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Doobie's Picks of the Week 10/22/14

Doobie’s Picks of the Week 10/22/14

| October 22, 2014

Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (10/22) includes such names as: Lorde, Taylor Swift, Pixie Lott, Ella Henderson, Fergie, Kendrick Lamar, McBusted, Fall Out Boy, Echosmith, Yusuf Islam, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, Young Rising Sons, Brother’s Keeper, DEC3, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brian Kelley, Lilly Wood & The Prick, Robin Schultz, Cherub, and Tokio Hotel among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

| June 28, 2013

steelejimmySaga Brings Jimmy Steele to Columbus to Program Three-Station Cluster.  This is a return to Columbus for radio programmer Jimmy Steele who once served as PD for Clear Channel’s CHR WNCI.  Most recently he had been in San Diego serving CHR brand manager and operations manager for Clear Channel’s cluster there.  With Saga Communications, Steele will be brand manager for AC WSNY “Sunny 95,” hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9” and classic hits WNND/WNNP “Rewind 103.5/104.3.”  Steve Goldstein, Saga EVP and group program director says, “Jimmy had the trifecta.  He has a great blend of art and science, and he knows the market well.  We are thrilled to bring his experience and expertise to our group.”  Steele comments on his new gig, “It’s truly an honor to be joining this dynamic and talented team of broadcasters.  I have respected Ed Christian, Steve Goldstein, and Saga’s vision for years.  I am looking forward with excitement to being able to work closely with vice president/general manager Chris Forgy, Steve, and the talented team in place to grow our dynamic brands in the Columbus market!”

flytonyMinneapolis Personality Tony Fly Gets TV Gig.  Longtime Twin Cities radio personality Tony Fly is set to debut a new daily TV show dubbed “On the Fly” on WFTC-TV, Minneapolis “My29.”  The daily one-hour program will also feature “Fox 9” traffic reporter Kelsey Soby and former KTWN, Minneapolis morning show producer Dan Edwards.  It will air at 11:00 pm and be rerun the following morning at 8:00.  Content will feature what’s hot in the world of pop culture both in the Twin Cities and across the country.  Station general manager Carol Rueppel states, “‘On The Fly’ showcases the humor and spontaneity of a radio talk show with the visual impact of television.  The ensemble of Tony, Kelsey, and Dan will provide unique commentary on the big talkers of the day.”  Fly most recently served as morning drive host at hot AC KTWN.

negronsaritaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  JVC Media names Sarita Negron general sales manager for its Gainesville/Ocala cluster where she’ll work alongside fellow GSM Sam Gerace.  She most recently served with Opus Broadcasting in Tallahassee…..Kelly Mayfield takes the position of digital sales manager for Radio One’s Atlanta station group of urban contemporary WAMJ “Majic 107.5/97.5,” hip hop WHTA “Hot 107.9,” and gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5/102.9.”…..Jeannine Jersey exits her morning co-host gig at Clear Channel’s AC WMJJ, Birmingham “Magic 96.5” to take a position outside the radio industry…..John Govia is named evening personality and music director at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR WWST, Knoxville “Star 102.1.”

fullmetaljackieEnvision Radio Networks’ Full Metal Jackie Gets iHeartRadio Channel.  Jackie Kajzer, whose “Full Metal Jackie” syndicated radio show is distributed by Envision Radio Networks, is getting her own channel on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio called – not surprisingly – “Full Metal Jackie Radio.”  Kajzer will curate the 24/7 heavy metal channel.  Clear Channel Media and Entertainment vice president special programming projects Tim Herbster says, “We are excited to expand the “Full Metal Jackie” brand from a two-hour show to a 24/7 hard rock and heavy metal destination on iHeartRadio.  Jackie brings a wealth of experience to this genre and is a format expert.  She is the perfect choice to help curate and host our 24/7 iHeartRadio channel featuring exclusive interviews and guest appearances by all your favorite metal stars.”  The channel will also air the Envision Radio Networks “Full Metal Jackie” program every Monday at 7:00 pm and Thursday at 3:00 pm.  Kajzer says of her new project.  “I’ve been hosting my two-hour show for over six years with Envision Networks and listeners have always said they wanted a longer show, or other places to listen to it during the week.  This is such an important genre with a dedicated following, so it’s great that iHeartRadio believes in it enough to give us a 24/7 channel.”  The channel will get a launch party tomorrow (6/29) at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino, California.

simonskeatonThe Conclave to Feature Performance by Recording Artist Keaton Simons.  The Conclave’s first-ever “GAMEDAY,” a day devoted entirely to sports, will wrap with a performance by Best Revenge Records recording artist Keaton Simons (pictured here).  It’ll take place at a reception at KTWN, Minneapolis’ studios just before the Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians game at Target Field.  The Conclave says that the Los Angeles Times termed Simons “a triple threat” captivating audiences with an authentic voice, compelling and soul-baring songs, and a true command of both acoustic and electric guitars in every genre.  Simons’ second album “Beautiful Pain” is co-produced by Mikal Blue who has also worked with Colbie Caillat and One Republic, and includes songs co-written with friends and peers including Jason Mraz and others.  Conclave executive director Bob Shannon says of Keaton, “‘No Rain In The Forecast’ is the tune I’m singing.  His appearance at the KTWN rooftop party during Conclave 38 will be a night of great music, baseball and beer.  How could it get better than that?”

radioshow2013The NAB Announces Panelists for Leadership Breakfast.  The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) announce the panelists for the 2013 Radio Show Leadership Breakfast, titled “Opportunities in a Changing Economy,” presented by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  The event will be held Thursday, September 19, from 7:15 am to 9:00 am at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando.  The Leadership Breakfast will feature a panel discussion about expanding opportunities in radio for acquisitions and revenue in a growing economy.  Panelists include Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus Media; Mary Quass, CEO of NRG Media; Jeff Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media and Larry Wilson, CEO of Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting.  The panel will be moderated by Lew Paper, a partner with Pillsbury, and will be preceded by opening remarks from Marci Ryvicker, managing director, senior equity analyst, for Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

wjvc logo‘My Country 96.1’ Long Island’s ‘Freedom Fest’ Sells Out.  JVC Broadcasting’s country WJVC, Center Moriches, New York (Long Island) announces its third annual “Freedom Fest Concert” scheduled for July 5 at the Pennysaver Amphitheater is officially sold out.  The all-day festival show features country music superstar Hunter Hayes along with Dustin Lynch, The Henningsens, Lauren Alaina, Lonestar, and “X Factor” winner Tate Stevens.  “There’s not a ticket to be had,” according to “My Country 96.1” program director and morning star Phathead.  “This shows you the power of the Suffolk County country music fan.  They love this format and they love this station.”  Pennysaver Amphitheater general manager Matt Goldapper adds, “This is the third annual ‘Freedom Fest’ country show that the station has produced.  Each year attendance has been great, but this is the first sellout in the history of the Pennysaver Amphitheater.”

bonestornadoreliefBobby Bones Show Raises $135,000 for Tornado Relief.  Premiere Networks’ nationally syndicated Bobby Bones show recently presented the American Red Cross with a check for $135,060.71 to support the organization’s tornado relief effort in Oklahoma.  The check was presented to Joel Sullivan, regional CEO for the Tennessee Volunteer Region of the Red Cross, during a reception at Bones’ Nashville radio studio on June 27.  The Bobby Bones show reached out to friends on Music Row for help and more than 60 of country music’s biggest stars donated personal items, concert tickets, signed memorabilia and more to be auctioned on eBay.  From May 24-30, thousands of listeners and fans bid on the items to support the disaster relief effort.  In addition, Broken Bow/Stoney Creek Records, Black River Entertainment and Big Machine Label Group donated $5,000 each.  Bones states, “We were blown away by the support from the country music community – from the artists and record labels to the fans.  Their generosity speaks volumes, and we can’t thank them enough for stepping up and contributing to this worthy cause.”  Pictured here are folks from Clear Channel, the Bobby Bones show, Premiere Networks and the Red Cross: Back row (l-r) Tim Battles, Brenda Black, Jennifer Robins, Joel Sullivan, Bobby Bones, David Kitchen, Justin Cole, Robin Rhodes, Eddie Garcia, Nada Taha, Lunchbox, Abby Stuart and Danny Oldani.  Front row (l-r) Lizzie Clemons, Alayna Messer, Syndey Bottoms and Rachel Trottier, Amy and Ray.

WBQB logoCentennial Stations Win Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards.  Centennial Broadcasting II, LLC’s Fredericksburg, Virginia, hot AC WBQB “B101.5” and “NewsTalk 1230” WFVA (formerly adult standards during the contest period), won five First Place awards at the 76th Annual Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards Banquet held June 21 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel.  WBQB won the following awards in the Medium Market category:  1st Place – Outstanding Website; and 1st Place – Best Commercial – Steamers Seafood Grill and Bar Star Search.  WFVA won the following awards in the Medium Market category: 1st Place – Outstanding News Series: “Battle of Fredericksburg”; 1st Place – Best Human Interest Series: “Teen Violence Turns Personal”; and 1st Place – Best Documentary Or Public Affairs Program: “Sniper: 10 Years Later.”  Market manager Tom Hamilton states, “I am so proud of the sensational, award-winning talent at B101.5 and NewsTalk 1230 WFVA.  This is certainly a reflection of their passion for creating great radio and their dedication to the Fredericksburg community.”  WBQB and WFVA operations manager Chuck Archer says, “There is one word that comes to mind when I think of the individuals involved in the creation of these award winning pieces and that’s ‘passion.’  They eat, drink, breathe and sleep great radio and constantly find ways of making it better.”

Monday, June 10, 2013

| June 10, 2013

garnerblairCumulus Media Names Blair Garner Lead Host of WNSH, New York’s Morning Show.  Dubbed, “America’s Morning Show,” the program on “Nash FM 94.7” will also feature Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, and Lee Ann WomackBlair Garner has been rumored to be headed for this gig for some time and now it’s official.  Cumulus says the program “will feature a mix of country hits, in-studio interviews with country music’s biggest stars and news about the country lifestyle – with New York City area traffic, weather and information updated throughout the show. “America’s Morning Show” will originate live from Nashville before a studio audience, with frequent broadcasts from ‘Nash FM 94.7’ studios in New York City.”  Cumulus EVP and COO John Dickey says, “The collection of talent assembled for ‘America’s Morning Show’ is without equal.  This show will bring the superstars of country to listeners in an authentic, entertaining way not done before.”  In a statement, Garner says, “I am thrilled to begin waking up the New York area’s country listeners on ‘Nash FM 94.7’ with an uplifting country start to the day.  New Yorkers are embracing Nash FM in an amazing way and I look forward to bringing the country music lifestyle to the Big Apple straight from Nashville.”

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applelogoUpdate:  Apple Unveils iTunes Radio.  Okay, so the press guessed a bit wrong at the name – most (including RadioInfo) had been calling in iRadio.  Nonetheless, Apple announced the music streaming service iTunes Radio that will integrate with iTunes and be available in the fall at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this morning.  The service appears to be pretty much as the industry had expected it to.  It will be free but feature audio and text ads unless the user is an iTunes Match subscriber – then it becomes commercial free.  The app will examine the user’s library and create playlists that take the tastes of the person into account.  It will recommend artists or songs and will feature a buy button to allow the song to be purchased from iTunes.  So far, it appears not to be radically different from any of the other music streaming services and it will remain to be seen if the Apple loyalty factor brings users who already use Pandora, Slacker, Spotify or Google All Access to the service in great numbers.

cousinedSaga’s CHR WNRG, Milwaukee Names Cousin Ed Brand Manager.  He’s been afternoon drive personality at Saga Communications’ WNRG, Milwaukee “Energy 106.9” since January of 2012, now Jeremy Schulz, a.k.a. Cousin Ed, is promoted to brand manager for the station, taking over for Brandon Rowe who exited that role last month.  Schulz’s arrival at WNRG was a return to his native state after working in other locations, most recently at Cox Media Group’s CHR WPOI, Tampa “Hot 101.5” and Clear Channel’s CHR WHQC, Charlotte “Channel 96.1.”  Saga EVP Steve Goldstein states, “Jeremy stepped in as acting brand manager and impressed all of us with drive, dedication and ‘Energy.’  He will be a great asset in his new expanded role.”

kysr logoKYSR, Los Angeles Announces ‘98.7’s Alternative Sunday Nights’; New Personalities.  Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles announces new programming for its “98.7’s Alternative Sunday Nights” that looks like this: “98.7’s New Music Show” from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; “Close to Home” from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm; “Diplo & Friends” from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm; and “Complete Control Radio” from 11:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  At the same time, joining the station for weekend duties are former KNDD, Seattle “107.7 The End” personality Jordin Silver and Dylan Riggs who also serves as producer at sister hot AC KBIG “104.3 MyFM.”

gallagherjohnJohn Gallagher to Cumulus Toledo for Market Manager Post.  Most recently serving as vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Kansas City operations, John Gallagher heads East to Toledo where he assumes the vice president and market manager position for the company’s Toledo stations that includes: country WKKO, hot AC WMMM, classic hits WRQN, sports talk WLQR, classic rock WXKR, and AC WMIM, Monroe, Michigan.  He takes over for Matt Spaulding who moves to Cumulus’ Ann Arbor cluster as market manager.  Cumulus regional vice president Dave Crowl states, “John’s operating experience and background in this area of the Midwest as well as his strong skill sets in generating revenue growth make him a perfect choice to manage our Toledo/Monroe radio stations.  He has led our Kansas City radio stations to outstanding sales results.  We expect his leadership to provide continued growth momentum for Cumulus Toledo/Monroe as well.”

biakelseyBIA Kelsey Predicts Auto Spend on Radio Up 15% Over Five Years.  According to BIA Kelsey’s Media Ad View Plus forecast, the auto industry will increase local auto ad spending on radio by 15% between 2012 and 2017 with the total local ad spend reaching $17.5 billion.  Not surprisingly, online and mobile will see the biggest increases in ad spending from the auto industry, according to chief economist Mark Fratrik,  “By 2017, automotive dealers will focus on video, spending 11.4% of their $2.4 billion online ad budget on video display.”  Additionally, the categories of real estate and restaurants are both expected to increase over that period of time as well.

Friday, December 7, 2012

| December 7, 2012

Sweeping Cuts at Clear Channel Hit Programmers and Air Staff.  RadioInfo had been hearing rumors of cuts coming at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and on Thursday the axe fell for many in the programming departments of Clear Channel stations.  The following is a list, by market and by no means complete, of some of the folks who are out of work now:

Los AngelesStella Prado, eight-year program director (and 20+-year station veteran), adult contemporary KOST; Robert Lyles, marketing director, KOST and hot AC KBIG; Lindsey Sopp Kovar, “Love Songs” producer, KOST; Christine Martindale, swing talent, KOST; Doc Bailey, production, KOST and KBIG; Monica Medina, programming assistant, KOST; Trever Trent, mid-days, alternative KYSR; Joel Elliott, board-op, urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT; KBIG; KYSR; and talk KTLK-AM.

Chicago:  Angie Zdanowski, marketing/promotions manager; Glenn Cosby, nights, urban AC WVAZ; Effie Rolfe, assistant program director/music director/mid-days, gospel WGRB.

Dallas: Josh Venable, program director/mid-days, alternative KDGE; Adrian Hummel, producer, CHR KHKS, and KDGE.

Houston:  Josh Reno, morning drive producer (“Walter & Johnson Show”), classic rock KKRW; Walton & Johnson, mornings KKRW.

PhiladelphiaBob Stei, part-time, alternative WRFF.

AtlantaTim Michaels, mid-days, country WUBL; Miguel Aguilar, afternoon drive, regional Mexican WBZY.

Detroit:  Kristin Burns, assistant program director, classic rock WDTW; Dave Dahmer, afternoons, WDTW; “Jag,” mid-days, CHR WKQI; Frankie Darcell, afternoons, urban AC WMXD; Eric Chase, afternoons, sports WDFN; Dan Watkins, morning show, adult contemporary WNIC; Jenna Cork, morning show producer, WNIC.

Miami: Michael Yo, afternoon drive (12 years), CHR WHYI; Rich (Michaels) Minaya, afternoons, talk WIOD.

SeattleJosh Sabrowsky, producer, sports KJR-AM

Minneapolis“Thorn,” music director/mid-days, adult alternative KTCZ; Mike Morris, morning co-host, sports KFXN.

San DiegoDon Ayers, morning producer, talk KOGO; Jeff More, afternoon producer, KOGO

Pittsburgh:  Flick, APD/MD/afternoons, CHR WKST

TampaSteve Versnick, program director, talk WFLA, and sports WDAE; Ryan Nelson, music director/mid-days, country WFUS; Jenny Dean, co-host, jock WFUS; Ty Demeza, promotion coordinator; “Stu,” afternoon drive, urban contemporary WBTP.

Denver“Uncle Nasty,” afternoons, rock KBPI; Eddie Barella, overnights/imaging director, KBPI; Joe Niko, weekend/swing, adult alternative, KBCO; “Keefer,” afternoons, KBCO; Julie Hayden and Chuck Bonniwell, part-time, talk KOA.

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario:  Bob Ridzak, Market Manager; Jesse Duran, program director, rhythmic CHR KGGI

CincinnatiJay Gilbert, afternoons, rock WEBN; Joel Moss, imaging director.

Cleveland“Kasper,” assistant program director/music director, CHR WAKS

OrlandoKen Payne, 14-year program director/afternoon drive, adult contemporary WMGF; Catherine Brown, program director, talk WTKS; “Bull,” mid-day producer, WTKS; “Cabin Boy,” nights, WTKS; “LT,” nights, rock WJRR

Columbus: John Crenshaw, program director, country WCOL; Andy Clark, morning drive, classic hits-oldies WODC; Amy Donovan, mid-days, WODC; Kevin Kirschner, afternoon drive, WODC

AustinJoel Burke, program director, country KASE and country KVET (also afternoons on KASE); Keith Carlyle, promotion assistant.

Eddie and Jobo Out at WJMK, Chicago.  CBS Radio cuts ties with WJMK, Chicago “K-Hits” morning team Ed Volkman and Joe Bohannon after 20 months with the classic hits station.  As Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports, the longtime Chicago radio duo weren’t a good fit for the station.  He reports program director Tom Cavanah saying, “Eddie and Jobo have a great style, and they really helped us launch the radio station and get us on the map.  But the match of Eddie and Jobo with this music is not a good fit.  It’s hard to perceive Eddie and Jobo playing the Beatles.  It doesn’t fit with who they are.”  Feder notes the November PPM showed Eddie & Jobo tied for 20th place in mornings with a 2.1 share of listeners 25-54, the station’s target demographic.  Overall, K-Hits ranked 18th with a 2.5 share.  The station will go jockless in mornings until January.

RadioInfoTV Interviews Longtime KOST, Los Angeles PD Stella Prado the Day Before the Ax Fell.  In an unfortunately ironic twist of timing, RadioInfoTV correspondent (and “Still at Large” host) Brent Seltzer caught up with then-PD of AC KOST-FM, Los Angeles Stella Prado at an industry event in Hollywood honoring KFI PD Robin Bertolucci on Tuesday (12/4). Neither Prado nor Seltzer knew that the 20-year veteran of the station was less than two days away from becoming one of the victims of Clear Channel’s massive pre-Christmas employee cutback that rocked the radio industry yesterday (12/6).  In it Prado answers a number of important questions probing her seasoned take on the nuances of programming the all-Christmas format, the subtle differences between today’s CHR and hot AC formats, the methodology of music selection in today’s pop radio and the role of the modern day DJ in a PPM world.  Describing Prado as the “poster child of consolidated radio’s debt disease” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison states, “Obviously, the joy we felt having such a wonderful interview with so bright a programming executive as Ms. Prado turned to despair when we learned that she was let go in the massive layoff.  It is deeply disturbing that a professional of her stature, accomplishment and impeccable reputation could be considered expendable in today’s nasty financial environment.  It is shocking, watching this video, that so bright, knowledgeable, and positive an individual as Stella Prado could be cast off without notice by the miserable corporate circumstances of this business.  It is not my place to tell anyone how to run their business and I certainly understand the dollars and cents realities of what Clear Channel is facing – but this is just too much to accept without at least a squawk of protest.  I am disgusted.”  View the video interview in the RadioInfo TV box on this page.

Australian Radio Prank on London Hospital Takes Tragic Turn.  By now, most in the industry are aware of the phone prank played on the London hospital where Kate Middleton has been treated for extreme morning sickness.  2Day morning hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig posed as the Queen and Prince Charles and fooled the receptionist and the nurse into giving medical information about the Duchess of Cambridge’s health.  Now, according to the Daily Mail, it appears the receptionist has taken her own life in the aftermath of the incident.  The woman was not identified by name but London authorities are reporting she was found unconscious early Friday morning London time, taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.  Suicide is believed to be the cause at this time.

Day 2 from the Arbitron Client Conference.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke covered the two-day Arbitron Client Conference for RadioInfo that concluded yesterday (12/6).  Three points that dominated yesterday’s discussions and presentations are – as Cooke describes them – scary talk about in-car, straight talk about sports, and plain talk about politics.  Read Holland Cooke’s report from Annapolis here.

Andrew Tartaglia Moves to Entercom’s WAAF, Boston as GSM.  Andrew Tartaglia has been working in the nearby Hartford market with Clear Channel as general sales manager at sports WUCS and WPOP.  Now, he moves to Boston to take the GSM role at Entercom’s rock WAAF.  Michael Juliano, director of sales for Entercom Boston says of Tartaglia, “Andrew will be a great complement to our overall sales effort.  He has a rich history of leading and motivating high-performing sales teams that deliver results for their clients.  He is no stranger to New England having spent the last 13 years of his career in Providence and Hartford.”

Programmer Tony Matteo Moves to CCME Wichita for OM Gig.  Programmer Tony Matteo, who’s been programming Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s adult hits WHLK, Cleveland, is moving to Wichita where he’ll serve as operations manager for the company’s cluster.  In a statement, Matteo says, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Gary Mincer and Keith Abrams in bringing 106.5 The Lake to Cleveland.  My years here have been amazing.  I’ve been a big fan of the Wichita group for a long time and look forward to joining Rob Burton, Tommy Austin and the talented, passionate people of CCME Wichita.”

Chris Carmichael Upped to PD in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Chris Carmichael has been morning host at Clear Channel’s country WKCY, Harrisonburg, Virginia “Valley’s Best Country” for the past eight months.  Now, he moves up to PD for the station (while continuing with wake-up duties) and adds programming responsibilities for sister AC WSVO “Mix 93.1.”

Hubbard Radio’s WIL, St. Louis Announces “Country Christmas Jam Concert.”  Hubbard Radio’s country 92.3 WIL is sponsoring the first-ever “New Country Christmas Jam” concert event that is starring CMA 2012 “New Artist of the Year” award winner and 2013 GRAMMY nominated country artist Hunter Hayes.  The show will feature special guest Kacey Musgraves and take place on Sunday, December 16 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.  Program director Greg Mozingo says, “We first introduced St. Louis country music fans to Hunter Hayes back in 2011 at our 9th annual ‘Jinglefest’ concert, and our listeners have watched as Hunter’s popularity has soared, all the way to winning this year’s CMA award as the ‘New Artist of the Year’ and multiple GRAMMY nominations!  Now with our first-ever ‘New Country Christmas Jam’ concert event, WIL is excited to be able to provide our listeners with another great opportunity to enjoy Hunter Hayes and his musical prowess.”