Cumulus launches NASH country lifestyle brand

The honchos at Cumulus Media hinted at it yesterday when they returned country radio to New York. This morning, they released a lot more detail about their plans to launch NASH, a country lifestyle brand that will comprise radio and television programming, a monthly magazine, a website, social media and concerts. Nashville venues look set to play a prominent role in the radio components of the brand's rollout while the magazine will be published by the same Modern Luxury team that puts out other lifestyle titles.

"Country is more than just music -- it's a lifestyle that is rich with content and marketing opportunities because Country is mass appeal and very much underserved in all forms of media,” said Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey. “Cumulus is committed to serving this significant lifestyle segment that stretches from coast-to-coast by creating a full complement of content on the radio, in print, online and on TV."

Jan 22, 2013 10:52 AM

Cumulus returns country radio to Big Apple

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.

Jan 21, 2013 9:48 AM

'Former host' Steve Gill?

Didn't catch the show today, so this may be old news, but check this graf from Steve Gill's Web site [emphasis mine]:

Additionally, Steve Gill is an attorney and former host of the Steve Gill Show, an influential radio talk show in Tennessee.

Jan 11, 2013 11:49 AM

McDermott named CEO of News2 parent

Former station GM has been president of holding company since '04
Jan 9, 2013 12:35 PM

Channel 4 reporter turned California PBS star dies

Television personality Huell Howser, who got his broadcasting start at WSM-TV in Nashville in the 1960s before becoming a beloved star of a number of PBS shows in California, has died at age 67 after battling illness for several years. Howser, pictured here in a Flicker photo, specialized in human-interest pieces on Channel 4 before moving to New York and then, in 1981, to Los Angeles. There, he built several shows, including the popular California's Gold, that profiled the hidden treasures of the state. The Huffington Post has more on the life of a man whose "unabashed love for even the smallest topics and towns" won the hearts of many a Golden State viewer.

Jan 8, 2013 7:00 AM

Judge rules against state law targeting

U.S. District Court Judge John Nixon has sided unequivocally with advertising service in its tussle with state legislators who last year targeted websites selling ads they say promote child sex trafficking. In a ruling today, Nixon said the new law violates three sections of the Constitution as well as the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

“The Constitution tells us that — when freedom of speech hangs in the balance — the state may not use a butcher knife on a problem that requires a scalpel to fix,” Nixon wrote in the order. “Yet, this appears to be what the Tennessee legislature has done in passing the law at issue.”

Jan 4, 2013 2:10 PM

Struggling Athlon sues former CEO, others over stock value dispute

Kraft unit appraised company at '$nil' but dissidents want more than $6 per share
Jan 3, 2013 2:15 PM

CMT adds senior VP

CMT has added Joe Livecchi as senior vice president of development. Livecchi, who was formerly with BBC Worldwide, will be based in New York City.

Jessica Nicholson and have the full story here.

Dec 28, 2012 7:05 AM

Dish again pursuing millions from state

Satellite broadcaster contends law giving cable competitors tax exemption violates Commerce Clause
Dec 21, 2012 1:36 PM

Former 'Country Music Magazine' editor dies

Former author and Country Music Magazine managing editor Martha Hume has died. She was 65.

Jessic Nicholson and have more here

Dec 19, 2012 12:03 PM