January 14, 2021 news@countryaircheck.com

» Rate And See: Here are select Nielsen Audio Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) ratings for December 2020 (three-month rolling average, 9/10-12/2) compared with stations' last books. Ranks (in parentheses) are among subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight.
Colorado Springs, CO
  • KATC 5.1 (4t) to 4.3 (6t) Cumulus
Madison, WI
  • WMAD 3.0 (5t) to 3.1 (8t) iHeartMedia
Mid-West Family WWQM does not subscribe.
Mobile, AL
  • WKSJ 6.4 (3) to 4.5 (5t) iHeartMedia
Toledo, OH
  • WKKO 9.1 (1) to 7.7 (1) Cumulus
  • WCKY 2.4 (8) to 2.5 (9) iHeartMedia 
  • WMIM 1.7 (11) to 1.3 (11) Cumulus
Wichita, KS
  • KFDI 10.2 (1) to 10.4 (1) Summit
  • KZSN 5.7 (6) to 5.6 (5t) iHeartMedia
  • KFTI-AM 2.3 (13) to 2.1 (13) Summit Classic Country

» Fall Out Boise: Here are select Nielsen Audio diary ratings for Fall 2020 (9/10-12/2) for subscribing stations compared with stations' last books (Spring 2020). Ranks (in parentheses) are also among subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight.
  • KQBL 8.7 (1) to 6.9 (2) Impact
  • KIZN 2.2 (17t) to 2.6 (13t) Cumulus
  • KAWO 3.3 (12t) to 2.4 (15t) Townsquare
Daytona Beach
  • WKRO 3.6 (2t) to 4.6 (2t) Southern Stone (Largest share since Spring 2018.)
Ft. Pierce
  • WAVW 6.6 (1) to 3.4 (2t) iHeartMedia
  • WPHR 3.0 (5) to 3.4 (2t) R&S
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • WHWY 6.1 (2t) to 4.2 (4t) Community
  • WYZB 2.8 (6t) to 2.4 (8t) Cumulus
Lakeland, FL
  • WPCV 7.1 (1) to 6.7 (1) Hall
Melbourne, FL
  • WHKR 4.5 (5) to 4.4 (6t) Cumulus
Pensacola, FL
  • WXBM 4.6 (3t) to 3.1 (6) Cumulus

    ADX's WYCT does not subscribe.
Pueblo, CO
  • KCCY 6.8 (2) to 6.2 (2) iHeartMedia
Salina-Manhattan, KS
  • KSKG 9.7 (1) to 9.0 (1) Eagle
  • KQLA 1.7 (7t) to 1.7 (7t) Eagle
  • KXBZ 1.7 (7t) to 1.7 (7t) Manhattan
Topeka, KS
  • WIBW 5.7 (4) to 7.6 (2) Alpha
  • KTPK 8.6 (1) to 5.8 (3) Alpha Classic Country
  • KTOP 2.9 (9) to 2.9 (9) Cumulus

» Howdy, Partner: Maverick Management/Live Nation Pres. Greg Thompson has joined Big Loud Management as Pres./Partner and will remain based in Los Angeles, bringing with him management clients Philmon Lee and Ananya Birla. “[Greg] is a leader, mentor and first-class executive,” say Partners Seth England, Joy Moi and Craig Wiseman in a joint statement. “He will be key in overseeing all of our managers and assisting with each of their respective artists, not to mention being a key resource for us partners, as well.” Thompson spent more than four years with Maverick/Live Nation following nearly eight years with Capitol/EMI in L.A. and New York. His prior stops include Island Def Jam, Elektra and Chrysalis. Reach Thompson here.

» Boston Two Party: Beasley/Boston Classic Hits WROR GSM/LSM Jesse Carbone and Sports LSM Kari Talieri have been elevated to Co-GSMs for the cluster that includes Country WKLB. They report to DOS Brian Schneekloth. “Kari and Jesse have played a major part in our success over the past few years as we have worked to streamline our sales department to have a client-centric, cluster-first approach,” says Schneekloth. Reach Talieri here and Carbone here.

» Gig Alerts: Consultant Kipper McGee is looking to fill two vacancies. First, a locally owned Midwest radio cluster is seeking a morning host or team for its Country station. Candidates should aspire “to make a local Country station in a smaller market sound bigger than life.” Send résumés, recent social media screenshots and airchecks here.

Additionally, a locally owned, hometown station is searching for a producer for social, local and mobile media pieces for their network morning show. Duties include writing and processing daily customized content, promos and endorsement ads as well as handling some on-air work. Send résumés and airchecks here with the subject line “Producer.”

» About Faith: Bridgeport AC WJTW-AM/Bridgeport, AL and its translator W239CO/Chattanooga, TN flipped to a Classic Country & Southern Gospel format as “Mix 106.1/95.7” with the slogan “A Great Mix Of Faith, Family & Country.” Stream it here.

» Art Theory: Stoney Creek's Lindsay Ell is the next Artist Ambassador to join the CMA Foundation's Unified Voices for Music Education initiative. Ell will connect with students and teachers through a virtual songwriting workshop, video tutorials and more. "Growing up I learned to lean into music as an outlet thanks to the guidance and encouragement of some truly amazing teachers," shares Ell. "Music is an incredible connector that helps us process our emotions, which is incredibly important given the current state of the world and the weight we are all feeling." Fellow Ambassador Jimmie Allen participated in several online events throughout December (watch here), and inaugural Ambassador Ashley McBryde met virtually with music educators in November and created a music lesson (watch here).

» Reve-News: Beasley reported preliminary Q4 2020 net revenues of approximately $67.4-67.9 million, down 5.8-6.5% from the same period last year. Station operating income dropped 23.1-28.8% to $19.2-20.1m, and EBITDA increased 25-33.8% to $17-18.2m. The increases were attributed to the company’s pandemic response, a boost from political advertising and an expected gain on a land sale. “Our preliminary fourth quarter performance ... demonstrates the significant operating benefits from the actions we took earlier this year to address the pandemic, including reducing operating expenses and negotiating discounts with landlords, service provider and partners,” says CEO Caroline Beasley. “Although it is difficult to predict what the impact of COVID-19 will be in the coming months, we remain optimistic that the commercial advertising market will return to more normalized revenue levels as we move further into the year, following broad vaccine distribution.” More here.

» Raise Your Choice: Have you missed campaign slogans, calls to action, political ads and long voting lines? Neither have we! But, there is still another opportunity to make your vote count. The first round of voting for the 2021 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards is now underway here. Country radio, record industry and allied industry professionals are eligible to select up to five finalists from up to 15 nominees in each category; one vote per valid industry email address only. Last year's winners are not eligible to win. Vote through Friday (1/15) here.

» Ready, Willie And Able: Willie Nelson has been named keynote speaker for SXSW Online as the annual music and entertainment festival goes virtual this year March 16-20. Other featured speakers will include Sir Richard Branson, Matthew McConaughey, The Chainsmokers and LL Cool J, along with more than 230 sessions. More details and registration info here.

» A Little NAB'll Do Ya: The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is offering an online toolkit for COVID-19 vaccine education messages for media use. The kit includes information and resources on vaccine safety, effectiveness and distribution and is available in both English and Spanish. More here.

» A Little RAB'll Do Ya: The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) will present a live-video presentation featuring Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell Feb. 10 at noon CT in conjunction with the upcoming Borrell-RAB Digital Benchmark Report, "Defy the Gravity of 2020: Radio’s Digital Sales Rise." Borrell will share insights into 2020 digital sales and opportunities for areas of growth for 2021. Registration is free for RAB members and Borrell-RAB digital benchmark survey participants and will be available for on-demand viewing; register here.

» Bits & Pieces: The mystery of a monolith that appeared along a Fort Worth walking trail has finally been solved. Even though listeners to Cumulus KSCS/DallasHawkeye and Michelle Rodriguez morning show were in on the joke from the beginning, that didn't stop the mystery from growing on social media with local newspapers and TV stations picking up the story. The duo has the details of the monolith's creation, along with their confession, here.

» Stories Of The Week: Items you may have missed. Search for news and people in the archives at countryaircheck.com.
  • Read "Nashville Bombing: An Imperfect Storm" and "Quartz Hill Aiming For Musical Gold," plus "Quaran-Time" with Tenille Arts in Country Aircheck Weekly.
  • Warner Music Nashville elevated five, including Danny Bess to CFO.
  • WQHK/Ft. Wayne, IN's Kylie Havens shifted to mornings alongside Tim “Tiny” Burger; MikeDee takes middays.
  • Aaron Tannenbaum joined WME as Partner.
  • Chronicle: "Pistol Pete" Miller, Tom Starr.

» In Case You Missed It: Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard discussed "Undivided," the state of the country, their reaction to the attack on the Capitol, why a message of unity is needed now more than ever and expressing opinions on social media even when their fans may disagree on the issues, and Hubbard addressed rumors of a fight and break-up with his Brian Kelley during an appearance on CBS This Morning (1/14) here.

Carrie Underwood shocked a seven-year-old fan with a Zoom surprise and PPE donation here, humble bragged about her five-year-old son's singing here and confessed why she's so afraid of turtles here on The Drew Barrymore Show (1/12).

Chris Lane joined master woodworker Ben Napier in a sneak peek at Home Town: Ben’s Workshop during last night’s episode of Home Town on HGTV. Watch a clip here.

Luke Combs opened up about his struggles with OCD and anxiety with Dan Rather during AXS TV's The Big Interview (1/13). Watch a clip here.

Hunter Hayes performed "The One That Got Away" on ABC's Good Morning America (1/14) here.

Willie Jones announced his #IHaveAnAmericanDream initiative, launching on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/18) and benefitting the National Museum of African American Music; donate here.

Bill Anderson is the first guest of 2021 on songwriter Chris Lindsey’s podcast, Pitch List, here.

Stephanie Quayle rounded out her video series From Horses to Horsepower with the "By Heart" in partnership with Harley- Davidson here.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Jan. 13, according to Mediabase 24/7.
  1. TIM MCGRAW & TYLER HUBBARD/Undivided (Big Machine) 4709 points
  2. LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia) 3467 points
  3. DAN + SHAY/I Should Probably Go To Bed (Warner/WAR) 3448 points
  4. LADY A/Champagne Night (BMLGR) 2853 points
  5. KENNY CHESNEY/Happy Does (Blue Chair/Warner/WEA) 2705 points

» Country Aircheck Top Point Gainers: Here are the top point gainers for Jan. 10-14 compared with the same days last week, according to Mediabase 24/7.
  1. TIM MCGRAW & TYLER HUBBARD/Undivided (Big Machine) +4784 points
  2. DAN + SHAY/I Should Probably Go To Bed (Warner/WAR) +1743 points
  3. LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia) +1534 points
  4. PARMALEE f/BLANCO BROWN/Just The Way (Stoney Creek) +1115 points
  5. MORGAN WALLEN/7 Summers (Big Loud) +1007 points

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (1/15): Kurt Howell, Lee Adams, Mike Borchetta, David Lynn Jones, Tracey Myers.

» Web Check Tonight (1/14):
  • Morgan Wallen, iHeartCountry Album Release Party at 6pm CT here.
Web Check Tomorrow (1/15):
  • Seaforth, "Breakups" YouTube Chat at 6pm CT, video premiere at 6:15pm CT here. Starting at 6:30pm CT, the pair will also be hosting a Breakup Hotline where fans can text 615-933-4229 to share relationship stories.
Submit upcoming live events, streams and TV appearances here.

» Abso-Pucking-Lutely: WSIX/Nashville's Wayne Danielson celebrates his new role as host for the Nashville Predators with mascot Gnash.

» Seas The Day: Seaforth's Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan with The Bobby Bones Show's Bones and Eddie Garcia (l-r). The duo performed "Breakups" and a cover of Morgan Wallen’s “Chasin’ You" on the show following a "feud" with Bones here.





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