Industry Ink Wednesday (8/17)

PLA Media promotes (L-R): Nicole Zeller, Mark Logsdon, and Jennifer Lyle

• • • As Pam Lewis’ PLA Media celebrates its 25th anniversary, the company has announced several promotions, and a new social media division. Nicole Zeller has been promoted to Senior Publicist & Marketing Director. She joined the company in October 2006. Mark Logsdon, who came on board in 2007, has been named Senior Publicist & Marketing Executive. Jennifer Lyle has been named Publicity Coordinator/Copywriter, and joined the company in October 2010.

Winning kickball team WME

• • • Music industry organization SOLID raised $1,500 in cash and shoes for Soles4Souls during the Inaugural Red Rubber Showdown Kickball Tournament held at West Park. Competing were teams from CAA, SESAC, High Five Entertainment, Sony, WME, APA, and SOLID. WME took home the first place trophy, with SESAC and APA tying for second place. High Five Entertainment won the first round bye, donating just a dollar more than SESAC. Generous sponsors of the event included McDougal’s Chicken, who fed the kickball warriors, and SunTrust, who kept the teams hydrated.

• • • Warner Music Nashville’s second season of Pickin’ On The Patio parties is well underway and the label has lined up Big & Rich for the upcoming event on Thurs., Aug. 25. The duo recently released its first single in over three years, “Fake ID,” which will also be featured in the new movie Footloose.

• • • Queen will be named BMI Icons at the organization’s annual London Awards. The ceremony is slated for Tues., Oct. 4 at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane. BMI honors songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon join a list of past honorees including Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, James Brown, and Willie Nelson.

• • • Radio Submit (www.radiosubmit.com) announces the appointment of Monte C. Willis to VP of Promotion and Design. “We are very excited to have Monte bring his years of experience, knowledge and tenacity to our company. In just a few weeks he has already made a tremendous impact on Radio Submit and on our artist members,” says the company’s Robert Bartosh.

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