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NASH FM Ready to Give Back to Listeners with Three-Night Concert at Roseland

Time for the rewards! The overwhelmingly positive response to last month’s Country debut at Cumulus’ NASH FM 94.7 is leading to a three-night concert next week at the famed Roseland Ballroom.

Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton is among the headliners at NASH Bash that includes Sara Evans and Lady Antebellum.

“The response to the launching of New York City’s only Country radio station last month has been amazing and we’re excited about this opportunity to let our listeners celebrate with top Country acts as we roll out NASH nationwide,” Lew Dickey, Cumulus CEO, said in a statement.

Tickets for the three concerts are not for sale. The only way to win is by tuning to NASH FM 94.7 for details.

The full schedule of artists is listed after the jump.

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Nash 94.7 to Become WNSH; Flagship of National Country Programming

Now that Country is making its mark on the New York airwaves again, Cumulus wasted little time in announcing its strategy.

NASH 94.7 launched yesterday, temporarily using the call letters WRXP. We now know that when the dust clears the Country station will become WNSH next week.

Related, FishbowlNY: The return of Country to NYC

Beyond that, 94.7 is the flagship for Cumulus’ national Country plans. The NASH creation is a multi-platform brand focused on the country music lifestyle. There will be radio stations, a monthly magazine, website, social media, concerts, and television programming.

“Country is more than just music — it’s a lifestyle that is rich with content and marketing opportunities because Country is mass appeal and very much underserved in all forms of media,” said Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey.“Cumulus is committed to serving this significant lifestyle segment that stretches from coast-to-coast by creating a full complement of content on the radio, in print, online and on TV.”

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CBS Could Reportedly Sell Off Radio Unit to Cumulus

On the heels of Cumulus shaking up the radio landscape by bringing Country back to New York, there’s word that the media company may be ready to become even bigger. The New York Post reports that Cumulus may ultimately purchase CBS Radio. Cumulus is the second largest radio outfit in the country behind only Clear Channel.

The newspaper says the first step would be a spinoff of the CBS billboard division. That has fueled the fire that a radio acquisition would follow, although likely not for another year or two.

The Post says the buyout would likely fall to the hands of Cumulus, and honcho Lew Dickey. Taking over the CBS Radio properties would make Cumulus comparable in size to Clear Channel.

The Cumulus/CBS deal is not far-fetched. The Atlanta-based radio company has joined forces with CBS to help the CBS Sports Radio network take off.

However, a CBS spokesperson would not play the rumor game, telling the Post, “We just bought a major station in New York and launched the CBS [Sports] Radio network. We are not selling CBS Radio.”