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Nash Next competition launches

Monday, July 11, 2016 – The NASH Next 2016 competition launched today with the winner ultimately getting a record deal with Big Machine.

NASH Next, in conjunction with Cumulus country stations, is accepting nominations at

Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals in their communities will judge contestants. Finalists and the 2016 winner will be decided by Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts plus one Cumulus listener to be determined.

The overall winner of this four-month-long national competition will be announced by Reba McEntire and will receive a major label record deal with Big Machine Label Group as well as radio play on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

"Radio has been an essential - and joyous - part of my musical career for over four decades," said McEntire. "Cumulus is synonymous with country, so it's the pitch perfect vehicle for this search. I'm honored to add my voice to this great project that will help usher in the next generation of country."

Artists will be judged on three challenges, by three local music industry professionals and listeners in their communities. Artists will be asked to submit an original song. Next, contestants will be charged with adapting a popular song, with a new style. For the third challenge, contestants will be given a phrase and asked to write a verse and chorus with that lyric. Local markets will either host live events or select their finalist by judging the contestants from a video performance of an original song.

Local winners from each market will then enter the national challenge, offering a live performance video showcasing an original song. Ten national finalists will then compete in a live concert event in Nashville in late fall, where the NASH Next 2016 winner will be selected by the judging panel.

Participating stations are:

Market City/State Call Letters Website
Abilene, Texas KBCY-FM
Albany, Ga. WKAK-FM
Albany, Ga. WNUQ-FM
Albuquerque, N.M. KBZU-FM
Albuquerque, N.M. KRST-FM
Amarillo, Texas KARX-FM
Ann Arbor, Mich. WWWW-FM
Appleton, Wis. WPKR-FM
Atlanta, Ga. WKHX-FM
Beaumont, Texas KAYD-FM
Blacksburg, Va. WPSK-FM
Bloomington, Ill. WBWN-FM
Boise, Idaho KQFC-FM
Charleston, S.C. WIWF-FM
Chattanooga, Tenn. WOGT-FM
Cincinnati, Ohio WNNF-FM
Colorado Springs, Co. KATC-FM
Columbia/Jefferson,Mo. KBBM-FM
Dallas/Ft.Worth,Texas KSCS-FM
Des Moines, Iowa KHKI-FM
Des Moines, Iowa KJJY-FM
Detroit, Mich. WDRQ-FM
Erie, Pa. WXTA-FM
Fayetteville, Ark. KAMO-FM
Flint, Mich. WFBE-FM
Florence, S.C. WHLZ-FM
Fort Smith, Ark. KOMS-FM
Fort Walton Bch.,Fla WYZB-FM
Fresno, Calif. KSKS-FM
Grand Rapids, Mich. WTNR-FM
Green Bay, Wis. WPCK-FM
Harrisburg, Pa. WHGB-FM
Harrisburg, Pa. WZCY-FM
Huntsville, Ala. WWFF-FM
Indianapolis, Ind. WFMS-FM
Kokomo, Ind. WWKI-FM
Knoxville, Tenn. WIVK-FM
Lafayette, La. KXKC-FM
Lake Charles, La. KQLK-FM
Lake Charles, La. KYKZ-FM
Lexington, Ky. WLXX-FM
Lexington, Ky. WVLK-FM
Macon, Ga. WDEN-FM
Melbourne, Fla. WHKR-FM
Memphis, Tenn. WGKX-FM
Montgomery, Ala. WLWI-FM
Muncie, Ind. WMDH-FM
Muskegon, Mich WLAW-FM
Nashville, Tenn. WKDF-FM
Nashville, Tenn. WSM-FM
New Orleans, La. WRKN-FM
New York, N.Y. WNSH-FM
Oxnard-Ventura, Calif. KHAY-FM
Pensacola, Fla. WXBM-FM
Peoria, Ill. WFYR-FM
Reno, Nev. KBUL-FM
Salt Lake City, Utah KUBL-FM
Stockton/Modesto, Calif. KATM-FM
Toledo/Monroe, Ohio WKKO-FM
Toledo/Monroe, Ohio WMIM-FM
Topeka, Kan. KTOP-FM
Tri-Cities, Tenn. WKOS-FM
Tucson, Ariz. KIIM-FM http://www.kiimfm
Wichita Falls, Texas KLUR-FM
Wilmington, N.C. WWQQ-FM
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. WSJR-FM
Worcester, Mass. WORC-FM
Youngstown, Ohio WQXK-FM

People also can vote at:

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