Browsing articles tagged with " CMT"

CMT and Viacom Hit By Major Layoffs

March 11, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  19 Comments

Not all is happy in TV Land. Or MTV, CMT, or VH1—all channels owned by the behemoth media company Viacom, and all companies that have been affected by big layoffs coming down late last week and stretching into this week as part of a massive corporate restructuring. Though the dust has yet to settle, the layoffs and restructuring could see big changes on country music’s biggest television outlet.


Party Down South Rap Sheet – The Cast’s List of Legal Offenses

February 26, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  11 Comments

In just the two short seasons of Party Down South, the cast has accrued a laundry list of unlawful offenses. And no, we’re not just talking about a few trumped up pot charges and other crimes of questionable concern. We’re talking burglary, rape accusations, and one cast member is even in trouble for not using his hefty CMT salary on proper child support.


Travis Tritt’s New Verse to “Country Ain’t Country” Criticizes CMT

January 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  8 Comments

Many already regarded the Travis Tritt song “Country Ain’t Country” from his 2002 album Strong Enough as a slightly-veiled protest song preaching against the changes in the country genre, even though the actual lines of the song deal much more with wider reaching cultural and geographical issues. But apparently there’s an original verse that doesn’t appear in the recorded version that overtly criticized CMT.


CMT Party Down South Cast Member Taylor “Lil Bit” Quits.

August 2, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  45 Comments

More bad news for CMT’s flagship reality show Party Down South. One of the most popular cast members, Taylor “Lil Bit” Wright, has quit the show due to safety concerns over what transpires in the Party Down South house, and because she feels like the message of the show is in conflict with her religious beliefs.


Ryan “Daddy” Richards of CMT’s “Party Down South” Accused of Rape

August 1, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  20 Comments

Yet another cast member of CMT’s Jersey Shore-style reality show Party Down South has found himself in legal trouble, and this time it involves the show directly, and accusations of rape on the set. Ryan “Daddy” Richards, famous for being the beer funnel toter of the eight-person cast, was accused of raping a woman who partied with the cast in their Athens, GA location in April during the taping of the current season.


Details of New American Country Countdown Awards

June 17, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  6 Comments

When the news broke last week that there would be yet another new country music awards show squeezing its way into the already-crowded TV event space, it stimulated a collective rolling of the eyes from many over-saturated music fans and industry types. Really, how many of these things do we need? Buried in the details however was the insight that the Awards wasn’t just the latest ploy….


Saving Country Music’s 2014 Anti-CMT Awards LIVE Blog

June 4, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  128 Comments

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Saving Country Music Official ANTI-CMT Awards LIVE blog sponsored by nobody. CMT and Viacom are by far the biggest perpetrators of cultural erosion in the country music community, and their annual fan-voted awards are a laughable attempt to showcase talent and bestow accolades that in the end are meaningless.


Mattie Breaux of CMT’s “Party Down South” Wanted By Police

May 15, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  37 Comments

More legal troubles and location battles for the cast and producers of CMT’s new reality show Party Down South. The latest fugitive from the show is 24-year-old Mattie Breaux of Louisiana, who is wanted by police for a bench warrant after she failed to appear in court as part of a pretrial hearing in March. Also in March, the show got kicked out of Pensacola, FL.


Saving Country Music Helps w/ “Party Down South” Ads

March 20, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  13 Comments

Thursday night is the finale for season one of CMT’s flagship reality show series Party Down South. The show has stirred up quite a bit of controversy for its sexualized and graphic content, especially in its ads. With a servant’s heart, and wanting to pitch in and make sure Party Down South sticks around, Saving Country Music thought we would make some ads for CMT pro bono.


Scott Borchetta Said WHAT? (2014 Country Radio Seminar Primer)

February 18, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  27 Comments

This week in Nashville is the annual CRS or Country Radio Seminar where executives and personalities in country radio gather with executives and artists in the country music industry to hobnob, network, and attend workshops and presentations about the direction and future of radio and country music. This year the backdrop of CRS most certainly will be the Country Music Media Arms Race…


CMT To Unveil New “Ow! My Balls!” Reality Show

February 4, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  28 Comments

CMT, who has been dramatically reshaping their broadcast schedule recently, featuring a whopping 7 new reality TV shows in their latest lineup, is looking to add yet another one called Ow! My Balls! in the upcoming months. The show reportedly features a man continuously getting hit in his testicles, with no other significant plot or characters.


Ben “Cooter” Jones Pens Open Letter to CMT Over “Party Down South”

January 29, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  27 Comments

As Saving Country Music has been reporting, many people are incensed over CMT’s new reality show Party Down South made by the same producers of Jersey Shore. Ben “Cooter” Jones, an original cast member of The Dukes of Hazzard as mechanic Cooter Devenport and a former United States Congressman, has taken the point on the matter. Now Ben “Cooter” Jones has crafted an open letter.


Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard Battles CMT’s “Party Down South”

January 27, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  38 Comments

As if Ben Jones didn’t have enough on his plate, he has also decided to join the voices of dissent again CMT’s new reality show Party Down South. Incidentally, reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard also air on CMT, and the confluence creating a showdown between Cooter and CMT. As a former actor on a Southern-based television show, Ben “Cooter” Jones’ opinions seem to be especially poignant.


A Country Music Media Arms Race Has Broken Out

January 24, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  62 Comments

Yes ladies and gentlemen, just like the great American eagle and the mighty Soviet bear staring each other down and belligerently stockpiling armaments to intimidate one another, the two titans of American radio, Clear Channel and Cumulus Media, have entered a no-holds-barred arms race with country music as the platform, with the ultimate prize being you…


CMT Whores Itself with New “Party Down South” Show

January 22, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  97 Comments

The flagship of CMT’s new lineup is a reality show called Party Down South from producer SallyAnn Salsano—the same producer of the popular MTV reality show Jersey Shore. The idea is to create a Jersey Shore of the South, but just like Jersey Shore, the show does not depict realities of life, it cobbles together castoff, amateur acting talent from across a wide geographic region…


Clear Channel, CMT Deal Means More Homogenization

December 4, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  23 Comments

Clear Channel, the largest radio provider in the US, just struck a massive deal with CMT, a division of Viacom, to create national country music programming to be distributed across 125 country radio stations owned by Clear Channel, as well as some digital and television platforms. The move is meant to match a similar national syndicated format created by the second-biggest radio provider in the US, Cumulus.


Machine Head Frontman Calls Country “The Blinding of America”

October 27, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  63 Comments

Robb Flynn, vocalist, guitarist, and frontman for the long-running heavy metal band Machine Head is the latest to join the chorus of dissent against the direction of country music. In a journal entry sent to subscribers and posted publicly on Facebook, Flynn decried CMT and modern country music videos as the “Blinding of America.”


Chet Flippo – Country Music’s Original Outlaw Writer (RIP)

June 19, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  13 Comments

Chet Flippo’s wife had recently passed away, and today we got the unfortunate news that Chet Flippo has now joined her in the great newsroom in the sky. Every third year the Country Music Hall of Fame inducts a non-performer into its exclusive ranks. If there was ever a journalist that deserved to be included amongst the artists he covered so dutifully for so many years, it would be Chet Flippo.


Shain Gandee & The Rural Exploitation of “Buckwild”

April 1, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  34 Comments

The depths Viacom and American corporate media have slumped to in their tireless endeavor to exploit and further stereotype the rural residents of the United States is nothing short of a black eye on the American culture, and an abomination of the entertainment medium. It is worse than most garden variety hardcore pornography on the psyche of the viewer, and on the dignity of the subject.


The Oscars: An Annual Reminder of What Music Could Be

February 24, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  12 Comments

Tonight is the annual Academy Awards, and during the presentation, you won’t see anybody judged on looks or popularity. You will not see the most commercially-successful endeavors given exclusive billing and opportunity for accolades. No, what you will see is the best and the brightest of the industry highlighted based mostly on the creativity and artistic integrity of their works.

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