CRS Attendance Up 22%; CRB Board Announced

CRS 2011 overall attendance numbers show a 22 percent increase over last year’s event. The total number of 2,649 registrants were divided into 2,004 full registrants (attendees, exhibitors, panelists and sponsors) and 645 participant registrants. Participant registrants are attendees that register for individual CRS events or purchase single day seminar passes. Total attendance for CRS 2010 was 2,181 and CRS 2009 was 2,106.

Additionally, changes to the CRS Agenda Committee and CRB Board of Directors have been announced. The newly elected CRB Board officers and CRS Agenda Committee leaders are as follows:

CRB President: Mike Culotta (WQYK/Tampa, Fla.)
CRB Vice President: R.J. Curtis (Country Aircheck/Nashville, Tenn.)
CRB Secretary: Carole Bowen (WKIS/Miami, Fla.)
CRB Treasurer: Jeff Walker (AristoMedia/Marco Promotions/Nashville, Tenn.)
CRS 2012 Agenda Chair: Annie Sandor (Curb Records/Miami, Fla.)
CRS 2012 Vice Chair: Clint Marsh (Talking Stick Communications/Warsaw, Ind.)

Three members who were previously appointed by the CRB President have been elected back to the CRB Board of Directors. Clarence Spalding (Spalding Entertainment/Nashville, Tenn.) and Johnny Chiang (KKBQ/Houston, Texas) were elected to 3-year terms, and Dan Halyburton (RadioTime / Palo Alto, Calif.) was elected to a one-year term.

Other CRB Board members re-elected for three-year terms include: Carole Bowen, R.J. Curtis, David Haley, Clay Hunnicutt, Royce Risser, Tim Roberts and Jeff Walker.

Skip Bishop (Sony Music Nashville/Nashville, Tenn.) was elected to fill a one-year term.

Newly re-elected CRB President Mike Culotta also appointed three new CRB Board members: John Esposito (Warner Bros./Nashville, Tenn.), Brian O’Connell (Live Nation/Nashville, Tenn.) and Jerry Phillips (Big River Broadcasting/Florence, Ala.).

Continuing their terms on the CRB Board are: Jim Asker, Tom Baldrica, Becky Brenner, Joel Burke, Natalie Conner, John Crenshaw, Mike Dungan, Keith Kaufman, Renee Leymon, Mike McVay, Charlie Morgan, Joel Raab, Denise Roberts, John Shomby, John Zarling and Director Emeritus Charlie Monk.

“CRS 2011 was a tremendous success for our Board, our attendees and the Country radio industry,” says CRB President Culotta. “From the insightful Country radio research presentation, to our CRS smartphone applications, to the new Connections Lounge, this year’s seminar integrated a lot of new ideas to ensure Country Radio Seminar remains innovative and relevant as we move forward towards next year’s CRS 2012.”

CRS 2012 will be held Feb. 22-24, 2012, at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.  Visit for more information about Country Radio Seminar and the Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

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