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October 26, 2020, Issue 728

Pt. 2: Examining Race In The Industry

In part one of this story, WXFL/Florence, AL OM/PD Fletcher Brown, Warner Music Nashville Dir./National Radio & Streaming James Marsh, BMG Dir./Creative Rakiyah Marshall and Big Loud VP/Marketing Candice Watkins discussed their experiences navigating an industry that is overwhelmingly white. Below, they discuss how ongoing events have shaped conversations with colleagues and what they hope for moving forward. [Ed. Note: Read the two parts combined here.] What has this year been like, and has the industry response moved Fletcher Brown James Marsh the needle for you? CW: You don’t get change without experiencing and talking about the tough things. So, while it’s been a tough year regarding racial unrest, we have an opportunity to lean Candice Rakiyah Watkins Marshall in, engage and hopefully change our sphere of influence in the country music industry. I’ve never had any hope that change is possible regarding racism. I’ve just thought it is what it is. For some reason, this year – in this very dark room – the door opened. There’s a small crack with light coming in. I don’t know if it’ll actually happen, but I have hope for change. The Nashville community actually engaged and leaned in, and I’ve never felt that in 14 years. (continued on page 15)

Brookelyn: Warner/WEA’s Morgan Evans “with” iHeartCountry’s Brooke Taylor at the 2020 iHeartCountry Festival.

Inside The CMT Music Awards

As with other awards shows and television viewing in general, the CMT Music Awards were down in viewers, though social streaming and engagement rose significantly. Below, VP/ Music Events Margaret Comeaux shares how the CMT team put together a locationally ambitious show in unusual circumstances. CA: With the postponements and shifting safety protocols, how many times did you ball up the paper and start over? MC: That goes back to June where the show Margaret has historically been. We knew along with the Comeaux rest of the entertainment and events world we

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WITH A day in the self-isolated life of Warner/WMN’s Cole Swindell: The pandemic affected everything from how we live to how we work … songwriting all over the internet on apps, communicating with friends and family on Facetime and texts. That’s how you see people right now. My routine depends on the day, but I’m trying to write a lot and stay busy. Every now and then, I can sneak in some golf. I’m doing that while I can, but I am ready to get back on the road and play some shows when that time comes. Creativity was hindered for me at first, but then it helped figuring out ways to keep going. I never imagined writing songs over an app, but honestly, it’s been cool to see everyone adapting and doing what we have to do to still make music happen. I think that will change things in the future, too. If you can’t show up in person, you can Zoom and get the song done. It also gave me the chance to get creative when shooting a music video and allowed me more time to be involved with the editing process.

Social media has helped me keep in touch with fans. It’s another thing that has changed this year with how much content is available. There is nothing for people to do, so they are all over the internet. We can’t play shows but can jump on Live and play a few songs. It’s fun for me and my guys. I don’t know if Netflix was a hobby before, but it definitely is now. I’m a little late but have been into Yellowstone lately. My go-to quarantine snack has been Juice Bar in Nashville. Good is going to come out of this. If nothing else, we are going to appreciate our time together … face to face. Quarantining away from family has made me realize even though I try not to take things for granted, you still get caught up in the rush of

would be postponing without really knowing when we would be able to come back and how things would work. We did the CMT Celebrates show in June instead, hoping to somehow tackle the audience piece in the future. Because the Little Big Town awards show is fanvoted, it’s about our fans. That’s where we set the event apart, so we were in a continual process of figuring out how to do this and how it would look. We went

... COLE SWINDELL

Askin’ For A Baskin everything. The first live show back will probably feel like my first show ever.

through versions of being inside and then I was like, “Wait a minute, we live in a beautiful state with so many nearby venues we could use to create something really unique.” We were lucky in having a ViacomCBS task force in place to make sure we were all safe. Once those guidelines were put into place we were able to then start making decisions. Our shows have always embraced the outdoor performance aspect including the Parthenon with Carrie Underwood [last year], stages on Broadway and downtown rooftops. So the idea wasn’t foreign to us, it was just on steroids. Let’s get out of the city a little bit. Let’s go places that may be familiar to our fans. Some of what saved people over the summer has been being outside after being locked in, so we wanted to embrace that. The music then leads you down the path to

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the right combination of artist, location and creative. The audience component was always in the back of our mind and ended up being the last part to come together as we waited on the city health department. Having committed to performances being pre-taped, we wanted some sort of viewing experience. So we were shooting the show, posting it, scouting locations and bringing it all together just within the last few weeks. It was a pretty hectic process.. Were any of those locations particularly challenging? Can we assume that without pre-taping, it would have been really hard to pull off live? Yeah, it would have. That would have meant a lot more satellite trucks to have it all connected. All the venues were very accommodating and it was a great experience. The crew – whether it was from their days in the music video world or other baseline creative experience – were all pulling from the full expanse of our careers to find solutions. This year opened things up to different toolkits, and it was fun to stretch in those ways. You’re out there without a ton of trucks, down and dirty just getting it done. Difficult, but I don’t think any location was any harder than another. First and foremost, we wanted everyone to be safe and we accomplished that. When they got onsite, everyone knew we had all gone through the same testing regimes and so we could just be creative. In my mind, we set out to prove that we could have people tune in Wednesday and think, “Well, that felt like the CMT Music Awards.” That isn’t about place, it’s about the creative, the energy and the tone onscreen. That is the same every year. Did putting together any of the locations or performances stand out in terms of the production process? They all had something unique about them. When I close my eyes, I see the fireworks and cryo from the Gabby Barrett performance at Bicentennial Park. That location was one where it was like, wow, I cannot believe we haven’t done anything here. We’ve scouted it before, but it proved to be an amazing home base for us. The other one I see is Little Big Town in front of Ruskin Cave. That location was just magic and might have been the first one we scouted. We were able to take that fun song and make it really big and exciting in Gabby Barrett front of this massive cave. Then we also tucked a Morgan Wallen performance inside. Walking around the locations, we found beautiful pockets of space for stages at each one.

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Final thoughts? I don’t know that any of us realized the magnitude of this undertaking when we walked into it, but having pulled this off will always stand out as one of the highlights of my career. From the artists and community to the team and on down the line, it took so much effort, talent and flexibility. I don’t know that I’ve ever been more proud of something CMT has done. Reach Comeaux here. –Chuck Aly

Chart Chat

Congratulations to Jameson Rodgers, Steve Hodges, Shane Allen, Lauren Thomas and the Columbia promotion team on landing at No. 1 with “Some Girls.” The song is the debut single from Rodgers’ self-titled debut EP. Songwriters are Hardy, C.J Solar and Jake Mitchell. And kudos to Bobby Young and the Capitol crew on notching 75 adds for Dierks Bentley’s “Gone,” landing atop this week’s board.

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#SquadGhouls: Scary Radio Stories The countdown to Halloween begins with radio and industry pros sharing their real-life horror stories with Country Aircheck: iHeartMedia KSD/St. Louis PD Gail Austin: “Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is ranked Top 10 most haunted places in America. The Lemp family who built and occupied the home faced many tragic ends so … I checked in for the night. During my first Facebook Live, I received a comment from a friend I rarely talk to, but who is very intuitive: ‘Get out.’ The second video received another comment from that same friend, ‘Whatever you do, don’t go to sleep.’ At the time, I was a little chilled by the creepiness of the mansion but was happy to hear from her, even if it was a warning. A paranormal tour came through, and Here For The Boos: Gail Austin at fellow broadcasters Lemp Mansion. from my iHeart sister

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stations had also been in a different part of the home. The tour left, and then there were three: the women of iHeartMedia/St. Louis. We were preparing our full home tour when one of the three broadcasters shared she was super uncomfortable and wanted to go, and it was decided that two of the three were out. It was down to one … me. Still prepared to stay, I read the last and final message from my friend: ‘Whatever you do, do not separate from your team.’ She would have no way of knowing about that private conversation. That was it; we all packed up and left in the middle of the night. The next morning, I received a photo via text from some raw video my fellow broadcaster — the first of three to say she couldn’t stay — had captured. It is authentic, it is creepy and it’s no wonder she wanted to get out of there! You decide what you think it is.” Send your non-warning messages to Austin here. Entercom KFRG/Riverside, CA weekender Vicki Pepper: “The K-Frog studios are long thought to be haunted, and one night when I was working late on production, I found myself the only person left in the building. While I was working in Audition, audio from Audio Vault started playing. At first, I thought I’d maybe bumped the mouse with my elbow, until I realized the mouse was a good six inches away.” Share your techy ghost notes with Pepper here. Bonneville KNCI/Sacramento PD/ afternoon host Joey Tack: “There are certainly stories and legends of our building being haunted. It’s an old denim factory, which just sounds creepy, right? Morning show If You’ve Got It, Haunt It: Paranormal investigators co-host Cody spent the evening in at KNCI/Sacramento. the building with some local ghost

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hunters and they were able to pick up on some weird stuff on their ghost gadgets, including audio of what sounds like a teenage boy saying ‘Cody.’ Listen here. Last Halloween, I worked with Pat from the morning show to prank Cody live on the air by playing ‘ghost’ audio remotely through the board. Needless to say, she was freaked out! But, it made for great radio!” Let Tack know if you heard “Cody” here. Cumulus WYZB/Ft. Walton Beach, FL middays Misti Douglas: “When I moved to Nashville in 2004, my first job was at High Five Entertainment on the top floor of what is now the Big Loud building. There were only four of us working on that floor, and our department had our own door codes. We’d come A Scare Is Born: The Jacob into work and, on Schnell Haunted Mansion. several mornings, things would be misplaced. Computers on with a few scrambled letters typed, drawers opened, etc. At first, I thought maybe it the cleaning staff, but it would also happen on days where there was no cleaning crew scheduled. One evening, my boss was working late, and all the doors were locked. He saw a woman walk through the common area. He got up to see what the person needed, but no one was there, and the doors were still locked. After that, we did a little research and found that it is indeed a well-documented haunted site! I never believed in ghosts until working there.” Learn more about the

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Jacob Schnell Haunted Mansion here; if you’re a Big Loud staffer, thank Douglas for the nightmares here. NRRA KRVN/Lincoln, NE morning host Lana Greene: “Sure, there was always the squeaky step or knocks on the bedroom wall at night and the ever-present feeling of someone – or something – always watching. But it wasn’t until after we had moved to a new house in a new town that my little sister said something that sent a chill down my spine. One morning, I asked her if she had ever experienced anything unexplained in our former house, and she said, ‘I saw it.’ She told me she had been looking for one of her shoes, and when she bent down to look under her bed, a woman in a red sweatshirt was reaching out to her. I’m glad we moved!” Reach out … get it?! … to Greene here. Consultant John Shomby: “When we moved into our house in Virginia Beach in the mid 2000s, I noticed something in the hallway of our 1960s built ranch home. It was a quick flash of a little girl in a white dress, but I didn’t say anything to my wife at the time. I saw the same little girl – in the same white dress – flash in front of our fireplace and give me a quick smile before disappearing on multiple other occasions, and then I shared it with my wife. She never saw it but believe me because I was so descriptive. Fast forward a few weeks later, and my daughter and her husband to visit. One morning at breakfast, my son-in-law asked if I had seen anything strange since we moved in. I asked him why, and he proceeded to tell me he had twice seen a little girl in a white dress flashing by our fireplace, giving a quick smile before turning to head down the hallway. Needless to say, it was difficult to sleep that night. The longer we lived there, the fewer sightings I had, and within two years, she was gone. But, after our move to Nashville, the new owners of our house sent a text to my wife asking if we had ever noticed anything strange when we lived there. They proceeded to tell us they would see occasional flashes

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in front of the fireplace that looked like a little girl! I did some research, and no little girls ever lived in the house, but at one time, the entire subdivision had been a farm owned by a family with little girls.” Send your theories to Shomby here. –Caitlin DeForest & Monta Vaden

News & Notes

Nashville’s Pet Community Center established Phrannie’s Phriends, a donor society for those contributing $1,000 or more annually to the nonprofit, to honor the late Phran Galante. Donate to Phrannie’s Phriends here. Valory’s Eli Young Band will serve as guest host for Mt. Wilson KKGO/Los Angeles middays Nov. 2-27. Stream the station here. Black Diamond Broadcasting is purchasing Country WMPX/Midland, MI and Classic Hits sister WMRX from Steel Broadcasting. Colonial Radio Group, Inc. is selling Country WPGI/ Georgetown, SC to GT Radio, LLC for $275,000. Colonial Radio Group, Inc. is selling Country WUDE/ Portville, NY and three FM translators in Olean, NY to Kristin Cantrell’s Southern Belle, LLC. and Seven Mountains Media of NY, Inc. for $200,000. Southern Belle will hold the licenses while Seven Mountains will acquire the assets. Neuhoff COO Mike Hulvey (Chair), Cox EVP Bill Hendrich (Vice Chair), Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw (Finance Chair), Univision VP/GM/DOS Sabina Widmann (Secretary) and Entercom COO Susan Larkin (Immediate Past Chair) are the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) newly elected Board of Directors officers. The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) had partnered with DK East Associates, a media specialty accounting

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WI TH A day in the self-isolated life of Nebraska Rural Radio Association KRVN/Lexington, NE Morning Host Lana Greene: Trying to stay positive and keep my sanity while doing a high-energy show as an extrovert in a sheltered, introverted world was tough at first. When you get your energy from people and external events, having that go away can play crazy mental games with you. It did to me. We’ve split shifts in the office, which has meant producing the same amount of content in a shorter time frame but also having to go without seeing many of my favorite co-workers for extended periods of time. At the beginning, we got creative with on-air games and promotions. Our sports guy, Jayson Jorgensen, is a bit of a hoarder and has classic games he’s purchased at garage sales over the years. He brought those to the studio, and we would play and put videos on social media. We called it, Fine! We’ll Make Our Own Sports! The listeners really loved telling us about their childhood memories with the games. We have four fabulous daughters, and we’ve got all of my alpha females under one roof again right now. Finding things to keep them all busy without killing each other has been tough, but my husband is a football and weights coach, so they’ve made makeshift workout equipment for daily activity. We’ve played a lot of board games, made crafts, and taken up new hobbies.

I’m fortunate to live in South Central Nebraska, which is already a somewhat “socially distanced” lifestyle, so most things are getting back to normal. The kids are back in school – with masks – and we have some live concerts, events, rodeos and football games, but with new social distance restrictions. I know how lucky I’ve been to work from the studio for the entire time. Mad respect to all those who have been able to do shows from home. I tried picking up my guitar again, but it made my fingers hurt. I’m a creature of comfort – and a bit of a wiener! I binge-watch Discovery ID and paranormal documentaries. I grew up in a haunted house (see page 13), so the paranormal fascinates me. I started snacking on Cool-Whip and cookies, but now it’s cauliflower and celery. I’m working on my “post-quarantine fluff.” While I appreciate the added warmth during the upcoming cold months, the waistband on my pants was cutting off my circulation. Pre-pandemic, I was running at a manic pace and had something on my schedule every minute of every day. It wasn’t uncommon for me to take short naps in my car in the station parking lot! While I’m a workaholic, I was also missing out on other things. This has allowed me more cuddles with my kids, the opportunity

firm, to conduct a financial analysis of independent broadcaster operations. Participation in the report is free for any IBA member joining by October 31. More here. The BMI Foundation is accepting applications for its 2021 scholarship season through January 2021. Details and applications here. Lee Greenwood will receive the Casino Entertainment Legend Award at the 8th Annual Casino Entertainment Awards (CEAs) November 17. Randy Rogers Band and Aaron Watson were among the big winners at last week’s (10/19) 10th Annual T3R Texas Regional Radio Music Awards held virtually via Facebook. See a complete list of winners here.

Pt. 2: Examining Race In The Industry (continued from page 1) People are having the tough conversations. Some are doing the work, some aren’t, and people will go at their own pace. But something is happening, and that actually gets me excited. I would love to be doing anything right now but sitting on Zoom talking to you guys about race, but this conversation would never have happened a year ago. Have you ever done a story on race? CA: Never. CW: Never. So that’s a good sign. Time will prove what’s performative and what’s real. Some key people with the influence to maybe change their culture are stepping up. And so, I’m hopeful, not in a naive way. We could talk a year from now, and I could be so disappointed, or maybe we will see a more diverse country music business. RM: A lot like Candice, I’ve never really felt there was hope

... LA N A G RE EN E

Space Glam to get to know my neighbors, time to spend with my friends, extra calls to my parents and even exercising, which I’ve heard is good for you. While I wish it had come in a different form, this major sifting of my life was a necessity, and I hope everyone has found a way to use this horrible event to make something beautiful. Exchange ghost stories with Greene here.

for racism to be anything different than what it was. I hate that it took eight minutes of someone’s knee to a neck to start this conversation, but I am also hopeful. It’s taken my blinders off and taken me out of my comfort zone of speaking about my race to others. I have friends reaching out often. “What about this idea? Is it okay if I say that?” Things they would never do before. I don’t need them to, but I’m glad it’s happening. For my job, there is a level of trust [to build with] country writers who lived the lifestyle I didn’t or were afraid of saying something wrong to me. Recent events have allowed them to now reach out, have that conversation and base [their assessment on] my talents. I don’t want to have this conversation today, but it’s clearly making a difference, because I’ve had emails from people I never thought would reach out who are as red as it gets. Do we want to be seen different, but also be seen? I think it’s important. We’re brown, amazing people. We’re outstanding individuals. We have to prove ourselves so that we can do our job well and work with more rednecks, but also be leveled like everyone else when it comes to our talent. I’m answering seven questions at once, but the events that have taken place in the last couple months – I’ve seen good already. As much as it’s depressing and sad to watch the news, I do think it’s making a difference in country music. That’s good to hear. Fletch, you have the added dynamic of that direct contact with your audience. How has the conversation changed – or not – for you? FB: To echo what the young ladies have said about the hope for change, I believe change will happen. Existence by its very nature is change. I, too, hate what it took to get this conversation started, but in 1955 it took the death of 14-year-old Emmitt Till in Mississippi to kick off 13 years of civil rights struggle. Longer than that, really.

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The greatest burden I’ve found being on the air is, unfortunately and as Candice put it, being forced into a space of silence. When I turn on that microphone, I’m not talking to my colleagues, I’m talking to my listening audience. Where I am, they have their own sensibility. No one’s going to tell you the country audience is more progressive than rock or pop. So, I have to code switch and temper my conversation about what’s going on when what I really want to do is rage. What gets me more than anything, and the thing that I can’t carry, is that people are dead – in cities across the United States – as a result of this conversation. And I have to watch people immediately rush to why they deserve to die. These people are dead. I don’t really care what side of the argument they’re on. They’re dead. There’s no learning from that. There’s no evolving from that. There’s no redemptive arc. They’re just dead. And I can’t ever celebrate the death of another human being. That’s a weight I will never carry. And it hurts not to be able to turn on the microphone and start talking about it. I don’t discourage my air staff from venturing into these spaces, but I tell them we have to remember we’re representing more than just our personal identity; we’re representing this company and station. There have been radio personalities who’ve lost their jobs as recently as this summer for saying the exact wrong thing, the exact wrong way on a hot mic. You have to be careful. I don’t sensor myself much on my Facebook, but I’ve found I’m exhausted trying to teach people. I don’t really care about Confederate flags, but if you ask, no, I don’t like it or want to see it. If you want to understand why I feel that way, ask, but I’m not going to jump in your space and start pointing my finger at you. I’m tired of having that same educational conversation, like about being 14 and watching my mother have adult panic attacks every time she saw a truck with a Confederate flag on it because of her childhood in Natchez, Mississippi. That was real for her and for me. That experience absolutely matters. And, I’m a little more open about that on my social media, but on air, it’s tricky. JM: I’m kind of in the same lane as Candice. All of our stories here are deeper than this topic. No knock on you, Chuck, but most of this story isn’t going to be about the killer things Rakiyah, Fletch or Candice are doing. When all of this stuff went down with George Floyd – it’s been a long time since I felt that Black. Friends – friends! – called: “Man, I’m sorry. I just ... I didn’t know.” Hey, it’s good. I’m good. We’re all learning here. Phone rings again. I’m like, “I’m not dead! Why are you calling me with these tones like we’re all at a funeral?” If you want to do something, call the Floyd family and help them. Don’t apologize to me – unless you’re that person. I told my wife, “Please let this moment balance out.” Hopefully people will grow, even from this interview. But you can’t live your life teaching all the time. We’re in a situation, doing the best we can and trying to make sure the next generation has it a little bit easier. What I don’t want is what happens all the time. It’s a hot spot for about eight months. We throw money at it, scholarships, NAACP, marches. Then next year, where’s all that energy? I’m on the diversity and inclusion team here, and I told them if we start, I’m rolling until you boot me out. Everybody wants to be the first to run with it, but in the last few months we’re starting to see the silence. “Let’s go back to status quo and hope the police don’t do anything stupid again.” This is a marathon that’s been happening for a long time, and we’re just passing the baton forward. There’s no end. That’s the whole thing the young ladies were saying about hope. Who didn’t expect that outcome with the Breonna Taylor case? Those of us who’ve been here for a while, do our reading and know our history, we’re expecting to be screwed. So, the marathon has to continue. Chuck needs to put this on his calendar to ask these questions next year at this time. I already wrote it down. RM: Touching on what he’s saying, having these conversations and interviews is exhausting. There is a mental health aspect to

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talking about the issues, because people are still dying, justice is still not being served and racism is still alive. When you ask us to answer these questions, dwell on these problems and [to seek] change from our other peers, it’s a lot. It creates a burden on us. So, think about these conversations and make sure they have impact, so we’re not having them over and over again. Because we turn our computers off [after this] and we’re just mentally drained. We’re reminded of the negativities with no action. “Yes, I am Black. I am the only one. People don’t like me in stores. Confederate flags remind me of this.” There’s a revolving door of negativity. You’re like, “I thought today was supposed to be a good day, but I feel pretty down about myself.” Talk to us about other things, [too]. If you want to talk about the issue, let’s find impact. Let’s have action. What can be done to make country as a business and as an entertainment experience more welcoming to more people, particularly underrepresented groups? CW: Proximity is a catalyst for change. Get some color in your personal lives. If you are working in country music and you don’t have one person of color as a friend – not just a coworker – that could be an area to be intentional about. Build relationships with people who don’t look like you. It’s a game changer. FB: I couldn’t agree more with everything Candice just said. Throwing back to something James said, seeing people who look like you doing jobs informs what you are capable of. That is hugely important. Two things I would say to this industry – radio, promotion, whoever – if you have the opportunity to start a conversation one-on-one, do it. That’s obviously easier if you actually know the person, but don’t be afraid to do that. We’ve all had the calls James described, but I would rather answer [direct] questions like we’ve done in this interview. Also, I’ve been in community theater for 30 years and am often asked how we can get more African American participation. I tell them it’s simple. If the only time you seek an actor of color is when a part calls for it, the message sent is that there is no place for us otherwise. Over time, we learned we don’t belong in that space. So, I’m fortunate to work in the country community, because I have never felt unwelcome. That’s why Brad Paisley is my favorite. I’ve watched him, unsolicited, try to have this conversation numerous times. It’s one thing to be in a space that nobody is trying to push you out of. It’s another to have someone say, “I see you. Welcome. I’m glad you’re here.” That endears me to Brad. So, leave the door open as an industry and, when someone who doesn’t look like you sticks their head in, don’t flinch. Welcome them in; give them something to do. JM: I like to challenge people, even at Country Aircheck. You have an outlet that can go anywhere. There are school kids who look like us and don’t know anything outside of the hip-hop world. Maybe there’s a way to connect with some predominantly Black schools, bring us on a Zoom and show them this. We have to start young and show them how to navigate any kind of culture, which is what our parents did for us. “Don’t be afraid of the white guy. Look him in the eye, shake his hand, person to person.” If I see another damn intern walk in from Belmont with blue eyes ... Guys, we’re in Nashville. There have to be future media people at TSU who would die to know that instead of going to the Urban station, there’s opportunity right here. Let them see Candice, Rakiyah and Fletch doing their thing, not afraid of looking different. Open your mind. Open your heart. The rest will follow. Reach Brown here, Marsh here, Marshall here and Watkins here. –Chuck Aly Lon Helton, lon@countryaircheck.com Chuck Aly, chuck@countryaircheck.com Caitlin DeForest, caitlin@countryaircheck.com Monta Vaden, monta@countryaircheck.com

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AVAILABLE JOBS MIDWEST

SOUTHEAST

Summit KFDI/Wichita OM Justin Case is searching for a morning co-host. See the complete posting here; send résumés and airchecks to Case here. Federated WQHK/Ft. Wayne, IN OM Jimmy Knight is searching for a morning co-host to join incumbent Josh Michaels. Send résumés and airchecks to Knight here. Griffin KVOO/Tulsa OM Steve Hunter is seeking a morning show host or team. See the complete job description here; send résumés and airchecks to Hunter here. MacDonald WKCQ/Saginaw, MI OM/PD Jason Addams is looking to add a full-time on-air personality for nights. Send résumés and airchecks to him here. Alpha KZKX/Lincoln, NE PD Rob Kelley is searching for a morning co-host. Complete job description and application here; reach Kelley here.

Cumulus WKAK/Albany, GA PD Bill Dollar is looking for an afternoon personality/Production Dir. Apply here. Cumulus WKDF/Nashville PD Paul Williams is looking for an afternoon personality with five-plus years of experience. See the complete job posting and apply here. Cumulus/Shreveport, LA is searching for a VP/MM to succeed Aaron Criswell. See the complete job posting and apply here. RWPC Pres. Scott Huskey is on the hunt for a PD/afternoon personality to join Gulf South WTVY/Dothan, AL. The position will also include cluster-wide Digital Brand Mgr. responsibilities. Send résumés and airchecks here. Sun WXNX (Trump Country 93.7)/Fort Myers, FL has an immediate need for on-air and programming talent to join the private, familyowned television and radio company. Send résumés and airchecks here. Hall VP/Programming & Country WPCV/ Lakeland, FL OM/PD Bob Walker is seeking a morning co-host to join incumbents Julie Kay and Dale Roberts (a.k.a. DJ Thee Trucker). Send résumés, cover letters, social media links and airchecks to Walker here. Golden Isles/Brunswick, GA Dir./ Programming Mark “The Shark” Ediss is looking to add a utility player to the four-station cluster that includes Country WRJY. Duties include traffic, front desk, promotions and on-air. Send résumés and airchecks to Ediss here.

NORTHEAST

Forever WFGI/Johnstown, PA is seeking a full-time morning co-host. Send résumés, airchecks and salary requirements here. WVRC WKKW/Morgantown, WV PD Mike Vincent is searching for part-time on-air talent for weekend and fill-in positions. Send résumés and airchecks to him here. iHeartMedia/Baltimore RSVPP Jeff Kapugi is seeking a Dir./Creative Services for Country WPOC; programming duties and weekend/fill-in airshifts are also possible. Apply here; send résumés and creative composites to Kapugi here. Pamal WKLI/Albany, NY PD Jon Reilly is looking for a morning co-host to join incumbent Pete Kelly. Send résumés and airchecks here. Alpha/Fredericksburg, VA is looking for a Market Mgr. for the cluster, which includes Country WFLS. Interested candidates can see a complete job description and apply here. Alpha WFLS/Fredericksburg, VA Dir./ Content Bill West is searching for a morning cohost to succeed the retiring Jessica Cash. Apply here; reach West here.

SOUTHWEST

Townsquare KQBR/Lubbock, TX Brand Mgr. Lance Ballance is seeking an APD/on-air personality to succeed Jan Miller. Send résumés and airchecks to him here.

WEST COAST Badlands/Rapid City, SD is searching for a GM/DOS who can build, train and motivate a team for the cluster that includes Country KRKI. Interested parties can send résumés and references here.

Ruby Radio/Elko, NV VP/Programming Tom Chase is seeking on-air talent for the cluster that includes Country KBGZ and Classic Country translator K263BD. Applicants can send cover letters, résumés and airchecks to Chase here. Bonneville KYGO/Denver PD Brian Michel is searching for a morning co-host to join incumbent Tracy Dixon. Reach Michel here, and apply here. Frontier/Juneau, AK GM Cherie Curry is seeking an OM/PD/on-air talent for the cluster that includes Country KTKU. Send résumés with references and an aircheck to Curry here. Townsquare KUAD/Ft. Collins, CO Dir./ Content Brad Hansen is looking for a morning host or team to succeed Jordan Soto and Michael Mason. View the complete job description here; send résumés and airchecks to Hansen here.

OTHER Cherry Creek Media Group PD Mark Elliott is searching for experienced OMs and PDs for future openings. The company’s Country properties include KAAR/Butte, MT; KCIN & KIYK/St. George, UT; KMON/Great Falls, MT; KGGL/Missoula, MT; KKXK/Montrose, MT; KWCD/Sierra Vista, AZ; KYSN/ Wenatchee, WA; KYYZ/Williston, ND; and Classic Country KMON-AM/Great Falls, MT. Candidates with a minimum of three-to-five years of experience and a background in programming multiple formats in small to medium sized markets can send résumés, airchecks and programming philosophies to Elliott here. RWPC Co-President and consultant Scott Huskey is on the hunt for a Country PD/on-air talent in a medium market in the South. Send résumés and airchecks to him here. PLA Media Exec. Dir. Mark Logsdon is seeking a part-time Coord./Publicity to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Send résumés, references and writing samples here. RWPC Pres. JJ Jobe is looking for a hands-on GM for a small Southeast market. Send cover letters and résumés to him here. Kobalt Music Group is searching for a Mgr./ Midwest Promotion for the In2une team to handle multiple formats, including Country, Pop, Hot AC, Rhythmic, Alternative and Active Rock. See the complete job posting and apply here.

SEEKING JOBS •Cactus Jack Former Entercom/Phoenix Dir./Production GoGoJack@msn.com 602-430-5908

•Doug Dodds Former ZFKY/Grand Cayman PD/ morning host DougDoddsEmail@gmail.com

•Kris Richards Former WKJO/Smithfield, NC afternoons FireCop947@yahoo.com

•Dave Schaefer Former iHeartMedia/Farmington, NM SVPP & Country KTRA PD DRSchaefer@gobrainstorm.net

•Heather Stevens Former WQXK/Youngstown, OH middays Heather.Stevens2019@gmail.com

•Marc Lavik (aka Dave Marcus) Former on-air talent ZimaGuy@gmail.com 401-467-6737

•AJ McCloud Former WWFF/Huntsville, AL APD/afternoons AJ.McCloud@charter.net 256-503-2301

•Brittany Tully Former WYNK/Baton Rouge PD BriLynn718@gmail.com

•Tony Kelly Former WUSN/Chicago morning producer KellyT_60468@yahoo.com 708-642-8518

•Denis “Catfish” Miller Former KSNI/Santa Maria, CA afternoon host DenisMil@hotmail.com

•Greg Cole Former WKCQ/Saginaw, MI OM/PD GCole27000@gmail.com 916-502-4734

•Cory Mikhals Former KIZN/Boise morning co-host CoryProductions@icloud.com

•Mac Daniels Former KPLX & KSCS/Dallas PD MacDaniels@me.com

•Amy Nic Former WAMZ/Louisville afternoon host AmyNicRadioChick@gmail.com

•Jonathan West Former WKTI/Milwaukee afternoons JSWest33@yahoo.com 320-774-9300

•”Big” John Horton Former KFSA/Ft. Smith, AR afternoon host BigJohn@TheBigJohnShow.com

•Steve Knoll Former KMAG/Ft. Smith, AR •Kristin Monica PD/on-air talent Former WQNU/Louisville APD/mornings SteveKnoll@cox.net Kristin@RadioKristin.com •Bill Hickok •Paul Cannell Former KBMR/Bismark, ND Former WRKN/New Orleans PD morning host PFCannell@gmail.com BillHickok1950@gmail.com

•Tom Travis •Ron “Keyes” Stevens Former iHeartMedia/Oklahoma City SVPP Former WQRB/Eau Claire, WI afternoons TomTTravis@gmail.com RonStvns@yahoo.com

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SEEKING JOBS •Lee France Former KAGG/Bryan, TX PD/midday host LeeFranceWV@gmail.com •Scott Davidson Former WHOF-HD2/Canton, OH PD/ on-air host Davidson1023@gmail.com •Trace Hamilton Former WEBG/Chicago night host TheTraceHamilton@gmail.com •Daryl Thomas Ledyard Former WBBS/Syracuse on-air talent DarylLedyard@gmail.com •Shawn Carey Former KXXY/Oklahoma City on-air talent Shawntze@sbcglobal.net •Ryan McCall Former WGLR/Platteville, WI MD/afternoons RyanMcCall@yahoo.com

(continued) •Jake Byron Former KUPL/Portland mornings JakeByronMedia@gmail.com •Adam Rondeau Former WCVL/Charlottesville, VA mornings BrondeauShow@gmail.com

•Brian McKay Former WXTU/Philadelphia middays, Dir./Production BMackDJ@gmail.com •Guy David Former KYGO/Denver mornings GuyDavid02@gmail.com Agent: David Brody, 877-888-1267 •Jason Pullman Former WUSN/Chicago mornings PimpYourPromo@gmail.com •Presleigh Webb Former KTCS/Fort Smth, AR mornings PresleighWebb@gmail.com

•Kasper Former WUSN/Chicago afternoons KasperShow@gmail.com and www.KasperShow.com

•Jeff Hunt Former WXCY/Wilmington, DE MD/evenings JeffreyJHunt@gmail.com 570-309-4698

•Brian “Wookie” Kostek Former WDSY/Pittsburgh APD/MD/afternoons BKostek24@gmail.com •Chuck Edwards Former WYCD/Detroit mornings ChuckOn995@yahoo.com •Terry Phillips Former Entercom/Detroit Dir./Creative Services Terry@TerryPhillips.com •Bernadette Gibbons Former Entercom/New York Coord./Promotions BernGibbons23@gmail.com

KELLEY BRADSHAW-BROCK Former WKDF/Nashville afternoons KelleyBra13@gmail.com 423-802-4987 Find her online here; connect via LinkedIn here.

•Corey Dillon Former KNUC/Seattle afternoons/ Social Media Mgr. CoreyDillonRadio@gmail.com

•David Dean Former KXDD/Yakima, WA afternoons DaviDean5@gmail.com

•Toni Marie Former KWJJ/Portland APD/middays ToniMarieRadio@gmail.com

SEEKER SPOTLIGHT

•Brent Jones Former Capitol Dir./Midwest Promotion DBJones615@gmail.com 615-482-5653 •Kim Brixton Former WNWN/Battle Creek, MI mornings/middays KimBrixton@gmail.com •Mark McKay Former Riser House Dir./Southeast Promotion MMcKay973@gmail.com •Fletcher Keyes Former WWQM/Madison, WI PD KeyesCreative@gmail.com www.FletcherKeyes.com

“My strongest skillset is adaptability. I’ve worked in both Country and Pop formats and across all dayparts. What sets me apart is that I am young and want to continue to be challenged, grow and learn from others. I love all aspects of radio, including being on-air, social media, video content and sales and marketing. My belief is if you want to be the best talent, you need to learn about all the areas of a station in order to thrive.”

•DeAnna Lee Former KKWF/Seattle middays DeAnnaLeeDance@gmail.com •Tim Taylor Former KWJJ/Portland afternoons Tim.Taylor1@comcast.net •Tim Richards Former Entercom/Phoenix VP/ Branding, KMLE PD Tim915@gmail.com •Alek Halverson Former KKWF/Seattle Interim PD/afternoons AlekHalverson22@gmail.com •Mandy James Former KMNB/Minneapolis mornings MandyJKDSN@gmail.com •Chris “Fish” Shatek Former KMNB/Minneapolis middays/ Dir. Creative & Imaging ChrisShatek@gmail.com

•Jeff Pierce Former Saga/Portland, ME OM JefferyPierce@me.com

•Steve Richards Former Townsquare/Albany, NY OM SVal622@sbcglobal.net 901-481-2669

•Blair Thomas Former WXCY/Wilmington, DE mornings BThomas330@yahoo.com

•Jody Wheatley Former WQMX/Akron MD/Promotions Dir. JodyWheatley13@gmail.com

•Nina D. Former KMLE/Phoenix afternoons MissNinaD@gmail.com

•Brad King Former WBYT/South Bend, IN APD/ MD/middays BradKingRadio@yahoo.com and here

•Kelley Bradshaw-Brock Former WKDF/Nashville afternoons KelleyBra13@gmail.com 423-802-4987

•Chris Huff Former KILT/Houston PD CHuff73@hotmail.com

•Dr. Don Carpenter Former WYCD/Detroit mornings Dr.DonCarpenter@gmail.com

•Sean McMaster Former Pamal/Albany, NY on-air SMC1167@gmail.com

•Erin Austin Former KILT/Houston Asst. MD/middays ErinAustinOnline@gmail.com

•Ginny Harman Former KFRG/Riverside mornings GinnyHarmanVO@gmail.com

•Greg Raneiri Former KSON/San Deigo APD/MD/nights G.Raneiri@gmail.com •Amber Rainey Former KSON/San Deigo middays AmberRaineyOnAir@gmail.com •Jared “Marshall” Goldberg Former KMLE/Phoenix APD/middays & Cluster Dir./Digital Programming ImJaredGoldberg@gmail.com •Tami Rumfelt Former WPAW/ Greensboro afternoons TamiRumfelt@gmail.com •Mike Allan Former WNSH/New York nights MikeAllanRadio@gmail.com •Darlene Evans Former WKIS/Miami middays DarleneInc@yahoo.com •Nathan Cruise Former In2une Dir./ Regional Promotion NCruise27@gmail.com 615-496-6356 •Mark “Skid” Lavin Former WOTW/Orlando Dir./ Production & On-Air MarkLavin@yahoo.com 407-619-5346

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September 2020 CDM Scoreboard Here are September 2020 (three-month rolling average, 6/18-9/9) Nielsen Audio Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) ratings results listed alphabetically by market. Ranks are among subscribers.

Station/City

August 2020 CDM Share

WQMX/Akron, OH WGNA/Albany, NY WKLI/Albany, NY WRVE-F2+/Albany, NY WFFG/Albany, NY KRST/Albuquerque, NM KBQI/Albuquerque, NM KBQI-HD2/Albuquerque, NM WCTO/Allentown, PA KUZZ/Bakersfield, CA KCWR/Bakersfield, CA KRJK/Bakersfield, CA WYNK/Baton Rouge, LA WDXB/Birmingham, AL WQSB/Birmingham, AL WZZK/Birmingham, AL WYRK/Buffalo, NY WEZL/Charleston, SC WUSY/Chattanooga, TN WUUQ/Chattanooga, TN WOGT/Chattanooga, TN KATC/Colorado Springs, CO WCOS/Columbia, SC WWNQ/Columbia, SC WHKO/Dayton, OH WCLI/Dayton, OH WNKN/Dayton, OH WYDB/Dayton, OH KHKI/Des Moines, IA KJJY/Des Moines, IA KXNO-FM2/Des Moines, IA KHEY/El Paso, TX KSKS/Fresno, CA KHGE/Fresno, CA WCKT/Ft. Myers, FL WWGR/Ft. Myers, FL WBCT/Grand Rapids, MI WTNR/Grand Rapids, MI WRNS/Greenville, NC WESC/Greenville, SC WSSL/Greenville, SC WKSF/Greenville, SC WRBT/Harrisburg, PA WZCY/Harrisburg, PA WGTY/Harrisburg, PA WIOV/Harrisburg, PA WDRM/Huntsville, AL WWFF/Huntsville, AL WMSI/Jackson, MS WUSJ/Jackson, MS WHJT/Jackson, MS WIVK/Knoxville, TN

6.5 6.6 2.0 0.8 0.3 4.7 2.8 2.3 9.1 9.3 2.6 1.0 3.9 5.6 * 6.1 10.4 4.7 10.3 4.0 1.9 4.0 6.7 2.2 10.5 2.2 1.9 1.3 7.4 4.0 0.3 6.7 3.0 2.3 2.3 6.2 8.8 1.4 8.6 6.1 4.9 2.0 4.5 1.2 0.7 2.0 9.1 1.6 4.2 4.7 2.3 11.5

August 2020 CDM Rank

September 2020 CDM Share

September 2020 CDM Rank

2 1 15 18t 22t 4 7t 12 3 1 7t 13t 6 5 * 2 1 4 1 5 9t 8 2 17t 1 10 13 16 3 6 13t 4 9 13 12 2 1 16 2 3 5 12 5 12 14 9 1 12 9 8 11 1

6.9 7.3 1.9 1.0 0.7 4.6 3.1 1.8 8.5 9.5 2.1 1.0 3.1 4.7 0.1 * 10.7 3.9 12.7 4.2 1.3 4.2 7.3 1.7 9.9 2.4 1.9 1.7 8.0 4.3 0.4 5.6 3.9 2.6 1.8 * 9.0 1.3 9.1 7.1 5.9 2.0 5.5 1.4 0.9 * 9.2 2.0 4.6 3.5 2.5 11.3

2 1 14 18 19t 2 5t 11 3 1 9t 13t 5t 2 16t * 1 4t 1 5 11 6 2 16 1 9t 11t 14 2 5 11t 6 6 10t 10t * 1 15t 1 1 2 11 4 8t 11t * 1 11 4 7 8t 1

An asterisk (*) indicates a station for which CDM ratings were not available for the September 2020 ratings period. Non-subscribing stations in published, subscribing markets are excluded.

Station/City WDKW/Knoxville, TN WMYL/Knoxville, TN WYSH-AM/Knoxville, TN WCYQ/Knoxville, TN KSSN/Little Rock, AR KMJX/Little Rock, AR KHLR/Little Rock, AR WAMZ/Louisville, KY WQNU/Louisville, KY WMAD/Madison, WI WKSJ/Mobile, AL WKNN/Mobile, AL KTOM/Monterey, CA WNOE/New Orleans, LA WRKN/New Orleans, LA WYNK/New Orleans, LA KTST/Oklahoma City, OK KJKE/Oklahoma City, OK KXXY/Oklahoma City, OK KNAH/Oklahoma City, OK KXKT/Omaha, NE KFFF/Omaha, NE WKHK/Richmond, VA WBEE/Rochester, NY WNBL/Rochester, NY WYRK/Rochester, NY KXLY/Spokane, WA KDRK/Spokane, WA KNHK/Spokane, WA KISC-FM2/Spokane, WA WRNX/Springfield, MA WWYZ/Springfield, MA WHLL-AM/Springfield, MA WBBS/Syracuse, NY WOLF/Syracuse, NY WFRG/Syracuse, NY WKKO/Toledo, OH WMIM/Toledo, OH WCKY/Toledo, OH KIIM/Tucson, AZ KYWD/Tucson, AZ KWEN/Tulsa, OK KXBL/Tulsa, OK KVOO/Tulsa, OK KTGX/Tulsa, OK KZSN/Wichita, KS KHUT/Wichita, KS KFDI/Wichita, KS KFTI-AM/Wichita, KS WGGY/Wilkes-Barre, PA WSJR/Wilkes-Barre, PA WCFT/Wilkes-Barre, PA

August 2020 CDM Share

August 2020 CDM Rank

September 2020 CDM Share

September 2020 CDM Rank

3.1 1.0 0.1 5.2 7.0 3.5 1.3 5.9 4.1 3.7 6.2 0.7 2.7 4.9 0.5 0.2 5.2 4.2 3.7 2.4 8.4 2.4 6.2 9.1 0.4 0.3 5.3 4.0 0.9 1.3 4.2 0.8 0.6 8.9 4.6 2.1 9.2 1.6 1.2 6.7 1.2 6.5 5.9 3.5 2.7 6.9 0.4 9.4 0.8 7.0 1.2 1.2

9 13 13 6 4 11 14 3 9 6t 4 15 9 3 19 20t 3 6 8 11t 2 11t 3 1 12 13t 4 9 17t 14t 4 8t 10t 1 6 11 1 10 11 1t 17 2 4 9 12 3 11t 1 15 4 11t 11t

3.5 1.0 0.3 * 7.1 4.9 1.6 6.0 * 3.0 7.0 0.7 3.5 5.1 0.4 0.1 5.0 4.7 3.5 1.7 9.0 2.9 * 8.4 0.6 0.2 5.6 4.5 2.1 0.8 4.6 0.7 0.7 8.7 4.1 3.0 9.0 1.8 1.2 5.6 1.0 6.2 5.1 3.5 2.6 6.3 0.4 * * 7.6 0.8 0.6

6 9t 12t * 3 6t 12 1 * 6 4 15 4t 4 18 22t 4 5 9t 16 2 6 * 1 10 13t 2 6t 13 18t 3 8t 8t 1 6t 9 1 9t 11 4 17 2 6 10t 13 2 11t * * 3 12 13t

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1

1

Artist/Title (Label)

JAMESON RODGERS

Total Points +/- Points Total Plays +/- Plays Audience +/- Aud Stations ADDS

Some Girls (River House/Columbia)

26799

2828

8610

914

48.198 4.739

159

0

2

JASON ALDEAN/Got What I Got (Macon Music/Broken Bow)

25900

-2428

8343

-788

47.904 -2.631

159

0

5

3

RUSSELL DICKERSON/Love You Like I Used To (Triple Tigers) ✔

22067

1594

6747

480

41.327 4.173

158

0

4

4

MATT STELL/Everywhere But On (Records/Arista)

21825

1118

7145

431

39.171 1.211

159

0

6

5

MORGAN WALLEN/More Than My Hometown (Big Loud)

20981

615

6699

129

39.095 1.761

159

0

8

6

BLAKE SHELTON f/G. STEFANI/Happy Anywhere (Warner/WMN)

20387

1005

6676

344

34.828 1.099

159

0

7

7

HARDY f/L. ALAINA & D. DAWSON/One Beer (Big Loud)

19730

212

6496

64

33.2

1.164

159

0

9

8

PARKER MCCOLLUM/Pretty Heart (MCA)

16463

-10

5187

8

29.22

0.38

157

0

11

9

CHRIS LANE/Big, Big Plans (Big Loud) ✔

16009

1311

5119

442

27.218 2.688

155

0

10

10

JON PARDI/Ain't Always The Cowboy (Capitol)

14934

-145

4792

-19

26.211 -0.019

158

0

12

11

KENNY CHESNEY/Happy Does (Blue Chair/Warner/WEA)

14534

453

4587

132

25.1

0.551

159

1

13

12

DAN + SHAY/I Should Probably Go To Bed (Warner/WAR)

13557

120

4375

46

23.391

0.14

156

0

15

13

LADY A/Champagne Night (BMLGR)

11975

494

3732

101

20.713 1.097

159

1

16

14

KELSEA BALLERINI/Hole In The Bottle (Black River)

11611

367

3776

116

17.732 0.459

155

0

17

15

KIP MOORE/She's Mine (MCA)

10893

-175

3599

-98

17.754 0.205

156

0

19

16

DARIUS RUCKER/Beers And Sunshine (Capitol)

9395

442

3076

158

0

18

17

CHRIS STAPLETON/Starting Over (Mercury)

9374

207

3064

147 14.749 1.744 -97 15.545 -0.097

157

4

22

18

NIKO MOON/Good Time (RCA)

9189

782

2908

221

12.961 1.126

145

2

20

19

RASCAL FLATTS/How They Remember You (Big Machine)

9074

407

2859

183

13.738

156

0

21

20

DUSTIN LYNCH/Momma's House (Broken Bow)

9057

475

2953

180

13.337 0.502

155

1

23

21

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Long Live (BMLGR)

7995

769

2567

273

12.137

152

9

26

22

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia)

7311

856

2236

349

12.684 0.529

146

20

25

23

TENILLE ARTS/Somebody Like That (19th & Grand)

7114

57

2317

51

9.075

0.172

153

1

28

24

JORDAN DAVIS/Almost Maybes (MCA)

6343

538

2096

160

9.052

1.21

145

4

14

25

TIM MCGRAW/I Called Mama (Big Machine)

5826

-5720

1916

-1684

159

0

0.24

1.32

11.608 -12.833

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October 26, 2020 LW

TW

Artist/Title (Label)

30

26

BROTHERS OSBORNE/All Night (EMI Nashville)

5811

491

1907

158

7.18

0.341

146

2

29

27

DYLAN SCOTT/Nobody (Curb)

5787

124

1950

64

7.462

0.26

142

1

27

28

MORGAN WALLEN/7 Summers (Big Loud)

5731

-99

1735

-18

9.498 -0.154

117

6

DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol) ✔

4613

4613

1484

1484

8.737

8.737

75

75

Debut 29

Total Points +/- Points Total Plays +/- Plays Audience +/- Aud Stations ADDS

31

30

MAREN MORRIS/To Hell & Back (Columbia)

4405

181

1413

65

5.684

0.092

130

1

32

31

PARMALEE f/B. BROWN/Just The Way (Stoney Creek)

4402

211

1474

29

5.192

0.109

112

2

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol) ✔ DEBUT

4134

3576

1064

908

8.222

7.208

106

43

34

33

GABBY BARRETT/The Good Ones (Warner/WAR)

4081

142

1354

38

5.169

0.12

124

9

33

34

TAYLOR SWIFT/Betty (Republic/MCA)

4036

56

1313

1

5.553

0.335

125

1

35

35

BRETT YOUNG/Lady (BMLGR)

4002

165

1228

5

6.462

0.486

118

3

KEITH URBAN w/PINK/One Too Many (RCA/Capitol)

3744

375

1147

136

6.045

0.723

105

14

36

37

BRETT ELDREDGE/Gabrielle (Warner/WMN)

3420

-109

1063

-35

4.272 -0.199

115

0

38

38

BRANTLEY GILBERT/Hard Days (Valory)

3265

51

1096

40

3.205

0.132

118

0

24

39

ERIC CHURCH/Stick That In Your Country Song (EMI Nashville)

3210

-3948

1109

-1300

6.082

-4.28

157

0

40

40

LITTLE BIG TOWN/Wine, Beer, Whiskey (Capitol)

3207

199

1025

93

2.997

0.063

102

1

SAM HUNT/Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s (MCA)

3169

785

965

261

4.16

0.84

99

17

110

3

39

42

RUNAWAY JUNE/We Were Rich (Wheelhouse)

3019

-45

1017

-9

3.388 -0.249

42

43

JAKE OWEN/Made For You (Big Loud)

2612

51

820

24

2.75

-0.181

88

4

43

44

J. ALLEN & N. CYRUS/This Is Us (Records/Columbia/Stoney Creek)

2553

20

924

37

1.957

0.164

104

0

41

45

MIRANDA LAMBERT/Settling Down (RCA)

2524

-88

775

-16

2.981 -0.279

79

5

44

46

COLE SWINDELL/Single Saturday Night (Warner/WMN)

2408

-11

723

-5

3.645

0.254

75

0

46

47

ROBERT COUNTS/What Do I Know (Arista)

2297

144

726

53

2.408

0.165

84

5

47

48

ZAC BROWN BAND/The Man Who... (Home Grown/19th & Grand) 2086

-49

754

-35

2.078

0.006

79

0

48

49

CARLY PEARCE/Next Girl (Big Machine)

2075

-10

675

14

2.019 -0.035

82

3

49

50

CAROLINE JONES/All Of The Boys (Mailboat)

1981

29

736

6

0.963

86

0

0.004

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October 26, 2020 Country Aircheck Add Leaders

Activator Top Point Gainers

Adds

DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol)

75

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia)

1202 ✔

KANE BROWN/Worship You (RCA)

44

DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol)

1117 ✔

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol)

43

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol)

881 ✔

MICHAEL RAY/Whiskey And Rain (Warner/WEA)

21

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Long Live (BMLGR)

564 ✔

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia)

20

MATT STELL/Everywhere But On (Records/Arista)

460 ✔

SAM HUNT/Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90's (MCA)

17

RASCAL FLATTS/How They Remember You (Big Machine)

460

JUSTIN MOORE/We Didn't Have Much (Valory)

15

RUSSELL DICKERSON/Love You Like I Used To (Triple Tigers)

369

KEITH URBAN w/PINK/One Too Many (RCA/Capitol)

14

KEITH URBAN w/PINK/One Too Many (RCA/Capitol)

268

LARRY FLEET/Where I Find God (Big Loud)

13

CHRIS LANE/Big, Big Plans (Big Loud)

251

MEGHAN PATRICK/My First Car (Riser House)

10

JORDAN DAVIS/Almost Maybes (MCA)

239

Activator Top Spin Gainers

Country Aircheck Top Point Gainers DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol)

4613

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol)

3576

JAMESON RODGERS/Some Girls (River House/Columbia)

2828

RUSSELL DICKERSON/Love You Like I Used To (Triple Tigers)

1594

CHRIS LANE/Big, Big Plans (Big Loud)

1311

MATT STELL/Everywhere But On (Records/Arista)

1118

BLAKE SHELTON f/G. STEFANI/Happy Anywhere (Warner/WMN)

1005

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia) SAM HUNT/Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s (MCA) NIKO MOON/Good Time (RCA)

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia)

238

DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol)

216

MATT STELL/Everywhere But On (Records/Arista)

177

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Long Live (BMLGR)

164

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol)

161

RASCAL FLATTS/How They Remember You (Big Machine)

130

BLAKE SHELTON f/G. STEFANI/Happy Anywhere (Warner/WMN) 101

856

RUSSELL DICKERSON/Love You Like I Used To (Triple Tigers)

88

785

CHRIS LANE/Big, Big Plans (Big Loud)

84

782

MORGAN WALLEN/More Than My Hometown (Big Loud)

74

Country Aircheck Top Spin Gainers DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol)

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Country Aircheck Top Recurrents 1484

Points

LEE BRICE/One Of Them Girls (Curb)

23650

JAMESON RODGERS/Some Girls (River House/Columbia)

914

LUKE COMBS/Lovin' On You (River House/Columbia)

19932

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol)

908

GABBY BARRETT/I Hope (Warner/WAR)

11461

RUSSELL DICKERSON/Love You Like I Used To (Triple Tigers)

480

MORGAN WALLEN/Chasin' You (Big Loud)

10489

CHRIS LANE/Big, Big Plans (Big Loud)

442

LUKE BRYAN/One Margarita (Capitol)

10470

MATT STELL/Everywhere But On (Records/Arista)

431

MADDIE & TAE/Die From A Broken Heart (Mercury)

10280

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia)

349

SAM HUNT/Hard To Forget (MCA)

9758

BLAKE SHELTON f/G. STEFANI/Happy Anywhere (Warner/WMN)

344

B. SHELTON f/G. STEFANI/Nobody But You (Warner/WMN)

8796

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Long Live (BMLGR)

273

CHRIS JANSON/Done (Warner/WAR)

8326

261

MAREN MORRIS/The Bones (Columbia)

8323

SAM HUNT/Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s (MCA)

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COUNTRY AIRCHECK ACTIVITY MIRANDA LAMBERT/Settling Down (RCA) Moves 41-45 2,524 points, 775 spins 5 adds: KHGE, KMNB, WCTQ, WDRM, WWQM COLE SWINDELL/Single Saturday Night (Warner/WMN) Moves 44-46 2,408 points, 723 spins; no adds

A D D DAT E S November 2

LEE BRICE/Memory I Don’t Mess With (Curb) GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD/Shallow (Pearl)

November 9

ERIC CHURCH/Hell Of A View (EMI Nashville) JASON ALDEAN/Blame It On You (Macon Music/BBR)

ROBERT COUNTS/What Do I Know (Arista) Moves 46-47* 2,297 points, 726 spins 5 adds: *KFDI, *KTTS, *WKHK, *WQNU, *WZZK

November 16

ZAC BROWN BAND/The Man Who... (Home Grown Music/19th & Grand) Moves 47-48 2,086 points, 754 spins; no adds

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CARLY PEARCE/Next Girl (Big Machine) Moves 48-49* 2,075 points, 675 spins 3 adds: KHEY, *WCTO, WWGR

Cam The Otherside (Triple Tigers/RCA) Over the last three years, Cam wrote her 11-track sophomore album in between LA, Nashville and New York City with frequent collaborators Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker. Harry Styles co-wrote ”Changes,” Sam Smith co-penned ”Happier for You” and EDM producer Tim Bergling contributed the title track.

CAROLINE JONES/All Of The Boys (Mailboat) Moves 49-50* 1,981 points, 736 spins; no adds PRISCILLA BLOCK/Just About Over You (InDent/Mercury) 1,906 points, 525 spins 4 adds: *KCYY, KVOO, *KWEN, *WHKO OLD DOMINION/Never Be Sorry (RCA) 1,774 points, 530 spins 1 adds: WSLC C. JOHNSON & R. MCENTIRE/Dear Rodeo (CoJo/Warner/WMN) 1,682 points, 406 spins 2 adds: WCOL, WPAW ELVIE SHANE/My Boy (Wheelhouse) 1,398 points, 519 spins 9 adds: KCYE, WKLB, WKML, WKXC, WQYK, WRNS, WSOC,

ADAM DOLEAC/Whiskey’s Fine (Arista) TROY CARTWRIGHT/Hung Up On You (Warner/WAR)

CHECK OUT 10/30

Lady A On This Winter’s Night Deluxe (BMLGR) The trio expanded the collection to 16 songs, including four new tracks produced by Dann Huff: ”Wonderful Christmastime,” ”Christmas Through Your Eyes,” written by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, ”Little Saint Nick” and ”That Spirit Of Christmas.” Rayne Johnson (Verge/Mountain Road Records) Johnson’s debut, self-titled EP features nine songs, including current single “Real Dang Good” and lead track “Front Seat.” He contributed to the writing process with frequent collaborator and songwriter Joe Jordan. Sam Grow Me And Mine (Average Joes) Grow wrote four of the five tracks on his Colt Ford and Noah Gordon-produced EP, including the recentlyreleased title track, which follows fan favorite “Song About You” (Taylor Phillips, Joey Hyde, Kenton Bryant).

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October 26, 2020 LW

TW

Artist/Title (Label)

Points

JAMESON RODGERS

10595

+/- Points

Plays

2

1

3

2

BLAKE SHELTON f/G. STEFANI/Happy Anywhere (Warner/WMN)

10592

116

1

3

JASON ALDEAN/Got What I Got (Macon Music/Broken Bow)

10290

-1405

4

4

MORGAN WALLEN/More Than My Hometown (Big Loud)

9851

221

1990

5

5

HARDY f/L. ALAINA & D. DAWSON/One Beer (Big Loud)

9080

-256

1918

6

6

MATT STELL/Everywhere But On (Records/Arista) ✔

9004

460

1980

8

7

RUSSELL DICKERSON/Love You Like I Used To (Triple Tigers)

8209

369

JON PARDI/Ain't Always The Cowboy (Capitol)

7347

-50

PARKER MCCOLLUM/Pretty Heart (MCA)

7141

11 10

KENNY CHESNEY/Happy Does (Blue Chair/Warner/WEA)

12 11

DAN + SHAY/I Should Probably Go To Bed (Warner/WAR)

13 12

37

46

2173

101

48

0

2183

-289

47

0

74

49

0

-34

48

0

177

45

0

1726

88

47

1

1502

21

47

0

-385

1495

-42

47

0

7067

184

1389

53

48

0

6742

222

1388

63

48

0

LADY A/Champagne Night (BMLGR)

5778

-111

1211

-1

47

0

14 13

CHRIS STAPLETON/Starting Over (Mercury)

5714

-162

1135

-14

49

0

15 14

CHRIS LANE/Big, Big Plans (Big Loud)

5650

251

1211

84

47

1

TIM MCGRAW/I Called Mama (Big Machine)

5427

-2570

1011

-524

45

0

10 8 9

7

9

15

Some Girls (River House/Columbia)

-92

2308

+/- Plays Stations ADDS

1

17 16

DARIUS RUCKER/Beers And Sunshine (Capitol)

5357

96

1040

39

48

2

16 17

KIP MOORE/She's Mine (MCA)

4827

-466

1049

-89

45

0

18 18

KELSEA BALLERINI/Hole In The Bottle (Black River)

4702

-84

1021

12

48

2

20 19

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Long Live (BMLGR) ✔

4628

564

922

164

47

9

21 20

RASCAL FLATTS/How They Remember You (Big Machine)

4199

460

868

130

44

2

25 21

LUKE COMBS/Better Together (River House/Columbia) ✔

4114

1202

815

238

44

8

22 22

JORDAN DAVIS/Almost Maybes (MCA)

3483

239

646

52

44

1

24 23

BROTHERS OSBORNE/All Night (EMI Nashville)

3136

95

619

37

46

1

23 24

DUSTIN LYNCH/Momma's House (Broken Bow)

3133

-92

736

-2

42

0

26 25

MORGAN WALLEN/7 Summers (Big Loud)

2557

54

487

5

48

0

28 26

TENILLE ARTS/Somebody Like That (19th & Grand)

2285

25

502

4

45

2

27 27

NIKO MOON/Good Time (RCA)

2241

-47

471

-8

45

4

29 28

KEITH URBAN w/PINK/One Too Many (RCA/Capitol)

2182

268

354

43

29

2

31 29

DYLAN SCOTT/Nobody (Curb)

1801

178

380

33

40

2

30 30

MIRANDA LAMBERT/Settling Down (RCA)

1691

39

299

8

26

0

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October 26, 2020 LW

Artist/Title (Label)

Points +/- Points

Plays

+/- Plays

33 31

TW

BRETT ELDREDGE/Gabrielle (Warner/WMN)

1518

-74

287

-10

Stations Adds

36

0

32 32

TAYLOR SWIFT/Betty (Republic/MCA)

1494

-110

297

-17

37

1

34 33

LITTLE BIG TOWN/Wine, Beer, Whiskey (Capitol)

1458

-38

261

15

32

0

35 34

MAREN MORRIS/To Hell & Back (Columbia)

1446

-46

286

-5

41

2

38 35

BRANTLEY GILBERT/Hard Days (Valory)

1264

93

228

3

30

0

37 36

GABBY BARRETT/The Good Ones (Warner/WAR)

1259

-13

283

-8

35

0

36 37

BRETT YOUNG/Lady (BMLGR)

1186

-142

214

-32

36

0

Debut 38

LUKE BRYAN/Down To One (Capitol) ✔

1139

881

225

161

23

9

Debut 39

DIERKS BENTLEY/Gone (Capitol) ✔

1117

1117

216

216

28

11

40 40

LARRY FLEET/Where I Find God (Big Loud)

1024

219

167

62

19

8

39 41

ELVIE SHANE/My Boy (Wheelhouse)

947

5

173

-12

18

1

42 42

PRISCILLA BLOCK/Just About Over You (InDent/Mercury)

895

113

152

18

17

1

41 43

RUNAWAY JUNE/We Were Rich (Wheelhouse)

786

0

163

-4

25

0

46 44

COLE SWINDELL/Single Saturday Night (Warner/WMN)

786

91

95

6

6

0

45 45

PARMALEE f/B. BROWN/Just The Way (Stoney Creek)

708

5

171

-1

32

1

47 46

JIMMIE ALLEN & NOAH CYRUS/This Is Us (Records/Columbia/Stoney Creek)

696

38

129

6

22

0

57 47

SAM HUNT/Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s (MCA)

648

192

116

16

21

1

44 48

CHRIS JANSON/Waitin' On 5 (Warner/WAR)

628

-95

93

-11

5

0

49 49

CARLY PEARCE/Next Girl (Big Machine)

613

-12

97

-8

11

0

48 50

JAKE OWEN/Made For You (Big Loud)

605

-27

143

10

14

2

52 51

CAROLINE JONES/All Of The Boys (Mailboat)

554

0

138

2

20

0

54 52

ZAC BROWN BAND/The Man Who Loves You... (Home Grown/19th & Grand)

524

17

102

-2

13

0

43 53

OLD DOMINION/My Heart Is A Bar (RCA)

510

-270

51

-29

1

0

58 54

LAUREN ALAINA f/L. GRAHAM/What Do You Think Of (Mercury)

500

60

50

6

1

0

56 55

DREW PARKER/While You're Gone (Make Wake)

490

30

49

3

1

0

60 56

BOBBY MCCLENDON/Maybe Tonight (Star Farm)

469

46

89

9

5

0

53 57

CODY JOHNSON & REBA MCENTIRE/Dear Rodeo (CoJo/Warner/WMN)

440

-84

92

-12

10

0

59 58

DALLAS REMINGTON/Uncommon Man (Road Warrior)

437

13

85

3

6

0

55 59

RYAN HURD/Every Other Memory (RCA)

410

-85

41

-53

1

0

RILEY GREEN/If It Wasn't For Trucks (BMLGR)

378

52

65

11

14

0

Debut 60

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