Big Machine Label Group has signed a licensing agreement with Cox Media Group to share revenues related to the playing of songs by its artist roster, which includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Brantley Gilbert. The deal spans both Cox's broadcast and digital platforms in the media company's 11 markets around the country.
“Big Machine understands that a forward move in the digital broadcasting space is a must to get ahead of the many opportunities that a digital dashboard and other digital initiatives are going to bring. We are thrilled to continue to elevate our partnership with this incredible company as the broadcasting sea change continues,” said Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta.
BBR Music Group has signed an agreement with Clear Channel to share in the revenues generated by songs broadcast or streamed on the media company's platforms. BBR, which comprises the Broken Bow and Stoney Creek labels and is home to Jason Aldean, Randy Houser and Thompson Square among others, joins a number of other label groups in inking such a deal.
“Radio plays a powerful — and unique — role in breaking country artists. Clear Channel's commitment to being a leader in exposing fans to the best new music is undeniable. They have taken a very proactive role in growing the format, while strengthening the health of both the Radio and Records industries,” said BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. “Forming closer ties with a partner who wants to 'grow the pie' for all parties involved, while ensuring that country fans can access our music on multiple platforms was a logical move for us.”
Cumulus Media is taking a number of steps to build out the platform for the Nash country music brand it launched last year. It is partnering with Country Weekly to insert a 16-page section in that magazine — word has it that will be followed by the purchase of a 50 percent stake in the pub — and eyeing big expansions into television, satellite radio and the concert business.
It appears the experiment of running Dave Ramsey's financial advice show on sports-talk station 102.5 The Game is at its end.
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Twelve months ago, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dave Ramsey teamed up with his long-time friend and veteran of the radio industry, Bayard “Bud” Walters, president and owner of Cromwell Radio Group. “The Dave Ramsey Show” joined the WPRT 102.5 The GAME lineup in January 2013. With Ramsey leaving a News/Talk format station and The GAME breaking from sport programming, both were taking a risk. A year later, both have agreed to part ways beginning early 2014.
“We have been friends for more than 20 years, and while we enjoyed this partnership from a personal standpoint, we both realize that from a business perspective our brands would be better served if we return to our respective formats,” said Walters.
“The Dave Ramsey show” will return to the News/Talk format in early 2014, although details are not available at this time. An announcement on programming to fill the time slot on 102.5 will also come at a later date.
The move forced changes in 102's line-up. Steve Gorman Sports, the show hosted by the Black Crowes' drummer, moved to a noon start to facilitate Ramsey. Gorman left the station in July. Sports Night with George Plaster, Willy Daunic and Darren McFarland (disclosure: I make regular appearances on the show) opened its broadcast on sister station 97.5 between 3 and 4 to give Ramsey a full three hours on The Game. The Game has repeatedly been bested by 104.5 The Zone — former home of Plaster. In October's ratings, WPRT scored 1.0 in the 12-plus, publicly available ratings. The Zone scored a 6.1.