2020 Will Be The Year Of The Female Country Artist

That’s what three of the most respected programmers in the Country format hope will happen. David Corey (WKLB Boston), Johnny Chiang (KKBQ Houston), and Nate Deaton (KRTY San Jose) all say their stations do not shy away from playing female artists and they hope this year the rest of the industry will follow their lead.

Congratulations To Radio Ink’s Best Country PD’s

Thursday night, at The Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, during Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Radio Ink awarded its 2020 class of top country program directors with their plaques, minutes before Garth Brooks took the stage. A big thanks to RJ Curtis, the entire team at CRS, Nan Kingsley, Fitz and our sponsor Sony Music Nashville.

Research: Country Programmers Do Not Know Their Audience

On Thursday Mark Ramsey Media Managing Member Mark Ramsey presented new research to CRS 2020 attendees. The goal of his research was to help PD’s understand their audience better and to bust a few myths about the country radio listener. We caught up with Ramsey shortly after he made his presentation.

Remember “The Ron & Ron Show”?

Ron Diaz and Ron Bennington were a wildly popular morning show back in the late '80s and early '90s. Based out of Tampa, the show grew to 15 affiliates before it all ended.

Lessons Learned From Picking Up Cigarette Butts

(By Rick Fink) Successful leaders lead by example. They plan ahead, put in their full hours, dress appropriately, and act professionally at all times. You might even see them picking up trash in the parking lot.

Who Are The Best Leaders In Radio?

This is the fourth year for our Top 20 Leaders list and it's quickly becoming one of our most popular. These people are the radio industry's best. They know how to motivate their teams to success. They are winning at sales, programming, and management.


Thanks to Eric Garcia for sharing this Blast From The Past from 1983 at KANW-FM in Albuquerque, which was an Urban AC station at the time. Eric volunteered at KANW until 2010. Send your Blast From The Past photo to [email protected]


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Tonight Radio’s Best Country PD’s Will Shine

Thursday evening at The Omni Hotel in Downtown Nashville, Radio Ink and Sony Music Nashville will crown the Best Program Directors in Country Radio. The event will be held during Bob Kinsley’s Acoustic Alley at The Country Radio Seminar.

Country Radio Plays Less Variety Than Streamers

That’s one conclusion from a new study released by P1 Media Group and MRC Data/Nielsen Music. The study focused on the growth of country music on streaming platforms and how that’s impacting radio.

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New Crime Podcast From Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace is bringing her slate of crime podcasts to the iHeartPodcast Network. Listeners can now tune in to hear Crime Stories with Nancy Grace and Crime Alert on iHeartRadio.  

Next Up, Books Based On Podcasts

Bob Miller, President of Flatiron Books, has announced a new imprint, Stuff You Should Read: An iHeartBook, in partnership with iHeartMedia’s iHeartPodcast Network.

Amazon In Radio’s Local Markets

In episode 15 of Borrell's Local Marketing Trends, Gordon Borrell and Corey Elliott take a hard look at Amazon's effect in local markets. They believe the pump is primed.

Battle Joins Pittsburgh Morning Show

Veteran broadcaster Kevin Battle will join The KDKA Radio Morning News with Larry Richert on March 9 at KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh.

J.D. Crowley Wins NAB Award

Entercom Chief Digital Officer J.D. Crowley will receive the NAB Digital Leadership Award at the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The award presentation will take place at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 20 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

Humanitarian Award For Helton At CRS

Syndicated radio host Lon Helton received the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award at the Country Radio Seminar, Wednesday night. The award recognizes an individual in the Country radio industry who has given back to their community.

SiriusXM Invests In SoundCloud 

SiriusXM has invested $75 million in SoundCloud. The SoundCloud Board of Directors will expand to include two individuals designated by SiriusXM.

New SiriusXM Tour On Display At CES

SiriusXM has introduced its newest aftermarket radio – SiriusXM Tour™ – which can deliver subscribers the functionality of SiriusXM's next generation platform, SiriusXM with 360L, in a portable unit that can be used in the car and at home.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

February 10, 2020

Cover Q&A: Fitz, host of Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40

The Best Program Directors In Country Radio

A Special Conversation With Nan Kingsley