Franklin media company partners with NY publisher

Cool Springs media company CML Entertainment has partnered with Morgan James Publishing out of New York to launch a book imprint that plans to unveil nine titles this fall. Although CML has its roots in the Christian entertainment business, this collaboration will focus on projects "cultivating and nurturing strong character through true-life examples of courage and honor."

Jan 6, 2014 6:46 AM

Cumulus brings back former programming exec to run Nashville group

Cook also will direct programming for WSM, WKDF
Jan 3, 2014 6:51 AM

Conte-temps: A safety, a newsman and a case of social-media mistaken identity

Last night, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found receiver (and Tennessee native) Randall Cobb for a late 48-yard touchdown strike that sent Green Bay into the playoffs at the expense of their opponent and bitter rival Chicago Bears.

Analysts and fans alike pointed the finger of blame squarely at Bears safety Chris Conte:

"This is one Bears fans will remember," Dungy said as he illustrated the play. "This is an all-out blitz. You see everybody coming. John Kuhn is going to do a great job coming over and picking this up. But there are two defenders to cover two inside receivers and they don't get the job done. ... But look at Chris Conte, Rodney."

Dungy's partner, Harrison, picked up the point.

"He just flat-out blows the coverage," Harrison said. "Everyone else is playing man-to-man coverage, and he lets his wide receiver go straight down the field."

Emotions run high in games like this — a rival, a playoff spot on the line — and in 2013, when passions get heated, people log into social media to hurl their obscenity-laden frustrations at the object of blame.
Fortunately for the Bears' Conte, his obvious Twitter handle — @chrisconte — is taken, by name's-the-same WTVF reporter Chris Conte.
And, lo, did the accusations fly in Conte's mentions — a cavalcade of death threats, suggestions of self-harm, and all out, well, meanness.
To his credit, the Nashville Conte took it in stride, gently reminding folks he had nothing to do with the Bears' playoff fortunes and in the ensuing 14 or 15 hours, the vitriol turned to humor.
Lessons learned here:
1) Don't be a jerk on Twitter
2) And if you must be a jerk, make sure your attitude is aimed properly
Dec 30, 2013 12:34 PM

Music Row writer's Gaylord appeal turned away

A tortious interference and false light invasion of privacy lawsuit by Music Row writer and historian Stacy Harris against the former Gaylord Entertainment Co. has been cast aside by the Tennessee Court of Appeals, which last week affirmed Circuit Court Judge Joe Binkley's earlier dismissal. Here's the opinion on the case, which Harris filed after attending a Country Music Association press event featuring Martina McBride. At issue are the questions of whether media members are entitled by law to credentials needed to attend certain events and whether a PR representative's statement at the CMA event that the group was "only taking questions from invited journalists" was highly offensive to the average person. In both cases, the answer is a clear no.

Dec 23, 2013 10:52 AM

New president, publisher for Bank Director

Governance specialists also name marketer to board
Dec 16, 2013 2:38 PM

'Rolling Stone' to hire locally for country-focused site

Rolling Stone owner Wenner Media plans to next spring launch a website dedicated to country music and is hunting for between 10 and 15 editorial staffers, reports Ad Age. Gus Wenner, who says his team also will publish a country-themed special issue next year, tells Ad Age he's making a long-term commitment to Music City.

"I went through a lot of the iterations and proposals and modeling for Rolling Stone Country, but the most important thing was a trip I took down to Nashville," he said. "That is a culture that appreciates music."

"We're really doubling down on country: in the office, the people, the logo and the art that's going into the new site," he added. "You're going to realize that this thing is for real. This isn't something we envision putting up and pulling down if ad dollars dry up."

Dec 6, 2013 12:54 PM

CMT inks Clear Channel partnership

Cable network personality to take on second radio franchise
Nov 26, 2013 10:04 AM adds three senior managers

Cool Springs-based has beefed up its executive ranks with the hiring of Brian Lang, Treye Johnson and Kevin Daniele. Lang, previously director of marketing at Simplex Healthcare, has been named director of acquisitions. Johnson comes to from Acxiom, where he was product manager, and has been named director of CRM. Daniele, who was merchandising brand manager at Dell, has been named merchandising manager. Search firm The Buffkin Group handled the hirings.

Nov 15, 2013 8:41 AM

Ramsey to leave The Game

It appears the experiment of running Dave Ramsey's financial advice show on sports-talk station 102.5 The Game is at its end.

From the inbox:

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.

Nov 13, 2013 9:33 AM

Thom Abraham leaves WNSR

Thom Abraham has departed his gig as the afternoon anchor on SportsRadio 560 WNSR in favor of a similar slot on two Alabama stations owned by Cumulus. In a statement, the parties say Abraham will continue to host specialty shows on WNSR, including Titans and Vanderbilt football content. WNSR has replaced Abraham with Chris Lee and the tag team of Matt Segal and Jeff Diamond.

SEE ALSO: WNSR expands Abraham talk radio show hours from March of this year

Oct 8, 2013 10:34 AM