Nashville Briefs: Warner/Chappell Snags 'Drink to That All Night' Songwriter; Cumulus Radio Launches New Country Countdown Show
Billboard's Tom Roland rounds-up all the big moves and shakes happening in Nashville and the wide world of country music radio.
Songwriter Lance Miller signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. His credits include Jerrod Niemann's "Drink to That All Night," which topped the Country Airplay chart, and Thomas Rhett's "Beer With Jesus."
Two Music Row executives are among the new members on the Nashville Film Festival board of directors: Vector Management founder/co-president Ken Levitan and Format Entertainment music supervisor Anastasia Brown.
Veteran publicist Kevin Lane joined Webster Public Relations after a hiatus in Texas. Lane previously worked at Mercury Nashville, Warner Bros. and indie Network Ink.
The AristoMedia Group is observing 35 years as a marketing/publicity firm.
Songwriter Doug Gilmore died April 4 at his Nashville home. His credits included Jerry Lee Lewis' "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye" and Reba McEntire's "What Am I Gonna Do About You."
COUNTRY RADIO MOVES
Cumulus launches a new three-hour weekend title, American Country Countdown Rewind With Bob Kingsley, May 2-3. The show renews Kingsley's association with the ACC brand -- he hosted the countdown before Kix Brooks signed on in 2006. Rewind will air on all of Cumulus' Nash Icon stations and some of its Nash-branded properties, featuring countdowns from the 1990s and 2000s.
Cumulus/Atlanta hired Sean Shannon as vp/market manager, replacing Jon Pinch, who is retiring. Shannon previously held the same title for Entercom/Sacramento, Calif. His Atlanta stations include country WKHX and Nash Icon WWWQ-HD2.
Andre Fernandez takes over as CBS Radio president/CEO following Dan Mason's retirement at the end of April. Fernandez had been Journal Communications president/COO. Among CBS' country outlets are WUSN Chicago, KMLE Phoenix and WKIS Miami.
WTQR Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C., filled two positions internally. Weekend talent Andie Cooper becomes executive producer and adds the 1 p.m.-4 p.m. slot to her duties. Mimi Wheeler is appointed music director. She continues to host a three-hour Sunday show on WTQR and middays at country sister WNCB.
KWEN Tulsa, Okla., PD Matt Bradley replaced Jim Carey as morning personality, InsideRadio.com reported. Bradley moves from afternoons …
Also from InsideRadio.com: part-timer Brent Michaels was promoted to music director and evening personality at KUZZ Bakersfield, Calif.
WFMS Indianapolis PD Mark Hamlin left the company, according to RadioInfo.com.
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