By RAYMOND A EDEL
Cumulus announced this week that it will debut "America's Morning Show" (6 to 10 a.m. weekdays) on NASH-FM (94.7) beginning later this month.
Host Blair Garner will be joined on a regular basis by co-hosts and country music performers Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks and Lee Ann Womack.
The program -- originating live from Nashville -- will feature a mix of music, in-studio interviews with country stars and news about the country lifestyle, with New York City-area traffic, weather and information updated throughout the show.
Garner previously worked as host of the afternoon drive on WPLJ- FM (95.5). He is best-known for hosting country radio show "After Midnite with Blair Garner" for 20 years. Listeners can follow the program on Twitter: @americasmorning.
PBS' "American Masters" will offer a 90-minute episode highlighting humorist Garrison Keillor at 10 tonight on WNET/ Channel 13.
The episode, titled "Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes," goes behind the scenes of the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" and profiles its creator and commentator.
Through the course of a year, a lens captured Keillor on- and offstage as he mingles fact and fiction to create America's collective hometown, Lake Wobegon, on a radio program that carries bona-fide nostalgia.
The DVD of the program will be released by Docurama Films on July 7.
The WFUV-FM (90.7) team is hitting the road this summer.
The Fordham University station will travel to the Bonnaroo, Solid Sounds and Newport festivals for live audio and video broadcasts and backstage coverage.
First up is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, where WFUV's Rita Houston and Alisa Ali will co-host the "Whole Wide World" program, presenting interviews with performers from the festival's backstage 7 to 10 tonight. Laura Fedele will be on hand to document the weekend's onstage and backstage action in an online photo gallery.
The following weekend, the FUV team will travel to North Adams, Mass., for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, where Houston and Carmel Holt will host a live broadcast 7 p.m. to midnight June 22.
Finally, WFUV will partner with NPR Music to broadcast performances from the Newport Folk Festival. The sold-out festival will feature Beck, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and The Lumineers. Houston and Bob Boilen of NPR Music will anchor live broadcasts along with WFUV's Alisa Ali and others noon to 8 p.m. July 27 and July 28, with July 26 coverage times to be determined.
WBGO-FM (88.3) President and CEO Cephas Bowles will take a leave of absence for health reasons, effective immediately.
Amy Niles, senior vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as acting president and CEO in the interim. Niles has headed development, membership, marketing, programming and underwriting at WBGO.
"My doctor has placed me on medical disability leave as I work to correct an escalating health issue," Bowles said in a statement. "I look forward to returning to work as quickly as possible."
Best wishes to Bowles, one of the nice guys in the radio business, for a speedy recovery.
Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and Fleetwood Mac have reportedly reached a performing rights deal, the first directly between a radio company and an artist.
The deal sets up a revenue-sharing arrangement that gives the band, whose new EP "Extended Play" features the first new Fleetwood Mac music released in more than a decade, a share of revenue for airplay on both broadcast and digital platforms.
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