Former BMI exec named to Gannett board

John Cody, the former CFO and COO of Broadcast Music Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of publishing giant Gannett Co. Cody stepped down from his post at BMI last November.

Feb 24, 2011 10:20 AM

Christian radio network adding power

Bott Radio Network, which last fall acquired a number of FM stations from Trevecca Nazarene University, has received word from the Federal Communications Commission that it can crank up its transmission strength to 22,000 watts. Kansas City-based Bott runs almost 90 Christian-oriented stations in 15 states.
"That's a wonderful increase of almost 15 times more power, making 89.1 FM the most powerful Christian-formatted FM station in Nashville and the only one dedicated to Christian teaching and talk programming 24/7. The construction for the power increase will be completed this summer."
Feb 17, 2011 1:18 PM

So the snowstorms weren't all bad

Local tech company Cell Journalist is growing, and profitable, according to an interview Venture Nashville conducted with CEO Parker Polidor. The company, whose technology lets individuals submit cell phone footage or still images to news outlets, now reaches 130 news organizations. We wrote about the company following May's flooding, when Cell Journalist a jump in volume. Apparently the same thing happened with recent relentless snowfall:
CellJournalist shone during the recent snowfalls in the Southeast, Polidor said, and images in the CJ system are growing at 75,000 per month, now totaling about 1 million, he noted. During the recent Southeastern snowstorm, the system gained 75,000 images during a two-day period, he added.
Feb 14, 2011 12:36 PM

CMT hires development exec

Country Music Television has taken a step toward creating more original content with the hiring of Jayson Dinsmore, a former senior executive at NBC. As an executive VP based out of Santa Monica, Dinsmore will take the lead on developing new shows for the Nashville-based network, which recently premiered the sitcom Working Class.
Feb 3, 2011 7:47 AM names publisher liasion

Franklin-based has named Amy Fisher as its executive director of publisher relations. Fisher joins the company after serving as executive director of agency marketing and operations at Time Inc., where she managed the agent relationships for 21 magazines, as well as two American Express Publishing titles.
“Amy has spent more than two decades working in the magazine industry. She possesses unique insight into how publishers leverage their relationships with agents and how agents can help publishers meet their goals,” said President and CEO Jay Clarke. “ had a record year in 2010, and adding Amy to our team will help us to continue to accelerate our growth in 2011 and beyond.”
Feb 3, 2011 7:32 AM

Worthy Media launches publishing arm

Two-year-old Worthy Media, a holding company for Christian-oriented businesses, has set up a publishing company led by a group of veteran execs who were formerly at Thomas Nelson and Integrity Publishers. The venture will — a lot like Thomas Nelson — put out a mix of Christian-, inspiration- and leadership-oriented titles and be based in Brentwood's Town Center development.
Williamson has signed and published a striking number of New York Times and CBA bestsellers, including Sarah Young's top selling Christian book of 2010, Jesus Calling, as well as Beth Moore's Get Out of That Pit, Max Lucado's It's Not About Me, Newt Gingrich's Searching for God in America and Emerson Eggerichs' Love & Respect. Other celebrated authors previously published include David Jeremiah, Frank Peretti, John Townsend, Henry Cloud, Michael W. Smith and Steve Arterburn.
Jan 27, 2011 10:37 AM

He's coming for you, Davidson AM

Stacey Campfield has filed a bill which would require "the delivery of unsolicited newspapers and tabloids be suspended or terminated upon request of the owner or occupant of the property." He also wants to criminalize the failure to disclose a hepatitis diagnosis to sexual partners.
Jan 17, 2011 7:15 AM


Nashville's homeless newspaper "The Contributor" sold 120,000 copies this year, WPLN reports, making it by far the largest circulation street paper in the country.
More than 400 homeless or formerly homeless salesmen have combined to make an estimated $1 million this year. Dozens have used the income to get off the streets. While the vendors are doing well, “The Contributor” still runs on a shoestring. The non-profit street paper holds its annual art show fundraiser Saturday, January 8th.
Dec 30, 2010 8:32 AM

Lightning 100 gets national sales help

Independent radio station Lightning 100 has teamed up with Regional Reps in an effort to attract more national advertisers.
WRLT GM Fred Buc said, “We had been searching for a firm with stability and a successful track record. Regional Reps provides the deep sales force we need to accurately represent our unique station to a multitude of national clients. Their staff is pleasant, yet aggressive in their efforts to provide us the additional revenue we require. I am confident this will be a great long term partnership!"
Dec 21, 2010 8:09 AM

Biblical Black Friday

Thomas Nelson will later this week unveil a Web site to help kick off its marketing push around the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.
Nov 24, 2010 10:33 AM