• Every U.S. radio station is a complimentary CMA member through March 1, so this is a reminder to grab your share of free research with CMA Insiders, a proprietary Country Music Consumer panel.
• This research was conducted via online survey during November 2012 and resulted in a total sample base of 485 respondents.

You’ll want to budget for a CMA membership in 2013 so you can continue to access this great resource in the coming year!

• This holiday season, the percentage of Country Music Consumers shopping at online retailers, 83%, was nearly equivalent to the 93% who indicated they would be shopping at brick and mortar retailers.

• Country Music Consumers are more likely to buy and give, rather than receive, the gift of Country Music this holiday season.   Overall, males between the age of 18 to 49 are more likely to expect to give, and receive, Country Music gifts.

• Toys, clothing/shoes and CDs/DVDs are top gift-spending categories among Country Music Consumers this season.


“Sweetwater” will hit Sundance Film Festival screens on January 24.

Aldean told ABC News Radio earlier this month he was planning to dabble in acting, but it turns out he’s already been in front of the camera for a new western, which will also star Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega and Steven Root.

Sweetwater takes place in the late 1800s and is described as “an intense but humorous film” centering around a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute who collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.

It was shot in New Mexico.

They’ve been on the market since mid-November, so I don’t blame HBR for emailing me a great bargain on exactly the type of business books to normally buy.

In a few days I’ll be ready for urgency, change, accelerating change, then more newer ideas on acceleration, followed by lots of working with others to to achieve buy-in and all, but for a few days this week, let’s all just slow down.

The books will still be there next week.

I don’t even require a book detailing any “Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind.” 

It’s not a day for “quick” or “easy.”  

It’s time for another helping of leftovers and thanks to a Holiday-ful of loved ones and friends, it might even be time for a little nap, don’t you think?

Here is the perfect radio giveaway item or a gift for the person on your list who has “everything.”
Solar / Hand-Crank Powered Flashlight & Weather Band Radio Hand-Crank Powered Flashlight & FM Radio

Click to shop for these.

Dynamo Disaster Radio
This one.
C.Crane CC Radio 2 at Cabela's  Midland S.A.M.E. NOAA AM/FM/Weather Radio at Cabela's
Cabela’s has several of my fav’s in stock now.
American Red Cross Microlink  FR170 Emergency Radio

So does Radio Shack.

L.L. Bean.

J. C. Penney’s.
Grundig FR200 Emergency Radio


Crank radio and solar powered. Charges cell phones and other devices. Flashlight and reading light. AC/DC adapter.

There is no shortage of types and places to purchase them.

.. which is more than you can say about electrical power during upcoming winter storms.

Local AM-FM radio will be there, of course. 

Make sure you and your listeners have radios that work when they need you the most.

As debut years go, Bates has had a terrific one. “2012 was an amazing year for me,” he says. 

“It was probably the best year of my life. I can’t say enough about how excited I am for “Did It For The Girl”. It went top 5 this year. And just looking ahead to 2013, its gonna be a lot of fun to go out and play this song and have people sing it back to me. This year was amazing. I got to go on my first tour with Brantley Gilbert. It’s been an absolutely perfect year for me and I’m just, I’m in a really good place heading into 2013.” 

One thing Greg is looking forward to in 2013 is releasing his debut album to get even more music out to his fans.

The Christmas spirit was alive and well when Clarkson stopped by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt yesterday afternoon to sing and celebrate the season with patients, staff and families through Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville

“This is such a special time of year and I’m so happy to be able to share it with all of these great kids. I’m probably having just as much, if not more, fun than they are,” exclaimed Clarkson.  “I heard about Musicians On Call from a friend of mine,” she continued, “and I thought this would be the perfect way to get involved with a hospital music program here in Nashville.  I love playing for the kiddos!!” 

Clarkson, who recently released her Greatest Hits – Chapter One album, visited with the children and performed an acoustic set in the Children’s Hospital Theatre. 

The songstress led the packed room in a sing-along of her favorite holiday carols including “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” “White Christmas,” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”  Clarkson encouraged singing and dancing, and the children were happy to oblige.  Following the show, the kind-hearted entertainer generously offered to visit the rooms of patients unable to attend.

Pickler returned to the states last Wednesday (12/19) from what was her sixth USO tour overseas to perform for U.S. troops as part of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey’s annual USO holiday tour.

“It’s always different coming here this time of year,” Pickler said, prior to her performance at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Dec. 16.

Other celebrities that joined her on the seven-day, four-country tour throughout the Middle East include  Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals, Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals and comedian Iliza Shlesinger.

All participated in an array of hospital visits and USO meet and greets, each tailored to bring a touch of home to the servicemen and women making the biggest sacrifice. Stops included: Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart in Germany; and a visit with Sailors stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, among other locations.

“[During] the holidays, everyone wants to be home with their families and loved ones. And I know it’s just as hard for [your] families back home, so they’re making a sacrifice as well. I just want to say thanks so much for all that you do, and thank you to your families as they make a huge sacrifice. This time of year is really hard so I hope that you know that we love you. The USO, all of us, we are praying for a safe return home for you all. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”