2021 APRIL 26 CountryInsider.com | Sign Up For Daily Email Here “Bud and Broadway” Plot Radio Domination. A year ago this week, COVID-19-related staff reductions silenced morning duo Bud Ford and Jerry Broadway on Hubbard WIL St. Louis (92.3). Despite that unexpected interruption to their career momentum, they achieved a long-time goal during the year of the pandemic, syndicating their “Bud and Broadway” show with SuiteRadio. Now they’re back on-air with 20 affiliate stations in 10 states. “We had to syndicate and innovate or we were going to be left behind,” Ford tells Country Insider. Despite setbacks and stalled negotiations with potential syndicators, the men continued to host their show each weekday on Facebook and YouTube in the months that followed the layoff. “We had to go back to square one and go, ‘What can we do without a mothership station?” Broadway says. “That changed the tone of all of the conversations.” (Continued on page 4)
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“The events opened the city’s eyes”: How K102 Guided Listeners Through Tense Times In Minneapolis. Jason Aldean To Livestream Sold-Out May 15 Concert At The Bonnaroo Farm. Dierks Bentley Returns To The Road With Five-Date “High Times & Hangovers” Tour. Former KILT Midday Personality Erin Austin Joins Memphis Hot AC As Morning Show Co-Host. Consultant Mike O’Malley On An Audience Engagement Tool Rooted In Your Own Behavior.
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Dave Taft Chelsea Thomas Afternoons/Market Afternoons Top 5 Bands Of SVP, Programming Top 5 Favs on the Charts Right Now: 106.7 The Bull/KWBL All Time: B-93/WBCT Denver, CO Grand Rapids, MI 1. Hell of a View - Eric Church 2. Somebody Like That - 1. Alabama Tenille Arts 2. Brooks and Dunn 3. Freedom Was a Highway - 3. Rascal Flatts Jimmie Allen/Brad Paisley 4. Almost Maybes - 4. Statler Brothers Jordan Davis 5. Little Big Town 5. The Good Ones - Gabby Barrett
Jason Aldean To Stream May Concert From The Bonnaroo Farm. Jason Aldean’s May 15 concert at The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, TN, has sold out, but fans will be able to see it via a global livestream. Tickets, priced at $15, are on sale now at the VEEPS website and will allow viewers to re-watch Aldean’s 90-minute set for 24 hours after the concert. Elvie Shane provides direct support for the show.
Dierks Bentley Brings Back “High Times & Hangovers” Club Tour. For the first time since 2006, Dierks Bentley will play a run of club dates billed as the “High Times & Hangovers” tour this May. The tour starts May 11 in Isle of Palms, SC, and continues through Greenville, SC; Charlotte, NC; Gainesville, FL; and Knoxville, TN. Cody Canada & The Departed will open the concerts, which go on sale to fan-club members on Tuesday and to the public on Friday. Bentley also has a series of festival and casino dates scheduled for the summer.
KMIT Mitchell, SD’s Tim Smith Retiring After Nearly 50 Years. Tim Smith, morning co-host and Sports Director at Saga Communications KMIT Mitchell, SD (105.9), is retiring after nearly 50 years in the market. Smith joined the former KORN in 1973 as a sports announcer and later moved to KMIT. He is the longtime voice of Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan University athletics. “I am not retiring because I don’t like to do it anymore and the excitement is gone,” he told the Mitchell Republic. “What I will miss is the interaction with the coaches and with the kids. That’s the great part of it.”
Nashville-Headquartered Reliant Talent Agency Announces Launch. Talent agents Steve Lassiter, Matt McGuire and Heath Baumhor announce the launch of Nashville-based boutique entertainment company Reliant Talent Agency. The agency’s multi-genre roster includes country acts Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Little Texas, David Lee Murphy, Travis Tritt and Phil Vassar. Additional agents at the company include Chris Burke, Chris Gaulke, Fred Hanson, Jeff Howard, Chris Looney and Frank Wing. “The team of partners and staff are all industry veterans with years of experience and forward-thinking,” Lassiter said in a release. “We are invested and motivated to unify with artists and help them continue to reach new audiences and opportunities in other areas of representation.”
3 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com Bud and Broadway’s Syndication Plan Continues. (Continued from page 1) Fortunately, during their four years at WIL, “Bud and Broadway adds that the men always planned Broadway” had won the 2017 and 2019 Academy on syndication as they took their show to larger of Country Music Broadcast Award for On-Air markets. From their stint in Dothan to iHeartMedia Personality of the Year, sandwiching a Major Market “106.1 The Twister” KTGX Tulsa, OK, then to WIL, Ford Personality of the Year award from the Country and Broadway knew they had a show that listeners Music Association between enjoyed. the two ACM wins. “We’ve always looked at “We banked on being ACM syndication as a security and CMA winners,” Ford blanket,” Broadway says. says, “and we put together “We figured if you get big something that you just enough that you can be can’t buy on most markets’ on 40, 50 radio stations budget.” it’s a little more difficult for somebody to come No “mothership station” in and go, ‘I don’t like also meant no recording the shirt you’re wearing studio, but Ford had space today, you’re fired.’” at his home, and Broadway had a woodshop and Even before the could build the furniture. pandemic forced their Unfortunately, Broadway’s truck was hit during the hand, Ford and Broadway planned to make 2020 delivery to Ford’s house, and half the furniture was their year for syndication. The two held meetings lost to the highway. with potential partners during Country Music Seminar that February in Nashville, only to have “It’s a great metaphor for the last 12 months,” discussions stall a few weeks later as much of the Broadway says with a laugh. “We put the studio world went together and figured it out. We took one step on hiatus. forward each day and by September we had this By August, thing ready to go.” though, they The pair first joined forces in 2010 when Broadway’s had signed with morning show partner in Dothan, AL, left. As Houston-based program SuiteRadio. They director at launched the WTVY (then show a month owned later. “Bud and by Magic Broadway” now can be heard in Alabama, Arkansas, Broadcasting), Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Broadway and South Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma, hired Ford where they’re carried by KTGX competitor Griffin to host Communications “98.5 The Bull” KVOO Tulsa. afternoons. The men became friends and often “We’re both program directors and we decided that found themselves entertaining lunch crowds at a when we put this show together we were going to local barbecue establishment. Their chemistry was make a show that either one of us would hire to put undeniable, so Broadway invited Ford to join him on on one of our stations,” Broadway says. “I believe this the station’s morning show. show is different than any other show out there.”
By the second break on their first day, Broadway While the next milestone is 50 affiliates, Ford says the knew he had found his permanent morning-show ultimate goal is to be on “every station in America. … partner. “There is chemistry here,” he says. “Bud’s We want to be on 450, but 50 would be nice.” comedic timing is ridiculous, and things happen on our show that just don’t happen anywhere else.” (Continued on page 7)
4 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com How K102 Guided Listeners Through A Tense Year In Minneapolis. While most country music stations have navigated soon, everything would be okay again,” Carr says. “We social justice issues during the last year, none have went out of format, and we played it. He didn’t know if faced the challenges of iHeartMedia “K102” KEEY his home was still there. So many listeners called in said Minneapolis. KEEY has effectively led its community it was the most moving thing they had ever heard.” through the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, which resulted in large-scale protests, as well as last The team’s excellence in executing this mission likely week’s guilty verdict of police officer Derek Chauvin. played a role in the Country Music Association naming K102 the Major Market Personality of the Year. Also “Our company provided excellent guidance for impressive was the show’s handling of the issues emergency situations,” VP of Programming Gregg surrounding COVID-19 and its ability to raise $1 million Swedberg tells Country Insider. “We were prepared for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a with FEMA cards for access. Many of the protocols pandemic, all while keeping its listeners laughing. established for COVID applied, with smaller office staffs, so we always felt safe. If there had been any “We embraced the vigils and peaceful protests,” Carr issues, we could broadcast from home. says. “There were many people that demonstrated peacefully, and we “When the verdict came down, we were conveyed that those people should be prepared for either possibility, even heard and not ignored. though the feeling locally was very strong that it would come out the way it “We heard from people affected by did. I would venture to say that almost George Floyd’s death, and we put them everyone is happy with the verdict here.” on the air. We heard from people who couldn’t get into their homes and businesses in The “Chris Carr & Company” morning team knew the days after due to the fires and we put them on the trial’s outcome would divide their listeners. “We the air, too. The emotion we all felt the most from reported on the news and information without any our audience, and within ourselves, was sadness. strong pontification,” Carr says. “We told people the People were rightfully concerned about themselves verdicts, when the sentencing would be and how and others. We made sure to report on what was people responded at the courthouse and at the happening and how to best help them.” gatherings where George Floyd died.” Carr says the station moved to a focus that was a “All the listener research we saw on this topic indicated delicate balance of those who were helping as opposed that our audience had an interest in the topic but did to those who were making things worse. “We talked not want a constant stream of opinion on the issues.” incessantly about how our audience could help those affected to the point that food banks had to call off The station was likely better prepared last week some of the drop-off locations because they didn’t have because it had quickly developed a broadcast plan last any transitional space to put the donations,” Carr says. year during last the five nights of protests following Floyd’s murder. With damages topping $500 million, it “This was a turning point. Yes, everyone was still sad became the nation’s second-costliest civil disturbance, and concerned, but seeing the incredible outpouring behind only the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the of love and support from people inside the city of police beating of Rodney King. Minneapolis to our far-reaching rural communities gave us all feelings of hope.” “Last summer was more of a surprise because, in honesty, the community response was When asked what advice he could give other stations, unprecedented,” Swedberg says. “We opened the Swedberg says, “I think it would be wrong to just do airwaves for public reaction, as everyone was feeling what we did and apply it across the board. things they hadn’t felt. The events opened the city’s eyes, which had been shut for too long.” “I think the biggest lesson has been, everything you do when you’re not in an emergency helps you when Carr tells of a man prevented from reaching his home there is one. The audience builds trust over time and by because of fires. “He called in and asked us to play ‘Oh, seeing the station respond long before things go crazy.” Happy Day’ on K102 because he wanted a song that would tell him and everyone that one day, hopefully — Beverly Keel
5 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com POWER TITLE AIRPLAY RETENTION CALL OUT AUDIO POWER SALES COMPOSITE # ARTIST - LABEL The Good Ones 1 9 15 1 1 1 1 GABBY BARRETT - Warner/WAR Forever After All 12 x 16 3 3 2 2 LUKE COMBS - River House/Columbia Nash Made For You 2 3 5 4 9 3 3 JAKE OWEN - Big Loud Lady 6 14 1 18 15 4 4 BRETT YOUNG - BMLG Breaking Up Was Easy In The... 4 16 9 11 13 5 5 SAM HUNT - MCA Nashville Long Live 9 4 3 5 21 6 6 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - BMLG Waves 34 x 4 16 4 7 7 LUKE BRYAN - Capitol Nashville Hell Of A View 5 8 30 6 10 8 8 ERIC CHURCH - EMI Nashville Starting Over 17 6 41 2 5 9 9 CHRIS STAPLETON - Mercury Nashville Just The Way f/Blanco Brown 10 18 2 10 17 10 10 PARMALEE - Stoney Creek NATIONAL CALLOUT TITLE N`EAST MID WEST WEST SOUTH # ARTIST Lady 1 1 2 6 1 Young, Brett Just The Way 3 5 4 5 2 Parmalee & Blanco Brown Long Live 12 4 1 18 3 Florida Georgia Line Waves 35 3 8 1 4 Bryan, Luke Made For You 11 2 13 28 5 Owen, Jake Glad You Exist 4 16 9 11 6 Dan + Shay We Didn't Have Much 19 6 12 19 7 Moore, Justin Famous Friends 15 10 11 17 8 Young, Chris & Kane Brown Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90'S 2 9 35 20 9 Hunt, Sam Single Saturday Night 13 13 18 9 10 Swindell, Cole ACTION - UNDEREXPOSED TITLE AIRPLAY COMPOSITE # ARTIST - LABEL LUKE BRYAN 34 7 1 27 - Waves RYAN HURD W/MAREN MORRIS 40 23 2 17 - Chasing After You LILY ROSE 50 35 3 15 - Villain LUKE COMBS 12 2 4 10 - Forever After All KENNY CHESNEY 38 28 5 10 - Knowing You ELVIE SHANE 28 19 6 9 - My Boy CHRIS STAPLETON 17 9 7 8 - Starting Over KEITH URBAN WITH P!NK 21 13 8 8 - One Too Many LITTLE BIG TOWN 31 24 9 7 - Wine, Beer, Whiskey KANE BROWN 36 29 10 7 - Worship You Bud and Broadway’s Syndication Plan Continues. (Continued from page 4) “Bud and Broadway” teams Ford and Broadway surrounds it,” Ford says. “Our job is to provide with engineer/producer T. Wall and country music comedy, and the reality is, whatever is happening in correspondent “Sweet Becca from the Country the world is happening to the people that like hillbilly Mecca” Becca Walls, who says there has never been a music and to the people that like hip-hop and to the dull moment working with Ford and Broadway. people that like classic rock and to “With their quick wit and improvisational humor, I the people that like never know what they’re going to say,” Walls says. classic hits.” “Somehow, they even make my country music news funny, and in a With many world that can stations focused sometimes be on localization, heavy or negative the two are also or sad, Bud and available for local Broadway provide a endorsements, commercials and other opportunities great escape with a within each market. “We can be as local as you want lot of laughs.” us to be,” Ford says. “It’s all about how you write it. We can be local; you just have to give us that While the 20 opportunity.” current affiliates are country stations, “Bud and Broadway” is open to other genres. They’re in talks Looking back, Ford and Broadway advise the with a classic rock station that could become their necessity of having a plan B, especially in a pandemic 21st affiliate. year. “If you believe in yourself and you believe in what you’re doing, don’t give up,” Broadway says. “Funny is funny, it doesn’t matter what song
7 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com Consultant Mike O’Malley On An Audience Engagement Tool Rooted In Your Own Behavior. This is familiar, right? You’re watching TV while Opportunities simultaneously using your smartphone or tablet to jump over to IMDB.com for info about whatever Taking advantage of second-screen-type Hallmark romance or “blow-things-up” movie is on. engagement provides opportunities for programming and sales. I recently brainstormed Or you see a product advertised, look it up online a dozen. Here are three. Consider how they could and then text a friend to see if they’ve tried it. initiate a station or advertiser brand-building conversation. We’re not alone. - Posts synched to live radio to heighten a specific Everybody’s Doing It aspect of the listening experience.
More than 70% of our fellow TV viewers are doing - Posts with delivery times synched to live, primarily the same thing. And nearly half are “always” or non-time-shifted TV programming (i.e., big events). “very often” using TV and digital simultaneously. Initiate a running dialogue on a live event.
But the principle of second-screen companionship - Post “talent emulating listeners” photos. Example: is also happening among those consuming audio. a snapshot of you watching or getting ready to According to a Nielsen research piece, audio users watch something many listeners also will be viewing. have similar tendencies when it comes to digital companions, albeit at a slightly lower level. When you adopt a second-screen-style strategy, you provide an additional community for listeners At least 25% of both TV and audio consumers where sharing and engaging are encouraged. As report that they look up content-related Nielsen pointed out, second-screen sharing is information, communicate with others about the a common activity, so recognizing this listener content and check out specifics on products they behavior and embracing it, gives us another see advertised. opportunity to be one with the audience as well as As Nielsen puts it, listeners are using digital along a highly effective way to strengthen your station with audio to “augment their overall experience.” or brand’s top of mind via presence, emotional connections and relevance. Meanwhile, content curator and analyst Curatti reports that 78% of second-screen users want One more advantage: Because so many stations to communicate with friends and 76% use social don’t have one, launching a second-screen-style media. This suggests some communication strategy will give you a significant voice in a techniques and vehicles that radio can use to our relatively un-crowded field. advantage. Mike O’Malley is co-founder of Albright & O’Malley & Curatti also notes that second-screen usage is Brenner and has consulted country radio stations highest among 18-24s (79%) with 25-34s (68%) and in the U.S. and Canada since 1992. Immediately 35-49s (60%) following. These demos, of course, before consulting, Mike launched WYNY, New are right in most stations’ wheelhouses. York City, as a country station and programmed it for five years. His PD background also includes New Views on Old News country stations in Washington, DC, and Simultaneous media consumption isn’t new. Jacksonville, FL. Studies and stories on the subject have been around for more than a decade. Yet it isn’t Mike is a 2018 inductee something that I regularly get asked about. into the Country Radio Still, as a medium where listener-connectivity Hall of Fame. is always a goal, the concept behind second screening is worth a fresh look. Reach him at: [email protected]
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9 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com scheduled for April 23 via ARTISTS Jan. 19-22, 2022, Big Machine Reba McEntire releases her went on pre-sale Label Group. first new music in two years with early last week The 25-year- “Somehow You Do.” Written for returning old Gonyea by Diane Warren, the song is festivalgoers. worked with featured in the upcoming film “We are really producer “Four Good Days” starring Glenn so proud of the Julian Close and event we have Raymond for the five-song retro Mila Kunis. built and grown each year since collection. Studio musicians The film 2014,” Bryan said in a release. “It’s include Musicians Hall of Famer opens been an awesome partnership Paul Franklin, Glenn Whorf, Tom in select with CID Presents and On Location Bukovac and Tim Lauer. “This theatres on and we look forward to it all year music comes from the inside out, April 30. “It’s long. Grateful to the fans for and all of the players I recorded an honor to making it a part of their vacation with for this project understood get to sing plans every year.” that,” Gonyea said in a release. a Diane Warren song anytime, but then to be associated with Blanco Brown and ERNEST Alex Miller, the 17-year-old talented actors in a movie like join Dee Jay Silver, Kaskade, Lil bluegrass and country singer Glenn and Mila is just icing on the Jon, Kim Lee and Bryce Vine for who appeared on this season’s cake,” McEntire said in a release. the second “American Idol” has signed with Blended Festival Martha Moore’s Callista Clark will make her presented So Much Moore national television debut on by My Wine Media for Friday, April 30 with “LIVE with Society. The publicity. Miller Kelly & Ryan” (9am local time, two-day wine- was eliminated check local centric event, from “Idol” in listings). She which launched March after will perform her in San Diego in performing debut single, “It’s 2019, will make its Nashville debut songs by Johnny ‘Cause I Am,” Aug. 13-14 at First Horizon Park. Cash, Glen Campbell and Merle available now The Music City event is the first of Haggard but earned an invitation via Big Machine three Blended Festivals in 2021 from judge Luke Bryan to perform Records. The with Austin, TX, scheduled for on the Grand Ole Opry. Miller has song is featured on the Georgia Sept. 10-11 and San Diego on Oct. released his “Idol” audition song, native’s five-track EP, “Real to Me,” 15-16. For more information and “I’m Over You So Get Over Me,” as released in February. tickets, visit blendedfestival.com. his debut single.
Dierks Bentley will perform Brent Cobb will The latest RIAA certifications for at the 47th Annual Telluride publish his first country singles include Thomas Bluegrass Festival. Held June 11- children’s book, Rhett’s “What’s Your Country 13 and June 17-20 in Telluride, “Little Stuff,” in Song” (gold), Nelly and Florida CO, the two- time for Father’s Georgia weekend event Day. The book Line’s “Lil will operate at a was inspired by a Bit” (gold), reduced capacity song of the same Morgan of 2,500 people title from Cobb’s Wallen’s per day. Bentley “Keep ‘Em on They Toes” album “Spin You will perform and is illustrated by Nashville Around” on June 13. For artist Delaney Royer. “Little Stuff,” (gold), more information on the festival, published by Cobb’s Ol’ Buddy Shakey visit bluegrass.com/telluride. Publishing, is available for pre- Graves’ “Dearly Departed” feat order via the singer’s website. Esmé Patterson (gold), Josh Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Abbott Band’s “Oh Tonight” 2022 sells out ahead of the public Brock Gonyea released his debut (gold) and Ryan Hurd’s “To a T” on-sale date. Tickets to the event, project, “Where My Heart Is,” on (platinum).
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a professional songwriters’ Montana’s latest album, “Long INDUSTRY organization that advocates for Shots,” and are featured in Jay Jones rises to senior VP of fair pay, safety, equality, and a television and films including publicity at BBR Music Group. collective voice for songwriters “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Black List” Jones joined BBR in 2017 as everywhere. and “Yellowstone.” the company’s first executive Through the deal, hire following Wendi Sturgis rises to peermusic will its acquisition president of reservations represent Wilshire’s by BMG. His technology platform Lyte. publishing and responsibilities Sturgis joined the company as master recordings include chief revenue officer earlier this for future works strategy and year. Also, Krystie Jackson and select back oversight joins Lyte’s executive team catalog master recordings. “I’ve of publicity as chief of staff to CEO Ant been a big fan of Micah’s for some campaigns Taylor. Earlier this month, time, it’s going to be exciting to for artists across Broken Bow Lyte partnered with the Life work with him and watch his Records, Stoney Creek Records Is Beautiful music festival in songwriting and production and Wheelhouse Records, as Las Vegas to sell talents shoot to the next level,” well as directing corporate single-day tickets. Peermusic Nashville Senior VP communications and messaging The company Michael Knox said in a release. for the three imprints. He also recently continues reporting to BMG announced its Big Yellow Dog Music Nashville President Jon Loba. first booking promotes three members of its agency Sync Department team, raising Stephanie Plaines joins partnership Alex Stefano to VP, Sync; Nielsen Holdings’ board of with Mint Talent Group and an Sophie Hopkins to Director, directors and also has been additional $5 million in Series Sync; and appointed B funding, bringing the total to Nicole Rhodes to the $38 million. to Senior board’s audit Coordinator, committee. 117 Entertainment has Sync. Stefano, Plaines has rebranded as a publicity and previously GM of served as the artist development company Creative, Sync, CFO of Jones with a fresh logo and website. joined BYDM full-time in 2015; Lang LaSalle The company adds Label & Hopkins joined the publisher in Incorporated Content Manager Cassie Wells 2018, while Rhodes joined full- (JLL), the US Retail CFO at and Publicity Manager Jentry time in 2019. Starbucks Corporation, the CFO Davis. The pair join Publicity of SamsClub.com at Walmart Manager Erin Fligel, who The Americana Music Global eCommerce and the CFO joined the company in 2019, Association Foundation in of the Stop & Shop division at and Owner/President Zach partnership with NYU Steinhardt’s Ahold Delhaize. Plaines also Farnum. “A motivated Department of Music and has held positions at Catalina and driven team is Performing Arts Professions will Marketing Corporation, PepsiCo, instrumental to host a livestream series “Words Inc., and UBS Corporation. our success & Music” with in this era of Lori McKenna Paul Williams, the ever-evolving on April 27 songwriting great who also strategies,” (7pm ET, Zoom). serves as ASCAP’s president Farnum said in a The evening and chairman of the board, release. “Cassie and will include a will receive the inaugural Jentry add a new energy to conversation with SONA Warrior Award from our team.” the GRAMMY- Songwriters of North Micah Wilshire signs an exclusive and Americana Honors & Awards- America. Williams will winning songwriter hosted by receive the award during global publishing deal with Peermusic Nashville. Wilshire’s Steinhardt Director of Songwriting a livestreaming event on Phil Galdston. May 23 (8pm ET). SONA is songs have appeared on Tim
12 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com Robynn Jaymes, midday Norberto Sanchez’s Norsan Media RADIO personality at Turner Media has filed a $1 million deal to Programming veteran Lance Group “B99.9” WZBB buy country WYKB (105.3) from Tidwell joins SummitMedia Stanleytown, VA, is elevated to PD Neal Ardman’s NIA Broadcasting. as Program Director of WZZK as Craig Richards takes on OM The deal includes a $400,000 Birmingham responsibilities and moves from promissory note. Norsan Media (104.7) and will operate hot AC “Mix WYKB 97.3” WPYA under Birmingham, a time AL. Tidwell morning co-host to afternoons. brokerage was most Dan Taylor will handle agreement recently with mornings solo and remains MD, until Cumulus Media Detroit, where while adding sports director closing. It already owns Tropical he served as Director of FM responsibilities. “Latina 92.1” WJXR and its Programming, overseeing WDRQ simulcast WEWC (1160) and (93.1) and hot AC WDVD (96.3), Radio veteran Aaron Roberts the regional Mexican “La Raza” exiting in February. joins RCS as national sales simulcast WNNR/WVOJ (970/1570) manager for the U.S., focusing in the Jacksonville market. Once Mike on GSelector, the sale closes, NIA Broadcasting Rowe, who Aquira and will still own country “K-Bay 106” joined W&B Revma WKBX in nearby Kingsland, GA Broadcasting products. as well as three stations in the “Cat Country Roberts most Tampa market. 105.5” WLVK recently Elizabethtown, worked Erin Austin joins Audacy hot KY, for as VP of AC “FM100” WMC-FM Memphis afternoons programming as morning co-host, paired with in February, communications and special current host Ryan Anderson. moves to projects for Cumulus Media and Austin spent the past 12 years mornings as Westwood One. Roberts also will with co-owned country “The Bull Kerrie Lewis’ chair the RCS Academy, which 100.3” KILT-FM Houston, where co-host. offers self-paced, online courses she served as Assistant Music Jim “The about the company’s products. Director and midday personality Garrison until her September 2020 exit. Guy” Joe W. Hartmann’s JWH She succeeds Michelle Lewis, who Garrison now takes afternoons. Broadcasting has filed a exited for a position outside of Rowe continues in his APD/MD $185,000 deal to buy country the industry. role. “99.3 The Bull” WQDK, Gatesville, NC from Icon Broadcasting. Alpha Media country KGNC Kristi Kelly, afternoon host at JWH Broadcasting Amarillo (97.9) Content Director/ Mid-West Family Broadcasting will operate Music Director “Q106” WWQM Madison, WI, WQDK under a Kelsey Schuler is now time brokerage moves from also music agreement until nights to director for closing. Hartmann middays. the station. does not own any other stations. Schuler, who Kelly has joined the spent her Ronald and Denise Schacht’s station in entire radio Gray Ghost Broadcasting has February, career with closed a $25,000 deal to buy replaces Kaleb Mid-West “Pure Country” Collins, who exits to pursue Family Madison, joining the KQKD, Redfield, an opportunity outside of the company more than 15 years ago SD (1380) from industry. With the change, KGNC to work in events and promotions Rob Ingstad. The picks up the Skyview Networks- and going on-air at Q106 in 2019. deal also includes the Redfield, syndicated “B-Dub Radio” for SD-licensed translator K260DG at nights. 99.9 FM. 13 | APRIL 26 2021 CountryInsider.com APRIL 26, 2021 LW TW Artist/Title (Label) Total Points +/- Points Total Plays +/- Plays Audience +/- Aud 6a-7p % 3 1 TENILLE ARTS / Somebody Like That (19th & Grand) 29144 5287 8162 1518 34.546 6.283 3984 49
1 2 GABBY BARRETT / The Good Ones (Warner/WAR) 28896 -2131 7999 -531 38.113 -1.983 4247 53 2 3 JAKE OWEN / Made For You (Big Loud) 28411 1350 7834 386 36.239 3.46 4035 52
5 4 SAM HUNT / Breaking Up Was Easy In The... (MCA 23496 2411 6385 656 27.777 2.381 3177 50 Nashville) 8 5 ERIC CHURCH / Hell Of A View (EMI Nashville) 21191 1201 5869 317 28.378 1.41 2934 50
10 6 DYLAN SCOTT / Nobody (Curb) 20762 1855 5722 536 23.897 1.679 2766 48
7 7 RASCAL FLATTS / How They Remember You (Big 20576 585 5622 211 24.263 0.767 2639 47 Machine) 4 8 BRETT YOUNG / Lady (BMLG) 20253 -1646 5243 -491 29.764 -1.654 2945 56 13 9 LUKE COMBS / Forever After All (River House/Columbia 18116 2002 4970 575 22.502 2.847 2569 52 Nash) 12 10 JORDAN DAVIS / Almost Maybes (MCA Nashville) 17877 367 4902 165 21.306 0.263 2311 47
14 11 DIERKS BENTLEY / Gone (Capitol Nashville) 16502 620 4481 138 21.141 0.672 2231 50
15 12 MIRANDA LAMBERT / Settling Down (RCA Nashville) 16302 668 4379 153 19.941 1.671 2091 48
18 13 CHRIS YOUNG & KANE BROWN / Famous Friends (RCA 15849 1451 4316 457 18.662 1.932 2068 48 Nashville) 17 14 JASON ALDEAN / Blame It On You (Macon Music/Broken 15034 149 4093 77 19.209 0.691 1963 48 Bow) 19 15 BLAKE SHELTON / Minimum Wage (Warner/WMN) 14283 279 3887 67 17.715 0.39 1738 45
20 16 KEITH URBAN WITH P!NK / One Too Many (RCA/ 13836 116 3841 28 15.766 0.082 1710 45 Capitol Nashville) 22 17 COLE SWINDELL / Single Saturday Night (Warner/WMN) 13767 537 3892 148 14.988 0.891 1724 44
21 18 TIM MCGRAW & TYLER HUBBARD / Undivided (Big 13549 -113 3766 -13 15.017 -0.425 1752 47 Machine-BMLG) 9 19 DUSTIN LYNCH / Momma's House (Broken Bow) 13050 -6788 3514 -1884 16.587 -7.436 2029 58 23 20 DAN + SHAY / Glad You Exist (Warner/WAR) 11566 335 3182 136 12.426 0.39 1298 41
24 21 JUSTIN MOORE / We Didn't Have Much (Valory) 11457 1357 3132 385 13.969 1.097 1277 41
25 22 CARLY PEARCE / Next Girl (Big Machine) 10519 462 2949 125 10.219 0.315 989 34
26 23 LAINEY WILSON / Things A Man Oughta Know (Broken 10018 505 2844 128 10.094 1.01 1152 41 Bow) 16 24 CHRIS STAPLETON / Starting Over (Mercury Nashville) 9052 -5992 2491 -1691 12.173 -10.371 1397 56 29 25 CHASE RICE F/F.G.L. / Drinkin' Beer Talkin' God Amen 8332 1220 2165 314 8.583 0.958 721 33 (Dack Janiels/BBR-BMLG)
CountryInsider.com/Newsletters AUGUST 7, 2020 | 1 APRIL 26, 2021 LW TW Artist/Title (Label) Total Points +/- Points Total Plays +/- Plays Audience +/- Aud 6a-7p % 28 26 ELVIE SHANE / My Boy (Wheelhouse) 7783 321 2264 85 6.857 0.66 656 29
33 27 THOMAS RHETT / Country Again (Valory) 6640 1171 1693 266 8.441 1.589 764 45
41 28 LUKE BRYAN / Waves (Capitol Nashville) 6627 2801 1777 771 8.001 4.341 710 40
30 29 SCOTTY MCCREERY / You Time (Triple Tigers) 5962 160 1681 53 6.398 0.603 426 25
32 30 KANE BROWN / Worship You (RCA Nashville) 5951 417 1598 120 5.087 0.221 453 28
27 31 BRANTLEY GILBERT / Hard Days (Valory) 5604 -2860 1399 -842 6.438 -1.983 451 32
34 32 LEE BRICE / Memory I Don't Mess With (Curb) 5571 244 1540 28 6.434 1.188 352 23
36 35 LADY A / Like A Lady (BMLG) 5022 328 1343 92 5.089 -0.075 399 30
38 36 JAMESON RODGERS / Cold Beer Calling...f/L. Combs 4643 210 1262 69 4.459 -0.525 363 29 (River House/Columbia Nash) 37 37 PRISCILLA BLOCK / Just About Over You (Mercury 4617 103 1253 29 3.771 0.294 293 23 Nashville/InDent) 39 38 KENNY CHESNEY / Knowing You (Blue Chair/Warner/ 4383 187 1148 64 4.996 -0.034 320 28 WEA) 40 39 JIMMIE ALLEN & BRAD PAISLEY / Freedom Was A Highway 4217 352 1187 114 3.919 0.175 299 25 (Stoney Creek) 45 40 RYAN HURD W/MAREN MORRIS / Chasing After You 3991 640 1069 148 2.711 0.668 237 22 (Arista Nashville) 43 41 RUSSELL DICKERSON / Home Sweet (Triple Tigers) 3677 106 990 38 3.963 0.025 232 23
42 42 MICHAEL RAY / Whiskey And Rain (Warner/WEA) 3595 -85 1002 -12 3.282 -0.218 220 22 44 43 JON PARDI / Tequila Little Time (Capitol Nashville) 3548 142 948 34 2.515 0.112 216 23
47 45 LOCASH / Beers To Catch Up On (Wheelhouse) 3023 7 844 -2 1.883 -0.147 132 16
46 46 CHRIS JANSON / Waitin' On 5 (Warner/WAR) 3007 -29 857 1 2.281 0.013 183 21
50 47 HARDY / Give Heaven Some Hell (Big Loud) 2869 682 821 189 1.411 0.338 130 16
48 BRETT YOUNG / Not Yet (BMLG) 2390 2390 644 644 2.622 2.622 288 45
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