Will CMT decision on equal play for females impact radio?

TV screenshot CMT video channel
TV screenshot CMT video channel; photo Indie Art South

News stories are breaking about equal play for female artists on CMT and associated music channels. An announcement at Wide Open Country summed up the new initiative.

I’m glad to see steps being taken to increase the presence of women, but CMT aside, we have to ask whether this will have any impact on broader country radio programming. Continue reading “Will CMT decision on equal play for females impact radio?”

South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list

Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook
Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook

Votes have been tallied in the South Florida Country Music Awards contest, and Luke Combs took top honors for 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

The awards list is peopled with celebs like Combs, but up-and-comers closer to the organization’s home base state are also favorites.

One top award winner, Eli Mosely, served in the US Marines, and with lines like “You’re my trailer park princess,” his work stands out as authentic country rising to the top in a music genre where pop has blended itself into mainstream country. Continue reading “South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list”

Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?

Yoked oxen Library of Congress photos 1860
Today most young people probably couldn’t describe a yoke if asked to. This image of two yoked oxen is from the US Library of Congress, 1860.

When I read the sad news that singer-songwriter David Olney had passed away, and I saw how he died, I resorted to an old ‘Southernism’ my grandmother used to say about someone who died while doing what he or she loved—He died in the yoke.

I hadn’t thought of that saying in quite some time. Continue reading “Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?”

In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
My husband and I try to find programs we can enjoy together, and we often fail unless it’s college football. I usually end up reading or writing after we eat and spend time together each evening. Last week I was scrolling around on Amazon Prime and saw a series that looked interesting—A Very English Scandal.

I didn’t pay attention to who was in the BBC production. I remembered the sizzling reportage about the Jeremy Thorpe scandal from the 1970s when I was young and blessedly oblivious to most politics.

We began to stream the show, and after a few seconds, I said, “Wow! That’s Hugh Grant.” Continue reading “In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant”

Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?

radio image Indie Art South
Image/Indie Art South

If you haven’t read the sad tale of iHeart Media’s latest strategy and the impact on its stations and listeners, listen up. The nation’s largest owner of radio stations has resorted to a slash and burn policy affecting markets across the country, including in my home city. More than 850 stations are in the conglomerate, and a number of  top hosts have been laid off.

Did the hosts see this coming? Maybe.  Continue reading “Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?”