Country Insider News

Stonecom has launched two stations in its Cookeville, TN, cluster — one classic country, the other sports-talk on signals that formerly carried classic country. “96.9 Highway 111 Country” WUCH Algood, TN, began broadcasting in September with Garth Brooks, George Strait, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire as core artists. “Sports Radio 104.7” debuted Oct. 14 on the Cookeville-licensed translator W284DR and WKXD-HD3 Monterey, which broadcasts at 106.9. Read More.

Parker McCollum is the newest addition to Apple Music’s Up Next program, the service’s monthly artist initiative for promoting rising talent. As part of the campaign, The “To Be Loved by You” singer will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (Nov. 23, 11:35pm ET, ABC). He’s also the subject of an Up Next short film and a sit-down interview with Apple Music Country host Kelleigh Bannen. Read More.

Luke Bryan didn’t need to announce a full lineup for “Crash My Playa 2022” to sell it out: He did that through pre-sales in April. Now attendees know who’ll they’ll see: Bryan, Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynn as headliners, with Ashley McBryde, Riley Green, Jimmie Allen, Jameson Rodgers, LoCashn and more. The vacation event is set for Jan. 19-22, 2022, at Mexico’s Moon Palace Cancún. Read More.

He’s got country’s No. 1 single, and now “My Boy” singer Elvie Shane has a new publishing deal, signing a worldwide agreement with Rome Phrey Publishing and Warner Chappell Music Nashville. “He’s carving his own path, and his honest and powerful storytelling is really resonating with fans,” WCM Nashville President/CEO Ben Vaughn says. Shane’s debut album, “Backslider,” is due Oct. 29. Read More.

Miranda Lambert’s been all over the place this year: With Elle King on “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” “The Marfa Tapes” with Jon Randall and Jack Ingram, the upcoming holiday album with the Pistol Annies. With “If I Was a Cowboy,” this week’s most-added record, she has brand-new solo music, too. The record got picked up by 103 Mediabase reporters in its first week. Read More.

In Tuesday’s September ’21 results from Nielsen Audio, iHeartMedia “Big I 107.9” KBQI retakes the format lead in Albuquerque, NM, leading Cumulus Media “92.3 KRST Country” 4.0-3.9 in 12+ AQH share. In El Paso, TX, iHeartMedia “96.3 KHEY Country” draws a 6.1, down from 7.7. iHeartMedia “BOB 94.9” WRBT’s 3.2 is enough for the format lead in Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA. Read More.

Larry B, morning host at Grant County Broadcasters “Classic Country 105.9 & 106.7” WNKN/WNKR Middletown, OH/Williamstown, KY, is retiring at month’s end following a 50-year career. Larry B has been with WNKN/WNKR since 1998 but also worked at WNKN when it was adult alternative “105.9 The Rebel” and for WUBE Cincinnati during the 1970s. Larry B’s final shift will be Friday, Oct. 29. Read More.

Garth Brooks returns to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20. The intimate evening will have the singer telling the stories behind his hits to a limited-capacity venue. Tickets, priced at $250, go on sale Friday (10am CT). During Monday’s “Inside Studio G” Facebook stream, Brooks hinted at the possibility of future residencies in Nashville and Las Vegas. Read More.

Garth Brooks will help present Charley Pride’s RIAA Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony Monday at Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music. RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazier and COO Michele Ballantyne will present a plaque to the late singer’s family, and songwriter, author and Vanderbilt University faculty member Alice Randall will conduct a Q&A with Brooks about Pride and his influence. Read More.

The Country Radio Broadcasters is now accepting applications for the Rusty Walker Scholarship program. Through the program, the Country Radio Seminar gives complimentary registration to three radio employees who have never attended the three-day event. Each scholarship includes a full CRS 2022 registration, airfare and accommodations for three nights Feb. 22-Feb. 25, 2022. Eligible applicants must be full-time radio station employees. Read More.

BRELAND hosts the inaugural episode of Spotify’s new podcast series, “Spotify: Discover This.” Throughout the 40-minute episode, “Expanding the Sound of Country Music,” the singer visits with Shania Twain, Lauren Alaina and Lily Rose while discussing the evolution of country music and the expanding new songs and faces of today’s genre. The episode is available to stream free via Spotify. Read More.