The Country Network (TCN) hit airwaves last month and is staffing up accordingly. TCN is available in 23 markets, including on WNAB Channel 58.2 in Nashville. It has agreements in place to add several more markets by early next year, which will provide it coverage of 25% of US television homes.
TCN embraces its “all country music, all the time” philosophy by devoting itself to airing videos, hosted by country stars such as Charlie Daniels, Steel Magnolia, Rodney Atkins, Cowboy Troy, Chad Brock, and Craig Morgan.
Warren Hansen, co-founder and CEO of TCN, has announced the following hirings, including some that have been previously reported:
Chris Butterick has been named President of TCN Broadcasting. He will oversee sales, affiliate relations and network distribution. He joined TCN in March 2010 as General Manager of the network’s initial affiliate in Montgomery, Ala. His background includes executive positions in TV and radio at Cumulus Media and Sinclair Broadcasting.
Tammy Genovese, as announced in April, is President of TCN Nashville. She is the liaison to the creative community and personally oversees special promotions. Previously she was President and CEO of the CMA.
Kim Bullard assumes the post of Executive Vice President of TCN Nashville where he oversees production ad operations. He is a musician/arranger/producer who operates his own production company, and has toured with numerous groups including his current engagements with Elton John. He most recently helped develop a multi-million dollar creative content structure for Code Jawa, an Indonesian based mobile technologies corporation.
Chad Brock, VP of Artists Relations for TCN. In addition to his corporate duties, Brock will co-host programs and interview artists. Along with Warren Hansen, he is co-founder of the network. As an artist, Brock has had several top ten hits including his No. 1 hit “Yes”.
Bill Jones is serving TCN in the capacity of Consulting Program Director, bringing 30 years of broadcasting and management experience, most recently with Cumulus Media where he oversaw programming of the radio group’s country formats.
Matt Golden, VP/Creative Director for TCN, has been on board with the network since 2008. Prior to assuming his new role, Golden served as Creative Video Services Director at Moseley Studios, where he was the creative director of projects which included the BamaJam Music Festival.
Bill Hutcherson has been appointed VP of Regional Sales, coming to the network from Cumulus Radio where he served for the past eight years as General Sales Manager for the country stations.
David Reid is the Director of Traffic for TCN. He brings a strong career history in broadcasting/computer applications both in creative development and applications of systems. He has over 18 years of traffic experience of which the past 12 years has been spent with Harris OSI as a trainer and traffic software specialist.