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Innovation in Music Awards Adds Additional Names to Class Of 2017 Event Honorees and Nominees

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 28, 2017) – Apart from the biggest award of the night honoring the Innovator of the Year, who will be announced in the coming days, The Innovation in Music Awards is proud to announce the 2017 Class of Innovation in Music Awards recipients and nominees. The award winners will accept their honors during the inaugural ceremony on Tuesday, June 6 at the Westin Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The 2017 Class of Innovation in Music Awards:

  • Heritage Award: Mike McVay, McVay Media/McVay Syndication/ Listener Driven Radio
  • Innovation in Music, Executive: David Macias, Thirty Tigers
  • Innovation in Music, Artist & Creative: Shane McAnally, SMACKSongs
  • Innovation in Music, Live/Touring: Brian O’Connell, Live Nation
  • Innovation in Music, National Media: Leslie Fram, CMT
  • Innovation in Music, National Radio: Bobby Bones, iHeartMedia
  • Innovation in Music, Digital Media: Gogi Gupta, Gupta Media
  • Innovation in Music, Digital Broadcast: J.R. Schumann, SiriusXM

As previously announced, this year’s Major Market Radio nominees for the Innovation in Music Awardare Mark Anderson, WDSY/Pittsburgh; Johnny Chiang, KKBQ/Houston; Lauren MacLeash, KMNB/Minneapolis; Tim Roberts, WYCD/Detroit; Gregg Swedberg, KEEY/Minneapolis.

The Medium Market Radio nominees are Bev Rainey, KBQI/Albuquerque; Jon Reilly, WKLI/Albany; John Thomas, WRNX/Springfield; Sue Wilson, WQMX/Akron.

Finally, the nominees for the Innovation in Music Award recognizing Small Market Radio are Scott Donato, WGTY/York; Kory James, KPLM/Palm Springs; Rik McNeil, KJUG/Visalia; Dave Michaels, WQHK/Ft. Wayne.

The winners of all three Country Radio awards will be revealed during the inaugural ceremony.

Designed to celebrate those who have played a critical role in the development and advancement of the ever-changing music industry, the inaugural Innovation in Music Awards ceremony will recognize a number of industry leaders who are distinguished in the discovery and innovative strategy of driving forward the direction of today’s music landscape.

The awards ceremony will consist of acceptance speeches from the evening’s honorees, musical performances, and a short-form talk from an industry representative considered to be a bright, forward-thinker.

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Additional event information including how to purchase tickets will be released in the coming weeks, and available through

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Mike McVay

David Macias

Shane McAnally

Brian O’Connell

Leslie Fram 

Bobby Bones

Gogi Gupta 

J.R. Schumann

About Mike McVay: McVay is President of McVay Media and McVay Syndication, partner of Listener Driven Radio, and Co-Founder of McVay New Media. Known globally as media’s most influential media strategist, McVay serves as a consultant and advisor to radio stations, artists, singers/songwriters, Internet businesses, Networks, air talent as well as publications. Adding to his already impressive list of nominations, McVay has been recognized as Ohio Media Leader of The Year, Broadcaster of the Year from Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast Consultant of the Year at the Radio Music Awards, as well as Broadcast Executive of the Year for Radio & Records Magazine for three years running, 2006-2008.

About David Macias: David Macias is the co-founder and President of Thirty Tigers, a diverse entertainment company that specializes in marketing services, music distribution, management, promotion, and publishing for independent artists. Thirty Tigers offers artists an alternative to the major label model, allowing them complete creative control and ownership of their music while giving them, on average, 70-75% of the income.  This artist-friendly model has proven incredibly successful for both the company, which has seen a 20% growth year after year, and importantly, for artists, some whom consistently receive sizeable checks. His music industry background spans 35 years, starting in record retail in Florida and continuing on with stops at Arista, BMG, EMI, and Giant Records, before co-founding Thirty Tigers in 2001.

About Shane McAnally: McAnally is a GRAMMY Award winning songwriter and producer, known for his work with many of Nashville’s top artists. After success with Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” McAnally narrowed his focus to on writing, eventually opening an independent publishing and management company in 2012 called SMACKSongs. In 2010, McAnally earned his first No.1 with Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere With You” and has since written or produced 26 No.1s-and-counting. In 2015, McAnally was named Billboard’s Hot Country Songwriter of the Year and was featured on the cover of Billboard’s Nashville Power Player issue.  McAnally has produced albums and songs for Sam Hunt, Kelly Clarkson, Old Dominion, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen and Midland. Most recently, McAnally was tapped to arrange and produce the ACM Award winning single “Forever Country” to commemorate the Country Music Association’s 50th anniversary. Earlier this year, he was announced as the co-president of Sony’s revitalized Monument Records, where he will serve alongside Jason Owen to guide 2017 music releases by Caitlyn Smith and Walker Hayes.

About Brian O’Connell: O’Connell is President of Country Music Touring for Live Nation. Meeting and developing young acts on the rise and seeing the creative process in gear are two of the fringe benefits O’Connell enjoys the most. His passion for the artist, live shows and the fan experience remains engrained in his award-winning career of more than 25 years. Developing the ultra-succesfull Country Megaticket, he has worked with Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and many more. He is a seven-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Promoter of the Year award – more than any other promoter. He is a four-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year award. In 2013 was named Promoter of the Year by IEBA (the international Entertainment Buyers Association) and recognized by the industry’s leading tour source Pollstar with the 2006 Bill Graham Promoter of the Year Award, as well as the 2017, 2014 and 2013 Talent Buyer of the Year award.

About Leslie Fram: Fram currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Music Strategy at Country Music Television (CMT), where she oversees all music integration with the CMT brand for original programs, and video airplay across all platforms. Negotiating vital partnerships with label and indie acts for exclusive content and premieres, she spearheaded new avenues to reveal and showcase on-the-rise talent, per the development of the digital series “Concrete Country” and the movement of “Next Women of Country,” designed solely to empower the female voices of country music. Fram also serves on the board of the Academy of Country Music and has received honors such as the TJ Martell Award, NARAS-Atlanta Chapter Heroes Award, and Lifetime Achievement Inductee in the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

About Bobby Bones: National radio host, stand-up comedian, best-selling author, chart-topping recording artist, TV personality, and philanthropist, Bobby Bones has built his career on the ability to multi-task, turning humor, honesty, and hard work into a self-made business empire. Dubbed by New York Times as “the biggest thing in country radio,” and by Forbes as “the most powerful man in country music,” reaching millions of listeners on more than 100 stations as the host of iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show,” Bones has proven to be one of the genre’s most influential tastemakers, and was honored for a second time by the Academy of Country Music for “National On-Air Personality of the Year.”

About Gogi Gupta: Gogi Gupta is the Founder of Gupta Media, a digital marketing agency that specializes in media buying, creative design and technology solutions. A graduate of Cornell University, Gogi started his company over 12 years ago, with the goal of creating a better way to buy ads online. In 2011, Gogi launched smartURL, a global redirect service that automatically send users to the right place based on their location and device. It has revolutionized and streamlined the process of digital marketing, particularly in the music industry, where smartURLs are frequently used by major artists to announce their new albums to the masses.

About J.R. Schumann: J.R. Schumann serves as the Senior Director of Country Programming at SiriusXM. J.R. is responsible for all of SiriusXM’s country music programming, as well as channels in the Christian category and SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio. Before SiriusXM, J.R. was a top country programmer for major terrestrial radio groups. He joined SiriusXM from Cumulus Media, where he served as Operations Manager overseeing programming of KSCS and KPLX in their Dallas, TX cluster.  Prior to that role, he served as Program Director for country music programming at Cox Media Group’s Orlando, FL cluster, overseeing operations of WWKA. In 2016, J.R. was included in Billboard’s Nashville Power Players List.

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Ty Herndon‪’s Concert for Love and Acceptance Reveals First Round Talent Lineup

CMT joins as media partner, GLAAD returns as nonprofit partner

Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert for Love & Acceptance, hosted by Cody Alan, announced its initial artist lineup, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to Ty Herndon, this year’s talent lineup already includes Billy GilmanKree HarrisonRyan KinderRunaway JuneLorrie MorganMichael RayStreet Corner Symphony, and Thompson Square. The event, created to support at-risk youth, will be held on Thursday, June 8th starting at 7 p.m. at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.

‪Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning artist, Ty Herndon created and co-hosted the first Concert for Love & Acceptance alongside GLAAD in 2015, when his 20th anniversary fan club party turned into a coalition of artists gathering in support of Nashville’s at-risk youth. The driving force behind the benefit is Herndon’s desire to foster positive cultural change and encourage Nashville’s youth to live to their fullest potential.

‪This year’s partners include media partner CMT and nonprofit partner GLAAD, as well as local sponsors Mitchell Gold + Bob WilliamsWade Weissmann Architecture, and Retief Skin Center.

‪The first Concert for Love & Acceptance received national attention from Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and more. A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has also donated his time to organizations such as the Trevor Project, Make A Wish, St. Jude, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children.

‪For more information on Concert for Love & Acceptance or to purchase tickets, please visit

‪Media requesting to cover the event can submit their request here.

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Country Music Legend Travis Tritt Joins Shania Twain and Jake Owen for USA Network’s “Real Country”

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 12, 2018USA Network recently announced that multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award®-winning country music legend Travis Tritt will join its upcoming new music showcase series “Real Country,” alongside previously announced GRAMMY Award®-winning trailblazer Shania Twain and ACM Award-winning singer-songwriter Jake Owen. In each hour-long episode set to premiere this fall on USA Network, Twain, Owen, and Tritt will hand-select emerging solo artists, duos, and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs and themes of specific country genres. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts.

Tritt commented, saying “I’ve been influenced by so many amazing country music artists in my career, and the key to longevity is using those influences as inspiration to become something unique. I’ve never been shy about how I feel about country music so I can’t wait to join “Real Country” to share my experiences and thoughts. Like I always say…if you don’t want my opinion don’t ask me a question.”

Tritt launched his career nearly 30 years ago with a Southern rock-influence, and continues to sell-out shows and stay true to country music fans across the globe. Over the course of nearly three decades, Tritt has released 15 albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, scored multiple hit singles and amassed more than 30 million in career album sales. A native of Marietta, Georgia, Tritt is a two-time GRAMMY Award® winner, three-time CMA Award winner and has a devoted global fan base. Most recently, Tritt released a new project, a special live 2-disc CD andDVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre.

“Real Country” will shoot in Nashville and is produced by Wilshire Studios. Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin are set to executive produce

Anyone interested in being invited to perform on one of Real Country’s” showcases can apply at or via email at

Christy Walker-Watkins – AristoPR – – 615-269-7071

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The Country Network Receives Distinguished “Music Network of the Year” Award at the 5th Annual Nashville Universe Awards

The Country Network Will Broadcast the Special Night on June 18th

Pictured Here: Tim Eaton, President/CEO, The Country Network, Caroline Hobby, Correspondent, The Country Network, and Cary Rolfe, VP, Programming and Artist Relations, The Country Network
Photo Credit: Caroline Hobby

(Nashville, Tennessee – May 29, 2018) – The Country Network (TCN)was recently honored among Nashville’s top industry executives and rising artists at the Wildhorse Saloon during The 5th Annual Nashville Universe Awards when they were announced the Music Network of the Year.

Jeff Willett, Partner, Nashville Universe, had this to say about the award, “Broadcast networks are critical to the success of an entertainer’s ability to share their talent and recordings with a large audience, particularly in music! This year, the nominees included a stellar list of eight professional music broadcast networks; and we offer our sincere congratulations to The Country Network for being voted the 5th Annual Nashville Universe Awards ‘Music Network of the Year’! Unknowingly, the 25,000+ voting members of Nashville Universe endorsed our broadcast partnership with this great network!”

 The Country Network was already extremely proud to receive the nomination in this category, but “Winning that category is a whole different feeling, commented Tim Eaton, President & CEO – The Country Network. The win was a reflection speaking to the artists and fan’s enjoyment and appreciation for their programming knowing that they are the ones who voted.

The red-carpeted awards show included the LIVE presentation of 17 awards, the announcement of 13 others, and breathtaking performances by 2Steel Girls, Adley Stump, Barret Baber, Celeste Kellogg, The Darrin Morris Band, Fiona Culley, Lucas Hoge, Morgan Myles, SaraBeth, Southern Halo, Tate Stevens, Trailer Choir & Billy Dawson.

For those who missed this musical extravaganza, you will be able to watch the ceremony when it is broadcast on The Country Network,June 18th at 7 p.m. in all time zones and on Smart TV, online and Roku,7 p.m. EST, a first for the growing awards show.

 “TCN is a discovery platform for fans seeking the next generation of the best artists and bands in country music. Although we play the biggest-named artists, we also like to introduce you to the best new artists on the rise. ” Cary Rolfe, VP of Programming and Artists Relations, The Country Networkwent on to say, “To that end, our partnership with Nashville Universe is a strategic move for us as both companies share a passion for showcasing emerging talent!” 

 About The Country NetworkThe Country Network (TCN) is an innovative music video network dedicated to providing today’s country music enthusiasts more choices in televised and digital programming. TCN is the premier 4K television network dedicated exclusively to airing country music videos, 4K original and exclusive programming. The Country Network is in over 51 markets with more than 40 million DMA households. “Country Music, all the time.”

 About Nashville Universe:  Nashville Universe was created to shine a bright spotlight on the next generation of great talent. Since 2013, our community has grown to over 25,000 members including singers, songwriters, recording artists, musicians, producers, filmmakers, actors, celebrities, and all their fans; plus, many prominent members of the related industries – including managers, agents, promoters, fashion designers, and executives from recording labels, recording studios, publishing companies, film companies, television networks, radio networks, performance venues, and entertainment organizations. For artists, we are where they can step into the spotlight and gain more exposure to new fans and industry professionals. For fans, we are where they can discover the next generation of great entertainment talent. For entertainment professionals, we are a place they can discover the brightest rising stars and showcase their services and expertise.

The inaugural Nashville Universe Awards were held in 2013 to give recognition to artists, industry leaders, and organizations who are blazing new trails in the entertainment industry. Additionally, Nashville Universe provides many opportunities for our 9,000 artistic members to showcase their talents and connect with fans – such as presenting a meet & greet booth hosting artists at the annual Fan Fair X during CMA Fest in downtown Nashville; producing several multi-artist, action-packed, free shows for country music fans and festival goers at various venues around downtown Nashville throughout the festival; and presenting several LIVE shows year-round at multiple iconic Nashville venues.

Pictured Here: Gary Pfleiger CFO/Partner, Tim Eaton, President/CEO, The Country Network, and Cary Rolfe, VP, Programming and Artist Relations, The Country Network
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Country Network 

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Tanya Tucker Joins Concert for Love and Acceptance Lineup, Set for June 7 at Wildhorse Saloon

Additional talent announced includes Billy Dean, Cale Dodds, Temecula Road, Thompson Square, and more

(Nashville, Tennessee – May 25, 2018) – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that country music icon Tanya Tucker will take the stage for a very special performance at the GLAAD + Ty Herndon Concert for Love and Acceptance, set for June 7 at the Wildhorse Saloon during CMA Fest in Nashville. GLAAD and Herndon also today announced performances by Billy Dean, Cale Dodds, Parson James, Temecula Road, and Thompson Square.Previous announced special guests and performers include Terri Clark, Cam, Shelly Fairchild, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, and Brandon Stansell.  Anita Cochran will perform and serve as musical director for the show.

CMT will return as the event’s media sponsor and will amplify the event and line-up across its radio and social platforms. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

“I am thrilled to welcome my wonderful and dear friend Tanya Tucker to the show. All her kids call me ‘Uncle Ty,’” said Herndon. “I have known Tanya’s heart for many years. She is truly one of the most talented, kind and generous souls on the planet. She is adored by all of us in country music, and we’ll all be watching to learn a little something about how it’s done.”

Tanya Tucker is a global superstar, who has been amassing hits since she burst onto the country music scene at the age of 13 with “Delta Dawn.” Since then, she has racked up a slew of awards including two CMAs, two ACMs, three CMT awards and ten GRAMMY® nominations. The Academy of Country Music also honored Tanya with the Cliffie Stone Icon Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors™. All-inclusive sales of Tanya’s singles, albums, hits collections and digital downloads have topped 25 million records worldwide. Her catalog of hit singles spans five decades and includes “Blood Red and Going Down,” “Strong Enough to Bend,” “Down To My Last Teardrop,” and “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane.”

“My first ‘forty-five’ growing up in South Carolina was Tanya Tucker’s ‘Delta Dawn,’ so I have been a fan for a long time,” said Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s Vice President of Programs and Executive Producer of the 2018 Concert for Love & Acceptance. “I’m so excited that we have reached a time when the country music community is standing up for love and acceptance for LGBTQ people, and young children everywhere who feel different can know that we’re all on their side.”

The inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance was held in 2015 to kick off GLAAD’s Southern Stories Tour and the second iteration was held in 2017. The event has been supported by artists like Reba McEntire, and Dan + Shay, with a lineup of performances that has included Chris Carmack, Crystal Gayle, Billy Gilman, Dana Goldberg, Kree Harrison, Mickey Guyton, Levi Hummon, Runaway June, Ryan Kinder, Meghan Lindsey, Street Corner Symphony, and Trent Harmon. GLAAD’s Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBTQ people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBTQ acceptance and understanding in the region.

In recent years, country music has become a more affirming environment for the LGBTQ community with chart-toppers like Luke Bryan’s “Most People are Good” following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Kasey Musgraves, and The Dixie Chicks sharing inclusive messages through their lyrics. In January 2017, CMT host Cody Alan came out publicly in People magazine with the help of GLAAD and received an outpouring of support and love from the country music community and his fans. Stars like Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and Dierks Bentley all voiced their support on social media. Ty Herndon, a Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist with album sales of more than 4 million, was the first major male country music star to come out when he shared his story with the world in 2014.

The 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance corporate partners include presenting partners CMT, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka and community partners Nissan and The Weissmann Group.

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Paul Allen Guides Career Management of Professional Managers and Self-Managed Artists with New Fourth Edition of His Best-Seller Artist Management for the Music Business

Has Been Published by Taylor & Francis and Debuted as #1 New Release in Amazon’s Music Book Category

This book shows how and why those moving parts ‘move,’ as well as how to manage and navigate a music-based career,” Allen comments.

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 21, 2018) – Author, Paul Allen’s new edition of his best-selling Artist Management for the Music Business has been published by Taylor & Francis and debuted over the weekend as the #lnew release on Amazon in its music book category. 

The fourth edition guides the career management of professional managers as well as self-managed artists and bands.  Allen says, “Anyone managing an artist’s or their own career, needs to be well-versed and have a savvy understanding of the moving parts of the music business. This book shows how and why those moving parts ‘move,’ as well as how to manage and navigate a music-based career.”

Perhaps most importantly, Allen says, “The realities of the music business and the sources of power in the music business are candid reflections of my experience that can help you avoid the quicksand that can bog your career down.” Artist Management for the Music Business is a comprehensive view of how to generate income through music and how to strategically plan for future growth. The book is full of valuable practical insights. It includes interviews and case studies with examples of real-world management issues and outcomes.

Updates to this new edition include the importance of online streaming to music careers, how anyone can effectively use networking for success, how to effectively negotiate, ways to manage income sources, and guidance on engaging the ever-changing social media landscape of the music business.

Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University.  His career includes service in the US Air Force, work in radio, television, government, political management, as executive director of Country Radio Broadcasters, and Academia.

Professor Christopher Palmer is a former executive with Warner Bros. who developed an interactive online course based on Artist Management for the Music Business. He works at Frost Online at the University of Miami where he teaches and mentors graduate students about the live entertainment industry. The course is available at

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group is an international company originating in England in 1852 that publishes books and academic journals.

For more information, visit You can also visit Artist Management on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

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Country Radio Broadcasters Announce Recipients of 2018 Artist Career Achievement Award and President’s Award

2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award Recipient is Steve Wariner and Charlie Morgan To Receive President’s Award

Limited Number of Tables and Individual Tickets Still Available – Here




(Nashville, Tenn. – May 21, 2018) – The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. have announced Steve Wariner as the recipient of the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Charlie Morgan as the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award. Both awards will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, June 20th at 6 p.m. CDT at the Marriott Nashville (Vanderbilt, 2555 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tenn.).

Twenty albums into his five-decade career, 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award recipient, Steve Wariner has become a modern-day multi-genre icon earning fourteen #1 hits, over 30 Top 10 hits, three Gold albums, four GRAMMY Awards, three CMA Awards, one ACM Award, a Christian Country Music Association Award, a TNN/Music City News Award, a CMA Triple Play award, and 15 BMI Million-Air Awards. He is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame, and one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the “Certified Guitar Player” (CGP) award by Chet Atkins. The now Grand Ole Opry member was discovered by the legendary Dottie West at just 17 years old as he played a set in an Indiana club. West hired him on the spot to be her bass player. Upon accepting the offer, Wariner played bass for three years with her before his next gig playing in Grand Ole Opry member, Bob Luman’s band and was a featured musician on Luman’s Alive and Well record, which was produced by Johnny Cash.  Working with Luman’s band led to Wariner being commissioned by his idol Chet Atkins to play bass in his band. It was Atkins that eventually signed Wariner to his first recording contract at RCA in 1977 and produced Wariner’s first recording session at the historic RCA Studio B.

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.

“Steve Wariner is still enjoying of one of the most amazing careers in Country music history; singer, songwriter, Grand Ole Opry member, contributor to his fellow artists, and a member of the most prestigious clubs for extraordinary guitarists. All of this in addition to being the best friend any one on earth could be blessed to have!” says Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRB.

Charlie Morgan is Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis New York, which includes WBLS, WLIB and WQHT.   Morgan has supervisory responsibility for Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes WIBC, WFNI, WYXB, WLHK and Network Indiana. A Butler University graduate, Morgan has over 35 years of radio experience, the first 23 years with Susquehanna (now Cumulus) Radio, (WFMS/WJJK/WISG) in roles from Morning host to SVP/Market Manager. In 2007, Morgan joined the team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, serving as President and COO of IMS Productions. In 2009, he returned to radio joining the Emmis team managing the Indianapolis cluster for seven years (WLHK, WIBC, WYXB, WFNI) and now the Emmis New York cluster (WBLS, WQHT, WLIB.)  Additionally, in 2013 Morgan formed the Rith Group, a marketing consulting agency with longtime associate Bob Richards. Morgan has been widely recognized for his leadership in Radio, honored on multiple occasions as one of the top Managers in radio, most recently in 2016.  Also named the 2013 Country Aircheck/Country Radio Broadcaster’s Large Market Manager of the year and the 2012 Radio Wayne Award winner for Market Manager of the Year.  Additionally, Morgan has received the CMA Large Market Personality of the Year Award in his on-air role and been General Manager of stations receiving multiple CMA, ACM and Marconi Awards for Station of the Year. Morgan has served the industry as President of the Board of the Country Radio Broadcasters, and is a current Board Member of the Country Music Association, the New York Market Radio Group (NYMRAD), and the New York State Broadcast Association. In addition to his industry involvement, Morgan is active in the community. He currently serves on the Boards of Heartland Films, and Classical Music Indy.  Morgan was past Chairman of the 500 Festival Board of Directors.

CRB/CRS President, Kurt Johnson comments, “Charlie is simply one of the best at what he does. And he does a lot. It’s hard to think of anyone who’s made more impact as a leader across a diverse list of organizations in and around Country Radio, earning accolades at every step. He’s been a fixture at CRB and CRS for years and is a good friend to artists, managers, labels, DJs…basically pro’s in every part of Country music. Charlie personifies the spirit of CRS and I’m proud to give him the President’s Award on behalf or the CRB Board.”

The Country Radio Hall of Fame event will also honor the “Class of 2018” radio inductees that were announced during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018. Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be honored and include Radio category honorees Michael O’Malley of the Albright, O’Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The On-Air Personality category includes Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer (“Andy & Alison”) formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon and Scott Evans (“Harmon And Evans”) formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill BarrettTim Fox, and Tracy Berry(“Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.  The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format.

A limited number of individual tickets are still available, and are $130 each and tables are $2500. Individual tickets can be purchased here or by contacting Darcie Van Etten at For tables and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brooke Sanders at

About CRB: 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 the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.  More information may be obtained at or at the CRB office at (615) 327-4487.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Instagram and Twitter.

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Pearl Clarkin Casts Single, “Fishin’” To Digital Retailers and Prepares To Send To Country Radio

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(Nashville, Tenn. – May 17, 2018) Emerging Country artist, PearlClarkin, has released her debut single, “Fishin’” to digital retailers.

Written by Pearl Clarkin, the alluring, mid-tempo “Fishin’,” conveys the story of a woman who dreams of a man that is able to lure her in and get her hooked, the man who will take her fishin’.

Pearl discussed how she came about the idea for the song, “I wrote the lyrics while I was at my family beach house in Florida. I was painting and pressure washing our deck when a friend commented very sweetly about a photo I had posted of myself working with no makeup.  We struck up a conversation that led him to express how cool he thought it was that a feminine girl with a glamorous lifestyle enjoyed working outside or fishing in her downtime. Too often we feel pressured to project and maintain an image on social media, while what we want is a man who is attracted to us for our real moments also.”

Over the last few years, Pearl has earned a strong following through her countless performances at Nashville-based venues, The Bluebird Cafe, Commodore Grille, The Listening Room, and many others.  At any given night, you can find Clarkin performing in Nashville or at large corporate events and festivals around the country.  Some of the festivals in which she’s appeared are CMA Fest in Nashville, Summerfest in Milwaukee, as well as Bike Fest in Daytona Beach.  She has opened up for a spectrum of artists from Charlie Daniels to Michael Ray.

Pearl headlined a hometown show in Pensacola Beach where she performed in front of over 4000 fans, friends, and family. Each year, she is a featured writer at the Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Festival. By listening to her music, fans will notice that many of her songs are about north Florida, an area known as the Redneck Riviera, and the beach life; this influence comes from a tiny island off the Gulf of Mexico where Pearl calls home.

Pearl has been writing her entire life but began honing her songwriting skills at the age of 12 when she met Macy Gray at an American Idol camp, who told Pearl to send her music to Nashville. Pearl entered a song into CMT’s “Music City Madness” competition and was named a top unsigned artist. Pearl is now a full-time Songwriting Major at Belmont University.

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Festive “Corteo” Parades through Music City to Dazzle Media and Spectators

(Nashville, Tennessee – May 15, 2018) – A few of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo performers dazzled media and spectators during their brief parade through Music City. Johan Juslin performed a diablo act (which is a juggling or circus prop consisting of a bobbin and two hourglass-shaped cups and is spun using a string attached to two wands much like a yo-yo) while Alain Labrie performed a festive pan-European musical number from the production. The duo made numerous stops including WSMV’s Today in Nashville, 650WSM’s Nashville Today and was even spotted in front of some of Nashville’s favorite landmarks and “backdrops” which can be seen here.

Cirque du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world and tickets are now on sale for their upcoming visit to Music City with its latest creation, Corteo this summer, July 26-29, 2018. The largest international touring production will take spectators on a magnificent journey, with 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors representing more than 15 nationalities while contrasting the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection. The show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us.

Written and directed by, Daniele Finzi Pasca, with Cirque du Soleil’s mission of invoking the imagination, provoking the senses and evoking the emotions of people around the world, Corteo is like no other production. It first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005 and has since been a great success amazing 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents. Corteo, which means cortege in Italian is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown as he visualizes his own funeral taking place in a carnival-like setting, watched over quietly by caring angels. This mesmerizing production combines a theatrical world of excitement, comedy, and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth making for a magical and musical experience.

Tickets are now on sale HERE.

Show Schedule:
Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the official partner of the Corteo USA tour: Forsythe, A Sirius Company

Social Media
Twitter: @Cirque #CORTEO
Instagram: @cirquedusoleil #CORTEOBroll & Event Images Can Be Seen Here: 
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Trailer: Cirque du Soleil: Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in artistic entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 180 million spectators with 42 productions that have taken place in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists, from nearly 50 countries. In 2017 alone, 19 shows are being presented simultaneously throughout the world

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Corteo performers, Alain Labrie and Johan Juslinon “Today in Nashville”
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Corteo performer, Alain Labrie, on “Today in Nashville”
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Corteo performers, Alain Labrie and Johan Juslin on WSM 650 “Nashville Today”
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Corteo performers, Alain Labrie and Johan Juslin and CorteoPublicist, Maxwell Batista on WSM 650 “Nashville Today” with Devon O’Day
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Corteo performers, Alain Labrie and Johan Juslin with Kelly Sutton and Carole Sullivan on “Today in Nashville”
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Corteo performers, Alain Labrie and Johan Juslin on “Nashouse” with Adam Wurtzel, Ryan Grubb and Jake Anderton
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Keb’ Mo’ Among List of Big Winners at 2018 Blues Music Awards

Wins Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for first-ever collaboration project with Taj Mahal, and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 11, 2018) Singer, songwriter, guitarist and modern day Blues and Americana artist, Keb’ Mo’ was among the list of big winners at the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards, which took place last night in Memphis at the Cook Convention Center.  Keb’ Mo’, alongside Blues Hall of Famer Taj Mahal, was awarded Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for their first-ever collaboration project, TajMo. Keb’ also took home the title of Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year.

The awards, which are presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.

Keb’ Mo’, who has often cited Taj as one of his musical heroes, is a 4-time GRAMMY Winner who has collaborated with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne and Buddy Guy. Keb’ has also performed at multiple Crossroads Guitar Festivals and at In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues in 2012. Taj Mahal has been recording and performing his unmistakable blend of blues and world music for over 50 years, winning multiple GRAMMYS and collaborating with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more along the way.

Released on May 5, 2017, via Concord Records, TajMo is a cross-generational collaboration that merges the two artists’ distinctive voices and guitar styles. The project, which won Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt.

Taj and Keb’ recently announced the addition of new U.S. dates to their TajMo tour. Together, they will hit the road extensively in support of the award-winning project. See below for a list of tour dates.

TajMo Tour Dates:
Mon. Jul-23 – Botanic Gardens (Denver, CO)
Wed. Jul-25 – Red Butte Garden (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fri. Jul-27 – Cuthbert Amphitheater (Eugene, OR)
Sat. Jul-28 – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater (Portland, OR)
Sun. Jul-29 – Chateau Ste. Michelle (Woodinville, WA)
Tue. Jul-31 – Mountain Winery (Saratoga, CA)
Wed. Aug-01 – Bowl (Hollywood, CA)
Thu. Aug-02 – Crest Theatre (Sacramento, CA)
Fri. Aug-03 – Bluesapalooza (Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Sat. Aug-04 – Starlight Theater (Pala, CA)
Tue. Aug-07 – Gillioz Theatre (Springfield, MO)
Wed. Aug-08 – Overture Hall (Madison, WI)
Thu. Aug-09 – Virginia Theater (Champaign, IL)
Fri. Aug-10 – Rialto Theater (Joliet, IL)
Sat. Aug-11 – Taft Theater (Cincinnati, OH)
Sun. Aug-12 – Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI)

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