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Feb 12 2014

Station Poll: 90′s Music

90'sHowdy! As you know, we play some great 90′s music on America’s Country. We LOVE the stuff! I dedicate an hour each weekday and even play those hits without any commercials for The 90′s @ Noon. I’d like to ask you, our best employees, to tell me whether we need more, less or the same amount of 90′s hits on America’s Country. Using the poll below, please give me your honest opinion. If you have more to add, feel free to comment below as well. Thanks!



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Jan 28 2014

Facebook Updates

fbnotificationsFacebook has been outwardly public about their desire to nearly eliminate the natural spread of posts from Pages. They’ve basically forced Page owners to pay to post. I am all about businesses making money and Facebook is no exception. However, I have problems when something that is essentially marketed as a free platform for sharing and ingesting information is ultimately turning away from that. In this case, there are still some ways we Page owners can help more of our Likers see what we share. One easy way is to have them enable Get Notifications so they will get a red indicator at the top of their Facebook whenever we post something. As the above picture illustrates, this is done by you hovering your mouse over the Liked button and clicking on Get Notifications. A check will appear to let you know this feature is enabled. Once you’ve done this, you’ll start being notified when we post something. This is pretty important as we are constantly posting news or funny items, but mostly, we also post many games and contests where you can win free stuff and you don’t want to miss that.

We do have a presence on other social media, like Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and mostly everywhere. We easily get more interaction and participation on Facebook. I generally will post most things across all the platforms in order to really get my messages out as far as possible.

Other ways you can help me with making sure my posts get out is by commenting and liking them! I’ve read that the posts that get commented on the most will reach more people. I encourage you to plop your silly thoughts and your opinions on anything and everything I post.

Another thing I learned very early on is that a lot of Facebook Page Likes does not equal a lot of listeners to my station! I feel that is quite frustrating and sad. I shouldn’t be running a really awesome internet radio station and running a really awesome Facebook Page. I should be running a really awesome internet station that has a cool Facebook Page.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this and for setting Get Notifications on. If you need help or have better ideas, please comment here!


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Jan 15 2014

Album Review: Parmalee – Carolina

Parmalee – Carolina

Parmalee - Carolina

Parmalee – Carolina

I think perhaps the week of 12/8/2013 will be one that Matt, Scott, Josh and Barry are going to remember as a turning point in their career.  Their single “Carolina” hit #1 – “Feels Like Carolina” their debut CD was released and in their words, they had “really good seats” at the ACS’s & they introduced Thomas Rhett. Things are getting “real” for them after a long hard climb the hard work and dedication is paying off as their dreams are materializing as we speak.

I waited to hear “Feels Like Carolina” for over a year and am thrilled it is finally here! Parmalee has a lot to offer the music world and I’m glad they are getting their chance to share it with us. I was comfortable with the album on the first listen to – to me that is a good sign. – Familiar in an odd sense, the songs are fresh and thankfully Parmalee’s sound comes out loud in clear in each and every song.

They kick it of in high gear with “Musta Had A Good Time” – humorous lyrics with some fantastic music backing up them up! The song took me back to the “good ole days” of my youth and “the house” that we all frequented to get our “party” on.

Day Drinkin – has a great feel and flow to the song – Matt does some fun things with some of the lyrics like his “Lets’ Go” love it – keeps you swaying to the music for certain

“Dance” – what a fun beat – what a fun song from when Matt starts is off with “Aw start it up.” The song has traditional country sound mixed with “new” sound keeps it very relevant for radio play today!

“Dance” Starts with a great country vibe – fun lyrics meld well with the music – will fill the dance floors with it’s boot scootin feel.

“Carolina” – Y’all are probably most familiar with “Carolina” – I liked the song the first time I heard it however it is one of the songs that grows and resonates. It’s like fine wine the more you hear it the better it becomes. It showcases the softer side of the guys and tells us what it’s like for them on the road missing that special someone –

“Think you Oughta Know That” – Matt’s tender voice reaches through to the core as the song builds you pick up the nuances of Matt’s voice – the honesty – the rawness the vulnerability you hear is sexy. This is one of my favorites on the album.

“My Montgomery” is a great song with catchy lyrics and strong music backing them up, its talking about going back to “small town” home.’ The musicality, the beat of it hooks you as Matt’s voice draws you in with his sultry voice.  You always hear that “country music” is about the “lyrics and story they tell” based on that this is an outstanding “country song.”

The guys next single just released to radio is “Close Your Eyes” This song captivated me from the get go!! Matt does a fantastic job of portraying the emotion of the song! Very subtle and sexy – might be my favorite Parmalee song!! The song is well written as it sets the setting for a the “perfect” romantic night ~  Start requesting it – I certainly see another #1 coming with this one, and I bet it climbs there pretty quickly.

It’s a fun album!! Over all “Feels Like Carolina” runs the gambit from the tender heart warming songs like Close Your Eyes  to Harder hitting songs like I’ll Bring The Music and a few in between – the common thread in the CD is some top notch writing with fantastic delivery by Matt, Josh, Barry and Scott!  I foresee it being very successful in introducing the music world to Parmalee!!

-Guest Columnist Nickie Techmanski

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Jan 06 2014

Let’s get 2014 rollin’

keep_calm_and_roll_out_by_triosky-d5qt5zaWe made it to 2014!! I wanted to welcome the new year in by just posting some quick updates.

First, we’ve added two new shows! Saturdays at 10am MST will be the home of a brand new show called Nashville CAT. This show is featuring classic artists performing new music. Then at 7pm, we add more to our Texas Country/Red-Dirt music repertoire by adding The Texas Country Music Countdown! This will really fill out our already fantastic specialty programming on Saturdays for you. See our On-Air page for details and links!

Next, because of your votes and some soul-searching on my part, we are continuing to feature all LDS music on An Inspired Selection every Sunday. It will continue to be commercial free and with only 2 station IDs per hour. Thank you all for your input on this. See our An Inspired Selection page for more info.

Finally, I have some very specific plans for some great promotions and contests through the year. It’s still a lot of fun to have quick Facebook/Twitter/G+ contests to give away CDs. I’m working on some bigger and better prizes and hopefully will be able to swing something a bit better than just a free CD. I can’t say much more than that at this point but believe me, it will be incredible!

One more idea I’ll put to a vote shortly is if we should add a second hour of 90′s music, perhaps in the evening. Put your thinking caps on for that one and I look forward to your opinions on that!

Thank you all for sticking with us for three HUGE years!! I truly appreciate your loyalty and your friendship! I only ask that you occasionally share our station with your friends, co-workers and family so we can continue to grow! Please continue to provide your feedback and ideas. Let’s make 2014 our biggest and best year!

Love ya!


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