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Kim Guthrie Appointed President Of Cox Media Group
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Kim Guthrie
COX ENTERPRISES will up KIM GUTHRIE to President of COX MEDIA GROUP succeeding BILL HOFFMAN, who will retire at the end of the year after a 38-year career in media. GUTHRIE will assume the role on JANUARY 1st, 2017 and will report to COX ENTERPRISES EVP/COO ALEX TAYLOR.

“KIM has been with COX for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform,” said COX ENTERPRISES Pres./CEO JOHN DYER. “She played a key role in the successful creation of COX MEDIA GROUP in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry’s most influential leaders. She is a natural fit to ensure COX MEDIA GROUP continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content.”

“BILL has done a tremendous job leading COX MEDIA GROUP through a rapidly evolving media environment,” said DYER. “As a leader, he has always embodied the spirit of our company. He’s inspired and valued employees, anticipated and driven change, and been a true community champion in every city he’s lived. We are grateful for his leadership and dedication.”

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Cumulus/Grand Rapids Adds Lori Bennett As OM
Lori Bennett
CUMULUS/GRAND RAPIDS, MI has appointed LORI BENNETT as OM for its five-station cluster, which includes Country WTNR, Top 40 WHTS, Classic Rock WLAV, Sports Talk WBBL, and News-Talk WJRW-A. BENNETT will also take the reins as PD of WTNR (NASH FM 94.5) and host afternoon drive on the station. She replaces JOHN CRENSHAW, who segued to the CUMULUS/YOUNGSTOWN, OH cluster in JULY (NET NEWS 7/22).

BENNETT joins the cluster from CUMULUS/DETROIT, where she most recently served as PD/afternoon host for Hot AC WDVD. Her extended career in the DETROIT market includes time with WJR-A, WDRQ, WNIC, WMGC, and WVMV in positions ranging from feature anchor to PD. She departed the CUMULUS/DETROIT cluster in JULY (NET NEWS 7/19).

“We are thrilled to have LORI join our GRAND RAPIDS team,” said CUMULUS/GRAND RAPIDS, MI VP/Market Manager JEFF CARTWRIGHT. “She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster. I am excited to see what the future holds for our five stations with LORI here.” Added BENNETT, “I’m honored to join the remarkable family of broadcasters at CUMULUS/GRAND RAPIDS! The talent and energy within the cluster extends beyond the norm, with legendary market personalities that know how to truly connect and super serve the WEST MICHIGAN audience. I am grateful to MARY BERNER, MIKE MCVAY, DOUG HAMAND, BOB WALKER, and of course, the dynamic JEFF CARTWRIGHT, for the opportunity to captain such an incredible team!”

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KFRG/San Bernardino To Host Inaugural ‘Driftwood At Doheny State Beach’
‘KFRG Presents Driftwood At Doheny State Beach’
CBS RADIO Country KFRG (KFROG)/SAN BERNARDINO, CA will host the inaugural “KFRG PRESENTS DRIFTWOOD AT DOHENY STATE BEACH,” featuring CURB RECORDS artist JERROD NIEMANN on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th. The afternoon of Country music, craft beer, artisan wine, and barbecue will take place at DOHENY STATE BEACH in DANA POINT, CA.

Additional performers include RODNEY ATKINS, THOMPSON SQUARE, PARMALEE, THE WHITE BUFFALO, and MARIACHI EL BRONX. Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th at 10a (PT) here.

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Chase Rice To Headline WIL/St. Louis’ JingleFest
WIL/St. Louis’ JingleFest

“From TAYLOR SWIFT to SAM HUNT, JINGLEFEST has proven to be the venue to introduce ST. LOUIS new Country followers to the fresh faces of Country music!” said WIL PD SCOTT RODDY. “This year’s lineup, curated by music director and midday host DANNY MONTANA, continues this long standing tradition.” Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th here; for more information on JINGLEFEST, visit here.

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Report: CBS Set To Take On $1.5 Billion In Debt Ahead Of CBS Radio IPO
Spinoff Coming Soon
As CBS CORPORATION gets closer to its spinoff of the CBS RADIO division, REUTERS reports the company, “is preparing to take on about $1.5 billion in debt ahead of its initial public offering and use most of the proceeds to pay its parent in cash, according to people familiar with the matter.”

The report noted the IPO for the subsidiary was registered in JULY with the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. CBS has not released publicly the amount of debt the unit plans to issue. The company did disclose in the filing that it would distribute some proceeds from the debt offering to its parent, while keeping some money for general corporate purposes.

“CBS’s debt offering will be split between bonds and loans, and could come before the end of the year,” sources told REUTERS. “GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC, WELLS FARGO & CO, BANK OF AMERICA CORP, and CREDIT SUISSE GROUP are underwriters on the IPO, while JPMORGAN CHASE & CO is leading the bank financing, and DEUTSCHE BANK AG is running the bond financing, the sources added.”

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September PPMs: Day One Is Here
September PPMs Are Here


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Justin Moore Scores #1 With ‘You Look Like I Need A Drink’
Justin Moore
Congratulations to THE VALORY MUSIC CO. artist JUSTIN MOORE for scoring the #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart this WEEK with his single, “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” the lead single off MOORE’s recently released album, “Kinda Don’t Care.” This is MOORE’s sixth career #1 single.

Kudos to THE VALORY MUSIC CO. SVP/Promotion GEORGE BRINER, National Dir./Radio Promotion ASHLEY SIDOTI, Dir./WEST COAST Marketing & Promotion AMY STALEY, Dir./SOUTHWEST Marketing & Promotion BRAD HOWELL, Dir./MIDWEST Marketing & Promotion ADAM BURNES, and Promotion Coordinator SEAN STEVENS. ALL ACCESS delivered sweet treats to the VALORY office TODAY (9/26) to congratulate the staff on their success.

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Aaron Lewis ‘Sinner’ Is Country’s #1 Album
Aaron Lewis: #1 Album Debut
Congratulations to DOT RECORDS artist AARON LEWIS and the entire BMLG team on a #1 Country album chart debut with “Sinner.”  LEWIS’ third Country release moved 42,000 equivalent album units and 39,000 in traditional album sales in the week ending THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, according to NIELSEN MUSIC.

Additionally, LEWIS’ strong first week sales earned him the #4 spot on the all-genre albums chart. With its lead single, “That Ain’t Country,” just getting started at Country radio, “Sinner” follows 2012’s “The Road” and the 2011 EP, “Town Line.” Prior to shifting his focus to Country music, LEWIS spent a decade fronting the Rock band STAIND.

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Garth Brooks Earns Seventh RIAA Diamond Certification, Surpasses The Beatles
Garth Brooks
PEARL RECORDS artist GARTH BROOKS has made history, becoming the lone act atop the list of RIAA DIAMOND certified artist. BROOKS’ “Ultimate Hits” album has been certified DIAMOND for sales in excess of 10 million (10X multi-Platinum), giving BROOKS his seventh RIAA Diamond certification. BROOKS’ wife and tour mate, TRISHA YEARWOOD, made the announcement SATURDAY night (9/24) during their “GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR WITH TRISHA YEARWOOD” stop in FRESNO, CA. Check out the video of that moment here. The couple celebrated the historic milestone with band mates, crew, and friends after the show with champagne showers for everyone. See thathere.

This seventh RIAA DIAMOND certification moves BROOKS ahead of THE BEATLES, with whom he was previously tied at six RIAA DIAMOND awards. His six previous DIAMOND certifications were awarded to “Double Live” (21X multi-Platinum), “No Fences” (17X multi-Platinum), “Ropin’ The Wind” (14X multi-Platinum), “GARTH BROOKS” (10X multi-Platinum), “Sevens” (10X multi-Platinum), and “The Hits” (10X multi-Platinum). Additionally, BROOKS is on the cups of added Diamond certifications, as “The Chase” currently sits at 9X multi-Platinum followed closely by “In Pieces” at 8X MULTI-PLATINUM and “Fresh Horses” at 7X multi-Platinum. BROOKS still trails THE BEATLES in total RIAA certified units with 138 million to THE BEATLES’ 178 million.

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Kenny Chesney To Receive BMI President’s Award
Kenny Chesney
BROADCAST MUSIC, INC (BMI) will honor BLUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE artistKENNY CHESNEY will its BMI PRESIDENT’S AWARD during the company’s “64TH ANNUAL BMI COUNTRY AWARDS” on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st. Held at BMI’s NASHVILLE offices, BMI President/CEO MIKE O’NEILL will host the ceremony with BMI NASHVILLE VP/Writer Publisher Relations JODY WILLIAMS.

The BMI PRESIDENT’S AWARD is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry, and in receiving the award, CHESNEY will join a list of honorees that include WILLIE NELSON, BROOKS & DUNN, TAYLOR SWIFT, and current collaborator P!NK. “KENNY CHESNEY is first and foremost a songwriter,” said WILLIAMS. “Not only has he earned the respect of the songwriting community, but he has also developed into a top-notch recording artist who re-wrote the concert touring experience by selling out stadiums year after year. He is a friend to up-and-coming artists and songwriters and is as inspiring as he is talented. It is time to salute him for a career that has brought so much to so many, and is far from over.”

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Aaron Lewis Answers ’10 Questions’
Aaron Lewis
“I guess I come from a different school. I come from a different time …  I just don’t see where the dots connect to the music and the artists and the songwriting and where it came from – it was four chords and the truth. And it was somebody’s truth. It was connected to somebody’s heart. It wasn’t connected to whether you could get it played on radio or not. It was connected to a soul.”

That’s DOT RECORDS artist AARON LEWIS, commenting about the state of Country music right now, in this week’s “10 Questions” feature. LEWIS also discusses his recent internet moment, the challenge of shifting from Rock to a Country career, and being a proud dad. Read the entire interview here.

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Brett Eldredge Announces ‘Glow’ Release Date
Brett Eldredge
ATLANTIC/WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE artist BRETT ELDREDGE will release his CHRISTMAS album, “Glow,” on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th (NET NEWS 9/9). “Glow” features timeless CHRISTMAS standards, including “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with MEGHAN TRAINOR.

“I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid,” said ELDREDGE. “I recorded those classics in NEW YORK CITY and tried to give a tip of the hat to the ones that came before me – BING CROSBY, FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN, RAY CHARLES – by adding that swing and that soul to the best of my ability.” Added ELDREDGE, “Everyone was so inspired to make this classic record. I think it really shows in the songs, and I can’t wait for people to hear that magic we found.” Pre-order the album here.

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Kacey Musgraves To Head Out On ‘A Very Kacey Christmas Tour’
‘A Very Kacey Christmas Tour’
MERCURY NASHVILLE artist KACEY MUSGRAVES will hit the road on “A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS TOUR” in support of her “A Very KACEY CHRISTMAS” album, set to release FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th (NET NEWS 9/7). The TOUR kicks off on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26th in WINDSOR, CANADA, and it runs through NASHVILLE’s RYMAN AUDITORIUM on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28th.

Additional stops include NEW YORK CITY; WILKES-BARRE, PA; WASHINGTON, D.C.; JOLIET, IL; KNOXVILLE, TN; and EVANSVILLE, IN. For ticket information, visit here.

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Trent Harmon Sings National Anthem At University Of Mississippi
Trent Harmon

HARMON must have been a good luck charm, as the REBELS stunned the BULLDOGS in an upset victory.

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Adam Craig Sings National Anthem At Packers Game, Joins WNCY/Appleton-Green Bay For Facebook Live
Charli McKenzie And Adam Craig
STONEY CREEK artist ADAM CRAIG sang the NATIONAL ANTHEM at LAMBEAU FIELD for the GREEN BAY PACKERS versus DETROIT LIONS game YESTERDAY (9/25). MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Country WNCY (Y100)/APPLETON-GREEN BAY, WI morning show host CHARLI MCKENZIE was on-hand for the occasion and took listeners on the field during a pre-game FACEBOOK LIVE chat with CRAIG. See that video here, and check out CRAIG’s singing of the ANTHEM here.

Additionally, STONEY CREEK VP/Promotion CHRIS LOSS attended the festivities and tried his hand at the famous “LAMBEAU LEAP.” LOSS tells ALL ACCESS he wasn’t going full-steam in to the leap, and we’re sure some PACKER fans would have helped pull him to victory. Unfortunately, his leap took place well before the stadium was filled. See that video here.

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Cam Weds Adam Weaver In Joshua Tree, CA
Cam & Adam Weaver
Congratulations to ARISTA NASHVILLE/RCA RECORDS artist CAM and ADAM WEAVER, who were wed over the WEEKEND during an intimate ceremony in JOSHUA TREE, CA. The couple had been engaged since last SEPTEMBER (NET NEWS 9/8).

PEOPLE magazine carried the exclusive story and reports that CAM donned a vintage-inspired JENNY PACKHAM wedding gown. Check out the full PEOPLE story here for more details from the big day.

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Stacy And Tyler Waugh Welcome Baby Girl Francesca ‘Frankie’ June Waugh
Francesca ‘Frankie’ June Waugh
ALL ACCESS congratulates BIG LOUD RECORDS Dir./National Promotion STACY WAUGH and Dir./SOUTHEAST Promotion TYLER WAUGH, who welcomed a baby girl last NIGHT (9/25). FRANCESCA “FRANKIE” JUNE WAUGH was born SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th at 6:03p (CT) weighing in at 8lbs. 10oz. and measuring 18.5 inches long. This is the first child for the couple, who were wed in JUNE 2014 (NET NEWS 6/30/14).

“Momma is doing great, and we are so in love,” reported TYLER via FACEBOOK shortly after welcoming baby FRANKIE. In the early hours this MORNING (9/26), STACY shared via FACEBOOK, “TODAY my life changed. FRANCESCA JUNE WAUGH entered this world and made mine a much better place. I’ve never been more in love, and watching her daddy with her is my favorite thing. It’s been a very long day, and mama is ready for a nap!” The new family has registered for adds and conversions at MEDIABASE. Send your congrats to the new power trio here.

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Well-Wishes For Dawn Delvo
Dawn Delvo
ALL ACCESS extends well-wishes to BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT Dir./Public Relations DAWN DELVO, who is currently in the hospital undergoing treatment for asthma exacerbation.

“Last WEDNESDAY (9/21), I was misdiagnosed with pneumonia and given a steroid shot, oral steroids, a z-pack, and a cough suppressant,” DELVO shared via FACEBOOK. “By FRIDAY (9/23) afternoon, I began having major breathing problems, and by SATURDAY morning, I could barely breathe at all and took myself to the ER. I was quickly admitted, and soon after, sent to the ICU to treat and monitor asthma exacerbation. For the first time in my life, I was having a huge asthma attack. I spent 24 hours in the ICU and am now in a regular room and should be released TOMORROW (9/27).” Send your well-wishes to DELVO here.

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Country Music Hall Of Famer Jean Shepard Dies At 82
Jean Shepard
ALL ACCESS extends sincere condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and fans of COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME and GRAND OLE OPRY member JEAN SHEPARD, who passed away YESTERDAY (9/25). She was 82.

SHEPARD celebrated 60 years as an OPRY member last YEAR, after having been formally invited to join on her birthday, NOVEMBER 21st, 1955. SHEPARD rose to prominence at an early age after pairing with FERLIN HUSKY for 1953’s “A Dear JOHN Letter.” Included in her 45 charted Country singles across a three-decade career were, “Second Fiddle,” “Slippin’ Away,” “A Satisfied Mind,” GRAMMY nominated “Then He Touched Me,” and “The Tip Of My Fingers.” She became a mouthpiece for THE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTRY ENTERTAINERS (ACE) and was an advocate for fellow female artists.

SHEPARD first married HAWKSHAW HAWKINS in 1960, and the couple had two sons before HAWKINS’ tragic death in the plane crash that also killed PATSY CLINE. She later married ROY ORBISON band member and road manager BENNY BIRCHFIELD in 1968 and had a third son. SHEPARD is survived by BIRCHFIELD and her three children. She entered hospice care last WEEK and reportedly passed away from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Arrangements are pending.

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Artists Of Then, Now & Forever
Forever Country
(CMA/MCA Nashville)
Jennifer Nettles
National Anthem
(Big Machine)
Jon Pardi
Dirt On My Boots
(Capitol Records Nashville)
Love and Theft
(Curb Records)
Dan + Shay
How Not To
(Warner Bros./WAR)

18-24 54.2%
25-34 28.1%
35-44 11.6%
45-54 5.1%
55+ 1.0%
13-17 0.1%
Ryan Follese
Put A Label On It
(BMLG Records)
This song makes me smile, and here’s why: I know books are outdated these days, but bear with me – there’s nothing like a great story, one that captures you in that detail in the first line. Ryan got me with this: “You’ve been peeling back the label / On that long neck bottle / For ten minutes now, spit it out / You’ve been drinking up the courage / I’m watching your wheels turning / So just lay it out, what’s it about?” Like a great book, Country music is all about the narrative – so for those of you wondering if this former Pop sensation has what it takes to transition in to Country, the answer is yes. This song is a cute, honest, and relatable story about that awkward “what are we?” point in a relationship. It’s sweet (hence the smiling) and catchy – and up-tempo for your playlist! I can’t get the chorus out of my head, “So you tell your friends and I’ll tell mine / We both know it’s coming / It’s too hard to hide / Can’t wait for another minute / Let’s go and get it over with / Acting like it isn’t when we know it is / I think it’s time we define the relationship / You’re all that I ever wanted / Let’s go and put a label on it.” This song has the straightforward honesty that 23 year olds such as myself appreciate – for reference, it’s the same reason we love Taylor Swift so much. Maybe there’s something magical about going between Pop and Country formats. And back to my whole “books are outdated” thing – I really appreciate that Ryan likes books too – “I can read you like a book, girl / And we’re on the same page.” Just another reason to smile. I hope you smile, too, in your music meeting!
19 Recordings/Arista Nashville artist Carrie Underwood performed at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday night (9/22) on her “The Storyteller Tour.” She caught up with industry friends after the show. Pictured L-R: (back) Compass Media syndicated “Taste of Country Nights” host Sam Alex, producer Amber Atnip; Carrie Underwood; All Access Nashville Editorial Asst. Briana Galluccio; Sony Music Nashville EVP/Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges; Café Nashville’s Jody Van-Alin (front) iHeartMedia Country WSIX/Nashville APD/night host Ryan McKiddy, and afternoon hosts Tige & Daniel.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHOF) and Country Music Association (CMA) kicked off Country Music Month with “Forever Country Live presented by Southwest Airlines” yesterday (9/25). The free concert featured Warner Bros./WAR artist Charlie Worsham and The Time Jumpers. Pictured L-R: (back) Southwest Airlines’ Kim Boller, Kimberly Greiner; CMA’s Damon Whiteside; The Time Jumpers’ Larry Franklin; Music City Council’s Justine Avila; The Time Jumpers’ Jeff Taylor; CMA’s Sarah Trahern; The Time Jumpers’ Andy Reiss; Southwest Airlines’ Alyssa Eliasen; The Time Jumpers’ Brad Albin; CMHOF’s Sharon Brawner, Peter Cooper; (front) Patty Loveless; Charlie Worsham; The Time Jumpers’ Kenny Sears, Billy Thomas, Paul Franklin, and Joe Spivey.
Pearl Records artist Garth Brooks (l) hung out with Cumulus Country KSKS (93.7 Kiss Country)/Fresno PD Darrin Arriens (r) before his “Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood” stop in Fresno. Brooks received his seventh RIAA Diamond certification, which his wife and tour mate Trisha Yearwood announced at Saturday night’s (9/24) show.
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