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CMA Exec. Dir. Search Coming In January

The Country Music Association’s national search to replace former head Tammy Genovese, who resigned from the company Dec. 2, will commence in January 2010 to coincide with the new CMA Board Session.

According to CMA Board Chairman Randy Goodman, a search committee will be named before year end, and its members will hire a national search firm to identify and vet qualified applicants. No applications are currently being accepted, but a process for submitting applicants will be announced at a later time.

CMA Honors Walter C. Miller

(l-r) co-host of "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," Brad Paisley; CMA Chief Executive Officer, Tammy Genovese; Miller; daughter of Miller, Debbie Miller; CMA Awards Executive Producer, Robert Deaton; Former CMA Awards host and member of Country Music Hall of Fame, Vince Gill; and Director, CMA Awards and son of Miller, Paul Miller. Photographer: John Russell / CMA

(L-R) co-host of "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" Brad Paisley; CMA CEO Tammy Genovese; Miller; daughter of Miller, Debbie Miller; CMA Awards Exec. Producer Robert Deaton; Former CMA Awards host and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill; and Director, CMA Awards and son of Miller, Paul Miller.

The Country Music Association recently presented the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence to longtime and treasured former CMA Awards Executive Producer, Walter C. Miller. He was recognized for his 40-years of working with the CMA Awards, as producer, executive producer, and now consulting producer, on Friday, Nov. 6, at a reception in the Suite Level Lounge in the Sommet Center, attended by industry and CMA Board leaders.

Twelve-time host of the CMA Awards Vince Gill presented the Award, recalling, “Walter and I became fast friends and quickly learned to trust each other.”

“Country Music is my anthem,” said Miller. “After all this time, I’ve become an honorary Nashvillian. This is my second home.”

“For nearly four decades, Walter has contributed immeasurably to the success and popularity of the CMA Awards,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. “His vision and passion for this program and our artists is an inspiration to those fortunate enough to have worked with him.”

Handed out at the CMA board’s discretion, the award has only been given to four other recipients since it was first presented to its namesake Irving Waugh in 1983. Other winners include Frances Preston, Jo Walker-Meador, and Johnny Cash.

ABC to Air Nashville Special With Robin Roberts

rroberts93009As part of the CMA Awards excitement, ABC will present the hour long special In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big Stars. All Access Nashville Tues., Nov. 10 at 9pm CT. The Good Morning America co-anchor will spotlight some of Nashville’s biggest stars, giving viewers all-access looks into their homes and private lives.

In The Spotlight will feature visits and interviews with Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, and Vince Gill. The special will also pose the question “What’s the greatest Country song of all time?” to fans and stars alike, including Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts, and even President Barack Obama. Nashville-based, Stealing Angels (Tayla Lynn, Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth), who will be releasing their debut CD in 2010, will also be among those featured in the upcoming country music profile.

Roberts will also be a presenter at the 43rd annual CMA Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC Wed., Nov. 11 at 7pm CT from Nashville’s Sommet Center.

CMA Songwriter Series Hits Nashville

Bob DiPiero

Bob DiPiero

The CMA Songwriter Series continues Tuesday Nov. 10 with a special Nashville performance at Limelight. Scheduled to appear are Bob DiPiero, Randy Houser, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Victoria Shaw. Among the performers who have benefited by recording songs from this elite group of songwriters are artists such as George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney and many more.

DiPiero will host the event. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at http://www.limelightnashville.com or call 615-780-3098.

Buchanan Named CMA Board President

sbuchanan Grand Ole Opry Group President Steve Buchanan has been named the new Country Music Association Board of Directors President. The election meeting was held earlier this week, but the new Board year will not go into effect until January 1, 2010. At that time, current President AEG Sr. VP Steve Moore will transition to the Chairman of Board role.

“I hoped that someday I would have the opportunity to serve as President or Chairman of the Board,” says Buchanan. “I would say that I only recently understood the overall complexity of that responsibility and the many aspects that go into making this organization tick.

“I feel that I’ve gone through an apprenticeship of sorts over the past year working with Randy Goodman and Steve Moore, attending committee meetings, and weekly leadership meetings, to really get a better understanding of what’s involved, what the important issues are, and hopefully what will serve me in the coming years to do a better job of helping make the right decisions for the organization.”

Buchanan joined the CMA Board in 2003, serving as committee chair for several years, including his current role as chair of TV Marketing Strategies Committee. He joined Gaylord Entertainment as Marketing Manager of the Grand Ole Opry in 1985 before being appointed to the President of the Grand Ole Opry group in 1998.

Directors By Membership Category

Advertising Agency/PR/Marketing
• Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations
• Jeff Walker, AristoMedia/Marco Promotions

Affiliated/Producer
• Connie Bradley, ASCAP
• Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment Co.

Artist
• Troy Gentry, Montgomery Gentry
• Kix Brooks, Brooks & Dunn

Broadcast Air Talent
• Storme Warren, Different Drummer Productions, LLC

Composer
• Steve Bogard, One Music Group
• Victoria Shaw, AvaRu Music

Entertainment Services

• Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy, Inc.
• Mike Vaden, The Vaden Group

International
• Rob Potts, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Five Dock, Australia
• Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Music Publisher/PRO
• Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
• Gary Overton, EMI Music Publishing

Musician
• John Hobbs
• Randy Scruggs, Randy Scruggs Productions

Personal Manager
• Clarence Spalding, Spalding Entertainment, LLC
• Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment

Producer/Engineer/Studio

• Mark Wright, Universal Records South

Radio
• Mike Moore, Entercom Communications, Portland, OR
• Becky Brenner, KMPS-FM, CBS Seattle, Wash.

Record Company

• Joe Galante, Sony Music Entertainment
• Randy Goodman, Lyric Street and Carolwood Records

Talent Agent/Promoter

• Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions
• Joey Lee, 360 Artist Agency

Talent Buyer/Venues
• John Juliano, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass.
• Jeff Krueger, FACE, Inc./WE Fest, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Television/Video/Media
• Lon Helton, Country Aircheck
• Brian Philips, Country Music Television (CMT)

Lifetime Directors

• J. William Denny
• Ralph Peer II
• Frances Preston

Ex-Officio Members
• Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, Washington, D.C.
• Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Directors at Large

Jaye Albright, Albright & O’Malley, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Bruce Allen, Bruce Allen Talent, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Charlie Anderson, Anderson Merchandisers, Knoxville, Tenn.
Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records/Valory Music Company
Luke Bryan, artist
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group, Inc.
Pat Collins, SESAC
Charlie Cook, KKGO Radio, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts
Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music
Tim DuBois, Dottore-DuBois Management
Mike Dungan, Capitol Records
Kitty Moon Emery, KittyMoon Enterprises
John Esposito, Warner Bros. Records
Mike Evans, SMG, Philadelphia, Penn.
Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town
Larry Fitzgerald, the Fitzgerald Hartley Company
Craig Fruin, HK Management
Jeff Garrison, KILT, Infinity Broadcasting, Houston, Texas
Ed Hardy, Great American Country (GAC)
Pat Higdon, Universal Music Publishing Group
Clint Higham, Morris Management Group
Greg Hill, Red Light Management
Dann Huff, Dann Huff Productions
John Huie, Creative Artists Agency
Brett James, Cornman Music
Ken Levitan, Vector Management
Luke Lewis, UMG Nashville
Jay Liepis, Apple, Inc., iTunes Store
Scott Lindy, Clear Channel Communications, Atlanta, Ga.
Erik Logan, Harpo, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
Ralph Mastrangelo, Clair Bros. Audio Ent. Inc.
JD May, Ticketmaster Entertainment
Deb McDermott, Young Broadcasting, Inc.
Steve Moore, AEG Live!
John Rich, Big & Rich
David Ross, Music Row Publications, Inc.
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions, LTD., Alberta, Canada
Victor Sansone, Irving, Texas
Rick Shipp, William Morris Agency
Denise Stiff, DS Managment
Trey Turner, Turner & Nichols and Associates
Rusty Walker, Rusty Walker Programming Consultant, Inc., Iuka, Miss.
Jody Williams, BMI
Larry Wilson, Alpha Broadcasting Corporation, Portaland, Org.
Tim Wipperman
Lee Ann Womack, artist
Erv Woolsey, The Erv Woolsey Company

McGraw, More Added To CMA Awards

Ttim_mcgraw_13569im McGraw will perform at the CMA Awards for the first time since 2005 when the event lands at the Sommet Center on Wed., Nov. 11.

The star-packed lineup continues to grow dramatically with the addition of McGraw, a special Vince Gill/Daughtry duet, and Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and Zac Brown Band.

“The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

McGraw last performed on the CMA Awards stage in 2005, when he joined wife Faith Hill on “Like We Never Loved At All.” His last solo performance on the CMA Awards was in 2004, when he opened the show with “How Bad Do You Want It?”

CMA Music Festival To Rock ABC Tonight

chesneyThe ABC primetime special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs tonight (8/31) (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) with top-notch performances, interviews, and fan interaction from a plethora of Nashville’s brightest stars. The annual music bash, expanding to three hours for the first time, will have performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown Band. In addition, Kid Rock performs his smash hit “Picture” with McBride, while Wynonna and Naomi Judd reunite as The Judds to perform together for the first time at the CMA Music Festival in six years.

martina-kidThe special will show highlights from the CMA Music Festival, held June 11-14 in Nashville, with an average of 56,000 attendees per day. On and off-stage segments will include Aldean playing a nightclub concert, Paisley on his tour bus and greeting fans, Pickler shopping and eating ice cream with fans, and a day-in-the-life of Hough. There will be interviews with Brooks & Dunn, Chesney, McBride, McEntire, Rucker, and Sugarland, and Swift will answer fan submitted questions before surprising them with a meet and greet.

The fifth annual ABC special is executive-produced by Robert Deaton and directed by Gary Halvorson.