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Today's Best Country

Best Country Today
Type Radio network
Country United States
Availability National; also distributed in Canada, Europe, Armed Forces Radio
Founded by John Tyler
Owner Cumulus Media Networks
(through Cumulus Media)
Key people Gary Reynolds, Alan Keith, Carl Anderson, Mark Edwards (retired), Dave Nicholson (retired)
Launch date 1985
Official website www.bestcountrytoday.com

Best Country Today (formerly known as Country Coast-to-Coast, The Best Country Around and Today's Best Country) is one of the 24 hour live formats produced by Cumulus Media Networks. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of listeners, concentrating on a younger audience than would generally listen to traditional Country stations. It is one of two country formats produced by Cumulus, the other being Real Country, which skews toward older listeners.

Some of the featured artists are Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, George Strait, The Wreckers and other contemporary Country music artists.

History

Beginning as one of the original Today's Best Hits had previously been established at the Dallas location. In its over 20 year history, Today's Best Country/Country Coast-To-Coast has had three Operations Managers, Mark Edwards, Dave Nicholson and Gary Reynolds.

Citadel Broadcasting purchased ABC Radio Networks (now Cumulus Media Networks) and the ABC Owned and Operated radio stations from The Walt Disney Company in February 2006 and continue to use the ABC name for several years afterward. The Citadel acquisition does not include Radio Disney or the ESPN radio stations. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[1]

Programming

Hosts currently heard on Best Country Today include Charlie Derek, Darcy, Cadillac Jack, Jeremy Robinson, and Chaz Mixon. American Country Countdown is distributed on the network on weekends. Robinson's show is also syndicated outside the network as an evening show.

Alumni

  • Jim Beedle
  • Mark Edwards
  • Doug Thompson
  • Jim Brady [1]
  • Hubcap Carter (deceased) [2]
  • Ted Clark
  • Kurt Schaeffer
  • Bob Forester
  • Michael Hardeman [3]
  • Ed Leal
  • Bill Lee
  • Dave Marcum (deceased) [4]
  • Catfish Prewitt [5]
  • Steve Sharp
  • Joe Soto [6]
  • Jerry Walker
  • Jim Weaver [7]
  • Becky Wight
  • Randy Williams
  • Jim Casey
  • Bill Fortune

References

  • http://abcradionetworks.com/show?id=105
  • http://eclecticmax.blogspot.com/
  • John Tyler, Texas Radio Hall of Fame
  • http://www.ABCRadioStaff.com

External links

  • Best Country Today

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