Country Insider News

Cody Alan won his first CMA Broadcast Award, and “Country Countdown USA” won in consecutive years as the Country Music Association announced its 2021 CMA  Broadcast Award winners today. Carly Pearce informed winners with individual calls. Station winners include KYGO Denver; WUBE Cincinnati; KUZZ Bakersfield, CA; and KCLR Columbia, MO. Personality winners came from KNIX Phoenix; WMIL Milwaukee; WUSY Chattanooga, TN; and WXBQ Johnson City, TN. Read More.

Compass Media Network’s syndicated “Big D & Bubba” picks up morning drive at Cumulus Media “103.3 Country” WKDF Nashville, effective Monday. The show, which will air 4am-10am weekdays, succeeds “Morning Koffy,” which had been in place since May 2020. Big D and Bubba have called Nashville home for the past 18 years and hosted mornings on then-Clear Channel “The Big 98” WSIX from 2003-2011. Read More.

Reba McEntire will debut the second season of her Spotify Original podcast “Living & Learning With Reba McEntire” Monday, Oct. 25, excusively on the streaming service. Guests for the new season include Lady A, Thomas Rhett and McEntire’s boyfriend, “Sugar Tot” Rex Linn. McEntire debuted “Living & Learning” with Spotify in September 2020. A trailer for the second season can be heard now. Read More.

Dolly Parton and “Wilder Days” singer Morgan Wade take country music honors in the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville 2021” issue. Parton won Best Country Music Artist in the Readers’ Poll (where she was followed by Blake Shelton and Morgan Wallen). Wade was named Best Country Newcomer in a Writers’ Choice item. Nashville Public Radio adult alternative WNXP (91.1) dominated the radio categories. Read More.

Los Angeles’ GRAMMY Museum and Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music will co-host the “1st Annual Rosedale Summit: Country's Reclamation & Promising Future” on Monday, Nov. 8. The series of performances and conversations recognizing the art of country musicians of color aims to spark conversation around country's future takes place two days before the CMA Awards. It’s produced by Rosewood Collective and Propper Daley. Read More.

Midland has postponed Saturday’s concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, following a positive COVID-19 test within its camp. The concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. “While we are a fully vaccinated tour with strict safety protocols, we had a positive test result within our camp,” the band wrote on social media. The band’s next show is Oct. 21 in Tulsa, OK. Read More.

SiriusXM’s Storme Warren will co-host the Charlie Daniels Patriot Awards Dinner with former U.S. Navy SEAL David Rutherford on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Nashville’s City Winery. The evening will honor Patriot Award recipients Darryl Worley and decorated military veteran Mark “Oz” Geist, a Benghazi survivor and US Marine Corps veteran. Chris Young, a previous recipient of the Patriot Award, will perform during the event. Read More.

Jimmie Allen, reigning Academy of Country Music New Male Artist of the Year, was the subject of Mondo.NYC’s keynote conversation on Wednesday. Led by ACM CEO Damon Whiteside and RIAA Artist and Industry Relations VP Jackie Jones, the 30-minute virtual chat during the music, arts and technology conference had the trio sharing an honest dialog about Allen’s career ascent, business outlook and radio success. Read More.

iHeartMedia Charlotte names Shelly Easton PD of “96.9 The Kat” WKKT, bringing the former WXTU Philadelphia (92.5) programmer back to the country format after several years as Entercom Philadelphia’s VP of Music Programming. Easton, who assumes her new role on Monday, will report to iHeartMedia Charlotte Senior VP of Programming A.J. She succeeds Chuck “DZL” Thompson, who exited in June. Read More.

Stagecoach Festival, due to return April 29-May 1, 2022, following a two-year absence, has loosened its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement to attend next year’s event. “After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident that we can update our Stagecoach 2022 policy,” the Indio, CA, festival announced on its website. Read More.

Continuing its weekly increase, Elvie Shane’s “My Boy” has shown consumption growth nine out of the past 10 weeks. Last week’s jump brings it to new heights, now streaming over 5 million weekly. More than a year after its release, “My Boy” is approaching its peak on the Mediabase chart as Shane prepares to release his “Backslider” album Oct. 29 on BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records. Read More.

Live entertainment and cashless tipping app PickleJar will livestream the 2021 Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards tonight (8pm ET, The sold-out event will honor inductees Bob Call, RJ Curtis, Heather Froglear, Bill Hagy, Buzz Jackson, Bob Pickett, Norm Schrutt and Angie Ward. Held at The Westin in Nashville, the induction can also be streamed through the PickleJar mobile app and PickleJar+. Read More.

Renda Broadcasting is moving Randy Savage, former OM for the company’s two Jacksonville, FL, stations, which include “99.9 Gator Country,” to its four-station cluster in Ft. Myers. Savage succeeds VP/Programming Steve Granato, who recently returned to Pittsburgh, where he will program AC “Wish 99.7” WSHH in addition to remaining group PD for Renda’s 16 stations. Renda’s Ft. Myers cluster includes “Gator Country 101.9” WWGR. Read More.