Happy Pete: Pamal WKLI & WKBE/Albany, NY APD/afternoon personality Pete Kelly has been promoted to PD/Brand Manager. Programming duties had been handled by Corp. Dir./Operations & Programming Kevin Callahan since his arrival last year (CAT 11/28/22). "In the 10 months Pete and I have been working together, he's shown a passion, willingness to learn and dedication that will surely bring further and greater success to the station," says Callahan. Kelly joined WKLI in 2017 (CAT 5/30/17) from then-Top 40 sister WKBE. Reach him here.
In This Issue (9/25)
“Who is Jimmy Webb? Why don’t more people know this guy?
Most People Are Gouda: Capitol's Luke Bryan (c) welcomes CMT/SXM's Cody Alan and CMT's Marley Sherwood to the Brooklyn, WI stop of his Farm Tour. Catch the interview on SXM The Highway tomorrow morning and CMT Hot 20 Saturday and Sunday morning.
Yee Hawnt: Broken Bow's Dustin Lynch talks Killed The Cowboy with Audacy's Katie Neal (top) and The Big 615's Storme Warren.
Kiss Gave Me A Wheelin': Russell Dickerson's Big Wheels & Backroads Tour stops in Philadelphia. Pictured (l-r) are Audacy's Tim Clarke, Triple Tigers' Diane Lockner, Music Choice's Jim Murphy, Dickerson and WXCY/Wilmington, DE's Charlie Maxx.
Wiz KhaFIFA: Warner/WAR's Chase Matthew (r) with Cumulus' Charlie Cook at WKDF and Nashville Soccer Club's Kick Childhood Cancer benefit show.
DiverCity: Performers Angie K, Adam Mac, Denitia, Chely Wright, Valerie Ponzio, Nick Tabron, Camille Parker, Fancy Hagood, Sam Williams and Dalton Dover (l-r) at CMT's Equal Access City Winery showcase.
Signage: Writing and artist development partners David Ray Stevens and Philip Mosley signed with Warner Chappell Music. Pictured (l-r) are WCM's BJ Hill, Stevens, Mosley, attorney Jeremy Brook and WCM's Alexa Morris.
J Walk: Mercury's Josh Ross with the label's Jill Brunett (l) and KSSN/Little Rock’s Jess Jennings.
Girl With A Country Song: 19 Recordings/Wheelhouse's HunterGirl (l) with WFUS/Tampa's Ashley Morrison.
Core Memory: Singer/songwriter Alexandra Kay showcases her new album, All I've Ever Known, for TuneCore. Pictured (l-r) are Hayley Roets, John Graffo, Kaitlyn O’Donnell, Kay, Maria Ho-Burge and Kevin Cornell.
Signage: Songwriter Josh Thompson extends his publishing deal with MV2 Entertainment. Pictured (l-r) are MV2's Tony Harrell, Thompson, Ben Strain, and Nicole Sherrill.
Signage: Singer/songwriter Zandi Holup signs with Big Loud. Pictured (l-r) are Big Loud's Sara Knabe, Greg Thompson, Stacy Blythe, Candice Watkins, Patch Culbertson, Holup, Nate Yetton, Seth England, Joey Moi and Austen Adams.
Sneak Creek: Valory's Conner Smith visits the Country Aircheck
museum office to preview songs from an upcoming project. Pictured (l-r) are the label's Ashley Sidoti and George Briner, Smith and Country Aircheck's Chuck Aly, Caitlin DeForest, Phyllis Stark, Addie Morton and Kevin Carroll.
Chancin' In The Country: EMI Nashville's Tyler Hubbard (c) with KCYE/Las Vegas' Ransom Garcia, wife Danielle and son Beckham at Red Rock Casino.
Hooba Swank: Triple Tigers' Scotty McCreery plays KYGO Tracy & Fizz's Hoobajoob in Denver. Pictured (l-r) are the label's Dave Collins, the station's Shawn Patrick, McCreery and the station's Brian Michel and Bryan "B-Dub" Washington.
Long Hall: Warner/WEA's Ian Munsick performs for Troubadour members at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 11th annual Nightfall at the Hall. Pictured (back, l-r) are CMHoF's Ben Hall, Troubadour's Katie Cline Moore, Munsick and CMHoF's Lisa Purcell and Katherine Smith; (front, l-r) Troubadour's Patrick Thomas, Nina Jenkins Fisher and Zach Farnum.
Three's A Proud: Lee Greenwood (l) receives the 2023 Charlie Daniels Patriot Award from Major General (Ret.) Max Haston (c) and The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project's David Corlew during the fifth annual Patriot Awards.
Signage: Trio The Castellows sign with Make Wake Artists and WME. Pictured (l-r) are WME's Kevin Falck and Kanan Vitolo the trio's Elli, Lily and Powell and MWA's HB Riordan and Chris Kappy.
Clap Naturally: Former KNIX/Phoenix MD Buddy Alan Owens (l) celebrates his induction into the Greater Arizona Country Music Association Hall of Fame with event emcee and KNIX alum Jim West.
"Cancel" Culture: Magnolia's Randy Houser (r) with KMLE/Phoenix's Drew Bland at the station's 8 Man Jam.
The Little Big 615: The Big 615's Storme Warren (c) with Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet.
I'm With The Brand: Past and present KSCS/Dallas staffers celebrate the station's 50th anniversary. Pictured (l-r) are "Trapper" John Morris, Al Farb, Chris Huff, Allan Peck, Mark "Hawkeye" Louis and Michelle Rodriguez. Check out the group pic in tonight's (9/25) Country Aircheck Weekly.
Signage: Songwriter/producer Ben West signs with Creative Nation for publishing and producer management. Pictured (l-r) are Creative Nation's Abby Holcomb, Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy Worob & Averill LLP's T.D. Ruth, and Creative Nation's Luke Laird, West, Emily Furman, Beth Laird, Alex Tamashunas, and Kelsey Granda.
WKLI - Pete Kelly
Brooke TaylorBuy The Brooke: iHeartMedia WSIX/Nashville midday personality Brooke Taylor has signed a multiyear contract renewal with the company. She is also heard in middays on WCOL/Columbus, OH and nights on KWBL/Denver. "Nashville, you're stuck with me," she posted on social media. "I am truly grateful and blessed to have one of those ‘get to’ jobs." Reach her here.
Country AirChuck: Country Aircheck VP/GM Chuck Aly has been named President/COO, continuing to report to Publisher/CEO Lon Helton. "Butch had Sundance. Rachel had Monica. John Dutton has Rip. For the last 17 years I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Chuck by my side," Helton says. "He took a huge chance when he left Radio & Records 17 years ago following its purchase by Billboard to join me on this little escapade called Country Aircheck. I couldn’t have done it without him; I wouldn’t have done it without him. So earned, so deserved. Hopefully this new title will keep him around another 17 years." Adds Aly, "The nationwide community around country music – as a business and an artform – inspires me greatly. I'm incredibly grateful to Lon, the talented Country Aircheck team and everyone in the industry for letting me be a part of telling this story." Aly helped establish the trade publication in 2006; priors include Radio & Records, Music Row and Shock Ink/Force. Contact him here.
WKRO's Thornton Departs
WKRO's Thornton Departs: Southern Stone WKRO/Daytona Beach APD/MD Brad Thornton has resigned and is seeking his next opportunity. He joined from WQIK/Jacksonville last year (CAT 10/7/22). VP/Programming Jonathan Wiley (DJ Tremble) is looking for a successor willing to "go to a lot of country shows, meet the biggest and newest artists in the genre and represent the station in Nashville a couple of times a year." Social media skills are a must; send résumés to Tremble here. Reach Thornton here.
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