Country music special features interviews with top 10 finalists of NASH Next Challenge 2016

One-hour program showcases finalists’ music and music of country artists who have inspired them

WHAT: The first annual NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finals Special will air Sunday night, October 23, 2016, on the nationally syndicated country music and lifestyle show, NASH Nights Live. The one-hour radio special will feature interviews with the top 10 finalists of Cumulus Media’s NASH Next Challenge 2016, a national grassroots country music talent search and artist development program that culminates in the naming of a grand prize winner at the NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finale on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 7-10 p.m. at Mercy Lounge in Nashville. The radio special will highlight finalists’ music along with the music of those artists whom they consider to be their major influences. The NASH Next Challenge 2016 Finals Special will be hosted by NASH Nights Live co-hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith.

WHEN: Sunday, October 23, 2016, from 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. EST, the last hour of NASH Nights Live.

WHERE: NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith, nationally syndicated by Westwood One.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit www.nashnightslive.net or contact Donny Walker at DWalker@westwoodone.com or at 615-727-6987.

About the NASH Next 2016 Challenge

The four-month-long NASH Next Challenge 2016 is a one-of-a-kind national grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music announced in July by country legend Reba McEntire. 68 NASH/Cumulus stations in 60 markets, including Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Nashville, conducted local searches for emerging artists, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows. Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals first judged the emerging artists. Local artists entered the competition via the NASH Next Challenge 2016 website (www.nashnext2016.com) and were judged on three challenges by local music industry professionals, as well as listeners in their communities. First asked to submit an original song, contestants then adapted a popular song with a new style. In September, NASH stations hosted local live events and virtual events featuring video performances of each contestant’s original song. The top 10 finalists were selected from the live video challenge and judged by top record executives and music industry professionals. The live finals event will be held at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville on October 25, 2016, from 7-10pm, where the grand prizewinner will be selected by a celebrity panel of some of the biggest names in country music, joined by a fan judge. The NASH Next Challenge 2016 will receive a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group and their original song produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, as well as national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations across the U.S. NASH Next Challenge 2016 is sponsored nationally by Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM.

About NASH Nights Live
BR>NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith is an exciting country music and lifestyle show featuring award-winning co-hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith. The show airs live from the NASH Campus, Nashville’s hottest country broadcasting complex, weeknights from 7 pm to midnight. The show features 12-13 songs per hour, top artist guests, caller and fan interaction, as well as special live events that take the show on the road to cities across the US. A-list guests nightly including Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and more. For more information, visit
www.nashnightslive.net or contact Donny Walker at DWalker@westwoodone.com or at 615-727-6987.

Media Contacts: Lisa Dollinger, Dollinger Strategic Communication for Cumulus Media, 512.633.4084, lisa@dollcomm.com