Monday, March 31, 2008
I will be back to give the channel a proper obituary later, but didn't want you to miss the chance to record some programming on your Inno, Helix, or MyFi should you need to.
The first song to ever play on U.S. Country was "American Honky Tonk Bar Association." The last song to play on U.S. Country will be "The Dance."
Indeed, her hard work paid off in the form of an above-the-fold, front-page-of-the-travel-section story on how to make a "Three Day Escape" to Jacksonville. Sounds good to me! The only thing that would have made this story better was some beach pictures, because I personally could spend 3 days laying on the sand listening to the ocean.
Friday, March 28, 2008
The rules are:
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
What I was doing 10 years ago:
Directing 6 and 10 news at the NBC station in Nashville, trying to figure out how to get into country music programming, decorating our new house, and chasing after a toddler.
Five things on my To Do List today:
1. Write the Phil Stacey Driver's Ed
2. XM Programming Conference Call
3. Get evaluation for Root Canal
4. Edit George Strait RDRS
5. Make green beans for Room In The Inn
Snacks I enjoy:
Chocolate, topped with chocolate, and a side order of chocolate
Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Buy a house on the beach
Fund some amazingly cool charity project in Delaynie's name
Take Delaynie to New Zealand
Buy a house on the beach in New Zealand
Set up a Mass Comm scholarship at my alma mater
Trust funds for the kids and grandkids
Three of my bad habits:
1. Hitting the snooze button several times a morning
2. Not washing my makeup off before I go to bed
3. Obsessively checking my email
Five places I have lived:
1. Farmington, IL
2. Normal, IL
3. Bloomington, IL
4. Morton, IL
5. Nashville, TN
Five jobs I’ve had:
1. Waitressing (You name it, I've served it)
2. Selling local tv commercials (hated it)
3. Directing local tv news
4. In house TV director for Nashville Predators
5. Radio producer
People I'm tagging:
I'm not sure I know 5 people that have blogs... so I may have to randomly search the net and find people. (Volunteers accepted!) Stay tuned.
The Driver's Ed from HELL. Some of you saw the blog entry I put up. Once I got that out of my system I felt better. So I took it down. LOL Worst. Press Kit. Ever. Seriously, I could write a book on what was wrong with the material I got from a record label for a Driver's Ed we recorded early this week. And the recording session didn't go much better. Not going to be a fun edit.
An hour and a half with Brooks & Dunn - There were restrictions on what tour dates we were allowed to talk about when, and I didn't take good notes on that, so we're just not going to talk about the tour, k? They're doing one. Go see it, it's going to be cool. They're going to do an acoustic thing on a 12 foot pod out in the middle of the audience and change up the set for that every night. That was inspired from their Australian trip. They have a book in progress... Ronnie was incredibly sunburned... and the next single is going to be "Put A Girl In It." They're performing with Keith Urban on the CMT Awards -- "Raise the Barn."
My favorite B&D moment though, might have been when Ronnie said he'd talked to Reba the day before, and she'd told him that the ACM Entertainer of the Year was going to be voted on by the fans. (That was news to him.) Ronnie said that would be really interesting to see how that would play out once they announced the 5 nominees.
ACM Nominees were announced 3 weeks ago. LOL
The best written bio of the week award goes to... former American Idol contestant Phil Stacey! And I told him so. He had a great bio. And he was a really good interview. We got his album hot off the press, the morning after it was mastered, under all sorts of restrictions, so I can't talk about it. He'll be on Driver's Ed the end of April when his self titled debut CD hits stores.
The Keith Anderson party I never got around to telling you about - has the album release date been published? Keith did an industry showcase at 3rd & Lindsley, which is where the photo I put up was taken. He pretty much did the same show we saw at CRS, without Foster & Lloyd, with one additional song. (I Need a Hug? Something about hugging. I got a couple of hugs that night, if that counts for anything.) It was a small crowd, maybe 100 people. Good food. David Lee Murphy and Craig Wiseman were there... some radio folks, some media folks, Keith's girlfriend and her mom. The album has been pushed back again from the last date I'd heard - it's now a late June release.
Josh Gracin on ShortCuts this weekend - listen for the Garth mentions! There were a couple of them, I can't remember exactly what now. Phil Stacey has a GREAT Garth story... be listening for that show so you can learn what Garth song caused him to join the Navy! That's the power of music.
Celebrity Apprentice - Kudos to Trace for his performance on that show. He really came off looking good, and doing country music proud. The point where his girls came in and he got all teary... definitely a side of Trace I hadn't seen. HOWEVER -- all that said... and yes that tabloid guy was an ass... if the show is about being a business apprentice, and the goal was to find the most business minded person, who could raise the most money for charity, then the right decision was made, IMHO. Yes he was ruthless, but Donald Trump didn't get to be a gazillionaire by being Mr. Nice Guy. And really, Trace won big with all that exposure. And now, thankfully, my wading into the Reality TV waters is over.
RIP US Country - that's going to get it's own blog entry. Along with the scoop on my new, yet old, gig.
5th grader for sale. Cheap.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
So he asked for - and got - calls from XM listeners from everywhere, including Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana and New York.
I sat there listening just SURE I was going to hear someone saying their name was Carrie and they work in the Jacksonville Convention & Visitors Bureau and they listen faithfully every morning. Where were you???? LOL
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I know y'all have nto been able to sleep at night wondering what my garden looks like. So here you go. The first few pictures are the "Before" -what it looked like when I came back from the cruise. Perhaps someone can explain why you'd plant a row of daffodils along the sidewalk in the grass. Next year they'll be somewhere else, for sure. The last four pictures were taken at the end of our work day on Saturday.
We added pine bark mulch, a trellis and climbing rose bush, pansies, and hanging baskets. Drug out the bird bath and some feeders. And gave the tree a little character. Hopefully in a few weeks it will all bloom and be pretty. Not sure if we'll have roses this year... guessing probably not.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The Department of Justice's antitrust division said in a statement it had concluded that a merger between the only two satellite radio companies posed no harm to competition.
The approval removes a major regulatory hurdle to the deal going forward, it now requires the green light of the Federal Communications Commission.
Just gonna say this while I still can, without risk of getting fired.... ;-) Our country programming kicks their country programming's ass. And that's been fun.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Lots more photos from my trip below. Hope y'all had a great Easter weekend. We completely re-did our front garden Saturday... I now ache in places I didn't know I had. The fun thing about having a new (to me) house is that you have mystery plants popping up out of the garden. I came home from the cruise to discover a zillion pink, purple and white hyacinths blooming, along with some totally random daffodils. There are a few things I'm unsure about - are they weeds or could they be flowers? Time will tell.
I will have garden photos later in the week. (They don't really compare with hot waiter pics, sorry.) To get pics off my camera I have to put my SD card in my work camera, and it's being used to take pics of our new studios, which, I'm told, are now in progress! So hopefully I'll have photos of them to share soon as well. Yay!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Just a few random pictures to share. St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and 2 at sea.
Funniest thing today... the woman at the Red Cross was putting me through the "what foreign countries have you been in lately" quiz before I could give blood, and when I said St. Maarten she asked if I had been anywhere else in Europe.
I told her I hadn't been to Europe, I'd been to the Carribbean. And she told me there was 2 St. Maartens, and they were spelled differently.
I didn't tell her that they were on the same island.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
with your co-worker...
but this time
you're sharing the date...
to quote Amy Paige
"that's a Manwich!"
(I am resisting the urge to make further comments that might not be family friendly enough for this blog...)
A Tibetian rug you fall in love with in the Virgin Islands...
Because you know it will look awesome in front of your fireplace...
So you buy it...
Actually... Gary's seen the picture ...of Keith.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Delaynie is here on Spring Break, when they're done playing,she wants to meet Garth's fiddle player. Will let you know how that goes. . .
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Taking a break from the intense Josh Gracin submersion I've been in (writing a ShortCuts episode that we're cutting TODAY) to refresh my brain and update you on a few things going on back here in Music City.
Bill Anderson Visits with the Statler Brothers is airing TODAY on XMX channel 2, so I'm told. I haven't had a chance to listen, but hope to on my way to the orthodontist.
Highway 16 Driver's Ed with Ashton Shepherd debuts today at 3pm ET - airs again Thursday and Sunday. This will forever be known between us as the "Miss Clairol Driver's Ed."
I no longer look like a Lobster, I'm now the color of a baked potato. My tan lines, however, have tan lines. But it's too cold here to show them off anyway.
Legs are much better too, thanks. One of the downfalls of those 2nd degree burns was that I'd registered to do a 5k for Komen on board ship - "On Board for the Cure." But I was in too much pain to run. That would have been awesome though - our ship had an outdoor running track and the weather was perfect. I'm bummed I couldn't do it.
Also - I caught Celebrity Apprentice last week for the first time. Trace did good!
Looking forward to seeing the next 2 shows.
Still haven't mentioned my souvenir to Gary... he worked late last night so I barely have seen him since returning home. But no, to answer a couple of questions, it's not a tattoo. LOL. It's much bigger. And more expensive. And is probably going to be delivered in the next 48 hours, so I should probably confess tonight...
Monday, March 17, 2008
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
We had the most amazing week at sea... I can't wait to tell you all about it, and share photos. The only small downside is that I got 2nd degree burns on my legs, which are swollen up like crazy. Note to self: SPF 15 not quite strong enough for the Carribbean.
The ports were all awesome - once again I loved St. Maarten the best. We had perfect weather, the group we traveled with was amazing... and I should have a pretty good radio show out of it all when I get a studio to edit it in.
And oh yeah... I bought a little... souvenir... from St. Thomas that I haven't told my husband about... Yet.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
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Saturday, March 08, 2008
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Friday, March 07, 2008
- St. Thomas
- St. Maarten
- Ft. Lauderdale
Do you know what Nashville has that none of those places has?
Ugh.... first decent snow we've had in eons (supposed to get 4-6 inches overnight!) and I'm supposed to be on an airplane tomorrow. This is NOT going to be fun.
So anyway, at long last the fan cruise I'm emceeing for Jimmy Fortune (of the Statler Brothers) is finally here. Grandstaff (aka, The Next Generation of Statlers) is a special guest, which is going to make it a blast. And yes, I'm taking recording gear to put it all on the radio.
My mom is going with me - I can't remember if I told you that was what I was giving her for Christmas. Funny thing is... we booked our flights to come in the day before the cruise because we were worried about flight delays for her from the frozen cornfieds. HA!
Who knew that I'd be the one snowbound?
Anyway... y'all be good while I'm gone. CRS pictures are up, including the Best. Picture. Ever. Scroll back down through the posts... the photo of the ridiculously uncomfortable boots are the last new thing. In my absense I'm expecting a programming announcement that is probably going to make some of you very unhappy. Just know... I fought the battle to my boss... who fought it to his boss... and we lost.
I'm not taking a laptop with me. Hmm... audio blogging from the US Virgin Islands?
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Thursday, March 06, 2008
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Today's lunch session was good. The food was awesome, for starters. But beyond that, the entertainment was first rate.
Keith Anderson opened. He did 5 songs... "C'mon," "Every Time I Hear Your Name" "I Still Miss You" and "Pickin' Wildflowers." Then he brought Foster & Lloyd out... he apparently covers their hit "Crazy Over You" on his new album, and all of them together just rocked out. It was pretty cool. Although that puts us up to 3 cover songs (even though he was the songwriter on 2 of them, so that may not count) on this album.
I couldn't begin to tell you how many times I've seen Montgomery Gentry at this point... going back to a show at The Wildhorse when their first album came out. Given that they took the stage just after 1pm... this could quite possibly be the first time I've ever seen them sober. I liked it.
I was reminded again what a great voice Troy has... he really, IMHO, needs to take better care of it. They performed a couple of new things, including a hysterical song called "Long Line of Loosers." Probably not going to be a single, but very MG anyway. Another one I think was called "Now We're Talking" or something like that.
Tonight is the Sony Boat show, where I'm expecting to see everyone from Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney to Sara Evans to Martina to brand new acts I haven't heard yet. The weather here in Nashville is AWESOME.
This is a fun week to hang out in Nashville, just walking the streets or sitting in a Starbucks you see all kinds of stars. I met Cody Collins, the new lead singer for Lonestar last night. (Have I told you yet that they've signed with an indy label?) They are showcasing at midnight tonight, I'm going to try to stop by. The autograph seekers are crawling around the hotel lobby too... oddly enough I know several of them from coming by the Hall of Fame.
Got some paperwork to do here for some upcoming bookings, and then I'm headed to the hotel, to get gussied up for tonight. Trading in my uncomfortable boots for a pair of ridiculously uncomfortable boots. But they're going to look great with this new skirt I'll be wearing!
I wonder if I have time for a nap...?
I am just getting my CRS day started, up first on the agenda is lunch with Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson. It is going to be a very yummy lunch. I'm staying downtown tonight because it is a very long day and even longer night so they got us hotel rooms so we could party all night and actually get a little bit of sleep. All audio blogging from [...] out. listen
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So he came out, Johnny and Heather left, and together they did "Walkaway Joe." I don't recall him actually saying anything on mic the entire time he was up there... just playing and singing. She did make a funny comment about I heard you sang with someone else today... would you sing with me too?
The plan then was for them to be done, but she put him on the spot and asked him to sing one. "Just one, then we can go home." He did The Dance.
And then they left, holding hands.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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When I walked up to the convention center it was about 9:40, and outside the artist entrance there were 3 fans waiting there, one had a KC Hoodie on. I said "Isn't he here yet?" and they hadn't seen him. I'm guessing they didn't get there early enough. Hopefully they caught him on the way out.
At any rate... as you might have heard from my audio blogging, Garth was very clear that this session was "OFF THE RECORD." He talked about going round and round with his publicist about not letting "press" in. I'm not sure what he considers press, because I know that lots of media outlets register for CRS, and are completely entitled to attend all sessions. This came up when he gave out one pretty juicy tidbit which the tabloids would have a field day with, so I understood. "Off the Record" means just that in my book, so out of respect for that, I'm not going to report on the things he said. Although I do have a full page of notes I will leave in my will to someone, LOL.
I can report, however, that he was wearing a blue Wrangler hoodie, faded blue jeans, and the white cowboy hat. He was very nervous and very uncomfortable. I personally got a lot more out of GRS last August, and thought Melinda Newman did a better job leading the session, much as I love Gerry House.
Read this body language!
They did a drawing where they picked one attendee by the draw of a business card to go up on stage and sing with Garth. As cool as that sounds... quite honestly I'd have rather gotten the time it wasted to hear Garth talk some more. The winner was a small town Georgia guy, who decided he was going to put it all on the radio... and we had to sit around and wait while he called the station, they tracked down the on air guy... waited until a song was done... blah blah blah. When you only have 50 minutes of Garth... that was 10 minutes wasted, in my book. Cool for him, don't get me wrong. But not so great for the rest of us.
Anyway... as I texted Sandi earlier, I had gotten a glimpse behind the curtain of the band setup, so I knew what was coming. They started off this guy and Garth, the 2 of them and Garth's guitar, for the opening verse of FILP. Then of course, they hit the chorus, the curtains open, and voila -- Stillwater is there! I wonder when the last time was that Garth performed FILP without the 3rd verse. It seemed odd without it! After that he did "Callin' Baton Rouge," "Much Too Young" and "The Dance."
Although I can't report on what WAS said, I can tell you what WASN'T. As you may know, "Workin' For A Living" has peaked and they stopped working it. What I wanted to learn, and didn't, was if there would be another single.
As a side note... along with the interview and performance, I enjoyed the most amazingly fabulous blueberry muffin.
I think that's it. I've got a dinner with John Michael Montgomery tonight and then the soiree with the Mrs. Hoping to pop by a Trace Adkins thing after that.
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Other things on the agenda today include a lunch performance by Rodney Atkins, dinner with John Michael Montgomery at a fancy schmancy restaurant, and late night event possibilities with Trisha, Trace and a bunch of newbies. We'll see how far I make it.
Monday, March 03, 2008
You might be a redneck if....
Ok, funniest thing ever. I walk into the studio today and introduce myself to Ashton Shepherd... whom I'd never met before...whose show I was writing at my bathroom counter last night... The very first thing out of her mouth -- I swear to God -- was "I love your hair color!"
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Ok... I think there's a little of Faith Hill's "Secret of Life" in this song too. I guess it's just the style that's familiar.
Happy Hell Week. Technically it all doesn't start until tomorrow, so today I have to schedule 5 logs, edit a ShortCuts, and write a Driver's Ed. Oh, and get my income taxes done.
Question -- this new Joe Nichols song. It sounds to me like another song... that whole talking thing he's doing in the verses. It's on the tip of my tongue... has anyone else noticed it? I'm thinking it's a Brooks & Dunn tune, but I can't for the life of me come up with it. They HAVE to have the same songwriters, or someone would be getting sued by now.
All day long today on XMX channel 2, the Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill Artist Confidential episodes are airing. Alan Jackson Release Day Rest Stops are airing tomorrow. Check out all the country coverage in the XM Signal!