Country Aircheck Weekly (3/11)

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» Huff Up At KILT: Entercom KILT/Houston APD/MD Chris Huff has been promoted to PD, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Bruce Logan (CAT 12/6). Huff will continue as PD for Adult Hits sister KKHH. "After an extensive nationwide search, we realized the best person to lead The Bull was already with us here in Houston,” says SVP/MM Sarah Frazier. “Chris’ knowledge of radio, and specifically Country radio in Texas, is next to none." Adds Huff, "Growing up in Texas, I’ve always regarded KILT-FM as a truly iconic radio station. I was thrilled to join this team five years ago, and am truly excited to take the reins of the Bull in this new role.” Congratulate him here.

» Country Hall Adds Three: This year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are, in the Non-Performer category, Jerry Bradley; in the Veterans Era Artist category, Ray Stevens; and in the Modern Era Artist category, Brooks & Dunn. The honorees will be celebrated at the annual invitation-only Medallion Ceremony later this year.



» Groove Is In The iHeart: iHeartRadio Music Awards winners included Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey's "The Middle" for Song of the Year and Dance Song of the Year; Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha's "Meant To Be" for Country Song; Luke Combs for Country Artist; Jason Aldean's Rearview Town for Country Album; Jordan Davis for Best New Country Artist; Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles' "You’re Still The One" for Best Cover Song (socially-voted category); and Garth Brooks was honored with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award by Chris Pratt (watch here). See the full list here.


» St. John's Beach: Big River WXFL/Florence, AL midday personality Sherry St. John retired today (3/15) after a 43-year career that includes stops at KULF & KKBQ/Houston and WHBQ/Memphis. St. John helped launch WXFL in June 1995. "Radio and I grew up together," says St. John. "From grease pencils and splicing blocks to digital editing, scratchy vinyl 45s to downloads. Radio and I have learned a lot together, and I probably wouldn't be retiring now, but my favorite headphones broke yesterday. I took it as a sign." St. John will continue with WXFL, voice tracking middays for the foreseeable future according to OM/PD Fletcher Brown. Reach her here.


» Carrera Departs KDES: Alpha KDES/Palm Springs PD Tommy "Tommy C" Carrera has exited the station. He joined the cluster in 2015 (CAT 10/19/15), and his previous career stops include KFRG/Riverside, KMLE/Phoenix, KKAT/Salt Lake City, KZLA/Los Angeles and KBQI/Albuquerque. Carrera is on the hunt for his next opportunity; reach him here. No word from the station on plans for the position.