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“Put Me In Coach: The Best Talent Coaches Converge” Set For CRS 2016

Scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. at Omni Nashville

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 28, 2016) Barry Switzer (Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys Coach), Dennis Clark (VP of Talent Development, iHeart Media) and Steve Reynolds (Talent Coach) will present Put Me In Coach: The Best Talent Coaches Converge at Country Radio Seminar 2016. This panel will provide tips on managing great talent, be it radio or professional athletes. With each talent so unique, how do you unlock the secrets to motivating high performers? How do you do it consistently? What’s the secret sauce? Find out how as three superstar coaches come together for this panel.

Put Me In Coach: The Best Talent Coaches Converge will be led by RJ Curtis (All Access). Curtis comments, “This panel will touch on leadership, managing uniquely talented people in a specialized field, and the art of developing ordinary air personalities into extraordinary ones. Along with talent coaches Steve Reynolds and Dennis Clark from radio, we have another expert in recruiting, developing and managing gifted people: Barry Switzer, who owns both NCAA and NFL championship rings. It all comes down to coaching and teaching; the similarities of working with radio and football talent are striking. This conversation promises to be very helpful.“

The panel will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. on Level 2, in Legends D-G at Omni Nashville.

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Barry Layne Switzer has served 16 years as head football coach at the University of Oklahoma and four years for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history. Switzer is one of only three head coaches to win both a college football national championship (1974, 1975, 1985) and a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXX 1995).

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Dennis Clark followed his passion for radio. He started his career by joining the team of Rick Dees, the legendary LA morning man, 35 years ago. Clark has an unmatched track record of success developing new radio talent, strengthening established talent and training programmers. He is the only American consultant to have trained talent in every country in Europe. Dennis masters his markets’ playbooks and develops innovative strategies for ratings success through talent development.

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Steve Reynolds began his successful career by working in morning radio. After making a professional transition, Reynolds opened his own company, The Reynolds Group. For years, Reynolds studied the art of connecting with audiences, what motivates the listeners to return and the prep it takes to stay successful in the industry. He created The Reynolds Group to help managers and talent develop a strategy to succeed to grow positive personality images while relating to the talent in a way where they buy in to grow their audience share. He is currently the only talent coach that works with eight different morning shows across the Top Ten markets.

To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Omni Nashville, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com today. The current registration rate for the event is $629 per person.  In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

  Matt Watkins   Feb 24, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Programmers Boot Camp Series Announced For CRS 2016

Programmers Boot Camp Series Sponsored by Benztown

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 27, 2016) Details have been released surrounding three boot camp discussions taking place during Country Radio Seminar 2016, held Feb. 8-10, 2016 at Omni Nashville. Sponsored by Benztown, the three discussions are “Programmers Boot Camp Series Part 1: Imaging Secrets Revealed,” “Programmers Boot Camp Series Part II: Get Prepped,” and “Programmers Boot Camp Series Part lll: Mastering the Music.”

“Programmers Boot Camp Series Part l: Imaging Secrets Revealed” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Four of the best imaging copywriters in the business, Rich Witt (Vanilla Gorilla), Cowboy Kyle (WUSY Chattanooga), Jason Garte (The Mix Group) and Jeff Berlin (Greater Media Boston) will discuss how to effectively image your station on a budget. Bob Richards (Emmis Communications) will lead the Q&A discussion. Additionally, the panelists will examine how to write better copy, the best ways to get local listener testimonials to make your imaging shine, and how to effectively communicate with your voice talent to get the best read.

“Programmers Boot Camp Series Part ll: Get Prepped” is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The discussion will be led by RJ Curtis (All Access). Confirmed panelists are Big D and Bubba (Silverfish Media), Jeff Andrews (Sheet Happens) and Steve Harmon (Bit Board and iHeartMedia’s Paul and Young Ron). Together they will give recommendations on how you can give your air-staff the tools they need to gather relevant content to produce a great on air product and how to engage an audience on a budget. Panelists will also provide lists of useful websites “free” content can be gathered and companies who specialize in prep services.

“Programmers Boot Camp Series Part lll: Mastering the Music” is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The discussion will be led by Beverlee Brannigan (The E.W. Scripps Company). Industry professionals with years of experience in competitive market battles, Lance Houston (PD of the Bull in Boston) Bill Jones (Bill Jones Media Consulting) and B-Dub (KUPL/Alpha) will explain how to effectively schedule music coding and setting up rules to free up time in your busy day.

Boot camp panels will take in Cumberland Rooms #1 and #2, located on Level 3 in Omni Nashville.

To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Omni Nashville, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com today. The current registration rate for the event is $629 per person. In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

About Benztown: Benztown is an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 1,900 affiliations on six different continents. In August, 2015, Benztown was recognized for the third consecutive year by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, ranked at No. 1364 on the exclusive Inc. 5000. With offices and studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality imaging workparts for 20 libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and JACK. Benztown’s industry-leading technology and proprietary web-based imaging solution, “Benztown Branding”, is used daily by nearly 1,200 broadcast radio stations and digital services worldwide. Benztown also provides custom voice-over and imaging services across all formats, including commercial voice-over and copywriting services. Benztown Radio Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Radio Networks, is an international media syndication company providing unique, first-rate programming and features to radio stations and media companies around the world, including The Todd ‘N’ Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Slow Jams with R Dub!, Remote News Service, Vipology and Flashback. For more information, visit www.benztown.com.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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Futuri Media and CRS Partner to Present the CRS Tech Breakfast: Country’s Digital Advantage

Scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m.

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 27, 2016) Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig and 3D MediaVentures President Jon Erdahl will present Country’s Digital Advantage: How technology gives country radio unique opportunities above all other formats at the “CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast” during Country Radio Seminar 2016. Presented by Futuri Media (http://www.FuturiMedia.com), the event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. at the Omni Hotel in Cumberland 3/4, and will include a breakfast buffet, mimosas, and a chance to win an Apple Watch.

Since 2013, Futuri Media has monitored millions of posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with its TopicPulse social monitoring system; entertained millions of country music fans through its radio station mobile apps; and created live interactive shows using “LDR” (Listener Driven Radio) on hundreds of radio stations around the world.

Anstandig and Erdahl will also present data from Futuri’s platforms that show how country listeners differ from all other formats. You’ll get a unique perspective on the value of engaging a country fan in the digital world. The session will examine the value of an interactive consumer and how social and mobile technology provides unprecedented opportunities to cultivate and attract engaged and interactive fans in country and more.

For more information and an advance agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

About Futuri Media: Futuri Media (http://www.futurimedia.com) is a global leader in innovative interactive broadcast technology. It develops SaaS-based social and mobile audience engagement technology for broadcasters and publishers including Listener Driven Radio’s LDR1™ voting window, LDR1’s Instant Alerts™ and Takeover® technologies; TopicPulse®, a real-time social media measurement system for newsrooms and content producers; the TopLine sales presentation service; and Futuri Mobile™, which designs custom mobile features and apps for broadcasters, offering more than 165 iPhone, Android and tablet apps. The company’s platforms are in use at more than 950 TV and radio stations and networks in 18 countries, reaching more than 100 million consumers monthly.

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#MeetMeMonday – Kelly Basdavanos

Getting To Know Aristo PR’s Kelly Basdavanos

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Q: Where is your hometown? And why did you decide to come to Nashville?
My hometown is in Glen Cove, N.Y. I decided to come to Nashville to major in Music Business at Belmont University.

Q: What is one interesting fact about you?
I love sharks. I went cage diving off the coast of Oahu, HI with a bunch of Galapagos sharks. My next stop is either Australia or South Africa to cage dive with the Great Whites.

Q: What is your favorite Nashville eatery?
FIDO. FIDO. FIDO.

Q: What is your favorite music venue? (Anywhere)
Beacon Theater, NY.

Q: If you could only pick one, what would be your all-time favorite song?
“Vienna” – Billy Joel

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
I like to attend concerts, play tennis, paint and travel when I get the chance!

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville on the weekend?
On the weekend, I usually stop at Fido because their breakfast dishes are the bomb. I also like to try new restaurants around the city.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Teleportation so I could travel anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement has probably been working the GRAMMY Awards my sophomore year at Belmont. It was amazing to meet so many industry professionals and talents who I will hopefully be working for some day in the near future.

Q: What is something interesting that is on your bucket list?
I would love to eventually travel to different parts of the world to help monitor sea turtle hatchings.

Q: What is one type of food that you could not live without?
Mac and cheese

Q: What actor would you want to play you in the movie of your life? Why?
Amy Schumer because she’s funny and fabulous.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
London. I absolutely love it there. I studied abroad in London last spring and loved it so much, I returned in August for a week.

Q: How would your friends describe you?
Obsessed with cats, bubbly, very particular, and truthful.

Q: What TV or movie series are you obsessed with right now?
I just started watching “Friday Night Lights” over winter break and I’m almost done with the third season. I’m totally obsessed.

Q: What did you ‘want to be when you grew up’ as a kid?
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger. I quickly realized that wasn’t going to work out since I have no musical talent whatsoever.

Q: If time or money weren’t an issue, what would you be doing right now?
I would be traveling to different parts of the world and exploring.

Q: What are the top five albums that have shaped your life?
Jonas Brothers (self titled album): They were a pretty huge part of my life— I was a mega fan.
The Eagles: Greatest Hits: My family would listen to this album every year we took our Canada skiing trip, so now it just reminds me of family and good times.
How To Save A Life – The Fray: For some reason when this album came out, I became obsessed. It still pops up in my playlists and it never gets old.
Oops… I Did It Again – Britney Spears: The tour after this album came out was my first concert ever. I was 7 years old and now when I listen to this album, a lot of childhood memories come back to me.
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay: I love every Coldplay album, but Mylo Xyloto was the tour that I was finally able to attend and it still ranks as the best concert I have ever been to.

Q: A television show you can’t miss, but hate to admit you watch:
“Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

Q: If you could spend the day with any person (living or deceased), who would it   be?
Harry Styles because he’s awesome.

Q: What is your life goal?
My life goal would have to be: be happy in whatever career path I end up choosing.

Q: What is your favorite joke?
What is a pile of cats called?
A meowntain.

Daily necessities in your desk drawer, pocket, or purse:
My license, credit card, and cell phone.

Favorite thing in your office:
Colorful paperclips.

Take a photo of your favorite coffee mug and explain:
I received this mug as a gift and I absolutely love it (mostly because it’s pretty)!

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Travis Tritt Comments On Passing Of Close Friend, Eagles Member Glenn Frey

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 18, 2016) – Travis Tritt has released a statement regarding the passing of his longtime friend, founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, Glenn Frey.

Tritt commented, “Glenn Frey and the music he created alone and with The Eagles have been such an inspiration to me. We first met at the video shoot for my version of ‘Take It Easy’ in 1993. He always went out of his way to acknowledge and encourage me ever since. I’m a better person, better musician and a better songwriter having met him. I still can’t believe he is gone!”

Tritt’s 1993 release of Eagles’ “Take It Easy” led to a reunion of the famously acrimonious band as they came together to appear in the music video.  The meeting led to reconciliation and the band put aside their differences, eventually reuniting for their 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour.
Glenn Frey passed away on Jan. 18, 2016 at the age of 67.

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Marco Club Connection Announces Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits of 2015

Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good.” and Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” top the list

(Nashville, Tenn. – January 18, 2016) – Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good.” and Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” topped the list of Country dance favorites in 2015, according to Marco Club Connection’s annual ranking of Country dance club songs.

“Honey, I’m Good.” was a major pop hit that appealed to dancers at all outlets, and received a significant boost among Country fans when Eli Young Band released their collaborative version of the song with Grammer to country radio and dance venues. Marco Club Connection’s Craig Bann notes the unusually strong impact of the song, stating that “Following the release of Eli Young Band’s version of ‘Honey, I’m Good’ featuring Andy Grammer, we saw an incredible resurgence of popularity and club play for the song at Country venues.”

Bann further reports that “2015 saw continued growth in dance-oriented, up-tempo Country singles, with hits like Luke Bryan’s ‘Kick The Dust Up’ and Sam Hunt’s ‘House Party’ making a lasting impression within the Country line-dance community.”

The Nashville-based company surveys a panel of nearly 250 club owners, DJs and dance instructors from across the country to compile its rankings every December. Overall votes by the panel determine each song’s placement on the list.

The list was a mixture of new and established artists with Little Big Town’s CMA award-winning “Girl Crush” placing as the 6th most popular song among dancers, while newcomers Sam Hunt, A Thousand Horses and Mo Pitney all had their first placement on the annual list.

Zac Brown Band was the only artist to be represented twice in the Top 10 with “Homegrown” and “Beautiful Drug” coming in at 8 and 10.

Two titles from 2014, Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and Colt Ford’s “Crank It Up,” continued their run of popularity well into 2015 and were also ranked very highly among dancers and DJs.

The results of the 2015 Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits are:

  1. “Honey, I’m Good.” – Andy Grammer
  2. “Sangria” – Blake Shelton
  3. “Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
  4. “House Party” – Sam Hunt
  5. “Crash and Burn” – Thomas Rhett
  6. “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
  7. “Boy & A Girl Thing” – Mo Pitney
  8. “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
  9. “Smoke” – A Thousand Horses
  10. “Beautiful Drug” – Zac Brown Band

A complete archive of Marco Club Connection’s Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits can be viewed at http://marcoclubconnection.com/top-10/.

About Marco Club Connection: With a nationwide database including more than 250 venues and world-renowned dance instructors, Marco Club Connection has the ability to reach more than 200,000 club patrons per weekend. Marco Club Connection directly markets music to over 2 million club goers. Ranging from product distribution to full marketing and promotion campaigns, Marco Club Connection has the resources to meet your needs. In today’s rapidly evolving and increasingly fragmented media environment, club promotion offers a unique channel that capitalizes on new opportunities to reach your audience. Club promotions are a valuable component in a music marketing campaign.

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CRS and COPD Foundation Team Up To Offer Free On-Site Screenings At CRS 2016

Attendees offered detection and education on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 18, 2016) Country Radio Seminar and the COPD Foundation have partnered to offer chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) screenings at CRS 2016. Screenings will take place throughout the 3-day event, held Feb. 8-10 at Omni Nashville.

COPD, an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases, is characterized by increasing breathlessness. Nearly 24 million Americans have the disease, but approximately half of them remain undiagnosed. If diagnosed early, COPD is treatable and individuals can lead more productive lives. The opportunity to screen attendees at CRS will help spread the word about early detection and educate CRS attendees about the importance of lung health. The basic screening test takes less that 3 minutes and all attendees will be given private access to their test results to take to their personal physicians.

Screenings will be administered by respiratory therapists. Individuals over the age of 35 or anyone with a history of smoking or family with lung disease will be asked to take a brief, five-question screener to assess their risk. If the score indicates a high risk, they will be asked to complete further testing, which includes a simple breathing test to measure lung volume (i.e. spirometry).

The screening clinic will be open Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Level 2 of the Omni.

COPD, an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases, is characterized by increasing breathlessness. Nearly 24 million Americans have the disease, but approximately half of them remain undiagnosed. If diagnosed early, COPD is treatable and individuals can lead more productive lives. The opportunity to screen attendees at CRS will help spread the word about early detection and educate CRS attendees about the importance of lung health.

The basic screening test takes less that 3 minutes and all attendees will be given private access to their test results to take to their personal physicians.

The screener and the lung volume results will be provided to participants right away. If there are any indications of concern, a recommendation will be given to the participant to share the results with their physician. Additionally, COPD will administer Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) testing. Alpha-1 testing is a genetic form of COPD and can result in serious lung disease and/or liver disease. Alpha 1 is diagnosed through a simple blood sample (finger stick test) administered by a qualified health care professional. Sample will be sent to a designated lab. Results will be sent to a physician champion who will inform the participant of the results.

Kevin Moran, Chief Development Office of COPD states, “The COPD Foundation is extremely thankful to Country Radio Broadcasters for inviting us to participate in this year’s seminar to promote lung health and build awareness about COPD. With over 24 million Americans living with COPD of which some 12 million undiagnosed this is a disease at epidemic proportions. CRS provides the COPD Foundation a amazing opportunity to educate participants about lung health and screen for lung disease. COPD is preventable and treatable. Thanks to the CRB team the foundation will be reaching a critical audience to help spread the word about the 3rd leading cause of death in this country and the importance of testing and early detection.”

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne adds, “This kind of service in which we are offering to our attendees provides our continued focus on the most important asset of our industry, our people. No matter how great your talent and professionalism, we want to do our part to insure you are ‘with us’ to make your contributions to all of the world through our industry and your gifts! So please, get tested. It’s quick, simple, and free to all attendees.”

To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Omni hotel, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com today. In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

About the COPD Foundation: The COPD Foundation (COPDF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing programs, which improve quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Foundation’s stated mission is to prevent and cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and improve the lives of all people affected by this devastating disease. The COPD Foundation’s primary activities include research, education, and advocacy programs.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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$99 Unemployment Rate Returns for CRS 2016

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 12, 2016) Country Radio Seminar has announced that the $99 Unemployment Rate is now available for CRS 2016, which will be held Feb. 8th – Feb. 10th in Nashville, Tenn at the Omni Hotel. The rate is a $530 savings from the current registration price of $629.

The Unemployment Rate will provide CRS attendees access to more than 30 on-site educational panels and roundtable discussions, as well as CRS sanctioned after-hours events. The rate does not include access into the already sold-out New Faces show.

Contact Ashley Silver at (615) 327-4487 or Ashley@crb.org for registration materials. Proof of unemployment will be subject to verification by officials of the Country Radio Seminar.

The regular rate of $629 is now in effect for others planning to attend CRS 2016. www.CountryRadioSeminar.com provides details and descriptions of the 2016 panels and confirmed panelists.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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Top Industry Execs Discuss New Transitions In “New Views From The Top” Panel At CRS 2016

Keynote Discussion featuring John Esposito, Randy Goodman, Bill Hendrich and Rod Phillips To Kick-Off CRS 2016

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 12, 2016) Four industry executives with decades of successful business experience have been announced as participants in a keynote discussion at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2016. John Esposito (newly elected Chairman of the Board of the Country Music Association and President/CEO of Warner Music Nashville), Randy Goodman (Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville), Bill Hendrich (Executive Vice President of Radio, Cox Media Group) and Rod Phillips (Sr. VP Programming, iHeart Country) will discuss their “new view” and enlighten attendees on how they’ve transitioned into new roles. Additionally, they will discuss their current outlook on our industry and our future, how they intend on managing these new roles and their take on various challenges within the Industry. CRB President and Sr. VP and Market Manager for Emmis Communications/Indianapolis, Charlie Morgan will lead the discussion, titled “New Views From The Top,” which is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Legends Ballroom presentation hall on Level 2 of Omni Nashville.

This keynote discussion will set the tone for the many great industry dialogues that will be had during the NEW experience at Country Radio Seminar 2016.

CRB President and Sr. VP and Market Manager for Emmis Communications/Indianapolis, Charlie Morgan states, “This keynote discussion will really be a ‘tone-setter’ for the business-minded professional, as CRS continues to present the most relevant and innovative information possible for our attendees. Our goal is always striving for our attendees to walk away with actionable ideas and thoughts. Our end-game is to help our folks’ ability to increase revenue, market share/ratings, and advance their individual career! The level of perspective of these participants will be formidable, “a MUST attend!”

To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Omni hotel, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com today. The current registration rate for the event is $629 per person. In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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Twelve Hit Songwriters Band Together For Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley at CRS 2016

2016 marks fifth consecutive year for highly anticipated after-hour event

(Nashville, TN – Jan. 11, 2016) Once again, a list of heavy hitter songwriters will make a presence at Country Radio Seminar (CRS 2016). On Feb. 9, twelve of the format’s most successful songwriters from this year will perform at “Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley.” Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Andrew Dorff, Josh Kear, Shane McAnally, Heather Morgan, Tim Nichols, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton, and Jimmy Yeary are all set to perform at the event, which is co-sponsored by Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 and SunTrust Bank, with additional support from ASCAP Nashville, who will provide attendees with a complimentary first drink of the evening.

Bob Kingsley will host this magical evening which has become one of the week’s most anticipated after-hour events. This mark’s the fifth consecutive year that “Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley” has taken place at Country Radio Seminar.

This year’s Acoustic Alley will be held on Feb. 9 from 7 p.m. until midnight near Legends Ballroom (level 2) at The Omni in Nashvile, Tenn. A cash bar will be provided. A CRS badge will be required for admittance.

Bob Kingsley states, “For the past five years, putting on Acoustic Alley has been a wonderful experience. These wonderful performing songwriters have provided us all with greater insight into the music we hear on the radio. And as informative, educational and inspiring as each of these evenings has been, I think this year is going to top them all.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne adds, “We are beyond thrilled to announce this high caliber lineup. Having the opportunity to witness this level of talent in our new, beautiful and intimate setting will add to making this year most memorable.”

Country Radio Seminar is currently offering a $100 discount on CRS 2016 registrations, available now through Jan. 11. Following the deadline, the $529 per person rate will increase to $629. To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Omni hotel, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com today. In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

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 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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