CRS In Action: CRS 2014 Kicks Off With Opening Ceremonies
February 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM (PT)
COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) 2014 OPENING CEREMONIES took place this MORNING (2/19), and started off on a high-note when ATLANTIC/WMN’s BRETT ELDREDGE sang the National Anthem.
NASHVILLE Mayor KARL DEAN addressed the crowd right after and noted “Music is the key to our city. We never lose track of our Country roots.” He even jokingly added, “My life is nothing like the Mayor in the show ‘NASHVILLE.’”
The ceremony took an emotional turn when CLEAR CHANNEL Country WNOE/NEW ORLEANS PD DON GOSSELIN took the stage and encouraged other radio programmers to take part in “COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS” Radiothons.
“Would you shut down your radio station for two days to save a kid’s life with cancer?” Asked GOSSELIN.
Emotion continued when the late RUSTY WALKER was remembered through his scholarship, which helped get KAWO/BOISE MD/morning host ALANA LYNN, KKBQ/HOUSTON social media producer/air talent KATELYN MAIDA and KWRK/LUPTON, AZ air talent NATE CHESTER to CRS for the first time.
Those weren’t the only scholarships of the morning. COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB) Scholarship Chair JOHN SHOMBY presented TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY with a $25,000 check to fund scholarships for full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, with a focus in Broadcasting.
The ceremonies wrapped up with some of the biggest names in Country music. Reigning CRB Artist Humanitarians BIG & RICH presented 19 RECORDINGS/ARISTA NASHVILLE’s CARRIE UNDERWOOD with the CRB 2014 “Artist Humanitarian Award.”
“I want to do things beyond singing on stage. I want to do good in the world,” said UNDERWOOD as she accepted the award.
CURB’s LEE BRICE was the last artist to walk on stage when he introduced MAJOR ED of the “FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION” to the crowd. MAJOR ED spoke on the foundation’s goal, which is to provide scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldier’s killed or disabled in service to our country. He invited Country radio to join him in the fight to ensure no soldier’s family is left behind.