Country Radio Programmers Converge on Nashville to Plot Destruction of Genre

Radio professionals from across the nation are converging on Nashville this week for Country Radio Seminar (CRS), an annual gathering that gives them the chance to rub elbows with the next generation of country stars and plot the myriad ways they’ll desecrate country music in the year ahead.

The lobby of the Nashville Hilton, where much of the radio talent is staying during the three-day convention, rang with laughter on Tuesday night, as old friends reconnected over mindless catchphrases, Kanye West jokes (“They never get old!” howled Paul Gorley, KPTY), and a shared affection for soft rock music.

“Anyone know if the Eagles are releasing a new country album soon? God, I love the Eagles. I feel like the Zac Brown Band would be a lot better if they were more Eaglesy,” said Chuck Cantrell, station manager at KFLP in Des Moines. “Do we really have to play so much music? I mean, we make most of our money through ad sales. Isn’t one or two songs per hour enough?” wondered Dave Davies, WKIX. “You know, I really think we should take a second look at Jessica Simpson,” offered Claire Jones, WTFF.

In a far corner of the lobby, a ‘Love & Theft for CMHoF’ petition was making the rounds.

In addition to special performances and showcases all over Nashville, the seminar includes a number of informational lectures covering topics of interest to visiting radio professionals, such as:

  • Country Music: 1995 to Present – a crash course in country music for recently defected Top 40 DJs
  • Payola: Only Illegal If You’re Really Obvious About It – circumventing antiquated pay-for-play laws
  • Playlist Diversification: Why It’s a Terrible Idea
  • Over 40?: Not on My Airwaves, Buddy! – studies show that young people can’t relate to old people
  • Website Design: Party Like It’s 1998 – all the basics of designing a station website, from pairing eye-assaultingly bright text colors with white backgrounds to adding so many blinking banners that the page won’t load properly
  • Deflecting Blame for the Sorry State of Country Radio Without Implicating Your Superiors
  • Kanye West Jokes: Still Hilarious After All This Time
  • 101 Clever Answers to the Question “How Do You Sleep at Night?”

Jack Ingram, at the convention to record ‘liners’ and interviews for visiting stations, said: “It’s great to be able to catch up with all these folks while they’re in town and kiss some ass… I mean, develop some relationships. I’ve already had, like, ten stations promise to spin ‘Seeings Stars’ if I throw them some autographed swag, so, all in all, not a bad night so far… Wait, this isn’t on the record, is it?”

Want to keep up with Country California?
Subscribe to the RSS feed, add us on Facebook (or Twitter!) or get updates by email.


  1. God I wish I were in Nashville right now. Nicely done!

  2. Dan says:

    This news ain’t fake.

  3. Rick says:

    At the last minute a press release revealed this annual gathering has been rechristened the “Country Radio Saboteurs”! The most popular “back-room” invitation only seminars reserved strictly for the most powerful major market power brokers included “Gettting The “Country” Out Of Country Radio Once and For All!”, “Why Give a Sh*T About the Heritage of Country Music When Taylor’s and Carrie’s Fans Couldn’t Care Less”, “How To Spot Quality Music So It Can Be Avoided And Not Disturb the Station’s Vibe”, and “How To Make The Transition to a Purely Pop-Rock Format and Keep Your Audience By Calling It Young or Contemporary Country”.

    I really think this convention should be held in Las Vegas as that town has about as much to do with real country music as the vast majority of clowns and ignoramuses attending the CRS…

  4. Trailer says:

    Very insightful and hilarious. The Jack Ingram paragraph is priceless. The underlying message of your story was further illustrated by a local radio commercial I just heard that stated “If it’s Miss 103, you know it’s country” as Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” played in the background.

  5. JD Myers says:

    What is sad as ol’ Dan said, this news really ain’t fake. Sure the names have been changed to protect the innocent, but this article basically NAILS what CRS is.

    I’ve been to two of them…..1998 and 2009. You would think there would have been a change within that much time passing. However, no matter who the top guy in country music was and now is, it is still bullshit. Both times I was surrounded by people I didn’t like. Both times I felt like I needed a shower after leaving the building.

  6. Tom says:

    …i thought “over 40? not on …” was the “design a playlist” workshop.

  7. OkieWolf says:

    JD, you need to STOP going!!

Speak Your Mind


Comment Policy: Just don't be too big of a jerk, okay? It's a pretty simple rule.