Old Dominion Returns to Rapid City

Old Dominion Band(Rapid City, SD) – HomeSlice Concerts announced this morning that Sony Music Nashville Recording Artists, Old Dominion, will be making their return to Rapid City on February 24th in the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Special guest Michael Ray, singer of the 2016 hit single, “Think a Little Less” will join the band, along with Tennessee singer-songwriter, Brandon Lay. Old Dominion, the famed songwriters turned superstar arena act, are embarking on the Happy Endings World Tour in support of their hit album of the same name.

Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. The band has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Old Dominion recently released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Happy Endings, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart & #7 on the Top 200 and were nominated for two CMA nominations for “New Artist of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year.” Old Dominions new single, “Written In The Sand,” follows the success of the first single off of the album “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” which hit #1 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts. The band released their first full length album Meat and Candy, which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and hailed a “stellar debut by Entertainment Weekly and declared “one of the hottest breaking bands in county music” by Vice. The group already has several top selling singles under their belts, including the two-week No.1 “Break Up With Him” (PLATINUM), “Snapback” (GOLD) and “Song For Another Time,” which hit No. 1 the on Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase charts. In 2016, the band was notably named ACM New Group of the YearACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.

Tickets for KAT Country 98.7 Presents OLD DOMINION – The Happy Endings World Tour go on sale on Friday October 20, 2017 and can be purchased at GotMine.com, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center box office, The Silverado in Deadwood, Ellsworth Airforce Base Recreation or 1-800-GOT-MINE.

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The HomeSlice Group is a media and entertainment conglomerate of small businesses, based primarily in the Black Hills. The firm owns and operates six radio stations in the Rapid City area, including the market-leading country FM, KAT Country 98.7, presenting station of the Old Dominion stop in Rapid City.  HomeSlice was formed in Sturgis, SD in 1994 with its roots in the concert business and now produce or provide talent for more than 500 live events per year.   The company is also the worldwide exclusive licensing agent of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally and operates the premier digital marketing agency in the region. 

Clint Ridley to Return to The Ridley Report on Tuesday, January 3!

kbhb(Sturgis, SD) – KBHB Radio Cattle Market Analyst Clint Ridley announced this morning that he plans to return to the airwaves on Tuesday, January 3.   Two years ago, Ridley, now 35, was referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester after a large mass was discovered on his brain.  The rancher, cattle buyer, broadcaster and member of the multi-generational St. Onge Ridley’s,  soon found himself undergoing emergency surgery, followed by several weeks in intensive care and many months of continued radiation, chemotherapy and rehab.

Clint had been the host of a popular radio program called The Ridley Report, that airs three times daily on The Big 81, KBHB.  The programs are a mix of market analysis, news and commentary.  For the past two years, other radio station personnel have filled-in for Ridley, while he recovered from the traumatic health scare.   KBHB has continued to promote the show as The Ridley Report in his absence. “This is Clint Ridley’s radio show,” explained HomeSlice President, Dean Kinney, whose firm owns and operates the station, “we’ve just been covering it the best we can, hoping that one day Clint could take it over again. The decision was, and is, entirely his.”

Clint Ridley“God saved me, no doubt about it,” remarked Ridley, one recent afternoon while sitting in Kinney’s office.  “I was always a person of faith, but not like now.  I’m also a bit of a perfectionist, so it has been hard to know when to attempt the show again.  I just know I owe it to God, my wife, my family and all the friends that have supported me through this to be the best me I can be.  I want to do this report again and if it’s not perfect right away, so be it.”

Kinney says while The Ridley Report will continue to air three times per day, Clint will host only the 12:40PM report for now.  “Clint has always felt the 12:40 was the most important and he and I agree that we just need to start and see where it goes.   After all it’s just a radio show, it doesn’t define who Clint Ridley is.  He’s home, happy and alive.  That’s the miracle.  This is just a bonus.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a big smile on my face right now just thinking about him being on the air again.”

The current plan is for Clint Ridley to anchor his first Ridley Report in almost two years at 12:40 Tuesday January 3.

HUNDREDS OF AREA BUSINESSPEOPLE MEET FOR RAPID DIGITAL SUMMIT

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Chris Hornick, Director of Digital Media at HomeSlice, speaks with KEVN TV about the Rapid Digital Summit.

(Rapid City, SD) Hundreds of people representing Black Hills-area businesses converged at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City yesterday for the Rapid Digital Summit, a testament to the importance every small business now places on digital advertising and marketing. The two symposium sessions were led by HomeSlice Media subsidiary Rapid Digital Solutions, the only Google Partner in western South Dakota. In addition to the HomeSlice team, four Google executives flew into Rapid City for the event, spending the week with the leadership team, account executives, and clients of Rapid Digital Solutions.

Chris Hornick, Digital Media Director at HomeSlice Media Group, started off the day with a presentation titled “Reaching Your 1%.” Hornick primarily focused on effective ways to utilize social media platforms to reach and interact with highly targeted customers. He also shared compelling statistics, such as Facebook’s stunning 1.7 billion users, including 83,000 users in the Black Hills region alone. Next was an entertaining media mix seminar provided by Brian Maruska, the Digital Sales Director at Rapid Digital Solutions. Maruska walked the group through a series of facts and myths about both traditional and digital media before demonstrating how businesses can effectively use both to achieve marketing objectives.

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Hundreds attend the Rapid Digital Summit October 27 in Rapid City.

The keynote speaker was Google’s Josh Weum with the comprehensive “Business Development in a Digital Age” workshop. The wide-ranging seminar included strategies for each of the four game-changing levels of a “micro-moment,” defined by Weum as “an intent-rich moment when a person turns to a device to act on a need – to know, go, do, or buy.” He also regaled the audience with cutting edge products that are just now coming onto market, including Click to Message Ads and the YouTube Director for Business app. Later, Weum introduced two co-workers in his Tempe, AZ Google office: Richard Rondon and Jaurex Vasquez, explaining the pair worked directly with HomeSlice Media’s Rapid Digital Solutions. Weum added that Google has these direct, personal relationships with only 5% of the agencies in the United States, and that HomeSlice is the only Google Partner in western South Dakota.

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Google and HomeSlice Media/Rapid Digital Solutions answer questions from the audience following the Summit. (Pictured, left to right) Josh Weum, Jaurex Vasquez and Richard Rondon with Google, Brian Maruska and Chris Hornick of HomeSlice/Rapid Digital Solutions.

Chris Hornick said he was pleased with the day. “I can’t thank our Google Partners enough for their ongoing guidance and friendship. We don’t take for granted the financial and time investment to fly up and spend the week here. I also want to thank all of the businesspeople who took time out of their busy schedules to come,” Hornick continued, “as well as everyone in our digital unit, event department, and radio stations who came together to make it a great day. And I can’t forget the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza. Everyone at the hotel made it a stress-free day. They executed perfectly.”

HomeSlice is said to be in talks with Google about a Black Hills Tourism-based Summit in early 2017.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Chris Hornick
Director of Digital Media
Chris.Hornick@theHomeSliceGroup.com

Brian Maruska
Digital Sales Manager
Brian.Maruska@theHomeSliceGroup.com