Nashville Gears Up for Country Radio Seminar 2018

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 5, 2018) – Country radio’s biggest event of the year, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) kicks off today, Monday, Feb. 5 in downtown Nashville, Tenn.  This year’s three-day agenda is packed full of entertainment, networking, and educational opportunities, and includes panels, mentoring events, instructive discussions, and exciting performances from the most talked about emerging acts of today to country music’s biggest superstars. Some of the seminar’s most anticipated events are back again and include Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s Luncheon Show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner.Two exciting new events have also been added to this year’s CRS including the Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase featuring the Radio Ink Best Country PD Awards and the New Faces After Party: #NextUp Showcase presented by Radio Disney Country on Wednesday evening.

Country Radio Seminar Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “I truly believe CRS 2018 will empower you with an incredible array of new innovating ideas to improve your skill sets and perspective to create sustainable results for your business. You will also experience more stellar Country Music performances than ever before!”

As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar is offering 2018 attendees a menu of healthy living opportunities including Shatki Power Yoga sessions, the Shakti Meditation Room, the HOCATT Ozone Sauna, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Juice Bar and a special seminar by Miles Adcox, a nationally-recognized leader including in the fields of emotional wellness, mental health, and entertainment.

To view an advance CRS 2018 agenda, visit or download the official mobile app, which is now available for download on all mobile devices as well as laptops.  The CRS 2018 app, powered by Country Aircheck, provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, panel descriptions, speaker bios, integrated calendar upgrades, CRS after-hour activities, CRS TV video clips and other event news. To get the app, interested parties must go to the app store on their mobile device and download “Crowdcompass AttendeeHub.”  They must search for “CRS 2018” and click download.  When trying to access the CRS 2018 app, they will be required to open the Crowdcompass AttendeeHub on the home screen.

The $699 final registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2018 is available at  Single-day passes are also being made available.  Single-day passes (limited to two-day passes per person) are $200 per pass.


Before the seminar’s kick-off, CRS registrants can enjoy complimentary tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum from 9:00 a.m.- 3 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m., the official CRS 2018 Kick-Off party will be held, in collaboration with Encore TechnologiesDJ Ty Street will host the event in the Broadway Pre-Function Room which will also feature performances by Macy Martin, Gabe Marshall, Brad Puckett and Barry Brown.

At 3 p.m. CT, one of Country Music’s rising stars, CAM, will jumpstart the CRS 2018 Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Sarah Cannon, by singing the national anthem. A Color Guard presentation from the United States Marine Corps and a welcome from Nashville Mayor, Megan Barry will follow all in Legends Ballroom.

Shortly after, around 3:30 p.m., multi-platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentleywill be honored with the CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award, presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and Dan Halyburton, Owner of Falls Media Group, will be recognized as the recipient of the CRS 2018 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. Location is Legends Ballroom, D-G.

From 4 – 5:00 p.m. CT, Dierks Bentley will be the featured speaker in “Climbing the Mountain” spotlighting his rise to superstardom. The panel is sponsored by DAV and is located in the Legends Ballroom, D-G.

At 5:30 p.m. CT, attendees will gather to enjoy music by DJ Sinister in the Broadway Ballroom for the Opening Welcome Reception, sponsored by CMA and Live Nation.

Immediately following in the same location, from 7-9:30 p.m., is the Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase featuring Radio Ink Best Country PD Awards.Powered by Live Nation, this year’s show will feature performances by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) as well as rising stars Jordan Davis (UMG) and Jimmie Allen (Broken Bow).


Tuesday, Feb. 6 kicks off at 7:30 a.m. CT with the Programming Mentoring Breakfast, Sales Mentoring Breakfast, and Label Mentoring Breakfast all in the Cumberland Ballrooms.

At 8:30 a.m., CEO/Owner of Onsite and CRS featured speaker, Miles Adcox, will discuss intentional thinking and centering one’s self. Miles Adcox: Intentional Living, How to Get Control of Your Life Back will take place in Legends, D-G.  Adcox is a nationally-recognized expert in many areas, including emotional leadership, inspiration, communication, organizational health, creative flow, family systems, trauma, and emotional wellness.
At 9:30 a.m., a presentation titled Country Radio is at Home with Smart Speakers, will be presented by Edison Research. The presentation will look at the new devices from the perspective of the Country listener in order to understand how they are already using Smart Speakers and how they use the technology to connect with their favorite radio stations. Edison Research will present ideas on how to use Smart Speakers to strengthen the already strong relationship between the listener and Country Radio. Legends Ballroom, D-G.
Team UMG at the Ryman will take place at 11:30 a.m. CT, and will include performances by Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Kassi Ashton, Jordan Davis, Travis Denning, Brandon Lay, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore and Jon Pardi.
At 2:30 p.m. are two panels: Facebook: Still Our Strongest Ally and Small Market 101: Raising Your Bottom Line, One Strategy at a Time.  Facebook: Still Our Strongest Ally will feature Facebook and Instagram influencers discussing how they create great content that drives engagement and what inspired them to start their pages.   Small Market 101: Raising Your Bottom Line, One Strategy at a Time will provide an overview of strategies and tools that help markets of any size create successful promotions and campaigns straight from small market sales and programming teams.  Simultaneously happening, at 2:30 p.m., is the Interactive Workshop #1 – Voice Coaching: Are They Hearing Your Voice. Join John Willyardand Lisa Keys, two of the top most recognizable voice talents, as they share their tips, tricks and success stories.
Cumulus Media’s CEO, Mary Berner, is set to speak at 3:30 p.m. in a Radio Today discussion, sponsored by Parenting Today’s Teens, in Legends D-G.
At 4:30 p.m. in the Networking Lounge (Rebel Engine Lobby Bar), is On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour. The lounge serves as an area for attendees to mingle with on-air talent, managers, and programmers.
At 5:00 p.m. the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host “Party like an Outlaw,” a private cocktail reception with complimentary access to the museum. Featuring a performance by Warner Music Nashville’s Ashley McBryde, the reception will be held in the museum’s Event Hall, where museum representatives will welcome radio and industry attendees, share info about upcoming exhibits including the recently announced Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s and guide them towards the museum galleries, which will be open for viewing.
Also held at 5:00 p.m. is Cold River Records’ “Drew’s Disco Party” at Kitchen Notes. Featuring a special performance by Drew Baldridge followed by a disco-themed dance party with a lighted dance floor and guest DJ. Biscuits and booze will be served. 

At 7 p.m., Twelve of the format’s most successful songwriters will perform at Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, one of the many popular after-hour events taking place during Country Radio Seminar 2018. Corey Crowder, Chris DeStefano, Bob DiPiero, Nicolle Galyon, JT Harding, Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobley, Heather Morgan, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins, Matt Rogers, and Cole Taylor are all set to perform in Legends A-C.WEDNESDAY, FEB 7:

Wednesday will begin with the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services, and the Digital Tech Breakfast. The Women’s Mentoring Breakfast provides women with the opportunity to meet, greet, and eat with the industry’s most inspiring and accomplished women of today and to create meaningful connections in radio and records.

At 9:00 a.m. in Legends D-G, Randy Lane will be the daily featured speaker presenting “Talent Coaching with Randy Lane”: 10 Trends That Are Impacting Morning Radio.” Lane will address how 2017 brought about big changes resulting in big modifications to content on morning radio as well as discuss how to create content that addresses America’s desire to escape the fatiguing negative news cycle.

Wednesday’s panel highlights include:
Interactive workshops are returning to CRS with a focus on how to successfully create multimedia experiences for an audience. These interactive, step-by-step, how-to lectures are presented by experts in audio and video with proven records of success. At 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m., Interactive Learning Workshop: Production for Radio People and Video Creation for Radio People will take place on the Encore Stage in the Broadway Pre-Function area. Rob Chianelli, owner of viral sensation Doug the Pug, will facilitate the later workshop and will have Doug the Pug on-hand for photo ops.  Participants will leave ready to develop a multimedia production plan, apply new skills, and a bag full of low-cost or no-cost resources to take home and use.At 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m., Shelley Greenwald: A Conversation About Harassment workshops will take place in Cumberland 1-2.
Before Wednesday’s luncheon, at 11:45 a.m., recording artist Kaylee Rutland will greet constituents in the Pre-Function area with a special performance.
At noon, the Big Machine Label Group luncheon will be held and includes performances by Trent Harmon, Tyler Rich, Drake White, Sugarland, Brett Young and Josh Phillips.
Later in the afternoon, attendees will have a chance to enjoy featured speaker, Brad Paisley: The Art and the Artist which will take place from 3-4 p.m. in Legends D-G and cover how he anticipates the future while continuing to honor country tradition.
At 5:30 p.m., the New Faces Cocktail reception will kick off the evening in Grandview Terrace.
The annual New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show will commence immediately after the cocktail reception in the Broadway Ballroom. The show will feature performances by Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pierce, and Michael Ray. The CRB-Country Aircheck Awards will be presented throughout the show. 
CRS will conclude with the New Faces After Party: #NextUp Showcase presented by Radio Disney Country and featuring Abby Anderson, Bailey Bryan, Christina Taylor, Kalie Shorr, Jillian Jacqueline, Tegan Marie, and Temecula Road. The show begins at 10:00 p.m. in the Broadway Pre-Function room. 
Additional event features are highlighted throughout the three-day agenda and include complimentary social media headshots, complimentary of Texas A&M Digital Media Research and Development Lab; the St. Jude Internet Café [Music Row 4]; the Rebel Engine Lobby Bar [Omni Lobby]; and the daily Music Row Rooms [sponsored by Parenting Today’s Teens, in2une Music Nashville and SSM Nashville]. 
Upon checking in, a welcoming gift will be handed out, compliments of Country recording artist James Robert Webb.
Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2018 is available for purchase on-site.
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 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Nashville. Visit for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram.
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Lineup Announced for CRS 2018 Big Machine Label Group Luncheon

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 31, 2018) – The Big Machine Label Group luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 7during Country Radio Seminar 2018 will feature a rich lineup of performances from Sugarland, Brett Young, Drake White, Trent Harmon, Josh Phillips, and Tyler Rich.
“This has become such an important showcase for the Big Machine Label Group and our partners at Country radio,” shared BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta. “We will bring you the best of our best and there will always be a couple of great surprises… See you there!”
The event will be held in the Broadway Ballroom (CRS Performance Hall) at Omni Nashville, beginning at Noon.  While attendees will be treated to live sets, a playlist of all current singles across the label group is available now:
To view an advance CRS 2018 agenda, visit or download the official mobile app, which is now available for download on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows mobile devices as well as laptops. To get the app, interested parties must go to the app store on their mobile device and download “Crowdcompass AttendeeHub.”  They must search for “CRS 2018” and click download.
The $699 final registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2018 is available at  Single-day passes are also being made available.  Single-day passes (limited to two-day passes per person) are $200 per pass.
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 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Nashville. Visit for more information. Follow CRS on FacebookTwitter (Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram.
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Starstruck Entertainment Names Cooper Anstett Digital Strategy Manager

(Nashville, Tenn. – December 11, 2017) – Starstruck Entertainment has added Cooper Anstett as Digital Strategy Manager.

Cooper joins the Starstruck team to direct the use of promotional content and audio/visual media to grow the digital market of Starstruck artists.

Starstruck Director of Digital Strategy, Jeremy Gold who commented“Each artist that we develop at Starstruck deserves a unique online presence. Cooper brings an understanding of content, streaming, and socials that we need to build a strong digital strategy for our roster”.

From Detroit, Anstett interned on the A&R teams at Interscope Los Angeles in 2015 and Warner Nashville in 2016. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Information, he moved to Nashville to start-up Digital Natives Social Agency to help artists with their Digital and Social Media footprint.

Founded in 1988, Starstruck Entertainment develops, manages, promotes and markets entertainers, songwriters, and producers. Anstett can be reached at


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Topic of CRS 2018 Edison Research Study Revealed – Country Radio Is At Home with Smart Speakers

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 8, 2017) What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Country? Edison Research has been asking this question for over 20 years and the answer is usually the same: “home.” Country Radio has the power to bring people home to the place where they feel most comfortable, yet, research has shown that fewer and fewer people have FM radios in their homes every year. But the 2018 Country Radio Seminar research presentation from Edison Research will highlight the devices that may just bring Country Radio and the home together again: Smart Speakers.

According to new research, 71% of Smart Speaker owners who listen to Country radio said listening to their favorite AM/FM radio station is a reason they wanted the device.

The full research study will be presented on Tuesday, February 6th 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.

The presentation will look at the new devices from the perspective of the Country listener in order to understand how they are already using Smart Speakers and how they use the technology to connect with their favorite radio stations. Edison Research will present ideas on how to use Smart Speakers to strengthen the already strong relationship between the listener and Country Radio.

“This is technology that is not just being used by young people. We’re seeing so many different kinds of owners who enjoy interacting with these devices. Smart Speakers present a tremendous opportunity for radio,” said Megan Lazovick, Director of Research at Edison Research.

Drawing from new behavioral data and opinions from in-person interviews with Country fans, the research will pinpoint how radio can use this technology to their advantage. Edison, known for putting on an entertaining and informative show, will bring videos that walk through the process of creating and using a skill on a Smart Speaker –with interviews with developers, Country Radio programmers, and Smart Speaker users.

To review more of this year’s agenda, please visit
or download the CRS mobile app.  As in previous years, the CRS app provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, panel descriptions, speaker bios, live performances, CRS after-hour activities and more.

Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 7 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville.  Register to attend CRS 2018 today by visiting or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.  Registration is now available at the “Final Rate” of $699.

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. CRS 2018 will be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. Visit at for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter . (Hashtag #CRS2018).

About Edison Research: Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, NPR, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world, and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, CBS, PodcastOne, WNYC, and many more leading companies in the space.  Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison Research is the provider of election exit poll data for the National Election Pool comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue.

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Rehearsal, Performance and Intimate Event Facility Eugenia Hall Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Eugenia Hall | Owners
(L-R: Ben Ford and Michael Ford Jr. – Photo by Emily Quirk)

(November 30, 2017 – Nashville, Tenn.) – Eugenia Hall has gone from a well-kept secret to a favorite among artists and industry professionals. This unique spot has a lot to offer the music community all under one roof.

“The range and caliber of artists we’ve had at Eugenia Hall during our first year has far exceeded expectations. R&B, rock and country Grammy winners and nominees all have used the space in different and inspiring ways,” says co-owner Ben Ford.

Eugenia Hall provides everything from an ideal rehearsal/performance space to a cozy, intimate setting for industry events, media days and label meetings – yet is also a great choice for video shoots, along with writer’s rooms for songwriter retreats. Tucked away in Berry Hill, Eugenia Hall is centrally located and only moments away from downtown, Music Row and interstates. See some of the client videos here.

“Eugenia Hall is an artist-first facility,” says co-owner Michael Ford, Jr. “As musicians, we know the importance of working in a space that has great acoustics and also provides a private and vibe-y atmosphere.” 

The facility opened its doors on January 1, 2017. Eugenia Hall is owned and operated by the Ford Family; father, Mike Ford and brothers, Ben and Michael Jr., who have been immersed in the Nashville music scene since 2005. Designed by Steve Durr, who’s past work includes studios for Dan Auerbach, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, among others. Tech specs can be found here.

The facility also houses a production room, a covered load-in area, as well as a lounge and two restrooms. The layout allows clients to use the space for multiple artistic purposes.

As principal members of folk-rock band The Apache Relay and now, Airpark, Ben and Michael Jr. have performed across the USA, Canada and Europe and have had their music placed in a variety of films and media programs.

The hall is available for single-day (8 a.m. to 12 a.m.) or multi-day rentals (24-hr access), which includes sufficient parking for up to twenty standard vehicles and can accommodate one tour bus/van and trailer. The entire exterior of the property is under video surveillance, while a fence surrounds the property for additional client privacy.

For more information or to book Eugenia Hall, please contact General Manager Jon Nowak at (615) 730-0022 / or visit

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Nashville Musicians Association Membership Increases at Record Rate Following Sound Healthcare Partnership


Pictured above (L to R): Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 President, Dave Pomeroy and Sound Healthcare & Financial’s Founder and CEO, RJ Stillwell upon execution of Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan. Photo Credit: Dave Pomeroy 

(Nashville, Tenn. – December 4, 2017) Following the recent announcement of the Nashville Musician Association and Sound Healthcare & Financial’s partnership to offer AFM Local 257 members exclusive access into a true group health insurance plan, new membership applications for the association have risen at an unprecedented rate.  As word of this new exclusive membership benefit is spreading, applications continue to increase rapidly and are projected to continue doing so through the open enrollment period. The enrollment deadline to ensure a January 1st, 2018 effective date is December 20th, 2017 and 2018 enrollment can continue throughout the year because it is a True Group Plan.

In mid-November, the Nashville-based insurance and music healthcare advocacy organization, Sound Healthcare & Financial (SH&F), announced the formation of the true group health insurance policy plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN, that is exclusively available for members of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 and only available through SH&F.

“The response to this plan has been overwhelming.  It is evident that the industry as a whole is embracing and supporting the combined efforts of Sound Healthcare & Financial, the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 and Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN as musicians, artists and industry professionals are all coming on board. Additionally, AFM Local 257 has just announced it will begin a Membership Drive Dec. 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018, which will save new members $165 in Local and Federation initiation fees,” stated Sound Healthcare & Financial Founder and CEO, RJ Stillwell.

Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 President, Dave Pomeroy, adds,“We are very proud of our long relationship with Sound Healthcare & Financial; which has already saved many of our members a lot of money. Given the uncertainty of health care in our country, the timing could not be better to add this exclusive benefit to the list of what we offer Local 257 members. This really kicks things up to a new level, and we look forward to welcoming many more new AFM members to the AFM Local 257 family in the coming months.”

About Sound Healthcare & Financial: In 2006, as referenced in CMA Close Up, Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), who was serving on the CMA Board at the time, sparked an important conversation about how to bring the music community and Vanderbilt Medical Center together to address the complex challenge of achieving affordable health insurance for CMA members. This proposition proved to be far more difficult than planned; however, after several false starts, RJ Stillwell, a musician and producer with over 25 years of experience as an advocate in other areas, such as education and lifestyle with an active lobbying presence on Capitol Hill, was suggested as the person to get it done.  Stillwell pooled resources and architected a private label insurance program – a first for the music industry – establishing CMA Sound Healthcare.

In 2008, Sound Healthcare began advocating for additional music associations including the Nashville Music Association, AFM Local 257. In 2014, Sound Healthcare expanded services to include Long Term Care, Disability, ID Theft Protection, Life Insurance and Wealth Creation and Preservation Strategies, at which time a new entity emerged: Sound Healthcare & Financial. SH & F provides best-in-class protection plans for the creative community and has earned a stellar reputation, as the music industry’s most trusted healthcare advocate.

About Nashville Music Association, AFM Local 257:  The Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 was founded in 1902. Its mission is to serve and protect musicians in an increasingly challenging business environment. AFM Local 257 represents over 2300 of Music City’s finest musicians, including the Nashville Symphony, studio players, road musicians, teachers, singer/songwriters, bandleaders, arrangers, composers, producers, contractors and more. AFM Local 257 also negotiates and administers contracts, tracks additional uses of songs recorded under AFM union contracts, and represents musicians in all genres of music from jazz to rock, pop, bluegrass and gospel, as well as country music. Members range from music icons to young bands working their way up the ladder of success, and everyone in between.

Enrollment in the Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan is exclusively available through Sound Healthcare & Financial. For more information, please visit
or contact 615.256.8667 /


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Dierks Bentley to Receive CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, Presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; Dan Halyburton to Receive Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award

(Nashville, Tenn. – December 6, 2017) – The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley as the recipient of the CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award, presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and Dan Halyburton, Owner of Falls Media Group, as the recipient of the CRS 2018 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. Both individuals will be recognized at Country Radio Seminar 2018, following the Opening Ceremonies on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor those Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.  Past recipients of the annual award have included Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

Award-winning entertainer Dierks Bentley has demonstrated his dedication to giving back nation-wide through many charitable initiatives and events, as he has raised over $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals alone while visiting different cities across the country with his “Miles & Music For Kids” all-star motorcycle ride and concert. Additionally, in 2013 Bentley partnered with KMLE and KAFF as they organized and hosted the Country Cares Concert in Arizona, raising more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. His first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture, “Hold The Light,” featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave embodies the spirit of the true heroism behind the firefighters depicted in the film. Bentley has also put the spotlight on local Nashville non-profit organizations such as Safe Haven Family Shelter, as his raw music video for “Riser” magnified a true story and the struggles of a formerly homeless mother.

The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award is given at the discretion of the Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors to recognize an individual in the Country Radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community.  This award is named in honor of CRB Board member Tom Rivers, who died in 2004 at age 38 of bronchial asthma.  Rivers, known for his work at WQYK, Tampa/St. Petersburg and WUSN, Chicago, was highly regarded for his public service.

Dan Halyburton has dedicated countless hours to the Red Cross as a communication specialist. When a disaster strikes, Halyburton offers valuable communication leadership to those in need. In these chaotic circumstances, he uses his decades of expertise and his passion for helping others to provide clear, concise, reliable instructions and communication that is vital in these situations. His assistance in helping those who have been impacted by natural disasters has been crucial in these last few months for those dealing with hurricane aftermath.

Country Radio Seminar 2018 will be held Monday, February 5, 2018 through Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville.  The three-day convention is the premiere educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists. Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country radio industry, including: social media and digital innovations, PPM, brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much more. This year marks the 49th annual Country Radio Seminar. Registration for Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018 is currently available at the advance rate of $599. Tickets to the New Faces of Country Music show are already sold out, and no longer available for purchase with registration packages.

For more information, visit, and follow CRS on Facebook , Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram .  Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

About Dierks Bentley: With a “reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music” (Music Row), Dierks Bentley “sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams, he “continues to take risks that pay off” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album BLACK has been hailed the “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME). After making its debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, and GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the gold-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, which claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours selling over 750,000 tickets. For more information visit .

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at
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Dierks Bentley | CRS Artist Humanitarian Award

Dan Halyburton | Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award

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Performers Announced for CRS 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show


(Nashville, Tenn. – December 4, 2017) – Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the CRS 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The five acts to appear are Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pierce, and Michael Ray.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the annual new artist showcase event officially closes out the seminar and remains one of the most anticipated events each year at CRS.  Performances will be powered by Live Nation and will take place in the CRS Performance Hall.  The 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show will be held Feb. 7, 2018 during Country Radio Seminar at the downtown Omni Nashville.

Dinner tickets for the 2018 New Faces of Country Music Show are sold-out.

The $599 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2018, held Monday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Omni hotel, is available at <a . On Dec. 5, the CRS rate increases to the final rate of $699. 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.

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 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Hotel. Visit
for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter
(Hashtag #CRS2018).

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Canadian Country Artist, Brett Kissel, Garners Stateside Attention with “We Were That Song”

 Set to Release New Album, ‘We Were That Song,’ Dec. 8, 2017

 Pre-Order the Album Here


(Nashville, Tenn. – November 27, 2017) – Multi award-winning Canadian country music artist and CCMA Awards’ reigning Male Artist of the YearBrett Kissel is garnering stateside popularity with the release of his current single, “We Were That Song,” which is now airing on SiriusXM’s, The Highway (Ch. 56) and placed on Spotify playlists, including “PlayStation Music,” “New Boots,” “The Sound of Canada” and “Ride and Play.” The video for the single is gaining exposure on GAC and The Country Network, and CMT airplay is forthcoming. View the video here.

During the short time in which the track has received airplay, the song has experienced strong streaming numbers and sales through digital retailers.

Signed to Warner Music Canada, Kissel is one of the top touring acts on the Canadian Country music scene. Most recently, the young entertainer opened for Garth Brooks on 16 dates and he is getting ready to head out on a 3-month, 50+ dates, Canadian headlining tour beginning in January (tour dates here). As a thank you to the US-based fans that have been supporting him, Kissel will play a CD release concert at the Basement in Nashville on Dec. 14th. The show is open to the public (no cover) and entry will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Brett Kissel is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for a CCMA Award, and has won 10 CCMAs to date, including Fans’ Choice Entertainer and Male Artist of the Year. Kissel was the first Country artist in 17 years to win a Juno award (equivalent to a GRAMMY) for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” (since Shania Twain).  He has had 10 singles on Billboard’s Canadian Top 10 list (most of which he either wrote or co-wrote). In 2016, he was the recipient of the Allan Slaight Honor from Canada’s Walk of Fame (previously presented to Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd), and was recognized as the International Artist of the Year at the Worldwide Radio Summit (an honor previously bestowed upon Ed Sheeran and Adele).

On Dec. 8, Kissel will release his next studio album, We Were That Song. The album includes collaborations with Megadeath’s, Dave Mustaine, on the tack “Damn!,” and a duet with country music icon, Charley Pride, on the track “Burgers and Fries.” The album’s title track, “We Were That Song,” is Kissel’s tenth single to reach the top 10 at Canadian country radio.

Kissel teamed up with Grammy-Award winning producer, Luke Wooten, who has also produced for Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton and long-time collaborator and CCMA Award Winner, Bart McKay as well as his bandmates – Justin Kudding, Spencer Cheyne, and Matty McKay. Kissel is co-managed by Invictus Entertainment and Major Bob.

For more information on Brett Kissel visit
and follow him on Facebook , Twitter
and Instagram.

We Were That Song track list:

1 – “We Were That Song” (Melissa Peirce, Jonathan Singleton, Barry Dean)
2 – “Anthem” (Phil Barton, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski)
3 – “Guitars And Gasoline” (Matthew Joseph Rogers, Ash Bowers, Dustin Lynch)
4 – “Nights In The Sun” (feat. Grandpa Bear) (Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnel, Ted Hewitt)
5 – “Between You And Me” (Dave Pittenger, Justin Wilson, Andy Albert, Mitchell Tenpenny)
6 – “That’s How The World Ends” (Justin Wilson, Jimmy Robbins)
7 – “Slow Me Down” (Josh Thompson, Matt Dragstrem, Jessi Alexander)
8 – “Cecilia” (Brett Kissel, Brad Rempel, Seth Mosley)
9 – “Shootin’ It” (Brett Kissel, Devin Dawson, Austin Smith, Jacod Durrett)
10 – “Damn!” (feat. Dave Mustaine) – (Brett Kissel, Brian Maher, Justin Wilson)
11 – “Drink Cuss or Fish”  (Cory Crowder, John Pierce, Justin Lantz)
12 – “God Made Daughters” (Brett Kissel, Brice Long)
13 – “Burgers and Fries” (feat. Charley Pride) (Ben Peters)

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CRB/CRS Releases CRS 2018 Agenda Preview

Registration Rate Increases to Final Rate of $699 on Dec. 5

(Nashville, TN – Nov. 27, 2017) Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has revealed an early version of its agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2018, to be held Feb. 5-7, 2018, at the Omni Nashville.  The preliminary agenda details were released in advance of the CRS 2018 regular rate registration deadline, which is Dec. 5. Every year, Country Radio Seminar serves as host to experts in technology, social media, imaging, talent and programming.  The three-day event will once again feature educational seminars, numerous performances, networking opportunities and panels that cover all areas of the radio and records industry.

VP/Programming Operations of Cumulus Media, Inc. and CRS Agenda Committee Chairman commented, “I’m proud of the work done by the Agenda Committee who has put together a seminar full of innovative and powerful panels, speakers and workshops. CRS continues to stand as the premier event for the radio industry and provides quality, actionable information to our attendees that they can utilize to improve ratings and revenue. Highlights of CRS 2018 include two research studies, presented by CMA and Edison Research, and a ground-breaking talk from Cumulus Media’s CEO, Mary Berner.  Plus, familiar favorites like the PD Mentoring Breakfast are back along with a few awesome surprises that are yet to be announced. Most notably, in light of recent events, a “sea change” is taking place. We have an obligation to our industry to speak on the areas of personal responsibility, sexual harassment, and treating others with dignity and respect. This hot topic discussion is one of today’s biggest issues that is currently shaking the foundation of our industry and will be addressed in this year’s agenda.”

The CRS 2018 Agenda-At-A-Glance includes:
(*Schedule subject to change*)

Monday, Feb. 5 
3:00- 3:30 p.m.             Opening Ceremonies, Sponsored by Sarah Cannon
3:30- 4:00 p.m.             Artist Humanitarian Award & Tom Rivers Award Presentation
4:00-5:00 p.m.              Keynote Speaker
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.            Welcome Reception, Sponsored by CMA and Live Nation
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.            CRS Monday Night Musical Event
9:45 p.m.                        CRS After Hours

Tuesday, Feb 6
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.           Programming Mentoring Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.           Label Mentoring Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.           Sales Mentoring Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.           Miles Adcox: Intentional Thinking, How to Take 
Control of Your Life
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.         Edison Research Presentation
11:30 – 1:50 p.m.          UMG Nashville Lunch and Performance
2:30 – 3:20 p.m.           Small Market 101: Raising Your Bottom Line, One Strategy at a Time
2:30 – 3:20 p.m.           Facebook: Like It, Love it, Share It! 
3:30 – 4:20 p.m.           Radio Today with Cumulus Media’s CEO, Mary Berner
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.           On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.          CRS After Hours

Wednesday, Feb 7
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.            Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, Sponsored by NuVoodoo Media
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.            Digital & Tech Breakfast
9:00-9:50 a.m.              Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.        CMA Research Presentation
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.        No Artists, No Problem: Revenue Generating Ideas
11:00 -11:50 a.m.          Podcasting: Where the Passion Pays Off
11:00 -11:50 a.m.          The Matrix of the Metrics
Noon – 1:50 p.m.           Big Machine Label Group Lunch and Performance
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.            Radio 2025
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.            You Are A Brand: How to Build a Fan Base You Can 
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.            Surprise Artist Interview, Sponsored by BMI
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.             New Faces Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by Riser House Entertainment

6:30 – 10:00 p.m.          New Faces of Country Music Dinner and 
Performance, Sponsored by ACM & St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital – *Performances Powered by Live Nation
10:00 p.m.                      CRS After Hours

To keep up with changes surrounding this year’s agenda, please visit or download the CRS mobile app.  As in previous years, the CRS app provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, panel descriptions, speaker bios, live performances, CRS after-hour activities and more.

Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2018 is available at

Country Radio Seminar will be held at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville.  Register to attend CRS 2018 today by visiting
or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487. Registration is now available at the “Regular Rate” of $599.  On Dec. 5, the CRS rate increases to the final rate of $699.

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. CRS 2018 will be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter. (Hashtag #CRS2018).

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