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Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt” feat. Luke Bryan isn’t just the week’s No. 1 song at country radio, it’s also the genre’s most-consumed current. Kane Brown’s close on Davis’ heels with “One Mississippi” — and his recently released “Whiskey Sour” has the highest total consumption among new country releases. Dierks Bentley’s “Beers on Me” feat. BRELAND and HARDY ranks just outside the Top 10, rising quickly. Read More.

Cox “The New 93Q” KKBQ Houston is the highest-cuming country station in the U.S., at 735,400, according to the first day of Nielsen Audio’s Holiday ’21 PPM results. Audacy “KFROG 95.1” KFRG Riverside, CA, has the highest 6+ AQH share among day-one PPM country stations, with a 4.4. In the two-book results, KBUL Carson City, NV, rises 4.7-8.1, a 19-year share high for the station. Read More.

26-year company veteran Darren Moore is elevated to VP/GM for Cox Media Group Ohio, where he will oversee operations for country WHKO (99.1), news/talk WHIO-AM/FM (1290/95.7), classic hits “The Eagle” (95.3) and WHIO-TV Dayton. “Darren’s passion for people, the broadcasting industry and CMG is infectious and inspiring,” Executive VP of Television Paul Curran said in a release. Read More.

Traci Taylor, morning show co-host of Townsquare Media “98.1 The Hawk” WHWK Binghamton, NY, has been named Director of Content of the cluster, effective Monday, Jan. 31. Taylor, also Brand Manager at CHR “Kiss 104.1” WWYL, will oversee Binghamton’s local content team and social media platforms for WHWK, WWYL, classic rock “The Whale 99.1” WAAL, news-radio 1290/92.1 WNBF and CBS Sports Radio 1360. Read More.

Delta Media Corporation “Mustang 107.1” KOGM Lafayette, LA, has new programming in two dayparts, with G Networks’ syndicated “Wilhite and Wall” in mornings and Rick “Ricky Z” Zeisig for middays. Zeisig — who tracks from Chattanooga, TN, where he’s director of Brewer Media Group’s Chattanooga Traffic Network — joined the lineup on Dec. 17, 2021, with Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall’s show coming on board Jan. 17. Read More.

Garrett Freche joins Silverfish Media as Digital Content Director. A recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Freche will be responsible for digital content across Silverfish’s national radio brands. “We are going to be producing more and more video and digital assets for Big D & Bubba, as well as our other programs,” Silverfish President Patrick Thomas said in a release. Read More.

The Academy of Country Music announced its Radio Award Nominees for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards Monday, splitting national personality nominees into daily and weekly categories for the first time. Ten stations received double nominations, including 2020 Station of the Year winners Hubbard Broadcasting “B105” WUBE-FM Cincinnati; Audacy “US 101 FM” WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN; and ADX Communications “Cat Country 98.7” WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL. Read More.

Walker Hayes’ “Country Stuff: The Album” was the weekend’s No. 3 debuting album in the U.S. on Spotify, coming in behind YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “Colors” and iann dior’s “on to better things.” It also ranked at No. 9 on the service’s Top Albums Debut Global chart. Meanwhile, Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remains in the Top Albums USA Top 10 at No. 7. Read More.

Pat Eastburn joins Beasley Media Group as VP of Digital Sales. Eastburn spent the past seven years as VP/GM at Flypaper Digital Marketing, the internal digital agency of WEHCO Media, which owns newspapers, magazines and cable TV channels. In his new role, Beasley says Eastburn will focus on leveraging his experience across the entire digital sales team while focusing on new products, services and key ad categories. Read More.

Bennett Radio Group names Corey Garrison PD/afternoon host at “Country 92.7 & 100.7” WOXO-WIGY Lewiston, ME. “Corey has a great passion for country music and the state of Maine,” Bennett Radio Group Owner Stan Bennett said in a release. “He brings energy, fresh perspective and industry experience that will help elevate the WOXO brand.” Garrison exited Binnie Media “99.9 The Wolf” WTHT last September. Read More.

Westwood One Mainstream Country afternoon host Terry King, evening personality Nikki Walker and Mainstream Country Gold/Silver night talent Steve Edwards are among approximately two dozen employees affected by last week’s round of layoffs within the company’s 24/7 Format division. “If you wanna be in radio, you must be able to flow with change like water,” Walker said in an Instagram post Friday. Read More.

Jimmie Allen has added dates and support acts to his “Down Home Tour 2022,” which kicks off Thursday, Feb. 3, at the famed Troubadour. “American Idol” winner Chayce Beckham and Madeline Merlo join previously announced opener Neon Union. Additionally, the singer’s “Bettie James Fest” will return to Allen’s hometown of Milton, DE, on Aug. 13. Details and tickets will be announced in the coming months. Read More.