March 10, 2020
» Music City Update: Donations and assistance for those impacted by the devastating tornadoes in the greater Nashville area last week (CAT 3/3) continue.

  • ACM Lifting Lives, via the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, has earmarked $100,000 to respond directly to individuals who have been impacted by the tornadoes. The fund provides for unforeseen, immediate financial, medical and personal needs of members or organizations of the music community facing unexpected hardships. Visit the ACM Lifting Lives website or email here to apply for an immediate grant.
  • Last night's (3/9) To Nashville, With Love charity concert featuring Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Soccer Mommy and Yola raised an estimated $500,000 for relief efforts.
Previously announced efforts (CAT 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9) are supplemented for industry professionals by a myriad of support opportunities, as previously detailed in Country Aircheck Weekly. Look for continuing coverage of relief, cleanup and rebuilding efforts in Country Aircheck in the coming days and weeks.

» KKUT's Jessop Departs: Heber Valley Country KKUT/Mt. Pleasant, UT Station Mgr. Dan Jessop has exited after nearly two years. He is on the hunt for his next opportunity and can be reached here. No word on plans for the position.

» Gig Alert: Alpha KLLL/Lubbock, TX Dir./Content Jeff Scott is seeking a midday personality to fill the shift that is currently music-intensive. Interested candidates can see the complete job description and apply here.

» Take A Data Think About It: CRS will host its first CRS360 webinar series of 2020 with "CRS Research Presentation: Do You Know Your Listeners As Well As You Think You Do? A Closer Look" March 17 at 1pm CT. The session will feature Mark Ramsey Media Pres. Mark Ramsey, joined by Big Machine Records GM and CRB Research Committee Chair Clay Hunnicutt, to give a closer look at data tables, demographic breakouts and a drill-down on specific areas of the study Ramsey presented at CRS 2020. "The feedback and response from the unprecedented research presentation at CRS 2020 was incredible," says Hunnicutt. "Now by popular demand, we're going to dig deeper into the top findings with breakouts by gender, age and region." See Country Aircheck's coverage of Ramsey's CRS 2020 presentation here and here, and check out the extended interview with Ramsey in last night's (3/9) Country Aircheck Weekly. Parties interested in the CRS360 webinar may register here; participation is free, but slots are limited.

» Contact Update: Former Entercom WUSN/Chicago night personality Kimmie Caruba (CAT 7/16/19) has joined Pacific Top 40 KDDB/Honolulu as morning co-host and can now be reached here.

Former Townsquare/Portsmouth, NH OM and Country WOKQ/Portsmouth & WPKQ/Portland, ME Brand Mgr. Robby Bridges (CAT 9/13/19) and wife Rochelle Gagnon have joined MacDonald Garber Top 40 WKHQ/Traverse City, MI to co-host mornings beginning March 30. Bridges will also serve as PD with Gagnon handling Dir./Promotion duties. Reach the pair here.

» Murder, She Vote: The deadline to vote in the ACM Awards final ballot has been extended to tomorrow (3/11) at 7pm CT/5pm PT due to last week's tornadoes in the Nashville area (CAT 3/4). Before you cast your votes, brush up on the nominees in the Country Aircheck Fast Pitch Voter's Guide here.

» Signage: Clay Walker has signed with TKO Artist Management for representation.

» Zac Brown Band Postpones Tour: ZB Collective/BMG/Wheelhouse's Zac Brown Band have postponed the spring 2020 leg of The Owl Tour "out of caution and due to increasing public health concerns," according to a post made on the band's Facebook page today (3/10). Rescheduled dates will be announced soon, and tickets will be honored on the new dates. Summer 2020 tour dates – starting May 24 in Gilford, NH – will not be affected.

» Festive All: Scotty McCreery, Jordan Davis, Train, Whiskey Run and DJ Rock will perform at the 16th Annual Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert in Augusta, GA April 7. All proceeds benefit The First Tee of Augusta. More here.

» The Hits Just Keep On Coming: CRS research presenter Mark Ramsey hits it out of the park with data insights, Rumble On The Row participants hit each other with their fists, and Kane Brown and Dan + Shay hit arena stages armed with radio hits. It was a big week and a stacked weekend, and last night's (3/9) Country Aircheck Weekly has the lowdown on all of it.

» Stories Of The Week: Items you may have missed. Search for news and people in the archives at

  • Brush up on this year's ACM nominees in the Country Aircheck Fast Pitch Voter's Guide here.
  • Casey Daniels was named Adams/Tallahassee, FL OM & Country WWOF PD, succeeding Jeff Horn.
  • Taryn Pray joined Monarch Publicity.

» In Case You Missed It: Watch Dolly Parton tell 60 Minutes Australia her hopes to be on the cover of Playboy at 75 years old here.

» Wedding Belle: Mentor WWBR/Grand Rapids, MI morning co-host Rob Bennett and Louise Brock are taking their decades-long personal relationship to the next level with an on-air wedding March 20 at 12pm ET. "After a long 20 year engagement, [we] decided to make it [we] could finally join a husband and wife bowling league," Bennett tells Country Aircheck. WWBR afternoon personality and "minister extraordinaire" Ray Prosser will officiate the on-air nuptials, which will also be streamed here and via Facebook Live here. The reception may or may not be held in the office breakroom and catered by whatever is available on trade. Potential honeymoon spots are pending live remote location scheduling. That last part is a joke, but the wedding is very real, so send best wishes to the couple here.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for March 9, according to Mediabase 24/7. Play MPE users can click   to listen or download:

1. KANE BROWN/Homesick (RCA) 4018 points
2. JAKE OWEN/Homemade (Big Loud) 3463 points
3. SAM HUNT/Kinfolks (MCA) 3069 points
4. LUKE BRYAN/What She Wants Tonight (Capitol) 3068 points
5. BRETT YOUNG/Catch (BMLGR) 2922 points

» Country Aircheck Top Point Gainers: Here are the top point gainers for March 8-9 compared with the same days last week, according to Mediabase 24/7. Play MPE users can click   to listen or download:

1. BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI/Nobody But You (Warner/WMN) +494 points
2. KENNY CHESNEY/Here And Now (Blue Chair/Warner/WEA) +481 points
3. BRETT YOUNG/Catch (BMLGR) +475 points
4. KEITH URBAN/God Whispered Your Name (Capitol) +452 points
5. GABBY BARRETT/I Hope (Warner/WAR) +405 points

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (3/11): Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), Ben Hayslip, Cait Gordon, Brittany Pellegrino Pittman, Meg Stevens.

» Tube Check Thursday (3/12): Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kelly Clarkson Show (syndicated); The Dixie Chicks, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS).

» Going Viral: RCA's Kane Brown (c) practices the elbow bump with Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase.

» Plaque Parade: MCA's Jordan Davis is surprised with plaques in recognition of “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” being certified gold, “Singles You Up” being certified double platinum and Home State reaching 1 billion global streams. Pictured (l-r) are the label's Brad Clark, Red Light's Allison Laughter, the label's Matt Kroepel, Davis, Red Light's Chip Dorsch, the label's David Friedman and Red Light's Zach Sutton.

» Friend-chip Goals: Lanco's Chandler Baldwin, Tripp Howell, Eric Steedly, Brandon Lancaster and Jared Hampton (l-r) with WUBL/Atlanta's Meg Stevens.

» Bend It Like Checkham: WBYT/South Bend, IN's Keith Moody, Brittney Baily, Jesse Garcia, Brad King, Deb Miles and Mark McGill (l-r) raise a station record of $320,291 for St. Jude.

» Blair Force One:  Big Loud's Jake Owen (r) with Westwood One's Blair Garner.

» Suffragette City: The Song Suffragettes and friends celebrate their sixth anniversary Monday (3/9) in Nashville. Pictured (l-r) are Mia Morris, Erin Grand, Helena Capps, Chloe Gilligan, Jenna LaMaster, Jeannie Seely, Laura Veltz, Beverly Keel, Sarabeth Taite, Candi Carpenter, Kalie Shorr, Vic Allen, Bellah Mae and Todd Cassetty.

» Signage: Songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ian Fitchuk has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He's written and produced for artists including Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves and Shania Twain. Pictured with Sony/ATV's Amanda Hill.




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