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The three hour Labour Day Weekend Special is full of star power. Take a look at some of the artists that drop by and talk about the jobs they had before success in music. 



Blake Shelton drops in and talks about painting houses when he first came to Nashville including Mae Boren Axton’s home. Some how I find it hard to imagine Blake painting a house. 

Eric Church tells us about selling knives at 2 in the morning and we only hope it wasn’t in some alley somewhere. 



Zac Brown tells us how to cook a steak properly. Yeah he was and is a chef.


Lee Brice talks to from on top of those big parking lot lights at stadiums
Dean Brody spent his time in a saw mill ( he still has all his fingers) and almost gave up the music business when his publishing deal ran out.
Billy Currington got hard labor working in a cement factory during the day and singing at night
Stock Guy and cotton farmer was where Luke Bryan earned his money
David Nail was asked to leave Dairy Queen because he was eating the profits
Tim Hicks was a Fast Food Technician and we are still trying to figure out what that is
Kenny Chesney was going to be a radio salesman but stardom struck before he made that move.
plus we get the back story to some of the biggest hits today. Lots of star power, music intensive with 12 songs an hour, Can Con included and it is totally free no national barter spots.
This is a market exclusive show order now for your station by e-mailing us here
Nielsen Mid-Year Music Report_



Music streaming is skyrocketing, digital music sales are plummeting and country continues to be a bit behind in streaming adoption – to its benefit. These are among the findings in Nielsen’s Mid-Year U.S. Music Report. Details:
  • Streaming is up 59%, with audio on-demand streaming surpassing video for the first time.
  • Total music consumption is up 9%.
  • Album sales are down 14% overall, digital albums declined 18% and digital tracks dropped 24%.
  • Country’s album volume, including tracks and streaming, is 8.4% of the market. In albums alone, country has 11.6%, buoyed by physical sales where it holds 13.1% market share.

The sole country release in the top 10 albums of the year is Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, which ranks No. 6 and No. 4 for overall (includes tracks and streams) and album sales, respectively. That’s 931,000 (with tracks and streaming) and 746,000 in albums alone.

To see the whole report click here
NextRadio Expands Into Canada


On JULY 1st, the NEXTRADIO app went live in the GOOGLE PLAY store in CANADA, allowing over a million consumers with FM radio compatible smartphones to download the app. The expansion is the next step in growing handset support for FM radio across NORTH AMERICA.


The NEXTRADIO app functionality is the same in CANADA as it is in the U.S.  Some of the key features consumers love about the app is the ability to:
  • Listen to radio using significantly less battery or data
  • Search to find a favorite station
  • Get emergency updates if cell coverage goes down
  • Customize home screen “Live Guide” with favorite stations
  • Rate songs and let stations know if they like it or not
  • Purchase a song that is playing
“Our initial broadcaster partners in CANADA are very excited about the value NEXTRADIO brings to their listeners, as well as, the new radio advertising platform and data NEXTRADIO can provide their advertisers”, said TAGSTATION Pres. PAUL BRENNER. “This expansion was a natural next step as many handset makers provide the same phones in CANADA, making it easier for them to turn on the FM Chip for both countries at the same time.”


“With the historically high costs of cellphone and data plans, the FM Chip activation allows Canadians, both urban and rural, access to the content they already listen to. It’s essential for market fairness and emergency broadcasting services to have access to radio in the palm of your hand, at any time,” said NCRA/ANREC Exec. Dir. BARRY ROOKE.




CRS 2017 Registration Opens July 12

With Best Rate Of The Year Being Offered


If you have never taken in CRS and you are in country music this is a must attend event. Not only with it’s great seminars but a great place to network as well.

On July 12, Country Radio Seminar will open registration for CRS 2017 at a special $429 rate, which is the best price that will be offered this year, and will only be available to a limited number of first-come, first-served registrants.  Registrations will be available for purchase at

The annual New Faces of Country Music Show will also be included for the first limited number of full registrants. Last year, the limited time, discount registration packages and New Faces tickets were sold-out the day they came available.

CRS/CRB Executive Director, Bill Mayne commented, “Last year’s debut of the NEW CRS Experience provided registrants with incredible information and education, as well as actionable tools to innovate success in an awesome environment! At CRS 2017, you’ll see more artists and musical performances than any individual can appreciate in one place and time.”

Registrants have the opportunity to save $100 now. Following the expiration of the $429 rate promotion, the rate will increase to $529.


Country Radio Seminar 2017 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville.

This year’s seminar will once again provide attendees with an extensive networking experience, educational opportunities, artist appearances, musical performances and more.

Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.







I remember my days in Montreal radio when we would make budget or go over because of Back To School advertising dollars. It has been said that Back To School shopping is bigger than Christmas. Radio sales people should be chasing advertisers now to get ready for the month of August. Sine most stations year end is the end of August this sales period can really help the bottom line for a lot of radio stations.
More than half (52%) of parents intend to increase their back-to-school spending this year, with just 4% planning to spend less, but the overall BTS market is still worth less than in recent years.
According to a new study from consumer research firm Mintel, which polled 1,830 parents of pupils who attend elementary schools through to colleges, parents plan to spend more at this time of year than in 2015.
Not surprisingly, most of the planned spend will be allocated to clothing (66%), but this category is way ahead others with footwear in a distant second (11%), followed by school supplies and electronics (8% each).
When it comes to clothing their offspring, nearly a quarter (23%) of parents agree that it’s important to keep up with the latest fashion trends for the BTS season.
Looking at the factors that influence BTS shopping decisions, the survey found that recommendations by schools are the most important (43%), followed by familiarity with products or brands (42%).
Interestingly, coupons no longer appear to be as influential as in past years because just 36% of respondents cite coupons as an influence compared with 43% in 2015.
Children themselves also play an important role in BTS shopping and the survey found nearly two in five (37%) parents agree that their children have a strong impact on the BTS products they buy.
“Our research shows that parents display an affinity for familiar products, so brands should emphasize marketing back-to-school items that are the same or similar to those that parents once used, while retailers would benefit from promoting products for children that are developed by brands popular with adults,” said Ali Lipson, Director of Retail and Apparel, Technology and Automotive Reports at Mintel.
“Retailers can also ease the back-to-school process by promoting digital tools such as shopping registries and apps that provide schools’ recommended supply lists, which will help streamline the shopping experience,” she added.
The research also indicates that parents are interested in a greater variety of delivery options, with almost half (48%) wanting to see greater availability of free shipping for online purchases.
Meanwhile a fifth (20%) are interested in home delivery for items purchased in-store, while 40% would like faster checkout processes and larger product selection.




We are working in our 28th Year of A Country Christmas and our Looking Back at 2016 Year End Special.  Back in 1988 we started producing our A Country Christmas Special. At that time we would send out CD’s to each station. It was slow with computers just coming into their own. Here we are 28 years later and we continue to produce a new special each year.

A Country Christmas is aired across Canada, the USA and Europe.  Each year we talk to the stars about what Christmas means to them or what their favourite Christmas Memory is or what was that special gift they remember.

Santa even on holiday’s is thinking about Christmas. We are the same way. We are out talking with the stars about their Christmas’s past and what their family traditions are. Some of the stars that will appear on A Country Christmas include Kenny Chesney, Brett Kissel, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kira Isabella, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, King George Strait, The Whites, Michelle Wright, Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Dean Brody and many more. 

A Country Christmas is music intensive and is market exclusive. Each hour we play up to 15 songs. The hours are developed in such a way as you can run an hour a day leading up to Christmas and then repeat the whole show on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This allows to station to maximize sales. A Country Christmas is ready for download the middle of November. 

Want more info or hear a demo send us an e-mail today here

Cool Indie Country is a weekly one hour show that is entertaining and full of star power. In today’s world there are many indie artists. When we asked the question with music row industry people who is an indie artist it includes some of the top stars of country music today plus emerging artists. Our host Joël Lamoureux gives the audience the back story behind the stars, stars drop by the studio, we have cool contests and our request line is always open. Cool Indie Country has become a listener favourite in a short period of time. 

Labour Day Weekend Special
The Labour Day Weekend is the last long weekend of the summer. Listeners have home parties or go camping, or head to the cottage. Our Labour Day Special is hosted by a Canadian country star and we have both Canadian and Nashville stars drop into the studio talking about their jobs before stardom.
Our Labour Day Special is a great way to end the summer and after doing all the back to school shopping listeners just want to have fun for the last weekend of the summer.
Looking Back at 2016 is a look at the year with the stars of country music. We look at the music, events and stars that made 2016 a great year for country music.
This is not a countdown show but rather a year end review.
Looking Back is a 12 hour special that is music intensive and star driven. Looking Back at 2016 is ready for download the beginning of December.
This special is market exclusive, music intensive and star driven.