Bradocasting group Cumulus Nashville has named general sales managers for its big WKDF, WSM-FM and WQQK stations. Rhonda Rollins, who has more than 23 years of radio experience, will lead the sales efforts at country stations WKDF and WSM. Rollins had previously held the same role at WQQK, Cumulus’ urban adult contemporary outlet, since 2011. Her spot at WQQK has been taken by Lori Tournay Liggett, who has moved to Cumulus Nashville from CBS Detroit, where she was general sales manager for a Top 40 station.
Local marketing and artist services group Thirty Tigers is branching into country radio promotion with the hiring of four people to capitalize on some recent successes with Chase Rice and Old Dominion. Sarah Skates has details on that plan and more at MusicRow.com.
There were murmurs that the departure of Clay Travis from 104.5's ratings monster, 3HL, would torpedo the show's numbers. The Cumulus station brought back Mickey Ryan to sit in Travis' seat alongside Brent Dougherty and Blaine Bishop.
Now with a month of ratings post-Travis in the books, the speculation that the change would threaten the show's dominance looks to have been unfounded:
Lew Dickey and his executive team at Cumulus Media are pushing hard to grow their new NASH country music brand on a number of fronts. Jessica Nicholson at Music Row has gathered some details — including digital video, an app and a magazine that will begin to stand on its own next year — from Cumulus' recent Q2 conference call.
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.”
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