Country Radio Broadcasters Accepting Applications For $25,000 Scholarship Endowment

The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) is now accepting applications for a scholarship endowment, which will be awarded to one deserving college or university for the 2018-2019 school year. Eligibility for the endowment includes: college or university accreditation; must have a TV/Film/Radio or Music Business program; the school must be responsible for managing endowment, selecting deserving students to receive scholarships, etc.; and application form must be submitted by Sept. 5, 2018.

Interested parties who meet the requirements can apply at

“CRB has a fabulous history of granting scholarships to students in our industry. We are continuing that tradition and have made plans to expand our scholarship program into other areas that we are very proud of. More to come on that later,” says Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRB/CRS.

A CRB scholarship committee has been assembled to oversee the vetting of applications. Upon determining if a school or university qualifies for the endowment, a representative will be in touch to gather additional information surrounding the school’s qualifying program (radio/TV/film/music business) to verify that requirements are met and to help further the committee’s review and decision-making process.

Past recipients of the CRB endowment scholarship include Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, Texas A&M University, Central Michigan University, University of North Texas, Green River College, and more.

Weekly Chart Report (7/6/18)

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Country Radio Broadcasters Announce 2018-2019 Board of Directors

The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for Board of Directors. Returning as CRB Board President is Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media) along with R.J. Curtis (All Access Music Group) as Vice President and Beverlee Brannigan (Scripps Media, Inc.) as Secretary. Charlie Monk continues as a Lifetime Director Emeritus.

CRB/CRS President Johnson, says, “I am very excited to work with this great group of leaders in creating the best yet: Our 50th anniversary, CRS 2019!”

Serving on this year’s Board of Directors are:

Chuck Aly (Country Aircheck)
Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting)
Johnny Chiang (KKBQ-FM)
George Couri (Triple 8 Management)
Andy Denemark (United Stations)
Ryan Dokke (Curb)
Mike Dungan (UMG)
John Esposito (Warner)
Randy Goodman (Sony Nashville)
Dan Halyburton (Falls Media)
Debra Herman (Shazam)
Clay Hunnicutt (Big Loud Records)
Dave Kelly (Big Machine Label Group)
Jon Loba (BBR/BMG)
Mike McVay (Cumulus Media and Westwood One)
Charlie Morgan (Emmis Communications)
Tyne Parrish (The GreenRoom PR)
Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry)
Tim Roberts (Entercom/Detroit)
Royce Risser (UMG)
Bob Richards (Emmis Radio/WLHK)
Brittany Schaffer (Spotify)
John Shomby (NASH)
Matt Sunshine (CFSS)
Joel Raab (Joel Raab Country Radio/Media)
Ryan Redington (Amazon Music)
Kristen Williams (Warner)


Weekly Chart Report (6/29/18)

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Garth Brooks’ Latest Single “All Day Long” Slaying At Radio

Garth Brooks’ recently released single, “All Day Long” has already become the most-added song at country radio this week and also claims the biggest add week for any song since August 2015. The track debuted at No. 21 on Billboard and No. 28 on the Mediabase chart.  “All Day Long” is also available to stream on Amazon Music.

Co-written by Brooks with Bryan Kennedy and Mitch Rossell, the instantaneous hit follows the momentum of his recent No. 1 “Ask Me How I Know,” which was also penned by Rossell. “All Day Long” is the first track from Brooks’ upcoming studio album, which is set for release next year.

Brooks is the first artist in history to receive seven Diamond awards for seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each, and he remains the No. 1-selling solo artist in history with over 148 million album sales.


Weekly Chart Report (6/22/18)

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NASH Nights Live’s Elaina Smith Launches Series Highlighting Female Country Artists

NASH Nights Live co-host Elaina Smith has teamed up with Nash Country Daily for an ongoing series featuring female country artists. The profiled artists will be featured on 90 websites under the Cumulus Media umbrella and more than 130 radio stations across the nation, with a reach of 400,000 people on Twitter and 180,000 people on Facebook.

In her debut post, Smith explains what readers can expect in future posts and curates her first #WomenWantToHearWomen Playlist. Each article will feature a female country artist with an accompanying opinion piece, interview, podcast, or playlist. Smith is making this a team effort, inviting readers and listeners to work with her to decide who will be featured and what they want to ask the artists.

The playlist currently features 14 artists, including Cam, Ashley McBryde, Clare Dunn, Abby Anderson, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Kacey Musgraves, Stephanie Quayle, RaeLynn, Leah Turner, Lindsay Ell, Caitlyn Smith, Rachel Wammack and Kassi Ashton.

The Valory Music Co. Adds Christy DiNapoli

Christy DiNapoli has been named Southwest Director of Promotion & Marketing for The Valory Music Co. DiNapoli will be promoting the imprint’s roster including Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Tyler Rich and Delta Rae.

DiNapoli’s past stints have included Warner Bros. Records and MTM Music Group. He has worked with artist management teams on an array of clients including Little Texas and Walker Hayes. DiNapoli has also served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Country Music, Nashville Orchestra and Young Leaders Council.

DiNapoli will report to The Valory Music Co. GM George Briner and can be reached at 615-651-8720 and [email protected].



Submissions For CMA Broadcast Awards Close June 30

Eligible members of the Country Music Association can now submit applications online for the 2018 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality, Station and National Broadcast Personality of the Year.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. CT.

To submit an entry, CMA member radio stations and broadcast personalities in the U.S. and Canada can log on to, where guidelines and instructions for entries are posted.

CMA Broadcast Awards are presented for Personality and Station of the Year in four categories that are determined by market size (major, large, medium, and small), as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. All CMA Broadcast Awards entries must reflect performances and events between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. CMA’s panel of judges, which includes distinguished radio and industry professionals, will view and evaluate each entry.

CMA Broadcast Awards winners will be notified in early October and recognized at The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, which will be held in November in Nashville. The annual, three-hour awards ceremony will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network.

Nominees and winners for the 2018 CMA Broadcast Awards and The 52nd Annual CMA Awards are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA.

The first ballot and instructions for The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will be emailed Monday, July 2 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes Thursday, July 12 (6:00 PM/CT). The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Aug. 6. Voting for the second ballot closes Thursday, Aug. 16 (6:00 PM/CT). The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced later this summer.

Winners of The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Oct. 1.

Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 23 (6:00 PM/CT). All balloting is tabulated by the professional services firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.
The CMA Awards eligibility period is July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

NASH Next 2018 Competition Launches Today

BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, and artist-songwriter Kix Brooks, will serve as finale judges for Nash Next 2018, led by Cumulus Media. The talent competition launches its fourth annual show today (June 18) in more than 54 markets across the United States. Local artists who want to take their career to the next level can enter the competition via the NASH Next site or one of 62 local radio station websites.

The winner of this four-month-long national competition, announced by country music super-duo Florida Georgia Line, will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group, as well as exposure on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

Florida Georgia Line, commenting on NASH Next 2018 said, “There are so many ways to reach your goals in the music business. We found a way that worked for us but that’s not the only way – NASH Next from our friends at CUMULUS MEDIA is an incredible way to get noticed and reach a whole new audience with radio airplay. That’s a big deal y’all. So work hard, stay true to yourself and your music, and good things will happen! Good luck!”


Radio Romance (NASH Next 2017 winners) with BMLG’s Scott Borchetta