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WIL/St. Louis Splits Up The ‘Mason & Remy’ Morning Show; Mason Departs
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HUBBARD RADIO Country WIL/ST. LOUIS morning co-host MASON SCHREADER from the “MASON & REMY” show was let go on FRIDAY (4/30), according to several posts on his TWITTER account, including a since-deleted one showing his freshly-inked WIL tattoo. Co-host ZACHARY “REMY” HOESLY remains in mornings, paired with KASEY WASHAUSEN, who has been part of the morning show along with doing middays for the past year.

The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports that MASON got the station-branded tattoo on his upper arm less than a week ago. In a statement he posed to TWITTER, MASON said, "I hope the best for everybody at WIL. It was an honor to be associated with those legendary call letters."
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Maddie & Tae Debut New Show, ‘Mood Ring Radio,’ On Apple Music Country
New show debuts tomorrow
MERCURY NASHVILLE’s MADDIE & TAE will launch a new show, “MOOD RING RADIO,” on APPLE MUSIC COUNTRY TOMORROW (5/4) at 3p (CT). On the weekly program, the duo will have “open, honest conversations on the life events they are experiencing together, and individually, as they soundtrack the emotions that come with them,” according to a press release.

On the premiere episode, they will share the story behind current single “Woman You Got,” answer fan questions and play their favorite “mood boost” song pick of the week, as well as other current favorite songs from multiple genres of music, including tracks by HAILEY WHITTERS, JORDAN DAVIS, NICK JONAS, SILK SONIC, LAUV, LAINEY WILSON and others. Listen here.
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Circle Network Announces New Series Starring Big & Rich’s Big Kenny
Coming in July
BIG KENNY ALPHIN of Country duo BIG & RICH will star in a new weekly series premiering on CIRCLE NETWORK on THURSDAY, JULY 8th at 8:30p (ET). The 10-episode show, “BIG KENNY’s Crank It Up Garage,” will feature “30 minutes of the most outrageous, incredible and mind-blowing custom creations in AMERICA,” according to PR materials. “Fueled by an authentic fascination with custom creations, host BIG KENNY alongside wingman and producer CHARLIE PENNACHIO scope out and travel to meet the builders of various one-of-a-kind special projects,” including custom cars, motorcycles, boats, planes and other forms of transportation.

“This is a show for the whole family,” said BIG KENNY. “The guys are going to love seeing these incredible builds and how they were accomplished. The wives are going to love seeing these builders tear up and share true emotion talking about how their families supported them throughout the process, and the kids are just going to go crazy when they see us run them. There’s a message of inspiration woven into every episode, and we are excited to share it with the world.”
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Sandbox Entertainment Launches Sandbox Succession
New Division of Sandbox Entertainment
NASHVILLE-based artist management firm SANDBOX ENTERTAINMENT has launched SANDBOX SUCCESSION, a newly formed division providing comprehensive estate management services for celebrity clients. The division will be led by JOSH MATAS, who joined SANDBOX in 2015.

The new division has most recently signed NASCAR Hall of Famer RICHARD PETTY, and also counts the estates of late American icons JOHNNY CASH, JUNE CARTER, and THE CARTER FAMILY as clients. Its services include brand development and partnerships; merchandising and licensing; hospitality; exhibitions; live performances; and entertainment development across film, television, music, content, gaming and books.
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Strategic Solutions Research Presents Nielsen Audio March '21 Ratings Released Today
March '21 Books
NIELSEN AUDIO MARCH '21 results arrive TODAY for HONOLULU; TULSA; OMAHA; BAKERSFIELD; and KNOXVILLE. Find the ratings for the subscribing stations in the ALLACCESS.COM NIELSEN AUDIO section after 2p (PT). 

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Jake Owen Hits #1 With 'Made For You'
Owen (Photo: Robby Klein)
Congratulations to BIG LOUD RECORDS' JAKE OWEN, who hit the #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart this week with "Made For You." 

Kudos to BIG LOUD VP/Promotion STACY BLYTHE, Dir./National Promotion ALI MATKOSKY, Dir./SOUTHEAST Promotion TYLER WAUGH, Dir./NORTHEAST Promotion NIKKI WOOD, Dir./WEST COAST Promotion DAVE KIRTH, Dir./MIDWEST Promotion JOHN D'AMICO, Dir./SOUTHWEST Promotion BRITTANI KOSTER, Coord./Promotion SARAH HEADLEY and Coordinator/Data & Research GIULIANA "G" MIGNONE.
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Recording Academy Announces Grammy Awards Rule Changes, Two New Categories
Rule Changes
New rules and new categories are coming to the GRAMMY AWARDS, the RECORDING ACADEMY announced FRIDAY (4/30). Among the changes are the elimination of Nominations Review Committees and fewer categories in which voters may vote, as well as the consolidation of six craft categories into two.

The rule changes, effective immediately for the 64th annual awards set for JANUARY 22nd, 2022, include dropping the nominations review committees in general and genre fields in favor of a majority peer-to-peer vote (with craft categories retaining committees); limiting voters to voting in no more than 10 genre field categories, down from 15, with all voters participating in the Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist categories; and combining the Package Field, Notes Field and Historical Field into a single Presentation Field, and the Production, Non-Classical Field; Production, Immersive Audio Field; and Production, Classical Field into a single Production Field.
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Big Loud Signs Songwriter John Byron To Its Publishing Roster
Byron (Photo: Chris Hornbuckle)
NASHVILLE-based BIG LOUD has signed rising songwriter JOHN BYRON to his first publishing deal. His latest cut, CHRIS LANE’s “Summer Job Money,” is BYRON’s third consecutive album cut from an artist signed to BIG LOUD’s label division, following SEAN STEMALY’s “Hello, You Up” and MORGAN WALLEN’s “865.”

“I feel immensely blessed to be a part of one of the most influential companies in the entire industry,” said BYRON. “BIG LOUD was the one place I wanted to sign with. It honestly still feels like a miracle every time I get to walk into the building. Every single night, I thank GOD for making it part of His plan for me. It's the same for being a co-writer on these songs. I love and respect these guys who I'm lucky enough to say have become my friends.”
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Russell Dickerson Join's CMA Foundation's Artist Ambassador Program
TRIPLE TIGERS recording artist RUSSELL DICKERSON is partnering with the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION's (CMA) philanthropic arm, THE CMA FOUNDATION, as a CMA FOUNDATION Artist Brand Ambassador in support of music students and educators. DICKERSON will perform at the GRAND OLE OPRY on SATURDAY, MAY 8th in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (which begins TODAY 5/3), with the show benefitting the CMA FOUNDATION.

“As a child, RUSSELL was surrounded by family who strongly believed in music education,” said CMA FOUNDATION Executive Dir. TIFFANY KERNS. "He can speak to how music instills confidence, teamwork and why it positively influences many other areas of life. We thank RUSSELL for joining us to raise our voices in support of equity in music education and helping further drive our mission forward with making sure all students across the U.S. have access to participate in quality music programs.”
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KOKE/Austin Reveals Lineup For KOKEFEST 2021
Lineup Revealed

“I feel like there's going to be some magic over the course of AUGUST 6th and 7th at KOKEFEST,” said KOKE-FM Operations Director ERIC RAINES. “This year’s lineup sets itself up to be one of the best we've ever had. There is something for every music lover over the course of the two days.”  
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Window Opens For Marconi Radio Awards Nominations
Nominations Now Accepted
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS has opened the window for nominations for the 2021 MARCONI RADIO AWARDS. Applications will be accepted through MONDAY, MAY 31st.

A total of 23 awards are up for grabs in the following categories:
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Mentoring & Inspiring Women In Radio Changes Status To A Charitable Organization
Charitable Organization
MENTORING AND INSPIRING WOMEN IN RADIO is now a 501(c)(3) charitable entity. The volunteer organization consists of top-level female radio professionals who use their experience, influence, and resources to help other women in radio develop management and leadership skills.

The benefits of this IRS structure include additional sponsorship options that will aid in expanding MIW’s reach, enhance mentoring opportunities and magnify MIW’s mission of strengthening radio’s next generation of female leadership.
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Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Releases Names Of Award Winners
The WISCONSIN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION gave out its annual awards on FRIDAY and SATURDAY evening (4/30-5/1), honoring work by WISCONSIN radio and television stations in 2020. The winners were chosen from 1,365 entries by 112 stations.

“When a crisis strikes, broadcasters are there to support their communities. The work WISCONSIN’s broadcasters did in 2020 was an excellent example of that,” said WBA President and CEO MICHELLE VETTERKIND. “The WBA awards always demonstrate our radio and TV stations’ commitment to serving their communities. In 2020 we saw it vividly each and every day. We’re so very proud of our industry’s commitment to service.”

The radio winners:
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Joe Nichols
Home Run
(Quartz Hill Records)
Brett Young
Not Yet
(BMLG Records)
Chris Lane
Fill Them Boots
(Big Loud Records)
Dustin Lynch
Thinking 'Bout You (feat. MacKenzie Porter)
(Broken Bow Records)
Tenille Arts
Back Then, Right Now
(19th & Grand Records)
Dustin Lynch
Thinking 'Bout You (feat. MacKenzie Porter)
(Broken Bow Records)

Dustin Lynch has teamed up with rising star MacKenzie Porter for this new version of "Thinking 'Bout You," originally released on his 2020 album, "Tullahoma," as a duet with Lauren Alaina. The song features a back-and-forth storyline of two ex-partners who reconnect over a phone call. The chorus goes, "I was just thinking 'bout that weekend out on Cumberland Lake / And that one time in Baton Rouge when we made out in the rain / Where we went chasin' fallin' stars on a hill at your daddy's farm / Don't be sorry for callin' me up right out of the blue / I was just thinking 'bout you." Written by Lynch, Andy Albert, Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly, the song offers a fresh and contemporary sound, and a relatable situation. When talking about the addition of Porter to the song, Lynch revealed that she was chosen through a blind audition, and the two had never priorly met, but are now great friends. Either way, the vocal chemistry between the two is undeniable throughout the track, which runs at just two minutes and 50 seconds. "I wrote 'Thinking ‘Bout You' because for years I’ve been wanting to have a collab moment," said Lynch. "I just love the history that collabs have in Country music." Added Porter, "For me, being on this song was so cool because ... we all have that past relationship whether it's high school or college that we can always go back to, and you kind of miss them even if you aren’t together anymore. There’s always that one person that has that spot in your heart." Well said! Now it's time to make that spot on your playlist for this fan-favorite hit.

Jordan Davis

MCA Nashville's Jordan Davis will release a new EP, "Buy Dirt," on Friday, May 21st. The eight-song project is a follow-up to last year's self-titled EP and debut album, "Home State." Davis wrote every song on the new EP with the exception of John Prine's "Blow Up Your TV." The title track of the EP features Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan. Watch an EP trailer detailing the new project here.

"I've always loved artists who take risks," said Davis. "I'm in a different spot in my life than I was when I released 'Home State.' We all are! 2020 was a tough time for everyone. I was able to use that time to recenter some things in my world, and I didn't want those lessons to go to waste. I wanted to create something special. The best way to that was to write honestly, and we did a lot of that on this record." (Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson)


Big Machine Records' Midland will kick off their "The Last Resort Tour" on Thursday, October 7th in Phoenix, and continue through a total of 25 cities, including Cincinnati, Chicago, Boston, Nashville (two shows), Charlotte and more, concluding in Shreveport, LA on December 16th. Special guest Hailey Whitters will join the trio as the support act.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 7th at 10a local times via Spotify fans in participating markets will receive a special pre-sale code via email tomorrow (5/4) to get early access to tickets. Those who have signed up for Midland’s mailing list will also be emailed a promo code on Wednesday, May 5th for early access.

Jon Randall (l) and Jack Ingram (r) joined Miranda Lambert on stage during her performance at Billy Bob's Texas this past weekend. The trio reunited for a preview of their upcoming project, "The Marfa Tapes," due out this Friday (5/7)
Mercury Nashville's Priscilla Block, center, and the Universal Music Group Nashville team celebrated the release of Block's self-titled EP last week (4/30). Listen to Block's first single from the EP, "Just About Over You," on All Access' Cool New Music page
Bicoastal Media Country KRQW (Q100.3) and Top 40 KIFS (107.5 KISS-FM)/Medford, OR wrapped up their 18th annual St. Jude Radiothon last week, after raising $165,195 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's tally pushes the Rogue Valley stations to a total of $3,043,315 raised for St. Jude locally since 2004. Pictured (L-R): KIFS host Gemineye and KRQW morning personality Bryce Burtner
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