In a surprising turn of events, Ford Motor Company has decided to backtrack on its plans to eliminate AM radio from newer model vehicles. The company’s decision comes in response to mounting pressure from Congress and the introduction of a bill advocating for the inclusion of AM radio in all new vehicles, proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This move showcases the power of public opinion and the vital role AM radio continues to play in our daily lives.
NASHVILLE-based internet audio channel GIMME RADIO will be shutting down, effective APRIL 29th, after six years of operation. According to a report in the NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL, and an APRIL 10th “epitaph” blog post on MEDIUM from company CEO TYLER LENANE, the company’s revenues of $1 million a year were not sufficient to sustain the operation, which has six full-time employees. This despite generating $6 million from investors, including iHEARTMEDIA, in a funding round disclosed in late 2021.
Congratulations to BIG LOUD/MERCURY/REPUBLIC RECORDS’ MORGAN WALLEN and his promotion team for landing the #1 single at Country radio this week with “Thought You Should Know.” The song ascends to the top of the MEDIABASE country chart in its 16th week, with all 156 reporting stations on board.
A new breed of country music competition show is on its way in the form of My Kind of Country. The project, helmed by actress Reese Witherspoon and country singer Kacey Musgraves in partnership with Apple, is a fresh take on a crowd-pleasing classic.
Curated playlists, brand-new artist content, and new Country Heat Weekly podcast episodes kick off the new year with the next generation of rising stars
Brantley Gilbert Tells Apple Music About Latest Album ‘So Help Me God,’ Writing “Heaven By Then,” Getting Sober and More. Brantley Gilbert joins Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen for a charming and candid look at his latest album ‘So Help Me God.’ Gilbert shares the story of the late night karaoke outing with HARDY that lead to his collaboration with personal heroes Blake Shelton and Vince Gill on “Heaven By Then.” He and Kelleigh also dig into Gilbert’s journey through recovery from alcohol abuse and the inspiration for the album closer “So Help Me God.”
EMI RECORDS NASHVILLE’s ERIC CHURCH has teamed up with SIRIUSXM for his own music channel, ERIC CHURCH’s OUTSIDERS RADIO. Debuting FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, the exclusive channel will feature CHURCH’s music, behind-the-scenes stories, plus collaborations and recordings made with friends.
Elton is joined by the country singer and Apple Music Country radio host Fancy Hagood. They discuss the under-represented country voices on Fancy’s ‘Trailblazers Radio’ show, his debut album ‘Southern Curiosity’, and his latest musical direction.
Morgan Wallen sat down with SiriusXM’s Storme Warren to discuss his music, including his current single “You Proof” and much more. During their conversation, Morgan Wallen opening up about how he is grateful for his growth as a man since last year.
PANDORA has launched a new Rock-infused Country channel, “COUNTRY GRIT.” Core artists on the new station include CODY JINKS, WARREN EIDERS, WHISKEY MYERS, CHRIS STAPLETON, MIRANDA LAMBERT and AARON LEWIS. Other names heard on the playlist since its launch include BAILEY ZIMMERMAN, TYLER BRADEN, PARKER McCOLLUM and MORGAN WADE.