CRS 2012 will keep the industry hopping this week, with events starting today and the seminar officially opening tomorrow. Country Radio Seminar is headquartered at the downtown Nashville Convention Center, jam packed with educational opportunities, showcases, and parties for Country radio professionals who have assembled in Nashville from around the country.
Overall attendance at CRS has increased two years in a row, and tickets to the Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony and the New Faces of Country Music Show are sold out.
Here’s a very brief list of highlights:
Tuesday, Feb. 21
• MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Awards and Meet & Greet is today at 2:30 p.m. at Margaritaville
• Sold out Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner honoring Beverlee Brannigan, Ron Rogers, Rusty Walker, Moby, Eddie Stubbs, Bill Whyte, Glen Campbell, and Bob Kingsley
• Sony Music Nashville and Sea Gayle Records present the “Official Country Radio Hall of Fame After Party” at 8:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Hotel
Wednesday, Feb. 22
• Keynote address by MTV co-founder and Clear Channel exec Bob Pittman, remarks by futurist David Houle, and the expansive CRS research study
• UMG Nashville luncheon at the Ryman with performances by its roster
• Lady Antebellum concert at Municipal Auditorium
Thursday, Feb. 23
• Agenda topics include diary methodology, PPM strategies, coaching air talent, social media, and CMA’s “Year of Country Radio” presentation
• Alan Jackson at Capitol Nashville luncheon
• WCRS Live! with hit songwriters Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna and Ashley Monroe
Friday, Feb. 24
• Panel topics include mobile device usage, marketing case studies, multi-format programming, the Digital University roundtable discussions, and small market programming
• Faith Hill at the Warner Music Nashville luncheon
• CRS 2012 New Faces performers are Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Sunny Sweeney and Thompson Square
A detailed schedule with descriptions of all panels and events can be viewed at www.CRB.org.