Country music’s big-city revival has industry upbeat

first_imgBut while country radio does well in large cities of the South and Midwest and even areas of the Northeast, it has struggled in some of the largest urban centers – no big surprise since countless country songs are about the virtues of simple country livin’ and the perfidies of the big city. The demise in Los Angeles was particularly unsettling given the city’s position as a top market for country album sales. Southern California also has a storied country tradition with legends such as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard honing the Bakersfield sound, and later country rock acts such as the Byrds, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles leaving a huge imprint on popular music. Haggard, who once sang about moving to Montana because he was “tired of this dirty old city,” began his career playing around Los Angeles and San Francisco. He thinks the whole genre has lost its identity. “The days of originality and the things that made country music country music are not being played now,” Haggard said during a recent phone interview from his Northern California home. “The originality went away when they tried to play rock ‘n’ roll. I think that’s what caused it to go down in the big cities.” Conventional wisdom is that the cities are too ethnically diverse to support country radio, for which the traditional base is rural and white. But Rick Houlberg, a professor of broadcasting at San Francisco State University, thinks radio consolidation contributes to the problem. “No one is programming locally anymore,” Houlberg said. “The people who do the programming for these large corporate giants in many cases are very unsophisticated about it. They don’t know the market so they go with what is safest. “Someone in Florida or Texas thinks people in San Francisco or Los Angeles are not going to listen to country music. They’re still making huge amounts of money off of radio – so why deal with something that in their estimation may not work?” Emmis Communications Corp. said it was a business decision to switch KZLA from country to rhythmic pop in Los Angeles. At the time, KZLA ranked 20th among the 80 radio stations in Los Angeles and attracted about 550,000 listeners a week. Saul Levine, president of the smaller Mt. Wilson Broadcasting Inc., which brought country back to Los Angeles this week on KKGO, said his company can make the station work even at the revenue levels KZLA was reaching. But Levine sees opportunities for growth through market coverage and on-air personalities. “I see it as a very sophisticated market for country listeners,” Levine said. “It’s not pickup trucks with a rifle in the back. More likely they’re driving a Lexus or BMW or Mercedes.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Francisco is the latest to see a country comeback. Adult hits station KMAX, owned by Entercom Communications Corp., changed formats Thursday morning, becoming the city’s first country station in almost two years. Los Angeles, which has been without an FM country station since August when KZLA changed formats after more than 20 years, saw the launch of KKGO “Go Country 105” on Monday. People in the industry say having country radio in major markets is important for building the genre’s audience and promoting concerts and album sales. Satellite and HD radio take up some of the slack, but they still represent only a small part of the overall radio and audio entertainment marketplace. Some radio programmers think the crossover success of country-pop acts such as Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts makes the timing right for country to expand in urban markets. Country remains radio’s dominant musical format by far with more than 2,000 stations, according to data from M Street Corp. The next closest is contemporary Christian with about 900 stations. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country radio has had a rough go of it in the big city. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all have seen country stations fail in recent years. But the return of country to the FM airwaves this week in Los Angeles and San Francisco has the industry upbeat about the genre’s viability in the nation’s largest markets. “It shows the strength of the format,” said Mike Peterson, program director at WUSN in Chicago, one of dozens of country radio programmers gathered here this week for the annual Country Radio Seminar. “It’s hot enough that companies think now is the time to jump in and take a shot at it.” last_img read more

Chick aiming at gangs

first_imgAmid questions about the effectiveness of Los Angeles’ gang prevention and intervention programs, City Controller Laura Chick said Friday that she wants to develop a comprehensive approach to stemming the city’s gang problem. Building on a recent report that called for an overhaul of the city’s anti-gang strategies, Chick said she will seek $500,000 to develop the plan as well as benchmarks to measure its progress. “This report has to be a very clear and very direct path to how does the city do it right,” Chick told the City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development. “The goal is not to simply create a successful program; it’s to eliminate gang violence once and for all. This is the most important thing that I think I can do in my years as a public official.” Chick’s efforts are the latest in city efforts to clamp down on surging gang violence. The San Fernando Valley, for instance, reported a 30 percent jump in gang-related homicides last year. And last month, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled the first phase of what he said will be a comprehensive citywide campaign to battle gangs. Los Angeles is home to an estimated 40,000 gang members, whom officials blame for half of the city’s violent crimes. The initial phase in Villaraigosa’s plan has focused on nearly a dozen crime-suppression efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department, including appointment of a gang coordinator to oversee the agency’s various programs and creation of a Most Wanted list of gang members. Officials also moved 50 officers to fight gang violence in the Valley, and the City Council has approved a reward of up to $50,000 leading to the arrest of any of those on the top 10 list. So far, three Most Wanted suspects have been nabbed in as many weeks. But the arrests have raised questions about the list and how the department has so easily apprehended so many suspects on it. Critics also say officials are hyping the gang crisis. By the LAPD’s own account, gang membership over the past decade has dropped from 65,000 to 40,000. And in the past five years, gang-related homicides fell from 401 in 2001 to 272 last year. Still, earlier this year a report by the Advancement Project found that gang violence costs taxpayers and victims more than $2 billion a year. The report, authored by respected civil-rights attorney Connie Rice, also found that the city’s gang-prevention and intervention programs cannot adequately address the problem because they’re too disjointed and lack accountability. Councilman Tony Cardenas said Chick’s report will help his ad hoc committee get closer to solutions and policies. “The Advancement Project report was heavy on identifying and quantifying the problem,” Cardenas said. “Laura’s report is more on the solution side and the mechanics of solutions.” Chick said she intends to hire a panel of experts to evaluate the Advancement Project’s recommendations and explain what the city would have to do to implement them. The consultants also would analyze the city’s programs – including economic development, graffiti removal and law enforcement – to see how they work and if they can be integrated. Rice said she intends to work closely with Chick in developing ways to track the progress of gang-intervention programs. “We want to be able to say: Here’s what you need to be doing and here’s how we’re going to evaluate you,” Rice said. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

La Liga is Real’s number one priority next season – Zidane

first_imgDespite incredible success in the Champions League, it means Madrid have now won the Spanish title only once in seven years while Barca are on the cusp of securing their fourth in the last five, and eighth in 11.“For us next year, the league must be our number one priority,” Zidane said.“It’s the longest competition, it’s the one that cannot be missed and I’m going to put that in the heads of my players.“It will be our bread and butter for sure, without devaluing the rest, because we try to fight on all fronts at this club, but our bread and butter will be La Liga.”Barcelona’s 26th league title will be confirmed on Wednesday night if Atletico Madrid are beaten at home to Valencia. If Atletico avoid defeat, Barca can wrap it up with a win at home to Levante on Saturday.“We have 33 titles,” Zidane said. “Barca are doing well, I will admit when a rival is doing well, but in history, Real Madrid has more league titles.“But they have been doing better lately and we need to change the dynamic.”Madrid are likely to be busy this summer, with Gareth Bale heading a long list of players who could depart while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is among those expected to arrive.“Even if we always work together with the club, the coach has a say in relation to players and the profiles of players he wants,” Zidane said.“There has not been much recruitment during the last two or three years. This year there will certainly be a little more.”Thibaut Courtois has shaken off a thigh injury and is available to face fourth-placed Getafe on Thursday, meaning Zidane must again decide between the Belgian and Keylor Navas.Zidane was loyal to Navas during his first stint in charge and has said again that next season there will be no debate about his first-choice goalkeeper.“What I would like to do I won’t say,” Zidane said. “I would like a lot of things but sometimes they are not done, sometimes the opposite even.“But this is not the time to talk about this today. Thibaut is available and so is Keylor.”Zidane said Vinicius Junior is not yet ready despite returning to training after almost two months out with an ankle ligament injury.“He won’t get any minutes tomorrow, he has to work again,” Zidane said. “We have to give him time.”Getafe’s remarkable bid for Champions League qualification has them sitting two points ahead of both Valencia and Sevilla. They beat Sevilla 3-0 at home on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to focus on La Liga next season © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Apr 24 – Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday La Liga will be Real Madrid’s top priority next season after they were mathematically ruled out of the title race with five games left.Barcelona’s victory over Alaves confirmed that Madrid cannot be crowned champions given they sit 16 points behind the Catalans with only 15 still to play for.last_img read more

Nigel Pearson is the big favourite for Aston Villa job – Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England were beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands at Wembley on Tuesday night in their latest Euro 2016 warm-up clash, and they are now out to 9/1 to lift the trophy in France this summer.Wales, meanwhile, are 80/1 to secure an unlikely Euro triumph, Republic of Ireland are 150/1 and Northern Ireland are a massive 400/1.In club football, Aston Villa are searching for a new boss after Remi Garde’s departure on Tuesday and Nigel Pearson is the early favourite for the job at 6/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_imgMargo – The Girl from Donegal, returns to Ostan Loch Altan, Gortahork this Saturday night the 16th of February for her Annual Concert.Margo, who doesn’t tour as extensively as she used to, returns to do her annual concert in aid of The Mullaghduff Band, this Saturday in Gortahork.Fresh from receiving her Lifetime Achievement award & The Larry Cunningham Memorial Award at the Sunday World awards several weeks ago, Margo is looking forward to returning to Ostan Loch Altan and Donegal where every year she plays to a capacity crowd and entertains the audience in her professional and top class style that has earned her the title of Irelands Queen of Country Music. Joining Margo on the night are local artisits Paula Gillespie (Diver), Jacqui Sharkey and Gavin Boyle.Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets are available from Books & Charts Dungloe, Ostan Loch Altan Reception and Roartys Filling Station Dunlewey.A night not to be missed and an ideal Valentines present for you country music fans.  MARGO RETURNS TO DONEGAL FOR HER ANNUAL CONCERT was last modified: February 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MARGOlast_img read more


first_imgDeputy Joe McHughDONEGAL TD Joe McHugh, has said that the State needs to focus on identifying and exploiting job creation and investment opportunities in rural Ireland.Deputy McHugh was speaking following the launch by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, of the third annual Action Plan for Jobs.“We are all aware of the challenges facing rural areas in Ireland in attracting investment and jobs, both from foreign companies but also from within Irish companies,” Deputy McHugh said. “I have been working very closely with my Fine Gael colleagues in Cabinet to address the challenge of attracting jobs and investment into rural areas.“I spoke to Minister Bruton last night on the development of investment and industry in rural areas. I highlighted to him the challenges that we face in creating the appropriate environment in order to attract investment from overseas companies, but also about the importance of using the existing structures and locations in the regions to increase jobs and local growth.“In reply to a Parliamentary Question I submitted to the Minister last month, 618 additional jobs have been created in IDA client companies in my own county of Donegal since 2011.“Minister Bruton has outlined that IDA Ireland has confirmed that in order to boost regional development and win new business, they have proposed to build new facilities in Letterkenny, Waterford, and Athlone. These locations have been chosen on the basis of projected opportunities, for which IDA Ireland are competing at present. I welcome the fact that starting and developing agri-fod and marine SMEs is one of the priorities of APJ 2014. “I have invited Minister Bruton to Donegal to review these facilities and structures, as well as existing businesses and to help highlight and identify the opportunities that are already in place to encourage growth in both jobs and industry in rural areas.“I want to acknowledge the positive work both Minister Bruton and the IDA are doing to promote Ireland as a positive place for business and I welcome the ongoing support from both in confronting the challenges facing rural areas around Ireland.” RURAL IRELAND NEEDS FOCUS FOR JOB CREATION – McHUGH was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Job creationjoe mchugh tdlast_img read more

Let it snow – in the desert

first_imgBURBANK – Building a ski slope in the desert sounded like the ultimate snow job, so Craig Hanna gladly took the challenge. Two years ago, the owner of the United Arab Emirates’ largest mall approached Burbank-based Thinkwell Design & Production with a novel project: help bring snow to Dubai. Hanna, chief creative officer of the amusement park designer, considered the oil-rich city’s litany of gonzo constructions – a man-made island shaped like a palm tree, an underwater hotel and concert hall, as well as a slew of edifices that claim the title of “world’s largest” – and signed on. “Our first thought was this is a pretty crazy idea,” Hanna said. “But we like crazy ideas. We had a lot to learn about how to do something like this in a warm climate. There was no real way of knowing how big this thing was really going to be.” The end result, the recently opened Ski Dubai, is not the first, nor is it the largest indoor ski slope in the world. For the time being, however, it is definitely the most unusual. Early reviews for the park, which opened to the public at the beginning of the month, adopt a baffled yet impressed tone. “Central to this snapshot of wintry perfection are two Emiratis in white robes and checkered head scarves kneeling in eight inches of powder, letting snow run through their fingers and giggling at the sheer frigid insanity of it all,” wrote Rob Orchard and Marcus Webb in a travel piece in the British magazine The Observer. “Even in this endlessly ambitious town, taking temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius down to below zero seemed crazy. But this is a city that refuses to be confined by such trifling matters as logic, physics or geography.” Even after two years on the job, Hanna seems equally bemused. When he visited the park six weeks before it opened, the temperature was 55 degrees Fahrenheit on ground level, but still 102 up top. While guests dressed in snow suits frolic in the powder, shoppers in desert attire peer in through 50-foot-tall plate-glass windows. The strange blend of natural splendor and highly-manufactured fake reality doesn’t even seem out of place anymore to Hanna, who studied real snowscapes by driving to Mount Baldy with his children. To get the final effect, Thinkwell flipped on machines, then let what passed for nature take over. “If we’d hired a designer to make this, we couldn’t have done it so intricately,” Hanna said. “With the ice, we didn’t really know what would happen, but you look up and see those delicate crystals by the thousands and say, my god, this is amazing.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In a city where the temperature regularly tops 100 degrees, Ski Dubai boasts a 2-foot-deep snowpack. Chilled to 28 degrees and covering 240,000 square feet, the park’s centerpiece is a 25-story slope that measures 1,320 feet in length. As a result, not far from some of Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, visitors can now have breakfast with Santa Claus. Thinkwell’s role was to provide overall art direction and to design the 30,000-square-foot snow park that provides a play area for those unwilling to hurdle down the slopes. A team of 12 designed toboggan runs, slides, an ice cavern and a snowball shooting gallery. “We were hesitating to take it, something in an unknown country, far away from our offices,” said Victor Cavaller, general manager of Thinkwell’s Barcelona bureau, which handled much of the work. “We couldn’t go wrong. We had expertise in play experiences, but nothing with snow.” To produce the snowfall, machines shoot atomized water into the air to create a cloud that hovers atop the domed expanse. Tiny ice particles filter into the cloud, forming snow crystals that sprinkle down onto the park below. A chemical coating on the ice cavern creates thousands of crystals that reflect brilliant blue light around an elaborate dragon sculpture. last_img read more


first_imgThe scene of today’s incidentGARDAI are investigating a crash close to Letterkenny hospital.The incident happened around 3pm near the turn-off for the Long Lane.It’s thought one vehicle was involved. A patient from the hospital was knocked down on the Circular Road.Cllr Gerry McGonagle has once again called for traffic calming measures in the area and proper pedestrian crossings. TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER CRASH NEAR HOSPITAL ENTRANCE was last modified: March 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashletterkennylast_img read more

First giants clash of the season as Vipers SC host SC Villa

first_imgVipers SC players in a recent training session. Photo by Shaban Lubega.Azam Uganda Premier leagueVipers SC vs SC VillaSt.Marys stadium, Kitende4:00pmFOOTBALL–All eyes will be on Tadeo Lwanga this evening as the Viper’s midfielder takes on his former side Villa for the very first time since completing his summer move.The fomer SC Villa captain was responsible for one of Vipers’ losses to the Jogoos last season when he inspired his fomer team to a hard fought 2-1 victory away to his current employers, scoring the winner in the process.“It is a big game for us as a team but more so for me as an individual because I’m playing against my former club,” he said.“Of course, I am thankful to them because they gave me a chance to showcase my talent, but football is a job and right now that’s history, all my focus is to help Vipers win,” he added.Miguel Da Costa, Vipers SC coach in an interview with PML Daily, said today’s game is important because his team will be playing a great opponent that challenges for the same targets like them.“We are at home, well prepared and we shall try to play our best and this means winning,” he said.On the other hand, Paul Mutakabala, the SC Villa assistant coach, said: “For us we are going in the game expecting positive results and despite playing one of the title favorites, we shall play our game and expect the best after 90 minutes.”“In our last game in the league, we wasted a lot of chances and later lost concentration and conceded in the late minutes. We have since learnt from our mistakes,” he said.Key statisticsLast season, SC Villa managed a double over Vipers SC, winning 2-1 at Nakivubo stadium and 1-0 at Masaka recreational grounds.Before Villa registered the double over Vipers last season, they had gone 14 matches without registering a win over the Venoms.The encounter tomorrow will be the 25th between the two sides, with Vipers Sc having a better head to head winning 9, losing 5, drawing 10 and scoring 31 while conceding 26.Vipers have lost only one of thier last five league games (W3 D2). The loss was inflicted by today’s opponents SC Villa late last season.The Venoms have not lost any of their last 11 home games in the league (W8 D3).For Villa, they head into the encounter having not lost in any of their last seven league games (W4 D3).Away from home, Villa have worryingly won only three of their last 11 league fixtures (D5 L3)SC Villa have scored atleast a goal in all of their last five games away to Vipers in the top flight.Other fixtures today.UPDF FC vs Express FC @BomboKirinya JSS vs BUL FC @JinjaCommentslast_img read more

Toha, Bbosa scoop SUPL monthly awards

first_img Tags: onduparaka fcPilsner AwardsPilsner Coach of the MonthPilsner Player of the MonthRashid TohaStarTmes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro United FCwasswa bbosa Toha scored two goals last month (Agency Photo)LUGOGO – Rashid Toha was on Monday evening crowned the StarTimes Uganda Premier League player of the month of February.The Onduparaka FC Captain beat off stiff competition from KCCA FC midfielder Nicholas Kasozi and URA FC’s Shafik Kagimu, to become only the fourth winner of the accolade this season.Kirinya’s Joel Madondo, Mbarara’s Paul Mucurezi and Onduparaka’s Gaddafi Gadinho won it in the months of October, November and December respectively.With only two Match-Days played in January, the Pilsner Lager-sponsored accolade was not given out.Speaking the awarding ceremony on Monday evening, Toha lauded his teammates for making it possible for him to win.“I am honoured and privileged to win this award, said Toha.“It is always motivating to know that someone out there recognizes the effort you put into the game.“However, i would like to thank my teammates for making this possible because without them, this would not be possible.Toha who is currently nursing a knee injury scored two goals in the last month, one coming against Bright Stars and the other away to Mbarara City. He also won two Pilsner Man of the Match awards in February.He was initially one of the 29 players, playing in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League that were summoned for National team duty but he will not be taking part in any activities for the Cranes due to injury.“It is such a pity that i am out injured and can’t take part in any Cranes activities currently, said Toha on his injury.“I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors and promise to try and come back as soon as possible so as i am involved again.At the same event, Tooro United’s head coach Wasswa Bbosa was crowned the manager of the month of February.Bbosa was voted Coach of the Month of February (Photo by SUPL Media)He also becomes the fourth coach to win it, stepping into the foot steps of former Vipers tactician Javier Martinez who won it in October, Mbarara City’s Livingston Mbabazi who won it in November and KCCA’s Mike Mutebi who was voted the best tactician in December.Both the winners of player and coach of the month walk away with a cash prize of One Million Shillings(Shs 1m) and an award.Comments last_img read more