Nashville Briefs: Florida Georgia Line Creates Publishing Company; Thirty Tigers Finds Love and Theft; iHeart Goes Country in Des Moines

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line onstage during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Billboard's Tom Roland rounds-up all the big moves and shakes happening in Nashville and the wide world of country music radio. 

Florida Georgia Line established its own publishing company, Tree Vibez Music. Principals Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley signed songwriter/producer Jordan Schmidt to the roster. 

EMI Nashville signed singer/songwriter Haley Georgia to a recording deal.

Paul J. Schiminger is joining the International Bluegrass Music Association as executive director, effective June 1. He had been the Wilmington Trust head of not-for-profit business development. Schiminger will move from Baltimore to Nashville to take the post.

Stephanie O'Donnell started May 4 on the Thirty Tigers promotion staff, joining vp/promotion and artist development Pamela Newman, director Southwest promotion Ken Rush and national promotion director Denise Roberts. O'Donnell was most recently a Curb promotion executive.

Thirty Tigers also signed an agreement to market and promote Love and Theft's first independent album, Whiskey on My Breath.

The Recording Academy restructured its upper management to better work with Washington, D.C. Nashville-based Nancy Shapiro was named senior vp special projects, a shift from her previous vp position.

Alexander Music Marketing & Entertainment has reached an agreement with the Momentum Label Group in which Alexander oversees marketing for Rachele Lynae.

Bill Anderson enlisted Webster Public Relations for media representation.

Blaise Streets hired Kore PR for publicity.


Cumulus CEO/president Lew Dickey is assured of staying with the chain for several years after signing an extension that keeps him in place through 2018. Concurrently, board member Robert H. Sheridan III is retiring from his position, with Association of Magazine Media president Mary G. Berner nominated to succeed him. Out in the field, Cumulus/Indianapolis added Scott Lindy as PD for country WFMS following a stint as Lincoln Financial/Atlanta director of operations. Additionally, Cumulus/Colorado Springs (Colo.) hired Rob Quinn as vp/market manager for a cluster that includes country KATC. Quinn was general sales manager for XETRAand XEPRS San Diego. 

KUPL Portland, Ore., welcomes Chunky (aka Evan Rose) to mornings on May 11. He most recently handled the same shift for top 40 WRDWPhiladelphia.

KCYE Las Vegas promoted afternoon personality Todd Michaels to assistant PD, reported.

Also from RadioInfo.comKCYY San Antonio and assistant PD/music director Carey Edwards have parted ways.

iHeartMedia/Des Moines launched a country station with KDRB-HD, according to

Also from InsideRadio.comWQMX Akron, Ohio, brought in Mason Meyer as general sales manager, replacing retiring Paul Christopherson. It marks a return to radio for Meyer, who was Arbitron manager of customer research from 2000-2009. 

Brantley Gilbert hosts the Fisher House Memorial Day special The Gift, a two-hour syndicated offering that honors military veterans. Click here for more info.


Songwriter Nancy Montgomery died April 17, The Tennessean reported. Among her best-known successes were The McCarters' "The Gift" and Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White's "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This."

Video director Steven Goldmann died April 30. Goldmann won two Country Music Association trophies for video of the year, for Kathy Mattea's "455 Rocket" and Faith Hill's "This Kiss."

R&B singer Ben E. King died April 30 in New Jersey. He was a co-writer of his best-known song, "Stand By Me," which became a key Mickey Gilley single in 1980 after it was re-recorded for the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.

If you want more news from Nashville sent straight to your inbox, subscribe to Billboard's Country Update newsletter right here.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.