January 26, 2018All Access Exclusive: Q&A With WUSN PD Kenny Jay
I wish Country radio had some equivalent of the Elias Sports Bureau so we could research this stuff, but it's quite possible Kenny Jay is the first person to program three major market Country stations within a two-year period: KMNB/Minneapolis, KMPS/Seattle, and – as of this week – WUSN/Chicago. Actually, the nearest and best thing we have to Elias is KILT/Houston APD/MD and ratings savant Chris Huff, a.k.a. "The Human Calculator," who pointed out to me that Jay may be in elite company. “The only person I can think of who would come close would be Erik Logan,” remembered Huff. “He had a rather whirlwind climb though (then-Country) KYCW/Seattle and KYCY/San Francisco, followed by WQYK/Tampa.” Logan's run (see what I did there?), according to Huff, spanned Spring of '96, to late Spring/early Summer of '98. Wanna know what else Logan and Kenny Jay have in common? WUSN. Logan served as OM for the station in the early 2000s.
January 19, 2018CRS 2018: Get Smart!
As I was prepping this column, which will preview the upcoming Edison Research study at Country Radio Seminar (CRS), a Google search of “Smart Speaker" turned up north of 2.8 million results. Yup, they're kind of a big deal. But, we all knew that, right? All Access ...
January 12, 2018CRS 2018: Plan, Learn, Share, Pace, Rinse, Repeat
Ask anyone who has enjoyed long-term success in Country radio or on the label side of the business how they’ve been able to grow – then sustain – their career, and I’ll bet you’ll hear the same, three-word answer: Country Radio Seminar (CRS). CRS has been a ...
January 4, 2018Hello, And Welcome To 2018!
I bring you terrific news to start the New Year: the music industry took a two-week breather over the holidays, and – apparently – decided to continue making music. No official statement about that as of yet from whomever the Prime Minister Of Twang is, but since ...
December 15, 2017Top Five Albums Of 2017 – According To Us
It's almost 2018, and I still haven't given up on the album. Call me old school, but I love spending quality time with a new, (mostly) never-before-heard collection of songs from one artist. I don’t think that will ever change. You can have your streaming services, and ...
December 6, 2017Shirt Happens
Ask anybody involved with Country music – radio, artists, labels, writers, publishers, you name it – and they'd gladly give the shirt off their back to help the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ironically, it's the shirts they're putting ON their backs ...
December 1, 20172017? You Said It!
All I can say about the past 12 months is: “Wow, so THAT happened.” And, just like that, it's December. But, what can YOU say about 2017? Well, actually, you've already done that. Between our weekly "10 Questions" feature and here in "The 'Ville," so many people ...
November 22, 2017Pardi Like It’s 1989
Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors. As we inch closer to the conclusion of 2017 – anticipating a new year filled with hope, promise, and fresh beginnings – I have several names I want you to remember for 2018: Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, ...
November 16, 2017Happy "New Year’s Day!"
"The problem with quotes on the internet is that it's hard to verify their authenticity." Those astute words, courtesy of perhaps the wisest sage in American history – and our 16th President – Abraham Lincoln. I saw THAT online, so it must be true! See the hitch ...
November 9, 2017CMAs Get It Done "Softly And Tenderly"
Carrie Underwood for the win. If there were a CMA Award for "Best CMA Awards Show Moment," Underwood's six-minute vocal clinic on "Softly And Tenderly" would be the hands-down winner. The performance memorialized not only members of the Country music community who ...