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Jeremy “Otis” Maher returns to the afternoon slot at iHeartMedia “94.9 The Bull” WUBL Atlanta on Monday, as he resumes MD/hosting duties at the station a year after exiting in a corporate downsizing. Additionally, morning co-host Spencer Graves departs WUBL. Kristin Gates continues solo in the timeslot. Current afternoon host Lance Houston will continue to work with national programming for iHeart. Read More.

It’s the podcast country radio didn’t know it needed: Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, the Country Radio Hall of Fame morning host at Cumulus Media KSCS Dallas (96.3), has started a limited-run podcast recapping “Hawkeye,” the new Marvel Studios miniseries streaming on Disney+. Louis and his “Hawkeye in the Morning” partner Michelle Rodriguez co-host the podcast, called “Hawkeye on Hawkeye.” Read More.

“Sand in My Boots” is the week’s most popular country track on the Pandora Top Spins Chart this week, and “Wasted on You,” another track from Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is also among the 10 most popular country currents on the service. Parmalee’s “Take My Name,” Cody Johnson’s “’Til You Can’t” and HARDY’s “Give Heaven Some Hell” rank among the overall Top 10. Read More.

Randy “Mudflap” Wilcox, morning co-host at Community Broadcasters WWKT Florence, SC (99.3), is recovering from a minor stroke in the occipital lobe of his brain. “I was doing a live broadcast with my morning show partner and in one break, I started slushing my words,” he wrote on Facebook. “But I couldn’t fix the issue. No matter how hard I concentrated, I couldn’t enunciate.” Read More.

As Cody Johnson’s “’Til You Can’t” climbs the Mediabase chart — it’s up No. 36-No. 32 this week — the Recording Industry Association of America has certified four of the Texas singer’s songs gold or platinum. “Dance Her Home” and “Me and My Kind” from 2014, along with 2016’s “Wild as You” are gold, while his 2011 single “Diamond in My Pocket” becomes the singer’s second platinum record. Read More.

The deadline to make submissions for the 57th ACM Awards is today at 8pm ET. Those interested can submit entries for the main-award, industry and radio categories based on eligibility criteria. This year's eligibility period is Jan. 1-Nov. 15, 2021. The ACMs have radio-award categories that honor national daily and weekly on-air personalities, market-based on-air personalities and radio stations. Read More.

Parmalee’s “Just the Way” featuring Blanco Brown ranks atop a new list of iHeartRadio’s most popular country songs for 2021. Luke Combs and Luke Bryan were country’s two top artists on the iHeart lists and also landed among the top 10 overall artists. The just-released lists are based on total audience spins and streams across iHeartRadio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. Read More.

For a second week, the Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” provides the two top songs on Shazam’s U.S. Country chart: Shane Smith & The Saints’ “All I See Is You,” followed by Willie Nelson’s “Hands on the Wheel.” “Hands on the Wheel,” which appears on Nelson’s 1975 “Red Headed Stranger” album, was used to close the fourth episode of the show’s fourth season. Read More.

Sixteen tracks from Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” have received new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. The new awards include triple-platinum recognition for Wallen’s chart-topping hit “More Than My Hometown.” Singles “7 Summers” and “Wasted on You” have gone 2x platinum, as has Wallen’s cover of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.” Read More.

Mickey Guyton and Chris Stapleton lead this year’s country GRAMMY nominees with three nominations each. Jimmie Allen and Ryan Hurd receive their first nods from the Recording Academy, Allen in the all-genre Best New Artist category Hurd for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Chasing After You” with Maren Morris. Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” earns a nomination, Hayes’ first, for Best Country Song. Read More.

In eight years of chart-toppers and platinum singles, Cole Swindell had his best-ever first week at radio with “Never Say Never.” The duet with Lainey Wilson debuted at No. 30 on Mediabase’s country chart, then snagged 89 Mediabase reporters on impact date. “I genuinely believe that this song will be a game changer for both of them,” Warner Music Nashville’s Anna Cage tells Country Insider. Read More.