Today marks the beginning of a new job for Justin Cole as the director of country programming for Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications. Cole, who has in the past worked at 103 WKDF, is returning to Nashville from Baltimore to lead the daily operations of Premiere's country shows as well as the CMA Awards broadcast and local promotions.
Premiere Networks is launching a new national country morning show — The Bobby Bones Show — and an accompanying country Top 30 show.
The new program will originate from WSIX:
Premiere Networks, the number one audio network in the U.S., announced today it will syndicate The Bobby Bones Show on Country radio stations nationwide. The program, which is transitioning from a CHR format, will debut on Nashville’s The BIG 98/WSIX on February 18 and will air in the Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 a.m. CT timeslot, as well as the station’s simulcast on SiriusXM channel 57. Beginning February 25, The Bobby Bones Show will launch nationwide on the following Country radio stations: KSD-FM/St. Louis, Mo.; KTGX-FM/Tulsa, Okla.; KASE-FM/Austin, Texas; WCKT-FM/Ft. Myers, Fla.; KYKR-FM/Beaumont, Texas; WTXT-FM/Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and WOBB-FM/Albany, Ga.; with more to come. Plus, the program will be heard on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s all-in-one free digital listening service.
Broadcasting live from WSIX in Nashville, The Bobby Bones Show is a fresh take on Country morning radio. The transition from CHR to Country was a collaborative decision between Bobby Bones and Premiere Networks.
“Bobby has always had a strong interest in Country and with the success of his show in the CHR format, we have no doubt the program will resonate with this new audience and see much continued growth and success,” said Jennifer Leimgruber, Premiere Networks EVP of Entertainment Programming. “Bobby is a tremendous talent. His fun, natural and engaging approach to morning radio and passion for Country music will be great for the format and for listeners nationwide.”
In addition, Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, a new four-hour weekend Country music program, will launch nationwide the weekend of March 2 and 3. Each week, Bones, Lunchbox and Amy will showcase the top Country songs, in addition to sharing their conversations with the artists. Originating from Nashville, the show will be available for air Saturday or Sunday between 6 a.m. and midnight local time.
Bones stated, “When we created The Bobby Bones Show back in 2002, we wanted to give listeners a fun, real and entertaining morning show. More than 10 years later, that’s what continues to drive us every day. Moving to a Country format is an amazing opportunity to expand our program to a new audience and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the connection between the artists, music and fans that makes the Country music industry so unique. Nashville, here we come!”
Franklin-based classical music label Naxos has struck a deal with Clear Channel to take over the programming of the Classica station on the broadcasting giant's iHeartRadio platform. Naxos' distribution division has a catalog of more than 30,000 albums.
“We are enormously impressed with Naxos’s digital distribution, which makes them an ideal partner for Clear Channel as we continue to change the industry in bold and innovative ways,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Haydn—these composers wrote the original power chords, and their work is as vital today as when it was first written. Our agreement with Naxos further demonstrates that the market-based business model we unveiled this past summer makes sense for labels, artists, broadcasters, and fans.”
Local radio personality Adam Davis and station WRVW-107.5 The River have parted ways in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Davis against the Nashville Predators, radio industry news outlet AllAccess reported yesterday.
Davis, better known as Intern Adam, sued the Predators in August, claiming they were responsible for a broken ankle he sustained during a “human hockey puck” stunt. According to AllAccess, Davis hasn't been on the radio in the nine weeks since he filed the lawsuit.
“It's been a very emotional nine weeks being in limbo and not knowing my future,” Davis told AllAccess. “But now it's certain that I can find a microphone somewhere else, be it in Nashville or wherever, and continue to bring the entertainment that Intern Adam has provided for years.”
The Predators challenged Davis's lawsuit, claiming he failed to take “reasonable and ordinary care” for his safety during the stunt. The Predators included a jury demand in their response to the lawsuit.
No further filings have taken place since the Predators' response.
Big Machine Label Group and Entercom Communications today announced they will partner, with Big Machine and its artists to recieve a share of Entercom’s terrestrial broadcast radio royalty revenues.
In June, BMLG and Clear Channel reached a similar agreement. Terms of both deals have not been disclosed.
Sarah Skates and MusicRow.com have the full story here.
Big Machine Label Group and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today an agreement that will align their business interests and accelerate growth and innovation in digital radio to the benefit of music fans and radio listeners.
Big Machine, which recently announced a rebranding, will become the first record company to directly participate in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast revenues. Artists including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts are expected to benefit from the arrangement.
“Today, 98 percent of our listening is terrestrial broadcast and 2 percent digital — with record labels and artists only paid for the 2 percent,” John Hogan, chairman and chief executive officer of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, said in a release. “This new agreement expands label and artist participation from just digital to terrestrial broadcast radio revenues in one comprehensive framework that will give all of us a great incentive to drive the growth of the digital radio industry and allow everyone to participate financially in its growth. This market-based solution helps bring the best in music to radio listeners wherever they want to hear it.”
Clear Channel's radio group has relocated company veteran Dan Endom from Houston to Music City, where he will be general manager of its five-station group here. Endom takes the place of Tom English, who last month left Clear Channel after six years leading the organization that include country mainstay WSIX.