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Country Aircheck Weekly (9/14)

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» Heads Carolina: Here are select Nielsen Audio Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) ratings for August 2020 (three-month rolling average, 5/21-8/12) compared with stations' last books. Ranks (in parentheses) are among subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight.
Columbia, SC
  • WCOS 5.9 (3) to 6.7 (2) iHeartMedia
  • WWNQ 2.8 (11t) to 2.2 (17t) Midlands Media
Greenville, NC
  • WRNS 8.7 (2) to 8.6 (2) Dick
Little Rock, AR
  • KSSN 7.1 (4) to 7.0 (4) iHeartMedia
  • KMJX 4.1 (8) to 3.5 (11) iHeartMedia
  • KHLR 1.3 (15) to 1.3 (14) Signal
Springfield, MA
  • WRNX 4.8 (3) to 4.2 (4) iHeartMedia
Toledo, OH
  • WKKO 9.5 (1) to 9.2 (1) Cumulus
  • WMIM 1.8 (9t) to 1.6 (10) Cumulus
  • WCKY 1.0 (11t) to 1.2 (11) iHeartMedia

» Tie A Happy Man: There was a tie in the Entertainer of the Year category for the first time in ACM Awards history last night (9/16). Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood both took the honor – Rhett’s first and Underwood’s third win in the category, making her the most awarded female EOTY.

Old Dominion won Group for the third consecutive year and their first Song of the Year Award for “One Man Band," with the group's Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi leading the night with three individual wins each. The most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history, Miranda Lambert, took home Music Event for “Fooled Around And Fell In Love," bringing her trophy total to 35. Dan + Shay were named Duo of the Year for the second time in a row.

Luke Combs earned his inaugural Male Artist and Album trophies, and Maren Morris won her first Female Artist and Music Event for “Fooled Around And Fell In Love," alongside Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King. Additional firsts included Blake Shelton's Single of the Year Award for “God’s Country." Full list of winners here; more coverage in Monday's (9/21) Country Aircheck Weekly.



» Hurricane Sally Update: CNN reports hundreds of people near the Florida-Alabama border being rescued from floodwaters from Hurricane Sally. Pensacola received 30-plus inches of rain, which equates to four months of rain in four hours. As Country Aircheck first reported yesterday (CAT 9/16), Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, AL in the early morning hours and continued a slow-moving shift east throughout the day.

Most stations have stayed on air during the storm, with the exception of two FMs and one AM, including Cumulus Country WYZB/Ft. Walton Beach, FL, according to the FCC. WYZB continues to be off-air, and their online stream is also unavailable. Meanwhile, ADX Country WYCT/Pensacola OM Kevin King and PD Brent Lane checked in today (9/17) with updates on their station.

• King: “We are no strangers to hurricane radio, but this one took everyone a bit by surprise, rising to a strong Category 2 late Tuesday night. Brent and I were on-air for the storm and for hours to follow. Phones held in, and we only lost power long enough for our generators to kick in. Our staff is pulling round-the-clock shifts during the aftermath and moving forward. While being live on the air through big storms is not fun, it’s an important time to be here and stay in the game long after the Weather Channel has left town. I’m grateful for our independent group and owners that have the focus and commitment to be our community's voice during these times.”

• Lane: “We are all okay and made it through the entire storm without going off the air. I got in about midnight, and Kevin joined me around 1am; we both stayed live through the storm and until approximately 11am. We are operating in a modified mode where we are heavy on the talk and information with some songs in between. We also have life information around the clock and are carrying all local conferences as they happen.”

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