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Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced the winners for the 44th annual Gracie Awards, which recognize exemplary programming in media created by women. Honorees for 2019 include Sandra Oh, Leah Remini, Connie Britton, Rachel Maddow, Robin Roberts and more . . . as well as our very own Elaina Smith, who is being…MORE

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West & Johnny Gimble Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West & Johnny Gimble Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Association announced its 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees on March 27: Modern Era: Ricky Skaggs Veteran Era: Dottie West Musician: Johnny Gimble Ricky Skaggs As far as a pioneer, Ricky Skaggs is one of the great innovators and trailblazers of modern country. Ricky led the fight to bring country music…MORE

Social Media Roundup: UMG Nashville’s Biggest Jokesters, Brett Eldredge’s Happy Dance, Shania Twain’s London Concert & More

Social Media Roundup: UMG Nashville’s Biggest Jokesters, Brett Eldredge’s Happy Dance, Shania Twain’s London Concert & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: UMG Nashville shows its appreciation for jokesters. Morgan Evans wishes his fiancé Kelsea Ballerini a happy birthday. Shania Twain shares some clips from her London concert. Drew Baldridge…MORE

In Honor of Labor Day, We’ve Got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music

In Honor of Labor Day, We’ve Got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music

It’s time to clock in—we’ve got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music. Country music throughout the decades has not only embraced its working class roots, it’s made a point to praise them. Yes, work is tough, as Merle Haggard wrote in “Workin’ Man’s Blues” or as George Strait sang in “Amarillo by Morning.”…MORE

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Author Archives: NCD Staff

Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced the winners for the 44th annual Gracie Awards, which recognize exemplary programming in media created by women.

Honorees for 2019 include Sandra Oh, Leah Remini, Connie Britton, Rachel Maddow, Robin Roberts and more . . . as well as our very own Elaina Smith, who is being recognized in the Interactive Media category as Podcast Host of Women Want to Hear Women.

Since launching the WWTHW podcast—in partnership with Nash Country Daily—in June 2018, Elaina has focused on reclaiming the narrative that “women don’t want to hear women” on country radio, a phrase she has commonly heard over her decade-plus-career in media.

“This podcast is about highlighting strong, talented female artists and giving them the attention and love they deserve,” says Elaina. “Female artists have an underrepresented voice in our industry—their messages and representations are important to me, and hopefully you.”

Elaina Smith

Over the course of 25 Women Want to Hear Women episodes in Season 1, Elaina championed her weekly guests to use their voices and influence to facilitate real change, from the genre’s biggest names like Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris to rising stars like Carly Pearce and RaeLynn to up-and-comers like Abby Anderson and Tegan Marie.

“Women Want to Hear Women was a passion project born from a night of frustrated conversation over drinks with NCD editor in chief Jim Casey,” says Elaina. “I’ve been told to my face for years that ‘women don’t want to hear women’ on country radio. This podcast is about changing that narrative in country music. This extends to female personalities in radio and beyond. I am so honored by the recognition, and it’s just fuel to keep this conversation going! Thank you to all the guests that helped to make Season 1 a Gracie Award-winner. I can’t wait to kick off Season 2 soon.”

Since 2014, Elaina has co-hosted nationally syndicated radio show Nash Nights Live, which is broadcast to more that 100 stations each night. In 2019, she launched her own two-hour weekend show, With Elaina. The country music insider can also be found working the red carpet at awards shows and emceeing events. In 2018, Elaina became the first woman to tackle live voiceover duties for the ACM Awards, a role she reprised in 2019.

A specials thanks to all of the WWTHW guests from Season 1:

  1. Kacey Musgraves
  2. Dolly Parton
  3. Carly Pearce
  4. Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square
  5. Tegan Marie
  6. Clare Dunn
  7. Stephanie Quayle 
  8. Sarah Darling
  9. Rachel Reinert
  10. Carrie Underwood
  11. Abby Anderson
  12. Runaway June
  13. Kalie Shorr
  14. Rachel Wammack
  15. Jessie Chris
  16. Tenille Townes
  17. Delta Rae
  18. Logan Brill
  19. Maren Morris
  20. RaeLynn
  21. Heather Morgan
  22. Leah Turner
  23. Danielle Bradbery
  24. Season 1 Review
  25. Cam
Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West & Johnny Gimble Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West & Johnny Gimble Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Association announced its 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees on March 27: Modern Era: Ricky Skaggs Veteran Era: Dottie West Musician: Johnny Gimble Ricky Skaggs As far as a pioneer, Ricky Skaggs is one of the great innovators and trailblazers of modern country. Ricky led the fight to bring country music…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: “Pickler & Ben” Premieres, Maren Morris’ Biggest Fan, Shania Twain’s New Jam & More

Social Media Roundup: “Pickler & Ben” Premieres, Maren Morris’ Biggest Fan, Shania Twain’s New Jam & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: Maren Morris catches her biggest fan on video. John Rich finally gets some water in his guitar-shaped pool. Shania teases the music video for her song…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: Jon Pardi’s Luke Bryan Impression, Kane Brown’s Trip to Washington, Keith Urban’s Studio Time & More

Social Media Roundup: Jon Pardi’s Luke Bryan Impression, Kane Brown’s Trip to Washington, Keith Urban’s Studio Time & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: Jon Pardi does a spot-on impression of Luke Bryan on the Ty, Kelly & Chuck morning radio show. Kelsea Ballerini receives the best birthday gift. Keith…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: UMG Nashville’s Biggest Jokesters, Brett Eldredge’s Happy Dance, Shania Twain’s London Concert & More

Social Media Roundup: UMG Nashville’s Biggest Jokesters, Brett Eldredge’s Happy Dance, Shania Twain’s London Concert & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: UMG Nashville shows its appreciation for jokesters. Morgan Evans wishes his fiancé Kelsea Ballerini a happy birthday. Shania Twain shares some clips from her London concert. Drew Baldridge…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: Martina McBride’s Bittersweet Send-Off, Blake Shelton’s Bloody Mary Heaven, Parmalee’s Chainsaw Skills & More

Social Media Roundup: Martina McBride’s Bittersweet Send-Off, Blake Shelton’s Bloody Mary Heaven, Parmalee’s Chainsaw Skills & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: Martina McBride gets choked up about daughter Emma leaving home. Chris Young sings “On the Road Again” while on the road. Again. Jennifer Nettles shares a…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: Reba McEntire’s Luggage Overload, Big & Rich’s Cure for the Midweek Blues, Gary Allan’s Lockjaw Lamp & More

Social Media Roundup: Reba McEntire’s Luggage Overload, Big & Rich’s Cure for the Midweek Blues, Gary Allan’s Lockjaw Lamp & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: Reba McEntire arrives at the airport with a lot of luggage. Gary Allan buys an interesting new lamp. Willie Nelson shares a video of his sister on…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: Luke Bryan’s Son Goes Peanut Pickin’, Florida Georgia Line’s Caption Contest and More

Social Media Roundup: Luke Bryan’s Son Goes Peanut Pickin’, Florida Georgia Line’s Caption Contest and More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: Luke Bryan picks some peanuts with son Tate. Dan Smyers operates a lawn mower. Chris Young shares a helmet-adorned moment with the boys. The Randy Rogers Band…Continue Reading

In Honor of Labor Day, We’ve Got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music

In Honor of Labor Day, We’ve Got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music

It’s time to clock in—we’ve got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music. Country music throughout the decades has not only embraced its working class roots, it’s made a point to praise them. Yes, work is tough, as Merle Haggard wrote in “Workin’ Man’s Blues” or as George Strait sang in “Amarillo by Morning.”…Continue Reading

Social Media Roundup: Lee Ann Womack’s Killer Night, Jason Aldean’s Outlaw Baby, Blake Shelton’s Greeting for Adam Levine & More

Social Media Roundup: Lee Ann Womack’s Killer Night, Jason Aldean’s Outlaw Baby, Blake Shelton’s Greeting for Adam Levine & More

If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world: Lee Ann Womack sits down with “The Killer.” Jason Aldean delights in his unborn child’s outlaw spirit. Blake Shelton is excited to return to The Voice. Tyler…Continue Reading

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