The ABC TV network has renewed the show “Nashville” for another year, but now producers are asking for more state and local taxpayer money if it is to be filmed in the state’s capital city, reports the Tennessean. Even before the first season aired, the studio was lobbying the state to grandfather the production into a more generous incentive package than the one that cleared the legislature last year.
The first season’s production was able to recoup 32 percent of its production costs in the form of a 17 percent grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to reimburse production costs and a 15 percent refundable tax credit from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
Under current law, however, reimbursement would be limited to a grant that covers 25 percent of costs. Representatives for the production have asked the state to have it exempted from that cap.
“It is my belief that the best place to shoot ‘Nashville’ is in Nashville,” series executive producer Steve Buchanan said. “And it is important that the city and state help with that.”
Clint Brewer, assistant commissioner of communications and creative services for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said Wednesday that discussions are ongoing.
The state budget now includes $11.25 million in one-time nonrecurring funds “in anticipation of renewing the incentive specifically for ‘Nashville’ at the 25 percent level,” Brewer said.
Former congressional hopeful and vocal Tennessee income tax opponent Steve Gill is ending his nationally syndicated radio show after 15 years on the air, reports The Tennessean. The Steve Gill Show will broadcast for a final time on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, Gill said. Gill, a Brentwood attorney, said he is ending the show so he can focus on other business ventures, including speaking engagements and consulting, through his company Gill Media Inc.
He said he also wants to continue as a political analyst on News 2 WKRN.
“We’d been looking over the last several months at what we were going to do past the New Year,” Gill said. “We’ve got some other business ventures and opportunities to pursue and we thought this would be a good time.”
He said the growing corporate influence on radio also has made it more difficult for small broadcasters to thrive.
“When we started 15 years ago, radio was a different animal,” Gill said. “The way corporations work, it’s difficult to have a grassroots, listener-focused show right now.”
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A popular Jackson radio personality is off the air for now after posting racially inflammatory comments on Facebook.
Bill Way, host of “It’s Your Turn” on WNWS-FM, posted the comments on his personal Facebook page over the weekend.
They were aimed at people who voted for President Obama.
Way apologized on air on Monday. Station president Carlton Veirs then read a statement saying the station does not condone Way’s remarks.
“We’re discussing his comments and apology,” Veirs said. “Considering the gravity of the situation, for now, by mutual agreement, Bill is taking a few days off.”
The Associated Press obtained Veirs’ statement from the station.
The president of the Jackson-Madison County of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it was irresponsible of someone in Way’s position to make such offensive comments.
“We’re asking for a change of direction and attitude from one of Jackson’s most famous and entertaining talk show hosts,” Harrell Carter said in a telephone interview. “It is unconscionable, the language he used for the president of the United States and the first lady.”
Carter said he used to work at WNWS and knows Guy personally.
“This was out of the clear blue sky,” he said. “I don’t know what the circumstances were, but this was surprising and disappointing.”
He said any discussion of the country’s problems needs to begin from a position of mutual respect.
— Note: Way’s Facebook post, as reported by The Jackson Sun: “A short message to Obama voters. To vote for him with a 9.2 unemployment rate, a (expletive) of Benghazi lies, $16,000,000,000 in debt and an israeli war, (a derogatory reference to the sex scandal involving David Petraeus), a pimp walking prez married to cheetahs daughter…expect what you will most certainly get. bye bye medicare. hello homeless.. I love America except for the idiots.”
Tennessee’s Registry of Election Finance wants Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett to appear before it next month and explain a series of irregularities in the campaign disclosure forms he filed connected with his successful 2010 election run, reports Mike Donilla. The registry, in a 4-1 vote this morning, said it would issue the mayor a “show cause” letter that would require him to explain how the errors occurred and to fix them if possible.
The board – if it eventually chooses to further investigate the issue – also will have to decide later whether to dismiss any issues or assess a civil penalty, which can be as much as $10,000 per offense.
Members told Burchett’s Nashville-based lawyer who was at this morning’s meeting that they’d like the mayor to attend the panel’s next meeting, which was set for Oct. 23.
At issue is a formal sworn complaint filed by local freelance writer Pam Strickland asking state and local officials to look into campaign discrepancies in the mayor’s disclosure forms. Strickland, who writes a weekly column for the News Sentinel but is not an employee of the newspaper, filed the complaint Aug. 8 with the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.
Stickland’s complaint follows a series of News Sentinel articles that raised questions about Burchett disclosure forms filed in his 2010 mayoral run. In the complaint, which includes copies of the newspaper stories, Strickland reiterates much of the paper’s findings.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Presidential elections are usually serious business, but President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney are taking a little time for laughs during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday.
Obama and Romney have taped video segments that will appear as part of the country music award show’s opening segment. CMT President Brian Philips said in a statement that each is “in on the joke.”
“They’re each great sports,” he said.
The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CMT with hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell. A host of celebrities from across the entertainment dial are scheduled to appear as well, but they’ll be battling for attention with the focus on Obama and Romney.
News release from Susan Lynn:
Nashville – Former State Representative Susan Lynn will announce this morning at 9am that she will be hosting her own radio program on 880 am The Big Mouth starting Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2011.
Her announcement will take place on the Big Joe Show, 880am, The Big Mouth.
The conservative lawmaker from Wilson County will host Let’s Save America – a reference to her grassroots beliefs that the people should and can be an active force in the affairs of their government. She will review state and national issues and provide her constitutional perspective combined with her well known support of free enterprise and Austrian economics.
The show’s web site will contain full content when it starts on Monday morning – the address is :www.susanlynn.net.