Radio Promotion Veteran Bruce Shindler To Retire; Jack Christopher Joins Mercury Nashville

Bruce Shindler

Bruce Shindler

Promotion executive Bruce Shindler will retire from the music business at the end of 2014. He began his career in 1972 at Associated Distributors in Phoenix, and later worked at Buddah Records in New York City, as well as Elektra/Asylum, Infinity Records, MTM Records, RCA Records, seven years at his independent company Shindler-Turner Promotions, DreamWorks Records, and the past 10 years at UMG Nashville.

“I made a decision a while ago that there are other interests in my life that I would love to pursue after 41 great years in record promotion,” says Shindler. “The time has arrived to spend more time with my family and to pursue a license in alcohol and drug counseling. Leaving the folks and terrific artists at UMG as well as my friends at radio and industry is not an easy decision as many have been an important part of my life in a business that I’ve loved. I want to thank Mike Dungan, Luke Lewis, Royce Risser, Damon Moberly and my family at UMG for the last 17 years. I will always value our relationship with all my heart.”

Damon Moberly (VP, Mercury Promotion) adds, “Bruce Shindler is a true Promotion Legend. With over 40 years in the music business, Bruce’s tenured career speaks volumes about his passion for the songs and his belief in the artists who make the music. Everyone at Universal Music Group, specifically the Mercury Records team, feels fortunate to have worked alongside such a talented and dedicated professional. Bruce is leaving UMG Nashville and the business at the top of his game, and he (and his wicked sense of humor) will be greatly missed.”

With Shindler’s departure, the Mercury Nashville promotion team has announced that Jack Christopher will be the new Director of Southeast Promotion for Mercury Records. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30, Jack Christopher will report alongside Shindler for the rest of the year until the music veteran makes his exit at the end of 2014.

Christopher has 30 years of experience in the country music industry including 10 years in broadcasting at WDSY/Pittsburgh. Christopher has had stints at Bigger Picture Group (Regional Promotion), Equity Music Group (National Director), 13 years as Northeast Regional at Sony Music/Columbia Nashville and most recently VP Promotion for RPM Entertainment.

Universal Music Group Nashville is home to artists including Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Shania Twain and Keith Urban.

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