October 12, 2018 news@countryaircheck.com

» Book 'Em, Danno: Here are select Nielsen Audio diary ratings for Summer 2018 (6/21-9/12) for subscribing stations compared with their last books. Ranks (in parentheses) are also among subscribers. Have a story for your station inside the overall numbers? Email us here.

  • KWEN 6.4 (3) to 5.9 (4t), Cox
  • KXBL 5.2 (6) to 5.9 (4t), Scripps Classic Country
  • KVOO 4.9 (7t) to 4.5 (8), Scripps
  • KTGX 3.7 (9) to 3.6 (19), iHeartMedia
  • WIVK 13.0 (1) to 12.0 (1), Cumulus
  • WCYQ 4.3 (7) to 5.0 (7), Scripps
  • WDKW 3.4 (9) to 3.3 (9), Midwest
  • WMYL 2.0 (11) to 1.2 (11), Ron Meredith
  • KXKT 7.8 (2) to 8.4 (12), iHeartMedia
  • KFFF 3.1 (11) to 3.2 (11), iHeartMedia Classic Country
  • KUZZ  10.9 (1) to 8.9 (1), Owens One
  • KCWR 2.1 (11) to 2.0 (11), Owens One Classic Country
  • KRJK 1.6 (12t) to 1.5 (13t), Owens One
Certain markets do not appear because the Country stations in those metros aren't subscribers; non-subscribing stations in published markets are also excluded. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight.

» Beckham Leaves WME: WME Nashville Co-Head Rob Beckham has left the company, confirms WME. The industry veteran was with the organization for 27 years and represented artists including Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Jake Owen and Chase Bryant. He's involved in various industry organizations including the CMA, where he currently sits on the board as President Elect, and philanthropic endeavors including the T.J. Martell Foundation and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville. Remaining WME Co-Heads are Joey Lee, Jay Williams, Greg Oswald and Scott Clayton.

» Cross Over: Radio vet Michael Cross has joined Cherry Creek/Wenatchee, WA as OM. He succeeds Jerry Ramsay, who also served as PD/morning host for Country KYSN, and has left the company. As for those positions, "We're not prepared to announce any more than we already have at this time," Group PD Mark Elliott says. Cross' past stops include more than 20 years with NRG/Waterloo-Cedar Rapids, IA, where he most recently served as OM. He left that post late last year.

» McKenna Leaves Cape Cod: Cape Cod Broadcasting/Cape Cod, MA cluster PD Jerry McKenna has exited with the elimination of his position, which encompassed Country WKPE. He joined from Cumulus/Springfield, MA & Worcester, MA in 2013 (CAT 11/1/13). OM Wayne White will assume programming responsibilities for the cluster moving forward.

» Douglas Exits WGTY: Forever WGTY/York, PA MD/middayer Dan Douglas has exited and morning co-host Kim Alexander has added midday duties. PD Scott Donato will assume Douglas' MD responsibilities. Douglas moved to middays for a second time from nights in 2015 (CAT 8/28/15).

» The Jungle Book-ing: Former Buddy Lee Attractions agent David Kiswiney has launched High Performance Entertainment, a full-service booking agency. The roster includes Exile, Gunnar and The Grizzly Boys, Alexis Gomez, The Okies and Ricochet. "He's one of the most respected and well-liked agents in the business," says Exile's Marlon Hargis. "Here's to many more years of working together!" Kiswiney spent nearly 24 years at the recently-closed Buddy Lee Attractions (CAT 9/21). Reach him at 615-812-1972 or here.

» Wall Bling: RIAA-certified multi-platinum singles in September include Jon Pardi's "Dirt On My Boots" (2X) and "Head Over Boots" (2X), Lanco's "Greatest Love Story" (2X) and Thomas Rhett's "Marry Me" (2X). Platinum singles include Pardi's "Heartache On The Dancefloor." Gold singles include Dylan Scott's "Hooked," Mitchell Tenpenny's "Drunk Me" and Russell Dickerson's "Blue Tacoma." Platinum albums include Rhett's Life Changes.

» Tour Support: MCA's Kip Moore will kick off the Room To Spare: Acoustic Tour Nov. 29 in Milwaukee. Joining him are Warner Bros./WAR's Charlie Worsham and Big Loud's Jillian Jacqueline. Cities and dates here.

» Star Search: Jessie Ritter won Cumulus' 2018 Nash Next talent competition last night (10/11) at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon. Judges included BMLG Records' Jimmy Harnen, producer/guitarist Dann Huff, entertainment reporter Cindy Watts, and artist/Country Gold's Terri Clark. More on the competition here.

» Signage: Singer/songwriter LJ has signed a publishing agreement with RED Creative Group. She's currently in the studio with producers Jeremy Stover and Paul DiGiovanni recording her debut album. "LJ has one of the best voices I have ever heard," says RED Owner/Pres. Stover. "Add in her song interpretation and that ray of sunshine she emotes and that makes for something very special. The future is bright."

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

  • The Music Modernization Act was signed into law.
  • Hurricane Michael made landfall.
  • WKDF/Nashville's Paul "Stone" Longuski exited.
  • June Knight joined WKIS/Miami in mornings.
  • WGAR/Cleveland's Brian Fowler exited.

» In Case You Missed It: Valory's Justin Moore appeared on Entertainment Tonight yesterday (10/11). Watch here.

Monument's Walker Hayes live streamed the video premiere event for “90’s Country” yesterday (10/11) from The Vault in Nashville. Watch here.
Ashley Monroe performed "Keys To The Kingdom" at the YouTube Sessions pop-up space in Nashville. Watch here.

» Country Aircheck Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for Oct. 11, according to Mediabase 24/7. Play MPE users can click   to listen or download:

1. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Simple (BMLGR) 3858 points
2. LUKE COMBS/She Got The Best Of Me (River House/Columbia) 3591 points
3. COLE SWINDELL/Break Up In The End (Warner Bros./WMN) 3406 points
4. RUSSELL DICKERSON/Blue Tacoma (Triple Tigers) 3356 points
5. CHRIS YOUNG/Hangin' On (RCA) 3157 points

» Country Aircheck Top Point Gainers: Here are the top point gainers for Oct. 7-11 compared with the same days last week, according to Mediabase 24/7. Play MPE users can click   to listen or download:

1. LUKE COMBS/She Got The Best Of Me (River House/Columbia) +1674 points
2. JIMMIE ALLEN/Best Shot (Stoney Creek) +1459 points
3. TIM MCGRAW/Neon Church (Columbia) +1350 points
4. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Simple (BMLGR) +1317 points
5. COLE SWINDELL/Break Up In The End (Warner Bros./WMN) +1001 points

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (10/13): Rhett Akins, Lacy J. Dalton, Marie Osmond, John Wiggins, Jesse Addy, Julie Piat, Wayland Stubblefield, Rich Rizzo, Jennifer Switzer, Joe Zanger.

Sunday (10/14): Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks), Melba Montgomery, Renee Behrman, Spencer Burke, Melissa Miggo, Kerri Edwards, Woody Pelt, Evelyn Shriver.

Monday (10/15): Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town), Dean Miller, Adam Burnes, Paul B. Anderson, Karyn Bishop, Michelle Tigard Kammerer.

» Strong Female Lead: CMA's Sarah Trahern (third from left) with fellow honorees at YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s Academy for Women of Achievement celebration yesterday (10/11) at Nashville's Music City Center.

» Wild, Wild Westie: BMLGR's Danielle Bradbery visits The Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy. Pictured (l-r) are the Recording Academy's Nathan Pyle, Bri Buchanan, Chris Phengsisomboun and Courtney White, Bradbery and the Recording Academy's Alicia Warwick, Ashley Ernst, Becca Cress and Lacy Cowden.

» Whatever Spices Your Pumpkin: Warrior Records' Jessica Meuse with WMZQ/Washington, DC's Jeff Kapugi (c) and the label's Jimmy Ervin at the station's Fall Fest at Jiffy Lube Live.

» Great Scott: Curb's Dylan Scott with KFDI/Wichita's Carol Hughes.

» Chinchillin': Reviver's David Lee Murphy plays WUBE/Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo’s Zoo Brew. Pictured (l-r) are the station's Big DaveChelsie and Grover Collins, Murphy, the label's Suzanne Durham and the station's Ron JamesOlivia Bell and Taylor McKinley.

» Wish You Were Beer: Music City Beer ambassador Phil Vassar celebrates the opening of The Tour Stop, a tour bus-themed bar inside Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, during the Predators 2018 home opener. Pictured (l-r) are MCB's Amy Millslagle, Vassar, Best Brands' Jason Eskind and MCB's Quinn O'Sullivan.

» Own Thugs-N-Harmony: ElectricHouse Records' Spencer's Own visit WKHX/Atlanta. Pictured (l-r) are the group's Jordon, Nic and Nate, the station's Brian Thomas, the group's Quinn and Morgan and the station's Scott Gaines.



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