Black To Retire: Longtime iHeartMedia WKSJ/Mobile PD and afternoon co-host Bill Black is retiring Jan. 30. He has been in radio since 1978, joining the station in 1992 and rising to PD in 1996 and again in 1998. Black has remained in that role ever since, and has served several terms as chairman of St. Jude Research Hospital's industry advisory board. "It’s been an amazing run these past almost 45 years of radio employment, and the last 31 as part of iHeartMedia and 95 KSJ," he says. "I’ve had the honor to introduce amazing performers to our Mobile, AL, audience and watch as their careers skyrocketed. My staff has always been more like family and we have cared and carried one another every day." Adds iHeart Country EVP/Programming Rod Phillips, “While we are extremely happy for Bill and proud of all he’s accomplished, we are sad for the iHeartCountry team as we say goodbye to one of the legends." Reach Black here.
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“The next morning I received a surprise call: ‘Bill’s rib shack here! I have an order ready for pick up.’”
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Run Of Luck: Leo33's Zach Top visits Phoenix and San Antonio. Pictured (top, l-r) are KNIX's Steve Geofferies, the label's Katie Dean, Top and KNIX's Lois Lewis and Reid Spivey; (bottom, l-r) KCYY's Brody Simmons, Top and KCYY's Christi Brooks.
Blues Traveler: Curb's Dylan Scott with manager Kerri Edwards, WKLB/Boston's Dawn Santolucito and the label's Allyson Gelnett (l-r) at the House of Blues.
Sun Glaze: Big Machine's Brian Kelley previews new music in WWYZ/Hartford's Dunkin' Music Lounge. Pictured (l-r) are the station's Amanda Jo Parker, Kelley, the station's Brandon Clay and the label's Brooke Diaz.
Munchurian Candidate: Warner/WEA's Ian Munsick is joined by his label team at the premiere of White Buffalo: Voices of the West in Las Vegas. Pictured (l-r) are Alex Ciasnocha, Cris Lacy, Stephanie Davenport, Munsick, Caroline Munsick, Jessica Rouse, Clark Tedesco, Kate Myers and Mike Dupree.
Starring Roll: KKBQ/Houston's 93Q Star Party raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Pictured (top, l-r) are Curb's Lee Brice, the station's Andy "Riggs" Riggle, Broken Bow's Dustin Lynch, Big Loud's Lauren Alaina, BMLGR's Riley Green, the station's Erica Rico, Warner/WEA's Warren Zeiders, Valory's Conner Smith and the station's Jake Stewart and Jonathan Cook; (middle, l-r) the station's Lauren "Lo" Sessions, Pam McKay and Candy Graham; (bottom, l-r) the station's Jacoba Boles, Gerardo Sproet, Katelyn Maida, Corey Dillon, Travis Moon and Linda Lynn; (second photo) Stoney Creek's Jelly Roll celebrates No. 1 "Save Me" with Moon.
Jingle Bell Jock: WIL/St. Louis’ Marty Brooks celebrates 20 years of Jinglefest with Magnolia's Randy Houser (l) Curb's Lee Brice (r) and Mercury's Priscilla Block.
Jingle Shells: WFUS/Tampa's Jingle Y'all concert raises money for St. Jude. Pictured (l-r) are the station's Aaron Michael, Red Street/Neon Union's Andrew Millsaps and Leo Brooks, the station's Sarah Jacobs, BMLGR's Chris Janson, Good Company's Jake Owen, the station's Ashley Morrison, RCA's Corey Kent, Columbia's Elle King and the station's Scotty Davis.
Birch, Please: Stone Country Records’ Annie Bosko (r) with WKKT/Charlotte's Ashley Wilson.
Hall-elujah: The Keith Urban and Vince Gill-hosted All for the Hall benefit concert raises a record-setting $900,000 for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum education programs. Pictured (front, l-r) are performers Ernest, The War and Treaty's Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless, Mickey Guyton and Hardy; (back, l-r) the CMHoF's Kyle Young, Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey, Geoff Sprung, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi, Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, Gill, Urban, performers Kelsea Ballerini and Riley Green and the CMHoF Board's Mary Ann McCready.
Tail As Old As Time: Warner/WMN's Cole Swindell celebrates his 12th No. 1, "She Had Me At Heads Carolina." Pictured (back, l-r) are the label's Patrick Sabatini, producer Zach Crowell, songwriters Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett and Ashley Gorley and the label's Mike Dupree; (front, l-r) the label's Torie Mason and Cris Lacy, songwriters Mark D. Sanders, Swindell and Tim Nichols and the label's Kristen Williams.
Family Tradition: Singer/songwriter Walker Montgomery makes his Grand Ole Opry debut. Pictured (l-r) are father John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery, uncle Eddie Montgomery and the Opry's Charlie Mattos.
Long Plaque Train: MCA's Josh Turner (holding plaque) celebrates his addition to Pandora's Country Billionaires station with the label's Sarah Bertrand, Modern Management’s Kelsey McMahan, the label's Alex Heimerman, SXM/Pandora’s Bekah Digby, the label's Vipin Reddy and Modern Management’s Renee Behrman-Greiman and Ted Greene (l-r) at the Grand Ole Opry. He was also presented with the Order Of The Palmetto by South Caroline Gov. Henry McMaster (inset).
I Woke Up In The New Boogatti: Curb's Hannah Ellis helps KWNR/Las Vegas kick off the National Finals Rodeo at the Ghostbar. Pictured (l-r) the label's Todd Thomas, Ellis, the station's MoJoe Roberts and Ellis' husband/guitar player Nick Richardson.
Pa Rum Pom Pom Pom: Broken Bow's Chase Rice with WGTY/York's Scott Donato and WXCY/Wilmington, DE's Charlie Maxx in Baltimore.
Early Bird: Former iHeartMedia Pacific NW Region Pres. Robert Dove joins Alpha Media as SVP/Market Mgr. of its Portland, OR stations, including KUPL, effective Jan. 1. The 36-year broadcasting industry veteran succeeds Lisa Decker, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Decker joined Alpha in her current role in 2016 from KING/Seattle, where she was Dir./Corp. Sponsorships (CAT 10/28/16). Prior stops include Clear Channel/Tacoma and CBS Radio/Seattle.
Carroll Retires: Independent promoter Ralph Carroll is retiring from Country promotion after 30 years, 28 with his own company, at the end of this year. "My time in the Nashville music community was some of the best times in my life," Carroll tells Country Aircheck. "I made lifelong friendships I still cherish. Thanks to all the Country radio and label execs who allowed me to be part of the process."
Following 11 years in radio, Carroll’s label career began when he moved to Nashville in 1989 doing Pop promotion with Polydor and Giant. He was Polydor’s Country VP/Promotion under label head Harold Shedd in 1995 when he launched R&R And Associates, an independent promotion firm promoting Country, Alternative, CHR, CHR/Rhythmic and AC radio. His radio career included on-air and programming stints at WQLT/Florence, AL, WCGQ/Columbus, GA and KKFR/Phoenix. For tee times and room reservations at his Florida home to help him in retirement, reach him here.
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