Country Aircheck
October 9, 2007

» YouTuba: Sony BMG/Nashville VP/Marketing Tom Baldrica didn't just get to play tuba on the studio version of Brad Paisley's "Online," he recently got the chance to serve up his eight note solo live (l). Baldrica performed at Friday night's Cincinnati stop of Paisley's Bonfires & Amplifiers tour. "When you hear that many people making that much noise – that wall of sound that comes out of the audience – you know why these guys do this," Baldrica told Country Aircheck. "It's fun to be on a No. 1 record, too. I've worked them, played on one, now if I can write one I'll get the trifecta."

» Jacked Hannah: Entercom KBWF (The Wolf)/San Francisco PD Scott Mahalick is cranking up a major promotion centered on the Nov. 1 Hannah Montana tour stop in the area. A station visit by Billy Ray Cyrus and 200 free tickets are in the works. Hear the teaser promo here.

» Gig Alert: We told you in an earlier Breaking News email that Robbins/Nashville has hired promotion vet Tony Benken as VP/Promotion. In case you missed the details, Benken is actively seeking regionals for the label, and can be reached at 615-320-1990 or here.

» Here's Your One Chance Fancy, Don't Let Us Down: Sirius Satellite Radio’s Prime Country will be hosted by guest DJ Reba McEntire Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9pm ET, with encores throughout the weekend.

» As Opposed To The Old Now: 1720 Entertainment’s Rissi Palmer will be a featured artist in Yahoo! Music’s “The New Now” from Oct. 12 - Nov. 21.


»Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are our Top 5 songs for October 8 airplay:

  1. KENNY CHESNEY/Don’t Blink (BNA) 2104 points
  2. TOBY KEITH/Love Me If You Can (Show Dog) 1873 points
  3. BRAD PAISLEY/Online (Arista) 1816 points
  4. TIM MCGRAW/If You’re Reading This (Curb) 1756 points
  5. DIERKS BENTLEY/Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go) (Capitol) 1715 points

All daily airplay data is from Mediabase 24/7.

»Country Aircheck Today Top 5 Downloads: Here are Play MPE’s Top 5 for October 8:

  1. RASCAL FLATTS/Winner At A Losing Game (Lyric Street)
  2. BRAD PAISLEY /Letter To Me (Radio Edit) (Arista)
  3. HAL KETCHUM/One More Midnight (Curb)
  4. LUKE BRYAN/We Rode In Trucks (Capitol)
  5. TRAVIS TRITT/Something Stronger Than Me (Category 5)

»Tube Check Tomorrow (10/10): Taylor Swift, Live with Regis & Kelly (syndicated); LeAnn Rimes, Today Show (NBC); Sara Evans, Good Morning America (ABC)

» Tomorrow’s Birthdays (10/10): John Prine, Tanya Tucker, Austin Clark, Tom Baldrica. Don Browning, Patrick Clark, Denise Roberts, Sheree Latham.

Mobile Home: Captiol’s Luke Bryan shared fashion tips with ADX Communications WYCT (Cat Country)/Pensacola, FL morning man Brent Lane (l) backstage at his show in Mobile, AL.

Klunk Crunk: Big Machine’s Trisha Yearwood (center) huddled up with Dial Global’s Hot Country PD Melody Morgan (l) and MD/Dir. Promo Bob Blackburn after her concert in Cerritos, CA.

Jolly Green Giants: During a recent radio tour stop Johnny Van Zant (l) and WOGI (Froggy 98.3)/Pittsburgh VP/Programming Frank Bell (r) put Columbia’s not so vertically challenged Cliff Blake in his place.

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