|(from L to R): Warner Atlantic Reprise, Manager of Midwest/Northeast, Lindsay Walleman, Press Comm. Partner & GM, Rich Morena, John Rich, WKMK PD, Captain Jack, Press Comm. General Sales Manager, John Furno|
Country music’s coming to the big city with the help of Reprise Recording Artist, John Rich. Ocean County’s country station, THUNDER 98.5 FM, recently announced the re-position of two of its radio formats beginning this Wednesday, September 15. In their new expansion, the station will begin broadcasting into central New Jersey expanding to New York City and kicking off their big switch with Rich’s appropriately titled single, “Country Done Come to Town.”
“I’m so pumped to be part of history in the making,” says Rich of the station’s recent expansion. “THUNDER has been incredibly supportive of my music and it is an honor for me to help kick off country music in NYC with ‘Country Done Come to Town.’”
On Wednesday, Ocean County’s Country THUNDER 98.5FM will move up the dial to 106.5FM in Ocean County and also simulcast on 106.3FM in Monmouth County. HIT 106, which formerly broadcasted on 106.3FM/106.5FM will take its Top 40 format and re-position it on 98.5FM. THUNDER 98.5FM will become THUNDER 106 and expand its reach to bring country music to a new level in central New Jersey.
“Country Music is a format with an extremely loyal listener base”, says Rich Morena, General Manager and Partner of Press. “We saw the void in Monmouth County and the demand was overwhelming from our Monmouth County fan base and now we are expanding our reach to meet that demand.”
Rich’s current single, “Country Done Come to Town” is off his forthcoming Rich Rocks SIX PAK. His last album, Son Of A Preacher Man, featured the hit single, “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” which was Rich’s first solo hit to land in the Top 15 on the Country Singles Chart and the fastest-rising single of his career. Rich is the only country music artist who has garnered a Top 15 single as a part of a group, duo and solo artist. Formerly known as one-half of the multi-platinum Reprise duo, Big & Rich, Rich has been honing his writing skills for years. He is a three-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year recipient with 13 top ten hits, including Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl,” Faith and Tim McGraw’s “Like We Never Loved At All,” Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown.” As a part of Big & Rich and as a songwriter, he has garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations.