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The Academy of Country Music announced its Radio Award Nominees for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards Monday, splitting national personality nominees into daily and weekly categories for the first time. Ten stations received double nominations, including 2020 Station of the Year winners Hubbard Broadcasting “B105” WUBE-FM Cincinnati; Audacy “US 101 FM” WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN; and ADX Communications “Cat Country 98.7” WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL. Read More.

Walker Hayes’ “Country Stuff: The Album” was the weekend’s No. 3 debuting album in the U.S. on Spotify, coming in behind YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “Colors” and iann dior’s “on to better things.” It also ranked at No. 9 on the service’s Top Albums Debut Global chart. Meanwhile, Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remains in the Top Albums USA Top 10 at No. 7. Read More.

Pat Eastburn joins Beasley Media Group as VP of Digital Sales. Eastburn spent the past seven years as VP/GM at Flypaper Digital Marketing, the internal digital agency of WEHCO Media, which owns newspapers, magazines and cable TV channels. In his new role, Beasley says Eastburn will focus on leveraging his experience across the entire digital sales team while focusing on new products, services and key ad categories. Read More.

Bennett Radio Group names Corey Garrison PD/afternoon host at “Country 92.7 & 100.7” WOXO-WIGY Lewiston, ME. “Corey has a great passion for country music and the state of Maine,” Bennett Radio Group Owner Stan Bennett said in a release. “He brings energy, fresh perspective and industry experience that will help elevate the WOXO brand.” Garrison exited Binnie Media “99.9 The Wolf” WTHT last September. Read More.

Westwood One Mainstream Country afternoon host Terry King, evening personality Nikki Walker and Mainstream Country Gold/Silver night talent Steve Edwards are among approximately two dozen employees affected by last week’s round of layoffs within the company’s 24/7 Format division. “If you wanna be in radio, you must be able to flow with change like water,” Walker said in an Instagram post Friday. Read More.

Jimmie Allen has added dates and support acts to his “Down Home Tour 2022,” which kicks off Thursday, Feb. 3, at the famed Troubadour. “American Idol” winner Chayce Beckham and Madeline Merlo join previously announced opener Neon Union. Additionally, the singer’s “Bettie James Fest” will return to Allen’s hometown of Milton, DE, on Aug. 13. Details and tickets will be announced in the coming months. Read More.

The Academy of Country Music announced its Radio Award Nominees for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards Monday, splitting national personality nominees into daily and weekly categories for the first time. Ten stations received double nominations, including 2020 Station of the Year winners Hubbard Broadcasting “B105” WUBE-FM Cincinnati; Audacy “US 101 FM” WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN; and ADX Communications “Cat Country 98.7” WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL. Read More.

Nothing moved to recurrent this week. While the chart didn’t have a lot of big moves, there was certainly notable upward movement in spins, points and audience. Jordan Davis (MCA Nashville) takes the top spot, moving 3*-1* with “Buy Dirt” featuring Luke Bryan, at +620 spins/+2612 points. Morgan Wallen (Big Loud/Republic) goes Top 3, up 5*-3* with “Sand In My Boots” at +321/+1622. Read More.

Amythyst Kiah, Callista Clark, Camille Parker, Jenna Paulette, Julia Cole, Laci Kaye Booth, Lily Rose, Madeline Edwards, Miko Marks and Morgan Wade comprise the new slate of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” For the second year, the class of 10 was introduced during Saturday’s “CMT Hot 20 Countdown.” Throughout 2022, the “Next Women of Country” class receives cross-brand support for their music via CMT. Read More.

The exit of “The Morning Splash” co-host Julie Cooke has Forever Media “Froggy 104” WOGY Jackson, TN (104.1) searching for a successor to join the “Froggy” family. “The right candidate must be a dynamic storyteller who can create and deliver compelling content,” EVP Jared Mims tells Country Insider. “We need a co-host with strong social media and production skills.” Read More.

John Loken joins the Recording Academy Executive VP of Marketing, effective immediately. He is responsible for expanding the organization’s reach and influence through brand storytelling. “We are excited to see John's innovative expertise in brand storytelling take the Academy to new heights as the organization continues to break new ground in our global presence," CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a release. Read More.