Entercom, CBS Radio Officially Merge

Entercom Communications Corp. closed its merger with CBS Radio on Friday morning (Nov. 17). Now with more than 244 stations in 47 radio markets (including stations in 23 of the top 25 markets), Entercom will reach more than 100 million people weekly.

The deal was first announced in February 2017.

“We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom,” said David Field, Entercom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to capitalizing on our unique positions in sports, news, music, podcasting, live events, digital and more to provide outstanding experiences for our listeners and compelling integrated marketing opportunities for our advertisers. We now have the scale and capabilities to drive meaningful growth and to compete more effectively with other media for a larger share of advertising dollars. We also look forward to helping to elevate the Radio industry, which remains massively undervalued by advertisers despite having emerged as America’s #1 Reach medium, delivering outstanding ROI to customers.”

Earlier this week, Entercom named its format captains including Mike Moore (Country), Steve Butler (News), Mark Chernoff (Sports), Jimmy Gonzalez (Spanish), Brian Kelly (Top 40), Michael Martin (Alternative), Diane Newman (Talk), Nikki Nite (Adult Contemporary), Dave Richards (Rock/Classic Rock), Reggie Rouse (Urban), Jim Ryan (Classic Hits) and Steve Salhany (Hot Adult Contemporary).

Entercom’s post-merger 244 stations follows iHeartRadio’s 850 stations and Cumulus’ 460 stations across the U.S.


Save The Date: 2018 MusicRow Country Radio Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards

MusicRow, Nashville’s leading trade publication, is proud to announce the date for its 2018 invite-only Country Radio Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

The afternoon event occurs before Country Radio Seminar which will attract radio broadcasters from across the country for events Feb. 5-7, 2018.

The event will include presentations of the annual MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards, recognizing artists who earned the most airplay on the MusicRowCountryBreakout Chart during the preceding year. For 16 years, the CountryBreakout Chart has led the market for country radio’s secondary stations. Additionally, performances will be made from some of country music’s most promising rising artists.

In-depth profiles of the yet-to-be-revealed awards winners will be included in the February/March 2016 edition of MusicRow Magazine, set to debut at the awards ceremony. Copies of the print issue will be available for attendees.

MusicRow subscribed members can expect their invitations, including time and location, by email in 2018. To become a subscribed member to MusicRow, click here.

Read more about last year’s exciting event: Bobby Karl Works the 2017 Country Radio Meet & Greet


CRS New Faces Of Country Music Show Talent Nominees Announced

Voting for the CRS 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show® lineup opens this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. CT to all full-time radio employees. Voting will remain open through the end of day (11:59 p.m. CST), Friday, Nov. 24 at countryradioseminar.com. The five acts with the most votes will make up the lineup for the show. Dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show are sold out.

This year’s performer nominees are:
Lauren Alaina (19/Interscope/Mercury)
Craig Campbell (Red Bow)
Luke Combs (River House/Columbia)
Devin Dawson (Atlantic/WEA)
Russell Dickerson (Triple Tigers)
Walker Hayes (Monument/Arista)
High Valley (Atlantic/WEA)
LANCO (Arista)
Chris Lane (Big Loud)
LOCASH (Reviver)
Midland (Big Machine)
Carly Pearce (Big Machine)
Michael Ray (Atlantic/WEA)
Runaway June (Wheelhouse)
Dylan Scott (Curb)
Aaron Watson (Big Label)

Any full-time radio employees may vote for the 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show® performers. Votes must be cast from the voter’s company email in order to be verified and successfully cast.

Below are the New Faces of Country Music qualification criteria:

1. The qualification period is Nov. 1 – Oct. 31, preceding the New Faces of Country Music Show®.

2. The artist(s) selected must have never appeared on the New Faces Show. Not withstanding this, solo performers who become a member of a group or duo, or a group or duo member who becomes a solo artist, will be considered as an individual and separate artist, and is therefore eligible.

3. Acts must have had at least one but no more than five top 25 singles on the Mediabase Country Chart as published in Country Aircheck or at least one but no more than five top 25 singles on the BDS-based Country Chart during the qualification period.

The New Faces of Country Music Show® will be held during CRS 2018, at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The show is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is one of the most anticipated events at Country Radio Seminar.


Weekly Chart Report 11/10/17

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Greet Country Radio Ahead Of CMA Awards

Pictured (L-R): Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming; Ann Edelblute, The HQ Owner/Manager; Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company Partner and CMA Board President; Brad Paisley; Carrie Underwood; Sally Williams, Opry Entertainment Senior Vice President of Programming and Artist Relations and CMA Board Chairman; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; and Damon Whiteside, CMA Chief Marketing Officer.                          Photo: Christian Bottorff / CMA

As part of celebrating their 10th year hosting the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned to the CMA Awards radio remotes press conference Sunday (Nov. 5) to visit with their country radio friends. SiriusXM’s Storme Warren hosted the evening, reflecting on highlights of Paisley and Underwood’s decade of hosting the CMA Awards as the two answered questions from radio personalities from around the globe.

The 51st Annual CMA Awards airs live on the ABC Television Network Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8/7c.

CMA Awards co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood (center) with participants of the CMA Awards radio remotes Sunday at Music City Center in Nashville. Photo: Christian Bottorff / CMA. [Click photo to enlarge]

Weekly Chart Report 11/3/17

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Radio Romance Wins NASH Next 2017 Challenge

Back Row (L-R): John Shomby, Director Programming, Nash; Radio Romance’s Adam Smithwick; Mike McVay, Evp Content & Programming, Cumulus Media; Radio Romance’s Josh Gramling and Moises Padilla; John Kilgo, VP, Label Relations, Cumulus Media. Front Row (L-R): Radio Romance’s Sam Hayes; Scott Borchetta, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group

Cumulus Media announced last night (Nov. 1) Radio Romance from Hermitage, Tenn., as the NASH Next 2017 Challenge winner.

The final competition event took place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville with live performances from the Top 10 national finalists and a special performance from 2016 NASH Next winner Todd O’Neill and The Valory Music Co’s Delta Rae. The finale showcased up-and-coming country talent discovered through this first-of-it’s-kind national radio grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music, sponsored by Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM.

“Great showmen, very cohesive sound and a polished performance” were a few of the phases used by the NASH Next 2017 judges to describe Radio Romance, who will receive national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations, and a recording contract under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella. As a surprise addition to the grand prize package, Country Inns & Suites presented Radio Romance with a gift of 10 free nights at any Country Inns & Suites locations.

“We woke up this morning and we didn’t have a record label or a booking agency. All we had was our one manager,” said Sam Hayes of Radio Romance. “But we are going to bed tonight with a record deal. We can’t thank our fans and family enough for all the support they have given us that got us here tonight.”

The winner of the NASH Next 2017 Challenge was selected by a celebrity panel of some of the biggest names in country music, including Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott BorchettaKix Brooks, half of Grammy-winning duo Brooks & Dunn; award-winning Songwriter Hall of Fame writer Desmond Child; chart-topping entertainer Brantley Gilbert; and the Tennessean’s Cindy Watts.

“Radio leads the way when it comes to music discovery. NASH Next 2017 genuinely discovers new artists, enables all of the contestants to be heard and allows the winners to take advantage of an amazing opportunity to have their music backed by a major label as well as played nationally on the radio,” said Mike McVay, EVP Programming and Content, Cumulus Media. “We’re very excited to see what the future holds for Radio Romance.”

“We’re so excited to add Radio Romance to the Big Machine Label Group family,” said Borchetta. “This was the toughest competition yet for NASH Next but at the end of the night it was obvious that Radio Romance had prevailed.”

To sample Radio Romance’s music, as well as hear songs and watch music videos from all of the Top 10 finalists, visit: http://nashnextpresents.com.

BMLG Records Names Andrew Thoen NE Director, Promotion & Marketing

Andrew Thoen

BMLG Records advances Andrew Thoen to Northeast Director of Promotion & Marketing, spearheading relationships in the area between country radio and the imprint’s artist roster. BMLG Records is home to hitmakers Florida Georgia Line, Brett Young, Drake White, Danielle Bradbery and Ryan Follese.

Currently Executive Assistant to Big Machine Label Group EVP/BMLG Records President Jimmy Harnen, Thoen’s new role will commence Jan. 1, 2018. In his elevated position, Thoen will report to BMLG Records SVP of Promotion Matthew Hargis.

“Andrew’s drive, passion and work ethic are top shelf, making him a perfect fit to represent BMLG Records and our fantastic roster,” said Hargis. “It’s always a special moment when we have the opportunity to promote talent from within and I’m excited for the great country radio stations of the Northeast to get to know and work with Andrew.”

“I’ve had the privilege of learning from both Jimmy Harnen and Matthew Hargis over these last three years,” said Thoen. “I couldn’t be more excited to put all that knowledge into practice with the BMLG Records’ promotion team as we take our artists’ new music to country radio and fans!”

A 2014 graduate of Belmont University, Thoen rose from an intern with the company in 2012 before moving over to Harnen’s desk in late 2014.

Thoen can be reached at [email protected] or 615-324-7913.

Weekly Chart Report 10/27/17

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Weekly Chart Report 10/20/17

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