Bobby Bones, host of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, has long been a champion of new music and new artists, particularly female artists. He has featured music, performances and/or interviews by artists including Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Lindsay Ell, and more.
Now, Bones is prepping a national syndicated radio show that will feature music from only female artists. According to Bones, the yet-untitled show will launch across more than 100 iHeartRadio stations, as well as other outlets.
This comes three years after the “Tomatogate” incident of 2015, when radio consultant Keith Hill compared women in country music to garnish on a salad.
Despite ongoing support from some country radio stations and program directors, there remains a large disparity in the number of female artists releasing new music, and the number of female artists being played on country radio. On Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, dated June 2, 2018, the Top 25 entries included songs from two female solo artists, three songs from groups or collaborations with females–and 19 songs from solo male artists (along with one track featuring two male artists).
“I’ve been saying I was going to do this if the environment didn’t change,” Bones said via social media. “Well, it didn’t. Will be launching this show across 100+ iHeartRadio stations and other outlets soon.”
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