If you missed out on being an extra in ABC's 'Nashville' this past year, fret not. The network has picked up the show, which has been drawing an average of 6 million viewers and posting a 1.9 rating, for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter has more info as well as reports on other returning ABC shows.
SEE ALSO: Variety's rundown of all the network pickups and cancellations
WNSR — the "little brother" of Nashville sports talk — will add an FM signal at 95.9 sometime this summer.
WNSR will become the area's third FM sports talk station, joining giant WGFX 104.5 The Zone and WPRT 102.5 The Game. The latter has struggled to compete with its more established competitor, in part because it has a weak signal in the heavily populated suburbs east and southeast of the city.
From Dirk Hoag at On The Forecheck:
What makes WNSR's move into the FM space interesting is that they don't have the broadcast partnerships with teams like the Preds, the Tennessee Titans or the University of Tennessee Volunteers that immediately bring a sizable audience with them. WNSR will have its work cut out for it to woo listeners from the competition, and perhaps that "independent" stance might allow them to position themselves as being different from the rest of the pack.
The full release from WNSR available at OTF.
The Cromwell Radio Group announced it has flipped its 830 AM station from gospel to sports talk and, in doing so, made that station an affiliate of NBC Sports Network. Cromwell's sports flagship 102.5 The Game is an ESPN affiliate.
Formerly The Light, 830 WQZQ- AM has now launched as a full time affiliate of the NBC Sports Network.
Sports Talk 830AM will feature NBC’s line up which includes Erik Kuselias, Brian Kenny, “Voices of the Game” with Newy Scruggs. Sports Night featuring George Plaster, Willy Daunic, and Darren McFarland are featured from 3p-7p and also from 4p-7p on 102.5 The GAME and Murfreesboro’s new 97.5. 830AM will also feature a weekend line up including Rodney Harrison and Brian Webber.
Sports Talk 830 will also have select play-by-play games as shared with our sister station 102.5 Nashville and 97.5 Murfreesboro The Game. Cromwell Radio’s general manager Tincy Crouse adds, “We are excited to be a part of the brand new 24/7 NBC Sports Radio family from the beginning and looking forward to adding another quality sports talk product into the Nashville Market.”
The team at WZTV Fox 17 will on March 4 be joined by industry veteran Bryan McGruder, who will fill the spot of news director. McGruder, who replaces Roberta Petterson, comes to Nashville from the Fox affiliate in Kansas City. Before going to Missouri, McGruder spent two decades at stations in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Memphis.
Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth have agreed to a long-term contract with the Nashville Predators that will televise a minimum of 75 Nashville Predators regular-season games beginning with the 2013-14 season. Financial terms aren't being released for the deal, which covers more than 4 million households in Tennessee, Kentucky and northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi.
“To have a partner that recognizes the strength of the Predators brand and the importance of broadcasting in Nashville and across the southeast is tremendous,” Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. “FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth are premier networks and this extension further solidifies the future of the Predators franchise. Following in the footsteps of other recently-signed early extensions with existing partners, like Bridgestone Americas, this deal is a great indicator of our commitment to providing our fans – who tuned in at an all-time high last season – with a first-class experience when it comes to their team.”
Ratings for Nashville Predators telecasts on FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth increased 40 percent from the 2010-11 season to the 2011-12 season. The team’s 5.2 rating on SportSouth for Game Five of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Detroit was the highest TV rating for a playoff game in franchise history, reaching 53,000 households. Keeping consistent with last year’s success, the Predators are averaging a 1.7 rating through the first several games of the season.
The release also promised expanded programming options and a new "semi-permanent" broadcast location at Bridgestone Arena.
Cumulus Media is making a big splash in the New York media scene today with the launch of 94.7 Nash FM, which is already being billed as "The World's Biggest Country Station" and the cornerstone of a national brand for the Atlanta-based broadcaster. What that latter thought will mean down the road — it looks like other media formats could be involved — isn't yet clear. In the meantime, here's the station's website.