March 23, 2017Don’t Be “That Guy”
Say hello to the first no-brainer of 2017. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are delivering a new single today (3/23) called “Speak To A Girl,” and if upon receipt, you don’t add it immediately and play the living piss out of it, you’re high. Spring has sprung, bringing with it freshly grown, fully ripened, conveniently placed, low-hanging fruit that has been washed, buffed, beautifully packaged, and hand delivered to Country radio to claim as their own. The branch can’t possibly be placed any lower, no matter how vertically challenged you may be.
Over-analyze, marinade on, and nitpick this single to death at your own peril. We’ve all been “that guy,” admit it. This time, don’t be him. Kthanks.
Perhaps you’re familiar with this promising husband and wife singing duo? I hear they’ve recorded before, going back to 1997 with a tune called “It’s Your Love.” Some of you whippersnappers won’t remember that one, as it may predate your radio listening and/or potty training, and would have interrupted those riveting episodes of “Boy Meets World,” “Pinky And The Brain,” "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," “Rugrats,” or “Doug.”
March 14, 2017The Year’s Best Albums (So Far) – According To Me
It’s still early yet – only mid-March for God’s sake – but never too soon to start handicapping the race for best albums of 2017 – according to me. That’s because, when it comes to music, labels and artists for years have employed the once-popular Doritos ...
March 3, 2017Run That By Me Again?
Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2017 turned out to be a hell of a run for Tim Closson, whose week went something like this: On Wednesday (2/22), he was one of nine inductees revealed for the 2017 Country Radio Hall of Fame (CRHOF) class; Thursday morning (2/23), when Garth ...
February 28, 2017CRS 2017’s Overall Winner? CRS 2017
In recent years, processing Country Radio Seminar (CRS) has taken me a day or so. Following a good night’s sleep and a full day of sobriety (for the first time in a week), I’m able to sort out what just happened, and identify who or what emerged as that year’s CRS ...
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 ...
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 ...