February 22-24, 2017

E.g., 2017-10-18
Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G
Sponsored by Pearl Records
Garth Brooks will return to this year’s Country Radio Seminar in a keynote presentation on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. CT, titled "Inside Studio G,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the business and life of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. 
Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist.  He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Garth is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks.  It is the biggest tour in the world.    
Omni, Level 1, Omni Lobby

If the hair of a dog is howlin' - all you got to do is put a "Drink in Your Hand" at the all New CRS Lobby Bar - sponsored by your friends at vCreative. Haaaaaaaoouuuhhhhhh Yeah!

Ryman Auditorium

A star-studded lineup has been revealed for Universal Music Group Nashville’s “Team UMG at the Ryman” at CRS 2017, to be held Feb. 23, 2017 at the Ryman Auditorium.


This year’s performers are Lauren Alaina, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban.


Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the show will start at Noon. As in previous years, seminar registrants will receive a boxed lunch prior to the event. CRS attendees will have the option to either walk or use shuttles, provided by UMG Nashville, going from the Omni Hotel to the Ryman Auditorium between 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, Mike Dungan comments, “The box lunches aren’t anything to write home about, but the show is fantastic!  Always the most anticipated event at CRS, we will see you there!”

Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G

Just a year ago, driverless cars were still a decade or more away, but they are quickly becoming reality as every major automaker is sprinting towards the future. How fast is the innovation coming and what does it mean for sales and programming at your station? Join us as we arm you with the information you need to know.


Jason Bailey - CEO Sun Broadcast Group

Steven Radley - SVP Product Innovation iHeart

Chris Andrews - Pratt & Miller Engineering



Bob Richards - Emmis

Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4

The Country Music Radio Listener is an appealing audience across many different brands and advertisers. With over 46 million Country Music Radio listeners in the US, this audience is engaged and growing in key consumer segments. This session will provide a detailed overview of the Country Music Radio Listener, from the consumer characteristics and spending habits. 
Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C

3 sets of female panelists and their mentors from all ranges of the industry/all sizes of markets and their roles discussing and sharing their stories from how their mentors have helped see their potential and helped guide them into their career path.



Beverlee Brannigan - VP of Programming / EW Scripps

Carol Hughes - On Air/MD/APD KFDI-FM Scripps

Erica Farber - Pres./CEO/RAB

Linda Wei - Dir. of Digital Strategies, Producer and TV Host/ NPT

Beth Curley - Pres. / CEO NPT

Brooke Williams - SVP Membership / RAB

Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 1-2

Market Managers and leaders of businesses outside of radio share their ways of creating positive and impactful moments that create a positive team spirit. They also share the business successes that kind of culture leads to. They hear from the audience on challenging workplaces to get immediate feedback and ideas.


Sean Shannon - MM, Cumulus, Atlanta

Dave Paulus

Rick Jackson

Josh Easler

Moderator: Gregg Lindahl


Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4
The track is focused on the importance of strong communication skills and conveying the core messages of your brand with internal stakeholders, peers and customers. In this self-improvement session, the panelist will share their insights into their own way of presenting ideas while sharing unique ways to improve the “human relation skills” demanded in today's tough radio/records business environment. Key take-aways include how to clearly present ideas, energize communication, increasing confidence in your brand, staying on message/on-point when presenting ideas/goals, overcoming objections when with opposition or competing ideas, and gaining willing cooperation by inspiring others.
Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 5-6
Panelists will discuss how they discovered and used their skills to improve in their current or new jobs.
Help attendees tap into their unrealized skills to strengthen their potential.
Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C
Reveal the truth of how millenials behave and how we can truly address their audio needs, "Listening to the Listener"
2 phase national study of 2,000 millenials about how they use audio & music. Then, live focus group of country music lovers in demo. 
Full audience participation.