Industry Ink: Republic Nashville Hiring

Cliff Blake

Republic Nashville has tapped Cliff Blake to serve as Director of Northeast/Midwest Promotion. Based in Dover, NH, Blake will begin his new role Mon., Oct. 3, working solely with the Republic Nashville roster which includes Martina McBride, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney. Blake has held positions in radio as an Operations Manager, Program Director and on-air talent. After 25 successful years, he joined the label side of the industry, where he spent time as Director, Northeast Region Promotion at Columbia Nashville. This past year at CRS Cliff was one of five finalists for “Regional Promotion Director of the Year.” Blake replaces Shari Roth, who resigned, and will report directly to Republic Nashville’s National Director of Promotion Matthew Hargis. Cliff Blake can be reached at 615-324-7904 or [email protected]

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The Capitol Street Party 4 drew over 12,000 fans to Demonbreun Street last week. The free and open event was led by WSIX personalities Billy and Karla and Capitol Records President & CEO, Mike Dungan. The Street Party main stage featured performances by country superstar Alan Jackson, Eric Church and newcomer Eric Paslay.

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Paradigm Agency will be showcasing six acts from its current roster as part of the upcoming IEBA Conference. Set to perform are Reno Collier, Marlee Scott, Dean Alexander, JT Hodges, Jack Ingram and Here Come the Mummies on Sun., Oct. 2 at 9:30 pm CT at War Memorial Auditorium. Over 500 of the live entertainment industry’s top decision makers will converge in Nashville for IEBA Oct. 2-4.

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The Beveled Edge, a leading Nashville framing and gift store located at 73 White Bridge Road, will host a book signing for He Stopped Loving Her Today: George Jones, Billy Sherrill, and the Pretty-Much Totally True Story of the Making of the Greatest Country Record of All Time. Author Jack Isenhour will sign copies Thurs., Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Nashvillian since 1978, Isenhour produced long-form stories for WSMV and WKRN that earned him recognition from organizations ranging from Robert F. Kennedy Foundation to the United States Industrial Film and Video Festival.

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The core panel moderators for CRS 2012, to be held Feb. 22-24, 2012, will be Beverlee Brannigan (KFDI/Wichita, KS), Marc Chase (NuVoodoo Media Services), Bob Richards (WLHK/Indianapolis, IN), Dan Halyburton (McVay Media) and Charlie Morgan (WLHK/Indianapolis, IN). Between them, the five industry pros will oversee and direct nearly 20 educational panels over three days. The $399 Early Bird registration rate for CRS 2012 remains in effect for a limited time. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com to register or call (615) 327-4487.

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The Songwriters Festival and Independent Music Fest will run Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 at locations around Music Row. Details here.

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