February 17, 2017CRS 2017 Panel Preview #2: Dicing, Leading, Capturing, And Scaling
“We have 10 pounds of information to put into a one-pound sack.”
That’s Emmis/Indianapolis VP/Programming Bob Richards, describing next week’s “Dicing The Data” panel at Country Radio Seminar (CRS), which he’s moderating – but he could just as easily be describing CRS in general.
In a two-and-a-half-day span, attendees will have 27 educational panels, several luncheons, numerous showcases, endless after-hours events, and hundreds of hallway conversations to choose from. As a grizzled, 32-time CRS-goer, please heed my advice: Choose wisely, pick your own agenda, stick to it, and don’t try to do it all. Yes, you’ll miss stuff people will be buzzing about the next morning, but remember: they will have missed your unforgettable experience, too. And, if for some reason, you order the entire menu, so to speak, know that you’ll fail and feel like absolute shit when you get home. The Mayo Clinic recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for the average adult, and – I hate to break it to you – but even if you act like a teenager at CRS, you’re still actually an average adult. #SorryNotSorry.
February 10, 2017Two Things I Think
I think it's not unreasonable to say Garth Brooks has earned at least a nomination for ACM Entertainer of the Year, and possibly could win the damned thing. That would mean pulling an impressive double, bringing home back-to-back CMA and ACM EOTY trophies. More on why ...
February 6, 2017CRS 2017: Better Than Bacon, Nutella, And Sword Swallowing
It’s already February, and that can mean only one thing. Ok, wait, I take that back. It actually means a lot of things, like: Super Bowl; my wedding Anniversary; Valentine’s Day; President’s Day; Casey LoCurto’s 30th birthday; World Nutella Day; Read in the ...
January 27, 2017A Brief History Of Cats And Frogs
Here’s an example of what it means to be back in the town where you grew up, programming the market’s biggest, baddest radio station. Within weeks of her August arrival as PD for Cumulus Country WIVK/Knoxville, Nikki Thomas found herself in a client meeting. ...
January 20, 2017KKGO: Navigating The First Noel
I remember it like it was 10 years ago, probably because it was. During CRS week 2007, Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Classical KMZT/Los Angeles flipped to Country, with new calls KKGO; branding as Go Country 105. I was working for Radio & Records magazine at the time, and my ...
January 5, 2017Crystal Ballin’ 2017
Last year was, of course, 2016, and now that we’re nearly a week into 2017, 2016 seems so ... last year. It is what it is (didn’t Gandhi say that – or was it Thoreau?), and since I like to think of myself as a forward-thinking, what’s next kind of guy, I spent my ...
December 15, 2016Top Five Albums of 2016 – According To Us
I still love the album. I know, I say that every year in December when trying to pick my top five of the year. But it’s still true. Singles give you a peek. Albums show you what’s really beneath the surface. Albums are like tattoos, permanent for life; what the ...
December 8, 2016Some Things I Think
I think I’m not the only one who struggled mightily when trying to narrow a year’s worth of great songs to just five Hot Picks for the year. Almost everybody who submitted theirs shared stories of deeply internal, personal conflicts, with a few of you re-submitting ...
December 2, 2016Take Five
“Why Is It So Much Harder Than I Want It To Be?” That’s MCA/Nashville Sr. Dir./Southwest Promotion Miranda McDonald, summing up how all of us feel when asked to boil down a year’s worth of great songs to her final, five top picks of 2016. As usual this time of ...
November 22, 2016Here’s Hoping All Health Breaks Loose
Today’s brilliant column idea came to me recently during my daily ritual – something I call my “10 o’clock walk.” Every morning about then, I get up from the desk and stroll to nearby Edgehill Café off Music Row for my usual large nonfat latte, followed by the ...