Curb Records Restructures Radio Department

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Ryan Dokke, VP of Country Promotion for Curb Records, has announced his plans for the restructuring of the label’s promotion department.

Chuck Swaney has been added as Curb’s Sr. Director of Country Promotion & Creative Projects. He was a former VP at Southern Ground.

RJ Meacham has been named Curb’s Sr. Director of Country Promotion & Chart Strategy. He was formerly National Director, Columbia Records (Sony Music Nashville).

Andy Elliott has been named Curb’s Sr. Director of Country Promotion & Radio Initiatives. He was formerly National Director, Arista Records (Sony Music Nashville)

These new executives will join the current team, which includes Dokke, Mike Rogers, National Director of Promotion; Lori Hartigan, Director of West Coast Promotion; and Samantha DePrez, Promotions Director.

“Today begins a new chapter in the incredible legacy of Curb Records,” comments Dokke. “I’m ecstatic about these professionals joining our promotion team. All three bring incredible professionalism and outstanding reputations that will only help us to better serve our partners at country radio. Chuck, Andy, and RJ will be a tremendous asset to our company, and artist roster. I’m thrilled they will be joining Mike Rogers, Lori Hartigan, Samantha DePrez, and myself in bringing the music of our talented artist roster to the marketplace.”

States The Curb Group CEO, Jim Ed Norman, “Even after 50 years of business, we know that as an independent company Curb Records must continually strive for excellence. The fantastic leadership by Taylor Childress as Vice President/General Manager of The Curb Group, extending our agreement with an outstanding Vice President of Country Promotion in Ryan Dokke, recently signing established talents like Jerrod Neimann and Love & Theft, or today, adding three terrific individuals to our promotion staff, are all testaments to our pursuit of that excellence. I’m proud to welcome Chuck, RJ, and Andy to the Curb Records family and am confident their vision, combined with our entire company of talented professionals, will lead to great success.”

Dokke further explains, “In addition to being road warriors and having excellent relationships, each bring their individual strengths to the company that will be highlighted in the new department structure.”

“Chuck Swaney is a creative monster! What he brings to the team in his role as Sr. Director of Promotion & Creative Projects will be critical in designing unique opportunities to connect radio with our artists and their music. His passion and ideas are unmatched, “ continues Dokke.

“As Sr. Director of Promotion & Chart Strategy, RJ Meacham will play a strategic role in helping define our airplay objectives. He’s a skilled tactician when it comes to thoughtfully launching singles and managing them through today’s challenging chart dynamics. I can’t overstate how thrilled I am to have RJ in this role and what it will mean for Curb Records.”

“I had the pleasure of working with Andy Elliott at Arista Records. We both came to promotion from careers in radio. Therefore, he’s the perfect choice for the role of Sr. Director of Promotion & Radio Initiatives. Andy will coordinate the delivery of distinctive content to our radio partners. He will be an asset in helping provide access to our artists in innovative ways. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with him again.”

Swaney can be reached at [email protected] and 248-202-4116. Meacham can be reached at [email protected] or 615-715-2764. Elliott can be reached at [email protected] or 615-585-4101.

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