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Kaylee Rutland Pens New Single, “Do You,” to Inspire Young Women to Be Themselves

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 23, 2018) – Country recording artist, Kaylee Rutland, has released her new single, “Do You,” which is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.

The inspiration behind the new track originated from an idea that Rutland had in wanting to instill a positive message in her younger sister as well as young listeners. “Do You” is intended to encourage young women that going outside the “status-quo” is something to be celebrated.

Rutland adds, “‘Do You’ enforces the idea that young women should find comfort and pride in who they are. It is also a reminder to take the images we see on social media with a grain of salt. No one is perfect, regardless of his or her follower count. This song is a call for each of us to essentially just ‘do you’ and not worry about fitting into the mold that society has created for young women.” 

Rutland co-wrote the song with three-time Grammy-nominee and longtime producer/mentor, Jamie O’Neal, along with Minnie Murphy. A video for “Do You” will be shot and released in the coming months.

To schedule an interview with Kaylee Rutland, please contact AristoPR at  For booking inquiries, please contact Rachael Hitchcock at

About Kaylee Rutland: Kaylee Rutland’s music makes an unmistakable connection with listeners as evidenced by her tremendous social media following. She has been named a Country Living Magazine “Artist to Watch,” a Billboard Magazine “Top 10 Artists to Watch,” and was a finalist in the inaugural Nash Next competition, due in large part to her feverish social media following. Additionally, she had the opportunity to tour alongside Warner Music Nashville’s RaeLynn. Rutland’s latest EP, That Side Of Me focuses on the many different sides to Rutland’s music. Several tracks featured on the EP have received significant airplay from Radio Disney Country. Growing up in Texas, country music made a lasting impact on her style, learning from the greats of Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Sara Evans. She was eight, when she first fell in love with singing, performing her first solo for a Christmas musical at her church, and by her teens, she was fully committed to writing her own songs.

For more information, visit and follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Jake Ward’s “Not Too Far to Reach” Soars To #1 on Texas Regional Radio Report

Fourth Back-to-Back #1 Song 

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 21, 2018) – Country singer-songwriter, Jake Ward, is celebrating his 4th consecutive #1 single on Texas radio with “Not Too Far to Reach” as it tops Texas Regional Radio Report.  “Not Too Far to Reach” was written by Jake Ward, Mark Addison Chandler, and Davis Corleyand was produced by Mason Shirley (Sound Machine Studio, Corpus Christi, TX). The song was inspired by his wife and is the first single off the four-track EP of the same title, which was released in October 2017 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

Two years ago, the Texas Music Pickers called Jake Ward the “#1 best-kept secret on the Texas and red dirt music scene.” With four consecutive #1’s, over one million streams on Spotify, and his knack for blending classic country music with contemporary rock, Ward is quickly earning a name as one of the hottest rising stars in Texas.

Ward is currently spending time in Nashville writing new music. He is also actively touring in Texas with his band. The 25-year-old Corpus Christi-native and his young band are known for their high-energy live shows and have shared the bill with some of the biggest names in Texas including Aaron Watson, Chris Young, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Kevin Fowler, Stoney Larue, Roger Creager, Reckless Kelly, Whiskey Myers, Kyle Park, and William Clark Green.

Ward’s next single off the same EP is titled, “Where the Wind Blows” and will be released in the spring of 2018.

Upcoming Shows: 
Feb. 22:   Brewster Street Icehouse, Corpus Christi, TX
Feb. 23:   International Center for Trade,  Eagle Pass, TX.
Mar. 2:    Hurricane Harry’s, College Station, TX
Mar. 6:    Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
Mar. 24:  Lolas Trailer Park in Fort Worth, TX

Not Too Far to Reach Track Listing:
“Where the Wind Blows” (Jake Ward, David Banning, Bradley Banning)
“Freight Train” (Jake Ward, David Banning)
“Not Too Far to Reach” (Jake Ward, Mark Addison Chandler, Davis Corley)
“I’m Leaving” (Jake Ward, Paul Teltschik)

For booking inquiries, contact: Cheri Roman, and for radio promotion, contact: Dave Smith,

About Jake Ward: Growing up, Ward was surrounded by diverse musical influences. He fondly recalls sitting in the back seat of the car listening to Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, Johnny Cash, George Strait, and other performers from many eras and musical traditions. His great-grandfather was a legendary local fiddle player in rural Oklahoma during the depression, and his maternal grandparents were missionaries who taught and recorded music. Ward performed for the first time at the age of seven at church, and by age ten had participated in several local musicals. Ward made his public debut as a country artist in 2014 where he played what would become the first single, “Hit the Road.” He and the band cut the song as a demo, and it made its way onto local radio stations, eventually reaching the Top 30 and becoming one of the Top 100 Texas radio songs of 2014. Increasingly successful singles followed, including multiple #1s.

For more information, visit

Music Video for “Not Too Far to Reach” – directed by Natalie Rhea Riggs:

“He may be young, but Jake Ward has been writing music beyond his years. In the increasingly diverse world of country music (Texas country included), Ward is easy to pin down as a true Texas country protégé, an apple from the tree that sprouted the likes of Cory Morrow and Pat Green. Singles from his recent release have made their way steadily up the Texas Regional Radio Report, and he shows no signs of slowing down… ”   


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Juli Newton Griffith Named President of Play It Again Publishing

(Nashville, TN – February 20, 2018) – Industry veteran Juli Newton Griffith has been named President of Play It Again (PIA) Publishing, continuing her rebel heart legacy of championing independent songwriters.

In her new role, Griffith will oversee all Play It Again Publishing operations as well as strategically pitch and lead the catalog management of PIA songwriters Kyle Fishman, Houston Phillips, Trea Landon and Taylor Acorn. Additionally, Griffith will oversee Dallas Davidson’s copywrites.

Griffith most recently served as VP of Magic Mustang Music, joining the company at its inception in 2003. Under Griffith’s direction, Magic Mustang Music was named SESAC’s Publisher of the Year for three consecutive years (2013-2015).

“I spent 24 years in this business working for independent songwriters and entrepreneurs like Stewart Harris, David Corlew and Benny Brown. I’ve always been running a little on the outlaw spirit so the transition into Dallas Davidson’s company makes perfect sense for me. He is a master songwriter, an amazing businessman and has built a company where songwriters come first. We are going to be making some big waves and I am honored to be a part of it!” says Griffith.

“Juli Newton Griffith is a massive addition to Play It Again. She brings an insight into this business that cannot be taught. Juli knows how to lead, inspire and develop writers while helping them reach their maximum potential. I’ve known her passion for music for many years and she is a true songwriters’ champion. The future is bright at Play It Again and I’m extremely excited for our writers,” says Davidson.

Griffith’s position is effective immediately. She can be reached at

About Play It Again Publishing:
Play It Again Publishing was founded in late 2014 by hit songwriter Dallas Davidson. One of Nashville’s most dynamic creative forces, Dallas Davidson has written 24 #1 hits, more than 30 Top 10 songs and contributed more than 300 cuts to many of today’s top country music stars. The singer-songwriter and producer is an ACM, Billboard, BMI, CMA and NSAI award winner. Play It Again Publishing celebrated its first company number one (4 weeks) in 2017 with Dustin Lynch’s “Small Town Boy.” For more information visit:

Juli Newton Griffith

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Country Duo, Indigo Summer Is Back with the Release of A New Single, “Wishful Drinking”

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 16, 2018) – Country duo, Indigo Summer,has released a new single, “Wishful Drinking.” Comprised of Bryan Edwards and Hope Nix, the duo has plans to release four singles throughout the year with “Wishful Drinking” being their first release of 2018 (Listen here).
The track, produced by Indigo Summer’s own Bryan Edwards, was co-written by Edwards and Ashlee Whitley of Post Monroe. The song was mixed by Mark Lonsway, programmed by Tony Esterly and mastered by Dan Shike. When going into the studio to record “Wishful Drinking,” Edwards had a vision for bringing Indigo Summer’s sound into a new place.
“The goal for this song was to take the heart-wrenching and traditional, six-eight-time country ballad, and transform it into a track that both country fans and pop fans could fall in love with. I am really proud of ‘Wishful Drinking’ and I can’t wait for our fans to hear it!” says Edwards.
“Wishful Drinking” was inspired by the idea of ‘the one that got away.’ Edwards and Whitley wrote about what life might look like without love; a lot of ‘wishful drinking,’ hoping you could get that person in your life back. Although it is a sad thought, the duo knows this is something many people go through and hope it can offer some sort of healing.
“When we were done writing this song, I knew it was something special. The subject matter is near and dear to my heart. I remember when I first moved to Nashville, being that guy at a bar or on stage, drinking to forget someone and I ended up remembering her more. That’s just how life is sometimes; the truth is rarely what you want it to be when you’re heartbroken. My favorite lines in the song are in the bridge, ‘The truth is, I can’t drink you back. And the truth is, I can’t drink you away,’” says Edwards.
“The second I heard this song I was so excited to record it. I love that this single gave us the opportunity to bring a stronger side of our vocals to the table. ‘Wishful Drinking’ has a blues feel to it, but still stays true to our sound. I love this track and I hope our fans will enjoy seeing this side of us,” says Nix.
Fans can expect to see the “Wishful Drinking” music video following the release of the single in the coming weeks.

About Indigo Summer: Indigo Summer took country fans by storm with their self-titled album released in October of 2017. The project featured all original songs co-written by the duo, Bryan Edwards and Hope Nix. Indigo Summer’s full-length debut album introduced a fresh and exciting sound to the modern country music landscape.  Meeting at a songwriter’s night at Nashville’s famed Hotel Indigo in December of 2010 (hence part of the duo’s name), Hope and Bryan quickly hit it off with their musical similarities. The two began writing together and from those sessions, their partnership grew to include performing and producing together. As solo artists, they have performed across the country and opened for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Charlie Daniels. As songwriters, they have had numerous cuts and TV placements, including songs recorded by Jason Aldean and featured on the Discovery Channel.

Stay connected with Indigo Summer:
Twitter: @_indigosummer
Instagram: @indigosummermusic

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Jerry Duncan Promotions / Duncan Music Group Promotes Lisa Smoot to Vice President

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 15, 2018) Jerry Duncan Promotions / Duncan Music Group, Inc. has promoted industry veteran Lisa Smootto the role of Vice President for the company. 
Smoot joined the Jerry Duncan Promotions/Duncan Music Group team in 2005 as the organization’s Promotions Coordinator before rising to assume the role of Director of Promotions in 2009. She will continue to perform those duties in addition to her newly elevated responsibilities. Smoot recently served as a mentor at the 2018 Country Radio Seminar’s Mentoring Breakfast.

“We are particularly proud of the artists who launched their careers with us as independents and went on to great success. Lisa has been an equal partner in all of those successes over the past 13 years,” says Jerry Duncan, Owner/ CEO of Jerry Duncan Promotions/ Duncan Music Group.“It is an honor and a privilege to workfor Jerry Duncan Promotions. I feel our integrity and honesty has kept us in the forefront of the music/ promotion business for over 30 years. While not every single we work becomes a #1 hit, we do our best to get honest airplay and push hard for the artists we represent. I love working with radio and the relationships I have developed over the past 13 years have meant a lot to me, personally. I consider them family,” says Smoot.

Smoot’s new role is effective immediately. She can be reached at

About Jerry Duncan Promotions / Duncan Music Group: 
Jerry Duncan Promotions / Duncan Music Group is an independent country record promotion company, focusing on small and medium market radio promotion. In business since 1982, the company has promoted 71 Number One singles. The company has promoted numerous career breakthrough records by major artists including Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and more. Additionally, Jerry Duncan Promotions has had great success promoting artists launched on independent labels including Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”, Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” as well as Colt Ford, Craig Morgan, Allison Krauss, Granger Smith, Brantley Gilbert and both Jason Aldean and Chris Lane’s first number one singles. For more information visit: 
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Electronic Arts’ Worldwide Executive and President of Music Steve Schnur Honored At 2018 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

Wins Best Music Supervision in a Video Game for FIFA 18

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 13, 2018) The Guild of Music Supervisors honored Electronic Arts’ Worldwide Executive and President of Music Steve Schnur alongside Cybele Pettus and Raphaella Lima for their work on placing music and producing score for FIFA 18.  Awarded with the Best Music Supervision in a Video Game, Schnur and his team were recognized Thursday, Feb. 8 at the 2018 Guild of Music Supervisors awards in Los Angeles.

The FIFA 18 soundtrack features more than 40 songs from artists representing over a dozen countries. The game also features an original cinematic score composed by JXL aka Tom Holkenborg for The Journey: Hunter ReturnsFIFA Ultimate Team™ kits from some of EA’s soundtracks’ biggest alumni and current superstars. The release includes tracks by international hitmakers Lorde, alt-J, The War On Drugs, The National, Portugal, The Man, The xx, Baloji, Django Django, Run The Jewels and many others.  For a full list of artists featured on the release, visit here. FIFA 18 was released worldwide on September 29th.

Schnur’s curation is directed towards the world’s next generation.  From Kings of Leon fifteen years ago to Logic in the last few years, games are being credited for introducing acts like these to mass audiences all over the world (NME article here and Noisey articlehere).

Schnur joined Electronic Arts, the global leader in video game software and streaming content, in 2001 to create and continually develop the global vision for music in the company’s games. Since then, he has been responsible for bringing together superstar acts and promising new artists to craft a series of groundbreaking soundtracks that have redefined both the gaming and music industries. Among the artists first introduced to the public by Schnur via EA titles are Thirty Seconds to Mars, Robyn, Fallout Boy, K’naan, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, The Weeknd, and Florence + The Machine.

Schnur’s hands-on approach to music choice, composer selection, orchestration and production of well over 100 EA soundtrack albums – including original scores for Battlefield 1, The Sims, Madden NFL, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: Battlefront with composers that have included Mark Mothersbaugh, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL, Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer – has earned EA over 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years.

In his 30+ years in the entertainment industry, Schnur has been an MTV programmer, label executive, television and record producer, music supervisor, composer, and songwriter. He has been profiled by BillboardCNN, (“EA Execs are music tastemakers”)The New York Times, and London Financial Times, featured in Variety’s ‘Music City Impact Report’, named “One of the Most Creative People In Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly, “One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business,” “One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment,” and on the annual “Nashville Power Player List” by Billboard, and “One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood” by The Wall Street Journal. Schnur’s awards include MUSEXPO’s 2009 International Music Person of the Year, the ACLU’s 2009 Bill of Rights Award, The Guild of Music Supervisors’ 2012 Music Supervisor of the Year, and MUSEXPO’s 2014 International Music Supervisor of the Year. Additionally, he is an honoree of The Lili Claire Foundation.

Schnur is currently a Governor on the NARAS Nashville Chapter Board of Directors.  Additionally, he serves on the City of Hope board and Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music board. He is a former board member of the Country Music Association; a voting member of the Grammy’s Producers & Engineers Wing; advisor to the Nashville and Tribeca Film Festivals; Music Advisor to Major League Soccer as well as the U.S. National Men’s and Women’s soccer teams; and has served as both Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of The Grammy Foundation.

Steve Schnur

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Wade Hayes and Deborah Evans Price Come Together For Country Faith: Love Songs with a Special Night at the Grand Ole Opry

Featuring an In-Store Signing in Celebration of the Valentine’s Holiday

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 12, 2018) – Chart-topping Country singer-songwriter, Wade Hayes andaward-winning author, Deborah Evans Price are confirmed to come together for a special Opry Shop in-store appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, 2/13 in conjunction with the Country Faith Series, Country Faith: Love Songs.

Hayes, who is featured on the project, will perform on the Grand Ole Opry at 7 p.m. and will join Evans Price at 9:15 p.m. for the in-store appearance at the Opry Shop immediately following the Opry where they will sign copies of the new CD, along with the book, Once-A-Day Country Faith.

Country Faith: Love Songs features romantic tracks from some of today’s leading Country stars, including Wade Hayes, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, The Judds, Randy Travis and more, delivering songs of faith, hope, and love.

The series was originally inspired by the popular books written by Deborah Evans Price, Country Faith (No.1 on People Magazine’s Special Country Edition) and Country Faith Christmas (feat. on Billboard, Country Weekly & iTunes Top 10 Country Albums Chart). She’s a Country Music Association award-winning author, as well as a freelance writer for Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Redbook, First, and Simple Grace. Evans Price is the co-founder of Country Faith LLC where, “Celebrating the Heart and Soul of Country Music,” is her ultimate goal.

About Country Faith LLC:
Country Faith is a multi-faceted brand that celebrates the heart and soul of Country Music. The series has sold over $2 million to date in retail sales. Launched by award-winning author/columnist Deborah Evans Price, Bob Demoss and Danny McGuffey to provide country artists with a platform to share their faith, the first Country Faith book featured 56 of today’s top country artists sharing their favorite scripture and heartfelt stories of faith. The brand expanded in 2015 with Country Faith Christmas, another book featuring more than 30 top Country artists sharing their favorite holiday memories, recipes and childhood photos. The companion Country Faith Christmas CD on Word/Warner was a top-selling seasonal title that landed in the top 10 on iTunes seasonal chart. In addition to the books and music projects, the Country Faith brand also includes a line of jewelry created by Bob Siemon Designs.

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Sandra Lynn’s Fight EP Debuts on Billboard Top 50 Country Album Sales Chart

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 12, 2018) – Following the release of her new EP, FIGHT on January 19th, Country recording artist, Sandra Lynnhas hit exciting new milestones.

The FIGHT EP recently debuted at #48 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Chart and #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Following the video premiere on CMT Music, the EP’s focal track,“Somebody Kissed Me At A Bar” has 450,000 views (and counting) and the song currently has 135,000 streams (and counting) on Spotify.

Watch the music video for “Somebody Kissed Me At A Bar” here.

Lynn stated, “I was so incredibly excited to see my latest EP, FIGHT, in the Top 50 on the Billboard chart, I have loved seeing the positive reaction to my featured track, “Somebody Kissed Me at a Bar.” This project is near and dear to my heart. I want to send out a huge thank you to all of my supporters, as well as Spotify and CMT for providing me with such a great platform to share this new music. I look forward to seeing what this new chapter will bring.”

About Sandra Lynn: Lynn currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Nashville, where she’s immersed herself among Music City’s creative community and has worked with some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters and producers including Rascal Flatts,’ Jay DeMarcus, Dave Brainard, Ross Copperman, Jeremy Spillman, Hall of Famers Gary Burr and Tom Schuyler, Tia Sillers, Victoria Banks, Paul Brandt, Mike Mobley, as well as ascending young songwriters Bobby Hamrick and Dave Pittenger. Lynn has also made a name for herself on the live circuit, opening for Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Kenny Rogers, Jana Kramer, and Josh Thompson, as well as performing during CMA Fest and the KNE New Music Stage at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and playing local Nashville venues, including 3rd and Lindsley and The Listening Room.

For more information about Sandra Lynn, visit and her FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

FIGHT Track List:
Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Ben Fowler.

1. Fight (Rachel Proctor, Shane Stevens, Matthew West)
2. Rest In Pieces (Courtney Cole, Jeff Pardo, Melissa Pierce)
3. Somebody Kissed Me At A Bar (Brooke Eden, Dave Pittenger, Justin Wilson)
4. From the Outside (Sandra Lynn, Jake Scott)

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Country Radio Seminar 2018 Comes To an End with Many Buzzworthy Moments

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 9, 2018) – Country radio’s biggest event of the year, Country Radio Seminar(CRS) came to an end on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to the seminar’s most anticipated events like Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s Luncheon Show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner, new events were added and included the Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase featuring the Radio Ink Best Country PD Awards and the New Faces After Party: #NextUp Showcase presented by Radio Disney Country.
The Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase featuring Radio Ink Best Country PD Awards, powered by Live Nation,included performances by Jordan Davis (UMG), Jimmie Allen(Broken Bow), and Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) whose set included a special encore performance with Garth Brooks (Pearl Records).  
Pictured Here: Garth Brooks and Jason Aldean
2018 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award Recipient Dierks Bentley was a featured speaker in “Climbing the Mountain” (sponsored by DAV) spotlighting his rise to superstardom.
Pictured Here: Dierks Bentley and Chuck Aly
The Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services, provided women with the opportunity to meet, greet, and eat with the industry’s most inspiring and accomplished women of today.
Pictured Here: Mentor, Jacquelyn Marushka and CRS Attendees
As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar offered 2018 attendees a menu of healthy living opportunities including Shatki Power Yoga sessions, the Shakti Meditation Room, the HOCATT Ozone Sauna and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Juice Bar.
Country music superstar Brad Paisley was the center of conversation during a Q&A session, titled Brad Paisley: The Art and The Artist, at Country Radio Seminar 2018.
Pictured Here:  Beverlee Brannigan, Brad Paisley and RJ Curtis 
One of many educational events at CRS 2018 was “You’re a Brand: How To Build a Fan Base You Can Monetize” featuring Bobby Bones, John Zarling (Sony) Mandy McCormack (Pearl Records), Joey Tack (Scripps) and moderated by Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner).
Pictured Here: Becky Brenner, Bobby Bones, Mandy McCormack, John Zarling and Joey Tack
The annual New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show featured performances by Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Michael Ray.
Pictured Here: Midland, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and Michael Ray 
CRS concluded with the New Faces After Party: #NextUp Showcase presented by Radio Disney Country and featured performances by Abby Anderson, Bailey Bryan, Christina Taylor, Kalie Shorr, Jillian Jacqueline, Tegan Marie, and Temecula Road.
Pictured Here: Tegan Marie
The 3-day event featured many after-hour musical events showcasing new and established talent. Cold River Records’ “Drew’s Disco Party” at Kitchen Notes featured a special performance by Drew Baldridge followed by a disco-themed dance party with a lighted dance floor and guest DJ.
Pictured Here: Drew Baldridge 
About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2019 is set for Feb. 13-15, 2019 at the Omni Nashville. Visit for more information. Follow CRS on FacebookTwitter (Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram.
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2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed During CRS 2018 Opening Ceremonies

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 5, 2018) Nine celebrated broadcasters will join the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, as recording artist Cassadee Pope revealed this year’s inductees during today’s (2/5) opening ceremonies for Country Radio Seminar (CRS).

Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be honored. The 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class includes Radio category honorees Michael O’Malley of the Albright, O’Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The Air Personality category includes Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer (“Andy & Alison”) formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon and Scott Evans (“Harmon And Evans”) formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry (“Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner will be held in Nashville on Wednesday, June 20th, at a location to be announced soon.

About the 2018 Inductees:

Air Personality Category:

Andy & Alison: WIVK/Knoxville

Already seasoned radio personalities as solo air talents when they teamed in 1997, Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer spent 20 years waking up Knoxville at the legendary WIVK. During that time, Andy & Alison were consistently recognized by the industry with seven CMA Personality of the Year Awards, three ACM Personality of the Year Awards, two CRS Awards, and numerous local awards, too, from the Knoxville Sentinel-News and City View Magazine. With their induction this year, Andy & Alison join former WIVK PDs Mike Hammond (2010) and Les Acree (2007) in the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry – “Barret, Fox, And Berry”: KKNU/Eugene, OR

This trio has entertained Eugene radio listeners for 20 years at KKNU, earning consistent ratings success, industry recognition, and now, membership in the Country Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. These three personalities are deeply rooted in their community, helping to raise more than $1 million annually for local charities. Barrett, Fox, And Berry are three-time ACM Small Market Personality of the Year winners (2012, 2014, 2016), and the 2006 CMA Personality of the Year honorees. The team has also garnered three Marconi Award nominations, describing their show this way: “A fun, uplifting, and informative program that gives listeners a smile and brief respite from their daily challenges through their shared love of Country music.”

Steve Harmon And Scott Evans – “Harmon And Evans”: KPLX/Dallas & WXTU/Philadelphia

Steve Harmon and Scott Evans first teamed in 1985, following successful careers at separate Charlotte, NC radio stations, neither of them Country. After meeting KPLX/Dallas PD Bobby Kraig (CRHoF 2008) at CRS, Harmon and Evans soon found themselves handling mornings in The Big D following Terry Dorsey (2006CRHoF), who had jumped to crosstown Country KSCS. During their eight-years with KLPX, Harmon and Evans enjoyed ratings success and national industry recognition, winning CMA, Billboard, and Texas Country Music Association Awards for Personality of the Year. After splitting briefly in 1996 – with Harmon taking mornings at the legendary KNIX/Phoenix, and Evans creating a nationally syndicated evening show – the pair reunited at WXTU/Philadelphia in 1998, duplicating their Dallas success. With their 2018 induction, Harmon and Evans join fellow KPLX staffers Bobby Kraig and Dan Halyburton (2010) as Country Radio Hall of Fame members, cementing the legacy of KPLX.

Radio Category

Mike O’Malley: Partner, Albright, O’Malley, & Brenner, Country Radio Specialists

O’Malley began his radio career in college, which led to his first commercial radio Job at WATH/Athens, OH, where he juggled on-air and sales positions. His first PD position was WBGM/Tallahassee, followed by WONS/Jacksonville, FL; WQSR/Baltimore; WCAO/Baltimore; and WPKX/Washington, D.C. In 1987, O’Malley was hired to flip then-AC WYNY/New York Country. He programmed the station and held down various air shifts until 1992 when he joined the Moon Mullins Consulting firm. In 1994, O’Malley partnered with Country Radio Hall of Fame member Jaye Albright (2008), forming Albright & O’Malley. The company morphed into its current iteration with the addition of Becky Brenner.

Lisa McKay: Curtis Media/Raleigh VP/Programming, PD, WQDR
Afternoon air personality, WQDR

McKay spent 15 years at WQDR following, a 12-year run at WRVQ/Richmond, VA; WRSF/Nags Head, NC; WSPV/Staunton, VA; WJMA/Orange, VA. Under her leadership, WQDR has beenonce of the most highly decorated Country stations in America, winning national recognition as ACM Station of the Year (2009, 2011) and CMA Station of the Year (2011, 2014). The station’s “Q Crew In The Morning” show was also honored as CMA Personality of the Year (2013), with McKay herself honored by the ACM as Personality of the Year (2013). As a member of the CRS Agenda Committee, McKay was instrumental in helping CRS create a mentoring breakfast, which was inspired by the late programming consultant, Rusty Walker, who mentored so many programmers in Country radio.

Sadly, the Country radio industry lost Lisa McKay far too early last month after a short battle with cancer. A self-penned description of WQDR in McKay’s Hall of Fame submission material proved to be prophetic: “My legacy will be creating and maintaining one of the very best stations in America – by leading by example and speaking up. ‘QDR has a full staff and a lot of moving parts. When you tune in’ QDR, you hear a station that fires on all cylinders. The right music for the market, played in the right rotation, with the right marketing, with creative on-air games, public service that changes lives, personalities who are grooving with the Country lifestyle of the Triangle, and imaging featuring our listeners, infused with heart and momentum.”

  Staff   Nov 01, 2018   News   0 Comment   Read More