Country Radio Seminar 2017

The Country Radio Seminar (February 22nd -24th), is proving itself once again as the annual gift of great live music, good times, networking, and thoughtful pearls of wisdom from the stage which have earned CRS its stellar reputation for nearly 50 years.

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. was founded to provide a platform and structure for education and growth for the Country Music format, serving as the conduit connecting the interests of Country Radio with the Country Music Industry. CRB says their motto is and has always been “Growth Thru Sharing”! That motto led to the Country Radio Seminar®, which continues to evolve, educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices which keep the Country Format dominant and vital.

This week is seeing some of the biggest names in the industry rubbing elbows in Nashville, catching up on all the latest in the biz, and enjoying live music from a Mount Rushmore bill that includes Trisha Yearwood (opening with the National Anthem), Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, and young upstart Keith Urban.

Also set to perform: A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce and Maddie & Tae to name just a few.

And of course, there’s much to be learned at this year’s mentoring breakfasts, including breakouts devoted to Programming, Digital and Tech, Sales Mentoring, and Women’s Mentoring. Alongside, attendees will have much to glean via other educational elements including “Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Programming & Branding in a Mobile World,” “The Digital Revenue Explosion,” “Lace Up Your Boots and Get in the Trenches with Social Platforms,” You Are More Valuable Than You Think,” “Women Empowering Women,” and “Cultivating the Farm Team: Sources of New Talent.”

The Programming Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by Sun Broadcast Group, promises to be an open Q&A forum tapping some of the most seasoned PD’s around, facilitated by CBS Radio Houston’s Bruce Logan. Additional participants due to be on hand are Shelly Easton, WXTU Philadelphia; Tim Richards, KMLE Phoenix; Tim Roberts, WYCD Detroit; Kenny Jay, KMPS Seattle; Rod Phillips, SVP/iHeart; Steve Stewart, KSD St. Louis/iHeart; Mike Brophey, WKLB Boston; Jeff Garrison, KCYY San Antonio; Andrew Bland, WWKA Orlando; Mike Preston, KKWF Seattle; Charlie Cook, WSM-FM Nashville/Cumulus; John Shomby, NASH/Cumulus; Nikki Thomas, WIVK/Cumulus; DJ Scout, WSOC Charlotte; and Mike Moore, KWJJ.

And, sure to be an especially good time is the “On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour” which offers attendees the chance to mix mingle with on-air talent, managers and programmers alike, talking common issues like finding talent, digital advice, and marketing.

As always, Laurie Gail,  Play MPE’s VP of Label and Radio relations is on hand capturing the magic for digital posterity!

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