Industry Ink: Big Label Records, ‘Pickler & Ben,’ Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament

Big Label Records Adds David Dean

David Dean

David Dean joins Aaron Watson and his BIG Label Records staff as Regional Country Marketing Manager, Southeast. Dean, whose recent programming posts include iHeart Greensboro, New Orleans and Las Vegas will be based in North Carolina and starts immediately.

“David’s passion for music and his deep understanding of today’s complex radio environment, gives him a unique perspective on artist development.  He is a great compliment to our team and will be instrumental in continuing to build the Aaron Watson brand as well as the brands of our future artists,” says BIG Label head Tony Morreale.

“I’m excited to be joining Aaron Watson and the Big Label team! I’m looking forward to this new opportunity to share Aaron’s music to the country radio,” says Dean.

David can be reached at


‘Pickler & Ben’ Picks Up Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that daytime talk show newcomer Pickler & Ben has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron are nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts; set hairstylist Debbie Dover Hall is nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling; and show Director Joe Terry and Associate Director Wesley MacMillan are nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Entertainment News/Morning Program. The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 29, 2018, and hosted by Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood.


Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament Date Announced

Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament & Tupperware Party 8.21.17 © Denise Mattox for Moments By Moser Photography

The planning committee for the 32nd annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament (MRLGT) has announced that this year’s event will be held on Monday, Aug. 20 at Old Natchez Country Club in Nashville, and will once again benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. The tournament is sponsored by ASCAP, City National Bank, Tim McGraw and more.

One of Music Row’s longest-running charity events, the MRLGT raised over $78K in 2017, for a grand total of nearly $2M raised for United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee in the 32-year history of the tournament. Registration for the tournament will open in early July, with more details to be announced soon.


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