Country Insider News

When they zig, you zag. The concept is as old as dirt, but it’s worth revisiting in this time of über-competition not only from other radio stations but also from other media like digital service providers and video services. This is particularly true if you are a challenger. For example, when competing with the “official” concert station, why not be the “unofficial” concert station? Read More.

Erika Hink Jevcak, former morning host at Forever Media “Froggy 94.9/104.3” WOGG/WOGI Pittsburgh, joins crosstown Steel City Media hot AC “Q92.9” WLTJ using the name Erika Jay. Jevcak went by “Ali Gator” in her days with Froggy 94.9/104.3, where she hosted for more than six years. “I am so excited to join Steel City Media and become part of the on-air talent,” she said. Read More.

Cumulus Media’s Westwood One Nashville welcomes summer with its annual “Summer Kickoff” special, hosted by Justin Moore. The two-hour show airs Memorial Day Weekend. Moore will be joined by Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood as the artists share their favorite holiday memories, summer activities and salute our troops. Read More.

The latest episode of Brooke Taylor’s “Blessed with Brooke” podcast features an interview with BBR Music Group Senior VP JoJamie Hahr. In a 35-minute chat, Hahr tells the iHeartMedia “The Big 98” WSIX-FM Nashville midday host about her internship with Cox “K92.3” Orlando and rising through the industry ranks. “I loved it more than anything,” Hahr said of her time with WWKA. Read More.

Ozark Mountain Media Group country KHBZ Harrison, AR (102.9) rebranded the former “102.9 The Z” as “New Country 102.9.” The new brand coincides with a revamped lineup that includes SuiteRadio’s syndicated “Bud and Broadway” in mornings. With that change, PD Lisa Johnson moves to middays, with Big Michael Kaufman in PM, CJ Cruze tracking nights and Premiere Networks’ “After MidNite with Cody Alan” in overnights. Read More.

Pure Word Communications flips KMHM Cape Girardeau, MO from southern Gospel to Christian country as “Positive Country 104.1.” A sample quarter hour included “Lay ‘Em Down” by NeedToBreathe, “God Thing” by LoCash, “Gospel Song” by Rhett Walker and “Church in a Chevy” from Jordan Davis. “Positive Country 104.1” is also sporting the new call letters KCGK and has introduced a live-and-local on-air lineup. Read More.

Songwriter and Songs & Daughters President Nicolle Galyon will co-host United Stations Radio Networks’ “Knox Country 360” as part of the nationally syndicated radio show’s Mother’s Day edition. She joins hosts Michael Knox and Shalacy Griffin for the episode, which runs on affiliates Saturday, May 8 – Sunday, May 9, and focuses on Gaylon’s achievements as a songwriter and mother. Read More.

James Robert Webb’s “Okfuskee Whiskey” (Bison Creek Records) continues its multi-week run atop the CDX TRACtion True Indie Chart, but Shenandoah and Blake Shelton are gaining on him. Their “Then a Girl Walks In” (Foundry Records) is the week’s Greatest Spin Gainer and moves up No. 5-No. 2. Bobby Wills has the week’s highest debut with “Gettin’ Her Over You” (Willing Nashville). Read More.

A look at the streaming numbers for Dustin Lynch’s “Tullahoma” told the Broken Bow Records staff everything it needed to know about choosing a follow-up single to “Momma’s House.” From almost the moment the album was released, “Thinking ’Bout You” “started streaming and came forward as a favorite of radio,” VP of Promotion Lee Adams tells Country Insider. There was just one problem. Read More.

After an average week-over-week growth of 3% during the last two months, Dylan Scott’s “Nobody” took the moment and jumped 37% in overall consumption last week, moving past the 4 million weekly streaming mark. Meanwhile, playlist adds helps Miranda Lambert’s “Settling Down” stir things up, and Luke Combs’ “Forever After All” ranks among the Top 50 in Shazams in more than 40 U.S. markets. Read More.

Tuesday’s Nielsen Audio CDM results cover Albuquerque, NM; Metro Fairfield County, CT; El Paso, TX; and Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA. In Albuquerque, Cumulus Media KRST (92.3) stays steady in fourth (4.6-4.5 12+ AQH share) while iHeartMedia “Big I 107.9” KBQI moves from eighth to sixth (3.0-3.5). Two other iHeartMedia stations hold their shares: KHEY El Paso, TX (96.3) (5.9) and “BOB 94.9” WRBT Harrisburg (3.6). Read More.