Country Insider News

The Grand Ole Opry beefs up its 5,000th Saturday-night lineup with the additions of Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dustin Lynch and Darius Rucker. The milestone broadcast on Ryman Hospitality WSM-AM Nashville (650) takes place Oct. 30. Opry members Bill Anderson, Terri Clark, Vince Gill, Chris Janson, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, The Gatlin Brothers and Chris Young already had been announced for the show. Read More.

New England-based broadcast group Binnie Media names Michael Czarnecki Director of Brand Operations. He joins the company from iHeartMedia news/talk “Wonk-FM” Washington, DC. He previously served as PD of iHeartMedia talk WRKO Boston (680). “In his new role, Michael will work closely with our marketing, promotions, news-talk, and music initiatives in all formats,” VP of Programming Heath Cole said in a release. Read More.

Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw will headline the 2022 XPR Augusta, a week-long golf and music festival, next year. To be held April 2-9, 2022, at Augusta, GA’s Lake Olmstead Stadium, the inaugural event includes interactive brand activations, golf activities, celebrity chef-inspired food and beverage and live music. Shelton performs Wednesday, April 6, while McGraw headlines Thursday, April 7. Tickets are on sale now. Read More.

Lee Brice will headline Ragin Country Crawl, a benefit to raise funds for Louisiana hurricane-relief efforts, on Sunday, Nov. 7, at the CajunDome in Lafayette, LA. Randy Houser, Colt Ford and Dee Jay Silver join Brice for the concert, which is presented by CMR Construction & Roofing. Proceeds will be directed to disaster-relief efforts aiding Southern Louisiana victims of recent hurricanes. Read More.

Travis Moon, PD/afternoon host at Cumulus Media “K-Bull 93” KUBL Salt Lake City, completed his five-day “Travis Moon Walk” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Saturday afternoon. “I want to thank everybody for the notes of encouragement — you guys sharing these videos, you guys texting,” Moon said in a Facebook Live video before crossing the finish line at Darren Bideaux RV in Ogden, UT. Read More.

Independent artist Will Bannister’s “Find a New Home” continues to grab people’s attention in Clint Eastwood’s film “Cry Macho” — enough that it ranks behind only Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” on Shazam’s Country chart at the moment. New to the chart this week at No. 12 is Keith Urban’s “Crimson Blue,” which appears in the finale of Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers,” starring Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman). Read More.

Brett Young is getting into the holiday spirit early with his first Christmas album, “Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics,” available Friday, Oct. 22. He also will bring some of the songs to life during an appearance on “CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends.” “I’ve always known that I wanted to make a Christmas album one day,” Young said in a release. Read More.

Dan Gallo and Chuck Akers, morning co-hosts at Cox Media Group classic country “Country Legends 97.1” KTHT Houston, have exited. Gallo, who had been with the station for 14 years, confirmed the news to Country Insider on Thursday. “It's a companywide reorganization they're going through right now,” Gallo tells Country Insider. “Chuck Akers and I were let go [Thursday] morning.” Read More.