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Randy Travis to receive Artist Career Achievement Award and Carole Bowen to be honored with President’s Award

Nashville, Tenn. – May 31, 2016) – Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has announced Randy Travis as the recipient of the 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Carole Bowen as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award. Both awards will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. A cocktail reception will take place at 6 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow at 7 p.m.

“This annual event has proven to be one of the most special nights of the year in our industry, as we recognize and honor the greats in our business,” said CRB/CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne.

The CRB Artist Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.  The 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award recipient, Randy Travis, is being honored for his significant career accomplishments, as well as the tremendous impact he has had on Country music as a whole.

Travis commented, “To be chosen by the Country Radio Broadcasters for a Career Lifetime Achievement Award is an honor quite unlike any other.  The artist’s and the broadcaster’s relationship is one of unspoken respect.  I appreciate so much the kindness I have been shown over the years by radio; and, I have enjoyed the many interviews I have had the opportunity to do with so many of the stations across the country.  You have each become a part of my success and allowed my fans an opportunity to know me better—as an artist and as a person.  Thank you for believing in me…and in my body of work.  It is YOU which I take my hat off to—“

A special performance and tribute by Josh Turner will take place to honor Travis.

The President’s Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth and development of Country Radio Seminar and the multiple services that Country Radio Broadcasters provides to the Country radio and music communities.  The 2016 President’s Award will be presented to Carole Bowen. Her outstanding contributions include more than 15 years of service on the CRB Board of Directors. During that time, Bowen was a member of the board’s Executive Committee, holding an Officer position as longtime secretary for the organization. Bowen’s more than 30 years of successful radio and sales experience at WKIS in Miami played a key role in shaping the success of CRS.

Bowen commented about the honor, saying “I am deeply honored and humbled to be this year’s recipient of the CRB President’s Award.  This organization has had a tremendous impact on me both professionally and personally.  Serving within this organization has enabled me to learn from the brightest minds in Country Radio and Country Music.  It has always been a labor of love and I am very proud to have contributed to the success of Country Radio Seminars and CRB.”

The 2016 Class of Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees will also be honored during the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony.  The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.  This year’s inductees are Blair Garner, Mike & Dana Schuff, and Lisa Dent in the On-Air category, and Mick Anselmo, Kerby Confer, Jack Reno, Tim Roberts and Jim Slone in the Radio category.

For information about tables and tickets to the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony, please contact Brooke Sanders ( or Holly Freeman ( Tables and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Seats are limited and will sell out within a short time frame, so interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets today.

About Country Radio Broadcasters: The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at:  or through the CRB/CRS office at (615) 327-4487.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017).


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