CRS 2016 Preview
February 5, 2016 at 12:53 PM (PT)
COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) kicks off MONDAY (2/8) with an agenda filled with networking opportunities, educational seminars and plenty of artist performances. A summary of agenda highlights for CRS 2016 follows below:
CRS 2016 kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies at 3p (CT); WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE artist WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN will perform the National Anthem, and the U.S. MARINE COLOR GUARD will make an appearance. Some of the highlights include recognition of the COUNTRY RADIO HALL OF FAME Class of 2016 (NET NEWS 1/5), a presentation recognizing KEITH URBAN as the recipient of the CRS 2016 ARTIST HUMANITARIAN AWARD (NET NEWS 12/14/2015), an appearance by NASHVILLE Mayor MEGAN BARRY, and awarding the RUSTY WALKER scholarship winners for CRS 2016 (NET NEWS 11/16/2015).
The Keynote speech will follow after the opening ceremonies. This year's keynote topic is "THE NEW VIEWS FROM THE TOP: FEATURING FOUR OF THE INDUSTRY'S TOP TIER EXECUTIVES." WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE's JOHN ESPOSITO, SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE's RANDY GOODMAN, COX MEDIA GROUP's BILL HENDRICH, and iHEARTCOUNTRY's ROD PHILLIPS will discuss their "new view" and share how they've transitioned into new roles. Attendees will then have a chance to network with old friends, industry colleagues, and artists at the CRS WELCOME RECEPTION, sponsored by CMA and LIVE NATION. Immediately following the welcome reception is the "GRAND OLE OPRY AT CRS" show sponsored by DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS. This year's performers include: TRACE ADKINS, ASHLEY CAMPBELL, EASTON CORBIN, CHRIS JANSON, TRACY LAWRENCE, MADDIE & TAE, MARTINA MCBRIDE, and DAVID NAIL (NET NEWS 1/29).
TUESDAY morning will start off with the PROGRAMMING MENTORING BREAKFAST, a one-on-one session with experienced PDs and radio consultants. Concurrently, the MANAGERS BREAKFAST WITH FCC COMMISSIONER will be held. Following breakfast, featured speaker NOAH GALLOWAY will offer a motivational speech highlighting his recovery from near-fatal wounds during the IRAQ WAR and his rise to popularity after overcoming those injuries. Panels will follow immediately and run throughout the day.
Panel highlights include: "CRS RESEARCH PRESENTATION: WHAT CONTENT MAKES COUNTRY RADIO MATTER," "BEYOND THE NEWS FEED - USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR MORE THAN 'LISTEN NOW,'" "WHILE YOU WERE OUT: TO THE BEACH AND BACK," "PROGRAMMERS' BOOTCAMP SERIES PART I: IMAGING SECRETS REVEALED," "RADIO AS THE INSURGENT: WHAT IF 'THEY' WERE HERE FIRST," "WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY: BREAKING BARRIERS AND BALANCE," "PROGRAMMERS' BOOTCAMP SERIES PART II: GET PREPPED," "THE STORY OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE: A DISCUSSION ON COUNTRY CHART VS. POP CHART," "REVENUES ON THE HORIZON: LOCAL ADVERTISERS TALK RADIO," and "PROGRAMMERS' BOOTCAMP SERIES PART III: MASTERING THE MUSIC." The UMG ARTIST PERFORMANCE AND LUNCEHON will take place at the historic RYMAN AUDITORIUM.
This year’s performers include LAUREN ALAINA, DIERKS BENTLEY, LUKE BRYAN, ERIC CHURCH, VINCE GILL, CHARLES KELLEY, LITTLE BIG TOWN, KIP MOORE, KACEY MUSGRAVES, DAVID NAIL, JON PARDI, ERIC PASLAY, DARIUS RUCKER, CANAAN SMITH, CHRIS STAPLETON, and KEITH URBAN (NET NEWS 2/1). TUESDAY's events will conclude with "BOB KINGSLEY’S ACOUSTIC ALLEY." BOB KINGSLEY will host what has become a CRS tradition that will feature performances by RHETT AKINS, RODNEY CLAWSON, ROSS COPPERMAN, ANDREW DORFF, JOSH KEAR, SHANE MCANALLY, HEATHER MORGAN, TIM NICHOLS, JOSH OSBORNE, JONATHAN SINGLETON, and JIMMY YEARY.
The morning will begin with the option of either the WOMEN'S MENTORING BREAKFAST or the CRS FUTURI TECH BREAKFAST. They will then be followed by WEDNESDAY's panel lineup beginning at 10a (CT) and will run throughout the day. Highlights include: "PUT ME IN COACH! THE BEST TALENT COACHES CONVERGE," "WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL AND SOCIAL," "PROMOTIONS START TO FINISH," "LISTENERS: ARE YOU SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE," "SOCIAL CONTENT CREATION BOOTCAMP," "CMA AWARDS: A PASSION BRAND REACHING COUNTRY FANS FOR 50 YEARS," "WINNING THE FIRST OCCASION," "FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: OTHER FORMATS GIVE THEIR TAKE ON COUNTRY," and "FRENEMY: COMPETITOR OR BRAND EXTENSION."
Attendees will also be treated to a performance luncheon sponsored by BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP. This year's performers include: JENNIFER NETTLES, JUSTIN MOORE, DRAKE WHITE, TARA THOMPSON, and TUCKER BEATHARD (NET NEWS 2/3). Closing out the seminar’s educational sessions is a discussion with TIM MCGRAW. MCGRAW will give his views and experiences on the topic of "TRANSCENDING AND EVOLVING," over the span of his 30 year career, highlighting his ability to keep his career on track, remain relevant, and staying in the game as the landscape changes.
CRS will conclude with the annual "NEW FACES OF COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW." This year's performances will include BROTHERS OSBORNE, CAM, CHRIS JANSON, KELSEA BALLERINI, and OLD DOMINION (NET NEWS 11/30/2015).
For a full agenda list, including times and locations, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.