Southern Ground Artists Solidifies Radio Team | Shore Fire Media

27 September, 2012Print

Southern Ground Artists Solidifies Radio Team

Zac Brown's label, Southern Ground Artists (SGA), has hired two new in-house radio promotions executives, Neda Tobin (Southeast) and Paul Williams (Northeast). Tobin and Williams join the existing staff, which includes Mara Sidweber (West Coast, Southwest) and Chuck Swaney (Midwest, Southwest), and will work out of SGA's new Music Row offices in Nashville. Jeff Solima, a long-standing member of Zac Brown Band's radio team since their major label debut, 'The Foundation,' will continue to consult for Zac Brown Band moving forward.

The team will principally focus on radio for Zac Brown Band, building on the momentum that has earned the band nine consecutive #1 radio singles, multi-platinum certifications for their debut and sophomore releases, and more than 50 combined GRAMMY, ACM, AMA, CMA, and CMT award nominations. The radio team will also work with Southern Ground Artists' Blackberry Smoke and Sonia Leigh. 

Mara Sidweber (West Coast, Southwest) has represented Zac Brown Band at radio since their first single (and first #1) "Chicken Fried" in June 2008, through the 2012 release of 'Uncaged,' which debuted at #1 with the band's best first week sales of 234K copies., 469.231.6302

Chuck Swaney (Midwest, Southwest) was also a part of initial Bigger Picture/ZBB crew, before spending the past two and a half years at EMI and returning to the ZBB team in July. Contact:, 248.202.4116

Neda Tobin (Southeast) most recently worked for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill out of the Red Light Management office. Prior to Red Light, she spent eight years working the Southwest region for Lyric Street. Contact:, 214.417.7448

Paul Williams (Northeast) relocated to Nashville seven years ago to work in radio marketing for Sony. He reunites at SGA with Sidweber, whom he worked with during his time as Program Director at KPLX in Dallas. Contact:, 615.715.7884
For more information on Zac Brown Band, please contact Elizabeth Lutz ( or Rebecca Shapiro ( at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171, Sheila Richman at Atlantic Records, 212.707.3063 ( or Liz Norris at ROAR, 310.424.7800 (