonight (9/16) at Huntington, WV's Big Sandy Superstore Arena. See Montana's itinerary here.

» Life Note: Here's to a speedy recovery for Merle Haggard, who has cancelled 10 September tour dates as he battles a chest infection. The 73-year-old hopes "to be back in action soon," and his next scheduled tour stop is Nov. 5 in Fort Worth.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Sept. 15:
  1. LADY ANTEBELLUM/Our Kind Of Love (Capitol) 2205 points
  2. KENNY CHESNEY/The Boys Of Fall (BNA) 2012 points
  3. JOSH TURNER/All Over Me (MCA) 1978 points
  4. EASTON CORBIN/Roll With It (Mercury) 1850 points
  5. LITTLE BIG TOWN/Little White Church (Capitol) 1786 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE's Top 5 for Sept. 15:
  1. LORETTA LYNN, SHERYL CROW, MIRANDA LAMBERT/Coal Miner's Daughter (Columbia)
  2. LANDON MORGAN/This Ain't California (Big Dog)
  3. KEITH URBAN/Put You In A Song (Capitol)
  4. CRAIG MORGAN/Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone (BNA)
  5. JUDDS/I Will Stand By You (Curb)

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (9/17): the late Hank Williams; the late Steve Sanders, Stephen Cochran; Robynn Jaymes, Karl Shannon, Bobby Cudd.

» Tube Check Tonight (9/16): Kenny Chesney, Boys Of Fall (re-air) (ESPN2).

Tube Check Tomorrow (9/17): Zac Brown Band, Pass The Jar: Zac Brown Band And Friends (re-air) (GAC).

» Jo, Bo & Co: WAMZ/Louisville's Coyote Calhoun (l) visits with Columbia's new act Joanna Smith and the label's Bo Martinovich.

» Fair Thee Welcome: Executive Music/CO5's McClymonts kick off their Cuyahoga County Fair show with WGAR/Cleveland staffers. Pictured (l-r) are Sam McClymont, Mollie McClymont, WGAR's Charley Connolly and Chuck Collier, and Brooke McClymont.

» Denver Nugget: BPG's Craig Campbell (l) does the trade pic thing with KYGO/Denver's Garret Doll.





































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