May 25, 2021

» April Quarter Hours: Here are select Nielsen Audio Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) ratings for April 2021 (three-month rolling average, 2/4-4/28) compared with February and March. Ranks (in parentheses) are among subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight.
Baton Rouge
  • WYNK iHeartMedia
    4.8 (4) - 4.9 (4) - 4.9 (4)
  • WAMZ iHeartMedia
    5.6 (2) - 5.9 (2) - 6.1 (3)
  • WQNU Summit
    3.6 (11) - 3.9 (8) - 3.4 (9)
New Orleans
  • WNOE iHeartMedia
    5.6 (5) - 6.1 (5) - 5.4 (5)
Oklahoma City
  • KTST iHeartMedia
    4.9 (5) - 4.9 (5) - 4.9 (5)
  • KJKE Tyler
    4.1 (7) - 4.2 (6t)
     - 3.9 (7)
  • KXXY iHeartMedia Classic Country
    3.8 (8) - 3.3 (8)
     - 3.0 (10)
  • KNAH Champlin Classic Country
    2.3 (13t) - 2.4 (13) - 2.3 (12)

» Gator Aid: Audacy/Gainesville, FL GSM Peter Rothfuss has been elevated to SVP/MM for the cluster that includes Country WRUF. He succeeds Dick O’Neil, who retires May 31. “Peter’s experience in this market, coupled with his proven track record of success leading sales efforts, will allow him to seamlessly expand his role and continue the momentum we have achieved,” says Regional Pres. Claudia Menegus. Rothfuss joined in 2016 (CAT 3/10/16) following time with then-Entercom/Wilkes Barre and sales management stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. Reach him here.

» Doc Holli-Would: Townsquare KOEL/Waterloo, IA Brand Mgr./morning host Johnny Marks has been elevated to Dir./Content for the cluster, and Country sister KWYY/Casper, WY Brand Mgr./morning host Jeff “Doc” Holliday has been named to the same post for KOEL, succeeding Marks. Prior to joining Townsquare in 2018, Marks spent time with Linder/Mankato, MN; Wennes/Decorah, IA; and Murphy’s Law/Mauston, WI. He also oversees Townsquare’s Cedar Rapids, IA cluster, which includes Country KHAK. Reach Marks here. Holliday spent three years in Casper following stops in Burlington, IA; Quincy, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Monterey, CA; and Hannibal, MO. At KOEL, Holliday joins incumbent co-hosts Kerri Mac and James Patrick for the newly rebranded K-Crew And You mornings. Reach him here.

» Drew's Clues: Momentum KJUG/Visalia, CA morning host Drew Kirby joins Townsquare KWYY/Casper, WY as Brand Mgr./morning co-host effective June 1. He succeeds Jeff “Doc” Holliday, who has transitioned to the company’s Waterloo, IA cluster (CAT 5/25). “Great on the air, driven on the streets, and his mindset aligns well with our significant local charity and community endeavors – [I] can’t wait for [Drew] to land and connect with a great partner in [morning co-host] Cathy Holman and write the next chapter of KWYY,” says Dir./Content Donovan Short. Prior to nearly five years with KJUG, Kirby spent time with Titan KBKB/Burlington, IA. Reach Kirby here.

» Goin' Through The Big Ds: Cumulus KSCS/Dallas midday personality Rachel Ryan has added middays at WDRQ/Detroit. The shift was previously voicetracked remotely by WFMS/Indianapolis midday personality "Jenna Rae" Tucker. Ryan joined KSCS in February (CAT 2/22) and can be reached here.

» See Spotify Run: No official word from the company, but Spotify is searching for a Sr. Producer to be part of a Country-focused morning show based in Nashville. According to the posting, Spotify is “launching a new daily show ... related to news, talk of the day, music and the latest in the country music scene ... This is an opportunity to build a show from the ground up.” Candidates should have five-plus years of experience producing audio for radio or podcasts, and daily show experience is preferred. Apply here.

» Tour Support: Bad Realm/Atlantic's Breland will kick off his inaugural headlining Cross Country Tour Sept. 5 at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN. Joining him for September dates is singer/songwriter Ashley Cooke, and Warner/WMN's Robyn Ottolini will open shows throughout October. General on-sale starts Friday (5/28) here.

» Catch Me Ridin' Birdie: Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Jamey Johnson, Chase Rice, Randy Houser, Mitchell Tenpenny and Michael Ray, among others, will participate in Folds of Honor Tennessee's inaugural Celebrity Golf Tournament June 21 at Brentwood, TN's Governors Club. Proceeds will provide educational scholarships to the families of fallen and disabled American service members. Email here for info on purchasing a foursome or becoming a sponsor; sign up here.

» Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: If you believe Garth Brooks – and who doesn’t? – then you know that, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained; sometimes you’ve got to go against the grain.” The philosophy rings true for those experiencing ratings success at WXBQ/Johnson City, TN; WQMX/Akron, OH; WNOE/New Orleans; and KWEN/Tulsa as well as for Premiere syndicated personality Bobby Bones as he launches his NatGeo show, Breaking Bobby Bones. Find out more about the ins and outs of these success stories, and find a list of themed music for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, in last night’s (5/24) Country Aircheck Weekly here.

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» In Case You Missed It: Blake Shelton performed "Minimum Wage" on NBC's The Voice here and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon here (5/24).

Garth Brooks talked about his upcoming Stadium Tour and Kennedy Center Honors experience during Inside Studio G here.

LoCash joined Country Outdoors Live on Facebook here.

Sara Evans welcomed Everette to Closet Chaos here.

Niko Moon played an unreleased song live here.

Stephanie Quayle's Wild Frontier: Women of the West spotlights 10 women with inspiring stories and talents here.

Laine Hardy is this week’s guest on Drew Baldridge’s podcast with KKGO/Los Angeles here.

» Wedding Belle: Hit Farm Management/Florida Georgia Line’s Halie Hampton wed McTier Mosley Saturday (5/22). “We’re grateful that God loves us so much that he thought we were deserving of this love and each other,” shares Hampton via Facebook. Send best wishes to the newlyweds here.

» Life Note: MacDonald Garber Country WLXV/Cadillac, MI PD/morning host Dean “Deano” Armstrong is mourning the passing of his mother, Sharon Baker, who died this morning (5/25) following a long illness. She was 70. Send condolences to Armstrong here.

» Country Aircheck Top Point Gainers: Here are the top point gainers for May 23-24 compared with the same days last week, according to Mediabase 24/7.
  1. DYLAN SCOTT/Nobody (Curb) +1322 points
  2. OLD DOMINION/I Was On A Boat That Day (Arista) +1174 points
  3. LUKE COMBS/Forever After All (River House/Columbia) +973 points
  4. DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol) +685 points
  5. CHASE RICE f/FGL/Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen. (Dack Janiels/BBR/BMLGR) +580 points

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the Top 5 songs for May 24, according to Mediabase 24/7.
  1. LUKE COMBS/Forever After All (River House/Columbia) 4534 points
  2. DYLAN SCOTT/Nobody (Curb) 4372 points 
  3. ERIC CHURCH/Hell Of A View (EMI Nashville) 4212 points
  4. DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol) 3814 points
  5. CHRIS YOUNG & KANE BROWN/Famous Friends (RCA) 3268 points 

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (5/26): Keith Gattis, Hank Williams, Jr., Richard Leigh, Christi Brooks, Dave Michaels, the late Gates Nichols (Confederate Railroad).

» Tube Check Tomorrow (5/26): Blake Shelton, The Kelly Clarkson Show (syndicated); Florida Georgia Line, Ellen (syndicated).

» Web Check Tonight (5/25):
  • Rodney Atkins, Livestream Concert at 8pm CT; tickets here.
Web Check Tomorrow (5/26):
  • Jordan Davis, Buy Dirt Livestream at 7pm CT here.
  • Payton Smith, Artist in Residence at 8pm CT via RIFF here.
  • Dierks Bentley, Country Now Live at 9pm CT here.
Submit upcoming live events, streams and TV appearances here.

» Multi-Tusking: Syndicated personality Shawn Parr (l) and Key Networks' Dennis Green at the 2021 International Broadcasters Idea Bank Convention in Durant, OK.

» Be Kind, Re Wine: Monument's Caitlyn Smith performs for her label team at Nashville's City Winery. Pictured (l-r) are Drew Bland, virtual Steve Pleshe, Jacquie Painten, Smith, Jamie Graves, Katie McCartney, Lisa Mastrianni, Casey Thomas, Katelyn Lester and Joel Beaver.

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